Review of Sons of Apollo's “MMXX” (Album)
There's nothing like the FOURTH time??
Anselm Anderson, our guest music reviewer, is back with his fourth review. Thank God his specialty's hard rock, because we love to keep our ear-to-the-ground on new hardcore music.
Sons of Apollo
The Sons of Apollo are the progressive metal supergroup, which is comprised of drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), bassist Derek Sherinian (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns ‘N’ Roses), and frontman Jeff Scott Soto (Journey). They recently completed work for their second album MMXX, due for release in January via Inside Out Music/Sony Records. This will be the band’s follow up to last year’s Psychotic Symphony. The album will be produced by Portnoy and Sherinian, collectively known as The Fuvio Brothers. The band promises something similar to the first album, but feel they know each other a lot better now, and that this is reflected in the work.
The first single “Goodbye Divinity,” is a stylistic track that showcases the band’s musicianship. The opening prelude is a slow tempo start with the echoes of Sherinian’s cosmic mellotron, soaring across melody lines, like an eagle searching the skies. Portnoy then interv