Sunday, May 20, 2012

La Desooorden "El Andarín"

Country: Chile
Sub GenreJazz-Rock/Fusion
Release date: May 20, 2012
1. Clave Anfibia (1:07)
2. Campante Andarín (3:00)
3. Viento De La Llanura (0:15)
4. Puerto Allende La Pampa (5:28)
5. Las Alturas Reflejan Los Aires (5:55)
6. Sueños De Carnaval (3:57)
7. Iniciación En La Selva (1:42)
8. Ayahuasca (3:23)
9. Sombras Y Fuego (0:22)
10. El Rescate De Mí Mismo (3:50)
11. Las Armas Y Las Guaguas (5:53)
12. Llegando A Los Llanos (2:31)
13. Escape De La Favela (5:54)
14. Preámbulo De Lluvias (2:41)
15. El Perro Que Me Guía Alegre (7:15)
16. Mi Jardín Interno (3:19)

- Alfonso Banda Mayor / electric & e-bow guitars
- Fernando Altamirano Barria / vocals
- Francisco Martín Subercaseaux / bass, trompe, didgeridoo, berimbau
- Henry Vélix Matus / trumpet arrangements
- Karsten Contreras Kusch / vocals, pifilka, caxixi, claves, cowbell, waterstick, matraca, samba whistle, didgeridoo, zampoña, flute
- Peter Pfeiffer Jakob / tenor, baritone & soprano saxophones, quena
- Rodrigo González Mera / drums, percussion

- Benjamín Ruz / violin
- Cristopher Hernández / trumpet
- Alejandra Zolezzi / backing vocals (13)
- Francisca Martín / moaning chant (11)
- Josefina Banda / moaning chant (11)

From Chile comes another long time great progressive band that has announced this will be their last recording as a band... The music on this CD is exotic, varietal, jazzy, vibrant, intelligent, and powerful... I love the equal spoonfuls of avant garde, jazz fusion, ethnic, native, and rock that they stir the pot with... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and I dream of this band deciding to get back together.
Read the whole review at prognaut.com 
Also read review at dprp.net


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Emisferi Paralleli "Il Giardino delle Delizie"

Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Release date: May 18, 2012
  1. Il terzo giorno 3:05 
  2. Metastabilità 5:09 
  3. La creazione di Eva 9:45 
  4. Dialoghi a tre voci 2:23 
  5. La Danza della Lussuria 6:40 
  6. Fragile Sfera 2:36 
  7. La legge del contrappasso 6:27 
  8. Inferno Musicale 7:49 
  9. Congiunzione Astrale 4:52 
  10. Congiunzione Astrale (strumentale) 4:56
Andrea Benedetti: Voice
Alessandro Esposito: Voice, keyboards, oboe
Fabrizio Felici: Guitar
Luca Arcangeli Conti: Bass
Alessio Silvioli: Drums

Their songs show influences from seventies Italian Rock progressive sound (PFM, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Biglietto per l'Inferno, Osanna) and more recent progressive metal/symphonic sonority (Symphony X, Dream Theater, Angra).
Emisferi Paralleli's project is also linked to the progressive rock experience by the research that they are carrying-out in order to join together different arts: music, painting and literature as universal ways of human expression. Rock and art are melted together in their first concept album in which the five musicians paint, through notes and rhytm, emotions and sensation inspired by the famous paint "Garden delights" of the Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch (dated 1503-1504). Their musical and visual trip will drive you within the different sections of this fabulous paint.
Entire album online


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

W.O.F "Search the Truth"

Country: Switzerland
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, AOR
Label: Galileo Records (GR031)
Release date: May 16, 2012
1. Beginning of the end
2. World of freedom
3. I've woken up at last
4. Nothingness
5. Search the truth
6. Just a dream
7. Moment of doubt
8. Like a shadow
9. I shall never understand
10. Aria
11. Concerto pour hautbois (fa mineur)

Olivier Guenat (ex-Metamorphosis) - Vocals and lead guitar
Steve Rumo - Keyboards and piano
Frederic Charmillot - drums
Thierry Guillod - bass
Dany Martin - Ryhm guitar

Hailing from Switzerland, W.O.F. which is short for World Of Freedom, is the brainchild of Olivier Guenat... Musically W.O.F. mix a lot of styles; from classical music to progressive rock and from French chansons to pop music, but always with the emphasis on the guitar ...  Some parts are heavy and bombastic with a gothic edge; others are much lighter and more concentrated on the guitar and some are classical...
Read the whole review at backgroundmagazine.nl 


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Adeia "Hourglass"

Country: Netherlands
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Experimental, Avant Prog, Classical
Release date: May 9, 2012 (digital),  June 3, 2013 (CD, Layered Reality Productions)
1. Cordyceps
2. Providence
3. Hourglass
4. Filling the Void
5. Inheritance

Laura ten Voorde - Violin, Vocals,
Ruben van Kruistum - Cello,
Franc Timmerman - Lead vocals, Grunts and Growls,
Wabe Wieringa - Guitar,
Christiaan Bruin - Drums,
Dennis Burgemeester - Bass,
Laurens Hoppe - Keys

