From Los Angeles, Heart of Cygnus released four albums between 2007 and 2012. Over Mountain, Under Hill, the band’s second collection, contains energetic Progressive Rock with both Metal and Symphonic touches throughout. I couldn’t help but imagine a merging of groups such as Iron Maiden and early Rush with more modern Prog-Rock and Prog-Metal bands.
The singer has a wide range (occasionally reminding me of Geddy Lee without the shrillness) and tracks such as “Over Mountain,” “Under Hill,” “Lost at Sea,” “Revelations,” and “The Mountain King,” feature often jaw-dropping musicianship, thrilling guitar solos, and wildly diverse tempos, with creative musical arrangements galore.
Were this a perfect world, Heart of Cygnus would have received greater attention from lovers of the genre. Now, since the band’s most recent album came out back in 2012, I’m praying the band is still active and creating new material.
• Drums – Jim Nahikian
• Engineer, Producer, Mixed By – Heart Of Cygnus
• Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals – Jeff Lane (3)
• Mastered By – Andy VanDette (tracks: 5), Heart Of Cygnus (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 to 9)
• Written-By – Bruce Dickinson (tracks: 9), Jeff Lane (3) (tracks: 1 to 8)
1 Over Mountain
2 Under Hill
3 Black Riders
4 The King And His Steed
5 Lost At Sea
7 Blue Planet
8 The Mountain King