(8/10) Prog rockers Messenger (not to the German thrashers) releases their first album for Inside Out Music, which is actually the second longplayer in the band's history. "Threnodies" is the name of record from the London-based band that features seven songs. Messenger is into prog rock that crosses the edge to psychedelic rock.
Messenger was formed in 2012 with the release of the bands debut "Illusory Blues" a bit later. Khaled Lowe and Barnaby Maddick have been the ones that blew life into Messenger and both are still the mailmen of the progressive group that grew into a quintet. Jaime Gomez Arellano, Dan Knight and James Leach have been added to the line-up that gave "Threnodies".
The title of the album sound pretty sad, something that doesn't really come back in the tracks. Messenger's tunes are sometimes dark and partly even melancholic, but they are far away from funeral songs.
To illustrate the spectra of Messenger's sound I can recommend three songs. The first one is "Oracles of War" which comes with heavy Sabbath-riffs, embedded in a gloomy sound skeleton.
The second tune you should have heard is "Celestrial Spheres" which reminds of The Doors and last but not least there is "Nocturne". The latter shows Messenger's passion for Pink Floyd. The guys don't copy the prog legends (something that isn't possible anyhow), but some melody lines and the way the song is written is inspired by Roger Waters and colleagues.
Messenger offers a prog metal album that streches the borders in a sense that it's darker and mournfuller than other genre highlights. Good album, good musicians, different vibe.
- Oracles of War
- Balearic Blue
- Celestrial Spheres
- Crown of Ashes
Label: Inside Out Music
Genre: Prog Metal
Release Date EU: April 22nd, 2016