Thanos "ProgCaliph" Patsos
Calling MHG a "progressive metal" band would be some sort of an overstatement, but if you are looking for dynamic, consistent and quality instrumental heavy rock/metal then you cannot go wrong in listening to "Return to the Point of Departure", the first EP from this Dallas-based trio.
In a bit more than 30-minutes, Dan Hyer (Guitar), Mike Pritchett (Drums), James Falcon (Bass) present a powerful and uplifting first sample of their talent, in which a tight rhythm section and colourful heavy riffing are the main elements. The guitar lines of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are more than evident, and along these there are tendencies for experimentation with more fusion/jazzy rhythms and interesting twin-guitar arrangements ("Trouble for Trouble"). Further to the dominant virtuoso character of the album and standard 4/4 tempos, here you get the old-school heavy metal riffs (Venetian Bricks) and a conservative injection of more "elaborate" patterns (Vinedresser), but far from evolving the sound of the band to progressive metal/rock (not a bad thing per se).
Valence's "Sleepwalker" is the closest reference, in terms of sound, from the recent albums that came my way. If you don't mind a heavy dose of soloing on instrumental heavy rock, then MHG might be your cup of tea. I would personally prefer the sound to be more challenging and less dependent on the traditional recipes, but seeing the talent of this trio in this first EP, the potential for something more differentiated and exciting is there.
Highlight: "Etude War Machine"