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THE CASTLE

Changing Images

 

Crossover Prog

2.02 | 4 ratings

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apps79
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2 stars The seeds of Changing Images were set in late-70's, when bassist Volker Kuhn would join the Germans Soma, where Martin Kornberger played keyboards.Soma split up but the friendship between the two men led them to this project, after Kuhn switched to guitar playing.Several cassettes would follow, before Changing Images released their debut ''The castle'' on Musea Records in 1991, containing compositions recorded in Aachen between 1989 and 1991.

The sound of the album reflects Progressive Rock's stylings around the period.This is an Electronic/Symphonic experience with strong New Age hints throughout, totally instrumental but quite uneven, where the result comes close to the works of GANDALF or DR. COENOBITE and the main influence comes as a hybrid between MIKE OLDFIELD, THE ENID and VANGELIS.With the instrumentation being limited in bass, synths and guitars and any other instrument being actually sampled, ''The castle'' has overall this thin 80's sound that spoils any attempt of creating grandiose and atmospheric orchestrations.Some tracks have a nice bombastic and highly symphonic atmosphere, where the duo of Kornberger and Kuhn reaches its inspirational peak and comes up with a few decent arrangements, built around dramatic keyboards/organs and good guitar solos.However the mass of the album is an incosistent mix of New Age themes with Electronic/Symphonic Music, totally ruined by the awful drum machines, sampled choirs and flutes, while even the ideas are very monotonous and hypnotic, having a very soft approach, which lacks any kind of dynamics.

''The castle'' shouldn't be regarded actually as a Progressive Rock album.This is more of a nice creation of smooth, almost cinematic, all instrumental music, good for playing it in the background but not for major listenings.

apps79 | 2/5 |

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