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PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY

Sons of Apollo

Progressive Metal


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3.59 | 51 ratings | 6 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. God of The Sun (11:12)
2. Coming Home (4:23)
3. Signs of The Time (6:43)
4. Labyrinth (9:23)
5. Alive (5:06)
6. Lost In Oblivion (4:28)
7. Figaro's Whore (1:04)
8. Divine Addiction (4:42)
9. Opus Maximus (10:39)

Total Time 56:20

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Line-up / Musicians



- Mike Portnoy / Drums
- Derek Sherinian / Keyboards
- Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal / Guitar
- Billy Sheehan / Bass
- Jeff Scott Soto / Vocal

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Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold black 2LP+CD, Digital album, Gatefold clear 2LP+CD, Gatefold white 2LP+CD, Gatefold golden 2LP+CD, Gatefold silver 2LP+CD released October 20, 2017.

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3.59
(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
4 stars Here's another supergroup of talented musicians who got together from the desire of Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian who are almost like old brothers in need to make another album under this "modest" new band name "Sons of Apollo". The album starts with the opening track "God of the Sun" who will not please those who are against every band that does a copy of Dream Theater. The time signatures are almost the same as the "god" of Prog Metal and the guitar sound almost like Mr. Petrucci. The typical sound of Derek Sherinian keyboards can be heard throughout this album and in the song "Divine Addiction" there is a reference to John Lord with the Hammond organ. The drum playing of Mike Portnoy is not at rest as the guitar playing of "Bumblefoot" with some guitar solos. As for the vocals of Jeff Scott Soto, he doesn't have the greatest voice, but it seems to work here. The music is not always progressive, there is some classic hard rock music but it's always pretty intense. The most enjoyable songs are the more complex ones with a long instrumental break like "Labyrinth" who got a nice atmosphere with that ELP and UK keyboards sound and impressive playing of Derek, and as for the last epic song "Opus Maximus", this is an instrumental "tour de force" that sound like Liquid Tension Experiment. Here each musician shows their technique in a very fast tempo before slowing things down with a guitar solo.

You can either love this album and see as a masterpiece or hate it. I don't think it's a classic, but it's a very good album of Progressive Metal. 3.6 stars.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars The family tree of Dream Theater projects is overwhelming as over the years each member has contributed a dizzying amount of collaborations to other projects. Very much is that the case with Mike Portnoy who left one the pioneers of progressive metal in 2010 and has since barely stood still for a second with his many bands such as The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Metal Allegiance and his countless Neal Morse projects as well as touring with countless other groups ranging from Twisted Sister to Avenged Sevenfold. In short, the man has remained quite busy but somehow has eschewed the progressive metal scene. That is until the newly founded SONS OF APOLLO entered the scene. Considered a supergroup for great reason, the newly formed band unleash their debut album PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY and shows Portnoy retracing his footsteps back to the Dream Theater heyday with healthy doses of the multitude of other prog metal bands that followed in their wake.

Once again Portnoy joins up with the equally prolific and ex-Dream Theater superstar Derek Sherinian, who together are the primary architects of the band as songwriters-in-chief and progenitors of an entirely new band that they claim to be the real thing and not a mere one off studio project. Also invited to the mix is the outstanding bassist Billy Sheehan who has worked with such greats as David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. BIg, Talas and also The Winery Dogs. The group is filled out with vocalist Jeff Scott Solo who got his start on the first two Yngwie Malmsteen albums but also sung for Journey, W.E.T. and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. And finally, the reason i even bothered to check out this SONS OF APOLLO album at all is one of my favorite guitarists on the scene Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal who in addition to having crafted some of the most diverse and creative solo albums has played with Guns N Roses as well as Art of Anarchy. He has also been a fairly prolific producer on the indy underground scene with such artists as Evoken.

Progressive metal has become a bit predictable over the years and although a few bands like Ayreon, Between The Buried And Me, Opeth and Mastodon have found new ways to express themselves within the genre, more often than not the genre is littered with technically gifted musicians retreading already heavily trodden musical pastures and in that regard SONS OF APOLLO marches on in an almost identical trajectory. Yes, the near hour long listening experience is chock full of complex compositions gussied up with heavy guitar riffs, outstanding solos, rich keyboard atmospheric constructs and percussive technical wizardry of stunning virtuosity but guess what. This is the best album Symphony X never made and that's exactly the problem with PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY in a nutshell and made all the more sad by the fact that this a veritable who's who in the top ranks of musical creative and technical musical expression. Only the expression part is missing.

Back to Bumblefoot. This is a guy who put his heart and soul into his first five albums where every track had more ideas stuffed into them than most bands muster up in a career and while the other members in this musical cast have had more 'normal' careers, they still have had their fingers in many pies and have exemplified a number of styles in the process. PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY on the other hand is a woefully uninspired by-the-numbers prog metal more in the vein of Symphony X at their most progressive (think 'V') although there are some bursts into symphonic based prog rock moments when Sheridan lets loose on the keyboards. Likewise Bumblefoot dishes out some of his classic squealing guitar solos between the cracks but the problem arises from the compositions themselves as the different suites that make up the tracks sound as if they were lifted verbatim from albums such as 'The Odyssey' or classic Symphony X around the turn of millennium.

Don't get me wrong, this is quite the listenable album and one that is well delivered, divinely produced and dripping with technically challenging workouts with some nods to classic hard rock, however the whole thing comes across as woefully achronistic as if it's a long lost album from the early 2000s that has only now emerged. Add to that, the insipid lyrics and been-there-done-that overall stylistic approach. Yep. Another clone band has emerged made all the more painful by the excellent talent on board. Perhaps these guys have been so busy in their respective projects that somebody forgot to tell them that this stuff is rather overdone at this point in progressive metal history. In short, if you simply can't get enough of the Symphony X style and need to hear a modern day Starcastle does Yes version of progressive metal, by all means check this out, however for yours truly, there are too many other innovative musical gems out there to check out and when i hear this i simply want to push STOP and immediately throw in Symphony X's 'The Divine Wings Of Tragedy' instead. Not a good sign.

Latest members reviews

3 stars For all Portnoy fans a new progmetal band this musician come to mind : is this the new Dream Theater. For many fans, DT died with no Portnoy; for me, DT was not the same still MP in the album "Black Clouds and Silver Linings. The line up of this group is heavy, all great musicians. Is possible c ... (read more)

Report this review (#1845547) | Posted by nandprogger | Sunday, December 24, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If we were still in the '70's... THIS would be the most important album of all time in Progressive Metal... BUT... It is 2017... I LOVE this album, but for most of my collaboraters at progarchives, this is a 3.5 (at best) album... However... For me, I walked away from my computer remembering t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1820734) | Posted by Cylli Kat (0fficial) | Friday, November 10, 2017 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Bland is the best word I can use to describe this record. There are quite a few moments where you think, "Okay, they've got something here," but then they lose it. The fact that they recorded this album at warp speed is glaringly apparent, considering the majority of the songs suffer from the cut an ... (read more)

Report this review (#1815762) | Posted by Biff Tannen | Monday, October 23, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album oozes quality. I was very happy to hear that Mike Portnoy was heading back to Progressive Metal, because that is a favorite genre of mine and everything he touches is gold. You can absolutely hear how talented these guys are with the first track, and they sound like they are having fun. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1815732) | Posted by javajeff | Monday, October 23, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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