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Norbert Krüler - Born 06.12.1957 in Emsdetten, Germany

SHAMALL is the moniker used by German composer and multi-instrumentalist Norbert Krueler, a highly influential DJ in Germany by trade and a passionate part-time musician to boot.

His first artistic creations came to be in 1986, at that time heavily tinged by various forms of mainstream electronic music. His first ventures were rather successful from a commercial point of view, but Krueler's artistic aspirations weren't totally satisfied by these first creations. As a long time fan of bands like Pink Floyd, Marillion as well as the Krautrock of his native Germany, his works slowly but steadily started incorporating more and more of these influences in his musical endeavours - with a particular emphasis on Pink Floyd.

In the last few years a somewhat stronger emphasis on acoustic instruments have been added to his musical palette, along with the inclusion of Krautrock -inspired musical elements.

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SchizophreniaSchizophrenia
Double CD
2L Productions
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Journey to a NightmareJourney to a Nightmare
CD Baby 2016
$9.65
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History BookHistory Book
CD Baby 2016
$19.33
Turn Off 2 CDTurn Off 2 CD
CD Baby 2013
$11.50
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Ambiguous Points of ViewAmbiguous Points of View
CD Baby 2007
$15.95
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Book GenesisBook Genesis
CD Baby 2007
$12.85
Continuation by SHAMALLContinuation by SHAMALL
JFK
$46.67
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Feeling Like a Stranger (The Whole Trip) by Shamall (2012-01-24)Feeling Like a Stranger (The Whole Trip) by Shamall (2012-01-24)
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Turn Off 2 CD by Shamall (2013-11-20)Turn Off 2 CD by Shamall (2013-11-20)
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Moments of Illusion by Shamall (2013-05-04)Moments of Illusion by Shamall (2013-05-04)
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3.57 | 54 ratings
Journey To A Nightmare
1989
2.92 | 47 ratings
Moments Of Illusion
1990
2.30 | 48 ratings
Mirror To Eternity
1993
2.88 | 50 ratings
In Search Of Precision
1994
2.46 | 51 ratings
This Island Earth
1997
2.94 | 52 ratings
Influences
1999
3.49 | 71 ratings
The Book Genesis
2001
4.03 | 76 ratings
Who Do They Think They Are
2003
4.04 | 105 ratings
Ambiguous Points Of View
2006
3.95 | 94 ratings
Questions Of Life
2008
3.99 | 121 ratings
Is This Human Behavior
2009
3.91 | 215 ratings
Turn Off
2013
3.81 | 79 ratings
Continuation
2016
3.93 | 14 ratings
History Book
2016
3.94 | 62 ratings
Schizophrenia
2019

SHAMALL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

SHAMALL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

SHAMALL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.84 | 18 ratings
Collector's item (1986-1993)
1993
3.88 | 8 ratings
Timeless Journey Vol. I
2007
3.75 | 8 ratings
Timeless Journey Vol. II
2007
3.83 | 6 ratings
Timeless Journey Vol. III
2007
3.67 | 6 ratings
Timeless Journey Vol. IV
2007
3.27 | 15 ratings
Feeling Like A Stranger ~ The Whole Trip ~
2010

SHAMALL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.91 | 11 ratings
My Dream
1986
2.00 | 11 ratings
Feeling Like a Stranger
1988

SHAMALL Reviews


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 Schizophrenia by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.94 | 62 ratings

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Schizophrenia
Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Shamall is the project of German music producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Norbert Krueler. The album 'Schizophrenia' offers what amount to two double LP's of music that indeed is prog-related, but only by reference in my opinion. The music of Shamall aims to create dark electronic music in de vain of the Blade Runner soundtrack, but less condensed to its most pivotal moments. In stead this record sounds like a long electronic jam with some interwoven 'songy' parts. The pallet is that of modern electronic music (including movie soundtrack electronics), lot's of mid-paced drumming (also electronic) and some echoey rock guitars. The link to the neo-progressive genre - that I can't separate from its emotive songwriting - is than a bit of stretch in my opinion. The male vocals by Krueler are competent and often mixed like Queen's Innuendo album. The three vocal performances of Anke Ullrich are a welcome change, also a gifted singer with her own style. The album's main defining attribute seems to be its running time and uninterrupted flow, which allows for full immersion in the music. The album would also do a fine job as background noise. The production by Norber Krueler is flawless, with a full-bodied sound and a pleasant mix.

