sons Of Apollo

Psy­chotic Sym­phony

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

All-star pro­gres­sive metal troupe de­liver the goods. The rogues gallery of ‘usual cul­prits’ cast in Sons Of

Apollo in­vites two iron‑clad cer­tain­ties: guar­an­teed vir­tu­oso mu­si­cian­ship and a healthy dose of cyn­i­cism.

Unit­ing mem­bers past and present of Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses, Mr Big and Jour­ney, Sons Of Apollo suc­ceed in the pro­fi­ciency stakes but, un­usu­ally, they’ve crafted an ex­cep­tional de­but to shoot down all sug­ges­tions of fis­cal op­por­tunism, con­ve­nience or, God for­bid, lethargy or lazi­ness.

Former DT alumni Mike Port­noy and Derek Sherinian bring the in­evitable prog el­e­ment, with Billy Shee­han and Ron ‘Bum­ble­foot’ Thal ad­min­is­ter­ing a hummable hard‑rock twist, but the bridge link­ing those two styles, the fac­tor that brings ev­ery­thing to life, is Jeff Scott Soto. JSS was the wrong singer for Jour­ney but he sounds mag­nif­i­cent here.

Fuck the term ‘su­per­group’: that’s not what this is about. Sons Of Apollo are sim­ply a group that are su­per.

dave Ling

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