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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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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Phoenix Again "Friends of Spirit"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital
Release date:  March 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. Friends of Spirit
2. On the Melody
3. Pasión
4. Habanera
5. Mediterranea
6. Free Ireland
7. Alma Española
8. Eppur Si Muore
9. Vicino A Te

Line-up
Sergio Lorandi: guitars and irish bouzouki
Marco Lorandi: guitars
Andrea Piccinelli: keyboards
Antonio Lorandi: bass guitar
Giorgio Lorandi: percussions and vocals
Silvano Silva: drums and percussions

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King of Agogik "After The Last Stroke"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: sAUsTARK records
FormatCD
Release date: March 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. The White Raven (6:37)
2. A Day Without End (20:30)
3. Carbon Soot (2:49)
4. Gannef (11:08)
5. Patterns On The Water (6:19)
6. Plug In - Plaques Out (10:37)
7. Watching The Moon (1:15)
8. Back In The Second Line (3:38)
9. Retromatic Lullaby (13:54)

Total Time 76:47

Line-up
Hans Jörg Schmitz : Drums, Percussion, Keyboard, Guitar and Bass
    With:
Dago Wilms : Guitar, Bass
Gary Farmer : Rickenbacker Bass
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurei of Prog, UPF) : Flute, Guitar, Violin
Peter Simon : Brass and Woodwinds
Enno Nilson : Keyboard
Jeffrey Harlington : Double Bass
Andrew Marshall (Willowglass) : 12string Guitar
Philipp Schmitz : Piano
Erik Vaxjö : Mellotron
Johannes Andrè : Guitar
Scott Taylor : Uilleann Pipes
Alanda Scapes : Voice

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Trailer

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Numen "Cyclothimia"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Mylodon Records - MyloCD115/MRV003
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (6:48)
2. Some Faith (5:09) (CD bonus track)
3. A Cosmic Prayer (7:05)
4. Cyclothymia (14:53)
5. Lady Of The Winds (5:38)
6. Footprints (9:30)

Total Time 49:03

Line-up
César Alcaraz - vocals
Víctor Arques - bass
Manuel Mas - keyboards
Marcos Beviá - guitar
Gaspar Martínez - drums

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Frequency Eater "The Fine Game Of Nil"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Technical Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Mea Culpa (5:50)
2. Abyssal Stare (5:06)
3. One Autumn's Face (5:01)
4. Non-Sequiturs (4:25)
5. Nine Meals To Anarchism (4:34)
6. Dunning-Kruger Effect (6:08)
7. But With A Whimper (4:34)
8. Ageing Gracefully (7:10)
9. Neurotransmitted Disease (5:28)
10. Electric Sheep (1:33)
11. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (7:39)
12. August (3:11)

Total Time 60:39

Line-up
Owen Swerts: all instruments

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N.Ex.U.S. "N.Ex.U.S."


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Logic Il Logic Records/ Burning Minds Music Group - LOG045
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Loading... (2:00)
  2. ...The System (5:29)
  3. Empathy (2:54)
  4. A Man Without A Soul (1:36)
  5. Land Of Misery (6:17)
  6. Reflections (5:21)
  7. The Mercenary (4:28)
  8. Another Shore (4:38)
  9. John Doe (8:36)
  10. Final Act A New Humanity (4:37)
Line-up
Christian Checchin - guitar
Fausto Tessari - keyboards
Tommaso Galeazzo - vocals
Daniele Gallan - bass
Fabio Tomba - drums

Description/Reviews
For the first dozen minutes, this has all the ingredients of a classic neo-prog concept album. ... Then a sudden transformation. The band becomes a melodic prog-metal outfit in the vein of fellow Italians Stamina and Vision Divine. Reflections is a great song in this vein, whilst the debut single The Mercenary takes a more AOR approach, especially in the text-book build-up to the hook-laden chorus.
Another Shore is a decent neo-prog-meets-AOR ballad and acts as a showcase for Tommaso Galeazzo's vocals.
The closing duo are the most prog-ly-metallic.
Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net

