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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Living Impressions "The Big Dipper"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dubhe (4:25)
2. Merak (4:40)
3. Phecda (5:13)
4. Megrez (4:38)
5. Alioth (3:43)
6. Mizar (4:54)
7. Alkaid (5:29)
8. Merak (4:40)

Total Time 37:42

Line-up
Rui Santos
  With
Dan James Griffin (3)
Zack Brannon (4)
Gabriel Ramos (8)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cosmic Rain "Seekers"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. Cadiz Ouverture (0:48)
2. Sils-Maria (6:12)
3. Dimensional Gates (5:05)
4. The Powers That Be (4:50)
5. The Marmor Cliffs (4:28)
6. The Journey And Its Tones (10:19)
7. Hot Water Music (4:14)

Total Time 35:56

Line-up
Laurent Nigg - Vocals, Guitars
Marc Joray - Bass
Arnaud Bosch - Keyboards
Willem Jochems - Drums

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Sils-Maria
The Journey And Its Tones

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Electric Asturias "Trinity"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelAsturias - AS-10
FormatCD
Release date: January 30, 2019
Tracklist
1  クローズド・ワールド Closed World
2  嵐が丘 Wuthering Heights
3  スケルター  Skelter
4  クロウ Crow
5  ローガス Rogus
6  組曲「ゴルゴーン」 Suite of “Gorgon”:
 i  メデューサ Medusa
 ii  ステンノー Sthenno
 iii  エウリュアレー Euryalē

Line-up
Yoh Ohyama - Bass
Satoshi Hirata - Guitar
Tei Sena - Violin
Yoshihiro Kawagoe - Keyboards
Kiyotaka Tanabe - Drums

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Sthenno

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Protomythos "Heavy Crowns"


Country: UK/Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Walking the Plank
2. Bury Your Head
3. Evolve
4. Fragile Fallacy
5. Bitter Truth
6. Flip of a Coin
7. The Candle
8. A Shadow Play

Line-up
Tom Treivish - Guitars, bass, vocals, keyboards and effects
Chris Allan - Drums
Itay Kashti - Piano (4, 5)

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Hazpiq "Cepheid"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Melancholia Records - MRCD011
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Trailokya (3:07)
2. From Dust (6:29)
3. Cepheid (6:37)
4. Epacte (7:44)
5. Aphelion (6:51)
6. To Nothing (6:40)
7. Saros (5:19)
8. Mécaniques Célestes (7:10)
9. Theory Of Everything (7:26)

Total Time 57:23

Line-up
Siméon - Guitar, Vocals
Melody - Vocals
Lylian - Drum
Joseph - Bass
Manuel - Guitar

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Lebowski "Galactica"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Cinematic Media
Format: CD
Release date: January 26, 2019
Tracklist
1. Solitude Of Savant (8:22)
2. Midnight Syndrome (8:21)
3. Goodbye My Joy (5:44)
4. White Elephant (7:14)
5. The Doosan Way (10:49)
6. Galactica (6:39)
7. Slightly Inhuman (6:32)
8. Mirage Avenue (6:37)
9. The Last King (7:58)

Total Time 68:16

Line-up
Marcin Grzegorczyk – guitars, bass solo (4)
Marcin Łuczaj – piano, synths
Ryszard Łabul – bass
Krzysztof Pakuła – drums
   With
Marek Żak – bass
Krzystof Ciesielski – double bass
Katarzyna Dziubak - vocals
Maciej Marcinkowski - clarinet
Marcus Stockhausen - flugelhorn
Dariusz Kabacinski - mandolin

Media/Samples 
Midnight Syndrome (radio edit)
Mirage Avenue
Goodbye My Joy
The Doosan Way

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Red Bazar "Things As They Appear"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelWhite Knight Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 26, 2019
Tracklist
1. Temple (6:55)
2. Nothing Left (7:50)
3. Rocky Bone Runway (8:25)
4. Liar (6:30)
5. Spiral (7:37)
6. The Parting (4:52)
7. Future Song (6:55)
8. We Will Find You (5:57)

Total Time 55:01

Line-up
Andy Wilson - Guitar
Paul Comerie - Drums
Mick Wilson - Bass
Gary Marsh - Keyboards
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel) - Vocals

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Writhing Squares "Out Of The Ether"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Krautrock, Space Rock, Fusion
Label: Trouble In Mind Records ‎– TIM142
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dirt In My Mind's Eye (4:31)
2. Steely Eyed Missile Man (4:30)
3. Bloodborne Hate And Black Book Mass (3:35)
4. I Turned To The Mirror (7:52)
5. A Whole New Jupiter (19:49)

Total Time 40:17

Line-up
Kevin Nickles - Saxophones, Vocals, Keyboards, Flute, Percussion
Daniel Provenzano - Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion

Description/Reviews
“Out of the Ether” kicks off with the metronomic throb of “Dirt In My Mind’s Eye”, setting the stage for the album’s 5 tracks of minimal, droning ambience, overtaken at times by Nickles’ wailing, saxophone skronk; a mixture of the soulful runs of The Stooges’ Steve McKay & the no-wave stabs of James Chance. “Steely Eyed Missile Man” picks up the pace, with a four-on-the-floor drive underneath Provenzano’s guttural basslines. “Bloodborne Hate and Black Book Mass” and side one closer “I Turned To The Mirror” add the industrial menace of Cabaret Voltaire to a locked-in groove and lysergicly introspective lyrics. Album closer “A Whole New Jupiter” takes up all of the LP version’s side two, slingshotting the listener over the event horizon and thru the center of a sonically sculpted black hole, it’s relentless motorik dirge evolving over the course of the track’s 19-minute runtime into an abstract pulse before lurching back into the groove, riding it into the sun. 
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Adventure "Horizon"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records/Artemis - ARTP001
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Slow Fanfare (2:03) 2. Destiny (4:27) 3. Horizon (7:05) 4. Eirene (6:04) 5. You Belong (4:22) 6. With Tears In Their Eyes (1:53) 7. Lighthouse (8:45) 8. Here To Stay (3:30) 9. Nothing Will Change (3:02) 10. In Search Of (5:01) 11. For The Fallen (1:45) 12. Refugees (6:41) Total Time 54:38

Line-up
Odd-Roar Bakken - keyboards
Terje Flessen - electric and acoustic guitars
Terje Craig - bass guitars, vocals
Alf-Helge Lund - drums, percussion
Elen Cath Hopen - lead and backing vocals, keyboards
Kjell Myran - lead vocals
   With
Atmasukha Ananda - piano
Kine Wallum - flute

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Teaser

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Tear Light from Matter "In Statu Nascendi"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Avant Jazz-Rock/Metal, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Circling Dunes Under A Beating Sun (4:59)
2. Vibrio Transfusion (5:59)
3. Shrike (3:23)
4. Jungian Poppies (7:38)
5. Seal Song (5:31)
6. Arbitrary Catalogue No. 46 (7:17)
7. I'm In Love With A Dead Gorilla (4:30)
8. Life Machine (6:00)
9. Buy Track 9. Fleshy (4:53)
10. The Ballad Of Henry Winkler (2:50)

Total Time 53:00

Line-up
Andrew Sullivan - saxophone
Matt Sousa - guitar
Tobias Ellis - drums
Brian Applebee Jr - bass

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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

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Benjamin Simpson "Broken Figurines"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Broken Figurines (4:30)
2. Society Of Playing Cards (4:57)
3. Flower Sequence (6:02)
4. Did The Sun Stay Number One? (5:11)
5. Sin Of The Flesh (Broken Figurines, Pt. 2) (2:34)
6. Condemned (3:42)
7. I Go On (3:41)
8. Dancing Alone (4:50)
9. In Spite Of Current Events (Broken Figurines Pt. 3) (2:59)
10. A New Perception (Remastered) (8:19)

Total Time 46:45

Line-up
Benjamin Simpson - all instruments,/vocals
    With
Lucas Adcock - lead guitar (6, 10)
Henry Rose - bass (6, 10)
Ben Keating on drums (10)

Description/Reviews
Broken Figurines features a mix of various political and personal themes backed by a progressive rock approach. It includes a mix of hard rock, acoustic pieces, piano ballads, and light electronic bits.
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Broken Figurines
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Anabasis "Of Conviction"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Human Supremacy Illusion (7:12)
2. Terminal (7:30)
3. Until The Dust Clears (4:15)
4. Rainy Season (3:42)
5. Of Conviction (8:40)
6. Deeper (5:40)

Total Time 36:59

Line-up
Patrick Young - vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, percussion
David Reid - drums, additional programming, ending solo (6)
Brad Devore - guitar
Dylan Lundgren - guitar
AJ Piszcz - bass
Steve Losurdo - synth, piano
   With
Haley Beaton, Sara Young, Jessica Allen, Jesse Tyler Halstead, Chase Olcott, Anthony Fuoco - choir (1)
Jesse Peacemaker - synths and piano (4-6)

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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

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Welcome To The World
The Great Adventure
Welcome To The World 2
Vanity Fair 

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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, digital, CD+DVD
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

Media/Samples
Progstreaming

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Colonel Chloroform "Colonel Chloroform"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Acid Face (5:38)
2. Funkulus (4:47)
3. Indecision (6:17)
4. Tap Water (4:02)
5. Major Tom (4:50)
6. Epic (8:51)
7. Gunslinger (5:12)
8. Passive Aggressive (2:29)
9. Colonel Chloroform Is Born (6:50)

Total Time 48:56

Line-up
Phil Lazzari - Guitars
Tom Maslowski - Guitars
Jim Allen - Bass
Doneco Nudi - Drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (3 tracks)
Deezer

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Cody McKenna's The Circle of Wonders "Volume II: Tribes & Oddities"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal 
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Clairvoyant Nightmares (1:55)
2. Something Odd... (4:47)
3. Home (3:14)
4. By Design (4:05)
5. Drawing On The Wall, Part 1 (4:28)
6. Tears (2:12)
7. Live Life (5:24)
8. Drawing On The Wall, Part 2 (6:14)
9. Come And See The Show! (2:04)
10. The Cage (Book Of Oddities) (7:18)
11. Rose (2:14)
12. In My Head (3:44)
13. The Spectacle (3:27)
14. 23 (5:56)
15. Flames (4:35)
16. The Circus Of Wonders (9:35)

Total Time 71:12

Line-up
Cody McKenna - All instruments, programming, vocals
   With
Ryan Curran, Kris Pancani - Additional vocals (13, 16)

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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
Underground Railroad
Beasts In Our Time

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Autumn "Stacking Smoke"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Painted Bass Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Phantom Limb (6:14)
2. Old Fuel (6:34)
3. Stacked Smoke (5:59)
4. Blackout (6:20)
5. Cyanide Sky (5:50)
6. Where The River Ends (3:28)
7. Thursday (4:05)
8. Fury [Forging Tempests Part I] (4:17)
9. Shadow North [Forging Tempests Part II] (5:22)
10. Shift To Silence [Forging Tempests Part III] (2:49)
11. Beacon (Forging Tempests Part IV) (5:48)

Total Time 56:46

Line-up
Marjan Welman - vocals
Jan Munnik - keyboards
Mats van der Valk - guitar
Jens van der Valk - guitar
Ronald Landa - guitar
Maurice vd Es - bass
Jan Grijpstra - drums

Description/Reviews
Seven years after Cold Comfort the style did not change a lot, so fans of that album will like this new one also. The tracks sound very mature and are well written and have a kind of depth in them. The songs are diverse in style and sound dark and drooling and with a keen production done by the band you hear a lot of details (headphone material).
Marjan her singing has also improved and fans of Anneke van Giersbergen will certainly enjoy her voice. The style of each song differs a lot, from dark sounding melancholy songs, to rocking tracks with hammond organ. Talking about the keyboards, they  are one of the highligths here. 
Read the full review by Reinier de Vries at powerofmetal.dk

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Magnesis "Alice au Pays des Délires"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMusea Parallèle - MP 3344
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 23, 2019
Tracklist
Disc 1
1. Londres 1972 (4:09)
2. Les larmes de l'innocence (7:37)
3. Alice au pays des délires (6:07)
4. Soleil de sang (1:35)
5. L'as de pique (6:54)
6. Alice dans le labyrinthe (9:39)
7. Des champs de fraises pour l'éternité (6:42)
8. Alice s'évade (4:36)
9. Les rouages du temps / En retard (8:53)
10. Les larmes de l'ocean (4:23)

