I'm Brazilian, I've always loved music and since I was little I buy and I listen to rock.
During the 70's I met a magazine called Pop, which I christened German Pop, since it was of Germanic origin, I did not understand what was written in the great majority, but it was there that I met the groups that I publish here on the blog today. Rock made in Germany is one of my favorites, but my taste is very eclectic.

Sou brasileira, sempre amei música e desde muito pequena compro e ouço rock. Durante os anos 70 conheci uma revista chamada Pop, que batizei de Pop Alemã, uma vez que era de origem germânica, eu não entendia o que estava escrito na sua grande maioria, mas foi ali que conheci os grupos que hoje publico aqui no blog. O rock feito da Alemanha é um dos meus favoritos, mas meu gosto é muito eclético.

quarta-feira, 18 de abril de 2018

Shades of Dawn - From Dusk till Dawn 2006 (Germany, Symphonic Prog)

The self-proclaimed "only prog band from Dusseldorf," has its roots in a band named Kawumm. In 1993 they added vocalist/guitarist Hans Juergen Klein, changed the name to Shades of Dawn, and saw the departure of the original lead guitarist. In '94 they recorded previously written material, but lack of finances forced them to put the project on the shelf.

In '95, the keyboardist and bass player, were replaced by Cyrill Stoletzky, and Theo Labs (respectively). This added a fresh dimension to the bands sound, and set the course for their musical direction.

With the lineup of Hans-Jürgen Klein on lead vocals and guitars, Peter Schneider on keyboards, Christopher Struwe on drums, Theo Labs on bass, and Cyrill Stoletzky on keyboards, they set out to record their first album in 1997. This would become 1998's "The Dawn of Time." That year they also played the Burg Herzburg Festival. However, the newfound success was not enough to keep Stoletzky and Labs in the band. They would return for appearances as guest musicians.

The ensuing years saw more personnel changes, with new additions, members returning (as guests, or permanent), and leaving again. During this time they recorded the track "Plenty of Gold" for a sampler album, which has become a cult favorite with the fans. The band also did some work for television soundtracks. The material from the first album was unearthed, re-mastered, and released as "The Slaughterhouse tapes." All the while they kept up with live performances, even with an ever-fluid lineup.

In 2005 they recorded the album "From Dusk Till Dawn," which is set for worldwide release by Musea in 2006.

This is a modern band with strong symphonic components. They bring a classic prog sound (Yes, Camel, Eloy) into the present. For a band that can't seem to keep a steady group together, they manage to keep going. Looking for a band to play in? Chances are these guys have an opening.

- Hans-Jürgen Klein / all lead guitars, rhythm guitar, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars,
lead and backing vocals, all vocals (7)
- Peter Schneider / keyboards, bass guitar (8)
- Christopher Struwe / drums, backing vocals, lead vocals (4 & 8)
- Wolfgang Schmidt / bass, bass pedals, rhythm guitar (4, 6 & 8), acoustic guitar (8)
- Annette Schepermann / keyboards

Personal on Bonus tracks, recorded in 2004:
Howling at the wind:
- Peter Schneider / keyboards
- Wolke Peter Schneider / acoustic guitar, keyboards
- Peter Schneider / keyboards
- Hans-Jürgen Klein / guitars
- Chris Struwe / drums
- Hans-Jürgen Klein / guitars, vocals
- Peter Schneider / keyboards
- Chris Struwe / drums
- Edzard Schmidt / bass

1. Howling at the wind (1:14)
2. Confused (5:45)
3. President Why (5:40)
4. The silent death of a mother's heart (8:10)
5. I never thought (4:13)
6. Bombs (7:56)
7. Thunder (4:15)
8. Burning Drums (9:18)
9. Wolke (0:56)
10. Prelude (2:19)
11. Memories (5:33)


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