Category Archives: progressive metal

Enslaved – “E”

Every album by Enslaved is highly anticipated by me. “E” was even more than usual however. The big lineup switch was a major cause of this. Keyboardist and clean vocalist Herbrand Larsen left the band toward the end of last … Continue reading

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Anvil Crawler – “Late Warning”

Anvil Crawler are an all instrumental band from Lansing, Michigan. On their EP “Late Warning,” they do have chops but their style is like Protest the Hero than say Animals as Leaders. The riffs fly around at top speed. The … Continue reading

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Sons of Apollo – “Psychotic Symphony”

Sons of Apollo is of course the project of ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. I will admit being VERY apprehensive of this album. I’m a huge fan of all of Sherinian’s post DT work but Portnoy’s hyperactivity … Continue reading

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Rank ‘Em: Porcupine Tree studio albums

I haven’t done one of these columns in some time so I figured I should tackle one of prog’s more popular “modern” bands. As always, this is just going to be STUDIO albums. Also I am not including the demos … Continue reading

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Himmellegeme – “Myth of Earth”

Himmellegeme have a unique name and a captivating sound. Though the band is from Bergen, Norway, they actually remind me of a mix of two Icelandic bands: Sólstafir and Sigur Rós. I am a massive fan of those bands so … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Rites – “Phoenix”

You couldn’t find a better name for this album! After laying dormant for 10 years, Sweden’s Nocturnal Rites have risen like the “Phoenix.” Lead guitar Nils Norberg left in 2008 which clearly dealt the band a serious blow. Joining them … Continue reading

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Vattnet – “Vattnet”

There is nothing more “progressive” than a band that completely reinvents themselves. After releasing two awesome atmospheric black metal albums, New Hampshire’s Vattnet Viskar went through a major change. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nicholas Thornbury left the band. Casey Aylward … Continue reading

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