Five Es­sen­tial New Aussie Prog Lis­tens

Prog’s guide to the best new mu­sic from Down Un­der.

Prog - - Intro - ROD WHIT­FIELD

sleep­makeswaves –

The edge Of ev­ery­Thing

If you’re look­ing for a de­fin­i­tive slice of pro­gres­sive post-rock in­stru­men­tal epic­ness, this is it. It’s a pow­er­ful, at­mo­spheric 10-minute-plus jour­ney through Antarc­tic waste­lands, although the track is any­thing but frigid and bleak. In fact, it ver­i­ta­bly makes your hair stand to at­ten­tion. Stun­ning, es­sen­tial lis­ten­ing. www.sleep­makeswaves.band­camp.com/ track/the-edge-of-ev­ery­thing

plini – hand­made CiTies

One lis­ten to the ti­tle track from Plini’s Hand­made

Cities al­bum and it be­comes clear why this young Syd­ney gui­tar prodigy has been likened to the likes of Vai and Sa­tri­ani. For Plini, com­pos­ing tunes that are emo­tion­ally res­o­nant and soar to the very heav­ens comes be­fore the need to shred, and this is why he is rapidly at­tain­ing no­to­ri­ety around the globe. bit.ly/plini-hand­made

Caligula’s hOrse – graves

A truly rivet­ing epic from one of Bris­bane and Aus­tralia’s finest pro­gres­sive mu­sic ex­ports of the last decade. graves takes the lis­tener across a dizzy­ing ar­ray of mood, vibe and tempo changes over its 15-minute-plus length, right through to its charg­ing and tri­umphant cli­max. bit.ly/caligula-graves

ne Oblivis­Caris – in­Tra venus

One of the premier ex­treme pro­gres­sive metal acts on the planet right now, Mel­bourne’s Ne Oblivis­caris re­leased their third al­bum Urn in late

2017, and this was the track taken from it. A typ­i­cally dy­namic mael­strom of hy­per­for­mu­lated chaos, In­tra Venus is mod­ern prog metal at its finest. bit.ly/in­tra­venus

vOy­ager – as­Cen­siOn

Perth’s Voy­ager have been a true main­stay of the Aussie pro­gres­sive mu­sic scene for al­most two decades. How­ever, they’ve re­cently brought their sound well and truly into the 21st cen­tury, find­ing a whole new world­wide au­di­ence in the process. this new, rich and mod­ern approach to melodic pro­gres­sive rock/metal can be heard to mar­vel­lous ef­fect on As­cen­sion, taken from their last al­bum ghost Mile. bit.ly/voy­ager-as­cen­sion

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