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Friday, May 31, 2019

Ihlo "Union"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Union (06:07)
2. Reanimate (05:31)
3. Starseeker (07:33)
4. Hollow (06:58)
5. Triumph (04:54)   
6. Parhelion (07:26)
7. Coalescence (15:14)

Line-up
Phil Monro - Guitars
Andy Robison - Vocals, Sound Design
Clark McMenemy - Drum Production
   With
Connor Mackie - Guitar solo (1)

Description/Reviews
Ihlo belongs in the list of modern progressive metals acts alongside such bands as Tesseract, Haken, Leprous, and Distorted Harmony.  However, I do not find them overly derivative of those bands.
Many people have been specifically comparing the music to that of Tesseract.  What that means is that Ihlo plays modern progressive metal with djent on their brains.  They honestly sound more like a band out of Australia, especially in their chosen guitar tone.  However, I find that the djent is done in good taste, and the band focuses more on the overarching melodies that they pair with their stuttering riffs.  I think this band has much more to offer, and you can especially hear that in the second half of the album.  Their music overall comes across as smooth, rhythmic, and melodic; with fantastic instrumentals and electronic accents that really get your blood flowing.
Read the full review by Jason Spencer at theprogmind.com

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Majesty Of Revival "Timeless"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: WormHoleDeath Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Destroy Space
2. Disposable Clown
3. Void
4. S7
5. Dream Dealer
6. Sinners & Saints
7. Doppelgänger
8. Consciousness Beyond...
9. Timeless
10. Bury Me
11. Majesty Of Revival/Toni Lucifer - Smash the Kings (Bonus)

Line-up
DP aka Dimitriy Pavlovskiy - guitars, vocals, additional keyboards
Mad Doctor aka Myroslav Danko - keyboards, guitars, some bass, backing vocals
AV aka Anton Verkhov - bass, vocals (7), additional vocals
Marvin - drums, some bass
   With
Vasil Iržak - whining voice (10)
Vladimir Yakubovsky - additional piano (6)

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Flaw & Order "Evaporated People"


Country: India
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. - E Minor Inconvenience (2:15)
2. - A Distinct Height Disadvantage (8:40)
3. - Odd Counting Disaster (4:33)
4. - You Only Lobotomize Once (6:30)
5. - Bipolar Bear (7:24)
6. - Coulrophobia (3:44)
7. - Pretty Tight Snare Drum (5:42)

Total Time 38:48

Line-up
Adithyashankar Ajith - Bass guitar
Ajit Singh - Drums
Paraj Kumar Singh - Lead guitars
Sudharsan Krishnakumar - Rhythm guitars, piano, synth

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Kaleidobolt "Bitter"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Label: Svart Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Another Toothpick   
2. Big Sky Land   
3. I Am The Seer
4. Deadpan Blues   
5. Interlude   
6. Coyote   
7. Hydra

Line-up
Sampo Kääriäinen: guitars, lead vocals, keyboards
Marco Menestrina: bass, vocals, keyboards, percussions
Valtteri Lindholm: drums, timpani
        With
Tenho Mattila: keyboards
Niko Lehdontie: sound manipulation

Description/Reviews
Bitter is a ride and a half, chock full of all the licks, riffs, screams, and grooves fans of progressive/psychedelic rock could ask for. It’s like the timelines split at some point and instead of sinking into jazz experimentation, pop-influenced revivals, breakups, or just plain obscurity, 70’s progressive rock bands got pissed instead and made it their goal to be as loud as possible. It goddamn rules.
Read the full review by Eden Kupermintz at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Broken Parachute "Living Dangerously"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Fusion, Blues
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Surprises (0:56)
2. Lines (6:07)
3. Masterframe (6:52)
4. Limits (4:31)
5. Devils (9:17)
6. Ghost (5:42)
7. Tempest (4:53)
8. Living Dangerously (5:16)
9. Light (7:45)
10. Bad Politics (4:54)
11. Fire (5:39)

Total Time 61:52

Line-up
Marcus Taylor - guitars, bass, percussion, programming.
Ben Bell (Patchwork Cacophony) - keyboards, vocals, bass
James Chapman - drums

Description/Reviews
What would happen if Deep Purple and Yes had an illicit encounter under a Porcupine Tree*?
Living Dangerously is a Sonic Cocktail on the Rocks, blending equal parts Classic, Progressive, Jazz and Blues and cheekily spiking with a whatever they found lurking at the back of the cupboard.

*No iconic prog rock acts were harmed in the making of this album.
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Les Évadés "Black Mamba"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. La Holi (5:29)
2. Anita's Dance (3:19)
3. La Niña (4:49)
4. Black Mamba (4:19)
5. Harmattan (3:16)
6. Laika (4:15)
7. Caligula (4:40)
8. Alschitt (1:57)
9. Experiment In Terror (5:21)
10. Ana Mora (4:08)

Total Time 41:33

Line-up
Marie-Christine Roy : Violin
Alain Filion: Guitar
Mathieu Rancourt: Bass, Contrabass
Louis-Solem Pérot: Cello
Roger Cournoyer: Ambiance, Drums (4, 9)
Olivier Bussières: Drums (1, 2, 3)
Olivier Forest: Drums (5, 6, 7)
    With
Claude Amar: Violin (9, 10)

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Into The Great Divide "A Life In Six Acts"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Hollow (4:39)
2. Leaving Earth (5:50)
3. Travel Light (4:38)
4. Broken Water (6:53)
5. Mantra (5:06)
6. Sleep (4:23)
7. The Crossing (8:30)

Total Time 39:59

Line-up
Zack Zalon - all instruments, drums programming

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Edge Of Reality "In Static"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
01. Attack of the Great Worm (8:52)
02. A Consultation (5:54)
03. Puzzle Man (5:44)
04. Bed of Lies (7:13)
05. Lovestruck (6:37)
06. Notebook (4:27)
07. Azira (7:28)
08. New Fuel (10:30)
09. Remorse (1:46)
10. Civil War (5:18)
11. Illegal Chord (9:01)

Total Time – 72:44

Line-up
Joey Frevola  (Kyros/Synaesthesia) – Guitars, Keyboards
Jesse Peck – Guitars, Vocals
Jesse Brock – Lead Vocals
Nick Mills – Bass
Branndon Center – Drums & Percussion
    With:
Megan Rasmussen – Vocals (10)
Laura Epling – Violin
David Williford – Saxophone (5)
Spencer Hurst – Electric Piano (5)
Justin Berger-Davis – Upright Bass (5)
Eloise Tyner – Spoken Word (2)

Description/Reviews
Opening the album is the spectacular Attack of the Great Worm with solid power metal chords straight from the ’80s to greet the listener. A flurry of time signatures will leave you unsure of quite how to bop your head before an unexpected acoustic guitar section introduces the singer. I’ll leave the word ‘unexpected’ out of the rest of this review because just about everything on this record is made to defy expectations; no familiar song formulas or structures, quirky instrumentation on every track and a turbulent seesaw between silly and scary atmospheres throughout. 
Read the full review by Basil Francis at theprogressiveaspect.net

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Until Rain "Season V"


Country: Greece/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Inner Season (2:33)
2. Running (4:58)
3. Patti (3:45)
4. In Times Of Despair (2:21)
5. Qualia (5:16)
6. Miracle (3:52)
7. Restart (4:15)
8. Stay (4:42)
9. The Long Break (4:51)
10. Ascending (3:38)
11. A Land Of Nothingness (3:10)
12. Time Escape (4:48)

Total Time 48:09

Line-up
Cons Marg - Vocals
Theodore Amaxopoulos - Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Lef Germenlis - Keyboards, Guitars, Backing Vocals, String Arrangements & Programming
Linus Abrahamson - Electric & Fretless Bass
Matthew Vella - Drums
Donna Zed - Backing Vocals
   With
Vicky Psarakis - Lead & Backing Vocals (9)

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Quantum Fantay "Yemaya Orisha"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Space Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD072
Format: CD
Release date: May 2019
Tracklist
1. Yemaya Orisha (Veautifull Mocean pt1) (12:51)
2. Mami Wata (Veautifull Mocean pt2) (9:56)
3. Riddles Of The Sphinx (7:20)
4. Gemini Flower (8:03)
5. Serra Da Estrela (7:12)

Line-up
Pete Mush: synths, programming
Jaro: bass
Luis Verlinden: drums
Tom Tas: acoustic & electric guitars
   With
Charles Sla: flutes
Maera: vocals (3)
Rafaela Ignis: vocals (5)

