Docker's Guild - 'The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds Of Future Past'

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Docker's Guild - 'The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds Of Future Past'

There is much to enjoy here, particularly if you like Sci-Fi from the sixties, seventies and eighties.

I don't really do Progressive music. That's nothing against the genre itself, it's just not for me, much like I enjoy some Country that would send some of my colleagues running for the hills. So when I receive an album called 'The Heisenberg Diaries Book A: Sounds Of Future Past', I thought "that sounds suspiciously like a Prog album". Then I see it's released by Lion – don't they do a lot of Prog? Then I notice it's listed down on the magazine's spreadsheet as Prog. What in the name of Hades is the Reviews Ed playing at?

As it turns out, my disinterest in Prog is counterbalanced by my love for Retro Sci-Fi. Led by Douglas R. Docker, The Guild have put together this album which, according to its press release, is "part of a series of four transitional albums... which focus on an aspect of the storyline's main character, Dr. Jack Heisenberg. This particular installment focuses on his youth and love of Science Fiction".

This release kicks off with a great version of the 'Space: 1999' theme which is followed in quick succession with a Queen suite from the 'Flash Gordon' soundtrack, which encapsulates the best of that album by covering the likes of 'Flash's Theme', 'Football Fight' and a decent take on 'The Hero' among others. It's a well put together suite, with the female vocals avoiding comparison with the great Freddie Mercury. I did think the guitars sounded thin though, I prefer a bit more beef – the emphasis here is very much on the Docker's synth work.



With an all-female cast including the likes of Amaranthe's Elize Ryd and Amanda Somerville to handle some of the vocal work, there is much to enjoy here, particularly if you like Sci-Fi from the sixties, seventies and eighties. There's everything from 'Barbarella' to the 'Red Dwarf Theme', a synth-tastic take on 'Doctor Who' which is bolstered by drums and some grinding guitars and a real eighties throwback with 'The Neverending Story'.

With Alessandro Del Vecchio in charge of mixing and mastering, the album sounds good and if you like Sci-Fi, this is a great selection which will bathe you in waves of nostalgia. I can't say I'd have had any interest had it not been presented to me because of its Sci-Fi theme, but due to my familiarity with most of the material here, it was more than listenable.

James Gaden

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