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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.


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

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4.28 | 160 ratings
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Sigh
4.20 | 414 ratings
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4.17 | 695 ratings
TERRIA
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4.19 | 331 ratings
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4.16 | 743 ratings
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Anathema
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4.15 | 630 ratings
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4.16 | 353 ratings
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Cult Of Luna
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Isis
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Lye By Mistake
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Hammers Of Misfortune
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 Atlantis by SOEN album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.00 | 8 ratings

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Atlantis
Soen Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

4 stars The music has its origin in a concert film entitled 'Atlantis'. A rather handy solution maybe, because named after the Grammofon studio in Stockholm they had chosen. It's just like a best-of selection featuring thirteen already known band compositions. Plus one Slipknot cover, to be precise. Also available on DVD the whole matter was filmed respectively recorded with live-in-the-studio circumstances on December 10th 2021. Some of their most popular songs are re-interpreted here together with an 8-piece orchestral accompaniment and additional female background vocals. And so in consequence the overall impression is less metallic. You will experience a softer, eventually elegant incarnation of the SOEN band from Sweden at work. Shredding guitar riffs are taking a backseat, one may say for the benefit of some orchestral strings, in one way or another.

I wouldn't say that I've been a band fan as such, but hey, this one has changed it all. What a great production! First of all, you immediately will recognize, what is serving an omnipresent impression are the lead vocals of course, contributed by Joel EkelŲf. In addition the overall sound is that rounded, a matter that needed some preparation time for sure, with the result of a priceless atmosphere. Kudos to all the involved musicians as well. All being superb finally. In order to highlight some extraordinary excerpts let me name the hymnic Monarch, furthermore, adapted from the 2019 'Lotus' release, the enchanting Lunacy questioning the ability to remember who you are. On Jinn the bass takes a giding role. Modesty sees the ensemble on its peak regarding the mode of expression. Designated prog metal fans may shun away from this production. Then again here we most probably have something appealing to neo prog fans at hand. Anyway, my conclusion: yet a great thing to enjoy!

 Lightwork by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.30 | 47 ratings

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Lightwork
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by GrafHaarschnitt

4 stars A subtle Devy in the End?

Always known for his massive Arrangements and extremer than life Metal escapades, Devin Townsend seems to grow more mature with each release. For me his heyday isnīt long gone and he is further away from growing bald than ever since at least Transcendence, getting more experimental with each release. Lightwork his newest work of what fans started calling Therapy Metal is far from as simple as it seems on the surface. Not stopping his for some overwhelming quote unquote "wall of sound" approach he still manages to be a lot more subtle with Lightwork than ever. Mostly in the department of small harmonic shifts with drastic colour change like in the prechorus of equinox. That little bit is a brutally complex state of the art jazz what the heck and I love its magic. And other hot parts like the final shift to minor at the end of Moonpeople for the last phrase. This part feels like diving into a deep blue sea of dreams. Lightworker works with brilliant dynamic shifts that are effectively passages as grand as damwalls next to flower beds, but he makes them as smooth as a milkshake. Dimensions is more prog in a few minutes than most peoples careers (to bring some of the prog review standards ; ) ) It manages to never break out and still maintaining the intensity of Strapping Young lad. Some of the songs are pure power pop fan service I have to admit. Looking at Celestial Signals and Call of the Void. But they are great anyway. And there is the onomatopoetic masterpiece heavy burden that manages to sound like radiohead with a childrens choir that slowly drift into some islandish stuff that drifts to a passage of classical drama to end in something that sounds very cardiacs. The whole song is actually very cardiacs and hyper weird. Its one of my favorites on the album though. Oh I forgot to mention Devin using his guitar like whale noise. The Ending song Children of God is actually a masterwork in modern symphony and a reason why for me Devin is more and more turning from a rock musician to a real symphonic classical master. And someday he will be appreciated for these dare I say divinely beautiful layers of sound. If you listen to only one listen to Children of God. Its a mellow journey through his whole harmonic melodic and rhythmic palette and often its like 5 songs playing at the same time. (listen carefully and with good headphones)

So in the end Lightwork is a subtle almost masterpiece. But on the whole a bit too directionless to really function as a whole. The ideas are all their though and I would like to see plenty of them more fully explored.

Excellent addition to any prog rock collection nonetheless.

 Lightwork by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.30 | 47 ratings

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Lightwork
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by alainPP

3 stars Devin TOWNSEND, leader of Strapping Young Lad, Casualties Of Cool and his various projects, started releasing CDs in 1997; nicknamed the mad scientist of metal to mix moods, metal, pop, ambient, prog, indus, country and thrash tunes based on a wall of extreme sound piling up guitars and keyboards. Diagnosed bi-polar I understand a little more his varied musical wanderings. This is his 21st more atmospheric album.

'Moonpeople' nice, opening pop song with a sound like THE GATHERING, AYREON while rising with a heady riff. Awe-inspiring, ethereal 'Lightworker' intro, post-pandemic lullaby? The sound is intended to be expressive, there is an air of a carnival; the station wagon brings the typical heavy cries, you don't change a man like that; the weird symphonic keyboards and introduce 'Equinox' yes for a few seconds I thought about that too' Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Equinoxe'; in the same melodious tone. 'Call of the Void' on a monolithic soft track with no interest other than the distinctive keyboard; sweet sentimentality that passes like ice cream in the sun. 'Heartbreaker' arrives and returns to the DTP sound with a ballad on a syncopated sound of keyboards, soft-rock air intermixed with various voices, psychic relaxation; fleeting reminiscences of Oldfield too.

'Dimensions' Teutonic industrial rock, powerful, catchy; Killing Joke even Rammstein, screaming voice and air where the solo seems to come out of nowhere; tortured sound typed with metallic drums and padded synths. 'Celestial Signals' continues with the Devin sound; wall of sound after an airy pop-new wave couplet, bombastic choirs and seagulls at the end. 'Heavy Burden' industrial pop-metal where the sampled voice denotes singularly; children coming to chat, perky synth; an eerie art-rock operatic riff arises, overhears, a chirp and country-folk 'Vacation' arrives, soft, regressive, denoting launching 'Children of God' long monolithic track with mantra rhythm; the finale with waves, seagulls and fog horn wakes up to land on the shore.

Devin emerges from the pandemic casting a direct sound, less aggressive, more musical, a light in the dark; opus with varied and repetitive titles, musical oxymoron; accompanied by artists changing her own creative ideas, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai and the Elektra Women's Choir; a commercial musical bridge with a demo cd for an accessible album.

 Lightwork by TOWNSEND, DEVIN album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.30 | 47 ratings

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Lightwork
Devin Townsend Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars After three years of waiting and a couple of experimental albums in between, Devin Townsend returns with a new album called "Lightwork".

In short, what we have here is a comeback to the most commercial passages of albums like "Addicted!" and "Epicloud", with new age touches in the style of "Ghost", resulting in a somewhat monotonous and uninspired album, whose baroque production is not able to hide.

That monotony is broken by the more progressive Heartbreaker, which reminds me of the more elaborate passages of the much superior "Transcendence", and a kind of homage to his most industrial phase in the interesting Dimensions, which includes a good solo by the always willing to collaborate Steve Vai.

Therefore, the fact that "Empath" didn't quite live up to expectations and that this "Lightwork" is a downright mediocre album, makes me think that the golden boy of prog is slowly losing his magic touch.

But hey... We'll always have his great albums from the past!

Best Tracks: Moonpeople (good chorus and great guitar riffs), Heartbreaker (wonderful guitar work and a central part that brings back some of the chaos and genius that made Devin great in the past) and the aforementioned Dimensions (these growls!!!)

My Rating: **

 Miccayeyecoa by SENMUTH album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Miccayeyecoa
Senmuth Experimental/Post Metal

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Let me believe this album should be another wake of Poseidon. Gladly, one of the most prolific Russian multi- instrumentalist / experimental musicians SENMUTH has released at least three albums in late 2022 so far. Although I'm not a long (but a big) fan of SENMUTH actually, I feel very happy that he came back to the scene under such a tough situation around his own nation. And it's remarkably understood for us that he would show various appearances and somewhat mixed feelings via this creation. Please mind ourselves that we listen to this album seriously and sincerely, despite the fact it could not be joyful nor heartwarming.

His energetic memories can be heard especially through the second track "Nitlасhie Imania", the longest one in this album. Darkly atmospheric opening is quite meaningful. Followed by heavy, violent guitar dissonance that should beat our brain. The middle movement full of oriental calmness and weird, mystic ambience cannot stabilize our inner mind. But we can grab out his powerful attitude in the latter part ... he might say he never loses now and forever no matter how difficult the circumstances around him are. Of course, challenging issues will not change in future. Such a painful heart attack might be launched via the following track "Itznoxochiuh" drenched in tribal, ethnic melody texture and global musical essence mixture.

Love also drastically sticky metallic psychedelia in "Caquiztini". Distortion of melodic bases and repetitive rhythmic tremens are pretty attractive and addictive. On the other hand "Tliltic Mixаyahuitl" sounds eerier, weirder along with mysterious percussion and offensive electronika. These vibes drive us into madness. The last "Tonаlpolihuiyampа" could give us a slight warmth of the sun. Wondering if it's only me to feel such a warm atmosphere is kinda personal touch or personal nudge. Or his wondrous ethnicity makes me feel so I imagine? At any rate, this brilliant creation produced by his great creativity should be welcome.

 The Ironic Divide by AZIOLA CRY album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.96 | 4 ratings

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The Ironic Divide
Aziola Cry Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars AZIOLA CRY are a trio out of Chicago and this is their third release "The Ironic Divide" from 2021. I was so excited when this band was added to this site back in 2010 I think it was because I already owned their debut "Ellipsis" from 2005 and eventually got their 2007 EP called "Ghost Conversations". They mention TOOL and KING CRIMSON as influences and that still holds true as their sound hasn't changed much at all. Maybe it's the subject matter but this album does seem weightier and darker. It's all instrumental but it's a concept about a bad man's final descent. I honestly thought it was about the covid/vaccines because in the past here in Canada when things get tough it brings us closer together. It's that ironic divide that's going on all over the world that is surprising but understandable.

