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Unreal City (Italy) & Sky Architect

't Blok IJsermanpad 1, Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, The Netherlands

Unreal City born in Parma in 2008 from the ashes of “The Syllogism”. The two founders, Emanuele Tarasconi (keyboards, theremin and lead vocals) and Francesca Zanetta (guitar), met in the private studio of Emanuele to build, from the ground up, a complex and challenging project: bring back the classic sounds of progressive, symphonic and psychedelic art rock of the ‘70s in a modern music mood, trying not to simulate but to magnify the vintage and typical side of that period.
The band, which name come from founders’ common passion for “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot, began to play live.
In 2012 the band published their first EP, “Unreal City”, containing 3 song with English lyrics.
With the drummer Federico Bedostri, in 2013 Unreal City recorded their first album, produced by Mirror Records/BTF with the artistic direction of Fabio Zuffanti (Finisterre, Hostsonaten, Maschera
di Cera) titled “La Crudeltà Di Aprile”.
The album, released on 24th April, 2013 climbs many Prog Rock charts and in a few months became one of the best (and most reviewed) Progressive Rock albums of 2013.

Dario Pessina joins Unreal City as bass player in the summer of 2014 and after that the band plays on many great stages as Cre.Sta Festival at the Porto Antico of Genoa and Metarock Festival with Banco del Mutuo Soccorso in Pisa.
In 2014 the promotional tour continues with great international festival such as Riviera Prog Festival (at Fiera Internazionale della Musica in Genoa) and Terra Incognita Progressif Festival in Québec City, Canada, where they received a great appreciation from the critic and the audience.
Nowadays Unreal City are busy writing their second album, produced by the major AMS, which will be released on 15th January 2015.

Sky Architect - A young Rotterdam-based band. You might be inclined to say they play progressive rock music, but they’d prefer you to just listen to their music free of such limitations. As certified architects, they have the technical proficiency to pull off everything they want to perfection, to draw out a flawless design and lay down a firm foundation. Then, instead of filling it in, they keep to the skeletal set-up and let the weather – be it rain, wind or sunshine – rush through it. However hefty the subject tackled, however heavy the sound, the ‘sky’ always maintains a feel of playfulness, an airy breeze keeping things fresh and unexpected. The band is on a mission to prove that progressive rock is not only beautiful, but can also be exciting.

Sky Architect evolved from a three-piece called Seraphine, consisting of Wabe, Christiaan and Rik, formed in 2008 at the Rotterdam Conservatory. A year later, Guus and Tom joined and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, two albums (Excavations of the Mind, A Dying Man’s Hymn) were released to critical acclaim, and a third is on the way. Inspiration for their music runs far and wide. From the usual suspects of our time (Flower Kings, Pain of Salvation, Opeth) and the ones from the genre’s heyday ( Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson) towards wildly different acts from the realms of classical music, modern jazz, alternative rock – the energy and commitment of a band like Rage Against the Machine would be a prime example – and many more. This versatility is confirmed by tracing the other projects of the band members, which run the gambit from jazz to folk and from pop to metal. Christiaan is also well-known and highly acclaimed in the scene under his solo moniker Chris. In their short history, they have already played on such esteemed festivals as Night of the Prog, ProgPower and Terra Incognita, sharing the stage with luminaries such as Dream Theater, Riverside and The Tangent.

For the new record, tentatively titled A Billion Years of Solitude, the band was inspired by, and wanted to evoke the feel of, sci-fi movies from the 50s and 60s. Listening to it, you will be transported to a universe and era in which black holes and supernovas are an essential part of everyday life, intergalactic wars are waged and multidimensional beings are waiting past every corner to lunge at you.

Through this material, Sky Architect have created an opportunity to craft and twist their sound to fit the subject, and in doing so, grow further as a band. You could call the result space rock, though once again they’d prefer for you to have an open mind and to just go and listen to it.

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