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"Press Release for "the Tragedy of Innocence""

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 8 August 2006 – PRYMARY is a Progressive Rock/Metal band from Southern California and was fully realized in 2000 with the ideals of having complete musical freedom. This has given the band a distinct chameleon quality allowing them to seamlessly fit in with acts from all genres. The sound created is a mesh of melodic prog rock with an emphasis on musicianship, melody, and complex rhythms. Their first album was released in 2003.

Throughout 2004 and 2005, the group set out to write their most ambitious project in the bands life with the concept album, "The Tragedy Of Innocence". The story is based on real events and tells the story of a young woman who must deal with abuse, and how those events steer her towards a chaotic adult life. Musically, it is some of the most adventurous music the band has ever composed. The music runs the range from heavy to light in order to capture the emotions of the story.

The band had this to say, "We've been searching for a label for a long time, and PROG ROCK Record outshines the rest!! Together as a team, we will show the world what Prog Music is all about!!"

“It’s interesting how things come around, Prymary was one of the very first (and only local) bands I checked out when we first started the label, it didn’t work out at the time because we were so new, but it’s nice to have us both come together again years later and put out this amazing album”, Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records said.

”The Tragedy of Innocence” is the second album by Prymary and the first on ProgRock Records. The CD can be found at This is an intense concept album based on a true story played in serious progmetal style and intensity. The album is available for immediate order and will ship in late August.

Posted on: 08 August 2006 - ProgRock Records

"Detailed Review of PRYMARY - 2006 - "The Tragedy of Innocence""


1. Dirty Room-I 2:55
2. In My Shell 7:34
3. Soul Deceiver 7:11
4. Oceans of Insolence 5:54
5. Miracle 5:38
6. Born Again 2:06
7. Only Love 6:10
8. What Little Girls Are For 9:36
9. Running Away 7:00
10. Dirty Room-II 3:03
11. Ask the Angels 5:46
12. Choices 7:53


Mike Di Sarro - vocals
Sean Entrikin - guitars
Rob Young - bass
Chris Quirante - drums
Smiley Sean - keyboards

Prolusion. Hailing from the American state of California, PRYMARY appeared on the Progressive Rock map in 2000. "The Tragedy of Innocence" is a follow-up to the group's eponymous debut CD, which they released on their own in 2003.

Analysis.Yet another concept album, but this time around it's a flawless thing - and that's an understatement. I find "The Tragedy of Innocence" to be nearly a masterwork of the Prog-Metal genre. Any allusions? Okay - just to give you some general idea of what you can expect from this CD. In a way, it's something like Queensryche's "Operation Mindcrime" (1988), only with the wider epic magnitude and with the complexity that raises such types of one-singer Rock Operas onto a new, higher level. Dream Theater and Pain Of Salvation can also be named as reference points, but - again - only with numerous reservations. The point is that the conformity between Prymary and the given examples is never striking, most often being barely perceptible, touching only some small compositional peculiarities, which in turn are common probably for all bands performing profound heavy music. In short, the fundamental style of this recording is Techno Prog-Metal with a strong symphonic component, and it's just the time to name those of the album's 12 songs (no instrumentals here) that fully suit this definition. These are In My Shell, Soul Deceiver, Oceans of Insolence, Only Love and What Little Girls Are For, all being multi-sectional compositions ranging from six to nine-and-a-half minutes. Most of the instrumental arrangements are both driving and labyrinthine regardless of whether or not there is singing concurrent, though the vocals are also amazingly diverse, unfolding their own thematic lines independently from those on the instrumental plane, in spite of which each lyrical phrase perfectly suits the instrumentation. This is a band where all musicians, the drummer included, appear to be lead players, soloing almost ceaselessly, plus rarely in unison etc. One may be bored with endlessly crossing solos, but not I. Exactly such ever-morphing-and-moving patterns make orthodox Prog-Metal attractive for yours truly. The 7-minute Running Away is the same story overall, save the fact that the purely instrumental arrangements cover about two thirds of it and that there is no place for rest here, as the performance is very fast and intense throughout, the joint interaction between all the players being nothing less than fantastic. Simply put, this is a phenomenal creation. Besides, the absence of narratives, exclamations and naturalistic effects that are quite often entwined into the music on the many other tracks makes it an absolute winner for my ears. Dirty Room's Parts I & II and Born Again seem to be the richest in spoken words, perhaps just because they are short (the shortest tracks actually), although the former two are remarkable anyhow, especially Part I which possesses most of the hallmarks typical of the best tracks despite its brevity. Unlike almost all of the other songs, which are full of drama, Miracle and Ask the Angels are relatively elated in mood. These are pleasantly complicated Art-Rock ballads, each featuring two highly impressive instrumental sections. The last piece, Choices, is something average between Miracle and the songs done in the primary style.

