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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dawnless "Beyond The Shade"


Country: Switzerland 
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 31, 2016
Tracklist
1. Self-Destruction (5:01)
2. Life Maze (6:39)
3. Introspection (5:40)
4. Civilization (5:13)
5. Judge Not (4:21)
6. Good Ends Bad Means (5:29)
7. Blending In (4:30)
8. Letting Go (5:05)

Total time 41:58

Line-up
Bertrand Ecoffey - vocals, guitars
David Ecoffey - drums
Samuel Michaud - bass
Hervé Michaud - death vocals, guitars
Lionel May - backing vocals, keyboards

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Starchitect "Results"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal, Post Metal
Label: MØST Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Null (1:57)
2. Black Cirlcle (5:42)
3. Reuse (6:31)
4. Minaria (6:15)
5. Ltwo (4:00)
6. Tensions (1:59)
7. Wastewater (6:08)
8. Mila (7:50)
9. TTT (0:56)
10. Interlocutor (7:48)
11. Results (9:00)

Total time 58:06

Line-up
Dimitry Zalozny - guitar
Primus Man - drums, vocals
Stas Zelinsky - bass
Oleksandr Sikorskyi - guitar, vocals

Description/Reviews
...Starchitect have more in common with Converge and Textures than Yes or Pink Floyd.
... They play a very oft-kilter riff heavy sound that varies between whatever time signature they prefer. They also can be quite melodic when they wish. 
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Julien Martinoia "The Insight"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Leave You Now (7:34)
2. Never Go Back Home (6:18)
3. No Destination (6:48)
4. The Road (6:14)
5. My Victory (6:08)
6. It Can’t Be Enough (4:35)
7. Earthquake (5:56)
8. Warm Wind (6:33)
9. I’m Fading (6:49)
10. Already The End (5:02)

Total time 61:57

Line-up
Julien Martinoia

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Mysterika "SOS"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rock CD Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Yin Yang (2:11)
2. Esclavo De Noche (5:14)
3. Trozos De Papel (5:25)
4. Alzar El Vuelo (7:18)
5. Alas (5:02)
6. Gris Y Azul (GWI9525) (4:51)
7. Mil Almas Salvar (5:30)
8. SOS (6:38)
9. Pedirle Al Sol (Bonus Track Version 2012) (6:52)

Total Time 49:01

Line-up
Víctor Lopez - Vocals, Guitars
Jesus Leon - Bass
Carlos Rodriguez - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Patricio Ruiz - Drums

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Trozos De Papel

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Dream Theater "The Astonishing"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist

ACT I

1. Descent Of The NOMACS (1:11)
2. Dystopian Overture (4:51)
3. The Gift Of Music (4:00)
4. The Answer (1:53)
5. A Better Life (4:39)
6. Lord Nafaryus (3:28)
7. A Savior In The Square (4:14)
8. When Your Time Has Come (4:19)
9. Act Of Faythe (5:01)
10. Three Days (3:44)
11. The Hovering Sojourn (0:28)
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me (5:11)
13. A Life Left Behind (5:49)
14. Ravenskill (6:01)
15. Chosen (4:32)
16. A Tempting Offer (4:20)
17. Digital Discord (0:48)
18. The X Aspect (4:13)
19. A New Beginning (7:41)
20. The Road To Revolution (3:35)

Total Act I time 79:58

ACT II

1. 2285 Entr’acte (2:20)
2. Moment Of Betrayal (6:12)
3. Heaven’s Cove (4:20)
4. Begin Again (3:54)
5. The Path That Divides (5:10)
6. Machine Chatter (1:03)
7. The Walking Shadow (2:58)
8. My Last Farewell (3:44)
9. Losing Faythe (4:13)
10. Whispers On The Wind (1:37)
11. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices (3:39)
12. Our New World (4:12)
13. Power Down (1:25)
14. Astonishing (5:51)

Total Act II time 50:38

Line-up
James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Michael Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass
   With
Eric Rigler - bagpipes (1.18)
David Campbell - orchestral and choir arrangements
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra    

