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ALOGIA

Progressive Metal • Serbia


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Brothers Miroslav (guitar) and Srdjan (guitar) Brankovic established ALOGIA in 2000, and with the rest of the crew - Damir Adzic (drums), Ivan Vasic (bass) and Branislav Dabic (keyboards) began the realization of their first album. During 2001, member of the band becomes Nikola Mijic. In February 2002 band adds one more keyboard player - Vladimir Djedovic. ALOGIA is a progressive power metal band with heavy, sympho-rock, neo-classical and oriental influences. The band is from Serbia and Montenegro. The music that band creates can be described as mix of the following bands: LABYRINTH, RHAPSODY, SYMPHONY X, MALMSTEEN, etc. ALOGIA is currently one of the top and most famous bands in Serbia.
ALOGIA's first album was released in February 2002 for publishing company One Records. The album was named "Price O Vremenu" (Tales of Time). In August 2004 ALOGIA signs first foreign contract with publishing company Locomotive Music. Contract is signed for English version of their first album that will be named "Secret Spheres Of Art". In September 2004, ALOGIA released the second album for the Serbian market named "Price O Zivotu" (Tales of Life). Key intention of band members is to lift Serbian metal music to the higher level and move it toward worlds' musical streams with this album. Publisher is One Records.
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Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Just a few months after releasing their first album, ALOGIA becomes leading, maybe even the best sebian metal bend ever! Besides that, with their album "Secret Spheres of Art" they are streaming toward world market.

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2.42 | 3 ratings
Price O Vremenu
2002
3.88 | 8 ratings
Price O Zivotu
2004
3.51 | 7 ratings
Secret Spheres Of Art
2005

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Price o Vremenu i Zivotu (Live at SKC 13. 05. 2005.)
2006

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 Secret Spheres Of Art by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 7 ratings

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Secret Spheres Of Art
Alogia Progressive Metal

Review by progrules
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3 stars I just recently bought this third release by Alogia, presented as a promo. If I understand well it makes no different with the official release, at least not where the line-up of songs is concerned. I don't intend to make this a long review since it immediately becomes obvious that we're hardly dealing with progressive metal here. Just a touch of it I would say but no more. This band plays more a sort of power metal with slight progressive leanings. The execution and production are both ok and there isn't much wrong with the vocals either.

It's also proven by the length of most songs: just one above 5 minutes and the rest is a bunch of uncomplicated metal with an average of about 4 minutes completed with a couple of short interlude-like tracks. So nothing to get really excited about if you are looking for true prog metal. And because of this I will keep my rating limited this time. Not because it's a weak album (on a metal site I would rate this 3,5 or 4 stars probably) but because this is Prog Archives. So just three.

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 Price O Zivotu by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.88 | 8 ratings

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Alogia Progressive Metal

Review by fant0mas

4 stars Okay, here is the follow-up to quite pleasant surprise debut Priče o vremenu . I was hoping the band will improve on things I found problematic, so let's see what has changed.

The biggest change is that there is no more resemblance with Symphony X. I still wouldn't call this an original style, but it's far from blind copying. Another very important difference is sound production, that has rapidly improved and is almost flawless now. So if you like clean sounding keyboard-driven progressive metal, this might be a good record to try.

Songwriting is still pretty strong, but I think I have caught several obvious filler songs that somehow disturb the overall atmosphere. It's not a crucial mistake, but still it is easy to notice. Other than those few songs, there are some very strong numbers like speedy Trgovci du?ama or the huge 10-minutes long complex progressive epos Metamorfoza.

So actually the only problem that is still persistent is the vocalist. I sense he has improved a bit, but his voice is still rather annoying in many passages that would be otherwise excellent. Or maybe I'm just a little biased - the guy might not be that bad, but with slightly better singer this could be a real masterpiece coming from Obscureland.

Anyway, this is still a very strong and surprising album, and all you power/prog fans all around the word are encouraged to check it whenever you have some free time :)

P.S. What a fine cover of Flashdance...What a Feeling / Love Theme [Instrumental] ! 4 stars is it.

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 Price o Vremenu i Zivotu (Live at SKC 13. 05. 2005.) by ALOGIA album cover Live, 2006
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Price o Vremenu i Zivotu (Live at SKC 13. 05. 2005.)
Alogia Progressive Metal

Review by In the Flesh?

— First review of this album —
3 stars I got this a few days after their gig in my hometown of Nis, Serbia. Unfortunately, in comparison to the show, this live album sounds pretty weak and doesn't show the real concert side of the band. Somehow, the band doesn't sound very interested and sounds like they were doing as just a routine. Don't get me wrong, the performances are great. But for some reason, they don't leave the impression they should.

On the bright side, the covers of YU hard rock sound excellent and they're worth purchasing the disc. Members of the famous rock bands from these lands (Osvajaci, Riblja Corba, Kerber, Divlje Jagode) joined forces for that night with AlogiA. And the result is awesome. Also, I have to mention the band's former keyboard player / backing vocal Branislav Dabic (now their sound engineer). The guy had marvelously sung Lament so many other singers can envy him.