Notice all three of their album covers are dark. Each release has had a different drummer on it but the guitarist Mike Milaniak and warr guitar player and composer Jason Blake are the two constants. By the way on the first two records Jason played grand stick and stick bass but on this record it's a 12 string warr guitar, and there are bass strings on it as well so that's pretty cool. These guys have played in concerts with FAR CORNER, DON CABALLERO, TILES and others of course. This is heavy music man. Four songs worth almost 50 minutes and you will take a beating listening to this guaranteed. I spun the other two on the weekend for comparisons sake and yup same sounding band but I do feel this is a little heavier, more metallic and a little darker.

So many amazing moments as these guys can play and we get plenty of complexity on display. Hard to pick a favourite as the album comes across as being one long piece in it's attitude and sound. The title track at over 21 minutes would be my default choice for the drum work, changes in tempo and mood. So much depth but the drumming for me really stands out on this one. Awesome track! I'm not going to describe the music other than that, I would be repeating myself a lot.

This is my music though and it's been an absolute pleasure to spend some time with this cd. Fourteen years since their last release and they haven't missed a beat. A very solid 4 stars for this daunting album.

 Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.90 | 105 ratings

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Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars I was late to the party with Orphaned Land, as I only came across them with their 2013 album 'All Is One', which was their fifth. This 2018 release was their seventh, while back in 2014 they parted company with Yossi Sassi, meaning that just singer Kobi Farhi and bassist Uri Zelcha were left who had been there from the beginning. However, I must say that I found I didn't really miss him too much, as this is yet another wonderful release which is progressive in its very truest sense in that they are bringing together influences from different cultures and then blending them so they are still recognisable but sit happily alongside something which one would not think could work but does.

As soon as it starts, we are deep inside the world of Orphaned Land, a world where all cultures are welcome and they are brought together so Moslems, Jews and Christians all exist in one place in a state of grace, all being lifted by the others. The core quintet has brought in plenty of guests to provide additional colour and tones, with instruments like bendir, darbuka, oud and qanun being brought alongside electric guitars. It is an album of extremes as we journey through the world of their creation where everyone coexists alongside each other, so we hear multiple languages and styles, yet with these guys it all makes sense and is beautiful and never clashing. It can be incredibly light and acoustic, or ferocious and pummelling and one never knows where it is going to go next. Given the album is so diverse it seems somewhat strange to say this is easy to get inside, yet the depths only really become apparent with repeated plays.

This album is four years old now, but is fresh, exciting and invigorating as Orphaned Land continue to pursue their vision.

 Shiki by SIGH album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.88 | 22 ratings

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Shiki
Sigh Experimental/Post Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars It's rare that I find an album so agitating that I can barely find it within myself to write a song-by-song review, but this is one of those albums. But, my interest was provoked by recent glowing reviews (Dapper~Blueberries and JohnProg), so I decided to check it out.

My first two attempts were aborted because of lack of uninterrupted/undisrupted time, but I distinctly remember thinking, both times, "I'm nowhere near in the mood to take this on." Today I've carved out the time I need to devote to doing my review.

The drumming and percussion work is wonderful. The keyboard work is interesting and well spread out among a multitude of instruments and sounds though the use of "old" keyboards (old sound samples providing the programmable sounds) is always disappointing to me. The guitar work is pretty standard--especially in terms of sounds and styles used. But it is the vocals (as diverse as they are) that I find laughable and, frankly, unenjoyable--even despite the talented theatricities. As my immediate predecessor, JohnProg, noted, there are many enjoyable melodies and dynamic and stylistic shifts (e.g., in the more instrumental "Mayonaka no Kaii"), within many of the songs (with great drum play throughout), but, at the same time, there are so many sounds that feel borrowed and recycled (from other bands/songs). I do not feel as if this album or music has brought anything new or exciting to the world of Progressive Metal music; on the contrary, it may, in fact, be more "retro" than forward thinking.

For those who love the "classic" sounds and riffs of the historical line of metal music, this might be an excellent grab. For those who are looking for boundary pushing music within the Prog Metal subgenres, this may not be up to your hopes and/or expectations. For those of you who are not really metal lovers, this probably won't be your cup of tea--this despite the usual Japanese skill and energy that it contains. I wholly respect the artistry and effort that went into putting this album together, which is why I would never consider rating this any lower than three stars: they are, after all, professionals; I know that there are many artists out there that could never do better.

 Shiki by SIGH album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.88 | 22 ratings

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Shiki
Sigh Experimental/Post Metal

Review by JohnProg

5 stars Although they have a long history (12 albums in 29 years) and are respected in the underground scene (especially as an Avant-Garde band), it is the first time that I have the pleasure of listening to Sigh, and therefore I do not know how important or innovative is "Shiki" in the band's discography. I don't know if it means a new approach or a progress in his style, I only know that it is a quite original and traditional work at the same time, where extreme genres such as Death, Thrash and Black Metal (in its most symphonic variant) easily coexist along with sounds close to oriental folk and eighties synthesizers.

