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TIMANFAYA

The Healing Road

 

Neo-Prog

3.59 | 22 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
4 stars "German gem"

This is a musical project by the German keyboardplayer/drummer Hans Peter Hess who has invited several musicians on the five albums he has released between 2006 and 2014. The name is derived from Rush drummer Neil Peart his book "Ghost Rider - Travels on The Healing Road", it is Hans Peter his favourite one. This review is about his second effort entitled Timanfaya (2009).

On his instrumental second album Timanfaya (running time 50 minutes) we can enjoy nine varied and very tastefully arranged compositions. The atmospheres range from spacey, electronic oriented and mellow with sensitive electric guitar or Grand piano to bombastic with powerful Hammond organ and spectacular synthesizer flights. Or propulsive rhythms with fiery guitar and dynamic drums. I cannot trace a weak song but I would like to mention my highlights.

An exciting atmosphere with a fluent rhythm, sensational keyboard work and strong interplay between guitar and keyboards in the great opener Devil's Garden and the alternating Crashing Waves.

The distinctive sound of sultry sounding Indian tablas and delicate Fender Rhodes electric piano, along subtle guitarplay in the strongly build-up Crater Camels.

Wonderful keyboards (from a swinging piano to a slow synthesizer solo) and varied guitarwork (from a Floydian solo to biting wah-wah) in the captivating Observe And Learn.

And lots of dynamics, keyboard pyrotechnics and exciting shifting moods in the long Fire Mountains, this is Prog Heaven!

I am not familiar with the other albums, but listening to this CD I conclude that The Healing Road is e very interesting German musical project to discover!

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |

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