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Esthetic Pale is a six member progressive rock band from Germany. Fronted by lead vocalists Katrin Litty and Claudia Speicher, the band's lineup also includes Claus Peter Fuhurman (keyboards), Joachim Habernoll (drums), Matthias Ibelshauser (guitars) and Andreas Vohringer (bass). The have been likened to bands such as Flamborough Head, Renaissance, Yes and Karnataka, but there are also traces of bands like IZZ of North America.

Esthetic Pale's 1994 debut release The Art Of Development piqued a lot of interest from the the progressive rock community, but had the usual pitfalls of a debut album. Their second album Tales From An Ancient Realm (1996) proved to be cohesive and complete, while reaching beyond Europe. The album Hope in 2000 was released outside Europe and drew attention from Renaissance fans in North America. 2006 saw Their long awaited follow-up Long Forgotten Words, which is a perfect blend of sensual female vocals over deep, rich progressive music.

Esthetic Pale are riding a nice wave of momentum with each and every release. As indicated on the band's website, they are dedicated to carry on and spread progressive music. A quote from their website states, "We are a rock band, dedicated to handmade complex songs. certainly, we write and arrange our own songs. what is special about us? pretty easy: harmonic originals, complicated rhythms, two female voices in harmony and the continuously present melodic red thread."

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3.50 | 2 ratings
3.85 | 4 ratings
Long Forgotten Words
4.50 | 2 ratings
Shelter From the Storm

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2.95 | 2 ratings
Tales From An Ancient Realm

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The Art Of Development
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 Tales From An Ancient Realm by ESTHETIC PALE album cover Live, 1997
2.95 | 2 ratings

Tales From An Ancient Realm
Esthetic Pale Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A German Prog band from Rheinland-Pfalz, producing Progressive Rock since early-90's.They seem to be led by keyboardist Claus Peter Fuhrmann and guitarist Matthias Ibelshäuser, always with support by female singers.In 1994 they released the 4-track demo ''The Art Of Development'', followed in 1997 by the private-released live CD ''Tales From An Ancient Realm''.By the time the line-up included also singers Melanie Auer and Anja Schmitt, bassist Hans Kühn and drummer Michael Reinhard.

This is actually a very decent production with a nice sound overall, showing a band performing some sort of elaborate Progressive Rock with emphasis on atmosphere and melody, not unlike the path taken by MAGENTA, SOLSTICE or MOSTLY AUTUMN.The compositions are mostly well-written, though far from trully original, with plenty of changing climates and a duo of female singers having crystalline voices and a certain Folk vibe on their vocal tunes.Keyboard and guitar work are both fine with series of soft interplays, great grooves, light symphonic soundscapes and a decent amount of energy.There is also a decent dose of acoustic-driven passages with an even deeper Folk atmosphere throughout along with dreamy female vocal lines, while Esthetic Pale seem to keep a fine balance between melodic and more intricate musicianship.Of course not all tracks stand at the same level with a few being not particularly conveincing, but the final feeling is definitely positive.

Melodic Progressive Rock with touches of Neo Prog, Folk Rock and calm Symphonic Rock is the proposal of Esthetic Pale on this rare-to-find album and if you come by a copy and/or you are a fan of female-fronted modern prog bands, ''Tales From An Ancient Realm'' deserves a place in your collection.Warmly recommended.


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 Long Forgotten Words by ESTHETIC PALE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.85 | 4 ratings

Long Forgotten Words
Esthetic Pale Neo-Prog

Review by lellebebbel

4 stars this is an essential album and one of my favourites! i liked "hope" a lot but "long forgotten words" is harder, louder and more rock´n´roll without losing the sting towards progressive music.the instrumental parts sound better and the vocals swing better. you oughtta try this one - otherwise you´re gonna miss something...


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