CD REVIEW Docker’s Guild

Band : Docker’s Guild
Album title : The Mystic Technocracy
Label : Lion Music
Distributor : Bertus
Release Date : 16/06/2012
Release : CD

It’s hard to believe, but this album is a solo effort by Douglar R. Docker.  He wrote and composed all the songs, but to put it on an album he did enlist the aid of very well known and skilled musicians.  I’ll name a few : John Payne (Asia), Amanda Sommerville (Avantasia, Epica), Tony Mills (TNT, Shy), Jeff Watson (Nightranger), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani) and the list goes on.

This is actually the first in a series of five albums, that together create a story, told in a progressive rock sci-fi saga.  The story is partly fictional, and partly based on facts.  It tells us how since ages man had waged war, murdered etc. in the name of God, more specifically the three monotheistic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.  This has led to some universal science fiction religion, that has led to the creation of a silicon-based life form, The Mystic Technocracy.

While it reminds me a lot of Ayreon, but at the same time a lot of other names spring to my mind, like Genesis, Journey, Dream Theater; Asia.  It is a very good album, and if the upcoming four other albums are of the same quality this could, among prog rockers, become a big seller.

It’s hard to pick out one favorite track, however there is one track that seems totally out of place on this album and that’s track n° 4, which is some story told in – I believe – Norse.  What this adds to the album is not clear to me, especially since not that many people understand Norse.

The other tracks however are outstanding, not too heavy, not too musically complex, and even accessible for AOR lovers.

92/100

Erik Morren.