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Friday, March 1, 2019

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

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Friday, February 22, 2019

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 
Teaser
Untethered Angel

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Skylake "In Orbit"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Label: FREIA Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 14, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Storm   
2. Haste   
3. Prisoner   
4. Smooth Skin / War Within   
5. Vicious   
6. Crossroads   
7. Luna

Line-up
Suzan van den Engel - lead vocals, harp
Bart Laan - guitars, additional vocals
Arjan Laan - drums
Charlie Feld - bass guitar
    With
Felix Kessels - violin & viola (3)

Description/Reviews
The album is musically informed by bands such as Karnivool, Tesseract, Anathema and Porcupine Tree, though mostly featuring their own sound. It alters between atmospheric, melodic and rhythmic styles, and varies in its intensity from calmer acoustic and ambient sections to more guitar-heavy pieces.
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Bandcamp

Friday, February 1, 2019

Soen "Lotus"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Silver Lining Music
Format: digital, CD, vinyl
Release date: February 01, 2019
Tracklist
1. Opponent
2. Lascivious
3. Martyrs
4. Lotus
5. Covenant
6. Penance
7. River
8. Rival
9. Lunacy

Line-up
Joel Ekelöf - vocals
Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth) - drums, percussion
Stefan Stenberg - bass
Lars Åhlund - keyboards
Cody Ford - guitars

Description/Reviews
Lotus is an album defined by its contrasts. On the one hand, the record has a metal core. The riffing is massive, with an overdriven guitar tone that strongly differentiates it from Lykaia, while drums and bass drive the songs forward. These moments can be straightforward Soen tracks like “Opponent,” but there are moments like a hat-tip to death metal riffing in “Rival” or a proggy ‘awkward headbanging moment’ in “Covenant” that mark Soen as a band with a metal heart. ...
Lotus is also a haunting, fragile album. The album’s softer tracks are no less intense than the heavy material and evoke the work of Pink Floyd (“Lotus”) or Steven Wilson (doing Pink Floyd [“River”]).
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

Media/Samples 
Martyrs
Rival

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kinetic Element "The Face of Life"


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

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

Media/Samples 
Epistle
All Open Eyes
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Mono "Nowhere Now Here"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Label: Pelagic Records (EU), Temporary Residence (NA, Asia)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. God Bless
2. After You Comes the Flood
3. Breathe
4. Nowhere, Now Here
5. Far and Further
6. Sorrow
7. Parting
8. Meet Us Where the Night Ends
9. Funeral Song
10. Vanishing, Vanishing Maybe

Line-up
Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - guitar
Tamaki - bass, vocal (3)
Yoda - guitar
Dahm Majuri Cipolla - drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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The Neal Morse Band "The Great Adventure"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Metal Blade Records, Radiant Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
Act I:

    Chapter 1 (12:50)
1. Overture
2. The Dream Isn’t Over

    Chapter 2 (23:48)
3. Welcome To The World
4. A Momentary Change
5. Dark Melody
6. I Got To Run
7. To The River

      Chapter 3 (17:59)
8.   The Great Adventure
9.   Venture In Black
10. Hey Ho Let’s Go
11. Beyond The Borders

Act II:

    Chapter 4 (18:13)
1. Overture 2
2. Long Ago
3. The Dream Continues
4. Fighting With Destiny
5. Vanity Fair

      Chapter 5 (30:57)
6.   Welcome To The World 2
7.   The Element Of Fear
8.   Child Of Wonder
9.   The Great Despair
10. Freedom Calling
11. A Love That Never Dies

Line-up
Neal Morse: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Portnoy: Drums, Vocals
Randy George: Bass
Eric Gillette: Guitar, Vocals
Bill Hubauer: Keyboards, Vocals

Media/Samples 
Welcome To The World

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Focus "Focus 11"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelIn and Out of Focus 
FormatCD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: January 2019
Tracklist
1. Who's Calling?
2. Heaven
3. Theodora na na na
4. How Many Miles?
5. Mazzel
6. Winnie
7. Palindrome
8. Clair-Obscur
9. Mare Nostrum
10. Final Analysis
11. Focus 11

