Category Archives: Progstravaganza XVIII: Transforma

Septa on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation


Septa is a four-piece alternative rock band from Odessa, Ukraine. Band was formed back in 2006, the founding members were Eugene Tymchyk and Alexander Kostuchenko. Then after long hiatus Septa surfaced again in 2010 with an addition of Alexey Sulima and Alexander Bezusov. Humbly considering themselves as ‘alternative rock’ they constantly endure their music with experiments, influenced by other genres, such as post-hardcore, noise rock and trip hop.

In 2013 band released their debut album title ‘The Lover’, record was mixed by industry legend Matt Bayles who produced genre-defining albums by Norma Jean, Isis, Mastodon and Russian Circles and mastered by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes fame. ‘The Lover’ gathered many positive reviews by the critics and got band nationally acclaimed in Ukraine. As for now Septa is preparing to record its follow-up.


Rubik 1138 on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Rubik 1138

Rubik 1138 is a progressive instrumental rock band formed in 2008. Originally from Metepec, México, Rubik 1138 takes its name from the Rubik cube, but with the inverse goal: instead of making six plain color faces (in this case, music), the idea is to combine the colors in every face infinitely. The number 1138 comes from the George Lucas’ film THX1138. The music travels from classic rock, to jazz, nourished with glances of funk, metal, soul, surf and electronic music. The band’s live shows are accompanied by real time video projection and lightning.

The band members impersonate as surreal characters by wearing a mask, giving more space to the audiovisual theme of the shows.

Their first album was released on January 2011, and this 2014 the second album, KAFKATIK, is going to be released during the summer.


The TerraZAR on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

The TerraZAR

The TerraZAR is a 3 piece Prog Funk band from South Africa. At the heart of the band is the rhythm section of Clint Falconer and Andy Maritz. Clint and Andy know each other from session work for some of SA’s top musicians. Andy and Clint got the idea to do something a bit different from what they normally do, mess around with some odd meters and use some of the crazy jazz harmony Clint had learnt about while studying jazz. While they were busy laying down the drum parts for there EP “All Hail The Bunny” they decided on Gert Rautenbach on Guitar, Clint knew Gert from there days studying jazz and knew he’s oblique phrasing, love of outside playing and use of crazy effects made Gert the perfect guitarist for the TerraZAR. The band proceeded to finish there EP and started gigging and refining there sound. The TerraZARs sound can be described as “wicked Prog funk grooves covered with rich lush harmony set against dark ambient improvised sections” .

The TerraZAR is a band who like to push the boundaries of music and with this is mind they planning on recording two full length albums this year. The first is going to be a heavier cd based on the Anime “Ghost In A Shell”. With a lot more odd meters and use of synthetic scales ect. The second is going to be a fully improvised ambient album with the use of “graphic notation” charts as used by people such as John Cage, the theme of the second album will be Phsycopomps.




Mothersloth is a Madrid-based band, started in 2008. Original members were Oscar on drums, Alvaro – guitars, Rafael – vocals, and Jackie – guitars.

They recorded some demos in their rehearsal space to send to a festival, and later on edited these recordings with the title Death Flowers ( 2009).

Then Rafael left, and the band started writing songs in a different direction, perhaps a wider approach, some of them have remained instrumental, such as Holy Wall and Death Flower.

With Rolando F on vocals, Gerald on bass the band started playing around the Madrid venues. The debut show was on 14 April 2011 opening for La Dolorosa.

They played with some other bands such as Cherry But No Cake (UK), Pura Muerte, Craneon, Teething, Dawn To Dusk, Orthodox, until the beginning of 2012. Right before getting into the studio to do some good quality recordings, they decided to replace the singer, and called Fernando Polvaredo from local band Fungus to do the job.

They called this collection Hazy Blur Of Life, consisting of four songs, namely Pile Of Fortune, Goliath, MotherSloth and Supersun. It was edited in 2013 by Dooom Records, a small label in Peru.

Soon after the completion of the first EP, the band lost the singer. They then decide to focus in the instrumental songs they had been writing along the years, and started recording the second effort, Moribund Star, consisting of 5 songs .

They got back to two guitars adding Dani on guitars, and found Alex who would be the new singer and bass player.

In the band’s sound you can find several influences,70′s inspired sounds combined with heavy guitar riffs and open chords, in order to give each song the sound they need.

First band EP, released December 2012 via bandcamp.

KILLCODE on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation


KILLCODE is a five piece band based in New York City. Their unique sound is a product of their diverse influences and has been described as “Southern infused Metal / Rock with modern vocals”. KILLCODE’s songs are hooky super charged sing along Anthems with BIG Guitars and Driving Rhythms’.

Forming in 2008, vocalist Tom Morrissey and guitarist Chas laid the foundation with a couple of songs they recorded at Chas’ home studio. After recruiting long time musical companion Erric Bonesmith on bass guitar, KILLCODE found its final form with the addition of Pat Harrington on guitar and Rob Noxious on the drums.

With all members coming from established projects prior to KILLCODE, the band quickly raised eyebrows and landed on bills with the likes of Godsmack & Sevendust. KILLCODE also provided main support to Brett Scallions on the Re Fueled East Coast tour.

Since their inception, the band has released “To Die For”, a six song EP released at the end of 2008 and a second six song EP,“Taking it All” released in 2010. Both EP’s charted well nationally and gained the band critical acclaim worldwide. The song “Breaking Away”, off of To Die For, was featured in the inspirational documentary, DRESSED, Directed by David Swajeski and starring fashion designer Nari Manivong.

