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Friday, January 31, 2020

Marco Bernard & Kimmo Pörsti "Gulliver"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Seacrest Oy ‎- SCR-1023
Format: CD
Release date: January 2020
Tracklist
1. Overture XI (7:42)
2. Lilliput Suite (17:53)
3. The Giants (8:42)
4. The Land of the Fools (14:30)
5. Gulliver's Fourth Travel (10:17)
6. Finale (3:11)

Total Time 62:19

Line-up
Marco Bernard (The Samurai Of Prog): Rickenbacker and Shuker basses
Kimmo Pörsti (The Samurai Of Prog, Mist Season): drums and percussion
    With:
Andrea Pavoni (Greenwall): keyboards
Kari Riihimäki: guitars
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, UPF): sax
Oliviero Lacagnina (Latte e Miele): keyboards
Marco Vincini (RoverArt): vocals
Ruben Álvarez: electric guitar
Rafael Pacha: acoustic and classical guitars, recorders
Marc Papeghin: French horn and trumpet
Olli Jaakkola (Paidarion): flute
Tsuboy Akihisa: violin
Mimmo Ferri: keyboards
Carmine Capasso: guitars
Alessandro Di Benedetti (Mad Crayon, Inner Prospekt): keyboards
Daniel Fäldt (Simon Says): vocals
Federico Tetti (Mad Crayon): guitars
Massimo Sposaro: guitars
Luca Scherani (La Coscienza di Zeno): keyboards
Stefano Galifi (Museo Rosenbach, Il Tempio delle Clessidre): vocals
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurai Of Prog, UPF): vocals, violin
Marcella Arganese: guitars
Alessandro Lamuraglia (Il Trono Dei Ricordi): keyboards

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Traverser "Jupiter Doesn't Care About You"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 13, 2019
Tracklist
1. Star Faux
2. Target Practice
3. Collapse
4. Amalthea
5. Jupiter Doesn't Care About You
6. No More Sea
7. Seeds
8. Metis
9. The Nerve
10. Fractures
11. Semper Gurges
12. Departure

Line-up
David Medairos - guitars, vocals
David Shaw - drums
Jon Shaffer - guitars, vocals
Rick Garitta - bass

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Flaming Row "The Pure Shine"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD 
Release date: December 10, 2019
Tracklist
1. A Tower In The Clouds
2. The Last Living Member
   I. A Mystical Structure
   II. Roland Of Gilead
   III. Maerlyn's Rainbow
3. Jake's Destiny
   I. The Painted Pictures
   II. Relentless Pursuit
   III. 1919 Midworld
4. The Sorcerer
   I. Evil Forces Of The Dark Side
   II. Distracting Illusions
   III. Arra
5. The Final Attempt
6. The Gunslinger's Creed
   I. Roland's Revenge
   II. The Sorcerer – Reign Of Darkness
   III. The Secret Place Of No Return
   IV. Our Savior

Line-up
Martin Schnella: guitars, vocals
Niklas Kahl: drums
Marek Arnold: keyboards, saxophone
Melanie Mau: vocals
     With:
Glynn Morgan (Threshold)
Johan Hallgren (Pain Of Salvation): vocals
Alexander Weyland (Traumhaus): vocals
Ossy Pfeiffer (Ignore The Sign): vocals
Siobhán Kennedy (Iontach): vocals
Mathias Ruck: vocals
Jimmy Keegan (Spocks Beard, Pattern Seeking Animals): drums
Dave Meros (Spock's Beard): bass
Lars Lehmann (Ignore The Sign): bass
Jens Kommnick (Iontach): Celtic instruments
Eric Brenton (Neal Morse): violin, viola
Nathan Brenton (Neal Morse): cello & orchestration
José Pepe Jimenez (Carlos Santana): percussion
Fabian Gödecke (Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella): percussion

