© 2007 Salim Ghazi Saeedi
1 Kingly Godmanship [1:56] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
2 Interstellar Blessings [3:29] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
3 Feral Thunderbolt [3:36] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
4 Serpent Shoulder [4:30] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
5 Throne Accession [3:07] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
6 Guillotine [1:00] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
7 Harem [4:28] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
8 Sovereign [3:56] Composed/Performed: Salim Ghazi
Saeedi, Intro guitar: Pouyan Khajavi
"Sovereign is an instrumental
recitation of Shahnameh (The Epic of Kings) i.e. an extensive
Persian epic poems written by Ferdowsi (935–1020) as a collection of
Persian mythologies. You will find western rock instrumentation with
eastern flavor. Some songs I think are apt to be adapted for
traditional Iranian dance; especially “Sovereign” and “Harem”
tracks. I am looking forward choreographic performance adaptation
for this work whenever possible. Imagine Iranian “Coffee-house”
paintings and belly dance with distorted guitars performing cheerful
rhythms… Unusual combination? No, to me that sounds all natural! In
this album Pouyan contributed to generating some theme ideas for
Progarchives.com interview with
"Echo of a distant world"
"das Echo einer fernen Welt"
-Sovereign Album Review, Ragazzi Webzine, Volkmar Mantei,
"a blend of eastern sounding traditional music
and dark-toned progressive metal with roots more firmly based on
"a strong feeling of a story explored and told"
-Sovereign Review, Progressor.net, Olav Martin Bjørnsen, Feb 2012
of a jester inside an epic of Persian kings"
-Sovereign Review, "Psyche Music", Gerald Van Waes,
"The rock base...
contaminated by intriguing arabesques"
"Il rock di base... viene contaminato da intriganti arabeschi"
-Sovereign Review, Arlequins webzine, Jessica Attene, Oct
"recommended for lovers of
harder variants of progressive rock"
-Sovereign Review, Babyblaue, Jochen Rindfrey, Apr 2012
"It would be natural for
him to do a belly dancer dancing to the sound of a distorted Stratocaster."
"per lui sarebbe naturale fare ballare una
danzatrice del ventre al suono di una Stratocaster distorta."
-Sovereign Review, Lo
Scrittore Progressivo, Riccardo Storti, Aug 2011
"The Jester Reviving… Music Moves in
Mysterious Ways" -Composer's blog post on this album