Phil Doran

'Into The Unknown'

Phil Doran is a musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. Born and raised on the west coast of Cumbria, he relocated to Liverpool in 2010 where he took on the role of lead guitar for various artists touring the UK/Europe and then went on to work as a session guitarist.


Currently a solo artist, he is about to release his debut album ‘Into The Unknown’ which has notably been recognised by progressive rock legends Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Mike Kidson (King Crimson) and Scott Higham (Ex-Pendragon). 2021 is set to be an exciting year as he takes ‘Into The Unknown’ out on to the road and festivals are set to be announced later in the year.


'Watch And Learn' is another that spans decades past with a very distinctive sound, before 'Do You Feel Alive?', which is a funky synth classic rock belter. A cool and lively upbeat number.

'Vision' is a 12+ minute prog rock symphony, followed by 'With Light' which has a beautiful and heartfelt style from start to finish. A wonderful ballad.


'Too Much Of Me' ends this album with an upbeat and floaty feel as you drift along throughout this track, and brings to a close a very interesting and different album, full of classic and not so classic moves.


Track list:-

1. 'Into The Unknown'

2. 'Hit The Sky'

3. 'Other Side'

4. 'Watch And Learn'

5. 'Do You Feel Alive?'

6. 'Vision'

7. 'With Light'

8. 'Too Much Of Me'


This is a very interesting and different album to my recent album reviews. It will take you back in time where bands like Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Jethro Tull were in their pomp, so if you are a fan of them then you will more than likely really enjoy this debut solo release from Phil Doran.

The album was released on August 1st and is another that you really need to check out. Don't get stuck in a rut as far a musical genres go, check out different styles and enjoy all. This is good.

TFM gives 'Into The Unknown' 4/5, check it out.


We start with 'Into The Unknown', the title track that starts with a synth before guitar hits and this instrumental start changes direction, first one way then the other before we have haunting vocals creating an impressive if somewhat trippy opening number.

'Hit The Sky' has a rockier more heavy opening before a wonderful and free flowing tune hits in two distinct parts, with the last three minutes bringing a fantasy feel to the track. This is followed by 'Other Side', which is just a prog rock delight in all senses of the word, and would not be out of place in eras past.