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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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Mother of Millions – Artifacts

“Mother of Millions’ “Artifacts” might not be as immediate as “Sigma” was, but they are precious things of subtle beauty. A heavy contender to end up at least in a lot of top 5 best of end of year lists, if not at the very top.” 4,5/5★

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A.C.T – Rebirth

“Rebirth” marks a glorious return of one of the most original bands Sweden has to offer – five killers, no fillers. If there is anything to criticize at all, it would be that it is too short.

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Spires – A Parting Gift

The band weave grand tapestries with sound, and manage to make their complexity sound easy and accessible, something that is quite a feat in itself. I will definitely be returning to “A Parting Gift” on a regular basis, and I could not recommend it highly enough to anyone who has more than the slightest interest in progressive music. Get hold of this album! 5/5 ★

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Dream Theater – Distance Over Time

All in all, a great album, as we’ve come to expect from a band like Dream Theater. For fans, this new record will definitely deliver: soaring riffs, intricate solos, twisting dynamics, heartbreaking ballads. As for the rest, you’ll probably enjoy the true craftsmanship of all band members, so give it a spin! 4/5 ★ Silke

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Nauticus – Disappear in Blue

Trust me, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give ‘Disappear in Blue’ the attention it deserves. It’s a delightful mix, saturated with post-metal, sludge, doom, avant-garde and progressive music.

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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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Hago – Hago

“Hago – an astonishing debut album that is highly recommended for all fans of instrumental jazz/fusion/metal” 4,5/5★

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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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Distorted Harmony – A Way Out

“With “A Way Out”, Distorted Harmony are back with an album full of meaty guitars, colourful keys, and memorable vocals. A stunning effort of creativity, intelligence, and beauty, and an epitome of how modern prog metal should sound like.”

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Vola – Applause of a Distant Crowd

“With “Applause of a Distant Crowd”, Vola have proven their inventiveness and further expanded their reputation as songwriting masters and sound magicians. A truly excellent album with some songs bordering on the mind-blowing and mind-expanding.” 4,5/5★

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Iamthemorning – Ocean Sounds

Iamthemorning created a magical film with Ocean Sounds. Just imagine you mix together enthralling and cinematic music with melancholic and dark lyrics sung by an angelic voice, a violin and a cello, piano, percussion and bass guitar, and as last ingredient: unbelievable beautiful sunsets over the sea like paintings from the impressionists masters. Yes! This sounds perfect and it exists! 5/5★ Van

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Madder Mortem – Marrow

“We know who we are and where we belong”: Avant-Garde/prog/doom metallers Madder Mortem from Norway stand their ground with their new album “Marrow”, an uncompromising masterpiece of genres led by the unique vocals of Agnete M. Kirkevaag proving once again that the Norwegians have crafted an incomparable gem.

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Haken – Vector

“…with “Vector”, Haken brings us a bona fide, genre-defining masterpiece, maybe even a future classic, that is gonna be talked about for a long time to come.” 5/5★

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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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Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra – Illusion of Choice

It is interesting how Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra mastered the art of composing a different kind of metal, having heart and traditions up front, but without falling too flat into yet another oriental rock album. With “Illusion of Choice” Sassi created an album that could serve as a good masterclass to this metal subgenre, but can be as well regarded as an excellent guitar axe -almost instrumental- showcase of why he has made a name for himself on the metal genre 3.5/5 ★ /Van

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Head With Wings – From Worry To Shame

Head with Wings’ – “From Worry To Shame” is brimful of emotions and humanity. The album is raw passion, delicate hope, and all-to-human pain in one graceful package. The music featured, lyrical content and impressive performance may be both challenging maybe and at times uncomfortable for the listener, but at the other end of that journey lies a reward that is more than worth the time you’ll take to familiarize yourself, and open up to these compositions. 5/5★ /Rune

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