Potala Palace [04:53]
Red Oracle [04:21]
Snow Lion [04:56]
Himalayan Sunset [05:19]
Shiva’s Dance [04:02]
Kailash - Jewel of Ice [05:25]
Wheel of Life [10:27]
Milarepa’s Cave of Miracles [04:40]
The Great Prayer (Monlam Chenmo) [05:14]
J. Meisel - vocals
in Tigers of Everest guitars are by Joop
Mixed & produced by Hubi Meisel.
review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
"Cultivate your own compassion
These words, in the lyrics of the song The Great Prayer, can picture the main message of Hubi Meisel's new concept album "Kailash", and can sum up the new mysterious and adventurous chapter which takes us to Tibet, starting from Potala Palace, in order to reach then a western zone around the sacred Mount Kailash. Beyond the fact that compassion truly acts on heartbeat and DNA and is related to the golden ratio, Kailash itself, the snowy pyramid of rock, the so-called Jewel of Ice, is the centre of ritual devotion and of deep commotion, where Buddhism and Hinduism find an incredible fusion and convergence. Kailash is the throne of Shiva; does s Shiva embody compassion and love, or destruction? very likely both: Life and Death, Goodness and Darkness. Shiva has many forms and dreams the world. And Mount Kailash, Shiva's throne, is a place of pilgrimages that require hard physiological effort. Holy land of Divine manifestation, Navel of the Earth, maybe connected with Giza and the Egyptian Pyramids.
You can have your opinion and your vision about religions, myths and human feelings, but without trying to understanding this majestic earthly rocky Shrine and all the Euroasiatic secular traditions around it, it is impossible to approach Hubi Meisel's new concept. In fact the music , in the gravity of Melodic Rock and Prog, and even the vocals, represent a growth of spiritual development if compared with the previous Em Ocean. Em Ocean was more sparkling, totally mythological, more centered around water and Atlantis. After more than 2 years, we receive "Kailash" which is refined, nonetheless touching, full of feeling, very impalpable at times, able to deliver thin layers, light symphonic traces, airy forms, dancing souls besides a cadenced, strong and supportive rhythmic.
Hubi Meisel research becomes a true message, a diary telling what Hubi Meisel appreciates the most. Many are the balladesque passages, the chimes, the well modulated carpet of keys. Melodic Rock and Prog metal, instead of faster rhythms closer to Power . Melody, feeling and teaching.
"Kailash" is far from clichés
and presents us an Himalayan Tibet very bound to India. We
realize that Tibet is not monolithic but rich in facettes: Hubi Meisel reveals us a world made of
Tantric forces and living Mandalas; a Tibet of lakes (in particular the sacred
Manasarovar), a communion of Hindus, Buddhists, Bonpos, Jains: all equally attracted by the Mount
Kailash, whose beauty is almost unreal, located in an even more surreal landscape;
geometries and meditation tell us the path to eternal harmony. Nevertheless it might be
too banal to think that this new album is influenced by the theme "Earth". I am more convinced that it relates to the
element Air and to the ability of flying, even ideally, above the material
nature. The whole album is marked by the passion towards the height, the illumination,
praised at level of the song The Great
Prayer. The sanctuary of brotherhood and empathy can be reached "From New York to Baghdad
- From Gaza to Israel. Across the mountains and deepest seas". Actually
in many songs you really breath the winds, you follow the story from above.
But , according to the law that the point of bigger strength can be, at the same time, a point of weakness,
"Kailash" is an album to follow indeed, from the beginning to the end, without thinking
that you can arrange some activity while listening. It is a story in cinemascope that needs 100% dedication of time and attention. Otherwise
the essence is lost. On the contrary, if you really take your time, you truly live the story and appreciate every moment.
I wouldn't suggest this album to very extreme listeners who don't want to go deep into the
Tibetan culture of universal spiritual observation, but what i
like is the intense touching fascination, a kind of
fairytale- attitude, full of cultural details, yet, in my opinion,
too innocently expressed . Finally, a couple of song could be really extrapolated and used for a romantic even at candlelight.
The protagonist 's adventure begins at Potala Palace, the crown of Lhasa, ascension to the divine City. Meisel mentions the famous rooms, the silken curtains, the amber bowls. The Dalai Lama will survive and when the big flood will come again, Potala Palace will fly above the waves. This is an intersection between Em Ocean's water and Kailash's air. Here it is: pulsing rhythm and a wide melodic veil, lead solos and woody percussive sounds.
It follows the impact with the Red Oracle :
"Travel to the Himalayas
and the adventures begins. Mysterious and delicate with particular cymbal sounds so is the intro to the Red Oracle, that proceeds very atmospheric. Vocal gradations are very sinuous: from velvety almost whispered lows to commanding energetic bursts of bright clear voice. Exotic , delicate, fluid, it develops then into a more energetic authentically Prog track.
Snow Lion is the successive step , a lion with a silver tail manifests himself,and will be a mighty companion to guide the man "over Bhutan to Himalaya". Himalayan Sunset is mysterious and ethereal. It begins reminding a bit of the famous Name of the Rose, but will get then both wide majesty and beautiful rocking melodies. The protagonist has reached Everest's mighty chain and we have reached one of the best tracks and involving moments of the album.
Shiva's Dance is lively, a beating piece of melodic Rock, with virtuoso solos and a vigorous rhythmic pillar. Shiva, here in female version, represented as in mythology dressed in tiger skin and blue skinned in ecstatic dance.
"Deep inside the heights of Kailash
Shiva 's dance resounds and so drumming does.
The journey goes on towards West, finally it comes the core Kailash - jewel of ice - the axis of universe appears in a well melodic song that could be also totally independent and appreciable as such. Very melodic, balladesque and a bit anthemic, sung with passion. This is another great track. 13 circuits around Kailash will free the soul clearing the sins of a lifetime, and are underlined by the 80's melodic atmosphere and a tribal drum attitude. Till the end of fear we arrive at the Wheel of Life, where the music adds a sense of thrilling menace and span through energetic Symphonic to more delicate moments with varied interplaying of the instrument in full Prog philosophy.
After a scenario full of sacred symbols the cave is disclosed in a musical and narrative crescendo like in a modern opera.
Track 8 : Milarepa's Cave of miracles enchants with gentle chimes and asceticism as well as with a massive melody, while dreams of peace unite into a silver amulet: pieces of love and meditation give a solid sign of peace . Merdeka, quite experimental and varied, very Prog with some rock short rides, seems somehow anxious in spite of the fact that, come finally back, the amulet can be handed out to the occupying force.
The Great Prayer begins with bass though delicate timbre that reminds the OM sounds melt with solitary e guitar and keys followed by a slow arpeggio, and showcases then a solemn and catchy melody that would embrace the whole world, in full Middle- European romantic style. White snowy chimes are a breakdown for summoning the deities of light and going back to the final OM like an impalpable wind. rethoric but impressive for sure, well structured concerning music and sound.
The album is closed then by 2 bonus tracks :
The Gentleman of Great Magic is involving,
lively yet very touching showing epic, ballade,
ancient civilization-mourning and rock passion. This song definitively completes Hubi's
Meisel praise for Light, Love and Struggle vanquishing darkness and pain. White against
Black; for the Gentleman (Milarepa again?) is a battle done isolated in a cave.
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