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Experimental Progressive Metal

Experimental progressive metal is a sub-genre of progressive metal characterized by the incorporation of innovative, eclectic elements, large-scale experimentation and the use of non-standard and unconventional sounds, instruments, song structures, playing styles, and vocal techniques. Experimentation in the music is a major criteria to define the genre where artists often add unique elements to the overall sound, while progressive metal usually has more focus on traditional metal instrumentation and higher levels of technical complexity.

It's nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact origin of Experimental Progressive Metal since experimentation is common in all music genres. Still it is clear that experimentation in the progressive metal sub-genre has slowly but steadily grown in popularity ever since its humble beginnings in the early 1980s.

Just like any other style, Experimental Progressive Metal has a few defining moments that have changed the rules for its sub-genre for years to come. Two of such moments are the releases of the debut album by MR.BUNGLE of August 1991 and its iconic follow up "Disco Volante" of 1995. MR BUNGLE became notorious for their heavy sound and mid-song shifts of musical style. The band has later spawned an array of established avant-garde side projects such as FANT‘MAS, SECRET CHIEFS 3 and ESTRADASPHERE but also inspired new Experimental Metal acts to take the music scene to new heights.
Another crucial artist in the development of Experimental Progressive Metal was the leading Avant Metal band of the 80s, CELTIC FROST. Their eclectic mix of Thrash, Doom, Symphonic and Goth Metal created a dark theatrical mystique that became a major influence among the experimental Extreme Metal bands of the 90s such as MY DYING BRIDE, ULVER, ARCTURUS among others. These bands served as an important source of inspiration for the experimental movement within extreme metal.

The bands listed under Experimental Progressive Metal have all, in various degrees, shed their extreme heritage in favor of embracing influences of the eclectic style going from art rock and ethnic up to free-jazz and even modernist music.

Art Metal
Art metal is a direct continuation of progressive metal but with the longing to expand the themes and styles of music while maintaining the technical complexity of the sub-genre.
These bands are more artistic than their progressive metal peers and tend to experiment, to a certain extent, but not as openly as the bands of the eclectic and avant-garde metal styles. Art metal comes in many shapes and forms. The virtuosity and complete unpredictability of DEVIN TOWNSEND, OSI and TOOL always manages to draw attention of both fans of traditional metal as well as the progressive music audience, while bands like ANATHEMA, DEADSOUL TRIBE and GORDIAN KNOT attract many fans of groove and atmospheric music into their vibrant soundscapes. Other notable acts include GREEN CARNATION, DARK SUNS and ANTIMATTER.

Eclectic Metal
These bands often add unconventional elements to their metal sound, whether it's experiments with various new sounds and styles that are otherwise uncommon in metal or by blending many styles, with metal being the referential core. Whether it's the ethnic elements of ORPHANED LAND's music that combines Middle Eastern folklore with the more traditional progressive metal sound or a completely unique mix of atmospheric, almost ambient, elements fused with metal that can be found in the sound of THE GATHERING, eclectic metal artists will always certainly bring a host of different styles and ideas to the table. Experimental metal can be found in numerous forms while featuring notable acts like INDUKTI, IN THE WOODS... and MAUDLIN OF THE WELL.

Avant-garde Metal
This style is generally considered to be more extreme in both its arrangements but most importantly extremely complex and unpredictable song structures. Compositions have the ambition of trying to breach boundaries of music and generally have significant experimental approaches to metal music. Most of this music borders on the realms of pure avant-garde while still maintaining a solid foundation in metal with technical instrumental prowess. Notable acts include UNEXPECT, EPHEL DUATH and VIRUS.


Post Metal

Post metal arose following the subsequent emergence of numerous newer, grittier metal genres like sludge, stoner, doom, and drone in the late 80's and early 90's, as well as the budding post-rock scene that emerged in the early 90's in Europe and North America. The scene's origins can be heard in several distinctly like-minded, moderately experimental groups in the early 90's, ranging from the noisy grind of GODFLESH, the sludgy, melodic, sometimes punk-like riffs of the MELVINS, and the proggy time signatures and grungy riffing of TOOL or HELMET, to the textural work of DON CABALLERO and the more melodic moments of early BARK PSYCHOSIS.