Conclusion. Any review, analysis or comment is just a reviewer's pared-down interpretation of an album, while the true integrity of the picture appears only as a result of a direct interaction between an album and the listener. Any actively working reviewer can't be regarded as a true listener. Nevertheless I believe I will not sin against the truth if I say that the hero of this occasion is one of the finest examples of epic Prog-Metal, which has already delivered its makers to the upper echelon of the genre.

VM: October 17, 2006 -

"PRYMARY 2006 "the Tragedy of Innocence""

Possibly one of the eeriest albums you will hear

With a three year lapse since their self-titled debut hit the racks, California’s Prymary returns with an concept album that follows the lines of Operation: Mindcrime, but with a much more realistic and ‘tragic’ factor to it (the story is based on abuse, which creates the eerie atmosphere). Having gone the route Fates Warning should have gone into, as well as aligning themselves with Circus Maximus and Age of Nemesis, the band steps up the musical factor many notches, flat out playing introspective melodies and keeping the sound accessible even when the music is complex & technical; even during jam sessions.

Intense throughout, The Tragedy of Innocence is about an eight-and-a-half on the heavy scale, highly grinding with guitar crunch while being textured with keyboards & sophisticated musicianship to create the perfect progressive metal record. When looking at the album itself, you have the hard driving tracks with “In My Shell,” “Only Love,” & “Running Away” as well as AOR balladry on “Miracle” and “Ask the Angels,” so the record goes in many directions from a melodic standpoint, for which these guys are songwriters.

Through the narration passages, the soloing, & the overall scope of The Tragedy of Innocence, Prymary shows no weakness into creating intriguing music, becoming major player into the revolution of real progressive metal.

Added: September 29th 2006
Reviewer: Tommy Hash
Score: 4 1/2 stars
Related Link: Prymary Link
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"Belgium Review of "the Tragedy of Innocence""

Seriously, deep and breathtaking! That’s what I got to say about this concept cd from Prymary: a band from Southern California. Twenty five years ago, Chris Quirarte’s wife was lost in a horrible tragedy: child abuse. The band has spent two years of hard work to get these results: a concept album that tells her way of struggling, surviving and trying to get things together.
It’s really amazing how the musicians have found the perfect way to mix hells emotions with very mature and complex rhythms and really heart grabbing lyrics!
It moves me when I hear this story from the start of the abuse: “even a child of five can see there is something wrong with this” through the years: “Broken, Unclean, dirty, empty, Crying, Love me, Hurt me, Leave me”, the moments of chaos, questions, introspection, desperation and the hunger for love.
This cd has a dark, heavy atmosphere that stays around you, but also masterpieces of guitar work, beautiful voices and a sense of humanity and great art!
For me: a masterpiece! -

"Prymary: The Tragedy of Innocence"

ProgRock Records is starting to branch out into heavier territory, as evident by their brand new release by the California band Prymary. The Tragedy of Innocence is the second album by Prymary, a band that also features two members of Redemption, drummer Chris Quirante, and bassist James Sherwood, and is rounded out by singer Mike DiSarro, guitarists Sean Entrikin, and keyboard player Smiley Sean. A concept album telling the tale of a young girl who is abused by her father, and how this negatively effects the rest of her life through promiscuity, homelessness, drugs, suicide attempts, and institutionilzation. It's a sad, tragic, and depressing story, but Prymary use their progressive metal skills to get this tale across to the listener, and it's a very solid and enjoyable dark metal ride.

Elements of latter day Fates Warning and Scenes From a Memory era Dream Theater are two good reference points here, but Prymary have a darker sound than either band. While not as indulgent from an instrumental standpoint as Dream Theater, there's certainly more going on here from a prog perspective than in the music of Fates Warning. The keyboards of Sean are lush throughout-just check out his gorgeous piano and synth tones on "Miracle", or his thunderous interplay with guitarist Entrikin on "Soul Deceiver". The use of female vocals to occasionally play the main character in both the younger and older stage is very well done, and lead singer Di Sarro does a great job here telling the story, hitting all sorts of moods and tones with power and emotion. Listen to him belt out all sorts of kick ass lines on the prog-metal mania of "Only Love", supported by ripping guitar work, busy rhythms, symphonic keys, and ethereal female backing vocals. There's some pretty heavy and complex pieces here, such as the majority of the second half of the album. The mini-epic "What Little Girls Are For", the raging "Running Away", and the intense "Dirty Room (Part II)" are all much heavier numbers (which goes along with the theme of the lyrics) and feature plenty of crunchy riffs and intricate passages, while the most progressive and symphonic piece is saved for last, the near ten-minute gem "Choices". This one shows the band really ripping on all levels from a complexity standpoint, yet the song is highly melodic, with a great vocal from DiSarro.

