lørdag 2. november 2013

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lørdag 5. oktober 2013

Cyclamen - Ashura

Country: Japan
Release date: 13 Oct, 2013
Label: Realising Media
Existed since: 2008
Genre: Progressive Metal, Djent


søndag 29. september 2013

mandag 16. september 2013

Witherscape - The Inheritance

Country: Sweden
Release date: 26 Jul, 2013
Label: Century Media Records
Existed since: 2013
Genre: Progressive Atmospheric Death Metal

lørdag 14. september 2013

lørdag 7. september 2013

Stereolab - Dots And Loops

Country: UK
Release date: 23 Sep, 1997
Label: Elektra
Existed since: 1990
Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Pop


Gong - Gazeuse!

Country: UK/France
Release date: 1978
Label: Virgin Records
Existed since: 1967
Genre: Progressive Rock, Space Rock, Psychedelia


Al Di Meola - Casino

Country: USA
Release date: 1978
Label: CBS/Sony Music
Existed since: 1976
Genre: Latin Jazz Fusion


Ryuichi Sakamoto - Discord

Country: Japan
Release date: 1998
Label: Sony Classical
Existed since: 1978
Genre: Contemporary Classical Music


Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony

Country: Finland
Release date: 14 Jun, 2013
Label: Spinefarm Records
Existed since: 1991
Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Extreme Power Metal


torsdag 5. september 2013

onsdag 4. september 2013

Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn

Country: Austria
Release date: 7 Jun, 2013
Label: Napalm Records
Existed since: 1993
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Folk Metal 


onsdag 28. august 2013

tirsdag 27. august 2013

mandag 26. august 2013

Deafheaven - Sunbather


Country: USA
Release date: 11 Jun, 2013
Label: Deathwish Inc.
Existed since: 2010
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal, Shoegaze


søndag 25. august 2013

Extol - Extol

Country: Norway
Release date: 21 Jun, 2013
Label: Indie Recordings
Existed since: 1993
Genre: Progressive Metal


lørdag 24. august 2013

fredag 23. august 2013

torsdag 22. august 2013

Scale The Summit - The Migration

Country: USA
Release date: 11 jun, 2013
Label: Prosthetic Records
Existed since:2004
Genre: Instrumental Progressive Jazz/Metal/Rock Fusion


onsdag 21. august 2013

tirsdag 20. august 2013

Born Of Osiris - Tomorrow We Die ∆live

Country: USA
Release date: 20 aug, 2013
Label: Sumerian Records
Existed since: 2003
Genre: Progressive Deathcore, Djent, Progressive Metal


søndag 11. august 2013

Enshine - Origin

Band: Enshine
Album: Origin
Country: Sweden/France

Release date: May 15, 2013
Genre: Atmospheric Metal
Existed since: 2009

I kinda see this as a runner-up for last years debut by Atoma with regular member Jari Lindholm n guest musician Oscar Borgenstam. The second regular member is vocalist Sebastien Pierre of the bands Slumber and Fractal Gates.
The sound is mainly following the dreamy sound of the guitar, but i think it is less sci-fi n ambient than Skylight was.


Album musicians:
Jari Lindholm - guitars
Sebastien Pierre - vocals
Siavosh Bigonah - bass
Oscar Borgenstam - drums
Sandy Mahrer - choir vocals

  1. Stream Of Light
  2. Refraction
  3. Cinders
  4. Astrarium
  5. Nightwave
  6. Ambivalence
  7. Immersed
  8. Above Us
  9. Constellation

torsdag 18. juli 2013

Pryapisme - Hyperblast Super Collider

Band: Pryapisme
Album: Hyperblast Super Collider
Country: France

Release date: April 1, 2013
Genre: Avantgarde Metal, Fusion, Computer Music, Balkan
Existed since: 2000

Ive tried to wrap my mind around the fusion of the different genres the trio behind Pryapisme has put into their music. The main genres i senses is balkan style, electronica, computer game music, speed/industrial metal and experimental jazz. Usually when artists place so many different genre in their music, the results often tends to be confused n choppy, while here they have managed to get a red line of melodies through the songs, despite all the genres mixed together. It does remind me somewhat of their fellow french fusion artist, Igorrr.

