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Sieges Even

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Munich, Germany (1985 – 1997, 2004 – 2008)

Sieges Even was a progressive rock/metal band from Munich, Germany. The band was originally formed under the name Sodom (not to be confused by fellow German band Sodom) in the early 80s and released their first demo in 1983 before becoming Sieges Even in 1985.

The only constant members of Sieges Even were brothers Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian) and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, ex-Avantasia, ex-Angra) who performed bass and drums respectively. Original guitarist Markus Steffen originally departed in 1992, but later returned.

Sieges Even’s early works are often criticised for resembling closely those of pioneers Watchtower and then their forerunners Rushbut by the time of the band’s fourth album, Sophisticated (1994), they had left those comparisons behind.

Shortly after 1997’s Uneven the band split, primarily due to the prior commitments of the Holzwarth brothers. However, by 1999 the brothers had begun meeting up with Steffen again and sounding out fledgling new projects. Of these, the project to reach the most advanced stage was arguably Looking-Glass-Self featuring vocalist Andre Matos, however even this project did not progress much further than a four track promo cd when the group parted ways.

It took the trio two years to replace Matos in Looking-Glass-Self, but Dutch unknown Arno Menses was eventually chosen, triggering a name change to Val’paraiso just one year before the 2004 first show once again under the Sieges Even banner. The following 2005 album The Art Of Navigating By The Stars was considered a long overdue comeback and was highly regarded by fans and music press.

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  • longpoke

    STEPS

    12 Jun 1:34pm Reply
  • postmanvosha

    Brilliant band !

    11 Jun 8:27pm Reply
  • qlacs

    The Art.

    29 Apr 8:53am Reply
  • maxson924

    Two years after I got it, I'm finally realizing the brilliance of The Art of Navigating by the Stars. Holy shit.

    21 Mar 4:53am Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Sophisticated = a bit underrated. It rocks a lot.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bashe

    LIFE CYCLE

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • comicsnut

    Well, I'm won. Spent a few horse with a broken leg absolutey lovinf the rcommendation you folks in the community have made! Thahk you so much.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Skaddar

    Needs more listeners.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    STEPS

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    what is FB?

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    STEPS

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gescholle

    Truly superb. The singing on the later albums even surpasses Pain Of Salvation in my opinion. Splendid!

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Thanks, but no FB here.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Arklem

    I invite SIEGES EVEN fans to like their new fb page! https://www.facebook.com/SiegesEven?ref=hl

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • nopuppet

    for people who like watchtower, i'm one :)

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    people shouldn't be allowed to talk about progressive rock/metal until they heard STEPS

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    STEPS

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Arklem

    I invite all fans of progressive music to like the Progressive Rock / Metal page, I am the admin of. The aim is to promote new promising bands, but every fan of the genre will find something interesting there :) We are already more than 9,000, including many bands, musicians, producers and music journalists. We publish all the proposals by fans, so everyone is treated like a member of our team :) Join us! Cheers! Luke https://www.facebook.com/progstuffs?ref=tn_tnmn

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Skaddar

    I like Sieges Even when they write songs that are so complex they are hard to remember in detail. But mk741 is wrong, if he dared to listen to Steps. That is a genious album with terrible vocals. And LaBrie is still a good singer, though.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • longpoke

    STEPS

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
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