Seventh album by this instrumental rock band that is, in its own right, one of the most outstanding on the German market. In this work they announce that they give greater prominence to electronic bases to create diverse environments. When we talk about electronics, we are referring to the use of synthesizers and drum machines that have a very 80’s and 90’s sound from the last century.
In tracks like «Immunity» they confirm his ability to make fast tangent cuts with progressive rock. «Ashes» includes a spoken introduction to later stretch, like no one else, an electronic drum base on which elements are added that are reminiscent, quite a bit, of Rush or Genesis. The final part is glorious, managing to conquer you with enormous ease.
«Voices» starts almost like Ace Frehley’s «New York Groove», although then everything changes to give the necessary space to the synthesizers. The more guitar parts are slightly reminiscent of Mark Knopfler on an exciting basis that has really surprised us. «True / Negative» also has a spoken part in its introduction, just after comes mechanical rock, industrial touches and the generation of sensations only with music.
«Curiosity» consists of two parts, the first one in which the main lines of what is developed in the second are pointed out. They play hard rock lightly and maintain an unprecedented good taste in many of today’s bands. «Hazard» has a battery that seems to be taken from any band from the 80s, the bass line, that almost handmade guitar sound, the slow part with the voice and the grand finale are factors that make us think that we are dealing with one of the most complete cuts on the album.
«Sharing thoughts» are 7:35 minutes of continuous sound evolution. After the initial part, the bases are played in the old-fashioned way, developing parallel melodies that freely intersect. A masterpiece. «Beyond your limits» is a sung cut that, by the way, we love. Genesis references are more than present. What we did not expect is a final part that connects with progressive rock faster than the rest of the songs. It is another of the great songs on the album.
We recommend this work to lovers of progressive rock without labels and to those who are tired of bands cut by the same pattern. Luckily, in Munster there is a time machine installed in the rehearsal room of a band that you should know as soon as possible to discover why the change of prism can teach you other ways of doing rock that will surprise you.
Long Distance Calling – How Do We Want To Live?Tracklisting (52:45):
1. Curiosity (Part 1) (02:56)
2. Curiosity (Part 2) (04:26)
3. Hazard (06:08)
4. Voices (07:54)
5. Fail / Opportunity (03:07)
6. Immunity (05:40)
7. Sharing Thoughts (07:25)
8. Beyond Your Limits (06:24)
9. True / Negative (02:33)
10. Ashes (06:12)
David Jordan -Guitarra
Florian Füntmann -Guitarra
Janosch Rathmer -Batería
Jan Hoffmann –Bajo