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Human Reparation

by Marquette

The long awaited debut album from this German Band joins Progmetal and Retro-Prog with elements of Jazz and New Artrock in impressive fashion, creating a truly unified style in the process.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mystery Train
4:57 $0.99
2. Awaken in a New World
5:16 $0.99
3. Adam Und Eva
3:02 $0.99
4. The Mirror
9:28 $0.99
5. Syncope of Obscure Nature
4:06 $0.99
6. Mass Hysteria
6:05 $0.99
7. Cancer
8:23 $0.99
8. My Green Garden
4:07 $0.99
9. The Last Kiss
7:12 $0.99
10. La Grande Vallée
3:41 $0.99
11. Lost At Sea
18:01 $0.99
12. Grandmother's Musicbox
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Marquette – Human Reparation is a progressive rock milestone for Mastermind Markus Roth and Achim Wierschem. Human Reparation seamlessly joins Progmetal and Retro-Prog with elements of Jazz and New Artrock in impressive fashion, creating a truly unified style in the process. Drawing inspiration from contemporary bands and artists such as Dream Theater, Steven Wilson, Opeth, and Haken, as well as from the great tradition spearheaded by Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Return to Forever, and Gentle Giant, Human Reparation shows that Progressive Rock made in Germany needs not shy from comparisons to the great music made by British, American or Scandinavian bands. In sum, the album features 12 Songs and a total of 79 minutes filled to the brim with bombastic keyboards, epic guitar work, and accomplished, powerful vocals by a number of singers.

Songs to check out: 18-minute long track „Lost at Sea“

Marquette is:
Markus Roth – Keyboards, Drums, Guitar, Composing & Production
Achim Wierschem – Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Composing,

Mike Hartman - Vocals
Karsten Frohn – Vocals on Last Kiss
Benedikt Potjan – Vocals on My Green Garden
Sven Lendt – Piano and Orchestra on La Grande Vallée
Reiner Wendland – Acoustic Guitar on The Mirror
Vlad Porochovnikov – 2nd Guitar on Last Kiss and Awaken In A New World
Andreas Krämer – lyrics for Last Kiss

Cover Artwork Jef De Corte
Paintings by Brigitte Potjan and Rosemarie Hauser
Mastering at double D Studios Oberhausen by Fritz Fey & Achim Wierschem



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Tonny Larsen CD review on to be one of this years best albums!!
I am gladly surprised by this band and album, they really touch a musical nerve in/with me, just like Corvus Stone also do/did, without comparison other than both bands seem to linger in the 70 ´sound (always great!) Marquette really trives in old school sound, instrumentation and delivery, but also with a fresh approach in arrangement and production!

The opening track " Mystery train" comes out full steam, with thundering drums, bass, keyboard flushes and superb lead guitars from Achim. An instrumental tour de Force.

This album absolutely brims with excellent tunes, great songs and even though it has a running time of : 78:46 minutes, there is not a second of a dull moment!

You get clear crisp sound and production! The Album written, produced & mixed by Markus Roth and with plenty of time changes, breaks and brilliant muscianship..expect powerplay, keyboard washes, superb lead guitar , tight bass and drum and some really fine lead vocals.

Boasting 12 superb tracks of which half is intrumental, like the aforementioned band CS Marquette also dare to bring back wah pedal guitar soli and a style that really is a hommage to the 70´ classic rock/prog.

It is, mind you not only powerrock-prog tunes here.. you also get some very beautiful interludes - listen to "Adam und Eva" oh and there´s the ever presence of Achim´s lead guitars, soaring, shining...often a thing of beauty- listen to "The Mirror") and to his acoustic work on the excellent "Syncope of Obscure Nature".

Yes you guessed it, this album goes straight to my private collection and with a high praise as one of this years best albums!! Recommended to all lovers of great music !! I started out thinking ,,,½ rating...but with real music grew and grew and I have no other choice than to rate it ,,,,½ (saving half a star for their..hopefully next release!) You can NOT live without this album/band..honestly!! GO !!

