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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gaspard Vaude "Another Day In LA"


Country: France
Genre(s) Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 31, 2016
Tracklist
1. Another Day In LA (7:08)
2. Endless Night (5:40)
3. Pavement Princess (7:03)
4. Officer Down (15:03)
5. South Central Riots (9:38)
6. Muscle Memory (7:22)

Total time 51:54

Line-up
Gaspard Vaude - everything

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Blacklands "Peaceful Shores"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2016
Tracklist
1. Still Bleeding (7:38)
2. Alone Again (5:41)
3. The River (5:48)
4. Drown In Darkness (7:46)
5. Ballad Of A Burning Witch (5:25)
6. Distant Warning (6:36)
7. Grand Circles (9:03)
8. Peaceful Shores (3:40)
9. T.I.M.E. (5:45)
10. Like Tears In Your Eyes (4:10)
11. Winterskies (16:21)

Total time 77:53

Line-up
Tanja Magolei-Schüpper - vocals
Michael Stockschläger - guitars
Manfred Reinecke - keyboards
Oliver Müller - bass
Thomas Kelleners - drums
   With
Marcel Römer - vocals (1)
Manos Fatsis & Christian Boche - vocals (10)
Markus Brand - vocals (11)

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Alarion "Waves Of Destruction"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFREIA Music
Format: CD
Release date: May 30, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Chains of the Collective
  2. Waves of Destruction - I - Rising Tide
  3. Waves of Destruction - II - Struggle for Survival
  4. Estrangement
  5. Turn of Fate
  6. Colourblind
  7. Clash with Eternity
  8. A Life Less Ordinary
  9. The Whistleblower - I - Devastation
  10. The Whistleblower - II - Vindication
  11. Turn of Fate (acoustic version)
Line-up
Bas Willemsen - Lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, keyboards & orchestration, bass
   With
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Rick Wakeman, a.o.) - Vocals (1,2,3,6,9,10)
Irene Jansen (Ayreon, Gary Hughes, Star One, a.o.)  - Vocals (5, 11)
Paul Glandorf (Arjen Lucassen (live), A Day's Work, Semistereo, a.o.)  - Vocals (8), backing vocals (3, 10)
Tineke Roseboom (Blaze Bayley, Hollywood Scoring, a.o.)  - Vocals (7), backing vocals (2, 3, 6), soprano & alto choir vocals  (1, 6)
Ben Mathot (Epica, Revamp, Ayreon, a.o.)  - Violin
Erik Laan (Silhouette, Tumble Town)  - Piano (2), moog (3)
Tom Gorissen (Hymir)  - Keyboard/choir solo (1), additional keyboards (2, 4), rhythm piano parts (6)
Nico Lammers  - Acoustic guitar (3, 11), additional rhythm guitar parts (8)
Ronald van Schaik  - Bass guitar parts (1-5, 7-11)
Jeroen Nagel (Blind Justice) - Drums
Marinus van Grootheest - Bass choir vocals

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Teaser
Chains of the Collective

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Jason Rubenstein "Four Named Narratives"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Gearhead Music
Format: digital
Release dateMay 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Three Ounces Into A Two Ounce Whiskey (8:40)
2. The Conundrum Archives (6:30)
3. Laboratories In Exile (6:24)
4. The Hero Leaves The Suburbs, Goes To Hell, And Comes Back (7:43)
5. The Barbarian (4:49)   (bonus track - ELP cover)
6. Veils In The Serpent Wind, Part II (6:59)  (bonus track)

Total Time 41:05

Line-up
Jason Rubenstein: Keyboards
Tom Hipskind: Drums
Shawn Sommer: Bass and Bass Synthesizer  (1-5)
Daniel van den Berg: Guitars (6)
Mirko Borach: Bass (6)

Description/Reviews
Four long-form, heavy instrumental songs. Each song is a narrative; three are essays in the form of music. One is a short story. Heavy piano, synthesizers, samplers, bass guitar, and drums. This is not your usual heavy music. It defies convention and conventional wisdom, and trades 7 strings for 88.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

After Rain "Tabula Rasa"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. From The Ivory Stone (7:39)
2. Of Sisyphus' Sin (4:53)
3. A Silhouette Has Grown (4:24)
4. Where Nothing Had Been (2:44)
5. Like A Sorrow Unknown (6:55)
6. A Tale From Within (13:18)

