New video from Shamall’s current releases “History Book” – 30 Years Anniversary Edition“. You’ll find this track “Fragments part III” on “Shamall – Continuation” as a separate cd or on the 5 disc compilation “History Book”.
|Four years after the release of the successful double album “Is this human behavior” Shamall is back now with nearly 160 minutes of great songs full of emotions and finest impressive retro prog.Even after almost 28 years, the 16th Shamall-release “Turn Off” shows no signs of fatigue at all. While Norbert Krueler basically stayed true to his line, the new album has been enriched with the female voice of vocal artist Anke Ullrich. Whether solo or second voice or choir: These female vocals know how to please. Generally the authentic vocals ensure that the music never turned out too sterile. Once again, “Turn Off ” attend to global environmental problems, along the lines, that music is the best medium to provoke thoughts concerning political or ecological issues.
The recent opus “Turn Off” is another proof of Shamall’s reputation as “German Pink Floyd with own influences” because of his energetic, dynamic synthesizers and keyboards. This style of playing convinces with great power and clarity and shouldn’t be listened to in the background. However the whole album does not turn into another Pink Floyd Clone because of the interplay of keyboards with the guitar of Matthias Mehrtens, who has grown up in the era of Steve Vai, but mutated into an independent musical development with many variants and impressive compositions.
Despite more recent musical influences, the spirit of the 70s and 80s is omnipresent.
Sometimes dreamy lifted, sometimes playful and funky, guitars and synthesizers provide always an exciting battle. Like its predecessors, “Turn Off ” is composed of two musical main themes, where vocal passages either finalize or dissolve the arc of suspense. Atmospheric soundscapes, passionately played, arouse curiosity of what comes next.
This album is dramatic and melancholic. Goosebumps guaranteed.
|Is this human behavior 2 CD
digipak, catalog-nr.: 2L-2017
release date: 26.11.2009
29 tracks, ca. 156 min
|On his more recent albums “who do they think they are” to “questions of life” Shamall dealed with dishonest politics or with questions of the meaning of life. With the new concept album “is this human behavior” Shamall addresses himself to social coldness and superficialty of the society.The 65-minute title theme of the first cd “is this human behavior” shows in a familiar, multi-faceted way with different tension curves, that Norbert Krueler feels musically at home in the psychedelic-progressive era of the seventies and eighties, but without sounding ancient.
But it’s not the music itself, which reminds of the well-known musicians of the 70’s and 80’s – rather the sounds used by Shamall and his inspired way of playing conveys this feeling.The title theme of the second cd “living incommunicado” goes on with the first cd, but with different melodies and soli. The whole album is another proof, that Shamall is not tired to perfect the work on his musical project.However, Shamall’s 12th album is anything but musical fastfood, which you could listen to only by the way. And as no meaningful speech goes without pathos, Shamall’s music is intrinsically tied to pathos as well. But if one likes this kind of music and goes in for musical long tracks, with this album you’ll get one’s money’s worth.
Guest musicians on some tracks are – as on previous shamall releases – Matthias Mehrtens on guitar and Mike Bach on drums.
First sound samples are here.