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Author: Sander

Lost in Kiev – Persona

While the album does have its standout moments, as a whole it misses the mark for me. I always appreciate bands thinking outside the box and trying to build upon their sound to create something fresh, but the great moments are few and far between. However, the great moments are great, and Lost in Kiev’s talent still shines through. It is by no means a bad album with regards to musical craftsmanship.

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Valence – Cognitive Dissidents

Valence manage to make an extremely intriguing piece of instrumental metal. The individual performances are all stellar; the music never gets boring! It’s a very well-crafted and substantial experience, and if you are a fan of bands like Scale the Summit and Between the Buried and Me, Valence will be right up your alley. 4,5/5 ★

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Astronoid – Astronoid

With this release, Astronoid have taken the next step in refining their sound. Not necessarily for better or worse, that would depend on who you ask, but personally I rate this album above the former. I very much enjoy these new elements in their music. All in all, this is a step up for Astronoid, and I’m very excited to see where this band is going!

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Swallow the Sun – When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light

Although some parts of the album can sound a little too one-dimensional for my taste at times, it never felt like an explicitly boring listen. It doesn’t always hit the mark but when it does, it does it well, much thanks to Mikko’s vocal performance. It’s an interesting, emotional listen that spans multiple genres.

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The Progspace List 2018

In 2018 we had an extraordinary number of quality releases, a real feast for all progressive music fans and lovers. As our team grew up, this list is a tad longer than before and it reflects very well how many releases were top of the top on so many diverse progressive genres mashups or combinations, or if you prefer, progressive sub-genres. From melodic to djent to doom to prog-death to piano-chamber music. There’s a bit for everyone! These are the favorites of our Progspace crew – our very personal short “best of” list, if you want – purely subjective, of course!

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Plini – Sunhead E.P.

From the clear mixing of styles, even going into a fusion jazz club sort of vibe, the soaring guitar work, the signature Plini-solos. It has everything. 4★ /Sander

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