Album Review: Sickle of Dust – Between the Worlds

I think the best way to describe the music of Moscow-based project Sickle of Dust would be slow paced, epic, atmospheric, raw Black Metal intertwined with folk music. Between the Worlds is Sickle of Dust’s debut album and was released last month. The first thing you’ll notice upon grasping the album is the beautiful cover…

Album Review: Mosh – Unbreakable Wall

I’ll always consider time to be one of the most important factors in music; no matter how high an album’s quality may seem in the present, you never know whether it’ll continue to hold up years later or suffer from the law of diminishing returns. That’s why it’s so much harder to judge modern music…

Review: Obiymy Doschu – Son

Staring a beautiful landscape and waiting for the sun to hide into the ocean… That is what I felt while I was listening to the new album by Ukrainian progressive / symphonic rock act Obiymy Doschu titled “Son,” which is possibly one of the most beautiful albums of 2017 . Their music draws inspiration by…

Album Review: Painted Black – Raging Light

Painted Black is the best band you’ve never heard of. Despite their general lack of widespread recognition, these guys from Lisbon, Portugal have been pumping out top-tier progressive death metal for over a decade, largely establishing their immunity from the genre’s various pitfalls. From their 2005 demo EP The Neverlight to 2014’s Quarto Vazio, Painted Black…

Review: Fabrizio La Piana – Almond and Coffee

Amsterdam-based guitarist and composer Fabrizio La Piana is joined by bassist Bernhard Hollinger and drummer Niels Voskuil for the jazz rock endeavour “Almond and Coffee,” a multi-faceted release that morphs pre-conceived boundaries into other spheres. The musicians think outside the box, due to Voskuil’s polyrhythmic beats and La Piana‘s slight use of distortion techniques while…

Album Review: The Stone – Teatar Apsurda

Belgrade, Serbia’s The Stone crept onto the black metal radar in 1996, but it took them about four years to come up with their bleak and crushing debut, Some Wounds Bleed Forever, and while the album received moderate acclaim in the underground/blogosphere, the timing of its release did the band no favors. Now, some 17…

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….

Review: Anubis – The Second Hand

2017 has seen a veritable outpouring of releases which express and embody a seemingly deep-seated contemporary preoccupation with despair and despondency. Melancholic gloom is finding strong, heart-felt resonances in the work of many song writers, bands, musicians as well as the audiences who listen to their music. An almost numb and weary resignation is becoming…

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,…