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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 FANTÔMAS, 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.


--- Definition by Alex and Kevin and the Progressive Metal Team, February 2012 ---

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Experimental/Post Metal Top Albums


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4.22 | 1295 ratings
LATERALUS
Tool
4.23 | 632 ratings
PART THE SECOND
Maudlin Of The Well
4.22 | 585 ratings
TERRIA
Townsend, Devin
4.34 | 109 ratings
IMAGINARY SONICSCAPE
Sigh
4.27 | 157 ratings
THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD
Neurosis
4.19 | 523 ratings
ZILTOID THE OMNISCIENT
Townsend, Devin
4.16 | 630 ratings
JUDGEMENT
Anathema
4.19 | 288 ratings
LEAVING YOUR BODY MAP
Maudlin Of The Well
4.17 | 257 ratings
BATH
Maudlin Of The Well
4.17 | 249 ratings
IN A FLESH AQUARIUM
Unexpect
4.15 | 330 ratings
THE MANTLE
Agalloch
4.14 | 304 ratings
LIGHT OF DAY, DAY OF DARKNESS
Green Carnation
4.19 | 132 ratings
SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY
Cult of Luna
4.57 | 30 ratings
FEA JUR
Lye By Mistake
4.09 | 777 ratings
ÆNIMA
Tool
4.08 | 548 ratings
ALTERNATIVE 4
Anathema
4.10 | 299 ratings
FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE
Unexpect
4.29 | 62 ratings
SOULS AT ZERO
Neurosis
4.42 | 39 ratings
KHAOOOHS & KON-FUS-ION
Pan.Thy.Monium
4.11 | 227 ratings
PANOPTICON
Isis
4.09 | 296 ratings
MABOOL - THE STORY OF THE THREE SONS OF SEVEN
Orphaned Land
4.08 | 317 ratings
THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND: SYNCHESTRA
Townsend, Devin
4.04 | 822 ratings
WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE
Anathema
4.54 | 26 ratings
TűNő IDő TÁRLAT
Thy Catafalque
4.14 | 114 ratings
SOL NIGER WITHIN
Thordendal's Special Defects, Fredrik
4.14 | 107 ratings
THE PAINTER'S PALETTE
Ephel Duath
4.17 | 82 ratings
SUSPENDED ANIMATION DREAMS
Subterranean Masquerade
4.06 | 237 ratings
S.U.S.A.R.
Indukti
4.07 | 175 ratings
OCEANIC
Isis
4.01 | 821 ratings
WEATHER SYSTEMS
Anathema
4.11 | 115 ratings
OMNIO
In The Woods...
4.04 | 270 ratings
ÉCAILLES DE LUNE
Alcest
4.06 | 185 ratings
WAVERING RADIANT
Isis
4.58 | 21 ratings
MYSTER MÖBIUS
Myster Mobius
4.20 | 57 ratings
WRITTEN IN WATERS
Ved Buens Ende
4.33 | 34 ratings
A SHADOWPLAY FOR YESTERDAYS
Forest Of Stars, A
4.01 | 252 ratings
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE
OSI
3.99 | 300 ratings
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: EPICLOUD
Townsend, Devin
3.99 | 275 ratings
OCEAN MACHINE - BIOMECH
Townsend, Devin
4.18 | 50 ratings
THE MALEDICTION FIELDS
Fen
4.08 | 76 ratings
PREHISTORICISMS
Intronaut
4.27 | 31 ratings
THE GALILEAN SATELLITES
Rosetta
4.01 | 120 ratings
IF_THEN_ELSE
Gathering, The
3.94 | 381 ratings
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: DECONSTRUCTION
Townsend, Devin
4.31 | 26 ratings
