Review of “Continuation” from Progwereld

(free translated from Dutch language)

Once in a while I’ll find that I’ve been sleeping and a band / musician remained completely under the radar. That was the case with Shamall. Shamall is the project of the German musician Norbert Krueler which is active for about thirty years and already released fifteen different studio albums in that period. “Continuation” is their latest release and is also an integral part of the compilation “History Book” along with four other CDs which provide an overview of thirty years Shamall.

Krueler is a multi-instrumentalist and does a lot himself, including the production, but also works frequently with guest musicians like Matthias Mehrtens (guitar). This is the the case on “Continuation”. There is also a singer from the party (Anke Ulrich), but overall the emphasis is focussed on the instrumental level. “Continuation” takes 79 minutes and contains mostly compositions that no longer fit on the previous release “Turn Off”, because it had already reached its maximum playing time.

As well as “Turn Off” is “Continuation” an indictment of nuclear power with the Fukushima disaster as the main source of inspiration. “Oh dear”, I can hear you, dear reader prog, all the thinking: “This is a musical “atomic power – no thanks” – happening”…? Will depart the musicality of the message? I assure you that this is not the case. The message is of course justified, judging by the nuclear disasters, but nowhere the music is subordinated to the message. In fact, I rarely had owned a socially committed album that led to such great compositions.

According to Wiki the musical style of Shamall is best described as a mixture of Alan Parsons and Pink Floyd. The following names came to my mind when listening: (indeed) David Gilmour (Random Walker), Lee Abraham (Fragments P. IV) Enigma (Linolenic Acid), Peter Baumann’s early solo work and even Manfred Mann (Floating Subatomic Particles and Solitary Life). Multi-variant, merged into a style in which the listener can drift on a sonic trip that holds the attention without interruption for seventy-nine minutes and let the listener enjoy.

The whole is produced “German at it’s Best”: wonderful spaciousness, balance and definition in full harmony; the ears are spoiled. To make it short: this album is a must for electro prog fans in the corner of Tangerine Dream / Loom, Ashra and F. D. Project.

c/o Clemens Leunisse, Progwereld 2016

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New video of Shamall – History Book (CD 5) // Continuation

New video from Shamall’s current releases “History Book” – 30 Years Anniversary Edition“. This track “Fragments part I and II” has been released on “Shamall – Continuation” as a separate cd.

Click here for more pre-listening of Shamall – Continuation:
https://shamall.hearnow.com/

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5 CD-Set “Shamall – History Book” and Shamall – Continuation will be available on July 5th!!

+++ +++ Update:
Actually a 4-CD set was planned, which should reflect the musical development of Shamall from the beginning until today. As 30 years musical work does not fit on 4 CDs because it would draw an incomplete picture of Shamall’s musical history. Some important titles would omit for reasons of physical limitation of a compact disc. Therefore, we have now decided to bring out a CD-Set with 5 discs as a Capbox with the title: Shamall – “History Book”.
The first 4 discs contain not only a selection of remastered earlier works but also some titles of Shamall’s more recent CDs.

The compilation of the “History Book”, which appears exactly 30 years after the release of the 1st Shamall maxi single “My Dream” (1986), traces the musical career of Shamall from his early electronic works to the current progressive / psychedelic rock. The 5th CD contains new music, based on the “Turn Off” theme with unreleased material, early versions and rehearsals. Because of many inquiries from fans we decided to release this 5th disc as a separate digipak with the titel “Shamall – Continuation”.

Both releases are available on JULY, 5th in our Online-Shop.
Please stay tuned for more information.

Shamall---History-Book

Shamall---Continuation

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