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BLANK MANUSKRIPT

Symphonic Prog • Austria


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Founded in Salzburg, Austria in 2007

Blank Manuskript is an ArtRock project from Salzburg, Austria. Typical long songs ornamented with a high level of symphonic density and elaborate polyphonic structures as well as extended improvised sections lead their audience through an entire musical adventure. Their compositional approach seeks to combine all sorts of different styles and traditions needed to serve the initial concept of their works. Hence, the arrangements are carefully structured with complex rhythmical patterns and establish a sound-scape that can hardly be found in music nowadays. The lyrical elements are picturesque with a worked out mystic touch and though at a first glance arcane, they always address current social issues in an implicit way. As the music always follows the narrated concept, one might label it contemporary rock program music.

The band was formed in 2007 with the aim of working on fully-fledged concept albums without the pressure of having to follow a certain musical style. Blank Manuskript's first publication was the concept album Tales from an Island - Impressions from Rapa Nui (2009). The album deals with the formation of society and culture in the example of Easter Island, and culminates in a fictional love story wrapped around the famous Birdman Cult. Their second album A Profound Path (2013), which is often described as being of a much darker nature than its predecessor, is a musical journey from hell to heaven and is loosely based on Dante's Divinia Comedia. In 2015, Blank Manuskript released "The Waiting Soldier", dealing with the loss of identity in human beings. The story is set in an undetermined time and can also be applied to modern day life.

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Iván Melgar-Morey

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3.63 | 35 ratings
Tales From An Island - Impressions From Rapa Nui
2008
3.87 | 81 ratings
The Waiting Soldier
2015
3.64 | 48 ratings
Krásná Hora
2019
3.93 | 12 ratings
Himmelfahrt
2020

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4.00 | 8 ratings
Blank Manuskript ‎- Studio - Live - Session At ORF RadioKulturhaus
2018

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4.00 | 6 ratings
A Profound Path
2013

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 Himmelfahrt by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 12 ratings

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Himmelfahrt
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Blank Manuskript is back just one year after their latest release Krásná Hora with Himmelfahrt and it's an album that consists of two 20 minute parts. First one is a really confusing, but interesting eclectic journey. It is a dark piece with a very nice trombone and later on guitar parts. After it continues with an interesting part that greatly reminds me of King Crimson. Last 10 minutes are the best fragment of this song and they are more melodically oriented. Side B is 21:28 minute prog epic, the highlight of the album and it's a fantastic piece of music. Great riffing at the beginning and a fantastic instrumental play-along, from the entire band. Then comes in the calming piano part and guitar solo only to descend into the abyss. The last part has been announced by Hammond and the songs builds up in more positive path. This is a really cool album and highly recommended for the fans of eclectic prog.

 Himmelfahrt by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.93 | 12 ratings

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Himmelfahrt
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Pandemic-Inspired Spirituality

How's That Again?

This Austrian sextet (or is it quintet?) finds inspiration both from the immediate and heart-stopping world-gripping tragedy unfolding as I write this (COVID 19 anyone?), and also from previous works of depth and eclectic majesty- theirs, and '70's Swedish band DICE.

Literary Conceit

And by that I do not mean arrogance and inflated sense of self-importance.

Rather, I refer to the key themes and ideas which are interwoven in this extended and eclectic work by BLANK MANUSKRIPT.

As mentioned, the band drew from DICE's album "The Four Riders of the Apocalypse"- itself an eclectic and challenging piece of progressive music- and especially the section called "Death".

So Yes, I Listened to 'Death'

And found it astonishing and not a little intimidating.

The second well of inspiration for "Himmelfahrt" (and more about this provocative title in a moment) comes from the 2013 EP produced by BLANK MANUSKRIPT called "A Profound Path".

Let it be known and let it be said that BLANK MANUSKRIPT does not piffle about with trivia or inanities. Not in their music which is a maelstrom of styles ranging from the most solemn and majestic classically based symphonic progressive music, to free-form jazz replete with sax and trombones wailing, to eclectic stylings and skirmishes with a range of instrumentation freely bouncing off each other, to artistic and cinematic sound effects from hell.

