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3.88 | 50 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Starlit Sands (8:20)
2. Black Confetti (6:12)
3. Roots (6:49)
4. The Lights (3:24)
5. November Sky (6:00)
6. Black Chapter Red (8:16)
7. Kissing Dynamite (4:04)
8. Deep Down (6:13)
9. End Of Life (6:41)

Total time 55:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Holger Weckbach - vocals
- Eric Trauzettel - drums, recording, mixing
- Frank Nowack - guitars, bass
- Wolfgang Täffner - keys

Releases information

Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD
May 27, 2016

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CROMWELL Black Chapter Red ratings distribution

(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band CROMWELL was formed back in 1992, and released their debut album "Burning Banners" in 1997 through the German label Angular Records. Line-up alterations and other issues then saw to it that the band activities stopped up for quite some time, but a second album has been in the works for many years now. Their sophomore creation "Black Chapter Red" eventually appeared in the summer of 2016, issued through Progressive Promotion Records.

Those who are fond of the harder-edged variety of neo-progressive rock that some bands started to explore in the '90s should feel right at home with this sophomore production by Cromwell. Tight, firm and dark toned guitars paired off with light toned keyboard arrangements are the key combination that creates an appealing sound, with effective vocals and clever use of minor alterations, as the details that ensure nerve and tension, are maintained quite nicely. Fans of a band like IQ (circa 1985-'87) and Galahad might want to give this one a spin.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Excellent addition to any prog music collection

This band from Germany delivers one of the best neo prog i ever heared in long time. With only two albums released so far, their most recent one is called Black chapter red, issued in 2016 after almost 20 years silence from debut Burning banners. Worth the wait?, yes it does big time. Cromwell is to me one of the most intristing bands from this genre with nice and smooth keys passages and very strong rythmic section and the job they done is little more intresting then on many bands from this genre. The voice is no more from a female as on previous album but a new voice of Holger Weckbach, who is excellent on all pieces, reminds me a lot in tone of voice with DC Cooper from Royal Hunt. The instrumental sections are more then ok, but to me the cherry on the cake are the keyboards, really really good, I was impressed, didn't expect to be so inspired from start to finish. Catchy album, with melodic lines but aswell complicated twists and turns just to be an enjoyble ride for fans of the genre. Forte pieces, title track , Black Confetti or the opening one.

So in the end a big 4 stars for this excelent album. It's a shame that this band didn't get very much attention from the prog conoseurs because worth every second. Recommended, better and far more intresting outfit then many bands from neo prog from today.

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