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Monday, December 31, 2018

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2018
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Zeitgeist

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Haken "Vector"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 26, 2018
Tracklist
1. Clear
2. The Good Doctor
3. Puzzle Box
4. Veil
5. Nil By Mouth
6. Host
7. A Cell Divides

Line-up
Charlie Griffiths - guitars
Ray Hearne - drums
Richard Henshall - guitars & keys
Ross Jennings - vocals
Diego Tejeida - keys
Conner Green - bass

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Vola "Applause Of A Distant Crowd"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 12, 2018
Tracklist
1. We Are Thin Air
2. Ghosts
3. Smartfriend
4. Ruby Pool
5. Alien Shivers
6. Vertigo
7. Still
8. Applause Of A Distant Crowd
9. Whaler
10. Green Screen Mother

Line-up
Asger Mygind - guitar & vocals
Martin Werner - keys & programming
Nicolai Mogensen - bass
Adam Janzi - drums

Description/Reviews
On this record, they embraced a different approach, the guitars have less gain, the drums sound dirtier and more alive, and everything feels looser. The contrast between the mellow and heavy is more profound than on any of their previous releases.
Read the full description at rocknloadmag.com

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Smartfriend

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Seventh Wonder "Tiara"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers FRCD_870/FRLP_870
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 12, 2018
Tracklist
1. Arrival (1:30)
2. The Everones (6:13)
3. Dream Machines (5:38)
4. Against The Grain (6:58)
5. Victorious (4:55)
6. Tiara's Song (Farewell Pt. 1) (7:16)
7. Goodnight (Farewell Pt. 2) (7:10)
8. Beyond Today (Farewell Pt. 3) (5:06)
9. The Truth (4:17)
10. By The Light Of The Funeral Pyres (3:54)
11. Damnation Below (6:44)
12. Procession (0:45)
13. Exhale (9:30)

Total Time 69:56

Line-up
Andreas Blomqvist - Bass
Johan Liefvendahl - Guitar
Tommy Karevik - Vocals
Andreas Söderin - Keys
Stefan Norgren - Drums

Media/Samples 
Victorious
Tiara's Song

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Yurt "IV - The Obstacle is Everything"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Little Plastic Tapes - LPT11
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 6, 2018
Tracklist
1. Icon Rubble (10:10)
2. The Narrowing (9:26)
3. Angel Happatuth Meets Devil Dikkei (7:42)
4. Faith Utensil (13:21)
5. The Curious Observation Of The Peas-Haver (12:57)

Total Time 53:36

Line-up
Steven Anderson - guitars, vocals, electronics
Andrew Bushe - drums, percussion
Boz Mugabe - bass, vocals, electronics

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Bandcamp

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Coheed And Cambria "The Unheavenly Creatures"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Alternative Progressive Rock
Label: Roadrunner Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 5, 2018
Tracklist
1. Prologue
2. The Dark Sentencer
3. Unheavenly Creatures
4. Toys
5. Black Sunday
6. Queen Of The Dark
7. True Ugly
8. Love Protocol
9. The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
10. Night-Time Walkers
11. The Gutter
12. All On Fire
13. It Walks Among US
14. Old Flames
15. Lucky Stars

Line-up
Claudio Sanchez – vocals, guitar
Travis Stever – guitar
Josh Eppard – drums, percussion
Zach Cooper – bass

Media/Samples 
The Dark Sentencer
The Unheavenly Creatures
The Gutter

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Black Peaks "All That Divides"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Metal, Post-Hardcore
Label: Rise Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 5, 2018
Tracklist
1. Can't Sleep (4:22)
2. The Midnight Sun (6:42)
3. Electric Fires (3:21)
4. Aether (6:31)
5. Across The Great Divide (5:24)
6. Home (4:22)
7. Eternal Light (4:58)
8. Slow Seas (5:43)
9. Fate I & II (6:41)

Total Time 48:04

Line-up
Will Gardner – lead vocals
Joe Gosney – guitars, vocals
Dave Larkin – bass
Liam Kearley – drums

Media/Samples 
Can't Sleep
Home

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Monuments "Phronesis"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCentury Media
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 5, 2018
Tracklist
1. A.W.O.L.
2. Hollow King
3. Vanta
4. Mirror Image
5. Ivory
6. Stygian Blue
7. Leviathan
8. Celeste
9. Jukai
10. The Watch

Line-up
Chris Barretto - vocals
John Browne - guitar
Olly Steele - guitar
Adam Swan - bass
Daniel 'Lango' Lang - drums

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A.W.O.L.

