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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nathan "Nebulosa"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2016
Tracklist
1. La Notte Prima (1:17)
2. Diluvio (4:29)
3. Nebulosa (6:13)
4. Resto Qui (7:31)
5. Nel Profondo (1:19)
6. La Coltre Viola (2:57)
7. A Ferro E Fuoco (7:15)
8. Il Tempo Dei Miracoli (8:07)
9. L'attesa (6:03)
10. Il Fiume Sa (9:02)
11. Comandavo Il Vento (5:59)
12. Quando Volo (4:06)

Total time 64:18

Line-up
Piergiorgio Abba: Keyboards, Piano
Bruno Lugaro: Vocals, Bass
Fabio Sanfilippo: Drums
Daniele Ferro: Guitars
   With
Marco Milano: Piano
Monica Giovannini: Backing Vocals
Mauro Brunzu: Bass
Davide Rivera: Flute

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3er TIPO "El gran obnubilador y las infimidades"



Country: Chile
Genre(s): Avant Prog, Experimental
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2016
Tracklist
1. El Gran Obnubilador (6:12)
2. Largas Caminatas (1:26)
3. La Indiferencia (0:26)
4. La Techumbre Oxidada (2:56)
5. Miel (1:38)
6. Danza Del Extravio (1:49)
7. Mirador No1 (1:13)
8. La Perdida Del Punto Fijo (2:22)
9. Mirador No2 (0:25)
10. Neon Y Hambre (1:37)
11. Apatia (2:17)
12. Latidos (0:42)
13. Danza De Los Tecnocratas Y Sus Humanos Agazapados (2:05)
14. La Piel Decolorada Del Amor Del Metal (3:51)
15. La Distancia, Parte Dos (2:26)
16. Enredadera (3:29)
17. Roquerio (1:14)
18. La Distancia, Parte Uno (1:09)
19. Agosto (1:59)
20. Los Pasos Del Tiempo (1:18)
21. La Disgregacion (1:17)
22. Nectario (maniquies) (3:04)
23. La Nada (1:49)
24. El Gran Obnubilador Dos (1:22)
25. Oh Dulce Neon (0:51)
26. Uroboros Del Fango Infecto (0:17)
27. Vertigo (0:46)
28. Misterio De Los Amantes Enlazados (2:18)

Total time 52:18

Line-up
Vicente Moreno - all instruments

Description/Reviews
… so it is such a joy to witness how 3er TIPO evolves and grows, in diversity
and personality, in this record that amplifies all the prior achievements and
reaches highly dense moments of beauty. 3er TIPO’s exponential creativity
and experimentation led to creation of this mixture of styles and sounds, this
hard-to-clasify audacity. There in it’s extravagant sonic universe, Bossa Nova
fuses with KCrimsonian chords, rock with contemporary music, Noise flows
in metal vibes, dissonances appear in between oriental sections, and all of this
with an amazing versatility. A resonance box of intimate and deep
experimental sounds
Read the full review in Spanish at cabezademoog.blogspot.cl

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Orca "Universe"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Alternative, Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Amber
  2. Aquarium
  3. Ark
  4. Bomb Down
  5. Stitch
  6. Pyramid
  7. PKD
  8. Universe
  9. Overmotion
  10. Moon Ride
  11. Swimming Upstream
  12. Prism
Total Length: 50:52

Line-up
Matthew McGuinness - bass
David Vezzoli - guitar
Christian Edwards - vocals
Ben Murray-Smith - guitar
Kacper "Drum Kid" Stachowiak - drums

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Aquarium
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Daymoon "Cruz Quebrada"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD
Release date: March 2016
Tracklist
1. Cruz Quebrada (2:28)
2. Fish Dissected (5:45)
3. Where It Hurts Most (3:38)
4. Shipwreck (8:26)
5. Whalebone (8:07)
6. Over The Cliff (1:36)
7. Thyme (15:24)
8. The River (25:36)
         The Mummy (1:04)
         The Single-Most Expensive Kiss In History (3:59)
         Headlong (2:09)
         I Abraham (4:33)
         Ghost (1:49)
         Severance & Down Falls (4:53)
         Indian White (5:02)
         Onward (2:05)

Total time 71:00

Line-up
Fred Lessing:  Vocals, electric, acoustic & bass guitar, flute, baroque recorder, keyboards, percussion, angklung, African xylophone, blues harp, field recordings
André Marques: Acoustic & electronic drums, assorted percussion, keyboards, vocals, electric, acoustic & bass guitar,  field recordings
Bruno Evangelista: Vocals
Adriano Pereira: Clarinet
    With
 Paulo Chagas : Wind instruments
 Luca Calabrese : Trumpet
 Nuno Flores : Viola, violin
 Thomas Olsson : Electric guitar
 Rita Simões : Vocals
 Trevor Lever : Spoken word
 Simon Harris : Spoken word