Not in their themes either- "A Profound Path" for instance deals from the basis of Dante's "Divine Comedy" (which is not at all funny), and of course the earlier mentioned gossip-rag topic of "Death".

'Himmelfahrt'

Let's just address this elephant in the room. The 'fahrt' part of this title does not refer to pungent emissions of anal orifices. I don't think.

Rather, together it seems to me to refer to a skyward journey, a spiritual odyssey from hell (COVID 19 anyone?), to paradise or heaven or bliss.

The Triumph Here

For me the triumphal achievement in 'Himmelfahrt' is the way BLANK MANUSKRIPT works with these two sources of inspiration- 'Death' and 'Divine Comedy', and uses the vast tapestry of musical styles and evocative lyrics and creative arrangements to convey their themes.

Set in two "Sides"- as for instance on a long-playing vinyl album- and in seven sections (numbers hold significance too of course), BLANK MANUSKRIPT conveys as well a vast tapestry of emotions and sensations diametrically opposed to inanities and trivialities.

And I don't know about you, but I've had more than enough of those.

Pandemic Polarities

So let me just wrap this up.

The pandemic at present has unleashed (at least here in the USA) a blinding blizzard of lies, misinformation, indoctrination, and insanity. Why on earth one would seek to trivialize and equivocate about this death-dealing scourge, only Satan him/herself could explain- and she/he won't.

With that as a backdrop though, we listeners are encouraged by BLANK MANUSKRIPT to listen, to ponder, to enjoy, to wince, to evolve, yes, and to grow toward the light.

My rating

4 very bright luminosities.

 Krásná Hora by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.64 | 48 ratings

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Krásná Hora
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Blank Manuskript are yet another of those bands who have been happily going around releasing albums and somehow never making it into my orbit until now. Formed in Austria in 2007, this is their third album, and I really am not sure what to say about it, apart from I really like it! The quintet are Jakob Aistleitner (saxophone, flute, electric guitar, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals), Peter Baxrainer (electric and acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals), Jakob Sigl (drums, percussion, viola, tape, vocals), Dominik Wallner (piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals) and Alfons Wohlmuth (electric bass, flute, bottles, vocals). It was Alfons who contacted me, and I am both pleased and dismayed he did , as while I have really enjoyed it, I have no idea how to truly describe it and get across in words what it is like to listen to.

Lyrically it deals with the concept of loneliness versus the concept of community and works around that theme using various scenarios from birth to death and musically it can be very delicate, at others almost overpowering: there were times when I found myself checking the player to see if I was still on the same album or if it has moved onto the next one on my list. It is incredibly diverse, and there is the impression that these guys like to use a studio almost as a laboratory, adding and refining what they are doing. They are like a mini orchestra, but while some may think this means they are being symphonic (and they can be) this is way more experimental, with certain instruments taking key roles in certain songs and not being used at all in others. It is incredibly diverse as they move from RIO to experimental and avant garde though art rock and multiple other styles. They are very removed indeed to what I normally think of as European progressive rock, and if someone had asked me to guess the country of origin I would have definitely said the band was Russian as it has far more in common with the music I hear from there, which is far removed from the normal Western progressive influences.

It is timeless music which is very much of the present, but also invokes the days when the British progressive scene was exploding and the idea was for each band to push boundaries in their own way as opposed to all becoming clones of each other. It is refreshing, joyous and progressive in its' very truest sense. This is not for those who want their progressive rock to fit in certain constraints and styles but is one for those who remember when the term was a truism as opposed to a name to describe a genre. Definitely one which progheads need to discover.

