Mastermind: Angels Of The Apocalypse
The musicians launch this rapid journey with the 10-minute composition titled, “The End Of The World”. Here, Berends’ swift yet meaty chord progressions compliment Johannson’s whirling dervish-like manipulations and lead soloing behind the synths while Ms Bouchelle adds a delicate touch in commanding fashion and communicates the lyrics with near perfect diction! Throughout, Berends displays a multifaceted musical persona not to mention a well-versed knowledge of music in general as he often toggles between fierce lead soloing, flamenco style voicings on electric guitar along with complex jazz chord progressions. Throughout and besides the high impact ride, the band offers up strong and melodically memorable compositions in tandem with exemplary musicianship, which should keep most listeners on the edge of their lazy-boy chairs throughout the entire affair. And for the grand finale, the band renders a thoroughly magical and sharply arranged version of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s opus, “The Endless Enigma” which is only enhanced by Ms. Bouchelle’s cosmic sounding vocals that convey an aura of mysticism or alien soundscapes. Overall, Angels Of The Apocalypse is an impressive and well-orchestrated outing that might send tingles down your spine yet aims to entertain in rather grandiose fashion! Easily, one of the top progressive-rock releases of the year! Highly Recommended! - * * * * *
Bill Berends; Guitars, Midi-Guitar, Bass, Vocal: Rich Berends; Drums, Timpani & Percussion: Jens Johansson; Keyboards: Lisa Bouchelle; Vocals.
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock