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Tag: Progressive Metal

Prognosis Festival

For a first time edition, Prognosis Festival held the bar very high whether it was with the line up and also all the additional events with conferences, masterclasses, signing sessions. Even though one could have wished for a better schedule with no overlapping bands, the line up was incredible to set up a first time event and create a unique festival signature. Incredible but safe, there were hardly any bands on the bill that the progressive metal fans had not heard of. And of course the hottest acts of the moment were headlining. But as a first time edition, better be safe than sorry!

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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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The Ocean Collective, Downfall Of Gaia, Herod live at Mama Roux Birmingham 20 March 2019

“Maybe not that big mainstream, but within progressive metal circles these guys (The Ocean Collective) have near cult following. The sheer energy this band produces on stage and passes on to the crowd is unbelievable”. Enjoy the gig review for Herod, Downfall of Gaia and The Ocean Collective at Mama Roux, Birmingham from our UK based contributor Arta Gailuma!

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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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