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Monday, February 27, 2017

Stewart Bell "The Antechamber Of Being (Part 2) - Stories From The Antechamber"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 27, 2017
Tracklist
Early Days Suite -
1 - A Word, A Name
2 - Rude Awakening
3 - W.I.L.D
4 - First Awareness
5 - Time Dilation
   i - Stretched Piano
   ii - She Never Was
      (a) First Entanglement
      (b) - 81181
6 - Intervention
   i - Sleep Paralysis
   ii - Visitation 1
   iii - Tipulidae Saves The Day
   iv - Visitation 2
7 - The Probability Of Improbability
   i - Purpose
     (a) The Experience of Purpose
     (b) The Purpose of Experience
     (c) Tat Tvam Asi
     (d) Universal Awakening
   ii - Nothing (reprise)
8  - The Cupboard Of Fear (Chewing your Tongue in Cheek mix) - Bonus Track
   i - The Bogeyman
   ii - The First Lesson
   iii - First Awareness
   iv - The Second Lesson
   v - Lucidity

Line-up
Stewart Bell (Citizen Cain) - vocals, instruments
   With
Phil Allen (Citizen Cain) -  vocals, instruments
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) - vocals
Simone Rossetti (The Watch) - vocals
Bekah Mhairi Comrie - vocals

Description/Reviews
In this second part of Stewart Bell's epic trilogy of concept albums we are once again taken on a journey through the inner realms alongside the main character, The Dreamer and his mentor, The Teacher. Taking place during the same time period as The Antechamber Of Being Part 1 the story follows the main characters as they continue to explore the amazing experiences made possible through lucid dreaming; the weird phenomena inherent with this type of conscious exploration of one's mind; the questions that arise through encounters with seemingly independent dream beings and; the realisations and conclusions that are ultimately reached after a lifetime of dreaming awake.
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Promo
Time Dilation

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Arduini / Balich "Dawn of Ages"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Doom Metal
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Fallen
2. Forever Fade
3. Into Exile
4. The Wraith
5. Beyond the Barricade
6. The Gates of Acheron
7. Sunrise (Uriah Heep Cover)
8. Wolf of Velvet Fortune (Beau Brummels Cover)
9. After All (The Dead) (Black Sabbath Cover)

Line-up
Victor Arduini (ex-Fates Warning) - various instruments
Brian “Butch” Balich (Argus) - vocals
   With
Chris Judge (Freedoms Reign's) - drums

Description/Reviews
Arduini/Balich’s goal is to create monumental doomed progressive metal, and they definitely succeeded. The album starts with the ten-minute opener The Fallen, where the band shows from the start that they are not in a hurry to get to the point. A one-minute long guitar intro paves the way for something like a second intro, with the other instruments joining in, creating a melancholy atmosphere reminding of early Trouble. Especially the weeping guitar should allow for this comparison. Nearly halfway into the song, it’s finally time for Butch Balich to join in, and his strong vocals are really quite unique. At times they remind me of the hoarse perfection of Omen’s J.D. Kimball, an extraordinary artist who left us much too soon. The following Forever Fade is at six minutes the shortest regular track on the album, and despite a doomy intro, it gains momentum rather soon and feels like a refreshing mix between US power metal and proto doom metal.
Read the full review at disagreement.net

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Teaser

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The Mute Gods "tardigrades will inherit the earth"


Country:  UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Saltatio Mortis
2. Animal Army
3. We Can't Carry On
4. The Dumbing Of The Stupid
5. Early Warning
6. Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth
7. Window Onto The Sun
8. Lament
9. The Singing Fish of Batticaloa
10. Hallelujah
11. The Andromeda Strain
12. Stranger Than Fiction

Line-up
Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Fish On Friday, Lifesigns)
Roger King (Steve Hackett)
Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally)

Description/Reviews
Picking up from where the first album left off - with its examination of societal control mechanisms - Tardigrades looks at the inevitable outcomes should humanity continue down dark, dogmatic pathways. Musically, the album is an expansive Rock statement with a heavier, more Metal-oriented focus than its predecessor.
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We Can’t Carry On 

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Disperse "Forward"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Stay 
  2. Surrender 
  3. Bubbles
  4. Tomorrow 
  5. Tether 
  6. Sleeping Ivy
  7. Does It Matter How Far? 
  8. Foreword
  9. Neon 
  10. Gabriel 
  11. Kites
Line-up
Rafał Biernacki - vocals, keyboards
Jakub Żytecki - guitars
Bartosz Wilk - bass
Mike Malyan - drums

