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Dockers Guild - 2010 The Mystic Technocracy (pre production demos)

ARTIST: Dockers Guild
ALBUM: The Mystic Technocracy (pre production demos)
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: None (Demos)
YEAR: 2010

LINEUP: Douglas R Docker - all instruments, voices

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Mystic Technocracy * 02 Prophecy * 03 Twilight Of The Gods


If you recall the very first Biloxi album 'Let The Games Begin', then the name Douglas Docker will be familiar to you. Douglas was the keyboard player on that rather awesome album. It's been a long time since those heady Los Angeles days of the early 90's, and Douglas has travelled the planet far and wide since then, he is now safely settled in Italy, and the good news for us is: he is still involved in music, and judging by the demos he sent us just recently, his forthcoming project/album 'The Mystic Technocracy' under the banner of Dockers Guild - should appeal to all of you who are into a bombastic style of pomp, plus a number of other styles. In essence, 'The Mystic Technocracy' is a Space Rock Opera, with more than a hint of Arjan Lucassen's Ayreon thrown into the mix, plus some of the progressive rock gods from years gone by. Douglas has sent us a couple of pre-production demos, so there is quite a way to go until we get the final product. Douglas' storyline is one I can easily relate to. Though it is primarily science fiction, it tells how humanity has been interfered with for the last 4000 years, the conflict and irony of dogmatised religion, and an alien race called the Mystic Technocracy. It reads and sounds like a bombastic rock opera, and as Tony Mills said recently to Kelv Hellrazer in an upcoming interview with GDAZE, the music is like the 'Star Wars of Rock'!

The Songs
Douglas has sent through a couple of tracks for us. 'Mystic Technocracy' is full of huge keyboards to start off with. The storyline for this track is pretty cool too. Sci-fi buffs will love it. This version is about six and a half minutes, and tells the infiltration of the Technocrats upon Earth, perceiving Humanity to be a threat. The storyline is similar to the animated film 'Titan A.E', though Planet Earth doesn't quite get wiped out like it did in 'Titan..' There's heaps of robotic voiceovers, sweeping synth pads, parping brass lines and cutting guitar work. It sounds totally epic, can't wait to hear what the final version will sound like. The second of the demos is 'Prophecy'. It starts out with very strong Yes like passages, and continues unabated. The Wakeman/Howe familiarity will have prog fans intrigued. Toward the end, the sounds shifts slightly upward with sci-fi effects zipping in and out of the mix. The opus grande of the demos is the 20 minute spectacular 'Twilight Of The Gods' which like Ayreon's material, covers several parts. 'Part 1 Norse Cosmogony' is filled with piano parts, some jazz - some classical. The jazzier aspects reminds me of Alfie Zappacosta's material. The pace is picked up on 'Part 2 Norse Cosmogony', which pulses along with massive keyboard lines, bombastic mostly. The storyline of this epic song is all about the manipulation of humanity through religious belief systems, with the Technocrat designing it in such a way that opposing religions will wipe each other out. The third part 'Judeo Christian Cosmogony' continues the aural bombast, there are a lot of religious references in this section. Some of the keyboard parts toward the end remind me of the great Eddie Jobson. The final part 'The Divine Comedy' rocks right out to the end. At 20 minutes, this takes us back to the good old days of 70's prog rock. Everyone from ELP, Yes, U.K and even early Utopia were blasting out super long prog epics back in the day. Nice to see the trend continued..

In Summary
The proposed lineup of players is excellent. Consider then: Tony Mills, Goran Edman, John Payne, Gregg Bissonette, Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin, and new guitarist Terje Johansen. These guys are not involved as yet, but will add their touches as the demos move forward to finalised versions in the weeks/months to come. As Douglas says, if you enjoy music from Yes, ELP, Dream Theater, Ayreon, Asia or even Jean Michel Jarre, then 'The Mystic Technocracy' is one to keep an ear out for. Demo versions can be found on the Dockers Guild Myspace page. Check them out, well worth the time. Also, keep checking back with GDAZE for the latest on Dockers Guild.

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#1 | swazi on July 16 2012 21:48:54
This is what the cover of the full release looks like, and a great release it is:
#2 | gdazegod on July 16 2012 22:37:02
New review by the end of the week. Am working on it this week.. it's a big listen, for sure..
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