THE LOCUST YEARS
Hammers of Misfortune
3.99 | 137 ratings
EPOCH
Fen
4.77 | 12 ratings
ELIL
Fall of Efrafa
4.02 | 81 ratings
LEAVING EDEN
Antimatter
3.95 | 211 ratings
THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND: ACCELERATED EVOLUTION
Townsend, Devin
4.22 | 31 ratings
MANTIIS
Obsidian Kingdom
3.97 | 131 ratings
NIGHTTIME BIRDS
Gathering, The
4.18 | 34 ratings
UNDERSTANDING CONSEQUENCES
Day Without Dawn
4.01 | 76 ratings
A SUN THAT NEVER SETS
Neurosis
3.97 | 103 ratings
VERTIKAL
Cult of Luna
4.04 | 57 ratings
TEETHED GLORY AND INJURY
Altar of Plagues
4.35 | 20 ratings
ABSOLUTE ZERO
Tetrafusion
4.12 | 39 ratings
PAINTING ON GLASS
3rd And The Mortal, The
4.25 | 24 ratings
TOUNDRA III
Toundra
4.79 | 10 ratings
KENTUCKY
Panopticon
4.07 | 43 ratings
RENGETEG
Thy Catafalque
3.98 | 76 ratings
PRECAMBRIAN
Ocean, The
4.50 | 14 ratings
TERRAFORMING
Postman Syndrome, The
3.92 | 146 ratings
GORDIAN KNOT
Gordian Knot
4.09 | 37 ratings
SEA OF THE DYING DHOW
shels
3.93 | 110 ratings
PELAGIAL
Ocean, The
4.41 | 16 ratings
MELANCHOLIE²
ColdWorld
3.88 | 312 ratings
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: GHOST
Townsend, Devin
3.91 | 151 ratings
HOW TO MEASURE A PLANET?
Gathering, The
4.02 | 50 ratings
HEART OF THE AGES
In The Woods...
3.89 | 186 ratings
MARROW OF THE SPIRIT
Agalloch
4.12 | 32 ratings
OPPORTUNISTIC THIEVES OF SPRING
Forest Of Stars, A
3.92 | 124 ratings
SOUVENIRS D'UN AUTRE MONDE
Alcest
3.97 | 73 ratings
OI MAGOI
Hail Spirit Noir
3.88 | 267 ratings
THE NEVER ENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR
Orphaned Land
3.86 | 502 ratings
A NATURAL DISASTER
Anathema
4.05 | 41 ratings
COGNITIVE
Soen
4.11 | 31 ratings
SELENELION
Vaura
4.79 | 9 ratings
BAR-DO TRAVEL
Proghma-C
4.78 | 9 ratings
ACID MIST TOMORROW
Hypno5e
4.40 | 15 ratings
DEAD AS DREAMS
Weakling
3.94 | 76 ratings
THE EYE OF EVERY STORM
Neurosis
3.95 | 73 ratings
ANTHROPOCENTRIC
Ocean, The
3.99 | 54 ratings
THE BEES MADE HONEY IN THE LION'S SKULL
Earth
4.27 | 19 ratings
CENOTES
Giant Squid
3.88 | 162 ratings
MANDYLION
Gathering, The
3.85 | 298 ratings
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: ADDICTED
Townsend, Devin
4.14 | 26 ratings
CARHEART
Virus
3.84 | 796 ratings
10,000 DAYS
Tool
4.01 | 44 ratings
PLAINS OF THE PURPLE BUFFALO
shels
4.26 | 19 ratings
NOIR
Callisto
3.98 | 53 ratings
THE IMAGINARY DIRECTION OF TIME
Winds
4.00 | 43 ratings
EVE
Ufomammut
3.87 | 133 ratings
THE ACOUSTIC VERSES
Green Carnation
3.84 | 289 ratings
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: KI
Townsend, Devin
3.83 | 440 ratings
A FINE DAY TO EXIT
Anathema
3.86 | 159 ratings
CASUALTIES OF COOL: CASUALTIES OF COOL
Townsend, Devin
3.90 | 90 ratings
THE FIRE IN OUR THROATS WILL BECKON THE THAW
Pelican
3.91 | 75 ratings
EXISTENCE
Dark Suns
4.20 | 20 ratings
AFFLICTION XXIX II MXMVI
Blindead
4.11 | 26 ratings
VÄRÄHTELIJÄ
Oranssi Pazuzu

