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It was 1999 when ANDROMEDA officially made their appearance: Johan Reinholdz, guitars, submitted the demo "Welcome to forever" to the record label WAR-music. There was interest from the label so later that year Thomas Lejon, drums, Martin Hedin, keyboards, Johan Reinholdz and bass player Gert Daun started rehearsing the songs for the band's first album.

The band entered the studio in March 2000 to record the album with Daniel Bergstrand as the producer. Lawrence Mackrory was hired to perform the vocals in "EXTENSION OF THE WISH" which was mixed and ready a month later, hitting the record shops in February 2001. In the meanwhile, David Fremberg joined the band as a vocalist in August 2000. The sound of their debut can be described as heavy-intense but at the same time very melodic progressive metal and received significant attention from the press and fans. A tour of Sweden and an appearance at the Progpower festival in the Netherlands in October came to support this release.

The vocals were re-recorded and a re-mixed version including two new tracks was released in France by the label NTS in November 2000. The next step of the band was a French tour with Evergrey in February 2001, while tracks for their upcoming release "II=I" started taking shape. Recordings of the new tracks continued throughout the year with Martin Hedin as the producer and finally the album was completed in August. This time the style can be described as more complex and vocal-oriented.

Fabian Gustavsson, bass, replaced Gert Daun in 2003 and after a world wide release of the album and tours, the band started composing material for "CHIMERA" in the spring of 2004. This time, the approach was towards a heavier, more in-your-face solid rocking sound, creating a new, fresh chapter in ANDROMEDA's history. Martin was again the producer and the album was finally released in the spring of 2006.

The band's first live DVD "PLAYING OFF THE BOARD" was released in April 2007, following the European tour appearances. The band's latest release, "THE IMMUNITY ZONE" was released in fall 2008 to show yet again a new approach of the band's musical galaxy: "dark, brutal, energetic and intelligent"!!! Recommended to fans of melodic progressive metal.

Biography prepared by Aapatsos (Source: Andromeda official website)

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ANDROMEDA discography


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3.78 | 107 ratings
Extension of the Wish
2001
3.79 | 105 ratings
II = I
2003
3.79 | 69 ratings
Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension
2004
3.58 | 85 ratings
Chimera
2006
3.17 | 58 ratings
The Immunity Zone
2008
3.41 | 44 ratings
Manifest Tyranny
2011

ANDROMEDA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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4.40 | 20 ratings
Playing Off The Board
2007

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 Manifest Tyranny by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.41 | 44 ratings

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Finally,the new album of the Sweds has been released at the end of 2011 year!I was really curious and inpatient to see how the things are going after the mediocre THE IMMUNITY ZONE album,which was not at all bad 100 %,it was just uninspired!Well,in 2011 ,things are much better,way better than on the previous album!New label behind,new attitude and a slightly new musical direction too... a new face for ANDROMEDA!Of course,the technical aspect is very strong,but not so astonishing like in the past.This album is,definitelly,the most mature so far,loaded with excellent,diverse and catchy compositions!It's not at all an easy listening this album-no way-definitelly there are necessary several auditions to fully understand the message of MANIFEST TYRANNY!The political involvement of the guys is very well represented on the album,with some very direct and precise lyrics-and-in the music,with some voices of Obama or Bush with some memorable quotations and speeches for this political leaders!Musically speaking,the album has everything what a modern prog metal album should have in 2011!Crunchy guitars,insane drumming and majestic keyboard parts-but the voice of David is really fantastic on this album!This guy is definitelly spectacular and delivers passioned and intense pvocal performances here!Pretty good production-but,in my opinion-a little weaker than on the previous albums?!?!In my opinion-MANIFEST TYRANNY-is one of the best prog metal albums in 2011,and I can say that ANDROMEDA is one of the surest values of Europe in this pretentious genre!4.5 STARS,and all my respect for this amazing musicians!
 Manifest Tyranny by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.41 | 44 ratings

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Sweden is known for its massive progressive metal scene, and one of the bigger names in this scene is Andromeda. In spite of this, Manifest Tyranny (their fifth full-length album) is my first acquaintance with their music, so I can't (yet) compare this with their earlier efforts. What we have here is a fairly unique brand of melodic progressive metal that, while still borrowing heavily from bands like Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, and Evergrey, sounds pretty original. Manifest Tyranny is an impressive modern prog metal release, and while I can't say it's a shining success from every angle, there are enough positive traits to outweigh any detriments.