Album musicians:
Nicolas Sénac - guitars, bass, synths
Benjamin Bardiaux - keyboards
Aymeric Thomas - drums, clarinet, machines

  1. Un druide est giboyeux lorsqu'il se prend pour un neutrino
  2. Boudin blanc et blanc boudin
  3. Random Jean Vigo
  4. La notion de chiralité de spin et d'oscillation de saveur des particules supersymetriques definissant un champs scalaire lors d'une transition de conifold en cosmologie branaire dans un modele ekpyrotique
  5. Lesbian bordello
  6. J'ai envie de te claquer
  7. Cochenille, membrane et volcanologie
  8. Jon-bon-jon-boutros-boutros-boutros-bovi-miou-miou
  9. Je suis venu, j'ai vu, j'ai sangouinu
  10. La nuit sur le mont-chauvelu (Mussorgsky cover)

Released records:
Rococo Holocaust, 2010

tirsdag 16. juli 2013

Tesseract - Altered State

Band: Tesseract
Album: Altered State
Country: UK

Release date: May 27, 2013
Genre: Progressive Metal, Math Metal, Djent
Existed since: 2003

This is a very good runner-up for their debut album, where they continue to develop their own djenty sound. Daniel Tompskins replacer Ashe O'Hara, who joined the band last year, does an excellent job behind the microphone.


Album musicians:
Acle Kahney - guitar
Jamie Postone - drums
James Monteith - guitar
Amos Williams - bass, backing vocals
Ashe O'Hara - vocals

  1. Of Matter - Proxy
  2. Of Matter - Retrospect
  3. Of Matter - Resist
  4. Of Mind - Nocturne
  5. Of Mind - Exile
  6. Of Reality - Eclipse
  7. Of Reality - Palingenisis
  8. Of Reality - Calabi-Yau
  9. Of Energy - Singularity
  10. Of Energy - Embers

Released records:
Concealing Fate (ep), 2010
One, 2011
Perspective (ep), 2012

lørdag 13. juli 2013

Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been

Band: Hacride
Album: Back To Where You've Never Been
Country: France

Release date: April 19, 2013
Genre: Progressive Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Metalcore, Grunge
Existed since: 2001

Hacride has made a varied, strong mini album of about 40 mintues for their 4th release.
I would put them in the harder parts of the prog metal scene, like early Pain Of Salvation. There is also metalcore influences in the music.
The melodies in each song have been well developed, and there r some really good choir sections here, w some influence from Alice In Chains.


Album musicians:
Adrien Grousset - guitars
Benoist Danneville - bass
Florent Marcadet - drums
Luiss Roux - vocals 

  1. Introversion
  2. Strive Ever To More
  3. Synesthesia
  4. Overcome
  5. Edification Of The Fall
  6. To Numb The Pain
  7. Ghosts Of The Modern World
  8. Requiem For A Lullaby

Released records:
Deviant Current Signal, 2005
Amoeba, 2007
Lazarus, 2009

torsdag 11. juli 2013

Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

Band: Spock's Beard
Album: Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
Country: USA

Release date: March 1, 2013
Label: InsideOut
Genre: Progressive Rock, Neo Prog
Existed since: 1992

Veteran prog rock group Spock's Beard is out with their 11th album. Its a double album where they have put enough time n effort into each song, that they all stand on their own. Musically they draw much inspiration from the 70's mainly english prog scene, while still sounding like neo-prog.

Highly recommended.

Album musicians:
Ted Leonard - vocals
Ryo Okumoto - keyboards, vocals
Alan Morse - guitars, vocals
Jimmy Keegan - drums
Dave Meros - bass, vocals


Disc 1
  1. Hiding Out
  2. I Know Your Secret
  3. A Treasure Abandoned
  4. Submerged
  5. Afterthoughts
  6. Something Very Strange
  7. Waiting For Me
Disc 2
  1. The Man You're Afraid You Are
  2. Down A Burning Road
  3. Wish I Were Here
  4. Something Very Strange (Sanctified Remix)
  5. Postcards From Perdition

