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The Conduit – Declaration: Unmissably Immersive Progressive Metal

“Declaration” is just one of the standout singles off the unmissably immersive Prog Metal album “ABRAXAS SHRINE” from The Conduit.

The term ‘powerhouse’ may get thrown around a lot in metal. But The Conduit’s ability to start off with a mellow Post Punk Indie Rock prelude and devilishly tease their way up to blast beats, caustic pig squeals and insanely technical guitar progressions makes them more than worthy of the accolade.

Declaration not only demands to be played at full volume so that you can drink in the full veracious energy of the track. But it also demands repeat attention to experience those seamless progressions once more.

At over eight minutes long, you may feel like you’re in it for the long haul when you hit play. But you’ll be more than happy with where their pioneering guttural ingenuity takes you with the symphonically transfixing outro.

You can check out Declaration for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Vandike – Unfaithful: A Weighted Masterpiece of Progressive Metal

“Unfaithful” is one of the latest singles from up and coming Prog Metal artist Vandike, if you like your riffs soaring and unpredictable you’ll find yourself in heaven with the intricate fretwork which allowed the weighted masterpiece to entice you through every second of the progression.

How it’s possible for an electric guitar, to convey such momentously sublime emotion without the need for vocals is quite frankly beyond me. You’re pulled along with the flawless melody in the same way you’d be enticed by symphony no. 11. Whilst that may all seem like high praise, with the relentless slides of the guitar through brief moments of ambience where the drum rhythms are able to resonate Unfaithful is a track which really speaks for itself. That’s without mentioning the arrestingly light piano melodies which are introduced as the track starts to draw to a close. Unfaithful is a composition which will have you guessing until the procession closes to a final draw.

You can check out Vandike’s latest single Unfaithful which was released September 2018 for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Blue Midnight – Nightshade: Female-Fronted Progressive Metal

Whilst the prelude to Blue Midnight’s latest single Nightshade starts off as a polyphonic progression of 80’s synth nostalgia, when the track kicks into gear you’re left with a raucously crunchy anthem amplified by a stark contrast in vocals. If you could imagine a vocal style purer and more captivatingly innocent than Paramore’s Hayley Williams or the rest of the Alt-Rock female vocalists you’d almost be able to get an idea of the ethereally stunning harmony which bleeds from the vocals.

Through the instrumentals you’re treated to swathes of high-octane reverb which usually belongs in the Grunge arena, yet as the track draws to a close the instrumentals get stripped back to classical strings as you’re hit by the full weight behind the vocals. Yet that’s not quite as stunning as the guitar riffs that draw the track to a blinding close.

If female-fronted metal is your bag, you can check out Blue Midnight’s latest single Nightshade for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast