Introitus – Anima (2014)

Introitus_Anima4.5 out of 5 Stars!

Introitus is a terrific female-led Progressive Rock band from Sweden, somewhat heavier than my favorite Prog-Rock group Magenta, although similar enough to appeal to the same fan base.

On Anima, the band’s third album, Introitus adds elements of bands such as Uriah Heep (the synth-drenched opening to “Broken Glass” and final sections of the epic “Anima” track, for example) and numerous other groups into its sound. There’s a bit of Yes and Spock’s Beard, a bit of Gentle Giant and Genesis, and a bit of Jethro Tull and even Pink Floyd tossed in for good freaking measure. And yet, through the bricolage of musical influences, Introitus manages to create its own identity.

This band just keeps getting better and better with each new release, with the music being majestic, meticulous, and melodic all the way, getting closer to the magnificent Magenta (yet with its own unique style) with every single release. I’m thrilled another female-led Prog-Rock band is journeying onto this path instead of the hugely OVER-trodden Nightwish/After Forever/Within Temptation path of Symphonic Metal. So thanks to Introitus for happily adding to the genre of “Female-led Neo-Progressive Rock” that always needs more high-quality material…yet again, the band has delivered in spades and the effort is much appreciated!!!

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Introitus – Elements (2011)

Introitus_Elements4.5 out of 5 Stars!

Lots of complicated arrangements, some beautiful melodies, overall excellent musicianship, and solid vocals abound on this disc. Most likely because of the female lead vocals, I’m often reminded of the stellar work of the band Magenta. Indeed, the singer on this album sounds eerily similar to Magenta’s Christina Booth at times (especially during the quieter moments), although the general style of Introitus is somewhat heavier in nature (bordering on Progressive Metal on several tracks) instead of the more tender stability of Magenta. Not a bad thing, though, since this group excels at shifting moods throughout the disc and makes for some exciting and memorable tracks. Still, like Magenta, there are also enough similarities to bands such as Genesis, Yes, and other 70’s icons to keep fans of the old prog-rock satisfied.

Excellent!!! Fans of Magenta and bands of that ilk should snatch this up since they won’t be disappointed.

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