Total Time 60:35

Disc 2
1. La fantastique aventure du général patoon et des chasseurs de cauchemars au pays des fraises géantes (42:37)

Line-up
Eric Tillerot: vocals
Denis Codfert: drums
Jean Pierre Matelot: keyboards
Steven Codfert: guitars
Maxime Formey: bass

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Stream 1
Stream 2

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Paolo Siani ft. Nuova Idea "The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Black Widow Records - BWR LP 215, BWR CD 215-2
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 22, 2019 (digital), January 25, 2019 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Standing Alone (6:06)
2. Inflate Your Veins (6:07)
3. The Leprechaun’s Pot Of Gold (5:18)
4. Statue Of Wax (5:31)
5. Lord Brummel (7:04)
6. Walking On The Limit (5:30)
7. Time To Play (5:26)
8. Standing Alone (6:06)
9. We’re Going Wrong (9:02)

Total Time 56:10

Line-up
Paolo Siani - drums
Giorgio Usai - Hammond organ
Roberto Tiranti - bass, vocals
Paul Gordon Manners - vocals (8)
Anthony Brosco - vocals (1)
Martin Grice - sax, flute
Guido Guglielminetti - bass
Nik Carraro - electric guitar
Ivana ‘’Ivy’’ Gotti - theremin
Marco Biggi - drums (7)
Giangiusto Mattiucci - Rhodes piano
La Banda G. Puccini di Adro, directed by Costanzo Manza

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The Leprechaun's Pot of Gold
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Saturday, January 19, 2019

ESP "three"


Country:  UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSunn Creative
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Before The Fall (6:52)
2. All The Way To Heaven (7:07)
3. Wings To Fly (8:08)
4. Coming Back (7:57)

Total Time 30:04

Line-up
Tony Lowe  (Cross & Fripp, Simon Townshend, Bram Stoker) - guitars, keyboards
Damien Child - vocals
Greg Pringle - drums
Pete Clark - bass

Description/Reviews
 ‘three’ has all the hallmarks of the first two ESP releases, with Tony's symphonic compositions and arrangements weaving in and out of evocative and passionate vocal sections, delivered with both sensitivity and power in all the right places by Damien Child, an accomplished actor and singer with many years experience in TV, Radio and West End Theatre. 
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Elkhsha "Farther Giants"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Post-Hardcore
Format: digital
Release date: January 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Strange Waves (5:44)
2. Letting Go Of Defeat (6:26)
3. Shadow Of The Mountain (5:08)
4. Listen (15:13)
   I. Heretic
   II. Prophet
   III. Falling Labyrinth
   IV. Witness
   V. Loss Of Days / Days Of Loss
5. Secrets Of The Shore (7:37)
6. The Healing Of The Lost (7:31)
7. Already It Is Dusk (8:26)

Total Time 56:05

Line-up
Erik Lyon: Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Eric Hardeman: Bass, Backing Vocals
Jon Royer: Drums

Description/Reviews
Elkhsha carry to the table a mixture of progressive rock and progressive metal, often shifting gears from one to the other to suit a track’s individual needs. Keeping in line with the concept of maintaining dominant tones, the rock aspects tend to enter the fray with grace, accompanied by gentle acoustic strumming and delicate-but-purposeful clean vocals, whereas the group’s heavier persona rampages about under the cover of melodious riffs and harsh inflections characterized by a raw delivery. Journeying through the sonic landscape laid down by these elements directs voyagers across calm waters and over treacherous cliffs; for instance, the album’s lead in— “Strange Waves” and the subsequent “Letting Go of Defeat”—pair off naturally within this methodology. 
Read the full review by MarsKid at sputnikmusic.com

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Macchina Pneumatica "Riflessi e Maschere"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Black Widow Records - BWRDIST 680
Format: CD
Release date: January 18, 2018
Tracklist
1. Gli Abitanti del Pianeta (6:10)
2. Quadrato (7:30)
3. Come Me (5:30)
4. Avvoltoi (7:55)
5. Sopravvivo per Me (8:05)
6. Macchina Pneumatica (10:10)

