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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ferox Canorus (Thy Kingdom Done) ~ Break Of Dawn (EP)




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Style: power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Label: self-released
Year: 2009
Home: New Jersey

Members: Dan Sorber ~ guitar
Chris Colalillo ~ keyboards/vocals
Chris Allgood ~ bass/vocals
Steve Goldberg ~ drums




Together since 2004 FC started as a power trio that, like the history of many bands, found themselves breaking up, reuniting, expanding & turning into something they didn't expect. Having been in a band that went the opposite direction to no result except for some nostalgic rehearsal recordings I'm always pleased to see a group have success with the dynamics that is inherently a rock band. As for their music ... it's good to see them have success there too with a great sound. "Dark Knight" opens their first EP with keyboards playing a droning textured background against classical piano rolls, that continue through the song, before breaking into soaring guitars and eventually a pounding riff and group singing. Dream Theater might be a close proximity, as it's hard to describe a band without bringing in a reference point, sans the LaBrie's soaring vocals. Actually, the gritty vocals would be the complete opposite of LaBrie and create quite a counter to the music as not just are two voices echoing each other but they remind me more of a punk band in style and energy but without shouting. I can imagine a producer probably recommending, for their betterment, bringing in some chick singer with lots of high notes or a someone like Z.P. Threat formerly of Dragonforce. But, then, they'd probably end up sounding like Dragonforce or Nightwish and lose that interesting counter-point that makes your ears perk up a bit more. Not every song is of the Dream Theater-esque melodic progressive style. "Tomorrow", "Break Of Dawn" and "Freedom" are all more straight ahead power metal, albeit "Tomorrow" features a creative dueling keyboard and guitar solo. Though, when I say straight ahead power metal I'm not talking the bombastic Firewind or Van Halen but a lot more melodic a la Jon Oliva's Pain, which I chose because their melodic metal also feature gritty vocals. The ending song "The Avenger" takes a similiar approach to "Dark Knight" but with a an interesting and unexpected harpsichord sounding keyboard and some of FC's most aggressive playing, perfect for the comic book imagery of the avenger they're singing about. FC is a very interesting band that in five tracks is still undoubtedly experimenting. I await their first full length where they really have room to go some interesting places ... if not throw in a few more superheros! In 2012 the band renamed itself Thy Kingdom Done.

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 21 "Interview: Dan Sorber of Ferox Canorus" June 2011, click here to listen)




7 comments:

  1. Awesome photography featuring Redemption Photography of Northern NJ.

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  2. More pics from Redemption can be found on the myspace page for the band.

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  3. very cool band... u gotta see them live

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  4. Thanks for the heads up. Though, I'm hoping they'll accept my offer to spend an hour with me on my radio show so we can talk about their music.

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  5. I saw them play live many times!!! Good times!!!

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  6. Good review. Though I wouldn't compare them as much to Dream Theater as I would to Symphony X. Especially with the keyboards and the raspier vocals.

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  7. Zack, you're right. Dream Theater isn't really great (I saw them in concert this year and my spouse was a schoolmate with Jordan so they come to mind more readily), which is why I was happy when I thought of Jon Oliva. I'll confess that I have not heard Symphony X. Or, if I have in passing I don't. But, I'll look for them on youtube.

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