Henk from my prog-pop band “Philhelmon” wrote a very touching song for his wife which we recorded a few months ago, and it’s now available on iTunes. I sang the song, and Henk played all the instruments so it’s technically a Philhelmon track, but I also managed to get Dustin Rose and Austin Wilson to sing harmony since they’ve been out to my studio a lot finishing the upcoming Wilson, Fifer, Rose album! So I guess this could also be considered a Wilson, Fifer, Rose recording! Buy the song here.
Henk also sent me a scan of a German Progressive rock magazine where “Enjoy it while it lasts” got a quick write up! I’m sure there is something lost in translation since it sounds sort of abrupt - I’m not sure that the quote “With singer Ky Fifer, Bol has certainly made no bad choice” sounds as complimentary when directly translated to English, but hey, I’ll take what I can get!
TRANSLATION (provided by Henk because he actually speaks German and google translator is an absolute disaster!)
Philhelmon is the Dutch multi-instrumentalist Henk Bol. What this name means must not researched, it’s simply his second first name. However, you won’t get Instrumental work in the style of Mike Oldfield. “Enjoy it while it lasts” acts as a great multitude of guest musicians on the album. Sometimes Philhelmon’s album reminds me of the music of his fellow countrymen Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon). There are a lot of musicians playing on this CD, but the only name on the long list of collaborators I know, is Cleem Determeijer on keyboards (ex-Finch and indeed was also involved on some Ayreon Albums). The nearly 8-minute opener “The Final Frontier” offers solid, mainstreaming rock with prog tendencies. With singer ‘Ky Fifer’, Bol has certainly made no bad choice. Up-tempo songs where sometimes fine guitar- and synthesizer solos are represented as well as ballads, the latter sometimes for my taste a little to sweet. The Prog-factor is not too high, but to be fair one should say, as the artist writes in the liner notes, he refers to it more as a Progressive Pop. That said, with the rich guitar work there is quite a lot of rock to offer. And so is my review not written from the prog view, rather an overall impression without progressive ulterior motives. JM