Looking-Glass-Self (demo line-up) – André Matos (Vocals), Markus Steffen (Guitars), Oliver Holzwarth (Bass) and Alexander Holzwarth (Drums)
If you’re here because you’re a fan of Sieges Even and you’re hoping for another dose of Watchtowerish prog metal, I’ve got some really bad news for you. If you’re just here to find out about an interesting progressive band and don’t have any preconcieved notions about LGS, I’ve got great news for you. The great news is that this is an excellent band … the news you may consider bad is that this isn’t even vaguely prog metal by any definition I’ve ever conceived of.
Looking-Glass-Self is comprised of three former members of Sieges Even, namely Markus Steffen, SE‘s original guitarist, and the brothers Holzwarth, Oliver on bass and Alex on drums. Their demo EP featured the vocals of Brazilian singer André Matos, formerly of Angra, but for reasons I don’t know, he has now parted ways with the remaining band members and they are looking for a new vocalist. In the meantime, the Holzwarths have busied themselves working with Blind Guardian on Nightfall in Middle Earth and Angra on Angel’s Cry, and Alex is the current drummer for Rhapsody, performing on 2000′s Dawn of Victory and 2001′s Rain of a Thousand Flames.
Musically, LGS is about as far from thrash or prog metal as you can get. There is a lot of guitar picking, to the point where it really sounds like classical spanish guitar or flamenco sometimes, but with a nice rock backbeat (and no castañets). It’s also got some slight resemblence to ’80′s King Crimson as far as fast repeated sequences go, but this is far more acoustic and organic. It’s quite unique, really, and not metallic at all. I do hope these gents are able to find a singer and put out a real album. In the meantime, you can download most of their EP and some work in progress on their web site. Check ‘em out. — Fred Trafton