On November 18th, 2022, the progressive quartet AVANDRA will release the new full-length, Prodigal. With a passion for non-standard time signatures, electronics and technical elements, the band have produced a concept option that explores the meaning of ‘home’ and the freedom to attain your own destiny.
“Codename: Pharaoh” introduces the album by incorporating Eisenhower’s speech on the dangers of unifying the private sector’s military industrial complex with the government. The track explores the cyclical nature of war. Musically the band deliver emotive soaring vocals, intricate instrumentation that is also capable explosive power. The narrative of the album sees the protagonist introduced in “The Downpour”, a thunderstorm is revealed to be the distant dropping of bombs travelling towards his village. AVANDRA use guttural harsh vocals and emphasis on bass tones to explore the dark side of the album, interweaving an array of textures throughout the track.
Prodigal follows the protagonist through a difficult journey of loss and betrayal; from joining the military only to discover they were responsible for the bombing and destruction of his home, to returning and rebuilding. “A Trace of Home” races with a intense, high-speed pace. Harsh vocals and soaring cleans produce a dynamic contrast bringing together multiple moods and exploring the complex thoughts and feelings of the album’s central figure. Dreamy piano melodies and atmospheric synths accompany haunting whispers in “In Träumen”, while “Dissembling The Artifice” sees AVANDRA venture further into the heavy and dissonant without fully abandoning the light. “Daybreak” makes for a dramatic conclusion; an encompassing amalgamation of the elements presented across the tracks.
AVANDRA have produced a highly technical, deeply poignant and thoroughly thrilling album in Prodigal. Musically the outfit’s compositions display an immense understanding and skill of the progressive genre, not only creating compelling music but aptly writing to convey the album’s overarching concept.
Credits: Christian Ayala – Vocals/Guitars/Synths, José Miguel Vázquez (Chemie) – Bass, Luis Javier Rivera – Guitars & Adrián Arroyo – Drums
Prodigal mastered by Daniel Schwartz from ASTRONOID.
Releasing via Layered Reality Productions.
Mixed by Christian Ayala
Vikram Shankar (REDEMPION and SILENT SKIES) – synth solo on track 1, and all synths for tracks 2, 4, 6, 10.
David Fremberg (ANDROMEDA) – guest vocals on track 4.