Prog Metal New Releases: 03/11/14

We didn’t think there was much coming out this week but damn if we didn’t see a flood of awesome new progressive metal releases at the last minute plus a few cool albums that we happened to miss in the past few months.  For starters, on the melodic progressive front, we’ve got the re-release the 2012 debut of Norway’s phenomenal Frail Grounds (now on UK label Hostile Media), Swiss progressive power metal band Kirk, the long-awaited new album from Cyprus’ Armageddon, Australia’s Trigger and two U.S. bands, Vestige and the wild high-energy sounds of Wild Throne.  We are extremely excited about the greatly anticipated album by all-world guitarists Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow on their “djent” infused, very modern instrumental band Conquering Dystopia. Continuing with all instrumental albums, last year saw the release of Swiss instrumental metal infused post-rock band Divus. This week also sees the new releases of Argentinian experimental band Devius and progressive black metal from the U.S.’ Barrowlands and Romania’s Bloodway.  As usual we’ve got soundclips/full streaming for all of these albums as well as Spotify links if available for you to check out.

(Note to bands and fans: please let us know if any albums are missing from this week’s new release schedule and we’ll gladly include them. No demos please but we will include E.P.’s if they’re available for purchase. If you do decide to purchase any of this week’s albums please do so via the links below as that does help to fund this webzine.)

ArmageddonSundown on Humanity

Progressive Power Metal (first new album in 15 years by this long-running Cypriot progressive power metal band. The music has some thrash and prog elements in their very well-refined power metal sound.)

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United StatesProgressive Black Metal (debut full length album by this intense and powerful band. Great for fans of Agalloch.)
BloodwaySunstone Voyager and the Clandestine Horizon

RomaniaProgressive Black Metal (another fantastic progressive black metal band for this week. These guys have a really dark sound and bring in a lot of creepy gothic elements as well. Powerful and quite hypnotic.)
Conquering DystopiaConquering Dystopia

United StatesProgressive Instrumental Death Metal (Really stunning debut album from this group led by two of the best guitarists in the biz, Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow as well as the amazing rhythm section of bassist Alex Webster (Blotted Science, Cannibal Corpse) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless). This album has a ton of diversity from sophisticated shred, dark ambience and a good does of modern djent. Really nice to hear Loomis in a new and exciting context. Highly recommended.)

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DeviusThe Absents Presence

ArgentinaProgressive Exprimental Death Metal (wild trio that blends extreme death metal with black metal atmospheres, acoustic passages, melodic and extreme vocals, jazz and latin rhythms and some touches of experimental avant garde noises. Unique and pretty damned amazing.)

SwitzerlandProgressive Instrumental Metal (cool album by this new Swiss group that came out last year but we just became aware of it. Long and very expressive songs for this band that works in a very sophisticated post-rock/metal style.)

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Frail GroundsFields Of Trauma

NorwayProgressive Metal (Re-release of Frail Grounds 2012 album now gets wide distribution on UK label Hostile Media. This fantastic debut album is a “conceptual and musical journey through soundscapes composed of heavy, progressive and more extreme elements - these 11 songs will take the listener through melancholic acoustic moments and up through more brutal yet melodic epics. The story follows an expedition deep into Siberia, questioning how far a person might go under extreme circumstances in order to achieve a sense of resolution.”

Spotify Link

SwitzerlandProgressive Power Metal (first album in 11 years from this Swiss band that has a very melodic, heavy power metal style with some progressive elements.)

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AustraliaProgressive Metal (debut album by this twin-guitar Aussie band that says their music is a "a fusion of European melody and American aggression". We couldn't put it better ourselves!)
Trigger: Machina
VestigeCognitive Dissonance

United StatesProgressive Instrumental Metal (exciting solo project from Binghampton, NY's. Michael DeMeritt. Wild concoction of djent, avant-fusion and ambient post-metal. Very modern and thought-provoking music that is sure to please fans of groups like Gordian Knot and Cynic.)
Wild ThroneBlood Maker

United StatesProgressive Rock/Metal (short EP by this very high-energy progressive hard rock band with a cool math rock rhythmic style. Great for fans of Mastodon.)

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  1. I think Vestige wins the cover wars with Cognitive Dissonance, but I can’t wait to sample all the new releases. Thanks PMZ!

  2. Loomis and Webster are tremendous on Conquering Dystopia. Sounds like Nevermore’s solos taken to the next level! Can’t wait to hear the whole songs uncompressed.

  3. Joerg:

    Bah…I don’t think I’ll ever get over the Nevermore split. That was one of the most incredible live shows I ever saw!

  4. Thanks for the share and kind words. I truly appreciate it.

    – Mike D. (Vestige)

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