Prospectors is not a band that's easy to pigeonhole—and that's not only due to their genre-spanning sound, but also because the twisted, intricate progressive metal of their upcoming debut full-length Proven Lands feels impossible to confine to any container that exists in three-dimensional space. Beyond energetic and at times capriciously inventive, the atypical riffs packed into the record seem to shift into planes beyond our reckoning, like they're executing impossible intervals in nonsensical time signatures. There's possibly no better example than this than the track "Obsidious Veins," which we're premiering below: whirling riffs unravel unpredictably into jaw-shattering chasms of sound, only to wind right back up into high gear again. The constantly building anxiety and tension on the track is exacerbated by the clever interplay between bass, guitar, and drum rhythms, and you'll almost need to divide up your consciousness to grasp what's going on -- hear for yourself now.

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The Dutch duo behind the band, Michiel van der Werff and Matthias Ruijgrok, are seasoned black metal musicians, but with Prospectors they've set out to do something a little different: while some vestiges of black metal linger here, the atmosphere of the record has a completely different tone. Blast beats and tremolo melodies play their parts where needed, but Proven Lands rarely lingers in a genre space long enough for it to take hold, pushing each motif to its breaking point in the name of experimentation. Black metal musicians moving into progressive music is nothing new, but Proven Lands' instrumental offering thrums with startling vibrancy: the ambition and fervor behind this is definitely noteworthy.

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Proven Lands releases November 12th via the band's Bandcamp page.