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Distorted Harmony - Utopia - 2012
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“Distorted Harmony - is a delicate combination of the complex progressive metal, the unique harmonies of modern Jazz and Classical music and some heavy shit!”
(from Utopia's press kit)

The band started their journey in 2009, when the composer and keyboardist Yoav Efron met the drummer Yogev Gabay and the two started working together. By 2011 they were joined by Misha Soukhinin (Vocals), Guy Landau (Guitars) and Iggy 'Jalapeno' Cohen (Bass). The music was first written in 2006, when Yoav composed the first title "Utopia" (which will later be the title for their debut album) and during the following years the other titles in the album were composed. The lyrics were written last by Misha with the help of Yoav and Guy (Blue) and outside friends.

Misha Soukhinin - vocals; Guy Ladau – guitar; Yoav Efron – keyboards; Iggy (Jalapeno) Cohen – bass; Yogev Gabay - drums

Guest on “Unfair”; Daniel Markovich - saxophone

Distorted Harmony is a progressive metal band from Israel. The band bombarded the press with a rather unique promotional concept. You can find the text “Unauthorised coping, lending, diffusion and broadcasting of this recording is OK!” printed on the cd label of their debut album “Utopia”. And the band offers a free digital download (320 Kbps) on their website. Does this concept work? Personally I think that it is working in the field of awareness, because it caused a sort of hype in the media. But we live in a modern world were the new generation of music lovers is thinking that music is free. So the question is ... will those music lovers pay for the music if the band releases the successor of “Utopia” in the near future. Only time will tell.

Let's talk about the music. A lot of metal bands are presenting their music as progressive rock. But often I think this is not the case. So I was surprised when I heard the first notes of the opening track “Kono Yume”. In the intro you can hear some influences of modern Jazz and Classical music in the form of a fast piano tune supported by beautiful keyboard orchestrations. After a fast metal guitar part (some heavy shit!) the music is developing into energetic heavy progressive rock with not only complexity but also melody. The next track “Breathe” is a beautiful piece of complex and heavy progressive rock. Distorted Harmony's music is a melting pot of sounds; classical orchestrations, delicate acoustic guitars, melodic guitar work and freaky synth and guitar solo's with a complexity you find in the music of well respected bands like Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation.

In some parts of “Obsession” Misha Soukhinin sings in a way that me slightly remembered of James Labrie. The music is a delicate mix of heavy stuff and music with harmony and melody. This combination makes the music of Distorted Harmony not only interesting for the lovers of metal but also for the lovers of progressive rock music. “Blue” and “Unfair” are pieces with great diversity. The album closes with the longest and title track “Utopia”. It is the first composition of the band. The music is often hectic and complex. But it has it's moments with nice harmonies and melodies. “Utopia” is one of the strongest compositions of the album which includes some great guitar and keyboard solo's ... a delicate combination of the complex progressive metal, the unique harmonies of modern Jazz and Classical music and some heavy shit!

“Utopia” the debut album of Distorted Harmony is a good album full of progressive metal from Israel. I like the diversity of the music. The music is a delicate mix of heavy stuff and music with harmony and melody. This combination makes the music of Distorted Harmony not only interesting for the lovers of metal but also for the lovers of progressive rock music. A very promising debut album from Israel!

Douwe Fledderus - August 2012
rating - Independent Release

 

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