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The Progspace Awards 2020

Four releases to keep you warm on a cold autumn night

Releases of the Week 45/2021 with Alex Pilkevych, PRP, Outrun the Sunlight, & Djiin
Four releases to keep you warm on a cold autumn night

This week, we have some polish excellence with Alex Pilkevych’s “This Way Lies Madness” EP, some weird finnish prog rock, some beautiful instrumental stuff from Outrun the Sunlight and finally a psychedelic stoner trip from the Frenchies of Djiin! Plus 35 more releases, all waiting to be discovered in our Spotify Playlist!

Alex Pilkevych - That Way Lies Madness

12 November, 2021 | self-released
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“That Way Lies Madness”. Now that sounds like a nice prospect. Let’s go that way then. But be warned: there’s a whole lot more to discover than just plain madness. Solo artist Alex Pilkevych has really put a lot of effort and passion into his fourth release – and gifts us with arguably one of the very best EPs of the year. From the acoustic beginnings of ‘Madness’ via the stomping synth beat of ‘Honesty’ and the veggie prog metal rollercoaster that is ‘Celery’ all the way to the Tool-ish (not foolish!) dark and haunting bass groove of ‘Trauma’, it clocks in at just under 19 minutes, but it’s so full and rich of emotions, that its nourishment will last for days! Guest musicians Adam Janzi (VOLA) on drums and percussions and Katie Thompson (Chiasma) on additional vocals add even more layers and dimensions to the already amazing compositions by this young and extremely talented artist who should be on the radar of any fan of progressive music at least now with the release of this little stroke of genius. Whether it’s VOLA, Opeth, Tool or Leprous, Alex certainly doesn’t need to hide next to them with his best work to date. Don’t miss out on this one and also keep an eye out for our Progtalks episode with him which will drop on Wednesday, Nov. 25! Dario

PRP - No Pristine Rubbery Perception

12 November, 2021 | Inverse Records

PRP started in 2018 as a one-off project by Finnish art/prog rockers Petteri Kurki and Rami Turtiainen to release two songs that didn’t quite fit their main outlet Grus Paridae’s style. With some success, one might say: The grooving ‘Rubber Hands’ was selected to be the 3rd best single of the year 2018 over the hundreds of other releases by British Wigwam Online Radio’s yearly awards poll and was played in a lot of radio shows around the world. The two multi-instrumentalists decided to build upon that more rock-oriented foundation and wrote more music for what would become the project’s debut album “No Pristine Rubbery Perception”. Weaving modern sounds with lots of psychedelic influences, the concept album is constructed around the 3 parts of ‘Rubber Hands’, connecting them with other songs and finishing with the somewhat unrelated bonus song ‘SunSon’ with some early The Flower Kings vibes. “No Pristine Rubbery Perception” should appeal to fans of psychedelic 70s prog and quirky neoprog as well as more modern progressive music such as the early Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree.Matthias

Outrun the Sunlight – A Vast Field of Silence

12 November, 2021 | self-released
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American Outrun the Sunlight returns with a new album, their fourth one since the debut “The Return of Inertia” in 2011. This time it’s a concept album, and quite an emotional and meaningful one at that. Looking at guitarist Austin Peters quotes regarding the gestation of the album, it seems like creating this album has been somewhat cathartic for him. So how does a concept album work, seeing as the band’s brand of music is instrumental? Very well I’d say, as the band is quite masterful at creating vivid, engaging and cinematic soundscapes. They paint pictures in your mind, utilising the uplifting and serene melodies that run through their music. A good example is the sunny ‘Emerald Joy’, perhaps my favourite track on the album. I’ve stated in previous reviews that I think instrumental prog must be one of the sub-genres that is most challenging to get right. There is no vocal performance to distract you from a meandering performance, or to deliver a catchy chorus. The songwriting has to be on point from start to finish. There is also the danger that instrumental prog becomes too bland, especially if it’s of the post-rock style, or that it is overtly frenetic and focuses on technicality over melody. Luckily Outrun the Sunlight manages that balance, for the most part, on this album. They occupy that sweet spot between post-rocky atmospherics and skilful complexity without dragging it too far in any direction. The guitars are, naturally, the focus on much of the album, and they deliver some fantastic melodies, sometimes complex, but more often peacefully melodic and in tune with the atmosphere the band is building. One great example is the eight-minute ‘Molten Light’ which is another of the highlights of the album. Recommended! Rune

Djiin - Meandering Soul

12 November, 2021 | Klonosphere
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Djiin (with a double i instead of a double n as you would expect) is a psychedelic stoner rock band from France and “Meandering Soul” is their third full length album. Spread out over six songs, “Meandering Soul” is basically a 40 minute trip into fuzzy guitar sounds, gnarly heavy bass, interspersed with ethereal trippy passages and led by the stunningly expressive voice of vocalist/harpist Chloé Panhaleux. Doomy Black Sabbath-heaviness is just as important to their sound as traditional eastern sounds and psychedelic, ritualistic dizziness, woven into each other to form an enchanting, enthralling unique sound that is inherently Djiin. The adventurous nature makes it a compelling and thrilling listen throughout with lots of exciting twists and turns. Trippy and a lot of fun! /Dario

More releases for 12 November, 2021

  • Healing Harm - Shapes of Alienation (Nov. 8, Sun Empire Productions)
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  • The Osiris Club - The Green Chapel (Bad Elephant Records)
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  • Obscura Qualma - Apotheosis (Rising Nemesis Records)
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  • Queen Kona - Lucid
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  • Prospectors - Proven Lands
  • Cave Bastard - Wrath of the Bastard
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  • Kanaan - Earthbound (Jansen Records)
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  • Ars Magna Umbrae - Throne Between Worlds (I, Voidhanger Records)
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  • Creature - Eloge de l’Ombre (I, Voidhanger Records)
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  • Delta Sleep - Spring Island
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  • Flavour Nurse - Flavour Nurse (Love Anarchy Records)
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  • Milton Man Gogh - The Great Reset (Art As Catharsis)
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  • Signum Draconis - The Divine Comedy: Inferno (Rockshots Records)
  • The Seafloor Cinema - In Cinemascope With Stereophonic Sound (Pure Noise Records)
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  • 200 Stab Wounds - Slave to the Scalpel (Maggot Stomp)
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  • Damian Wilson - Limehouse to Lechlade
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  • Adam Wakeman - A Handful of Memories (Blacklake)
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  • NorthTale - Eternal Flame (Nuclear Blast)
  • Møtrik - MØØN: The Cosmic Electrics of MØTRIK (Jealous Butcher Records)
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  • Memorist - Oni//Kijo (Year of the Rat Records)
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  • eyethewild - Colours of the Dark
  • Reanimation - A Fear of Falling
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  • Rinuwat - Dua Naga (Heavy Machinery Records)
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  • Burntfield - Impermanence (Progressive Gears Records)
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  • Thårn - Collisions (Trepanation Recordings)
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  • Devil Electric - Godless
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  • Siem Reap - New What? (Isolation Rec.)
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  • Hollywood Burns - The Age of Saucers (Blood Music)
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  • Graular - Ashes EP (Wormholedeath Records)
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  • Heuristica - Paramount Symmetry EP
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  • Burial Waves - Holy Ground EP
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  • Borknagar - Borknagar (Reissue) (Century Media Records)
  • Dr Haze & the Wise Lizards - And Beyond (Nov. 13)
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  • Enemy of the Rose - Event (Nov. 13)
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  • sleepmakeswaves - Live at the Metro (Nov. 13)
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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.

Matthias

Co-founder of The Progspace. Enthusiastic concert visitor - especially if there are good photo opportunities. Loves all kind of progressive rock and metal, as long as it is original and not too technical or aggressive. News journalist and passionate nature photographer.

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.

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.

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