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Monday, September 30, 2019

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.
Media/Samples
Zeitgeist

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Opeth "In Cauda Venenum"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelModerbolaget Records, Nuclear Blast
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist: (Swedish/English versions)
1. Livet’s Trädgård / Garden Of Earthly Delights (Intro)
2. Svekets Prins / Dignity
3. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
4. De Närmast Sörjande / Next Of Kin
5. Minnets Yta / Lovelorn Crime
6. Charlatan
7. Ingen Sanning Är Allas / Universal Truth
8. Banemannen / The Garroter
9. Kontinuerlig Drift / Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut / All Things Will Pass

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Martin Mendez - bass
Martin Axenrot - drums
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Joakim Svalberg - keys

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Tides From Nebula "From Voodoo to Zen"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Instrumental Post Rock
LabelLong Branch Records,Mystic Production
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateSeptember 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ghost Horses
2. The New Delta
3. Dopamine
4. Radionoize
5. From Voodoo to Zen
6. Nothing to Fear and Nothing to Doubt
7. Eve White, Eve Black, Jane

Line-up
Maciej Karbowski – Guitar, Keys
Przemek Węgłowski – Bass, Keys
Tomasz Stołowski – Drums

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Bandcamp

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Klone "Le Grand Voyage"


Country: France
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Kscope - KSCOPE646/ KSCOPE1038
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Yonder [07:32]
2. Breach [03:50]
3. Sealed [04:46]
4. Indelible [04:53]
5. Keystone [04:57]
6. Hidden Passenger [05:21]
7. The Great Oblivion [04:43]
8. Sad and Slow [04:33]
9. Silver Gate [06:14]

Line-up
Yann Ligner : Vocals
Guillaume Bernard : Guitars, atmospherics
Aldrick Guadagnino : Guitars
Jean Etienne Maillard : Bass
Matthieu Metzger : Sample, saxophone, piano, systoles devices
Morgan Berthet (Myrath): Drums

Description/Reviews
 Known for its trademark dark guitar tones and epic brooding soundscapes, Le Grand Voyage is a dynamic and intense album that explores nine unique landscapes, and switches between dark, luminous, heavy and powerful sounds.

The album is inspired by duality: earthly and spiritual journeys, life and death, resilience and relenting, love and animosity – human nature and all its paradoxes. The ethereal atmospheres combine with riffs that recall 2012 album The Dreamer's Hideaway, and creates a natural evolution from 2015's Here Comes the Sun, evident in songs such as Sealed, Silver Gate and Hidden Passenger.
Media/Samples 
Yonder

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Monomyth "Orbis Quadrantis"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner
LabelSuburban Records - BURBCD179, BURBLP179
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 13, 2019
Tracklist
01. Aquilo
02. Eurus
03. Auster
04. Favonius

Line-up
Selwyn Slop - Bass
Sander Evers (35007) - Drums
Peter van der Meer - Keyboards
Boudewijn Bonebakker - Guitars
Tjerk Stoop - Knobs & Computer

Description/Reviews
On Orbis Quadrantis the band delves into unexplored waters, yet their meticulous open-ended psychedelics remain in-between Ariel Pink and Pink Floyd.
Media/Samples 
Aquilo

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Bryan Beller "Scenes From The Flood"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 13, 2019
Tracklist
01. The Scouring Of Three & Seventeen
02. Volunteer State
03. Everything And Nothing
04. A Quickening
05. Steiner In Ellipses
06. Always Worth It
07. Lookout Mountain
08. The Storm
09. The Flood
10. Bunkistan
11. As Advertised
12. Army Of The Black Rectangles
13. The Outer Boundary
14. Angles & Exits
15. The Inner Boundary
16. World Class
17. Sweet Water
18. Let Go Of Everything

Line-up
Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, Steve Vai) - bass, keyboards, guitars and lead vocals
   With
Nili Brosh (Michael Jackson ONE, Tony MacAlpine, solo artist) - guitar
Darran Charles (Godsticks, The Pineapple Thief) - guitar
Mike Dawes (solo artist) - guitar
Janet Feder (solo artist, Fred Frith) - guitar
Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Hans Zimmer Live, Steven Wilson) - guitar
Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, solo artist) - guitar
Jamie Kime (Zappa Plays Zappa, Jewel, Dr. John) - guitar
Teddy Kumpel (Joe Jackson, solo artist) - guitar
Jake Howsam Lowe (Plini, The Helix Nebula) - guitar
Rick Musallam (Mike Keneally, Ben Taylor) - guitar
Mike Olekshy (Max Morgan, Alison Ray) - guitar
Griff Peters (Mike Keneally, Billie Myers) - guitar
John Petrucci (Dream Theater) - guitar
Joe Satriani (Joe Satriani!) - guitar
Ray Hearne (Haken) - drums
Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Death) - drums
Nate Morton (Cher, The Voice, American Idol house band) - drums
Joe Travers (Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zappa Plays Zappa) - drums
Christopher Allis (Deana Carter, Denny Laine)
Paul Cartwright (Portugal The Man, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige)
Julian Coryell (Alanis Morrissette, Jewel, Aimee Mann)
Fred Kron (Colin Hay, Donna Summer, When We First Met, Anchorman 2)
Evan Mazunik (Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, solo artist)
Matt Rohde (Christina Aguilera, Jane’s Addiction, The Voice/American Idol)
Rishabh SinghSeen (Arijit SinghSingh, Mute The Saint, solo artist)
Leah Zeger (Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Hans Zimmer Live)