Arguably the first true and definitive realizations of post-metal emerged in the mid 1990's. The most concrete example was NEUROSIS, who moved farther away from their crust-punk origins and into more atmospheric territories with releases like Souls at Zero and Through Silver in Blood, the latter album in particular being regarded as one of the most definitive releases in the genre even to this day for its revolutionary blend of dark, spanning atmosphere and massively heavy sludge, something that would later come to define the post-metal genre as a whole (indeed, post-metal is often called "atmospheric sludge" as well). It wouldn't be until the early 2000's, however, that the genre's capacity would be fully realized, with releases like ISIS's "Oceanic", CULT OF LUNA's "Salvation", and PELICAN's "Australasia" paving the way for a true scene to emerge, and post-metal has since become a widespread phenomenon that has captivated the attention of many adventurous listeners worldwide.

Post-metal's unique sound is often very long and extremely drawn-out, utilizing oft-repetitive and simple riffs and guitar texturing to create massive buildups and musical climaxes. At times very emotionally evocative, it can be equally soft and soothing as it can be massively dense and crushing. Vocals are used sparingly, if at all (instrumental post-metal is a popular genre, with groups like PELICAN and RUSSIAN CIRCLES even achieving some degree of mainstream credibility), and when they are, they're usually gruff and barked as opposed to growled or screamed, a signature trait of the genre's hardcore roots.

Variations of Post-metal

While it should be noted that many post-metal bands have their roots in sludge metal, there are many post-metal bands that are rooted in other genres of metal. While post-sludge was an almost uniquely American phenomenon, a number of European doom-influenced post-metal bands have risen to fame, namely groups like ANATHEMA, YEAR OF NO LIGHT and CALLISTO; their slow-churning riffs and depressing mood of doom metal fit very well into the post-metal formula. These groups later gave way to more western post-doom-metal projects like JESU, GIANT SQUID, and MINSK.

A number of post-metal bands are significantly influenced by hardcore and post-hardcore, crafting the melodic elements of modern hardcore into their own brands of textural and atmospheric post-metal. This is exemplified by groups like ROSETTA, THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE, CAVE IN, MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT and BURST.

A subgenre that has emerged to a considerable degree in the last decade is an amalgamation of post-rock and black metal. Black metal has traditionally not been a stylistic influence on post-metal over the years, but bands like ALCEST, FEN, AGALLOCH and ALTAR OF PLAGUES have used the more atmospheric qualities of black metal and the tremolo riffing and incorporated it with a shoegaze-like affinity for heavy, dreamy sounds and guitar effects to create a unique and evocative subgenre that shares many visional and sonic characteristics of post-metal. While the explosion of bands exploring this style is a rather recent phenomenon, there are some instances of this occurring very early in the lifespan of the post-metal genre as a whole. ULVER's debut could be seen as possibly the first album to fall under this definition. For clarification's sake, these post-rock influenced bands are placed in the post-metal subsection of ProgArchives as opposed to the black metal subsection of Tech/Extreme because they eschew much of the harsh tonalities, minor modes, and shrieking vocals of black metal and add a melodic and emotional aspect that makes it much more accessible than their progressive black metal peers in the tech/extreme section.

Today, the most popular post-metal groups are much of the genre's godfathers like ISIS, NEUROSIS, PELICAN, and CULT OF LUNA, though a number of newer bands have risen to fame in metal and prog circles within the last 5 years like INTRONAUT, ROSETTA, and THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE.


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Experimental/Post Metal Top Albums


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4.22 | 750 ratings
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4.27 | 170 ratings
IMAGINARY SONICSCAPE
Sigh
4.20 | 422 ratings
THE MANTLE
Agalloch
4.18 | 707 ratings
TERRIA
Townsend, Devin
4.19 | 338 ratings
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Maudlin Of The Well
4.38 | 62 ratings
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Pan.Thy.Monium
4.16 | 752 ratings
JUDGEMENT
Anathema
4.16 | 359 ratings
LEAVING YOUR BODY MAP
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4.18 | 212 ratings
THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD
Neurosis
4.14 | 640 ratings
ZILTOID THE OMNISCIENT
Townsend, Devin
4.14 | 377 ratings
LIGHT OF DAY, DAY OF DARKNESS
Green Carnation
4.18 | 172 ratings
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY
Cult Of Luna
4.25 | 92 ratings
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Neurosis
4.41 | 42 ratings
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Lye By Mistake
4.13 | 281 ratings
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Isis
4.39 | 40 ratings
THE LOCUST YEARS
Hammers Of Misfortune
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Ved Buens Ende
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Latest Experimental/Post Metal Music Reviews


