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50 new releases, 6 highlights: March is marching on!

Releases of the Week 11/2023 with Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra, Stömb, RPWL, Simon Laulund, Entropia & Redemption
50 new releases, 6 highlights: March is marching on!

These are this week’s highlights: Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra, Stömb, RPWL, Simon Laulund, Entropia & Redemption! Dive in and enjoy!

Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra - Prediluvian

13 March, 2023 | self-released

With Yossi Sassi’s solo albums it’s been a bit like with Devin Townsend’s output after he left Strapping Young Lad (and Sassi Orphaned Land respectively): is the new album gonna be released under his own name? As Yossi Sassi Band? Or with The Oriental Rock Orchestra like the latest two, now three? Anyhow, what you can expect in any of these cases is premium quality (mostly) instrumental oriental/mediterranean rock, led by Sassi’s signature Bouzoukitara sound. “Prediluvian” is no different and features 12 tracks that perfectly captured the sun on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, where it was recorded. 12 instrumental tracks to put you in a good mood with infectious melodies, often played on the flute by Yossi’s daughter Danielle Sassi (Storchi), with one surprise vocal track again, featuring the returning collaborator, Haken’s Ross Jennings. What a brilliant start to the week this album provided last Monday when it was released and I’m sure it’s gonna get lots more spins in the coming weeks and months. Dario

Stömb - Massive Disturbed Meta Art

17 March, 2023 | Klonosphere

Oscillating between massive onslaughts of heaviness and ambient/electronic parts, Paris instrumentalists Stömb present their third full length record after two EPs and two albums, “Massive Disturbed Meta Art”. We proudly presented an advance stream of the full album on Monday already and Bob wrote an in depth review diving deep into the individual songs and concept of the album which you can read here. Or you do yourself a favor and dive into 67 minutes of “Massive Disturbed Meta Art” yourself. Unless you’re looking for something easier on the ears. The albums highlighted above and below might just provide that. Dario

RPWL - Crime Scene

17 March, 2023 | Gentle Art of Music

When it comes to progressive rock from Germany, RPWL from Freising near Munich is definitely a well respected mainstay. And while I have to say that I’m not the biggest fan of the aesthetically not so pleasing cover artwork of their new, eighth studio album “Crime Scene”, the musical content is exactly the wonderfully melodic prog we’ve come to expect from them. The departure of long standing keyboardist Markus Jehle is expertly compensated by vocalist Yogi Lang himself and the partially (where needed) prominent bass of newcomer Markus Grützner (7for4) makes a great addition to the band’s sound. Kalle Wallner’s knack for great guitar leads is pronounced and spot on as ever. Unlike the previous album “Tales from Outer Space”, it seems to be a collection of six different short crime stories, rather than an album spanning concept. Not as happy as A.C.T’s “Falling” recently, it still seems rather interesting to have such beautiful melodies tell tales of tragedy and the abysses of the human psyche. Be that as it may though, that dichotomy doesn’t take away from the quality of the music in the slightest. Dario

Simon Laulund - Persona: Elements

17 March, 2023 | self-released

An unexpected, fun little guitar album comes from Denmark this week in the form of Simon Laulund’s “Persona: Elements”. The various styles he tackles on it range from straight hard rocking tunes over some funky bits all the way to jazzy modern prog and he even finishes off with a proper cover version of the jazz piece ‘Foretold You’ by Walter Smith III. Exactly what I needed to keep up the vibes after the fantastic Plin/Jakub Zytecki/Jack Gardiner & Owane concert here in Munich last Thursday. Apparently “Persona: Elements” is Simon Laulund’s second solo album, but I wouldn’t mind to hear more from where that came from. Dario

