Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from As the World by Echolyn, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

As the World

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

As the World comes off much stronger than Echolyn's first few releases, with an instrumental barrage that is full and flourished, sounding more dynamic than 1991's Echolyn and 92's Suffocating the Bloom. With As the World, Echolyn's progressive tendencies take root in the quick-changing rhythms and in the musical momentum altogether, much like Yes's structure but without the intricate string work. Many of the tracks harbor a jazz-ridden flow to their sound, with smatterings of folk cropping up here and there. "The Cheese Stands Alone," "Never the Same," and "My Dear Wormwood" initiate a stable, neo-progressive feel, with time signatures that appealingly fluctuate and shift without notice. As the World implements more melodies in it's songs as well, giving the album a much tighter impression and a more accomplished progressive groove than its predecessors. Individually, Christopher Buzby's keyboard playing steals the show, but not by putting his instrument at the forefront, but rather by texturing the sound and coming in behind many of the tracks, presenting them with an effective curtain of layered notes for the rest of the music to lean against. Unlike a number of other neo-progressive groups, Echolyn's instrumental and vocal prowess are at an equal level, instilling cogent harmonizing throughout the album's tracks with regard to the surrounding music. As The World presents Echolyn in their most complete stage, tying any loose ends together that existed in their earlier recordings.

Customer Reviews

Best of the New Wave American Prog Bands

Very eclectic. Echolyn's single shot at the Big Time, sadly, lack of support from Sony nearly sank their ship. Echolyn uses many different sounds and styles, heavy on the theater production, but they owe a huge debt to Gentle Giant. The harmonies and syncopated rhythms are astounding and sometimes you wish they'd stay in one melody line for more than a few bars. An incredible work. This album is all over the progressive rock map. There are many standout tracks, but if in doubt, toss in the .99 cents for "As the World" track # 2 and see for yourself. This single tracks sum up the overall strengths of the band. Powerhouse vocals from Kull and Weston, spiraling keyboards, whip sharp drumming, superb bass playing, guitars galore and fantastic lyrics. Echolyn's got it all. Start with As the World, the rest will follow.

Mellow Prog

Good stuff, a bit on the mellow side. That's good if you're looking for a break between your Symphony X and Dream Theater marathons. These guys all have amazing chops with definite nods to Gentle Giant and Yes.

Classic Neo-Prog

I love this CD. Adventurous musicianship in the spirit of early prog classics by the likes of Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd. A great mix of piano and keyboards, lightning quick runs on guitar, gymnastic drumming, rock solid bass and inspired vocals. echolyn really went for on this one! "As the World" is without question a classic of the neo-prog genre.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Echolyn's style has been termed updated progressive rock, due to the band's classically trained, highly professional members -- vocalist Ray Weston, guitarist/vocalist Brett Kull, keyboard player Chris Buzby, bassist Tom Hyatt and drummer Paul Ramsey. After honing their instrumental prowess and close harmony vocals on three independent releases, Echolyn was signed by Sony. The group recorded with Glenn Rosenstein and released As the World in March 1995. The band called it quits late that same year,...
Full Bio
As the World, Echolyn
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings