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This group takes its name from the photogenic keyboardist/founder Ines Fuchs. The project, as it is called, was co-founded by her husband Hansi. They also seem to have heavily benefited by the turmoil happening in another Neo band during the early '90s. After jumping ship from Asgard, Chicco Grosso, Max Michieletto, and Marco Michieletto all ended up in INES. The lineup does vary from album to album, but the core consists of the Fuchs, the Micheieletto brothers, Chicco Grosso, and David Piai. It's actually more stable than many bands I have researched, so the "project" label is questionable.

INES is based in Germany, but the influences are from the spectrum of Neo Prog. Comparisons to IQ, Rousseau, and Pendragon have been made. With the Micheielttos, and Chicco Grosso, the Italian base is covered. As you might expect, there is a definite Asgard aspect involved. Ines Fuchs sites Tony Banks as a major influence on her keyboard style. What may be the most unique aspect is the use of different singers. This allows for a more accurate pairing of vocal style with each particular song.

INES released albums steadily every few years from 1994 to 2002. "Slipping Into the Unknown" is the most recent album, and there is no news of a forthcoming release at this time in 2008.

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3.11 | 19 ratings
Hunting the Fox
1994
3.27 | 17 ratings
Eastern Dawning
1996
3.51 | 11 ratings
The Flow
1999
3.00 | 10 ratings
Slipping Into The Unknown
2002

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 Slipping Into The Unknown  by INES album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.00 | 10 ratings

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Slipping Into The Unknown
Ines Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars I remember reviewing this band's debut album 'Hunting The Fox' some eight years ago when they were just called Ines and were signed to Peter Wustmann's Music Is Intelligence label (which sadly collapsed in 1999). This is their second album for Tempus Fugit, following on from "The Flow" which came out in 1999 and the band have been renamed to avoid any confusions with other acts featuring a singer called Ines. This album has been recorded using guest male vocalists for the most part, with Ines writing the music and her husband Hansi providing the lyrics.

It is hard to describe the music, as although there are definite progressive elements that have been influenced by Eastern and Asian styles, there are mainstream sounds that are combined together into a melodic whole. The vocals are calm and gentle, well sung, and sometimes contrasting with what is going on underneath and at others in perfect harmony. It is not the most exciting rock album that I have heard but it is one that invites the listener to play close attention and then play it again when it has finished. An album that deserves to be heard, at least. Visit the label's site at www.tempusfugit.de or the band site at www.ines-music.de

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

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 Eastern Dawning by INES album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.27 | 17 ratings

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Eastern Dawning
Ines Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Two years passed by and Ines returned with their sophomore effort on WMMS / Music Is Intelligence.The main core of the band remained the same with Ines Fuchs writing all tracks except for ''Lonely Child'' written by Massimo Michieletto.''Eastern Dawning'' was recorded between April and November 95' at the Roxanne Studio in Leonberg by Davide Piai, eventually released in February 1996.

Again a very good collection of twelve melodic tracks is what Ines had to offer and they are all played with enthusiasm, containing nice melodic lines and beautiful vocal performances, offered through a clear production.Half about of them fall undoubtfully in the Neo Progressive Rock category along the lines of PENDRAGON, SHADOWLAND and LANDMARQ, extremely melodic, lyrical and easy-going music with a light symphonic twist, fronted by Ines Fuchs' floating synthesizers and the soft guitar solos of Massimo Michieletto and Hansi Fuchs and featuring up-tempo grooves and catchy choruses.The rest of them are a mixed bag of Melodic/AOR Rock, Folk Rock ballads ans short instrumentals in a MIKE OLDFIELD way and among them the folkier ones, featuring the majestic voice of Chicco Grosso, are propably the best with a delicate atmosphere and plenty of medieval tunes played with a melodic rockin' vibe.

Not exactly as good as Ines' debut, ''Eastern Dawning'' is likely to appeal to all fans of Neo Prog or Melodic Progressive Rock, who search for a more accesible listening among the adventurous ones.Warmly recommended.

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 Hunting the Fox by INES album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Ines Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Nice Progressive/Art Rock band from Germany, formed in 1994 and named after talented female keyboardist Ines Fuchs.Next to her we find her husband, guitarist Hansi Fuchs along with an all-star session line-up from the Prog Rock scene: Former Asgard members Chicco Grosso (vocals), Chris Bianchi d'Espinosa (bass/guitars) and Massimo Michieletto (guitars), ex-Lanvall musicians Ulbi Ulbricht (bass) and Thomas Schaufler (drums), German legends Anyone's Daughter's singer Harald Bareth, Bel Air's guitarist Klaus Meyer and another vocalist, Baggi Buchmann.The debut CD ''Hunting the fox'' from 1994 was released on WMMS/Music Is Intelligence.

This is very good, mainly mainstream-Prog with excellent vocal performances, satisfying compositions and some trully nice keyboard work by Ines Fuchs.All tracks have simple structures with catchy choruses, however there is plenty of instrumental madness in here to satisfy the prog listener, coming out of Ines' flashy synths, which sound both bombastic and melodic, recalling the early work of MARK KELLY with MARILLION.The overall approach reminds bands or projects like LANDMARQ, CASINO or SHADOWLAND.Very strong lyrical performances by a group of gifted vocalists blended with easy-going Neo/Symphonic Prog Rock arrangements, often with an evident Hard Rock touch.A few tracks are instrumental with both acoustic and electric passages, quite virtuosic and cinematic still very melodic.With so many guitarists on board the listener will have the chance to listen to some very good riffing and soloing in ''Hunting the fox'', however it is Ines' work on synths, which really shines in this album.

Great Neo Progressive Rock with a heavy amount of keyboard instrumentals and very tight compositions.A must-have for fans of the style and a decent buy for anyone, who searches for a break full of accesible but well-crafted Progressive Rock.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Eastern Dawning by INES album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.27 | 17 ratings

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Ines Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars In spite of being a disk recorded in 1996, and to be classified like NEO-PROG, "Eastern Dawning" of the German band INES presents a sound that can be defined as "healthy nostalgia." The disk presents a quite light musicality. . Yours influence are clearly anchored in the symphonic-prog in the vein of YES, RENAISSANCE,GENESIS, CAMEL, etc... and in the sound of less symphonic bands like STYX... etc... with beautiful harmonies performe by the keyboard (Rick Wakeman's , Tony Banks etc...), completed by the guitar (sometimes 12 strings and sometimes eletric ). I detach the tracks 1 "Friends" (with a beautiful initial passage where the keyboard brings the already mentioned harmony of the 12 strings guitar), track 3 "Healling Waters" (with their vigorous guitars that reminded me bands like STYX & JOURNEY), track 6 " Lonely Child " (a piece of acoustic guitar in GORDON GILTRAP'S style) and track 8 " New Age Dawn " (with a brief, however very interesting guitar solo in his final passage). In a general way a good disk, if not shows an y exacerbated creativity, offers very pleasant moments. My rate i 4 stars!!!

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3.00 | 10 ratings

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Slipping Into The Unknown
Ines Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars The forth album by this unnoticed band, named Sliping into the unknown from 2002 is aswell their swansong, their last one and IMO the weakest from all four. Even is not so intristing as the previous albums , still has some very fine moments. Overall the band is more mainstrem, with some pop elemnts here and thre, but very polished and well played. Yet not one of the rleases that impressed me , I can easely call it a good album, same elegant and smooth atmosphere. The arrangements this time is less convinceing and in some parts faild to grab my attention all the way. With minor flaws, this album desearve to be treated as a good release. I will give 3 stars but with indulgense, quite not on par with previous two, and definetly the decline of the band was clear, soone thy disbanded and gone since almost unnoticed in prog circles. Not one of the most well known bands from neo prog scene, but worth attention, even from time to time.

