PROG AROUND THE WORLD 2022

Many countries are famous for their music scene, and sometimes strongly connected with stereotypes or a genre. Others are maybe not on the radar as a typical rock / metal nation, but discovering a band in a new area often brings even more to light.

The idea behind “Prog Around the World” is to travel musically and find new bands on this trip, or learn more about those who might be familiar already. 

A huge thanks to all who followed and supported this adventure from the beginning, and a warm welcome to those who joined us along the way. You can find the all interviews from 2021 here

Let's see, where 2022 is gonna take us :-)

PREHISTORIA - USA

With the release of their debut EP "Cursed Lands" on January 21st, the quintet introduced themselves with a blast. Welcome to learn more about them here

Read the interview here


LASTERA - Denmark

And here we go, from the US straight to Denmark and the second great powermetal discovery on January 21st, as LASTERA also released their debut on that day. Read more about "From the Ashes" and their background here

Read the interview here


TY MORN - France

From Denmark, it's not too far to beautiful Brittany in France, where we meet the man behind international, traditional metal band project TY MORN: Aron Biale. He told me more about their new album "Last Villain Testament" among others, welcome to learn more here 

Read the interview with TY MORN here


ETERNAL ASCENT - USA

Our journey takes us to the USA again, more precisely to New York. ETERNAL ASCENT released their amazing debut album "Reclamation" on January 22nd, 2022, offering passionate powermetal with symphonic and neoclassical elements. Welcome to learn more about them here

Read the interview with ETERNAL ASCENT here


THE SILENT WEDDING - Greece

Next up, we're heading to Athens. Greek quintet THE SILENT WEDDING released their third record "Ego Path" on February 11th, 2022, and told me more about their background, the album's topics, and the story behind their name. Welcome to read our chat here 

Read the interview with THE SILENT WEDDING here


ANTHRIEL - Finland

We head northwards again to Tampere in Finland. Timo Niemistö is guitarist and song-writer for progmetal band ANTHRIEL, and had some great stories to tell about the band's background, their beautiful cover artworks, and the metal scene in their hometown. Check it out here

Read the interview with ANTHRIEL here


VULKAN / SOLUM - Sweden

Let's stay in Scandinavia for another stop, and we further revel in time. Heavy progrock band VULKAN caught my attention in 2020 with their wonderful album "Technatura", and last year, their guitarist Christian Fredriksson also released his first instrumental solo record, which quickly became another favorite. Welcome to read more here 

Read more here


ODD DIMENSION - Italy

We stay in Europe, but move south to Italy. With their third album - "The Blue Dawn" - progmetal band ODD DIMENSION delivered a fantastic space journey, and one of my favorite records of 2021. Bassist and founding member Gigi Andreone told me more about their work, check it out here

Read the interview here


LOBATE SCARP - USA

Our journey takes us to Los Angeles, where we meet with Adam Sears, founder, keyboarder and singer for progrock act LOBATE SCARP. They just released their beautiful, new album an May 6th, 2022, and gave us some amazing insights into the band's history and their current record. Read our chat here

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TIMELESS RAGE - Germany

Next up, we're heading to the Black Forest, which is the home of symphonic powermetal band TIMELESS RAGE. Even though they have been around for more than 10 years now, they just released their great debut album "Untold" on February 25th, 2022, and told me more about their development and the amazing cover artwork. Check it out here

Read the interview here


THE MIDGARD PROJECT - Canada

For the first time, our journey takes us to Canada, and we're visiting the northern area for a chat with the mastermind behind THE MIDGARD PROJECT. The symphonic progmetal act released their amazing, new album on March 11th, 2022, welcome to learn more about their background and the stunning cover art here

Read more here


ELLIPSIS - France

We're heading back to Europe and visit Emmanuelson in Grenoble, singer and guitarist in psycho metal band ELLIPSIS (among others). With "Sadistikal Mentaculus", they released their fifth album on May 13th, 2022, their first within 13 years. Welcome to read our chat here  

Read the interview here

 

XAON - France

Sometimes, it just makes me happy how things fall into their place here... Having discovered symphonic deathmetal act XAON recently as a Swiss band, it turned out that they're now officially located in France, not even one hour away from our last stop. Singer and producer Rob Carson told me why, and also more about the band's history and the concept of their new album, "The Lethean". Check it out here