For this album Dutch synthesizer artist Gert Emmens decided to stick to trusty old analogue instruments from the 1970's and 1980's, using CV / gate technology and analogue sequencers to control the machines instead of MIDI. Every piece of equipment used on "Metamorphosis" is analogue and is of at least 20 years vintage. Thematically, we've got Gert exploring various stages of human existence and the effects that the events in our lives have upon our psyche and spirit. "Stratagem of Morality" kicks off with subtle effects before a nice warm pad is introduced. I am reminded a bit of Gert's piece "The Morning After" from the "Analogy" series of samplers (also done on just analogue instruments). A warm lead melody is heard. Gert's style is easily recognizable and yet here, it is infused even more with those nostalgic 70's cosmic sensibilities, especially when the heavy synth drone followed by synth string slabs come in, bringing in the best of the "Encore"-era Tangerine Dream to mind. Quite dark it is, too, especially for Gert, whose style had softened a bit in the last several years. A welcome change, I must add. I adore this edgier, rockier side of Gert's music. Nice, fat (and I really mean fat) sequencers start in a relaxed pace, propelling the piece forward, infusing it with a cosmic grandeur and a sense of purpose. Once the rhythm starts, we are taken to a more familiar territory, with reflective flute leads and warm, flowing pads. The track ends with the same kind of effects that were heard at the beginning. Wonderful reflective pads get "Collision" underway. It is not long, before a rhythm starts and a typical melodic section by Gert follows, although the whole sounds more sparse and somehow more to-the-point. The sequences are virtually absent at this stage but do appear after a while. A wonderful progression of solos and melodic bits follows - relaxed, stately and majestic. Some of the solos have that typical jazzy flair that Gert seems to love so much. A brighter section comes next, with sequences sounding more optimistic and a flying jazzy solo. "Empathy" gets loaded with warm pads at the beginning but then a sequence takes over. A very Tangerine Dream-like section follows with super-fine sequencing and typical Gert Emmens soloing. This track is more focused, incessant and driving that what has come before. It's one of the instances where the relatively short length of the piece is actually a big plus. During 7 minutes Gert gives us a nice flight through cosmic realms and inner worlds. "Emotive Disparity" is a 2-minute curio created on a Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer. This track is atmospheric and features nice sound design by Gert. I wish that he would work more within this style in the future. "Pace of Voyage" starts with a distorted sequence that gradually restores its melodic qualities before being joined by a warm pad. A distant solo is a welcome change, just as the laserfire rhythm that appears after a few seconds. Nice fusion-y touches give the track a special flair. A section filled with synth pads gives way for a melodic sequence that just ebbs and flows. Smooth melodies complete the picture. Oh, and that female voice lead melody is just fantastic. White noise effects (like the sound of crashing waves) herald the coming of "Opaque Divergence". They are immediately joined by smooth warm pads and a soothing melody that just gets under your skin. This is a more romantic Gert Emmens, some might say New Agey, but still recognizably him. The symphonic qualities of this piece make it stand out from the rest of his output. However, a marching sequence eventually forms from under the blanket of smooth pads. A direct rhythm launches the piece into space. Like a rocket, it flies past planets and stars, on top of fat pulsations and majestic melodies. Rich, rich sounds are used on this track; they penetrate your ears with ease, touching your inner senses. A lengthy stretch of wave sounds finish off this majestic, nostalgic EM work. This album, released on Groove label, is complimented by a nice booklet and an extensive gear list. Needless to say, the analogue instruments sound incredible and like nothing on Earth. They just can't be matched in what they are doing best and Gert proves once again that he can handle these instruments with ease, as a truly professional musician with a solid experience in the field. From an artistic point of view, this album has got some darker, edgier moments that I found hugely appealing. A must for fans of Gert Emmens, analogue electronics or EM in general.