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AGENTS OF MERCY / Press

“Agents Of Mercy - The Black Forest (Foxtrot) " As the Agents Of Mercy continue their mission, things get a harder edge, tempered by theatricality. There is nothing small about a song like The Black Forest. Themes fly in the air. Grand flourishes of sound twirl in your brain like acrobats on acid. All that a title track ought to be - a defining piece setting the stage for what is to come. Let us back track a moment. Agents Of Mercy are Roine Stolt, Nad Sylvan, Jonas Reingold, Lalle Larsson, and Walle Wahlgren. Sylvan and his golden tonsils are in front. Stolt is...well...Stolt - exploding with ideas, colors, and interesting hair. Every song here is a little play. A Quiet Little Town is a creepy slice of funk grooves and maybe some blood. Dracula dances with Bootsy under a red moon. Black Sunday smells of coffins and decay where every kiss can be the kiss of death. Is that Max Schreck and Lon Chaney at my door asking to listen to Elegy? " John Wilcox - Progsheet”

“AGENTS OF MERCY - "The Black Forest" (extracts of review) "The first thing you will notice when you put the CD in your player is the fat sound of the album. The album opens with the dark title track “The Black Forest” (11:10) a progressive gem with a high symphonic character ... the style? ... fans of the Flower Kings will love this song. But Agent of Mercy goes a step further. It is a diverse track with great melodies and wonderful instrumental parts. I love the use of the church organ, the Mellotron and the fat synth solo's. What an opener ... this is a piece of symphonic bliss. The music is more rock orientated then on the previous studio albums. “The Black Forest” is the best studio album of the band so far. It has a longer song format and the band is rocking. But at the same time you can describe the music as classic prog and symphonic. And with Nad Sylvan the band has an exceptional singer blessed with an unique voice. Agents of Mercy made a great album. Highly recomm”

“DRAMARAMA "I think I have just died and gone to heaven, the stunning stages that have been created here by the interaction of such luminaries, just beggars belief." "The whole beauty of the album is that it’s a grower, the more time you allocate, the richer the reward is. I cannot find one negative thing to say about this album; being a very close contender for album of the year" ”

“DRAMARAMA "So along comes 2010 and now we have a brilliant sophomore release from Agents of Mercy to enjoy called Dramarama. Lead singer Sylvan sounds like a cross between Gabriel and Fish, he certainly has a unique and pleasing vocal style that seems to fit quite well with temperaments and atmospheres provided by Stolt and company." "I have listened to this album countless times and have not tired one bit from what it has to offer and there always seem to be something that catches my ear or touches me on an emotional level that didn't the previous time I gave it a spin. That is what prog rock is supposed to do, capture your imagination, create imagery in your mind's eye and challenge your psyche."”

Keith Hannaleck - Various

“THE FADING GHOSTS OF TWILIGHT A Well Recorded and written Prog Masterpiece!, This all-star prog musicians are now into their sophomore album release with "Dramarama", but this CD "The Fading Ghosts", their freshman release, is a true modern prog masterpiece, reminding you of the Genesis "Selling England By The Pound" and "Trespass" creative years. Roine Stolt, from The Flower King fame, here wrote all the music and lyrics; -all songs which are indeed very well composed, arranged, and recorded, as he mixed and produced the album. Singer Nad Sylvan does an superb job interpreting all of the songs with stage feeling, sometimes reminding you of Peter Gabriel during his Genesis years. There are 12 songs here with 76 minutes of the finest prog music recorded in the recent years.”

“DRAMARAMA "The album is an evolution in the real sense of the word as Roine appears to have taken all the good genetics from Fading Ghosts, rejected the bad bits and added a little more good on top." "I've had this CD for nearly three months now and listen to it regularly, it's a real treat, certainly one of my personal favourites of 2010 (certainly the track Meet Johnny Walker hits the spot for me since the first time I heard it, in fact I'm still whistling it all the time now)."”

“DRAMARAMA "As you can imagine from the likes of Roine Stolt, Jonas Reingold, Lalle Larsson, and Walle Wahlgren, the level of musicianship is very high. These guys are some of the most talented prog musicians from Sweden, and it shows on DramaRama. The vocals from Nad Sylvan took some time for me to appreciate because of his unique tone, but once they're given some time to sink in, I realized that he's quite a talented vocalist. The production is terrific. It showcases the modern amenities in production while maintaining a vintage seventies sound. This is the perfect sound for the album."”

“THE FADING GHOSTS OF TWILIGHT The English vocals sound inspired, the lyrics have a (often cynical) meaning ...... from dreamy and slow rhythms to bombastic. Roine Stolt delivers many fiery and biting guitar solos ...... –....this modern and accessible sounding progressive music appeals to many progheads. ”

Erik Neuteboom - Progwalhalla

“THE FADING GHOSTS OF TWILIGHT They are joined by Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) Zoltan Csörsz and Jimmy Keegan. The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight is by far one of the best releases of 2009. I believe that this is both artist’s most inspired work to date. ”

Ron Fuchs - Ron Fuchs
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