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Monday, June 30, 2014

Active Heed "Higher Dimensions"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateJune 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The War of Tempos  - 4:00
  2. Far Escape - 6:02
  3. A Little Bit Expired - 4:30
  4. Gaps in Time - 3:50
  5. Multiple Replies - 6:34
  6. The Numbers of God - 5:34
  7. Crop Squares - 4:06
  8. A Pet Called Prime - 4:22
  9. No Speed Limit - 6:50
  10. Kick-Ass Grammar - 4:12
  11. Ternary Level One - 5:26
  12. Not Left and Not Taken - 9:50
Line-up
Umberto Pagnini: Music and Lyrics
Cristiano Roversi (Moongarden, Submarine Silence): Keys, Bass, Arrangement and Production
Gian Maria Roveda: Drums
Mirco Ravenoldi: Guitars
Per Fredrik Åsly (PelleK): Vocals

Artificial Waves "Changes"


Country: Russia
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateJune 30, 2014
Tracklist
01 - Moving Phase 1:02
02 - Lunation 6:14
03 - Falling Sky 6:39
04 - Extrapolation 8:32
05 - Requiem 6:02
06 - Days Gone Bye 1:15
07 - Walking Dead 5:48
08 - Winter Ambience 2:26
09 - Eternal Loop 5:42
10 - Foggy Rainbow 5:23

Line-up
Alexey Pereverzev – guitar, keyboards, samples
Arthur Kudrov – guitar
Dmitry Kaleev – bass
Ilya Kosharov – drums

Description/Reviews
Artificial Waves is Moscow band experimenting with contemporary instrumental music such as postrock, postmetal, mathrock etc.

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Seven That Spells "The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock: IO"


Country: Croatia
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelSulatron Records
Release dateJune 30, 2014
Tracklist
1. In II 
2. Io
3. One 
4. Burning Blood 
5. Out II

Line-up

Nikola Babić – drums 
Jeremy White – bass, voc 
Niko Potočnjak – guitar 
   With
Albin Julius - synths, hammond, kazoo 
Nikola Urošević - throat singing


Description/Reviews
Seven That Spells have garnered quite a reputation on the underground psych scene and from the basis of this album alone it is easy to see why. Hailing from Croatia but with a strong founding in Japanese culture, they deliver a heady dose of deep psych that you may just want to find somewhere safe to lie down to first before listening.
Not that this is obvious from opening track 'In II' whose kaleidoscopic guitar riff signals a descent into the madness that follows. It's all rather run of the mill and basic but that's the trick you see. It completely disarms you whilst also taking on the role of an introductory flight into space. 
 Read the full review by Martyn Coppack at echoesanddust.com

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The Lost Generation "The Lost Generation"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelMusea
Release dateJune 30, 2014
Tracklist
1 - Lost Generation - (1'37)
2 - Ladder To The Stars - (5'07)
3 - No Child Left Behind - (4'27)
4 - Drawn To You - (5'08)
5 - Bathtub Gin - (6'44)
6 - Midsummer's Hell - (2'11)
7 - Blank Mind Over Black Fields - (5'34)
8 - Pagan Ache - (4'01)
9 - Touch Of Simplicity - (3'00)
10 - Wishful Thinking - A New Found Generation - (5'07)

Line-up
Matteo Bevilacqua

Description/Reviews
The Lost Generation is the new project from Diaries Of A Hero's bass player Matteo Bevilacqua. The British musician takes a step away from his heavy-metal background, and explores different musical paths, following the footsteps of bands such as PT, Anathema, POS and the softer side of Opeth. The self-titled first album examines various themes focusing mainly on the conditions the youth are living in, and the overall tension that peeked in the 2011 London Riots. Like all concept-albums, it needs to be observed as a whole to fully capture the journey the listener is invited to follow as the musical genres intersect with one another. Progressive rock leads the way to ethereal acoustic sections, electronic experimentations and even a bluegrass track, but the atmosphere is one, undoubtably traveling on the same train that terminates where it began, leaving the listener with no question that the creativity displayed here is only just the beginning...
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Slugdge "Gastronomicon"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive /Sludge/Black /Death Metal
Release dateJune 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Dark Side of the Shroom (Intro) 02:55 
  2. Gastronomicon 07:57 
  3. Lettuce Prey 07:23 
  4. The Sound of Mucus 05:22 
  5. Slimewave Zero 04:33 
  6. Invertahate 05:22 
  7. Salters of Madness 06:31 
  8. Pax Aranea 05:56 
Line-up
Kev Pearson
Matt Moss
   With
Laurence Beer - additional vocals and lyrics on Pax Aranea

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Cloud Atlas "Beyond the Vale"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release date: June 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Searchlight
  2. Siren song
  3. Let the Blood low
  4. Falling
  5. The Grieving
  6. Stars
  7. Journeys End
  8. I'll take care of you (a song for P)
Line-up
Heidi Widdop (ex-Stolen Earth) - vocals, hand percussion, whistle
Martin Ledger - guitars
Stu Carver (ex-Mostly Autumn) - bass
Neil Scott - drums
Dave Randall - keyboards

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Disforia "The Age of Ether"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePower Metal, Progressive Metal
Release dateJune 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Essence - 1:25
2. Chaos - 4:25
3. Dream Eater - 5:17
4. Creator's Creator - 9:12
5. Infection - 1:37
6. Half/Life - 9:14
7. Beyond the Walls of Misery - 8:05
8. Lunar Sunrise - 8:00
9. The Dying Firmament - 5:23
10. The Ethereal - 4:37

Line-up
John Yelland - Lead Vocals
Chad Anderson - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Austin Bentley - Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Orchestral Composition and Programming
Dayton Andersen - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Casey Frederick - Drums
   With
Britney Slayes (Unleash the Archers) - Vocals (8)
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) -

Description/Reviews
“Progressive” might be a slight misnomer in the sense that, when deconstructed, there’s nothing on here that you haven’t heard before, and let’s face it, we live in an age where just about every metal act that eschews linear song structure in favor of multi-layered instrumentation and expansive lyrical narratives ends up with the ‘prog’ tag. At the risk of getting overly pedantic about it, let’s just go ahead and call Disforia a “smart metal” band not entirely dissimilar to the likes of Pharaoh and Into Eternity (insofar as their sound is built upon a foundation of alternating contrasting-yet-complementary elements that run the gamut from power to melodic death metal). It’s not the sine non qua of the subgenre but it’s intricate and engaging enough to get geeks the world over very giddy.
 Read the full review by Neil Pretorius at metal-observer.com

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Bear the Mammoth "Yamadori"


Country: Australia
Sub Genre Instrumental Post Rock, Math Rock
Release dateJune 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Cloverlea 02:38
  2. What’s Yours Was Mine Is Never Leaving 07:46
  3. The Bonding Leech 08:46
  4. Glycine 08:44
  5. Hieronymus Bosch 09:41
  6. Molly 09:19
Line-up
James Kershaw - Guitars
Ben Sharpe - Guitars
Stephan Evans - Bass
Chris Lobo - Drums

Description/Reviews
Track #1 ‘Cloverlea’ is an ambient intro that feels sort of spacey..until you hear the guitar slide up and down shifting in-and-out of its sustained note/feedback. Then I realised it was a guitar and not some keyboard/synth thing..very clever.
Drums come in and it’s track #2 ‘What’s Yours Was Mine Is Never Leaving’ and it’s more of that roomy/reverby guitar stuff until the bass comes in all dirty and carrying rhythm and melody with it. I’m hooked at this point. At around the 3 minute mark things turn sort of dark and the guitars start strumming instead of picking and the drumming gets a little Tool-ish. Not in complexity..but in feel. Rhythms continue, band follows, pattern builds momentum and this is getting all kinds of wonderful!
Now an interesting thing occurs at about the 5 minute mark. It seems the band has stopped and then there’s a 4-count on the hi hats and they start up again but with what sounds like a whole different song. A proggy one. A nearly 8 minute journey ends with a high and a bit of a surprise. Did not see that coming.
 Read the full review at myindieaustralia.wordpress.com

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Autocatalytica "Autocatalytica"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Extreme Avant Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 28, 2014
Tracklist
01. Oxygonical 04:04
02. Thunder Squirrel 04:50
03. Russian Pharmaceuticals 08:27
04. Dweller On The Threshold 08:08
05. Heavier & More Melodic 05:58
06. Flesh Pillow 08:33
07. Toxic Rodent Waterfall 09:16

Line-up
Eric Thorfinnson: Guitar, Vocals
Erik Sorensen: Guitar
William Purcell : Bass
Emmett Ceglia: Drums

Description/Reviews
The debut album from Boston based me(n)tal patients Autocatalytica is almost beyond description. If you pick a dichotomy, light/heavy, fast/slow, stable/unstable for example, it will apply to this record.
Each track will hit you like a wall of sound at times. Opener ‘Oxygonical‘ jams in with dissonant, droning feedback before it slaps you in the face with some inhumanly fast drumming. It is an utterly glorious mess of riffs upon riffs, stabbing rhythms and rasping, unhinged vocals. Comparison between Autocatalytica and Dillinger Escape Plan have been made in past and while they’re right to a certain extent, this doesn’t quite capture how disparate some of the elements are. Think Mutation with some of the flair of Kvelertak and you aren’t even in the right sport, let alone ballpark.
 Read the full review by Jay Hampshire at hitthefloor.com

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Vintersorg "Naturbål"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Folk Black Metal
LabelNapalm Records
Release datesJune 27, 2014 (G/A/S, FIN & Benelux), June 30, 2014 (UK & EUROPE), July 2, 2014 (ESP/SWE/NOR), July 8, 2014 (US/CAN)
Tracklist
1. Ur aska och sot
2. Överallt och ingenstans
3. En blixt från klar himmel
4. Lågornas rov
5. Rymdens brinnande öar
6. Natten visste vad skymningen såg
7. Elddraken
8. Urdarmåne
9. Själ i flamma

