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Hillsphere – Florescence (Layered Reality Productions)

Hillsphere – Florescence (Layered Reality Productions)

The fact that this album came to me from Tom de Wit’s label screamed Progressive. Actually, no screams, just dreams. I was barely a minute into it, and I found myself floating away. “Florescence” is about growth. This concept album from the Netherlands takes us.. Read More
Sisare - Leaving The Land (V.R. Label)

Sisare – Leaving The Land (V.R. Label)

As fine as it is, that artwork doesn’t give a lot away does it? Possibly something retro? Something a touch Doom-laden perhaps? Well actually Sisare are a Finnish progressive rock/metal quartet, building nicely on their debut with this, their 2nd album (obviously…), and yes, there.. Read More
Dreamarcher -  Harding (Indie)

Dreamarcher – Harding (Indie)

I have no idea what is going on here. Not really. Oslo band Dreamarcher are a completely new name to me. This short EP is apparently a concept EP about the town Harding and its history, particularly around industrialisation. Most significantly though there is a.. Read More
Poem – Unique (ViciSolum)

Poem – Unique (ViciSolum)

I know from seeing Poem play live that their brand of progressive metal is far-reaching and ambitious. “Unique” is the Greek band’s third album. “False Morality”, like everything that follows it, is a complex compendium of progressive metal. The dark patterns belie the high pitch.. Read More
Nydvind – Seas of Oblivion (Malpermesita Records)

Nydvind – Seas of Oblivion (Malpermesita Records)

I can’t exactly remember how I discovered Nydvind. I suspect I picked up one of their tracks from a sampler, which came with a French metal magazine. I do remember buying “Eternal Winter Domain” (2003). I played it to myself and to anyone interested in.. Read More
Howling Sycamore – S/T (Prosthetic Records)

Howling Sycamore – S/T (Prosthetic Records)

Do sycamores howl? Well, seeing who is involved with this, they probably do. The name, which stuck out for me, was Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath. This told me to expect highly challenging, indeed weird musical patterns. But it’s not just about Davide Tiso. With.. Read More
Tribulation – Down Below (Century Media)

Tribulation – Down Below (Century Media)

Maybe it’s a Swedish thing, but Tribulation struck me as a strange bunch when I saw them live. They were energetic, creative and interesting in a darkly melodic and progressive way. I liked their album “Children of the Night” (2015), which was released around the.. Read More
Tongues - Hreilia (I, Voidhanger Records)

Tongues – Hreilia (I, Voidhanger Records)

Since their first EP offering in 2014, Tongues have kept a low profile. The Danes haven’t been lying idle though. Mixing black, death and doom metal, they have now released their debut full length, “Hreilia”; a dark dreamscape steeped in mysticism and spiritual bleakness. C... Read More
Vinsta – Wiads (Trollmusic)

Vinsta – Wiads (Trollmusic)

I confess that I know very little (please wait for me to finish my sentence before agreeing…) about Vinsta. It appears to be pretty much a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Christian Höll and Vinsta’s facebook page has some really great pictures of Alpine scenery on.. Read More
Brain Story – madeinside (S/R)

Brain Story – madeinside (S/R)

A Polish guy called Mariusz Kumala has created a progressive psychedelic rock project depicting musical space travel. “madeinside” is its latest incarnation. “madeinside” is indeed like a journey through the clouds. Echoing, synthesised voices, cosmic interventions and other wordliness are part of the adventure, notably.. Read More
Darkenhöld – Memoria Sylvarum (SR)

Darkenhöld – Memoria Sylvarum (SR)

It’s been 3 years since we last heard from French medievalist troupe Darkenhold and no doubt they have been holed up in their castle walls constructing their newest opus and fourth full length album. It’s immediately striking too when you are drawn to the fabulous.. Read More
In Human Form - Opening of the Eye by the Death of I (I, Voidhanger)

In Human Form – Opening of the Eye by the Death of I (I, Voidhanger)

That’s one clunky album title but actually that’s Ok as this is one clunky album. Continuing on their everlasting quest to pick out the obscure and unfathomable, Italian label I, Voidhanger always manage to keep us on our toes and their latest trio of releases.. Read More