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    SPARKLANDS - Tomocyclus (AOR)

    Mensaje por PeterGriffin el Miér 14 Ago 2013, 11:04



    SPARKLANDS is a journey back to a first love – AOR.

    Music was everything for Thomas Riekerk and his brother Robert Riekerk when they grew up in the Netherlands and AOR was Thomas’ first love. Band posters of Bad English, Giant, Toto and Foreigner were all over the walls of their rooms and in every corner there were guitars and amps. Back then music was not available digitally so the record store became their second home, when they were in search of that one album that was only available through import.

    AOR was the music the parents of the Riekerk brothers played at home. Not a day went by without banging drums or screaming guitar solos, Thomas remembers there was always a Giant or Toto track coming from his parents’ stereo. These are the memories that both brothers cherish a lot after their father passed away a few years ago. Times were tough for the Riekerks and the sadness they all experienced could not have been channelled better than through a song. In remembrance of their father, Thomas and Robert wrote the song “Tomocyclus” together, named after the boat of their late father. This song could be described as the beginning of SPARKLANDS and it also became the album title.

    Despite all the different musical directions they had both travelled since the AOR filled days of their youth, suddenly there was the urge to make a record together that could have been played on their dad’s stereo. Their first love AOR, the remembrance of father Riekerk: it all comes together in SPARKLANDS.

    The first noteable appearance of the Riekerk brothers in the music business dates back to the early 90s, when they started to work with the Dutch AOR artist Ralph Van Manen. Ralph’s “Face The Feeling” record from 1992 is one of the best AOR records to come from the Netherlands, on this masterpiece Robert co-wrote several tracks and played guitar and Thomas sang backing vocals.

    The Riekerk’s continued to work with Ralph Van Manen on his next albums and Robert had the pleasure of co-writing “Testify To Love” with Ralph, Henk Pool and Paul Field. The song earned them several awards and it became a huge hit for the American band Avalon. Also Wynonna Judd’s version was a big success, later the song was recorded by numerous other artists as well.

    Over the years Thomas was part of many different Pop and Rock bands. One of them was the Dutch band Beam. Beam got signed by a major label and recorded an album at the Wisseloord Studios (famous for sessions of Def Leppard, Magnum, Scorpions, Sting). Soon Beam got nationwide attention on the radio and TV (Top Of The Pops / MTV) and they also toured in the Netherlands and various other countries. Thomas also did a lot of backing vocal sessions for different (international) artists.

    Many years and projects later the time had come for Thomas to become the front man of his own band and to start telling his own story. Together with his brother Robert he gathered some befriended producers and musicians, like Simon Gitsels (Van Velzen), Minco Eggersman and Martijn Groeneveld (producer of Blaudzun) and they started the writing and recording sessions for SPARKLANDS.

    The guys worked hard on getting that famous retro sound, by using a lot of vintage gear they layed down the ultimate AOR sound for their debut record “Tomocyclus”. Songs filled with big guitar solos, huge drums, powerful catchy hooklines and melodies and multi layered backing vocals delivering a tasteful collection of songs bringing back the days of bands like Boulevard, Saga, Mr. Mister, Bad English and Giant.

    The band has signed a deal with a renowned booking agency and together with the befriended session musicians, Rolf Perdok (guitars), Rob Vermeulen (bass) and Colin Lee Vermeulen (drums) Thomas and Robert will start touring with SPARKLANDS in the fall of 2013.

    Let the Sparks fly!

    www.sparklands.com

    SPARKLANDS in the studio are :

    Thomas Riekerk: Lead and backing vocals

    Robert 'Ty' Riekerk: Acoustic, electric guitars and keyboards

    Simon Gitsels: Synthesizers and keyboards

    Minco Eggersman: Drums, percussion, synthesizers and keyboards

    Martijn Groeneveld: Synthesizers and keyboards

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    Re: SPARKLANDS - Tomocyclus (AOR)

    Mensaje por kiquerocks el Miér 14 Ago 2013, 12:24

    Hala PETRE, investiga y cuando vuelava de vacaciones me dices si vale la pena pillarlo lol! 

    Si lo saca FRONTIERS ya preguntaré al otro JESUS Razz 

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    Mensaje por Lord Ford Sammet el Miér 14 Ago 2013, 12:57

    Que bien suena Peter, otra buena novedad. Desde luego promete así que habrá que estar atentos.

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    Mensaje por PeterGriffin el Miér 14 Ago 2013, 15:41

    kiquerocks escribió:Hala PETRE, investiga y cuando vuelava de vacaciones me dices si vale la pena pillarlo lol! 

    Si lo saca FRONTIERS ya preguntaré al otro JESUS Razz 
    La canción está chula, a ver que tal el resto.

    Lo saca Avenue Of Allies. Twisted Evil 

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    Mensaje por Trickfew el Vie 06 Sep 2013, 01:23

    Gran disco este, entretenido y variado de esta banda sueca, a mi por lo menos me ha encantado, se nota la vena aorera que tienen, puede recordar a bandas como ECLIPSE por ejemplo, pero tambien beben SPARKLANDS de clasicos del hard y el AOR americano como Bad English, Foreigner o Giant, disco 100% recomendable para todo aquel que guste del rock melodico made in Scandinavia

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    Mensaje por Robert el Vie 06 Sep 2013, 01:39


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    Mensaje por Lord Ford Sammet el Vie 06 Sep 2013, 09:14

    A mi no me ha disgustado para nada, tiene buenos temas que irán ganando con las escuchas seguro.

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    Mensaje por Trickfew el Vie 06 Sep 2013, 12:33

    Robert escribió:
    Mi tema favorito del disco

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    Mensaje por Robert el Vie 06 Sep 2013, 16:25

    Trickfew escribió:
    Robert escribió:
    Mi tema favorito del disco
    COINCIDO

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    Mensaje por melodicninja el Lun 16 Sep 2013, 00:38

    Pues a mi, salvo un par de canciones, me ha parecido bastante aburrido. Y no se me parece a Eclipse en nada.

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    Mensaje por Robert el Lun 16 Sep 2013, 00:42

    A mi tampoco me recuerda a los ECLIPSE para nada.. pero tiene varios temas q si q me an molado bastante

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    Mensaje por Lord Ford Sammet el Lun 16 Sep 2013, 11:46

    Buen disco con aguno que otro sobresaliente. Mucho más suaves que eclipse, esto es AOR.

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    Mensaje por melodicninja el Lun 16 Sep 2013, 12:23

    Si....AOR soporìfero

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    Mensaje por PeterGriffin el Miér 18 Sep 2013, 15:02


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    Mensaje por Robert el Miér 18 Sep 2013, 17:09

    PeterGriffin escribió:
    me encanta!!

    muy buen disco se an marcado estos chicos...

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    Re: SPARKLANDS - Tomocyclus (AOR)

    Mensaje por PeterGriffin el Mar 01 Oct 2013, 14:43

    Crítica de "Tomocyclus", por Juanan (Lord Ford Sammet):

    http://fallenangelofrock.superforo.net/t27730-sparklands-tomocyclus-77-100

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    Mensaje por victorixi el Miér 16 Oct 2013, 12:24

    Shocked Shocked  que bien suenan,al menos este video en estudio,que sorpresa

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