Murmur – Self-Titled

Murmur’s self-titled sophomore album is a impressively executed fusion of black metal and progressive rock.

King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

CLASSICS WEEK: Decades after its release, In the Court of the Crimson King still stands tall as one of the greatest and most relevant progressive rock albums ever.

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Rush- Clockwork Angels

Rush fans are pretty psyched about this new album, and I could see why. Clockwork Angels is definitely the best record the band has put out since 2000, but I’m not sure if, personally, it entertains as much as the group’s classics.

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Starring- “The Best”

Did you dig on that Guardian Alien snippet yesterday? I hope so, cuz if you did, then this new Starring track should fit into your musical diet pretty easily.

Starring is an experimental rock band that fearlessly pairs elements of psychedelia, jazz fusion, and prog together into a surprisingly well-executed and energetic performance on the song “the Best.” The only thing that struck me as considerably “indie” or “modern” were the light, lethargic vocals that call out sleepily over all this chaotic instrumentation. There are some intense and noisy solos jumping in to say their piece throughout this track, too. Listen beyond the foundation of drums and bass to catch a sharp flute freakout, jittery organ solo, and a really climactic string buildup.

Starring’s latest album is titled ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QURSTUV-WXYZ. No lie. It’s out now on Northern Spy Records.

Trioscapes- “Wazzlejazzlebof”

Trioscapes is a heavy, new jazz fusion projected featuring Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs. It’s a surprising release for Metal Blade Recs, and I question whether or not it would have been released if it weren’t for the BTBAM connection. However, that’s not to say the music isn’t good.

Briggs and co. have some incredible chemistry on the seven-minute “Wazzlejazzlebof,” playing together with a level of tightness few band’s achieve. The trio progresses through moments that feel akin to jazz, metal, and Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced jazz rock. However, the music doesn’t feel gimmicky as Trioscapes changes chameleon colors to another genre.

Look for this album on May 8th.

Wobbler- “Rites at Dawn”

Since my visit with the new Opeth album, I’ve been hankering for some nice progressive rock. When it comes to that, Wobbler delivers. The band is from Norway, and has been around for over a decade. The group’s latest album is titled Rites at Dawn, and delivers a bit of a stylistic change.

Previous releases have garnered a lotta comparisons to the work of Swedish progressive rock act Änglagård, but this album is undoubtedly bringing the group closer to the work of Yes.

On the title track above, Wobber cycles through an ambitious ten minute series of solos, climaxes, verses, segues, and bridges. They throw out one idea after another, repeating themselves very rarely. But while I hear a lotta great moments in this track, it’s gonna be tough for prog fans to separate this from the music of Yes. Is the similarity a good or band thing? You’ll have to decide.

Wolf People- “Silbury Sands” ‡ MP3

New 7” from UK outfit Wolf People. The track “Silbury Sands” is the lead single from their latest album, Steeple, which was released in October last year. Dig on the fiery guitar licks and English melodies below. Look out for the single’s 3/8 release if you like it:

MP3: Wolf People- Silbury Sands

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Fond of Tigers- “SOHEB” ‡ STREAM

As last night’s blogTV, no band impressed me more than this one. They’re Fond of Tigers, a Canadian outfit who had my eyes rolling into the back of my head. And as my eyeballs were staring directly into my brain, I saw nothing but images of King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Fridge, Envy, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Gentle Giant. From that band list, you can tell it was a lot to take in at once.

I had never heard of them before, but it turns out they’ve been kicking for a while. They have a new album out this year, too: Continent & Western. You can stream the first track I heard below, and click here for another. This album is out now via Drip Audio.

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