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4.00 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Crusader (6:01)
2. Night Dream Call (7:45)
3. Mariana (5:11)
4. Hometown (6:13)
5. Holyrood Park (5:06)
6. Notes Before Sunset (8:10)
7. He's gone (1:32)
8. Names in the Mirror (12:03)

Total Time 53:44

Line-up / Musicians

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

Releases information

Selfreleased, 2009.

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SUNPATH Night Dream Call ratings distribution

(4 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
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Review by Angelo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars

My expectations were high on this second Sunpath album, since I liked their debut and the band announced that this one would be less Sieges Even like. Overall, this is definitely true, and it makes the band stronger than they were already. Some of the potential that could be heard in Acoustic Aphasia is showing through now.

Most striking is that Ralf Kierspel has grown as a singer. He brought his experience from Picture This when he joined in 2007, but now his voice has really been integrated with the band's music - the past two years were definitely well spent! I have to add here that the band has grown as composers as well.

Still there is some room for improvement, some of the longer tracks stay in the same mode a little too long. The 12 minute Names in the Mirror almost had me fooled because of that. It starts as a rock/metal track of the verse/chorus type. After six minutes, it goes into an Eloy (Silent Cries) like, almost symphonic mode. That could have come earlier, I had almost turned away from the track when that happened. I am glad I didn't though, despite this it is a very likeable track.

The best tracks on this album for me are easy to identify. Hometown, a track that starts out very quiet with vocals and guitar, and never becomes really heavy. It has a perfect build up, it's well sung and has great bass work as well. Second is the title track Night Dream Call, which is possibly the heaviest on the album. It shows that the band is capable of putting together a true metal wall of sound, without loosing melody, and interleaving that with more melodic, less 'brutal' parts. A small surprise in the form of a grunted verse, by Claudio Enzler of Stuttgart's death metal pride Sacrificium, is included as a bonus.

Third is Holyrood Park is worth mentioning, because it both illustrates how the band has grown composition wise, and what Ralf Kierspel is capable off as a vocalist. It's almost as strong as Hometown, mixing metal with more mellow rock and varied vocals. In some of the verses, there's even a hint of Jim Kerr in the latter.

Apart from these, Marianna is worth mentioning. A very powerful (not the same as heavy!) and well performed track, with verses taken from the poem Marianna by Andrew Lord Tennyson (written in 1830).

All in all, I believe Sunpath have made a big step forwards with this album. They can grow further, but this one beats Acoustic Aphasia for sure. I'll be ready for the next one, and maybe we'll see a joined gig with Feedforward in Amsterdam one day. It's still a pity the previous one got cancelled after Feedforward's drummer broke his arm.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars (background info - sorry, won't provide) (personal info - my first Sunpath album, not so much listens, will edit later). Don't take this review much seriously, I'll do some kind of experimental form of writing in this one. After all, after months of writing more or less in conventional forms, I deserve to do so, right ? Well, so let it cut on bare feelings and emotions: interesting music, when I heard first tones of Crusader, I knew that it's prog. With this intent I selected this album. So I've listened very closely the very first seconds and what came next and tried to differ this from "normal" rock/metal (normal time signature, pace, rhythm), trying to find these complex patterns and structures, harmony of multiple instruments playing together in elaborate way. I found it, however, some of elements in it I already knew, so called "not innovative at all costs". Enjoyment, it's important factor for me. I can listen to this kind of music, I can enjoy it, but I does not see it as masterpiece. Or at least not now. Some music grows older and colder, some will grow "on me" (as they say), so it will actually become better. The important thing is motivation. Why to listen this again (if I'll give it change again). And I will, because what I just (two times) heard pleased me. In mentioned first song, I quite like little thingie - last two ringing sounds + drums that starts to play directly between them. It's somehow pleasing. Little pleasures as I say. Then, guitar solos kicks in and takes whole place for itself.

4(+), maintaining to be fresh.

P.S. Not so bad for experimental review, huh ?

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