Review: RAINBURN – Insignify

It could be said that India’s RAINBURN is one of the rare bands on today’s scene that bring such a fruitful mixture of progressive rock/metal, jazz rock and dark rock. They don’t limit themselves to any confines in their music. While they are very technical people who can play with precision this doesn’t mean that…

Album Review: DYSTOPIA Shows How It’s Done with “Building Bridges”

Building upon the promising alt metal sound of previous full-length album Way to Unfold, Dystopia from Szeged in Hungary add a more prominent progressive edge to their sound on Building Bridges, developing a sound that seems firmly camped between alternative and progressive metal styles. The heavy, complex riffing and passionate vocals are combined with ambitious…

Album Review: DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder

Progressive rock has had its ups and downs over the past few decades. Although this is arguably the same for every genre of music, well, ever, you would think a style that’s purportedly meant to advance its genre forward would never run out of steam on its own. Nevertheless, as a fan for most of…

EP Review: Forest God – Back to the Forest

Back to the Forest, the second EP credited to the name of Aalborg, Denmark-based composer Peter Kiel Jørgensen and his project Forest God, has potential to be submitted for one of the best releases to come out in 2018. A labour of love, Back to the Forest  is one of those rare musical efforts that…

Review: The Blue Prison – Alchemist

Let me go on a limb here. Alchemist is arguably one of the most dynamic and exploitative progressive metal albums the genre has to offer. On this new EP, guitarist Keigo Yoshida aka The Blue Prison pushes boundaries of the genre. The audible expedition that embodies Bilo 3.0 is an ironic one indeed. Redefining standard…

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…

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….

Interview: PREGNANT WHALE PAIN

Budapest’s Pregnant Whale Pain are truly a revelation for me. This exceptional band has recently released an EP Blank (read more about it here), which indeed is a needed refreshment on the dull metal scene. Vocalist Krisz Horvath spoke for Progstone. What made you go for the name Pregnant Whale Pain? Band names that sound cool are…

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….