Description/Reviews
Perfect balance between Spacerock, Trance Goa and Progressive Rock with etnic and dub vibes. 
Media/Samples
Progstreaming

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Nth Ascension "Stranger Than Fiction"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Metatronic Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Opening (5:59)
2. True Identity (5:26)
3. Fire in the Sky (7:51)
4. Reconciled (10:27)
5. The Gathering (Clanaan Pt.7) (7:17)
6. Journey's End (Clanaan Pt.8) (15:49)
7. Lament (Clanaan Pt.9) (1:40)
8. Sound To Light (18:14)

Total Time 72:43

Line-up
Alan 'Spud' Taylor – Vocals
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Craig Walker – Drums & Percussion
Gavin Walker – Bass Guitar
Martin Walker – Electric & Acoustic Guitars

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True Identity
Fire In The Sky

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The Warlocks "Mean Machine Music"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic
Label: Cleopatra Records ‎- CLO 1270
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Mean Machine (5:33)
2. Disfigured Figure (3:13)
3. You Destroy (4:04)
4. It's Hopeless (5:57)
5. Tribute To Hawkwind (3:40)
6. Mean Machine (Reprise) (4:48)
7. Disfigured Figure (Reprise) (4:51)
8. You Destroy (Reprise) (4:59)
9. It's Hopeless (Reprise) (5:23)

Total Time 42:00

Line-up
Bobby Hecksher
JC Rees
Jason "Plucky" Anchondo
Earl V. Miller
Chris DiPino

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Farmhouse Odyssey "Fertile Ground"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Call (04:30)
2. Out of the Fog (12:33)
3. Betwixt and Between (08:48)
4. Ancient Yet Eternal (06:49)
5. Verve (06:25)

Line-up
Alex Espe – Vocals, Piano, Rhodes, Moog, Organ, Mellotron
Aaron Laughlin – Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin, Mellotron
Alex Pepe – Guitars
Ian Taylor – Bass, Synth Bass
Thatcher Norton – Drums

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Freedom To Glide "Seed"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
01. Seed
02. Holding On
03. No Turning Back
04. Undertones Of War
05. The Right Within The Wrong
06. The Space Between The Lines
07. The Only Way?
08. Escape To Survive
09. One Day
10. When That Day Comes
11. Broken Road
12. Dear May
13. Seed Of Hope

Line-up
Andy Nixon - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bouzouki, Bass
Pete Riley - Piano, Synthesizers, Organ
    With
Louise Wilson (KAFKADIVA) - Vocals (6, 13)

Description/Reviews
SEED is the third album from Freedom To Glide and completes their anti-war trilogy which began in 2013 with RAIN followed by FALL in 2016. With SEED Freedom To Glide have brought together every aspect of their unique sound to produce a very focused and personal concept album based around one man's experience of 1918 - the final year of World War 1. Musically, Freedom To Glide take you on a cinematic journey through their now familiar sonic landscape of layered synths, evocative acoustic guitar, atmospheric piano and soaring guitar solos.
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Broken Road

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Hidden Lapse "Butterflies"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
LabelRockshots Records - RSCD058
Format: CD
Release date: May 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dead Jester
2. Third
3. The Letter 0
4. Stone Mask
5. Glitchers
6. Grim Poet
7. Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
8. Cruel Enigma
9. Dust
10. Bonus Track "Silent Sacrifice (rearmed)”

Line-up
Alessia Marchigiani - Vocals
Marco Ricco - Guitars and Vocals
Romina Pantanetti - Bass
Alessio Monacelli - Drums

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Omnerod "Arteries"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. Lines (6:23)
2. Guide Them (9:41)
3. Newt (3:19)
4. Ascaris (8:41)
5. Nothing Was Vain (11:19)
6. Velvet Hooks (9:08)
7. Far From The Tree (7:05)
8. Sleep (13:42)

Total Time 69:18

Line-up
Romain Jeuniaux - vocals, guitars, samples and effects
Pablo Schwilden Diaz - drums, samples and effects
Anthony Deneyer - additional vocals
Thomas Clément - bass

Description/Reviews
Is not the type of metal I’m used to listen, this band is really peculiar, but in a good way, they manage to make lots of truly melodious combinations on this album, from calmly clean guitars, to distorted potent ones followed by rhythms that are actually catchy. I can clearly hear the inspiration of Opeth here.

