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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Indifferent Nature "Introspective Aftermath"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: February 2017
Tracklist
1-A Letter Never Sent (1:47)
2-Emissary of Darkness (8:25)
3-Hide My Face (3:50)
4-This Quiet Life (4:54)
5-Personal Peace (8:13)

Line-up
Mike Sestak - Basses, synth, vocals
Matthew Miller - Drums, percussion
Mike Lockler - Guitar
Alex Zapata - 7 string baritone guitar

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3 tracks

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Our Astronomy "Via A La Memoria"


Country: Venezuela/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 28, 2017
Tracklist
 1. Oleaje (2:39)
2. El Arte De Repetir (3:46)
3. Dementes (4:01)
4. Su Destino (3:54)
5. Estrellas (3:20)
6. Desierto Lunar (2:56)
7. Endless Night (Soma) (5:25)
8. Escape (4:59)
9. Espasmos (3:48)
10. Libres (7:14)
11. Nosotros (4:56)
12. Viajero En El Tiempo (3:50)
13. Ascención (1:56)
14. Colisión (4:29)

Total time 57:13

Line-up
Romano Giordanelli - Frontman, Acoustic Guitar
Arturo Guarino - Electric Guitar, Choirs
José Ángel Pernia - Bass, Choirs
Gregori Sánchez - Drums, Choirs

Description/Reviews
 Their debute album brings together such genres and styles as Chorus Rock, Post Rock and Alternative Rock.
Media/Samples 
Stream

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Stonelayer "Stonelayer"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Exodus (7:07)
2. Eye Of Obsidian (8:20)
3. The Reaper's Mark (10:41)
4. Drake's Equation (2:43)
5. Out Of The Depths (12:47)
6. To Burn The Tree (8:01)
7. Fermi's Question (1:46)
8. From Nothing (9:11)

Total time 60:36

Line-up
Nathan Voss - Vocals, Guitars, Drum Programming
Parker Wiksell - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Influenced by Opeth, Mastodon, and Between the Buried and Me among others, the album features lengthy, mutating song structures complemented by shifting time signatures and moods. Thematically, each song explores the cyclical nature of life and death through a different perspective lens.
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Bandcamp

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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.
Media/Samples 
Promo
Time Dilation

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Deep Space Destructors "Psychedelogy"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions (SRP042) (vinyl)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: February 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Journey To The Space Mountain (7:55)
2. Spacemind (10:38)
3. Return To The Black Star (7:05)
4. From The Ashes (12:34)

Total time 38:12

Line-up
Jani Pitkänen - vocals, bass and percussions
Petri Lassila - guitar and backing vocals
Markus Pitkänen - drums
   With
Olli Niemitalo - Black Deck (3)
Tyhjäpää(Voidhead) - analog space sounds (1)
Joonatan Elokuu - sitar and melodica (4)
Matti Murtola - synths (2)

Description/Reviews
The Oulu natives earn it well in the four tracks of Psychedelogy... and stay true to the Hawkwindian roots of the genre while exploring progressive textures of their own. At an easily-digested 38 minutes, Psychedelogy presents its two sides — side Space and side Void (the last EP did likewise) — with poise and without pretense. They’re going on this trip one way or the other. Whether or not you come along is going to be your call.
Read the full review at theobelisk.net

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Bandcamp

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nooumena "Controlled Freaks"


Country: France
Genre(s): Avant-Prog
Label: L'étourneur, Decagon records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Seeds, Needs (6:38)
2. Bamboozled (6:07)
3. Death Toll (6:56)
4. Something Else (2:29)
5. Concealed (5:06)
6. 7x6∞ (4:46)
7. Dog Eat Dog (5:28)

Total time 37:30

Line-up
Pierre Blin - drum, synths
Thibault Geay - voice, guitar
Maxime Métais - guitar, sax
Simon Toralba - bass
   With
Jocelyn Debart - violin (1)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Jordskred "Lavin"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Retro Prog, Hard Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. Shamanen Talade i Solstrålar (3:37)
2. Ogräs (2:38)
3. Åar (5:03)
4. Portal (5:44)
5. Sidenvägen (6:00)
6. Tonkraft (5:33)
7. Under En Sten (3:59)
8. Flygande Matta (7:46)
9. Klanderfritt (1:36)

Total time 41:56

Line-up
David Killander
Henrik Ekdahl
Marcus Nilsson
Mikael Engström
Oskar Forsberg
   With
Christian Cuadra - Saxophone (4,8)