Description/Review
 The first half of the album called ´Out´ deals with all the suffering, with the topic of cancer and death. Fred Lessing wrote it before and shortly after the death of his wife. ´Fish Dissected´ reveals echoes of KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT. In ´Where It Hurts Most´ the narrative structure alternates with clutching violin sounds. ´Shipwreck´ has a slight DIRE STRAITS-flair, ´Whalebone‘ is a dark songwriter-song.
The second half of the album (called ´In‘) leads Lessing back into his life, back into an entirely new life, without forgetting his old one. ´The River´ leads the protagonists back into the fast-moving time. With harmonica, increasingly emerging happiness in singing and Brian May-Memorial-Solo (´The Single-Most Expensive Kiss In History ´) life begins 2.0. The instrumental group played formidably on (`Headlong´), the mood caught up briefly again in their dark phase, although the flute slowly trying to lift the veil (´I Abraham´). Translucent as in ´Bonne Voyage´ it will not last, because the trumpets of hysteria hit promptly (`Ghost´). 
Read the full review at streetclip.tv

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Darkest Hour (excerpt from Thyme) 
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This is a charity project, all royalties go to a pan-European cancer association (Europacolon www.europacolon.pt, www.europacolon.com)

Karibow "Holophinium"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock 
Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD
Release date: March 2016
Tracklist
CD 1: The Fragments
1. Distant Movements
2. Holophinium
3. E.G.O.
4. Victims of Light
5. Some Will Fall
6. Connection Refused
7. River
8. Angel Scent
9. King
10. Quantum Leap

CD 2: Letter from the White Room
1. Moon
2. Walk on Water
3. Orbital Spirits
4. Eden
5. Lifelong
6. Part of the Century
7. Plutonian

Line-up
Oliver Ruesing
  With
Michael Sadler (SAGA)
Sean Timms (Unitopia, Southern Empire)
Karsten Stiers ( Errorhead)
Colin Tench (Corvus Stone)
Jörg Eschrig
Daniel Neustadt
Christopher Thomas
Markus Bergen

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Computer Mind ‎"The Aspie Project"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal Opera
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: March 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Diagnosis (2:57)
2. Childhood Pt. 1 (0:30)
3. Childhood Pt. 2 (4:36)
4. Coma (5:35)
5. Education (5:12)
6. Friendship Pt. 1 (0:24)
7. Friendship Pt. 2 (5:12)
8. Relationship Pt. 1 (0:31)
9. Relationship Pt. 2 (3:50)
10. Blind To Emotion (4:22)
11. Little Box (5:49)
12. Divorce (6:32)
13. A Gift Disguised As A Dilemma Pt. 1 (0:35)
14. A Gift Disguised As A Dilemma Pt. 2 (5:00)
15. A Gift Disguised As A Dilemma Pt. 3 (2:19)

Total Time 53:24

Line-up
Mike van den Heuvel - Bass
Edwin Kraft van Ermel - Lead Guitar
Koen van Amerongen - Keyboards
Berry Lakerveld - Rhythm Guitar
David Mulder - Drums
   With
Wilmer Waarbroek  (Ayreon, Exxiles)- Vocals as The Son
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Star One) - Vocals as The Father
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Vocals as The Mother
Marjan Welman (Autumn) - Vocals as The Girlfriend
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) - Vocals as The Doctor
Marcel Coenen - Guitar
Stijn Donders - Violin
Harry Donders - Contrabass
Julia Dinerstein - Alt Violin
Justyna Briefjes - Violin
Miriam Kirby - Cello
Epic Rock Choir

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Il Castello di Atlante "Arx Atlantis"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Aenima Recordings
Format: CD
Release date: March 2016
Tracklist
1 Non Ho Mai Imparato
2 Il Vecchio Giovane
3 Ghino e L'Abate di Clignì
4 Il Tempo del Grande Onore
5 Il Tesoro Ritrovato


Line-up
Aldo Bergamini: guitar, vocals
Andrea Bertino: violin
Davide Cristofoli: piano, keyboards, synths
Paolo Ferrarotti: vocals, keyboards, drums (5)
Dino Fiore: bass
Mattia Garimanno: drums
Massimo Di Lauro: violin (4)
   With
Tony Pagliuca (Le Orme): keyboards (3)


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Non Ho Mai Imparato

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Twenty Four Hours "Left To Live (A meditation on past and present perfect crimes)"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Musea
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2016 (digital), April 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Soccer Killer (4:21)
2. Sister Never Born (6:13)
3. That Old House (4:52)
4. Splash (4:30)
5. Magic (4:07)
6. Ground# -3 (4:23)
7. The Big Sleep (4:43)
8. Under My Pillow (5:32)
9. Minimell (The Gecko Against The Monster Wasp) (5:45)
10. Upkeep For Your Love (4:07)
11. Perfect Crime (5:31)
12. My Friend, I Want To Kill You! (6:25)

Total time 60:29

Line-up
Marco Lippe: drums, lead vocals (6), backing vocals
Paolo Lippe: piano and synths, lead and backing vocals
Antonio Paparelli: electric and acoustic guitars
Paolo Sorcinelli: bass guitar, classical guitar (3) and rythm guitar (6)
      With:
Elena Lippe: backing vocals
Giovanni Lombardi: jazz and solo fuzz guitar (7)
Andrea Valfrè: Hammond organ and synths (5), electric piano and synths (6), synths (1, 10)

Description/Reviews
The themes of Left-To-Live, which is announced by the band as a classic concept-album, are essentially social, but are faced with a dreamlike-paradoxical approach; the band in fact asks itself: "If all mankind had only 24 hours left to live, what memories would pass in his virtual mind before final passage?" The cover, a collage of powerful images, evocative of the great human tragedies, from the Inquisition to the great genocides, from the Crusades to the Jihad, from the extermination of the American Indians to the atomic bomb, from deforestation to cyber bullying, tells us just the "flash" that humanity would have before the final act. And there are not good memories or concessions to happy events, even in the texts of the most representative songs of this album, except for some references to love, and to an ethereal sister telling of his virtual family, as if they were the only lifeline, the only slender thread of hope, before the inevitable denouement.
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The Mercury Tree "Permutations"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Symptoms (6:59)
2. Exhume The Worst (4:56)
3. Permutations (10:42)
4. Ether/Ore (4:08)
5. Placeholder (4:32)
6. Unintelligible (5:06)
7. Sympathesizer (4:42)
8. Seek And Release (5:46)
9. Prometheist (9:00)
10. Deep Five (10:32)

Total time 66:23

Line-up
Ben Spees: guitar, keyboard, voice
Connor Reilly: drums
Oliver Campbell: bass, voice
Aaron Clark: space guitar
Tony Mowe: alto and baritone saxophone

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Fabio La Manna "EBE"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. EBE (9:49)
2. Closer (5:53)
3. In Love And Silence (4:29)
4. Elohim Song (6:13)
5. The Little People (3:50)
6. The Vanishing Of Enoch (7:15)
7. Starchild (8:44)
8. Luna2 (4:50)

Total Time 51:03

Line-up
Fabio La Manna - all instruments
   With
Andy Monge - drums
Silvia Gariglio - addictional piano (1)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Thrilos "Kingdom Of Dream"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Lynx Music
Format: CD
Release date: March 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kingdom Of Dream (17:49)
2. Short Jazzing Expression (3:12)
3. March Of A Dying Beauty (4:37)
4. Waves (7:49)
5. Source Of Confusion (7:22)
6. Strange Images (10:44)
7. Closed Within (6:06)

Total time 57:39

Line-up
Katarzyna Sroka - violin, viola
Barbara Głowoc - flute
Adam Berda - vocals, guitar
Stanisław Sroka - guitars
Dariusz Plachetka - keyboards
Marcin Tomaszewski - bass
Karol Papała - drums

Description/Reviews
The beginning of Thrilos was in autumn 1995. Three young musicians - S.Sroka, A.Berda and M.Tomaszewski created the band first named "Hands". In summer 1996 six compositions were composed, band won local rock festival and recorded demo "Waves". Music was send to polish art rock publisher. Recording was accepted. Publisher change the name of the band for "Thrilos" which is greek word "legend". Band had to make two more songs, and after that in autumn 1997 music was recorded in Radioaktywni Studio in Czestochowa. In the meantime band played concerts in Poland. When album was recorded, it was supposed to be published in 1998, but the publisher changed his mind, and it wasn't released until now.

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March Of A Dying Beauty


Ben Craven "Last Chance To Hear"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Last Chance To Hear Part 1 (4:23)
2. Critical Mass Part 1 (3:00)
3. Critical Mass Part 2 (3:25)
4. Spy In The Sky Part 2 (4:42)
5. Spy In The Sky Part 3 (8:23)
6. The Remarkable Man (5:00)
7. Spy In The Sky Part 1 (4:47)
8. Revenge Of Dr Komodo (2:35)
9. Last Chance To Hear Part 2 (6:41)
10. Mortal Remains (3:16)

Total Time 46:12

Line-up
Ben Craven - all instruments and vocals
    With
William Shatner - vocals (5)

Description/Review
The new ten-song release begins with the hard rock groove of "Last Chance To Hear, Part 1" as all the instrumentation comes together perfectly to lift things off. The grand appeal of "Critical Mass, Part 1 & 2" showcases Craven's knack for expanding beyond the boundaries of prog-rock as the song's full orchestration takes you on a sonic adventure. The eight-minute epic "Spy In The Sky, Part 3" is helped along by the great William Shatner on vocals. Ben Craven digs in with his seventies rock influences on the quick-paced "Revenge Of Dr. Komodo," before finishing with the gentle piano-ballad "Mortal Remains." (jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com.au)