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 A Sort of Homecoming by ANATHEMA album cover Live, 2015
3.97 | 31 ratings

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A Sort of Homecoming
Anathema Experimental/Post Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars This acoustic set is just stellar! it is the perfect type of atmosphere for Lee Douglas' angelic voice to soar. There is such sparse instrumentation that this performance is all about the vocals, and the excellent songwriting that Anathema has compiled over the years. Vincent Cavanagh delivers a fantastic vocal performance as well, and you get some stunning duets with the two of them. He is an excellent vocalist, and has grown from the doom roots. I love Anathema albums with full instrumentation, but this is a real treat that adds variety for any collection. It is a must listen for fans of the group, and an excellent entry into progressive with a singer-songwriter appeal. I highly recommend this magical performance.
 Lykaia by SOEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.82 | 35 ratings

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Lykaia
Soen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Jester

3 stars For those who aren't familiar with the name of Soen, I should tell you that is a band with experienced and very gifted musicians, that all of them participated in other famous bands before gathering up and form Soen. So, here you can find ex-members from Opeth, Amon Amarth, Iced Earth, Testament etc. Their discography consists of 3 studio albums, with Lykaia, being their brand new one. Since I found out very recently about them, I am not familiar with their previous works, so I cannot get into any comparisons. When I listen to some "new" Prog Metal bands, every time I found myself thinking how big influence was the music and the style of Tool, and Soen is not an exception. Their style - to my ears at least ? sounds like a mix of Tool with Riverside. The truth is that, Lykaia is a good album, but it simply feels like a lot of their ideas are redundant. The guitar playing, for example, is top notch, but on the other hand, we have many Prog Metal bands that can play equally well. But there are some "magical" moments that the bands "shines" and there you realize how good musicians these guys are. The album is a very good one, with nice compositions, great guitar solos, powerful riffs, clean vocals, but no new ideas unfortunately. In many cases, I found myself wondering, "Where do I know this from"? The main problem that this band is facing is the bitter reality that great musicianship does not equal great songwriting, and although they might have some very solid ideas to develop, they don't really have the ability to capture the listener for an extended period. But despite all those things, Lykaia is a good album. The fans of Prog-Metal will definitely enjoy it, not to mention the fans of Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal. I think I could give 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.
 Mayhem in Blue by HAIL SPIRIT NOIR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 14 ratings

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Mayhem in Blue
Hail Spirit Noir Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Mayhem in Blue" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Greek progressive metal act Hail Spirit Noir. The album was released through Dark Essence Records in October 2016. It´s the successor to "Oi Magoi" from 2014. Hail Spirit Noir was formed in 2010 by three members of Transcending Bizarre?. The band released their debut full-length studio album "Pneuma" in 2012.

Stylistically the music on "Mayhem in Blue" continues the psychadelic/space rock tinged progressive extreme metal style of the first two albums by the band. It´s music which owes as much to artists like early Pink Floyd and Hawkwind as it does to an act like Darkthrone and their ilk. The black metal element is relatively restrained here though, but there are a couple of pretty raw moments featured on the album (including a few blast beats). Mostly though we´re treated to a more mellow, dark, and twisted progressive rock/metal sound. Keyboards and especially organ play an important role in the band´s music, and you can add The Doors to the list of influences as keyboard player Harris often sounds like a bizarre dark carnival version of Ray Manzarek.

"Mayhem in Blue" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 40:29 minutes, and all tracks featured on the album are high quality compositions. The tracks are adventurous, memorable, and dynamic. The catchiness of the material is one of the great assets of the album, and even the 10:52 minutes long "Lost in Satan's Charms" is instantly catchy. It´s probably because the band don´t go overboard with complex song structures and technical playing, but instead keep it relatively simple and focused on atmosphere. Simple doesn´t mean regular vers/chorus simple though and the band often break away from that tried and true formula to create more adventurous structures, but they still manage to keep things accessible.

The musicianship is strong on all posts, and the playing tight yet organic. Lead vocalist/guitarist Theoharis has a powerful raspy black metal style vocal delivery, but the pleasant warm clean vocals by guest vocalist Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos are even stronger. The combination of the two vocal styles bring much to Hail Spirit Noir´s music. "Mayhem in Blue" features a raw organic sound production, which brings out the best in the music, and upon conclusion it´s another really strong release by Hail Spirit Noir. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

 Winter by FEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Winter
Fen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
5 stars Formed in early 2006 with the goal of producing Atmospheric Black Metal that incorporates elements of post-rock, Fen have, since then, found themselves at the vanguard of a resurgent UK Black Metal scene. With an EP, four full length albums, several splits and compilations to their name so far, this their latest full-length album (released March 2017) is their most ambitious to date, as they have combined Black metal with many other styles to create something that is very special indeed. Conceptually, they have returned to the roots of their ideology, seeking to embrace and distil all that inspired them when they first set out on this path over a decade ago ? that is, to invoke the ambience of bleak reflection and ancient sorrow that permeates the mysterious landscapes of the fens of Eastern England.

