Martin Miller – Maze of My Mind Review

The Leipzig, Germany based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter MARTIN MILLER kicks off his solo debut album Maze Of My Mind with the song Something New, which has an incredible sound that could...

Released by: Independent

Release Date: March 31st, 2023

Genre: AOR/Melodic Rock

Links: https://martinmiller.bandcamp.com/album/maze-of-my-mind

 

Line Up:

Martin Miller

 

Tracklist:

1. Something New

2. Fragments

3. Left Inside 

4. Web Of Lies 

5. Compass (Beneath The Lights) 

 

The Leipzig, Germany based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter MARTIN MILLER kicks off his solo debut album Maze Of My Mind with the song Something New, which has an incredible sound that could be labelled as TOTO ish light Symphonic AOR rock with a lovely groovy approach, tempo changes, catchy hooks, a memorable melodic chorus, strong lead- and harmonyvocals and a soaring guitar.

This is everything you want to hear when putting on something new! Martin is a gifted guitarist and singer, kinda like TOMMY DENANDER meets STEVE LUKATHER, with the voice of the WORK OF ART or MR. MISTER singer (and even STEVE PERRY!), so combine all of this and you basically have the MARTIN MILLER sound. The first song Something New has 9 minutes of playing time, but it never gets bored, because of the high quality performance of combining all these melodies from his AOR and Progressive Rock influences. Of course the TOTO link is easily made, because it is like we stepped back in a time machine to the year 1987 when TOTO released The Seventh One, but it still sounds very fresh and up-to-date with an own approach to the classic 80s AOR sound.

Martin did most of it on his own, so this makes it even more exciting! Sensational is one simple word I would describe this! Besides Martin there are a few other musicians appearing on the album, such as SEBASTIAN LANSER (drums), BEN JUD (bass) and MARIUS LEICHT (keys). The opener is a perfect TEN! What follows are 4 more songs in a similar style, sometimes calmer and at other times a bit rockier, mainly in the aforementioned TOTO direction (and a bit of JOURNEY during Fragments).

I am somewhat surprised this is an independent release, because it is one of the strongest AOR / Sympho / Prog related releases in a long time. Martin is amazing on both the guitar and when singing, so all I can say is that you need to check out his first album a.s.a.p.!

 

Written by: Gabor Kleinbloesem

Ratings: Gabor   9/10

 

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