Progressive metal music is suppose of lovers of the genre dominated by massive guitar riffs and thundering drums. The north German sextet Ally The Fiddle celebrating both splendidly to the fans delight. But if you don`t know the band yet and are listening to their new album Up, you might be surprised. Here frontwoman Ally Storch has decisive influence on the sound with various string instruments, especially on her virtuoso six-stringed electric violin. Ally Storch is also member of medieval rocker in the band Sally And Scandmaul and Subway. Up will be released on September 14, 2018.
The classical trained violinist founded Ally The Fiddel ten years ago, and released an EP Red Unicorn the same year. In addition three years later the single The Crumbling Autumn was released. Both releases was instrumental and with heavy folk influences. In 2013 Ally The Fiddle changed their music to prog metal, and successfully crowdfunding the debut CD One.
Then the band gained a larger audience with a massive concert appearance. Ally Storch says «for her prog is about to spin around thoughts and to further develop her music. She actually don`t like to commit to one genre, therefore her music has many facets. In addition to prog and metal, the music also contains characteristics of film scores as well as classic rock, and more recently jazz rock». What is special with her music is that as a matter of principle she doesn`t use artificial sound from keyboards and synthesizers.
When Ally Storch mentions jazz rock, she always does it with an exclamation mark. She has a special preference for it, which is reflected many times on Up. Among her idols is the American rock violinist Jerry Goodman, who achieved fame in the 1970s with fusion bands The Flock and Mahavishnu Orchestra. That the now 69-years –old joins as a guest musicians is emphasized by Storch with obvious joy! Up offers many guest musicians, including drummer Marco Minnemann known from bands like The Arristocrats and The Mute Gods.