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Friday, October 31, 2014

Sleeping Pulse "Under The Same Sky"


Country: UK / Portugal
Sub GenreAtmospheric Progressive Rock
LabelProphecy Productions
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 31, 2014
Tracklist
01. Parasite 05:45
02. Gagging Order 05:51
03. Backfire 05:49
04. The Puppeteer 06:43
05. Foreign Body 04:53
06. The Blind Lead The Blind 05:50
07. Painted Rust 06:23
08. Noose 05:31
09. War 05:59
10. Under The Same Sky 02:17

Line-up
Mick Moss (Antimatter) - vocals
Luís Fazendeiro (Painted Black) - instruments

Description/Reviews
Sleeping Pulse is the name of the musical collaboration of Mick Moss (Antimatter) and the Portuguese Luís Fazendeiro (Painted Black). While Moss is solely concentrating on lyrics and vocal lines here, all music is penned by Fazendeiro. With their debut "Under The Same Sky", they create a multi-faceted, modern Rock album that deftly covers the range from a solid, progressive backbone to fragile acoustic passages, electronic elements and soulful string arrangements. It was mixed and mastered by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), who gave the album a clear and nuanced, yet always vibrant sound.
Despite its musical diversity, "Under The Same Sky" appears homogenous at all times thanks to the perfectly staged voice of Mick Moss, who on this album almost certainly delivers his most colourful vocal performance to date. On the textual level, Moss once more deals with the abysses of the human soul and grounds his lyrics on an elaborate concept about sociopathic manipulation.

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War
Trailer

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Crown of Earth "Crown of Earth"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCochise Entertainment
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 31 , 2014
Tracklist
  1. Frank (The Hellraiser) - 3:38
  2. True Life - 5:44
  3. Power Minds - 4:04
  4. Why Should I Care - 4:51
  5. Born Again Warrior - 5:08
  6. Sinneress - 4:21
  7. Pile Driver - 3:53
  8. Into the Night - 4:08
Line-up
Danny Knight - Vocals
Mike Ellis - Rhythm Guitar
Chris Graziola - Lead Guitar
Nikki Shannon - Drums
MarkyZ -Bass

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Born Again Warrior

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Ordinary Brainwash "#I'mNotAddicted"


Country: Poland
Sub GenrePost Progressive
Formatdigital
Release date: October 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Anon.i’m - 4:16
  2. Neophyte - 9:19
  3. 0100Horsemen - 4:49
  4. Disasterpiece - 7:58
  5. Everyone’s a Scandal - 4:28
  6. Selfie - 4:56
  7. Stalker - 6:45
  8. #HatersGonnaHate - 5:06
  9. Forever20 - 5:40
  10. Analog Afterlife in a Digital World (Coda) - 5:14
Line-up
Rafał Żak

Description/Reviews
 The album is artist’s commentary on modern society in the context of Facebook. People use it to share the most intricate details of their lives, and now Rafał Żak wants them to do the same with the album - to #ShareItAll using BitTorrent file distribution system. Ten tracks sum into nearly an hour of intense musical journey that takes the listener through a full cycle of social experience, which is Facebook’s main promise. Post-progressive character of the record blurs the boundaries between many musical genres, from classic rock, through ambient, classical music, jazz, electronic, industrial and modern metal.  
 #I’mNotAddicted is available for free (under the Creative Commons License), in four different digital formats. Distribution is handled in an innovatory way, which has a lot to do with the subject of this concept album.
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Volvox "Volvox"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Oxigeno 04:05
  2. Despues del Ocaso 05:05
  3. El Arte de La Guerra 06:23
  4. Sindrome de Estocolmo 04:37
  5. Cobra 04:37
  6. Obsessive Blues 05:05
Line-up
Marcelo Pijachi - keyboards
Pablo Pucheta - drums
Pablo Salvatelli - bass
Cristian Violante - guitar

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Bandcamp

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Brückner + Jobim "Hochofen"


Country: Germany/Brazil
Genre(s)Ambient, Electronica, Krautrock
LabelPlataforma Records
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 30, 2014
Tracklist
1. Zunder (06:53)
2. Hertzgebirge (06:16)
3. Schonzeit (07:34)
4. Grünspan (09:07)
5. Tauchsieder (08:00)

Line-up
Michael Brückner - electronics and effects
Gustavo Jobim - electronics and effects

Description/Reviews
Hochofen is a highly cerebral record with a strong electronic kraut accent. As the album goes by, sonic landscapes are drawn as in a train trip; sitting by the window the listener watches the landscapes move and blur into each other. The album is full of refined and tense sounds; a grey, rusted air. It's an intriguing sonic journey, with an exotic beauty, and sometimes bizarre moments.

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Bandcamp (Free Download)

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Binary Creed "Restitution"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Power Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
01. Dominion (04:43)
02. How Many Tears (04:05)
03. Anonymity (03:36)
04. Leave The World Behind (04:50)
05. Freedom? (04:17)
06. Turn To The Cross (03:54)
07. Leave The Lie (03:55)
08. Interlude (01:33)
09. My Choice (03:58)
10. Welcome Joy (02:20)

Line-up
Andreas Stoltz - vocals
Stefan Rådlund - guitars
Janne Viklund - bass
Peo Olofsson - keyboards
Petri Säisä - percussion

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Dominion

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Barracuda Triangle "Electro Shock Therapy"


Country: Sweden/Germany
Sub Genre: Instrumental Psychedelic, Fusion, Avant Prog
LabelReingold Records
Format: CD
Release dateOctober 29, 2014
Tracklist
1 Black Days(5.04)
2 Tumoro (6.04)
3 Acid Rain (7.16)
4 Caressing the moment in tranquilized ecstasy (8.24)
5 Tears in blue rain (3.18)
6 Electro Shock Therapy (8.29)
7 Too much therapy (8.56)
8 Strom (7.35)
9 The last one (5.44)

Line-up
Tomas Bodin (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Eggs & Dogs) - Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Kaipa, Karmakanic, The Tangent) - Bass, Guitars, Taurus Pedals
Felix Lehrmann (The Flower Kings) - Drums

Description/Reviews
On their debut album the band displays a relentless lust for experimenting. From the beautiful “The Last One” to the gritty “Electric Shock Therapy”, the band takes you on an unforgettable journey into worlds unknown; always with one foot in the danger zone. The music may be described as cinematic, dreamy, spacy, beautiful, ugly and dynamic with minimalistic elements and “over the top” full blown soundscapes. “Add some King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Richard Strauss and impressionist Claude Debussy and you have a pretty good picture of what it´s all about,” says bassist Jonas Reingold.
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Teaser
Preview

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dropshard "Silk"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Insight (5:08)
2. Eyes (4:29)
3. Cell 342 (8:44)
4. Tied Together (6:40)
5. Seat (2:47)
6. Perpetual Dream (2:58)
7. Get Out And Run (1:56)
8. The Endless Road (10:39)
   a) Endless Road
   b) One-Way Ticket
   c) Blackstorm
   d) Endless Road Reprise
9. Less Is More (2:30)
10. Maya (4:36)
11. Memento (11:56)

Line-up
Enrico Scanu - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, flute
Sebastiano Benatti - electric & acoustic guitars
Valerio De Vittorio - keyboards, synthesizers
Alex Stucchi - electric bass guitars
Tommaso Mangione - drums, percussions, programming, sound effects

No Brain Cell "Monuments"


Country: Greece
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelMelissa Music
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Prologue [Monuments Pt. 1] (2:08)
2. Monuments [Pt. 2] (6:54)
3. Man Of Silence (8:36)
4. Take Me Far Away (4:33)
5. Hero Condition (9:41)
6. Don't Cry (6:51)
7. You And Me (6:10)
8. Child (5:38)
9. Intermission (9:09)
10. Fable Of The Dreamers (2:33)

Line-up
Thomas Petrou: lead & backing vocals, keyboards, piano, programming/sequencing
Elias Papadopoulos: acoustic & electic guitar
Alessio Kontodimos: lead vocals (1,4,5,8)
   With
J. Demian: acoustic & electric guitars
Lazaros Pliambas: percussion
Giannis Kyratsos: backing vocals (2,3,5,8,9)
Tasos Korkovelos: synths (1,5)
Trainanos Papadopoulos: french horn
Michalis Piperkos: clarinet
Kostas Vavalas: bassoon
Katerina Vavala: oboe
Dani Joss: guitar (6), voice (9)
George Vasilas: guitar (6)

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Man of Silence
Fable of the Dreamers

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Vanish "Come To Wither"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Power Metal
LabelMassacre Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. Come to Wither 01:38
2. Great Collapse 05:46
3. Bless the Buried Child 04:17
4. Renewal 05:56
5. This Is How We Die 04:33
6. Curtain Call 09:17
7. Silence 05:16
8. Hollow 06:05
9. Hope Shall Rise 05:49
10. Reboot 05:27
11. The Grand Design 07:11

Line-up
Ralf Nopper - Drums
Thomas Rösch - Rhythm Guitars
Bastian Rose - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Philipp Schönle - Lead Guitars
Daniele Dei Giudici - Bass
   With
 Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) on  "The Grand Design"

Description/Reviews
Upon initial listens to the record, I felt a lot of similar qualities to current Symphony X if taken through a Brainstorm meets Superior band template. The guitarists Thomas Rösch and Philipp Schönle like to end many of their riffs with little squeals and modern nuances, and the keyboard work has a flair for the dramatic - while vocalist /keyboardist Bastian Rose has a multi-layered voice that is very similar in tone, attitude, and strength as Russell Allen. Where I think Vanish differs from the Americans is their penchant for more straightforward parts in the majority of their songwriting, and less neo-classical arpeggio runs- but that's not to say they can't dazzle in their musical chemistry. Check out "Renewal" and the 9 minute tension filled "Curtain Call" for some superior guitar/ keyboard/ bass/ drum fusion and point/ counterpoint elements.
 Read the full review by Matt Coe at eternal-terror.com

