Sunday 16 July 2017
Neuschwanstein - Battlement (1978)
The debut album from this German band.
Neuschwanstein was a sextet on this album with a lineup of flutes, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, synths and English vocals.
The band has released three albums. I have reviewed their second album Alice In Wonderland (from 2008) here and their third album Fine Art (from 2016) here.
For some reasons I cannot understand, I only got their debut album Battlement last week. I immediate went onto it for the first listening sessions.
It is very obvious that Genesis was a massive influence on the band on this album. So much that they have used the first twenty seconds of Carped Crawlers on one song.
There is also some krautrock aka Eloy in their music too. So this is not a Genesis copycat. They have incorporated Eloy and a bit Camel into their music too.
The music melodic, but not soft. The seven songs is on average six and a half minutes long. There is a lot of synths and vocals here. The guitars are more restrained. But they are there.
The quality of this music is very good throughout. There is no great songs on this almost fifty minutes long album. But the quality is very good throughout and this album is a hidden treasure, ready to be explored by those who goes looking for some great music.