Power of Metal.dk Review

Fire Garden
Sound of Majestic Colors
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 10 June, 2014
Playing time: 71:19

Chicago based prog-rockers Fire Garden have released their debut full length album, "Sound of Majestic Colors." This follows their EP "The Prelude" which the band gave away for free on their website firegardenmusic.com. Just prior to recording the album, the band changed singers from Chase Carter to Kevin Pollack. In most cases, a switch like that would be risky but in this case, the band have the right man for the job. Fire Garden's music walks the line between progressive rock and progressive metal, sliding from side to side as needed and Kevin's voice fits the style perfectly. He is similar to Steven Wilson without being a clone.

I can't go on without mentioning the mastermind behind the band, Zeeshan Baig or as he is better known to everyone, Zee. Zee is the guitarist, producer, songwriter and writes the lyrics with his vocalist (now Kevin). Zee believes in writing actual songs rather than just bars of music that he and keyboardist Frank Lucas can solo over. This is not to say these guys don't solo but it always suits the song first. And yes Zee can PLAY. But what about the songs? The album is a balance of mini-epics like "Behind The Face", "Redemption" and "The Last Step" to shorter, catchy songs like the lead single/video "Alone" and "Endless Memories".

A good song is a good song, regardless of length and Zee knows that. The arrangements are tight and allow the band to stretch out when it warrants. All in all, the debut from Fire Garden more than delivers on the promise shown on the EP. Sound of Majestic Colors was an album that I was definitely looking forward to hearing. I consider Zee a friend but if the album wasn't any good, he knows I would be honest with him. Luckily we don't have to worry about that. Fire Garden shows the world who they are and does it with confidence and style. Highly recommended!

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01. The Joker
Time Machine
Endless Memories
Behind the Face
Echoes in Silence
Far from Grace
The Last Step
Label: Independent
Buy the album: See above
Artwork rating: 95/100
Reviewed by: Rob Pociluk
Date: 26 August, 2014
Website: www.firegardenmusic.com