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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bangbakc "Lot Lizards"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Stoner
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 31, 2015
Tracklist
1. The Theme To Lot Lizards (11:01)
2. Season 1: Things Feel Good Yeah (6:00)
3. Season 2: Scenes From My Tea Shop (4:47)
4. Commercial Break: Smokin' Joe's Crab Attack (8:27)
5. 010100010 (4:32)
6. Echocomplexities Part II (6:42)
7. Season 3: The Some Of The Parts (6:43)

Total time 48:12

Line-up
Dylan Campbell - vocals, drums, acoustic guitar
Brill Ritter - vocals, bass, trumpet
Aaron Fowler Clark - vocals, guitar, synths
    With:
Dave Willey - accordion and hurdy gurdy (4)
Ben Fukcing Spees - keys and synths (6)
Trony Mowe - saxophone
Shayan Sya - vocals (1)
Mary White Campbell, Maggie Campbell, Derrek Wright, Eddie Campbell, Ben Fukcing Spees, Michelle Fowler Clark, Anastasia ThreeMoons Risley, Tiffany Mancillas, Stacey Hess, Rebecca Ghossein and Jared Stroeve - choir

Description/Reviews
You know how much I dislike having too many labels to describe Progressive Rock music right? Well one of my few concessions is the term Alt-Prog. It’s a term I use to classify bands that have a very alternative, contemporary sensibility but infuse their music with an undeniable Prog approach. Such is the case with the oddly named Portland, Oregon based power-trio, Bangbakc and the music they create on Lot Lizards. If I might generalize Alt-Prog is at times clamorous and often angst-ridden, and I mean that in a good way. The music goes through all the proper proggy moves, changing time, tempo and dynamics. Songs, as on Lot Lizards tend to be longer allowing for many musical change-ups, loads of angularity, a little dissonance and just a dash of dramatic introspection. You’ll experience all of what I’ve described on the opening track “The Theme to The Lot Lizards” [11:01].  And there’s even more to experience on the remaining six compositions including some absolutely grand melodic, anthemic riffs. Often times out of nowhere you’ll hear the strangest musical bits and pieces. Similarly the music often swivels from one distinctly rock-influenced segment into something completely different. It all makes for a very creative listening experience. It is music that is obviously influenced by the prog musical tradition, but bears little resemblance to anything you might have heard before. And I guess that’s a good thing, right?  This is actually the second album of a three-part story line and as I say makes for some intriguing listening. Well worth checking out. (Jerry Lucky)

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Gordon Midgley "Vanished Age"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 31, 2015
Tracklist
1. Lost Village (4:01)
2. Out Of The Wilderness (1:52)
3. Cometh The Hour... (4:49)
4. Like Circe's Feast (2:34)
5. Ronin (6:10)
6. And She Was There (3:48)
7. Amongst The Shades (1:53)
8. Wisdom Of The Magus (2:15)
9. Vengeance Calls (2:53)
10. Temple Settlement (5:57)
11. Threnody (4:35)
12. The End Of The Beginning (5:18)

Total time 46:05

Line-up
Gordon Midgley (Napier's Bones)
   With
Selena Jay: vocals
Nathan Jon Tillett (Napier's Bones): vocals

Description/Reviews
One of the things I’ve always appreciated about the Progressive Rock genre is its ability to allow for so much musical variety. Take for example this album from UK based multi-instrumentalist Gordon Midgley entitled Vanished Age. Midgely, the mastermind behind the dramatic story telling band Treagle’s Choice has gone in a completely different direction here and produced a mostly instrumental album that features music inspired by the classic mythological heroes and tales of yesteryear. It is, for lack of a better description, a musical soundtrack to a movie that was never made. Twelve tracks, forty-six minutes of music that is crafted with no vocals per se, instead there are short spoken word elements as if lifted off the movie screen designed to enhance the emotional aspect of the music. Unlike his previous musical efforts, which tended to be musically heavy AND vocally dense, this is more organic and at times even pastoral with more acoustic elements shining through. Now having said that I feel I must qualify that by saying there are still many dramatic moments with the heavy electric guitar sitting in the spotlight. If anything the lack of vocals has allowed for more guitar and keyboard interplay which again tends to create a more symphonic, soundtrack feel to the music. At times the music does little more than create moods, playing off simple arpeggiated melodies or stirring string-styled musical atmospheres. Sometimes the music is strange and haunting with layers of icey Mellotron strings set against a primal rhythm foundation. It’s a world away from Midgley’s other music but that’s a good thing because it allows for a whole new creative outlet to be exposed. Fascinating stuff and recommended to fans of music from bands such as The Enid, Karda Estra and 17 Pygmies. ( Jerry Lucky)

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Physick "Death Is Their Shepherd"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Pop/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 31, 2015
Tracklist
1. Hi-Fruktose Noize Sserp (6:27)
2. Memento Mori (4:25)
3. Death Is Their Shepherd (1:54)
4. What You Will Find (1:54)
5. Fall Story (3:22)
6. Living Dead (3:07)
7. Cain's Lullaby (0:33)
8. We've Been Misled (5:15)
9. All I've Held Back (1:03)
10. Drones (3:25)
11. Before The Silver Tether Breaks (5:14)
12. The Wrong Man (4:24)
13. What It's Cost (1:58)
14. Precious In The Sight (3:08)
15. Requiem Shark (5:30)
16. Anamnesia (2:25)
17. Answer Me (4:26)
18. Death's Hand (2:16)
19. Goodspeed God's Fire (7:51)
20. Reflections (4:44)
21. Waltzing With Woland (7:16)

Total time 80:37

Line-up
Phil Hodges-guitar, piano, bass, vocals
Michael Minkoff-drums, bass, guitar, vocals

Description/Reviews
Perhaps a fitting definition of the band would be a psychedelic jazz-rock orchestra.  The music is as eclectic as its inspirations, but these almost conflicting styles never crowd each other out or compromise the flow of the album.  As obtuse as it seems from the surface, DITS is a surprisingly easy listen.  The music is immersive and impeccably arranged.  Tracks like the opener, midpoint, and closer (“Hi-Fruktose Noize Sserp,” “Before the Silver Tether Breaks,” and “Waltzing with Woland,” respectively) layer rich textures together without becoming overbearing.  Complex tracks like the polyrhythmic “Requiem Shark” contrast the more straightforward approach of songs like “Memento Mori.”  The instrumental interludes are delicately spaced to create room for meditative moments.  The album’s second suite prominently features a choir, which elevates the whole album to grand heights.  Phil’s vocals rarely exceed a comfortable range, though it is befitting to the album the few instances when they do.  It takes a song or two to adapt to Physick’s dense and direct style of writing music and lyrics.  However, it begs for another listen by the time the door has closed on the album.
 Read the full review at mirrorsweare.wordpress.com

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Upon the Devil's Request "Nightblind"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock
Label: Spinning Inside Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 31, 2015 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Walking Through Walls (6:00)
2. Sideways (6:08)
3. Evil Eyes (5:56)
4. Night Blind (5:10)
5. Soon Enough (5:12)
6. Break (5:45)
7. In My Dreams (6:18)

Total time 40:29

Line-up
Jerry Cordova - Bass
Logan Kennedy - Percussion
Derek Reed - Guitar/Synth
Ryan Cook - Vocals

Description/Reviews
Previously involved in musical acts together, the group has reunited after a 10 year hiatus to produce a style of music along the lines of space/dream rock, influenced by such bands as The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Pink Floyd, Yes, Failure, Tool, and Queens of the Stone Age. Musically, they have been described as having deep, pronounced, complex bass and percussion with mystical hypnotic vocals, complimented by ambient guitar riffs. Lyrically, their music deals with such topics as dreams, surrealism, illusion, and the art of deception; they often involve complex metaphors and extended comparisons in their tracks to describe the relationship between reality and other planes. 
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Psycho Drama "From Ashes To Wings"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelPride & Joy Music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Inferno (1:21)
2. From Ashes To Wings (8:02)
3. Far From Grace (6:12)
4. Requiem (6:56)
5. Edge Of Forever (6:22)
6. A New Day (7:41)
7. All That We Have (6:39)
8. Sea And Sky (1:27)
9. Broken Road (6:48)
10. Paralyzed (3:30)
11. To Live Again (8:21)

Total Time 63:19

Line-up
Corey Brown - Vocals
Hercules Castro - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Ringler - Bass
Greg Sands - Drums, Vocals

Description/Reviews
This is classic melodic heavy metal, spiced with some power, symphonic, and progressive metal, and then wrapped up in some obvious rock groove. To say that this is wildly progressive metal is probably casting our stones to far into the water. There's nothing hyper-technical about the arrangements. There's some gratuitious tempo changes and nice mixtures of instruments, light piano intro and segues against striking riffage, by example. But it's enough to gather some intrigue. Something I did notice, call it a "feeling" more than anything, is that the overall tone of the music is almost melancholy. Not dark, in some creepy goth metal way, but seemingly somber.
 Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Teaser

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Teramaze "Her Halo"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelProvogue Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. An Ordinary Dream (Enla Momento)
2. To Love, a Tyrant
3. Her Halo
4. Out of Subconscious
5. For the Innocent
6. Trapeze
7. Broken
8. Delusions of Grandeur

Line-up
Dean Wells - Guitars, Backing vocals
Nathan Peachey - Vocals
Dean Kennedy - Drums
Luis Eguren - Bass Guitar

Description/Reviews
Theirs is a melodic metal framework around which they then experiment with symphonic, progressive and even thrash metal themes and ideas. Where Teramaze really excel though is in terms of the compositional nous, the innate sense of melody and an acute comprehension of what makes a powerful piece of music that will have the listener returning for frequent repeat spins. The keys add to the richness and depth of the songs and, whilst they never get in the way or sound cheesy, they’re there throughout the album to add another dimension and a sense of the dramatic.
 Read the full review at manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com

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Everthrone "The Dawning"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Symphonic Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. This Great Expanse (5:40)
2. Consciousness (4:14)
3. Children Of A Dying Sun (5:20)
4. Under A Burning Sky (4:27)
5. Crimson Gold (4:03)
6. The Anarchist (3:04)
7. Loss (3:31)
8. Masquerade (3:43)
9. Word Of The Oracle (4:19)
10. All Things Manifest (5:35)

Total time 43:56

Line-up
Russell Plyler – Vocals 

Nevin Mckeown – Guitar 

Chris Carland – Piano/Synth/Orchestration

Daniel Carner – Bass 

Jeremy Mckeown – Drums


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Leandro Kalén "Mecánica Celeste"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: PAI Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 2015 (CD), March 2016 (digital)
Tracklist
1) Ovillo
2) Nadie Salva
3) Submundo
4) El orden de lo sublime
5) Despertando al diablo
6) Continuidad
7) La Maga 
8) Hablan
9) Pueblo
10) Viento del Azur
11) Los Dinosaurios
12) Señales
13) Huayra
14) Hold your fire
15) Extraño
16) Manual de ética imaginaria

Line-up
Leandro Kalén - Glockenspiel, melodica, keyboards, synths, acoustic piano, guitars, percussion, soundscapes, voices, bass
   With
Guido Rodríguez - Keyboards, piano, synths
Tomás Martini - Acoustic guitars
Renzo Baltuzzi - Electric guitars
Agustín de la Iglesia - Drums
Conce Soares - Percussion
José Balé - Percussion
Hermeto Pascoal - Vocals
Litto Nebbia - Electric piano, vocals
Darío Sztajnszrajber - Vocals
Dorita Chavez - Vocals
Miriam García - Caja, vocals
Roberto Catarineu - Vocals
Juan Manuel Bogado - Vocals
Fernando  Miguel Morillas - Vocals
Pote Pappers Tranki - Personajes, vocals
Martin Leonardo Coria - Vocals
Luis Aranosky - Locución
Gaby Colman - Vocals
Enzo Cuenca - Vocals, palms
Jorge Cumbo - Quenas
Oscar Kreimer - Tenor sax and clarinet
Pedro Menéndez - Bandoneon and soprano sax
Francois Tissot - Clarinet
Esther Tissot -Yoon - Flute
Alambre González - Electric Guitar
Marcelo Kitay - Electric Guitar
Mariano Cantarini - Electric Guitar
Maximo Rodriguez - Nylon guitar, glockenspiel
Michiel Bortslap - Piano
Juan Carlos Ingaramo - Rhodes piano
Alejandro Manzoni - Accordion
Gabriela Galle - Keyboards
Leo Villagra - 5-string bass
Pablo Salzman - 5-string bass
Rafa Franceschelli - Electric Bass
Eduardo Gomez Bidondo - 5-string bass, effects
Facundo Lerman - Tenor sax
Fabian Aguiar - Alt sax
Hernan Gustavo Bruno - Barítone sax
Mauro Mourelos - Trumpet
Irene Cadario - Violín
Sami Abadi - Violín
Patricio Villarejo - Cello
Paula Sonatore - Cello
Guido Martinez - Contrabass
Nehuen Gavlin - Harp
Juan Namuncurá - Trompl, kultrún, vocals
Rubén Carrasco - Erke, trompl, n’biké, vocals
Pedro Romao - Percussion
Leandro Savelon - Cajón, udu, accessories
Ariana Sacroisky - Pandeiro
Sebastian  Brigantini - Tabla, palms
Fabian Feld - Riq, shakers one shot y derbake, kanjira, palms
Jimmy Santos - Cuerda de candombe, palmas
Matias Madruga - Cuerda de candombe, palms
Agustin Larco - Djembé, accessories
Pablo Vacas - Djembé, accessories
Javier Perez - Djembé
Coro De Ninos
Fernando Lerman

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Ovrfwrd "Fantasy Absent Reason"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Formatdigital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 30, 2015 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Fantasy Absent Reason (16:44)
2. Brother Jack McDuff (5:06)
3. Dust Nova (9:49)
4. Utopia Planitia (8:12)
5. Creature Comforts (4:20)

Total Time 44:11

Line-up
Rikki Davenport: Drums, Percussion
Kyle Lund: Bass
Mark Ilaug: Guitars
Chris Malmgren: Piano, Hammond B3, Keyboards

Description/Reviews
The good news is that the best track is the title track that opens the album. It’s by far the longest track at almost 17 minutes. It reminds me a bit of old Porcupine Tree back when they were experimental. The features the best hooks and transitions on the record. The problem is I don’t think the rest of the album lives up to the opening epic.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Dust Nova (Live)

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Ahleuchatistas "Arrebato"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Math Rock, Avant Prog
LabelInternational Anthem
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Sundowning
  2. Rincon Pio Sound
  3. La Faena
  4. Power With
  5. Shelter In Place
  6. Erosion
Line-up
Ryan Oslance - drums
Shane Parish - guitar

