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3.96 | 28 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dark to Overcome (17:02)
2. Gusty Ghost (6:53)
3. Lovely Lies (10:41)
4. Tiny Monsters (8:28)
5. Carry On (The Lyricist) (13:28)
6. My Enemy (8:31)
7. Diamond Ring (5:52)

Total Time 70:55

Line-up / Musicians

- Ben Knabe / lead vocals, lap steel guitar
- Mani Gruber / electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals, keyboards
- Thomas Burlefinger / keyboards, guitars, backing vocals, kazoo, alto saxophone
- Frank Thumbach / bass, upright bass, fretless bass
- Andy Lind / drums, loops, backing vocals, keyboards

- Wolfgang Zenk / guitar (1,6)
- Veronika Halser / violin (3)
- Christina Elsner / cello (3)
- Axel Kühn / soprano saxophone (6), clarinet (6)

Releases information

CD FreiBad Schallplatten & Musikverlag - 4260187722560 (November 26, 2021, Germany)
Digital album (November 26, 2021)

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THE ANCESTRY PROGRAM Mysticeti Ambassadors Part 1 ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

THE ANCESTRY PROGRAM Mysticeti Ambassadors Part 1 reviews

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars The second prolific album produced within a relatively short period by this band that is coming from the Munich region. Yet again with a total length of more than 70 minutes! And then the album title makes further promises. Yep, Part 2 is already scheduled for the end of the year 2022. What an ambitious workload! Concerning the line up they've expanded a bit, bassist Frank Thumbach has been added to the fold. And additional guitarist Wolfgang Zenk (ex-Sieges Even) also appears on two songs. Probably important to know, especially drummer Andy Lind turns out to be a busy musician and composer, best known for recording top-notch music on solo paths too, but also in collaboration with the likes of Panzerballett and Schizofrantik. Just let me assure that this album has matured on all fronts, also regarding the songwriting.

While dealing with gusty ghosts, tiny monsters and other enemies, they are offering prog pearls which are overly heavy loaded, highly melodic and definitely well produced. THE ANCESTRY PROGRAM, or oftenly shortened to TAP, are starting with the extended Dark To Overcome, just making it to a suite. Yep, to develop attractive compositions with more than 10 minutes playing time are not a problem for them. What immediately strikes is the punchy bass and the strong lead vocals contributed by Ben Knabe. Lovely Lies bears contrasting moods, soaring space guitars, ambient synth patterns, also some smooth Beatles pop appeal in between. When considering the last two tracks, including the preferred My Enemy, this is even provided with a bunch of metal guitar riffs, getting close to bands like Opeth, Pain Of Salvation. Or Sieges Even of course, obviously coming from influences due to some personal transition. This album is a must have concerning your comprehensive prog collection.

Latest members reviews

5 stars THE ANCESTRY PROGRAM is a German neo-prog group at first; founded very recently as a quartet by Andy, Thomas, Mani and Ben, to which Frank, touring bassist from RPWL, came to assist recently. A slap, that of the end of the year for this album, a slap with young blood for these musicians whose ex ... (read more)

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