Line-up
Vintersorg - vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards
Mattias Marklund - guitars

Description/Reviews
"Naturbål" ("Nature's Bonfire") is yet another groundbreaking Folk Metal record in the discography of the Swedish mastermind whose characteristic vocals and unique songs have left their mark on a whole genre. Folkloristic tunes merge with technical guitar riffs and multilayered melodies. Anthem-like refrains provide the finishing touches to this sweeping symbiosis. The songs combine the best of two worlds -- elements of Vintersorg's early works and the technical standard of the later years. Vintersorg is undoubtedly a visionary and offers a brilliant, consistent and sweeping album that is the perfect journey through all the periods of his work. 

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Whispers In Crimson "Suicide In B Minor"


Country: Iran
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateJune 26, 2014
Tracklist
1. Suicide in B Minor 08:38
2. Nightmare Within a Dream 10:34
3. Project Sinister 07:32
4. Do You Believe? 06:02
5. Coming Home 06:09
6. Us for Fools (To Iran) 08:52
7. Cask of Amontillado 07:26

Line-up
Amirali Nourbakhsh: Guitars, vocals on 5
Hadi Kiani: Keyboards except on 1
Herbie Langhans Vocals except on 5
Jalal Gholami: Bass on 1,2,4,6
Arash Moghaddam: Drums on 2,3,5,7
Dara Darai: Bass on 5,7
Abolkhanjeh Fatmeshekanjeh: Drums on 1,4,6
Mohsen Yousefi: Keyboards on 1
Kasra Saboktakin: Bass on 3

Description/Reviews
The sound of Whispers In Crimson incorporates a blend of progressive metal, 80s heavy metal, 70’s progressive and hard rock and then just Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio.
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Saga "Sagacity"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, AOR
LabelearMusic
Release dateJune 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Let It Slide-  4:49 
  2. Vital Signs - 3:27 
  3. It Doesn't Matter Who You Are - 3:59 
  4. Go With the Flow - 5:26 
  5. Press 9 - 3:48 
  6. Wake Up - 2:34 
  7. Don't Forget to Breathe - 3:24 
  8. The Further You Go - 4:04 
  9. On My Way - 5:15 
  10. No Two Sides - 3:58 
  11. Luck - 3:39 
  12. I'll Be - 6:21
Line-up
Michael Sadler - Vocals
Ian Crichton - Guitar
Jim Crichton - Bass/Keys
Jim Gilmour - Keyboards/Vocals
Mike Thorne - Drums

Split Bearing "Welcome To The Present"


Country: Czechia
Sub GenreProgressive Metal/Rock
LabelIFA music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJune 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Shattered 08:14
  2. Into The Void 07:40
  3. Angels Of Death 06:39
  4. Innocence 06:38
  5. The Road 07:37
  6. Another Life 07:43
  7. Separate Ways 07:01
  8. Judgement Day 09:06
  9. Better Places 05:21
Line-up
Petr Duliškovič - vocals
Mirek Řezníček - guitars, sampler
Vašek Bezkočka - bass
Jiří M. Lýsek - drums

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Dot Legacy "Dot Legacy"


Country: France
Sub GenreAlternative, Stoner, Post Rock, Psychedelic
Label Setalite Records
Release dateJune 27, 2014
Tracklist
1. Kennedy (04:15)
2. Think of a Name (04:56)
3. Days of the Weak (04:10)
4. The Passage (02:24)
5. Pyramid (05:02)
6. Gorilla Train Station (07:21)
7. Rumbera (07:22)
8. The Midnight Weirdos (08:38)
9. 3 am (01:42)

Line-up
Arnaud Merckling – Guitar
Jean-Suliac Defontaine – Guitar, Vocals
Damien Quintard – Bass, Vocals
Romain Bat - Drums

Description/Reviews
One of a reviewer’s favourite dreams – and, in equal measure, worst nightmares – is to occasionally stumble across a band who are difficult, if not downright impossible, to categorize.
Dot Legacy Album ArtworkSuch an outfit are Parisien quartet Dot Legacy, and this eclectic self-titled debut, which veers between post-rock synchopation, stoner, ambient noise, psychedelia and even jazz, world music and hip hop to produce an album that inherits an avant-garde musical orbit lying somewhere between Russian Circles, Sleep, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Kyuss.
It’s original.  It’s innovative.  It’s brave and daring.  It’s challenging. It’s defiant.  It’s entrancing.  It’s beautiful. (planetmosh.com)
Also read the review at metal-temple.com

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Destined For Asylum "Suppressed Aggression"


Country: Australia
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateJune 26, 2014
Tracklist
01. Intro 00:53
02. Faith 03:46
03. Blood 04:45
04. What Have I Become 03:22
05. Blow The Fuse 03:56
06. Don't Say It 04:20
07. Dead To Me 02:54
08. The Fall 03:28
09. Flawless 05:04
10. Blood Part 2 04:40
11.Self Sacrifice 04:34
12. Dreams 04:18

