Henning is most widely known for his two ground breaking CD’s under the moniker “Frameshift”, the first with James LaBrie, the second with Sebastian Bach. He also released 2 albums with his band Chain and 3 solo albums, the last one “Babysteps” was the last time we heard from him in the summer of 2006, but now he’s back with vocalist Juan Roos who last worked with him on his solo album “Credit Where Credit is Due” the year before.
“Shadow’s Mignon” was born out of an idea Henning Pauly had one day. He heard some classic metal in the car and decided to try to write some music in this style on his own. He employed the help of singer Juan Roos to give the project the definite metal vocal sound. At some point Keyboard player Stephan Kernbach brought over his Roland D50 for the official 80’s keyboard sounds. He laid down some parts of his own, especially his signature Hammond B3 playing.
The music of the band is everything you would expect from the glory days of the 80’s when guitar solos still screamed and vocals soared just like the eagles and dragons they were singing about. The album also features a few of the “must-have” ballads with all the classic chorusy guitars and keyboard sounds. “We were able to do so many things and use so many sounds we are told we “can’t use anymore” today because they are out of date, so we went back to our roots and made music that cannot live without them.”, says Henning.
“Henning has been with me almost since the beginning of the label, I think of him as an insanely talented little brother and I always enjoy what he puts out and this CD really took me back to the days when Dio ruled my turntable.”, said Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records.
“Midnight Sky Masquerade” is the latest project from Henning Pauly released on ProgRock Records and can be found at http://www.progrockrecords.com/artists/view.php?id=112. This is a great album for those that enjoy 80’s metal. The album is available for immediate order and will ship in late December and be available at your favorite brick and mortar retailer on February 10, 2009. Presales are discounted $2 on the ProgRock Records site until the album starts shipping.
You can hear full songs on the myspace page here:
SHADOW’s MIGNON MYSPACE PAGE
This release snuck by me, and probably quite a few other people too.
I paid a visit to Sebastian Bach’s myspace page after watching that Supergroup show he was in, on MTV, and found out about this one.
This is Sebastian Bach singing vocals for a Progressive Metal group.
Apparently, this is a concept album, ala Operation Mindcrime, but I haven’t dug into far enough to find out what the actual story is.
Amazingly, this is the best that Sebastian has sounded since the Skid Row CD – Slave to the Grind. This gives me hope that some new Skid Row sounding material could be on the horizon, if Bas ever gets around to doing it. This CD sounds nothing like Skid Row however.
This is Progressive Metal and will likely appeal more to fans of Dream Theater, Spock’s Beard, Vanden Plas, and Angra than it will Skid Row.
I don’t think the average listener is going to get into this on the first listen. This is one of those CD’s that take a couple of listens to grab you and pull you in.
After a few listens, there a certainly some stand out tracks:
Human Grain is probably the easiest listen. Just One More, and Miseducation are halfway decent prog rockers. Push the Button is growing on me. How Long Can I Resist is pretty good.
With this being a concept album, some of the songs get a bit too long, clocking in at over 9 minutes in length. As a whole, I find it hard to listen to the whole CD in one sitting, the initial three tracks are good, but then the pacing starts to slow down and it looses my attention. There are enough decent tracks on here worth giving this a spin or two.
This is definitely a CD for the Progressive Metal fans out there. Sebastian Bach fans may enjoy this too.
Rating :Out of 10
- Human Grain
- Just One More
- I Killed You
- This is Gonna to Hurt
- Push the Button
- In an Empty Room
- How Long Can I Resist
- When I Look Into My Eyes
- What Kind of Animal