Elias "ProgFather" Metallinos
After a not so successful effort back in 1991 with the album “Alchimie”, Italian proggers PHOENIX AGAIN put some really great labor and managed to implement their first full album. Dear prog fellas, this album is a prog buzz!
The intro of ThreeFour refers, the first five minutes, refer to a simply melodic and technical record with no innovation at all. Yet, after that section, everything changes and…here we are!! Melody is up, technique also and all the necessary components for a masterpiece record are here! Fast and smart riffs with quick tempo changes while keeping a pattern that it’s highly recognizable and adventurous! While I was listening, many prog bands came into my mind, but what intrigued me the most was that I couldn’t identify them with any other clone band or something! They are originally unique!!!
Imagination is there, emotions are running through your heads (see “Lindberg” and “What can I do” for example) adding some extra prog taste in terms of the balance between playing skills and expressiveness. This album is as satisfying as your favorite meal of all times! Very tasty and sparkling; you are neither tired, nor frustrated. This is all about a fantastic flow!
I wouldn’t like to describe every single song of this album because I think I will trigger you to lose all the magic flow that this album offers us! Just google it and buy it; simply one of the best prog releases for the year 2011. It’s a piece of music that illuminates maturity, shine, experience, balanced choices and a great decision-making process and communication among band members. For me, PHOENIX AGAIN are possess a distinct seat in my prog collection.
Please note that a year later (2012) they released double live album called “Live in Flero” that was a free download once (I don’t remember if this is the case yet).
I look forward to being amazed again, and again and again by PHOENIX AGAIN musicality and sonority in the instant future. I hope we will avoid the battle with time and they will return better than ever again. Long live the prog!