Musically, I'd say that Manifest Tyranny is best described as melodic progressive metal, but with a more raw and heavy edge. While still quite complex, there are lots of crushing guitar riffs throughout the album, and the raw production further exemplifies the heavy edge that Andromeda favors on this release. While far from revolutionary, Manifest Tyranny does not sound like any other band; Andromeda has their own sound, and deserves to be applauded for this. The lyrics dealing with political stigma, corruption in government, and war are also pretty interesting, and I love the way the band is able to incorporate this relevant message into their songs using voiceovers and sound samples. My biggest gripe with Manifest Tyranny is that there aren't a whole lot of great tracks, and even though the whole album is good, it seldom reaches a level of excellence. I'd say "Asylum" and "Go Back to Sleep" are both great tracks, but the rest of Manifest Tyranny seldom exceeds the 'average' mark. A few more impressive compositions would've really done the album wonders - after all, the musicians playing the songs are extremely precise throughout the full 64 minute duration.

Even though I wish Manifest Tyranny were a bit shorter and had a few more great songs, this is still a fairly easy recommendation for modern prog metal enthusiasts. If you're in search of original and lyrically relevant progressive metal with top-notch musicianship and classy melodies, you're bound to be impressed by what Andromeda offers on this observation. 3.5 stars are deserved, and I can safely say that I'll be checking out more albums from these Swedish lads in the future.

 Manifest Tyranny by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.41 | 44 ratings

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Daggor

1 stars Gonna be real honest here, the first thing I asked upon listening to Andromeda's latest release "Manifest Tyranny" was, "Is this supposed to be good?". Being what I would call a lifelong heavy metal fan (So long as we can start my "life" in high school when I started listen to music at all), I've had to really get used to some downright awful lyrics. What has always been a saving grace is that usually I can move past them and really focus in on great riffs and great music. First of all though, Andromeda seems completely unaware that they sound like immature kids, and they are SO loud about it. The "Concept" of this album can't just be filed away and ignored. Because: The entire thing is overloaded with "Voice overdubs". Seriously, these things suck. I wasn't that big of a fan when DT used them in "The Great Debate", and so Andromeda decided to base an entire album around them doesn't make me warm and fuzzy either.

Even outside of that though, there's nothing of any value. Calling this "Progressive" is akin to taking a worthless Indie-Rock band and calling them "Alternative" because there's else to do with them. I guess they use a lot of keyboards, and there is a surplus of? odd rhythms? I can't say enough for how bad this concept is. I get that maybe you feel like some super cool social warrior by blaring around all these voice clips, but the whole thing sounds awful. There's really nothing positive I can say about this album other than a few good riffs, and some occasional parts that are mediocre enough to not make me want to immediately hit skip, but these are short lived. If you feel really compelled to understand the experience of listening to "Manifest Tyranny", grab some demos from a second rate prog metal band and play them over conspiracy theory videos on Youtube.

The music is disorganized. It severely lacks any riffs or cohesiveness of songs. The entire album is dragged down by a mass of voiceovers that provide no musical value, and only serve to make the songs more bland. The whole thing is just messy and difficult to listen to. I wouldn't recommend this to fans of any genre, because even though music is a personal statement, it has to be a personal statement through some form of enjoyable melody, otherwise you might as well write an essay. Maybe Andromeda wants to get politically active, but they've got a lot of maturing to do before people take that aspect seriously.

~Dagg (www.blackwindmetal.com)

 Manifest Tyranny by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.41 | 44 ratings

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Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Time Signature

4 stars This release is, as far as I remember, my first acquaintance with Swedish prog metallers Andromeda, so I do not have their earlier releases as a point of reference or a point of comparison.

