Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “too” anything, that retro flavor seems to fade the fastest. It’s suddenly no longer…

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Editors’ Picks – January 2020

You know that feeling you get right before you’re sick? I’m talking the day or night before; you feel your bones start to ache, a sort of cloud descending upon you. It’s like standing in the first few seconds of rain; you can feel the water around you but you’re…

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Love Letter to Neil Peart and Rush

Between the Buried and Me. Dillinger Escape Plan. Periphery. Death. Dream Theater. Opeth. Tool. Mastodon. Meshuggah. Protest the Hero. Cynic. Voivod. And so, so, so many others. I could go on ad nauseum but suffice to say, hard rock and heavy metal as we know it would not exist without…

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Cheeto’s Magazine – Amazingous

Progressive rock is one of those genres that you absolutely love growing up, then move through derision and cynicism towards it, before you end up rediscovering what so appealed to you within it when you were growing up. At least, that’s how it was for me: the bright eyed hope…

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The Anatomy Of – SiXforNinE

SiXforNine have released the standout heavy metal album of the year so far with their second album Parallel Universe. The band perfectly blend elements of classic and progressive metal with alternative and hard rock to come up with a sound that is all their own. You can read more about…

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Wallowing – Planet Loss

Where to start with a traditionally British doom band that have plunged headfirst into a dystopian sci-fi future fitting of the artwork they adorn their debut with? Wallowing’s debut full-length Planet Loss (the band’s first real recording of any merit) jams high-brow concepts of self and humanity’s folly into doom…

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The Anatomy Of – Valence

I’ll be honest with you: I don’t really vibe with instrumental progressive music all that much. Like all your average Internet Metal Nerds, I used to listen to my fair share of the stuff; there’s something in the emphasis on technicality that appeals to pasty kids looking for an escape,…

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Hath – Of Rot and Ruin

2018 was a big year for progressive death metal, with outstanding releases coming from the likes of Rivers of Nihil, Alkaloid, Slugdge, Obscura and Beyond Creation – just to name a few. However, those bands also all already established and lauded acts. While there were a couple of head-turning debuts…

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