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Friday, April 19, 2019

HOIA "Scavenger"


Country: India
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Write Across
2. Escape Orb
3. Electric Wizard
4. Part II
5. Scavenger

Line-up
Prateek Rajagopal (GUTSLIT/The Minerva Conduct) - Guitars, vocals, synths/electronics, piano, digital manipulation
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Twinscapes) - Bass
Wojtek Deregowski (Rosalie) - Drums
Priya Panchwadkar - Additional vocals (2)

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Jordan Rudess "Wired for Madness"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Wired for Madness - Part 1
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 1.1 (Bring It On)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 1.2 (Out of Body)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 1.3 (Lost Control)
2. Wired for Madness - Part 2
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.1 (Entering Delirium)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.2 (The Other Side)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.3 (Cosmic Chaos)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.4 (Angels In the Sky)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.5 (I'll Be Waiting)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.6 (Human Kaleidoscope)
  • Wired for Madness, Pt 2.7 (Infinite Overdose)
3. Off the Ground
4. Drop Twist
5. Perpetual Shine
6. Just Can't Win
7. Just for Today
8. Why I Dream

Line-up
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater): vocals, keyboards
   With:
Marco Minnemann (Mike Keneally, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats): drums
James LaBrie (Dream Theater): vocals
Vinnie Moore: guitars
Guthrie Govan (Asia, GPS, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats): guitars
Joe Bonamassa: guitars
John Petrucci (Dream Theater): guitars
Rod Morgenstein: drums
Elijah Wood: drums

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Wired For Madness Pt 1.3

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Steve Bonino Project "Stargazer 2"


Country: USA
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 14, 2019
Tracklist
01. The Grand Finale
02. Under The Dome
03. The Dark Light Divide
04. So Familiar
05. City Out Of Time
06. Alien Progeny
07. Broken Record
08. Hyperspeed Overdrive
09. Codex
10. The Ancient Sumerian
11. Fear

Line-up
Steve Bonino (Bomber Goggles): Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Keyboards and Drum Programming
   With
Peter Matuchniak (Gekko Projekt, Bomber Goggles, Kinetic Element): Lead Guitar (3, 5, 11)
Mike Lewis: Drums (1, 10)
Jimmy Keegan (Spock’s Beard): Drums (3)
Marco Minnemann (Mike Keneally, Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats): Drums (8)
Seth Lewis: Backing Vocals (1)
Erik Johnson: Rythm Guitar (5)

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Fear

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Monkey3 "Sphere"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Stoner
Label: Napalm Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 12, 2019
Tracklist
1 Spirals
2 Axis
3 Prism
4 Mass
5 Ida
6 Ellipsis

Line-up
Walter – drums
Kevin – bass
Boris – guitar
dB – keys
   With
Bumblefoot  – guitar solo

Description/Reviews
Instrumental rockers MONKEY3 have buckled up for their next interstellar journey: nestled somewhere in between space rock, psych, stoner and progressive, this four piece is infamous for its onstage intensity that has crowned prestigious festivals such as Roadburn, Hellfest and Desertfest. The Swiss act managed to distill and concentrate its cosmic soundwall on seventh longplayer Sphere down to Pink Floyd-esque surfaces that collide with gritty riffing and noisy outbursts. Tunes such as ‘Axis‘ soar with crystal-clear melodies and dreamy jamming that really turn Sphere into an incomparable astral trip.
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Mass

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Lucy in Blue "In Flight"


Country: Iceland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Label: Karisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 12, 2019
Tracklist
01. Alight Part 1
02. Alight Part 2
03. Respire
04. Matricide
05. Núverandi
06. Tempest
07. In Flight
08. On Ground

Line-up
Arnaldur Ingi Jónsson - Keyboards, vocals
Kolbeinn Þórsson - Drums
Matthías Hlífar Mogensen - Bass, vocals
Steinþór Bjarni Gíslason - Guitar, vocals

