Forbidden Drama

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Forbidden Drama
Forbidden drama cover.jpg
Studio album by byron
Released 12 October 2007 (2007-10-12)
Recorded Real Sound & Vision by Victor Panfilov
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, neo-progressive rock
Length 67:34
Label A&A Records
Producer byron and A&A Records
byron chronology
Forbidden Drama
(2007)
A Kind Of Alchemy
(2009)

Forbidden Drama is the debut studio album from the alternative/progressive rock band byron. Released on 12 October 2007 in Bucharest,[1] it contains the single Essential Piece. This single charted for a very long while on national radio stations, including City FM[2] and Radio Total.[3] The real hit, however, would turn out to be the second single, "Blow Up My Tears", which would stay at No. 1 in City FM's RomTop for several weeks. "Forbidden Drama" features a wide array of instruments including a string quartet, oboe and esraj. The album was manufactured and distributed by Romanian label A&A Records.[4]

Music[edit]

The album features an eclectic mix of art rock and adult-alternative, with progressive and classical hints. The band themselves acknowledge having been influenced by Queen, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel or My Brightest Diamond. Some reviewers noted certain Chris Cornell[5] and Bryan Ferry[6] influences in Dan Byron's vocals, while the music exhibited progressive overtones which drew comparisons with Dream Theater and Genesis.[5]

Concept[edit]

Forbidden Drama was conceived as a concept album, with 13 songs structured like a theatre play – with three acts and an epilogue.[7] The lyrics deal with topics of alienation, consumerism, herd behavior, breaking the mold and the freedom of the individual. These themes were in part inspired by the bands' own history, given that their manager was a "corporate type" and their guitar player has a background as a lawyer.[8] The album therefore showcases a transition process, from the corporate, depersonalized life depicted in "Fake Life" to a more artful, carefree existence in "No Man's Land". The title was considered representative, as the modern society "forbids small-scale, personal dramas".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original release
All songs written by Dan Byron except as indicated.
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Fake Life"Dan Byron7:00
2."Forbidden Drama"Dan Byron4:26
3."Crossroads"Dan Byron4:27
4."Watercolor"6fingers3:11
5."Losing Control"Dan Byron5:01
6."The Dawn Of A Drunk Bum"Dan Byron5:32
7."Far Away"Dan Byron5:49
8."Annoying Detail"Dan Byron5:27
9."On The Road"Dan Byron5:59
10."Essential Piece"Dan Byron3:48
11."Blow Up My Tears"Dan Byron6:00
12."No Man's Land"Dan Byron5:39
13."Toast Proposal"Dan Byron5:15
Total length:67:34

Personnel[edit]

byron
  • Dan Byron – vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, triola;
  • Costin Oprea – electric guitar, backing vocals on "No Man's Land"
  • Cristi Mateşan – drums
  • 6fingers – keyboards, backing vocals on "No Man's Land"
  • Gyergyay Szabolcs – bass
Additional musicians
  • Mihai Balabaş – violin
  • Iustin Galea – violin
  • Andreea Retegan – viola
  • Alexandru Gorneanu – cello
  • Miron Grigore – oboe
  • Rodica Gondiu – esraj
  • Peter Michaud – recitative on "Fake Life"
  • Iulian Pâslaru – backing vocals on "No Man's Land"
  • Codruţ Dumitrescu – backing vocals on "No Man's Land"
Production
  • Produced by byron and A&A Records
  • Executive producer – Andi Enache
  • Mixed and mastered by Victor Panfilov at Real Sound & Vision
  • Design – VERTICALS
  • Photography – Cristi Roşca, Dorian Radu, Anca Radu
  • Management – Codruţ Dumitrescu

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Forbidden Drama" cu trupa Byron". Adevarul.ro (6 October 2007). Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Artisti si trupe: byron". 
  3. ^ "byron reviews, music, news". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "A&A Records: muzica, artisti, vedete, stiri". Alma.ro. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Byron vs Eminescu | Dilema Veche". Dilemaveche.ro. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "BYRON Forbidden Drama music review by Nightfly". Progarchives.com. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Forbidden Drama on ProgArchives". 
  8. ^ Lu Cozma (31 March 2009). "Interview with Dan Byron". Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "byron". revistasunete.ro. Retrieved 22 October 2011.