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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marco Ragni "The Wandering Caravan"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateFebruary 28, 2018
Tracklist
1. What We Have Done in the Past We'll Be in the Future (11:24)
2. Waiting on the Threshold (11:38)
    The Wandering Caravan Suite (tracks 3-7)
3. Promised Land (4:33)
4. Which is the Right Path to Take? (3:53)
5. It's Only Fantasy (5:11)
6. What are We Willing to Lose to Regain our Freedom? (4:00)
7. Keep Dreaming (9:04)
8. Back Home Again (3:40)

Total Time 55:23

Line-up
Marco Ragni : Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
   With:
Peter Matuchniak: Lead Guitar
Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow): Bass
Dave Newhouse: Sax
Maurizio Antonini: Drums

Media/Samples 
The Wandering Caravan Part II - Promised Land
Keep Dreaming (Single Edit)

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Reale Accademia di Musica "Angeli Mutanti"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: MP Records MPRCD077
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: February 28, 2018
Tracklist
1  Angeli mutanti (5:50)
2  Alba (4:44)
3  Johnny e Adele (4:42)
4  Cosa nascondono le nuvole (4:23)
5  The beat goes on (come la canzone) (3:19)
6  Tempo (5:46)
7  A dritta San Salvador (4:39)
8  Una sola immagine (4:41) - CD only
9  Io sono qui (5:22)
10  La pista e il miraggio (7:05)

Total Time 50:31

Line-up
Pericle Sponzilli  vocals, guitar
Fabio Liberatori: keyboards, piano
Erika Savastani: vocals
Andy Bartolucci: drums
Fabio Fraschini: bass
   With
Gianfranco Coletta: 2nd guitar (3)
Nicola Di Staso: 2nd guitar (4)
Fernando Fera: electric guitar (5)

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Progstreaming

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Ümit! "The Testament Of Ümit!"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bellerophon Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: February 28, 2018
Tracklist
1. Revelation (Genesis 4:1-24) (LP Version) (8:48)
2. Into The Mirror Black (LP Version) (4:30)
3. Hog Dead (5:32)
4. Cows (Simmental Breed) (11:30)
5. The Deer (Psalm 42) (Revelation Reprise) (9:32)

Total Time 39:52

Line-up
Jochen Oberlack - Guitars, Voice
Peter Kirschbaum - Bass
Rudolf Kronenberger - Keyboards
Peter Schürmann - Drums

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Eclectic Maybe Band "The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog, Jazz-Rock
Label: Discus Music 67CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 27, 2018
Tracklist
1. Pluie Étanche (5:52)
2. En Absence D'Action (5:14)
3. Gradual Assistance (7:05)
4. Second Permission Secrete (7:53)
5. E-Forks And Ornaments (10:24)
6. Gobsmacked Distraction (11:04)
7. Hidden Wave Variation (12:41)
8. Suppot Provisoire (5:39)
9. Erased Evidence (9:08)

Total Time 75:00

Line-up
Guy Segers (Univers Zero) - bass, samplers (5)
Roland Binet - flute, tenor saxophone (6)
Joe Higham - electronics, soprano saxophone, doudouk (7)
Michel Delville (douBt, Machine Mass Trio, The Wrong Object) – electric guitar
Catherine Smet - keyboards
Dirk Wachtelaer – drums

Description/Reviews
This new release by Eclectic Maybe Band has a great vibe and atmosphere to it. A group of highly skilled and compatible players came together in the studio under Guys’s direction and made some improvisations. Although improvised the outcome is stylistically varied. Some tracks make you think of electric Miles filtered via zeuhl, while others are freer and open ended. Really flexible and great sounding bass and drums provide an ever shifting backdrop. The guitar is angular, surprising, expressive, a real stand out performance. Flute is the main horn at the forefront, blown by the wind eerily back and forth over the tracks, with the saxes digging in occasionally. Very original use of keys here too, especially when a rather icy grand piano cuts in. These initial improvisations have been carefully restructured in post production by Guy to produce a result very much in keeping with the Discus Music spirit. 
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Elysian Fields "Seven Wonders Of The World"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 26, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Pyramid Of Khufu (6:19)
2. The Walls Of Babylon (7:15)
3. The Statue Of The Olympian Zeus (12:31)
4. The Temple Of Diana (Artemis) (9:46)
5. The Tomb Of King Mausolus (6:07)
6. The Colossus Of Rhodes (4:06)
7. The Pharos Of Alexandria (9:44)

Total Time: 55:48

Line-up
Mark Jeffrey Dye - guitars, bass, keyboards
Andrew Winton - kayboards
Timothy Lewis - vocals