Line-up
Raffaele Gigliotti - Vocals, Guitar
Carlo Fiore - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Carlo Giustiniani - Bass, Backing Vocals
Vincenzo Vitagliano - Drums

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Teaser
Quadrato
Sopravvivo per Me

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Swifan Eolh & The Mudra Choir "The Key"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records Prog - ARP019
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Wounded dreamers (8:32)
2.  Heart of sadness (2:36)    
3.  Spiders in the old café (7:39)    
4.  Earth, shakes, rattles’n’rolls (7:28)    
5.  Cantus (1:01)    
6.  Tides are turning (7:32)    
7.  Blessed be (1:33)    
8.  The Key (5:44)

Total Length: 42:02

Line-up
Jarle Alfsen – Drums
Tom Inge Andersen – Bass, synth pedals
Rune Seip Bjørnflaten - Guitars, vocals
Synøve Jacobsen - Vocals
   With
Ståle Langhelle (Jordsjø) - Keyboards
Endre Christiansen (Shine Dion) - Keyboards
Gilli Smyth (Gong) - Reciting

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The Key
Blessed Be

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Helium Horse Fly "Hollowed"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Avant/Experimental/Post/Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Dipole Experiment Records ‎- DER-002
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Happiness (6:02)
2. In a Deathless Spell (14:20)
3. Algeny (8:32)
4. Progeny (4:26) - not on vinyl
5. Monochrome (11:40)
6. Shelter (2:28)

Total Time 47:28

Line-up
Marie Billy - vocals
Stéphane Dupont - guitar/keyboards/vocals
Dimitri Iannello - bass
Gil Chevigné - drums
   With
Bertrand de Lamalle - alto saxophone (1)

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Mad Fellaz "Mad Fellaz III"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJanuary 18, 2018 (digital), January 26, 2018 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. “Es”/ Frozen Side (6:05)
2. Leaf (6:03)
3. Liquid Bliss (8:27)
4. Fumes From The Ruins (1:59)
5. Under These Clouds (3:19)
6. Frost (7:37)
7. Sweet Silent Oblivion (10:01)

Line-up
Paolo Busatto - electric and acoustic guitars
Marco Busatto - drums
Ruggero Burigo - electric guitar, electric sitar
Carlo Passuello - bass
Enrico Brunelli - electric and acoustic piano, synthesizers, hammond organ, mellotron
Rudy Zilio - flute, saxophone, synthesizer, backing vocals
Lorenzo Todesco - percussion
Luca Brighi - lead and backing vocals
   With

Luca Ardini - saxophone (2, 4)
Davide Baratto - 12 string acoustic guitar (7)
Jacopo Mazzarolo - oboe (7)
Mattia Marangon - french horn (7)
Sergio Orso - violin (7)
Louise Antonello - violin (7)
Elena Ceccato - viola (7)
Rolando Moro - cello (7)


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Es / Frozen Side


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Stephan Thelen "Fractal Guitar"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Ambient
Label: Moonjune Records - MJR096 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Briefing For A Descent Into Hell (18:35)
2. Road Movie (13:23)
3. Fractal Guitar (9:20)
4. Radiant Day (8:42)
5. Urban Nightscape (17:34)

Total Time 67:34

Line-up
Stephan Thelen (Sonar): fractal, tritone, blue sky guitar, granular loops, organ, samples
   With
Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Stick Men): U8 touch guitar, soundscapes
Matt Tate: U8 touch guitar (bass)
Manuel Pasquinelli (Sonar): drums (1, 2, 4)
David Torn: electric guitar & live looping (1, 5)
Jon Durant (Burnt Belief): cloud guitar (1)
Bill Walker: electric guitar & live looping (2)
Henry Kaiser: electric guitar (2)
Barry Cleveland: guitar atmospheres (3, 4), bowhammer (4)
Andi Pupato (Andreas Vollenweider): percussion  (3)
Benno Kaiser: drums  (3, 5)

Description/Reviews
Fractal Guitar features the atmospherically dense, polyrhythmic tapestry for which is Sonar is well known, but focuses much more on the sonic and ambient possibilities of the electric guitar. In the liner notes, Stephan Thelen writes : “After a few years of playing without effects apart from reverb in Sonar, I felt the urge to compose and record some pieces in which effects were an integral part of the music. I especially wanted to use an effect I worked with before Sonar, which I call “Fractal Guitar” — a rhythmic delay with a very high feedback level that creates cascading delay patterns in odd time signatures such as 3/8, 5/8 or 7/8. The other desire I had was to work with and to have some serious fun with a few of the many great guitarists I've met over the years to create an album that features some of the more forward-looking possibilities of the most mysterious, compelling and eclectic of all instruments, the electric guitar. ” 
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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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Marc Durkee "Remain In Stasis"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 18, 2019 
Tracklist
1. The Dark Dimension (5:05)
2. A Way To Escape (5:22)
3. Mimesis (3:55)
4. A Great Disdain (3:58)
5. Redesign (In Stride) (4:45)
6. The Mind Flayer (4:36)
7. A Number Of Years (4:02)
8. Not Without Sin (1:51)
9. Meteor (4:56)
10. Stasis (5:03)

Total Time 43:33

Line-up
Marc Durkee - everything

Description/Reviews
The album opens with The Dark Dimension, the opening riff of which has a cool rhythm to it that continues through the whole song. The verses are reminiscent of ‘Dead End Kings’-era Katatonia, quiet and restrained, and lead to more explosive cymbal-smashing choruses. A surprise synth part comes in a little over the halfway mark that compliments the guitar riff nicely. This then flows into a heavier chug before heading back into one final chorus and outro, which is the intro riff again.
Read the full review by Nerrilee Morale at overdrive-mag.com

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sonora Sunrise "The Route Through The Canyon"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Trail Records - TR - 021
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 16, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ancient Stones (Sundown) (2:17)
2. Welcome To The Sandland (11:01)
3. Unexpected Trip (7:22)
4. Poison (7:22)
5. Ancient Stones ( Uprise Of Jupiter) (0:53)
6. Canyon (6:58)
7. Millions Of Snakes (7:14)
8. Roadside Picnic (4:02)
9. Ancient Stones (Planetary Standoff) (2:44)

Total Time 49:53

Line-up
Artem Demidov - guitar
Dmitri Shershnev - keyboards and guitar
Alexei Shulepov - bass
Vitaly Hardin - drums
   With
Ekaterina Zlobina - vocals (5, 6)

Description/Reviews
Sonora Sunrise music is transparent and light, like the wind blowing from the mountains. Sometimes it is merciless, like a storm in the desert. The album is imbued with mysticism and the atmosphere of the Altai desert, mountains and shamanism. The album contains 9 tracks in various styles: psychedelic rock, krautrock, space rock, stoner rock and ambient. The band has managed to develop its own authentic and recognizable sound. When recording the album, the musicians used rare analogue synthesizers of the Soviet era. From the first seconds, this music immerses the listeners into a unique atmosphere, a world created by the musicians.
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Slug Comparison "When You Were Living Here"



Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock/Metal
Label: Rock Company
Format: CD, digital
Release dateJanuary 16, 2019
Tracklist
1. Exactly What To Do 
2. Hyperslump
3. Let Some Light
4. Fine With It
5. Thoughts
6. When You Were Living Here
7. Becoming
8. So Ya Got A Great Guitar
9. Hold Of You
10. Beings Far Away
11. Purple Monkey
12. One More Step

Line-up
Doug Harrison (Fen): vocals, guitar (2, 4-6, 8-12), piano (12), string arrangements, programming (1, 3, 6, 9, 10)
   With
Randall Stoll (Fen): drums (1-3, 5, 7, 8)
Mike Young (Devin Townsend, Fen): bass (1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10), programming (6, 9, 10)
Sam Levin (Fen): all guitars (1, 3, 7), leads (12), string arrangements, shout choir (8)
Jeff Caron: bass (2, 5, 8, 12)
Dave Young: programming (6, 9, 10)
Rod Senft: drums (12)
Scott Young: bass (4)
Jeremy Tardif (Jeremy Tardif Band), Tatyana Dobrowolski (Tatters and Ravens), Scott Archibald (Id), Nando Polesol (Fen), Bonnie and Shauna: shout choir (8)