In any case, I think that "Manifest Tyranny" is a pretty good album which is rich in variation and full of different impressions, but, still, there is a sense of consistency and coherence throughout the album (which is definitely a great strength, sine the album seems to be a concept album, criticizing American foreign politics). Going from semi-thrashy passages over quirky and technical ones to very mellow and melodic ones, generously sprinkling their music with layers of piano parts, electronica elements and plenty of references to classic prog rock, Andromeda invites the listener home for a buffet which will definitely leave even the most insatiable listener feeling satisfied.

The musicianship and production are top notch, and, while Andromeda wear their influences on their sleeves (I detect inspiration from early and more recent Dream Theater, 70s prog rock, recent Iron Maiden, late 90s and early 00s Fates Warning as well as [on the lyrical side] Queensr˙che), Andromeda's brand of progressive metal on this release strikes me as being quite original. While it does contain technical and quirky elements as well as dynamic song structures and spacey things, it never becomes inaccessible.

Andromeda's "Manifest Tyranny" is an original and lyrically relevant progressive metal release which does not disappoint.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)

 Extension of the Wish  by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.78 | 107 ratings

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Extension of the Wish
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Aspiring hope

4 stars Andromeda's debut brings us a great addition to the classic prog-metal ranks, an already over-populated and, at desperate times, uninspiring sub-genre. The first chance I had to listen to it was upon discovering the band right here on PA, taking a huge liking for the album's title-track. Even though it occured to me there were suspicious links to Dream Theater, I felt there was more than a DT clone in it sound.

And right I was, as the remainder of te album sounds nothing at all like the prog-metal icons. It is indeed filled with technical prowess, brought forth by Johan Reinholdz guitar work at the front of the mix, as well as diverse intrumental sections, branding the prog-metal formula throughout. Unspoken Words opens the album with a pretty straight-forward and ear-friendly example of such blueprint - one which might take a turn for the flaw, when taken to the extreme lenghts of Starshooter Supreme. Still a lot of fun, though.

Albeit, there is also a great display of time-signature acrobatics that comes across as challenging and interesting rather than cloying, notably In The Deepest Of Waters and Chameleon Carnival - a fast-paced intrumental tune of much appropriate name. These are more adequate to exemplify the less obvious influence of the remaining members: although Johan Reinholdz is the main songwriter and highlighted musician, there is also a powerful rhythmic powerhouse delivered from Thomas Lejon's drumming, one that is both detailed and complex, as well as powerful and loud, in a combination not always within the grasp of the average metal drummer (prog or otherwise). Gert Daun brings in a solid backing of this rhythmic madness on the bass, though flawed (if it should even be so) by his place in the mix. Martin Hedin provides the agile backing of guitar, much to the like of DT's duo, but also employing a distinct contribution to the refreshing tone.

The counterpart of this diverse array of metal styles is heard in the melodious spirit, driven by a greatly inspired guitar, artfully maintaining the balance between technique and emotion. These interesting elements are found mainly in the title-track and Arch Angel, where Lawrence Mackrory's otherwise displaced vocal leads are suited beautifully in their more atmopheric expression. Truly a shame these weren't fitted as strongly or consistently thoughout the rest of the album.

At the end of the record, a most interesting addition to any prog-metal fan, but perhaps not as exciting if this isn't really your cup of tea.

 Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.79 | 69 ratings

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Extension of the Wish - The Final Extension
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Andy Webb
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

4 stars 7/8's the new groovy!

Note, I have not heard the original Extension of the Wish, only this version, and I love it! Although the album art is much less creative, the music is still great. Andromeda has really created their own brew of progressive metal, something that, surprisingly, is not really influenced by Dream Theater. They are definitely one of the more creative prog metal bands in the mix. Extension of the Wish is a favorite of mine; it's a great album in general.

The Words Unspoken has a nice technical 7/8 intro, as do most of the songs, with a spacey distorted guitar. The technicality of the song is impressive, with switch off solos between synth and guitar. The new singer really shows off his pipes on this song.

