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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Phideaux "Infernal"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: 2CD, vinyl
Release date: late July/early August 2018
Tracklist
01. Cast Out And Cold
02. The Error Lives On
03. Inquisitor
04. We Only Have Eyes For You
05. Sourdome
06. The Walker
07. Wake The Sleeper
08. c99
09. Tumbleweed
10. The Order Of Protection (one)
11. Metro Deathfire
12. Transit
13. In Dissonance We Play
14. The Sleepers Wake
15. The Order Of Protection (two)
16. From Hydrogen To Love
17. Eternal
18. Endgame - An End

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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Friday, July 27, 2018

Redemption "Long Night's Journey into Day"


Country:  USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelMetal Blade Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 27, 2018
Tracklist
1. Eyes You Dare Not Meet in Dreams
2. Someone Else's Problem
3. The Echo Chamber
4. Impermanent
5. Indulge in Color
6. Little Men
7. And Yet
8. The Last of Me
9. New Year's Day
10. Long Night's Journey into Day
11. Noonday Devil

Line-up
Nick Van Dyk - Guitars, Keyboards
Chris Quirarte - Drums
Sean Andrews - Bass
Tom Englund (Evergrey) - Vocals
Vikram Shankar - Keyboards
   With
Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) - Guitars
Simone Mularoni (DGM) - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Michael Romeo "War Of The Worlds Pt. 1"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelMusic Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 27, 2018
Tracklist
1. Introduction
2. Fear Of The Unknown
3. Black
4. F*cking Robotos
5. Djinn
6. Believe
7. Difference
8. War Machine
9. Oblivion
10. Constellations

Line-up
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) - guitars
Rick Castellano - vocals
John “JD” DeServio - bass
John Macaluso - drums

Description/Reviews
Recalling the forbidding tone of the notorious H.G. Wells novel that inspired its name, Romeo casts the lead track, "Introduction", as a precursor for what is to follow. The dark, symphonic instrumental (equal parts Bernard Herman and Gustav Holst) gives way to the pummeling metal double-header of "Fear The Unknown" and "Black", on which Romeo's rifftastic twists and turns are ably assisted by Rick Castellano's soaring vocals.
Read the full description at blabbermouth.net

Media/Samples 
Black

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Argos "Unidentified Dying Objects"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: July 20, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Hunters Last Stand (7:30)
2. Unpainted Dreams (4:15)
3. Beneath The Valley Of Sleep (4:08)
4. The Days Of Perky Pat (4:11)
5. Shock Headed Peter (4:10)
6. Still Fighting Gravity (5:24)
7. Elsewhere (4:27)
8. When The Tide Comes In (18:37)
  • Of Rivers, Of Stones
  • Sparks
  • Waking Dreams
  • The Tide Is Out
  • Travelling Far (Encounters II)
  • The Door To The Sky
  • In Trance
Total time 52:42

Line-up
Thilo Brauss: Keyboards, Melodica, Violin
Thomas Klarmann: Bass, Flute, Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals, Soundscapes
Robert Gozon: Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitars
Ulf Jacobs: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Rico Florczak : Guitars, Vocals
   With
Andy Tillison (The Tangent)
Linus Kase (Brighteye Brison, Anglagard)
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, Damanek, U.P.F.)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Galasphere 347 "Galasphere 347"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Karisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 20, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Voice of Beauty Drowned
2. The Fallen Angel
3. Barbarella’s Lover

Line-up
Stephen Bennett (No-Man, Henry Fool, Tim Bowness) - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass pedals
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (White Willow, Weserbergland, Rhys Marsh) - Keyboards, programming and flute
Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, Weserbergland) - Guitar and bass
Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, Necromonkey, White Willow, Weserbergland) - Drums, Keyboards, Bass pedals, Guitars
   With:
Akaba - Backing vocals

Description/Reviews
Formed in 2018, and with a lineup whose pedigree includes bands such as as WHITE WILLOW, HENRY FOOL, ÄNGLAGÅRD, THE TIM BOWNESS BAND, WESERBANDLAND and NECROMONKEY, GALASPHERE 347 creates music on an epic, widescreen, scale, replete with a powerful and dynamic drum sound that intertwines itself with liquid bass lines, grinding guitars, mellifluous flute and lush analogue keyboards, the whole of which is topped off by passionate vocals. As can be expected from the varied geographical locations of members, GALASPHERE 347 draws from a variety of influences.
Together, these vastly experienced musicians seamlessly incorporate the technical spectacle of progressive rock with the distorted insistence of Krautrock, via the intimacy of the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre, to produce a three-track album that spans a total of forty minutes, or, as the band says, “Just about enough time to reach Jupiter at the speed of light”.
Media/Samples 
Taster
Bandcamp (from the release date)

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Southern Empire "Civilisation"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGEP - GEPCD1058
FormatCD
Release date: July 20, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Goliath's Moon
  2. Cries For The Lonely
  3. Crossroads
  4. Innocence & Fortune
Line-up
Danny Lopresto - Vocals
Cam Blokland - Guitar
Brody Green - Drums
Jez Martin - Bass
Sean Timms (Unitopia, Damanek) - Keyboards