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3 tracks

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Starquake "Time Space Matter"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Hard Rock, Retro Prog Rock/Metal
LabelPure Rock Records - PRRCD041
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Starquake
2. Goddammaddog
3. Jack
4. Matona Mia Cara
5. Time - It's Always Now
6. Space ? Lost Souls
7. Matter - And The Giant Was Gentle
8. A Never Give Up Suite
9. Off To Pastures New

Line-up
Mikey Wenzel - vocals, instruments, programming
Alex Kugler – guitars
Jan "Donkey" van Meerendonk – drums
Andi Pernpeintner – Hammond, piano
   With
Corinna Reif – violin
Sibylle Rupprecht – flute
Cleff Amend - trumpet

Description/Reviews
Once again Wenzel and Starquake offer you a trip through a musical time tunnel, revisiting Seventies prog rock and early Eighties heavy metal, notably NWoBHM. You'll find equal parts melodic hard rock groove and the strong riffs and drums of heavy metal. Then there's Wenzel dropping in large portions of synths, Hammond, and Mellotron for embellishment.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Starquake

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Orsak:Oslo "Orsak:Oslo"


Country: Sweden/Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Kapitän Platte ‎- Kutter 047
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. 052 Tipping Point (6:57)
2. 043 Flodvag (8:14)
3. 041 As We Fall (7:21)
4. 040 Sleepwalker (7:31)
5. 050 Crying For Sleep (9:18)
6. 064 Ghost Gear (5:53)

Total Time 45:14

Line-up
Christian Andersson - guitar
Bjarne Karlsson - guitar
Peter Nilsson - bass
Øyvind Minsaas - drums

Description/Reviews
Orsak:Oslo is a dark slow brew containing of psych, dystopian post-rock and trippy space blues.
With their monolithic and melancholic instrumental pieces, this is music for the active listener.
O:O is a marriage between impulsive improv and thoughtful composition, later melodies and new harmonies are carefully woven in, layer by layer.
With a reverence and underlying devotion to the aura and musical preconditions laid down from the start, the result is raw, unpolished and true.
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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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Pierre Vervloesem "Artiste Belge"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental, Avant Prog, Classical, Electronica
LabelOff - OPV014
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. A Great Composition (5:03)
2. Olé Hop! (4:18)
3. Tango Tango (2:36)
4. Fet (2:35)
5. Onze à Table (5:53)
6. Le Mulet (3:49)
7. Fish Eye (3:19)
8. Statut de Point Artis (3:26)
9. Über-Mensch Tango (3:24)
10. Stravinsky & Hutch (4:37)
11. Phillip (2:32)
12. Oui Mais Dit, Non (4:22)
13. Another Reich (6:09)
14. Almost Chinese (Bonus Track) (2:40)
15. Angor De Prinzmetal (Bonus Track) (6:20)
16. Canicule Mon Cul (Bonus Track)  (3:16)
17. Removal (Bonus Track) (2:36)
18. The Void (Bonus Track)  (7:00)

Total Time 73:55

Line-up
Pierre Vervloesem ( Flat Earth Society, X-Legged-Sally) - everything

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Gintonic "Gintonic 3"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Highway from Hell (5:47)
2. El Juereño (3:50)
3. Sexy Glasses (7:21)
4. Spock (3:46)
5. KM 214 (3:38)
6. Toccata 8.11 (3:13)
7. Hilvic (3:02)
8. Lersundi (4:38)
9. Déjalo Estar (2:55)
10. Almu (3:29)
11. Ustedes y Nosotros (4:39)

Total Time 46:18

Line-up
Aurkene Núñez – keyboards and voice
Mario Clavell Larrinaga – flute and EWI
Óscar Andollo – drums
Marcelo Hormaechea – bass

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3 tracks
Deezer

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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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Genesis
Evermore 

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Emanuele Bodo "Unsafe Places"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Ænima Recordings
Format: digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Black Dunes (8:11)
2. House Of 9 (5:39)
3. Challenger Deep (6:20)
4. Landing To Giza (8:06)
5. 2 Strangers (4:51)
6. The Omen (5:53)
7. Chernobyl (9:21)

Total Time 48:21

Line-up
Emanuele Bodo - Guitars
Carlo Ferri - Bass
Davide Cristofoli - Keyboards, Orchestra
Mattia Garimanno - Drums

