Rock magazine Eclipsed, Issue 12/08 – 01/09: Special feature of Shamall !

The October issue of the rock magazine „Eclipsed“ contains the track „what will happen“ from the current Shamall album „questions of life“ on it’s audio compilation – next to tracks from Marillion, Yes, IQ and Martin Orford. The November double issue presents a special feature of Shamall:
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„The music idol“
Norbert Krueler is fan of progressive music and Krautrock, around Bremen he’s well known as a DJ and as an excellent expert on the alternative rock scene. As a musician he applies himself to his alter-ego Shamall. „Shamall is an arabic term for ‚hot desert wind‘, Norbert reported. I was looking for a timeless expression, which makes curious, without to hint at something particular“.
Under that name, Norbert recorded all eleven studio albums so far. While he was guided by trance and electronic sounds on his earlier releases, he was driven by vocals, strong guitars and floydian sound spheres on his latest three releases (all concept works). „I am from the old school, where particularly in the seventies anyone aspired to be as much experimental and innovative as possible and that’s why I adore David Gilmour as the solely guitar hero. Nothing against Steve Vai or Joe Satriani, they are both awesome, but I personally prefer musicians, who hit the famous one note instead of projecting themselves in an egomaniac way“.
„music as a passion“
Norbert Krueler is fan of progressive music and Krautrock, around Bremen he’s well known as a DJ and as an excellent expert on the alternative rock scene. As a musician he applies himself to his alter-ego Shamall. „Shamall is an arabic term for ‚hot desert wind‘, Norbert reported. I was looking for a timeless expression, which makes curious, without to point at something particular“.
Under that name, Norbert recorded all eleven studio albums so far. While he was guided by trance and electronic sounds on his earlier releases, he was driven by vocals, strong guitars and floydian sound spheres on his latest three releases (all concept works). „I am from the old school, where particularly in the seventies everyone aspired to be as much experimental and innovative as possible and that’s why I adore David Gilmour as the solely guitar hero. Nothing against Steve Vai or Joe Satriani, they are both awesome, but I personally prefer musicians, who hit the famous one note instead of projecting themselves in an egomanic way“.
Krueler’s latest trick „Questions of Life“ continues this journey, measured again by suggestive, mantra-term rhythmic patterns, which settle Shamall between progressive and electronic music. Apart from some extended guitar solos, which he relinquishes to Matthias Mehrtens, Norbert plays everything himself.
How did it came on the unique concept to mix extended electronic sounds with floydian spacerock? „Referring to this ‚In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida‘ was my crucial experience“, said Krueler. „Since then I am a friend of long musical tracks, which I can lavishly embellish.“ In that, he’s a master indeed.
Shamall’s vibrant longtracks develop hypnotic qualities. But either you address on Shamall’s mantra rock fully or you feel rather boredom in view of his similar song structures. The shadow of being a DJ, who hates nothing as much as unnecessary breaks, becomes a blessing or a curse of Shamall. Shorter tracks, interludes and more acoustic instruments could possibly force Krueler’s hermetic cosmos open and remove some of his ambivalence. But to bend himself to a certain flow or to bow to public taste, is contrary to Krueler’s creed: „I would never make music just because of making money. And I don’t work with musicians, who are ticking that way. Incidentally ‚Questions of Life‘ raises this subject, because this album deals with the superficiality of the people. In my music there is no room for shallowness. For me is music like religion.“
— c/o Walter Sehrer, Eclipsed, December 2008

 

Eclipsed reviewed „Ambiguous points of view“ (8/10)

Shamall – Ambiguous points of view 2 cd (2006)
related: Pink Floyd, Eloy, Planet P, Orbital
Review by Walter Sehrer

Ambiguous Points of View
The music project of the german musician and dj Norbert Krueler has developped continuously from pure italo-disco on electronic ambient to a progressive space-rock act.
With this concept album Krueler delivers a longtrack on each cd, subdivided in 14 respectively 15 parts, each one affected by Shamall’s very hypnotic handwriting.
Friends of extended spacey improvisations will find a lot of addictive drugs here. A competently psychedelic and ‚gilmouresque‘ played guitar invites you to take off. In ‚everything has two sides‘ the musician takes his time to let his sounds drifting along. And always there are clear Floyd-reminiscences, such as when the oscillating rhythm of ‚another brick in the wall‘ appears or when the ’sheep-intro‘ is taken up. The extremely dynamic blend of electric guitars, electronic sounds and vocals is always compact and coherent.The only drawback: sometimes the constant overlapping songs get too homogeneous. On the second disc Shamall’s weaves more acoustic guitars and synth solos in the meandering sound snake of ‚far away from reality‘.
Rating: 8/10 –c/o Eclipsed, Walter Sehrer, Sept. 2008