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Friday, August 30, 2019

HFMC (Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion) "Parallel Life"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGlassville Records
FormatCD
Release date:  August 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. Parallel Life (22:32)
   I. A Prophet's Escape
   II. To Change
   III. You and Life
   IV. Hand to the Sky
   V. An Otherworldly Purpose
   VI. A Choice Moment
2. Sleeping with the Ghost (5:27)
3. Time Waits (9:56)
4. All Those Faces (4:46)
5. Rain (9:05)
6. Friday (5:40)
7. Never Alone (8:20)

Total Time 65:46

Line-up
Hasse Fröberg - vocals, guitar
Anton Lindsjö - lead guitar
Ola Strandberg - drums
Kjell Haraldsson - keyboards
Thomas Thomsson - bass

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Magic Pie "Fragments of the 5th Element"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 30, 2019 
Tracklist
1 – The Man Who Had It All
2 – P & C
3 – Table For Two
4 – Touched By An Angel
5 – The Hedonist

Line-up
Kim Stenberg - guitars and vocals
Eirikur Hauksson (Ken Hensley, Kerrs Pink) -  lead vocals
Erling Henanger - keyboards and backing vocals
Eirik Hanssen - vocals
Lars Petter Holstad - bass and backing vocals
Jan T. Johannessen - drums

Description/Reviews
“Fragments of the 5th Element”  finds MAGIC PIE steering clear of the sterile perfection so often found amongst modern Prog bands  in order to create an album with a slightly more unpolished sound, and  a “rough around the edges” feel  that gives it an added bite.  From the genre-defying opener, to the  epic 23 minute closer, MAGIC PIE clearly demonstrate just why they have become a household name amongst Prog Rock fans, and why this album has been worth the long wait.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
P&C

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Unprocessed "Artificial Void"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Long Branch Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 9, 2019
Tracklist
1. Prototype
2. Artificial Void
3. Ruins
4. Fear
5. Abandoned
6. House Of Waters
7. Avatar
8. Antler's Decay
9. Down The Spine
10. Another Sky
11. The Movements, Their Echoes
12. Closure


Line-up
Manuel Gardner Fernandes - Vocals, Guitars
Christoph Schultz - Guitars
Christopher Talosi - Guitars
David Levy - Bass
Leon Pfeifer - Drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Hemina "Night Echoes"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 09, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Only Way   
2. What's the Catch?   
3. We Will    
4. One Short   
5. Flat   
6. Everything Unsaid   
7. Nostalgia   
8. In Technicolour   
9. Flicker

Line-up
Douglas Skene (Anubis) - Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards
Mitch Coull - Guitars and Vocals
Jessica Martin - Bass and Vocals
Nathan McMahon - Drums, Percussion and Vocals
   With
Selin Akbaşoğulları - Additional Vocals (6)
Phill Eltakchi - Additional Vocals (4)
Tom de Wit, Shane Ian Leadbeater, Harrisen Walden, Mairead Walden, Lachlan Arvidson, Simon Bowles, Luke Delbridge, Radina Dimcheva, Anthony Stewart, Reece Denton, Jay Orr, Jevginiy Kasputin, Rico Kallirgos, Daniel Straka, Mark Ashby, Fernando Segundo, Bart Sluis and Aaron Austin - Gang Vocals

Description/Reviews
The band’s fourth album ‘Night Echoes' is the most collaborative work to date offering the eclectic flavours of what fans have come to expect in the past as well as a new palette and range of emotional expression never before heard from the group. Hemina return with a more concise 45 minute concept album exploring adolescence, nostalgia, grief, and loss in the 21st century with a thematic arc to accompany and elaborate on their previous conceptual output.
‘Night Echoes’ is Hemina at their most emotional and melodic without ignoring the aggressive and venomous side that keeps the music in balance.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Russian Circles "Blood Year"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Label: Sargent House
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateAugust 2, 2019
Tracklist
1. Hunter Moon
2. Arluck
3. Milano
4. Kohokia
5. Ghost On Hight
6. Sinaia
7. Quartered

Line-up
Mike Sullivan - guitar
Dave Turncrantz - drums
Brian Cook - bass

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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iamthemorning "The Bell"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Classical, Folk, Progressive Rock
LabelKScope
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 2, 2019
Tracklist
1. Freak Show (7:09)
2. Sleeping Beauty (3:42)
3. Blue Sea (3:08)
4. Black And Blue (3:58)
5. Six Feet (3:56)
6. Ghost Of A Story (3:58)
7. Song Of Psyche (3:20)
8. Lilies (4:28)
9. Salute (7:27)
10. The Bell (5:04)

Total Time 46:10

Line-up
Marjana Semkina – vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (3)
Gleb Kolyadin – grand piano, keyboards
    With:
Vlad Avy – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Zoltan Renaldi – bass, double bass (1, 2, 6, 9)
Svetlana Shumkova – drums (1, 5, 9)
Evan Carson – drums, percussion (2, 5, 9)
Andres Izmaylov – harp (1, 6, 9)
Grigory Osipov – marimba (2, 9)
Dmitry Tsepilov – saxophone (1, 2)
Ilya Leontyev – trumpet (9)
Mr Konin - bells, accordeon, clapping

Strings Ensemble:
St.Petersburg Orchestra "1703"

1st Violins:
IIia Dyakov
Ekaterina German
Ekaterina Chernyaeva
Anastasia Litvinova

2nd Violins:
Anita Azhashkouskaya
Dmitry Kolyasnikov
Anna Melnikova
Yulia Kashshapova

Violas:
Nadezhda Savina
Dmitry Gonchar
Semyon Samsonov

Cellos:
Darya Popova
Ilya Izmaylov

Description/Reviews
The Bell - iamthemorning’s 2019 studio album - delivers a contemporary fusion of Rock, Classical and Folk influences.
Inspired by 19th Century song cycles - a style established by Schubert - the album cohesively tells 10 individual stories of pain caused by human cruelty. The lyrical imagery draws on themes from Victorian England's art and culture, with its prevalent fixation with death.
Media/Samples 
Blue Sea
Bandcamp (from the release date)
Teaser

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