Monday, April 8, 2024

Môr "The Wisdom of Simple Things"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 4, 2024
1. Night Light (6:36) 
2. The Wisdom Of Simple Things (4:05) 
3. Room For Another (5:59) 
4. Circles (3:43) 
5. Out Of Place (6:26) 
6. Rivers (5:26) 
7. Interior Man (4:06) 
8. The Fortunate Ones (3:40) 
9. First Here (3:51) 
10. Hymn To The Ordinary (7:26) 
11. Downstream (3:08) 

Total Time 54:26

Ramlee Oak - Lyrics, Vocals, Bass, Drums
Chris Matthews - Guitars, Mixing, Music, Production
Peter Rand - Guitars, Keyboards, Music



Sunday, April 7, 2024

Cymbalic Encounters "Eclipsis"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Release date: April 5, 2024
1. The Penumbra Shadow (3:41) 
2. Echo, Delta, Charlie (3:48) 
3. At The Drop Of The Bowler Hat (4:43) 
4. Afterlife Theme Park (5:08) 
5. Eclipsis (2:52) 
6. Futuristic Skylines (4:14) 
7. Electromagnetic Interference (3:17) 
8. Chinatown (5:45) 
9. Disruption Of The Order (4:24) 
10. The Nectar Of Immortality (4:28) 

Total Time 42:20

Mark Murdock (Masheen Messiah, The ID, The New Empire) - drums, synthesizers, fretless bass synth
Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner, Dreaming In Stereo) - guitar (1, 3)
Dave Sturt (Gong) - fretless bass (1, 7)
Joe Berger - lead guitar (8, 9, 10)
Tim Pepper (The ID) - vocal (6)
Charles Lambiase - fretless bass (8, 9 & 10)
Daniel Kubota - guitar (4) 

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Elephant9 "Mythical River"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon - RCD2235
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 19, 2024
1. Solitude in Limbo #2
2. Mythical River
3. Party Among the Stars
4. Chamber of Silence
5. Heading for Desolate Wastelands
6. Star Cluster Detective
7. Cavern of the Red Lion
8. Solitude in Limbo #1

Ståle Storløkken - keyboards
Nikolai Hængsle (Needlepoint) - bass
Torstein Lofthus - drums, percussion

Recorded and mixed by Mattias Glavå

Their previous album Arrival of The New Elders presented a more varied and reflective trio, still as groovy as ever, but more structured and less jam oriented... We´re delighted to confirm that Mythical River is moulded much in the same way and a natural follow-up, with six stellar new compositions by keyboard maestro Ståle Storløkken, bookended by two cosmic snippets. From the hypnotic and magical to the razor sharp and polyrhythmic, this is yet another very strong group effort from a trio on top of their game. Comparisons have been made with bands dating as far back as the sixties, but with Arrival of The New Elders and Mythical River Elephant9 appear as a thoroughly contemporary, timeless and even futuristic sounding band.

Mythical River


Friday, March 29, 2024

Present "this is NOT the end"

Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Avant Prog
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2024
1. Contre (7:53)
2. this is NOT the end / Part 2 (25:19)
3. this Is NOT the end / Part 1 (12:11)

Roger Trigaux (Univers Zero) – keyboard, vocal, composition
François Mignot – guitar
Pierre Chevalier – piano, keyboards, vocal
Dave Kerman (5UU's, U Totem) – percussion
Keith Macksoud – bass
Kurt Budé – sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Liesbeth Lambrecht – violin
Udi Koomran – sound

Recorded by Udi Koomran at Studio Simonnes, Rhode-Saint-Genèse, Belgium.
Violins recorded by David Minjauw at Studio Simonnes, Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium.
Pianos recorded at Raphaël Terlinden's home studio, Brussels, Belgium.
Mixed and mastered by Udi Koomran and Pierre Chevalier, at the Pergola, Holon, Israel.