Total time 39:53

Line-up
Bruno Barreira - guitars and keyboards
Nuno Monteiro - drums
Tomás Almeida - bass
   With
André Silvestre - piano and keyboards (3-6)
Duarte Ferreira - piano and keyboards (1, 2)
Filipe Monteiro - flute (3, 4)

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Continuum "Speculative Thoughts"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Brennus Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 29, 2016 
Tracklist
1. Mind'Design _ Observation (10:35)
2. Waves Collapsing (6:01)
3. How Many - Movements (7:23)
4. I Am (3:24)
5. Speculative Thoughts (1:56)
6. MAL (5:36)
7. More Than Flesh (3:31)
8. Relativist (4:39)
9. Constant Genocide (7:56)

Total time 51:01

Line-up
Nicolas De Renty - vocals
Anthony Malaussena - electric & acoustic guitars
Xavier Boscher - solo guitars
Alexandre Ardisson - bass
Guillaume Morero - drums

Description/Reviews
Continuum is a band playing its own "Dark Cosmic Progressive Metal" which offers a dense and singular music: it plunges the listener with fluidity in rhythmic waves of Progressive Metal, where catchy melodies with non-Euclidean accents to capture the dark depths of a singular universe ... or aspire to the majesty of the heavenly spheres!
Continuum is back with  "Speculative Thoughts", a concept album dealing boldly what the world and the universe could be if it corresponded, to our level, to the descriptions that modern physics made, and shows how we would perceive it.
A journey beyond science as the greatest (or craziest) science fiction writers can imagine ... and speculate!
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Stream

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Shades Of Black "The Gates"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Djent Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Janus (4:44)
2. Pylai (4:28)
3. Ivory (5:25)
4. Moirai (2:58)
5. Horn (5:36)
6. Orcus (5:09)
7. Tartarus (5:43)
8. Mousai (1:54)
9. Erebus (8:39)
10. Oneiroi (8:20)

Total time 52:56

Line-up
Matt Zuleger

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Yurt "Yurt - III Molluskkepokk"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. A Lesion in the Chrysalis
2. Parasitic Cabal
3. Sjambok
4. Ruptured by the Shrapnel
5. Unknown Component
6. Testament Zero

Line-up
Andrew Bushe - percussion
Steven Anderson - guitar, vocals, electronics
Boz Mugabe - bass, vocals, electronics

Description/Reviews
The first track “A Lesion in the Chrysalis” in an introductory space rock jam filled with bizarre sounds and pounding riffs. “Parasitic Cabal” starts off REALLY awesome with a helluva instrumental jam. 
Read the full review by by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Cyril “Paralyzed”


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Format: CD
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Scarlet Walking (7:58)
2. Paralyzed (4:57)
3. Remember Me (10:35)
4. Rainbow (6:17)
5. Faded Snapshots (8:34)
6. Peal Of Thunder (3:24)
7. Secret Place Pt.1 (18:36)

Total Time 60:21

Line-up
Larry Brödel (Toxic Smile) - vocals
Manuel Schmid - vocals
Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile, Seven steps to the green door, Flaming Row) - keys, sax, clarinet
Denis Strassburg - bass, programming
Clemens Litschko - drums & percussion
Ralf Dietsch - guitars, mandoline
   With
Guy Manning - lyrics

Description/Reviews
Released at PPR again, “Paralyzed” shows the core skills of the band – melodic prog / rock songs with an eye on real songwriting and arrangements, that will guide you into an own athmosphere.

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David Wallimann "Evolving Seeds Of Glory"



Country: USA/France
Genre(s)Instrumental Symphonic, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016 (digital), June 15, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Overture (8:33)
2. Time (5:29)
3. Change (6:13)
4. Fall (6:05)
5. How Can It Be (6:23)
6. Memories (6:00)
7. I Turn To You (6:03)
8. Savior (9:10)

Total Time 53:56

Line-up
David Wallimann (Glass Hammer) :Various instruments
   Except:
Nick D’Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, Kevin Gilbert, Steve Thorne): Drums
Randy George (Neal Morse, Ajalon): Bass
Sam Bell: Guitar solo (3)
Muris Varajic: Guitar solo (3)
Bill Rebsamen: Synth solo (7)
Fred Schendel (Glass Hammer): Synth solo (8)
Eric Gillette (Neal Morse): Guitar solo (8)

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Thence "We Are Left with a Song"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock
LabelBlackDay Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. I Burn The Day, The Ghost
2. No One, Anyone, Be Someone
3. Abundance
4. It Is Truth That Liberates
5. Pursue
6. Oars In Our Hands
7. Life Will Get You Eventually

