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Sieges Even: Paramount

This my first experience with Sieges Even, the outstanding progressive rock band from Germany. After listening to their latest, 'Paramount,' I wish I would have heard of them much sooner than this. I can only describe their music as a wonderfully mysterious, technical, and innovative delight. Yet, it also nears a popular motif as all the music highly accessible. The composition and lyrical content is incredible; the production is sterling. I've listened to a lot of music this year and 'Paramount' is easily in my top ten for album of the year.

From the beginning you are captured by Sieges Even's creativity and superior musicianship. 'When Alpha And Omega Collide' is an enthralling tour-de-force of brilliant prog rock giving a hint of metal heaviness. Listen to the drumming of Alex Holzwarth; you will be amazed. Let me point out a few more highlights. Take a deep breath because 'Tidal' starts fast with a heavy opening to leave you breathless. And the swift and short acoustic guitar solo is exquisite; such precision! 'Iconic' is another piece with a masterful arrangement and thoughtful lyrics. The twists and turns of 'Duende' are interesting even if the song is a bit monotonous as a whole. 'Bridge To The Divine,' on the whole, is a lovely piece where vocalist Arno Menses truly shines. 'Mounting Castles In The Blood Red' may be the best work on the album because it mixes phenomenal prog rock with a positive sociopolitical lyric using the words MLK Jr in the arrangement instead of vocals. It as once subtle in form and then intriguing in complexity. Definitely, this is a fine piece of music.

Sieges Even's 'Paramount' is an exceptional prog rock! I loved every minute of it. The beauty of the song craftsmanship is self-evident. Arno Menses' vocals are captivating to the point of being mesmerizing. This work is worthy of your full attention. Highly recommended! And I definitely need to update my back catalogue to include their previous works.
  - Craig Hartranft


In Short

Sieges Even make great progressive rock. It's that simple. The combine melody and innovation in a compact arrangement to produce significant progressive rock music. This is good stuff!

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