Aran Prog Project – EVO A Progressive Journey Review

Hybrids are interesting beings. Biology explains that a hybrid is the offspring resulting from combining the qualities of two organisms of different breeds, varieties, species or genera through sexual reproduction. Hybrids are not always intermediates between their parents (such as in blending inheritance), but can show hybrid vigor, sometimes growing larger or taller than either parent. In music, hybrids are also a combination of two or more genres that “sometimes growing larger or taller than either parent.” In this very peculiar case Aran Prog Project and “EVO A Progressive Journey” combine both Heavy Metal a Progressive Rock having as an outcome a very personal Progressive Metal. The peculiarity here is that the band deals with both in a very separated manner. I’ll elaborate. My dear fan while listening the açlbum will notice that Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock features are presented as separate beings. Songs have both however the feeling is that there is a Heavy Metal feeling and Progressive Rock feeling that put together generates Aran Prog Project music. Album opener “Origin” is a pretty good example as its guitar riffing is a pure sample of Old School Metal. When the keyboards come the feeling changes because the pure Progressive Rock mooding takes place here. Add to that explosive combination some dashes of that 1970s Jazz Rock that I simply adore.

The tittle “EVO A Progressive Journey” tells a lot about the music within the album because it musically tells the paths evolution took all around the years in this sad and lonely and pathetic little planet. If I got it right, album opener “Origin” is the heavier in the album because life on the planet was heavier and fuzzier. A huge big mess if you got me right. Slowly things go changing and so does the music. Here Metal features explain the bumps and the difficulties evolution took. All those interwoven by some extremely technical textures. Needless to say that the instrumentals here are the huge highlight with very competent musicians. “Human coming darkness” has a particular cadence and mixing as even some bossa nova (!) takes place. I strongly recommend “EVO A Progressive Journey” to all my fans that are musicians or wnat to be musicians. Technically the album is juts perfect without being boring as some of its peers. Tripping guaranteed. A huge highlight to the keyboarding as it changes a lot in each track always giving a very creative and interesting solution. Sometimes pure 1970s Prog Rock, sometimes 1980s Heavy Metal, sometimes other genres, never the same.

Coming to think of it, I got this album because I thought I would pass it… Ah, there’s nothing like to be proven wrong.

Aran Prog Project “EVO A Progressive Journey” was independently released on January 28th.

Track Listing:

  1. Origin
  2. The expansion of matter
  3. Cambrian
  4. Reptile era
  5. Human coming darkness
  6. Modern era

Watch “Origin” official video here: