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DISTORTED HARMONY are a progressive metal band from Tel Aviv, Israel. Although the first music and title - ''Utopia'', which the band would eventually adopt as the title for their debut - were composed back in 2006 by Yoav EFRON (keyboards), it was not until 2009, when he met Yogev GABAY (drums), that the band started taking form. By 2011, Misha SOUKHININ (vocals), Guy LANDAU (guitars) and Iggy 'Jalapeno' COHEN (bass) had also joined them, completing the line-up. From that moment and up to May 14th 2012, when the band digitally released their debut album, the quintet composed the rest of the music, while SOUKHININ would write the lyrics with the assistance of EFRON, LANDAU and outside friends. ''Utopia'' was available for a limited period as a free download at the band's website.

During 2012-13 the band appeared in some of the best venues in Israel, released two official videos and were nominated for the "Limelight" award in ''PROG'' magazine. August 2013 saw them entering the studio to record ''Chain Reaction'', which would be released in June 2014.

The band cite influences from DREAM THEATER, SYMPHONY X, PORCUPINE TREE, MUSE, OPETH, but also jazz and classical music. In addition to the bands above, their sound resembles the melodic lines of ENCHANT at times, blending mellow moments, heaviness and virtuosity in a contemporary manner.

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3.94 | 196 ratings
Utopia
2012
4.22 | 23 ratings
Chain Reaction
2014

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 Chain Reaction by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.22 | 23 ratings

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Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by uribreitman

4 stars After listening to this album 48 times on my iPod (yes, iTunes counts every listen), I conclude that this is one of my favorite albums of 2014. Great prog-metal, with great melodic sense, excellent arrangements and a spectacular musical production.

This is even better than 2012's "Utopia", which was the best prog-metal album ever produced in Israel anyway. Songs are tight, mature and muscular. Guitar work by Guy Landau deserves all the accolades, with tasteful licks and careful attention to detail. Drum work by Yogev Gabai is very creative, focused on clever syncopation and surprising passages.

Yoav Efron, band leader, has managed to remain in the background, not forcing himself on the songs, producing only the most essential keyboard solos. Frontman Misha Suchinin's vocals are impressive and sensitive - the exact opposite to most prog-metal vocalists. Misha never overkills the vocal lines, always human and dynamic.

The centerpiece is "Misguided" (#3), and tracks like "Methylene Blue" remind me of Porcupine Tree. All tracks, maybe except the short acoustic "As You Go" are perfect, with the 2nd track "Children of Red" remind me of Dream Theater's "Six Degrees" period.

All in all, a very catchy album, worthy of your precious time, with amazing progressive metal workouts - "Chain Reacion" focuses on the songs, not the players egos. This is not an empty showcase of virtuousity, but a real electric storm made by five world-class musicians. I enjoyed it so much, and glad to still have it on my mp3 player. The 50th listen is very close :-)

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4.22 | 23 ratings

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Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by DragonX32

5 stars I don't ever write reviews, but I thought this underrated group deserved more attention.

Distorted Harmony's second major release is a strong album all the way through, and very much worth your time if you are fan of progressive music. Genre and style descriptions include progressive, metal, alternative, and djent. All are accurate descriptions, but none are particularly overwhelming as they make for a pleasing combination. Simply put, these guys know how to write a song without over emphasizing any one style. They can seamlessly flow and build from one section to the next, without dwelling on any one part (the complete opposite of say, Dream Theater). Outside of the songwriting, the vocalist (Misha) is one of the biggest strengths of the band. His clean, soaring, and melodic yet mellow vocals are the foundation for an already great cast of instrumental support.

As for the instruments, most of the chugging / djent riffs remain in the background, to support the vocals and keyboard. The intensity of the guitar waxes and wanes depending on the section, which keeps these sections refreshing despite the repetitive riffs commonly heard with more extreme djent. The keyboards are great, playing typical background chords, solos, arpeggios, and occasionally a lead riff or section. Some tracks, including "As You Go" depart from metal and djent styles entirely, with the band instead opting to feature acoustic guitar and piano to support the vocals. Interestingly, these tracks compliment the overall feel of the album and are much welcomed.

The band cites influences from Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Symphony X, and others as influences. All of these influences can be heard if you listen carefully. Yet, Distorted Harmony maintains their integrity creating their own distinct sound. Often times, I found myself thinking certain segments sounded very similar to say Dream Theater, but without the boring slow segments (soft rock), uninspired lyrics, and excessive guitar / keyboard wankery.