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 The Flow by INES album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.51 | 11 ratings

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Ines Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Ines is a forgotten neo prog band from Germany, who release so far four albums. Formed in early '90's and taken the name after the female keybordist Ines Fuchs, not really get all the attenti they desearve. Now, Ines is something diffrent of the most neo prog bands from this scene, because they have a special sound, very smooth and elegant arrangements, almost all the pieces are mid temo, with lush kybords played by Ines with great atmospheric passages combined with great voice of Chicco Grosso. The main attraction of this album is to my ears the vocal parts, I mean this guy really knows how to handle his vocal tone and to create something of a real intrest in this domain. He shines on most of the pieces here with a warm voice, calculated vocal passages, who remind me a lot of Camel, elegant and smooth in same time. The rest of the instruments had a role here of course but I don't think the guitar has the most important one, Massimo Michieletto the six string man from here done a good job, giving the album a very solid and intristing aura. I said that Ines is diffrent from other bands from this genre, because thay have an unique way of sayiung or playing this music, not very quirky or over complex, but has enough moments to capture my attention for almost one hour. All the pieces are well balanced, who relies more on atmospheric keybords who are very close to Genesis or Roxy Music in parts, but aswell are some who are excatly similar to Iq for ex, but always unique and great. Not a weak moment here, that the resean I give a solid 3 stars for this album release in 1999 named The Flow. Moody neo prog, little underrated IMO, but not exactly one of the essential albums from this genre. Still needs a better and wider view for sure. Good album all the way, pieces like Feel the River's Dance , The River and Me or On the Shore shines as great as they are and the true sound of Ines.

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 Hunting the Fox by INES album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Ines Neo-Prog

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars It is unusual in itself to encounter a female keyboard player in prog. To have her front a band that takes her name is even rarer. Most shocking is that, although she looks like she possesses a lovely voice, she does not sing even once, preferring to hire an array of guest male vocalists to fulfill these mundane duties. Finally, although the music is in general keyboard oriented, plenty of latitude is left for guitar fills, so this does sound much more like a band than a solo artist.

What of their sound? It's pretty much a descendant of Phil Collins-dominated GENESIS circa 1980, with aspects of the Gabriel Era (the opening cut appears to be watching the skies quite closely for instance). More aggressive guitars reflecting the more modern neo prog movement are also in abundance, but I can't help noticing how drummer Thomas Schaufler dominates frequently, and how much he seems to like Phil Collins. Ines herself possesses a fat "Eleventh Earl of Mar" Banksian phenotype that completes the picture while making embryonic efforts at her own identity.

The array of singers acquit themselves well, passing as English language practitioners regardless of mother tongue. My interest was initially piqued by the presence of Harald Bareth of ANYONE's DAUGHTER, and indeed his performances on "Mother Moon", itself possessing a superior melodic progression, and "Earth Sun and Moon", an ALAN PARSONS styled light mystery, are among the highlights. So are both parts of "Union", the first a delicate acoustic guitar instrumental and the second an equally sweet synthesizer oriented ballad reminiscent of GROBSCHNITT's mellower work, although I suspect I am missing the prime reference.

The keystone cut is the 10 minute "In the Dark of Night" which, by virtue of its length, permits more development, remaining within a loosely song oriented structure, but complexity is clearly not Ines' strong suit. As impressive as the album's high points may be, much of the material is mundane, particularly in the latter half. "Inner Fight", "Hold the Dreams", and "Meet me on the Mountain" suffer from a lack of dynamism and a sense that the song is secondary to the musicians, ambling along with a lackluster gait like a fox with a bum knee.

This debut by Ines might not be the main prize, but if caught incidentally in your quest for something gamier, I daresay you will keep it around.

