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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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Kingcrow – The Persistence

Few times I listen to an album that I’m sure will be in my top 5 of the year. This is exactly what happens every time with “The Persistence”. Yes it is THAT good. Kingcrow is a band that without much noise in the prog world, have slowly established themselves among the best out there. 5/5 ★ Van

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Riverside – Wasteland

Riverside is back with an album that will surely end up in most, if not all, top X albums of the year. And in most of them, it’ll be right at the up. Hype? Yes. An empathic wish that these 3 musicians find their way after a tragic loss? Definitely. Lack of objectivity? Most likely. Nevertheless, “Wasteland” represents a new path for the band. One that feels right and relatable. It is an inviting narrative, feeling as if the guys were reaching out to us and letting us peek into their mourning process. And it is definitely an excellent album. 4.5★

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Lechuga – The Search Pt.3: The Hypothesis

Artists like Benjamin Lechuga deserve just more than some few lines of recognition. He (and his band of very talented musicians) deserve the attention of every prog outlet out there! This is a musician that bursts quality and dedication on every note. A flowing, eclectic but homogeneous mix of progressive elements with jazz and funk grooves that doesn’t really relate to world music: this is progressive metal of a different kind! 4.5 ★ /Van

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Arch Echo – Arch Echo

It might have taken a while, and a trip to Hannover to see them live, but Arch Echo’s “Arch Echo” definitely delivers on their promise to make complex yet accessible modern music. The work these five guys have put into this debut is admirable and witnessing the songs in a live setting gave us what we felt was missing from the album. A must-listen and, above all, a must-see progressive band.

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The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution

The Pineapple Thief’s “Dissolution” is an excellent album that present to us a current and difficult concept, which blends simple melodies with complex song structures in a masterful way. An easy to listen and very enjoyable album that seems to make an useless effort to conceal the prowess each band member show on their instruments. Out 31st Aug 2018 via Kscope. ★4/5 Van

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