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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mar Assombrado "Canções Do Farol"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: August 2017
Tracklist
1. O Farol (4:31)
2. A Tempestade É Meu Abrigo (8:29)
3. Mar Esplendido (7:24)
4. Intermezzo - O Farol (Pte. II) (1:27)
5. Adeus! (7:15)
6. Vento (6:26)
7. Euforia (4:58)

Total Time 40:30

Line-up
André de Sena - lead guitar, vocals
Rafael Bernardo - bass
Gilmar Black - flutes
Silva Barros - drums
Diego Santana - keyboards
Daniel Felix - keyboards
Pedro Huff - cello
Jerimum de Olinda - percussion
Fabinho Costa - trumpet
Luna Vitrolira - vocals on "Euforia"

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carl Mörner Ringström "Hoppfull Melankoli"


Country: Sweden 
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: August 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Typecast To The Nth Degree (4:44)
2. From The Swamp To The Stars (4:02)
3. Sleeping On The Shoulders Of Giants (8:44)
4. Bra Fråga (The Shining City On The Hill) (3:59)
5. Modern Life Is Such A Weird Mix Between Voyeurism And Exhibitionism (6:39)
6. Kom Ljuva Död (5:31)
7. Imagine If Gravity Gave Up Its Responsibilities (5:20)
8. Ni Har Klockorna, Vi Har Tiden (4:02)
9. This Scenery Is Beautiful, Let's Move Here (5:42)

Total Time 48:43

Line-up
Carl Mörner Ringström - everything

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Dice "Chance For The Link Of A Chain"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelScene Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: August 28, 2017 (digital), September 25, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Galaxy Song (13:17)
2. A Link In The Chain (10:11)
3. Another Place In Space (10:00)
4. The Magic Key (9:04)
5. The World Is Changing (10:43)
6. Cosmic Chain - Dice-Map 4 (7:55)

Total Time 61:10

Line-up
Christian Nóvé - vocals, keyboards, bass
Ramona Nóvé - background vocals
Peter Viertel - guitars
Tom Tomson - drums
   With
Dieter Kalka - bandoneon

Description/Reviews
All the instruments used seem to be vintage (or they sound like it at least). There is a lot of cool organ and synth and the lead guitar has Gimour/Latimer qualities, something I appreciate a lot with the extensive soloing. The songs are dynamic but in a relaxed manner. Camel and Caravan come to my mind as acceptable references, even though none of the songs here actually remind of these two bands. 
Read the full review by Marc at proggnosis.com

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Leitgrund "Collage"


Country: Chile
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: August 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Teoría Del Todo (6:36)
2. El Último Baal (4:56)
3. Antropomaquia (5:26)
4. Reforma (6:38)
5. Llegada (7:16)
6. Disforia (7:48)
7. Collage (10:22)

Total Time 49:02

Line-up
Esteban Gutiérrez - Vocals
Neftalí Tapia - Guitar
Nano Jiménez - Drums
Juan Pablo Reuque - Guitar
Daniel Duarte - Bass

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Eloy "The Vision The Sword & The Pyre (Part I)"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Artist Station Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
01. The age of the Hundred Years' War (4:16)
02. Domremy on the 6th of January 1412 (1:47)
03. Early signs ... from a longed for miracle (4:13)
04. Autumn 1428 at home (0:55)
05. The call (5:51)
06. Vaucouleurs (4:35)
07. The ride by night ... towards the predestined fate (3:29)
08. Chinon (9:46)
09. The prophecy (4:39)
10. The sword ... the dawning of the unavoidable (5:54)
11. Orleans (4:25)
12. Les Tourelles (7:23)
13. Why? (5:11)

Line-up
Fank Bornemann - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Hannes Folberth - keyboards
Michael Gerlach - keyboards
Klaus-Peter Matziol - bass
Bodo Schopf - drums
   With
Leon Kaack, Bick Buttchereit - vocals on 8
Kim Hutchinson - spoken part as Jeanne's Mother Isabelle on 2
The Children's Choir of the Marktkirche Hannover on 9
Peter Becket and Tom Jackson - Army Choir on 10
Volker Kuinke - recorders and flutes on 3,6,8,10, vocals on 8
Steve Mann - spoken parts as Dauphin Charles on 8
Christoph Van Hal - strings on 1, 10
Artur Kühfuss - keyboards on 5,  8
Niklas Fischer - keyboards on 3,  8
Johannes Berger  - bass viol on 9
Julian Göke - bass voice on 1
Anke Renner - backing vocals on 3,5,6, 11
Isgaard - vocals on 9
Lisa Laage Smidt - backing vocals on 6
Alice Merton - spoken parts as Jeanne on 5,6, 8
Alexandra Seubert - backing vocals on 3,9, 11
Jessy Martens - vocals as Jeanne on 13
Kai Ritter - spoken parts as Jeanne's Father on 2, 4
Simon Moskon - backing vocals on 3,8,9
Sven-Arne Zinke - backing vocals on 5
Jens Lueck - keyboards on 1, 5

