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Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Posted in Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Transgenre by newmusicexcess on June 11, 2010

Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy

I’ve just been checking out the new album, The Obsidian Conspiracy, by Nevermore. If you are not familiar with Nevermore then they are well worth checking out, particularly if you like your extreme music progressive. The band don’t really fit into any particular genre of extreme music as, to me, they sound totally trans-genre. My, oh my, can this band play!

Track listing:

  1. The Termination Proclamation
  2. Your Poison Throne
  3. Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
  4. And the Maiden Spoke
  5. Emptiness Unobstructed
  6. The Blue Marble and the New Soul
  7. Without Morals
  8. The Day You Built the Wall
  9. She Comes in Colors
  10. The Obsidian Conspiracy

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Let’s check a bit of Jeff getting all shreadtastic at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2010. Cool!



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  • Trans-genre


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Classic Rock – 10 Essential 00s Prog Albums

Posted in List, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on February 27, 2010

Radiohead - Kid A

I have been flicking through the February issue (141) of Classic Rock magazine which I picked up on import. This issue has a section which looks back at the 00s and part of this ‘review’ includes a number of ‘essential albums’ lists. Here’s the one for Prog:

  • Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
  • Porcupine Tree – Deadwing (2005)
  • Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)
  • The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (2005)
  • Van der Graaf Generator – Present (2005)
  • Muse – Black Holes And Revelations (2006)
  • Rush – Snakes And Arrows (2007)
  • Oceansize – Frames (2007)
  • Riverside – Rapid Eye Movement (2007)
  • Dream Theater – Black Clouds And Silver Linings (2009)

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Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR

Posted in Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on January 27, 2010


Track listing:

Part I: Godfrey’s Cordial – An ORphan’s Life

1. Sapari
2. From Broken Vessels
3. Bereftin the Abyss
4. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness
5. The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage to Or Shalem
6. Olat Ha’tamid

Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens

7. The Warrior
8. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
9. Disciples of the Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M i ?

Part III: Barakah – Enlightening the Cimmerian

13. Barakah
14. Codeword: uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue)

If you are a big fan of Opeth, Dream Theater or Porcupine Tree then you will find nothing to disappoint on Orphaned Land’s fourth album, The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR. Within the progressive music of Orphaned Land both Middle Eastern and Western sounds and textures meld together effortlessly. Sit down comfortably, put on the headphones, close your eyes and take a journey to exotic lands. Ahh, I can smell the campfires already.

All hail the progressive ‘shred’!!!

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Mantra – In Vain

Posted in Black Metal, Doom Metal, Progressive Metal by newmusicexcess on January 26, 2010

In Vain - Mantra Track listing

1. Captivating Solitude
2. Mannefall
3. Ain’t No Lovin’
4. On The Banks Of The Mississippi
5. Circle Of Agony
6. Wayakin (The Guardian Spirit Of The Nez Perce)
7. Dark Prophets, Black Hearts
8. Sombre Fall, Burdened Winter

On In Vain’s second album, Mantra, the band, in my opinion, have captured a complete listening experience. I would strongly suggest setting aside enough time to listen to the album all the way through, in a single sitting, as listening to individual tracks or part of the album does not get the full effect. The album has very high production values and has a wonderful crushing sound when the band go full tilt. However, amidst the bands effortless combination and execution of Black, Doom and Progressive Metal are bluegrass/folk and some of the most wonderfully melodic phrases I have heard on an extreme metal album. If you are in the UK/Europe and have a membership, you can check it out on Spotify.

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Shining – Blackjazz

Posted in Avant-garde, Jazz, Progressive Metal by newmusicexcess on January 21, 2010

The Shining - Blackjazz Track listing:

CD version
1. The Madness And The Damage Done
2. Fisheye
3. Exit Sun
4. Exit Sun
6. The Madness And The Damage Done
7. Blackjazz Deathtrance
8. Omen
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man




LP version
Side A
1. The Madness and the Damage Done
2. Fisheye
3. Exit Sun
4. Exit Sun
Side B
2. The Madness and the Damage Done
3. Blackjazz Deathtrance
Side C
1. Omen
2. 21st Century Schizoid Man
Side D
1. Fisheye [Extended Version]

With so many boundaries crossed and new sounds on this album, I thought my brain would explode with intense musical pleasure. I cannot begin to explain who this band even sound like as there are so many musical reference points and any comparison would do no justice. If you like music that challenges the norm then check them out, if not, then stay well away, you’ll hate it.

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