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GEPH "GEPH"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Jazz Metal/Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: March 29, 2016
Tracklist
1.The Trouble With Doorways
2.Splinter
3.Yocto
4.I Am The Lamp That Stomps
5.Mawhktarr Da'ario [Live at The Record Company]
6.Planck
7.Manifest Destiny's Child

Line-up
Josh Goldberg - Chapman Stick
John Tyler Kent - Chapman Stick
Josh Merhar - Drums

Description/Reviews
GEPH is an instrumental progressive jazz metal trio riding the very cutting edge of contemporary music. With Josh and John Tyler Kent on Chapman Stick, and Josh Merhar on drums, the three of them sound as big as a five-piece, and work to expand the modern conceptions of arranging and composing in a heavy, intense and still succinctly musical format.
Read the full review by Martin Hutchinson at progradar.org

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Arnaud Bukwald "La Marmite Cosmique"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Chop Suey (2:15)
2. Dedicated To Hugh (3:10)
3. Mars Caravan (3:06)
4. Gran Torino (3:39)
5. Time And Space (2:10)
6. Fairy Tales (10:22)
7. Cirrus Sequence (9:26)
8. Teton Effrayant - Sauerkraut (16:57)

Total time 51:05

Line-up
Arnaud Bukwald

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Hoffmeister "Functional Disorder"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Creeping Process (7:14)
2. Synapse 1 (3:32)
3. Bad Blood (4:29)
4. Synapse 2 (3:04)
5. Point Of No Hope (5:59)
6. Functional Disorder (14:46)
7. Into A Deeper Shade (3:58)
8. Sanity Lost (3:40)
9. Synapse 3 (3:05)
10. Falling (5:27)

Total Time 55:14

Line-up
Markus Hoffmeister - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums

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Jimi Sobara "Infinite Soul"


Country: Bulgaria
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Blues
Format: digital
Release date: March 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Crystal Star (4:52)
2. Space Vibration (3:57)
3. Infinite Soul (4:22)
4. Rock Me Baby (4:10)
5. Fly Charline (3:51)
6. Gravity (4:19)
7. Queen Of The Galaxy (3:07)
8. Pure Dimension (3:58)
9. Magic (4:20)
10. Secret Atmosphere (3:48)

Total time 40:44

Line-up
Jimi Sobara

Description/Reviews
With a style that mixes elements of hard rock, prog rock, and trace elements of blues, the sound on instrumentalist Jimi Sobara’s 2016 album Infinite Soul captures a sound that is as complex as it is enjoyable to listen to.  It’s definitely a more aggressive sound than I initially expected: the title of the album originally had me thinking that it would have a slow, soulful vibe, but it proceeded to smack me in the face with a powerful guitar solo from the very beginning of its first track.
Read the full review by Adrian Bambace at  24ourmusic.net

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Guns of the Seneca "Citizens of the Universe"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Math Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: March 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Tell Them About The Frequencies (We've Found) (2:59)
2. Largo Parenchyma (6:48)
3. Heterochromatic (4:43)
4. Sensory Distortions (4:10)
5. Magnum Morte (3:03)
6. The Vanishing Of Isle De Jean Charles (6:10)
7. All Kinds Of Exhaustion (3:48)
8. Sparse (2:49)
9. Oneironaut (7:45)

Total Time 42:15

Line-up
David Plair - guitar, vocals, synth
Grant Olivier - bass, percussion
Britton Frost - drums, percussion

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Da Zai "Shogyoumujou"


Country: Brazil/Japan
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Yozo's Burden (4:46)
2. No Longer Human (4:58)
3. Domes (6:23)
4. Gion Monastery (3:54)
5. Elegy For Kyouko (11:45)
6. Yosomono (8:09)

Total time 39:55
Line-up
Andras Jucksch - bass, keys, drums, vocals
Tatsuro Murakami - guitars, backing vocals

Description/Reviews
Da Zai's Shogyoumujou is a confident, consistent album that is influenced by early 70s psychedelic rock but puts the emphasis on the rock without going into space rock grooves or using Indian tonalities.
Read the full review by Martin Burns at dprp.net

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Odd Logic "Penny For Your Thoughts"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Penny (1:12)
2. The First (5:24)
3. Life, Lore, & Love (6:43)
4. Secrets (5:09)
5. The Traveler (6:12)
6. Court Of Ancient Rulers (5:55)
7. Mr. Compromise (3:31)
8. The Island (8:05)
9. Lighthouses (5:57)
10. Agent Unknown (1:46)

Total Time 44:30

Line-up
Sean Thompson: All instruments and vocals
   With
Heather Thompson: Penny (Lab Director) (1, 5, 10)
Mike Lee: Guttural vocals (2, 3, 6)
Pete Hanson: Guttural vocals (2, 6, 8)
Camille Gomez: Female vocals (3)
Stephen Pierce: Frantic lab technician (4)
Rene Monjaras: Spanish speaker (3)

