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Seven Steps To The Green Door



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5 stars 94/100 "Fetish" was released September 11. Sounds more like crossover prog or eclectic prog then neo-Prog to moi, but let's not quibble. "SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR" is a German band with 4 albums to their credit. I believe "Fetish" to be their Mona Lisa.

The artist in residence and big brain behind this tour de force is Marek Arnold (keyboards, sax, and clarinet) Kind of like a Steven Wilson in miniature, as Marek reinvents himself as a musician, producer, composer and arranger. Mareck is also the keyboardist for progressive metal band "Toxic Smile", founder of "Cyril", was a member of "Stern Combo Meissen", and lately can be heard contributing mightily to Progarchive favorite-"MANNING".

Marek composed "Fetish" with the help of drummer/ percussionist Ulf Reinhardt. Rounding out the lineup -Lars Koehler (vocals), Arno Menses (vocals), Anne Trautmann (vocals), Martin Schnella (guitars), Daniel Mash (Machine, UPF, Ex The Tangent) / bass, and Steve Unruh (UPF) / instruments . Whoa, did you say three vocalists? Uh huh, and on their debut album "The Puzzle", SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR picked up a couple of kinky German Pop and Rock awards. Don't worry friends, "Fetish" is NOT a pop album. The only thing Popish about fetishes palette are "Cherry stopping ice cream vocals", but Arno, Anne, and Lars drop behind the beat and sing bizarre time signatures and unique three ways.

Fetish makes me fantasize of intensely engaging car rides from a volcanic Kona sutra sunrise, deep down plush valleys, up thru a black forest entangled in a jungle of teeth , climaxing under pink Mediterranean sunsets, drinks served foaming- white washed fishing village- bougainvillea and veranda'ed, trail blazing topographies flowing effortlessly over ragdolls running thru it all, sunflowers and daisies from one humid end to another. Acappella medieval harmony converges on a secret King Crimson- Gentile Giant collaboration orgy. I could mention other influences, but I won't because Fetish is progressive original art. Razor sharp mental scenery- aural nods to pop, metal, crossover, jazz and eclectic neonatal prog.

So, I've taken "Fetish" five times. Each time, shocked at how progressive "Fetish" truly is... and let me count the addictive ways vocals can be presented. Wow! I'm awed, Fetish intensifies, jaw dropping masterpiece, a contender for my 2015 album of the year. So, If you find an intense need to push limits, crave freaky time signatures, cream for velvet vocal harmonies, yearn for Steven Wilson level composition skills, then earmuff and handcuff yourself to Fetish in a hotel room! Or better yet, take "Seven Steps To The Green Door"- tune in, turn on and press play "Fetish", on a prog rock streaming site near you,

Five golden rings for Fetish!

omphaloskepsis | 5/5 |


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