If you like prog metal, yet are unfamiliar with A7X, then an introduction is required.
Consider their original, founding drummer, John The Rev Sullivan, that sadly died at age 28. A certain N.E.P. consider him one of the finest young drummers of his day. Happily, their current drummer is no slouch.
They recorded a wonderfully evil Danny Elfman-esque song with the help from other members of Oingo Boingo. They've even done country, and a mariachi cover. No cookie-monster vocals. The most melodic lead guitarist since Slash, and lots of lovely Maiden-like harmonized solos are to be found.
But best of all is The Stage, their latest release, a sumptuous concept album that ends with a 15-minute epic track that aims to be a musical re-creation of the Big Bang, and which features a spoken narration that Neil deGrasse Tyson specifically wrote and read for the album.
Can you say, 'geek-metal'?
And I feel the AFTK vibe in this: