Released: 2006, Lion Music
Hubi Meisel is another one of those creators/producers of concept albums in much the same way as Arjen Lucassan and Tobi Sammet have done, by recruiting musicians from other bands to help bring his idea to life. This is Meisel’s second release, where he again takes on vocal duties while keyboardist Vivien Lalu wrote all the music. There are no big names in his line-up, but he picked good nonetheless.
The whole album is pretty mellow, leaning more towards prog rock than metal. Meisel’s vocals remind me of Geddy Lee of Rush, though not as strong, and a lot of the guitar and keyboard melodies are reminiscent of Enchant. The solo duel in "Potala Palace" is killer; no other solo (there are few) compares to that one. The closest he ever gets to metal is "Shiva’s Dance," where the guitars just crunch out a basic rhythm and the speed picks up. Things don’t really get interesting until the long track, "Wheel of Life." It’s quite heavy here too, but mostly it’s just prog to the max. As one big linked puzzle of musical sections, this tune is all over the place. Nevertheless, it’s the highlight of the album.
Concept albums are rarely on my list of interests, and this one doesn’t help matters much there. It’s a little too mellow for my tastes, and despite the obvious skills of Meisel’s collection of musicians, there’s just not enough meat in the songs to make this a strong album.