Novalis - Banished Bridge CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 72 ratings

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This legendary group,one of the top Gernan progressive rock bands ever,was found in 1972 in Hamburg by bassist Heino Schünzel and vocalist Jürgen Wenzel.They recruited Hartwig Biereichel and Lutz Rahn to present the first NOVALIS line-up,named after the major poet of the romanticism period...which is exactly what you'll hear listening to their 1973 debut ''Banished bridge'':romantic progressive rock with changing moods and superb vocals.

Electric guitars are totally absent,but do not expect to hear bombastic keyboard-driven musicianship by NOVALIS.Their music is built around mainly slow- and mid-tempo organ parts with lots of classical leanings,peaceful and calm piano passages and some synth-driven effects with a spacey and deep atmosphere.This trully majestic keyboard work would eventually have remained in the shadows without being ''colored'' by the ethereal bass work of Schünzel and the stunning vocal performance of Jürgen Wenzel...as for the 17-min title track,this is a unique progressive journey in the world of organ-dominated/spacey prog rock,delivering one of the most mournful and depressive atmospheres ever to be faced!''Banished bridge'' comes like a guide to the German symphonic progressive rock school with heavy emphasis on strong keyboards,spacey parts and creative soundscapes.A trully interesting release!

apps79 | 3/5 |


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