Progressive rock isn’t supposed to be catchy. In fact, most true prog-heads will tell you that you must listen to a progressive rock song three times before you just begin to understand the conceptual meaning of the music. Not so with Gravity. The band’s latest release “Midnight Sonata” proves that you can combine the elegance of progressive rock with the memorizing tales of a story-telling wrapped up in a tune that you actually remember the first time through.
“Midnight Sonata” shows a massive improvement in both songwriting and collaboration from Gravity’s first album “Into Oblivion.” Starting off with “The Darkest Hour” you are immediately pumped up for an incredible journey into the unknown. If you ever needed a song to start your day, “The Darkest Hour” is definitely a recommendation – but use all caution while driving to work.
The second song, “Chasing the Sun,” is another heart-racing, soaring song that takes you up to a musical plateau of emerging essence. Seven minutes later, you feel like you have literally left your body and returned after a whirlwind journey across the universe. Eric Potapenko’s amazing guitar styling literally leaves you breathless at the end of this song.
“Burning Sky,” probably the most off-the-wall track on the album, will most definitely blow your mind. Drummer Matt Kerschner provides some amazing sounds that rival the liking of Phil Collins or Neil Pert. The instrumental progression on this song is an absolute joy to listen to for anyone who enjoyed long progressive epics of the past. Warm fuzzies will occur in your belly at the end of this tune.
“Serenity,” probably the best track on the album and a guaranteed hit, will do exactly what its title indicates, in that it provides peace and calm as you listen. Not only will the incredible playing of Eric Potapenko put the tune in your head for the rest of the day, but the soulful fingers of Joe Capka combined with the hard hitting bass of Brian Craft will produce an intense emotion in you, only coupled with the joy of watching a baby bird grow. You will shed at least one tear at the end of this song, or have the strange sensation to call your mom.
After peaceful bliss comes epic hard metal craziness with the track “Taken,” which according to the band was somewhat inspired by the movie of the same name. Joe Capka really stretched his signature keyboard sounds to produce an immense soundscape that makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of a spy-thriller.
“Beyond the Horizon,” the second to last song, brings the pace back down a bit, with a bit of a somewhat Irish/Celtic theme. Once again Eric Potapenko’s playing really shines here, especially on acoustic guitar. Finally, the journey concludes with the monstrous epic “Nightmare Sonata,” with bass lines that will leave the mirrors shaking on your car. This combination of all of the key talents of the group shows – no proves – that their playing ability and skills are equal to the progressive greats of the day (a.k.a. Dream Theater). When the final bits of the song come to an end you are already hitting replay on your iPod because you are ready to take this journey again.
Instrumental rock usually requires a bit of patience, but not with Gravity. Each of their songs has a style, a flavor, a feeling and an emotion that will resonate with you throughout the days of your life. At the completion of listening to “Midnight Sonata” you will be thankful that you were blessed to be alive and have heard this masterpiece. It truly is an amazing piece of work. From cover to content, Gravity has done it again. If you ever get chance to see these guys live, I cannot recommend enough a front row seat!
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