Description/Reviews
DISPERSE manage to make complexity appear easy and add an incredible lightness to cascading syncopated breaks, odd-time signatures and all the tools of the trade that are considered as essentials for progressive music. 'Foreword' is the logical step further from previous opus 'Living Mirrors', which witnessed the hopefuls injecting fresh momentum into the progressive genre. Elements of such giants such as PINK FLOYD, DREAM THEATER, and CYNIC were playfully incorporated, whirled around, and fused with other ingredients raging from Metal to Jazz into a new exciting sound.
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Stream

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Palmer "Surrounding The Void"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Post Metal
Label: Czar Of Bullets (CZAR043/CZAR049)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Home Is Where I Lead You (6:40)
2. Misery (6:46)
3. Divergent (8:53)
4. Artein (7:42)
5. Digital Individual (5:54)
6. Fate_Hope (6:31)
7. Importunity (4:02)
8. Rising (8:38)
9. Implosion (5:24)

Total time 60:30

Line-up
Jan Wälchli – guitar
Ueli Heiniger – bass
Remo Röschli – drums
Steve Diener - vocals

Description/Reviews
Palmer’s sound oscillates somewhere between post-metal and prog-rock with spherical timbres. This band works intuitively and without restraints and their creations reflect an energy of immediate presence.
Their new album ‘Surrounding The Void’ contains 9 songs that boast originality. Inspired by di­fferent niches from the world of extreme metal, prog-rock, jazz and ambient sounds, Palmer have always followed their own distinct path, continually looking towards the future and pursuing their own individual Soundscape. ‘Surrounding The Void’ reflects Palmer’s typical aspects such as tension, relief and extreme dynamics. These core aspects are immediately apparent on the new album and seem even more mature and distinct. (thesludgelord.blogspot.com)

Also read the review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Divergent
Digital Individual

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O.R.k. "Soul Of An Octopus"


Country: UK/Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: RareNoise Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Too Numb (3:54)
2. Collapsing Hopes (4:39)
3. Searching For The Code (4:03)
4. Dirty Rain (5:06)
5. Scarlet Water (4:13)
6. Heaven Proof House (4:26)
7. Just Another Bad Day (4:11)
8. Capture Or Reveal (4:49)
9. Till The Sunrise Comes (5:21)

Total time 40:42

Line-up
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (aka Lef) - vocals, keys
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) - drums
Carmelo Pipitone - guitars

Description/Reviews
Because of the presence of drummer Mastelotto, it would be easy to draw comparisons to King Crimson for this project. (The opener “Too Numb” in particular has a kind of Discipline vibe in its interlocking ostinatos that create a hypnotic latticework pattern against Fornasari’s menacing vocals). One can also hear traces of such artistically inclined groups as Pink Floyd in ambitious tunes like “Scarlet Water,” “Just Another Bad Day” and the extraordinary “Capture or Reveal.” But O.R.k. draws on a myriad of other influences throughout Soul of an Octopus that encompass prog-rock and even bits of opera, as can be heard in Fornasari’s dramatic and wide-ranging vocals on tunes like the intense closer “Till the Sunrise Comes” and the epic “Dirty Rain.”
Read the full description at rarenoiserecords.com

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Too Numb
Collapsing Hopes
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Felix Martin "Mechanical Nations"


Country: Venezuela/USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Flashback (3:32)
2. Carnatt (4:04)
3. Eight Moon Headdress (3:58)
4. Nomadic Tree (3:37)
5. Da House Cat (3:43)
6. Cosmo Basket (3:13)
7. Bom (3:39)
8. Bom Continues (3:56)
9. Cardboard Roofs (3:10)
10. Santos (3:34)
11. Barquisimetal (3:18)
12. King Zartman (4:13)
13. Four Handed Giant (3:13)
14. Canaima (3:20)
15. Bridge Clock Disparity (3:25)

Total time 53:55

Line-up
Felix Martin – Guitar
Kilian Duarte – Bass
Victor A. Carracedo – Drums
    With
Angel Vivaldi - Guitar (10)

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Persefone "Aathma"


