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Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon

Roswell Six Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ProgRock Records
  • ASIN: B0026IZRHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It s not unusual for the paths of Science Fiction and Progressive Rock to intersect. There have been a number of times where the work of famous sci-fi writers has been the inspiration for some heady projects. But I can t really remember another project where the writer in this case Kevin J. Anderson actually gets involved with the project to use the musical scope of prog to provide a crossover project for his work. This is the musical interpretation of Anderson s new novel Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon. The musicians brought together to create the music go by the name of Roswell Six and consist of: Erik Norlander (keyboards) ROCKET SCIENTISTS, Lana Lane (female lead vocals), Kurt Barabas (bass) UNDER THE SUN and Executive Producer Shawn Gordon. The band is then supported by quite a talented crew: James LaBrie (vocals) DREAM THEATER, Michael Sadler (vocals) SAGA, John Payne (vocals) ex-ASIA, David Ragsdale (violin) KANSAS, Gary Wehrkamp (guitar) SHADOW GALLERY, Chris Quirarte (drums) PRYMARY, Chris Brown (guitar) GHOST CIRCUS, Mike Alvarez (cello) and Martin Orford (flute) IQ. Indeed it s a stellar cast.



The music of Terra Incognita was composed and produced by Norlander so it should not be a surprise to hear that there is a ring of familiarity if you are familiar with his other projects. That said this is very much a project with its own distinctive qualities. These 13 tracks, most in the five-minute range are best described as hard-edged symphonic prog; not really prog-metal by any stretch of the imagination but with enough crunchy guitar to satisfy that crowd as well. There are guitars, flutes, violins and keyboards aplenty taking turns at performing solos centre-stage. This is after all a story about war, dragons and ship-wrecks so it needs to be grand and in many cases aggressive. And here the music and multi-vocal delivery really works well presenting us with a larger-than-life panoramic vista. The CD opens with one of the more complex pieces; Ishalem [11:02] the longest track on the disc and there are plenty of musical change-ups here as the story is introduced and it seems everyone, vocalist and instrumentalist gets a chance to shine in the spotlight. From there you can follow along in the booklet where Anderson has written short introductions to each piece helping fill in the story line. The only tracks that approach a similar level of complexity and musical diversity would be the two instrumentals The Sinking of the Luminara [5:44] and The Edge of the World [4:43]. The second track of the story, like many of those that follow alternate between being up-tempo chunky-guitar compositions with parping-synths accents or slower emotion-laden ballads featuring acoustic guitars. Vocals alternate throughout depending on whose story is being spotlighted or who is telling the tale.



The music of Roswell Six is pretty faultless in its execution: these are talented musicians and the detailed and adventurous arrangements more than make up for any lack of compositional complexity. These are songs that focus on the story and that is as it should be. I m pretty sure fans of any of the bands detailed above are going to absolutely love this disc. It s an epic musical adventure that has much to recommend it. My guess is Terra Incognita will make many of the years Best of... lists, and so it should. Well done! --Jerry Lucky

Husband and wife best-selling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta have teamed up with Rocket Scientists keyboardist Erik Norlander to create the concept album Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon, under the project name Roswell Six. The CD s lyrics were written by Anderson and Moesta, and are adapted from a storyline from the first novel in Anderson s Terra Incognita trilogy, The Edge of the World.

As Anderson explains in the liner notes to the CD, Shawn Gordon of ProgRock Records reached out to Anderson to introduce him to some new music on the label. Anderson suggested the book/CD crossover project. In the CD s liner notes Anderson discusses music as an influence on him, lists several prog bands as these influences, and points out that much of the music he liked was itself influenced by science fiction and fantasy. Gordon recruited Norlander to compose the music and produce the CD. Gordon is executive producer of the project, and Anderson is co-executive producer.

A talented array of musicians participated in the making of the CD. They include four vocalists - James LaBrie (Winter Rose, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Ayreon, Shadow Gallery, Frameshift, True Symphonic Rockestra), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), Norlander s wife and prog solo artist Lana Lane (also Rocket Scientists, Ayreon), and John Payne (ex-Asia, Asia featuring John Payne, GPS, CCCP, Roger Daltrey, Lunatica, Lisa LaRue). In addition to the music composition and production duties Norlander plays keyboards. Kurt Barabas (Under The Sun, Amaran s Plight) plays bass. Chris Quirarte (Prymary) occupies the drum stool. Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) plays electric guitars, and Chris Brown (Ghost Circus) plays acoustic and additional electric guitars. David Ragsdale (Kansas, Native Window, Louise Mandrell, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jason Bonham, Queensrÿche), handles violin, and Mike Alvarez plays cello. Martin Orford (ex-IQ, ex-Jadis, John Wetton) plays flute.

