Paradigm Blue is a progressive rock power trio from Raleigh, North Carolina. Band members Juan Mantilla (guitars), Ruben Moreno (bass, vocals, keyboards), and Steve Laur (drums) crafted their 2021 double-album Transist to combine memorable melodies with a sprawling sci-fi epic of self-realization and winding destiny.
With Transist, the band pays respect to the influences of their youth, assembling an album intended not only as an homage to the prog epics of the late 1970s, but also as a fresh, forward-looking take that blends legacy with modern prog aesthetics. The album’s propulsive opener, The Optimist, sets the tone for a three-song arc that explores the tension between blind optimism and pragmatic restraint, while Bravo Sierra‘s blend of classic and modern rock weaves the story of a young woman determined to fly faster than light. The kinetic instrumental Perihelion finds the band stretching its legs with special guest Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion) providing his trademark blistering keyboard lines, while the remainder of the album is devoted to the expansive space opera The Möbius Trip, taking the listener on a hero’s journey inspired as much by Homer’s Odyssey as it is by Rush and other prog giants.
The band’s 2022 single, Gravity, brings back an old fan favorite, while their 2023 instrumental single, Solstice, celebrates the spirit of summers gone all too quickly. Work continues on a new album, Frontiers, that will tell a brand-new story.