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Friday, March 1, 2019

Queensrÿche "The Verdict"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCentury Media

FormatCD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: March 1, 2018
Tracklist
1. Blood of the Levant (3:27)
2. Man The Machine (3:50)
3. Light-years (4:09)
4. Inside Out (4:31)
5. Propaganda Fashion (3:36)
6. Dark Reverie (4:23)
7. Bent (5:59)
8. Inner Unrest (3:50)
9. Launder the Conscience (5:15)
10. Portrait (5:16)

Line-up
Todd LaTorre - Lead Vocals
Michael Wilton - Guitar
Eddie Jackson - Bass
Scott Rockenfield - Drums
Parker Lundgren - Guitar

Media/Samples 
Man The Machine

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dream Theater "Distance Over Time"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Untethered Angel (6:14)
2. Paralyzed (4:17)
3. Fall Into The Light (7:04)
4. Barstool Warrior (6:43)
5. Room 137 (4:23)
6. S2N (6:21)
7. At Wit's End (9:20)
8. Out Of Reach (4:04)
9. Pale Blue Dot (8:25)
10. Viper King (4:00) (Bonus Track)

Total Time: 60:51

Line-up
James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars
Michael Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Untethered Angel

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Skylake "In Orbit"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Label: FREIA Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 14, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Storm   
2. Haste   
3. Prisoner   
4. Smooth Skin / War Within   
5. Vicious   
6. Crossroads   
7. Luna

Line-up
Suzan van den Engel - lead vocals, harp
Bart Laan - guitars, additional vocals
Arjan Laan - drums
Charlie Feld - bass guitar
    With
Felix Kessels - violin & viola (3)

Description/Reviews
The album is musically informed by bands such as Karnivool, Tesseract, Anathema and Porcupine Tree, though mostly featuring their own sound. It alters between atmospheric, melodic and rhythmic styles, and varies in its intensity from calmer acoustic and ambient sections to more guitar-heavy pieces.
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Bandcamp

Friday, February 1, 2019

Soen "Lotus"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Silver Lining Music
Format: digital, CD, vinyl
Release date: February 01, 2019
Tracklist
1. Opponent
2. Lascivious
3. Martyrs
4. Lotus
5. Covenant
6. Penance
7. River
8. Rival
9. Lunacy

Line-up
Joel Ekelöf - vocals
Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth) - drums, percussion
Stefan Stenberg - bass
Lars Åhlund - keyboards
Cody Ford - guitars

Description/Reviews
Lotus is an album defined by its contrasts. On the one hand, the record has a metal core. The riffing is massive, with an overdriven guitar tone that strongly differentiates it from Lykaia, while drums and bass drive the songs forward. These moments can be straightforward Soen tracks like “Opponent,” but there are moments like a hat-tip to death metal riffing in “Rival” or a proggy ‘awkward headbanging moment’ in “Covenant” that mark Soen as a band with a metal heart. ...
Lotus is also a haunting, fragile album. The album’s softer tracks are no less intense than the heavy material and evoke the work of Pink Floyd (“Lotus”) or Steven Wilson (doing Pink Floyd [“River”]).
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Martyrs
Rival

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kinetic Element "The Face of Life"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 2019
Tracklist
1) Epistle
2) All OpenEyes
3) The Face of Life
4) Last Words

Line-up
Mike Visaggio - keyboards
Michael Murray - drums
Mark Tupko - bass
Saint John Coleman - vocals
Peter Matuchniak (Gekko Project, Bomber Goggles) - guitars

Media/Samples 
Epistle
All Open Eyes
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mono "Nowhere Now Here"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label: Pelagic Records (EU), Temporary Residence (NA, Asia)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. God Bless
2. After You Comes the Flood
3. Breathe
4. Nowhere, Now Here
5. Far and Further
6. Sorrow
7. Parting
8. Meet Us Where the Night Ends
9. Funeral Song
10. Vanishing, Vanishing Maybe

Line-up
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - guitar
Tamaki - bass, vocal (3)
Yoda - guitar
Dahm Majuri Cipolla - drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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The Neal Morse Band "The Great Adventure"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Metal Blade Records, Radiant Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
Act I:

    Chapter 1 (12:50)
1. Overture
2. The Dream Isn’t Over

    Chapter 2 (23:48)
3. Welcome To The World
4. A Momentary Change
5. Dark Melody
6. I Got To Run
7. To The River

      Chapter 3 (17:59)
8.   The Great Adventure
9.   Venture In Black
10. Hey Ho Let’s Go
11. Beyond The Borders

Act II:

    Chapter 4 (18:13)
1. Overture 2
2. Long Ago
3. The Dream Continues
4. Fighting With Destiny
5. Vanity Fair

      Chapter 5 (30:57)
6.   Welcome To The World 2
7.   The Element Of Fear
8.   Child Of Wonder
9.   The Great Despair
10. Freedom Calling
11. A Love That Never Dies

Line-up
Neal Morse: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Portnoy: Drums, Vocals
Randy George: Bass
Eric Gillette: Guitar, Vocals
Bill Hubauer: Keyboards, Vocals

Media/Samples 
Welcome To The World

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