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Friday, September 30, 2016

Alcest "Kodama"


Country: France
Genre(s): Post Rock/Metal, Black Metal
LabelProphecy Productions
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kodama
2. Eclosion
3. Je suis d'ailleurs
4. Untouched
5. Oiseaux de proie
6. Onyx

Line-up
Neige : guitars, bass, synths, vocals
Winterhalter : drums

Description/Reviews
"Kodama" the fifth album from Blackgaze pioneers, Alcest, marks the French duo's ferocious return to the stylistic maximalism of its early albums while continuing the band's relentless pursuit for new sounds and fresh ideas.
"Kodama" is the Japanese word for 'tree spirit' and 'echo' and from the album's structure and dynamics to its cinematic sound, "Kodama" indeed 'echoes' Alcest's 2010 classic, "Écailles De Lune". But this is no simple back-to-the-roots album: the band has more punch, rhythm and organic feel than ever before. While clearly influenced by bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Dinosaur Jr, Grimes and The Cure, "Kodama" ultimately reveals itself as Alcest's 'Japanese album', drawing substantial inspiration from Japanese art and culture.

Originally triggered by Hayao Miyazaki's anime film "Princess Mononoke", "Kodama" picks up on the fate of its protagonist and, at its core, deals with the sensation of not belonging; of living in between worlds, be it city and nature or the physical and spiritual one. Duality is also crucial for the visual approach of the album, realized by French graphic designer duo Førtifem. Paying tribute to Japanese illustrators like Takato Yamamoto, the visuals portray contrasting elements like nature/urbanity, youth/death, femininity/animality and combine poetic elements with darker ones that were not present in Alcest's earlier works.

By giving the album a cultural, stylistic and compositional narrative, Neige and Winterhalter keep "Kodama" from just being the latest improvement on the Alcest sound and instead make the album a most rare and exciting thing: a vital, relevant record from a pioneer that not only upholds the band's trailblazing legacy but actually makes you want to see where they go next.

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Oiseaux De Proie

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Dobbeltgjenger "When I've Gone to Space"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Psychedelic
Label: Bad Vibes
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Magnolia Interlude (2:10)
2. Magnolia Trees (5:34)
3. In Abyss (4:07)
4. Atomic (9:35)
5. Let Me Fall Through (4:28)
6. When I've Gone To Space (4:45)

Total time 30:39

Line-up
Vegard Wikne - Guitar and vocals
Sondre Veland - Drums and percussion
Jakob Sønnesyn - Bass
Knut-Martin Langeland Rasmussen - Lead guitar

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Edensong "Years in the Garden of Years"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: The Laser's Edge
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Cold City (7:33)
2. Years In The Garden Of Years: I. End Times In Retrospect (5:35)
3. Years In The Garden Of Years: II. In The Longest Of Days (5:01)
4. Years In The Garden Of Years: III. The Hollowed (9:32)
5. Years In The Garden Of Years: IV. Down The Hours (6:07)
6. Years In The Garden Of Years: V. Chronos (9:37)
7. Years In The Garden Of Years: VI. Generations (3:41)
8. Years In The Garden Of Years: VII. The Atman Apocalypse (9:28)
9. Years In The Garden Of Years: VIII. Regenerations (8:04)
10. Yawn Of A Blink (6:18)

Total time 70:56
Line-up
James Byron Schoen - vocals, guitars
Tony Waldman - drums, percussion, gamelan, hang drum, vocals
Stefan Paolini - keyboards, hang drum, vocals
Barry Seroff - flutes
TD Towers - bass, vocals
   With
Luna Sky - cello (1, 2, 3)
Eric Stephenson - cello (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Malcolm Piper - additional choral vocals (1)
Adrian Belew - vocal cameo (8)
Description/Reviews
As with many other progressive rock bands, Edensong’s take on the genre is one that is hard to pin down. They appear to have something of a passionate interest in progressive folk rock of the kind that Jethro Tull made a career out of, and traces and echoes of that band can be found on numerous occasions throughout. Not merely due to the liberal use of flute soloing, but also in certain structural elements unless I’m much mistaken. That there are passages that comes across as something of a bastard child of Jethro Tull and Dream Theater is perhaps and indication of just how extensive the palette Edensong use is, although the more clear cut metal-oriented themes and passages strictly speaking is a minority feature on this CD. Very much present, but not in a dominant manner.
Read the full review by Olav Martin Bjørnsen at houseofprog.com

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Beneath The Tide 

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Death Is Liberty "A Statement Darkness"


CountryFinland 
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelConcorde Music Company
Format: CD, digital,
Release dateSeptember 30, 2016 (Finland)October 7, 2016 (Worldwide)
Tracklist
  1. To the End
  2. Quiet Tides
  3. Mrs. Nothing’s Wrong
  4. Hero of the Other Way
  5. From Hollow
  6. A Defendant
  7. Calf
  8. Until the Morning Comes
  9. Underdog
Line-up
Ville Lapio - guitar
Eetu Pakkanen - drums
Eero Vehniäinen - bass
Teppo Haapasalo - guitar, vocals
   With:
Aino Matveinen - vocals (8)
Timo Rautiainen - narrator (8)

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Underdog      

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Antalgia "Twisted Dreams Of Dark Commander"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: M & O Music 
Format: CD, digital,
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Endless Game (6:07)
2. Embrace The Storm (6:27)
3. The Valley Of Broken Dreams (5:29)
4. The Dark Commander (6:37)
5. Absinthe In Paradise (7:33)
6. Staves Of Time (7:17)
7. The Seventh Day (7:11)
8. When The Lights Go Down (5:24)
9. Temples Of Sand (7:24)
10. The Enemy Inside (10:01)

Total Time 69:30

Line-up
Carles Falomir : Bass
Albert Gasen : Drums
Igna Jover : Guitars
Bella Dianez : Vocals
   With
Thomas Vikstrom: Vocals (7)
Christian Vidal: Guitar Solo (6)

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Shattered Systems "A New Chapter"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Incipience (5:32)
2. Final Fortune (9:11)
3. Awakening (4:32)
4. Archaic (6:59)
5. Tribute (5:47)
6. A New Chapter (7:29)
7. Titration (11:20)
8. Lost Kingdoms (18:33)
9. The Passing (3:10)

Total Time 72:33

Line-up
Avelino Ramirez - Keyboard
Mike Hetzel - Drums
Nathaniel Dominguez - Guitar
Lucas Almeida - Vocals
Kevin Lambertucci - Bass

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Seeking Raven "The Ending Collage"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Dr. Music Promotion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Road To The City (3:53)
2. Requiem (4:44)
3. River Lethe (1:47)
4. A Second Chance (3:42)
5. Rose (1:12)
6. The High Art Of Flying (5:40)
7. It's Okay (7:15)
8. Summer Days (3:38)
9. Vanishing Of The Little People (3:33)
10. Dance Darling Dance (4:47)
11. Truth (2:51)
12. I The Raven (3:38)
13. Brave New World (3:27)
14. The Movie's End (4:15)

Total time 54:22

Line-up
János Krusenbaum - instruments, vocals
  With
Jens Sieloff - bass
Réka Krusenbaum - english flutes and tin whistle
Alina Krüger - vocals (10)
Georg Krusenbaum - acoustic guitar (9), bodhran (9), guitar solo (2)
Patrick Gros - backing vocals (7)
Max Krüger - backing vocals (7)

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The High Art Of Flying
Requiem

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Brain Tentacles "Brain Tentacles"


Country: USA
Genre(s) Progressive Avant-Garde Jazz Metal
Label: Relapse Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kingda Ka
2. Fruitcake
3. Cosmic Warriors Girth Curse
4. Hand Of God
5. Gassed
6. The Spoiler
7. Death Rules
8. The Sadist 03:00
9. Fata Morgana
10. Peace In War
11. Palantine

Line-up
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc) - horns, voice, electric piano, synth
Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, etc) - drums
Aaron Dallison (Keelhaul) - bass, voice, synth
   With
Eugene Robinson - vocals

Description/Reviews
The self-titled debut album from mind-melting metallic jazz trio Brain Tentacles is a journey in improvised and structured experimental sound from three venerable scene veterans. Brain Tentacles sees the threepiece weaving their way through twisted, seizure-inducing compositions that call to mind the insanity of John Zorn's storied project Naked City and Mike Patton's most erratic experiments. Brain Tentacles are masters of tension: the album moves unpredictably from mathy chaos to ponderous, juddering grooves that warp time in their wake, darting from one extreme to the other via insane rhythms and truly progressive, expansive songwriting. Occasional vocals (including a guest appearance from Oxbow's Eugene Robinson) lend an even sharper edge to the album, which is sure to blow away fans of instrumental and vocal-driven music alike. 