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Bandcamp      

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Blind The Huntsmen "White Eyes"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Chapter 1 - Khomorrah's Box (6:52)
2. Chapter 2 - Emanations Of Light And Shadow (7:52)
3. Chapter 3 - Trial Of The Descendants (6:08)
4. Chapter 4 - The Hidden Puppeteer (7:54)
5. Chapter 5 - Losing The Anchor (5:52)
6. Chapter 6 - Lost Wanderer (5:23)
7. Chapter 7 - Preparations (5:51)
8. Chapter 8 - Contorting Colossus (9:23)
9. Chapter 9 - Death And The Shadowshifter (7:41)

Total time 62:56

Line-up
Fernando Macías
Jesús Sáinz
Agustín R. Michel

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Lethe "The First Corps on the Moon"


Country: Norway / Switzerland
Genre(s): Avant Garde Prog Related Rock
Label: My Kingdom Music (echo118)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Night (6:01)
2. Inexorbitant Future (5:14)
3. Down Into The Sun (5:33)
4. My Doom (3:47)
5. Teaching Birds How To Fly (4:49)
6. The First Corpse On The Moon (7:32)
7. Snow (5:20)
8. Wind To Fire (5:59)
9. With You (5:32)
10. Exorcism (7:28)

Total time 57:15

Line-up
Tor-Helge Skei (Manes)
Anna Murphy (Nucleus Torn, Eluveitie)
   With
K-Rip - Rap vocals
Eivind Fjøseide (Atrox, Manes) - guitars
Fredy Schnyder (Nucleus Torn) - piano
Tor Arne Helgesen (Atrox) - drums
Rune Hoemsnes (Manes) - drums
Asgeir Hatlen (Manes) - vocals
Shir-Ran Yinon (Eluveitie) - violin
Ivo Henzi (Cellar Darling) - additional guitars

Description/Reviews
A deep sonic shockwave at the crossroad of different artistic approaches with Doom, Avantgardish Metal, Trip-Hop, Electro-Pop, Experimental music.
Media/Samples 
The First Corpse On The Moon
Down Into The Sun
Deezer

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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) - guitars
Brian “Butch” Balich (Argus) - vocals
   With
Chris Judge (Freedoms Reign's) - drums
Nick Bellmore - drums (7, 9)
Bruce MacPherson - keyboards (7)

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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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.
Media/Samples
We Can’t Carry On 
Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

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Vesper Sails "Cheshire King"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ordinary Day (4:24)
2. Lost Coast (4:33)
3. Push Back (4:53)
4. Chocolate Hill (5:08)
5. Rad Angel (5:10)
6. Wake Up (0:47)
7. Field Of Crows (4:46)
8. Dialysis (5:51)

Total time 35:32

Line-up
Marshall Hattersley - vocals, guitars, sax, keys
Ian Harshman - guitars, clarinet
David Adamiak - bass, additional guitars
Evan Kaiser - drums
   With String Quartet (6, 7):
Alisa Rose and Matthew Szemela - violin
Keith Lawrence - viola
Elizabeth Vandervennet - cello

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Bandcamp

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Talvienkeli "Hybris"


Country: France
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Metal
Label: WormHoleDeath Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date February 24, 2017 (digital), April 14, 2017 (EU), May 31, 2017 (Japan), June 9, 2017 (USA)
Tracklist
1. Degenerescence: Hybris, Pt.2 (7:04)
2. Burning Flesh (5:54)
3. Immortal (6:02)
4. The Explorer (5:12)
5. Quill Of Dust (9:46)
6. Atlas (4:56)
7. Raining Moon (5:37)
8. Deadly Nightshade (5:35)
9. Scream-Her (4:54)
10. Bienveillance: Hybris, Pt. 1 (8:45)

Total time 63:45

Line-up
Camille Borrelly - Vocals
Pierre Besancon - Guitars
Laëtitia Bertrand - Bass
Pierre Cordier - Keyboards
Paul Sordet - Drums

Media/Samples 
Atlas

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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.
Media/Samples 
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
Stream

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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

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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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lamber Vision "Tarde"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: EAEO Records
Format: digital
Release date: February 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Khamsin (5:45)
2. Cavalgare (3:23)
3. Cura (4:59)
4. Moon And Stars (3:53)
5. Tarde (6:34)
6. Casamento Grego (6:09)
7. Da Seus Pulo (3:15)
8. Fire (2:50)