In the end, this live album is a must-have for those who can't hear AlogiA live and would want to. For those who can, save your money for a show.

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 Secret Spheres Of Art by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 7 ratings

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Review by semismart
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4 stars Great music! You never know where you'll find it. Serbia? Being a geography buff, I happen to know where it is. I also know it was a bulwark against Moslem expansionism in centuries past, being located on the crossroad between Europe and Asia Minor. What I didn't know or even suspect was that they had ever heard of, let alone had a band or bands that played western style music.

Alogia is such a band. They play a western style of music generally called epic power metal, the same kind of music that is played by the great American band, Kamelot, French band, Heavenly, Spanish band, Dark Moor, English band Dragonforce and a bevy of bands from Italy, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Whether Alogia is an anomaly from Serbia or a trend I do not know. I came across them quite by accident, as I have some other bands, on one of my favorite websites: www.progarchives.com. One of the things I like about this site is that they seem to have the most comprehensive listing of the various sub genres of progressive rock around. They also have mp3 downloads available on many of the bands, which is how I got to hear Alogia. It's also how I got to hear Riverside and Archive, whose excellent albums I previously bought and reviewed.

The music of Alogia ranges from hard rocking melodic metal fare like 'Samson' and 'Secret Spheres', to speedy percussion driven Power Metal such as 'Legend of a Stolen Heart', 'As the Time Passes By' and 'Beyond the Time.' Nikola Mijicis provides more than adequate singing with an emotive slightly raspy voice that ranges from pleasant to screaming. As Musicians, the strength of the band seems to be strong guitar and keyboard playing, featuring two guitarists (brothers who were the bands founders) and two keyboardists.

The Secret Spheres of Art contains fourteen tracks but only runs a shade under forty-four minutes. That can be attributed to four instrumental tracks which only run from fifty seconds to a minute forty seconds. Call them suites or introductions to the following songs. Despite their brevity, they are a welcome and integral part of the album. I even consider three of them, Journey into the Dawn of Life, Astral Horizons and Overture Solemnis, highlight songs. Another instrumental song of note is the surreal two minute bombastic "Kontinium" which actually segues into the very short Middle Eastern flavored "Mystica Aegyptiorum," which segues into a chaotic rock song called "Amon."

Other Highlight songs are: . Secret Spheres features driving, somewhat hectic but catchy harmony led by a persistent synthesizer, strong drums and some strong singing. . Falling Asleep is warm feeling, melodious song, slightly slower, with some nice harmonic singing by the band. This particular song reminds me of the style of a band called Wonderland. . Lament is the only ballad on the album. Well, I guess it's really a rock ballad. Very melodious and very catchy. I'm not usually a ballad person but this is an exception. It kind of reminds me of a ballad by Tesla or Def Lepard

Conclusion

I like this band. There isn't anything revolutionary here but they have a nice sound and the work their instruments with precision. There is some orchestral backing on some of the songs as well. Rating 4.25 stars.

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Review by tardis

3 stars Secret Spheres of Art is a satisfying album for anyone who enjoys progressive metal, but certainly non-essential.

Secret Spheres introduces the album with a good, solid pace by Damir Adzic on the drums, reminding me of Adagio and some of its creative time signatures. The spacy interlude halfway through the track is followed nicely by some slick solo guitar by Miroslav Brankovic. Finally the song finishes with a driving barrage on the drums. One of the highlights of this album.

Journey Into The Dawn Of Life is a short atmospheric passage with some beautiful keyboards by Branislav Dabic.

Jumping ahead to Legend Of A Stolen Heart, a frantic pace is established with some nice work on drums and guitars. The next track, however, is the highlight of the album for me. I truly warmed up to Falling Asleep with its catchy guitar riff and a beautiful melody that manages to flourish throughout the song, but isn't overworked. Fun and enjoyable to listen to, easy on the ears, and a nice chorus to boot. It was one of the first songs along with Secret Spheres to capture my attention for this album.

Next is Kontinuum. It works effectively with a lonely soundscape and echoing guitars, followed closely by a heavier element of distortion and finally an exciting buildup of drums that had me fooled into anticipating an explosion of sound but instead ending with a radio fade, which was still satisfying.

Mystica Aegyptiorum is a short track that lives up to its name with a middle-eastern flavour, desert winds blowing in the background and some exotic guitar.

I was a little disappointed with the next track . Although it manages to keep the fast pace going by jumping right in with some nice drum and guitar work, and a heavy riff is introduced to add some depth, the overall song and vocals feel standard.

Beyond The Time feels like more of the same, although there was some nice solo work and a classical passage (not sure what composer originally made it, although it is well known) repeats itself first in the second portion of the song with Miroslav's guitars then a background passage in the end of the song with violins.

Lament is a ballad of sorts that slows down the pace of the album a bit, but felt lacking.

The next two tracks I continued to lose interest, as I felt the music was just a rehash of what I had heard earlier, although the last passage of As The Time Passes By redeems the song by with an enjoyable short guitar solo.

My attention was really brought back with Overture Solemnis, however, as I found the melody pleasant and as momentum builds with the guitars, I had a sense of anticipation which is rewarded when the guitars kick in. Miroslav does some more nice solo work here as well.

