Newsflash – Goddess and The Withering!

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Sometimes things are simple. The tune needs to connect straight with yours truly once you start on a record. And – boom – it goes viral in your head. And this just happened with the band Goddess from Norway.

Their album The Withering will catch your attention like that. And it does that with a goofy style mix of ‘Stoner Rock dude meets Death Metal brute’.

The EP was first released in 2014 with a new version out in 2016.1) Now, the updated version released on guitarist/vocalist Alexander Mora‘s label Voidcaller Records with a full remix and remaster. As … [...] Click to raid more!

Delain disband! May we live in interesting times.

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Apocalypse & Chill, right?

Today, on 15 February 2021, Delain announced that they will disband. Or – at least – the outfit will cease to exist in the form known to the music industry for many years. This sounds like that apocalypse theory the band so vividly touted in their last album. And now it is also time to chill because Delain will not end its existence. But the band will – in a manner of speaking – morph into another entity.

Martijn Westerholt announced that the – quote – “…collaboration within the band ceased to work as [...] Click to raid more!

Steven Wilson, The Future Bites – and the loss of prog in metal!

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At the beginning of 2020, the outlook was dire. The progosphere started to lack any snazzy voice or a powerful ‘dear leader’ to pull the Progressive Metal genre down the road. Leprous just jumped off a cliff to sugary-sweet Lalaland with some confused wailing all their own. And Steven Wilson – well – after a testy go-between prog rock thing a few years back, he was about to defect to the anodyne world synthpop occupies – and occupied for many years.

It was thus great that by the end of last year and the beginning of this one, we saw … [...] Click to raid more!

Czech proggers Mindwork release Cortex!

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Whoa, somebody woke up alright. After a lengthy hiatus of some eight years or so, the Czech band Mindwork instigates a return from the dead. A warm-up round of sorts, but one that comes with a thunderclap and some highly technical specialties to boot.

Their newest EP Cortex presents a wild mix of fractalized Progressive Metal with a goodly portion of pretty sophisticated tech death. Somewhat of a mix of the late Need without the growls, Opeth, and a dose of the fractals of Frozen Sands.

It’s interesting how a number of prog outfits currently drift towards the … [...] Click to raid more!