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Stream

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Giant Squid "Minoans"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePost Metal
LabelTranslation Loss Records
Format: CD
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Minoans - 08:27  
  2. Thera - 05:14  
  3. Sir Arthur Evans - 05:43  
  4. Palace of Knossos - 04:05  
  5. Sixty Foot Waves - 05:32  
  6. Mycenaeans - 05:37  
  7. The Pearl and the Parthenon - 04:50  
  8. Phaistos Disc - 03:52
Line-up
Aaron John Gregory - guitar, vocals
Bryan Beeson - bass
Jackie Perez Gratz - cello, vocals
Andrew Southard - keyboards, vocals
Zack Farwell - drums

Description/Reviews
For the many permutations ‘post-metal’ tends to wind up with, progressive oddly isn’t that high on the list. Maybe it’s the post-metal staples of lumbering pace or the need to express darker moods. Whatever the cause, it makes Minoans all the more surprising in how well it’s executed the way it is. While embodying the best elements of the post-metal tag (minus the aimless suck, for aside from the opener most of these songs wrap up in 5 minutes), and meshing it with progressive exaltations. All in all it’s not terribly dissimilar from Ancestors, though again with an extreme focus on economy within each song.
 Read the full review by Matthew Bowling at deadrhetoric.com

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Mycenaeans

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OutFunked "The Blue Wire"


Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz, Fusion, Funk
Formatdigital
Release date: October 2014
Tracklist
  1. Equinox 04:11
  2. Where's Miles 07:45
  3. Bitches Brew 06:30
  4. Blue Wire 03:29
  5. The Edge 07:18
  6. In Which a Witch Wishes for a Dish 06:07
  7. Centaurus 11:11
  8. Eeeeee 11:46
Line-up
Vance Provey: Trumpet, Conceptualizing
Robert Rabinowitz: Bass, Flute, Anti-Conceptualizing
Martin Ear: Guitars: Percussion, Noise, De-Conceptualizing
Jeff Cedrone: Electric guitar, Electronics De-Constructing
Matt Spencer: Drums, De-Drummer

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Stephan Forte "Enigma Opera Black"


Country: France
Sub GenreInstrumental Progressive Metal
LabelZeta Nemesis Records
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. Short Virtuosity Etude - 01:30
2. Enigma Opera Black - 05:18
3. Zeta Nemesis - 06:48
4. Sector A: UNDEAD - 07:05
5. Pure - 04:57
6. Entering Sigma Scorpii - 05:54
7. Praying Lord Bhairava at the Foot of Mount Kailash - 05:13
8. Suspended Tears Into Space - 07:35
9. Peace - 01:38

Line-up
Stéphan Forté (Adagio) - Guitar
Franck Hermanny - Bass
Kevin Codfert - Keyboards
Morgan Berthet - Drums
   With
Andy James - Guitar solo (2)
Marty Friedman - Guitar solo (3)
Paul Wardingham - Guitar solo (4)
Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Creation's End) - Guitar solo (8)

Description/Reviews
The ultimate distinction between Enigma Opera Black and its predecessor can be boiled down to a single word: atmosphere. Whereas The Shadows Compendium tended to play out as a more direct, less ornamented exercise of Stéphan’s instrumental prowess, here the music has taken a turn towards a far darker, at times somewhat oppressive nature that proves quite palpable in its execution. Immensely haunting even in comparison to previous Adagio work, a more apt comparison would likely be to that of Beyond Twilight’s material, or other such acts sporting similar degrees of unsettling ambiance. In fact, all Forté would have had to do was write some vocal lines for Kelly to sing, and you’d have little difficulty convincing me this was the latest release from the twisted imagination of Finn Zierler. It’s obviously no coincidence the release of this album comes so close to Halloween, as the eerie nature of Forté’s leads combined with increased keyboard presence do well to conjure images of ghoulish faces and agonizing treks down a long dark hallway all too easily.
 Read the full review at metal-archives.com

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Enigma Opera Black
Zeta Nemesis

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gravmaskin ”Volym 1”


Country: Sweden
Sub Genre: Instrumental Space Rock, Psychedelic
LabelElectric Assault (USA), Sound of Cobra (Europe), De:nihil (Scandinavia)
Formatvinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Sultans of Speed
  2. Roadkill or Carpet
  3. Locomotion
  4. Fake Blood
  5. Ghosts in a Gas Tank
  6. Only Corpses and Fumes
Line-up
Sofia Rydahl: Keys
Lukas Häger: Guitar
Mikal Styrke: Drums

Description/Reviews
”Grave”, ”machine” and ”excavator” - Gravmaskin is a play on the Swedish translations for these three words, and when listening to the trio's instrumental rock its moniker makes perfect sense. The music paints a picture of a ”grave machine” - a mechanical entity fueled by driving beats and haunting melodies, digging tombs in the airy forest, next to a roaring motorway. Something cold and mechanical married to nature and her cycles of life and death. Because at first glance, Gravmaskin's music might pull instant associations to classic Italian horror soundscapes and dreamy German psychedelia (the band cite Goblin, NEU! and Tangerine Dream as three of their main influences, alongside smoke, freeways and the Swedish nature reserve Hågadalen). But when looking further, descending over it is a funeral mist of something undeniably Scandinavian – that soul stripping melancholia present in Bathory and Bo Hansson alike – and a raw, jangly punk execution giving it groove, nerve and a speed-paced pulse.

