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Monday, September 30, 2013

Hawklords "Dream"


Country: UK
Sub GenreSpace Rock
Label: Shellshcok
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
01. Dream A Dream (7:32)
02. D.N.A (3:40)
03. Elemental Mind (4:38)
04. Nowhere Everywhere (4:46)
05. I.D. Man (2:51)
06. Nature's Dance (6:55)
07. Nature's Dance Coda (1:58)
08. White Rag (6:20)
09. Dead Air (2:52)
10. Psychic Eyes (7:00)

Line-up
Harvey Bainbridge (ex-Hawkwind) - synths & vocals
Jerry Richards (ex-Hawkwind) - guitar & vocals
Adrian Shaw (ex-Hawkwind) - bass & vocals
Ron Tree (ex-Hawkwind) - lead vocals & FX
Dave Pearce - drums

Description/Reviews
Much like its predecessor from last year it chugs along rather nicely, but now interspersed with a few “dreamier” mellow tracks scattered throughout the CD. For those who like this sort of head-on spacerock no matter which Hawkwind camp it is from, and crave more, go ahead and get it, you won’t be disappointed. I am not so sure Dream fulfills my Spacerock Destiny as any better than We Are One. I even find it slightly weaker than the first effort. Stand-out songs are the opener, Dream A Dream, and the track Elemental Mind which seems to borrow a lot melody-wise from Hawkwind’s song Hippy, the punky Nowhere Everywhere, and the progressive-psychedelic closer Psychic Eyes, which clocks in at 7 minutes. 
Read the full review by Christian Mumford at aural-innovations.com

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Taster

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The Oscillation "From Tomorrow"


Country: UK
Sub GenrePsychedelic
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
1. Corridor (Pt.1) (3:47)
2. Corridor (Pt.2) (3:39)
3. Descent (4:47)
4. No Place To Go (3:34)
5. From Tomorrow (4:21)
6. All You Want To Be (5:25)
7. Dreams Burn Down (3:22)
8. Chrome Cat (3:38)
9. Out Of Touch (7:03)

Line-up
Demian Castellanos - guitar, vocals
Valentina Magaletti  - drums
Tom Relleen - bass

Description/Reviews
The phrase used on the information listing in the reviews pool here at Echoes & Dust, described From Tomorrow by The Oscillation as sounding like “Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd”. Bloody hell, they weren’t half right. Well...... for the first track on the album ‘Corridor (Part One)’ at least anyway. With more than a passing nod (more like a hearty handshake and tongue kiss) to 'Interstellar Overdrive' from The Floyd, The Oscillation begin their journey through psychedelic rock in a comfortable fashion. 
Read the full review by John Sturm at echoesanddust.com

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Aeva "Origins Of Existence"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Metal/Fusion
Formatdigital
Release dateSeptember 29, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Origins of Existence 01:25
  2. Celestial Vitality 10:12
  3. Order of the Universe 01:30
  4. Astral Balance 07:09
  5. The Ascent of Life 07:50
  6. Reaching for the Stars 05:38
Line-up
Alexandre Maillé - Guitar
Carl Lacroix - Bass Guitar
Martin Plante - Drums

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Peculate "Fiscal Cliffs"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Avant Metal
Release dateSeptember 29, 2013
Tracklist
1. Cut! Cut! Cut! 04:40
2. Capital Credo 04:45
3. A (Privatized) Fugue 01:34
4. Arbeit Macht Frei 05:01
5. There's Money in Blood 04:20
6. An Ode to Sisyphus 01:02
7. Tighten Your Belt 04:50
8. Structural Adjustment 02:08

Line-up
Ben Norton

Description/Reviews
“Avant-garde experimentalist progressive metal”, and you immediately know what to prepare for. Often fast stochastic rhythms with technical licks, interspaced by chamber music or orchestral pieces (or jazz, fugue, etc.), all filled with crazy angry screams, or just plain mad vocal harmonies. 
Read the full review by Dæv Tremblay at canthisevenbecalledmusic.com

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Locus Amoenus "Clessidra"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateSeptember 28, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Tra la Mente e gli Infiniti Inverni dell'Anima (Preludio) 07:12
  2. Inverno 12:18
  3. Il Suono di Lei 10:48
  4. Lettera di Un Folle 11:33
  5. Amleto 06:57
  6. Anima 07:21
  7. I Segni del Mio Tempo 09:29
Line-up
Alessio Vito - vocals, guitar, flute
Raffaele Purgante - guitar
Antonio Di Filippo - saxes
Alessandro Ragano - bass
Mauro Cefalo - drums

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Soup "The Beauty Of Our Youth"


Country: Norway
Sub GenrePost Rock, Art Rock, Pop
LabelAspén
Release dateSeptember 27, 2013
Tracklist
1. The Spirit Lodge (6:21)
2. Our Common Ground (4:14)
3. This Place Is A Dream (3:43)
4. Transient Days (5:05)
5. Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend (6:41)
6. Loralyn (And The River Lady Within) (7:04)
7. Clandestine Eyes (8:14)
8. A Life Well Lived (7:32)

Line-up
Erlend Aastad Viken - Vocals, keyboards & samples
Ørjan Langnes - Guitars
Jan Tore Megård - Bass
Thomas Nyborg - Drums

Tonbruket "Nubium Swimtrip"


Country: Sweden
Sub Genre: Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelAct
Release dateSeptember 27, 2013
Tracklist
1. A Road (To Anders Burman) 5:10
2. Nightmusic 6:45
3. Little Bruk 5:13
4. Liga 7:12
5. Nubium Swimtrip 7:59
6. The Harmonist 4:51
7. Dukes and Wells 7:17
8. Arbat 5:56
9. Peace 4:07
10. Closing 3:36
11. Floatsome 3:33

Line-up
Johan Lindström - Guitars, Keyboards, Piano
Dan Berglund - Double Bass
Martin Hederos - Piano, Keyboards, Violin
Andreas Werliin - Drums, Percussion
  With
Magnus Holmström - Nyckelharpa (key fiddle) on Liga

Description/Reviews
With their third album Nubium Swimtrip, recorded at Abbey Road, Tonbruket reach dizzying new heights with a rich sonic soundscape that mixes the hypnotic textures and grooves of contemporary post-rock instrumentalism with elements from post-1970's prog and space rock, all within the framework of their own lyrical, positively tuneful compositions. Following the tragic loss of Esbjorn Svensson, Dan Berglund has been further guided by the spirit of the trio s innovative swansong recording Leuocyte released in 2008, but with a shift of emphasis towards the rock music he has always loved, with influences from his hard rock background as well as contemporary bands such as Radiohead and Sigur Rós. The dialogue between rock and jazz has not always been so tasteful, but Tonbrucket don't fall into the trap of indulging in flashy solos or any kind of speed-freak machismo. Quite the opposite. Theirs is a less is more approach, sticking closely to the essence of a composition's tone, melody and groove. 

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Closing

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Subsignal "Paraíso"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Progressive Rock
LabelZYX/Golden Core Records
Release date: September 27, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Time And Again
  2. Paraíso
  3. A New Reliance
  4. A Long Way Since The Earth Crashed
  5. The Stillness Beneath the Snow
  6. A Giant Leap of Faith
  7. The Blueprint of a Winter (feat. Marcela Bovio)
  8. A Heartbeat Away
  9. The Colossus That Bestrode The World
  10. Swimming Home
Line-up
Markus Steffen (ex-Sieges Even) - guitars, additional programming
Arno Menses (ex-Sieges Even) - vocals
David Bertok - keyboards
Ralf Schwager (ex-Dreamscape) - bass
Danilo Batdorf - drums
   With
Marcela Bovio

Friday, September 27, 2013

Siren's Legacy "The Kraken"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Symphonic Metal
LabelVinterSon
Release dateSeptember 27, 2013
Tracklist
1. Intro 02:44
2. Ghostship 05:07
3. Damned 04:22
4. Sacrificed 05:36
5. Last Farewell 05:30
6. Brotherhood 04:32
7. Phoenixflight 04:32
8. Sailors 05:23
9. The Fallen Knight 05:15
10. Magic of the Orient 04:56
11. Mistress Wind 05:12
12. On Dragonwings We Ride 03:58
13. The Kraken 07:16

Line-up
Jennifer Thomé - Vocals
Michael Firmont - Guitar
Stefan Zimmer - Bass
Tobias Hartmann - Drums

