|......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH|
Blind Ego are a new chapter in the scene of Progressive Rock from this millennium.It´s possible listen an amazing and sophisticated collection of musical arrangements, highly symphonic and melodic, sometimes very powerful, where Karlheinz Wallner and all musicians on the band, share their musical experiences. We can really feel that they are musicians compromised with the musical arrangements, where they know how to combine a dynamic blend of different musical styles. Blind Ego´s music it’s filled with musical enthusiasm, magnificent melodies incredible keyboard/ guitars dialogues, adding exceptional drum rhythm section with lovely and harmonic vocals performance. Listening all the tracks, we can enjoy the vibrants "Obsession", "Break You", "Open Sore" and "Mirror", after that, the melodic "Moon And Sun", continuing with the beautiful and symphonic "Black Despair", "Don´t Ask Me Why", "Moonland" and "Artist Monqué", but in my opinion, the best song on this album is "Forbidden To Remain", where we can hear Kalle Wallner showing a high degree of creativity on his guitars solos. In fatc, all material on this album is very impressive and is a real winner for fans of "RPWL", "IQ", "Jadis", "Blackfield", "Frost", "Pendragon", "Kino" and "Arena". Brilliant and fantastic, highly recommendable...
main line up on the Band are:
Since the mid 80´s the progressive rock scene has started to flourish again all over Europe. In the process, bands who use their creativity for new branches rather than stick to the roots of the genre are a joy to listen to. The band "RPWL" from Freising, Germany with already five successful records released is outstanding in the music scene. Guitarist
Karlheinz "Kalle" Wallner contributes a major part of the quartet´s sound. On the occasion of his solo–project Blind Ego he took a closer look in the mirror to reflect on a number of touching, very personal experiences. The "Mirror" answered back ten times in a wonderful way…
"The `Mirror`- Songs derive from different phases in the last three years", says Kalle Wallner. "During this time a lot happened in my personal life. Although I originally didn´t plan on using autobiographical issues it did happen in the end. The songs are a result of different emotions: anger, hate, grief. While writing I sort of stripped down to the bottom of my soul and tried to convert all of this into intense music."
This explains one part of the project´s name "EGO", but why "BLIND"? "´BLIND´ stands for initiating and finishing this project on my own without letting myself be distracted from anything. In addition, working alone makes you blind in a way because influences from the outside don´t have to be taken into consideration at first." Wallner produced demo tapes and invited various renowned musicians to the Farmlands studio, which he and his colleague Yogi Lang from "RPWL" run together, to help him give his work a perfect finish. "I had already asked John Jowitt (Bass/"IQ", "JADIS") at the German Eclipsed-festival and kept in touch with him ever since. He established the contact with Paul Wrightson (ex-"ARENA") who sings the stately, rather emotional tracks. John Mitchell ("ARENA", "IT BITES", "KINO") has impressed me for a long time as a singer and I was sure that he was the right person for the more rock-like songs. Tommy Eberhardt I know to be one of the best drummers In South Germany. I was very glad about Clive Nolan ("ARENA", "PENDRAGON") not only recording Paul Wrightsons vocals but also contributing backing vocals himself. It was clear from the beginning that I wanted to work with Yogi Lang as a producer. We know each other very well and each knows how to get the best out of the other."
Mission accomplished. "Mirror" is full of a devotion which has no match yet. Blind Ego sounds like a straighter version of RPWL with more guitars. Even if Wallner never uses captivating solosto push these to the forefront and gives the record great elegian moments which are to be enjoyed. The guitar-vocal ballad "Black Despair" ("The saddest song I ever wrote") perfectly offers a combination of both while Wallner´s creative solo makes you go all goose-pimply. A similar sensation arises with "Don´t Ask Me Why" which Is radiant thanks to a strong guitar motive but mainly because of the perfect harmony of vocals and guitar and which shows Wallners versatility. More rock-like, partly just instrumental are the songs "Obsession", "Open Sore" and "Moorland" with a 5/8 beat.
All this should be to the taste of the RPWL fans because the guitarist never denies his band membership. He will be loved for the two longtracks on "Mirror". The title track ("One sees oneself in the mirror but doesn´t recognize oneself") could hardly find a better way to describe the inner conflict during self-reflection than its tricky combination of 5/8 and 4/4 beats. And the most complex track of the record which is provided with the most keyboards "Forbidden To Remain" ("…for which there was no sufficient time In `Trying To Kiss The Sun`") convinces with a disturbing 13/8 beat motive, a concert-like psychedelic middle part and one of the most beautiful guitar solos since Floyd´s "Comfortably Numb". At this point, at the latest, even the last person should realise that Kalle Wallner is one of the greatest guitarists in the genre.
As a bonus track on "Mirror" one will find a remix of "Artist Manque" which is a track by the precursor band of "RPWL" and "VIOLET DISTRICT". "This band was, back then, the crucial factor for his decision to become a professional musician". A wise decision.
Studios: Farmlands. Label: Red Farm Records, Booking Agency: Blackfarm, Art Director: Stefan Wittmann.
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