Band Website: www.capriciaband.com
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Release Date: 2012
Has anyone noticed how much prog is coming out of Israel lately? To my mind it’s quite amazing. I recently was contacted by the band Capricia, who’ve released a twin CD entitled Fooled by the Hush. It’s kind of like two EP’s however, one disc is the afore named Fooled by the Hush and the second disc is a 24-minute epic entitled 24. The group consists of Shelly Shaffer (vocals), Mihael Gelperin (bass), Eden Bahar (drums), Mickey Zaltzman (guitars), Arnold Nesis (guitars) and Doron Frankenburg (keyboards). Musically the band walks that fine line between straight ahead prog-metal and more intricate symphonic prog. It’s not that the two are mutually exclusive; it’s just that so many times the prog-metal will dominate. Such is not the case here.
The six tracks spread out over these two discs present quite a varied set of compositions. The opening, orchestrations of “Recline in the Fire” [5:44] slide nicely into the crunchy riffing guitar line that then leads into an operatic vocal section that will remind some of bands like Nightwish. As a vocalist Shaffer holds her own on the stage with only a hint of accented English. Track two “Before the Storm Arrives” [5:21] picks up a similar thread with heavy guitar playing against piano arpeggios moving through a series of musical up and down accents before the male vocals trade off with female and the tune turns somewhat softer. Then we’re back to something heavier with synth accents and muted megaphone eq’ed vocals. This is a pattern that is repeated in some fashion for each of disc one’s five tracks. Some offer more hard elements, some more of the softer. The band makes every effort to maintain that delicate balance of hard and soft, loud and quiet etc. To my ears their greatest success in this musical juggling act is with disc two’s five-part epic “24” [24:00]. Here the band really pulls out all the stops but instead of being overly heavy this track is one that highlights more of a symphonic feel. Setting aside the heavy sections more often, “24” breathes more freely with some outdoor sound effects interspersed between classically inspired piano lines. The guitar projects a cleaner sound as well. This is not to suggest that the band has gone soft as the section at the eight-minute mark is mighty aggressive with a kind of Black Sabbath guitar sound. Later in the piece when the orchestra and operatic vocals come in the heavy symphonics really kick in.
Capricia create a style of music that should cross over quite nicely between fans of Prog-Metal and heavy symphonics. If your collection already has discs by bands such as Dream Theater and Nightwish or even Trans Siberia Orchestra I think you’ll really enjoy the music on Fooled by the Hush.