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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Twombley Burwash "Grak"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2014
Tracklist
1. Buzzard of Us 9:26
2. 100 Species 12:46
3. Cabaret Night 6:28
4. Zzzvv 9:24
5. A Sense of Texture 22:08

Line-up
Kevin McDade 
Bruce McDade
Gareth Roberts - Drums

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Owl Cries "Architecure"


Country: Uzbekistan
Genre(s)Post Rock/Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. At the Dawn of Insects We Stand with Fists Hard Clenched 04:16
  2. The Magellanic Cloud Is Dotted with Flares that Dazzle the Eye 07:57
  3. 149: Submerge to Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys / Gloaming Descends on Dione, Rhea and Titan 08:38
  4. Another Elephant Day in the Avicenna's Evening Fields 06:39
  5. Freestone Peaches Doomed to Burst into Watermelon Slices 10:20
  6. The Blind Comma The Deaf Comma The Capybara 02:31
  7. Journey Through the Prism of Commonness 06:45
  8. 0100101101110101011100100111010001111010 14:39
Line-up
Sanjar Ismatov - guitars, bass guitar, backing vocals
Alexander Sukharev - guitars, lead vocals
   With
Sergey Antoshkin - producing, extreme vocals (4, 5), additional guitar (8)

Description/Reviews
Owl Cries - art rock / post-rock / progressive metal band from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The band is notable for specific approach to the sound and very diverse song arrangement.
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Sounds Of Quincy "Sounds Of Quincy"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock, Post Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Cake 07:56
  2. Make Old New 05:33
  3. Echo 05:19
  4. Moron Egg 05:56
  5. Bapsters In Love 06:42
Line-up
Dan Bush - bass
Kyle Shelby - guitar
Tyler Shelby - drums

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Wasaya "Garden Of Doubts"


Country: Syria
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 30, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Garden Of Doubts 07:11
  2. Faith And Beyond (a.The dream b.The Illusion c.The Awakening) 08:07
  3. Paradox 04:38
  4. Two Souls Dancing 04:36
  5. Into the mist (a. An endless journey b. A desperate outcry c. Delusive tranquility) 08:02
Line-up
Tarek Shehabi: various instruments
  With
Nezar Omran: trumpet solo (5)
Omar Harb: bass (4)
Adnan Fathallah: oud solo (3)
Rabee Azam: ney solo (3)
Bilal hammour: bass (3)

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Evaded "Death And Taxes"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 29, 2014
Tracklist
01. Well Runs Dry 04:48
02. See Sharp 05:24
03. One Of Your Days 04:39
04. Gods And Demons 07:00
05. The Monster 08:46
06. Sometimes 04:04
07. Anymore 08:17

Line-up
Kev Hammer - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
   With
Kelly Conlon - Bass
Terry Grissino - Flute
Adam McOwen - Violin, Viola
Samantha Wendland - Cello
Chris Munton - Drums

Description/Reviews
Combining the sounds of progressive, symphonic, and melodic hard rock and metal into a unique and personal musical story, Evaded strives to recreate the magical sound of the underground progressive metal scene of the 90s, a time when epic songs drenched in synth pads and echos were a rebellious act of defiance against a mainstream culture obsessed with celebrating the mediocrity of grunge and alternative rock "pop stars".

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Marc Ceccotti "The Shumann Resonances"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Ambient
Format: digital
Release date: November 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The Constants of Nature - 3:27
  2. The Hum, Pt. 1 - 4:13
  3. Mist Street - 3:42
  4. Yfin Yufafin - 4:12
  5. The Hum, Pt. 2 - 2:44   
  6. Among Wolves and Bears - 6:37
  7. Ultraviolet Aurora - 6:05
  8. Diavoletto - 4:18
  9. The Hum, Pt. 3 - 3:29
  10. Mirror Symmetry - 1:29
  11. The Shumann Resonances - 10:00
  12. Fragments of Data - 1:52
Line-up
Marc Ceccotti (Edhels)

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The Constants of Nature

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King Of Agogik "Exlex Beats"


Country: Germany
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: sAUsTARK records
FormatCD
Release dateNovember 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Bronto‘s Navel
  2. 11th Sense
  3. Nomouglea
  4. The Chasteness
  5. Making of SWEP
  6. Musicogenic Epilepsy
  7. Sheol
  8. Lick Me
  9. The venturous dream of a Schlabbershirt
  10. Thin as a Skin
  11. Arrived without travelling
Line-up
Hans Jörg Schmitz: Pearl Drums, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass
   With
Dago Wilms: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Hamer Bass
Gary Farmer: Rickenbacker Bass
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurei of Prog): Flute and Violin
Michael Elzer: 12 string Chapman Stick
Pantelis Petrakakis: Bass
Andrew Marshall (Willowglass): Spanish Guitar
Arne Schäfer (Versus X, Apogee): Electric Guitar
Michael Kreutz: Bass
Peter Simon: Oboe
Erik Vaxjö: Mellotron

Sleeping In Traffic "Sleeping In Traffic"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 29, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Theta 01:19
  2. Hypnagog 06:01
  3. Wordless Scream Of Art 06:00
  4. Somnambul 07:29
  5. The Mind Illusioned 05:19
  6. Fermi's Paradox 07:25
Line-up
Andrew Bateman - Drums
Ryan Berehulke - Bass
Cory Bosse - Vocals, Synth
Greg Turner - Guitar

Description/Reviews
Amazing debut album by this new Canadian band that has crafted one hell of a serious work of prog metal. Great melodies, tons of space for dramatic moments and some excellent, intelligent compositions that rival many bands that have been at it for much longer. Mostly clean vocals but even the occasional death vocals are just the right touch. (progmetalzone.com)

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Harvest "Northern Wind"


Country: Spain/Netherlands
Sub GenreNeo-Prog
Label: Red Phone Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Into the Void 01:09
  2. It All Becomes Clearer 09:27
  3. This Day 06:16
  4. Northern Wind 04:02
  5. Sending Signals 05:06
  6. Something's Changing 06:08
  7. Under the April Sky 05:38
  8. Shadows Behind the Lilacs 03:23
  9. Rush 06:04
  10. Tonight 06:32
  11. Colours 08:31
Line-up
Monique van der Kolk - vocals
Jordi Amela - keyboards
Alex Ojea - drums
Jordi Prats - guitars
Toni Munné - bass

Amministrazione Caos Popolare "Sendai Nebula"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 2014
Tracklist
01. Esistenzialista 7:59
02. Onde 5:47
03. Buio assoluto 6:08
04. Liverpool 5:47
05. Abandon 8:24
06. E la luna fuma 5:39
07. Noel 10:22

Line-up
Nicolas Sabini - bass, synth, flute
Andrea Aliberti - guitar
Luigi Ranieri - guitar, vocals
Andrea Di Giovenale - piano, keyboards, synth
Attilio Renzetti - vocals
Luigi De Poli - drums

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My Name Is Janet "Big Unveiling in the Town of Dead"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion, Funk
Label Power Prog
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Bandwagon For The Broken Stage (8:43)
  2. When I Say To You The Truth (6:17)
  3. Uncanny Fright (6:22)
  4. The Sand (6:39) 
  5. The Eastern Vibes (3:14) 
  6. Ulan Bator (10:55)
  7. Expectation For Love (5:11)
  8. Feed Your President (6:06)
  9. Bandwagon Leaves The Town Of Dead (8:10)
Line-up
Jim Aviva: Vocals, Keyboards
Mike Nebukin: Guitars
Alexx: Drums
   With
Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Robin McAuley, Dio Disciples): Bass
Sammy Lukas: Saxophone

Description/Reviews
With their new concept album "Big Unveiling In The Town Of Dead", My Name Is Janet remains true to the style of the chosen course ... If anything can put it that way! The range of genre-mixes is incredibly diverse and nothing for a defined drawer. Progressive Rock with a stiff breeze of Metal, unique and clear bonds out of the Jazz world, functioning funky Fusion elements, all exceptionally arranged, passionately performed and incredibly intense. 

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Sergey Boykov "Falling Skies"


Country: Estonia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
LabelPower Prog
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Spider Dance
  2. Sea of Tranquility
  3. Falling Skies
  4. Island of Dreams
  5. Never Turn Back
  6. Solitary
  7. Everything Can Change
  8. New Birth of Freedom
Line-up
Sergey Boykov (Vital Science): Keyboards & Synthesizers on all tracks
   With:
Hedras Ramos: Guitars (1, 4)
Fabrizio Leo: Guitars (2)
Joop Wolters: Guitars (2, 3)
Thiago Trinsi: Guitars (2, 4)
Gianfranco Continenza: Guitars (1, 4)
Gianluca Ferro: Guitars (5, 8)
Jonas Tamas: Guitars (6, 7)
Atanas Shishkov: Guitars (7)
Alberto Bollati: Bass (5, 8)
Alberto Rigoni: Bass (2, 7)
Arran McSporran: Bass (3, 6)
Ray Riendeau: Bass (1, 4)
Marco Minnemann: Drums (1)
Sebastian Persini: Drums (2, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Garry King: Drums (3, 7)

Description/Reviews
Estonian keyboard virtuoso Sergey Boykov, well known as mastermind of Progressive Metal powerhouses Vital Science, is otherwise not a blank slate in the music scene. He already had several opportunities to showcase his extraordinary outstanding musical and technical skills with bands and projects such as Theodore Ziras, Jonas Tamas, Thiago Trinsi, Hedras Ramos, Gianfranco Continenza, Mystic Force and many more.  Now it is time that his own baby "Falling Skies" should see the light of the world. With the participation of great artists and genre sizes like Marco Minnemann, Alberto Rigoni, Gianluca Ferro, Garry King, Fabrizo Leo, Joop Wolters, Jonas Tamas and lots of more, an album was recorded and created which seeks his peers. An impressive mix between Progressive Rock and Metal, with jazzy-influenced elements, sometimes hard, sometimes soft sensitive, sometimes playful and slightly and then again almost bombastic and tough as nails.

