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A Vienna-oriented combo SOUNDDIARY were founded firstly as a 'covered song project' quintet under the moniker of MOMENTARIUM back in 2007, mainly by Lukas STAUDINGER (guitars, 2007-2015) and Hannes PICHLMANN (voices, guitars, 2007-current), each of whom has got much inspired by Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós, Red Hot Chili Peppers, or Muse. Soon after gigging a couple of times they changed their project name to SOUNDDIARY. Their debut album "in_verse" was released in 2010. They say that a gig at the Viennese 'Donauinselfest' 2011 (largest open air festival in Europe) and a concert in complete darkness (Dialogue In The Dark) were two of the highlights in the bands' history, and could win the Vienna Band Contest 2011 before the band produced a single titled "Right To Stay" under the label Digibrane. Their second full-length creation "A Book In My Hand", recorded from November 2013 until January 2014, has finally been released in November 2014. In November 2019 SOUNDDIARY have launched their third 'concept' album "Anamnesis - Letter In A Bottle", by Hannes, Stefan PICHLMANN (keyboards, programming), Merlin HOCHMEIER (bass), and Clemens LANGBAUER (drums, drumpad).

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4.25 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 5 ratings
A Book in My Hand
3.73 | 13 ratings
Anamnesis - Letter in a Bottle

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Right to Stay


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 Anamnesis - Letter in a Bottle by SOUNDDIARY album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.73 | 13 ratings

Anamnesis - Letter in a Bottle
SoundDiary Crossover Prog

Review by bartymj

3 stars Mental strife as a musical concept is pretty much as old as the concept of concept albums. If you can follow that.

For this particular offering, see inspiration from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and Dream Theater's "Metropolis: Scenes from a Memory Pt2". Two of the big daddies of the theme.

Austrian band SoundDiary here take us through a Five Act journey, each with six tracks, a lengthy list of 30 but probably best to regard this as five roughly 15 minute suites.

The concept is loosely a metaphorical journey from birth to death, intertwined with memories of a past life (Dream Theater anyone?). I often get lost in the complexity and symbolism of concept albums, but the 'glass prison' of track 1 is a recurring theme, and perhaps due to some of the band members singing in a second language, the lyrics are relatively simple so its definitely accessible.

I'm not going to do a detailed breakdown of the plot, its worth listening to without knowing that, but it is pretty much the staple scene-setter, bombshell, truth reveal, hubris, conclusion-but-at-what-cost of many concepts. The musical composition itself is very well put together, guest vocalists complement it very well harmony-wise, but the lyrics themselves are a little bit clunky. Its certainly worth an hour or so to sit down and concentrate on but a fairly middling album for me.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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