I`m Not A Hero is the sixth album from the Swiss band Metamorphosis. Switzerland may not strike as a focal point for progressive rock music, but through the years a good number of Swiss bands made themselves a name amongst connoisseurs. Bands like Cosmos, Clepsydra and not least Metamorposis from the French speaking part.
Founder and mastermind Jean-Pierre Schenk has been the only constant member in the 20 year history that began with the debut «After All These Years in 2002. Heavily influenced by the bombastic and symphonic, but rather mellow and harmonic Gilmour-lead later Pink Floyd, they released two more records in quick succession Nobody Cares(2003) and Then All Was Silent (2005), before taking longer breaks for the next two albums, Dark (2009) and The Turning Point (2016), changing to the more art rock sound of Porcupine Tree. «I realized how much music depends on private life» Jean-Pierre Schenk marks. «If things get tough, your music becomes harder, more complicated».
For the newest release I’m Not A Hero, first with PPR, Metamorphosis return to their roots. Not with as much reference to Pink Floyd as in the early works, but still full of beautiful harmonies, grandiose soundscapes and a laid back feel. Melodies, voice, Olivier Guenat’s guitar… goose bumps are guaranteed!
1. Dark World (7:37)
2. I’m Not A Hero (6:15)
3. Little Stars Desintegrate (7:24)
4. When Life Starts Again (3:39)
5. More Is Less (6:42)
6. I Will Leave Tonight (6:43)
7. Leftovers (7:00)
8. So Now What (4:15)
9. So Hard’s The Road (6:52)
– Jean-Pierre Schenk (Vocals, Keyboards)
– Olivier Guenat ( Guitars, Bass)
– Alain Widmer (Drums)
Metamorphosis is the project of Swiss composer/keyboardist/drummer Jean-Pierre Schenk, born in 1953. At age 19, he learned to play drums on his own and a year later, he was already sharing the stage with a number of rock and jazz musicians. In 1971, along with guitarist Giovanni Esposito, he created the band Nature whose music was very much inspired by Pink Floyd. Years later, and after looking for the ever-elusive manager, Nature split up. In 2001, Schenk and Esposito joined forces again and invited bassist Dominique Schlafer aboard. Guitarist David Grillon and flutist Milena Zaharieva, who appear on their first album, would soon become permanent band members also.
All of Metamorphosis ‘ albums still bear a strong Floydian streak, with shades of Eloydian especially Alan Parsons: extremely laid-back music, even melancholic, full of magnificent keyboards and wailing guitars. The compositions are accessible and memorable, the sound is absolutely gorgeous and the vocals, sung by Schenk himself, are as laid back as the music. If you’re in a hurry while listening to this album, you may be expecting fireworks that never come. However, if you like your music warm, serene and peaceful throughout (say, a sort of Pink Floyd without the anger), the album won’t disappoint.
Highly recommended if you like the Floyd’s The Division Bell or A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Should also appeal to fans of Satellite and RPWL, whose vocalist Yogi Lang sounds a bit like Schenk.