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Introducing Prospekt: "We have the right twists and turns at the right times"

Oxford prog metallers Prospekt are reborn and reshaped with new line-up and second album

Prospekt are a macro thinking band who typify everything that makes prog metal great. Subtly infusing the snarling yet grandiose musical attack of Dream Theater and Symphony X with epic power metal pomp and quirky chords and scales atypical to metal, the band have moulded a deft balance between aggression, technical wizardry and supple anthemics. They may have graced the pages of Limelight before – around the release of their 2013 debut album – but four years later, bolstered by a new line-up and the benefits of time, they are a very different prospect, hence a Limelight reappraisal.

“We’ve taken the sound of the first album up a notch,” reflects guitarist and founding member Lee Luland, who witnessed his band mature after vocalist Michael Morris and keyboardist Rox Capriotti joined in 2015. “The vocals fit better, Rox is a brilliant musician to work with and we’ve really bonded as a band. We’re all into the same bands so we understood what sound we wanted to go for straight away.”

Indeed, The Illuminated Sky is the realisation of a distinct vision. The album’s entire journey, from the warfare of guttural guitars that ignite its early moments to the vulnerable and luscious orchestrations that mark songs like Distant Anamnesis were all meticulously mapped out before a single note was played.

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