I will try and not give away too much of the CDs storyline. Opening track Ishalem kicks in with some dramatic pipe organ style keyboard playing from Norlander, along with a heavy, symphonic intro that immediately tells you, you are in for a concept opera ride. All four vocalists contribute to this track. This CD is my first experience listening to Sadler and Lane, and they are both awesome vocalists. I will say however that Lane s vocal contribution is a little lost in the mix on the opening track. Sadler s voice is phenomenal, certainly much better than Saga s new singer Rob Moratti. LaBrie s singing is acceptable, and Payne s voice is a vast improvement from what could only be described as the vocal shredding you hear on the last Payne-era Asia CD. Ragsdale s violin solo on the opening track recalls the violin styling of Lucy Wilkins (ex-touring Roxy Music). Orford tosses in some flute accents at the end of the track.

In addition to the harder tracks, there are also a few lighter ballads. The heartbreaking Letters In A Bottle showcases Brown s acoustic guitar and the nicely complemented strings of Alvarez and Ragsdale. Brown s playing and Anderson s lyrics on this track together recall the great acoustic ballads of Greg Lake.

On Anchored, LaBrie shows his ability to sing a rock ballad, and Norlander s organ style keyboard playing along with Anderson s faith-centered lyrics give the song a religious feel.

Here Be Monsters offers some fine transition between the different vocalists singing from the points of view of the concept s characters . I would have preferred a couple lines from the point of view of the sea monsters, but I m just being silly.

Although some of the heavier tracks sound alike, they help to retain the CD s continuity. In fact, several of the musical themes are revisited in the CD s closing instrumental track --Dutch Progressive Rock Pages

What we have here is a unique crossover project from the international renowned author Kevin J. Anderson with ProgRock Records. Terra Incognita is indeed a novel ( Terra Incognita: The Edge Of The World ) as well as an epic/progressive rock album ( Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon ). Lyrics are provided by Anderson and his wife, Rebecca Moesta, while Erik Norlander signed for the music and the production. Knowing what a professional this keyboard wizard is, you may rest assured that this is a real quality product. What makes it a complete success, is the cast of musicians, including the vocalists James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), Lana Lane (wife of Norlander) and last but not least John Payne (Asia feat. John Payne).
Since I got this masterpiece, it hasn t left my CD player. Not only the storyline is interesting (everything can be followed in the 16-page booklet), the same can be said from the music, which has been recorded at various studios between June 2008 and March 2009. And what to think of the players? Among them are guitarist Gary Wehrkamp of Shadow Gallery, bassist Kurt Barabas of Amaran s Plight, drummer Chris Quirarte of Prymary, violinist David Ragsdale of Kansas and flutist Martin Orford of IQ. I know that looks impressive on paper (or on your screen), but believe me when I say that it is as impressive when you hear them play together on this album. Don t ask me to point out the best tracks, because this is the kind of album you have to listen to as a whole, preferably with headphones on and with the booklet within handreach. Stop reading and order your copy immediately. I m sure you won t regret it! --Rock Report

Product Description

This is the ground breaking music portion of the book and CD project. Here you have a music CD whose story and lyrics were written by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson with his author wife Rebecca Moesta. Employing the musical and keyboard talents of E

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD! June 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I received my copy of it a couple of weeks ago and a day hasn't gone by that I haven't listened to it at least once.
My coworkers have been greatly surprised. I usually leave the louder music at home, but I haven't been able to with this CD.
From the opening moments of Ishalem, straight through to the end, I've been enjoying it more and more everytime I listen to it.
Author Kevin J. Anderson and his wife, Rebecca Moesta (also an author) are first time lyricists. They managed to accomplish a great deal in regards to song and story on this CD. Making the CD and the book "The Edge of the World" a well rounded achievement.
"Here Be Monsters" is still my favorite song, but "The Call of the Sea" is creeping up there.
Lana Lane is fantastic. I'd never listened to her much before this, but I will be tracking down more of her stuff.
I think the main reason, for the two songs that I like, is the vocals of John Payne as "Captain Shay."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but nothing special November 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album was recorded as a companion to Kevin Anderson's novel Terra Incognita: The Edge of the World, with Anderson and his wife contributing lyrics while prog-rock keyboardist Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists) took the lead on the music. Lana Lane (Norlander's wife and a solo artist in her own right), James Labrie (Dream Theater) John Payne (ex-Asia) and Michael Sadler (ex-Saga) all contribute vocals.

As would be expected from the pedigree of those involved, the musicianship is pretty solid. If you're familiar with Rocket Scientists or Lana Lane's music you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect - keyboard-driven progressive rock with a bit of a "bombastic" feel to it. The vocalists all give excellent performances, though on the title track Beyond the Horizon is pronounced as "Beyond thee Horizon" by the singer, which feels a bit jarring. On the downside, the compositions themselves feel a bit bland; aside from Ishalem none of them are particularly memorable. The lyrics also tend to be a bit simplistic. Overall while I don't mind this album, and find the novel-album crossover idea a bit intriguing, I think the CD will be collecting dust on my shelf in short order.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my Progressive library. June 12, 2009
By Just Me
Format:Audio CD
Genesis, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Dream Theater. I have always been drawn to progressive rock music. The artistry, the technical aspects. Some of the best keyboard work has been one of the biggest parts of progressive rock.