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Cosmograf "Mind Over Depth"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Plane Groovy (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 12, 2019
Tracklist
1. A Million Choices
2. Godspeed
3. The Smoke And The Flame
4. Sharks
5. Goodbye To All Illusions

Line-up
Robin Armstrong: vocals, guitars, keyboards
   With
Colin Edwin (O.R.k/ Porcupine Tree): bass
Kyle Fenton: drums

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Pervy Perkin "Comedia : Inferno"


Country: Spain
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Abandon All Hope (5:10)
2. The Tempest (7:36)
3. Three Throats (5:00)
4. All For Gold (7:31)
5. Row (3:58)
6. Open Casket (6:30)
7. Cult Of Blood (8:46)
8. Malebolge (15:06)
9. Worm Angel (7:24)

Line-up
Dante The Samurai - guitars, vocals
Alejandro Macho - keyboards, vocals
Carly Pajarón - Drums, vocals
Juan Tides - guitars, vocals
Pablo Aks - bass, vocals
   With
Kheryon (Eternal Storm) - vocals (2)
Blue (Bones Of Minerva)  - vocals (2, 7)
Endika (Ànteros) - vocals (7)

Description/Reviews
“Comedia : Inferno” is a concept album based on the first part of “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, “Inferno”, which has served as the inspiration behind the music the musicians have written to narrate their adaptation of the tale of Dante and Virgil and the odyssey through the nine circles of hell. It’s most likely the heaviest Progressive Metal album the band will ever write, with a complex setting and a myriad of characters portrayed on occasion by the wonderful guest vocalists.
Media/Samples 
Sampler

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Periphery "Periphery IV: Hail Stan"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: 3DOT Recordings, Century Media
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 5, 2019
Tracklist
1. Reptile (16:43)
2. Blood Eagle (5:58)
3. CHVRCH BVRNER (3:40)
4. Garden In The Bones (5:56)
5. It's Only Smiles (5:33)
6. Follow Your Ghost (5:24)
7. Crush (6:49)
8. Sentient Glow (4:27)
9. Satellites (9:25)

Total Time 63:55

Line-up
Spencer Sotelo - Vocals
Misha Mansoor - Guitars
Jake Bowen - Guitars
Adam "Nolly" Getgood - Bass
Matt Halpern - Drums
Mark Holcomb - Guitars

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Blood Eagle

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35 Tapes "Lost & Found"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records/Artemis - ARTP003
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 5, 2019
Tracklist
1. Travel (08:12)
2. Circles (07:10)
3. Wasteland (08:21)
4. Mushrooms (19:25)

Total Time 43:08

Line-up
Morten Lund: Guitars, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Vocal
Jarle Wangen: Bass, Guitars, Vocal
Bjørn Stokkeland: Drums

Description/Reviews:
35 Tapes plays music inspired by progressive rock from the seventies. The band tries to recreate some of the good feelings this music gave us at that time merged with the typical Nordic vibes and mellowness you can find in fellow Norwegians such as Airbag , Oak and even A-Ha!
The sound of a Mellotron with 35 Tapes made lifelong impressions on some young souls in the mid and late 70's. When we now, as mature men, are taking our life's dedication to music seriously, the band 35Tapes is the result.
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Travel (at 8:55)

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Fabio Zuffanti "In / Out"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: AMS
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 5, 2019
Tracklist
  1.     Ascoltate attentamente perché sono cambiate le nostre opzioni
  2.     Fase Uno
  3.     Gli Inconsolabili
  4.     In/Out
  5.     Violenza Domestica
  6.     I/O Coda
  7.     Se Ci Sei
  8.     In-Quieti
  9.     Frantumazione

Line-up
Fabio Zuffanti (Finisterre, Höstsonaten, La Maschera Di Cera) - bass
   With
Fabio Cinti - vocals
Livio Magnini - guitars

Nicola Manzan - violin
Paolo “Paolo” Tixi (Il Tempio delle Clessidre, Höstsonaten) - drums
Giovanni Pastorino (Gleemen) - keyboards

