The Pure Shine

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B4tF Good friends of B4tF. Brilliant artists have written an epic album. Kansas meets Renaissance with all sorts of melody and moving arrangements. Gorgeous orchestration.
Bass and drums are powerful in the heavier moments. And the quiet moments are folk prog gold.
This album is just amazingly done.

Well done my friends.
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Sven B. Schreiber Lately I've come across some real good prog albums - quite unexpectedly so, because I thought that prog has eaten itself. This is one of them. What's so different from other so-called prog stuff? Well, it gives me the same feeling I got when listening to "Thick As A Brick" for the first time. It's like going on an adventurous journey to explore new horizons. Hard to believe that this band resides in Germany, where some of the worst prog I've heard in my life originates. Thanks Martin & Melanie! Favorite track: The Gunslinger's Creed.
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rendref This album is amazing and rich on melodies. Catchy tunes, a myriad of vocals, leitmotifs reoccurring throughout the whole musical journey, a blend of styles, and a lot, a lot of folkish spots - which I love in particular. I also loved couple of the tunes from the previous album woven into the threads of this one. Amazing performances, all of the involved. I also think you spoiled some of the Dark Tower books for me, as I have not read them yet, hahaha :-) Nice job guys.
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    "The Pure Shine“ is based on the novel „The Dark Tower“ by Stephen King
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    released December 10, 2019

    All music written by Martin Schnella except (1) by Marek Arnold & Martin Schnella
    All lyrics & vocal melodies by Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
    Music arranged by Martin Schnella, Marek Arnold, Niklas Kahl, Jimmy Keegan, Lars Lehmann
    String Arrangements (2, 3, 4, 6) by Nathan Brenton, (1) by Marek Arnold & Nathan Brenton

    Flaming Row is:
    Melanie Mau: Lead Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Harmony Vocals (3, 4, 5, 6)
    Martin Schnella: Lead Vocals (1, 3, 4, 6), Harmony Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), 6- & 12- String Acoustic Guitars (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), 6-, 7- & 8-String Electric Guitars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Classic Guitar (6), Baritone Guitars (5, 6) Bass Guitar (1, 6- End Section)
    Marek Arnold: Piano (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Organ (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Mellotron (2, 3, 4, 5), Synth (2, 4, 5), Strings (1) , Soprano Sax (1, 4, 5, 6) Alto Sax (5), Tenor Sax (5)
    Niklas Kahl: Drums (2, 4)

    Guest Musicians
    Lars Lehmann: Bass Guitar (2, 3, 4) & Fretless Bass (3, 4)
    Dave Meros: Bass Guitar (5, 6), Bass Synth (5)
    Jimmy Keegan: Drums (1, 3, 4, 6), Cajon (3), Vocals (1)
    José Pepe Jimenez: Latino Percussion (3)
    Nathan Brenton: Cello and Orchestra Arrangements (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
    Eric Brenton: Violin, Viola (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
    Jens Kommnick: Low Whistle (1, 3, 4, 6), Tin Whistle (3, 6), Uilleann Pipes (3, 4, 6),
    Cello (1, 3, 5), Violin (1), Mandolin (3, 6)
    Fabian Gödecke: Marching Toms (6)
    Siobhán Kennedy: Lead Vocals (4), Spoken Words (1, 6)
    Johan Hallgren: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 6)
    Glynn Morgan: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    Alexander Weyland: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 6)
    Mathias Ruck: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    Ossy Pfeiffer: Lead Vocals (5)
    Gary Wehrkamp: Vocals (1, 5)
    Leo Margarit: Vocals (1, 5, 6)
    David Anderson: Spoken Words (4, 5)
    Anish Jewel Mau: Spoken Words (4, 5)

    Drawings: Isa Hausa Illustrations
    Artwork & Design: Martin Huch

    All instruments and vocals recorded by Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Recording Studio, Germany 2012 - 2019 except:

    Lars Lehmann recorded his Bass Guitars in Hannover, Germany
    Eric & Nathan Brenton recorded their strings in Tustin, California/USA
    Jens Kommnick recorded his celtic instruments @Pure Sonic Studio, in Langelsheim by Jost Schlüter
    Jimmy Keegan recorded his Drums in Los Angeles/USA
    Dave Meros recorded his Bass Guitars in Sacramento, California/USA
    Johan Hallgren recorded his vocals in Eskilstuna, Sweden
    Alexander Weyland recorded his vocals in Germany
    Ossy Pfeiffer recorded his vocals @ Frida Park Studios in Hannover, Germany
    Siobhán Kennedy recorded her vocals in Wremen, Germany
    Glynn Morgan recorded his vocals in Lichfield, UK
    Gary Wehrkamp recorded his vocals @ NewHorizon Studios in Pennsylvania/USA
    Leo Margarit recorded his vocals in Eskilstuna, Sweden

    Mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Recording Studio, Osterode/Germany 2019

    www.gray-matters.de
    www.facebook.com/flamingrow
    contact: martinschnella@gmx.de

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1.
A Tower In The Clouds music: Marek Arnold, Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella A new chapter – on the other side of the world A tower stands at the center of the universe Protecting us from darkness It is said that the mind of a child can bring us down He's the Man In Black Fled across the desert The boy with that pure shine And the Gunslinger followed
2.
The Last Living Member music: Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella I. A Mystical Structure Since the beginning of time Good and evil have existed in parallel We harbour both sides in us And it is our decision to which we belong It's the fight against oneself Which is imperative to win To conquer the dark side in all of us There will always be a fight And it will always carry on The story tells about a dark tower Standing in the center of the universe A mystical structure that supports all realities Surrounded by a circle Inside are myriad worlds all around Outside – are beings Beings from the darkness When the tower falls The dark side will win To invade and destroy reality It relates to the Gunslinger To The Man In Black and the boy with that pure shine II. Roland Of Gilead Roland Of Gilead, the last living member of A knightly order known as Gunslingers And the last line of Arthur Eld His guns are forged from the steel of Excalibur The unique weapon wrought of meteorite Made for the rightful king Armed with magical power Makes him invincible It's so hard to become a Gunslinger Only a few have ever made it and The others were banished So their age is drawing to an end, to an end Evil has tainted all hope and all that was left He was the last Gunslinger Roland of Gilead He had the strength and the will to defy All black magic The unique weapon wrought of meteorite Made for the rightfully brave Armed with magical power Makes him invincible His nemesis, The Man In Black On behalf of the Crimson King Causes disaster where ever he may roam Master of the transcendental With bare hands he could light a fire He could make himself invisible Something they both had in common Reaching the Dark Tower It was impossible to enter As long as the universe is balanced He's in possession of Crystal Balls Magical items called Maerlyn's Rainbow Made upon the waters of the Prim Finally spun to glass The Man In Black killed everyone Who walked by Rolands side III. Maerlyn's Rainbow This is the Legend Of Prim A liquid of primordial chaos and creativity That brought the tower’s might It's neither good nor evil So the line of Eld and that of the Crimson King Find their origin in it And its energy was used in the construction of Maerlyn's Rainbow The sorcerer formed 13 balls The first ones represent the guardians of beams Each having a secret form of magic The 13th, the black, shows the tower itself Which was filled with the evil of the monster infested void That existed between worlds They have different powers Some showing worlds and its secret doors between Others have the power to transport And yet others look into the future All were cursed to bring despair and sorrow To those who wielded them To those who wielded them He's the Man In Black Fled across the desert The boy with that pure shine And the Gunslinger followed See the Man In Black Fled across the desert The boy with that pure shine And the Gunslinger followed Jake with that pure shine Will he be our savior He's close on your heels Keep your powder dry Jake with that pure shine Will he be our savior Keep your powder dry Keep your powder dry little one
3.
Jake's Destiny music: Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella I. The Painted Pictures There are cries, a jet of fire overhead And the earth is quaking Jake is suddenly wide awake So frightened he's looking around Picking up the photograph which shows his father and himself As soon as he closes his eyes The painted pictures come to life A massive dark tower in the clouds Is Jake dreaming or will it come true The walls in his room Are littered with paintings of his nightmares An introverted boy, everyone thinks he's crazy When Jake lost his father his whole world fell apart Lorie, his mum, she loves him so much But can't stand seeing him like that And wants to leave all burdens behind As soon as he closes his eyes The painted pictures come to life A massive dark tower in the clouds Could the sorcerers cast iron will break it down II. Relentless Pursuit (Instrumental) III. 1919 Midworld Everywhere he goes the Fake-Skin creatures appear - beware Jake hears the warning words of the Homeless The Homeless Watch out! They'll take you! They steal kids like you! Cross over them special ones! The power of your mind – That's what they want! In Jake’s dream the Man In Black named two men Gunslingers He had a vision of an abandoned house When he wakes up the Fake Skins want to catch him He has to flee to that house – a portal to a different world The Homeless Watch out! They'll take you! They steal kids like you! Cross over them special ones! The power of your mind – That's what they want! He jumps to the other side into an unknown