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

Last updated on 26 February 2021

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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 … [...] Click to raid more!

TDW – The Days the Clocks Stopped (2021) – Review

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Emotions and Progressive Metal are difficult companions and to express that kind of passion is a most complicated endeavor. Yet, they often go together.

I guess, largely because the genre is relatively unencumbered by boundaries of any sort. A hefty leeway that grafts itself onto the more adventurous realms of the vast metal multiverse. And if things grow too weird, we call it alt, psy, or – well – experimental.

So here, we stumbled – somewhat belatedly – across TDW‘s newest piece The Days the Clocks Stopped. It’s – yet again – an artist talking about self-experience … [...] Click to raid more!

Red Cain – Kindred: Act II (2020) – Review

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For a while, I was very worried. These bad quality sound tidbits of Red Cain‘s Kindred: Act II that I had the displeasure to find throughout 2020 sounded so Amaranthe, I almost hit a depression worse than Covid. I mean, I love the talented Elize Ryd, but the stuff this particular band struts often sounds like a hangover grown stale.

So, I was ready to sacrifice everything to the mighty Cthulhu1) only to avoid that yet another talented band would start to surf the sickeningly sweet wave of the Pop Metal mainstream. Because – you see – … [...] Click to raid more!

Need – Norchestrion: a song for the end (2021) – Review

Last updated on 28 January 2021

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In 2020 we bemoaned the fact that there weren’t enough prog outfits to come forward. That good players in this embattled genre had become a dying breed with folks like Steve Wilson opting for the pop highway.1)

Only to find that Haken made it to the top spot of our annual top 10 contest2). In other words, suddenly we had a choice where there was none at first. And a pretty difficult one at that, with Scardust following more or less directly on their heels.

Now, it looks like the [...] Click to raid more!