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Starting the new month with two kinds of heavy!

Releases of the Week 22/2021 with Ask the Slave and Hannes Grossmann
Starting the new month with two kinds of heavy!

This week, our highlights include the exciting, long-awaited follow-up album by Icelandic progressive rock/metal group Ask the Slave, and the fourth prog/tech death instalment to the discography of German solo artist, drummer, writer, and producer Hannes Grossmann. All of this and much more great new releases to check out!

Ask the Slave - Good Things Bad People

04 June, 2021 | Crime Records

What if I told you that Ragnar Ólafsson, one of the three golden voices in Icelandic indie/folk/prog/pop sensation Árstíðir had a crazy over the top progressive rock/metal band all along where he’s going really crazy with his voice? Well, there is, and with “Good Things Bad People”, Ask the Slave are returning after several years of quiet with their first internationally released album. Ragnar’s voice is also not the only thing running wild here, Ask the Slave is a band where anything goes, from early Pink Floyd psychedelic pop, 90s King Crimson riffing, jazz, avant-garde prog metal, Tom Waits meets anything Mike Patton has ever done – a hotpot of craziness condensed into one single album for the eclectic listener to enjoy. Far away from any trodden and outworn prog paths, this is as fresh as it gets! Welcome to the international prog stage guys, I really can’t wait to check out your previous two albums as well that just dropped on the streaming services for the first time. This is top notch stuff, absolutely dope and positively insane! Dario

Hannes Grossmann - To Where the Light Retreats

01 June, 2021 | Independent

German drummer extraordinaire Hannes Grossmann released his fourth full-length solo album on Tuesday, and it is a blast! “To Where the Light Retreats” continues down the traditional prog/tech death metal path that he’s paved with his previous efforts, and features every member from his project Alkaloid, helping to bring his writing to life. So if you’re impatiently waiting on that new Alkaloid record, this release won’t disappoint. Along the usual style you would expect from this album, they throw some tracks in that have a notable melodic death metal feel as well, which makes it more varied among the already versatile pieces you’ll find here. There’s honestly no weak tracks on this thing! Just banger after banger with lots of cool drum ideas and V. Santura’s unique vocals on top is the icing to the cake. With only 8 tracks running under 50 minutes in total, you can’t possibly waste your time here! Colin

More releases for 04 June, 2021

  • Red Side Visible - A Break From Normality (May 31)
  • Awarē - Awarē (May 31)
  • Theo Travis - Songs From the Apricot Tree (June 01)
  • Cinereous - I. Prelude (June 01)
  • Kandi Rüh - Le Cirque de Dieu (June 01)
  • Amarok - El Ojo del Mundo (June 01, Azafrán Media)
  • Ole Teigen - Aske og Jord (June 02, Apollon Records)
  • Dice - Madness in Paradise (June 02, Scene Records)
  • Boss Keloid - Family the Smiling Thrush (Ripple Music)
  • Oslo Tapes - Ør (Pelagic Records)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam - Blood in the Water (AFM Records)
  • King Buffalo - The Burden of Restlessness
  • Cloak of Altering - Sheathed Swords Drip With Poisonous Honey (Brucia Records)
  • Nephila - Nephila (The Sign Records)
  • Circle of Sighs - Narci (Metal Assault Records)
  • Code - Flyblown Prince (Karisma & Dark Essence Records)
  • Giant Sky - Giant Sky
  • Seputus - Phantom Indigo (Willowtip Records)
  • Octohawk - Animist
  • Paul Gilbert - Werewolves of Portland (The Players Club)
  • Somnuri - Nefarious Wave (Blues Funeral Recordings)
  • Nine Skies - 5.20
  • Sojourner - Perennial EP (Napalm Records)
  • Rhapsody of Fire - I'll Be Your Hero EP (AFM Records)
  • Ro Panuganti EP - Project Discover
  • Chain Reaktor - Homesick (June 05, Dutch Music Works)

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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.


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.

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