Line-up
Juha Sirkkiä - Vocals, keys, guitar, bass
Erno Räsänen - Drums, percussions

Description/Reviews
... the first album [...] finally saw the light of day in 2011. To my ears, it was one of the most exciting, deep and innovative albums of its day. Yes, for most mere mortals, the idea of a 57 minute long track making up the entire album was, perhaps, too much but, for those of us with the requisite attention span, we were treated to an absolute musical delight. 2016 sees the duo return with the long awaited follow up ‘We Are Left With A Song’ which, this time consists of seven tracks instead of one long ‘paragraph’. The content itself has remained, broadly the same: all kinds of emotionally descriptive, diverse and beautiful music.
Read the full review by Martin Hutchinson at progradar.org

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I Burn the Day, the Ghost
It Is Truth That Liberates

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Unbeing "Ceres"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Citizens Of Earth (3:30)
2. GodSpeed (4:54)
3. Leviathan (3:43)
4. Autopsy (2:18)
5. Arisen (4:47)
6. Black Box (6:25)
7. Ceres (28:59)

Total Time 54:36

Line-up
Sherif El-Maghraby – Guitar
Alexandre D’Amour – Bass
Martin Labelle – Keyboard
   with
Anthony Grieco

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Cromwell "Black Chapter Red"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Starlit Sands (8:20)
2. Black Confetti (6:12)
3. Roots (6:49)
4. The Lights (3:24)
5. November Sky (6:00)
6. Black Chapter Red (8:16)
7. Kissing Dynamite (4:04)
8. Deep Down (6:13)
9. End Of Life (6:41)

Total time 55:59

Line-up
Holger Weckbach - vocals
Eric Trauzettel - drums, recording, mixing
Frank Nowack - guitars, bass
Wolfgang Täffner - keys

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Trailer

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Frost* "Falling Satellites"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelInside Out
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMay 27, 2016
Tracklist
01. First Day (01:37)
02. Numbers (04:22)
03. Towerblock (06:14)
04. Signs (06:37)
05. Lights Out (03:52)
06. Heartstrings (06:21)
07. Closer To The Sun (07:21)
08. The Raging Against The Dying Of The Light Blues In 7/8 (07:50)
09. Nice Day For It... (06:38)
10. Hypoventilate (02:01)
11. Last Day (03:02)
12. Lantern (03:45)
13. British Wintertime (06:29)

Total time: 55:55

Line-up
Jem Godfrey - vocals, keyboards, railboard, guitar, lap steel, beaumatron
John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) - guitarsб vocals
Nathan King (Dec Burke) - bass
Craig Blundell (Pendragon) - drums
   With:
Joe Satriani - guitar (7)
Tori Beaumont - vocals (5)
Mark Knight - violin (8)

Description/Reviews
“Falling Satellites” is Frost*’s most pop-influenced album, without a doubt.  Tackling the heavy concept of the astounding impossibility of our existence and the resulting lessons that should be learned, the album addresses life with upbeat music that get progressively more serene with each track.  So, if you are looking for some sort of retro prog or maybe a heavier sound, they went in exactly the opposite direction.  Unswayed by the modern trends in progressive rock, Frost* have released an album that celebrates the missing progressive pop subgenre with sounds ranging from subtle to sweeping to dubstep.  Yes, dubstep (more on that in a bit).  This is an album that might shock the prog snob in all of us, as it presents us with razor sharp vocal hooks, upbeat melodies, and some songs that might not be progressive at all.  Yet, it also offers incredibly technical grooves, layers and layers of gorgeous sounds, progressive structures, and, of course, some of the best soloing you will ever hear on any album.
Read the full review at theprogmind.com

Also read track-by-track review by Jeff Nixon at canthisevenbecalledmusic.com

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Numbers 
Heartstrings

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52 Commercial Road "Remote Connection"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Label: Holy Roar Records (vinyl), Trutheseeker music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Terminal City (5:49)
2. Re-Ups (4:14)
3. Why The Strands Snap (8:26)
4. Ash (4:44)
5. Sell The Mirror Light (6:54)
6. Cordyceps (9:00)

Total time 39:07

Line-up
Tommy Brooks - Guitar, Synths
Patrick Evans - Guitar, Synths
Josh Isaacs - Bass, Effects
Ben Sayeed - Drums, Vibraphone

Description/Reviews
'Remote Connection' successfully melds elements of electronica, breaks, jazz and trip hop to a progressive alt-rock framework and dance music sensibility - yielding results which lurch from dark and brooding into sheer violence and from subtle shades of melancholy to broadening vistas of hope.
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Utopianisti "The Third Frontier"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Pohjola Records / Rockadillo Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Voodoo Mammoths From Neptune (4:25)
2. Dr. Gravity’s Evil Plan (4:01)
3. Universe For Dummies (5:52)
4. White Dwarf (1:24)
5. Life As We Thought We Knew It (4:55)
6. A Hundred Rabbits (5:03)
7. Spanking Season (2:33)
8. 13 Demons In The Disco Dimension (3:12)
9. The Last Reflection (7:00)

Total time 38:25

Line-up
Olli "Trumpenator" Helin - trumpet
Markus Pajakkala - saxophones, flutes, clarinets, additional keys & percussion
Antero Mentu - guitars
Anssi Solismaa - keys
Jaakko Luoma - bass
Tuomas Marttila - marimba, percussion
Rolf Pilve - drums
   With
Suvi Väyrynen - vocals (3, 6, 9)
Pharaoh Pirttikangas - vocals (7)

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Teaser

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Cloud Becomes Your Hand "Rest In Fleas"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Avant Prog
Label: Northern Spy Records (NS 074)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Hermit (3:49)
2. Bridge Of Ignorance Returns (5:37)
3. Aye Aye (5:13)
4. Other Suns (1:24)
5. Garden Of The Ape (5:16)
6. Rest In Fleas (2:52)
7. Third Avenue Slime (3:12)
8. Made Of Teak (3:36)

Total Time 30:59

Line-up
Stephe Cooper- guitar, vocals
Simon Hanes - bass
Weston Minissali- synthesizer, vocals
Hunter Jack- violin
Sam Sowyrda- percussion
Booker Stardrum- drums

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Mike Kershaw "What Lies Beneath"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelBad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Gunning For The Gods
2. In Floods The Light
3. Dice
4. The City Revealed
5. Two Eyes
6. Wounds
7. Another Disguise
8. The City Of My Dreams

Line-up
Mike Kershaw – vocals, backing vocals, keyboards
  With
Gareth Cole – electric guitars, acoustic guitars, piano (track 8)
Leopold Blue-Sky (Unto Us) – bass, guitars, pedal steel, keyboards, drums (track 6)
Leo Koperdraat (Fractal Mirror) – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (track 5)
Tom Slatter – vocals, acoustic guitar (track 6)
Frank Urbaniak (Fractal Mirror) – drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Rohan Jordan-Shah – drums (track 4)
Joshua Leibowitz – drums (track 1)
Marco Vasquez – keyboards (track 4)
Allyson Blue-Sky – backing vocals (track 3)
Stuart Stephens – backing vocals (tracks 2, 5, 7)
Clare Stephens – backing vocals (track 2)

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Big Big Train "Folklore"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Folklore (7:33)
2. London Plane (10:13)
3. Along the Ridgeway (6:12)
4. Salisbury Giant (3:37)
5. The Transit of Venus Across the Sun (7:20)
6. Wassail (6:57)
7. Winkie (8:25)
8. Brooklands (12:44)
9. Telling the Bees (6:02)

Total Time 69:03 (CD, digital)

double vinyl only tracks:
Mudlarks (6:10)
Lost Rivers of London (6:02)

Line-up
David Longdon – Lead & Backing Vocals, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion
Nick D’Virgilio – Drums & Percussion, Backing Vocals
Greg Spawton – Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Bass Pedals, Backing Vocals
Andy Poole – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Dave Gregory – Guitars
Danny Manners – Keyboards, Double Bass
Rachel Hall – Violin, Viola, Cello, Backing Vocals, String Arrangements
Rikard Sjöblom – Keyboards, Guitars, Accordion, Backing Vocals
     With:
Dave Desmond – Trombone, Brass Arrangements
Ben Godfrey – Cornet, Trumpet
John Storey – Euphonium
Nick Stones – French Horn
Jon Truscott – Tuba
Lucy Curnow – Violin
Keith Hobday – Viola
Evie Anderson – Cello