world His first view over the strange land is simply stunning Two beautiful moons in the sky And the bright sunshine's blinding his eyes He sets out for the unknown 'cross wastelands and desert storms He reaches a mountain chain On top - a glowing fire Someone is pointing a gun at his neck The man that appeared in his dreams Jake tells him he's not one of the sorcerers tricks He came a long way to find him Watch Out! They'll take you! He shows Roland the drawings of his visions Roland: Boy, when did you first see this? Jake: A year ago. Who is he? He's the Man In Black - chasing for the evil Roland: He is a sorcerer! In all your visions Walter is here, in this place? Jake: Yes, he is! Roland of Gilead - protecting you from darkness Roland: There's a tribe beyond that forest! We'll go there. They have seers, who will read your visions. Let's go! Keep up! As soon as he closes his eyes The painted pictures come to life A tower in the clouds Will Walter break it down He tries to catch you Jake
4.
The Sorcerer 17:37
The Sorcerer music: Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella I. Evil Forces Of The Dark Side Jake and Roland are roaming Through the bleakest forest Passing relics of bygone times The evil forces of the dark side Have sent out their henchmen to catch To catch the boy with that pure shine After dusk the companions are sitting at the fire With a stick Jake is painting one of his visions on the ground Without knowing it's meaning Roland says, it's a map, his father showed him a long time ago He's the Man In Black Who fled across the desert To the secret place of no return Anguished cries, they can testify A circle – inside all around a myriad of worlds Outside is endless darkness In the center of all things stands the Dark Tower Which serves as the linchpin of time and space And protects all The boy begs him to protect the tower Together they could prevail against the evil His only aim is to kill the Sorcerer There is no „we“ for him And night falls Roland suddenly awakes as Walter appears in his dreams Walter: Everyone who walks with you dies! Drenched in sweat he's looking around But where is Jake? Fearfully he begins to search for him Dad: Jake, Jake! Hey little fellow Where are you? Jake: Dad? Where are you? Dad: Hello mate! Jake: Dad? Dad: Long time. It's good to see you You've grown Jake: That isn't real! You're... Dad: Dead? Not here in this world! Jake: I missed you so much! Dad: I missed you too, Jake! Come on, It's okay! Let's go home! Jake: Is it really happening? Darkness and fire Darkness and fire He's the Man In Black Who fled across the desert To the secret place of no return Anguished cries, they can testify See the Man In Black Fled across the desert To catch the boy with that pure shine II. Distracting Illusions When Jake is touching his hand A red hell opens up At the last second he is saved by Roland After each attack on the tower There is a small crack And the evil creatures of the dark try to come over It wasn't Jakes Dad Only distracting illusions The Fake-Skins built a machine That is able to convert the pure shine into a beam That could bring the tower down But somethings got out The evil demon hits out at Roland He injures him badly and dies by his hand III. Arra Stranger approaching Gather round Stranger approaching Gather round The Elder: Long days and pleasant nights! Roland: May you have twice that number! The Elder: Haven't seen one of your kind since I Was a young man Seeing you here alive One of that old line Is incredible Roland: Who is your strongest seer? Arra: That would be me! I'm Arra! Roland: The boy here has visions of this place! I need to know where it is! Take a look at these drawings! Arra: The Man In Black! Arra: Jake, your shine burns so brightly! Share your visions with me Open up and show me You're surrounded by magic I can't even begin to understand Your gift is extraordinary And it made you see across worlds That's why you come to find The Man In Black and he fled to the Northern Wastelands! In a world you do not know Someone can here you pray Where the truth is left untold Roland: I need to go there Come hell or high water It's a long time of travel Arra, you can get me there faster than that I know the Sorcerer keeps track of all portal travel But there's a way to fool him The Fake-Skins have a base on Keystone Earth With a portal that can take kids with that pure shine To the machine, that could bring the tower down You're gonna help us getting to that place! Arra: I have read you You're Roland Of Gilead Last of the line of Eld! But the Man In Black has your soul in his pocket And your heart is consumed by vengeance You're not a Gunslinger Anymore! Not anymore! Anymore! Roland: Only a fool would lie to a seer But the war is over and we lost The darkness is everywhere, all around I was fighting to defend the tower Before most of you were even born Everyone who walked with me died by Walters hand I will get my revenge In a world you do not know Someone can hear you pray Where the truth is left untold The faith is lost for all times Just a boy with that pure shine Reminds us in what we believe Our chance to win this fight The Elder: I know we agreed We'd never use the portal Unless the village was in danger And even if this means the end We can't disobey him It's the law Jake: I know, he's still a Gunslinger He saved my life