Media/Samples 
Teasers

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Leprous "Malina"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelInside Out
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Bonneville (5:28)
2. Stuck (6:48)
3. From The Flame (3:51)
4. Captive (3:43)
5. Illuminate (4:21)
6. Leashes (4:09)
7. Mirage (6:48)
8. Malina (6:15)
9. Coma (3:55)
10. The Weight Of Disaster (6:00)
11. The Last Milestone (7:30)

Total Time 58:48

Line-up
Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar
Øystein Landsverk - Guitar
Baard Kolstad - Drums
Simen Daniel Børven - Bass

Media/Samples 
Stuck (Radio Edit) 
From The Flame
Illuminate

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Xavier Asali "Perspectives"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 25, 2017 (digital), October 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Perspectives (5:50)
2. Lady In Blue (5:33)
3. Brothers In Arms (5:05)
4. Prisoner (4:58)
5. Independence (5:56)
6. Higher Purpose (remembering Peter) (4:59)
7. Nature Is Calling (6:49)
8. Fearless (5:11)
9. Unusual Love Song (6:07)
10. Numb (3:48)
11. Three Trees In Heaven (4:43)

Total Time 58:59

Line-up
Xavier Asali: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Steinway Piano & Keyboards
  With:
Ximena Asali: Vocals (1, 6)
Mike Nieto: Drums (2 [first section], 3, 7, 11)
Santiago Ortiz: Drums (2 [rest of song], 4, 5)
Sr Gonzalez: Bongos (4)
Felipe Souza: Lead Guitar (7)
Alex Otaola: Guitar (5, 10)
Alonso Arreola: Bass (5)

Description/Reviews
His writing is rooted in sophisticated pop-rock, with a clear classic Progressive rock influence, but in a more contained format. His debut studio album is the result of a mature work of artisanal style with refined craft. "Perspectives" rescues the most important premise of the Progressive rock destiny. Everything is relative to what you look at, precisely what the word means, richness in the diversity of ideas, likes and ideals with which the human being makes the world different. "What do you see ? Is it my reality ? Each and everyone of us holds to their own perception...". Let's also note the splendid cover art designed by the one and only Paul WHITEHEAD, and you'll get one of the most surprising newcomers in recent times ! (musearecords.com)
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Lady In Blue

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Tésis Ársis "Falha Humana"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Format: CD
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Levitando (10:00)
2. Vênus, Oh Vênus (19:39)
3. Mundo Cativo (11:00)
4. Falha Humana (38:00)

Total Time 78:39

Line-up
Anderson B. Rodrigues - electric guitar, keyboards, bass and drums programming

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Brendon Small "Galaktikon II: Become The Storm"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
Label: Megaforce, BS Records (G201)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Some Days Are For Dying (4:14)
2. Icarus Six Sixty Six (3:34)
3. The Agenda (3:40)
4. The Ocean Galaktik (7:42)
5. My Name Is Murder (3:18)
6. Become The Storm (4:51)
7. Nightmare (4:06)
8. Could This Be The End (5:30)
9. To Kill A God (4:18)
10. Exitus (4:14)
11. Rebuilding A Planet (5:36)

Total Time 51:03

Line-up
Brendon Small (Dethklok) - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Bryan Beller (Dethklok, The Aristocrats, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai) - Bass
Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Testament, Death, Dark Angel) - Drums

Description/Reviews
A space opera that tells a story of a divided planet coming together to defeat something bigger, it utilizes a number of metal influences to tell the tale. Progressive and melodic death metal immediately come to mind, with a scope that envisions that of Devin Townsend’s first Ziltoid album.
Read the full review by Kyle McGinn at deadrhetoric.com

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Become The Storm
My Name Is Murder 
Deezer 
Stream 