First conceived by classical violinist Laura ten Voorde when straight-up classical music was not doing it for her, Adeia melds elements of classical music with progressive metal. You have got to love a band that sandwiches Opeth in between Rachmaninoff and Simon & Garfunkel in their influences list.
A line from their own bio says it best: “They created a sound comprised of classical melodies, progressive rock elements and a nice dose of heavy grunts, growls and guitars.” The first few minutes of “Cordyceps” had me wondering how this album had made its way to me; it was all violin and piano and clean, light vocals. Then at about 2:14 everything changed. Suddenly the guitars started getting heavier and the vocals were much more rock-oriented. Ok, now we were getting somewhere. By 3:23 the vocals went harsh and I became very interested.
It seriously sounds like they took some classical music, some Pink Floyd and some Opeth and threw it in a blender. I suppose given the current state of Opeth this does not sound like an unusual thing, but these are three very distinct sounds that are all cohabitating in the same space at the same time, as opposed to evolving over a span of years like the Opeth sound. Mixing all these elements is not a new concept in metal music, but somehow Adeia manage to make it seem unique. (George Washburn at metaldisciple.com)
Also read review at soundoftheunderworld.blogspot.co.uk

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

La Finca de Laurento "Fuerza"

Country: Argentina
Sub GenreJazz-Rock/Fusion
Release date: May 3, 2012
  1. Intro
  2. Lejos
  3. Aljibe
  4. Urbe 
  5. Libélulas 
  6. Naranjas de Ciudad
  7. Ritual
  8. Súcubo 
  9. Programa Mundo
  10. Trabajo Duro 
  11. Cerca
- Juan Ignacio Clavell - keyboards, piano, synthesizer, vocals
- Facundo Rodriguez Sabia - vocals, flute
- Martin Lapidus - electric guitar, vocals
- Fede Isasti - drums
- Hernan Cassibba - bass

Fuerza is the second album by this quintet of notable musicians who perform music influenced by Gentle Giant, Focus, PFM and King Crimson, with addition of elements from such genres as tango, folklore and even hip-hop. This boldness makes Fuerza a work worth of paying attention to, in which meticulous work arrangements and instrumental combination of keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and flute gets powerful and lyrical moments. 
Entire album online
Also free mp3 download at artist's web page

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2112 "El Maravilloso Circo De Los Hermanos Lombardi"

Country: Argentina
Sub Genre: Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
Label: Bola Loma Records
Release date: May 1, 2012
1. Los Hermanos Lombardi (7:43)
2. Doble Tiempo Alternado (4:02)
3. Marea Sepia (4:37)
4. Capitán Beatty (3:56)
5. Mi Río (3:07)
6. Mi Desierto (3:48)
7. El Montañes (4:40)
8. Ingeniero Marconi (4:14)
9. Caída Atmosférica (4:20)
10. Canción Del Espacio Para Cantar Con Amigos (7:21)
11. La Amenaza De La Estrellita Negra (4:06)
12. Christine Watkins (4:55)

Sergio Moscatelli / drums
Juan Tambussi / guitars
Gabriel Costa / bass & backing vocals
Germán Ivaldi / lead vocals

The band name gives more than one hint that the band is influenced by Rush. Not by the album of the same name, though. We are talking progressive hard rock and that Rush anno their two first albums. The Spanish & far better vocals than Geddy Lee's vocals kind of mask the similarities. The rest of the band is very tight and powerful. 2112 consists of bass, guitars and drums. No synths. Just a lot of clever use of power in the songs. The guitar riffs is very clever though and in the Alex Lifeson vein. This and the drums most of all brings Rush into the picture. The sound too is great.
Read the whole review at thesoundoffightingcats.blogspot.com




Trewa "Many Meetings on a Blithe Journey"

Country: Italy
Sub GenreProg Folk
Release date: May 1, 2012
01. La Danse De Finistere (ft. Rakish Paddy)
02. Matty Groves
03. Hops
04. Once I Had A Sweetheart
05. Jade Fountain
06. Harimannersturm
07. John Barleycorn
08. Hom Selvadic
09. Blithe Our Journey
10. The Enchantment And The Moon
11. Aelfgifu's Heritage
12. Wedding Dress
13. The Chorus

- Luca Briccola (Guitars, Bass, Percussion, Flutes, Vocals, Keyboards & Orchestration)
- Marco Carenzio (Vocals, Harp & Acoustic Guitars)
- Filippo Pedretto (Violin & Backing Vocals)
- Mirko Soncini (Drum & Backing Vocals)
- Joseph Galvan (Bass)
- Serena Bossi (Vocals)

- Melissa Milani (Pipe on "Home Selvadic")
- Pauline Fazzioli(Harp on "La Dance De Finistere" & "Harimannersturm")
- Rossana Monico (Harp on "Matty Groves", "Once I Had A Sweetheart" & "Blithe Our Journey")
- Veronica Marelli (Cello on "Enchantment And The Moon")
- Alberico Giussani (Violin on "Enchantment And The Moon")
- Auro Perego (Violin on "Enchantment And The Moon")

Old medieval folk songs rearranged in a progressive rock style.
Luca Briccola's other band is Mogador.
6 songs online

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