Description/Reviews
An epic progressive rock tour de force, BBT's tenth studio album is its most ambitious yet.
Breathing new life into traditional themes and creating a few new ones along the way, the crafts of melody and storytelling beat strongly at the heart of the Big Big Train and inform every track on Folklore.
Featuring an eight piece band and brass quintet - augmented by a string quartet - the album provides a superb showcase for David Longdon's emotional vocals and the band's dramatic extended compositions.
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Moulettes "Preternatural"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop, Folk
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. Behemooth (4:07)
2. UnderWaterPainter (3:22)
3. Coral (4:13)
4. Hidden World (4:47)
5. Pufferfish Love (4:57)
6. Patterns (3:43)
7. Rite Of Passage (3:41)
8. Medusa (3:51)
9. Parasite (3:39)
10. Bird Of Paradise (Part II) (3:38)
11. Silk (4:46)

Total time 44:44


Line-up
Hannah Miller - Cello, vocals, guitar
Ollie Austin
- Drums, guitar, piano, vocals
Ruth Skipper
- Bassoon, vocals, autoharp, synths
Jim   Mortimore - Double bass, guitar,  vocals
Raevennan Husbandes
- Electric guitar, vocals, percussion

Description/Reviews
... ‘Behemooth’, the opening track on Preternatural.
And from thereon, it's a typically super-tight, and thrilling rollercoaster of a ride that sees the band move decidedly on from their classical prog-folk sound of Moulettes, The Bear's Revenge, and Constellations, into more acutely prog-rock terrain, albeit tempered by classical flourishes, and the odd detour into electronica.
Read the full review by Jeff Hemmings at brightonsfinest.com

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Behemooth

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gustavo Santhiago "Animam"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. Animam (Parte 1) (6:00)
2. Tiro No Escuro (5:38)
3. Ilusoes (13:30)
4. Arcadia (6:10)
5. Animam (Parte 2) (16:12)

Total Time 47:30

Line-up
Gustavo Santhiago: keyboards, flute (3, 5), bass (5), recorder (4)
Felipe Salvego: guitars (1, 2, 4, 5)
Ilan Milner: bass
Giovanni Lenti: drums (1, 2, 3, 5)
Ricardo Santhiago: guitar sitar (2), guitars (3), lap steel (5)
Gabriel Costa: drums (4)

Description/Reviews
 In this album, his style follows the legacy of the progressive rock movement of the 70's, tempered by constant hearing of ethnic music (mostly celtic and indian music) and contemporary jazz, consolidating a style that already denotes striking personality traits.(Giuseppe Lenti)
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Jellyhead "Jellyhead"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Psychedelic
Label: JÚBILO Discos
Format: digital
Release date: May 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. 200-1 (5:06)
2. FOBW (6:02)
3. Gordo Ciclotimico (4:26)
4. Bolido (4:25)
5. Dylan Carlson (7:28)
6. El Dia Que Murio Margaret (6:19)
7. Seve De (5:43)
8. DD (5:25)

Total time 44:54

Line-up
Sebastián Caliva - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Emiliano Krenz - Guitars
Fernando Morelli - Guitars, Vocals
Francisco Morelli - Drums
Francesco Spadoni - Bass

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A Great Adventure or Nothing "A Great Adventure or Nothing"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. A Dream Within A Dream (3:55)
2. The Unknown (4:56)
3. Reflexions On The Lake (3:20)
4. Analog Machine (3:21)
5. Quasars In The Distance (5:48)
6. Stellar Walk (1:40)
7. Faith 7 (5:00)
8. Sky Atlas (4:09)

Total time 32:09

Line-up
Nic Sauve - all instruments
   With
Guillaume Martel-Simard  - guitar solo (5)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Resina "Resina"


Country: Chile
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner
Format: digital
Release date: May 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Atalaya (2:09)
2. Locus I (6:55)
3. Mantrip (8:46)
4. Talkin' Wee' Frog (6:05)
5. La Cueva (7:09)
6. Los Monumentos (9:32)
7. Locus II (9:25)
8. Esporas (9:47)
9. Doppelganger (8:31)

Total Time 68:19

Line-up
Nicolas Rodríguez - Drums
Rodrigo Águila [Frodo] - Guitar
Jorge Camus - Synthesizer, vocals, harmonica
Pablo Ihnen - Bass

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Yossi Sassi Band "Roots and Roads"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Wings (4:57)
2. Palm Dance (4:51)
3. Root Out (6:13)
4. Mr. NoSoul (2:15)
5. Madame TwoSouls (4:02)
6. The Religion Of Music (4:52)
7. Winter (8:20)
8. Thundercloud (2:23)
9. Road Less Traveled (5:36)
10. Rizes Kai Dromoi (3:52)
11. Bird Without A Tree (3:55)
12. Stronger Than Ever (3:34)
13. The Explorientals (Bonus Track) (4:38)
14. Madame On Steroids (Bonus Track) (4:17)
15. Quarter To Rizes (Bonus Track) (4:26)

Total time 68:11

Line-up
Yossi Sassii – Vocals, Guitars (Electric, Nylon-String, Acoustic, 7-Strings), Bouzoukitara, Bouzouki, Charrango, Oud, Saz, Chumbush, Keyboards
Or Lubianiker – Electric Bass
Shay Ifrah – Drums
Ben Azar – Guitars
Sapir J Fox – Vocals
Roei Fridman – Percussion
    With:
Zaher Zorgatti ( Zgaw Zagalo )- Vocals (6)
Bumblefoot – Guitar solos (2)
דיאנה גולבי - Diana Golbi – Vocals (3)
Roy Zu-Arets – Piano
Yoav Efron - Keyboards
Bob Katsionis - Hammond and additional keyboards
Ariel Qassis – Kanun
Daniel Hoffman – Violins
Itzhak Ventura - Arabic, Turkish and Persian Ney
Danielle Sassi - Flute
Yankale Segal – Fretless Bass
Perel Muter – Lap steel, Diddley bow
Harel Shachal – Clarinet
Dan Piloni Kark, Jonathan Jacobi, Liron Schaffer – Choir

Description/Reviews
Fans of Jimmy Page’s ‘Guitar Army’ approach to composition and arrangement will instantly fall for Roots and Roads. The first moments of Wings immediately introduce the core of what Yossi Sassi refers to as “oriental rock,” multiple string-based timbres merging into glorious melodies while a solid rock groove holds everything down. It’s tempting to listen repeatedly to that track’s intro alone; there’s so much going on that you’ll find yourself picking up fresh subtleties each time you go back. Wings is also a vocal-led track – an interesting choice for someone primarily known for their six-string skills – and a very cool piece of songcraft.
Read the full review at themusicalmeltingpot.com

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A World Of Children "Apatia"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 24, 2016
Tracklist
1. When All Said And Done (3:50)
2. For Your Ignorance (3:58)
3. Eager (4:02)
4. Colourblind (3:12)
5. The Blood (3:07)
6. Dreamer (1:22)
7. Tales Of The Riverend (2:48)
8. Eyelashes And Regrets (5:11)
9. White Flags And Oil (4:32)
10. In Excrutiating Details (4:40)
11. There'd Be Nothing Left (4:27)

Total time 41:09

Line-up
Sam Laplante - Vocals
Yannick Simard - Guitars
Marc-Etienne Leech Russell - Guitars
Manu - Bass
David Thompson-Fournier - Drums

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Architectural Metaphor "Galactus Interruptum"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 2016
Tracklist
1. Galactus Interruptum (10:59)
2. Hypnogogia 05mg (10:58)
3. Celestial Recycler (Abprallen) (6:37)
4. Dragons Of Piccadilly (2:32)
5. Crooked Sphynx (Ozymandias) (9:47)
6. The Attenuator (3:55)
7. Holy 2 (12:44)
8. Opus Astra (8:17)
9. Exegesis (11:36)

Total time 77:25

Line-up
Paul Eggleston - keys
Greg Kozlowski - guitar
Murph - drums

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Gepetto "From Heaven To The Stars..."


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: May 2016
Tracklist
1. Lady (9:53)
2. Tu (10:21)
3. Always (10:18)
4. Photographs Of Stars (7:38)
5. Sol (11:44)
6. For The Heavens (10:06)

Total time 60:00

Line-up
George Pinilla: vocals (2, 5), choirs, guitars, moog, mellotron
   With
Chantal : voice (6)
Julien : vocals (1, 3), piano, keyboards
Tony : bass
Stéphan : drums, percussions
Chris : vocals (4, 6), choirs, additional keyboards, guitars
Marc : keyboards (6)

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pathless Land "Let The Legends Be True"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. Sunset In Marcabia (1:55)
2. Strange Illusion (4:02)
3. Let The Legends Be True (5:52)
4. Counting Out The Days (2016 Version) (5:40)
5. End Times (2016 Version) (6:02)
6. Journey To The Pathless Land (3:52)
7. Chalice Of Fate (2016 Version) (4:16)
8. Chapel Perilous (4:15)
9. Bloodlines (2016 Remaster) (11:21)