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Jinetes Negros "Definitiva Mente"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Viajero Inmovil Records (JINEG071VIR)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. El Túnel Del Destino (5:19)
2. Las Puertas De La Voluntad (4:38)
3. Dos Caras (5:44)
4. Decidir (5:53)
5. El Cuerpo De La Angustia (4:10)
6. Laberinto Del Deseo (5:12)
7. El Diván De La Culpa (4:04)
8. El Parque De La Euforia (5:39)
9. Molino De Locura (4:20)
10. Retrato Del Amor (4:15)
11. La Última Cabalgata (5:03)
12. Memorias Del Camino (2:13)
13. El Altar Del Tiempo (5:10)
14. Redención (3:15)

Total Time 64:55

Line-up
Ricardo Penney: drums, backing vocals
Marcelo Ezcurra : vocals, guitar
Octavio Stampalia: keyboards , backing vocals
Pablo Robotti: guitars
Hipólito Courvoisier: bass and vocals
   With
Christian Colaizzo - drums
Marcelo Vaccaro - bass
Guido Stampalia - bass
Gabriel di Mario - sax
Maxi Trusso - vocals
Charly Moreno - vocals
Lucas Pagano - vocals
Miguel Zabaleta - vocals

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Cats In Space "Scarecrow"


Country: UK
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Harmony Factory
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: August 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Jupiter Calling (6:22)
2. Mad Hatter's Tea Party (3:47)
3. Clown In Your Nightmare (4:36)
4. Scars (4:39)
5. September Rain (4:00)
6. Broken Wing (5:53)
7. Two Fifty Nine (2:59)
8. Felix & The Golden Sun (3:09)
9. Timebomb (4:04)
10. Scarecrow (7:26)

Total Time 46:55

Line-up
Paul Manzi (Arena) - lead vocals
Greg Hart-guitars, vocals
Dean Howard-guitars
Jeff Brown-bass, vocals
Steevi Bacon-drums, percussion
Andy Stewart-piano, synthesizers

Description/Reviews
The older I get, the more I seem to reach back for a musical sound that pre-dates my listening possibilities. For while I was alive when Sparks, 10cc, Supertramp, ELO, or Queen were in their pomp, I was too young to truly appreciate (if I even heard) their output. Add in Angel, Boston, John Lawton fronted Uriah Heep and City Boy and you could wrap up Cats In Space and give them as the perfect 70s flavoured gift. Scarecrow is the band's second album, the stunning Too Many Gods smooth, slick, catchy and clever enough to suggest this lot might just be the real deal. Well, Scarecrow seals it, a collection of ten skillfully crafted cuts whisking you back to a time when bands could create what in truth is progressive pop craziness and have the masses lap it up as though it was the latest flavour of Creamola Foam!
Read the full review by Steven Reid at seaoftranquility.org

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The Mad Hatter's Tea Party  
Teaser 

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Patrick Grant "A Sequence of Waves (twelve stories and a dream)"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Eclectic Prog Related Rock, Classical
Label: Peppergreen Media
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Lucid Intervals (3:56)
2. Driving Patterns (5:24)
3. Prelude I (2:37)
4. Alcohol (2:46)
5. Tobacco (3:02)
6. Firearms (2:51)
7. Seven Years At Sea (4:54)
8. Breaking Butterflies Upon A Wheel (4:26)
9. Lonely Ride Coney Island (6:33)
10. Primary Blues (4:32)
11. Prelude II (2:24)
12. To Find A Form That Accommodates The Mess (5:40)
13. One Note Samba (4:22)

Total Time 53:27

Line-up
Patrick Grant: guitar, bass, viola, piano, keyboards and percussion
John Ferrari: drums, mallet instruments and percussion
Nick Didkovsky: guitar solo on “Primary Blues"
Dan Cooper: 7-string electric bass
Lynn Bechtold: violin
Dan Barrett: cello

Prepared piano samples on “Lucid Intervals” were created separately by David Borden
The vocal track for “Sevens Years at Sea” is from “A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings”, and is sung by Elita, Mary, and Ella - the Hoffpauir Sisters

Description/Reviews
The album has great variety to it when it comes to sounds with the vibe feeling more like a soundtrack to a non-existent movie. From the violin led opener “Lucid Intervals” to the Dixie Dregs influenced “Driving Patterns” to the slow drag of “Tobacco” to the upbeat Kansas feel of “Firearms” to the open jam of “Breaking Butterflies Upon a Wheel”:the arrangements are connected even when the approach is different. This gives each track (and I mean each track) its own unique identity. This is a rare commodity.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

Also read the reviews by Nancy Chalkopoulou at wepluggoodmusic.com and by Randy Radic at huffingtonpost.com