Media/Samples 
Ghostship
Sacrificed

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The Psychedelic Ensemble "The Tale of the Golden King"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateSeptember 27, 2013
Tracklist
01. Overture-Our Great Kingdom (7:23)
02. The Prophecy of the Seer-The Transformation of the King (6:02)
03. The Golden King (9:33)
04. Captive Days (4:11)
05. The Queen of Sorrow (8:22)
06. Save Yourself (6:09)
07. Make a Plan-Golden Swords (7:00)
08. The Battle (4:15)
09. Great Day (7:35)
10. Finale-Arise!-Great Kingdom (11:41)

Line-up
The Psychedelic Ensemble: guitars, synthesizers, organs, piano, mellotron, bass, drums, percussion, cigar box guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, lead and backing vocals
   With
Ann Caren: lead and backing vocals
The Psychedelic Ensemble Orchestra: conducted by Jonathan Roberts

Empty Days "Empty Days"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreAcoustic Progressive Rock
LabelAltrOck
Release date: September, 2013
Tracklist
01 Two views on flight
02 Ankoku                              
03 Words lurking
04 Kurai                                  
05 Flow my tears
06 Ananke                              
07 Running water
08 The ghosts of dawn          
09 In darkness let me dwell
10 A knife under the pillow    
11 Coming back home
12 Waiting for the crash        
13 A dark vanessa
14 This night wounds time

Line-up
Francesco Zago (Yugen, Zauss, Ske, Not a Good Sign) - guitars, mellotron, bass
Paolo «Ske» Botta (Yugen, Ske, Not a Good Sign) - keyboards
Jacopo Costa - vibes
Elaine Di Falco (Hughscore, Combat Astronomy, Thinking Plague) - vocals
Maurizio Fasoli (Yugen, Nichelodeon, Not a Good Sign) - piano
Bianca Fervidi (Not A Good Sign) - cello
Pat Moonchy - electric zen garden
Rachel O'Brien - vocals
Giuseppe A. Olivini (Yugen) - percussion

Description/Reviews
7 songs, 7 instrumental pieces. 7 vocal melodies hanging on a delicate acoustic texture, and 7 brief abstract scenes. With the collaboration of various Yugen’s members, Francesco Zago focuses on song form and lyrics, building around Elaine Di Falco’s unique voice a sonic thread made with acoustic and electric guitars, piano (Maurizio Fasoli), vibes (Jacopo Costa) percussions (Giuseppe Olivini) and thin layers of electronics (Paolo Botta, Pat Moonchy). Two famous pieces by John Dowland complete the cd, reminding the distant but crucial legacy of English songs from XVII century. A delicate collection, sometimes dark and forlorn, with an extreme attention to timbrical and dynamical nuances and musical breath.
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Words lurking
This Night Wounds Time

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Optic "Iris In"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateSeptember 26, 2013
Tracklist
1. Hemlock (02:27)
2. Blind Apathy (06:45)
3. Falling From The Sky (10:44)
4. Breathe New Life (06:23)
5. Moment Of Impact (06:14)
6. Withhold The Sun (06:02)
7. Drown The Earth (13:18)
8. Etched In Grey (05:17)

Line-up
Steve Christopher- Guitars and Vocals
Scott Genovese- Drums and Percussion
Michael Intrieri- Bass Guitar
Kenny Mahoney- Lead Vocals
Ryan Patane- Keyboards and Vocals

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MeTaL-O-PHoNe "Kosmos"


Country: France
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Jazz
LabelCoax Records
Release dateSeptember 26, 2013
Tracklist
1. awalou (0:51)
2. Playtime (5:55)
3. East part of the island (6:27)
4. Tupac Amaru (8:26)
5. Fritz (2:33)
6. Arthel (4:11)
7. La Cumbia de la Luz (4:42)
8. LA 380 (4:54)
9. Spirale (8:17)

Line-up
Benjamin Flament - vibraphone
Joachim Florent - double bass
Elie Duris - drums