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Sultans of speed
Roadkill or carpet

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She Was The Universe "Else And Where"


Country: Russia
Sub GenreProgressive Math Metal, Post-Hardcore
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Three Of Eleven 04:45
  2. Progeny Of Panthalassa 04:49
  3. The Universe Is Unfolding 03:26
  4. Bloop 03:54
  5. Oceans Are Me 05:57
  6. Aquarium Experiment 00:38
  7. Mother Tree 05:03
  8. And Everything After 05:36
  9. Commercial Smash 01:18
  10. The Amber Road 04:12
  11. Tidal Flats 04:53
Line-up
Aleksey - vocals
Sasha - guitars
Ivan - guitars
Maksim- bass
Lesha - drums
   With
Max Sit - vocals (2)

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Nero Di Marte "Derivae"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelProsthetic Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. L'Eclisse (08:13)
2. Clouded Allure (06:05)
3. Pulsar (08:30)
4. Dite (6:31)
5. Simulacra (08:20)
6. Il Diluvio (09:00)
7. Those Who Leave (10:15)

Line-up
Andrea Burgio - Bass
Marco Bolognini - Drums
Francesco D'Adamo - Guitars
Sean Worrell - Guitars, Vocals

Description/Reviews
The album's title, taken from the Italian phrase "andare alla Deriva" ("to go adrift"), correlates with its lyrical themes, which vocalist Sean Worrell describes as "tragically searching for something that maybe isn't there...letting yourself go and becoming swayed by the unknown."

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Bandcamp (2 tracks)

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Nick Karch "Retrieve the Keys"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Parallel Path - 5:27
  2. Sidewalk Blocks - 4:47
  3. Figures - 4:31
  4. Approve the Pretender - 4:23
  5. Wasted Summer - 5:02
  6. Landing Light - 4:56
  7. Forest Meadow - 5:02
  8. Animation Cel - 4:34
  9. Left to Right - 5:22
  10. On the Lookout - 4:27
  11. Retrieve the Keys - 5:10
Line-up
Nick Karch (Bolus) - vocals and all instruments

Description/Reviews
The debut album by “Bolus” front-man, Nick Karch. Fans of Bolus will notice an extension of the band’s signature sound, mixed with a additional exploration into more straight-forward, yet unique and unexpected musical territory.
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Strawbs "Prognostic"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProg Folk
LabelWitchwood Media
Format: CD
Release dateOctober 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Heartbreak Hill
  2. Through Aphrodite's Eyes
  3. Something For Nothing
  4. Starting Over
  5. Deep In The Darkest Night 
  6. The River/Down By The Sea (previously unreleased)
  7. Blue Angel (remastered)
  8. Tomorrow (remastered)
  9. Lay A Little Light On Me/Hero's Theme/Round And Round (remastered)
Line-up
Dave Cousins – vocals, guitars
Chas Cronk – bass (1, 3, 4, 9), vocals (1, 3, 4), programming (2)
Andy Richards – keyboards (1, 3, 4)
Tony Fernandez – drums (1, 3, 4, 9)
Dave Lambert – lead guitar (2, 3, 9)
John Hawken – keyboards (2)
Rod Coombes – drums (2)
Rick Wakeman (ex-Yes) – grand piano (5), piano, organ (7)
Conny Conrad – guitar, programming (5)
Tony Hooper – acoustic guitar (6, 8)
Brian Willoughby – lead guitar (6)
Chris Parren – keyboards (6)
Rod Demick – bass (6)
Richard Hudson – drums (6, 8)
Miller Anderson – lead guitars (7)
Roger Glover (Deep Purple) – bass (7)
Jon Hiseman– drums (7)
Blue Weaver – keyboards (8)
John Ford – bass (8)
Jo Partridge – lead guitar (1, 4)

Description/Reviews
"Prognostic" is the album that defines Strawbs once and for all as a prog rock force to be reckoned with. The music is powerful, yet melodic. The lyrics are biting, yet sensitive.

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Holotropic "Permeate"


Country: Slovakia
Genre(s)Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Judge 02:23
  2. Scintillate 04:40
  3. Rupture 04:45
  4. Wysinati 03:20
  5. Traveller 07:25
  6. Tantrums 04:56
  7. Filters 04:01
  8. Hunch 01:04
  9. Integral 11:22
Line-up
Matej “Vein” Ferenčík
Janko Hutka
Rasťo Molnár
Tomáš Švantner
Kamil Adamík
   With
Miloslav Kollár - sitar in “Judge” & “Traveller”
Lukáš Minařík - keyboards in “Rupture”
Martin Schuster - guitar leads in “Filters”
Milan Malík - samples in “Integral”

Description/Reviews
45 minutes of modern and original extreme metal crossing many genre boundaries, including influences from progressive and technical metal. The spectrum of Holotropic stretches from fast, technical, insane-sounding riffs, through hard hitting heavy parts to slower, more atmospheric, melodic and even oriental moments. "Permeate" is a concept record, musically and lyrically, drawing from the nature of change, broadening of horizons, psychonautics as well as scientific theories from psychology, behavioral science and psychiatry. 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fish on Friday "Godspeed"



