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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Parafulmini "Tenere Fuori Dalla Portata Dei Bambini"


Country: Italy
Genre(s):  Jazz-Rock
LabelLizard Records (LIZARD CD 0134)
FormatCD
Release date: December 2017
Tracklist
1. Intro: Il Professor Magnifizio (1:36)
2. T'araffo e T'aruffo (2:39)
    Parafulmini Suite:
3. Allegro Un Po'troppo (1:29)
4. Andante Al Mare Con Ruspe (1:07)
5. Allegro Siberiana (1:11)
6. Finale Cacciucco (0:21)

7. Stati D'alimentazione Progressiva (3:13)
8. Dunque? (2:45)
9. Spavento (4:21)
     Idraulici in vacanza:
10. Acqua A Pedale (3:39)
11. Pedale Ad Acqua (3:22)

12. Intemezzo Con Zamperoni (0:14)
13. TFDPDB (3:59)
14. Il Clan Dei Pappianesi (3:01)
15. Miracolo A Vecchiano (2:45)
      Una settimana di bonta:
16. Dentisto (3:06)
17. Gitarella (2:14)
18. Polpetta (3:39)

19. No, Grazie (2:37)
20. Cornacchiaia (3:41)

Total Time 50:59

Line-up
Marco Bigliazzi - drums, cymbals
Stefano Masoni - electric guitar
   With
Patrizio Fariselli (Area) - keyboards (7, 11)
Luca Cantasano - bass
Fabrizio Asmagheddon Bondi - electric metal guitar (9)
Alfonso Capasso (Aliante) - electric bass (1)
Filippo Brilli  - bass saxophone (18)
Riccardo Zini - baritone saxophone (16, 20)

Description/Reviews
Parafulmini [Lightnin' Rods] is an unique Surf-Prog-Punk-Jazz Rock Band from Pisa, Italy, that plays its own music, that they define as a "Prurf Band", Prurf meaning from prog to surf rock and everything in between: punk, alternative, jazz – you name it. Tenere Fuori Dalla Portata Dei Bambini lasts 51 minutes subdivided in 20 tracks, some of wich grouped into suites, such as Parafulmini Suite in four movements, and however all linked each other by a cheap, absurd sci-fi sort of story : Parrucchieri all'Ultraspazio (Hairdressers From Outer Space).
Tenere Fuori Dalla Portata Dei Bambini is mainly an instrumental album, made of a wide variety
of meters, melodies and harmonies, with some special guests.
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Vitral "Entre as Estrelas"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
LabelMasque Records
FormatCD
Release date: December 2017
Tracklist
1 Pétala de Sangue ( 6:49 )
2 Entre as Estrelas ( 52:22 )
3 Vitral ( 5:12 )

Total Time 64:23

Line-up
Claudio Dantas (Quaterna Réquiem): Drums, perucussion
Eduardo Aguillar: Keyboards, bass
Luiz Zamith: Guitars
Marcus Moura (Bacamarte): Flutes

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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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Runaway Totem "La Traccia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Lizard Records (LIZARD CD 0133)
Format: CD, CD+DVD
Release date: December 2017
Tracklist
CD
1. Prologo (1:44)
2. In Principio (3:57)
3. Oltre il tuo Nome (5:08)
4. Acqua (6:10)
5. Aria (3:52)
6. Fuoco (3:44)
7. Terra (6:53)
8. Qualcuno (3:42)
9. Qui (4:45)
10. Un Soffio (5:12)
11. Noi (3:39)
12. L'uomo all'incrocio (6:03)
13. Senza preavviso (4:38)
14. Tregua (10:42)

Total Time 70:09 

DVD
1. Inizio (1:06)
2. Prologo (0:39)
3. In Principio (3:45)
4. Oltre Il Tuo Nome (5:17)
5. Acqua (6:09)
6. Aria (3:28)
7. Fuoco (4:09)
8. Terra (6:50)
9. Qualcuno (3:46)
10. Qui (4:36)
11. Un Soffio (5:20)
12. Noi (3:40)
13. L'uomo all'incrocio (6:01)
14. Senza Preavviso (4:33)
15. Tregua (6:03)
16. Epilogo (4:07)
17. Titoli (1:15)

Total Time 70:44

Line-up
Re-Tuz aka Raffaello Regoli – vocals, narration
Cahal De Betel aka Roberto Gottardi – electronic luthery, keyboards
   With
Dauno aka Giuseppe Buttiglione – double bass, bass
Isil-Ur aka Tamara Zucchi – vestal custodian of sacred fire, incipit
Mam-Ur aka Marzia Bagnoli – vestal custodian of sacred fire, incipit

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L'uomo all'incrocio
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Travis Orbin "Silly String II"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Technical Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 29, 2017 
Tracklist
1. Hand Of The Giant (6:05)
2. Snarl (3:41)
3. Coffee Terrorist (2:24)
4. Overreacting Bad-Karma Boy (2:48)
5. Inextricable (4:35)
6. What Happened To The Pause Button? (2:41)
7. Chucklehead (5:25)
8. He Slept Like A Maniac (3:18)
9. Random Hajile (0:52)
10. Obstreperous Restriction (4:39)
11. The Adventures Of Nerd Wolf (3:41)
12. Fleshier Glitch (3:18)
13. Napent (4:56)
14. A Slightly Unfinished Sound (3:07)
15. The End Of An Error (4:45)

Total Time 56:15

Line-up
Travis Orbin (Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane, Darkest Hour) - Drum set, Percussion on all but 9
   With
Adam Edgemont - Guitar (1-4, 6-8, 11-13, 15), Acoustic Guitar (1)
Cameron McLellan (Protest the Hero) - Bass on all but 9, 14
Matthew Riggen - Trumpet (1, 7, 10, 14), Trombone (7)
Jeff Siegfried - Saxophone (3, 10)
John Sims - Upright Bass (14)
Ben Rachbach - Piano (14)
Felonious Hunk - Theremin (13)
Sophia Uddin - Violin (5)
Owen McKinley - Congas, Bongos (7)
Ben Eller - Guitar solo (12)
Elliot Coleman, Jason Campbell - Voices in phone call (15)
Mason and Ian Campbell - Children (10)

Description/Reviews
Silly String II takes what its predecessor did well, and expands on it. The opening track, “Hand of the Giant”, gives the listener a good idea of what to expect from a Travis Orbin solo album. While technically challenging, the song is enjoyable to listen to. The highlight, other than the drums, is that Cameron McLellan’s (ex-Protest the Hero) bass is audible throughout this album and gives the record something that many modern albums seem to be lacking. The bass lines groove and the synthesizers add an unexpected layer to the music. The track also incorporates some jazzy elements, going so far as to include a trumpet which also appears a few more times on the album, along with saxophone, trombone, and theremin.
Read the full review by Jacob Marcheschi at itdjents.com

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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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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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Friday, December 22, 2017

Knife the Glitter "Knife the Glitter"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Husaria Records / Party Smasher Inc. HR001PSI (vinyl)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: December 22, 2017 
Tracklist
1. Idiot City (6:32)
2. Gargle Clamp (4:33)
3. Bumble Bee Infant (3:51)
4. Highly Electric Squirrel (5:01)
5. The Plum Curtain (5:29)
6. Permanent Baby Snowpants (4:58)
7. Kid Colossal (5:04)
8. Barnabas (1:27)
9. The Snake Charmer's Anthem (3:22)

Total Time 40:17

Line-up
Eli Litwin - drums
Kevin Antreassian (Dillinger Escape Plan) - guitar
Ryan Newchok - bass
   With
Matt Mitchell - Keyboard solo (7)
Earl Maneein and Fung Chern Hwei - Viola and Violin solos (6)

Description/Reviews
Turns out Knife the Glitter (the band’s debut and final album) sheds all semblance to the collectives early metalcore leanings, instead aiming for a highly complex, jazzy, progressive sound. If you yearn for a comparison, think of a more crazed, metallic version of ConstruKction of Light-era instrumental King Crimson with some Dillinger Escape Plan added to the mix and you won’t be far off. 
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Operapia "Operapia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Hard Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. Borderline (7:17)
2. Imperfetti (4:54)
3. Videocracy (6:03)
4. Requiem (7:31)
5. Dynamo (7:48)
6. Videocracy(Radio Edit) (4:46)

Total Time 38:19

Line-up
Danilo Magni: vocals
Francesco Brocca: keyboards
Angelo Filinesi: guitars, bass (1-5), keyboards (1), drums (3-5)
Gigi Calvia: drums (2)
    With
Pierpaolo Zonca: bass (3-5)
Piergiulio Manzi: bass (2)
Stefano Palazzolo: drums (1-4)

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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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Fistfights With Wolves "Plot Armor"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Pyromancer (6:39)
2. Believerbot (6:36)
3. Muad'Dib (9:26)
4. Sirens (6:46)
5. Plot Armor (8:31)
6. Cattle Brand (6:11)

Total Time 44:09

Line-up
Ryan Bradley: Guitar
Kevin Capacia: Percussion
Daniel Johnson: Vocals
Anastasya Korol: Vocals, Percussion
Billy Petty: Drums, Percussion
Mathew Rakers: Keys, Guitar
Nathan Robinson: Bass, Percussion

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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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Psicosuono "Metropoli"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: December 20, 2018
Tracklist
1. Clochard (7:38)
2. Walzer (5:28)
3. Metropoli (3:01)
4. Alter-azione (8:28)
5. Passo Dopo Passo (7:26)
6. La Notte Del Vostro Domani (5:32)
7. Blues Ubriaco (6:39)
8. Clochard (English Version) (7:38)
9. Drunk Blues (6:37)

Total Time 58:27

Line-up
Elisabetta Giglioli - Lead Vocals
Stefano De Marchi - Guitar
Elisa Costanzo - Lead Vocals
Claudio Bellamacina - Guitar
Betty Accorsi - Saxophones & Backing Vocals
Dario Merati - Bass

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Frame Defect "In Error"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Prelude (1:38)
2. Hyperbole (5:27)
3. Residue (4:26)
4. Monophobic (4:21)
5. (H++) (0:58)
6. On Love (5:13)
7. Safety Net (6:17)
8. Lacklustre (5:09)

Total Time 33:29

Line-up
Milen Petzelt-Sorace - piano, vocals
Dickson Benjamin - drums
Jordan Kendal - guitar
Reid MacLean - guitar
Dominick De Kauwe  (Red Handed Denial) - bass
  With
Lauren Babic (Red Handed Denial) - vocals (4)
Milen Petzelt-Sorace - violin (8)
Alexei Kazantsev - cello(8)
Milen Petzelt-Sorace - piano (1, 5)

Description/Reviews
Musically, In Error stands as just an exciting and ambitious record.  While deeply rooted in the style of today’s progressive metal, with the inclusion of new members, The Frame Defect chose to include a wide range of eclectic influences stemming from each member’s own musical taste.  As a result, while built on a sturdy foundation of progressive metal, songs like “Residue” and “Hyperbole” embrace pop elements, while the riff-driven “Monophobic” takes from classic rock, and “On Love” feels reminiscent of the tango.  
Read the full review by Gerrod Harris at canadianbeats.ca

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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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Monday, December 18, 2017

3thera "Can You Walk ?"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Technical Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: December 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Fast Boy (4:03)
2. Alcatraz (6:08)
3. Iron Mountain (5:38)
4. Red Circle (8:01)
5. Love And Happiness (3:20)
6. Take A Little Breath (4:19)
7. Can You Walk ? (5:30)
8. Timeline (5:46)

Total Time 42:45

Line-up
Nino Brown - Bass
Rafael Favero - Guitars
Guilherme Favero - Drums

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Nexus 4000 "Space Magic"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 18, 2017 
Tracklist
1. Sun Dance (13:51)
2. Tetraclops (12:29)
3. A Song For You (12:47)

Total Time 39:07

Line-up
Gabriel Sundy – tenor sax
Doug Meeuwsen – trumpet
Grant Fisher – guitar
Nate Jarrell – guitar
Edward Kornhauser – keys
Mackenzie Leighton – bass
Charles Weller – drums

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Bucium "Miorita"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Miorița  (9:19)
2. Codrule, Măria Ta (5:35)
3. Frunză Verde De Trei Flori (4:36)
4. Frunză Verde Foi Mărunte (4:09)
5. Mândra Mea, Nu Mă Certa (3:33)
6. Mirel Tinerelu' (5:14)
7. Voinicel Înstelat (3:48)
8. Rai (5:15)
9. Când De-acasă Am Plecat (4:15)
10. Cantecel De Asfințit (5:36)
11. Zorile (6:35)
12. La Marginea Codrului (7:07)
13. Sus, La Cheia Raiului (6:10)

Total Time 71:12

Line-up
Alexa Nicolae Milea - violin
Alex Pascu - bass
Mihai Balabas - violin, sfx
Cristi Raducanu - drums
Andi Dumitrescu - guitars, vocals, flutes
Robert Ardeleanu - bass
Dora Gaitanovici - vocals (4)
Nicolae Spatar - sax (5)
Iulia Gheorghe - cello
Corina Ciuplea - cello
Andreea Retegan - viola

