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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Outside The Circle "The Strength Of Collapse"


Country: Costa Rica
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 2014
Tracklist
1. The Flame That Fades 03:46
2. Flawed Perfection 04:09
3. All I Wait For 05:00
4. Fire Within 04:02
5. Defiance 06:45
6. Alone I Stand 03:46
7. Shadows 04:36
8. In the Middle of Nowhere 04:50
9. The Edge 05:17
10. Blameless 03:48

Line-up
Sebastián Perez - Bass
Eduardo Calvo - Drums
Roy Beltrán - Guitars
Michael Quirós - Vocals, Guitars

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Blameless
Shadows
The Edge

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April Rain "One Is Glad To Be Of Service"


Country: Ukraine
Sub GenreInstrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 31, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Walking With Zeus` Wife 06:17
  2. Deadman On Vacation 06:00
  3. Last Cry Of A Whale Casted Ashore 09:19
  4. You Are Playing On A Golden String 03:52
  5. Happiness Is When You Can Return 04:54
  6. Majdanek Of Mine 08:02
  7. A Sailor Without The Sea 05:58
  8. One Is Glad To Be Of Service (in memory of Robin Williams) 10:00
Line-up
Valeriy Bykov

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Rey Buitre "Balsa"


Country: Mexico
Sub Genre Instrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 31, 2014
Tracklist
  1. El Camino 03:20
  2. Apollo XIII 05:02
  3. The Power of Choice 04:15
  4. El Gato que Bajó de la Luna 05:56
  5. Miedo al Vacío 01:45
  6. Caballo de Guerra 05:07
  7. Apóstrofe 08:48
  8. Miércoles 04:57
  9. ¿Cuándo Venís? 16:15
Line-up
Chuck García - Guitar, Bass
McArtur Quiroz - Guitar, Bass
Armando León - Percussion, Sequences

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Daniel Steiner "Tendons of the Gods"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Ares' Rising 03:39
  2. Tendons of the Gods 04:06
  3. The Flight of Hermes 02:47
  4. Champion's Hall 06:36
  5. War of the Colossi 04:25
  6. Inside Hades, Death, and His Cornucopia 02:41
  7. Cube of Infinity Suite - Past 04:27
  8. Cube of Infinity Suite - Present Pt. 1 04:37
  9. Cube of Infinity Suite - Present Pt.2 04:25
  10. Cube of Infinity Suite - Mercurial Hostility 03:09
  11. Cube of Infinity Suite - Future 05:04
  12. The Headless Horseman 03:46
  13. The Imortalization process 03:38
  14. Mines Below the Mastodon 05:24
  15. The Legacy 05:39
Line-up
Daniel Steiner

Description/Reviews
"Tracks 1-5 are heavier, more tech-death influenced
Track 6 is clean, dark, and progressive
Track 7 is a standard progressive metal piece
Tracks 8-11 were written for my former band, all with a focus on a strong melody, besides track 11, which is fast-paced and heavily influenced by Dream Theater
Tracks 12-15 are progressive metal pieces, with track 12 having a cleaner sound and groove than the other 3." Read the full review by at
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The Samurai of Prog "The Imperial Hotel"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Label: Seacrest Oy
Release date: August 2014
Tracklist
1. After the Echoes - 8:43
2. Limoncello - 7:58
3. Victoria's Summer Home - 2:54
4. The Imperial Hotel - 28:10
5. Into the Lake - 8:43

Line-up
Marco Bernard: Rickenbacker bass
Kimmo Pörsti (Mist Season): drums and percussion
Steve Unruh (Resistor, solo): vocals, violin, flute, acoustic guitar
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Robert Webb (England): keyboards, vocals
Octavio Stampalia (Jinetes Negros): keyboards, vocals
Linus Kase (Brighteye Brison, Anglagard): keyboards, vocals
David Myers (The Musical Box): piano
Kamran Alan Shikoh (Glass Hammer): electric and acoustic guitars on The Imperial Hotel
Yoshihisa Shimuzu (Kenso): electric guitar on Limoncello
Johan Öijen: electric guitar on After the Echoes
Kristofer Eng: electric guitar on Into the Lake
Maria Kvist: harmony vocals on Into the Lake
Andrew Noto: Moog Taurus on Into The Lake
Martin Henderson: background vocals on The Imperial Hotel

Fever Dog "Second Wind"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Stoner
FormatCD, digital
Release date August 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Obelisk 00:52
  2. Second Wind 03:07
  3. The Back of Beyond 03:00
  4. The Great Tree 06:01
  5. Iroquois 02:10
  6. One Thousand Centuries 05:33
  7. Rukma Vimana 03:00
  8. Hats Off to Andrew Bowen 09:18
  9. Lady Snowblood/Child of the Netherworlds 09:09
  10. Nexus 05:33
Line-up
Danny Graham - Vocals, Guitar, Theremin
Joshua Adams - Drums, Percussion, Synthesizers, Organs, Back-Up Vocals
Nathan Wood - Bass, Sound Generators

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sólstafir "Ótta"


Country: Iceland
Sub GenrePost Metal/Rock
LabelSeason of Mist
Release dateAugust 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Lágnætti
  2. Ótta
  3. Rismál
  4. Dagmál
  5. Miðdegi
  6. Nón
  7. Miðaftann
  8. Náttmál
Line-up
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason - Guitar, Vocals
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason - Drums
Svavar Austmann - Bass
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson  - Guitar

Description/Reviews
This masterpiece comes with a red hot passion like glowing magma and emotionality as stormy as the wild Northern Atlantic. Aðalbjörn Tryggvason's gritty vocals grind the soul like an Icelandic gravel field and still carry the dark melancholy of a Nordic winter night. One moment the strings soar like raging flames, the next they spiral with hypnotic force to the capturing pounding of drum and bass. Although there is a tendency of the first part "Andvari" to tend towards the psychedelic, while the second half "Gola" reveals a more rocking outlook, both belong together and never fail to amaze, astonish and surprise.

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Otta
Lagnaetti

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Deceptic "The Artifact"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Death Metal
LabelDead End Exit
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 29, 2014 (worldwide), September 2, 2014 (US)
Tracklist
  1. Heart of the Swarm - 3:51
  2. Ocean - 4:22
  3. Lead Astray - 4:11
  4. Pulling Levers - 4:06
  5. The Shining Throne - 3:49
  6. A World Unknown - 3:31
  7. Depraved - 3:29
  8. Smorgasbord of Shame - 3:18
  9. Life Finds a Way - 3:21
  10. Reborn - 4:26
Line-up
William Gustafsson - Vocals
Tony Gullquist - Guitars
Dennis Svensson - Drums
Otto Halling - Bass
Martin Carlenfors - Guitars

Description/Reviews
The modern twist melodic death metalbands integrate into their music nowadays lies in an influence from the hardcore corner. That implies the new aspect of emotionally heavy music, which is a positive development. Emotion provides otherwise flat art with a colourful skin and also interesting lyrical concepts. Musicians that made music into their main profession are more likely to implement deep thought and emotion into their discography which will eventually be their life’s work. Musically the emotion finds expression through solid bass lines and beatdowns that will spread quakes from under your speakers. Those quakes are not deathcore-inspired as they are not the random open note slaps that have made you vomit up your meals more than enough, but rather the polyrhythmic delights that one could expect from the hands of modern bands like Uneven Structure. Not to mention that for every outbreak of heaviness the band compensates with a melodically pleasing riff. The vocals are alternatively sung and screamed, which is a rather common style amongst modern death metalbands (In Flames is a famous practioner of this style and has been so since the later albums, probably starting around the ‘Come Clarity’-age).
 Read the full review by at lordsofmetal.nl

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Ocean

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Deep Space Destructors "III"


Country: Finland
Sub GenreSpace Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Beyond The Black Star - 05:41
  2. Spaceship Earth - 09:10
  3. Cosmic Burial - 09:14
  4. An Ode To Indifferent Universe - 15:12
  5. Ikuinen Alku - 06:21
Line-up
Jani Pitkänen - vocals, bass
Petri Lassila - guitars, backing vocals
Markus Pitkänen - drums

Description/Reviews
Beyond The Black Star kicks things off, being a rocker with a swinging groove plus acid Psych and Hawkwind Space Ritual effects. Spaceship Earth rocks hard in Hawkwind circa Electric Teepee space and has a punchy Alan Davey styled bass that makes my head want to BANG. About halfway through this 9 minute track the music transitions to an easier paced melodic rocking section with one slowly soloing and one strumming guitar, before launching into a stoned yet still spaced out Hard Rock blast that leads to the finale. Lots happening on this tune. Cosmic Burial is also in the 9 minute range and is a blend of cosmic Black Sabbath Stoner Space Rock and trippy deep space dreamy excursions with a narrative sense that a story is being told. The narrative development continues on the 15 minute An Ode to Indifferent Universe, which evolves through heavy Space-Prog and cosmic Hard Rock constructions. This track reminded me a lot of early Darxtar. Nothing sits still for long as the Destructors continually shift gears and the track is loaded with non-flashy yet cool and interesting dual guitar work. Finally, Ikuinen Alku has a high powered Hawk rocking vibe similar to Spaceship Earth. Deep Destructors switch to their native Finnish for this one (lyrics on the rest of the album are in English). Overall a damn good set of potent Space Rock. (Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com)