Read the full review by ᴎostalgiʞK, at metal-archives.com

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Diaspora "Beyond The Black Sun"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Naturecord Records
Format: digital
Release date: May 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Patriarch Down (8:35)
2. Dreamdisolver (7:14)
3. Clouded Moon (3:22)
4. Fortress (7:16)
5. Gears Of Time (5:29)
6. Aegis (6:50)
7. Limitless (6:34)
8. Stargazer (5:28)
9. Wildfire (5:35)

Total Time 56:23

Line-up
Cristoffer Iversen

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Good NightOwl "Truthmaster"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. First Contact (6:18)
2. Second Glance (5:58)
3. Third Time's a Charm (4:12)
4. Fourth o' July (6:41)
5. Fifth Element (4:04)
6. Sixth Sense (6:22)
7. Seventh Heaven (5:31)
8. Eighth o' Dank (5:11)
9. Ninth Wonder of the World (6:47)
10. Tenth Commandment (8:56)
11. Eleventh Hour (5:31)

Total Time 64:29

Line-up
Daniel Lewis Cupps

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Look To Windward "In Fantasy"


Country: New Zealand/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Early Morning Forecast (4:30)
2. Shells Of Ire (5:08)
3. In Fantasy (8:06)
4. Hydrocarbonsoul (3:55)
5. Calming Waters (10:35)
6. Real Flames (6:02)
7. ... (the anthropic burn-off) (0:37)
8. Glint (3:46)
9. Aquamarina (9:31)

Total Time 52:16

Line-up
Andrew McCully - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Emily Looker - vocals
Benjamin Morley - vocals
Jonathan Sawyer - backing vocals, drums (1, 6), percussion (6)
Guy Harrison - trumpet
Sam Loveridge - violin
Russell Smith - clarinet
Andy Smith - lead guitar
Alex Selman - piano (6), acoustic guitar (6)

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Dopapod "Emit Time"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Jamband, Progressive Rock
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019 (digital), Summer 2019 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Numbers Need Humans (4:40)
2. Test Of Time (7:19)
3. 3 Forever (3:56)
4. Live In The Dream (5:15)
5. Superbowl (8:32)
6. Weedie (3:56)
7. Landmines (6:31)
8. Whale (I Am) (5:14)

Total Time 45:23

Line-up
Eli Winderman - keyboards
Rob Compa - guitars
Chuck Jones - bass
Neal “Fro” Evans - drums

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Zonder / Wehrkamp "If It's Real"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
01. I Can't Believe (4:35)
02. If It's Real (5:27)
03. I'd Do Anything (4:53)
04. Last Place (3:58)
05. Two Years (3:54)
06. Where Are the Children Going? (3:52)
07. Too Late (4:28)
08. The Next Big Thing (4:23)
09. It's Not the End (7:37)
10. Goodnight (1:56)

Line-up
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery) - guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals
Mark Zonder (Warlord, Fates Warning) - drums, percussion

Description/Reviews
... do not expect a new Shadow Gallery-like album, which would also be nice, but ‘If It’s Real’ turns out to be a magnificent listening experience as the album is filled with melodic, emotional prog rock with rather dramatic lyrics. 
Read the full review by Martien Koolen at headbangerslifestyle.com

Also read the review by Mark Boardman at sonicperspectives.com

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L'Eclair "Sauropoda"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Funk, Krautrock, Psychedelic
Label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond, Bongo Joe
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Still Steeve   
2. Endless Dave   
3. Castor MacDavid   
4. Suite No. 2   
5. Parapluie Bulgare

Line-up
Sébastien Bui – Keyboards
Elie Ghersinu –  Bass
Stefan Lilov – Guitar
Yavor Lilov – Drums
Quentin Pilet – Bongos
Alain Sandri – Mellotron, Cowbell, Congas
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DJ Laxxiste - 440 FX

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Rendezvous Point "Universal Chaos"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelLong Branch Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
01. Apollo
02. Digital Waste
03. Universal Chaos
04. Pressure
05. The Fall
06. The Takedown
07. Unfaithful
08. Resurrection
09. Undefeated

