Released by : Nightmare Records
Release Date: March 29th, 2019
Kim Olesen – (Anubis Gate)
(Guitars and Keys on ‘ReProgram’ and ‘Technology’)
Markus Sigfridsson – (Darkwater/Harmony)
(Guitars and Keys on ‘Stand your Ground’, ‘Limitless’, ‘Perfect World’)
Matt Hodsdon – (Chaos Frame)
(Guitars and Keys on ‘Chaotica’, ‘Reaction Formation’, ‘Spell of Domestication’)
Rich Hinks – (Annihilator / Aeon Zen)
(Bass on all tracks except (*) Guitar, Keys on ‘Pointing Fingers’, ‘A Mind at War’, ‘Wide Open’)
Lance’s Featured Friends:
Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze/Anubis Gate) Massive Grooves and Percussion
Fred Columbo (Spheric Universe Experience) (Keys transition between ‘Wide Open & Chaotica’, solo on ‘Spell of Domestication’ and ‘A Mind at War’)
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) (Guitar solo on ‘Wide Open’)
Jakob Riis (L Wood Joy) ( *Bass on ‘ReProgram’ and ‘Technology’)
02 Pointing Fingers
03 Stand Your Ground
05 Reaction Formation
07 Wide Open
09 Spell of Domestication
10 Perfect World
11 A Mind at War
Lance King is unhappy with the state of society these days and it shows in his stunning sophomore solo effort. Entitled ReProgram, King and his band of powerhouse musicians castigates the ineffectual education system as it mostly pushes an agenda as opposed to actually educating to burning down the most definitely programmed talking heads of media and politics. I don’t usually go all in on overtly “political” albums, but I made an exception here because it’s not really politically motivated as much as it is a call for common sense instead of common core.
It’s a rallying call to “we the people” telling us that we’re not so different from one another and we need to stop letting those engorged with power dictate how we live our lives. Also, it’s freaking Lance King, former vocalist for bands like Balance of Power and Pyramaze, so how in the hell am I going to pass up the chance to speak about this amazing album, right?
Some brief history: when a friend turned me on to Balance of Power years ago upon the release of Ten More Tales of Grand Illusion I was so struck at how incredible the band was and this brilliant voice. It was exactly what I wanted to hear from a band like Queensryche who at the time was about as far removed from that style. I was also impressed when he teamed up with Pyramaze, getting a bit more Prog Metal. The benefit of ReProgram is, for sure, the perfect blend of BoP and Pyramaze in that it melds perfectly Prog Metal with Melodic Heavy Metal perfectly, but he takes it a step further making it progressive yet accessible and giving it an ethereal and spiritual feel to the music. Thus Celestial Metal is born. Tracks like “Stand Your Ground,” ”Chaotica,” “Limitless,” and the epic album closer “A Mind At War” not only deliver an inspiring and compelling story but are also great tracks on their own. The concept merely enhances the strength of an already fantastic collection of songs.
ReProgram will cause some flack with a certain cross-section of society in that they’re simply not ready to know that we are being used as pawns in the game of life (thanks Mel Brooks!) This is precisely the perfect time for an album of this magnitude with this powerful a message to be unleashed unto the masses. Those who seek to be enraged by it will be so. Those who seek solace from it’s words and the idea that they are “not alone” will be so. Those who simply want to hear a killer Metal album will be so. I’ve been pretty fired up about the release of this one for a while now and I am beyond happy. I knew it was going to be a great album, but I didn’t know it would be such a game changer. I give it 10 out of 10.
Written by: Chris Martin