According to singer/guitarist The Watcher this album "very much describes a journey towards sanctity and redemption across a landscape steeped in mystery, hints of forgotten darkness and sorrows long since drowned in the distant past." There are six songs, but the only real way to play this album is to put it on at the beginning and be prepared for seventy-five minutes of music that will take you well away from the comfortable world you reside in, to a place that is far more barren and bleak, filled with foggy atmosphere and danger. How just three guys (The Watcher is joined by Havenless on drums and Grungyn on bass and vocals) can produce something as majestic and over the top of as this is just beyond me. It shows that although the Scandinavian countries seemed to have very much a stranglehold on this type of music for a long time, that is no longer the case. Fen have been going for ten years now, and they are just maturing and getting even better with age. The record label describes this as "atmospheric Black Metal and delicate, spacious cleans, married with aspects of 70s progressive rock, shoegaze and doom metal". I can make it much simpler than that. This is genius, nothing less.

 Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry by BLUT AUS NORD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Blut Aus Nord Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry' - Blut aus Nord (84/100)

It may have been disappointing as a true successor to Dialogue with the Stars, but Vindsval's third statement in his Memoria Vetusta series kept in touch with its goals more than listeners generally cared to notice. Starting with Fathers of the Icy Age and certainly culminating on Dialogue with the Stars five years before this, a Memoria Vetusta album releases Blut aus Nord swirling guitar trademarks from a context that is typically dissonant and mechanical. Even if he's only travelled this path a handful of times in his career, each MV album is a proud testament that Vindsval's vision is totally compatible with the organic, warm and melodic.

Saturnian Poetry had the impossible task of following up one of my favourite albums of all time. Dialogue with the Stars was there for me at a rough stint in my life, and I don't think it would be possible for another Blut aus Nord album to strike me so hard. With the perfection of MVII in mind, it was a clever move to forego a standard sequel and instead push the series towards its expressed goal as a whole. A small but monumental decision to go forward is the inclusion of a real drummer-- the first in Blut aus Nord history. Drummer Thorns has sown his oats on everything from Acherontas to Frostmoon Eclipse records. Here, he shows a strong understanding of what Vindsval typically wants out of his percussion. Take the unprecedented live drummer with the gorgeous artwork and warm production, and you can really tell Vindsval opened his music to its potential humanity.

Gone are a lot of the distinct melodies and keyboard arrangements from Dialogue with the Stars. In making Memoria Vetusta appropriately organic, Blut aus Nord have also gone more straightforward and traditional. That's not to say that Saturnian Poetry is less challenging; the jarring chord progressions are still every bit as unpredictable. The songwriting on Saturnian Poetry is actually some of the most consistently realized I've ever heard on a BaN album. If there's ever an issue with it really, it would simply be that the vision is narrower. Vindsval doesn't clamber for the same outlandish high points that Dialogue with the Stars was rife with. Saturnian Poetry draws from a standard atmospheric black metal template. The undermixed vocals and signature guitars still make Saturnian Poetry unmistakably BaN, but it's understandable that some fans would be let down by this decision.

If Saturnian Poetry is a less ambitious Blut aus Nord album, in a series that is usually seen as cornerstones of their career, I wouldn't know the criticism when I'm actually listening to it. While it didn't hit me with the same instant awe as Dialogue with the Stars, the homogeneous black metal swirling here has some of Vindsval's best riffs. While the smaller scope probably justifies Saturnian Poetry as a "lesser" MV album, it arguably enjoys better flow and execution than its predecessors. Saturnian Poetry is a special grower in a storied career full of them. Each time I hear it, I think I enjoy it a little bit more.

 Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion by PAN.THY.MONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.42 | 39 ratings

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Khaooohs & Kon-Fus-Ion
Pan.Thy.Monium Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The bizarre close to Pan.Thy.Monium's concept album trilogy finds the Edge of Sanity side project going out on a high. The running time here is pretty brief, with only the first two tracks really offering the sort of full bore avant-death metal the group is known for and the last two providing an ambient coda to the sequence, so perhaps they realised that their weird house style was running out of steam, but what a high to go out on, rampaging though a Mr Bungle- esque calvacade of musical styles with sometimes only the "burping frog" vocals to retain the death metal connection.
 Times Of Grace by NEUROSIS album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.77 | 58 ratings

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Times Of Grace
Neurosis Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Although it can be enhanced by listening in synch with the Tribes of Neurot album "Grace", even by itself Times of Grace is still an extremely solid followup to Through Silver In Blood which builds on the atmospheric sludge metal sound of that album impressively. The title track's titanic closing riffs melting away to reveal the plaintive brass instrumentation of album closer The Road to Sovereignty is a particular revelation. Between this and its predecessor, I would actually give this one the edge and say that it's the best release since the magnificent, genre-defining Souls At Zero. (Those especially keen to try the "Grace" experiment may want to bear in mind that a compilation of both albums was issued for your ease of buying.)
 Värähtelijä by ORANSSI PAZUZU album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.11 | 26 ratings

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Värähtelijä
Oranssi Pazuzu Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Värähtelijä" is the 4th full-length studio album by Finnish, Tampere based extreme metal act Oranssi Pazuzu. The album was released through Svart Records in February 2016. It´s the successor to "Valonielu" from 2013.

Stylistically the material on "Värähtelijä" is a continuation of the style the band introduced on their debut full-length studio album "Muukalainen Puhuu (2009)" and further developed on "Kosmonument (2011)" and "Valonielu (2013)". It´s a a psychadelic blackened extreme metal style, which is strongly influenced by 60s/70s psychadelic rock (I hear quite a few 1968-69 Pink Floyd influences in the music and some early Hawkwind too) and 60s/70s Krautrock artists like Faust and especially Can. It´s slow building and hypnotic music featuring repetitive beats and bass lines, raw noisy and some atmospheric mellow guitars, swirling psychadelic synths, and a raspy black metal voice in front. The atmosphere is dense and dark, and even in the most mellow atmospheric parts there is an underlying ominous mood to the compositions, which works really well for Oranssi Pazuzu.

Although the material on the 7 track, 69:13 minutes long album, is obviously composed featuring structures (not regular vers/chorus ones though), which develop throughout the tracks, there is a loose organic feel to how the band perform their parts, which provides the music with an unpredictable jam type element. It´s actually one of their strongest assets, although they sometimes seem to get lost in their jams and let them last a bit too long. That´s of course an aquired taste, so I won´t hold it too much again them, and I am greatly entertained throughout most of the album. I´d like to mention the 17:39 minutes long "Vasemman Käden Hierarkia" as one of the highlights of the album, but all tracks are high quality compositions.

"Värähtelijä" is a well produced release too, which features a dark, gritty, and organic sounding production, which suits the material perfectly. So upon conclusion "Värähtelijä" is another strong release by Oranssi Pazuzu. It´s not a revolution of their by now trademark sound, and maybe a bit of development is in order by now, but it´s hard to deny the great qualities of the release and it doesn´t completely feel like Oranssi Pazuzu have stagnated and don´t have anything new to offer either, so a 4 star (80%) rating is still deserved.

 Melancholie² by COLDWORLD album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.41 | 16 ratings

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Melancholie²
ColdWorld Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Winter-themed atmospheric black metal isn't novel to ColdWorld - Paysage d'Hiver have focused on it for much longer - but Georg Börner's black metal project distinguishes itself by its depressive take on the microgenre, borrowing the morose lyrical obsessions of depressive black metal and setting them in the stark, frigid landscape of the musical offering here. Georg reveals himself to be a highly capable multi-instrumentalist, and like the best atmospheric black metal the overall presentation really sparks the imagination and conjures up vivid images of white-out snowscapes. Atmospheric black metal is a crowded little niche, but this album establishes a place for ColdWorld in the wake of predecessors such as Paysage d'Hiver and Burzum.
 Terrapin by OUTRUN THE SUNLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Terrapin
Outrun The Sunlight Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars US band OUTRUN THE SUNLIGHT was formed back in 2011, and from their base in Chicago they have launched a good handful of EPs and singles since then, as well as two full length studio albums. "Terrapin" is the most recent of the latter, and was self released in 2014.

