Ritual Dictates – No Great Loss (Review)

Ritual Dictates - No Great LossThis is the second album from Canadian metallers Ritual Dictates.

Featuring current and ex-members of 3 Inches of Blood and Revocation, this is an atypical album that probably doesn’t sound like you’re expecting it to. It certainly took me by surprise, in a very pleasant way. Continue reading “Ritual Dictates – No Great Loss (Review)”

Gone Cosmic – Send for a Warning, the Future’s Calling (Review)

Gone Cosmic - Send for a Warning, the Future’s CallingGone Cosmic are a rock band from Canada and this is their second album.

Gone Cosmic play retro blues-laced psychedelic rock with a progressive edge, and touches of heavy metal. Which is a relatively simplistic description for such a potent record. Continue reading “Gone Cosmic – Send for a Warning, the Future’s Calling (Review)”

Feather Mountain – To Exit a Maelstrom (Review)

Feather Mountain - To Exit a MaelstromFeather Mountain are a progressive metal band from Denmark and this is their second album.

To Exit a Maelstrom contains 45 minutes of modern progressive metal that incorporates elements of alternative and progressive rock. There’s also a djent influence, but it’s not an overbearing one. Continue reading “Feather Mountain – To Exit a Maelstrom (Review)”

Dawnwalker – House of Sand (Review)

Dawnwalker - House of SandThis is the fifth album from UK progressive rock band Dawnwalker.

Driven by a single artist who has gathered a rich band of musicians around him, the core standard instruments are fleshed out by piano, violins, and no fewer than four vocalists. Continue reading “Dawnwalker – House of Sand (Review)”

Soilwork – Övergivenheten (Review)

Soilwork - ÖvergivenhetenThis is the twelfth album from Soilwork, a veteran Swedish metal band.

After really enjoying 2019’s Verkligheten, it’s a pleasure to hear some new Soilwork material. Övergivenheten continues with the ever-satisfying Soilwork sound, yet evolves it at the same time. Rich melodies, soaring choruses, and strong songwriting lurk around every corner, as they always do, but on this occasion the focus is slightly different. Continue reading “Soilwork – Övergivenheten (Review)”

Moths – Space Force (Review)

Moths - Space ForceThis is the debut album from Moths, a progressive doom band from Puerto Rico.

Moths paint from a rich and diverse palette and play a form of music that takes influence from a range of places. In essence it’s a mix of stoner, doom, psychedelic, and progressive metal, which has then been expanded to include elements of space rock, 70s progressive rock, and jazz. It’s quite the experience, and Space Force contains 28 minutes of characterful material. Continue reading “Moths – Space Force (Review)”

Oceans of Slumber – Starlight and Ash (Review)

Oceans of Slumber - Starlight and AshThis is the fifth album from US progressive rock band Oceans of Slumber.

I really liked 2018’s The Banished Heart, but 2020’s self titled was something even more special, making it on to my end of year list. I wasn’t sure how Oceans of Slumber could top their last album, and I’m pleased that they haven’t tried to; as you may have noticed, I’ve tagged this as a progressive rock album, rather than Continue reading “Oceans of Slumber – Starlight and Ash (Review)”

Existence Dysphoria – Minus Negative (Review)

Existence Dysphoria - Minus NegativeThis is the debut album from UK sludge doom band Existence Dysphoria.

Minus Negative contains 31 minutes of unfriendly sludge doom. It’s a mix of caustic sludge and crushing doom, combined with elements of stoner and progressive rock. Continue reading “Existence Dysphoria – Minus Negative (Review)”

Light Creates Shadow – Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the Body (Review)

Light Creates Shadow - Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the BodyThis is the third album from US post-rock band Light Creates Shadow.

Light Creates Shadow’s brand of post-rock takes the style’s build/release mechanic and blends it with progressive structuring, ethereal resplendence, intricate dynamics, and a wealth of grunge influences. Continue reading “Light Creates Shadow – Ghosts Pass Through, Running from the Body (Review)”