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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Mighty Handful "Still Sitting In Danny’s Car 3: Rubicon"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 2016
Tracklist
1. Rubicon (4:04)
2. Timeo Danaos Et Dona Ferentes (2:32)
3. Whatever Happened To Mary Jane? (4:08)
4. Gwen In Stasis (5:20)
5. Madame Geneva (5:24)
6. We Had The Rock / Lost Boys (5:42)
7. Albion (4:51)

Total Time 32:01

Line-up
Mighty Matt: Lead vocals/guitar
Mighty Ralph: Keyboards/backing vocals
Mighty Tom: Bass/backing vocals
Mighty Gary: Drums/backing vocals
Mighty Chris: Lead guitar/backing vocals

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Naxatras "II"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Oort Cloud (1:45)
2. Proxima Centauri (7:51)
3. Sisters Of The Sun (4:51)
4. The Great Attractor (6:17)
5. Garden Of The Senses (10:49)
6. Evening Star (5:30)

Total time 37:03

Line-up
John Delias - Guitar
Kostas Harizanis - Drums
John Vagenas - Bass & Vocals

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Semmelweis Reflex "Remnants"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Subject 028 (4:36)
2. Don't Fear (3:28)
3. Trool (5:25)
4. Remnants (1:18)
5. Rust (10:07)
6. Place For All (6:14)
7. The Ever Watchful Eyes (2:25)
8. Symmetrica... The Dream That Never Was (7:22)

Total time 40:55

Line-up
Marc Estman - Drums
Raúl Vicente - Bass
Angel Krotnev - Guitar
Leon Olas Rosén - Piano & Keyboards
Tobias Bellaagh Johansson - Vocals

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Fallajuah "Dreamless"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Atmospheric Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Face Of Death (3:30)
2. Adrenaline (4:21)
3. The Void Alone (4:54)
4. Abandon (4:31)
5. Scar Queen (4:04)
6. Dreamless (6:18)
7. The Prodigal Son (4:17)
8. Amber Gaze (4:32)
9. Fidelio (2:44)
10. Wind For Wings (6:14)
11. Les Silences (5:56)
12. Lacuna (4:53)

Total time 56:14

Line-up
Andrew Baird - Drums
Scott Carstairs - Guitars
Alex Hofmann - Vocals
Rob Morey - Bass
Brian James - Guitars
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Tori Letzler‎ - Clean Vocals (3)

Description/Reviews
The record starts with “Face Of Death“ and directly makes sure that all of your expectations, hopes and probably dreams do come true. The song starts with ambient noises and modified guitars before the distorted guitars come in with heavy hitting drums. The brightness of the production directly swallows the recipient into its own atmosphere. In contrast to the slowed down tempo of the first track, the band shows a lot of fast-shaped songs, like the following track “Adrenaline,” on this 55 minute record.
Read the full review by Rodney Fuchs at itdjents.com

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Scar Queen
The Void Alone

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Poverty's No Crime "Spiral Of Fear"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Metalville
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016 (EU), June 3, 2016 (US)
Tracklist
1. The Longest Day (6:50)
2. Spiral Of Fear (6:44)
3. Fatamorgana (5:07)
4. A Serious Dream (7:21)
5. The Fifth Element (5:46)
6. The Ballad Of 91 (7:11)
7. Dying Hopes (7:05)
8. Wounded (9:51)

Total time 55:55

Line-up
Volker Walsemann - vocals, guitar
Marco Ahrens - lead guitar
Andreas Tegeler - drums
Joerg Springub - keyboards
Heiko Spaarmann - bass

Description/Reviews
Musically it is progressive rock/metal music, melodic and not overly complex, I would say that they take a rather minimalistic approach. Good variation over the tracks, not the overly long messy tracks that some progressive bands are prone to. The production is brilliant, excellent sound and depth. I find this to be a high quality production on any account, the performances are excellent – I think most notably the vocals that are very impressive and they add a great extra dimension to the album.
Read the full review by Daniel Källmalm at hallowed.se

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The Longest Day 

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Purson "Desire’s Magic Theatre"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Eclectic Retro Prog, Psychedelic, Pop
Label: Spinefarm Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Desire's Magic Theatre (6:12)
2. Electric Landlady (3:53)
3. Dead Dodo Down (3:10)
4. Pedigree Chums (3:58)
5. The Sky parade (5:17)
6. The Window Cleaner (3:28)
7. the Way It Is (2:42)
8. Mr. Howard (4:08)
9. I Know (4:21)
10. The Bitter Suite (7:11)

Total Time 44:20

Line-up
Rosalie Cunningham - Vocals, guitars
George Hudson - Guitars
Samuel Robinson - Keyboards
Justin Smith - Bass
Raphael Mura - Drums

