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3.66 | 55 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Verloren im Dunkel:
1. Erwachen (3:14)
2. Verloren Im Dunkel (1:56)
3. Nosce Te Ipsum (5:58)
4. Verzweifelt Und Vergessen (4:58)
5. Der Gefallene Stern (6:30)
- Anderwelt:
6. Anderwelt (4:32)
7. Lichtpfad (5:14)
8. . Wie Wüstenregen (5:16)
9. Identropie (4:20)
10. Erlösung ? (6:18)
- Am Fluss Von Sein Und Zeit:
11. Am Fluss Von Sein Und Zeit (3:29)
12. Die Kyberniten (4:50)
13. Haravienna (12:20)
14. Rückkehr (4:55)
15. Friedhof Der Träume (3:45)

Total time 77:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Achim Wierschem / guitars, programming, producer
- Peter Figge / keyboards
- Claas Reimer / loops, synth, effects
- Hans Wende / bass, guitars
- Hans Schweiß / drums, percussion

- Jenny K / vocals (4,5)
- Mike Hartman / vocals (8,12,13)
- Hacki Kommel / guitar (13)
- Julian Küster / acoustic guitar (13)
- Jef De Corte / horn (2,15), orchestration (11)
- Markus Roth / synth & piano & organ (13), flute (14)
- Markus Wierschem / narration, voice actor
- Mirjam Wiesemann / voice actor

Releases information

Artwork: Jef De Corte

CD arkana multimedia ‎- ARK 57967 (2013, Germany)

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FLAMING BESS Der Gefallene Stern ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

FLAMING BESS Der Gefallene Stern reviews

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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars With their 2013 release, FLAMING BESS continues to scale the upward trajectory established by "Waechter des Lichts", while not quite fanning their feathers as on their original recordings. This is as rock oriented as anything they have ever done, with recent electronica yielding to a percussive bite. Mike Hartman is the main vocalist with Jenny K appearing on several tracks. As is customary, narration of the ongoing fable punctuates the proceedings, perhaps somewhat less obtrusively than has been the case in recent years.

The album fairly explodes with a few rousing old style instrumentals that are not that dissimilar, although the theme of the first will reappear several times throughout the 77 minutes like a trusted friend. The ensemble approach illuminates the guitars and keys to best effect. It's true that the acoustic dimension remains perhaps forever buried, but some might not miss it. "Verzweifelt und Vergessen" is one of their best song oriented pieces, launching atmospherically before propelling forward rhythmically while retaining a spacey core.

From here the quality descends a notch for most of the duration, although most pieces are still entertaining, the best being the epic "Haravienna" which overlaps azz/funk/psych territories shamelessly. It's hard not to admire the ambition even if the GPS loses its signal here and there.

Whether or not FLAMING BESS is a rising star or even a star at all may be debatable, but this collective luminescence is anything but fallen.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Seven years ago, a friend of mine with a penchant for the obscure got me acquainted with a German band called Flaming Bess. The albums back then were Tanz der Gotter and a more recent one called Finstere Sonne. The music of both albums was pleasant enough, if nothing spectacular. Given that both Ca ... (read more)

Report this review (#1031060) | Posted by Leon Marx | Monday, September 9, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Flaming Bess' music has always struck me as charmingly at odds with its lyrical contents. Simply put, the somewhat self-aware nature and epic cheesiness of their B-movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy plots about the eponymous star-goddess and queen of light tends to clash with their music. The latter, by 2013, has ... (read more)

Report this review (#1030275) | Posted by PleasantShadeofGray | Saturday, September 7, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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