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Dockers Guild - 2016 The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds of Future Past

ARTIST: Dockers Guild
ALBUM: The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds of Future Past
LABEL: Rock Company/Black Swan Music
YEAR: 2016
CD REISSUE: Digital release, Lion Music (Finland)


LINEUP: Douglas R. Docker - keyboards, lead and backing vocals (# 3 - 6) * Elize Ryd - lead vocals (# 4, 6) * Amanda Somerville - lead and backing vocals (# 2) * Valentina Procopio - lead vocals (# 7), backing vocals (# 3, 6) * Nita Strauss - guitars (# 2 - 6, 8, 10) * Mio Jager - guitars (# 1, 9, 11, 14) * Yasi Hofer - guitars (# 7, 12) * Anna Portalupi - bass (# 1 - 7, 9 - 13) * Elisa Montin - drums (# 1 - 7, 9 - 11, 13) * Roxy Petrucci - drums (# 12, 14)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Space: 1999 Year One Main Theme * 02 Flash Gordon Suite (7 Parts) * 03 Barbarella * 04 Suspension * 05 When the Wind Blows * 06 The Neverending Story * 07 Red Dwarf Theme * 08 The White Light /Echoes From The Past /Dying Station /Delenn's Sunrise (Babylon 5) * 09 Doctor Who Main Theme * 10 UFO Main Theme * 11 The Black Hole End Title * 12 Space-Patrol (Raumpatrouille) * 13 Dune Suite (6 Parts) * 14 Space: 1999 Year Two Main Theme



Most of the regular readers here at GDM know I have a soft spot for sci-fi, in both movies and TV shows. But when it extends into my musical realm, then its a threesome any self respecting fan can't ignore. And so it is with album number 2 from Docker's Guild, which is theme driven sci-fi prog and melodic rock for the ages. Some of the younger readers here might feel chronologically challenged, as most of the material is sourced from early 1970's TV shows, as well as some material from the 80's. Now, bear in mind this is a far different concept than the first Docker's Guild CD, 'The Mystic Technocracy - Season 1 The Age Of Ignorance', which we reviewed back in 2012. The ideas there revolving around a certain concept/theme. This CD has a slight hook-in to 'The Mystic Technocracy..' in that the main character of this album is Dr Jack Heisenberg, who just so happens to be an avid sci-fi fan, hence the music assembled here.

The Songs
We get reworkings of fab TV shows from the UK such as 'Space 1999', 'Doctor Who', 'U.F.O', 'Red Dwarf'. They are all crafted with bombastic power, by an assembly of female musicians who are some of the best in the business. A handful of tracks are sourced from American shows. 'Suspension' (which is a duet with Amaranthe's Elize Ryd, is sourced from 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century', god.. who remembers that show? A couple of movie themes are included too. 'Barbarella' (you remember the one right? Where Jane Fonda was once a hottie?), 'The Neverending Story' from the mid 80's, plus the 1984 movie 'Dune' based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi saga, featuring Kyle McLachlan and Sting, and Toto's original soundtrack. For me, the highlight is the 'Flash Gordon Suite' covering seven parts. This is huge sounding. One of the more unusual tracks is 'When The Wind Blows', which is a cover track from the late David Bowie. It was part of a soundtrack to an 80's cartoon which has never featured on any of Bowie's releases. The theme to a rare and short-lived German TV series from the mid 60's is included here. 'Space-Patrol (Raumpatrouille)' sounds great, pity the series only lasted seven episodes according to Wikipedia.

In Summary
This is a highly infectious set of tracks, with a cinematic quality to it, and is totally up my street. Of course being a big sci-fan always helps, but obviously not as much as Douglas, nor his character Dr Jack Heisenberg. The assembled team of gals do a wonderful job throughout and I for one, am looking foward to a Part Three. Tell me there's going to be a Part III Douglas.. lol! As always, Docker's Guild is going off in its own direction and setting trends musically in the space rock/prog metal medium. Thank god for variety! [word count 476]

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#1 | Explorer on February 03 2016 10:13:35
Hmmm, not sure about this right now, it probably needs a few more plays.An interesting concept to be sure. The Flash Gordon suite is, as you say great fun.I always thought that the start of the end titles to Red Dwarf was a direct lift from New England`s `Alone tonight`.

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