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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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Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2019
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Andrew Colyer: Keyboards

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Zeitgeist

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Emerald Dawn "Nocturne"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: World's End Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 1, 2019
Tracklist
1 Prologue (0:30)
2 As Darkness Falls (10:44)
3 Moonlight (8:33)
4 In the Dead of the Night (10:43)
5. The Child Within (20:45)

Total time: 51:15

Line-up
Tree Stewart: keyboards, vocals
Ally Carter: electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, tenor saxophone, screechy keyboard,  vocals
David Greenaway: fretless and fretted bass guitars
Tom Jackson: drums

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Bandcamp

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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

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Martyrs
Rival

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