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Oximora "Espejo"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Espejo (6:53)
2. La Forma (6:47)
3. El Nido (4:58)
4. Evolución (5:50)
5. Perdón (8:35)
6. Opresión (10:41)
7. Entre El Presente Y El Futuro (8:43)
8. Insomnio (6:14)
9. Lejos De Aqui (10:27)
10. Tormenta (7:19)
11. Conspiración (7:36)

Total time 84:03

Line-up
Leo Pina-bass
Hebert Bravo-guitars
Marisol Gomez -vocals
Alfredo Martinez-keyboards
Pablo Huerta-drums

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Espejo
5 demo tracks

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Eyal Raz "A Story Under The Blanket"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Overture 1964 (3:59)
2. Born In 64 (3:08)
3. The King & The Prince (4:41)
4. The War (5:13)
5. Renounces (5:57)
6. Confidence (4:41)
7. Apath & Athetic (6:13)
8. The Train Of Life (4:28)
9. The Tale (7:29)
10. My Princess (3:15)

Total Time 49:04

Line-up
Eyal Raz – Drums, Percussion
   With
Shiri Roda – Vocals
Eyal Sucher – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Pavel Solanik – Piano, Hammond, Keyboards
Ziv Harpaz – Bass Guitar
David Gru - Bassoon
Ofer Peled – Alto sax
Chen Shenhar – Viola, Violin.
Yuval Mesner – Cello, Voice (Principal in Born in 64).
izhar kershon – Cembalo

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Opeth "Sorceress"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Moderbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Martin Mendez - bass
Martin Axenrot - drums
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keys

Media/Samples
Sorceress 
Will O The Wisp 

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Van Der Graaf Generator "Do Not Disturb"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Esoteric Antenna
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Aloft (7:20)
2. Alfa Berlina (6:40)
3. Room 1210 (6:48)
4. Forever Falling (5:40)
5. Shikata Ga Nai (2:29)
6. (Oh No! I Must Have Said) Yes (7:44)
7. Brought To Book (7:57)
8. Almost The Words (7:54)
9. Go (4:35)

Total time 57:07

Line-up
Hugh Banton - Organs, Keyboards, Bass, Accordion, Glockenspiel
Guy Evans - Drums, Percussion
Peter Hammill - Voсals, Piano, Guitar

Description/Review
Incredibly, the new (and possibly final) offering from Van der Graaf Generator is the best thing they've done since their reformation. In a career that has origins dating back almost fifty years, this album feels like the culmination of their noble journey, as if this was meant to be the closer. As such, Do Not Disturb sometimes recalls past glories yet sounds new, groundbreaking, and unlike anything else they've done.
Read the full review by Jim Christopulos at vandergraafgenerator.co.uk

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Francesco Santagata "Falsi Risvegli"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Intro (4:34)
2. Cerchi Di Fumo (6:05)
3. Giulio's Theme (3:09)
4. Uragano (10:17)
5. Dissyntheria (2:32)
6. Notturno (4:37)
7. Nadir (2:39)
8. Le Rose Di Jennifer (3:44)
9. Dissyntheria (promo Version) (1:33)
10. Nadir (promo Version) (1:29)

Total Time 40:39

Line-up
Francesco Santagata
   With
Viviana Ulisse: violin (3, 9)
Marcello Vitale: guitar solo (7)
Luca Sabata: drums (2, 5, 7)
Caterina Bianco: violin (10)
Federico Nisci: bass (10)
Luca Paolella: piano (10), timpani (3)

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Archangelica "Tomorrow Starts Today"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Lynx Music
Format: CD
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1.Tomorrow starts today
2.Yazidls song
3.A trip to Mars
4.Sirens on white shore
5.Voice from behind the wall of silence
6.Narrow gravel path
7.Enter my garden
8.Endless chapter
9.Dark formation on the sky
10.Tomorrow starts today- valley behind the door

Line-up
Maciej Engel – guitars , keyboards & backing vocals
Mariusz Jasiak - guitars
Robert Kubajek - drums
Patrycja Mizerska - vocal
Asia Przybysz – bass
   With
Piotr Kordialik -guitars (5,6,9,10)

