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Monday, September 30, 2013

Allomerus "All Me Us"


Country: Australia
Sub GenreInstrumental Progressive Rock
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
1. In The Black Hole Out The Quasar (8:34)
2. Epic 2.0 (2:00)
3. Red Herrings (5:19)
4. Who Lurks? (8:34)
5. Zdzislaw (6:25)
6. An Astronaut's Tale (8:02)
7. Red Tyrant (5:18)

Line-up
John Wegner - Guitar, Synths, Bass and Vocals
Paul Wegner - Drums and Percussion

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The Sun Through A Telescope "I Die Smiling"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreBlack Metal, Doom, Post Rock, Sludge
LabelMutants of Monsters Records (CD), Dwyer Records (cassette )
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
1. You Can't Kill Me 05:49
2. Everyday Is Like Black Hole Svnday 04:16
3. Mr. Yawning Infinity Chasm/SuperInfinity 06:40
4. I Die Smiling 08:17
5. Werewolf Weather Part I - Glowing Overcast/Unseasonably Gloomed Part II - Those Animals Killed You Part III - Sent Back Dead From Pepsi Part IV - They're Evil Animals 21:06
6. It, Still 06:26
7. The Bitten 05:27

Line-up
Lee Neutron - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth, Samples, Vocals
Additional Vocals by Elena & Ava

Description/Reviews
Typically, when you review an album, you want to find some kind of unifying thread that ties the listening experience together. If there is one on I Die Smiling, it’s difficult to find. The colors it uses — black metal, drone, doom, post-rock, noise rock — are all familiar, but they’re blended in surprising ways. “Mr. Yawning Infinity Chasm – SuperInfinity” alternates between a verse that could have come from a recent Today is the Day record and a chorus that sounds like a lost riff from Leviathan’s Massive Conspiracy Against All Life. I’ve heard bands with a Today is the Day influence, and I’ve heard people imitate Leviathan, but never at the same time. Then, effectively out of nowhere, the song breaks into a major-key sludge riff. As you listen to more and more metal albums, it becomes exponentially more difficult for them to surprise you. Delivering surprises, even to jaded listeners, is no object for this band. 
Read the full review by at invisibleoranges.com

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Schnauser "Where Business Meets Fashion"


Country: UK
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Pop, Canterbury
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Showers of blood 03:18
  2. Walking stick and cat 03:14
  3. Good looking boy 02:57
  4. Vaguely disturbed 03:44
  5. Dinner party 04:05
  6. Large groups of men 04:24
  7. Pigeons 03:54
  8. Hangdog 03:27
  9. Waterloo Teeth 03:44
  10. I would 04:04
  11. Westward Ho! 04:59
Line-up
Alan Strawbridge - Guitars, Vocals
Holly McIntosh - Bass, Vocals
Duncan Gammon - Keyboards, Vocals
John Fowle - Drums
    With
Rob Williams - Cello on 10
Hannah Porter - Violin on 10
Tom McCarthy - Trumpet on 4

Description/Reviews
"Where Business Meets Fashion" has a cover that perfectly sums up the ethos of their music, equal parts humorous quirkiness and sprawling ornate beauty.
Incredibly tuneful psychedelic pop, with unusually proggy time signatures, this is music that is equally cerebral and approachable - imagine Caravan fronted by Jarvis Cocker and you've got a bit of an idea of how often the quirkometer is tweaked here.
They also show an aptitude for the straightforward too - the jangling guitars and heavenly harmonies of "Dinner Party" compress pretty much everything I love about sixties pop into one near-perfect pice of ear candy. 
Read the full review at active-listener.blogspot.com

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Martin Barre "Away With Words"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProg Folk
LabelEdifying records,RSK
Release date September 30, 2013
Tracklist
1.  First Light/Moths 
2.  It’s My Round 
3.  One Brown Mouse/Fatcat 
4.  All Bars Hold 
5.  Air: Lament Of the Spalpeen/Martin’s Jig/Hymn 
6.  Pussy Willow 
7.  Snapshot/Paparazzi 
8.  Long Ago/Home 
9.  Fire At Midnight/From The Ashes 
10. Protect & Survive
11. Spare A Thought/From A Dead Beat To An Old Greaser 
12. Sundown 

Line-up
Martin Barre - guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, flute and bass clarinet
Dan Crisp - vocals
Frank Mead - flute, whistles, bodhran and blues harp
Jonathan Noyce - bass
George Lindsay - drums and percussion

Description/Reviews


The album features both some re-arrangements of lesser-known Jethro Tull's music and original music composed by Barre.

