Today, I am writing about a very special project that has been sitting in my backlog for about two months, and the further I listened to their music, the more I was convinced of their ability and potential. Although I have positive things to say about the American gentlemen, I summed up everything in two factors that persuaded me: staying faithful to the origins of progressive metal and for being special with talented and skilled musicians.
Multiplicity is a long-play album of 12 complex progressive music pieces that focus on the early ’90s progressive metal era, bringing back memories from the early Dream Theater, specifically with their Images And Words and Awake albums, accompanied by influences of Stratovarius, Blind Guardian, and Symphony X. Unlike many other progressive metal bands with a similar focus, Apeiron Bound didn’t stop here and explored further the modern and post-metal world of progressive, death, and black metal genres, along with instrumental music and even soundtrack compositions. I felt delighted to have so much in common with this impressively talented band from Florida, especially with their concept which also introduced me to the world of progressive metal when I was in high school. I remember working really hard on my instrument to be able to play Pull Me Under, Erotomania, Another Day, after exchanged my Esp explorer guitar with an Ibanez S, thanks to John Petrucci. In this case, Apeiron Bound incorporates all the soft and heavy surfaces of their genre in a range that I don’t remember hearing before. They are special enough to pull off sounding as easy as Pink Floyd and as heavy as Lorna Shore in one concept as never done before.
Moreover, the collective is talented in a degree that this band cannot live without. It has been a while since I remember listening to a performance-based progressive metal music with fantastic guitar solos, monstrous vocal performances in different personalities, captivating synths and keys, and super prog drums that reminded of Mike Portnoy‘s Pull Me Under drum sound character. It feels amazing hearing all your heroes performed by a super tight band. Although they have intense and complex structures in almost every song, it took me by surprise how flawlessly the band delivered them. Their vocalist, Michael Calza, has a voice and attitude similar to a heavy metal living legend, Bruce Dickinson. From where Bruce left off, he took it further by adding the range of Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian / Demons & Wizards) and the technique of Russell Allen (Symphony X), rounding out his mighty repertoire with vocal styles for heavier music similar to Will Ramos (Lorna Shore), and his way of handling singing death metal, deathcore, and blackcore. Since the band has the pushing-boundary mindset in their constitution, his band members also followed his steps in going against all limitations and exploring further, distinguishing themselves from the rest of the planet.
Also, the musical concept of the band encompasses both positive and dark vibes flawlessly, incorporating progressive metal, death, black, and sometimes djent and deathcore influences in its foundation. The songs have a strong bond between each other, making the listener imagine a clear picture similar to what we experienced when discovering Images and Words album for the first time. It is a passionate and dynamic journey, easily one of the most promising progressive metal albums of 2022, if not the best.