Country: Andorra
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Metal, Death Metal
Label: ViciSolum Productions (VSP100)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. An Infinitesmal Spark (1:50)
2. One Of Many... (1:27)
3. Prison Skin (6:21)
4. Spirals Within Thy Being (7:16)
5. Cosmic Walkers (3:22)
6. No Faced Mindless (5:52)
7. Living Waves (5:45)
8. Vacuum (2:13)
9. Stillness Is Timeless (9:36)
10. Aathma
   Pt. I. Universal Oneness (6:35)
   Pt. II. Spiritual Bliss (4:05)
   Pt. III. One With The Light (5:22)
   Pt. IV. ...Many Of One (3:58)

Total time 63:42

Line-up
Marc Martins: Vocals
Carlos Lozano: Guitars
Miguel Espinosa: Keyboards, vocals
Tony Mestre: Bass
Sergi Verdeguer: Drums
Filipe Baldaia: Guitars
   With
Paul Masvidal (Cynic, Death): Vocals (1, 7)
Øystein Landsverk (Leprous)
Merethe Soltvedt

Description/Reviews
The intention here is blatantly obvious: to throw everything, including several kitchen sinks, at this album and create an opus of gargantuan proportions. Aathma is an hour plus of mindbending and bombastic progressive death metal, with lashings of soaring melody, proggy and symphonic stylings, high-level musicianship, atmospheric moments (Vacuum is quite beautiful) and whatever else the band could think of at the time. They even channel Cynic during Living Waves. All culminating in the title track, which is a twenty minute, multi-suite epic, rounding out the album.
Read the full review by Rod Whitfield at metalobsession.net

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Bandcamp (from the release date)
Teaser

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gevende "Kirinardi"


Country: Turkey 
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Baykus Music
Format: digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Omelas (4:34)
2. Tophane'de Güneşli Günler (5:34)
3. Sessiz Gibi Bir Yer (5:33)
4. Kırınardı (3:43)
5. Saroyan (3:35)
6. Ağlaya Ağlaya (4:33)
7. Ters Okyanus (5:18)
8. Domino (3:02)
9. Vertigo (3:42)

Total Time: 39:34

Line-up
Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç - vocals, guitar, effects
Gökçe Gürçay - drums, percussions
Okan Kaya - bass guitar, synth bass, backing vocals
Ömer Öztüyen - viola
Serkan Emre Çiftçi - trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizers, Rhodes, backing vocals
    With
Barış Ertürk - baritone & tenor saxophone
Erkan Çavdaroğlu, Çağlar Haznedaroğlu - violin
Burak Kayan - viola
Erman İmayhan - cello

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Stream

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Wonderland "Seven Wonders and Four Little Miracles"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: February 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Hold my soul
2. Can´t get too much
3. Playing your game
4. Into the deep
5. In too deep
6. Afraid
7. Devil and the deep blue sea
    667 suite:
8. Youth (Part I)
9. Falling (Part II)
10. Gammal Fäbodpsalm (Part III)

11. Abandoned Ship
12. The rush of possibilities
13. In anticipation

Line-up:
Klas Ling - Lead Vocals
Per Andersson - Guitars
Bo Karlsson - Keyboards
Patrik Adiels - Bass
Joakim Jansson - Drums

Description/Reviews
The band released their seven track debut ep six and a half years ago and now release a professional recording of the same album with an addition of four songs (well six if you count the instrumental parts as different songs). But the band has chosen to call the new additions to their full length debut for four little miracles, miracles that increase the length of the album with 36 minutes. ...
When I first reviewed this in August 2009 I made references with Yes and Kansas today 2016 the references would be the same but also add Pink Floyd to the list, not to do so would be a miss, that is if you should mention any references.
Read the full review by Mathias Westman at planetaor.com

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Hold My Soul
Abanoned Ship
In Anticipation

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Terraformer "Mineral"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Metal
Label: Dunk! Records & Time as a color (both - vinyl) 
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: February 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Aegean (8:25)
2. Adamantine (8:18)
3. Amethyst (4:49)
4. Penelope (8:23)
5. Epoch (5:53)
6. The Ether Shell (5:54)

Total time 41:42

Line-up
Olivier Lambillon : Bass guitar
Lionel Lhoest : Drums
Guillaume Fegatilli : Guitars

