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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Portal "The Unconscious World"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Awaken (7:10)
2. Forest (5:09)
3. The Realization (2:04)
4. Facing The Paradigm (4:34)
5. Mountain (7:37)
6. Dragon (10:15)
7. Fleeting Equilibrium (4:19)
8. Advance (7:10)
9. Chasm (3:25)
10. The Unconscious World (12:31)
11. Returning To The Path (4:15)

Total Time 68:29

Line-up
Alex Nowysz - guitar
Thomas Grothe - drums
Bennett Aldridge - bass

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Calliope "Chapel Perilous"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Retro Prog
Label: Romanus Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: March 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Astral Hand (3:38)
2. Carry Me Home (4:24)
3. Sands Of July (4:42)
4. The Dunes (3:33)
5. Creep No More (5:07)
6. Sea Of Red (3:30)
7. Chapel Perilous (4:34)
8. Evil As You (4:10)
9. Brujo (4:47)
10. Little Smoke (3:38)

Total Time 42:03

Line-up
Al Kraemer: Vocals, Organ
Victor Buell IV: Vocals, Guitar
Anthony Smith: Bass
Dan Dahl: Percussion

Description/Reviews
Early on in Chapel Perilous, the third psyched-out full-length album from Milwaukee’s Calliope, things slow down. “The Dunes” is a three-minute-plus drone of noise and feedback, with wisps of riffs and hints of rhythm fading in and out of the ether. Not that the album up to that point has been a breakneck dash—the tempo throughout skews heavily towards “lumbering”—but it’s a remarkable rest stop nonetheless. Forget what you’re doing, Calliope says, put on a pair of headphones, dim the lights, and let Chapel wash over you. Some further mood enhancers wouldn’t hurt, either.
Read the full review by Matt Wild at milwaukeerecord.com

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JPL "Retrospections Volume III"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelQuadrifonic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 31, 2018
Tracklist
1. Un Doigt Sur La Gâchette (4:32)
2. Une Étrange Idée (5:10)
3. Luvmoovs (3:18)
4. Des Illusions (4:53)
5. Sur Les Pentes Glissantes De La Folie (6:10)
6. No Speed Limit (3:54)
7. Absent (6:00)
8. Comète (5:50)
9. Mes Heures Sombres (8:04)

Total Time 47:51

Line-up
Jean-Pierre Louveton (Nemo, Wolfspring): guitars, vocals, bass, VST instruments
   With
Jean Baptiste Itier (Nemo): drums

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Hexed "Netherworld"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: ViciSolum Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2018
Tracklist
1. Obedience (4:10)
2. Roots (4:29)
3. Forsaken (4:17)
4. Oceans (4:51)
5. Exhaling Life (4:50)
6. Netherworld (5:14)
7. Lightyears (4:25)
8. Stars (4:18)
9. Illuminate (4:42)
10. Remake My Soul (4:57)

Total Time 46:13

Line-up
Tina Gunnarsson – Vocals
Stellan Gunnarsson – Guitars
Daniel Håkansson – Bass
Teddy Möller – Drums
   With
Thomas Vikström (Therion, Candlemas) – Vocals (5)
Ronny Hemlin (Tad Morose) – Vocals (10)

Description/Reviews
As a starting point, you could say we’re in Lacuna Coil territory with this debut, crammed full of down-tuned, chunky guitars and driving rhythms, but as the album progresses there are touches of Nemesea, Within Temptation, Delain and Lullacry. However, vocal power-house Tina Gunnarsson marks the band apart – whatever the song demands she absolutely nails. Powerful, passionate, melodic and diverse, her vocals certainly give the whole thing an added vitality – the choruses shine, the verses hold your attention every time – it’s a spellbinding display.
Read the full review by Andy Barker at avenoctum.com

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The World Is Quiet Here "Prologue"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 30, 2018
Tracklist
1. Some Call Me Cynical (7:07)
2. The Benign Author: Architect (3:21)
3. The Benign Author: Construct (9:16)
4. Nihil (7:18)
5. The Vagrant: Inanimate (4:45)
6. Void (2:17)
7. See The Sun (13:37)
8. Aperture (3:52)

Total Time 51:33

Line-up
David Lamb: Drums
Ethan Felhofer: Guitar
Isaac Stolzer-Gary: Guitar
Tyler Dworak: Bass
Tyler Koltz: Vocals

Description/Reviews
Coming out of seemingly nowhere, these prog metal wunderkinds are set to release their debut album Prologue on Friday, March 30th. It’s a dense forest of prog metal for anyone who enjoys the stylings of the likes of Between The Buried And Me, The Human Abstract, and the Dear Hunter.
The music of the TWIQH exists to tell a story, and Prologue begins the story of a broken man coming to terms with the person he has become. With his mind quickly breaking down, he searches for an escape from a life that he does not belong in, and a path to somewhere worth living. The song takes many stylistic twists and turns throughout its 9+ minute journey, and every second is worth it to experience the full breadth of the band’s talents. Although it’s a long song, it’s a good choice for an introduction to the band because it’s a microcosm of what the band is all about.
If these guys aren’t going somewhere, then the genre isn’t going somewhere – bands like this are going to be carrying the torch for progressive music into the future, and you’re gonna want to get in on the ground floor of this ambitious prog machine and ride the elevator all the way to the top. Don’t you want to find out what happens to the protagonist next? I know I sure do!(Trey Xavier at geargods.net)
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Sonar with David Torn "Vortex"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Math Rock
LabelRareNoise Records (RNR087)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMarch 30, 2018
Tracklist
1. Part 44 (9:56)
2. Red Shift - (10:31)
3. Waves And Particles (7:49)
4. Monolith - (10:47)
5. Vortex (9:37)
6. Lookface! (7:13)

Total Time 55:53

Bonus Vinyl Live Tracks:
7. Monolith
8. Part 44

Line-up
Stephan Thelen: tritone guitar
Bernhard Wagner: tritone guitar
Christian Kuntner: electric bass
Manuel Pasquinelli: drums
   With
David Torn: electric guitar, live-looping & manipulation

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Teaser
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Cosmic Fall "In Search Of Outer Space"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner, Jamband
LabelClostridium Records (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 30, 2018 (CD, digital), May 30, 2018 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Jabberwocky (11:36)
2. Narcotic Vortex (8:00)
3. Purification (4:11)
4. Lumberjam (6:56)
5. Spacejam (7:44)
6. Icarus (4:50)

Total Time 43:17

Line-up
Daniel Sax - drums
Marcin Morawski - guitar
Klaus Friedrich - bass, vocals

Description/Reviews
'Jabberwocky' veritably explodes out of the starting blocks with a barrage of hard-as-nails riffs that show no quarter...a real adrenaline rush! Things settle into a spaced-out jam with heavy, fuzzed-up guitars that punctuate the vocal sections. The vocals themselves are deep and sonorous and so add even more gravitas to proceedings but it is the instrumental passages that really stand out....periods of psychedelically charged heavy rock that give way to more laid back but equally trippy sections in which the guitar is positively mellifluous and oh so lush! This is high class jamming, not just relying on power and histrionics but also craft and subtlety....a surefire winner in my book!
Read the full review at dayzofpurpleandorange.blogspot.com

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Lydian Collective "Adventure"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Progressive Rock
Label: Lydian Label 
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 30, 2018
Tracklist
1. Thirty One (3:47)
2. Legend Of Lumbar (4:52)
3. Cascades (5:42)
4. East (4:56)
5. Overnight (6:57)
6. Loops (5:00)
7. Mr Sunshine (6:36)
8. Sleepyhead (1:38)
9. Equinox (5:46)
10. Lydia's Dream (5:35)
11. Portals (4:18)
12. Cartoon Hero (6:00)

Total Time 61:07

Line-up
Aaron 'Laszlo' Wheeler - Piano, Keyboards, Kalimba
Todd Baker - Guitars, Mandolin, Ukulele, Percussion
Ida Hollis - Bass
Sophie Alloway - Drums, Percussion
    With
Michael Underwood - Flute (7, 10)
Tom Dennis - Trumpet (2)

Description/Reviews
For the last few years, the arena for some of the most interesting new music in the UK has been prog-jazz, and this eagerly-anticipated album from Lydian Collective is one of them. Imagine a hybrid of Zero 7 and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, then cut out the vocal, and you’re some way towards the band’s sound. 
Read the full review by Peter Jones at londonjazznews.com

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Roz Vitalis "The Hidden Man Of The Heart"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelLizard Records (LIZARD CD 0136)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2018
Tracklist
1. Someone Passed Over (2:18)
2. Passing Over (LP Version) (6:43)
3. Rhapsody Of Refugees (5:43)
4. Blurred (2:58)
5. Trampled By The Lion And Adder (1:35)
6. Thou Shalt Tread Upon The Lion And Adder (6:44)
7. Passing On The Line (2:02)
8. Disturbed By Jungle (1:56)
9. Jungle Waltz (5:02)
10. Wounded By The Lion And Adder (3:55)
11. Fret Not Thyself Because Of Evildoers (6:58)
12. The Hidden Man Of The Heart (5:13)
13. Some Refugee Passed Over (3:44)
14. Psalm 6 (LP Version) (8:32)

