Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Madame Blavatsky Overdrive

Crossover Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Madame Blavatsky Overdrive Hidden Masters Under Dead Suns album cover
4.00 | 2 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Write a review
from partners
Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Oh The Aphids! 04:24
2. The Belldog 07:16
3. West Grand 03:32
4. The Armies Of The Dead 04:15

Line-up / Musicians

Adam Gates:
Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Synthetics

Jeff Gomes:
Drums, Percussion

Craig McFarland:
Bass, Keys, Synthetics,Guitar,Trumpet

Additional Musicians:
Thomas Muer: Keys
Mirv: Guitars
Derek Greenberg: Guitar
Geoff Marx: Keys, Drums
Thomas DiMuzio: Treatments
Kosta Cross: Keys, Treatments

Releases information


Buy MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE Hidden Masters Under Dead Suns Music

More places to buy MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE music online Buy MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE Hidden Masters Under Dead Suns ratings distribution

(2 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(100%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE Hidden Masters Under Dead Suns reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by VanVanVan
4 stars I've been getting really into this self-dubbed "progressive pop" band lately, and I have to say that I think this is my favorite of theirs I've listened to so far (though there are still four E.P.s and an album I have yet to hear, so we'll see if that changes).

The first thing of note here is that the writing has tightened up significantly since their first album. That's not surprising, since there was a three year gap in between that release and this one. Their first album often felt as if they were trying too hard to make their brand of pop music progressive, with the result being that songs were often needlessly weird and unnatural feeling. This music sounds a lot smoother and more mature.

The album begins with "Oh The Aphids!" a track which I think can be best described with the word "happy." It's a fairly simple song structurally, but the spacey arrangements work really well and it's a nice little psychedelic song. "The Belldog," operates primarily around a repeating chord progression coupled with a nice little bassline, and it's much closer stylistically to the more aggressive work of their first album. However, as I mentioned before, despite the song's seven minute length, it doesn't sound forced. I wish there was a bit more dynamism as the song really is pretty repetitive, but it's certainly not boring. Honestly, I can hear quite a bit of Muse influence in this song, but the vocals are much more subdued. "West Grand," puts bass and drums at the forefront, adding a very cool and spooky sounding vocal line behind the chorus. The result is a fairly minimalistic sounding song, but in a good way. "The Armies of The Dead" closes off the E.P. It begins with a fairly orchestrated intro but that quickly drops away to just an acoustic guitar and voice. The orchestration is added back in at the end of the first verse, allowing the song to start strong but also build in intensity. Of the four songs on this E.P. this one definitely has the best ambience to it and it was an excellent choice to use it as the closer.

Overall, I would probably recommend anyone looking to try out MBO to start with this. It's short, it's tight, and it gives you a good idea of what the band is all about. Also, it has very nice artwork and, like all the band's music, it's a free download from their website. Well worth the twenty minutes you'll spend listening to it.


Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of MADAME BLAVATSKY OVERDRIVE "Hidden Masters Under Dead Suns"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives