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Monday, September 30, 2019

Millenium "The Web"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: Lynx Music
Format: CD
Release date: September 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Web Part I - The Beauty of Her Face
2. Loser
3. The Lonely Ship
4. In the Ocean of the Night
5. The Web Part II - I Remember You
6. Name On the Sand
7. Someone's Feet Will Cover the Traces
8. The Web Part III - Who Can Bring Them Back to Life?

Line-up
Łukasz Gall – vocals
Piotr Płonka – electric & acoustic guitars
Krzysztof Wyrwa – bass
Grzegorz Bauer – drums & percussions
Ryszard Kramarski – keyboards & acoustic guitars

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Progstreaming
Loser
The Web part III who can bring them back to life ?

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Raptor Konrad "Sonatinas And Sonnets"


Country: Czechia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Presence 2 (2:38)
2. Hungry Ocean (7:35)
3. Wild Horses (6:07)
4. Vile Esteemed (6:02)
5. The Clock (5:36)
6. The First Time (8:34)
7. More Of The Sonatas (16:20)
- I. Allegretto Posato (3:23)
- II. Andante Sostenuto (4:19)
- III. Allegro Esspressivo (1:50)
- IV. Allegretto Di Nuovo (1:58)
- V. Finale Maestoso (4:50)

Total time: 52:52

Line-up
Marek Burdzik - lead vocal (3, 6), electric and acoustic guitar
Vítezslav Jirík - synthesizers, vocoder, lead vocal (2, 4, 5, 7)
Karel Kühpast - six-string bass guitar
Libor Weiss - drums
Andrej Kubelka - bass

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Stream
Deezer

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Tilted "Tilted" EP


Country: EU
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: September 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Lore (3:41)
2. Mister E. (3:23)
3. Sprinkles Is Dead (3:17)
4. Pillow Fortress (3:33)
5. Magni (4:21)

Total Time 18:15

Line-up
Mattias Larsson - Drums
Alexander Parkman - Guitars
Deniz Unal - Guitars

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Bandcamp (name your price)

Odd Logic "Last Watch of the Nightingale"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 28, 2019 (digital), October 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Last Watch (6:17)
2. Garden Of Thorns (6:17)
3. Absence (5:30)
4. Chance Of Gods (6:26)
5. Dreaming In Color (8:02)
6. Of The Nightingale (8:15)
7. Sorrow (4:09)
8. Boundary Division (23:00)

Total Time 67:56

Line-up
Sean Thompson - Guitars, Bass, Keys, Vocals
Pete Hanson - Drums, Vocals

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Teaser

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Wish "Stay Here My Friends"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: September 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. Like A Yes (4:07)
2. Deep Wish (8:49)
3. Dancing With Myself (8:03)
4. Scrambled Eggs (6:20)
5. Church (9:02)
6. Stay Here My Friends (6:39)

Total Time 43:00

Line-up
Piergiorgio Franceschelli – Lead and Backing Vocals
Massimo Mercurio – Drums
Salvatore Patti – Keyboards
Giorgio Simonetti – Guitars, Bass and Backing Vocals

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Stay Here My Friends

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Lee Abraham "Comatose"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: F2
Format: CD
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Comatose  (47:00)

Line-up
Lee Abraham (Galahad): guitars, keyboards, bass
  With
Rob Arnold: piano
Gerald Mulligan (Credo): drums
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband): vocals
Diane Abraham: backing vocals
Mark Spencer (Galahad): backing vocals

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Richard Pinhas & Tatsuya Yoshida "Ascension"


Country: France/Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Magaibutsu - MGC-56
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ignition (10:00)
2. Affection (6:10)
3. Infection (10:00)
4. Ascension (35:00)
  a) procession  0:00~
  b) ascension   4:54~
  c) vision          9:08~
  d) invasion    14:25~
  e) confusion  18:45~
  f) elision        22:20~
  g) decision    24:37~
  h) illusion      29:33~

Total Time 61:10

Line-up
Richard Pinhas : guitar, effects
Tatsuya Yoshida  (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei, Korekyojinn): drums, keyboards, vocal

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Bandcamp

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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

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Teaser
Svekets Prins
Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör" / "Heart In Hand

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The Steve Howe Trio "New Frontier"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelEsoteric Antenna - EANTCD1077
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Hiatus (2:24)
2. Left To Chance (6:33)
3. Fair Weather Friend (4:26)
4. Zodiac (3:07)
5. Gilded Splinter (4:01)
6. Showdown (4:37)
7. Missing Link (5:02)
8. Outer Terrain (4:51)
9. Western Sun (4:34)
10. The Changing Same (3:51)

Total Time 43:26

Line-up
Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR) - guitars
Dylan Howe - drums
Ross Stanley - organ

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MaterialEyes "In Focus"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Davwilmar Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Prelude (2:01)
2. The Poet (7:21)
3. Waterfall (5:49)
4. In The City (13:07)
5. A Cold Wind (9:52)
6. Fields Of Heaven (13:49)

Total Time 51:59

Line-up
Dave Westmoreland – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Will Lawery – vocals, guitars
Martyn Howes – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Billy Longthorne – drums
“Mad” Bill Mosey – bass
Dianne Howes – flute, backing vocals

Description/Reviews
In Focus is the second studio album by Materialeyes.  While the initial album, Strange Road was generally well received, there was some argument regarding it being strictly prog rock or not.
Fear not.  In Focus is most definitely full of proggy goodness.  Featuring Moogs, Hammonds and various assorted instruments, In Focus should appeal to everyone with a love of prog rock music.
 Opening with  Prelude which morphs into the melancholia of The Poet, followed by the beautiful Waterfall.  Next comes In The City, an ear-worm of epic proportions. A Cold Wind draws on the emotional loss of loved ones, followed by the final track Fields of Heaven, another epic with Elizabethan beginnings slowly building to a grand finale. 
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aswekeepsearching "Rooh"


Country: India
Genre(s)Post Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Chasing Light
2. Green and Blue
3. Aas Paas
4. Eneke Najaaba
5. Rooh
6. A Night In Zottegem
7. Aitbaar
8. Gangtey

Line-up
Uddipan Sarmah
Shubham Gurung
Robert Alex
Sambit Chatterjee

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Rooh
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65daysofstatic "replicr, 2019"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
LabelSuperball Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. pretext (2:15)
2. stillstellung (3:37)
3. dII tl I I I  (1:43)
4. bad age (4:48)
5. 05II I 1I (0:48)
6. sister (4:23)
7. gr[]v-_s (1:21)
8. popular beats (3:01)
9. five waves (4:00)
10. interference_1 (5:22)
11. []lid (1:00)
12. z03 (4:08)
13. uI II I th I rI d (2:01)
14. trackerplatz (3:41)

Total Time 42:08

Line-up
Rob Jones – Drums
Paul Wolinski – Piano, Guitars, Programming etc
Joe Shrewsbury – Guitars
Simon Wright – Bass, Synth etc

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popular beats
Teaser

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Krokofant with Ståle Storløkken & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten "Q"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Rune Grammofon -  RLP3209/RCD2209
FormatCD, vinyl+CD
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Q Part 1
2. Q Part 2
3. Q Part 3
4. Q Part 4

Line-up
Tom Hasslan - guitars
Axel Skalstad - drums
Jørgen Mathisen - saxophone
Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9) - keyboards
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - bass

Description/Reviews
After three albums in a little over three years they felt a need to try something new, taking the band one step further. Especially Tom Hasslan, guitarist and main composer, felt an urge to expand the canvas and sonic possibilities of his writing and playing. Hasslan´s tunes are perfect vehicles for keyboard player Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal) to present the full scope of his playing; from sheer pastoral beauty to full on jazz skronk. The same can be said about Mathisen, who is given ample room for soloing. The tunes are rich in harmonic structures and melodic hooks, and with the distinctive sax/organ combination it´s difficult not to occasionally think of Van der Graaf Generator in their prime. By introducing Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Scorch Trio, Atomic) on electric bass, work was lifted from Hasslan´s shoulders and a "proper" rhythm section was born, Skalstad and Flaten instantly bonding. 
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Q Part 1

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Ex-Libris "Ulysse"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelLes Disques Pixie
FormatCD, digital
Release dateSeptember 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ça fait si longtemps (3:15)
2. J'ai pas dit mon dernier mot (4:44)
3. Bonne route (4:14)
4. Malade sans rendez-vous (5:22)
5. Il faut toujours (4:53)
6. Dans le métro (4:26)
7. Je te regarde (6:14)
8. Le traversier (5:33)
9. Tu ne me manques plus (7:06)
10.Parasite (6:02)
11.Boîte noire (7:10)
12Assis su'l'bord d'l'amour (3:33)

Total Time 61:12

Line-up
Claude Pinneault - Guitar, Vocals
Stéphane Aubin - Piano, Synths
Jean-François Demers - Bass, Vocals

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Eyevory "Aurora"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, AOR
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Unrest
2. Limelight
3. Roses
4. Slowly Falling
5. Forever Endeavour
6. Caught Between The Fires
7. Follow Me
8. Soulmates
9. Carry On

Line-up
Jana Frank - Vocals, Bass
Kaja Fischer - Vocals, Flute, Piano (4)
David Merz - Guitars, Synthesizer,Piano, Vocals
Christian Schmutzer - Drums, Percussion
   With
Liv Marete (7)

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Borknagar "True North"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelCentury Media
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateSeptember 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Thunderous (8:34)
2. Up North (6:29)
3. The Fire That Burns (6:33)
4. Lights (5:04)
5. Wild Father's Heart (5:42)
6. Mount Rapture (6:08)
7. Into The White (5:57)
8. Tidal (9:32)
9. Voices (5:07)

Total Time 59:06

Line-up
Øystein G. Brun - guitars
Simen “I.C.S. Vortex” Hestnæs - bass/vocals
Lars A. Nedland - keyboards/vocals
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow - drums
Jostein Thomassen - guitars

Description/Reviews
The album kicks off with the powerful and rather aptly named “Thunderous,” and the dual clean vocal work of Vortex and Nedland, before the swirling maelstrom of black metal sonic violence and frenzied screams take over, the transition is a chill slash to the face, and incredibly satisfying. At 8 and a half minutes in length, this mini-epic is one of the longer tracks on the album, and the band uses the full length in a careful blend of styles and pacing in a reminder of what truly progressive black metal should sound like.

This is followed up by a rather different piece in “Up North,” which is entirely sung in clean vocals and is driven as much by the bouncy almost blues like organ work of Nedland than it is the complex, and very heavy guitar runs, and rock-solid rhythm. The song could almost be called commercial, except that it’s anything but. However, the main hooks of the song are highly melodic and memorable.
Read the full review by Jonathon Rose at metalwani.com

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Up North 
The Fire That Burns 
Voices
Deezer

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Led Bib "It's Morning"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: RareNoise Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Atom Story – 2:47
2. Stratford East – 5:32
3. It's Morning - 0:39
4. Fold – 11:08
5. Cutting Room Floor – 3:54
6. To Dry In The Rain - 6:43
7. O – 4:40
8. Flood Warning – 3:30
9. Set Sail – 1:28

Line-up
Sharron Fortnam (North Sea Radio Orchestra) - vocals
Chris Williams – alto saxophone
Pete Grogan – alto and tenor saxophone
Elliot Galvin – keyboards and piano
Liran Donin – bass, backing vocals on track 2
Mark Holub – drums
    With
Jack Hues – vocals
Susanna Gartmayer – bass clarinet
Irene Kepl – violin
Noid – cello

Description/Reviews
From the Homeric invocation of ethereal opener “Atom Story,” it becomes stunningly clear that It’s Morning, the latest album from the uncategorizable UK ensemble Led Bib, is meant to take the listener on a journey. The wide-ranging and evocative set is also a testament to the distance the band has travelled on its own evolutionary path. If not the endpoint, it at least sits at a far-flung guidepost along a transformative odyssey undertaken by the eclectic ensemble.