Total Time 63:23

Line-up
Vladimir Efimov – guitars
Alexey Gorshkov – trumpets, guitars
Ruslan Kirillov – bass guitar
Vladislav Korotkikh – flutes
Ivan Rozmainsky – keyboards
Philip Semenov – drums
Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky – guitars
   With:
Danila Danilov – synthesizers
Yury Khomonenko – percussion
Mark Makarov - mandolin
Leonid Perevalov – bass clarinet
    Les-Quartet conducted by Georgy Fyodorov:
Long Fam – violin
Valeriya Kondratyeva – violin
Vyacheslav Agabekov – viola
Sofiya Deynekina – cello

Reviews/Description
 It is most ambitious, grandiose and high-flying opus of the band. It is that this album extremely emphasizes strange combination of memorable/hooking melodies and sophisticated compositional structures with complex system of leitmotivs. Such combination of “familiarity and weirdness” is one of the trademarks of ROZ VITALIS.
Conceptually the album is about spiritual/creative constituent of a person in strange dynamics. Such constituent can be called “The Hidden Man of The Heart”. Often this dynamics can be tragic and dramatic when a person is faced with various temptations destroying his or her spiritual/creative constituent. A person can be Trampled and Wounded by such temptations which can be represented in the terms of The Lion and Adder, Jungle, or just Evildoers. Sometimes such person becomes Refugee in the Blurred and Passed Over. And then all that is left to do is to sing, to cry and to scream – in desperation – Psalm 6!
The style of "The Hidden Man of the Heart" – like any other ROZ VITALIS stuff – can be described as the "Unclassifiable Branch of Prog Rock". However, such tags as "Melodic Avant Rock", “Canterbury Gothic Prog” or "Between Sympho Prog and Avant Prog", are, perhaps, also partly relevant.
Music of ROZ VITALIS is about The Ineffable and The Unfathomable. In particular, it is about human aspiration for The Unapproachable Light. 

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Lótus Áurea "Principia"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2018 (digital), April 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Cosmos (3:18)
2. Uranus (9:16)
3. Jornada Quod (4:23)
4. Ágape (4:15)
5. Utopia (4:19)
6. Circus (2:40)
7. Laguna (10:28)

Total Time 38:39

Line-up
Marcela Corrêa - Vocals
Endi Moraes - Guitars
Daniel Avelar - Bass, Vocals
Matheus Gabriel - Piano, Synthesizers
Rafael Fontes - Drums

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Protoplasma "-"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Avant Prog
Format: digital
Release date: March 29, 2018
Tracklist
1. (¾5) (0:13)
2. Nagyon Zene Penetration (2:20)
3. Science-fiction Recreational Park And Museum (1:41)
4. (2,43) (0:13)
5. Power Plankton (2:15)
6. (0) (0:05)
7. Interstellar Baby Overlord (3:55)
8. Radossey (2:29)
9. (√para) (0:36)
10.ẍý (3:50)
11. (100.1%) (0:27)
12. Brrmycy Haramycy (1:51)
13. Triton (1:04)
14. :|| (2:16)
15. Legjobb Madár (1:26)
16. (±) (0:31)
17. (چھید (4:54

Total Time 30:06

Line-up
Unknown
  With:
Protoplasma Női Kar - vocals (3)
Theseus Clay - sax (13)

Description/Reviews
What a surprise I had, when sifting through the zeuhl tag on bandcamp, when I stumbled upon this Magyar brutal prog gem. Protoplasma keeps it mysterious: we don’t know who is in the band or how many they are, only that they’re from Budapest! Maybe I should organize a field trip, someday, to make some detective work… They hardly play zeuhl music, their sound is closer to experimental, noise rock, and avant-prog, but I certainly won’t mind the indirect reference.
– (Kötőjel, I guess?) is just over thirty minutes, but it’s filled to the brim with explosive riffs and rhythms, odd, reverberated vocals, and off-kilter compositions. It’s certainly an album that stands out, while showing its roots in psychedelic and progressive music. Kötőjel (-) is inventive and easygoing. You’re sure to have a good time with it! (Dæv Tremblay at canthisevenbecalledmusic.com)
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MaterialEyes "Strange Road"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Davwilmar Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2018
Tracklist
1. You Are Alone (4:49)
2. You Disappear (4:14)
3. If Tomorrow Never Comes (for John) (3:45)
4. Sail Away (8:32)
5. Rolling River (5:02)
6. Why Do Rainbows Never Shine (5:17)
7. This Storm Tonight (5:48)
8. When Moonbeams Kiss The Sea (6:21)
9. A Strange Road (15:31)

Total Time 59:19

Line-up
Dave Westmoreland - lead vocals, keyboards, backing vocals
Will Lawery - lead vocals (3,7), electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Martyn Howes - acoustic, electric and bass guitars, backing vocals, additional keyboards, saxophone(8)

Description/Reviews
A couple of bands that have fairly recently put out album that I really liked are Barclay James Harvest (North - 2013) and Caravan (Paradise Filter - 2013). In many ways MaterialEyes reminds of these two bands and their more recent records.
Strange Road consists of eight short to mid-lenght tracks, pretty much song based, but they all feature interesting instrumentation and, usually, a cool keyboard or guitar solo. 
Read the full review by Marc at proggnosis.com

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Phi "Cycles"


Country: Austria
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Gentle Art Of Music (GAOM055)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2018
Tracklist
1. Children of the Rain (8:54)
2. Dystopia (8:50)
3. In the Name of Freedom (7:25)
4. Amber (7:38)
5. Existence (6:52)
6. Blackened Rivers (7:43)

Total Time 47:22

Line-up
Markus Bratusa - vocals, guitar, synthesizer, sound design
Stefan Helige - guitar
Arthur Darnhofer-Demár - bass
Nick Koch - drums, percussion, keys, programming, backing vocals

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Children Of The Rain
Dystopia

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ankh "Tu jest i tam jest"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 28, 2018
Tracklist
1. Nie odchodź (4:12)
2. Matematyczny (2:37)
3. Ankh supreme (3:24)
4. ...Ę (1:41)
5. Maliny (4:12)
6. Kaktus (7:17)
7. Erotyk (4:43)
8. Baba (6:16)
9. Bella ragazza (8:55)
10. Tu jest i tam jest (6:11)
11. Matematyczny blues (3:54)
12. Nie okłamuj (4:35)

Total Time 57:57

Line-up
Dominik Bieńczycki - violin
Piotr Krzemiński - vocal, electric guitar
Michał Pastuszka - electric guitar
Jan Prościński - drums
Krzysztof Szmidt - bass guitar, synthesizers
   With
Michał Jelonek - violin
Adam Rain - percussion
Ernest Gaweł - other instruments

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Axios "Erased"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2018
Tracklist
1. One's Lament (0:38)
2. Pyramid (4:19)
3. Truth in the Lie Pt. 1 (4:34)
4. Truth in the Lie. Pt. 2 (6:56)
5. Aftermath (3:04)
6. Erased (11:53)
7. Don't Pull Me Down (6:00)
8. With You in Mind (6:16)
9. Haunted (6:13)
10. Heavy Sleeper (7:45)

Line-up
Jake Mikolas - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Ashley Tracey - Keys, Vocals
Kevin Coppola - Drums, Vocals
Blake Schwarz - Guitar, Vocals
Jake La Bahn - Bass

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ScienceNV "The Quest for Prester John Vol. 1"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2018 
Tracklist
1. Fanfare (1:22)
2. Eloise's Tale (32:35)
    a - What is a Word
    b - Overland
    c - Sojourner
    d - The Bride of Gods
    e- Across the Carpathians
    f- The Brides of God
    g - The Eunuch
    h - Half a Step
    i - Slowly
3. An Earthly Paradise (6:11)
4. The Gates Of Alexander (3:00)
5. Above The Falls (5:32)
6. Beyond The Falls (3:22)
7. The Mongols (3:46)

Total Time 55:48

Line-up
Jim Henriques: guitar, keys, flute, vocals
Rich Kallet: drums, percussion
Larry Davis: guitar, bass
David Graves: keys, vocals
   With
Carrie Adler: oboe (2a, 2c, 2h).
Michael Cooke: saxophone (2e, 2f)
Phil Freihofner: oboe (2h)
Joyce Graves: vocals as Lorena (2d), background vocals (2g)
Roberta Lengua : vocals as The Bride of Gods (2)
Alan Munson: vocals as Eloise's true love (2a, 2i )
Danielle Pribyl vocals as Lucretia (2d), background vocals (2g)
Paul Rosas: pipe organ (2f)
Betsy Snyder: vocals as Lillith (2d), background vocals (2g)
Rose Taylor: lead vocals (2)
Vanessa Yearsly: vocals as Leona (2d), background vocals (2g)

Description/Reviews
Over the course of the album we’re treated to some classic symphonic proggy elements mashed up with Zappa-styled quirkiness on reeds and percussion and then every so often the music slides into pastoral melodic passages only to be interrupted at the most unexpected moments by saxophone blowouts or some other cacophonous eruption. There’s even a pronounced Chamber Prog aspect to the music that usually morphs into the band’s more classically symphonic vibe. 
Read the full review by Jerry Lucky

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Gates of Alexander

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Kevin Lawry "The Journey Of Regret"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 26, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Journey Of Regret (Pt.1) (10:37)
2. The Drift (12:02)
3. Remember When (10:41)
4. The Journey Of Regret (Pt.2) (9:15)

Total Time 42:35

Line-up
Kevin Lawry - everything

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The Bipolar Disorder Project "Anna"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 26, 2018
Tracklist
1. L'inevitable (3:00)
2. Anna's Nightmare (14:41)
3. A Whisperer In Darkness (10:39)
4. China Sencha Or A Brief Moment Of Love (5:17)
5. Mannequin (12:46)
6. The Pill (11:58)
7. Anna's Culling (9:57)
8. L'inevitable Pt.2 (5:41)

Total Time 73:59

Line-up
Robert Cotoros (Hteththemeth) - Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keys, Mellotron, Percussion, Programming
   With
Andrei Oltean (E-an-na) - Accordeon, Blockflute (5)
Laura Brat (Gray Matters) - Vocals (6, 7)
Ana Tazlauanu - Vocals (8)

Description/Reviews
Anna is a concept album, revolving around the title character who goes through a transformative experience alongside a dark entity that is endlessly courting her. The album features 8 tracks, each representing a different chapter in Anna's journey, highlighted by a distinct, yet familiar flavour in each.
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Coatsworth-Hay "Emblem"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2018 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Silence Of Sleep (6:02)
2. You'll Be Another (5:39)
3. Emblem (6:27)
4. Across The Sky (3:59)
5. Pilgrimage (7:31)
6. Tell Me It Matters (9:03)
7. Out Of Place (5:58)
8. Faith Alone (5:48)
9. Emblem II (5:12)
10. The Way To You (5:43)
11. A Grey Town (6:23)
12. Fortune Smiled (3:23)

Total Time 71:08

Line-up
Jeffrey Malone: Bass, Drums, Percussion
Fernando Sotelo: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
   With
Mella: Vocals
Nili Brosh: Guitar Solo (8)

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Owane "Yeah Whatever"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 25, 2018
Tracklist
1. Groove Of Satan (1:32)
2. Love Juice (4:14)
3. Rock Is Too Heavy (4:58)
4. Saturday Ends (5:08)
5. Indian Explosion Bowling (2:11)
6. One Curl In Bangkok (4:04)
7. Born In Space (5:44)
8. Japanese (Bonus Track) (6:58)

Total Time 34:49

Line-up
Owane - Guitar, bass, keys
Maciej Dzik - Drums
   With
Josef 7 - Sax

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

La Barca "Argentina nunca más"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD-R, digital
Release date: March 24, 2018
Tracklist
1. Argentina (6:36)
2. Golpe De Estado (5:26)
3. La Noche De Los Lápices (4:45)
4. Desaparecidos (7:51)
5. Madres (4:46)
6. Represión (4:21)
7. Exilio (5:36)
8. Plata Dulce (3:43)
9. Mundial 78 (4:42)
10. Abuelas (5:31)
11. Malvinas (5:35)
12. Democracia (5:42)

Total Time 64:34

Line-up
Daniel Moscuen - bass
José María Blanc (Pablo El Enterrador) - keyboards, guitars, vocals
Jorge Urquilla - keyboards
Daniel d'Andrea - guitar
Raúl Rodriguez - sax
Mario Ramos - guitars
Ronald Boettner - drums

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Astral Blue "Out of The Astral Blue"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Retro Prog, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 24, 2018
Tracklist
1. Mushroom Clock (4:11)
2. Speak To The Lady (7:05)
3. Astray (7:53)
4. Soft Earth (7:15)
5. Moon Door (8:59)

Total Time 35:23

Line-up
Rex Pape - Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Favian - Bass, Vocals
Brittany Garza - Hammond, Rhodes, Vocals
Chris Nuñez - Drums, Percussion

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MDS (Monnaie de Singe) "The Last Chance"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD
Release date: March 24, 2018
Tracklist
01. I AM
02. Seven billions dreams
03. Emergency
04. Earth
05. The Last Chance
06. under 50
07. December 3033
08. Magic tree
09. Lucky Star
10. Happy Birthday

Line-up
Anne Gaëlle Rumin - vocals
Philippe Glayat - vocals
Serge Combettes - bass
Philippe Chavaroche - keyboards
Eric Farges - drums
Christophe Laporte - guitar
Jean-Philippe Moncanis - guitar

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Mothertongue "Where The Moonlight Snows"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelBad Elephant Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Blue, Wicked Heart (5:46)
2. The Creature Tree (5:24)
3. Mal De Mer (3:22)
4. Panic Rock (3:55)
5. Ofelia (6:19)
6. Sunset Rose (3:55)
7. Shipwreck Song (4:45)
8. It's Getting Weird (4:35)
9. The Bullet (4:14)
10. The Isle Of Not Quite Right (5:39)
11. Earthbound (3:56)
12. Whatever Waves (5:37)

Total Time 57:27

Line-up
Phil Dixon
Will Holden
Andy Malbon
Filip Pardej
Louis Smith
Mark Wall
   With:
Daniel Zambas (We Are Kin): piano (5, 6), Seqential Propheteering (10)
Ramsey Janini: flute (8, 11)