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alyeus "Forty Days at Sea"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Metal, Ambient
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Dreaming in Waves 02:31
  2. Triton's Horn 09:24
  3. Forty Days at Sea 06:20
  4. Elysium 03:29
  5. The Great Bird 08:22
  6. Ambush 03:44
  7. Dark Inception 02:21
  8. The Chambers 06:45
  9. VII 04:28
  10. Ashes to Angels 02:37
  11. The Keeper 05:31
  12. Last Dash 06:04
Line-up
Kyle Alexander: Vocals, Guitar
Dean Greco: Bass, Programming, Backing Vocals
Ivan Recinos: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Andrew Van Der Voort: Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Musically, we’re taken through a journey at sea full of epic moments punctuated by agile transitions. A lot of different degrees of heaviness are explored in Forty Days at Sea, which cover a wide range of the musical spectrum. I’m a sucker for concept albums, so I enjoyed the great amount of detail that was put into turning this idea into something concrete, including the excellent cover art, which I usually never notice. There’s even a story to go with the album, which features Redding, a starving sailor who battles hunger-induced hallucinations, traitors and imprisonment. The album is part two of a trilogy (with parts one and three yet to come), so I can’t wait to find out what the rest of the story is.
Read the full review by Norm Boivin at bucketlistmusicreviews.com

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The Claudia Quintet "September"


Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz, Avant Prog
LabelCuneiform Records
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
1. September 20th: Soterius Lakshmi
2. September 9th: Wayne Phases
3. September 25th: Somber Blanket
4. September 29th, 1936: "Me Warn You"
5. September 22nd: Love Is Its Own Eternity
6. September 18th: Lemons
7. September 17th: Loop Piece
8. September 24th: Interval Dig
9. September 16th: Mystic Klang
10. September 12th: Coping Song

Line-up
John Hollenbeck - drums
Red Wierenga - accordion, piano
Chris Tordini - bass (on four tracks)
Drew Gress - bass (on six tracks)
Chris Speed - clarinet, tenor saxophon
Matt Moran - vibraphone

Description/Reviews
Led by composer, drummer and three-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet have quietly but firmly and definitively recast jazz into shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. They are one of the most influential stylists on other musicians in cutting-edge jazz today and the sound of jazz and what jazz can be in our time has changed because of their sound and stance.
Celebrating 15 years of work together with the release of September, this NYC ensemble’s sound continues to explore the edge without alienating the mainstream, proving that genre-defying music can be for everyone.

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September 12th: Coping Song

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Dream Theater "Dream Theater"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
Release date: September 24, 2013
Tracklist
1. False Awakening Suite
   I. Sleep Paralysis
   II. Night Terrors
   III. Lucid Dream
2. The Enemy Inside
3. The Looking Glass
4. Enigma Machine
5. The Bigger Picture
6. Behind the Veil
7. Surrender to Reason
8. Along for the Ride
9. Illumination Theory
   I. Paradoxe de la lumière noire
   II. Live, Die, Kill
   III. The Embracing Circle
   IV. The Pursuit of Truth
   V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

Line-up
James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Michael Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass

Nik Turner "Space Gypsy"


Country: UK
Sub GenreSpace Rock
LabelCleopatra Records
Release date: September 24, 2013
Tracklist
1. Fallen Angel STS-51-L - 4.57
2. Joker's Song - 3.51
3. Time Crypt - 5.32
4. Galaxy Rise - 4.08
5. Coming of the Maya - 8.23
6. We ride the timewinds - 3.43
7. Eternity - 3.58
8. Anti-Matter - 4.57
9. The Visitor - 7.07
10. Something's not right   (bonus track) - 4.03
Line-up
Nik Turner (Hawkwind) - Vocals,Flute,Saxophone
Nicky Garratt (UK Subs) - Guitar
Jurgen Engler (Die Krupps) - Guitar,Moog Synth,Mellotron
Jeff Piccinini (Chelsea) - Bass
Jason Willer (U.K. Subs/Alaric/Cross Stitched Eyes) - Drums, Percussion
   With
Simon House  (Hawkwind) - Violin
Steve Hillage (Gong) - Guitar on Anti-Matter
Chris Leitz - additional Mellotron

Description/Reviews
Space Gypsy strays little from Turner's roots. Most of the music is marked by moog, synth, and mellotron layers sounding wispy and eerie like the soundtrack to Forbidden Planet part two. The rhythm section exists to create an insistent and pulsing forward motion. Then there's Turner's subdued vocals, singing about space, aliens, ancient Mayans, and more otherworldly visions with bizarre, often nonsensical, lyrics.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Fallen Angel STS-5-L
Time Crypt (featuring Simon House)