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Semistereo "Zabriskii"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Alternative/Progressive/Post Rock
LabelFREIA Music
FormatCD, digita
Release date: April 4, 2019
Tracklist
1. Last Part Of The Trail
2. Leap Into Flames
3. Crooked Teeth Necklace
4. A Tale Of Ravenous Longing
5. Tide
6. Wreckage
7. Lethargic
8. South Of Sobriety Street

Line-up
Paul Glandorf (Alarion): lead vocals
Martijn Weyburg (A Day’s Work): guitars, backing vocals, programming
Frank Weijers: guitars
Max Mastrangeli: bass, piano
Marcel van de Graaf : drums, percussion

Description/Reviews
Semistereo absorbs its surroundings, combines the metropolitan structures with the passionate expansiveness of the Dutch Polder, translating this to sound and resulting in what can best be described as a refreshing crossover between Post and Progressive Rock.   Their songs are constructed from various elements: strong melodies, organic grooves, atmospheric soundscapes and biting voluminous eruptions. An intricate process, similar to the way a Japanese master swordsmith forges a "Saijo Owazamono", layer by layer ... Semistereo is at times whimsical and unpredictable, but always "in your face". In their lyrics, themes like social alienation and the horrors of technological progress are not shunned. 
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Jon Anderson "1000 Hands. Chapter I"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 31, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Now
  2. Activate
  3. Ramalama
  4. First Born Leaders
  5. Now Variations
  6. Makes Me Happy
  7. I Found Myself
  8. Twice in a Lifetime
  9. WDMCF
  10. Come Up

Line-up:
Jon Anderson (Yes)
   With
Larry Coryell
Tommy Calton
Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Kansas, Dixie Dregs, Flying Colors)
Rick Derringer (Todd Rundgren)
Pat Travers
Steve Howe (Yes)
Bobby Koelble
Christie Lenee
Chris Squire  (Yes)
Tim Franklin
Stuart Hamm
Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Allan White (Yes)
Matt Brown
Carmine Appice
Chick Corea
Jonathan Cain (Journey)
Michael Franklin
Jean Luc Ponty (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa)
Robby Steinhardt (Kansas)
Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Charlie Bisharat
Olga Kopakova
Brian Snapp
Charlie DeChant
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Tower of Power
Zap Mama
Bobby Kimball (Toto, Yoso)
Solar Choir
Voices of Lindahl
Violectric  (Michelle Jones, Brandy Moulden, Krissi Franzen, Kaitlin Higby, Paul Fleruy, T Franklin, Jennie Landau)
Crossover Orland Orchestra
Jeff Abbott
Brian Chatton
Antonio Esposito
Jason Thomas
Paul Fluery
Steady Joseph
Pat Gulotta
Pat Frost
Steve Walters
Billy Boyd
Brian Scanlon
Charlie DeChant
Dariusz Grabowski
Mitch Corbin
Superstars
Michael Winslow
and many others

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Samples

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Crea "Dwarves & Penguins"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
    1. The March Of The Penguins
    2. Some Of Us
    3. Shattered Vison
    4. Second Thoughts
    5. Millennium
    6. The March Of The Dwarves
    7. Walk Into Bright Lights
    8. Barbarossa

Line-up
Peter Gren - guitars, E-bow and voices
Nicke Bjerke - bass
Sonny Johansson - drums and percussion
Anders Karlsson - keyboards and voice
   With
Roland Chantra - additional voices (7)

Description/Reviews
The set begins with adventurous track ‘The Marsch Of Penguins’ full of instrumental meanderings. In some respects, this spectacular jam is reminiscent of Gamalon (to my ears, at least). After such an attention-grabbing opener, the things switch into mellow ‘Some Of Us’ to feature very characteristic neoprog atmosphere. Whilst the vocal delivery might be comparable with Martin Wilson (Grey Lady Down), the guitar passages share a kinship with elegance of Steve Rothery (Marillion). Besides, the keyboard courtesy, convincing bass and precise drums are prominent in the mix.
Read the full review by Prog Head at magle.dk

