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Friday, January 18, 2019

Ed Wynne "Shimmer into Nature"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
Label: Kscope - KSCOPE627/ KSCOPE1004
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Glass Staircase (8:02)
2. Travel Dust (8:32)
3. Oddplonk (8:06)
4. Shim (7:49)
5. Wherble (10:21)

Total Time 42:50

Line-up
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Drum Programming, Synths, Bass & Acoustic Fretless Bass 
Tom Brooks - Bubbles
Paul Hankin & Neil Longhurst - Percussion
Natan Mantis - Blip Flippery
Silas Neptune - Nature Sounds

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2018
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Andrew Colyer: Keyboards

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Zeitgeist

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Roine Stolt's The Flower King "Manifesto Of An Alchemist"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Rainsong
2. Lost America
3. Ze Pawns
4. High Road
5. Rio Grande
6. Next to a Hurricane
7. The Alchemist
8. Baby Angels
9. Six Thirty Wake-Up
10. The Spell of Money

Line-up
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, The Sea Within, Kaipa)
Jones (aka Jonas) Reingold (Karmakanic, Agents of Mercy, Kaipa, An Endless Sporadic)
Hans "Hasse" Fröberg
Michael Stolt
   With:
Marco Minnemann (The Sea Within, The Mute Gods, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson)
Max Lorentz (Kaipa da Capo)
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic)
Rob Townsend (Family, Steve Hackett)
Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents of Mercy, Steve Hackett)

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In The Woods... "Cease The Day"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive/Avant/Doom/Black Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions - DMP0166
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 23, 2018
Tracklist
01. Empty Streets
02. Substance Vortex
03. Respect My Solitude
04. Cloud Seeder
05. Still Yearning
06. Strike Up With The Dawn
07. Transcending Yesterdays
08. Cease The Day

Line-up
James Fogarty - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys
Bernt Sørensen - Guitars
Anders Kobro - Drums
   With
Kåre Sletteberg - Lead Guitar (2), Acoustic Guitar

Description/Reviews
Continuing to refine and perfect their sound while ever expanding it in new directions, “Cease the Day” is a powerful and kaleidoscopic effort. A thunderous undercurrent of melodic riffing drives these songs forward, elements of doom, death, and progressive metal all coming together to form a cohesive whole.

Chilling ambience, psychedelia, avant-garde, and deep soaring vocals ebb and flow to craft a unique sound that truly must be heard to be believed, all before crushing the listener with the band’s most extreme moments since their debut “Heart of the Ages”.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Tangent "Proxy"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 16, 2018
Tracklist:
  1. Proxy
  2. The Melting Andalusian Skies
  3. A Case of Misplaced Optimism
  4. The Adulthood Lie
  5. Supper’s Off
  6. Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” (bonus track)
Line-up
Andy Tillison (Parallel or 90 Degrees) – Vocals, Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
   With
Göran Edman (Karmakanic, Malmsteen) - Vocals

Description/Reviews
‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass - influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.
But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly "Friendship"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label:  InsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 9, 2018
Tracklist
1.- Ghost of Vanity
2.- Friendship
3.- They Fade
4.- A Treehouse in a Glade
5.- Stone Cold
6.- If You Fall, Pt. 2
7.- Crown of Leaves
8.- Slow Dancer (Bonus Track)
9.- Past Generation (Bonus Track)
10.- Friendship (Utopian Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Rikard Sjöblom (Beardfish, BBT): Vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass
Petter Diamant: Drums
Rasmus Diamant: Bass (1, 5, 7, 9)
David Zackrisson: Guitar (6, 7)

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Lalle Larsson Trio "Ashen Lights"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz, Fusion, Classical
Label: Reingold Records
Format: CD
Release date: November 9, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Uriel's Moon
  2. Last Venus
  3. Ashen Lights
  4. Highland Sky
  5. Aurora's Dance
  6. Contemporary Past
  7. Meadows
  8. Tunnels within Tunnels
  9. Interstellar
  10. Homeland
Line-up
Lalle Larsson - Acoustic & Electric Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Flower Kings, The Sea Within) - Fretless & Acoustic bass
Walle Wahlgren (Cam, Agents of Mercy) - Drums

Description/Reviews
On this album Larsson is focusing on creating moods and soundscapes, expressing himself through improvisation, often over extended forms of moving chords and textures.
On 'Ashen Lights' Lalle unfolds his own blend of Jazz, contemporary classical music, and 70´s Fusion. Fans of Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and Allan Holdsworth should not miss out on this hot Electric Jazz release.
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