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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Odysseus Reborn "Divine Inclination"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 31, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Inclination (3:53)
2. Warning (4:34)
3. Reclamation (4:33)
4. Winds Of Change (4:23)
5. Ayahuasca Jaunt (10:08)
6. You People (5:53)
7. Mobius Striptease (6:09)
8. Illumination (3:36)
9. We Are Poison (5:41)
10. The Void (Part 1) (11:00)
11. The Void (Part 2) (12:10)

Total Time 72:00

Line-up
Rob Elkin: Lead Guitar and Vocals
Ben Veness: Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals
Fisho Fisher: Bass Guitar
Alex Gasparich: Drums and Keyboard

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Friday, December 29, 2017

NVC "The Deleted Scenes"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 29 , 2017
Tracklist
1. The Fugitive (10:39)
2. Securcity (12:01)
3. Cutaway (5:16)
4. West Turned Stagnant Here (11:26)
5. Fold's Road (5:14)

Total Time 44:36

Line-up
Guillaume Martel-Simard - Guitar, Vocal
Marc-André 'Leym' Lavoie - Guitar, Vocal
Jean-François Racine - Keys
Sebastien Marrier-Verret - Bass
Julien LeBreux - Drums
   With
Sarah O'Connor - Vocal (1, 2, 4)
Catherine Leblanc - Mother (4)
Alizea Muller, J-F Chabot - 'Sunrays' (1)

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Agharta "Flora"


Country: Paraguay
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Funk, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 28, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Jazz lion
  2. De Otro Mundo
  3. Distinto
  4. Cordero
  5. Sombras
  6. Camino
  7. Flora
Line-up
Marcelo Fonseca - Guitar and vocals
José Russo - Keyboards
Enrique Codas - Bass guitar
Ignacio Saenz - Drums and didgeridoo
Felix Benitez - Flute
   With
Lucero Olazar - Tenor sax
Paula Ezquivel - Alto sax and soprano sax
Mar Perez - Trumpet
Diana Quiñonez - Trombone
Marcelo Ortigoza - Tenor sax solo (4)
Hector Candia - Vocals (5)
José Ferro - Vocals (6)
Papu Carmona - Percussion

Description/Reviews
Flora is the first album from the paraguayan band Agharta. Classic prog rock, funk and psychedelic rock are some of the styles explored in the album. A distinctive sound is present on each track, heavy riffs in "Cordero", sweet melodies in "Distinto" and funky sounds in Flora.  
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Konstantin Jambazov "Talking To Myself"


Country: Bulgaria
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Orphictone ‎(ORPH-0007)
Format: CD
Release date: December 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. When (6:50)
2. What's Normal (8:50)
3. Childless (6:09)
4. Immortality (10:03)
5. Tired (5:04)
6. Labyrinth (6:07)
7. Inward Feeling (7:49)
8. Solitude (7:16)
9. Reflections (9:26)
10. Stamp Pf Personality (5:34)

Total Time 73:08

Line-up
Konstantin Jambazov (Virtuel, ClearLand, Hades)

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Sampler
Tired

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Adhara "Adhara"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Windmill (5:53)
2. Floating Sunflower Field (7:47)
3. Clover & Quicksand (8:13)
4. Corridors Of Time (6:51)
5. Ether (7:07)
6. Inner Struggle (7:44)
7. Expectations (7:22)

Total Time 50:57

Line-up
Jérémie Bocquet - Guitar
Thomas Caserus - Drums
Joël Crouzet - Bass
Manuel Rovaretti - Guitar

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New Past "State Of Falling"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Persephone/Descending (7:05)
2. State Of Falling (5:32)
3. My Only Friend (5:13)
4. The Charlatan (4:19)
5. Heads Or Tails (4:04)
6. Break The Fetters (6:14)
7. Persephone/Ascending (6:18)

Total Time 38:45

Line-up
Andreas Denwar: Vocals
Kostas Stamatiou: Guitars
Andreas Kapeleris: Bass
Manos Agouridis: Drums
   With
Sofia Yannopoulou: Vocals (1)

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wavesign "Flowing Sceneries"


Country: Chile
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Black Sunrise
2. Misguided I: Never Shine
3. Misguided II: Paper Wings
4. Dusk
5. Just a Piece

