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Progressive Metal • Denmark


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VOLA was founded originally by a group of friends attending a local music school in Copenhagen, Denmark which included founders Asger MYGIND (vocals, guitar) and Martin WERNER (keyboards). Some demo recordings were made in 2006 and then their debut EP "Homesick Machinery" was released in 2008. Nicolai MOGENSEN was asked to join three months after answering an audition call for a bassist.

In 2011, a second EP "Monsters" was released while the band was enjoying some international attention through social media. This EP saw the band experimenting with 7-string guitars and turning to a more groove centered style which ended up working so well that they decided to focus on that style for a full album. The debut album, released in 2015, was titled "Inmazes". Rave reviews were the result and the band was signed to Mascot Records who re-released the album worldwide in 2016. The band ended up touring with KATATONIA and made several festival appearances and even did some headlining shows in the UK.

Adam JANZI was invited to join the band (to replace their former drummer) after the band was impressed by his cover of a MESHUGGAH track on YouTube. In 2018, their second album "Applause of a Distant Crowd" was released. The band then supported DREAM THEATER, ANATHEMA, MONUMENTS and HAKEN on their tours and played in more festivals and also headlined a European tour. In 2021, VOLA released their 3rd full-length album "Witness" which saw them achieve a tighter and heavier sound and focusing on progressive elements.

With progressive metal serving as a foundation especially on their 2021 release, the band grew out of a common interest in eclectic, groove-oriented music which draws inspiration ranging from 70's progressive rock to modern-day electronica, industrial and extreme metal according to their bio on Bandcamp. Their music should appeal to fans of TESSERACT, CALIGULA'S HORSE, GOOD TIGER, HAKEN, ANATHEMA and PORCUPINE TREE.

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3.94 | 16 ratings
Inmazes
2015
4.20 | 20 ratings
Applause of a Distant Crowd
2018
3.88 | 41 ratings
Witness
2021

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Homesick Machinery
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Glasswork
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Monsters
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
October Session
2017

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 Witness by VOLA album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.88 | 41 ratings

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Vola Progressive Metal

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars Listening diary 3rd July, 2021: Vola - Witness (djent, 2021)

I'm glad to see Vola carve themselves a niche in the prog metal mainstream (if such a thing exists) with this album - although the whole djent thing was played out even before their genre-bending debut came out, the other elements of their sound are undeniably worth celebrating. The melodic and harmonic language here, as has been the case on their other albums, has almost entirely been borrowed from fellow Danes Mew - and that's not a bad thing. Mew's ability to craft catchy but peculiar vocal melodies is second to none, and Vola have applied it seamlessly to a metal framework. And even though you can argue that this album wears its influences very strongly, the combination of those influences is truly unique, and anyone making music as catchy as this gets a plus in my book, no matter how generic.

7.3 (4th listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog - www.facebook.com/TheExoskeletalJunction

 Witness by VOLA album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.88 | 41 ratings

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Vola Progressive Metal

Review by alainPP

4 stars This is VOLA! Danes who come to surf on the new progressive wave of the 2020s. A young, recent, current music, a music which will seek its musical rhythm on the 70's for the tone, for the atmosphere; which declines it by incorporating electronic keys, new-wave keys of the 80's; who mixes it all up and throws it in with riffs, techno-prog energy. So we actually have a sound that can make you think of DEPECHE MODE at the start, yes there were good things during the 80's. Afterwards I would see the MESHUGGAH for the violence of the titles. Last but not least I will see my little proteges from LEPROUS, even HAKEN for the colorful and progressive djent flights with the electronic side revisited in the different titles.

An album much more complex than it seems, to continue to listen to the spirit of prog nowadays, an album that can be listened to as a concept with a sequence of titles which happily passes to peaceful rhythms and to d other very heavy, an album to listen to for energy and rest too.

 Witness by VOLA album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.88 | 41 ratings

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Witness
Vola Progressive Metal

Review by nick_h_nz
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars [Originally published at The Progressive Aspect]

In February 2015, Danish band VOLA released their debut album, Inmazes. It so enamoured the admin of a Facebook prog page I followed that he posted about the band for weeks on end, urging everyone to give Inmazes a listen. The album was self-released and 'Name Your Price' on Bandcamp. I succumbed in April, but it was immediately clear I was no fool. Inmazes was an incredible slab of sound, playing both beauty and the beast. Melodic Meshuggah? Djent Depeche Mode? It came as no surprise when it was picked up by a record label and re-released the following year. I'm not one of those people who get upset when a band finds success, and I really enjoyed seeing the deserved attention VOLA was starting to get. Fast forward a couple of years, and there was quite a buzz, before the release of VOLA's second album, Applause of a Distant Crowd. This album seemed to be quite a Marmite album for many, different enough from the debut, that people seemed to love it or hate it.

