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Project: Patchwork - Ultima Ratio

Ultima Ratio is an album from the band Project: Patchwork and this is a project of Gerd Albers working together with multiple musicians to achieve his vision. Ulitma Ratio is the third album, and the debut Tales From A Hidden Dream came in 2015, and three years later Re|Flection was released.

What started as pastime fun by Gerd Albers 10 or so years ago under the nonchalant name of Project Patchwork, has become one of the most intriguing projects in contemporary prog rock. Featuring a whole armada of guest vocalists and musicians, recruited from cream of the crop bands like Mystery, Subsignal, SSTTGD, Flaming Row, Cosmos, Pink Cream 69, Jossi Sassi Band and with the help from Martin Schnella at engineering and mastering, Gerd Albers and Peter Koll provide a dark themed album, without commiting  a much needed glim of light.

Ultima Ratio a retrospection in the year 2020 – a cruel year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are currently in late winter of 2022 and it´s still not over yet! We are in the middle of the 5th wave now, with very high case rates – higher than ever before! This album and it´s textual concept is not designed for discussing the existence of the virus or the pandemic, it´s an attempt to describe the social results of the long-time lockdown situation and other measures – in Germany and worldwide. And the question is, if this ultima ratio solution is proportional to the consequences of these policies, and if they possibly are more serious and wearing than ever expected?

Tracklist:

1. Ultima Ratio pt. I – Prologue (03:42)

2. New Normality (08:55)

3. Weeks Of Sorrow (06:25)

4. Code Red (06:11)

5. Hope (02:37)

6. Dead-End Street (08:28)

7. Depressed Sentiments (06:17)

8. Keepers Of The Fire (12:46)

9. Ultima Ratio pt. II – Epilogue (02:48)

Line-up:

Lars Köhler (SSTTGD) – vocals

Arno Menses (Subsignal) – vocals

Miriam Kraft – vocals

Olaf Kobbe – vocals

Anne Trautmann (SSTTGD) – vocals

Jean Pageau (Mystery) – vocals, flutes

Gerd Albers – ac. & el.guitars, drums, percussions, backing vocals

Matthias Bangert – bass

Johannes Pott – drums

Marek Arnold (SSTTGD, Cyril, Flaming Row) – keyboards

Daniel Eggenberger (Cosmos) – keyboards

Volker Wichmann – keyboards

   With

Ben Azar – lead guitars

Martin Schnella (Flaming Row) – lead guitars

Marco Wriedt – lead guitars

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6832 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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