Total Time 32:24

Line-up
Miguel Sepúlveda: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars.
Jaime Cid: Electric Bass Guitar, Fretless Acoustic Bass, Backing Vocals, Spoken Words, Additional Percussion, Additional Electric Guitar, Additional Programmed Keyboards, Electronic Samples/Effects.
Mario Matamala: Drums and Percussions.
Cristian Vega: Keyboards and Acoustic Pianos.
   With
Gabriel Fierro (Kuervos del Sur): Drums Solo (3)
Adilen Reyes: Choir (4)
Franco Ortiz (Parresía): Saxophone Solo (4)

Description/Reviews
Inspired by the inhospitable beauty and extensive geography of Chile, source of inspiration for so many poets throughout history, "Flowing Sceneries"  showcases a balanced yet solid, multilayered blend of modern and classic influences, ranging from straightforward rock to dynamic jazz/fusion elements, through songs with storytelling-like constructions.
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Black Sunrise

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Krzysztof Lepiarczyk "Jakżeż ja sie uspokoję"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelLYNX Music (LM 133 CD)
FormatCD
Release date: December 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Gdy (5:26)
2. Spokój (2:53)
3. Wesoły (3:50)
4. Meteor (4:48)
5. Napis Na Obrazie (2:20)
6. Twarze (5:02)
7. Czy (5:18)
8. Bóg (4:40)

Total Time 34:17

Line-up
Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (Loonypark, Padre, Nemezis, Metus) - keyboards
Jerzy Antczak (Albion, Georgius) - guitars
Grzegorz Bauer (Millenium, Metus) - drums
Marek Smelkowski (Padre, Liquid Shadows, Millenium) - vocals
Mateusz Mazurkiewicz - bass

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Wesoły

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

KreepMaster "KM.III.:Centralia"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Show Me The Future (2:36)
2. Re_Wired (2:34)
3. Nostalgic (4:05)
4. Red Ribbon Crew (3:55)
5. Forged Metal (3:50)
6. Circuits (6:12)
7. Beam Up! (4:17)
8. Space Grey (5:21)

Total Time 32:50

Line-up
Peter - Guitar, Drum programming, Samples

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

a silent sound "COMPASS"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Pop, Folk
LabelFreya Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Setting Foot On The Hills (8:18)
2. Lake Okaru (5:15)
3. City One (6:48)
4. City Two (5:33)
5. Dark Night's Rising (5:54)
6. On The Ground (6:06)
7. The Road (4:25)
8. City Three (6:58)
9. Sunset On An Island (1:45)
10. Love Song (4:01)
11. The Returnee (5:06)
12. Home (4:28)

Total Time 64:37

Line-up
Tom Luchies (Sky Architect, Melvin's Nosehair) - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Pianet T, Percussion, Vocals
Christiaan Bruin (Sky Architect, The Black Codex, Adeia) - Drums, Pitched Percussion
Rik van Honk (Sky Architect, The Black Codex) - Horns, Moog Synthesizer
Auke Haaksma - Bass
Linda Baur - Piano

Description/Reviews
What do you get when you combine traveling around the globe and songwriting? When you put together progressive rock and acoustic folk, with a slight hint of pop? And what would happen if you would do this without the pressure of record labels, completely ignoring the fact that we divided this world into boxes and thus you can move freely whatever way you want to? Then you’ll get ‘a silent sound’.
‘Compass’ consists of 12 songs which tell the story of the journey of a man, traveling to fulfil his fathers’ last wish. To return to the place he once was born. On this journey he doesn’t only see the different surroundings and the beautiful nature, but he soon gets to know cities and all of her temptations, new people, cultures and all that the world has got to offer. Both positive and negative. ‘Compass’ is not only about the journey, which is possibly based on true events, but evenmore about discovering, about love, experiencing, accepting, deception and relief.
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Deezer

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Brandon Hart "Genesis"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Djent Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Exist (2:43)
2. Dawning (4:18)
3. Eden (2:59)
4. Blossom (5:22)
5. Imagine (6:01)
6. Venom (1:22)
7. Deceiver (5:44)
8. Elegance (4:02)
9. Clear (4:39)
10. Evolve (6:43)

Total Time 43:53

Line-up
Brandon Hart - Guitars, Bass
   With
Joey Izzo - Keys (5)
Chas Porter - Keys (8)
Adam Bentley - Guitar (9)
Drums and Percussion performed by GetGood Drums

