Tag Archives: progressive rock

Izengard – Angel Heart

The heart of Izengard beats strong with their latest studio album Angel Heart. Released on Massacre Records, it’s a colossal piece of music boosted to great heights by the mixing and mastering of Paul Hume. ‘Demon Of The Night’ is a gripping opener as sparse chords and keyboards ease in …

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M.I.L.F. Release New Single & Static Video For ‘Babe’

M.I.L.F. Release New Single & Static Video For ‘Babe’ After the release of the first single “Hottest Dream”, M.I.L.F. unleash their new single & static video for the song “Babe”. Stream it here  The track is the second single from the new album “Rolling Thunder”, coming out on January the 10th …

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Twisted Illusion – Excite The Light : Part 2

Excite The Light : Part 2, is the second album of the trilogy by Twisted Illusion. Now that the sensible intro is out of the way, the best analogy I can describe this band with and the way they evolve is similar to the creature in The Thing by John …

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

If ever an album would cause confusion in one’s mind, ‘Vesica Piscis’  is that album, the highly anticipated follow up to The Odious’ late-December 2012 debut album ‘Joint Ventures’. You cannot pin this down to a single genre, no chance. First single from the album ‘Repugnant‘  which follows intro ‘Scape‘,  …

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Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.

I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …

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The Odious announce new album details

Portland, Oregon-based progressive death metal/progressive rock faction The Odious recently officially announced the upcoming release of their second full-length album, ‘Vesica Piscis’. It is the highly anticipated follow up to their 2012 debut album, ‘Joint Ventures’,  a release that is revered in progressive metal circles even now. Prior to the …

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The Room – Caught By The Machine

Judging by the strength of Caught By The Machine, the third album by The Room, I’m looking forward even more to their set at Rockforce Festival on May 5th. Ten songs of crafted melodic rock have just been released on White Star Records make it an essential purchase for me …

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Evergrey – The Atlantic

Evergrey are a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Founded in 1995 they released their debut LP ‘The Dark Discovery’ in 1998. Twenty one years and 10 albums later, they hit us with this latest release, the closing epic tale of their ocean trilogy titled ‘The Atlantic’. Having had the initial …

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Rush – Hemispheres (40th anniversary edition).

Hemispheres, the sixth studio album by Canadian trio Rush celebrates its 40th anniversary with four different formats, one of which is this 2xCD deluxe edition. The first CD is a remaster of the album and the second CD features a live set from the Pink Pop festival on the 4th …

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Uriah Heep – Living The Dream

. With a career that started way back in 1969, amassing twenty four studio albums on the way resulting in forty million sales, latest release Living The Dream is a welcome addition to the arsenal of Uriah Heep. Currently available via Frontiers Music Srl its eleven tracks entertain from start …

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Synergy Protocol – Odd To Get Even

The debut album from Dutch band Synergy Protocol is certainly not an album comprised of disposable, mindless tracks. No, this is heavy, symphonic progressive rock with all the Gothic and Classical influences that this brings with it. ‘Odd To Get Even‘ is a collection of hard edged songs that sound …

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Kansas Announce First Studio Album for 16 Years

KANSAS ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIXTEEN YEARS THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 23 TO TOUR IN CELEBRATION OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM LEFTOVERTURE SEXTUPLE-PLATINUM ALBUM TO BE PERFORMED IN ITS ENTIRETY KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their intensely anticipated new studio album “The …

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Wild Throne Announce UK EP, Tour Dates, & Album Release

WILD THRONE ANNOUNCE UK RELEASE OF ‘BLOOD MAKER’ EP & UK TOUR DATES IN JULY ALBUM ‘HARVEST OF DARKNESS’ FOLLOWS IN SEPTEMBER Wild Throne craft music that is as hard to describe as it is exciting to listen to. The hard-hitting and versatile Pacific Northwest metal trio offer up an …

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Jeff Angell’s Staticland – Jeff Angell’s Staticland

Jeff Angell recently announced his latest project, Jeff Angell’s Staticland, and in turn their self-titled debut album, which was released on Friday 6th May 2016. Staticland came together as a result of Duff McKagans hiatus from Walking Papers, who is currently focusing his time on the reunion of the almighty …

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Yes To Tour ‘Fragile’ and ‘Drama’ In UK and Europe In April

YES TO TOUR ‘FRAGILE’ AND ‘DRAMA’ IN UK AND EUROPE IN APRIL     Seminal prog pioneers YES hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour at the end of this month…. April 2016. The band will be performing 1971’s ‘Fragile’ and 1980’s ‘Drama’ in their entirety, the latter …

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POEM – Album Details, Videoclip and Tour Dates Revealed

POEM – Album Details, Videoclip and Tour Dates Revealed Greek progressive-rock/metal-band POEM will release their new album “Skein Syndrome“ on March 18th, 2016 via ViciSolum Productions. With a wide range of influences, their love for experimentation and a wonderful amalgam of progressive metal, hard hitting riffs and intricate atmospheres, POEM will …

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Bauda – ‘Sporelights’

Bauda first came to life in 2006, ostensibly as a solo project by Chilean guitarist and vocalist César Márquez.  It wasn’t until 2012 that it became a fully formed band.  The following year, Márquez and his fellow musicians – drummer Nikolas Recabarren, bassist Juan Díaz and keyboard player Edgardo González …

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Carl Verheyen – Mustang Run

And now for something different, and decidedly non-metal, in metal-land! Guitarist Carl Verheyen, of Supertramp fame, released his fantastic solo album, Mustang Run, on August 1. Verheyen has a short tour of the UK lined up to support the release. The 11 tracks (ten instrumental) presented here are a wonderful …

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Freak Kitchen – Cooking With Pagans

Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, featuring guitar virtuoso Mattias “IA” Eklundh, have returned with a ripping slab of musical whimsy, titled Cooking With Pagans. This 12-track, progressive rock album simultaneously “roasts” contemporary culture and explores new, quirky ways of musical self-expression. Neither pure “djent” nor pure progressive metal, this heavy music is …

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Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion

The Joy of Motion is the third album by instrumental progressive metal group Animals As Leaders, released through Sumerian Records. This 12-song release seems like a quirky collection of hundreds of freely associated aural ideas, abruptly or tangentially assembled. First the ideas congeal in to riffs, then verses, then “heads” …

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