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4 stars German guitar player Kalle Wallner has made an interesting release here.

Obvioulsy the influences from RPWL, where Wallner has been a member for a decade or so, are noticeable. But with his side project Blind Ego, the music has more of an AOR/hard rock feel to it overall.

I presume Wallner is reaching out to an audience beyond the hardcore circle of prog fans with this release, and I do hope he will succeed in that. The album as such isn't exceptionally great though, but quite a few nice tunes and a couple of gems makes this one worthwhile checking out for the curious.

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Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars I like Neo-Prog…but there are limits. BLIND EGO sounds extremely faceless – like any other Neo-Prog/Prog-related ban, that tries to show teeth and throws some Metal in their music (I won’t be the first to tell you that they even have stolen OPETH’s “Windowpane” opening melody). I heard KINO, ENCHANT, ILUVATAR, GREY LADY DOWN, GHOST CIRCUS etc, and they all sound as if they were listening to RUSH and MARILLION only. BLIND EGO has also this ugly Alternative side, which I dislike in “classic” genres like Neo or Symphonic Prog. Recommended only for those who loves abovementioned bands, but don’t blame me if you happen to dislike this one ;)
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Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars I typically don't listen to music on the radio much these days because there isn't a whole lot that I either haven't heard before or that I find all that interesting (or good). Most of the rock you hear on the radio is either classic rock or modern mainstream rock. Most of the latter these days is formulaic and boring to my ears. However, occasionally it is done right. The debut album by Blind Ego is an example of modern rock being done right. To be honest I don't hear a whole lot of prog or prog influenced music on here (although at times there are mild Pink Floyd or David Gilmour elements) but instead melodic hard rock of the more modern mainstream variety. I would be hard pressed to call this nu metal though or even alternative or post grunge rock and it doesn't really sound like any one band in particular.

There are ten tracks on this disc and one that appears to be a bonus track called "artist manque." The best and possibly most progressive is the tenth track "forbidden to remain" which clocks in at 10:02. Recommended to those who don't mind a more mainstream hard rock approach. Those who are RPWL completionists might also want to check it out since this is after all the side project of RPWL guitarist Kalle Wallner. A solid three star release.

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