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METAMORPHOSIS is the project of Swiss composer/keyboardist/drummer Jean-Pierre Schenk, born in 1953. At age 19, he learned to play drums on his own and a year later, he was already sharing the stage with a number of rock and jazz musicians. In 1971, alongwith guitarist Giovanni Esposito, he created the band NATURE whose music was very much inspired by PINK FLOYD. Years later, and after looking for the ever-elusive manager, NATURE split up. In 2001, Schenk and Esposito joined forces again and invited bassist Dominique Schlafer aboard. Guitarist David Grillon and flutist Milena Zaharieva, who appear on their first album, would soon become permanent band members also.

All of METAMORPHOSIS' albums still bear a strong Floydian streak, with shades of ELOY and especially ALAN PARSONS: extremely laid-back music, even melancholic, full of magnificent keyboards and wailing guitars. The compositions are accessible and memorable, the sound is absolutely gorgeous and the vocals, sung by Schenk himself, are as laid back as the music. If you're in a hurry while listening to this album, you may be expecting fireworks that never come. However, if you like your music warm, serene and peaceful throughout (say, a sort of PINK FLOYD without the "anger"), the album won't disappoint

Highly recommended if you like the FLOYD's "The Division Bell" or "A Momentary Lapse of Reason". Should also appeal to fans of SATELLITE and RPWL, whose vocalist Yogi Lang sounds a bit like Schenk.

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3.72 | 17 ratings
After All These Years
2002
3.14 | 19 ratings
Nobody Cares
2003
3.64 | 26 ratings
Then All Was Silent
2005
3.62 | 37 ratings
Dark
2009

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 Then All Was Silent  by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.64 | 26 ratings

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Then All Was Silent
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Among Jean-Pierre Schenk's ambitions was to create a concept album and steadily remove the sound of Metamorphosis from any 70's-related influences.He would make true the first one with the next album of the band ''Then all was silent'', writing a story connected with cloning and war, refering to goverments creating human war machines with no feelings, except one, Kenny.The album was recorded between December 2003 and July 2004 with Giova Esposito on guitars and producer David Grillon helping out with some additional electric textures.Olivier Guenat (solo guitar) and Milena Zaharieva (flute) appear also in one track.This came out in 2005 again on Galileo Records.

The attempt to make Metamorphosis sound more original was partly succesful for Jean-Pierre Schenk, truth is the Genesis-inspired keyboard leaks were somewhat reduced, although some grandiose, orchestral backgrounds come definitely out of the British legends' repertoire, on the other hand the PINK FLOYD influence had become the band's driving force, albeit in a much more modern fashion.I find Schenk's vocals less efficient than in the past, he reminds me of a more irritating version of LIKE WENDY's Bert Heinen, a band with which Metamorphosis has many similarities.The album is based on long, atmospheric, instrumental textures with some slight spacious and symphonic soundscapes, covering nicely the sci-fi concept, still ''Then all was silent'' lacks some of the killer melodies and monster arrangements of the previous work.Slow tempos, FLOYD-ian synth explorations, nice guitar work by Esposito and Grillon and acoustic textures all the way with the story unfolding throughout, but the dynamics are limited to the power of the concept with Schenk avoiding to pass it into the album's sound.According to his words, this work was downright pessimistic about the future of humans, so he managed to deliver highly emotional music with the focus on atmospheric instrumentals and lyrics.

Very good album for the purpose it serves.Not as good as the excellent ''Nobody cares'', still a nice pearl of FLOYD-ian Neo Prog.Would it sound a bit more energetic (like on the beautiful ''Beyond the wall''), it would be a trully excellent release.Warmly recommended.

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 Nobody Cares by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.14 | 19 ratings

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Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars Dominique Schlafer's service with Metamorphosis would proove to be really brief and for the second release of the project Jean-Pierre Schenk would handle the bass synth to record the rhythmic parts.David Grillon's role would be upgraded, as he plays the guitar in five of the eight new tracks, while new face Milena Zaharieva plays the flute in one track.With guitarist Giova Esposito as the only other stable member, Metamorphosis' sophomre effort would be revealed in 2003 on Gallileo Records, entitled ''Nobody cares''.