Finally, the album closer Samson begins with a nice introduction, capturing my attention immediately. Overall an enjoyable track, but nothing spectacular. However, it does justice to the album and leaves me feeling ultimately satisfied.

Although I felt the album begin to lose some momentum in the latter half, it finished off on a high point and I was not left feeling disappoined. I found Secret Spheres Of Art to be a consistent and interesting effort worth having in my collection.

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 Price O Zivotu by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.88 | 8 ratings

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Review by MODULATOR

4 stars Alogia is the best power/progressive metal band from my country (Serbia), and this is their second release. And yes, it's MUCH better than first "Price O Vremenu" : better production, better and more mature song structure and much better singing from Nikola Mijic. I will compare them with Kamelot, Symphony X and Dream Theater with plenty of hard rock influences. Album is singed in serbian language wich might be exotic for those of you who's never listen to it - it sound's beautiful! Best songs are almost Evergrey-like "Novi Dan", "Trgovci Dusama", pop-oriented "Jos Samo Ovaj Put", crushin' "Putnik Na Raskrscu" etc. Only failure is the song "Ambis" and pointless instumentalization at the end of some songs. Album close better than original "What A Feeling" - it's sound's great in metal cloak! On the bonus disk we have another better than original song ("Gde Si U Ovom Glupom Hotelu") from the legendary Serbian rock band Riblja Corba wich also sound's great! So, at the end, I will recommend "Price O Zivotu" to everyone who loves aftermentioned bands and good power/progressive metal and hard rock music!

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 Price O Vremenu by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.42 | 3 ratings

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Review by auggie_p

2 stars The way they combine melodic power metal influences with pure progressive rock guitar passages often works on album, but sometimes songs seem so cheesy and not so progressive, not even metal. Also there are many influences from 80's guitar driven rock/metal music. Musicians are skilled but the technical part is ruined with awful and cheap production, guitars are not very clear and the drums sound horrible! All three lead singers don't have so strong voice but at least they offered interesting (although unoriginal) singing style. The biggest shame is that the two best songs here are actually covers (Pretty Maids and Conception), so much about songwriting... The talent has been shown but far from world class. More maturity is needed and much much better production... all in all solid debut but nothing more.

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 Secret Spheres Of Art by ALOGIA album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.51 | 7 ratings

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Review by jaxflguy1981

4 stars After hearing the 2 tracks hosted on this site I decided to buy the only album that has been released in the states so far Secret Spheres Of Art. I'm not going to analyze each track too much, I'm just going to point out some of the highlights of each song. I'm a big fan of Dream Theater, Fates Warning & Queensryche so this cd leaves a good taste after hearing it and leaves me wanting to hear more from them.

Track 1 - 6:08 - Secret Spheres Great intro (sort of like Dream Theater - Learning To Live) Some good use of backup vocals Guitar Solo From 3:54 - 4:38 Guitar Flutter at 4:19 & 4:20 Rating - 9/10

Track 2 - 1:00 - Journey Into The Dawn Of Life Synths to Military snare with some guitar Relaxing track Rating - 6/10

Track 3 - 4:03 - Politics of War Fast track with decent synths in the middle Guitar Solo From 2:30 - 3:00 Rating - 7/10

Track 4 - 3:28 - Legend of A Stolen Heart Medieval sounding keys in the intro Fast track with decent guitar rifts Rating - 7/10

Track - 5 - 4:45 - Falling Asleep Starts off with slow synths then jams out to being very upbeat Great backup vocals Accoustic Guitar Solo 3:00 - 3:30 (some electric added at the end of it) Very catchy song 9/10

Track - 6 - 2:10 - Kontinuum Outer Space Travel like song of synths some drum beats that progress then fades into the next track 6/10

Track - 7 - 0:57 - Mystica Aegyptiorum Middle Eastern sounding track of hand drums & misc sounds 6/10

Track - 8 - 3:32 - Amon One of the more thrash tracks of the cd Guitar/Drum Solo 2:13 - 2:39 Ends with 15 seconds of accoustic guitar 7/10

Track - 9 - 3:28 - Beyond the Time Upbeat track From 1:45 - 1:58 kick ass 1980s Nintendo NES style midi music Some good guitar work 2/3 through Last 30 seconds goes from dead to the start of the next track 8/10

Track - 10 - 4:28 - Lament Slow and soft song Guitar Solo From 3:11 - 3:40 7/10

Track - 11 - 0:51 - Astral Horizons Military snare, nice keys, guitar & bass drum I would have liked this track to progress into a full song 8/10

Track - 12 - 3:43 - As the Time Passes By Upbeat track with varying tempos Guitar solo 2:35 - 3:15 Nice long guitar flutter at 2:43 9/10

Track - 13 - 1:40 - Overture Solemnis Trash sounding track that sounds scottish somewhat Sort of sounds like Kings Quest (the video game) music at the end 6/10

Track - 14 - 3:34 - Samson Overall a real good song Guitar solo 1:53 - 2:31 Guitar Flutter at 2:13 & 2:14 during solo The song/cd end with some great guitar work 8/10

Overall cd rating 8/10

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