January 19, 2007

Maze of Time - The Good Old Prog Rock, back in style!

About a decade ago, in the outskirts of our fair city of Stockholm, composer and guitarist Robert I Edman was growing weary. Playing music created by others just didn't do it for him as there was so much in him longing to come out, and to incorporate his own ideas in commercial music evidently was a no go. Neither was pleasing organizations, record companies and other big dogs on the mainstream media scene, by adapting to more commercial offerings.

Soon enough, Robert decided it was time to go out on the limb, go small, go wide, by taking the less travelled road and take the consequences of offering 10-minute tracks to a music scene that is mostly known for airing 3-minute hits. Inspiration came from all over the early 70-ies, with noteworthy progressive bands like Yes, King Crimson and Genesis. But there was also a darker, more intricate side, brandishing heavier guitars and noisier drum kits; with sounds from Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ozzy and many more.

Early efforts during these years included a noteworthy trio, comprising of Robert on guitars, together with talented symphonic hardrock drummer Thomas Nordh and bass virtuoso Janne Persson, where some of the themes were forged in long free-form sessions. In parallel, he produced a fair number of home studio recordings, with reinforcement from good friend vocalist and guitar enthusiast Christer Lindström. Confident with the outcome, Robert started out looking for fellow musicians looney enough to accompany him to a local studio, and to the journey beyond. The trio was extended with Christer as well as childhood buddy Alex Jonsson, known for tormenting various keyboards and woodwinds. Alas, Maze of Time was born.

After about two years of reasonably structured rehearsal in the basement of the local church, it was high time to try the tensile strength of Robert's ideas and the band's arrangements - time to demo. Three tracks, with a playing time of about half an hour, were recorded on 1'' tape old-school style, and sent on CDs to a selected set of record companies. And all but one replied on a positive note, which seemed extraordinary from the reviews we were accustomed to from representatives of the record industry, We regarded the outcome as a tell-tale that the band was doing something right here, which made us work harder to sum up Robert's musical findings.

The rest is history is Tales From the Maze, their first full-length album, and a sequel in the making that just might go double CD! We play our own stuff simply because we love it, and we truly hope you will like it too.


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