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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: Winter 2017
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
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

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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Friday, February 24, 2017

IT "We're All In This Together"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
01 Power
02 Born Into Debt
03 The Working Man
04 Last Chance
05 Gamble The Dream
06 Voices
07 The Path of Least Resistance
08 House
09 Down The Hatch
10 Revolution

Line-up
Nick Jackson - Vocals, Guitar
Andy Rowberry - Guitar
Will Chism - Drums
James Hawkins - Bass
Ryan McCaffrey - Keyboards

Media/Samples 
Revolution

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Tim Bowness "Lost In The Ghost Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelInsideOut
Formatvinyl, CD
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Worlds Of Yesterday (5:41)
2. Moonshot Manchild (8:58)
3. Kill The Pain That's Killing You (3:44)
4. Nowhere Good To Go (4:46)
5. You'll Be The Silence (9:01)
6. Lost In The Ghost Light (1:40)
7. You Wanted To Be Seen (5:32)
8. Distant Summers (4:06)

Total time 43:28

Line-up
Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool): Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synths and Rhythm Programming (6)
Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool): Keyboards, Additional Guitars (1, 2, 4, 5)
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief): Guitars (1, 3, 5, 7, 8), Backing Vocals (1)
Hux Nettermalm (Paatos): Drums (1, 2, 5)
Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum): Drums (3, 4, 7, 8)
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree): Electric, Fretless and Acoustic Bass Guitars
    With:
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull): Flute (8)
Steve Bingham (No-Man): Violin (7, 8)
Charlotte Dowding: Violin Ensemble (3, 4, 5)
Andrew Keeling: String Arrangements (3, 4, 5), Flute (3, 4, 5), Acoustic Guitars (4)
David Rhodes: Guitar (3)
The ‘unknown’ Pete Smith: Rickenbacker Bass (7)
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel): Flute (1, 6), Waterphone (6)

Description/Reviews
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to the wistful climax of Distant Summers, via the thrilling rage of Kill The Pain That’s Killing You and the orchestral expanse of You’ll Be The Silence, the album features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness’s most musically ambitious work to date.

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Blackfield "V"


Country: Israel/UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
LabelKscope
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. A Drop In The Ocean (1:23)
2. Family Man (3:37)
3. How Was Your Ride? (3:58)
4. We’ll Never Be Apart (2:54)
5. Sorrys (2:58)
6. Life Is An Ocean (3:26)
7. Lately (3:24)
8. October (3:31)
9. The Jackal (3:56)
10. Salt Water (2:39)
11. Undercover Heart (4:02)
12. Lonely Soul (3:42)
13. From 44 To 48 (4:31)

Total time 44:01

Line-up
Aviv Geffen - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Steven Wilson - vocals, guitar, keyboards
   With
Tomer Z - drums
Eran Mitelman - keyboards
London Session Orchestra - strings

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Knight Area "Heaven and Beyond"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Butler Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 10, 2016
Tracklist
1. Unbroken
2. Dreamworld
3. The Reaper
4. Twins of Sins
5. Box of Toys
6. Starlight
7. Heaven & Beyond
8. Saviors and Sinners
9. Eternal Light
10. Tree of Life
11. Memories

Line-up
Mark Smit - lead vocals, keyboard
Gerben Klazinga - keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Bogert - guitar
Pieter van Hoorn - drums, backing vocals
Peter Vink - bass

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Disperse "Forward"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Stay 
  2. Surrender 
  3. Bubbles
  4. Tomorrow 
  5. Tether 
  6. Sleeping Ivy
  7. Does It Matter How Far? 
  8. Foreword
  9. Neon 
  10. Gabriel 
  11. Kites
Line-up
Rafał Biernacki - vocals, keyboards
Jakub Żytecki - guitars
Bartosz Wilk - bass
Mike Malyan - drums

Description/Reviews
DISPERSE manage to make complexity appear easy and add an incredible lightness to cascading syncopated breaks, odd-time signatures and all the tools of the trade that are considered as essentials for progressive music. 'Foreword' is the logical step further from previous opus 'Living Mirrors', which witnessed the hopefuls injecting fresh momentum into the progressive genre. Elements of such giants such as PINK FLOYD, DREAM THEATER, and CYNIC were playfully incorporated, whirled around, and fused with other ingredients raging from Metal to Jazz into a new exciting sound.
Media/Samples 
Stay