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Critical Failure "..Unconventional Breakfast.. A Story Of Characters"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 25, 2018
Tracklist
1. Jim (5:19)
2. Wolfgang (6:16)
3. Erzsebet (5:02)
4. Aleksandr (4:31)
5. Karl (4:43)
6. Marylin (3:04)
7. Friedrich (6:07)
8. The Walrus And The Penguin (4:09)
9. Mustapha - Queen Cover (2:43)

Total Time 41:54

Line-up
Daniele Focante (LoreWeaveR) - Vocals
Francesco Salvadeo (LoreWeaveR) - Guitars
Simone Morandotti - Bass
Lorenzo Marcenaro (LoreWeaveR) - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Sergio Ponti - Drums

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Kaisers Bart "Meister5tuck"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: 7Hard
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Begegnung (2:45)
2. Verwirrung (6:37)
3. Erniedrigung (7:33)
4. Umarmung (2:24)
5. Beseitigung (8:09)
6. Entstehung (9:25)
7. Enttäuschung (3:39)
8. Berührung (4:29)
9. Ergreifung (8:14)
10. Erlösung (11:03)
11. Offenbarung (10:55)

Total Time 75:13

Line-up
Steffen Pfluegner - Keyboards
Danilo Batdorf (Dreamscape, Subsignal) - Drums
Uli Riedinger - Guitars
Minz Meyer - Bass
Mischa Mang (Dreamscape, Ivanhoe) - Vocals

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Samples
Trailer

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Escaper "Edge Detection"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion 
Label: Ropeadope Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Secret Weapon (3:54)
2. Rare Form (3:59)
3. Edge Detection (4:37)
4. Green Hill Zone (5:54)
5. Hands Up (4:58)
6. Video 6. Realms (4:48)
7. The Mountain (3:00)
8. Dream Times (4:08)
9. Galaxies (6:12)

Total Time 41:30

Line-up
Will Hanza - Guitar
Jay Giacomazzo - Bass
Andrew Nesbitt - Drums
Adam Ahuja – Keyboards
Johnny Butler – Saxophones

Description/Reviews
Space rockers Escaper, who perfectly blend funk, rock, jazz and fusion, today released their second album Edge Detection on Ropeadope Records. ... The opening track “Secret Weapon” is indeed that – with a slowly accelerating build infused with saxophone, the song gets grittier and nastier, and just when you think it’s fading out, Escaper storms back giving a Flying Frog Brigade level of intensity to the track. (Pete Mason at nysmusic.com)
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Lizzard "Shift Master"


Country: France
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Seed (1:24)
2. Singularity (5:48)
3. Gemini (4:52)
4. Bloom (4:37)
5. Shift (6:15)
6. Min(E)d (5:43)
7. Leaving The Dream (4:34)
8. Open View (5:03)
9. Passing By (5:20)

Total Time 43:36

Line-up
Mathieu Ricou  - guitar, vocals
Katy Elwell  - drums
William Knox - bass, vocals

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Bobby Previte "Rhapsody"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Acoustic Fusion, Classical, Jazz, Avant Prog
LabelRareNoise Records RNR090
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Casting Off (6:57)
2. All The World (10:58)
3. The Lost (9:13)
4. When I Land (3:28)
5. The Timekeeper (5:28)
6. Coming About (1:42)
7. All Hands (9:21)
8. Last Stand / Final Approach (8:36)
9. I Arrive (8:23)

Total Time 64:06

Line-up
Bobby Previte  (John Zorn, Groundtruther) - trap drums, percussion, autoharp, guitar, harmonica
   With
Jen Shyu - voice, er hu, piano
Zeena Parkins (Fred Frith, John Zorn, Cosa Brava, No Safety) - harp
John Medeski (John Zorn, Medeski Martin & Wood) - piano
Nels Cline (Banyan, Quartet Music) - acoustic guitar, slide guitar, twelve string guitar
Fabian Rucker - saxophone

Description/Reviews
Undoubtedly a highlight, “All Hands” is a progressive folk-rock piece filled with fabulous slide guitar and epic acoustic power chords. Can you imagine Metallica playing a sort of mystical acoustic concert? There you are! Then, you can add the to-die-for vocalizations by Shyu, properly backed by saxophone, and to finalize, a neo-folk dissertation by Cline, who genially brings a dash of flamenco into play.
Read the full review at jazztrail.net

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Ostura "The Room"


Country: Lebanon
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Metal
Label: Universal Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Room (4:53)
2. Escape (6:05)
3. Beyond (The New World) (5:25)
4. Let There Be (4:55)
5. Erosion (7:04)
6. Only One (6:53)
7. Mourning Light (3:08)
8. Deathless (6:30)
9. Darker Shade Of Black (9:11)
10. The Surge (6:07)
11. Duality (12:08)
12. Exit The Room (2:03)

