To be honest, I must admit that I had never heard of MAVARA before. And what a big surprise this album was! But, let’s take it from the start…
MAVARA is the first progressive rock band that comes from Iran (to my knowledge, at least). Their name means ‘Beyond everything you think’ and it certainly suits their music. They were formed in 2001, having released 3 albums so far; ‘Season of Salvation’ is their latest work (for those who might wonder, the lyrics of their songs are in English language).
The first thing that drew my attention was the singer’s strong voice (and the very good use of English). Also, I really liked the theatrical-style in several songs.
Furthermore, I noted the very good ‘bonding’ of the band and their solid sound. Their style is surely “modern progressive rock” (but not Neo-Prog), which in many occasions is “flirting” with Prog-Metal like, for example, the song ‘Endless Illusion’ with the “killer” guitar riffs. In this song you can also listen to the theatrical-style in singing I mentioned earlier. In general, their sound is based on strong, intense, guitars something that offers high sound quality in collaboration with the keyboards.
The album consists of 10 songs and has a total running time of almost an hour. Regarding songs: Well, almost all of them are above average to say the least. And, to be fair with, I must say that ‘Season of Salvation’ is an album which you can listen from track one until the end without any problem or without feeling tired or bored.
If I had to pick a couple of songs from this album, I think I would choose the opening song ‘Period of Innocense’, ‘Endless Illusion’ (both of them have been already played in my radio show) and “Better Dream” (which will be played very soon)…
Concluding this review I must say that ‘Season of Salvation’ was a very big (pleasant) surprise for me, and I surely recommend it not only for the fans of Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal but to all those who can enjoy and appreciate a really very well structured album, with strong guitar riffs, good compositions, and nice melodies.