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Third Voice "A Day like Today"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Hard Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Break (4:15)
2. Chosen (6:01)
3. Blinded (4:57)
4. Seasons Of My Soul (8:01)
5. Moments Like These (3:50)
6. How Many Feet (6:02)
7. Day Like Today (5:58)
8. All That I Am (6:38)
9. Reflections (6:30)

Total time 52:12

Line-up
Jason Pirone: Guitar, Bass, Synth
Jeff Kearney: Vocals
Tony Rossi : Drums
Jeff Frankenstein: Bass

Description/Reviews
Generally, Third Voice plays a hybrid of melodic hard rock, infused with a metal edge and some progressive nuances. Most everything about this album is driven by multi-instrumentalist Jason Pirone who wrote all the lyrics and music, produced, recorded, and mixed the album, and played guitar, bass, and synths. I'm thinking the band should have been called The Jason Pirone Project. As for his arrangements, I would not call anything here overly technical. Pirone does not try to mesmerize you outrageous tempo and time signature changes. Rather, he truly attempts to build his music upon melodic and harmonic lines and, after that, build a cohesive song.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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The Syn "Trustworks"


Country:  UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Umbrello Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. What If? (0:44)
2. Trustworks (5:53)
3. Revolution Now (3:48)
4. This World Of Ours (5:07)
5. Something That I Said (5:10)
6. Never Too Late (4:07)
7. Lucifer Hesitating (5:23)
8. The Wheel (4:16)
9. Seventh Day Of Seven (14:50)

Total time 49:18

Line-up
Steve Nardelli - lead vocalist, guitar
    With Moon Safari:
Simon Åkesson - vocals, piano, organ, moog, mellotron, keys
Petter Sandström - vocals, acoustic guitar & harmonica
Pontus Åkesson - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Johan Westerlund - vocals, bass
Tobias Lundgren - vocals, drums & percussion
Sebastian Åkesson - vocals, keyboards, guitars

Description/Reviews
What i think the incarnations of The Syn excel at in my humble opinion is applying a rather nice sixties beat vibe to some of their songs and this can be found amidst the fabulous pace and rhythm of Revolution Now. The jangly Rickenbacker like sound certainly enhances the vibe and along with the now legendary Moon Safari harmonies creates a huge colourful aural picture. Great Organ sound too reminding me very much of the early Al Stewart albums. Continuing with this retro feel replete with glassy sounding guitar et al is This World Of Ours fully showcasing the Moon Safari’s adept harmonies once again. Moving along nicely to another very powerful message is Something That I Said putting a serious slant on the proceedings. A Bob Marley strength protest if ever i heard one without the Reggae overtones. A great homage to Yes going on here in no small part To Simon Arkesson’s retro keyboard sounds and Jon Anderson backing vocals.
Read the full review by at  theprogmeister.com

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Our Solar System "In Time"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock, Krautrock
Label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. In The Beginning Of Time (20:26)
2. At The Edge Of Time (23:13)

Total time 43:39

Line-up
Anders Naess - acoustic guitar
Anna Juhlin - percussion
Anna Myrsten - piano
David Svedmyr - bass
Hampus Lindblad - synthesizer, percussion
Johan Svedmyr - drums
Mattias Gustavsson (Dungen) - bass
Joel Öhlund - oud
Mikael Lennholm - electric guitar
Martin Fogelström - electric guitar
Karin Engquist - organ
Säde Huhta - clarinet
Maria Arnqvist - saxophone
Lisa Isaksson - flute
Johanna Hessel Siims - violin
Josefina Pukitis - percussion


Description/Reviews
There would seem to be something playful, and possibly deceptive, about the title of Stockholm prog psychedelic outfit Our Solar System’s second album, In Time. It’s a phrase that, whether in a musical or even an appropriately astrological sense, indicates confines and regular rotations, even the absence of the abnormal. Yet “abnormal” could be the axis around which all planets in the Our Solar System galaxy revolve. For an album that so effortlessly delivers trance states in sound, the effect of In Time on the listener is likely to be one of orbiting far beyond those confines and regular rotations, toward a delirious detachment from the ticking trap of time.
In Time is essentially the work of thirty hands, creating two side-length tracks and forty-four minutes of sonic energy that serves as a vehicle to reach peak experience, alternately arriving and departing from control and abandon. Our Solar System seem interested in building bridges between worlds, and not just the already quite connected worlds of jazz, progressive rock and psychedelia – labels that represent the previously mentioned confines and regular rotations to which In Time pays little heed.
B-side “At the Edge of Time" is the album’s cosmic co-conspirator, slightly longer, slightly odder, and slightly more seductive than the A-side "In the Beginning of Time", in part given the mantra-like vocals that provide calm contrast to the musical meteor shower that’s crashing around them. This is the sound of Our Solar System at their astrological apex – exploratory, transcendent and joyous.
Within the confines of time, it’s appropriate to refer to In Time as an interstellar jazz-rock album, and an extraordinary one at that. Despite it’s title, you may come to believe that the true home of “In Time” is a place outside time’s confines, floating in space, surrounded by infinite stars and sounds, projecting an indefinable sound that’s boundless and beautiful.( revoltoftheapes.com)

