Monthly Archives: January 2017

Signals of Bedlam – “Escaping Velocity”

NYC’s Signals of Bedlam are a VERY talented band. However, sometimes talent isn’t enough. “Escaping Velocity” is one of those albums that starts out pretty good before essentially falling off a cliff. Stylistically, the band remind me of Tool or … Continue reading

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Prog supergroup Icefish launches crowdfunding campaign for debut album

Here’s a project that I am really looking forward to, IceFish. Here’s the background on this prog supergroup: IceFish is an NEW and exciting progressive project featuring drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X), keyboardist Alex Argento, guitarist Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie … Continue reading

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Reissue Roundup: Haken, Vanishing Point and Borealis

It’s hard to review reissues, even if some might be remixed and other might be flat out re-recordings. So rather than try to analyze each and every nuance, I thought it made more sense to address each of these under … Continue reading

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Slyde – “Back Again” EP

Being totally unfamiliar with Slyde, I have to make comparisons to launch this review of the “Back Again” EP. “Fading” opens with metallic guitar chording reminiscent of Leprous, but then bust into double-time metal in the Coheed vein. I also … Continue reading

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Sons of Ra – “Anthropology”

Chicago’s Sons of Ra are a talented group of musicians and have chops to spare. “Anthropology” is a 35 minute, self-indulgent jam session from this trio. It does a good job of merging prog metal with jazz fusion. Imagine the … Continue reading

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Chronologist – “Cartographer”

I remember getting demos from Boston based band Chronologist a few years back and I was very impressed with what I heard. So when I was contacted to review their first full length album “Cartographer,” I was excited. Since then … Continue reading

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Chromb! – “1000”

Upon first listen of Chromb!’s “1000”, I turned off my CD player. The overall quirk and molasses-thick avant-garde zaniness on display was just a bit too much for me. Although an ardent fan of the vast catalog of Patton projects, I … Continue reading

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Black Anvil – “As Was”

Black Anvil are another top American Black Metal band, along with deafheaven, Vattnet (Viskar) and So Hideous. Each band have their own take on the style. Black Anvil, to me, are the most prog of the lot. Their latest album … Continue reading

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Blueneck – “The Outpost”

This is one of those reviews that I am writing because I bought the album and love it. This is not something that I was asked to listen to. I need to make that distinction because I was actually drawn … Continue reading

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