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The Second-to-Last Releases of the Week 2021 for you!

Releases of the Week 48/2021 with Ashbreather, Shagohod, Aquilus & Professor Tip Top
The Second-to-Last Releases of the Week 2021 for you!

It looks like this might be the penultimate instalment of this year of our Releases of the Week article and playlist series, but it’s still a big one with killer releases to discover. Highlights include “Ow, My Eye!” the new EP from canadian prog sludge/death trio Ashbreather featuring none other than our very own Chartmaster and Research Specialist Colin MacAndrew on drums (check out our Progtalks episode RIGHT HERE), some conceptual Western heavy prog with Shagohod‘s sophomore release “Tin, Gold, Lead & Blood”, orchestral ambient (black) metal with Aquilus‘ sophomore full length “Bellum I” and finally some laid back progressive rock from Bergen (Norway) with Professor Tip Top‘s seventh album “Lanes of Time”. All of that and more waiting for your enjoyment, either through our Spotify playlist or the Bandcamp links below.

Ashbreather - “Ow, My Eye” EP

03 December, 2021 | self-released
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Canadian prog sludge/death trio Ashbreather have been quite busy since the completion of their self-titled debut album that they were finally able to release last year. Two more full lengths fully composed, only waiting to be recorded, they decided to come up with three brand new songs for a little interim EP to mark the change to the new three-piece line-up with all of them sharing vocal duties after the departure of their lead vocalist. What started out as an experiment turned into a fully fledged 25-minute 3-track EP that sees Ashbreather explore and incorporate more diverse influences as ever before, a huge step-up both songwriting and production-wise. If this is any indication of the things to come, Ashbreather are poised for great things. Don’t miss out on our new Progtalks Episode with the whole band for a further glimpse into Ashbreather world! Dario

Shagohod - Tin, Gold, Lead & Blood

03 December, 2021 | self-released
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After premiering the last single leading up to shi album a week ago with us here at The Progspace, Connecticut based heavy proggers of Shagohod are finally presenting their second album, entitled “Tin, Gold, Lead & Blood”. As to be expected with a release that goes by that descriptive title, it’s a concept piece, “a narrative concept album that uses the backdrop of the American West to reflect on the empty promises offered by violence, as well as the personal and larger social circumstances that lead us to perpetuate it” according to the band. Musically, the leading duo of Dave Coffey and Drew Bligh are mixing heavy rock guitars with proggy elements, piano breakdowns and will even throw in some 8-bit for good measure! Conceptually, they are mixing deep and thoughtful narratives with some more light-hearted melodies, which makes for quite an interesting contrast. After many twists and turns, the final ‘Repeater (or For All Is Dark Where Thou Art Not)’ welcomes us with a familiar Verbal Delirium-esque beautiful sadness. This album definitely stands out among all those sleek-sounding djenty modern prog productions, as it has preserved a certain rawness to its sound, perfectly befitting the Western setting in which the story takes place. Highly recommended if you’re looking for something fresh and different, yet not too out there and avant-garde. Dario

Aquilus - Bellum I

03 December, 2021 | Blood Music
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One-Man Bands (or projects) are not entirely unheard of in the metal scene, especially when it comes to Black Metal. When it comes to “Bellum I” though, the sophomore full length of Australian project Aquilus, it almost beggars belief that all of this was perceived and recorded by just one guy (except for some percussion, violins, operatic vocals and flutes). But then again, this is so much more than ‘just’ some punkish garage black metal cassette release. And it is so much more than ‘just’ black metal. Dubbed as Atmospheric Metal on their Facebook page, the music of Aquilus is as much metal (black or otherwise) as it’s symphonic/orchestral, all the while staying clear of any standard cheesy symphonic metal tropes. Harmonically, it evokes the magic of early Opeth, or also Wilderun more lately (ok yeah, that type of cheese maybe here and there…). “Bellum I”, as the title suggests, is only the first part of this epic ‘war’, and as much as I’m a pacifist, this war is awesome and I can’t wait for it’s second installment! Dario

Professor Tip-Top - Lanes of Time

03 December, 2021 | Apollon Records
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For a little counterpoint to all the extreme stuff that’s going on in my other highlighted selections this week, Bergen based Professor Tip-Top has just the right antidote: their seventh album, “Lanes of Time”. Dreamy, delicate, beautiful, slow-paced psychedelic/prog rock, drawing its influences directly from the 60s and 70s. The main of the longest track, ‘Isle of Sirens’ would certainly not sound so out of place on a new Opeth album, albeit with a much lighter feel overall of course. Mid-era Pink Floyd would be a better reference point overall though (“Dark Side of the Moon” anyone? Looking at you, first half of ‘Past Forever’). Hints of Paatos and Renaissance can be heard in ‘Shallow Shadow’, hinting at a wider array of influences than the coherent sound might suggest at first. In any case, this is a wonderful album and any fan of progressive rock should give it a listen. Dario

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More releases for 03 December, 2021

  • Where Deprivation Lies - Tempest (Dec. 01)
     Bandcamp  
  • Crown Lands - Odyssey Vol. 1 (Dec. 02, Spinefarm)
  • So Hideous - None But A Pure Heart Can Sing (Silent Pendulum Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Cuttered Flesh - Sharing is Caring
     Bandcamp  
  • Devin Townsend - The Puzzle/Snuggle (Hevy Devy Records)
  • Kadavar & Elder - Eldovar (A Story of Darkness & Light) (Robotor Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • The Spacelords - Unknown Species (Tonzonen Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Raibard - Dark Realm of the Daylight
     Bandcamp  
  • Dead Chamber Music - The Black Hours
     Bandcamp  
  • Hands of Despair - The Crimson Boughs
     Bandcamp  
  • Redemptor - Agonia
     Bandcamp  
  • Arctic Plateau - Songs of Shame (Shunu Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Psy:code - PSVCODE
     Bandcamp  
  • The Browning - End of Existence
  • Kavrila - Mor (Narshardaa Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Dormant Ordeal - The Great Scheme of Things (Selfmadegod Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Beyond the Barricade - Where Do We Go When There’s Nothing Left
     Bandcamp  
  • Intrinsic - Event Horizon
     Bandcamp  
  • Heiress - Distant Fires (Satanik Royalty Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Modder - Modder (Lay Bare Recordings/Consouling Sounds)
     Bandcamp  
  • Christ the Bait - Idolatrosities
     Bandcamp  
  • If Not If - Forgiveness EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Closet Disco Queen - Stadium Rock For Punk Bums EP (Hummus Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Lethian Dreams - Last Echoes of Silence EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Ikitan - Darvaza y Brinicle EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Abiotic - A Universal Plague: Mutation (Re-release) (The Artisan Era)
     Bandcamp  
  • Green Carnation - The Acoustic Verses (Remastered) (Season of Mist)
     Bandcamp  
  • Hypno5e - A Distant Dark Source Experience (Pelagic Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Airbag - A Day in the Studio / Unpluged in Oslo (Karisma Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Epica - Ωmega Alive (Nuclear Blast)

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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.

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