Progressive rock band Bigelf has decided to give away their track “Alien Frequency” for free, so head on over here to snag it. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Into The Maelstrom, which is the band’s first album in six years. It will be released April 1st via InsideOut Music. (pre-order here).
Head below to hear the band’s new track “Control Freak”. READ MORE
Prog rockers Bigelf have released a lyric video for “Control Freak”, their first new song from their upcoming album Into The Maelstrom, which comes out April 1st. It is the first new album from the band in six years.
Mainman Damon Fox states, “Life is bizarre indeed, and sometimes the universe has other plans in store for you. Hence, you realize you’re not in control and all the will power in the world won’t alter your predicament. Paradoxically, the ultimate form of control is actually letting go. Which led me to the chorus lyrics, “Please God help me to let it go.” I think there’s a control freak in each one us, some worse than others of course. ENJOY!””
Head on down to listen to this pretty badass track! READ MORE
Dark progressive rockers Bigelf have released details for their upcoming album Into The Maelstrom, which is the follow up to 2008′s Cheat The Gallows. Slated for release on April 1st via InsideOut Music, the album will feature 12 tracks and will be available on a limited 2CD digipak which includes exclusive re-mixes & demo versions, as well as a gatefold 2LP vinyl edition which includes the full album on CD.
Mainman Damon Fox previously stated, “I think ITM is the best Bigelf record yet and I believe it is a real game changer for the band. It’s gonna put us over the top! Psychedelic cinematic landscapes and melodic prog-doom set the stage for the new album, I cannot wait for fans (old and new) to experience all of its apocalyptic color.”
Head below for the full track list and album artwork. READ MORE
In 2011, my musical world was rocked by an album that I still play on a constant basis: Leprous’ Bilateral. A tour de force of progressive rock/metal, Bilateral resonated deep within me, satisfying nearly every want I might have from an album. Astonishing vocals, clever play between instruments, crushing guitars, sublime textures, and more. It is one of those albums that I put on and let play through the whole way.
Now the Norwegian band is back with their latest offering Coal. Could this album match my nearly astronomical expectations set by Bilateral? Head on below to find out. READ MORE
Norwegian prog-metal band Leprous have released an official music video for “The Cloak”, their new single from their upcoming album Coal (out May 28th via InsideOut Music). THe video was directed by David Solbjørg of Twitchy Films.
The band states, “While we’re anxiously waiting to release ‘Coal’ to the public, another taste of it is coming your way. A while back we announced a video was in the making, and now everything is ready for your eyes and ears. ‘The Cloak’ is our second music video, and we’re extremely excited to finally release it! Enjoy!”
Coal is the followup to 2011′s brilliant Bilateral (review), which was an Album Of The Year for me. I highly recommend giving these guys a serious shot if you haven’t listened to them much. READ MORE
Norwegian prog-metal band Leprous will be releasing their new album Coal on May 28th in N. America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music. The band has just revealed the album artwork, which was done by Jeff Jordan (who had done the artwork for 2011′s Bilateral).
Commenting on the artwork, the band states, “The artwork for this album was a hard nut to crack. We wanted something dark, melancholic but with a distinct character. We tried several solutions without finding the perfect supplement for the music, before we decided to contact Jeff Jordan once again. Jeff immediately had wonderful ideas that we decided to pursue. The artwork of ‘Coal’ is in my opinion the most iconic we’ve had so far.”
In regards to their upcoming video for “The Cloak”: “A new Leprous video is in the making! We spent one very long day inside the Konnerud Hill Mines here in Norway, getting some very interesting footage. The video, just like the clip for ‘Restless’ on our previous album, was made by Twitchy Films once again, but we promise you no fish or cake was harmed this time around. A dark, moist atmosphere, far into the deep…”
You can see the album artwork as well as listen to their new song “Chronic” below. READ MORE
Norwegian prog-rockers Leprous have announced via their Facebook page that the name and release date of their new album. Coal, which is the followup to 2011′s Bilateral, will be released May 20th in Europe and May 28th in North America.
Bilateral was tied for my Album Of The Year in 2011 and Coal landed on my Most Anticipated Releases of 2013, so I welcome this news! I honestly can’t wait to hear it, especially considering how many times I’ve listened to Bilateral (probably around 100 times).
