Here we have the debut album from progressive metal act Philosophobia, a band whose members have also played in Kamelot, Cyrha, Mekong Delta, Pain of Salvation, Kayak, and Wastefall, now finding themselves on Sensory Records for their introduction to the world. The band features Domenik Papaemmanouil (vocals), Andreas Ballnus (guitar/keys), Tobias WeiBgerber (keyboards), Kristoffer Gildenlow (bass), and Alex Landenburg (drums).
Philosophobia contains eight songs, the first being the near 10-minute "Thorn In Your Pride", a blistering prog-metal tour-de-force that features some wild ensemble playing, as does the nearly equal in length second song "I Am", the band once again showing their instrumental chops and allowing Papaemmanouil a chance to really show all his vocal styles, alongside guest vocalist Damian Wilson on the latter. "Time to Breathe" has a more atmospheric feel, like a cross between classic Queensryche and Pain of Salvation, a trend that continues on the moody "Between the Pines". Crunchy riffs, acrobatic keys, and thunderous rhythms permeate the furious heavy metal thumper that is "As Light Ceased to Exist", and there's a slight ethereal, gothic flair to the instrumental "Thirteen Years of Silence" that reminds of Evergrey in spots, mixed with a little Dream Theater during the solo sections. The album closes with the chugging "Voices Unheard" and the emotional "Within My Open Eyes", both enjoyable songs that provide a different flavor to what the band brings to the table.
Based on what's on display here, Philosophobia are off to a great start to their career, and I'll be looking forward to where they go next. Prog-metal fans, don't miss this one!
Thorn In Your Pride 09:26
I Am 08:38
Time To Breathe 05:13
Between The Pines 04:06
As Light Ceased To Exist 07:55
Thirteen Years Of Silence 04:57
Voices Unheard 06:23
Within My Open Eyes 06:27