A song about mothers of this world, and of Onamika, which you’ll remember from previous Amogh songs. On IV, they’re ditching the whole “concept album” things, and rather go for an “album of concepts”. Each song is like a soundtrack to a short movie, and we can appreciate that with Aai. The song draws strong connections with world music, as well as jazz, and with a touch of metal too. I think it’s wildly successful at what it wants to be, and I honestly can’t wait to hear more from Amogh IV.… Read more
Reed player Sha has made a name for himself over the years among fans of the Swiss “zen funk groove” school of jazz pioneered by Nik Bärtsch and Don Li among others. The full-length debut from his project Sha’s Feckel, Feckel for Lovers, is a diverse and dynamic set of heavy jazz fusion tunes. Featuring Sha on sax together with a guitar, bass, and drums trio, this group weaves huge riffs with odd grooves within engaging and thoroughly fearless compositions.
The album starts out with “A,” a 13 minute piece that gradually crescendos from somber, pensive fusion to … Read more
Munich, Germany’s Panzerballett has been one of my favorite bands for some time now. Merging the intricate brutality of progressive metal with the grace and elegance of modern jazz together with a dash of German humor and a healthy awareness of how bizarre this combination is, they are in my opinion one of the most original and virtuosic bands active at this time. Their fifth full length album, Breaking Brain, sufficiently expands on the formula that they’ve developed over the years and manages to meet my high expectations yet again.
Featuring a sax player in what would otherwise be … Read more
Prog rockers Thieves’ Kitchen hail from the UK and Sweden. Their sixth full-length album, The Clockwork Universe, charts a course through spacetime to a destination somewhere in 1970s Canterbury, UK. The jazz and folk infused style of progressive rock particular to this spacetime neighborhood, rather than being an obsolete relic of the past, still boasts untapped veins of creative gold. Along the journey, we’re treated to a sprawling 20 minute prog epic, as well as a couple instrumental and percussion-less tracks that sound more like contemporary classical chamber music than any kind of … Read more
Using two drummers has many advantages and disadvantages, the formers being for the listener, and the latters being more technical, and for … Read more
Do you like 70’s prog rock? I have to agree that its flourishing of ideas is still to this day memorable and unmatched. M-Opus is a conceptual band that aims at recreating the aural experience of a certain year in prog. 1975 Triptych is, evidently, a collection of three songs that were made to mimic the sound signature of 1975.
First of all, I have to say that their singer, Jonathan Casey, toured and recorded with the David Cross band (ex-King Crimson) so that’s something to keep in mind!
The sound of the album is pretty … Read more
Funky, djenty, proggy, those are the three words that I can put on this project for now. There’s next to no information available on the project, apart from the bass demo video… by no less than the monstrous bassist from Unexpect but rather than play on a 9 string bass guitar, it’s on a more standard 6 string. And he still totally kills it, even though it’s quite remote from Unexpect’s sound.
As for now, I believe they are actively looking for an 8-string guitarist with high-end gear, who thinks outside the box, and who has a clean criminal record … Read more
Matt Stevens’ 2010 album Ghost is an instrumental acoustic album featuring an interesting mix of odd melodies and catchy riffs. It took me a few listens to really get into it, but every time I go back to it I find it clicking a little more. Definitely check this out if you’re into progressive instrumentals and acoustic guitar.
-Jeff… Read more
Just a couple of days ago, Devin Townsend posted two videos comprised of snippets of demos for current ideas he’s working on, some of which are for his sequel to Ziltoid Z² and some for his next DTP album Casualties which he’s had mostly done since around the time Epicloud was released. I’m totally excited for both of those albums, as well as the 2-3 other projects that these demos may become part of. He does mention, “All of this stuff may get used or get scrapped. No idea yet.” Please don’t scrap any of it Mr. Townsend. It all … Read more
This New Jersey based prog band really pushes the progressive genre with their album “Maps of Non-Existent Places.” Their use of orchestral instruments such as Violins, Horns, Trumpets, and Saxophones really adds a unique dimension to their songs.
Their blend of genres is also very impressive, as elements of funk, fusion, and even middle eastern can be heard throughout this album.
If you enjoy bands like Coheed and Cambria and The Mars Volta then I highly recommend you check these guys out.
-Jeff… Read more