 Krásná Hora by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.64 | 48 ratings

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Krásná Hora
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars BLANK MANUSKRIPT is an Austrian group started composing in 2007, here finalizing his third opus. The title means "beautiful mountain", written in the Czech eponymous village, telling him the album of hard human condition at the time of the company; each title will try to transcribe sound, music that fact. This group is extraordinary, a laboratory group, say it away with symphony connections, atmospheres in healthy climate all torn riffs from brass by moment and decorated with psychedelic sounds, dense polyphonic structures in the key; BLANK Manuskript does well to art-rock and produced here a concept album in all its forms; References ginned during the critical pieces are only partial and fleeting, the own group is too complex to be hung just a former group label even if it is worth its weight in gold. Note also the art-baroque side to her makeup and work effort of his scene. Slip us in its pleasures, it's gone.

« Overture » débute par un air-trip (titre musical avec plein de souvenirs qui suintent, excusez ça vient de moi!) flirtant dangereusement avec la grande période psyché des PINK FLOYD, l'orgue tenant la dragée haute à la batterie, l'air de la guitare sombre, puis l'arpège de piano amenant un air solennel du plus bel effet et les réminiscences musicales atteignent leur paroxysme avec l'apport du sax et une pointe du KING CRIMSON; la voix arrive douce pour calmer un peu les similitudes; « F?tus » enchaîne par une intro déroutante sombre, jouant sur l'enregistrement; on se croirait retourné dans le passé avec une bande coincée dans le magnétophone! On peut aussi imaginer tout simplement le son provenant de l'intérieur! La montée en crescendo symbolise la sortie difficile de l'accouchement, un titre onirique, intimiste et expulsif. « Achluphobia » ,3e titre enchaîné, vient jouer sur les peurs et autres terreurs que l'enfant que nous sommes avons pu vivre; l'ambiance est purement jazz-fusion intimiste avec une touche Canterbury, on est à la limite de l'expérimental comme aux grandes heures du prog des 70's, KING CRIMSON et PINK FLOYD ne sont pas loin, j'ai même cru entendre un peu d'AL DI MEOLA; la dernière partie de cette pièce vaut le détour pour l'air de toute beauté qui s'en dégage, ça monte en volume, en intensité, Steve WILSON aimerait à mon sens; les 3 dernières minutes sont dangereuses pour l'air qui s'en dégage et risque de rester dans votre tête; une pièce à réécouter pour parvenir à la dompter un petit peu, une pièce progressiste majeure que les puristes des 70s vont faire tourner en boucle. « Pressure of Pride » avec son saxo limite doux- discordant vient indiquer la colère, l'insatisfaction d'essayer de se faufiler dans la vie active; clin d'?il à mon avis sur PANZERBALLETT.

"Shared Isolation" for the second part of the album and one of the problems of our society, communication or rather lack direct and isolation, a confusing title by its convolutions between GENESIS HACKETT and KING CRIMSON, it goes on the rock opera "Starmania" (according to my wife that I had promised myself to include chronic, personally I saw more of the FRO French series "Vidocq" as what music can travel far! ) musical part and a search arpeggio fruity guitar, synth strings dark and saturated vintage discordant and climate spacerock "Meddle" and "Atom heart mother"; sound from the bowels of the artists who manage to bring out the dinosaurs melodies buried in their gray substances in the impregnating their personal emotions. "Alone at the Institution" arrives at that moment, a little Japanese ambiance, festive jazz on Panzerballett connotation to me, and gypsy jazz, jazz hat, more complicated as personally when you know my aversion to the brass! This is incisive, aggressive, I can do nothing, even if it is supposed to represent the struggle to fight against loneliness. Part 2 with a pompous air limit, bombastic, calmer, spleen refers to the KING CRIMSON somewhere, guitar and voice then combine perfectly. "Silent Departure" to a ballad, a rhyme violin that does the most good. "The Last Journey" as a hymn to life with choirs, enjoyable pace, furious, mixing a tune I think back on "The Fountain of Salmacis" at times; a musical soaring as defining the flight to the beyond that we have to cross alone. The end also brings me to the magical notes and intense as Mike OLDFIELD on "Hergest Ridge" I put in crib to sleep my little angels, a sign that reminds me of his cult film "2001 Space Odyssey" after life, there may be something else, even up there.

