Lebanese Prog: Turbulence - Disequilibrium
This is why I love progressive rock and metal so much. It’s the diversity and the huge productions that the best prog bands try to create. You will immediately recognise a band of this caliber whenever it crosses your path. This time the Lebanese band Turbulence has gained this status with the release of their début album Disequilibrium.
During the opening moments of the album, Turbulence displays a huge plus through a symphonic introduction titled Hypnagogia.
Singer Owmar El Hage has a voice that you will have to get used to, but he does that with the ease once guitarist Alain Ibrahim and keyboardist Mood Yassin break into the following Richardson’s Nightmare. It is such a catchy and brilliantly written piece of music, while still maintaining both simplicity and complexity. This track also clearly states the diversity that Turbulence has to offer. Somewhere down the song there is another symphonic moment and guitar/keyboards interplay in the style of Dream Theater. You can easily say that the duo Ibrahim/Yassin is equal to the creative potential of the Petrucci/Rudess duo.
Following is Never Let Me Go, which is a mid-tempo ballad that brings up acoustic guitar and emotional performance by El Hage. Halfway down the track the riffs get quite heavier, but they never cross the line. In the end the band returns to the slower and fragile sound of the beginning, while adding an amazingly powerful and emotional solo by Ibrahim.
Progressive metal veterans Symphony X are stated to be an influence on the band and that is very clear, especially on the title track. El Hage’s vocals are close to Russell Allen’s in terms of emotion and/or aggression, with the rest of the band bringing the similar approach as their American predecessors. And while this song is the longest track on the record, it’s also the most diverse one. The music goes from slow to fast, from atmospheric to symphonic, from fragile and subdued to heavy and powerful. It’s absolutely brilliant to close the album this way; the perfect closer to finish off a progressive metal masterpiece.
Turbulence have delivered an amazing piece of music that’s entertaining from beginning to end. Not only if you listen to it once, but it’s attractiveness and beauty will not fade after a couple of rounds through the stereo. “Disequilibrium” is a fantastic progressive metal album, one that Turbulence can be proud of.
Words: Annie Grossmann