Since I first heard these guys a few months back I have been in love with their sound. Today they release ‘Kaleidoscope’ and it is my pick of the week for album releases. Make sure you take some time over the weekend to listen to something pretty special.

“As vibrant and immersive as its name suggests, the band’s sophomore album provides a stunning and satisfying cross-section of Progressive Metal, Djent and Funk genres punctuated with ambient passages to deliver a tasteful juxtaposition between darkness and the light. Poignant and reflective passages give way to powerful, personal proclamations of raw honesty and vulnerability in a sonic odyssey that deeply moves the listener with each composition. ‘Kaleidoscope’ highlights the remarkable diversity that is characteristic of its composers and delivers in earnest the vital message that lies at the heart of each and every track on this monumental musical work.” 

Vocalist Tom Frayne explains “The album can be best described as an audible manifesto of the harboured anxiety and anticipation for the future. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is an acknowledgment of change and of shifting paradigms, and frustration at those who would adapt too quickly or too slowly. Over nine unique tracks, The Stranger voice their fears and hopes over growing social isolation, climate change, and political rhetoric through an anthology of fantastic fiction and deeply personal odes to growth, change, and perseverance.”

Incorporating influences such as Opeth and Dream Theater, the band has forged a respected name for themselves in the Australian Metal Scene with their eclectic mix of progressive metal, djent & funk. Following a successful release of their highly acclaimed album ‘The Stranger’, the band shared stages with Australian and International Progressive Metal Powerhouses such as Caligula’s Horse, Voyager, Ne Obliviscaris, Monuments, and The Ocean; including festivals such as ProgFest and winning Brisbane’s Wacken Metal Battle. With the release of their much-anticipated sophomore album ‘Kaleidoscope’ Octane Records & Wild Thing Records, the band is set to make a mark on the Australian Heavy Music World and beyond! 

The Album ‘Kaleidoscope’ is available to order in both digital and physical (via Wild Thing Records) via

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