Description/Reviews
Bassist/composer Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, Steve Vai) presents a sweeping, epic-scale modern progressive double concept album that asks the question: When the storm comes for us, the big one after which things will not be the same, who are we and what do we become in those defining moments? Scenes From The Flood explores themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment, and uses every second of its 18-song, 88-minute running order to tell an emotionally consuming and unforgettable musical story.
Media/Samples 
The Storm

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Nova Cascade "A Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Ambient/Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 9, 2019
Tracklist
1. Unwavering   
2. Antillas   
3. Rabbit Hole   
4. Echo & Narcissus    
5. Apophis   
6. Plasticine & Paint   
7. Joseph   
8. A Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows   
9. Thaw

Line-up
Dave Hilborne: Lead & backing vocals, synths, programming
Dave Fick : Bass
Charlie Bramald : Flute
David Anania: Drums
Eric Bouillette: Violin & lead guitar

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

IQ "Resistance"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: GEP
Format: CD
Release date: September 7, 2019
Tracklist
Disc 1
  1. A Missile
  2. Stay Down
  3. Rise
  4. A Shallow Bay
  5. If Anything
  6. For Another Lifetime
Disc 2
  1. The Great Spirit Way
  2. Fire And Security
  3. Perfect Space
  4. Fallout
Line-up
Peter Nicholls - vocals
Mike Holmes - guitar
Tim Esau - bass
Paul Cook - drums
Neil Durant - keyboards

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Atom Works "The Life Of Spice"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Mauste Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 6, 2019
Tracklist
1 400th Year
2 The Life of Spice
3 The Brothers Thirst
4 Puppet of the Three
5 The High and the Dry
6 Time in Eyes
7 Perennial's Prince
8 The Atom Dance
9 Beyond the Old

Line-up
Steve Baker - Vocals
Kasper Rosqvist - Guitars
Zsolt Szilagyi - Keyboards
Niklas Finnäs - Drums
Roi Partanen - Bass

Media/Samples 
The Atom Dance

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The Messthetics "Anthropocosmic Nest"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
Label: Dischord Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 6, 2019
Tracklist
1. Better Wings
2. Drop Foot
3. Section 9
4. Scrawler
5. The Assignment
6. Pay Dust
7. Pacifica
8. Because the Mountain Says So
9. Insect Conference
10. La Lontra
11. Touch Earth Touch Sky

Line-up
Brendan Canty - drums
Joe Lally - bass
Anthony Pirog - guitar

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Diagonal "ARC"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Canterbury, Psychedelic, Fusion
Label: Cobblers Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 6, 2019 (EU), September 29, 2019 (US)
Tracklist
1. 9-Green   
2. Stars Below   
3. Citadel   
4. The Spectrum Explodes   
5. Warning Flare   
6. Arc   
7. The Vital   
8. Celestia

Line-up
Alex Crispin (Baron) - Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals
Luke Foster (Autumn Chorus, Baron) - Drums, Percussion
Ross Hossack - Synthesiser
Daniel Pomlett - Bass, Vocals
Nicholas Whittaker - Alto Saxophone, Vocals
David Wileman - Guitars

Description/Reviews

It’s a record that maintains their effortlessly chameleonic shifts through Canterbury scene-indebted progressive rock, pulsing motorik and the spaced-out jazz expression; but where it really thrives is in its sense of spontaneity, imbibed from the quick and organic way that it came about.
Arc is their most organic sounding effort to date. Noticeable changes have been made to the sound, with an increased presence of both vocals and acoustic instrumentation. Track ‘Stars Below’ sees the band explore their interests in jazz tinged folk, whereas ‘The Vital’ ends up somewhere in orbit around Talk Talk’s later work or an ECM recording. In contrast the tracks ‘The Spectrum Explodes’ and ‘9-Green’ boast tight grooves that shift and break as synths, sax and distorted guitar come to the fore.
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Bandcamp

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