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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Darío Mekler "Retrofuturismos" EP


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: October 2019
Tracklist
1. Retrofuturismo Primero (2:51)
2. Retrofuturismo Segundo (2:48)
3. Retrofuturismo Tercero (3:10)
4. Retrofuturismo Cuarto (3:33)
5. Retrofuturismo Quinto (4:33)

Total Time 16:55

Line-up
Darío Mekler - guitars, programming

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Stream

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Conscious Pilot "Strange World"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Take Off (2:50)
2. Flight Plan (8:13)
3. Grasshopper (5:40)
4. Coloured Glasses (8:38)
5. Airborne (1:32)
6. Hanging Garden (5:01)
7. Turning Point (9:10)
8. Strange World I (5:52)
9. Strange (Interlude) (1:57)
10. Strange World II (4:23)

Total Time 53:16

Line-up
Ricky Feria - Guitars, Vocals
Jake Gust - Bass, Vocals
Alex Bass - Keyboards
Chris Freeman - Drums

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Stream

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Melting Clock "Destinazioni"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelBlack Widow Records - BWR 224
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Caleidoscopio (8:23)
2. Banalmente (5:16)
3. Vetro (7:10)
4. Strade Affollate (4:57)
5. L’Occhio dello Sciacallo (2:51)
6. Antares (7:39)
7. Sono Luce (6:40)
8. Quello che Rimane (3:21)
9. Destinazioni (14:59)
10. Alla Corte del Re Cremisi (LP only bonus track) (16:06)

Total Time 77:22

Line-up
Emanuela Vedana: vocals
Simone Caffè: guitars
Stefano Amadei: guitars
Sandro Amadei: keyboards and vocals
Alessandro Bosca: bass
Francesco Fiorito: drums

Description/Reviews
Melting Clock’s style is characterized by evocative and powerful sounds, which aim at immediately capturing the listener - without giving up elements of complexity - and conveying a strong emotional charge. Lyrics are in our mother tongue, Italian.

DESTINATIONI develops the theme of travel in all its meanings. The dreamlike flavor of "Antares" contrasts with the harsh denunciation of society in "L’Occhio dello Sciacallo" and "Banalmente"; the suffocating alienation of "Vetro" dissolves in the redemption of "Strade Affollate"; "Caleidoscopio" and "Sono Luce" explore different facets of the inner journey, while "Destinationi" is a metaphor for the cyclical nature of Time. The journey of DESTINATIONI is characterized by sounds recalling the contemporary progressive scene in an original and creative way, with elements ranging from its more symphonic side to psychedelic rock and hints at acoustic or aggressive passages.
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Stream
Caleidoscopio
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Ok Goodnight "Limbo"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Astray (1:09)
2. Think Again (4:48)
3. Free Fall (3:41)
4. Meridian (5:30)
5. Rapture (5:32)
6. Standstill (1:18)
7. Height Shift (5:20)
8. Day & Night (6:07)
9. Sanctuary (3:00)

Total Time 36:25

Line-up
Casey Lee Williams - Vocals
Martin Gonzalez - Guitars
Ron Bernhaut - Bass
Martin De Lima - Piano & Synth
Augusto Bussio - Drums

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Apotheus "The Far Star"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Prelude (3:16)
2. Caves Of Steel (3:38)
3. Redshift (5:03)
4. Resolve To Remake (3:53)
5. The Darkest Sun (4:04)
6. The Pull Of Plexeus (3:40)
7. Save Our Ship (5:28)
8. Under A New Cloudy Sky (7:53)
9. The Brightest Sun (3:31)
10. Staring The Abyss (6:07)
11. A New Beginning (6:35)

Total Time 53:08

Line-up
Miguel Andrade - Vocals, Guitars
Luis "Gold Monkey" - Guitars
Daniel Rocha - Bass
Albano Von Hammer - Drums

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Horizon's End "Skeleton Keys"


CountryGreece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSteel Gallery Records - SGR CD-061
Format: CD
Release dateOctober 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Alpha (7:07)
2. Forming Fantasies (10:47)
3. The Land Of Decay (6:40)
4. Dreamer's Hands (8:57)
5. Ocean's Grey (8:43)
6. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf (8:45)
7. Be (22:47)

