This week we take a look at some progressive rock and metal.
Aeon Zen have a new EP out called Self Portrait. Normally I don’t review stop-gap EPs, but this one got my attention. Four songs and under 20 minutes, but enough substance to leave quite the impression. They all blend nicely into each other to create an overall vibe. This British band have been turning heads with their brand of clever prog rock/metal. And this EP will continue to raise their profile based on tracks like “Portrait”, with its jazzy accents under rough and clean vocals.
Place Vendome are back with Thunder in the Distance. This is melodic rock with strong tinges of progressive rock dusted with a touch of ’80s pop hard rock. It is all quite catchy and draws you in from the first listen. Songs like “Lost in Paradise” are all about the sing-along chorus that sticks in your head and never really lets go. The consistency of song quality on this release is impressive. A perfect respite from some of the heavier and weighty music on offer. The musicianship is as stellar as you would expect from an album from Mike Kiske and chums.
Prospekt have released their debut album The Colourless Sunrise. As you might have gathered from the spelling of the album name, this bunch are English. They are from Oxford, to be exact, and clever progressive metal is what they peddle. Interestingly enough the music here lacks that whiff of Englishness like Marillion, Genesis, and Yes. It is very much steeped in the more American prog-metal sound of Dream Theater and the like. The title track, as well as tunes like “Shroud”, demonstrates the talent on offer here.
Withem have unleashed the progtastic The Point of You. This is very much steeped in “Pull Me Under”-era Dream Theater without being a carbon copy. This is accessible galloping prog metal that never dallies or dithers about. As you might have gathered from the title of the album, this is all fairly upbeat and positive. More importantly the music never gets bogged down in cleverness and is quite catchy as a whole. It is an enjoyable debut outing from a talented band of Norwegian players.
An album to suit whatever type of prog mood you are in. As always stay safe and rocking out there, my friends.Powered by Sidelines