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lumens "Lumens"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 23, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Cable (4:34)
2. Crystal Math (3:13)
3. Árbol (5:11)
4. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (7:00)
5. Bokeh (4:57)
6. Lumínica (4:42)
7. Hojas Que Caen Del Suelo (7:02)
8. Octurno (4:01)

Total Time 40:40

Line-up
Rodrigo López Dato - Keyboards
Läro Bärto - Bass
Leandro Caffarino - Drums
Juan Martín Sesali Maydana -Guitar
Pablo Bianchi - Guitar

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Xanthochroid "Of Erthe and Axen Act I & II"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive/Symphonic/Black/Folk Metal
Label: Erthe And Axen Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 22, 2017 (Act I), October 17, 2017 (Act II)
Tracklist
Act I
1. Open The Gates, O Forest Keeper (3:22)
2. To Lost And Ancient Gardens (2:47)
3. To Higher Climes Where Few Might Stand (7:50)
4. To Souls Distant And Dreaming (5:39)
5. In Deep And Wooded Forests Of My Youth (4:40)
6. The Sound Of Hunger Rises (6:02)
7. The Sound Of A Glinting Blade (4:51)
8. The Sound Which Has No Name (7:46)

Total Time 43:00

Act II
1. Reveal Your Shape, O Formless One
2. Of Aching Empty Pain
3. Of Gods Bereft of Grace
4. Of Strength and the Lust for Power
5. Walk With Me, O WInged Mother
6. Through Caverns Old and Yawning
7. Through Chains That Drag Us Downward
​8. Toward Truth and Reconciliation


Line-up
Sam Meador - Vocals, Choir, Piano, Orchestra, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Accordion, Irish Flute, Mandolin
Matthew Earl - Vocals, Choir, Drums, Orchestra, Flute, Irish Flute, Recorder, Mandolin, Percussion
Brent Vallefuoco - Choirs, Guitars
Ali Meador - Vocals, Choirs
   with
Bryan Huizenga - Extreme Vocals on "To Higher Climes..."

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Bandcamp (Act I)   

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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Emerald Dawn "Visions"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: World's End Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Musique Noire (20:01)
   i. The Omen
   ii. Into the Darkness
   iii. As a New Day Approaches
   iv. La Danse de L'ecstasy
2. A Vision Left Unseen (7:00)
3. Waves (8:37)
4. Stranger in a Strange Land (9:25)

Total Time 45:05

Line-up
Tree Stewart: keyboards, piano, flute, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals
Ally Carter: electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer, tenor and soprano saxophones, keyboards,  vocals;
Jayjay Quick: fretless and fretted bass guitars, electric upright bass, electric violin, cello
Tom Jackson: drums and percussion

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pingvinorkestern "Look, No Hands!"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Chamber Folk Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Stay (0:55)
2. Look, No Hands (3:57)
3. Free Fall (4:25)
4. Oj (3:55)
5. Happy (1:51)
6. Walk Slowly (5:52)
7. Stora Moerdarbacken (4:03)
8. Honk (3:13)
9. If You're A Dreamer, Come In (6:13)
10. Retour Des Visite (2:54)
11. Save Me (7:05)
12. Likörcigarren (3:03)
13. Leave (3:21)

Total Time 50:47

Line-up
Susanne Johansson - vocals, violin, recorders, melodica, percussion, atmospherics (6, 9), synthesized vacuum cleaner (13)
Mats "Lodder" Fredriksson - vocals, guitars, xylophone & percussion (9), hammer & anvil (5), ukulele (10)
Micke Wall - guitars, percussion, voice (4), glockenspiel & tubular bells (9), ukulele & bodhran (10)
Stefan Dernbrant - vibes, xylophone, glockenspiel, flute, percussion, harmonica (4), hammer & crowbar (5), atmospherics (6), jews harp (8), melodica (8, 10)
Shiny Mac - bass, saw, synth, percussion, toy typewriter (4), hank drum (9), musical saw (10), vocals (13)
   With
Lisa Morgen - french horn (4)
Andi Almqvist - vocals (6)
Håkan Rydlöv - bassoon
The Penguin Party Choir - vocals
    Krankvartetten:
Joakim Zetterqvist - violin
Maria Bergström - violin
Sigrid Kroeker - viola
Viktor Johannesson - cello
Martin Gjerstad - piano & strings arrangement (11)

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Widek "Hidden Dimensions"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateAugust 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Deep & Shallow  (3:38)
2. Blue Moon  (3:13)
3. Comet (4:02)
4. Gravity  (3:55)
5. Solstice (2:38)
6. Phases  (3:13)
7. Satellite  (4:34)
8. Fourth Dimension  (4:06)
9. Halo (3:45)
10. Light-Year (2:18)
11. Double Star (4:39)
12. Meridian (1:51)
13. Euclidean  (3:27)
14. Sphere (2:43)

Total Time 48:02

Line-up

Maciej Dawidek aka Widek
   With
Marco Sfogli (1)
Stel Andre (2) 
Sithu Aye (3)
David Maxim Micic (4) 
Stephen Taranto (6)
Owane (7)
Paul Wardingham (7)
Jake Howsam Lowe (8) 
Adam Rafowitz (9) 
Gru (13)

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Tronosonic Experience "The Tronosonic Experience"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock
Label: Losen Records (LOS 174)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Die Streif (3:48)
2. Maelstrom (4:49)
3. No Country For Young Men (3:53)
4. Lights As A Feather, Heavy As A Lead Balloon (4:12)
5. The Crossing (5:21)
6. A Quiet Flame (6:47)
7. Catching The Nile Perch (5:59)

Total Time 34:49

Line-up
Ole Jørgan Bardal: saxophones
Øyvind Nypan: guitar, baryton guitar
Per Harald Ottesen:  bass
Iver Loe Bjørnstad:  drums, percussion

Description/Reviews
The Tronosonic Experience represents a departure from Losen Records rooster of jazz artists, and is a powerful outing of instrumental rock. The band describes their music as punk-jazzavant- rock, and is inspired by artists as diverse as Ornette Coleman and Black Sabbath, John Coltrane and King Crimson, Cecil Taylor and Terje Rypdal. The Tronosonic Experience's drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad and bassist Per Harald Ottesen lay Down a strong foundation of rock riffing over which the saxophonist Ole Jørgen Bardal and guitarist Øyvind Nypan improvise freely. The mood of the album is varied, and was strongly affected by the huge waves of the ocean and the sheer force of the winter storms raging outside the recording studio's windows. The music ranges from the fast paced and hard-hitting tracks Die Streif and The Crossing, via the slowly evolving thunder of Maelstrom and A Quiet Flame, to the quieter vibes of No Country for Young Men and Light as a Feather, Heavy as a Lead Balloon. The closer, Catching the Nile Perch, nicely sums up the album.
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Steven Wilson "To The Bone"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Caroline International
FormatCD, vinyl, digital, Blu-Ray
Release date: August 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. To The Bone (6:41)
2. Nowhere Now (4:03)
3. Pariah (4:46)
4. The Same Asylum As Before (5:14)
5. Refuge (6:43)
6. Permanating (3:34)
7. Blank Tapes (2:08)
8. People Who Eat Darkness (6:02)
9. Song Of I (5:21)
10. Detonation (9:19)
11. Song Of Unborn (5:55)

Total Time 59:46

Line-up
Steven Wilson: guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, programming, mellotron
   With
Ninet Tayeb: lead (3,7) & backing (1,6,8) vocals
Sophie Hunger: vocals (9)
David Kollar: guitars, guitar solo (10)
Adam Holzman: keyboards
Mark Feltham: harmonica
Nick Beggs: bass
Craig Blundell: drums
Jeremy Stacey: drums
Jasmine Walkes: spoken word (1)

Pete Eckford: percussion, tambourine
Dave Kilminster: backing vocals
Paul Draper: oberheim sequencer
Dave Stewart: string arrangements
Robin Mullarkey: bass
Necro Deathmort: programming, vocal treatments
Paul Stacey: guitar solo (5)


Description/Reviews
Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel’s So, Talk Talk’s Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love).
Lyrically, the album’s eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the post-truth era and the creeping self-loathing of the technology age to steely fly-on-the-wall observations of the everyday lives of religious fundamentalists with a welcome shot or two of wide-eyed escapism. Sonically and melodically stunning, To The Bone is a high definition snapshot of the disconcerting times we live in. 
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Pariah
The Same Asylum As Before
Song Of I
Permanating

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Papir "V"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Post Rock
Label: Stickman Records (Psychobabble 092)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. V.I (12:45)
2. V.II (11:50)
3. V.III (9:06)
4. V.IV (14:59)
5. V.V (10:03)
6. V.VI (11:03)
7. V.VII (25:01)

Total Time 94:47

Line-up
Nicklas Sørensen - guitar
Christian Becher Clausen - bass
Christoffer Brøchmann Christensen - drums

Description/Reviews
On the six instrumentals that make up “V”, Papir travel effortlessly through a broad musical terrain of genres such as psychedelic rock, post rock and even ambient soundscapes, they create their own musical worlds. From hard rocking solos and heavy riffs to dreamy melodic themes and atmospheric soundscapes, it is a true auditory voyage spanning two LPs and countless genres. “V” was mixed by JohnMcEntire from Chicago post rock pioneers Tortoise, shaping the music through a distinct, natural and spacious aesthetic that complements these auditive voyages perfectly.