Country: Belgium
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Pop
LabelEsoteric Antenna
Format: CD, digital
Release dateOctober 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Godspeed - 10:15
  2. Just a nightmare - 5:35
  3. She colours the rainbow - 3:42
  4. Callin' planet home - 5:23
  5. Ghost song - 6:14
  6. Radio - 4:20
  7. Sanctuary - 8:10
  8. Stay - 6:50
  9. Don't love me to death - 4:30
  10. Tick-tock - 4:05
  11. My dog - 1:17
Line-up
William Beckers: keyboards, percussion
Frank Van Bogaert: keyboards, vocals, backing vocals, additional guitars
   With
Nick Beggs: bass, Chapman stick, backing vocals
Marcus Weymaere: drums, percussion
Marty Townsend: guitars
Theo Travis

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Devin Townsend "Z²"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelCentury Media
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 27, 2014 (Europe), October 28, 2014 (USA)
Tracklist
Disc 1: The Devin Townsend Project - Sky Blue
  1. Rejoice - 4:16
  2. Fallout - 4:30
  3. Midnight Sun - 4:58
  4. A New Reign - 4:52
  5. Universal Flame - 4:39
  6. Warrior - 3:31
  7. Sky Blue - 3:52
  8. Silent Militia - 4:28
  9. Rain City - 7:45
  10. Forever - 3:45
  11. Before We Die - 8:24
  12. The Ones Who Love - 1:32
Disc 2: Ziltoid/Z2 – Dark Matters
  1. Z² - 3:59
  2. From Sleep Awake - 3:00
  3. Ziltoidian Empire - 6:25
  4. War Princess - 8:17
  5. Deathray - 4:43
  6. March of the Poozers - 4:43
  7. Wandering Eye - 3:40
  8. Earth - 7:38
  9. Ziltoid Goes Home - 6:20
  10. Through the Wormhole - 2:10
  11. Dimension Z - 6:13
Line-up
Devin Townsend – vocals, guitars
Dave Young – guitars, keyboards
Brian Waddell – bass
Ryan Van Poederooyen – drums
   With
Anneke van Giersbergen – backing vocals
Chris Jericho – vocals (as "Captain Spectacular")
Dominique Lenore Persi – vocals (as "War Princess")
Randy Slaugh – live symphony, string arranging

Description/Reviews
Picking up right were they left off with Epicloud, Devin Townsend Project takes you through a roller coaster of emotions. Keeping it as heavy as possible at times while still mixing it up as the group is known to do, mostly to keep the audience on the edge of their seats upon first listen. The remaining thousands upon thousands of listens this album will receive you’ll be singing along just like a teeny bopper at the One Direction concert.
 Read the full review at damnationmag.wordpress.com

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Rejoice
Deathray

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Generation of Vipers "Coffin Wisdom"


Country: USA
Sub GenreSludge, Post Metal, Post-Hardcore
LabelTranslation Loss Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 27, 2014
Tracklist
1. Damaged Awake 04:30
2. Coffin Wisdom 06:09
3. Dark Matter 04:30
4. You Deserve This 04:52
5. Haunted 06:29
6. Stolen Voices 04:07
7. Crawling on the Ceiling 07:28

Line-up
B.J. Graves - Percussion
J. Holt - Guitar, Vocals
T. Kammeyer - Bass

Description/Reviews
While the atmosphere is similarly stifling and the music obviously draws on the same sort of relentless hardcore punishment delivered by the above-mentioned bands, I would more closely compare Generation of Vipers with Neurosis, early ISIS, and even Intronaut. Most of their songs dominate the middle range of the tempo spectrum, allowing the percussion work and guitar and bass riffs to actually be heard and appreciated. Dark, static-infused ambient drone textures fill out the mix.
 Read the full review by at medium.com

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Solaris "Marsbéli krónikák II (The Martian Chronicles II)"


Country: Hungary
Sub Genre: Instrumental Symphonic
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 26, 2014
Tracklist
    Martian Chronicles II Suite (22:26)
1. Martian Chronicles II 1st Movement (6:12)
2. Martian Chronicles II 2-6th Movement (12:44)
3. Martian Chronicles II 7th Movement (3:30)
4. Voices from the Past - 1st movement ( 2:05)
    Voices from the Past - 2nd movement (5:33)
5. The World without us (4:03)
6. The Pride of Human insects (3:04)
7. Impossible 'We are an impossibility in an impossible Universe' Ray Bradbury (4:12)
8. Alien song (4:03)

Line-up
Csaba Bogdan - guitars
Robert Erdesz - keyboards
Attila Kollar - flute, tambourine, whistle
Laszlo Gomor - drums, percussions
Attila Seres - bass
Ferenc Raus - drums (5, 7)
   With
Edina Szirtes 'Mokus' - violin, vocal
Zsuzsa Ullmann - vocal
Tunde Krasznai - voice
Balazs Szendofi - bass
Peter Gerendas - acousic guitar
Ferenz Muck - saxophone
Tamas Erdesz - guitars

