Thursday 8 March 2018
Schizofrantik - Ripping Heartaches (2017)
The sixth album from this German band.
The band is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals.
I have reviewed their two previous albums for # 1 of this blog and you can find the reviews here and here.
This band with the impossible name is making some very complex music and albums. Their two previous albums proves that.
And yes, they continue down the same path on Ripping Heartaches.
The best label for their music is eclectic prog. Their music and philosophy is in the same avenue as King Crimson. It is complex monster rhythm figures combined with the good melody.
The first half an hour of this one hour long album sees the band embarking on some very complex music in the King Crimson vein. The music is hyper and not so dissimilar to the Japanese zeuhl bands. This part of the album really smokes and is on full fire.
The second half of the album is a big surprise though.... Suddenly, the music falls away and we get some rather ambient and then some jazz before some symphonic prog with vocals and fusion closes this album.
I have been listening to this album a lot and I am really impressed. The lack of any great music is the only gripe I have with this album. But check it out.