Forever Twelve is a five-piece progressive rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Their symphonic progressive sound includes gorgeous female lead vocals, vintage keyboards, both electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass, and complex drums and percussion. They've performed at Baja Prog 2004 in Mexicali, Mexico, and around the southern California area. Forever Twelve's music contains elements of jazz, folk, rock, fusion, neo-prog, classical, and pop all serving a musical purpose to express a certain mood or idea.
This is their second album "Spark of Light," which filled with compelling compositions rooted in a classic 70s' symphonic sound. The retro sound is achieved not only through the ample use of vintage keyboards (especially Mellotron and mini-Moog), but in the songs and arrangements, which are all but textbook examples of the classic symphonic sound with their suite-like structures, classical-influenced piano melodies, and regular juxtapositions of gentle, acoustic passages with aggressive electrified parts. Fans of old-school symphonic and female vocals should really dig "Spark of Light."
Kenny Hundt (Bass) and Steve Barberic (Keyboards) met in 1993. Fernando Martinez (Drums) joined the group in 1998, Cat Ellen (Vocals and Flute) joined in 1999, and in 2000 Tom Graham (Guitars) joined. They recorded their first CD, Remembrance Branch, in 2001 and released it in 2002. The second CD, Spark of Light, was recorded in 2003 and released in 2004.
released April 2, 2004
Cat Ellen / vocals, flute
Tom Graham / guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Steve Barberic / keyboards
Kenny Hundt / bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Fernando Martinez / drums, percussion
FOREVER TWELVE is a progressive rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA who have made some inroads in the ever growing genre
of prog. Playing festivals such as Prog West and Baja Prog as well as many local venues they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Rocket Scientists and Mars Hollow....more
I like "Beyond the Seventh Wave" pretty much - but it's follow-up album "The World is Flat" is even better, in my opinion. There's not a single song I need to skip, the tracks are balanced very well musically, and even the longer tracks are largely free of unnecessary twiddly bits. Basically, the music is typical Dutch symphonic rock à la "Kayak" with a wonderfully melodic e-guitar and lots of vintage keyboard sounds like hammond organ, mellotron, and Yamaha CP-style e-piano, but with some nice extras, brought in by the violin, flute, and french horn used in some of the arrangements. Since the band is not inclined to disclose its more contemporary prog influences, I'll make a guess: "Big Big Train"? Well, sometimes I'm reminded of this first-class band while listening to this album... Sven B. Schreiber