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Founded in Leichlingen, Germany in 1984 - Disbanded in 1992 - Reformed between 2005-2008

TRESPASS were a German band that existed between 1984 and 1992. The group survived primarily through local live appearances, and released only a single album ("The FInal Act") shortly before disbanding. The album was characterized by elaborate keyboard constructions and heavy guitars, and by an epic-length (45 minutes-plus) symphonic composition dominating that release ("Crew Of The Orion").

TRESPASS is often associated with the neo-progressive genre. Their sound has been compared to fellow countryment GROBSCHNITT, but also to MARILLION, with song constructions that are clearly influenced by early GENESIS, but with heavier guitars, more driven keyboard construction, and modern (sometimes abstract) themes.

The group disbanded in 1992 when three of its members left to form INQUIRE, a decidely neo-progressive band that released three studio and one live album before breaking up themselves in 2003.

Shortly after INQUIRE's demise, the members of TRESPASS reunited and are currently working on new music and a recording contract. The band is planning a new studio release in 2007.

TRESPASS are legitimate contenders for inclusion in the ProgArchives for the creatively symphonic sound on their single release, and for the energy in the demo works they have made available since reforming this century.

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3.61 | 25 ratings
The Final Act

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 The Final Act by TRESPASS album cover Live, 1989
3.61 | 25 ratings

The Final Act
Trespass Symphonic Prog

Review by anywhere

4 stars So, this band deserves more testing record. This album, "The final act", needs to be heard. And not so much for the two shorter tracks, but "Coto lyrics".

"Coto lyrics" is long 44 minutes. One thing that if you put it on then forget it. It has a beginning that is a joy: you remember the early 70s, nostalgia coward.

Andreas Schuller's voice is certainly not that of Peter Gabriel, who tries to look like, but often makes you shudder. Listen to the first five or six minutes, where the keyboards Helge Weber accompany the singing of Schuller.

It easy to say that they look like Genesis or Marillion ... There's no point making comparisons. We listen to what they have to say, their ideas, their dreams ...

Of course, if instead they could live disc recorded in the studio, things would have been different. For the better. There are times that a manufacturer would solve otherwise. The vocals are sometimes excessive. There are repetitions that were removed cleanly. Scissors in hand.

"Coto lyrics" has the potential to be something big. Too bad. I mean, 44 minutes is a lot to handle. Some say it looks like Supper's ready ... Trespass that wanted to imitate that song ... I don't know. I only know that a good producer would "Coto lyrics" a masterpiece. There are times when the music becomes beautiful and even if you find yourself distracted involved, suddenly.

With all the respect. To the musicians who had their papers in order.

Long live the prog, my friends.

 The Final Act by TRESPASS album cover Live, 1989
3.61 | 25 ratings

The Final Act
Trespass Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Is this really the same Trespass that is supposed to sound like Genesis and Marillion ? Have I got the right CD ? The CD says I am listening to the German band named Trespass and not the Israeli band named Trespass. The Israeli band sounds like Genesis though........

This album consists of three songs. One long and two short ones. The sound is good on the long song and pretty muddy on the final two songs. I don't get the feeling that the same record studio has been used throughout this album.

Genesis only shows up on the two final songs Luna Walk (in particular) and on Beggars Of Paris. The forty-four minutes long main song Crew Of The Orion contains a lot of references to the likes of Pendragon and Saga (the Canadian pomp prog band) and hardly any references to Genesis. And Marillion...........well...... no. This song is a total overkill which does not get any better after ten listening sessions. It is a pomp prog & neo prog pastisj..... of nothing. The two mercifully shorter ones Luna Walk Beggars Of Paris is slightly better though.

It is the order of the nature that some organisms is good and some is at best mediocre. This album is in the latter category. This is not a good album and it is only saved by the two short songs. The long one is more a torture instrument than a proper prog rock epic. This is not for me, I am afraid.

2 stars

 The Final Act by TRESPASS album cover Live, 1989
3.61 | 25 ratings

The Final Act
Trespass Symphonic Prog

Review by Winters

4 stars Although poor sound quality, this band produce some good quality music, which can even be heard nice with the right EQing. "Coto Lyrics" is a lot similliar to Genesis' "Supper's Ready" and some other of their works. The album consists of some great climaxes, lyricly and melodicly with some great keyboard work. The album does suffer some dull moments but at the end of a day the good parts rise above the dull ones.
 The Final Act by TRESPASS album cover Live, 1989
3.61 | 25 ratings

The Final Act
Trespass Symphonic Prog

Review by loserboy
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After far too short a musical history, TRESPASS were truely one of those bands that got away. Deeply rooted in the GENESIS/MARILLION and GROBSCHNITT vein, "The Final Act" is a rock opera with the title track gobbling up 45 minutes of the CD. TRESPASS wrote some real superb musical passages with great keyboard and vocal work. The lead singer does sound a bit like Peter GABRIEL actually at times, but still carries his own charisma. The only bummer here is the poor sound recording of this live performance which would parallel a "good" bootleg for sound quality. I love this CD very much and think TRESPASS were a great band and the music on this cd is very captivating.
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