Total Time 74:22

Line-up
Elia Monsef (Amadeus Awad's Eon) - vocals (as Erosion), charango, additional  acoustic guitar
Danny Bou-Maroun - keyboards, piano, programming,  orchestration
Youmna Jreissati - vocals (as The Girl)
Alain Ibrahim - acoustic & rhythm guitars
Alexander Abi Chaker - additional percussions (1, 2, 4, 5, 8)
   With
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Stream of Passion, The Gentle Storm) - guitar (9)
Michael Mills (Toehider, Ayreon) - vocals (as Utopia)
Thomas Lang - drums
Dan Veall - bass
Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie, Creation's End, IceFish) - guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 11)
Özgür Abbak - guitar (6)
Yamane Al Hage - violin (3, 8, 9)
Jokine Solban - violin (2)
Nobuko Miyazaki - flute (9, 11)
Mohannad Nassar - oud (5, 10)
Roger Smith - cello (1, 10, 12)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
The Lebanese Filmscoring Ensemble

Description/Reviews
The musical style is progressive metal, but there is so much more going on here.  While the almighty riff is present and very well composed, the album is not just a collection of riffs thrown together.  No, “The Room” is a cinematic journey of emotional gravity and grand vision, and it could almost be called just as much “classical” as it can be called “metal”.  The album includes huge orchestrations that might even dwarf the heavy guitars in their weight, and these orchestrations are prevalent in every single song. 
Read the full review at theprogmind.com

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Only One
Deathless
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Fractal Mirror "Close To Vapour"


Country: Netherlands/USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelBad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018 
Tracklist
1. Mind The Gap
2. Book
3. Beyond The Pale
4. White Sounds
5. Silver
6. Close To Vapour
7. Snow
8. Hey You
9. Tabula Rasa
10. The Ever Rain

Line-up
Leo Koperdraat - voice, guitars, Mellotron 4000d, keyboards, recorder
Frank Urbaniak - drums, percussion
  With:
Brett Kull (Echolyn) - guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, vocals
Ed van Haagen - keyboards (3, 10)
Tom Doncourt - keys on the intro to 'Snow'

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Poem "Unique"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelViciSolum Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. False Morality
2. My Own Disorder
3. Four Cornered God
4. Discipline
5. Euthanasia
6. Unique
7. Brightness Of Loss

Line-up
Giorgos Prokopiou - Vocals, Guitars
Laurence Bergström - Lead Guitars
Takis Foitos - Bass
Stavros Rigos - Drums

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New Horizons "Inner Dislocation"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Revalve Records (RR95)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Introspective (1:05)
2. Inner Dislocation (2:48)
3. Where Is The End (7:18)
4. Born In The Future (4:45)
5. Inhuman Wrath (6:08)
6. Evolution (8:02)
7. Borderlands, Pt. 1 (7:37)
8. Borderlands, Pt. 2 (4:44)
9. The Trail Of Shadows (9:16)

Total Time 51:43

Line-up
Oscar Nini: Vocals & Backing Vocals
Nicola Giannini: Rhythm Guitars
Giacomo Froli: Lead Guitars
Luca Guidi: Keyboards & Synth
Claudio Froli: Bass
Federico Viviani: Drums & Backing Vocals

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Born in the Future
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Gleb Kolyadin "Gleb Kolyadin"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Classical
LabelKscope
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateFebruary 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Insight (4:11)
2. Astral Architecture (6:29)
3. White Dawn (2:30)
4. Kaleidoscope (5:50)
5. Eidolon (2:10)
6. Into The Void (1:44)
7. The Room (4:13)
8. Confluence (10:23)
9. Constellation / The Bell (3:16)
10. Echo / Sigh / Strand (2:25)
11. Penrose Stairs (5:01)
12. Storyteller (3:19)
13. The Best Of Days (3:24)

Total Time 54:55

Line-up
Gleb Kolyadin (Iamthemorning) - grand piano, keyboards
  With
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimon) - drums
Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, The Mute Gods, Fish On Friday) - bass
Theo Travis (Robert Fripp, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) - flute and saxophone
Vlad Avy - guitars
Evan Carson - bodhran and percussion
Mick Moss (Antimatter) - vocals (2)
Steve Hogarth (Marillion) - vocals (8, 13)
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) - additional keyboards (12)
Grigorii Osipov – vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel
Iliia Diakov – violin
Alexander Peresypkin – cello
Grigory Voskoboynik – double bass
Tatiana Dubovaya – vocals
Svetlana Shumkova – hang drum, spoken vocals