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Tétel
Lehetetlen / Impossible

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Arx "The Speed of Darj"


Country: South Africa
Genre(s)Progressive Thrash Death Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Megalomaniacs 04:36
  2. Hate Love 04:50
  3. Pulse 03:45
  4. Fire Inside 05:07
  5. The Speed of Dark 05:41
  6. The Void 05:15
  7. The Speed of Light 04:29
  8. Mists of Transformation 05:49
  9. What Could've Been 06:54
  10. Animals in Human Skins 04:46
  11. In Pieces 04:29
  12. Into the Red 05:28
Line-up
Yuri Zager - Bass, Vocals
Joseph Scheel - Guitar
Christopher Blake - Guitar

Description/Reviews
The band may label their sound as thrash metal, but that is only partially right. While the music offers thrashing riffs and pummeling grooves, there is a lot going on; from rich melodies to hook-laden choruses to epic chord progressions. One might inclined to describe this as melodic thrash, but Arx throws just enough crushing heaviness throughout The Speed of Dark to defy the tag. At over an hour long, the band juggles enough variation to keep things interesting, from the spacey, psyscheldic soloing on “What Could’ve Been” to the epic pacing of the title track; it should suffice to say that it’s not all windmilling, headbanging thrash metal. Chugging thrash riffs collide with moody atmospheric passages and drop into melodic licks; constantly changing gears and keeping the listener on their toes.
 Read the full review by Shawn Miller at metal-observer.com

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Sisyphean Conscience "Malignant Transformation"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Banished 01:32
  2. Accidental Death & Dismemberment 03:24
  3. Fallacies 04:14
  4. Claptrap 03:55
  5. Empty Threats 05:13
  6. Triumph 04:16
  7. Marauder 03:22
  8. Onus (feat. Patrick Jobe of The Odious) 03:06
  9. Malignant Transformation 06:38
Line-up
Blaine Brun - Guitars
Garrett Haag - Drums, Vocals
Austin Haag - Bass
Taylor Gorman - Vocals

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

DM "Bloodspit"


Country: Poland
Sub GenreStoner, Psychedelic, Post Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 20, 2014
Tracklist
  1. First Blood II 21:31
  2. World disease 07:05
  3. Bloodspit 26:28
Line-up
Mr D: guitars, effects.
Mr M: drums, midi.
   With
Lindey Lindstorm: noise breath

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Slug Comparison "Slug Comparison"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Bringer of Doom - 04:08
  2. You've Seen Me - 03:46
  3. Summer '99 - 04:21
  4. Short of Hell - 03:18
  5. Evil Walks - 03:12
  6. Long Live the Night - 08:35
  7. In the Dark with Divinity - 03:45
  8. Something to Bear - 05:35
  9. Common Room - 04:09
Line-up
Doug Harrison (Fen): vocals, guitar, piano, synth programming, bass on tracks 1, 2, 5
   With
Randall Stoll (ex-Fen): drums on tracks 2-8
Mike Southworth (ex-Fen): production, mixing, programming, additional drums on track 1
Mike Young (ex-Devin Townsend, ex-Fen): bass on tracks 3, 6-9
Tatyana Dobrowolski: additional vocals on track 6

Description/Reviews
After the claustrophobic darkness of the previous two tracks, the opening to ‘long live the night’ proves something of a relief with its gentle acoustic work and folk elements, not to mention some stunning slide work. Of all the tracks here, ‘long live the night’ is the one that most captures the feel of vintage Pink Floyd with its rich, lyrical feel and stunning musicianship and if you were to only preview one track from this album before taking the inevitable decision to purchase it, then this should probably be the one. A piece of work that evolves from humble origins into a full-on progressive epic, ‘long live the night’ is a truly wondrous piece of work that draws the listener headlong into Doug Harrison’s wonderfully diverse world. This is grandiose, theatrically-inclined progressive rock at its finest and if any artist has ever truly captured that wonderful mixture of excess that abounded in the heady days of the Gabriel-led Genesis, the Waters-led Floyd and King Crimson, then it is Doug Harrison with this stunningly inventive piece of music. More of a symphony than a song, ‘Long live the night’ is a stunning musical endeavour with a powerful anti-war message and a deft use of light and shade that sees it swell to a stunning crescendo awash with the sound of battle and crushing riffs. 
 Read the full review at sonicabuse.com

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Fossil Evolution "World In Motion"


Country: Belgium
Sub GenreSymphonic
LabelFREIA Music
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Beautiful Colours
  2. World In Motion
  3. Next Time
  4. The Voice Inside
  5. Oblivion
  6. Considering
Line-up
Arnold De Schepper (Isopoda) : bass, vocals, bass pedals
Arne De Schepper: drums, vocals
Maarten De Schepper: guitars, vocals, programming
Wouter De Schepper: guitars, vocals
Pieter De Groeve: keyboards, vocals

