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Docker's Guild is the solo effort of Douglas R. Docker, who put his talent and writing skill into The Mystic Technocracy, an opera which unfolds over 5 “seasons”. The first season, called “Season I: The Age of Ignorance”, sees the participation of worldwide acclaimed musicians like Gregg Bissonette, Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Watson, John Payne, Göran Edman, Amanda Somerville, Tony Mills and many others. Docker's Guild, even if inspired by progressive masters like Yes, ELP, Dream Theater and Genesis, lives on its own sounds which is a very personal mixture of progressive roots played and crafted by mainly AOR musicians.
Docker's Guild takes its name after a word game between the name of the leader and an episode of the sci-fi series called Babylon 5. In one of the episodes there was a plot about the Dockers' Guild revolting against their bosses. Douglas just moved the apostrophe and that's how the project started.
Douglas R. Docker has worked with a lot of acclaimed artists like Tony Franklin,
Tim Bogert, Shining Line and Graig Goldie besides being the keyboardist for
internationally acclaimed melodic rock band Biloxi. Biloxi's debut "Let The Games Begin" obtained worldwide success, reaching n. 10 in the Japanese charts (Burrn! Magazine) and n. 1 in England as the best import CD of 1993 (Kerrang! Magazine), as well as collecting an impressive amount of rave reviews worldwide. Biloxi toured the Los Angeles club scene extensively in 1993-1994, regularly headlining and selling out all the legendary Sunset Strip clubs, such as the Roxy, the Wiskey à Gogo and the Troubadour, among others. Biloxi then went on a promotional tour in Mississippi which culminated by headlining a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi (MS) in January 1994.
The Mystic Technocracy is a new and exciting science-fiction story and music
project that has been in development for a number of years. It is the fictional outcome of a very simple observation: for 4000 years man has tortured, murdered, waged warfare and committed genocide in the name of the same God worshiped by Christians, Jews and Muslims, the three monotheistic religions. It is not a story against religion, but it is a story about the madness of man when he falls under the influence of fanatical dogmatic faith. This religious premise has then been plugged into a science-fiction universe, in which religion was created by a silicon-based life form, the Mystic Technocracy, in order to control, manipulate and eventually destroy humanity.
If you like TV series and 1930s serials like Babylon 5, Space 1999, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, this is for you. If you like progressive rock bands like Yes, ELP and Dream Theater, AOR bands like Asia and Journey as well as Duran Duran, David Bowie, Jarre and The Rockets, this is also for you. If you have, like me, a healthy dislike of fundamentalism, and blind dogmatic faith, and spend lots of time wondering why so much pain and destruction can be generated by religions whose main goal is supposed to be love and compassion, then this is definitely for you.
Top-notch progressive rock space opera in the vein of Star One, Ayreon and
progressive masterpieces like Close to the Edge, Selling England by the Pound and first records by Asia.
World-class performances by the likes of Amanda Somerville, Gregg Bissonette,
Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin, Guthrie Govan, Jeff Watson, John Payne, Göran Edman and Tony Mills.
Docker's Guild can easily become a reference point in the progressive scene. The album stands for its songwriting, vocal arrangements, superb keyboards work and the deep and well-structured concept.
Class-A mix by Simon Hanhart, producer of Asia, Marillion and Arena.
Mastered by Mike Lind (Dio, Talisman, Candlemass, Edge of Forever, Moonstone Project)
Superb visionary artwork by Carl Andrè Beckston of Monowasp Design