Prog Rock may not be for everyone. sometimes it requires you to have thoughts. It's never really been for those who just want to dance. It's made to enjoy what the instruments and their players are capable of. And the performers on this disc are capable of a lot!

When I first heard about this CD, I knew it would be my style. The main thing that drove me to want to hear it was the fact that James LaBrie from "Dream Theater" was a part of it. And it did not disappoint at all.

I loved the way the songs flow together to form a musical opera to Kevin J. Anderson's latest novel release,"The Edge of the World". The lyrics are a wonderful representation of the book.

The musicians who took part in this endeavor are all great talents. Lana Lane's vocals were totally haunting. LaBrie's vocals were powerful as always and as a keyboardist of 25 years, I really loved the performances of Erik Norlander of "Rocket Scientists". He loads the entire CD with great keyboard artistry.

The CD moves quite well and is a must for any lover of progressive rock. Rush fans, Dream Theater fans, Pink Floyd. You name it. And, when Anderson releases the sequel to "The Edge of the World", I truly hope he rounds up everyone from this album to give us another serving from Roswell Six.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Music June 3, 2009
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I adore rock music, and first and foremost this CD is one of the most amazing rock albums that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. "Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon" is a true musical adventure. International bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, wrote an engrossing novel titled, "Terra Incognita: The Edge of The World." He then took a story line from this engaging book, and he and his wife Rebecca Moesta, also a bestselling author, wrote the lyrics to the songs which tell the story.

This CD leads the listener through the beginning of a holy war with the trials and tribulations of the leaders involved, while also telling the story of two young lovers that are separated by circumstances most of which are beyond their control.

Roswell Six is the name of the musical group that was put together for this project. This group boasts some of the best known artists in the progrock world today. The vocals are perfomed by Lana Lane, Michael Sadler, James LaBrie and John Payne. The music for all 13 tracks was written by Erik Norlander, who also added his phenomenal keyboard work to the mix. The other musicians rounding out this project are a veritable who's who in progrock today. David Ragsdale - violin, Martin Orford - flute, Chris Quirate - drums, Gary Wehrkamp - electric guitar, Kurt Barabas - bass, Mike Alvarez - cello and Chris Brown - guitars.

This CD does not disappoint in any manner from beginning to end. Powerful songs such as "Ishaelem" and "I Am the Point" are balanced beautifully with haunting ballads including "Letters In a Bottle" and "Anchored."

If it were possible to give this CD more than 5 stars, it would be my honor to do just that. I highly recommend that anyone who even thinks they might like rock music to purchase this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A supremely evocative soundscape
I bought the CD because I share a name with one of the musicians, and it has just blown my mind. The songs really evoke the feeling of discovering a new and different world. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by John D. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome music!
What a superb CD. If you like music by Kansas, Asia, Yes, etc., you'll really enjoy this CD. From easy listening to rock and roll, this CD encompasses prog rock to the max. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Brian Lihani
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
I originally bought the Roswell Six album " Terra Incognita, Beyond the Horizon" because it featured singer James Labrie of Dream Theater. Read more
Published on August 30, 2010 by Germ Oner
4.0 out of 5 stars Adding a soundtrack to a book series
Although I am a hardcore Rush fan, I actually discovered Kevin J. Anderson through the Writers of the Future contest. He is well known for his Star Wars novels. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by S. Stalnaker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
My title says it all for me, this is a masterpiece. The more I listen, the more I love it. Many themes are tied together then reprised at the end. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by Rock ON
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Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon is based on the book, "The Edge of the World" by Kevin J Anderson. Read more
Published on November 29, 2009 by Paris in Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars A CD this group should be proud of . . .
If there's a melody and harmony to music than Roswell Six's new CD Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon strikes just the right chord. Pitched as an accompaniment to Kevin J. Read more
Published on June 9, 2009 by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT NEW MUSIC - Prog fans, rush to get this masterpiece!!
I had gotten this directly from Progrock Records a month ago, and have not stopped listening to it! I liked EVERY SONG from the beginning, and have grown to find this CD as good a... Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by R. Neal Williams
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be swept away with roswell six & kevin j. anderson !!!
Thanks for the information! I can't wait to hear it! In a similar vein, check out Aeon Zen's new CD, "A Mind's Portrait"--it sounds similar to this one with all the guest artists--plus the reviews have been spectacular!
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And the Germans love it!
Isn't Germany the nation that's really into David Hasselhoff?
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