Description/Reviews
The overriding feel is one of classically influenced Progressive Rock that may remind you of Keith Emerson’s work. The album features a number of high-profile guests ... With that line-up Gleb has composed thirteen tunes that each take on a different musical approach, some more rock flavoured, some more symphonic, some even a little jazzy but they’re all linked by his piano performance. It’s his instrument of choice and he owns it proudly. The album has a rather soft and subdued feel and yet that kind of disguises the times where the music becomes more dramatic and loud. Prog fans of bands with a strong Classical influence like Trace, New Trolls, After Crying, Emerson, Lake & Palmer or even some of Keith Emerson’s solo material and those who simply love the sound of the piano with find much to appreciate and enjoy on Gleb Kolyadin’s first solo album. 
Read the full review by Jerry Lucky

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The Best Of Days
Progstreaming
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Tempest "Thirty Little Turns"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Prog Folk
LabelMagna Carta Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Johnny Cope (4:07)
2. Thirty Little Birds (4:18)
3. Battle of Aughrim (2:51)
4. Trolldans (4:03)
5. Norwegian Wood (3:56)
6. Lahard Chase (3:52)
7. A Toast (4:36)
8. High Germany (4:52)
9. Madeline Jones (4:28)
10. Swarb (7:09)

Total time: 44:12

Line-up
Lief Sorbye - lead vocals, mandoguitar, electric and acoustic mandolins, octave mandolas, flute, pennywhistle, bodhran
Ab Menon – electric guitars
Adolfo Lazo - drums
Kathy Buys - fiddle, harmony vocals
Josh Fossgreen - bass, harmony vocals
     With
Robert Berry - Keyboards

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Eternal Journey "The Traveller"


Country: Germany / Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal Opera
Label: Afraid of Sunlight
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 23, 2018 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Welcome? (5:29)
2. Energy (4:17)
3. Choral Of Hope (4:21)
4. Prologue I (1:05)
5. The Girl (4:37)
6. Vengeance Or Union (5:18)
7. Star Of Darkness (3:04)
8. Confusion (4:58)
9. Resolution (1:49)
10. Hunt (1:40)
11. Prologue II (0:59)
12. Gloomy Prevision (3:44)
13. Awaken The Fear (4:03)
14. Agreements (5:43)
15. Disorder (5:58)
16. Ocean Waves (6:12)
17. Medicine (5:08)
18. Fly (5:13)
19. Prologue III (0:59)
20. Escape To Victory (4:09)
21. Beyond All Spheres (4:32)

Total time 83:18

Line-up
Alex Papatheodorou: guitars, mandolin, bass, keyboards, mixing & mastering
   With:
Klaus Heuser "Major": guitar
Victor Smolski: guitar
Thomas Spindeldreher: guitar
Achim Stein: synth
Matthias Krauss: synth, piano, keys
Calum Stewart: low whistle
Torsten Bugiel: drums
Jannis Papatheodorou: orchestration
Philipp Keck: vocals (as "Zelo")
Jessica Thierjung: vocals (as "The Girl")
Matthias "Metti" Zimmer: vocals (as "The Professor")
Leonie Ludwig: vocals (as "The Alien Queen")
Thomas Heinen: vocals (as "The Girl's Father")
Carol Windfuhr: Story Narration

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Teaser
Ocean Waves
Medicine

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Dead Empires "Designed To Disappear"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal, Sludge
LabelSilent Pendulum Records (vinyl, cassette)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Spectacular Ruin (1:24)
2. The Form (5:07)
3. Slay Rider (2:20)
4. Reverse Speak (7:12)
5. A Summertime Song (7:04)
6. Ones And Zeros (2:20)
7. Ergot (6:29)
8. Designed To Disappear (12:20)

Total Time 44:16

Line-up
Phil Bartsch - Drums
John Bryan - Guitars
DJ Scully - Bass
Jason ‘PRKR’ Sherman (Torrential Downpour) - Vocals, Keys, Noise
   With
Jason Volpe - Piano (4)
John Carbone (Moon Tooth) - Vocals (7)

Description/Reviews
The first half of the album is part hardcore, part grindcore; laced into these songs are sporadic jazz-like outbursts. These interruptions, when supported by growling and shrieking, are overbearing and could easily be dismissed as noise.
 However, everything changes for the second half of the album. "A Summertime Song" marks the reconciliation between the band and its post-prog-metal foundations, with narratives written in heavy riffs, awash in distortion, leading the listener through the rest of the album. This inherent dichotomy, between the raw experimentation of its first half and the familiar foundations of the second, will no doubt result in split perceptions for even the most dedicated fans. There are plenty out there who will think this is a heavy avant-garde album, while others will pick and choose their favourite songs and barely play the rest. (exclaim.ca)
Also read the reviews at:
http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/dead-empires-designed-to-disappear
https://ninecircles.co/2018/02/19/album-review-dead-empires-designed-to-disappear/
http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2018/02/22/dead-empires-designed-disappear/

