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The Oblivion Tales

a Studio release
Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella

Release Year: 2017

Date Label Catalog # Comments
27 Nov 2017 CD, DIgital

Words & music by: Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Arrangements by: Melanie Mau, Martin Schnella, Niklas Kahl, Lars Lehmann & Jens Kommnick
Mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella @ Overlodge Recording Studio, Badenhausen/Germany 2017

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 12/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/29/2017 11:05:00 AM by: Marc
  1. The Spire And The Old Bridge - 5:19
  2. Treasured Memories - 6:09
  3. Words Become A Song - 4:35
  4. Close To The Heart - 5:04
  5. The Horseshoe - 7:54
  6. Wild West - 5:43
  7. My Dear Children - 6:57
  8. Die Zwerge Vom Iberg - 8:16
  9. The Dwarfs King - 6:04
  10. Erinnerungen - 5:40
  11. Melanie's Theme - 5:39

Melanie Mau
Lead- & Backing Vocals

Martin Schnella
Lead- & Backing Vocals, Acoustic- & Electric Guitars, Baritone Guitar, Mandoline, Shaker

Niklas Kahl
Cajon, Bongos, Yambu, Djembe, Shaker, Percussion, Drums

Fabian Gödecke

Lars Lehmann
Bass, Fretless Bass, Vocals


Jens Kommnick: Tin Whistles, Low Whistles, Uilleann Pipes, Cello
Stephan Wegner: Vocals (1-3,10)
Jimmy Keegan: Drums (7-9)
Dave Meros: Bass (9)
Eric Brenton: Violin & Viola (2)
Nathan Brenton: Cello (2)
Rachel Hall: Violin (7)
Tobias Reiss: Piano (6)
Martin Huch: Dobro (6)
Jan Reinartz: Spoken Words (8)

Reviewed by Marc on 29 Dec 2017

The Oblivion Tales is a folk/rock/prog album by German duo Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella. Although a duo, they are asssited by a large group of talented musicans, mostly on acoustic instruments.

Main man Martin Schnella has been a member of metal bands, but there is no metal to be heard on The Oblivion Tales. On the other hand, his playing is very dynamic, even on mandolin, so I guess that his experience in metal serves him in this alter ego role.

The other main character is Melanie Mau, her delicate yet dynamic singing (kind of reminding me of Maggie Reilly) is a strong asset to the record. She is often supported by Schnella that is also a fine singer. The majority of songs are in English with two in German. Most tracks are in the five to eight minutes range and they all offer more than enough space for instrumental interplay. The album ends with a very nice acoustic guitar instrumental.

Musically, on the longer proggier tracks, I am somewhat reminded of White Willow's first album. On the other more rock oriented songs I can't take of any acceptable references. One thing is for sure. The Oblivion Tales, for all the good reasons (i.e. great singing, writing, production, musicianship...) is one of the better albums I have heard in 2017.

Highly recommended indeed!!