Total Time 73:46

Line-up
Sakis Bandis - keyboards
Vasilis Topalidis (Crosswind) - vocals
Kosta Vreto - guitars
Stergios Kourou (Wardrum) - drums
Kostas Scandalis (Wardrum) - bass
   With
Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black) - vocals
Manolis Pilidis - guitar solo (7)
Sotos Gogo - guitar solo (6)

Description/Reviews
Instrumental opener “Alpha” could be easily be part of a film soundtrack. There is some Symphonic Prog excellence spread in here. Deep and epic melodies and an electrified atmosphere. The vibes of bands like ECHOLYN and THE ENID are combined under a very special classical approaching. During its crescendo parts the song will even bring into the foreground this very special SHADOW GALLERY touch...
“Land Of Decay” is one of the darkest and most esoteric compositions on the record. Topalide’s melancholic vocal melodies are combined with Bandi’s classically oriented and nostalgic keyboard themes. The overall orchestration and arrangement of this one brought into my mind some newer Prog Metal bands of our times like HAKEN -however the song was composed back on 2005-2006-.  
Read the full review by Chris Papadakis at forgotten-scroll.net

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Trailer 

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My Last Whisper "Ascended"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Battle Is Rising (3:19)
2. Powerfire (4:30)
3. Fairytale Of Fire (3:08)
4. The Quest (4:36)
5. The Conjuring (3:33)
6. Howling In The Dark (3:44)
7. Dragonsteed (4:12)
8. The Reign Of Blackmore (3:32)
9. Key To Paradise (3:39)
10. Ascended (3:40)
11. Hero's Return (3:43)
12. Ocean Heart (4:31)

Total Time 46:07

Line-up
Jens Johansson - Vocals
Kristoffer Granskog - Guitars, bass
   With
Marcus Mittilä (8)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Anthon Norwell Experiment "Under My Dreams ...Or My Skin"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSoman Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 2019 (digital),  December 1, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
01- Extraction In The World Of Experiment
02- Give Me A Chance
03- Divergent Mind
04- Breathe
05- Another Day
06- Insignificant
07- Dream Of Time
08- Number III
09- Broken Star
10- Time Is Never Waiting
11- Alone In The Dark

Line-up
Anthon Norwell  (Memory of Silence, The Norwell Project, Synesthesia)
   With
Jemina Robineau (9)
Samuel Guerrier (3)
Martial Prevel (8)

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Breathe
Time Is Never Waiting

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Enid "U"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic, Classical
FormatCD
Release date: October 2019
Tracklist
1. In The Region of The Winter Star (6:19)
2. Duplicity (8:46)
3. Homily (3:10)
4. Humours (8:10)
5. A Peak In Darien (6:59)
6. You (i) & (ii) (8:02)

Total time 41:29

Line-up
Jason Ducker - Guitars & Bass
Robert John Godfrey - Keyboards
Dave Storey - Drums & Percussion

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Shamall "Schizophrenia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label2L
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 28, 2019 
Tracklist
Part One:
1. Schizophrenia (18:55)
2. Thoughts P.I (4:09)
3. All The Answers (9:07)
4. The Inconvenient Truth P.I (7:26)
5. Frightened (2:43)
6. On The Run (4:27)
7. Foolin‘ Myself (4:45)
8. Yearning Moments (6:20)
9. Supernatural Dream (10:08)
10. It Leads To Nothing (3:31)
11. Thoughts P. II (5:38)

Total Time 77:09

Part Two:
1. World Of Emotions (11:47)
2. Meet Me By The Water (3:53)
3. Man In The Mirror (7:11)
4. The Inconvenient Truth P.II (8:45)
5. The Shape Of Things To Come (8:34)
6. We Are All In The Same Boat (4:02)
7. Voices From Yonder (7:16)
8. Always Livin‘ In A Lie (4:57)
9. Despair Grows To Anger (6:47)
10. Eyes Of A Stranger (7:42)
11. Happy But Unhappy (2:36)

Total Time 73:30

Line-up
Nobert Kueler - everything

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Schizophrenia

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Stake "Critical Method"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Post Metal, Grunge
Label: Hassle Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 26, 2019 (digital), November 1, 2019 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Critical Method (4:34)
2. The Absolute Center (5:31)
3. Careless (3:05)
4. Human Throne (5:38)
5. Catatonic Dreams (4:45)
6. Devolution (4:49)
7. Doped Up Salvations (3:48)
8. Eyes For Gold (7:07)

