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Ihsahn – Àmr (Candlelight)

Solo careers, are they a good idea or are they merely a massive flop? Personally I think they can go either way, but generally they rarely live up to the solo artists prior or more revered achievements. An example of… Continue Reading →

Tardive Dyskinesia – Harmonic Confusion (Playfalse Records)

Chances are that despite their 10-year existence and their recent UK Tech-Fest performance, you may still not have heard of this lot. Judging by the amount of sparks that are flying off the Greek metallers’ latest full-length and their peers’… Continue Reading →

Black Crown Initiate – Selves We Cannot Forgive (SPV)

Pennsylvania’s Black Crown Initiate, like all good Steelmen, know how to craft good metal. Bursting from the quintet’s take on progressive death metal, you can hear inspired work from such gargantuan sources as Meshuggah, Periphery and Between The Buried And… Continue Reading →

Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things (Century Media)

Over their last three albums, post-proggers Intronaut have played things fast and loose. They are known for lurking between the dark polyrhythmic assault and vaulting angst of Periphery and the lighter, jazzier tendencies of Between The Buried And Me, but… Continue Reading →

Caligula’s Horse – Bloom (Inside Out)

My first taste of Australian progressive technicians Caligula’s Horse comes as quite a shock. Having sampled the delights of Skyharbor & Alaya at recent UK TechFests and been blown away by each one’s recorded output, I see it as an… Continue Reading →

Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade)

My most recent encounter with Between the Buried and Me was via a guest appearance by the vocalist Tommy Rogers on Abnormal Thought Patterns’s latest album. That didn’t work for me but the thing with this band, whose seventh album… Continue Reading →

Ara – Devourer Of Worlds (S/R)

“Ooooh, that rumble” were the very words uttered from my mouth upon laying the threatening looking disc into the CD track and hitting play. This self-released debut from Wisconsin’s Ara is certainly one to grab the attention from the off,… Continue Reading →

Monuments – The Amanuensis (Century Media)

Amanuensis – a term used over the years to mean such things as slave, aide, scribe and secretary. Sure, it’s a bit of a mouthful but then here’s an album that’s got the depth of flavour, good looks, emotional pull… Continue Reading →

Interview – Cynic

It’s an oft-used cliché but in the case of renowned prog-death-metal crew Cynic, it really is no exaggeration to state that they have never played by the rules. From their 1993 debut ‘Focus’, the prodigious talents of the band were… Continue Reading →

No Consequence – IO (Basick Records)

No Consequence have seemingly named new album IO after one of Jupiter’s moons, yet judging by the kind of lyrical content Kaan Tasan (now handling all vocal duties) blasts out here, he might be able to suggest a less-obvious interpretation…. Continue Reading →

The Omega Experiment – The Omega Experiment (Listenable Records)

Recently, a small progressive rock grenade went off on bandcamp. It happened when The Omega Experiment digitally self-released their debut album and, as word spread, Listenable Records’ interest was piqued and a deal was inked. A few months down the… Continue Reading →

Gory Blister – Earth Sick (Bakerteam Records)

The extreme Italian metal scene has thrown up quite a flurry of talented, interesting and crushingly heavy bands in the last few years. Gory Blister are one such band, although they are still relatively unknown compared to the likes of… Continue Reading →

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