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Music Station - Shaping

Music Station - ShapingMusic Station was formed in Sofia, Bulgaria only last year (2002), though all six members of the band have experience in music in one form or other.

Their musical influences are wide and varied and include YES, Rush, Dream Theater, Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Shadow Gallery and, of course, Bulgarian traditional music.

These influences have resulted in their debut album, Shaping, being varied in style and textures within individual tracks and not just from one track to another.

The album consists of ten tracks but the first three tracks combine to make the title track, ShapingPart 1 is a short and delicate piano piece precede by some ominous but atmospheric synth with a dark, gravely spiritual voice asking something along the lines of ‘are you sure you want to shaping?’’ with the response of the mortal ‘yes… I am’.  This is open to a number of different interpretations, not to mention the interpretation of ‘shaping’ itself (is it meant to mean forming an opinion, something to do with the DNA depicted on the sleeve, or is it short for shapeshifting?).  On to Part 2, which kicks off in Dream Theater, style with a touch of Satriani, whilst vocals vary from the George Michael smoothness to that of the stereotypical hard rock band.  Lyrics, incidentally, make reference to ‘waiting for a sign, cold feel and believe it shaping my mind’, presumably ruling out the shapeshifting theories!  Whatever the meaning, the music is both melodic and powerful with sufficient intricacies to interest the most hardened prog rock enthusiast.

The third and last part starts in laid back mode with some nifty hand toms work and piano and smooth vocal but all this changes later in the track when things get distinctively proggy with some classy keyboard and guitar interplay.

The album is full of terrific riffs and arrangements and it would be impossible for anyone who is not totally paralysed not to find themselves foot tapping, head banging or both.  The predominately prog-hard melodic rock mixture is cleverly thought out and executed with perfection and further enhanced by the inclusion of delicate acoustic moments and slashes of jazz-funk.  At least three of the band members are just in their early twenties, yet the overall impression is that Music Station has been in existence for years; listen to the complexity of the instrumental, Inside, and you can’t do anything but love this band.

Jem Jedrzejewski


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