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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Discordia "Season Changes"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 31, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Season Changes - 4:21
  2. Ideology - 4:17
  3. Ignalina - 8:24
  4. Taken - 4:25
  5. Green Light - 5:43
  6. Grip! - 12:27
  7. Random Hearts - 6:23
Line-up
Riikka Hänninen - Vocals
Antti Tolkki - Guitar
Sande - Guitar
Tero Väänänen - Vocals, Keyboards
Petri Sallinen - Bass
Otto Mäkelä - Drums

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Various Artists "Shine on Magic Hotel - Procol Harum Tribute"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMellow Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 30, 2014 (digital)
Tracklist/Line-up
  1. Aurora Lunare (featuring Alessandro Corvaglia) - A whiter shade of pale 05:57
  2. Nanaue - Grand Hotel (chute et revanche) 07:46
  3. Pierpaolo Bibbò - As strong as Samson 04:40
  4. Il Fauno Di Marmo - About to die 04:08
  5. Ad Maiora - Whaling stories 07:18
  6. Safara - Robert's box 07:31
  7. Fabio Orecchioni - The thin end of the wedge 04:01
  8. Orchestre Celesti - In held 'twas in I 16:09
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Eziak "No Place Land"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
LabelG.O.D. Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date December 29, 2014
Tracklist
1. Jiddu. 4:15
2. Oceans. 10:55
3. The war is over! 6:33
4. Tymfi. 11:00
5. Tzamala. 9:38

Line-up
Vangelis Varis: drums, percussion
Xenofontas Athanasiou: guitars
Nektarios Manaras: guitars, flugelhorn
  With:
Zenjungle: saxophone
Alexandros Karlis: double bass
Giannis Papadimos: violin

Description/Reviews
This psychedelic instrumental rock album epitomizes an emotional sojourn into an atmospheric soundscape, which is populated with a collection of guitars and horns plus a few sliverings of eclectic instrumentation. You get a great feeling of warmth and darkness coming through, with plenty of Greek musical influences.(succinctmusic.wordpress.com

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sendelica “Anima Mundi"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
LabelFRG Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateNovember/December 2014 (digital), January 19, 2015 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. The Craeft Worker (4:57)
2. Master Benjamin Warned Young Albert Not to Step on the Uninsulated Air (12:19)
3. The Pillar of Delhi (6:39)
4. Azoic (5:23)
5. Baalbek Stones (5:03)
6. The Breyr, the Taeogion and the Caethion (5:35)
7. Searohwit (6:18)
8. The Hedge Witch (5:55)

Line-up
Pete Bingham: guitars, electronics
Colin Consterdine: synths, rhythms, atmospheres and sonic spells
Glenda Pescado: bass
Lee Relfe: sax
Jack Jackson:drums
Lord Sealand: Theremin
    With
Virginia Tate: flute and keyboards on Searowhit
Gregory Curvey: extra guitar on The Pillar Of Delhi

Description/Reviews
The fun begins with The Craeft Worker, an electro pulse driven tune with an underlying Kraftwerky, but also space-jazz feel, and a simple yet oh so beautiful guitar, bass and sax melody. The groove goes Motorik on Master Benjamin Warned Young Albert Not To Step On the Uninsulated Air, sounding like a spaced out Neu!, with robotic blazing guitar chords and jazzy saxophone. But as this 12 minute piece progresses the guitar and sax start to dominate, with the guitar ripping off wild Psych solos and chunky metallic blasts, and the sax swinging away. Eventually it all starts to gel and we’re grooving along in heavy Space-Kraut-Jazz rocking heaven. Really killer tune. The Pillar Of Delhi is another song with a simple yet seductive melody, being a lusciously floating deep space dream sequence. I love the mélange of guitar and synth effects and from beginning to end it feels like I’m being gently swept along and at the same time gradually dissolving.
 Read the full review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com

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Peter Matuchniak "Destiny"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fusion
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 28, 2014
Tracklist
01. Destiny
02. Product
03. Spies
04. Oyster Club
05. Tunnel
06. Go Fast
07. Go Slow
08. Island
09. Reprisal
10. Chaos
11. Victory

Line-up
Peter Matuchniak: Guitar
   With
Steve Bonino: Bass & Vocals
Scott Connor:  Drums & Vocals
Paul Mouradjian:  Keyboards
Natalie Azerad:  Lead Vocals
Alyssa Matuchniak:  Vocals
Ted Zahn:  Vocals, and more
Jojo Nakano: Sax
David Gilman:  Clarinet

Description/Reviews
A progressive blend of rock / jazz / fusion featuring some of top musicians from the Los Angeles area along with British-born Peter Matuchniak. Eleven songs of varying lengths and with long instrumental passages follow a lyrical theme from the album title, Destiny. 

