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Monday, March 31, 2014

Nautilus "Nautilus"


Country: Argentina
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock
Release dateMarch 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Arrecife 09:36
  2. El Náufrago 06:24
  3. Pantano 06:24
  4. Ciclotímico 05:54
  5. Sin regreso Pt. I 05:46
  6. El hombre que... 05:10
  7. Sin regreso Pt. II 13:28
Line-up
Nacho Sánchez - guitar
Juan Cruz Ludueña - bass
Gonza Criado - drums

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cratylik Gene Ohm "Cratylik Gene Ohm"


Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Ethnic Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateMarch 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Dragon 08:05
  2. Jaya 06:01
  3. Just a Draw 15:16
  4. Cesare 04:16
  5. ElecOhm 04:50
  6. Paramètre S 06:00
  7. Fight the Dragon 13:37
Line-up
Antoine - drums
Sylvain - bass
Mathieu - guitar
100son - scratch, violin, samples

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The Good Hand "Atman"


Country: Netherlands
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Stoner
LabelMinstrel Music
Release date: March 29, 2014
Tracklist
01. Namaste (4:51)
02. Greenwich Mean Time (4:00)
03. Unity (3:58)
04. Truth (5:16)
05. The Opposite (5:20)
06. Enough Is Enough (3:56)
07. Introvert (5:58)
08. Toll (4:40)
09. Anthem (5:47)
10. Nature`s Will (4:06)
11. The Death Of The Real (4:20)
12. Atman (19:06)

Line-up
Dennis Edelenbosch - bass, piano, vocals
Arjan Hoekstra - guitar, vocals, tuba, piano, bouzouki, melodica, hitorgan, philicorda
Ingmar Regeling - drums, percussion, vocals

Description/Reviews
On their second album 'Atman' the band stretches the limits of their musical universe. With more musical skills and a production right on the spot, recorded and mixed, using an entirely analog process. Inevitable and infinite is their cosmic journey. Rooted in glorious rock history, but always their creative eye on the future. Their search has led to an unprecedented dynamic sound and colour. The catchy songs come straight from the heart and will touch you deep in your soul. Layer upon layer vocals, guitar, organ and many other instruments are added to the solid foundation of drums and bass. Compelling riffs and hypnotic grooves drag the space rock away from the mountain peaks and bring her down toward the fertile marshes in the valley of the acid blues. Twinkling psychedelia mixes with danceable exotica and pulsating krautrock whispers her love in the ear of the seductive pop song. Just listen to live audience favorite 'Death of the Real' or their magnum opus 'Atman', title song of the album, clocking on 20:10 minutes. The Good Hand will make you gasp for breath. Ahh well… if you really need references… might be some influences veering from Queens Of The Stone Age, Black Mountain, Amon Düül II, Uncle Acid & the Dead Beats to Hawkwind via Sabbath and even Radiohead. (justforkicks.de)

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Pingvinorkestern "Push"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Chamber Rock/Pop
Release dateMarch 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Madam Else's Genuine Flea Circus 03:33
  2. Who Are You? 04:08
  3. As Hard As They Come 05:22
  4. You Got A Light, Mac? 03:19
  5. In Too Deep 06:10
  6. Alfred the Clown And His Highly Trained Poodles 03:45
  7. Mood Swings 05:18
  8. No, But I've Got A Dark Brown Overcoat 02:08
  9. A Postcard From Copenhagen 03:27
  10. The First Light 05:32
  11. Creepy 01:44
  12. Me & the Wave 07:18
Line-up
Susanne "Suz" Johansson - Vocals, violin, percussion, flute, melodica, ukulele
Mats Fredriksson - guitars, vocals, percussion, ukulele
Micke Wall - guitars, ukulele
Stefan Dernbrant - percussion, flute, melodica, harmonica, ukulele
Johnny Svensson - bass, saw, ukulele

Description/Reviews
Pingvinorkestern plays poporiented postmodern chamber music with humoristic undertones.
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Habitat "Utensilios y Artilugios"


Country: Argentina
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Label: Self-released/Lizard Records
Release date: March 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Las Gárgolas (The Gargoyles)
  2. La persecución de la nave errante (The persecution of the wandering ship)
  3. Mujer-Medusa (Medusa-Woman)
  4. Las Hadas Negras (The Dark Fairies)
  5. Las runas (The runes)
  6. Tema para los campos exhaustos (Theme for the exhasuted fields)
  7. Las masas de agua (Water bodies)
  8. El hombre con Navidad en sus labios (The man with Christmas in his lips)
  9. ajr
  10. Pasaje a la Ciudad Oculta con Runas -Alpina- (Passage to the Hidden City with Runes)
  11. Utensilios y artilugios (Utensils and craftiness)
Line-up
Juan Guardia - drums, percussion
Romina Romay - keyboards
Enzo Casarella - electric guitar
Aldo Pinelli - vocals, bass, guitars, percussion

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kali Ma "The Devil Knows You're Dead!"


Country: USA
Sub GenreInstrumental Technical Progressive Metal
Release dateMarch 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Dewmqueef 02:35
  2. Chasing The Tail of Dogma 04:28
  3. Lost In Transmission 01:59
  4. Taking The Crown 04:16
  5. Bezárás 00:56
  6. Epimetheus 04:39
  7. Sibyl 01:04
  8. Boomslang 04:36
  9. Artificial Immunity 04:32
  10. Erebos 01:13
  11. Departed 06:37
  12. Perilymph Fistula 04:38
  13. The Devil Knows You're Dead! 06:40
  14. Penumbra 03:28
Line-up
Todd - Guitar
Roy - Guitar
Jay - Bass
Shawn - Drums
   With
Kaia Pazdersky - Violin on Bezárás

Description/Reviews
“Taking the Crown” is one example of the awesome build-ups Kali Ma creates in their songs.  They seamlessly transition from fist-pumping chugs to Gothenburg-esque arpeggios and then let go in an emotional bridge where a single-note guitar line sings over the fray — and then right back to the fist pumping.
Read the full review by Jessica May at alternativecontrolct.com

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Marshburn "Dreamseller"


Country: USA
Sub GenreAlternative, Experimental, Math Rock, Art Rock
Release dateMarch 29, 2014
Tracklist
01. Movement 1 : Greed for the Insignificant (10:45)
02. Movement 2: Fear of Uncertainty (12:56)
03. Movement 3: Man's Solution (10:12)
04. 1.1 Petrophile (0:45)
05. 1.2 S.A.D. (2:01)
06. 1.3 Lavender Tear (5:29)
07. 1.4 Codex (2:29)
08. [what never was] (1:09)
09. 2.1 Ciferim and the Everlasting Night (4:29)
10. 2.2 Temple of Ichabod (2:32)
11. 2.3 God Junkies (0:59)
12. 2.4 Lonely Lover's Ball (2:03)
13. [what is] (2:51)
14. 3.1 Decisions Decisions (2:31)
15. 3.2 Brass Winter (3:36)
16. 3.3 Realität, Ein Komatoser Zustand (1:36)
17. 3.4 Waking Up (1:37)
18. [what will never be] (0:51)

Line-up
Bill Ritter - Guitar, Synth, Fx, Percussion, Bass (track 18)
Shayan Sya - Vocals, Percussion, Drums (track 18)
Vince Hill - Bass, Vocals, Synth (track 18)
James Corsini - Drums

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Zoundworks "2014"


Country: Netherlands
Sub GenreSymphonic
Label: Self-released
Release date: March 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. First Flight - 3:31
2. What's That Zound ? - 3:05
3. Prelude To The Future - 2:32
4. The Last War - 4:14
5. Interlude - 4:19
6. Stressless - 3:10
7. Injustice - 2:45
8. Ao Amanhecer Na Floresta - 2:03
9. Second Flight (unplugged) - 1:45
10. Again - 3:17
11. Zoundwork Shuffle - 4:19
12. Early Bird Waltz -  2:37
13. The Hole -  3:55
14. Cantata -  3:26
15. Hot Summer Night Walk -  4:03
16. Last Flight -  2:28

Line-up
Erik de Beer (Life Line Project): flute, guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, lutes, mandolins, chitarrone & ukuleles
   With
Ankie Jansen: lead vocals track 7
Marion Brinkman (Life Line Project): lead vocals 13 & 14
Mieke Meijer & Heleen Vos: harmony vocals tracks 13 & 14

Description/Reviews
Solo-project of Life Line Project keyboardplayer/guitarist Erik de Beer. Zoundworks produced three demo-albums in the early eighties, on which all instruments were played by Erik de Beer. A number of Zoundworks songs has been recorded by Life Line Project, or has been covered by other bands. “2014” is Erik’s return to the Zoundworks project after 30 years. The new album contains a number of new compositions and new recordings of the best Zoundworks compositions of the original demo’s. The recordings have all been made without the use of midi or other computer support, so the sound on the album is fresh and alive. You get 16 tracks of dynamic and highly melodic, mainly instrumental compositions, displaying a pleasant and pulsating symphonic rock. 

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First Flight
The Hole
The Last War
Hot Summer Night Walk

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Matria "Defying My World"


Country: Portugal
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Sea of Pain 04:35
  2. Grace & Infinity 04:10
  3. Defying My World 03:13
  4. Schizo-Psycho-Phernia 03:47
  5. Beneath The Sin 04:26
  6. Everything's Broken 03:58
  7. Shattered Trust 04:23
  8. Transience 04:36
  9. Sleepless In Secrecy 04:29
  10. Face To Face 04:33
  11. Black Over Gold 06:15
Line-up
Rudy Martins - Vocals, Guitar
David Casenave - Guitar
Nuno Alves - Bass
André Fernandes - Drums

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Anette Olzon "Shine"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Pop/Metal
LabelearMusic
Release dateMarch 28/31, 2014 (EU), April 8, 2014 (USA)
Tracklist
1. Like A Show
2. Shine
3. Floating
4. Lies
5. Invincible
6. Hear Me
7. Falling
8. Moving Away
9. One Million Faces
10. Watching Me From Afar

Line-up
Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish)

Description/Reviews
Whether we can define "Shine" a metal album, rock, pop or "pop rock" what would be hard to miss is how strong the songs are and what an extraordinary album it is.
It exceptionally masters the borders between melancholy and hope, between fragility and power, because it showcases an artist who doesn't rest on her laurels but heads boldly into the future. 