Entropia - Total

17 March, 2023 | Agonia Records

Satisfying me need for something slightly more extreme and avantgarde this week is “Total”, the fourth album from Poland’s Entropia. No, this is not a Pain of Salvation cover bandPsychedelic SludgeKrautBlackMetal anyone? Whatever you wanna call it, “Total” is a totally different kind of beast for sure. With its title track totalling in at just over 15 minutes, the other four songs are not exactly radio friendly either, neither in their length nor in their musical alignment, none of them being shorter than seven minutes, none of them dialing back in the relentless maelstrom of dissonant riffing and cathartic screaming. But we’re not here for radio friendly material anyways, right? Dario

Redemption - I Am The Storm

17 March, 2023 | AFM Records

Redemption seems to be a band that has been a bit overshadowed by its bigger sister bands (Fates Warning during Ray Alder’s stint 2005-2017 and Evergrey since Tom Englund replaced him on the vocal front), but also their more recent output wasn’t always capable to live up to the two masterpiece’s early in their career (“The Fullness of Time” and “The Origins of Ruin”). So while “This Mortal Coil” and “The Art of Loss” somehow weren’t quite able to reproduce the (even a tiny bit too perfect) perfection of their direct predecessor “Snowfall on Judgement Day”, 2018’s “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” could and should have been a forceful comeback with the introduction of fresh blood in the form of Tom Englund and the keyboard magic of Vikram Shankar. And I’m guessing it was for many a long-time Redemption fan, however the songwriting by mastermind Nick Van Dyk still didn’t seem to be able to grab me again personally. Hell, this mini review surely doesn’t read that enthusiastic so far, does it? Anyways, all I’m trying to say with that long-winded build up is that their new, seventh album “I Am The Storm” seems to finally do the trick and bring me back into the Redemption fold. Top notch melodic prog metal (despite the odd cover version in the middle of the album, a weird tradition they started a couple of albums back). Dario

More releases for 17 March, 2023

  • Jason Blake - Subsequent Ruins
  • Pressure Points - The Island (Art Gates Records)
  • Contrarian - Sage of Shekhinah (Willowtip Records)
  • Thomas Fratti - Temps Suspendu (March 13)
  • Grey Stag - Call of the Mountain
  • Dark Sanctuary - Cernunnos (Avantgarde Music)
  • Die Like Gentlemen - Hard Truths
  • David Something - Dosing Sequence
  • Sad Serenity - The Grand Enigma
  • Arv - Varmint EP (Vinter Records)
  • Phantom Elite - Blue Blood (Frontiers Music)
  • Harboured - Harboured (Lost Future)
  • Mice on Stilts - I Am Proud of You
  • Ascher - Beginnings
  • Kamelot - The Awakening (Napalm Records)
  • Turrigenous - Vesper, the Evening Star (March 14)
  • Demolished Men - In a Violent Way
  • Thirteen of Everything - Time and Other Delusions
  • Telos - Delude (March 18)
  • John Zorn - 444 (Tzadik)
  • Alter Time - Release Your Demons EP
  • Invent Animate - Heavener (UNFD)
  • Totem - Night Goat (Black Donut Records)
  • Narnia - Ghost Town
  • Ikarie - Arde
  • Late Night Venture - V: Bones of the Extinct (Trepanation Recordings)
  • Leukotomy - Eternal Path to Eden
  • Hyperdontia - Deranged EP (March 15)
  • Syntropy - Ritual Sycophancy (March 16)
  • Telesterion - Myesis EP
  • Unseen Faith - Prodigal Sons (Prime Collective)
  • Fargo - Geli
  • Deep Cross - Royal Water EP (Roman Numeral Records)
  • Burweed - EV EP
  • Suotana - Ounnas I
  • Foretoken - Triumphs (Prosthetic Records)
  • Void Maw - The Abandoning EP (March 18)
  • Kruelty - Untopia (Profound Lore Records)
  • Grub Nap - God Pile EP (Human Worth)
  • Spotlights - Seance EP (March 15, Ipecac Recordings)
  • Afsky - Om hundrede år (March 15, Vendetta Records)
  • Downfall of Gaia - Silhouettes of Disgust (Metal Blade Records)
  • Desolate Realm - Legions
  • Seven Spires - Live At Progpower USA XXI (Frontiers Music)

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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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