Many thanks to Michael Haifl from StreetClip.TV Magazine for his great review of the recently re-released edition of our classic second album ‘On the Rebound’. Indeed, OTR does stand the test of time, and you can read Michael’s review here:
Coming up this month: some very high praise for Safe Asylum, from Nick Tate of Progression Magazine in the US of A… that’s right!
Review listed below for you guys… worth a read? We at the DS headquarters should bloody well think it is 🙂
This British studio collective has been active since the 1990s with a revolving door of musicians. But Drifting Sun’s latest iteration is its strongest, offering much to enjoy for fans of third-wave progressive acts that craft dynamic compositions around strong melodies and prodigious chops.
Singer Peter Falconer is the star of the show here with a range that flows easily between coquettish Freddy Mercury-esque falsetto, James LaBrie-like operatic histrionics and the over-the- top shrieking a la Peter Hammill. Most tracks are (wisely) built around his strong pipes, with soaring fretwork
from Dan Storey and sumptuous keyboard runs courtesy of Pat Sanders. From hard-rocking epic opener
“King of Hearts” these guys establish undeniable prog-rock cred, serving up a deftly constructed mix of shifting meters and stylistic contrasts from acoustic folk to grinding metal. Standouts include “The Hidden Truth” evoking a marriage of Yes and Transatlantic, Queen-like ballad “Gods” plus baroque-fueled majestic rocker “Alice,” featuring acoustic guitar, piano, strings, and lush melody lines drawing variously from Bach, the Beatles and Broadway.
Check out this cool review in legendary Italian Prog Magazine Arlequins, courtesy of Valentino Butti. Grazie mille for your kind words, Valentino!
Take a few minutes to read Aaron Emerson’s fantastic review of Safe in GetYourRockOut magazine… an absolute must!!
Thomas Szirmay has done it again! Check out this cracking review of On the Rebound – which was recently re-released as a brand new remixed and remastered CD – now out in Prog Archives…. not to be missed! Thank you again so much Thomas for your passion about our music, it shines through your words!
Soon to be published, a cool review from the Classic Rock Society, courtesy of Miles Bartaby, well worth a read in my ‘umble opinion 🙂
Here’s the review, in case you miss it when it comes out!
Drifting Sun began in the ‘90s with French national and main songwriter Pat Sanders on Keyboards and Manu Michael on bass. After their On The Rebound album in 1998 the band went on a lengthy hiatus before returning last year with Trip The Life Fantastic. Safe Asylum, released earlier this year, is the second album since the re-emergence (fourth overall) and sees Sanders and Michael joined by Peter Falconer on vocals, Dan Storey on guitars, and Will Johns on drums.
Musically they are definitely influenced by the ‘80s ‘neo-prog’ bands with Storey’s stylish guitar playing adding plenty of punch to their sound. Sanders’ keyboards stand out too and Falconer’s vocals fit perfectly making this a very strong album. The interplay between guitar and keyboards is cleverly constructed and beautifully executed, particularly on the epic Intruder, which is a real highlight here.
Whereas Trip The Life Fantastic showed the lighter side of the band this release has a much darker edge with the material given room to expand and shows they are capable of a range of musical styles. Both albums are great but personally I favour this one.
Take a few minutes to read Aaron Emerson’s fantastic review of Safe in GetYourRockOut magazine… an absolute must!!
Great News! The all-new, remixed and remastered edition of our second album ‘On the Rebound’ is now available on CD! This is more than just another remastered release, we literally stripped the original recording down to basics and painstakingly rebuilt it to give it a new lease of life… the result? Find out in our ‘Music’ tab!
Cool review from the BetreutesProggen camp in Germany, thank you for the kind words Juergen Meurer!
Melodic Revolution Records are putting a compilation album together to help the victims of the recent natural disasters that have plagued our planet, and we are happy to contribute a song to the record. Any money you part with for will help this very worthy cause… human lives matter above anything and your donation will be used to ease the pain of those in need, so start giving so they can start sharing, cheers!
Today’s bit of good news is Dutch Magazine DPRP’s review of Safe, penned by Patrick McAfee… a positive and honest take on the album, worth a read! (and we got 7.5 out of 10, which can’t be a bad thing!)
Today’s fantastic piece of scribblery comes from The Progressive Aspect, courtesy of Tony Colvill, thank you so much for your enthusiasm Tony, now we are both awaiting the new record with excitement and anticipation!
