One of the many good things about Progpower is that you meet nice people at the festival. Since we all share variations on the same musical theme, this can result in tips over the email on new founds you would normally have missed. In this respect I received a tip from Andrew on Playgrounded and their debut CD Athens, which he thought I might like quite a bit. An right he was. (Read his much more informative review on Ave Noctum)
Playgrounded are from the beautiful city of Chania on Crete and play an emotional sort of progressive metal/rock. On my pre-purchase internet search I ran into names of Tool, Mastodon and Anathema. I can see where this is coming from although Playgrounded are the lighter part of the first two references. A band that came to mind with me with the first listens was A Liquid Landscape, but then a heavier version of them. These songs also are build up around atmospheres in general slowly moving forward, although Seessaw Snap enlightens us with some heavy outbursts.
The CD lasts only 33 minutes with 5 songs on them, but this introduction makes me eager to hear more of this band. Great musicians, good songs and if promoted well enough I can't see why they should not get worldwide exposure through the now 3 Progpower festivals again. Apart from that the fact that they come from Chania, which gave me the chance to add a holiday picture from 2 years ago.