Line-up
Geirmund Hansen - vocal
Nicolay Tangen Svennæs - keyboard
Petter Hallaråker - guitar
Gunn-Hilde Erstad - bass
Baard Kolstad (Leprous) - drums

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Brighteye Brison "V"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Crest Of Quarrel (12:32)
2. V (17:27)
3. The Magician Chronicles - Part II (36:51)

Line-up
Linus Kåse (Änglagård) - keys, sax, vocals
Per Hallman - keys, vocals
Kristofer Eng Radjabi - bass, taurus, vocals
Johan Öijen - guitars
Erik Hammarström - drums

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Karakorum "Fables and Fairytales"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelTonzonen Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Phrygian Youth (9:38)
2. Smegmahood (13:51)
3. Fairytales (23:00)

Total Time 46:29

Line-up
Axel Hackner: organ, electric pianos, synth, vocals
Max Schörghuber: guitar, vocals
Bernie Huber: guitar, harp, vocals
Jonas Kollenda: bass, double bass, vocals
Bastian Schuhbeck: drums, marimba, vibraphone, non tuned percussions, vocals

Description/Reviews
Side ‘A’ opens with “Phrygian Youth”, a track that is deeply drenched into mid 70s Progressive Rock, becoming hard, then mellow, then dreamy, then sharp with blistering/shimmering electric guitar solos, then bluesy, then a marching Hard Rock beat enters, then Prog again, then the intriguing hot Hammond Organ enters, then the whole thing becomes mystically epic! 
Read the full review by TimeLord Michalis at timemachine-productions.gr

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Clan Aldo Pinelli "Patagonia"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Chamber, Prog Folk
LabelLizard Records - LIZARD CD 0147
Format: CD
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1     Il Vento A El Chalten    
2     Prima Del Ghiacciaio    
3     Cascate    
4     Quila Quina    
5     Paesaggi di Bariloche    
6     Una Settimana A San Martin de Los Andes    
7     La Foresta di Arrayanes    
8     Neve Sul Molo    
9     Trevelin    
10     I Sette Laghi

Line-up
Aldo Pinelli (Habitat): guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion
Paula Dolcera: flute
Silvia Pratolongo: percussion
Sebastian Calise: violin
Roberto Sambrizzi: drums
Elizabeth Minervini: keyboards, piano

Description/Reviews
An electro-acoustic congregation with an ambient-folk-prog propensity that wonderfully transforms the enchanting images of Patagonia into music, seen through the eyes and the emotions of the Argentine musician.
Bucolic atmospheres, pastoral sounds, luminous melodies, ancestral rituals (in which the flute and above all the violin play a leading role), as in an enchanting journey accompanied by ten instrumental pieces.
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Irata "Tower"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Stoner, Sludge, Progressive Metal
LabelSmall Stone Records ‎– SS-174
Format CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Tower (2:45)
2. Waking Eye (5:55)
3. Weightless (4:20)
4. Innocent Murmur (6:25)
5. Leviathan (5:10)
6. Crawl To Corners (4:36)
7. Golden Tongue (3:48)
8. Constellations (6:04)

Total Time 39:03

Line-up
Jon Case: bass guitar, vocals
Jason Ward: drums, vocals, synths, percussion
Cheryl Manner: guitar
Owen Burd: guitar, vocals, trumpet

Description/Reviews
Kicking off with the aforementioned tower, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in for a straightforward sludge fest, with swathes of guitar overlapping one another in a sonic tsunami. That, in itself, would make for a fine record, but then the band launch into waking eye, which transpires to be the sort of mesmerising prog-metal that made Mastadon’s crack the Skye such an awe-inspiring piece of work. A gloriously varied and deeply melodic piece of work, waking eye ebbs and flows beautifully, taking in lush progressive soundscapes worthy of early Genesis, explosive passages in the vein of Neurosis and much, much more, all tied together with exquisite musicianship.
Read the full review at sonicabuse.com

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Glutton "Eating Music"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelApollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Far Away (9:47)
2. Eating Music 1 (0:25)
3. The Tomb Of The Unknown Ontonaut (10:14)
4. Eating Music 2 (2:04)
5. Pinhole (7:14)
6. Eating Music 3 (1:50)
7. Future Blue (5:49)
8. Holes In Time (5:01)
9. Space And Our Hearts (7:27)