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Narrow Gravel Path 
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Epica "The Holographic Principle"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Eidola (2:39)
2. Edge Of The Blade (4:34)
3. A Phantasmic Parade (4:36)
4. Universal Death Squad (6:38)
5. Divide And Conquer (7:48)
6. Beyond The Matrix (6:26)
7. Once Upon A Nightmare (7:08)
8. The Cosmic Algorithm (4:54)
9. Ascension - Dream State Armageddon (5:16)
10. Dancing In A Hurricane (5:26)
11. Tear Down Your Walls (5:03)
12. The Holographic Principle - A Profound Understanding Of Reality (11:35)

Total Time 72:03


Line-up
Simone Simons - vocals
Isaac Delahaye - guitars
Mark Jansen - guitars, vocals
Coen Janssen - synths, piano
Ariën van Weesenbeek - drums
Rob van der Loo - bass

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Universal Death Squad

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Georgius "String Theory"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: LYNX Music
Format: CD
Release date: September  29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Howling winds of Jezebel
2. Little Ant
3. Precipice
4. Apathy (In the garden of despair)
5. Pill
6. The saddest piece in the world

Line-up
Jerzy Antczak aka Georgius (Albion) – vocal, guitars, keyboards
Rafał Paszcz (ex-Albion) – drums
Krzysztof Wyrwa (Millenium) – bass quitar
Aisha - vocalises

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Howling Winds Of Jesebel

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Marbin "Goat Man & The House Of The Dead"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelMoonjune Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 29, 2016 
Tracklist
1. Buddha Complex (5:27)
2. Goatman (5:57)
3. The House Of The Dead (3:55)
4. Whiskey Chaser (intro) (1:25)
5. Whiskey Chaser (7:04)
6. Electric Zombieland (6:15)
7. Money Train (6:10)
8. Carnival (9:52)
9. Escape From Hippie Mountain (7:19)

Total time 53:24

Line-up
Dani Rabin - guitar
Danny Markovitch - sax
Blake Jiracek - drums
Jon Nadel - bass

Description/Reviews
The music on Marbin’s sixth album, Goatman and the House of the Dead, evokes imagery so vivid it’s easy to imagine this album being a soundtrack to a movie; perhaps a futuristic western. Each one of the nine new compositions tells a story with twists and turns and gives us a glimpse inside the band’s collective mind.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Orion Dust "Duality"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: September 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. Cliffs Of Moher (6:01)
2. Burn Out (7:14)
3. Absencia (3:15)
4. Darkest Hopes (3:58)
5. Duality (4:15)
6. Happiness Inside (11:07)
7. Narcotic Dream (6:39)
8. Tightrope Walker (4:11)
9. Selene (8:37)
10. The Rest (3:22)

Total time 58:39

Line-up
Coplo Guillaume - Drums
Lombardi Olivier - Bass
Kaszowski Cécile - Vocals
Barbier Anthony - Guitar
Andrieux Marion - Keyboards
Bouron Fabien - Guitar

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Ingranaggi Della Valle "Warm Spaced Blue"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelBlack Widow Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 28, 2016
Tracklist
1.Call For Cthulhu: Orison
2.Inntal
3.Call For Cthulhu: Through The Stars
4.Lada Niva
5.Ayida Wedo
6.Call For Cthulhu: Promise

Line-up
Davide Savarese: vocals, glockenspiel and dry Rodhes MkV on "Kajura"
Mattia Liberati: Hammond B3, Mellotron M400, Mellotron M4000, Fender Rodhes Mk V, MiniMoog, MiniMoog Voyager, piano and backing vocals
Flavio Gonnellini: electric guitars and backing vocals
Alessandro Di Sciullo: electric and acoustic guitars, Moog Minitaur, Mellotron M400, Mellotron M4000, Roland TR 808 and TR 909, Akai MPC Touch, Korg Kaoss Pad KP 3, electronics, backing vocals.
Marco Gennarini: violins and backing vocals
Antonio Coronato: electric bass
Shanti Colucci: drums and percussions
   With
Fabio Pignatelli: electric bass and bass effects (1)
Florian Lechter: narrator's voice (2)
Paolo Lucini: traverse flute solo (6)
Stefano Vicarelli: modular synthesis (5)