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Soul Doubt "The Dance Of Light And Shade"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Hail To The Sun (5:29)
2. Prelude To Unconsciousness (3:23)
3. Hereafter (3:28)
4. Waking Dreams: Spectre Of Twilight (4:55)
5. Danse Macabre (12:18)
6. Elysian (6:14)
7. Waking Dreams: Swing Of Lights (4:31)
8. Silent Notes (6:58)
9. Whispers - Interlude I (1:30)
10. The Fall (5:46)
11. Aeons (9:55)
12. Standing On The Horizon (8:40)
13. Ashore - Interlude II (1:22)
14. Land(E)Scape (5:41)
15. Soundscape (4:38)
16. Sunset - Interlude III (0:47)
17. The Nightbringer (4:40)
18. Circus Oblivion (6:53)
19. At The Gates Of Dawn - Interlude IV (1:32)
20. Ashes Of The World (8:32)

Total Time 107:12

Line-up
Marco Ciancaglini: lead & backing vocals, acoustic & classic guitars, orchestrations, additional keys, irish folk and stupid whistles
Federico Benini: 5-string bass, fretless bass, additional synths & pads, programming and sound design
Nicola Casamenti: lead guitars
Marco Calbi: electric guitars, acoustic & classic guitars, dobro
Ale D’Altri: drums
Francesca Pretolani: piano, keyboards and lead synths
Emma Ronca: female lead and backing vocals
Davide Lavia: keyboards and synth (10), organs (17)
Jennifer Vargas: additional vocals (5)

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Mistheria "Gemini"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Neo-Classical/Symphonic/Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
01 - Hands Of Fire
02 - Angels In The Shadow
03 - Fight Of The Bumblebee
04 - Moonlight Sonata
05 - Air "The Day After"
06 - Devil's Step
07 - Prayer To God
08 - Prog Fantasy
09 - Falling Stars
10 - My Dear Chopin
11 - Asturias
12 - Adagio in G minor
13 - Metal Piano Sonata op.13

Line-up
Mistheria - keyboards
Roger Staffelbach - guitar
Leonardo Porcheddu - guitar
Ivan Mihaljevic - guitar
Steve Di Giorgio - bass
Dino Fiorenza - bass
John Macaluso - drums
   With
Christopher Caffery - guitar
Roy Z - guitar

Description/Reviews
"GEMINI" is an instrumental metal album which collects 13 songs composed and/or arranged by MISTHERIA in the metal, neo-classical, prog-metal genres.

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Trailer

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Marco De Angelis "Next Station"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Freewill (6:46)
2. Keep Going (5:58)
3. A Proggy Night In London (13:32)
4. Back Again (6:25)
5. Next Station (12:40)
6. Last Train (5:45)

Total Time 51:06

Line-up
Marco De Angelis: Guitars, Bass, Chapman Stick, Keyboards, Spanish Laud, Mandolin, Percussions
   With
Cristiano Micalizzi: Drums
Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents Of Mercy, Steve Hackett): Lead and Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3)
Robbie Wyckoff (Under-Radio, Roger Waters): Lead Vocals (4, 5), Backing Vocals (5)
Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, Karmakanic): Lead and Backing Vocals (6)
Simona Rizzi: Backing Vocals (2, 4, 5, 6)
Cristiana Polegri: Backing Vocals (2, 4, 5, 6), Sax (2, 5)

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Freewill

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Hamadryad "The Black Hole"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Peaceful Exit (8:04)
2. So - By Your Side (10:32)
3. Fall'n Fly (8:43)
4. Dark Souls (6:01)
5. Crash (4:53)
6. The Worst Is Yet to Come (5:43)
7. Amora Demonis 2017 (7:54)

Total Time 51:50

Line-up
Denis Jalbert - Guitars, Back Vocals
Jean-Francois Desilets - Bass, Lead Vocals
Sebastien Cloutier - Keyboards, Back Vocals
Nicolas Turcotte - Drums

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Deezer

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Pulsar A.D. "Cosmic Odyssey, Vol. I: The Rise Of The Hollow King"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock, Stoner
Format: digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Pulsar I: The Awakening Of The Hollow Prince (4:19)
2. Venus (3:38)
3. Let's Forgive, Let's Forget  (3:12)
4. The Betrayal (3:51)
5. The Departure (4:37)
6. Pulsar II: At The Tribunal's Will (6:27)
7. Measures (6:10)
8. Majesty (4:45)
9. Pulsar III: Cosmic Throne (3:53)
10. Collision (4:29)
11. Insane (Gates Of Babylon) (3:23)