Total Time 47:15

Line-up
Matt "Mattowarrior" Davinci: Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Drum Programming (1, 4, 6, 9)
   With
Kostas "Constantine" Vass: Drums (2, 3, 5, 7)
Glenn Wellman: Drums (8)
Chris Wright: Additional Guitars (4, 5, 7, 9)

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Drifting Sun "Safe Asylum"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Neo-Prog
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. King Of Hearts
2. The Hidden Truth
3. Intruder
4. Alice
5. Wonderland
6. Gods
7. Desolation
8. Retribution
9. Emphasis (Bonus Track)
10. Vagabond (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Peter Falconer - Vocals
Dan Storey - Guitars
Pat Sanders - Keyboards
Will Jones - Drums
Manu Michael - Bass

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Bent Knee "Say So"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Black Tar Water   
  2. Leak Water    
  3. Counselor   
  4. EVE   
  5. Interlude   
  6. The Things You Love   
  7. Nakami   
  8. Commercial   
  9. Hands Up   
  10. Good Girl
Line-up
Ben Levin - Guitar
Chris Baum - Violin
Courtney Swain - Vocals & Keyboards
Jessica Kion - Bass & Vocals
Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth - Drums
   With
Andy Bergman - alto sax and clarinet
Ben Swartz - cello
Bryan Murphy - trumpet
Geni Skendo - flute & shakuhachi
Geoff Nielsen - trombone
James Dineen - voice acting
Keith Dickerhofe - cello
Nathan Cohen - violin
Sam Morrison - bari sax
Rebecca Hallowell - viola
Group vocals for "Counselor" and "The Things You Love":
Alessandra Cugno, Andrew Humphries, Anil Prasad, Celine Ferro, Clint Degan, Curtis Hartshorn, Geni Skendo, James Willetts, Jeri Schibelli, Jessie Vitale, Josh Golberg, Kelsey Devlin, Leilani Roser, Leo Fonseca, Mary Freedlund, Max Freedlund, Michael Vitale, Mike Razo, Miriam Olken, Peter Danilchuk, Rebecca Hallowell, Roland Rotsitaille, Ryan Jackson, Sam Swan, Stephen Humphries, Susan Putnins, Tim Doherty, Toni Schibelli, Tori Bedford

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Zombie Picnic "A Suburb of Earth"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. The B141 Frequency (11:30)
2. The Adamite Bomb (8:23)
3. The Cylindrical Sea (7:43)
4. The Rama Committee (10:46)

Total time 38:22

Line-up
Brian Fitzgerald - Bass
James Griffin - Guitar
Brendan Miller - Drums
Dave Tobin - Guitar

Description/Reviews
A set of four sprawling and expansive instrumental compositions are set against a backdrop of soundscapes that take you from the beat poets of 1950's America to the sci-fi futurescapes of Arthur C. Clarke.
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Katatonia "The Fall of Hearts"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Peaceville Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. Takeover (7:09)
2. Serein (4:46)
3. Old Heart Falls (4:22)
4. Decima (4:46)
5. Sanction  (5:07)
6. Residual (6:54)
7. Serac (7:25)
8. Last Song Before The Fade (5:01)
9. Shifts (4:54)
10. The Night Subscriber (6:10)
11. Pale Flag (4:23)
12. Passer (6:25)
13. Vakaren (4:54) (CD/DVD & Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
14. Sistere  (4:11) (LP & Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
15. Wide Awake In Quietus  (4:59) (Digital & Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

Total Time 81:26

Line-up
Jonas Renkse - Vocals
Anders Nyström - Guitar
Roger Öjersson (Tiamat) - Guitar
Niklas Sandin - Bass
Daniel Moilanen - Drums
   With
Gregor MacKintosh (Paradise Lost) - Guitar (15)

Description/Reviews
The Fall of Hearts, to be released on May 20 through Peaceville Records, continues in the vein of their dark progressive rock catalogue with a record that is diverse and melancholic while incorporating unique guitar work and catchy vocals.
“Takeover” begins with Jonas Renkse’s expressive voice and gently distorted guitars before Daniel Moilanen’s hypnotic rhythms emerge, underpinning a dark, knotted riff a la Tool, but with a distinct tapping section. Though I’m sure many make comparisons between Katatonia and other long-standing progressive acts like Tool, Porcupine Tree and Opeth, this group, ten albums into their career, have developed an identity that stands strong on its own. This driving yet atmospheric opening track gives the listener an idea of what to expect from The Fall of Hearts, featuring melodic vocals, unique guitar work and chilling, minimalist keys.
Read the full review by Landon Turlock at itdjents.com

