Berto : The Danish band Vola are a talented bunch of guys and they are one of the few newcomers to have achieved a real impact in progressive metal. Or in progressive rock, because that is one of the strengths of Vola, namely that they move between the two genres with apparent ease. Sometimes hard and powerful, then melodic and poppy to very fragile. On all albums this talent comes out well, but they know how to take it all a step further with their new album 'Applause From A Distant Crowd'.
Opener 'We Are Thin Air' has that familiar solid guitar sound (less referring to Meshuggah than before) and pleasant melodies. The following 'Ghosts' has a catchy keyboard line that borders on the ridiculous: after listening to this song the melody is in your head and does not leave it during the rest of the day. Definitely a good single. The fragile, somewhat floating 'Ruby Pool' shows another side of the band, strongly referring to someone like Devin Townsend on his albums 'Ki' and 'Ghosts'. As an advantage for the band, singer Asger Mygind has a very pleasant voice that takes you through his narrative vocal lines and you really experience the songs instead of just hearing them. 'Applause From A Distant Crowd' is an album that brings together and merges so many genres and influences, that it regularly puts you on the wrong foot by switching styles within 1 song. Take 'Alien Shivers' where you first hear some electronics, but then the heavy guitars come through and after that a beautiful melodic chorus give you goosebumps. Just one example of a song on again a beautiful album by Vola, and an album that deserves a large audience. The word 'adventurous' absolutely applies to Vola.