Evil Jon

TURRIGENOUS “BLACK STONE OPUS”

Turrigenous is one of the best progressive bands in existence. This is a fact, not an opinion. The only problem is that not enough people in the world know it. My hope is that this review will help to turn a few more heads in the direction of this amazing band and their newly released full-length album Black Stone Opus.

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Protest the Hero - Volition

PROTEST THE HERO “VOLITION”

So obviously, because I received my advance copy of Protest the Hero‘s much anticipated release Volition, I’ve been super happy for the past few days. As a contributor to their highly successful indiegogo campaign, I’ve been looking forward to this album since early 2013, not only because I’m getting a nifty little perk, but also because I can remember how

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Sapiency - Tomorrow

SAPIENCY “TOMORROW”

The easiest way to sum up the new release from German melodic metal-slingers Sapiency is to say that Tomorrow (to be released in November on Eclipse Records) sounds very much like an In Flames record with the brutal knob cranked up a bit. The musical format is largely in keeping with the same framework … incorporating a mix of vocal

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IZEGRIM “CONGRESS OF THE INSANE”

As far as death metal albums go, Izegrim’s new release, Congress of the Insane, is downright tolerable. Though they are clearly not taking pains to reinvent the wheel, the Dutch thrashers have not skimped on the brutality. Purists should be happy with the stripped-down, no-frills approach to the sounds on this album, while the snobbier audiophile types will be relieved

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Reach - Patterns in Static

REACH “PATTERNS IN STATIC”

The brand new EP  from New Jersey alternaprog, meta-rock dudes Reach is a must-hear for fans of post-hardcore and clean singing in metal genres. Yes, they are real bona fide genres that I made up with my Ultra Somethingorother 4000 keyboard, which was personally designed by Tony Stark who is also Iron Man, so … yeah. Anyhow, the EP, entitled

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Withem - The Point

WITHEM “THE POINT OF YOU”

Debuting this fall will be a new contribution to the world of progressive rock in the first offering from Norwegian outfit Withem entitled, The Point of You. First impression: this is a progressive rock album and a good one by the commonly held standards of fans of the same. By and large, the music is ballsy, guitar-driven progressive rock born

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Shaded Enmity - Forsaken

SHADED ENMITY “FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN”

The whole time I was listening to Forsaken and Forgotten, the new release from Seattle melodic death band Shaded Enmity, I had this feeling that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. There was a special quality to it that I’d heard before but not often – some sort of combination of the sound and the writing style that I

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PUSCIFER “ALL RE-MIXED UP”

So Puscifer has a “new” album coming out later this month. And when I say “new,” I mean it’s actually just a remixed re-release of their 2011 album, Conditions of My Parole. But hey … it has been a few months since their last release, Donkey Punch The Night, so why not, right? Let it never be said that Maynard

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JAMES LABRIE “IMPERMANENT RESONANCE”

After listening to the newest release from the James LaBrie solo project, all I can think is … wow. Impermanent Resonance is not at all what I was expecting, and as a stand-alone album it’s actually really good. Based on what I’ve heard from Dream Theater and other LaBrie projects, like Ayreon, I was anticipating some sort of lighter progressive

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PALMS “SELF-TITLED”

“Vibe-y”, “chilled-out”, “warm,” and “soothing” are all very accurate one-word descriptions of the new, self-titled album from post-rock amalgam Palms. Of course, if you take into account the fact that the band is made up of members of Isis and Deftones, the words “expected” and “predictable” can also be used to describe this record. And I don’t mean that in

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TURRIGENOUS “BLACK STONE OPUS”

Turrigenous is one of the best progressive bands in existence. This is a fact, not an opinion. The only problem is that not enough people

Protest the Hero - Volition

PROTEST THE HERO “VOLITION”

So obviously, because I received my advance copy of Protest the Hero‘s much anticipated release Volition, I’ve been super happy for the past few days.

Sapiency - Tomorrow

SAPIENCY “TOMORROW”

The easiest way to sum up the new release from German melodic metal-slingers Sapiency is to say that Tomorrow (to be released in November on

IZEGRIM “CONGRESS OF THE INSANE”

As far as death metal albums go, Izegrim’s new release, Congress of the Insane, is downright tolerable. Though they are clearly not taking pains to

Reach - Patterns in Static

REACH “PATTERNS IN STATIC”

The brand new EP  from New Jersey alternaprog, meta-rock dudes Reach is a must-hear for fans of post-hardcore and clean singing in metal genres. Yes,

Withem - The Point

WITHEM “THE POINT OF YOU”

Debuting this fall will be a new contribution to the world of progressive rock in the first offering from Norwegian outfit Withem entitled, The Point

PUSCIFER “ALL RE-MIXED UP”

So Puscifer has a “new” album coming out later this month. And when I say “new,” I mean it’s actually just a remixed re-release of

PALMS “SELF-TITLED”

“Vibe-y”, “chilled-out”, “warm,” and “soothing” are all very accurate one-word descriptions of the new, self-titled album from post-rock amalgam Palms. Of course, if you take