EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Come Sit By The Fire With This SCHIERMANN Playthrough Of “Northern Lights”

In what will likely be our final premiere for the year, we bring you this subtly festive exclusive by progressive instrumental guitarist Chris Schiermann, better known by his project name in SCHIERMANN. Having just released his debut album, SCHIERMANN, you’ll get six tracks of delightful proggy goodness reminiscent of all…

Every Piece Matters – Why Plini Represents The Best Of Nu-Prog

We’re here to talk about Plini and why his music should be the blueprint for this growing genre. The reasons are many and, while chronology isn’t that good of a reason, it might do to first mention that he’s had his name on releases going as far back as 2011. His own releases, along 2013-2015, were tasteful, imaginative sojourns into well defined and enticing musical places. These set some of the main tropes of the genre, including the overall sleek yet colorful aesthetic surrounding the music. But what is it about Plini that makes him rise above the rest? In a growing genre that’s already often sounding stale and repetitive, how does he manage to make music which is distinctly his and is interesting to boot? That’s the purpose of this article, to examine Plini’s appeal and strength of delivery and perhaps, along the way, take a good, hard look at nu-prog and all it has yet to learn.

Alek Darson – Panopticon

With the art of shred slowly on the out, having been dominated for years by names like Joe Satriani and his legendary pupil Steve Vai, it’s only natural that a few self-made individuals would do their best to keep the genre alive in the back alleys. Today, doing his best to keep the faith, we have Alek Darson, a Serbian guitarist who began playing at the young age of 10 on his mother’s nylon-stringed acoustic and has only cultivated that gift throughout the years, even making his way to his current residence in Boston where he studied at the famed Berklee College of Music.

Amogh Symphony To Release New Record In December!

Put on your thinking caps, kids! It’s time for some Amogh Symphony! Masterminds Vishal Singh and Jim Richman are eying December to drop the as-of-yet untitled third album. The release will break many necks, overheat several computers, confuse John Petrucci, and compel everyone to practice their respective instrument 27 hours…

Hey! Listen To Roma Ivakov!

Roma Ivakov is an Australian guitarist who puts out phenomenal solo work that has elements of shred and djent. To me, he sounds like John Petrucci of Dream Theater meets Meshuggah. Yes, that is a massive compliment, and he deserves it. He already has an album out titled Golden Stellar…

Leprous – Bilateral

Leprous Bilateral 01. Bilateral 02. Forced Entry 03. Restless 04. Thorn 05. Mb. Indifferentia 06. Waste of Air 07. Mediocrity Wins 08. Cryptogenic Desires 09. Acquired Taste 10. Painful Detour [08/23/11] [Inside Out] Leprous are a very interesting band. While they’ve had stylistic changes over the years, the style they’ve…

Revocation – Chaos Of Forms

Revocation Chaos Of Forms 01. Cretin 02. Cradle Robber 03. Harlot 04. Dissolution Ritual 05. Conjuring The Cataclysm 06. No Funeral 07. Fractal Entity 08. Chaos Of Forms 09. The Watchers 10. Beloved Horrifier 11. Dethroned 12. Reprogrammed [08/16/11] [Relapse] The neo-thrash/nu-thrash movement fell down for me in one big…