Led Bib has long been renowned for its skronky, livewire fusion of exploratory jazz improvisation with the brute force of heavy rock and the labyrinthine architecture of prog. It’s Morning retains an identifiable sense of adventure and virtuosity while marking a vast departure from previous recordings, veering into the realm of elusive, poetic narrative and lysergic beauty.

The most immediately apparent change from past Led Bib outings is the addition of vocals, folding the band’s boundary-stretching vocabulary into gorgeous if complex song forms.

Bookended by a pair of atmospheric miniatures that frame the album as an imaginative Odyssey, It’s Morning embarks on an immersive quest over psychedelic seas.

In a very real sense, It’s Morning is a reaction to the turbulence of the modern day, from the cautious optimism of its title to the otherworldly sensation of its music. Holub tentatively refers to the set as “protest music” – not that there’s a single lyric that directly addresses the politics of the day, but in the sense, which has always characterized Led Bib’s output, that the band is swimming against the currents of the mainstream.
In retrospect, Holub finds the roots of It’s Morning in his formative listening to bands like Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. The influence isn’t literal; there’s nothing on the album that directly echoes the work of Jerry Garcia or Syd Barrett. What Holub learned from those bands is a sense of what he reluctantly terms authenticity, the idea of following one’s own instincts however far afield they may lead.

The mystical “Atom Story” leads into the distorted urban groove of “Stratford East,” with Hues’ lyric conjuring past civilizations paved over by concrete slabs, wistfully recalled as the violin of Irene Kepl leads the band into a combination of Afrobeat funk and quirky angular melodies reminiscent of Deerhoof and its ilk. Modern life intrudes in the brief interlude of the title track, with Fortnam’s lament over the ubiquitous digital screen accompanied by the moaning bass clarinet of Susanna Gartmayer.

By far the album’s most sprawling piece, the 11-minute “Fold” implores listeners to “Change the storyline” following a cosmic group improvisation redolent with the interstellar questing of the Floyd’s most outré excursions. The pulsating minimalism of “Cutting Room Floor” accompanies Hues’ instructions to “Let the film run backwards,” giving perspective a 180-degree twist. Sense itself becomes lost as the two vocalists mutter simultaneously in stereo, a device recalling the Velvet Underground’s brain-splitting classic “The Murder Mystery.”

The intimacy of a cloud-shrouded cityscape is summoned in Fortnam’s introspective lyric for “To Dry in the Rain,” which builds from hushed contemplation to explosive intensity before fading back into Galvin’s elegiac solo, which segues into the vox humana throb of “O.” The abstract clamour of “Flood Warning” finally gives way to the closing moments of “Set Sail,” which casts its gaze to future wanderings on the far horizon.
While a definite departure for the band, It’s Morning is more the exception than the rule in being an unexpected turn for the always unpredictable Led Bib.
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Sifting "The Infinite Loop"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Eclipse Records - ECLP 9250
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Agony (10:45)
2. A Critical Affair (5:08)
3. Enough (3:36)
4. Stop Calling Me Liberty (7:25)
5. The Fifth Element (7:23)
6. What If (Dichotomy) (4:22)
7. To Who I Am (4:01)
8. Ghost Of A Lie (8:12)
9. Emotionless Shells (5:54)
10. The Infinite Loop (13:18)

Total Time 70:04

Line-up
Eduardo Osuna Gil - Vocals, Guitars
Xavi Leon - Guitars
Winston Jarquin - Bass
Joey Aguirre - Drums
   With
Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater) - Keyboard (8)

