Withem is an upcoming progressive metal band hailing from Norway inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus.
The band had its inception in 2011 when Øyvind Voldmo Larsen (guitars) and Ketil Ronold (keyboards) met the remarkable drummer Frank Nordeng Røe. Shortly they were joined by the voice talent Ole Aleksander Wagenius. For the album, bass was recorded by the special guestAndreas Blomqvist from Seventh Wonder. Recently the band found the current live bass player, Miguel Pereira.
The passion and dedication put into the début album The Point of You is emphasized by the countless hours spent in studio perfecting each individual performance and making sure that the end result is a world class blend of progressive, symphonic and power metal.
Withem’s music offers varied sonic landscapes for the listener to explore, weather with its elaborate interplay between all musicians or with straightforward power metal anthems. It ranges from guilty-pleasure choruses permeated with memorable vocal hooks (Born to Live), to symphonic epic themes (Paramount of Lies). Overall there are nearly 50 minutes worth of thrills and melody-driven songs, without drifting into the clichés of overly long instrumental sections and sheer complexity for complexity sake. The unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wagenius gives the band a much-needed distinctive touch to tackle the overcrowded progressive metal scene.
Produced and mixed by Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at Lionheart Studio, the album sounds powerful and bombastic with enough raw moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts. The production values will certainly please even the audiophile listeners out there.