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Lion Shepherd "III"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelUniversal Music Polska
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Uninvited (7:41)
2. Good Old Days (6:01)
3. What Went Wrong (5:14)
4. Vulnerable (8:06)
5. World On Fire (4:11)
6. Fallen Tree (6:50)
7. Toxic (5:11)
8. The Kids Are Not All Right (5:03)
9. Nobody (4:40)
10. May You All Live In Fascinating Times (6:31)

Total Time 59:28

Line-up
Kamil Haidar - vocals
Mateusz Owczarek - guitars
Maciej Gołyźniak - drums
   With
Atom String Quartet
Robert Szydło - bass
Łukasz Damrych - keyboards


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Stream
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Afterhand "Escaping Misfortune"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Duroxi Devil (5:40)
2. Suit & The Serum (5:31)
3. Sodomorrah (4:21)
4. Valhexia (4:30)
5. The Ezra Fortress (6:15)
6. Led By The Blind (5:11)
7. Dark Passenger (5:46)
8. Monachopsis (5:51)
9. Plateau Unfolding (5:16)
10. You Carry Them With You (12:28)

Total Time 60:49

Line-up
Andrew Brinker - Guitars, Vocals
Gage Freeman - Guitars, Synthesizers, Backing Vocals
Matthew Cox - Bass
Sam Adams - Drums

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Stream

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Eyescream "The Other Side Of Us"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Always On The Line (3:48)
2. Touching Tomorrow (4:47)
3. Frets Forever (5:02)
4. History Of Confusion (3:14)
5. Synchronized Appearance, Pt. 1 (6:14)
6. Synchronized Appearance, Pt. 2 (4:21)
7. Arizona Sunrise (2:56)
8. The Reason (4:19)
9. Paradoxical Dream Remakes The Future (6:49)
10. A Brief Review (2:53)

Total Time 44:23

Line-up
Cecilia Hallgren - Vocals, Synthezizers
Peter Joeaar - Guitars, Vocals
Johan Hallgren - Bass, Vocals
Ted Nilsson - Drums, Percussion

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Stream 1
Stream 2
Deezer

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Lance King "ReProgram"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Nightmare Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. ReProgram (3:26)
2. Pointing Fingers (5:26)
3. Stand Your Ground (4:13)
4. Technology (6:45)
5. Reaction Formation (5:28)
6. Limitless (5:18)
7. Wide Open (5:02)
8. Chaotica (4:16)
9. Spell Of Domestication (5:26)
10. Perfect World (4:35)
11. A Mind At War (9:58)

Total Time 59:53

Line-up
Lance King (Pyramaze, Balance of Power, Avian, Ilium, Shining Star, Gemini) - Vocals
   With
Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) - Guitars and Keys (1, 4)
Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater/Harmony) - Guitars and Keys (3, 6, 10)
Matt Hodsdon (Chaos Frame) - Guitars and Keys (5, 8, 9)
Rich Hinks (Annihilator / Aeon Zen) - Bass (2, 3, 5-11), Guitar and Keys (2, 7, 11)
Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze/Anubis Gate) - Drums and Percussion
Fred Columbo (Spheric Universe Experience) - Keys transition between 7 & 8, solo (9, 11)
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) - Guitar solo (7)
Jakob Riis (L Wood Joy) - Bass (1,4)

Description/Reviews
King's musical history is a diverse one, drawing from hard rock, heavy metal, progressive, and other genres, both past and present. Most of his vocal appearances, however, have been with progressive power metal bands. So it's no surprise to find King revisiting his melodic progressive power metal roots within ReProgram. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Alan Davey's Bedouin "Time Is Made Of Gold"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Label: Cleopatra Records/Purple Pyramid - CLO1175CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dancing Stars (2:23)
2. Karma Is Coming (5:20)
3. Seven Stars (Cluster 1) (1:34)
4. A Starless Night (4:06)
5. Last Caravan East (5:15)
6. Full Is The Well (3:33)
7. Seven Stars (Cluster 2) (1:13)
8. The Red Heat Of The White Fire (3:44)
9. Picture The Pieces (4:07)
10. Dune Rider (5:06)
11. Sword Dance (4:23)
12. Rage From Sadness (1:00)
13. I Can See Your Lies (2:58)
14. Wild, Wild, East (3:50)
15. Magik Eyes (4:41)
16. Bad Vibes (0:40)
17. Seven Stars (Cluster 3) (3:39)
18. Sand Crone (4:04)

