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Author: Van

North of South – The Dogma and the Outsider EP

North of South’s new EP “The Dogma and the Outsider” is a release I can surely recommend. A varied record that includes collaborations with names like Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land), Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling , ex- Eluvetie) and Zuberoa Aznárez (Diabulus in Musica). I find several elements on their music, if developed in the right direction, could help the band get established as one to keep an eye on for the future.

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Voyager – Colours in the Sun

Voyager’s “Colours in the Sun” is definitely a step-up in their discography in terms of production and sound mixing, as well as writing and having fun with the many yet different elements that create the very unique Voyager sound. It is a grower, you really get how many beautiful details it has by listening to it several times, and it won’t disappoint you, except that is too short! 4/5★ Van

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Leprous – Pitfalls

With “Pitfalls”, Leprous created by far the most complex album in their discography, it is something else, is an album that marks a before and after, not only in their discography, but I dare to say in the progressive genre. The intricately layered sound and emotions are something to behold: this album is a difficult journey and a different one, at times filled with anger or hope. As varied as the human mind can be, Leprous created this musical journey as a reflection of these contradictory emotions. /Van 4.5/5★

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Best of ProgPower Europe 2018

ProgPower Europe 2018 – 20th-anniversary edition was a BANG! The ProgPower Europe crew knows how to deliver a fabulous weekend with excellent sound, super organization and excellent food. But the most important is that even if you don’t recognize many names on their bill, they always have the most awesome bands you haven’t heard of under their sleeves, but guaranteed: they smash everyone down!

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Kamancello – Kamancello II – Voyage

With Kamancello II – Voyage, once again I just sit back, close my eyes and enjoy the ride these two otherworldly musicians kindly offered to us plain mortals. It remains a mystery to me, how Raphael’s and Shahriyar’s minds are seamlessly connected and able to produce such perfect beauty in one sit, record it and lend their musical heritage for all of us to enjoy and marvel with. 

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Iamthemorning – The Bell

Iamthemorning managed to impregnate my very soul with every single melody and words. And in the case of their most recent album “The Bell”, the music is able to transform and transport in ways I’ve not felt before from previous albums. 4.5/5 ★ Van

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Heart Sound Metal Fest – 6 April 2019

The 7 bands at Heart Sound Metal Fest produced an unique day that will live in the memory of those who attended. Leprous as headliners gave an awesome unique ‘shuffle-set’ show. Vola were superb on stage and the big surprise for many was Smash Hit Combo with their blend of hip-hop and metalcore. All bands offered their best to help for a good cause: raise awareness and funds on the fight against Leukemia.

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