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Karibow: From Here To The Impossible

I first became familiar with the German progressive rock band Karibow after hearing their 2016 release Holophinium. It is an excellent album and their eighth studio effort. Just a year later the band released their latest effort titled From Here To The Impossible.

The main man behind the project is multi-instrumentalist Oliver Rüsing. On this latest effort he has enlisted plenty of help including Jim Gilmour (Saga), Mark Trueack (UPF, Unitopia), Monique van der Kolk (Harvest), Sean Timms (Southern Empire, Unitopia), Marek Arnold (Seven Steps to the Green Door, Toxic Smile, UPF, Cyril, Damanek), Daniel Lopestro (Clearway, Southern Empire) just to name a few. These are exceptionally talented musicians and the proof is in the music.

Really, Karibow have outdone themselves this time as From Here To The Possible is a great release. The disc is broken up into five parts wit a total time of approximately seventy-two minutes so there is lots of music to explore. The impressive "Here" begins the disc with moody keyboards and spoken word before the unfolding of a heavier arrangement, a blending of melodic rock and prog. Gilmour adds an excellent keyboard solo adding his own little twist to the arrangement. More melodic prog can be heard on "My Time Of Your Life" featuring a nice mixture of moody atmospheres and heavier sounds. On "Never Last" the mood is mellower with gorgeous saxophone courtesy of Marek Arnold and wonderful backing vocals. A tasty swirling groove and soaring vocals lined with a slightly darker delivery makes "Lost Peace" another highlight. The short, orchestral instrumental "Requiem" and the tasty chiming guitar riffs of "Inside You" are more examples of superb ear candy. The vocals of Rüsing and Kolk are a marvelous combination. The melodic lead guitar is again a highlight as it is throughout the disc. The two longest tracks end the disc in fine fashion. "Black Air" is a finely crafted slice of melodic prog with pretty piano, acoustic guitar and saxophone whereas "The Impossible" features one of the catchiest vocals on the disc. Both tracks mix lighter moments with more upbeat sections.

From Here To The Impossible is a rich tapestry of sound, very catchy and ultimately extremely satisfying. Another excellent release from Progressive Promotion Records.

Track Listing:
1. Here (6:28)
2. My Time Of Your Life (8:13)
3. Passion (4:47)
4. Never Last (5:05)
5. Lost Peace (4:13)
6. A Crescent Man (6:12)
7. Requiem (2:05)
8. Inside You (6:20)
9. System Of A Dream (7:27)
10. Black Air (9:29)
11. The Impossible (11:35)

Added: January 22nd 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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