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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nine Skies "Return Home"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAnesthetize Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Return Home (6:30)
2. Season Of Greed (4:16)
3. Catharsis (2:54)
4. The Blind Widower (8:56)
5. Roses Never Hatch (6:34)
6. The Slight Snake (3:20)
7. Dust In Town (6:50)
8. The Blind Widower (Part II) (5:31)
9. Time For Them To Go (5:02)
10. A Way Back (Return Home Part II) (5:10)

Total Time 55:03

Line-up
Alexandre Boussacre: Vocals
Freddy Scott: Vocals
David Darnaud: Guitars
Eric Bouillette: Guitars, Piano (4)
Alexandre Lamia: Guitars, Keyboards
Anne Claire Rallo: Keyboards
Bernard Hery: Bass
Fab Galia: Drums
Laurent Benhamou: Saxophones
   With
Peny Mac Morris: Flute (4, 8)

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Trailer 

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Caravela Escarlate "Caravela Escarlate"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Um Brilho Frágil No Infinito (5:11)
2. Caravela Escarlate (4:38)
3. Atmosfera (6:28)
4. Gigantes Da Destruição (6:52)
5. Toque As Constelações (5:21)
6. Futuro Passado (4:45)
7. Cosmos (8:33)
8. Planeta-Estrela (11:33)

Total Time 53:21

Line-up
Ronaldo Rodrigues - keyboards
David Paiva - bass, guitars, vocals
Elcio Cáfaro - drums

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PuzzleWood "Gates Of Loki"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Intro (Gates Of Loki) (3:39)
2. Remember My Name (4:29)
3. Obsessed (5:36)
4. Come Back Home (3:18)
5. Tyrant Who Fall In Love (5:44)
6. Твой Дом (Your House) (5:28)
7. To The Void (5:57)
8. Hollow (6:51)
9. Jerusaelem (7:20)
10. Road Will Lead (6:46)

Total Time 55:08

Line-up
Tony Legatov - electric guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals
Nikita Lipatov - bass, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
Eugen Semenov - drums
   With
Kirill Rossolimo - percussion
Dmitry Ignatov - bouzuki (7)
Basem Al-Ashkar - arabic oud (10), violin (9)
Olga Scotland - flute (3)
Anastasia Lipatova - backing vocals

Description/Reviews
After the Floydian/Porcupinish first part of the album, the musicians offer us a large pallette of musical styles. Three melodic songs separate a number of  intense tracks offering alternative rock (do I hear some Simple Minds?), metal prog (...hints of Tool), jazz fusion and even a little bit of blues rock. They do all this while always keeping some prog elements in their music and a mood link between the songs.
Read the full review by Marc Roy at proggnosis.com

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cisne Elocuente "Leda"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 29, 2017
Tracklist
1. Cid (10:00)
2. Ninfas (0:44)
3. Gema (8:45)
4. Cae Hasta Mí (6:13)
5. Sola (4:41)
6. Iluminado (4:28)
7. 49 Días (5:31)
8. Cantos De Rapsodas (1:11)
9. Tierra De Nardos (12:40)
10. Equidae (4:58)
11. Las Enseñanzas (17:00)

Total Time 76:11

Line-up
Julio César Lucero: Electric guitar, synthesizer, lead & backing vocals
Andrés Vidal: Bass, flute, backing vocals
Fernando Bernstein: Drums, Handpan, bandoneón

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Echo Us "To Wake a Dream in Moving Water"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Prog Folk, World Music, New Age
Label: Absolute Probability Recordings
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 29, 2017 (USA), December 6, 2017 (Europe)
Tracklist
1. Awakening Current (7:42)
2. Aeriel (Satre Dance) (4:40)
3. Begin to Remember V1 (4:55)
4. Begin to Remember V2 (6:11)
5. May Morning Dew (4:17)
6. From the Highlands (15:27)
7. Doina (5:25)
8.To Wake a Dream in Moving Water (14:59)

Total ime 62:16

Line-up
Ethan Matthews - Guitars, Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer, Glockenspiel, Bodhran, Spoons, Synthesizers, Sound Programming
Teri Untalan - Viola (3,6,8), Violin (3)
Chris Smith - Flute (3,6), Piccolo Flute (3), Contrabass Flute (1)

Description/Reviews
Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from  “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
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Begin to Remember

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Cambrian "Point Of Origin"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 29, 2017
Tracklist
1. Stone Cold (9:52)
2. To Ashes (5:29)
3. Secret Place (11:08)
4. Omniverse (9:11)
5. White (11:46)
6. Breathe (3:05)

