Winston : France pops up more and more lately in the progressive genre and that is a good development. Derived from the band Opram, The Mars Chronicles is some kind of restart. In 2012 the ex Opram men Davy Diadema (vocals) and Sebastien Ollive (bass) found other members, Yann Morvant (guitar) and Morgan Berthet (drums) and merely year later they already release an impressive EP. Somewhere between Mesguggah, Devin Townsend and our own Textures lies the music of the Frenchmen and so you know what to expect; tight and pounding drums, intense vocals and heavy riff guitars. The first single, if you can qualify a YouTube release as such, gives a good impression of what the other four tracks have to offer. The more than eight minutes long 'Abyss' leaves you gasping and then an EP format proves actually to be a good size for this kind of music. It makes me think again that maybe bands should make more EP's, instead of entire albums every eighteen months or two years. Better every year a good EP, so band and fans can keep focused. The Mars Chronicles made a good first step in any way possible.