Southern Empire - Southern Empire

Prog 28.09.2016

If prog along the lines of Unitopia, Neal Morse or Transatlantic is your thing, don't miss out on the début album of Australia's Southern Empire, formed by the former Unitopia's keyboardist Sean Timms. Not only do they know how to write good prog tunes, they also have a handle on producing epics: clocking in at almost half an hour, "The Bridge that Binds" is brilliant and worth every moment of your time. Danny Lopresto on vocals is also top-notch. This album is definitely one of my favourites this year.

Try "Forest Fire" or "Hold" and hear for yourself.
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Vôdûn - Possession

Stoner 04.09.2016

If there is an album released this year that will knock you flat on your back then this has got to be Possession, a début album by Vôdûn. A powerful rocking statement, this has been one of the most memorable releases this year and my personal go to album when low on energy. It can kick start you like no other and goes to show that a trio of guitar, drums and vocals is still enough for good music.

Try "Loa's Kingdom" or "Mawu"
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Iamthemorning - Lighthouse

Prog 10.04.2016

Lighthouse is without contest the most beautiful album released this year, past and future. This young duo from Russia keep improving on their already very skilful song-writing and deliver something that is magical. This time with guest appearances from Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda. If prog rock built around piano, classically inclined composition and beautiful voice is your thing, don't miss out on it.

Enjoy Lighthouse at Bandcamp.

Oceans Of Slumber - Winter

Prog 08.03.2016

I feel like a ton of bricks has fallen on me. I don't know nor care what this band was without Cammie Gilbert but she makes this album perfect in its little imperfections. I'm floored by her voice. I'm in love with her voice. It scratches the very depths of my soul. This is an album I wasn't prepared to find... And, man, that The Moody Blues cover is just wonderful.

Listen to "Winter" or "Suffer the Last Bridge" or just go get the whole damn album. It's totally worth it.

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Jess And The Ancient Ones - Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes

Psychedelic 06.01.2016

It tickles my retro so.

Tickle yours at Bandcamp.

Shepherds Of Cassini - Helios Forsaken

Post / Prog 28.12.2015

This album slowly seems to be working its way under my skin. It's a kind of a borderline post metal and prog album, highly reminiscent of Giant Squid at times, and for some reason reminds me of Indukti, though I've not listened to that one in ages. Love the violin on this one.

Try it out at Bandcamp.
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In Each Hand A Cutlass - The Kraken

Post 21.12.2015

Instrumental post rock / metal done right. It's been growing on me throughout the year, and I like it more with each spin. It's way better than God Is An Astronaut. It beats even Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster's third album which in my case says a lot. The Kraken is good stuff.

Listen at Bandcamp.

Wild Throne - Harvest Of Darkness

Prog 25.11.2015

The Mars Volta runs strong in this one. All in all it's a pretty intense record.

Listen at Bandcamp.
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Major Parkinson - Live At Ricks

Prog gone cabaret gone live 28.10.2015

With Twilight Cinema being one of the best and imaginative albums of 2014 (in my opinion of course), there is just no way you would not want to see this manic band perform this album almost in its entirety live and then do some more. That's right, not just hear but also see it live. Drop whatever series you were planning on watching and have a go at this one instead. This is just so much pure fun!

Watch on YouTube or listen at Bandcamp.
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Metallic Taste Of Blood - Doctoring The Dead

Experimental and noisy 30.06.2015

This album is an amalgamation of ambient atmosphere, structure and noise. It's convoluted yet sensible enough not to appear to be completely out to lunch. This is food for the restless mind. If you, like me, enjoyed their début album, this will definitely sit well with you.

Try the album teaser at SoundCloud.

My Sleeping Karma - Moksha

Psychedelic Stoner 14.06.2015

For some odd and inexplicable reason I tend to forget how damn good My Sleeping Karma albums are. What a fabulous trip this one is. Grab something relaxing to drink, hit play, and enjoy. Oh, and if you have a chance to see them live, do so; trust me, you're in for a treat.

Listen to "Prithvi" or "Moksha" off the new album.

Kontinuum - Kyrr

Post 07.06.2015

This is a fantastic album. Awesomeness runs strong in this one beyond my expectations even. I love how some of the songs almost reach out into gothic territories. If amidst the Sólstafir drama you are looking for a new Icelandic favourite, this should definitely be your choice.

Head over to Bandcamp to give it a listen.

Native Construct - Quiet World

Haken 06.05.2015

Waiting for the new Haken already? Try Native Construct instead. Way too much fun!

For listening head over to Bandcamp.

Område - Edari

Avantgarde 29.04.2015

If you happen to like your avantgarde airy and dreamy, infused with a bit of electronica and trip-hop, if you tend to stack your avantgarde up against the likes of Ulver and Manes, then Område's début is something you will definitely not want to pass by.

Listen to "Mótsögn".
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Beardfish - +4626-COMFORTZONE

Prog 30.01.2015

Beardfish excel with their new album. It is an exercise in rhythms but it's also so much more. It will take you places because it's a bloody fantastic prog album. It is truly exciting music.

Listen in full here.
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