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1. A psychedelic rock band from Italy
2. A progressive metal band from El Salvador
1. In 1968 german Martin Thurn (guitar) went to an international school in Varese (North Italy) where he founded a band named SONS OF GIOVE. Other members were Wolfgang Schoene, Thomas Schmidt (later PELL MELL) and Jutta Nienhaus. Renamed to The Joice (due to a misprint later YOICE) the band went on in 1970 with drummer Hermann-Jürgen Nienhaus (brother of Jutta) and Mauro Rattaggi (bass), the only italian member of the band. After a lot of gigs in the south of Swiss and North Italy they were able to buy some professional equipment and in 1971 JOICE got a contract with an italian label. During a festival in Arona a spontanous collaboration happened with keyboarder Nikola Pankoff whilst playing a free interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Atom heart mother". Pankoff became a band member afterwards. Their first release was the Single "Sold out/God‘s own land", two songs written by Thurn. At the end of the year Rattaggi had to join the army and left the band. Schoene changed to the bass.
The recordings for their first LP started early 1972 in Milan and they finally renamed to ANALOGY corresponding to the title of their most important song. Soon some trouble occured about the sleeve pictures. The band wanted an artwork illustrated by Pankoff but the label demanded on some nude photos which had been taken for the former single production. Rattaggi was covered by the blue vertical bar which includes the band logo. The songs of their debut are gradually developed with a more psychedelic and experimental style provided with a dark atmosphere. ANALOGY's distinctions were Jutta Nienhaus' unique vocals, Thurn's and Pankoff's impressive instrumental skills on guitar and Hammond organ. In Italy the band now could reach some attention and appreciation. They played at a Rock festival in Rome with 30.000 spectators, appeared during some RAI radio sessions and could also be seen on TV. But ANALOGY remained practically unknown outside of Italy though.
In September 1972 Pankoff left the band because of some disagreements about the musical direction. 1973 it came to a new collaboration with flute player Rocco Abate, member of the Milano Scala Orchestra, who was searching for new experiences. Martin Thurn and Wolfgang Schoene composed a 30 minute set of thematically-linked musical pieces simply entitled "The Suite". In this work the classical music of the Renaissance-period was combined with Progressive Rock. ANALOGY played this several times live and received good reviews. The band had successful performances together with ATOMIC ROOSTER and CURVED AIR but nevertheless problems with the money were growing. Additionally Rocco Abate's issues increased to perform his obligations. So in November 1973 ANALOGY had the last live performance and disbanded at the end of the year.
Afterwards Martin Thurn, Jutta Nienhaus and her brother looked forward to a longer cooperation with Franco Battiato. Jutta Nienhaus appeared on the 1973 release Sulle Corde Di Aries. Some months later their plans failed because Battiato's interests changed to more synthesizer based music. They went on tour with Dario Fo's Collettivo Teatrale La Comune and during one performance in Milan they happened to be arrested and sent to jail for two days. After this experience they left the project and in summer 1974 the original JOICE line-up joined in a new project with JUMBO keyboarder Sergio Conte which was not very successful. So Martin Thurn and Jutta Nienhaus went to England where they had several other collaborations during the next years. The second ANALOGY album "The Suite" based on their live performances in 1973 with more Prog Folk impressions. It was completed and recorded in 1980 along with members of their subsequent band EARTHBOUND. 1994/95 they finally reworked some ANALOGY songs together with Mauro Rattaggi and released "25 Years Later" including the early JOICE songs in two different versions.
2. Power Metal/ Progressive Metal Band from El Salvador.
Analogy was formed back in 2003 as a cover band playing songs from Iron Maiden to Metallica. It was formed by bass player Benjamin Lopez and guitar player Eduardo Franco. Back then it was only a garage band formed by school kids. A few years later the band was separated because the founders had to move to San Salvador; being a band resident from San Miguel, they had to leave town to pursue academic achievements. In 2005 Eduardo formed part of Everfar and Legacy later, being Legacy the opening band for international bands as Helloween and Stratovarius. It was after the split up of Legacy that Benjamin and Eduardo began talking again about reforming the band but with a different approach; this time, they would have Analogy formed as a Power Metal Progressive/Speed Metal band with influences like Stratovarius, Angra, Dream Theater and more. In 2007 they debuted as a cover band; and after several months they released their first studio song called "Starlit Skies" which had a very good acceptance by the audience in radial spaces like "Zona Metal" and "Subterránica" at Radio Femenina 102.5 FM. Being their members at the time vocalist Edgard Velasquez, Eduardo Franco on Guitars, Pablo Chavez on Guitars, Benjamin Lopez on Bass, and Ricardo Garcia on Drums.
As the band evolved so did its lineup with Arturo Santos as drummer in 2008 leaving the band in 2009 due to his Medical Doctorate studies. Since then Analogy went through several lineup changes including Edgard Velasquez leaving the band in 2009 and the arrival of Samir "The Ninja" Fajardo (former Víbora member).
After his departure late on 2012, Alex Cordero arrives to be heard when playing the double-bass drum at high speed, accurate uptempo head-breaking poly-rhythms... with the aid of Benjamin Lopez on the 6 string bass guitar, heavily influenced by Franck Hermanny (Adagio) and Felipe Andreoli (Angra) Benjamin and Alex are the structural foundations of Analogy´s rhythmic architecture.
Benjamin is one of the most charismatic bassists on stage showing great musical prowess and also great composing and writing abilities, Benjamin and Eduardo are the perfect balance that Analogy needs to keep giving birth to fresh ideas and turning them into reality...
A true metal band must have solos that´s the reason why Mauricio "Chino" Lozano comes in the game putting guitar technicality, showmanship and good humor altogether, playing hard guitar riffs at light speed while smiling at the same time, making you believe that playing the guitar is a walk in the park... reminding us all the greatness of a twin guitar harmonized riff...
Eduardo Franco took over the vocals becoming a Mustaine-Like front man playing difficult guitar passages while singing at the same time, even though it´s a hard task being Analogy´s leader, front man, main composer, main guitarist and now vocalist Eduardo has proven that one must never let his dreams pass by and has excelled in the hard task in turning a Metal Band into a Family in which all its members are Brothers that gather all the necessary personalities and talent together needed to create "THE Power Progressive Metal Band of El Salvador".
Analogy has released their debut album "The Circle of Life" at Innova Studios, with producer Carlos Lopez in august 2013.
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