Ostura – The Room (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Ostura - The Room - Album CoverI am amazed. These guys managed to get the attention of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt MachineStream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), plus secured the services of a felt gazillion of additional guest performers from 12 countries. As if this weren’t enough, they got Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios to do the mixing and mastering piece. Then the band forged ahead and landed us with 74 minutes of progressive goodness on 12 tracks. Wow!

And this raised a major concern right from the beginning. Do we have another case of extensive, badly managed complexity that raises its ugly head? It for sure sounded like that to me at first. After all, this kind of pitfall already was a point of major discord in many a prog record in the past.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Scardust – Sands of Time (2017) – Review

RockmusicRaider Review - Scardust - Sands of Time - Album CoverProgressive Metal is an European affair. Right? This is what the Europeans think at least. And this annoys many American bands to hell and back. But the EU prog nerds have a point. There’s just no real cool prog that emanates from across the pond anymore. The only thing we seem to get these days is preposterous news about how their government behaves itself. Okay, you will find exceptions like the excellent Moon Haven that RMR just recently reviewed. But then, these guys are arguably more on alt-metal territory than anywhere else. 

Now think about some Progressive Metal that somehow lost its compass completely and saw the light of day in Isreal. Yep, you heard that right. Coming from the Levant, not a region that we usually associate with Progressive Metal. Looks like some of that metal spirit spilled over from Cyprus and bred some pretty good tunes over there.

So, here comes Scardust with their newest and début full length album Sands of Time. And boy, this is a complex tune. When the strings started sawing away at the very start of something ominously called Sands of Time: Overtures I was kind of fearful of where this was going to go. We found ourselves in the doldrums of operatic bullshit in the past and it did not go well. But then Scardust kicks it up a couple of notches and takes off at a level of complexity far beyond Clock Unwound from Gentle Knife. And it definitely is a refreshing turn away from the masters of djentology of the likes of Leprous and their latest offering Malina. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!