In addition to never reaching abstraction or the 'post-rock' approach (where the sound is more important than the forms) that 'Avant-garde' bands are accustomed to; "Shiki" -in its austere forty-six minutes- offers us groovy riffs, epic choruses and dynamic sections that musicians like Mikael Akerfeldt would surely like.

 Fluid Existential Inversions by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.05 | 43 ratings

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Fluid Existential Inversions
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Dapper~Blueberries

5 stars So I wanted to review an album, but I had no idea what album to review. So instead of thinking long and hard about it, I figured to have a little fun and do some randomness. I went to RYM recommendations and selected a random number between 1 and 200 and I had to listen to and review the album it chose. With that, this was the album that I ended up having to review, and from the cover alone I was pretty excited to check it out because it gave me some awesome black midi or Ashenspire vibes. However, what I got instead was also equally amazing.

So, a little history about Intronaut. They are a California-based progressive metal band formed in 2004 with the lineup of Sacha Dunable, Leon del Muerte, Danny Walker, and Joe Lester. Throughout their career, they have released several albums with styles ranging from more sludge metal approaches to nearly post-metal acclaims, plus they went on tour with some notable acts such as Animals As Leaders and the great band Mastodon. This album is their 6th studio record after their 2015 release of The Direction of Last Things, released on February 28th, 2020. Before making this review I had never heard of this band, but after listening to this album I cannot deny that like a fisherman and their fish, I got hooked onto their boat with many other fishes, because this album is so freaking good.

For me, this album begins with a really strong prelude, that being Procurement of the Victuals. Now I do not particularly like talking about tracks that are more or less just small and quick openers for the album to begin with, but here I think I should because this one opening movement does bring to light the band's more cacophony appeal to progressive metal. It doesn't waste any time getting you into what the band wants you to hear, and what they want you to hear is some intensely immaculate metal. While not my favorite song here, I cannot deny that without this album it may be in an odd place for me.

Likewise, with the prelude, the first real track of Cubensis doesn't waste any time and gets right into the freeway of some tightly knit metal. This band knows how to stir its flavors in its pot. I am getting stuff that harkens to the more technical side of metal, while also going deep into the more sludge metal approach that bands like Mastodon would set a stage for in the early 2000s. Not only does this song rock, but it is a headbanger, even in the later half where things are a tad more like post-metal and thus quieter. It is an impressive and great force of heavy metal that shouldn't be underestimated.

However, that was merely an appetizer for the other great songs off this album, especially in retrospect to The Cull. If you really wanna hear that more sludge metal crossover between post-metal then this is the song for you. It gives a textural experience that a lot of post-rock music loves to do, but still retains that toxic waste like sludge in the mix, especially with the vocals. Sacha's and Dave's vocals on this album do give that good mix of that soft and clean metal appeal, and that grimey and sloppy appeal, similar to how the instrumentation has that divide of the mellow post-rock and the meaty sludge metal. I am a big fan of this approach because it mixes a ton of flavors so well that I cannot stop listening to it no matter what. There is always something new to expect and I love it.

One of the best things about this album is that it consistently delivers on what I have said before on The Cull. The next track of Contrapasso shows off more of that fun division of soft and hard metal, and not only do they deliver a ton with their music, blending a bit more ambiance with this song a bit more, they still retain that head bangy sound that I cannot help but fawn over. It is just that great.

Now while I would say that this consistency can be somewhat of a downfall for most albums, the band tries to spice things up by employing some more influences. Speaking Of Orbs is a great example of that. Not only do we get that same ol' awesome sludge metal the band has established, we even get a mix with a more Between The Buried And Me sound, specifically with their softer moments like with Desert of Song or the beginning half of Monochrome. As a BTBAM head, this was a very pleasant surprise to hear from what I'd expect to be another track that takes the same notes as the last four, so the experimentation on here is much appreciated. It is also probably one of the prettiest tracks on here, with the softer vocals and the use of atmospheric guitar melodies rather than riffs and growls. It is the stand-out highlight of this album for me.

Tripolar goes back to the sludge metal aspects that the band posed at the start, but we get a tiny bit of thrash and death metal on here that I think adds some great use of that more experimental side of metal. However that is merely for the first half, the second half continues that atmospheric side of their music that I have been loving ever since the first track. This second half soon loops back around to where the first half ended off, with that more death metal approach. Amazing progression throughout that I cannot help but adore.

If you want some more of their more heavy stuff then Check Your Misfortune is a good one to look into. Unlike most songs here, the more atmospheric moments are just as heavy as the harder moments on this song which I think allows the band to stretch their legs in that heavier side of music that they have an affinity for. How the song keeps up with this headbanger style of music but still progresses towards a clear-cut movement is how I like my progressive metal. A clear-cut forwarded movement that builds up and changes throughout.