Whilst everything on this record is just fine, I fail to see how such an amount of tracks that more or less sound the same (sound pallet, rhythm, tempo, minor key, lyrical theme) could impress listeners of the progressive all that much. To me this music sounds like a very well made copy of a copy of a copy of something. Furthermore, he lyrical themes of schizophrenia and inconvenient truths do become a bit of a drag. Now, there's no need to rate anything less then a three star rating for a professional album that obviously people here are enjoying - but I would definitively not recommend this to listeners of neo-prog.

 Schizophrenia by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.94 | 62 ratings

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Schizophrenia
Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by JohnnyBGoody

4 stars The name Shamall is not new to me. But whenever I was told that it is electronic music, my interest to continue working with them felt asleep. I am really not a fan of electronic music. Everything is too similar to me, not enough power in it. But with Shamall I was wrong. And I have no problem admitting it. At a party at a friend's house I got in touch with Shamall by chance. We all know this. There's a lot of talking and laughing, but in between there are moments of silence when no one says anything and you listen to the music in the background. And it was this short silence that suddenly built up something musically powerful in the room, which I couldn't assign at first. At that time i didn't know, but after a short question who that is,I got a short answer: "This is the new Shamall! I was surprised, I could not find the newage and electronic music in this exciting music, which immediately fascinated me. "This is Schizophrenia, the title track of the new Shamall" my buddy shouted to me "That rocks, dude, wah" Sure, there were some electronic parts, between or at the end of several songs. But I have to say - that already rocked! And there was so much more than I expected. Electronic music as intro to increase the tension for the next track. Room filling soundscapes, which were used to build up the following drama. Almost behind every song there were these magical, thrilling, often pulsating, resting phases, which only increased the expectations for the next song. Really very clever made. Sometimes punchy, sometimes hard or just great songs that started with acoustic guitars to turn later into crazy rocking great goose bumps songs. The music was professional and catching, and you could hear that the musicians were passionate about what they were doing. At least that was my first impression. What you just could perceive with the giggling from the background at a party. Next, I went to YouTube to get more info about Shamall, and was surprised what I found there. Actually Shamall had an electronic past and I even knew one song. They had made such a dull disco cracker in the 80s, which I didn't like at all. However, that must have been changed around the turn of the millennium over Krautrock into all kinds of Rock and Prog Styles. I listened to the music available at YouToube and was really impressed. "Respect! - I thought to myself - and I slept through all this?" . The Youtubeclips gave enough information to me to order the Schizophrenia Album by Shamall straightaway. A few days later, the postman brought me an incredibly impressive double CD digipack. The cover alone is already amazing and made me hungry for more. What more can I say? The album is running up and down in my CD player for days now. My highlights of this gifted album are the title song "Schizophrenia" which is almost 20 minutes long, beside "All The Answers" which is really good and the singer gives his best. The solo part in the song is too short for a bite. But for this I get fully satisfied in my absolute favourite tracks "It's An inconvenient Truth part I and II" and "the shape of things to come", and of course §World Of Emotions", a 12 minute long instrumental track on the second CD of the Album. Unbelievable guitar solos - Wow! And also megalong, as you rarely hear it these days. And even the synthesizer solos I like very much. Hammerstrong album! Also the other songs are very good, because somehow everything goes together as if there was only one song with different highs and lows. If you sit down and chill out a little bit and listen concentrated to the music, you'll soon notice that the band has fun at their work. They don't seem to be interested in becoming the kings of any particular style of music, and they don't seem to be interested in making music just for money. Otherwise they would probably do something different than pieces with a length between 10 and 20 minutes. This is definitely pure passion. And what you should also mention is that the Schizophrenia album sounds great. I haven't heard something so noble for a long time. You can hear it in every song. If I should describe the music now I automatically think of rock and prog bands from the past. Somehow it reminds me of the 80s, when prog rock was something natural with electronic equipment. Caravan, Camel, Alan Parsons, Manfred Man, King Crimson and of course a lot of Eloy-like and Pink Floyd send their regards. A mega-bombastic album - like I haven't heard one for a long time. An absolute must buy for everyone who likes to listen to today's music as much as I do, but where you can somehow find your whole life again.
 Schizophrenia by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.94 | 62 ratings

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Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by Finn73

5 stars In my passion as a fan of progressive music, I have rarely seen a band surprising me with a new album that could compete with one of their earlier releases, even after decades. Indeed! Pink Floyd was one of those bands. Of course also Porcupine Tree and later Steven Wilson as soloist. As well as Anathema, Riverside and Pineapple Thief. But of course all this still has to do with the personal taste of each listener. That's how I feel with the German project SHAMALL, which is about the multi-instrumentalist Norbert Krüler. Starting out as a DJ, he quickly discovered his passion for composing and producing his own music and created his own corner in progressive rock with friends. I have to say now that I own all his albums and therefore I have followed the career and development of this artist for a long time. But this is another story. Anyway, for me personally it is clear that already the previous album "Turn Off" is a must in every CD collection. The same can be said of his latest work "Schizophrenia".