Line-up
Mark Palmer - Vocals
Alex Campbell - Guitars
Stephen Wilson - Guitars
Jasper Moy - Bass
Adam Minehan - Drums

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

AtmaNova "Stella"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post/Progressive Rock
Label: self-released
Formatdigital
Release dateJune 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The Desperate 05:16
  2. Mandala 09:04
  3. Amygdala Hijack 08:07
  4. Life In Film 09:05
  5. Listen 09:56
  6. Shifting_Waking 07:12
  7. Rothko 12:02
  8. Magnetic Drift 13:32
  9. And We Gather Here Today... 03:44
Line-up
Trevor Holden

Description/Reviews
The music is a blend of Post-Rock and Prog Rock. Every song is pretty much in Theme and Variation form, where the initial theme goes through a multitude of variations on itself, morphing through different moods throughout each piece.

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Eatliz "All Of It"


Country: Israel
Sub GenreArt Rock, Alternative, Pop
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJune 25, 2014
Tracklist
01. One Of Us 04:08
02. Miserable 04:47
03. Bees 05:00
04. Lilith 04:09
05. Misanthrope 04:31
06. A Giant Fall 03:45
07. Heavenly 04:15
08. A Visit To Dendroida 03:29
09. Potion 04:02
10. Last Bite 04:41

Line-up
Sivan Abelson - Vocals
Omer Hershman - Guitars
Guy Ben Shetrit - Guitars, Keyboards
Noam Shaham – Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Omry Hanegby - Drums
   With
Hadar Green - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Itamar Ziegler - Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, Programming, Vocals
Tom Darom - Keyboards (7)
Gadi Peter - Drums (8)

Description/Reviews
All Of It is comprised of ten lushly arranged tracks, including "Miserable," and runs almost 43 minutes. Arrangements are complex -- almost progressive -- and the percussion and rhythm sections are most outstandingly produced. English lyrics again dominate Eatliz' music. Listen for the thick bass lines and drums that punctuate the album from the opening track "One Of Us" onward through the album. This sound is perhaps most evident in the lush arrangement of "Bees." Listen also for the lush harmonies and dense synth washes that join Sivan's vocalize that soar across the top of this outstanding track.
 Read the full review by at musicaldiscoveries.com

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A Secret River "Colours Of Solitude"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateJune 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Blinding light
2. No way to say goodbye
3. Starbomb
4. Colours of Solitude
5. Are you coming with me
6. A place to start
7. Passing grace
8. On the line

Line-up
Andreas Ålöv - Bass and lead vocals
John Bergstrand - Drums, percussion and vocals
Mikael Grafström - Guitars and vocals
Björn Sandberg - Keyboards and vocals

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Soap Revelations "Dreamachine"


Country: Colombia
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateJune 25, 2014
Tracklist
01.Respira 02:28
02.These windows show us the distant future 03:37
03.Structures 04:38
04.Efflorescent 04:14
05.The Dreamachine - Part I 05:27
06.Fractal 04:07
07.Mar de Espejos Rotos 07:11
08.Oscillating 03:10
09.The Dreamachine - Part II  06:00
10.Panacea 06:41
11.Lucienne 06:21

Line-up
Juan S. Ramirez - Instruments
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Juliana Castrillón - Vocals on Track 2
Jose Carlos Muci - Guitar solo on Track 9

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Etched in Stone "The Failure of Modern Man"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Death Metal
Release dateJune 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Of Intelligent Design 01:46
  2. Fissuræ Moralis 06:44
  3. The Liar and the Thief 03:45
  4. At the Altar of Lethe 05:58
  5. Only Silent, Still 07:59
  6. Treason 03:01
  7. Paragraph II 04:37
  8. 194.04 02:22
Line-up
Brian Lewis - Vocals
Eric Wolford - Guitar
Travis Miller - Guitar
Michael Salet - Bass
Nathan Andersen - Keys
Aaron Jones - Drums

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Phish "Fuego"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProg Related, Jamband
Release date June 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. Fuego (9:15)
2. The Line (5:21)
3. Devotion To A Dream (5:47)
4. Halfway To The Moon (6:34)
5. Winterqueen (4:21)
6. Sing Monica (3:13)
7. 555 (5:41)
8. Waiting All Night (4:58)
9. Wombat (3:18)
10. Wingsuit (6:05)

Line-up
Trey Anastasio - guitar, vocals
Page McConnell - keyboards, vocals
Mike Gordon - bass, vocals
Jon Fishman - drums, vocals

Description/Reviews
Fuego asserts itself right off the bat with its fiery nine-minute title track. The long-simmering, shape-shifting rock anthem showcases Anastasio's distinctive guitar shredding and the band's impressive gift for syncopation and exuberant climaxes. Throughout Fuego, Phish embarks on a series of genre exercises: There's straight-ahead gospel-infused rock ("Sing Monica"), slinky cow-funk ("555") and airy, Latin-infused pop ("Waiting All Night"). The record culminates in another fantastic highlight, "Wingsuit," a dreamy lullaby that soothes with the mantra "And it feels good" before swelling to a three-guitar solo in its grandiose finale. (Peter Yang at npr.org)