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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Cosmic Puppets "Beauty in the Strangest"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 26, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Beauty in the Strangest of Places 04:55
  2. Need to Grieve 04:05
  3. Inside She's Dying 05:38
  4. The Reject 03:12
  5. Vulnerable (But Strong) 04:25
  6. The Whole-Half Truth 03:30
  7. Used to Believe 03:15
  8. Pretty Gifts 04:53
Line-up
Tony Halsall - Vocals, Keyboards
Alexander Stewart - Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Electric Sitar, E-Bow
Liam Blair - Lead Guitars
David MacLeod - Drums, Percussion

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Margaritas Ante Porcos "Gluposti"


Country: Latvia
Genre(s)Jazz-Rock, Fusion
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. The Sirens of Titan 05:44
  2. Don`t even try, my dear! 05:24
  3. A fly 08:17
  4. Wheel of time 09:47
  5. Schizo 06:13
  6. Fiddlesticks 09:45
Line-up
Zurab Pirchalaishvili - Guitars & vocals
Pavel Terehov - Drums, xylophone & percussions
Denis Dyakon - Bass-guitars

Description/Reviews
2 instrumental tracks and 4 songs in Russian.

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A Nice Day For An Earthquake "Shockwaves"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Airport 08:07
  2. Nova 03:54
  3. The end of the Sun 04:18
  4. Tides 04:53
  5. Babydoll 05:26
  6. Super Giant 07:08
  7. Shockwave 05:53
Line-up
Alex de Pablo - guitar
Javier Núñez - bass
Sixto Cabrera - drums

Description/Reviews
A Nice Day For An Earthquake is a recently formed three piece band from Spain. Each of band members has different tastes in music (metal, rock, indie, etc.) which converge into an instrumental mix with relaxing and heavy moments. 

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Leibowitz "The Cry Of A Bird"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 25, 2014
Tracklist
  1. New Street 03:21
  2. Like The Florida Sun 02:58
  3. Perfect 02:51
  4. Soulsucker 03:15
  5. Somewhere In The Sea 03:39
  6. Tumbleweed 04:15
  7. Child Of The Sun 02:27
  8. If I Seem 01:55
  9. The Cry Of A Bird Part 1-Dark Houses 09:41
  10. The Cry Of A Bird Part 2- The Flight Of A Man 07:57
  11. A Smile Goes A Long Way 03:18
Line-up
Josh Leibowitz - all instruments and vocals
   with
Ric Pattison - conga (Track 4)
Matt Stevens - electric guitar solo (Track 10)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Apple Zed "The Fruits of Their Labours"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 24, 2014
Tracklist
  1. An Intrepid Explorer - 04:36
  2. An Unknown Soldier - 03:43
  3. Gross Misconduct - 04:54
  4. Last Desserts - 04:53
  5. The Golden Apple - 06:05
  6. Burial at Sea - 04:19
  7. Flawless Execution - 06:06
  8. Highlight Reel - 03:26
  9. Johnny Gets His - 04:18
  10. Billy Shocks Them All - 05:44
Line-up
Jim Mattingly : drums
Eric Michaels : bass; guitar; vocals (1, 3, 5, 7, 10)
Matthew Scarborough : keyboards; vocals (2, 4, 6, 8, 9)

Description/Reviews
The Apple Zed‘s debut album overflows with images of love, loss, life, and death. It is a concept album that intertwines two shaggy dog stories (one about an explorer seeking a change of occupation, and one about a veteran facing his mortality).

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lizards Exist "Lizards Exist"


Country: Croatia
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 23, 2014 (digital), February 2015 (CD)
Tracklist
  1. Bamija - 08:04
  2. Ljetni hit - 07:07
  3. 58 - 07:37
  4. Anunnaki dance - 17:10
Line-up
Boris Brozović - Drums, percussions
Siniša Mraović - Guitars
Roko Margeta - Keyboards, synths
Tihomir Zdjelarević - Bass

Description/Reviews
This up-and-coming quartet from Croatia have a touch of the Psychedelic, Krautrock, and Space Rock influences that makes it a sonic adventure into space and time. It is a combination between Ash Ra Tempel, Pink Floyd, Gong, Hansson & Karlsson, and Steven Wilson.
 Read the full review by Zachary Nathanson

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Mooch "Mrs Silbury’s Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Space Rock
LabelCosmic Eye Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: December 23, 2014
Tracklist
1. T Minus None (featuring Garry Moonboot Masters)
2. The Golden Rule (featuring Cyndee Lee Rule)
3. Mellifluo (featuring Damien Redmond)
4. Clouded (featuring Jez Creek)
5. The Great Retsina Jam
6. Pstrings (featuring Alex Pym)
7. Another Time, Another Place (featuring Bridget Wishart)

Line-up
Steve Palmer
Erich Z. Schlagzeug
Beck Sian
Shelagh Teahan
    With
Garry Moonboot Masters (Magic Mushroom Band, Astralasia, Moonboot Oz)
Cyndee Lee Rule -  violin (2)
Alex Pym (Dream Machine, Damidge)
Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Demented Stoats, Hippy Slags, Spirits Burning)
Damien Redmond (Mooch)
 Jez Creek (Mooch, Modulator, Astrogator, Cerberus, Quadra)

