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090204640836 Import

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Subsignal's forerunner album "Touchstones" reached position 53 of the German Media Control charts already in it's release week.

There are lot of varied textures with each song well-thought out for its effect on the listener. I really like the use of a guest female singer on The Lifespan of a Glimpse . The title song, Touchstones, is almost a masterpiece (who knows, after a few more listens, it just might get there for me). It s like a mini-symphony in 11 minutes. Beginning with a haunting synth overture (oboes or keyboards I just can t tell any longer given how great keyboard sounds are these days) that rolls into a crunching slow melody that keeps on building before the vocals come in. The middle section brings back the symphonic keys and some beautiful vocal harmonies. After another heavy section, the song ends with quiet introspection and some old-style vinyl surface noise for effect. A very enjoyable and memorable ride.

Guitarist and producer Markus Steffen states on the new album: For me, Paraíso is the perfect missing link between our first two albums. Regarding the style of songwriting we did not want repeat ourselves, but at the same time we paid heed not to deny our typical trademarks (strong melodies, the mix of harder and softer passages, strings, acoustic guitars, etc.).
So, the biggest challenge was to get our attitudes realie our attitudes in a 60-minute album. But I am convinced that we have been successful - and hopefully our fans will share our opinion

1. Time And Again - Subsignal
2. Paraiso - Subsignal
3. A New Reliance - Subsignal
4. A Heartbeat Away - Subsignal
5. A Long Way Since The Earth Crashed - Subsignal
6. A Giant Leap Of Faith - Subsignal
7. The Stillness Beneath The Snow - Subsignal
8. The Blueprint Of A Winter - Subsignal
9. The Colossus That Bestrode The World - Subsignal
10. Swimming Home - Subsignal

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Goldencore Records (ZYX)
  • ASIN: B00ECJB450
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bennett on September 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
WOW! After having released 2 very strong CDs in the past ("Beautiful & Monstrous + Touchstones"), Subsignal is back and if the old saying of "The Third time is the charm" is true, it could be never be more relevant here!

Even though the new material (IMO) is overall less progressive than the previous releases, the songs are definitely more "Accessible" and easier to absorb after the first few listens and include some monumental songs including 2 ballads that could easily reach a larger (Top40) audience if the right marketing/WOM channel was available.

All of the musicians are in top form! Markus leads with his inspiring classical guitar passages and thundering riffs, Ralf is eloquently and powerfully thundering his base, Danilo Batdorf finally gets to add his own touch to Subsignal and does it masterfully with great time changes and signatures while David Bertok always find a way to create amazing "moods" and "Soundscapes" to match each song. And then there is Arno Menses...the man with the "Majestic Voice" and someone who can take any song and make it sound great. Each member of this band contributes equally which in turn provides the wonderful "Flow" of the music and taking it to different levels and styles. You will experience "Deja Vu" moments from bands like Saga, Kansas, Yes and the Progressive greats but having said that, Subsignal has created their own style of music....perfectly blending elements from Progressive, AOR and Melodic rock genres and its music that EVERYONE can listen to!

Lets get to the tracks:
1. Time and Again (4/5)- This is a "intro style" song which is more of a introduction to the title track. Very experimental and great use of strings and a perfect intro for the title track
2. Paraiso (5/5) - Here come the riffs baby!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on April 8, 2014
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I have heard about this band in progressive rock circles for a while, but this is the first album of theirs that I have picked up. They hail from Germany with English vocals and music that reflects both classic progressive rock, but also incorporates modern somewhat metallic influences. Prior to reading some other reviews of this album I did not realize that some of these guys were members of the band Sieges Even which I am also a fan of. Along with the harder stuff there are several ballads here that are well done. The duet with the lead singer of Stream Of Passion, “The Blueprint Of A Winter” is especially nice and could be a song that might even be able to make a splash on commercial radio. I really enjoy this album and will definitely be seeking out more of this band’s stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Mitchell on January 8, 2015
Format: Audio CD
I became a fan of German band Sieges Even with their masterpiece "the Art of Navigating by the Stars" and was quite disappointed when they split up. I vaguely knew that the guitarist and singer had gone on to form Subsignal, but never got around to checking them out. Finally I picked this album and couldn't believe it had taken me this long. In a lot of respects Subsignal continues on from where Sieges Even left off; maybe the rhythm section isn't quite as dynamic, but the addition of keyboards and the use of a bit more gain on the guitars diversifies the sound a bit.

This album is very pleasant, melodic progressive rock with some heavier influences and a nice balance between focus on the song and complexity. I can't really think of similar bands for comparison (other than the final 2 Sieges Even albums of course); they have their own distinctive style. My copy also came with a live CD - unlike some "bonus" live albums, this is actually a high quality recording with great sound, not something that sounds like it was recorded through someone's phone.

I think this band is criminally under-rated.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Raposo on October 13, 2013
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Fantastic, excellent work. Such a good band, brilliant 3rd album. Melodic, loud, intricate, lots of harmonies. Highest praise, highly recommended.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Torralba Campos on October 7, 2013
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Subsignal is not a progressive metal band, I know, but in his previous cds, had more presence of hard guitars. This cd starts well with PARAISO but then, melodic songs with slow drums and guitars undistorted follow song after song. In this way, although this album is full of musical quality, I find boring. As an example of what I want to explain are these songs: Swimming Home, The Blueprint of a Winter, The Stillness Beneath the Snow,A Long Way Since the Earth Crashed ... For me, their previous two CDs are much better, especially Touchstones which is light years away from PARAISO. A good album but too slow for me.
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