 Stone by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2023
4.21 | 14 ratings

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Stone
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars My first encounter with this hard-drivin' metal band that is currently (according to their Bandcamp bio) working out of Philadelphia. I agree with other reviewers that their album artwork--by band member John Baizley--is outstanding-- some of the best/most entertaining I've seen in the 21st Century!

1. "Embers" (1:01) very interesting and unique album opener! Acoustic guitars with choral vocals--sounding more like The Band or CSN&Y than I expected. (4.5/5)

2. "Last Word" (6:18) chugging metal with psychedelic engineering treatments. Reminds me of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD except on higher octane. You can tell that this is a well-oiled, well-gelled quartet. (I guess all those live performance dates really paid off!) Very interesting sound engineering choices--like with the drums and lead guitar. Less is more and yet the flange is ever-present, sneaking around in the background. Love it! Definitely feels like a blast from the past! Kudos to the team and their engineer/producer to go with these sound engineering choices. A top three song for me. (9/10)

3. "Beneath the Rose" (5:35) this one feels like a kind of TED NUGENT variation on Bono's performance in U2's "Bullet the Blue Sky"--at least for the verses. In the choruses the sound moves into a kind of cross between early URIAH HEEP and METALLICA's "Enter the Sandman." Nice vision and execution! The doubled-up guitar solo feels like a cross between THIN LIZZY and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. The final chorus spills over into Brit-territory--like The Clash or Judas Priest. (8.875/10)

4. "Choir" (4:06) bleeding over from the previous song, the guitars chug along as the continuous-play rolling bass note and straight-time drum race along. The vocals sound like some kind of channel of IGGY POP. I like the more nuanced, intermittent and atmospheric echo-guitar notes in the between-spaces. A very theatric, well-constructed and - executed song. Must be a crowd-pleaser in concert. (8.875/10)

5. "The Dirge" (1:19) another odd snippet that sounds as if it is more likely to come from Americana than metal. (4.3333/5)

6. "Anodyne" (3:20) To a person who's music ears were formed in the 1970s this sound palette sounds so right: none of the processing or compressing that is so common among post-1982 (enter the Computer/ Digital Age) bands and albums. Though this smooth hard rock song is smooth, it must be trying to rely more on its lyrics than previous songs cuz the music is less interesting--with less variation and development than I was expecting. (8.66667/10)

7. "Shine" (6:32) unfortunately, this rather straightforward "heavy metal" song sounds rather dull and elementary. Even the choruses and instrumental passages feel robotic and a bit "dialed-in." (8.5/10)

8. "Magnolia" (7:49) though I've been feeling this VANETA-vibe off and on throughout the course of this album, the opening 2:15 of this one carries a full-fledged imprint of that band. The song goes from waiting-at-the-curb to kick-it- into-gear at the 2:15 mark with some awesome multi-voice harmonic metal vocals over some pretty standard BLUE ÷YSTER CULT-like music. (Even the guitar solo in the sixth minute sounds 1970s). (Did they just say "flaming arrows"?!!) Still: it's a pretty damned-good song. (13.125/15)

9. "Under the Wheel" (6:11) I love the smooth-vocaled opening of this: so much potential energy present here just waiting to be released. And then they do! At 2:58 John Baizley unleashes a wicked-awesome vocal flight path (backed by some important seconds from Gina Gleason). Unfortunately, the song doesn't morph or develop much after that until the awesome spacey-fade. Still here we have another of my top three songs. (9/10)

10. "Bloom" (4:01) a gentle acoustic-guitar based song over which John and Gina sing the lead together, simultaneously, in harmony. Beautiful, smooth, laid-back harmonies. Nicely done. Great vocal performances. My final top three song. (8.875/10)

Total Time 46:12

I'm not sure how this band got categorized "Expeirmental/Post Metal" on ProgArchives cuz this all sounds quite rudimentary and retrogressive; perhaps their previous albums (with which I am unfamiliar) crossed into more experimental "post metal" territory.

Again, I want to commend the band on their choice to "real time"-record and render each song separately and uniquely. Exceptional cojones and will. (It really is so refreshing to hear new music that sounds like the old analog, pre- computer-manipulated music of my youth.)

B+/four stars; an excellent trip down a path that few 21st Century rockers are taking us down. Check it out for yourselves: highly recommended!

 Memorial by SOEN album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.54 | 22 ratings

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Memorial
Soen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by dilburt

4 stars Soen is one of the most highly skilled progressive metal bands in the world and with a unique and complex progressive metal style. Memorial is another great release by the band which includes the song 'Hollowed' featuring the Italian vocalist Elisa which is the first guest appearance I can think of for the band. This release follows the band's trend from Lotus and Imperial which was a bit of shift from the sound of Tellurian and Lykaia. Joel Ekelof's vocals are amazing with a huge range and varied presentation styles. Personally I don't see a much of a similarity with Tool other that at a technical level but if you like the sound of Opeth and other Swedish & Norwegian progressive metal bands like Leprous, Green Carnation, Pain of Salvation and Evergrey you should definitely give Soen's latest release 'Memorial' a listen.
 Heir to Despair by SIGH album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.93 | 23 ratings

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Heir to Despair
Sigh Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Mirai Kawashima's come over a little Ian Anderson. Not to a full Jethro Tull-ish extent, mind - but there's an outbreak of flute and piccolo on this Sigh album that's just as interesting an addition to their sound as when Dr Mikannibal first brought her saxophone onboard. For a good long while, the sound of Sigh has been guided in part by the particular direction that Mirai's wanted to take his multi-instrumentalist experimentation in; just look at the credits for this and their past few albums and you'll see how much he's changed his portfolio from release to release. So the addition of flute this time around may sound like a small thing, but as an extra ingredient in Sigh's bizarre mashup of classic metal and black metal and progressive rock, it ends up being an interesting through-line which ties the album together.
 Memorial by SOEN album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.54 | 22 ratings

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Memorial
Soen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by A Crimson Mellotron
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Swedish rockers Soen now have their sixth studio album 'Memorial' out and continue their trend of releasing a new record every couple of years. The band has gained some attention in and outside the world of progressive metal, although their style is mostly a blend of prog and alternative rock, to categorize it in a way. Mixing up their obvious appreciation for Tool with their leanings to Opeth and Katatonia, as one could hear these bands' influence embedded in Soen's output. However, most recently their albums do sound more like the band itself, meaning that a more or less recognizable identity of their own has been forged.

'Memorial' is an average collection of heavier tracks with a stronger leaning towards the alternative side of the band's sound, not necessarily overly satisfying, revolutionary, or imaginative. They do manage to present themselves in a respectable manner, and obviously the production of the album is quite good, but it also signifies to me that all subsequent Soen releases will sound the same and very similar to this one as well as the last two albums. Which takes out of the equation the element of surprise, depending on who you ask.

With this being said, one really has to mention how intricate and playful the drumming is, but Martin Lopez is a well-known and very experienced metal drummer. The guitars also sound very crisp and bright, some of the riffs are quite fine! The bass gets a bit lost in the final mix, which is a pity for a band that has previously released albums as strong and nuanced as 'Lykaia' or 'Tellurian'. I am not particularly fond of the vocals on this one or of how predictable and mostly straightforward and monotonous the songs are. The first couple of tracks are a good example of this. I can't help but feel like I am listening to any alt rock/metal album produced by a major label nowadays. Things do in fact get better around the end, where the band give us the slightly more adventurous tracks like 'Icon', 'Incendiary', or the title track.

'Memorial' is a good album for what it's worth and it does certainly indicate the sonic image that Soen have acquired and built for themselves over the years, also meaning that their future releases could be painfully similar to this one. I could not regard this album as highly as some of the past releases of the band, but most people could like and enjoy this one.