Present's music is a striking blend of heavy rock with classical and zeuhl influences. The compositions, all penned by Trigaux, utilize repetition, complex counterpoint, intricate interplay between the instruments, rapidly shifting time signatures, and a strong instrumental attack. The final result is blindingly precise works of syncopated instruments, all seemingly coming from different angles but ultimately working together as a cohesive whole.


Friday, March 22, 2024

For All We Know "By Design Or By Disaster"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelConstruction Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 22, 2024
1. Forced To Be Free (5:18) 
2. Lifeline (5:50) 
3. This Hell We Know (6:23) 
4. The Future That Came Too Soon (7:05) 
5. All We Did Was Hide (4:36) 
6. Hush (2:14) 
7. Remind Me To Forget You (5:34) 
8. Flaws (7:39) 
9. Guide Me In Getting Lost (4:36) 
10. Ghosts Of Summer's Past (4:30) 
11. Goodbye (4:21) 

Total Time 58:06 

Wudstik (Ayreon) - Vocals/Screams
Léo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) - Drums, Backing vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) - Bass, Backing vocals
Marco Kuypers - Piano
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation, Anneke van Giersbergen) - Guitars, Backing vocals & additional keys/programming

Compared to the first two albums, 'By Design Or By Disaster' takes the listener to even more extremes, from beautiful atmospheric strings to pounding rhythms and guitars. However, Jolie continued to search for melodies and harmonies that one might not immediately expect. The music still does not conform to conventional norms. For the attentive listener, there are once again some 'easter eggs' hidden; melodies from previous albums that have found their way onto this new record but in a different form. This makes the first two albums, together with this record, a kind of triptych. The same applies to the artwork.
'By Design Or By Disaster' is not a concept album, but there is certainly a common thread in terms of the lyrics. They revolve around the journey of a young man navigating through life, building and losing relationships along the way, such as with his parents, loved ones, and later, his children. It's as if he is constantly looking in the mirror. Hence the three characters on the album cover; it's the same person but in different phases of his life. The two adults are blindfolded by the blue ribbons, symbolizing our preconceptions and the obscuration of vision. Because, whether we like it or not, we can get stuck in how we (think we) are. On the other hand, the baby is still free from judgment and completely open to life. For now…


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Clan Aldo Pinelli "Nordiska Vatten"

Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Lizard Records (CD)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2024 (CD), March 28, 2024 (digital)
1. Volando con el Dragón (3:24) 
2. Nordic Waters (14:48) 
3. Eolofonía (2:08) 
4. Juegos de Azar, Partes 1, 2, 3, 4 y 5 (6:01) 
5. Estudio 6 (1:32) 
6. Báltico (New Mix) (3:42) 
7. Una Voz Ritual (5:20) 
8. To Open (1:33) 
9. Medarp Alilui (6:38) 

Total Time 45:06 

Aldo Pinelli (Habitat): guitars, bass, keyboards
Paula Dolcera: flute, cello
Silvia Pratolongo: percussion
Roberto Sambrizzi (Habitat): drums
Carlos Bignani : additional keyboards

All songs written by Aldo Pinelli
Produced by Lizard Records and Aldo Pinelli.
Music composed in my artistic residency at VICC (Visby International Center for Composers) in Sweden. In addition, the album contains other compositions previously created in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Recorded at VICC (Visby, Sweden) and Melania Studio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) by AP (+ some drums and cello recorded at La Naranja Studio by Lapo Gessaghi and flute recorded at 2.21 Studio by Ale Belmonte)
Editing, Mixing and Mastering at Melania by AP

Cover image by Oscar Bitz (1993)
Design by Roberto Menecón
Track 4 (parts 3, 4 and 5) originally published on Superposed Shrouds and Tapestries, 2009
Track 6 originally released on Rainy Season, 2012.

The Nordic landscape becomes a source of inspiration for ethnic features and other more electric progressive rock moments, including orchestral sections.
Entirely instrumental this album differs from Aldo's previous works by less Medieval and Celtic influences and thus less use of flute. Here Aldo prefers new age-progressive sounds for which he finds affinities with the more imaginative Mike Oldfield.

