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The Intersphere - The Grand Delusion

The Intersphere
The Grand Delusion
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 16 January 2019, 6:45 PM

This is the fifth album from the Germany based Heavy Prog quartet. They basically disappeared from the map after the release of ‘’Relations in the Unseen’’ In 2014. Dealing with personal problems and personal difficulties inside the band, the band was pretty much on hiatus. They spent a lot of time in the studio to bring to life this new release. They recorded most of the album in live sessions to bring out the energy of the band and have that natural feeling. For the most part it’s not an easy thing to do but they deserve a lot of credit nonetheless.

It’s organic but the sound is pretty damn good. The production is top notch, I have a lot of qualms about the rest of the band but for the production, I have nothing to say. The singer Christoph Hessler produced the album and he did a great job, everything seems fresh. You can safely say he took his time in producing the album. The sounds are rich and clear other than the distortion effects on a few songs though.

The album cover art is awesome as well, I don’t know the artist but he did an awesome job no less. It was very reminiscent of the Prog Rock album covers from the 70’s and early 80’s. According to many articles I have read throughout the week, they took their lyrical themes from a book from author Paul Watzlawick. To be honest, I am not aware of him work and never really heard of him beforehand. It speaks of the state of the planet and the grand delusion of humanity face to face with the destruction of the planet, little by little. So this album is more or less a concept album.

Well, I don’t have much to say as to positive aspects of the album. The music is great, lots of great breakdowns and very reminiscent of a lot of the greatness of Prog Metal. The drummer is out of this world good, the guy is a beast and he really shines on this album. The musical aspect of the band is very good, though they seemed really all over the place. Not one song is the same, all in all, it can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing nonetheless.

I won’t do a breakdown of all the songs; I will simply identify some different things I noticed on this album. Other than the opener ‘’Think Twice’’ which is a mid-tempo ballad that resembles the slower stuff from TRANSATLANTIC, most of the songs are constructed the same way. We are a blazing trail of complex and constructed riffs mixed with drumming greatness but when the songs come upon the chorus, that’s where the songs go downhill in my own humble opinion. Two songs that really come to mind on this observation is ‘’Secret Place’’ and ‘’Antitype’’, those songs start off great with some added distortion on the guitars but when the chorus starts, it kills the song entirely. The singer has some range but sounds like someone who would fit more with PANIC AT THE DISCO or FALLOUT BOY than in a Progressive Rock outfit. His voice does not fit the mood of the songs and sometimes it ruins some really great musicianship from his bandmates.

The band has been making waves in Europe and are part of a lot of festivals out there with some huge names in Progressive Rock. They have a lot of promise but I just felt that it didn’t click and the combination of Emo-like vocals and Progressive Rock does not mesh well and seems uncoordinated to say the least.

Songwriting: 5
Originality:  5
Memorability: 5
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Think Twice
2. Mind Over Matter
3. Man on the Moon
4. Overflow
5. Secret Place
6. Antitype
7. Smoke Screen
8. The Grand Delusion
9. New Maxim
10. Linger
11. You Feel Better When I Feel Bad
12. Shipwreck
Lineup:
Christoph Hessler – Vocals
Thomas Zipner – Guitars
Moritz Muller – Drums
Daniel Weber - Bass
Record Label: Long Branch Records
     


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Edited 22 November 2019
 

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