HIGHEST SCORE POSSIBLE! I'd never thought I would give an
album a "perfect 10", but as of right now I have a new
personal all-time favorite album. I might be the only one in the World,
who gets so much pleasure out of this album, but I don't care, because
this album has struck me where it hurts - and I LOVE IT!
is a word that comes up when I shall explain how I feel about this
album, to me everything seem to be in the right place at the right
time, not a single note, tone or break seem to be out of place. When I
write everything, then I mean absolutely everything, starting with the
crystal clear production that fits the music perfectly. The bass sound
is awesome - in your face and very upfront without ever being
dominant. The drum sound is sharp and clear - just listen to the
cymbal or snare drum sound - WAUV! The combination of Alex and
Oliver Holzwarth has to be one of the best and most tight rhythm
sections around. Their contribution is the very foundation to this
masterpiece of music!
And on the guitars we welcome Markus Steffen back - he was a part of
the first 3 Sieges Even albums - and if the Holzwarth brothers were
the foundation, then he's surely the walls! The input his sounds,
themes, motifs, riffs and leads have on this album is immense. To try
to describe his playing style is not an easy task - he's capable of
playing very emotional with a lot of feeling, but if the need is for
aggressive playing, then he does that with the same ease. His
excellent playing totally covers up the fact that they don't use a
And they've struck gold with the recent addition of the new vocalist
Arno Menses, who is capable of singing everything thrown at him -
sort of the perfect combination between Ted Leonard (Enchant) and
Geddy Lee (Rush) - just better and his performance on this album is
top notch! No matter if it's hard and complex vocal lines, or "easy"
and smooth lines or big choruses, he masters everything extremely well.
To get into each and every song would just make this already long
review even longer; all 8 songs - called Sequences on this album -
plus a short intro are of the highest musical level. I love everything
about this album, and to me this is art in its purest and most
I'd hate to put a label on this music, but just to make things a bit
more clear, then this is progressive rock in the same sense bands like
Rush and Enchant are - those are possible the 2 bands, which Sieges
Even reminds me most of on this album. But this is so much more: jazz,
rock, metal, classical and pop music! The music is demanding on the
listener in its complexity, but at the same time its very song
orientated. Might sound like a strange brew, but it's working
perfectly for me!
am pretty sure this is not an album for everyone, but it has struck me
right in the heart, and this is my recommendation to music fans
all round the globe:
Recommended tracks: Every single second of the album!