Total Time 49:51

Line-up
Ola Mile Bruland - bass
Eirik Ørevik Aadland - vocals, guitars
Jonas Eide Hollund - vocals, drums
     With
Kari Rønnekleiv (Motorsycho, Ulver, Sunn O))))
Ole-Henrik Moe
Thomas Meidell
Trond Gjellum (Panzerpappa, Suburban Savages) - samples, synthesizers and percussion

Description/Reviews
Eating Music is an atmospheric, exploratory and hard-hitting piece of music, built from improvisation and merging sounds from the progressive rock of the 70s right through to contemporary jazz. 
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Pinhole

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Marko Hietala "Mustan Sydämen Rovio" / "Pyre Of The Black Heart"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label:  Savonian Rooster (Finnish version), Nuclear Blast (English version)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019 (CD, digital), July 5, 2019 (vinyl), January 24, 2020 (English version)
Tracklist
01. Kiviä / Stones (5:15)
02. Isäni Ääni / The Voice Of My Father (4:37)
03. Tähti, Hiekka Ja Varjo / Star, Sand And Shadow (5:02)
04. Kuolleiden Jumalten Poika / Dead  (4:42)
05. Laulu Sinulle / God’s Son (7:11)
06. Minä Olen Tie / For You I Am The Way (5:06)
07. Juoksen Rautateitä / Runner Of The Railways  (3:51)
08. Vapauden Kuolinmarssi / Death March For Freedom (5:03)
09. Unelmoin Öisin / I Dream (5:39)
10. Totuus Vapauttaa / Truth Shall Set You Free (5:43)

Line-up
Marko Hietala a.k.a. Marco Hietala (Nightwish) - bass, vocals
Tuomas Wäinölä - guitar
Vili Ollila - keyboards
Anssi Nykänen - drums

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Isäni ääni
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Deezer

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Jordsjø "Nattfiolen"


CountryNorway
Genre(s)Symphonic, Prog Folk
Label: Karisma Records - KAR176
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
01. Ouverture
02. Stifinner
03. Solens Sirkulære Sang
04. Septemberbål
05. Mine Templer II
06. Til Våren
07. Ulvenatt

Line-up
Håkon Oftung (Tusmørke) - vocals, guitars, flute, keyboards
Kristian Frøland - drums, percussion

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Stifinner

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Welcome Inside The Brain "Queen of the Day Flies"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Retro Prog
Label: Tonzonen Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Baptist Preacher (4:58)
2. Naked Philosopher (6:56)
3. Broken Record (4:14)
4. Queen Of The Day Flies (4:45)
5. White Room (8:11)
6. Call Me A Liar (4:52)
7. Hometown (7:12)

Total Time 41:08

Line-up
Frank Mühlenberg - vocals
Georg Spieß - guitars
Johann Fritsche - keyboards
Paul Lapp - e-bass, Moog
Hans Otto - drums

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Bandcamp

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Lisathe "Lisathe"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock, Jazz, Classical
Label: Art As Catharsis
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2019 (digital), July 10, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Pagan Poetry (5:48)
2. Melodia (i) (3:38)
3. Dreaming (9:00)
4. Melodia (ii) (2:36)
5. Fragments (3:57)
6. The Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black (4:55)
7. London Út (4:45)
8. Melodia (iii) (2:02)
9. White Sun (5:14)

Total Time 41:55

Line-up
Brendan Clark - Bass
Oliver Thorpe - Guitar
Miles Thomas - Drums

Description/Reviews
At the moment, I’m most invested in a trend of “post-” post-rock, a movement seemingly led primarily by phenomenal Australian label Art As Catharsis. Their roster is stacked with some of the most exciting bands toying with the core tenets of post-rock, incorporating elements of math rock, jazz, modern classical, prog and more to create a fresh, unique sound. ... The trio’s new self-titled album is one of the most unique contemporary releases at the intersection of these styles. ... The trio channels a traditional “rock” lineup (bass, drums, guitar) through an array of lenses, ranging from jazzy and bluesy guitar licks à la Bill Frisell and Loren Connors to ambient, quasi-folk passages to lush, cinematic soundscapes. This synthesis is both intriguing and accessible, defined by a balance of modern and classic styles for a timeless, sonically rich result.
Read the full review by Scott Murphy at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Wolmari "Wolmari"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: Presence Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 24, 2019 (CD, digital), Summer 2019 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1 - Wolmari I (02:45)
2 - Sarastus (11:31)
3 - Jaan Tahan (04:11)
4 - Syva Jaa (06:43)
5 - Syksy (06:21)
6 - Onkapannu (06:30)
7 - Jos Annat Aamun Tulla (04:37)
8 - Kaivon Silma (03:11)

