Week 20: 7 Bands to Get You Through This Week


I’ve been thinking of bringing some new interesting features on the website, and then this idea about showcasing seven new bands / albums at the beginning of the week popped out, so I embraced it and decided to give it a try.

We are in the 20th week of 2014, out of 52. That means there are 33 weeks until the end of this year (including this one), what also means that there will be 231 bands in total presented through this Weekly Bandcamp Undercover series. So, let’s get to work. Here are seven choices for the week 20 of 2014. Hope you enjoy them.

Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade

This very eclectic band from Melbourne have just put out their second album titled Pink Lemonade, which slightly outworks their debut First Temple. For fans of everything Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala do. Great stuff.

Messenger – Illusory Blues

Messenger (UK) is a musical troupe from London formed in the spring of 2012 by Khaled Lowe and Barnaby Maddick. They booked a session with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios that gave birth to their debut album, Illusory Blues: a cosmic ode to the forces of nature and the inevitable cycle of life. To cite musical influences would be futile. The musicians had made their names with bands in scenes as far apart as hardcore punk, black metal, and ambient music. Tonally, one might recall finding oneself in the same “space” occupied by other architects of sound such as Ulver, The Beatles, Swans, or Pink Floyd. But the stream of sound that emanates from the source of Illusory Blues is a heaving mass of organic richness, brimmed with intricate sounds that acknowledge the original fathers of experimentation but look forward in creating something new and unique. They dwell equally in the earthly realm of folk music and in the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, but have chanced upon a sound and an experience that sounds like no other. Rounded off by Daniel Knight and James Leach, the lineup of Messenger is now complete, but the journey has just begun.

Great progressive rock record with plenty of different influences such folk, pop, occult, etc.

Yossi Sassi – Desert Butterflies

Yossi Sassi rose to fame as a guitarist and one of the main composers in Orphaned Land. After his departure from the Israeli progressive metal band earlier in 2014 Sassi has completed work on his second solo album Desert Butterflies, a conceptually rich and diverse record that follows the story traced with his debut record – Melting Clocks. Desert Butterflies features a big cast of guest musicians, including Marty Friedman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Mariangela Demurtas, etc.

Musically, the album brings awesomely crafted blend of progressive, alternative and oriental rock – something Yossi Sassi is very well known of. Must hear.

Pasajero Luminoso – Pasajero Luminoso

Instrumental music with strong South American roots mixed with jazz, prog rock and experimental. I have always been a fan of South America flavoured mixture of progressive & experimental rock with jazz. Pasajero Luminoso have provided an album that highlights this all and it sounds very good. It’s available as a free download.

The Greatness Design – Pillars of Creation

Progressive death metal largely based on technicality coming from Mexico. There are growl vocals, so don’t tell I didn’t warn you.

7th Ascent – 7th Ascent

Modern progressive rock? Thought it would be cool giving it a try. Though it would be much cooler having more prog than modern in the mix, this record does fine by me. Hear it.

Gustavo Carrasco – Mammoth Machine

Gus Carrasco is a multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. Previously in psychadelic/experimental groups such as the Bilderberg Group, Ayahuasca, and now new project, Separate Suns. One of those rare types of artist who’s dedication and commitment fully matches their talent.

Mammoth Machine brings that easy-to-recognize Californian flavour of progressive rock mixed with psychedelia and jazz.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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