New Album: The Jelly Jam (John Myung – Dream Theater, Rod Morgenstein – Winger &|ty Tabor – King’s X) Release ‘profit’
As a power metal fan from Canada where the genre isn’t exactly the most common, I always get extremely excited whenever I hear a power metal band from my country that blows me away. One of the bands that impressed me the most in recent years was Calgary’s Viathyn, with their epic debut The Peregrine Way, which offered up a seamless blend of power metal elements, prog elements, folk elements and symphonic elements, all topped off with some incredible guitar work and amazing melodies all around.
Brazilian band Daydream XI was formed in 2008 and released their first EP a year later
Perhaps the most notable aspect of this album is the atmosphere. The keyboards are very high in the mix, and there’s a constant a feeling of hopelessness and sorrow throughout the album
On paper the combination of Traditional Heavy Metal and I guess you would say Neo-Prog sounds like a disaster, but to the band’s credit they make it work.
Let’s just say that for lovers of detailed lyrics and layered, cleverly written concepts MANVANTARA ticks a whole lotta boxes…
Seriously, at times this music feels as though it should be accompanying some massive set-piece stage show about knights and kings etc…
The whole CD is a highlight, but songs like “Under siege”, “Wide shut” and “Beyond the stars” are making this band stand above almost any Progmetalband. Better than the new albums by KAMELOT and DREAM THEATER? YES!
This time around it seems fitting as is the end to the long chapter that Parry brought back some of those members. Guitars come from Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas), and Casy Grillo (Kamelot) performed all the drum parts.