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3 independent EPs; 3 different flavors of modern prog!

Releases of the Week 31/2021 with Art Against Agony, Grace Hayhurst & Insurgent
3 independent EPs; 3 different flavors of modern prog!

Enigmatic masked collective Art Against Agony return to their fusion metal sound after an electronic excursion last year, British multi-instrumentalist Grace Hayhurst presents her first EP, and so do her country-mates of Insurgent; this week we have three independent EP releases for you that represent three different flavors of modern prog! But no worries, there are also a few new quality full length albums waiting to be discovered… And as always, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Art Against Agony - Reincarnation Suite EP

06 August, 2021 | Independent

After an electronic excursion with last year’s “Solanaceae”, German based international collective Art Against Agony return to their trademark fusion metal sounds with the new “Reincarnation Suite” EP – and expand their sound universe even further. Crazy rhythms and percussions clash with the frantic signature riffs and solos of main mask man the_sorcerer and some guest saxophone sounds from Grammy nominated Mars Williams in ‘Differentiate’ are fitting in just perfectly.  As does Mattias IA Eklundh’s crazy guitar wizardry in ‘Elaborate’. Mridangam master the_maximalist is getting some percussive backup from the legendary Nippy Noya through 4 out of 7 tracks. The mood ranges from trippy and contemplative to heavy, dark and epic, making Art Against Agony’s instrumental blend as epic as ever. And for all AAA freaks who want to know how their favorite masked band sounds with a vocalist: check out the single ‘WITKSM – SUPERIOR BEAST’ which features a fierce guest performance by MNSTRGRY and it is unleashed today as well! Don’t forget to check the band’s Patreon if you’re not part of that already for cool art (against agony) perks: Dario

Grace Hayhurst - Existence Is Temporary EP

06 August, 2021 | Independent

Is this ambulance just driving by outside my window or is it coming from my speakers? British multi-instrumentalist and classically trained musician Grace Hayhurst is starting off her debut EP a little irritating, before soothing guitars lead into the first riff of the, well, riff-driven opener ‘Where am I?’. The drums are handled expertly by Andrew Scott (Leviathan Owl, Slice the Cake, Feather), all other instruments (except for some acoustic guitars which come courtesy of Paul Haness), are played by Grace herself. The spoken word part from Jonah Robertson in the title track feels a bit over the top in places, but that doesn’t take away from the positive overall impression of “Existence is Temporary”. Rounded off by an absolutely gorgeous cover artwork, this is a neat first acoustic sign of life from Grace Hayhurst that should appeal to fans of atmospheric instrumental prog as well as post rock aficionados. Favourite track: ‘Death is Final’! Dario

Insurgent - Sentient EP

06 August, 2021 | Independent

Bouncy riffs galore and a powerful voice: Insurgent hail from Birmingham, and with their debut EP “Sentient”, they are introducing their own brand of prog-tinged modern metal mixed with anthemic stadium hooks. After all this eclectic instrumental stuff above, it’s time for something altogether more mainstream-appealing and simply groovy as hell, don’t you think? The angular riffs, supported by a tight rhythm section, are literally screaming for some headbanging action and Kate Teitge’s roaring and soaring voice is leading them into battle. Different bands like Alter Bridge, TesseracT, but also Novena come to mind as the density of killer hooks is, well, simply off the hooks and the riffing is oscillating between straight forward attack mode and some more proggy rhythms. Insurgent have the potential for a bright and successful future appealing to both mainstream rock/metal and prog audiences. Dario

More releases for 06 August, 2021

  • olim - A Mighty Disposition (July 31)
  • Chaos Over Cosmos - The Silver Lining Between the Stars EP (August 1)
  • Karoshi - Idola EP (August 1)
  • Grisly - Salting the Earth (August 3, Xtreem Music)
  • Apathy Noir - At the Edge of the World (August 5)
  • Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready (Sargent House)
  • Elisa Montaldo - Fistful of Planets Part II
  • Nothing Noble - Modern Dismay (Prime Collective)
  • Zac Tiessen - Streams in the Wasteland (Original Soundtrack)
  • The Cyberiam - Connected
  • Foxing - Draw Down the Moon (Hopeless Records)
  • Feeling of Presence - Of Lost Illusion
  • Krigsgrav - The Sundering (Wise Blood Records)
  • Thomas Harbour - Duodecennial
  • Vril - Agartha EP
  • GUHTS - Blood Feather EP
  • Michael Woodman - Psithurism EP
  • The Halcyon Conservatory - From Egg to Ruin EP

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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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