I am gladly surprised by this band and album, they really touch a musical nerve in/with me, just like Corvus Stone also do/did, without comparison other than both bands seem to linger in the 70 ´sound (always great!) Marquette really trives in old school sound, instrumentation and delivery, but also with a fresh approach in arrangement and production!
The opening track " Mystery train" comes out full steam, with thundering drums, bass, keyboard flushes and superb lead guitars from Achim. An instrumental tour de Force.
This album absolutely brims with excellent tunes, great songs and even though it has a running time of : 78:46 minutes, there is not a second of a dull moment!
You get clear crisp sound and production! The Album written, produced & mixed by Markus Roth and with plenty of time changes, breaks and brilliant muscianship..expect powerplay, keyboard washes, superb lead guitar , tight bass and drum and some really fine lead vocals.
Boasting 12 superb tracks of which half is intrumental, like the aforementioned band CS Marquette also dare to bring back wah pedal guitar soli and a style that really is a hommage to the 70´ classic rock/prog.
It is, mind you not only powerrock-prog tunes here.. you also get some very beautiful interludes - listen to "Adam und Eva" oh and there´s the ever presence of Achim´s lead guitars, soaring, shining...often a thing of beauty- listen to "The Mirror") and to his acoustic work on the excellent "Syncope of Obscure Nature".
Yes you guessed it, this album goes straight to my private collection and with a high praise as one of this years best albums!! Recommended to all lovers of great music !! I started out thinking ,,,½ rating...but with real music gems..it grew and grew and I have no other choice than to rate it ,,,,½ (saving half a star for their..hopefully next release!) You can NOT live without this album/band..honestly!! GO !!