BLIND EGO is the solo project of Kalle Wallner:
… The gifted guitarist from the German prog act RPWL.
…is a brand new single taken from his forthcoming album ‘Liquid’, Wallner’s first solo
record in seven years…‘Liquid’ and will be released on 21st October.
Fluid. Powerful. Mighty. ‘Liquid’ is both the title and description that Kalle Wallner has chosen to give
his latest work. And there is hardly a better one suited to describe the different flows and streams that
propel these nine new songs forward. The listener can feel the unforgiving force of mighty waves while,
mere moments later, the melodic intensity of the music evokes that comforting feeling that we have all
felt when floating in the delicate surf: hovering, elegant yet exciting and stirring. Everyone knows that
‘water is life’, and yet the rapid power of destruction is also inherent in this element.
It also makes a neat analogy for the schizophrenic nature of Wallner’s new record. At times ‘Liquid’
appears to be pitch black, aggressive and heavy, while in different moments the music exudes a sense of
crystal clearness and cleansing freshness. From the outset, ‘Liquid’ pulses elegantly and radiates the
powerful intensity of the purest form of life. Simultaneously, however, it also allows the listener to feel
the violent anger of the artist.
Wallner took seven years to complete his third solo effort. While 2007’s debut ‘Mirror’ sounded smooth
and almost melancholic, the Bavarian born musician employed the metaphorical steam hammer on
2009’s ‘Numb’, serving up a tough as nails hard rock monster that was heavily influenced by metal.
‘Liquid’ now fuses these two earlier approaches without merely being a thrown together sum of its parts
and the result is songs that offer everything from mighty hard rock melodies to brutal heavy metal riffing
action all the way to emotionally charged passages. ‘Liquid’ ultimately completes a comprehensive
artistic process that saw its beginning years ago. In the centre is Wallner’s virtuosic yet effective style of
guitar playing that unifies all the energy streams in one collective soul.
In order to breathe life into his musical vision, Wallner assembled an illustrious international supergroup:
Michael Schwager, formerly of Dreamscape, can be found behind the drums, with Sebastian Harnack
(Sylvan), Ralf Schwager (Subsignal) and Heiko Jung (Panzerballett) taking turns on bass. The line-up is
completed by a trio of vocalists consisting of Erik Blomkvist from Sweden, Subsignal’s Dutch frontman,
Arno Menses, plus American import Aaron Brooks of Simeon Soul Charger. Finally, the perfect production
is courtesy of Gentle Art of Music’s grand maestro Yogi Lang.