Riverside is to release an EP entitled Memories in My Head on June 20. It has been a whole two years since the band has released any material (the most recent being the LP Anno Domini High Definition). And although one would hope that the wait warranted a full-length release, this EP is sure to please many despite its limited duration.
On April 19, the progressive metal band Cynthesis released their debut album through Sensory Records entitled DeEvolution. Though progressive metal is a very broad, loosely defined genre, it is impossible to classify this album as anything else. DeEvolution is a solid definition of the characteristics of prog, but not so much the outer limits.
On October 12 this year, Dakrya released their newest album via Sensory entitled Crime Scene. Not far into this album, I drew several connections to the band’s music and that of Diablo Swing Orchestra. This is certainly less extreme on the theatrical side, but still has a unique, flamboyant ring to it. Its progressive, avant-garde characteristics and experimental ideas can easily push many listeners away. On the other hand, it can be a treat for open-minded appreciation.
Whether it be due to the metal female vocals or the circus-like themes, Crime Scene is definitely a unique album. Nothing overly revolutionary is done here, but it has a fresh feel. The instrumentals are all well-done, from the saxophone to the percussion to the vocals. None are emotionally stunning or virtuoso-esque ground-breakers, but still highly enjoyable. The songwriting is rich with uniqueness and diversity, able to give numerous listens without growing stale. The only issue with the album is that there is nothing to be utterly blown away by. That being said, Dakrya has produced not only something great, but something different. To fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, do not miss this one.
My Impression (rating: B+)
November 9 was the release date of A New Beginning, the debut album of the New York progressive metal band Creation’s End. Though the band is technically new to the scene, its members have their fair share of experience in the metal scene with bands ranging from Zandelle to James LaBrie’s solo project. The proven talent of the group is clearly transferred onto this creation, giving forth a very solid first album.
On November 9, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of New York’s fine, up-and-coming progressive metal bands, Creation’s End. It was about half an hour on the phone with founding members Rudy Albert and Dario Rodriguez. Thanks to the kind folks of Earsplit, I was able to ask these wonderful people a handful of questions. Without further adieu…
Here is my email interview with the progressive power metal band, Wuthering Heights, care of the lovely folks from Earsplit. A couple of months ago, they released their latest album entitled Salt, and it was well-received on this site. The band’s founding member, Erik Ravn, was kind enough to take the time to give some friendly answers to my questions.
With the help of the generous folks from Earsplit, I was able to interview the up and coming Haken via email. The English progressive band just released a stellar debut album (Aquarius) and have a hefty touring schedule ahead of them. Still, they were kind enough to take the time to thoroughly answer my questions.
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