ANDROMEDA - The Immunity Zone

Andromeda - The Immunity Zone

9 songs
66:49 minutes
***** ***


The Immunity Zone is already the fourth longplayer by Andromeda from the Swedish town Malmö. Not familiar with the band, I was instantly intrigued by the unconventional cover artwork that didn’t hint at any specific genre. The band was founded in 1999 and they have their roots very clearly in progressive rock music from the first half of the Nineties.

Even if Sweden is for my people a country with excellent death metal bands, this Scandinavian country also has an interesting progressive rock and metal scene, with bands like Pain Of Salvation, Flower Kings and Kaipa, just to name a few. Andromeda are by no means just a copy, because the guys have obviously their own concepts. Of course they like it complex, and despite the dominant keyboards, they rarely aim for overly catchy structures. Especially the concluding Veil Of Illumination, graced with a running time of more than seventeen minutes, displays perfectly the band’s variety. Next to proggy guitar playing, hard metal part and quiet moments, we also meet typical Swedish prog rock harmony vocals. But also the shorter tracks (all between four and eight minutes long) are not to be underestimated. No matter if they keep it quiet, as on Censoring Truth and Ghosts On Retinas, or if they present themselves with more power, as on My Star and Another Step, Andromeda are never acting awkwardly. The vocals have also hit the ideal balance of melodic and powerful delivery.

Fans of the aforementioned bands, but also those into IQ and Threshold should have fun with The Immunity Zone. This CD is an ideal opportunity to revitalise the nowadays not so fashionable wave of Nineties prog rock. Thank you very much, Andromeda!

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