Album Review: Stormhaven – Exodus

Beginning with incredible artwork I immediately knew I would be into the debut album of French melodic death groovers Stormhaven. “Exodus” starts with an intense sense of wonder that only becomes more intriguing as you sink deeper into it. The guitar work is intricate and brutal with everything you’d expect from a groove/death metal band,…

EP Review: Art Against Agony – Russian Tales

If you are looking for your progressive music to take you on a gentle and serene trip through the forest of elves and nymphs, you might as well save some time and stop reading now. If, however, you want your senses to be barraged from all conceivable angles than this band might be for you….

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….

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: SynaptiK – Justify & Reason

UK melodic/progressive metal band SynaptiK has been around for five years and their second studio album is about to be launched. “Justify & Reason” is a colorful one. It aims to create a style of music that combines a wide range of influences ranging from Primal Fear, Fates Warning, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rush and much more….

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…

Review: Burnt City – Resurgence

A growing trend has been the increasing number of what can be dubbed “supergroup” metal albums, where a single songwriter gathers up as many big name guest stars as possible, and creates an event album. The trend probably started with Avantasia and Ayreon, but has seen more and more jumping on, because the bigger the…

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…