I think the grandest song off of here has to be Pangloss. It carries the last few songs of this album in such a way that I cannot help but love it. It goes into the sludge metal the band dabbles with a lot, getting deep and dirty with that style of music on here, almost to the point where they almost dabble in stoner metal. With this track, you still have that progression, but the heavier side of the coin getting a lot dirtier just adds another layer to this immaculate lasagna the band has cooked up for my ears.

Rounding everything off is Sour Everything. I think this track not only is a great closure for this amazing album, but it goes back to what the past songs did and utilizes those same techniques here, experimenting with a wide range of influences from sludge metal, to post-metal, to even the more heroic feeling technical metal they had on Speaking of Orbs. It all builds up into this wide range of sounds that then get cut off by this soothing keyboard melody that is dim compared to the light show that we just experienced on this record. While it ends differently than how the album began, I do see it fits well with the sound the band painted here, thus creating a proper finale to this album that I think is a clear, and focused masterpiece.

When I jumped into this I expected something wild and crazy, but what I got was a mix of beauty, grittiness, and awesomeness rolled into one package. This has become one of my favorite metal records, and it happened by chance. If you haven't already then do yourself a favor and check this out. Run, don't walk to it, because not only is it one of the best progressive metal albums that came out this decade, I bet it can stand the test of time and be regarded as an instant classic in the music community. Give it a shot, you won't regret it.