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Jean Loup Pecquais "Score"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
01. The Blank Artist 04:19
02. Nothing Change 05:57
03. Another Perspective 09:24
04. Relics 06:50
05. Paradoxical Decease 07:33
06. Child In The Attic 08:55

Line-up
Jean Loup Pecquais: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Ludovic Diaz : Drums

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Ramses "Firefall"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelSireena Records
FormatCD
Release dateNovember 2014
Tracklist
  1. Welcome to the Show
  2. Save the world
  3. Love in Vain
  4. Into the Moments
  5. All this Time
  6. Firewall
  7. Virgin Zone
  8. Thirst in my Heart
  9. The Straw that broke the Camels Back
  10. Look @ your Neighbour ("Live" Version)
  11. X-mas Song
  12. Back to the Glades
  13. Bonus Track - Look @your Neighbour ("Soft" Version)

Line-up
Winfried Langhorst
Norbert Langhorst
Reinhard Schröter
Herbert Wolfslast
Carsten Loll
 with
Herbert Natho - Vocals (13)

Harmony "Theatre Of Redemption"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelUlterium Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014 (Europe) December 2, 2014 (North America)
Tracklist
01. The Window Of My Soul 04:44
02. Inhale 04:16
03. Crown Me King 04:51
04. Son Of The Morning 05:33
05. What If 04:17
06. Theatre Of Redemption 05:30
07. Bloodbound 06:09
08. You Are 05:59
09. Hands Of Time 04:56
10. In Search Of 04:56

Line-up
Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars
Raphael Dafras - Bass
John Svensson - Keyboards
Tobias Enbert - Drums
   With
Daniel Heiman (ex. Lost Horizon, Heed) - Vocals

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Amazing Exception "Andromeda"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Alternative Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: November 2014
Tracklist
01. Instincts
02. Rainbows Everywhere
03. In This Moment
04. Cafuné
05. Persephone
06. Hotel Sex And Breakfast
07. Gentle Shackles
08. Knuckles Versus Elbows
09. Andromeda

Line-up
Elijah - Vocals
Serge - Bass, Guitars, Keys & Vocals
Anthony - Drums & Vocals

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Pavlov's Dog "The Pekin Tapes"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelRockville Music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Subway Sue - 5:52
  2. Natchez Trace - 3:57
  3. Time - 5:24
  4. Stomp water magic - 3:50
  5. It's all for you - 5:21
  6. Song dance - 5:48
  7. Dreams - 4:58
  8. Clipper ship - 5:32
  9. Fast gun - 3:35
  10. Preludin & fellacio in E minor - 7:29
  11. Brand new day   (demo) - 3:33
  12. Natchez Trace   (demo) - 4:06
  13. Fast gun   (demo) - 3:41
  14. I wish it would rain   (demo) - 5:05
Line-up
David Surkamp - Vocals, Guitar
David Hamilton - Keyboards, Vocals
Dough Rayburn - Mellotron, Keyboards
Sigfried Carver - Violin
Rick Stockton - Bass, Vocals
Mike Safron - Drums, Vocals
Steve Scorfina - Guitars, Vocals

Description/Reviews
Barely anybody knows that by the time Pavlov's Dog's iconic debut album “Pampered Menial“ was released in 1975, the band had already recorded a full album nearly two years earlier. The untitled album, therefor just called the “Pekin Tapes“, was recorded in just three days in October 1973 at Golden Voice Stodio in Pekin/IL and was originally designated to become the band's debut album. But destiny had a different plan.
When ABC Records listened to the “Pekin Tapes“, they signed the band, but instead of releasing the “Pekin Tapes“, they sent the band back to the studio.
Listening to the “Pekin Tapes“, one gets an impression of the early Pavlov's Dog's origin, with no external producers to answer to and no label or management limiting the freedom of their musical creativity.
In retrospect, the contrast to “Pampered Menial” is endlessly facinating: The “Pekin Tapes” include the original versions of five tracks later included on “Pampered Menial” in much different, re-recorded versions. The other five songs were not respected for “Pampered Menial” (incl. two tracks sung by D. Surkamp, two sung by D. Hamilton and one by S. Scorfina). The 8-minute masterpiece “Preludin & Fellacio in E minor“ was shortened to just a 1.5 minute intro “Preludin” on “Pampered Menial”.

