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  • Vinyl (September 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: zyx/gcr
  • ASIN: B002GUGQEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SUBSIGNAL: A progressive Rock Band with influences by AOR and Metal style. Crossover Rock as it`s best. Now availble on Double-Vinyl-Set with rare Bonus Tracks.

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It's truly a combination of the finest elements of both eras of progressive rock.
Bibliophile
The duet of Arno & Markus gives a lot to the band and all together create a beautiful result.
Helen Liverakou
This is very good stuff if you like modern, well written, accessible progressive rock.
Steven Sly

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Liverakou on October 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
SUBSIGNAL: "Beautiful & Monstrous"

As years are passing by and times change, some changes in the bands are inevitable.
SIEGES EVEN were and still are a famous band. But things, as it turned out, were not so fine, after all. The band (according to Arno) had to dismantle, because, due to the constant arguments and fight, there was no way of moving on and, as with most of the relationships, this one, too, reached the end of the road and ran its course. Both ARNO MENSES & MARKUS STEFFEN "packed their bags". But they waste no time to start fresh and a new band, SUBSIGNAL, is a reality. ARNO MENSES (vocals) - MARKUS STEFFEN (guitars) - RALF SCHWAGER (bass) - ROEL VAN HELDEN drums) - DAVID BERTOK (keyboard) .The album "Beautiful & Monstrous" , with its oxymoron title, comes to give a fresh breath of prog sounds, with an old essence of the 80s, AOR and rock melodies.... melancholic, emotional, innovative. This album is no concept. 9 beautiful melodies, (10 in the digipack edition) lasting almost 1 hour, so different and so beautiful, really special melodies, inspired by the beauty of nature. Arno's voice is truly magical and, without wanting to, you come and remember the times of Chr. Cross and Alan Parsons Project. I wasn't surprised at all to sense a bit of Rush (especially at the first track). Everything is welcome. Except for a few cases, Arno and Marcus are responsible for the compositions. Most of the songs draw on the sorrow, the anger, the happiness, the despair, with some melancholic elements and plenty of emotion; Generally, on all of the things that can make somebody happy or tortured. `Where Angels Fear To Treat'- great melodies, especially the guitars, and a great combination with the keyboards. The unbelievable technique of D.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn O. Kirms on September 25, 2009
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If you're not familiar with Subsignal, you probably should be especially if you've listened to Sieges Even in the past. Sieges Even reincarnated, sort of. The elements of their previous band are evident enough just based off of lead singer's Arno Menses remarkable voice. Why Sieges Even broke up I have no idea, but am glad that Arno reformed with this band. A great album delivered by Arno and band mates and there is nothing disappointing here worth noting. But, as I have said and I'll repeat myself here, if you liked Sieges Even then you will be thoroughly pleased with this well thought out first release from Subsignal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WhyNot on January 22, 2010
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Being heartbroken by the breakup of Sieges Even, which I think were one of the most melodic, powerful, prog rock bands ever, I was excited to see this album which included the lead singer (Arno Menses) and guitarist (Mrakus Steffen) from Sieges Even. The last 2 albums from Sieges Even, Paramount & The Art of Navigating by Stars were fantastic, and hard to equal. Subsignal is more mainstream rock than Sieges Even, but this is still an excellent album. I enjoy it more each time I listen to it. I also picked up the new record by the German group "Bonebag", (called 'Noli Me Tangere'), where the drummer is Arno Menses, the lead singer for Sieges Even and Subsignal, which is a great unconventional rock record also
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scott endler on October 9, 2010
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Rich tapestry of instruments and vocals. Melodic hooks. Great voice, Great lead playing by seasoned veterans. Fantastic example of progressive, modern drumming showcasing the limb independence and complex rhythm patterns which have come to set the modern players apart from their predecessors. Introspective, moody, positive. Never too heavy nor too whimpy. So-so sonics is the only thing holding this album back from 5 stars but this is great music, not a demo disc. Essential to every music collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2009
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I discovered Sieges even two years ago with their masterpiece "The art of navigating by the stars" and soon after that bought their follow-up "Paramount" and their live album "Plaigrounds". I was blown away, seldom a band has made such an impression on me.
Sieges even had been around for quite a while but what made those albums different was the new vocalist Arno Menses.
The music and vocals were just out of this world and Sieges even reached a level that totally blew me away.
Well they disbanded last year citing differences within the band.

Vocalist Arno Meses and Guitarist Markus Steffen carried on together and created a new band called Subsignal along with bass player Ralf Schwager drummer Roel Van Helden and keyboardist David Bertok.
I was bummed beyond words when I heard from sieges even's breakup but the news of the new band came almost at the same time and that gave me something to look forward to.
Enter "Beautiful and monstrous" Subsignal's first album delivered in almost record time.

I've had it here for two weeks now and can make some comments regarding the album.
First of all Subsinal is NO Sieges even, Arno's vocals create an obvious link to their past two albums but that is about all the similarity there is.
Is this first album as good as "Navigating by the stars" or "Paramount", in my opinion no, not by a mile.
Is the album good and worth it? Yes, it is head and shoulders above almost everything you can hear now a days in the radio, it is a mellow and haunting rock (progressive rock? Hmmmm) album; however when evaluating against their back catalog one can be sure Sieges even was a unit composed of 4 individuals who complemented each other perfectly, so losing Alex and Oliver was a dire hit.
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