Sons of Apollo Unveil Crushing New Song ‘Signs of the Time’
Sons of Apollo recently made their stage debut in Los Angeles at the Ultimate Jam Night tribute to late Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z. But that show found the band performing a couple of covers. With the electric combination of rock and metal vets Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Billy Sheehan, interest has definitely been high on Sons of Apollo, and now we've got a new track to check out. The song is called "Signs of the Times" and can be heard in the player above.
The song opens with some crushing bass work from Billy Sheehan and Portnoy's nimble mastery behind the kit before giving way to Jeff Scott Soto's powerful lyrics taking a closer look at the world we live in.
“'Signs of the Time' was the very first thing myself, Derek and Bumblefoot wrote when we got together to begin writing for Sons of Apollo in March of this year," says Portnoy. "It starts with this heavy, brutal Bumbleriff (initially coined 'Korntera'), then goes into a cool verse with a two part vocal melody that I wrote sung by Jeff and myself ... which eventually opens up to a HUGE vocal hook in the chorus that Jeff wrote (sung in three-part harmony by Jeff, myself and Bumblefoot)."
The track also allows the players some space to showcase their skills, especially within the middle of the song where Sherinian and Bumblefoot get a chance to shine on keys and guitar.
"The middle section riffs are a few things that Derek brought in and show why he is the most BADASS keyboard player in the biz (playing the keys like a guitar player on fire!) and then we have the long extended breakdown and guitar solo which shows why Bumblefoot is one of today’s greatest GUITAR HEROES," says Portnoy. "This album is going to get him the recognition he truly deserves and this particular guitar solo is one of the tastiest, most insane solos I’ve EVER heard."
The track then brings all parts together racing toward a climactic conclusion. "All in all, this song has a little bit of everything that makes Sons of Apollo so special," says Portnoy. "Great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!! I figured this would be a great 'first taste' to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup…and there’s a whole lot more of different musical styles and twist and turns still to come all throughout the album."
"Signs of the Time" can be heard on the band's upcoming debut disc, Psychotic Symphony, which is due Oct. 20 via Inside/Out Music and is currently available to pre-order here. Though featuring members from assorted projects, Portnoy says that Sons of Apollo should be viewed as a real band, with the full intent to tour worldwide. Look for the band supporting the album on tour in 2018 and beyond.
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