Lion Music has announced the signing of DOCKER'S GUILD, the solo project of Douglas R. Docker, the keyboardist for internationally acclaimed melodic rock band BILOXI.
DOCKER'S GUILD's debut album, "The Mystic Technocracy - Season 1: The Age of Ignorance", will be released later in the year.
"The Mystic Technocracy" is described in a press release as "an opera which unfolds over five 'seasons.' The first season, called 'Season I: The Age of Ignorance', sees the participation of worldwide acclaimed musicians like Gregg Bissonette (JOE SATRIANI, DAVID LEE ROTH), Magnus Jacobson, Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER), Guthrie Govan (ASIA), Jeff Watson (NIGHT RANGER), John Payne (ASIA, GPS), Göran Edman (KARMAKANIC, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Amanda Somerville (KISKE/SOMERVILLE), Tony Mills (TNT, SHY) and many others. 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."
BILOXI's debut, "Let The Games Begin", achieved worldwide success, reaching #10 in the Japanese chart (Burrn! magazine) and #1 in England as the best import CD of 1993 (Kerrang! magazine), as well as garnering an impressive amount of rave reviews worldwide. BILOXI toured the Los Angeles club scene extensively in 1993-1994, regularly headlining and selling out all the legendary Sunset Strip clubs such as the Roxy, the Wiskey A Go Go and the Troubadour, among others. BILOXI then went on a promotional tour in Mississippi which culminated in a headlining a show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi in January 1994.
"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.
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 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 for you.