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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Modern Prog Rock Scene

It's been awhile since we cut through all the noise and decided to highlight three unknown bands specifically worth your while in a crowded music scene, and this week we're getting back into the swing of things with a new edition of Unearthing The Metal Underground!

We're returning with another look at progressive bands that meld opposing sub-genres, utilize very old school sounds in new and unique ways, or utterly dominate on the instrumental front. Without further ado, we now introduce you to three prog metal bands you need to hear hailing from locations as diverse as Spain, Chile, and New York City.

Bauda

A Chilean band that has flown under the radar for far too long, Bauda's latest album "Sporelights" (reviewed here) came to my attention last summer from an unsolicited review request email, which is always a dicey proposition: you might get something awesome, or you might hear some basement recordings that never should have hit the digital airwaves.

Needless to say, "Sporelights" was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what to expect going in, being totally unfamiliar with the band, and I was blown away by the juxtaposition of sounds, flirting with the line between rock and metal.

There's some dark material that plays with shoegaze (but offers a lot wider breadth of sound than you'd usually hear there), along with incredibly emotional offerings that will be right on track for fans of Anathema, all while offering a very distinct sound that is uniquely Bauda.

The entire "Sporelights" album can be heard in the Bandcamp player, and you can follow the latest on Bauda by heading over to Facebook.

Edensong

Another total shot in the dark, I jumped into Edensong recently with no prior knowledge of the band, which now seems like a major oversight considering the absurd level of prog cred these New Yorkers are carrying.

Orchestras? Check. Jazz Flute? Double check. Totally unexpected song transitions and massively creative song compositions? Check, check, check. If there's a band right now really taking the ideas from '70s prog rock and bringing them into the modern day with a heavilly metallic twist, its Edensong. Seriously, forget about those three snoozefests from Opeth and take a wild sonic journey with Edensong's latest full-length album "Years In The Garden Of Years."

We recently premiered the full album online to coincide with its official release, and you can listen in below for a limited time, or hear more from Edensong over at Bandcamp here.

Jardín de la Croix

Bucking the trend of the two previous bands using highly emotive vocals, this Spanish outfit ditches vocals altogether and is entirely instrumental: but don't let fool you into thinking there isn't just as much going on with the music!

Jardin de la Croix manages to pack just as much clear sonic storytelling into a song as any vocal-led band, creating very strong and specific atmospheres that build ever higher. Just when you think a song will stay in the prog rock arena, things taken a sudden turn into for the heavy. New album "Circadia" is just seeing release this month via Aloud Music and can be heard in full below.

These are but three of a vast ocean of bands that combine prog rock with metal and are well worth your time. What did you think of our picks for this week's Unearthing The Underground, and what prog metal bands would you recommend we try out?

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

I prefer Jardín de la Croix the best. The vocals of the other two just kill it for me. I like the instrumental nature of Jardín de la Croix and think just about any vocals would detract from it. Thanks for bringing these to my attention!

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2. xFiruath writes:

Glad you found something you liked!

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