What is the sound of greatness? What's the soundtrack to a storm? How does the music sound when emotions boil over?
The answer to all three questions could very well be VOLA.
The Danish quartet (including a Swede) plays technically superior prog-metal of the kind where the catchy tune comes first, and changes in rhythm, time signatures and other stuff comes second.
VOLA are first and foremost excellent songwriters.
Just give their latest album, Witness (2021), a listen. It's filled to the brim with grand melodies, an oomph-ladden low end, atmospheric keyboard flourishes and melodies as pure as gold.
VOLA proved their worth with their debut album Inmazes (2015). It made the Dutch tastemakers at Mascot Records offer a record deal. Both the second album, Applause of a Distant Crowd (2018), and 2021’s Witness are released on this label.
If you are a fan of bands like Porcupine Tree, you’re gonna love the music of VOLA.
VOLA has really been on the crest of the live waves. They have played support jobs for both Katatonia and Dream Theater. And when they presented their new songs live last year, one critic called it "a show of perfection". This April, they will also release a live album, recorded in an abandoned swimming pool. The album was recorded during the lockdown when VOLA refused to be inactive, hungry as they are (watch a live video here!)
VOLA is the perfect band for those who crave great melodies, want a little heaviness in the sound and some vitamins for the brain in the compositions. VOLA is just as much for those who are not necessarily metalheads. They appeal just as much to the rock crowd.
Catch VOLA on the Rising stage at Roskilde Festival 2022.