 Leaving The Land by SISARE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.89 | 53 ratings

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Leaving The Land
Sisare Experimental/Post Metal

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nļ 693

As some of you know, I always was a big fan of the progressive rock coming from Scandinavia, mainly due to Kaipa, The Flower Kings, Anglagard, Anekdoten, Pain Of Salvation and Opeth, only to mention some of them, which are probably the most famous too. So, it's always a pleasure and a moment of big expectations when I know the existence of another Scandinavian prog band. So, the same happened when some time ago I had the opportunity to know Sisare.

Sisare is a Finish progressive rock band that was formed in the peninsula of Scandinavia. As happened with their compatriots Sammal, the band is settled in the Finnish city of Turku. Sisare is an experimental progressive rock/metal band that begins their career in 2008 as a progressive death metal band. As a death metal band, Sisare released a demo and an EP before split. After the split, Sisare returned in 2010 with a more progressive direction including elements of rock, jazz and folk. Their music can be characterized by the post-metal modern sound with the melancholic ambience that is so usual in almost all Scandinavian progressive rock bands. In 2013 Sisare released their debut studio album "Nature's Despair". Five years later in 2018, the band released their second studio album, this one, "Leaving The Land".

So, "Leaving The Land" is the second studio album of Sisare and that was released in 2018. The line up on "Leaving The Land" is Severi Peura (vocals and guitar), Timo Lehtonen (guitar), Hermanni Piltti (bass guitar) and Rauli Elenius (drums).

"Leaving The Land" is a very consistent album with a warm atmosphere. For me, it's probably an exception that, as a keyboard lover, I listen to a great progressive rock album without any keyboards. This could be seen as a compliment to the band. Most of the time albums without keyboards can't keep my full attention. Just six songs feature on this well produced and strong album, each long enough to grow on you but never too long to be all too repetitive, which is the case with some other bands. Sisare's music recalls the most melodic and less metal moments of the past decade. To be exact, Opeth have played a huge catalytic role in the artistic temperament of the band. The effects of Opeth's revival progressive rock style (and not from their formerly metal side), are expanding to all the six compositions of the album, sometimes more and sometimes less. In particular, the style of the Finns is borne out by the melodies of Opeth's guitar twins over time. The same similarities exist in the vocals. For instance the voice of Peura is very similar to Akerfeldt's.

"Leaving The Land" has six tracks. "Escape" is a strong opener, demonstrating the dark tensions of Sisare's writing. This piece blends melodic components with dreamy vocals and themes, but maintains enough of a rock edge to propel the song into its climactic moments with big choruses and great instrumental licks. "Mountains" begins with some post-rock atmosphere with some nice guitar parts over droning bass and pensive drums. This is a piece brooding and heavy. The writing relies on the extended instrumental breaks and strong guitar leads during all its duration. There's a somber moodiness in this track. "Geno" is lightly touched by that Scandinavian melancholy, although never in a true depressing way. This is a track with a great encapsulation of the band's strengths, with tight guitar/bass riffing in clever syncopation, a rich atmosphere, and a powerful vocal work and interesting melodies. The band's post-rock influences particularly shine on "Pace" with several internal segments. The guitar riffs are addictive with a bit of post-rock quality and those lead vocals, they continue to be a high point. The heavy and mellow textures combine wonderfully and the guitar soloing has a psychedelic undertone. "Shattered" is a psychedelic tinged track with some more excellent guitar work and fabulous bass. This is a remarkable piece that seems to me the most Opeth's like moment on the album. It has a strong vibe throughout, especially in the vocal parts. "Perception" is a catchy slice of guitar based psychedelic prog. It's a good example of the way the band give space to their instrumental passages including the wonderful crafted solo parts to bring just that extra layer into the mix of the song. It has also a very strong vibe, especially in the vocal work.

