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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: zyx/gcr
  • ASIN: B002GUGQE6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Agma on 13 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
After the second and seemingly penultimate finish of the prog metal band Sieges Even- which occurred after the Paramount album back in 2007, was what looked to be the final nail in the coffin of the german prog group after a second and unfortunate repeat of a full band break-up which happened a few years previously. Subsignal however, is essentially similar rock/metal progressive material conducted by half the original Sieges Even personnel, Markus Steffen and Arno Menses. The relatively new band have clearly aimed to distance themselves away from Sieges Even but many references to the preceding band are never too far away; that said Subsignal - Beautiful and monstrous defiantly showcases the beauty and beast of the progressive genre - with detailed explorations of genuine tapestries in thoughtful soundscapes.

The retention of keyboard work has served the band well greatly as it has been put to superb use here, breathtaking, transcendic and atmospheric musical environments entwine with waves of lush sound. One beautiful song in particular has to be "I go with the wind." Though I suppose in hindsight it is how this can sit side by side with frankly amazing examples of rich melodies I have had the privilege to hear and witness. "Beautiful and monstrous" (the title track) is simply sublime and exotic whilst "Where angels fear to tread" is a more rocky sounding prog fest but still very much engaged in the soul inspiring stuff vein.

Beautiful and monstrous is a departure from Sieges Even in many ways though I have come to regard this new project as an excellent start to a new chapter. I am also very happy to see full utilization of progness and invention with these compilements. This isn't idea borrowing of a previous triumph but a beneficially fresh and invigorating foresight.
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By Metaltoe on 2 Jun. 2014
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After 2 listens, I find this album to be so beautiful it's almost painful to listen to. In bed, in the dark, it's just - beautiful is the only word.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
SUBSIGNAL: "Beautiful & Monstrous" (review in English from Greek webzine www.rockway.gr ) 2 Oct. 2011
By Helen Liverakou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
SUBSIGNAL: "Beautiful & Monstrous"

As years are passing by and times change, some changes in the bands are inevitable.
SIEGES EVEN were and still are a famous band. But things, as it turned out, were not so fine, after all. The band (according to Arno) had to dismantle, because, due to the constant arguments and fight, there was no way of moving on and, as with most of the relationships, this one, too, reached the end of the road and ran its course. Both ARNO MENSES & MARKUS STEFFEN "packed their bags". But they waste no time to start fresh and a new band, SUBSIGNAL, is a reality. ARNO MENSES (vocals) - MARKUS STEFFEN (guitars) - RALF SCHWAGER (bass) - ROEL VAN HELDEN drums) - DAVID BERTOK (keyboard) .The album "Beautiful & Monstrous" , with its oxymoron title, comes to give a fresh breath of prog sounds, with an old essence of the 80s, AOR and rock melodies.... melancholic, emotional, innovative. This album is no concept. 9 beautiful melodies, (10 in the digipack edition) lasting almost 1 hour, so different and so beautiful, really special melodies, inspired by the beauty of nature. Arno's voice is truly magical and, without wanting to, you come and remember the times of Chr. Cross and Alan Parsons Project. I wasn't surprised at all to sense a bit of Rush (especially at the first track). Everything is welcome. Except for a few cases, Arno and Marcus are responsible for the compositions. Most of the songs draw on the sorrow, the anger, the happiness, the despair, with some melancholic elements and plenty of emotion; Generally, on all of the things that can make somebody happy or tortured. `Where Angels Fear To Treat'- great melodies, especially the guitars, and a great combination with the keyboards. The unbelievable technique of D.Bertok makes this song sound so originally progressive. It is the story of the band and all the things, that brought success upon them in the past and more. `Paradigm'- a pretty good introduction of keyboards, giving the feel of a ballad, right until the heavy rock outburst. An optimistic, fighting, strong and - if I may so - "catchy" song. It has to co with the fight against the diseases of the body. `The Sea' - a prog rock ballad with intense drums and the vocals along with the guitar solo produces an incredible mixture of harmonious sounds. Emotional explosions on a journey above the water and into the deep. `The Trick Is To Keep Breathing' - a very powerful song that shows you the way to hold your breath and avoid all the evils of the world, saying that you must be strong to walk against all that. `Walking With Ghosts'- listening to it, you discover what is like to be there. Maybe it is a part of your own history. The sounds you encounter are exactly the path you are walking along, as you walk with the ghost that's left behind when a relationship between two people comes to an end. `I Go With The Wind' - a beautiful ballad about the loneliness, no doubt. `To Hope The Road Is Long' - when I talked with Arno and he told me about this particular song, I got really upset and I thanked him a lot that, at the same time, he expressed to me his love for the story. This song is based on the poem "Ithaki" by K.Kavafis, a beautiful song, with an intense violin melancholy. `Beautiful & Monstrous' - a dream that balances between the beautiful and the monstrous. With really hard elements, some 3-4 changes of style and very special bass and violin. `The Last Light Of Summer' - a very pretty song, with a simple story-fairytale about unicorns, with beautiful melodies.

