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LIVE REVIEW: Intervals @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

Aaron Marshall has one of the most wondrous brains in the progressive metal scene, INTERVALS is just a sheer glimpse into just what marvels he comes out with and ahead of the brand new album, The Way Forward, Distorted Sound caught INTERVALS in Birmingham.

Nick Johnston live @ Mama Roux's, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson
Nick Johnston live @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson

Opening up the night was guitar guru NICK JOHNSTON. With an immediate effect of coming on stage, Johnston had the ability to capture the entire attention of the venue. It was strange to not see a single person on their phone, not even to take pictures or videos, every single person was enchanted by what they was hearing and witnessing. As far as style goes Johnston certainly had a lot more classic rock roots in him, at some points you could hear elements from the classics such as THE EAGLES and SANTANA, there were hints of Jazz, Blues and Reggae, the way NICK JOHNSTON blended them altogether and played them to this audience was enchanting. It was no wonder that nobody wanted to look at their screens, his performance was endearing and set a bar of high expectations for the rest of the show.

Rating: 9/10

Polyphia live @ Mama Roux's, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson
Polyphia live @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson

POLYPHIA have established themselves a dedicated following at such an early age and their live performance in Birmingham certainly displayed why. Mixing so many different genres together such as hip-hop, prog, jazz and much more they have made their own sound in the music world and they really work it. Their live persona reflected their music, they were full of energy and charisma, something very charming about the young band. It was certainly the loudest point in the night when they performed Goose and they 100% made their mark.

Rating: 8/10

Intervals live @ Mama Roux's, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson
Intervals live @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham Photo Credit: Jamie Vann-Watson

Taking to the stage was INTERVALS, with massive support in all around the world Aaron Marshall has been able to really show off his talents. In a world that is being dominated by some of the best prog in recent years, INTERVALS definitely are up there with how intricate and fantastic the music is. Ahead of the new album, Mama Roux’s was given some treats of new music which proved to be a huge success with fans and teasing that this could be a new height reached in the sound. While at this point in the show the crowd had been swept away with the incredible talent before, INTERVALS really were ground breaking and whether it was older or newer music each audience member was captivated, a testament to the hard work and dedication that is known to go into the sound.

Rating: 10/10

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