Pomegranate Tiger: Boundless

One-man prog metal army sets off on the march

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The thought of a progressively oriented instrumental album isn’t likely to get the blood pumping, but put aside all negative attitudes, because Boundless is a surprisingly powerful, fluent and edgy album, with each track moving along heavy lines yet also a more sophisticated symphonic arc.

Very much a one-man project, Pomegranate Tiger is the brainchild of Martin Andres, and he revels in being able to show off influences from Dream Theater to Goblin, Between The Buried And Me to Tangerine Dream.

Every composition has a deftly woven complexity built around some bristling guitar mania and also string sections which have the eeriness of a 70s Italian horror soundtrack. Manifesto plunges straight in, with an overt metallic drive weighted against a neatly worked, semi-orchestral melody line.

This approach continues, with The Masked Ball and Billions And Billions offering spectacular soundscapes, as Martin lets his imagination run riot through a gamut of stormy and ethereal ideas and interludes. Boundless reaches its climax with the haunting Cyclic and Ovation, where the extremes coalesce. A progressive and metallic triumph.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.