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45 releases, 5 highlights: January 2023 waves goodbye with a strong Release Week

Releases of the Week 04/2023 with BRUIT ≤, Merethe Soltveldt & Moe Espinosa, The World Is Quiet Here, Bizarrekult, Rain & Artificial Waves
45 releases, 5 highlights: January 2023 waves goodbye with a strong Release Week

January 2023 says goodbye with 45 new releases and 5 highlights! Check them out, either through the Bandcamp links below or subscribe to our weekly updated Spotify playlist:  Dive in!

BRUIT ≤ - Apologie du Temps Perdu, Vol. 1. EP

27 January, 2023 | Pelagic Records
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The French post rock rebels of BRUIT ≤ are back with a surprise EP called “Apologie du Temps Perdu, Vol. 1.”. After their first and I daresay only venture into Spotify territory with the subversive single “Parasite (The Boycott Manifesto)”, the quartet is back to its tried and tested exclusive distribution channels of Bandcamp and Vinyl through Pelagic Records. Starting out in a vastly ambient fashion, solely relying on their bowed strings courtesy of Clément Libes (violin, viola) and Luc Blanchot (cello), I can’t help but think of their great fellow frenchman Claude Debussy and his “Cathedrale Engloutie”, or the string works of contemporary classical composers like Arvo Pärt or Markus Stockhausen. The seamless morphing into their signature post-rock sound with lots of tape ambience and driving drums around the halfway point of the EP is masterfully executed and their vast soundscapes will continue to keep you mesmerized long after the last note has faded. Truly remarkable and unique! Dario

Merethe Soltveldt & Moe Espinosa - Life Is a Dream EP

26 January, 2023 | self-released

Persefone and Two Steps From Hell collaborator, Norwegian songwriter and session vocalis Merethe Soltveldt has teamed up with Persefone’s Moe Espinosa for this wonderful little epic EP called “Life Is a Dream”. Having expected only soundtrack-like orchestral sounds from this team, the rocking energy of ‘Stronger Together’ was certainly a surprise. The powerful, uplifting resolve of ‘I An Enough’ surely is a bit pathos-laden, but sometimes that’s just what I need. For more quirky, weird, extreme and brutal stuff, just continue reading below. Dario

The World Is Quiet Here - Zon

27 January, 2023 | Silent Pendulum Records

Since I’m not familiar with the founding days of the The World Is Quiet Here and their 2018 debut album “Prologue”, I’m just gonna go ahead and assume there might be some connection to the seminal modern prog metal one-album wonder “Quiet World” by Native Construct. Especially with Native Construct’s guitar player Kee Poh Hock now making a guest appearance on “Zon”, the brand new seminal offer from The World Is Quiet Here. Even though leaning more into extreme territories for most of 1 hour and 5 minutes duration, the music at hand is of similar eclecticism and the five piece is operating on a similarly high level of excellence. The expressive, versatile vocals from Lou Kelly do touch on theatrical avant garde stylings here and there, making an already wild ride even wilder. Absolutely sick stuff, there’s no other way to put it! Dario

Bizarrekult - Den Tapte Kriegen

27 January, 2023 | Season of Mist

A black metal album featured on The Progspace? Well, hear me out. Bizarrekult’s second album “Den Tapte Kriegen” features some absolutely sublime post metal parts, elevated to almost transcendental levels by second vocalist D. (Dina). The bleak, melancholy atmosphere is strong throughout the whole album as is befitting such a post black metal outing. Not our usual fare around here, I have to admit, but quality stuff nonetheless. Dario

Rain - Radio Silence

27 January, 2023 | GEP Records

Back to more familiar prog meadows with a, what else could it be, British band. Rain (absolutely ungoogleable bandname if you don’t have an album or song title to go with it btw) around the veteran rhythm group John Jowitt (bass, ex-IQ, ex-Arena) and Andy Edwards (drums, ex-IQ, ex-Frost*) present their second album “Radio Silence” and it’s a fun one I tell you. I actually expected some more run-of-the-mill Neo Prog with these players involved to be honest, but this turned out to be some fresh, fun stuff with a couple of odd, unexpected twists and turns without losing it’s hookiness and straight up hard rock factor. And lots of tasty bass lines of course. Dario

Artificial Waves - Fragile

23 January, 2023 | self-released

Breaking with the “second album” theme here (see three mini-reviews above), “Fragile” is apparently the fifth full length by post rock/metal band Artificial Waves. I have not heard their previous efforts and I’m still not too well versed in this particular subgenre I gotta admit, but simply put: this is how I imagine an exemplary instrumental post metal album. A crystal clear production to discover all the subtleties, but also washing over you like an ambient sonic shower of moods, feelings and deep thoughts put to music. Dario

More releases for 27 January, 2023

  • Conjureth - The Parasitic Chambers (Jan. 23)
  • CHAN is Swimming - CHAN is Swimming (Jan. 25)
  • Mask of Prospero - Hiraeth (ViciSolum Records))
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  • Le temps du loup - Leteo (dunk!records)
  • Serotonin Syndrome - Seed of Mankind
  • Grief Symposium - .​.​.​In The Absence Of Light (Church Road Records)
  • The Enigma Division - The Enigma Division
  • Anachronism - Meanders (Unorthodox Emanations)
  • Caravela Escarlate - III (Karisma Records)
  • Uriah Heep - Chaos & Colour (Silver Lining Music)
  • Eyeless Owl - Murmurations
  • Luiz Toffoli - Enigma Garden
  • The Walrus Resists - J. Murdoch Odyssey
  • One Time Weekend - Fire It Up
  • Ashen Horde - Antimony (Transcending Obscurity Records)
  • Signo Rojo - There Was a Hole Here (Majestic Mountain Records)
  • Third Eye - Vengeance Fulfilled
  • Klimaforandringer - M​ø​rket på Solens Krop (Mom Eat Dad Records)
  • Kuyashii - Dreams
  • The One - Sunrise
  • Anasazi - Cause & Consequences
  • Oozing Wound - We Cater to Cowards (Thrill Jockey Records)
  • The Goat Wizard - Mobile Government Sitcom
  • Wrasp - Wrasp
  • Sorrowful Land - Faded Anchors of the Past (Black Lion Records)
  • Zac Leaser - Libera
  • Obelyskkh - The Ultimate Grace Of God (Mainstream Records)
  • Fågelle - Den svenska vreden
  • Hammock - Love in the Void (Hammock Music Label)
  • Raum Kingdom - Monarch
  • Malice Divine - Everlasting Ascendancy
  • Seer of the Void (Venerate Industries) - Mantra Monolith
  • Daevar - Delirious Rites (TLD Records)
  • …And Oceans - As in Gardens, so in Tombs (Season of Mist)
  • Anzillu - Ex Nihilo
  • Steve Vai - Vai/Gash (Mascot Label Group)
  • Bloody Falls - Dying is Easy EP (Art Gates Records)

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Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.


Colin is a progressive metal drummer who currently plays with Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. His introduction to prog was through his father with the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Rush back in 2007. As the years went by, he would eventually work on his taste to get into more extreme forms of prog, and now adores bands like Opeth, Persefone, Atheist, BTBAM, Serpent Column, Slugdge, and countless others.

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