Released: 2004, Frontiers Records/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Frameshift is another project put together by Henning Pauly from Chain. Henning wrote the entire album with the thought and hope to have James LaBrie (Dream Theater) sing on the album. Pauly wrote 80 minutes of progressive rock on this theme album based on the books of evolution by Richard Dawkins. All of the 15 songs on UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW deal with a different evolutionary concept.
Henning Pauly has worked with a lot of different music styles and projects. Just before this project he was writing film music that included a lot of different music variations like a mix of metal, ambient, techno, orchestral, rock, pop and loop based music. All of those musical elements lend itself to a perfect genre of progressive rock and Pauly decided to have the same approach in this project. He didn’t want to limit himself to have just a rock lineup; he wanted to have the same tools that a film composer has. Despite that, he hasn’t forgotten the elements that progressive rock contains, he has just taken an altered approach to arrange the music for Frameshift.
Once Henning knew that James LaBrie was going to sing on the album he gave LaBrie the freedom to sing things in his own way. LaBrie is in that top of the mix and a lot of this album circles around the vocals. UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW is very varied musically with a lot of diverse music styles represented. The foundation is in progressive rock influenced by melodic hard rock. It takes a while to get into this album, it has to grow on you. I have listened to it several times now and I have grown to like it. LaBrie has an amazing voice that really carries up this music brilliantly.
I can strongly recommend this album. Look for LaBrie on the album MADMEN AND SINNERS - also a release from Frontiers Records.