Beyond The Bridge is a wonderful new German progressive rock/metal band that has just released their first album, “The Old Man and The Spirit” -- a concept album about end of life reflection, and what a debut it is! It’s a deep and joyous affair that has tons of emotional textures and reveals more on each successive listen. The album has both a male and a female singer, great use of piano and other keys plus guitars ranging from prog metal shredding to gentle acoustic. This is a remarkable debut by a band that is just getting started and has so much promise.
There are many things to like about this album from the spiritually infused, hard-driving “The Apparition” which eventually evolves into a majestic progressive opus to the deceptively simple and beautiful ballad, “The Spring Of It All” which is basically just piano and vocals and is one of the best progressive ballads I’ve heard in a long time. The closing song “All A Man Can Do” is just what you’d expect from a concept album and closes the album with a glorious, dramatic finale.
It’s wonderful to hear a new band really push the limits of what they can achieve and I’m reminded of two of the great concept albums of the 1990′s progressive rock revival, Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Part II -- Scenes From a Memory” and Spock’s Beard final album with Neal Morse “Snow”. It remains to be seen if this album will be placed in that pantheon but for my money its pretty darn close and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Very soon we’ll be doing an in-depth interview with Beyond The Bridge’s founder and guitarist Peter Degenfeld-Schonburg so please give their debut album a listen and stay tuned for a more in-depth look into this fantastic new band.
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