LIDOCAINE, second album from DIANOYA, eleven songs, 55 minutes of Progressive metal / rock, with alternative touches, technical music with amazing feeling, more sentiment than Obscurity Divine, quiet music that suddenly explodes, guitar sounds like emotional expression, magnificent music, voice and lyrics, the Polish sentiment is latent on the entire album.
Review by Logan Lee
Hi there PerfectProgers!! Long time no see… Finally I have found some time to listen to music as it should be heard, and there could not be a better way to start this 2013 than discovering this Andromeda album, Manifest Tyranny.
Discover, because the album was released on 2011 but somehow I’ve managed to miss it (I still don’t know how, because Andromeda is among my favorites prog bands). After the amazing live release “Playing of the board” and the previous released studio album “The immunity zone” I thought it would be really hard to match such level, but once again these Swedish guys managed to reach a great level with Manifest Tyranny, released by the “Inner Wound Recordings”.
The album is, in an overall view, very complex and well arranged, musically but also on its lyrics. I really enjoyed reviewing this CD because every time it proposed some new perspectives. For example, at first I did not gave track 7 (Asylum) much attention and afterwards I’ve found it very peculiar and experimental (and in the end… Prog is all about that!).
Nevertheless, my favorite tracks on this Manifest Tyranny are tracks 3 (Stay unaware), 5 (False Flag) and the most complex of them all, in my humble opinion, track 10 (Antidote) not only because of how great they sound but also for what their direct text messages that sounds like an invitation to wake up to the Tyranny hidden in modern society. This theme is something I really care but I will not delay myself here talking about it, but please pay lots of attention also to the Andromeda lyrics here since I believe they have hit the point (as always I might add).
While I am writing this review I am hearing it again, and I have to add another tracks to my favorite list: Lies ‘r’ US and Survival of the richest. I will end this review saying that we have to Stay “AWARE” in order to not allow the sole survival of the “Richest” &“Chosen by (money) God” and to find the “Antidote” against them instead of just “Going back to sleep”. As you might have noticed I am really thankful to Andromeda for the subjects treated on Manifest Tyranny since it reflects my anxiety and hopes on this 2013 start, and my overall (music + lyrics)
vote for this album is 9,5/10.
Lies 'R' Us
Survival of the Richest
Chosen by God
Go Back to Sleep
Johan Reinholdz – Guitar
David Fremberg – Vocals
Thomas Lejon – Drums
Martin Hedin – Keyboards
Linus Abrahamson – Bass
Review by Logan Lee
I have postponed this review on purpose because even though I knew about it and have listened to it a lot of times I had to see them live at least once to attach further information (also for my personal pleasure) for you guys. So, after the review, take a look on the small article about their performance in Rome on the last June 20th .
For what concerns Adrenaline Mob as a super group there’s really little space left for add-ons. The best drummer around, Mike Portnoy, has meet the amazing voice (and charisma) of Russell Allen, not to mention the great guitar player Mike Orlando and powerful Disturbed bass player John Moyer creating a project that I hope will last.
The reason of this hope is Omertà. The best 2012 release so far (on my opinion) has 11 tracks and a vast range of styles and interpretations. Here is a small list of what you will find on Omertà: great guitar riffs; lessons of drums technique; voice versatility; powerful tracks; good songwriting . . . and it could proceed a while.
Well, let’s now talk about the tracks. Omertà opens with a three tracks sequence that is hard to define, Undaunted, Psychosane and Indifferent gives you the kind of energy that we need on this days. I can’t get enough of hearing this 3 tracks and my car CD player seems to understand me.
The rest of the album is equally amazing with no low moments. They have managed to cover it all: energy as abovementioned, a great hit duo as Angels Sky and All in the Line, a Duran Duran cover (in my opinion “improved”) and whatever else you seek on a must have album you will saw in Omertà!
There’s nothing else left to say about it… oh yeah, the vote…I was not forgetting it but it’s quite obvious that it is a perfect for Mike and the MOB!!
See concert review below!
"All on the Line"
"Hit the Wall"
"Come Undone" (Duran Duran cover ft. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm)
"Down to the Floor"
Russell Allen - lead vocals
Mike Orlando - lead guitar
Mike Portnoy - drums, percussion, backing vocals (live)
John Moyer - bass guitar
Live in Rome (@ Orion Club on June 20th 2012) – Article by Logan Lee
Omertà and Mob are a real theme here in Italy, issues still to be resolved, but Mike and the rest of his MOB has turned this themes as positive at least for this once. Only music (particularly Rock and Prog music) has this power nowadays.
The opening band DGM prepared the crowd with almost 50 minutes of amazing prog and surprised me a lot, especially because I did not know they would be there (the concert itself was not well promoted and I happen to hear about it on a radio station that a rarely listen to). After this great entrée and a bit of waiting the roman crowd was gifted by the amazing scene presence of Mike Portnoy and Russell Allen.
The Concert lasted nearly two hours and they have played all Omertà tracks plus some previously released tracks (of their first EP) and an exceptional cover of the Mob Rules. It’s quite impressive to see them playing live in a small reality like Rome (unfortunately prog is not very followed around here) as if they were on a full stadium with Dream Theater, disturbed or Symphony X.
That can be sensed on Russell’s words between tracks when he said that they will put their soul on this project and if they have to start from the beginning they will. It’s a real thing Adrenaline Mob he said. LET’S ALL HOPE for the second album (and to see them around here as soon as possible)!
