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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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Nightmare Scenario – Beyond What is Real

Nightmare Scenario is everything you can expect from Dan Briggs: Dark, experimental, and amazingly creative. Each song has its proper identity, its proper atmosphere, and yet the record as a whole flows very well. If you’re into this more experimental side of prog music, don’t miss this project under any circumstances.

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum

Opeth have found their new sound, and now they can use it to create just what they want. The result might not be for everyone, but it is well worth to be explored. If ‘In Cauda Venenum’ gets the time and attention it deserves, it is almost like a good movie, best consumed in a dark room with a good wine.

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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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Borknagar – True North

Who thought Borknagar had shot all their powder with “Winter Thrice” and would suffer from yet another big line-up change was wrong. Instead, they are stronger than ever, more diverse than ever, more experimental than ever. “True North” is the next step forward by this unique musical project and far from being the end.

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Tool – Fear Inoculum

If you’re in this situation, what do you do. It’s been 13 years, you have a very excited and devoted fanbase, rumors that the new album was in the works circulated for years, and the hype soared when it was announced. How are you possibly going to be able to live up to the expectations? Well, if you’re Tool, just doing your own thing is more than enough.

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Richard Henshall – The Cocoon

“The Cocoon” doesn’t have the pretension to appeal to everyone’s ears. But those who dig this style will undoubtedly get how brilliant this album is. All the songs are so different but yet so reminiscent of each other, so destructured yet so cohesive. And the icing on the cake: a perfect reflection of every aspect of Mr. Henshall’s musicianship is represented into an artwork designed by his soulmate. This is Richard Henshall’s masterpiece. 5/5 ★

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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn

With “Yn Ol I Annwn”Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard has succeed in creating an album that is partly delicate and partly robust and powerful. The mix of Black Sabbath-like riffing and space-rockish, psychedelic keyboard and effects, is straight out if the handbook of godfathers of the genre, like Hawkwind or Omega, but the band does so with a very heavy, substantial, organic, and modern sound.

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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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Oh Hiroshima – Oscillation

Oscillation is post rock as it’s supposed to be: minimal, but with maximum effect, and full of emotion. If you already dig ensembles like Atmospheres, Sleepmakeswaves or Tides From Nebula (to name a few), you should definitely give Oscillation a listen.

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StarSystems – Lift

“Lift” is by far Joseph StarSystems’ most polished record, carefully introducing jazz soundscapes to his musical palette. This album is a journey provided with lots of elements from diverse styles, pushing Joseph Stevenson to explore new territories, in which he executed brilliantly.

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Clément Belio – Patience

Clément Belio’s “Patience” is an eclectic and beautiful album. Complex yet cohesive. It’s not only a record leaving you speechless on the first listening, it’s a grower filled with subtle leitmotifs requiring patience to be found, but making you discover something new every time you give it a listen. 4.5/5★

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Ascend the Hollow – Echoes of Existence

“Echoes of Existence” raises some very interesting and serious moral questions that challenge the listener, as well as exploring issues that today’s society, a lot of times, purposely avoids facing. These questions and issues are wrapped in solid musicianship, which makes for a captivating listen.

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The Odious – Vesica Piscis

After many years The Odious are back with their weird flavor of progressive metal, pulling all the stops with “Vesica Piscis”. This album is an unabashed show of contrasts. Restraint vs. self-indulgence, melody vs. dissonance, aggressive vs. soothing, modern vs. classic, and everything happening at once throughout the whole 50 minutes. A definite must listen and a great comeback from the Portland guys.

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