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The Arbitrary "Entropy"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. On The Brink (8:12)
2. Control Of The Tides (6:27)
3. As Colors Bleed Through (5:42)
4. Possibility's Enclosure (5:26)
5. Transient Nature (6:08)

Total time 31:55

Line-up
Jeffrey Fisher - Guitar, Bass
Adam Sauter - Drums & Percussion
CJ Bowie - Guitar

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Andromaca "Aves Spicere"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Label: Esuvia Records
Format: digital
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kommos (11:43)
2. _TEXNH (4:04)
3. Necromanteion (8:48)
4. Indra's Alarm (Per Diem) (10:31)
5. Busy Doing Nothing/Anamnesis (4:23)

Total time 39:29

Line-up
Corrado Mazzaglia - Drums
Giorgio Figà-Talamanca - Bass guitar, bouzouki
Leonardo Luberti - Guitar
Lorenzo Vitali - Guitar
Giangiacomo Gallo - Sequencer, sampler, maracas

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King Goat "Conduit"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Doom Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 25, 2016 (CD, digital), June 15, 2016 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Flight Of The Deviants (8:42)
2. Feral King (7:23)
3. Conduit (7:33)
4. Revenants (9:22)
5. Sanguine Path (8:50)

Total time 41:50

Line-up
Trim - Vocals
Petros Sklias - Lead Guitar:
Joe Parson - Rhythm Guitar
Reza G - Bass
Jon Wingrove - Drums

Description/Reviews
This band of Britons have crafted an album which successfully blends dark atmosphere, soaring vocals, ponderous builds, and an epic feel that compels a listener forward.
“The Flight of the Deviants” kicks Conduit off with a long intro and a bass-driven riff courtesy of the Blue Öyster Cult (+ Satan). Just when I’d written “Ghostcore” in the genre field on our promo sheet, however, vocalist Anthony “Trim” Trimming hit the chorus. Immediately differentiating King Goat‘s sound, Trim’s upper range and vocal tone is like a baritone version of Messiah Marcolin. I promptly wrote “Candlemasscore” in the genre field instead, and claimed the album to review. While King Goat obviously has differentiated themselves mightily from the Swedish kings of doom metal, the comparison is apt. Trim is a dominant force on Conduit, delivering a vocal performance that is dynamic and impressive. His approach is varied; growling, whispering, and raspy cleans define the different tracks. But while “Feral King” would stand alone because of a groovy intro, it wouldn’t be as good without the power of Trim’s performance. “Revenants” delivers awesome riffs, but it’s the deft touch with which Trim delivers the melodies—reminiscent of A Perfect Circle—that makes it stand out. Like so many of the best vocal performances, the melodies on Conduit are catchy, but never linear. Add in throat singing (whut!?) and Trim’s dexterous navigation of the band’s dynamic songwriting, and his performance is a vocal tour de force.

Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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David Fiuczynski "Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam!"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog, Jazz, Fusion
Label: RareNoise Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Loon-Y Tunes (6:16)
2. Dance Of The UiraPuru (4:28)
3. Flam (3:49)
4. Q&A Solitaire (2:05)
5. Oiseaux JDillique (2:40)
6. Gagaku Chord Candy (6:58)
7. Waldstimmen (4:22)
8. Uira Happy Jam (4:24)
9. Organ Wren (4:44)
10. Loon-Ly Solitaire (7:22)

Total time 47:08

Line-up
David Fiuczynski : guitars, keybards, percussion
Helen Sherrah-Davies : violin
Yazhi Guo : suona (Chinese oboe) and percussion
Utar Artun : microtonal keyboards, fender rhodes
Jake Sherman : microtonal keyboards, fender rhodes, piano
Justin Schornstein : electric bass
Alex ‘BisQuiT’ Bailey : drums and percussion
Rudresh Mahanthappa : alto sax (8, 9, 10)

Description/Reviews
Your sense of what is music gets assaulted starting with “Loon-Y Tunes,” which, amid all the birdcalls, sounds like Japanese-influenced jazz perfectly played except that it’s off pitch. Which, of course, is the point. It gets even wiggier with the guitar/microtonal keyboard patterns played on “Dance of the UiraPuru,” and the violin and suona afterwards take turns leading this strange brew. For the solemn “Gagaku Chord Candy,” Fuze and Guo play out the mystic harmony together amid a formal, sacred air appropriate for the classical Japanese Imperial music. J Dilla’s hat tip comes on “Flam,” with that flammed beat is turned on and off like someone playing with the switch. Set to the small interval notes, it’s like funk from outer space. All of these ideas and more are summed up on “Waldstimmen,” and then breaks down into micro-toned free jazz, as if free jazz wasn’t offbeat enough.