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Lies
Falling

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Elephants of Scotland "Execute and Breathe"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. A Different Machine 06:26
  2. The Other Room 04:39
  3. Amber Waves 08:13
  4. TFAY 05:08
  5. Boxless 04:49
  6. Endless (pt. 1) 03:53
  7. Endless (pt. 2) 07:42
  8. Mousetrap 06:58
Line-up
Dan MacDonald - bass and vocals (1, 7)
Ornan McLean - drums and percussion
Adam Rabin - synth and vocals (2, 3, 5, 6)
John Whyte - guitar and vocals (4, 8)

Description/Reviews
Elephants of Scotland return with another collection of progressive rock gems. As always the focus is on songwriting but this time with a much heavier and layered style.
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Messenger "Illusory Blues"


Country: UK
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Prog Folk
LabelSvart Records
Release dateMarch 28, 2014 (March 31st in the UK)
Tracklist
  1. The Return - 5:57  
  2. Piscean Tide - 5:17  
  3. Dear Departure - 7:54  
  4. The Perpetual Glow of the Setting Sun - 5:56 
  5. Midnight - 8:53  
  6. Somniloquist - 5:15  
  7. Let the Light In - 6:12
Line-up
Khaled Lowe: Guitars, Vocals
Barnaby Maddick: Guitars, Vocals
Jaime Gomez Arellano: Drums, Percussion
Dan Knight: Guitars, Keyboards
James Leach: Bass

Description/Reviews
 Illusory Blues: a cosmic ode to the forces of nature and the inevitable cycle of life. To cite musical influences would be futile. The musicians had made their names with bands in scenes as far apart as hardcore punk, black metal, and ambient music. Tonally, one might recall finding oneself in the same "space" occupied by other architects of sound such as Ulver, The Beatles, Swans, or Pink Floyd. But the stream of sound that emanates from the source of Illusory Blues is a heaving mass of organic richness, brimmed with intricate sounds that acknowledge the original fathers of experimentation but look forward in creating something new and unique. They dwell equally in the earthly realm of folk music and in the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, but have chanced upon a sound and an experience that sounds like no other.
Also read the reviews by Phil Weller at planetmosh.com and by Ade Furniss at strangethingsarehappening.com

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Diaphonic "Troy"


Country: Switzerland
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Nightrider  - 13:19
  2. Lost Idyll  - 4:41
  3. Tidy Duty  - 3:59
  4. Ithaka - 19:07
Line-up
Thomas Weeks - vocals
Bastien Waeny - guitar
Michael Zaradez - keyboards
Cyril Jeanneret - drums
Stéphane Felix - bass

Description/Reviews
Band's main influences are progressive music from the 70s and the Doors but since then they have incorporated various touches from many differing styles, and they like having the freedom to go in any direction they like. They also like working on their sounds and rhythms to make the music richer. Their singing style has a distinctive poetical and lyrical feel, using also imagery and narrative to describe the world around them.
Troy is Diaphonic's third CD of Diaphonic. It delves into a mythological world of tales and experiences influenced among other things by rock music from the 70s and progressive rock. 

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Minor Empires "Minor Empires"


Country: Spain
Sub GenrePost Rock
LabelRadix Records / Lar Gravacións
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
01. The Physics Of Light 01:01
02. Targets 04:11
03. Empty Rooms 03:16
04. The Story of Timothy Treadwell 04:01
05. Truth Seeker 04:01
06. Linsey 04:20
07. Echoes from Nowhere 01:26
08. Numbers 02:52
09. Drones 03:09
10. The Season 04:54

Line-up
Javier Seisdedos: Bass
Juan Blas : Vocals, Guitars
Miguel Peñas: Drums
Víctor García-Tapia: Guitars

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Joni Teppo "Fall Into Darkness"


Country: Finland
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Freezing Morning - 6:10
  2. In Lantern's Light - 7:16
  3. Darkening - 6:47
  4. Warm Snow on Cold Ground - 6:32
  5. Spirits - 5:59
  6. Along the Way - 8:15
  7. Fall into Darkness - 5:06
Line-up
Joni Teppo

Description/Reviews
 Wintersun influenced instrumental symphonic metal.

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Merkabah "Moloch"


Country: Poland
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Avant Prog, Psychedelic, Jazz, Progressive Metal
LabelInstant Classic
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Reed Idol (6:22)
2. Hilasterion (12:16)
3. Hilasterion cont. (5:18)
4. The King (5:08)
5. Hymn (4:09)
6. Lille Vies Ager (6:25)
7. The grapes (...) are filling and growing heavy (6:47)
8. Ah! Ça Ira (4:15)

