The Copenhagen-based quartet grew out of a common interest in eclectic, groove-oriented music which draws inspiration ranging from 70’s progressive rock to modern day electronica, industrial and extreme metal. VOLA features Asger Mygind on vocals and guitar, Nicolai Mogensen on bass, Martin Werner on keyboards and Adam Janzi on drums. The band is set to unleash their newest masterpiece to the world, Applause Of A Distant Crowd, on October 12th. I recently had the chance to talk with Adam to give a little insight about the band, why they stick to the progressive genre, and even where their name came from. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook and preorder the album/merch via their Bandcamp!
When a band breaks up after a long and hugely successful career, a certain cluster of emotions usually comes to mind among fans: nostalgia for the years spent with their music; pride in their incredible accomplishments; and ultimately, acceptance that it is that band’s time to go. Yet a decidedly different feeling accompanies yesterday’s news that British progressive rock band Arcane Roots will be calling it quits. That’s not to say that the band’s music didn’t leave an incredible impact… to the contrary, they were one of the most breathtakingly original and captivating bands to grace progressive music in years. Yet the tragedy of their breakup at this particular moment is that this felt like a band which, for all their successes thus far, was just getting started.
Hailing from Gold Coast in Australia, progressive rockers Opus of a Machine are soon to release their sophomore album “Stray Fire” this Friday August 3rd. While only 6 songs, the 37 minute runtime is full of memorable moments, catchy hooks/choruses, and just overall terrific musicianship from every member of the band. With “Stray Fire”, Opus have graced us with a truly unique and phenomenal album, one that hopefully reaffirms their position of being one of Australias greatest progressive rock bands. Seriously guys and gals, this is easily going to end up in my “Best of 2018” list in the top 10, if not top 5. Guitarist/Producer Zac Greensill was kind enough to talk to me about how the band was originally formed, why they opted for a progressive rock sound as opposed to an other, the trials and tribulations of self promotion/touring, and many other things.
Trying to narrow down what genre German band Time, The Valuator belongs in will leave you perplexed; the band seamlessly blends alternative rock, metal, jazz, pop and even ambient elements into their songs. With their debut album, “How Fleeing, How Fragile”, due out August 3rd, 2018 via Famined/Long Branch Records, guitarist/pianist Rene Möllenbeck took the time to answer some questions from me in hopes of gaining some new exposure from folks who aren’t familiar with the band. Give them a like on Facebook and preorder the album from your favorite outlet here. Be sure to support these guys: their album is quite possibly one of the most unique and memorable ones that I’ve heard so far this year.