Conclusion: With "Leaving The Land", Sisare made a great job. I like the progressive and art rock side of the band. You can find some great vocal melodies on this album. "Leaving The Land" is consistent and the overall atmosphere is warm. As a reference for the music you could mention the mellow side of Opeth even in the vocal department. But, said this, I would like to emphasize that Sisare is developing its own sound. The guitars remain ever present, marking the melodic tinges, and there are hooks aplenty that see the music turn into highly efficient and emotional solos. The album follows a rather safe prog rock path. The album doesn't vary between the compositions due to the similar atmosphere chosen by the Finns. With "Leaving The Land", Sisare seems to evoke some hidden, warm feeling inside, and the album entire makes for a serene, yet uplifting experience. It isn't perfect, but in its peaks it paints soundscapes unparalleled.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Memorial by SOEN album cover Studio Album, 2023
3.54 | 22 ratings

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Memorial
Soen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by lukretio

4 stars Swedish prog rock/metal heavyweights Soen are back with their sixth studio album, Memorial - and it's yet another masterpiece in a catalogue that is growing to be one of the most impressive and consistent in the whole genre. With Memorial, the Swedes continue the subtle evolution of their sound towards heavier modern metal territory they started with their previous LP Imperial, merging a harder American alt-metal edge with the unmistakable Scandinavian melancholy and majesticness that has always characterized the band's output.

The contrast between these two aspects of Soen's sound has never been starker, which is part of what makes Memorial such a splendidly dynamic and wholly entertaining record. There are very few traces left of the mid-paced songwriting and mild-mannered delivery that have characterized much of the band's pervious records. These have been instead replaced by a fury and raw energy that pervades nearly all aspects of the new songs. Martin Lůpez dispenses with much of his signature syncopations and polyrhythms to instead favour a steadier and more direct drumming style, providing a mighty solid backbone to the arrangements. Meanwhile, Joel EkelŲf injects tons of rasp and distortion in his normally silky and restrained vocal delivery. The melodies he sings on the new songs are also more direct and rudimental than what he has used us to, which suits perfectly his harsher signing style. Perhaps even most notably, many of the songs are fast-paced and infused with a cornucopia of very headbangable riffs that give the guitars a dominant role in the arrangements ("Sincere", "Unbreakable", "Fortress", "Incendiary", "Icon"). Even Cody Ford's solos often stray away from his typical Gilmouresque approach and towards more uptempo and dissonant playing.

Against this backdrop, the sparse moments of melancholy and mellowness acquire an even stronger and more spellbinding presence. "Sincere", "Unbreakable", "Fortress", and "Incendiary" all contain sudden drops in volume and intensity, as the fury of the songs' verses and choruses gives way to delicate, semi-acoustic passages in the bridges. Meanwhile, songs like "Hollowed", "Tragedian" and "Vitals" slow down the tempo to ballad-speed, providing cleverly-placed changes of pace to the album as a whole. The progressive and experimental elements of the music also gain prominence in the context of the generally heavy and hard-hitting songwriting, like the sinister and dissonant instrumental bridge of "Icon", the computerized vocals on the verse of "Violence", or the majestic use of synthetized strings in the title-track that provide a chilling throwback to the use of Mellotron in classic prog rock (King Crimson).

Memorial is a phenomenal album that works on many different levels. It's lot of fun to listen to, by virtue of the sheer energy of its songs. But there are also tons of different layers in the music, which get better and better with each new listen as one uncovers new depths in the arrangements and songwriting. The first six tracks, in particular, are among the best the Swedish band has ever penned, with the title-track and the emotional ballad "Hollowed" (featuring a beautiful cameo by Italian pop singer Elisa) deserving special mention. The album's second half may be a touch less compelling, as tracks like "Incendiary" and "Tragedian" cannot perhaps reach the level of awesomeness of earlier songs. But the progressive tour-de-force "Icon" and the incredible soul/jazz ballad "Vitals" close the album in a spectacular way, almost compelling the listener to press "PLAY" again. In fact, I am finding it nearly impossible to put this record down: it has been haunting my CD player for weeks now, with no intention to leave any time soon. Album of the Year? Very, very possibly so.

[Originally written for The Metal Observer]

 Stone by BARONESS album cover Studio Album, 2023
4.21 | 14 ratings

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Stone
Baroness Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Deadwing

5 stars Baroness is back with their most progressive and experimental album yet, while retaining a very high songwriting and production levels. The mix this time is fantastic and a lot better than their previous efforts, thankfully! It's great to hear very cripsy drums and the guitars are amazing.

