This week we are taking a look at more prog metal goodness. It is a genre that just gets better and better.
Empty Flowers are a band that wallow in the miasma between progressive and stoner metal, with a strong touch of psychedelia. On the surface, Six comes across as just simple de-tuned stoner metal, but more listens reveal a more complex structure. Not exactly the easiest release to get into for certain, but it does reward repeated listens and appreciation.
High Priest of Saturn, by a band of the same name, is an eclectic piece of stoner-esque psychedelia and progressive rock. Rather that just being drone or drudge rock, there is enough variety in the songs to make this four-track release very interesting indeed—there’s enough here to grab you and drag you in. The ethereal vocals add to the mystique of the whole thing.
A Fair Dream Gone Mad by In the Silence is a great bit of progressive metal in the vein of Opeth and their ilk. Actually, if you like Opeth’s later releases, this is an essential release that touches all the same places. Epic in scope and heavy in just the right places, this is a quite a good album. I really rather enjoyed this release and suspect you will as well. Nothing like a bit of clever melodic progressive metal to put a smile on your face.
Inedia are from Italy and do a fine line of progressive death metal on Healing. One minute is terribly melodic laidback folk, only to morph into some serious psychedelic metal with death metal vocals, then back to melodic folk with clean vocals. In fact, it is pretty mental all around and probably best when indulging in certain substances of an adult nature. It is possibly the soundtrack of someone going insane.
Intronaut also peddle a mixture of psychedelia and prog, but this is quite a bit odder on Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones). The wall to get into this one is bit higher than the above release. That said, once you get into the vibe, it is quite a satisfying release. Just be warned, it is a bit of a grower. The pretentious title to the album is both a good description and a warning to the wary.
Soen offers up Cognitive and it is yet another release I quite like. It is progressive metal and it’s quite a bit like Opeth as well. The song which got me hooked is called “Fraccions” and has a mighty lyrical hook in it that grabs your attention. You, like me, may have never heard about this name before, but I highly recommend you seek this release if you are into clever melodic metal. This progressive supergroup (former or current members of Opeth and Testament) have the chops to make it happen for themselves.
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