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Pymlico "Nightscape"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelApollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 5, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Wide Awake
  2. Gabagool
  3. Tofana 10 AM
  4. Room With A View
  5. Ghost Notes
  6. Road Movie
  7. Silver Arrow
Line-up
Øyvind Brøter: Keyboards
Stephan Hvinden: Guitars
Andreas Sjo Engen: Guitars
Axel Toreg Reite: Bass guitar and synth bass
Marie Færevaag: Saxophones and keyboards
Arild Brøter: Drums, keyboards and additional guitars
Oda Rydning: Percussion
   With
Mattias Krohn Nielsen: Acoustic and some electric guitars
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen: Flute
Didrik Føyn Føyen: Trombone
Andreas Fossum: Trumpet

Description/Reviews
Following the success of «Meeting Point» (2016), the Norwegian instrumentalists keep diving into their love of different styles. Although they still sort of fit the description «Progressive Rock meeting Fusion», the songs on «Nightscape» have a more traditional, song-based structure, taking inspiration from some of the great pop music of the 20th century. Also adding more cinematic textures to the songs gives this release another dimension. 
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Side Effects "Descending Rabbit Holes"


Country: Croatia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 28, 2018
Tracklist
01. Don’t Contradict The Fates
02. In The Shadow Of A Crumbled Fort
03. Scratch The Surface
04. Colorblind
05. Don’t Turn Away
06. Diversion
07. The Siren Song
08. Hideout
09. Obituary of Common Sense
10. Lint
11. Recoil

Line-up
Ivan Mihaljevic: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Alen Frljak : Drums

Description/Reviews
The energetic eargasmic trio SIDE EFFECTS brings progressive arrangements enhanced with a fusion of powerfully delivered intricate drum parts, fierce bass, virtuoso guitars and poetic lyrics.

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In The Shadow Of A Crumbled Fort

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Riverside "Waste7and"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut (world), Mystic Production (Poland)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 28, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Day After
2. Acid Rain
3. Vale Of Tears
4. Guardian Angel
5. Lament
6. The Struggle For Survival
7. River Down Below
8. Wasteland
9. The Night Before

Line-up
Mariusz Duda - vocals, bass, guitars
Michal Lapaj - keyboards
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums
   With
Mateusz Owczarek - guitar solo

Media/Samples 
Vale Of Tears

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North of South "New Latitudes"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 28, 2018
Tracklist
1.- The Human Equation
2.- Nobody Knows
3.- Balanced Paradox
4.- Before We Die
5.- Crystal Waters
6.- There’s No Glamour In Death
7.- Time Will Tell
8.- Faith Is Not Hope66
9.- Montreux

Line-up
Chechu Nos - Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Synths
    With
María G. Beberide - Backing Vocals (1-3)

Description/Reviews
Spain's NORTH OF SOUTH proposes a not-easy-to-classify metal that could be labeled as Progressive Metal with Jazz, Death, Pop and Latin influences.
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The Human Equation

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Albion "You'll Be Mine"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Lynx Music
Format: CD
Release date: September 22, 2018
Tracklist
  1. You`ll be mine
  2. Call it a sin
  3. Does anybody count
  4. Doubt
  5. I`m not afraid (Hell)
  6. Lady Death
  7. Lullaby
Line-up
Anna Batko - vocals
Jerzy Georgius Antczak - guitars, keyboards
Paweł Konieczny - bass
Rafał Paszcz - drums

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Call it a sin

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Voivod "The Wake"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCentury Media
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 21, 2018
Tracklist
1. Obsolete Beings (5:34)
2. The End Of Dormancy (7:42)
3. Orb Confusion (6:00)
4. Iconspiracy (5:15)
5. Spherical Perspective (7:41)
6. Event Horizon (6:10)
7. Always Moving (5:11)
8. Sonic Mycelium (12:24)

Total Time 55:57

Line-up
Denis “Snake” Belanger – Vocals
Daniel “Chewy“ Mongrain – Guitar
Dominic “Rocky” Laroche – Bass
Michel 'Away' Langevin – Drums

