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A Reset with Anova Skyway & a trip into the Hellfire with black midi

Releases of the Week 28/2022 with Anova Skyway & black midi
A Reset with Anova Skyway & a trip into the Hellfire with black midi

It’s so hard to keep up with the constant flood of great releases from the prog world recently, for the Release Week of July 15 we assembled another 38 releases alone! So without further ado, here is our Releases of the Week article for last week, highlighting a cool new EP from Houston’s Anova Skyway and a jaw-dropping new album by chaotic UK-experimentalists black midi. Dive in!

Anova Skyway - Reset EP

15 July, 2022 | self-released
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A highly melodic and catchy affair comes out of Houston today. The Texan six-piece Anova Skyway, now with ex-Oceans of Slumber guitarist Sean Gary amongst their ranks, return with “Reset”, a six-tracks 23-minutes EP that features their most accomplished and expansive material to date. Sitting comfortably between alternative and modern melodic prog, “Reset” sports a distinctive Jolly-vibe towards the middle (‘Spark’/’City Underground’), no wonder as they enlisted the co-songwriting talents of Jolly-Keyboarder Louis Abramson. New vocalist Mike Palacios knows how to impress with a presence that’s not too overbearing, but always on point. A brilliant cover of Faith no More’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is the icing on the “Reset”-cake, so come on and dig in. Best songs: the first and last tracks, ‘Translucent’ & ‘Horizon’, bookending the EP in glorious fashion. Dario

black midi - Hellfire

15 July, 2022 | Rough Trade Records
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Already here with their third full-length release, UK experimental rock band black midi drop their highly-anticipated “Hellfire” after an already jaw-dropping release from last year with “Cavalcade”. Continuing in that avant-prog/jazz-rock direction, they kick it up a notch even more by throwing in some brutal prog; a genre probably least known by general proggers. Even to me, I’m not quite familiar with the term enough to identify it myself in music, but the “brutal” term isn’t so much like how it’s described in metal music. It’s essentially the combination of characteristics found in both prog and noise rock, making for an overall chaotic sound. The performances on here are so intricate that it can be difficult to follow on first listen, but since revisiting it, I’ve already latched onto it much more that I can easily place this not only as their best album so far, but also as a personal top 3 album for this year. Absolutely incredible performances all around from the whole band. If it doesn’t quite click for you yet, I highly recommend seeing them live. The energy they deliver is hard to ignore and will remind you why live rock music is so great! Colin

https://youtu.be/8D3TrpQ_nFo

More releases for 15 July, 2022

  • My Soliloquy - FU3ION (July 11)
  • Gospel - MVDM EP (July 11)
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  • Penance Stare / Atvm - The Split EP (July 11)
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  • Tombs - Ex Oblivion EP (July 13, Season of Mist)
     Bandcamp  
  • ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - XI: Bleed Here Now (Inside Out Music)
  • Ed Wynne - Tumbling Through the Floativerse (Kscope)
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  • Alan Parsons - From the New World (Frontiers Music)
  • Kekal - Envisaged (Elevation Records)
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  • Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - The Confidence Trick
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  • SVIN - Introducing SVIN (Tonzonen Records)
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  • Grombira - Lunar Dunes (Tonzonen Records)
  • Birth - Born (Bad Omen Records)
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  • Bloodmeridian - This Is What Dying Is
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  • Deathbringer - IT (Unique Leader Records)
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  • Mercury’s Well - Mercury’s Well
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  • Josiah - We Lay On Cold Stone (Blues Funeral Recordings)
  • Minami Deutsch - Fortune Goodies (Guruguru Brain)
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  • The Wakedead Gathering - Parallaxiom (I, Voidhanger Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Prometheus - Aornos (I, Voidhanger Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Midnight Odyssey - Echoes of a Celestial Ruin (I, Voidhanger Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Antigama - Whiteout (Selfmadegod Records)
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  • Tulip - Derangement, Exquisite Tenderness
     Bandcamp  
  • Scarcity - Aveilut (The Flenser)
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  • Jason Richardson & Luke Holland - II
  • Hissing - Hypervirulence Architechture
     Bandcamp  
  • The Ever Living - Artificial Devices
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  • Behold! The Monolith - From the Fathomless Deep (Ripple Music)
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  • Marble - The Shadow in Me
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  • Sorry Kini - Intervalos (The Braves Records)
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  • Xenoglyph - Spiritfraud (Translation Loss Records)
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  • Mantar - Pain Is Forever and This Is the End (Metal Blade Records)
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  • Keith McCoy - Humachinery EP
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  • Witnesses - The Holy Water EP
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  • God Is An Astronaut - The Beginning of the End (Napalm Records)

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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.

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.

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