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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Alco Frisbass "Alco Frisbass"


Country: France
Genre(s)Canterbury
LabelFading Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateJanuary 31, 2015
Tracklist
  1. La suspension de l’etherèenne - 10:29
  2. Pas a Pas - 06:42
  3. Induction Magnetique - 09:06
  4. La danse du pantine - 07 :38
  5. Escamotage - 12:14
  6. Judit coupeuse de tete - 09:04
Line-up
Fabrice “Chfab” Chouette: Keyboards, Guitars Voice Recorder, Whisting, Percussion
Patrick “Paskinel” Dufour: Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Drums Programming, Chimes
   With
Jacob Holm Lupo (White Willow): Guitars (1, 6)
Thierry Payssan (Minimum Vital): Sigma solos and mellotron (final) (6)
Archimede De Martini (Stormy Six): Violin solos in (1, 2, 5)

Description/Reviews
Alco Frisbass  is a French duo, oriented on neo Canterbury and Symphonic RIO sound... Alco Frisbass advances a spectacular combination of elegant melodies and melting riffs. 
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The Nerve Institute “Fictions”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelAltrOck
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 31, 2015
Tracklist
  1. The confidence-Man - 6:14
  2. City of narrows – 6:23
  3. Kniver of winters/coronation days – 07:22
  4. Whistling wire – 04:38
  5. Knives of summer - 10:19
  6. Rayuela – 04:42
  7. With joy we espy the sarcophagus – 06:21
  8. Grimoire – 03.34
  9. Abrazo y caminando - 04:11
  10. Docile Bodies/ In The Leprosarium – 11:22
Line-up
Mike Judge: various instruments
   With
Jacob Holm Lupo (White Willow): additional guitar, keyboards (2)

Description/Reviews
The second release on AltrOck by young american composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Judge is a chapter that points out his remarkable abilities incorporating melodies in his entangled compositions. “Fictions” exhibits a lot styles, moods and colors, definitely capturing the interest of the listener.
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La Coscienza di Zeno "La notte anche di giorno"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelFading Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 31, 2015
Tracklist
I. Giovane figlia (23:59):
01. A ritroso - 05:26
02. Il giro del cappio - 05:22
03. Libero pensatore - 05:12
04. Quiete apparente - 01:37
05. Impromptu pour S.Z. - 01:10
06. Lenta discesa all'Averno - 05:12

II. Madre antica (20:08):
07. Il paese ferito - 05:52
08. Cavanella - 03:09
09. La staffetta - 04:01
10. Come statua di dolore - 07:06

Line-up
Gabriele Guidi Colombi: Bass
Andrea Orlando: Drums
Stefano Agnini: Keyboards
Alessio Calandriello: Voice
Davide Serpico: Guitar
Luca Scherani (Hostsonaten): Keyboards
   With
Simona Angioloni (Hostsonaten, Aries): Vocals
Joanne Roan (Hostsonaten): Flute
Melissa Del Lucchese: Cello
Domenico Ingenito: Violin

Description/Reviews
Their third release in the style of the best Italian progressive rock of the 70s. Now with a wider ensemble, enriched by a string quartet and distinguished guests such as Simona Angioloni and Joanne Roan.
Two long suites – plenty of evolutions and colors – unfold for more than 20 minutes each, just like the two sides of a vinyl in the 70s.
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Simon Steensland “A farewell to brains”


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Avant Prog
LabelAltrOck
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 31, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Schrondinger’s cat - 16:50
  2. Elephant - 02:17
  3. One - 13:04
  4. Fader Var - 02:59
  5. The Idiot - 17:19
Line-up
Simon Steensland: strings, keys, mallets, pipes, voice
   With
Anna Lova Aldèn: voice
Jenny Antoni: voice
Görgen Antonosson: V8
Einar Baldursson: guitar-solo
Robert Elovsson: clarinet, synth-solo & assorted keys
Bertil Fält: bass clarinet
Karolina Hyllner: voice
Aurelia Le Huche: voice
Frida Spång: voice
Alexandra Zetterberg:voice
Morgan Ågren: drums
Sara Kihlman Wibe: violin
Josefin Ankarberg: voice
Maia Hansson Bergqvist: voice
Peter Mörlin: bagpipe
Eva Rexed: voice
Gustav Rådström: clarinet-solo
Ellen Norlund: voice
Ylva Olaison: voice
Arvid Pettersson: piano
Magnus F. Andersson: trombone
Yann Le Nestour: bass clarinet
Guy Segers: bass, voice & treatments

Description/Reviews
The new album by the Swedish composer, on the scenes since more than 20 years, offers to us the usual unique combination of rock, classic, contemporary and Zehul. The dark atmosphere and the astonishing performing by Morgan Ågren on drums are the essential features of Steensland’s sound on this album that represents the highest peak of his creativity.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Simeon Soul Charger "A Trick Of Light"


