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4.16 | 30 ratings | 3 reviews | 37% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2023

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Memories in a Box (9:05)
2. Changes Are Coming (The Companion) (5:15)
3. Thoughts (7:42)
4. The Encounter (7:13)
5. Shifted (4:58)
6. Inhale What's Forbidden (8:35)
7. Keep My Faith in Humans (6:28)
8. Distorted Night (2:56)
9. Event Horizon (7:26)

Total Time 59:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Jens Lueck (Syrinx Call) / drums, keyboards, vocals, bass, additional guitars
- Ingo Salzmann / electric guitars (1,3,4,6,8,9)
- Johnny Beck / electric guitars (1,3,4,6,7,9)
- Isgaard / vocals (1,4-6,9)
- Jürgen Osuchowski / acoustic guitars (1,2,4,7,9)
- Volker Kuinke / recorders (5,7)
- Adriana Glavas / backing vocals (2,7)
- Kai Ritter / voice (5)

Releases information

Format: CD, Digital
March 3, 2023

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SINGLE CELLED ORGANISM Event Horizon ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SINGLE CELLED ORGANISM Event Horizon reviews

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Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars Quite amazing what a SINGLE CELLED ORGANISM is capable of. Hahaha, sorry, couldn't resist to place that silly joke at the very start. This is the new album produced by multi-instrumentalist, composer and audio engineer Jens Lueck from Hamburg by using this moniker. Going into round three now he's continuing the adventurous story about Barnaby and a TV GirI named Tella. 'Event Horizon' is consisting of nine songs, and was recorded by a real crew of eight musicians in total. Means, he has the hat on here, but it's not a strict solo album anyhow, not a one-man show. A big plus in general. Undoubtedly you will hear that Lueck bears the prog in his DNA quasi. Stylistically seen they are providing a blend of neo and art rock, including superb male and female vocals, touching melodies and harmonies, fine instrumentation. And partially equipped with a rather tricky execution (exemplarily take care of the drumming please).

Memories In A Box initiates the song collection, just an album highlight due to its non predictable behaviour. This is followed by the more accessible acoustic piano and guitar dominated ballad Changes Are Coming (The Companion). Actually this song couple goes representative for an alternating flow on 'Event Horizon' in general. Again those fine female vocal contributions are coming from Isgaard. Can't imagine who could make it better, just when it comes to my album favourite Inhale What's Forbidden for example. Also great dynamics and a wonderful diversified guitar presence on top regarding this excerpt. The awesome title track closes this chapter of the series, let's see what comes next. My summary: a top-notch progressive rock album, I would say the project's masterpiece, so far at least.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Berlin-based proggers who've been around since 2015 are back with their third studio album.

1. "Memories in a Box" (9:05) perfectly formed prog rock from very proficient musicians, the song however falters (until that beautiful female vocal at the end) by being too much "prog-by-the numbers."(17.5/20)

2. "Changes Are Coming (The Companion)" (5:15) two minutes of painstakingly emotional singing (à la SYLVAN's Marco Glühmann) over simple, sparse musical support. Drums and bass join in for the second verse before a very emotional (and effective) guitar solo dominates the fourth minute. I also like the more delicate guitar solo that takes us to the song's end. (8.75/10)

3. "Thoughts" (7:42) excellent, well-developed, creatively fresh prog even if it is a little close to a RUSH-PORCUPINE TREE merger. (13.75/15)

4. "The Encounter" (7:13) strummed guitars and delicate cymbal play provide the backdrop for male and female vocal duet--constructed as a kind of conversation. Unfortunately, the sound palette used is based in a lot of now-outdated sound and engineering choices (what I often refer to as "cheap 90s keyboards" and "early DIY production tools"). The result is, unfortunately, a NeoProg sound of the type that imitates the music of 1980s form of the band GENESIS (or, more accurately, the imitators of said band's sound--like Marillion, IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, Aragon, Galadriel, etc.) At 2:30 begins the display of underwhelming drum fills on the toms. I'm cringing--actually embarrassed for the band! Still, the keyboard player is doing a great job of holding things together with bass pedals and lots of Mellotron-like synth "strings" washes. The presence of the guitar arpeggi and 12-string guitar are also quite warm and welcome.Even the interplay between electric guitar chord strums and bass in the sixth minute are okay--it's just those toms! Then we get the real star of this band: the lead electric guitar. I don't know if t's Johnny Beck or Ingo Salzmann but the player has some real talent--not only skill but that intangible sense of timing and melody that makes a great lead soloist. (13.25/15)

5. "Shifted" (4:58) another softer, slower, more delicate songscape (with recorder!) set up to host the female vocalist, Isgaard. The song--and Isgaard's style and performance--remind me very much of Emila Derkowska (Nazaruk) of the Polish band QUIDAM--especially of those from their 1996 self-titled debut album--even down to Emila's Clare Torrey vocalise in the final third. (8.875/10)

6. "Inhale What's Forbidden" (8:35) back to the male-female conversation format--again over a fairly tame (but respectable) prog weave. The lushly "orchestrated" keyboards tend to drown out the rest of the soundscape during the choruses. Nice work from Isgaard and the bass throughout. The drums are up to speed and the guitar work solid. Too bad those keys are dated. After a little pause for some recorded voice samples the band slips easily into an excellent PORCUPINE TREE passage to take us to the end. Nice NeoProg music. (18/20)

7. "Keep My Faith in Humans" (6:28) the song that reveals the Emperor's real clothes: the band's true strengths (melodic sense, heart-felt lyrics and performances) as well as its true weaknesses (poor drumming, poor song "finishing"); herein are contained some of the album's absolute highest points as well as its lowest (which makes it a difficult song to rate). The instrumental passage in the second half of the song is another wonderful merger of PORCUPINE TREE as if from a RUSH perspective. It could've been a 10/10 masterpiece. (9/10)

8. "Distorted Night" (2:56) weird fast-paced song that feels like filler--as if the band had a little section of a studio jam that they were quite proud of and so decided to edit it and include it on the album. It's okay. (4.3333/5 )

9. "Event Horizon" (7:26) an okay song over which are the usual nice displays of guitar talent. (13/15)

Total Time 59:38

After multiple listens to this album, I'm really torn. There's real talent here--and real heart--as well as a very gifted lead guitarist. But the music is a bit too conservative and the musicianship inconsistent (the band members need to keep working on their skills.) The compositional proficiency is also inconsistent as there are glimmers of absolute genius but too often the inventive ideas are either feeling "unfinished" and then the rest of the music is dull, formulaic, generic, "prog-by-numbers." But I am so impressed by those moments of genius that I will be an avid follower of this band's work in their future--a future, by the way, that I think is super bright.

B/four stars; a very nice addition to any prog lover's music collection--one that has flaws but that is also inspired with some awesome, magical highs.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The story of BARNABY and the TV girl continues............This is how Jens LUECK chose to present to us the third album of SINGLE CELLED ORGANISM "Event Horizon", his pseudonym as a solo artist outside his usual and better known formation SYRINX CALL. A brief summary of the story: Tella (the ... (read more)

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