It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a relatively new and unknown band or project comes along that blows me away on first listen. More often than not, you’ll hear about it immediately. Today is one of those days. Brace yourself for Bispora.

Bispora is a near perfect hodgepodge of just about every prog metal band that dominates my listening. Throughout the course of The Cycle, I picked out bits of Between the Buried and Me, Tool, Cynic, Intronaut, Meshuggah, Periphery, etc—and it’s all so seamless that songs feel like actual unique songs instead of a series of ripoffs strewn about under an umbrella. Bispora seriously pulls this off with apparent ease, and it’s unbelievable how well the band excels in incorporating these influences into their own sound.

The Cycle is a free download, so there’s no good reason why you won’t be listening to this nonstop for the rest of the day. Stream it below:

Download The Cycle by clicking through the above Bandcamp player or via Mediafire.

[Thanks to Grover at TNOTB for the tip!]

– JR


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