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Sons Of Apollo - 2017 Psychotic Symphony

ARTIST: Sons Of Apollo
ALBUM: Psychotic Symphony
LABEL: Inside Out Music
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals * Ron Bumblefoot Thal - guitar * Billy Sheehan - bass * Derek Sherinian - keyboards * Mike Portnoy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 God of The Sun * 02 Coming Home * 03 Signs of The Time * 04 Labyrinth * 05 Alive * 06 Lost In Oblivion * 07 Figaro's Whore * 08 Divine Addiction * 09 Opus Maximus


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Without doubt, this is the ultimate supergroup of 2017. What a line-up! I don't think I need to remind everyone who these guys have played with. It's self explanatory, and besides, I need to save on writing space for this article. With Ron Thal and Derek Sherinian onboard, it's like having two lead guitarists in the band. As you can imagine, there are some outrageous solo spots throughout. With a world class rhythm section and a singer of repute, we have a band ready to deliver big time.

The Songs
Portnoy and Sheehan do take the bottom end down a few rungs, and in some parts there is a definite Pagan's Mind sound going on here, and that to me is a super plus. The staggered drum parts is a classic example of how they sound similar, like on 'Signs Of The Time'. A couple of the tracks are quite lengthy, 9 minutes out to 11 minutes, such as the opener 'God Of The Sun', 'Labyrinth' and the finale 'Opus Maximus' while the remainder hover around the 4 to 5 minute mark. We must also mention Jeff Scott Soto, who is in fine form here, plus we get to listen to him on his solo album 'Retribution' this year too, which we are also reviewing very shortly. The man is on fire, as one of our regulars remarked during the week.

In Summary
At the end of the day, I'm always up for a slab of heavy rock. Yes I might like a lot of the lighter stuff that is featured here at GDM, but eventually, I always gravitate back to the wild and wicked and heavy. Sons of Apollo deliver that in spades for me, and could be a surprise entrant to my end of year list.

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#1 | george_the_jack on December 19 2017 02:30:51
This is indeed very good. It's an excellent blend of catchy hard rock with some early Dream Theater. I'm talking about DT of the first 2-3 albums and especially their "Images and words" era, before they become clinical and sterile. The presence of Derek Sherinian in the lineup was a guarantee from the beginning that there was going to be some real music in this instead of yet another musician's excersses book.
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