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0N0 Slovakia
11 AS IN ADVERSARIES France
19 A.D.D. United States
21 EYES OF RUBY Netherlands
THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL Norway
413 United States
5IVE United States
6:33 France
A((WAKE)) United States
AABSINTHE France
ABANDON Sweden
ABYSSE France
ACROSS TUNDRAS United States
ACYL France
ADMIRAL BROWNING United States
ADRIFT Spain
AETHERIA CONSCIENTIA France
AFTER MY OWN United States
AGALLOCH United States
AGES GONE Germany
AKPHAEZYA France
AKROMA France
ALASKAN Canada
ALCEST France
ALTAR OF PLAGUES Ireland
AMARA United States
AMATERAZU Portugal
AMBEON Netherlands
AMENRA Belgium
AMESOEURS France
AMIA VENERA LANDSCAPE Italy
AN ISOLATED MIND United States
ANATHEMA United Kingdom
ANCESTORS United States
AND HARMONY DIES Italy
ANGEL EYES United States
ANTIGUA Y BARBUDA Spain
ANTIMATTER Multi-National
ANUBI Lithuania
AORIA Sweden
APOCALIPSIS Mexico
APOCRYPHAL VOICE Finland
APOKATASTASIA Switzerland
APSE United States
ARCADE MESSIAH United Kingdom
THE ARKITECHT Mexico
ARKTIKA Germany
AS LIGHT DIES Spain
ASIDEFROMADAY France
ASPIRATION Norway
ASTROHENGE United Kingdom
ASTRONAUT DOWN United States
ASTRONOID United States
AT THE SOUNDAWN Italy
THE ATLAS MOTH United States
ATMOSPHERES Belgium
THE ATOMIC BOMB AUDITION United States
ATROX Norway
AU-DESSUS Lithuania
AUSSIT‘T MORT France
AUSTARAS United States
THE AXIS OF PERDITION United Kingdom
AZIOLA CRY United States
BACK WHEN United States
BAK Australia
BALOTHIZER Greece
BARONESS United States
BAT CASTLE United States
BATTLE OF MICE United States
BATTLEFIELDS United States
BAUDA Chile
BEAK United States
BEECHER United Kingdom
BEFORE THE EYEWALL United States
BEHIND THE SUN Israel
BEING United States
ADRIAN BENAVIDES United States
BIRUSHANAH Japan
BISON B.C. Canada
IVAR BJōRNSON & EINAR SELVIK Norway
BLACK MATH HORSEMAN United States
BLACK SEA Brazil
BLACK SHEEP WALL United States
BLACK VOMIT United Kingdom
BLACKWAVES Germany
BLINDEAD Poland
BLOOD & TIME United States
BLOODWAY Romania
BLOODY PANDA United States
BLUT AUS NORD France
BOBEL Costa Rica
BOSSK United Kingdom
BOTANIST United States
BRAIN TENTACLES United States
BRIDGES TO DREAMS Canada
BRÕI Brazil
BUILT-IN OBSOLESCENCE Italy
BUNKUR Netherlands
BURIED INSIDE Canada
BURN DOWN ROME United Kingdom
BURNSRED United States
BURWEED Finland
BUTTERFLY TRAJECTORY Poland
BUZZARD United States
CAINA United Kingdom
CALDERA France
CALLISTO Finland
CALYCES Greece
THE CANCER CONSPIRACY United States
CANDIRIA United States
CAPRICORNS United Kingdom
CAPTURE THE SUN United States
CARNIVAL IN COAL France
CARONTTE Spain
CATACOMBE Portugal
CAVE IN United States
CELEBRITY SEX SCANDAL United States
CELESTINE Iceland
CEMICAN Mexico
CEREUS Poland
CHASE THE SUNSET United Kingdom
THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL Canada
CHRYST Austria
THE CIRCLE ENDS HERE Italy
CIRUELO CILINDRICO Spain
CLERIC United States
CLOUDKICKER United States
COALESCE United States
COLD BODY RADIATION Netherlands
A COLD DEAD BODY Italy
COLDWORLD Germany
COLONEL PETROV'S GOOD JUDGEMENT Germany
COME SLEEP Sweden
COMITY France
CONIFER United States
THE CONJURATION United States
CONSECRATION Serbia
CORMORANT United States
COSMONAUTS DAY Russia
COUNTERVELA Ireland
CRIB45 Finland
CRYPTIC RUSE United States
CULT OF LUNA Sweden
D.U.N.E. Italy
DAKRYA Greece
DAMASCUS United States
DARK CASTLE United States
DARK SUNS Germany
DARKESTRAH Germany
DARKHER United Kingdom
DARKSPACE Switzerland
DAUGHTERS OF FISSION United States
DAY WITHOUT DAWN United States
DE OMEGA United States
DEADBIRD United States
DEADSOUL TRIBE United States
DEAFHEAVEN United States
THE DEATH OF HER MONEY United Kingdom
DECLINE OF THE I France
DECORTICA New Zealand
DEEP IN THOUGHT Germany
DEFYING Poland
DETERIOR United States
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL United Kingdom
DIESTO United States
DIGRESSION ASSASSINS Sweden
DIMLAIA United States
DIRGE France
DISAPPEARER United States
DIVINA ENEMA Belarus
DōDSVERK Norway
DOOM Japan
DORNENREICH Austria
DOTZAUER Italy
DR. SLAGGLEBERRY United Kingdom
DRAWN Norway
DREADNOUGHT IN THE POND Ukraine
DREARE Czech Republic
DREARINESS Italy
DYING SUN United States
EAGLE TWIN United States
EARTH United States
EAST OF THE WALL United States
EBONY LAKE United Kingdom
ECHOES United Kingdom
ECHOES OF YUL Poland
ECHOSILENCE Estonia
EDGE OF REALITY United States
EGOIST Poland
EHNAHRE United States
EIDOLA United States
EIGENGRAU Denmark
EIGHT BELLS United States
EINNA France
ELLIPSIS France
EMPIRES United States
EMPTY YARD EXPERIMENT United Arab Emirates
ENDER New Zealand
ENDNAME Russia
ENSEMBLE 1 United Kingdom
EPHEL DUATH Italy
EPISTASIS United States
ESCHATOS Latvia
ETERNAL DEFORMITY Poland
ETHERSENS France
EVIL INSIDE Spain
EX CURIA Australia
EX EYE United States
EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO United States
EXTINCTION ALGORITHM Romania
FALL OF EFRAFA United Kingdom
FALLOCH United Kingdom
