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VULKAN are a heavy progressive band from Göteborg and Karlstad, Sweden. The current shape of the band was established in 2011, whereas between 2006 and 2011 they were called MORGEOUS GARVIN. Jimmy Bobby LINDBLAND (vocals), Johan NORBACK (drums), Mag MUNSON (guitars), David ENGSTROM (keyboards, synths and electronics) and Vincent ANDREN (bass) comprise VULKAN. They self-released their debut ''Mask of Air'' in November 2011, followed by the album ''Observants'' in 2016. MUNSON and ANDREN quit the band after the second album and replaced by Christian FREDRIKSSON (INFERIOR, ORB DESIGNER) and Oscar PETTERSON (DECEPTION) respectively. The new line-up has started working on new material.

VULKAN's influences come both from the classic 70's progressive rock and modern versions of heavy prog, particularly THE MARS VOLTA. They also cite FRANK ZAPPA, PINK FLOYD, MASTODON, JEFF BUCKLEY, and RADIOHEAD as inspirations among others. Their second album shows more influence from acts such as TOOL and KARNIVOOL.

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4.29 | 7 ratings
Mask of Air
3.81 | 17 ratings

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3.81 | 17 ratings

Vulkan Heavy Prog

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4 stars Second release from the Swede alternative heavy proggers, after their very interesting debut 'Mask of Air', and another testimony that heavy prog is on the up. Switching slightly from the TMV-inspired debut to melodies that resemble mostly Tool and Karnivool, Vulkan deliver a mature (even if slightly short) piece of work.

The album is built around four mid-to-long duration compositions that start off shyly on the rhythm section and evolve on pounding riffs in the vein of The Kindred. The songs typically reach their peak towards the end with great vocal melodies that leave you wanting more. The tracks are built around the bass lines of Vincent Andren and the excellent keyboard interventions by David Engström. Indie/alternative elements from Radiohead and Muse make their appearance here and there and blend really well with Vulkan's modern alternative heavy prog style.

Despite the heavy burden from their influences, which leaves little room to manoeuvre on the originality front, the structure of the album, the variations and technical prowess of the band contribute to an excellent result. For friends of Tool, Karnivool, The Kindred, 'Observants' might make your top-list of 2016.

Best track: Consequence of Ignorance

4 (-) stars

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