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…

Interview with ARCANE

Brisbane progsters, Arcane returned earlier this year with their third, double album titled “Known/Learned,” a release that many fans already see as one of the year’s top records. Guitarist Michael Gagen was in a good mood to answer our questions about the new release. Define the mission of Arcane. Arcane are inspired by the complexity and technicality of progressive and…

Interview: UPSILON ACRUX

Los Angeles based instrumental avant/experimental rock outfit Upsilon Acrux have gone through several incarnations over the years. Their current line-up features two drummers- something the band already experienced with the release of 2004’s “Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum.” Led by guitarist Paul Lai, and with a two-drums set-up this year brings the release of the New Atlantis Records’ debut titled…

Review: Metropolis Child – As Dreams Make Us Live

2014 was a defining year for quite a few of the local French bands that I have been keeping track of for a while, with debut releases coming left and right. One of the bands stepping up to bat is the unpredictable modern prog group Metropolis Child, who released an EP “As Dreams Make Us Live”…

KING CRIMSON Announce European Tour

Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015 for a series of performances across the UK and in Europe. Beginning in Aylesbury on 31st August the band then appear in several cities in the UK and Europe throughout September, making this is most extensive list of UK dates played…

PORCUPINE TREE to Come Back in 2016?

Although Steven Wilson announced earlier today that that his fourth studio album will be called Hands. Cannot. Erase. and European tour, there have been recently rumours about Porcupine Tree reunion in 2016. Namely, according to Portale Squizofrenia, Wilson intends to come back with Porcupine Tree as soon as he finishes the live promotion of his upcoming solo album. The source article is in Spanish, but translated…

Review: Cult of Luna – Somewhere Along the Highway

“Somewhere Along The Highway” is recognized as the magnum opus of Swedish Sludge Metal band Cult Of Luna. Although an album like “Salvation”, which was the band’s previous effort, would be a good competitor to the honorable title, this fourth album showed a quality that “Salvation” didn’t have in great abundance: a distinct, extremely original…

Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer

Metalcore and Mathcore are the two genres that most frequently split the metal community right in two: some love it its complexity and mixture with Hardcore Punk, others loathe it. But The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the few bands that always had a great amount of fans and relatively small amount of haters….

Review: Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing

The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories), released in 2013, is the third album by progressive rock artist Steven Wilson, most poplar for being the frontman of Porcupine Tree, easily one of the best Prog Rock acts of the last twenty years or so. After a few side projects such as Blackfield, and a…

Review: Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

“Shrine Of New Generation Slaves” is the fifth album by Polish Progressive Rock/Metal act Riverside, one of the last decade’s most beloved European bands of the genre. They started off with a trilogy of albums, which begun in 2003 with “Out With Myself”, continued with “Second Life Syndrome” and ended with “Rapid Eye Movement”. These…

Review: Leprous – Coal

Along with just a handful of bands all over the world, Leprous is one of the game-changing legacy-carriers of Progressive Metal. Their style is distinct, but unafraid of revealing influences such as Pain Of Salvation. Behind their backs, they only have three albums; the debut, “Aeolia”, is somewhat of a forgotten LP, but the latter…