5.
The Final Attempt music: Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella The portal is ready now As soon as it aligns it should open on Keystone Earth Will they reach the other side? Roland becomes weaker, the technology is old He's just a child whose father died His world fell apart He misses him dearly He needs love and security Why didn't she watch over him But the Man In Black is watching through his magic eye And sends out his henchmen Just as night has fallen many people are dying The village goes up in flames Jake is already captured And Roland weak as a kitten Just a last and final attempt He's just a child whose father died His world fell apart He misses him dearly He needs love and security Laurie didn't watch over him Was it Lon, who took his chance, to put him away? Or is it destiny? Walter: You couldn't save him, Roland! Jake: Roland, please help me! Roland: He's not safe here! And as long as he's here, nobody is! We must leave this place! Lon: Did an evil power help me? I do not know! But my desire to get rid of the brat came true Jake is gone and now Laurie loves me best Laurie loves me best Roland is in bad shape But the medicine shows rapid action He's stronger than most Walter has lost Jake’s scent And is full of rage For a clue he killed Arra He's just a child whose father died His world fell apart He misses him dearly He needs love and security Laurie didn't watch over him Roland of Gilead Guns wrought of the legendary sword Just a child Is this destiny? As soon as he closes his eyes The painted pictures come to life A massive dark tower in the clouds As soon as he closes his eyes The painted pictures come to life A massive dark tower in the clouds Could the sorcerers cast iron will break it down
6.
The Gunslinger's Creed music: Martin Schnella lyrics & vocal melodies: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella I. Roland's Revenge Jake has a bad feeling While he's opening the front door Lon is lying on the floor His worst fears come true His mother is also dead Only ashes are left behind He breaks down in tears His whole world is falling apart A message on the wall Walter was there Roland: I will kill him for both of us! Jake: What about the tower? My mum died, so you could have your revenge? You know the seer was right You've lost your faith! You're not a Gunslinger, anymore! We shall go our separate ways! Roland: When I was younger, I would recite the Gunslingers Creed It calms the heart and the mind I haven't spoken it in years Your shine is your weapon and guns are mine Let's speak these old words Creed: I do not aim with my hand He who aims with his hand - has forgotten the face of his father I aim with my eye I do not shoot with my hand He who shoots with his hand - has forgotten the face of his father I shoot with my mind I do not kill with my gun He who kills with his gun - has forgotten the face of his father I kill with my heart Just a thoughtless moment Walter takes his chance The Fake-Skins kidnap Jake II. The Sorcerer – Reign Of Darkness Walter: Gunslinger, did you miss me? I guess you did! First you want to save the tower Then kill the Man In Black You're like a dog fetching a stick over and over You tell the kid that everyone that walks with you dies by my hand? Your soft skinned mother? Your Gunslinger friends? Your whimpering excuse for a dad? Haha! We both know that no matter who crosses the finish line The universe will die eventually Death always wins – that's the deal All hail the crimson king The world is in his hands The reign of darkness will begin Jake: Roland, they are taking me to that place Be careful I will show you the portal code you need And use my shine to keep it open All hail the crimson king The world is in his hands The reign of darkness will begin Roland: Hang on, I'm coming for you Everywhere he flees, I will follow And save the tower That's what I'm fighting for All hail the crimson king The world is in his hands The reign of darkness will begin III. The Secret Place Of No Return Walter: All righty, let's go Put everyone out of their misery, shall we? Have a great apocalypse! And let's go Jake! Why are you fighting back? Why do you resist? Your visions didn't bring you to him They brought you to me He doesn't love you Doesn't care for you In fact he's been using you This entire time to get me This is why you're here This is your destiny Roland, you wanted me to face you? Here I am old friend Both arch-enemies Are fighting one another Roland gets wounded by the magic of the Sorcerer With his pure shine Jake reminds Roland of the Credo And helps him to recover In the end the Gunslinger kills the Man In Black with a trick shot And destroys the machine, Saves Jake and the other children The red sky turns into blue Warm and bright the sun is shining As of today and for all time The tower stands at the center of the universe Protecting us from darkness IV. Our Savior See the Man In Black Fled across the desert The boy with that pure shine And the Gunslinger followed Jake with that pure shine He will be our savior Roland of Gilead Saved the Dark Tower He's the Man In Black And he fled across the desert Jake with that pure shine And Roland of Gilead followed The boy with that pure shine Will he be our savior And the Gunslinger saved the Dark Tower

