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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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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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