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2 melancholic highlights to keep you company post-Summer Festivals

Releases of the Week 33/2022 with Dawnwalker & Esthesis
2 melancholic highlights to keep you company post-Summer Festivals

As every day life embraces back after some amazing summer festivals that were as exciting as they were exhausting, I picked two beautifully melancholic highlights for the Releases of the Week of August 19th that are keeping me company now in the post-Summer Festivals blues: Dawnwalker‘s “House of Sand” and “Watching Worlds Collide” from France’s Esthesis. Both highly recommended! For some 34 more releases from that week, check out our weekly updated Spotify playlist or the bandcamp links below. Dive in!

Dawnwalker - House of Sand

19 August, 2022 | self-released
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Dawnwalker is a UK based collective of musicians led by lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Norgate and “House of Sand” is their fifth full length album. Compared to its direct predecessor “Ages”, they most certainly toned down the heaviness a bit, but that’s not to say the melancholy or darkness permeating all of their music. With “House of Sand”, it feels like they’re really coming into their very own mix of somber alternative music with a clear focus on letting the atmosphere and the story guide the music, and well, sometimes that demands for high impact sudden metal outbursts. And while the title track ‘House of Sand’ is actually a cover, as it was originally performed by a certain Elvis Presley, the more or less album closer ‘House of Sand II’ is the spine chilling epic climax of the masterfully crafted album before an ambient coda of sorts with ‘Mildew’ and a longer, even more ambient remix of it. Some of the spoken word interludes between the songs startled me a bit as I first thought there was someone outside my balcony talking, but maybe that was just my sleep deprived brain. In any case, this might be Dawnwalker’s best work to date. Dario

Esthesis - Watching Worlds Collide

19 August, 2022 | self-released
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We’re staying in a rather melancholic mood this week with Esthesis from France. I gotta admit, I became slightly enamored with the beauty of their debut album, “The Awakening” from 2020, which I discovered a bit after it was released. However, their first and only single for their sophomore full-length effort “Watching Worlds Collide”, ‘Place Your Bets’, somehow didn’t really hit that same spot for me to be honest. All the more delighted was I as I pressed play for the first time with the actual album opener ‘Amber’, and voilà! There it is, that wonderful feeling I remembered from listening to “The Awakening”. And while still not being my favorite of the album, even ‘Place Your Bets’ worked much better once listened to as part of the whole album. It’s prog after all, so it should go without saying that listening to the longplayer in its entirety is the way to go here, right? Well, decide for yourself and listen to “Watching Worlds Collide” now on your favorite streaming platform or on the band’s bandcamp page. Dario

More releases for 19 August, 2022

  • Stygian Love - Solace… (Aug. 15)
     Bandcamp  
  • Icosandria - Icosandria EP (Aug. 15)
     Bandcamp  
  • Holding Absence & Alpha Wolf - The Lost & the Longing EP (Aug. 15)
  • Sun Eater - Vermin (Aug. 18)
     Bandcamp  
  • Rejoice! The Light Has Come - Untitled 2022 EP (Aug. 18)
  • Ocean of Stars - Azoth EP (Aug. 18)
     Bandcamp  
  • Motorpsycho - Ancient Astronauts (Rune Grammofon)
  • Atte Aho - Atte Aho (Eclipse Music)
     Bandcamp  
  • Mammoth Volume - The Cursed Who Perform the Larvagod Rites (Blues Funeral Recordings)
     Bandcamp  
  • Regal Worm - Worm!
     Bandcamp  
  • Lucius Fox - Solastalgia
     Bandcamp  
  • Nurez - Nachtlied (Sumarbrander)
     Bandcamp  
  • Soilwork - Overgivenheten
  • Le temps du loup - Enthraller (dunk!records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Orthodox - Learning to Dissolve (Century Media Records)
  • Flame Imperishable - Glory and Ruin
     Bandcamp  
  • SiX By SiX - SiX By SiX (Inside Out Music)
  • David Paich - Forgotten Toys (The Players Club)
  • Russian Circles - Gnosis (Sargent House)
     Bandcamp  
  • Spirit Adrift - 20 Centuries Gone
  • Phantom Spell - Immortal’s Requiem
     Bandcamp  
  • Abest - Molten Husk (Moment of Collapse Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Eruption - Tellurian Rupture
     Bandcamp  
  • Szun Waves - Earth Patterns (The Leaf Label)
     Bandcamp  
  • Necroplanet - Negative Space
     Bandcamp  
  • Psychlona - Palo Verde (Psycho Waxx)
     Bandcamp  
  • Empress - Fateweaver
     Bandcamp  
  • To Be Gentle - Unbroken
     Bandcamp  
  • Heilung - Drif (Season of Mist)
  • VLMV - Sing With Abandon
     Bandcamp  
  • BlackLab - In a Bizarre Dream (New Heavy Sounds)
     Bandcamp  
  • Mood Organ - Iconic Bench Scenes EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Potter’s Daughter - Weighted Keys EP (Melodic Revolution Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Deep Purple - Bombay Calling: Live in ‘95

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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 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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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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