Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man And The Spirit

Prog 07.04.2012

A proper recommendation of conceptual prog rock/metal is in order. A début album years in the making, beautiful and technically complex melodies, orchestrations, male and female vocals, often layered and following different leads, excellent musicianship - this is Beyond The Bridge. If you want a reference, bit of Haken's Visions might give you some footing you seek, though, don't build your expectations on that.

Hear a sample here, or a full track "The Apparition" at the homepage here.

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Dane Train, Ag Fox, Milena, Nefarious

High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

Stonersludge 04.04.2012

Nothing fancy here. The band that put the POWAH! in power trio, High On Fire, are back with another pummeling album featuring dalekian vocals, pounding drums, pummeling guitar and bass riffs, and Matt Pike's frenetic solos. Tracks like "Spiritual Rites" and "Serums Of Liao" are the sonic equivalent of a bar room brawl. Enjoy.

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Overkill - The Electric Age

Thrash 03.04.2012

Well whaddayaknow. Another good Overkill release.

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Daniell, Ag Fox, Promonex, Mr. Doctor

Anguish - Through The Archdemons Head

Candlemass Adoration 27.03.2012

Totally unashamed Candlemass worship, right down to the guitar tone, only with a Cronos-alike on vocals. Just shield your eyes when looking at that album artwork *shivers*

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Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False

Gothic / Death / Touch of Avantgarde 27.03.2012

You like female fronted gothic metal but don't want to look like a pussy? You kind of like death metal but, then again, you kind of don't? You like some experimentation in your music but want it to remain within sensible boundaries? A bit of saxophone sounds hip to you? How about a couple of jazz interludes? If it's all yes, then this might be an album for you.

Hear a sample here!

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BloodTears, Ag Fox, Mr. Doctor

Step In Fluid - One Step Beyond

Jazz Prog 20.03.2012

There's not a lot of "funky" metal out there these days that doesn't sound like crap. Here's a great prog album that is as much jazz as it is metal.

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Monolithe - Interlude Second

2012: A Space Metal Odyssey AKA Frone Metal 14.03.2012

This is every fleeting dream you have ever had about alien worlds, every alternate dimension where 2 + 2 = 3 and where colours exist that cannot be comprehended within the limited scope of the human brain. This is something you haven't heard before.

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Dissona - Dissona

Progressive/Avantgarde 12.03.2012

If you're too lazy to read the awesome review that's one click away from you (shame on you!), this is what Alice heard while she was falling down the rabbit hole. You'll spend your first spin wondering what the hell is going on, and then it will grab you and never let you go.

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Djerv - Djerv

Blackened Heavy Metal 10.03.2012

Catchy heavy metal with a rough, razor-sharp black metal edge. A big thumbs up for those who love a little raw aggression in their melodic metal.

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Promonex, Mr. Doctor

Tort - Tort

rustingdoom 07.03.2012

Tort is a kissing-cousin to Doc's prior staff pick, Lurk. Well, not sure if they kiss, or are even cousins... but both bands put out awesome ugly, raw, doom-ish based music, and are on the same label.

Tort is an affront to all things decent, and, thus, is a swell addition to the musical library of anyone who stumbles across this site. If you dig the cover art, odds are you'll dig the album. Highly recommended.

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Asphyx - Deathhammer

Death metal as it's supposed to be. 26.02.2012

Screw all your tech death bullshit fretboard wankers who forgot what death metal is and only churn out chaotic assemblies of soulless hogwash mistakenly called music. Asphyx is the shit, ladies and gentlemen. Let Deathhammer pulverize you.

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Hail Spirit Noir - Pneuma

Avant-Garde Black Metal 26.02.2012

Bouncy, catchy, spooky, sinister, campy black metal.

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Last Chance To Reason - Level 2

Run and gun side scrolling shoot-em-up 23.02.2012

One of those heard-of-em, will check out albums that simply flew under my radar last year. Touring with Animals As Leaders should have brought more exposure to this gem, but it somehow went unnoticed. Prog metal has seen it's fair share of concept albums, but a fully interactive concept album? Blurring the lines between music and gaming, LCTR has teamed up with indie game developer Tom Vine to create a playable version of the album. Rumored to be reminiscent of R-Type, Contra, and Super Metroid, this album already proves it will have a killer soundtrack. Recommend for fans of Protest The Hero, Cynic, Between The Buried And Me, SikTh, hell, I even hear some nice stuff for King Crimson fans in there. Allergy Warnings: -core, cheese, photosensitive seizures.
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Hellshock - They Wait For You Still

Crust/Thrash/Death 21.02.2012

This remains catchy despite how remorselessly, horse-beatingly savage it gets. Great album here.
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Riverside - Memories In My Head

Prog the way it should be 19.02.2012

Old, established prog bands are becoming stale and repetitive. Riverside isn't.

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