Saturday, 10 October 2015
Zhoda - Manic Fantasies (2015)
The debut album from this Texas, USA band.
Zhoda is a new name to me. One of the many new bands and debut albums this year. Zhoda is a five piece band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and female vocals.
Ashley Kethley's vocals are very good and floats nicely over Zhoda's blend of prog metal and neo-prog.
The band has defined themselves as a prog metal band. The use of piano and the vocals also brings in a lot of softer elements to their music. There is not as much chugging metal guitars as I expected from this album. Hence my neo-prog tag too on their music.
There is a lot of good ideas on this album and some references to the female vocals bands from the 1970s too. There are also references to the female vocals bands from UK too.
The album is a free album from Bandcamp (but please donate $ 5 or more) and a nice download too. I like this good album and would recommend it.