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The Progspace Awards 2020

Two metal debuts for dark prog lovers!

Releases of the Week 20/2021 with Epiphanic Truth and Derev
Two metal debuts for dark prog lovers!

This week, our highlights include the astounding, genre-blending extreme prog album from international art collective Epiphanic Truth, and the emotionally-driven prog metal EP by independent Canadians Derev. But don’t let that stop you there! We have another loaded week full of underground prog that shouldn’t be missed!

Epiphanic Truth - Dark Triad: Bitter Psalms to a Sordid Species

21 May, 2021 | Church Road Records

Founded in the UK, art collective project Epiphanic Truth began as a collaborative effort between musicians across the world, and launched their amazing debut album “Dark Triad: Bitter Psalms to a Sordid Species” this week. The music in itself is certainly quite astounding, creating this versatile journey between prog death, dissonant avant-garde, and atmospheric sludge metal, with some jazzy and droney moments too. While having only 3 songs on this record, each piece is strong in their own way, especially the closing 22-minute track. Mmm, what a delight! The production is stellar and quite punchy as well, which is often not the case for most dissonant extreme acts, but it works really well here. However, if you’re relatively new to this style of metal, don’t expect this to grab you on the first listen, despite it being more ‘easy listening’ than your traditional disso death band. Overall though, this is an exceptional yet experimental journey that will keep you guessing until the end, so there’s never a dull moment. Fans of musical groups like Ulcerate, Neurosis, and Ad Nauseam should find plenty of things appealing about this release. Colin

Derev - Leap of Faith EP

21 May, 2021 | Independent

Seemingly out of nowhere, the three Canadians (with backgrounds from Syria and Armenia) that have combined their forces under the moniker Derev treat us to a little jewel of a debut EP called “Leap of Faith”. With its five songs plus intro, it reaches a playtime of 37 minutes, so other bands might have released this as a full length album. Regardless of what you are calling it, the quality of the contents on display is of the highest caliber. Stylistically firmly rooted in atmospheric, melancholic prog metal, they even rival the current leaders Soen and Wheel for best release of this year so far in that particular style. The songwriting is spot on, the production emanates a warmth that embraces you and the skills of the three core musicians match the proficiency of their aforementioned peers. What might set them apart and give them a unique edge is certainly their tastefully integrated oriental and Armenian influences courtesy of the members’ roots and the icing on the cake is definitely the heartfelt guest vocal performance of Adel Saflou and one can only hope that they will either manage to convince him to become a full-time member or find a worthy replacement. In any case, this debut EP is not to be missed by all lovers of emotional prog metal! Dario

More releases for 21 May, 2021

  • A Minor Error - Cauldron of Stars (May 16)
  • Creepers - Lush (May 17)
  • Gust to Zephyr - Cheap Metal Erotica (May 18)
     Bandcamp  
  • Zuffalo - Birdbrain (May 18)
  • fox capture plan - Nebula (May 19, Playwright)
  • VOLA - Witness (Mascot Label Group)
    Read Our Review
  • Impure Wilhelmina - Antidote (Season of Mist)
  • Esoctrilihum - Dy'th Requiem For the Serpent Telepath (I, Voidhanger Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Acausal Intrusion - Nulitas (I, Voidhanger Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Illusory - Crimson Wreath (Rockshots Records)
  • Pale Mannequin - Colours of Continuity
  • Hundred Headless Horsemen - Apokalepsia
  • Nadja - Luminous Rot (Southern Lord)
  • ⊙ - Anabasis
  • Obsolete Theory - Dawnfall
  • Watershape - You Are Not (Elevate Records)
  • Evership - The Uncrowned King - Act I
  • Saligaude - Demain mercredi
  • Yautja - The Lurch (Relapse Records)
  • Hanging Garden - Skeleton Lake (Lifeforce Records)
  • Nahaya - Vital Alchemy (Rockshots Records)
  • Charlie Coxedge - Big Top (This Is It Forever)
  • Schysma - Schysma (Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group)
  • Standard Human Experience - Never Belong (Wormholedeath)
  • Odraza - Acedia EP (Godz ov War Productions)
     Bandcamp  
  • Gåte - Til Nord EP (Indie Recordings)
  • Northlane - 2D EP (UNFD)
  • Canyon - Static EP
  • August Burns Red - Leveler (Re-release)
  • Amorphis - Live at Helsinki Ice Hall (Nuclear Blast)

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Colin

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.

Dario

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 www.progulus.com 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.

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