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Zevious "Passing Through The Wall"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Avant Prog, Jazz
LabelCuneiform Records
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
1. Attend To Your Configuration
2. Was Solis
3. Pantocyclus
4. White Minus Red
5. Crime Of Separate Action
6. Entanglement
7. A Tiller In A Tempest
8. Passing Through The Wall
9. This Could Be The End Of The Line
10. Plying The Cold Trade

Line-up
Mike Eber - guitars
Jeff Eber - drums
Johnny DeBlase - bass

Description/Reviews
According to the band, the goal on Passing Through the Wall is to induce a trance-like state in the listener through repetition, non-conventional melody and challenging song structure. The compositions are based around large cycles of layered poly-rhythmic patterns against octave displaced melodies; the individual parts working together to create dense, pulsating textures.

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Entanglement

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Oceanborn "Hidden From The World"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Silence - 2:37
  2. Still With You - 4:54
  3. The Descent - 5:20
  4. Lead Astray - 4:48
  5. Of Despair - 5:03
  6. Scattered - 1:10
  7. In Shadows - 6:40
  8. Lifting the Veil - 8:06
  9. These Darker Things - 4:28
10. A Part of Nothing - 4:42
11. Reprise - 10:55
Line-up
Lance Ferrell
Dominick Camillo
Christopher Lee
Mario Camillo
Chris King

Description/Reviews
The album displays technical musicianship, catchy songwriting and polished production in an 11 track/hour long package. After the first listen, it is clear that the songs appeal to a vast audience. They have moments of technical prog mastery, moments of pop-rock sing-along catchiness and moments of soft ballad-esque moodiness all atop a foundation of heavy metal. The band's sound incorporates a blend of alternative rock, progressive rock, classical, jazz & latin into their heavy metal compositions. Many songs include strong dynamic shifts in feeling and/or genre blending.

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Of despare

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Miriodor "Cobra Fakir"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreAvant Prog
LabelCuneiform Records
Release date: September 24, 2013
Tracklist
01. La roue - 3:43
02. Cobra Fakir -8:53
03. Rvb7 - 3:56
04. Paris-Roubaix - 2:14
05. Titan - 4:17
06. Un Cas Siberien - 2:28
07. Speed-dating sur Mars - 7:07
08. Tandem - 8:23
09. Maringouin - 3:41
10. Space cowboy - 3:11
11. Experince 7 - 2:27

Line-up
Pascal Globensky - keyboards, synths, piano
Rémi Leclerc - drums, percussion, keyboards, turntable
Bernard Falaise - guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, turntable

Description/Reviews
Cobra fakir is a snake charmer, who uses carefully concocted melodies to put the mighty reptile under a sort of sonic spell. That’s an apt analogy for what will happen to even the hardiest ears upon introduction to Miriodor’s newest eccentric-but-bewitching batch of tunes.

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La roue

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Luna Achiary "More Human Than God"


Country: Italy/USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Mistress 5:13
  2. Obsession 3:33
  3. Light Side of the Moon 3:33
  4. First Love 4:26
  5. Friends 4:43
  6. Against the Wind 3:45
  7. Go Further 3:24
  8. Guilty 3:38
  9. Breathe 5:38
10. Under the Leaf 3:59
11. La Genesi 3:12
12. I Need More Time 4:00
13. More Human Than God 4:03

Line-up
Luna Achiary: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano
Nicholas Crescenzo: drums on Mistress, Against the Wind, Breathe, Under the Leaf
Kyle Rector: drums (on the others)
Johannes Raassina: bass, piano
Travis Stephenson: electric guitars
AeB Byrne: flute
Jonathan Deans: upright bass
Buffy Hubelbank & Kaley Thompson: backing vocals on More Human than God

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5 tracks online

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Birds and Buildings "Multipurpose Trap"


Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Zeuhl, Avant Prog
Release dateSeptember 24, 2013
Tracklist
1. The Dumb Fish - 03:18
2. Horse-Shaped Cloud - 04:33
3. Miracle Pigeon - 02:27
4. East is Fort Orthodox - 05:53
5. Secret Crevice - 05:50
6. Tragic Penguin - 07:08
7. Catapult - 10:09
8. Aviator Prosco - 10:14
9. Abominable Pelican - 14:00

