(All Album Reviews by rarebird)
This is were my ID comes from.
The main solo-instruments are the guitar of newcomer Pablo Weeber, and the viola of longtime member Christoph Noppeney. The music is a mix of symphonic rock and jazz-rock. "When you lay down rough and thorny", which is sung by Pablo Weeber, is a strange piece, because it seems to split in to parts. Nobody knows if this is meant to be two separate songs. The first half is a bit dreamy, with vocals, growing a bit more aggressive towards the end. The viola plays a short solo and after a short silence, the second half starts again with a solo for the viola. It's an instrumental part, which is growing symphonic in the end.
The highlight of the CD is "Rare bird", which is sung by keyboard-player Joachim von Grumbkow. It is quiet, with piano and flute. The music gets darker and a synthesizer starts a melody, which is taken over by a beautiful solo on the soprano-saxophone by Jörg-Peter Siebert. The lyrics are about poet Friedrich Hölderlin.
"Necronomicon" is dark sometimes with an eerie viola and a strong bass-part. Its growing more symphonic, with a solo for the viola. After this, the guitar takes off for a screaming solo and it ends with a solo for the viola.
As a whole, I don't think this is their best CD, but it has beautiful moments. The string-ensemble sometimes gives the music a symphonic touch.