Hiboux: Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up

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New Zealand instrumental band Hiboux make melodic and poetic post-rock that combines transportive escapism with deep-set catharsis.

Into Orbit: Unearthing

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Plenty of instrumental bands can construct complex musical suites. But it takes a greater level of songwriting acumen to make that music dramatic and soul-stirring like Into Orbit do.

Mothra: Decision Process

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Decision Process is highly recommended for rockers, rollers, habitual headphone listeners, and fresh-faced or long-term fans of heavyweight rock alike.

Into Orbit: Caverns

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Caverns, the debut album from Into Orbit—an instrumental duo from Wellington, New Zealand—is a perfect example of music that matters.

Failure Epics—S/T

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Failure Epics is 36 minutes of astute prog, all wrapped in a glistening chrysalis of intrepid ideas and aspirations.

Best of 2011—Progressive Rock

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I love heavy metal unreservedly, unapologetically and, probably to a fair degree, unwisely. But I’m also an avowed prog-head. I worship progressive music in all its guises; here’s a few of my picks from 2011.

Opeth–Heritage

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As it’s still unforeseen where Opeth are heading to next, Heritage stands out as an eccentric anomaly in their catalogue. But this doesn’t diminish the quality of the album one bit.