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Friday, November 23, 2018

Roine Stolt's The Flower King "Manifesto Of An Alchemist"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. Rainsong
2. Lost America
3. Ze Pawns
4. High Road
5. Rio Grande
6. Next to a Hurricane
7. The Alchemist
8. Baby Angels
9. Six Thirty Wake-Up
10. The Spell of Money

Line-up
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, The Sea Within, Kaipa)
Jones (aka Jonas) Reingold (Karmakanic, Agents of Mercy, Kaipa, An Endless Sporadic)
Hans "Hasse" Fröberg
Michael Stolt
   With:
Marco Minnemann (The Sea Within, The Mute Gods, The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson)
Max Lorentz (Kaipa da Capo)
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic)
Rob Townsend (Family, Steve Hackett)
Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents of Mercy, Steve Hackett)

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Lost America











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In The Woods... "Cease The Day"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive/Avant/Doom/Black Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions - DMP0166
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 23, 2018
Tracklist
01. Empty Streets
02. Substance Vortex
03. Respect My Solitude
04. Cloud Seeder
05. Still Yearning
06. Strike Up With The Dawn
07. Transcending Yesterdays
08. Cease The Day

Line-up
James Fogarty - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keys
Bernt Sørensen - Guitars
Anders Kobro - Drums
   With
Kåre Sletteberg - Lead Guitar (2), Acoustic Guitar

Description/Reviews
Continuing to refine and perfect their sound while ever expanding it in new directions, “Cease the Day” is a powerful and kaleidoscopic effort. A thunderous undercurrent of melodic riffing drives these songs forward, elements of doom, death, and progressive metal all coming together to form a cohesive whole.

Chilling ambience, psychedelia, avant-garde, and deep soaring vocals ebb and flow to craft a unique sound that truly must be heard to be believed, all before crushing the listener with the band’s most extreme moments since their debut “Heart of the Ages”.
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Bandcamp

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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Tangent "Proxy"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 16, 2018
Tracklist:
  1. Proxy
  2. The Melting Andalusian Skies
  3. A Case of Misplaced Optimism
  4. The Adulthood Lie
  5. Supper’s Off
  6. Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” (bonus track)
Line-up
Andy Tillison (Parallel or 90 Degrees) – Vocals, Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
   With
Göran Edman (Karmakanic, Malmsteen) - Vocals

Description/Reviews
‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass - influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.
But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.
Media/Samples
A Case Of Misplaced Optimism
Trailer 

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Shattered Skies "Muted Neon"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Disaffected
2. You Will Know My Name
3. Birth of a Voyager
4. Enmity
5. Arisen
6.Shut In
7. Mercator Map
8. Fall from Disgrace
9. Blinded
10. Limbus
11. The First Circle

Line-up
Gerry Brown - Vocals
Chris Borland - Bass
Ross McMahon - Drums, Synth Programming
Ian Rockett - Guitar, Keyboards, Synth Programming, Backing Vocals

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Tacita Intesa "FARO"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2018
Tracklist
01. Polena
02. Solaris
03. Terra
04. Cometa
05. Grazie Sears!
06. Eureka
07. Massacramenti
08. Onda Nera
09. La Città che Sale

Line-up
Alessandro Granelli - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, voice
Filippo Colongo - Electric guitar, choir
Daniele Stocchi - Organ, piano, synthesizers
Thomas Crocini - Bass guitar
Davide Boschi - Drums, choir
   With
Leonardo Beltramini - Sax (4), choir (6)

Media/Samples 
Cometa (Radio Edit)
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Divine Ascension "The Uncovering"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
LabelVicisolum Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2018
Tracklist
01. Evermore
02. Prisoner
03. The Fallen
04. Pursuit Of Desire
05. New World
06. Revolution Phase
07. Beyond The Line
08. One Step From Here
09. Bittersweet Divide
10. Vultures

Line-up
Jennifer Borg - Vocals
Karl "Inski" Szulik - Guitars
Jason Meracis - Bass
Luke Wenczel - Drums
  With
Tom S Englund (Evergrey)

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Bandcamp

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Overhead "Haydenspark"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: November 15, 2018
Tracklist
1. Animation for the Poor Man
2. Last Generation
3. Count Your Blessings
4. Haydenspark
5. King of the World
6. Across the Nation
7. Death by Tribulation
8. The Fall
9. Gone Too Far