CountryUSA
Genre(s): Psychedelic
LabelGentle Art of Music
FormatCD, Vinyl
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. The Prince of Wands (A Trick of Light) (6:05)
2. Heavy (3:49)
3. Evening Drag (6:19)
4. How Do You Peel (6:17)
5. Where Do You Hide (3:19)
6. Workers Hymn (4:15)
7. The Illusionist (4:38)
8. Jane (3:21)
9. I Put a Spell on You (6:30)
10. Floating Castles (6:07)

Line-up
Aaron Brooks: Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Rick Phillips: Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin
Spider Monkey: Bass, Banjo
Joe Kidd: Drums, Vocals, Percussion

Description/Reviews
It is thanks to the band’s approach of always trying to find its own uniqueness that on A Trick of Light Simeon Soul Charger sound more versatile than ever. In terms of the songwriting process the band explored a new approach this time, by working as a collective at all times. The record beautifully combines ingredients such as psychedelic, folk, blues, progressive, glam and stoner rock with a lot of enthusiasm, musical virtuosity as well as a lyrical concept that seduces the listener to become a part of the fascinating Simeon Soul Charger-shadow play, where nothing is as it seems
The final product displays songs that are clearly made up by the raw influences of four individual personalities, artfully crafted into ten massive pieces of rock n’ roll by these virtuoso musicians. During the wild ride that is A Trick of Light the listener is engulfed by a hypnotic atmosphere composed of groovy smoothness, cutting edge energy and a lingering layer of elegant sexiness. The album’s first single, Heavy, offers a brilliant glimpse into the experience that this explosive mixture establishes. Creativity is vast, the sound is uncompromising – the symbiosis is complete.
A Trick of Light is another gigantic step ahead in the evolution of this band. Ever since the early days, Simeon Soul Charger have received particular acclaim for their impressive live shows, which is a two-edged sword as the members of the band say: “Oftentimes people would say: the record is great, but you HAVE to see them live! We wanted to adjust that.” For the first time ever Simeon Soul Charger have now managed to transfer both the electrifying energy as well as the fascinating excitement of their live shows from the stage to the studio. To do so, the band proved its courage during the recording sessions, as they invited fans and friends to the studio and simply recorded all the songs live. Aiming to show the world what Simeon Soul Charger is capable of, the band has thus managed to endow A Trick of Light with a degree of sophistication in dynamics, courage, creativity, craziness and artistic precision that has never been seen before.
Simeon Soul Charger have not only filled the audiences of fourteen countries on various continents with enthusiasm, but have also found the courage along the way to not make musical compromises – while still aiming to go all the way. A Trick of Light is the product of the combined gutsiness of four talented musicians who dared to declare: if it’s real, it’s good. The band likes to put it this way: “On this album we wanted to be Simeon Soul Charger – louder and clearer than ever before.” One feels the urge to tell them: mission accomplished!
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Before Eden "A Realm Reborn"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015
Tracklist
01. A Realm Reborn (04:15)
02. Outbreak (The Dash Call) (04:42)
03. Broken Wings (04:16)
04. Wind of Nations (02:45)
05. Blood and Honor (04:30)
06. Beautiful Lie (05:00)
07. Rise of the Immortals (01:36)
08. War of the Titans (07:06)
09. I, Enemy In Me (06:41)
10. The Epic Poem of the Splendor (03:33)

Line-up
Jaison Peixer - vocals
Alessandro Kotlinsky - guitars
Juliano Scharf - keys
Carlos Lana - drums

Description/Reviews
Heavy, Symphonic, Melodic, Epic, Progressive. You will find all this elements together, immersed in the catchy metal music of Before Eden.

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Minutian "Inwards"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSecret Entertainment
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Hollow Heroics - 5:51
2. On Derelict Sidings - 7:18
3. The Crust Of The Earth - 6:20
4. Void Within - 7:04
5. Onus - 1:20
6. Burning Bright - 6:48
7. Manifest - 4:32
8. Aphelion - 10:11
9. Redeemer - 5:56

Line-up
Mikko Heino - Vocals
Jesper Johnson - Guitars
Pekka Loponen - Guitars
Jouni Mikkola - Bass
Antti Ruokola - Drums

Description/Reviews
The title Inwards depicts not only the overall expression of the music and the process leading to its creation, but also an underlying theme in the lyrics. A common theme wasn’t as much intentional as it was a result of shared feelings and experiences. The album’s narrative tells a story of the protagonist struggling with his visions and seeking ways to mend his shattered thoughts to ultimately find safety. The story encompasses several differing perspectives.
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Inside Mankind "Oikoumene"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelQua'rock Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Out of the Loop - 5:09
  2. City (The Streets of Our) - 4:17
  3. Forty - 4:15
  4. Magdalene - 4:46
  5. Keep Me By the Stars - 5:40
  6. Uneasy - 3:42
  7. Toccata - 2:26
  8. Fear - 4:06
  9. Phariseum - 4:17
  10. Human Divine - 13:56
Line-up
Claire Briant: Vocals
Francesco Monaci: Guitar
Christian Luconi: Bass
Valerio Dalla Ragione: Keyboards
Matteo Bidini: Drums