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Trailer
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Delvoid "Serene"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Intro (3:38)
2. Cocoon (11:14)
3. Steambreather (4:20)
4. Transient (3:59)
5. Diffused (13:34)
6. Dissembler (5:27)
7. Tribe (3:16)
8. Carrier (7:34)
9. Serene (18:38)
10. Outro (4:25)

Total time 76:05

Line-up
Alexander Michael Delver - Lead vocal, organ, guitar.
Magnus Andersen - Bass, vocal, guitar
Espen th. Granseth - Drums, vibraphone, piano, perc, vocal.
Erik J. Halbakken - Lead guitar, vocal

Description/Reviews
“Serene” is a fairly accurate title for this monster album by Oslo’s “Delvoid.” While the band know exactly how to use serene moments, but don’t be fooled. The band use extended, quieter moments that still feel somewhat unsettling. It always feels like the calm before the storm. And the storm always comes, you just don’t know when. It’s that sort of tension that makes “Serene” an amazing, engaging listen!
 Read the full review by by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Tribe
Carrier

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We Stood Like Kings "USSR 1926"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental, Post Rock, Progressive Rock, Soundtrack
LabelKapitaen Platte
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Capital (7:42)
2. Downfall (4:00)
3. Siberian Taiga (6:25)
4. Are You A Master Too? (6:54)
5. Kremlin (6:40)
6. Immense Wealth (6:25)
7. Caravans (5:55)
8. Samoyedes (10:07)
9. The Black Sea (6:05)
10. . Icebreaker Lenin (5:45)
11. Volchovstroy (9:19)

Total Time 75:17

Line-up
Judith Hoorens : piano, synths
Steven Van Isterdael : electric guitar
Colin Delloye : electric bass
Mathieu Waterkeyn : drums

Description/Reviews
Their arrangements force you to completely immerse yourself within each measure. So much that I would compare this album to the glory days of Pink Floyd in that it can change dynamics in an instant without losing the listener. It begs to be enshrined, vacuum sealed, cherished, and studied for the remainder of time as we know it. So that all future generations may know what is possible when we as humans can “plug” our hearts in and make music. What has come about from We Stood Like Kings has embedded itself within me as what Post Rock was, is, should be, and is bound to become. All future instrumental music will be forever changed as a result. All genres as a whole should take note. I am astonished at their ability to make the piano play so many different roles without succumbing to redundancy. Foundation melody, lead hook, and background ambience. I hear a careful dichotomy of opposing melody and symbiotic harmony.
 Read the full review by Lance Turner at echoesanddust.com

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Panzerballett “Breaking Brain”


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Jazz-Rock/Metal, Fusion
LabelGentle Art Of Music
FormatCD, vinyl
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Euroblast (7:10)
2. Typewriter II (6:11)
3. Der Saxdiktator (8:41)
4. Mahna Mahna (2:37)
5. Smoochy Borg Funk (6:12)
6. FrantiK Nervesaw Massacre (7:42)
7. Shunyai/Intro (2:05)
8. Shunyai (8:26)
9. Pink Panther (6:20)

Total time 55:24

Line-up
Jan Zehrfeld - guitar
Josef Doblhofer - guitar
Alexander von Hagke - saxophone
Heiko Jung - bass
Sebastian Lanser - drums
     With:
Trilok Gurtu - percussion

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Elleven "Transfiction"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Neo-Prog
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Try [2307] (8:17)
2. Not The One [2910] (7:03)
3. Sakura Tree [2002] (7:08)
4. Blurry Road [0611] (8:10)
5. Anyway [2201] (6:12)
6. Reproduction [2809] (8:18)
7. Dust And Light [0307] (11:11)
8. Losing Tracks [2301] (4:54)

Total time 61:13

Line-up
Julia Graff - vocals, guitars
Carsten Hütter - guitars
Armin Riemer - keys
Herry Rubarth - drums
Roger Weitz - bass

Description/Reviews
Elleven was founded in 2001, when former "Chandelier" drummer Tom Jarzina wanted to make a new prog project together with former "Chandelier" member Stephan Scholz and Julia Graff. They wanted the music to sound more like pop music including retro and progressive instrumental parts. Now Elleven are back after 8 long years of waiting.

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Try [2307] (promo-edit)

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Subsignal "The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
LabelZYX/Golden Core Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. The Calm - 1:39
2. Tempest - 6:57
3. A Time Out of Joint - 6:37
4. And the Rain Will Wash it all Away - 7:25
5. Ashes of Summer - 6:18
6. A Myth Written on Water - 5:01
7. Everything is Lost - 8:36
8. The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime
   part I: Maelstrom - 5:04
   part II: The Path - 7:08
   part III: In This Blinding Light - 5:03
   part IV: A Canopy of Stars - 6:04
9. Swansong* (bonus track special edition) - 2:19

Line-up
Markus Steffen (Sieges Even) - guitars
Arno Menses (Sieges Even) - vocals
Ralf Schwager (Dreamscape) - bass
Luca di Gennaro (Soul Secret) - keyboards
Dirk Brand (Axxis, Geoff Downes & John Wetton) - drums
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Jana Urbanová - flute
Albert Clemente - piano
Peavy Wagner (Rage) - vocals
Kalle Wallner (RPWL, Blind Ego) - guitar solo (3)
Marek Arnold (Flaming Row, Seven steps to the green door)
Frank Rohles (Roxxbusters) - backing vocals

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The Kodiax "Pick Your Place"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 30, 2015 (digital)
Tracklist:
1. Take, Take, Take (1:50)
2. Write It Down (2:53)
3. Pick Your Place (3:40)
4. Fathers (3:06)
5. The Resurrected (4:13)
6. Fear Of Mirrors (3:51)
7. Feel The Fire (2:51)
8. Monsters (3:25)
9. Driven (4:04)
10. Bounty And Bliss (3:35)
11. Goodnight, Satellite (4:23)

Total Time 37:51

Line-up:
Kris Geiger - Vocals, Guitars
Micah Smith - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Ryan Hughes - Bass, Backing Vocals
Casey Tout - Drums

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Fathers

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Waken Eyes "Exodus"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelUlterium Records
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 30, 2015
Tracklist
1. Cognition
2. Aberration
3. Deafening Thoughts
4. Back To Life
5. Palisades
6. Cornerstone Away
7. Still Life
8. Arise
9. Across The Horizon
10. Exodus

Line-up
Henrik Båth [Darkwater] – Vocals
Mike Lepond [Symphony X] – Bass
Tom Frelek – Guitars, Keyboards, Orchestration
Marco Minnemann [The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani] - Drums

Description/Reviews
The theme of the album is about being fearless and every song has something to do about fearlessness. The theme came from the struggles of everyday life that everyone deals with. How people, emotions, media, governments can enforce fear upon you to make you think a certain way to more or less control you. It's an album for those who struggle to stand up for themselves and can't let their voice be heard.
Certain songs have lyrical ideas about war, media, falling in and out of love, spirituality and faith, good and evil. To sum it up, it is an album about hope. Sounding dark at times but with hope at the end of the tunnel. “Exodus” is a very impressive and diverse album that will surely appeal to fans of progressive metal, progrock and melodic metal. The album has a great mix of catchy melodies, challenging instrumental parts and epic cinematic movements that will surely capture the attention of the musical community. Everything comes together perfectly in the title track that ends the album with its 18 minutes long epic filled with melodies, progressive parts and a good dose of feeling.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Res Gesta "Odissea"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: October 2015
Tracklist
  1. Overture
  2. Guerra  
  3. Il giorno dopo
  4. Lotofagi
  5. Ciclope
  6. Circe
  7. Sirene
  8. Calipso
  9. Déjà vu
  10. Eolo
  11. Overture (Reprise) 
Line-up
Enea Vezzali - drums
Luigi Cerasuolo - bass
Cesare Cavalli - guitar
Simone Muzzi - keyboards
Roberto Bergamini - vocals
   With
Elizabetta Dell'Argine - backing vocals
Serena Pecoraro - backing vocals
Michela Pedrini - backing vocals
Andrea Cortesi - regia

Description/Reviews
The album is entitled Odissea and is a conceptual one, a sparkling rock opera with more than 73 minutes of good music and strong melodies... The beautiful, long opener "Overture" starts softly with an instrumental section for piano that could recall Goblin, then the rhythm takes off. In the night you're welcomed on board of a mysterious ship that is setting off on a journey across a raging sea, towards unknown lands where you will find war, ambiguities, unreality and ferocious ogres to deceive. You are troubled by your own fragility and you feel lost, you don't know what are you looking for... Who can save you?
 Read the full review by Andrea Parentin and listen to 2 tracks at italianprogmap.blogspot.it

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Circe
Calipso

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Zonda Projeckt "Viento De Toda La Vida"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Viajero Inmovil Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 2015
Tracklist
1. Viento De Toda La Vida (5:54)
2. Perfume (7:20)
3. Miedo Al Silencio + Improv.: Quintanilla 1 (11:35)
4. El Equilibrio (5:26)
5. El Llanto Secreto De La Luna (6:42)
6. Frame By Frame + Improv.: Quintanilla 2 (8:37)
7. Luz De Inocencia + Tubular Bells Intro (8:10)
8. La Naranja Violeta (7:02)
9. Scatterbrain (3:53)
10. Dynamo (5:05)
11. Lucy & Los Hijos De Marte (3:37)
12. Cicatriz (6:16)

Total time 79:37

Line-up
Mario Mátar - Ibañez electric guitar, Yamaha MIDI and Roland processor
Ernesto 'Erni' Vidal - Rickenbacker bass, 5 strings Yamaha bass & 6 strings JL bass and E-Bow
Eduardo 'Tuti' Vega - Yamaha electric drums & acoustic Gretsch drums and Roland Octapad
Gabriel Correa - Electric piano eléctrico, Korg & Yamaha keyboards
Leo Costa - Korg & Yamaha keyboards
Andres Marino - Korg keyboards

Description/Reviews
The content of this, the second album by Zonda Projeckt, is comprised of live-in-concert tracks recorded at different locations during the period 2003-2006; the musical intent of these cuts being aimed towards Jazz Rock and Fusion directions. While the vast majority of the compositions featured here are previously unreleased, a couple of them come from the band's previous effort. Also included are improvisational extracts of classic Progressive Rock songs.
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Stream
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Wolf And The Epitaph "A Patient Turmoil"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: October 28, 2015
Tracklist
1. Sajida Of Nablus (7:35)
2. Let The Waves Smash And The Lightning Crash (5:41)
3. Errah Motus (5:27)
4. At Lopus Varius (3:31)
5. Tomorrow Isn't Promised (10:06)
6. Obscurus And The Haylon Fyre (6:04)
7. Blue Eyes Fall On L'anopsis (6:08)
8. The Podamia Convergence (6:51)
9. Tytoneye O'Dae (11:06)

Total Time 62:29

Line-up
Andy Helgeton - Guitars
Joel Cain - Bass
Eric Helgeton - Drums
Evan Petkau - Drums

Description/Reviews
A guitar driven debut, that is fully original, with a progressive feel that draws on many styles from jazz to metal and is completely instrumental.
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Stream

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Mental Reflections "Thinking Out Aloud"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 28, 2015
Tracklist
1. Overture (3:40)
2. Anemnesis (6:34)
3. Jet Balance (6:10)
4. Witch (3:25)
5. Dark Minds (8:58)
6. On The Threshold Of Consciousness (7:38)
7. Delirium (7:03)

Total time 43:28


Line-up
Igor Karpov - drums
Sergey Yegorov - guitar
Dmitriy Sedov- keyboards
Kirill Semionov - bass

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Samples 
Apple music

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Asturias "Missing Piece Of My Life"


Country: Japan
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD
Release date: October 28, 2015
Tracklist
    1. Part 1 (23:52)
i. Beginnings (5:54)
ii. Departure (2:01)
iii. Sign (4:03)
iv. Journey (3:39)
v. Lost  (8:19)
    2. Part2 (26:32)
i. Alone (5:17)
ii. Rebirth (5:05)
iii. Wandering (2:21)
iv. Missing piece (8:51)
v. Resolution (4:59)

Line-up
Yoh Ohyama: acoustic guitar, spanish guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, glockenspiel, harp, percussions, synthesizer, programming
   With
Satoshi Hirata : electric guitar
Tei Sena : violin
Yoshihiro Kawagoe : piano
Kiyotaka Tanabe : drums
Tsutsui Kaori : clarinet, recorders
Ueno Yōko : voice
Nakajima Obawo : percussions
Hoshi E : cello

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Beginnings
Lost

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Resonance Association "Return From Dreaming"


Country: UK
Sub GenreExperimental, Electronica, Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 27, 2015
Tracklist
1. Signal Lost (4:41) 
2. Silver Falls (5:37) 
3. New Theories In Astronomy (5:23) 
4. Recursor (7:18) 
5. Space Race (6:49) 
6. An Exit To Stars (We Are) (17:56) 
7. Return From Dreaming (6:32) 

Total time 54:16
Line-up
Daniel Vincent - piano, guitars, drums, synths and programming
Dominic Hemy - guitars, theremin and electronics

Description/Reviews
Return From Dreaming finds the band in fine form, a return in many aspects: the clean production accentuates the fragility in tracks such as elegiac opener Signal Lost and the duo’s policy of endless improvisation serves as a counterpoint to the regimented grooves of Space Race and New Theories In Astronomy.
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Bandcamp  (name your price)

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Darkhorse "Odysseus"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 27, 2015
Tracklist
1. Ares (4:51)
2. Ashes (2:11)
3. Phoenix (3:00)
4. Helena (4:07)
5. Going Homme (3:17)
6. Icarus (2:07)
7. Perses (2:27)
8. Zeus (3:00)
9. Odysseus (6:32)
10. Aphrodite (5:00)

Total time 36:32

Line-up
Isaiah Mendoza

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Stream

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Time Horizon "Transitions"


Country: USA
Genre(s)AOR, Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 26, 2015 (digital), November 27, 2015 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Only One (6:56)
2. Only Through Faith (2:10)
3. Only Today (7:00)
4. Prisoner (8:54)
5. The Moment Is Here (4:44)
6. About Time (5:09)
7. You're All I Need (5:38)
8. River Of Sorrows (4:24)
9. Water Girl (4:25)
10. Love Is Here (7:26)

Total Time 56:46

Line-up
Ralph Otteson: Keyboards, vocals
Allen White: Electric and upright basses
Dave Miller: Lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
    With
David Wallimann: Lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars (3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Lang Bliss: Drums (3, 9, 10), Drums and Percussion (9)
Tony Kaye: Hammond B3 (4)
Billy Sherwood: Lead Guitar (5)
Jake Livgren: Vocals (10)
Bruce Gaetke: Drums (6), Drums and Vocals (1, 5, 7)
Jeff Garner: Guitar  (1, 5, 7)
Michael Mullen: Violin (10)
Dan Eidem: Drums (8)
Gary Gehman: Backing vocals (3)

Description/Reviews
An AOR hook laden background with progressive odd meter time signatures thrown in. Emphasis on balance between instrumentation, vocal melodies and catchy rhythmic song structures. Time Horizon has songs influenced from the epic bands of timeless classics, yet maintained an identifiably unique approach. Each song on an album has its own characteristic blend, but yet retains a cohesive flow in the music as a whole. 

Media/Samples 
Sampler
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Anthon Norwell Experiment "Esoteric Fall"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 26, 2015 (CD), November 2, 2015 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Entrance (2:32)
2. Heretic Nightmare (6:00)
3. After Life (4:58)
4. Amazonia Story (4:39)
5. Nostalgia (5:00)
6. Mountain Island (4:22)
7. Spanish Elevation (0:57)
8. Angels (3:40)
9. Escape (5:21)
10. My Heart (4:10)

Total time 41:39

Line-up
Anthon Norwell

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Heretic Nightmare
Angels

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Murky Red "No Pocus Without Hocus"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, AOR
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 26, 2015
Tracklist
  1. Pixelated Friends
  2. Stoned And Horny
  3. Sweet Dark Hypnosis
  4. She’s Crying Diamonds
  5. Nothing Can Go Wrong
  6. A Wooden Groove
  7. Collateral Damage
  8. Bad Wolf Of The Pack
  9. Wild Flower
  10. Mermaids
  11. Elena
Line-up
Stef Flaming: Vocals & Guitars
Patrick Dujardin: Guitars 
Luk Lantin: Bass Guitar 
René Marteaux: Drums 
Marie Vancamp: Percussion 
Yolanda Flaming: Keys   
    With
Colin Tench (7)


Media/Samples 
Teaser (from the track “Elena")

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A Matter Of Honor "Everyday Without A Purpose"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal  
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 2015
Tracklist
1. Everyday (1:21)
2. A Matter Of Freedom (3:29)
3. Dethroned (2:42)
4. Entwined (1:15)
5. Hold On (4:30)
6. Catch Fire (2:37)
7. Recovery (1:45)
8. In Redemption (4:26)
9. The Hunted (3:37)
10. Rise From The Ashes (4:27)
11. Methadone (4:00)
12. Cobalt Eyes (4:43)
13. Without A Purpose (7:00)
14. This Night Belongs To Us (4:12)

Total time 50:04

Line-up
Shandon King - Guitar
Kyle McLemore - Drums
Micha McGowan - Guitar
Piper Coverdill - Vocals
Michael Greenwell - Bass

Description/Reviews
Each song tells a story of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. From small scale situations, such as the torment and opinions of other people, to world changing conflicts like war and the brainwashing of a civilization. "Everyday Without A Purpose", is meant to open your mind to the realities of your surroundings and that everything you do everyday is without purpose compared to the infinite press of time. But you are not without a purpose and are deserving of freedom, respect, happiness and honor.

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Everyday
Rise From The Ashes
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Ronny Heimdal "Everything's Fine"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Formatdigital
Release date: October 2015
Tracklist
1. Everything’s Fine (5:43)
2. Dance Of Disbelief (5:27)
3. Austerity Shuffle (5:30)
4. Synkope-Helvete (5:03)
5. Waltz (4:33)
6. Aa Faen, No Blir Det Ballade (4:42)

Total time 30:58

Line-up
Ronny Heimdal : Guitar, Keyboards
Danny Handler : Drums
Ray Riendeau : Bass
Alex Argento : Synth solos (2, 3, 5)

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Everything's Fine

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Studio 107 "Hope/Sink"


Country: France
Genre(s) Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 24, 2015
Tracklist
1. Let The Light In (6:05)
2. Lost Highway (7:17)
3. The One Last Try (5:51)
4. Don't Forget Me (4:43)
5. Even If It Hurts (4:43)
6. Pilot Whales (4:07)
7. Wishing (9:16)
8. Like A Lie (6:57)

Total Time 48:59

Line-up
Kevin - Vocals, Guitars
Coco - Guitars
Yohann - Bass, Backing Vocals
Baptiste - Keyboards
Alan - Drums

Media/Samples 
Deezer
The One Last Try
Pilot Whales

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Disoomnia "Planetary Concern"


Country: Spain
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 2015 (CD), November 1, 2015 (digital)
Tracklist
1. The Hive (5:37)
2. Dead Sun (5:35)
3. Pronaos (6:25)
4. Red Sea (5:32)
5. Neptune (3:41)
6. Moebius's Eyes (3:53)
7. 2064 (4:52)
8. Deimos (4:37)

Total Time 40:12

Line-up
David - Voz
Mario - Bajo
Israel - Guitarra
Carlos - Guitarra
Juan Carlos - Bater

Media/Samples 
Red Sea

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Earthside "A Dream in Static"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateOctober 23, 2015
Tracklist
  1. The Closest I've Come
  2. Mob Mentality
  3. A Dream In Static
  4. Entering The Light
  5. Skyline
  6. Crater
  7. The Ungrounding
  8. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
Line-up
Jamie van Dyck - Guitars
Frank Sacramone - Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom - Drums
Ryan Griffin - Bass
    With
Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) - Vocals (2)
Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor) - Vocals (3)
Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer (4)
Björn Strid (Soilwork) - Vocals (6)
Eric Zirlinger (Face The King) - Vocals (8)
The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (2, 4)

Media/Samples 
The Closest I've Come
Mob Mentality
Crater

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Marchesi Scamorza "Hypnophonia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 23, 2015
Tracklist
1 - 1348 (4:58)
2 - Il cammino delle luci erranti (13:52)
3 - Campi di Marte (4:24)
4 - L'uomo col fiore in bocca (6:16)
5 - La via del sognatore (13:23)
    pt.1 la notte
    pt.2 il sogno
    pt.3 il risveglio

Total time - 42:54

Line-up
Enrico Bernardini - vocals
Lorenzo Romani - guitar, choirs, mandolin, keyboards
Enrico Cazzola - keyboards
Paolo Brini - bass guitar
Alessandro Padovani - drums

Media/Samples 
Trailer
1348

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Sky Architects "The Hollows"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Post Rock/Pop
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 19, 2015
Tracklist
1. Alleviate (4:38)
2. Birth Into Being (4:50)
3. Compass (4:17)
4. Flashback (6:41)
5. Remembrance (5:05)
6. Spiralling (5:16)
7. Into The Fray (5:13)
8. The Hollows (4:56)
9. Alleviate (Bonus track) (4:35)

Total time 45:31

Line-up
Stefan Fast - Vocals, Guitar
Benjamin Graneberg - Bass
Thomas Lassen - Guitar
Steffen Rasmussen - Drums
   With
Stine Drejer - Vocals (9)
Odd Shapes (6)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Asylum Pyre "Spirited Away"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelMassacre Records
FormatCD
Release dateOctober 23, 2015
Tracklist
1. Second Shadow (4:19)
2. The Silence Of Dreams (4:21)
3. Only Your Soul (3:53)
4. Unplug My Brain (3:58)
5. In Hayao's Arms (0:50)
6. Spirited Away (3:49)
7. The White Room (4:59)
8. Soulburst (7:48)
9. At My Door (4:12)
10. Shivers (4:12)
11. Instants In Time (4:24)
12. Remembering/Fly (3:17)

Total Time 50:02

Line-up
Chaos Heidi - Vocals
Johann Cadot - Guitars, Vocals
Armendar - Keyboards
Vincent Kreyder - Drums
    With:
Didier Chesneau - Guitars
Christophe Babin - Bass

Description/Reviews
The third studio album from French melodic metal act Asylum Pyre contains 13 tracks of diverse riffs, dual female clean vocals and male growls, and a sense of cyber/dance oriented grooves at times. Artists like Nightwish and Within Temptation come up, as well as the uniqueness of Pain of Salvation, on cuts like "Unplug My Brain", the straight forward gothic-oriented title cut, and 7:48 epic, soul-stirring ballad "Soulburst".
Guitarist Cadot Johann has killer chops that coupled with smart verse matching keeps Asylum Pyre very diverse and heavy enough to appeal to more than the conventional gothic contingency. Chaos Heidi as a singer comes from more of a theatrical background, she can unleash interesting screams but has solid capabilities in harmonizing and resonance that make "At My Door" and "Second Shadow" sultry, enchanting, and addictive. The keyboard tone throughout straddles the 80's synth/ video game revolution and happier nature that may be typical of the bigger bands of their sub-genre.
A marked improvement from 2012's "Fifty Years Later", the rhythm section gets a chance to shine even on "The Silence of Dreams" - you can really tell the band members have mutual respect and admiration for putting the arrangements and individual songs top of mind. Asylum Pyre may not be for everyone because of their left of center approach, but those willing to invest the time and energy into deeper headphone sessions with "Spirited Away" will come away very pleased. (Matt Coe at eternal-terror.com)
Media/Samples 
Only Your Soul

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Cotillion "Two Years"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental Progressive Metal 
Format: digital
Release date: October 23, 2015
Tracklist
1. Song 11: 57% Intro, 43% Outro (4:23)
2. Optimistic Things'll Get Worse (5:28)
3. Bodegacore (3:00)
4. MetalBassMan (4:28)
5. Sleep Is Not An Option (2:49)
6. This Song Is Dedicated Too (4:58)
7. Blast Processor (5:18)
8. Song 11: 2% Production Quality, 98% Bonus Track (bonus Track) (0:39)
9. Song 11: 43% Drum & Bass, 57% Diggidy Dehs & Squinily Dinilys (bonus Track) (0:51)

Total time 31:54

Line-up
Dima Reykhtman: Drums
Ben Schwartz: Guitar, Bass

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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