Track Of The Day - The Infinite Edition

June 05, 2021 11:07 PM


A beautifully realised example of progressive metal mixed with various widely disparate influences. For fans of Tool, Karnivool & Soen.

June 06, 2021 02:21 AM


A beautifully realised example of progressive metal mixed with various widely disparate influences. For fans of Tool, Karnivool & Soen.

Quoted Daniel

A progressive journey suitable for long mountain treks like in the Lord of the Rings movies, and I can feel the tiring side effects even when I'm just sitting down and writing this album's review, thanks to the strong feeling of movement.

June 23, 2021 11:33 AM

A fantastic instrumental interlude taken from my favourite album from Swedish progressive metal/rock outfit Pain Of Salvation. For fans of Riverside, Leprous & Dream Theater.

June 24, 2021 02:48 AM

A fantastic instrumental interlude taken from my favourite album from Swedish progressive metal/rock outfit Pain Of Salvation. For fans of Riverside, Leprous & Dream Theater.

Quoted Daniel

A nice serene prelude to the album's perfect title epic!

July 06, 2021 05:59 AM

Superb French progressive metal for fans of Dream Theater, Opeth & Haken.

July 08, 2021 05:51 AM


Superb French progressive metal for fans of Dream Theater, Opeth & Haken.

Quoted Daniel

Amazing uniquely mixed progressive rock/metal to please a great percentage of the genre's fanbase!


August 05, 2021 09:16 PM

A wonderful Norwegian progressive metal excursion for fans of Opeth, Haken & Ihsahn.

August 05, 2021 11:17 PM

A wonderful Norwegian progressive metal excursion for fans of Opeth, Haken & Ihsahn.

Quoted Daniel

The piano is so haunting effective in this song, dueling with the guitar in mesmerizing ambiance.

August 26, 2021 09:52 PM

Progressive groove metal from Seattle, USA. For fans of Communic, “Shadow Work”-period Warrel Dane & “The Year The Sun Died”-era Sanctuary.

August 26, 2021 11:15 PM

Progressive groove metal from Seattle, USA. For fans of Communic, “Shadow Work”-period Warrel Dane & “The Year The Sun Died”-era Sanctuary.

Quoted Daniel

"Is this the American way?... NO!!" But is this the American way of metal?! YES!!!

RIP Warrel Dane );

August 30, 2021 01:25 PM

Between the Buried and Me is back (and so is a bit of my interest in this band) with their new sequel to Colors, including this 15-minute epic in which listening to it speaks louder than speaking about it:

Leprous also released a new album the other day, titled Aphelion. While Leprous' album continues their prog-rock direction from Malina and Pitfalls, a bit of their metal came back in a few songs, including this song that can stand alone as an Infinite single, thanks to many special surprises helped out by fans:


August 30, 2021 04:20 PM

I've been loving Colors II, it made me rethink my initial assumptions about Colors I  and Between the Buried and Me in general, it's a fantastic album. Easily going to make my Top 10 of the year and maybe even break into the Top 5 at this point. 

I also liked the new Leprous way more than I expected, it's a pretty large step up from Pitfalls or Malina in my opinion. I still wish it dipped back into Metal territory since Aphelion lacks some punch on some tracks, but I'll take what I can get. 

I thought about making a Hall post about whether Aphelion can be considered Progressive Metal which would put them into Ben's criteria for Non-Metal releases to be added to the Academy, but I can't even really champion that cause because the "Metal" moments are extremely few and far between. Aphelion sometimes has Metal tendencies, but I don't think it ever really gets there, even though I wish it did. 

September 10, 2021 09:21 PM

The gloriously textured shoegaze piece that closes out French post-rock outfit Alcest's 2016 "Kodama" album. For fans of Old Silver Key, "Melting Sun"-period Lantlôs & the self-titled Amesoeurs album.

September 17, 2021 12:00 PM

A wonderful hour-long single-track album from these Norwegian progressive metallers. For fans of In The Woods..., Novembre & Wolverine.

September 18, 2021 01:50 AM

A wonderful hour-long single-track album from these Norwegian progressive metallers. For fans of In The Woods..., Novembre & Wolverine.

Quoted Daniel

I don't need to comment on this monumental track when I've already written a sweet review for it: https://metal.academy/reviews/22391/3814

October 07, 2021 11:36 AM

Rivers of Nihil is back (and so is a bit of my interest in this band) with their new prog-death album The Work, including this 11 and a half minute epic in which listening to it speaks louder than speaking about it:

Also, Enslaved released a new EP the other day, titled Caravans to the Outer Worlds. Enslaved's new release continues their extreme progressive metal direction but apparently in a more appealing light for those outside the underground. One of my friends from the outside world claimed to have "also listened to 75 % of that EP!!!!"


October 07, 2021 02:34 PM

I've been pretty harsh on The Work since it came out, but it feels warranted since I haven't really wanted to go back to the album after listening to it 3 or 4 times the first week it dropped. While the concept and shift in their sound is interesting I guess, I can't help but be bored by the whole thing looking back. When the band decides to finally kick it up a notch from the Prog Rock and more atmospheric musings, it's the same old Progressive Death chug note over and over again. Maybe the songwriting isn't clicking with me or something, but Where Owls Know My Name was so much more vibrant, focused, and memorable than The Work. I might force myself to listen to it once or twice more to get a review out but it was a massive disappointment for me. 

New Enslaved EP is pretty great though. Nothing spectacular but I've been really warming up to their new sound, makes me want to go back and give Utgard another shot.

October 08, 2021 08:27 PM

Wonderful Australian progressive metal for fans of Opeth, Xanthochroid & Persefone.

October 08, 2021 11:20 PM

Wonderful Australian progressive metal for fans of Opeth, Xanthochroid & Persefone.

Quoted Daniel

A perfect blend of loudness and emotion!

October 09, 2021 01:19 AM

Spacey Norwegian avant-prog metal for fans of Leprous, Limbonic Art, and Samael:


October 20, 2021 08:21 PM

A beautiful progressive rock outing for fans of Leprous, Caligula's Horse & Dream Theater.

October 21, 2021 12:25 AM

A beautiful progressive rock outing for fans of Leprous, Caligula's Horse & Dream Theater.

Quoted Daniel

A mournful clean rock structure with trance-ish vocal patterns. This almost fits well with the penultimate-track ballad theme of the band's first two albums.

October 31, 2021 02:20 AM

What an epic progressive metal view! Fans of Haken, Leprous, and Pain of Salvation shall have no trouble enjoying this sonic journey:


November 04, 2021 01:15 AM

In the wild long best, one of them stands out among the rest. A must-have for anyone who likes Dream Theater, Ne Obliviscaris, and Opeth: