7 Highlights, 40 more Releases: 11/11/2022 is stacked!
4 post-something releases, a sludge prog death concept album swarming with insects from Canada, Shostakovich goes prog metal and the very first ever mini review from our Andrei aka enthusiasm central for Martin Gonzalez (Atomic Guava/OK Goodnight) solo debut EP. November 2022 continues strong. Dive in and don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify playlist: https://theprogspace.com/rotw-playlist
Seventh Station - Heal the Unhealed
“Heal the Unhealed” is an intense album. “Heal the Unhealed” is a dark album. “Heal the Unhealed” is a demanding album. “Heal the Unhealed” is an accomplished album. “Heal the Unhealed” features amazing keyboard performances and intricate and masterful arrangements from frequent Dream Theater/Jordan Rudess collaborator Eren Başbuğ. “Heal the Unhealed” features an unbelievably versatile performance from Subterranean Masquerade vocalist and ceiling-dangler Davidavi “Vidi” Dolev. “Heal the Unhealed” comes from the visionary mind of guitar virtuoso Dmitri Alperovich. “Heal the Unhealed” merges traditional prog metal as well as more avantgarde and extreme leanings with classical music influences from the late romantic/classical modern period. “Heal the Unhealed” features a jaw-dropping rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony – 2nd Movement (op. 93), adapted to a prog metal context, sitting comfortably in the very heart of the album. “Heal the Unhealed” is the second full length album of international prog metal band Seventh Station. “Heal the Unhealed” is a cathartic experience from start to finish. “Heal the Unhealed” deserves to be heard. “Heal the Unhealed” might just heal a craving for more Seventh Station music you never knew existed. Until you listened to “Heal the Unhealed”. So you’d better go and listen to “Heal the Unhealed”. (And if you want to find out more about “Heal the Unhealed”, go listen to our Progtalks Episode with Dmitri, Eren & Vidi right here!)
Onségen Ensemble - Realms
Post-something #1: time for some Morricone vibes! There is a certain Western feel to the music of the Onségen Ensemble from Finland, while also evoking some eastern meditative Zen calmness. ‘I’m Here No Matter What’: this unique brand of psychedelic post sounds is thoroughly enrapturing and I would urge anyone who favors rich arrangements in a cinematic (but decidedly not orchestral) post/prog rock environment to dive into these vast “Realms”.
Ashbreather - Hivemind
Just two weeks after the release of his excellently brutal split EP with Anna Pest, my ever industrious friend and What’s Hot?!/Releases of the Week-colleague Colin MacAndrew is back with his main band Ashbreather and their second full length album, “Hivemind”. And where their previous EP “Ow, My Eye” provided only 24 minutes of experimental sludgy prog death goodness, the prospect of almost 38 minutes of the same high quality stuff alone should make your mouth water. What the Canadian trio has concocted here though, both musically and conceptually/lyrically, has the potential to blow your minds and should propel them at least halfway to the popularity level of Slugdge, whose vocalist Matt Moss is guesting on the penultimate movement ‘Hivemind X’, right before Ashbreather descend into a Gojira-esque finale. Who’s up for a Sludgeprog-Multiverse? Mastodon vs. Gojira vs. Molluscas malodorous (the Slugdge deity) vs. the mighty Ashbreather “Hivemind”? Way more exciting than Marvel and DC together, I tell ya!
Constellatia - Magisterial Romance
Post-something #2. This time we’re having some gorgeously romantic post blackgaze. Or something like that. 4 songs in almost 40 minutes. Constellatia from Cape Town, South Africa, take their time to develop their songs and to bathe in the wonderful atmosphere. Their second album “Magisterial Romance” delivers everything you could hope for with such a subgenre description – and more. Tiny details like the occasional lead guitar/solo lick or the thought provoking lyrics invite to further spins and headphone sessions for the perfect immersion.
Glaston - I Am Whole
Post-something #3: Switzerland, piano, string quartet. Post rock without crescendo clichés. Glaston from Zurich steer clear of your standard tropes within the genre and developed their very own brand with their 2017 debut album “Inhale / Exhale”, now further expanding and exploring these sounds on their sophomore effort, “I Am Whole”. Only Glaston. No bury. Just music.