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Distorted Harmony "A Way Out"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: July 19, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Downfall
  2. Room 11
  3. Awaken
  4. Severed
  5. Puppet On Strings
  6. For Ester
  7. Anima
  8. A Way Out Of Here
  9. Time And Time Again
  10. We Are Free
  11. Someday
  12. Misguided (Acoustic) (Ltd ed only)
  13. Breath (Acoustic) (Ltd ed only)
  14. Natural Selection (Acoustic) (Ltd ed only)
Line-up
Yoav Efron - Keyboards, Programming, Backing Vocals
Iggy Cohen - Bass
Yogev Gabay - Drums
Michael Rose - Lead & Backing Vocals
Amit Plaschkes - Guitars
Yoel Genin - Guitars
   With
Michal Talpa - Backing Vocals

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (from the release date)
We Are Free
Time And Time Again

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Ángel Ontalva & Vespero "Carta Marina"


Country: Spain/Russia
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Fusion
FormatCD, digital
Release date: July 2018
Tracklist
1. Carta Marina (12:13)
2. Sea Orm (7:35)
3. Giant Lobster Between The Orkneys And The Hebrides (6:48)
4. Insula Magnetica (8:51)
5. Sledges Crossing The Gulf Of Bothnia (6:45)
6. Horrenda Charybdis Near Lofoten (8:09)
7. Ziphius (10:04)

Total time: 60:25

Line-up
Ángel Ontalva (October Equus) - guitar
Alexander Kuzovlev (Vespero) - guitar
Alexey Klabukov (Vespero) - keyboards, synths
Vitaly Borodin (Vespero) - violin
Arkady Fedotov (Vespero) - bass, synths
Ivan Fedotov (Vespero) - drums

Description/Reviews
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Read the full review by at

Media/Samples 
Carta Marina
Sea Orm
Ziphius (at 1:06:00)

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mystery "Lies and Butterflies"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, AOR
LabelUnicorn Digital - UNCR-5120 (CD), Oskar (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 14, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Looking For Something Else (16:54)
2. Come To Me (5:17)
3. How Do You Feel? (4:53)
4. Something To Believe In (7:34)
5. Dare To Dream (6:54)
6. Where Dreams Come Alive (7:26)
7. Chrysalis (15:08)

Total Time 64:06

Line-up
Jean Pageau - lead vocals, flute, keyboards
Francois Fournier - bass, keyboards
Jean- Sebastien Goyette - drums
Sylvain Moineau - guitars, keyboards
Antoine Michaud - keyboards
Michel St-Pere - guitars, keyboards

Media/Samples
Teaser
Looking for Something Else (excerpt)
How Do You Feel? (excerpt)
Where Dreams Come Alive (excerpt)

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Obscura "Diluvium"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Death Metal
LabelRelapse Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 13, 2018
Tracklist
1. Clandestine Stars
2. Emergent Evolution
3. Diluvium
4. Mortification of the Vulgar Sun
5. Ethereal Skies
6. Convergence
7. Ekpyrosis
8. The Seventh Aeon
9. The Conjuration
10. An Epilogue to Infinity
11. A Last Farewell (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Steffen Kummerer - guitars, vocals
Sebastian Lanser - drums
Linus Klausenitzer - bass
Tom Geldschläger - guitars

Description/Reviews
Germany’s progressive death metal masters Obscura complete their long-running, four-album conceptual circle with the release of Diluvium (defined as a great oceanic flood), their most evocative, diverse and vibrant release to date. Diluvium is a stunning achievement for the illustrious quartet and a landmark release for progressive metal as a whole. Complete with all the band's signature elements plus groundbreaking polyrhythms, dramatic songwriting, and jaw-dropping virtuosity, Obscura raise the bar once again with an album that will go down in the annals of metal history as one of the most astonishing performances the genre has to offer.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Between The Buried And Me "Automata Part II"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelSumerian Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 13, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Proverbial Bellow
2. Glide
3. Voice of Trespass
4. The Grid

Line-up
Dan Briggs – bass
Blake Richardson – drums, percussion
Tommy Giles Rogers – vocals, keyboards
Paul Waggoner – guitars
Dustie Waring – guitars

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Regal Worm “Pig Views”


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Uranium Club/Quatermass
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 13, 2018
Tracklist
01 - Rose, Rubus, Smilax, Vulkan
02 - Revealed As A True Future Tyrant
03 - Pre-Columbian Worry Song
04 - Rose Parkington, They Would Not Let You Leave
05 - Jag Vet
06 - The Dreaded Lurg
07 - Crystallisation
08 - Rokstenen (LP bonus track)
09 - The Evil Eye Is Liquified (LP bonus track)
10 - Huge Machine, You Are So Heavy
11 - Butterfly

Line-up
Jarrod Gosling (Henry Fool): keyboards, bass, guitars, mandolin, accordion, stylophone, voice, drums, perсussion, glockenspiel
   With
Mick Somerset-Ward: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute
Peter Rophone: voice, acoustic guitar
Louis Atkinson: alto and  tenor saxophones
Emily Ireland: voice
Heidi Kilpenlainen: voice
Graham McElearney: harp
Paul Putner: voice

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, July 6, 2018

GEPH "Apophenia"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Jazz Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: July 6, 2018
Tracklist
1. Macroaggressions (7:41)
2. Whole Body Headbang (4:40)
3. Little Guy (2:41)
4. Get Your Insignificance On (4:58)
5. Mourningstar (6:24)
6. W.W.F.D. (8:52)
7. Back From Space Earth (5:40)

Total Time 40:56

Line-up
Josh Goldberg - Chapman Stick
John Tyler Kent - Chapman Stick
Josh Merhar - Drums

Media/Samples 
Whole Body Headbang

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