101 – Why Would Anyone Listen to Prog-Power?

This week we’re doing something different as well. Instead of covering the news (there wasn’t a lot) we’re just going to do a “starter kit” on progressive power metal (despite my objections)! Basically, why anyone would want to listen to the genre (no idea) and if so, what bands should they start with (none of them)? Eden and I both discuss some classics. Names mentioned include Blind Guardian, Angra, Therion, Pagan’s Mind, Kamelot, Teramaze and Fractal Cypher. Then, we do an in-depth spoiler discussion on the excellent Blade Runner 2049. Enjoy!

Iced Earth – Incorruptible

Note: I am one of the biggest Iced Earth fans out there. I’ve loved the band since I was 16 and will always continue to follow them. They hold a special place in my musical upbringing. This review hurt to write, but you have to be fair to the things you…

29 – Breaking it Down

This week we (mostly I) run a terrible pun to the ground, just like deathcore bands have run breakdowns to the ground. You’ll see what I mean. Or hear. New music: Black Crown Initiate, Kamelot, Perturbator, Within the Ruins, Inter Arma, Devildriver, Vektor, The Fall of Troy, If These Trees Could Talk, Downfall of Gaia, Slaughter to Prevail and… Death Grips. Then we talk about negative reviews, what a review should be and how one should respond to reviews; then we talk about, yes, breakdowns. Then it all breaks down.

Kamelot – Haven

Managing expectations when you come to review an album is critical. On the one hand, one needs to be familiar with the history and context of the band, in order to better understand departures from established styles or continuity. On the other hand, each album deserves consideration on its own…

Epica – The Quantum Enigma

Some bands are as big as the genre they occupy. Their names are nearly synonymous with the style of their music and to name them is to invoke the strong points, and clichés, of said genre—Epica can certainly be counted in this category. Symphonic metal owes them a great debt as…

Ayreon – The Theory of Everything

Arjen Lucassen’s flagship musical project Ayreon has been a mainstay for progressive music fans for almost two decades. With seven prior albums, all of which except for one falling under a massive album-to-album concept, Ayreon has excelled at projecting a grandiose and epic (in a classical sense) feel, giving true meaning to the term “rock-opera”. However, after 2008’s 01011001, Arjen and his fans grew a bit accustomed to the familiar sounds of Ayreon, and a hiatus ensued. After a five years to dabble into different sounds and methods of emotional exploration, Lucassen returns to the fold with what is arguably his most ambitious project to date. Branching away from the now finished “Forever” story-line, The Theory of Everything sees the Ayreon brand venturing into what is undoubtedly the first in a new concept, and with an array of musicians that Lucassen has never worked with before, the new record sails to new and familiar lands alike.