Total Time 39:17

Line-up
Brent Vanneste: guitars, vocals
Joris Casier: drums
Jesse Surmont: bass
Cis Deman: guitars

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Dimension "No Future"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release dateOctober 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Opposed (2:24)
2. Closer (3:36)
3. Fix Me Up (3:24)
4. Whatever It Takes (3:49)
5. Rise Up (4:15)
6. Down (3:59)
7. Beautiful Madness (4:01)
8. In The Dead Of Night (4:52)
9. Under The Sun (3:36)
10. Ghost From The Past (4:35)
11. Running Away (4:12)
12. Life Denial (4:29)

Total Time 47:12

Line-up
David Quicho - Vocals & Guitars
Mane Cabrales - Drums
Edgar Allan - Bass

Media/Samples 
Closer
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Glorious Wolf "Zodiac"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 2019 (digital), November 15, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Constellations (11:08)
2. Close To The New World (7:49)
3. Zodiac (7:19)
4. Poëts (4:46)
5. Feelin' Blue (8:41)
6. For You And I (6:37)
7. The Game (6:15)
8. Questions (Remaster) (06:03)
9. Aquarius (Seeding The Future) (Remaster) (5:35)

Total Time 64:13

Line-up
Ruud Dielen: Instruments
  With:
Oscar Anema: Vocals (1-3, 5, 7)
Frans Verouden: Vocals (4)
André van de Ven: Saxophone (1)

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Karkara "Crystal Gazer"


Country: France
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Stolen Body Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Proxima Centaury (5:39)
2. The Way (5:47)
3. Camel Rider (8:49)
4. Into Orchard (1:26)
5. Crystal Gazer (9:12)
6. Zarathoustra (5:36)
7. Jedid (5:08)

Total Time 41:37

Line-up
Karim Rihani : Guitar, Vocals, Didgeridoo
Hugo Olive : Bass
Maxime Marouani : Drums, Vocals
   With
Lo Spider : Synth / RE20

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Oceanica "OneDark"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Youth (1:07)
2. Overcome (5:12)
3. All The Cool Kidz R Doin' It (4:26)
4. Amounting To Nothing (3:16)
5. Start From The Start (4:42)
6. Oubliette (5:01)
7. Got A Feeling (3:10)
8. Towards The Sun (2:45)
9. 8 (5:06)
10. Reverence (4:22)
11. The Rose, Abloom (5:48)
12. The Entangled Roots Of... (0:37)
13. The Oblivion Tree (7:14)

Total Time 52:46

Line-up
Benedict Harris-Hayes (Enochian Theory) - all instruments, vocals

Description/Reviews
Beginning with the instrumental track ‘Youth’, interestingly it starts off with a mechanical winding sound followed by a melancholy music box, this then progresses into a mass of bells, evoking a feeling of arrival – we have arrived in the world, that is #OneDark! Following immediately on, is the track ‘Overcome’. This is a high energy track, which really energises the listener. The opening lyric “Do you remember when we didn’t care”, taking us back to a place when we were all carefree.
Read the full review at stoakesmedia.co.uk

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Anthony Phillips "Strings Of Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Art Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna - EANTCD31076
Format: 2CD+DVD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
CD1
1. Jour de fête
2. Diamond meadows
3. Caprice in three
4. Castle ruins
5. Mermaids and wine maidens
6. Winter lights
7. Song for andy
8. Pilgrimage of grace
9. Skies crying
10. Mouse trip
11. Restless heart
12. Still rain

CD2
1. Into the void
2. Andean explorer
3. Mystery tale
4. Sunset riverbank
5. Tale ender
6. Shoreline
7. Days gone by
8. Crystalline
9. Fleur-de-lys
10. Grand tour
11. Home road
12. Life story

