Progressive metal reviews round-up
Dom Lawson buckles up for a delve into the darker, heavier side with new releases from Avatarium, Elder, Wintersun, Drug Honkey, Volur, Igorrr and Akercocke
Prog and doom metal have long made cosy bedfellows. As a result, the sublime symbiosis between the two genres on Avatarium’s third album Hurricanes And Halos (Nuclear Blast) sounds wonderfully natural and instinctive, as those big Sabbath-via-Heep riffs collide with vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith’s imperious delivery across a bewildering backdrop of old school keys and dashes of theatrical psychedelia. Plus, it rocks like an absolute bastard.