Description/Reviews
This album, their third, contains six heavy post metal anthems and takes you on a forty minutes lasting journey through soundscapes, distorted guitars and meticulous drums.
That being said, don’t let the cover art fool you. The drawing looks like a psychedelic rock album from the seventies but, instead of acts like Jefferson Airplane or Pink Floyd, expect something like Meshuggah writing a post rock album. I think that comes a lot closer to what I’m listening to right now. I know, it might be weird to compare this album to Meshuggah, but if you listen to the harsh, intense, “djenty” guitars on this one, you might understand.
Of course, the music on this album compares more to bands like This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Pelican, Isis and so on. With elaborate soundscapes, narrative musical passages and a cinematic atmosphere, Terraformer easily place themselves among the greats of the genre. Besides that, a track like ‘Adamantine’ thrives on these pungent guitar riffs, turning the post-rock sound into something your can brutally bang your head to.
Read the full review at merchantsofair.com

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The Black Light "All Forgotten Dreams"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Post Rock, Art Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Enemy Within (6:49)
2. Crying Games (6:51)
3. Lost To Another (2:06)
4. Hurricane / All That Remains (7:11)
5. Echoes (3:28)
6. Alarm Bells (9:28)
7. The Undertow (5:14)
8. Melody (4:46)
9. Lone Wolf (4:34)
10. Same Old Story (2:03)
11. Harlequin (7:58)
12. Sorro (4:39)
13. Silver Line (8:23)

Total Time 73:30

Line-up
Martin Bassett: guitars, bass, keys, vocals
Andrew Watt: drums, keys,vocals
   With:
Marina Thomas: additional vocals (5)

Description/Reviews
I would describe the songs on All Forgotten Dreams as mostly melancholic and melodic Post Rock, but some Pop and happier moods are also included in the mix, in good part in the second half of this very good album. Heavier moments can also be heard but the pace is mostly on the slower side of things, something The Black Light has in common with Norwegian band Gazpacho. If I were to pick another group as an accecptable reference it would be Radiohead (circa OK Computer and  Kid A) this in part because of Andrew Watt's drumming style. 
Read the full review by Marc at proggnosis.com

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Autism "Film Noir"


Country: Lithuania 
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: February 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Alive And Torn (2:38)
2. In Anger (5:21)
3. Humanity - Crescendo (6:54)
4. Brittle Bones (7:16)
5. Your Loudest Sound Is Change (5:30)
6. 918 (8:31)
7. Film Noir (8:36)

Total time 44:46

Line-up
Domantas - Drums
Gediminas - Bass
Karolis - Guitar
Tomhetas - Guitar

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Space Debris "Behind The Gate"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Eclectic Progressive Rock
Label: Green-Brain/Breitklang (SDBG0217CD)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 20, 2017
Tracklist
CD 1:
1. Sunlight (6:29)
2. Behind the Gates (14:21)
3. Ohnword (9:01)
4. Stardreamer (8:03)
5. Sun for Fun (2:49)
6. New Rag (CD only) (11:07)

CD 2:
1. Music Is God (6:35)
2. Blue Alert (15:10)
3. Summernightdrive part 1 (12:45)
4. Summernightdrive part 1 ext. (7:55)
5. Summernightdrive part 2 (5:46)
6. Planet Paradise (5:27)

Line-up
Tommy Gorny: Guitar
Winnie Rimbach-Sator: Keyboards
Janni Schmitt: Bass
Christian Jäger: Ludwig Drums

Description/Reviews
The band has developed its style and added new sounds, i. b. keyboard chorals remembering of Deep Purples 'April'. Space, hardrock and jazz elements lead to the typical Space Debris feeling. Each song tells a different story and seems to have it's own colour. The cover describes the musical journey for the listener: in the room behind the door. Song after song, the listener can open the doors and drift into space together with the band.
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Bandcamp

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Tim Bowness "Lost In The Ghost Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelInsideOut
Formatvinyl, CD
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Worlds Of Yesterday (5:41)
2. Moonshot Manchild (8:58)
3. Kill The Pain That's Killing You (3:44)
4. Nowhere Good To Go (4:46)
5. You'll Be The Silence (9:01)
6. Lost In The Ghost Light (1:40)
7. You Wanted To Be Seen (5:32)
8. Distant Summers (4:06)