Today we received this great review from Metal Invader Mag in Greece, a nice read (and in English too, no need for Google translate… hooray!), warm thanks to Elias Chatzialexis for his kind words!
Just found out we’re in the top 10 best prog albums of 2016 in Ultimate Guitar magazine! And we’re above Radiohead and just below Big Big Train and Fates Warning 🙂
Short, but sweet, review of Safe in the Cosmos Music website, a must read for all our French-speaking fans out there 🙂
L’apparition de Safe Asylum, un an à peine après son devancier qui avait alors brisé un silence de 17 ans, semble montrer que cette formation franco-anglaise a désormais trouvé son équilibre. Mené par le dynamique et sympathique Pat Sanders, Drifting Sun est clairement engagé dans un probant processus créatif qui le conduit à nous offrir un néo-progressif de plus en plus ambitieux et abouti au fil du temps. Safe Asylum, paré d’une superbe pochette (ce qui va aider à considérablement crédibiliser sa musique), s’avère ainsi un peu plus sombre et complexe que Trip The Life Fantastic, mais offre toujours cette alternance de parties chantées mélodiques et accessibles (l’excellent Peter Falconer) et de séquences instrumentales bien plus aventureuses. Cette dualité, parfaitement maîtrisée, permet aux 10 compositions de Safe Asylum (de 1:11 à 10:42) de porter haut et fort les couleurs de ce néo progressif pleinement mature. Sans oublier une production une nouvelle fois de haute volée, garant d’un son clair et puissant…
And another great review of Safe from Background Magazine, courtesy of our friend Henri Strik, cheers buddy for the kind words!
Today’s new great review of our last album Safe is from young Bryan Morey of Progarchy in the US of A, many thanks to him for the very positive comments on our music, and it’s all there for you to read!
A must read for today is Olga Polomoshnova’s great review of Safe in Rock Britain fanzine, thanks a lot for your support Olga!
This great review of Safe by Dutch Magazine IO Pages came in today, and a great one it is (you might have to use Google translator to get what it says… just like I did!), thanks Wilco for the exposure, much honored (and we’re in their top 5 chart!)
And in case you wonder, the ‘TIP’ mention indicates they strongly recommend buying the album (just like I do!)
Great day for Drifting Sun, with this fab review from Richard Hawey in Profil Magazine (Canada), thanks for the great words Richard. glad you loved the album!
DS included in the best of prog 2016…. but of course haha!! Thanks Emma Chrysoprasia Roebuck for the kind words!
MANY thanks to Thomas Tszirmay for this FAB review of Safe! Praise this is indeed, a must read!!!
Please have a read at Gabriel Badelier’s kind words in his review of Safe, thanks for the smashing review Gabriel!
Another short but sweet few words, this time from Rock Circle Radio in Germany!
Check out this great review of our new record, from roxx2metal in Spain! Thanks for writing about us guys 🙂
Or you can read it in English there 🙂
Here’s Daniel Eggenberger’s great review of Safe in Switzerland-based Proggies portal, thanks for the kind words!!
Another great review on Esther’s rock blog, for all of you Dutch speakers! Thanks for the exposure Esther 🙂
Cool review from our Greek friend George from GFreedom, thanks for the support 🙂
Please take some time to read Martin Hutchinson’s very insightful review of Safe Asylum on Progradar, kudos to Martin for penning some of the greatest words that have been said about our work, thanks for the amazing support mate!
First review of Safe Asylum, from StreetClip TV in Germany, courtesy of Michael Halfi, thank you for the support on this (and previous) release!
The wait is finally over, new record Safe Asylum is finally available on CD and as a full digital download. As announced last month, the first 500 copies will include 2 bonus tracks…. and these are going FAST so please order now to get your copy of this limited edition CD… while stocks last!
The new album is (almost) here! After many months of hard graft, gallons of coffee and a few tears, we are very excited to announce the official launch of SAFE ASYLUM on May 21st.
SAFE ASYLUM is now available on pre-order as a special limited edition (first 500 copies will include 2 bonus tracks), and as a sneaky preview we have uploaded one song from it on our Soundcloud page, so go find out now what we’ve been up to since Trip!
New album now being distributed by MRR in the USA!
Our entire discography is now also available in Diane Fasching’s Bandcamp page in Canada!
Newsfeed for new album, from the Progressive Aspect in the UK, cheers guys!