In 2012, they entered the studio once again with Juno nominated producer, Stacy O’Dell, who produced both EP’s, to record the full length, twelve song effort titled, “KILLCODE”.

The Album charted in the #2 position for the week of 8/18/12 on BILLBOARD Mid-Atlantic Heatseekers Charts.

CME records recently re-released the Album via Mega force/Sony Red with two bonus tracks which will extend the bands reach even further

The band has enjoyed an ever growing fan base has headlined and sold out marquee venues such as New York City’s Gramercy Theater, Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza.

KILLCODE is at the top of their game and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.

KILLCODE – Anthems for Outlaws!

The Beckoning on Progstravaganza compilation

The Beckoning

“The Beckoning” is an Extreme Progressive/Gothic Metal band from Edmonton,Alberta,Canada that fuses the aggression of Extreme Metal with the majestic ambience of Gothic music and the eccentricity and odd song structures of progressive Rock/Metal.Founded by Meghann and Roy Turple and joined together with guitarist/bassist Eldon Loewen, the trio combine their influences together in a songwriting formula that is both unorthodox and organic.

Originally started as a Gothic/Doom Metal band “The Beckoning” has evolved into a more progressive unit,leaving behind the more straight ahead approach that was heard on their earlier releases.Merging influences from 70′s Prog Rock such as Rush,Pink Floyd and early Genesis with a myriad of Extreme Metal bands and Goth Rock/Metal acts such as Saviour Machine and Virgin Black the trio feel like they have found their stride and a sound that most adequately expresses their musical aspirations.

The band looks forward to releasing “Megiddo” – the upcoming album tentatively set for release in late 2014 which promises to deliver their love for all things raw,extreme,and progressive.

Road Not Taken on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Road Not Taken

Road Not Taken was founded in 2011 by guitarist and singer Chris Weinhardt and drummer Benjamin Lindner in Eichwalde, Germany (a small city close to Berlin). Playing together for over 10 years in several bands of various genres it was easy to close to line-up with bass player Florian Valentin and the second vocalist Nico Hentschel.

The music consists of many different parts and has more than once been described as soundtrack-esque by listeners. A mixture between classic Metal and fast modern Progressive styles is essential in almost every song. Odd time instrumental parts intertwine with catchy vocal lines and melodies.

Road Not Taken performed in various German cities as well as in Prague for a special metal show case. The debut album “From Now On To Nowhere” was released in 2013 and will be succeeded by the follow-up EP “The Broken Clock” in spring 2014. The EP contains a more diverse vocal range with the addition of growls and screaming.






JOFRO-HEMA is a band on the danish rock scene. The instrumentation: Vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.
The lead singer is the Faroese “Fro”, whereas the others are from Denmark. All of the band members have many years of experience in rock music.

JOFRO-HEMA has these past few years written and rehearsed all new songs and are now ready to play them for the public.

JOFRO-HEMA plays progressive rock with many influences. These influesces come from all the members because they all participate in the creativite process of making music in the rehearsal studio.

JOFRO-HEMA is not affraid to challenge the audience with its compositions that “change direction” and surprise with untraditional rythms and chord lines.

JOFRO-HEMA is a pronounced live band that vil create great dynamics and big sound on the stage.

Jason Rubenstein on Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Jason Rubenstein

Jason Rubenstein has been writing and producing music since 1995. His latest release, “New Metal From Old Boxes” is a return to his progressive-rock roots with a loud, heavy, energetic and modern suite of instrumentals that evoke King Crimson, ELP, NiN, and classical music.

Written, performed and produced by Jason, it is a change in style from his previous mixed-genre CDs. “I love progressive rock.”, Jason said, “I grew up on it, and I was in a prog-rock band in the 80s, back when prog really was not cool. Recently, I needed to hear new music that carries forward the heavier, 20th-century-classical progressive-rock sound. It was a challenge; nothing felt quite right to me. For “New Metal From Old Boxes”, I just wrote what I felt, and used a limited set of classic textures: piano, Hammond B3, huge drums, Oberheim and Moog synthesizers, and bass & guitar.”

“New Metal From Old Boxes” features classic, loud rock production and a movie-like tension-filled soundtrack vibe. Imagine if King Crimson, ELP, NiN, Wendy Carlos, and Philip Glass got together to score the soundtrack for a heist movie.

Jason Rubenstein’s music has been heard on National Public Radio, NBC Television,, and in the film “Replicant”. In 2000, he was featured in an EQ magazine article “Adventures in Sound Design”, and his sound design was used in ABC’s television series “Lost”. In March of 2014, Jason released an EP of tracks titled “This is Not a Love Letter”.

“New Metal from Old Boxes” is his sixth release.

Celluloid Winter on Progstravaganza progressive rock compilation

Celluloid Winter

Celluloid Winter is a two-man project that began nearly 3 years ago around early 2011. Inspired by a multitude of artists such as Pink Floyd, Blackfield and NIN, Celluloid Winter’s Nate Hammer and John Garcia dabble in melodic, progressive and art rock.

Fueled by dreamlike images and stories, Celluloid Winter’s first EP is a sample of a near completed concept album. Currently pressing forward with a full  album, Garcia and Hammer write, perform, record and mix everything in their home  studios (mastering done by Kent Verderico at Blue Ribbon Studios). Eager to share their music and stories, Celluloid Winter continues to work on a full length album aiming to release it alongside corresponding imagery and videos 2014.