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Seyminhol "Ophelian Fields"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Lion Music
Format: CD
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Intro: Appetite (1:10)
2. Act II, Scene 2: My Soul's Idol (5:16)
3. Interlude : Nymph (2:23)
4. Act III, Scene 1: Hidden Desire (5:04)
5. Act III, Scene 2: Behind The Mask (5:10)
6. Act IV, Scene V: Her Majesty Of Flowers Act IV, Scene 7 / Act V, Scene 1: The Bramble's Litany (5:34)
7. Part 1: The Devil Takes Thy Soul (4:11)
8. Part 2: Crown Of Thorns (4:03)
9. Part 3: After (1:47)
10. Outro: The River Lamentations (1:47)

Total Time 36:25

Line-up
Kevin Kazek - Vocals
Nicolas Pelissier - Guitars, Keyboards
Vianney Habert - Bass
Thomas Das Neves - Drums

Description/Reviews
This album is the second part of a concept based on the tragedy of W. Shakespeare "Hamlet".
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Act III, Scene 1: Hidden Desire
Act III, Scene 2: Behind The Mask
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Visual Cliff "Refuge"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Trinity Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 23, 2018 (CD, digital), end of March 2018 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. All Things New (3:18)
2. Casualty Of Words (5:28)
3. Internal Exile (5:19)
4. Altered Peace (4:05)
5. My Refuge (5:59)
6. Footprints For The Lost (1:56)
7. #Hero (4:18)
8. The Spirit's Touch (3:15)
9. New Eyes (5:31)
10. Anathema (4:04)
11. The Ever Longing (3:40)
12. Never Ahead, Never Behind (5:59)

Total Time 52:52

Line-up
Rob Perez - Guitars
Shane Lankford - Vocals
Rick Mals - Bass & Drums
John Neiswinger - Keys, Synth, Piano

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Dukes of the Orient "Dukes of the Orient"


Country: USA/UK
Genre(s)AOR, Progressive Rock
LabelFrontiers Music s.r.l
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Brother In Arms (5:21)
2. Strange Days (5:32)
3. Amor Vincit Omnia (5:44)
4. Time Waits For No One (6:03)
5. A Sorrow's Crown (5:05)
6. Fourth Of July (8:27)
7. Seasons Will Change (6:37)
8. Give Another Reason (10:08)

Total Time 52:57

Line-up
John Payne (Asia, ASIA Featuring John Payne, GPS): vocals, bass, guitars
Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane, Ayreon, ASIA Featuring John Payne): keyboards
   With
Jeff Kollman (Cosmosquad): guitar
Guthrie Govan ( Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Asia, ASIA Featuring John Payne, GPS): guitar
Moni Scaria (ASIA Featuring John Payne): guitar
Bruce Bouillet (Lana Lane): guitar
Molly Rogers: strings
Jay Schellen (Circa:, Conspiracy, ASIA Featuring John Payne, GPS): drums

Description/Reviews
If you think that Dukes Of The Orient sound like an Asia-type band, you're not far from the truth. Large hints of Asia are here, but also ELP, Yes, and parts Toto. Dukes Of The Orient is simply melodic neo-progressive rock in an AOR wrapper. Or said another way, the songs are very catchy, pop-like, AOR rock songs with some technicality, and a large portion of Norlander keyboard wizardry.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Strange Days
Seasons Will Change

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Modern Day Babylon "Coma"


Country: Czechia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Djent Metal
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 22, 2018
Tracklist
1. Sleeper (4:06)
2. Dream Cycles (3:53)
3. Coma (4:35)
4. Timelapse (4:34)
5. Otherside (3:48)
6. Waves (4:06)
7. Memory (4:07)
8. Visions (4:13)
9. Wake Up (3:48)
10. Waves (Matt Holland REMIX) (3:24)

Total Time 40:34

Line-up
Petr Hataš - Drums
Přemysl Kunčický - Bass
Tomáš Raclavský - Guitar, Programming

Description/Reviews
Overall, this album is just about the ideal juxtaposition of melody, ambience, exultant tones and blinding technical wizardry. These guys have that rare and uncanny knack for showing off their ridiculous chops whilst simultaneously serving the song and creating tunes that are cohesive and memorable.
Read the full review by Rod Whitfield at metalobsession.net

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MetaQuorum "Witchcraft Jazz"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Progressive Rock, Electronica, Funk
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 22, 2018 (CD, digital), April 2018 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Crimson Dreams (5:13)
2. Jonathan Vingston (3:46)
3. Socket Swing (3:22)
4. The Bartender (5:06)
5. Swagger (6:19)
6. Seven Dwarfs Rock (4:25)
7. Witchcraft Jazz (6:11)
8. Limping Mathematician (4:27)
9. Parallax (9:52)
10. Chicken & Egg (3:45)
11. Autumn Groove (4:04)
12. Goldfinch Charm (3:59)