Description/Reviews
...the quartet has spent roughly ten years successfully maintaining a fairly idiosyncratic style: a foundation of dynamic progressive rock and metal with touches of emo and punk sprinkled throughout. That recipe is further perfected on their newest outing, The Infinite Loop, which sees them building on what they’ve done before while also harnessing a more concentrated, grand, and wide-ranging trajectory. As such, it’s their finest effort yet and a gratifyingly multifaceted statement of growth and purpose.
Read the full review by  Jordan Blum at metalinjection.net

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Enough
Stop Calling Me Liberty
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Ste van Holm "Thaw"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ouverture (4:22)
2. Antenna (4:01)
3. Glaciers (5:47)
4. Blank Sheet (1:50)
5. Alone Into Eternity (7:15)
6. Dogsled (2:06)
7. Ebb And Flow (3:41)
8. Tupilaq (4:46)
9. Nacreous Clouds (8:17)
10. Lamp Extinction Games (1:59)
11. Qivitoq - The Fell Walker (3:50)
12. Broken Arrow (8:58)

Total Time 56:52

Line-up
Ste van Holm: Guitars, Teisho Koto, Electric Mandolin, Chapman Stick, Aurotron, Keyboards and programming
   With
Julie Frey: Vocals
Anders Frey: Guitars

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LatteMiele 2.0 "Paganini Experience"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Black Widow Records - BWR223
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
  1. Inno
  2. Via del Colle
  3. L’Ora delle Tenebre
  4. Cantabile 2019
  5. Porto di Notte
  6. Charlotte
  7. Danza di Luce
  8. Angel
  9. Cantabile 1835
Line-up
Massimo Gori: Bass, Vocals
Luciano Poltini: Keyboards
Elena Aiello: Violin
Marco Biggi (Paolo Siani, Garybaldi): Drums

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Eloy "The Vision, The Sword & The Pyre (Part II)"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: Artist Station Records
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. An Instant Of Relief... Still The War Rages On (6:28)
2. Between Hope, Doubts, Fear And Uncertainty (2:12)
3. Patay (5:23)
4. Joy (3:45)
5. Reims... The Coronation Of Charles VII (2:29)
6. Résumé (2:44)
7. Armistice Or War? (4:25)
8. Paris (3:47)
9. Abandoned (4:43)
10. Compiègne (5:10)
11. Tormenting Imprisonment (2:25)
12. Rouen (4:40)

Total Time 48:11

Line-up
Frank Bornemann - vocals, guitar
Hannes Folberth - keyboards
Michael Gerlach - keyboards
Klaus-Peter Matziol - bass
Stephan Emig - drums, percussion

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Teaser

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Hashshashin "Badakhshan"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive/Folk/Math Rock
Label: Art As Catharsis
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Qom
2. Crossing The Panj
3. Death In Langar
4. Shrines Of The Wakhan
5. Sarhadd
6. The Taklamakan
7. Then He Hid Himself In The Refining Fire

Line-up
Evan McGregor: drums, percussion, Moroccan krakebs, frame drum, harmonium and didgeridoo
Lachlan R. Dale: guitars, Irish bouzouki, Persian setar, Pamiri setor and Afghan rabab
Cameron Macdonald: bass
   With
Natalya Bing: Violin (2, 3, 5, 6)

Description/Reviews
Here Hashshashin draw fresh influence from Middle Eastern musical traditions while exploring progressive atmospherics and psychedelia. These new elements are fused with the band’s progressive approach to composition and penchant for trance-inducing drone. 
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Astrosaur "Obscuroscope"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelPelagic Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Poyekhali
2. Karakoram II
3. White Stone
4. Elephant Island
5. Supervoid
6. Homewards

Line-up
Eirik Kråkenes: guitar
Steinar Glas: bass
Jonatan Eikum: drums

Description/Reviews
ASTROSAUR‘s virtuous necro-nautic universe consists of equal parts instrumental rock and post-metal, studded with lavish prog-, jazz- mathrock- and black metal ornaments. Although heavier and more energetic, Obscuroscope feels slightly brighter in vibe overall, than the bands debut offering Fade In // Space Out. The songs have more riffs and written parts while maintaining some of the space, ambience and room for improvisation from the previous record.
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IQ "Resistance"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: GEP - GEPCD1064
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019 (digital), October 11, 2019 (CD)
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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Deezer