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Arc "Umbra"


Country: UK
Sub GenreElectronica, Ambient
LabelDiN
Release dateJune 24, 2014
Tracklist
01 Arcadia (14:24)
02 Proxima Obscuro (13:32)
03 Umbra (18:07)
04 Autostratus (11:44)
05 Panthera (10:01)
06 Cherry Bomb (10:34)

Line-up
Ian Boddy: Analogue modular, keyboards, Ableton Live
Mark Shreeve: Moog modular, sequencing, keyboards

Description/Reviews
A powerful album of Berlin School style. And as in all good Berlin School filled by mysticism and of Gothicism, and this one is awesome trust me, the rhythm arises from a troop of baroque noises and gallops to lose breath under the bites of sonic beasts before trying a refuge in a short moment of ambiospherical illusion and to rush again beneath another skin and a new sonic big top always so threatening, always so nerve-racking. An album where the shadows of sequences and of Gothic melodies haunt structures of complex rhythms which never stop seducing the ear.
 Read the full review by Sylvain Lupari at synthsequences.blogspot.com

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Mastodon "Once More 'Round the Sun"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release date: June 24, 2014
Tracklist
01 Tread Lightly
02 The Motherload
03 High Road
04 Once More 'Round the Sun
05 Chimes at Midnight
06 Asleep in the Deep
07 Feast Your Eyes
08 Aunt Lisa
09 Ember City
10 Halloween
11 Diamond in the Witch House

Line-up
Troy Sanders - lead vocals, bass guitar
Brent Hinds - lead vocals, guitars
Brann Dailor - drums, percussion, lead vocals
Bill Kelliher - guitars, backing vocals

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tim Bowness "Abandoned Dancehall Dreams"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProg Related
LabelInsideOut
Release dateJune 23, 2014
Tracklist
1. The Warm-Up Man Forever
2. Smiler At 50
3. Songs Of Distant Summers
4. Waterfoot
5. Dancing For You
6. Smiler At 52
7. I Fought Against The South
8. Beaten By Love

Line-up
Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool)
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Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
Anna Phoebe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Blackfield)
Stephen Bennett
Michael Bearpark
Pete Morgan
Andrew Booker
Steve Bingham
Andrew Keeling: string arrangements

AnovA "Omnis"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateJune 21, 2014
Tracklist
01. Tartarus 04:45
02. Magatama 05:00
03. Sword 03:30
04. Red Sea 03:51
05. Daedalus 04:21
06. Overflow 03:50
07. Hisou 09:28
08. Recursion 03:51
09. Unforgiving Blue 05:49
10. Ride This Squall - Part 1 05:49
11. Ride This Squall - Part 2 06:47
12. Ride This Squall - Part 3 03:30

Line-up
Luke Bowyer: Bass, Electronics
David Lewis: Vocals, Drum Programming
Yoshiaki Nishite: Guitar, Electronics, Drum Programming

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Monuments "The Amanuensis"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelCentury Media Records
Release dateJune 23, 2014 (UK/Europe/Aus/NZ) and July 8, 2014 (North America)
Tracklist
1. I, The Creator
2. Origin Of Escape
3. Atlas
4. Horcrux
5. Garden Of Sankhara
6. The Alchemist
7. Quasimodo
8. Saga City
9. Jinn
10. I, The Destroyer
11. Samsara

Line-up
Chris Barretto - vocals, saxophone
John Browne - guitar
Olly Steele - guitar
Adam Swan - bass
Mike Malyan - drums, samples

Description/Reviews
“The Amanuensis”, at least the title, was inspired by author David Mitchell’s novel, “Cloud Atlas”. The complex story lines are the perfect analog for Monuments. Musically, the group weave in and out of themes, motifs, and professor-like note calculations with graceful ease. But lyrically “The Amanuensis” comes from a very different place. “The album is about the Samsara cycle,” reveals Browne (guitar). “The cyclical existence of life that we are all bound to.”

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Neil Thomas "Devadatta"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release date: June 2014
Tracklist
1. Adrenalinized 4:05
2. Time Bomb 4:17
3. The Unlikelihood of Intimacy 4:19
4. The Dragon King's Daughter 10:20
5. Charm Offensive 6:44
6. Deliberate Self Harm 3:44
7. Random Acts of Kindness 4:30
8. Moral Compass 10:09

