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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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The Resonance Project – The Resonance Project

To conclude, The Resonance Project came out of nowhere with a record reaching a level of creativity I have never seen anywhere. Everything about this record is phenomenal, from the musicianship to the production, and this album definitely stands out as one of the best debut albums of the whole modern progressive scene. 5/5★

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Avandra – Descender

“Descender” puts Puerto Rico on the map of progressive metal, and it adds an exclamation mark. The songwriting is diverse and full of ideas, the musicianship is always spot on. Avandra is definitely a band to keep an eye on in the next years! 4/5★

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Ihlo – Union

“Ihlo’s debut album “Union” is without a doubt a future classic of the genre.” 4,5/5★

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Lost in Kiev – Persona

While the album does have its standout moments, as a whole it misses the mark for me. I always appreciate bands thinking outside the box and trying to build upon their sound to create something fresh, but the great moments are few and far between. However, the great moments are great, and Lost in Kiev’s talent still shines through. It is by no means a bad album with regards to musical craftsmanship.

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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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