Rock Block was proud to host another mogo Portland Music Festival participant this week. Mogo is devoted to bringing the Portland music community together by producing a festival featuring the very best local artists across many different genres, ranging from hip-hop and singer/songwriters to hard rock and metal. Tyranny of Hours is mogo’s choice for prog rock and melodic or symphonic metal.
Tyranny of Hours consists of 4 members, each so amazingly skilled on their own! Don composes the intricate instrumentation from a large-scale symphonic perspective. The sound is very full, so he has to be looking at the big picture when writing. Meanwhile, Michelle creates delicate yet powerful vocal melodies and lyrics. She delivers them in the most haunting way – her voice is most definitely an instrument to be admired!
Tyranny of Hours has the clean, precise, and timeless approach to music. Drawing inspiration from early Prog Rock bands like Genesis, Rush, Yes, and Dream Theater, Tyranny of Hours creates a wall of sound! The layers of complex music up against the soaring vocals create an atmosphere that surrounds you and takes you for a ride. This band isn’t afraid of the long guitar solo or time changes, they are a true Prog Rock band
Being the only “metal” or “prog rock” band in the mogo festival is a big responsibility, but this band is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent. Michelle and I reminisced about the days when we could go to a festival or turn on the radio and hear a sample of all genres of current music. Many local musicians are wanting to break down walls between these genres, to overcome segmentation, and unite the Portland music scene.
Jason Fellman, of J-Fell Presents, could not have chosen more wisely. Tyranny of Hours is an incredibly skilled band of professionals who represent their genre and the Portland music scene with such a positive approach. You can listen to the podcast below.
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- PRP Drop-In Session with Redcast – New Nostalgia - November 14, 2015