Total Time 48:44

Line-up
Joshua Torres - Bass
Alan Tellez - Drums
Mariana Romero - Guitar
Joel Silva - Guitar and vocals

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Stream
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Camembert "Negative Toe"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock
LabelAltrOck
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateDecember 15, 2017 (CD, vinyl), December 26, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Orteil Negatif.once Upon A Time In The Galax-cheese (3:13)
2. Fecondee Par Un Extra-terrestre (15:10)
3. Gros Bouquin (11:11)
4. The Lament Of Pr.frankenschnorgl (9:11)
5. Skwitch (14:47)
6. El Pulpo (3:19)

Total Time 56:51

Line-up
Adrien Arnaud: Trumpet, percussions
Lela Frite: Voice, invocations
Guillaume Gravelin aka Harpus: Harp
Pierre Wawrzyniak aka W-Cheese: Bass, accoustic guitar
Juliette Blum: Trombone, percussions
Fabrice Toussaint aka Fab aka Slipman: Drums, percussions, arrangements
Valentin Metz: Guitars, bass
Clarissa Imperatore: Vibraphone, xylophone, percussions

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day Six "Solitary League"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Lion Music (LMC398)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Hypervigilant  
2. Flight to Mars  
3. Myriad Scars  
4. Math's Patterns  
5. The Cloud  
6. Grace in Words
7. 3:09  
8. Deadlock  
9. Modern Solitude

Line-up
Eric Smits (Casual Silence) – Bass, Backing Vocals
Daan Liebregts – Drums
Rutger Vlek – Keyboards
Robbie van Stiphout – Guitars, Vocals

Description/Reviews
Musically, Day Six stick to their tried and true formula of intricate, yet melodic and easily accessible, compositions that draw upon and blend many genres. The larger wrapper is heavier progressive rock. Most every song has passages with heavy brisk riffage with thick bottom end that will remind you of progressive metal. In between Day Six enjoys playing with mixtures of basic melodic rock, jazz, pop, and symphonic notes. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Sampler

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Anubis Spire "Divining Rod"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Eleventh House Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sleeper (6:06)
2. I Don't Mind (8:43)
3. Saint Joan (5:04)
4. Nantucket Sleighride (7:43)
5. Breathless (7:18)
6. Here's That Love Song (5:33)
7. Divining Rod (6:08)
8. Forever The Sloppy Goodbye (5:55)

Total Time 52:30

Line-up
Bill MacKechnie: Vocals, all instruments
Fred DeRuvo: Drums (8)

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As Follows "&cet"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Intelligent Egg
Formatdigital
Release date: December 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Farmer Giles Of Ham (8:16)
  i. Giant Steps
  ii. Meetings By Fire
  iii. Wyrms-Lair
  iv. Battle For The Bridge
2. Father To Son (12:28)
3. Purple Prose (11:24)
4. Megalith Book VI (22:10)
  i. Into The Infinite
  ii. Beyond The Last Waystone
  iii. All That Is, Is

Total Time 54:18

Line-up
Ben Asaro - guitar, bass, keyboards, gang vocals (2)
Kurt Borst - vocals
Nathan Nasty - vocals
Madeleine Durham - vocals
Claire Brock - drums
  With
Gary Pickard - flute (2)
Jose Bahamonde - lead guitar (2), gang vocals (2)
Michael Spaccarotella - lead guitar (4)
Elizabeth Roxburgh - voice (4)
Tom Racciopi, Kris Mandapat - gang vocals (2)

Description/Reviews
As Follows returns with their third full-length album, &cet. Pulling from a diverse pool of influences, this album will appeal to fans of melodic prog rock in the style of Rush, Yes, Genesis, and Pink Floyd.
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Stream

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kælling "Lacuna"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 10, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Duality (5:06)
2. Circle (6:25)
3. Heritage (6:51)
4. Lackluster (4:38)
5. Cognition (8:33)
6. Living Ghosts (6:51)
7. The Bait And The Hook (5:12)
8. Reunion (5:51)
9. Departure (16:05)

Total Time 65:32

Line-up
André Oliveira
João Rodrigues

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Carbon 7 "The Autumn Men Empire"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Ambient
Format: digital
Release date: December 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Florida Lee (26:36)
2. Rube Rick (9:57)
3. Sofa Cleese (8:28)
4. Home Eric (20:48)
5. Mark Surrealius (31:32)

