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Bluewave Quartet – Poney-Club

…quirky saxophone melodies and sprwaling synth leads over rich harmonics, and the rhythm section is grooving like there’s no tomorrow. Bluewave Quartet’s “Poney-Club” EP already now counts among my definitive favorite musical moments of 2020. 4,5/5★

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Ihsahn – Telemark

Whether you’ve been following Ihsahn’s career during his years with Emperor, or you’re new to his solo stuff, “Telemark” feels like a combination of both eras but leaving space for new creations.

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Klone – Le Grand Voyage

“Le Grand Voyage” is an engaging trip through emotional landscapes of atmospheric rock only the Frenchmen from Klone are able to evoke. 4/5★

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Raptvre – Monuments of Bitterness

It requires a bit of a nihilist mindset to find beauty in the jarring things that surround us, and music may be no difference. Make no mistake, this album isn’t for everyone, but damn if it isn’t great! A challenging listening without a doubt, but also a rewarding one.

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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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Hypno5e – A Distant (Dark) Source

Hypno5e are back with a new album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, which will captivate the ears of those who were eager to hear the return of the heavy elements of the French quartet since their previous material was fully acoustic. A band that keeps evolving yet conserving their uniqueness with their cinematographic style in this intricate world of metal music.

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Scarlet Stories – Necrologies

Scarlet Stories is not overtly technical prog, even though the talent of the musicians is very much noticeable, their focus seems to be on melodies, moods and atmosphere, as well as a very strong inclination to bring the listener into their mysterious world, through the medium of music and lyricism. It very much feels like “Necrologies” could be the soundtrack to a collection of fantastic and gothic novels by Stoker, Shelley or Poe.

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Iapetus – The Body Cosmic

With their sophomore album, Iapetus are wearing their influences quite openly without blatantly copying them, and they’ve managed to assemble a musical journey through their cosmos, packed full of grand, epic sections and also many restrained, contemplative passages, showing their aptitude at controlling dynamics and pacing. Quite a great listen from start to finish!

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Sergey Golovin – Satellite

“Satellite” is much more than your average “bedroom-prog” release for the fact it is the perfect balance between catchiness and technicality. The 80s elements gives a really catchy vibe to the album, and the punchy and crystal clear production adds dynamics to a flawless sense of songwriting. And as the record is 35 minute long, you just wished it was longer since the whole thing flaws like water.

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Wilderun – Veil of Imagination

On “Veil of Imagination” something wonderful is created. A beautiful mix between folk, pagan, progressive, death, black, and even melodic, gothic and most of all symphonic metal. In my eyes Wilderun have created a sort of perfect mix of styles so that every person who enjoys listening to metal can find a song that they like.

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Uneven Structure – Paragon

Uneven Structure are a band you must have on your radar. This third studio album is a departure from their previous efforts and it’s at least deserving of a listen.

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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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Soulsplitter – Salutogenesis

‘The Sacrifice’ proves to be a worthy finale to this rollercoaster ride of emotions that is Soulsplitter’s debut album Salutogenesis and I can’t help but award this ambitious work of art with the highest rating. 5/5★

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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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Hashshashin – Badakhshan

“Badakhshan” evokes a sense for the threads that hold mankind together since thousands of years, and recall an earthy feeling of an ancient tradition far away from our divided modern cultures.

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