Fireworks

CD Reviews

Sons Of Apollo - 'MMXX' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     April 30, 2020    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
1207   0   0   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Faultless performances both collectively and individually; another masterclass.

When Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater, the heart and soul went out of the band. They've had some great releases since his departure of course, and their playing and execution remains as faultless as ever, but that indescribable essence that set them on a pedestal is no longer in play. Portnoy for his part seems to have been searching for something too; a succession of big-name projects and guest appearances, whilst generally top drawer, have also been lacking that major 'Wow!' factor. Thankfully, it would appear that lighting can indeed strike twice...

When Portnoy hooked up with Jeff Scott Soto, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian to form Sons Of Apollo back in 2017, something just clicked. Their debut album 'Psychotic Symphony' was a masterpiece; its dazzling assortment of Sabbath, Rainbow, G N'R, Dream Theater and Shadow Gallery (to name but five) influences creating a jaw dropping cacophony of sound the likes of which hadn't been heard in far too long... epic opener 'God Of The Sun' is still my default go to track of the last decade!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Their 'Plovdiv...' live extravaganza confirmed that the studio chemistry transferred seamlessly to the stage (both shows I caught were awesome!); its mix of vibrant energy and streetwise cool making it a truly unforgettable experience. Now, with everyone confirming their commitment to the SOA brand longer term, it's time to unleash album number two.

Treading a path broadly parallel to the one taken last time, 'MMXX' is even bigger, even bolder and in all respects even stronger. First time out they were relative strangers, this time round they sound like a band with decades of camaraderie under their belts... yep, 'MMXX' is everything I was hoping for and so much more besides!
Production, technical ability, arrangements, melodies, hooks... everything is just off the scale. From the brooding 'Goodbye Divinity' which opens the album, to the soaring, fifteen minute-plus epic 'New World Today' (love the Gary Moore inflection of Bumblefoot's guitar at the beginning) which brings it to a close, I guarantee you'll be blown away. There's the harrowing 'Desolate July', the visceral 'Asphyxiation', crescendo driven 'King Of Delusion', glorious 'Resurrection Day'... all inspirational, all hallmarks of an album that will I'm sure be lauded as a classic.

Faultless performances both collectively and individually; another masterclass!

Dave Cockett

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site