Band: Elysium Theory
Band Website: www.elysiumtheory.com
Label: Independent Release
Release Date: 2010
I’ve always had a soft-spot for band’s that make proggy music that sounds ‘larger-than-life’, you know a bit grand, kind of stirring, dramatic but not over the top. So I was pleased to receive the debut disc from the American band Elysium Theory entitledModern Alchemy. This quintet consisting of Dan Peterson (vocals), Tim Reid (guitars), Benny Reyes (keyboards), Jeff Fister (bass) and Ted Feeney (percussion) manages to hit all the right notes when it comes to a more aggressive progressive rock approach.
debut disc Modern Alchemy is made up of 11 tracks that straddle the line between heavy symphonic rock and prog metal. It’s a style
made popular by bands such as Shadow Gallery and Cairo, although I don’t think Elysium Theory are as consistently as hard as either
of those bands, just similar. Things get underway with a short “Lorimer’s Pulse” [1:40] that builds in intensity and slides effortlessly
into the title track “Modern Alchemy” [5:32] that has some aggressive parts inserted into the lushly orchestrated body of the song.
Here I’m reminded of the ‘Ameriprog’ style made popular by bands like Styx and
As I said at the outset, I’ve got a soft-spot for this musical style and Elysium Theory are doing a lot of things right in my books. If you are a fan of the bands mentioned and enjoy the heavier side of symphonic progressive rock Modern Alchemy will be right up your alley. I encourage you to check them out.