DVD
1. Jour de fête (5.1 surround mix)
2. Diamond meadows (5.1 surround mix)
3. Caprice in three (5.1 surround mix)
4. Castle ruins (5.1 surround mix)
5. Mermaids and wine maidens (5.1 surround mix)
6. Winter lights (5.1 surround mix)
7. Song for andy (5.1 surround mix)
8. Pilgrimage of grace (5.1 surround mix)
9. Skies crying (5.1 surround mix)
10. Mouse trip (5.1 surround mix)
11. Restless heart (5.1 surround mix)
12. Still rain (5.1 surround mix)
13. Into the void (5.1 surround mix)
14. Andean explorer (5.1 surround mix)
15. Mystery tale (5.1 surround mix)
16. Sunset riverbank (5.1 surround mix)
17. Tale ender (5.1 surround mix)
18. Shoreline (5.1 surround mix)
19. Days gone by (5.1 surround mix)
20. Crystalline (5.1 surround mix)
21. Fleur-de-lys (5.1 surround mix)
22. Grand tour (5.1 surround mix)
23. Home road (5.1 surround mix)
24. Life story (5.1 surround mix)

Line-up
Anthony Phillips - Guitars
   With
Dale Newman - Guitar Tsar

Description/Reviews
“Diamond Meadows” is a way-back machine to the early Genesis 12-string guitar sound. ...
And there are more echoes of the past, both musical and historical. “Caprice in Three,” “Castle Ruins,” and “Mermaids and Wine Maidens” could well be part of Henry: Portraits from Tudor Times. For those of us who have loved Anthony Phillips’ sound since Genesis to Revelation, this is sonic euphoria. ... The rest of Disc 1 follows a similar course. And in the hope of brevity, let’s just say the songs fulfill the lyric from Trespass that said, “Visions of angels all around dance in the sky.” But because I’m one of those old prog guys (and brevity is not in my nature), let’s just (also) say the songs “Restless Heart” and “Still Rain” catch the flavor of rainy nights and quiet candles. And “Skies Crying” evokes the best of early Genesis’ almost-religious purity.
Read the full review by Bill Golembeski at somethingelsereviews.com

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Deezer
Jour De Fête

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Jan Akkerman "Close Beauty"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelMascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Spiritual Privacy (Sunset Tango)
2. Beyond The Horizon
3. Reunion
4. Close Beauty
5. Retrospection (Emotional Debris-The Power Behind The Throne-Hear The Trees Whistle For The Dog-Euridice)
6. Passagaglia
7. Tommy's Anniversary
8. Don Giovanni
9. Meanwhile in St. Tropez
10. French Pride
11. Fromage
12. Good Body Every Evening

Line-up
Jan Akkerman (Focus, Brainbox) - guitars
Marijn van den Berg - drums
David De Marez Oyens - bass
Coen Molenaar - keyboards

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Don Giovanni

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Bröselmaschine "Elegy"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: MiG Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 25, 2019 (CD, digital) November 1, 2019 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Bliss (4:17)
2. Elegy (4:03)
3. Sofa Rock (6:20)
4. I’d Rather Go Blind (6:52)
5. Oriental Mind (4:55)
6. Sole Ruler (6:22)
7. Black Is Your Color (5:01)
8. Pajaro (4:50)
9. Meidericher Shuffle (5:03) - bonus track

Total Time 47:43

Line-up
Stella Tonon - vocals
Peter Bursch - electric & acoustic guitars, sitar, vocals
Michael Dommers (Wallenstein) - electric, lap steel & acoustic guitars, vocals
Tom Plötzer - keyboards
Detlef Wiederhöft - bass
Manni von Bohr (Birth Control, Alex Oriental Experience) - drums
    With:
Tamara Sidorova - violin (2,3,8)
Helge Schneider - saxophone (3)

Media/Samples 
Deezer

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Michele Conta "Endless Nights"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelAMS Records - AMS306CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. È nell’aria (6:17)
2. With you on the walk of my life (6:33)
3. Notte Iinfinita (5:23)
4. Growin' Uup (6:19)
5. In riva al mondo (6:07)
6. Fiori Nnascosti (8:16)

Total Time 38:55

Line-up
Michele Conta (Locanda delle Fate) - keyboards
   With
Ermanno Brignolo - guitar and vocals
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) - drums
Lele Melotti - drums
Sergio Pescara - drums
Gianni Cicogna - bass
Max Arminchiardi - guitar
Gianni Branca - drums
Leonardo Plumbini - cello
Effe Quartet - cello, strings