Released records:
The Light, 1995
Beware Of Darkness, 1996
The Kindness Of Strangers, 1998
Day For Night, 1999
V, 2000
Snow, 2002
Feel Euphoria, 2003
Octane, 2005
Spock's Beard, 2006
X, 2010

søndag 7. juli 2013

Oddland - The Treachery Of Senses

Band: Oddland
Album: The Treachery Of Senses
Country: Finland

Release date: April 12, 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Existed since: 2002

With their debut, these fins place themselves in the harder parts of the general progressive metal scene, with influences from bands like Opeth, Tool, Fates Warning n Queensrÿche. Vocalist Sakari Ojanens voice serves the music well. Overall an album filled with rly good melodies n musicianship.


Album musicians:
Sakari Ojanen - guitar, vocals
Joni Palmroth - bass
Ville Viitanen - drums, percussion
Jussi Poikonen - guitar

Guest musicians:
Mikko Viitanen - saxophone
Kati Vanhanen - vocals
Akta Buli - vocals

  1. Above And Beyond
  2. Flooding Light
  3. In The Eyes Of The Mourning
  4. Aisle Of Array
  5. Past The Gates
  6. Still The Spirit Stays
  7. In Endless Endeavour
  8. Sewers
  9. Lines Of Silver Blood
  10. Ire

lørdag 6. juli 2013

Octopus - Into The Void Of Fear

Band: Octopus
Album: Into The Void Of Fear
Country: Chile

Release date: January 17
Genre: Jazz/Metal, Instrumental Progressive Metal, Fusion
Existed since: 2001

This is a short album of around 26 minutes. Musically they sounds like a mix between Blotted Science n Shining, with the 3. song resembling It's The End n the 7th Faceless. The title song is more in the quiet fusion jazz soundscape.
All in all a good album, though i think they should focus on finding their own sound, cause the talent is certainly there.


Album musicians:
Braulio Aspe - bass
Cristobal Orozco - drums
Jorge Benavides - guitars
Fernando Daza - guitars

  1. Ethereal Mind
  2. Confront The Fear Beyond
  3. Fearless 1
  4. Off Limits
  5. Fall
  6. Fearless 2
  7. Faceless Source
  8. Into The Void Of Fear

Released records:
Octopus, 2004
Bonsaï, 2006
Coda (ep), 2008

fredag 21. juni 2013

Shade Empire - Omega Arcane

Band: Shade Empire
Album: Omega Arcane
Country: Finland

Release date: May 3, 2013
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Existed since: 1999

This is an absolute killer album. I could of course compare them to Dimmu Borgir, but there are light years of quality between DBs latest album and this one. Maybe its closer to Death Cult Armageddon.
The symphonic elements are well thought out, n fits the music perfectly. I have yet to find a dull song here, and after 20 spins or so, i still find parts i havent noticed before. My favourite song at the moment is Slumbering Giant, great transition after the excellent guitar solo.
This will certainly be found on several top lists at the end of the year.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Juha Harju - vocals
Olli Savolainen - synthesizers
Juha Sirkkiä - guitars
Janne Niiranen - guitars
Aapeli Kivimäki - guitars
Erno Räsänen - drums
Eero Mantere - bass

  1. Ruins
  2. Dawnless Days
  3. Until No Life Breeds
  4. Ash Statues
  5. Disembodiment
  6. Malicious Winds
  7. Traveler Of Unlight
  8. Devolution
  9. Slumbering Giant
  10. Nomad
  11. Omega Arcane

Released records:
Sinthetic, 2004
Intoxicate O.S., 2006
Zero Nexus, 2008

tirsdag 18. juni 2013

Shining - One One One

Band: Shining
Album: One One One
Country: Norway

Release date: 2013
Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Avantgarde Metal, Free Jazz, Fusion, Death n Roll, Industrial, Jazz/Metal
Existed since: 1999

This record is less free jazz influenced than their 2010 release, though there is still some present, mainly in the parts where the saxophone is present. The music is focused in a fusion between death n roll n industrial metal, think SYL. I also get a sense of breakbeat in the sound.


