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3.00 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rondeo (5:44)
2. Unicorn (3:46)
3. Pandora's Box (4:24)
4. Minka e Rano (2:23)
5. Excalibur (4:27)
6. Jurassic Classic (2:34)
7. The Power and the Glory (6:47)
8. Tsunami (5:05)
9. Palace of Glass (2:19)
10. Laughing Through My Tears (3:40)
11. Leftoverture (1:02)
12. Hydra (4:19)
13. Crying Sky (4:04)
14. The Riders of Rohan (7:00)
15. Cinemagic (6:17)
16. Dans les nuages (5:03)

Total Time 68:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Alfred Mueller / composer, performer (keyboards & electronics), producer

Releases information

CDr Self-released (2000, Germany)

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SONIQ THEATER Soniq Theater ratings distribution

(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
Good, but non-essential (62%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
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SONIQ THEATER Soniq Theater reviews

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars This debut album by German one man band Soniq Theater is an interesting, but ultimately frustrating affair.

Inspirations from the more epic side of 70's symphonic rock are obvious on this release, in compositional structures, mood and atmospheres alike; hard hitting rhythms and slightly grandiose soundscapes first and foremost brings ELP to mind when it comes to influence here. The main difference is of course that on this album it's mostly performed on synths and keyboards alone.

How much are made with electronic equipment and how much real instruments have been applied I don't know. But some of the synthwork really ruin atmospheres here - not due to performance but due to sound. Specifically this goes for instruments either emulated or sampled, and for electric guitar sounds in particular.

This is a subjective opinion though, and others may disagree. As the compositions here are mostly on the interesting side in structure, people not bothered by these synthified guitar noises may enjoy this one rather well. An average to good album overall, as I see it.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars After the demise of Rachel's Birthday in 1997 keyboard player Alfred Mueller decided not to be in a band again, but instead would create a studio only project where he could play all of the instruments. Now, Alfred is not a true multi-instrumentalist but instead is a keyboard player who then uses samples and patches of other instruments. Now, some of the sounds deployed are not as bad as you might think, although to my ears it will never be possible to replicate the feel and textures provided by a band using 'proper' instruments, and although it will always detract away from the sound as a whole this is more than listenable.

Although this album came out in 2000, I am hearing it for the first time some twelve years later after Alfred sent me his back catalogue, and my immediate impression is how similar this is to some of Wakeman's rock ensemble recordings. There is a real feel of melody and intertwining of instruments. Alfred has also done the best that he can to make the drums sound acoustic and 'real' instead of just providing a basic back beat. The overall feel is that this is an album worth investigating.

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