Total Time 60:29

Line-up
Dmitry Ermakov - keyboards, key-bass, key-guitar, synth and percussion programming, synth-brass, sound-scape, tambourine, shaker, voice
Koos van der Velde – drums, jembe
Victor Mikheyev – bass, rhythm-guitar, percussion & synth programming, sound-scape
Carol Ermakova – vocal (3)
George Mikheyev – cello (7)
Andrew Guerin – trumpet (11)

Description/Reviews
12 tracks – that’s one minute short of an hour! – in the ground-breaking style the band calls Meld – a blend of jazz, fusion, rock, funk, electronica, even baroque, this album includes spontaneous improvisations, funk jams, and creative compositions finished off with state-of-the-art production techniques
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George Bellas "Colonizing the Stars"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 22, 2018
Tracklist
1. Imaginary Construct (4:07)
2. Vision In A Dream (5:58)
3. Sensory Overload (4:54)
4. Robot Nine (3:56)
5. Pray For Me (8:30)
6. Merging With Machines (6:08)
7. Living In A Simulation (7:33)
8. Child Of The Stars (5:20)
9. Existence (4:59)

Total Time 51:25

Line-up
George Bellas - Guitars
Peter Fredlander - Drums
George Bellas - Bass
George Bellas - Keyboards
San Francisco Childrens Choir
Sofia Choir of Bulgaria

Description/Reviews
The album contains nine epic compositions in a futuristic style with a palette of lyrically-flowing melodies, otherworldly harmonizations, and inventive rhythms all sounding through a barrage of guitar, bass, drums, choirs, and orchestral instrumentation.
There is only a single guitar used throughout the entire album, meaning absolutely no double tracked guitars were recorded. Using a single guitar was an effort to leave room on the soundstage for the choirs and other instruments and also to situate a dedicated location in the stereo and frequency spectrum. A full range of choirs were used, including a boys choir, girls choir, sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. 
The organization of the album is in a symphony sonata cycle with three cycles containing three movements each. Each three movement cycle is in the format of Movement 1 - Fast, Movement 2 -Slow, Movement 3 - Fastest. Each cycle utilizes modified forms of Sonata Allegro, Minuet and Trio, and Rondo. 
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Entropia "Invisible"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Cosmic Tentacles / Nooirax Producciones
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 22, 2018
Tracklist
1. El Hombre Que Plantaba Flores En La Luna (5:34)
2. Odisea (7:57)
3. Arua (5:40)
4. Idiosincracia (1:32)
5. Prisionera De La Expresión (6:28)
6. Invisible (6:23)
7. Placenta (3:56)
8. Los Pasos (3:50)
9. Vacuo (2:19)
10. Sinestesia (6:02)

Total Time 49:41

Line-up
Jon Bellido: keyboards and vocals
Roberto Nieves: guitar
Lasto: bass
Andoni Penela: drums

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Heavenblast "Stamina"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Music Force MF 083
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 22, 2018
Tracklist
1. Mind Introuders (1:23)
2. Purity (4:57)
3. Alice In PsychoWonderland (3:54)
4. We Are State (4:14)
5. The Rovers (4:35)
6. Don't Clean Up This Blood (7:04)
7. Sinite Parvulos Venire Ad Me (5:30)
8. S.T.A.M.I.N.A. (4:41)
9. Canticle Of The Hermit (5:22)

Total Time 41:40

Line-up
Chiara Falasca - vocals
Donatello Menna - guitars
Matteo Pellegrini - piano & keyboard
Alex Salvatore - drums

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thomas Konder "Labyrinth"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMusea Parallèle MP 3332
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 20, 2018 (digital), February 26, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. The First Step (2:26)
2. Labyrinth (7:05)
3. Only The Wind Knows (4:42)
4. Solitary Road (6:23)
5. Captured (2:28)
6. Puzzle (5:57)
7. Morning Sun (3:45)
8. On A Day Like This (6:50)
9. Road To Nowhere (2:24)
10. Firedance (3:22)
11. Born (4:38)
12. A Step A Day (10:53)

Total Time 60:53

Line-up
Thomas Konder - Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
   With
Tobias Schmitz - Keyboards (1), Piano (7)
Niklas - Child's voice (1, 7)
Frank Rohles - Guitars (2, 4, 5, 12)
Jan Malburg - Guitars (6, 8, 11)
Marc Papeghin - French Horn (2, 12)
Mike Kempf - Saxophone (2)
Markus Jutz - Clarinet (3)
Miriam Cartarius - Violin (4)

