Monday, December 31, 2018

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2018
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)

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
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

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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Friday, May 25, 2018

Subsignal "La Muerta"

Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelGentle Art of Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 25, 2018
  1. 271 Days 
  2. La Muerta 
  3. The Bells of Lyonesse 
  4. Every Able Hand 
  5. Teardrops Will Dry in Source of Origin 
  6. The Approaches 
  7. Even Though the Stars Don't Shine 
  8. The Passage 
  9. When All the Trains Are Sleeping 
  10. As Birds on Pinions Free 
  11. Some Kind of Drowning 
Markus Steffen (Sieges Even) - guitars
Arno Menses (Sieges Even) - vocals
Ralf Schwager (Dreamscape) - bass
Markus Maichel - keyboards
Dirk Brand (Axxis, Geoff Downes & John Wetton) - drums
Marjana Semkina (Iamthemorning) - vocals (11)

 In contrary to ‘The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime’, there are no conceptual connections or themes on ‘La Muerta’. ‘La Muerta’ is a clear counterpoint to the 2015 album. In addition to two shorter instrumental tracks, ‘La Muerta’also contains a very calm and emotinal piece entitled ‘Some Kind of Drowning’, which is mainly carried by a piano. In addition, this song features Russian singer Marjana Semkina as duo partner of Arno Menses. 
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Gazpacho "Soyuz"

Country: Norway
Genre(s)Art Rock, Progressive Rock
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 18, 2018
1. Soyuz One (6:22)
2. Hypomania (3:44)
3. Exit Suite (3:40)
4. Emperor Bespoke (7:49)
5. Sky Burial (4:24)
6. Fleeting Things (4:24)
7. Soyuz Out (13:26)
8. Rappaccini (4:08)

Total Time 47:57

Jan Henrik Ohme - Vocals
Thomas Alexander Andersen - Keyboards
Jon Arne Vilbo - Guitars
Mikael Krømer - Violin and Mandolin
Kristian "Fido" Torp - Bass
Lars Erik Asp - Drums and percussion

The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.
Soyuz One

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Friday, April 27, 2018

God Is An Astronaut "Epitaph"

Country: Ireland
Genre(s)Post Rock
Label: Napalm Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 27, 2018
1. Epitaph
2. Mortal Coil
3. Winter Dusk/Awakening
4. Seance Room
5. Komorebi
6. Medea
7. Oisín

Torsten Kinsella - Guitars, Piano, Synths, Vox
Niels Kinsella - Bass
Lloyd Hanney - Drums
Jimmy Scanlon - Additional Guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Jamie Dean - Additional Piano/Keys (1, 2, 3)
Brian Harris - Additional Guitar (2)

The opening title track ‘Epitaph’ sets the album`s mood. There is pain and loss at work here, but not pain and loss that are given in to. Sparse piano motifs face energetic rhythms, shimmering guitar coatings, and eruptions of dense fury breathe life into a journey of melancholic longing: there is the release experienced when a troubled existence ends in ‘Mortal Coil‘ followed by the sombre foreshadowing that is ‘Winter Dusk/Awakening‘.
The album changes direction slightly with ‘Seánce Room’ and the music on this highway is taking you someplace meaningful and special – someplace where near and far blur and stars weep over tragedies.
Finally, the beautiful and hypnotic piece of music that is the album-closing ‘Oisín’ is in memory of Torsten and Niels' 7-year-old cousin who was tragically taken from this world. It distils into four minutes all the pain, sadness and longing felt by many over a much-longer timeframe. A fitting end to an album that will move you deeply and call out to you to be revisited many times. 
Bandcamp (from the release date)

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Friday, April 20, 2018

TesseracT "Sonder"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 20, 2018 
1. Luminary
2. King
3. Orbital
4. Juno
5. Beneath My Skin / Mirror Image
6. Smile
7. The Arrow

Total Time 36:24

Acle Kahney - Guitars
Dan Tompkins - Vocals
Jay Postones - Drums
James Monteith - Guitar
Amos Williams - Bass


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Frequency Drift “Letters to Maro”

Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGentle Art Of Music (GAOM 056)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 13, 2018
01. Dear Maro
02. Underground
03. Electricity
04. Neon
05. Deprivation
06. Izanami
07. Nine
08. Escalator
09. Sleep Paralysis
10. Who’s Master
11. Ghosts When It Rains

Irini Alexia: vocals
Andreas Hack: keys, synths, guitar, bass, mandolin
Nerissa Schwarz: electric harp, mellotron, synths
Wolfgang Ostermann: drums, wavedrum
Michael Bauer: guitar (1, 10)

Through detailed compositions, enthusiastic melodies and, last but not least, dimensions of sound that are as complex as they are experimental Frequency Drift create enthralling Cinematic Music on their new album Letters to Maro. In the minds of listeners the music creates fascinating sequences of images about loss, forgetting and healing all by means of the mere energy of the sounds.
Letters to Maro’s predecessor Last was still strongly imprinted by heavy guitars. On the new record, though, the Bayreuth-based band put the focus on rhythmic sophistication innovation in the field of sound design to deliver even more vital imagery for the imagination of people. In this context, however, the typically catchy vocal arrangements create a remarkable degree of accessibility, which is impressive, particularly when considering that complexity accounts for a considerable degree of Frequency Drift’s artistic output – now even more than in the past.
In order to continue the practice of creating a very unique sound for every album the band has deepened its intense use of tight arrangements and unconventional instruments: once again the electronic harp is at the center of the compositions, in particular. That way the group leaves the heavy guitar sound of Last behind and displays a much more transparent and electronic approach on Letters to Maro. That is how the songs receive the room to breathe they need, so they can unfold their inherent melancholy and lightness with highly-precise clarity. Frequency Drift has never been rhythmically more versatile, never have the songs contained more energy or heart.
The implementation of the lyrical aspect of the concept was conducted by new addition and singer Irini Alexia. She not only uses her emotional eloquence in her voice but also in her writing style. The songs were conceived as loosely connected stand-alone letters in which Irini tells the story of a person that has to come to the realization that even returning to the metropolis of his youth, hedonism and the pursuit of normality cannot obliterate all the ghosts of loss. It would have been easy to get fully immersed in melancholia, but despite the enormous emotionality of the songs: in many places subtle winks provide them with moments of lightness and comfort. (Gentle Art Of Music)


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Friday, April 6, 2018

Kamelot "The Shadow Theory"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelNapalm Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 6, 2018
1. The Mission
2. Phanto Divine (Shadow Empire)
3. RavenLight
4. Amnesiac
5. Burns To Embrace
6. In Twilight Hours
7. Kevlar Skin
8. Static
9. MindFall Remedy
10. Stories Unheard
11. Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)
12. The Proud and The Broken
13. Ministrium (Shadow Key)

Tommy Karevik: Vocals
Thomas Youngblood: Guitars
Sean Tibbetts: Bass
Oliver Palotai: Keyboards
Casey Grillo: Drums
Lauren Hart (Once Human)
Jennifer Haben (Beyond The Black)
Sascha Paeth


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