Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony review



Reviewer:
8.3

40 users:
8.03
Band: Sons Of Apollo
Album: Psychotic Symphony
Release date: October 2017


01. God Of The Sun
02. Coming Home
03. Signs Of The Time
04. Labyrinth
05. Alive
06. Lost In Oblivion
07. Figaro's Whore
08. Divine Addiction
09. Opus Maximus


Sons Of Apollo is progressive metal mixed with Americana and retro sounding rock brought to you by insanely accomplished musicians. Read that again, that is what they are all about. Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, known for meddling about with one reference band in the field whose name shall remain unspoken, teamed up with Billy Sheehan on bass, the powerful Jeff Scott Scoto on vocals, and the rather-insane Ron Thal a.k.a. Bumblefoot on guitars. I guess he is mostly responsible for the "psychotic" part of the symphony.

Front and center, the dynamic duo from the band that shall not be named bring back the sound circa 1997. Sheehan's sound is prominent on bass, not unlike another who we will refer as John M. But the overall brilliance of Psychotic Symphony is the bold addition of Thal on guitars and Scoto on vocals. As if they worked twice as hard to prove themselves working with renowned progressive musicians, they stand out as the factor that brings the album to another level. If you have ever wondered what Bumblefoot would sound like on a prog metal album, yeah he's bringing it alright. I just miss his jokes a little. Scoto is absolutely slaying on vocals, clearly comfortable all the way through all the tracks. Just listen to the opening track and tell me this guy was not meant to sing in a prog metal band.

The music is complex, riding on Sherinian's trademark heavy keyboard sound modulation and Portnoy's seemingly counter-rhythmic beats, with a good dose of groovy Americana and classic rock a la Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure. "Labyrinth" and "Lost in Oblivion" have clear references to previous works involving Portnoy and Sherinian. Overall, the songs are deep and elaborate but leave room for the soaring voice of Scoto to not fall into technical wankery.

This Psychotic Symphony is completely unexpected and awesome. Straight from the heartland of the good ol' US of A (Well, New York actually) Sons Of Apollo have reached for the sun and managed to touch it. Do yourself a favor and check this out, even if you have never gotten into Portnoy's ventures since he left his former band. This might be the best album he has ever been involved in. I'm still looking for the hidden track where Bumblefoot insults everyone's mother in an hilarious way... Maybe that will be featured on their second album.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 8


 



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Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 144 users
04.11.2017 - 11:35
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Is Dream Theater like Voldemort in this review? Ahah Either way, it's funny

This review kind of made me want to listen to the album. Initially, I wasn't too excited with the songs I've heard and dismissed this. Portnoy has so many projects and a lot of them are average stuff.

But it might be worth a shot, after all.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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04.11.2017 - 17:30
devilstoy
This is better than anything dream theater have put out since Mike left.,,,!
And I say that as a fan of dream theatre.
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05.11.2017 - 00:21
The Underdog
I feel like this is something Mike is much more invested in than any other project he's done since his departure from Dream Theater. I'm curious if they can become a full fleshed band and not some throwaway project. The Del Fuvio Brothers have great chemistry.
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05.11.2017 - 16:23
AeonGio
Written by BloodTears on 04.11.2017 at 11:35

Is Dream Theater like Voldemort in this review? Ahah Either way, it's funny

This review kind of made me want to listen to the album. Initially, I wasn't too excited with the songs I've heard and dismissed this. Portnoy has so many projects and a lot of them are average stuff.

But it might be worth a shot, after all.


Try it 'cause you won't regret it! I've been listening to it on and off, it's the best thing Portnoy launched since leaving DT! Great album!
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