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Some of Us

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Devin Townsend "Empath"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
Label:  InsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Castaway
2. Genesis
3. Spirits Will Collide
4. Evermore
5. Sprite
6. Hear Me
7. Why
8. Borderlands
9. Requiem
10. Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
15. Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

Line-up
Devin Townsend
   With
Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal)
Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery)
Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams)
Nathan Navarro
Elliot Desagnes
Steve Vai
Chad Kroeger
Anneke Van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm)
Ché Aimee Dorval
Ryan Dhale
Elektra Women’s Choir

Description/Reviews
On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Mercury Tree "Spidermilk"



Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2019
Tracklist
1. I Am A Husk
2. Arc of an Ilk
3. Vestments
4. I'll Pay
5. Interglacial
6. Superposition of Silhouettes
7. Kept Man
8. Disremembered
9. Brake for Genius
10. Tides of the Spine

Line-up
Ben Spees - voice, guitar, keyboards
Connor Reilly - drums
Oliver Campbell - bass
Igliashon Jones - guitar

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Mute Gods "Atheists and Believers"


Country:  UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 22, 2019 
Tracklist
1. Athiests and Believers
2. One Day
3. Knucklehed
4. Envy The Dead
5. Sonic Boom
6. Old Men
7. The House Where Love Once Lived
8. Iridium Heart
9. Twisted World Godless Universe
10. I Think Of You

Line-up
Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Fish On Friday, Lifesigns)
Roger King (Steve Hackett)
Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally)
   With
Alex Lifeson (Rush) - guitar (2)
Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) - drums (5)
Rob Townsend (Steve Hackett)
Lula Beggs - vocals

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Atheists & Believers

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Grice "one thousand birds"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock
Labelhungersleep records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. one thousand birds (morning glory)
2. Hardest to Reach
3. Letterbomb
4. She Burns
5. The Passing
6. Hungersleep
7. Whatever you do Dont
8. As I Am
9. La Foresta Assente
10. Comfort Zone
11. Steam
12. Grace
13. Saving Grace

Line-up
Grice: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, string arrangements, Ebow, sound design, programming
   With:
Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree, Japan): programming, synths (1)
Andrew Fred Ehresmann: piano, Hammond organ, keyboards
Al Swainger: bass, double bass, French horn
Marco Maggiore: drums
Luca Calabrese: trumpet
Duncan Chave: sampling and bird warping
Eliza Carew: Cello
Steve Bingham: violin
Brenda Stewart: viola
Steve Jansen: percussion (9)
05Ric: drums (9)
J M Peters: synth (2) & flute (9)
Dave Costello: original bass loop concept (2)
Lee Fletcher: treatments (9)
Jack Lawrence: autoharp (3)
Maria Peters: spoken words in Greek (2)

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RPWL "Tales From Outer Space"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art of Music - GAOM061
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMarch 22, 2019
Tracklist
  1. A New World
  2. Welcome To The Freak Show
  3. Light Of The World
  4. Not Our Place To Be
  5. What I Really Need
  6. Give Birth To The Sun
  7. Far Away From Home
Line-up
Yogi Lang - vocals, keyboards
Kalle Wallner - guitars, bass
Marc Turiaux - drums
Markus Jehle - keyboards

Description/Reviews
RPWL continues to develop as a band, but the changes and alterations are mainly subtle. Those who tend to favor the more accessible aspects of Gilmour-era Pink Floyd is still my impression as a key audience for this band, along with those who are existing fans of RPWL obviously. “Tales From Outer Space” isn’t an album that will convert those who didn’t enjoy this band previously, but if accessible, melodic and atmospheric laden progressive rock is your thing, this album is as good as any other in terms of discovering whether RPWL deliver music you need – or not.
Read the full review by Olav Martin Bjørnsen at houseofprog.com

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Welcome to The Freak Show (at 2:50)