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Mother Turtle "Zea Mice"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: February 20, 2018
Tracklist
1. Zea Mice Part 1-Kukuruzu (6:44)
2. Zea Mice Part 1-#Cornhub (8:06)
3. Zea Mice Part 2-Sea Mice (6:53)
4. Zea Mice Part 2-Zeitenlik (1:21)
5. Zea Mice Part 2-Vermins (6:40)
6. Zea Mice Part 2-Fourward (1:57)
7. Zea Mice Part 3-Vermins(Reprise) (1:11)
8. Zea Mice Part 3-Nostos (16:38)

Total Time 49:30

Line-up
Kostas Konstantinidis: Guitars
George Filopelou: Bass
George Baltas: Drums
George Theodoropoulos: Keys and programming
Alexander Kiourntziadis: Violin
Babis Prodromidis: Sax
   With:
Elpida Papakosma: Voices (1, 5)
Aristotelis Mavropoulos: Narration (4)
Apostolis Georgiadis: Percussion

Description/Reviews
Through the musical evolution and artistic freedom of prog rock,Zea Mice is taking a whole new step compared to our two previous albums.There are no lyrics just prog rock jammin joined by greek and balkan music,90's electronica,jazz and blues elements.
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Seasonal "Silent Sacrifice"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Post Rock, Art Rock
LabelLynx Music - LM138CD (CD)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: February 20, 2018 (digital), May 28, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Curse (5:14)
2. Complete The Circle (4:07)
3. The End Of The Book (7:06)
4. Sun Always Comes Down (5:43)
5. Empty House (5:41)
6. Turn I Used To Take (5:09)
7. Silent Sacrifice (6:08)
8. Avoid At All Costs (3:49)
9. Just A Mere Shadow (8:28)
10. No One Here (4:44)
11. Stray Dog (5:30)
12. Darkdrive (6:08)

Total Time 67:47

Line-up
Maciej Sochoń – gutars , vocals , keyboards , bass and samples

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bob Katsionis "Prognosis & Synopsis"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Power Metal, Electronica
Label: Symmetric Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 17, 2018
Tracklist
1. Prognosis (4:00)
2. Secret Of The Nomads (4:00)
3. Tomorrow Starts Today (4:30)
4. Dark Matter (4:00)
5. Asymmetric Parallels (4:10)
6. Aegean Sunset (4:02)
7. The Messenger (4:55)
8. Cold Embrace (5:00)
9. Amnesia (5:00)
10. Synopsis (6:00)

Total Time 45:37

Line-up
Bob Katsionis (Revolution Renaissance, Ioannis Anastassakis) - all instruments
   except
Vangelis Moraitis - drums

Description/Reviews
Style-wise, “Prognosis & Synopsis” is mostly prog metal but also has elements of New Age and power metal, albeit not at the same time. 
Read the full review by Rob at progressivemusicplanet.com

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OAK Oscillazioni Alchemico Kreative "Giordano Bruno"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAereostella/Immaginifica ARSIMM/1033
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 17, 2018
Tracklist
01. Campo dè fiori
02. Viator temporis
03. Liber in tiberi
04. Angeli senza ali
05. Circe
06. Diana/Morgana
07. La cena delle beffe
08. Dreams of mandragora
09. Danse macabre
10. The Globe
11. Wittenberger fuchstanz
12. Un valzer per il Mocenigo
13. Sandali rossi
14. Campo dè fiori reprise

Line-up
Jerry Cutillo: Voice, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass, ebow guitar, mandolin, tubular bells
David Jackson (VDGG): Saxes
Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Camel): Voice & Bass (8)
Sonja Kristina (Curved Air): Voice (6)
Maart Allcock (Jethro Tull): Bass (9)
Derek Wilson (Goblin): Drums (1, 6)
Jenny Sorrenti (Saint Just): Voice (11)
Valentina Ciaffaglione: Voice (6)
Pat Rowbottom: Bass (4, 10)
Anna Maria Manzi: Vocalisms (5)
Alexa Trinity Bersiani: Backing vocals (13)
Francesco De Renzi: Grand Piano & Hammond organ
Giacomo Pettinelli: Drums
Charles Yossarian: Drums
Fab Santoro: Bass
Mirko Valtulini: Timpani

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Campo de fiori

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Main:Art "Synæsthetic"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 17, 2018
Tracklist
1. Ouverture (1:29)
2. Reversed Algo:Rhythm (6:02)
3. Begging For Emotion (4:15)
4. One In Thousands (8:03)
5. ERROR #9829 (5:52)
6. Missing Archives (8:06)
7. Stems From The Inner World Of Us (7:33)
8. Galatea I : The Vision (4:49)
9. Galatea II : The Design, The Research, The Result (15:00)

Total Time 61:09

Line-up
Laure Flores : Lead vocals
Julien Lamarre : Guitar, backing vocals
Nass Mohamed : Guitar, backing vocals
Guillaume Deveney : Bass, backing vocals
Andréa Nuzzo : Drums