Line-up
Neil Thomas

Description/Reviews
'Devadatta' is the follow up album to 2010's 'A Century of Lullabies'. Much like it's predecessor, it's another concept album (with more than a nod to the progressive rock genre) mixing stark imagery, social commentary and humanist philosophy to create a tapestry of vivid soul-searching and storytelling. There is immensely detailed substance to this album, which ultimately means that a single listen through is not going to be enough. With catchy choruses and hooky melodies there's plenty to compel the discerning listener to keep hitting the play button over and over again, each time peeling back the layers. From the driving rock thunder of the opening track, 'Adrenalinized', to the acutely intimate 'Charm Offensive', the album offers an array of emotion. Do not be fooled by the number of tracks either. Both 'The Dragon King's Daughter' and 'Moral Compass' are both over 10 minutes long - broken down into suites, they give the impression that you are actually listening to ten or twelve songs, rather than eight. 
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blueblut "Hurts So Gut"


Country: Austria
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Psychedelic
Format CD, vinyl, digital
Release dateJune 21, 2014
Tracklist
  1. You Think 03:40
  2. Bondàge 03:30
  3. Fuckhead Toothbrush 08:13
  4. Apocalypso 03:16
  5. Big In Iran 01:28
  6. noASMR 09:26
  7. Monky Buh 01:34
  8. Verpratert 05:56
  9. Posetiv Enough 00:57
  10. Calypsoma 03:47
  11. Erde, Wind & Pfurz 02:23
  12. Lullabye 03:42
Line-up
Pamelia Kurstin - theremin, vocals, percussion
Chris Janka - guitar, vocals, percussion
Mark Holub - drums, vocals, percussion
   With
Willi Landl - vocals on 4 and 10

Description/Reviews
Floating somewhere between psych and avant-rock, Blueblut’s chameleon-like players make a myriad of musical colours. Kurstin takes the role of ethereal ocean siren and walking jazz bassist, Janka of a thrash punk mathrocker and Holub seething at the back, builds and bubbles with grooves and rock energy tearing apart Blueblut’s emerging musical language and inventing new pathways. 
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Sparkle in Grey "The Calendar"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreExperimental, Electronica, Post Rock
Release dateJune 21, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Ianuarius
  2. Februarius
  3. Martius
  4. Aprilis
  5. Maius 
  6. Iunius
  7. Quintilis
  8. Sextilis
  9. September
  10. October
  11. November (Just Like Anything)
  12. December
  13. The Thirteenth Month
Line-up
Alberto Carozzi, Cristiano Lupo, Franz Krostopovic and Matteo Uggeri.

Description/Reviews
This record is a perpetual calendar.
Every track is a month.
Every song matches an animal.
Every beast teaches us how to live better and happily.
A playful and wise bestiary to be read and listened to.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Salander "STENDEC"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateJune 21, 2014
Tracklist
1. Pearls Upon A Crown (13:12) 
2. Book Of Lies (11:04) 
3. Ever After (6:44) 
4. Hypothesis 11/8 (4:16) 
5. Situation Disorientation (8:06) 
6. Controlled Flight Into Terrain (13:46) 
7. Zeitgeist (7:49) 

Line-up
Dave Curnow - Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Bowed Guitar, Vocals
Dave Smith - Keyboards, Acoustic Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming, Vocals

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Lysithea "The Secret Fate of All Life"


Country: New Zealand
Sub GenreProgressive Melodic Doom Metal
Release dateJune 20, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The Void 02:31
  2. The Tower (A Nexus in Time) 05:56
  3. The Devouring Mists 08:50
  4. The Nothing Wind 10:04
  5. The Abyss of Organic Forms 08:42
  6. The Secret Fate of All Life 12:32
  7. The Voidwalker 10:32
Line-up
Mike Lamb - Everything (tracks 1,3,5,7)
Mike Wilson - Everything (tracks 2,4,6)

Description/Reviews
The album is based around a concept inspired by Stephen King's Dark Tower, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and the writings of H. P. Lovecraft.
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Wang Wen "Eight Horses"


Country: China
Sub GenreInstrumental Post Rock
LabelNew Noise
Release dateJune 20, 2014 (China), September 2014 (worldwide)
Tracklist
  1. Northern North 10:25
  2. Sky of Dalian 07:19
  3. Eight Layer of Hell 07:06
  4. Ten Thousand Buddhas 09:01
  5. Escape from Mother Universe 10:28
  6. Dionysus 04:45
  7. The Last Journey 08:49
  8. Welcome to Utopia 09:27
Line-up
Xie Yugang
Geng Xin
Xu Zengzheng
Zhou Lianjiang
Zhang Yanfeng

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Accept "Perpetual Flow"


Country: Japan
Sub GenreSymphonic, Ambient
LabelPrime Number
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJune 20, 2014
Tracklist
1. Perpetual Dance (6:28)
2. Bridge (War Song) (4:33)
3. To the Self (6:03)
4. Hold on to Your Love (5:32)
5. Flashback (3:33)
6. Don't Cry Anymore (5:46)
7. When the Night Comes (5:56)
8. As Time Goes By (9:28)
9. Snowflake (4:35)
10. Beyond That Hill (7:17)

Line-up
Hisa :voices, keyboards, sax (6)
Taiki : concepts of tracks
Issey: guitars and basses
Daik : drum programming, percussions

