Wednesday, November 23, 2016



Tengo que decir, después de solo 2 escuchadas, ambos discos, realmente han excedido mis expectativas, se corona para mi como el mejor concept album de mis tiempos, y gotta say, está muy muy a la par con clásicos como The Lamb y Thick As A Brick, yeah I love prog and this is why.

Es largo, aventurero, immersive, buenos guitar riffs, hammond riffs increibles, exciting themes, arreglos, ese nuevo y excitante juego de voces, la manera del interplay de los músicos con sus voces es increíble (ya Neal lo ha hecho, pero esta vez es distinto), todos cantan muy bien (menos Portnoy) además que los demás son músicos y compositores increíbles, el cual han ayudado a Neal a hacer un álbum more cohesive, el songwriting de Neal siempre excelente y probando cosas nuevas, el mix impecable, la producción ni se diga.

Hay prácticamente de TODO en estos dos discos, desde solos jazzeados, heavy riffs, coros, saxos, músicos invitados, una influencia Genesis inevitable y deliciosa, incluso el arte del disco me recuerda mucho Nursery Cryme.

Se que seguirá creciendo en mi cada vez mas y mas, un musical journey que nunca quedará para mi en el olvido, Masterpiece!

- Iros RR

Friday, February 5, 2016

"8-Bit Mobs" band in the works!

I'm directing some proper music for our first set list, ranging from classic to modern Nintendo game music, as I am writing this I'm assembling a band with fellow musicians friends and gamers, and yes! We are starting to work on the parts, Metroid music is very crazy I should say.

Our first concert is around the corner this year, it'll be our launch as a gaming music cover band, It'll be fun no doubt! I'm thinking in learning to play new instruments for this, a Ocarina! yeah! I have to buy one to begin my own practice sessions. In the guitar department, I can be a lil' bit sloppy but with a good warm-up I can still go on track I think. We all are looking for this day, still we do not know the exact date of the gaming event we will be performing, for now, time to learn all those gaming themes!

Here I leave you my dream line-up:

Iros Rodriguez - Lead Guitar, Ocarina
Glenn Lopez - 8 String guitar, Background Guitars
Jose Joaquin D' Orville - Synths and Keyboards
Jorge Delgado - Bass
Bernard Rodriguez - Drums

Still not all musicians confirmed, but hey! this is a step forward right?



Monday, November 2, 2015

I'm an Invisible Bright Man...

Another update here, this year I have met wonderful people and met new awesome people in my life, and have been dedicating a lot of my time to them. I have reconnected with some lost friendships of the past and have been very social oriented in my life really. One of my flaws as an artist is that I'm very introverted and solitary. Well, artists tend to do this and work on isolation they say.

Well but this update is not something about my personal life and all that stuff, let's talk about music feats right? A lot of people ask me about my music, what I'm doing, what I'm preparing, and I told them the same thing everytime: "Music is slow" and they know why, I'm not in musical moods lately because I have been focusing on others priorities in my life now.

Of course, I have a lot of projects in mind and my Songwriter thing is coming out great, which is the only musical thing that I'm keeping alive. Why? b/c is very easy to do it, I just pick up my guitar and that's it, the difficult part is to produce this music and sit in my studio and record/mix/produce these songs. I will in the future yes, but what I'm talking really is on those ambitious big projects that I had in mind, I think, not for sure, that I'm throwing the towel with those pompous projects, I really don't feel inspired enough and fueled to do it anymore.

But I will tell you this, I can surprise you all one day, just one day, b/c I'm working more and more in isolation and not making the same mistake of telling everyone what I'm doing before releasing something. But people think that I'm doing this songwriting thing searching for a more mainstream or music success, and it is not the case, this is something for me to embrace new boundaries, new grounds, practice my singing, focus on real songs, and not riffs, focus on my expression and feelings more and more, music for me is like a healing potion or a magical healing pill, a drug that I always need.

In other words, I'm an isolated, solitaire, invisible bright man in music really, an unsung hero I should say really, I'm not looking for money in all of this, nor success, nor fame, I really don't care. So don't think I'd stopped or I'm doing something more "mainstream" for the sake of commercial success or money. But life, life is passing by, it is getting harder and harder everyday it passes, and I'm just concentrating on that good things that life give you to embrace and lift up your spirit. That's all.

I should write more I think, writing tends to heal a little bit too!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Settled musical plans and projects 2015

Hi all!

Haven't touched my guitar or keyboards in quite some time, in fact, I still want to record some songs out of the "Songsmith" project that I worked on this passed months. But now I got in a cooldown state right now to settled some things up in the music department of my life. I'm still going through the motions of some other things with my daily life, like business, project plans, meetings, clients, entrepreneurship and so on.

As you can see, I have lots of projects on hold and a lot of unfinished musical things going on, so I have decided to sit up straight and organize the matter. At the start of this year, I went through the constant motion of this "Harp of David" thing, by writing songs with a different lyrical approach and ways of work. But now, thinking it straight, I have too many unfinished projects to rely on new things, and embracing new projects without finishing others, is a sickness that I suffer so much, which I have to take measures on and set things down once and for all.

Right now, as I organizing and preparing gaming events through my company, I will introduce gaming music to the formula and create a musical platform by itself doing gaming music covers as concerts in my events. Just for the fun really, it will fun to play and perform gaming music, in fact right now I'm gathering musicians for the job, which is the most difficult part of it.

Aside from events and gaming, my normal musical duties will resume in this Skies of Mars reboot, which, will be my main musical project for everything I'll write. Gathering musicians here is more difficult, because some musicians don't want to compromise that much, in fact, I contacted a long time friend keyboard player and he told me that he will be only supporting me in the gaming music thing, not my real band, I understood why.

The only thing keeping me out is the musicians, some of them don't want to compromise, some others don't want to play my music and just want to write stuff, some others are unreachable, etc. It's hard, that's why is a solo project because I don't want to depend on others to write music.

So, this is the summary of all the musical things that I will be doing in the future: 2 gaming music cover bands and my main band Skies of Mars. Stay tune for more details!

2015 musical projects/bands

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Songsmith Project: Down This Rain

This was one of the first song written for this project, and here it is! again, just me and my guitar in a big live take!

Music and lyrics by Iros Rodriguez

Molten drops cast out from rivers
Eyes upon this rain
Cleaning with a cloth my fears
Down this rain

I must close the space down here
Eyes upon the rain
I just have to open my ears
Down this rain

Wish I could be there tonight
Hearing from the drops behind
Grey and blue defines the trail

Covered in a dark blue light
We got our eyelids down and drown
Centered in a cold grey blight
We fall into our arms and try
to touch our souls and be just one

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The Songsmith Project: Unsung Hero

A couple of songs were recorded including this one, Unsung Hero, and yeah after a couple of takes, voice screw ups (yeah I hate my voice), gayish hype shouts lol it is done I think, just guitar and voice in one big take, no fancy editing nor any more instruments! I hope you enjoy it!

Music and lyrics by Iros Rodriguez

I try in the light of the moon
I fight indoors
And cry with my soul
And die with the sun

Unsung hero
I fight indoors
I beg for my soul
Unsung hero
I praise in the sun
and cry with the moon

I try in the light of the moon
I fight indoors
And die with the sun
And cry with my soul

Unsung hero
I fight indoors
And cry with the sun
Unsung hero
Just you and me
Sun and glory

I try, I fight, I cry
I fight, I try
I fight, unsung hero
I try, unsung hero
I cry, unsung hero
There's no fame, unsung hero
There's no pain, unsung hero
There's no gain, unsung hero

I fight, unsung hero
I cry, unsung hero
I fight, unsung hero

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Songsmith Project: Angel White Wings

I recorded this one out of the "Songsmith Project" sorry for the background noise I'm trying to get rid of it! Maybe I will try to record some others! We will see!

Music and lyrics by Iros Rodriguez

I've never tried to forgive now
of what I can see
I've never tried to be gone now
I want to break free
I see angel white wings

I've never tried to get close now
of what I must see
I've never thought on this for now
of art and beauty
I see angel white wings

Flying withdrew higher
Run to be true
It flies, black and white
Just to try

Wandering through
Clean and refresh to my eyes
Feel like a fool
Art-form required to move

Angel white wings
Clean and refresh to my eyes
Angel white wings
Art-form required to break free

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