For our regular Future Is Now column we profile the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos.
SOUNDS LIKE: Rush and Dream Theater discussing philosophy with Jeff Buckley in an art gallery.
FOR FANS OF: Karnivool, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Worldwide plaudits for their lush, deeply melodic prog have followed this Brisbane quintet since the release of their second album, 2013's The Tide, the Thief & River's End, leading to an international signing and two European tours with the likes of Opeth and Anathema. Exploring the origins of artistic creativity through a combination of cerebral storytelling, melody and intricate riffing, their elaborate latest release, In Contact, touched base with the ARIA albums chart and was followed by a sold out national tour in October.
THEY SAY: "We play energetic, melodic and powerful progressive rock," explains vocalist Jim Grey. "If you say 'progressive metal' or 'progressive rock' to somebody, they tend to have an idea of what that sounds like, but I think we're definitely on the melodic side of progressive metal. The monicker we end up going with is 'progressive alternative rock'. It has complexity within it, but that's not what we set out to do. If it has complexity, it should be clandestine. That should be what you get when you dig a little deeper. What we try to focus on is writing things that are memorable and communicate well with people, and tell stories that affect people in a certain way."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Epic eight-minute rollercoaster "Dream the Dead".