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 The Flow by INES album cover Studio Album, 1999
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The Flow
Ines Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 8 years old already and still no review! Schade! To make matters worse, this is a delightful recording full of wondrous material, suavely played and well metered. The immediacy is somewhat veiled as it doesn't quite leap onto the prog jugular but prefers slowly permeating the brain and leaving a positive impression. As the title overtly implies, the chosen theme here is the innocuous power of the river and its imperial "flow". Ines Fuchs is a talented keyboardist very much in the Tony Banksian frame of mind, with strong "art-rock" leanings (Simple Minds, Roxy Music etc.) ,her hubby Hansi Fuchs generates guitar accompaniment along with three ex-Asgard members, the solid Chicco Grosso on plaintive vocals, guitarist Max Michieletto , his brother Marco on drums and the fluid bass and stick from Italian Davide Piai. "Feel the River's Dance" begins promisingly with a masterful melody, grand team playing, fascinating backing vocals and a truly unyielding prog-rock song. "The River & Me" sounds almost like a segue , as it "flows" into a slightly harder edged tone , tempered by some superb violin work, the solo is incredibly gifted, a more subdued keyboard flight , more stellar backing vocals and a indescribable feeling of quality music played with genuine emotion. "In a Space Made of Blue" develops a swirling keyboard surge, with dense ethereal atmospherics, another superb air sung with conviction by Grosso, the chorus particularly effective, albeit using simple lyrics to convey that message of constant flux. A short guitar solo brings this to a gentle conclusion. The first of three brief interludes, all possessing the title "Flow" , ushers in a strong accordion-led Gaelic romp that fits masterfully, raunchy guitars and a twist of hurdy-gurdy for good measure thrown into the drum-infested fray. "I'm Part of the River" is a semi-cinematographic snapshot that is launched by a massive mellotron cascade, a brief synth motif and owning a slight Middle Eastern/Turkish feel that evokes adventure and fantasy. The mood is contemplative but bold and fits well into the overall scheme of things. "After All These Moves" gushes splendidly along, a dreamy and reflective chorus with a huge harmonious hook, Grosso proving that he can handle the vocal spotlight like an battleship admiral steering the convoy. When the colossal drums kick in, the piece evolves into an ocean of symphonics that is hard not to admire. "Downhill" sails much more upbeat with a nearly poppy rudder, a fast moving raft negotiating the torrents, it's a good track but nowhere near the same enchantment as previously expressed above. An immense mellotron squall introduces "Stranded", a quirky arrangement that barely hides a mature melody, some fabulous Celtic pipes blaring beyond the waves, Grosso delivering a somewhat huge Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) vocal impression that is wholly convincing, a thunderclap of synth and this oceanic premise navigates along, lost temporarily in the mist. "Flow 2" has an almost South African touch, accordion ablaze with some suave violin, spiced up with some persuasive percussion and a nice outro vocal plaint. "On the Shore" offers some more Celtic illuminations, buoyed with some sensational Chapman Stick work, breezy keyboard exertions and a mammoth main vocal theme that is breathlessly performed , aided and abated by some willful flute decorations as a guitar solo torpedo effortlessly breaks through the water. This could easily have fitted onto "the Titanic" movie's soundtrack. "Flow 3" is the instrumental highlight here and my favorite track, a pulsating sea of dense atmospherics (a hint of Watcher of the Skies), with heavy keyboard waves, rippling guitar crests, shark-like drumming and a robust Piai stick solo to drown for! The ensuing 6 string fret solo is a short but devastating tsunami of emotion. "The Place by the Sea" is a diminutive track that has the pipes hearken back to the call of the sea, a bright and passionate vocal dance that swells with joyous abandon, as the accordion adds another playful dimension to the overall "flow". "Wishing Well" is the longest track here , clocking in at over 6 and half minutes, an appropriate piano-led send-off that incorporates all the preceding qualities that make this such a surprising addition to any music collection. A languorous instrumental waves us goodbye as the river hits the sea. This is an album well worth prospecting and salvaging from the shallow depths of the prog riverbed. The pan sometimes finds nuggets of gold, this is certainly one of them. 4.5 affluent floods