Album musicians:
Jørgen Munkeby - vocals, guitar, saxophone, electric wind instrument
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Tor Egil Kreken - bass
Håkon Sagen - guitar

  1. I Won't Forget
  2. The One Inside
  3. My Dying Drive
  4. Off The Hook
  5. Blackjazz Rebels
  6. How Your Story Ends
  7. The Hurting Game
  8. Walk Away
  9. Paint The Sky Black

Released records:
Where The Ragged People Go, 2001
Sweet Shanghai Devil, 2003
In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster, 2005
Grindstone, 2007
Blackjazz, 2010

lørdag 8. juni 2013

Leprous - Coal

Band: Leprous
Album: Coal
Country: Norway

Release date: 2013
Genre: Progressive Metal, Avantgarde Metal
Existed since: 2001

Most of the music on this album follows Einar Solbergs voice, which he uses to experiment along progressive melody-lines. I think they on this album goes in completely other directions than other prog metal bands ive listened to this year.
Worth mentioning is that the drummer n the bassist has joined Atle Pettersen of Aspera/Beyond Symmetrys new project The Scheen.

High Recommended.

Album musicians:
Einar Solberg - vocals, keyboards
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar, vocals
Øystein Landsverk - guitar, backing vocals
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums
Rein T. Blomquist - bass 

  1. Foe
  2. Chronic
  3. Coal
  4. The Cloak
  5. The Valley
  6. Salt
  7. Echo
  8. Contaminate Me
  9. Bury
  10. Foe (remix)(bonus)

Released records:
Silent Waters (ep), 2004
Aeolia, 2006
Tall Poppy Syndrome, 2009
Bilateral, 2011

tirsdag 28. mai 2013

Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife

Band: Gloryhammer
Album: Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife
Country: UK

Release date: March 29, 2013
Genre: Power Metal
Existed since: 2010

The album starts with a short intro, that i usually skips, before the first song 'The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee', kicks in. It is a really good opener song, that pulls you right into the story. The albums theme is fantasy, so there's no shocker there.
Musically they stay in the general power metal field, with great melodies and musicianship. The album contains some rly good guitar solos. There are some repetative lyrics/musically part that i think drag the overall impression down, but this is still an impressive debut from the englishmen.
The bonus song, Wizards!, sounds like it came out of the last Angra album.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Christopher Alexander Bowes - keyboards
James Cartwright - bass
Ben Turk - drums
Paul Templing - guitars
Thomas Laszlo Winkler - vocals

  1. Anstruther's Dark Prophecy
  2. The Unicorn Invasion Of Dundee
  3. Angus McFife
  4. Quest For The Hammer Of Glory
  5. Magic Dragon
  6. Silent Tears Of Frozen Princess
  7. Amulet Of Justice
  8. Hail To Crail
  9. Beneath Cowdenbeath
  10. The Epic Rage Of Furious Thunder
  11. Wizards! (bonus)

torsdag 23. mai 2013

Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Saivon Lapsi

Band: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Album: Saivon Lapsi
Country: Finland

Release date: February 22, 2013
Genre: Extreme Power Metal, Melodic Death Metal
Existed since: 1991

A strong release from the finnish veterans, yet with weak parts in the death metal parts. The power metal aspects on the other hand is splendid, with memorable melodies. The guitar works are also worth mentioning, which at times is virtous.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Jarmo Puolakanaho - guitars
Altti Veteläinen - vocals, bass
Janne "RunQ" Tolsa - keyboards
Jarmo Kylmänen - vocals
Juho Raappana - drums
Mika Lammassaari - guitars 

Guest musician:
Miriam Elisabeth "Sfinx" Renvåg - vocals 

  1. Saivo
  2. Dark Alliance
  3. Legion Of Beast
  4. Kuura
  5. Dance Of December
  6. The Day
  7. Sound Of Silence
  8. Beneath The Frozen Leaves
  9. Swan Saivo
  10. Blood Stained Sea
  11. Angelheart, Ravenheart (Act III: Saivon Lapsi)