Jean-Pierre Schenk is a huge PINK FLOYD fan, no question about it, and this abum sounds a lot like his idols.But instead you should actually remove Richard Wright from the picture and enter Mark Kelly of MARILLION instead.This would be an accurate description of Metamorphosis' style, which combines the spacey Art Rock textures of mid-70's PINK FLOYD with the nervous and angular synth layers of early MARILLION.The compositions are long, atmospheric and sensitive with interesting melodies, nice background keyboards, including organ, and delicate vocal lines in a full FLOYD-ian mood, as it happens during the first half of the album.While unfolding, ''Nobody cares'' becomes more and more versatile and interesting.''Full moon's rising tonight'' contains strong GENESIS vibes in the flute and acoustic parts, not to mention a more PETER GABRIEL-type of singing, to go along with powerful synth flashes, while the 13-min. long ''Glimmer'' combines the spacey, lyrical side of PINK FLOYD with some IQ keyboard grandiosity in the symphonic parts.Among the great keyboard rains some lovely piano lines help on delivering mellow and calmer, imaginative soundscapes.The grand epilogue comes with the closing, almost 10-min. long, ''Before all is over'', a beautiful mix of spacey, orchestral textures with rhythmic MARILLION-esque tunes ala ''Market square heroes'' and expressive vocal breaks with organ supporting.

Amazing, melodic, rich and atmospheric Neo/Space Prog Rock with efficient guitar/keyboards textures and excellent vocals.A must-have for all PINK FLOYD and MARILLION freaks, definitely highly recommended.

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 Dark by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.62 | 37 ratings

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Dark
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars Metamorphosis is the brainchild of Swiss multi-instrumentalist Jean-Pierre Schenk who on this album provides vocals, keyboards, drums and bass and is joined by two guitarists, Olivier Guenat and Roger Burri. This is his fourth album, and was released in 2009. His other albums saw him being inspired very heavily by Pink Floyd but this album sees him stretch a little further and move away from the late Seventies feel that he previously favoured. 'Dark' is an interesting title, as it is the movement between dark and light that makes this album so interesting to listen to as there is just one contrast after another. There may be gentle vocals and repeated almost single finger keyboard motifs, but in the background there can be frenetic riffing that would be more in keeping with Malmsteen than Gilmour.

There is a great many layers in the music, and it is this that is still most in keeping with Floyd, but it can be argued that this has more in common with Porcupine Tree (especially), IQ and even Galahad at times. There is a real depth and purpose to the music, and although at times some of the melodies can be a little simplistic the overall impression is that this is a really enjoyable album. It certainly benefits from repeated plays and is a step forward from his previous albums. Well worth investigating.

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Dark
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars After a long hiatus (four years) this band comes back with a nice release. Not fully symphonic because the band is mixing several musical styles (neo, symph, even prog metal at times). Still, this album could please fans from these three genres.

The opener "Song For My Son" holds each of these aspects. The second song "The Fight Is Over" is of simple structure and more (hard) rocking even if some Eastern influences add a special touch.

The longest song available "Hey Man" features each element I have outlined in my introduction. Melodic, prog metallic, symphonic: you get it all! A special mention for the guitar work. This song is a highlight and one of their all-time best. This "Dark" album is a very good surprise. Guitar is shining all the way through: "Knowing All I Do Is Worth Nothing" is another example. This one is somewhat "Genesis" oriented. The rock ballad "You" is also well performed and offers superb melodies and some great guitar breaks. It's a simple song in its structure but very catchy and pleasant. It is one of the most symphonic of the whole work.

The second longest song (for six second) is quite upbeat: the prog metal elements are plenty but this one is truly more prog than metal (on the contrary of the hordes of bands catalogued in this genre). The long instrumental intro (five minutes) is a real delight to listen to.

When vocals enter the scene, a definite "IQ" feel is invading. But the band shouldn't be blamed for that. They are pleasant and are merging with the music quite well. Again, the closing section is just perfect: sustained keyboards and wonderful guitar. It is another highlight.

