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Two records for the extreme prog fanatics!

Releases of the Week 24/2021 with Sundrowned and Alustrium
Two records for the extreme prog fanatics!

This week, our highlights include the ‘ethereal’ Norwegian debut album by post-black metal band Sundrowned, and the exciting third full-length release by American prog/tech death metal group Alustrium. And if these happen to be too heavy for your tastes, there are plenty of other fun prog releases to look into!

Sundrowned - Become Ethereal

18 June, 2021 | Fysisk Format

While central Europe is drowning in the scorching sun of the first heatwave of this summer, Norwegian post-black metal newcomers Sundrowned are releasing their debut album “Become Ethereal” via the eclectic Oslo based Fysisk Format label. Rarely has the title of an album been quite as idiomatic, so there’s plenty of ethereal atmospheres to bathe in, juxtaposed with the genre’s typical harsh vocals and drum blastbeats. Beautiful and chilling at the same time, “Become Ethereal” serves just right to cool down from the heat with its frosty and bleak vibes. Not to be missed for fans of the genre and blackgaze masters like Alcest, Lantlôs, etc. Top notch stuff. Dario

Alustrium - A Moment to Silence

18 June, 2021 | Unique Leader Records

Unique Leader Records have been stepping up their game, and with the release of American prog/tech death group Alustrium‘s newest album “A Monument to Silence”, they’re growing to be one of the best modern metal labels today. The band have truly proven themselves to be worthy of attention, and if their previous 2 albums haven’t done enough, this one certainly will. Solid and punchy production, excellent execution, and just super consistent. The style portrayed here is quite reminiscent of bands like Black Crown InitiateRivers of Nihil, and even the latest Alluvial that launched a few weeks ago. So if you’re a fan of either of those groups, do yourself a favour and give this album a listen! Colin

More releases for 18 June, 2021

  • Tangerine Dream - Live at the Reims Cathedral 1974 (June 12)
  • Galneryus - Union Gives Strength EP (Warner Music Japan, June 16)
  • Eye of Purgatory - The Lighthouse (Transcending Obscurity)
     Bandcamp  
  • Yagow - The Mess (Crazysane Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Hacktivist - Hyperdialect (UNFD)
  • Quiet - ...and so it was
     Bandcamp  Read Our Review
  • Helloween - Helloween (Nuclear Blast)
  • Timo Tolkki's Avalon - The Enigma Birth (Frontiers Music)
  • Big Hogg - Pageant of Beasts (Bad Elephant Music)
     Bandcamp  
  • Withered - Verloren (Season of Mist)
     Bandcamp  
  • Bossk - Migration (Deathwish)
     Bandcamp  
  • Styx - Crash of the Crown (Universal Music Group)
  • Seventh Dimension - Black Sky
  • Fly in Formation - Physical Architecture
     Bandcamp  
  • Fufluns - Refusés (Ma.Ra.Cash Records)
  • Pharaoh - The Powers That Be (Cruz Del Sur Music)
  • Dræmora - Death Rectangle
  • BaK - Crater EP
  • Param-Nesia - Aspect of Creation EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Muse - Origin of Symmetry: XX Anniversary RemiXX
  • Bantamweight - Sounds + Haptics (June 19)
     Bandcamp  
  • Castanarc - The Sea of Broken Vows (June 19, Khepra Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Echo Us - The Windsong Spires (June 20)

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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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