Description/Reviews
“Out of the loop” is desire for freedom, “City” sees it turned into pain, “Forty” is temptation, “Magdalene” is that sweetness which dies in “Keep me by the stars”, failure of the human feeling. “Uneasy” is trust, “Toccata” does not speak with words, “Fear” is passion and terror, “Phariseum” is rage and hypocrisy.
“Human Divine” is the keystone of the disc, it supports and concludes it. It’ s the clear discovery of the need for God, passing through the human loneliness. The other songs live in this suite, and are turned into a medley composed of 72 measures, the number of the names of God in the cabbalistic tradition, which -overcomes- nature, in order to show that only in what is sublime, in Him, we can find a meaning for the human experience.
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A Swarm of the Sun "The Rifts"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Post Rock/Metal
LabelVersion Studio Records
Formatdigital, vinyl, CD
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015
Tracklist
  1. There's Blood on Your Hands 04:05
  2. Infants 09:05
  3. The Nurse 03:47
  4. Incarceration 06:11
  5. The Warden 05:24
  6. Years 01:54
  7. The Rifts 05:11
  8. These Depths Were Always Meant for Both of Us 10:26
  9. All the Love and Glory 05:21
Line-up
Erik Nilsson
Jakob Berglund
   With
Karl Daniel Lidén: drums
Minna Heimo: pipe organ
Anders Carlström: bass

Description/Reviews
A Swarm of the Sun is a deeply depressive post-metal, atmospheric doom duo from Sweden, and their sophomore album The Rifts brings you all the isolation, cold and melancholy of being trapped in a cabin surrounded by nothing but whiteness, death and frozen silence. If you heard the 2012 debut by Aoria, you’ll have an idea what darkly beautiful unpleasantness awaits, as the bands are similar and both feature vocalist Erik Nilsson. If not, imagine the best parts of Katatonia, Anathema, My Dying Bride and Agalloch all submerged into a minimalist post-metal miasma, so thick not even the faintest ray of hope can penetrate.
  Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Callisto "Secret Youth"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Post Metal
LabelSvart Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateJanuary 30, 2015 (Europe), February 2, 2015 (UK)
Tracklist
1. Pale Pretender
2. Backbone
3. Acts
4. The Dead Layer
5. Lost Prayer
6. Breasts of Mothers
7. Grey Light
8. Ghostwritten
9. Old Souls
10. Dam's Lair Road

Line-up
Jani Ala-Hukkala - vocals
Juho Niemelä - bass
Ariel Björklund - drums
Arto Karvonen - keyboards
Tero Holopainen - guitar
Markus Myllykangas - guitar
Jani Rättyä - live percussion

Description/Reviews
Secret Youth draws on the strengths of all stages of the band’s career to find its energies, subtly tempering the heavier parts of their catalog with the more morose sounds found on Providence. The main tool utilized to achieve this goal is the album structure. Its crafted so that harsher, more aggressive tracks are well balanced by the drawn out and haunting melodies Callisto are known for. This is most evident at the album’s beginning where the first quarter sets the tone perfectly.
Opening with the frantic ‘Pale Pretender’, the aggression builds up to the end of the single ‘Backbone’, where the perfect growls are first introduced. Instead of continuing down this spiral of abrasiveness, the guitars are reined in in favor of the rhythm section with ‘Ashes’, a track who’s clean, drawling vocals would fit well on Noir.  Near the end of this track, passages abound which call to mind the band’s quietest album, Providence. Finally, the sound is drawn even lower with ‘The Dead Layer’, a bleak and ambient close to the album’s beginning.
 Read the full review by Eden Kupermintz at heavyblogisheavy.com

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CMX "Mesmeria"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelRatas Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 30, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Rakkaudessa ja sodassa 
  2. Hyperborea 
  3. Laavaa 
  4. Ojai 
  5. Kauneuden pitkä varjo 
  6. Mestarirakentaja 
  7. Valles Marineris 
  8. Teräs 
  9. Mystiikan ontologinen sydän 
  10. Tuleen kirjoitettu 
  11. Tulisaarna 
  12. Eksopaleoklimatologi 
Line-up
A. W. Yrjänä - vocals and bass
Janne Halmkrona - guitar
Timo Rasio - guitar
Olli-Matti Wahlström - drums

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Progression By Failure "Sonic Travelogue"


Country: France
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelMusea
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 29, 2015
Tracklist
  1. The Pyramid & the Sphere - 10:05
  2. Sparkles - 10:34
  3. Once Upon a Time - 3:45
  4. A Day in the Swamp - 5:14
  5. Forest of Doubt - 4:49
  6. Escaping the Ankou - 6:52
  7. The Sidh's Gate - 6:27
  8. Autumn Mood - 5:45
  9. The End of Sonic Vibrations - 10:21
Line-up
Nicolas Piveteau - keyboards
Drayen Labie - guitars
Mike Saccoman - drums