Total time 43:28

Line-up
Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool): Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synths and Rhythm Programming (6)
Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool): Keyboards, Additional Guitars (1, 2, 4, 5)
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief): Guitars (1, 3, 5, 7, 8), Backing Vocals (1)
Hux Nettermalm (Paatos): Drums (1, 2, 5)
Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum): Drums (3, 4, 7, 8)
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree): Electric, Fretless and Acoustic Bass Guitars
    With:
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull): Flute (8)
Steve Bingham (No-Man): Violin (7, 8)
Charlotte Dowding: Violin Ensemble (3, 4, 5)
Andrew Keeling: String Arrangements (3, 4, 5), Flute (3, 4, 5), Acoustic Guitars (4)
David Rhodes: Guitar (3)
The ‘unknown’ Pete Smith: Rickenbacker Bass (7)
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel): Flute (1, 6), Waterphone (6)

Description/Reviews
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to the wistful climax of Distant Summers, via the thrilling rage of Kill The Pain That’s Killing You and the orchestral expanse of You’ll Be The Silence, the album features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness’s most musically ambitious work to date.

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Trailer
You Wanted To Be Seen 
Distant Summers 

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Hidden Lands "Halcyon"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Progress Records (PRCD 064)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. The Prince Of Goofs (6:39)
2. Water Spirit (10:07)
3. Uller
åker (4:09)
4. No One Is In This For Love (6:03)
5. The Silent Service (10:09)
6. Songbirds (6:43)
7. Octavius (3:24)
8. Rooftop Farewell (9:10)

Total time 56:24


Line-up
Bruno Edling (Violent Silence) - vocals
Hannes Ljunghall (Violent Silence) - keyboards and guitars
Philipp Bastin - bass
Gustav Nyberg - drums

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Water spirit

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Krokofant "III"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon (RCD2189)
Format: vinyl+CD
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tommy Synth (8:23)
2. Clazz (6:55)
3. Juice (6:44)
4. Double Dad (7:02)
5. Wrong Turn (10:19)

Total time 39:23


Line-up
Tom Hasslan - guitars
Axel Skalstad - drums
Jørgen Mathisen - saxophone, syntheziser

Description/Reviews
Krokofant typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping across the Nordic region: hard boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms. Equally powerful on record and on stage, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early 70s jazz rock (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator, and the fierce heat of John Zorn or Peter Brötzmann’s harsh free jazz ensembles. If their 2014 debut album was a fresh breath of youthful energy, the follow-up showed a trio more confident of their abilities after extended live work. Their third album in just three years follows in this tradition, with Mathisen´s fat syntheziser tones adding a new colour to the soundscape. They still ally a strong discipline with wide, exploratory arcs, Tom’s agile guitar and Jørgen’s snaking sax fighting to break out, just held in check by Axel’s tough, rhythmic tumble. Only 23 years old, the young drummer is something of a sensation, combining pure energy with superior technical skills. This is a trio where you can hear the individuals pushing each other to new hights while keeping the solid group foundation intact.
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Tommy Synth

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Orion "Lunatic Asylum"


Country: Georgia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Problems (2:06)
2. Before Birth (6:49)
3. Lying To Yourself (4:11)
4. 4  Out Of Order (3:23)
5. Lunatic Asylum (3:15)
6. Laws We Break (2:23)
7. Catcher In The Rye (3:16)
8. Shades Of Nights (3:59)
9. 9  Revolution (4:23)
10. Inert Way (3:50)
11. On The Edge (3:13)

Total time 40:48
Line-up
Beqa Minadze - Guitar, vocals
Nika Jorbenadze - Keyboard
Lasha Xijakadze - Bass
Luka Bokuchava - Drums

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3 tracks

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Blackfield "V"


Country: Israel/UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
LabelKscope
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. A Drop In The Ocean (1:23)
2. Family Man (3:37)
3. How Was Your Ride? (3:58)
4. We’ll Never Be Apart (2:54)
5. Sorrys (2:58)
6. Life Is An Ocean (3:26)
7. Lately (3:24)
8. October (3:31)
9. The Jackal (3:56)
10. Salt Water (2:39)
11. Undercover Heart (4:02)
12. Lonely Soul (3:42)
13. From 44 To 48 (4:31)

Total time 44:01

Line-up
Aviv Geffen - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Steven Wilson - vocals, guitar, keyboards
   With
Tomer Z - drums
Eran Mitelman - keyboards
London Session Orchestra - strings