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Strikken "According to Purpose"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Hard Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 29, 2014
Tracklist
1. Into Darkness 06:34
2. Scar Tissue 03:23
3. The Chosen One 04:10
4. Tale of a Fallen Man 04:35
5. Tidal Waves 04:05
6. Grace 04:44
7. Cast Out 03:45
8. Word of Life 04:13
9. The Truth 04:39
10. Gabriel 04:56
11. Artwork 05:56
12. Sent Down 06:00

Line-up
John Collins Bass
Steve Cotton Drums
Michael Enyart Guitars, Vocals
Josh Enyart Guitars
Ryan Henry Vocals

Description/Reviews
While there are many influences, the music is original and distinct as purely Strikken . Progressive Metalcore and hard rock meet with complete harmony to deliver the best album they could create and still be true to themselves. 12 new songs from these hard rocking boys with all the passion from their music driven hearts will hit you like lightning! More intense, more clear, more Strikken, According to Purpose delivers a powerful message with energy and charisma to strike you with its power. 

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Into Darkness

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Flashback Of Anger "Terminate And Stay Resident (T.S.R.)"


Country: Italy
Sub GenrePower Metal, Progressive Metal
LabelIceWarrior Records
Release dateAugust 29, 2014
Tracklist
01. Mother Soldier
02. False Idols
03. Gynophobia
04. Don't Let Me Fade
05. The Great Fire
06. Black Prince
07. Shattered Promises
08. My Angel
09. Hiroshima & Nagasaki (Is This Mankind)
10. Power Play
11. Bonus Track : Black Prince (Original version)

Line-up
Alessio Gori – Vocals
Giulio Cercato – Guitars
Antonio Sigismondi – Drums
Emanuele Giorgetti – Keyboards
Gianmarco Lotti – Guitars
Andrea “Tower” Torricini – Bass
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Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) - Vocals (6)

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False Idols

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Creation’s End "Metaphysical"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelPure Prog Records
Release date: August 29, 2014
Tracklist
1. Ohm
2. The Chosen None
3. Bivariate
4. This Heart
5. All I Have
6. Part Of You
7. Surrendered
8. Push
9. Turn Away
10. Bring To Life
11. Constructing A Savior
12. Singularity

Line-up

Mike DiMeo – vocals
Rudy Albert – guitars, keyboards
Joe Black – bass
Marco Sfogli – guitars
Dario Rodriguez – drums

Epumer+Machi+Judurcha "Enigma"


Country: Argentina
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelClub del Disco
Format: CD
Release date: August 2014
Tracklist
  1. Que vuelva la luz 
  2. Lilu 
  3. Gallo pollo 
  4. Enigma 
  5. Gonzбlez 
  6. Pasaje La Blanqueada 
  7. Los libros de la buena memoria 
  8. El Carpo 
  9. Pequi 
  10. Cabezota 
  11. E.M.J. 
Line-up
Lito Epumer: Guitars
Machi Rufino: Bass
Cristian Judurcha: Drums
  With
Rodolfo Mederos - Bandoneón (7)
Javier Malosetti - Bass (3)
Victor Carrión - Soprano sax (5)

Description/Reviews
Notable and renowned musicians from the Argentine Rock scene have come together in the shape of this Instrumental Fusion Power Trio, whose potency comes from their solid Rock base, sparks of Improvisational jamming and the soaring freedom of Jazz. Enigma, their 2nd album, has been assembled with compositions that are even stronger and more substantial than those which appeared on their very first CD outing.
 (viajeroinmovil.com)
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Emj 
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Moraine "Groundswell"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Avant Prog, Jazz, Fusion, Ethnic
LabelMoonJune Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Mustardseed (3:11)
  2. Skein (3:52)
  3. Fountain of Euthanasia (3:25)
  4. Gnashville (4:12)
  5. In That Distant Place (6:20)
  6. Synecdoche (3:52)
  7. The Earth Is an Atom (5:12)
  8. Waylaid (7:20)
  9. Spiritual Gatecrasher (7:18)
  10. The Okanogan Lobe (7:41)
Line-up
AliciaDeJoie: electric violin
James DeJoie: baritone saxophone, flute
Kevin Millard: NS stick bass
Dennis Rea: guitar, electronic interventions, Mellotron
Tom Zgonc: drums

