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ACOUSTIC APHASIA

Sunpath

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3.02 | 3 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intromental (3:40)
2. Pictures of Illusion (9:24)
3. Dreamscape (7:12)
4. Aphelion (3:52)
5. In Good Seasons (6:18)
6. Tacit Knowledge (13:24)
i) Swampland
ii) Afraid of Darkness
iii) Release

Total time: 44:30

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Line-up / Musicians

- Rafael Sonntag / guitar
- Beniamino Alba / bass
- Ralf Kierspel / vocals
- Felix Starker / guitar
- Cyril Kajnar / drums

Releases information

CD Independent Release 2007

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Review by Angelo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Wrap your wings around me...

Sunpath is new to ProgArchives at the time I write this review - they entered the forums as an unsigned/unreleased band and were approved shortly after that on the basis of this, their debut album. A band with many influences listed in their band information (and probably as many not listed), formed by a mix of young and slightly older musicians (ages between 25 and 45 at the time of this release) most of whom are well trained (some even classically trained) multi-instrumentalists. Promising...

The album starts with the instrumental opener Intromental, which brings back vague recollections of the instrumental openings of 1980's Helloween albums. Recollections that are quickly wiped out, since this track is more serious than the Helloween intros, this is a real overture of the album rather than a guitar 'thingy'. With this, the metal roots and the more than decent level of musicianship are introduced straight away. Picture of Illusion follows, with a dreamy, picked guitar intro that lasts for a few minutes, followed by alternating metal ballad like verse and a chorus. Near the end the mood changes gradually in order to return to the atmosphere and sound of the intro. Dreamscape takes me back to the first time I heard a sample of the band on MySpace (a mix of short pieces of all tracks), which immediately reminded me of Sieges Even's Paramount album that I had just bought at the time. The bands show akin, but Sunpath still has it's own ideas to work with, and a different vocalist. Heavier and speedier Aphelion is a real metal track with a progressive edge, and Ralf Kierspel showing the high pitch possiblities of his voice. I never heard his former band Picture This, but I think they might be worth sampling as well. In Good Seasons then - a completely different beast, with some very clean guitar work in it. Ralf singing in a quite emotional way. I recall someone on ProgArchives wrote in a review that Sieges Even mixed Metal and Art Rock. For me, this track shows that Sunpath is capable of doing the same. Rafael Sonntag also gets a chance to show his skills on the violin (he is classically trained on that instrument), which is blended very nicely with a slightly distorted guitar solo. This is a track that really appeals to me. Closing track of the album is the 13-minute epic Tacit Knowledge. A short description of the track, and some lyrics are dearly missed - this track made me notice for the first time that the CD has no booklet, only an double sided inlay with band info. However, musically, the track is more than worth listening. It shows what the band means with this credo found on their web site (I translated it from German below):

"SUNPATH - a name that stands for virtuosity, richness in elements, powerful rock, and fine melodies. Five musicians combine this with stylistic influences from rock, metal, jazz, blues, and funk - in order to create innovative, unique music."

Bits of most styles mentioned here are to be found in this track - without loosing coherence, in some places even blending almost unnoticed.

Overall, Sunpath may not have started their career with a five star masterpiece (I dare not judge it that way at it's present age), but this album and the level of experience and musical education in the band, hold promises for the future. A little more variation in song structures (less chorus-verse alternations in track likes Picture of Illusions) would have been nice, but overall musicianship compensates for this.

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Posted Thursday, December 06, 2007

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars A bright future?

After a turbulent few years which saw a number of members come and go, German prog metal band Sunpath released this their debut album in 2007. At present, the album is available for free download or CD purchase via the band's website, the band having taken the bold step of releasing the album themselves.

With a line up of twin guitars and vocals, but no keyboards, the opportunities to vary the sound are perhaps limited. There are however six tracks here four of which are over 6 minutes long, including a three part closing track running to some 13 minutes.

The opening Intromental (get it?!) quickly directs us to the band's long suit, through some melodic and virtuoso lead guitar. This segues into the 9 minute Pictures of illusion, the intro to which is quite at odds with the band's metal classification. The gentle acoustic guitar lays the foundations for a soft vocal passage. While the vocals are adequate, they are the weak link of the band. In fairness, this is in part due to the production of the album which delivers the vocals in a rather raw, unrefined way. The track builds through heavy riffing and frantic drums delving deep into the territories of bands such as Dream Theater.

Dreamscape also begins as a soft ballad, before developing into an Indie sounding piece, with suggestions of the prog punk of bands such as The Mars Volta. Aphelion is the shortest and most straight forward track on the album. The vocals on this rock metal song are better than on most of the album, this being about as close as the band come to creating something commercial in pop terms.

The now familiar acoustic intro returns for In good seasons, but this time although the track does become louder, it maintains the lighter style. By way of a pleasant surprise, the song includes unaccredited violin as well as the more prosaic guitar. The album closes with Tacit knowledge, a three part suite and the longest track on the album. In reality though, other than the length, there is little to differentiate this from what has gone before, the average vocals and by now familiar guitar sounds simply being extended. The latter part of the piece does show a degree of refinement which, had it been present throughout the album, would undoubtedly have been to the album's advantage.

In all, an album which offers the promise of potential, rather than actually delivering. With some competent production, and perhaps the addition of some keyboards to fill out and diversify the sound, Sunpath could have a bright future.

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