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Uli Jon Roth - Under A Dark Sky (2008)

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1 	S.O.S. 	4:10
2 	Tempus Fugit 	2:32
	Land Of Dawn 	11:09
3.1 	Techno Man 	
3.2 	Land Of Dawn 	
3.3 	Lion Wings 	
	-
4 	The Magic Word 	6:12
5 	Inquisition 	1:09
6 	Letter Of The Law 	3:04
7 	Stay In The Light 	6:30
8 	Benediction 	3:45
9 	Light & Shadows 	6:14
	Tanz In Die Dämmerung 	18:56
10.1 	Destination Twilight 	
10.2 	Morgenrot 	
10.3 	Searchlights From Hell 	
10.4 	Seelenschmerz 	
10.5 	Inside The Titanic 	
10.6 	Fama Errat 	
10.7 	Requiem For The Nations 	
10.8 	Morituri 	
10.9 	Rex Tremendae 	
10.10 	Star Peace 	
10.11 	Tanz In Die Dämmerung 	
10.12 	Silence

Bass – Lucy Shaw
Cello – Katherine Jenkinson, Nick Holland
Guitar, Keyboards, Written-By, Orchestrated By, Producer – Uli Jon Roth
Percussion – Chris Lowe, Nippy Noya
Viola – Felix Tanner, Rachel Robson
Violin – Buffy North, Charles Nolan, Jonathan Hill
Vocals – Gwen Adams, Joachim Fiedler, Mark Boals, Michael Flexig 

 

The Rock world's admiration for Uli Jon Roth has stood more 'tall' in regards to the dynamic adoration for his post-SCORPIONS musical offerings. Bad music? R U nuts? The man's offered significant creations in his solo career, still it must have been the distinct differentiation he traveled in - with regards to the usual Rock standards - after he departed from the Hanover-based Hard Rock legends. Well, this year's Under A Dark Sky new release from Uli comes to verify the inimitable persona of the 54-year-old solar guitarist. Indeed, an atypical yet fine-looking album…again!

ELECTRIC SUN - Uli's first vessel after departing from SCORPIONS - confirmed the Hendrix-meets-experimentalism blend wished so much by the artist (enough far from what the SCORPs offered in the 80s). A deeply political-thinking artist - even not that present in his 'sky' music - Roth dived (even) more into instrumental/symphonic/orchestra music pathways in the 90s. While joining his former multi-platinum comrades quite often onstage in gigs/festivals etc (many mumbled to his guest appearance at a SMASHING PUMPKINS gig in Germany in 2007-2008), news started to spread regarding his songwriting for a new album. And, now, here it is: Under A Dark Sky he shall ride.

Not that much of a Rock opera, as may labeled; 'a concept album' suits better. A spiritual album by a man that has not only stood the test of time but - in addition - seems to be in a rather ingenious period in his illustrious career. After a few spins you'll lyrically unveil a point-out reflection of today's world status presented by Uli and his musical companions, in a 'classical arrangement' brief songwriting elucidation and grandiose variety of tempos. OK, 'neoclassical Rock' is fine if you need just one sentence to describe the pieces in Under A Dark Sky but there's more than this, of course.

The guitarist's performance is immense: the sound, the soloing, the passion, the maturity, the inventive unfussiness. If few are the references to the ELECTRIC SUN days, the joy for admirers of albums/projects like SKY ORCHESTRA/Sky Of Avalon - Prologue To The Symphonic Legends/Metamorphosis… will grow up even more. This is helped by the successful selection of Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, RING OF FIRE, EMPIRE, ROYAL HUNT, THE CODEX) and Liz Vandall (SAHARA) who sing in multiple languages and offer such a multiplicity in emotions and prospects (helped by a whole choir at specific pieces). The same goes for the music itself, since pomp fecets exchange parts with more dramatic series then to elevate emotions in (even) white-spread Wagner-like merriments.

Of course, no use in pointing out specific songs is needed. Under A Dark Sky's eventual hope/trust should be treated as a whole. It's not a phenomenal album, still it seems to be an excellent release of symphonic/prog/neoclassical Rock in the unique Uli Jon Roth way. While being rather curious on how 'accurate' such a presentation will be onstage, Under A Dark Sky will normally be more than a good companion for a long time. --- Grigoris Chronis, metal-temple.com

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