Age Of Straw
Review by Willard Manus

Markus Apitius, the remarkable Cologne-based composer/musician/singer, has just released his latest album, AGE OF STRAW. And what an album it is, packed with twelve intense, powerful songs about the dark, troubled world we live in.

Apitius has always been a fearless artist, unafraid to take chances, try new things, defy public opinion. In AGE OF STRAW he goes beyond what he has done before, attacking the complacencies and hypocrisies of the age. A case in point is our typical mealy-mouthed response to an evil deed like a school shooting: “our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.”

Here is Apitius’s reaction:

“Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers,
that’s all we’re willing to give cause it’s
the cheapest way. We pretend to think and pray,
should I join ISIS or the NRA?”

Apitius goes on from there to attack “The Blah Blah Brothers” (politicians who don’t have an agenda to sell except racism), Mad King John (“who thinks himself a hero but then turns into Nero”), and Little Princes (“your poppa told you to be strong, and momma says you can do no wrong, but you prefer blind belief causing trouble and grief, yeah”).

Apitius’ all-out assault on our social ills–-and on our shallow, greedy, power-hungry leaders–-is a brave and defiant one. He is an artist who speaks truth to power, in the tradition of Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Frank Zappa. In short, he is one of Germany’s most daring and courageous musical talents.

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