Great Worldcup. lots of exiting matches, beautiful goals and Holland is still in. Enough reasons to go quiet on the Blog front, but this does not mean that I have not found great new music the last month. Sure that more reviews shall follow I quickly have to get this one out to the World, as it is very likely among my favorites of 2014 by the end of the year.
Intervals: I saw them opening earlier this year for a modern djenty, proggy metal tour with The Safety Fire, Tesseract and Protest the Hero. I already liked the live show at the time, but absolutely love this CD. This is new and fresh and modern, yet very much leaning on Tech- and Prog metal basics. Originally this was an instrumental band and you can hear that without vocals they would be interesting enough (there is one short instrumental break in the calm Breathe with great Satriani/Schon like solo ending). Still instrumental bands usually limit themselves to musician audiences. Now they have added Mike Semesky on vocals of earlier The Haarp Machine fame. While he shouted pretty often in those days he now restricts to clean vocals only, which opens many more doors. Still he is no Dio, Tate or Alder and the stars of this band are playing the instruments. While at first listen the mastering of instruments are clear, after repeat listens the songs really come alive and I keep on hearing more new intervals, while melodies start sticking in my head.
Yes this band might so far be the discovery of the year to me, both live and on CD. While saying that at the same time I did get another new band after a raving Prog Magazine review, but shall need at least 20 more sessions, before grasping that one in full. In the meantime I shall play this one a lot during the coming weeks and for those with an interest I believe it is still available for full streaming on Youtube, so give them a try. The future is bright, let's hope it is also Orange 10 days from now.