Nick Magnus played keyboards in Steve Hackett's band from 1978 to 1989( on the twelve records from Spectral Mornings to Feedback '86). Before that he was a member of The Enid ( in 1976 and the prog-rock band Autumn. He also worked as a session musician for celebrated artists such as George Martin, Brian May, Mike Batt and Chris Rea. Another aspect of his musical career consists of commercially successful utility music (Project D Synthesizer, Pan Pipe Moods and more)
This is his fourth solo album with a number of renowned guest musicians appear on this album: Steve Hackett (guitar)and Steve's brother John (flute)(in "The Colony is King" track which is one of the strongest tracks from the album) and another former member of The Enid, Glen Tollett (double bass) assist the instrumental department. Pete Hicks (former singer in Hackett's band), Tony Patterson (singer with ReGenesis), Linda John-Pierre and Andy Neve help out with the singing.All the rest is Nick Magnus-all the guitars you hear in the other tracks is Nick Magnus on keyboards, but the album has no synthetic feel at all.
This is a concept album, apparently about 10 cloned brothers, about the conflict between uniformity and diversity.
The music is beautiful, reminding of the 70's(a bit Alan Parson project, but others as well), with style going from prog to rock, to orchestral.
I liked most the "Doctor Prometheus" track(which by the way can be found on Youtube) together with "The Colony is King" and "Crimewave Monkeys".
If the last 3 tracks would have been as the 1st six ones, it would have got a ***** from me, and I'm sorry it doesn't, because I played a lot this album, but somehow when reaching the last tracks it looses me.
Overall, a very nice addition to any "prog" colection, recommended.