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Three prog metal albums that couldn’t be more different!

Releases of the Week 17/2021 with Gojira, Poverty's No Crime, and Atvm
Three prog metal albums that couldn’t be more different!

This week, our highlights include the long-awaited eighth studio album from German prog metal act Poverty’s No Crime, the new highly-anticipated record from French legends Gojira, and an intriguing yet explorative prog/tech death debut by UK’s Atvm. As versatile as these metal releases are, you don’t wanna miss out on some of the other cool new records that dropped throughout the week!

Poverty's No Crime - A Secret To Hide

30 April, 2021 | Metalville

German prog metal veterans of Poverty’s No Crime have been around for 3 decades now, yet they always flew a bit under the radar, remaining an insider’s tip for lovers of 90s melodic prog underground sounds. Their eighth album “A Secret to Hide” will see the light of day through Metalville on April 30 and judging by the first three singles, this is going to be another solid affair just like their previous three albums, “The Chemical Chaos” (2003), “Save My Soul” (2007) and “Spiral of Fear” (2016). Fans of bands like Threshold, Vanden Plas or Tomorrow’s Eve should take note as Poverty’s No Crime are not a secret that the german prog scene needs to hide… Dario

Gojira - Fortitude

30 April, 2021 | Roadrunner Records

French progressive groove/death metal pioneers Gojira finally launch their seventh studio album Fortitude” after fans waited 5 years since the release of “Magma” (2016). As one would expect based on the singles, it is another versatile and more catchy take, like from their previous effort. While maybe not quite up to par, they still managed to make it a strong release with plenty of great riffs, tight drumming, and Joe Duplantier’s iconic voice. There are some surprises to find, as some of the tracks do go back to the death metal roots of their earlier works, but I wouldn’t push it to calling this a return-to-form. They are simply allowing themselves to try different sounds while maintaining their identity, so fans of the band won’t be disappointed, because it is still indeed a Gojira album. Solid throughout; don’t miss this one! Colin

Atvm - Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless

28 April, 2021 | Independent

Coming from UK, prog/tech death metallers Atvm released their debut full-length album on Wednesday, titled “Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless”, and it is quite an innovative piece of music. It has been 6 years since their previous EP launch “Out of Chaotic Waters” (2015), and they definitely made the wait worth it. Fast and shreddy, yet thrashy in many instances that fans of Coroner would appreciate. Lots of Atheist, Mekong Delta, and Cryptic Shift vibes from this record as well; solidly executed with a relatively raw production that fans of old school metal would appreciate. While there could be more room to breathe with softer passages, there are plenty of groovy sections that will keep you hooked. It’s just overall such a fun listen, and anyone with an open mind and craving a really cool technical journey will get a kick out of this! Colin

More releases for 30 April, 2021

  • John Mcris - Ark (April 26, Symmetric Records)
  • tRKproject - Books That End In Tears (April 27, Lynx Music)
  • Looneypark - The 7th Dew (April 28, Lynx Music)
  • black midi - Live on KEXP at Home (April 28)
  • Stone Healer - Conquistador (April 30)
  • Plasmodium - Towers of Silence (April 30, Transcending Obscurity)
  • Vienna Circle - Secrets of the Rising Sun (April 30)
  • RPWL - God Has Failed - Live & Personal (April 30, Gentle Art of Music)
  • Pink Floyd - Live at Knebworth 1990 (April 30)
  • Ozric Tentacles - Vitamin Enhanced (Boxset) (April 30, Kscope)
  • McStine & Minnemann - Any Kind of Light EP (May 01)

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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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