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Their Dogs Were Astronauts "Neon Theatre"


Country: Austria
Genre(s) Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateAugust 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Low Life (3:38)
2. Contortionist (5:55)
3. Goldfield (4:11)
4. Seashell (4:48)
5. Phantom (3:41)
6. In Motion (4:26)
7. Into New Worlds (7:17)
8. Serendipity (5:21)
9. Get Up (5:27)
10. Raw (4:10)
11. Stormwater (4:33)
12. Neon Theatre (3:21)
13. White Feathered Wings (4:34)

Total Time 61:22

Line-up
Denis Roth
Leonard Roth

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club "Sketches Of Brunswick East"


Country: Australia, USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Jazz, Fusion
LabelFlightless Records FLT-035 (AUS), Heavenly HVNLP143 (EU), ATO Records (US)
Format: CD, cassette, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sketches Of Brunswick East I (1:20)
2. Countdown (3:22)
3. D-Day (1:39)
4. Tezeta (3:30)
5. Cranes, Planes, Migraines (1:15)
6. The Spider And Me (3:16)
7. Sketches Of Brunswick East II (3:25)
8. Dusk To Dawn On Lygon St (3:02)
9. The Book (4:59)
10. A Journey To (S)Hell (2:16)
11. Rolling Stoned (3:18)
12. You Can Be Your Silhouette (3:49)
13. Sketches Of Brunswick East III (2:08)

Total Time 37:19

Line-up
Mild High Club
Alex Brettin - electric piano (2, 6-8), synthesizers (2, 5, 7, 9), bass guitar (2, 8, 12), electric guitar (8, 10, 13), microtonal synthesizers (3, 5), optigan (3, 7), organ (4, 12), acoustic piano (1), electronic drum kit (7); additional overdubbing
Andrew Burt – guitar (11)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Stu Mackenzie – mellotron (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13), vocals (2, 3, 6, 9, 12), bass guitar (1, 4, 7, 8, 13), flute (1 4, 7, 11, 13), wah-wah guitar (2, 6, 11, 12), electric piano (1, 7), acoustic guitar (4, 12), microtonal guitar (3), glass marimbas (5), microtonal organ (9), synthesizers (11), piano (11), electric guitar (13)
Joey Walker – bass guitar (5, 6, 9, 10), shaker (3, 4), synthesizers (4, 5), microtonal bass guitar (3), glass marimbas (4), acoustic guitar (4), vocals (4), electric guitar (4), omnichord (11), piano (track 11), bongos (track 12), güiro (12); additional overdubbing
Michael Cavanagh – drum kit 1 (all tracks), bongos (1-5, 7-9, 11, 13), drum kit 2 (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9-13), floor toms (1, 3, 7, 9, 13), maracas (1, 7, 11, 13), cowbell (4, 5, 9), snare brushes (1, 8), vibraslap (1, 8), tambourine (3, 9)
Cook Craig – electric guitar (1, 4, 5, 8, 9), fretless bass guitar (8, 11), vocals (8), synthesizers (8), bass guitar (11); additional overdubbing
Lucas Skinner – electric piano (2, 4, 6, 9), mellotron (2, 6), piano (11); additional overdubbing
Ambrose Kenny-Smith – harmonica (10-12), vocals (6)
Eric Moore – drum kit 2 (4)

Description/Reviews
Among the most relaxed material the band has ever put out, the new album deviates from King Gizzard’s long-established formula of jam band-esque psychedelic rock with surprisingly agile detours into soul, jazz, North African overtones, and pastoral English folk.
Read the full review by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni at pitchfork.com

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RTfact "Life Is Good"