FALLS OF RAUROS United States
FAR AWAY France
FAWN LIMBS United States
FEN United Kingdom
FIFTH QUADRANT Sweden
FIRMAM3NT Spain
FLEURETY Norway
FLOOD THE DESERT United States
FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT Russia
A FOREST OF STARS United Kingdom
FORMLOFF Norway
FOUNTAINHEAD Germany
FREQUENCY EATER Belgium
FROM OCEANS TO AUTUMN United States
FURIA Poland
FUTURIAN Canada
THE GABRIEL CONSTRUCT United States
GANON United States
GARDEN OF SHADOWS United States
GARY SUICIDAL KIDS COMMANDO France
THE GATHERING Netherlands
GENERATION OF VIPERS United States
GENGHIS TRON United States
GHOSTBOUND United States
GIANT SQUID United States
GIGANTIC BRAIN United States
GIRE Hungary
GLETSCHER Switzerland
GNAW THEIR TONGUES Netherlands
GODSEND Norway
GONIN-ISH Japan
GOSPEL United States
GRAAL (UKR) Ukraine
THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY United States
GRAVITON United States
GRAYCEON United States
THE GREAT OLD ONES France
GREEN CARNATION Norway
HADEAN United States
HAH Monaco
HAIKU FUNERAL Multi-National
HAIL SPIRIT NOIR Greece
HALCYON Australia
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE United States
HAND United Kingdom
HARVEY MILK United States
HEAVEN IN HER ARMS Japan
HEIRS Australia
HELIUM HORSE FLY Belgium
HELLAS MOUNDS United States
HERETOIR Germany
HESPERIAN DEATH HORSE Croatia
HIPOSPADIA Spain
HUMANFLY United Kingdom
HUNDRED HEADLESS HORSEMEN Finland
HVōSCH Russia
HYDRA Mexico
HYPNO5E France
ICEBURN United States
IDENTIFIED United States
IDIOT SAINT CRAZY France
IGORRR France
THE ILLNESS United States
IN THE WOODS... Norway
IN.OVO Canada
INCOMING CEREBRAL OVERDRIVE Italy
INDUKTI Poland
INTER ARMA United States
INTRONAUT United States
IO United Kingdom
ION United States
IREPRESS United States
IRONWOOD Australia
IRREVERSIBLE United States
ISIS United States
ISTHMUS United States
IZAH Netherlands
JAKEL Canada
JANVS Italy
JESU United Kingdom
JEWY SABATAY Serbia
JUGGERNAUT Italy
OLIVER KAAH Finland
KAATAYRA Brazil
KAILASH Italy
KALKI AVATARA Italy
KARABOUDJAN Sweden
KEELHAUL United States
KEKAL Indonesia
KEVEL Greece
KHANATE United States
KHEMEŌA France
KHOMA Sweden
KH‘RADA United States
KHUDA United Kingdom
KICK THE BUTTERFLY Australia
KILTER United States
KINGDOM Belgium
KLABAUTAMANN Germany
KOLLWITZ Norway
THE KOMPRESSOR EXPERIMENT Switzerland
KONG Netherlands
KONGH Sweden
KORZO Ukraine
KOSMOGRAD Canada
KRAKOW Norway
KRUGER Switzerland
KYLESA United States
RAINER LANDFERMANN Germany
LANDFORGE United Kingdom
LANTLOS Germany
LATITUDES United Kingdom
LEFT BRAIN United States
LENTO Italy
LESBIAN United States
LIGHT BEARER United Kingdom
LITHIUM DAWN United States
LITURGY United States
L÷BO Portugal
LOCRIAN United States
LOOK TO WINDWARD New Zealand
LORUS United States
A LOST STATE OF MIND United States
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LUCID PLANET Australia
LUCYNINE Italy
LUDICRA United States
LUMINOUS VAULT United States
LYE BY MISTAKE United States
MADŃRFOGŃS Hungary
MADE OUT OF BABIES United States
MAHESH Chile
MAMALEEK United States
MAMMOTH New Zealand
MANATEES United Kingdom
MANDIBULBE France
MANES Norway
MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN Italy
MAR DE GRISES Chile
MARE United States
MARE COGNITUM United States
THE MASS United States
THE MATTERHORN PROJECT United States
MAUDLIN Belgium
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL United States
MEANDERING MINE Germany
MEMORIES OF A DEAD MAN France
MENISCUS Australia
MINDFOLD EXPRESS Bulgaria
MINSK United States
MIOSIS Sweden
THE MIRE United Kingdom
MIRRORTHRONE Switzerland
MISANTHROFEEL Russia
MOANAA Poland
MOD FLANDERS CONSPIRACY United States
MOLOKEN Sweden
MOLYBARON France
MOMENTUM Iceland
MONDRIAN OAK Italy
MONUMENTUM Italy
MORAINES Croatia
MORNE United States
THE MORNINGSIDE Russia
MOROWE Poland
MORTIFERIA Norway
MOSE GIGANTICUS United States
MOSKAU Germany
MOUNTAINS BECAME MACHINES United Kingdom
MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT United States
MOVEMENT OF STATIC Greece
MUTYUMU Japan
MY SILENT WAKE United Kingdom
MYSTER M÷BIUS Multi-National
MYSTIC Netherlands
NAHEMAH Spain
NAHRAYAN Spain
NANDA DEVI United States
NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW United States
NAUTICUS Finland
NAUTILUS Norway
NEBRA Switzerland
NERO DI MARTE Italy
NEUMA Poland
NEURONAUT Sweden
NEUROSIS United States
NEVBORN Switzerland
NIGHT VERSES United States
NIHIL Serbia
NINTH MOON BLACK United States
NO HOME FOR HEROES Australia
NO MADE SENSE United Kingdom
NOCTIS Australia
NOEKK Germany
NOISEDRIVER Belgium
NOORVIK Germany
NORDSIND Denmark
NORTH United States
NOVEMBRE Italy
NUCLEUS TORN Switzerland
O.L.D. United States
OBSIDIAN KINGDOM Spain
OBSIDIAN TONGUE United States
THE OCEAN DOESN'T WANT ME South Africa
THE OCEAN Germany
OCOAI United States
ODE AND ELEGY United States
ODRADEK ROOM Ukraine
ODRAZA Poland
OHGOD! South Africa
THE OLD DEAD TREE France
OLD MAN GLOOM United States
