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Eclectic and brutal: 3 Highlights, 32 more releases…

Releases of the Week 24/2022 with High Castle Teleorkestra, White Ward & Brutta
Eclectic and brutal: 3 Highlights, 32 more releases…

High Castle Teleorkestra - The Egg That Never Opened

17 June, 2022 | Art As Catharsis
High Castle Teleorkestra - The Egg That Never Hatched

Without a doubt the most embarrassing moment of my whole career doing interviews: not recognizing the main theme of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” in the opening title track of my current Album of the Year: “The Egg That Never Opened” from a new project called High Castle Teleorkestra. For all those who haven’t listened to the newest Progtalks episode yet, let me tell you what you can expect: Estradasphere meets Mr. Bungles “Disco Volante” meets Philip K. Dick. Meets swing. Oh and Stravinksy of course. And Bulgarian folklore. And much much more. How about some Morricone for a change? Musette? Some doom metal waltzing? Yes, it’s as crazy as the description sounds on paper, totally bonkers, but at the same time meticulously crafted and coherent. The most eclectic release this year for sure, a fascinating and beguiling listen! I can’t wait for the continuation! Dario

White Ward - False Light

17 June, 2022 | Debemur Morti Productions

After much success from their 2019 sophomore album “Love Exchange Failure”, Ukraine’s White Ward are back with their newest project called “False Light”. This full-length takes elements from everything they’ve done before and more, as well as making this their catchiest effort yet. For those not in the know about this group, White Ward are a blackgaze band; essentially a combination of black metal and shoegaze. On top of that, they’re known for fusing this subgenre with dark jazz, bringing a unique sound that makes them stand out amongst the crowd. “False Light” in particular has a little more post-metal and even melodic death metal elements floating around, which work really well here. Maybe not exactly prog, but the music presented on here will have lots to appeal to a standard extreme prog metal enjoyer, and is a great place to start for this band and blackgaze in general. Definitely a highlight for this year! Colin

Brutta - Brutta

17 June, 2022 | Self-released
Brutta_ Brutta

Not long after the debut outing of their dark prog metal project Athemon, brazilian guitarist/vocalist Adriano Ribeiro and his friends Tom MacLean (bass) and Gledson Gonçalves (drums) are back with something new. Brutta is even darker than Athemon though, or shall I say heavier and more brutal? In any case, good old blackened death metal is what’s on the menu here and it’s damn tasty. Absolutely visceral and gritty, it’s got just about the right amount of technicality without ever running the risk of getting too close to the border towards sterile or mechanical lands. It’s a dirty affair, and it’s all the more fun, I’d say! Brutta is br00tal and groovy – and that’s a very enjoyable thing of obscure beauty. Dario

More releases for 17 June, 2022

  • RO1 - Errorist EP (June 14)
    Read Our Review
  • Charlie Griffiths - Tiktaalika (Inside Out Music)
    Read Our Review
  • Basalt Shrine - From Fiery Tongues (June 13)
  • Between the Buried and Me - The Great Misdirect Live (June 13)
  • The Milgram Reverie - In-Formation Desert (June 14)
  • Dir En Grey - Phalaris (June 15)
  • Han Uil - Walking In Circles (June 16, Dutch Music Works)
  • Vagus - Sulfurous EP (June 16)
  • Extinguish the Sun - Transformations
  • Executioner’s Mask - Winterlong (Profound Lore)
  • Vexes - Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time
  • Swampborn - Beyond Ratio (Hypnotic Dirge Records)
  • Krallice - Psychagogue
  • Hundred Year Old Man - Sleep in Light (Consouling Sounds)
  • Exocrine - The Hybrid Suns (Unique Leader Records)
  • Oni - Loathing Light
  • Truent - Through the Vale of Earthly Torment
  • Thomas Bergsten - Thomas Bergsten’s Kosmos (Apollon Records)
  • Two Brothers - Star Thief
  • Inexorum - Equinox Vigil (Gilead Media)
  • Serpent Ascending - Hyperborean Folklore (I, Voidhanger Records)
  • Esoctrilihum - Consecration of the Spiritus Flesh (I, Voidhanger Records)
  • Merihem - Incendiary Darkness (I, Voidhanger Records)
  • Bekor Qilish - Throes of Death From the Dreamed Nihilism (I, Voidhanger Records)
  • Ornaemental Shine - Deima Panikon (I, Voidhanger Records)
  • The Steve Bonino Project - Pandora (Melodic Revolution Records)
  • Gozer - An Endless Static (Trepanation Records)
  • Fleur du Mal - Spleen III
  • Upon a Field’s Whisper - Sorry For Your Loss
  • Caravellus - Inter Mundos (Rockshots Records)
  • Burner - A Vision of the End EP (Church Road Records)
  • A Feast for Lampreys - Graveyard Abyss (June 18)

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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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