Valis Ablaze – Render

Valis Ablaze have been a consistent presence on the UK tech/prog underground circuit for a number of years, but numerous line-up changes and one fairly dramatic change of musical direction mean that they are now a very different proposition to when they first started striking out from their native Bristol…

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Heart of a Coward – The Disconnect

There aren’t many better illustrations of how interconnected the UK tech-metal scene is than a glance at Heart of a Coward’s family tree. Before their inception, drummer Christopher Mansbridge was part of djent pioneers Fellsilent, whose demise also brought Tesseract and Monuments to life as full bands rather than side-projects.…

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Daniel Tompkins – Castles

Somewhere around the end of the noughties and the beginning of whatever the hell we’re going to call this decade retrospectively, something remarkable happened in the UK metal scene. Inspired by the likes of Meshuggah and Sikth, a whole army of fresh and exciting progressive metal bands were practically falling out…

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Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos

We’ve pointed out many times that viewing your relationship with music as some sort of pure, Platonistic dynamic is absurd. The fact is that context, mood, pedigree, and aesthetic all play a part in whether you like a band’s music or not, often playing a bigger role than any “objective”…

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The Anatomy of – Toska

When it comes to watching bands play live, I have two pieces of advice that I will happily repeat well beyond the point of tedium. First and foremost, you should always wear ear protection, and I hope the reasoning for this is clear to everyone. Secondly, you should always get…

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Outliers // 2018

You’ve seen it. You’ve debated it. You’ve cried over it. But what’s done is done: Our list of the best albums of the year is behind us, and there is much rejoicing. But what about the albums we loved that didn’t make the final cut?

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Hey! Listen to Lithium Dawn

It is probably unsurprising that modern progressive metal regularly reaches into the realm of science fiction for inspiration. Sleek, shiny futurism fits the atmospheric mood, the aesthetic and often the ideology firing the creative juices of these bands. As we know, the success of a science fiction concept often rests on how seamlessly the familiar and the unfamiliar are blended together by whoever is holding the pen.

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The Anatomy Of – Voices from the Fuselage

While I was made aware of Ashe O’Hara through his tenure with TesseracT (Altered State is amazing, fight me) I was stoked to discover Voices from the Fuselage through this intersection. In many ways, their brighter and more atmospheric sound utilizes his ethereal timbre better, setting off other and pleasing areas of his range.…

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Monuments – Phronesis

If there were ever to be a ‘Big Four’ of modern Djent, then Monuments would be one of them. Probably alongside Tesseract, Periphery and Vildhjarta, if you ask me. However, I think we can let those who care about that sort of thing argue about who the precise members of…