OMB Israel
THE OMEGA EXPERIMENT United States
OMEGA MASSIF Germany
OMERTAH Ukraine
ONE STARVING DAY Italy
÷OOOOOOOOOO France
ORANSSI PAZUZU Finland
ORDO DRACONIS Netherlands
ORGAN: Norway
ōRKENKJōTT Norway
ORPHANED LAND Israel
ORTHODOX Spain
OSI United States
OSTROVA Spain
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY United States
OTTONE PESANTE Italy
OUTOPSYA Italy
OUTRUN THE SUNLIGHT United States
OVERMARS France
÷XX÷ X÷÷X France
PAN.THY.MONIUM Sweden
PANOPTICON United States
PAPANGU Brazil
THE PAX CECILIA United States
PECCATUM Norway
PELICAN United States
PET SLIMMERS OF THE YEAR United Kingdom
PIKE Sweden
PINKLY SMOOTH United States
PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND France
THE POSTMAN SYNDROME United States
POSTVORTA Italy
PRISMA Switzerland
PROGHMA-C Poland
THE PROPHECY United Kingdom
PRYAPISME France
PSYCHOFAGIST Italy
PSYKUP France
PULL DOWN THE SUN New Zealand
PYRAMIDS United States
QUALEACEANS United Kingdom
QUARANTADUE Italy
QUBE Poland
QUESTIONER United States
RADAR Finland
RADIATION 4 United States
RAIN DELAY Serbia
RAINROOM Finland
RAXINASKY Belgium
REAL LOUD United States
RED PAPER DRAGON United Kingdom
REFRACTION Ireland
REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER France
THE REPTILIANS United States
THE RETICENT United States
RETURNING WE HEAR THE LARKS United Kingdom
RIVIERE France
ROSETTA United States
ROUTE NINE Sweden
RWAKE United States
RYOKUCHI Japan
RYR Germany
SAL Y MILETO Ecuador
SALVICTION Poland
SANNHET United States
SCAPHOID United States
SCARCITY United States
SCHIZOID LLOYD Netherlands
SCIENTIST United States
SCORCHED SHORE United States
SECONDSKIN United Kingdom
SELCOUTH Finland
SENMUTH Russia
SENSUAL NOISE Belgium
SEPIA DREAMER Sweden
SEVEN United States
SEVEN NAUTICAL MILES Sweden
SEVEN NINES AND TENS Canada
SEVENTH EVIDENCE / KA.MMEN Ukraine
SHELTER RED United States
SHELVING Switzerland
SHEPHERDS OF CASSINI New Zealand
SHRINEBUILDER United States
SIGH Japan
SIKA REDEM United Kingdom
SINISTRO Portugal
SISARE Finland
SKAGOS Canada
SKEWED SKIES Germany
SKRYPTOR United States
SLEEP MAPS United States
SLEEPING IN GETHSEMANE United States
SMALLMAN Bulgaria
SMOHALLA France
SNOWBLOOD United Kingdom
SO IS THE TONGUE United States
SOEN Multi-National
SOL KIA Belgium
SOLSTAFIR Iceland
SOMALGIA United Kingdom
SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI United Kingdom
SOUTH HARBOUR Denmark
SPACEKING Russia
SPINOZARRE France
SPRING & YOUTH Serbia
SQUALUS United States
STAGNANT WATERS France
STALINGRAD Spain
STANDING OVATION Finland
STARE AT THE CLOUDS Australia
STATS United States
STEAK NUMBER EIGHT Belgium
STONE HEALER United States
STORCHI Israel
A STORM OF LIGHT United States
SUBROSA United States
SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE Multi-National
SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE Sweden
SUMAC Multi-National
SUMMIT Italy
SUNPOCRISY Italy
SUPERCONTINENT United States
THE SUSPENDED CONGRESS Ireland
SWARM OF THE LOTUS United States
A SWARM OF THE SUN Sweden
SWITCH OPENS Sweden
SYDERALUS Argentina
TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER United Kingdom
TARANTULA HAWK United States
TELEPATHY United Kingdom
TEMPEL United States
TENOCHTITLAN Russia
TEPHRA Germany
TERRA TENEBROSA Sweden
TESA Latvia
TETRAFUSION United States
THANATOSCHIZO Portugal
THENCE Finland
THEOS United States
FREDRIK THORDENDAL'S SPECIAL DEFECTS Sweden
THOSE DARNED GNOMES United States
THOU United States
THY CATAFALQUE Hungary
TIDES United States
TIDES FROM NEBULA Poland
TIME TO BURN France
TIME ZERO United States
TIMEWORN Norway
TITAN Canada
TO THOSE WHO EXIST Germany
TODTGELICHTER Germany
TOMYDEEPESTEGO Italy
TOOL United States
TOUNDRA Spain
TOWN PORTAL Denmark
DEVIN TOWNSEND Canada
TRANSMISSION0 Netherlands
TRAPPIST SYSTEM TRIO Russia
TREPHINE United States
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VANESSA VAN BASTEN Italy
VAURA United States
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VED BUENS ENDE Norway
VERLIES France
VIRGIN BLACK Australia
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VISCERA/// Italy
VOID United Kingdom
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VULTURE INDUSTRIES Norway
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WASTE OF SPACE ORCHESTRA Finland
THE WATERS DEEP HERE United States
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WE MADE GOD Iceland
WEAKLING United States
WEEPING SORES United States
WHAT MAD UNIVERSE France
WHAT THE BLOOD REVEALED United Kingdom
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WHOURKR Multi-National
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ANDY WINTER Norway
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A WORKING MODEL United States
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YEAR OF NO LIGHT France
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ZATOKREV Switzerland
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