Description/Reviews
Building on the momentum generated by their previous releases for MoonJune Records, Moraine draws from the more exotic facets of the avant garde and fusion equations.Moments of "early-Crimsonesque" intensity are often balanced out by a more Eastern approach to melody, arrangement and ensemble delivery; the music is delightfully fresh and unpredictable throughout. Brilliant compositions decorated by powerful themes, sudden shifts, sensitive group dynamics and fiery solo excursions dominate this session, as Moraine reveals a more psychodelic vibe, while remaining collectively and steadfastly plugged into the magic of the moment at hand. Lovers of the best offerings from the RIO, classic fusion, prog rock, avant garde, progressive jazz, free jazz and Eastern music genres will all find plenty to sink their teeth into here -- but that only starts to penetrate the surface of this delectable amalgamation

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Perceptionist "Evolve"


Country: USA
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 28, 2014
Tracklist
01. The Big Bang (02:11)
02. The Scientific Method (04:51)
03. Truthseeker (05:14)
04. Feeling Nostalgic (04:44)
05. Anima (06:10)
06. Sole Cognition (05:30)
07. Reaching Infinity (04:06)
08. Evolve (05:38)
09. Sanctimonious Plague (05:10)
10. Monkey Business (01:27)

Line-up
Jordan Nalley - vocals
Riley Brodersen - guitars
Abe Freshwater - guitars
Connor Coram - bass
Edoardo Talenti - drums

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Ongo "El Ultimo Lamento"


Country: Puerto Rico
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: August 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. El Primer Lamento - 1:06
  2. Confluencia - 3:53
  3. Amienemigo - 5:16
  4. De La Conciencia - 5:47
  5. El Segundo Lamento - 2:06
  6. El Ultimo Lamento - 6:37
  7. La Busqueda - 5:10
  8. Tren  - 15:52
Line-up
Jerry Rivera - vocals
Ruly Kuan - bass
Gaby VIdal - guitar
Lily Vidal - vocals
Jose Ruiz - drums

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Roz Vitalis "Overcoming-Up"


Country: Russia
Sub Genre: Instrumental Symphonic, Avant Prog, Chamber
LabelMellow Records
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 27, 2014
Tracklist
1. Overcoming-Up (4:21)
2. Madrigal (4:35)
3. Journey Of Possible Forgiver (6:47)
4. Serene Light (4:11)
5. Thorns Of Forgiving (7:23)
6. Claws Of Winter (Blizzard Paths) (20:54)
7. Overcome By Uplift (4:41)

Line-up
Ivan Rozmainsky - keyboards, percussion, samples, tenor recorder (4)
Vladimir 'Energoslon' Semenov-Tyan-Shansky - bass
Sydius (aka Igor Pokatilov) - guitar, samples (6)
Vladislav Korotkikh - flute

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Electric Orange "Volume 10"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreKrautrock
LabelStudio Fleisch
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Paraboiled (7:42)
2. Slowbind (6:00)
3. Symptom Of The Mony Nurse (5:12)
4. Suite Beef (13:54)
5. A Tuna Sunrise (6:40)
6. Behind The Wall Of Sheep (20:25)
7. Seven And Smell (4:08)
8. Worn Utopia (15:19)

Line-up
Tom Rückwald - double bass, electric bass, bass violin, noisebass
Dirk Bittner - acoustic & electric guitars, phonofiddle, mandolin, banjo, percussion
Georg Mohnheim - drums, percussion, tube wah, cymbals
Dirk Jan Müller - moog, rhodes, mellotron, harmonium, hammond, prophet, MU Modular, MS20, RS202, Farfisa Professional Duo, Philicorda, voice

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simon McKechnie "Newton's Alchemy"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelVoyager Records
Release dateAugust 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The First Matter - 7:50 
  2. Miracles of Only One Thing (Emerald Tablet 1) - 3:47 
  3. The Work Begins - 8:50 
  4. The Father of All Perfection (Emerald Tablet 2) - 3:24 
  5. Star Regulus - 7:22 
  6. Force Above All Force (Emerald Tablet 3) - 3:25 
  7. Animated Mercury - 9:11
  8. A Great Secret - 3:14
  9. Turning of the Wheel - 8:23
Line-up
Simon McKechnie: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Dulcimer, Psaltery, Percussion
Adam Riley: Drums
Clare Salaman: Nyckelharpa
Jan Hendrickse: Bass Flute


Heliopolis "City of the Sun"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Label10T Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: August 26, 2014 (digital), September 2, 2014 (CD, retail street date - September 16, 2014)
Tracklist
1. New Frontier - 10:12
2. Take A Moment - 8:56
3. Mr. Wishbone - 3:31
4. Elegy - 6:07
5. Love and Inspiration - 14:05

Line-up
Jerry Beller (Mars Hollow) - drums and vocals
Matt Brown (Shaun Guerin) - keyboards and vocals
Kerry Chicoine (Mars Hollow) - bass and vocals
Mike Matier (Ten Jinn) - guitars
Scott Jones - vocals

Description/Reviews
Comprised of former members of acclaimed progressive rock acts Mars Hollow, Shaun Guerin, Ten Jinn, and Genesis tribute Gabble Ratchet, Heliopolis compose intricately detailed long-form songs based on memorable melodies, 4-part vocal harmonies, outstanding musicianship and thought-provoking lyrical subject matter, delivered by five musician friends who share a commitment to passion, sincerity, and integrity.