Line-up
Dan Britton - keyboards, guitars
Malcolm McDuffie - drums, trumpet
Brian Falkowski - saxophones, flute, clarinet
Brett d'Anon - bass, guitars

Numph "Theories of Light"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock / Metal
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Theories of Light 07:04
  2. Jacob's Ladder 05:45
  3. Dust of Souls 08:01
  4. In Dark Limbo 03:46
  5. Death and Rebirth 07:18
  6. Deep Impact 05:12
  7. Within the Core 08:00
  8. An Angel 05:11
Line-up
Marco Bartoli: Vocals
Luca Giampietri: Guitars
Antonio Conti: Bass
Giuseppe D'Aleo: Drums

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Jesu "Every Day I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came"


Country: UK
Sub GenrePost Metal
LabelAvalanche Recordings
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
1. Homesick (7.10)
2. Comforter (7.32)
3. Everyday (17.25)
4. The Great Leveller (4.34)
5. Grey Is The Colour (5.58)

Line-up
Justin Broadrick
Diarmuid Dalton
Ted Parsons

Monday, September 23, 2013

Claro de Luna "La Voz Quebrada"


Country: Costa Rica
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock
LabelContradicta
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
1. Signato 02:14
2. Refracción 05:11
3. Entre Líneas 06:52
4. La Otra Verdad 08:28
5. Desfase 03:08
6. El Mascarero 13:20
7. La Voz Quebrada 09:02

Line-up
Jose Acuña - Various Instruments
   With
Maf Sáenz - Vocals
Natalia Oddi - Flute
Pedro Gutiérrez - Sax
Tatiana Ravazzolli - Cello

Description/Reviews
‘La Voz Quebrada’ fuses elements of progressive rock with post-rock to create a very intense and charged listening experience. Much of the album feels like a ‘traditional’ post-rock album experience, though the statement can’t be taken at face value, as there’s a lot of other ideas and effects going into the music than just the traditional post-rock elements.
Read the full review at thecdcritic.wordpress.com

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The John Irvine Band "Next Stop"


Country: UK
Sub GenreInstrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
  1. High Mountain - 1:52
  2. Next Stop - 7:47
  3. Pyramid Power - 6:03
  4. Your Skyline - 7:10
  5. A Straight Line - 5:24
  6. Home - 1:45
  7. Slipstream - 3:14
  8. Here Comes The Twister - 8:01
  9. A Means To An End - 11:03
Line-up
John Irvine: Guitar & Keyboards
Alan Emslie: Drums & Percussion
Doug Kemp: Bass

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Roy Harper "Man And Myth"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProg Folk, Prog Related
LabelBella Union
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
1. The Enemy
2. Time Is Temporary
3. January Man
4. The Stranger
5. Cloud Cuckooland
6. Heaven Is Here
7. The Exile

Line-up
Roy Harper – guitar and vocals
    With
Pete Townsend – electric guitar on "Cloud Cuckooland"
Tony Franklin - bass guitar
Jake Blanton - bass guitar
Richard Chard - drums
Omar Valesco - clavinet and mellotron
Jason Crosby - keyboard
John Fitzgerald - bouzouki, engineering
Bill Shanley - guitar
Neal Morgan - percussion

Psicomagia "Psicomagia"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelEl Paraiso Records
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
1. El Memorioso 05:19
2. El Congreso part 1 14:37
3. El Congreso part 2 12:35
4. Simplòn 06:19

Line-up
Tyler Daughn: Organs, Synthesizers
Brian Ellis (Astra): Tenor Saxophone
Paul Marrone: Drums
Trevor Mast: Bass
Bernard Nunez: Words
Daniel Guttierez: Words

Description/Reviews
Upon the initial listening session with El Paraiso Records latest band signing Psicomagia and their self titled debut album, there is no question this band has officially been passed the progressive rock torch.  Landing in the era of 1968-1970 when Soft Machine, Magma, The Miles Davis Group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tony Williams Lifetime and many other were innovating the foundational basis to the 70′s rich fusion movements, Psicomagia bleeds with heart wrenching layers of amplified progressive psychedelia.
Read the full review by Erik Otis at soundcolourvibration.com