This is a very good album. Even if it lasts for more than an hour, one doesn't feel like it since most of the songs are quite enjoyable. Four stars is my rating. This "Dark" album is easily their best one IMHHO. Well done guys! Recommended.

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 Then All Was Silent  by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.64 | 26 ratings

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Then All Was Silent
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Their previous album "Nobody Cares" (I bet you!) was a pure neo prog adventure without little substance. What about this one?

Well, the least that I can say is that it started with an excellent song: "The Birth"; even if the combination of "Genesis" for the first part and Floyd for the second one is not very personal or original. The PG feel during vocals is not new for this band and might irritate some persons; but during "When Kenny Was Sad" it is the similarity with "IQ" that is most noticeable: melancholic and sad indeed. So far, so good.

Halas, "Springtime" is a syrupy ballad that shouldn't have been included here: the album is long enough to avoid such a weak and useless track. What comes next is more in the neo vein (from "Beyond The Wall" to "The Killing Machines"). Again the influence is fully "Genesis" and "IQ" oriented. The whole mood though of all these tracks (which have started with "When Kenny Was Sad") is really mellow and too sad. Too much of the same as well.

For symphonic maniac, I'm afraid that this band doesn't fulfill the expectations. At times symphonic, OK. But only occasionally.

Even the title and closing number which is by far the longest compositions is not meeting the expectations: no passionate instrumental passages, average vocal ones. No big deal to tell the truth.

As a global perspective, I rate this album with three stars but you shouldn't expect too much out of this album. A couple of good songs and that's it.

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 Nobody Cares by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.14 | 19 ratings

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Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This is my second review for this Swiss band which is catalogued as "Symphonic Prog".

Well, honestly it should probably bettert sit under neo prog category but I don't decide this... Just listen to the opener "Looking For Somewhere" to have some sort of an approach. A cliché of when they were three, really. OK, it is not too bad. But still?It has been heard tens of times (to say the least as far as I am concerned).

Things are not getting any better with "Home Again": some poor vocals are destroying this syrupy ballad. It is best avoided. You might know what I suggest in these cases: press next of course.

What follows is average music: borrowed themes all the way through even if some emotional moments are available ("Full Moon Rising Tonight") and the best track from this work: the long and very much guitar-oriented "Glimmer". THE one and only highlight.

This album might please any neo-prog fan who is not too much concerned about creativity. You might know that this is not quite my profile?It is also quite incredible how bands decide about the title of a track or an album. In this case, calling this one as "Nobody Cares" is really an indication?Even if the final guitar solo available during the closing number ("Before All Is Over") is damned good!

Two stars.

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3.72 | 17 ratings

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After All These Years
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Swiss bands aren't that many; be it prog or just rock.

For sure, the music is not too original and a certain Floyd influence is noticeable (just listen to the very good but very Gilmouresque guitar solo during the opening and title track). Things get a little worse with the second and fully neo track "New Lords". As you might have understood, some features of "when they were four" are available on this song. OK, no harm is being done, but again: originality is not the strong point here.

The downhill goes on with the weak "Didn't We Know". Pastiche, no feeling, not much of a good song to be honest. If some elements of symphonic prog were available during the opening number, I have to say that it is not the case any longer with the remaining songs from this album. Don't get me wrong: the music is well performed, but the compositions are just average.

Some definite jump into Gabriel's solo repertoire (which I have never really appreciated and therefore never have reviewed) with the short "No One's Home" is not to reassure my thoughts; but that's what we have to face. Even if a song as "Another Day" features an elegant guitar part.

The attraction of sounding like PG is a bit too much for me (but not the theatrical one from the early "Genesis" days). It is again the case when one reaches "Not Far From Heaven". Well performed but too serious and predictable.

The closing track is almost a joke: some sort of mix between "Supper's Ready" (the "Apocalypse" part) and some prog metal lines. You can take this, but I leave it.

After a very good start, this album is somewhat disappointing. A good work though, but no more than three stars can top this review.

