Lazy proggy Sunday afternoon
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Weekends are when I park off in the Metal State vaults while the other writers argue about who should have won the Eurovision song contest. Unsupervised, I pick out new prog rock and extra-proggy metal to try. This afternoon, between naps and snacking, I found some goodies.
Some of these new or forthcoming releases are pure prog rock. Others are crossover prog rock / prog metal, some are prog metal, and some are… they’re music. Good music doesn’t recognise the boundaries that are supposed to surround it.
Inner Odyssey – Ascension
(Canada, crossover progressive rock/metal)
This is softer and gentler than straightforward prog metal, with beautiful acoustic guitar as well as some powerful electric guitar work to back the classy, clean tenor vocals.
Meet Inner Odyssey on Facebook.
Arcturus – Arcturian
(Norway, avant-garde progressive metal)
Norwegians do experimental metal really well – bands like Leprous come to mind. Arcturus has developed a highly distinctive and most engaging style of delivering adventurous and inventive melodies.
Meet Arcturus on Facebook.
Kraków – Amaran
(Norway, experimental post metal)
Here’s a very different sound from Norway. Kraków builds on the layers-of-sound approach to post rock and post metal, injecting deeply melancholic and atmospheric moods. This is music for the contemplative soul. It’s something like old Porcupine Tree meets Explosions in the Sky.
Meet Kraków on Facebook.
IO Earth – New World
(UK, symphonic progressive rock)
Modern symphonic rock resonates with the best of the classic prog rock of the 1970s. That makes it irresistible to me. It makes me tingle the way Renaissance and Annie Haslam did when I was young. When a superb band like IO Earth includes a female vocalist as wonderful as Linda Odinsen, I melt.
Meet IO Earth on Facebook.
Armed Cloud – Jealousy with a Halo
(Netherlands, progressive metal)
These guys play the kind of prog metal that should easily win over the fans of heavy prog and neo-prog by bands like Blind Ego and Galahad. Their music should also grab fans of Dream Theater and Symphony X. It grabs me by all the curly bits.
Meet Armed Cloud on Facebook.
About ChristopherMammalI've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.
Posted on May 24, 2015, in Exploring New Things and tagged Amaran, Arcturian, Arcturus, Armed Cloud, Ascension, avant-garde progressive metal, Crossover progressive rock, experimental post metal, Inner Odyssey, IO Earth, Jealousy with a Halo, Kraków, Lazy proggy Sunday afternoon, New World, Progressive Metal, symphonic progressive rock. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.