To put a few words, I would say in the end that these five musicians came to create this album with a new concept to swallow music before, to digest it, then spit it out on a partition in order to play in the transformed notes. This allows you to listen to a new sound with bits of old sounds without there being too much resemblance or "copy / paste. This also helps to unify a major musical movements remaining in the background, jazz, with rock out to this innovative album.

 Krásná Hora by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.64 | 48 ratings

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Krásná Hora
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A powerful album of provocative art from this socially conscious band of Austrians. Akin to the spirit of communal prog from which sprouted the likes of bands like Amon Düül and Faust.

1. "Overture" (6:49) the first half of this deep thrombosis is a set up for a major Hammond solo. A break at the half way point allows an electric guitar to assert its gentle leadership over a competing piano before a stripped down guitar-supported vocal section--one that become very interesting and engaging when multiple voices join together toward a crescendo into a saxophone solo. (12.75/15)

2. "Foetus" (6:10) computer/radio/effected (muted) guitar, synth, and singing noises open this one. Oh! I get it! It's what music would sound like to a foetus from inside the mother's uterus! At the two minute mark the minor key arpeggio of a creepy nursery music box and bass drum weave together for a while before giving way to abrasive power chord strums from an electric guitar. Organ, drums and synth join in during the fifth minute. The final minute is instrumental mayhem broken up by the crying of the baby, arrived. Interesting conceptually but not musically. (8.25/10)

3. "Achluphobia" (15:35) The clinical name for the fear of darkness opens with gentle, quiet, spacious guitar picking and percussion play sounding like the spacious part of King Crimson's "Moonchild." This continues, though it slowly builds over a ANEKDOTEN "Hole"-like motif with additional instruments joining in and increased volume and intensity (and structure) from the electric guitar. High piercing synth also joins in, until at 5:30 their is a glottal stop before the guitar becomes more bluesy and Fender Rhodes electric piano throws in a few flourishes. I'm reminded of Alvin Lee and Ronnie Montrose, for some reason. Bluesy guitar continues to thrash around with gradually increasing intensity unitl 8:45 when it begins to strum a dirty four-chord pattern over which a male voice begins to sing sounding like a 1970s Heavy Metal British rock song. Full blues-rock guitar solo fills the eleventh minute as the bass and drums amp up in support. In the thirteenth minute an eerie but hopeful piano chord progression takes over. Acoustic guitar, percussion, and bass join in to make a nice AEROSMITH "Dream On" weave before church-like choir voices take over for a few seconds. Piano-based weave picks back up with drummer crashing cymbals every which way until the end arrives. (25/30)

4. "Pressure Of Pride" (3:38) horns and flutes help open this one establishing a nice nu-jazzy groove before chorus vocals ejaculate their message within. At the end of the second minute the groove smooths out and fills the soundscape as a full on jazz-rock onslaught ensues. This song reminds me of Catalan band ZA! and Finnish UTOPIANISTI project of Markus Pajakkala. (9/10)

5. "Shared Isolation" (9:55) opens with Spanish guitar and then flute in a duet before stopping to restart (using the established melody) as a full horn-supported jazz rock fusion instrumental at the 0:51 mark. Using the same melody, the keys, electric guitar, and horns all play with, within, and without the line and chord progression over the next two minutes with a solo or two from the guitar. Then a hi-speed sequenced synth arpeggio takes over before being joined by drums, bass, and slowly strummed electric guitar in a slow, plodding blues-rock foundation. A couple of guitars and synths take turns adding to or soloing over the top of this funereal groove. A bit of a ROBIN TROWER feel to this. In the beginning of the sixth minute the blues rock groove pauses for a PINK FLOYD "Time"-like vocal fill. These two motifs alternate twice over the course of the next two minutes--there's even a David Gilmour screaming guitar solo in there--before a bit of YES guitar bridges us into a chunky bass-driven section of blues-rock jazz jamming with wailing synth soloing over the top. (17/20)

