CD review AVATAR ‘Hunter Gatherer’

The cinematic 'Wormhole' is the grande finale of an album that stands for a next step in the rise of Avatar. Heavy, modern, dynamic, innovative and with twists, that's Avatar's sound and the execute it in perfection on 'Hunter Gatherer'. Creativity seems to be a never-ending flow when it comes to the five guys from Sweden and bundling this flow in ten songs enforces the music even more. 'Hunter Gatherer', an album that entertains for a long time.

New IHSAHN EP in September

Shapeshifting progressive metal pioneer Ihsahn will release 'Pharos', the second of two contrasting-yet-intertwined EPs, on September 11th 2020 via Candlelight Records. The light to Telemark’s dark, 'Pharos' features three original compositions and two covers; a delicate but true-to-the-original version of ‘Manhattan Skyline’ by Norway’s own pop progenitors A-HA (featuring Leprous frontman Einar Solberg on vocal... Continue Reading →

CD review OSYRON ‘Foundations’ – EP

Hailing from Calgary/Edmonton, Alberta, Osyron added a next record to their musical offer. After having premiered in 2103 with 'Harbinger', the guys released with 'Kingsbane' their sophomore album in 2017. Three years later, a new EP will see the light of days. 'Foundation' is the title of a release that features 5 songs. For the... Continue Reading →

CD review WILDERUN ‘Veil of Imagination’

If you don't have 'Veil of Imagination' on your prog metal radar yet, you should see a bright shining new dot on your radar display by now. What these five guys from Boston deliver is definitely impressive. Bombastic Pogg Metal with high density, varied and excitingly performed, that is what makes this album stand out. For sure a highlight 2020 and certainly interesting for fans of bands like Opeth and Devon Townsend.

CULT OF LILITH and the upcoming album ‘Mara’

On September 4th, Iceland's Cult Of Lilith will release their debut full-length, Mara, via Metal Blade Records. A frantic collision of death metal, prog, complex classical structures and more, Mara is a restless, constantly shifting collection that is as imaginative as it is compulsive. Founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2015 by guitarist Daniel Þór Hannesson... Continue Reading →

CD review PROTEST THE HERO ‘Palimpsest’

Protest The Hero's new offer is a complex album. Complexity in itself isn't something bad but the portion that's offered by the four Canadians demands an effort from the listener. 'Modern', 'Metal', 'Alternative' and 'Progressive' are the key terms that describe the album best. When I listened to the album the first time a got... Continue Reading →

CD review HAKEN ‘Virus’

'Virus' is not just a sequel to 'Vector'. It also shows that Haken are still growing and evolving, but have found their own basic sound signature. Prog rock and prog metal fans will love 'Virus' and even newcomers to Haken will be impressed by soundscapes that are certainly not off the shelf. This 'Virus' is a virus you want get infected with.

New VOIVOD EP on the way

Voivod announce a new EP for July 10th. "The End of Dormancy" contains three songs. Outstanding is the title track, originally from 'The Wake' album, including a metal section plus a live performance of the band at the MTL Jazz Fest 2019. Last but not least there is a classic track 'The Unknown Knows' on... Continue Reading →

HAKEN launch a new video

Progressive rockers Haken recently revealed their new studio album ‘Virus’, the follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed album ‘Vector’, will be released 5th June 2020. Now they are pleased to launch the video for the album’s second single ‘Canary Yellow’, a striking animated clip created by Crystal Spotlight. Watch it now here. The band comments: “For Canary Yellow, we went in a... Continue Reading →

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