Released on 22 Nov 2014
Download (free or donation) from the band's web site
Obviously Second is the second album from an Italian/Polish duo called Syncromind Project. It comes just about three years after their excellent eponymous debut from 2011. Enzo Ferrara takes care of the guitar and bass while Vito Lis does the drums, keyboards and production. Even though Syncromind Project is not actually a band, Second does really sound like a band album, this because both musicians are very talented with the instruments they are responsible for.
On their website they list a number of Prog Metal bands as influences, and Dream Theater (with also a few of their offshoots) is one of them and I agree. Being an instrumental band, Planet X and Liquid Tension Experiment come to mind as acceptable references. I write this only to guide an interested potential listener to this excellent CD. Sure, Syncromind Project fits very well with the bands just listed, but they are certainly not copy cats. Their music is their own and I find it to be more melodic and symphonic than what most of these DT related projects have put out. What they do share with those excellent musicians are the great musicianship and composing talent. Add to that an excellently recorded and produced album, and we have a CD that I would certainly recommend to any fan of the genre not to hesitate spending a hard earned 20$ on. But guess what? You can get it for free! You can download it from the band's website (and also their first album) with no charge at all. Personnally, I would recommend using their <DONATE> button and give them a few $, if only to thank them for such great music. But it is not obligatory. I consider such a deal to be Mind Blowing, but that's the way it is, and there are no strings attached.
If you are a Prog Metal fan and want to hear some great music, Syncromind Project is clearly the band to check out. It doesn't get much better than this. Second comes highly recommended indeed.