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Portuguese post doom, Icelandic trio magic and RJ goes solo!

Releases of the Week 46/2021 with Fere, Arstidir & Ross Jennings
Portuguese post doom, Icelandic trio magic and RJ goes solo!

As the musical (year) slowly is showing the first signs of winding down (the first outlets even starting their end of the year polls), there is still some excellent music being released, so don’t you give up on 2021 just yet! This week, we’ve got some doomy Portuguese post rock with Fere, outstanding Icelandic magic with Árstíðir and finally Haken‘s Ross “The Boss” Jennings going solo! Don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify playlist to discover all those other interesting releases every week!

Fere - Ossos

15 November, 2021 | Raging Planet Records
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5 songs in 40 minutes: portuguese post rock collective Fere are surely taking their time to develop their musical ideas and atmospheres on their sophomore effort that goes by the name of “Visceral” and was released on Monday already through Raging Planet Records. And rightfully, skillfully so I might add. As the moods and ambience they create absolutely need and also deserve the time they are given. Contemplative and enthralling, the five instrumental compositions are dark, doomy, dreamy, they let your mind drift away on a cold and dreary autumn day, Perfect for this time of year and recommended for all post-whatever connoisseurs! Dario

Árstíðir - Pendùll

19 November, 2021 | self-released
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After their 2018 album “Nivalis” featured them at their most ‘electronic’ and ‘english’, Icelandic Indie music phenomenon Árstíðir returns to their, well, icelandic roots with “Pendùll”. The first of a double release (with its companion album “Blik” expected for a 2022 release), funded by an immensely successful crowdfunding campaign, the trio used the downtime of the pandemic to do what they do best (apart from singing): composing songs. And still they manage the amazing feat at excelling both with small and grand gestures, exquisite vocal and string arrangements have become synonymous with their name for a long time already anyway. So, everything as it was in Árstíðir-land then? Well, no. It’s 9 brand new wonderful gems waiting to be discovered and cherished. Delicate and fragile. Otherworldly and mesmerizing. 13 years into their existence, Árstíðir continue making music like only they can. Some of the beats might startle some of the longtime fans, but once you get used to them, they just work because of everything else around. And this symbiosis of ‘old’ and ‘new’ is what truly makes them progressive in the end. Let yourself be abducted into Árstíðir-land. It’s absolutely wonderful! Dario

Ross Jennings - A Shadow of My Future Self

19 November, 2021 | Blacklake Records
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Haken and Novena melody wizard Ross Jennings, long known to be a lover of all kinds of music, not only the (kinda narrow) progressive type, is finally going solo. And, as expected, he is exploring some different sounds compared to his main bands on his first solo effort, poetically named “A Shadow of my Future Self”. Starting off acoustically with ‘Better Times’, the first single ‘Words We Can’t Unsay’ was already a perfect glimpse of what we could expect from the album as a whole. Indie, alternative, pop, rock, country, funk, soul, calypso vibes (not to mention some delicately placed and arranged prog finishing touches): what might sound all over the place on paper, it just sounds like pure Ross from start to finish. With a little help from his friends, mainly Simen Sandnes (Arkentype) on drums, Nathan Navarro on bass and Vikram Shankar (Lux Terminus, Redemption, Silent Skies, Threads of Fate) on keyboards and orchestral arrangements, he proves himself to be quite the songsmith on his own who manages to wear his diverse influences on his sleeve while always sounding like his very own thing at the same time. If you need something upbeat (for the most part) with a familiar touch (that might be either Ross’ voice or the various more mainstream influences he put into a new wrapping), “A Shadow of My Future Self” might just be the thing. Just don’t expect any prog metal, least of all from the bonus track… Dario

More releases for 19 November, 2021

  • The Dear Hunter - The Indigo Child (Nov. 15)
  • Lascaille’s Shroud - The Gold Flesh of the Sun (Nov. 16)
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  • black midi - Live-Cade EP (Nov. 16, Rough Trade Records)
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  • Synapse - Singularities (Nov. 18)
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  • Maybeshewill - No Feeling Is Final (The Bird’s Robe Collective)
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  • Converge, Chelsea Wolfe & Stephen Brodsky - Bloodmoon I (Epitaph Records)
  • Obscura - A Valediction (Nuclear Blast)
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  • Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit (Debemur Morti Productions)
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  • Eldritch - Eos (Scarlet Records)
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  • Galaxy - On the Shore of Life
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  • Gnarbot - Origin
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  • Elbow - Flying Dream 1 (Polydor Records)
  • Soup - Visions
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  • Daxma - Unmarked Boxes (Majestic Mountain Recordings)
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  • Swallow the Sun - Moonflowers (Century Media Records)
  • SaaR - Gods (Source Atone Records/Klonosphere)
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  • Snake Mountain Revival - Everything in Sight (Majestic Mountain Records)
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  • Khemmis - Deceiver (Nuclear Blast)
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  • Cabiria - Rust & Grey
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  • Solar Cross - Echoes of the Eternal Word (Transcending Records)
  • Dream Unending - Tide Turns Eternal (20 Buck Spin)
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  • Malo Moray & His Inflatable Knee - Improvisations From The Solar System (And Other Solo Pieces)
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  • Aephanemer - A Dream of Wilderness (Napalm Records)
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  • Temperance - Diamanti (Napalm Records)
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  • Hemelbestormer - Collide & Merge (Ván Records)
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  • Nightland - The Great Nothing (Scarlet Records)
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  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit - Noktvrn (Season of Mist)
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  • Volumes - Happier? (Fearless Records)
  • Gonemage - Sudden Deluge (Big Money Cybergrind)
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  • Wolves Among Us - Hollow Gloom (Prime Collective)
  • Animals Reimagined - A Tribute to Pink Floyd (Cleopatra Records)
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  • Thank You Scientist - Plague Accomodations EP (Flying Jangus Records)
  • Teeth - Finite EP (Translation Loss Records)
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  • Rioghan - Covers II EP (Inverse Records)

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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.

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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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