prog power


Hi Ida… you’re back with your new album “The Heart of the Matter” after 4 years. I think this is your best album to date!
I: Thank you so very much! Like you say, it’s been 4 years since our last album, and just like on our two previous ones, we’ve put a tremendous amount of work into “THOTM” so it’s really fantastic to receive such wonderful feedback!
So, what happened during those four years between “The Road Less Travelled” and the new album?

Molten Trail - Striving for the Sky

Molten Trail is an interesting case as they as a prog ensemble, led by a Lithuanian keyboard player, Vytautas Diskevicius that had cut his teeth with SBS, and had his fingers kept busy with a few other projects, like a heavy/power act Soul Stealer, participated in a one-off backing band for John Lawton (former frontman of Uriah Heep), and worked with the Vilnius City Opera company in rearranging classical arias for a rock band.

Dimension - Revolution

After a 7-year hiatus, the Mexican (but now based in Denver US) prog metallers Dimension return with a new 2CD release. The leading duo of David Quicho (guitars, vocals) & Mane Cabrales (drums) is still going strong along with the addition of the new bassist Edgar Allan.
“Revolution” is a double album as I said earlier. This means approx. 89 minutes of music! How about that?! Each CD features a cover too. The first CD features the cover on “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles and the second has “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. The covers are OK but they add nothing to the final outcome.

AlogiA - Elegia Balcanica

AlogiA is an interesting enough prog power band from Serbia, that have quite a high level of performance ability. They have been a going concern since the beginning of this millennium and this is their fifth album. The fact that they choose to sing in their native tongue, definitely makes them sound both exotic but also makes them a little difficult to get in for non-Serbian listeners. The album allegedly signals a return to the bands usual style after an attempt of the band to break into “alternative” territory that failed quite miserably on their previous album.

Epysode - Fantasmagoria on October 11th 2013

The dark progressive/power metal project EPYSODE returns with its sophomore album “Fantasmagoria” on October 11th.
The successor to “Obsessions” (2011) was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen studio in Denmark (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe a.m.m.) 
Beside band leader Samuel Arkan, the following vocalists and musicians contributed to “Fantasmagoria”:
Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)
Henning Basse (ex-Metalium, ex-Sons Of Seasons, Mayan)