Love Letter – Karnivool

Karnivool are not just a blog favourite, but a personal one too – comfortably sitting within my top five favourite bands of all time. For someone who routinely listens to hundreds of different records a year top five is a big deal. Surprisingly, for a band that inspires such love…

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Hey! Listen to Etherius!

Etherius are for everyone who claims to love Dream Theater but whinges about James LaBrie. Instrumental music has grown in popularity since the rise of the tech-metal scene. Yet, rather than the dexterous whiddlings of Animals as Leaders or Polyphia , this New Jersey quartet throw back to the classic progressive…

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Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

In prog metal circles, Protest the Hero are held in high regard as being incredibly influential, with at least two albums comfortably sitting in the rank of being outright masterpieces. 2005’s full length debut Kezia was a compelling conceptual record telling the story of the eponymous protagonist being tried and…

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Hail Spirit Noir – Eden In Reverse

With music, as in every facet of life, expectation creates a breeding ground for disappointment. Albums often clear the bar fans continuously raise, of course, but they can also hit it straight on or miss the mark entirely. I’m not suggesting that we can’t hold the artists we love to…

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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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Lör – Edge of Eternity

One of the common phrases in metal that I have absolutely no interest in challenging is that power metal is pretty much dead. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few interesting albums being made each year but the genre seems to have abandoned any attempts to expand, modify,…

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Hirsch Effekt – Kollaps

“FFO”. Those three letters that can almost derail a band before a single note is heard. I try to use that acronym sparingly but I am certainly one of the worst offenders when trying to break down a band’s sound for new ears. I will compare bands’ sounds six ways…

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Katatonia – City Burials

Music teaches us many lessons but the lesson which possibly resounds the hardest is that nothing good can last. We watch celebrated careers wither away into money-grabbing husks on a yearly basis. The music lives on but the people who made it, mortals all, die and fade away. Entire genres…

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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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