Why skimpy edition? The careful observer will notice there are only 2 reviews this week, which happens to be less than 3. If you have mad deduction skills you will assume that this is because progstreaming didn’t have an update last week, so we had a hard time finding some albums we wanted to review. This would be a correct assumption. I promise it had nothing to do with Markus Cueva’s new struggle to keep all of his free time from slipping into the serious relationship vortex.

inFictions – Maps of Revenge and Forgiveness

By Tyson Nordgren

inFictions were spat into existence by an angry space lizard and are now inside your spines. Thus was the band’s creation in their own words. With their album “Maps of Revenge and Forgiveness,” their mix of pretentiousness, moving melodies, and fairly ambient prog/post rock is surprisingly good. Especially if you need to zone out for a while, or want some really nice background music whilst working. The music easily envelopes the mind, and carries it to the lofty pretentious clouds (you know the ones I mean), where the band members’ faces can be seen. This isn’t the best example of this style, but it stands on its own two (or more) legs well enough. I really enjoyed this, but I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff.

Darxtar – Aged to Perfection

By Matt DiGiordano

Swedish space-rockers Darxtar’s seventh album, aged to perfection, delivers accessible rock tunes that will certainly please those who are not terribly concerned with the goal of ambitiousness. Overall, the collection of songs come off as a mix of light elements of Hawkwind with touches of Pink Floyd and a strong dash pyschedelic rock. Expect lots of fuzz guitars and little blips of spacey synths, and lots of jamming over repeated basslines, as exhibited by the track “Tired Nature” as well as some really beautiful mellow chord progressions drifting about with nice soloing like on “In a Time.” Out of all the songs, “Fiska Pa Grasmattan” was one of the few that really caught my attention by the way that it really takes the time to create some lush ambient space textures and not feel like it has to get anywhere fast. While there’s some great moments on the record, I feel like it lacks a sense of uniqueness. Most everything you hear on “Aged to Perfection” has been done time and time again, and what lacks here is doing it better than other bands in order to stand out.