"Schizophrenia" is the title of SHAMALL's latest album, and the main theme deals with the passive and ignorant attitude of a world that is isolating itself more and more. A world which notices the growing problems but reacts indifferently and pretends it's none of their business. Many different interpretations of the theme are sung in 12 of 22 Songs by Norbert Krüler and Anke Ullrich, who is now singing on the meanwhile third album, professionally and passionately, sometimes demanding and aggressive. The other titles - and these are a large part of this release - consist of instrumental tracks, elaborate intros and interludes. Exceptionally versatile guitar solos by guitarist Matthias Mehrtens are in no way inferior to the playful keyboard solos in length, versatility and playing quality. Solos that often develop into fireworks and are stopped by enormous brass instruments. The passion and expression of this release is extraordinary, but at this point i do not want to make a detailed review of the individual tracks, because everybody feels that differently. That's why I concentrate myself mainly on the playful and sound-technical changes - that I think should be mentioned - in relation to the previous albums. First of all the style hasn't changed. For me, thank god !!! and the quality of the sound is exceptionally good. I love this kind of music. For me this Album is more sophisticated and thrilling. Krüler knows how to capture his view and emotions in music. And once again uncompromisingly, as if there was only his feeling and not the expectations of his listeners, he presents us a work that we have to like as it is. His undying preference for Moog sounds is all around us and the (once again) double album doesn't lack epic and pathos either. A lot of his tracks have an epic length combined, as if we had nothing else to do but listening to Shamall. If you would compare Shamall with a feature film or TV series, then Shamall would be the "Game of Thrones" type. Unimpressed by whether anyone could get bored, Norbert Krüler, with the help of his long-time companions, passionately rolls out what he thinks he has to tell. With a total length of 150 minutes, you need timeI to enjoy this album. I for my part did it and i love it

 Schizophrenia by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.94 | 62 ratings

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Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by SylvieK

5 stars Shamall is the project of Norbert Krüler, a German musician who has been producing and releasing progressive music of various styles under this name for more than 30 years. Indeed Shamall has experienced different emphases in his music until today. Starting with two disco productions in the early 80's, he quickly turned - despite great success - to the growing alternative electronic scene and released electronic music in all its facets over a decade From this time he released 7 albums.

From the year 2000 on Shamall turned to the theme Krautrock/Progressive Rock. Initially a bit bumpy, he quickly created his own unique style, which became his future trademark starting with the album "Who Do They Think They Are" in 2003. Since the formation of the band under the leadership of this man, 19 albums have been produced, almost all are listed in the discography of progarchives.com.

But to place Shamall in the right context, you have to know that Krueler, besides his musical ambitions, was a DJ in a big German rock club for almost 40 years. The experiences he gained there over decades are often reflected in the arrangements of some of his compositions, which leads to the fact that in some of his works you get the feeling to hear reminiscences of bands from his daily business as a rock DJ or from his personal favourites, which sometimes leads to surprises.

Personally, I have always found this refreshing, because it ensured that the music had a logical structure and that you could dive into the world of Shamall's music without strain.

Beat counters can now stop reading at this place. At no point Shamall tries to be in competition with more abstract prog bands. Instead it seems that space and atmosphere are more important to him and the focus of his music is on heart and soul. For all those who feel comfortable in the world of Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Jean Michel Jarre, the German band Eloy or other comparable bands or even have an open ear for melodic neo-prog, Shamall is a real goldmine.

Also on the new Shamall album "Schizophrenia" at first a light "Jean Michel Jarre meets Eloy meets Pink Floyd" feeling comes up again. But already after less than 3 minutes the first impression is dynamically blown away. At this point the title theme already shows that Shamall is breaking new ground.

Guitar riffs that you only know from the heavier kind of music, followed by a powerful and loud vocal chorus make you listen attentively. For a moment you think you are dealing with a hard rock album. At this point you notice for the first time that the drama of Shamall has increased enormously. But - without being unfaithful to the Shamall style I love. The album now has my full attention.