Description/Reviews
The darker tone of the album is a reflection of our moods and feelings going through a particular time in our lives.
While “In Hoc Signo” was a tribute to '70s Italian Progressive Music and highlighted every single instrument expressiveness to communicate feelings, in this album the band endorsed a new way of composing.
 Every song shapes up with intros, crescendos and diminuendos in dynamic and revolves around main themes combined to every specific moment of the composition.
While maintaining a jazz approach into writing harmonies musicians acquired a big structured rock sound which lead them to introduce English as the singing language. In some way Italian seemed too melodic for the music they were writing.
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Trailer

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Fluido Rosa "Le Vie Dei Sogni"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD 
Release date: September 28, 2016
Tracklist
1. DNA (4:38)
2. Le Vie Dei Sogni (4:28)
3. Example 10 (5:11)
4. Antitesi (4:37)
5. Ivst (5:26)
6. Strade (4:57)
7. Ipazia (6:36)
8. Lamento In Morte Di Garcia Lorca (4:53)
9. Res Viva (4:50)
10. La Storia Degli Ultimi (5:57)
11. A Sylvia (1:35)

Total time 53:08

Line-up
Derek Wilson - drums
Adriano Lo Giudice - bass
Roberta Lombardini - vocals
Maurizio Perfetto - guitar
Gabriele Marciano - vocals, acoustic guitar
Cristiana Polegri - sax, vocals
Danilo Cherni - keyboards, programming

Description/Reviews
Through a profound mix of emotions and music styles, Rock, Prog, and song format Fluido Rosa have tried to dig into the human soul and past the confines of rational understanding. The stylistic influences come from the diverse tastes and experiences of the band members. The most evident of which, is of course Pink Floyd in virtue of the fact they have played (Tribute Band) this mythical bands music for over twenty years.
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Le vie dei sogni
Antitesi

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Glass Hammer "Valkyrie"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Fields We Know (7:37)
2. Golden Days (6:20)
3. No Man's Land (14:20)
4. Nexus Girl (2:58)
5. Valkyrie (5:54)
6. Fog Of War (8:23)
7. Dead And Gone (9:56)
8. Eucatastrophe (3:30)
9. Rapturo (6:12)

Total Time 65:10

Line-up
Steve Babb - bass guitar, keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Fred Schendel - keyboards, guitars, lead and backing vocals
Kamran Alan Shikoh - electric, acoustic & classical guitars
Aaron Raulston - drums
Susie Bogdanowicz - lead and backing vocals

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Synergy Protocol "Odd To Get Even"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: September 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. In The Name Of (11:09)
2. Flashback (5:39)
3. Clockwise (6:32)
4. Just A Man (7:37)
5. Flight From Terra (8:31)
6. Final Chaos (7:32)
7. Puppet On A String (5:28)
8. Odd To Get Even (10:35)

Total time 63:03

Line-up
Laura Martínez - Vocals
Mark Roelofs - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Maarten Heeringa - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Wim Smits - Bass
Patrick Van Mourik - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
The debut album from Dutch band Synergy Protocol is certainly not an album comprised of disposable, mindless tracks. No, this is heavy, symphonic progressive rock with all the Gothic and Classical influences that this brings with it. ‘Odd To Get Even‘ is a collection of hard edged songs that sound like they are being played by a band with plenty of experience under their collective belts.
Read the full review by Paul Lynam at planetmosh.com

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Puppet on a string

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Fabricantes "La Selva Incrustada"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Sludge, Stoner, Progressive Metal
Label: South American Sludge Records
Format: digital
Release date: September 26, 2016
Tracklist
1. El Mago Del Desierto/Hormigon Armado (8:47)
2. Del Fin (7:09)
3. Blues De Oriente (8:17)
4. Contemplacion (7:30)
5. La Resistencia (6:24)
6. Efimero (1:34)
7. Nuevo Humo (11:29)

Total time 51:10

Line-up
Manu Montoya - Guitar, Vocals
Gabi Díaz - Bass
Zequi Ciscar - Drums

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kaipa Da Capo "Dårskapens Monotoni"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Foxtrot Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 25, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Dårskapens Monotoni(10:30)
2. När Jag Var En Pojk (10:40)
3. Vi Lever Här (6:20)
4. Det Tysta Guldet (10:20)
5. Spår Av Vår Tid (5:40)
6. Tonerna (17:20)
7. Monoliten (5:45)

