Tag: Progressive

Diamonds & Rust: Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory

Heavy metal and gimmickry have had a complicated relationship since the very day the genre first crawled from the primordial soup. When the strategy has worked, the results have been remarkable: KISS, Mercyful Fate /

Ophidian I ‒ Desolate Review

[Artwork by the incomparable Eliran Kantor] The most convenient way to describe Desolate, the sophomore effort from Icelandic tech-deathers Ophidian I, is to call it a serious guitar nerd’s death metal album. This is far

Siderean ‒ Lost On Void’s Horizon Review

Sometimes the potential of a band is more tantalizing than the present, even if the present is still pretty entertaining. Take for instance Slovenia’s Siderean, who aren’t exactly new to the game, but are new

Crimson Dimension – Crimson Dimension Review

Once upon a time long ago in a land of reefer madness, radio play that mattered and VW buses, the idea of a band jamming was considered a good thing. Its two greatest references were

Code ‒ Flyblown Prince Review

[Artwork by Mors Ultima Ratio Art] Code has always been a little unpredictable for a variety of reasons (lineups, stylistic choices, timelines), but the choice to never make the same album twice is easily the

A Devil’s Dozen – Meshuggah

Meshuggah is about much more than rhythmic trickery. That isn’t to say that they aren’t very much about rhythmic trickery, because with all their polyrhythms and irregular phrase lengths and odd time signatures, they definitely

Terminalist – The Great Acceleration Review

Self-described genre tags are always a mixed bag. On the one hand, many bands don’t conform to the pre-existing parameters of whatever style or sub-style, but on the other hand, the reason those styles and

Cover art by Don Rico

Neil Merryweather & The Space Rangers – Kryptonite Review

Before we dive into the record, let us take a moment to just bask in the glory of that album art. The cover is important: It’s that first impression; the welcome banner that adorns the