Lazer/Wulf – The Beast of Left and Right

The mostly instrumental metal trio Lazer/Wulf drops a progressive, conceptual set of tracks that are a fun and visceral listen.

USA Out of Vietnam – “Tonight, the Dead Walk”

Right around the start of this year, I wrote a little something about Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest album from Montreal experimental rock outfit USA out of Vietnam. So, the project has been out there for a while now, but I’m bringing it up again because it is receiving a formal release just this week via New Damage Records. I still find the band’s combination of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop elements to be utterly enchanting, so take this as a gentle reminder to check this thing out. Above, the droning psychedelic doom-pop magic of closer “Tonight, the Dead Walk.” Enjoy!

Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise

Toronto’s Thantifaxath have come through with one of the most ferocious, explosive, and well-recorded black metal records you’re sure to hear this year. There’s a slight prog rock tinge to the songwriting, too.

Baleia – “Breu”

Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.

Bill Callahan – Dream River

The latest full-length from singer-songwriter Bill Callahan is a wonderful display of adventurous, tender folk instrumentation and poetic lyricism.

Gorguts – Colored sands

Canadian death metal outfit Gorguts return with a comeback record of massive proportions.

Perhaps – Volume 2

Boston “stargaze” trio Perhaps has just made its sophomore effort, aptly named Volume Two, available to stream and buy for name your price on Bandcamp. The album quickly became the best-selling experimental album on the site, and is comprised of only one track, which nears the half hour mark and features some really tight, progressive performances throughout. Give it a listen above!

Ceephax – Cro Magnox

Ceephax takes a break from his typical acid techno-tinged song production style to create a collection of electronic pieces that sound a bit more epic, cinematic. Numerous cuts of Cro Magnox sound as if they could serve as the perfect soundtrack to a b-movie produced in the 80s–preferably some kind of action, sci-fi hybrid.

Even funkier tracks like “Natural Specturm” have a beautifully eerie quality to them. It’s nice to know that this guy can produce danceable tracks as well as stuff that’s a little more cerebral. Enjoy!

Steven Wilson – The Raven Who Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

With a new solo release, modern prog rock figurehead Steven Wilson pulls together a series of tracks that feel like they function more on formulas than they do feelings.

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Grayceon – Pearl and the End of Days

San Francisco-based doom/progressive/noise outfit Grayceon just released a new EP yesterday for free on Flenser Record’s bandcamp page. This is certainly one of the most exciting pieces of progressive metal I’ve heard this year. If you’re a fan of dreamy, ethereal vocals being layered on top of sludge riffs, unpredictable time-signature and instrumentation changes, and a general sense of adventurousness within the confines of heavy music, give these guys a listen.