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7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:48 a.m.

7 Horns 7 Eyes – Throes Of Absolution

I love old school death metal as much as the next person, so I'm always on the lookout for some good, old fashioned, long haired ... read more

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?erná – Restoring Life

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

?erná – Restoring Life

It's rapidly becoming clear to me that "post-black metal" just isn't a great name for a genre. In addition to the obvious clunkiness and how ... read more

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A Storm of Light – As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:17 a.m.

A Storm of Light – As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade

What do you get when you throw Mastodon and Neurosis into a blender? If you answered 'Scott Kelly's over-stroked ego,' then, yes, you're technically correct. ... read more

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A Storm of Light – Nations To Flames

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:21 p.m.

A Storm of Light – Nations To Flames

A band reinventing itself is not an uncommon occurrence, but a successful reinvention is, and the more drastic the shift, the less likely it is ... read more

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Absolace – Fractals

Posted Aug. 27, 2012, 1:14 p.m.

Absolace – Fractals

Emirati band Absolace certainly know their stuff. After releasing their debut Resolve[d] in 2010, they easily paved their way for a followup. That album just ... read more

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Adrenaline Mob – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 7:59 a.m.

Adrenaline Mob – Self Titled

Adrenaline Mob is a new supergroup featuring some big names in rock music today. The brain-child of drummer Mike Portnoy, the album also features names ... read more

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Aeon Zen – Enigma

Posted May 14, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

Aeon Zen – Enigma

Aeon Zen is one of the more recent progressive bands to work its way up to massive critical acclaim. Grounded by sole permanent member Rich ... read more

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Affector – Harmagedon

Posted Feb. 12, 2013, 12:04 a.m.

Affector – Harmagedon

The multinational progressive metal act Affector certainly made a startling entrance to the prog metal scene last year. Their debut, Harmagedon, told the story of the ... read more

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After – Edges Of The World

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:34 p.m.

After – Edges Of The World

When I heard California's After described to me with phrases like "Soundgarden meets Rush" and "progressive pop", I knew I had to give them a ... read more

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After Oblivion – Vultures

Posted May 16, 2011, 6:20 a.m.

After Oblivion – Vultures

After Oblivion have an extremely modest discography under their belt—a debut EP and that same EP repackaged in a split album. I suppose that this ... read more

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Akkolyte – Clues in the Chaospile

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Akkolyte – Clues in the Chaospile

I came to know of Tofu Carnage records when I luckily stumbled upon their first release, Dead to a Dying World. So when we were ... read more

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Al Cisneros – Ark Procession

Posted July 29, 2013, 11:03 p.m.

Al Cisneros – Ark Procession

 If the name Al Cisneros doesn't ring an immediate bell, his impressive résumé no doubt will. In addition to fronting the godliest (and highest) of ... read more

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Alcest – Les Voyages de l'Âme

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:51 p.m.

Alcest – Les Voyages de l'Âme

What I love most about French metaller Alcest's newest release Les Voyages de l'Âme (roughly, The Journeys of the Soul) is how it invites your ... read more

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Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:17 p.m.

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

I'll admit, I'm a bit of a purist; though I didn't think it was a bad release, Black Gives Way to Blue always seemed to pale in ... read more

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Amplifier – Echo Street

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 11 p.m.

Amplifier – Echo Street

This review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. Amplifier is one of the few bands in the ... read more

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Ancestors – In Dreams And Time

Posted Oct. 15, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Ancestors – In Dreams And Time

I'm not quite certain what the cover art for Ancestors's new release In Dreams and Time is supposed to represent, but one thing is for ... read more

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Anneke van Giersbergen – Everything is Changing

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:32 p.m.

Anneke van Giersbergen – Everything is Changing

There's something odd about Anneke van Giersbergen. I keep hearing her name tossed around next to acts like Napalm Death, Moonspell and Within Temptaion, and ... read more

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Apocynthion – Sidereus Nuncius

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:38 p.m.

Apocynthion – Sidereus Nuncius

Well, when it came time to pick the newest fad in metal music, I certainly wasn't expecting post-black metal* to become a genre. And yet, ... read more

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Lost in the New Real

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:05 a.m.

Arjen Anthony Lucassen – Lost in the New Real

Few musicians are quite as busy as the Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Though he's known principally for being the brain behind the ... read more

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Arsis – Unwelcome

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:35 p.m.

Arsis – Unwelcome

Arsis have gotten a lot of flack recently--many folks haven't liked their turn away from the frantically technical towards the heavily melodic. And while I ... read more

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Avantasia – The Mystery of Time

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:40 p.m.

Avantasia  – The Mystery of Time

Between being the vocalist for heavy metal band Edguy and the creative force for the rock opera project Avantasia, Tobias Sammet is a really busy guy. And though ... read more

News

Bands: Chris Pennie leaves Coheed and Cambria

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 2:26 a.m.

Bands: Chris Pennie leaves Coheed and Cambria

Drummer Chris Pennie has announced that he is leaving progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria, citing "creative differences" for his exit. He had joined the ... read more

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Bands: Christian Schreil leaves Uneven Structure, welcomes new drummer

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, 12:26 a.m.

Christian Schreil, drummer for French djent band Uneven Structure, has annoucned he is leaving the band. He will be replaced by Jean Ferry, who first performed with the band in Moscow last weekend. You can read his full statement on Basick's news page. read more

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Bands: Coheed and Cambria announce new bassist

Posted April 25, 2012, 2:13 a.m.

Coheed and Cambria have announced via a YouTube video their new bassist, Zach Cooper. He replaces bassist Michael Todd, who was arrested on charges of armed robbery in 2011 and later parted ways with the band. read more

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Bands: Eppard to rejoin Coheed and Cambria

Posted Nov. 16, 2011, 7:20 a.m.

Coheed and Cambria have announced that former drummer Josh Eppard will be rejoining the band. Eppard had originally left the band in 2006 due to a drug addiction. According to the band, "We understand there are risks involved bringing Josh back into the fray. Even with his two-years of sobriety, ... read more

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Bands: Ex-Isis members to form new band with Deftones vocalist

Posted April 25, 2012, 4:11 a.m.

Ex-Isis members Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris, and Clifford Meyer have joined up with Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno to form a new project, Palms. Though no date has been announced yet, their debut album is slated for release in 2012 on Ipecac Recordings. read more

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Bands: Feersum Ennjin to collaborate with Danny Carey; push back debut release

Posted Nov. 4, 2011, 3:51 a.m.

Bands: Feersum Ennjin to collaborate with Danny Carey; push back debut release

Rock band Feersum Ennjin, notable for containing ex-Tool bassist Paul D'Amour, have pushed back the release of their eponymous debut in order to add a ... read more

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Bands: Gojira sign to Roadrunner

Posted Nov. 8, 2011, 5:11 a.m.

Bands: Gojira sign to Roadrunner

French progressive death metal band Gojira announced that they have signed to Roadrunner Records. Roadrunner will be releasing Gojira's as-of-yet untitled fifth album around spring ... read more

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Bands: Meshuggah to host webchat

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, 2:37 a.m.

Death metal giants Meshuggah will be hosting a live webchat this afternoon, just a few weeks ahead of the release of their new studio album, Koloss. To watch the webchat, you can head over to Nuclear Blast's streaming room. The chat begins at 3:30 PM EST, 12:30 PM Pacific. read more

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Bands: Mutiny Within go on hiatus

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, 7:34 a.m.

Bands: Mutiny Within go on hiatus

American progressive metal band Mutiny Within have announced that they are going on indefinite hiatus. Though they haven't completely rejected the option of getting back ... read more

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Bands: Pelican announce new EP, tour dates

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, 3:17 a.m.

Pelican have announced the release of a new EP, Ataraxia/Taraxis, on 10 April through Southern Lord Records. They've also announced a host of new tour dates; hit the jump for the full listing. read more

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Bands: Roadrunner signs Storm Corrosion

Posted Feb. 7, 2012, 1:44 a.m.

Roadrunner Records have announced the signing of supergroup Storm Corrosion, and have announced the duo will release their self-titled debut album on 23 April. The group, consisting of Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson and Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt, describe the album as continuing musically where Opeth's Heritage and Wilson's Grace for Drowning ... read more

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Bands: Sigur Rós to debut new song Monday

Posted April 27, 2012, 2:02 a.m.

Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós have announced via their Twitter the debut of a new track, "varúð". The song will be debuting next Monday on BBC's Radio 6 at approximately 9:40 AM. It is one of the first tracks to be heard from their new album, valtari, which will be released ... read more

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Bands: Steve Hackett and Chris Squire to form new band

Posted Dec. 23, 2011, 10:42 a.m.

Bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Steve Hackett, both big names in progressive rock, have announced that they have formed a new band, called Squackett. They plan to release their debut album in 2012. Chris Squire is best known as the bassist and sole consistent member of Yes, and Steve Hackett ... read more

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Bands: The Korea offer latest album for free

Posted Jan. 15, 2012, 4:54 a.m.

Russian band The Korea have offered their newest album, Chariots of the Gods, which was released today, for free download. You can download the album from their website. read more

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Bands: sleepmakeswaves announce new drummer

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 9:05 a.m.

Bands: sleepmakeswaves announce new drummer

Australian post-rock band sleepmakeswaves, after the departure of drummer Will Smith, have announced that drummer Tim Adderly will fill his role. Adderly concurrently plays with ... read more

Reviews

Barren Earth – The Devil's Resolve

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

Barren Earth – The Devil's Resolve

If there’s anything I love, it’s some fucking metal. And if there’s any band out there that can deliver some fucking metal with astonishing consistency, ... read more

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Battles – Dross Glop

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:21 p.m.

Battles – Dross Glop

I wanted to write this entire review as a spoonerism, but my editor slapped me through my computer screen before I could even begin to ... read more

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Battles – Gloss Drop

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 2:57 a.m.

Battles – Gloss Drop

Okay, I'm going to be honest about my credentials here. For as long as Battles have been on my radar, and despite the amount of ... read more

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Battlestations – In A Cold Embrace

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:55 p.m.

Battlestations – In A Cold Embrace

Battlestations is one of those bands that is doing amazing things despite the fact that no one seems to have heard of them. I stumbled ... read more

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Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 7:53 a.m.

Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

It's hard to describe the nature of Between the Buried and Me's new project, The Parallax. It is kind of like a double album, except ... read more

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Big Big Train – English Electric

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:48 a.m.

Big Big Train – English Electric

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a progressive rock band in possession of a good reputation must be in want of a double album. ... read more

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Big Black Delta – ???????????????

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:49 p.m.

Big Black Delta – ???????????????

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, made me entirely rethink what pop music could be last year with the release of his incredible debut, BBDLP1. ... read more

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Big Black Delta – BBDLP1

Posted Nov. 2, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Big Black Delta – BBDLP1

How the hell do you take a genre as overworked as pop music and make it interesting? If your name happens to be Jonathan Bates, ... read more

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Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta

Posted July 23, 2013, 8:11 a.m.

Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta

Jonathan Bates is quickly becoming a musician who can't be ignored. Working under the moniker Big Black Delta, Bates has created some incessantly (and confusingly) ... read more

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Björk – Biophilia

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 1:16 p.m.

Björk – Biophilia

I have immense respect for Björk. She combines all of the showmanship and bombast of pop artists like Lady Gaga with the complex and intricate ... read more

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Blackfield – Welcome To My DNA

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:22 p.m.

Blackfield – Welcome To My DNA

Steven Wilson is a man of many talents--and more than three dozen of them are just different ways of making music. Though he's known mostly ... read more

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Bleaklow – The Sunless Country

Posted April 2, 2012, 6:49 a.m.

Bleaklow – The Sunless Country

Though a lot of post-anything music can, using a single theme, reach past the 10 minute mark without necessarily becoming repetitive or stale, there is ... read more

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Blueneck – Repetitions

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Blueneck – Repetitions

I wanted to write an introduction that accurately conveyed the sound of Blueneck's new album Repetitions, but my editor wouldn't let me write in size ... read more

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Boris – Attention Please

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:06 a.m.

Boris – Attention Please

I absolutely love Boris' work ethic. Four new albums of fresh material in one year is more than anyone should be able to ask of ... read more

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Boris – Heavy Rocks

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 10:12 a.m.

Boris – Heavy Rocks

Boris' sound is defined by their insistence on rocking the fuck out. Their earliest works, like the classic albums Heavy Rocks and Pink, revolve around ... read more

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Boris – New Album

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 8 a.m.

Boris – New Album

New Album is a bit of a misnomer, at least on this side of the pond. It was actually released all the way back in ... read more

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Brainkiller – The Infiltration

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 7:58 a.m.

Brainkiller – The Infiltration

I was actually quite excited when I heard the trio Brainkiller's new album, The Inflitration, described as a mix between jazz, prog, and psychedelic music. ... read more

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Capsule – No Ghost

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, 12:13 p.m.

Capsule – No Ghost

I'm not sure if I exactly understand what post-hardcore is supposed to be, but I do know what Capsule's sophomore effort No Ghost sounds like. ... read more

Blogs

Catholic Dating Sites

Posted Feb. 17, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

I know we don't usually review websites here at Scene Point Blank, but we just couldn't help ourselves after our editor in chief Loren received the following request: Hi,I'm Pheiné, contributor to a site called catholicdatingsites.net--the only site exclusively dedicated to providing Catholic singles with helpful information for safe online ... read more

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Charts And Maps – Dead Horse

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1:01 p.m.

Charts And Maps – Dead Horse

There is no easy way to define Charts and Maps' sound. My gut reaction is to throw the whole thing under 'math rock,' but that ... read more

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Chasma – Declarations Of The Grand Artificer

Posted May 21, 2012, 11:58 a.m.

Chasma – Declarations Of The Grand Artificer

As much as I love death metal, I always seem to have issues enjoying black metal. It's not that I have anything against the genre ... read more

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Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here

Posted March 5, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here

I will say, right off the bat, the composition ability of Paul Ortiz, a.k.a. Chimp Spanner, is undeniably top-notch, as is his musicality. Sure, he ... read more

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Chryst – PhantasmaChronica

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 11:04 a.m.

Chryst – PhantasmaChronica

Perhaps it's best I start with this: I really, really want to like this album. Chryst's epic monstrosity PhantasmaChronica is usually the kind of stuff ... read more

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City of Ships – Minor World

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:31 p.m.

City of Ships – Minor World

Every once in a while, an album comes along that makes you rethink an entire genre. It's an album that makes you step back and ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Fade

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 1:05 p.m.

Cloudkicker – Fade

If there's any one artist who should make you happy to listen to music, it's Ben Sharp, aka Cloudkicker. Though releasing free music on the ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Hello

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:11 p.m.

Cloudkicker – Hello

Ohio-based musician Ben Sharp (aka Cloudkicker) has made it clear time and time again that he has no intention on confining himself to something as ... read more

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Cloudkicker – It's Inside Me, And I'm Inside It

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, 6:07 a.m.

Cloudkicker – It's Inside Me, And I'm Inside It

Ohio prog-metal artist Ben Sharp, moniker Cloudkicker, has been in the forefront of the Internet-based free music community since the release of The Discovery in ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 11:40 a.m.

Cloudkicker – Let Yourself Be Huge

Frankly, I'm just as surprised as you are. Ben Sharp, known to many only as Cloudkicker, had warned earlier this year that he was not ... read more

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Cloudkicker – Loop

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 8:01 a.m.

Cloudkicker – Loop

Following the release of Beacons in 2010, musician Ben Sharp began releasing a series of short, acoustic instrumental loops on his blog. At the time, ... read more

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Confront Hate – Diabolical Disguise of Madness

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Confront Hate – Diabolical Disguise of Madness

We all have artists we love, artists we want to emulate. That's part of what makes each person's music unique: we bring in elements of ... read more

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Crone – Endless Night

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, 4:30 a.m.

Crone – Endless Night

I lost part of my virginity to Jeff Caxide.No, not that virginity. Go get a dictionary, you sleaze. I meant that listening to Oceanic for ... read more

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Crowhurst – Aghoree

Posted July 2, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

Crowhurst – Aghoree

Some bands just don't know when to slow down. California-based dark ambient/electronic musician Crowhurst definitely falls into that category, as he and his small army ... read more

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Crypt of Kerberos – World of Myths (2012 reissue)

Posted April 1, 2013, 11:36 p.m.

Crypt of Kerberos – World of Myths (2012 reissue)

Ever heard of Crypt of Kerberos? No? Well get ready to be schooled in one of the greatest forgotten relics of the early tech death ... read more

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Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Posted May 6, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Isis were the undisputed kings of post-metal, reaching levels of perfection with their music literally unheard of before. But even though they've been retired from the ... read more

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Cynic – The Portal Tapes

Posted July 30, 2012, 4:12 p.m.

Cynic – The Portal Tapes

In order for me to talk about this album, you're going to need some [CONTEXT].If there's one thing I absolutely hate about Cynic, it's their ... read more

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Dead To A Dying World – Self Titled

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, 9:50 a.m.

Dead To A Dying World – Self Titled

I went into this review fully intending to give this band the middle finger. I can't exactly explain my thoughts behind this, but I can ... read more

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Deathmøle – Meade's Army

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 12:59 p.m.

Deathmøle – Meade's Army

Jeph Jacques may be primarily a cartoonist, but he's somehow managed to turn that profession into an outlet for his musical passions as well, crafting ... read more

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Dessa – Parts Of Speech

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:21 p.m.

Dessa – Parts Of Speech

A while back, I asked a friend of mine to introduce me to some new music. I was feeling burnt out on my usual prog ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 10:51 a.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction

There should have been no way to fuck this up.So imagine you've set out to write a progressive metal album, and your aim is to ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

Posted Sept. 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud

You may never suspect it, but listening to the catalogue of Canadian musician Devin Townsend will cause you to run the gamut of extreme metal, ... read more

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Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

Posted Aug. 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

So here it is, the final album in the highly awaited Devin Townsend Project tetralogy. Three other releases have led up to this album, the ... read more

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Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora's Piñata

Posted May 21, 2012, 8:19 p.m.

Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora's Piñata

Though they're definitely much more accessible than some of their peers, the Diablo Swing Orchestra are without a doubt one of the best avant-garde metal ... read more

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Dirge – Elysian Magnetic Fields

Posted July 4, 2011, 10:10 a.m.

Dirge – Elysian Magnetic Fields

Dirge, the self-described 'neurotic post-core' band from France, may have gotten just a bit big for their britches. Ever since Blight and Vision Below a ... read more

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Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun

Posted April 16, 2012, 8:26 a.m.

Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun

The things I like about this album start with the art itself; guitarist Mick Turner's beautiful artwork perfectly captures his music's mood and sound. In ... read more

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Dragonforce – The Power Within

Posted April 30, 2012, 12:05 p.m.

Dragonforce – The Power Within

Okay, I'll just come out and say it--I like DragonForce.I know, I know; just saying 'DragonForce' is a one-liner joke in of itself. Whether its ... read more

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Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:29 p.m.

Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events

A dramatic turn of events, indeed. Anyone who's been following the soap opera that has been Dream Theater's existence over the past year would believe ... read more

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Ef – Ceremonies

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:50 p.m.

Ef – Ceremonies

Ef are an unusual band, and not just for their inexplicable fear of breaking their precious consonant-to-vowel ratio. Their take on the inexorably-expanding post-rock scene ... read more

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Efrim Menuck – Plays "High Gospel"

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, 1 p.m.

Efrim Menuck – Plays

Thank goodness I have musical OCD. I likely would not have even known this album existed if not for my compulsion to check and re-check ... read more

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Self Titled (Re-Issue)

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:14 p.m.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Self Titled (Re-Issue)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, in addition to being amongst the first and most recognizable supergroups ever, have somewhat of a divided reputation. Either they're the ... read more

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Re-Issue)

Posted Jan. 7, 2013, 3:15 p.m.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (Re-Issue)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, in addition to being amongst the first and most recognizable supergroups ever, have somewhat of a divided reputation. Either they're the ... read more

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Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

Posted April 23, 2013, 12:18 a.m.

Ensemble Pearl – Self Titled

It's genuinely hard for me to get excited about supergroups in general--they're almost never as good as the sum of their parts. And unfortunately, despite ... read more

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Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:10 a.m.

Feersum Ennjin – Feersum Ennjin

I really hate being heavily reliant on comparisons to past work in order to form a judgement, but in the case of Paul D'Amour (aka ... read more

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Flying Colors – Self Titles

Posted Feb. 4, 2013, 11:38 p.m.

Flying Colors – Self Titles

It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. After leaving what was probably the best drumming gig one could ... read more

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Forge Of Clouds – Self Titled

Posted Nov. 14, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Forge Of Clouds – Self Titled

I'd like to invite you to look at the cover art of Forge of Clouds for just a moment. This is one of the few ... read more

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Fragarak – Crypts of Dissimulation

Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:34 p.m.

Fragarak – Crypts of Dissimulation

Indian quintet Fragark have one of the bossest names for a death metal band ever. (Cheat sheet: it comes from the name of the sword ... read more

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From Oceans to Autumn – Pareto Analysis II: The Vital Few

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:46 p.m.

From Oceans to Autumn  – Pareto Analysis II: The Vital Few

From Oceans to Autumn is a band that I was surprised was not on my post-metal radar. They have a surprisingly prolific (and notably high-quality) ... read more

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Ghost – Infestissumam

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:31 p.m.

Ghost – Infestissumam

Swedish heavy metal/doom band Ghost (who I adamantly refuse to call "Ghost B.C.", vague American "legal reasons" be damned) made quite a splash on the ... read more

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Giant Squid – Cenotes

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:17 p.m.

Giant Squid – Cenotes

Well, that was a short album. At only thirty-five minutes long, doom/sludge metal group Giant Squid have almost halved the runtime of their previous album, ... read more

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Gojira – L'Enfant Sauvage

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:54 a.m.

Gojira – L'Enfant Sauvage

If there's any band that defies easy description, it has to be French progressive metal band Gojira. Featuring influences and techniques from a variety of ... read more

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Grey Storia – Martonic

Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:39 p.m.

Grey Storia – Martonic

With their humble roots set in friendly jam sessions, American post-rock band theLakeSuperior recorded their first three demos back in the spring of 2011. Just ... read more

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Haiku Salut – Tricolore

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:09 p.m.

Haiku Salut – Tricolore

To say Haiku Salut are an odd ensemble would fall several metres short of the mark, judging by their 2013 release Tricolore.Their music has influences from ... read more

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Heinali – Air

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

Heinali – Air

I really wish I had the chance to review more classical music. While I don't consider myself an expert on the genre, I always find ... read more

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Henryspenncer – Saturn

Posted May 20, 2013, 9:34 p.m.

Henryspenncer  – Saturn

After enjoying the light, acoustic stylings of Seabuckthorn, I started checking out Bookmaker records for some similarly oriented artists. That's how I found myself stumbling upon ... read more

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Horseback – Half Blood

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

Horseback – Half Blood

I remember distinctly the first time I was introduced to Horseback. It was by their 2012 album Half Blood, and I'm told that my experiences ... read more

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Human Sculpture – Our World / Torn Down

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, 4:02 a.m.

Human Sculpture – Our World / Torn Down

Debut EPs rarely tend to be that standout. Most of the time, it will just present a band's core sound, as if to say “here ... read more

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Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2

Posted May 16, 2012, 9:03 a.m.

Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick 2

If there's anything movies have taught us, it's that sequels almost always suck in comparison to the original. While there aren't nearly as many sequels ... read more

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Ice Dragon – The Soul's Midnight

Posted July 15, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Ice Dragon – The Soul's Midnight

As far as downright ass-dirty stoner metal goes, Ice Dragon are amongst the best. Their latest EP, The Soul's Midnight, sounds absolutely disgusting, and I mean ... read more

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Interviews: Anders Johansson (Diablo Swing Orchestra)

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, 6:56 a.m.

Interviews: Anders Johansson (Diablo Swing Orchestra)

If you happened to read our review of Diablo Swing Orchestra's Pandora's Piñata, then you'll know that we here at SPB think pretty highly of ... read more

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Interviews: Marc Euvrie (The Eye of Time)

Posted May 6, 2012, 6 p.m.

Interviews: Marc Euvrie (The Eye of Time)

SPB was recently presented with the opportunity to talk with Marc Euvrie, the man behind the excellent album The Eye of Time. Unfortunately, your writer ... read more

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Interviews: The National Lights

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 1:55 p.m.

Interviews: The National Lights

Way back in the far gone year of 2005, Jacob Berns and Chris Kiehne got together to record a small set of songs that, beyond ... read more

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Interviews: The Ocean

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 5:17 p.m.

Interviews: The Ocean

The Ocean is a monstrous band--and not just by their formidable reputation. The band has seen scores of members come and go over their life ... read more

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Ira – These Are The Arms

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 11:46 a.m.

Ira – These Are The Arms

I hate writing about underwhelming releases, always because I feel like I'm slighting the artist, even if I respect them as a band. That's why ... read more

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Isis – Celestial (Re-Issue)

Posted Sept. 9, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Isis – Celestial (Re-Issue)

I could make a career out of doing reviews of Isis reissues. But what makes reviewing Celestial so difficult is that it is already a legendary album, to the point where everything ... read more

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Isis – Live I 9.23.03

Posted June 6, 2011, 10:30 a.m.

Isis – Live I 9.23.03

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

Posted July 30, 2012, 3:57 p.m.

Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.02

Posted June 13, 2011, 3:48 a.m.

Isis – Live.02

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.03

Posted June 20, 2011, 2:46 a.m.

Isis – Live.03

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.04

Posted June 27, 2011, 10:04 a.m.

Isis – Live.04

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Live.05

Posted July 4, 2011, 10:03 a.m.

Isis – Live.05

A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of ... read more

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Isis – Temporal

Posted March 19, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Isis – Temporal

I absolutely love Isis--I can't get enough of that perfectly executed ambient/sludge mix that they've come to be known for. And for someone like me ... read more

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Ivanhoe – Systematrix

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:37 p.m.

Ivanhoe – Systematrix

You'd think a band named after Sir Walter Scott's most famous work would tend towards the contemplative (or, at least, the historically literate). But judging ... read more

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James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:32 p.m.

James LaBrie  – Impermanent Resonance

Apparently, James LaBrie (vocalist for progressive metal gods Dream Theater) has a pretty satisfying solo career. I wasn't aware of this until doing some research, but ... read more

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Junius – Reports from the Threshold of Death

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:21 p.m.

Junius – Reports from the Threshold of Death

I will say this: Junius' newest album Reports from the Threshold of Death is certainly a unique release. But that's really the totality of positive ... read more

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Justin Bieber – Believe (Deluxe version)

Posted Jan. 26, 2013, 3:23 p.m.

Justin Bieber – Believe (Deluxe version)

Editor's Note: Sarah went mysteriously missing before she could complete her review of this album. However, her therapist provided Scene Point Blank with the complete ... read more

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Kayo Dot – Hubardo

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 10:59 p.m.

Kayo Dot – Hubardo

It starts off inconspicuously enough, a series of instrumental swells that set the sombre and dark mood for the rest of the album. And then ... read more

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Kerretta – Saansilo

Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 1:06 p.m.

