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Tech death x 3 + psychedelic black metal turned synthwave!

Releases of the Week 36/2021 with Hail Spirit Noir, Inferi, Aborted & Replicant
Tech death x 3 + psychedelic black metal turned synthwave!

This week, we have 4 different types of horror on the menu: John Carpenter Synthwave style with Hail Spirit Noir from Greece, cosmic blackened tech death horror with Inferi, some good old gore with Aborted and finally the dissonant grooves with Theremin courtesy of Replicant! But don’t worry, if all that sounds too extreme for you, there is new solo albums from Steve Hackett and Anette Olzon waiting to be discovered by the avid prog rock and melodic metal fans for example. So don’t miss out on our Spotify playlist and subscribe now!

Hail Spirit Noir - Mannequins

10 September, 2021 | Agonia Records

Greek psychedelic black metal horde Hail Spirit Noir are truly turning all expectations of their fans upside down and present an all-out dark synthwave album with “Mannequins”. And if you think you’re gonna get something alike Carpenter Brut, you’re actually not too far off. In fact, this might be some of the purest synthwave I’ve ever heard to be honest. So if you’re into this kind of music, you might have just found your new favorite album. When trve black metal bands are expanding their horizons by experimenting with their musical style, you’ll get either some cringe-worthy crap or some ass-kicking awesomeness that can take it up with the big names of the new genre they dabble in. This is the latter. Dario

Inferi - Vile Genesis

10 September, 2021 | The Artisan Era

If you’re in the mood for some dark, evil, technical death metal that is flirting with black horror elements, Inferi‘s new opus “Vile Genesis” should be your top choice, no doubt. Actually, if you are a fan of any technical death metal, you couldn’t do much wrong with any music released via The Artisan Era label lately. Still, Inferi are somehow a league of their own and could appeal to black metal fans as well as curious and open minded fans of prog metal who don’t mind ‘unclean’ vocals throughout most of their neo-classically tinged tapping and fingering onslaught. While bands like their compatriots of Rivers of Nihil and the germans of Obscura are seemingly getting all the laurels in this subgenre, a rabid horde of Inferi is coming to get you, so beware! Dario

Aborted - ManiaCult

10 September, 2021 | Century Media Records

Oh and while we’re at it: extreme metal legends of Aborted are dropping their eleventh(!) full length album today as well! And even though I can’t say that I’ve been a long-time fan (simply because I wasn’t able to digest these levels of brutality before), my cravings for more and more extreme stuff seems to align with my tolerance threshold for extremeness dropping further and further… Bands like Inferi and Aborted do make it easy for me though as their extreme brutality is always balanced with classical harmonies permeating their every riff. No one cares if the vocalist is the only founding member left, Aborted are brutal, technical, hungry and at the top of their game! Dario

Replicant - Malignant Reality

10 September, 2021 | Transcending Obscurity Records

With it being one of the biggest weeks for tech death this year, you know I gotta step in to highlight an album. Replicant just launched their anticipated second full-length record “Malignant Reality”, and my god does it ever rip! Prog, dissonance, groove, riffs… all thrown into one nearly-fifty-minute package. There’s also a couple of sections that include violin and theremin, so this record won’t be an easy one to forget. If I were to try to identify the sound throughout, imagine Gorguts meets Wormed, but less technical and loaded with Machine Head style riffs. Trust me, you’re in for a ride the moment you put this on. Replicant did it so well, this might just be one of my favourites for 2021 so far. Don’t skip this one! Colin

More releases for 10 September, 2021

  • Sweeping Death - Tristesse EP (Sept. 09)
  • Johari - Yūrei
  • Aeons - Consequences
  • Starless - Hope is Leaving You
  • Shumaun - Memories & Intuition
  • Steve Hackett - Surrender of Silence (Inside Out Music)
  • Seven Spires - Gods of Debauchery (Frontiers Music)
  • Cult of Scarecrow - Tales of the Sacrosanct Man (Wormholedeath Records)
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  • Andrew W.K. - God is Partying (Napalm Records)
  • Chrome Waves - The Rain Will Cleanse (Disorder Recordings)
  • Dawn Fades - Ode (Metal Assault Records)
  • Agusa - En Annan Varld
  • If Nothing Is - If Nothing Is (Karisma & Dark Essence Records)
  • Low - HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)
  • Anette Olzon - Strong (Frontiers Music)
  • Æpoch - Hiraeth EP
  • Maladie - Symptoms III EP (Apostasy 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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