Artemisia Belladonna caught my attention about a month ago with their captivating debut release, “Sycophantic.” Released as a single in 2020, this song marks the band’s first foray into the music industry. After immersing myself in its melodies, I knew I had to feature Artemisia Belladonna in this Metalhead Community article, particularly for those who appreciate old-school hard/progressive rock music. I invite you to listen to the song while reading on.
As you may recall from my previous articles, I hold a deep admiration for progressive rock/metal music. My journey into progressive music began with the legendary Pink Floyd, continued with bands like Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, and reached its pinnacle with the life-changing discovery of Opeth. These pioneers have influenced countless individuals worldwide, including myself, with their innovative thinking. Examining “Sycophantic,” I can confidently say that it stands as a successful piece of work and a promising debut by an up-and-coming band. While Artemisia Belladonna may not yet match the magnitude of the aforementioned bands, they have made all the right decisions to embark on a promising musical journey.
First and foremost, the band exhibits a delightful balance in their music. Artemisia Belladonna avoids excessive experimentation and instead blends their musical origins with their own unique perspective, resulting in a beautiful composition that immediately brings to mind the spirit of Riverside. In an era where progressive bands often strive to be more extreme, technical, or diverse, sometimes losing sight of the essence of their music, Artemisia Belladonna remains focused and stays true to the core. This dedication to maintaining the musical focus is what I appreciate most about the band.
Upon close listening, “Sycophantic” reveals its true distinction through its overall atmosphere, energy flow, and dynamics. The song sustains a fresh vibe from start to finish, with the instrumentation skillfully maintaining the listener’s engagement. Moreover, it is not just the band’s ideas that convey character; the vocalist’s distinct singing style adds an extra layer of uniqueness. While it may sound unfamiliar or unconventional at first, this distinctive element holds the potential to lead Artemisia Belladonna to intriguing places. Let us not forget that “Sycophantic” represents only the debut song of Artemisia Belladonna, and I hold a strong positive outlook based on everything I have heard thus far.