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TURBULENCE

Progressive Metal • Lebanon


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The band was founded by Mood YASSIN (keyboards, piano) and Alain IBRAHIM (Lead guitars, backing vocals). They were joined by Owmar EL HAGE (lead vocals), Charles Bou SAMRA (Bass) and Syed GEREIGE (drums). They began by playing DREAM THEATER concerts tribute in Lebanon while working on their first album "Disequilibrium",that was launched live on July 3rd with the Dragonfly Orchestra. The story of the album was inspired by the TV show "Flash Forward".

The DREAM THEATER influences are obvious on their music but the band is already working on a second album that will be different and will hopefully see a new direction of the band towards a more unique style of Progressive Metal. The music offer a nice balance between the more fast pace heavy and technical parts, and the more melodic and emotional parts where things are slowing down.

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Disequilibrium
2015
4.03 | 32 ratings
Frontal
2021

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 Frontal by TURBULENCE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 32 ratings

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Turbulence Progressive Metal

Review by ssmarcus

4 stars The international cauldron of progressive metal talent is boiling over with hardly a way of containing the spillover. Young and head-numbingly talented progressive metal acts are emerging in nearly every corner of globe making it nearly impossible for even the most dedicated fans and critics to keep tabs on all of it and to identify the truly inspired and stand out emerging acts. As I've remarked in the passed, despite their talents, the bulk of these groups are mere Dream Theater clones or dry djent lords. Upon identifying these standout acts, we must do our best to cherish them and promote them in any way we can.

Lebanon's Turbulence is one of these stand-out groups worthy of our attention and broader recognition in the prog metal world. Co-founding member and lead guitarist Alain Ibrahim enjoyed a brief moment of internet fame in early 2020 when he managed to successfully cover Jared Dine's annual shred collab video within just four days, a feat not lost on Jared and his community. Earlier in the decade, Alain and his keyboardist friend Mood Yassin pulled together a band of fellow Lebanese prog and metal enthusiasts and began composing and recording music that draws from the absolute best that classic and modern progressive metal has to offer. Frontal, the band's debut LP, is the culmination of of the last half decade of effort.

It is hard to believe that Frontalis a debut record given the level of maturity and subtle sophistication in this music. Every element on the record is woven together so that the music is never overly reliant on one a single band member. The talent of these musicians is clearly limitless and yet they have the sophistication to curb their abilities for the sake of the songcraft. Despite breaching the hour-long mark, nearly the entire album is listenable.

The record's sole weakness is the extent to which the music beholden to its influences. Make no mistake, Frontal is better than just about anything release by Dream Theater in the last 10 years and at least as good as anything by Tesseract or other modern clean prog metal acts. But it also fails to truly set itself apart from its predecessors. However, with musicians this gifted and songwriting this inspired, I do not doubt that Turbulence has a perfect 5 waiting in their future.

 Frontal by TURBULENCE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 32 ratings

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Frontal
Turbulence Progressive Metal

Review by Revelation_Space

4 stars I stumbled across this album by Lebanese band Turbulence the other day while browsing the list of 2021 releases so far and was pleasantly surprised! It seems to have flown under the radar so far, but I hope prog-metal affectionados will give it a listen because it's surprisingly good.

Most prog-metal bands these days are just bad clones of Dream Theater which somehow miss what made DT good in the first place, and while DT are clearly an influence on these guys - a quick look guitarist Alain Ibrahim's Instagram page shows him wearing DT merch and playing Petrucci's signature guitar - there's also a great blend of Haken and various other inspirations thrown in for good measure. I'm terrible at reviewing albums (hence why I never normally bother), so I won't go through a track-by-track list, but there is a wonderful mixture of loud and quiet moments, glorious, well-constructed guitar solos with some very tricky passages, and a great vocal delivery. The mix is also pretty good, which can sometimes be the downfall of some smaller bands.

As someone who always keeps an eye out for new prog-metal releases but is usually disappointed, this is IMO the best genre album since last year's Virus by Haken, and one of the best for the last several years, which has seen few quality releases. Check it out!

 Frontal by TURBULENCE album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 32 ratings

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Frontal
Turbulence Progressive Metal

Review by YTSEJAM1980

5 stars "Frontal" is based on the true story of Phineas Gage, the construction worker who, against all odds, survived an accident which caused an iron rod to be driven completely through his head, destroying much of his left "frontal" lobe, leaving him forever physically and mentally changed. In fact is a concept album composed during the pandemic about how a stable life can be so vulnerable to unforeseen events that can alter us so deep into our core that we become unrecognizable by those we love. There are moments of pain, moments of despair, moments of confusion and anger and reminiscence. These very real emotions helped this band create a canvas portraying human fragility as well as human triumph. They accomplished that musically by relying on rhythmic illusions and polyrhythms juxtaposed with somber melodies, a melting pot of crunching synths, soaring vocals, complex drumming, and a never ending stream of riff carnage that fuses jazz virtuosity with prog metal tension. The Dream Theater and Haken progressive metal inspirations are sharply recognizable but customized and evolved to achieve their bright musical essence. The result is a great album truly enjoyable from the beginning to the end passing through great guitar riffs with excellent solos (the Alain Ibrahim solo in the track "Faceless Man" deserve a standing ovation) , helped by brilliant keyboard of Mahmoud Yassin, bright vocal refrains ( Omar el Hage's voice reminds me of Daniel Gildenlow) , solid drums ( drummer Sayed Gereige is always incisive in the underscores of moments with more pathos resumable in the final track "Perpetuity") and eclectic bass riffs ( the bass player Anthony Atwe in "A Place I Go To Hide" shows off his excellent technique) Best Tracks : Madness unforeseen; Faceless Man ; A place to go to hide; Crowbar Case....in fact all the album.... A STAR IS BORN 9/10
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