Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Leaving Backstage – Sylvan [#667]

Sylvan are a German progressive rock band with a sound akin to Porcupine Tree meets Glass Hammer. We last saw them on the Music Project in #486 where we established that in the time between #90 and #486 I’d started to like them a little bit.

Music, as we discuss here frequently, is fluid and stains us all culturally, often indelibly, whether we like it or not. Sometimes, like a litchen it grows on us, others it lingers like a canker in the background waiting for something to trigger our memories and once more raise the sound to prominance. Perhaps it’s a tribal thing or something inherent in our psyche or physiology. No doubt someone somewhere is musing on this problem and will have the answer no sooner as the Philosophy Factory opens for business.

Leaving Backstage is the band’s live album from their 10th Anniversary Tour, something pretentious prog bands tend to do – release fan pleasing milestone live albums – I suppose its a good way to discover a band’s music and capabilities much in the way I did in years gone past with Yes and their many many live album compilations, serving, if anything to show a cut off point in style and sound a la bands like Flowing Tears or Nightwish.

You can listen to the album on:


Youtube Music

Apple Music


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Force of Gravity – Sylvan [#486]

Sylvan - Force of GravitySince we last met Sylvan with their release Artificial Paradise, I’ve actually grown to like them more. I’ll even go as far to say Artificial Paradise is quite a clever little concept album and deserves more ear time. Force of Gravity is another one of those albums that have not had anywhere near the amount of ear time as I would have liked. Getting old sucks kids, don’t do it.

Anyway, Force of Gravity, Sylvan’s seventh studio album, shows a great deal of maturity considering it was released seven years after Artificial Paradise (the band’s second album). Yet still we get the rich gravy of their sound pouring over our aural Sunday dinner complete with their lyrical roast potatoes and conceptualised roast meat (or nuts if you’re aurally vegan).  It’s as if the band have actually bettered themselves rather than tear themselves apart in an effort to maintain the successes of their earlier output.

The album has, as in the opening statement, had little ear time despite languishing in the collection since 2009, something I regret, but even on fifth listen I’m impressed with the sound the band have produced.

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Album #90 – Artificial Paradise – Sylvan

Sylvan_-_Artificial_ParadiseArtificial Paradise – Sylvan

No idea where I got this album from. They sound like a cross between Knucklecock Nickleback and Scream Silence but not as offensive to the ears as you might think.

Sylvan are a German Progressive rock band. People that know me know I like prog. I am a semi-self styled “expert” on the genre. Which, if you know what the word “expert” means you’ll know that means I know absolutely nothing about the subject really.

As with all good prog rockers, Artificial Paradise is a concept album covering concepts such as the greed, deceitfulness and superficiality of society.

Another artist that grows on you like a fungal infection. But unfortunately they have all the stage presence of a group of roadies doing a soundcheck.

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