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Bioplan: When synthwave and djent unite…

Bioplan – Arcade Dreams

Bioplan is the instrumental progressive metal solo project of Swedish metal frontman Andi Kravljaca. The sound of synthwave meets ’80s metal… and thunderous guitar!

Bioplan is the synthesizer and electric guitar mashup brainchild of Swedish multi-instrumentalist Andi Kravljaca. Bioplan’s music mixes the atmospheric tonality and glowing neon soundscapes of 1980s synthwave, with the brutality and gated precision of modern seven string guitar

Arcades speak to the imagination of many people worldwide. The myriad sounds, beeps, boops, flashing lights and the allure of high scores that deserve to be broken by your own hands helped shape generations of kids from the 80s, 90s and 00s – and the magic keeps living to this day.

So it’s no surprise that the very concept of Arcade Dreaming exists at all. And it is this very concept that became the foundation for Andi Kravljaca’s new EP with the same name for his project Bioplan! The track Atomic Era Cocktails official live playthrough (feat. Harri Koskela)

Arcade Dreams clocks in at 16 minutes and contains a 4 way punch of synthwave driven nostalgia cranked up to 11 through a progressive metal filter. Taking the main direction that Andi set up with his debut album release Epipath & Ocular in 2020, this new EP leans into the synthwave stylings a bit more, while still retaining the smooth and technical guitar style that Bioplan is known for.

But even with such a concept leaning into the digital side of things, heaviness is not sacrificed, as can be heard in the opening riff of Robots Cost Rent. We dare you not to at least nod your head to its infectious groove! Added to this is the ever going barrage of guitar solos, leads and musical wizardry that have by now become synonymous with Bioplan and probably will remain that way for years to come.

However, in songs like Dobrovolsky City and For The Sake of Smoothness, Andi showcases a sense of ambience that to some extent was explored on the debut, but gets extensively deepened here. The track Ingress from the album Epipath (2021),

Adding new layers to an already wide ranging palette of sounds, and showcasing that Bioplan is not a one trick pony, but an evolving musical experiment that can go in many directions.

So for those who dare to go into this adventure head first, we can only say: bring some spare change because you might want to use those continues!

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7175 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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