A New World


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Fervent Mind "Tranquilize"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock, Post Rock
LabelKarisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 22, 2019
Tracklist
  1. A Series of Fragments
  2. Torrid
  3. Fervent
  4. Sleeping Strange
  5. Crystal
  6. Runaway Bride
  7. All Sounds Muted
  8. Disappearing into the Masses part 1 (CD & digital only)
  9. Disappearing into the Masses part 2 (CD & digital only)
  10. Tongues
  11. Strain
Line-up
Live Sollid - vocals, efx
Simen Skrebergene - electric guitar
Martin Sandvik Gjerde - keyboards
Martin Skrebergene - electric bass
Henrik Håland - drums

Description/Reviews
The band plays experimental rock with elements from post rock and metal as well as dream pop, trip hop and contemporary jazz. Their music balances on a fine line between the rough and the delicate. Bands such as Porcupine Tree, Mew, Massive Attack, Radiohead and Susanne Sundfør are strong sources of inspiration. 
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Joost Maglev "Alter Ego"



Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. ~Lucid   
2. ANGEL   
3. Corpus Christi   
4. Ever After   
5. Judith ~episode ii~   
6. Alter Ego   
7. Burning Girl   
8. DEMON   
9. Dreams~

Line-up
Joost Maglev - instruments and vocals
  With
Mark Bogert (Knight Area) (5)
David Clarkson – drums (6)
Valensia Clarkson – instruments, backing vocals (6)
Ben Craven – guitars (3, 7)
Marie Doesburg – vocals (1, 9)
Annie Haslam (Renaissance) – vocals (4)
Sebas Honing (Equisa) – guitars (4, 7)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) – guitars (4)
Stefan Maas (Equisa) – drums (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Joop de Rooij – piano (8)
Faried Verheul – guitars (2, 8)

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Friday, March 1, 2019

On The Raw "Climbing The Air"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Red Phone Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 1, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Climbing the Air
  2. Red Roses
  3. Resistance
  4. Moneypenny
  5. Herois
  6. Blackmail
  7. Skeptic
Line-up
Alex Ojea - Drums
Jordi Amela - Keyboards
Jordi Prats - Guitars
Pep Espasa - Sax, Flute
Toni Sánchez - Bass
   With
Cristina Falcinella - Vocals
Samuel García - Trumpet, violin

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Climbing the Air

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ni "Pantophobie"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog, Math Rock
Label: Dur et Doux
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 1, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Phonophobie
  2. Héliophobie
  3. Alektorophobie
  4. Lachanophobie
  5. Leucosélophobie
  6. Catagelophobie
  7. Athazagoraphobie
  8. Kakorraphiophobie
  9. Lalophobie
  10. Stasophobie
  11. Apéirophobie
Line-up
Anthony Béard - Guitar
Nicolas Bernollin - Drums
Benoit Lecomte - Bass
François Mignot - Guitar

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Queensrÿche "The Verdict"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCentury Media
FormatCD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: March 1, 2018
Tracklist
1. Blood of the Levant (3:27)
2. Man The Machine (3:50)
3. Light-years (4:09)
4. Inside Out (4:31)
5. Propaganda Fashion (3:36)
6. Dark Reverie (4:23)
7. Bent (5:59)
8. Inner Unrest (3:50)
9. Launder the Conscience (5:15)
10. Portrait (5:16)

Line-up
Todd LaTorre - Lead Vocals
Michael Wilton - Guitar
Eddie Jackson - Bass
Scott Rockenfield - Drums
Parker Lundgren - Guitar

Media/Samples 
Man The Machine
Dark Reverie

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Eris Pluvia "Tales from Another Time"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS - AMS303CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. When love dies
2. Lost in the sands of time
3. La chanson de Jeanne (parts 1-3)
4. The call of Cthulhu (parts 1-3)
5. Last train to Atlana
6. The Hum (parts 1-5)

Line-up
Alessandro Cavatorti: guitars & words
Marco Forella: bass, piano, programming keyboards & drums
Roberto Minniti: vocals
Roberta Pitas: flute
   With
Ludovica Strizoli: vocals (3)

