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Instrumental or not: the prog metal factor is high this week!

Releases of the Week 20/2022 with Steroid Puppets, Mendel, !GeRald! & Iris Divine
Instrumental or not: the prog metal factor is high this week!

20 weeks into 2022, we’ve got amazing debut albums from Israel (Steroid Puppets) and France (!GeRald!) and more progressive metal goodness from the Netherlands (Mendel) and the US (Iris Divine). Discover 32 more new releases in our list below, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to always keep up to date.

Steroid Puppets - Earthguest

17 May, 2022 | self-released

Instrumental Prog Metal Part 1: Fusion edition! Steroid Puppets are a new progressive jazz/fusion metal supergroup from Israel consisting of Ben Azar on guitars, Or Lubianiker on bass and Nir Nakav on drums. Their debut album “Earthguest” is 42 minutes of fresh compositions that rival the best in the aforementioned sub-genres in all aspects: playing, production and songwriting. And, as with all great supergroup, it ends up as much more than ‘simply’ the sum of its parts, which would have been staggering already in light of the sheer talent involved. Decidedly more metal overall than their famous powertrio supergroup peers in The Aristocrats, those three seem to have found a special magic very much unique the clashing of their talents. I’m really hoping that this project will be here to stay, as it’s so much fun listening to these three monster musicians having fun playing music together. Dario

Mendel - Equilibrium

17 May, 2022 | self-released

Instrumental Prog Metal Part 2: Symphony edition! Fancy a huge, epic dose of instrumental, classically inspired prog metal? Look no further than Mendel’s new album “Equilibrium”. His sixth solo album in 10 years, dutch prog metal guitarist, composer and solo artist Mendel bij de Leij is keeping a very nice balance of epic- and heaviness on “Eqilibrium”. Parts dominated by the symphonic orchestration and classical chord progressions take turns with some serious shred action. More Adagio than Symphony X, you will definitely want to stay until the end for a cool rendition of the famous ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies’ and orchestral versions of two album tracks if you’re as much into classical music as I am. Dario

!Gerald! - The Lost Tapes

18 May, 2022 | self-released

It’s !GeRald! week here on The Progspace! After an exclusive premiere, a Progtalks episode with percussionist Teddie Burton and Evelina’s full in depth review, we just have to mention their jaw-dropping debut full thlength “The Lost Tapes” as a highlight of the week as well. Don’t miss out on the most exciting avantgarde prog punk debut album of the year and if you’re anywhere near one of the stops on their European tour supporting the release of the album that they started yesterday, I seriously urge you to go for that extra visceral and violent live experience! Dario

Iris Divine - Mercurial

20 May, 2022 | Layered Reality Productions

One thing becomes clear from the very first chords: Iris Divine is very much influenced by one of the most influential power trios in the prog history. No, I’m not talking about Rush. I’m talking about the heavy, grooving and soulful rock sound of King’s X! Only the fourth album in about 15 years of band history, the US trio adds some heavier sounds from the likes of Queensrÿche, Fates Warning or Conception into the highly explosive cocktail that is “Mercurial”. Highly recommended for every fan of heavy rocking prog metal. Dario

More releases for 20 May, 2022

  • Edoardo Taddei - Timeglass (May 16)
  • Eden Rayz - Corpus Vice (May 16)
  • Arc of Sun - Unfold (May 17)
  • Hyper La Chaise - Vortex Cathedra (May 18)
  • Evergrey - A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) (Napalm Records)
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  • Spheric Universe Experience - Back Home (Uprising Records)
  • James LaBrie - Beautiful Shade of Grey (Inside Out Music)
  • Pymlico - Supermassive (Apollon Records)
  • Megalomatic - The Benbecula Tree
  • Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Undreamable Abysses (Debemur Morti Productions)
  • Mortal Thrall - A Path to Fire (Trepanation Recordings)
  • Thor Axe - Solar Rips
  • Awakening Sun - Heaven Is Whatever
  • Septicflesh - Modern Primitive (Nuclear Blast)
  • Cave In - Heavy Pendulum (Relapse Records)
  • Cities of Mars - Cities of Mars (Ripple Music)
  • Anderes Holz - Continuo (Tonzonen Records)
  • Unbowed - Colour the Soul
  • Serpentent - Mother of Light (Svart Records)
  • Luminous Vault - Animate the Emptiness (Profound Lore Records)
  • Come to Grief - When the World Dies (Translation Loss Records)
  • Everything Everything - Raw Data Feel
  • Assumption - Hadean Tides (Everlasting Spew Records)
  • Imonolith - Progressions
  • Sedative - Death Romantic EP
  • The Lickerish Quartet - Threesome Vol. 3 EP (Lojinx)
  • For Breakfast - Trapped in the Big Room EP (Glasshouse Records)
  • Mariusz Duda - The Lockdown Trilogy (Kscope)
  • Kauan - Pirut Live (Artoffact Records)
  • Robert Berry’s 3.2 - Alive at ProgStock (2nd Street Records)
  • Dawn of Solace - Notes of Perdition (Unplugged Studio Live) (Noble Demon)
  • Darkane - Layers of Lies (re-issue) (Massacre 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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