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CROMWELL

Neo-Prog • Germany


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Cromwell was founded in 1993 in Worms - Germany by five musicians leaded by the powerful female vocalist Anke Taeffner, Wolfgang Taeffner on Keyboards, Thor Stone in the guitars; Josh (Bass and Acoustic guitars) ands Eric Trauzettel in the drums.

The name was not randomly chosen, but describes the dark approach of the band to the Middle Age, telling stories from their native Worms and some passages of British history.

Their only release is "Burning Banners" (1997) and presents a well balanced combination of strong tracks with powerful ballads with lyrics in English, if you need to make a comparison with another band, the best choice is PALLAS, but I believe this guys have a strength that makes them different to almost any band that I have heard before.

The mood is very dark and mysterious with songs as The Battle Of Marston Moor, which reflects perfectly the war atmosphere or "The Crow", inspired in the already cult horror movie.

Even though all the band is outstanding, the powerful vocals of Anke and Wolfang's keyboards are outstanding, but Thor's guitar is simply out of this world.

Sadly haven't heard much about them lately and it's a shame because they were one of the most unique bands in the Neo Prog scenario. Excellent choice if you like conceptually complex and musically strong Neo Prog.

Highly recommended

IvŠn Melgar Morey

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3.93 | 29 ratings
Burning Banners
1997
3.84 | 39 ratings
Black Chapter Red
2016

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 Black Chapter Red by CROMWELL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.84 | 39 ratings

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Black Chapter Red
Cromwell Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars German band CROMWELL was formed back in 1992, and released their debut album "Burning Banners" in 1997 through the German label Angular Records. Line-up alterations and other issues then saw to it that the band activities stopped up for quite some time, but a second album has been in the works for many years now. Their sophomore creation "Black Chapter Red" eventually appeared in the summer of 2016, issued through Progressive Promotion Records.

Those who are fond of the harder-edged variety of neo-progressive rock that some bands started to explore in the '90s should feel right at home with this sophomore production by Cromwell. Tight, firm and dark toned guitars paired off with light toned keyboard arrangements are the key combination that creates an appealing sound, with effective vocals and clever use of minor alterations, as the details that ensure nerve and tension, are maintained quite nicely. Fans of a band like IQ (circa 1985-'87) and Galahad might want to give this one a spin.

 Burning Banners by CROMWELL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.93 | 29 ratings

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Burning Banners
Cromwell Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Obscure German band from Birkenheide in South-Western Germany, formed in March 1993 around keyboardist Wolfgang Taeffner.He was heavily influenced by the likes of IQ, SAGA and GENESIS and, with Anke Taeffner on vocals, Thor Stone on guitars, Josh on bass and acoustic guitar and Eric Trauzettel on drums, Cromwell released their debut ''Burning Banners'' in 1997 on Musea's sub-label Angular Records.

The album is a real treasure of modern Neo Prog with a tendency towards heavier textures and a sound not unlike bands like ABRAXAS and PALLAS or fellow countrymen CRYSTAL MAZE, SYLVAN and DARIUS.Based on a magnificent production effort, Cromwell proposed a rich-sounding, bombastic and powerful Progressive Rock with a constant alternation between heavy-sounding grooves and memorable melodies, eventually offering some awesome pearls of music.Female vocalist Anke Taeffner belongs possibly among the greatest voices of the movement, a voice expressive as a poet, crystalline as water and powerful as hell, only comparabe to that of Carol of Harvest's Beate Krause.The musicianship draws influences both for the New Wave of British Prog and contemporary prog,the grandiosity of the synthesizers' sound reminds of early PALLAS, having an evident symphonic color, while the guitar work is half split between DARIUS' energy and ARRAKEEN's sweet melodies.The shifting moods are numerous and unique, from a calm delicacy to an exposing wrath, a track can find itself torn between a number of changing climates.The result is no less than first class Neo Prog with a balanced sound.

Unfortunately the band suffered from line-up changes and their only official recording after the album was the cover of ''Another Day of Sorrow'' for the 2000 Pink Floyd tribute ''Signs of life''.Yet Cromwell are still active today, preparing for a second album, already written and performed, waiting for its mix and mastering.

Around the time of its release ''Burning Banners'' remained rather unnoticed, even more today, so many years after it saw the light.Still this is almost a perfect example of trully adventurous Neo Prog with a dramatic touch and deserves a wider spread.Highy recommended.

 Burning Banners by CROMWELL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.93 | 29 ratings

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Cromwell Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Excellent addition to any prog music collection

This band from Germany delivers one of the best neo prog i ever heared in long time. With only one album in their pocket entitled Burning banners from 1997, Cromwell is for sure on of the most intristing bands from this genre with nice and smooth keys passages and very strong rythmic section. The voice is the cherry on the cake here specially on tracks like How Long? and Burning banners where you can see how easy this girl take the notes no matter if she sung on low register or high. Very good are the instrumental pieces that make this album to sound very compact and solid in the same time. Forte pieces are all but with a plus on Tunnel, Burning banners and Cromwell the rest are also good. So in the end a big 4 stars for this excelent album. It's a shame that this band and album doesn't get very much attention from the prog conoseurs because worth every second. Recommended, above many bands from neo prog from today.

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