Album Review: URSA’s “nulla”

URSA is a relatively new band coming from Terrassa in Spain who in March released full-length album “nulla.” This fully instrumental project consists of Marcos Cortes on guitar, Pol Ortega on bass, and Robert Arcos on drums. As is the case with most instrumental albums, “nulla” requires careful listening in order to be fully appreciated….

Interview: CAST

Alfonso Vidales of Mexican prog rock band Cast spoke for Progstone about the band’s new album Power and Outcome. What made you go for the name Cast? The name Cast symbolizes the main actors that are performing in a theatrical play, that means you are acting your sketch in your daily routine. How do you usually…

Album Review: Cast – Power and Outcome

There are prog rock albums, there are concept records and there are milestones in music, combining both to an outstanding experience for musicians and fans. Power and Outcome, the nineteenth studio album (I hope I counted that well) by a Mexican Symphonic Progressive Rock band Cast, belongs to the latter. Almost 40 years on the scene,…

Album Review: Emperor Guillotine – S/T

If I didn’t know any better I would swear that the self-titled debut album from Emperor Guillotine was released in the 1970s in between the bevy of other iconic Black Sabbath albums and without Ozzy. From the riffs, the grooves, song structures, down even to the cover art that definitely has a Master of Reality…

Album Review: Psychic Equalizer – The Lonely Traveller

Psychic Equalizer is a project of a young Spanish musician Hugo Selles, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Back in January, Psychic Equalizer has come up with the release of the full-length record “The Lonely Traveller.” Selles’ and the music of Psychic Equalizer make frequent use of rock rhythms and dynamics, and their music is likely to…

Album Review: Konstant Singularity – Randomnicity

Konstant Singularity is the pet of guitarist, composer and producer Konstantin Ilin, and Randomnicity is his sophomore studio album which features drummer Alex Vostrikov. I guess that Konstant Singularity started as a kind of improvised act but with enough rock elements and energy to give them entry to that camp too. The other labels like…

EP Review: Pregnant Whale Pain – Blank

Blank is an EP from a Hungarian mathcore act Pregnant Whale Pain, released independently in January. The EP kicks off with “How to Ruin Her Makeup,” which is arguably the most technically mind-blowing number on the EP, although there are quite a few of these throughout the release. The atonality is there along with rawness….

Album Review: Anakdota – Overloading

Overloading, the debut album credited to the name of Israeli experimental, Progressive Rock outfit Anakldota, has potential to be submitted for one of the best releases to come out in 2016. A labour of love, Overloading  (whose title can be interpreted in many different ways) is one of those rare musical efforts that manage to…

Album Review: Increate – Void

Increate from Portland, Oregon are about to launch their new record entitled Void on the 3rd February. This band describes their music as a mix of Progressive Metal, Technical Death Metal and Djent, which definitely fits with the music of their record. Maybe they could add the terms Melodic and Ambient, as some of their…

Album Review: Second Horizon – Albdruck

Trying to categorise Cologne’s Second Horizon into a neat and tidy genre for the purposes of giving the band a home would do Albdruck, the band’s debut album, a total disservice. It would also prove to be nigh on the impossible, as this quartet incorporates a plethora of musical influences which touch upon various sonic…

Album Review: Althea – Memories Have No Name

Perfect sound, fantastic keyboards effects, heavy guitars, crystal clear voice, killing riffs: welcome to “Memories Have No Name.” Althea’s newest release is so powerful (riffs), and in the same time melodic (voice / guitars) & atmospheric (guitars and keyboards). The overall sounds is really great. I need to highlight here that there are so many…

Review: Soulhenge – Anachronism

Progressive metalcore outfit from Luxembourg, Soulhenge just released a new EP, Anachronism, on May 20. The band is a technically proficient, inventive unit that adeptly mixes progressive metalcore, deathcore, djent and prog metal into a heavy, catchy and dynamic release. Classical influence in modern metal always intrigues me, and “A New Dawn,” Anachronism’s opening number, captured my attention immediately…