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AMON RA

Neo-Prog • Germany


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AMON RA's history dates back in early-90's, when keyboardist Dierk NEIDLER joined the band FRIDAY 13TH. After several line-up changes it was the arrival of drummer Lothar HERMANN that had an impact to the band's sound, heading now to a more progressive direction. Singer Elmas PFISTER friendly parted ways with AMON RA and he was replaced by German-American singer Scott BALABAN in 1994. At that point the band started working on more elaborate, adventurous and challenging arrangements, eventually leading to the recordings and release of their excellent debut "Precarious balance" in 1998, highlighted by a release party in their hometown Bamberg in March of the same year. The album was warmly accepted by the press, leading even to a tour with SAGA in Germany, but in 2003 AMON RA's activities took a long break. With new singer Heiko KELLNER and new guitarist Andreas RUSSWURM, replacing original member Thomas WENZEL, the band seemed to get back on track around 2005, but, as of 2013, it still remains unclear if they have fully regained their activities. Nevertheless, their so far only release sounds still very fresh and will have a certain appeal to both Neo and Heavy Prog fans along the lines of ENCHANT, PALLAS, MYSTERY and all similar sounding groups.

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3.55 | 6 ratings
Precarious Balance
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 Precarious Balance by AMON RA album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.55 | 6 ratings

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Precarious Balance
Amon Ra Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Amon Ra from Germany formed in 1991 and since then they released only one album in 1998 named Precarious balance. Well, this is excellent effort by this totaly unknown germans, the album is full of energic passages, well crafted arrangements and one hell of a great vocalist, I was simply stuned by this obscure release. All pieces are adventurous, chanllenging, lenghty, with nice melodic parts and aswell more harder edgy moments are present like a hard neo prog. The music is top notch, imagine something between Saga, dutch band Bagheera or with Enchant or Galleon, Amon Ra manage to create something really worth investigated, nice complex orchestrations, the vocalist american/german Scott Balaban really integrated very well in the bands sound, he has a very deep voice just perfect. Every piece is a total winner, love them all with a plus on first three, The way, two Suns, In the name of Ra and instrumental 10 min of gretness The Story Of Beren And Lůthien. All in all one of the most intresting bands I've heared so far, unfairly unnoticed, they gone under the radar and without reason, precarious balance worth to be discovered by many listners as possible. 4 stars, even 4.5 stars, recommended, my version has diffrent cover then this one listed here, little more intresing.

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 Precarious Balance by AMON RA album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.55 | 6 ratings

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Precarious Balance
Amon Ra Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Amon Ra's roots can be traced around 1990 in Bamberg, Germany and the Uriah Heep/Deep Purple cover band "Friday the 13th".After the arrival of drummer Lothar Hermann in 1993 the band changed the sound into a more progressive direction, leading to the departure of singer Elmar Pfister.In a clever move the rest of the crew hired German-American vocalist Scott Balaban and a new era begun for the band.Finally in 1998 the long-awaited debut of the band ''Precarious Balance'' sees the light both as a private press and as a release on Treasure Records (though with different covers).

Amon Ra played an elaborate and passionate Progressive Rock in the vein of SAGA, MYSTERY and PALLAS with some nice melodies and great rhyhmic parts throughout.Anyone expecting a rather straightforward album should be informed that all tracks contain plenty of changing climates between smooth and heavier moments with an overall accesible feeling but also some really artistic orchestrations.The sound of Amon Ra is attractive and dynamic, characterized by a very good production and based on the extensive atmospheric synths of Dierk Neldner, his nice piano paces and the fantastic guitar work of Thomas Wenzel with both fascinating melodic and groovy passages.The tracks are mostly long with good arrangements and a nice balance between instrumental material and vocal deliveries.As expected the voice of Scott Balaban is far from accented, a great vocalist having a typical American voice with a high range.The style swirls arouns the Heavy/Neo Prog field with some decent symphonic leanings here and there and the more powerful and rich moments are among the highlights of the album.

The band played live with acts and artists such as John Wetton, Versus X and Saga, but these were followed by several line-up changes, the most important of which was the departure of original guitarist Thomas Wenzel.While the band seemed to be active as for 2005, nothing have been heard around them since then.

''Precarious Balance'' is an album of measured, well-crafted Heavy Prog with obvious Neo and Symphonic Prog leanings, highlighted by the great guitar work and the very nice arrangements.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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