Henceforth are another exciting band from Brazil, another nice surprise after MindFlow and The Tape Disaster. Formed in 1993, they released their first album (Full album on-line streaming) in Brazil in December 2005 via Voice Music, label owned by Silvio Golfetti, guitarist of the Brazilian thrash metal band Korzus. The current line-up is made up by singer Frank Harris, guitarist Hugo Mariutti, bass player Luis Mariutti, drummer Fabio Elsas and keyboard player Cristiano Altieri. Luis and Hugo were former members of the band called Shaaman, and Luis is a former member of power metal band Angra – as of 2007 they are no longer in Shaaman having left the band with singer Andre Matos in order to pursue new projects. Fabio has played in the past with bands Skyscraper and Firebox. Their experience is clearly mark positively the sound and compositions of Henceforth.
“The Gray Album” consist of 11 round and nicely balanced songs in the neo-progressive, post-metal area of music with interesting colors of post-rock and post-grunge echoes. Listening their songs I had the impression of listening to a nice jam between (the new) Marillion and Tool. It may sounds unlikely, but Henceforth managed to blend classic and modern trends, rock, indie and jazzy sounds into a fluid, flowing music, calm and soft moments are twisted into intense guitar riffings and heavy rock constructions with perfect good taste and inspiration. An excellent and beautiful album, a must to listen!
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