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„The Pure Shine“ is based on the novel „The Dark Tower“ by Stephen King

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released December 10, 2019

All music written by Martin Schnella except (1) by Marek Arnold & Martin Schnella
All lyrics & vocal melodies by Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Music arranged by Martin Schnella, Marek Arnold, Niklas Kahl, Jimmy Keegan, Lars Lehmann
String Arrangements (2, 3, 4, 6) by Nathan Brenton, (1) by Marek Arnold & Nathan Brenton

Flaming Row is:
Melanie Mau: Lead Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Harmony Vocals (3, 4, 5, 6)
Martin Schnella: Lead Vocals (1, 3, 4, 6), Harmony Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), 6- & 12- String Acoustic Guitars (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), 6-, 7- & 8-String Electric Guitars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Classic Guitar (6), Baritone Guitars (5, 6) Bass Guitar (1, 6- End Section)
Marek Arnold: Piano (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Organ (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Mellotron (2, 3, 4, 5), Synth (2, 4, 5), Strings (1) , Soprano Sax (1, 4, 5, 6) Alto Sax (5), Tenor Sax (5)
Niklas Kahl: Drums (2, 4)

Guest Musicians
Lars Lehmann: Bass Guitar (2, 3, 4) & Fretless Bass (3, 4)
Dave Meros: Bass Guitar (5, 6), Bass Synth (5)
Jimmy Keegan: Drums (1, 3, 4, 6), Cajon (3), Vocals (1)
José Pepe Jimenez: Latino Percussion (3)
Nathan Brenton: Cello and Orchestra Arrangements (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
Eric Brenton: Violin, Viola (1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
Jens Kommnick: Low Whistle (1, 3, 4, 6), Tin Whistle (3, 6), Uilleann Pipes (3, 4, 6),
Cello (1, 3, 5), Violin (1), Mandolin (3, 6)
Fabian Gödecke: Marching Toms (6)
Siobhán Kennedy: Lead Vocals (4), Spoken Words (1, 6)
Johan Hallgren: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 6)
Glynn Morgan: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Alexander Weyland: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 6)
Mathias Ruck: Lead Vocals (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Ossy Pfeiffer: Lead Vocals (5)
Gary Wehrkamp: Vocals (1, 5)
Leo Margarit: Vocals (1, 5, 6)
David Anderson: Spoken Words (4, 5)
Anish Jewel Mau: Spoken Words (4, 5)

Drawings: Isa Hausa Illustrations
Artwork & Design: Martin Huch

All instruments and vocals recorded by Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Recording Studio, Germany 2012 - 2019 except:

Lars Lehmann recorded his Bass Guitars in Hannover, Germany
Eric & Nathan Brenton recorded their strings in Tustin, California/USA
Jens Kommnick recorded his celtic instruments @Pure Sonic Studio, in Langelsheim by Jost Schlüter
Jimmy Keegan recorded his Drums in Los Angeles/USA
Dave Meros recorded his Bass Guitars in Sacramento, California/USA
Johan Hallgren recorded his vocals in Eskilstuna, Sweden
Alexander Weyland recorded his vocals in Germany
Ossy Pfeiffer recorded his vocals @ Frida Park Studios in Hannover, Germany
Siobhán Kennedy recorded her vocals in Wremen, Germany
Glynn Morgan recorded his vocals in Lichfield, UK
Gary Wehrkamp recorded his vocals @ NewHorizon Studios in Pennsylvania/USA
Leo Margarit recorded his vocals in Eskilstuna, Sweden

Mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Recording Studio, Osterode/Germany 2019

www.gray-matters.de
www.facebook.com/flamingrow
contact: martinschnella@gmx.de

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