Kyros – Celexa Dreams

Contemporary progressive rock is often condemned and shelved with the dinosaurs who don’t know how to move on from age old musical formulae, capes and keytar solos. The argument is that progressive rock has ce... Read More...

Warforged – I: Voice

When it finally came time for Warforged to announce their long anticipated follow-up to 2014's Essence of the Land, spirits were high in the Heavy Blog camp. The aforementioned release was a favorite of many o... Read More...

Post Rock Post – Alters

Alright folks, hold on to your seats because this one is going to get wild. Allow me to introduce you to Alters, an extremely interesting band from Poland. Nominally, their thing is a blend of progressive rock and post rock. The progressive parts take a very distinct influence from one Steven Wilson, with the opening tracks to their most recent album, Dawn, sounding a lot like Porcupine Tree. "Hypnagogia" and, even more so, the self-titled track which open the album have all the unique identifiers you'd associate with this style of progressive rock. The drums are loud, the vocalist seems aloof and depressed, the guitars are influenced by classic progressive rock but with an exceedingly modern sound. So far, so good; things are pleasant and well made, if not totally original or mind-blowing. The third track, "Klechdawa", starts in the same manner. Indeed, it goes on in that manner until its mid-point. But then, there's a break and everything changes.