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Faust "j US t"


Country:  Germany
Sub GenreKrautrock
Label Bureau B
FormatCD, vinyl
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
1. gerubelt
2. 80hz
3. sur le ventre
4. cavaquiñho
5. gammes
6. nähmaschine
7. nur nous
8. palpitations
9. der kaffee kocht
10. eeeeeeh...
11. ich bin ein pavian
12. ich sitze immer noch

Line-up
Jean-Hervé Peron
Zappi Diermaier

Description/Reviews
“j US t”—pronounced “Just Us”—is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust.
The Hamburg krautrock institution Faust invite the whole world to use their new album as a base on which to build their own music. The tracks presented by founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier are clearly, intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen.
Whilst Diermaier largely remains true to his habitual handiwork – drums and percussion – Peron, as we might expect, incorporates all manner of unusual sonic sources alongside his bass, various string instruments and piano, even using a sewing machine as a metronome. Tracks like “nur nous” and “ich bin ein pavian” show that Faust have lost none of their predilection for avant-garde Dadaism and improvisation. Peron and Diermaier actually surprise us with folkloristic excursions (“cavaquiñho”, “gammes”). In short, there is something for everyone to work with here. Peron and Diermaier await the results with bated breath.

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Michael Evdemon Vasilis Kalistridis Vaggelis Paraskevaidis "Good Demons"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz, Fusion
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Yellow Ballett 05:23
  2. In Between Worlds 04:06
  3. Lifelong 04:25
  4. Why Don’t Ya! 03:49
  5. Dragon's Lair 04:36
  6. Act Like A Three Year Old 02:58
  7. Temperamental Blues 04:32
  8. Terror TV 06:47
  9. Oval Lady 06:45
  10. Strange Land 05:35
  11. Garden Of Lunatics 04:30

Line-up
Michael Evdemon: El. Bass and compositions
Vasilis Kalistridis: Drums
Vaggelis Paraskevaidis: Vibes and percussion
   With
Vasso Dimitriou - Guitars on Oval Lady
George Stavroulakis - Guitar on Dragon's Lair
Thodoris Kotsifas - Guitar on Terror TV
Irene Ketikidi - Guitar on Temperamental Blues

Description/Reviews
The Good Demons are a “fresh” contemporary jazz trio. Their music combines elements from jazz, progressive, fusion, pop, rock. They are inspired and influenced by a large and diverse musical combo that combines Steve Vai, Miles Davis, Faith No More, Tribal Tech, David Bowie and Coltrane.

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Ilydaen "Maze"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 28, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Lux 02:58
  2. 1/121 04:35
  3. Curves & Saeptums 05:27
  4. Argon Walls 01:56
  5. Breach 06:36
  6. Quandary 06:34
  7. Sokkole 01:06
  8. Daedalus 05:32
  9. Shelter 08:38
Line-up
Daniel S. – Guitar
Erik B. – Bass
Anthony L. – Drums

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tiger Moth Tales "Cocoon"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: White Knight Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2014
Tracklist:
  1. Overture
  2. Spring
  3. The Isle of Witches
  4. Summer
  5. Tigers in the Butter
  6. The First Lament
  7. Autumn
  8. The Merry Vicar
  9. A Visit to Chigwick
  10. Winter
  11. Don't Let Go, Feels Alright
Line-up
Peter Jones

Description/Reviews
Tiger Moth Tales is essentially the brain child of Nottinghamshire based musician and writer Pete Jones. Previously known for writing and performing adult contemporary music, at the beginning of 2013 Pete began work on a progressive music project. In an effort to rejuvenate the creative process he went back to the music he had listened to in his childhood with bands such as Genesis, Queen, etc. Also he was taking influences from the modern progressive bands Frost, Big Big Train, Haken, and progressive stalwarts such as Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt. The project took the form of a concept album about childhood (and coming to terms with the loss of childhood), and was the first progressive music Pete had written since he was a teenager. Cocoon is stacked full of classic prog passages and melodies with superb Genesis style vocals. 
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Tigers In The Butter / A Visit to Chigwick
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King Of The Castle "Recrudescence"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Milieu 02:58
  2. Seafarer 03:14
  3. Reticent 03:25
  4. Flood Of Light 03:05
  5. Ad Interim 00:43
  6. Nisus 03:05
  7. Arms Outstretch 04:06
  8. Returned To 03:10
  9. Nascent 03:08
  10. Avast 02:16
Line-up
Doug Whitaker

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Light Coorporation "Chapter IV/Before the Murmur of Silence"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant-Prog, Chamber
LabelRēR Megacorp
FormatCD
Release dateNovember 2014
Tracklist
1. New States of Mind (Repetitive)
2. In a Tangle
3. With a Chance of Cloudy
4. Three Headed Monster Sight Unseen
5. Basements of Heaven
6. Sealing Wind into Bottles
7. Before the Murmur of Silence (Based on a True Story)
8. Space Travel in an Old Painting

Line-up
Mariusz Sobański - guitars, baritone cello
Paweł Rogoża - tenor saxophone
Kuba Jankowiak - trumpet
Witold Oleszak - acoustic grand piano
Piotr Oses - double bass
Krzysztof Waśkiewicz - bass
Miłosz Krauz - drums, percussion

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Teaser
Three Headed Monster Sight Unsee
Basements of Heaven

