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SUBSIGNAL unveils a new song from "La Muerte"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Subsignal, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, Video, La Muerte, Gentle Art Of Music

SUBSIGNAL unveils a new song from "La Muerte"

Soundscape architects Subsignal worked on a new album entitled "La Muerte". The longplayer will hit the shelves on May 25th and comes via Gentle Art Of Music.

Artwork, tracklist and a new video have been unveiled and here they are:

  1. 271 Days
  2. La Muerta
  3. The Bells Of Lyonesse
  4. Every Able Hand
  5. Teardrops Will Dry In Source Of Origin
  6. The Approaches
  7. Even Though The Stars Don't Shine
  8. The Passage
  9. When All The Trains Are Sleeping
  10. As Birds On Pinions Free
  11. Some Kind Of Drowning
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CD review RPWL "The New Dawn"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in RPWL, Gentle Art Of Music, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

CD review RPWL "The New Dawn"

(9/10) German prog rocker RPWL started their journey in rock in 1997 and since then the guys from Bavaria can look back on quite some releases with the latest studio album called “Wanted” from 2014. In order to celebrate their two decades anniversary, RPWL decided to go for something special and fortunately they also documented the 'party' for each and every one that’s interested.

As being the final show of their 2015 tour, promoting “Wanted”, the band came home to Freising, Germany for playing the final gig of this tour. The combination of an anniversary year for the band plus playing a show at home inspired the band to do something special. Instead of a mere concert RPWL took a much wider approach for this show.

Not only playing the songs on stage, it was the theatric way of also interpreting the tunes on stage that made this night to a special one. RPWL came with a full production that included the musicians as well as up to 50 actors, creating a unique moment of music and scenery melting together to something exciting new. In addition multimedia elements have been used to completed the perfect and highly professional expression of this unusual show. And yes, it was more show that a concert.

Going for such an endeavor includes the risk of giving to much attention to the visuals or creating a competitive situation between scenery and songs. The beauty with this concert was and is the fact that the music’s still in focus. Thinking about great tunes like ”Disbelief” and “Wanted” definitely a good decision. The entire actor play and visuals are more used as an addition the emphasis the various tracks.

In case you want to have the full package you can go for the DVD/BluRay but to be honest, I think the CD version is even more exciting since it’s only the songs doing the job. It feels a bit less (over)loaded to me, but again – it’s the joy for everybody to pick what fits best when it comes to bring this special evening right into your living room.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist CD:

  1. Revelation
  2. Swords and Guns
  3. A Clear Cut Line
  4. Wanted
  5. Like To Like
  6. The Fisherman
  7. Hide and Seek
  8. Disbelief
  9. Misguided Thought
  10. Still Asleep
  11. Perfect Day
  12. Terror
  13. The Attack
  14. A New Dawn
  15. Revelation Reprise
  16. Unchain the Earth (Encore)
  17. Hole in the Sky (Encore)

 

Label: Gentle Art Of Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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CD review DANTE "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Dante, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, DVD, Gentle Art Of Music, Rock, Heavy Metal, Live

(8/10) Dante is a German prog metal outfit that started back in 2006. The band from Augsburg, Germany released their debut “The Inner Circle” in 2008 and three more studio longplayers followed up till now.

What the Swabians haven’t had so far as part of their discography was a live album, a gap they fill in 2017. Actually it was in 2016 when Dante played their first show in Poland and they were that brave to record and film the show that took place in Katowice. In total there are six songs on CD 1 of this double disc package that have been recorded during this show. Next to new material Dante also harks back to classics from the early days of the band. “Vanessa” is one of these beautiful songs that unveil, over 12 minutes, the beauty of progressive metal.

The second disc was captured in their hometown Augsburg and acts as a completion when it comes to the creative work of Dante. “Rearrangement Of The Gods” and “Beautiful Again” are the only two common denominators on both CD's, the rest differs. In this way the band provides an excellent overview when it comes to their career and songs. Dante combines the finesse of Dream Theater with metallic power and cinematic soundscapes.  And since the sound on both CD's is excellent and brings the entire beauty of a Dante show right into your home.

"When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice" is a thrilling live album, showcasing a band that also had times when they hit the bumpy roads without staying there. If you are interested in progressive metal music and if you haven’t heard of the band before, than it’s "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice" that gives you first good idea of what Dante is about. Fans of the band will love this live album anyhow.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

DVD & CD1: „Live In Katowice“

  1. Rearrangement Of The Gods
  2. Beautiful Again
  3. Vanessa
  4. The Lone And Level Sands
  5. Until The Last Light Breaks In
  6. November Red

CD2: „When We Were Beautiful – Live“

  1. Rearrangement Of The Gods
  2. Ambitious
  3. Beautiful Again
  4. Until The Last Light Breaks In
  5. Let Me Down
  6. Sad Today
  7. Finally

 

Label: Gentle Art Of Music

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review DANTE "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice"
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