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Founded in Assen, Netherlands in 2010

HANGOVER PARADISE is a neo-prog rock band from Holland formed few years ago, more exactly in 2010. This year 2013 they came with the first offer named Mirrors, who gain quite big applause around the world, both from fans and critics as well. Musically speaking the music is on the melodic side of prog, going towards neo with some pop-ish overtones, but very well melted together those two genres. Fans of Saga, Styx, even Eloy in places can take some spins because worth it.

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 Out of Sight by HANGOVER PARADISE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.80 | 36 ratings

Out of Sight
Hangover Paradise Neo-Prog

Review by Second Endeavour

5 stars Four years on from the debut album 'Mirrors', HANGOVER PARADISE return with a successor entitled 'Out Of Sight'. The permanent nucleus of this Dutch group contains twin brothers Peter Zwerus & Henk Zwerus (entourage of keyboards), plus skilful bassist Cynthio Ooms. The current line-up was complemented by Henk Brugge (lead singing), Richard Saimima (guitar courtesy), Daniel Brans (drum kit) and MacDrikus (back vocals). Together, they make a superb partnership to offer the album full of excellent melodies, diverse textures, lavish arrangements and emotional vocal delivery. As was to be expected, the new batch continues the style of previous CD, but it's a significantly better balanced release. All of the compositions here are medium length tracks standing out on their own but provide the consistency of the album. Now I want to consider this colorful work in detail. First off, 'Who Do You Think You Are'. Largely due to the heartbeat-alike sounds, the intro can remind of Pink Floyd. After a short while, the synthesizer swells evolve into intensive playing larded with the lush keyboards, polished guitars, expressive bass job and insistent drums. Instrumental meanderings are ably linked with the voice of singer. Toward the middle, there's a tranquil component that recalls Arena featuring Rob Sowden. Soon after very surprising change in tone, the song reverts to dynamics. Second cut 'Don't Wake Me Up' begins with a gentle execution. Arena's influence pervades the opening part: the instrumentation, the style of vocals in the vein of Paul Wrightson and rather hypnotic atmosphere. Following initial section, the band presents exquisite interlude. Think about Camel, and you will have a good idea of how it sounds. The mellow nuances convert into a sheer dynamic performance, when the music fits snugly within the Saga territory. What next? Utterly remarkable turn of events and the major attraction on the entire disk. The astounding symphonic progressive rock jewel with token name 'What Lies Beneath'. Try to believe me: it's something monumental in the great traditions of old masters! And beyond any doubt, the best combination within the realm of Hangover Paradise. We hear the evocative vocal input embedded in grand orchestration decorated with the vintage keyboards and piercing guitars. I was blown away!. The title track 'Out Of Sight' is verging on Kayak, Opus, Toto, Genesis, Kino, IQ, etc. Needless to say, this piece has a multi-layered structure. Then again, paying homage to Saga, 'Not Worried' provides the energetic tempo, swirling keyboards, haunting guitars, evocative bass lines and competent drums. The singer proves his versatility behind the microphone. Warm and melodic piece 'Wrong' segues into a ballad-like pattern. Every accent is perfectly executed, thus delivering a transparent magnetism. (Incidentally, this song has been written for the debut offering - albeit it was not actually recorded on CD before 2017). The next case in point, 'Life Is Too Short' which leans toward more commercial groove. I'd call it a radio-friendly material that combines the enjoyable pop and soft AOR. The ultimate chapter 'Flowers In The Rain' ensures a set of fragile ingredients. The Nick Barrett-esque terrific guitars are complemented by sublime keyboard figures, delicate bass loops and precise drumming. Pendragon's sensitivity permeates the music, while dramatic lyrics can leave a lump in your throat. Actually, Hangover Paradise understand how to elaborate a concrete idea, and when to bring things to a logical result. The effect is a memorable feeling that presents when the album is finished. So folks.. If you appreciate melodic progressive rock, then CD 'Out Of Sight' should be in your collection. ASAP.
 Mirrors by HANGOVER PARADISE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.70 | 54 ratings

Hangover Paradise Neo-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Review originally posted at

When the music's over, we will be dead. I say this, because it is impressive the way we are enlightened by wonderful musicians from all around the globe, bands that we never imagined they existed, bands that create music to keep progging on for ages, forever. So when some people say progressive rock is dead, they are terribly wrong, and though some nowadays bands use elements of classic 70s-80s bands, they put their own identity in order to have an own sound. It happens with Neo Proggers Hangover Paradise, a band composed by six talented and versatile musicians that together released their first child entitled "Mirrors", an 8-piece album that will please many of you.