A little retrospect of our previous releases and newsfeed for the new album from the Rock Progressivo camp in Brazil!
New album Safe Asylum has now been added to the Prog Archives database, cheers guys!
Some reviews of our last couple of singles, from StreetClipTV webzine in Germany, thanks to Michael Haifl!
So here we are in November, slowly reaching the end of an eventful year, a year that has seen the release of 2 singles for us… ‘Lady Night’ (which includes unreleased track ‘Silent In Shame’), and more recently our new single ‘Alice’ off the new album (scheduled in early 2016) and which also includes a couple of instrumental ditties (these won’t be on the next album, so you better get your hands on them now!)
We want to take this opportunity to thank the radio stations and streaming sites that are already giving us exposure for the single, cheers guys!
It has been a while since we got reviewed in the ‘papers’, but Esther Tiger Kessel-Tamerus’s take on ‘Trip’ certainly is worth a reading! A warm thank you for the kind words, Esther 🙂
New review/interview in Fireworks magazine, out now in the shops. The mag also comes with a great CD sampler introducing lots of new prog and heavy bands, including ‘The Wizard’ from ‘Trip’… so what are y’all waitin’ for?!?
Check out this great new review from the Profil clan in Canada!
And another great review which came our way today, this one is for our German-speaking fans (and Germanophiles alike), thanks for the kind words, CD Score!
French prog magazine Big Bang just published a review and interview with none other than Pat in their new issue, definitely worth reading!
Belgian mag Prog-Resiste have done it again! check out their review of ‘Trip’, not too dissimilar to the review of our previous record…. gosh, these guys love us!!
Catch up with yesterday’s (August 12th, we believe!) radio show from the Melos Prog Bazaar camp! The podcast can either be played or downloaded… or you can have it both ways if you so please, who are we to stop you? 🙂
And a massive thumbs up to Kevin Mann for putting us on his great radio show The Spread on Sword Radio UK, very enthusiastic show jam-packed with cool tunes… thanks a million for the daily support Kev!
August kicks off with lots of airplay for us… woohoo! Don’t miss Angelo Hulshout’s Prog Files on ISKC Rock Radio this Wednesday August 5th, where some great prog will be playing (Drifting Sun amongst the lot haha)
Erm, review from The Sound of Fighting Cats? lol
Whiskey Soda’s take on ‘Trip’, for our German readers!
Our latest record getting the Spanish treatment in this e-zine, read on 🙂
Great review from Japan, which I’ve just stumbled upon!
Our music will air on Sword Radio at 2PM today, hosted by Kevin J. Mann, don’t miss it!
Our new record is now on sale at Melodic Revolution Records in the U.S., go get your copy there!
We’re on air on Paul Higgins’ Aquarian Moon show on Quackhouse Radio 3, Saturdays 10pm Eastern, pay them a visit!
Brand new review from the DPRP clan in the Netherlands today, check it out 🙂
And another nice review from Background Magazine in the Netherlands, thanks to Henri Strik, and Dave Smith!
Today we received a great review from the Progarchy team in the USA! It is not often our album gets compared to ‘Fragile’ by Yes, so enjoy this one as much as we did!
For you all Germanphiles out there, new review from BetrautesProggen e-zine, sorry that they aren’t that much into our brand of ‘melodic’ rock (can music not be both progressive and melodic at the same time?!?)
Hot off the press (the ink hasn’t yet dried!) is this review from the Classic Rock Society mag… read on!
First review this month is from Streetclip.TV, courtesy of Michael Haifl… thanks for the kind words Michael 🙂
Thank you to Angelo Hulshout for his review of Trip in his online Rock Orphanage!
On a much nicer note, trawling through the net has also come up with a detailed analysis of Trip in this Japanese e-zine, definitely worth checking out! Use Google translate if you can’t read Japanese (pretty much as we had to do ourselves haha)
We take the rough with the smooth: check out those couple of rather scathing reviews (ouch!), from Poland and Germany, that we came across today whilst scouring the net, you can’t please ’em all 😛
Check out this review of our new album, if you know French! Thanks to the Neoprog team for the article:)
just came about this review from Babyblaue website, which should send all of you Germanophiles into raptures! Translation sounds like they loved it, so no problem here 🙂
Here’s a great new review and interview with Olga from Rock Britain Mag, read on!
DS featured in EGH Radio’s program on June 15th, we hope you were there to catch the show!