Media/Samples 
Obsolete Beings

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The Clouds Will Clear "Recollection Of What Never Was"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records - TON045
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 21, 2018
Tracklist
1. In Cycles
2. Recollection    
3. Before The Tempest
4. Attack Warning
5. Deep Sea Mining

Line-up
Angelo - Guitars, Synths, Samples
Tobias - Guitars, Synths
Andreas - Bass
Gerold - Drums, Visuals

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Bandcamp

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Dead Letter Circus "Dead Letter Circus"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock
Label: Rise Records, BMG
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 21, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Armour You Own
2. The Real You
3. Change
4. Running Out Of Time
5. We Own The Light
6. Heartline
7. Ladders For Leaders
8. Trade Places
9. Say It Won’t Be Long
10. Home

Line-up
Kim Benzie - Vocals
Clint Vincent - Guitar
Stewart Hill - Bass
Luke Williams - Drums
Luke Palmer- Guitar

Media/Samples 
The Armour You Own
The Real You

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Seasons of Time "Welcome to the Unknown"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: September 21, 2018
Tracklist
1. Toward the Horizon
2. Plans to Make Plans
3. Dreams of a Madman
4. Joana
5. Driven to Drive
6. The Last Ship

Total Time 52:57

Line-up
Dirk Berger: Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Florian Wenzel: Guitars
Julian Hielscher: Drums
    With:
Marco Grühn: Drums (2)
Christina Mielke: Backing Vocals (2)

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Toby Driver "They Are The Shield"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Art Rock, Post Rock
Label: Blood Music
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: September 21, 2018
Tracklist
01. Anamnesis Park
02. Glyph
03. 470 Nanometers
04. Scaffold Of Digital Snow
05. Smoke-Scented Mycelium
06. The Knot

Line-up
Toby Driver (maudlin of the Well, Kayo Dot)
     With
Brian Chase - drums
Conrad Harris - strings
Pauline Kim Harris - strings

Description/Reviews
...it seems that Driver is keen on exploring the directions first laid out in Madonnawhore in a different light. The result can be clearly heard on “Glyph”, ... it has that album’s distinctive troubadour mark but accompanied by composition that’s way weirder and more unsettling. 
Read the full description at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Glyph

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Jet Black Sea "The Overview Effect"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelPainted Bass Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 20, 2018
Tracklist
1. Escape Velocity
2. The Overview Effect
3. Home (E.D.L.)

Line-up
Adrian Jones (Nine Stones Close) : drones, electric & acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer, bass guitar & whisper
Michel Simons: programming
Adrian 'Aio' O'Shaughnessy (Nine Stones Close) : vocals
Christiaan Bruin (Sky Architect, The Black Codex, Adeia, Inventions, Nine Stones Close): drums (3)

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Bandcamp

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Light Damage "Numbers"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD066
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 15, 2018
Tracklist
1. Number 261
2. Bloomed
3. From Minor To Sailor
4. Little Dark One
5. Phantom Twin
6. Untitled

Line-up
Nicholas-John Dewez : lead vocals, Theremini, additionnal guitars
Frédérik Hardy : bass guitars, bass pedal, backing vocals
Stéphane Lecocq : lead guitars
Sébastien Pérignon : keyboards
Christophe Szczyrk : drums
   With:
Charlie Bertrand : musical box (6)
Astrid Gallez : flutes (3)
Marie-Noël Mouton : vocals (6)
Judith Lecuit : cellos (4, 6)
Marilyn Placek : vocals (1,3)
Dominique Poncin : double bass (4, 6)
Margot Poncin : violin (4, 6)

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Syndone "Mysoginia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 15, 2018
Tracklist
1. Medea
2. Red Shoes
3. Caterina
4. 12 Minuti
5. Evelyn
6. Mysoginia
7. Women
8. No Sin
9. Amalia

Line-up
Nick Comoglio – juno dist., Hammond, moog
Riccardo Ruggeri – vocals, vocoder
Marta Caldara – vibraphone, xilophone, percussion
Gigi Rivetti – piano, electric piano, moog, clavinet
Maurino Dellacqua – bass, taurus
Martino Malacrida – drums
   With
Vittorio De Scalzi - flute
Gigi Venegoni - electric guitar
Viola Nocenzi – vocals
Coro dei Piccoli Cantori di Torino, conducted by M* Carlo Pavese - choir
Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by M* Francesco Zago

