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Symphonic Prog • Germany


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ANTARES is a German symphonic rock band with influences of GENESIS, MARILLION, PENDRAGON and YES. The band is lead by the composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Claus Neide. Although they may not sound as professional as PENDRAGON, this is perhaps the closest comparison.

ANTARES released the debut concept CD "Over The Hills" on the Bellaphon label in 1982 and their second album "Out Of Sight" on the Bekegg label in 1998. It is quite a long time between the albums, but the explanation is that the band split in 1983 and was later reformed to record "Out Of Sight". Both albums are very melodic but each album is very representative of their time. "Over The Hills" is very 80's sounding and a little bit warmer than the 90's sounding "Out Of Sight".

The band members on the 1982 debut consist of Claus Neide on vocals, keyboards, lead guitar, Lugwig Eilers on lead guitar, and Helge Büow on drums and percussion. The title track is an epic clocking 15 and a half minutes, though the whole album is rather short at less than 36 minutes in length. Parts of the album may remind one of the Neo sounds of SAGA, with the bass sounds of QUASAR.

The followup album from 1989 has a slightly different lineup with Claus Neide on vocals, keyboards, lead guitar, Jens Fricke on rhythm guitars, Khalid Schröder on drums, percussion, Ede Brumund-Rüther on bass, and Rainer Schöning on sax. The album is also short at half an hour in length but it is a quality Symphonic sound.

- Greger Rönnqvist

UPDATED 2014 ---AtomicCrimsonRush (Scott Tuffnell)---

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3.82 | 19 ratings
Over the Hills
1982
3.70 | 10 ratings
Out of Sight
1998

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 Over the Hills by ANTARES album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.82 | 19 ratings

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Antares Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Formed in 1978 by multi-instrumentalist Claus Neide, the original Antares German trio started with Bernd Menssen on guitar/synths/vocals and Axel Cornelius on drums/vocals.The next year Menssen quits and Ludwig Eilers and Helmut Stamm jump in on guitar/synths and bass respectively.Stamm soon departed to be replaced by Jimmy Schimmelpfennig.In 1981 the band was again shortened to a trio with Neide, Eilers and new drummer Helge Bulow, formerly with the Neo/Symphonic Rock band Tau.It was time for the band's first full-length album and the LP ''Over the hills'' was released in 1982, distributed by Bellaphon Records.

Neide claims to have been influenced by GENESIS, YES and SAGA and the truth is that these influences somewhat sum up Antares' style.For the most of its part ''Over the hills'' is great Neo/Symphonic Rock with dramatic atmospheres and demanding musicianship, though the heavy synthesizer sounds and the mediocre production may disturb the Classic Prog fan's ear.But noone can deny that the album is filled with some very good arrangements, performed by a trio with talent and interesting ideas, where the melodic but also dynamic guitar work of Eiders meets the grandiose keyboard passages of Neide, no unlike the rich sound delivered by ANYONE'S DAUGHTER around the time.Additionally the trio offers plenty of complex interplays and dramatic solos along with some nervous vocals, often with a theatrical edge, to make the sound deeply underground and obscure.The sharp synthesizers, distorted vocals and strong bass remind also of British progsters QUASAR.And there is a heavy amount of GENESIS' inspired symphonic lines to make this album far from commercial and deeply emotional.

Of course with such a style the band had no chances to survive.Antares kept playing live for a number of years but split for the first time in mid-80's after the departure of Bulow.Their debut though is a classic among the very raw and underground releases of Neo/Symphonic Rock from early-80's and comes highly recommended, especially to all those adoring a rough but also delicate prog experience.

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