Sons of Apollo
Psychotic Symphony

1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of The Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro's Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus

Mike Portnoy – drums and vocals
Derek Sherinian – keyboards
Billy Sheehan – bass
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – guitar, vocals
Jeff Scott Soto – vocals



Produced by Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian

Released 2017-10-20
Reviewed 2018-01-04


These guys call themselves Sons of Apollo, Apollo who is known as the Greek and Roman god of music and poetry. Ambitious name from a band who should be called a supergroup with members known from bands like Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses, Mr Big, Journey and more. From the name one could imagine that they hold themselves in a rather high esteem, and with their history it might be a legitimate thing to do but many supergroups seems to be doing quite ordinary music and the same can be said to be true about these guys.

Musically it is classic hard rock with a bit of a grooving sound, good energy and with some progressive touches. Quite heavy I think, and it isn’t particularly varied I think. But it is well-performed by skilled musicians who knows the trade but I can’t say that the vocal performance is the best I have heard from Jeff Scott Soto, probably one of his worst I would say. It isn’t a very original album I think and it is quite long as well, nearly an hour long which is too much I think, this album would certainly have benefitted from being a bit shorter.

I don’t think this is a very memorable album; I have been playing through it about ten times now and can’t find anything that makes any lasting impression. It is a very forgettable album, just well made but ultimately pointless and uninteresting. And I don’t really think Portnoy has been doing that much interesting stuff since leaving Dream Theater, and Dream Theater has done better without him. This is just another album from a so-called supergroup that fails to live up to its promise – good musicians, poor result.

So, had they really been the sons of Apollo I am not so sure that he would be particularly proud of them for this accomplishment, but then again, a father is usually proud of their children no matter how pointless they are. Psychotic Symphony is a rather pointless exercise in futility and I was debating a three or a four as a rating, it isn’t a bad album but it is ultimately rather boring and I am not very sure that Apollo would be too impressed with his sons.




Label: InsideOut
Three similar bands: Dream Theater/Mr. Big/Guns ‘N Roses
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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