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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AQBAR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro: Navigating By The Stars
2. Sequence I: The Weight
3. Sequence II: The Lonely Views Of Condors
4. Sequence III: Unbreakable
5. Sequence IV: Stigmata
6. Sequence V: Blue Wide Open
7. Sequence VI: To The Ones Who Have Failed
8. Sequence VII: Lighthouse
9. Sequence VIII: Styx

Editorial Reviews

Sieges Even started out on their journey as a standout progressive thrash band during the late Eighties and early Nineties. Their first two albums prompted several very apt comparisons to Watchtower. However, as the band evolved, they broadened their sound and garnered favorable comparisons to bands like Rush. Now with the release of their new CD (and their first for IOMA), Sieges Even continues with its sophisticated direction shift to give us The Art of Navigating By the Stars. Fueled by the powerful rhythm section of the Brothers Holzwarth, Oliver and Alex (who have also recorded with Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards, and Rhapsody), Sieges Even prepare for their formal re-introduction to the American market.

Customer Reviews

Other music inspires me to write and play my music.
Sean T. Gill
Beautiful melding of great vocal melodies (and harmonies) with complex and interesting compositions.
tater tot
If you consider yourself a fan of tremendously talented bands, buy this album!!!
Ron Nelson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Russ Bellinger on April 22, 2006
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These guys really surprised me. I had never heard of the band before and from what I've read I may not have liked their earlier CDs, but with "The Art of Navigating by the Stars" they really have accomplished something. They have created a masterpiece. I put off purchasing this CD for several months after purchasing the newest Riverside CD and being a bit disappointed. However this CD is nothing like that. It is brilliant in it's depth and scope. The vocals are simply some of the best I've heard in some time. Great vocals and lyrics. The playing is precise and very inspired. This CD reminds me of something along the lines of Glass Hammer's "Lex Rex" only without the story line. Each piece is singularly woven to the next. All I can say is that I'm sorry I didn't pick this one up last fall (2005) when it was released. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Elsenheimer on May 21, 2006
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I like this, quite a bit actually. Very well- written, executed, balance of quiet and powerful. Reminds me somewhat of the Flower Kings without some of the extended musical forrays (which some I enjoy!) Also there is a hint of 90's era King Crimson: the quiet, arpeggiated guitar lines. There are no keys, which can be a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big sucker for melotron music, but sometimes I feel songs can become quite cluttered by an over- ambitious keyboard player. The guitar is pretty basic, but effective and the songs are well- constructed, with interesting lyrics (no drivel) and plenty of time signature changes to keep things interesting. Nice vocals and harmonies (a hint of older Yes.) I like a recording that leaves me with a good feeling and this one certainly does!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. West on December 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sieges Even are basically a new band to me, although I have heard a small portion of their earlier releases. TAONBTS, is a mature and exceptional composition. The musicianship is of the highest caliber, these guys can PLAY, and the vocalist along with the vocal harmonies are sublime. Also this maybe the most wonderfully produced album I have ever heard. The production rivals Steven Wilson of PT (who I regard as the best producer working today.) It feels like Sieges Even really put everything into this album,it certainly IMHO is one of the best releases of 2005. The lyrics(which are included) are superb,when words make me think and ponder I am truly impressed. If you like music that has something to say and is conveyed beautifully.make no mistake this is sublime.Peace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 27, 2005
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The last time Sieges Even released something was in 1997. After the Uneven album, the band took a break, and the band members focused on different musical projects or had brief stints with other bands like Paradox and Blind Guardian. Back in 2000, however, the core lineup of Sieges Even reformed under the Val'Paraiso moniker without a vocalist. They cut two demos but what they produced seemed to reek heavily of the trademark Sieges Even sound, so the band reformed and began to seek a fitting vocalist. Enter Dutch singer Arno Menses, originally a drummer in the Netherlands, but his role in Sieges Even is completely fixed in the vocal department. Menses' vocal style has certainly injected new life into the band, as he is far from a hired gun brought in just to sing the lyrics. He seems to have taken a huge role in the songwriting process, defining the melodious edge of the band. The new songs encompass plenty of choruses packed with a passionate and soulful vocal delivery.

The Art of Navigating by the Stars is a long-form composition divided into eight movements, plus a short intro track. These movements, or sequences as they are named in the booklet, are all parts of a huge 63-minute song, linked through various key themes and motifs. A bit like Fates Warning's A Pleasant Shade of Gray in this respect, the songs use common motifs, best noticed on "The Weight", "Stigmata", and "Styx". The same melody line "The view from here is frightening" is repeated in each song together with Oliver Holzwarth's articulate bass riff, tying them together and lending the album a sense of unity. The writing is very cohesive throughout, utilising an array of influences that venture into both 7-string and classical guitar from Markus Steffen, who also boldly explores jazz and fusion category.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fabio Pacheco on February 24, 2006
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I had never heard of Sieges Even before and I decided to purchase their latest work "the art of navigation by the stars" base on all the reviews and recomendations by Amazon. I was more than satisfied after hearing the firt two songs, I was hooked. This album is unique, nothing sounds like this and this is exactly what I like from this album. I was trying to relate this band with the classic prog/symphonic bands like Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, etc but I find this band very original. Definitly not a clone band.

The musicianship is superb and the production/recording/sound is excellent. Wonderful vocals ( their best ever after hearing their previous albums).

Highly recommended for those who like original sounds/styles. Get it whothout a doubt, you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stargazer on October 20, 2005
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I had never heard of this band until recently. I caught part of a track on an internet stream and made a note of the band. After listening to "The Art of Navigating by the Stars", I'm hooked. I am a big fan of melodic progressive rock and metal. This one easily keeps my attention. As a fan of groups like Jadis, Enchant, Porcupine Tree, I will add this one to my regular listening rotation.
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