Johannes Maria Knoll is an Austrian guitar player, composer, and author who has worked with various international artists.
Intensity and passion are two words I would use to describe the music Johannes Maria Knoll creates. With each riff, breakdown, and change up he gets your heart to quicken and releases your mind so you can create your own musical story, with his music. Transcended will truly take you on a spiritual adventure that by the end I wouldn't be surprised everyone has a moment of enlightenment.
The Fall of Man is the perfect way to start off your musical adventure. The guitar really drives in the melody and has a carnal cadence to it, like you are a hunter going after the life you want. The change ups are the obstacles you overcome and the melody is your moments of pride for overcoming those obstacles. Honestly while I listened to the song, it has a very Soundgarden-esqu vibe to it, which anyone who knows me, knows Soundgarden is near and dear to my heart. I love how this song keeps your mind active, in a sense, because of all the change ups within the rhythm and style of the song. You cannot predict what is going to happen next in the song and that creates almost a sense of danger, which is quite enticing and not something easily done. Yet it is done in such a polished way, it does not sound chaotic or sloppy. Everything fits together in perfect harmony.
The Fall of Man -- Johannes Maria Knoll
One of my personal favorites was The Great Flood. There were some electronica elements mixed into the gritty hard rock rhythm. Also a testament to Johannes skill was the way he could make the guitar "speak", so no lyrics were needed. The guitar gave body to the song and added this unique element that I don't hear very often in instrumental music. It actually had an almost guttural aquatic sound which suited the song title perfectly. You could envision yourself almost drowning within the music only to be saved at the end with a musical epiphany.
Each song has their own story to tell, and no two are even remotely alike. One that I believe will speak to the inner dancer in all of us is Resurrection. It has such a haunting melody, your soul immediately begins to move with it. With each chord of the guitar it reflects a movement of the body and before you know it, you are completely consumed and you just have to allow it to move your body. Even if its just to sway to the rhythm. Then it changes up the tempo and brings that fire inside to overcome all that has been holding you back. The music gives you strength to fight and become reborn. And with your rebirth you can finally become your enlightened self and help others reach that euphoric peacefulness you now have within your heart. Because even in death, there is an opportunity to be reborn. You only need to want it, to escape the darkness, to release the shackles of what society or the world has made you believe. To give in and accept that eventually, everything will turn out the way it was meant to be.
Something I respect a great deal with the entire Transcended album is how Johannes Maria Knoll creates spiritual music without forcing listeners to conform to his beliefs. Which is what I honestly believe spirituality is, it's a personal belief system, meaning it's all up to our interpretation. We are not here to force our views upon others, rather express ourselves and learn from each other to become better people. And even if you are not spiritual you will certainly enjoy his music because he allows you to create your own beliefs, stories, and visuals. It is refreshing for spiritual music to be open minded, and it's a great way for the artist to share a part of their soul with the listeners and allow themselves to become vulnerable to the world while sharing something so sacred like religion, spirituality, and beliefs. For that alone, he has my admiration. Thank you for making a safe haven where everyone can have their own enlightened journey regardless if they are of a different faith.
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