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Elvaron - Ghost of a Blood Tie (Fantai'Zic Productions)

Elvaron – Ghost of a Blood Tie (Fantai’Zic Productions)

‘Ghost of a Blood Tie’ is the fifth album by this French quartet formed way back in 1993. I’m really not certain whether their older material is substantially heavier, but this new album is very easy listening with the occasional nod to hard rock and.. Read More
The Levitation Hex – Cohesion  (High Roller)

The Levitation Hex – Cohesion (High Roller)

Formed in 2010 in Canberra, Australia, The Levitation Hex cite themselves as a retro-inspired death and thrash metal band. Citing influences along the classic prog and psychedelic style sound but delivered with the more metallic edge of the 80’s onwards for heavier music, the four.. Read More
Messenger – Threnodies (Inside Out)

Messenger – Threnodies (Inside Out)

This version of Messenger is the London-based progressive rock band. I’ve heard of them but I confess that this is the first time I’d listened to any of their work. What struck me at first was the clean and dreamy feel about “Calyx”, which opens.. Read More
Obscura – Akroasis (Relapse)

Obscura – Akroasis (Relapse)

I think it’s fair to say that Obscura mainman Stefan Kummerer is something of an enthusiast of the works and approach of the late, great Death mainman Chuck Schuldiner. Much like Schudiner did throughout the 1990s, across the last decade, Kummerer has skilfully defined Obscura.. Read More
Exocrine – Unreal Existence (Great Dane)

Exocrine – Unreal Existence (Great Dane)

This album belies the fact that it is this French band’s debut release. I was surprised to learn this after listening to “Unreal Existence”. Heavily progressive and specialising in technical and complex patterns, it has real purpose. Fire comes in from all directions. Such an.. Read More
Kylesa – Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist)

Kylesa – Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist)

It’s all too easy to take a band for granted, especially when they’ve been doing their thing for as long as Kylesa have. However, if we take a few moments to hark back to 2001, when they first formed, sludge metal was having another resurgence... Read More
De Profundis – Kingdom of the Blind (Wickerman)

De Profundis – Kingdom of the Blind (Wickerman)

De Profundis are a UK band who completely bypassed me having formed about the same time I left there for life on the continent in 2005. Apparently starting out devoted to doom, these Londoners have since evolved into more of a progressively minded extreme/black metal.. Read More
One Machine - The Final Cull (Scarlet)

One Machine – The Final Cull (Scarlet)

At first I thought this was One Machine’s first album, only to find out that ‘The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth’ was released in February 2014 and ‘The Final Cull’ is actually their second album. One Machine is Steve Smyth’s baby, featuring Jamie.. Read More
Northwinds -  Eternal Winter (Black Widow)

Northwinds – Eternal Winter (Black Widow)

Parisian doom devotees Northwinds proudly present this, their fifth full length studio album, complete with its typically beautiful album cover by Stefano Sugni. To briefly and dismissively label this band simply as `Doom’ however, does them a great injustice in my opinion. This band has.. Read More
Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast)

Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (Nuclear Blast)

Somehow amidst all the extensive touring they have been doing, celebrating the 20th anniversary of ground-breaking album ‘Tales Of A Thousand Lakes’ Finnish workhorses Amorphis found time to hole up and record their new 12th studio album. Laid down at Fascination Street under the very.. Read More
Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine (Inside Out Music)

Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine (Inside Out Music)

I was recently reminded that the point of writing is to fix movement to the page so that when the reader comes along it moves again. Good prog music is like this too. Of course not all bands manage to achieve such a mobile connection.. Read More
Kingcrow – Eidos (Sensory Records)

Kingcrow – Eidos (Sensory Records)

My first encounter with Kingcrow was at ProgPower Europe in 2011 when they put on a polished performance of progressive rock/metal. Then came the album “In Crescendo” (2013) – still more reason to be impressed. Once again, Kingcrow have produced in “Eidos” an album which.. Read More