Description/Reviews
The album is a beautiful blend of symphonic and neo-progressive rock with jazz, pop & rock. The roots of the band lie with Isopoda of which Arnold De Schepper was one of the founding members. He teams up with his sons Arne, Maarten & Wouter plus school friend of the boys Pieter De Groeve. The album has 5 new compositions plus a beautiful rendition of the Isopoda classic "Considering'.
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Kingfisher Sky "Arms of Morpheus"


Country: Netherlands
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Metal
LabelSuburban Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Hypnos
  2. At Least You Tried
  3. King of Thieves
  4. Open Eyes
  5. Insomnia
  6. I'm Not Alone
  7. Strength of the Endless
  8. Heather
  9. The Morrigan
  10. Mercy on this Wounded Heart
  11. Maddy
Line-up
Judith Rijnveld - Vocals
Ivar de Graaf (ex-Within Temptation) - Drums, Bass
Edo van der Kolk - Guitar
Chris Henny - Guitar
Maaike Peterse - Cello
David Gutiérrez Rojas - Keys
   With
Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex-Pain of Salvation, Dial en Rust, For All We Know) - Bass

Phi "Now The Waves Of Sound Remain"


Country: Austria
Sub GenrePost Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art Of Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Buy Your Piece Of Love (04:41)
  2. Welcome Tomorrow (08:36)

  3. Tune In Zone Out (05:19)

  4. Maye Sometime Else Then (05:05)

  5. Revolution By Design (04:08)

  6. Behind A Veil Of Snow (05:45)
  7. The Liquid Hourglass (02:46)

  8. Now The Waves Of Sound Remain (12:10)

  9. This Last Favour (04:51)

Line-up
Markus Bratusa - Vocals, Guitar, Programming
Arthur Darnhofer-Demàr - Bass, Vocals
Gabe Cresnar - Drums

Description/Review
On this record the mighty walls of Tool’s guitar sound meet the driving rhythms of Rush and gently merge with sophisticated arrangements that resemble the delicacy of Porcupine Tree. The Jeff Buckley-esque jazzy elegance provides the music with the final ingredient that completes the fused aesthetic of the old and the new.


In order to make this album the comprehensive experience that it has ultimately become, Phi have created and implemented a textual concept in which the discourse on music’s role, its significance, its drift into banality and the corresponding deterioration in value in today’s society functions as a backdrop for a both detailed as well as cynical analysis of major issues. The enormously powerful message of this album lies in the fusion of emotion and the coolness of the intellectual: art is so much more than only a mere product. ‘Now The Waves Of Sound Remain’ challenges the boundaries: this is music with a ‘double bottom’.


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Progstreaming
Behind A Veil Of Snow
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Beyond Creation "Earthborn Evolution"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Death Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
FormatCD, cassette, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014 (USA - October 28, 2014)
Tracklist
  1. Elusive Reverence
  2. Sous La Lueur De L'empereur
  3. Earthborn Evolution
  4. The Great Revelation
  5. Neurotical Transmissions
  6. Abstrait Dialog
  7. The Axiom
  8. L'exorde
  9. Theatrical Delirium
  10. Fundamental Process
Line-up
Simon Girard - Vocals, guitar
Kevin Chartré - Guitar
Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe - Bass
Philippe Boucher - Drums

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Earthborn Evolution

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Memnon Sa "Citadel"


Country: UK
Sub GenreAmbient, Doom, Krautrock, Psychedelic
LabelPyramide Noire
Formatdigital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 24, 2014 (digital), late November 2014 (vinyl)
Tracklist
01. Citadel (02:49)
02. Megalith (09:14)
03. Black Goddess (05:36)
04. Heca Emem Ra (05:44)
05. Eshkigal (04:52)
06. Titans Sleep (04:40)
07. Kali Yuga (10:44)

Line-up
Misha Hering – All Instruments, Vocals

Description/Reviews
Here’s a great new album that was recently forwarded to me: Memnon Sa’s Citadel, a collection of instrumentals that is highly recommended for all enthusiasts of krautrock revival, psychedelia, and doom metal. Memnon Sa is the pseudonym of Misha Hering, a musician and well-established recording engineer who worked on Citadel at his London studio Holy Mountain. Misha has described his music as “ancient psychedelia”. One could pitch it best as being halfway between drone doom like Sunn O))) and classic psych stuff like Ash Ra Tempel– it is somber, heavy psych rock, almost metal (but not quite), and it easily lends itself to weird imagery of pagan rituals.
 Read the full review by Matthew Sweeney at  foreignaccentspdx.wordpress.com

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While Heaven Wept "Suspended At Aphelion"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Doom Metal
LabelNuclear Blast
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 24, 2014 (EU),  October 27, 2014 (NA)
Tracklist
  1. I: Introspectus
  2. II: Icarus And I
  3. III: Ardor
  4. IV: Heartburst
  5. V: Indifference Turned Paralysis
  6. VI: The Memory Of Bleeding
  7. VII: Souls In Permafrost
  8. VIII: Searching The Stars
  9. IX: Reminiscence Of Strangers
  10. X: Lifelines Lost
  11. XI: Retrospectus
Line-up
Tom Phillips (ex-Solstice, ex-Twisted Tower Dire, ex-Brave) – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Jim Hunter (Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Revelation) – bass
Scott Loose (Brave, Human Theory) – guitars
Trevor Schrotz (Brave) – drums
Michelle Schrotz (Brave) – keyboards, vocals
Rain Irving (Altura) – vocals
Jason Lingle (Altura) – keyboards, vocals
   With
Mark Zonder (Warlord, ex-Fates Warning) – drums
Victor Arduini (ex-Fates Warning) – lead guitar
Christopher Ladd – classical guitar
Mark Shuping – cello and violin

