Sean Cantor’s Top 40 Albums of 2017

Some years come and go uneventfully. They can somehow just tick by without you even noticing. Conversely, some years will storm by and leave you in a different headspace than you imagined possible. Time will move forward and change will be absolute, regardless of your opinion of it or the attention you pay it. 2017…

Album Review:  Anathema – The Optimist 

 “No man steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man”. Heraclitus was known as “the weeping philosopher” and spoke on the only true certainty of life being the consistency of change.  Now can we ever really be sure he was specifically talking…

STREAMING NOW: Forthcoming Re-issues from Caligula’s Horse (AU)

  Caligula’s Horse, one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, are set to return to Europe in June 2017 for a string of live dates including support slots with Opeth, Anathema & Pain of Salvation, UK headline shows and festival appearances at Midsummer Prog Festival (Valkenburg, Netherlands) & Be Prog! My Friend Festival…

Album Review: Swallow the Sun – Songs From the North I, II & III

  Finland is known from some excellent bands including Wintersun, Ensiferum, and Children of Bodom, amongst many others. However, one of my absolute favorites out of the Finland area has to be Swallow the Sun. Let’s just say I have a thing for Progressive Metal and Swallow the Sun is right on up there with…

Review from across the Pond: Anathema – Distant Satellites

Artist: Anathema Album/EP Name: Distant Satellites Release Date: 09-Jun-2014 Anathema has been one of those bands whose sound has changed dramatically over the years. Initially starting out as a Doom Metal band in the early 90s, they have evolved into a symphonic progressive rock band. I first discovered them with their 2012 effort Weather Systems which has become one…