All in all, this band should be accessible to anyone even casually interested in progressive rock & metal or djent. Distorted Harmony's biggest strengths include Misha's amazing voice and the ability to mix mellow moments with heaviness and virtuosity - particularly when it comes to song-writing, song-structure, and flow. It certainly helps that the choruses are all catchy, distinct, and not overly repetitive. Definitely check out this under rated band!

9/10; My favorite prog album of 2014 so far.

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 Chain Reaction by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.22 | 23 ratings

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Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

4 stars You wouldn't know this band if from Israël, listening to their second album. This is progressive metal with a slight touch of djent with influences from Dream Theater and many more modern progressive metal bands. The usual big guitar riffs are present throughout this CD, but what separate this music from the average prog metal bands are their strong compositions. When the band has showed their musicianship, they open the songs up with intelligent breaks by slowing things down with more emotional content. The vocals range can go from the screaming to some smooth vocals. Behind the powerful guitar riffs, the band has incorporated some nice arrangements and delicate passages with some acoustic music from the piano and the guitars offering a nice balance between metal and rock.

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 Chain Reaction by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

4 stars An insurmountable task

And that would be to "overtake" the greatness of the debut album "Utopia"... The problem here is that DH have set so high a standard with their first release that any subsequent album would have to be compared with that. And this is where we start with a handicap...

Although similar in duration, "Chain Reaction" avoids the very-long-composition pattern of the debut, with the exception of "Misguided", which, interestingly enough, is the absolute highlight. Here we see more "direct" songwriting, with potentially less complexity but with an increasingly personal sound and statement. In their majority, the compositions are more predictable as they unfold but impressions such as "wall of sounds" (opening "Every Time She Smiles") and "lushful, colourful passages" ("Natural Selection") are often generated in my mind.

Misha's vocal qualities are a winner throughout this release and at times counterbalance the heavy riffs of Yoav Efron. The late-era Dream Theater influence is still apparent, especially in the chucking riffs (e.g. see "Children of Red"). The Muse influence is, I think, stronger in this release, as the band blends successfully an "indie"/pop character with the more traditional progressive metal. The melodic/catchy refrains are back but the more intricate fusion-esque playing has somewhat been reduced. The addition of a couple of "fillers" in "Nothing" and "As You Go" does not really add much to the final result but trademark compositions such as "Natural Selection" bring the balance back to the positive sign. Interestingly, the album ends with a track full of goth/synth influences in "Methylene Blue", which, without impressing, leaves the listener with a pleasant taste.

Throughout the melancholia of compositions (and accompanying, interesting, artwork) there is an aura of optimism and character. DH have developed their own sound and that should be credited to them. Despite not reaching the same heights as "Utopia", "Chain Reaction" is a strong statement for the quality and personal sound of this group.

4 (-) stars with thanks to the band for the promo

Highlights: Every Time She Smiles, Misguided, Natural Selection

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Chain Reaction
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

5 stars In 2012, a young band blew me away with a debut that still lingers in my ears. Heck, my wife uses one of their songs as her ringtone. That band was Distorted Harmony, an Israeli progressive metal band with a fresh, eclectic sound. Their debut, 'Utopia', was my album of the year for 2012. So, when they announced their sophomore album, I instantly had to make a connection with them so that I could get the chance to review it.

Could my expectations be any higher? I almost feel bad for the band because there are so many people out there that have huge expectations for this new album, almost unfair expectations. And, yet, I think Distorted Harmony has met those expectations, and even exceeded them, just not in the way that anyone is expecting. Their new album is called 'Chain Reaction', and it is very different from their debut album.

Distorted Harmony has changed. They come across as more mature, more skilled, and more aware of what they want to play. Their first album leaned heavily on Dream Theater at times, but 'Chain Reaction' has thrown off that mantle almost completely. Gone are the technical (even cheesy) piano lines that Yoav Efron played with such skill, and in comes a darker, more subtler synth, though there are some piano lines that still serve a warm purpose in slower, more dramatic portions. While there is still much finger work from guitarist Guy Landau, the guitars are heavier, more stuttering, and more riff oriented. Iggy Cohen on bass has changed into a composer of funky and appropriate bass lines that are foundational to the music. Lastly, Yogev Gabay on drums may have changed the least, and that's just fine. His delicate but kinetic style abounds with flourishes and skill that I really enjoy. As a whole, the band plays furiously and their virtuosity shows, but their technical prowess comes together in such a way that they all sound like one unit, creating impressive walls of sound and also delicate reflective moments.