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Stream

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Voyag3r "Doom Fortress"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Electronica, Space Rock, Soundtrack
LabelBattle Chamber Music / Bellyache Records
Formatvinyl, CD, digital
Release dateAugust 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Summoning The Forgotten One 05:55
  2. One's True Intentions 06:03
  3. Doom Fortress Escape 06:01
  4. In The Hands Of The Computers 05:46
  5. Il Guanto Nero 05:13
  6. Lord Of Doom Fortress 05:19
Line-up
Steve Greene - Synthesizers
Greg Mastin - Drums
Aaron Greene - Guitars

Description/Reviews
What sets Voyag3r apart from its peers is that the band’s focus lies within the confines of soundtrack music from the ‘70s and ‘80s. And within that context, the music created by Voyag3r is influenced heavily by sci-fi, horror and action movies of that time. The key element of the band’s music lies with the use of synthesizers, which set up that classic, if not eerie, signature sounds from your favorite ‘70s and ‘80s cult movies.
 Read the full review by John Kindred at hardrockhaven.net

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Various Artists "Echoes of Secrets - A Pink Floyd Tribute"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelMellow Records
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 26, 2014
Tracklist/Line-up
  1. Nanaue - Summer 68 07:38
  2. Roz VIitalis - Remember a day 07:44
  3. Karda Estra - It would be so nice 04:25
  4. Acoustic Floyd - Welcome to the machine 06:15
  5. Lodovico Ellena - Interstellar overdrive 06:19
  6. Quarkspace - Paint box 03:43
  7. Fabio Zuffanti - Chapter 24 05:15
  8. Pavoni / Botti - Wish you were here 03:23
  9. Luca Scherani - See Emily play 04:18
  10. The Pravedniks' Band - POW R TOC H 07:31
  11. Riccardo Lolli - Shine on you crazy diamond 04:47
  12. Astral Weeks - Lucifer Sam 04:27
  13. Lila Madrigali - If 05:16
  14. TNR - The final cut 04:52
  15. Giuseppe Scaravilli - Cymbaline 01:34
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Bosnnia "Ferias y fiestas de la posguerra"


Country: Argentina
Sub GenreChamber, Tango, Jazz, Avant Prog
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 26, 2014
Tracklist

  1. A pie tuve que ir a través de sistemas solares 05:22
  2. Geografía de lo inutil (Psyco Puna) 05:32
  3. Parisiennes y ginebra: Acto I 04:59
  4. Parisiennes y ginebra: Acto II 05:36
  5. Parisiennes y ginebra: Acto III 06:22
  6. De rarum natura 03:37
  7. Un rey que no es contradicho no puede ser malo 01:05
  8. Lugano mental 06:52
  9. Invierno y la supresión de la realidad 06:03

Line-up
Violeta García : cello
Carlos Quebrada: bass, loops
Bruno Ferreccio: bandoneon
Fernando Caraballo: drums

Description/Reviews
Liberated from all forms of traditionalism and genre formatting, this atypical and obscure quartet consisting of a large type of accordion (known as "bandoneón"), cello, bass guitar, and drums, fuses elements of Contemporary Chamber Music, Avant Tango, Progressive Rock, Jazz, R.I.O. and much more into a fab cocktail. (viajeroinmovil.com)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Opeth "Pale Communion"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Metal/Rock
LabelRoadrunner Records
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
5. Goblin
6. River
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Martin Mendez - bass
Martin Axenrot - drums
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keys

Description/Reviews
The band continues their tradition of not repeating themselves but in a much better, more accessible way than they have in the past. The melodies and riffs from each song are instantly identifiable as that particular song, the new elements incorporated into the music fit extremely well and it seems like the record was written with each separate song in mind. As in it doesn't sound like any particular song revolves around one singular instrument or riff, but has everything beautifully play off each other. Where Heritage and Watershed may have been a little unfocused at time or lost in their own adventure of a new song, this record knows exactly what it's doing and nails it through and through. I'll even go as far as saying this record conveys the widest range of emotions I think I've ever heard Opeth convey, and with unbelievable grace and style. Absolutely none of the writing is heavy-handed in trying to get a point across.
Read the full review by Greg Kennelty at metalinjection.net 