Description/Reviews
This Accept ’s 4th album is recorded mainly by analog-tape recorder and vintage-like digital process. It may sounds like the 1st album “Silvermoon” but this time the sound color varies so wider like 2nd and 3rd ones, from symphonic to ambience, from abstract to concrete. That is the reason why Accept itself calls its own music “Pan Music”. Being based on British hard and progressive rocks, at the same time ethnic, experimental and many elements have been involved in it. 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Full Code "Telescapes"


Country:  Australia
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateJune 20, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Aquautomaton 06:54 
  2. (b)TtM² 06:23 
  3. If You Feel Planet 01:39 
  4. Archaeopteryx [Las Aras de Carmesí] 10:06 
  5. Lion 09:40 
  6. Jønn Jincke ¿ 01:27 
  7. Obsidian 08:20 
  8. Multiverse 10:15 
Line-up
Steve Berry - Vocals
Gene Carroll - Drums
Greg Geeves - Guitar, Additional Instrumentation
Isaac Paurini - Bass

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Amberian Dawn "Magic Forest"


Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Power Metal
LabelNapalm Records
Release dateJune 18, 2014 (Japan), June 27, 2014 (GAS), July 7, 2014 (EUROPE & UK),  July 8, 2014 (USA / CAN)
Tracklist
1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest
4. Agonizing Night
5. Warning
6. Son Of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
8. Memorial
9. Endless Silence
10. Green-Eyed
11. Dance Of Life (instrumental version) (Bonus Track)
12. Warning (instrumental version) (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Capri - vocals
Tuomas Seppälä - guitar & keyboards
Emil Pohjalainen – guitar
Kimmo Korhonen- guitar
Joonas Pykälä-aho – drums

Description/Reviews
With their sixth album, Amberian Dawn take the listener on a journey into the heart of the "Magic Forest", where enchanted and fantastic creatures dwell with the Finns providing the soundtrack to this unique journey. Amberian Dawn's melodic Symphonic Power Metal offers the whole spectrum of fast doublebass hymns, symphonic epics and magical dream-like parts. Capri crowns the sophisticated arrangements with her beautiful voice and enthralls the listener with her stunning vocal lines.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Night Gallery "Ghosts & Memory"


Country: USA
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateJune 17, 2014
Tracklist
1. Introduction 01:15
2. Ghosts & Memory 04:42
3. There Are Nights 04:41
4. Last Requiem 05:25
5. Umbrella Out 05:57
6. Nocturne 04:02
7. The Garden 04:53
8. Bright Silver Tongue 05:11
9. Ghosts & Memory Reprise 02:01
10. Another Intrigue 06:18

Line-up
Eric Zabriskie: Guitar, Vocals
Evan Wormwood: Drums, Vocals
Dennis Gaebel: Guitar
Patrick Hastings: Bass Guitar

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Seventh Seal "The Ghosts Of What We Are"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateJune 17, 2014
Tracklist
01. Ghost 05:01
02. On This Day 04:40
03. Awaken 05:05
04. Consecrate 05:48
05. Interlude 01:55
06. Black Skies 04:55
07. A Life Apart 04:55
08. Hollow 02:08
09. Change 04:16
10. Pariah 07:36
11. War 04:54
12. Save/Breathe/Shine 07:15

Line-up
Josh Clark - vocals & guitars
Alden Bradstock - guitars
Nathan Heavel - bass
Tim Warner - drums
   With
Amy Clark - additional vocals (1)
Jake Dougherty - additional vocals (11)
Joe Begly - guitar (2, 6), guitar solo (1, 4)
Justin Gosnell - guitar (2, 6)

Description/Reviews
The Ghosts of What We Are is a diverse and musically involved album; one that closely bridges the genres of rock and metal, yet still stands on its own in originality and presentation. With this new material, Seventh Seal has branched out and broken free from all of their past formulas and styles, exploring more progressive elements in their sound. Aggressive yet melodic, catchy yet uncompromising, the album's twelve songs take the band in a new direction while consistently displaying the musicianship and powerful lyrical themes that they have always been known for.
The central theme of the album focuses on the changes we face and live through during our time here - "The Ghosts Of What We Are", in this case, representing the shadows of our former selves that still resonate within us, even as we continue to grow. Deeds, feelings and memories that follow us through our path in life, both haunting and encouraging us along the way.

