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A Cosmic Trail

From: Germany
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Below is our complete A Cosmic Trail news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Prog Sphere Releases New Compilation

Two months after the release of Progstravaganza 13, Prog Sphere is back with another part in the on-going compilation series. The 14th entry includes A Cosmic Trail, which was featured in our look at underground prog metal bands. You can stream the full release below or pick up your copy on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp.

The Progstravaganza compilation series has as its sole purpose to discover new bands. Since its inception in 2010, Prog Sphere has made it its goal to make each compilation special. Every part in the series comes with specially designed artwork, and they are all available via Bandcamp in different audio formats.

Prog Sphere's editor-in-chief Nick says: "The new sampler has a title 'Timeshift,' what kind of symbolize that after three years of putting out the samplers, we are still there, doing the thing. Giving a unique name to our samplers adds another dimension to the whole experience, it's kinda weird that we didn't do it before."

Along with Progstravaganza 14 going on, Prog Sphere is allowing submissions for the upcoming, fifteenth edition (due in December). Bands and musicians interested in being a part of the upcoming compilation can get in touch with Prog Sphere by sending an email to info@prog-sphere.com. More...

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A Cosmic Trail Issues Album Update

German act A Cosmic Trail, which was covered in the prog metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column last year, has now checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

"About 95% of the demo tracks for the new album are done. Have to finish the last piece and then it's time to go into detail and do some fine tuning. Tracklist looks like that but can of course change tomorrow.

01. Calm (Intro)
02. Mistral I
03. Cromlech
04. In Ertia
05. Thwart Progress
06. A Ghostly Whisper
07. Mistral II

"Some parts sound like a kind of natural progression, some sound totally different."

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Unearthing The Prog Metal Underground

Every week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we reveal three bands that deserve to be heard by a wider audience. After taking a look at experimental metal groups and instrumental bands with plenty of progressive elements, this week we’re heading straight into underground prog metal acts.

Throwing in jazzy interludes, unexpected changes in tempo and style, and usually a heaping dose of 70’s rock influence, prog has helped to keep the metal scene from stagnating and provides plenty of heaviness without always relying on outright brutality. There may be an odd contradiction of an entire genre called “progressive metal,” since the whole idea is that progressive music can’t be lumped into a single category and doesn’t follow the rules or format of a specific sub-genre. That whole sticky issue aside, these three bands explode with non-traditional song structures and a huge range of influences that make them well worth hearing for any fan of the more well known progressive metal acts, from Opeth to Dream Theater and beyond.

Suspyre

New Jersey’s Suspyre is the cream of the crop in the underground prog metal world, with production values and song writing chops on par with any huge name act. The band creates massive Opeth-length tracks, but still maintain consistent quality and amazing transitions across ten minute epics. Suspyre’s soaring power metal influence vocal work is especially worth hearing, and the band does even throw in a few growls here and there for a heavier edge.

The group’s last release was the 2008 “When Time Fades” album (reviewed here), but Suspyre is now working on a fourth album. To check out the act’s take on melodic prog metal, head over to the Suspyre Facebook profile or listen to the songs “The Light of the Fire” and “Siren” in the clips below.

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