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24 April 2018

VuuR - In This Moment We Are Free - Cities (2017)

Anneke van Giersbergen is at it again, showing her heavy side with a new progressive metal project called VuuR named after the Dutch word for “fire”. Each song describes a different city that has left its mark on Ms. van Giersbergen in her travels as a touring musician. Each reveals just how underrated a vocalist she is.

Cover art for "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities" (2017) by VuuR

27 March 2018

Demon: “The Plague” (1983)

If you’re into melodic or progressive metal, and you haven’t listened to The Plague, you’ve missed out.

24 January 2018

Elder - Reflections of a Floating World

Here’s another excellent album I found on Bandcamp: Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. Check it out if you like long, heavy progressive rock jams.

This is brilliant stuff if you need a background album at work, for long drives, or can just sit quietly and listen with your full attention on the music.

Reflections of a Floating World is Elder’s fourth full length album and second LP released via Stickman Records (EU) and Armageddon Label (US). Long, undulating and dense tracks float between psychedelic passages and progressive rock without missing a beat; adventurous and unpredictable songs are punctuated by hypnotic jams, all colored by the tendency toward melody and dynamism that has become the band’s hallmark. In keeping with their motto of expanding and expanding upon their repertoire, guest musicians Mike Risberg and Michael Samos joined the core three in the studio to add extra guitar, keys and pedal steel, adding vibrancy and lushness to the album. In all regards, Reflections shows a band with a clear vision honing their skills with every year.

See for yourself…

19 January 2016

Queensrÿche: Condition Hüman (2015)

I really wanted to like Condition Hüman, the 2015 release by veteran Seattle progressive metal act Queensrÿche, but I can’t. I can’t hate it, either. I can’t manage much of a reaction to the album at all. That’s not good for an album whose title is a play on the phrase human condition.

The music is competently performed, and the production is faultless. It’s solid progressive metal, but every song sounds like the band’s just meeting contractual obligations. It feels like there’s no soul or humanity in this music.

I think the problem is that I keep hoping that each new Queensrÿche album will hit me the way Rage for Order (1986) and Operation: Mindcrime (1988) did when I was a teenager, and it keeps not happening. It isn’t even another Empire (1990).

Hell, it sounds almost like a Queensrÿche revival band, and not like the actual Queensrÿche. But maybe I just need to keep listening and let it grow on me.