Prog Metal Reviews

Afreet – Afreet EP (, , )
23rd April 2019 -

Afreet is the brand new post-metal project of Yousef Shah and Sulleiman Omar, previously half of the band District Unknown (who we covered a couple of years ago. Read here). They made waves several years ago with their status as Afghanistan’s first metal band, often forced to play in secret in order to avoid falling foul of religious fundamentalists, culminating… Read More »

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Inter Arma – Sulphur English (, , )
18th April 2019 -

Opening with the curiously titled, Bumgardener, Inter Arma’s new album Sulphur English starts out brooding and intense. The first track proper, A Waxen Sea arrives as a doomy, crushing beast with surprisingly catchy refrains comprising its middle section. The vocals are reminiscent of the very heaviest that doom metal has to offer, bordering on death metal with their ferocious, low… Read More »

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Devin Townsend – Empath (, , , )
3rd April 2019 -

Devin Townsend is a hero to so many in the metal community. His extensive career is very well documented elsewhere, but for the first time in a long time, Devin has been out on his own for new album Empath, having called time on The Devin Townsend Project full band after its last album Transcendence. It is somewhat difficult to… Read More »

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Dream Theater – Distance Over Time (, )
22nd February 2019 -

Dream Theater’s brand new album, Distance Over Time, comes at an interesting point for the band. Following their not entirely well received concept opus, The Astonishing (which may have played out better when seen live in it’s entirety than on record), a portion of their fans were keen to see them return to a more “normal” approach for their new… Read More »

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Wheel – Moving Backwards (, )
18th February 2019 -

Progressive is a loaded term in music. For some it signals forward thinking, expansive music that experiments in ways barely dreamt of. For others it’s a synonym for beard stroking fretboard onanism in as many time signatures as physically possible. There are many shades of progressive in heavy music, each trying to push boundaries further than the last. The latest… Read More »