HIGH WHEEL "Live before the storm"
"While Im new to the house of High Wheel, it appears they
have a couple vacancies. I thought what
That aside, their performance on this night in Neuhaus was frankly above reproach. So much that these ears couldnt tell if this were on-the-fly or pre-recorded, and not at any time did their energy abate. Every song was as long and winding as a remote country road, a rural path, or Route 66. Literally, each item on exhibitwas an epic, which meant their curators intended to give us the hard sell. Its easy to see why a client would procure this liberal bill of goods. As I always enjoy an extended stay in the presence of whats creative and precious, I was obliged to acquire the art and invoice every single item.
Six songs were all it took to top off volume one, and the same amount brought the subsequent cup to the brim. Altogether, the carafe was generously poured and in turn, it overflowed past the perimeter of the saucer.Whether its hot cocoa, mocha, or a latte, lets slurp the foam from the first disc while its still warm and fuzzy:
Open Lines Its obvious why they nominated this number
to inaugurate the gala. It uses many renowned elements among the nouveau
progressive niche. This one in particular incorporates Transatlantic.
As an added bonus, it includes a shot of espresso and a boost of Rush.
The players merge well, but its the guitarist who stands out
in the slush. He also has some very endearing moments in his unpretentious
acceptance speech. The keys, however, arent as humble. This
supercilious accessory dominates the stage with handsprings, a brisk
swing, a twirl of its t-shirt, and a dip. With all these wild and
crazy moves, the keyboardist comes too close for comfort. As the melodies
smash, he nearly causes a collision on the dance floor. Surprisingly
enough, this earns my applause and a laugh, and it keeps the others
on their feet with an unremitting degree of conviction. Moreover,
Void This is more ominous and penetrating than the pilot. The despondent guitars and the glum drums are offset by a terrifically exuberant set of keys. Theyre also stabilized by a bass that radiates with a great deal of glee. The singer embodies RPWLs Yogi Lang while instrumentally its more in tune with an onslaught of Ayreon guitars. This bird can hover even though its wings are partially cut. It might be the same mass as the last, but it gropes for more gravity. Its flash-frozen and fresh, and in accordance with the statute, the band continues to amaze me. When the music picks up, theyve drawn me in as if I was shards of iron and they were an industrial magnet. If youre a gullible bee like me, youll be devoured as expeditiously as a Venus flytrap dines on a flea or abducted as fast as it takes a greedy Martian to attune its tractor beam. At any rate, the mouse trap will be set and snapped without delay. When the song is done, the ovation overcomes inertia. A member from the band speaks and its obvious this is fronted by a foreign class of workers. By no means is this lesser than the first. While adjacent, this star is far-off in the distance. If measured by an astrophysicist, it might be light-years away, but nevertheless it holds the same intrinsic girth.
The Screamer This is Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon synchronized with the The Never-ending Story. In this fable, Im talking about Atreyu the hunter and not the heavy metal hardcore band. As a group, you can almost hear Gentle Giant in one particular syncopated strand of singing. This fertile plant is perpetually sprayed in a madrigal mist and humidified inside a hydroponic hothouse. Since the hydrangeas and hyacinths are parched and in need of moisture, they drink from the fountains of Spocks Beards The Water. When the sower showers the crowd with his demonstrative seed, its almost as if he is doing an unscripted celebrity impersonation. His speaking pattern and tone has the uncanny likeness to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Gear Wheels Every time I encounter this track, I envision Echolyns Georgia Pines. These woody mammoths stand staunchly in the sky. As a general rule, the song sways to the beat of The End is Beautiful. Correspondingly, the bass bubbles with the attitude of an active geyser. Keep your hands free cause Im sure its scalding to the touch. Its enough to make coffee beans brew and a bag of tea leaves steep.
Gnihtons Promise Something tells me they are not talking about the father of physics or a delectable treat. Then again, I would wholeheartedly agree with the following affirmation. Its a given that the music here is as enchanting as the Upper Peninsulas infamous cherry pie. As Ricky Bobby says, I cant see well with that sticker on the windshield, but I sure do enjoy this oddly-shaped cookie. I second that motion since its more than palatable. It also counts in its favor that its unusually soft and chewy.
There Under the canvas, there is a progressive carnival going on in here. Within this tent, they have acrobats on a highwire, a horde of elephants, and a ringleader. After the tickets are torn and the acts appear, youll cheer and sing danke schön along with the clowns. On this side of the arena, they end with an epic that lasts in excess of 26 minutes. Its as out there as Robby the Robot on the Forbidden Planet. Plus, this capsule is lost and drifting nowhere fast into the IQ quadrant of space. As they traverse this sprawling region, theyre just nigh of the Violet District. After that, this odyssey crosses through alien precincts and enemy turf. Once they elude the Reevers, Wayne Newton joins C3PO in the escape pod. The passengers hub is about as snug as the digs used by the Dr. Zarkov and the dreamy Jeannie. Although weve found safe haven at the station and reached a destination, weve only accounted for one half of the itinerary.