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Ines Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Halt! Reisepass bitte, Jah! Your passport, please! Ach so! Ines Project, very interesting! This album is the fourth from German female keyboardist Ines Fuchs and like the preceding recordings, it just doesn't bowl you over upon first casual spin through. Its not exactly propulsive prog, whether symphonic, neo or eclectic and it certainly fails to qualify as pop or alternative. Truth is that the chosen path here is more akin to well crafted modern music in the Roxy Music, Simple Minds and Tony Banks vein. Yet, the menu consists of 14 little pieces, some of them gems, possessing this rather innocuous charm of being not immediately brilliant. Case in point the opener "Making Movies in Holywood", a Celtic flute beckons towards a heady mellotron wash, in turn introducing a muscular beat and a woefully ardent vocal from guest lung Boris Huzak. The refrain is stunning and remorseless; a balanced mid-section refuels the main theme. Excellent beginnings, to say the least, delivering good music with little bombast or arrogance. "Sitting by the River" is led by former Asgard vocalist Chicco Grosso, with simple yet somber keyboard evocations from the blond bombshell , firm drumming from Marco Micchieletto and seductive guitar from his brother Massimo ( both ex-Asgard). "In My Street" clocks in at 7 minutes+, the longest track here without a doubt, a gentle lament that keeps the melancholia simple, the repeated lyric "playing Beatles songs all day" catching one's attention antennae. The instrumental break is remarkably deft and melodic with a sweeping Banks-like synthesizer solo that shines brightly. The symphonic impetus adds even more bravado to the return chorus, very nicely done. "The Spark' is another killer track that grabs immediately with its somewhat Turkish lilt sitar intro, one can imagine the belly dancing, a whopping melody that sticks hard and a passionate Christoph Peigan vocal that is brimming with sheer unrelenting beauty. An obvious lift from Roxy's "Out of the Blue" colors the Ines synthesizer solo very nicely. Why didn't I hear this earlier? The title track" Slipping into the Unknown" Part 1 interlude continues the mid-eastern theme, with pipes, violin and hurdy-gurdy all conspiring grandly. "Who holds the Strings" is a more straightforward pop song that has a strong bluesy vocal from Grosso , an unrelenting driving beat and alternating soft/wild passages. "Dark Room Prelude" is a brief orchestral piece that gently evokes Celtic serenity and lays the table for the next song "Dark Room", a rambling ditty that is a tad austere, perhaps on purpose, with a long Grosso plaint and some deliberate drumming. The title track Part 2 lingers only long enough to spread some good musical vibes and usher in "Something is Waiting Here" , an ultra modern 4 and a half minute piece with hard and oblique drum fills, distorted or slide guitar wails , muffled vocal turning into clearer voiced realms, tense and dramatic , extraordinarily interesting and creative. "Enemy Mine" is initiated by some nice e- piano musings, Chicco singing gently a repetitive lament that offers up a lovely guitar solo full of restraint, followed by another Ines Fuchs synth solo. "I'm in a Movie" continues the modern drum beat infested groove with a rather more straightforward delivery that is a bit lyrically wobbly ("Or I was seduced into playing in a movie mature and groovy") and gratingly insistent. Kein Spass! "Ray, the Tambourine" is a better tune that fails to excite beyond its immediacy sounding like an outtake from Genesis' Calling All Stations. "How I Wish that you Would Stay" had Ines herself on the lead mike and she does a more than commendable job on a whizzing electronic background with bopping bass, electronic percussion. While not a masterpiece by any stretch, Ines has enough here to justify her good reputation and deserving of at least 3.5 fuchsy stars

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 Hunting the Fox by INES album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.11 | 19 ratings

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Hunting the Fox
Ines Neo-Prog

Review by The Prognaut
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "Hunting the Fox" isn't exactly a complex elaborated masterpiece of Progressive Rock, but happily, I'm surprised by what I listened to in here. To be the debut album by the German band commanded by talented keyboardist Ines, it shines with a light of its own by being so damn proposing and challenging; it deserves not the appellative of "underrated" but of "overlooked" since the work put together in here sounds differently peculiar with a taste of the "great ones" in Neo prog. By flowing so melodic as compassed, this 1994 production leaves a great first impression inside ones ears, provoking the listener to stick around while the album decides to come to an end. Then, you will be ready to play it again.

