Articles by Nik Prowse
Exactly what progressive metal should be: open-minded, fearless, genre-expanding. Escape has groove, heaviness and a delicious darkness.
A journey from ethereal ambience to intense drone, making for a very interesting debut EP.
An engaging and progressive album that shows lots of influences and some thrilling guitar playing. Highly recommended.
An emotionally intense listen that leaves its mark long after the last bars have faded.
An album of dazzling maturity, poise, complexity and sheer brilliance. A must-buy.
A journey, through swirling, beatless electronica to a positive conclusion.
Timeless landmark live performance by cascadian black metal legends.
‘Hugsjá’ meets its remit perfectly. A thoroughly excellent melding of folk and forward-thinking progressive music.
A masterful album produced by musicians who have honed their craft over more than two decades. Highly recommended.
Anshelm were formed from the molten wax of the black candles around Quorthorn’s pentagram. This is pummelling black metal that conjures scene pioneers Bathory and Darkthrone.
Experimental, contemplative, mystical and moving. Anyone with an interest in truly avant garde music will find plenty to love in the Red Goddess.
I loved ‘Interregnum’ so much I bought it on vinyl. A departure from straight-ahead death metal to melodic DM with progressive, hard rock and gothy elements. A thrilling prospect.
A solid instrumental doom metal album with post-rock and progressive elements that holds the interest from start to finish.
A tantalising first outing from this Polish dark ambient outfit.
An instantly likeable body of songs that sits together beautifully and combines to make one gorgeous album. Highly recommended.
An album of downtrodden misery and glacially slow riffing, with a good deal of heavy thrown in.
The cinematic scope and ambitious breadth of Rare Form’s music makes listening to this album a very visceral experience. A dark ambient soundtrack to the untold horror story in your head.
Worldly, jazz-inflected electronica that makes for an album of two halves.
Emotionally uplifting, expansive doom metal that breaks out of the genre. A must have.
An absolute treat. A stream-of-consciousness album, five tracks of mind-expanding, ambient darkwave electronica that merge into one soundtrack for the inner spaces of the mind.
On a level with Sólstafir’s ‘Ótta’ in terms of its depth, sophistication and near brilliance. Definitely high on my list of albums of 2017. Get a copy and immerse yourself.