Jambinai - Apparition EP
Post-something #4: South Korea. Jambinai are an entirely unique phenomenon with their mesmerizing mix of traditional Korean folk music with abrasive and noisy post rock explosions. Their new “Apparition” EP is no different, yet expands that sonic universe even further and cements their importance in the global heavy/experimental music scene even more after they’ve already established their brand with three excellent full length records. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them live after the release of their sophomore effort “A Hermitage” in 2017 in front of maybe 40 flabbergasted attendants here in Munich. I’m sure you could add at least another zero to that number once they return. And I hope they will do so soon, as only a Jambinai concert can be more energetic than a Jambinai studio recording.
Martin Gonzalez - Blossoms EP
After a fabulous encounter with a humble yet bombastic group named Atomic Guava earlier this year, it was to be expected that any new music coming from members of the band would be an important point of focus. Now, guitarist Martin Gonzales dropped his debut EP, “Blossoms”. Despite it being only 3 songs, this is a strong modern prog metal release that should certainly turn some more attention his way. Very likely influenced by the likes of Intervals, Plini and Arch Echo, or at least strangely similar, “Blossoms” is a sublime blend of playful prog and bouncy djent. The time signatures are messed up, the lead sections are bright and bubbly and the vibes are dead set of forcing a smile on your face no matter how cynical you may otherwise be. It’s the kind of instrumental music that feels both mentally challenging and emotionally relaxing at the same time. The technicality and complexity is definitely something to nerd out about and I can onlt praise Marty for his tremendous guitar skills. But the breezy, light and refreshing vibe makes this EP a good soundtrack to take you out of any negative mood and to truly soothe the soul. It’s nerding with feels. Furthermore, we also get some superb atmospheric sections on the 3rd track, to further diversify the palette of good vibes. If a 3-song EP can be so good, I don’t even know what to expect, should this guy ever decide to put out a full album.
More releases for 11 November, 2022
- Jonathan M. Dexter - Waking Sculptures (Nov. 07) Bandcamp
- Envy - Seimei EP (Temporary Residence Ltd., Nov. 09) Bandcamp
- Wheel - Rumination EP (Nov. 10, Inside Out Music)
- Oak - The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise (Karisma Records) Bandcamp
- Remina - Strata Bandcamp
- MMXX - Sacred Cargo (Candlelight Records)
- Fell Ruin - Cast in Oil The Dressed Wrought (Tartarus Records) Bandcamp
- Lamentations - Passion of Depression (Willowtip Records) Bandcamp
- Everyn - Strange Things, Daydreams Bandcamp
- Taethen - Kaos Bandcamp
- Dream Unending - Song of Salvation (20 Buck Spin) Bandcamp
- Eye of Doom - The Sapient Bandcamp
- Oort Smog - Every Motherf*cker Is Your Brother (AKP Recordings) Bandcamp
- Dirt Forge - Interspheral Bandcamp
- Celophys - Wulong (Robustfellow) Bandcamp
- Haavard - Haavard Bandcamp
- Fjørt - nichts
- Dysgnostic - Scar Echoes (Transcending Obscurity Records) Bandcamp
- Coldridge - Permafrost Bandcamp
- Faustus - Memoriam Bandcamp
- Dune Sea - Orbital Distortion (All Good Clean Records)
- Gambardella - Caracas (Spinda Records) Bandcamp
- Matt Brady - The Paradox of Time Bandcamp
- Sconsacrata - Paroxysms (Trepanation Recordings) Bandcamp
- Spider God - Fly In The Trap (Repose Records) Bandcamp
- Anxious Arms - Crimes of Despair (Sunday Drive Records) Bandcamp
- H.C. Behrendtsen - s/t (Schatulle Bömm) Bandcamp
- Black Hole - Whirlwind Of Mad Men
- Elias - Atlas Bandcamp
- Epica - The Alchemy Project (Atomic Fire Records)
- Her Shadow - The Ghost Love Chronicles (Svart Records) Bandcamp
- Arallu - Death Covenant (Hammerheart Records) Bandcamp
- Drudkh - All Belong To The Night Bandcamp
- Subtuva - Stability Is Not Everything EP Bandcamp
- Kurushimi - Return III: Death EP (Art As Catharsis) Bandcamp
- Eviscerate the Crown - Dear Colossus EP Bandcamp
- Orbiter - Head Wounds EP (Salvaged Records) Bandcamp
- Yurt - V: Upgrade to Obsolete EP Bandcamp
- Super Secret Band - Never Odd or Even EP Bandcamp
- lve - Thermoclines EP (Moment of Collapse Records, Nov. 12) Bandcamp