Friday, November 15, 2019

Andy Gillion "Neverafter"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
1. Nocturne (1:51)
2. Becoming The Nightmare (5:52)
3. Skyless (7:13)
4. Becoming The Dream (5:34)
5. Aria (1:15)
6. Black Lotus (7:05)
7. The Lost Melody (1:48)
8. Shards Of A Forgotten World (6:23)
9. Hiraeth (4:24)
10. Lullaby (2:52)
11. Neverafter (8:31)

Total Time 52:48

Andy Gillion - instruments
Jeff Loomis - guitar solo (3)
Paul Wardingham - guitar solo (9)
Christina Marie - vocals (5)
66Samus aka Samus Paulicelli - drums

The album opens with Nocturne, a track that sets the stage. It has an ethereal beginning with beautiful orchestration. Once the guitars kick in, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Andy shreds us into the album! The next three tracks, Becoming the Nightmare, Skyless, and Becoming the Dream all show the more progressive side of the music. ... You feel the “nightmare” versus the “dream” as you go through. Becoming the Nightmare, in particular, has so many twists and turns, not just in terms of scales, but also in terms of the guitar tones and the overall vibe. The beginning has a nightmarish sound for sure but around the 2:30 mark, we go into a mellower pace. The guitars are cleaner this time, and the melody is not so nightmarish anymore. It reminds me of Jason Becker’s haunting compositions of recent. Skyless, which features a guest solo from none other than Jeff Loomis, goes through piano arrangements, progressive metal parts, blast beats, and all kinds of melodic vibes. 
Read the full review by Alper at mega-depth.com


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