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Pandora "Alibi Filosofico"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreSymphonic
LabelBtf - AMS
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013
Tracklist
1. Il Necromante, Khurastos e la Prossima Vittima
2. Né Titolo Né Parole
3. La Risalita
4. Apollo
5. Tony il Matto
6. Sempre con Me
7. Alibi Filosofico

Line-up
Beppe Colombo - keyboards
Corrado Grappeggia - keyboards, vocals, chorus
Claudio Colombo - drums, electric bass, guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro, keyboards, orchestral flute, chorus
   With
Dino Fiore (Castello di Atlante) - bass
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) - minimoog and electric guitar solo on 2
David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) - saxophones
Leonardo Gallizio - bass
Duilio Mongittu - the voice of Apollo
Emoni Viruet - vocals, chorus, percussions
Meldreth School Children (Jamie Arif, TJ Forman & Matthew Betts) - Soundbeam & Switches

Description/Reviews
With “Alibi philosophical” Pandora takes a complete risk, making the most complex work of their career, without any simple commercial expedient. The mixture of various musical genres is here in full, in the purest progressive spirit, and is reflected in the surreal album cover and in the rest of the artwork, courtesy of the young artist Emoni Viruet. Songs “Apollo” and “Tony il Matto” (Tony the Fool) are the most experimental tracks, often suspended in between jazz-rock and avant-garde. 
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Progstreaming
Né Titolo Né Parole (Feat. Arjen Lucassen, Dino Fiore and Emoni Viruet)

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Carlton Melton "Always Even"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelAgitated Records
Release dateSeptember 23, 2013 (UK/EU), October 1, 2013 (USA)
Tracklist
1. Slow Wake (5:25)
2. Keeping On (7:46)
3. Spiderwebs (4:40)
4. Sarsen (9:28)
5. The Splurge (10:30)

Line-up
Andy Duvall - Guitar, Drums
Clint Golden - Bass Guitar, Drums
Rich Millman - Guitar, Synth

Description/Reviews
Things start slowly with the gentle lappings of “Slow Wake” – a mind massage aboard the holodeck of the Enterprise, the track’s amorphous landscape swirling together with producer John McBain of Monster Magnet‘s extensive echoplex delay. The kraut-rocking “Keeping On” then sets the dial for deep space via its crunching bassline and sci-fi synth dither, exploding latterly with brain-busting guitar riffs. Next, the red-eyed “Spiderwebs” explores the same synth-driven, “psychedelically-enhanced drone” as helped made Photos Of Photos a success.
The two ten-minute closers are harder, peeling back layers of chugging kraut to expose phaser battles, righteous shred and thick streams of dark paranoia that slowly creep around and strangle the senses. Maybe it’s just a case of Carlton Melton having overdone the herb – maybe not – but the darkside always was more appealing in any case. Always Even is but more proof. (Rob Gannon, sicmagazine.net)

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Sarsen

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Traumhaus "Das Geheimnis"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreSymphonic
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Release date: September 22, 2013
Tracklist
01. Intro - Das Geheimnis I (4:29)
02. Das Vermächtnis (27:26)
03. Wohin der Wind dich trägt (6:30)
04. Frei (5:46)
05. Das Geheimnis II (12:35)

Line-up
Alexander Weyland: keyboards, vocals
Tobias Hampl: guitars
Sebastian Klein: bass
Stefan Hopf: additional drum loops
      With
Jimmy Keegan (Spocks Beard): drums

Garden "Somewhere Else"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Eclectic
Release dateSeptember 21, 2013
Tracklist
1. Overture for the Divided (8:26)
2. Leaving Home (7:32)
3. In a Garden (6:18)
4. Waiting for Fireworks (10:48)
5. The View (7:13)

Line-up
Lauren Bain - flute
Samuel Bradley - lead vocals, bass guitar, tuba
Dan Glover - piano, vocals
Chris Grieve - cello
Patrick Jamieson - guitars, vocals
Matilda Nordqvist - violin
Cameron Kuronen-Stewart - saxophone, clarinet

Description/Reviews
... Garden has this unique sound combining the touches of Prog, Metal, Classical, and Folk music that are rolled up into one. And at times it’s almost like a film score, which is beautiful and touching and you can imagine the rivers rippling down by the Oceanside and walking through the waters and finding where home is and knowing the direction on finding out who you really are. 
Read the full review by Zachary Nathanson