Line-up
Aleks - bass
Gabriel - guitar
Jacob - drums
Rafał - sax
Adrien - vj

Description/Reviews
Merkabah (from Poland) create avant-garde metal, but I don't like to call it instrumental because the saxophone speaks...we just don't understand the language. Moloch is an open-minded metal fan's heaven as it cooks a meal out of genres like post-hardcore, progressive rock, and jazz all thrown in the metal cauldron. This music can put you on the defensive with its unrelenting assaults and simultaneously puzzle you out of your own skin, so blatant it is in its weirdness.
Although Merkabah basically play the same thing for the whole duration of Moloch, the music is innovative enough not to require much variation from song to song. Each song is written with all the meticulousness of a sun-scorched penguin and the song structures would make the Lego masterpiece of a child-genius look like a roofless matchbox, but at the end of the day it's basically a proggy avant-metal kind of thing offering a lot of crazy saxophone. Regardless, it is damn enjoyable from start to finish. Maybe it's the lack of words that makes me not notice the transition between songs but I see Moloch as a whole, and I love every second of the thing.
(brutalprog.com)

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HateTyler "Vidia"


Country:  Italy
Sub GenreThrash, Progressive Metal
LabelSG Records
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Vidia 5:46
  2. Avoid Your Sin 4:56 
  3. Photograph 4:26 
  4. Listen To My Tragedy 5:46 
  5. Synapsis 4:42 
  6. Awaking The End 3:41 
  7. Lifenymph 4:18 
  8. Swallows And Crows 5:20 
  9. Make Me Stronger 5:27 
  10. D.D. 5:22
Line-up
Stefano Oliva - Vocals
Marco Pastorino - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Federico Maraucci - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Luca Negro - Bass
Erik Gentile - Drums

Description/Reviews
Hatetyler in "Vidia" is movin' into the same modern metal/thrash paths as in their debut but with a crunchier production, a bigger sound and with better songs!! The sound is a bit updated, the melody is also here and the electro metal pinches are giving the extra flavor!! The opening tune of "Vidia" reminded me of Shotgun Messiah's "Violent New Breed" album but with more aggressive vocals and the necessary progressive 'touches'!! "Listen To My Tragedy" is my personal favorite from the new effort. A more straight forward rocker with a nice hook and chorus that stucks in your mind, a very good harmony and a great riff! A killer tune! "Awaking The End" is fast, heavy with a darker vibe while in "Make Me Stronger" we are dealing with a really huge mid-tempo song with an incredible melody and passionate performances! heavyparadise.blogspot.gr

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Lifenymph

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Circle "Leviatan"


Country: Finland
Sub GenreKrautrock, Psychedelic
LabelEktro Records
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Kuohu (6:14) 
2. Huone (5:21)
3.     Protectorate (6:30)
4. Post-Kapitalismus (3:47)
5. Rakeita (4:38)
6. Hiekkaristi (5:13)
7. Haavat (4:52)
8. Valley (5:44)
9. Viaton (3:42)
Line-up
Janne Westerlund
Jussi Lehtisalo
Tomi Leppänen
Julius Jääskeläinen
Pekka Jääskeläinen
Mika Rättö

Description/Reviews
Circle could release anything and it would not surprise me, they hammer out speed metal, kraut rock or even an experimental lo-fi endurance test without breaking sweat. This time they have gone for a more stripped-down affair, with no distortion and clean vocals. It’s almost like you’ve had one too many mushrooms at Glastonbury, got lost and ended up in the arse end of the hippy bit. It’s not as bad as it sounds and it's actually pretty awesome. As he rants something about "Death to society" over and over again, against repetitive guitar plucking, it becomes increasingly engaging. It’s really hard to make a comparison, but it’s maybe like early Ween with an occasional detour in the Finnish language. What’s not to like?
As with the other 645 Circle albums, the keyboards are more than prominent, which occasionally save it from being a bit too acoustic (a.k.a. boring), but together with the strong musicianship and song writing it really holds your attention. It even has its really beautiful moments like ‘Rakeita’, with hints of bands like Lemon Jelly or Air in the mix.\
 Read the full review by Richard Collins at echoesanddust.com

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Huone
Post Kapitalismus

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Cró! "Pera"


Country: Spain
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock,
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1.Worms [03:48]
2.Wilda [04:48]
3.Planetaka [03:41]
4.32 [03:31]
5.Cibercibs [04:13]
6.Caliope [03:56]
7.Mr. Kite [04:08]
8.Silbar de grifo [02:45]

Line-up
Borja Bernárdez - visuals
Cibrán Rey - drums, backing vocals
David Santos - bass, backing vocals
Rubén Abad - guitar, vocals
Xavier Nuñez - keyboards, vocals

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Sabbath Assembly "Quaternity"


Country: USA
Sub GenreAcoustic, Prog Folk
LabelSvart Records
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Let Us Who Mystically Represent...
2. The Burning Cross of Christ
3. Jehovah On Death
4. I, Satan
5. Lucifer
6. The Four Horsemen

Line-up
Jamie Myers: vocals
Dave “Xtian” Nuss: percussion
    With
Daron Beck: vocals
Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts): guitar
Mat McNerney and Marja Kontinnen: reciting sacred texts
Jessika Kinney (Sunn 0)): liturgical chanting
Colin Marston: bass
“Nameless Void”: organ

