For those who might not be familiar with Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian’s new outfit Sons of Apollo, the band are quite possibly the most exciting project the two have put together in years.
Recording the Dream Theater classic Falling Into Infinity, Mike and Derek or The Del Fuvio Brothers, began a special bond that would see the two return some twenty years later. Putting their heads together they thought up the idea for what would become Sons of Apollo. Wanting to not necessarily recreate their former glory of the eighties but instead use their understanding of each other musically to devastating effect the two set about bringing the project together.
Enlisting the help of one guitarist Bumblefoot, bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan and rounding up the group with Jeff Scott Soto, this might be a supergroup on the surface but its material is anything but. Rather than conjuring the idea of cashing in, Sons of Apollo represent five musicians at the very top of their creative game. Combining elements from previous bands, of course is inevitable but with Psychotic Symphony the band have created something truly refreshing in itself that the Prog world isn’t ready for!
With Prog being not so much a genre to be sneered at anymore, rather more accepted, the definition of the word has become manifold. From the likes of Leprous, Haken and Caligula’s Horse to the all out technical wizardry of Animals as Leaders, Prog is relative to the eye of the beholder. Very kindly taking the time out of their schedules both Mike and Derek were able to speak to me not only about Sons of Apollo but about Prog in the modern day and just how Psychotic Symphony will rewrite the map.
Sons of Apollo’s jaw dropping Psychotic Symphony is out October 20th via Inside Out.