In other words?
A great prog rock album, without stressing you and troubling you, with a lot of themes and compositions.

Its strong points?
The pretty appreciable musical past, which is a certified value, on its own.

Its ace?
The duet of Arno & Markus gives a lot to the band and all together create a beautiful result. I insist on Arno's vocal supremacy. One of the greatest voices of the recent years.

... " find you here no more-just an empty space everything is sleeping in the shadow, all files erased-memories replaced-everything is waiting in this shadow"...

(Walking With Ghosts)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Monstrous 25 Sept. 2009
By Glenn O. Kirms - Published on Amazon.com
If you're not familiar with Subsignal, you probably should be especially if you've listened to Sieges Even in the past. Sieges Even reincarnated, sort of. The elements of their previous band are evident enough just based off of lead singer's Arno Menses remarkable voice. Why Sieges Even broke up I have no idea, but am glad that Arno reformed with this band. A great album delivered by Arno and band mates and there is nothing disappointing here worth noting. But, as I have said and I'll repeat myself here, if you liked Sieges Even then you will be thoroughly pleased with this well thought out first release from Subsignal.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sieges Even lives on, kinda... 22 Jan. 2010
By WhyNot - Published on Amazon.com
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Being heartbroken by the breakup of Sieges Even, which I think were one of the most melodic, powerful, prog rock bands ever, I was excited to see this album which included the lead singer (Arno Menses) and guitarist (Mrakus Steffen) from Sieges Even. The last 2 albums from Sieges Even, Paramount & The Art of Navigating by Stars were fantastic, and hard to equal. Subsignal is more mainstream rock than Sieges Even, but this is still an excellent album. I enjoy it more each time I listen to it. I also picked up the new record by the German group "Bonebag", (called 'Noli Me Tangere'), where the drummer is Arno Menses, the lead singer for Sieges Even and Subsignal, which is a great unconventional rock record also
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and melodic 9 Oct. 2010
By scott endler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rich tapestry of instruments and vocals. Melodic hooks. Great voice, Great lead playing by seasoned veterans. Fantastic example of progressive, modern drumming showcasing the limb independence and complex rhythm patterns which have come to set the modern players apart from their predecessors. Introspective, moody, positive. Never too heavy nor too whimpy. So-so sonics is the only thing holding this album back from 5 stars but this is great music, not a demo disc. Essential to every music collection.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The mellower side to Arno and Markus 24 Nov. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered Sieges even two years ago with their masterpiece "The art of navigating by the stars" and soon after that bought their follow-up "Paramount" and their live album "Plaigrounds". I was blown away, seldom a band has made such an impression on me.
Sieges even had been around for quite a while but what made those albums different was the new vocalist Arno Menses.
The music and vocals were just out of this world and Sieges even reached a level that totally blew me away.
Well they disbanded last year citing differences within the band.

Vocalist Arno Meses and Guitarist Markus Steffen carried on together and created a new band called Subsignal along with bass player Ralf Schwager drummer Roel Van Helden and keyboardist David Bertok.
I was bummed beyond words when I heard from sieges even's breakup but the news of the new band came almost at the same time and that gave me something to look forward to.
Enter "Beautiful and monstrous" Subsignal's first album delivered in almost record time.

I've had it here for two weeks now and can make some comments regarding the album.
First of all Subsinal is NO Sieges even, Arno's vocals create an obvious link to their past two albums but that is about all the similarity there is.
Is this first album as good as "Navigating by the stars" or "Paramount", in my opinion no, not by a mile.
Is the album good and worth it? Yes, it is head and shoulders above almost everything you can hear now a days in the radio, it is a mellow and haunting rock (progressive rock? Hmmmm) album; however when evaluating against their back catalog one can be sure Sieges even was a unit composed of 4 individuals who complemented each other perfectly, so losing Alex and Oliver was a dire hit.
One thing is certain the new members have proven with this album that given the time Subsignal can grow and become a band similar in quality to sieges even, even if musically they are not that close.
Subsignal is mellower less adventurous musically, leaving the prog rock scene into a more... well less progressive rock scene, but still manages to deliver quite a musical journey.
B&M is a worthy addition to any musical catalog and it paves the way and sets the expectation bar high for this band's next record.
Until then I will continue to enjoy B&M as I am sure it will remain a key player in my album rotation.
Over all: 75% (Which would be something between like 4 stars)
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