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, September 14, 2018

4dB "Animal"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Musea/Great Winds - GW 3150
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 14, 2018
Tracklist
01 - Fleur de singe Part 1
02 - Fleur de singe Part 2
03 - Vieux Robo
04 - Sauvag
05 - Lune Rousse
06 - Abysses
07 - Senzala
08 - Didon Dina
09 - La Danse du Lio
10 - Valse pour Marie
11 - Ricordati 

Line-up
Damien Boureau - guitar
Thomas Cassis - keyboards
Quentin Rondreux - drums
Olivier Michel -bass

Media/Samples 
Samples

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Crippled Black Phoenix "Great Escape"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Post Rock
LabelSeason of Mist - SOM491
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 14, 2018
Tracklist
1. You Brought It Upon Yourselves
2. To You I Give
3. Uncivil War (pt I)
4. Madman
5. Times, They Are A’Raging
6. Rain Black, Reign Heavy
7. Slow Motion Breakdown
8. Nebulas
9. Las Diabolicas
10. Great Escape (pt I)
11. Great Escape (pt II)
12. Hunok Csataja (bonus)
13. An Uncivil War, pt. I & II (bonus)

Line-up
Justin Greaves
Daniel Änghede
Mark Furnevall
Ben Wilsker
Tom Greenway
Jonas Stålhammar
Belinda Kordic
Helen Stanley

Media/Samples 
To You I Give

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Phideaux "Infernal"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: 2CD, vinyl
Release date: September 9, 2018
Tracklist
01. Cast Out And Cold (5:32)
02. The Error Lives On (7:15)
03. Crumble (0:56)
04. Inquisitor (8:21)
05. We Only Have Eyes For You (4:00)
06. Sourdome (1:31)
07. The Walker (4:39)
08. Wake The Sleeper (1:30)
09. C99 (3:25)
10. Tumbleweed (4:58)
11. The Order Of Protection (One) (4:35)
12. Metro Deathfire (4:58)
13. Transit (1:14)
14. In Dissonance We Play (2:49)
15. The Sleepers Wake (5:22)
16. The Order Of Protection (Two) (4:33)
17. From Hydrogen To Love (14:04)
18. Eternal (5:46)
19. Endgame - An End (3:29)
Line-up
Phideaux Xavier: acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
Ariel Farber: vocals, violin
'Bloody' Rich Hutchins: drums
Mathew Kennedy: bass guitar
Gabriel Moffat: electric guitar
Mark Sherkus: keyboards, piano
Johnn Unicorn: keyboards, saxophone, vocals

Media/Samples
Several tracks

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Soft Machine "Hidden Details"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Canterbury, Jazz Rock, Fusion
LabelMoonjune Records (NA), Dyan Records (UK/EU), Vivid Records (Japan)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 8, 2018
Tracklist
1. Hidden Details
2. The Man Who Waved At Trains
3. Ground Lift
4. Heart Off Guard
5. Broken Hill
6. Flight Of The Jet
7. One Glove
8. Out Bloody Intro
9. Out Bloody Rageous, Part 1
10. Drifting White
11. Life On Bridges
12. Fourteen Hour Dream
13. Breathe
14. Night Sky (Bonus Track)

Line-up
John Etheridge – electric & acoustic guitar
Theo Travis  - sax, flute, Fender Rhodes piano
Roy Babbington - bass
John Marshall  - drums
  With
Nick Utteridge - wind chimes (13)

