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3.86 | 74 ratings | 4 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Theodor's Walls (12:09)
2. Lion (9:32)
3. Simplicius (7:45)
4. Complicius (5:58)
5. The Lake (14:26)
6. On Tiptoe (5:33)
7. Fire On The Pier (11:49)
8. Take Me Or Leave Me (7:49)

Total time 75:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Kai Markwordt / lead & backing vocals, electric (8), Spanish (1) & 12-string (5) guitars
- Björn Bisch / guitars, e-bow
- Oliver Strahl (Rebhan) / keyboards, backing vocals
- Mario Koch / bass, clarinet
- Alex Bisch / drums, percussion, backing vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Björn Bisch

CD Progressive Promotion Records ‎- PPRCD036 (2015, Germany)

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MARTIGAN Distant Monsters ratings distribution

(74 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Try to pick up the spirit and create your own thing! Since they are active for more than two decades in the meanwhile, the MARTIGAN crew have the ability to make a lasting impression, at least when it comes to such a distant monster like this. The band is mainly, but not solely, underway in the neo prog tradition. Thus, from time to time you will detect hints pointing to the likes of IQ, Marillion, Saga, RPWL, Gate6. So much for a rough orientation music-wise. What matters in the end, no wonder, touches the quality of the compositions, and the characteristics the particular members are contributing.

Concerning the latter I'd like to mention Kai Marckwordt first of all. His vocals are one of a kind really, very empathic, optimally integrated into the sound. Just starting with Theodor's Walls all the aforementioned attributes are blended here. I mean the unusual multi-variant song structure, rich guitar riffing in between, the quite simple but perfect piano loop which accompanies you over the course, and finally a singing voice which leaves me with no option but to be excited. This track appears to be outstanding, a real masterpiece!

The following songs are offering more diverse impressions, from a wonderfully relaxed and melodic appearance regarding Simplicius and TipToe to some extended instrumental parts to be found on The Lake or Fire On The Pier for example. Hell! It took some time to write my words, released in December last year the album ultimately obtained a place on my top twenty list for 2015 at least. Recommended, 'Distant Monsters' is an album of a high caliber. Don't miss that!

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band MARTIGAN has been an ongoing venture for more than 20 years, and following a few initial albums released in quick succession early on, they now come out with a new album in a five to six year long cycles. "Distant Monsters" is their fifth studio recording, and was released by Progressive Promotion Records towards the tail end of 2015.

Elegant, accessible and melodic neo-progressive rock comes across as the rock-solid foundation upon which Martigan crafts their compositions. With a foot and a half well inside early '80s neo-progressive rock, with some careful flavors and details borrowed from the sound many such bands explored in the '90s to boot, Martigan's latest production comes across as a truly delightful album for anyone with an interest in early neo-progressive rock, and perhaps especially those with a passionate interest for bands exploring similar landscapes to what the Fish-era Marillion did back in the day.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Let's bring the distant monster a little closer so we can get a better look. So, I was reading a review for another artist that I like quite a bit, and the reviewer said if you like this then you really need to check out Martigan's 'Distant Monsters'. That was great advice. As has often been th ... (read more)

Report this review (#2339243) | Posted by SilverLight59 | Saturday, February 29, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Occasionally, just occasionally, in over fifty years of listening, a record turns up which I can simply enjoy from start to finish, without risk of causing severe damage to my right thumb as I hammer it down on the fast forward button. Think of...Forever Changes (Love's tour de force and, arguab ... (read more)

Report this review (#1513585) | Posted by tbstars1 | Sunday, January 17, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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