Try an Error Deploying the parking brake whilst keeping their pimped ride askew, this review will let loose and take advantage of friction. As each track shares a commonality, there is no need to be redundant. As with requires attention is its rosy coat. Whether parading as Kitty or 'Jinx' Johnson, this berry is acrid and tart. So give it a second to acclimate itself with the weather, purr or warm up.
High Wheel in the Sky (Part I) If there is a sequel to this piece, I want to hear it. However, these high heels are downgraded to pumps. Well have to wait for Al Bundy to service our extremities at a later visit. For now, this is the only dialogue on the agenda. On the bright side, this is a worthwhile venture even if its siblings are absent, and Ill let you in on a secret. One fellow listener told me this was his favorite. It paints with Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. There is also a hint of those crazy cats called The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Its progressively funky and breezy. This cocktail incorporates a twisty straw, an umbrella, and a triple sec of calypso. Dont take my word for it. Sit right back and hear this tale from Gilligans Island on your own.
The Four Reasons This is as happy as a future rider searching
for and finding that rare, sacred egg. The yarn it weaves is done
in a manner comparable to the irrational ramblings of Blackwolf the
Dragonmaster. As a result,
Into Voyage This might be the song I cherish most due to how it builds, the energy, and its highly-polished nature. Not only is this precious gem unlike the others, but its shinier than the rest. This goes to show their potential and in doing so, they generate plenty of kinetic energy. This late in the game, they continue to fuel my level of interest. Its one of the faster pieces, but its not all technical prowess and bravado that ignites my inner soul. Its mainly that it modulates from insanely quick to almost graceful tiptoeing. This song is constructed like a precise device or an expertly-aged wine. While its drunk early on, the cork isnt popped until the end. How do they do it? However they do, Thats incredible!
Hate Hounds As mysterious as the mutts from Baskerville can
be; my acquiescence with this article is
Not much else could be said on the topic as I believe Ive pretty
much covered everything thats been recorded on the docket. At
this point, you can acquire a copy of your own or naively choose to
change the channel. Just remember, you are getting a signal from a
rarely-mentioned source and without your support, you might not hear
mention of them again. If that happens, that would be unfortunate.
Like Firefly and Sports Night, they are worthy of a better than average
Nielson Rating. While I may not have the authority or even a say,
Id be interested in seeing future works from High Wheel. As
for now, this concludes the scheduled program."
"In short, "Live Before The Storm" are a must for...
"To be honest I am not really fond of live-albums, you may only
have a higher value if you get music, other than on the studio albums,
or if the quality of the recording is so good, that it gives you a
nice overview of the discography of the band. And the latter is certainly
here the case for the latest album of German High Wheel, their complex
music does not leave much room for experimenting and is already difficult
enough as well for the musicians as for the public.
High Wheel is probably better as live act than on a studio album,
if you dont have any album of this band, you can easily start
with 'Live before the storm', and then you maybe want to check their
previous works, because they will be remastered in 2007.
"An excellent recording and a fine repertoire to show. The track
list includes stuff taken from all the four studio albums. A must-have
for the High Wheel fans, a wonderful and complete introduction to
their music for those who don't know them yet. Recommended!"
"Live Before the Storm is the brand new, sprawling, 2 CD live set from High Wheel, and it's epic in every way, shape, and form. With over two hours of music spread out over two CD's, Live Before the Storm sees High Wheel in their element, on stage at the Kant'n Club, (which no longer exists) recorded March 2005. Many of the band's most memorable and bombastic songs were played that evening, and no less than 7 of the CD's 12 songs exceed the ten-minute mark, so expect plenty of musical fireworks throughout this set. The line-up here is Wolfgang Hierl (guitar, flute, vocals), Uli Jenne (drums), Erich Kogler (bass, taurus pedal, keyboards, vocals), and Andreas Lobinger (keyboards, vocals), and together they gave the audience their all, turning in a very powerful performance.
