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Composed of eight songs and 59 minutes long, Contents Under Pressure features a symphonic prog approach of exploring mental health using bass guitar, trumpet, piano, and synthesizer solos, as well as guest guitarists, Landon Hankins and Ron Rutherford. The album takes the listener for a journey from the life and perspective of someone born during the opening song and growing older as the album progresses. This "being" ventures through life unsure of himself/herself and making decisions on his/her own, some of which are questionable.
Contents Under Pressure reviewed by Martin Burns, Dutch Progressive Rock Page
"The album features multiple keyboards and a couple of guest guitarists, but the thing that makes it stand out musically is his trumpet playing. The trumpet adds colourful, flowing lines to this symphonic prog, giving an originality that helps transcend his influences."
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Melancholic Prosperity has been mentioned by music lovers all over the world.
Melancholic Prosperity is a progressive rock band formed by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ryan Hankins. It can be described as symphonic prog with roots going back to the 60's and 70's, with appreciation and influence associated with Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and many other prog bands.
Ryan started learning instruments while in elementary school such as piano and trombone. As time progressed, so did Ryan's musical palate with trumpet and bass guitar added under his belt.
While attending college, he minored in music and joined the alt rock band Zariah (now known as "The Danger"), then joined Sons of Neptune, a psychedelic progressive rock band. He then signed on with progressive metal band Fistful of Britney (now known as "Breeding Stock"). After a short hiatus, he became bassist for prog rock band Dissonati. With Dissonati, he performed at the first Seaprog festival (held annually, with a few exceptions) in 2013. The performance was recorded and subsequently released as the album "Live At Seaprog 2013." After focusing on career and family life for quite a while, 2020 proved to be a turnaround year in music for Ryan. When COVID-19 was running rampant, Ryan was furloughed from work and allowed time to write music, but not just any old music. A long awaited concept album! This album is known as "Content Under Pressure," release date March 1, 2021.