Origin: Germany  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Sieges Even

A standout progressive thrash band of the late eighties and nineties, Sieges Even's first two albums prompted several comparisons to Watchtower, to the point that Watchtower themselves were reportedly not too happy at the similarity. The comparisons were indeed apt, as Life Cycle in particular did sound very much like early Watchtower. But by the time of A Sense Of Change the band had moved on and broadened its sound, here sounding a bit like more recent Rush. With a new guitarist and a new vocalist, Sophisticated continued the direction shift, sounding slightly less progressive than their earlier efforts (though the musicianship level remains high) and has a slightly more commercial sound. They broke up shortly after 1997's Uneven release, but a new lineup emerged in 2003, and that lineup released two studio albums and the band's only live album, Playgrounds. They abruptly announced their second breakup in September 2008 due to the familiar "internal differences".

Last Lineup

Arno Menses

vocals

Markus Steffen

guitars

Oliver Holzwarth

bass (guest for Blind Guardian, ex-Coldseed, ex-Paradox, ex-Rhapsody Of Fire)

Alex Holzwarth

drums (ex-Angra, ex-Avantasia, Dol Ammad, ex-Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, ex-Paradox, ex-Rhapsody Of Fire, ex-Serious Black, Turilli/Lione Rhapsody)

Former Members/Guests

Franz Herde

vocals

Jogi Kaiser

vocals

Greg Keller

vocals

Wolfgang Zenk

guitars

Boerg Keller

keyboards



Discography


Life Cycle  
1988 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Repression & Resistance
  2. Life Cycle
  3. Apocalyptic Disposition
  4. The Roads to Illiad
  5. David
  6. Straggler from Atlantis
  7. Arcane
  • Franz Herde
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



Steps  
1990 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Tangerine Windows Of Solace
  2. Steps
  3. Corridors
  4. The Vacuum Tube Processor
  5. An Act Of Acquiescence
  6. Anthem Chapter I
  7. Anthem Chapter II
  • Franz Herde
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



A Sense Of Change  
1991 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Prelude: Ode To Sisyphus
  2. The Waking Hours
  3. Behind Closed Doors
  4. Change Of Seasons
  5. Dimensions
  6. Prime
  7. Epigram For The Last Straw
  8. These Empty Places
  • Jogi Kaiser
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



Sophisticated  
1995 Under Siege
  1. Reporter
  2. Trouble Talker
  3. Middlecourse
  4. Sophisticated
  5. Dreamer
  6. World
  7. Wintertime
  8. Mind Journey
  9. War
  10. Quarrell
  • Greg Keller
  • Wolfgang Zenk
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



Uneven  
1997 Solid Rock
  1. Disrespectfully Yours
  2. What If?
  3. Trainsong
  4. Rise And Shine
  5. Scratches In The Rind
  6. Different Pace
  7. What's Up God?
  8. Love As Warm As Tears
  • Greg Keller
  • Wolfgang Zenk
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Boerg Keller
  • Alex Holzwarth



The Art Of Navigating By The Stars  
2005 Inside Out
  1. Intro: Navigating By The Stars
  2. Sequence I: The Weight
  3. Sequence II: The Lonely Views Of Condors
  4. Sequence III: Unbreakable
  5. Sequence IV: Stigmata
  6. Sequence V: Blue Wide Open
  7. Sequence VI: To The Ones Who Have Failed
  8. Sequence VII: Lighthouse
  9. Sequence VIII: Styx
  • Arno Menses
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



Paramount  
2007 Inside Out
  1. When Alpha And Omega Collide
  2. Tidal
  3. Eyes Wide Open
  4. Iconic
  5. Where Our Shadows Sleep
  6. Duende
  7. Bridge To The Divine
  8. Leftovers
  9. Mounting Castles In The Blood Red Sky
  10. Paramount
  • Arno Menses
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth



Playgrounds  LIVE
2008 Inside Out
  1. When Alpha And Omega Collide
  2. Tidal
  3. Unbreakable
  4. The Waking Hours
  5. Iconic
  6. These Empty Places
  7. Duende
  8. Paramount
  9. The Lonely Views Of Condors
  10. The Weight
  • Arno Menses
  • Markus Steffen
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Holzwarth




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