MESSENGER "Threnodies"

20. April 2016

When was the last time a prog formation started out of nowhere like this? Messenger, founded in London in 2012 by Khaled Lowe (voc, g) and Barnaby Maddick (g, b, voc) as a project rather than a band, was celebrated frenetically after the release of the debut album "Illusory Blues" in 2014, also by us. The magic mixture of the English from symphonic retroprog of the early seventies, Pink Floyd atmosphere, psychedelic folk, doom and hard rock had obviously hit a nerve with many.

eclipsed No. 160 / 5-2014

09. September 2014

Whole Lotta Phallus

It was pure sex, above all. Along with Jimmy Page's ubiquitous guitar and John Bonham's powerful drums, he seemed to be the driving force in the Led Zeppelin cosmos. Their highly potent and vibrant hardrock seemed like a permanent penis to the audience of the late sixties and early seventies.

Number 4 lives!

MESSENGER - The Mystery of Creation

24. April 2014

MESSENGER - The Mystery of Creation

The album title "Illusory Blues" is meaningful. After all, the seven airily arranged songs have very little to do with blues. Rather the core trio Khaled Lowe, Barnaby Maddick and Jaime Gomez Arellano want to show with their music how one can productively use one's own worries - the "blues" - and thereby draw new strength. You yourself have achieved this in an impressive way. In an interview, the British, supported in the studio and on stage by Dan Knight (g, keys) and James Leach (b), talked about their musical roots, the message of their lyrics and the spirit of the seventies that they want to capture with their songs.