Total Time 66:35

Line-up
Ingemar Bergman (Kaipa): Drums & percussion
Tomas Eriksson (Kaipa): Bass
Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Kaipa, Agents of Mercy): Guitars, Vocal, LapSteel, Ukulele, Portougise Guitar, Grand Piano
Michael Stolt: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Moog
Max Lorentz: Hammond B 3 organ,Yamaha Grand Piano, Vocal, Minimoog, Mellotron, Rhodes piano, Pipe Organl, Flute, Tuba, Sitar, Percussion
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Merit Hemmingson : Vocal (4)
Ludde Lorentz: Saxophones (6)
Peter Lindberg: Steelguitar (3,7)
Otto Åberg: Vocal (6)

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Dårskapens Monotoni
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Emmett Elvin "Assault on the Tyranny of Reason"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelBad Elephant Music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateSeptember 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Morning March of Unreason
2. Boiling
3. Dysnomia - Full Moon
4. Heartburster
5. Mars Is So Yesterday
6. Burma Wednesday
7. The Democracy They Deserve
8. AllWeAreIsLove
9. The Plankton Suite
10. Dozy Phantoms
11. The Curate's Eggnog
12. Assault on the Tyranny of Reason
13. Sphere of the Deceiver (bonus track)

Line-up
Emmett Elvin (Chrome Hoof, Guapo, Knifeworld) - electric and acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, recorders
Alex Thomas - drums
Sarah Anderson (Chrome Hoof) - violin, viola
Anna Tam - cello
Beverley Crome - French, tenor and baritone horns
Daniel Friend - trumpet, flugelhorn
Chloe Herington (Chrome Hoof, Knifeworld)- bassoon
    With:
Kavus Torabi (Guapo, Knifeworld)- guitar (10)
Elen Evans - harp (4)
Philip Collin - church organ (3)
Emma Sullivan - backing vocals (2)

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Operation: Mindcrime "Ressurrection"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 23, 2016 
Tracklist
1. Resurrection (1:40)
2. When All Falls Away (2:21)
3. A Moment In Time (0:29)
4. Through The Noize (1:08)
5. Left For Dead (4:18)
6. Miles Away (4:32)
7. Healing My Wounds (5:19)
8. The Fight (5:09)
9. Taking On The World (5:33)
10. Invincible (7:16)
11. A Smear Campaign (6:15)
12. Which Side You're On (5:57)
13. Into The Hands Of The World (7:02)
14. Live From My Machine (6:00)

Total time 62:59

Line-up
Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche) - Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kelly Gray - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Scott Moughton - Guitars, Keyboards
Randy Gane - Keyboards
David Ellefson - Bass
John Moyer - Bass
Simon Wright - Drums
Scott Mercado - Drums
Brian Tichy - Drums
    With
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals (9)
Blaze Bayley – Vocals (9)
Mark Daly – Vocals & Lyrics
Nick Greatrex - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Left For Dead
The Fight 

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Promenade "Noi al dir di Noi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Fading records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Athletics (10:32)
2. Il Secondo Passo (6:43)
3. L'albero Magico (4:33)
4. Roccoco (5:48)
5. Kernel (4:16)
6. Pantera (6:47)
7. Crisantemo (7:53)

Total time 46:32

Line-up
Matteo Barisone - vocals, keyboards
Gianluca Barisone - guitars
Stefano Scarella - bass, saxophone
Simone Scala - drums, percussion

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L'Albero Magico
Teaser  

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Dysrhythmia "The Veil Of Control"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Profound Lore Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Veil Of Control (5:40)
2. Internal / Eternal (6:23)
3. Black Memory (4:56)
4. Selective Abstraction (5:02)
5. Severed And Whole (5:07)
6. When Whens End (8:29)

Total Time 35:37

Line-up
Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts) - gutiars
Colin Marston (Gorguts) - bass
Jeff Eber - drums

Description/Reviews
“Internal_Eternal” opens with a classic King Crimson guitar line, hypnotizing us for a full minute before the band really kicks in with some jazzy improv. One can hear the post-metal similarity to Russian Circles by the midpoint here, with a less technical, more flowing variation on the guitar line, backed by a conventional chord progression and relatively sparse drum fills. I say relatively because Jeff Eber is a monster on the drums, and can make the listener dizzy with his fills.
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Jorge Arana Trio "Mammoth"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Math Rock
Label: Haymaker Records
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: September 23, 2016 (digital), October 14, 2016 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Traffic Time Exorcism (1:33)
2. Speak, Beast (4:56)
3. I Don't Wanna Die! / Lil Exodus (4:57)
4. Bloodletting For Kids (2:49)
5. Golden Arrow (2:31)
6. Booth (4:22)
7. All My Friends Are Brown (2:59)
8. Overworld Map (1:44)
9. Mammoth (4:02)