6. "Alone At The Institution" (9:21) opening with an intricate multi-instrument full bad weave that takes on a bit of a feel of a Romani or klezmer folk feel to it--rhythmically as well as melodically. Like a Django and Stéphane song taken to a big band format. The horns, bass, and drums get to shine here (the keys would too were they not mixed a bit into the back) until delicately plucked jazz guitar takes the fore at the 4:00 mark. Bursting back into full band explosiveness, we end the guitar solo and bridge to a stripped down pulsing Mellotron flute chord over which a very soft, sensitive section is constructed--one which, it turns out, is just preparing us for a vocal. The vocal performance here is of a much higher skill level--sounding like early Jon Anderson with John Wetton's tibre and range in a Godspell setting. At 8:20 we transition back into a heavy recapitulation of the klezmer theme for the finish. Easily the best song on the album. (18.5/20)

7. "Silent Departure" (3:37) opens as a romantic chamber folk piece with viola proclaiming the melody over a picked electric guitar. Breathy male voice enters quickly to take over the lead from the viola as bass and percussion join guitar. Voice and viola trade leads while joining forces for the choruses over the course of the remainder of the song. Pretty folk tune but nothing to shout about.(8.5/10)

8. "The Last Journey" (8:34) A JEFFERSON AIRPLANE-like musical foundation with the breathy male singer over the top allows the band to stretch out into an almost beer-hall feel of freedom and mischievousness. The instrumental jam section in the middle is dull and lacking--and made worse by the long-held single chord sustained over the sixth, seventh, and eighth minutes. Do they think they're classical composers of the Minimalist movement? It does somehow end well. I'm not sure how. It's a mystery. (16/20)

Total time 63:39

While I found myself intrigued with this album upon first listen due to its wide varieties of styles and sounds, repeated listens have tempered my enthusiasm. Though full of interesting and nostalgic sounds and music, ultimately, the band's skills as instrumentalists and composers leads me to feel as if they have an album or two to go before they reach any kind of masterpiece status. Also, the vocal talents of the most oft-used lead singer sound too raw and untrained. Effects might help.

B/four stars; an excellent and welcomed addition to Prog World--recommended for your own determination.

 Krásná Hora by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.64 | 48 ratings

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Krásná Hora
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

4 stars Trust or No?

Do we open ourselves to love?

Or do we stay 'safe' in a womb, shielded from pain and rejection? Blank Manuskript- an Austrian band founded in 2007- creates an entrancing, spooky, at times heartbreaking experience in this latest release, "Krasna Hora" ('beautiful mountain'), a tiny town in Czech Republic.

In this album Blank Manuskript uses spoken word, mood, orchestral passages, wily saxophone, heavy avant-jazz, wistful progressive folk, and majestic glory to evoke these difficult questions and force us to answer for ourselves.

'Art Rock/Progressive Rock

The line is difficult; certainly it is beyond my ken.

But for me, this album has certain aims and hopes that push the listener toward an all-encompassing experience. For instance, the first track, "Overture", does what an overture ought to do: it reveals over-arching themes and blends these into an introductory passage that teases what is to follow.

The lush organ tones invite the listener to ponder the central question- and the sound is rich and full. Alone? Or in relationship? Agile guitar work, and saxophone dancing point the way.

"Foetus" suggests what we believe to be true- even in utero we learn, feel, grow. We sense what our host parent is feeling, whether calm and loving, or in this case, insensate. The music is foreboding. Music and lyrics work to set the stage.

And if it's true that the host parent is perhaps comatose, what does the foetus perceive, and how will that provide a basis for its full humanity?

The album unfolds

Themes of fear of darkness, and use of tinkling chimes, palm-muted guitar work that sways and flies and grows, the lyrics that suggest and paint mind pictures-

and moving into inventive vocal passages including choral work, lovely harmonies, staccato recitatives pierced by jazzy instrumental accents-

And we land with a thud

The institution- which seems so safe, so predictable, so secure...yet what is the price? Here we encounter almost chamber-music, complex jazz lines as the saxophone wails and the music skitters into avant-jazz territory.

It is here, in "Silent Departure", that we reach the emotional center of this album.

