Cyborg Octopus – Between the Light and Air (prog metal, metalcore)
Cyborg Octopus are simply some of the most fun you can have listening to modern prog metal. The long awaited follow up to 2016’s Learning To Breathe provides an eclectic barrage of funky, folky, and outright Mr. Bungle-esque weirdness, channeled through a heavy prog lens. The metalcore side of things comes mostly through the vocals, sort in the way that Between the Buried and Me are sometimes referred to as metalcore, but they’re not afraid to throw in a few well-timed breakdowns either. If you’re in the mood for something that’s technically impressive without being too self-indulgent nor taking itself too seriously, this is the ticket.
See also: Glassing – Dire and Sulk(blackened sludge, post-metal)
Now for something that’s the opposite of “fun”, unless you have a kink for violently bleak catharsis.
Sigh – Shiki (blackened prog metal)
Shiki might be a more subdued Sigh record, but that doesn’t make it a less impressive one. If anything, the increased focus shown on the Tokyo ‘s twelfth full-length record makes it one of the more compelling of their esteemed discography. There’s still plenty here for those who fell in love with the avant garde tendencies of the band’s post 2010’s output to sink their teeth into, but those with an inkling toward more straight forward genres like thrash and classic heavy metal should get a good kick out of it as well.
Absolute Darkness – Failure Of State (death thrash)
The Air of Hiroshima – Красота русской тоски (post rock, post metal)