Author Archives: Ryan Good

About Ryan Good

Formerly: Host of "Strong PROGress", college radio music program Director of Loud Rock Department WSUM in Madison, WI On-Air Host 105.5 WMMM in Madison, WI Drums/songwriter/vocals Runga Kutta Host "So Jam Good" in Nekoosa, WI

Chaos Divine – “Legacies”

I’ve been patiently awaiting Chaos Divine’s follow-up to the 2015 masterpiece Colliding Skies.  Feeling like a lifetime since then, I was eager to hear what the last half-decade has done to this melodic Australian metal band. The syncopated hat-tip to … Continue reading

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Exist – “Egoiista”

Other than the music itself, I suggest making the purchase this week as the release date was 8/28/2020 and first week sales do make a difference therefore please support the East Coast progressive metal of Exist! Are you looking for … Continue reading

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Outside In – “Karmatrain”

I assume what happened to me happens to many of you: weeks go by with what seems like no great new music and then the dam overflows.  I was still recovering from Intronaut’s new one Fluid Existential Inversions (featuring a career-defining … Continue reading

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Iapetus – “The Body Cosmic”

I believe metal fans who will encounter the new release The Body Cosmic by two-man team Iapetus will be divided into three camps.  Camp one: folks who love “early” Opeth and progressive extreme metal; camp two: metal fans who don’t … Continue reading

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Avandra – “Descender”

Released Friday, April 26 is “Descender” from Puerto Rico’s Avandra. After multiple listens, I’m left feeling nostalgic, comforted and happy. The music is reminiscent of the early Magna Carta catalog (think Altura, Lemur Voice, Dali’s Dilemma). “Descender” is in that … Continue reading

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Thrailkill – “Everything That Is You”

Instrumental progressive metal trios are everywhere!   How does one decide to listen to fresh new music or sit on your ass waiting for the new Animals as Leaders?  The new recording by Thrailkill (a band which was once called … Continue reading

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Horrendous – “Idol”

I’ve seen a lot of press regarding Horrendous’ new CD Idol (released September 28, 2018). They certainly earn a cool point for the wicked cover art – it’s HR Giger plus Dalvador Dali for me. The opening track is a … Continue reading

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VOLA – “Applause Of A Distant Crowd”

Copenhagen, Denmark’s VOLA has a fantastic sense of groove, the ability to write infectious melodies and creative off-kilter rhythms, tastefully utilized down-tuned guitars, and continue to grow with every recording. Their previous full-length “Inmazes” was once a name-your-price release on … Continue reading

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Revocation – “The Outer Ones”

One could take the hyphenated route and describe the music of Revocation as tech-death-thrash-prog-metal or go the simple route and say extreme metal.  “The Outer Ones” is available September 28th on Metal Blade Records.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. … Continue reading

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Circles – “The Last One”

After a five years, Circles is back with their sophomore recording “The Last One,” released August 31 on Seasons of Mist records. My exposure to Circles began with a promising EP, “The Compass,” which showcased modern metal in the djent … Continue reading

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