“In the Passing Light of Day” by Pain of Salvation

Prog outfit Pain of Salvation paints the story of band leader Daniel Gildenlöw’s brush with death as a result of a flesh-eating bacteria. The results are existential, exacting, and excellent.


“Aathma” by Persefone

Persefone’s complex attempt to push the boundaries of progressive, death, and melodic metal, Aathma goes to great lenghts to circumscribe the borders of each genre – and break through to something greater that itself. Ambitious and conceptual, this album demands attention.