But apart from the charming light German accent in the English vocals as we know it from Eloy and other German bands, the musical performance is much more professional and fresh.

However! Without a doubt, this album is also characterized by a great atmosphere. Shamall's obvious passion for bands like Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons or Jean Michel Jarre is still omnipresent in many places. Especially these atmospheric moments make me curious about what is coming next. And Shamall understands perfectly to wait for the right moment when you feel "Now it could go on".

Besides the already mentioned impressive atmospheric passages, this double CD is in large parts more rockin' than any of the previous Shamall releases. The guitar solos are harder and more playful. With pieces like "It's an inconvenient Truth part 1 and 2" you get to hear several sweeping guitar solos, so you might think you're dealing with guitarists like Arjen Lucassen, Eddie Van Halen or Adrian Vandenberg. At this point guitarist Matthias Mehrtens, Shamall's companion for decades, does a hell of a job - just brilliant. I am thrilled by the interesting mixture of this album. Also the guitar riffs have become harder, and that without letting the overall concept appear somehow inharmonic. On none of the previously released albums by Shamall this balancing act has succeeded so perfectly.

Especially the vocals on this new album are very well done. Both male and female voices understand how to convince. Mighty choirs and orchestras cause goose bumps. They perfectly complete harmoniously the music and create interesting contrasts in some places.

Similar to many of Shamall's previous albums, enough space was created between the vocal sections for fantastic and magnificent keyboard solos, which always impressively complement and emphasize the mood of the respective song. A few titles are beautifully underlined by soulful piano and saxophone solos. Two soulful ballads, which certainly wouldn't necessarily stand up to the regulations of prog, round off the double CD, but without reducing the quality of the whole work.

To me personally, especially outstanding are tracks like the 19 minutes long album theme "Schizophrenia", "Man in the mirror", "Voices of Yonder", "Foolin' myself", "the shape of things to come" (love the solopart here!!! ) , "all the answers", "Supernatural Dream", which is sung magically by the female singer Anke Ullrich, and of course in particular "world of emotions", the first almost 12 minutes long instrumental track on the second CD. Other titles give the impression to be the intro for the next theme, whereas other songs like "We are all in the same boat" or "Eyes Of A stranger" lighten up the whole work in a relaxed way. Because the titles all merge into each other without a break you get the feeling to be on a journey. In my opinion all instruments on the whole album are played with passion and dedication. So I was not bored at any time.

You have to take your time with Shamall's new release. I like that there are still bands out there who develop themselves and stay true to their style. - whose pieces are not cut to 4-7 minutes in a contemporary way, just because many listeners are no longer willing to listen to music with the necessary patience. The new Shamall album gives reason to suppose that the artists work out a theme for as long as they think they have something to say about it. The whole work is for me the best ever Album produced by Shamall mastermind Norbert Krueler. Soundwise it is beyond any doubt. More modern, demanding and powerful, it beats its predecessors, and also many other CDs I have bought recently. The moderate drumming criticized on earlier Shamall releases seems to be a thing of the past. So the new work knows to convince especially at this point, too.

Even after almost 35 years this album shows no signs of fatigue of the artists. 150 minutes of "music I love" makes me well equipped for the next time and I have another 5 star treasure in my CD collection. The artwork of this album is not part of the music. Nevertheless! It makes the difference between digital downloads and the physical original. Just to say one sentence about it. It is extraordinary - the hammer par excellence. I haven't seen such an impressive work in a long time and I really would have to search very long on the shelf to find something comparable. The DigiPack alone shows how seriously Shamall takes his work For me a "Must Have" and an essential masterpiece for every melodic prog collection. -my humble opinion-

 Turn Off by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 215 ratings

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Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of the most interesting aspects of joining ProgArchives is the fact that I always happen to find something different here, even if that band or artist has been around many years and has released several albums. Yes, that´s still going on even after almost a decade of being a PA member. And Shamall is definitely my most recent discovery through a review I read here. This musical project/one man band led by german multi instrumentalist. DJ and composer Norbert Krueler has an extensive discography that goes back as far as 1989. Turn Off is his latest release and the first one I own. and it was a very nice surprise indeed!

I was a little more than just skeptical about a double studio album after so many records being put out and the word "self indulgence" just screamed at me when I first heard about it. In the end, however, I found out that it was a very good buy after all. Although very long (almost 2 and a half hours) and yes, sometimes a bit repetitive in a few parts, I found this double CD to be extremely pleasant and addictive. So much so I found myself listening to this album from start to finish several times over the last few weeks. Krueler is a terrific songwriter and a very good performer.