It is set simply, almost as a progressive-folk presentation- the use of violin, and a gentle, lonely, heartbroken tone.

Yet it holds deep resonance, and delivers what for me is the 'money lines'- "time for sure is no healer...and so fractured, cracked and broken/ we stumble towards the light."

Finally, the return

"The Last Journey", of return to the great unknown from which the foetus emerged, uses spoken voice, gorgeous vocal work, and then a held note that builds tension as it slowly blossoms, grows, becomes wilder and more dissonant and disturbing...then deliberately fades into nothingness.

I found this a gripping, entrancing experience, and highly recommend it.

My rating: 4 solemn luminous stars.

 Blank Manuskript ‎- Studio - Live - Session At ORF RadioKulturhaus by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Live, 2018
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Blank Manuskript ‎- Studio - Live - Session At ORF RadioKulturhaus
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars Last week received the latest BLANK MANUSKRIPT album called 'Studio - Live - Session At ORF Radio Kulturhaus' and honestly took me by surprise, this wasn't what I expected from the same band that released the epic and absolutely symphonic 'Tales from an Island - Impressions from Rapa Nui', but neither was disappointed, it's obvious they are trying a new approach, more jazzy with a bit of Avant but keeping the strength of previous records.

As usual they are a keyboard oriented band with Dominik Wallner being impeccable but this time they add some strong flute passages and an amazing bass by Alfons Wohlmuth and a very eclectic Saxophone sections that I enjoyed very much '.Well, to be honest, all the band members are excellent musicians.

Even when I liked every track, what surprised me more was the mysterious Magician's Dance which reminds me strongly of The End by THE DOORS, but with a magnificent flute performance and a solid rhythm section.

Another track that impressed me is the melancholic 'Silent Departure' that reminded me of their previous release 'The Waiting Soldier', which was another solid album.

But of course Pressure of Pride blew my schemes, lot of Jazz dissonances and a clear step away from traditional Symphonic. Normally I wouldn't like this change, but in this case it's very adventurous and a sign of a band that wants to reinvent them instead of living in the past, and that's something I will always respect from any band.

To be honest 'The Waiting Soldier', is still my favorite BLANK MANUSKRIPT record and have a weakness for their debut, but Studio-Live-Sessions is an album that deserves to be listened. Not only by Symphonic fans but for people who are willing to listen a group of musicians ready to take risks and explore a new sound.

So for that reason will go with four solid stars, and hope they won't make us wait another three years for their next project.

 The Waiting Soldier by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 81 ratings

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The Waiting Soldier
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Austrian band BLANK MANUSKRIPT is an ongoing project that started out back in 2007, instigated by Christian Breckner, Dominik Wallner and Alfons Wohlmuth. They have released one EP and two full length albums so far, of which "The Waiting Soldier" is the most recent.

Those who enjoy classic era symphonic progressive rock and the more sophisticated aspects of 70's art rock appears to me to be the perfect audience for this album. Mix, production and instruments all come with what I'd describe as a vintage touch to them, and when explored within the confines of a theme album this alone should hit most sweet spots for those who enjoy this breed of progressive rock. That the album is well made and features compelling compositions is, perhaps, needless to state.

 The Waiting Soldier by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 81 ratings

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The Waiting Soldier
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

5 stars Each time I receive an album from my good friend Alfons Wohlmuth I ask myself how different would be the story of BLANK MANUSKRIPT if they had been born in the UK instead of Austria, because each and every one of their previous releases has been impeccable and brilliant, but never got the attention that many inferior British bands receive.

Their debut Tales from an Island - Impressions from Rapa Nui was excellent A Profound Path was too short but better musically , now I received the conceptual The Waiting Soldier, which is as good as all the previous but on a full length LP Format, so there's not a weak moment on their career.

My first positive impression was when I saw the cover, a beautiful presentation in LP format that made me remember my youth, after opening it read the lyrics and found an interesting concept in the form of a diary of a guy who wants to be called a soldier, but really isn't one neither too brilliant.