Description/Reviews
Led by the gorgeous vocals and crunchy guitar riffs of Rosalie Cunningham, Purson weave all sorts of musical pleasures throughout Desire's Magic Theatre. The opening title track and "Dead Dodo Down" both bring forth images of not only the psychedelic San Francisco scene of the late '60s, but also the British pop of The Beatles and the early glam years of David Bowie & T-Rex, complete with swirling instrumentation and catchy, hypnotic vocals. "Electric Landlady" bursts with massive, Sabbath styled brontosaurus riffing, while heady saxophone adds a jazzy element to the intoxicating "Pedigree Chums". Silky Hammond organ & gentle piano permeate the lush, dreamy "The Sky Parade", one of the more prog based numbers here, and again another great vehicle for the majestic vocals of Cunningham. "The Window Cleaner" and "The Way It Is" are both pure '60s styled psych/pop, with quirky arrangements and charming vocal melodies that are instantly addicting, but it's not until "Mr Howard" that we see the beefier guitar riffs return, and it's only fleeting, again popping up briefly alongside some cool flute & keyboards on closer "The Bitter Suite", a very cool bluesy prog number that reminds of early Jethro Tull.

Read the full review by Pete Pardo at seaoftranquility.org

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Habu "Infinite"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29 , 2016
Tracklist
1. Truth And Illusion (4:15)
2. A Thing Called Evil (5:39)
3. Dead Weight (4:40)
4. Heavy Chains (4:53)
5. Measure Of A Man (5:33)
6. Eat The Sun! (2:58)
7. Isn't This Where We Came In? (1:55)
8. Grain By Grain (4:21)
9. Infinite (8:06)

Total Time 42:20

Line-up
Alex Body - Bass guitar, lead vocals, keyboards, synth
Andy Clarke - Guitars, all backing vocals
Alex Dunbar - Drums and percussion

Description/Reviews
Just listening to the opening riff of “Truth and Illusion” is like unearthing an early 80s prog classic (think keyboards-era Rush, only British). That element is brought out in its melodies, but especially by the album’s analogue production. By keeping the instrumentation warm and collective, the vocals don’t come off as showy and the limelight is centered on the band as a whole. All three members showcase a balanced dynamic between one another, which is a crucial component not only in making a progressive record, but delivering an authentic performance. Up next is “A Thing Called Evil,” which bears a strong initial resemblance to Subdivisions, but then explores its own ground for pacing and experimentation. Both songs so far demonstrate a solid thematic focus, the first observing fickle behavior amidst trying times, and this song of once-dormant emotions being unleashed in the heat of anger. Bridging the gap between these themes is a harmonic bass foundation hitting all the sensible notes, while the guitar hooks sustain a sufficient catchiness. Again, that energy is showcased competently on “Dead Weight”. 
Read the full review by Jake Kussmaul at musicexistence.com

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Konchordat "Rise to the Order"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Label:  Bad Elephant Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Like a Heart Attack
  2. Nowhere Left to Go
  3. Save Me from the Rain
  4. My Energy
  5. Dream Forever
  6. Statement of Intent
  7. Tired and Helpless
  8. Temple of the Damned
Line-up
Stuart Martin: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Steve Cork: Basses, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals
Neil Hayman: Drums and Percussion
Neil Watts: Keyboards, Backing Vocals

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Bandcamp  (2 tracks)
My Energy
Nowhere Left To Go
Save Me from the Rain

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Josh & Co. Ltd "Transylvania (Part 1 - The Count Demands It)"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Mostly Autumn Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
  1. The Count Speaks
  2. The Back Lane
  3. In for the Bite
  4. Far Away
  5. The Castle of 1000 Dead
  6. Again the Count Speaks
  7. Carnival of the Rotting Sun
  8. The Wolves of Kolkon
  9. The Dead Sun
  10. The Count Lectures
  11. Lonely and Cold
  12. Rainbow
  13. The Old Man
  14. Ulak The Gripper
  15. Beyond the Wall
  16. The Count Commands
Line-up
Bryan Josh (Mostly Autumn)
Troy Donockley (Nightwish)
Anna Phoebe
Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn)
Olivia Sparnenn-Josh (Breathing Space, Mostly Autumn)
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband)

Description/Reviews
This is the first part of Bryan's brand new project, taking us from 'the back lane' into the heart of Transylvania.
A beautiful vampire, her evil but enigmatic father (The Count) and various other creatures are encountered by the hapless Bryan on his journey.
Difficult to pigeonhole, the first part of the Transylvanian series is an exciting mix of superb rock music with imaginative storytelling.
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Egoband "Tales from the Time"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Return from Trantor 
  2. Time and souls 
  3. Black tears (on a planet) 
  4. No fear of flying 
  5. The Spaceship 
  6. Hard times 
  7. Four-stroke 
  8. Thirteen towers 
Line-up
Alessandro Accordino - Keyboards, Vocals
Alfonso Capasso - Bass
Simone Coloretti - Guitars
Adriano Dei - Drums

