|In summer 1996 Ziff were
invited to the annual Pepsi Sziget festival in Budapest
where they impressed the audience as much as the
headliners Slash, Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop and Peter Hammill
did. During this festival, one of Ziff's new songs,
Hellraiser's Legacy was presented for the first time live
- receiving an enthusiastic reaction.
Since then, the four musicians have been working to record their second album "Sanctuary" which is available now from Angular Records. Needless to say, the band's performance and profile have progressed a lot with the new songs - and so does the production: compared to "Stories", much more refined studio equipment and recording techniques have been used to optimize the sound of "Sanctuary".
Without changing their musical style significantly, the new songs exhibit Ziff's preference for the dark side of life. In order to orchestrate daily horror as well as nightmarish scenarios, mighty keyboard sounds and a powerful guitar merge perfectly together, creating the ideal soundtrack for fate and doom. Hellraiser's Legacy, a ten minutes killer song, features lyrics inspired - and authorized - by bestseller author Clive Barker. Fans of mystery and horror will shiver in the gloomy atmospheres of The Night Demon and Graveyard Confession.
More bedded in reality are the socio-critical songs Exclamation Mark and the melancholy ballad So Many Dreams. All those who like long tracks will certainly love the 15 min. epic The Lost Universe, a story about the facade in front of, and the terrible truth behind all our lives.
In order to exceed even further the listeners expectations of Ziff's new CD, famous US singer Lana Lane is featured on the album contributing guest vocals on two songs. The whispered mysteries in The Night Demon and her duet with Achim Frick in Give Me Sanctuary will definitely make your skin creep! And there are more surprises - you'll have to listen to the album to uncover them all!
Exclusively for this CD, several thrilling paintings have been made by Germany's top-notch performers in the Progressive Rock sector. Rainer Kalwitz, known from "Stories" and many other recent CD projects, supplies two drawings to make the album a pleasure both for eyes and ears.
No doubt, "Sanctuary" is a real must, not only for collectors of Progressive Rock highlights.
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