Best tracks are the singles Last Word - very catchy and with a great guitar solo - and Beneath the rose, also Magnolia and Under the Wheel. These last two have great build up segments that lead to very heavy section which are very satisfying to listen to. Beneath the rose is followed by Choir and The Dirge which features some more experimental vocals and weirdness which is fantastic.

There's also a lot of guitars that try to create some great ambience and textures, which is characteristic of them, but always very pleasant.

It's their best album and a great progressive metal release 5/5.

 Naiv by THY CATAFALQUE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.80 | 43 ratings

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Naiv
Thy Catafalque Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Dapper~Blueberries
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Been in a Thy Catafalque mood lately ever since I reviewed their latest album, so why not continue this Thy Catafalque train?

Each release of Thy Catafalque brings a new flavor and excitement to experience. From the extremely atmospheric Tűnő idő tŠrlat, to the more overtly progressive Meta. With their 9th studio album, Naiv, the group decided to almost entirely scrap their more black metal sound, and go for a more jazzy side instead.

For a time, I would considered this to be their best record to date, but with repeated listens I soon found it to be a little less of a masterpiece than I initially thought. I still think the record is pretty great, but overtime I have been feeling it to be not as good as some of their other stuff.

I do not like to go too much into negativity, especially this early on with my review, so I am gonna shed some light upon this record. For one, the musicianship here is just as strong as ever. I believe Thy Catafalque's music creates a good balance between intensity and melodically charged music. Many of my favorite progressive metal bands have done these kind of balance acts before, such as Between The Buried And Me and Ne Obliviscaris, but Thy Catafalque's balance feels a bit more unique, with their use of electronic and folk music that intertwine with their more metal driven sound. While admittedly it may not be the most original thing in the world, since other metal bands have utilized folk and electronic elements in their work, I think Thy Catafalque certainly give it their own unique spin, and here they certainly spin well.

I think another thing I like about this record is there are no bad songs. Every song on here sounds great, or even amazing, with a very wide structure that allows the music to breathe and develop into their own ideals. My favorite track on the record has to be Embersůlyom, with its very rhythmic and passionate instrumentation, combined with Martina HorvŠth's beautiful voice, it certainly gives a very lovely experience.

That being said, I do think, while the jazz and prog are certainly on point here, I feel like Naiv does one thing wrong, and that is the actual metal, because it isn't quite all there. I am guessing the band was trying to go with an attempt of being a bit less metal focused, kinda like what Dream Theater did with Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, but I feel like it takes a distracting measure in things, almost practically forgoing the band's more black metal exterior in favor for a bit TOO much prog. It is like the opposite of the problem I had with AlfŲld, where that album had too much black metal, this record has too much prog. I think what works best for Thy Catafalque is trying to find a middle ground, whilst also trying new stuff. I guess that is why I much prefer past records like Sgýrr or Meta, as they perfectly encapsulates that balance well, whilst also having their own identity to boot.

I also have found this record to be kinda top heavy. The first 4 tracks are very amazing, and would easily make this album a 4.5-5 star rating to me, but after that we get some tracks that feel a bit less golden to me. They are still good, but I think the first half left a lot to be desired, and I do not think that desire has been fulfilled.

While this is a pretty great record, it is also very mixed. It has a lot of great and fun moments, and some stellar musicianship, but it doesn't feel like the Thy Catafalque that we all know and love, and the tracklisting doesn't quite feel all too great upon repeated listens. I think this record should definitely be listened to, but maybe after checking out their other records first to get a better picture of the Thy Catafalque sound.

 Belfry by MESSA album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Belfry
Messa Experimental/Post Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars This 2016 release was the debut album from Italian stoner/doom/drone quartet Messa, who comprised Mistyr (drums), Alberto (lead guitars), Mark Sade (bass, guitars) and singer Sara. They are still very much active, having released a few more studio albums with a live release coming out just a few weeks ago on Svart which I will be reviewing in the future, and it will be interesting to see if they have maintained this style as in many ways we are at the speed of sludge, with riffs which are as heavy as lead, and arrangements which are all about accentuating the atmosphere. There are lengthy instrumental passages that build the drama, while Sara has a good clear vocal style with a good use of reverb.