Description/Reviews
Sabbath Assembly, the devotional brainchild of percussionist Dave “Xtian” Nuss based on the teachings of the controversial Process Church of the Final Judgment, is back with their third release Quaternity...Regardless, this is a beautiful and powerful release for the group. This is sacred folk music/metal that unites concepts of light and shadow into a concise worldview with an emphasis on being a well rounded person. Every Sabbath Assembly release has been simply stunning, but the newest record shifts styles and focuses on more acoustic based yet heavily layered compositions than the sort of retro sound of the previous two records.  12 string, cello, viola, acoustic bass, orchestra bells, gong, wind chime, timpani, and haunting vocals all make appearances in standout single “Jehovah on Death”, for example. Some of it almost sounds like less-obtuse Death In June meets early Genesis meets, I dunno, Fairport Convention.
Read the full review at metalriot.com

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Jehovah on Death

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Flaming Row "Mirage - A Portrayal Of Figures"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Mirage - A Portrayal Of Figures (Pt.1)
2. Aim L45
3. Burning Sky
4. Journey To The Afterlife
5. Alcatraz
6. Memento Mori
7. Pictures
8. In Appearance - A Portrayal Of Figures (Pt.2)

Line-up
Martin Schnella: guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, percussion
Niklas Kahl: drums, percussion
Marek Arnold: keyboards, saxophone, clarinet, recorder
Kiri Geile: vocals
     With:
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard): drums
Leo Margarit (Pain Of Salvation): drums
Max Dietzmann: drums
Lars Lehmann (U.F.O.): bass
Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Ex-Pain Of Salvation): bass
Dave Meros (Spock's Beard): bass
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon / Star One): additional guitar solo
Diego Tejeida (Haken): keyboard solo
Tobias Reiss: piano
Ole Rausch: additional guitar solo
Stephan Wegner: guitar
Jens Kommnick: uillean pipes, whistles, cello, fiddle, mandoline
Eric Brenton (Neal Morse): violin, viola, string arrangement
Nathan Brenton (Neal Morse): cello, string arrangement
Gero Drnek: orchestra arrangement
Hauke Nies: marching drums, cajon, bongos
Rolf Wagels: bodhran
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery): vocals, additional guitar- and synth solo
Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery): vocals, additional guitar solo
Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard / Enchant): vocals
Magali Luyten (Ayreon / Beautiful Sin): vocals
Johan Hallgren (Ex-Pain Of Salvation): vocals
Simon Moskon: vocals
Lars Begerow: vocals
Michael Lowin: vocals
Anne Trautmann: vocals
Melanie Mau: vocals
Anja Hampe: vocals

Description/Reviews
The world is under siege by an alien force –The Minders. They have declared war on the earth because they know that the humans will soon destroy the “mighty equation” in space. Humanity has become intelligent and technologically advanced but lacks the imagination and wisdom to see the devastation they wreak. The Magistrate has decided to annihilate the entire human race before its greed and pursuit of power can reach beyond its own planet. They send devastating solar storms to snuff out all life on Earth. The last surviving human “elite” fight to liberate their world and vow to “turn over a new leaf.” But a brave soldier named John believes that they have a very different plan…

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Progstreaming
Burning Sky

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I Wish You Were Here "Observers"


Country: Russia
Sub GenrePost Rock/Metal
Release dateMarch 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Einstein (6:20)
2. The Born Of The Universe (8:10)
3. The Last Signal (0:46)
4. Superstring Theory (3:52)
5. Tree (6:06)
6. Lost (3:11)
7. Events (4:15)
8. The Big Blue Planet (6:08)
9. Discovery (2:06)
10. Light (7:44)

Line-up
TBA

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Tree


Efecto Amalia "La República"


Country: Argentina
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateMarch 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. El reino de la oscuridad - 2:39
  2. Arquitectura del aislamiento - 3:57
  3. Fata morgana - 2:47
  4. El sueño de los héroes - 3:31
  5. Gestalt Pt. I (El caminante) - 3:29
  6. Gestalt Pt. II (Espejos y reflejos) - 4:40
  7. Soma - 4:40
  8. Abraxas - 4:39
  9. El destructor de formas - 4:14
  10. Ámbar - 5:19
Line-up
Fernando Yañez - vocals
Federico E. Ramírez - guitar
Joaquin Guevara - guitar
Santiago Silva - bass
Santiago Martínez Cartier - drums
   With
Hernán Sforzini - percussion on Gestalt Pt. II (Espejos y reflejos)


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Psygnosis "Human Be[ing]"


Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Extreme Metal, Death Metal, Electronica
Release dateMarch 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Phrase 6 11:48
  2. Resurrection 10:12
  3. Lost in Oblivion 09:44
  4. SilƎnt 06:07
  5. SilƎnt part.2 01:54
  6. Δrowning 10:24
  7. Hurricane 14:03
Line-up
Remi Vanhove - Guitar, 2nd vocals, samples, drum programming
Jeremy Tissier - Bass
Anthony Mouchet - Guitar
Yohan Oscar - Vocals
   With
Raphaël Verguin - Cello

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vincent Leboeuf Gadreau's Isos "Loving on Standby"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateMarch 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Loving on Standby (Part.1): I'll be waiting
2. Loving on Standby (Part.2): Gone too far
3. A flicker of hope
4. Number Two
5. Inside your collapsed world
6. Leave my mind
7. Relapse
8. The last words

Line-up
Vincent Leboeuf Gadreau (Inner Odyssey) - guitars, bass, lead and back vocals, keyboards and keys sampling
   With
Étienne Doyon - drums and percussion (except on "A flicker of hope")
Mathieu Chamberland - piano on "Leave my mind" and "The last words"
Marie Demers - back vocals on "Inside your collapsed world"

Description/Reviews
Isos mixes the rich "Porcupine Tree-like" acoustic sounds and slow high feeling "Pink Floydish" guitar solos with dark ambient keys and odd time signatures drum-bass grooves.