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Teaser

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Absentia "Black & White"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rock Cd Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016 (digital), June 1, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. World Of Chaos (7:33)
2. Damages From Sin (9:04)
3. Wind Of Sorrow (6:05)
4. Son Of Hate (5:20)
5. Eternal Love (4:36)
6. Another Gate To Hell (5:38)
7. Black & White (4:31)
8. Ritual (6:42)
9. May Be (2:08)
10. Love Passion Night (5:20)
11. Tell Me Why (4:29)
12. Rey Del Eden (6:20)
13. The Curse Of Your Eyes (5:30)

Total Time 73:16

Line-up
Daniel Villanueva - Drums
Antonio Mesa - Guitars, Back Voclas
Carlos Rivero - Guitars
María Barragán - Vocals
Rafael Molina - Keys
Luigi Toribio - Bass

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Teaser

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Long Distance Calling "TRIPS"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Post Rock/Metal
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Getaway
2. Reconnect
3. Rewind
4. Trauma
5. Lines
6. Presence
7. Momentum
8. Plans
9. Flux
10. Escape (bonus track)
11. Echo(bonus track)

Line-up
David Jordan - guitar
Janosch Rathmer - drums
Florian Füntmann - guitar
Jan Hoffmann - bass
Petter Carlsen - vocals
Marsen Fischer - keys, piano & electronic sounds

Description/Reviews
The appropriately named first track ‘Getaway’ starts proceedings with a journey through the 80’s mainly with its sci-fi synth heavy passages, all very chilled out until suddenly interrupted in the midway point by a big funky style bass line and, is that the riff from ‘Hot Blooded’ by Foreigner?
‘Reconnect’ is the debut of full time new vocalist Petter Carlsen and is the most striking change in direction as his clean melodic style along with the straightforward quiet/loud dynamic employed by the band here has a very post-hardcore feel to it, even in the mild crescendo that closes out that showcases his impressive range. This is also showcased on the much more reflective and subdued ‘Rewind’, the main building block being his vocals and a piano line with only a minor (yet delightful) build-up in the music itself.
Read the full review by Andrew Rawlinson at echoesanddust.com

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Getaway
Lines

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Universal Mind Project "The Jaguar Priest"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Inner Wound Recordings (EU/NA), Bickee Music (Japan)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 29, 2016 (EU/NA), May 25, 2016 (Japan)
Tracklist
1. Anthem For Freedom (4:12)
2. Truth (4:47)
3. The Bargian Of Lost Souls (4:28)
4. Dreamstate (5:40)
5. Awakened By The Light (Universal Mind) (7:59)
6. A World That Burns (4:39)
7. Seven (4:23)
8. The Jaguar Priest (8:55)
9. The Force Of Our Creation (8:35)
10. Xibalba (4:53)

Total time 58:31

Line-up
Elina Laivera - Vocals
Henrik Båth [Darkwater, Waken Eyes] - Vocals
Michael Alexander – Guitars, Growls
Alex Landenburg [Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, 21 Octayne] – Drums
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Nils K Rue [Pagan’s Mind] - Vocals
Mark Jansen [Epica, Mayan] - Vocals
Charlie Dominici [ex-Dream Theater] - Vocals
Diego Valdez [Helker] - Vocals
Alessandro Bissa [Vision Divine]
Mike LePond [Symphony X]
Emanuele Casali [DGM] - Keyboards
Johan Reinholz [Andromeda] - Guitar

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The Force Of Our Creation

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Afenginn "Opus"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s): Classical, Symphonic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Intro (O1) (1:39)
2. Bordrone (O2) (2:59)
3. Guzzy (O3) (2:26)
4. Luna Televisio (O4) (4:53)
5. Quicksilver (O5) (5:14)
6. Plantaris (O6) (4:12)
7. Lentoperho (P1) (5:50)
8. Vespersong (P2) (4:26)
9. Partiro Futile (P3) (4:34)
10. Gronja (P4) (5:40)
11. Tabbouleh Rasa (U1) (4:04)
12. Rasende Tabul (U2) (3:33)
13. Ether (U3) (5:17)
14. Akkapolska (U4) (5:03)
15. Fototoksik (S1) (3:39)
16. Pandemonium (S2) (4:18)
17. Amore Memoriam (S3) (5:39)
18. Axiom (S4) (9:39)

Total time 83:05

Line-up
Rasmus Krøyer: clarinet, bass clarinet
Niels Skovmand: violin
Kim Rafael Nyberg: mandolin, piano
Erik Olevik: cello, bass, synthbass
Kaare Munkholm: marimba, vibraphone, piano
Knut Finsrud: drums, percussion
Ulrik Brohuus: drums, percussion
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Ólavur Jákupsson: vocals
Ale Carr: cittern
Katrine Grarup Elbo: violin
Heiðrun Petersen: violin
Mads Haugsted Hansen: violin
Daniel Eklund: viola
Live Johansson: cello
Ketil Duckert: trumpet, flugelhorn
Gustav Rasmussen: trombone, bass trombone
Vokalselskabet GLAS: female choir

Description/Reviews
OPUS, the sixth Afenginn album, presents a composition built up in four movements, inspired by the form of the classical symphony. Exhibiting individual modes and characteristics, each movement is a piece in it’s own right. Thematic material, motifs and rhythmic patterns, nevertheless, connect each movement with the greater whole. OPUS is the result of a series of unforeseen circumstances, as well as the synergy and effort of many people. In a small way this mirrors how life often evolves: uncontrollable, unforeseeable, yet still somehow navigable.
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Haken "Affinity"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelInsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. affinity.exe (1:24)
2. Initiate (4:16)
3. 1985 (9:09)
4. Lapse (4:44)
5. The Architect (15:40)
6. Earthrise (4:48)
7. Red Giant (6:06)
8. The Endless Knot (5:50)
9. Bound By Gravity (9:29)

Total Time 61:26

Line-up
Charlie Griffiths - guitars
Ray Hearne - drums
Richard Henshall - guitars & keys
Ross Jennings - vocals
Diego Tejeida - keys
Conner Green - bass

Description/Reviews
With Affinity, Haken move further away from their most obvious early influences and solidify their status as one of the most fresh and dynamic bands around. With each album the band have been more collaborative in their approach, and this time ideas have been brought by every member and worked on together. Far from being confusing or incoherent, this approach has retained the core Haken sound while continuing to develop an exciting diversity of sounds and styles.
There are a couple of particularly evident shifts on this album. A greater proportion than ever before is atmospheric in style, with a notable post-rock influence that manifests explicitly in one or two songs and more subtly in other places. The album is also tonally a lot brighter than all their previous releases. That doesn’t mean it’s all chilled out and upbeat, but the shift is noticeable. There is also a greater infusion of digital and electronic sounds, and an enjoyable infusion of 80s sounds and styles. Again, these stylistic elements do not take over and the core Haken style remains, with heavy riffs and planet-sized choruses, but the changes help distinguish Affinity from everything else.
Read the full review by Rich Jones at ladyobscure.com

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Initiate
The Endless Knot

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Darin Zane "The Lexical"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Stout City Records
Format: digital
Release date: April 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Domain I: Openness To Experience (9:07)
2. Domain II: Conscientiousness (6:14)
3. Domain III: Extraversion (7:39)
4. Domain IV: Agreeableness (9:12)
5. Domain V: Neuroticism (7:54)
6. The Lexical (16:24)

Total time 56:30

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Darin Zane

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Anima Mundi "I Me Myself"


Country: Cuba
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: CD
Release date: April 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Chimney, The Wheel And The War - (18:02)
   Act I - Lullaby
   Act II - Round and Around
   Act III - Acid Skies
   Act IV - Wolf Affairs
2. Somewhere - (10:48)
   Act I - Toccata
   Act II - Where Chaos Sleeps
3. Flowers - (6:01)
4. Clockwork Heart - (4:08)
5. Train To Future - (15:11)
   Act I - Mindnight Express
   Act II - Bridge to the Unknown
   Act III - I was the One
6. Lone Rider - (7:22)

Total Time 61:32

Line-up
Roberto Díaz
Virginia Peraza
Yaroski Corredera
Manuel Govin
Michel Bermudez
Marco Alonso

Description/Reviews
Despite this album is the most eclectic Anima Mundi work so far, in our opinion, is the real continuum of their well acclaimed album from 2010 "The Way".
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Light Year "Steps To Life"


Country: Georgia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 27, 2016 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Tornado, Pt. 1 (Entry) (4:38)
2. Steps To Life (8:57)
3. Tornado, Pt. 2 (6:30)
4. Steps Reprise (1:20)
5. Side (7:22)
6. Dark Times (6:41)
7. Damskerland (3:25)
8. Love Without Love (11:12)
9. Digital Dream (7:37)
10. My Lord (14:52)
11. Sky Way (6:04)
12. Tornado Part III (Leave) (1:16)