Total Time 50:31

Line-up
Alex: Drums
Freek: Vocals
Lennart: Keyboard
Ronald: Guitar
Roy: Bass

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lee Abraham "Colours"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR
Label: Festival Music (201711)
Format: CD
Release date: November 27, 2017
Tracklist:
  1. Colours 
  2. Broken Dreams 
  3. Always Yours
  4. Find Another Way
  5. Warning Sign
  6. Survive
  7. The Mirror Falls
Line-up
Lee Abraham: guitars, keyboards
  With
Alistair Begg: bass
Rob Arnold: piano
Gerald Mulligan (Credo): drums
Dec Burke (Darwin's Radio, Frost*, Audioplastik): vocals
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband): vocals
Gary Chandler (Jadis): vocals
Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback, Valdez): vocals
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf): vocals
Steve Overland: vocals

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Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella "The Oblivion Tales"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Acoustic Progressive Folk Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Spire And The Old Bridge (5:19)
2. Treasured Memories (Album Version) (6:09)
3. Words Become A Song (4:35)
4. Close To The Heart (5:04)
5. The Horseshoe (7:54)
6. Wild West (5:43)
7. My Dear Children (6:57)
8. Die Zwerge Vom Iberg (8:16)
9. The Dwarfs King (6:04)
10. Erinnerungen (5:40)
11. Melanie's Theme (5:39)

Total Time 67:20

Line-up
Melanie Mau (Frequency Drift): Lead- & Backing Vocals
Martin Schnella (Flaming Row, Frequency Drift, Seven Steps To The Green Door): Lead- & Backing Vocals, Acoustic- & Electric Guitars, Baritone Guitar, Mandoline, Shaker
Niklas Kahl: Cajon, Bongos, Yambu, Djembe, Shaker, Percussion, Drums
Fabian Gödecke: Drums
Lars Lehmann: Bass, Fretless Bass, Vocals
   With:
Jens Kommnick: Tin Whistles, Low Whistles, Uilleann Pipes, Cello
Stephan Wegner: Vocals (1, 2, 3, 10)
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard): Drums (7, 8, 9)
Dave Meros (Spock's Beard): Bass (9)
Eric Brenton: Violin & Viola (2)
Nathan Brenton: Cello & String Arrangements (2)
Rachel Hall (Big Big Train): Violin & String Arrangements (7)
Tobias Reiss: Piano (6)
Martin Huch: Dobro (6)
Jan Reinartz: Spoken Words (8)

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Ælementi "Una questione di principio"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelAndromeda Relix / Lizard Records‎ (AND65)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2017 (CD), December 22, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Principio (0:33)
2. Lontananza (7:03)
3. Vuoto (6:42)
4. Straniero (8:38)
5. Delirio (5:24)
6. Voce (8:55)
7. Addio (7:03)

Total Time 44:18

Line-up
Daniele Lulli - Guitar
Francesca Piazza - Vocals
Manuele D'Anastasio - Drums
Angelo Celani - Bass
    With
Dario Pierini - Keyboards
Giordana Sanfilippo - Backing vocals
Carlotta Sanfilippo - Backing vocals

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Another World "Human Nature"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Metalguitar Music
Format: digital
Release date: November 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Human Nature (8:00)
2. Fate Warning (6:12)
3. Humanity (6:55)
4. Damage (5:49)
5. Peace Of Mind (6:23)
6. The Fall (8:37)
7. Renaissance (9:21)
8. City Of Lights 1115 (4:21)

Total Time 55:38

Line-up
Michel Rollier
Christophe Pagès
Antoine Flautre

Media/Samples 
The Fall
Renaissance
Humanity
5 tracks

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Gentleland "Once Upon A Time"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release dateNovember 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Prince (9:12)
2. Fantasy (10:34)
3. The Unexpected Way Of Life, Pt. 1 (1:30)
4. Our Story (1:48)
5. Through My Window (0:40)
6. After 20 Years (0:31)
7. Cosmic Owl (1:34)
8. Heroe (2:24)
9. The Unexpected Way Of Life, Pt. 2 (2:09)
10. Men Without Faces (17:12)

Total Time 47:34

Line-up
Perry Storms
Juan Pablo Storms

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Our Story

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Armed Cloud "Master Device & Slave Machines"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Freya Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Save Yourself (4:47)
2. The Crack (4:55)
3. Withered White (4:17)
4. Mobocracy (4:22)
5. Mirror Mirage (4:21)
6. Warhead (8:16)
7. The Cycle (5:06)
8. King Lear (5:52)
9. Dancing Spirit (10:10)
10. Ascension (4:45)

Total Time 56:51

Line-up
Daan Dekker (Earth Pulse) - Vocals
Wouter Van Der Veen - Guitars
Boris Suvee - Bass
Remco Van Der Veen - Keyboards
Rico Noijen (Earth Pulse) - Drums

