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    Posted: April 12 2011 at 12:48
Hello all prog colleagues...
 
...and greetings from cloudy Turku, south-western coastal area of Finland! After occasionally consulting this forum during quite a few years I  only now got the idea to check these discussion forums too - not only the discographies. And I was immediately impressed and satisfied for their scope and width of expertise and for the fact that my dearest band Marillion was deservedly well represented in the discussions here!
 
But after my hectic Marillion-comeback year, which was lived through by me in 2007 AD (divorce and many middle-aged traumas for which the then-mysterious Hogarth era provided the best conceivable background soundtrack), I've been in a slight predicament - what next?
 
Could anything in prog still rise into the same level in my limited mind?
 
And one day this spring, quite accidentally, I met a local prog enthusiast, who was far further than me in this genre.  He recommended the Munich band Sieges Even to me.
 
And now I'm totally hooked with "The art of navigating by the stars" (2005)  In short: it includes long-forgotten impressions from my finest adolescent memories of Rush and Yes, as well as something reminiscent of Marillion's best moments too.....but above all, great original creativity and beauty...
 
Are you familiar with the band (didn't find any threads of it at  first glance here)? Could Sieges Even be one of the (slightly unknown?) prog legends of the bygone decade, or was I only navigating by the starsSmile?
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2011 at 12:56
One sentence from me.The art of navigating by the stars is a prog metal diamond.Also you must check A sense of change and Paramount.Arno Menses and Markus Steffen have now a new band that its name is Subsignal.

Edited by Prog Geo - April 12 2011 at 12:57
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rivertree Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2011 at 13:07
yes, a great find... 'The Art Of Navigating ...' and 'Paramount' are both really awesome Smile
unfortunately this band does not exist anymore

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Sieges Even is one of the best and yet very underrated bands from prog world. I recommend A sense of change as their best and one of the most beautifuly crafted complex prog albums ever. Great band
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Post Options Post Options   Quote VanVanVan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2011 at 14:38
Stellar album indeed! I've been meaning to get some more from them; perhaps I'll have to monitor this thread as well...

Welcome to the forum!

Edit: No pun intended with that first line there... Wink


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The Art of... is definitely a brilliant album. I recommend you try their album Steps, quite different in their "Watchtower meets Fates Warning" phase. Personally I dont like A Sense of Change, though many others seem to consider it almost as good as Art of. 
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one of my favorites, stellar
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steven Brodziak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 12 2011 at 21:13

So far I have only really listened to Paramount. Yes, great stuff! I'm pretty sure I have the rest. Still working on my M's lol. Lotsa music to get through and I'm trying to listen to it all.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote zeitgeist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2011 at 06:25
Many thanks for your supportive comments - at least I'm not alone in my enthusiasm!
 
It will be interesting to check the rest of the material of SE some day. I understood that the bulk of their earlier material is somehow more metallic, so let's see where my tolerance line lies in this case. I generally prefer at least partly softer/mellower material and at least in "Art of" the variation between harder and softer parts strikes a perfect balance for me.
 
Also this consecutive project Subsignal sounds interesting and has recieved favourable reviews.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2011 at 06:55
Yes, Steps is aswell very strong, techno thrash meets prog metal something between Fates Warning (Perfect Symmetry era) with Watchtower elements combined, realy intristing for that period, inventiv and yet quite unnoticed to many prog metal listners, another one among my fav from them is Sophisticated. Recommended band for sure, any album you can get is ok, they don't have weak albumsThumbs Up
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Sense of change, absolutely brilliant album!
Subsignal the "new Sieges Even" however have disapointed me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sleeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2011 at 08:19
^I'm not that surprised that Subsignal doesnt seem to be as good as SE, it was always the Holzwarth brothers that were the brains behind SE.
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Wonderful band. What a pity they are defunct. "The Art of Navigating..." is sheer gold.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dtguitarfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 27 2012 at 07:34
Art of Navigating By the Stars is one of my favorite albums! Definitely check out their follow up album, Paramount, and check out the band Subsignal, which was formed after Sieges Even's breakup and features their vocalist and guitarist.
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Sure will do. Thanx dtguitarfan!!
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