Shamall´s sound is heavily influenced by Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd. If you want to get a glimpse of what they sound like, imagine PF with Klaus Schulze or Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) on keyboards instead of Rick Wright, add some heavy guitars a la Ayeron here and there, plus male and female mantra-like vocals and you´ll pretty much get most of the picture. Although labeled here as neo prog, this is clearly not the case: the music on Turn Off leans towards a mix of space rock - electronic - heavy rock, with a strong emphasis on the first two. I heard Krueler does include at least a couple of musicians on some of his albums, a guitarist and a drummer, but neither the booklet or his site mention none here. It is not clear also who sings the male vocals (Krueler himself, maybe?). The only other performer credited is female singer Anke Ullrich .

The thematic of this concept album is of that of endangered environment that might be killing our planet. As you should expect, the vocals have some strong german accent that may annoy some, but actually lends a kind of charm to the songs, at least in this case. I guess more than a few prog fans will not enjoy the electronic drums much either, but again they work nicely this genre of music. I loved the vintage sounding synths, the emotional guitar solos (should have included more of them, though) and the strong melodies and tasteful arrangements. The tracklist is very well balanced and there is no low points. Production is not outstanding, but very good and appropriate nevertheless.

Although this is certainly not for everyone, I am very glad to have found this CD. It has a very interesting mix of styles that really got me after a few spins. Now I became a fan. I am looking forward to listen to his previous works. If you like the aforementioned influences you can not miss the chance to listen to it.

Rating: four strong stars

 Turn Off by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 215 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars SHAMALL is the project of German Norbert Krueler who is an influential DJ in his native land. We have a guest female vocalist helping out along with a drummer and guitarist. The music reminds me of the "Wish You Were Here" era of PINK FLOYD, in fact Norbert describes his music as being "German PINK FLOYD with own influences". There are lots of electronics at times bringing TANGERINE DREAM to mind as well, and i'd also mention AYREON with all the bombast. That bombast is often contrasted with the melancholic spacey sections.

SHAMALL has been around since the eighties and this particular album is a double disc with almost 2 1/2 hours of music, and yes it's a concept album and it's about the enviroment. And as i've said many times i'm not into concept albums usually or very long recordings like this. A lot of these tracks blend into each other and I also want to mention that to my ears the drums were a machine until I looked it up and saw there was an actual drummer, not a fan of his playing at all, especially the dance-like beats we get at times.

My favourite tracks are the two on the second disc, namely "The Creeping Dead" and "Clouds Obscure The Sun". The former is heavy and bass driven, and I must say if there's one thing I really like about this album it's the very upfront bass. "Turn Off Pt.I" reminds me more of "The Division Bell" especially the vocals. We get a sampled conversation on "Horrible Nightmare" which is different and on disc one's "The Devil Never Sleeps" I like the sound of blowing wind and the electronics that come and go. We also get some piano and sax on this recording at times.

I just can't get into this one at all but if you like latter day FLOYD and electronics with the bombast of AYREON you should check this project out.

 Turn Off by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 215 ratings

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Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by KayPa

5 stars I must admit, it's hard to categorize this album. But I will do my best. You should know that I am not a fan of that 'typical' progressive rock music with frequent meter changes, complex time signatures, static compositions made on a drafting table, buzzsaw-sounding speedy guitar soli'. Undoubtedly, that kind of work is made and played by highly crafted, very talented individuals. But after turning off the player, each time I feel discomforting and unbalanced because that music leaves no traces, there is nothing to think off or to feel afterward. I got really mad listening to the highly acclaimed releases of supergroups. Why do I'm writing this? Before I will lose some words about Shamall's 'Turn Off', I would give the chance to every progrock-nerd or clock-counter to leave the stage right now.

Everyone else, who is still here and will have an open-minded heart, will enjoy 'Turn Off' as a completely rounded rock album with psychedelic, symphonic and electronic elements. Chill-out phases alternate with memorable guitar and keyboard soli. Lots of instruments with occasional male and female vocals build the works. The whole thing is a natural flow between heavy guitar passages, extended instrumental parts and ambient soundscapes. There is no special 'song' to emphasize (except 'the creeping dead' maybe), because you have to listen to this album in its entirety to gather its full potential. Music and art work are as great as its message. The sound on my old huge stereo speakers is just unbelievable.