Total Time 97:21

Line-up
Dennis Bruhn- Drums
Ron Tindle- Keyboards
Chris Vreeland- Bass

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Quasar "Last Transmission"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Nowhere (5:52)
2. Lost Inside (9:58)
3. Domino (4:21)
4. Vertigo (6:14)
5. Vain Spaces (3:57)
6. Solitude (6:34)
7. Dominated (5:30)
8. The Skies Of Mind (7:03)
9. The Light Forest (8:58)

Total Time 58:27

Line-up
Andrea Balzani - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Alessandro Alex Farulli - Drums, Percussion
    With
Jean Pierre Brunod - Guitars
Francesco Napoleoni - Bass

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Nowhere
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Stretch Heart "Stretch Heart"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dance Of Deceit (1:48)
2. Sleep (2:13)
3. Stretch Heart (3:06)
4. Stuck In Love (4:05)
5. Maneater (3:54)
6. Cult Of Venus (4:57)
7. In The Hall (7:38)
8. Face The Truth (4:39)
9. The Sands Of Time (8:27)

Total Time 40:47

Line-up
Alex Roumanidakis - Vocals, all instruments, programming

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Even Flow "Life Has Just Begun"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Mjriam Inc
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Secret Prayer (4:14)
2. Come To Life (3:00)
3. Azure Haze (6:28)
4. Believe (5:01)
5. Writing A Memory, Part 1: Releasing My Mind (6:29)
6. Infinity (3:50)
7. Oblivion (5:26)
8. Alternative State Of Mind (5:05)
9. Mystical Inside (4:28)
10. Seasons Never Changes (4:55)

Total Time 48:56

Line-up
Pier Paolo Lunesu - Vocals, Guitars
Alessandro Tilocca - Guitars
Gavino Salaris - Bass
Giorgio Lunesu - Drums, Percussion

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Sintesi Del Viaggio Di Es "l Sole Alle Spalle"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Locanda Del Vento ‎(LDV012)
Format: CD
Release date: early December 2017
Tracklist
1 Intro: Noi
2 Segnali
3 Sabbia (Tra Le Mani)
4 Altra Idea
5 Ritornano Stanotte
6 L'altra Parte Buia
7 Il Patto Non Scritto
8 L'illusione
9 Il Sole Alle Spalle
10 Coda: Lei

Line-up
Valerio Roda (Sithonia) - bass
Marco Giovannini (Sithonia) - vocals
Sauro Musi (Sithonia) - guitar
Eleonora Montenegro - flute
Nicola Alberghini - drums
Maurizio Pezzoli - keyboards

Description/Reviews
“Il Sole alle Spalle” inherits the typical characteristics of records that have left their mark as “Spettacolo annullato”, “Hotel Brun” and “La Soluzione semplice”: typically Italian interpretation and melody, always appealing songs length, with the indispensable 15-minutes suite, the conclusive title track, which knows how to unfold in different images and moments, from the most symphonic and rocking to the most delicate breath of acoustic guitars, piano and flute.
Just the flute of Eleonora Montenegro becomes a distinctive element for the traits of greater lightness and sweetness, until folkish Celtic digressions  (there is also a tin whistle for the occasion).
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Cleric "Retrocasual"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Experimental/Avant Garde/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelWeb of Mimicry
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The treme
2. Ifrit
3. Lowell
4. Lunger
5. Soroboruo
6. Resumption
7. The Spiraling Abyss
8. Triskaidekaphobe
9. Grey Lodge

Line-up
Matt Hollenberg - guitars
Daniel Ephraim Kennedy - bass, guitar (7)
Larry Kwartowitz - drums, percussion, war drums
Nick Shellenberger - voice, keyboards, guitar 2 (6), bass 1 (7), bass 2 (8), war drums (8), samples
   With:
Timba Harris - violins (1)
Mick Barr - guitar (5)
John Zorn - alto saxophone (9)

Description/Reviews
Now with well-earned respect from both the extreme metal underground and Zorn-associated avant garde jazz scene, Cleric more than makes good on their promise. Listen to them rewrite the book on what the combination of the terms "metal" and "avant garde" can (and should) mean. With "Retrocausal" this tireless Philadeliphia-based unit has burst forth with a true masterpiece in the field of extreme experimental music.
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Mabel Greer's Toyshop "The Secret"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Big Brother, Little Brother
2. Love's Fire
3. Turning To The Light
4. Angel Sent
5. More & More
6. Swan
7. Image of Existence
8. You
9. The Secret