Read the full review by S. Victor Aaron at somethingelsereviews.com

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Autumnal Blossom "Spellbound"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Prog Folk, Classical
Label: QuiXote Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 24, 2016
Tracklist
1. Because I Could Not Stop For Death (5:40)
2. Memories Of A Child (4:48)
3. Eternally Not Yours (5:03)
4. Beguiling Masks (3:53)
5. Grey Masses (3:39)
6. My Blood (3:40)
7. Ravenous (6:40)
8. Secrets (4:01)
9. In These Rooms (5:27)
10. Paradise (8:31)

Total time 51:22

Line-up
Pia Darmstaedter - vocals, flute, piano, keyboards
Philipp Jaehne (Poor Genetic Material) - organ, synthesizers
Jochen Bauer – guitar
Frank Willi Schmidt - bass, singing saw
Christoph Czech - drums, percussion
Maria Karch – violin
Valeria Lo Giudice – cello
Mark Beers - double bass
Olaf Gramlich - english horn

Description/Reviews
The new album Spellbound deals with a complex web of topics like love, passion, pain, memory, eternity and the quest of finding oneself. The album’s lyrics form a fictitious journal of memories that have left their mark on life and come alive again. The listeners may recognize themselves in this journal and can join a journey through the human soul - in spite (or because?) of a chain of borderline experiences and a number of tragic elements with a decidedly optimistic message.
Spellbound is a mixture of biography, fiction and reality - never forgotten episodes, immortalized by memory, adding up to hope and the affirmation of life.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tales Of Murder And Dust "The Flow In Between"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s): Psyhedelic
Label: Fuzz Club
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: March 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Tidal Waves (9:12)
2. Black Reflections (4:16)
3. The Devil Is A Poet (4:10)
4. Mirror (5:22)
5. Sisters (4:54)
6. Distored Ways (9:24)
7. Endless Repetition (4:38)

Total time 41:56

Line-up
Christian Sinding Søndergaard
Kristoffer Vilsgaard
Simon Toftdahl Olesen
Jacob Korsgaard Jensen
Stine Kloster

Description/Reviews
What makes this album great is that it holds together as a piece. It’s an album, meant to be listened to in its entirety, in the track order selected by the band. It’s not a concept, beyond being a cohesive statement, but a fully intentional expression of where the band is at in 2015. It is a modern rock record, dutifully mixing together influences from everything that came before it, but not relying on nostalgia or kitsch, like so many other bands of their very broad soundscape do. How does one hash tag Tales? #psych-post-rock-drone-horrorfilm-ambient-shoegaze-noise-doom-folk-monastic-core…? I mean…Help!
The Flow In Between opens with “Tidal Wave” – an over 9 minute opus with a drone opening – there is so much going on here with nods to eastern music styles, monastic chanting, old-timey Appalachian music – it could be some kind of Bollywood horror film set in the old west – without the dancing and winking of course. Typical of Tales – the overall vocals (which are infinitely layered here) take a seat along the epic music accompanying it – sitting in a balance – yet one has to almost physically lean forward to hear what is going on. Sonically this is just what it says – a tidal wave of sound that builds and pulses, deadly and powerful.
Read the full review by Bobby McBride at soundofaarhus.com

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Morning Mode "short story."


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Opposition (7:52)
2. Temporal Order (6:48)
3. Foil (4:23)
4. Time & Place (7:27)
5. Motif (12:49)

Total time 39:19

Line-up
Andreas Marx - guitars
Oliver Kirsch - guitars
Daniel Philip Brenner - bass
David Marx - drums

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September Code "III"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock / Metal
Label: The Leaders Records
Format: CD
Release date: March 2016
Tracklist
01. Self Crisis
02. You May Leave Now
03. Skeptic
04. Cause Key
05. Action / Reaction
06. Fear No More
07. Where Lies The Truth
08. Pitch Is Theme
09. Blank
10. The Mode
11. Physital
12. Aftermath

Total time - 61:13

Line-up
Dimitris Koskinas - Vocals, Guitars
Sotiris Pomonis - Guitars
John Dimoulas - Drums, Backing Vocals
Teo Botinis - Bass
Renos Miliaris - Keyboards, Piano

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dave Hampson "16 Years"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 2016
Tracklist
1. Dead Man Walking (6:08)
2. Hell For You (4:17)
3. Carbon Monoxide Blues (5:57)
4. The Tangled Yellow Cross (5:47)
5. The Men Who Came Today (18:45)

Total Time 40:54

Line-up
Dave Hampson: Instruments and Vocals
Monsieur Idi: Drums

Description/Reviews
A crossover from the indie rock of the nineties such as Mansun and Muse and the 70's progressive sounds of Genesis and Pink Floyd. 
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Syndone "Eros & Thanatos"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Fading records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. Frammento (1:01)
2. Area 51 (3:07)
3. Terra Che Brucia (5:26)
4. Gli Spiriti Dei Campi (5:27)
5. Qinah (6:10)
6. Duro Come La Morte (5:54)
7. Alla Sinistra Del Mio Petto (3:08)
8. Fahra (3:19)
9. L'urlo Nelle Ossa (7:15)
10. Bambole Rmk (4:15)
11. Cielo Di Fuoco (7:38)

Total Time 52:40

Line-up
Nick Comoglio – all keyboards, pipe organ, orchestration
Riccardo Ruggeri – vocal, backing vocals, vocoder, 12 string acoustic guitar
Marta Caldara – vibraphone, piano [7], mellotron [3]
Gigi Rivetti – piano [6,8,9,11], hammond [3], moog [5], electric piano [1,5], clavinet [1]
Maurino Dellacqua – bass, taurus bass
Martino Malacrida – drums, percussions
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Steve Hackett (Genesis) - electric guitar [11]
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) - flute [9]
Tony De Gruttola: acoustic guitars
Pino Russo: classic guitar, oud
Puntorec String Orchestra
Conductor: Fabio Gurian

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Panzerpappa "Pestrottedans"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog
Label: AltrOck 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. Spadom (4:11) 
2. Pestrottedans (7:05) 
3. Barkus I Vinterland (6:04) 
4. Fundal (6:54) 
5. Tredje Malist (4:13) 
6. Landsbysladder 3 (8:26) 
7. Goda' Gomorrah (6:25) 

Total Time 43:18
Line-up
Steinar Børve: saxophones, Akai electric wind instrument, programming, keyboards
Trond Gjellum: drums, percussion, Korg Kaossilator, synth effects and programming
Anders K. Krabberød: bass guitars
Jarle Storløkken: guitars
Hans-Petter Alfredsen: keyboards
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Elaine DeFalco (Thinking Plague): accordion (3)
Nina Hagen Kaldhol: Moog guitar on "Fundal"
Nobody plays brass

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Red Bazar "Tales from The Bookcase"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelWhite Knight Records
Format: CD
Release date: March 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. In The Beginning (3:00)
2. Queen Of The Night Part 1. (6:54)
3. Calling Her On. (11:01)
4. City And The Stars (8:34)
5. Lights Of Home (12:24)
6. Sunset For A New World (7:59)
7. Almost Over (11:04)
8. Queen Of The Night Part 2 (12:17)

Total time 73:13
Line-up
Andy Wilson - Guitar
Paul Comerie - Drums
Mick Wilson - Bass
Gary Marsh - Keyboards
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) - Vocals

Description/Reviews
 Appropriately, given the origins of the band, the opening track of the album is an instrumental piece, In the Beginning serving as an introduction for the dramatic story of Queen of the Night, Part 1. Whilst it is not a single concept the main lyrical theme of the album is derived from books and novels, hence the title Tales from the Bookcase. Queen of the Night bookends the album, based on the tragic story of Eugenia in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger. This piece opens with a heavy rock theme pounded out by Andy Wilson’s guitar and Peter Jones’ remarkably powerful vocals. We are a long way from the pastoral, softer feel of Tiger Moth Tales’ Cocoon as Jones displays a voice that could easily front any respectable heavy rock band. However, he shows his versatility as he switches vocal tones between the softer narration into the demonic proclamations of the evil ringmaster of this sinister travelling circus. These changes in colour and tone in the piece are also deftly imagined in the equally adept ability of the band to change the direction and atmosphere in the music.
Read the full review by Leo Trimming at theprogressiveaspect.net

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Marco Ragni "Land of Blue Echoes"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateMarch 21, 2016 (Digital), April 3, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Between Moon and Earth (3:23)
2. Horizons (15:24)
3. Land of Blue Echoes (3:57)
4. Money Doesn't Think (5:42)
5. Canto D'Amore (4:34)
6. Deep Night (4:34)
7. Beltane (7:28)
8. Nucleus Parts 1-8 (22:46)
9. Queen of Blue Fires (6:40)

Total Time 74:28

Line-up
Marco Ragni: Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano Keyboards & Greek Bouzouki
   With:
Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd): Vocals
Peter Matuchniak: Lead Guitar
Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow): Bass
Jacopo Ghirardini (Stalag 17): Drums
Fernando Perdomo: Lead Guitar (4)
Colin Tench (Corvus Stone): Lead Guitar (1)
Vance Gloster (Gekko Project): Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Hamlet (Transport Aerian): Bass (9)

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