Total Time 79:54

Line-up
Gigi Gegelashvili - vocals, keyboards, flute, acoustic guitar
Guja Mchedlishvili - guitar
Kobi Manjgaladze - guitar
Gia Surguladze - bass
Giorgi Lomidze - drums
Natia Chugoshvili - violin
Giorgi Ghambashidze - keyboards

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Tabula Rasa "Crimson"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: digital
Release date: April 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Graduation (4:24)
2. Atlas (4:30)
3. Unspun (4:16)
4. Tangen Flights (5:13)
5. No One Else (4:02)
6. Until (3:08)
7. Crimson (20:55)

Total time 46:28

Line-up
Mica Tenenbaum - Vocals, Keyboards
Matthew Lewin - Guitars, Strings Arrangement (6)
Dylan McCue - Guitars
Edu Zighelboim - Bass
Nick Villamizar - Drums
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Fernando Ferrarone - Trumpet (2)
Fern Souza - Drum Programming (3)
Aldo Salvent - Saxophone (4)
Charlie Abrams - Upright Bass (6)
Nathaniel Austin and Louis Remenapp - Strings (6)
Tony Ann - Piano (7)

Description/ Reviews
 Their new record, Crimson, is shimmering artistry. It completely blew me away the first time I heard it. I’m still in awe of it, almost viewing it as a towering musical monument expertly built by a truly gifted band. Think of it as progressive power pop. It rocks and grooves strong with sugary melodies like power pop, but there’s an erratic progressive streak here. Wobbly time signatures. Sensational textural patterns. Abrupt tonal shifts. Conflicting sonic themes. They even somehow make straightaway songs like “Until” and “Unspun” unfurl into these sprawling compositions that are somehow organic and logical. Don’t even get me started on the album closer and title track “Crimson,” — twenty minutes of the band showcasing every last bit of their talent in an epic that would make Pete Townshend blush. This band is just impressive, especially singer Mica Tenenbaum and her commanding voice. She grounds all of these lofty songs and ideas with a mercurial sound that drives the music as much as the proficent drumming. Crimson is a prog introduction for pop lovers, a pop introduction to prog lovers, and a must listen for any music fan out there. (sound-gaze.com)

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What Escapes Me "Egress Point"


Country: India
Genre(s): Progressive Djent Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Coalesce (2:42)
2. Maze Of Mutual Apocalypse (4:27)
3. My Reality (5:19)
4. Pseudo Showcase (3:54)
5. Flashback (4:28)
6. Avenge (4:44)
7. Empty Signs (6:48)
8. Killing Tomorrow (5:04)
9. Section 66 Part 5 (6:31)
10. The Truth Of A Lie (5:39)

Total Time 49:36

Line-up
Shourav Kumar Dey - Vocals
Arindam Sen - Guitars
Sayan Ghosh - Guitars
Pradyumna Laskar - Bass
Sambit Chatterjee - Drums
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Ustad Alla Rakha Kalavant - Sarangi (1, 3)
Prateek Shrivastava - Sarod (9)
Sudipto Paul - Keyboards (10)

Description/Reviews
With the opening song “Coalesce”, we’re treated to a nice mid-paced guitar sound that drives the short opening track, not to mention a nice sarangi effect which helps add a nice aura.  “Maze Of Mutual Apocalypse” follows with a djent formula that I wasn’t expecting compared to the start of the album.  It’s well put together but somewhat forgettable in the grand scheme of things.  “My Reality” follows with an approach similar to the previous track in delivery, but it amps up the technical aspect with a precision that was somewhat lacking previously.  There’s a well-placed use of the sarangi yet again in the background of the final minute of this track, which is used for atmosphere and not dominant over the other instruments.  “Pseudo Showcase” features a more chugging attack than the previous tracks with a nice technical pace when slowed down.  There isn’t as much of a djent influence, which is welcomed.  And at this point, I start to have my patience worn down considerably with the song “Flashback” going right back into the forgettable djent delivery that I grow wary of.  The band was starting to make some headway for me before this track started, and I was hoping there would only be fleeting glimpses of the aforementioned sub-genre as opposed to a deep homage.
Read the full review by Liam Savage at  powerofmetal.dk

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Failure of Milk "Failure of Milk"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Djent Math Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Tempest (4:44)
2. Kraken (3:45)
3. Sirens (3:01)
4. Nautilus (4:01)
5. Mobilis In Mobili (2:59)
6. Leviathan (3:23)
7. Greave The Ship (3:48)
8. Resonance (3:10)
9. Dagon (6:51)

Total time 35:42

Line-up
Nik Petsev - Guitars
Joey Jaramillo (Noble Lie) - Guitars, Bass
Dan Willett (Collision Process) - Bass
Ross Mc Mahon (Shattered Skies) - Drums

