Bernd Kistenmacher – Utopia

Bernd Kistenmacher - Utopia

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Bernd Kistenmacher – Utopia
CD, Groove Unlimited, 2013

For the project “Utopia”, Mr Kistenmacher invited four different artists (most notably Thorsten Quaeschning on guitar) to establish the outcome.

The recording is a different cup of tea compared to his previous work, already ending up in a inconsistent jam session of keys, guitar and violin on the 24-minute opener “We Need a New Utopia”. Especially the use and implementation of violin on this track made me at times think of the music by BKS. An unsettling, slightly eerie sphere is created on the freeform “Fearless”, the only solo piece of Bernd.

Dynamic drums and freaky synth solos dominate the progrock exercise “Born from Chaos”, which to my ears sounds uninspired, scattered and far too rough at the edges. Is it just me or has Bernd lost it all? Screaming violins open the more song-based “Land of Hope”, which again features progrock and organ sections, while Thorsten adds some loud e-guitar towards the end.

On the concluding title track, Vana Verouti’s nasal vocals wouldn’t be my choice either, while this track’s overall sound design comes forward as peculiar and compressed. The few nice symphonic hints heard here though can’t push the outcome in a positive direction.

I’m afraid this release is one of the weakest in Bernd’s catalogue.


You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Bernd Kistenmacher artist page


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