Media/Samples 
Sampler
Mobocracy
Warhead 

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Hangover Paradise "Out of sight"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Who Do You Think You Are (6:33)
2. Don't Wake Me Up (6:10)
3. What Lies Beneath (6:28)
4. Out Of Sight (7:37)
5. Not Worried (4:43)
6. Wrong (4:29)
7. Life Is To Short (7:25)
8. Flowers In The Rain (7:59)

Total Time 51:24

Line-up
Henk Brugge - lead vocals
Peter Zwerus - keyboard
Henk Zwerus - keyboard
Daniel Brans - drums
Richard Saimima - guitar
Cynthio Ooms - bass
MacDrikus - backing vocals

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Xavier Boscher "Embryogenesis"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Cornucopia (5:18)
2. Illumination  (3:51)
3. Female Architecture (7:12)
4. Timelessness Kingdom (6:41)
5. Hybrid (4:02)
6. Blastocyst (8:07)
7. Cells (4:47)
8. O Negative (9:30)
9. Embryogenesis (19:39)

Total Time 69:07

Line-up
Xavier Boscher - all instruments
     Except
Benjamin Masson (Nebuleyes) - lead guitar solo (1)
Loïc Manuello (Darktribe, Unchained) - lead guitar solo (2)
Jean-Jacques Moréac (Misanthrope) - bass (7)
Antoine Monsch - piano & synth (9)

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The Omnific "Kismet"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental Technical Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Proem (4:33)
2. Objets De Vertu (3:31)
3. Bugbear (4:06)
4. Kismet (4:59)
5. That's All She Wrote (2:41)
6. Condemned (3:16)
7. Ersatz (2:13)
8. Sonorous Pt.2 (4:48)

Total Time 30:07

Line-up
Matthew Fackrell - Bass
Toby Peterson-Stewart - Bass
Jerome Lematua - Drums
   With
Jamie Marinos - Additional Programming

Description/Reviews
“Proem”s beautiful intro gently kicks things off, eventually unveiling the song’s  melodic, funky and rather soothing personality.There is no shortage of groove from the get-go; strong, down tuned bass lines proving to be an extremely fulfilling sound along with an airy, atmospheric vibe that is not to be missed. A brief, moment of silence before the track breaks into another cheeky musical jive of sorts, setting the tone for the rest of the album. Now, the beautiful thing about this three-piece? It’s all bASS! Drums too of course. 
Read the full review by Prarthana Venunathan at heavymag.com.au

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Karfagen "Messages from Afar: First Contact"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelCaerllysi Music
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. First Contact (7:14)
2. Foreign Land (7:23)
3. Curious Talk (3:30)
4. Volcano Rabbit & The Frog (5:33)
5. Faces In The Clouds (3:08)
6. Vale Of Dreams (8:34)
7. Golden Fields Of Rye (2:15)
8. Riding On A Rainbow (2:53)
9. Constant Flow (15:45)

Total Time 56:15

Line-up
Antony Kalugin - keys, vocals, percussion
Max Velychko - electric and acoustic guitars
Kostya Shepelenko - drums
Oleg Prokhorov - bass
Olha Rostovska - vocals, additional keys
Michail Sidorenko - alto saxophone

Description/Reviews
«Messages from Afar» is a special concept album, that`s divided into 2 chapters – 1st by Karfagen and 2nd by Sunchild (part 2 to follow in 2018).        
It`s band's hommage to the Art Rock as we know it from the heart of  the 20th  century. The main difference between the 2 albums as usual Karfagen is primarily instrumental work whilst Sunchild is song oriented.          
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Sampler

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Sea Goat "Tata"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Swan Lake Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Book Of Liberty (4:21)
2. Morning Glory (5:05)
3. Friends (4:47)
4. Seasons (5:06)
5. Fire Wheels (6:42)
6. Cloud (2:11)
7. Water Pictures (6:52)
8. The Nearness Of You (3:32)
9. You'll Never Know (3:28)
10. Lachrimae (5:32)

Total Time 47:36

Line-up
Torsten Hartmann - Vocals, Guitars
Klaus Schulz - Guitars, Keyboards, Grand Piano, Mellotron
Matthias Wolfgarten - Keyboards, Grand Piano, Mellotron
Thomas Gotz - Drums, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar
   With
Walter Bauer - Electric Solo Guitar (10)
Harald  Englert - Choir Voices (10)
Sandra Hartmann - Solo Voice (10)
Gisela Daebel - Flute (1)
Andreas Pennekamp - Bass (3)
Michael "Blacky" Schwarz - Bass (7)

Description/Reviews
Now here’s a strange and interesting story. Imagine forming your band in 1973, naming yourself after a Pete Sinfield song from his Still album. Imagine working on your first album for forty-three years. Imagine playing and writing for nine years, then sleeping for two dozen. And imagine recording the songs you’ve been writing for all these years over a number of sessions scattered across eight years and five different locales. Clearly, time moves at a different speed for German progressive rockers Sea Goat. Can an album, the songs for which began to be conceived back in 1975, be in any way relevant in 2017? I don’t know, but when I get a promo for a band named after “The Song of the Sea Goat,” and half the band are wearing King Crimson t-shirts in the promo photos, and citing Gentle Giant amongst other bands as influences, I’m going to grab it and cross my fingers.
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Friends

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Dustin Behm "The Beyond"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Technical Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: November 24, 2017 (EU), January 19, 2018 (NA)
Tracklist
1. Mechanization (4:04)
2. Poltergeist (3:11)
3. Alien Voodoo (4:20)
4. Interdimensional Traveler (3:45)
5. The Beyond (4:10)
6. Genesis (4:20)
7. Rituals (4:01)
8. Descent Into The Unkown (3:44)
9. Haunted Labyrinth (3:34)
10. Obelisk (3:29)
11. Last Resort (3:42)
12. Awakening (3:54)
13. Towers Of Glass (2:33)

Total Time 48:47

Line-up
Dustin Behm - guitar, E-Bow, bass, keys, programming

Description/Reviews
The Beyond is a darkly progressive voyage through strange paranormal worlds. The album begins with some very technical and dissonant sounding songs. Each track builds on the journey as the songs evolve through the course of the album. The album strikes a balance between melody and oddity and contains some innovative ideas, even for a progressive metal album. The Beyond is characterized by extended range guitar, bass, and synths paired with monstrous drumming in a heavy progressive context. Dustin uses an E-Bow (Electronic Bow) to solo on a couple tracks for a unique harmonic guitar sound. The Beyond is inspired by early 90's progressive death metal such as Spheres era Pestilence combined with a modern metal influence from Meshuggah. Chris Poland's Return to Metalopolis was also an influence. The album is heavy, progressive, dissonant, and showcases some very fast guitar playing.
 The album is inspired by Dustin's love of classic horror movies, especially European horror of the 70's and 80's. The album artwork, skillfully painted by Mark Cooper, represents figures from a series of nightmares Dustin had as a child (of which Mark was unaware when he painted the piece). 
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Hollow Earth "Out Of Atlantis"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Retro Prog, Psychedelic
LabelKommun 2 KOMMUN2-43 (vinyl), Sound Effect SERC046 (CD)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 24, 2017 (digital, vinyl), December 8, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Electric Eden (4:00)
2. Riders On The Vapour Trail (5:17)
3. Out Of Atlantis (4:43)
4. Incantation (5:23)
5. Behind The Ivory Gate (16:49)
6. Ave Satánas Or Tea-Time With Lucifer (3:53)

Total Time 40:05

Line-up
Cristóbal Nemo — organ, guitar & vocals
Don Pharaoh — bass guitar & vocals
Rod Handel V — drums

Description/Reviews
The members of Hollow Earth belong to a secretive cult, and are thus unable to give away their true identities. What they can do, however, is to play rock music in the vein of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and King Crimson. This is stated to be the release of the year from Kommun2 and easily the most ambitious album ever released by the label.
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LEF "Hypersomniac"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Soundtrack
Label: RareNoise Records (RNR070)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 24, 2017 (digital), December 8, 2017 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Opening (2:17)
2. Parallel Powers (6:35)
3. Surgery (1:47)
4. Aran Has Changed (5:33)
5. It's Alright (4:46)
6. Quarrel (0:29)
7. First Day Of Work (4:55)
8. A Glimpse Of Emma (5:04)
9. Pale Skin (0:57)
10. Therapy (5:36)
11. First Step (7:12)
12. Let The Sun Fall Apart (7:14)

Total Time 52:25

Line-up
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (O.R.k) - Vocals
   With
Eivind Aarset - Guitars, Electronics
Bill Laswell - Bass
Ståle Storløkken (Motorpsycho) - Hammond Organ, Keyboards
Nils Petter Molvaer - Trumpet
Rebecca Sneddon - Saxophones
Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpsycho) - Drums

Description/Reviews
LEF’s music serves as the companion soundtrack for a breathtaking online interactive graphic novel based on dystopian tale written by LEF himself. While LEF’s visionary project might recall similarly ambitious dystopian tales like The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Hypersomniac has a wholly fresh spin on the multi-media process. 
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Parallel Powers
Aran has changed

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Dialects "Because Your Path Is Unlike Any Other"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Post Math Rock/Metal
LabelThrough Love Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Superluminal (5:23)
2. Light Echo (3:07)
3. Lorentzian (4:26)
4. Illusory (3:41)
5. When You Die, You're Truly Alone (5:40)
6. I'm Not A Comedian (3:47)
7. Escape Velocity (5:38)
8. It's Not A Ghost... It's Gravity (5:26)
9. Because Your Path Is Unlike Any Other (4:39)
10. Mountainous (6:19)

Total Time 48:06

Line-up
Conor Anderson - Guitar & Vocals
Steven Gillies - Guitar & Vocals
Ali Walker - Bass & Vocals
Liam McAteer - Drums

Description/Reviews
The first half of the album takes an unrelenting, math-heavy stance. Infectious hooks and shredding guitars abound. Little warning is given as songs take repeated, rapid-fire changes in direction, but somehow these twists and turns never feel too abrupt. Many of the songs on this album have something of the old school about them, Russian Circles meets hardcore band Hopesfall. There’s also room – on funk-heavy, ‘Illusory’ for instance – for some fun.
Read the full review by Jenny Gardiner at echoesanddust.com

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Nova Spei "Nova Spei"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Intro (1:27)
2. Dernier Repere (5:08)
3. L'abime (3:58)
4. Les Vivants-Morts (2:55)
5. Realite (4:31)
6. Ma Muse (4:14)
7. Delivrance (4:17)
8. La Verite Est Ailleurs (3:20)
9. Jugement Dernier (4:52)
10. Outro (2:01)
11. Memoires (4:54)
12. Les Vivants Pas Si Morts Que Ca (Remix) (3:10)

Total Time 44:47

Line-up
Dany Duplessis: Vocals
Dany Soucy: Guitars
Nicolas Dumais Brouillette: Bass
Normand Geneau: Drums

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Arilyn "#eraser"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
LabelQuiXote Music (qxt cd 75)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Eraser (6:03)
2. The Temple (3:16)
3. Resist (5:41)
4. Coming Back To Life (6:16)
5. Sadness (6:28)
6. Special (3:44)
7. The Last Of Us (6:58)
8. Shattered Pieces (6:47)
9. Moon (5:54)
10. Jungle (4:00)
11. With Love (4:05)

Total Time 59:12

Line-up
Christian Külbs - Vocals, Bass
Jürgen Moßgraber - Keyboards
Jürgen Kaletta - Guitar
Christof Doll - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Arilyn from Ludwigshafen present their sixth album titled "Eraser". Cleverly, they connect hard rock guitars with electronic elements and thus achieve a sound that is familiar from bands like Archive. They continue to be loyal to their typical signature, refrains with a high recognition value. 
Media/Samples 
The Temple

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Lucifer Was "Morning Star"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog, Hard Rock
LabelTransubstans Records (TRANS146, TRANSV44BLU)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. As It Comes (5:36)
2. A Forest Of Zaqqum Trees (3:50)
3. Tube Music (4:51)
4. Cold Up Here In The North (4:22)
5. Sea Of Sleep (4:47)
6. Sunday Morning Griever (6:02)
7. Pure (15:25)

Total Time 44:53

Line-up
Jon Ruder - Lead vocals
Thore Engen - Lead guitar, acoustic guitars, zither, vocals
Dag Stenseng - Flute, vocals
Anders Sevaldson - Flute
Einar Bruu - Bass
Kai Frilseth - Drums, percussion
Arild Brøter (Pymlico) - Drums, percussion
Andreas Sjo - Engen Guitar, cigar-box slide guitar, vocals
Arne Martinussen - Organ, piano, Mellotron, harpsichord

Description/Reviews
The complete 1972-1974 Lucifer Was line-up that recorded Underground And Beyond and the year 2000 second album In Anadi’s Bower, is all featured throughout the album. Look out for the two-drummer kick on several numbers.
Morning Star contains seven tracks. Two of these, Tube Music and Sunday Morning Griever, are based on songs from Thore Engen’s 70’s tape-find in a box in his basement in 2015, which sort of got this album initially started. Another track, Sea Of Sleep, the only ever song co-written by Thore Engen and flautist/singer Dag Stenseng, were, in a simpler form, featured regularly in the band’s live-set during the early 70’s. And then there is the 15:25 long Heavy Prog/Space blues mammoth composition Pure, a year in the writing and arranging by Jon Ruder and Thore Engen.
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A Forest Of Zaqqum Trees

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ring Of Gyges "Beyond the Night Sky"


Country: Iceland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ascend (2:24)
2. Andvaka (5:05)
3. Aluminum God (3:47)
4. Dusk (13:46)
5. Death's Door (6:44)
6. (Instru)Mentality (4:25)
7. Not This Time (5:19)
8. Dawn (9:53)
9. Descend (4:18)