Crescendo of Thoughts opens up yet again with that spacey and groovy 7/8 soloing between synth and guitar. The melody is most prominent in this song, among the instrumental technicality.

In The Deepest Waters is a fun track, yet again in 7/8 (I think the drummer just lays out a beat and the other players just solo around it). The rhythms and instrumental sections are nice, as are the semi-melodic choruses. The outro neatly fades into the next track, another upside of the album.....

....Starshooter Supreme is a great fun track built (again) around 7/8. The soloing is fun and inventful, as are the verses and chorus.

Chameleon Carnival is easily one of the best tracks on the album, a fun instrumental 7/8 groove built around some fun solos between guitar, bass, and synth. A very fun track to listen to; it's one of those prog songs that you just want to bob your head to.

Extension of the Wish is the first truly melodic song on the album. It's just over 10 minutes, being the longest track on the album. The song is built not around 7/8, but a 10/8 groove, finally a change! The verses and chorus are very melodic are definitely something that could be remembered. The album begins a slow decline after this, as the first songs are much more upbeat and fun that the remaining tracks.

Arch Angel is the second really melodic song, with a much lighter chorus and not as much technicality when it comes to soloing, which is reduced in number.

Journey of Polyspheric Experience is a really spacey song. You just want to kick back and be enveloped by the spacey synth voice. It has a really trippy feel to it, with less technicality again. The chorus isn't "melodic," but more lighter and is more of a psychedelic-metal feel.

Eclipse, the last and most likely lightest track on the album, tries to fit in a little symphonic into the space metal. The soling is slower, more careful, less upbeat and fun, and more focused on staying both technical and melodic in feel. A nice end to a great space metal album.

ALBUM OVERALL: A fantastic album. The first 6 are much better than the remaining 3, but all 9 are still fantastic. The technicality really outmatches the melodic element, so it doesn't have all three of the Dream Theater "prog, metal, and *melodic*," but it is still fantastic. A great deviation from traditional prog metal, and a fantastic album.

 The Immunity Zone by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.17 | 58 ratings

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The Immunity Zone
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Flucktrot
Prog Reviewer

2 stars To be honest, the only thing that really attracts me to this album is the quasi-epic, Veil of Illumination. However, I enjoy that piece enough that it keeps Andromeda on my radar. However, you should be warned that there are plenty of moments containing fairly standard, derivative progressive metal herein.

Veil is very reminiscent of Dream Theater style metal, but with the bass and drums sounding very muddy, and by extension, not very good, although the actual rhythms and syncopation are for the most part good. Parts not involving the main theme and chorus--which I have to admit are extremely catchy--often remind me of some of the more adventurous parts of Metropolis Part I. The highlight for me is the Petrucci-like wailing solo near the middle over synth strings, maybe even reminding me just a bit of Riverside. I love wailing guitar--and I'm a total sucker for this stuff!

Overall, the rating is driven by the epic. 17 minutes of good prog is worth that in my book, although you may reasonably disagree. Just don't expect too much from the rest.

 The Immunity Zone by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.17 | 58 ratings

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The Immunity Zone
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars The only other ANDROMEDA record I have is "Extension Of The Wish-The Final Extension" (listened to it again this weekend) and lets just say that this latest album from the band isn't nearly as good. That's being kind. Sure this is a good Metal album but to my ears it seems uninspired as they hit us with a lot of heavy riffs in straight-forward tracks. Little in the way of guitar solos as well. One thing I didn't know until now was that ANDROMEDA's drummer Thomas Lejon is also the drummer for another Swedish band called A.C.T. that many of you know.