Kerretta – Saansilo

Though the artist/album title combination features enough frustratingly doubled letters to require this review to be rewritten no less than five times, New Zealand instrumental ... read more

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Kevin Hufnagel – Transparencies

Posted July 16, 2012, 11:37 a.m.

Kevin Hufnagel – Transparencies

For those of you that don't recognize the name, Kevin Hufnagel is actually a fairly prolific musician, playing in technical and progressive metal bands like ... read more

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Khuda – Iecava

Posted May 9, 2011, 3:29 a.m.

Khuda – Iecava

Khuda are extremely good at making me feel uncomfortable in new and interesting ways. For only two people, Tom Brooke and Steve Myles have done ... read more

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Killington Fall – Keep Your Eyes To The Sea

Posted April 9, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

Killington Fall – Keep Your Eyes To The Sea

I've reached the point where most post-rock albums start to sound the same. While I won't say I'm completely blasé, unless a band is pulling ... read more

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Kovlo – Hey Mom, Where's Timbuktu?

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:43 p.m.

Kovlo – Hey Mom, Where's Timbuktu?

Swiss post-rockers Kovlo have quietly released two albums over their career, beginning with their debut A new position for the second degree burn in 2005 ... read more

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Kronos Quartet – Music of Vladimir Martynov

Posted March 12, 2012, 1:32 p.m.

Kronos Quartet – Music of Vladimir Martynov

Now, I'm no stranger to long music, but it still astounds me that there are only three pieces on this nearly 70-minute album. I suppose ... read more

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Labels: Basick to partner with Prosthetic

Posted Jan. 17, 2012, 2:57 a.m.

European/UK-based metal label Basick Records has announced that they will be partnering with US-based Prosthetic Records. According to their website, "The deal...will see all of BASICK’s forthcoming releases and selected back catalog serviced via SONY’s RED Distribution." The first Basick release in North America will be Chimp Spanner's newest release, ... read more

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Lento – Live Recording 8-10-11

Posted July 30, 2012, 4:11 p.m.

Lento – Live Recording 8-10-11

When a band releases a live album, there's usually some great importance behind it, whether it be documenting an important performance, showing off some otherwise ... read more

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Leprous – Coal

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:32 a.m.

Leprous – Coal

Leprous have an odd claim to fame—they serve as the live backing for fellow Norwegian metalhead Ihsahn (who, in turn, is known for his time as the ... read more

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Lesbian – Forestelevsion

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:14 p.m.

Lesbian – Forestelevsion

Talk about false advertising. As far as I can tell, the self-described "PsychoProgDoom" band Lesbian is based out of Seattle, not the Aegean island. Putting ... read more

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Lifeforms – Multidimensional

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:48 p.m.

Lifeforms – Multidimensional

I have made some questionable decisions in my lifetime, such as sticking a fork into a live electrical socket, investing in Bernard Madoff, and (briefly) ... read more

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Lionize – Superczar and the Vulture

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Lionize – Superczar and the Vulture

I rarely listen to music that isn't at least fifteen minutes long per song or lacks internal movement titles, so when I received Lionize's Superczar ... read more

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Lockerbie – Ólgusjór

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:02 a.m.

Lockerbie – Ólgusjór

I'll admit, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album quite as much as I did. Though it's not perfect, Lockerbie's 2011 release Ólgusjór is something ... read more

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Long Distance Calling – Self Titled

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:46 a.m.

Long Distance Calling – Self Titled

Long Distance Calling are everything that Mogwai wants to be and can't exactly accomplish. They artfully blend elements of progressive rock, post-metal and even alternarock ... read more

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Long Distance Calling – The Flood Inside

Posted June 24, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

Long Distance Calling – The Flood Inside

German rockers Long Distance Calling have always occupied an interesting musical space—though they started out unabashedly as a post-metal act, their slow slide into post-rock ... read more

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MP3s: Anneke van Giersbergen streaming new solo album

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 10:34 p.m.

Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen is currently streaming her newest studio album, Everything is Changing, which is due out 20 January on PIAS. Van Giersbergen has a prolific history as a collaborative artist, working with artists like Devin Townsend, Ayreon, and Giant Squid, as well a large history with her ... read more

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MP3s: Blueneck offer entire discography for free download

Posted May 16, 2012, 7:35 p.m.

MP3s: Blueneck offer entire discography for free download

Post-rockers Blueneck have released their entire discography for free donwload through the website of their label, Denovali. This includes all three of their releases, The ... read more

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MP3s: Karnviool release new song

Posted May 20, 2013, 3:28 p.m.

Australian progressive rock band Karnivool have released a new track, "The Refusal", their first piece of fresh material in four years. You can listen to it over at Metal Injection, where it's available for free download. The song is the first track from their upcoming album, though they've been playing it ... read more

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MP3s: Pelican release first track from new EP for free download

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, 9:05 a.m.

Pelican have released the first song from their upcoming EP Ataraxia/Taraxis titled "Lathe Biosas". You can stream and download the song here. read more

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MP3s: Senmuth releases three new albums

Posted Feb. 4, 2012, 1:49 p.m.

MP3s: Senmuth releases three new albums

Russian artist Senmuth has released three new albums: Scientific Obscurantism, an industrial album; ???????? 6, an ethnic dark ambient album, and Sen En Mut, another ... read more

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MP3s: The Gathering release new single for free download

Posted May 28, 2012, 9:21 p.m.

MP3s: The Gathering release new single for free download

Dutch progressive rock band The Gathering have released the song 'Meltdown' for free download. The song is the second single to be released from their ... read more

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MP3s: Zombi release free remix album via Amazon MP3

Posted Oct. 20, 2011, 12:13 a.m.

MP3s: Zombi release free remix album via Amazon MP3

Pittsburgh-based space rock duo Zombi have released a free remix EP via Amazon MP3. The EP consists of four remixes of the track "Slow Oscillations," ... read more

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Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:45 p.m.

Marillion – Sounds That Can't Be Made

All bands have an expiry date; some bands are just more aware of that fact than others. And when an act has been around as ... read more

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Mastodon – The Hunter

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:16 a.m.

Mastodon – The Hunter

I was a bit of a latecomer to the Mastodon party. I hadn't discovered them until Crack the Skye, and from that, you can imagine ... read more

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Maudlin Of The Well – Bath (Re-Issue)

Posted June 18, 2012, 3:18 p.m.

Maudlin Of The Well – Bath (Re-Issue)

I think I can tell you the exact moment my perception of music changed. It was a complete Gestalt switch, an utter reconception of the ... read more

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Maudlin Of The Well – Leaving Your Body Map (Re-Issue)

Posted June 18, 2012, 3:19 p.m.

Maudlin Of The Well – Leaving Your Body Map (Re-Issue)

(This excessive treatise is continued from my review of Bath)You can already tell the second album is going to be different from how it opens. ... read more

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Mental Architects – Celebrations

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:41 a.m.

Mental Architects – Celebrations

Though I hadn't heard of Bulgarian math rockers Mental Architects myself, as soon as I heard their 2012 album Celebrations, I knew they weren't your average ... read more

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Meshuggah – Koloss

Posted April 23, 2012, 9:57 a.m.

Meshuggah – Koloss

Meshuggah is one of those bands I have an unnatural reverence for. Ever since I first heard Nothing, I've been in perpetual awe of their ... read more

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Meshuggah – Pitch Black

Posted March 4, 2013, 11:15 p.m.

Meshuggah – Pitch Black

Yeah, I didn't quite believe it either. Though they released the full-length Koloss less than a year ago, Meshuggah seem to think that's too long for fans ... read more

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Metallica – Beyond Magnetic

Posted Feb. 6, 2012, 1:33 p.m.

Metallica – Beyond Magnetic

Long story short: Beyond Magnetic is a collection of four tracks recorded for, and left off of, Metallica's 2008 album Death Magnetic. Dull description? Yes. ... read more

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Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Posted Aug. 1, 2011, 4:11 a.m.

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai is a band that is extremely difficult to like. Though they are one of the cornerstone bands of the post-rock genre, their discography lacks ... read more

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Moth – Endlessly in Motion

Posted July 15, 2013, 8:48 p.m.

Moth – Endlessly in Motion

The short-form progressive album seems to be a dying art. Bands who venture into the genre are few and far between; more infrequent still are ... read more

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Mouth of the Architect – Dawning

Posted June 11, 2013, 7:52 a.m.

Mouth of the Architect – Dawning

Mouth of the Architect isn't a name heard nearly as often as it should. They have an impressive discography under their belt--releases like their split ... read more

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Music News: First annual Progressive Music Awards announces nominees

Posted July 4, 2012, 4:59 a.m.

Music News: First annual Progressive Music Awards announces nominees

Prog Magazine has announced the nominees for the first annual Progressive Music Awards, to be held in London this September. The awards include categories for ... read more

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Music: Top 5 Most Iconic Post / Math Rock Album Covers (The Set List)

Posted Feb. 1, 2012, 7:25 a.m.