Description/Reviews
The Astonishing is a much more accessible album than Dream Theater has become known for the past decade or so. First of all, it consists of all very short and concise songs. Every song of the 34 songs is its own work, with a beginning and an end – with the notable exception of one track which flows into the next seamlessly. This also means that the music is much more constrained. For the people looking for long epics with extended sections of soloing and back and forth between instrumental dueling instruments, there is very little of that here. In my opinion, this allows the focus be on the story. ...
This is the most varied Dream Theater album released to date. Where else can you find an album that goes from ballad to theatrical prog metal tango, to melodic rock, with bag pipe sections, violin sections, 20s swing sections that go straight into blast beats, to soaring guitar solos, beautiful piano pieces and an orchestra that just embellishes the music to a level above all else.
Read the full review at dreamtheater.club

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The Gift of Music
Moment Of Betrayal 
Trailer

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Dog of Panic "...Of All Ambition"


Country: USA          
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Moosekick (4:36)
2. Break The Circle... (0:47)
3. Linear (10:03)
4. Crawl Before You... (1:02)
5. Running Free (8:09)
6. Learning To Overcome (4:30)
7. A Sharp New One (6:35)
8. Notice Me, Senpai! (1:42)

Total time 37:24

Line-up
Dan Rohde - Guitars, Vocals
Jesse Miller - Drums, Backing Vocals
Josie Lowder - Bass Guitar

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A Sharp New One
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Vaults of Zin "Kadath"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Experimental, Psychedelic, Zeuhl, Avant Prog
Format: digital, cassette
Release date: January 2016 (digital), March 21, 2016 (cassette)
Tracklist
1. Amduat (13:35)
2. Mons Atanua (7:01)
3. Anasazi (3:25)
4. Lankotan (4:03)
5. Moongate / Heart Girt With A Serpent (22:03)

Total time 50:07

Line-up
Rob Buttrum – drums

Greg Dixon – guitar, electric violin

Shane Hutchinson – bass, vocals

Stephen Lucas – synthesizer

Description/Reviews
Rather than a straight-forward assault, Kadath features the complex songwriting of a 70’s progressive rock band. The group rounds out this approach with heavy guitars, a prominent synth attack, and aggressive vocals. Some of the singing is in the so-called “cookie monster” style, which can be hit or miss with some listeners.  Nonetheless, two of the five tracks on Kadath are instrumental, and the vocals are not a major part of the other three.
Perhaps the band’s most apparent influence is late-70’s Magma. The fourth track, Lankotan, in particular, exhibits low-frequency angular rhythms and synth weirdness that would be at home on the latter group’s Udu Wudu release.

Read the full review at avantmusicnews.com

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Large Bodies "Shade"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Format: cassette, digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Tunnels (5:40)
2. Somatoform (6:12)
3. Hoodoo (9:08)
4. Shade (4:20)
5. Cascade Locks (8:22)
6. Mites (6:56)
7. Small Ships (8:43)

Total time 49:21

Line-up
Eric Prommersberger
Matt Priven
Zachary Walker

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Andy Jackson "73 Days At Sea"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label Esoteric Antenna
Format: CD
Release date: January  29, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Like You
  2. Ships Of Dreams
  3. Type 2 Error
  4. Ballooning
  5. Type 1 Error
  6. Lighthouse
  7. Legends Of Mysterious Apes
  8. The Gyre
  9. Drownings
  10. Black Sailed Unfamiliar
Line-up
Andy Jackson: all instruments and vocals
   With
David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator): saxophone (9)
Anne-Marie Helder (Panic Room): vocals (9)

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Sampler

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Wall Of Death "Loveland"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Label: Innovative Leisure
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 29, 2016 (digital), March 4, 2016 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Loveland (5:05)
2. For A Lover (3:12)
3. Mother Tongue (2:50)
4. How Many Kinds (3:41)
5. Blow The Cloud (7:55)
6. Dreamland (2:31)
7. All Mighty (4:00)
8. Little Joe (4:07)
9. Chainless Man (2:31)
10. Memory Pt. 1 & 2 (10:44)

Total time 46:36

Line-up
Adam Ghoubali - Drums
Brice Borredon - Keyboards, Vocals
Gabriel Matringe - Guitar, Vocals

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Loveland
For A Lover

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Regent "Illusions"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Somnambulists (7:23)
2. Escapism (7:38)
3. The Silver Moon (4:50)
4. Three Minutes To Midnight (4:48)
5. Horizons (5:21)

Total time 30:00

Line-up
Martin Collins - guitars
Jonathan Youdale - backing vocals, guitars and solo guitars
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Rihannah Amoah - lead vocals
Courtney Askew-Conti - backing vocals
Alanna Baguley - lead vocals and backing vocals
Corey Clough-Howard - bass guitar
Richard Gartland - drums and percussion
Chris Gregory - keyboards and vocals
Rob Rideout - lead and backing vocals
George Winsall - alto saxophone and tenor saxophone
Christopher Woodger - backing vocals