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Härmälän Mimosa "Prometeus Noussee"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Mars yökkää! 04:13
  2. Kapteeni Punaparta hyökkää! 06:12
  3. Luo ja tuhoaa 04:45
  4. Maahankaatunut 04:29
  5. Kestokestit 04:24
  6. Neitolintu 05:10
  7. Prometeus noussee 03:52
  8. Kuolintavat 05:36
Line-up
Ai Maaria Vihervaara – vocals, melodica (2), keyboards (4, 5)
Henry Vistbacka – guitar, vocals, bass (1, 4, 5, 7), shaman drum (3)
    With
Mikael Kosmos – cymbals (2), percussions (3, 5, 8)
Miika Kyyrö – double bass (2, 3), bass (3)
Nora Moberg – piano (2), cajon (5), triangle (5)
Niilo Muje – drums (2,4), cajon (8)
Juha Mäntynen – electric guitar (3)
Aino Viren – violin (3, 4)
Juho Sammalkorpi – clarinet (8), bass clarinet (8)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tesla Manaf "Tesla Manaf" ("A Man's Relationship With His Fragile Area")


Country: Indonesia
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelMoonjune Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 26, 2014
Tracklist
1. A Man's Relationship With His Fragile Area (0:44)
2. Necrophilia (1:30)
3. Counting Miles & Smiles (4:59)
4. Movin Side (5:58)
5. Early Years (7:55)
6. Multiply By Zero (1:33)
7. Chin Up (7:06)
8. The Sweetest Horn (6:43)
9. It's All Yours: Part 1 (11:17)
10. It's All Yours: Part 2 (5:59)
11. It's All Yours: Part 3 (6:23)
12. It's All Yours: Part 4 (5:46)
13. It's All Yours: Part 5 (3:59)
14. It's All Yours: Part 6 (8:57)

Tracks 1-8 are released in Indonesia as "A Man's Relationship With His Fragile Area" in 2014; and tracks 9-14 are released in Indonesia in 2011 as "It's All Yours"

Line-up
Tesla Manaf - guitar
   With
Rudy Zulkarnaen - upright bass (1-8)
Hulhul - clarinet, trompet pencak, Indonesian flute (1-8)
Desal Sembada - drums (1-8)
Gega Mesywara - upright bass (9-14)
Yd Nafis - keyboards, synth (9-14)
Dani Irjayana - drums (9-14)
Mumu - soprano sax, flute (9-14)
Zaky - vocal
Adrian Firdaus - gangsa (9-14)
Dewa Made Premana - gangsa (9-14)
William Teh Putra - kantil (9-14)
Wisnu Pramadi - kantil (9-14)
Gede Darma Raharja - jublag, gong, kempluk (9-14)

Description/Reviews
With the release of Tesla Manaf’s latest offering, the young and gifted Indonesian guitarist delivers on his main goal as a musician — “to convert spoken words into notes”.
Tesla’s guitar work pairs the string texture and physicality of Andres Segovia and Django Reinhardt, with the phrasing and pacing of Ralph Towner and Pat Metheny, through to the present compositional ebbs and flows of Mary Halvorson and Gilad Hekselman. Mind you, these are merely scrap-book points of reference — the end result is extremely original, fresh and inspiring. There is at work here a youthful and enthusiastic sense of risk-taking which is most revealing and rewarding listen after listen.
His unique approach to modern composition assures that you won’t necessarily find the traditional song elements of verse, chorus, solo, bridge or refrain and, if you do, they very likely will not occupy the accepted position or possess the interrelationship you have come to expect. This “turning on its head” approach to composition, along with each player’s technique and choice of instrument tone color, gives great impact to the experience of listening deeply to each track.
This music is all about movement – you find yourself taking the journey with Tesla Manaf, Hadis ‘Hulhul’ Hendarisman, Rudy Zulkarnaen and Desal Sembada. Your route is paved with gorgeous arpeggiated guitar lines intertwined with sinuous dancing clarinet and fueled by subtle yet insistent basslines with the most delicate use of drumkit. Midstream reflection of this musical experience is granted through the equally composed use of silence and pause. The effortless performance of these idiosyncratic songs belies their complexity.
The second half of this cd includes Tesla’s earlier album “It’s All Yours” featuring the Balinese ensemble Mahagotra Ganesha. Tesla’s guitar work on this recording possesses the playful melodicism of King Sunny Ade and is perfectly complemented by the resonant metallic voices of the Mahagotra Ganesha ensemble’s Gamelan, Gangsa, Ceng Ceng, Kantil, Gong and Kemplug.
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Anima Morte "Upon Darkened Stains"


Country: Sweden
Sub Genre: Instrumental Symphonic
LabelTransubstans Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date November 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Blessing Of The Dead
  2. Illusion Is The Catalyst
  3. Ephemeris
  4. Fear Will Pass Over Your Mind
  5. Wakeless
  6. Interruption
  7. The Darkest Pattern
  8. The Carrion Crow
  9. Echoing The Red
  10. Isomorphia
  11. First Snow On The Last Ashes
  12. Halls Of Death
Line-up
Daniel Cannerfelt - guitars
Fredrik Klingwall - keyboards, mellotrons & rhodes
Stefan Granberg - bouzouki, bass, guitars & keyboards
Teddy Möller - drums
   With:
Mattias Olsson (ex-Änglagård, Necromonkey, Kaukasus)
David Lundberg (Gösta Berlings Saga, Necromonkey)
Ketil Einarsen (Kaukasus, White Willow)
Jerk Wååg
Johan Klingwall

Description/Reviews
The third album by Swedish Anima Morte sees the band evolving their moody instrumental songs one step further into the cinematic realm. Rooted in 70's rock music with symphonic and experimental elements. Following deeper and more complex compositions the tense and melancholic atmosphere contrasts strong and thrilling musical motifs. Using real vintage and rare instruments like the Mellotron, Electric Pianos, Organs and different stringed instruments they create a thick wall of sound that is very much alive.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Federico Fantacone & Lisa LaRue “Sonic Landscape / Paesaggi di Suono”


Country: Italy/USA
Genre(s)Symphonic, Classical
Formatdigital, CD
Release dateNovember 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Intro - 1:39
2. Taste of Expectation - 7:35
3. Emotion and the Rule - 7:04
4. Airdancer - 6:24
5. Unfinished Business - 5:51
6. Moon in a Chinese Sky - 3:24
7. Maypole - 6:42
8. Pretty Harp Parker - 4:20
9. Aspiration - 6:10
10. Hurtful Words - 5:19

Line-up
Federico Fantacone (Orchestre Celesti)
Lisa LaRue
   With
John Baker (Mars Hollow, The Little Girls) on tracks 3, 6

Description/Reviews
Fantacone and LaRue will each release their own version of the material through different outlets, with a different cover image and title for each – Fantacone’s release will be titled “Paesaggi di Suono” and LaRue’s release will be titled “Sonic Landscape”. There is a special guest appearance on 2 tracks by singer/guitarist John Baker (Mars Hollow, The Little Girls).
What is so strong about this album is that each piece is archetypal. Each is the definitive version of itself. From the virtuosic “Taste of Expectation” to the introspective “Pretty Harp Parker” to the theatrical “Moon in a Chinese Sky” and the epic, fairy-tale-like “Aspiration”, all the music is strange, new and familiar at the same time. You may think you’d heard it before and elsewhere, but until this recording came along, you hadn’t.
From the booming moog-like bass that kicks off “The Intro” through the final string and synth squiggle of the “Hurtful Words” outro “Sonic Landscape” is the powerful mixture of classical and progressive rock themes, but being composed and performed by two ivory wizards, expect very little rocking guitar and plenty of rocking keyboards.
 Read the full review by Rick Jamm at jamsphere.com

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Malcolm Smith "We Were Here"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelTrope Audio
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 25, 2014
Tracklist
1. Peyronie’s Angle (5:53)
2. Cavity Research (6:15)
3. Monkey Signature (9:08)
4. Still…Life (6:18)
5. Sykiatry (i. Kids ii. Mr. I iii. Immortal iv. Lessons Learned v. Self-Less vi. Cliff Diving vii. Brainfood viii.
Mr. I – Reprise ix. Apotheosis) (13:31)
6. Les Canards de Guerre (6:01)

Line-up
Malcolm Smith (Metaphor) : guitars, spoken word (6)
Mattias Olsson (ex-Änglagård, Necromonkey, Kaukasus): drums
Marc Spooner (Metaphor): keyboards, spoken word (6)
Loren Gustafson: bass
    With:
John Mabry (Mind Furniture, Metaphor):  vocals (4)
Deborah Roth:  vocals (5)
Rich Lonacre:  guitar (2,5)
Craig Launer:  guitar (2)

Description/Reviews
“We Were Here" was created by Malcolm Smith, San Francisco-area composer/guitarist and founding member of prog rock band Metaphor. This new music offers fans of progressive rock everything that makes this genre so beloved: a wide array of instrumentation, quirky time signatures, tempo changes, complicated, multi-section arrangements, and exemplary musicianship.
The largely-instrumental “We Were Here” is Smith’s first “solo” project. In addition to playing electric and acoustic guitars, Smith composed all of the music. The CD features drummer Mattias Olsson, who gives the songs a remarkable energy and dynamic (and, a close examination by the most discerning listeners will reveal a brief, rare example of Mr. Olsson’s vocal styling). Also featured is Marc Spooner, keyboardist with Metaphor and a solo artist, who also made important contributions to the compositions, as well as through the many shades of his colorful palette of keyboard sounds. Rounding out the ensemble is the distinct bass work of Loren Gustafson. Vocalist John Mabry of Metaphor and Mind Furniture sings on the one track which contains vocals, and guitarists Rich Longacre and Craig Launer make guest appearances on two tracks.
“This project is a collection of unadulterated, shameless, and, to be truthful, a bit indulgent progressive rock,” says Smith. “I think that people will love the attention-grabbing, curious, and sometimes peculiar nature of the compositions. This music that we make today will be our artistic signature to the future – similar to what prehistoric cave paintings say to me, 25,000 years later – we were here.”
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Navigator "Phantom Ships"