Music: Top 5 Most Iconic Post / Math Rock Album Covers (The Set List)

5 Battles -- Mirrored (2007) Battles' sound is incredibly difficult to define. While they are firmly rooted in math rock, their incredibly unorthodox and lighthearted ... read more

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Music: Top 5 Progressive Album Covers (The Set List)

Posted Nov. 16, 2011, 7:14 a.m.

Music: Top 5 Progressive Album Covers (The Set List)

Here at SPB we're big fans of pointing out poor cover art, but we're less good at highlighting the classics of the medium. In this ... read more

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Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within II: Synchronicity

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:28 a.m.

Mutiny Within – Mutiny Within II: Synchronicity

After releasing their striking eponymous debut in 2010, Mutiny Within were subsequently driven to disbandment by drastically lower than expected sales. Oddly enough, this wasn't ... read more

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Mårran – Mårran

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:03 a.m.

Mårran – Mårran

Mårran are a traditional rock band out of Sweden, playing only the most barebones, no-frills hard rock possible. They take their name from the Groke, ... read more

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Nero di Marte – Self Titled

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

Nero di Marte – Self Titled

I'm eternally grateful to a close friend of mine for telling me to check out a little Italian quartet called Nero di Marte. If he ... read more

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No Consequence – IO

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:27 p.m.

No Consequence – IO

The djent movement is still the "next big thing" in metal music, meaning that there are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of new ... read more

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North – The Great Silence

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

North – The Great Silence

I have to say, this one particular album took a while to grow on me. But it soon struck me that the new release from ... read more

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NunFuckRitual – In Bondage To The Serpent

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

NunFuckRitual – In Bondage To The Serpent

Just look at that album cover. It's stuff like this, guys, that explain why we can't have nice things. Good thing I'm not religious, or ... read more

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OSI – Fire Make Thunder

Posted April 9, 2012, 1:54 p.m.

OSI – Fire Make Thunder

OSI are extremely tough to nail down, and that's not just because they seem to have ins with every major progressive band in the books. ... read more

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Om – Addis Dubplate

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Om – Addis Dubplate

Everyone's favourite stoner rock band with a flair for the religious Om has been on a roll lately, releasing the incredible Advaitic Songs just last year. But ... read more

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Om – Advaitic Songs

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:42 p.m.

Om – Advaitic Songs

Om is one of those offshoot bands that wound up better than it had any right to be. Borne from the ashes of stoner metal ... read more

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Om – Gethsemane Dubplate

Posted July 29, 2013, 11 p.m.

Om – Gethsemane Dubplate

Everyone's favourite stoner rock band with a flair for the religious Om has been on a roll lately, releasing the incredible Advaitic Songs just last year. But ... read more

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Omega Massif – Karpatia

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

Omega Massif – Karpatia

Holy shit.Let me put the rest of this review in context. The day I discovered post-metal was the day I was told to listen to ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Aeon Zen

Posted Feb. 10, 2014, 9:51 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Aeon Zen

Rich Hinks (Aeon Zen) SPB: What makes a band "progressive"? Hinks: Progressive music, to me, is more of a mindset than a determined style. More ... read more

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One Question Interviews: From Oceans to Autumn

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 9:37 p.m.

One Question Interviews: From Oceans to Autumn

Brandon Helms, guitar (From Oceans to Autumn) SPB: Whose idea was it to make an album based on Pareto analysis? Helms: Pareto Analysis was our ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Ice Dragon

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 7:49 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Ice Dragon

Ron Rochondo (Ice Dragon) SPB: How much recording time is spent purposefully making your music sound artfully dirty, and how much of it is pure ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Lesbian

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 9:09 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Lesbian

Lesbian SPB: Is your band name in reference to the sexual orientation, the Greek island, any of the three ships that bore the name SS ... read more

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One Question Interviews: True Widow

Posted Sept. 18, 2014, 1:28 p.m.

One Question Interviews: True Widow

Dan (True Widow) SPB: Are genre labels important to assign to music?  Dan: I don't think genre labels are important. I do think they are ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Vultress

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 10:10 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Vultress

Chucho (Vultress) SPB: What is your assessment of the current status of progressive rock as a genre? Chucho: I would say that progressive music is ... read more

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Orchestre de Trenos – Critique of Musical Reason

Posted Sept. 16, 2013, 11:17 p.m.

Orchestre de Trenos – Critique of Musical Reason

Let's talk about cajones for a minute.Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, aside from being a formidable, densely written, obtuse tome, is one of the most ... read more

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Ormen Lange – Black

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:43 p.m.

Ormen Lange – Black

Chicagoan quartet Ormen Lange (probably named after the mightiest Viking longship, not the natural gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf) are far from a ... read more

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Palms – Self Titled

Posted June 11, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

Palms – Self Titled

Isis may have disbanded in 2010, but that's far from the last we've heard from its members. Though many of them have joined other bands, they have mostly stayed separate from one ... read more

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Periphery – Periphery 2: This Time It's Personal

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, 1:01 p.m.

Periphery – Periphery 2: This Time It's Personal

I don't have a good history with Periphery. Their debut album, though it had a few good moments, left a very sour taste in my ... read more

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Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (Experience Edition)

Posted Jan. 4, 2012, 3:53 a.m.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (Experience Edition)

'Oh great,' you're probably thinking, 'another critic on the Internet with her head up her own ass talking about this fucking Pink Floyd album again. ... read more

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Pink Floyd – The Wall (Experience Edition)

Posted April 18, 2012, 11:13 a.m.

Pink Floyd – The Wall (Experience Edition)

The last of the three major Pink Floyd albums to be expanded and reissued is their 1979 double-album opus The Wall. If you haven't heard ... read more

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition)

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:19 p.m.

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Experience Edition)

I'm really quite thankful that the Why Pink Floyd...? remaster campaign has made it to Wish You Were Here so soon. It has aged incredibly ... read more

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Pirate – Left Of Mind

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:26 a.m.

Pirate – Left Of Mind

How on Earth do you achieve a goal as lofty and vaguely-defined as “to break out of the norm and push boundaries?” Well, Sydney-based progressive ... read more

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Pomegranate Tiger – Entities

Posted April 9, 2013, 12:23 a.m.

Pomegranate Tiger – Entities

Canadian musicians Pomegranate Tiger are quite hard to pigeonhole. On the surface, they play an intensely confusing variety of proggy instrumetal that takes technicality to ... read more

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Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:13 a.m.

Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

As far as supergroups go, I could probably count the number of successful ones on one hand. And, quite frankly, that's using as broad and ... read more

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Primus – Green Naugahyde

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 1:01 p.m.

Primus – Green Naugahyde

I, for one, thought Primus were officially dead in regards to new material. Their last studio album was 1999's Antipop before they went on hiatus, ... read more

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Princess Music – Odobenidae

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Princess Music – Odobenidae

Princess Music's members all hail from various chamber orchestras, which would lead you to believe that their debut would be a collection of classical recordings. ... read more

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Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:29 a.m.

Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole

You can stop staring at your watch with misplaced optimism; there's still no news from Tool on their fifth album, and A Perfect Circle have ... read more

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Puscifer – Donkey Punch The Night

Posted April 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Puscifer – Donkey Punch The Night

I first became aware of Maynard James Keenan's solo work through his latest studio album, Conditions of My Parole, which immediately sold me with its incredibly ... read more

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Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:37 p.m.

Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

I usually don't have the time to listen to all of the albums sent to us by every Tom, Dick and Harry around, so I ... read more

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Random – Todo.s los colores del

Posted Nov. 21, 2011, 9:02 a.m.

Random – Todo.s los colores del

I really wish I could describe Argentinian three-piece Random's sound to you. Their Facebook page lists their genre as 'extreme prog metal,' but that label ... read more

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Records: Baroness announce third studio album

Posted April 11, 2012, 9:11 a.m.

Records: Baroness announce third studio album

Sludge metal band Baroness have officially announced via their Facebook page their third studio album, Yellow & Green. The album will be released on 17 ... read more

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Records: Baroness release album art, tracklisting for Yellow & Green

Posted April 25, 2012, 2:02 a.m.

Records: Baroness release album art, tracklisting for Yellow & Green

Sludge metallers Baroness have revealed via their website (which is down at the time of this writing) the tracklisting and artwork for their upcoming album ... read more

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Records: Battles announce remix compilation album

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 2:36 a.m.

Indie math-rockers Battles have announced that they are releasing a compilation of remixes from their latest album, Gloss Drop. The new album, tilted Dross Glop, will be released on 16/17 April by Warp records and, apropriately, will feature all of the songs previously released in Battles' vinyl-only Dross Glop remix ... read more

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Records: Big Black Delta streaming new single

Posted Feb. 11, 2013, 8:50 p.m.

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, is streaming his newest single, "Side of the Road", over at MTV Hive. You can listen to the vaguely trance-like electronica noise-pop track here. read more

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Records: Cloudkicker announces new album

Posted July 28, 2012, 7:12 a.m.

Records: Cloudkicker announces new album

Ohio-based Internet musican Ben Sharp, also known as Cloudkicker, has announced his next studio album, Fade. It is set to be released next month, though ... read more

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Records: Cloudkicker to release two new albums

Posted Nov. 6, 2011, 1:23 a.m.