It's always interesting on some level or other to come across bands that mix and blend elements in a more or less unusual manner. This instrumental band from the US is a good example of that, and while I do suspect that their variety of progressive metal is one with more of a niche appeal, they are well aware of what they want to do, how to achieve it and executes it with good quality as well.

Wandering, ever changing and constantly developing compositions is the forte of this band. The compositions ebb and flow in pace, intensity and mood, only rarely exploring a set theme or lead motif extensively, instead opting to constantly move forward. Classic progressive metal combinations of guitar riffs and keyboards do have their place just as much as delicate interludes of a more ambient nature. Dark, almost oppressive chugging riff cascades alternate quite nicely with sequences with a lighter, flowing expression with plenty of leeway for keyboard textures and delicate guitar fluctuations, and the rhythm department chimes in with appropriate backing at all times.

The peculiarities of this band is that they also add in a few additional elements. Nervously echoing, plucked guitars as well as the more dramatic, swirling light toned guitars layers that both have a strong post-rock aesthetic to them are recurring elements throughout, and on a lesser scale there are also some instances of the darker, bouncy guitar riffs that I mainly associate with djent. That these two also combines from time to time merits a mention, and also that the band blends those two expressions rather nicely indeed.

Personally I didn't get all that much out of this album, as I didn't really find any of the compositions to be that appealing. This perhaps because I get the feeling that this is a production that operates out from a more technical foundation than an emotional one, where the greater majority of the material is dominated by a constantly changing nature. Those find of quirky, technical progressive metal should find this album to be of general interest however, and then especially those who find themselves intrigued by a band that adds post-rock and djent flavoring to the proceedings.

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AT THE SOUNDAWN Italy
THE ATLAS MOTH United States
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ATROX Norway
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BURN DOWN ROME United Kingdom
BURWEED Finland
BUTTERFLY TRAJECTORY Poland
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CHRYST Austria
THE CIRCLE ENDS HERE Italy
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COALESCE United States
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A COLD DEAD BODY Italy
COLDWORLD Germany
COME SLEEP Sweden
COMITY France
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CONSECRATION Serbia
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CRIB45 Finland
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DARK SUNS Germany
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DARKSPACE Switzerland
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DEFYING Poland
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DIRGE France
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DORNENREICH Austria
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DREARE Czech Republic
DREARINESS Italy
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ECHOSILENCE Estonia
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ENDNAME Russia
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ETHERSENS France
EVIL INSIDE Spain
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FOUNTAINHEAD Germany
FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN United States
FUTURIAN Canada
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HAND United Kingdom
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THE ILLNESS United States
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ION United States
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IZAH Netherlands
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OLIVER KAAH Finland
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THE MORNINGSIDE Russia
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OHGOD! South Africa
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OLD MAN GLOOM United States
OMB Israel
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OMEGA MASSIF Germany
ÖOOOOOOOOOO France
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ØRKENKJØTT Norway
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ORTHODOX Spain
OSI United States
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY United States
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OUTRUN THE SUNLIGHT United States
OVERMARS France
ÖXXÖ XÖÖX France
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THE PAX CECILIA United States
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PELICAN United States
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PIKE Sweden
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SEVEN United States
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SOEN Multi-National
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SPACEKING Russia
SPRING & YOUTH Serbia
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STANDING OVATION Finland
STARE AT THE CLOUDS Australia
STATS United States
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A STORM OF LIGHT United States
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SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE Sweden
SUMAC Multi-National
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THE SUSPENDED CONGRESS Ireland
SWARM OF THE LOTUS United States
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SWITCH OPENS Sweden
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TEPHRA Germany
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TESA Latvia
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THENCE Finland
FREDRIK THORDENDAL'S SPECIAL DEFECTS Sweden
THY CATAFALQUE Hungary
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TOOL United States
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TRANSMISSION0 Netherlands
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USER NE Spain
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THE WATERS DEEP HERE United States
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WHAT THE BLOOD REVEALED United Kingdom
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A WORKING MODEL United States
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