Description/Review
T Minus None opens the set with an electro groove pulse that lays the rhythmic foundation for a variety of alien and melodic synths, plus a killer combination of spacey, Bluesy rocking and melodic jazzy guitar, all building up to a high intensity space rocker with delicious guitar from Gary “Moonboot” Masters. The Golden Rule is next and hits the ground running with a quick paced beat and a deep space Pink Floyd-ish atmospheric aura. I like the combination of drumming and frantic electronic pattern, and the music really hits its stride when Cyndee Lee Rule comes charging in with one of the most intense yet passionately rocking violin solos I’ve ever heard from her. Mellifluo is a lovely melodic piece that makes me feel like I’m at an extra-terrestrial Hawaiian luau. Clouded is a spaced out soundscapes excursion with tasty keys from Jez Creek. At over 12 minutes The Great Retsina Jam is the longest track of the set. I love the combination of classic Prog keys and majestic space synths. There are lots of fun embellishments as the music progresses, including a totally trippy Arabic flavored and slightly Bluesy stringed instrument, shooting star synths, cavernous drones, barren windswept planet effects and much more. This is symphonic Space-Prog at its very best. Pstrings is like a more groove rocking version of Steve’s Blue Lily Commission project and is led by another killer guitar solo, this time from Alex Pym. A steady rocking beat propels the music as Pym cranks out Bluesy licks while a banquet of alien synths swarm about. Finally, Another Time, Another Place is the sole song of the set, being a seductively melodic bit of Space-Pop with mind-massage vocals from Bridget Wishart.
Read the full review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Avalon Legend "Avalon Legend II - Un Sogno Per Cambiare"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: December 22, 2014
Tracklist
01. Il Balletto Di Specchi  7:22
02. Chi Li Fermerà  5:31
03. Oro Nero  4:35
04. Brocellandia  5:05
05. La Bottega Dei Sogni  4:52
06. La Maga Di Eld  4:14
07. Non Ci Sono Più Cavalieri 4:45
08. I Fuochi Di Beltane  5:49
09. L'ubriaco  7:04
10. Killer  4:21

Line-up
Salvo - vocal
Mario - keyboards
Lucio - drums
Alessandro - bass
Adolfo - guitar

Description/Reviews
An Italian prog-rock album which put togheter typical sweet Italian vocal melodies with intense rock and prog atmosphere. Lyrics cover love, fantasy legends and politically issues. Dream to change is the concept core of this album.

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Marco Ragni “Mother From The Sun”


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock Opera
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 22, 2014
Tracklist
Disc 1: The Rise and Fall of Human Heart
01. Into The Wheel Of Time (9:13)
02. Sea Of Vibes (15:52)
03. Panting (1:03)
04. Heaven Of Marble (17:45)
05. Faint Memory (4:32)
06. The Light Is Burning (2:23)
07. Get Out Of Here (2:11)

Disc 2: The Awakening of Consciousness
01. Far Beyond the Line
02. The First Time I saw The Sun (1:19)
03. Skies Painted By The Wind ( 0:44)
04. In The Air (3:11)
05. Breathing (1:18)
06. Northern Light (3:50)
07. Mother From The Sun (2:13)

Line-up
Marco Ragni: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Greek Bouzouky, Drums and Programming
   With
Enrico Di Stefano: Sax
Davide Gazzi: Acoustic Guitar
Luigi Iacobone: Flute
Enrico Cipollini: Electric Guitar
Giovanni Menarello: Acoustic Guitar

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Into The Wheel Of Time

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Havenless "The Crimson Lines"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Death Metal
Label: WormHoleDeath Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 22, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Prelude 03:38
  2. Sons of the raging season 05:13
  3. Nightwalk for tragedy 06:51
  4. Orphans of magic 05:04
  5. Cold shape 04:23
  6. House of the bleak 07:54
  7. In the soreness chamber 06:10
  8. Lamentation 07:23
  9. Shades in the moor 14:54
Line-up
Benoit Bonnoron - Guitars
PY Marani - Keyboards
Fred Blanchard - Vocals, Guitars
Romain Choisy - Drums
Christine Lanusse - Bass

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Roland Bühlmann "Aineo"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 20, 2014 (digital), January 5, 2015 (CD)
Tracklist
  1. Breakthrough 06:23
  2. Ham’nagen 07:04
  3. Unexpressed 07:04
  4. Aineo 06:00
  5. Meldilorn 08:19
  6. Kenosis 05:55
  7. Contemplation 11:08
Line-up
Roland Bühlmann: Electric and Classical Guitar, Mandola, Bass, Voice
Loopmasters.com: Drums and Percussion

Description/Reviews
Roland Buehlmann is a guitarist, composer and producer from Switzerland.
After years spent performing and recording with other artists and groups,
he found his own voice with his solo debut, Aineo, an instrumental album
recorded in his home studio with different guitars and stringed instruments
as well as with various effects and sounds, with diverse musical influences
between progrock, modal music and the music from Josquin Desprez, the master
of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic music.
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Thrown to the Sun "Out of Themselves Things Will Come"


Country: Turkey
Genre(s)Progressive Death Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 20, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Gnomon 04:50
  2. Fatigue 04:52
  3. In Signs, In Patterns 07:09
  4. The Concrete Bodies 05:18
  5. Havens Echo 06:47
  6. Amartia 04:14
  7. Maladies to Be Cured 04:32
  8. Recurrence 06:21
  9. All Truth Is Crooked 05:01
  10. The Tail Eater 04:58
  11. Jocasta 03:14
  12. Out of Themselves 05:22
Line-up
Ahmet Saraçoğlu: Guitars
Bahadır Sarp: Guitars
Batuhan Bekmen: Drums
Onur Altınay: Bass
   With
Başer Çelebi: Vocals

Description/Reviews
Sophomore effort from Turkey's leading progressive death metal band. Tons of riffs, melodies and complex song structures. Band's debut was regarded as the best metal album from Turkey for the last 10 years and the new album certainly surpasses the debut.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Mighty Bard "Blue God and Other Stories"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 19, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Before... 04:04
  2. Blue God 09:21
  3. Maybe 04:48
  4. Heart of the Strangelove 08:23
  5. Bird 07:01
  6. No Flesh is the New Dream 07:30
  7. Placidity 06:22
  8. I Know 09:16
  9. ...After 02:09
Line-up
Mark Cadman - Bass
Dave Clarke - Guitars
Neil Cockle - Keyboards
Mark Parker - Violin, Backing Vocals
Andy Dovey - Drums
Gavin Webb - Lead Vocals

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Ali Neander featuring Hellmut Hattler "This One Goes to Eleven"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelESC Records
FormatCD
Release dateDecember 19, 2014
Tracklist
  1. A Thrill From Over The Hill - 5:22
  2. This One Goes To Eleven - 4:18
  3. Nine Lives - 4:52
  4. A Salty Dog - 4:24
  5. Settlement Seventeen - 4:34
  6. Lionel's Joint - 4:30
  7. Gloombox - 7:41
  8. Ghost Notes - 4:00
  9. The Dance Of Maya - 5:15
  10. Eightball - 4:48
  11. Chord of Doom - 5:23
  12. Slomo Gizmo - 5:07
  13. The Day with Sensous Vibes - 5:06
  14. Mysterious Leftover - 6:20
Line-up
Ali Neander: guitar
   With
Hellmut Hattler (Kraan, Tab Two): bass
Martin Kasper: keyboards
Moritz Müller: drums
Joo Kraus: trumpet
Paul McCandles: oboe, soprano saxophone
Clive Stevens: saxophone, flute

Description/Reviews
Ali Neander from Frankfurt / Germany is a great guitar player . He has been one of the few who can consistently make you leap off your seat and whoop. Neander is not only a virtuoso improviser who doesn't seem to know what a cliche is, he is a natural contrarian who bucks prevailing trends and still trying to recall the passion of early jazzrock and combine it with contemporary sounds. There`s a little prog and kraut and ambient included his time for your enjoyment.
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State Urge "Confrontation"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelLynx Music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 19, 2014 (digital), January 5, 2015 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Confrontation - 3:59
2. Revival - 4:26
3. Liquid Disease - 7:10
4. Cold As A Lie - 5:47
5. Midnight Mistress - 8:31
6. New Season - 5:12
7. Before The Dawn - 4:00
8. More - 10:12

Line-up
Marcin Bocheński - drums, percussion
Marcin Cieślik - vocal, guitar
Krystian Papiernik - bass
Michał Tarkowski - keyboards

Description/Reviews
“Confrontation” - the second longplay from State Urge - is a concept album about difficulties
of making important life decisions. It’s a story of a man, who is in conflict with himself, trying to
solve inner dilemmas, which leads to an open confrontation with his surroundings, as well as
with his personality. Will he find balance between expectations and reality or will he give into
temptation of running away from responsibility? After all, from every battle, even those lost, one can rise even stronger.
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Glenn Thomson "Memory Babe"


Country: Australia / France
GenreProgressive Rock
Label: Musea
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 19, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Who's Going to Say - 6:20
  2. Wishes of the Earth - 4:31
  3. Walk the Course - 3:50
  4. Common Ground - 4:54
  5. Memory Babe - 6:11
  6. Ties That Bind - 3:53
  7. This Forever More - 4:50
  8. This Way to Eternity - 3:42
  9. Holy Bright - 6:13
  10. Babylon - 3:54
  11. Seasons of the Witch - 6:26
  12. Watching the World Turn - 3:35
Line-up
Glenn Thomson

