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COMES THE STORM

Abbfinoosty

Crossover Prog


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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. When The Sun Explodes (5:00)
2. Interstellar (5:17)
3. Cyberspace (5:14)
4. Saddest Girl (4:03)
5. Love Like This (5:45)
6. Churchyard (4:09)
7. Hawk (3:54)
8. Hell Or High Water (5:56)
9. Dream (5:17)
10. Soul Catcher (3:55)
11. You'll Never Make It (6:57)

Total Time: 54:27

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Line-up / Musicians

- Asif / guitars, vocals, keyboards
- Dave Ethridge / drums, vocals
- Alan Dickerson / keyboards
- Robert Lowe / drums
- Tony Norton / bass
- Léanee Kaliedo / vocals
- Dave Fancourt / voice of dead
- Tony Nash / trumpet

Releases information

CD Griffin Music / Cyclops CYCL 034 (1996)

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2.87
(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
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Collectors/fans only (38%)
38%
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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars It's hard to describe about this band. Is it a band or an artist? Well, the name itself implies to a band name but when I look at the CD sleeve it's actually almost one-man band. It's ASIF (sounds like Indonesian name hah .??), the mastermind of the "band". If you look at the list of line-up, you may perceive this band has so many members. It's not. Most instruments except drums were played by this man. Have no idea who he is but definitely he is a great guitarist. Overall, this album is good with some excellent tracks.

The first time I spin the CD with "When The Sun Explodes" I got a sense of GENESIS-like music at intro part. The keyboard sound made me to senses that way. But when the drum comes in the body of the music, it flows in an upbeat tempo with hard rock style and guitar riff (nice riff). This track rocks!!! All instruments (except drums) and vocal are performed by Asif. It's an energetic song with stunning guitar. This is the kind of track you would like to hear in the morning to wake you up from snoozing. Get-up to work mannnn!!! Yeaaahhhhh ..!!!

The fisrt track continuous seamlessly to the second track, my top favorite track, "Interstellar" (nope nope . there is no Overdrive like Pink Floyd's). This track is opened by an atmospheric spacey keyboard sound with heavy voice narration (by Asif? Seems like .. I dunno). Hey, his guitar style in this track is fabulous mannn!!! I like it very much. This time, keyboard is assisted by Alan Dickerson. This track is very dynamic with touchy and memorable melody. Asif's guitar style in this track is sort of STEVE MORSE's or RITCHIE BLACKMORE's. Even the structure of this instrumental track is similar to RAINBOW's instrumental piece "Still I'm Sad" of RITCHIE's debut album. "Interstellar" rocks!! I used to repeat this track and play it LOUD.

The third track "Cyberspace" has great lead guitar melody but the music seems so empty as while Asif does his vocal, only drumming that fills the music and a thin sound of keyboard. It's so empty. There are some explorative keyboard sound by himself but it does not make the song rich enough in instrumentation. "Saddest Girl" has bit of FLOYDian music at intro part. "Love Like This" is another intriguing track with long keyboard intro followed by excellent drumming and vocal. Unlike other tracks, this one is keyboard-based music. Interesting. Listening to this track reminds me to RICK WAKEMAN's "Who I Am" from "Silent Nights" album. Not similar, but the musical nuances are the same.

"Churchyard" is another keyboard-based song with heavy voice of Asif and the voice of dead of DAVE FANCOURT. The vocal part at intro is Gabriel like. The inclusion of female voice by LEANEE KALIEDO (?) and trumpet by TONY NASH make this song so unique. Some stunning guitar is also played here. "Hell Or High Water" is opened by a strange keyboard sound followed by heavy voice of Asif and drumming (by Robert Lowe). No bass guitar is used. I think most of tracks in this album use little or no bass guitar at all. "Dream" is mellow track with soft keyboard and guitar fills. The music style and melody are close to PFM style, especially on the way Asif sings.

Well, it's hard for me to give a right picture of the kind of music this band plays as I never heard any kind of prog music like this. ABBFINOOSTY has its own identity. I treat this album as an excellent addition to my prog collection. However, I fail to identify any close association of their music with other band. So, I leave it up to you to decide. For me, this album deserves four star. Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
2 stars Those who claim that progressive rock too often lacks the "rock" component could do well to listen to "Out of Abbfinoosty Comes the Storm". On the other hand, one might question whether Abbfinoosty always retains the "progressive" tag, as at times Asif and his hired men sound most like a hard bluesy rock outfit. This is especially true on "When the Son Explodes" and "Saddest Girl".