The black and white cover photo of the church tower looking out of Lake Resia is the perfect visual accompaniment, giving us both foreboding and gloom, putting us in a certain mindset. But it needs to be noted although much of their music is very much in the style above, there is one song, "Hour of the Wolf", where they allow Sara to really shine in the first half with just a single guitar, while the second half is doom at pace with the full band on show and Sara very much in control. When they are at pace, they are reminiscent of the likes of Beastwars, although they say they have been influenced by the likes of Windhand, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, The Devil's Blood, Jex Thoth, Angelo Badalamenti, Bellwitch and Urfaust, with droning occult doom which is incredibly deep and dark. It was this album which announced them to the world, and if this style of music is of interest, then this is quite special indeed.

 Disharmonium - Nahab by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2023
4.78 | 4 ratings

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Disharmonium - Nahab
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars Some thirty years into its existence, BLUT AUS NORD which stared as Vlad in 1993 has lost none of its unique charm in the world of experimental metal with its unique brand of psychedelic electronica merging seamlessly with atmospheric black metal. While starting out in the second wave black metal scene, Vindsval and his cronies have continued to ratchet up the BLUT AUS NORD experience by consistently pushing in the envelope in developing horrific soundscapes that are suitable for as soundtracks for some interdimensional hellish setting.

Following a now already established pattern of cranking out a trilogy of overarching themes, the DISHARMONIUM set that began with last year's "Undreamable Abysses" becomes even more blood curdling with its followup NAHAB, a word that means "love" in the Arabic language but brings no warm and fuzzies to mind as it pummels with black metal brutality in tandem with suffocating atmospheric anxiety. Fueled with dissonant guitar workouts and cyclical post-rock inspired patterns of repetition, NAHAB takes things laid down on previous albums and turns up the dial a few notches.

This is one of those albums that matches the album cover art perfectly as it truly feels like an astral disaster in the making, one where you are literally paralyzed in fear as nefarious multi-dimensional entities suck out your very life force like one of those bogeys in the Harry Potter movies. Once again BLUT AUS NORD owes its terror tactics to the inspiring artistic world of H.P. Lovecraft and like the dreaded Cthulhu of Lovecraftian legend, unleashes its tentacles to ensnare its prey into a metaphysical battle for your very soul.

The secret to BLUT AUS NORD's success is that the band never strays too far from an overall theme and the unique sound that gelled all the way back with "Memoria Vetusta I: Father's Of The Icy Age." Just like the subtle ratcheting up of tension that graces each and every release, these guys know how to keep the basics of what came before and change it up just enough to offer a new perspective of a true and tried vision. Through this process BLUT AUS NORD has become somewhat of a legend in what i would first and foremost refer to as horror metal, a type of psychological mind [%*!#] metal that transcends the pigeonholed terms such as black metal, progressive metal or atmospheric black metal.

In my opinion, DISHARMONIUM - NAHAB has pretty much perfected the BLUT AUS NORD experience by maintaining its dedication to the second wave black metal wrath accompanied by knotty avant-prog styled time signature changes and experimentalism. Add to that the perfect atmospheric black ambience that does the cosmic dance with its metal counterpart. Take for example the track "The Black Vortex" where the incessant hornet sounding buzzsaw guitars, the frenetic jazzy drumming, the suffocating atmospherics and the overall doom and gloom despair Lovecrafted into an eternal source of sonic bleakness and you can't help but be blown away.

It seems this band is in no danger of running out of steam and one that only grows better and bolder with each release. Far ahead of the competition, BLUT AUS NORD pretty had a decade's run of albums ahead of the pack but even some three decades later still exudes a sense of mastery and mastery absent from many old timers who have rested on their laurels rather than climbing the Jacob's ladder of inspiration. This latest offering from these French underground superstars of the extreme metal world blows away anything they've done in a long time. The perfect marriage of second wave black metal laid down on "Ultima Thulťe" married with the atmospheric perfection of the "Memoria Vestusta" releases but adds the chaotic mind [%*!#]ery of "MoRT. In short, experimental black metal perfection.

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A COLD DEAD BODY Italy
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COMITY France
CONIFER United States
THE CONJURATION United States
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CRIB45 Finland
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PIKE Sweden
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