Now to the music: The Waiting Soldier is opened by Induction, a track that starts with the sound of marching boots and almost immediately leads to a guitar solo enhanced by the band that morphs into a jazzy flute section. But from them , we can expect almost anything, the band performs frenetic passages interrupted by soft melodic passages where the keyboard and vocals remind me of PINK FLOYD but with an aggressive side.

Public Enemy is a delightful heavy Prog song with s a strong melody and radical changes that go from oneiric and atmospheric moments to powerful explosions of sounds. The radical changes are delightful and the vocals remind me again of Pink Floyd. . Kites to Sky is a beautiful tune with the charming voice of Nora Sigl who creates a naive atmosphere that fuses perfectly with the dramatic guitar solo and the nostalgic feeling that the band provides. Tender song in contrast with the frenetic end experimental Doubts that brings ALAN PARSONS PROJECT to my mind, but only for a moment, because the operatic section (with a tenor's voice) and the vibrant flute finale blew my mind. Really exiting.

The Night is the longest track of the album and BLANK MANUSKRIPT explore places they never visited before, too hard to describe and words can only ruin the experience of guitar solos, lush keyboard passages and vibrant rhythm section with dramatic changes..:Better to listen it without having a hint of what's coming,

The album ends with Conclusion and Cloud, the first one, my favorite song, because somehow comprises all the story in one song that again has a bit of everything for the pleasure of Prog geeks like me. Cloud on the other hand is a collection of sound effects that in my opinion shows the chaotic state of mind of the "Waiting Soldier"

No problem with the rating, The Waiting Soldier is at least as good as A Profound Path, which received 5 stars from me, so have to go with the same rating.

 A Profound Path by BLANK MANUSKRIPT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 6 ratings

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A Profound Path
Blank Manuskript Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars It was about time for a second release

Five years have passed since BLANK MANUSKRIPT released the epic Tales from an Island - Impressions from Rapa Nui, and I was starting to think that this excellent Austrian band had vanished, but about a month ago, I received a PM from my good friend Alfons Wohlmuth (bass, flute and Vocals), telling me they had released a new EP, sadly I had some personal issues to solve and wasn't able to review A Profound Path, so a couple days ago listened it for the first time and I regret haven't done it before, because the album is radically different to their debut, but still extraordinaire.

My first surprise was to find that two members had left the band and been replaced by Cecilio Perera Villanueva (Guitar) and Klaus Ackermann (Percussion), but the greatest impression was to find that they have left their pompous Symphonic roots for a more varied sound, with PINK FLOYD influences and a hint of Jazz, a change that I found refreshing, because when you release a great debut, you need to evolve to avoid unpleasant comparisons, and they did a great job in previously uncharted territory.

The album is opened by The Underglow and it's mysterious bass intro that leads to a fluid keys and guitar lead passage where Cecilio Perera Villanueva shows his outstanding skills, combining the style of David Gilmour and his own sound.

From that moment the band starts to sound like in their debut with incredibly interesting melodic passages, a lot of pomp (God I love that) and adding some weird screams reminiscent of Roger Waters. But please, don't believe they are cloning PINK FLOYD, the style and arrangements are unique and delightful with exceptional choir work. A great start for a great album.

Twilight Peak gets even more eclectic, in this track we can enjoy dramatic guitar solos, a bit of Jazz, of course some Floydian touches from Wish You Were Here era, soft piano, and everything a progressive Rock fan can ask for, with a group of musicians that have created something special. By far my favorite song.

Celestial Spheres closes the album in great form, with a frenetic approach where the rhythm section is simply impeccable, as if Wohlmuth and Ackermann had been playing together for decades and like if this wasn't their first release together. Simply delightful song with a wonderful vocal work.

I'm not sure if being pleased or pissed because BLANK MANUSKRIPT made us wait so long for a 23:21 minutes EP instead of another full length album, but let's take it as an advance of a next release that will hopefully reach the market soon.

Almost forgot about the rating??.Less than 4 solid stars would be criminally unfair.

Thanks to ivan_melgar_m for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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