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Leave my Mind
Loving on Standby Part 2: Gone too far

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Distant Earth "Touching Heaven"


Country: UK
Sub GenreAmbient, Progressive Rock
Release dateMarch, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Touching Heaven - 3:31
  2. Endless Ocean  - 3:18
  3. Strangers By Starlight - 6:42
  4. New Dawn - 4:31
  5. Crystal Shower - 3:15
  6. Guilty - 3:46
  7. Riposo - 2:32
  8. Forgiven - 3:20
  9. Orchestral Ambition Part 1: Endeavour - 4:00
  10. Orchestral Ambition Part 2: The Lost - 3:52
  11. Orchestral Ambition Part 3: Epitaph - 3:16
  12. Strangers By Starlight (Radio Edit) - 3:56
Line-up
Chris Burton


The Conjuration "Surreal"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Death/Avant Metal
Label: Swimming With Sharks Records
Release dateMarch 25, 2014  (remixed and remastered version - October 7, 2014)
Tracklist
  1. Profane 04:09
  2. Capricorn 05:15
  3. Kaleidoscopic Thought 05:21
  4. Fragile 03:13
  5. Surreal 06:15
  6. Perception Shattered: A Darker Scope 05:28
  7. F(r)iend (In Flames cover) 03:19
  8. Introvert 04:15
  9. Overdose 10:10
Line-up
Corey Jason: All instruments and vocals, programming

Description/Review
We're talking about Progressive Death Metal bordering Avant Garde bordering schizophrenia. Just like KING CRIMSON did with Rock and Blues back in the 70s. Surely not for the faint of heart, nor for the close-minded. So grab your dramamines and keep an open mind people.
Right from the start you're thrust into a hellish realm of “Profane”. Ultra-fast ripping riffage, death growls and screams, melodic guitar licks, and paranoia-ladden rhythm shifts kinda reminiscent of VOIVOD, for lack of a better analogy. “Capricorn” widens the spectrum even more, introducing jazzy influence and craven mad synths to the mix. Told you its Avant Garde. Don't expect constraints of any sort.
As you progress further this degenarating spiral things get even wilder. From the crazy clown-like tauntings and EBM influences of “Kaleidoscopic Thought”, the ambient lunacy of  “Perception Shattered: A Darker Scope”, down to the 10 minute opus “Overdose”, one thing is certain here. Expect the unexpected. Corey Jason is a brilliant musician, both in performing and songwriting, that just won't let you ignore him. If you're into some background music, tough luck. You made a huge mistake. “Surreal” is not for you. (Kostas Kiriakis at metal-temple.com)

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Animals As Leaders "The Joy of Motion"


Country: USA
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelSumerian Records
Release dateMarch 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Kascade - 5:23 
  2. Lippincott - 4:22 
  3. Air Chrysalis - 5:05 
  4. Another Year - 3:50 
  5. Physical Education - 4:40 
  6. Tooth and Claw - 4:23 
  7. Crescent - 4:23 
  8. The Future That Awaited Me - 4:33 
  9. Para Mexer - 4:29 
  10. The Woven Web - 4:07 
  11. Mind-Spun - 4:35 
  12. Nephele - 4:31
Line-up
Tosin Abasi - guitars
Javier Reyes - guitars
Matthew Garstka - drums
   With
Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
Adam Getgood (Periphery)
Diego Farias (Volumes)
Navene Koperweis

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Akroma "La Cene"


Country: France
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Black Progressive Metal Opera
LabelFantai’zic Records
Release date: March 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. Pierre
2. Thomas
3. Jacques
4. Barthélémy
5. Matthieu
6. Jude
7. Simon
8. André
9. Jean
10. Philippe
11. Jacques fils d'alphée
12. Judas

Line-up
Alain Germonville – vocals
Matthieu Morand – guitar; orchestrations
Pierre-Yves Martin – bass
Thomas Das Neves – drums
Laura Kimpe – vocals
   With
Helene Dautry – cello
Lorraine Francois – harp
Sophie Habert – narration
   The 12 Apostles:
S.A.S de l'Argilière – vocals as Peter
Matthieu "Cigalou" Jouvert – vocals as Thomas
Frank Laprévotte – vocals as James
Black Messiah – vocals as Bartholomew
Kamel Guellil  – vocals as Matthew
Laurent Gisonna – vocals as Judas the son of James
Patrick Germonville – vocals as Simon
Nicolas Calnibalosky – vocals as Andrew
Sotaa – vocals as John
Sébastien Daspet – vocals as Philip
Manu  – vocals as James the son of Alphaeus
Emmanuel "El Worm" Lévy – vocals as Judas Iscariot

Description/Reviews
For its third album the group again selected a biblical theme - that of the 12 apostles. The project is ambitious, developing a singing skinned, grandiose orchestrations, explosive rhythms and demonic riffs while approaching the aesthetics of "Seven." 12 singers from the best extreme metal bands were chosen to interpret the apostles. Both symphonic and extreme, crazy and poetic, powerful and unhealthy, "La Cene" (The Last Supper) tells the story of a man who in his desire for revenge replenishes the last supper in the most gruesome way.