Total time 29:53

Line-up
Jorge Arana - Guitar, Keys
Jason Nash - Bass
Josh Enyart - Drums

Description/Reviews
Mammoth is a sophisticated blend of sounds and structures that challenges expectations, pushing the art rock genre into the world of progressive music with jazz fusion and math rock elements. Building on previous albums Mapache and Oso‘s use of playful genuine interaction in the patterned riffs and rhythms, Mammoth ups the ante by incorporating a tense and dark mood across the entire album. This album is aggressive, this album is frantic, this album is a true “bruiser”. “Speak, Beast” sets the tone, casting a menacing shadow of distorted lead guitar over brooding keyboard pads and drums that sound more tribal than belonging in a rock band. With Mammoth, the listener gets the feel that they are in an epoch not their own – they are in a world of gnashing tusks, embattlement, and ultimately survival.

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Second Relation "Eno"


Country: Austria
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz, Funk
Label: Long Branch Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Eno (4:48)
2. Labyrinth (6:10)
3. White Mirror (4:00)
4. The Essence Of The City (5:12)
5. Canvas, Color, Comfort (4:52)
6. Rebirth (3:30)
7. Countless Damages (4:25)
8. Familiar Surroundings (7:21)
9. Any Direction (3:52)
10. Second Hand Life (5:02)

Total time 49:12

Line-up
Bastian B. Berchtold - Vocals, Bass, Cello
Daniel Fleps - Keyboard, Back Vocals
Simon Gstöhl - Guitars
Julian Nachbauer - Guitars
Michael Simic - Drums

Description/Reviews
Throughout, there is an undoubtable jazzy and fusion hue as evidenced on the engaging ‘Labyrinth’ with its shifting time signatures and jazzy organ fills whilst ‘White Mirror’ could even be Lee Ritenour in his late-seventies commercial heyday.
‘Familiar Surroundings’ is a good example of the band’s output.  The proggy passages could be Spock’s Beard but always grounded in the jazzy groove.
If Katatonia is now characterised by  Jonas Renkse’s broody vocals adding a distinctive air of melancholia to the proceedings, Bastian Berchold’s  jazzy vocals permeate ‘Second Relation’ and leave an indelible mark.
Read the full review by David Randall at getreadytorock.me.uk

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Eno
Countless Damages

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Source "Return to Nothing"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Pavement Entertainment
Format: digital
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Forgiveness (8:22)
2. Memories Of Yesterday (8:32)
3. The Essence (10:22)
4. The Word Source (feat. Bentinho Massaro) (0:46)
5. Return To Nothing (8:59)
6. Complaisance (9:40)
7. Consumed (2:46)
8. The Serpent (9:42)
9. Quadrant (10:19)

Total time 69:28

Line-up
Ben Gleason- Guitar
Georges Octobous- Drums
Dan Crisafulli- Bass
   With
Bentinho Massaro - Narration (4)

Description/Reviews
Colorado’s Source are one of those bands who just couldn’t hold out for the new Tool album and took it upon themselves to make it, like so many other acts are doing these days. The difference is, I think they’ve actually done it. Without a doubt, fans of Tool, Karnivool, Soen, Chevelle, The Reticent and so many more will absolutely love what’s been done here.

Read the full review at newnoisemagazine.com

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Memories Of Yesterday 
Stream

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SBB "Za Linią Horyzontu"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Polskie Radio
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Odwieczni wojownicy (3:54)
2. Najwyższy czas (5:26)
3. 360 do tyłu (7:04)
4. Goris (5:24)
5. Za linią horyzontu (4:06)
6. Pacific (5:27)
7. Zielony, niebieski, żółty (3:23)
8. Suita nr 9 (15:31)

Total time 50:15

Line-up
Józef Skrzek — vocals, keyboards
Apostolis Anthimos — guitar
Jerzy Piotrowski — drums