Released records:
Sinner's Serenade, 1997
Vilda Mánnu, 1998
Chaotic Beauty, 2000
A Virgin And A Whore, 2001
Before The Bleeding Sun, 2006
Children Of The Dark Waters, 2009

onsdag 22. mai 2013

Agrypnie - Aetas Cineris

Band: Agrpynie
Album: Aetas Cineris
Country: Germany

Release date: March 15, 2013
Genre: Melodic Black Metal, Post Black Metal, Progressive
Existed since: 2004

The album consists of 8 songs thats lasts from 8 - 12 minutes, so there is a lot to digest here. Musically they range from the calm n atmospheric to the fast n hard. There is tons of good melodies in all the songs, n the vocalist adds great texture with his german lyrics.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Torsten "Der Unhold" Hirsch - vocals, guitars, bass, programming
René Schott - drums
Martin Kühr - guitar
Nathanael - bass

Guest musician:
David "Eklatanz" C. - vocals

  1. Trümmer / Aetas Cineris
  2. Dezember
  3. Gnōsis
  4. Zurück
  5. Kosmos (Alpha)
  6. Erwachen
  7. Sinnflut
  8. Asche

Released records:
F51.4, 2006
Exit, 2008
16[485], 2010
Asche (EP), 2011

lørdag 11. mai 2013

Disperse - Living Mirrors

Band: Disperse
Album: Living Mirrors
Country: Poland

Release date: February 19, 2013
Genre: Progressive Metal, Jazz/Metal, Jazz/Rock, Fusion
Existed since: 2007

Really good second album from polish Disperse. They play djenty prog metal ala Textures w strong influence from technical jazz/metal n jazz/rock, with some of the songs in the modern jazz spectre.
Vocalist Rafał Biernacki adds great techniques and manipulations w his voice, n the guitar solos breaks down in orgasmic melotechnics.
Check out the best opener-song on the album, Profane The Ground.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Rafał Biernacki - keyboards, vocals
Jakub Żytecki - guitars
Maciek Dzik - drums
Daniel Kesler - guitars
Wojtek Famielec - bass

  1. Dancing With Endless Love
  2. Enigma Of Abode
  3. Profane The Ground
  4. Prana
  5. Message From Atlantis
  6. WOW!
  7. Universal Love
  8. Be Afraid Of Nothing
  9. Unbroken Shiver
  10. Touching The Golden Cloud
  11. Butoh
  12. Choices Over Me
  13. AUM

Released records:
Journey Through The Hidden Gardens, 2010

tirsdag 7. mai 2013

Enochian Theory - Life...And All It Entails

Band: Enochian Theory
Album: Life...And All It Entails
Country: UK

Release date: March 12, 2012
Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Existed since: 2004

I dont know if its justifiable to call this metal. There are absolutely many metal elements in the music and some growling, but the softness of the music overall makes it hard to put in that genre, so maybe its easier to just mark it as progressive rock.
Besides from that this is a great album, filled with strong songs, and Ben Harris' excellent voice, filling the music with memorable vocal lines.
Among influences in the music i would certainly add Tool, 'In Times Of Silence' resembles a harder take on Marilyn Manson. Also add some symphonic and electronic elements.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Ben Harris-Hayes - vocals, guitars
Shaun Rayment - bass
Sam Street - drums

  1. Zero Is Also A Number
  2. This Aching Isolation
  3. Hz
  4. Non Sum Qualis Eram
  5. Distances
  6. Inversions
  7. Creatio Ex Nihilio
  8. In Times Of Silence
  9. For Your Glory, Great Deceiver
  10. Nisi Credideritis, Non Intelligetis
  11. The Motives Of The Machine
  12. Singularities
  13. Loves
  14. The Fire Around The Lotus (bonus)

Released records:
Our Lengthening Shadows (ep), 2005
A Monument To The Death Of An Idea, 2007
Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio, 2009

PS! The titlenames in the video are not accurate.

fredag 3. mai 2013

Dol Ammad - Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed

Band: Dol Ammad
Album: Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed
Country: Greece

Release date: March 28, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi Metal, Fusion
Existed since: 2000

Second up is Dol Ammad, who sounds like grand choiring meets future metal. There are lots of electronic elements in the music, like the opening of Noctis Labyrinthus that reminds me of the old records Amon Tobin used on his excellent Permutation.