Description/Reviews
Memory Babe richly celebrates the traditions of symphonic rock, folk and jazz fusion. Glenn Thomson has produced a work of rare beauty with a deep and lasting value.
The album opens with "Who's Going To Say", a magnificent long form symphonic journey that combines powerful melodies with a startling fusion of styles, reminding us in part of Pink Floyd, Bowie and the best of sixties, psychedelic folk.
"Wishes Of The Earth" is a memorable anthem with sophisticated lyrics and contrasting, jazz inflected verses leading to an open, driving chorus with a beautifully cinematic sound. "Walk The Course" is Glenn Thomson showing us again how pop and electronica can combine into concentrated, symphonic rock that is bound to win new fans.
In "Common Ground" we have a ballad of delicate beauty resolving into a powerful and original hammond, choral rock out that will leave you inspired and wanting more. The title track, "Memory Babe", is another symphonic masterpiece. The instrumental fuses mediterranean folk with evocative middle eastern flavours, echoing Vangelis and Peter Gabriel, before resolving into an uplifting, high geared, virtuoso rock out, with incredible melodies and driving beats. The piece, a meditation on memory and its power to transport and transcend, concludes with a stunning orchestral coda.
"Holy Bright" is a jazz fusion sensation. The Rhodes solos are some of the most inspired we have heard, leading to a magnificent and elevating conclusion. "Babylon" takes a collaboration with the Welsh born, Paris based artist and poet, Panmelys, to a whole new level. Panmelys is the legendary host of the Sunday afternoon tea parties at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris. Featuring an extract from her work, "The Chant", Glenn Thomson has created a progressive pop portrait of language and its power to inspire.

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Jonathan Benisty "Penelope Circus"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 19, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Kerbascuin 03:23
  2. Pour une flamme 06:00
  3. La Fièvre 03:57
  4. Du silence 03:10
  5. The ballad of the inner seas 11:31
  6. Out of the blue 03:05
  7. Tout n'est pas si mal 05:06
  8. Il y aura la tempête 04:19
  9. No way out 05:02
  10. Back to the sea 03:05
Line-up
Jonathan Bénisty: vocals, bass, guitars, rhodes, toys, additional drums
   With
Laurian Daire: rhodes, piano, wurlitzer, glockenspiel, keyboards
Richard Escola : guitars
Thecle Joussaud : cello
Jimmy Montout : drums
Jocelyn Dupuis : additional guitars
Gilles Bussière : rhodes on "no way out"
Fabrice Lemoine : drums on "no way out".

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Various Artists "In the land of geese, ghosts and confusion. Tribute to Genesis solo careers"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMellow Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 18, 2014 (digital)
Tracklist/Line-up
CD1
  1. Sipario- Time and time again (04:48)
  2. Nosuchthinking - Romani (06:04)
  3. Heatwave Drum - Hideway (06:16)
  4. The Ancient Veil - Over my shoulder (03:18)
  5. Trama - In the air tonight (05:54)
  6. Riccardo Lolli  - The roof is leaking / Droned (06:30)
  7. Aurora Lunare  - Lorenzo (05:32)
  8. Algebra - Goodbye baby blue (04:39)
CD2
  1. Greenwall - The lie / After the lie (10:35)
  2. David Bagsby - You (06:31)
  3. Marco Lo Muscio - excerpts from Henry: Portraits from Tudor times - (I) Fanfare / (II) Lutes' Chorus (02:46)
  4. Massimo Mazzeo & Paolo Sommariva - excerpt from Henry: Portraits from Tudor times - (IV) Henry goes to war (02:33)
  5. Marigiam- God if I saw her now (05:34)
  6. Nanaue - Collections / Sleepfall: the Geese fly west (05:59)
  7. Marco Masoni - Master of time (06:26)
  8. The Shepherd - The Anthem from Tarka (04:15)
Description/Reviews
After the tributes to Genesis solo careers of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett, now the last double hommage to solo careers of: Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Ray Wilson.
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TonqiXod "Pradmova"


Country: Belarus
Genre(s)Art Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 18, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Uvodziny 00:55
  2. Nasypać Hory 05:21
  3. Halasy 04:15
  4. Piesnia pra Futra 03:55
  5. Urbi 06:34
  6. Piesnia pra Viasiellie 04:40
  7. Pamiać 05:14
  8. Konrad Wallenrod 11:18
  9. Pasliasloŭje 01:49
Line-up
Maxim Subach - vocals, keyboards, piano, bass, mandolin, block flute, accordion, triangle
Andrew Alekseenko - drums, voice
Vladimir Liankevich - vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bells, whistles
   With
Victor Semashko - clarinet (5, 9), voice (9)
Eric Arlow-Shimkus - double bass (3, 7)
Vladimir Golovach - trumpet (8)

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Infero "Spirit from Blood Sight"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Avant Metal
LabelHjuj'd Tyrusgr
Formatvinyl
Release date: December 18, 2014
Tracklist
1 Growth Flame
2 S'ah'huu'hi
3 Slicing Absent Form
4 Its Closed Grasp
5 Dis-rend
6 Utvujm
7 Lacerating a Water Mass
8 Disfigured Laugh
9 A Rain Shroud