– Review by Logan Lee
2012. Sumerian Records (USA) / Century Media Records (EUR)
Periphery is a band that really got my attention a few years ago with that particular sound that unleashed the discussion about Djent as another genre or just as another leg of Prog-Metal. I’m just an adherent to the idea of Djent as a sound or maybe the natural evolution inside de whole Prog-Sound world. Beyond any discussion, these guys brought fresh air to the music and passed the test of fire with their first album. Now they come with a new release called Periphery II: This Time it’s personal, and we will see if it lives up to its name…
First track, Muramasa it’s a kind of intro that immediately shows that this time something it’s gonna be different. In addition to the expected modern sound, some symphonic waves and mid-tempos are present, and the vocals are disposed to do anything that takes to blow your head.
Have a Blast it’s the perfect tittle for what comes next. A fresh track plagued of power and a wide variety of different elements that makes it so dynamic. Contretemps and math elements are populating wherever your ears try to reach. I can’t avoid saying that the guitars commanded by Misha and solo by guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan achieve a great job.
Third track is the strong Facepalm Mute, and as you may suspect by the tittle it’s all power in here, until a cool chorus where Sotelo takes his voice to the limits (By the way, this song was composed by him). Another remarkable point is that here that the band sounds so tight even when this time there are more layers of sounds on the tracks. Special mention to Matt Halpern who did an awesome work on drums.
Ji comes just to smash your head with that brutal sound that reminds Meshuggah on its first part contrasted by the arrival of more melodic elements for some passages to finally return to the face-kicking- sound. Great song to be played alive.
Scarlet was already known, it’s really sticky song with a marked melodic line that makes it a perfect single. Even when the math elements are still there, the vocals takes over and lead the song from start until the end with a really easy-to-digest structure. Great song.
Luck as a Constant it’s a great song, result of a perfect mixture between the most pure progressive metal essence and the extreme metal approach to this, reducing the eternal discussion about Djent sound in just one song. Amazing.
Ragnarok brings the extreme side back with a dark sound and a math/mad game through six and a half minutes that can make your head explode with an incredible ease. Towards the end once again Sotelo shows an incredible vocal range that surprises.
The Gods Must Be Crazy is another song marked by the ¨melodic¨side leaded by Sotelo’s voice, but don’t let yourself be fooled because the song also has great a dark section and an awesome progressive mid-passage backing a short but inspired guitar solo.
The single Make Total Destroy is another highlight for the album, made by a perfect mixture between the math elements and a power and sticky chorus where vocals once again make an awesome job, definitely is great song.
Erised brings a torn in the sound of the band, with a light sensation and more atmospheric sounds that surround your head and aloud the bass to take the reins of the song. Palm mute this time stays behind giving prominence to the rhythm section and a very inspired guitar solo with that unmistakable registered seal of the great John Petrucci. Surprising song in a good way.
Epoch is the first breath that the band lets you take, but then arrives Froggin’ Bullfish to remind you that this time is personal. With this track the band once again plays with your head reaching the senses of madness through an interesting structure leaded by Misha on guitars and a solo handled by Wes Hauch (The Faceless)
Mile Zero is another highlight for this album. It has a bit of everything periphery is in perfect doses, especially if we talk about their previous works. Melodies, heavy riffs, math rhythms, extreme vocals, modern sounds, etc, everything is in here.
On the same line the final track, Masamune, takes back some resources of their previous album on a start to after becoming step by step on this new beast that achieves to get open from everything else. Great song to close this second effort of the band.
So is this time personal for Periphery? That’s for sure, and they are responsible to prove it through an album almost without breaths that is able to take your head to lift it and drop it, smash your face and surprise you when you least expected it. This band is coming straight forward to conquer everything they want and probably won’t find sufficient resistance to impede it. Great band, great work.
Have A Blast
Luck As A Constant
The Gods Must Be Crazy!
Make Total Distroy
As I have predicted on my last time reviewing a Suspyre album, this guys from New Jersey (USA) really have an immense growth potential and this new self-titled album is the proof of it.
This is their first album since co-founder and guitarist Rich Skibinsky left the band to start a new career path (personally I think a great guitar player such as Rich will be missed on the prog scenario, but…good luck for him). However, the new guitar due formed by Andrew Distabile and Gregg Rossetti (is it me or isn’t NJ populated by Italians surnames?) really managed to keep the level high.
On this album I could so easily find some cool similarities with some great bands, mostly with Symphony X (if you like Russell Allen’s voice, there’s no way you won’t enjoy Clay Barton’s way of singing), and yet it was also clear that Suspyre is able to experience new musical borders. An example for me is track 5, Fire Dancer, which is also among my favorites alongside tracks 4, 9 and 10, Still bending the Violet, The whispers never written (overall, the best for me) and The man made of stone respectively.
Even though the above mentioned songs are great, the rest of the album is for no reason to be left aside. Suspyre is a complete and complex album filled with amazing (and well inserted) musical arrangements that won’t let you down. All transitions are well though to their minimum details and the result is an album that you can easily listen many times during the week without getting bored at all.
This is their fourth album and Suspyre is already, at least in my humble opinion, one of the best bands in the U.S. and with that level of improvement from one album to another.
In the past I had the honor to interview their drummer Gabe Marshall for perfectprog.com and back then I asked him if Suspyre were considering a tour around Europe and he said they would love it. I am hoping that they will pay the Old Continent a visit this time.
You might already know by now that my vote is very high 9,5/10… but if you listen to the album I think you will all agree with me on this one!
Tranquility and Stress (9:58)
The Divided Son (4:57)
Still Bending the Violet (6:14)
The Fire Dancer (5:12)
The Cycle (5:13)
The Whispers Never Written (9:16)
The Man Made of Stone (12:25)
Review by Logan Lee