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Ethereal: chamber folk prog and orchestral post black metal!

Releases of the Week 32/2021 with Dikajee and Unreqvited
Ethereal: chamber folk prog and orchestral post black metal!

This week’s theme seems to be ethereal atmospheres in various forms. First we have “Forget~Me~Nots”, the full length debut by international artist Dikajee, best described as chamber folk/art prog. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada is one man project Unreqvited, releasing his sixth album in six years with “Beautiful Ghosts”, this time via Prophecy Productions. On the menu here: orchestral post black metal. But of course that’s not all this week has to offer. Dive into our Spotify playlist and explore!

Dikajee - Forget~Me~Nots

13 August, 2021 | self-released

Sometimes promo mails can hold precious new discoveries. Dikajee was certainly one of them. A couple of weeks ago I clicked on the link to the YouTube video for ‘River’, the first single leading up to Dikajee’s debut album “Forget~Me~Nots”, little did I know what beauty would await me. Stylistically, we get served an ethereal cocktail of folk and art prog with attention to detail and interesting instrumentations. Apart from Dikajee’s own fragile, yet powerful voice, undoubtedly the center of the attention here, Zoltan Renaldi’s beautifully melodious fretless bass lines stand out as well and giving “Forget~Me~Nots” an extra pinch of exquisiteness, just as various cello solos and delicate chamber string arrangements. Highly recommended for fans of iamthemorning, Tvinna and the likes… Dario

Unreqvited - Beautiful Ghosts

13 August, 2021 | Prophecy Productions

When was the last time you checked out an album solely based on its beautiful artwork? Well, for me it was not too long ago, when the artwork of Unreqvited’s new album “Beautiful Ghosts” caught my eyes in the newsletter of german label Prophecy Productions. And the lead single ‘Funeral Pyre’ managed to hold up to its promise with its vast orchestrations and post black metal ambiance. Reading up on Unreqvited’s history, this is apparently the sixth album in six year by the one man project from Ottawa, Canada. Also there was apparently a controversy about the stubbornness of Metal Archives who refused to admit Unreqvited into their archives because they found their music to be „More ambient/post-rock than metal.“. Well, the metal aspect is just as important to Unreqvited as the epic orchestrations, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Dario

More releases for 13 August, 2021

  • Theos - Precognitive (Aug. 09)
  • Appellative - Everything I Didn't Say (Aug. 10)
  • Fawn Limbs - Darwin Falls
  • Burial In The Sky - The Consumed Self
    Read Our Review
  • Diskord - Degenerations (Transcending Obscurity)
  • Act of Denial - Negative (Crusader Records)
  • The Helicopter of the Holy Ghost - Afters (Kscope)
  • Fleshbore - Embers Gathering (Innerstrength Records)
  • Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia
  • Speech Act - Letters on Ectinction's Piece
  • Absent Hearts - The Peak & The Valley
  • GosT - Rites of Love and Reverence (Century Media Records)
  • Fearancy - Daemonium (MDD Records)
  • Sepultura - Sepulquarta (Nuclear Blast)
  • Lorna Shore - And I Return to Nothingness EP (Century Media Records)
  • Mors Navis - Incipit EP
  • Anaal Nathrakh - When Fire Rains... / Hell is Empty... (Re-Issue) (Metal Blade Records)

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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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