Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Review: Soniq Theater - Heroes Of The Past (2014)


Information:
Artist: Soniq Theater
Album: Heroes Of The Past
Release date: 7 January 2014
Label: Self released
Tracklist:
1. Robin Hood - 4'33
2. Pioneers And Heroes - 4'23
3. Lemuria - 4'33
4. Sailing Columbus - 5'12
5. Richard The Lionheart - 4'01
6. Maharajah - 4'28
7. Uther Pendragon - 4'23
8. Ancient Dreams - 5'47
9. Time Loves A Hero - 4'41
10. Little Cowboys - 3'39
11. The Gold Diggers - 5'08
12. The Ruins Of Xanadu - 5'53
Running time: 56:54

Production details: Music composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Alfred Mueller

Packaging details:
Format:
CD-R/Jewelcase
Info: Poor quality home printing of both artwork and midia. No Booklet.

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Review by Kev Rowland       Rating:

Thoughts: Another year, and another Soniq Theater album. It is incredible to think that Alfred manages to keep producing albums at such a rate, as Heroes Of The Past (2014) this is his fourteenth in fourteen years, with everything played by the man himself.

He has revisited his archives again for this one, and two of the twelve numbers were actually recorded back in 1987. Yet again we can hear Wakeman influences here, combined with Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre.

There isn't so much Emerson in this album, which generally has a lighter feel, but again it is music that one can get inside quite easily and there is almost some new Age in some of the sounds. It is refreshing, easy to listen to without ever becoming easy listening and it is interesting to hear the difference in the older song 'Lemuria' against the rest as it contains a darkness and emotion that is often missing from his more recent works.

I have been fortunate enough to hear all of Alfred's works and this is yet another worthy addition to his catalogue. Find out more about the man and his albums by visiting HIS WEBSITE and if you enjoy keyboard music, especially influenced by J-M Jarre, then you are in for a treat.
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Listen Soniq Theater on our Podcast #33 HERE.

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