Prog Metal New Releases: 06/25/14

Well this is our last post for the first half of 2014 and so far it’s been quite a year.  Yeah, we do have the new Opeth coming out very soon but we gotta wonder if the rest of the year will be as good as it’s been so far!  To end June this week’s major release is the new album by Georgia’s sludge metal masters, Mastodon.  This week also sees some very cool new albums from U.K. technical death metallers, De Profundis, new Russian alternative metal band Gravity Rain and the exciting first part of a planned sci-fi space metal opera trilogy from Norway’s Stilva.  Finally, for those of you who dig instrumental metal, this week has three new albums, all from solo artists – France’s Abas Ibn Malek, India’s Archangel and Norwegian shred-meister Dan Johansen.  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.)

ARTISTALBUMCOUNTRYPROGRESSIVE METAL STYLE / ALBUM DESCRIPTIONLISTEN/PURCHASE
Abas Ibn MalekDelusional Thoughts

FranceProgressive Instrumental/Shred Metal (new album by Malek continues with his signature brand of dark, Oriental flavored instrumental metal. Great stuff again from this very unique artist.)
ArchangelCalm In Chaos

IndiaProgressive Technical Ambient Instrumental Metal (new third album in two years from this excellent solo artist from Bangalore who is producing very modern metal with some great electronic/ambient elements mixed in with his style of intense technical metal. Great stuff and available for FREE from his BandCamp page.)
Dan JohansenPower Suite

Norway
Progressive Instrumental Shred Metal (new album from Tha Shredsta! Not much subtlety with Johansen, just a ton of hard-driving shred metal that will be sure to please fans of his earlier work.)

Spotify Link
De ProfundisFrequencies

United KingdomProgressive Extreme/Black Metal (amazing extreme tech metal from this wild UK band that is very much influenced by Death. In fact they do a pretty damn cool cover of Death's Crystal Mountain. Available for FREE from the band's BandCamp site.)
Gravity RainThe Shining Silence

RussiaProgressive Alternative Metal (great stuff from this Russian band that aims for an aggressive modern metal sound while keeping the focus on melody and killer heavy hooks. Great for fans of Devin Townsend and even Tool.)
MastodonOnce More 'Round the Sun

United StatesProgressive Sludge Metal (new album continues in the more stripped down and accessible direction from The Hunter. Still heavy and intense and should please fans who aren't still looking for a return to the heady concept days of Leviathan.)

Spotify Link
StilvaGemini - Act 1

NorwayProgressive Metal/Rock Opera (where did this guy come from? This is part one of a planned metal sci-fi trilogy from Norwegian composer/musician Marius Solheim that has it all - a great story, impassioned vocals and some killer, top-notch melodic prog metal. This guy could definitely give Ayreon a run for his money in the rock/metal opera style. Phenomenal music and we can't wait to hear the rest of this epic!)
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8 Comments

  1. Awesome selection! Stilva was the standout, this week, for me. Everything from the cover art to the tracks I sampled. Thanks PMZ!

  2. Later this year should include albums from Headspace, Kingcrow, a Haken EP, Threshold, and Distorted Harmony, to name a few.

  3. What about Anthriel or Symphony X? Anything new from them this year?
    Wayne recently posted..Praising God in the Storm

  4. Ingar Steen:

    It is an honour to be one of the vocalists in the Stilva – Gemini project. Marius is a fantastic musician and an amazing composer! Looking forward to record part II and III 😉

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