Haken – Affinity, an Analysis Of

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I wasn’t introduced to Haken until early 2014 when I discovered their 2013 release The Mountain. I loved that album and immediately listened to the rest of their discography. Later that year, they released their EP Restoration which was an awesome look into their past, re-imagining and re-recording songs from their demo with higher production quality. Now, nearly two years later, we’re graced with a new full-length album called Affinity.

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If you followed Haken’s facebook page closely in January of this year, you might have seen them post a few times about the name and content of the … Read more

The Pitts Minnemann Project – The Psychic Planetarium

coverpsychicplanetariumThe Pitts Minnemann Project released their first album in 2014 with the technical, fusion progressive metal album 2 L 8 2 B Normal, featuring keyboard virtuoso Jimmy Pitts and drummer madman Marco Minnemann, completed by a long list of musicians amongst whom are found Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger, Ray Riendeau, and Jerry Twyford. This album is basically a 52-minute, 27-part song of the best fusion progressive metal out there, and I keep going back to it quite regularly. Two years later, and we’ve got The Psychic Planetarium. Does it raise the bar for the future or does it fail … Read more

Rikard Sjöblom – The Unbendable Sleep

I’ve been into the progressive rock band Beardfish for a while, my favorite album of theirs being their two parter “Sleeping In Traffic.” I also enjoyed their latest album 4626+Comfortzone quite a bit. So I was excited to hear what the band’s frontman Rikard Sjöblom had in store for his second solo album “The Unbendable Sleep”.

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Rikard’s unique and catchy melodies paired with his distinct vocals makes for some interesting music to say the least. This album flows well but also goes unexpected places. One of which being a short interlude track “Building A Tent For Astor” which is a … Read more

The Pitts Minnemann Project crowdfunds their upcoming album, “The Psychic Planetarium”

Their last album, 2 L 8 2 B Normal was one hell of an album, perfect for fans crazy music and wicked musicianship! The Psychic Planetarium, which is due March 11th, will encompass many genres and styles with the usual over-the-top technicality of the members involved: Jimmy Pitts, Marco Minnemann, Tom Geldschläger, and Jerry Twyford, along with an array of guest musicians!

Click here if you want to support the project on indiegogo!… Read more

Sunless – Demo 2016

a2583815969_16Sunless is a band from Minnesota created in 2014 and comprised of four members. With heavy influences from dissonant death metal acts such as Gorguts and Ulcerate, and a surprising audio quality considering it’s labeled a demo, Sunless will most certainly get people talking, and chances are that Demo 2016 is only the first of many great albums they put out. But why is it so good?

If you haven’t noticed already, it dwells on dissonance, and equipoises technicality with atmosphere. Indeed, the very first, lone arpeggiated and distorted chord from the song Born of Clay immediately screams “You’ve come … Read more

Steven Wilson – 4 ½

Steven-Wilson-Four-halfSteven Wilson surprised me last year with his album Hand. Cannot. Erase. which I absolutely loved. So when I heard that his new EP 4 ½ mostly contained unreleased material from the Hand. Cannot. Erase. sessions I got pretty excited.

And it didn’t disappoint! The lineup that’s been on Steven’s solo albums since The Raven That Refused to Sing has been really solid, and they continue to nail it with this half album.

4 ½ has a nice mix of soft proggy melodies, rocking riffs, and unique solos. The glitchy sounding solo on “Vermillioncore” sounds especially cool and actually has … Read more

Watchtower released 3 new singles!

WatchTower-ArgumentsAgainstDesignFive years after they offered their first glimpse of Mathematics with “The Size of Matter”, Watchtower, one of the first technical metal bands, have published three new songs on CD Baby, available for 99 cents each.

Arguments Against Design, Technology Inaction and M-Theory Overture follow in the footsteps of The Size of Matter but, more importantly, stay close to their tech-thrash roots, like on their 1989 album “Control and Resistance”. There are crazy odd time signatures, cool and intricate riffs, the weird and unique soloing of Mr. Jarzombek, impressive bass and drums chops, and high-pitched vocals.

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Deviant Process singles Unconscious from upcoming album Paroxysm

You’re still craving for technical progressive death metal in the vein of Augury and Beyond Creation? Crave no more, for Quebec’s Deviant Process is here with strong independent bass lines, soul-crushing riffs and stampeding drums. They premiered the song Unconscious on PRC Music, from the album Paroxysm, that will come out in… March 2016. Well, that’s a fucking long time to wait! That’s like 6 months!!! Ughh… At least, the song is damn solid and shows great promises. Since the band is close to home for me, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see them live and maybe hear … Read more

Sutrah – Effervesce (Demo)

Sutrah just released a 2-song demo that will shake the prog/tech-death world. Coming from the capital of modern progressive death metal, Montreal, birthplace of other great acts like Beyond Creation and Unexpect†, Sutrah seems to take example on the first of the two bands mentioned: Beyond Creation. With a mixture of fast-paced, shred-heavy, fretless bass-laden progressive death metal. The two songs on their demo release show great promises! The musicianship, above all, is tight as hell and intricate all the way through the 12 minutes of Effervesce (Demo), and the songs are well-balanced and are never stale or unimaginative.… Read more

July Recommendations

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Here’s the monthly recommendations post you’ve awaited for so long! Ah, who am I kidding? I’m the only one reading this blog! Anyways, what are the unmissable releases of July 2015, according to the three-legged raven?

First off is Ethan McKenna‘s sophomore, In Transition. It’s what I’d call an acoustic prog album. Ethan makes use of advanced techniques on his acoustic, like percussive playing, loads of harmonics, and some slap and tapping too, for good measure. Even though its main focus is on the acoustic guitar, it’s well-accompanied by the usual bass and drums, and sometimes even by … Read more