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Seven Steps to the Green Door: The Book

Thoralf Koss has crafted, along with his bandmates from Seven Steps to the Green Door, a 52 page media book in support of this epic story and piece of music. Koss, along with Ulf Reinhardt, on drums and percussion; Marek Arnold, on keyboards and saxophones; Heiko Rehm, on bass; Andreas Gemeinhardt, on guitar; and Lars Kohler and Anne Trautmann on vocals help bring this epic storyline to life with lyrics and music.

The story centers on the trials of the character Samuel and his loss of identity during a dream. It delves deeply into the subjects of religious belief and the afterlife set to classic sounding prog music.

Although the music and especially the female vocals are wonderful, you have to be willing to make the jump with the authors into the storyline to be able to fully appreciate the lyrics and then the whole story.

Still the music is a wonderful flashback to the quality and style reminiscent of the 70s, which in itself is refreshing. It's epic and deep in its magnitude, which again is hard to find today from new music. The keyboard and guitar work is some of the best I've heard all year. Yet, it's stuck within this story that you must either accept or deny. Few elements or tracks stand out enough to be taken on their own. They are all locked within the storyline.

Track Listing:

1. Prologue (A Man and the Book)
2. The Empty Room/Realization
3. The Crying Child (1st Nail)
4. The Healing Wonder (2nd Nail)
5. The Dividing Water (3rd nail)
6. The Last Supper (4th Nail)
7. The Eternal Abstinence (5th Nail)
8. The Deadly Crucifixion (Dedicated to Anna Seghers out of gratitude for the "The Seventh Cross")
9. The Green Door Looking for the Last Solution
10. Epilogue (A Bird and the Book)

Added: October 9th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: Seven Steps to the Green Door
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Language: english

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