Review of Shamall – Schizophrenia from Eclipsed Rock Magazine Germany + Samplertrack of “Music from Time & Space”

Norbert Krüler alias Shamall doesn’t do it under a two-story plane. This time he deals with the shallows of the human mind up to mental illness, uncomfortable truths and agonizing self-discovery. Musically, he spans exactly the same cosmos as always, namely Floydy scenes, equipped with strong electronic devices, but also hard guitars. However, with “Schizophrenia” he succeeds in one of his musically most exciting works. The almost twenty-minute title track unfolds slowly, but powerfully, extremely proggy and dark, with the necessary large dynamics and a very cool, high-flying floydy synthesizer solo. “Foolin’ myself” shines with a wonderful acoustic guitar. Shamall treats himself to many instrumentals: sometimes neoclassical (“Thoughts”), sometimes spacy (“On the run”), sometimes progmetal (“World of Emotions”). Otherwise, it’s also fitting that he oftenContinue readingReview of Shamall – Schizophrenia from Eclipsed Rock Magazine Germany + Samplertrack of “Music from Time & Space”

Review of the new album “Schizophrenia”. By Stephan Schelle, Musiccircus-magazine

Shamall – Schizophrenia 2L Productions (2019) (22 tracks, 150:38 minutes total playing time) Norbert Krüler aka Shamall has been making music for more than 30 years. At the beginning as he was still on the road as a DJ, he first released electronic music under the pseudonym Shamall in 1989. At the beginning of the 2000’s Shamall switched to Progressive-/Artrock, because he thought that he would repeat himself. The first album in this style was “The Book Of Genesis” in 2001. Since then he has released seven studio albums (including the album “Continuation” with tracks left over from the 2013 album “Turn Off”) in this style. Now Norbert Krüler took six years to record a new album. In the meantime the above mentioned “Continuation” andContinue readingReview of the new album “Schizophrenia”. By Stephan Schelle, Musiccircus-magazine

Review of “Continuation” from Progwereld

(free translated from Dutch language) Once in a while I’ll find that I’ve been sleeping and a band / musician remained completely under the radar. That was the case with Shamall. Shamall is the project of the German musician Norbert Krueler which is active for about thirty years and already released fifteen different studio albums in that period. “Continuation” is their latest release and is also an integral part of the compilation “History Book” along with four other CDs which provide an overview of thirty years Shamall. Krueler is a multi-instrumentalist and does a lot himself, including the production, but also works frequently with guest musicians like Matthias Mehrtens (guitar). This is the the case on “Continuation”. There is also a singer from the partyContinue readingReview of “Continuation” from Progwereld

Band Shamall around the musician and producer Norbert Krüler exists for 30 years / Always further developed “Would do it all again”

© Marius Merle 15.10.2016 – free translation from German language Langwedel-Etelsen. From zero to one hundred, so the start of the band Shamall could be described 30 years ago. In 1986 the first single went directly into the top ten of the German charts. Bandleader at that time: Norbert Krüler. And the musician, who has been living in Langwedel, Lower Saxony since 1994, continues the project for a long time as a lone fighter. Norbert published more than a dozen recordings by changing his musical style  several times. After a bumpy start, Shamall is now celebrating its 30th anniversary – which nobody would expect retrospectively. Norbert Krüler, who already played guitar on major stages in the North Rhine-Westphalian homeland back in the day, started his DJ career in the Aladin-Music-Hall in Bremen in the mid-1970s.Continue readingBand Shamall around the musician and producer Norbert Krüler exists for 30 years / Always further developed “Would do it all again”

5 CD-Set “Shamall – History Book” and Shamall – Continuation will be available on July 5th!!

+++ +++ Update: Actually a 4-CD set was planned, which should reflect the musical development of Shamall from the beginning until today. As 30 years musical work does not fit on 4 CDs because it would draw an incomplete picture of Shamall’s musical history. Some important titles would omit for reasons of physical limitation of a compact disc. Therefore, we have now decided to bring out a CD-Set with 5 discs as a Capbox with the title: Shamall – “History Book”. The first 4 discs contain not only a selection of remastered earlier works but also some titles of Shamall’s more recent CDs. The compilation of the “History Book”, which appears exactly 30 years after the release of the 1st Shamall maxi single “My Dream” (1986), tracesContinue reading5 CD-Set “Shamall – History Book” and Shamall – Continuation will be available on July 5th!!

Excerpt from Kinesis Progressive Rock page – “Turn Off” sounds like Eloy featuring special guest Edgar Froese…

The Shamall albums offered here are after the band’s transition to progressive rock and so are their highest-rated on Prog Archives: Turn Off (2CD, 2013, digipack), Is This Human Behavior (2CD, 2009, digipack), Questions of Life (2008, digipack), Ambiguous Points of View (2CD, 2006, digibook),Who Do They Think They Are (2CD, 2003, jewel box), and The Book Genesis (2CD, 2001, jewel box). Ambiguous Points of View counts as 1.5 CDs for shipping. We’re devoting most of this space to the latest album Turn Off, because that’s the one we’ve listened to. It seems that the major influence present on the Shamall albums has been Pink Floyd. But Turn Off sounds much closer to Eloy, themselves Pink Floyd influenced but quite distinct. Shamall doesn’t just soundContinue readingExcerpt from Kinesis Progressive Rock page – “Turn Off” sounds like Eloy featuring special guest Edgar Froese…

Interview with Music Waves

The Webzine “Music Waves”, France reviewed the newest Shamall album “Is this human behavior” and recommended it to its audience. Now, they did an interview with Norbert. Below you find the translated version. The original interview is here: Music Waves.