SUBSIGNAL

(GERMANY)

A SONG FOR HOMELESS

(2020)
LABEL:

GENTLE ART OF MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Live
"Better than a best of, "A Song For Homeless" is an ideal gateway to the world of the Germans to discover this underestimated band but so endearing, progressive, and melodic."
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The Germans of Subisgnal's career is already rich of five studio albums since 2009, a sustained rhythm for a group underestimated on the progressive scene. Born from the ashes of Sieges Even at the end of the 2000s, the group is led by Arno Menses on vocals and Markus Steffen on guitar. "A Song For Homeless" recorded live in 2019 at Das Rind in Rüsselsheim. 

From the very first seconds of 'Touchstones', the balance between the instruments and the audience, the clarity of the production and the feeling of being in the middle of the concert are obvious. Yogi Lang's (RPWL) mix triggers an immediate immersion and the clear sound sometimes makes you forget that you are listening to a live performance. 

On the set list, Subsignal gives us a kind of compilation, a sort of best of since, for almost an hour and a quarter, the band offers us to browse through all their albums with two or three tracks from each of them. The tracks are chosen among their most emblematic ones  like the excellent 'The Sea' or 'Paradigm' (anthem of the group in concert for 10 years) extracted from "Beautiful & Monstruous" of 2009. What they all have in common is the unique melodic touch articulated around Arno Menses' perfect vocals and overwhelming backing vocals, and the back and forth between heavy riffs and luminous progressive variations, the band's trademark since the beginning.  

Subsignal is an true progressive rock band. Yet the stage performance they offer us today is a very representative summary of their career and their artistic palette. It especially highlights the talent of a band back in full with the return for the occasion of bassist Ralph Schwager. Markus Maichel's keyboards are always perfectly integrated into the compositions and the balance is meticulously adjusted here. Dirk Brand's drums are very present in the sound of Subsignal and magnified here by the production, and the solo in the middle of 'The Passage' is an illustration of this. Finally, a word about Markus Steffen's exceptional solos, especially on 'The Sea', 'Ashes Of Summer' or 'La Muerta' which illuminate the whole album. 

If the listening pleasure is immediate and will delight the fans of the band, it follows from this homogeneity a certain linearity that could bore the most demanding. But they will soon realize that Subsignal, like their compatriot Sylvan, is a band with rich and accessible compositions, and that the stage is definitely their favorite playground. Better than a best of, "A Song For Homeless" is top-notch with its already exciting compositions. The exceptional production and the communicative pleasure of the musicians on stage make this album a must for Subsignal. The album could be an ideal gateway to the world of the Germans for those who want to discover this endearing and devilishly melodic group. Lovers of progressive rock from all horizons, don't hesitate one second.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
SYLVAN, RUSH, TOTO, SIEGES EVEN, KANSAS, YES

TRACK LISTING:
01. Touchstones
02. Ashes of Summer
03. The Bells of Lyonesse
04. The Sea
05. Walking with Ghosts
06. Even though the Stars don’t shine
07. The passage (incl. drum solo)
08. La Muerta
09. My Sanctuary
10. Time and Again
11. Paraiso
12. Paradigm

LINEUP:
Arno Menses: Chant
Dirk Brand: Batterie
Markus Maichel: Claviers
Markus Steffen: Guitares
Ralf Schwager: Basse
   
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