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Feronia "Anima Era"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
LabelAndromeda Relix AND64
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 18, 2017 (CD), February 2, 2018 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Priestess Of The Ancient New (5:19)
2. Atropos (4:44)
3. Wounded Healer (4:56)
4. Garden Of Sweet Delights (3:44)
5. Humanist (7:22)
6. Free Flight (3:41)
7. Innocence (3:49)
8. Depths Of Self Delusion (4:31)
9. Exile (5:29)
10. Thumbs Up! (4:31)
11. A New Life (5:23)

Total Time 53:29

Line-up
Elena Lippe - Vocals
Fabio Rossin - Guitars
Daniele GIorgini - Bass Guitar
Fabrizio Signorino - Drums

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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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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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Paolo Ricca Group featuring John Etheridge "Mumble"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock
LabelElectromantic Music / Turin Jazz Rock School (TJRS 1351)
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 15, 2017 (CD), February 4, 2018 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Mumble (5:51)
2. Wake Up (5:10)
3. Pastorale (4:51)
4. Snap (3:57)
5. Orfeo (6:51)
6. Batik (6:42)
7. Seven Circles (8:39)
8. Istmo (4:35)

Total Time 46:36

Line-up
Paolo Ricca - Rhodes
Diego Mascherpa - clarinet
Andrea Manzo - bass
Maurizio Plancher - drums
   With
John Etheridge (Soft Machine) - guitar
Viviana Presutti - vocals

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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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Dr. Aftershave (Missus Beastly) "In The Diving Bell"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion 
Label: Garden Of Delights ‎– CD 181
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ferrets Run (5:08)
2. Small Talk Buffy (2:47)
3. The Three Sons (1:31)
4. Resurrection Agents (8:18)
5. The Real Shave (3:24)
6. Jazzy James (6:48)
7. In The Diving Bell (3:24)
8. Spiral Tape (4:00)
9. Mysterious Pyramids (6:13)

Total Time 41:33

Line-up
Norbert Dömling - Bass
Marlon Klein - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Burkard Schmidl - Grand Piano, Keyboards

Description/Reviews
An unreleased studio album by Dr. Aftershave (ex Missus Beastly), in the same style as the late Missus Beastly. During their latter period, Missus Beastly renamed themselves to Dr. Aftershave for about one year, after the title of their third LP. Their style, however, didn’t change: mostly instrumental jazz-rock, also called fusion. They had planned from the very beginning to record some songs for an LP, which they did in the Stuttgart Zuckerfabrik sound studio from August 19 to 22, 1980. Initially, the sound studio itself wanted to release the album, but this plan failed. The negotiations with Mood Records didn’t lead to anything as well. The recordings were thus parked in the drawer for 37 years, kept safe by Marlon Klein. It’s due to him that they have been preserved in good order and condition till this day. The CD at hand is thus the first release; an LP edition is planned for the future, but that may take some time.
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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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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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Camembert "Negative Toe"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock
LabelAltrOck ALT058
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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gardenjia "In Dreams"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release date: December 12, 2017
Tracklist
1. Landing Pt.1 (0:48)
2. Through The Lotus Ashes (6:59)
3. Landing Pt. 2 (0:24)
4. Behold The Endless Sea (3:56)
5. Landing Pt. 3 (0:35)
6. Rem (6:27)
7. Landing Pt. 4 (0:59)
8. Indifferent Universe (6:43)
9. Landing Pt. 5 (0:36)
10. Above (5:01)
11. Landing Pt. 6 (0:54)
12. Scars (5:56)
13. Landing Pt. 7 (1:02)
14. Eater Of The Worlds (6:16)
15. Landing Pt. 8 (1:12)

Total Time 47:48

Line-up
Giuseppe Miglietta: guitars, synths
Antonio Martire:drums synths
Raffaele Galasso: voice, guitars, synths

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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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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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Pinn Dropp "Re: Verse, Re: Treat, Re:Unite" EP


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 10, 2017 
Tracklist
1. Kingdom Of Silence (4:54)
2. Unresolved (10:12)
3. Cyclothymia (14:28)

Total Time 29:34

Line-up
Mateusz Jagiełło - vocals & bass guitar
Piotr Sym - electric & acoustic guitars
Dariusz Piwowarczyk - drums, sample, programming
   With
Syndrom N Syndrom N - keyboards and special keyboards effects (2)

Description/Reviews
Poland’s Pinn Dropp fit nicely into the modern prog realm that has been created and grown by bands like Riverside, Kingcrow, Anubis Gate and many others. So while Pinn Dropp aren’t necessary doing anything ground breaking, they do sound as good as many of these contemporaries.
Read the full review by Rob at progressivemusicplanet.com

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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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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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