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!