Total time 36:48

Line-up
Samuel Fraga: Drums
Zé Nigro: Bass, Guitar (7)
Dustan Gallas: Guitar, Clavinet, Prophet-5, Bass (7)
Fernando Catatau: Guitar

  With
Regis Damasceno: Vocals (4)
Tony Gordin: Vocals (8)

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Eyot "Innate"


Country: Serbia
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Classical, Folk
Label: Ninety and Nine Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: February 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Veer (6:03)
2. Helm (4:46)
3. Mountain (5:08)
4. Perun (5:32)
5. Canon Of Insolation (4:48)
6. Ramonda Serbica (7:07)
7. Innate (5:46)

Total time 39:10

Line-up
Dejan Ilijic - Piano
Sladjan Milenovic - Guitar
Milos Vojvodic - Drums
Marko Stojiljkovic - Bass

Description/Reviews
INNATE has 7 compositions of eclectic genres, putting jazz, rock, ambient, punk, classical and conceptual music into one and tremendously leaning on traditional music from Balkan and eastern European music. Most of them (precisely five) are in an odd time signature, thus, the listener can hear traditional scales and harmonies all over the album. It is a perfect mix of old and new, east and west, which by the way has been one of the EYOT’s signatures from the moment they arrived on the scene in 2008.
Also read the review at spellbindingmusic.com

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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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The Ralph "Enter Escape"


Country: Croatia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. End Of Everything (3:02)
2. Next In Line (4:10)
3. Enter Escape (4:04)
4. Means End (3:31)
5. Detached (4:14)
6. Delimiter (7:02)
7. Years Away (1:36)
8. Reflux (4:07)
9. Untouchable (4:25)
10. D.I.G. (4:14)

Total time 40:25

Line-up
Dino Jelusić - vocals
Andreas Šala - guitar, samples
Mario Tomašković - guitar, samples
Jovan Kosta Vučetić - bass
Patrik Sarađen - drums
  With
Karlo Horvat - vocals (4)
Aleksandra Djelmas - vocals (9)

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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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Grombira "Grombira"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Oriental Space Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records (TON026, TON026CD)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 2017 (CD), April 2017 (vinyl), April 24, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist:
1. Püree (10:21)
2. Carpe Noctem (8:21)
3. Caravan (5:08)
4. Goats In Space (8:03)
5. Priest Of The Horny Kong (8:23)
6. Selma (5:55)

Total time 46:11


Line-up
Ralph Nebl aka sheyk rAleph: Sitar, Saz, Oud, Percussion, Synthesizer, Flute, Vocals
Manfred Feser-Lampe: Drums
Tommi Neubauer: Bass

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Andromeda Space Ritual "Satellite"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Jupiter Is Electric (6:19)
2. Satellite (7:59)
3. Primal Space Visions (8:44)
4. Fourth Journey (9:49)

Total time 32:51

Line-up
Marcin Bis - guitar
Mariusz Łyżwa - drums
Dominik Spasówka - keys, synth
Kamil Lasonczyk - bass

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Bandcamp (Free Download)

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Glorious Wolf "Aquarius"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: February 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Aquarius I (4:28)
2. Aquarius II - Bearing The Water (4:31)
3. Aquarius III - Seeding The Future (5:38)
4. Broken Arrow (2:08)
5. Questions (6:03)
6. Healing Colours (4:05)
7. Old Diamonds Shine Brighter (4:17)
8. Shaman's Journey (4:19)

Total time 35:29

Line-up
Ruud Dielen

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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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RagnvaldR "It Never Hurts To Help"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tumbleweed Drive (6:28)
2. Pushin' Up The Daisies (4:15)
3. Plain Sailing (4:30)
4. Bump In The Night (5:07)
5. Out On A Limb (6:20)
6. Polka In The Face Of Peril (7:22)
7. Weather The Storm (6:11)
8. Cheddar Moon (6:45)
9. Rock-A-Bye Baby (3:12)

Total time 50:10

Line-up
Ronald van der Ham - everything

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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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Awaiting Dawn "Leave No Trace"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Castle Road Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Torn (7:10)
2. The Bountiful Colors Of Black (6:57)
3. And Heaven Full Of Clouds (9:36)
4. Breakout (9:06)
5. The Machinery (5:53)
6. Get Immune (7:27)
7. My Deepest Affliction (7:29)
8. A Life Lost (6:37)

Total time 60:15

Line-up
Benjamin Reiter - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Wolfgang Schneider - Guitar & Background Vocals
Peter Schnur - Keyboards & Background Vocals
Maik Seckler - Bass & Background Vocals
Felix Benz - Drums

