Job : Bob Katsionis, better known for his work as rhythm guitarist in Firewind (under the reigns of Gus G) has released his fifth solo record titled ‘Prognosis & Synopsis’ on which he, and I quote, “combines a synopsis of his career so far with a prognosis of his future directions”. Turns out that most of that is just stereotypical, epic power metal with melodeath hints with a lot of influences from John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert and Marco Sfogli (who did James LaBrie’s solo records).
The material is catchy enough and is mostly similar to generic power metal like Kamelot, Dragonforce and Sabaton with clear ties to Firewind as well. Personally, it’s not my cup of tea, and most of that has to do with the fact that what Katsionis puts on display here is hardly different from what he’s done with Firewind. The lack of vocals becomes vividly apparent as a result – even though the record is instrumental and the lead work on guitars and keyboards (both Katsionis playing) really sound great, they can’t substitute for a prominent vocalist and it hurts the album. The cinematic compositions strung throughout the album in the forms of ‘Dark Matter’, ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Amnesia’ are all fresh breaths of air, but as a whole, I can only recommend this album to fans of the genre.