Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Progressive Rock Encyclopedia: D (Part.1)

                           DANTE & DEAD HEROES CLUB

   Dante is a Progressive Metal band coming from Germany. They have their roots in 2006 when two long time friends (Markus Maichel - keyboards and Markus Berger - guitar) decided to start their own music sessions in Berger's studio. Encouraged by the results of those sessions, decided to form up a full band, and with the additions of Alexander Göhs (vocals) and Christian Eichlinger (drums) the band was complete. 
    In 2008 their debut album " The Inner Circle' was released, and received some very good reviews, so they signed a contract with the American label 'Prog-Rock records', and 2 years later they released their second album 'Saturnine', which was more mature than the previous one, and had a better production as well. Their latest album 'November Red' was released just a few months ago in 'Massacre Records'. 
   Although their music style is totally Progressive-Metal, you can find in their music influences from many older Progressive Rock & Metal bands such as Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree etc...   

                                        DEAD HEROES CLUB

      Here we have a really very interesting band coming from Derry (Northern Ireland). 
 They were formed in 2001 by 3 talented musicians who were already members in other bands, but got bored of playing mainstream Rock and Pop music. All of them were sharing a passion for the Progressive Rock scene of the '70's, so they decided to form up a new band and play some more 'elegant' music of their own. With the addition of 1 more member the band recorded their debut album, which was released in 2004. Although they belong to Progressive Rock scene, and surely they are influenced by the big bands of the '70's, their sound is very personal and fresh. Something very important is the fact that they pay very big attention to their lyrics. They usually don't have fanstasy themes, but instead they prefere having  stories from everyday life, politics, etc...
   Their second album 'A Time of Shadow' (2009) was more well-structed than the previous one, and the cover art was made by Ted Nashmith who is the official illustrator for J.R.R Tolkien's works. One of the songs in the album is 'The Centre cannot Hold' which was inspired by the Irish poet W.B Yeats.
   This year they released their third album, with the title 'Everything is Connected'...