The Body Politic – contr:addiction (Review)

The Body PoliticThe Body Politic are a progressive/technical metal band from Canada. This is their latest release.

A lot of modern progressive metal is soulless, too-polished, lacking in bite, far too plastic sounding, and ultimately not heavy enough. There, I said it. The reason I’m saying it here, however, is that these shortfalls largely don’t apply to┬áThe Body Politic. Continue reading

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Intervals – The Way Forward (Review)

IntervalsIntervals are a Canadian progressive metal band and this is their third album.

Essentially the product of just one creative mind, this album does, however, see a full band flesh out this mastermind’s vision. Continue reading

Starsoup – Castles of Sand (Review)

StarsoupThis is the second album from Russian progressive rock band Starsoup.

Starsoup’s 2013 debut album Bazaar of Wonders was a wonderfully diverse and eclectic collection of progressive rock/metal that has become a firm favourite of mine. As such, I was excited to see that they now have a brand new album out for me to enjoy and get to know. Continue reading

Sea in the Sky – Everything All at Once (Review)

Sea in the SkySea in the Sky are a progressive rock band from the US. This is their debut album.

This is modern progressive rock that has elements of the djent style, but without this aspect of the band’s sound becoming overbearing or distracting, as I find can sometimes be the case. There’s largely just about the right amount of djent in this so that it enhances rather than overpowers. Continue reading

Zud – A Wilderness Left Untamed (Review)

ZudZud are a US black metal band and this is their second album.

It’s been a long wait since the band’s 2013 debut album The Good, the Bad and the Damned, but we now finally have a new release from this very individualistic black metal band. Continue reading

Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome (Review)

Daniel CavanaghDaniel Cavanagh is a progressive rock solo artist from the UK and this is his latest album.

Daniel Cavanagh is a member of the mighty Anathema, and this is a useful starting point for viewing the progressive rock material on this album. Indeed, any fan of latter-day Anathema will feel right at home with Monochrome. Continue reading

Zaius – Of Adoration (Review)

ZaiusZaius are an instrumental post-rock band from the US and this is their debut album.

This is a multifaceted release of progressive/post-rock, fusing elements of bands such as Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Scale the Summit, Cloudkicker, and Between the Buried and Me into a rich, textured journey. As I’ve opined Continue reading

Twisted Illusion – Insight to the Mind of a Million Faces (Review)

Twisted IllusionTwisted Illusion are a progressive rock band from the UK and this is their second album.

This is a sprawling, ambitious piece of work. At almost 100 minutes in length, this is a double album full of progressive delights and lesser-travelled journeys. Continue reading