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Jonathan Anderson "Marauder"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Switchblade (5:43)
2. Monsters Among Us (4:58)
3. The Violent Carina Nebula (4:59)
4. Chimera (4:21)
5. Crystalline (4:13)
6. Sarutabaruta (3:53)
7. Marauder (3:54)
8. Grant Shuffle (4:30)
9. Night Terror (5:01)
10. Adoration Of The Masses (6:15)

Total Time 47:47

Line-up
Jonathan Anderson - Everything
   With
Mike Salow - Guitar solo (3)

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José María Blanc "La Herencia de Pablo"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Symphonic 
Label: Viajero Inmovil Records LAHER074VIR
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Eclipse (03:36)
2. Miro al cielo que no tengo (09:01)
3. ¿ Quién sabe algo ? (07:01)
4. El garante - 1ra parte - Introducción al infierno (06:24)
5. El garante - 2da parte - Sobre las sombras (07:35)
6. Limonero del descanso (03:53)
7. Crece (03:44)
8. La palabra final 04:29)
9. A tu corazón (6:10)

Total Time 51:53

Line-up
José María Blanc (Pablo El Enterrador): keyboards, vocals
Jorge Urquilla: keyboards
Pablo López (Pablo El Enterrador): guitars
    With
Iván Louro: drums
Ariel Martín: bass
Pepe Moscuen: bass
Sergio Schegtel: drums
Marcelo Sali (Pablo El Enterrador): drums

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The Messthetics "The Messthetics"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
Label: Dischord Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Mythomania (4:09)
2. Serpent Tongue (4:00)
3. Once Upon A Time (4:20)
4. Quantum Path (5:10)
5. Your Own World (1:05)
6. The Inner Ocean (6:02)
7. Radiation Fog (0:50)
8. Crowds And Power (4:53)
9. The Weaver (3:10)

Total Time 33:39

Line-up
Brendan Canty (Fugazi) - drums
Joe Lally (Fugazi) - bass
Anthony Pirog - guitar

Description/Reviews
The 5/4 meter on “Serpent Tongue,” combined with the distorted guitar riff, lends the song a progressive lilt that permeates throughout several tracks on the album. Other songs that take on a fusion bent with a punk intensity include “Quantum Path” and “Crowds and Power,” the latter of which is the sole muscular tune in the album’s much less aggressive back half.
Read the full review by Sriram Gopal at washingtoncitypaper.com

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Lenore S. Fingers "All Things Lost On Earth"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Gothic Rock/Metal
Label: My Kingdom Music (echo128)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. My Name Is Snow (2:36)
2. Lakeview’s Ghost (5:05)
3. Rebirth (5:24)
4. Ever After (5:43)
5. Luciferines (5:16)
6. Epitaph (4:46)
7. My Schizophreniac Child (5:10)
8. Buy Track 8. Decadence Of Seasons (5:13)
9. All Things Lost On Earth (5:18)
10. Ascension (1:53)

Total Time 46:24

Line-up
Federica Lenore Catalano - vocals, acoustic guitars, guitar synth
Patrizio Zurzolo - electric guitars, guitar synth
Natale Casile - bass
Gianfranco Logiudice - drums
   With
Anna Murphy - keyboards, synth, hurdy-gurdy

Description/Reviews
Self-proclaimed Gothic Rock and Metal, their style oscillates between light Doom, Avantgarde and – for sure – Progressive Rock and Metal. Indeed, their tune boasts quite a few traits of gothically tainted Evanescence, but eternally reminds me of the mature productions of Moon Haven and their ilk. ...
Compared to the band’s 2014 firstling Inner Tales, Lenore S. Fingers lost a lot of their doom this time around. And in its wake you will detect a subdued, yet strangely nonambiguous melancholy that still remains. All this settles into a distinct change in sound, which sends this album on a slightly different course than its predecessor. All Things Lost on Earth gets you the ambient acoustics of many folk outlets, thoughtful lyrics in an Avantgarde setting, just to disintegrate into the meaty beat true metal fans crave. In short, Lenore S. Fingers presents a very complex amalgam of styles. A much heavier yet juicily alluring set of earthy tones that you will have difficulty to put down.
Read the full review at rockmusicraider.com

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Kino "Radio Voltaire"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
01. Radio Voltaire (07:06)
02. The Dead Club (04:12)
03. Idlewild (06:03)
04. I Don't Know Why (05:25)
05. I Won't Break So Easily Any More (05:30)
06. Temple Tudor (04:32)
07. Out Of Time (06:22)
08. Warmth Of The Sun (01:50)
09. Grey Shapes On Concrete Fields (04:42)
10. Keep The Faith (05:38)
11. The Silent Fighter Pilot (04:50)
      Bonus Tracks
12. Temple Tudor (04:29)
13. The Dead Club (04:02)
14. Keep The Faith (05:34)
15. The Kino Funfair (01:00)

Total Time 71:15

Line-up
John Mitchell (It Bites, Lonely Robot, Frost*) - lead vocals, guitar
Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Edison's Children) - bass, backing vocals
Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Lonely Robot, Pendragon, Frost*) - drums
   With:
John Beck (It Bites) - keyboards

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The Dead Club
Grey Shapes On Concrete Fields

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Disconnected "White Colossus"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Technical Metal
Label: Apathia Records APA36CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Living Incomplete (4:03)
2. Blind Faith (5:44)
3. Wounded Heart (6:28)
4. White Colossus (4:01)
5. Feodora (4:56)
6. Losing Yourself Again (4:15)
7. Blame Shifter (5:21)
8. For All Our Sakes (5:46)
9. The Wish (4:40)
10. Armageddon (6:07)

Total Time 51:21

Line-up
Adrian Martinot (Melted Space) : Guitars
Ivan Pavlakovic (Heavy Duty) : Vocals
Aurélien Ouzoulias (Ron Thal, Zuul Fx, Morglbl) : Drums
Romain Laure : Bass
Romin Manogil : Guitars

Description/Reviews
Heir of the French (GOJIRA, HACRIDE) and American styles (DEFTONES, ALTER BRIDGE) DISCONNECTED delivers with « White Colossus » a technical album, rich and melodic. A colossus of marble, one would say, because their music is powerful, precise, and luminous. The production, signed François-Maxime Boutault (BEHEMOTH, DAGOBA), brings a clarity to compositions that often venture into electronic experiments, singing alternations specific to Metalcore and technical riffs finely executed and devilishly enjoyable.
DISCONNECTED reminds HACRIDE in its will to propose progressive tracks marked by a diversity and a complexity which have the power to catch and to explain the meaning of the word catchy.

Also read the review by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at metal-temple.com

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Eldritch "Cracksleep"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Scarlet Records SC 337-0
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Cracksleep
2. Reset
3. Deep Frost
4. Aberration Of Nature
5. My Breath
6. Silent Corner
7. As The Night Crawls In
8. Voices Calling
9. Staring At The Ceiling
10. Night Feelings
11. Hidden Friend

Line-up
Terence Holler - vocals
Eugene Simone - lead and rhythm guitars
Alessio Consani - bass guitars
Raffahell Dridge - drums
Rudj Ginanneschi - rhythm and lead guitars

Description/Reviews
Like it's predecessor Underlying Issues, it features an abundance of sharp, dense, even thrashy riffage, blistering solos, a touch of synths for symphonic embellishment, and a heavy thundering rhythm section for power metal pacing. All these create a massive wall of sound for every song. If anything Eldritch is defined by the twin guitar presence in the riffs and solos. The latter are abundant and possibly the best part of any Eldritch song.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Bibeau "Bibeau"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Fade To Silence
Format: digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Titanium White (6:31)
2. A Brand New Shade (3:34)
3. Gris Gris (1:32)
4. Leeway (5:41)
5. A Night Awake (6:51)
6. Mark This (5:24)
7. Indifference (4:05)
8. The Phantom Of The Opera (6:54)
9. End Of Us, End Of Time (4:34)
10. Mother Of Pearl (6:42)
11. The Color Blue (4:53)
12. Play By Feel (10:09)

Total Time 66:50

Line-up
Drew Theiring - Vocals
Casey Boyd - Guitars
Robin Bibeau - Guitars
Chris Ray - Bass
David Sweat - Drums

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Leeway
Phantom of the Opera

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Mouth "Floating"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Retro Prog
LabelTonzonen Records  TON037
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateMarch 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Floating (Reprise) (2:46)
2. Madbeth (2:32)
3. Homagotago (9:00)
4. Reversed (4:31)
5. Sunrise (5:01)
6. Distance (3:06)
7. O.T.B.Field (2:55)
8. Sunset (4:54)

Total time: 34:45

Line-up
Christian Koller - guitars, keyboards, vocals, sitar
Gerald Kirsch - bass
Nick Mavridis - drums

Description/Reviews
... Floating is by and large more psychedelically influenced; proto-progressive instead of classically progressive. And even though it picks up right where Vortex left off, with the intro “Floating (Reprise)” reviving — or, you know, reprising — the capstone of the album prior, which was the 16-minute, sitar-laced “Epilogue,” it’s telling that here it features for less than three minutes before Mouth move onto the even-less patient “Madbeth.”
Read the full review at theobelisk.net

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Goad "Landor"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
CD1
1. Written On The First Leaf Of My Album (1:50)
2. On Music (5:06) 
3. To One Grave (3:00) 
4. Bolero (2:42) 
5. Goodbye, Adieu (3:56) 
6. Life's Best (6:07) 
7. Where Are Sights (11:53) 
8. Decline Of Life (4:49) 
9. An Old Philosopher (2:37) 
10. The Rocks Of Life (1:44) 
11. Defiance (4:56) 
12. Brevities (0:47) 
13. Evocation (1:15) 

Total Time 50:42

CD2 (Bonus CD) 
Tribute to E.A. Poe 
Live at "Parterre" Florence, July 1995

Line-up
Maurilio Rossi - vocals, bass, keyboards, nylon & electric guitar
Alessandro Bruno - slide, classical & electric guitars, mandolin, sax, flute, violin, oboe
Paolo Carniani - drums
Enrico Ponte - drums
Freddi Delirio - sound engineer, additional piano

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Kingfisher Sky "Technicoloured Eyes"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSuburban Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Sky Scrape Window
  2. Paving Stones
  3. Golden Thrones
  4. Walk with Brothers
  5. Cornelia
  6. Swimming against the Tide
  7. Stop the Silence
  8. Technicoloured Eyes
  9. Next in Line
  10. Reveries
  11. Dream Beyond a Dream
Line-up
Judith Rijnveld - Vocals
Ivar de Graaf (Within Temptation) - Drums
Edo van der Kolk - Guitar
Maaike Peterse (Ayreon, The Gentle Storm, Kristoffer Gildenlöw) - Cello
Erik van Ittersum - Keys
Nick Verschoor - Bass

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Cornelia
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Solar Project "Utopia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s) Progressive Rock
Label: New Music - Green Tree GTR 174
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Utopia (Parts 1-4) (15:13)
2. Eden - 16Q (11:08)
3. Dystopia (Parts1-5) (23:40)
4. Eden (Video Version) (4:03)

Total Time 54:05

Line-up
Holger vom Bruch: vocals
Sandra Baetzel: saxophone, back vocals
Volker Janacek: drums
Sebastian Jungermann: basses
Peter Terhoeven: guitars
Robert Valet: keyboards
Stefan Schnelting: percussion

Description/Reviews
The composition "Utopia" is characterized by a dynamic change of various passages, which are reflecting the sometimes hectic and challenging. sometimes relaxed or despaired, but mostly unsuccessful pursuit of happiness of modern man. In contrast, the song sequence "Dystopia' paints a rather gloomy picture, where hopeful sections are framed by dark and menacing sound patterns. Both images are connected by a tonally complex and atmospheric here and now evolving from collages of sound into a hymn-like "Eden". which questions the actions of man and the inevitable destruction of his habitat.

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Astral Bazaar "Pictures Unrelated"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Pictures Unrelated, Pt. 1 (8:15)
2. The Animation Hand (5:27)
3. Ants (the Decay Of...) (4:23)
4. Nuclear Mystique (3:50)
5. Prelude To Lucid Circus (1:17)
6. Lucid Circus (6:16)
7. Age Of Gold (5:49)
8. Pictures Unrelated, Pt. 2 (2:19)

Total Time 37:36

Line-up
Koos Zevenhoven - Vocals
Pekka Lehtelä - Guitars
Lauri Loikkanen - Guitars
Mikael Laaksonen - Guitars, Saxophones
Jukka Sainio - Bass
Eetu Peltoluhta - Drums

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Alan Simon "Big Bang"


Country: France
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Babaika Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Prologue Of The First Day (3:38)
2. Chaos (5:51)
3. Alpha Centauri (3:28)
4. Seven Moons In The Sky (4:48)
5. Interstellar (3:08)
6. Solarius (4:48)
7. The Soul Of The Stars (5:19)
8. Starlight (3:00)
9. Moon (3:48)
10. Andromeda (3:07)
11. Space Time (3:51)
12. The Journey (5:01)
13. Fools (4:24)
14. The Waltz Of The Universe (3:21)

Total Time 57:32

Line-up
Alan Simon: flute, harmonica, percussions, glasses, guimbarde, acoustic guitar
   With
Alan Stivell: lead vocals, Celtic harp
John Helliwell (Supertramp): sax, clarinette
Michael Sadler (Saga): lead vocals (13)
Roberto Tiranti (Mangala Vallis): lead vocals
Marco Canepa: keyboards, programming
Guido Carli: drums
Massimo Palermo: bass
Marco Fadda: percussion
Paolo Ballardini: guitars
Guido Ripoli: vocals
Chiara Cisamolo: vocals
Augusta Patrone: vocals
Carola Carola Marasco: vocals
CZ Symphonic Orchestra directed by Martin Kumzak
Kids choir  (13)

Description/Reviews
Alan Simon’s epic musical interpretation of the creation of the universe.
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