Hubi Meisel - Kailash
The German singer Hubi Meisel known from bands like Triple X and Dreamscape among others is about to release his second solo album (or third if you count the his cover album from 2002). Kailash is an ambitious project with a production time of more than two years. The lyrical idea is a concept story about Himalayas, Tibet and ancient Buddhist/Hindu mythology. To help him out musically he has gathered a bunch of well-known musicians such as Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged), Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye) and Johan Niemann (Mind's Eye/Therion) to name a few.
The music we find on Kailash is quite varied progressive rock/metal with symphonic elements. This kind of music normally needs a couple of extra spins to really grow and believe me, I've tried. The album opens quite nice with Potala Place that inhabits tasteful melodies and great arrangements, nothing spectacular but slightly above average anyway. This is however the only track that in some way has caught my attention. The rest of the album is just music flowing by without memorable hooks or melody lines. I have found some nice passages here and there but nothing that sticks in your mind after you have finished listening. I am not that fond of Hubi Meisels vocal style either. His laid-back and soft vocals should be more appropriate in the pop genre I believe.
Music is all about emotions but this doesn't move me at
all. It is very strange that this anonymous album took over two years
to complete but maybe the main effort was put into the lyrical work.
You can't argue about the musician-ship but that means nothing when
you don't have the melodies to work with. I haven't heard his previous
solo album but I won't check it up either since Kailash after several
spins still is like a blank sheet for me.