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SPECIAL PROVIDENCE

Progressive Metal • Hungary


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SPECIAL PROVIDENCE was formed in January 2004 in Budapest, Hungary by Zoltán CSÉRY (keyboards) and Ádám MARKÓ (drums) who both graduated from Kobánya Music Studio. Attila FEHÉRVÁRI (bass) - who has replaced Istvan BATA, the original bass player appearing in all their releases - and Márton KERTÉSZ (guitar, since 2006), graduates of the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest complete the line-up. Besides SPECIAL PROVIDENCE, the members of the band take part in other groups and projects in Hungary as songwriters, studio musicians or orchestrators. They released their debut album in 2007 titled "Space Café" and then were invited to tour with the JEFF ANDREWS TRIO. In December 2008 they released the 2nd album titled "Labyrinth". The band has performed in well-known festivals mainly around continental Europe. The label Musea started to distribute the band's albums in 15 countries since 2010, while in March of the same year they released their first DVD entitled "Something Special".

The sound of the band is based on a highly virtuosic blend of jazz rock/fusion and traditional progressive metal and should appeal to fans of both genres.

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LabyrinthLabyrinth
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3.67 | 6 ratings
Space Café
2007
3.48 | 11 ratings
Labyrinth
2008
3.70 | 54 ratings
Soul Alert
2012

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Something Special
2010

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 Labyrinth by SPECIAL PROVIDENCE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.48 | 11 ratings

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Special Providence Progressive Metal

Review by maryes

3 stars 3,5 stars !!! The second album from the Hungarian band SPECIAL PROVIDENCE "Labyrinth" is a is very well done combination from two progressive rock style's almost so antagonistic as a straight line and zigzag, the prog-metal and prog-jazz But, the music and the climate from the album is far from causing a "shock wave" when they make a sequence between the tracks with more heavy approach with the more jazzy flavor, due to in all tracks the mix are present. I cannot detach any track, but I can say... if you are fan of bands like KENSO and RETURN TO FOREVER, this a album deserves at least one audition.The only censure is the vocal version in the bonus track "Nitro-Gain" ( I don't like so much !) .My rate is 3 stars , with the reservation that this album figures in my collection !!!

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 Soul Alert by SPECIAL PROVIDENCE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.70 | 54 ratings

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Special Providence Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Soul Alert' - Special Providence (8/10)

Although I'm sure there's a band out there that screws it up somehow, I don't think I've ever heard a band that made the fusion of jazz and metal sound bad. Hungary's Special Providence does not tend to break this lucky streak I've had with this style; in fact, this quartet has produced some of the best metal fusion I've heard in a while. Being both without favouring one or the other, jazz and metal aficionados may find themselves debating what to arbitrarily label this music as from dusk 'til dawn, but they won't be disappointed; 'Soul Alert' is an early 2012 highly for both styles.

Depending on who you ask, metal fusion could either sound light and only occasionally heavy- as per the case of more recent bands like Germany's Relocator- or it could be a more 'extreme' form, as was true for the style's origins in death metal. Special Providence have more in common with Pat Metheny than Cynic or Atheist, and though much of the band's sound on 'Soul Alert' is geared towards laid-back, guitar-oriented chemistry, there is enough riff-heavy kick to give metalheads their fix. Genres aside, Special Providence's music is (mostly) instrumental, and surprisingly varied. Kertész Márton's guitar leads are the most immediate aspect of the album, but a prog-canon synthesizer also gets a fair chunk of the 'solo' kudos.

The first thing to strike me while listening to 'Soul Alert' was the refined skill of the band. Although the often open-ended instrumentation takes several listens to warm up to, Special Providence hits a nice middle ground between technical showmanship and emotional energy. Think Dream Theater when they're not trying to level a small city with speed, and there's a good impression of what Special Providence is going for in their music. Pair that with a crisp sense of production, and 'Soul Alert' sounds as professional as any album you might hear in progressive music nowadays.

Barring the two main ingredients that Special Providence make use of in their sound, there was also a slight dimension of electronica that made for a catchy add-on. Although most of the album focuses on the musicianship and arrangement over melody, the standout track 'Lazy Boy' has a ridiculously catchy theme; a simple melody made memorable by a clever use of electronic sounds and pseudo-dance rhythms. Although 'Soul Alert' at times feels a little longwinded for its often indulgent musicianship, hearing that catchy motif reprise on the album's last track makes for an incredibly effective finale. As a final surprise, Special Providence wait until the last track to offer some vocals; a higher-register singing that emphasizes the melody. Although it feels a little awkward to hear vocals after an hour of instrumental wandering, it makes for a pretty interesting, albeit brief twist in the band's sound.

Of course, if you're not a fan of the exploratory, 'wandering' experience that jazz of this style offers, 'Soul Alert' may appear inaccessible. For its most-part scarcity of standout melody, 'Soul Alert' does take a while to enjoy, but if they had not already; Special Providence demonstrate here that they are one of the most promising bands in metal fusion today.

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 Soul Alert by SPECIAL PROVIDENCE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.70 | 54 ratings

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Special Providence Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars Is this a metal or a jazz album ?

Honestly, I cannot answer that question. Special Providence took a very long step towards jazz on their previous album Labyrinth. And I do not know what they were on their debut album though. But on Soul Alert, or should that be Jazz Alert ?...... Special Providence has at least one leg in the fusion landscape. And we are talking Mahavishnu Orchestra here. Big time. Then some very strong Dream Theater influences comes smashing through this party. Not to make my job any easier, but there is also a very strong electronica element on Soul Alert. That also stirrs things up too.

Most of the music is instrumental and driven by both keyboards and guitars. No issues there.

This album, which I have been listening to for a while, is really interesting. It combines my strong interest for fusion and my admiration for Dream Theater. This album leaves a happy chappy in me. The quality is also very good throughout. I am most happy about the fusion stuff and is not sure of the band still should have a foot in the metal camp. I normally hate electronica. But this is cleverly applied to this album and has made it stronger. Strong enough to elevate it up from three and three quarters to a fully blown four stars album. I only wish we had more bands like Special Providence. Their concept is really great and will unite the Dream Theater and the Mahavishnu Orchestra fans under one roof. And as this album prove: What is the difference between these two bands ? Well, find out yourself by purchasing this album.

4 stars

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 Labyrinth by SPECIAL PROVIDENCE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.48 | 11 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The first ever review of a Special Providence album here in PA and following on from the interview.

This is the second album from Special Providence. Which makes me wonder why this band has been lumped into the Prog Metal genre. This album is not metal at all so I guess they got the label based on their first album. The music on this album is fusion with a lot of jazz too. Mahavishnu Orchestra springs to mind. And so is a lot of other straight fusion bands too.

Talking of Mahavishnu Orchestra. Labyrinth though is a lot more laid back and does not have the cascades of guitars. But it is in this slightly laid back landscape you will find this album. There is plenty of guitar solos on Labyrinth though.

This is a very enjoyable listen, this album. Some really killer tracks would had been fine though. But I have really enjoyed this album and do recommend it and the band to all fusion fans out there.

3.5 stars

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