Total Time 55:41

Line-up
Helgi Jónsson: Vocals, guitar, bass (8), drums (7)
Guðjón Sveinsson: Vocals, guitar
Einar Merlin Cortes: Drums, percussion
Gísli Þór Ingólfsson: Piano, organ, synths, vocals (5)
Þorsteinn Ýmir Ásgeirsson: Bass
   With:
Sigríður Kristjana Ingimarsdóttir: Cello
Sólrún Ylfa Ingimarsdóttir: Violin, viola
Andri Ívarsson: Guitar solo (8)
Pétur Örn Jónsson: Saxophone
Joseph Mattos-Hall: Flute
Frank Nieuwenhuis: Flute
Ívar Baldvin Júlíusson: Clarinet & bass clarinet

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lithium Dawn "Tearing Back the Veil II: Awakening"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 21, 2017 (digital), January 5, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Loose Ends (6:49)
2. Pantheon (6:57)
3. Star Driven Machine (5:33)
4. Prominence (5:58)
5. Dreadnought (7:35)
6. Waves Of White (3:39)
7. Inverse (5:06)
8. Repression (6:50)
9. Sight Before The Sound (6:39)
10. Entheon (3:37)
11. Awakening (6:01)
12. Edge Of The Sky (5:04)

Total Time 69:48

Line-up
Ondrej Tvarozek - Lead and backing vocals, guitars, synths, programming
Matt Benoit - Drums, percussion, synths, guitars, programming
Jens Marcelis - Bass, guitars, soundscapes
Aaron Gage - Lead and backing vocals, flute, strings, piano
    With:
Mike Odabashian - Hand percussion (4, 8)
Garrett Gleason - Guitar solo  (4)
Plini - Guitar solo (9)

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tiger Moth Tales "The Depths Of Winter"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: White Knight Records (CD), Plane Groovy (vinyl )
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: November 20, 2017 (CD), November 24, 2017 (vinyl )
Tracklist:
1. Winter Is Coming (0:31)
2. Winter Maker (10:50)
3. Exposure (13:34)
4. The Ballad Of Longshanks John (6:58)
5. Migration (2:58)
6. Take The Memory (7:10)
7. Sleigh Ride (6:40)
8. The Tears Of Frigga (11:42)
9. Hygge (9:12)
10. Winter's End (1:32)

Total Time 71:07

Line-up
Peter Jones (Camel, Francis Dunnery, CTP) - Vocals, instruments
   With
Luke Machin (The Tangent, Maschine) - Guitar

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The Ballad Of Longshanks John (Single Edit)
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Korzo "Supremacy"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s)Progressive Post Rock/Metal
LabelMassive Sound Recordings
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Empty
  2. Beauty
  3. Reflections
  4. Supreme
  5. Embrace
  6. Monad
  7. We
Line-up
Dimitriy Pavlovskiy aka DP - guitars, vocals
Anna Shmilyak - vocals
Johaness - keyboards
Liam Dee - drums

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Beauty
We

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Staring Into Nothing "Power"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Antares Records
Format: digital
Release date: November 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Puritans (4:39)
2. School Daze (4:34)
3. Obey (5:09)
4. The Program (5:14)
5. Heads Or Tails (5:00)
6. Information Crime (9:40)
7. Towers (18:13)
8. Big Brother (5:36)
9. Freedom (4:11)
10. Gates Of Hell (6:29)

Total Time 68:45

Line-up
Savannah Rogers - Vocals, Guitars
Kurt Barabas - Guitars, Bass
Steve Rogers - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
   With
David Levita - Guitars
Jamie Muhoberac - Keyboards
Pop Levi - Backing Vocals
Andrea Meli - Backing Vocals
Matt Chamberlain - Drums

Description/Reviews
Musically, they remind me a bit of a mix of Steven Wilson and Roger Waters. The Waters comparison comes from the overall message in the album “Power” and lead vocalist Steven Rogers, who’s delivery is a LOT like Waters.... The music for the most part is mid-tempo progressive pop rock with mostly solid hooks which is fine but gets a little repetitive after a while.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Starsoup "Castles Of Sand"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Metalism Records (MR 026-17)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2017 (digital), December 1, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. The Catcher In The Lie (4:00)
2. Into The Woods (3:52)
3. Brother's Plea (5:53)
4. Your World Is Dead (5:56)
5. Rumors Of Better Love (3:37)
6. Escapist (3:44)
7. Winter In Shire (2:15)
8. Castle (6:42)
9. The World That Has Moved On (1:36)
10. Moon On The Shore (4:56)