Total Time 61:36

Line-up
Alan Davey (Hawkwind) - All instruments
Michelle Jimenez-Alder - Vocals

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Green Desert Tree "Progressive Worlds"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Clostridium Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Balloni (Prologue) (1:13)
2. Progressive Worlds (10:00)
3. Clear Up Your Mind (5:04)
4. Cure Of Change (8:08)
5. The Beast Of Prey (7:30)
6. Life (4:26)
7. Green Desert Tree (8:02)
8. The Cave (2:22)
9. Devil In Disguise (6:55)
10. A Glimpse Of Eternity (8:57)
11. Balloni (Epilogue) (5:40)

Total Time 68:17

Line-up
Timo Enders - vocals, guitar
Tim Sund - keys, synths
Simon Rainer - guitar
Alex Will - bass
Yatziv Caspi - drums

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Moon Tooth "Crux"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Trust     
2. Omega Days   
3. Through Ash   
4. Musketeers   
5. Thorns   
6. Rhythm & Roar   
7. Motionless in Sky   
8. Thumb Spike   
9. Awe At All Angles   
10. Crux   
11. Raise A Light (Epilogue)

Line-up
John Carbone - Vocals
Nick Lee - Guitar & Vocals
Ray Marté - Drums & Vocals
Vincent Romanelli - Bass
   With
Andrew Herman – Additional Vocals (6)
Derek Smith – Piano (7)
Cody Hosza & Rich Castillo - Saxophone (1)

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East Of The Wall "NP-Complete"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Post Metal, Progressive Metal
Label: Translation Loss
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Tell Them I'm Sorry (05:31)
2. Fast-Bang Pooper Doop (03:32)
3. The Almost People (07:36)
4. Somn 6 (04:51)
5. Lienholder (06:58)
6. Clapping on the Ones and Threes (08:02)
7. N of 1 (05:25)
8. Non-Functional Harmony (07:41)

Line-up
Seth Rheam - Drums
Matt Lupo - Guitar, Trumpet, Synths, Vocals
Greg Kuter - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Keys - Guitar, Synths
Chris Alfano - Bass, Synths, Vocals

Description/Reviews
They have always reminded me a bit of bands like Mastodon, Cult of Luna and Intronaut but perhaps a bit more melodic.
“NP – Complete” finds the new lineup on the top of their game. The album has a big sound to it. It’s dense but still has plenty of atmosphere. Plus the songs really flow well which for me is the key to any album.
Read the full review by Rob at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Fast-Bang Pooper Doop

Somn 6 

Clapping on the Ones and Threes 


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Smash the Crash "PL Lady"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Oskar Productions - OSKAR 1087 CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Slippery Slope (4:15)
2. Reserpine (5:29)
3. JazzMeta (6:27)
4. Refugee (7:25)
5. The Seeker (3:50)
6. Do Not Make A Village (9:01)
7. Pippi Was Here (8:20)
8. PsychoBeat (8:13)
9. PL Lady (3:32)

Total Time 56:32

Line-up
Marcin Błasiak – bass
Michał Karkusiński – keyboards
Łukasz Moszczyński – drums
Rafał Szewczyk – guitars
   With
Anna Guhs - vocal (5)
DJ Chmielix - scratching & turntable works (5)
Michał Kobojek - saxophone (8)
Łukasz Pietrzyk - vocal (9)

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This is Not an Elephant "This is Not an Elephant"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Label:  Golden Church / Edel / Kontor New Media
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Icarus (4:40)
2. Do You Hear The Rain (3:31)
3. Not Where They Belong (3:43)
4. Maintaining A Healthy Level Of Hate (3:24)
5. Eleven (3:41)
6. Silverdime (3:33)
7. Only (4:11)
8. Mclovin (3:58)
9. Moonhunter (5:59)