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Ghosts of Glaciers "The Greatest Burden"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Metal
Label: Translation Loss Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Primordial Waters (14:55)
2. Abyssal Declivity (9:54)
3. Epigenesis (10:44)
4. Return To Entropy (11:41)

Total Time 47:14

Line-up
Michael Rouse - Bass
Ben Brandhorst - Drums
Steven Jackson - Guitars

Description/Reviews
The Greatest Burden flows like the Angren after the Isengard dam is torn down by the Ents. Their signature sound takes the reverberating beauty of Explosions in the Sky and enhances it with sweeping thunderstorms laden with blackened tremolo whilst keeping the cleaner melodies intact. Whereas instrumental bands often find difficulty in maintaining focus and variety, Ghosts of Glaciers make it seem effortless, as the tracks journey through a wide array of paces and textures and are chock full of memorable moments. Take the gradually increasing dirge of “Abyssal Declivity,” the phenomenal buildup and drop of the midsection of “Epigenesis” that feels like plunging down a waterfall, or the billowing melancholy of closer “Return to Entropy.” There is more diversity of emotional engagement in this wordless album than many vocal-fueled albums can lay claim to.
Read the full review by GardensTale at angrymetalguy.com

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Bandcamp

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The Wizards of Winter "The Christmas Dream"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Secrets Of The Snow Globe (5:02)
2. Gonna Snow (4:19)
3. Handel's Torch (4:37)
4. Polar Eve (5:20)
5. Midnight Noel (4:04)
6. The Four Kings (4:42)
7. The Happy Song (3:06)
8. In Plain Sight (5:13)
9. Christmas Dream (Salzburg Carol) (4:07)
10. A Toast To Time ( Farewell) (3:48)

Total Time 44:18

Line-up
Scott Kelly - Keyboards
Sharon Kelly - Vocals, Flute
Fred Gorhau - Guitar
Vincent Jiovino - Vocals
Greg Smith -  Bass
John O. Reilly -  Drums
Karl Scully -  Vocals
Skawna Mehall - Backup Vocals
   With
Steve Ratchen - Bass (9)
T.W. Durfy - Rhythm Guitar (9)
Mark DeGregory - Drums (9)
Alexis Smith - Background Vocals (8)
Tom Timko - Saxophone (6)

Media/Samples 
Secrets of The Snow Globe
Handel’s Torch
Stream

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Nazca Space Fox "Pi"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner
Label: Tonzonen Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release dateSeptember 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Windhund
2. Space Drift
3. Space Farm Blues
4. Hummingbird
5. Showdown
6. Grinder

Line-up
Heiko - Drums
Matze - Guitar
Stefan - Bass

Media/Samples 
Windhund

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Ark Ascent "Downfall"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Ascent Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Arrival
2. Point Of No Return
3. Sanctuary
4. Darkest Hour
5. Farewell
6. Downfall
7. Ascension
8. Innocence Lost
9. The Aftermath
10. Closer To Heaven
11. The End Of Time

Line-up
Rogue Marechal (Shadowkeep) - Vocals
Jack Kirby - Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Additional Backing Vocals (11)
Andrea Arcangeli (DGM) - Bass (1-10)
   With
Katia Filipovic - Piano (2, 5, 11)
Rich Hinks (Aeon Zen) - Bass (11)
Tim Hall - Keyboard Solo (11)

Description/Reviews
Musically, in his compositions, Kirby mixes a variety ingredients for his progressive metal concoction. Grounded in traditional heavy and power metal, Ark Ascent songs offer brisk riffage, thrilling guitar solos, synth embellishment and orchestration, and more than a few twists and turns in tempo and time signatures. Aside from often being heavy and fast, many of the arrangements have a very dense feeling, notably from Kirby's swollen riffage, yet also the keyboard saturation.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Bandcamp

