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More debut full length outings and Zeuhl vs. Mathcore!

Releases of the Week 42/2021 with Within Progress, Others by No One, Shamblemaths & Every Time I Die
More debut full length outings and Zeuhl vs. Mathcore!

Out of the 45 releases that we have assembled from this week, we picked 4 eclectic highlights. Starting off with some greek prog metal from Thessaloniki: Within Progress released their debut full length album “Inner” yesterday already. “Book II: Where Stories Come From” is also a first full length outing, this one comes from Ohio proggers Others by No One. A sophomore effort for a change comes from Norwegian duo Shamblemaths. Simply entitled “Shamblemaths II”, this one should appeal to all retro/proto prog and Zeuhl fans alike, while Colin’s pick of the week, Every Time I Die’s “Radical” sports a very different genre mix altogether: mathcore/metalcore with hardcore punk/southern rock undertones… A vast palette of progressive sounds to choose from as always! Dive in!

Within Progress - Inner

21 October, 2021 | self-released
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Up and coming greek melodic prog metal quintet Within Progress released their first musical sign of life, the EP “Oceans of Time” in 2018. Now, about 3 years later, it is time for the world to hear their debut full length album “Inner”. So what do they have to offer? A fresh bouquet of 12 songs that drive the fine line between modern and traditional melodic prog metal. A clear focus on melodies, hook lines and precise songwriting, that drives home most songs between 4 and 6 minutes. Enough time for every song to bloom and show its own unique petals and blossoms. The atmosphere that seems to be glowing from within is beautifully captured in the gorgeous cover artwork. So Within Progress are without a doubt another star in the brimming greek prog scene that is destined to shine bright. Dario

Others by No One - Book II: Where Stories Come From

22 October, 2021 | self-released
OthersByNoOne_BookII

Sometimes there is so much to say about an album, that you sort of fold in on yourself and decide to try and represent it more simply and concisely instead. “Book II: Where Stories Come From” is that kind of album. With its almost 75 minutes of music, it could easily have become overwhelming, or even worse, meddling and unmemorable, but that does not happen here. Main composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Max Mobarry paints with such a vast palette, both when it comes to their songwriting, vocal performance, and instrumental expression that you never get the chance to look away. The rest of the band follows suit with impressive talent, and when you add to that a host of guest performers, you have what I’d describe as “progressive-dynamite”! The base for the band’s music is modern-sounding progressive rock and metal, in the vein of Haken, or perhaps even closer to the short-lived Native Construct, but with its wholly unique and uplifting style, feel and attitude. Not to say we’re only presented with bright vocal lines and catchy choruses here, as they are more than regularly contrasted by menacing savagery and screamed snarling sarcasm. There are elements of blues and jazz here, funk and intelligent pop music, as well as cabaret-style jazz and even smatterings of church-like choirs.  As expected from a long progressive epic, this is of course a concept album as well, but I’ll leave it up to the listener to discover the story inside for themselves. Like I said initially, I could probably expand on this album a lot more, but I’ll leave it at this; if you have any interest in contemporary, truly progressive metal and rock, this is not a release you want to sleep on. Rune

Oh, and if you’d like to dive a bit deeper into the band and Max, please check out Dario’s interview with them for the Progtalks!

Shamblemaths - Shamblemaths II

22 October, 2021 | Apollon Records
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If you’re a fan of the adventurous side of progressive rock and still waiting for that one album to knock your socks off this year, “Shamblemaths II” might just come to the rescue to fill that void swiftly. Hailing from Norway, the home of some of the most interesting prog rock bands in the latest years, this duo comprised of drummer Ingvald A. Vassbø and mastermind Simen Å. Ellingsen has, with the help of some equally talented guest musicians, produced a wondrous smorgasbord of avant/retro prog, Zeuhl and pure musical mayhem. Influences that spring to mind range from Magma and Univers Zero to Änglagård and Kotebel, various saxophones (ranging from soprano all the way to baritone), swathes of mellotron and even a bassoon are battling Ingvald’s explosive drums. ‘This River’ is closing off a remarkable album in a jazzy, introspective fashion and one last crescendo of intensity, “Shamblemaths II” is a must hear for all prog rock fans who don’t think Big Big Train is the pinnacle of complexity. /Dario