I still love the good old classic rock like Marillion, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Supertramp, Pink Floyd of course, some progressive rock like Ayreon, Riverside, Lunatic Soul, Karnivool and most of the recent stuff from rock bands like Pop Evil, Nothing More, Five Finger Death Punch or Starset. But 'Turn Off' really hit me when I listened to it everytime.

Of course this is no new milestone, but definitely one of the best releases in the last years. 4 and a half stars!

 Turn Off by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 215 ratings

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Review by Eco66

5 stars Although musically I did not grow up in the golden Pink Floyd era, I really like each of their albums, except their latest release "The Endless River", which is a dignified tribute to Rick Wright indeed, but musically it didn't affected me. I am always looking for bands or projects, which carry the ghost of Pink Floyd's music to the current century.

Shamall's latest release "Turn Off" is really worth to mention in this context. I bought this double album in November 2013, when it's came out, but since that time it found the way back into my player a thousand times, because the overall spirit, sound, melodies and soli of "turn off" cast a spell over me anytime.

Think about all the breathing room those exceptional 70s albums have, lay back and are transported... this albums definitely does that. From Gilmore-like guitar licks, the memorable synth soli of Rick Wright to the overwhelming "spacy" soundstage, you feel the spirit. But despite the obvious influences, Shamall do their own thing.

Some people, especially tszirmay reviewed this fantastic album with all its details, so I won't repeat that, because it's all said.

But if you like Pink Floyd or a little bit "spacy" music, you owe it to yourself. All in all, it's a fantastic mélange of neo progressive music, psychedelic and space prog that should be in everyone's collection.

 Turn Off by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 215 ratings

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Review by Mr. Gone

2 stars I've tried. Really tried. Numerous times. I've given both discs between one and two dozen spins apiece. And I'm sorry but I don't see what all the fuss is about on here.

The biggest thing I can say is that each time I tried listening, my mind kept wandering. There is just not a whole lot here to hold my attention. Whatever embellishments they put on the different songs and movements on here, it always comes back to the same four (or so) themes with some different instrumentation or soloing over them. And, to be brutally honest, those same basic themes just aren't all that interesting. The drum machine patterns sound overly repetitive, the overall instrumentation feels cold and sterile, the lyrics are clunky, awkward and lack variety, and the general feel just is mechanical, uninspiring and indistinct. It feels like being assaulted by an arctic blast in a dreary, abandoned concrete shipyard without anything to hold your interest amid the discomfort.

If the bloat of these two discs could be pared down to a single disc (given the paucity of true variance of ideas on here, that could be easily done), it might not feel quite as tedious. I still say that the overall ideas don't grab my attention, so even that probably wouldn't salvage the rating, but it wouldn't feel like such a slog trying to pay attention for so long.

I can appreciate the effort that was put into making this material and what they were trying to achieve. But the end product is going to go back onto my shelf and I can't say as I will ever be inclined to try it again. Two extremely disappointing stars.

 This Island Earth by SHAMALL album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.46 | 51 ratings

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This Island Earth
Shamall Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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2 stars It took Shamall about three years to release his seventh studio effort.The album ''This island Earth'' with the very futuristic cover came out in 1997.Norbert Krueler handles all instruments and programming, Markus Jackel, Frankie Baderm, Lutz Breden and new entry Mathias Mertens help in specific cuts, although no instruments are credited to them.

While ''This island Earth'' is by no means a trully significant record, it shows Krueler developing further his style towards a more professional and sufficient style.He still seems fairly inspired by later days-TANGERINE DREAM, but his music has obtained a strong spacious content, sometimes akin to OZRIC TENTACLES, with the New Wave influences being reduced.The thin instrumental sound of drums and some keyboards are still an issue, preventing a full enjoyment of the album.The production is decent, but the awful percussion parts and robotic effects are a hurting factor.Composingwise the German composer offers an acceptable level of spacious productions with heavy use of synthesizers and electronics.The floating soundscapes, the propelling rhythms and mechanical beats and the cosmic synthesizers are combined for an enviroment, which delivers both tapping grooves and electronic textures.Plus you get some moments with chill-out piano lines among the storm of sonic deliveries.The combination works nice and I could say that a shorter running time with the best of these moments would have resulted a pretty cool album.However, the limited natural and programmed instruments related to a very long album surfaces again the similarity between many of Krueler's ideas.

Same formula but a bit of better ideas by Shamall.Not actually the improvement that could lift this work to a recommended level, but fans of rhythmic electronics will propably find this one pretty decent...2.5 stars.

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