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Neo-Prog • Germany


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THE VOW was founded by Ralf Link and Holger Goetz at the end of 1998.

The band have dedicated themselves to NeoProgRock and reviewers often compare them to the "big ones" like IQ ,Pendragon and Arena.Again and again THE VOW manage to fascinate the listeners with their music and to take them along on a musical journey.

Started as a 2-men studio project at the end of 1998, THE VOW has changed into a classical 5-men band in the meantime after having released the CDs "Another World" (released in 2000), "Trojan" (released in 2002) and "Devil In Disguise" (released in 2005).

On their 3rd album "Devil In Disguise", released in June 2005, THE VOW were supported by Manfred Wirth, drums. Furthermore a lot of new equipment was used for recording the CD. Their complete dedication and their delight in making music contributed to another enormous step forward for the three members of THE VOW. Once again this has been confirmed by numerous reviewers of the international progscene.

Now the time had come for THE VOWs stage comeback and they were crazy about presenting their catalogue - 3 CDs containing melodious NeoProg paired with bombastic symphonic rock - to their audience.

With Uli Knoerr (keys) and Mathias Kuhn (bass guitar) two brilliant musicians were found to complete THE VOW.

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2.75 | 13 ratings
Another World
2000
3.29 | 15 ratings
Trojan
2002
3.28 | 13 ratings
Devil In Disguise
2005

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 Trojan by VOW, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.29 | 15 ratings

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Trojan
The Vow Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ''Another World'' was good enough for the Musea management to pick up The Vow celebrate the signing with the reissue of the album in 2001.The duo of Ralf Link and Holger Goetz begun working on a sophomore work, which was eventually released in 2002 with the title ''Trojan''.The comics-like artwork was again made of Vito Lamanna, while the album was a concept work around a hero of a videogame, skipping through different levels full of dangers.

Musically the style of The Vow hasn't changed a bit, insisting on a very British-styled Neo Prog akin to CYAN, PENDRAGON or SHADOWLAND with balanced vocal and instrumental parts.However the songwriting seems more convincing and the melodies became more memorable, while the music remains deeply emotional and atmospheric.Quite long tracks with slight symphonic vibes and lots of interesting guitar work, both in up- and downtempo offerings.The sound of synthesizers is pretty sharp and bombastic, the vocals are very good, especially considering there is a German behind the microphone, and the arrangements are pretty solid with a decent cohesion.Some long keyboard preludes and a few minimalistic moments with little goin' on are the most evident flaws of the album.The listener will be nevertheless rewarded by a slightly theatrical atmosphere, some great keyboard textures and the guitar work of Link, which ranges from decent to outstanding.Do not expect though any kind of originality.The whole album is very British-sounding with no signs escaping from the fundamentals established by acts such as MARILLION, IQ or TWELFTH NIGHT.Fortunately the music is too good to be surpassed.

Dedicated to all fans of British Neo Prog of the 80's.Melodic, atmospheric music with plenty of grandiose explosions.Recommended.

 Devil In Disguise by VOW, THE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.28 | 13 ratings

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Devil In Disguise
The Vow Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars THE VOW are a Neo-Prog band out of Germany who up until this album were a duo. Now a trio with a real drummer this can only be an improvement on their sound.This is their latest release from 2005. This is also a concept album.

"Devil In Disguise" opens with thunder and rain as light keys and reserved vocals join in. It gets fuller around 2 1/2 minutes. Spoken words 4 1/2 minutes in and a spacey atmsophere as the birds start to sing.Yes all is bliss. "Talking Pictures" is a laid back, mid paced tune with vocals. It reminds me a little of EVERON. "Held On To Your Dreams" opens with atmosphere and strummed guitar as reserved vocals join in. Not bad. "The Whole Of Mankind" has a beat with background synths. It calms down when the vocals arive. It does get fuller then we get another calm as contrasts continue. "At The Seaside" opens with atmosphere as a beat and more joins in. Reserved vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. Another relaxing song. "The Girl With No Name" sounds exotic. It's because our female subject is a stripper.The music sounds excellent before 2 1/2 minutes.

"Paradise" has this relaxed sound with vocals and background synths. A beat also eventually joins in. "Trojan Add-On" is the 29 1/2 minute closer. Keys and atmosphere to start as the guitar comes in. It gets more aggressive after 1 1/2 minutes.Vocals come in when the guitar backs off.Tasteful guitar 4 minutes in when the vocals stop. It settles with spoken words before 6 minutes. It then kicks in fairly heavily a minute later but it's brief. Atmosphere before 11 minutes then the vocals return. A change 15 minutes in as synths become prominant. A calm 17 1/2 minutes in. It turns pretty intense 25 minutes in before turning mellow again to end it.

A pretty good album overall but a low 3 stars for me.

 Another World by VOW, THE album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.75 | 13 ratings

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Another World
The Vow Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars THE VOW were a German neo progressive duo (before turning later into a normal band) formed in 1998 by multi-instrumentalists Ralf Link and Holger Goetz.In 2000 they released their first work entitled ''Another world''.This is a typical neo-prog album filled with decent melodies and strong and varied keyboard work,not unlike bands like PENDRAGON,CYAN and early-SYLVAN.The duo follows mainly a smooth style of playing with song-based material,while all tracks are sung in English with a slight German-accent.There is also plenty of piano here and a fair amount of acoustic guitars,which try to make the effort more interesting.What about the final conclusions?...Well,at least to my ears it is not satisfying.There are lot of recycled themes introduced and every note seems like it's been included in another album.So,if you're a new prog fan this might be a good start but for listeners who have been around prog for time,I would't really recommend it...Nevertheless,you will find nothing extraordinary listening to ''Another world'',which is an album for all those who like a more accesible style of prog based on good songs and melodies.
 Another World by VOW, THE album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.75 | 13 ratings

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Another World
The Vow Neo-Prog

Review by Prog-jester
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Erik, first review! ;-)

Back to business. Indeed wow - I realised that this is a 2-men project only when glanced at the booklet. They sound like a BAND, really, apart from most of 1-2-3-men projects I heard. We have enjoyable Neo-prog (close to IQ, COLLAGE, ARENA and other bands from the 90s wave of Neo) here with melodical and well-written/recorded pieces varying in tempo and mood (from ballads like "Another World" to rock-hits like "Stony Broke"...isn't this one about Stonebeard? ;-) ). Opening epic has a bit boring piano/ vocal-only coda (not even coda but a half of the song!) while the closing one has a bit too long spacy but also boring intro filled with noises (good lyrics here,btw) - I think they both should have been shorter.

Again, nothing special here, but if you're a fan of a genre or a Prog Collector, you need this one. Recommended? OK, recommended, it's a pleasant album

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