Heroes and villains are fighting the world in a mystic conspiracy thriller, coming from the factory of an Israeli Progressive band Soul Enema. “Spymania” is a part of a new album Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, released on June 23rd. A colorful and diverse 73-minute work features guest appearances from Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend).
Iapetus | The Long Road Home
Release Year: 2017
Genre: Progressive/Atmospheric/Melodic/Blackened/Death Metal
Matthew Cerami – Vocals/Guitars/Bass
Jordan Navarro – Guitars/Drum Programming/Keyboards/Additional Sounds
Jordan Navarro And Nick Shann – Drum Programming/Arrangements
Review by The Crow — Good bye death metal, welcome boredome!
Heritage changed it all... One of the most well crafted and influential prog metal bands of the last decades suddenly left the style that
made them big to derivate into an attempt to replicate the 70's prog rock sound that Akerfeldt loves so much. And they clearly
succeeded in achieving this goal buty the forgot the good and catchy songwriting in the process. Where is the overall quality that this
band always had? Gone!
Review by The Crow — Lion Shepherd's debut shows all their influences! But is that enough?
I had the opportunity to see this band live in Spain, back in 2015 together with Riverside and The Sixxis. They are pretty good live, with
a surprisingly good sound and more than sufficient skills.
There is also an undeniable overall quality on Hiraeth, even with a couple of very good songs. But listening to this album it's impossible
not to have the impression that the band did not show its full potential. The songs are lacking some sort of progression. They are not
adventurous enough to appeal the true progressive fans, but also too complex to mainstream audiencies.
The Prog Report is pleased to announce the first book dedicated to the resurgence of one of music’s most enduring and underrated genres. Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums: Images and Words Behind Prog’s Most Celebrated Albums 1990-2016, authored by Prog Report editor Roie Avin, shines a light on the important albums of the modern progressive rock era. The book features more than 50 albums from the last quarter century of Prog, with each chapter dedicated to one album.
Review by kev rowland — I still remember the impact 'Ghost Reveries' had on me when I first heard it back in 2005. It was Opeth's eighth album, but the first I
had come across, and it totally blew me away. I then sought out the earlier albums and was intrigued to see how much they had
changed over the years: what would that mean for the future I thought? This is their fourth album since then, and features the same
line-up as 2014's, 'Pale Communion', namely Mikael Åkerfeldt (guitars, vocals), Martín Méndez (bass), Martin Axenrot (drums), Fredrik
Åkesson (guitars), and Joakim Svalberg (keyboards). But, of that line-up only Mikael was a full member on 'Reveries' (Martin played on
just one song), so in many ways this isn't the same band, so perhaps it isn't surprising that the band have moved in such dramatic
fashion from their death metal days. But what does that mean for the fans who followed them?
Review by VianaProghead — Review Nº 127
"Nil Recurring" is an EP of Porcupine Tree and was released in 2007. This mini-album is composed only of four
tracks and was written during the recording sessions of their ninth studio album "Fear Of A Blank Planet" and it was
completed over the same year of 2007. Of all the four tracks on it, all were composed for "Fear Of A Blank Planet"
album. However, later they were dropped from the final track list. So, these are leftover tracks from that album.
Review by Evolver — This group took me by surprise.
Appearing out of Canada in late 2016, Pareidolon unleashed their debut album on Bandcamp in January of 2107. It immediately
catches my attention with it's complex but tight compositions, which use a wide range of musical colors.
From the opening dissonant chord in "Abducted!" which turns into a powerful rocker, into the airy moodiness of "The Tunnel",
and all the way through to the heavy epic, "Behind The Glass", Pareidolon successfully uses their dual male and female vocalists
and their exceptional instrumentalists (all graduates of Selkirk College's Contemporary Music and Technology program) to
produce a masterful blend of progressive styles, with a sound of their own and a nod to the past.
Review by FragileKings — Opeth's fourth album, 'Still Life' is for many where the band finally established their classic sound in all its glory.
'My Arms, Your Hearse' brought in two new musicians and a serious alteration in the band's music writing style:
heavier, more brutal, and with a more natural inclusion of lighter parts into their now heavier songs. But Mikael
Akerfeldt was deeply influenced by progressive music by this point and claims that 'Still Life' was their most
progressive album up to that time.