Wednesday, October 27, 2021

HiPoKaMP projekt "Futurocklogia"

Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Oskar - OSKAR1125CD (CD)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2021 (digital) 
1. Coda (0:41) 
2. Triolet (5:42) 
3. Valse Triste (5:37) 
4. Gołębie (8:34) 
5. Futurocklogia (5:32) 
6. Miłość (5:51) 
7. W Ścieżkach Orlich... (10:44) 
8. Nie Wiem, Czy Ręka Ślepca... (5:22) 
9. Owady (Ćma, Gąsienica) (3:40) 
10. Cmentarz Polny / Piątką Przez Kraków (14:22) 

Total Time 66:05 

Maciej Zamczała - guitar, bass
Łukasz Oliwkowski - percussion
Zbigniew Florek (Quidam) - keyboards
Beata Kawka - recitation of poems
Jacek Zasada (Quidam) - flute

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Various Artists "Animals Reimagined – A Tribute To Pink Floyd"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Hard Rock
LabelCleopatra Records - CLO2573CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 19, 2021
1. Pigs On A Wing 1
2. Dogs
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones) 
4. Sheep
5. Pigs On A Wing 2

Nick van Eede (Cutting Crew), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) (1)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Kasim Sulton (Utopia), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) (2)
James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Al Di Meola, Joe Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult), Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra) (3)
Arthur Brown, Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jan Akkerman (Focus), David J. (Bauhaus), Carmine Appice (Cactus/Vanilla Fudge) (4)
Jon Davison (Yes), Albert Lee, Billy Sherwood (Yes) (5)


6:33 "Feary Tales For Strange Lullabies: The Dome"

Country: France
Genre(s): Eclectic Rock/Pop, Electronica
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: October 1, 2021 (CD, digital), October 25, 2021 (vinyl)
1. Wacky Worms (3:54) 
2. Holy Golden Boner (5:11) 
3. Prime Focus (6:07) 
4. Party Inc. (6:31) 
5. Hot Damn Chicas (4:49) 
6. Rabbit In The Hat (5:59) 
7. Release The He-Shes (5:40) 
8. Downtown Flavour (1:31) 
9. Flesh Cemetery (4:01) 
10. Act Like An Animal (3:51) 
11. Hangover (5:36) 

Total Time 53:10

Florent Charlet : Vocals
Bénédicte Pellerin : Female Vocals
Nicolas Pascal : Guitars, Keyboard programming and Vocals
Emmanuel Rousseau : Keyboard and Drum programming
Sylvain Mazeau : Bass
Richard Dubois Matra : Keyboards
Jiu : Double bass (8,9,11)
Darkim Lain and Marjolaine Asin: Additional Vocals (5)

Partially quoting my friend and co-‘Progspacer’ Dario, on his most recent interview with singer and lyricist Florent Charlet, in this album “…there’s funk, swing, hip hop and RNB. There’s Pop, there’s a soundtrack and some waltzy kinds of stuff and circus stuff, even ska. Gospel, church organ, (tubular?) bells, 80’s synth-wave, brass band, and an orchestra!… you name it!” – Yes! all of it and more! Can I call it a prog album? A progmetal album? It is all that, yes, yet so much more!
Read the full review at theprogspace.com

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Molybaron "The Mutiny"

Country: Ireland/France
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 21, 2021
1. Animals (5:23) 
2. Lucifer (3:23) 
3. Amongst The Boys And The Dead Flowers (4:14) 
4. Prosperity Gospel (4:15) 
5. The Lighthouse (4:37) 
6. Slave To The Algorithm (4:51) 
7. Something For The Pain (4:09) 
8. The Hand That Feeds You (4:10) 
9. Twenty Four Hours (4:54) 
10. Ordinary Madness (4:44) 

Total Time 44:40

Gary Kelly - vocals, guitar
Steven Andre - guitar
Sebastian-de-Saint-Angel - bass
Camille Greneron - drums
Whitfield Crane - vocals (9) 

