J.S. Tolar releases new alt-prog album ‘Dark Eternal Future’

The alternative prog-rock artist known as J.S. Tolar has released his latest official full-length album, “Dark Eternal Future.” The LP contains 13 original J.S. Tolar tracks for an approximate total listening time of over an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Project M.E.L. record label. Evocative, carefully written, and charged with surgically precise studio production, “Dark Eternal Future” brings J.S. Tolar in a darkly pleasant package fans of any rock genre can get behind.

Virginia’s J.S. Tolar cites as main artistic influences Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Katatonia, TesseracT, The Pineapple Thief, and Anathema. Fans of groups like Tool, Opeth, Blackfield, Dream Theater or even King Crimson are sure to find plenty to enjoy in “Dark Eternal Future.”

An almost entirely narrative record, “Dark Eternal Future” tells its story with clarity and cohesion. Concept albums often get sneers from pop fans, but J.S. Tolar’s new record manages to be approachable by casual listeners and audiophiles alike.

Asked to describe the meanings of “Dark Eternal Future,” Tolar writes, “It shares the story of The Visionary and his discovery of everlasting life and his brutal act of forcing it onto others. It shares different points of view from those affected and the crumbling world before them.”

J.S. Tolar’s current official bio describes him as “a solo artist who meanders between the rock and metal genres … featuring lashings of progressive influence.” It also mentions his penchant for drawing from “other dark multimedia projects, with the psychological horror video game, ‘Silent Hill,’ also playing a pivotal role in how he injects anxiety-inducing atmosphere into his projects.” His music has elsewhere been called a “canvas for the dark, cerebral energy that lays dormant within his mind until it is transcribed to notes and melodies.”

The man, himself, has said music is his “solace” and “guide for finding a way out of hard life events.”

I’ve always found that music has a profound ability to offer perspective and hope to an otherwise dreary situation,” Tolar says of this.

J.S. Tolar also works in a project fronted by Tess Savigear called Visions of Nell who have a release expected sometime in 2020.

Dark Eternal Future” by J.S. Tolar on the Project M.E.L. label is available online worldwide now. Get in early, alt-prog fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Guitarist Joe Cantamessa releases ‘Transcending’ EP

The guitarist and songwriter of progressive rock known as Joe Cantamessa has released his debut solo EP record, “Transcending.” The extended-play album contains 18 minutes of listening and has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or influence of the corporate music industry. Sonorous, passionate, towering and inspiring, Joe Cantamessa’s “Transcending” EP truly delivers on its title.

New Jersey’s Joe Cantamessa cites as influences classical re-visionary Neil Zaza, Dream Theater founders John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, composer Paganini, prog death metal group Ne Obliviscaris, Australian instrumental rocker Robert Spurling, French black metal band Peste Noire, classic rock legend Captain Beefheart, and the fundamental prog-rock crew, Yes.

Cantamessa’s own “Transcending” EP is a genuine, green branch of the prog rock movement that brings it thriving into the 21st century. While he is not alone in this, “Transcending” stands as one of the best examples of indie prog since the scene’s revival over the last decade.

Joe Cantamessa describes his debut solo album as “a four-track EP that sets the mood for one’s own mental imagery. The absence of words allows you to focus solely on the music and gives you a consistent stimulus that shuts out distractions from your environment.”

That instrumental narrative like this thrums at the core of the progressive rock movement should not surprise the prog-rock fan. What is surprising, however, is how effective, evocative and even visceral a four-song EP by a solo artist can be. The tracks on “Transcending” dovetail into and out of one another. They rise and swirl like bats from a cave. They dive into the chest of the listener and become unexpected feelings, fresh ideas from somewhere in the aether.

While one could wax poetic about Cantamessa’s expertise on guitar, really it is his highly melodic, highly intuitive songwriting which overachieves. He’s developed his seemingly innate writing skill over a slew of music projects (I Am the Trireme, Inanimate, Remnants of Winter, The Banner, Desolate Sorrow) but as is often the case, it may be his time as a music teacher which has ultimately refined his creativity.

Joe Cantamessa has been playing guitar since the age of 13. He has cut several records, including full-lengths, and is professionally endorsed by Colorado’s The Guitarmory, Ltd., who provides a Joe Cantamessa signature guitar-pickup set and Guitarmory D3-7 guitar.

Definitive proof that all the above results in high-grade, top-shelf, cutting-edge progressive rock may easily be sampled at the artist’s official website (link provided below).

The “Transcending” EP by Joe Cantamessa is available at over 700 online music stores worldwide now. Get in early, prog rock fans.

-S. McCauley

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Rock project Movie Theater releases new LP ‘Love Letter’

The Russian musician known as Movie Theater has released his latest full-length album, “Love Letter.” It contains five tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. The record has been proudly published on the Movie Theater independent record label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Touching, evocative and entirely instrumental, “Love Letter” from Movie Theater is a progressive-rock album with the heart of a lover and the soul of a composer.

Movie Theater cites as main artistic inspirations Pink Floyd, Mono, and Explosions in the Sky, though the overarching theme of “Love Letter” is arguably more important to the album’s resulting sound. With tracks titled “Anger,” “Sadness,” “Fear,” “Regret” and “Love,” the LP is a literal working through of psychologist John Gray’s “Feeling Letter” technique.

This may not sound like a typical source of rock, but the power of “Love Letter” by Movie Theater is undeniable. It climbs and dives, soars and charges. It pummels with rapid strikes and at times feels like being belted in the gut. The record is one of the most visceral rock compositions in recent memory. That it comes from the feelings and sonic creativity of a single artist in rural Russia is testament to the human capacity to feel, as well as to Movie Theater’s particularly remarkable scope of emotional perception.

Asked to comment on his goals for “Love Letter,” Movie Theater writes, “I put love and a part of my soul into each of my records.”

Movie Theater is not the artist’s only music project and it is far from his only release. To date, he has published three records under the moniker, et_, and one as VYVCH. Additionally, “Love Letter” is preceded by his “Evil Twin” LP, which appeared in 2013 from ‘The’ Movie Theater.

Also adding unique spice to an already very unique album is Movie Theater’s knack for using unusual and self-made percussion instruments, as well as instruments made for children and other innovative implements which help to make his songs so full of his character.

“Love Letter” from Movie Theater is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of progressive and alternative rock. This one hits hard.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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