Country: USA
Sub GenreSymphonic
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 2014
Tracklist
  1. Life
  2. Open Air
  3. Burned
  4. Beautiful River
  5. Now That You're Gone
  6. Snow Angel
  7. Phantom Ships
  8. Rinascimento
Line-up
Rob Thurman - Drums, Percussion
Michael Soro - Guitars, Keyboards
Rick Catanese - Basses, Bass Pedals
Marcangelo Perricelli - Keyboards, Vocals

Description/Reviews
"Phantom Ships" includes a great mix of progressive and classic rock tunes full of dreamy soundscapes and strong melodies that are sure to capture your attention. There are two epic tracks on the disc that will take you on a little journey, "Life" and the title track "Phantom Ships".  Three haunting tracks that are sure to stay in your mind are "Open Air", "Burned" and "Beautiful River" and rounding out the mix are two extremely powerful ballads. "Snow Angel" and a band favorite "Now That You're Gone". The disc ends with a touch of the renaissance with a classical guitar piece entitled "Rinascimento". 

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damascus "When Last We Met"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Everything Was Burning 06:24
  2. Breathless 07:35
  3. Ever Since 05:21
  4. When Last We Met 05:16
  5. Morning Star 04:33
  6. Wake 08:44
Line-up
Brendan Bianowicz – drums
George Eppinger – guitar
Gil Morejón – guitar, keyboards
Edwin Rivera – bass, keyboards
    With
Craig Vandenberge - double bass (2, 3, 5)

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Kid Cousin "Birth" EP


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateNovember 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Prelude - 1:22
  2. The Trough - 3:53
  3. Trapdoor - 3:31
  4. Tea Leaves - 3:37
  5. Malfunction - 6:01
  6. Swamp Thing - 4:13
  7. Colony Collapse Disorder - 4:05
Line-up
Jeff Grey
Greg Kneiss
AJ Ortiz
Evan Seeberger

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Arcade Messiah "Arcade Messiah"


Country: UK
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Metal, Stoner, Doom, Math Rock
LabelStereohead Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Sun Exile
  2. Your Best Line Of Defence Is Obscurity 
  3. Traumascope
  4. Aftermath
  5. Everybody Eating Everyone Else
  6. The Most Popular Form Of Escape
  7. Roman Resolution
Line-up
John Bassett (KingBathmat)

Description/Reviews
Arcade Messiah combines elements of metal, stoner, doom, prog, math rock, and ambient post rock into a sonic maelstrom of seven instrumental songs.
John Bassett: "after writing and producing numerous KingBathmat albums and more recently the acoustic solo album "Unearth, I decided I wanted to create my first instrumental album, and I wanted it to be set, audibly and visually in a dark, bleak apocalyptic aura of despair and anger. I wanted to focus on enormous riffs & sorrowful yet powerful musical refrains and place them within a terrain of unusual time signatures interspersed by moments of psychedelic calm."
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Luna Rossa "Secrets & Lies"


Country: UK
Sub GenreAcoustic, Prog Related
LabelFirefly Music
FormatCD
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. Aurora
2. Secrets & Lies
3. Disappointment
4. The Black Dog
5. Flowers In My Hair
6. Happy Little Song
7. Tiny Demons (Todd Rundgren)
8. Fly Away
9. I've Been Wrong Before (Randy Newman)
10.The Harmony
11. No Chords Left

Line-up
Anne-Marie Helder (Panic Room)
Jonathan Edwards (Panic Room)
    With
Andy 'Wal' Coughlan: double bass
Sarah Dean: Celtic harp
Tim Hamill: lead / slide guitar
Luna Rossa Quartet:
     Artem Kotov: violin
     Rebecca Brown: violin
     Ronan Mac Manus: viola
     Leah Evans: cello

Description/Reviews
Featuring 11 breathtaking new tracks, the duo have once more set off into a brave new acoustic landscape, and set about exploring the sights and sounds there. The resulting music is dynamic and powerful, yet incredibly intimate and 'close'… 
Also read the review by Pete Whalley at getreadytorock.me.uk

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Circa Survive "Descensus"


Country: USA
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
LabelSumerian Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Schema - 4:50
  2. Child of the Desert - 4:50
  3. Always Begin - 3:58
  4. Who Will Lie With Me Now - 0:54
  5. Only the Sun - 4:35
  6. Nesting Dolls - 6:56
  7. Quiet Down - 4:44
  8. Phantom - 5:00
  9. Sovereign Circles - 5:04
  10. Descensus - 8:53
Line-up
Colin Frangicetto
Brendan Ekstrom
Nick Beard
Steve Clifford
Anthony Green

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Baring Teeth "Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Technical Death Metal
LabelWillowtip
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. An Illusion of Multiple Voices 02:00
2. Mountain 04:43
3. Visitant 04:30
4. The Great Unwashed 06:12
5. Terra Nullius 04:30
6. Dripping Sun 04:01
7. The Unwilling 06:46
8. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins 04:23

Line-up
Jason Roe - Drums
Scott Addison - Vocals, Bass
Andrew Hawkins - Vocals, Guitars