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Cranial "Alternate Endings"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Post Metal, Sludge, Doom
Label: Moment of Collapse Records (CD, LP), Sludgelord Records & Hand of Death Records (Cassette)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Faint Voice (12:30)
2. Unceasing Lack (11:18)
3. Burning Bridges (8:33)
4. Holistic Figure (15:41)

Total Time 48:02

Line-up
Julian - bass, vocals, drones
Cornelius - drums
Michael - guitar
Bastian - guitar, vocals
   With
Jan Kerscher - additional vocals (4)

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John Ghost "Airships Are Organisms"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelSdban Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Deconstructing Hymns (13:09)
2. Airships Are Organisms (5:35)
3. Disfunctional Rabbits: The Disfunct (5:20)
4. Disfunctional Rabbits: The Rabbits (4:18)
5. The Fallen Colony (7:29)
6. Time//Traveler (7:23)
7. Drones For A Sunken Mothership (8:00)

Total Time 51:14

Line-up
Rob Banken: reeds
Wim Segers: vibraphone
Jo De Geest: electric guitar
Karel Cuelenaere: keys
Lieven Van Pee: bass;
Elias Devoldere: drums

Description/Reviews
Created around the Ghent guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, the Belgian sextet draw on influences from jazz, rock and post-classical music, where minimalism, electronics and a cinematic atmosphere characterize their instrumental music.
When it came to recording the album, John Ghost searched for a balance between the venturous, accessible and playful character of jazz music, in which John Ghost has its origins, and a carefully thought out selection process with the production, with a sharp eye and ear for detail. Seemingly simple earwigs are underpinned by driving undertones that inspire harmonic twists and a rhythmic and melodic stratification, that often results in a very danceable soundtrack.
Tracks like 13-minute album opener ‘Deconstructing Hymns’, keep a fine balance between moments of abstraction and repetition while recent single ‘Disfunctional Rabbits: The Disfunction’ is an intoxicating, dreamy soundscape that alternates between balanced jazz fluctuations and space-like grooves.
Elsewhere, the idiosyncratic ‘The Fallen Colony’, spirals into a progressive narrative of experimentation and improvisation, a common thread throughout large parts of John Ghost’s music, before the haunting ‘Drones For a Sunken Mothership’, combines soaring bowed melodies and broken beats that is not only mesmeric but filled with breathtaking majesty. 
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Bandcamp

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Time Shift Accident "Chronosthesia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
LabelGeneration Prog Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release dateSeptember 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Cold Case
2. Boonar Eclipse
3. Ignalina Forest
4. Wish
5. Damascus Dance
6. Pompei
7. Borsuki
8. The Hand of God

Line-up
Günter W. Schmuck - Keyboards
Paul Ettl - Drums
Dave Mola (Effloresce) - Guitar
Michael Schetter (Relocator, Seven Steps to the Green Door) - Bass

Description/Reviews
‘Cold case’ opens with a piano melody that seems to introduce a Philip Glass dance piece, but within ten seconds the main theme hits the aural spectrum. Each of the four instrumentalists takes their spot in the light, especially Dave’s slightly distorted guitar, with Michael’s almost threatening bass line and Paul’s melodic percussion underlining the investigation at hand, that Günter solves in chord accents and leading melody lines. ‘Boonar eclipse’ gallops into existence in such an innocent manner that I initially expected it to develop into a ’traditional’ prog song - with vocals - like many others I’ve heard of late. Not! The keyboards, programmed to produce a multitude of sounds, dominate this track with its latin feel, that invoke images of rapid erotic dances in my twisted mind. 
Read the full review by Ron Brouwer‎

Media/Samples 
Sampler
Bandcamp (from release date)

