According to various online source, the definition of the term “telergy” is “a hypothetical action of one person’s thought and desire upon the brain of another person by the transmission of some unknown form of energy.” Somehow this very description feels very fitting with the subject of this review.
I’m always on the lookout for new prog bands releasing new albums, so I was quite pleased when I received Telergy’s third studio album “Hypatia” from the good folks at Prog Sphere Promotions. I was even happier when I started listening and found out that I loved the album. I’ll go more into detail on the music itself in a little bit, but first, some history.
Robert McClung is a New Hampshire based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with a long history in the music business. In 2009 he decided to abandon the world of popular music and dedicate himself full time to the music he truly loved – instrumental, symphonic, progressive rock. He wanted to create a project that could feature amazing artists from all over the world and provide the framework for the epic, classically inspired music he longed to create, and thus, Telergy was born.
Over the last three albums (including the newest release “Hypatia”), Telergy has featured performers from groups such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Yes, Kansas, Queensrӱche, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Living Colour, Symphony X, Kamelot, Rhapsody of Fire, Savatage, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Night Ranger, Porcupine Tree, Hawkwind, Spock’s Beard and more, as well as musicians from some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies.
Now that I’ve bored you all to the verge of leaving this page forever, let’s get back to music.
“Hypatia” is divided into 17 tracks, from which the odd numbers are the spoken-word tracks which actually tell the story that inspired this record, and that is Hypatia – the mathematician and philosopher of Alexandria, who was the daughter of the mathematician Theon Alexandricus. The most obvious thing about this record is, as mentioned above, the presence of guest contributors who helped Robert McClung present the work: Chris Caffery, Durga McBroom-Hudson, Bryan Hicks, Mike LePond, Oliver Holzwarth, David Ragsdale, Anna Phoebe, Oliver Palotai, to name but a few.
The whole album exudes an inspiring atmosphere, and symphonic harmonies go in favour to that. Unlike previous two albums, “Hypatia” moves away from regular song structures in exchange for a more spontaneous theatrical flow; the musical ideas feel structured episodically. Perhaps that has a lot to do with how the whole album is conceptualised and adjusted to story-telling. There are nine “scenes,” spoken-word tracks that help to understand the story of “Hypatia.” These scenes are intersected with “standard” songs that musically follow up. Fusion of traditional progressive metal, ambient, and classical music really shines here, and this eclectic approach to instrumentation and style feels consistently fresh and engaging.
“Hypatia” has so many brilliant moments that deserve to be heard by any self-respecting fan of modern prog. Telergy have once again delivered a complex, bombastic, no-holds-barred progressive rock epic with “Hypatia.” It will be really interesting to hear what comes next.
1. Scene, No.1 (0:38)
2. Astronomer (7:16)
3. Scene, No.2 (0:37)
4. Philosopher (11:44)
5. Scene, No.3 (0:39)
6. Mathematician (4:24)
7. Scene, No.4 (0:25)
8. Teacher (6:57)
9. Scene, No.5 (0:29)
10. The Burning of the Library of Alexandria (11:37)
11. Scene, No.6 (0:39)
12. Scapegoat (2:55)
13. Scene, No.7 (1:05)
14. Murder (9:30)
15. Scene, No.8 (1:04)
16. Martyr (3:12)
17. Scene, No.9 (0:27)
Robert McClung – guitar, bass, violin, viola, mandolin, piano, organ, keyboards, flute, balalaika, ukulele, sitar, lap steel, bodhran, percussion, tenor and baritone vocals, mob vocals
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Durga McBroom-Hudson (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl) – Hypatia
Bryan Hicks (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Theon
Corey Glover (Living Colour) – Synesius
Blake Carpenter (The Minstrel’s Ghost, Corvus Stone) – Cyril
Peter Kelley – Peter the Reader
Almus Kenter – The Professor
Chris Bonito – drums
Kyle Wybranowski – drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X, Silent Assasins) / bass
Oliver Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian) – bass
Kristen Miller – cello
Adam Nunes – cello
Tim Nunes – violin, viola
David Ragsdale (Kansas) – violin
Anna Phoebe (Jethro Tull, Trans-Siberian Orchstra) – violin
Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp) – saxophone
Parker Lundgren (Queensryche) – guitar
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – guitar
Angus Clark (Kitaro, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – guitar
Connor Wybranowski – guitar
Oliver Wakeman (Yes) – keyboards
Oliver Palotai (Kamelot) – keyboards
Mattan Klein – flute
Scott Page – saxophone
Jaimee Joroff – harp
Jennifer Lanter – French horn
John Halloran – clarinet
Barbara Lafitte – oboe
Mac Ritchey (Esthema) – oud
Mike Dolan – mob vocals
Tim Clark – mob vocals
Gary Wheaton – mob vocals
Laura Sanscartier – soprano vocals
Tamara Mcshea – soprano vocals
Stephanie Slabon – soprano vocals
Angeliki Theoharris – mezzo vocals
Joshua Collier – tenor vocals