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Meet Cydemind, the band making prog metal their own

Violinist Olivier Allard on Cydemind, the Montreal band taking prog metal and fiddling with it

Think of violinists in prog and who comes to mind? Darryl Way? Eddie Jobson? Jean-Luc Ponty? Well, Cydemind’s young fiddler Olivier Allard has a different hero. “David Garrett was my teen idol,” he tells Prog, referring to the poster boy of crossover classical music. “That’s why I have all this hair! And Nigel Kennedy too. He plays classical music at the highest level… Both Nigel and David try to take it to more people.”


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