Haken – Virus

Let me start this review by completely undermining my own opinion of this record: I am no expert on progressive metal. Only over the past couple of years have I begun to mine its incredible riches, but get past the most basic generalities in conversations with me about the music…

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Lesoir – Mosaic

Among the small pleasures of listening to music, it’s satisfying when an album title perfectly encapsulates the narrative played out in the track list. Such is the case with Lesoir’s fifth album Mosaic, a collage of art rock and prog highlighted by a theatrical delivery and themes of mystic whimsy.…

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Hey! Listen to Dyssidia!

Dyssidia have been bubbling beneath the surface of the Australian prog scene since 2010. Yet, across their previous three EPs, the Adelaide act never quite managed to combine their many (and often melodramatic) influences into a cohesive whole. With their debut LP, Costly Signals, however, the band have consolidated their…

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Heavy Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2019

This is one of those years where you’re writing your end of year summary every day. It’s a year which inundated all of us with so much music, and from so many angles and genres, that it almost begged to constantly be analyzed, made sense of, and conceptualized. I’ve written…

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Voyager – Colours in the Sun

A little something. Je ne sais quoi. The last mile. All of these expressions capture a simple but beguiling fact: although we’d prefer to pretend otherwise, our emotions, likes, dislikes, and opinions are far from understandable and mechanical. Beyond “just” context or mood, most of our justifications are elusive because…

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Release Day Roundup – 10/25/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Leprous – Pitfalls

We’ve dealt with the question of context many times on the blog, mostly when reviewing releases from beloved bands. What weight should we give previous releases when taking new albums into consideration? It is fair to hold the past performance of a band up to their current output or do…

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