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Terran System Death "Darkness"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 29 , 2015
Tracklist
  1. Darkness 05:05
  2. Requiem 16:07
  3. Everything Is Fine 02:42
  4. Foreboding Hand of Fate 05:51
  5. The Gray Head Consortium 10:06
  6. Clarity of Perception 15:26
Line-up
Jon Du Bose; Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guiar, Vocals, Keys, Sounds and Effects
Ben Marrujo; Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Mark Zonder; Drums
Monkey; Drums

Description/Reviews
A collection of dark, moody progressive rock.
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Enigmyst "Fireman"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 29, 2015
Tracklist
  1. The Bargain 03:56
  2. The Fireman Suite 09:31
  3. Phlogiston 01:20
  4. Mea Culpa 07:57
  5. O! Michael, The Dragon Has Come To Take Me Away 13:39
  6. The Solitary Way 05:39
Line-up
Dean Cahill - Percussion
Shane Wilson - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Sound Effect

Description/Reviews
Fireman is an experiment in music in which progressive rock emanates from every pore. The album spans from the theatrical grooves of The Dear Hunter to fast paced erratic riffs that would be more at home in a Mars Volta album and also includes many takeoffs on classic giants such as Yes and Pink Floyd.Read the full review by at

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

H7G "La Nave de los Locos"


Country: Costa Rica
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 28, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Cápsula 05:22
  2. Pumalión 04:16
  3. Niña Collage 04:48
  4. Bambi Woods 05:40
  5. La nave de los locos 05:52
  6. Vladis (Di Blassio) 05:32
  7. Marlon Random 07:02
Line-up
Ignacio Duarte - Guitar, lead vocals on tracks 1, 3 and 4
Charly Fariseo - Synths, other keyboards and SFX
Mario Duarte - Bass
Mariano Vidor - Drums, theremin, lead vocals on tracks 2 and 6

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Kalpa "Sequences*"


Country: Greece
Genre(s)Post Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 28, 2015
Tracklist
  1. A Ηidden Ocean 06:34
  2. Waves Will Rise Over Babylon 06:47
  3. Perfect Storm 06:17
  4. False Transmissions 02:58
  5. Slow Arrivals 06:22
  6. On Time 06:20
  7. Off Time 05:15
Line-up
Tasos K: Guitars
Dimitris G: Bass
Spyros K: Drums
Dimitris M: Guitars

Description/Reviews
Hailing from the dry south, Kalpa construct a devastating and at the same time an ethereal soundscape using for this an instrumental approach through distorted guitars riffs , heavy drumming , gloomy melodies and emphatic harmonies. Mainly influenced by acts such as Isis, Cult of Luna, Tool, Neurosis, GY!BE etc, Kalpa  developed a personal sound and structure. 

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Grace Latecomer "900 Million Light Years"


Country: China
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label1724 Records
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 28, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Milk Planet 07:51
  2. She Hit The Lightning 07:48
  3. Yawu Hill 07:00
  4. Snow Blind 08:46
  5. Music Is Over Silence Is On 09:30
  6. Spiritual Rock 11:24
Line-up
Tian Xin: Guitar, Synthesizer, Sampler
Chen Dong: Guitar
Chen 12: Bass
Zhang Yaoting: Bass, Melodica
Qiu Bin: Drums, Synthesizer, Sampler, Percussion

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Zs "Xe"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Avant Prog
LabelNorthern Spy Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 27, 2015
Tracklist
  1. The Future Of Royalty - 2:27
  2. Wolf Government - 5:59
  3. Corps - 12:26
  4. Weakling - 3:17
  5. XE - 18:11
Line-up
Sam Hillmer - tenor sax
Patrick Higgins - guitar, electronics
Greg Fox - percussion

Description/Reviews
Xe opener “The Future of Royalty” begins with a chorus of heavily-syncopated handclaps reminiscent of Steve Reich’s 1972 piece “Clapping Music.” Then, a pulsating guitar line materializes in sheets (as gradually and as ecstatically as a Dustin Wong guitar loop) before everything progressively breaks down into a cacophony of component parts — Higgins’s dripping metal guitar riffs, Hillmer’s astringent saxophone wails, and Fox’s meditative drum fills — until, out of chaos, handclaps return, reinstating brief order. In its framing, “The Future of Royalty” graphs Xe in microcosm, both outlining its overall structure as well as sketching out its sonic limits. From here, Xe ebbs and flows through its established territory, falling in and out of conscious control yet never losing energy, ending on a single percussive sound on closing track “Xe,” just as Xe began/begins.
 Read the full review by Jackson Scott at tinymixtapes.com