Vocalist Misha Soukhinin is back, and he's better than ever. His voice was somewhat controversial the first time around, as some people claimed his voice is 'too pop'. And you know what? It definitely is not a metal voice, and that is a huge compliment. His range is fantastic, his unique personality is a strong as ever, and his maturity in skill is becoming more apparent. Misha is destined to be one of the best, and, besides, he's hilarious.

Speaking of pop, though, I must point out of the biggest shifts for Distorted Harmony here is the pop and alternative influences that show themselves in catchier sections, ultra-polished grooves, raw riffing and choruses, and an accessibility that is strange for a metal album. If I had to make a comparison, I would say that this album sounds more like a metallic Muse album, complete with the soaring vocals, vocals filters, and creative instrumentals. This shift in sound is extremely welcome for me, and I'm very proud that Distorted Harmony has gone out on a limb.

'Chain Reaction' is very well paced, diverse, concise, and very deep lyrically. I feel that they really selected the best compositions they wrote, and created some very different artwork. The album starts off with one of my favorite songs of the year called 'Every Time She Smiles', an explosive, catchy track with a wonderful feel. As the album progresses, we get a great taste of all sorts of tones and sounds, from the heaviness of 'Children of Red' to the genius but groovy instrumental 'Nothing (but the rain)' and from the ballad structure of 'As You Go' to the ethereal to climactic bombast of 'Methylene Blue'. That last track is a close second on the album, as it starts out soft and surreal and progresses to an amazing instrumental climax. I must comment on the track 'Misguided', too, as it was originally released as a demo last year. The song sounds different, especially the funky little bass exercise they added towards the end. Overall, it has definitely been elevated, although some of Misha's vocals are a little less emotional.

Distorted Harmony may or may not have topped their debut. The fact is that it's really tough to decide that when 'Utopia' and 'Chain Reaction' are so different in purpose and style. For what it's worth, I think 'Chain Reaction' will be my favorite of the two, and it harks back to some of the alternative music I used to love and then combines it with some of the most technical yet purposeful progressive metal that I've heard. For what it's worth, 'Chain Reaction' is the best progressive metal album thus far in 2014.

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 Utopia by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.94 | 196 ratings

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Utopia
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Distorted Harmony is a young band from Israel with their debut released in 2012 named Utopia. Well, what we have here, a type of prog metal that is very appreciated in last years and I mean, fat bass lines, crunchy drums, nice guitar chops, flowing keybords and only an ok voice - did I like it? -well, yes, is not a groundbreaking album to my ears but worth to be investigated if you like prog metal. Taken influences from Symphony X, Dream Theater, Circus Maximus - Distorted harmony manage to come with a pleasent, enjoyble full of complex instrumental sections, definatly the musicins really know to handle the instruments. What bothers me is the voice of Misha Soukhinin, while is ok, in comparation with the music, the vocal lines are almost flat, not particulary strong range this guy has and for that reason drags a little bit the overall sound. If were more anger in the voice but keeping the clean voice of course maybe then I'll give a higher rate. But as I said the instrumental parts are very strong like on Blue or the title track Utopia, really nice musicianship with skillful arrangements, the duels between guitars and keyboards are awesome. All in all 3.5 stars for this debute, a fairly good prog metal album but not among the strongest I've heared lately. The album can be bought in digital format from their bandcamp page for only 1$, imagine that, so don't hesitate to have it worth it for prog metal fans, also the CD format is available from their web page.

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 Utopia by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Utopia
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Utopia" is the debut full-length studio album by Israeli, Tel Aviv based progressive metal act Distorted Harmony. The album was originally released in May 2012 as a free download on the band´s Bandcamp page, but saw a CD release in July 2012.

The 5-piece act play a very dynamic and well written progressive metal style. The keyboards are quite dominant in the soundscape, but there are still plenty of room for heavy distorted guitar riffs and pounding rythms ((and thankfully no sirupy ballads to disrupt the flow of the album. Yes I´m looking at you Dream Theater). As mentioned this is very dynamic music though, so there are both more mellow and atmospheric parts on the album too. The musicianship is generally excellent but to my ears it´s lead vocalist Misha Soukhinin that stands out the most. He has a strong, personal and emotional/melancholic delivery that´s not typical for a vocalist in a progressive metal act. Actually his voice and singing style remind me quite a bit of Jan H. Ohme from the Norwegian alternative/progressive rock act Gazpacho. Besides that influence I´d mention acts like Dream Theater and Riverside among the influences.