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Bandcamp (Free Download)

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Hungria "Magyarország vagy halál"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Queso (5:37)
2. Lit ís (7:31)
3. Parece bizarro pero es algo de Buda (5:17)
4. Gökotta (7:26)
5. Yggdrasil (4:31)
6. Rubik (3:04)
7. Hats, Pixels & Notebooks (6:56)
8. Magyares mágicos, los (3:59)
9. Komondor (3:39)
10. Ki a fasz vagy te!? (6:44)
11. Un gordo pelado corriendo hacia vos con una rata en la boca (6:26)
12. House of Carroll (4:59)

Total time 66:09

Line-up
Diego Manatrizio - guitar
Facundo Semerena - drums, percussion

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Bombay Groovy "Dandy Do Dendê"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic Progressive Rock
Label: InstrumenTown
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Slip Disc '72 (3:37)
2. Pavao Andaluz (3:19)
3. Chakal (3:59)
4. Bolero De Lilith (3:34)
5. Kebab A Pigalle (3:33)
6. Dandy Do Dende (4:10)
7. Django-Lo-Ba (4:13)
8. Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (5:24)
9. Scandale (4:19)
10. Moksha Blues (5:20)
11. Paul's Funky Cab (3:21)
12. St Olga (7:51)

Total time 52:40

Line-up
Rod Bourganos – sitar, bass, electric guitar, craviola, bouzouki, theremin, cavaco
Jimmy Pappon – hammond organ, clavinet, piano, mellotron, synthesizer
Leonardo Nascimento – drums, percussion

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Stream

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PAMPS! Les Pamplemousses Ethyliques "PAMPS! Les Pamplemousses Ethyliques"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Cain Et Abel (7:52)
2. TrankoPire (8:08)
3. La Greve / Dessert Song (9:54)
4. Sous La Praire (13:03)
5. La Coupe Longueuil (10:10)

Total time 49:07

Line-up
Jean-Pierre Baguette - drums
Camille Guitar Magick - guitar
Dr. Mad Françoué - bass

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Paul Bremner "The Witness"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Doone Records
Format: CD
Release dateApril 26, 2016
Tracklist
  1. From Here I Can See The Horizon
  2. Pilot Fish
  3. Warm
  4. Vistas
  5. Are You Ooh Yah?
  6. Sad
  7. The Witness
  8. Lost in a Memory
  9. No Remorse
  10. Last Exit Before Toll, Car Crash Song
  11. Home
  12. Justify, Pacify, Testify
  13. A New Source
  14. The Wings of the Angels

Line-up
Paul Bremner (IZZ)
   With
Anmarie Byrnes (IZZ) - vocals
Laura Meade (IZZ) - vocals
Brian Coralian (IZZ) - drums
Greg DiMiceli (IZZ) - drums
Tom Galgano (IZZ) - vocals

Description/Reviews
The first track of the album “From Here I Can See the Horizon” features a powerful and exciting lead vocal performance from Anmarie Byrnes while the emotionally charged “Warm” spotlights a hauntingly beautiful lead vocal from Laura Meade. The energetic fury of the title track “The Witness” features Brian Coralian on drums while Greg DiMiceli is showcased on several tracks including the jazz/funk-inspired “No Remorse”.
Tom Galgano, who sings lead vocals on several tracks and who engineered and co-produced the album with Bremner notes, “Every song on this album is different and yet they are all connected by Paul’s unique guitar sound and songwriting. It’s been an absolute pleasure working on this album – in fact in many ways it’s been like working on an ‘alternate’ IZZ record.”
The last track on the album, “Last Exit Before Toll” comes in at over 20 minutes and encompasses the full range of Bremner’s musical palette.

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Pilot Fish (Edit)

Minor Details "Adventures On A Broken Land"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Post Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Falling Stars (1:46)
2. Lord Of Storms (4:59)
3. Vagabond (5:28)
4. Signals (3:58)
5. Adventures On A Broken Land (8:15)
6. Separation Pt. 1 (3:29)
7. Separation Pt. 2 (3:01)
8. Ground Zero (4:38)
9. Sea (3:20)
10. Void (4:34)

Total time 43:28

Line-up
Mauricio Rojas

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Cholo Visceral "Vol. II"


Country: Peru
Genre(s)Experimental Eclectic Progressive Rock
Label: Necio Records (CD)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 25, 2016 (digital), July 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Explosion Del Misti (12:10)
2. Muca (8:49)
3. Cholacos (16:20)
4. Jarjacha (6:07)
5. Cholo Visceral (11:15)
6. 10 Anos De Terror (11:14)
7. El Paso Entre Las Lomas (4:46)