Line-up
Clive Bayley - guitar, vocals
Hugo Barré - bass
Robert Hagger - drums
Max Hunt - keyboards
   With
Peter Banks (YES, Flash) - guitar (9)

Description/Reviews
On this album, Peter Banks can be heard playing a guitar duo with Mabel Greer's founder, guitarist and vocalist, Clive Bayley for the first time in 50 years. Clive has written a new song around guitar parts recorded by Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013. This song is a tribute to Banks and Chris Squire who both joined the band in September 1967.
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Zaina Arekat "Mind Journey"


Country: Bahrain
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Mind Journey (2:06)
2. The Fields (3:38)
3. Majestic Realm (2:32)
4. Beasts Of Wonder (3:23)
5. Ancient Sands (3:12)
6. The Nautilus (2:45)
7. Ghostly Sails (4:02)
8. Dark Side Of The Moon (3:49)
9. The Last Flight (2:37)
10. Angels (4:06)

Total Time 32:10

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Zaina Arekat

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Mind Journey

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Alvenrad "Heer"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Retro Progressive Folk Metal
Label: Trollmusic (TROLL011)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. De Hoogzit (1:26)
2. De Raven Wodans (5:37)
3. Dagen Gaans Heen (4:52)
4. De Zonne-ever (5:25)
5. Boom Des Gouds (2:49)
6. De Herder (1:35)
7. Fallisch (4:08)
8. Minneschemering (4:13)
9. De Groene Tempel (3:51)
10. Omheind (5:54)
11. Foreest In Tweelicht (5:51)

Total Time 45:41

Line-up
Mark Kwint: vox, guitars
Jasper Strik: organs, piano, vox
   With
Ingmar Regeling: drums
Thijs Kwint: bass
Hanna van Gorcum: nyckelharpa (1,4,10)
Erik Sprooten: guitar solo (3,11)
Arjan Hoekstra: euphonium (7)

Description/Reviews
I think the question will be from the start if this is a “folk metal” album as the progressive nature of it seems to be far outweighing the folk. While I don’t hear a lot of folk going on with a part here or there, “Heer” doesn’t really fit into any specific box so keep an open mind while listening. With tons of Hammond Organ reminiscent oriented tracks, “Heer” strikes a new path in metal far from any connection previously attempted and with each passing listen for me unveils something new and mind altering. 
Read the full review at folk-metal.nl

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Oglin "Leeches and Lowly Worms"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Leeches And Lowly Worms (5:32)
2. The Office Cockerel (5:11)
3. Sabbatical (4:26)
4. Escape (5:48)
5. Customer Of Culture (4:10)
6. Mother (3:29)
7. Bridge (1:36)
8. Back To The Hearth (3:46)
9. Dream (5:14)
10. The Pill (2:23)
11. Charlotte (9:58)

Total Time 51:33

Line-up
Ogge Sjölin - bass, vocal
Seth Kapadia - guitars
David Thurfjell - keyboards
Johan Thurfjell - drums

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Diablo Swing Orchestra "Pacifisticuffs"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Spinefarm/Universal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love) (2:26)
2. The Age Of Vulture Culture (5:00)
3. Superhero Jagganath (5:41)
4. Vision Of The Purblind (1:01)
5. Lady Clandestine Chainbreaker (4:50)
6. Jigsaw Hustle (4:52)
7. Pulse Of The Incipient (0:34)
8. Ode To The Innocent (3:49)
9. Interruption (5:21)
10. Cul-De-Sac Semantics (1:09)
11. Karma Bonfire (4:14)
12. Climbing The Eyewall (4:40)
13. Porch Of Perception (0:44)

Total Time 44:21

Line-up
Kristin Evegård - lead vocals, piano
Daniel Håkansson - lead vocals, guitar
Pontus Mantefors - guitar, synthesizer, FX, vocals
Anders Johansson  - bass
Johannes Bergion - cello, backing vocals
Martin Isaksson - trumpet, backing vocals
Daniel Hedin - trombone, backing vocals
Johan Norbäck - drums

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Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love)
Jigsaw Hustle (single version)

