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Dom Lawson takes you to the dark and heavy hinterlands of prog, with Telepathy, OHHMS, Asira, Venenum. Earth Electric and Pallbearer

These are times of abundance for those who regard progressive metal as an opportunity to explore alien territory, rather than to simply repeat established tropes. Although nominally members of the post-metal fraternity, Telepathy have the creative ambition of true prog warriors. Their second album, Tempest (Golden Antenna), is a full-blown concept piece, albeit an instrumental one, and a highly credible stab at one of those “journeys in sound” people often claim to have realised. Veering from Smoke From Distant Fire’s grandiose atmospherics to the jagged intricacies of the subtly extreme Water Divides The Tide, it’s a gently distinctive and wildly evocative squall of great ideas.

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