Records: Cloudkicker to release two new albums

Instrumental progressive metal artist Cloudkicker has announced via his tumblr that he is going to be releasing two new albums on 22 November. The first, ... read more

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Records: Devin Townsend Project to release box set

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 2:07 a.m.

Records: Devin Townsend Project to release box set

Following the culmination of their releases, the Devin Townsend Project have announced the release of a box set, Contain Us, due out 29 November through ... read more

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Records: Diablo Swing Orchestra announce tracklisting for Pandora's Piñata

Posted Jan. 18, 2012, 8:55 a.m.

Records: Diablo Swing Orchestra announce tracklisting for Pandora's Piñata

The Diablo Swing Orchestra have announced the tracklsiting for their third album, Pandora's Piñata, along with the rear cover art of the album. Hit the ... read more

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Records: Dream Theater announce new record

Posted June 6, 2013, 11:32 a.m.

Records: Dream Theater announce new record

Roadrunner has announced the newest studio album from American progressive metal band Dream Theater. The eponymously titled Dream Theater, the band's twelfth studio album, will ... read more

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Records: Dream Theater reveal cover art, tracklisting of new album

Posted July 9, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

Records: Dream Theater reveal cover art, tracklisting of new album

American prog metal band Dream Theater have revealed some delightfully pretentious details of their upcopming eponymous release. In addition to the minimalist cover art, the ... read more

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Records: Dream Theater to release Metropolis Pt. 2 on vinyl

Posted Oct. 22, 2011, 8:28 a.m.

Records: Dream Theater to release Metropolis Pt. 2 on vinyl

American progressive metal band Dream Theater have announced the first release of their 1999 album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory on vinyl. It ... read more

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Records: Feist and Mastodon plan split 7"

Posted Dec. 1, 2011, 6:28 a.m.

Sludge metal band Mastodon and indie rocker Feist have announced that they plan to release a split 7" single. As Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders described it, "The idea is for Mastodon to cover a Feist song and throw some hair and dirt on it... They're going to take a Mastodon ... read more

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Records: Giant Squid stream new album, Cenotes

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, 7:18 p.m.

Records: Giant Squid stream new album, Cenotes

San Francisco post-metal group Giant Squid are currently streaming their third album, Cenotes, via NPR. The album is due out 25 October on Translation Loss ... read more

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Records: Gojira announce fifth album details

Posted April 4, 2012, 7:38 a.m.

Records: Gojira announce fifth album details

French extreme metal band Gojira have announced via their website the details for their  upcoming fifth studio album. The album, to be titled L'enfant Sauvage ... read more

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Records: Gojira streaming new single

Posted April 27, 2012, 4:11 a.m.

Records: Gojira streaming new single

Pitchfork is streaming the first single from French metallers Gojira's newest album. The song, titled "L'Enfant Sauvage", is the first to be released from the ... read more

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Records: Ian Anderson streaming Thick as a Brick 2

Posted March 26, 2012, 4:34 a.m.

Records: Ian Anderson streaming Thick as a Brick 2

Jethro Tull flautist and frontman Ian Anderson is currently streaming his new album Thick as a Brick 2 via Jethro Tull's Facebook page. The album ... read more

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Records: Jónsi announces new soundtrack details

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 3:18 a.m.

Records: Jónsi announces new soundtrack details

Jón Þór Birgisson, lead guitarist and vocalist for Iceland and also known for his solo work as Jónsi, has announced the details for his soundtrack ... read more

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Records: Karnviool announce details of third album; release music video

Posted June 14, 2013, 10:35 a.m.

Records: Karnviool announce details of third album; release music video

Australian prog rockers Karnivool have just released a whole mess of details on their upcoming album. Asymmetry will have fourteen tracks spread over 67 minutes, ... read more

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Records: Krokmitën announce release date for "BWV565 Redux"

Posted May 12, 2012, 11:11 a.m.

Records: Krokmitën announce release date for

Montréal tech death band Krokmitën have announced the release date for their new piece, "BWV565 Redux". The EP will be released for free download on 21 ... read more

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Records: Lionize announce new album, release single for download

Posted Nov. 1, 2011, 10:47 a.m.

Records: Lionize announce new album, release single for download

Reggae rock band Lionize have announced the release of their fifth studio album, Superczar and the Vulture. The album will be released on 6 December ... read more

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Records: Machinae Supremacy allow free download of first studio album

Posted Nov. 13, 2011, 3:43 a.m.

Records: Machinae Supremacy allow free download of first studio album

Power metal band Machinae Supremacy have announced that, "to celebrate 20,000+ likes on Facebook," they are releasing their first studio album, Deus ex Machinae, for ... read more

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Records: Meshuggah announce release date for new album

Posted Jan. 4, 2012, 3:30 a.m.

Records: Meshuggah announce release date for new album

Meshuggah have announced that their as of yet untitled seventh studio album will be released via Nuclear Blast records on 27 March. It will be ... read more

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Records: Meshuggah reveal details of new album

Posted Jan. 17, 2012, 12:20 a.m.

Records: Meshuggah reveal details of new album

Meshuggah have unveiled the album art, tracklisting, and title for their seventh studio album. The album will be titled Koloss, which is Swedish for "colossus" ... read more

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Records: Meshuggah to release new EP through Scion A/V

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

Records: Meshuggah to release new EP through Scion A/V

Scion A/V has announced via their Facebook that they will be releasing a new EP from djent pioneers Meshuggah next Tuesday (5 February, if you're ... read more

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Records: OSI announce new album

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, 12:21 a.m.

Records: OSI announce new album

OSI, a collaboration between ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore and Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, have annoucned their fourth album, titled Fire Make Thunder. The ... read more

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Records: Puscifer streaming second album, Conditions of My Parole

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, 7:42 a.m.

Records: Puscifer streaming second album, Conditions of My Parole

Spin.com is currently streaming Puscifer's second studio album, Conditons of My Parole. The album is set to be released a week from now on 18 ... read more

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Records: Rammstein to release retrospective

Posted Nov. 3, 2011, 2:01 a.m.

Records: Rammstein to release retrospective

German industrial rock band Rammstein have announced the release of a new retropsective album, Made in Germany 1995-2011. It will be released via Vagrant Records ... read more

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Records: Rush release details on new studio album

Posted April 11, 2012, 2:17 a.m.

Records: Rush release details on new studio album

Canadian progressive rockers Rush have announced details via their website for their upcoming nineteenth studio album, Clockwork Angels. The album, set for release on 12 ... read more

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Records: Sigur Rós streaming new record

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:08 p.m.

Records: Sigur Rós streaming new record

Icelandic band Sigur Rós are streaming their new record Valtari, due for release later this month, with a twist. Each time zone will get to ... read more

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Records: Troubled Coast announce fourth release details

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, 10:26 a.m.

Records: Troubled Coast announce fourth release details

Post-hardcore band Troubled Coast have announced their fourth release, I've Been Thinking About Leaving You, their release with Pure Noise Records. It will hit stores ... read more

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Records: UpCDownC release new digital EP, music video

Posted March 26, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

Records: UpCDownC release new digital EP, music video

Post-rockers UpCDownC have just released a new digital five-track EP today titled Christmas 86. The album features four new tracks as well as the title ... read more

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Records: Vildhjarta release cover, tracklisting for debut album

Posted Oct. 6, 2011, 12:32 a.m.

Records: Vildhjarta release cover, tracklisting for debut album

Djent band Vildhjarta have released the cover art and tracklisting for their debut album, måsstaden, via their Facebook page. The album will be released on ... read more

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Records: Vildhjarta release new EP teaser

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 9:36 a.m.

Avant garde/math metal band Vildhjarta have released a second teaser from their upcoming EP, 'Thousands of Evils'. This comes four months after the release of their first teaser in September, though there is still no confirmed release date for the EP. read more

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Records: Wintersun announce more details on Time

Posted May 29, 2012, 7:22 p.m.

Records: Wintersun announce more details on Time

Finnish folk/melodeath/power metal band Wintersun have finally announced some more details regarding their long-delayed sophomore release, Time. Delayed since 2006, the album will finally see ... read more

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Records: Yes announce new live album

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 8:47 a.m.

Records: Yes announce new live album

Progressive rock group Yes have announced the release of their new live album In the Present - Live from Lyon. The album will be released ... read more

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Records: krokmitën to cover Bach for new track

Posted Feb. 19, 2012, 3:51 a.m.

Montreal tech-death act krokmitën have announced that they are nearly finished recording a new track, their follow-up to 2011's 46-minute "alpha-beta". The new song, titled "BWV565 Redux", is a reworking of the organ piece Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, which is attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. The ... read more

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Red Room Cinema – Apsis

Posted March 25, 2013, 11:47 p.m.

Red Room Cinema – Apsis

You know what makes me feel really good about myself? Post-rock. I'm not talking about the overwrought, nihilistic, dreary stuff (though I do like that ... read more

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Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

Posted May 14, 2013, 12:54 a.m.

Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves

Riverside is one of those surprise acts, emerging out of Poland to somehow join the ranks of Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree as one of the biggest progressive bands ... read more

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Rock on the Cowbell Slowly

Posted April 14, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

There are a few cultural constants we all come to understand depending on where we come from, and growing up in Vermont is no exception. Amongst other things, many develop an unnatural appreciation for not having to smell cow shit. More common, however, is the universal love for Ben and ... read more

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52

Posted Jan. 30, 2012, 9:40 a.m.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Area 52

Everyone's favourite thrash metal duo turned acoustic, Rodrigo y Gabriela stand out amongst their peers not only for their heavily metal-influenced Latin pieces, but also ... read more

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Royal Thunder – CVI

Posted July 9, 2012, 1:34 p.m.

Royal Thunder – CVI

Like many albums, I picked up Royal Thunder's CVI because I heard someone somewhere describe it as progressive metal. Like many of those albums, it ... read more

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Rush – Clockwork Angels

Posted June 25, 2012, 2:37 p.m.

Rush – Clockwork Angels

On some days, when I'm really brutally honest with myself, I can safely admit that all of my favourite old rock bands from the 1970s ... read more

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Rêx Mündi – IHVH

Posted March 19, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

Rêx Mündi – IHVH

Handily joining the ranks of the best French bands whose abuse of the metal ümlaüt prevents their name from being typed without excessive use of ... read more

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Sarah Deconstructs the Progressive Music Awards Nominees

Posted July 4, 2012, 9:39 a.m.

Well, it's high time that progressive music got a good, high-ish-profile awards show, and now, thanks to Prog Magazine, we have one. The bad news is that it stlil shows signs of being the fledgling event that it is. So based off of the nominees for this year, here's my ... read more

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Scale The Summit – The Collective

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, 12:24 p.m.

Scale The Summit – The Collective

I don't know about you, but a band with a name like 'Scale the Summit' evokes some pretty specific musical imagery for me--huge guitar lines, ... read more

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Scale The Summit – The Migration

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:29 p.m.

Scale The Summit – The Migration

To understand why Scale the Summit's newest release The Migration is so fascinating, you first need a bit of background:Scale the Summit's first couple of releases (Monument, Carving ... read more

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Scythia – ...Of Exile

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Scythia – ...Of Exile

I admit, I sometimes forget folk metal actually exists. Sure, I toss around the term frequently when discussing Opeth, but rarely do I ever bring ... read more

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Seabuckthorn – In Nightfall

Posted Aug. 6, 2011, 10:26 a.m.

Seabuckthorn – In Nightfall

Seabuckthorn is the one-man solo acoustic project of UK guitarist Andy Cartwright. He's listed as similar to artists like Grails, John Fahey and James Blackshaw, ... read more

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Seabuckthorn – The Silence Woke Me

Posted March 12, 2013, 1:37 a.m.

Seabuckthorn – The Silence Woke Me

I don't listen to folk music that often--not enough 7/8 if you ask me. But when I do make exceptions to that rule, it's usually ... read more

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Seed From The Geisha – Talk Peace to the Wolf

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, 8:43 a.m.

Seed From The Geisha – Talk Peace to the Wolf

Don't be turned away by the album cover! I assure you, this review has absolutely minimal content involving werwolves. Probably. I'm actually writing this introduction ... read more

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Senmuth – Bar-Do Thos-Grol

Posted March 26, 2012, 2:06 p.m.

Senmuth – Bar-Do Thos-Grol

After writing ethnic music for over half a decade at this point (over the span of one hundred and forty-three individual studio albums), it's no ... read more

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Senmuth – Hagwalah

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, 2:51 p.m.

Senmuth – Hagwalah

Russian rocker Senmuth is known for his very overt fetish for all things Near Eastern. All you have to do is look at his website, ... read more

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September Malevolence – Our Withers Unwrung

Posted June 11, 2012, 2:46 p.m.

September Malevolence – Our Withers Unwrung

There are some albums that you can just tell everyone can like, and September Malevolence's 2011 album Our Withers Unwrung is one such an album.Prominently, ... read more

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She Said Destroy – Bleeding Fiction

Posted June 4, 2012, 5:05 p.m.

She Said Destroy – Bleeding Fiction

Let's face it: a lot of the music we listen to is just plain ol' forgettable. Of course, every once in a while, an album ... read more

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Sigh – In Somniphobia

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:53 p.m.

Sigh – In Somniphobia

I don't know what it is about Japanese metal bands, but they seem to be some of the craziest of the crazy—and the most talented. ... read more

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Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:34 p.m.

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

I came to know Sigur Rós through their early material, all very long, dreamy recordings with just a hint of pop rock bliss to ground ... read more

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Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos

Posted July 23, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

Skyharbor – Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos

There aren't many ways that I can describe the emotions I get from Indian djentlemen Skyharbor's debut album, and part of the reason is that ... read more

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Sleep – Dopesmoker (Reissue)

Posted May 28, 2012, 11:12 a.m.

Sleep – Dopesmoker (Reissue)

Imagine, if you will, that doom rock band Om and a still-young drone metal band Boris got together in a hallucinogen-induced haze one night. Their ... read more

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Sleepmakeswaves – ...And So We Destroyed Everything

Posted Oct. 3, 2011, 7:37 a.m.

Sleepmakeswaves – ...And So We Destroyed Everything

All right, it's time for me to flash my hipster / indie cred. I was totally into sleepmakeswaves while they were still a small band ... read more

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Special Providence – Soul Alert

Posted April 16, 2012, 8:28 a.m.

Special Providence – Soul Alert

A lot of cool music can come from unexpected places. I’ve never been to Hungary myself, but they must be doing something right over there ... read more

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Spock's Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

Posted June 17, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

Spock's Beard –  Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

As far as modern progressive rock goes, Spock's Beard are probably the most fun band around. Flippantly named after that one episode of Star Trek that gave ... read more

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Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II

Posted July 29, 2013, 10:53 p.m.

Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II

This (entirely too long) review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. I fully admit, before I even ... read more

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Steve Reich – WTC 9/11

Posted Oct. 17, 2011, 9:03 a.m.

Steve Reich – WTC 9/11

Steve Reich occupies a weird place in modern music. He's one of the most-respected modern classical composers and right on the cusp of the avant-garde, ... read more

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Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

Posted Dec. 19, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

It's pretty easy to get inside Steven Wilson's head. It's abundantly clear from his works with Porcupine Tree that the man has a fetish for ... read more

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Steven Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Posted April 22, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Steven Wilson – The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Though they all claim lineage to the great acts of the 1970s, no modern progressive band can claim that they sound even remotely similar to ... read more

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Storm Corrosion – Self Titled

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Storm Corrosion – Self Titled

Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt are both two musicians I hold in incredibly high esteem. Wilson’s flabbergasting diversity of styles covered with Porcupine Tree or ... read more

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Subscribe – Bookmarks

Posted Jan. 9, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

Subscribe – Bookmarks

Despite having the most un-Googleable artist/album name combination in existence, the Hungarian band Subscribe have beautifully combined influences of hardcore, heavy metal, progressive rock and ... read more

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Sun Caged – The Lotus Effect

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:15 p.m.

Sun Caged – The Lotus Effect

For a band I really enjoy, it was extremely difficult for me to review the new album from Dutch progressive metal band Sun Caged, The ... read more

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Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest & The Blackbird

Posted March 19, 2013, 1:08 a.m.

Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest & The Blackbird

Swallow the Sun may have gotten into the death-doom metal craze a good decade after its peak, but even thirteen years on, they are still ... read more

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Symphony X – Iconoclast

Posted July 17, 2011, 4:08 p.m.

Symphony X – Iconoclast

Dream Theater is beginning to stagnate. Queensrÿche has jumped the shark. Nobody even knows what Devin Townsend is on anymore. In fact, it would certainly ... read more

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Tame Impala – Lonerism

Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9:11 p.m.

Tame Impala – Lonerism

This review is part of my coverage of the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, on 3 September. Australian quintet Tame Impala (whose name I insisted on ... read more

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Temple – On the Steps of the Temple

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 11:18 p.m.

Temple –  On the Steps of the Temple

There is one readily surprising thing about Arizonan post-metallers Temple: despite the loud ensemble sound projected in their music, the entire album is the result ... read more

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Tesseract – Altered State

Posted June 4, 2013, 12:56 a.m.

Tesseract – Altered State

Up until this point, TesseracT wasn't a band I held much respect for. Though a competent release, their debut album One showcased all of the worst traits ... read more

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Tesseract – One

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

Tesseract – One

Bring out the djent parade!Every single Meshuggah-loving act and their goddamn mother is releasing an album this year. Xerath released their sophomore album, Uneven Structure ... read more

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Tesseract – Perspective

Posted Sept. 3, 2012, 1:01 p.m.

Tesseract – Perspective

TesseracT made quite a splash in the djent scene with their debut last year, the aptly titled One. Though the album itself wasn't particularly impressive, ... read more

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The Cars – Move Like This

Posted Sept. 5, 2011, 3:04 a.m.

The Cars – Move Like This

I'd like to take a moment to quote Ric Ocasek, circa 1997, on the subject of The Cars reuniting at some point in the future:"I'm ... read more

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The Custodian – Necessary Wasted Time

Posted July 8, 2013, 11:48 p.m.

