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09.12
2015

The romantic lightning of Subsignal

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One more album exclusively for everywhere progsters? No. Subsignal offer an album for anyone who wants to spend 1 hour of uplifting music.

Markus Steffen was, is and will be a low – key musician and the only thing that creates noise around him is his music. Once, he and some others, as Sieges Even, spent an evening with Art and she got pregnant on some dreamlike projects, such as "Steps", "A Sense of Change" and “The Art of Navigating by the Stars”. Today, in another time and in another field, Subsignal, he and Arno Menses (vocals) continue for the 4th time to do what they know best and with a few more musicians in genre, remain the "last of the Mohicans".

Subsignal avoid the difficult path, to be heard modern, keeping up with the aim of nowadays in their sound and attract as many as they can in order to become a first-class name. This is not in their nature, because they are romantic and what they do, they do it primarily for themselves, even though the impact that will have, will be in family contexts.

Their artistic identity and technique is not letting progressive show them the way, but they institute it and it boasts about them. In fact, their music is not only progressive to the genre, but progressive on everything. Thinking, action, image and anything that is in and out of music. Within a song you won’t hear complex structures that will knot your nerves, but you will meet AOR harmonies, choruses and melodies, small jazz coloraturas, the sweetest harpist from Markus which he has been producing for years and in the end, lyricism.

If there is one thing for which you expect to hear a new album from them, this is their lyricism. Starting from the top, reaching claws and dripping so you can put your hands underneath and lave your mind. Listen to "A Myth Written on Water", to "And the Rain Will Wash It all Away" or to the third act "In This Blinding Light" of the same title of the album and, if you are a romantic at heart, you will understand what I mean by my hyperbole around lyricism.

If I strip the image of the album from information like riffs, the metal sign and all those assuming typical stuffs, what remains is the songs in themselves. It is very important to conclude and realize that you wake up one day and want to hear these songs, without even care what kind of music is and other common stereotypes. If it is a monument of prog metal, I will share it with myself and one - two more, if it is something more precious, I will share it with as many as I can.

 

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The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime, by Subsignal (2015)

Genre: Progressive/AOR Rock/Metal

Label: Golden Core Records

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