You can watch their video for “Restless” below. READ MORE
Prog rock band Jolly has released a music video for “Dust Nation Bleak” from their upcoming album Audio Guide To Happiness Part 2, which comes out Mar. 5th via InsideOut Music. The video was filmed in the ruins of the band’s studio, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The album can be pre-ordered here.
Hailing from Poland, Riverside have been putting out consistently great music for many years now. It’d be nearly impossible to define what category of “prog rock” they exactly fall under, but that’s what make them stand out from the crowd. They are one of those bands that have such a unique sound that it is easy to immediately identify them, an increasingly rare talent these days.
So upon receiving a copy of their new album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves, I knew I was in for something special, something that would challenge me. But have they delivered once again or did they fall fail to live up to their past greatness? Read on below for my thoughts! READ MORE
Polish progressive rock band Riverside have released a creepy music video for “Celebrity Touch”, which comes off their upcoming fifth studio album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves (out Jan. 21st). The video is a nightmarish look at how the celebrity lifestyle can destroy a person, mentally, emotionally, and physically. As for the song itself, it’s a really fun mixture of classic prog stylings with modern twists. Check it out below.
Polish progressive rock band Riverside have released a teaser trailer for their upcoming album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves. The video includes snippets of two songs: one unknown and the other being “Celebrity Touch”, which will be getting a music video. The first track started off sounding almost like “My Sharona” while the second track sounds like something from Pain Of Salvation‘s Road Salt One.
The band has also released a behind-the-scenes photo from the “Celebrity Touch” music video shoot. The band is posed around several people that have gauze wrapped around their heads. It’s actually slightly spooky, so I’m curious if this video will have a dark side to it. Check it out below. READ MORE
Polish progressive rock group Riverside has unveiled the album artwork and track list for their upcoming fifth studio album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves, which will be released Jan. 21st, 2013 via Century Media/InsideOut Music. You can see both below.
The artwork was designed by Travis Smith, who has done most of the album artwork for bands such as Opeth and Katatonia as well as the Avenged SevenfoldNightmare cover, which many regarded as the best hard rock album cover of 2011. READ MORE
Polish progressive rock group Riverside have announced Shrine Of New Generation Slaves as the title of their upcoming fifth studio. The album will be released Feb. 5th, 2013 via InsideOut Music.
Vocalist Mariusz Duda explains, “In 2012 we’ve been focusing on the work on the new album, and trying to prove, mostly to ourselves, that we can still surprise with something, and what’s most important – create an album that would become our showpiece, music-wise and lyrics-wise. The title might sound a bit intricate, but the acronym [SONGS] will definitely explain what we did with our music this time.”
I used to listen to these guys all the time. I still pull out their debut album Out Of Myself quite often. Songs like “OK” and “I Believe” are fantastic. READ MORE
Easily one of the hardest working and most eclectic musicians today, Devin Townsend is a whirlwind of musical thoughts and energy. Each release of his is something out of this world, an auditory journey that never reveals the ending until the last notes fade away. Basically, I’m a huge fan.
In anticipation of the release of By A Thread: Live In London, two more video clips have popped up. The first is “Awake” from the Addicted album. Guest singer Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) was at the show and the combination of her and Devin’s vocals are unbelievable. The second video is the title track from the Ghost album. Both are below for your viewing pleasure.
By A Thread: Live In London came out today and is available for order here. Devin Townsend will also be co-headlining the “Epic Kings & Idols” Tour with Katatonia. Support comes from Paradise Lost. Check out the tour dates below. READ MORE
Alright folks, I realize that the vast majority of you have never heard of Riverside, a progressive rock/metal group based out of Poland. However, I’m here to tell you that they are incredible and you should be checking them out with a quickness. You’ve got some time to get acquainted with their discography as the band has announced that they have signed to InsideOut Music and that a new album will be coming out in early 2013.
The band had this to say, “We’re very pleased that we’ll keep collaborating with InsideOut/Century Media. We’ve overcome many difficulties together and we hope that the new contract, signed at the moment when we start another decade as a band, will help us to grow more, and will make us able to reach a larger number of listeners with our music. The new album is on the way. I believe it will be a new beginning for Riverside.”