Leon : The real prog experts will probably have heard of the German band Subsignal, as have I. Yet, I can’t remember ever listening to one of their albums before. Subsignal is a continuation of the band Sieges Even, which will rings some more bells probably, and was founded when singer Arno Menses and guitarist Markus Steffen stepped out of the band. Since the foundations in 2008 the gentlemen of Subsignal have released four studio albums of which the last one, called ‘The Beacons Of Somewhere Sometime’, came out in 2015. Now, three years after, the band is releasing studio album number five and it’s called ‘La Muerta’, or translated ‘The Death’.
Like I said earlier, I can’t remember ever listening to the band’s previous work. Although, it might be more likely that I did listened to it but just can’t remember because it didn’t do anything for me. Because, quite frankly, that’s a bit what this album does to me too. This can of course be something that’s personal, my preference is definitely the more aggressive and experimental part of the genre. It feels like Subsignal, however, is playing it safe and (with all due respect) play progressive pop music which is very accessible to larger audiences. Is there something wrong with that? No not at all, probably a lot of people will really enjoy the album. Even I like it when I talk from a rational point of view, but emotionally it just doesn’t do anything for me. The band plays great, the songs are very melodic, they’re pretty good, the sounds is great, and the vocals are fine too, which is the problem with a lot of other bands. Even guest vocalist Mariana Semkina (iamthemorning) does a fine job on the song ‘Some Kind Of Drowning’, even though it’s a bit too sweet for me.
‘La Muerta’ is absolutely a solid record, one that will be enjoyed by many rock and metal enthusiasts. The melody is central and there are loads of singalong to be found on the album. For me personally it’s a bit too generic, I miss that little bit of extra that makes the music stand out from the other bands in the genre. I have enjoyed playing the album, hence the high score is well deserved, but I don’t believe I will listen to it much more after this review. That said, I would absolutely recommend the prog community to check it out.