One of the beautiful things about progressive music is that it expects listeners to have more than a three minute attention span. These artists understand how to craft songs that are meant to be listened to in succession. Sure, it’s great to enjoy an à la carte selection from time to time, but many artists intend their albums to be greater than the sum of their parts.
For the committed listener, there is no greater pay-off than absorbing an entire album front to back, and discovering all of its secrets. One of the most powerful elements tying a concept together is the motif—those great moments when you notice something familiar, either consciously or subconsciously. With this in mind, I present to you my top five favorite prog metal callback moments: (more…)
It’s been 14 years since A Perfect Circle’s last album, eMOTIVe. Now, after over a decade of hiatus, vocalist Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel have realized a new vision for their collaboration. Eat the Elephant is a different beast altogether. It is by far the band’s softest and most poppy album, squashing any hope for a return to the likes of Mer de Noms. For better or worse, the APC of 2000 is gone. (more…)
Where Owls Know My Name is the third full release by Reading, Pennsylvania metalers Rivers of Nihil, and their fifth overall. It’s been three years since their well received release, Monarchy, and apparently they’ve used that three years to expand the parameters of their sound. (more…)
Automata I is the the first half of a two part concept album from prog metal giants Between the Buried and Me. Clocking in at a mere 35 minutes, Automata I definitely feels like half an album, given the run time of BTBAM’s previous full-length releases. In many ways, this venture is reminiscent of 2011’s two part concept album, Parallax: The Hypersleep Dialogues, the first part of which was a half-hour long. The second Automata is tentatively set to be released sometime in July of 2018, and it will be interesting to see whether it ultimately made sense conceptually to release this in two parts as opposed to one package.
From the wettest, deepest holes of the Earth emerges Slugdge, with their latest release, Esoteric Malacology, through Willowtip Records. This is the band’s fourth full-length release in their mere six years of existence, and it proves to be the slimiest offering to date. (more…)