One of the greatest changes in VOLA between the two albums wasn't the sound, per se, so much as who was making it. The band had a change of drummer, with Adam Janzi taking over the sticks from Felix Ewert. His presence was perhaps understated due to what some people considered the lightweight nature of Applause of a Distant Crowd compared with Inmazes. Personally, I'd go with uplifting, rather than lightweight, Applause? often being unabashedly upbeat. Regardless, it meant a direct comparison of drumming styles wasn't as simple as it might otherwise have been, but to my ears, Janzi was a beast. You can't djent without technical polyrhythms, and I loved what I heard from him - but with almost Gilmour-esque guitars at times, along with the expected massive choruses and vast synth soundscapes, it felt like Janzi never quite had the chance to really show his chops.

And so we reach 2021, and third album Witness, which quite simply blows away everything that came before. Before its release, VOLA had promised a return to a heavier sound, but Witness actually takes the best aspects of both previous albums and blends them together in a spectacular burst of synergy. Witness is most definitely greater than the sum of its parts, and will be a very hard album for VOLA to follow. Any thoughts that the band might have lost its edge, as some claimed after the release of Applause? are swiftly evaporated when the bass and drums kick in ? and this is definitely the album where Janzi gets to show his chops and prove he is the best drummer VOLA has had. Nicolai Mogensen's thick bass riffs are mean as „[email protected]#. But as he has been from the start, the star of the show is the beautiful melodious voice of Asger Mygind. He reminds me a little of Arnór Dan (of Agent Fresco) or Einar Solberg (of Leprous), but doesn't really sound like either. His vocals soar over the music, bringing a levity, no matter how dark and heavy it gets.

The only other original member of VOLA is keyboard player Martin Werner, and it's the atmospheres he creates that really make VOLA something different. No matter how wonderful Mygrind's vocals are, no matter how chunky Mogensen's bass is, no matter what a monster Janzi is, VOLA would lose a lot of their magic without the keys. With hard hitting and intricate drumming taking off in odd signatures, and the bass and guitar driving the songs forward in syncopated strikes, it is largely up to Werner to carry the melody, often taking the lead while the guitar djents along with the drum and bass (Mygind again, who has been the sole guitarist in the band since 2012). After a heavy hitting one two punch from Straight Lines and Head Mounted Sideways, there is a slight reprieve with 24 Light-Years.

The next track, These Black Claws, is going to be the one everyone talks about. It's a collaboration with Dutch hip hop duo Shahmen. There has always been an electronic aspect to VOLA's sound, and honestly for me this isn't too greatly different. I expect that many may not find this collaboration to their taste, but I love it, and it's easily one of my favourite songs on the album. The hip hop sounds mesh easily with the progressive djent, and it works better than any Korn-style nu-metal (who never managed to combine hip hop and metal as well as VOLA and Shahmen have here). I mentioned Depeche Mode earlier, and that's because when I first heard Inmazes Depeche Mode was the first band that came to my mind. But, apart from the hip hop, These Black Claws is probably the closest they've come to sounding like Depeche Mode ? or, at the very least Ulver in Assassination mode.

Changing direction completely, Freak is a beautifully soundscaped ballad. It's pure pop and it's gorgeous ? and it surprises me how much I love it. Napalm, despite the title, begins as if it is going to be more of the same ? before turning and churning into a song that wouldn't be out of place on Applause of a Distant Crowd. If you weren't a fan of that album, you probably won't be such a fan of this song, but if you were, it's another great wee tune. Future Bird is heavier, but still has an Applause? vibe. What these two tracks do, though, is really show how far VOLA have progressed in the mastery of their sound. Everything about Napalm and, especially, Future Bird is richer and fuller than the previous albums. The many layers of sound are more nuanced and balanced. The album ends as it began with two heavier songs. Everything about the album is spot on: the composition, the performance, the production, the sequencing. As I said earlier, Witness blows away everything that came before. Only one question remains: How will VOLA ever follow this?

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