Total time 70:41

Line-up
Arturo Quispe - guitars, effects, keyboards, voice
Israel Tenor - guitars, effects
Manuel Villavicencio - bass, electric & acoustic guitar, voice
Joao Orosco - drums
Silvana Tello - theremin, voice, percussion
Max Vega - alto saxofon
   With
Israel Guzmán - keyboards (2, 6)

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Blue Mammoth "Stories of a King"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Symphonic/Neo-Prog
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Endless Road (7:28)
2. Children's Fear (5:09)
3. Lonely Flight (7:46)
4. Flying Free (6:12)
5. Nobody's Hero (6:10)
6. Perfect Dreams (6:41)
7. The Reign (7:19)
8. Reflections of Death (7:12)
9. Wrong Ways (5:36)
10. Waiting Room (7:14)

Total Time 66:47

Line-up
Andre Micheli - Vocals, Piano, Strings and Synthesizers
Julian Quilodran - Electric Bass
Vinicius de Oliveira - Guitars
Thiago Meyer - Drums
   With
Cesar Aires - Guitars

Description/Reviews
The musical material presented on this second album came along with the first album, which means, all this songs were composed on the same period of time. So this songs were set apart for a while during the production and release of the first album, still with no lyrics, but already with some ideas settled. The three songs which make up the suíte "The Story of a King" that finished inspiring the title of the album, were already known to cover this theme.

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Full album streaming at band's web site

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Dave Foster "Dreamless"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 25, 2016
Tracklist:
  1. Cabello   
  2. Amitriptyline   
  3. New York Rain   
  4. Black Sunrise   
  5. Lingering   
  6. Dreamless   
  7. You Have No New Messages   
  8. Ache   
  9. Brahma   
  10. Counting Clouds   
  11. Morphine Sleep
Line-up
David Foster (Mr. So & So, Steve Rothery Band, Panic Room)
   With
Al Unsworth
Dinet Poortman
Anne-Marie Helder (Karnataka, Mostly Autumn, Parade, Panic Room, Luna Rossa)
Steve Rothery (Marillion)
Yatim Halimi (Panic Room, Steve Rothery Band)
Leon Parr (Mr. So & So, Steve Rothery Band)
Stuart Browne (Mr. So & So)
Riccardo Romano  (RanestRane, Steve Rothery Band)
Jonathan Edwards (Karnataka, Panic Room, Luna Rossa)
Charlotte Evans (Mr. So & So)
Matt Cohen
Sara Vernengo
Andrew ‘Wal’ Coughlan

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Corde Oblique "I Maestri Del Colore"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Neo-Classical, Prog Folk
Label: Infinite Fog Productions, Audioglobe
Format: digital, CD
Release date: April 25, 2016 (digital), May 2, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist:
1. Suono Su Tela (4:28)
2. I Sassi Di Matera (feat. Irfan) (5:11)
3. Violet Nolde (feat. Sineterra) (3:58)
4. Il Cretto Nero (3:18)
5. Giallo Dolmen (feat. Synaulia, Sineterra & Aktuala) (5:05)
6. Amara Terra Mia (3:09)
7. Papavero E Memoria (feat. Argine) (3:29)
8. A Fondo Oro (feat. Micrologus) (5:00)
9. Rosa D'Asia (2:42)
10. L'urlo Rosso (feat. Quartetto Savinio) (5:09)
11. Blu Regale (3:47)
12. Blubosforo (4:30)
13. L'occhio Bianco (5:07)

Total time 54:53

 
Line-up
Riccardo Prencipe - electric, classical and acoustic guitar, ebow, medieval lute
Edo Notarloberti  (Ashram, Argine) - violin
Umberto Lepore - bass, double bass
Alessio Sica (Argine) - drums
Annalisa Madonna - voice (6, 8, 9)
Caterina Pontrandolfo - voice (4)
Luigi Rubino - piano, synth
Davide Afzal - bass (3, 12)
Alssandro D'Alessandro - diatonic accordeon
Michele Maione - percussions
Manuela Albano - cello
    With
Peppe Frana (Micrologus) - oud
Denitza Seraphimova ( Irfan) - voice (2)
Walter Maioli (Synaulia, Aktuala) - ney, dual Tibetan flute, aulos, pan flute, bells (5)
Charles Ferris (Sineterra) - trumpet
Lorenzo Ceriani, Alberto Maria Ruta, Rossella Bertucci, Francesco Solombrino (Quartetto Savinio) - cello, violins, viola (10)

Description/Reviews
The sixth album by Corde Oblique was conceived as a wooden palette used for mixing colors with sounds, the sounds of the colors are evoked by using lot of different musical instruments and musical styles. Almost all existing music tonalities have been used for the songs; moreover, every title refers to a different color and the graphic design is inspired to one of the most famous italian art history encyclopedias printed in the '60s.
The album includes 13 unreleased songs written and produced by the mastermind Riccardo Prencipe. Over 50 minutes of refined Progressive-Ethereal-Folk music.
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Suono su tela