Total Time 42:31

Line-up
Alexey Markov - guitars, vocals, sound effects
   With
Mike Sorokin - drums (1,4,6)
Ivan Izotov (Epidemia, Garage Dayz) - bass (1, 3, 4, 7), orchestra (1), keyboards (3,4,7)
Dmitry Ignatiev (Tantal) - guitar solo (1,4)
Kirill Babiev (Timesquare) - vocals (1)
Sergey Serebrennikov (ex-Paul di Anno/Blaze Bayley) - drums (2,3,7)
Oleg Mishin - flute (3, 4)
Vladimir Shevyakov - guitars (6), guitar solos (8, 10)
Evgeny Nesterov - bass (6)
Rustam Akhmatgaraev - keyboards (1, 6), piano (9, 11, 12)
Artem Molodtsov (Distant Sun) - bass (8, 10), guitars (8)
Anton Yalovchuk (The Barber) - drums (8)
Vladimir Shulepin (Solar Wind) - keyboards (8, 10)
Daria Naumenko vocals (9)
Alex Dyachenko (Solar Wind) - drums (10)

Description/Reviews
Markov traverses diverse genres, like progressive metal to AOR melodic rock to classical music, with inventive creativity and sublime ease.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Les Lekin "Died With Fear"


Country: Austria
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic
Label: Tonzonen Records (TON032)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 20, 2017 (digital), December 1, 2017 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Orca (10:38)
2. Inert (10:19)
3. Vast (8:57)
4. Morph (13:34)

Total time: 43:28

Line-up
Peter Gallbauer - guitar
Stefan Willmann - bass
Kerstin Wolf - drums

Description/Reviews
The crushing doom of ‘Orca reliving the cascading stormy seas as the behemoth thrashes through them. The trippier interior of ‘Inert’ takes you deep within your mind, as those previous Pink Floyd tendencies are developed into something much more of their own making, as Les Lekin find their own voice behind the music. It’s music which becomes a kind of symbiotic reaction between player and listener as each seek to link themselves into the story. It’s heavy psych as it should be done, never over-reliant on repetition, but on finding those weirder nuances within sound.
Read the full review by Martyn Coppack at echoesanddust.com

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Fordham Road "Fordham Road"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock 
Format: digital
Release date: November 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Andrew (5:48)
2. New Love In New Places (3:24)
3. Midnight Skyways (2:51)
4. Eye To I (3:32)
5. Take One (2:47)
6. The Universal Dream (2:36)
7. Goodnight 617 (2:22)
8. Moe's Loganberry Stash (9:56)
9. Tom's Basement Jam (7:05)
10. On The Road (7:30)
11. Same Love In Different Places (5:05)

Total Time 52:56

Line-up
Kristian Veech - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Mark McCarthy - Guitar, Trombone
Joe Everett - Bass
Tom Shubsda - Drums
   With
Gianluca Farina - Trumpet (2, 8)
Mackenzie Oprean - French Horn (2)
Alexander “Fluppy” Yen - Tenor Sax (2)
Paul Meland - Alto Sax (8)
Ethan Wojick - Rap Vocals and Trombone Solo (8)
Moe Michnick - Guitar Solo (8)
Kyler Holt, Amanda McCarthy, Leah Morrow, Justin Arena - Various Sounds (8)
Chris Dorsey - Trumpet (9)
Sam Smith - Bass (9)
Devina Boughton - Trumpet (11)
Tristan Mitchell - Alto Sax (11)

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England "Box of Circles"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Green Tree - Nu Music Records (CD, vinyl)
Format: digital, CD, vinyl
Release date: November 20, 2017 (digital), February 2018 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Carmina Burana (4:00)
2. Destiny (6:01)
3. Hymn (3:50)
4. Masters Of War (4:18)
5. God Must Be A Boogieman (4:23)
6. Timelessness (5:15)
7. Fags, Booze & Lottery (4:47)
8. It Couldn't Be You (4:09)
9. Wheel Of Fortune (4:18)
10. Fine Alley (5:52)

Total Time 46:53

Line-up
Robert Webb
Jode Leigh
Martin Henderson
Franc Holland
  With
Al Johnson
Maggie Alexander
Steve Laffy
Jenny Darren
Ytaka Masuda
Henry Dagg
Marc Atkinson (Riversea)
Clara Kanter
Nina Kanter
Sjaak van der Bent
Keith Abbs
Malcolm Abbs
Dee Griffiths
Jandira Silva
Bryony Maddern
Eun Jung Lee
Jonny Gee

Description/Reviews
The music on this album has taken a long while to finalise. One or two tracks have appeared as 'bonus tracks' on previous England albums, but now for the first time the 'concept album', if we dare use that term, is complete. Many guest singers and instrumentalists have added their musicianship to the original (1977) line up. So... Marc Atkinson (of Riversea), Jenny Darren, and Henry Dagg (to name a few) appear. Additionally, later band members from the Baja Festival days (2006), Al Johnson, Maggie Alexander and Steve Laffy have been a major influence in the development of ideas. As is conventional in defining 'progressive rock music', there is a strong western classical music influence: classical choir singing (Sjaak vander Bent, Baritone), 'early music' singing (Clara and Nina Kanter), and symphonic keyboard ideas, mostly on 'authentic analogue instruments' such as the Mellotron and Minimoog synthesiser. 
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It Couldn't Be You
Carmina Burana
Masters of War
God Must be a Boogieman
Hymn