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Condition Red "Illusion of Truth"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Lion Music
Format: digital 
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. Changing (6:42)
2. Never Be The Same (5:12)
3. Let It All Come Out (7:20)
4. Labyrinth (6:09)
5. It's Not A Crime (10:47)
6. All On Our Own (4:41)
7. Shake Off (4:24)
8. Everywhere I Look (4:24)
9. Can't Sell Your Lie (6:07)
10. Final Beginning (2:58)

Total Time 58:44

Line-up
Alexander King - keyboards
Eddie Sledgehammer - drums
Lars Eric Mattsson - bass, sitar, guitar, vocal

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Montgolfière "Montgolfière"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Fusion
LabelPRC music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. Edge Of Civilization (5:10)
2. And Farther Out (6:42)
3. Ikaros (7:47)
4. Ghosts Of The Wild (8:19)
5. Woodland Rock (9:27)

Total Time 37:25

Line-up
Markus
Linus
Jesper
Josefine

Description/Reviews
A real smorgasbord of rock styles go into making this EP something to savour. Prog noodlings, heavy riffs, jazzy and spacey interludes all underpinned with some astounding musicianship. Creative song writing from what you would typically call a post metal/rock band, but they are so much more. With sounds of spaced out psych and jazzy rhythms they take it to another level without losing the all important riff!! Still not convinced? Well, they're from Sweden: The land of all things progressive and mighty!
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In Mourning "Afterglow"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Death Metal
Label: Agonia Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. Fire And Ocean (6:18)
2. The Grinning Mist (9:47)
3. Ashen Crown (8:08)
4. Below Rise To The Above (7:46)
5. The Lighthouse Keeper (7:28)
6. The Call To Orion (8:24)
7. Afterglow (5:52)

Total Time 53:43

Line-up
Tobias Netzell - guitars, vocals
Pierre Stam - bass
Björn Pettersson - guitars
Tim Nedergård - guitars
Daniel Liljekvist (ex-Katatonia) - drums

Description/Reviews
As one might expect, Afterglow isn’t the kind of album that reveals itself at once. This fifty four minute effort is rife with moments of brilliance that cover both exceptional individual skill and stellar group harmony, but above all, it maintains an unwavering grip on the listener’s attention. “The Grinning Mist” for example is a beast of a track that comfortably crosses the nine minute mark while boasting segments in 7/4 and 11/8 in homage to the gods of prog. It also features a finely textured melodic chord arrangement that elevates the track with class; a trick that was executed to perfection on “Ashen Crown” where it created a counterpoint to the dark brooding melody on top of the main riff.
Read the full review by Aly Hassab El Naby at heavyblogisheavy.com

Also read track-by-track review at manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com

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Cyborg Octopus "Learning To Breathe"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2016
Tracklist
1. Data_M1nefield (7:23)
2. Divine Right In D Minor (4:31)
3. Shark Pit (2:47)
4. Baptism Of Clay (4:49)
5. Bitter (4:53)
6. DiscoBrain! (3:53)
7. Epiphany (8:10)

Total Time 36:26

Line-up
David Wu - Guitar
Tommy Logan - Drums
Patrick Corona - Keys, Sax, Backup Vocals
George Lallian - Bass
Ian Forsythe - Vocals
Bobby Carroll - Guitar
    With
Jonathan Neel (4)
TJ Vasquez (5)

Description/Reviews
Cyborg Octopus seem to come at it all from a heavier angle than some of the bands already mentioned, having the root of their sound more in metalcore than old school progressive rock (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those). Between the Buried And Me also came from the same place, after all. On top of that, they build a framework of genre-bending experimentation taking from neoclassical, technical death metal, hardcore (“Shark Pit” is basically a metallic hardcore song), ska, funk and more. This might sound disjointed, but it’s all actually quite tame and well-integrated. It never feels like the band go on these wild tangents that are added for the sake of being wacky, instead they’re there because they fit the core of the band’s sound. The band has made these elements a part of their main repertoire instead of dabbling with them.
Read the full review by Noyan Tokgozoglu at heavyblogisheavy.com

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