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Friday, February 16, 2018

The Dame "Losing Sight of What You Want"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. Water Tumbles Down (7:23) 
2. General Disarray (5:33) 
3. Faking It In Monaco (7:31) 
4. The Last Dance (5:40) 
5. Losing Sight Of What You Want (11:19) 
6. Thy Father's Bidding (5:33) 
7. Conveniently Distant (18:59) 

Total Time 61:58
Line-up
Marian van Charante – Lead & backing vocals, guitar
Stephen de Ruijter – Lead guitar
Michel Krempel – Bass
Thijs de Ruijter – Keyboards
Ruben Meibergen – Drums

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General Disarray
Teaser
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Elephant9 "Greatest Show On Earth"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon (RCD2198)
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: February 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. Way Of Return
2. Actionpack1
3. Farmer ́s Secret
4. Dancing With Mr. E
5. Mystery Blend
6. Freaks

Line-up
Ståle Storløkken - keyboards
Nikolai Hængsle (Needlepoint) - bass
Torstein Lofthus - drums

Description/Reviews
“The Greatest Show On Earth” displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in around the six minute mark. It ́s also very much a trio effort where all members are equal, and not only a vehicle for a soloist.
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Novareign "Legends"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelM-Theory Audio
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. Call On The Storm (6:58)
2. Mace Of A Fist (10:10)
3. Beyond The Cold (5:58)
4. Heavy Heart (5:09)
5. Skyline (8:56)
6. To Wander The Stars (2:24)
7. The Builder (5:22)
8. Black As The Dead Of Night (8:44)
9. Legends (9:25)

Total Time 63:06

Line-up
David Marquez- Vocals
Danny Nobel- Guitars
Balmore Lemus- Guitars
Moises Galvez - Bass
Paul Contreras - Drums

Description/Reviews
Novareign firstly cross out DragonForce‘s most distinct drawback: Legends is not centered around fretfest solos. Don’t worry, posers: your guitar porn is still there, and in copious amounts. But for as thrilling as Balmore Lemus (ex-Exmortus) and Danny Nobel’s crazy technicality can be, the strength of the band lies with its compositions. In true power metal fashion, the Californians pile as many riffs into each song as they can, letting their creations regularly spill out toward the ten-minute mark. While you’ll still find moments like the open to “Beyond the Cold,” where the band emulates DragonForce with absolutely no shame, those moments are fewer than you might expect. Their compositions colorfully splash a Dream Theater progressiveness into their long-form digressions. This encourages the verse section of tracks like “Mace of a Fist” to do just as much as its choruses and solos.
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Angra "Ømni"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Label: earMusic
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. Light of Transcendence
2. Travelers of Time
3. Black Widow's Web
4. Insania
5. The Bottom of My Soul
6. War Horns
7. Caveman
8. Magic Mirror
9. Always More
10. Ømni - Silence Inside
11. Ømni - Infinite Nothing

Line-up
Fabio Lione – Vocals
Rafael Bittencourt – Guitars, Vocals
Marcelo Barbosa – Guitars
Felipe Andreoli – Bass, keyboards
Bruno Valverde – Drums

Description/Reviews
“ØMNI” is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.

The album connects the concepts of previous albums (“Holy Land”, “Rebirth”, “Temple of Shadows”) to one main system, “ØMNI”, which in Latin means "everything." “ØMNI” fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. “ØMNI” celebrates and unites the whole history of Angra to this exact, current moment.

Angra’s trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, djent, etc., which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story. 
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Travelers Of Time

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Naxatras "III"


Country: Greece
Genre(s)Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 16, 2018 (digital), March 12, 2018 (CD), August/September 2018 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. You Won't Be Left Alone (11:17)
2. On The Silver Line (9:55)
3. Land Of Infinite Time (12:04)
4. Machine (10:50)
5. Prophet (8:02)
6. White Morning (7:13)
7. Spring Song (5:31)

Total Time 64:52

Line-up
John Delias - Guitar
Kostas Harizanis - Drums
John Vagenas - Bass & Vocals

Description/Reviews
Yeah, III has its heavy moments — more than enough of them throughout extended jams like “On the Silver Line” (9:56), 11-minute opener “You Won’t be Left Alone” and even a later piece like “Prophet,” on which Vagenas‘ bassline sets a foreboding tone while the cymbals crash around and the guitar howls. Raucous as they get, however, it’s the drift of cuts like “White Morning,” the subtle reggae nods of “Land of Infinite Time” and the soothing pastoralia of the acid-folkish closer “Spring Song” that most typify the album’s impression, earthy and resonant as it is.
Read the full review at theobelisk.net

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