Highlights are many, but I'd have to pick tunes like the Hammond driven rocker "High Wheel In The Sky Part 1", the lengthy prog rock opuses "Outside The Circles", "Open Lines", and "There", in addition to the complex yet melodic "The Screamer". Hierl lays down plenty of crunchy riffs and tasty, melodic solos, and the keyboard tones from Lobinger just scream the 70's. The rhythm section of Kogler & Jenne also do a fine job, and Kogler especially drops in tons of slippery, almost jazz-styled fills throughout the album, in addition to blasting the terrain with Taurus bass pedals. Another challenging piece that is not to be missed is the intricate "The Four Reasons", a song that features tremendous guitar & keyboard interplay and rich vocal harmonies, plus wah-wah guitar licks, and some etheral Genesis-sounding flute.
I've you've yet to experience High Wheel, or perhaps not been blown
away by their studio output, give Live Before the Storm a chance.
It stands a good chance of being one of the best live prog albums
you have heard in a while, and should be a strong seller for Progress
"The best neo-progressive band in the world is named High Wheel,
and comes from Germany(!) and here with delivers a double live album
as their fifth release, after their outstanding "There"
and "Back from the void".
"I warmly recommend this live double album to all those which
dare to discover groups other than clones of the 70's dinosaurs. High
Wheel symbolizes modernity of progressive rock. Hats off!"
"Let me start by saying: WHOAaa !! Once again the great Swedish
Progress Record label has released a winner! This time its High wheel
(until now, unknown to me) with 4 studio albums to their name. This
double live outing are really an example of how talented these 4 musicians
Now i know that many of the new proggroups
are derivative someway or other, but i really think that these guys
have something special. Spread across 2 cd´s you get superb music,
like the epic: There clocking in at 26:40 min. with towering
guitars and keys and fine singing (in English) but also mellow interval
moments, great stuff!!
Whats that? Your wife wont understand?! Well buy her the
shoes (she just long to own)...that leather chair can certainly bring
in, a small fortune! In doubt? Then just listen to: The Four Reasons
on cd 2 track # 4....isnt that just GREAT? I told you so! High Wheel,
are superb and a big thanks to Progress Records for yet another gem!
Im amazed (again) how do you do it, you guys at Progress Records??!
"The concert begins with the powerful epic "Open
Lines" from the album "Remember The Colours" from 1994,
a mixture of energetic progressive and melodies reminding of Genesis.
This is followed by two titles from their latest opus "Back from
the void", the heavy "Void" and the more melodic "The
Screamer", sometimes tortured in King Crimson. The first impression
is that all these pieces improved with time. The group is also proven
a very powerful live band. . And let us not forget either the long epic
song "There", from the album of the same name, which finishes
the first disc in an exceptional way. Extacy! On the second CD, one
will find two titles from their very first opus "1910", released
in 1993. "Outside The Circles" and "High Wheel In The
Sky (Part I)". The first reveals large Yes influences. The least
which one can say it is that in spite of its thirteen years this title
has not aged, it even improved. Scenic energy is undoubtedly there for
a reason. The concert ends with two extracts from "There"
where we get "Into Voyage" and "Hate Hounds".
"In short, this double live is an excellent means
of discovering a very good progresseive rock group before leaning on
their studio albums which will be remastered in spring 2007. As for
those who already have discovered them, let us guarantee that they will
not want to miss these more than two hours of live happiness."
"Actually I´ve never been a great fan of the bavarian group High Wheel. Now I have their actual live album in my CD player and have to change my opinion. Meanwhile maybe my taste has changed ´cause I didn´t listen to their albums for a while.
High Wheel stands for complex progrock. Their have their own style, although there are influences of bands like Gentle Giant, Yes or King Crimson. Disharmonic chord changes as well as melodic parts, where the flute takes lead now and then form their repertoire.
High Wheel exist on the typical musician´s formula. Gathered round bandleader, main songwriter, guitarist, fluteist and singer Wolfgang Hierl are bassplayer and second singer Erich Kogler, drummer Uli Jenne as well as keyboarder and third singer Andreas Lobinger. One of the band´s special brands are the 2 and 3 voice harmony vocals with typical teutonic taste. But this is not annoying, it adds this very special charme.
Their musical skills are top level. The set list contains songs of all 4 former released studio albums. No album is in advantage of the other.
A positive thing for me is the fact that a lot of my favourites found place on the album. Songs like THE SCREAMER, VOID, INTO VOYAGE as well as epic OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES and THERE are presented in a great way. Wolfgang Hierl´s speeches are very sympathic, `though he reminds me of Michael Bully Herbig (a german comedian). Sorry for comparing, but I think this is funny somehow.
So: LIVE BEFORE THE STORM is a great retrospective of the four lads
from Bavaria. Recommended for beginners. Progpurists as well as fans
of the harder style might also find a home. And the album is the first
outside-scandinavian release of swedish label PROGRESS RECORDS. The
4 studio albums will be re-released and remastered in the following
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