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Fabrizio Leo "Spectrum Of My Past"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreInstrumental Fusion
LabelJellybeard Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Alien Abduction - 5:04
  2. Spectrum of My Past - 2:32
  3. Remember You - 5:15
  4. Sardegna - 4:12
  5. Laura - 4:16
  6. Sir Giuliani - 4:19
  7. Liquid - 1:31
  8. Thirty Nights Fever - 4:49
  9. Marziana - 4:55
  10. Rufus - 1:49
  11. Grappa Love - 3:36
  12. Zombie Science - 3:21
  13. Cico - 4:19
  14. Samba C - 4:17
Line-up
Fabrizio Leo (Citriniti)- Guitar
Flavio Scopaz - Bass
Alex Argento - Keyboards
Bruno Valverde - Drums

Description/Reviews
The styles and feels are exactly twin brother to the album "Mr. Malusardi". Structure are kind of progressive, very dynamics and tons of shreds. The styles from standard minor progressive feel in the first track all the way ended with latin beat in "Samba C". Here a quick styles and comments on all tracks:
 Read the full description by at metalharem.blogspot.com

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Thirty Nights Fever
Remember You
Sardegna

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Maybeshewill "Fair Youth"


Country: UK
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock
LabelSuperball Music
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
01. ... (00:54)
02. In Amber (05:47)
03. You and Me and Everything in Between (04:02)
04. Fair Youth (04:23)
05. All Things Transient (04:14)
06. Sanctuary (03:45)
07. Asiatic (04:18)
08. Waking Life (05:58)
09. Permanence (04:29)
10. In the Blind (05:32)
11. Volga (06:33)

Line-up
James Collins
Matthew Daly
John Helps
Robin Southby
Jamie Ward

Description/Reviews
On the band’s fourth album “Fair Youth”, UK’s Maybeshewill create instrumental post-rock that proudly defies genre-conventions and ultimately provides an amazing, dense, diverse and melodic sound.

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EndName "Demetra"


Country: Russia
Sub GenreInstrumental Progressive/Sludge/Doom/Post/Math Metal
Label: Slow Burn Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Duplication of the World 06:55
  2. Union 11:50
  3. Forest 16:59
  4. DOTW RX 07:54
Line-up
Sergey Podgorny – bass, fx’s
Sergey Kaplin – guitar
Dmitry Musatov – drums
   With
Dmitry Churilov – guitar (1)
Evgeny Shikunov – guitar (1)
Alexander Senko – remix (4)

Description/Reviews
EndName is a Moscow quartet which operates with such genres as post-metal and doom. At the heart of creativity process lie devastating guitar riffs, rough song structures, pure feelings and emotions. Instrumental canvas is filled with agression and lyrics at the same time.  Demetra is the 4th official issue from this instrumental act. Earlier discovered “math-doom” formula is still working but this time diluted with a wide portion of psychedelic mist, deep tribal deviations and shamanism. Demetra is a logical sequel of the previous full-length CD “Anthropomachy” and contains some earlier non-issued tunes and also new creations. 
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Earthling Society "England Have My Bones"


Country: UK
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
LabelRiot Season
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Aiwass - 11:10
  2. Tortuga - 8:36
  3. Journey in Satchidananda - 15:16
  4. England Have My Bones - 4:30
Line-up
Fred Laird - Guitar and Vocals
Jon Blacow - Drums and Percussion
Neil Whitehead - Machines
Kim Allen - Bass

Description/Reviews
Consisting of four songs, 'Aiwass' is the first and throughout its eleven minutes serves as a swirling, dense, psychedelic introduction to the album. Almost impenetrable in parts, it creates a vortex of sound which builds...and builds...and builds. Typically psych and space rock, the clarity of the musicianship is excellent and keeps things interesting.
'Tortuga' takes things down a pace and is the only song here with vocals on it. It's probably the most accessible too and the submerged lyrics help drive the song to its conclusion. It's a slight psych masterpiece which can sit along bands such as Lucid Dream and The Oscillation for it's take on a sub-Spiritualized level.
Brilliant as this is, nothing quite prepares you for the cover of Alice Coltrane's 'Journey Into Satchidananda' which out grows its jazz roots and take on a full on space rock experience. Firmly rooted in the bass and drum section which at times threatens to turn tribal, it's yet another dense piece and turns the original on it's head. It's a weird situation where free form jazz gets grounded in basic instrumentation but sounds even more out there.
Read the full review by Martyn Coppack at echoesanddust.com

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The Star Diaries "Summers in Andromeda"