Line-up
Petri "Lemmy" Lindstrom (Progeland, Corvus Stone) - bass guitar
Matti Kervinen (Pax Romana, Kataya) - keyboards, vocals, guitars
Pasi Koivu (Corvus Stone) - keyboards
   With
Timo Rautiainen - vocals
Hannu Leidén - vocals
Esa Kotilainen (Wigwam) - accordion
Anssi Nykänen (Pekka Pohjola) - drums & percussion
Samu Wuori - electric guitar
Sonja Virtanen - alto saxophone

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Promo
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kenner "8Ball City"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMay 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. 8Ball City
2. Janelle
3. Life (small)
4. Candyland
5. Press Start to Play
6. Toy Soldiers
7. Behind The Trees
8. Skrunk
9. Play / Sad Mario
10. Weasel Pond
11. Life (Big)
12. Done

Line-up
Eitan Kenner - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond C3, Hohner Clavinet, Korg MS-20, Moog Little Phatty
David Frazier Jr. - Drums
Noam Israeli - Drums
Diego Joaquin Ramierz - Drums
Tamir Shmerling - Bass
Andrew Whitbeck - Guitar, Bass
Nitzan Bar - Guitar
Clay Lyons - Saxophones
Jonathan Greenstein - Saxophones
Wayne Tucker - Trumpet
Tamer Pinarbasi - Qanun
Jamey Haddad - Percussion

Description/Reviews
8Ball City is an album of unique genre-twisting instrumental music, deriving its influences from Jazz, Gospel, Progressive Rock, Classical and Electronic artists. 
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Stasis Lure "Gaining Time and Distance"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. Celandine (3:42)
2. Red Sea (3:58)
3. Gaining Time And Distance (4:26)
4. City Beneath The Sea (4:48)
5. Fear Of The Familiar (4:30)
6. Whole Other World (5:54)
7. Dormant Skies (5:03)
8. ...Unwind (3:28)
9. Mist (5:06)
10. Passing Tide (6:10)
11. Rusted Heaven (17:50)

Total Time 64:55

Line-up
Qusay Raba'h - Lead and backing vocals
Ashtin Rogers - Guitars, Keys & Programming, Harmonica, Backing vocals
Levan Sichinava - Rhythm Guitars
Ari Belu - Bass
   With
Or Hargash - Drums (3, 4, 5, 7)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

VOVK "Lair"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s)Stoner, Math Rock, Post-Hardcore, Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Endless Waterfall (6:12)
2. Ancient Times (3:12)
3. Something (7:40)
4. Forest (3:50)
5. The Last Ship Above The Sky (8:40)
6. My Own Private Thoughts (9:11)

Total Time 38:45

Line-up
Oleksandr Kuts - bass, vocals
Oleksii Chervoniak - guitars, vocals
Dmytro Krasnenkov - drums
   With
Igor Cherepanov – theremin (2)
Katya Gapochka – back vocals (4)
Igor Sydorenko – vocals (6)

Description/Reviews
The debut album by VOVK combines various musical genres and stylistically intertwines fast stoner rock with broken math rock rhythms submerging the listener in post-hardcore and progressive rock.
Each song reflects the life of the lyrical hero who is constantly searching for himself and his place in the world opposing his personality to society and other people's believes.
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Frédéric L’Épée "The Empty Room"


Country: France/Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 22, 2019 
Tracklist
1. Badong (7:00)
2. Inévitable traversée (unavoidable crossing) (4:23)
3. Descending the Slow River (en descendant la rivière lente) (6:28)
4. Amour et dissolution (3:32)
5. Delta (8:22)
6. Hymne aux Ancêtres 1 (3:15)
7. Treasured Wounds (blessures précieuses) (6:47)
8. Mist (brume) (4:50)
9. Parle-moi encore (keep talking to me) (6:40)
10. Souvenirs de Traversée (memories of crossing) (5:44)
11. Hymne aux Ancêtres 2. (2:04)
12. Wegschippernd (Sailing Away - Voguant au Loin) (1:03)

Total Time 60:08

Line-up
Frédéric L’Épée (Shylock, Yang): guitars
Laurent James (Yang): "erhu" guitar
Nico Gomez (Yang) bass
André Fisichella (Shylock): drums
Volodia Brice (Yang): drums
Olivier Innocenti: bayan (accordion)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

IZZ "Don't Panic"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 21, 2019
Tracklist
1. Don't Panic (4:25)
2. 42 (18:41)
3. Six String Theory (2:07)
4. Moment Of Inertia (9:46)
5. Age Of Stars (8:59)

Total Time: 43:59

Line-up
Paul Bremner: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Anmarie Byrnes: Vocals
Brian Coralian: Electronic & Acoustic Drums and Percussion
Greg DiMiceli: Acoustic Drums and Percussion
John Galgano: Bass Guitar, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tom Galgano: Keyboards, Vocals
Laura Meade: Vocals

Description/Reviews
Centered around the 18+ minute epic, “42,” Don't Panic bears all the hallmarks of what has made IZZ one of the brightest lights in the US progressive rock scene. The band's 9th studio album reveals a fresh, new energy evidenced immediately by the title track's driving bass and catchy hooks to the unpredictable musical twists of “Age of Stars” to the instrumental tour-de-force that is “Moment of Inertia” to the exquisite classical guitar piece, “Six String Theory.” Don't Panic represents a step out of the ordinary and into the unexpected.
The 18 minute-long “42” displays the band in full force as all four vocalists, Anmarie Byrnes, Laura Meade, John Galgano, and Tom Galgano, create melodies and harmonies around the intersecting and connected sections of the piece while guitarist Paul Bremner, and drummers, Greg DiMiceli and Brian Coralian bring the song's powerful, dynamic, and emotional arrangement to life. 
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Don't Panic
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Mike Florio "Vanity Rock"


Country: USA
Genre(s)AOR, Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 21, 2019
Tracklist
1. He Wont Last (4:06)
2. Doldrums (5:34)
3. Next Sunny Day (3:32)
4. Keep Me Going (4:40)
5. Secrets Of Love (3:18)
6. Reality (4:14)
7. Hold Onto Your Heart (7:15)
8. Between Broken Hearts (4:11)
9. The Journey (4:30)
10. Hit The Road (3:17)
11. Going Home (5:34)
12. Love Is Free (6:47)

Total Time 56:58

Line-up
Mike Florio - keys & vocals
   With
Van Hunsberger – drums (1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12)
John Eargle – guitar (5, 8, 11)
Michael DeIanni – bass (4, 7, 10); guitar (4)
David Wallimann – guitar (1, 12)
Matt Sweitzer – bass (2, 11); lead guitar on 11)
Frank Basile – drums (3, 5, 8, 11)
Steve Waite – guitar (3, 10)
Randy George – bass (12)
Clyde 'Dave' Bailey – bass (9)
Eric Benjamin Gordon – guitar & harmony vocals (7)
Jaymi Millard – bass (1)
Sam Varon – drums (10)

Description/Reviews
Vanity Rock showcases a wide range of songs from Mike's early years; from soft ballads to pop ditties and hard rockers. These vintage tunes have been freshly revisited, reconceived, and now can finally be heard!
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Arcadelt "Arc8"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: Lizard Records - LIZARD CD 0148
Format: CD
Release date: May 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Behind The Curtain (7:58)
2. The Heartbeat (5:53)
3. Dogs In Chains (4:26)
4. Caledonia (The Inn Of Happiness) (8:18)
5. Assenze (4:18)
6. Boold On (3:59)
7. The Blue Side (8:13)

Total Time 43:05

Line-up
Pierfrancesco Drago: Vocals
Fabio Cifani: Electric Bass
Sandro Piras: Drums, Percussion
Fabrizio Verzaschi: Electric Guitar
Giacomo Vitullo: Keyboards, Piano, Programming

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Progstreaming
Behind the curtain
Caledonia
Assenze

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