Every Time I Die - Radical

22 October, 2021 | Epitaph Records
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It’s been 5 years since the release of their highly-acclaimed “Low Teens”, but Every Time I Die absolutely blew my expectations away with this one! I have only been getting into this band over the last couple of months, and let me tell you; I do not regret it. Their discography manages to get stronger with every album, and they did it again with “Radical”. For those who have not listened to this band, they tend to play a combo of mathcore and hardcore punk with southern rock elements. This album in particular feels like one of their heaviest efforts, yet it’s also their most diverse. Tons of awesome riffs, catchy choruses, aggressive harsh vocals with personality, and it’s consistently top notch throughout. The drumming is impressive on this one as well. And what gets me the most is just how this is their longest release so far, and the overall quality manages to be this good. Incredible record. Possible album of the year for me, and honestly one of the best metalcore albums I’ve ever heard. Colin

More releases for 22 October, 2021

  • Peculate - Your Own Personal Abyss (Oct. 18)
     Bandcamp  
  • 5ive Dive - Première Traversée (Oct. 21)
  • Ignea/Ersedu - Bestia EP (Oct. 21)
     Bandcamp  
  • PFM - I Dreamed of Electric Sheep (Inside Out Music)
    Read Our Review
  • Dream Theater - A View from the Top of the World (Inside Out Music)
    Read Our Review
  • Green Lung - Black Harvest (Svart Records)
     Bandcamp  Read Our Review
  • Hex A.D. - Funeral Tango for Gods & Men (Fresh Tea)
    Read Our Review
  • Seims - Four
     Bandcamp  
  • Chorosia - A Call to Love
     Bandcamp  
  • Legacy Pilots - The Penrose Triangle
     Bandcamp  
  • Cognos - Cognos (Willowtip Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Burnt Belief - Mutual Isolation (Alchemy Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Venus Syndrome - Cannibal Star (Rockshots Records)
  • Harul Vinay - Bharari Ghat
     Bandcamp  
  • Slow Crush - Hush (Church Road Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Sentinels - Collapse By Design (Sharptone Records)
  • Big Space - In Relation To
     Bandcamp  
  • Zych - Dante’s Inferno Part 1 (Metal Assault Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Hand of Kalliach - Samhainn
     Bandcamp  
  • Between Oceans - Renaissance (Prime Collective)
  • Starset - Horizons (Fearless Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Spirit Was - Heaven’s Just A Cloud (Danger Collective Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Forgonia - The Mountain
     Bandcamp  
  • Siamese - Home (Long Branch Records/SPV Entertainment)
     Bandcamp  
  • Turquoise - Fermented Fruit (Friend Club Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Bloodred Hourglass - Your Highness (Out Of Line Music)
     Bandcamp  
  • 914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet (Napalm Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Feral Season - Rotting Body in the Range of Light (Profound Lore Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Yenisei - Reflections
     Bandcamp  
  • Octopus Ride - II
     Bandcamp  
  • Necrofier - Prophecies of Eternal Darkness (Season of Mist)
     Bandcamp  
  • Mànran - Ùrar
     Bandcamp  
  • Cradle of Filth - Existence is Futile (Nuclear Blast)
  • Circa Survive - A Dream About Love (Rise Records)
  • Wax Mekanix/Troll Teeth - Blunt Split/EP (Talon Records)
  • Rogue - Phantom EP
  • Leslie Hunt - Descend EP
  • Together In Tragedy - Memoriam EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Bloodshot - Mono Pneuma EP
  • The Pineapple Thief - Nothing But the Truth
     Bandcamp  
  • Persona - Animal (Oct. 23)
     Bandcamp  

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Dario

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.

Colin

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.

Rune

Hailing from Trondheim, Norway, but currently living in France. Rune has been a fan of everything hard and heavy since he got his first real taste of music in the early 80's. Originally a fan of the more extreme genres of metal, like thrash, death and blackmetal, he always enjoyed the more technical, progressive and avant-garde side of music. When he's not working, collecting and listening to albums, or attending concerts, Rune enjoys one of his many other nerdy hobbies, including roleplaying games, video-games, comics, and sci-fi and fantasy literature.

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