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SERDCE "Timelessness"


Country: Belarus
Sub GenreProgressive Death Metal
LabelBlood Music
Release dateJune 17, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Into Shambhala - 3:33 
  2. Samadhi - 6:42 
  3. Omens - 9:06 
  4. Last Faith - 9:39 
  5. Loss of Feelings or Feeling of Loss - 6:52 
  6. The Sixth Sense - 6:39 
  7. Unique Path - 7:37 
  8. Quasar - 6:11 
  9. Newborn - 2:23 
  10. Magic Rain - 7:14
Line-up
Nik Goroshko - guitar, vocals
Oleg Kreslavskiy - keys, programming
Alex Kharevich - bass
Anton Shnip - drums, percussion

Description/Reviews
The world will never be prepared for the onslaught that is Serdce.  This Belarusian powerhouse is set to make a massive blip on the international radar with the release of their fourth album, "Timelessness."  Taking 5 long years to carefully compose and produce the record, it's a perfect mixture of the best of 90's progressive death metal -- classics in the genre, such as Cynic "Focus" and "Traced in Air," along with Coroner, early Pestilence and Dream Theater -- updated for a new sound and new audience.
The album features gads of 7-minute long progressive opuses, twirling effortlessly through various genres, utilizing beautiful clean vocals / expert death metal growls, and drawing upon the best of progressive syncopation.  

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Quasar / Newborn
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bouncing The Ocean "Going Nowhere"


Country Italy 
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJune 16, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Going Nowhere - 5:03
  2. From Kuyper Belt To Oort Cloud - 7:32
  3. Restart Of Play - 4:43
  4. Frankenstein - 5:00
  5. Engravings - 7:01
  6. Introspection - 4:51
  7. Brain Vacation - 6:18
  8. Song For Tina - 3:38
  9. A New Man ( Giordano Bruno) - 8:10
Line-up
Gianluca Ferro - Guitars
Alberto Bollati - Bass and Vocals
Edo Sala - Drums
Andy Vergori - Keyboards

Djabe "Forward"


Country: Hungary
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion, Folk, Classical
LabelGramy Records
Release dateJune 16, 2014
Tracklist
1. Forward (8:16)
2. Lava Lamp (5:50)
3. Hang Out (8:20)
4. Twin Pines (6:28)
5. Mr. East (6:44)
6. New Words (8:50)
7. Life Spirit (8:34)
8. Wind Tale (5:02)
9. My Day (6:06)

Line-up
Szilárd Banai - drums
Tamás Barabás - bass guitar, synth, guitar (9)
Attila Égerházi - acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synth (7) percussion (6, 7, 8)
Ferenc Kovács - violin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Zoltán Kovács - keyboards
    with
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Malik Mansurov - tar (2, 4, 5, 6)
Steve Hackett - guitar (2, 6, 8)
Gulli Briem - hang drum (3) percussion (2, 4, 5, 6), vocal (6), berimbau (6)
John Nugent - tenor saxophone (2)
Tibor Mótyán - tabla, voice (5)
Judit Herczeg - vocal (3)
Péter Kaszás - vocal (3)
Sára Kovács - didgeridoo (6, 7)
Sára Égerházi - shaker, chimes (6)
Ron Stackman - voice (2)
     2004 recordings
András Sipos - congas, rainmaker, shaker, wooden xylophone (handmade by Ferenc Kovács) (8)
Viktor Tóth - alto saxophone, bamboo flute (8)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fuchs "The Unity Of Two"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelTempus Fugit
Release dateJune 16, 2014
Tracklist
1. Prologue part 1 - 2:40
2. Prologue part 2 - 10:18
3. Are you with me - 5:26
4. Under your thumb - 4:36
5. Just a moment of a perfect summer - 5:07
6. How many times? - 6:17
7. Doubts - 2:27
8. Your best maybe - 2:23
9. Where do I go? - 3:49
10. I‘m on my knees - 6:35
11. Back to where we belonged - 5:57
12. When you close your eyes - 8:13

Line-up
Hans-Jürgen Fuchs (Ines) – acoustic and electric guitars, lapsteel, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Baggi Buchmann (Ines) – lead vocals (Aaron)
Michael Wasilewski – lead vocals (Ray)
Andy Bartzik – electric guitars
Florian Dittrich – drums
Henrik Mumm – cello
Rafael Sonntag – violin
Mirjam Michutta – backing vocals

Description/Reviews
The unity of Two is the story of Aaron and Ray. In a similar way as Hermann Hesse's two characters, Narziss and Goldmund, it's a story pulling at your heartstrings. It's dealing with friendship, devotion, turmoil, the many layers of the human soul and the different ways in life. The concept album "The Unity Of Two" mainly follows Aaron's way of life, who is going out into the world while his friend Ray is staying at home. Late in life, both friends are meeting again and realising the things they have in common. It turns out that even though Aaron and Ray did follow two completely different ways of life, they both have experienced true happiness and inspiration. This is "the unity of two."
 In musical terms, Hans-Jürgen (Hansi) Fuchs has created his second album in a definitely more open and more varied style as it was the case with his debut album "Leaving Home" from 2012. Very clearly, the music is again influenced by progressive rock. If you want to have any comparison, "The Unity Of Two" musically reminds you rather of the late 70s phase of Genesis than the heaviness of the early 80s Pink Floyd, as it was the case with the debut album.
 The songs change between the 13 min progressive rocker "Prologue" and the folk oriented "Your Best Maybe" which could actually be a radio song too with its catchy melody, and between the elaborated instrumental passages of "When You Close Your Eyes", and hence show a broad range, featuring musical maturity.
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