Video: Haken go Canary Yellow!

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Well, this tune clearly harkens back to a time when Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson1), and Leprous still made Progressive Rock and Metal worth its salt. Haken‘s newest extract from their upcoming piece prominently called Virus really pricked our ears. Not because it is exceedingly crunchy or some sort of powerful metal, but because Canary Yellow is one artfully mastered track.

It does impress with a pretty unusual and somewhat gentle, yet potent style of Progressive Metal at the top of its art. Subtly thunderous, yet amazingly soft-spoken. Which surprises even more, once you … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: The Deluge, by Sojourner!

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The 2016 record Empires of Ash trained our corporate Atmospheric Black Metal spotlight squarely on Sojourner. A promising, multi-national band operating out of the UK with a somewhat unique style to boot. We were equally impressed, if not more, with the delights of The Shadowed Road in 2018.

So, ways to go for the future, right?

And indeed, like clockwork, Sojourner now appeared on our radar with their teaser video The Deluge. The one made to promote their upcoming album Premonitions that will be out later in May 2020.

Now in the meantime, the band switched to Napalm … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Of Pit and Snare, by River of Souls

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The Dutch band River of Souls crossed our hawse way back with their pretty corny debut The Well of Urd. And a doomily powerful concoction it was, served on a foundation of the old gods’ shenanigans. One that wore out one or two of our turntables, by the way.

Now they’re back in the preparation loop for their upcoming new record called Usurper, due out mid-May. We just got ahold of their teaser Of Pit and Snare, their newest clip and it promises many metallic delights.

Now, this is harsh fare. The clip … [...] Click to raid more!

Video: Treasure Chest Party Quest by Alestorm!

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Ouch. “500 years ago when I was born, I crawled from the womb with a drinking horn…”. Oh my, Christopher Bowes giving birth to himself just takes things to the next level.

Treasure Chest Party Quest from their upcoming album Curse of the Crystal Coconut is about the silliest piece that whizzed across my earphones in 2020. But I admit, Alestorm in pseudo-Balkan tracksuit attire singing that getting drunk will make you stinking rich just reduced me to helpless mirth. This thing is so full of epic clichés, I almost had a heart attack. Not that this band’s former [...] Click to raid more!