Description/Review
 After two very disappointing albums from Blackfield (with Aviv Geffen at the helm), Steven Wilson rededicated himself to the project for the duo’s fifth album. The good news? It’s not as bad as the last two albums. The bad news? It’s not as great as the first two albums. The quality of the songs varies a lot throughout the album, with some songs that are quite good and a few that are flat out terrible.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Teaser
From 44 to 48

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Thinking Plague "Hoping Against Hope"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Avant Garde Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 10, 2016
Tracklist
  1. The Echoes of Their Cries 
  2. Thus Have We Made the World
  3. Commuting to Murder
  4. Hoping Against Hope
  5. The Great Leap Backwards
  6. A Dirge for the Unwitting
Line-up
Mike Johnson: guitar, samples, midi instruments
Mark Harris: soprano and alto saxes, B-flat standard and bass clarinets, flute
Dave Willey: bass, drums (5), accordion (2, 6)
Elaine di Falco: voice, accordion, piano
Robin Chestnut: drums, percussion
Bill Pohl: guitar
     with:
Adriana Teodoro-Dier: piano (2, 5, 6) and toy piano (2)
Simon Steensland: bass (5)
Mike Boyd: drums (2)
Kathryn Cooper: oboe (4)

Description/Reviews
Thinking Plague is a storied band, whose thirty-five year history has seen it cleave consistently to the extreme limits of what is possible to do within rock music. Much of the music it released has owed more to traditions external to rock, such as folk, chamber music, and particularly, the avant-garde tradition of twentieth-century classical music.
Thinking Plague are often cited as the leading light of the American arm of the ‘Rock In Opposition’ movement, genre-defying and, above all, unique.
The arrangements we hear on Hoping Against Hope are those we will hear live. Even when singer Elaine di Falco’s accordion is written and recorded in multiple voices, the parts are realizable by a single instrument.
Leader and composer Mike Johnson and newest member Bill Pohl’s tightly scored twin guitars are panned out wide enough for the listener to balance the pursuit of an individual voice against the ensemble texture, which is the creative focus, a carefully crafted polyphony served by each instrumental voice. Pohl’s addition brings a second electric guitar to the texture for the first time, enabling more sinuous scoring, rather than making the sound more ‘rock’.
There is a familiar vocabulary in play, a harmonic palette and a phraseology that has evolved considerably over the band’s lifespan without extreme points of rupture, despite major changes and sometimes long gaps between releases; this is clearly the same band that we heard in the 1980s, but Johnson is writing from a creative position that is fruitfully removed from that he occupied even four years ago. As demanding as this music may be, it is made to sound easy, and more importantly, beautiful.
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The Echoes Of Their Cries

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Greyfeather "Greyfeather"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Greyfeather part 1
  2. No More
  3. The Fire
  4. Bloodstripe
  5. Greyfeather part 2
  6. Lines are Drawn
  7. Life Sonnet #4
  8. Half a World Away
Line-up
Brian Coralian (IZZ): drums, percussion
Kevin Jarvis (Farpoint): acoustic guitar, vocals
Steve Katsikas (Little Atlas): vocals, keyboards
Dennis Mullin (Iluvatar): electric guitars
Wade Summerlin (Cobweb Strange): bass, vocals

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Sampler

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Knight Area "Heaven and Beyond"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Butler Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 10, 2016
Tracklist
1. Unbroken
2. Dreamworld
3. The Reaper
4. Twins of Sins
5. Box of Toys
6. Starlight
7. Heaven & Beyond
8. Saviors and Sinners
9. Eternal Light
10. Tree of Life
11. Memories

Line-up
Mark Smit - lead vocals, keyboard
Gerben Klazinga - keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Bogert - guitar
Pieter van Hoorn - drums, backing vocals
Peter Vink - bass

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Starlight
Memories

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Kepler Ten "Delta-V"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: White Star Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ultraviolet (9:40)
2. Time And Tide (5:12)
3. The Stone (6:00)
4. Swallowtail (8:07)
5. The Shallows (6:11)
6. In The Sere And Yellow (4:44)
7. Red Skies Rise (10:52)

Total time 50:46

Line-up
James Durand - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Bass Pedals
Richie Cahill - Guitars, Bass Pedals
Steve Hales - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards

Description/Reviews
From their name to the album’s art, Kepler Ten are achingly truthful about where they come from. The font chosen, the image, the hard science fiction album name all scream classical progressive metal/rock in the vein of Rush, Dream Theater, Ayreon and more. And you know what? That’s exactly what Delta-V is: the tropes of progressive rock played incredibly straight, with an almost childish glee in the craft. And it totally, 100% works, for a given definition of “works”. Are you looking for jaw-dropping technically or crushing heaviness? Look elsewhere. But do you have an open road that needs travelling, a chair that you simply must dance in or a starry sky into which to gaze? Then Delta-V is the album for you.
Read the full review by Eden Kupermintz at  heavyblogisheavy.com

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Ultraviolet
Time and Tide  
Red Skies Rise

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Mostly Autumn "Sight Of Day"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Mostly Autumn Records (AUT0350)
Format: CD
Release date: early February 2017 (ltd ed.), April 7, 2017 (reg.ed)
Tracklist
  1. Sight of Day 
  2. Once Round the Sun 
  3. The Man With No Name
  4. Hammerdown
  5. Changing Lives
  6. Only the Brave
  7. Native Spirit
  8. Tomorrow Dies
  9. Raindown
  10. Forever and Beyond
Line-up
Bryan Josh - Guitars, Vocals
Olivia Sparnenn - Lead Vocals
Iain Jennings - Keyboards
Chris Johnson - Guitars
Andy Smith - Bass Guitar
Angela Gordon - Flute, Keyboards
Alex Cromerty - Drums
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Troy Donockley (Nightwish)
Anna Phoebe (Papillon)

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Retrospective "Re:Search"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 10, 2016
Tracklist
01. Rest Another Time
02. Right Way
03. The End Of Their World
04. Roller Coaster
05. Heaven Is Here
06. Look In The Mirror
07. Last Breath
08. Standby
09. The Wisest Man On Earth
 
Line-up
Jakub Roszak - lead vocal
Beata Łagoda - keyboard, backing vocal
Maciej Klimek - guitar
Łukasz Marszałek - bass guitar
Robert Kusik - drums
Alan Szczepaniak - guitar

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The End Of Their World
Right Way 
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Cellar Noise "Alight"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dive with me 
2. Underground Ride 
3. Embankment 
4. Temple 
5. Blackfriars 
6. Move the Stone 
7. Monument

Line-up
Eric Bersan - drums
Loris Bersan - bass guitar
Niccolò Gallani - keyboards
Francesco Lovari - lead vocals, percussions
Alessandro Palmisano - guitar

Description/Reviews
Produced by Fabio Zuffanti, Cellar Noise are authors of a symphonic prog full of nuances in balance between tradition and modernity.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Semistereo "Trans Earth Injection"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Alternative, Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Label: FREIA Music (THOR 35)
Format: CD
Release date: February 9, 2017
Tracklist
1. A New Tomorrow
2. The Search
3. Loneliness at the Door
4. €35 Special
5. The Storm Behind your Eyes
6. Your Drama
7. Sin

Line-up:
Paul Glandorf (Alarion): lead vocals
Martijn Weyburg (A Day’s Work): guitar and vocals
Frank Weijers: guitar
Mickeal Schuurman: bass
Marcel van de Graaf : drums

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Bandcamp
Sampler
Sampler2 
Loneliness at the Door  

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Maxophone "La Fabbrica delle Nuvole"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS (AMS278CD)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 9, 2017
Tracklist
1. Un ciclone sul Pacifico
2. Perdo il colore blu
3. Il passo delle ore
4. La fabbrica delle nuvole
5. La luna e la lepre
6. Estate '41
7. Nel fiume dei giorni i tuoi capelli
8. Il matto e l'aquilone
9. Le parole che non vi ho detto

Line-up
Sergio Lattuada - keyboards, voice
Alberto Ravasini - acoustic guitar, keyboards, lead voice
Marco Croci - bass, voice
Carlo Monti - drums, percussion, violin
Marco Tomasini - electric guitar, voice

Description/Reviews
It's a profoundly progressive album, characterized by typical counterpoint and classical orchestration structural elements, that flow into contemporary music and sometimes even into real fusion. Two other components live together in this album, in a surprising way: a rock-oriented soul, thanks to Marco Croci (bass and vocals) and Marco Tomasini (guitar and vocals), and another one more tied to the band's vintage sound, 'personified' by historical components Sergio Lattuada (piano, keyboards and vocals) and Alberto Ravasini (guitars, keyboards and lead vocals); the line-up is completed by the new entry Carlo Monti (drums, percussion and violin).

