Turn Back Time

1. Heaven’s Gate
2. Black Water
3. Comfort Me
4. Blind
5. Turn Back Time
6. Believe In Magic
7. The Walls
8. Dead Man Walk
9. So Long Ago
10. How Can U Say
11. Let The Children Dance
12. How Does It Feel

Thorsten Bertermann - vocals
Torsten Landsberger - drums
Lars, König - guitar
Arvid Lucas - bass
Bülent Sezen - drums

Done At Last (2015)
Second Strike (2017)

Anya Mahnken - vocals on track 9
Olaf Senkbeil – vocals on track 5
eil Murray – bass on track 1
Joe Castellini – guitar on track 3


Released 2018-09-21
Reviewed 2018-08-29


pride& joy

Five German lions and a few prominent guests can be found in this cage, a cage for the one thinking that we ought to turn back time. An impossible prospect but something many people seems to want to do, worse seems preferable to today according to many. But perhaps Lioncage thinks of the music and they are looking to turn back to older times. The artwork is very nice and it is their third album, the first one was released in 2015 and the second in 2017 so they are a fairly diligent band.

In regards to the music it can be described as classic melodic rock music in the vein of bands like Yes or Chicago to name a few. I wouldn’t claim that it is very original but modern sound with strong melodies and choruses as well as great vocals, strong production and decent variation. It is an album with good depth too and with a dozen tracks playing for little over fifty minutes it feels just about right in terms of playing time. I think that this is a really strong production.

Varied and with depth as well as good songs, the only thing missing is a touch of originality. But when it comes to this album by these lions I am prepared to overlook the originality because they really do well with this album. I can’t really see any weakness, besides previously mentioned lack of originality that of course is a drawback and it means that this album as well as others really good albums risks being forgotten since it lacks fresh ideas. But you can’t overlook that they do it so well and their music is a good celebration to all those heroes that created this style of music and are still remembered since they did something original. Lioncage probably does it better but the lack of novelty could be a problem. But I think that is easily forgotten when one enjoys the great music we get.

Entertaining and strong stuff where the end is better than the beginning, and it is highly recommended. You should certainly not miss this album if you are a fan of the melodic rock or AOR genre. One of the better albums I have written about lately, it is great stuff.







Label: Pride & Joy Music
Three similar bands: Yes/Chicago/Toto
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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