Marcel Coenen | Color Journey

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Color Journey

by Marcel Coenen

Progressive metal from a true virtuoso
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Waiting
5:46 $0.99
2. Abstract Impact
4:49 $0.99
3. Patron Saint
5:39 $0.99
4. La Bella Mira
5:28 $0.99
5. Traumatized to the Bone
5:46 $0.99
6. Skill Factor
3:32 $0.99
7. That Moment
5:18 $0.99
8. The Shrink
5:08 $0.99
9. V(erbal) D(efense) M(echanism)
4:17 $0.99
10. New Race
5:03 $0.99
11. Still Bleeding
6:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Colour Journey is the phenomenal second solo album from Sun Caged guitarist Marcel Coenen. Colour Journey will take the listener on a voyage through many musical landscapes that will captivate its audience. Unlike Marcel’s debut solo instrumental album "Guitartalk", Colour Journey features a range of vocalists who has each put their own stamp on their respective tracks - but at the same time features five new instrumental tracks. "Waiting" is a power metal orientated song with Mike Andersson from Cloudscape on vocals. "Abstract Impact" is a Satriani like grooving song, and is the first instrumental. "Patron Saint" is a prog metal song, in the style of Sun Caged. "Skill Factor" is an instrumental fusion track, which also has a bass and drum solo, a very groovy and funky track with jazzy elements. "Traumatized To The Bone" is the heaviest song on the record, and even features Death Grunts. There are four different singers on this song, ranging from a female voice to death metal vox. Colour Journey is an album to suit many moods, and please fans old and new.



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Marcel Coenen - Colour Journey
A Dutch guitarist is a well-known person in the world of progression and most famous for his mother band - Sun Caged. Marcel Martinus Anna Coenen played earlier in such bands like Stormrider, Time Machine, Lemur Voice, Speedica and Fifth, so his name wasn't heard by progressive music fans only. He just played in Sanctus Spiritus in 1998, supporting the Americans of Laaz Rockit. He was regarded as the best solo guitarist of the Netherlands at the same time. His debut album - "Guitartalk" was recorded at home studio a year later. Lasse Mattsson signed the contract with Marcel in 2004 and re-released that CD with three bonus tracks. A cooperation with Lion Music bore many fruits, and rather many precious contacts and guest appearances on other artists' releases the likes of Hubi Meisel, Bob Katsionis and Mistheria. Thus, Marcel isn't a man from nowhere, haha.

The main difference between "Guitartalk" and "Colour Journay" lies in the fact that first one was totally instrumental, next CD inludes as many as seven vocalists. Most of invited artists are Marcel's colleagues of Sun Caged (Paul Villareal, Roel van Helden and Rene Uroon), of Time Machine (Hans In T Zandt - also Cooper Inc.; Richard Ritterbeeks - Jessie Galante as well) and Spike - his dude of Stormbringer. There are also other musicians on Marcel's prestigious list: Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Imaginary), Maurice Brouwers (Engine Of Pain), Mike Andersson (Cloudscape), Hans Reinders (Exit 22) and some other people I am going to mention further. If we face the truth, we will realize that aforementioned players and vocalists belong to Premier League, even though they could have been anonymous in your fatherlands so far. It's high time you were enlightened.

I must admit that chiefly progressive music found his place on "Colour Journey". It's heavy, catchy, melodious, agressive, fast, slow, interesting, tachnical, romantic material, that is absolutely varied. Coenen didn't "lock" his imagination into a small cage, but decided to wander off the deep waters of musical land. He showed us how to "marry" Steve Vai's instrumental hard rock with Michael Romeo's progression in "Abstract Impact"; he proved that he is able to compose gothic-death metal track in "Traumatized To The Bone" (with the aid of Dennis Schreurs of Severe Torture and female vocalists - Collen Gray of Persephone's Dream and Joyce Dijkgraaf of Eleonore); he as well revealed some screts about fusion in "Skill Factor"; composed beautiful instrumental-vocal ballads like "La Bella Mira" and "Still Bleeding"; and showed off his expertise on neoclassical kind of shredding metal in "New Race" at last (it is a continuation of "Race Against Time" from the debut).

With that CD, Marcel convinces us of the fact that he is one of most innovative guitarists in the progmetal world and, of you can be surprised, recorded better music than this one "located" on the first Sun Cage's album.