"Recognizing Fate" has a good heavy intro before settling before a minute when the vocals arrive. Contrasts continue. A spoken word sample comes in after 2 1/2 minutes while the heaviness continues. Some prominant bass before 6 minutes followed by synths. "Slaves Of The Plethora Season" is heavy to open but i'm not a fan of the synths here at all. Vocals come in and I must say the lyrics are poor on this track. Riffs are the best part of this song. "Ghosts On Retinas" is laid back with reserved vocals joining in. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue. "Censoring Truth" sounds fantstic to open as the guitar grinds away then the drums join in with a full sound in tow. Actually it sounds like theremin here or high pitched synths. The synths that follow sound wimpy then the vocals come in as it settles. Not a fan of this one other then the intro. "Worst Enemy" has these almost spoken vocals with gentle guitar and synths to open. It kicks in around a minute. It ends like it began.

"My Star" is the first song on here that has my attention for positive reasons. Heavy intro with synths as reserved vocals join in. Synths before 3 minutes then it's the guitars turn with theatrical vocals. Some great instrumental work follows.This song recalls their past for me. Killer tune. "Another Step" rocks out pretty good but it's fairly straight-forward. It's ok. "Shadow Of A Lucent Moon" is the other song that impresses me a lot. Mellow with gentle guitar and reserved vocals to open. It doesn't kick in until around 3 minutes. Nice guitar solo 5 minute in. "Voice Of Illumination" is the 17 1/2 minute closer. I like the drumming and bass early and the instrumental interlude from before 5 minutes to after 13 minutes. Nice stretch of music.

There are glimpses of what I really like about this band here but overall 3 stars is if anything generous.

 Chimera by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.58 | 85 ratings

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Chimera
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Epsilon

3 stars They have never been a copy from other bands in progressive music, at least in metal field. Of course they have many influences as any other act but also they have shown album after album and in a sincere way all that passion for music through their songs. In fact, I think that's the key they have always had to find the way of expressing the music's real sense according to their personal and group interpretation of what the melody really is, always helped by their own skills.

They're not an extreme virtuosity music group (but anyone who has listened them knows how good they are as musicians!) and on this opportunity they composed seemingly simple music, accessible to any hearing and if you ask me almost intentionally direct, more than before. Personally I prefer the "complex side" they manifested on Two is One (their best until date in my humble opinion) and certainly influenced by classic progressive rock bands, however on Chimera every piece is well distributed and giving quality to the sum of songs and don't do it to specify in isolated parts.

Can't find any defect in relation to the performance of songs, they're executed amazingly and I would like to make a special mention to Mr. Hedin and Mr. Lejon's work... keyboards and drums are played in an absolutely awesome way but without pretending any excessive instrumental movement that affects the songs. Among the tracks that compose this record I would like to mention some of them that really captured my attention, songs such as:

Going under: it's probably the one of the best tracks on Chimera. It's dynamic, constant rhythm's changes and definitely there's an excellent performance level from everyone in this song, really nice! (9/10).

Periscope: it's an intense mid/fast-tempo that blends heavy and sophisticated music passages with powerful guitar riffs and a notorious keyboard intervention along the track, a great opener (8/10).

No guidelines: another heavy track that makes me to remember a lot Dream Theater's Awake, mostly because of guitar work by Mr. Reinholdz, great job! (8/10).

Iskenderun: the melody and lyrics are catchy, also it possess a magisterial keyboard work creating an atmosphere unique and is supplemented with guitar's heavy rhythms almost all the song (8/10).

The hidden riddle: the more "relaxed" song of all record. Besides, the acoustic guitar section and keyboard's melody are the remarkable points inside the composition (7/10).

By: Epsilon.

 Chimera by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.58 | 85 ratings

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Chimera
Andromeda Progressive Metal

Review by Moonshield

4 stars After a great debut and a very dissapointing follow up, this 3rd album is very likeable, it is much more song oriented, less wanky and a lot more focussed than the previous one. I realise a lot of people wont like this approach as there isnt much prog here nor that much intense metal, this release goes more into the Hard Rock/ Heavy metal end of the prog spectrum but it is all very well done and thought out, there are no pointless lashes of technical proeficiency or the usual never-ending noodling ... instead we are delivered rock-solid songs that although may not be the most exciting inovative pieces, stick to your head like candy and are very enjoyable (yes, there is some cheese).

A good return from this swedish band, still miles below their amazing debut but a good album none the less.

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