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Camelion "Yksniv Arts"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Concentrate (8:31)
2. Philantropia (9:32)
3. YY (5:59)
4. Overture (3:04)
5. Yksniv Arts (9:50)
6. Hedna (Part I) (6:30)
7. Hedna (Part II) (6:24)
8. Midgar (Part I) (3:41)
9. La Lettre (2:58)
10. Midgar (Part II) (6:19)

Total time 62:48

Line-up
Romain Mathevet : lead singer, guitar, keyboard, electronics, lyrics
Nicolas Devillers : guitar, singer, lyrics
Pablo Roquefort : guitar, keyboard, backing vocals
Yoann Hadjaz : drums, korg wavedrum, percussions, backing vocals
Paul Antonini : bass, keyboard, electronics, backing vocals

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Aaron Kreinbrook "Dragonfly"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 2016
Tracklist
1. Rise Up (3:59)
2. Boogie Blues (3:04)
3. Resolution (3:15)
4. Dry Your Tears (4:19)
5. Arrows Of Deceit (3:03)
6. Drop The Hammer (3:07)
7. On This Mountain (3:29)
8. A Time To Embrace (3:15)
9. Sweet Memory (2:49)
10. Extremity (3:25)

Total time 33:45

Line-up
Aaron Kreinbrook - all instruments

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Gentle Art of Cooking People "o"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label: Unquiet Records
Format: vinyl+CD, digital
Release date: January 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. King Tukan II (7:38)
2. Fly Like A Bird Die Like A Fly (10:30)
3. Dead Horse (7:38)
4. Flying Sharks Sleeping Tardigrades (8:49)

Total time 34:35

Line-up
Unknown

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Cold-Fusion "Cold-Fusion"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: January 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kaizen (Intro) (2:26)
2. Kaizen (2:54)
3. Free-Spirited (4:24)
4. I'm Still Here (4:48)
5. Four Minutes To Dawn (4:01)
6. Only A Few Things Of You (5:45)
7. Wrong Way (3:00)
8. Reflections (3:56)
9. War (6:13)
10. Around A Black Hole (3:11)
11. Alone (3:32)

Total time 44:10

Line-up
Javier Salinas - Guitars
Humberto Ghersi - Bass
Jose Diego Alhama - Drums

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Raza "Clockwork Symphony"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Phantasmagoria (4:01)
2. Hangover In Damascus (7:27)
3. Frost Prayer (9:51)
4. Asteroid Run (7:44)
5. Opus (10:11)
6. Exulansis (5:49)
7. Space Concierto (7:53)
8. Winter's Theme (4:12)
9. Schizoid Ducks (2:34)

Total time 59:42

Line-up
Raza Hussain Khawaja

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Krunkelstiltskin "The Legend of Sassafras (And Other Stories)"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Cosmic Joke (6:13)
2. Crystal Keys (3:40)
3. Anon (5:13)
4. Circles (4:22)
5. Into The Nightmare (1:02)
6. The Clown Inside/ Walls Are Tall (7:17)
7. Tommy (3:22)
8. Sassafras (3:40)
9. Bottle Of Beer (4:23)
10. Fluffy In England (1:59)

Total time 41:11

Line-up
Christopher Gorham - Vocals, Keys
Bion Diaz - Keys, Vocals
Richard Buonauguraio - Bass Guitar
Mike Thurber - Drums

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Vino "Voyage"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Miya Music (4:51)
2. New York (4:53)
3. Growing (3:41)
4. Spiral (4:48)
5. A Day (7:10)
6. Leon (3:33)
7. I'll Be Back (5:00)
8. Storm Of Mind (5:40)
9. Days Of The Turbulence (4:12)
10. Dream Catcher (4:34)
11. Life (5:43)

Total Time 54:05

Line-up
Jun Miyata - Guitars
Takahiro Koga - Bass
Ayano Itatsu - Keyboards
Takuma Kimura - Drums

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Will Geraldo "We Share The Same Moonlight"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Electronica, Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: digital
Release date: January 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Word Against Us (3:44)
2. That's Me In The Mirror (8:25)
3. Perchance (4:35)
4. Same Difference (4:48)
5. Quiet As A Mouse (7:10)
6. Sui Generis (4:36)
7. Remember September (5:15)
8. The Darkened Room (4:34)
9. The Writer (6:08)
10. The End Of The Word (1:33)