Description/Reviews
'Hidden Details' is very much the product of an active, contemporary sounding outfit striking out with its own agenda. Though informed by the past, the music here is neither weighed down nor beholden to it. Animated with the same ineffable and inquisitive spirit that has always made this group throughout its fifty years such a compelling experience, it’' good to have a new Soft Machine with us in 2018. The yearning tenderness of 'Heart Off Guard' and the come-down reveries of 'Broken Hill' and 'Drifting White' showcase the more intimate aspects of Soft Machine's personality while in contrast, 'One Glove' gives the more pugilistic side of John Etheridge's playing an outing. The terse angularities of the title track and 'Life on Bridges' highlight a fearless disposition, as does the buzzsaw interplay heard during 'Ground Lift' and 'Flight of the Jett,' both featuring Roy Babbington's decisive interventions. The surging lyricism of 'Fourteen Hour Dream' flirts with an almost popish sensibility, underscoring the sense that this is a quartet that is fundamentally at ease with itself. The return of what some older fans of the band have called 'cosmic tinkles’'– the appearance of layers of cyclical electric piano motifs – is especially welcome. Their brief manifestation on 'The Man Who Waved at Trains' and Third-era, 'Out-Bloody-Rageous,' both stone-cold Mike Ratledge-composed classics, adds an extra spacey dimension to the overall sound. Travis' use of looping technology with his flutes creates its own beguiling world and can be heard to powerful effect on the beautiful and enigmatic 'Breathe,' where his hovering notes are underpinned by Marshall's oblique yet atmospheric percussion.(Sid Smith at Bandcamp)
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Kingcrow "The Persistence"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelSensory Records (Laser’s Edge)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 7, 2018
Tracklist
1. Drenched
2. Closer
3. Everything Goes
4. Folding Paper Dreams
5. The Persistence
6. Every Broken Piece Of Me
7. Devil's Got A Picture
8. Night's Descending
9. Father
10. Perfectly Imperfect
11. Timeshift Box [Live At ProgPower USA] *
12. Fading Out PT.III [Live At ProgPower USA] *
13. Phlegethon [Live At ProgPower USA] *
* 2xLP bonus track

Line-up
Diego Marchesi - Lead & backing vocals
Diego Cafolla - Guitar & backing vocals
Ivan Nastasi - Guitar & backing vocals
Thundra Cafolla - Drums & Percussions
Cristian Della Polla - Keyboards & Synths
Riccardo Nifosì - Bass
   With
Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) - Vocals (8)

Description/Reviews
Describing Kingcrow today is quite a difficult task, but one could state that the influence of different kinds of music; progressive rock, alternative rock, ambient music, metal, and more are all present in the band's songs. With each release, they take a step further away from their original roots.
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The Persistence
Night's descending
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Friday, August 31, 2018

Det Skandaløse Orkester "Tenk Om Noen Ser Deg"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
01. Skandale Mentale (Ouverture)
02. Lokkeman, Lokkeman, Kor E Du No?
03. Skandale Morale (Vluggevisse)
04. Epilogue
05. Skulle Jævlig Vært På TV
06. Ukomfortabekl
07. Skandale Fenomenale
08. Forvirret
09. En Naken Mann Ble Funnet I Et Bosspann
10. Verdens Beste Land

Line-up
Sondre Jørgensen - keyboards, piano, organ, whistle, percussion, vocal
Mats Erik Zen - vocal
Øystein Bech-Eriksen - guitar, vocals, percussion
Sivert Karlsen - drums
Søster Pling - vocal
Morten Norheim - saxophone, clarinet
Tord Andreassen - bass
Davide Bertolini - upright bass
Petter Asbjørnsen - bass
Nataniel Hjønnevåg - marimba, percussion
Iver Sandøy - percussion
William Grøv Skramsett - trumpet
Lars Egenes Flemstrøm - trombone
Gunleik Gisletveit - tuba
Claudia Cox - violin
Rushana Brandanger - violin, vocal
Carmen Boveda - cello
Åshild Brunvoll - cello
Frida Andreassen Lereng - flute, double bass
Johannes Wik - harp
Arne Sandvoll - saw
Trygve Knudsen - vocal
Teodor Vieyra Jørgensen - baby and other sounds
Ottorpedo - vocal
Andreas Tangen - bass

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Skulle Jævlig Vært På TV

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The Pineapple Thief "Dissolution"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelKscope
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, Blu-Ray
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Not Naming Any Names (2:05)
2. Try As I Might (4:26)
3. Threatening War (6:37)
4. Uncovering Your Tracks (4:29)
5. All That You've Got (3:27)
6. Far Below (4:36)
7. Pillar of Salt (1:25)
8. White Mist (11:05)
9. Shed a Light (5:20)

Total Time 43:30

Line-up
Bruce Soord
Jon Sykes
Steve Kitch
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) - drums
   With
David Torn - guitar (8)

Media/Samples 
Far Below
Try As I Might

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Mogwai "KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Post Rock, Soundtrack
LabelRock Action Records  (UK & EU), Temporary Residence (NA)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Eli's Theme (3:22)
2. Scrap (2:50)
3. Flee (4:56)
4. Funeral Pyre (3:18)
5. Donuts (6:23)
6. Miscreants (3:05)
7. Guns Down (6:19)
8. Kin (7:17)
9. We're Not Done (End Title) (4:14)

