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Posts tagged "Progressive Metal"
Eryn Non Dae – Abandon Of The Self (Debemur Morti)

Eryn Non Dae – Abandon Of The Self (Debemur Morti)

It sometimes feels like the journey into the globe’s metal extremities is a continuous descent down an ever blackening rabbit hole, constantly looking for new and darker corners, so little wonder that things can get a bit blinkered sometimes. It’s therefore perhaps worth remembering –.. Read More
Oceans Of Slumber - The Banished Heart (Century Media)

Oceans Of Slumber – The Banished Heart (Century Media)

Pretty much exactly 2 years and 2 days since the release of their second album, Houston based Oceans Of Slumber have worked hard to get their third album completed, persevering through internal and family struggles to get it all done. The piano isn’t just used.. 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
Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media)

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media)

When I was younger I spent a lot of time in Israel and during every trip I would eagerly make my way to a record shop and ask the same question. “Do you have any Israeli heavy metal?” On the few occasions that the shop.. Read More
In Vain - Currents (Indie Recordings)

In Vain – Currents (Indie Recordings)

Anything with Jens Bogren in charge of production means high quality and high output. This is the man responsible, amongst others, for works by Opeth, Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir and In Vain. This is In Vain’s fourth album release. Sure enough, the production is expansive,.. Read More
Deconstructing Sequence - Cosmic Progression: An Agonizing Journey Through Oddities of Space (S/R)

Deconstructing Sequence – Cosmic Progression: An Agonizing Journey Through Oddities of Space (S/R)

This is extreme progressive art, a combination of extreme metal, progressive, avant-garde and post rock music. Deconstructing Sequence fell out of the ashes of the black metal band Northwail. The title is grandiose. So is the energy-charged start which soars through the roof and sounds.. Read More
Interview - Solar Sons

Interview – Solar Sons

Ave Noctum is to a large extent reflective of the underground scene of the music it reports on and supports; no funding or sponsorship, self-produced and financed, and living outside the all encompassing and smothering blanket of popular culture. One band that encapsulates that ethos.. Read More
Loch Vostok – Strife (Vicisolum Records)

Loch Vostok – Strife (Vicisolum Records)

Reading the band and personal histories of Sweden’s Loch Vostok is like a real life soap opera, with tales of “loss, stress, sorrow and chaos”. That’s interesting because in both recorded and live form, this is a band which puts it all out there with.. Read More
Mother Of Millions - Sigma (ViciSolum)

Mother Of Millions – Sigma (ViciSolum)

Returning once again to cast their dark and captivating musical mastery over us all, Athenian five piece Mother Of Millions are set to unleash ‘Sigma’, their second full length release and follow up to the incredible debut offering ‘Human’ (2014). Conceptual again like its predecessor,.. Read More
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)

Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season of Mist)

Ne Obliviscaris have returned with their 3rd full length release, and the Australian 5 piece have really surpassed themselves with this one. The bands name officially translates from Latin to ‘forget not’, and no one will surely forget them when they are releasing absolute behemoths.. Read More
Hourswill – Harm Full Embrace (Ethereal Sound Works)

Hourswill – Harm Full Embrace (Ethereal Sound Works)

Sometimes you listen to a band, which sounds uncannily like another one that you know well. This is the case here. I’d not heard of Hourswill, whose second album this is, but for me there is a stunning resemblance in the choruses to early Mercenary,.. Read More
Daydream XI - Circus Of The Tattered And Torn (Sensory)

Daydream XI – Circus Of The Tattered And Torn (Sensory)

Progressive Metal and concept albums go hand in hand, much like those released in the 60’s and 70’s in the realms of the Prog Rock genre. Artistic licence to create long, convoluted and ‘deep’ stories which are conveyed through the medium of music, it’s not.. Read More