Michael Sobygge

Rating: 77/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, September '05
Label - MSP-Music
Style - Instrumental Metal / Classical

Melodic Meltdown

- I must admit that I don’t think I have ever heard of the name Michael Søbygge, (in English, Sobygge) and his band MELODIC MELTDOWN. But that suddenly changed, when I received Michael Sobygge’s 3 solo albums from Mr. Sobygge himself. 

The editor of this site, Kenn , has already reviewed Sobygge’s band, MELODIC MELTDOWN, so let’s move on to his solo albums, shall we?

This is his first solo album and it’s called “Melodic Meltdown”, and it’s a pleasant surprise. The production could have been better, but the 12 tracks there is to be found on this release are actually quite good. The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. The music is a mix between Hard rock/Metal and classical parts, and I know that most instrumental albums tend to be very boring, but Michael Sobygge captures the listener with very memorable tracks. You can very easy tell the numbers apart from each other.

Take a listen to “Daydreaming” with its galloping riff and beautiful melody. This track reminds med of a Tony Macalpine track. Or what about “Rainbows (As Time Slips By)”. A very emotional track with a very memorable melody. Your will find yourself floating away to this track. And you can hear thunder and real rain… yes REAL rain, recorded in England , because Sobygge wanted to have some rain on this track as an effect. 

I will mention one more track, and it’s called “The Two Friends”. This track is written for a very good friend of Sobygge and for himself. Michael Sobygge’s brother says, that it to him sounds like a café in France with a view to the sea. And yes… it actually sounds like you are sitting in a café in France . Great track. 

So, a nice start form Michael Sobygge, and I will now check out his next solo album, called “No Words Needed”.

Recommended tracks: See above.


Michael Sobygge

Rating: 55/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, September '05
Label - MSP-Music
Style - Instrumental Hard Rock / Metal

No Words Needed

“No Words Needed” is the second solo album from the Danish guitar player Michael Sobygge and this album is much punchier and much more heavy sounding than his first solo album “Melodic meltdown”. But unfortunately this album doesn’t seem to captivate me like his first album did, and once again the production could have been better in my humble opinion.

Here on “No Words Needed” Michael Sobygge is handling all the guitar work, and he is also responsible for bass guitar and piano. Impressive.  

There is ups and downs during the 11 tracks there is to be found on this album and the best track is “The Witch & the Warlock” in my opinion and with a better production this track could easily be a killer-track! - Let’s not forget track 9, “I don’t Know Why?” – It’s a very beautiful quiet piece of music, and honestly… this little piece of music almost made me cry the first time I heard it… and I can only say…- I don’t know why? -I really like this track.

The rest of the tracks are okay, but nothing spectacular.  - I will now check out his third solo album, called, “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”!  

Recommended tracks: See above.


Michael Sobygge

Rating: 58/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, September '05
Label - MSP-Music
Style - Metal / Classical

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

This is the third solo album from Danish guitar hero Michael Sobygge and here on “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” we have Martin Bech on drums, Lasse W. Wehner on bass, Lars Binderup, vocals on 4 of the 15 tracks, and of course on guitars, Michael Sobygge.

Just like Sobygge’s first two albums there are ups and downs. We get 11 instrumental tracks and 4 with Lars Binderup on vocals and I must admit that I don’t like the way Lars Binderup is singing. I wish he would sing his heart out instead of holding back… sounds pretty awful to me, sorry!

The best tracks in my opinion are “Adagio Op.1 No.8”, a very beautiful little piece of classical music Sobygge wrote back in 1994. Track 11 “Blue Notes”, very memorable and very funky. And track 13 “On A Green Day”. -This title was given to Sobygge by a little girl called Nanna. To me, a beautiful warm summer day comes to mind when I listen to this track.

This third solo album from Sobygge comes with a better production than his 2 first albums, and do check out this site www.melodicmeltdown.dk to learn more about Michael Sobygge.

Recommended tracks: See above

Link: www.melodicmeltdown.dk