Line-up
Joe Gulyas
Julian Gulyas
John Daniel - drums

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Shades Before Dawn "Blinded By The Inability To See Beyond"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 18, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Departures 04:31
  2. Somewhere Out Of The Reach 04:03
  3. Blinded By The Inability To See Beyond 03:31
  4. On The Streets of New York City 03:54
  5. Riding a Metalhead's Truck 03:08
  6. Arrivals 05:32
  7. Before The Dawn 04:18
  8. A Few Seconds After 02:56
  9. Theater of Tragedy (Falling to Pieces) 04:37
  10. Slaying The Slayer 02:43
  11. Breaking Down to Particles 02:59
  12. Flash Forward 03:15
  13. Descending 04:31
  14. Justice?...Is Not For All. 04:51
Line-up
Flavio Vidigal

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Traum "Erode"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 17, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Hefna 04:25
  2. Oceano Antico 08:23
  3. Erode 04:01
  4. Solas Dorcha 03:56
  5. Dagda 05:27
  6. Ecate 02:58
  7. Heavydale 03:12
  8. Invasori 05:48
Line-up
Alessandro Cavazza - guitar
Giulio Sangirardi - guitar, bass, moog
Michael Harding - drums
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Marco Dainese - viola
Gabriele Bufalini - moog

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Angra "Secret Garden"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Metal, Power Metal
LabelearMUSIC
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 17, 2014 (Japan), January 16, 2015 (Brazil & Europe)
Tracklist
1. Newborn Me (6:13)
2. Black Hearted Soul (4:48)
3. Final Light (4:24)
4. Storm of Emotions (4:56)
5. Violet Sky (4:48)
6. Secret Garden (4:03)
7. Upper Levels (6:28)
8. Crushing Room (5:07)
9. Perfect Symmetry (4:22)
10. Silent Call (3:48)

Line-up
Fabio Lione – Vocals
Rafael Bittencourt – Guitars, Vocals
Kiko Loureiro – Guitars, Programming
Felipe Andreoli – Bass, Programming
Bruno Valverde – Drums
   With
Simone Simons (Epica): Vocals (6)
Doro Pesch: Vocals (8)
Maria Ilmoniemi: Hammond Organ, Piano
Eduardo "Cubano" Espasande: Percussion
Patrik Johansson, Tony Lindgren: Additional Backing Vocals
Alessio Lucatti, Alirio Netto, Bruno Sutter, Claudia França, Fernanda Gianesella, Juliana Pasini, Ronaldo Dias: Choir

Description/Reviews
After a solid 20 playbacks, this will probably be one of the favorite ANGRA records in their discography due to the quality and dynamic diversity for these 10 tracks. Those who expect Fabio to soar to high heavens solely on this record, well expand your minds because he truly delivers one of the best performances of his career – stretching out his lower and middle registers more so on this record than ever before. Check out opener “Newborn Me” and the serene ballad “Silent Call” for new facets to his range – emotionally connecting like never before. Musically you can hear a lot of the South American nuances plunging head first into more New Age/ jazz-like Progressive textures on highlight “Upper Levels”, something I would appreciate more from DREAM THEATER and helps ANGRA achieve that surprise element necessary beyond their obvious instrumental talent level.
 Read the full review by Matt Coe at metal-temple.com

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Genoma "Silenzioso"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Ambient, Electronica, Avant Prog
LabelLizard Records
FormatCD
Release date: December 17, 2014
Tracklist
1) Ruminando pensieri viscosi (guido piovene)
2) Horror vacui (il cervello)
3) Interfaccia
4) Into the trees
5) Secondo principio
6) Simulacrum
7) ...e intanto fugge questo reo tempo...
8) Toni di ottoni (to Anthony Braxton)
9) Unheimlich

Line-up
Alessandro Seravalle (Garden Wall) - everything

Description/Reviews
A solo project of Alessandro Seravalle (Garden Wall), self-exploratory journey supported by a radical-size ambient-electronic.
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Demians "Mercury"


Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Metal
Label: self-released
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateDecember 17, 2014
Tracklist
1. Mercury
2. White Chalk
3. Circles and Stars
4. Water and a Sigh
5. Spellbound Lily
6. Little Invisible
7. A Spark Before the Sun
8. Nislands
9. Pearls on a Strand
10. Swan Song

Line-up
Nicolas Chapel - everything

Description/Reviews
From the thumping drums opening the title track, to the intense delicacy of “Swan Song“'s last notes, “Mercury“ takes you on a ride, leaving no corners unexplored. With the punch of the epileptic “White Chalk“, the sexy grooves of the infectious “Little Invisible“, the fat, throbbing tremolos of “Spellbound Lily“, contrasting with the slow-motion echoes of the aptly named “Water and a Sigh“, Chapel’s intention was to make the most panoramic collection of songs he could. “The albums I love the most are like that, constantly shifting gears and directions, with no consideration for genres, like Neil Young’s “Harvest“ or Jeff Buckley’s “Grace“ “

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Electric Asturias "Elementals"


