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Tinkicker: The Playground At The Edge Of The Abyss

Tinkicker's debut album The Soliloquy of a Transparent Boy may have been about taking the listener on a journey into the complex problems of modern man. Their sophomore release The Playground at the Edge of the Abyss is a dark and twisted journey into the complex world of childhood, not your typical childhood, but how you would perceived the world if you were to write a rock opera; one that is built on noir based musical vignettes, a world that you wouldn't want to be part of. No one ever said that Tinkicker take the easy path when creating concepts.

Musically speaking the bands approach is melodic being interspersed with some really interesting guitar work, which at times can be chugging, adding dimension and depth to the overall feel. The songs may not instantly jump out at you, but their tones will haunt your memory for some time afterwards.

The band retains the progressive elements within the music but it does at times it does fall more into the realms of hard rock.

I love the storylines that have been created, they really develop and bolster the whole concept, lyrically the band have spent a lot of time and effort on these creations; Klaus Bastian has really nailed these songs vocally somewhat like a method actor, sinisterly stalking the listener, maximising their effect. You could definitely spend time taking these lyrics apart and analysing them.

The band has opened up Pandora's Box, meet Mary the teenage prostitute, Frank the dick, Jimi the junkie and the rest of the snotty backstreet kids if you dare. This really is intriguing and fascinating stuff indeed.

Track Listing
1 Skeletons
2 The Playground at the Edge of the Abyss
3 Li'l Mary
4 Man With the Evil Eye
5 Flowers in the Asphalt
6 Reflections From the Sun
7 New Values
8 Success?
9 Son of the Syringe
10 S.O.S.
11 Household Glove and the Lord Above
12 Neon Lights and Transvestites
13 Jimi Is Dead
14 Therapy
15 Make up Dreaming
16 Playground Revisited
17 The Great Escape
18 New Message

Added: November 5th 2011
Reviewer: John OBoyle
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