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Volcanic Lightnings "Eponym"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: November 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. 7 Sins (7:05)
2. Fade Away (6:26)
3. Drop Sea (5:15)
4. 1001 (8:08)
5. Open Fire (5:16)
6. Last Sunrise (7:31)

Total Time 39:41

Line-up
Xavier Alberti - guitars, vocals
Martin Plante - drums
Richard Paquet - bass
Steve Murray - keyboards

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dan Johansen "Vortex"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: November 2017
Tracklist
1. LV 99 MP 999 HP 9999 (3:44)
2. Synergetic Enigma (4:27)
3. Shackles Of Fate (4:13)
4. Burning Sun Bleeding Moon (4:03)
5. Artifact Of Blood (3:45)
6. Edge Of The Sword (3:45)
7. Kingdom Of Ice (4:22)
8. Phoenix Rising (3:27)
9. Sprint Of Madness (3:16)
10. The Voyage (5:53)
11. Aes Sidhe (4:20)
12. Crimson Chalice (4:14)
13. White Knights Of Andorias (3:42)
14. Xirvus (The Defender) (4:21)
15. Vortex (The Defier) (4:44)
16. Fah Noh Sah (3:36)

Total Time 65:52

Line-up
Dan Johansen - Everything

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Vortex (The Defier)

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bad Dreams "Chrysalis"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Change (6:40)
2. Limbo (9:32)
3. Silent Run (6:59)
4. Darkness (6:12)
5. Goblin's Seduction (6:31)
6. Chrysalis (8:03)
7. Butterfly (11:29)

Total Time 55:26

Line-up
Gabriel Agudo: vocals
Jorge Tenesini: keyboards, sequence programming
Alex Calvera: bass
Ariel Trifunoff: guitars
Fernando Cornejo: drums
   With
Steve Rothery (Marillion): last guitar solo (6)
Angel Mahler: last keyboards solo (6)
Durga and Lorelei McBroom: backing vocals (5)
Jamison Smeltz: tenor saxophone solo (5)
Jota Morelli: drums (1, 6)

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Promo 

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Robin and the Modest "Eftychia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Post Rock, Psychedelic
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. RUN (3:53)
2. Little Bird (4:27)
3. The Mountain Is Calling (4:30)
4. From Acapollo With Love (3:34)
5. Winterlude (2:04)
6. Eftychia (5:18)
7. Koralle (3:10)
8. Crop It Like It's Hot (3:14)
9. Lücken (3:57)

Total Time 34:07

Line-up
Tobi Vogel: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synthesizers, Programming, Vocals, Field Recordings, FX
   With
Carl Michael Grabinger: Drums (1, 2, 3, 6, 8 & 9)
Johannes Bert: Additional Guitars (1, 2, 6 & 7)
Maria Grigoryeva: Solo Violin and String Section (2 & 6)
Tim Köhler: Saxophon (1 & 4)
Birte Königshoff: Vocals (4)
Jörn Schwarzburger: Drums (7)
Gregor Diekmann: Piano (2)

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Transport Aerian "Therianthrope"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Smirking Sirens (4:52)
2. Pitchfork Martyrs (3:30)
3. Let You Never Perish (3:06)
4. Destroy Me (4:01)
5. Abstract Symphony I Information Field (2:43)
6. Abstract Symphony II Saturate (2:37)
7. September (4:23)
8. Abstract Symphony III: Lovemeat (4:22)
9. Eternal Guilt (4:39)
10. Abstract Symphony IV: Poor Things Need (A Common Interest) (2:33)
11. Lions (5:48)
12. Abstract Symphony V Immortals (5:36)
13. Last Years Of Peace (6:11)

Total Time 54:21

Line-up
Hamlet - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Programming, Drums, and Samples
Rachel Bauer - Spoken Word and Vocals
JoJo Razor - Vocals
Paul Sax - Violin
Stef Flaming - Lead Guitar
Stefan Boeykens - Guitar
Elvya - Hammered Dulcimer
Dyian - Hurdy-gurdy
Peter Matuchniak - Guitar
Marco Ragni - Guitar & Keyboards
Darren Brush - Chapman Stick

Description/Reviews
Therianthrope is an album, whose themes are dedicated to the emotions of the mind, torn by different assets of mental illness in the context of quickly developing the world on the brink of the war, social and economic catastrophe. Besides the conventional music pieces, Therianthrope also features The Abstract Symphony, a set of songs and instrumental pieces based on blind improvisation by the team of guest musicians. Nobody knew what the other musician would play, as they were only given a theme to describe and photographs to emphasize the visual in the sound.
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Last Years Of Peace
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