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Periphery "Juggernaut: Alpha" "Juggernaut: Omega"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelSumerian Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 27, 2015 (CD, digital), April 2015 (vinyl)
Tracklist
Juggernaut: Alpha
  1. A Black Minute (4:16)
  2. MK Ultra (2:50)
  3. Heavy Heart (4:22)
  4. The Event (1:45)
  5. The Scourge (5:36)
  6. Alpha (5:31)
  7. 22 Faces (3:52)
  8. Rainbow Gravity (4:39)
  9. Four Lights (2:18)
  10. Psychosphere (6:16)
Juggernaut: Omega
  1. Reprise (1:25)
  2. The Bad Thing (5:54)
  3. Priestess (5:04)
  4. Graveless (3:56)
  5. Hell Below (3:43)
  6. Omega (11:44)
  7. Stranger Things (7:35)
Line-up
Spencer Sotelo - Vocals
Misha Mansoor - Guitars
Matt Halpern - Drums
Jake Bowen - Guitars
Mark Holcomb - Guitars
Adam "Nolly" Getgood - Bass

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THEO "The Game Of Ouroboros"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelBig O Records (USA), Generation Prog Records (Europe)
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 27, 2015
Tracklist
1. Game Of Ouroboros - 9:42
2. The Blood That Floats My Throne - 8:17
3. Creatures Of Our Comfort - 6:45
4. These Are The Simple Days - 8:03
5. Idle Worship - 13:27
6. Exile - 11:14

Line-up
Jim Alfredson - lead vocals, keys, backing vocals
Gary Davenport - bass, Chapman Stick, fretless bass
Kevin DePree - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jake Reichbart - guitars

Description/Reviews
Formed by world reknown keyboardist Jim Alfredson (organissimo, Dirty Fingers, Janiva Magness, Greg Nagy Band, Root Doctor) THEO harkens back to the keyboard-centric superbands of the 1970s like Yes, Genesis, and Emerson Lake and Palmer, but with a distinctly modern and bold approach.
THEO also represents a return to the concept of the keyboardist as a vital and irreplaceable part of the group, rather than a mere sideman.
Theo intrepid and dynamic music is paired with auspicious lyrical themes of corporatization, consumerism, loss of innocence, exile, and the obsession with celebrity. Lead vocals are handled by Alfredson himself. Usually relegated to background duties, Alfredson‘s surprisingly flexible baritone voice shifts from soaring muscularity to intimate falsetto and everything between.
The eponymous debut album features six tracks including an epic 30 minute opening suite.(prog-sphere.com)

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Sadman Institute "Revival"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelLynx Music
FormatCD
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
1. Ash And Dust 8:05
2. F.T. 6:07
3. Rotten Home 6:30
4. Take It All 5:42
5. Sacrifice 6:46
6. Trapped Between 9:51

Line-up
Maciej Berniak - drums and percussion
Tomasz Gurgul - guitars
Filip Malinowski - bass guitars
Maciej Pawlik - vocals
Paweł Szczepański - guitars, mellotron programming

Description/Reviews
Sadman Institute's debut album is a dense, emotional journey through modern society, life, nature, love, war, loneliness and happiness. Put simply, a journey into yourself. Revival captures the band's most progressive period with all six tracks uncovering a heavily distorted sound, acoustic melancholy, freakish time changes and haunting melodies. The vision of Revival is also literally painted through its captivating handmade artwork.

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Beirah "Cuatro Vientos"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
01. Desde El Umbral 05:33
02. Relatos Ausentes 05:29
03. Senderos 05:01
04. Pintando Realidad 09:46
05. La Muerte Del Viento 07:01
06. La Ilusoria Naturaleza De Las Fronteras 08:06
07. Ascender Entre Las Sombras 08:14

Line-up
Alvaro Macias - Guitars
Manuel Loaiza - Guitars
Omar Morales - Bass
Christian Pleco - Drums
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Daniel Salcido - Keyboards
Karla Valenzuela - Violín
Nathalie Joy - Cello

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Apothecary "That's What You Get For Talking"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
  1. That's What You Get For Talking (5:12) 
  2. Dirty Flippers (4:06) 
  3. Vampires In The Sun (6:24) 
  4. Arlington (8:24) 
  5. Evil Toys (6:14) 
  6. Corn On The Cobham (5:23) 
  7. Touch The Sky (7:53) 
  8. Cacophony Confections (6:27) 
  9. Five Years Gone (6:29) 
Line-up
Mike Galway - bass guitar
Anna Koropchak - electric violin
Gary Venable - drums
Jeremy Cubert - keyboards, chapman stick

Description/Reviews
Apothecary's third album continues their exploration of jazz, rock, and ethnic music with a melodic, improvisational approach. (CDBaby)

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That's What You Get For Talking
Corn On The Cobham
Touch The Sky

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Reason "The Deception Of Dreams"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
LabelSkyrocket Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
01. Synchronized (To The Beating Of Your Heart) (6:51)
02. Sacrifice (5:15)
03. Fire Eternal (4:12)
04. Heartless (4:44)
05. September Child (5:12)
06. Nothing (4:09)
07. Revelation (5:40)
08. Star-Crossed (5:12)
09. Souldrift (9:34)

Line-up
Paul Mace - Lead Vocals
Chris Gyngell - Guitar
Gil Hird - Keyboards
Graham Corbett - Bass
John Townsend - Drums