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Fates Warning “Darkness In A Different Light”


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelInsideOut
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013 (Europe), October 1, 2013 (North America)
Tracklist
CD 1
01. One Thousand
02. Firefly
03. Desire
04. Falling
05. I Am
06. Lighthouse
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

CD 2
01. Firefly (Extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (Live)
04. Life In Still Water (Live)


Line-up
Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars

Description/Review
It should come to no surprise to anyone who heard 2011’s Arch/Matheos record that straight from the opening of “One Thousand Fires” it becomes obvious that aggressive and distinctive riffing of Fates Warning will be in full force on this album. The way Matheos and and his six string partner in crime Frank Aresti work together has always amazed me, and their amazing synergy continues on this album.that track record continues on this album. On this opening track, as has happened in Fates Warning in the past so many times, it seems almost as if the two guitarists are playing riffs from different songs, and yet they merge together beautifully in musical bliss. Underneath the chaos is the drumming of veteran Bobby Jarzombek. Although this is his first studio effort with the band, the years of touring with them and an impressive resume shine through in his very active and interesting drumming on the album. Add on top of that some fantastic guitar solos and a typically strong studio performance from vocalist Ray Alder and I was ready to forgive the band for the long wait after the first track.
 Read the full review at wpapu.com

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Firefly
I Am

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Linda Martini "Turbo Lento"


Country: Portugal
Sub GenrePost Rock
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013 (Digital)
Tracklist
1. Ninguém Tropeça Nos Dias (2:02)
2. Juárez (4:09)
3. Panteão (4:13)
4. Pirâmica (4:29)
5. Sapatos Bravos (5:01)
6. Febril (Tanto Mar) (4:36)
7. Tremor Essencial (5:19)
8. Ratos (3:50)
9. Aparato (3:57)
10. Tamborina Fera (2:09)
11. Volta (3:48)

Line-up
Hélio Morais - Drums & Vocals
Cláudia Guerreiro - Bass & Vocals
André Henriques - Vocals & Guitar
Pedro Geraldes - Guitar & Vocals

Description/Reviews
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Memento Waltz "Division by Zero"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Psychedelic
Label: self-released
Release dateSeptember 30, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Omicron - 5:14
  2. Opus Alchemicum - 5:33
  3. Europa (Jupiter II) - 6:02
  4. Achilles' Paradox - 5:07
  5. Mechdreamer - 8:01
  6. A New Beginning - 4:38
  7. Emphasize - 6:17

Line-up
Marco Piu - Vocals
Livio Poier - Guitars
Giuseppe Deiana - Bass Guitar
Gabriele Maciocco - Drums & Percussions

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Omicron

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rEarth "For My Dreams I Fall"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release date: September, 2013
Tracklist
1. Pain For Loss (Pain No More) - 2:53
2. Withered Rose - 7:14
3. Senz'alba - 12:04
4. Ivory Onion - 1:50
5. My Eyes Far From The Sea - 9:00
6. Madre Del Fato - 10:34
7. Breath, The End... - 2:54
8. The Ideology Of God - 2:57
Pure And Simple
9. Theme 1: No Longer A Child - 4:31
10. Theme 2: To My Faded Innocence - 8:12
11. Theme 3 In The Shadow, In The Sand, You Can See The Man - 3:05
12. Theme 4: Become Man. Becoming Death - 2:41
13. Theme 5: here She Comes, Pure And Simple - 2:39

Line-up
Simone Paoloni - lead vocals and choirs
Fabio Tomasino - lead guitar, rhythm and classical guitars
Edy Di Lenardo - lead guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Jacopo Novello - bass
Giulio Cervi - drums
   With:
Denis Baselli:  bass on Pure and Simple
Sara Rainone: lead and backing vocals (3,6)

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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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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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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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Saturday, September 28, 2013

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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Friday, September 27, 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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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

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

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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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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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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Tuesday, September 24, 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

Media/Samples 
Progstreaming
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.

Media/Samples 
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.

Media/Samples 
Of despare

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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.

Media/Samples 
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

Media/Samples 
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

Monday, September 23, 2013

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

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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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

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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Bandcamp (name your price)

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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

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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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