Total Time 36:40

Line-up
David Kreisl - Vocals
Andreas Krebs - Guitars, Programming, Backing Vocals
Randy Salo - Bass, Backing Vocals
Florian Wolf  - Drums, Programming

Description/Reviews
The band lists acts such as Audioslave, Tool, Muse, and Karnivool as touchstones for fans, and I think that’s a good list.
The music is heavy prog rock with an emphasis on stunning grooves and catchy choruses, hence the list of influential bands.  All of those bands have high energy and also high melody along with stunning instrumental portions, and that is what you find here.  The band lists alternative rock as part of their “genre”, but I hear pop-punk, emo, and new wave influences in there, as well. 
Read the full review at theprogmind.com

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Avem "Meridiem"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: WormHoleDeath
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 29, 2019 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Sun Chaser (5:38)
2. How I Got My Wings (5:14)
3. Bermuda (4:35)
4. Stargazer (5:14)
5. Lost Cosmonaut (8:48)
6. Phantoms (4:22)
7. Earth Shaker (3:48)
8. Whispers On The Wind (6:16)
9. Chernobyl (5:43)
10. Storm Facer (3:15)
11. Sonder (3:58)
12. LDV (6:57)

Total Time 63:48

Line-up
Nora Bendzko - Vocals
Reece Tyrrell - Guitars
Florian Uhl - Bass
Manu Sharma - Keyboards
Seppo Uhari - Drums

Description/Reviews
 Avem’s debut release Meridiem features 12 songs that stand alone and stand together. Each track was composed as its own song to be added to a collection that fits together like a jigsaw. Within the blink of an eye and the length of eternity Avem challenge you to find your own meaning in an album strewn with multiple layers. Roughly following one life cycle sequentially, here is a description of the meaning behind each song.
Read track by track review at breathingthecore.com

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Phantoms
Deezer 

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Fool's Errand "Gravitas"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
Format: digital
Release date: March 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. There Will Be No Encore (3:11)
2. Make Waves (6:22)
3. Newfound Hope (3:58)
4. Stoned Ape Theory (4:59)
5. Headlights (4:37)
6. Deer (1:42)
7. Icarus (5:25)
8. Another Day At The Office (4:49)
9. Viejo, Anselmo (4:50)
10. (Used To Be) Happy (9:18)

Total Time 49:11

Line-up
Albert Schuurmans - Drums
Willem Schuurmans - Guitar
Fabian Voskuil - Guitar
Alwin van der Ven - Bass and Trumpet
   With
Sarah Cahuasqui - Vocals (2, 7)

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Bandcamp  (name your price)

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Driftglass "World Of Conversation"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Formatdigital
Release date: March 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Down In The Dirt (6:30)
2. World Of Conversation (7:52)
3. Tried (5:11)
4. Pretender (6:22)
5. Evergreen (5:56)
6. Little By Little (7:07)
7. Pull The Strings (7:54)
8. Grand Inquisitor (8:17)
9. Be All And End All (7:39)

Total Time 62:48

Line-up
Manuel Montes - Vocals
Gera Kisselman - Guitars
Ilya Maximenko - Guitars
Alon Shenfield - Bass
Andrei Zaretski - Keybaords
Jeff Marshman - Drums

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Last Flight To Pluto "A Drop In The Ocean"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: White Knight Records
Format: CD
Release date: March 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Masheena
2. Time & Love
3. The Kings Are Dead
4. Coverland
5. Morning Glow
6. Supergirl

Line-up
Alice Freya - Vocals, Guitar
Jack Parry - Guitar
Darren Joseph - Drums
Jay Lewis Kreft - Bass
Ryan Alexander - Guitar

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Preview
Coverland

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Conqueror "In Orbita"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Fino al limite (06:32)
2. In cerca d'ali (05:51)
3. Verso un nuovo mondo (08:59)
4. Kedr (10:26)
5. Un disegno perfetto (08:45)
6. 09.07 a.m. (01:24)
7. Star on the moon (04:56)

Line-up
Simona Rigano: vocals, keyboards and synth
Tino Nastasi: guitars
Sofia Ferraro; Saxophone, Flute, EWI 5000
Edoardo Ragunì: bass, pedal bass, back vocals
Natale Russo: drums and percussions
   With
Giovanni Alibrandi: violin