Country: Japan
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelAsturias
FormatCD
Release dateDecember 17, 2014
Tracklist
1 Deadlock Triangle 6:04
2 Time Traveler 9:09
3 Tangram Paradox 5:07
4 Honeycomb Structure 5:44
5 Suite of "Elemental"
   - Undene -water elemental - 8:18
   - Salamander -fire elemental - 6:34
   - Sylphide -wind elemental - 8:06
   - Gnome -earth elemental - 5:48

Line-up
Satoshi Hirata - Guitar
Tei Sena - Violin
Yoshihiro Kawagoe - Keyboards
Kiyotaka Tanabe - Drums
Yoh Ohyama - Bass

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Time Traveler

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Outrun the Sunlight "Terrapin"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Ambient Progressive Metal, Post Rock
LabelRogue Records America
FormatVinyl, CD, Digital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Laughing With Such Abandon
  2. Where Every Word Spoken, Speaks
  3. And Every Glance Given Has Only One Meaning
  4. Spirit
  5. Stars in the Ocean
  6. The Pace of Glaciers
  7. Diminishment
  8. Permanence
  9. Achievement
Line-up
Austin Peters - Guitar
Cody McCarty - Guitar
Connor Grant - Bass
Pedro Villegas - Drums
Adrian Perez - Keys

Description/Reviews
We’ve seen several masterful instrumental albums during this fantastic year but few of them flow as well as Terrapin does. Perhaps this has a lot to do with the three opening tracks, operating as one suite. ‘Laughing With Such Abandon’ is the heaviest of the trio, splicing the post rock influences of the entire suite with heavier, faster riffs and drums. ‘Where Every Word Spoken, Speaks’ is easily comparable to sleemakeswaves, invoking the same heady and dynamic approach to the ambient post rock sound as those Australian magicians. Finally, ‘And Every Glance Has Only One Meaning’ opens with a bass line so natural, so right for where it’s placed, that it brings in an instant smile to one’s face. The sleepmakeswaves sound is retained, with the guitar chiming in the background, accentuating the entire track as it works its away to its slower, emotional closing.
 Read the full review by Eden Kupermintz at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Whale Fall "The Madrean"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014 (digital), February 10, 2015 (CD), April 30, 2015 (vinyl)
Tracklist
  1. The Dawn Thief 07:18
  2. I Shall Sail No More (No More Shall I Sail) 06:11
  3. Tahquitz 07:18
  4. On River, On Route 04:33
  5. El Pistolero 08:24
  6. Overpass LA 05:01
  7. Heart Space 08:41
  8. The Madrean 09:37
Line-up
J-Matt Greenberg - trumpet, keyboards
David Pomeranz
Ali Vazin - guitar
Erik Tokle - bass
Aaron Farinelli - drums
   With
Joseph Santa Maria - saxophone
Artyom Manukyan - cello

Description/Reviews
The opening bass notes of “The Dawn Thief” set the album into motion, and it never lets go.  The forward propulsion is such that one expects something new to happen around every bend.  When the trumpet enters, one thinks of Morricone, mariachis and the Old West, but with a modern bent.  A guitar and glockenspiel breakdown envelops the third minute, setting up a slow build.  The band is in no hurry, and even if it were, the journey across the Madrean will be long (okay, 57 minutes).  But the album really kicks into gear with “I Shall Sail No More (No More Shall I Sail)”, which is also graced by the album’s best artwork.  The trumpet has been given new prominence, and a 5-note staccato blast is echoed by the drums in the triumphant finale. This is what post-rock is all about.
 Read the full review by Richard Allen at acloserlisten.com

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Heavy Hangs The Albatross "The Grand Reset"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Intro 01:08
  2. Unworthy  04:12
  3. King Fisher 03:04
  4. Tower IV 04:07
  5. Perseverance 04:42
  6. The Coward 04:15
  7. The Thieves 03:25
  8. Fixture: I 03:31
  9. Fixture: II 03:53
  10. Fatherhood 04:09
Line-up
Tre Kimbrough- Vocals
Kevin Castro- Guitars
Elmer Hernandez- Guitars
Andrew "Butthole" Zempke- Bass
Matt Smith- Drums
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Ryan Kirby (2)

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Edenial "Innerpretations"


Country: Chile
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Soul Echo - 4:20
  2. Wrath - 4:07
  3. Red Rum - 3:04
  4. Ni en Mil Años - 3:27
  5. Fragile Shell - 4:11
  6. Evolved - 5:04
  7. Disease - 4:01
  8. Secret Garden - 4:08
  9. Beating and Falling - 3:42
  10. Until - 3:24
Line-up
Francisca Lastra – Vocals
Snake – Guitars
Chezbox – Bass
D-Tox – Drums

Description/Reviews
The band mixes an eclectic brew of metal which is hard to define; the bands influences range from power metal to thrash metal to progressive metal and more. With all due respect to “From the End”, “Innerpretations” definitely represents a step forward for Edenial.
The power thrash of the opener “Soul Echo” is an excellent way to begin things. Next is “Wrath” which begins with a doomy rapid fire guitar riff as the song goes off into some intricate technical directions. “Red Rum” has a great big melodic metal sound. Edenial slows the pace a bit for the ballad “Ni En Mil Anos”. The track “Fragile Shell” begins with a haunting melody before the band ramps up the pace again. Other highlights include: “Evolved”, “Disease” and “Secret Garden”. With “Innerpretations”, Edenial has released a blistering, no holds barred metal record that shows that the band does not adhere to limits or boundaries. (Tony Cannella at femmemetalwebzine.net )