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 Dark by METAMORPHOSIS album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.62 | 37 ratings

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Dark
Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Based on this album, I might call Metamorphosis "IQ's little brother." There is an enormous number of similarities between those two groups, in both the sound and the style. Even the lead singer sounds a poor man's Peter Nicholls much of the time. While not necessarily a bad thing, this album is padded out with several extended solos, either from electric guitar or synthesizer, both of which outshine the compositions themselves.

"Song for My Son" A static electric guitar riff and flowing synthesizer serve as the spine of the opener. The lead guitar, of which there is plenty, is the real highlight, though.

"The Fight is Over" Mystical, bright synthesizer begins the second track. It moves between more open, electronic passages and gritty rock sections, both of which remain intense throughout. The robotic chanting annoys me, however.

"Hey Man" Electric piano and airy vocals start, but ninety seconds in, the music becomes decidedly heavier due in no small part to rapid drumming and an overdriven guitar. Several guitar and synthesizer solos ensue during an extended instrumental jam in 6/8.

"I'm Waking Up" This song has a simple acoustic guitar with a rather bland vocal melody and performance. It takes its time getting going, and when it does, it consists of a long guitar solo full of long notes.

"Knowing All I Do is Worth Ending" This is a so-so track with some excellent individual performances, but the piece as a whole drags and remains unmemorable. There's a bass groove that doesn't really mesh with the context of the overall piece, but it certainly adds variety. The ending, with that robotic voice, is ludicrous.

"You" Another simplistic acoustic guitar-based song, this has some dull lead vocals initially, but excellent vocals (with a great melody) once the song picks up with fresh drumming and electric guitar.

"Where Do We Go" After a hard-hitting introduction full of heavy guitar and organ padding, the guitarist takes an opportunity to really shine. Once he has finished, though, the piece becomes spacey, with odd noises from time to time, and then the band takes a moderate approach to bring in the vocals. "Dark" The title track is a brief song consisting of acoustic guitar and vocals. Of course, the song wouldn't belong on this album without a lengthy guitar solo.

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3.62 | 37 ratings

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Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars There are many positive facets to this fourth production by Swiss act Metamorphosis. Originality isn't among them though; the musical landscapes explored here will be highly familiar to most fans of the genre.

In these 8 tunes, most of them just a couple of minutes shy of being epics, the band takes their cues from late 70's Pink Floyd; where pleasant and relatively straightforward passages are spiced up with spacey fluctuating synth layers and organ in compositions starting of slow and gentle and then gradually evolving through several stages to end up as richly textured majestic excursions with more than a fair bit of pomposity thrown in for good measure.

To add some additional flavouring to the proceedings atmopsheric solo guitars and the occasional symphonic expression is thrown in to the sonic tapestry; in a style and manner pointing back to symphonic prog in general and the Neo variety of it in particular.

The songs are well made and performed; the themes and their developoment show good quality - and as long as you don't mind the overall derivative sound explored this is a good album, in particular if you like the idea of music inspired by late 70's Pink Floyd given a few symphonic embellishments.

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Metamorphosis Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Well, this new CD from the swiss band Metamorphosis comes with some improvement over their last. This time they added some heavier guitars to the group´s usual strongly Pink Flooyd influenced symphonic sound. But the first song is a bit misleading, I should say. The rest of the CD is pretty much like their previous ones. It is another concept album, very well done and played. Also as usual, mastermind Jean Pierre-Schenk does all the vocals, keyboards, drums and even ´virtual´ bass (I guess he meant he used the bass notes on the keyboard for that).

Production is very good. The guitar solos are the highlight, very Gilmour-like, of course. The CD flows evenly. Nothing to write home about it, but good anyway. If you like PF around the time of The Wall and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason go for it. J P Schenke is a very talented guy, but he still has to come with a more personal sound if he is hoping this band will reach a higher level. Certainly they have the right influences and the chops. But songwriting-wise they still need to grow past their obvious idols nad do something their own. Dark is a nice CD, but not really essential. 3 stars.

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