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Yobrepus "Rhizome Revolution - Part 1"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD,digital,vinyl
Release date: March 22, 2024
1. Stay Cool (5:08) 
2. The Enabler (9:01) 
3. Protozoa (2:13) 
4. Holy Motors (5:59) 
5. Firestorm (7:37) 
6. Jupiter (4:42) 

Total Time 34:40

Mats Jørgen Sivertsen – vocals, keys, guitars and loops
Vegard Weyergang Vartdal – vocals, bass, guitar, synth and saxophone
Øyvind Rognerud – guitar, synth and rhodes
Paal Urdal – drums

Madeleine Ossum - First violins 
Lotte Hellstrøm Hestad - Second violins 
Heidi Johnstad Arnesen - Violas 
Ingeborg Skomedal Torvanger - Cellos  
Kjetil Jerve - Piano (5)
Jon Arild Stieng - Guitar solo (6)
Leon Muraglia - Additional synths, loops and guitars

All songs written and produced by Mats Jørgen Sivertsen.
Recorded by Nick Terry at Black Valley Studios in Oslo, May 2022, except strings and piano, which were recorded by Jørgen Smådal Larsen at Studio Paradiso in Oslo, March 2023.

Mixed by Nick Terry and mastered by Morten Lund.
Cover illustrations by Ted Parsons and sleeve design by Aktuba Ink.

Through the two albums, listeners are presented with fragments of personal stories, in no apparent order, each offering distinct perspectives on the revolutionary events. In this first part, a group of rebels prepare for violence while the rich and powerful get ready to up-load their consciousness to the cloud. Later, murderous AI drones roam the streets and a high ranking official gets tried for a genocide. And still someone finds room to sing a song about love? 
While the moods are less melancholy than they were on Mycelium Days, the stylistic range is still as wide as ever. Genre-wise the albums traverse everything from aggressive alt-rock, to wistful folk, 60s-inspired prog and dark, 90s-tinged electronica.


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Saturday, March 16, 2024


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Lucifer Was "En Fix Ferdig Mann"

Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog, Hard Rock
Label: Apollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 15, 2024
1. Frå Fyrste Dag (4:54) 
2. Ein Fix Ferdig Mann (3:09) 
3. Krig I Opne Landskap (6:05) 
4. Ei Gåte (5:13) 
5. Når Natta Kjem Og Tek Meg (2:48) 
6. Eg Vil Ha Det Eg Vil Ha (3:09) 
7. Snømann I Sol (6:18) 
8. Aftenbøn Til Dauden (5:28) 
9. Kunsten å Gjere Ingenting (6:33) 

Total Time 43:37

Jon Ruder - Vocals
Thore Engen - Guitar
Andreas Sjo Engen (Pymlico) - Guitar, backing vocals
Arne Martinussen - Organ, piano
Bjørn Malmåsen - Bass
Arild Brøter - Drums

Plus various guest musicians including a choir

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Marcin Pajak "In The Space"

Country: Poland/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 15, 2024
1. No More Time (5:06) 
2. Building The Rocket (4:33) 
3. Liftoff (4:02) 
4. Gravity (6:42) 
5. Space Travel (10:38) 
6. Emptiness (4:40) 
7. Kuiper Belt (5:35) 
8. Thick Clouds (6:57) 
9. Towards The Unknown (4:27) 
10. Last Chance (6:12) 
11. New Beginning (5:04) 

Total Time 63:56

Marcin Pajak - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Piotr Sitkowski - Keyboards and Synthesizers
Wiktor Świerczek - Saxophone
Tomasz Zawadzki - Bass
Nicholas Schlesinger - Drums

Recorded and engineered by Marcin Pajak
Mixed and mastered by Magda and Robert Srzedniccy, Seracos Studio
Cover by Natalia Jonderko Śmiechowicz in N Station Studio

The album that consists of eleven tracks in progressive rock style will take us for over one-hour journey into space where the main character constructs the spaceship and goes for a long, exhausting journey to find the new home for all the humanity. From the opening to the very end, every song on the album tells a single, unbreakable story, complete with all the highs and lows the main character experienced.