atmospheric prog metal

Psychotic Waltz to release new studio album “The God-Shaped Void” on February 14th 2020

US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators Psychotic Waltz return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled “The God-Shaped Void”, the upcoming new album and InsideOut Music debut will be released on February 14th, 2020.

Dream Theater launch official animation video for “At Wit’s End”

Dream Theater twice Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans, are set to begin the South American leg of their “Distance Over Time Tour - Celebrating 20 Years Of Scenes From A Memory” this week.

To celebrate, the video for the track “At Wit’s End” has been launched, taken from the CD/Blu-Ray edition of their latest album “Distance Over Time”.
 

Kvelertak to release new studio album “Splid” on February 14th 2020

Rise Records is pleased to announce the signing of Norwegian band Kvelertak. The band will release their long awaited, fourth studio album “Splid”, on February 14th, 2020.

The record will be the first from Kvelertak since 2016’s “Nattesferd” and is their first album featuring new singer, Ivar Nikolaisen, who joined the group in 2018.

The band has just shared brand new song “Bråtebrann”. Listen to the new track below.

Mantra reveal new music video for “Medium”

In what is perhaps a world first, French progressive metal band Mantra have unveiled an interactive three-sided record listening experience, to showcase their most recent LP “Medium” (October 18th, Finisterian Dead End).

Conceived as an experience of both mind and body, “Medium” is a record centred on the theme of duality. The band took it upon themselves to compose a piece in which both sides can be played simultaneously and controlled by the listener, generating a unique third side. 

Sonus Corona release music video for new single “Illusions”

Sonus Corona is a progressive metal band from Turku, Finland. The band combines intense musical atmospheres accompanied with heavy riffs and strong melodies and relies on stellar songwriting. They say they have been heavily influenced by Haken, Toto, Tool, Dream Theater and Leprous.

The band released a new music video for “Illusions”, which is an all-acoustic track. Watch the video below.

Vanden Plas - The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening

German Progressive Metallers Vanden Plas have been going on for quite a long time. Actually they are one of the very few bands that could really boast their original line-up after nearly three decades. They’ve been very focus and artistically driven, with some nine releases in that period, always characterized by a heavy mid-tempo melodic sound for most of the time, which they have become masters of.

Vision Divine - When All the Heroes are Dead

Vision Divine are an unlucky bunch. They were mostly active in the earlier part of their career producing albums almost every other year, since their conception, while “When All the Heroes...” is the first album in more than seven years. Also after having people like Fabio Lione and Michelle Luppi manning the mic on your albums, replacing them with Derdian’s Ivan Giannini, who is by all means not bad, but has a more prominent accent and is a little less agile, vocally feels like a slight setback.
 

HRH celebrates HRH Prog X in October 2020 with a huge line-up

HRH Prog Festival entered another new Chapter - HRH Prog 9 is just around the corner this March using the Reading/Leeds styled format with the 02 Academy Sheffield, as well as London’s iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the same weekend, which are now virtually sold out.

The exciting news is, the Tenth Anniversary Voyage of HRH Prog is just about to launch to repeat the format next October with a spectacular line up.

Opeth - In Cauda Venenum

In all honesty, I was not a big fan of Opeth when they were playing death metal, since I thought other bands were doing a much better job at it, but when they started going soft, circa “Still Life”, I thought they were losing every ounce of credibility. They inadvertently abandoned their extreme style for a more mature, so called progressive style, just a little bit into the millennium and released a bunch of watered down albums that gained them a wider appeal, as they became more and more accessible.