Inquire Within

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Inquire Within was German prog rock band Inquire's first CD, self-released in 1999. Recorded live in the studio, Inquire Within's sound is usually good, although the drums lack body. The band's music fits very well in the progressive rock category, although heavier on guitars. References to Marillion, IQ, Dream Theater, and Irrgarten are in order. Inquire shows good writing capabilities in the album's magnum opus, the 26-minute suite "When Darkness Turns to Light." Shorter pieces tend to be hookier and closer to British neo-prog but still quite interesting, "Kongfrontation" being a good example of this side of the band. If the writing is solid, Inquire reveals itself to be more of a novice outfit in the execution: Thomas Kohls' drums are sloppy and occasionally out of time (something obvious in parts of the aforementioned "Kongfrontation") and Dieter Cromen's vocals lack power and self-confidence. Packaging and artwork, on the other hand, are of professional quality. Inquire Within introduced Inquire to the world, but prog fans would have to wait for the group's second CD, The Neck Pillow, to be able to take the measure of its real talent.

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