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PREHISTORIC ANIMALS

Heavy Prog • Sweden


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Founded in Sweden in 2015

PreHistoric Animals is a two-man prog/alternative rock band from Sweden. Samuel GRANATH(POUND) - Drums and keys and Stefan Altzar (BILLY THE ZOMBIE KID,POUND) - Guitar, bass and vocals; started with an embryo in 2015 and the debut album was released in November 2018. From January 2019 there is a full band lineup: Jakob GRANATH - Keys, Stefan JERNSTAHL - Keys, Peter HOLMSTEDT - Bass and Daniel MAGDIC - Guitar. The sound is their own version of Prog/rock/metal with the focus on great melodies in the lines of the other Sweden prog rock band A.C.T.

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4.00 | 6 ratings
Coniser It a Work of Art
2018
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter One)
2020
3.70 | 12 ratings
The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter Two)
2022
3.86 | 7 ratings
Finding Love in Strange Places
2024

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Livefires
2023

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Floodgate
2020
4.00 | 2 ratings
He Is Number 4
2023
4.50 | 2 ratings
Nothing has Changed but Everything is Different
2023
4.50 | 2 ratings
Living in a World of Bliss
2023

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 The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter Two) by PREHISTORIC ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 12 ratings

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The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter Two)
PreHistoric Animals Heavy Prog

Review by alainPP

3 stars PREHISTORIC ANIMALS was founded in 2015 on an alternative prog base in line with a heavier A.C.T. Stefan with Daniel (ex-PAIN OF SALVATION) are moving towards melodic metal with this 2nd chapter, always on the story of Cora and Jareth entangled in a plot story where the end of the world is approaching. Groove and sharp riffs with solos where feeling is put before dexterity and hints of RUSH, MUSE, EVERSHIP, PINN DROPP and HILLWARD that I reviewed last year.

'An Empty Space' electro space intro with vocals from behind and 'We Harvest the Souls of the Brave' arrives powerful, hip and melodic; limit djent by the riff of the nervous guitars, the layers of synth coming to temper the ardor, recall on the 30 '' TO MARS and HAKEN; the well-tempered and complex guitar solo is mind-blowing. 'I Am the Chosen One (and I Like It)' in the same vein with a thundering bass supported by fresh keyboards; more monolithic and electro, longer and latent. 'Ghostfires' with a well placed riff and a soft voice in comparison confirms the alternative rock side; the second part with a vocal megaphone amplifying the chorus takes the receiver far, to note again an airy and nervous guitar solo which unfolds by itself. 'Cora's New Secret' nice intro, short; consensual title with the chorus and the killer solo on the same basis.

'The Protectors of the Universe' longer spatial intro which I like, synth in reverb, everything is fine for a soft title until an acceleration voice and rhythm which thrills and gives character and changes favorably. '2100 (New Year's Eve)' with a slow tempo, nervous phrasing for a sound reminiscent of metal stadium titles, it changes in the melodic continuity. 'Pull Me In' runs for synthetic ballad, eyeing electro prog pop. 'It's a Start, Not the End' 9 minutes for the title that gives me regrets: if everything had the same charisma, the same sensitivity, we would have one of the albums of the month by the progression given on this title; sound apart, Stefan's admirable voice, the serenaded guitar solo, the heaviness of the break, the hovering drift, everything is there to melt with pleasure.

PREHISTORIC ANIMALS has made a musical symbiosis of progressive, alternative rock and frenzied pop, a compendium of all-round rock that should not be forgotten just for the last title.

 The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter Two) by PREHISTORIC ANIMALS album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 12 ratings

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The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter Two)
PreHistoric Animals Heavy Prog

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

4 stars Engines are running in full load here! They are offering a powerful attitude in any case. Constituted by multi-instrumentalists Stefan Altzar and Samuel Granath the project evolved to a real band, at least since they opened the 'The Magical Mystery Machine' series in 2020. And so ex-Pain Of Salvation member Daniel Magdic (guitars, keyboards) and bassist Noah Magnusson are not simply supporting again with their instruments. Moreover, at least concerning this Chapter 2, all the credits are assigned to the complete band. Hailing from Sweden the quartet is offering a consistent flow composed of nine appealing songs. The niveau is constantly on a high level, not always a matter of course regarding other productions. Very nice cover art, yet once more contributed by Richard Dearing. The entire look and feel is referring to a Sci-Fi concept. This is based on, respectively connected to current issues in our society of course.

'Some people wanna be free, some people wanna be ruled by someone ...' context-wise Cora and Jareth, the latter in between gets imprisoned by the 'Protectors Of The Universe" organization, are still collecting the essence of humanity. Good luck you both! If I should highlight any particular track, well, let's take Ghostfires, highly melodic, this one makes my day especially. I Am The Chosen One (And I Like It) offers a straightforward groove and shredding guitar riffs, close to (prog) metal. Finally, concerning the playing time knocking at the 10 minute border, It's a Start, Not the End makes you expecting more. A worthy conclusion featuring Altzar's fine singing voice. Partially sounding close to the likes of Pinn Dropp, Brother Ape, The Cyberiam, Hillward, to name a few, this album certainly is a pleasant well produced listening experience, especially for prog fans who are feeling comfortable on the heavier side of life.

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