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Dive into these three instrumental worlds

Releases of the Week 38/2021 with Drott, Alpha Boötis & So Far As I Know
Dive into these three instrumental worlds

This week our focus lies on three very different, but equally mesmerizing instrumental worlds. Drott from Norway present their debut full length “Orcus”Alpha Boötis have re-visited their debut EP “Episode 1” in a manner that you don’t have any excuse anymore to not “Jump to Alpha Boötis”, and So Far As I Know from Russia invite us to a post rock journey to “The Omega Point”. All in all we have found 30 releases that see the light of day today, so dive in and don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify playlist!

Drott - Orcus

24 September, 2021 | By Norse Music

“In the realms of the dead dwells “Orcus”, the punisher of broken oaths in the afterlife. He is Lord in this abode for purification of the souls, the Underworld. This is the katabasis of DROTT.” After their already very intriguing self-titled little debut EP earlier this year, the norwegian Shamans of Drott return with their first full length album. Their instrumental brew mixes psychedelic elements with a strange western flair and an overall ritualistic and cinematic feel. Oddly compelling, they tell a strange tale that lures you in, whether you like it or not. Seasoned musicians from the creative Bergen scene, also active in established bands like Enslaved or Ulver, in search of new paths, injecting a breath of fresh air into instrumental, psychedelic prog rock. Utterly engrossing! Dario

Alpha Boötis - Jump to Alpha Boötis

24 September, 2021 | Self-released

More instrumental strangeitudes this week are coming from Montreal, Canada. A complete re-work of their first EP “Episode 01” from 2017, Alpha Boötis are taking us on a real fun, weird science-fiction story with their unique mix of warm synthesizers, a saxophone that sounds like a bassoon and some fun, upbeat power metal riffs. Oddly enough this crude mixture might appeal to synthwave fans as well as lovers of medieval metal sounds. They even get out their recorder for a fun Alattia-remix of the last song ‘Circling the Belt of Orion’, and I haven’t heard a recorder in such a cool spacey context since Armageddon‘s ‘Funeral in Space’ from their totally underrated 1997 debut album “Crossing the Rubicon”. To top things off, Gojira’s ‘Another World’ works just marvellously in a synth setting. So what are you waiting for? “Jump to Alpha Boötis”Dario

So Far As I Know - The Omega Point EP

24 September, 2021 | Self-released

Staying in cinematic instrumental territories this weekend, our third stop is in Russia with a band called So Far As I Know. The further their new EP “The Omega Point” is progressing, the more they seem to stray away from the initial well-known post rock tropes to delve into the depths of computer game soundtracks and electronic atmospheres, especially on the last track ‘AGI’. The concept revolves around the evolution of consciousness, the point where artificial intelligence will inevitably merge with the organic. The cover artwork was fully created by a neural network, and they are currently working on two innovative videos, which will be created by a neural network as well, which will generate video based solely on the music. Intriguing conceptual stuff and 15 solid minutes of vast, expansive post rock landscapes. Dario

More releases for 24 September, 2021

  • Geoff Proudley - Tales from Strange Travels (Sept. 21)
  • Rivers of Nihil - The Work (Metal Blade Records)
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  • Aeon Zen - Transversal (Layered Reality Productions)
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  • Sleep Token - This Place Will Become Your Tomb (Spinefarm Records
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  • LLNN - Unmaker (Pelagic Records)
  • Mostly Autumn - Graveyard Star
  • Isildur’s Bane & Peter Hammill - In Disequilibrium
  • The Answer Lies in the Black Void - Forlorn
  • Cognizance - Upheaval (Prosthetic Records)
  • Veilburner - Lurkers in the Capsule of Skulls (Transcending Obscurity)
  • Driftin’ Line - Born as Slaves We Die Free (Underground Symphony)
  • Virial - Transhumanism (Vicious Instinct Records)
  • Wang Wen - 100,000 Whys (Pelagic Records)
  • Dec Burke - Life In Two Dimensions (Gravity Dream Music)
  • Antony Kalugin - Chameleon Shapeshifter (Caerllysi Music)
  • Cyan - For King And Country
  • Poppy - Flux (Sumerian Records)
  • The Watch - The Art of Bleeding (Pick Up Records)
  • Endvs - Cessation (Octane Records)
  • Dream Ocean - The Missing Stone
  • Kehlvin - Holistic Dreams (Division Records)
  • Ikarie - Cuerpos en Sombra (Avantgarde Music)
  • Carchosa - Realms
  • Forgetting the Memories - Vemod (Long Branch Records/SPV)
  • A Pale Horse Named Death - Infirmum in Terra (Long Branch Records/SPV)
  • Mandoki Soulmates - Utopia for Realists: Hungarian Pictures (Inside Out Music)
  • Jon Gomm - Secrets Nobody Keeps - Passionflower 10 Years Anniversary Edition

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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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