Formerly a thrash-death metal band known
as MORG (as in "Morgue"), the members of
Russian prog band AZAZELLO had some fun
shocking pop audiences in the early 90's and
then completely reinvented themselves.
In fact, through the course of three albums,
they have almost completely abandoned
the metal genre for some truly
Despite the English title tracks, they sing in
Russian (although 90% of their repertoire
is strictly instrumental).
They are led by vocalist, guitarist and arranger
Alexandr Kulak who also composes
most of the material.
"The Wings" (2002) is their most mature effort
to date and treats the listener to about half
a dozen genres and sub-genres, some tracks
taking on clearly symphonic, at times
even jazzy overtones.
Recommended if you like well-executed prog
à la QUEENSRYCHE and DREAM THEATER.