Classic Rock Society about MDP
Managing Director / Magazine
Editor, Classic Rock Society
If this band were American or British they would be
making some impact in the metal area of rock. You might
not believe how good the band is until you hear them
simply because it may come natural to perceive that
there are no good Armenian heavy rock bands. Just shows
how wrong a perception can be doesn't it.
This is not only metal but maybe prog-metal with a
touch of the eccentric about it where heavy guitar riffs
are layered with the voice young Elena Zhirkova talking
a tale in English. No, it isn't rap rock, but it is
eerie to say the least and intriguing too.
The musicianship, as has all of the musicianship I
have heard out of Armenia to date, is as good as you
will hear anywhere in the world. Henry Grigoryan is
the Iranian born guitarist and main composer with Vardan
Grigoryan on bass and keyboards, Edward Abrahamyan on
keyboards and Mesrop Gyulnazaryan on drums.
The descriptive word 'metal' is not the case though
at the beginning of the twelve minute track 'Silk Way'
where the Far East definitely comes to mind as the piece
starts out in traditional fashion before it builds up
in to the more representative prog-metal theme. 'Unexpected
rock' might be a better descriptive since you never
really know what's coming next.
Threshold certainly come to mind where the heavy, and
sometimes speedy, guitar riffs lead throbbing bass lines
and searing keyboards - and there's also those strange
The band has been around, on and off, for about twelve
years and are now stretching out to people in the West.
With this music, taken from two of their albums from
1993 and 1996 respectively, they won't remain a secret
for too much longer. Accompanying the album is the CD
single 'Falling in Love' that will confuse the listener
even more as the heavier riffs disappear to give way
to a more laid back approach with Japan and David Sylvian
being nearer the mark than anything in the world of
If the band is looking for advice I would stick to
the heavier stuff, it makes more impact and they are
good at it.