Brazilian Prog Ensemble Imagery Release Debut CD 'The Inner Journey'
From the earliest days of human thought, the theme of Duality has been widely debated among philosophers, scientists and spiritual seekers. The ambiguity of the concept still serves as inspiration for endless artistic musings about love and hate, life and death, happiness and sadness. The Brazilian progressive rock/metal band IMAGERY follows these endless seas of intellectual thought to trace their musical identity, personified by the debut album, 'The Inner Journey' released in the U.S. by powerhouse metal label Deadline Music.
Formed in 2008 by Joceir Bertoni (vocal/guitar), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass) and Luciano Neves (drums), IMAGERY was born from the ashes of the bands G.A.F. and Revolt, two groups from the city of Londrina, Parana state. >From its inception, IMAGERY had a dual character, combining classic prog rock and metal. The uniting of these two disparate genres was no easy feat. After all, if progressive rock is emotional, heavy metal is visceral; if prog rock is technique, heavy metal is attitude; if prog rock is sensibility, heavy metal is aggressiveness.
And it was in transmuting these opposites - sometimes conflicting, sometimes complementary - that IMAGERY came upon their unique sound. Recorded at PlayRecPause Studios in Londrina under the experienced production talent of Julio Anizelli (Mamaquilla, Terra Celta, Lixo Extraordinário), 'The Inner Journey' brings eight tracks that not only extol the technical ability of the musicians, but, above all, the quality of the band's compositions.
"Fourth Secret" is a perfect prelude and shows the different faces of this dynamic album. The second song, "Imagery," doesn't take the name of the band in vain; it is the band's fingerprint and shows some of their core characteristics, like the absence of compositional patterns. Over the course of nearly six minutes, the song almost doesn't repeat itself, marking an unreturnable journey through different environments and sonic textures.
Carl Gustav Jung might say that "Perception" is the archetype of progressive metal. However, when IMAGERY play prog metal, they sound like no other band from this style. In this same track it's possible to notice the strong influence of jazz, classical and even Brazilian bossa nova.