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Metal

With Peter Hodgson

Opeth are in town for two shows at 170 Russell with one more to go on Wednesday February 8. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and most importantly, crafted 12 stunningly beautiful, intrinsically intense albums to become one of the best bands on the planet, whether that be live or on record. Their latest, Sorceress, continues the more ‘70s prog-influenced direction.
 
Nova Collective, featuring members of Between the Buried and Me, Haken, Trioscapes and Cynic, will release their debut album The Further Side via Metal Blade Records/Rocket on Friday March 10. Nova Collective's music can be described as fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical. You can preorder the record through Nervegas.
 
Evocation celebrate their return to death metal with the stunning new album The Shadow Archetype on Friday March 10. While honoring their Swedish death metal roots, The Shadow Archetype also adds thrash metal elements to their addictive, heavy sound. Guitarist Marko Palmen says “In my opinion, the new album is a step towards the roots of the band, although it also has a footing in the future. I think the sound of the new album in many ways reflects the dynamic of me and Simon, who wrote the music for the album. I'm more of an old-school death metal guy and Simon comes from the younger generation of death metal freaks who enjoy technicality and brutality.”
 
Austrian psychedelic progressive trio Mother’s Cake return to Australia this month in support of their third album, No Rhyme No Reason, which was released on January 27. The band has been producing their explosive blend of psych, indie, blues and space rock since 2008 and have developed into a phenomenal live act. The raw, pure energy transmitted by the band impacts audiences on a primal and collective level. An energy Australian crowds have not experienced since the band’s debut tour here in 2014. Joining Mother’s Cake for the full Australian tour are Melbourne’s AlithiA. Recently returned from a late 2016 European tour and fresh from appearances at Progfest and supporting Germany’s The Ocean, they’ll take over The Evelyn on Friday February 17.
 
Soen, the progressive band featuring the otherworldly drumming of Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), have just released their new album Lykaia, along with a video for the track Lucidity. “The song represents a time in my life when I unconsciously walked toward self-destruction,” Lopez explains. “Lucidity celebrates to an extent the death of that lifestyle and the birth of a new era. It's dark but comforting. The music is soft and dreamy but carries the tension of a past life full of mistakes.”