Docker's Guild is the solo effort of Douglas R.
Docker, who put his talent and writing skill into
"The Mystic Technocracy", a progressive rock space
opera which unfolds over 5 seasons. "Season 1:
The Age Of Ignorance" sees release via Lion Music on
15 June 2012.
The Mystic Technocracy's first season,
entitled “Season I: The Age of Ignorance”,
sees the participation of worldwide
acclaimed musicians like Gregg Bissonette
(David Lee Roth / Joe Satriani), Magnus
Jacobson (Miss Behavior), Tony Franklin
(Blue Murder), Guthrie Govan (Asia),
Watson (Night Ranger), John Payne (Asia),
Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, Karmakanic),
Amanda Somerville (Avantasia / Epica),
Mills (TNT/ Shy) and many others and sees
release through Lion Music in June 1012.
Docker's Guild, even
if inspired by progressive masters like Yes,
ELP, Dream Theater and Genesis, lives on its
own sounds which is a very personal mixture
of progressive roots played and crafted by
mainly AOR musicians.
The Mystic Technocracy
is a new and exciting science-fiction story
and music project that has been in
development for a number of years. It is the
fictional outcome of a very simple
observation: for 4000 years man has
tortured, murdered, waged warfare and
committed genocide in the name of the same
God worshiped by Christians, Jews and
Muslims, the three monotheistic religions.
It is not a story against religion, but it
is a story about the madness of man when he
falls under the influence of fanatical
dogmatic faith. This religious premise has
then been plugged into a science-fiction
universe, in which religion was created by a
silicon-based life form, the Mystic
Technocracy, in order to control, manipulate
and eventually destroy humanity.
The sound of The
Mystic Technocracy results from the mixture
of several music styles. Progressive rock is
the main driving force, with Yes, ELP, Dream
Theater and Genesis being particularly
influential. The songwriting and vocal
arrangements have also been inspired by
melodic rock and AOR acts, mostly Asia and
Journey. More subtle and unusual influences
come from Duran Duran, David Bowie,
Jean-Michel Jarre and obscure French
space-rock act the Rockets. The project
therefore contains complex multi-section
suites, more straightforward rock songs or
ballads, as well as more unusual
instrumental or groove-oriented tracks.
On The Mystic
Technocracy, Douglas Docker comments, “If
you like TV series and 1930s serials like
Babylon 5, Space 1999, Flash Gordon and Buck
Rogers, this is for you. If you like
progressive rock bands like Yes, ELP and
Dream Theater, AOR bands like Asia and
Journey as well as Duran Duran, David Bowie,
Jarre and The Rockets, this is also for you.
If you have, like me, a healthy dislike of
fundamentalism, and blind dogmatic faith,
and spend lots of time wondering why so much
pain and destruction can be generated by
religions whose main goal is supposed to be
love and compassion, then this is definitely
The music is mainly
keyboard-oriented and Douglas's fine
instrumental work is inspired by musicians
like Geoff Downes, Gregg Giuffria and Keith
Emerson. The album is a 79 minutes long
opera, 10 songs among which 2 long suites,
in the perfect tradition of progressive
masters’ albums from the past.
01. A Matter Of Energy.
02. The Mystic Technocracy.
03. Darwin's Tears.
04. Norse Cosmogony (Part 1).
05. Norse Cosmogony (Part 2).
06. Judeo-Christian Cosmogony.
07. The Divine Comedy.
08. Legion Of Aliens.
09. Loving The Alien.
10. The Gem Of Love.
11. The Secret of DNA (Part 1).
12. Purple Orb.
13. The Secret of DNA (Part 2).
15. Black Swans.
Douglas R Docker: Keyboards, lead vocals,
backing vocals, spoken voice.
John Payne: Lead and backing vocals.
Göran Edman: Lead and backing vocals, spoken
Tony Mills: Lead and backing vocals.
Amanda Somerville: Lead and backing vocals.
Guthrie Govan: Guitars.
Jeff Watson: Rhythm and lead guitar,
Gregg Bissonette: Drums.
Magnus Jacobson: Drums.
Tony Franklin: Bass.
Donald D. Docker: Alto and tenor sax,
clarinet, spoken voice. Additional spoken voices:
Silvana Momigliano / Touria Nouri / Andrea
Rampa / Janthana Rodjakkhen / Davide
• Top-notch progressive rock space opera in
the vein of Star One, Ayreon and progressive
masterpieces like Close to the Edge, Selling England
by the Pound and first records by Asia •
• World-class performances by the likes of
Amanda Somerville, Gregg Bissonette, Magnus
Jacobson, Tony Franklin, Guthrie Govan, Jeff
Watson, John Payne, Göran Edman and Tony
• Docker's Guild can easily become a
reference point in the progressive scene.
The album stands for its songwriting, vocal
arrangements, superb keyboards work and the deep and
well-structured concept •
• Class-A mix by Simon Hanhart, producer of
Asia, Marillion and Arena •
• Mastered by Mike Lind (Dio, Talisman,
Candlemass, Edge of Forever, Moonstone
• Superb visionary artwork by Carl Andrč
Beckston of Monowasp Design