But what makes "La fabbrica delle nuvole" really innovative is the collaboration with writer and journalist Roberto Roversi, that finds its roots in the early '90s from a first encounter with Alberto Ravasini. Only in 2011 Maxophone and Roversi have resumed contacts after a long silence, and from the latter, sadly missed in the autumn of the following year, the band inherited the lines that Roversi had already begun to write for them: that was the decisive push towards the final working steps of a record that today finally sees the light.

"La fabbrica delle nuvole" therefore sounds like a collection of poems, set to music by an essential Italian prog group who, while having updated their sound to these actual times, are still surrounded by that 'mystical' aura that already marked their first, unforgettable record.
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Yang "The Failure of Words"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Math Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 9, 2017
Tracklist
1. El Diablo (7:18)
2. Six Four Five (5:21)
3. Iago (4:12)
4. 9/8 Variations (8:03)
5. Babel Inside (6:02)
6. Slow Flow (Flux Lent) (5:29)
7. Indecision (5:40)
8. Decroissance (Degrowth) (5:28)
9. Healing (Guerison) (6:09)

Total Time 53:42

Line-up
Frédéric L'Epée - guitars, keyboards
Laurent Mouton - guitars
Nico Gomez - bass
Volodia Brice - drums

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El Diablo / Iago

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Us "Lindisfarne"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Lindisfarne (10:16)
2. The Lady Of Shalott (11:14)
3. Little Wonders In Suburbia (9:44)
4. The Dancing Boys (18:59)

Total time 50:13

Line-up
Marijke Wernars - vocals
Paul van Velzen - drums, percussion, vocals
Jos Wernars - all other instruments, vocals

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Various Artists "Tales from the Edge - A Tribute to the music of Yes 2"


Country: Russia, Italy, Venezuela
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMellow Records
Formatdigital
Release date: February 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Roz Vitalis - Yours Is No Disgrace (18:13)
2. La Coscienza Di Zeno - Homeworld (the Ladder) (9:31)
3. Mojo Pojo - Close To The Edge (18:40)
4. Goad - I'm Waiting (4:42)
5. The Pravednicks' Band - Awaken (16:13)

Total time 67:19

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Meridian Incident "Istology"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Scene 13 (4:48)
2. Istology (5:31)
3. Yellow Wings (5:43)
4. In The Wake Of My Own (3:44)
5. Along The Shore (3:29)
6. When The Tide Carries The Lotus (3:05)
7. Hallowed (4:53)
8. Yellow Wings (Reprise) (7:00)
9. The Mirror Stares Back (4:13)
10. Shadows, The Soothsayer (2:21)
11. Echo In The Water (4:42)
12. Wind Through The Bodhi Leaves (2:03)
13. Mer De Lumieres (2:17)
14. Diaspora Under A Red Sky (4:55)

Total time 58:44

Line-up
Ray Smart: Vocals, Percussion
Marc Hedman: Guitars, Percussion
Adam Schmid: Drums
Tom Trenka: Bass, Vocals, Percussion, Synths

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Winter Tree "Mr. Sun"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
FormatCD
Release date: February 2017
Tracklist
1) Mr. Sun
2) Distant Star
3) Bobby
4) Shine
5) Master of Illusion
6) Endless Highway
7) Ceylon Sailor
8) BlueWorld
9) The Future Was Here
10) Travelers
Bonus Track:
11) Distant Star (instrumental version)

Line-up
Andrew Laitres - keyboards, bass, bass pedals, acoustic guitars, vocals
Tom Dupree III - drums
Neil Taylor (Tears For Fears, Robbie Williams, Chris DeBurgh) - guitars
Neil Whitford - guitars
Steve Piggot - additional keyboards
Alistair Gordon (Tony Banks) - vocals
Megan Grosz - vocals
Justin James - vocals

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Mr. Sun

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Construct "The Deity"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 4, 2017
Tracklist
1. When Conscience Calls (6:07)
2. Coalescence (3:59)
3. The Molecular Level (4:53)
4. Justify The Means (3:44)
5. Devil Inside (4:45)
6. Reflection (5:43)
7. Whole Again (5:11)
8. Riding Through (6:07)
9. Opposing Force (4:23)
10. The Deity (5:08)
11. Forgotten (4:27)

Total time 54:27

Line-up
Callum Howle - Vocals
Richard Howle - Guitars
Mike Foxall - Guitars
Sam Hunt - Drums

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