Moscow's STARSOUP and Sublimity Records have made Bazaar of Wonders, an opus of progressive metal/rock, available worldwide on CD and digital formats.
In keeping with the band's moniker, the influences are varied, inclusive of METALLICA and DREAM THEATER to name just a couple, while the music itself blends heavy guitars, atmospheric keys (accented with grand piano), a range of vocal styles and tempos, and even the appearance of flute and saxophone.
Preview and purchase Bazaar of Wonders at sublimity.bandcamp.com.
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Currently a studio-only project, STARSOUP is the creation of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Alexey Markov (SHADOW HOST, DISTANT SUN) who is joined on the album by keyboardist/sampler Andrew Gryaznov (TIMESQUARE) and several guest musicians. The compositional foundation of the album consisted of the four songs - "Angels," "Cradle of War," "Bazaar" and "Perfect Loser" - that were written and melodically composed during Markov's participation in CRIME OF PASSION in which he served as vocalist and Gryaznov keyboardist. That rush of creativity ultimately resulted in eight more songs, including one composed by Lex Plotnikov (MECHANICAL POET). Visit, absorb, and revel in the Bazaar of Wonders!
Those who participated in the recording of Bazaar of Wonders, include:
Alexander Vetkhov (all drums and percussion). Also to be thanked are Nicholas Angel, Kostya Naumenko, Darya Savchenko (W. Angel's Conquest, Kiev), Ilya Mamontov (Epidemia), Oleg Mishin (Catharsis), Andrey Nova (Nova Art), Yevgeny Nesterov and Natalya Fedotova. The recording, re-amping, mixing and mastering by Evgeny Vinogradov and DAI Records.
"An adventurous piece that combines spacey Prog Rock with AOR grooves, and technical Prog Metal flourishes, and ends up as an incredibly dynamic album, exemplifying great musicianship." - Metal Temple
"Starsoup's Bazaar of Wonders is quite impressive and entertaining progressive rock." [4.5/5] - Dangerdog Music Reviews
STARSOUP is the heavy metal/progressive rock project of vocalist Alexey Markov. The songs vary stylistically - you may find them somewhat partially resembling METALLICA and DISTURBED, as well as DREAM THEATER and STONE SOUR. The project's founding stages took place in Moscow towards the end of 2011, when the first single, "Angels", was recorded. In essence, the music consists of heavy guitars, atmospheric keys with an accent on the grand piano, varying vocal techniques: encompassing a clear voice in the more melodic ballads, and letting the heavy medium-tempo compositions resound with harsh, even growling vocals sometimes.