Total time 50:48

Line-up
Will Geraldo (Violent Attitude If Noticed, The Opposite Of Hate) - everything

Description/Reviews
Best known for being part of Violent Attitude If Noticed, The Opposite Of Hate and Death By Visitation Of God, Will Geraldo is now releasing his debut solo album 'We Share The Same Moonlight' which sums up a wide range of influences where Art Rock, Electronica, Trip Hop and Acid Jazz with an extra dose of experimentalism work really well together.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AJ Froman "Phoenix Syndrome"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Blues
Format: digital
Release date: January 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Intro. (0:38)
2. Phoenix Syndrome. (6:25)
3. Stranger's Nod. (10:04)
4. Vantage. (5:21)
5. Freedom Ticket. (8:04)
6. Birthday Moon. (4:19)
7. Guarda Nocturno I-IV (live). (13:36)
8. Outro. (2:26)

Total time 50:53

Line-up
Sarah Norwood - Vocals
Jeff Shaefer - Guitars, Keyboards
John Joyce - Bass guitar
Albert Bowman aka AJ Froman - Guitars
William Hart - Drums

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The Waking Sea "Cetacean"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. He Does Call (3:23)
2. Fifty-Two (5:48)
3. Driftwood (0:55)
4. Shoreline (8:06)
5. Look Back (3:27)
6. Abyss (5:39)
7. Tidings (8:35)

Total time 35:53

Line-up
Kelsey Harris : vocals
Charlie Mieczkowski : guitar
Jordan Rathbun : bass guitar
Luke Sweet : drums & percussion

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Lazuli "Nos âmes saoules"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD
Release dateJanuary 2016
Tracklist
1. Le Temps Est A La Rage (7:00)
2. Le Lierre (5:54)
3. Vita Est Circus (5:23)
4. (Fanfare Lente) (1:01)
5. Chaussures A Nos Pieds (5:55)
6. Le Mar Du Passe (4:17)
7. (Le Labour D’un Surin) (1:19)
8. Les Sutures (6:08)
9. Nos Ames Saoules (5:12)
10. (Un Oeil Jete Par La Fenetre) (2:04)

Total Time 44:13

Line-up
Claude Leonetti - léode
Gédéric Byar - guitar
Romain Thorel - keyboards, french horn
Vincent Barnavol - drums, marimba
Dominique Leonetti - vocals, guitar

Description/Reviews
 As usual the concise nature of the songs pays dividends and it sounds stunningly right through a decent set of speakers, the detail inherent in the music of Lazuli coming to life, the deep bass after a stripped back voice and piano start to Le temps est à la rage being a case in point. After setting the scene quite beautifully the band up the ante whilst keeping firm control of the tempo. The basis sounds like something that Fish himself might have come up with but the uniquely Lazuli details are what make it fly, an extended and sinuey solo from Gédéric Byar playing it out. 
Read the full review by Jez Rowden at theprogressiveaspect.net


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Dorian Wilde "The Endless Dream"


Country: Columbia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Shores Of Loneliness (2:57)
2. The Movie (7:23)
3. Old Rocks (4:20)
4. The Italian Spy (3:52)
5. Fantasy Landscape (3:49)
6. The Endless Dream (4:38)
7. Velvet Lights In The Rainy Morning (4:17)
8. A Nostalgic Winter Day (4:24)
9. Heroes (6:23)
10. Impressions Of December (4:03)
11. Secrets Of The Night (2:50)
12. Melancholy Man (3:34)

Total Time 52:30

Line-up
Dorian Wilde - all instruments

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Sebas Honing "The Big Shift"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: FREIA Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Big Shift (1:12)
2. Life, Pt. I (5:12)
3. Ditching Fear (4:09)
4. Mercury Retorgrade (4:03)
5. Omg (3:33)
6. All You Are (4:05)
7. Freedom (4:06)
8. Mild Smile (4:46)
9. Hometown (4:19)
10. Full 180 (3:03)
11. Flickering Heart (5:21)
12. Homeless (4:17)
13. Falling Down (3:07)
14. Life, Pt. II (4:51)
15. Lost (5:47)

Total time 61:51

Line-up
Sebas Honing: instruments and vocals
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Petra Honing  vocals
Christiaan Bruin (Chris, Sky Architect, The Black Codex): drums

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Psicolorama "The Future Vol. 1 & 2"



Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Ambient
Formatdigital
Release date: January 24, 2016
Tracklist
Vol.1
1. Rio (18:48)
2. This Is The Future (20:56)
3. Migratory Rotation (4:35)

Total time 44:19

Vol.2
1. Hombre Caos (4:37)
2. Himalaya (14:01)
3. Caminos Abiertos (5:40)
4. ADN (3:32)
5. At The Limits (4:22)
6. Music For Open Stones (10:56)

Total time 43:08 


Line-up
Manuel Casado - everything

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mantra Vega "The Illusion’s Reckoning"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Black Sand Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 23, 2016 (digital), January 25, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Every Corner (2:26)
2. Island (5:53)
3. Veil Of Ghosts (6:48)
4. Lake Sunday (6:10)
5. Mountain Spring (6:09)
6. In A Dream (5:21)
7. Learning To Be Light (5:03)
8. I've Seen Your Star (6:00)
9. Island (reprise) (1:42)
10. The Illusion's Reckoning (9:54)
11. Mountain Spring (acoustic) (bonus Track) (6:02)

Total time 61:28
Line-up
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) - vocals, percussion, low whistles, acoustic guitar
Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact) - vocals, keys & Sound design; acoustic guitar
Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters/Steven Wilson) - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Chris Johnson (Halo Blind/Mostly Autumn) - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Stu Fletcher (Heather Findlay Band) - bass
Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn/HFB) - drums
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Troy Donockley (Nightwish) - vocals & lead guitars
Irene Jansen (Ayreon/Star One) - vocals
Angela Gordon (Mostly Autumn/Odin Dragonfly) - vocals & recorders
Remko de Landmeter - bansuri
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Star One) - lead guitar
Matt Dorsey - mandolin, acoustic guitar
Brett Kaldas-Lima - additional sound design, keyboards

Description/Reviews
The Illusion's Reckoning is a concept album which flows more like a film score than a more typically linear piece. The album's journey is painted with far reaching audio moodscapes, which in their diversity, purposely echo thoughtful lyrical themes. The album is delivered in a predominantly crossover-progressive rock package, but at times takes on a hard rock, contemporary, retro, and even acoustic, folksy twist…
Also read the review by Michael Foley at metaltalk.net

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Island

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The Spacelords "The Liquid Sun"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records ‎ (vinyl), Spacetemple Records ‎ (CD)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Liquid Sun (13:00)
2. Spaceship Breakdown (9:38)
3. Black Hole (21:10)

Total time 43:48

Line-up
Marcus Schnitzler: Drums
Hazi Wettstein: Guitars
Akee Kazmaier:  Bass
Didi Holzner:  Keyboards

Description/Reviews
First up is the title track, 'Liquid Sun', which jumps straight in with some spacey effects over the easy flow of the guitar, bass and drums, conjuring up visions of some desolate planet at the furthest reaches of the cosmos. As the track progresses the guitar becomes more urgent, driving things forward. A nice mid-tempo space track. Next up is 'Spaceship Breakdown' which begins with a throat being cleared and some acoustic guitar before the keyboards and guitar proper join in. In the background are some dense but lush washes of synth giving the track a kosmische feel. Things get heavier as the track goes on, the riffs become almost Sabbath like and the synths add a nice organ feel to it and throughout the drums are rock solid. By the end it has become a space/acid jam. The album's magnum opus is the last track, 'Black Hole' at just over 21 minutes in length. It starts in a laid back manner with just synth and guitar playing a relatively simple melody. After the bass and drums join proceedings it becomes heavier with some nice delay on the guitar. It is an engrossing track and the 21 minutes fly by in the company of spacey effects and synth lines... space rock at its best.
Read the full review at  dayzofpurpleandorange.blogspot.com

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Handwrist "Sullen Days"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s)Fusion
Formatdigital
Release date: January 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Sullen Daze (7:04)
2. Nematode's Sleep (6:06)
3. Orbifolds (5:31)
4. Different Me (5:22)
5. Euphoria Mourning (5:31)
6. Trebula (6:37)
7. Sysyphus (7:02)
8. Self Exile (6:05)
9. By The River (10:29)

Total time 59:47

Line-up
Rui Botelho Rodrigues - everything

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Earthkind "Goodbye Waves"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal / Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Goodbye Waves (8:59)
2. Humble Origins (12:34)
3. Separation (5:46)
4. Nine Hundred Miles Out (11:48)
5. The Atlantic Dome (12:23)
6. Past And Present (1:47)
7. The Systematic Awakening (30:29)
8. Gravestones (1:13)
9. Forgotten (11:53)
10. Two Trails (9:52)

Total Time 106:44

Line-up
Tony Parsons - all instruments

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Kovlo "Timelapse"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label: Fluttery Records (CD, digital)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Walesa (5:59)
2. Opec Raid (12:41)
3. The Dakota Killing (8:19)
4. Suez (8:03)
5. Lake Nyos (12:44)

Total time 47:46

Line-up
Mario Bisignani - Guitar
Stefano Chiassai - Guitar
Giona Mattei - Bass
Rawirak Pellegrini - Keyboards
Fabio Giangrande - Drums

Description/Reviews
“Timelapse” is a personal and original synthesis of many post-rock, instrumental and experimental rock sounds of music history. KOVLO’s music moves between romance and anger, hope and despair, creating a melancholic and anxious soundtrack for the contemporary, the past and the future world crisis.
“Timelapse” evokes time, time that passes and can’t be stopped, time that can be recreated with music. Each song title recalls an event that occurred during the birthday of each band member: “Walesa” Lech Walesa who becomes president of Poland (1990), “Opec raid” Carlos the Jackal who attacks the Opec meeting (1975), “The Dakota killing” the end of John Lennon (1980), “Suez” the reopening of the channel (1975), “Lake Nyos” the volcano that kills thousands of people (1986). Every song is a movement of time, a flow that gives the chance to the listener to explore feelings, emotions, images and ideas from the present, the future and the past.
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Maieutica "R.E.S."


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock / Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Sahara, Pt. 3 (5:22)
2. Sidawa (2:50)
3. Sesamo (5:22)
4. Sahara, Pt. 2 (3:16)
5. Spezie (5:38)
6. Anche Per Quando Non Ci Cercheremo Piu (4:56)
7. Estasi Ed Orrore (5:56)
8. Primo Contatto (6:28)
9. Sahara, Pt. 1 (3:54)
10. Maelstrom (5:12)

Total time 48:54

Line-up
Thomas Sturaro: vocals
Matteo Brigo: guitars
Riccardo Zago: guitars
Luca Serasin: bass
Mirco Zilio: drums

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Sesamo

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Ulver "ATGCLVLSSCAP"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Electronica,  Krautrock, Progressive Rock
Label: House Of Mythology
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
  1.     England’s Hidden
  2.     Glammer Hammer
  3.     Moody Stix
  4.     Cromagnosis
  5.     The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible
  6.     Om Hanumate Namah
  7.     Desert/Dawn
  8.     D-Day Drone
  9.     Gold Beach
  10.     Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)
  11.     Ecclesiastes (A Vernal Catnap)
  12.     Solaris
Line-up
Kristoffer Rygg
Jørn H. Sværen
Tore Ylwizaker
Daniel O'Sullivan

Description/Reviews
As always in the world of Ulver, influences are disparate and diverse, yet as Rygg notes, “It’s quite tributary in a way, there are clear nods to sounds from the past.” Many of these dwell in progressive, electronic and krautrock realms, heralding a lifelong love within the band for the music of the 70s – the fiery mantras of ‘Om Hanumate Namah’ and the motorik drive of ‘Cromagnosis’ draw an astral trajectory between the propulsion of Kraftwerk/Neu! and the ritualistic intensity of prime Amon Düül II, whilst the spirits of both Klaus Schulze and John Carpenter are audible in the electronic soundscapes of ‘Desert/Dawn’, not to mention the Bernard Herrmann touch in the closing ‘Solaris’. Even when the band revisits an earlier gem from 2000’s Perdition City album, as on ‘Nowhere (Sweet Sixteen)’, its reinvigorated by their expansive and emotionally charged approach. (Jimmy Martin)

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Cromagnosis (Excerpt)
Moody Stix (Excerpt) 
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Borknagar "Winter Thrice"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Black Metal
Label: Century Media
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Rhymes Of The Mountain (6:41)
2. Winter Thrice (6:13)
3. Cold Runs The River (5:51)
4. Panorama (5:51)
5. When Chaos Calls (7:02)
6. Erodent (6:56)
7. Noctilucent (3:54)
8. Terminus (7:06)

Total time 49:34

Line-up
Øystein G. Brun - Clean Vocals and Electric Guitars
Vintersorg - Grim Vocals, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Jens F. Ryland - Lead Guitars
ICS Vortex - Bass, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Lars A. Nedland - Keys, Clean Vocals and Choirs
Baard Kolstad - Drums

Description/Reviews
Borknagar do what they do best, epic progressive metal laced with black metal. “When Chaos Calls” has all of that, blast beats, massive chords and a dual harsh and clean vocal. One of the reasons Borknagar is so great is that they understand the importance of melody, in addition to the overall heaviness. 
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Amoth "Revenge"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 22, 2016 (Finland), February 19, 2016 (worldwide)
Tracklist
1. Die Young (2:51)
2. ...And So They Fueled These Veins With Chaos (4:40)
3. Shadow Of The Beast (6:31)
4. Tattered Wings (5:53)
5. For The Moon (2:01)
6. 'Till The End (3:52)
7. Road To Ruins (6:21)
8. Children Of The Night (5:04)
9. Revenge (7:34)

Total time 44:47

Line-up
Anne Latva-Somppi - Bass
Tomi Ihanamäki - Guitars
Tomi Kurtti - Vocals
Oskari Viljanen - Drums

Description/Reviews
Revenge is one of those records that sees a combination of disparate feeling influences coming together to create a album that is at once cohesive but also diverse enough to stay interesting. Beyond that though - Revenge has a fascinating execution - some moments truly shining and others falling flat. It creates an interesting listening experience and one that shows us what the band has been building towards. While yes - these guys are relatively new you can till hear oodles of potential here - it's just a matter of cracking through.

Read the full review by  Matt Bacon at twoguysmetalreviews.com

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Shadow of the Beast
Tattered Wings

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Jeavestone "Human Games"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelPresence Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 22, 2016 (CD, digital)
Tracklist
1.Another
2.Repiphany
3.Human Games
4.Aurora Borealis Man
5.Dinner At Eight
6.Mean Words
7.Monkeys Of Tycoon
8.Nuclear Superstar
9.The Leap Of Faith

Line-up
Jim Goldworth - vocals, guitar
Mickey Maniac - guitar, bg vocals
Tommy Glorioso - bass
Angelina Galactique - flute, keys, bg vocals
Kingo - drums

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Aurora Borealis Man
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Latitudes "Old Sunlight"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Format: digital, vinyl , CD
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Ordalian
  2. Body Within A Body
  3. Amnio
  4. Gyre
  5. In Rushes Bound
  6. Altarpieces
  7. Quandary
Line-up
Adam Crowley
Tim Blyth
Jon Lyon
Mike Davies
Adam Symonds

Description/Reviews
Influenced by such varied Artists as NEUROSIS, RUSH, KING CRIMSON, BLUT AUS NORD, IMMOLATION, CONVERGE or MASTODON, the incredible UK-based band LATITUDES proudly deliver, with "Old Sunlight", their deepest, most expansive and forward-thinking work to date.
Looking inward for inspiration, these talented musicians present a powerfully unique record: riff-heavy and devastating, restless and condensed, melodic and atmospheric, imbued with unrelenting forward motion.
"Old Sunlight" is an exciting, fascinating and relentless piece of semi- instrumental Cinematic Metal in its more noble expression, cleverly technical and complex without being over-worked - a captivating structure of monstrously heavy riffs and haunting mellifluous vocals surrounded by an impressive maze of curving and twisting melodies.
LATITUDES, with this fantastic third album, have created a sterling work of genre-spanning contemporary Metal. Anyone who enjoys pure musicality and progressive musicianship in tandem with the atmospheric and filmic aspects of instrumental metal should give this careful listening
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OSV "Time Zone"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal, Fusion
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. Hour At Hand (6:20)
2. Code Red (3:34)
3. Moment Of Silence (5:17)
4. Great Divide (6:45)
5. Time Zone (5:14)
6. No Other (4:46)
7. Merciful Fate (6:58)
8. The Innocent (7:01)
9. Again And Again (6:50)
10. Lapse Of Judgement (5:23)
11. Repercussions (3:08)
12. Strangeland (3:46)
13. Questions Unanswered (4:41)
14. Home At Last (4:48)

Total time 74:31

Line-up
Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) - Guitar
Mathieu Fiset - Keys
Steve Sexton - Bass
Gary Oppert - Drums
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Jonas Tamas - Guitar
Lee Luland (Prospekt) - Guitar

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Tortoise "The Catastrophist"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Electronica, Post Rock, Experimental
Label: Thrill Jockey Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Catastrophist (3:52)
2. Ox Duke (4:49)
3. Rock On (3:13)
4. Gopher Island (1:13)
5. Shake Hands With Danger (4:10)
6. The Clearing Fills (4:22)
7. Gesceap (7:37)
8. Hot Coffee (3:53)
9. Yonder Blue (3:18)
10. Tesseract (3:54)
11. At Odds With Logic (3:15)
12. The Mystery Won't Reveal Itself (To You) [Bonus Track] (4:01)

Total time 47:37
Line-up
Dan Bitney
John Herndon
Doug McCombs
John McEntire
Jeff Parker
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Todd Rittmann: vocals (3)
Georgia Hubley: vocals (9)

Description/Reviews
While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.
This fact remains true on The Catastrophist, Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years. It’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like “Shake Hands With Danger,” a downright strange cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio smash, “Rock On,” sung by U.S. Maple/Dead Rider’s Todd Rittmann, and the bittersweet, honest-to-goodness soul ballad “Yonder Blue,” sung by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley. Throughout, the songs transcend expectations as often as they delight the eardrums.
The album’s debut single “Gesceap” embodies the transformation of the original suite commissions, as it morphs from two gently intersecting synth lines into a pounding, frenzied full-band finish.
As ever, Tortoise has conjured sounds on The Catastrophist that aren’t being purveyed anywhere else in music today. There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group members that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. And at a time when our brains are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, The Catastrophist reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.

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Chronos Zero "Hollowlands - The Tears Path: Chapter One"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Scarlet Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Compression Of Time (5:51)
2. Fracture (7:06)
3. Shattered (5:52)
4. On The Tears Path (5:03)
5. Who Are You? (A Shape Of Nothingness) (1:10)
6. Who Am I? (Overcame By Blackwater Rain) (6:04)
7. Ruins Of The Memories Of Fear (5:15)
8. Phalanx Of Madness (5:52)
9. Oblivion Pt. 1 - The Underworld (7:36)
10. Oblivion Pt. 2 - The Trial Of Maat (5:42)
11. Oblivion Pt. 3 - The Harp (5:08)
12. The Fall Of The Balance (1:34)
13. Near The Nightmare (4:44)
14. From Chaos To Chaos (2:35)

Total time 69:32

Line-up
Enrico Zavatta - Guitars, Piano and Keyboards
Federico Dapporto - Bass
Edoardo Velli - Drums & Percussion
Margherita Leardini - Vocals
Manuel Guerrieri - Scream vocals
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Jan Manenti (Love.Might.Kill)  - Vocals
Giuseppe Rinaldi - Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Wel well well, what do you get if you cross Symphony X, Amaranthe and Rhapsody? The answer would be something close to the sound of Chronos Zero who hail from Italy and boast a progressive metal sound, a futuristic concept album dealing with science fiction and fact and three vocalists; two male, one female all of whom weave complex vocal melodies together. The band have added the growling vocals of Manuel and the soaring classically trained pipes of Margherita since their debut meaning that the Russell Allen-like throat of Jan Manenti (from Love.Might.Kill) now has two perfect foils to tell the complex story. Luckily he is also aided by the virtuosity of the band who rely on the tried and tested method of having the single guitarist playing with insane skill, a rhythm section that changes the time signature and pace at will fluidly adding twists and turns to the songs and a whole load of keyboards from a dedicated keyboardist as well as the from the guitarist, this means the whole thing is cinematic in scope and like I said the Symphony X looms large but not enough to overpower what the band are trying to do, they have enough individuality to separate them from the pack. As I said the album is a concept and as I haven't read the booklet, or heard the debut album, I can't really tell what it's about but it seems to be set in a futuristic world which means that the prog/power of the band is perfect fit, the album weighs in at 14 songs an none of these are short full of instrumental sections, solos as well as barrages of riffage, especially Shattered which tries to throw in as many as possible with three time changes in the song, so if you are not a fan of prog metal it may be a slog but for those that like their metal clever, vivid, huge in scope and full of technical musicianship then Hollowlands - The Tears Path: Chapter One (to give it it's full title) will be sitting somewhere near the top of your must buy list! Expressive, symphonic metal from this Italian metal mob. (musipediaofmetal.blogspot.it)
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