Despite its unsettling lyrical nature (which unfortunately is a story that realistically probably happens every day in today's society) , The Tragedy of Innocence is a compelling listen, and a must hear for progressive metal fans. Prymary has arrived folks!

Track Listing
01. Dirty Room (Part 1)
02. In My Shell
03. Space In My Soul
04. Soul Deciever
05. Oceans Of Insolence
06. Miracle
07. Born Again
08. Only Love
09. What Little Girls Are For
10. Running Away
11. Dirty Room (Part 2)
12. Ask The Angels
13. Choices

Added: September 30th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score: 4 1/2 out of 5
Related Link: Prymary Website
Hits: 433
Language: english - Pete Pardo

"PRYMARY - Tragedy of Innocence"

When we saw Dream Theater turn into the Train of Thought-era Dream Theater, those of us who preferred the Images and Words-period just wished they'd go back. After Octavarium, everyone realized that Dream Theater just won't. And well, The Tragedy of Innocence sounds like that lost album all those lamenters wanted to hear.

Alright, no, Prymary’s not a Dream Theater clone, but most of it does sound like a more human and personal version of the same formulas Images and Words used, mixed with Scenes from a Memory's concept-based structure. You should be already familiar with the impossible to follow rhythms, and the angular, almost illogical (in a good way) leads (see "Soul Deceiver"). Technicality is obvious here, as shown by the inhuman time signature, complex harmonizations and scale usage. Except that where in some bands they are used just to show off, here they are used to illustrate the theme of insanity in the lyrics.

What was just said is the best part of the album. Unlike many, many other bands, nothing here is pointless. The songs aren't just filler songs with over the top arrangements and bombastic song structures. We're shown actual songs with actual melodic playing... and over the top arrangements with bombastic song structures — just like it happened in Images and Words, or in some of the best prog albums. In fact, there are not many show-off segments. However, all the songs are unvariably complex and obviously hard to play, so it won't sound like an amateur prog album at all.

Another outstanding aspect is the production, which is incredibly clear and fitting, with a really good guitar tone and overall sound.

As for the concept, it's executed brilliantly. Lyrics and music go perfectly together. Also, a topic that could have been turned into something emo, was actually done well with some good imagery. Now that's something we're not really used to.

Atmospherically, Prymary is quite harsher than most prog bands. Sometimes dissonant, plain creepy riffs are used, again, going perfectly with the concept.

What's so weird about the album is the fact that it gets better as the tracks pass. The first one or two tracks are very good, but nothing that outstanding (in fact, they'll probably make you think you're in for yet another bad Dream Theater clone). But now, the last three songs are some of the best post-2000 prog songs ever recorded, complete with jazz influences, ballad-like choruses and insanity-filled guitar riffs. If anything, those songs alone will make you wish for a new Prymary album.

You might be saying, "wait, a coherent modern prog album?" If you're into Fates Warning or mid-period Dream Theater, make sure to grab this as soon as possible. (8.4/10) -


1) PRYMARY (self-titled, 2003)
2) Vol. 1 (Compilation CD, 2004)
3)The Tragedy of Innocence (ProgRock Records, 2006)


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PRYMARY is a Progressive Rock/Metal band from Southern California and was fully realized in 2000 with the ideals of having complete musical freedom. This has given the band a distinct chameleon quality allowing them to seamlessly fit in with acts from all genres. The sound created is a mesh of melodic prog metal/rock with an emphasis on musicianship, melody, and complex rhythms. The band has never been content to sit around and wait for things to happen and has always taken steps to further the band’s momentum.

By 2002, the band began to develop a following around the local California area and set upon the task of recording a full length album. The self titled and independently financed album was released in 2003 by the band and helped to promote the band's name. The group opened for bands such as Queensryche, Symphony X, Fates Warning, King's X, Quiet Riot, Spock’s Beard, and Seven Witches. The group also got the opportunity to play at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia. In April of 2005, PRYMARY was asked to play at the Headway Festival in Amsterdam which marked the band’s first performance in Europe. In 2006, PRYMARY is scheduled to open for Spock’s Beard and Sanata Arctica.

Throughout 2004 and 2005, the group set out to write their most ambitious project in the band’s life. The concept of the album is based on real events. It tells the story of a young woman who must deal with abuse, and how those events steer her towards a chaotic adult life. Musically, it is some of the most adventurous music the band has ever composed. The music runs the range from heavy to light in order to capture the emotions of the story. The band is looking to promote the new album with another batch of shows and festivals. The sky’s the limit!