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Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars (9/10) - Germany - 2005

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 63:35
Band homepage: Sieges Even


  1. Navigating By The Stars
  2. The Weight
  3. The Lonely Views Of Condors
  4. Unbreakable
  5. Stigmata
  6. Blue Wide Open
  7. To The Ones Who Have Failed
  8. Lighthouse
  9. Styx
Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars

SIEGES EVEN formed in 1986 in Bavarian capital Munich, the four musicians are called Franz Herde (vocals), Markus Steffen (guitar) and Oliver (bass) and Alex (drums). After various neat demo tapes they got a deal with Steamhammer/SPV, where they laid down the debut album “Life Cycles”. A milestone of progressive Metal, which contained clear Thrash Metal tendencies, though. On their second work “Steps” they were history already. A non Metallic concept album that did not need to fear comparison to giants like RUSH or FATES WARNING. On the third album, singer Herde passed the mic to a man called Yogi Kaiser. He strongly shaped the album “A Sense Of Change” with his rather jazzy voice. Without doubt the most mature album thus far, and the comparison to RUSH was more than justified. Though there were quarrels and Markus was not really excited with SIEGES EVEN anymore and declared his departure.


The new guys Wolfgang Zenk (g.) and Greg Keller (voc.) laid down „Spohisticated“ together with the rest of the band, a strong album as well that was more metallic again but did not really live up to its great predecessor. The ‘97 album “Uneven” was heavier, too, and meanwhile there was a constant keyboarder in the line-up. But the work did not receive a lot of attention and the band split up in anger. Apart from the Holzwarth brothers’ entrance into BLIND GUARDIAN and RHAPSODY respectively, they started the project LOOKING-GLASS-SELF. But apart from a neat demo with André Matos (ex ANGRA) not much happened. After they had written nine songs together, they decided to revive SIEGES EVEN. With a new vocalist aboard, they should succeed. The new man is called Arno Menses, he’s Dutch and clearly the best vocalist so far.


The latest album more than lived up to the expectations. Nowadays, SIEGES EVEN offer a mixture between “A Sense Of Change” and the “Steps”-era, more catchy and yet more technically sophisticated though. The band plays together incredibly harmoniously and dynamically. Worked-through and clever song writing where each note fits, refined by very neat multi-voice choruses. It is reminiscent of the great AOR acts of the eighties, such as ASIA, JOURNEY or FOREIGNER, only the choruses, mind you – when the rhythm section prepares for their insane breaks, the AOR freak will fight against nausea. They never tear the songs apart, though, an that is the trick. Everything fits and it never sounds overcharged.


Then the unit delivers a whole armada of captivating melodies, hooks with a top-notch instrumentation that can hardly be topped. Insane! Welcome back, SIEGES EVEN – I hope it will pay off for you! But I doubt about that, as the album is just too complex for most people and completely uninteresting to the usual Metaller, because you will not find any Metal on “The Art Of Navigating By The Stars”! Not a single note of it! (Online December 24, 2005)

Ralf Henn

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