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Celeste "Il Risveglio del Principe"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelBelle Antique - BELLE 193060, Mellow Records - MMP 540/MMLP 107
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 15, 2019 (digital), January 25, 2019 (CD, Japan)
Tracklist
  1. Qual fior di loto (6:09)
  2. Bianca vestale (6:54)
  3. Statue di sale (8:48)
  4. Principessa oscura (6:26)
  5. Fonte perenne (6:05)
  6. Giardini di pietra (4:41)
  7. Falsi piani lontani (6:25)
  8. Porpora e giacinto (not on vinyl) (5:55)
Line-up
Ciro Perrino - Mellotron, Eminent, Solina, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, Minimoog, piano, shamanic percussion, glockenspiel, lead vocals
Enzo Cioffi - drums
Mauro Vero - acoustic & electric guitars
Francesco Bertone - electric bass
Sergio Caputo - violin
Mauro Moro - flute, recorder, tenor saxophone
Massimo Dal Prà - piano, Rhodes, harpsichord
Mariano Dapor - cello
Marzio Marossa- percussion
Andrea De Martini - alto & tenor saxophone
    With
Alfio Costa (Prowlers, Tilion) - Hammond organ
Elisa Montaldo (Il tempio delle clessidre) - vocals
Claudia Enrico - rainstick (1, 3)
Ciro Perrino Junior - narration (1), gong (5)

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Donella Del Monaco / Paolo Troncon / Opus Avantra Ensemble "Rosa Rosae"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: M.P. & Records - MPRCD083
Format: CD
Release date: January 14, 2019
Tracklist
1. Nuvole bianche
2. Pi Greco
3. Mandala
4. Sceleratus
5. Rosa Rosae
6. Vento del Nord
7. Cyrcles
8. Aurea Lyra
9. Ineffabile realtà

Line-up
Donella Del Monaco - vocals
Mauro Martello - flutes, soprano sax, duduk
Andrea De Nardi - digital piano, keyboards
Laura Balbinot - cello
Giorgio Cedolin - drums
   With
Jenny Sorrenti
Alberto Radius
Tony Esposito
Lino Vairetti (OSANNA)

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

La Stazione Delle Frequenze "Physis"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 13, 2018
Tracklist
1. Dissolvenza (2:16)
2. A Siria (7:54)
3. Ombre Sul Mare (8:18)
4. Racconto (5:47)
5. Non Ci Resta Che Aspettare L'Aurora (2:01)
6. Il Sentiero Del Vento Pt. 1 (11:54)
7. Il Sentiero Del Vento Pt. 2 (10:20)
8. Nuovi Orizzonti (6:01)

Total Time 54:31

Line-up
Alberto Cervone - vocals
Angelantonio Donisi - guitars
Pierfrancesco Corbo - guitars
Andrea Tretola - keyboards
Luca Lorio - bass
Andrea Passaro - drums

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Racconto

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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

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Black Cube "Silencing the Sun"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Brennus Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 11, 2019
Tracklist
1. Building The Machine (1:18)
2. Silencing The Sun (5:18)
3. Cartographers Of Your Mind (8:47)
4. Enter The Night (7:19)
5. Giants (8:50)
6. Zombies Inc. (5:02)
7. Thy Flesh Consumed (12:29)
8. Ruins Of Dawn (2:40)
9. A Fortress On The Moon (6:14)

Total Time 57:57

Line-up
Mathieu Strulovici - Bass
Victor Allais - Guitars
Paul Allais - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Tani Avvenia - Vocals

Description/Reviews
In this opus, the band explores the human psyche, its torments and the means of coping with them. The tracks follow the circumvolutions of human soul, exploring willingful submission, authoritarianarism, fantasy, resignation and abandon.
The music is a blend of hard rock and progressive rock, with a twist of heavy metal, resulting in a more personnal and accomplished album. The keyboards enhance the personnality of the tracks, growing them into landscapes that can be dark and gloomy or dreamy and epic. Backing vocals are used to add a more human element to the ensemble.
As the final track closes, one finds oneself wanting to start the album all over again to discover and appreciate more of its nuances.
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Cartographers Of Your Mind

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