Country: USA/Russia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: AFL Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 18, 2017 (digital), September 15, 2017 (CD), November 23, 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Life Is Good 6.01 
2. Artifact 6.24 
3. (I Got) Money in My Pocket 6.10 
4. Hail to the Winner 3.35 
5. Hail to the Winner. Part II. Tarantella 3.28 
6. Gotika 5.03 
7. The King, the Master, and the Timekeeper 4.30 
8. Hollywood Walk of Fame 6.02 
9. Life Is Good (remix) 1.15 


Line-up
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - vocals
Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett, Agents of Mercy, Unifaun)- vocals
Will Champlin - vocals
Oz Noy - solo guitar
Jeff Kollman (Cosmosquad) - solo guitar
Rafael Moreira - guitar
Josh Smith - guitar
Gary Meek (Brian Bromberg, Flora Purim) - flute, sax
Edward Tsiselsky - keyboards
Dmitry Ilugdin - synthesizers
Eugene Sharikov - bass
Joel Taylor (Brian Bromberg, Jeff Richman) - drums

Description/Reviews
Fans of ELP, Gentle Giant and other early 70s prog will dig this grab bag of bright compositions featuring solo performances by Oz Noy, Nad Sylvan, Jeff Scott Soto and many others. Life Is Good – the debut album by Russian/American project RTfact – is an archaeological trove of musical nuggets, with soaring vocals, Hammond B3 wizardry, muscular guitar solos, and a supple rhythm section that grooves as hard as it rocks. Composer Yuri Volodarsky grew up in the USSR, a kind of parallel universe where limited access to Western music only increased his passion for it, while firing his musical imagination. And imagination is everywhere on Life Is Good, from the Spock's Beard-style vocal counterpoint of the title track, to the bizarre saga of an unlucky bank robber in Money in My Pocket, to an epic tribute to ELP in The King, the Master, and the Timekeeper. But while Life Is Good celebrates the joyful, whimsical vibe of early prog rock, the newcomers on the album bring a modern, fluid energy to the party.
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Life Is Good (extracts)

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Driveby "Zero Son"


Country: Austria
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive/Post/Math Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Fury In A-Minor (7:48)
2. Hope In D-Minor (9:53)
3. Rupture In C-Minor (9:04)
4. Struggle In F-Sharp-Minor (8:43)
5. Insight In F-Minor (10:02)

Total Time 45:30

Line-up
Andreas Atzl - Drums, Backing Vocals
Christian Happacher - Double Bass, Backing Vocals
Philipp Lergetporer - Guitar, Glockenspiel, Vocals
Johannes Schmalzl - Piano, Guitar, Vocals

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Odd Outfit "↑↓"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: August 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Intervention (4:29)
2. Moons Aligned (3:58)
3. It Will Catch Up With You Too (5:50)
4. No Response Still (3:52)
5. Roatan Skies (5:39)
6. That 6th Sunset (1:37)
7. Up/Down (5:45)
8. Blue Flower (Leaving The Cabaret) (5:48)

Total Time 36:58

Line-up
Alex Chochinov - Guitar
Jorden Hart - Trumpet
Graeme Leaver - Keys
Karl Manchur - Bass
Adrian Schroeder - Drums

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Frukt "Myte" EP


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Acid Valley Records
Format: digital
Release date: August 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Spasm (3:55)
2. They (3:10)
3. Soar (7:09)
4. Ships Of Gold (6:28)
5. Sulphur (5:14)

Total Time 25:56

Line-up
Kjetil Lund - Vocals & Bass
Eirik Sten Syrdalen - Guitars
Tobias Solbakk - Drums
Ola Vårtun - Keys
    With
Gunnar Myhre - Piano (2)
Niclas Pedersen - Saxophone (2)

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Jaz "L'Herbe Rouge"


Country: France
Genre(s)Instrumental Ambient, Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: August 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. L'Herbe Rouge Part 1 (17:19)
2. L'Herbe Rouge Part 2 (17:22)

Total Time 34:41

Line-up
Jean Marc Corvisier - guitars, bass, synthesizer, drums

Description/Reviews
Concept album inspired by Boris Vian's novel "Lherbe Rouge" (The Red Grass)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (Free Download)

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Brian Ellis "Suspension"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: August 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Roadbells (3:08)
2. Spiral (5:33)
3. Worship (5:13)
4. Seventeenth (2:33)
5. Emerald (3:36)
6. East (6:15)
7. Dwell (6:36)
8. Night Flight (6:54)

Total Time 39:48

Line-up
Brian Ellis (Astra) - All instruments
   except
Mike Hams - Drums (2)
Zuri Waters - Sax (7)

