ARTIST - TUVAL CAIN

 

 

ALBUM - FORGING THE FUTURE

 

Website: http://tuvalcain.com/

Genre: Progressive Rock, Classic Rock

Sounds Like: Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Deep Purle

The Good Amazing Production Effort, Amazing playing, Production and Writing Touches, Vocal Front

The Bad: Nothing to report

The Ugly: Nothing to report

The Band: 4 out of 5

The Music: 4 out of 5

The Songs: 4 out of 5

The Vibe: 4 out of 5

The Production: 5 out of 5

The Verdict: 4 out of 5

 

CD REVIEW 

 

The Review Israeli band Tuval Cain just released their latest album entitled "Forging the Future" in 2013. This band is led by musical visionary David Kuhn who wrote the entire score and also played keyboards on the project. Lead singer Dor Nagar has one of those voices that’s familiar but yet you can’t quite put your finger on him. The closest I could place it would a cross between Ian Anderson(Jethro Tull) and David Cloverdale (Whitesnake) save the rock n’ roll hair band bombast. Indeed Tuval Cain are a surging band within Israel for a reason. They have received a number of favorable reviews, awards and nominations. The name Tuval Cain comes from the book of Genesis. He is a direct descendant of Cain, and was the originator of working with iron, bronze, and brass. As such, he is blamed by some for creating weapons for mass murderers, but he must also be credited with making tools for working the land. He was the first chemist, a master of martial arts, and known as the strongest man alive. His brother, Yuval, invented the harp and flute. Tuval Cain was tragically killed by his own father. The songwriter aims to promote more positive messages than is common in rock these days while not holding back at all from rocking out, or reducing the songs to a sanitized version. Their latest CD  Forging the Future" starts off with powerful "Nomad" a rocking prelude with colorful vocal harmonies, percussion, and fusionist musical approach. Right away you are introduced to the inviting baritone of vocalist Dor Nagar. This is the perfect setting for a hungry and disgruntled Alternative Rock audience. It's obvious this music has progressive roots and will remind you of King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and  of course Jethro Tull. The names are even similar so I suspect Jethro Tull is primary influence. As the album slowly unfolds you will notice a strong progressive rock foundation, painted against a melodic  backdrop of sound and and touches of  guitar, flute, keyboards and some entertaining solos. All of this layered instrumentation really hist home. The well placed background vocals against the full compliment of percussion both compliment each other well. It’s a very powerful sounding CD. On tracks like “Spiral Down" and “A Distant Well" you will hear flawless musical transitions and impressive choral finales that will bring you back to the all to familiar classic rock  territory of the 1970's. Nagar fits this style of music perfectly as he demonstrates remarkable power and vocal control. Kuhn shows great depth as a writer. As I listened to these songs over and over again, I noticed how fluid all the arrangements were. The whole CD flows so nicely from one moment to the next. Kudos to the amazing flute solos and accents by Udi Perlman. The vocals, guitar, flute and rhythmic touches really mesh well together. In Essence this is the Tuval cain Signature sound. Some tracks give hint to an almost Jazzy-Folk territory as I noticed one of their influences were Steely Dan.

 

Credits: David Lawrence Kuhn: musical score, lyrics, and keyboards, Dor Nagar: Lead vocals, Avi Singolda: Guitars, Ido Maimon: Drums and percussion, Noam Hartman and Adam ben Ezra: Electric bass, Shaul Barkan: Alto and tenor sax,Udi Perlman: Flute, Produced, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Noam Hartmann and Avi Chen
 
The Bottom Line: “Forging he Future' by Tuval Cain will work best when you want a hard rocking orchestral rock catalogue to steep into your soul. All songs could easily be converted into a Middle Eastern unplugged type setting. “Forging the Future" rounds out an exceptional 13 Track CD and is delivered to us by a driven and talented writer (David Kuhn) who definitely has honed his craft over the years.

Carrie Logan edited by Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic

 

 

            

 

 

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