Marquette - Human Reparation

Review – Marquette – Human Reparation – by Terry DeLien
Review – Marquette – Human Reparation – by Terry DeLien
Marquette Human Reparation

WHAT’S UP PROG-NATION?!?! It’s your boy, Terry DeLien, sometimes guest-host of PROG-WATCH and I am out to strain the shows relationship with Progradar even further by expecting Martin to publish my half-baked reviews!!!!

Marquette (Markus Roth and Achim Wierschem) have just blown my mind! An unwritten axiom of prog rock is that instrumentals are either the exception or the rule. When a prog group does a lot of quality instrumentals then their vocal pieces are almost always lower quality. (Anglagard, Tangerine Dream, lyrical Focus… etc.) A lot of times an otherwise vocal band will start off instrumental for the first track and then do nothing but vocal tracks afterwards (I am looking at you Ciccada and Druckfarben, et. Al.)

So ‘Human Reparation’ came as a bit of a surprise. It looks like it’s going to follow a fairly standard prog formula when it begins, starting off with the rocking instrumental, Mystery Train, and then moving into a strong vocal track, Awaken in a New World, with good lyrics and vocals by Roth. It then takes a turn for the unique by giving us THREE MORE exceptional instrumental tracks before Markus sings again. Track 3 is Adam und Eva, a slow, solo, piano piece,followed by The Mirror, a mostly up tempo suite that clocks in over 9 minutes and is one of my favorite bits on the album. Next we get a piece that, down to its name, says “Hi, we are from Germany and we like Tangerine Dream!!!” Syncope of Obscure Nature is a title that could have fallen off of almost ANY of Dreams “Pink Year’s” albums, indeed, most of their 70’s albums. The music on ‘Syncope’ tends to represent bits of TD style from the 80’s on into the 2000’s distilled into a cohesive 4 minute piece.

Hold up, It’s time to rock’n’roll again with another vocal piece called Mass Hysteria. Don’t misunderstand, though! Marquette expertly set the stage between the slow, mellow and the hard rocking pieces to keep the mood throughout the album, and they PROG HARD with the tempo and time signature changes. Cancer, another well-put-together instrumental suite, follows before we head into the slightly more ‘vocal heavy’ last half.

My Green Garden is not a bad track, there are none on the album, but it is my least favorite. It’s the one I would probably not play outside the context of the album. Sandwiched between Cancer and the amazing The Last Kiss, however, it fits perfectly. One last instrumental La Grande Vallee where Achim rocks out on the guitar to mellow keyboard support, and then it’s on to (BRING ON THE EPIC!!!) the epic of the album.

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Here is the part where I would like to talk about the “five listens” rule. It is a belief of mine that music of any artistic merit cannot be judged on the strength of one hearing. I think you need at least five listens to a piece or album to judge and I have seen many opinions, including my own, revised over the course of five listens. (Sometimes, for the worse… I favorably reviewed one band’s 2015 prog effort after listening twice only to have it fail in my own personal playlist.)

That said, I think sometimes epics and concept albums require more than that. As I listen to Lost At Sea, the 18-minute penultimate track from ‘Human Reparation’, I can hear that it has everything a great prog concept piece needs in the music and the lyrics, but I am not at the point yet where it is making the same kind of connections in the brain as All of the Above or Echoes… Of course, neither did those, at first. I feel like, in this case, it will get there! Finally, we mellow out with a shorter vocal piece called Grandmother’s Music Box…The spell complete, Marquette fades out the magical trance and returns us to the real world.

This is my favorite prog album of this year, so far! Beautifully written, performed, produced and with no way to pigeonhole their sound. You can hear hints of influences (Porcupine Tree for example on Awaken in a New World) but the music is overwhelmingly original. Marquette have made an original, modern prog album, and that is so important because there are just too many bands with debut albums that are a total pastiche (RPWL, The Watch and I.Q. et. Al, not that they haven’t moved on to wonderful things). ‘Human Reparation’ also features a lot of good energy and can keep your attention for the full 78 minutes, which is also rare.

‘Human Reparation’ has been out since July of 2015 and currently holds the top spot on my list of 2015 new releases. (Sorry, ‘Skyline’… I love you, too but there it is!)

Nice job Markus and Achim… can’t wait to see what you do with Marquette #2!!!!!
Released 1st July 2015.