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BATTLEMENT

Neuschwanstein

 

Symphonic Prog

3.96 | 160 ratings

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ExittheLemming
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2 stars The State of Complete Bafflement v Neuschwanstein

The case for the defense

The musical soil in 1978 was not remotely fertile enough ground to support delicate blooms such as this German species 'Retroproggessiva Teutonica' and their short-lived tenure is testament to the ruthless pruning policy adopted by the punk movement towards progressive rock in general which came to resemble 'Year Zero' Maoist fervor.

All these guys can play, record and compose extremely complex and challenging music extraordinarily well but if their career timing had been as well honed as their musical one, things may have worked out very differently.

The case for the prosecution

Of all the Genesis wannabe bands I have heard, this lot really do take the proverbial biscuit in terms of sheer unashamed brazen duplicity. They even make Marillion sound innovative. It is not beyond the realms of probability that in a blindfold test, someone with even a respectable and detailed knowledge of the Genesis repertoire, would be hard pressed to tell the difference between Reiner Zimmer and Peter Gabriel. The impersonation really is quite uncanny, and assuming that Mr Gabriel has heard same, must give the latter a dose of the 'creeps' for sure.

To further compound their sins, Neuschwanstein's compositions are actually really good and do not, as far as I can tell, plagiarise the actual musical content of Genesis, which brings us to the burning questions:

1 - Why seven musicians as talented as this wasted a large portion of their youth and creative energy by painstakingly and slavishly mimicking their English heroes ?

2 - What did Neuschwanstein sound like when they were impersonating Neuschwanstein ?

I for one would love to have heard the results of number 2.

The greatest Genesis tribute band of all time who did all their own material.

ExittheLemming | 2/5 |

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