Thursday, August 23, 2012

CD Review: Apollo Run Are Back To Slay The "Dragon"

New York rockers Apollo Run are ready to release their grand, full-length debut album, “Here Be Dragons, Vol. III.” This follows the band’s earlier EP’s “Here Be Dragons, Vol. I & II.” The trio from Brooklyn have a huge, epic sound that is geared toward the stage with lyrics and music that create images within you mind. The band just finished a stage performance of their albums and will be taking their show on the road, including a stop on October 13 at Stella Blues in New Haven, CT.

The band combines their love for the bands, Queen and Electric Light Orchestra in the opener “The Inevitable Small Rebellions” which acts as an introduction to the story. They pick up the pace on “Desire” as the music matches the intensity of the storied lyrics. The band captures the airy flow of “Act IV” with some great harmonizing, while having a big rock sound on “Pay It Forward.” The gentle ballad, “Sirens” is perfectly executed with beautiful melodies and some of the best singing on this release. The tempo finally picks back up for “Devil In Disguise,” before reverting back to the wonderful harmonizing of “Autumn Song.” The album closes with “Ruby” which carries some very interesting time changes.

Apollo Run has a handful of live dates scattered over the next few months. For more information on the band’s new album, “Here Be Dragons, Vol. III” and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit apollorun.com.

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