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Dutch group Sky Architects preview third album with new song “Tides”

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I have been writing about prog bands a fair amount lately, and I don’t intend to stop now. Dutch progressive rock band Sky Architect have been around for a few years now, and have released two albums including the science fiction inspired A Dying Man’s Hymn in 2011. Their sound is heavy prog rock, bordering on metal, reminiscent of King Crimson, Pain of Salvation, and Genesis, but they also have a certain heavy groove, that one might find in Rage Against the Machine. The band is now set to release their third full length album, to be titled A Billion Years of Solitude. To that end, the first song from the album has been released in the form of a music video.

The song is called “Tides”, and it is a dark, heavy, proggy feast of riffs and arrangement. I like it, though I do feel like it is too short. It moves through a few different passages, most of which are fairly mellow, but there are some heavier riffs. The video portion of it is really cool too; it features stop-motion knight figures of some sort sword fighting while destruction and fire rages around them. Basically, a battle while the world ends. I have no idea how it is supposed to connect to the lyrical themes, but it looks cool, so who cares? The only issue I take is that the sound of the swords hitting each other comes through the music, kind of ruining the flow of the song a bit.

It’ll take some time to tell how this will stand up to the already massive amounts of great prog releases this year, but I feel confident that Sky Architect have struck gold with their third album.

A Billion Years of Solitude is released November 4th via Galileo Records.

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