Among the curiosities this album's got, I was able to distinguish that it is comprehended in two separate parts. Firstly, I noticed that from "Overture" to "Union part II", is mostly all about Ines showing off her skills on keyboards, proving why she earned the right to name a band after her, and let me tell you, the musical arrogance this woman displays (if I may call it such), certainly pays off pretty well. After the instrumental intro, "In the Distance" breaks into the scene. A well written song by Ines herself and lyrically exposed by Hansi FUCHS (all the lyrics by him actually), that relives the pure essence of IQ on albums like "The Wake" or parts of "The Seventh House". Vocals by Kikko GROSSO and Hansi resemble a little bit to the spirituality delivered by Peter NICHOLLS on "Widow's Peak" or even on "The Wrong Side of Weird".

Harald BARETH follows pretty much the same vocals vein on "Water" and "Mother Moon", but with a very unique style that stands out from the rest of the singers who lent their voices for the realization of this album. "Union Part I" is a beautiful prelude to the sequel, where Massimo MICHIELETTO skillfully plays quite an educated acoustic guitar, turning this strings passage into a delightful moment to ones ears. But with geniality, comes misinterpretation. Maybe that's why I don't give total recognition to this first half of the album, maybe it is too Martin ORFORD and Mark KELLY on keyboards, and due the musical arrangements, the vocals had to be balanced unevenly on it. The resemblance to the top English Neo Progressive bands is unmistakable, so heavily floating in the air, that it sort of blurs the entire and mere intention of the image "Hunting the Fox" tries to picture for us.

Now, moving on to the latter half of this album. The "Hunting the Fox" experience takes a sudden turn when riding on to "In the Dark of the Night". Unrecognizably great to me and to strangers in the first place, the almost ten minute suite carries around the restless spirit of INES. I'd dare to say this is the most representative track not only out of the entire record, but also of the whole connection in between the subsequent productions by the German band. It's like listening to a complete different band from the one you've been paying attention to during the last half hour of running, it's unbelievable. In the beginning, it may sound off quite "pop" and aimless to you, but just let it flow and you'll be amazed like I was the first time I listened to it. "The Inner Flight" follows, so energizing and invigorating, but with less powerful vocalization and unelaborated lyrics. "Earth, Sun and Moon" isn't exactly what you would call "out of this world", it is audible alright, very sassy in my personal appreciation.

Coming up next, "Hold on to Dreams". What is really remarkable here, is that far from relating Ines' performing to a GENESIS sort of vein, her work is simply outstanding. The moody spaces are filled with a nice bass twanging off convincing and soft vocals by Harald BARETH. Apparently, "Meet Me on the Mountain" and "Innocent Girl" bring out the romantic touch of the album, described mushily throughout the lyrics sustaining both pieces and the peaceful guitar interludes. And finally, if there ever was going to be a guitar standing out individually from the rest of the instruments, it was going to be included in "Wasteland". Not elaborated or complicated riffs, just string presence on the track. The self-titled song pretty much wraps this up in a melancholic, introverted mood easily breathed all around the track. Ines wanted to save the best in her for giving the album the perfect, suitable ending.

So, this is one of those albums filled with innumerable contrasts. It can go from outstanding to plain, from provocative prog rock to the burnt out formulas. I seriously considered giving it the almost perfect rating, but since there are some spaces in between and impreciseness, the "good but non-essential" evaluation suits this album perfectly. Despite how contradictory this review may look, it's entirely your call. Whether you're intrepid enough to put up with the comparisons or audacious to completely overlook and disregard what I've just written up above and go for it. I'd do that if I were you on this one.

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