Review by kev rowland Special Collaborator Crossover Team. The almost spoken vocals just don't work for a whole album, but musically there is some fairly strong neo prog going on, and while not essential there are times when it actually becomes reasonably enjoyable. There is some strong guitar, and it is when he channelling Camel that this album works best. There are bits here and there that are quite pleasant, but just when I think it's just me there is another dire passage, or melody switch that doesn't make sense.
It is almost as if he has taken those classic bands and has tried to pull together bits and pieces into a coherent whole, but if he was given a jigsaw puzzle there are pieces missing and he's lost the picture he is supposed to be recreating.
I find it incredible that this is his eighth album, as in many this is reminiscent of so many tapes I was being sent more than twenty-five years ago, although in fairness the production is a lot better and easily the best part. My last review of an Apogee album had me feeling rather the same way, that this is likely never to darken my player again. The instrumental sections, themes, arrangements and motifs leave little to be desired, as far as I'm concerned, but the vocals are a rather weak point, and on a few occasions a detrimental one at that.
Still, if you have an affection for classic progressive rock of the symphonic variety, this is a disc that merits an inspection. Variations in pace and intensity are used to good effect; the compositions smoothly move through multiple Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) and arrangements; contrasting elements and sequences are applied to good effect throughout.
Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) you tend to enjoy progressive rock of the symphonic variety that comes across as vintage oriented then this is a production that merits an inspection, it's as simple as that really. Review by apps79 Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator. The album contains two short pieces along with three monster epics, the shortest of which clocks at over 17 minutes.
Additionally this sounds as a more focused effort, Schaeffer has dominated the sound with symphonic orchestrations and complex textures, but he also has a strong sense of melody, a much needed characteristic in such ambitious pieces. The result is a sound that comes and goes through time, expect to listen to some fantastic Mellotron, dreamy harpsichord and deep Hammond organ coming out of the 70's, but be ready to face also the nervous synth stylings of modern Progressive Rock in the album.
The guitar work is excellent, very sharp and tricky with some nice solos and discreet Fusion twists. Even Schaeffer's vocals sound a bit better in a majestic enviroment, based on multiple variations and thematic changes Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) Classical influences and a strong Teutonic Prog flavor.
The production is very good and the mix is masterful, no dead holes or flaws, and that is a positive fact for an album filled with impressive, pompous and grandiose Progressive Rock, performed by a single person.
Among the highlights in Arne Schaeffer's long discography. Beautiful Symphonic Rock with blinks Undertow - Merrie Amsterburg - Little Steps the past and fascinating, rich, atmospheric arrangements.
Highly recommended. Some technical and instrument details do come across as fairly dated, and a certain taste for 80's style sounds will be needed to enjoy this double CD. But if you don't regard that as a major drawback and tend to enjoy a fairly eclectic and demanding take on the symphonic art rock universe, then you might want to inspect this production, alongside existing fans of Arne Schafer and his musical escapades.
Well, to be honest, not very. There are some sections where it is really very good, but that is overweighed by the times when I was wondering just how much longer it had to go on. Some of the keyboard sounds being used are incredibly dated, even allowing for the fact it was recorded more than 20 years ago. There Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) times when it reminded me more of some of the worse elements of electronic music that was around twenty years ago?
To me this just sounds like a series of demo recordings that I am unlikely to listen to again. The German musician and professional chemist handles all bass,guitars and keyboards,sings and uses drum samples on this Love At First Sight - Rory Block - Youre The One contains four Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) numbers of Classic Prog-influenced music along with a short one.
While I will pass by Arne's voice,which is decent but a bit accented,I won't do the same with the more than fine musicianship. The tracks are full of great guitar work,grandiose keyboard passages,sudden breaks,mellow moments and atmospheric passages to fullfill every prog fan's dream. And while Arne is a more than talented guitarist as we know them from Versus X,he surprisingly prooves to be an excellent keyboardist as well.
I do not know his exact equipment but I can detect sounds from organ,moog synths and church organ among the common digital synths used,which make his work trully varied. Orchestral passages, spacey synths, organ solos, even electronic Voices - Great Master - Lion & Queen are some of the great instrumental parts you can listen to ''The Border of Awareness''.
And Arne achieved to keep a good balance between the vocal-based parts and the dramatic instrumental music on this.
While ''The Border of Awareness'' will never find itself among the personal and original releases of progressive rock,it is certainly a great album, defining the meaning of progressive rock and offering long cuts of impressive and intricate music. Strongly recommended Review by Mellotron Storm Prog Reviewer. I was pretty excited the first time I heard this track thinking i'd stumbled upon a great album, but sadly the rest of the songs don't measure up to this one.
It opens with atmosphere as piano comes in slowly then reserved vocals. It kicks in before 2 minutes with a beat, guitar and organ. I love the melancholic synths before 6 minutes as they seem to jam.
Great section until it settles before 10 minutes but it kicks back in a minute later. Great track. It picks up and vocals arrive 2 minutes in. Good tune but not even close to being as good as the opener. It's mostly acoustic guitar melodies throughout. After The Gold Rush - Neil Young - Decade intro soundscape returns as contrasts continue.
Some tasteful guitar before 11 minutes. Vocals before 4 minutes as it settles. I like this album but not enough to offer up the fourth star. Worth checking out though. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
Arne plays all the instruments and sings in a "Hammillian oriented" progressive style. Although the thoughtful lyrics feature in the Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1) , there are very good intrumental textures in the background. This combination makes the music very interesting, although ground-breaking sounds are found here Its worth to mention that the albums are very well produced in general.
Studio Album, 3. It consists of the tracks Arne Schafer composed and recorded from to Apogee - Future Breed EP (Disc 1). Musically, there is a lot in common between "On the Aftertaste" and most, if not all, of the other albums that Arne released under the Apogee moniker.
Studio Album, 2. Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. Higher Deeper 3D Mystery Remains by Apogee Mus Export. Garden of Delight by Apogee Musea.
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