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Jupiter VI "mOVEABLE wALLS"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelRoxx Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014
Tracklist
1. Sleepless End pt. I-IV (19:54)
2. Wasting Away (06:53)
3. Running (05:40)
4. Face in the Sky (03:42)
5. a Message from Home pt. I (12:16)

Line-up
Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Bass and Keys
Jeff Ceyba - Electric Lead, Slide, Baritone and Clean Guitars

Description/Reviews
mOVEABLE wALLS is a 50 minute album diving into thoughtful slightly progressive music ala Pink Floyd/Bowie. The storyline takes you on a journey of being drawn into the corporate world, the gratification, the loneliness, the depression and the will of one man to claw his way out to find love, happiness and redemption once again. It’s a psychological metaphor for the walls we put up emotionally that fortify over years of ignoring what a human being can become if they allow themselves to be overcome by the lust for money, power and greed.
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Old Flame "Symmetry Breaking"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateDecember 16, 2014
Tracklist
01. Pilot - 02:32
02. Station - 00:39
03. Falling - 07:37
04. Gradient - 02:24
05. Circa Sleep - 05:44
06. Morning Song - 03:23
07. Reentry - 05:44
08. Polar - 02:28
09. Midnight Sun - 09:16
10. Lucid Ocean - 01:44
11. Lemons - 09:05
12. As Symmetry - 04:25

Line-up
Ben Green - Drums
Jacob Speers - Guitar
Jeremy Hucal - Keyboard/Vocals
Jess Speedie - Bass

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Fortress Under Siege ft. Hannibal "Phoenix Rising"


Country: Greece
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelSteel Gallery Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 15, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Don't Let Go 04:12
  2. Phoenix Rising 05:22
  3. Hate What We Like 05:43
  4. Universal Conspiracy 03:47
  5. Eagles Fly Forever 05:23
  6. Final Attempt 05:24
  7. A Martyr's Death 06:19
  8. Whisper In The Dark 04:54
  9. Eyes Of The Snake 04:42
  10. Blue Valley Shadow 05:01
Line-up
Alex "Hannibal" Balakakis - Vocals
Georgios Georgiou - Keyboards
Fotis Sotiropoulos - Guitars
George Kritharis - Bass
Giannis Dimoulas – Drums

Description/Reviews
Phoenix Rising offers a good blend of traditional heavy and power metal with some obvious prog nuances. Fortress Under Siege is also strong on melody and putting some solid rock groove into many songs. Notably it underlies the chorus or vocal arrangement as within the Final Attempt or the title cut. Mostly, being founded by two guitarists, most of the arrangements are large on riffs and big solos. Eagles Fly Forever, a true heavy metal number, is a good example of song built almost entirely on these two characteristics.
 Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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En.Tsfauna "Play Your Game"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2014
Tracklist
1.Schizophrenia (04:43)
2.The Red Hat Story (04:50)
3.Train to Wonderland (07:04)
4.Lullaby (11:08)
5.Bunny (05:43)
6.Valhalla Song (05:21)
7.Shapes (04:37)

Line-up
Daniel Fokin-vocal, bass guitar, sounds, percussion,
Nicolas Dotro-guitars
Alexander Guberman-drums

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Saul Blease "Daybreak"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateDecember 15, 2014
Tracklist
  1. Everything Is About To Change (2:16)
  2. Bleeding Soul (5:28)
  3. Falling (3:14)
  4. Blue Monday (6:43)
  5. Where Were You? (8:00)
  6. Break of Day (4:37)
  7. Seasons (5:23)
  8. The Other Me (5:09)
  9. Where Is My Mind? (4:04)
  10. Goodbye (1:59)
Line-up
Saul Blease - everything

Description/Reviews
The opening track, Everything is about to Change has a foreboding introduction featuring multi-layered keyboards. The piece later follows a more predictable pattern, that is present to some extent in a number of tracks, as guitars break through to provide a heavier tone and rock ambience.
Falling is an enjoyable track which incorporates different styles wrapped up in its traditional song structure. It begins with a bright guitar passage and an insistent rhythm. It is one of the more appealing vocal tracks of the album. It also has a particularly pleasing chorus. Interest is maintained throughout the piece by the effective use of vocal effects, and at its conclusion, by spoken words.
Where Were You? is the longest composition of the album. It is a pleasant, if at times predictable anthem-like tune that features a number of different characteristics and musical patterns. This piece highlights Blease's AOR songwriting credentials, whilst at the same time showcasing his apparent penchant for inventive progressive rock, in its surprisingly creative and enjoyable middle section. 
 Read the full review by Owen Davies at dprp.net

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