Description/Reviews
The fifth album from While Heaven Wept commemorates the progressive doom titans’ 25th year of existence with considerable aplomb. Suspended at Aphelion is a single 39-minute long song, divided into 11 movements, and performed by the classic Fear of Infinity lineup (and if that’s not enough to get prog geeks salivating, there’s even an appearance by Fates Warning members Mark Zonder & Victor Arduini). As one might expect, it’s a thoroughly epic, almost cinematic affair that seamlessly blends the best of prog, melodic doom, and power metal, and with seven main musicians involved, there’s a lot going on. The album revels in its theatricality, its baroque orchestration and rippling leads polished to a fine sheen. Rain Irving’s vibrant, full-throated vocals soar in the foreground, abetted by those of guitarist/keyboardist and guiding force Tom Phillips and bassist Jim Hunter. The overall effect is nothing short of triumphant. Listen to the sorrowful bombast of “Heartburst” below.
(pitchfork.com)
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Icarus And I
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Red Circuit "Haze of Nemesis"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Power Metal
LabelLimb Music/Soulfood
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2014 (USA - December 2, 2014)
Tracklist
01. Oceans Apart (4:03)
02. My Lonely Heaven (4:58)
03. Believing A Lie (4:46)
04. Digging In The Dirt (4:33)
05. Worlds Will Collide (3:51)
06. Spear Of Fate (4:29)
07. Serpents Smile (4:39)
08. Silent Roaring (4:16)
09. Haze Of Nemesis (4:42)
10. My Serenade (9:39)
11. Soldier Of Fortune (Bonus) (3:04)
      Digital only:
12. Homeland (Live) (3:57)
13. Sun Of Utopia (Live) (5:11)

Line-up
Chity Somapala - Vocals
Christian Moser - Guitars
Thomas Schmitt - Bass
Markus Teske - Keyboards, Programming
Michael Stein - Drums
 with
Amanda Somerville - Vocals on “Worlds Will Collide”

Taos "The Illusion Of Chaos"


Country: Russia
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 19, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Act I: Sufferings 00:56
  2. Beluga 03:03
  3. Obliterate 02:10
  4. Death Row 02:43
  5. Evolve 03:09
  6. Act II: Solace 02:07
  7. You're Deprived... 03:07
  8. Shadow Of War 04:06
  9. No Place For You 05:02
  10. The Illusion Of Chaos 02:31
  11. Final 01:02
Line-up
Dmitry Karamyshev - vocals
Daniil Afinogenov - guitar
Andrew Koromislov - guitar
Aleksander Korolev - bass

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Mono "Rays of Darkness"


Country: Japan
Sub GenreInstrumental Post Rock
LabelTemporary Residence (NA), Pelagic Records (EU), Magniph (Japan)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 24 (EU), October 27 (UK), October 28 (NA), November 5 (Japan), 2014
Tracklist
1. Recoil, Ignite
2. Surrender
3. The Hand That Holds The Truth
4. The Last Rays

Line-up
Takaakira "Taka" Goto - guitar
Tamaki - bass, piano
Yoda - guitar
Yasunori Takada - drums
   With
Tetsu Fukagawa

Description/Reviews
The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are a pair of new albums by MONO. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes for the band: Hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life and the complicated relationships they create have never been more resonant through MONO's music than they are here. 
Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band's reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO's blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.

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Mono "The Last Dawn"


Country: Japan
Sub GenreInstrumental Post Rock
LabelTemporary Residence (NA), Pelagic Records (EU), Magniph (Japan)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 24 (EU), October 27 (UK), October 28 (NA), November 5 (Japan), 2014
Tracklist
1. The Land Between Tides / Glory
2. Kanata
3. Cyclone
4. Elysian Castles
5. Where We Begin
6. The Last Dawn

Line-up
Takaakira "Taka" Goto - guitar
Tamaki - bass, piano
Yoda - guitar
Yasunori Takada - drums

Description/Reviews
The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are a pair of new albums by MONO. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes for the band: Hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life and the complicated relationships they create have never been more resonant through MONO's music than they are here. The Last Dawn is the first of these two companion albums, and is the "lighter" of the two, thematically and melodically. It contains undoubtedly some of MONO's strongest songs ever, drawing on an array of influences from minimalist film score to vintage shoegaze. It is MONO at their absolute purest, executing an uncanny, unspoken dialogue with each other without the dozens of stringed instruments that have been so prominent throughout their catalog in recent years. The songs are also noticeably more efficient – there hasn't been a MONO full-length record that fit on a single slab of vinyl since 2003's One Step More And You Die – and the album benefits immeasurably from this streamlined approach. MONO have always been masters of telling compelling stories without words. But now they've proven they can do it without frills, too.
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