Total Time 41:44

Line-up
Stuart Braithwaite - guitar
Barry Burns - guitar, keyboards, flute
Dominic Aitchison - bass
Martin Bulloch - drums

Media/Samples 
Donuts
We’re Not Done (End Title)

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Gabriels "Fist of the Seven Stars Act 2 (Hokuto Brothers)"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock Opera
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
01 – The search of water bird
02 – Cobra clan
03 – End of Cobra
04 – I see again
05 – Scream my name
06 – Miracle land
07 – I’m a genius
08 – Looking for your brother
09 – Myth of Cassandra
10 – Reunion
11 – Legend of fear
12 – King of fist
13 - Heart of Madness (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Gabriels ( Vivaldi Metal Project, Platens, Metaphysics, Aldaria): Keyboards
    With
Vocals:
Wild Steel (Shadows of Steel) as Ken
Jo Lombardo (Metatrone, Ancestral) as Ray
Rachel "Iron Majesty" Lungs as Mamiya
Dario Grillo (Platens, Violet Sun) as Toky
Alfonso Giordano (Steel Raiser) as Wiggle
Iliour Griften (Beto Vazquez' Infinity, Clairvoyant) as Amiba
Antonio Pecere (Crimson Dawn) as Raoul
Dave Dell'Orto (Drakkar, Verde Lauro) as Jagger
Beatrice Bini (Constraint, Vivaldi Metal Project) as Aylee
Matt Bernardi (Ruxt) as Cobra Boss

Guitars:
Antonello Giliberto
Francesco Ivan Sante dall'ò
Stefano Calvagno (Metatrone)
Antonio Pantano (Arcandia)
Tommy Vitaly
Frank Caruso (Arachnes)
Daria Domovik (Concordea)
Andrew Spane
Stefano Filoramo

Bass:
Dino Fiorenza (Metatrone)
Beto Vazquez (Beto Vazquez's Infinity)
Adrian Hansen
Fabio Zunino
Arkadiusz E. Ruth (Path Finder)

Drums:
Mattia Stancioiu (ex-Vision Divine, ex- Labirynth)
Simone Alberti (Gabriels)
Giovanni Maucieri (Gabriels)
Michele Sanna (Coma)
Salvo Pennisi

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End of Cobra

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Krakow "minus"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Post Metal/Rock
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. black wandering sun
2. sirens
3. the stranger
4. from fire, from stone
5. minus
6. tidlaus

Line-up
Frode Kilvik
René Misje
Kjartan Grønhaug
Ask Ty Arctander
   With
Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

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Bandcamp

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Circles "The Last One"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock/Metal
Label: Season of Mist (EU/USA), Wildthing Records (AU)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Winter (4:12)
2. Breaker (3:50)
3. The Messenger (3:28)
4. Arrival (5:57)
5. Tether (3:14)
6. Resolution (3:33)
7. Dream Sequence (4:48)
8. Renegade (5:29)
9. Blueprints For A Great Escape (4:47)
10. Alone With Ghosts (5:58)

Total Time 45:16

Line-up
Ben Rechter - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Ted Furuhashi - Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Hunter - Drums
Drew Patton - Bass Guitar, Screamed Vocals

Description/Reviews
The album sees the quartet hone their blend of melody and muscle into a sharper and more dynamic force. Dramatic vocals bring an emotional crescendo to their deeply sophisticated and hard-edged progressive rock. 
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Tether

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Echoes Of Giants "The Way to Us"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 30, 2018
Tracklist
Us (Part 1)
1) Wait
2) Hope (Part 1)
3) Fading
4) Close the Door
5) The Death of a Dream
6) Wait

Mother
7) Escape
8) Don't Give up on Me
9) The Light

Son
10) Take Me Away
11) Find Myself Today

Us (Part 2)
12) Is This Home?
13) Stand Beside Me
14) Hope (Part 2)
15) Not Going Back

Line-up
Tracy Thomas: Keys, Marimba, Drums, Percussion, Programming, Third Hand Bass
Wes Bolton: Guitars, Echoplex, Percussion, Programming, Third Hand Synth
Rick Kaufmann: Bass, Third Hand Acoustic
Joey Myers: Vocals
Theese Weber: Vocals