Description/Reviews
“Synchronized” with brilliant melodic riffs & progressive rhythm section & beautiful singing where strong mix clear, AERYON's keys & wonderful band's choir in refrain. This track is so much rebuild and this little hoarse vocal of singer give true charm to these sounds. I love so much these catchy melodies and fine guitar solo with impressive keys. “Sacrifice” with perfect sounds of bass, drums & mysterious keys, amazing refrain with choir of band on the background heavier massive guitars and progressive lines is played in perfectly way.
Potential hit “Fire Eternal” have pulsating drums together with gentle vocal of singer. Then full of strength of melody guitars attacks listener's ears & this catchy sound in wonderful chorus reminds me echoes of Hard Rock of '80. Worth on mention is fabulous guitar solo, which really make goose flesh and strong connection's guys to progression, which is listenable in rhythmical section. This song is very wonderful! Gentle keys, melody keys in EUROPE style, fast drums has IRON MAIDEN influences, fabulous chorus in choir in “Heartless” give true kick-ass, even with beautiful key solo! Oriental echoes with lower riffs in DIO / BLACK SABBATH style are in “Souldrift” where calmer rocking climate in refrain is gorgeous.
 Read the full review by at metal-temple.com

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Sacrifice

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La Batteria "La Batteria"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental, Progressive Rock, Soundtrack
LabelPenny Records (CD, vinyl)
Formatdigital, CD, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015 (digital), March 3, 2015 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Chimera
2. Vigilante
3. Scenario
4. Formula (ft. Patchani Brothers)
5. Vice Versa
6. Manifesto
7. Dilemma
8. Espresso
9. Incognito
10. Scenario 2
11. Zero
12. Persona Non Grata

Line-up
Emanuele Bultrini - Electric, acoustic, & classical guitar, mandolin
David Nerattini - Drums & percussion
Paolo Pecorelli - Bass
Stefano Vicarelli - Keyboards (Hammond C3, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Clavicembalo, Celesta, Piano, Mellotron, Mini Moog, Prophet 5, Modular Synthesizer Dot Com System 66)

Description/Reviews
New band that plays the kind of classic instrumental Italian soundtrack prog that made the likes of e.g. Goblin and Ennio Morricone famous. La Batteria play vintage instruments, but the result is not merely a revival; it`s a projection of the past into the present, in which additional musical elements like cosmic psychedelic, funk, a bit of Afrobeat and even some touches of hiphop in one track are integrated in a very subtle way without losing the traditional feeling of the soundtracks. Also suitable for people who love a lighter version of the music of Anima Morte. (beyondrock.nl)

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Progstreaming
Chimera

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[STÖMB] "The Grey"


Country: France
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
01. The Complex (08:50)
02. Rise From Nothing (05:39)
03. Veins Of Asphalt (08:32)
04. Corrosion Juncture (06:44)
05. The Crossing (02:20)
06. Under The Grey (06:27)
07. Terminal City (08:06)
08. The New Coming (06:00)
09. Genome Decline (08:29)
10. Only An Echo (07:45)

Line-up
Tom B - Lead Guitar
Aurélien DF - Rhythm Guitar
Alexandre G - Bass
Olivier R - Drums

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Vermillion Skye "Security Theater"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Art Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
1. Stone Cold Love - 4:04
2. Biding My Time - 4:05
3. Now and Again - 6:15
4. They Get to You - 4:30
5. Endless Dream - 4:00
6. Panic Attack - 3:28
7. The Silence - 4:47
8. You Can't Be Yourself - 4:36
9. Do What You Gotta Do - 4:36
10. Don't Wait Up - 3:51
11. Nobody's Home - 4:17
12. Security Theater - 5:17

Line-up
Jeff Johnston: lead vocals,piano & keyboards, backing vocals
Pete Swann: guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, drums (6), moog solo (12)
Chris Robertson: bass, backing vocals
Steve Gerlewych: drums
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Michael Thorne: drums and backing vocals (1), Ghangster voice (9)
Chelsea McBride: saxophone (4)
Danielle Bourjeaurd: voice of Security Theater announcer

Description/Reviews
Tracks on the album are loosely knitted around a theme of security and insecurity with the title track: Security Theater actually imagining a theater one can go to to feel safe.
Influences abound on this album, including the first track: Stone Cold Love which features Queen-like guitars and back-up vocals. The song: Biding My Time is very much influenced by Saga whereas the track: Now And Again features Yes-like backing harmonies. For those who love Classic/Art Rock, this release is both refreshingly new and yet familiar at the same time.
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Toundra "IV"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
LabelSuperball
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Strelka
  2. Qarqom
  3. Lluvia
  4. Belenos
  5. Viesca
  6. Kitsune
  7. MRWING
  8. Oro Rojo
Line-up
Esteban
Alberto
Macón
Álex

Description/Reviews
Even though ‘IV’ is a purely instrumental album, there is a concept behind it. It tells the story of two foxes that need to escape from the forest where they live because of a huge fire. For the band this is a metaphor for their concern with how humanity is destroying the environment and how dangerous humans can be.

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Kitsune
Oro Rojo

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Le Folli Arie "Le Folli Arie"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 26, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Salto nel buio 03:43
  2. Bellezza 03:49
  3. Non è facile 04:54
  4. Quello che ho 03:48
  5. On da bridge 01:54
  6. Fuori! 03:30
  7. Il giardino della mia follia 05:05
  8. Mentre tu cadi 04:54
  9. Il giorno mio migliore 03:51
  10. Alien's trip 04:07
  11. Shot in the dark 03:40
  12. A better day tomorrow 03:54
  13. It's not easy 04:52
Line-up
Simone Corazzari – lead vocals and guitars
Massimiliano Masciari – bass and steel drum
Marco Antonio Cerioli – keyboards and vocals
Francesco Meles – drums and percussions
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Gianluca Del Fiol – guitar solo (7)
Luca Pasqua – guitar solo (5)
Maurizio Signorino – sax (5,6,10)
Piergiorgio Elia - sax solo (6)
Edwin Della Torre – percussions (4,5,6)
Serena Ferrara, Giorgia Ieluzzi, Alessandra Marina - backing vocals (3,6,10,13)
Annamaria Cristian - cello (7)
Silvio Centamore – drums (10), percussions (3,13)
Lorenzo Pierobon - didgeridoo (10)
Manuela Masciari – castanets (2)

Description/Reviews
The listener is able to experience many extremely different atmospheres and emotional episodes and to appreciate a deep sense of coherence throughout the entire listening experience.
That's why defining Le Folli Arie's style is not a simple task: it could be prog music dressed as pop or the exact opposite... 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Opposite Of Hate "Beginnings"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 25, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Stolen Moments 07:35
  2. Layers Of Noise 07:07
  3. Beginnings 05:58
  4. Ideal World 08:44
  5. God's Middleman 07:52
  6. I Saw Him Coming From Behind The Sun 08:17
  7. Twitch #3 05:28
  8. L.I.N.T.O.O.H. 05:06
Line-up
Will Geraldo (Violent Attitude If Noticed)
Silvério Simioni
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Anna Stéfano
Erich Bruschini
Erik Müller
Fábio Souza
Guilherme Saba
Kassio Todescatt
Marcelo Vanini
Marcinho Pereira
Meire Santos

Description/Reviews
The album with 8 pieces of music is loaded with influences of progressive rock, electronica and a hint of jazz.

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Quiet Child "If Only You Had Seen Me"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 25, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Mother With Child 03:08
  2. If Only You Had Seen Me 06:22
  3. Shehada 06:28
  4. Neighbour 07:26
  5. Ceasefire Hymn 01:56
  6. Und Gott Lachte 04:48
  7. Shells On Qusayr 10:00
  8. Water Rushing Through The Reeds 04:46
Line-up
Peter Spiker : Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums programming
Ashley Spain : Guitar

Description/Reviews
But not only are there no weak tracks, more importantly there are no redundant tracks, which brilliantly corrects my biggest problem with Chapter & Verse. Every song has its own take on the Quiet Child sound, simultaneously fitting into the album wonderfully and standing out as the only track on the album that does that one thing. From the outset we get a vibraphone-led instrumental track (that is a touch long, I must say), and a brilliantly sinister and heavy song in the title track. And they’re the only songs on the album that sound like that. The diversity here is a true characteristic of a band who has found a fully realised vision. This may be slightly behind its predecessor in terms of truly outstanding compositions, but it’s well above in terms of album consistency, flow and diversity.
Although, as I have said, this album does jump around a bit in mood and style, it’s not a genre-hopping mess, all of these songs are songs you could easily imagine Quiet Child writing. The entire album has a unifying thread of dark, sinister moods, which come forward in different flavours throughout. The aforementioned title track is the only real time on this record that Spiker cracks out the Muse influence that was prevalent on Chapter & Verse, and he does it in a way that Matt Bellamy would be truly envious of. Epic opening guitar solo above massive riffs? Done. Dark, moody piano break? It’s there. Enormous vocal line to break into a chorus? Of course. I love the post-apocalyptic vibe that this track has as well, reminding me a lot of short-lived Kiwi group Battle Circus in its tone.
 Read the full review at rateyourmusic.com

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Velocirapture "Paleogene"


Country: USA
Genre(s) Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Paleogene 07:11
  2. Erratic Retaliator 05:43
  3. Ceres 07:07
  4. I: Organic Decomposition 03:47
  5. II: Lost Battle Transmission 03:42
  6. III: Astroblastoid 04:34
  7. IV: The Last Astroraptor 04:23
  8. V: Dinoclysm 04:21
  9. VI: Cryogenic Stasis 03:55
Line-up
Travis Blankenship - Guitar
Alejandro Ellis - Guitar
Justin Stirrat - Drums
James Bowen - Bass
Jesse Flemming - Synthesizer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn

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Reset To Zilch "A Phantasm; Antithetical"


Country: Malaysia
Genre(s): Instrumental Post-Rock, Ambient
LabelTeenage Head Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Quasar 07:16
  2. Addendum 03:21
  3. Nebula 06:16
  4. False Transition 04:06
  5. Awakening 02:33
  6. Siberian Wolves 05:41
  7. Windows & Walls 05:35
  8. Shadowless 03:42
  9. Shtriga 05:07
Line-up
Najmuddin
Safiq
Naqi
Samsul

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Votchi "Out of Jail"


Country: Czechia
Genre(s)Progressive Hard Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 24, 2015
Tracklist
01. Stereo - 03:39
02. Deep Thoughts - 05:00
03. Lazy - 02:46
04. Devil Inside Me - 03:58
05. Lorraine - 03:39
06. Pink and White - 04:47
07. Out of Jail - 04:50
08. Over the Brink - 03:16
09. In this Land - 03:24
10. Once Upon A Time in Seville - 03:57
11. No Mercy - 06:21
12. The Love You've Got - 04:52
13. The Fall of Rome - 05:40
14. Outro - 01:39

Line-up
Petr Kutheil – vocals
Mirek Muzik – keyboards, vocals
Marty Smejkal – guitars
Pavel Bartos – bassguitar
Adrian Sevecek – drums
Petr Ackermann – flute

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Stereo
Devil Inside Me

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Marshall Art "Marshall Art"


Country: Canada/Russia
Genre(s)Electronic Progressive Rock
LabelUbiktune
FormatCD, digital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Papercut You Into Little Pieces 05:21
  2. Asteroid Driller 06:11
  3. They're Like Locusts (feat. spamtron) 05:52
  4. Nothing Can Be Fixed Here. God, Burn! 05:41
  5. Marshall Art 19:18
Line-up
Jeffrey Roberts
Mikhail Ivanov
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by Cory Johnson, Cydran, C-jeff, destoo, Erik Peabody (Viking Guitar), GearX2, Harmsing, Hoodie, Janx, John Schock, Katamari, Level 99, Mama Ryn, Masha Zalivanskaya, Monte, Multi-Memory Controller, norg, Ryn, Travis Morgan, ViridianForge and zyko - Additional vocals on “Marshall Art”

Description/Reviews
Combining the cold structural beauty of NES chiptunes and the hot energy of live guitar, they play instrumental music influenced by post-rock, progressive rock, ambient and various electronic genres.

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Skinchanger "Skin Changer"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Avant Prog, Zeuhl
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Neolith - 08:48
  2. Empire Builder - 06:58
  3. War Elephant - 12:44
  4. Coven Crisis - 08:04
  5. Screen Slave - 05:30
  6. Exploding Atrium/Crown of Twigs - 11:39
Line-up
Labratio Hamslap - everything

Description/Reviews
Skinchanger is the brainchild of Saxophonist Labrat. It takes influence from across the Avante-Prog pantheon, drawing most of its power from the Zeuhl movement (blended with spatterings of Free Jazz and Doom/Stoner Metal as well). The concoction is horn driven, high energy, totally uncompromising. 
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Ohio Sky "The Big Distraction"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Alternative, Progressive Rock
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Slow Down Stay Alive 03:20
  2. The Big Distraction 04:56
  3. King Fisher 03:14
  4. Changing Earth 05:24
  5. Moon Wall Maps 04:43
  6. Momento Mori 06:12
  7. Holy Week 03:46
  8. Transformations 04:41
  9. Vulture Cascade 05:54
Line-up
Vinny DiFranco - Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Michael Bashur - Bass
Eric Bambic - Drums
Patrick Finegan - Keys, Synth

Description/Reviews
Their new album, The Big Distraction, tiptoes a fine line between artfully alternative and hauntingly heavy. That’s not easy to do, but they succeed with flying colors.
Vocals careen to towering heights on lines like “Medicine heal my soul” from the album standout “King Fisher,” while “Slow Down Stay Alive” finds beauty in paranoia as guitars echo and tones resound, twisting a tourniquet of emotion. While certainly channeling Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, and A Perfect Circle, the band still forges its own path rather adopting the mindset of those heavy innovators, while then carving out their own pocket. The title track begins with a David Gilmour-worthy clean riff that drops into a delicate drop bounce, and everything devolves into one last headtrip augmented by hypnotic vocals and sparse soundscapes. (Rick Florino at artistdirect.com)
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Their Dogs Were Astronauts "Earthkeeper"


Country: Austria
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release dateJanuary 24, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Origins 04:12
  2. Dead End 03:54
  3. Earthkeeper 04:41
  4. Yesterday's Tomorrow 03:47
  5. Coming Into Being 04:42
  6. He Who Saw The Darkness 03:51
  7. He Who Saw The Light 03:08
  8. Checkpoint 4 04:50
  9. Paradigm 04:59
  10. In Vain 04:42
  11. Section X 05:13
  12. Ashes 04:16
  13. Worn Out Space 03:21
Line-up
Denis Roth
Leonard Roth

Description/Reviews
The music of the two brothers Denis and Leo focuses on riff heavy seven and eight string guitar songs seasoned with catchy solos and melodies. 
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