Line-up
Alex Keskitalo: Vocals, flute
Jaakko Kettunen: Guitars, bass, keyboards
Ville Sjöblom: Drums, percussion, saxophone
Janne Pylkkönen: Bass
   With
Tarmo Simonen: Keyboards (2)

Description/Reviews
The album is lyrically inspired by recent and current events in the world. The music features strong and catchy melodies and riffs, dynamic beats and is delivered with a Classic Rock sound. The music ranges from Rock, Prog and heavier riffs to more acoustic atmospheres, so the new album has a diverse and intense sound. Virtuosic guitar and drum work, groovy and strong bass lines and
deeply emotional and melodic vocals are the tools to build the scenic music, where the atmosphere varies from melancholic to hard-hitting.
Haydenspark combines the sound of the earlier albums with a new and exiting, more guitar-driven direction.
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Last Generation

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Karmamoi "The Day Is Done"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 13, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Day Is Done   
2. Take Me Home
3. Portrait of a Man
4. Getaway
5. Running Through The Lands
6. Your Name   
7. Mother's Dirge    
8. Lost Voices

Line-up
Daniele Giovannoni - Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Alex Massari - Guitars, Backing Vocals
  With
Sara Rinaldi - Vocals
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - Bass (2, 6, 7)
Geoff Leigh (Steven Wilson) - Flute (2)
Alessandro Cefalì - Bass (1, 3, 4, 5)
Emilio Merone - Piano (1), Keyboard solo (7)
Luca Uggias - Piano (2, 3)
Lara Bagnati - Flute (1)
Valerio Sgargi - Rap (7)

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly "Friendship"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label:  InsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 9, 2018
Tracklist
1.- Ghost of Vanity
2.- Friendship
3.- They Fade
4.- A Treehouse in a Glade
5.- Stone Cold
6.- If You Fall, Pt. 2
7.- Crown of Leaves
8.- Slow Dancer (Bonus Track)
9.- Past Generation (Bonus Track)
10.- Friendship (Utopian Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Rikard Sjöblom (Beardfish, BBT): Vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass
Petter Diamant: Drums
Rasmus Diamant: Bass (1, 5, 7, 9)
David Zackrisson: Guitar (6, 7)

Media/Samples
Ghost Of Vanity

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Voices From The Fuselage "Odyssey: The Founder Of Dreams"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: White Star Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 9, 2018
Tracklist
1. Via (5:47)
2. The Monolith (4:50)
3. Life On Titan (5:51)
4. Nine Levels (5:24)
5. Vault Of Heaven (6:46)
6. Vestibule Of Hell (3:59)
7. Grave Digging (3:44)
8. Domus (4:59)
9. Destitute (3:54)
10. Machina (9:00)

Total Time 54:14

Line-up
Ashe O'Hara (TesseracT) - Vocals
Mitch Ramsay - Guitar
Josh Galloway - Guitar
Scott Lockhart - Drums
Dale Gorham - Bass
   With
Olly Steele (10)

Description/Reviews
Staying true to the path laid out with 2015’s Odyssey: Destroyer Of Worlds, Odyssey: The Founder Of Dreams maintains thematic ties with its predecessor, charging once more into the battlefield of “science vs. faith”. These themes provide the origins of the band’s name, and the content of the hugely popular science-fiction drama  ‘LOST’, from which vocalist & lyricist Ashe O'Hara (ex-TesseracT) has drawn a wealth of inspiration.
The prominent veins feeding life to Voices From The Fuselage’s latest offering are loss, grief and the inward questioning of how to deal with these experiences. With Odyssey: The Founder Of Dreams, the band channel their talents to provide a sense of gravity and power to a melting pot of hard-to-swallow emotional experiences.

Media/Samples 
Nine Levels

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Lalle Larsson Trio "Ashen Lights"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz, Fusion, Classical
Label: Reingold Records - RRCD018
Format: CD
Release date: November 9, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Uriel's Moon
  2. Last Venus
  3. Ashen Lights
  4. Highland Sky
  5. Aurora's Dance
  6. Contemporary Past
  7. Meadows
  8. Tunnels within Tunnels
  9. Interstellar
  10. Homeland
Line-up
Lalle Larsson - Acoustic & Electric Keyboards
Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Flower Kings, The Sea Within) - Fretless & Acoustic bass
Walle Wahlgren (Cam, Agents of Mercy) - Drums

Description/Reviews
On this album Larsson is focusing on creating moods and soundscapes, expressing himself through improvisation, often over extended forms of moving chords and textures.
On 'Ashen Lights' Lalle unfolds his own blend of Jazz, contemporary classical music, and 70´s Fusion. Fans of Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and Allan Holdsworth should not miss out on this hot Electric Jazz release.
Media/Samples 
Samples

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rainburn "Insignify"


Country: India
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release dateNovember 7, 2018
 Tracklist
1. The Wait (1:53)
2. Merchant of Dreams (6:15)
3. Elusive Light (6:36)
4. Mirrors (4:15)
5. Someone New (5:35)
6. Purpose (2:41)
7. Suicide Note (6:45)
8. Insignify (1:46)
9. Within (5:16)
10. School of Atlantis (7:05)

Line-up
Vats Iyengar - guitars, vocals
Praveen Kumar - drums, percussion
Ravi Nair - bass guitar
   With
Manu Shrivastava - piano & keyboards (1)
Toshimoa Jamir - final guitar solo (3)
Yogeendra Hariprasad - keyboards (4)
Gurekta Sethi - outro voiceover (4)
Vidyaa Prakash - additional vocals (9)
Sidharth Bharadwaj - flute (10)

Description/Reviews
Not for a moment does this sound like "indian” classical music, but there is most definitely something in the way that these ten tracks are composed that has created music which sounds fresh and original and exciting.
Musically this sits somewhere between the realms of heavy progressive rock and lighter progressive metal. The guitar (split 50/50 between acoustic and electric) is far more prominent than the keyboards.
Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net

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Merchant of Dreams
Suicide Note

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Dilemma "Random Acts Of Liberation"


Country: Netherlands/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Butler Records (CD), Music On Vinyl (vinyl)
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: November 2, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1 The Space Between The Waves - 4:31
2 Amsterdam (This City) - 5:00
3 Aether - 6:46
4 All That Matters - 4:33
5 The Inner Darkness - 12:05
6 Dear Brian - 2:17
7 Prodigal Son - 5:03
8 Pseudocomaphobia - 5:15
9 Spiral Pt. II - 2:08
10 Openly -  5:57
11 Intervals - 3:47
12 Play With Sand - 5:50
13 Wonder (Not Of My Own) - 6:14
14 The Mist Of Vale - 2:41

Total time 72:29

Line-up
Robin Z - keyboards, grand piano, geo synth
Collin Leijenaar (Kayak, Neal Morse, Dave Bainbridge, Affector) - drums, loops, percussion, additional keys, sounddesign, urban sampling, backing vocals
Declan ‘Dec’ Burke (Frost*, Audioplastik, Darwin’s Radio) - guitars, vocals
Paul Crezee - guitars
Erik van der Vlis - bass
   With
Rich Mouser - additional guitars
Piet Hein Appelo - additional guitars (5, 8)
Nando Eweg - omnichord & additional additional keys (4)
Jessica Koomen (Neal Morse) - backing vocals
Frank van Essen (Iona) - violin (2, 6)
Paul Sutman - additional vocals (2)
Zeph Daw - spoken word (12)

Media/Samples 
Trailer
The Space Between The Waves
Amsterdam (This City)

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The Ocean "Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records (CD, digital), Pelagic Records (vinyl), Wild Thing Records (AUS & NZ)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 2, 2018
Tracklist
1. The Cambrian Explosion (1:54)
2. Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence (7:51)
3. Ordovicium: The Glaciation Of Gondwana (4:49)
4. Silurian: Age Of Sea Scorpions (9:36)
5. Devonian: Nascent (11:05)
6. The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse (3:08)
7. Permian: The Great Dying (9:22)

Total Time 47:45

Line-up
Robin Staps - Guitars
Loïc Rossetti - Vocals
Paul Seidel - Drums
Mattias Hagerstrand - Bass
Peter Voigtmann
   With
Vincent Membrez - Piano
Dalai Theofilopoulou - Cello
Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) - Vocals (5)

Media/Samples 
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Witherfall "A Prelude To Sorrow"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 2, 2018
Tracklist
1. A Prelude To Sorrow (1:21)
2. We Are Nothing (11:15)
3. Moment Of Silence (6:50)
4. Communion Of The Wicked (6:35)
5. Maridian’s Visitation (3:30)
6. Shadows (7:03)
7. Ode To Despair (3:51)
8. The Call (3:52)
9. Vintage (11:06)
10. Epilogue (2:53)

Line-up
Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) - Guitars
Joseph Michael - Vocals, Keyboards
Anthony Crawford - Bass
Fili Bibiano - Guitar
Steve Bolognese- Drums

Media/Samples 
Ode To Despair 
Teaser

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