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The Bountiful Colors Of Black

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Exquirla "Para Quienes Aún Viven"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Post Rock
Label: Superball Music (SBMSECD 042/SBMLP 042)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
01. Canción de E (02:57)
02. Destruidnos Juntos (08:57)
03. Hijos de la Rabia (09:00)
04. Interrogatorio (01:42)
05. El Grito del Padre (08:51)
06. Contigo (03:23)
07. Un Hombre (09:59)
08. Europa Muda (10:23)

Total time 55:12


Line-up
Francisco Contreras - Vocals
Esteban Jimenez Giron (Toundra) - Guitars
Alberto Tocados (Toundra) - Bass
Alejandro Pérez (Toundra) - Drums
David López - Guitars

Description/Reviews
EXQUIRLA is the result of the union between two musical identities that are considered to be as contradictory as they are complementary: the magic and intensity of TOUNDRA, one of the most relevant instrumental rock bands in Europe at the moment and Niño de Elche, the main important emerging Flamenco artist in Spain on the other. The outcome is “Para Quienes Aún Viven” (= “For Those Still Alive”), an album that lyrically travels through poems that reflect upon the most intense elements within human nature, and that combines amazing musical intensity with breath-taking emotions through amalgamating the essence of TOUNDRA’s sound, which is mainly influenced by Mogwai, Pelican, Isis, Russian Circles, with the passion of flamenco.
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Destruidnos Juntos
Un Hombre

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Sloth Metropolis "Origins"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Prog Folk, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Old World (3:11)
2. Across The Ocean (2:28)
3. Forest (3:39)
4. First Contact (3:21)
5. Thrive (2:39)
6. The Grove (3:44)
7. Swift Metropolis (7:01)
8. The Union (5:41)
9. Transmutation (4:37)
10. Aengus' Reward (3:37)

Total time 39:58

Line-up
Alastair Milton - keys and sax
Lewis MacKenzie - bass
Steve McNamara - drums and percussion
Calum Calderwood - electric & acoustic fiddle, acoustic guitar, whistle and vocals
   with
Nadia Palma - backing vocals
Randolph Edwards - backing vocals

Description/Reviews
Sloth Metropolis play an eclectic story-driven mix of progressive, psychedelic, folk, and world inspired rock. Their songs are tall tales, weaving surreal satire and every day observation into a mythology they call the SLOTH CYCLE. Their debut album ‘The Sloth Cycle (Volume 1)’ introduced us to the Sloth, as he woke up and explored the band's home town of Glasgow. In the EP ‘Move’, the Sloth was forced to go flat hunting, but found a mysterious manuscript whilst clearing out his old house. Now in the new album released this February, ‘Origins’, we open up the manuscript…

‘Origins’ takes us back 400 years ago. The alchemist Aengus Rudach is accused of witchcraft, but escapes across the ocean. He is caught in a storm and swept up on an unknown island. With the help of the Island’s two inhabitants—the Master of Mind and the Master of Matter, Aengus attempts to create a perfect utopia. The results don’t go as planned—in the search for perfection, he is transformed into a blissfully static Sloth.
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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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Mark Papagno "The Man Whom the Trees Loved"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Listener (9:38)
2. Where Memory Sleeps (1:42)
3. Darkness Falls (6:20)
4. When The Rain Begins (3:05)
5. Ritual (5:59)
6. Because Of Sleep And Because Of The Cats (6:46)
7. The Man Whom The Trees Loved (8:19)
8. The Vanishing (1:56)

Total time 43:45

Line-up
Mark Papagno - guitar
   With
Marco Minnemann (Mike Keneally, The Mute Gods, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats) - drums
Bryan Beller (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, The Aristocrats) - bass
Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Jane Getter) - keyboards

Description/Reviews
If I had to cite reference points, I might go with the bands these guys are members of and even Rush to a degree.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Epic Mind "Through The Labyrinth"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Epitome (3:00)
2. The Voyage (11:28)
3. Depths Of The Unknown (7:58)
4. Salvation (6:57)
5. Heresy (6:07)
6. Denim Recipe (5:27)
7. Nameless (4:02)
8. Perfect War Machine (20:35)

Total time 65:34

Line-up
Leon Vonk – Vocals
Raoul Van Oosten – Guitars and keyboards
Jari Stoppelenburg – Bass
Folkert van Blom – Drums

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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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