Album musicians:
Greg Perialas - bass vocals
Anila Teli - soprano vocals
Melina Paschalidou - soprano vocals
Alex Barbas - tenor vocals
Asterios Tsetsilas - tenor vocals
Dimitra Athanasatou - alto vocals
Athanasia Thomopoulou - alto vocals
Thanasis Pavlou - bass vocals
Thanasis Lightbridge - synthesizers, drums
Themis Mpasdekis - tenor vocals
Kortessa Tsifodimou - soprano vocals
Kyriakos Chouvardas - bass vocals
Dimitris Makrantonakis - guitars, bass
Sofia Patsi - alto vocals

  1. Magus Invicta
  2. Noctis Labyrinthus
  3. Golden Phantasma
  4. Titan Warriors
  5. Xenocide
  6. Stargate Pyramid
  7. Omniversal God
  8. Hyperspeed
  9. Supernova
  10. Caravan Of Mars
  11. Seeds Of Life

Released records:
Star Tales, 2004
Ocean Dynamics, 2006
Winds Of The Sun (ep), 2010

Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

Band: Rotting Christ
Album: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Country: Greece

Release date: March 1, 2013
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Melodic Black Metal, Dark Folk Metal
Existed since: 1987


Thought i put out reviews by two greek bands today =)
First up is veterans Rotting Christ, whos last effort topped my 2010 list.  They are back with another quality record, filled w their own sound of dark folk, black metal. Their signature riffs shines through and the female voices sounds like witches swearing out their curses.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Sakis "Necromayhem" Tolis - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Themis "Necrosauron" Tolis - drums

Guest musicians:
Giannis Stamatakis - choir
Theodoros Aivaliotis - choir
Alexandros Loutriotis - choir
Babis Alexandropoulos - choir
Androniki Skoula - choir
Eleni Vougioukli - vocals, piano
Suzana Vougioukli - vocals
Giorgis Nikas-Askavlos - gaida, tsampouna, blowing horn, blowing conch, ntaouli
George Emmanuil - guitar solo

  1. In Yumen - Xibalba
  2. P'unchaw kachun - Tuta kachun
  3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
  4. Κατά τον δαίμονα του εαυτού
  5. Cine iubeşte şi lasă
  6. Iwa Woodoo
  7. Gilgameš
  8. Русалка
  9. Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu
  10. Χξς'
  11. Welcome to Hel (bonus)

Released records:
Rotting Christ / Monumentum (spilt ep), 1991
Passage To Arcturo (ep), 1991
Dawn Of The Iconoclast (ep), 1992
Thy Mighty Contract, 1993
Αποκαθήλωσις (ep), 1993
Non Serviam, 1994
Satanas Tedeum (ep), 1994
Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers, 1996
A Dead Poem, 1997
The Mystical Meeting (ep), 1997
Sleep Of The Angels, 1999
Khronos, 2000
Genesis, 2002
Sanctus Diavolos, 2004
Theogonia, 2007
Aealo, 2010

tirsdag 30. april 2013

Amorphis - Circle

Band: Amorphis
Album: Circle
Country: Finland

Release date: April 19, 2013
Genre: Melodic Metal
Existed since: 1990

Finnish veterans Amorphis is out with a new album, and as usually they dont disappoint. Its an album filled with strong melodies and none of the songs are given less concentration when written or in the production.
In style they truly got their own sound, with Tomi Joutsens unique vocal on top. They got elements from folk and death, added with some progressivity.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Tomi Joutsen - vocals
Santeri Kallio - keyboards
Tomi "Samuel Lempo" Koivusaari - guitars
Esa Holopainen - guitars
Jan "Malakias II" Rechberger - drums
Niclas Etelävuori - bass

  1. Shades Of Gray
  2. Mission
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Narrow Path
  5. Hopeless Days
  6. Nightbird's Song
  7. Into The Abyss
  8. Enchanted By The Moon
  9. A New Day
  10. Dead Man's Dream (bonus)