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Pepe Maina "The Passing of Time"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, New Age, Ambient
LabelNonsense Studio
Release dateSeptember 21, 2013
Tracklist
1. The Young Hegelians (19:40)
2. Rainy May (6:32)
3. Lost Orca in the Dirty Bay (6:41)
4. Another Sleepless Night (5:17)
5. Maira Valley (6:12)
6. Make It Slow (6:48)
7. Alcove Fields (6:33)
8. When in Normottoland (Instrumental) (4:31)

Line-up
Pepe Maina - all insrtuments

Description/Reviews
Describing his musical style on his website's home page as "ambient & prog rock music for dreams and illusion", Pepe Maina has been working since the mid 70's.
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Entire album online

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Unit Wail "Retort"


Country: France
Sub GenreZeuhl
LabelSoleil Mutant
Release date: September, 2013
Tracklist
01. Kakodeamon - 03:44
02. Peregrinatio - 04:09
03. Tertium Comparationis - 03:33
04. Concupiscentia Effrenata - 03:22
05. Pumapunku - 05:37
06. Numinosity - 03:53
07. Agathodeamon [04:06
08. Coincidentia Oppositorum - 03:45
09. Fixatio - 04:17
10. Aqua Permanens - 06:46
Line-up
Franck William Fromy : guitar
Philippe Haxaire : drums
Adrian Luna : bass
Vincent Sicot Vantalon : keyboards
Emmanuel Pothier : synthetizers

Description/Reviews
This is the second release by Unit Wail, the group which brought forth the long awaited return to music of Franck Fromy, who was the founder and leader of the rightly legendary dark French zeuhl band Shub Niggurath. The sound here is heavy and dark, but also modern, with laptop/sampling technology playing a strong part; the sound is closer to modern, 00s heavy Zeuhl bands like Combat Astronomy and Ga'an. Propelled by a heavy rocking band, the music explores dark Crimsonian horizons, illuminated by Franck's guitar. Dark Zeuhl post-rock here.

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Agathodeamon (extrait)
Kakodeamon (extrait)
Tertium Comparationis (extrait)

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Wounded City "Train Smoke"


Country: USA
Sub Genre Instrumental Progressive Rock/Pop, Jamband
Label: Self-released
Release dateSeptember 20, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Drop D 7:13
  2. Get Down 6:21
  3. Uptown 4:42
  4. Train Smoke 6:08
  5. Light Years 5:44
  6. Jamie Lea 4:37
  7. Karate Explosion 6:12
  8. It's Not Fine 4:56
  9. Wounded Beltones 4:31
10. Megalomaniacs 3:52
11. A Look Inside My Head 6:56

Line-up
Tommy Belton - Guitars, Synth
Chris Chu - Keys, Guitars
Mark Mastronardi - Guitars
Jordan Epton - Bass
Michael Penic - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Wounded City combines elements of Rock, Pop, Funk, Folk, Hip Hop, and Jazz to bring an interestingly different style of music to their fans. By combining progressively smooth melodies, exciting instrument solos, and awesome live perfomance, the band takes the audience on a journey as they tell the tale of Wounded City.

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Guru Guru "Electric Cats"


Country:  Germany
Sub GenreKrautrock
LabelTrance Music
Release dateSeptember 20, 2013
Tracklist
1. Return of the Platypus (4:53)
2. Electric Cats (9:05)
3. Rock N Rollmachine (2:22)
4. Sweep Orbit (8:10)
5. Afghani (6:41)
6. A Trip to Gurustan (8:51)
7. Drumoroto 2 (4:58)
8. African Beauty (4:09)
9. Psylo (14:24)
10. Little Figa Tree (3:46)

Line-up
Mani Neumeier (vocals, drums, percussion, Kaossillator, kalimba)
Roland Schaeffer (guitars, saxophone, clarinet, Nadaswarma, vocals)
Hans Reffert (guitars, lapsteel)
Peter Kühmstedt (bass)
   With
Ax Genrich (guitar on 1,3,5,7,9)
Hellmut Hattler (bass  on 2,4,6)
Werner Goos (sitar, guitar on 6)