Country: Canada
Sub GenreSpace Rock, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock, Ambient
Format: digital
Release dateAugust 12, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Transit Through the Alamak System 03:31
  2. Deepest Sleep 04:07
  3. Summers in Andromeda 23:00
  4. One Summer in Andromeda 04:00
  5. Long Gone August 02:15
  6. Mind of Ptah 14:30
  7. In the Fragile Light 07:04
Line-up
Jeff Fitzgerald: acoustic guitar, vocals, synths and keyboards, electric guitar, ektara, harmonium, percussion
Dean Marino: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, ghopi-chand, backing vocals, percussion, programming

Description/Reviews
Borrowing elements of Space-rock and Psychedelia the duo have crafted a rather beguiling set of tunes.
 There are seven compositions here, just under and hours’ worth of mostly instrumental music that manages to create some rather interesting moments. The two list influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Ozric Tentacles by way of Tangerine Dream. Mash all that together and you get the idea. The disc starts off with a couple of shorter tracks in the three or four minute range, track one “Transit through the Alamak System” [3:31] showing the Ozric influence with it’s steady , almost danceable rhythms, before flying headlong into the longest track, “Summers in Andromeda” [23:00] where the early Pink Floyd spacey-ness sets the tone in the opening three-minutes. The music of The Star Diaries is for the most part soothing and almost restful, even when they pick up the tempo the music flows smoothly from one musical idea to the next. A quick look at the instruments used and you might have a good idea of the general tone. What I liked about their music is that it can be both really electronic and really acoustic. It’s a blend of both musical pallets that makes this music so organic and listenable. It’s never overly sterile, if you know what I mean. There’s a strong sense of “the human touch” running through these pieces.
(Jerry Lucky)


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Uphill Work "Missing Opportunities"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Intro 00:26
  2. Best Wishes 03:32
  3. Leave It To Paul 05:38
  4. A Troubled Rhymemaker 04:26
  5. Smile Over Substance 03:18
  6. History Is Haunting 03:57
  7. Rigor Mortis 04:37
  8. Snowing Down South 18:18
Line-up
Konstantin Benyumov - guitars
Lev Gankine - keyboards, vocals, glockenspiel
Konstantin Provorov - drums
Evgeniy Semiletov - bass
   With
Alexey Ponomarev & Victor Davydov - backing vocals

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Contusion "Contusion"


Country: Argentina
Sub Genre: Instrumental  Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Time Issues 05:07
  2. Social Fever 07:21
  3. Random Select 05:13
  4. Desert Song 06:34
  5. Enterprise 04:56
  6. DDLM 06:09
  7. Meet Me 04:49
Line-up
Juan Cortés: Guitar
Cristian Tisselli: Bass
Alvaro Torres: Keyboards
Edu Giardina: Drums
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Javier Viñas: 1st Guitar Solo in Random Select

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Il Sogno del Marinaio "Canto Secondo"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Fusion
LabelClenchedwrench
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateAugust 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Animal Farm Tango - 5:03
  2. Alain - 4:15
  3. Nanos' Waltz - 3:18
  4. Skinny Cat - 3:44
  5. Mountain Top - 3:26
  6. Il Sogno Del Fienile - 3:11
  7. Auslander - 3:56
  8. Stucazz?!! - 2:55
  9. Sailor Blues - 5:16
  10. Us in Their Land - 3:53
Line-up
Andrea Belfi - drums
Stefano Pilia - guitar
Mike Watt - bass

Description/Reviews
The bulk of Canto Secondo was recorded with all three members in the same room at the same time, and it shows in tracks like the instrumental “Alain”, with its lopsided prog ambulation propped up by Watt’s melted-rubber low-end, and “Mountain Top”, a circular, gently jangled meditation that has the feel of a post-punk koan.
“Sailor Blues” is Canto Secondo’s longest track, and at a trim five-minutes-plus, it demonstrates just how concentrated and concise the trio’s internal language has become. From Pilia’s knotty yet fluid guitar lines to Watt’s punching, dancing bass, the song descends into an ethereal wash of soft-focus distortion and playfully unresolved bends of melody. The touchstones become more sharply defined on “Us in Their Land”; in a start-stop fit of squealing virtuosity that anxiously mashes My War-era Black Flag into Starless and Bible Black-era King Crimson, the song hastily builds a scaffolding, clambers up it, then pulls it out from under its feet. Pilia’s whispery, heavily accented poetry not only clicks, it evokes a strange kind of dreamy menace, working strictly on a level of phonetic atmosphere.
 Read the full review by Jason Heller at pitchfork.com

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Manigance "Volte Face"


Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Power Metal
LabelVerycords Records (EU)/Marquee Avalon (Japan)
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 25, 2014 (EU), September 29, 2014 (Japan)
Tracklist
1. Pur sang
2. Leader
3. Le côté sombre
4. Apparence
5. Volte face
6. Ultime atome
7. Sans relache
8. Planeta Zemlya
9. Say It Ain't So (Muddy Head cover)
10. Le mirage
11. Parjure
12. Seule (Bonus Track - Japanese Version)

