Prognostication - Collapse - Reviewed By Metal Digest! Tuesday January 25 2022, 3:24 PM
Prognostication - Collapse - Reviewed By Metal Digest!

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Sometimes it’s hard to listen to a multi-instrumentalist/one man band without a crushing sense of inadequacy. Can’t find the time to practise guitar right now? Those guys have to find it for guitar, bass, drums, keys, and probably recording and mixing too. All the while being better at your chosen instrument than you are, and most likely looking like they’ve just showered after a gym session lifting 400lb’s one handed while seducing your girlfriend.

Missouri’s Prognostication, Allen Gingerich to his nearest and dearest, is one of them. Whether or not he has the muscles and looks is a question for someone else to say, what I can say for certain is he sure has the musical ability.

When complexity is what turns you up to the max, this deserves a place on your playlist. By turns as jazzy and jumping as Between the Buried and Me, as punky/spiky as The Cardiacs, as impenetrably dense as Necrophagist; this is a Prog Metal delight from start to finish. Standout track “Voyage” is worth the entry fee alone; there is almost no direction this song doesn’t turn, making 10 minutes fly by while you try to keep up with the sensory overload. One damned fun ending too! With Death-y vocals, and some outrageously kitsch shredded/duetted solo guitar side by side in songs with mind-bending time signatures and huge tonal leaps, and yet flow as freely as some of the genre’s most established artists and bands, Allen Gingerich has set the bar particularly high for this debut full-length.

Already looking forward to the next one. - Metal Digest

Release Date: July 23, 2021

FFO: Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, The Contortionist

Location: Missouri 

Prognostication is a one-man progressive metal project based in Mid Missouri, the sole member being guitarist and vocalist Allen Gingerich. Originally formed as an instrumental project while he was in high school with some friends Allen wanted to push the boundaries of the music that he was writing and wanted to step outside of conventional metal form and thus continued on by himself writing to his true musical vision. Heavily influenced by progressive bands such as Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, The Contortionist, and lots of tech death bands, Prognostication has music that utilizes odd time signatures, very technical riffs, long song structures, jazz breaks, shreddy guitar solos, and many other elements taken from the influences mentioned. Collapse was written, recorded, and performed all by Allen Gingerich with the sole exception of a vocal feature by a good friend Mark Sullivan in the title track.  In the future Allen hopes to find members to bring the music he's written to play live and collaborate on future material as well. A follow up to Collapse is already being written and will have much more tech death influence taking notes from bands such as Necrophagist, and The Faceless and will be a concept album.

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