Tag Archives: progressive metal


Fates Warning – Live Over Europe

This double live album by the progressive metal heroes Fates Warning appropriately titled Live Over Europe containing an astounding 23 tracks captured on tape in eight different cities is a pure musical delight. Boasting a powerful and bombastic sound courtesy of producer Jens Bogren (Symphony X, Kreator, Opeth, etc.), the band are on top form and there are loads of ...

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RAW IN SECT fuse metal with traditional Greek on ‘Kitro’

My knowledge of Greek rock bands is slim to say the least. Although I have been a fan of Socrates Drank the Conium for years, Raw In Sect is the first to catch my attention since then (ignoring Rotting Christ on purpose). Comprising of Kostas Diamandis (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Dimitris Alexiou (Drums & Backing Vocals), George Ioakeimidis (Guitar & ...

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Live: Opeth and Enslaved, Manchester Ritz

Over the past few years progressive rock has changed significantly, with most of the smaller bands opting to take a heavier approach with each album however, Swedish Prog outfit Opeth have taken the opposite approach and have gotten softer and in some ways sound closer to the classic prog rock bands like Yes and Jethro Tull, joining them was Norwegian ...

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Haken’s ‘Visions’

Review: Haken – Visions (re-release 2017)

Progressive metal band Haken have re-released their second album, Visions, after working alongside Jens Bogren to reinvigorate and raise the standard up to the band’s current production, in which Bogren also worked on. Visions is eight tracks long with a total run time of nearly sixty-three minutes, a full eleven minutes shorter than their debut album Aquarius [which has had ...

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Review: Dorje – Centred And One

Back in June, I was shopping for a new bass guitar and happened to zone in on the Ibanez SR1306. When researching the bass, I came across a Youtube video reviewing the SR1305. The hosts? Rob Chapman and Dave Hollingworth of Dorje. I had never heard of them. Little did I know that they would appear on the bill for ...

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Dream Theater

Dream Theater present The Astonishing live at London Palladium

London’s West End is full of prog-hunters on this cold and chilling February weekday evening. Jeff Wayne’s “Musical Version of The War of the Worlds” is packing the punters in over at the Dominion. But we’re going to see something far more exciting than that. Have seventeen years really flown-past-us since DREAM THEATER bestowed upon us Scenes from a Memory? ...

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Review: Assignment – Inside Of The Machine

Formed by guitarist Goran Panic, Assignment have released two albums previously; Inside Of The Machine (available on Mausoleum Records) offers around 70 minutes of what they refer to as “art metal” but, to a low-life like me, it’s progressive metal that tips its hat to the likes of Queensryche and Ayreon. The band line-up is comprised of keyboard player Gert Sprick, bass ...

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Review: Northern Oak – Of Roots and Flesh

‘Of Root and Flesh’ is Northern Oak’s third studio album. Northern Oak are something of a unique band within metal combining black metal with both medieval chamber music and folk to create the progressive folk metal sound. Before I talk about the music I must mention the rather stunning piece of artwork that adorns the front cover of the album. ...

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Haken begin search for new bassist

London progressive metal act Haken have begun looking for a new bassist. The group’s current bassist Tom Maclean announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the group to pursue other interests. As a result, the band are now inviting prospective players to visit the group’s Facebook page or contact hakenbassauditions@gmail.com for information on how to apply. Successful applicants ...

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Extol reveal ‘Betrayal’ lyric video + charity t-shirt

Norwegian metallers Extol have revealed a brand new lyric video and charity t-shirt for their track, Betrayal. The song comes from the band’s new self-titled album which was released earlier this year after a 6 year hiatus. Check out the new lyric video below! The band have also released a new t-shirt, designed by Dave Quiggle, based on the song. ...

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