Whilst you are all eagerly awaiting the release of our next album (hopefully early next year sometime!), here are a few short piano pieces (from Pat the keyboard man himself) to make the wait a little more bearable!
New review from the Power of Metal team in Denmark!
Exciting news: we’ve released a compilation of past demos and drafts from the first 3 albums… plenty of hidden gems there to grab, and the best part of it it’s FREE, so what are you waiting for? Get your hands on a copy there:
Another great review of our new record, from The Rocker team 🙂
Trip reviewed in the new Powerplay magazine! check it out here:
New review from the IO Pages team! No link, so we’ve made a PDF file of the review (In Dutch and in English, for those, like us, who don’t speak Dutch!)… that’s how nice we are 🙂
Our new album will soon be distributed by Melodic Revolution Records in the States… so what are you waiting for, go and order your copy there! Now!
DS on MyRockWorld radio show in Germany 🙂
New album is getting some airplay in Profil Radio – Canada
Check out Raven Radio’s show Epics For All Time, where some Drifting Sun music will air on June 18th 2pm Eastern Time (USA), and also on June 2nd 7pm UK time (replay on Friday 4th for those who missed the live show)… a new radio station run by Jan, don’t forget to tune in for good Prog Rock, program is hosted by Wouter and includes live chat with great guests!
Our albums are now distributed in your favorite shops (well, at least in some of them!) Watch this space for an (ever growing) list of outlets selling our music around the world!
A BIG thank you to Gabriel from ProgCritique for his fab review of our new album!
Here’s a full review from the Prog Metal Zone team, courtesy of Amalia, thanks for the kind words and for liking our sounds!!
‘Trip’ reviewed in Profil/Canada… for our francophile readers 🙂
Another one which slipped through the net (no bad pun intended), is this news item from Rock Nock’s radio show in Canada that played Trip in its entirety (yes you heard right!) in their show on April 22nd… if you missed that, shame on you, you can always ask the guys to send you the podcast, I s’ppose!
Our music is now being played on ARfm, courtesy of Colin Noble 🙂
Another fantastic review for DS, from the Prog Metal Zone team in the USA, and a big thank you from us to Jeff Stevens for the exposure!
Don’t miss Diane’s radio show in Quebec featuring us as special guests! (or catch the podcast if you missed it!)
Don’t forget to tune in on Denis and Pierre’s Rock Nock radio show this Wednesday night (Eastern Canada time!) where our album will be played in its entirety!! (If you couldn’t be there, fear not there’s always the podcast!)
Great laughs and music (not just our own!) last night on justincase Greek radio show! Thanks again to the GFTeam and all at the radio for having Dan and me as guests, we will be back very soon!!
Great review of our new album by the GF Team in Greece! A big thank you to Nihal and George and all from the Justincase Radio show too for their warm welcome 🙂
Another great DS chronicle, from The Progressive Aspect dudes!
Great review from the Getyourrockout clan!
More airplay on Shaun Geraghty’s Stafford Radio show!
Check out some real cool reviews for our latest album in Prog Archives!
DS update – our albums soon available in a few shops across the globe (well ok, USA and UK only for now!): If you live nearby, drop by and buy your copy now, or else… or else don’t 🙂
We’ve been nominated for best record of 2015 by Prog Rock magazine Rock Progressivo Brazil 🙂
Another great review from the (n)everland of Prog (thanks Father Watson!)
Our new album is now available on CD! Look for it in our Bandcamp page or in the Shop tab in here! Exciting stuff, so why not get a copy now, may we ask?
Great review of our new album in Metal Invader!
Nice reblog from the Prog Archives site, a review of Trip by Apps79 on the Music Review HQ site!
For those of you well-versed in world languages, please check out our new Japanese artist page!
French radio show from Menton in the French Riviera (now playing Drifting Sun in their show!), give these guys a try if you are local to the area! More details about them in their facebook page, link below.
We’re on Surrey Hills radio, this station plays exclusively new progressive bands, a rather different and refreshing stance from the usual stations which focus on the more established acts… give them a try! Drifting Sun will do a few incursions in their programs very soon 🙂
First official review for our new album… in German (get your online translators out!)
Our first radio show on Marty Dorfman’s The Waiting Room, on the House of Prog Radio Station! You can hear us (amongst other great bands) on their 24/7 music stream… don’t miss it!
We are now listed in prog archives:
Release info from Proggnosis:
DS on Symphoshop radio playlist!