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Soen "Lykaia"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Alternative Progressive/Post Metal
Label: UDR
Format: digital, CD, vinyl
Release date: February 01, 2017
Tracklist
01. Sectarian
02. Orison
03. Lucidity
04. Opal
05. Jinn
06. Sister
07. Stray
08. Paragon
09. Gods Acre
10. Vitriol

Line-up
Joel Ekelöf - vocals
Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth) - drums and percussion
Stefan Stenberg - bass
Lars Åhlund - organ and rhodes
Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt, Evergrey, Astrakhan) - guitars


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Stewart Bell "The Antechamber Of Being (Part 2) - Stories From The Antechamber"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January / February 2017
Tracklist
Early Days Suite -
1 - A Word, A Name
2 - Rude Awakening
3 - W.I.L.D
4 - First Awareness
5 - Time Dilation
   i - Stretched Piano
   ii - She Never Was
      (a) First Entanglement
      (b) - 81181
6 - Intervention
   i - Sleep Paralysis
   ii - Visitation 1
   iii - Tipulidae Saves The Day
   iv - Visitation 2
7 - The Probability Of Improbability
   i - Purpose
     (a) The Experience of Purpose
     (b) The Purpose of Experience
     (c) Tat Tvam Asi
     (d) Universal Awakening
   ii - Nothing (reprise)
8  - The Cupboard Of Fear (Chewing your Tongue in Cheek mix) - Bonus Track
   i - The Bogeyman
   ii - The First Lesson
   iii - First Awareness
   iv - The Second Lesson
   v - Lucidity

Line-up
Stewart Bell (Citizen Cain) - vocals, instruments
   With
Phil Allen (Citizen Cain) -  vocals, instruments
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) - vocals
Simone Rossetti (The Watch) - vocals
Bekah Mhairi Comrie - vocals

Description/Reviews
In this second part of Stewart Bell's epic trilogy of concept albums we are once again taken on a journey through the inner realms alongside the main character, The Dreamer and his mentor, The Teacher. Taking place during the same time period as The Antechamber Of Being Part 1 the story follows the main characters as they continue to explore the amazing experiences made possible through lucid dreaming; the weird phenomena inherent with this type of conscious exploration of one's mind; the questions that arise through encounters with seemingly independent dream beings and; the realisations and conclusions that are ultimately reached after a lifetime of dreaming awake.
Media/Samples 
Promo

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Mike Oldfield "Return To Ommadawn"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelVirgin EMI
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Return To Ommadawn (Pt.1) (21:10)
2. Return To Ommadawn (Pt.2) (20:57)

Total Time 42:07

Line-up
Mike Oldfield - acoustic, classical, 12-string & electric guitars, acoustic & electric basses, mandolin, harp, bouzouki, banjo, grand piano, spinet, Farfisa organ, ARP 2600 & Solina synths, bodhran, glockenspiel, accordion (6), assorted percussions (marimba, gong, tubular bells)

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Teaser

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Pain of Salvation "In the Passing Light of Day"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 13, 2017
Tracklist
 1. On A Tuesday (10:22)
2. Tongue Of God (4:53)
3. Meaningless (4:47)
4. Silent Gold (3:23)
5. Full Throttle Tribe (9:05)
6. Reasons (4:45)
7. Angels Of Broken Things (6:24)
8. The Taming Of A Beast (6:33)
9. If This Is The End (6:03)
10. The Passing Light Of Day (15:31)

Total time 71:46

Line-up
Daniel Gildenlöw – lead vocals, lead guitar
Ragnar Zolberg – lead guitar, lead vocals
Léo Margarit – drums, vocals
Daniel Karlsson – keyboards, vocals
Gustaf Hielm – bass, vocals

Description/Reviews
The band have crafted an album that sees them returning to their much praised heavier sound, featuring the syncopated rhythms, glorious melodies, and intensely personal themes that Pain of Salvation fans have long loved about the band.
Inextricably linked to the near fatal illness that band-leader Daniel Gildenlöw spent much of the first half of 2014 recovering from, the album is an altogether darker and more impassioned journey. Taking the hospital bed as a narrative hub, the lyrical and musical themes touch on all the conflicting feelings that run through a person’s mind when presented with the prospect of death and the passing of life.
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Teaser
Meaningless 

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