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Il Cerchio d'Oro "Il Fuoco sotto la Cenere"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelBlack Widow Records ‎(BWRCD 204-2)
Format: CD
Release date: August 2017
Tracklist
1. Il Fuoco Sotto La Cenere (9:17)
2. Thomas (9:28)
3. Per Sempre Qui (5:40)
4. I Due Poli (7:04)
5. Il Fuoco nel Bicchiere (5:42)
6. Il Rock E L'Inferno (5:52)
7. Fuoco Sulla Collina (5:06)

Line-up
  • Piuccio Pradal - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals 
  • Guiseppe Terribile - Bass, Guitar, Vocals 
  • Gino Terribile - Drums, Percussion, Vocals 
  • Massimo Spica - Guitar 
  • Franco Piccolini - Keyboards 
  • Simone Piccolini - Keyboards, Backing Vocals 
  •    With
  • Paolo Siani - Drums (6)
  • Giorgio Usai - Organ, Vocals (6)
  • Pino Ballarini - Vocals (3)

Media/Samples 
Il fuoco sotto la cenere 
Il Fuoco nel Bicchiere

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The Twin Mills "Enceladus"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Four Symbols
Format: digital
Release date: August 14, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Liftoff (3:10)
  2. Daydreamer (5:10)
  3. Everytime (5:55)
  4. Light Flashes (2:08)
  5. Losing It (3:27)
  6. Freedom (3:48)
  7. Rust (6:30)
  8. Story of a Lifetime (3:49)
  9. Revelations (4:44)
Total time: 38:41

Line-up
Bruno Gouveia - all instruments, vocals
  With
Fabio Carito - bass (7)

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fibonacci Sequence "Cinema Finis"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 13, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tickets Please (2:07)
2. Obeah (7:35)
3. Psalm Before The Storm (1:27)
4. Christofer's Plan (10:11)
5. Repent (2:46)
6. Repentless (9:36)
7. Nightshade (3:34)
8. Lobby Song (2:29)
9. Take Your Seats (1:30)
10. Deus Ex Machina (9:25)
11. All Saints' Day (6:42)
12. Incantesimo Di Vistani (13:00)
13. Circumpunct (5:05)

Total Time 75:27


Line-up
Michael J. Butzen - Guitar
Jeff Schuelke - Keyboard
Tom Ford - Drums
Chad Novell - Bass
    With
Mariah Schultz - Violin
Jake Gresk - Cello
Mark Krueger - Voice Artist

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Dore Mear Beon "A Commending Paean for the Forgotten Henrietta Swan Leavitt"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: August 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Relations: Pulsation (1:46)
2. Relations: Luminosity (5:48)
3. Thu Gine (4:24)
4. Harvard Computers (4:45)
5. Cygnus (5:16)
6. Delta Cephei (5:18)
7. Red Shift (4:55)
8. Island Universe (6:08)
9. Magellanic Clouds (5:22)
10. Mo Iosal (7:24)

Total Time 51:06

Line-up
Andrew Sagriff  - all instruments

Description/Reviews
Emotive instrumental progressive rock with a layered album narrative that explores humanist and cosmological themes, mixing the personal with the universal reflecting the music's balance of intricate song structure with affective melody and harmonies.

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Process of Illumination "Radiant Memory"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock / Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: August 11, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Forest Temple (9:17)
2. Fifteen (5:30)
3. Omen (6:12)
4. Aura (7:02)
5. The Complex (7:04)
6. Resolved (3:00)
7. Gallows' Call (7:16)
8. Off The Edge Of A Nightmare (8:39)
9. Hopeful Bridges (4:47)

Total Time 58:47

Line-up
KC Cheek - Guitar
Robert Schlembach - Drums/Percussion
Erik Schow - Bass Guitar
Aaron Smith - Keyboards

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PEZ "Pelea Al Horror"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Azione Artigianale (azar 043)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Intro Horrible (1:17)
2. Carne Roja (2:27)
3. Los Días Poderosos (4:50)
4. 1986 (3:35)
5. Maestro Linya (4:25)
6. La Balada Del Niño Mudo, El Perro Blanco Y La Señorita Bettie (2:26)
7. Pelea Al Horror (4:09)
8. La Voluntad (3:37)
9. Parte De La Solución (2:23)
10. La Paciencia De La Piedra (9:55)

Total Time 39:04 

Line-up
Franco Salvador - Drums, Vocals
Fósforo García - Electric Bass
Juan Ravioli - Electric Piano, Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ariel Sanzo - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

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Stream

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