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Laughing Stock "Sunrise"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Apollon Records Prog
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Sunrise (4:51)
2. Echoes (4:45)
3. Afraid (5:25)
4. Another Me (5:48)
5. Intermission (2:57)
6. Sunset (3:32)
7. Fading Light (4:19)
8. Waves (3:33)
9. Darkest Hour (6:44)
10. Another Sunrise (4:47)

Total Time 46:41

Line-up
Håvard Enge - vocals, keyboards, flute
Jan Mikael Sørensen - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Jan Erik Kirkevold Nilsen - vocals, guitars

Description/Reviews: 
Laughing Stock are a band that is completely in command of their artistic vision. That vision is quite complex, and the band has no goal in fitting in a specific genre. 80’s artpop, 70’s prog, neo-prog, folk and metal. It is all parts that fits in the puzzle.

Media/Samples 
Afraid
Progstreaming

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Sarpedon "Before the Nightingale Sings"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital 
Release date: September 27, 2019
Tracklist
1. Spiritual War
2. Creeping Chaos
3. The Enemy
4. Eye Of The Storm
5. The Maelstrom
6. The First Sun
7. The Nightingale

Line-up
Göran Nyström - vocals
Carl Engstrøm - drums
Jimmy Lu - bass
Daniel Hemstad - keyboards
Martin Pettersen Langebraaten - guitar
Torgeir Krokfjord - lead guitar

Media/Samples 
Creeping Chaos

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Barock Project "Seven Seas"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelBelle Antique (Japan), Aereostella/Immaginifica (World)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 25, 2019 (Japan), September 27, 2019 (World)
Tracklist
1. Seven Seas
2. I Call Your Name
3. Ashes
4. Cold Fog
5. A Mirror Trick
6. Hamburg
7. Brain Damage
8. Chemnitz Girl
9. I Should Have Learned To
10. Moving On
11. The Ones
12. Far Away (Japanese ed. bonus track)

Line-up
Luca Zabbini - keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals
Francesco Caliendo - bass
Marco Mazzuoccolo - electric guitars
Eric Ombelli - drums, percussion
Alex Mari - lead vocals

Media/Samples 
I Call Your Name
Promo
Deezer

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fervent Send "The Magician King"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental/Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: September 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Shaman (6:36)
2. Magician King (10:44)
3. Lesser Being (10:01)
4. Fortune Teller (7:26)

Total Time 34:47

Line-up
Jon Du Bose - Bass Guitars, Guitars
Jeff Eacho - Flute, Violin, Mellotron (2, 3), Various Instruments
Magnvs Mendez - Drums (1, 4)
Lobsang Kedrub - Percussion & Various Instruments (1, 2)
Sebastien Siozade - Guitars (2)
Trey McLamb - Drums (3)
Santiago Fradejas - Guitars (4)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Clepsydra "The Gap"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Neo-Prog
Format: CD
Release dateSeptember 2019
Tracklist
1. When The Bells Started Ringing (11:04)
2. You (10:20)
3. The Story Teller (9:16)
4. The Spell (6:40)
5. Millenium (14:57)
6. Lousy Soul (2:55)
7. Mind The Gap (7:34)

Total Time 62:46

Line-up
Aluisio Maggini - vocals
Luigi Biamino - guitars
Phil Hubert - keyboards
Nicola De Vita - bass
Pietro Duca - drums

Media/Samples
MIllennium
Progstreaming

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Thieves' Kitchen "Genius Loci"


Country: UK/Sweden
Genre(s)Canterbury, Symphonic
FormatCD
Release date: September 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. Eilmer (9:33)
2. Uffington (11:35)
3. The Poison Garden (3:50)
4. The Voice of the Lar (20:06)
5. Mirie It Is (8:52)

Total Time 53:56

Line-up
Amy Darby - vocals, theremin 
Phil Mercy - guitars
Thomas Johnson (Änglagård) - keyboards
   With:
Johan Brand (Änglagård) - bass
Anna Holmgren (Änglagård) - flute
Paul Mallyon (Sanguine Hum) - drums

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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