Line-up
Didier Delsaux - Vocals
François Merle - Guitar
Bruno Ramos - Guitar
Stéphane Lacoude - Bass
Guillaume Rodriguez - Drums
Jean Lahargue - Keyboards

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Causa Sui "Pewt'r Sessions 3"


Country: Denmark
Sub GenreInstrumental Krautrock, Stoner, Psychedelic, Jazz
LabelEl Paraiso Records
Release dateAugust 18, 2014 (digital), early September 2014 (CD, vinyl)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Tracklist
1. Abyssal Plain - 8:29
2. Eutopia - 5:03
3. Incipiency Suite - 26:34

Line-up
Jonas Munk - guitar, keyboards, electronics
Jess Kahr - bass
Jakob Skøtt - drums, percussion
    With
Ron Schneiderman

Description/Reviews
Following last years determined studio double LP, Euporie Tide, Causa Sui returns to improv with a third round of mindbending jams feat. Ron Schneiderman!
The savage, kaleidoscopic improvisations of the quintet's previous two volumes instantly gained reverence among fans of free flowing krautrock and detuned stoner rock, and this brand new addition, recorded in the late summer of 2013, fullfills the group's potential entirely. The krautrock grooves, the low-end heavyness and the sprawling furor is still very much present - but this set is also permeated by a rare free jazz-sensibility, at times recalling American masters of improvisation such as John Coltrane and Don Cherry in spirit.
Ferociously experimental, yet absolutely welcoming and corporal. One eye looking back to the golden age of improvised music, the other looking straight ahead, into the future. ”Incipiency Suite”, which takes up the entire B-side of this record, stands as the high pinnacle of what this group is capable of with the inclusion of Ron Schneiderman: an afternoon of spontaniously recorded parts, cut-and-pasted into an abundant whole by studio wiz Jonas Munk, creating a unique interplay between in-the-moment improvisation and creative studio editing.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Falcon Arrow "Tower"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital, vinyl
Release dateAugust 24, 2014 (digital)
Tracklist
  1. Derelict 02:38
  2. Dune Patrol 03:10
  3. Cyclostar 03:36
  4. Landing Party 02:05
  5. Mokele Mbembe 02:08
  6. Aldebaran Serpent 07:17
  7. Cantina Empire 05:09
  8. Regnar Regnar 03:22
  9. Dah-Mavaya 03:47
  10. Revenant 04:23
  11. Big Rig 04:49
Line-up
Matt Reints - bass
Dav Kemp - drums

Description/Reviews
From the very first notes of “Derelict”, Tower’s opening track, Falcon Arrow waste no time establishing a groove. Bass guitar, looped, fuzzed, tweaked, stacked, and modified every which way, on top of a solid drum beat have you bobbing your head along with it in a matter of seconds. You’ll find yourself doing this a lot on this record, especially on tracks like “Mokele Mbembe” and “Dah-Mavaya”. Falcon Arrow aren’t afraid to venture into even poppier, El Ten Eleven-esqu, frays either, as heard on “Cyclostar”, “Regnar Regnar”, and segments of the sprawling “Aldebaran Serpent”.
On the other side of the spectrum, Falcon Arrow are equally capable of making expansive, melancholic, and contemplative tracks, such as “Landing Party”, “Revenant”, and “Big Rig”. Tracks like “Cantina Empire” and “Dune Patrol” demonstrate the two-piece’s ability to blend all of the previous elements together, adding a depth to this record which sets it apart from too many bands that typically only paint with one brush at a time.
 Read the full review at postinthename.svbtle.com

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Antethic "Origin"


Country: Russia
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Time Forward - 07:13
  2. Cheliuskin - 09:05
  3. Old Maui Girls - 07:07
  4. This Game Has No Name - 06:11
  5. Morning Glory - 03:30
  6. White Whale - 10:21
Line-up
Alexander Lyvov - drums, samples
Arseniy Novitskiy - synths, samples
Denis Zarutskiy - bass
Yuri Efremov - guitars

Description/Reviews
What we have ...is a reliable stream of steady instrumental work that on the whole doesn’t quite distinguish itself from the droves of post-rock material out there, but does contain moments of true brilliance.
Describing their style as containing “elements of post-rock, progressive rock, drone, shoegaze and ambient”, Antethic has been producing complex instrumental rock tracks since 2012. The songs from their two previous EPs are a delightful mixture of melodic post-rock riffs and heavier progressive undertones. 
 Read the full review by Ginnia Cheng at  echoesanddust.com

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