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Moonshine Oversight "Vanishing Lines"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital 
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Moonrise (1:50)
2. Vultures (5:51)
3. Beyond The Stars (9:14)
4. Mayflies (6:17)
5. Moonrakers (5:05)
6. Young Man (6:09)
7. Sparkling Cut (6:39)
8. Feel (4:21)
9. Echoes Of Asymmetry (7:23)

Total Time 52:49

Line-up
Julien Pivi - Guitars, Vocals
Julien Ventura - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Florent Bazzano - Bass
Julien Sorel - Drums

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White Mountain "The Delta Sessions"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Bellicose Wolf (2:53)
2. Make A Wish  (4:38)
3. Trail Of The Snake  (4:58)
4. Happiness By Chance  (5:31)
5. My Winds  (5:17)
6. The Sadness Of Your Chains (5:28)
7. Northern Soul  (2:24)
8. A Way To Stay Alive  (4:40)
9. Real Life (4:29)
10. Constant Chaos (3:32)
11. Drowning (3:08)
12. Like Above So Below  (4:34)
13. The Link (1:53)
14. We Don’t Care (5:01)
15. The Creature (12:33)

Total Time 70:59

Line-up
Mirko Ertmer: All Instruments, Programming, Vocals (14)
   With
Daniela Kompe: Piano (3)
Sven Tasch: Piano (9)
Christian Eden: Additional Guitar Solo (3)
Jonathan Schnitzspan: Additional Guitar Solo (6)
Henning Buck: Additional Guitar Solo (8)
Jackie Koopmann: Vocals (2, 15)
Nina Jiers: Vocals (9), Additional Vocals (3)
Lorenza Vand: Vocals (11)
Celina Di Stefano: Vocals (5)
Jochen Miller: Vocals (3)
Marc Warncke: Vocals (12, 14), Additional Guitar Solo (5)
Nicolas Ciezki: Vocals (6)
Deibys Artigas: Vocals (8)

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Icecocoon "How Long Is Forever...?"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Great Aerial Ocean (6:36)
2. Falling Away (4:32)
3. Breaking You Apart (5:02)
4. Lost At Sea (7:09)
5. The Particle Horizon (3:22)
6. Did It All (5:36)
7. Sunlight Sonata (2:28)
8. One Hundred Times My Weight (9:05)

Total Time 43:50

Line-up
Owen Gillett - Guitars, Vocals
Brad Roscow - Guitars
Matthew R. Davis - Bass, Vocals
Tom Kilsby - Drums

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Breaking You Apart
Lost at Sea
The Great Aerial Ocean

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Schiermann "Schiermann"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Technical Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date:  December 8, 2017 (digital), December 20, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Weniger Zeit (7:35)
2. Northern Lights (4:47)
3. Stygian Path (9:13)
4. Amarantine (6:10)
5. Flexuous (8:56)
6. Technical Disabilities (8:51)

Total Time 45:32

Line-up
Chris Schiermann: guitars, drums (6)
   With
Navene Koperweis (Animals As Leaders): drums (1, 3)
Jakub Żytecki (Disperse): guitar solos (1, 3)
Adrián Terrazas-González (Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez): sax (3, 7)
Acle Kahney (TesseracT): guitar solo (4)
Mike Malyan (Monuments): drums, keyboards, soundscapes (4)
Matt Garstka: drums (5)
Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson): bass (5)
Amos Williams (TesseracT): bass (6)
Ashe O'Hara (TesseracT): vocals (7)
Joe Lester: bass
Zach Schiermann: drums

Description/Reviews
Schiermann manages to deliver tasteful solos à la Steve Vai, groove-driven song forms that would make Dream Theater proud, and a modern approach to ambient texture and rhythmic/metric structures contemporary with Animals as Leaders or TesseracT.
Read the full review by Patrick Sallings at itdjents.com

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Rome Pro(G)ject "Exegi Monumentum Aere Perennius"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
I Proemium (2:04)
II Exegi Monvmentvm (12:25)
III Once Were Romans (5:49)
IV Of Myths And Gods (5:05)
V 476 a.C. (Song For Wetton) (5:41)
VI Aere Perennivs I (1:36)
VII Aere Perennivs II (Song For Emerson) (4:13)
VIII Aere Perennivs III (Non Omnis Moriar) (4:31)
IX Aere Perennivs IV (4:24)
X Epilogus (1:15)
   Bonus tracks:
XI Ab Uvre Condita (Song For Francesco) (2:18)
XII Non Omnis Moriar (3:15)
XIII Down To The Domus Aurea (4:33)

