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Motion on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation


MOTION is born during winter 2012 around Aurelien Baptiste in Lyon, France. Since then they released “Awaken The Storm” their first demo the same year and most notably “Facing The Infinite” during fall 2013, both self-released. This last one, an EP, was mixed by Eyal Levi (The Contortionist, Reflections,…) and mastered by Alan Douches (Born Of Osiris, As They Burn,…). It also features collaborations of Vincent Peignart-Mancini (AqMe) and Chad Ruhlig (Legend). During this period, MOTION played around 20 shows across France and its borders with such acts as Bury Tomorrow, More Than A Thousand, Crossfaith or even Bleed From Within.

Winter 2014, after 2 years, MOTION isn’t facing the infinite, but their future this time. Many changes have occurred in the line-up, including new musical directions following the path of bands like Dream Theater, Gojira, and Karnivool, taking a fresh new progressive, alternative, and melodic direction. The band is currently working on 2 brand new EPs with the first effort due to fall 2014.


Circle of Illusion

Composer, keyboarder Gerald Peter and his eight-person-band Circle of Illusion released their first progressive symphony. An epic piece of music, which tells the story of “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms” deals in its final version with the ambivalence of human emotion. Hence the borders between various progressive influences of the rock/metal genre, the jazz-funk-soul and the cinematic music get blurred. Moreover you are taken on a journey through the fantastic worlds of the subconscious of a cast-out and self-critical character. In a mastermind fashion the composer/keyboarder Gerald Peter and lyrics-writer/vocalist Taris Brown were able to give way to their creative urge. With the lofty and complex kind of composition, instrumental virtuosity and an orchestral bandsound “Circle of Illusion” enters new musical paths and is hence a must for all fans of progressive, classic as well as sophisticated rock-music. The band’s line up features Gerald Peter on keyboards, Rupert Träxler on guitar, Stephan Först on bass, Aaron Thier on drums as well as Ulrike Müllner on the e-violin. Taris BrownCara Cole and Elga Shafran are the lead vocals of Circle Of Illusion, who are representing the characters Jeremy, Jelena and Sarah of COI’s prog-rock-concept-album Jeremias.