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PORT MAHADIA

Heavy Prog • United States


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In 'Progressive' terms, although PORT MAHADIA may not quite be described as a super-group, accomplished and seasoned musicians from the fields of mainstream and progressive rock form the band. The debut album, 'Echoes In Time', was principally written by Cameron CASTLE (guitars) who admits his principle influences include Yngwie MALMSTEEN, Eric JOHNSON, and Stevie Ray VAUGHAN among others. He collaborated with bassist Erinn WAGGONER who wrote the lyrics. WAGGONER had previously written and played progressive & eclectic styles of music for his previous band, the Kentucky based NERO SUN.

Other members of the group include Rusty CLUTTS (drums), William O'CONNELL (keyboards) and Dave GILBERT (vocals) who has previously performed with bands REDLINE and ECHOES AIM. The completed line-up for the debut, however, features a number of impressive guest appearances including Damian WILSON (vocals:THRESHOLD), Natalie Grace CHUA's vocals, David RAGSDALE of KANSAS on violin and Hugh McDOWELL (cello, E.L.O.).

In receipt of high quality recording, production and excellent packaging, PORT MAHADIA's concept-driven debut incorporates an underlying narrative telling the story of a mariner's voyage into the unknown. Charting his adventures, survival against the odds and his longing to return safely to the loved one he has left behind, the story has a deliberately ambiguous ending. WAGGONER himself comments: "I have never done anything more complicated than this, writing an album that leads the listener and yet forces them to resolve the story in their own mind."

Although PORT MAHADIA have on balance been most appropriately included within the Heavy Progressive category, their style is also eclectic, ranging as it does from the radio-friendly ballad "Sirens Call" to the melodic metal of "Distant Shores", the classic rock influenced "Requiem Of The Mind" and the KANSAS influenced "Riding The Wind". As a consequence, their music should please the devotees of a broad cross-section of bands within the Heavy Prog, Melodic Progmetal and Art Rock/Crossover spheres.


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 Echoes in Time by PORT MAHADIA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.49 | 5 ratings

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Echoes in Time
Port Mahadia Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars 'Echoes in Time' is a concept album by a new prog project built around guitarist Cameron Castle and bass player Erinn Waggoner with the emphasis on melodic heavy art rock. Best-known member for me is singer Damian Wilson who returned back to THRESHOLD in July 2007. But he's not the only one to be responsible for the vocal parts. The name PORT MAHADIA is pointing out to the maritime story. That's not all of it. The cover is showing a sailing ship on the high sea, synths are serving a night surf for example and strings imitate seagulls like on the opener Prologue.

Possible centerpiece is the epic I Of The Storm with a complex song structure - embracing all the facets the album has to offer. Guitars varying with a bandwith from mainstream to metall riffing, melodic vocal dominated parts including an episode remembering at Jeff Wayne's 'War Of The World' sprechgesang. The other songs are solid - you will find balladesque parts headed by acoustic guitar, female vocals, cello and violin. But all in all the album is dominated by rocking themes based on a good rhythm section and a lot of guitar variations.

A brave output whereas I'm missing edgy moments, the unique worthwile gimmicks. Because of some transitions to the symphonic department probably a good find for Kansas and Proto-Kaw fans.

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Port Mahadia Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US based band Port Mahadia has made a very promising debut album with Echoes in Time.

A concept album telling a salty sea story may not be what one might expect from a band based in Kentucky, but these guys pull this one off quite nicely. The compositions are mixed in style, with quite a few ballads, some shorter mood pieces and some tracks where the band really rock out, verging on prog metal in style. High class guitar work and excellent symphonic keyboard textures are dominating traits, violins courtesy of David Ragsdale appear on several tracks to enhance mood and atmosphere, and as a solid foundation on all tracks you'll find a solid bass line and neat drumming.

The only element lacking are killer tunes; most songs here are very good but lack that slight element that would make them extraordinary. Still, a good and solid album that fans of symphonic prog rock should check out.

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