Here's a promising progressive metal act from Israel, Distorted Harmony and their self-released debut, Utopia. Their sound ranges from melodic rock to more heavier progressive metal. You might hear elements of Dream Theater to Symphony X to Porcupine Tree, and others in between.
Musically, Utopia is rather impressive. The compositions offer complexity and intrigue, yet flow with an ease that comes with careful craftsmanship. Often more dense heavy parts are juxtaposed against the light and elusive. All the songs are illustrative of some deft musical skills as well, with every player offering significant contributions. Notable is the lead guitar work that transcends typical neo-classical fret forays.
But no instrument or player is overshadowed by another, excepting one. The possible weak point here comes in the lead vocals. It's not simple enough to say that Misha Soukhinin is a bad singer. He's certainly not. However he doesn't seem to have the strength for a significant presence. You hear him, but you hear him trying to rise above, or fighting against, the music.
Nevertheless, for a debut work, Distorted Harmony's Utopia is some premium progressive metal, on par with both their influences and their peers. The potential and promise of great things from this band is nearly guaranteed. Very recommended.
For a debut work, Distorted Harmony's Utopia is some premium progressive metal, on par with both their influences and their peers. The potential and promise of great things from this band is nearly guaranteed.
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