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Shuffle – #WontTheyFade? (Klonosphere)

When you get a press release which states that a progressive metal band has a huge host of diverse influences which contribute to making the band sound unique/individual/unheard of, it is like a red flag; it’s a trope many people… Continue Reading →

In The Woods – Cease The Day (Debemur Morti Productions)

My superlatives surrounding this Norwegian bands previous album “Pure”, which saw them return to the world of progressive experimentalism after a long hibernation in the forest wilderness of which they were very fond of back in the 1990s, were abound… Continue Reading →

Lost Tribes Of The Moon – S/T (S/R)

These days, it’s not uncommon for bands to start taking inspiration and influences from the decades which helped create, diversify and cement rock and metal as genres. Many of the doom bands dip into the proto-metal and blues laden classic… Continue Reading →

Haken – Vector (Inside Out Records)

I go around a lot in Prog circles and I’ve sensed a shift change in attitude towards Haken. Whereas around 3 or 4 years ago, they were the bee’s knees and the favourite band of many, I’ve heard the view… Continue Reading →

Heir Apparent – The View From Below (No Remorse)

It’s been 29 years since their last album ‘One Small Voice’, that album in itself was a complete contrast to the near perfect debut of ‘Graceful Inheritance’ released in 1986, a whole two years before another band made a massive… Continue Reading →

A Forest Of Stars – Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes (Prophecy Productions)

With a pinch of snuff, a rustle of taffeta and the swirling bitter aroma of laudanum, the Gentleman’s Club of A Forest Of Stars open their oaken doors after a long three years of quiet, and yet of whispers. Do… Continue Reading →

Ethernity – The Human Race Extinction (AFM)

Formed in 2000, Belgian Progressive Metal five piece Ethernity were up until recently a Six- piece. Due to vocalist Julie Colin leaving the band (due to Personal Reasons), the band are now seemingly on the hunt for a new vocalist… Continue Reading →

Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)

It’s been 5 years since Voivod last targeted earth, not that they haven’t been busy with smaller releases and extensive touring over that time. An album from the Canadian troops is pretty much a main event and they work steadfastly… Continue Reading →

Kingcrow – Persistence (Laser’s Edge)

I can’t speak highly enough of Kingcrow’s two previous albums “In Crescendo” (2013) and “Eidos” (2015). Both are far-reaching immaculately structured collections of progressive metal songs. So naturally I was hoping for more of the same from “Persistence”, the seventh… Continue Reading →

Circles – The Last One (Season of Mist)

Circles first came to me this year when I saw that they were coming all the way from Australia along with compatriots Caligula’s Horse to play at ProgPower Europe. “The Last One” is their second album release after “Infinitas” (2013)…. Continue Reading →

Psychotropic Transcendental – Lun Yolina Un Yolina thu Dar-davogh (Deformeathing Production)

On the face of it, this is just weird. Psychotropic Transcendental is a progressive band from Poland purveying “narcotic porn metal”. The band history seemingly saw them split up in 2008 after one album release and now re-appearing with another… Continue Reading →

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections (Pelagic Records)

Ancestors have always been an interesting band to follow. Between 2008 and 2012, the band released three full-length albums, an EP and a split with Graveyard, increasingly refining their sludge metal and moving more into progressive territories. Live they were… Continue Reading →

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