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Darkwater "Human"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Ulterium Records - ULTCD042 / ULTLMT027
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMarch 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. A New Beginning
2. In Front Of You
3. Alive (Part I)
4. Alive (Part II)
5. Reflection Of A Mind
6. Insomnia
7. The Journey
8. Burdens
9. Turning Pages
10. Light Of Dawn

Line-up
Henrik Båth - Vocals, Guitars
Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars
Magnus Holmberg - Keyboards
Simon Andersson - Bass
Tobias Enbert - Drums

Media/Samples 
Alive (Pt. II)

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Tim Bowness "Flowers At The Scene"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 1, 2019
Tracklist
01. I Go Deeper (04:15)
02. The Train That Pulled Away (04:04)
03. Rainmark (feat. Jim Matheos) (04:15)
04. Not Married Anymore (feat. Dylan Howe) (03:30)
05. Flowers At The Scene (feat. Jim Matheos) (03:04)
06. It's The World (feat. Peter Hammill, Jim Matheos, Steven Wilson) (03:03)
07. Borderline (feat. Dylan Howe, David Longdon) (03:45)
08. Ghostlike (05:08)
09. The War On Me (03:47)
10. Killing To Survive (feat. Peter Hammill) (03:59)
11. What Lies Here (feat. Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge) (04:00)

Total Time 42:59

Line-up
Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool)
   With
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI)
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass
Dylan Howe - drum
Tom Atherton - drum
Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator)
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man)
Kevin Godley (10cc)
Andy Partridge (XTC)
David Longdon (Big Big Train)
Ian Dixon - trumpet
David K Jones
Fran Broady - violin
Charles Grimsdale

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I Go Deeper
Borderline 

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The Inner Road "The Majestic Garden"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Symphonic
Format: digital
Release date: March 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Majestic Garden
2. Call of the Spirit
3. Wind from the Reeds
4. Fire of Life
5. Lost Land
6. Changing Sea
7. Water Well
8. Mother Earth
9. Circle of Shadows

Line-up
Steve Gresswell - keyboard, bass guitar, drums, orchestration
Carl Anthony Wright - guitars

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Bandcamp

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Kinetic Element "The Face of Life"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February/March 2019
Tracklist
1) Epistle
2) All OpenEyes
3) The Face of Life
4) Last Words

Line-up
Mike Visaggio - keyboards, vocals
Michael Murray - drums
Mark Tupko - bass
Saint John Coleman - vocals
Peter Matuchniak (Gekko Project, Bomber Goggles) - guitars

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Epistle
All Open Eyes
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Wheel "Moving Backwards"


Country: Finland, UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelOdyssey Music Network
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1 Vultures
2 Wheel
3 Tyrant
4 Up the chain
5 Skeletons
6 Where the pieces lie
7 Lacking

Line-up
James Lascelles - Vocals, Guitar
Roni Seppänen - Lead Guitar
Mikko Määttä - Bass
Santeri Saksala - Drums

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Vultures
Where The Pieces Lie

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Dream Theater "Distance Over Time"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Untethered Angel (6:14)
2. Paralyzed (4:17)
3. Fall Into The Light (7:04)
4. Barstool Warrior (6:43)
5. Room 137 (4:23)
6. S2N (6:21)
7. At Wit's End (9:20)
8. Out Of Reach (4:04)
9. Pale Blue Dot (8:25)
10. Viper King (4:00) (Bonus Track)

Total Time: 60:51

Line-up
James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars
Michael Mangini - drums
John Myung - bass

Media/Samples 
Paralyzed
Fall Into The Light
Untethered Angel

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O.R.k. "Ramagehead"


Country: UK/Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelKscope - KSCOPE637/KSCOPE1033
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Kneel To Nothing (4:38)
2. Signals Erased (4:29)
3. Beyond Sight (4:48)
4. Black Blooms (4:11)
5. Time Corroded (4:30)
6. Down The Road (4:40)
7. Some Other Rainbow Part 1 (1:33)
8. Strangled Words (4:13)
9. Some Other Rainbow Part 2 (5:34)

Total Time 38:36

Line-up
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari aka Lef - vocals
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) - drums
Carmelo Pipitone - guitars
   With
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) - vocals (4)

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Kneel To Nothing
Black Blooms

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The Room "Caught By The Machine"


Country: UK
Genre(s)AOR, Progressive Rock
Label: White Star Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date:  February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Bodies on the Road
2. Run
3. Broken
4. The Golden Ones
5. Just Walk Away
6. Drowning in Sound
7. Clover
8. Vanished
9. It's Not My Home
10. Bloodstream

Line-up
Martin Wilson (Grey Lady Down) - Vocals
Steve Anderson (Grey Lady Down) - Guitar
Eric Bouillette - Guitar
Mark Dixon - Keyboards
Chris York - Drums
Andy Rowe - Bass
   With
John Mitchell (Kino, Arena, Lonely Robot) - Backing vocals
Kim Seviour (Touchstone) - Vocals (6)

Media/Samples 
Broken
The Golden Ones

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Rhys Marsh "October After All"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
  1. River - 3:51
  2. Long Way Back - 3:38
  3. Golden Lullabies - 5:28
  4. Ride The New Wave - 5:06
  5. The Butterflies - 4:23
  6. Let It Be Known! - 3:21
  7. One Hundred Memories - 3:59
  8. The Summer Days - 4:47
  9. ‘22’ - 3:33
  10. (It Will Be) October After All - 7:01
Line-up
Rhys Marsh  (The Autumn Ghost, Opium Cartel, Kaukasus): all instruments
   With:
Arve Henriksen: trumpet
Kåre Kolve: saxophone
Rohey: choir
Silje Leirvik: choir
Anders Bjermeland: choir
Tim Bowness: choir

Description/Reviews
With “October After All” MARSH has come up with a beautiful, atmospheric, prog album that features both alternative rock and jazz elements.
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Stream
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Mortanius "Till Death Do Us Part"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Rockshots Records - RSCD053
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Facing the Truth (5:11)
2. Disengage (10:17)
3. Jaded (9:02)
4. Till Death Do Us Part (18:23)
5. Last Christmas (Wham cover) (5:56)

Album Length: 48:50

Line-up
Lucas Flocco: Lead and backing vocals
Jesse Shaw: Bass
    With:
Ollie Bernstein: Lead guitars
AJ Larsen: Rhythm guitars
Leo Figaro: Additional lead vocals (1)
Jonas Heidgert: Additional lead vocals (3)

Description/Reviews
Musically, the band has quite the unique sound, as they lean heavily towards the prog end of the spectrum, emphasizing longer tracks with very complex arrangements, and there’s a ton of extended softer passages, dominated by keyboards. There are certainly times where the music reminds me a bit of classic Dream Theater, and for a prog/power metal album, the music is often very soft and subdued, with a strong focus on ambient keys. When the music does get heavier, there are also times where the keys have a very retro sound to them, and overall the music has a very late 80’s/early 90’s feel to it, to the point where I could easily see some folks who haven’t been told otherwise, possibly thinking it could be a lost album from that period. I don’t consider that a knock against the album, though, as it does feel intentional, and if anything it helps give the music a distinct feel, that feels quite different from most modern albums in the genre. While keyboards dominate, there is some great guitar work to be found here, with the expected excellent solos, which are equal parts technically proficient, melodic and very emotional at times, as well as some heavy riffs, which tend to come in quick bursts.
Read the full review by Travis Green at myglobalmind.com

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Facing The Truth

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Shumaun "One Day Closer to Yesterday"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Sensus Divinitatis
  2. The Writing’s on the Wall
  3. Fear Is
  4. Nafsi Ammara
  5. City of Gold
  6. Central Station
  7. Prove Yourself
  8. Go
  9. Remember Me and I Will Remember You
  10. One Day Closer to Yesterday
Line-up
Farhad Hossain: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Jose Mora: Bass
Tyler Kim: Guitars
Tanvir Tomal: Drums

Media/Samples 
Go

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Professor Tip Top "Hybrid Hymns"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop, Psychedelic
LabelApollon Records Prog - ARP022
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 22, 2019
Tracklist
1 Black holes part I
2 An akward choice
3 Machine emotions
4 The dogs are coming
5 Data mining
6 Light generator
7 Turing machines
8 Passion
9 Hybrid Minds
10 Closer
11 The final night
12 Black holes part II

Total Length: 46:03

Line-up
Svein Magnar Hansen - Vocals
Sam Fossbak - Guitars, keyboards, synth, vocals
Stein Høgset - Bass
Charles Wise - Drums

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An Awkward Choice

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Peridoni "Flower"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: November 3, 2018
Tracklist
1 - Within Reach (03:42)
2 - Day By Day (03:54)
3 - Visions (04:58)
4 - What Are You Waiting For (04:32)
5 - Okulo (03:50)
6 - Obsidian (05:09)
7 - Side By Side (06:56)
8 - In Common (04:56)
9 - Knots Of Mahogany (03:41)

Line-up
Cory Donnini
Kaleb Perrin
Ben Steinkamp
Kevin Harris
Jamebo Corsini-Lights

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Grand Tour "Clocks That Tick (But Never Talk)"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: February 18, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Clocks That Tick (But Never Talk)
  2. Don't Cry Now
  3. Back in the Zone
  4. The Panic
  5. Shadow Walking
  6. Game Over
  7. Slumber Sweetly 
Line-up
Hew Montgomery (Abel Ganz): keyboards
Joe Cairney (Comedy of Errors): vocals
Bruce Levick (Comedy of Errors): drums
Mark Spalding (Comedy of Errors): guitar
Chris Radford: bass

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Cabinets of Curiosity "The Chaos Game"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Death, She Walks On
2. Angular Sterility
3. Fractals & Coastlines
4. Timeless Sound 03:43
5. Doomsday Algorithm
6. The Same Tiny Apartment...
7. In A Day
8. Fractometer
9. Bro Science
10. The Chemist & The Engineer
11. Nowhere Near The Blade
12. The Clockwork Pheasant

Line-up
James Naprawa – Lead Guitar
Jared Hirst – Bass, Percussion
Bran Blackmire – Guitar
Justin Jones – Keyboards
Anthony Warga – Saxophone
Kristina Bacich – Flute
Nat Hornyak – Vocals, Piano

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The Tronosonic Experience "II: The Big Blow"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Apollon Records Prog - ARP020
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Big Blow (5:09)
2. Coup De Grace (5:56)
3. Voyager Pt 1 (5:25)
4. Voyager Pt 2 (1:09)
5. Rasputin (4:29)
6. Maelstrom (slight Return) (1:08)
7. Iron Camel (3:42)
8. 50 Let Pobedy (6:06)
9. Lost Highway (5:22)

Total Time 38:26

Line-up
Ole Jørgen Bardal - saxophone
Jango Nilsen - drums
Øyvind Nypan - guitars
Per Harald Ottesen - electric bass

Description/Reviews
The Tronosonic Experience’s music is inspired by both the avant-garde jazz artists of the sixties and the progressive rock bands of the seventies, and on “II: The Big Blow” the band continues evolving their blend of punk jazz and instrumental rock. The music is varied, and ranges from the fast paced and hard-hitting tracks The Big Blow and Iron Camel, via the slowly evolving thunder of 50 Let Pobedy and Rasputin, to the groovy vibes of Coup De Grace. The albums pivotal's tracks, Voyager Pt. I and Pt. 2 take the listeners on a musical journey that starts with a soft pulsating beat on the drums, continues to evolve into a full-blown thunderstorm of free saxophone blowing, soaring guitar, rolling drums and bubbling bass, and ends with the quiet, dubby soundscapes of Voyager Pt. 2. The track Lost Highway shows a more lyrical side of the band, and closes the album with a dose of arctic melancholy.
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Progstreaming
Iron Camel  

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