The Custodian – Necessary Wasted Time

Richard Thomson may be the vocalist for Xerath, but if you're expecting that same innovative blend of progressive metal, film music, and tech death in his ... read more

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The Dillinger Escape Plan – ...One Of Us Is The Killer

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:12 p.m.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – ...One Of Us Is The Killer

As a disclaimer, I am not in any way an expert on bands whose primary genre tag ends in '-core'. However, I know a fantastic ... read more

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The Enid – Invicta

Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 10:41 p.m.

The Enid – Invicta

The Enid aren't your average '70s-era progressive legacy act. Far from abandoning experimentation and growth in their age as so many of their peers are ... read more

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The Eye Of Time – Self Titled

Posted March 5, 2012, 1:55 p.m.

The Eye Of Time – Self Titled

The first thing that hits you is how beautiful the album looks. You haven't even begun to listen to it and already you're fawning over ... read more

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The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

Posted Feb. 19, 2013, 1:03 a.m.

The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

The Flower Kings is one of those bands that's been floating around my periphery for a very long time without ever coming into clear focus; ... read more

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The Korea – ????????? ?????

Posted May 7, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

The Korea – ????????? ?????

What do you expect a Russian band called 'The Korea' to sound like? I would've bet something like kitschy indy alt rock; I certainly wasn't ... read more

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The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

Posted April 23, 2012, 9:52 a.m.

The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

There are few bands as polarizing as The Mars Volta. And while I've found both good and bad in the band's discography, their recent release ... read more

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The May 4th Massacre – All Guilty

Posted Jan. 23, 2012, 12:19 p.m.

The May 4th Massacre – All Guilty

I'm still not completely sold on hardcore music, but if The May 4th Massacre's latest offering All Guilty is any indication, I may still be ... read more

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The Ocean – Pelagial

Posted June 4, 2013, 1 a.m.

The Ocean – Pelagial

The Ocean, the German post-sludge-metal act masterminded by guitarist Robin Staps, is one of the most consistently high-quality bands in metal today. Ever since Fluxion and Aeolian, Staps ... read more

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The Pirate Ship Quintet – Rope for No-Hopers

Posted July 19, 2012, 9:10 a.m.

The Pirate Ship Quintet – Rope for No-Hopers

Five years after their first EP was released, English band The Pirate Ship Quintet have finally released their debut album, 2012's Rope for No-Hopers. But ... read more

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The Progressive Music Awards II: Futile Sequence

Posted Sept. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

It's that time once again! The fabled Progressive Music Awards are tomorrow night, and I've spent the last few weeks getting myself familiar with the best of the best in this year's progressive scene. Here are my thoughts, predictions, criticisms, and general sputterings about this years' selections.ALBUM OF THE YEARI'll ... read more

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The Tangent – Le Sacre du Travail

Posted Oct. 29, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

The Tangent – Le Sacre du Travail

If there's anyone who can make the mundane interesting, it'd have to be progressive rockers The Tangent. As evidence, I cite their newest album, Le Sacre ... read more

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Traveler – Going Home

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:37 p.m.

Traveler – Going Home

All right, Traveler don't waste time, so neither will I. The Cleveland punk/melodic hardcore group write short, enjoyable pieces that are stripped down to their ... read more

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Troubled Coast – I've Been Thinking About Leaving You

Posted July 9, 2012, 1:29 p.m.

Troubled Coast – I've Been Thinking About Leaving You

I'll say, Troubled Coast are turning into one of the most steadfast bands I've heard. Their music has been on a consistent incline of musical ... read more

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Troubled Coast – Letters

Posted May 25, 2011, 10:53 a.m.

Troubled Coast – Letters

Troubled Coast are a budding group of Californian hardcore musicians with a handful of promising releases under their belt. The group produced a pair of ... read more

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True Widow – Circumambulation

Posted July 23, 2013, 12:14 a.m.

True Widow – Circumambulation

I know when I think of stoner music, I think of pot-fueled haziness, guitar theatrics straight out of the '60s, and a red-eyed three-piece to ... read more

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Ulcerate – Vermis

Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

Ulcerate – Vermis

Ulcerate are one of the few bands that can honestly claim to have invented a genre. (Well, a subgenre at any rate.) Blending equal parts ... read more

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Uneven Structure – Februus

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 7:43 a.m.

Uneven Structure – Februus

It takes a lot of chutzpah to have a double-disc debut. That doesn't seem to faze French/Swedish band Uneven Structure, as proven by their debut ... read more

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UpCDownC – Calaveras

Posted Nov. 7, 2011, 12:42 p.m.

UpCDownC – Calaveras

At the rate I'm going, I'm going to seriously depreciate the value of the phrase "like Mogwai, only better." Then again, it's not exactly my ... read more

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Various Artists – As We Draw/Euglena/Hexis

Posted May 16, 2012, 8:22 a.m.

Various Artists – As We Draw/Euglena/Hexis

Split albums generally feature artists at their best, and when they feature artists from a strong label like Throatruiner, there's almost no way to go ... read more

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Various Artists – Junius-Rosetta

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, 8:02 a.m.

Various Artists – Junius-Rosetta

Junius and Rosetta are two odd bands to select for a split. It's hard to imagine the sonic distortion of the band behind The Galilean ... read more

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Vermont Counterpoint(s)

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

The piece ended rather suddenly, almost completely without warning. The conductor held his position for a moment, then slowly brought his arms down. The theater erupted with applause as the twelve floutists slowly lowered their instruments and the conductor turned around and began surveying the audience. He took a bow ... read more

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Videos: After release music video for "Riders on the Storm"

Posted July 9, 2012, 8:33 p.m.

LA-based alt rockers After have released their music video for their cover of The Doors's "Riders on the Storm". You can see the video over at Electric Mohawk. read more

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Videos: Arjen Lucassen releases video for "E-Police"

Posted April 26, 2012, 6:50 a.m.

Videos: Arjen Lucassen releases video for

Duth rocker Arjen Lucassen, most famous for his collaborative project Ayreon, has released a music video for his song "E-Police". The song is featured on ... read more

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Videos: Gojira announce new live DVD

Posted April 26, 2012, 6:58 a.m.

Videos: Gojira announce new live DVD

French band Gojira have released a trailer for a new live concert film. Titled The Flesh Alive, it will feature footage from three different concerts ... read more

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Videos: Machinae Supremacy release new video

Posted March 1, 2013, 7:32 a.m.

Videos: Machinae Supremacy release new video

Swedish power/video game metal band Machinae Supremacy have just released the new music video for "Rise of a Digital Nation", the title track off of ... read more

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Videos: Machinae Supremacy to release concert video via The Pirate Bay

Posted Oct. 9, 2011, 1:30 a.m.

Videos: Machinae Supremacy to release concert video via The Pirate Bay

Sweedish power metal/chiptune group Machinae Supremacy have announced the release of the concert video of their Assembly 2011 perfomance via magnet link and torrent host ... read more

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Videos: Sigur Rós' new concert film premiers tonight

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, 12:45 a.m.

Videos: Sigur Rós' new concert film premiers tonight

Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós are debuting their new concert film, Inni, tonight at the Ritz Theater in Minneanapolis. Directed by Vincent Morisset, the film ... read more

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Videos: Storm Corrosion release video for "Drag Ropes"

Posted April 24, 2012, 1:13 a.m.

Videos: Storm Corrosion release video for

Storm Corrosion have revealed the video for their song "Drag Ropes". The video was created by South African stop motion animator Jess Cope and is ... read more

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Vildhjarta – måsstaden

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, 12:14 p.m.

Vildhjarta – måsstaden

Let's face it: djent is beginning to sound really, really homogeneous. Though we've known for a while that every single band in the genre is ... read more

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Voice Of Ruin – Self Titled

Posted Jan. 16, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

Voice Of Ruin – Self Titled

Believe me, I love oldschool thrash metal as much as the next person--give me early Metallica or Death any day of the week and I ... read more

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Vultress – Distance

Posted May 27, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Vultress  – Distance

Don't be fooled by the naïvely inconspicuous visage; Vultress are the real deal, and their debut release Distance has emerged out of nowhere to become one of ... read more

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We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:46 p.m.

We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Despite what they may want you to think, We're Doomed don't sound like the end of the world. They sound more like Muse took some ... read more

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We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Posted Jan. 2, 2012, 1:47 p.m.

We're Doomed – Like A Machine

Despite what they may want you to think, We're Doomed don't sound like the end of the world. They sound more like Muse took some ... read more

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Wintersun – Time I

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, 4:59 p.m.

Wintersun – Time I

Wintersun make even Godot look punctual.The Finnish black/folk/power metal band was originally conceived as a solo project for Ensiferum guitarist/vocalist Jari Mäenpää, who released its ... read more

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Yes – Fly From Here

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, 9:33 a.m.

Yes – Fly From Here

I wasn't even aware Yes was still together at this point, let alone technically the same band. I guess as long as Chris Squire is ... read more

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krokmitën – BWV565 Redux

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, 12:10 a.m.

krokmitën – BWV565 Redux

After releasing their debut alpha-beta last year, a single 45-minute track and accompanying video of unadulterated technical death metal ferocity, Montréalers krokmitën decided that the ... read more

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Æges – The Bridge

Posted June 11, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Æges – The Bridge

Los Angeles band Æges are a beautiful combination consisting of equal parts post-hardcore and sludge metal, and you can plainly hear this on their 2012 ... read more

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