Prog has become one of the biggest sub-genres of heavy music in the country over the last few years.
Here are five bands you cannot miss at 2019 Progfest in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane later this month, which is headlined by Germany's legendary post-metal act The Ocean, the UK's djent-groove metal pioneers Monuments and India's finest progressive rock export Skyharbor.
Melbourne prog powerhouse Circles. Their combination of mind-bending, pounding rhythms and rumbling basslines set against butter-melting vocals and razor-edge guitar tones put them at the forefront of the evolution of global heavy music.
With the recent release of 'The Last One' and several major international performances, 2018 has been one hell of a ride for the quartet.
Perth progressive metal lynchpins, Chaos Divine have a plethora of industry accolades and a touring pedigree a mile long.
Leading audiences through a journey of uncompromising arrangements, crushing riffs and soaring melodies, these enigmatic musicians have created a realm of sound and style matched by few and admired by many.
Hailing from Auckland and armed with lush cinematic soundscapes that are deep on emotion but filled to the brim with hooks, City Of Souls are truly captivating.
A true NZ supergroup with members of multi-platinum selling NZ acts, the time is now for Australian fans to discover this incredible band.
One of the most original, commanding and versatile young guitarists on the scene today is James Norbert Ivanyi.
His unique style of technical, modern metal fused with the classic sounds of 1960s and 1970s progressive rock music have seen his fan base transcend generations and genres.
Boasting maturity beyond their years and earning a reputation as a must-see live act with their modern take on late '90s progressive pop laced with sensuality, Sydney’s Glass Ocean are one of Australia's most prominent up and coming acts.
ProgFest 2019 Shows
Sat 26 Jan - The Croxton Bandroom
The Ocean Monuments Skyharbor Circles Chaos Divine City Of Souls Toehider James Norbert Ivanyi Glass Ocean Opus Of A Machine Bear The Mammoth Transience Muchroom Giant Figures Khan Ebonivory The Valley Ends Red Lotus M0DAL1TY Neo Relic
Sun 27 Jan - The Factory Theatre
The Ocean Monuments Skyharbor Circles Chaos Divine City Of Souls Toehider James Norbert Ivanyi Glass Ocean Opus Of A Machine Lo! Hemina Red Bee Anubis SEIMS SNVFF Hashshashin Sevsons Shanghai Numidia
Mon 28 Jan - The Valley Drive In/The Brightside
The Ocean Monuments Skyharbor Circles Chaos Divine City Of Souls Toehider James Norbert Ivanyi Glass Ocean Opus Of A Machine Aerials Kodiak Empire Hazards Of Swimming Naked Magenta Voyeur Flynn Effect Mass Sky Raid Sum Of Us The Stranger Therein Seraphic