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3.83 | 86 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 271 Days (1:04)
2. La Muerta (6:01)
3. The Bells Of Lyonesse (4:59)
4. Every Able Hand (4:46)
5. Teardrops Will Dry In Source Of Origin (2:06)
6. The Approaches (4:53)
7. Even Though The Stars Don't Shine (5:14)
8. The Passage (7:23)
9. When All The Trains Are Sleeping (5:27)
10. As Birds On Pinions Free (5:40)
11. Some Kind Of Drowning (5:34)

Total time 53:07

Bonus tracks on 2018 LP release:
12. The Sea
13. A New Reliance
14. Beautiful & Monstrous

Line-up / Musicians

- Arno Menses / vocals
- Markus Steffen / guitar
- Markus Maichel / keyboards
- Ralf Schwager / bass
- Dirk Brand / drums

- Marjana Semkina / vocals (11)
- Markus Jehle / piano (11)

Releases information

CD Gentle Art of Music - GAOM058 (2018, Germany)

2xLP Gentle Art of Music ‎- GAOM058LP (2018, Germany) With 3 bonus Live tracks

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SUBSIGNAL La Muerta ratings distribution

(86 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

SUBSIGNAL La Muerta reviews

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Back with their fifth studio album, it has been a while since I last heard this German band that morphed out of Sieges Even, as there have been two other albums between this and 2011's 'Touchstones'. I would have classified their last album as solid neo-prog, but while I do think that classification is still the best place for this as a whole, there is much more crossover in what they are doing now. This has a lightness and deftness of touch to it, yet at the same time there is a maturity and feeling of a band knowing exactly what they want to get across to the audience. Bringing in RPWL's Yogi Lang and Kalle Wallner to undertake the production was a touch of genius, as that act has also been through a great deal of change as they have moved to adulthood, and together they have all combined here to show that here is a prog band that has very much come of age.

The current line-up, consisting of Markus Steffen (guitar), Arno Menses (vocals), Ralf Schwager (bass), Markus Maichel (keyboards) and Dirk Brand (drums), has remained unchanged for quite some time. Markus and Arno starting working together in Sieges Even before moving away, while Ralf (Dreamscape) and Dirk Brand (Axxis, Geoff Downes & John Wetton) also have strong reputations, but it is as this quintet that they are now becoming best known. The vocals soar, the melodies hit while the harmonies and musicianship are all that one would expect and want from a band like this.

The approach is far more songs-based than before, and although they can hit hard when they want to (witness the keyboard-led melodic hard rock introduction to 'Every Able Hand'), they are also content to lighten it up and let Arno take centre stage. This is an incredibly accessible progressive rock album, one that brings the bands of the Nineties right up to date, and also not being afraid to use hints of the Seventies when the need is right, but all wrapped up in commercially acceptable radio-friendly songs that are a delight.

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band SUBSIGNAL have been around for just about a decade at this point, starting off as a side project to progressive metal band Sieges Even and then continuing on as the main band of it's members when Sieges Even decided to call it quits. "La Muerta" is Subsignal's fifth studio album, and was released through German label Gentle Art of Music in the spring of 2018.

Subsignal comes across as a band that has the potential to reach and engage a broad audience with the music on their latest album "La Muerta". A production that is a wee bit removed from the vanguard of expressive and boundary breaking progressive rock, instead opting to focus on the melodic and accessible aspects of the genre. Possibly crossing over towards an AOR interested audience along the way. The most direct comparison I can give would be Rush' 1987 album "Hold Your Fire" - if you find that album to be enjoyable, chances are very good that this album should also be one that will catch your interest.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Less progmetal, less neoprog, more pop but most important; more grown-up. The band have released only great albums, don't get me wrong, but this album sounds the most consistent and coherent to-date. I thought they could never reach the level of Touchtones, but this album could be their best. Ti ... (read more)

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