Description/Reviews
Not only have they moved further from the realms of their Obscura-influenced debut, they’ve managed to expand their sound. It would have been easy and standard for a metal band like this one to keep the same blazing tempo and stylistic formula the second time around. Yet this time Baring Teeth offer more cesspools and sinkholes to drop into, sucking up more of the music like a slow-draining black hole, while also offering full-scale onslaught the likes of which will make your face melt just a bit too much to recover from in one sitting.
 Read the full review by Austin Weber at nocleansinging.com

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Indrek Patte "Thank And Share"


Country: Estonia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelStrangiato Records
FormatCD
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Light Ship (7:59)
  2. Dance In Livland (9:51)
  3. Heaven’s Truth (6:41)
  4. In Your Arms (3:26)
  5. Promises (4:34)
  6. The Servant Soul (5:56)
  7. In Memories (5:15)
  8. Share (12:53)
Line-up
Indrek Patte – vocals, background vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars, 12 string guitars, mandoline, drum composing, music arrangements
   With
Vladislav Reinfeldt – bass guitar, guitars (2,8)
Raul Jaanson – guitars (1,3,5)
Kalle Vilpuu – guitars (6)
Hendrik Soon – violin (2), guitars (7,8)
Priidik Soon – flute (2,4,7), recorder (2), tin whistle (2)
Edward Soon – cello (4,7)
Robert Jürjendal – nylon string guitar (2), e-bow (2,8), 12 string guitar (8)
Andrus Lillepea – drums (7), percussion (4)
Jüri Mazurtshak – drums (6)

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Tony Patterson and Brendan Eyre "Northlands"


Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna
Format: CD, digital
Release date November 24, 2014
Tracklist
1. Northbound
    I.      Three Rivers
    II.     Time & Tide
    III.    Homeward Bound
    IV.    Take The Safe Way
    V.     I Recall
    VI.   The Crossing
    VII.  Three Rivers (Reprise)
2. The Northlands Rhapsody
3. A Picture In Time
4. And The River Flows
5. A Rainy Day on Dean Street
6. Legacy
7. I Dare To Dream
8. A Sense of Place
9. So Long the Day

Line-up
Tony Patterson (ReGenesis): Vocals,  Keyboards, Flute, Duduk, Programming, Orchestrations, Guitars
Brendan Eyre (Riversea/Nine Stones Close) : Keyboards, Piano, Mandolin, Programming
   With
Steve Hackett: Guitar on 'So Long The Day'
John Hackett: Flute on 'Legacy'
Nick Magnus: Keyboards, Programming and Effects on 'Three Rivers (Reprise)'
Doug Melbourne: Piano  on ' A Rainy Day on Dean Street'
Nigel Appleton: Drums and Percussion
Tim Esau: Bass
Carrie Melbourne: Vocals, Stick on 'A Picture in Time'
Adrian Jones (Nine Stones Close) : 12-String Guitar and Nylon Guitar
David Clements: Bass
Andy Jongman: Guitar on 'The Crossing'
Fred Arlington: Northumbrian Pipes, Accordion, Sax and Flugelhorn

Description/Reviews
In the closing months of 2012, musicians Tony Patterson and Brendan Eyre discussed the idea or working on a project together that would reflect their native North-East roots.  The album would feature a character returning to the North East after so many years away from the place he loved.  Memories of loss, heartache and the abiding beauty of the North East landscape would once again draw him back to the places and people he left behind. The wasteland it had become, the unfinished business  and the ghosts he needed to lay to rest that had haunted him for so long. A place he knew he must return to one day. A place called Northlands...
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Zoltan "Sixty Minute Zoom"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Electronica
LabelCineploit Records
Formatvinyl, CD, digital
Release dateNovember 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Antonius Block - 04:35
  2. Uzumaki - 05:20
  3. Table Of Hours - 05:24
  4. The Ossuary - 04:47
  5. The Integral - 20:55
Line-up
Matt Thompson - Bass, Electronics, Keyboards, Guitar
Andy Thompson - Electronics, Keyboards
Andrew Prestidge - Drums, Electronics, Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Flowing into the ethereal soundscapes of “Uzumaki”, Zoltan quickly turn on the heavily melodic and motorik rock sounds that open the album to reveal their love, as well as an impressive knowledge, of kosmiche, prog, and avant-garde soundtrack music.  While there may be a lot of bands that are trying to do the ‘horror soundtrack’ thing these days, Zoltan are one of the few bands that I’ve heard which have the knowledge and skill to actually pull it off.  Deftly moving into a definite Goblin like groove “Uzumaki” also has these awesome little chasms where the beat will drop out and these piercing stings of synthesizer pierce the veil of gaping space and cleverly constructed dropouts.  Quickly recalling a litany of Italian composers and combining it with their own unique take on the full-band elements of Goblin and American horror cinema soundtracks of the 70s and 80s, “Uzumaki” is an amalgam of everything that makes Zoltan who and what they are in a tight five minute package.
 Read the full review by Roman Rathert at psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com

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