OH, Synemotion, 2015
This is bringing back old memories. And that just because this album comes in a beautiful double fold full colour double LP format. So it’s the first post concerning a new vinyl album! Even if it is vinyl that sparked my interest in music a long time ago.
It must have been a deliberate choice of OH, because the 9 songs (3 on side A, and 2 on the other 3 sides) clock in at about 45 minutes I think. The times as printed on the cover, do not match the actual music, so I am not sure what happened there. OH is responsible for the songs, for all guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals and for the recording and mixing of the album. I do not now many more things, except that the residence is Athens, Greece.
Style wise it is safe to call this progressive rock / metal. And for the larger part it is instrumental. The good side is that OH know that melodies are key and always keeps focus on what the most important part of a certain passage is. So there is a certain flow in the album and not an overkill of ideas and instruments fighting for your attention. Mostly these are haunting themes with keyboards soaring over heavy riffing and wailing solos and pounding drums. Because of the dynamic mastering I need to play it pretty loud, but I do not mind that very much.
I am not sure all the “vocals” qualify as such. Somtimes it is more storytelling and I imagine that is not to everyone’s liking. It is limited though, so it does not interfere much with the overall flow. Not for everyone perhaps, but in my opinion surely original and with a uniqueness that qualifies it as true progressive. So be sure to check it out on the bandcamp page!