Title - 'Séance'
Artist - Professor and the Madman
For those not in the know, Professor and the Madman, a musical group comprised of veterans from both the US and UK rock scenes, will release a new album, Séance, on November 13th, 2020.
Indeed, Séance will be available on yellow vinyl, CD, and digital download via Fullertone Records thereafter.
The members of Professor and the Madman are vocalist/guitarist Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.), vocalist/guitarist Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four), bassist Paul Gray(The Damned, Eddie & the Hot Rods, U.F.O.), and drummer Rat Scabies (formerly of The Damned).
1. 'All the Lonely Souls'
3. 'So Long'
4. 'Real Me'
5. 'A Child’s Eyes'
6. 'Time Machine'
7. 'Man With Nothing to Lose'
8. 'Two Tickets to the Afterlife'
9. 'The Council of Purgatory'
10. 'All the Lonely Souls (Reprise)'
11. 'Greetings From the Other Side'
12. 'New World'
Opening with a pair of tracks sung by Elliott, the early Floyd-esque 'All the Lonely Souls' is backed by the mellifluous title track rocker 'Séance' (which has him doing his best Liam Gallagher impression), and then Agnew takes the lead for the mid-tempo AOR of 'So Long.'
Next up is the foot-stompin' 'Real Me' (Elliott, once again knee deep in Gallagher territory) and then Agnew comes back to the mic for both the melodically raucous 'A Child’s Eyes' and then we get the free-flowing, '70s pop appeal of 'Time Machine.'
One of my own personal favorites here is the atmospheric, Elliott-sung 'Man With Nothing to Lose' which is followed by another from him, the deeply dug angst of 'Two Tickets to the Afterlife,' with Agnew taking over on the lighter fare of 'The Council of Purgatory.'
This pulsating new album then rounds out with a short guitar symphony for 'All the Lonely Souls (Reprise),' with Elliott taking the vocal reins for both the mid-tempo psych track 'Greetings From the Other Side,' the album rounding out on the short, atmospherically imbued cut, 'New World.'
Co-produced by Elliott and Agnew, Séance's dozen tracks are linked by thematic threads in a manner similar to the classic rock “concept albums” of the 1960s and 1970s.
Elliott himself explains, “The overarching story concerns a group of friends who hold a séance in order to say one final farewell to friends who have passed."
"While in the supernatural fog they visit purgatory and hell. Ultimately, the nature of their reality gets a sobering check with a twist ending. Additional characters make appearances. All is not as it seems!"
'Time Machine' - Official Music Video
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