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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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Signs Of Human Race "Inner Struggle Of Self-Acceptance"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Sliptrick Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dreaming Reality (8:30)
2. Above The Languages Of Life (5:21)
3. Journey Into Self-Reflection (8:26)
4. Of Love And Misgiving (8:25)
5. Choking In Hopeless Agony (12:11)

Total Time 42:53

Line-up
Remek James Robertson – Vocals
Diego Lorenzi – Guitars
Davide Brighenti – Bass
Samuele Leonard Sereno – Drums

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Journey Into Self Reflection

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Valerinne "Desire"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 25, 2019 (digital),  May 22, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Young Demon (10:50)
2. Star From Below (10:59)
3. Earth From Above (10:41)
4. Deceiver (13:47)
5. Hegemon (15:20)
6. Sorrows (12:14)

Total Time 73:51

Line-up
Alexandru Das - guitar, synths
Liviu Stoicescu - bass, synths
Mircea Smarandache - drums

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Will of the Mountain "The Third Silence"


Country: Costa Rica
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Old Sailor's Company Part 1: Radiant (5:41)
2. Unity (4:08)
3. Lunar (6:36)
4. En El Aire (4:53)
5. New Days In Heaven (4:37)
6. Three Rivers (4:35)
7. The Old Sailor's Company Parts 2-3: Tempest, Home (9:56)
8. Silence (3:43)

Total Time 44:09

Line-up
Juan Pablo Calvo - guitars, keys, vocals
Charlie Calvo - drums
Chalo Trejos - fretless bass
   With
Germán Gallardo - guitar solo (4)
Fernando Coto - guitar solo (6)
Federico Miranda - guitar solos (7)
Eduardo Oviedo - flute solo (6)
Jorge Guri - keys (6)
David Cubero, Elizabeth Naranjo, Bernal Villegas, Henry D’Arias, Sebastián Acuña - vocals

Description/Reviews
The musical style is progressive rock with a focus on melody and groove, but also with a heavier side.  You will hear quite a bit of variety in tone from song to song, and part of that has to do with the multiple guest singers who are present here.  The music may foam with drive and energy one moment, and then evoke space and distance in the next.  Overall, the sound is bright, layered, and a bit mysterious, in addition to feeling emotional and purposeful.  Also, as I said, there is a distinctive Costa Rican sound at play here that winds its way through every note.
Read the full review at theprogmind.com

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Loonypark "Deep Space Eight"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Lynx Music - LM155 CD
Format: CD
Release date: March 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. We Don't Wanna Die (5:27)
2. The Space Between Us (4:39)
3. Timelines (5:09)
4. Believe (5:18)
5. Little Girl (5:24)
6. Are We Alone? (4:45)
7. Afraid of Tomorrow (6:09)
8. Odyssey (6:57)

Total Time 43:48

Line-up
Magda Grodecka - vocals
Krzysztof Lepiarczyk – keyboards
Piotr Grodecki – guitars
Piotr Lipka – bass
Grzegorz Fieber – drums

Media/Samples 
We Don't Wanna Die
Space between us
Believe

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Beyond the Mirror "The Broken Mirror"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 25, 2019
Tracklist
1 - Outbreak (01:36)
2 - The Broken Mirror (05:25)
3 - Ourselves (06:11)
4 - Reflections (05:49)
5 - Beyond the Mirror (08:09)
6 - Catatonia (12:29)
7 - Chaos (04:14)
8 - A Simple Reason (06:30)
9 - My Foolish Heart (12:47)

Line-up
John Rodrigues - Vocals
André Dainez - Guitar, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
William Morgan - Bass
Gustavo Lopes - Drums
   With
Jenner Rodrigues (7)

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Stream
Deezer 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Hare And Hoofe "The Hare And Hoofe"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Psychedelic Prog Folk
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: March 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. White Blindness (3:10)
2. Appledore Fayre (3:52)
3. Voyager (5:30)
4. Ladye Lovibonde/Goodwin Pavanne (6:07)
5. Lionel Mettle (6:14)
6. Fanhare (1:38)
7. I Was A Scientist (1892) (2:49)
8. Did I Dream? Pts. 1-4 (5:49)
9. The Terror Of Melton (3:24)
10. The Ballad Of Layser Manne (3:53)
11. Chromium Dioxide And The Crazy Data (3:19)
12. Hanfare (1:20)
13. Cold Blows The Whistle Lonely Night (2:44)

Total Time 49:49

Line-up
Tom Hodges
Kate Hodges
Jim Hargreaves
Peck Perry
Jamie Owen

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Ola Englund "Master of the Universe"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Pizza Hawaii (5:17)
2. Cerberus (5:15)
3. Solar, Pt. 1 (11:42)
4. That Youtube Song (5:04)
5. Solar, Pt. 2 (11:21)
6. Slutet På Skivan (3:09)

Total Time 41:48

Line-up
Ola Englund - Guitar, Piano
    With
Delta Empire - Drums
Jonas Kullhammar - Baritone Saxophone

Description/Reviews
…..it’s not obscenely heavy, believe it or not.  It’s actually a big nod to progressive music even classic prog rock from the 70’s and years gone by.  There’s even some brass and piano on some of his songs! No, you’re not getting an instrumental death metal offering it’s actually extremely versed.  Again I’ll hammer home the point he’s more diverse than most people think he is.  It’s a truly unique display of music that is his own, and has a broad sound that is far from sounding like he’s imitating anyone.  There’s even some slight moments of jazz here and there, as well. 
Read the full review at technicalmusicreview.com/

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Stream 1
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High Spy "The Code"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Visitors - Here They Are Again (07:57)
2. She Knows - Flowers and Butterflies (04:52)
3. Inner Peace - Be Free (04:38)
4. I am The Code (05:49)
5. The Depth of Human Eyes (05:26)
6. A Single Curve of Light (00:24)
7. Love Your Face (05:21)
8. Tough at The Top (05:28)
9. Inner Peace - Be Free (Single Version) (05:40)
10. Tough at The Top (Single Version) (03:02)
11. I Love Your Face (Single Version) extended ending (06:04)

Line-up
Mark Price (Final Conflict, Grace, Framework, All About Eve) - Keyboards
Tony Hall (Grace) - Drums
Ade Peddie - Vocals and Bass
Mark Stokes - Guitars
   With
Charmaine Baines - Backing Vocals (7)

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Cedith "Dawn Of Man"


Country: Turkey
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal, Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: March 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. Anksiyete Blues (7:46)
2. Lost Whale In Black Sea (6:24)
3. GO Unheard (6:26)
4. Kara Orman (5:19)
5. Kor Yilan (4:57)
6. Murder In Sunset (8:13)
7. Finally At Ease (6:57)
8. Take My Sunrise Away (10:37)

Total Time 56:39

Line-up
Deniz Ünsal - drums
Nazim Berke Fidan - guitars
Ermis Seichi Özkan - guitars
Mert Dede - bass

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3rd Ear Experience with Dr Space "From Ear To Space"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
LabelSpace Rock Productions - SRP056
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: March 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. Scream Of Eagle Bone  (14:50)
2. Anam Cara  (20:21)
3. Dreams Of The Caterpillar  (22:12)
4. Coin In The Desert  (9:37)
5. Sue's Dream World  (6:04)


Line-up
Robbi Robb - guitar
Jorge Bassman Carrillo - bass
Richard Stuverud - drums
Amritakripa - keyboards, Middle Earth chants, kyminy
John Whoolilurie - saxophone, B3 organ
Dr Space (Oresund Space Collective) - synths
Eric Ryan - ambient and glissando guitar
Ryan Post - percussion

Description/Reviews
This album was created out of series of jam sessions. Basic mixes were sent to Dr Space, who then, jammed along as if he was playing with the band, the files were sent to Robbi, who then mixed, added a few overdubs and the magic was created. For Side D, the opposite happened and Dr Space created the basic tracks and 3rd ear jammed along. So what does it sound like? Space rock with a cool ethnic or electronic vibe at times. Side A and B are more rocking while side C and D are more ambient with spaced out trips featuring Glissando guitars,  treated flutes and Mizmar-like sounds from an old guitar synth.
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Scream Of Eagle Bone

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