In defining their musical style, I would single out Alterbridge as the band closest to Molybaron. The style of both bands presents difficulty in identifying their primary genre. They are both largely categorised as prog metal. MOLYBARON are also often referred to as groove metal or atmospheric metal. ... Central to both bands is their melody, their guitar style and complex guitar arrangements.
Read 2 reviews by Chris Rafferty and Andy Read at dprp.net


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Monday, October 25, 2021

Мистер Робот "Робот, который видел сны" / Mister Robot "Robot Dreams"

Country: Russia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 25, 2021
1. Sleep (Inside A Dream) (1:20) 
2. Awakening (7:54) 
3. Return (11:27) 
4. Eternal Procession (5:02) 
5. Landscape To Order (9:19) 
6. A Bedtime Story (2:43) 
7. Falling Asleep (Legendary Pink - CEAE) (3:04) 

Total Time 40:49

Aleksei Ruzakin - all instruments and vocals



This Winter Machine "Kites"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 29, 2021
1. Le Jour D’avant (1:40) 
2. The Storm (Part 1) (5:37) 
3. The Storm (Part 2) (4:37) 
4. Limited (2:00) 
5. Pleasure & Purpose (6:35) 
6. This Heart’s Alive (6:31) 
7. Whirlpool (2:17) 
8. Broken (4:58) 
9. Sometimes (4:05) 
10. Kites (7:19) 

Total Time 45:39

Al Winter – Vocals
Dave Close – Bass, Vocals
Simon D’Vali – Guitar, Vocals
Dom Bennison – Guitar, Vocals
Alan Wilson – Drums
Pat Sanders (Drifting Sun) – Keyboards (1-7)
Mark Numan – Keyboards (8)
Reuben Jones – Keyboards (9, 10)
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Cyan) – Vocals (9)
Mark Abrahams  (Wishbone Ash) – Guitar Solo (2)
Eric Bouillette Perso (Nine Skies, The Room) – Violin Solo (9)

Kites makes an immediate impression, but more importantly it grows and develops further with repeated listens. Better sequenced than A Tower of Clocks, and more diverse than The Man Who Never Was, Kites sees a revitalised band successfully walking the line between maintaining their signature sound, but also not being afraid to develop as musicians and try out new things. It is evolution rather than revolution and it will hopefully both consolidate their existing fanbase and draw in new listeners in the months to come. 
Read the full review by David Edwards at theprogressiveaspect.net


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Big Big Train "Welcome To The Planet"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: English Electric -  EERCD0029 (CD), Plane Groovy - PLG105(vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 28, 2022
Part One
1. Made From Sunshine
2. The Connection Plan
3. Lanterna
4. Capitoline Venus
5. A Room With No Ceiling

 Part Two
6. Proper Jack Froster
7. Bats In The Belfry
8. Oak And Stone
9. Welcome To The Planet

David Longdon – Lead Vocals
Greg Spawton – Bass
Nick D’Virgilio – Drums, Vocals
Rikard Sjoblim - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Carly Bryant - Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Foster – Guitars
Clare Lindley – Violin, Vocals

As with Common Ground, Welcome To The Planet sees Big Big Train retain their progressive roots, but also take influence from all spheres of music. The album’s opener Made From Sunshine, co-written by guitarist Dave Foster and singer David Longdon, has guitar lines redolent of Johnny Marr and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Finn Brothers/Crowded House, with violinist Clare Lindley sharing lead vocals with Longdon.
Elsewhere on the album, keyboard player Carly Bryant gets her first Big Big Train writing credit and lead vocal on the captivating title track. The two recent singles The Connection Plan and Lanterna are included along with a winter themed song, Proper Jack Froster, a bittersweet tale of childhood. The album is completed by the delicate acoustic Capitoline Venus, the beautiful Oak And Stone, and a pair of dazzling instrumentals, A Room With No Ceiling and Bats In The Belfry, written by guitarist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom and drummer Nick D’Virgilio, respectively.

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