CD Title: The Awakening
Label: Imminence Records (2017)
Rating: Satisfying 3/5
If you hang around my website very much you will notice I don’t review many Metal acts. I tend to leave that genre with its flourishing sub-sets to the many other websites. However every-so-often I hear something that catches my ear and that’s the case with the American symphonic rock band Worhol. The band was formed by the father-daughter team of Larry and Ashley Worhol back in 2013 with dad on guitars and Ashley on vocals. They added bass and drums along the way and The Awakening is their debut release. For prog fans the music of Worhol might initially sound a bit “lite” on the proggy elements and yet there is something about the construction of these nine compositions that held my attention. Part of that attraction was Ashley’s confident and measured vocals which soared in the right spots and yet was warm and inviting in other spots. The other part that held my attention was more subtle and had to do with the Worhol family’s classical background which made certain aspects of these tunes sound more involved or intricate than might be obvious at first listen. Nothing here is overly long, songs are all five minutes or less and while there is no dedicated keyboard player, both Larry and Ashley play piano and there are plenty of interesting keyboard orchestrations. If you are a fan of bands such as Evanescence you will likely find much to enjoy with the music of Worhol.