Poverty's No Crime
Spiral of Fear

1. The Longest Day
2. Spiral of Fear
3. Fatamorgana
4. A Serious Dream
5. The 5th Element
6. The Ballad of 91
7. Dying Hope
8. Wounded

Volker Walsemann - Vocals & guitar
Marco Ahrens - Guitar
Heiko Spaarmann - Bass
Jörg Springub - Keyboards
Andreas Tegeler - Drums

Symbiosis (1995)
The Autumn Years (1996)
Slave to the Mind (1999)
One in a Million (2001)
The Chemical Chaos (2003)
Save My Soul (2007)


Recorded between April 2014 and September 2015
Drums recorded at Soundlodge Studios, Germany, March 2014
Mixed & Mastered at Domination Studio, San Marino, November 2015 by Simone Mularoni
Cover & Layout by Volker Walsemann
Photos by Mike Münstermann

Released 2016-04-29
Reviewed 2016-04-18


As you are aware Poverty’s No Crime and it would appear that this German band knows that as well, a band that has been releasing some great albums over the years. On the subject of years, many of them have passed since the last time we heard these guys, their latest album was released 2007 and their greatest in 2003. This new release has been in the works since 2014, they recorded the drums in March 2014 and finished recording in September last year. It has been a long time in the works and also a long wait – the question now is whether it was worth the wait.

Musically it is progressive rock/metal music, melodic and not overly complex, I would say that they take a rather minimalistic approach. Good variation over the tracks, not the overly long messy tracks that some progressive bands are prone to. The production is brilliant, excellent sound and depth. I find this to be a high quality production on any account, the performances are excellent – I think most notably the vocals that are very impressive and they add a great extra dimension to the album.

It is a great album, great in any sense of the way. I think that this is a worthy successor of what they have done before, a great progressive album with excellent songs that has a depth that makes the album interesting even when playing it over and over again. If you are a fan of the genre, or the band, you will find this album extremely appealing so if you fit that description you should really have a closer look at this album, as it is quite brilliant. Not as great as my favourite album by the band, 2003 release The Chemical Chaos but still a wonderful release and very similar to said album in many ways.

So it may lack the absolute highlights or the novelty the absolute best timeless classics have, but this album is just excellent. All the songs are good but maybe the first one called The Longest Day and the forth one A Serious Dream are the strongest ones, excellent songs really. Quite an exciting album really and I asked in the early part of the review whether it was worth the wait and the answer to that is that it is certainly worth the wait. Now I only hope that the wait for the next effort will be shorter and in the meantime we have an excellent album to enjoy.



Label: Metalville
Three similar bands: Dream Theater/Vanden Plas/Fates Warning
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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