Released records:
The Karelian Isthmus, 1992
Privilege Of Evil (ep), 1993
Tales From The Thousand Lakes, 1994
Black Winter Day (ep), 1995
Elegy, 1996
My Kantele (ep), 1997
Tuonela, 1999
Am Universum, 2001
Far From The Sun, 2003
Eclipse, 2006
Silent Waters, 2007
Skyforger, 2009
The Beginning Of Times, 2011

mandag 29. april 2013

Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (part 2)

Band: Jolly
Album: The Audio Guide To Happiness (part 2)
Country: USA

Release date: March 5, 2013
Label: InsideOut
Genre: Progressive Metal
Existed since: 2008

Besides the funny name, this is actually pretty good prog metal. This is the second installment of their 'The Audio Guide To Happiness', part one i havent heard, but from what ive read it should be as good, if not better than this release.
Some of the songs reminds me of Leprous, while others go towards general progressive metal and rock.


Album musicians:
Louis Abramson - drums
Anthony Rondinone - bass, vocals
Joe Reilly - keyboards, sampler
Anadale - vocals, guitars

  1. Guidance Three
  2. Firewell
  3. You Against The World
  4. Aqualand And The Seven Suns
  5. Dust Nation Bleak
  6. Golden Divide
  7. Guidance Four
  8. Lucky
  9. While We Slept In Burning Shades
  10. Despite The Shell
  11. As Heard On Tape
  12. The Grand Utopia

Released records:
Forty-Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds Of Music, 2009
The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 1), 2011

torsdag 25. april 2013

Hair Police - Mercurial Rites

Release date: March 5, 2013            Label: Type Records 
Country: USA                                 Genre: Noise, Industrial 

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onsdag 24. april 2013

Paysage d'Hiver - Das Tor

Band: Paysage d'Hiver
Casette: Das Tor
Country: Switzerland

Release date: February 22, 2013
Label: Kunsthall Produktionen
Genre: Ambient black metal
Existed since: 1997


Ice cold, dark ambient meets old school black metal. This release is obscure for more than one reason. All of his albums were released as unofficial demos, except the split eps, all put out on his own label. Das Tor was released as 300 numbered cassettes.
He do have an upcomming split w fellow swiss Nordlicht, that i guess will come out later this year.


Album musician:
Tobias Möckl - all instruments

  1. Offenbarung
  2. Macht Des Schicksals
  3. Ewig Leuchten Die Sterne
  4. Schluessel

Released records:
Steineiche, 1998
Schattengang, 1998
Die Festung, 1998
Paysage D'Hiver, 1999
Kerker, 1999
Kristall & Isa, 2000
Winterkälte, 2001
Paysage D'Hiver / Lunar Aurora (Split EP), 2002
Paysage D'Hiver / Vinterriket (Split EP), 2003
Nacht, 2004
Einsamkeit, 2007

mandag 22. april 2013

Front 242

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DGM - Momentum

Band: DGM
Album: Momentum
Country: Italy

Release date: March 26, 2013
Label: Scarlet Records
Genre: Progressive Metal
Existed since: 1994


When I first started to listening to this album, I found it a bit boring and uniform. I didnt think they had raised the bar since their last effort, the excellent 'Frame', even though the first video, 'Reason' showed great promise. Now after 20+ listens, the album still grows on me. The musicianship by all members are flawless, the guitar/keyboard solos exciting, and Mark Basile vocal-techniques varied and really just adds that little extra to the music.
As guest musicians they have Russel Allen, vocalist of Symphony X, and Jørn Viggo Lofstad, guitarist in Pagan's Mind.
In music style they are still in the heavier side of progressive power metal, with some leanings towards late 80's/early 90's heavy metal, think Skid Row.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Fabio Constantino - drums
Andrea Arcangeli - bass
Simone Mularoni - guitars
Emanuele Casali - keyboards
Mark Basile - vocals

Guest musicians:
Russel Allen - vocal
Jørn Viggo Lofstad - guitar

  1. Reason
  2. Trust
  3. Universe
  4. Numb
  5. Pages
  6. Repay
  7. Chaos
  8. Remembrance
  9. Overload
  10. Void
  11. Blame

