Tag: progressive

September 1, 2023

Song of the Day: Jimmy Hotz - Observations of a Larger Reality (R.I.P. Jimmy Hotz)

Independent Christian music lost another legend recently. Jimmy Hotz (inventor/producer/solo artist/band member/producer/engineer/electronic music pioneer/author/multi-instrumentalist–and we’re not even exaggerating) died in June. Hotz first recorded in CCM in the 1970s with the group Dove, and then a handful of other mostly CCM artists before recording his solo album–and many would say his magnum opus–Beyond the Crystal Sea, released in 1980 on Oklahoma City-based Vision Records. Fortunately for fans, Born Twice (a division of Retroactive/Boone’s Overstock) re-issued the album in 2010. Hotz wasn’t content to release one of the greatest Christian rock albums of all time (this claim is verifiable too, repeatedly making appearances in all-time lists from reputable sources like HM, CCM, and various others).… Continued →

March 27, 2023

Song of the Day: Narcissus - The Commons

This early Christian metalcore band has roots in a few other musical endeavors. including (Inhale Exhale whom I saw live), Not Beneath (which did a Living Sacrifice cover) & Symphony in Peril. I did see Narcissus live also & this song is a rarity from them that came from the rerelease of Becoming Leviathan. They did play Furnace Fest 2021 & from what I gather might be releasing some new music at some point. Enjoy from the archives! Continued →

January 14, 2022

Song of the Day: David Zaffiro - Diversity

When Bloodgood’s lead guitarist left the band to go solo, fans of the 80s metal stalwarts weren’t entirely sure what to expect. We probably assumed more heavy metal–at least that’s what I expected. And while there is certainly some hard rock (almost glam metal) at times, The Other Side was much broader in scope. The album showcased Zaffiro’s excellent guitar work, as we’d already become familiar with through three albums with Bloodgood: Bloodgood (1986), Detonation (1987, often hailed as the band’s finest effort), and Rock in a Hard Place (1988).… Continued →

June 24, 2020

November 22, 2018

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June 16, 2018

Captain the Sky

Captain the Sky Launch Go Fund Me for Ambitious Second LP

The gentlemen of pop/alt/prog act Captain the Sky are setting out to release their second full-length, “The Butterfly Effect”, this fall. This serves as a timely follow up to 2017’s “Lions & Foxes” and 2016’s “Mary Celeste”. Their newest single, Hibiscus, showcases a resurgence of their technical-but-radio-friendly sound with a strong mix of technical guitar lines, vocal trade-offs, and a strong rhythm section. Learn more and take a look at the full list of perks at their Go Fund Me page and check out their latest single below.… Continued →

September 30, 2017

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November 18, 2016

November 13, 2016

Tiger Drive

Tiger Drive (Ex OceanSpeak) Teases New Music

Tiger Drive, a Nashville progressive indie band featuring members of OceanSpeak, recently posted a video on Facebook from one of the group’s rehearsals. While the sound is definitely a departure from the groovy, post-hardcore elements that OceanSpeak showcased at times, there’s definitely plenty for old and new fans to enjoy. Check out the video here and be sure to give their page a like! Continued →

August 8, 2014

Neal Morse - Heaven Smiled

Neal Morse has released a music video for the track “Heaven Smiled” which you can watch below. The song appears on his new album, titled Songs From November, that releases August 19th. The new album is more singer-songwriter based with mellower tracks as opposed to the progressive rock fans are used to. If you’re never checked out Neal or his several projects including Spock’s Beard you really should.… Continued →

July 22, 2014

REVIEW : Forevermore - Telos

While not breaking any new ground in the genre, Forevermore create a perfect blend of progressive metal that is equal parts technical and easy to listen to.

June 26, 2014


Numbers is a difficult-to-classify band out of Seattle. They released their full length, titled Three, in March and to be honest it was an instant buy. I was totally unprepared with what this unsigned band offered musically and was immediately hooked. Check out the interview with vocalist Kyle Bishop below and get to know the band before your friends do! Don’t forget to check out our stream of the song “Legal Lee Speaking” as well.… Continued →

May 21, 2014

March 31, 2014

REVIEW : Son Lux - Lanterns

One of the most overlooked records of 2013 is Lanterns by producer/composer Son Lux. It is beautiful, haunting, and thrilling in ways most music cannot be.

January 20, 2014

December 26, 2013

December 21, 2013

REVIEW : OceanSpeak - Sea|The|Same

Brandon Jones says it best, “This band plays a spirited blend of dreamy, progressive indie rock mixed with the ambience of post-hardcore, to create a sound all their own. This independent band is fast on the rise and it’s time you check them out”.

October 18, 2013

July 22, 2013

REVIEW : My Heart to Fear - Algorithm

My Heart to Fear have a very bright future ahead of them. “Algorithm” is sure to garner the band some attention with the passion, skill, and unique elements that are presented.

September 9, 2012

October 9, 2010

January 27, 2010