One thing that is clear is that the range of styles and approach to each song is unorthodox, and Abbfinoosty does not set out to do what has already been done. So although "Cyberspace" is spare and features mostly vocals and mixed-high drums for most of its duration, it draws upon such a range of influences as to be hard to pigeonhole, like it or not. I hear 80s technopop for instance, but with added inventiveness and experimentation. While I am not particularly critical of simplistic lyrics, I do have a limit on cliches, which is where "Love like This" really fails, apart from dragging its semi-interesting hook on so long that it ends up sounding pedestrian. "Churchyard" and "Hawk" improve on this general idea by adding spacier elements and shrouding the words a bit more, but neither are what I would call real winners either.

The album does feature some strong material - "Interstellar" is a lively tune with an appropriately otherworldly character driven by Asif's most expressive guitar solo. Things really mellow out later in the album with 3 ballads, "Hell or High Water" and the even better "Dream" and "Soul Catcher", but I would have preferred that the drum level be dropped a bit just to break from the general character of the rest of the material. These songs almost seem like they may have been conceived at a different time as they are so much gentler than what came before. The choruses on the latter 2 are both hook-laden and radio friendly without being cloying.

This album presents a veritable storm of influences sometimes successfully integrated, sometimes less so. The effort is always there, but sometimes the production choices and arrangements are lacking, and the track running order is not chosen with the best care, so I ultimately dock a half star.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars UK band ABBFINOOSTY were active in the 1980's and 90's, and managed to release two albums before breaking up. "Out of Abbfinoosty Comes the Storm" was the second and last of these, and was released through the now dormant progressive rock oriented label Cyclops Records in 1996.

I understand that this album really isn't an album that can be attributed to the band Abbfinoosty. It was planned and created as a solo album by Asif Ali, while the label apparently tried to tie it up to his former band Abbfinoosty. Hence the somewhat creative title of the album on the cover art, while the spine of the CD reads this as a production by the band "Out of Abbfinoosty" called "The Storm". It is, in essence though, a solo album. But as the greater majority of retailers will sort this production under the Abbfinoosty moniker, due to reasons stated, I will not add to the confusion by attributing this album to Asif Ali as a solo artist other than in the description given here.

What we do have is an album that is by and large somewhat confusing. Creative for sure, but a creativity one might describe as being too free and uncontrolled, and arguably also suffering from a mix of too much enthusiasm and lacking quality control. As an album experience this one is a bit all over the place in most aspects, with moments of brilliance appearing in otherwise murky material, some really fine standalone creations, a few compositions that can't be described in any other way as clunkers as far as I'm concerned and many songs that are, well, pleasant enough.

Blues based hard rock, typical 90's synth pop, melancholic Floydian tinged creations and some rather typical mainstream rock ballads are the main ingredients of this CD, some executed much better than the others. Some of the more keyboard dominated creations suffer a lot from keyboards and synths with that dreadful clinical 90's sound to them, those who recall that era will know what I'm talking about when they come across those creations. But other creations, like the brilliant cosmic and Floydian landscapes of Interstellar, use the same kind of instruments in an altogether more interesting manner. This track in particular is the moment where this album shines the brightest too, where the talents and creativity of Asif comes into full bloom.

Much of the remaining material suffers from various kinds of weak aspects, or at least contains sounds and atmospheres with much more of a niche and narrow appeal. Asif's vocals is among those, he does have a fine voice actually but I get the impression that he by sheer enthusiasm is carried away too often, relinquishing the fine voice control needed to make the vocals an elevating rather than detrimental aspect of a song. This is especially the case in the songs that demands a strong vocalist to maintain tension, the ballads as well as some of the songs with more of a sparse arrangement. The attempt to create a menacing mood on Cyberspace among the tracks of the latter category.

As an album experience, "Out of Abbfinoosty Comes the Storm" is just about as confusing as the chosen title of this CD. It is creative and eclectic, but with many features of either a detrimental nature or a more distinct niche appeal, it isn't eclectic in a good way. A production worth checking out by those who tend to enjoy an album where creativity is given free reign at the cost of quality, and especially those who find joy in uncovering the good bits from an album that for most will be a roller-coaster ride kind of experience.

Latest members reviews

2 stars It is my understanding from the interview I did with them last year that this is really not a Abbfinoosty album, but rather the solo album by Asif. Just to get the facts right. This album sounds like a solo album too when it comes to the chaos and the mish mash of styles here. From the 1990s e ... (read more)

Report this review (#448199) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, May 15, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The music of Abbfinoosty contains many elements from psychodelic to almost blues. It reminds me at times of bands as different as Hawkwind or Pink Floyd to Camel or Genesis, but this doesn't mean it actually sounds like them. Asif is obviouslly a talented musician and writer and both Dave Ethri ... (read more)

Report this review (#100118) | Posted by laghtnans | Thursday, November 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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