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Roundtable Review: The Sun Explodes – The Calm, The Storm EP


TCTS ArtworkLabel:  Self-released

Release Date:  May 18th 2015

Songs:  5

Length: 23 minutes

Genre:  Creative progressive rock

Studio Albums: Emergence 2012, We Build Mountains 2013

Location:  Carlisle, UK

For fans of: Circa Survive, Children of Nova, Dream Theater, Tesseract

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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 1/2


SC logoI’ve heard it said that Sonic Cathedral agreed to let Metal State publish a digest of their reviews because I train the Sonic Cathedral unicorns. This is untrue. Their unicorns are untrainable. It is very dangerous to stand in front of them when they are moshing. It’s also dangerous to stand in front of their unicorns.

Sonic Cathedral reviewed nine female-fronted albums during April. We’re doing a two-part digest of those reviews, including the album details and a very short summary of each review. Here are the first five. Part 2 will cover the next four.

 

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Album Review: Subterranean Masquerade – The Great Bazaar


SubMasq-TheGreatBazaar-CoverLocation: New York, USA

Genre: Symphonic progressive metal

Release date: 13 January 2015

Label: Taklit Music

Previous releases: Temporary Psychotic State (EP, 2004); Suspended Animation Dreams (album, 2005); Home (EP, 2013)

Tracks: 7

Length: 39 minutes

Recommended to: Prog metal fans of Orphaned Land, Haken, Leprous, To-Mera, and Oriental and Middle Eastern metal; neo-prog rock fans of  *Frost, Blind Ego, Galahad.

Mammal’s rating: 5 out of 5

Visiting every corner of “The Great Bazaar” is an experience of unfolding wonder and amazement. Subterranean Masquerade are purveyors of musical splendour and delight. Their integration of any number of metal and prog rock styles is constantly unpredictable, varied, and jaw-droppingly delectable.

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A Metal-Prog Interlude: VOLA – Gutter Moon


I know and love VOLA, from Denmark, for their earlier and largely unheralded music. When I first heard them in 2009 they were a progressive rock band with a strong flavour of math rock in their compositions.

The new VOLA album, “Inmazes”, features a different line-up and a much more exploratory approach. It’s a beautiful merging of prog and math rock, prog and math metal and djent. I believe this must greatly broaden VOLA’s potential fan base. From my point of view as a metal-prog hybrid, this album will be too good to miss. It should be available now.

Find out more at VOLA’s Facebook page.

“Gutter Moon” is from the new album.

For comparison, “Like The Rainbow” is the first track on the 2009 EP, “Homesick Machinery”. Both songs are deeply satisfying.

 

Mammal’s Merry Memories: Jethro Tull – Broadsword (1982)


The title track of Broadsword is a Viking song with a difference. It presents the perspective of the poor sods who see the Viking ships approaching. That must have been a slightly unnerving experience.

Jethro Tull mostly played progressive folk rock. This song, however, may appeal to fans of hard rock, prog metal and, er, Vikings.

 

 

Roundtable Review: Thine – The Dead City Blueprint


THINE_DCB_album_artworkLabel: Peaceville Records

Release Date: 13 May, 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 57 minutes

Genre: Dark progressive rock (also listed as melodic metal)

Studio Albums: A Town Like This (1998), In Therapy (2002)

Location: UK

 

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Roundtable Review: Between the Madness by VanGough


a0236553750_2Label:  Nightmare Records

Release Date:  Out Now

Songs:   12

Genre:  Prog

Studio Albums:  This is their 5th release

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What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox – 20 Feb 2014 Post #3


???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It’s time for the third installment of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox for 2014.  This time around we have excess material floating in the mailbox, therefore I will sift through it and bring you what I think is the best and most eclectic bunch.  Here you go, I hope you find something you like.  Enjoy!

Witchhammer

Song:  Save Me

Genre:  Power/fantasy metal

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Album Review: Barishi – Barishi


a1011659946_10Label: Independent

Release Date:  December 2, 2013

Songs:  8

Length: 42 minutes

Genre:  Progressive metal/psychedelic

Location:  Vermont, USA

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Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #20-16


Top100A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.

I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.

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#20 Ihsahn – angL

I might be considered strange who prefer Ihsahn’s solo albums over his work in Emperor. But who cares, right? By now you all know I’m a sucker for a strong, unique singing voice and Ihsahn is one of a kind. His style of blackened progressive metal includes amazing riffs, dark melodies, relaxing bass lines, vicious screams and thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Like an all-in-one-package. Perfect.

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