Total Time 57:09

Line-up
Vincenzo Ricca - keyboards (2-9, 11-13), electric bass (5)
Daniele Pomo (RanestRane) - drums (2-9, 12)
Roberto Vitelli (Taproban) - Moog taurus (2, 4, 7, 9), electric bass (3, 6-9, 12)
Franck Carducci - 12 strings guitar (2, 4), electric bass (2, 4)
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - electric lead guitar (2, 13), classical & electric guitars (11)
David Jackson (VDGG, Peter Hammill) - winds (3, 8)
David Cross (King Crimson) - electric violin (5, 8, 9, 12)
John Hackett - flute (2, 4)
Nick Magnus - piano (1, 10)
Paolo Ricca - electric guitar (2), electric lead guitar (6)
Francesco Di Giacomo (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso) - vocals (11)
Danilo Chiarella - electric bass (13)
Maurizio Mirabelli - drums (13)

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476 a. C. (Song For Wetton)

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Status Minor "Three Faces of Antoine"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Lion Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Helen (0:47)
2. Our Common Curse (5:09)
3. Turn Back Time (9:23)
4. The Tunnel (3:42)
5. Free Me (7:40)
6. Hard To Find (3:45)
7. Max And Pattie (0:55)
8. Feel My Hunger (12:34)
9. Slenderman (6:26)
10. Me (4:48)

Total Time 55:09

Line-up
Eero Pakkanen - Bass
Rolf Pilve - Drums
Sami Saarinen - Guitars
Markku Kuikka - Vocals
Jukka Karinen - Keyboards

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Prowlers "Navigli Riflessi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 7, 2017 (digital), December 8, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. ...Delle Terra... Dell'acqua (6:22)
2. Risveglio (5:16)
3. Navigli, Pt. 1 (4:27)
4. Il Ricordo Di Un Uomo (4:44)
5. Danzante Oscura Verita' (5:41)
6. Navigli, Pt. 2 (6:13)
7. Il Ponte (5:10)
8. Acqua Lenta (5:57)
9. Navigli, Pt. 3 (6:27)
10. Riflessi (7:33)
11. L'ultimo Filo D'erba (5:36)
12. Navigli, Pt. 4 (7:31)

Total Time 70:57

Line-up
Laura Mombrini - lead and backing vocals
Roberto 'Bobo' Alfio - bass
Alfio Costa - keyboards, samples
Marco Freddi - drums, percussion
Stefano Piazzi - guitars
Cristina Lucchini & Daniela LaDany Aglioni - backing vocals
    With:
Vincenzo Zitello - flute, cellos, viola, violin, orobian pipes, baghèt
Coro Adiemus directed by M.o Flavio Ranica - choir
Voci Bianche della Schola Cantorum di Calcio directed by M.o Gianluigi Consolandi - choir

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Organized Chaos "Divulgence"


Country: Serbia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Apex (03:04)
2. Cinnamon (05:02)
3. Anche (05:22)
4. Hide and Seek (06:02)
5. Broken Divine (07:22)
6. Awake (01:47)
7. The Mask (08:02)

Total Time 37:44

Line-up
Bojan Kvočka - Bass
Benjamin Lechuga - Guitars
David Maxim Micić - Keyboards, Additional Guitars
Milan YEQY Jejina - Drums
Vladimir Lalić - Vocals
   With
Nick Johnston - Solo guitar (3)
Richard Henshall (Haken) - Solo guitar (5)
Branislava Podrumac - Vocals (7)
Larissa Teresčenko - Violins (1, 3, 5)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Major Denial "Duchess Of Sufferings"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 6, 2017
Tracklist
1. Illustrious (5:52)
2. Rise With The Dawn (5:22)
3. Immortality (5:32)
4. In Sickness Of Lust (4:46)
5. The Chains Of Failure (6:55)
6. She Wears Shadows (6:20)
7. The Water' S Black (5:59)
8. Agonies Of Fear (6:08)
9. Duchess Of Sufferings (6:00)
10. Se Ipse Necavit (5:12)

Total Time 58:06

Line-up
Nektarios Ntagkas - Rhythm Guitars
Achilleas Diamantis - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Panagiotis Haramis - Bass
Kostas Milonas - Drums
   With
Stratos Diamantis - Piano, Keyboards
Yannis Papadopoulos (Until Rain) - Vocals
Lisette Van De Berg  - Vocals (10)

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