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Mary Jane "Solstice"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProg Folk
LabelTalking Elephant
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Wherever She Goes - 4:11
  2. Until Tomorrow - 4:47
  3. Solstice - 4:16
  4. Julia Delaney/Glasgow - 4:24
  5. Take Me Back - 5:05
  6. Recollections - 5:46
  7. Tamlin - 4:36
  8. Tullochgorum - 3:22
  9. Rain and Snow - 3:25
  10. House Carpenter - 5:46
  11. And the Fire Burns On - 2:29
Line-up
Jo Quinn - Vocals/Flute/Tin Whistle/Clarinet/Bodhran
Paul Alan Taylor - Guitar
Steve Barker - Drums
Jon Hawkes - Bass
Gillie Hotston - Violin/Mandolin

Description/Reviews
Mary Jane play a highly original blend of acoustic & electric psychedelic folk-rock. Lead singer Jo Quinn evokes memories of Annie Haslam of Renaissance as her soprano soars high on rocking original songs that often have a slightly medieval feel. 

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Hibernal "Replacements"


Country: Australia
Sub Genre Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Metal
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Replacements Part I - 04:00
  2. The City Ebbs Away - 07:22
  3. The Restless Man - 06:38
  4. Evasion - 06:33
  5. The Streets in Darkness - 05:17
  6. The Place Where You Hide - 07:21
  7. Machinations - 03:03
  8. Time Runs Out - 04:14
  9. Truth - 04:35
  10. Fragments of the Past - 06:50
  11. Fallout - 05:39
  12. Replacements Part II - 04:21
Line-up
Mark Healy - various instruments
    With
Rowan Salt - bass
Scott Gentle - spoken word as Artimus
Faleena Hopkins - spoken word as Sabel
Steve Van Beckum - spoken word as Roegner
Chip Wood - spoken word as Clerk

Description/Reviews
A man who carries out an empty existence in a near-future dystopian city becomes infatuated with a synthetic female and soon learns that she is on the run from the law.
Crafting a synergy of instrumental music and storytelling, Hibernal deliver another unique sonic journey that blurs the boundaries between music, theatre and film.
‘Replacements’ opens a window into the future of mankind’s technology where our mastery of robotics creates endless possibilities, both great and terrible. It asks the question - is everything replaceable?
Like all Hibernal albums, this is best experienced like a movie - from start to finish in one sitting. Set aside an hour of your time for a fully immersive experience.
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Brimstone "Mannsverk"


Country:  Norway
Sub GenreProgressive Retro Rock/Pop
LabelKarisma Records
Release date: March 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. A Norwegian Requiem
2. Rubberlegged Man
3. Voodoo
4. Flapping Lips at Ankle Height
5. The Fixed Wheel
6. The Giant Fire
7. Sjø & Land
8. This is the Universe

Line-up
R. Edwards - guitars, vocals
Øyvind Grønner - keys, vocals
Thomas Grønner - drums
Truls "Biff" Eriksen - bass

Description/Reviews
If one can imagine the sound of Brimstones “Mannsverk” emanating back across the water, one can hardly have designed a more apt soundtrack for the whale’s final plight, laden with themes of estrangement, bewilderment and time running out as it is. After the virtual menagerie of instruments (everything from flutes to saxophones to accordions, choirs and violins) that graced their previous album, Smorgasbord, “Mannsverk” finds Brimstone back as a 4-piece, with a tight, muscular and poetic sound as the result. The album is also a return of sorts to the band’s musical roots, with a strong late 60’s/early 70’s prog vibe evident throughout. The music easily transcends it influences though, and the end result is unmistakably Brimstone. The whole of the album was recorded in their own studio, enabling the band to really stretch out. Many of the songs are well beyond the 6-minute mark, one almost 10 minutes and another well past 12 minutes long. The musicianship and precise arrangements of the songs ensure, however, that “Mannsverk” never descends into boring solos or fruitless jamming. (By Hallvard Mildestveit)
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Loonypark "Unbroken spirit lives in us"


Country: Poland
Sub GenreArt Rock
LabelLynx Music
Release date: March 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Failed game - 5.10
  2. Upside down - 5.06
  3. Treasure - 7.00
  4. Awakening - 6.31
  5. A Star - 4.39
  6. Unbroken spirit lives in us - 7.06
  7. The End part I - 3.06
  8. The End part II - 4.13
Line-up
Krzysztof Lepiarczyk - keyboards
Sabina Godula-Zając - vocal
Piotr Grodecki - guitars
Piotr Lipka - bass
Grzegorz Fieber - drums

