Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Apogee - Endurance of the Obsolete (2020)

The tenth album from this German one-man band.

It is actually a duo now with the drummer Eberhard Graef helping out the band owner Arne Schaefer who does the keyboards, bass, guitars and vocals.

I have reviewed a handful Apogee albums this winter and have found them quite a pleasure.

Sixty-five minutes divided on six songs. The longest one is clocking in at sixteen and a half minutes.

Arne Schaefer has managed to create some quite dramatic, epic neo-prog on the previous albums. Yes, this album is in the German neo-prog tradition and sound. Apogee is one of the leading acts in that scene. 

This time around, the sound is a bit stripped down and the music is not that bombastic. 

The music is pretty melancholic and vocals based. There is still enough details around here to make it pretty interesting.

This time around, I am not entirely won over by an Apogee album. There is not enough good stuff here to satisfy me. 

The quality is somewhere between decent and good on this album. Nevertheless, it is still worthy checking out for all neo-prog fans. 

2.5 points

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