It opens with "I Rest my Case" and I can tell since the first seconds one can notice their style goes towards Neo and Symph prog, you can tell it by the keyboard nuances and the emotional guitar riffs. The vocals appear after a couple of minutes and continues with the same structure for two more, until there is a bridge where keyboards take over and a new rhythm appears, of course, they had to put keyboard solos, so the whole Neo Prog spirit is covered here.

"Out in the Streets" starts calmer, with acoustic guitar and a delicate sound in the first minute, later the other instruments enter and a catchy structure appears, with nice vocals, cool bass lines and constant drumming that greatly support keyboards and guitar, which to my ears are the instruments that take the leadership of the music here. As you can imagine, it brings different instrument passages with some solos.

"Back Home" is one of the shortest compositions, it is a soft track driven by acoustic guitar chords, nice melodic vocals and a cute background created by piano, bass and drums; the tune is actually poppier, but good anyways. "Take Away" has more rock on its veins, the sound will surely remind you of some 80s pop-rock bands, so if you like them, you will love Hangover Paradise, otherwise, I think you will not like the taste of this album.

The "Army of Innocents" comes next, in a mid-tempo rhythm offering a high quality neo prog sound whose textures are almost always produced by the background key boards, and sweet guitar solos. After four minutes there is a pause, and some spoken words appear, it seems to be part of a war film, you can hear a man saying "pull the trigger" and then shots come, all of this is wonderfully matched with the tension made by keyboards. Later the rhythm is faster, all in 4/4 time but it does not matter, when music is nice, we don't need odd time signatures This is a great, great track with outstanding lyrics.

"Religious Minds" has a sympathetic sound, but it is a double edged-knife, I think you either love it, or you may hate it, I think this is not the brightest moment of Mirrors, actually I could skip the song and feel no harm to my listening pleasure, though the last minutes become more interesting. And more interesting (at least for me) is the short "Coming Home", though its 4 minutes have the same sound, its nuances caught my attention, the delicacy of the voice and how it becomes more passionate, I like it.

The album finishes with the name of the band, so "Hangover Paradise" shares 9 powerful, energetic and emotional minutes of high quality Neo Prog. I cannot say I am the keenest man on Neo Prog, however I do like it, and when bands like these dutch guys make quality albums, I cannot help but enjoying it. Fortunately, this was not an exception.

Enjoy it!

 Mirrors by HANGOVER PARADISE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.70 | 54 ratings

Hangover Paradise Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hangover Paradise is a prog rock band from Holland formed few years ago, it might be considered a young band, but the musicians involved are not quite youngsters, they are really good over 45 in age, minus the keybord palyer who is the twin brother of the main keybordist of the band, in fact are two use of keybords on the album. The band released few months ago their first album named simply Mirrors and was and is well recived both by critics and aswell fans. I really like the album a lot, is on the melodic side of prog, going towards neo in places with some popish overtones, but excellent combined together those two genres. What I like quite much is the keybords, they sound so '80s , imagine beside keys the overalll bands sound is like Eloy (Planets era) with Saga, the result is Hangover Paradise. Some great passages on opening track I rest my case, melodic lines with great use of each instrument, warm pleasent voice from Elias de Vries, a totaly winner, anopther highlight is Take Away little more up tempo with fascinating keyboards and aswell quite impressive guita lines, it sounds like in 1983 for example, great, and the main atraction of the album the moster piece clocking around 9 min - Army of Innocents (feat as guest on vocals Bert Heerink), kick ass tune, with everything that must have a prog piece today to be really solid, inventive and damn intresting, both in arrangements ans aswell lyricaly. The album ends with another up tempo tune combined with more calmer moments , the title track, who is aswell quite pleasent. All in all this is a fairly solid and damn catchy debut by this dutch band, everything is calculated, pleasent, warm and elegant. Easy 4 stars from me, one of the best from this year for sure, at least for me.
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