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MORPHELIA

Neo-Prog • Germany


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The band MORPHELIA was formed in Lower Saxony, Germany in 1999 by guitarist Guido Froehlich and keyboard player Guenter Gruenebast and drummer Elmar de Groot, when the three got together to have a jam session. Both Froehlich and Gruenebast had previously played with progressive rock band PEACOCK for almost 15 years and de Groot had played with KLEINHEIDE and other local bands prior to joining the other two musicians.

The band went without a name for a couple of years, until 2001, when singer Kurt Stwrtetschka joined the band, and MORPHELIA was officially born. Up to this point, the band had gone through several bass players, but finally a permanent fifth member was found in bassist Renko Rickerts.

In 2003, the band released its first album "Prognocircus", which received very positive reviews in the local press. The band took a full six years to release its follow-up album "Waken the Nightmare" a double concept album. Among the band's influences are DREAM THEATER, SAGA, PINK FLOYD and MARILLION.

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4.13 | 13 ratings
Prognocircus
2003
3.95 | 36 ratings
Waken the Nightmare
2009

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 Waken the Nightmare by MORPHELIA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 36 ratings

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Waken the Nightmare
Morphelia Neo-Prog

Review by emperorken

5 stars Well, to say that this double cd is my #1 release from 2009 is saying a lot, considering I am a huge IQ fan and they released an album this year also.

This album is a big step up from their debut release "Prognocircus" 6 years earlier, which is pretty good itself. It is certainly not easy coming up with almost 2 hours of fresh neo-prog in a concept album, but the band has really hit a home run with "Waken the Nightmare". The compositions and musicianship are top notch, with no filler tracks at all.

The first cd features 9 distinct tracks. Most of these tracks mix in the heavier guitars along with the prominent keyboards and strong bass lines. The second cd is less heavy and includes two great epics to close the album. There are so many great melodies on both cd's that interest is kept up throughout the entire 2 cd experience.

I must also add that good vocals are very important on a great neo-prog album, and the singer here, Kurt Stwrtetschka, has an excellent voice, always on key, although somewhat softer, which actually goes very well with the music.

5 stars all the way.

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 Waken the Nightmare by MORPHELIA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 36 ratings

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Review by sirfragalot86

3 stars Morphilia creates a two disc CD with their album Waken the Nightmare. Usually when it comes to albums, I usually say the more songs the better. Most of the time, it works out nicely. In this album they focus on quantity over quality and it hurts the album as a whole.

Now I am not saying this is a bad album, in fact there is not really a terrible song out of the bunch, but when listening to the album straight through it does seem to drag on a bit. I wouldn't say it gets boring but more so the songs lose personality after awhile and it brings down the mood as a whole. Overall I would have to give it a 3.5 stars but I am rounding it down to a three.

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 Prognocircus by MORPHELIA album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.13 | 13 ratings

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Prognocircus
Morphelia Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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4 stars Apparently I have the honor to do the first review of this album. It's from 2003 so it's high time I feel. When I listened to the opening track I recognized a bit of strong similarity with Saga. Just for a minute or so but I went to have a look at the band description and there it was: Saga was mentioned as one of the influences. Not so strange when you realize Morphelia is a German band and also recall that Saga is huge in that country. But let's not exaggerate here, it's just slight similarity. Another band they remind me of are their fellow countrymen Atmosfear (2nd track !) and also to Dutch bands Egdon Heath and Dilemma.

So that means the style is right in between neo prog and heavy prog with a touch of art rock. Nice addition to my collection is my overall feeling when I listen to the rest of the songs. The album lasts about 70 minutes so that means you get material for your money. And there are no poor fillers on this debut so that's another advantage. It's funny by the way that one of the shorter tracks on the album is my personal fav actually. Fourth track A Winter's Tale is truly excellent (brilliant composition). Funny because in almost all cases I prefer the longer songs on any album.

In the end it turns out to be another tough nut to crack where the final rating is concerned. Because that's once again right between 3 and 4 stars. And again I have to conclude: whichever rating I pick, it's not quite right. Especially with being the first to review and rate you want to be accurate and careful. I let the consistency be the deciding factor here and choose the four stars but it's really 3,5 so don't get your hopes up too much. The rounding up is meant as an encouragement for the band and I don't want to sell the album short. But I happen to know many proggers don't like long albums so if you're one of those you'd better skip this very fine debut by Morphelia.

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3.95 | 36 ratings

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Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars Oh hi, let me introduce you to just another neo-prog from Germany (no insult taken please, I could easily said the same thing with other bands, something like "let me introduce you to another prog from UK"). But here I see strong chance of compare it with Martigan and others. Unfortunately, I don't want to pursue this path of compare everything with anything else, so let's focus just on music, shall we ?

Pleasant, forgiving, melodic, promising and giving. Feeling of fresh originality is always pleasant and I seek it more and more music I know, love and own. Not necessarily being experimental, just sounding new, or using sound patterns in new way. And this double CD monster, with its interesting lyrics (In the Captain's Room for example). And I don't care what exactly makes this music good, that's for you to find out, but I just enjoy that it works. A lot.

In fact, I hesitate between two best ratings at the moment to be honest. So first CD is perfect, there's little room to negative things, but second one is big mystery for me.

5(-), the answer (to the eternal question of life, universe and everything) is that their last stands is worth of masterpiece rating. Bring it on, more shine for this mildly dark band.

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