Released records:
Random Access Zone (ep), 1996
Change Direction, 1997
Wings Of Time, 1999
Dreamland, 2001
Hidden Place, 2003
Misplaced, 2004
Different Shapes, 2007
Frame, 2009

Godflesh - Pure

Release date: April 13, 1992              Label: Earache Records 
Country: UK                                     Genre: Industrial Metal 

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lørdag 20. april 2013

Tomahawk - Oddfellows

Release date: January 29, 2013          Label: Ipecac Records 
Country: USA                                   Genre: Experimental Rock,                                                                                                                         Alternative  Metal 

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fredag 19. april 2013

Pomegranate Tiger - Entities

Band: Pomegranate
Album: Entities
Country: Canada

Release date: January 31, 2013
Label: Self-release
Genre: Djent, Progressive Metal, Instrumental
Existed since: 2008

The album starts with an intro that resembles Falla's A Fishermans Song, before entering the metal. Firstly its djenty, technical, clean jazz/metal that comes to mind, with the guitars leading the melodies. Some of the song are to find in the classical specter, and others are heavily influenced by 70's progressive rock.
A strong debut from the canadians, and i guess it wont be long until they get attached to a record label.


Album musicians:
Martin Andres - lead guitars
Matthew Shaheen - guitars
Phil Gatti - drums
Keith Wilkinson - bass

  1. Gift of Tongues
  2. Maxims
  3. Stars
  4. Drifting
  5. New Breed
  6. Mountains In The Sky
  7. Not To See The Sun
  8. Ocean - I. White Ship
  9. Ocean - II. Maelstrom
  10. Ocean - III. The Golden Portal
  11. Sign Of Ruin
  12. Regenesis

onsdag 17. april 2013

Intronaut - Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)

Band: Intronaut
Album: Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
Country: USA

Release date: March 19, 2013
Label: Century Media Records
Genre: Progressive Metal, Post-Metal, Sludge Metal, Progressive Rock, Fusion
Existed since: 2004


Long time favourite of mine, Intronaut, is out with a new album. In style i see them as Post-Metal meets Prog rock with a dash of jazz. They got a bit of a dirty sound, and the record need more than a few spins to get into, but once it gets familiar, there are no dull moments.

Highly Recommended.

Album musicians:
Joe Lester - bass
Danny Walker - drums
Sacha Dunable - guitar, vocals
Dave Timnick - guitar, percussion

  1. Killing Birds With Stones
  2. The Welding
  3. Steps
  4. Sore Sight For Eyes
  5. Milk Leg
  6. Harmonomicon
  7. Blood From A Stone
  8. The Way Down

Released records:
Null (ep), 2006
Void, 2006
The Challenger (ep), 2007
Prehistoricisms, 2008
Valley Of Smoke, 2010

tirsdag 16. april 2013

Persefone - Spiritual Migration

Band: Persefone
Album: Spiritual Migration
Country: Andorra

Release date: March 29, 2013
Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Metal, Power Metal, Fusion
Existed since: 2001

Its my first meeting with this anodorrian band, and they serve us, with their fourth release, a diverse and complex album. Musically they are located in a fusion between progressive metal and modern death metal, with symphonic and folk elements. I dont think i wanna dwell into all the different bands/composers from whom they draw they influence, but even if u can recognize some obvious bands, like Rachmaninov and Gorod, i think they manage to create a sound of their own.

Highly Recommended

Album musicians:
Marc Martins Pia - vocals
Miguel Espinosa - keyboards, vocals
Jordi Gorgues Mateu - guitars
Carlos Lozano Quintanilla - guitars
Marc Mas Marti - drums
Toni Mestre Coy - bass

  1. Flying Sea Dragons
  2. Mind As Universe
  3. The Great Reality
  4. Zazen Meditation
  5. The Majestic Of Gaia
  6. Consciousness (Pt. 1): Sitting In Silence
  7. Consciousness (Pt. 2): A Path To Enlightenment
  8. Inner Fullness
  9. Metta Meditation
  10. Upward Explosion
  11. Spiritual Migration
  12. Returning To The Source
  13. Outro

Released records:
Truth Inside The Shades, 2004
Core, 2006
Shin-Ken, 2009