Description/Reviews
A Progressive Rock Opera by Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella based on the novel „The Dark Tower“ by Stephen King. „The Pure Shine“ will be released as double CD including an instrumental mix of the whole album.
Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Fen "The Dead Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions - PRO 277
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 6, 2019
Tracklist
1. Witness
2. The Dead Light Part 1
3. The Dead Light Part 2
4. Nebula
5. Labyrinthine Echoes
6. Breath of Void
7. Exsanguination
8. Rendered in Onyx

Line-up
The Watcher - vocals, guitar
Havenless - drums
Frank "Grungyn" Allain - bass, vocals

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (from release date)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Steve Katsikas "Hidden Village"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 3, 2019
Tracklist
1) America
2) Life is a Movie
3) Solitary
4) Authors and Architects
5) Across the Universe
6) Sleep is for Longer Days
7) Fall
8) Shoulders
9) My Song Goes On
10) Gunner’s Dream
11) The Clock Restarts

Line-up
Steve Katsikas (Little Atlas, Greyfeather) - Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar (2, 5, 8, 11), Saxophone (3), Guitar (6, 10), Percussion (9), Piano (11)
   With
Roy Strattman (Little Atlas) - Guitars (1, 3, 5, 6, 10)
Ricardo Bigai (Little Atlas) - Bass (3, 5, 6, 10)
Mark Whobrey (Little Atlas) - Drums (3, 6, 8), Lead Guitar (10)
Diego Pocovi  (Little Atlas) - Drums (5, 10)
Allen Needham - Electric Guitars (8)
Karsten Nelson - Bass & Guitars (2, 9)
Justin Shaw - Drums (2, 9)
Myra Kean - Violin (10)
Travis Carlisle - Cello (10)
Jeff Hodges (Man On Fire) - Keyboards & Drums (11)
Allie Summers - Violin (3, 4), Cello (4)
Luis Nasser (Sonus Umbra, Kurgan's Bane, Might Could) - Bass (1)
Eric Sands (Man On Fire) - Guitar and Bass (11)
Gary Swiontek  - Bass (7)
Dan Katsikas - Drums (7)
Kirk Whitehouse  - Bass (8)
John Lieto - Trombone (1)
Jeff Gard - Drums (1)

Description/Reviews
The name “Hidden Village” reflects the unbelievable contributions of 20 unique musicians, friends from a threaded journey that has taken me from city to city, genre to genre, band to band, and life event to life event.  The “village” is the community of musicians that made this album possible. Some tracks were tunes that just didn’t quite fit Little Atlas, but the bandmates  long history together created a sense of comfort and confidence that perfectly led to their contributions.
Media/Samples 
America
Solitary

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Walking Across Jupiter "Sane"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 3, 2019
Tracklist
1. Nerve
2. Trust
3. Struggle in Vain
4. Bravery
5. The Last Day
6. Stalwart
7. Thoughtful
8. Uninvited Guests
9. Scarification/Induration (Instrumental)
10. Secret World (Pt. 1)
11. Secret World (Pt. 2)

Line-up
Alexander Valitov – guitars
Anton Mrezhin - drums
Vyacheslav Shirshov - bass
   With
Maliander - voice

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
The Last Day

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Forstenet "Ephemeros: Virvar"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ephemeros
2. Afmagtskvad
3. Intet Bilver
4. Falkse Var
5. Udyrddelsesonket
6. Dissonans I
7. Dissonans II
8. Skonhed Blant Kolossale Masser Af Gra
9. Urskov
10. Virvar

Line-up
Lauritz Andersen - Guitar, Vocals
Emil Deleuran Poulsen - Drums
Lasse Sølling Madsen - Guitar
Morten Gustav Eide - Bass
Troels Mathiesen  - Keys, Organ, Trombone

Description/Reviews
Overall, it was difficult to categorize this album. Prog Rock? Prog Metal? Maybe, but with a tone of different influences that went into it. The vocals varied from all over the place as well. At its core, it is Dark, Gothic inspired Progressive Music that has that distinct Danish feeling to it. You know what I’m talking about. The darkness and mystery are enough to keep any listener interested so I definitely recommend giving his your time.
Read the full review by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at metal-temple.com

Media/Samples 
Afmagskvad / Intet Bliver

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