Etherna "Forgotten Beholder"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Power Metal
Label: Valery Records
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The sound of loneliness 02:06
  2. Thoughts 05:02
  3. Lady of the bridge 04:32
  4. Forgotten beholder 05:00
  5. A dream in infinite space 02:27
  6. Kill me now 06:00
  7. Revelations 04:49
  8. Death 03:48
  9. Night flight 05:11
  10. Return from the unknown dimension 05:06
  11. It's not a goodbye 05:23
  12. A colour in the rainbow 04:15
  13. Three of cups 03:05
Line-up
Alessio Lucatti - Keyboards
Alessandro Lucatti - Guitar
Andrea Racco - Voice
Marco Serani - Bass Guitar
Matteo Amoroso - Drums

Description/Reviews
... a big change in delivery which forsakes the double bass, high tenor, and symphonic approach of its predecessor in favor of a more aggressive, complex, and hard-nosed approach with a whole lot of roaring from new vocalist Racco.
While Etherna hinted around at this sound very slightly in 2008, Forgotten Beholder is a grimmer, punishing beast that pushes syncopation, more varied riffing, and Racco’s throaty vibrato to the fore. Unfortunately, I find this approach to be less memorable and less gripping, with a couple of noticeable exceptions. “Death”, for example, is a clear standout. A commanding chorus, rapid-paced riffs, driving drumwork, and some great screams make for a song that I’ll not soon forget, and one that’s made my go-to playlist for the year of 2014.
 Read the full review by Daniel Millard at blackwindmetal.com

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Hortus Animae "Secular Music"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Black Metal
LabelFlicknife Records
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. God and His Disgusting Children - 07:18
2. Blood of the Earth / The Truth Against the World - 07:43
3. Dystopian Apocalypse - 06:29
4. At the End of Doomsday - 11:23
5. The Poison of the Naga - 08:43
6. Impromptu Op. II / Pain Relieved - 03:58
7. Chamber of Endless Nightmares - 06:53
8. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover) - 6:20

Line-up
Martyr Lucifer - Vocals
Hypnos - Guitars
Bless - Keyboards
Grom- Drums

Loudest Whisper "Blue... Is The Colour Of Time"


Country: Ireland
Sub GenreProg Folk
LabelSunbeam Records
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The Colour Of Time - 4:44
  2. Dreamcatcher - 6:36
  3. High Flyer - 4:00
  4. Pied Piper - 5:51
  5. Grey Skies - 4:43
  6. Havin' A Hell Of A Time - 5:05
  7. Friend Of Darkness - 6:52
  8. Platonic - 4:22
  9. Shadows Of Love - 3:34
  10. Night Time In The City - 5:24
  11. Whichever Way The Wind Blows - 3:02
  12. Eleanor Rigby - 4:43
Line-up
Brian O'Reilly - Guitars, piano and vocals
Paud O'Reilly - Drums and vocals
Paul McCartthy - Bass

Description/Reviews
Led by brothers Brian and Paud O'Reilly, Loudest Whisper originally formed in the 1960s. Since then they have forged a reputation as one of Ireland's best bands, with a repertoire spanning folk, psychedelia, blues and more. This is their first new album in a decade. It finds their gift for songwriting and melody as strong as ever, and is sure to delight their many fans worldwide. An exhilerating blend of folk, rock & blues with injections of celtic folklore & mysticism.
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Quiet Observer "2014" EP


Country: Ukraine
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Ambient, Progressive Metal
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Enigmatic frisbee - 04:20
  2. Space balls (version2) - 04:48
  3. Mercury shadow (version2) - 04:46
  4. Into the unknown - 04:40
Line-up
Igor - guitar
Vasya - bass
Denis - drums, keyboards

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Defying "Nexus Artificial"


Country: Poland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Post Metal
Release dateMarch 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Dēmiourgós 02:19
  2. Newborn Sun 09:36
  3. Portraits 07:32
  4. Prayers 05:50
  5. Mismatch 05:16
  6. Imitation 07:10
  7. Ningma 00:44
  8. Anaesthesia 04:24
  9. Suppression 06:13
  10. Ab originis 00:54
Line-up
Piotr Stępiński - vocals, guitars
Rafał Warniełło - solo guitar
Paweł Siemaszko - bass
Tomasz Semeniuk - drums, sampling
   With
Natalia Szalaj - vocals in “Prayers” & “Mismatch”

Description/Reviews
Let's clarify that our talented quartet's version of progressive metal is not in vain of Dream Theater and such, but rather very mysterious and nostalgic, almost to the point of doom. Very spacious and lush compositions are absorbed best with a serving of moonless night sprinkled with couple flickers of a candle. From opening ambient intro, Demiourgós, and first clean guitar notes of Newborn Sun, Defying takes us on the journey through the 'nexus' of our existance. Each track on its own and as a whole works seamlessly and presents very high level of musical proficiency and esthetics usually reserved for later outputs in band's career. Like veterans of the scene, Defying spreads its message throughout all forms of music medium. There's full spectrum of vocal hues from spoken words to deep growls and even couple female ones on 'Prayers' and 'Mismatch'. Broad range of guitar effects, samples and acoustic guitars overlaying the progressive dynamics of rhythm section keep almost an hour of music always compelling and captivating. With all those elements and characteristics Defying created very lustrous debut from which they will be judged against in the future.
 Read the full review at metalbite.com

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