Media/Samples 
Za linią horyzontu
Deezer

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Marillion "F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: earMusic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
  1. El Dorado (i) Long-Shadowed Sun
  2. El Dorado (ii) The Gold
  3. El Dorado (iii) Demolished Lives
  4. El Dorado (iv) F E A R
  5. El Dorado (v) The Grandchildren Of Apes
  6. Living in F E A R
  7. The Leavers (i) Wake Up In Music
  8. The Leavers (ii) The Remainers
  9. The Leavers (iii) Vapour Trails In The Sky
  10. The Leavers (iv) The Jumble Of Days
  11. The Leavers (v) One Tonight
  12. White Paper
  13. The New Kings (i) Fuck Everyone And Run
  14. The New Kings (ii) Russia’s Locked Doors
  15. The New Kings (iii) A Scary Sky
  16. The New Kings (iv) Why Is Nothing Ever True?
  17. The Leavers (vi) Tomorrow’s New Country
Line-up
Steve Rothery – guitars
Mark Kelly – keyboards
Pete Trewavas – bass
Ian Mosley – drums, percussion
Steve Hogarth – lead vocals

Description/Reviews
Marillion has certainly not mellowed with age; the album artwork shows the acronym ‘FEAR’ embossed on a gold ingot, and the songs themselves bear the hallmark of true quality.
Whilst the album title itself is certainly provocative, it’s not meant to be offensive. The title itself features as a line in the track ‘New Kings’ and is delivered as a plaintive falsetto. ‘FEAR’ sees the band taking on the big themes but they do not see it as their place to preach to people. ‘New Kings’ looks at the ravening beast that modern capitalism seems to have evolved into, ‘El Dorado’ examines the notions of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK, ‘The Leavers’ examines the impact of a transient life on the road for those constantly waving goodbye.
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The New Kings
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Neurosis "Fires Within Fires"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Industrial, Alternative, Post Metal
Label: Neurot Recordings
Format: vinyl, cassette, CD, digital
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
01. Bending Light
02. A Shadow Memory
03. Fire Is The End Lesson
04. Broken Ground
05. Reach

Line-up
Scott Kelly - Guitars & Vocals
Steve Von Till - Guitars, Vocals, Filters & Textures
Dave Edwardson - Bass, Moog Synthesizer & Space
Noah Landis - Organ, Piano, Samples & Atmospheres
Jason Roeder - Drums

Description/Reviews
In true Ouroborean style, "Fires Within Fires" gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, dense sonic heaviness and reflective space. "Fires Within Fires" is succinct, raw and deeply soulful, an all-encompassing reminder to all that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength.

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Kansas "The Prelude Implicit"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Inside Out
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 23, 2016
Tracklist
  1. With This Heart
  2. Visibility Zero
  3. The Unsung Heroes
  4. Rhythm in the Spirit
  5. Refugee
  6. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen  
  7. Camouflage
  8. Summer
  9. Crowded Isolation
  10. Section 60
Line-up
Phil Ehart- Drums, Percussion
Billy Greer- Bass, Vocals
David Manion- Keyboards
Ronnie Platt- Lead Vocals, Keyboards
David Ragsdale- Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams- Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Zak Rizvi- Electric Guitar

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Teaser 
With This Heart 
Visibility Zero

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Ullulators "Dark Nights In Paradise"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Ethnic
Label: Atmik Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 22, 2016 (digital), December 1, 2016 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Zen Garden (7:40)
2. Dark Nights In Paradise (8:53)
3. Falling Cherry Blossom (6:18)
4. Atmik Evolution, Pt. 1 (3:34)
5. Atmik Evolution, Pt. 2 (6:10)
6. The Sun God (6:40)
7. Spring Secrets (4:18)
8. Hidden Worlds (2:45)

Total Time 46:18

Line-up
Gavin Griffiths (Ozric Tentacles) - Guitars, bass, keyboards, sampling, vocal arranging
Nick Van Gelder (Ozric Tentacles) - Drums (1,3,7)
Tim Reyland - Drums (2, 4, 5, 6)
Jumping Jon 'Champignon' Egan (Dream Machine) - Sacrificial Shenai, flute, Ney
Joie Hinton (Ozric Tentacles) - Solo Synths
Paul 'Conga Paul' Hankin (Ozric Tentacles) - Percussion
   With
Saddhu Hanuman Baba - Voice (1)

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