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Ifsounds "An Gorta Mór"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: August 27, 2018
Tracklist
1. Mediterranean Floor (6:34)
2. Techno Guru (2:17)
3. Violet (4:07)
4. Reptilarium (4:51)
5. An Gorta Mór (22:00)
   I. Emerald Island
   II. Phytophthora Infestans
   III. Bridget O'Donnell
   IV. The Great Famine
   V. Doolough Lake
   VI. The Docks of Limerick
   VII. Regina Oceani
   VIII. Long Cónra
   IX. Ghosts in America

Total Time 39:49

Line-up
Runal – lead vocals
Fabio De Libertis – bass guitar
Lino Mesina – drums
Dario Lastella – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Claudio Lapenna – piano and keyboards, backing vocals.
   With
Lino Giugliano - keyboards and synths (4, 5-iv, 5-v)
Matteo Colombo - violin (5-i, 5-vi)
Vincenzo Cervelli - lead vocals (5-vi), backing vocals (5-ix)
Alessandra Santovito - lead vocals  (5-vii)
Francesco Forgione - bhodrán  (5-vi)
Marco Grossi - backing vocals (5-ix)

Description/Reviews
“An Gorta Mór” is a concept album about the theme of runaway: the opening and the closing numbers build a bridge between the tragedy of the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór in Gaelic) and the massive Irish exodus to America of the middle of the 19th Century with the current move of people from Africa to Europe through the Mediterranean way. The other songs are about runaway and desperation from another point of view, focusing on other social issues such as unemployment and domestic abuse.
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Sampler
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

R-U Kaiser "Desde la Oscuridad"


Country: Chile
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMylodon Records - MYLOCD114
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 25, 2018
Tracklist
1.Sangre
2.Conciencia
3.MI-789
4.Alguien
5.Desde la oscuridad

Line-up
Oscar Arias Galvez - Drums
Yeison Garcia - Guitar
Hector Lobos - Bass
Elend Doll - Vocals
Clo Navarro - Vocals
Diego Alexander - Keyboards

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Desde la Oscuridad

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Lux Terminus "The Courage to Be"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: August 24, 2018
Tracklist
1.  Prologue: The Departure (I) – 1:39
2.  Electrocommunion – 5:07
3.  The Journey (II) – 4:15
4.  Aberration – 5:32
5.  Miles Away – 4:52
6.  Spectral Shapes – 3:33
7.  The Road Home (III) – 6:06
8.  Effusion – 6:36
9.  The Courage to Be – 20:56
10.  Epilogue: Fly (IV) – 4:38

Line-up
Vikram Shankar (Redemption) - Piano, Keyboards
Matthew Kerschner - Drums
Brian Craft - Bass
   With
Timo Somers (Delain) - Guitar Solo (9)
Raphael Weinroth-Browne (Leprous, Musk Ox) - Cello (9)
Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Vuur, Ayreon) - Vocals (10)

Total Time 63:14

Description/Reviews
The band cites a lot of influences on this album (progressive metal, rock, jazz fusion (I’m not the greatest fan of this type of music but it works here), electronic, and cinematic music) and all of that is here. I don’t want to take away anything from that lengthy description but the overall vibe and sound I get from this is: picture Liquid Tension Experiment without the guitar. Well.. not ALL without guitar. There is a guest guitarist on the epic here, so maybe think LTE with just a pinch of guitar.
Read the full review by Rob at progressivemusicplanet.com

Also read the review at  manofmuchmetal.com

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Electrocommunion

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Moonwood "Arrivals & Departures"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Arachnidiscs Recordings
Format: cassette, digital
Release date: August 24, 2018
Tracklist
1. Jupiter (3:07)
2. I Carried You (3:53)
3. Apologies (3:47)
4. Mother's Eyes (3:32)
5. Arrival (5:06)
6. Jupiter (Live) (16:47)

Total Time 36:12

Line-up
Jacqueline Noire: Vocals, synths
Reverend Moon: Guitar, synths
Matthew Fava: Bass
Luca Capone: Drums

Description/Reviews
'Arrivals & Departures' features songs audiences have heard at live gigs over the past few years but hadn't yet been committed to tape. From the blistering space sludge of "Jupiter" to the wizard rock of "Mother's Eyes" and the kosmische hard-rock of "Arrival", it's a worthy send off. Side two of the cassette features a full 16-minute freak-out live version of the aforementioned "Jupiter". 
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Bandcamp

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