Line-up
Thijs van Leer
Pierre Van Der Linden
Menno Gootjes
Udo Pannekeet

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Evergrey "The Atlantic"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelAFM Records
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019 
Tracklist
1. A Silent Arc
2. Weightless
3. All I Have
4. A Secret Atlantis
5. The Tidal
6. End Of Silence
7. Currents
8. Departure
9. The Beacon
10. This Ocean

Line-up
Tom S. Englund - vocals, guitar
Henrik Danhage - guitars
Rikard Zander - keyboards
Jonas Ekdahl - drums
Johan Niemann - bass

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Lost Crowns "Every Night Something Happens"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Avant Psychedelic Progressive Rock/Pop
Label:  Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Housemaid's Knees
2. Lost Crowns
3. Sound As Colour
4. Midas X-Ray
5. She Saved Me
6. Dandy Doesn't Know
7. Let Loving Her Be Everything
8. The Star Of My Heart

Line-up
Nicola Baigent  (North Sea Radio Orchestra, William D. Drake) - clarinet, bass clarinet, recorder
Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld, Tonochrome, My Tricksy Spirit) - bass guitar
Sharron Fortnam - vocals
Keepsie - drums, handbells
Richard Larcombe (Stars In Battledress) - lead vocal, guitar, handbells
Rhodri Marsden (Prescott, Scritti Politti) - piano, harmonium, electric piano, bassoon, saw, harpsichord, vocals
Josh Perl (Knifeworld) - synthesiser, vocals, handbells

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Steve Hackett "At The Edge Of Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music 
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateJanuary 25, 2019
Tracklist
01. Fallen Walls And Pedestals (02:17)
02. Beasts In Our Time (06:21)
03. Under The Eye Of The Sun (07:07)
04. Underground Railroad (06:23)
05. Those Golden Wings (11:20)
06. Shadow And Flame (04:24)
07. Hungry Years (04:34)
08. Descent (04:20)
09. Conflict (02:36)
10. Peace (05:03)

Line-up
Steve Hackett (Genesis): guitars, vocals
    With:
Durga McBroom  (Pink Floyd) - vocals
Loreley McBroom (Pink Floyd) - vocals
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard) - drums
Simon Phillips ( Roxy Music, Toto, Derek Sherinian) - drums
Sheema - sitar
Gulli Briem - drums, percussion
Malik Mansurov (Djabe) - tar
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Kaipa) - bass
Paul Stillwell - didgeridoo
Rob Townsend (Family) - sax, bass clarinet, duduk
Amanda Lehmann - vocals
John Hackett - flute
Gary O'Toole - drums
Roger King - keyboards
Ben Fenner - keyboards
Dick Driver - double bass
Christine Townsend - violin, viola

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Under Eye Of The Sun

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Ed Wynne "Shimmer into Nature"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
Label: Kscope - KSCOPE627/ KSCOPE1004
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Glass Staircase (8:02)
2. Travel Dust (8:32)
3. Oddplonk (8:06)
4. Shim (7:49)
5. Wherble (10:21)

Total Time 42:50

Line-up
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles, Nodens Ictus) - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Drum Programming, Synths, Bass & Acoustic Fretless Bass 
Tom Brooks - Bubbles
Paul Hankin & Neil Longhurst - Percussion
Natan Mantis - Blip Flippery
Silas Neptune - Nature Sounds

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Shim  

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta "The Bucket List"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 11, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Sometimes 11
  2. Fearless
  3. Midland Crisis
  4. Sometimes We Up
  5. Stella Luna
  6. Steely Funk
  7. Where's Phil
  8. Phil's On
  9. Caravan
  10. Carved in Stone
  11. Good Stuff
  12. Blue Hawaii
Line-up
Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp) - Guitars
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, The Stick Men) - Bass, Stick
Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin) - Drums, Percussion

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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