The tracks feature adventurous and complex structures, tempo- and time signature changes and technical playing but there is always great focus on catchy hooks. To my ears it´s that balance between technical playing and emotional delivery that makes "Utopia" such a strong release. The sound production is powerful, detailed and well sounding. Pretty impressive considering that this is a 100% self-financed release. So overall "Utopia" is an album with very few flaws and a lot of positive qualities. A 4 star (80%) rating is more than deserved.

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 Utopia by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Utopia
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Eeeeeh, alright, I guess I can just about give Distorted Harmony's debut album a thumbs-up. This progressive metal tour de force is an intriguingly gentle ride which incorporates plenty of quieter, more acoustic moments - to the point where the band are at risk of drifting away from metal altogether - but on balance there are enough twists and turns to keep a range of listeners happy. That said, I think it could do with a little more editorial trimming here and there, with some sections mildly outstaying their welcome - in particular, the bit where lead vocalist Misha Soukhinin goess off on a spoken word tangent in which he presents a simplistic and not especially interesting or original political philosophy tries my patience every time I listen to the album. Like I said: I'll give it the thumbs-up, but it only just slipped under the wire.

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 Utopia by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Utopia
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by TechnicallySpeaking

5 stars Ok, this is one of my favorite of 2012. It starts with a Rick Wakeman quality keyboard intro, and then gets heavy.

The changes from heavy metal to clean melodic piano is superb. Then the vocal comes in and reminds me of Greg Lake. For this style of music in this day and age, to hear a crisp, clean pitch perfect vocal is refreshing. Excellent and awesome! Now for a review of the tracks:

1. Kono Yume - I love this track. It sounds like Genesis in a lot of ways. I get plesantly lost in it.

2. Breathe - It starts with a beautiful melody folding into a great heavy progressive metal sound, but not overdone. It then moves to a solid progressive rock movement transitioning into a melodic piano / vocal that is captivating and then back again. It is reminiscent of Genesis "Trick of the Tail", but does not sound like a cheesy copy or stale remake. They are clearly in step with contemporary progressive rock as they create new material that can be appreciated by multiple generations. The musicianship on this track is incredible, with time signature changes, complicates riffs, and complex synth runs.

3. Obsession - The third track starts with a very modern Gent sound that then starts to integrate a Dream Theater feel. It is not a new concept, but integrates a a wider variety of newer and older sounds and influences from bands such as BTBAM, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, ELP, Dream Theateer and Genesis. There is also a Crack the Sky Feel to this song, but most of you will not who that is unless you are very broad minded prog fans.

4. Blue - This track starts with a march that folds into some really driving prog-metal movements. This song develops into some fine progressive metal. There are elements of solid progressive rock here with grand symphonic movements sounding like Yes and Porcupine tree at moments. This song is truly a masterpiece.

5. Unfair - A nice jazz introduction moves into some great symphonic elements that are simply mind blowing. This song progresses into a very energetic and complete track. The guitars are awesome and the keys are both complimentary and bombastic at times. The organ at the end of the track is memorable.

6. Utopia - This track starts with a little piece that sounds like it is being played through an old radio. It sounds like something from another time period, but then breaks into a very strong heavy (but not metal) movement. The next section has almost a ballet quality. The music transitions into a "Dream Theater" style progression with actually seem a little out of place for how the record started. Somehow it works itself out and concludes satisfactorily. The second half of the track has a lot of changes, including heavy moments and pretty guitar parts as well. It also has fully integrated keyboard with lead guitar elements intertwined into one which is what really gets me off.

This is definitely one of my favorite records of the year; however I will say that the composition is lacking a sense of continuity. For a debut, this is awesome. The music is awesome, the musicianship is awesome, and the composition is good and the recording is fair. Overall this is a great record especially for a debut release. I give it 4.5 rounded up to a 5.

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 Utopia by DISTORTED HARMONY album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Utopia
Distorted Harmony Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Listening to this album has been a mixed bag: I enjoy the symphonic and jazz elements of this tremendously but am not an avid fan of heavy prog. Still, this is, to my ears, very good progresssive rock--the vocals being the weakest element of the music, the keyboards being the strongest. While not quite up there with Tool's Lateralus, Karnivool's Sound Awake, Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, and Riverside's Second Life Syndrome; it is on a par with Sylvan's Posthumous Silence, Gösta Berlings Saga's Detta Har Hänt , Rishloo's Feathergun, and Von Hertzen Brothers' Love Remains the Same.

Favorite songs: "Kono Yume" (8:41) (9/10); "Obsession" (9:12) (8/10), and; "Utopia" (12:31) (8/10).

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