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MetalMatters: May 2020 - Adapting to Reality

The masterful progressive work of Caligula's Horse, the reinvigorated spirit of Winter through Goden and Old Man Gloom's return alongside a healthy dose of black metal, hardcore-infused outbreaks, and noise rock highlight the month of May in heavy metal.

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Wilderun's 'Veil of Imagination' Is a Wonderfully Chameleonic Progressive Metal Adventure (album stream) (premiere)

Boston's Wilderun construct an epic combination of folk, classical, metal, and progressive rock on their third LP, Veil of Imagination. Hear it in full before it's release tomorrow.

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Dysrhythmia Reach Technical Ecstasy With 'Terminal Threshold' (album stream)

Twenty years into their career, instrumentally-driven trio Dysrhythmia still find new ways to surprise and astound listeners. Virtuosity isn't the only thing that matters here but it sure gives us a lot of marvel at on Terminal Threshold.

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Opeth Achieve Gothic Greatness with the Gorgeously Multifaceted 'In Cauda Venenum'

In Cauda Venenum is Opeth's most wicked record of the decade, signifying that their earlier evilness is still wonderfully intact.

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Tool Reclaim Their Crown with Some Caveats on 'Fear Inoculum'

Tool's Fear Inoculum meets nearly every expectation admirers could have and ranks as a worthwhile extension of the band's legacy.

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Baroness Craft a New Benchmark of Creative Saturation with 'Gold & Grey'

Just about every listener—no matter their history or prior opinions—will deem Gold & Grey Baroness' masterpiece.

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Stronger Hooks Prevail with Thank You Scientist's Latest Video, "Swarm" (premiere)

New Jersey progressive rock/jazz fusion septet, Thank You Scientist are as lovably technical, zany, and catchy as ever on this latest single from their upcoming third LP, Terraformer.

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TheNightTimeProject Proves Mastery of Melodic Progressive Metal Via "Final Light" (premiere)

Fans of Katatonia, Opeth, A Perfect Circle, and Porcupine Tree will enjoy this new video from the upcoming sophomore release by the Swedish progressive metal collective, TheNightTimeProject.

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Sabbath Assembly Delivers Mysterious, Beautiful New Track, "A Welcome Below" (premiere)

Sabbath Assembly's "A Welcome Below" is a gorgeous and cathartic exploration into the journey of self-discovery and leaving behind that which oppresses us.

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Progressive Instrumentalists Valence Dominate with Creative Complexity on 'Cognitive Dissidents' (album stream)

Valence's new LP, Cognitive Dissidents, is a relentlessly intricate and unpredictable—yet remarkably unified and welcoming—bit of wordless storytelling that will captivate fans of progressive rock.

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'Periphery IV: Hail Stan' Is Worthy of Your Allegiance

Periphery IV: Hail Stan doesn't quite reach the heights of its two immediate predecessors, but it upholds enough of what made them great to satisfy while adding enough new characteristics to possess its own identity and merit.

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Florida Metal Trio Thunderclap Makes Auspicious Debut With 'Inebriocean' (album stream) (premiere)

Have you lost control? Are you nearly drowning? Or are you able to survive? Thunderclap asks these questions and more with heavy hooks and DNA-altering riffs on their new album Inebriocean.

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Queensrÿche Continues Evolutionary Path With 'The Verdict' (interview)

Seattle progressive metal legends Queensrÿche return with their 15th album and major tour. According to guitarist and co-founder, Michael Wilton, it's all just one more stop on a path the seems to go on forever.

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Progressive Metal Unit East of the Wall Returns With "Somn 6" (premiere)

East of the Wall's new album arrives 29 March via Translation Loss, and bassist/vocalist Chris Alfano discusses their new song, "Somn 6".

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Dream Theater Balances Consistency and Excitement on 'Distance Over Time'

Dream Theater's Distance Over Time is at its strongest when it feels improvised and energetic—not overly-planned, but rather like the gang holed up in a studio and decided to lay down some tracks.

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Track By Track: Thomas Giles (Between the Buried and Me) - 'Don't Touch the Outside'

Between the Buried and Me vocalist Thomas Giles recently released a new solo album and in this video, he takes us through each track.

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The Best Progressive Rock/Metal of 2018

This year provided introspective appreciation for creators and listeners alike for the sights and sounds of progressive music, as well as the more universal yet personal hardships and growths we all face.

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Sigh's 'Heir to Despair' Is a Stylistically Diverse Exploration of Madness

Japanese black metal stalwarts Sigh explore madness through folklore and experiment with new sounds on Heir to Despair.

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Steven Wilson: Home Invasion Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Recorded during a three-night residency at London's most prestigious music venue, Home Invasion captures everything you need to know about seeing Steven Wilson live.

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The Longevity Option: An Interview with Steven Wilson

Home Invasion celebrates Steven Wilson's victory lap after the chart success of 2017's To the Bone. Still, he says, there are more places to plant his flag, mountains to climb.

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Coheed and Cambria Focus on Their Core Sound on 'The Unheavenly Creatures'

Coheed and Cambria get back to basics on The Unheavenly Creatures and drill down into exactly what makes Coheed and Cambria work best as a band.

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Skyharbor Show Their Inner Linkin Park on New Album 'Sunshine Dust'

The good stuff on Sunshine Dust makes it a generally decent listening experience. Skyharbor knows what they're doing as far as playing their instruments.

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'The Wake' Proves Voivod Can Still Pack an Animalistic Intellectual Punch

Voivod may be veterans at this point, but with The Wake, they're still providing one-of-a-kind genre-shifting vivaciousness.

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Between the Buried and Me's 'Automata II' Is an Epic, Emotional, and Eccentric Masterpiece

Exploding with captivating melodies, genre-splicing resourcefulness, and remarkable cohesion, Automata II exemplifies what makes Between the Buried and Me so skillful, striving, and singular.

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The Antichrist Imperium Push Against Their Stylistic Confinements on New Album

On their second album, the Antichrist Imperium make an attempt to extend their progressive death/black metal sound by embracing thrash elements.

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Nevermore's 'The Complete Collection' Does a Superb Job in Capturing the Metal Band's Career

Nevermore's The Complete Collection does an excellent job of gathering what we do have from a band that had much more to give.

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King Witch Head in a Progressive Metal Direction with 'Under the Mountain'

King Witch arrive at something like genuine progressive doom metal - atmospheric, heaving, dynamic doom riffs powered by strikingly sonorous vocals.

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Between the Buried and Me's 'Automata I' Is No Misdirect

While a tad too familiar and safe, Automata I further cements Between the Buried and Me as the superlative act in modern progressive metal.

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The PopMatters Progcast Discusses Highs of 2017 and Hopes for 2018

In this episode of the PopMatters Progcast, we reflect on our top albums of 2017, as well as discuss some of the major releases arriving this year.

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Lines in the Sky Merge Progressive Metal with Pop on "Nereus" (premiere)

Nashville's Lines in the Sky overcomes adversity and releases a video for a song that speaks to the outfit's perseverance ahead of brand-new album.

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The 2018 Progressive Rock/Metal Preview

The next 12 months offer superb new releases from several genre heavyweights.

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Neal Morse - "He Died at Home" (video) (premiere)

The first video from Morse's upcoming singer/songwriter LP is an effectively sparse and somber reflection on a real-life tragedy.

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Answer to Denialists: An Interview with Serj Tankian

The atrocities of the Armenian genocide has run rampant through Serj Tankian's work in both System of a Down and in his solo career. Now, he soundtracks a film that talks about it in explicit terms, resulting in one of his most personal works to date.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

There's common ground between all 20 metal albums despite musical differences: the ability to provide a cathartic release for the creator and the consumer alike, right when we need it most.

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The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2017

2017 was a year of rejuvenation for progressive rock and metal, with many artists bouncing back from potential hardships to prove just how much they can still offer in terms of trying new things while maintaining what made them beloved in the first place.

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Ne Obliviscaris: Urn

Aussie metal outfit beautifully blends the aggressive and the peaceful. Urn represents an evolution in Ne Obliviscaris' extreme progressive sound.

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