AFTER LAPSE – Face The Storm

After Lapse - Face The Storm album cover art
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Label: Frontiers Music SRL
Release date: December 9, 2022

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Progressive Heavy Metal fans will be pleased to hear the new album from the new Spanish band After Lapse – Face The Storm. The band was initially formed in 2018 by drummer Roberto Cappa, keyboardist Pablo Sancha, and guitarist Arturo Rodríguez who had all previously played together in the band “Delyriüm” for several years. The addition of Jorge Escudero on guitars and bassist Javier Palacios in 2021 completed the lineup, and After Lapse was born.

About the Album

Over the course of 2021 and well into 2022, After Lapse kept writing and recording music for what would become their debut album Face The Storm. When Frontiers Music Srl was passed demos that the band was working on from their management company, they were thrilled with what they heard and moved quickly to sign the band for the release of their first record.

Upon listening to the album, one is instantly reminded of early Dream Theater by the catchy guitar riffs in different time signatures, and the excellent vocals of Rubén Miranda. The band knows how to integrate soft passages with dramatic changes, all the while keeping the melodies in the forefront. The songs are all really well put together, with the title track being the favorite of this listener.

Final Notes

It’s always great to discover a new band in your wheelhouse that has the chops, melodies and high production standards that After Lapse bring to the table. Face The Storm is all of that, and a little more. With 11 songs coming in at just under an hour you get what you pay for, and fans of Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Pain Of Salvation, Haken, Kamelot and Angra will find this to be right up their alley. After Lapse – Face The Storm is a very strong debut for a band that we hope to hear a lot more of, so give it a listen, you’ll be glad you did.

After-Lapse-band picture


Rubén Miranda – Vocals
Jorge Escudero – Guitars
Pablo Sancha – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Javier Palacios – Bass
Roberto Cappa – Drums

Guest musicians:

Pedro J. Monge (VHÄLDEMAR) – guitar solos in “Where No One Cares”.
Carlos Lozano (PERSEFONE) – guitar solo in “More”Alicia Avilés”.
Valero – cello in “Along The Way”.

Beyond – Tracklist

01. Thrive
02. Where No One Cares
03. Come Undone
04. Face The Storm
05. Beyond The End
06. The Lie
07. Through This War
08. More
09. Facta Non Verba
10. Heal
11. Along The Way


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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