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Lee Abraham "The Seasons Turn"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Festival Music
Format: CD
Release date: April 25, 2016
Tracklist:
1. The Seasons Turn (24:26)
2. Live For Today (6:51)
3. Harbour Lights (7:11)
4. Say Your Name Aloud (5:00)
5. The Unknown (16:10)

Total time 59:38

Line-up
Lee Abraham: guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
  With
Christopher Harrison: guitars, backing vocals
Alistair Begg: bass, Chapman stick
Rob Arnold: piano, keyboards
Gerald Mulligan (Credo): drums
Dec Burke (Darwin's Radio, Frost*, Audioplastik): vocals, guitars
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband): vocals
Mark Colton (Credo): vocals
Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback): vocals
Martin Orford (Jadis, IQ): flute
Simon  Nixon: guitars
David Vear: saxophone
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf): backing vocals

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Trailer

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Oniric Project "Migration"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 24, 2016
Tracklist
1. Not To The Moon (7:48)
2. In My Heart You're Here (5:01)
3. Onward (5:52)
4. The Mutation (5:16)
5. Ancestria (5:09)
6. Discovery (5:07)
7. Space Debris (5:19)
8. Give Some Ground (2:57)
9. Cast a Wave (5:39)
10. Dear Aq-nanda (4:39)
11. Seed Of Disharmony (4:07)
12. World 2.0 (bonus track) (4:23)
13. We'll Break This Spell (bonus track) (3:48)

Total Time 65:10

Line-up
Walter Bosello - Vocals, Instruments

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Vecteur K "Incident Au Café"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Unicorn Digital
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 24, 2016
Tracklist
1. Incident Au Cafe (1ere Partie): Le Cafe Des Gens Taxes (2:37)
2. Incident Au Cafe (2e Partie): L'incident (7:55)
3. Rue Jeanne-Mance (6:02)
4. Dilemme (8:02)
5. La Route Des Adirondacks (4:22)
6. La Peur Du Bronx (4:18)
7. Souvenir De Sarah (2:34)
8. 714 Park Avenue (9:13)
9. Rencontre, Dialogue Et Vendetta (9:56)
10. Prologue (5:31)

Total time 60:30

Line-up
Marc-André Noël - Vocals, Guitars
Marc-Antoine Sauvé - Guitars
Jonathan Dion - Bass
Alexandre De Sève - Drums

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Stream

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Red Jasper "777"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Angel Air
Format: CD
Release date: April 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. 7
2. Nothing To Believe
3. She Waits
4. Forth Of Fife
5. The Gathering
6. Reaching Out
7. Blessed With Gold
8. Dragonfly
9. Paradise Folly
10.October and April (unplugged) - Bonus track

Line-up
David Clifford
Robin Harrison
Lloyd George
Jon Thornton
Florin Werner

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Ill Wicker "Untamed"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label the Sign Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. I Was Here When The Sea Was Young (2:40)
2. The Charm On Your Chest (8:07)
3. Untamed (6:29)
4. Silent Impulse (7:13)
5. Earth Child (7:59)
6. The Trials Of Madame Dillner (5:11)
7. Min Levnads Afton (6:36)

Total time 44:15

Line-up
Emil Ridderstolpe
Emma Lagerberg
Thea Åslund
Hampus Odlöw
Ebba Wigren
Adam Grauman

Description/Reviews
Ill Wickers nature is tastefully-composed stories of words and music here mixed up with strophic ballads that could have been, and sometimes are, taken out of the traditional mold. Between ritualistic percussion and the driven violin is a choir of harsh harmonies, strings and organ emerged as by an old barrel organ. Untamed is a poetic and yelping liberation from the system´s norms viewed through the kaleidoscope.

Read the full review at broadwayworld.com

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Derelict Sun "Black and White"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release dateApril 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. Lost Vision (12:16)
2. A Silhouette In The Fog (7:08)
3. Good To Me (3:40)
4. Crocophile (7:51)
5. Whiteout (3:23)

Total Time 34:18

Line-up
David - Drums, Percussion, Effects, Samples
Yannik - Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Percussion

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Swedenborg Raum "In Between"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Stoner
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 22, 2016
Tracklist
1. In Between (9:12)
2. Heaven And Hell (9:48)
3. The Unknown (10:17)
4. From Life (6:04)
5. Into Death (7:00)

Total time: 42:21

Line-up
Axel - drums
Ben - bass
Flo - guitar

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Bandcamp

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