Description/Reviews
“Endless Nights” is the first album containing Michele’s original compositions since the end of the experience Locanda delle Fate in the early ’80s. It took a very long time to complete this album but, on the other hand, its author had all the time and freedom necessary to take care of everything in detail, especially the choice of his collaborators and the recording studios.
“Endless Nights” reflects the sudden changes of the last 40-50 years, and its six tracks are the result of the encounter between the sensitivity and the elegance of an artist who personally experienced the golden age of prog-rock and the modernity and immediacy of rock and modern music productions; a record that is therefore born of a strong contrast, and consequently surprisingly balanced and thoughtful.
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Lorenzo Feliciati, Michele Rabbia "Antikythera"


Country: Italy/France
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
LabelRare Noise Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Irregular Orbit
2. 223 Teeth
3. Corrosion
4. Prochronistic
5. Sidereal
6. Perigee
7. Apogee
8. Parapegma

Line-up
Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth) - Electric fretted and fretless bass, keyboards, samples and soundesign, electric guitar
Michele Rabbia - Drums and electronics
   with
Cuong Vu (Pat Metheny) - Trumpet (4, 5)
Andy Sheppard - Sax (2, 8)
Rita Marcotulli - Acoustic and prepared piano (2, 5, 8)
Alessandro Gwis - Acoustic piano and reaktor generated electronics (1, 6)
Roy Powell (Naked Truth) - Hammond organ, moog and keyboards (7)

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Bandcamp

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Alcest "Spiritual Instinct"


Country: France
Genre(s)Post Rock/Metal
LabelNuclear Blast
FormatCD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Les jardins de minuit (7:53)
2. Protection (5:49)
3. Sapphire (5:00)
4. L'île des morts (9:04)
5. Le miroir (5:31)
6. Spiritual Instinct (7:42)

Total Time 40:59

Line-up
Neige : guitars, bass, synths, vocals
Winterhalter : drums

Media/Samples 
Protection 

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Last Knight "Seven Deadly Sins"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Symphonic 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
01. Lust (11:12)
      Episode I: Overture
      Episode II: Descent to Hell
      Episode III: The Lustful
      Episode IV: Craving Pleasure
      Episode V: Between Love and Lust
02. Gluttony (4:26)
03. Greed (9:04)
04. Sloth (11:23)
      Episode I: Sodom's Son
      Episode II: Sinfonietta of Laziness
      Episode III: Watcher of the Wind
      Episode IV: The Boundaries of Apathy
05. Anger (7:00)
06. Envy (12:03)
      Episode I: Against All Generosity
      Episode II: The Principles of Envy (I)
      Episode III: The She-Wolf
      Episode IV: The Man Who Wanted To Be
      Episode V: Crossing the Styx Lagoon
      Episode VI: The Principles of Envy (II)
      Episode VII: The Abode of Inner Suffering
07. Pride (14:15)

Total Time 69:23

Line-up
Jose Manuel Medina (Mandalaband): Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, & Orchestrations
Pablo Lato: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Backing vocals & Percussion
John Mitchell (Arena, Frost, It Bites, Lonely Robot): Main Vocals
Richie Castellano (Blue Öyster Cult): Main Vocals
Gustavo Lato: Main Vocals, Backing Vocals & Electric Guitar
​Theo Travis (Gong, No-Man, Steven Wilson, The Tangent): Tenor Sax & Flute
Eduardo G. Salueña: Keyboards & Grand Piano
Cindy L. Spear: Lyricist
Nelson Pombal: Electric Guitars
Rafael Pacha: Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars & Flutes
Emilio Gutiérrez: Piano & Hammond B3
Jose Bruno: Drums
Fernando Samalea: Drums
Israel Sánchez: Drums
Ángel Ruíz: Pedal Steel Guitar
Ana Fernández: Violin
Ignacio Alonso: Cello

Description/Reviews
Inspired by Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy", this album tries to recreate the low passions of the human being in the philosophical context of the seven deadly sins. Seventy minutes of beautiful musical passages with a production developed in the style of progressive rock of the seventies.
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Envy
Pride

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Vision Divine "When All The Heroes Are Dead"


CountryItaly
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelScarlet Records - SC 365 (Europe/America), King Records (Japan)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Insurgent
2. The 26th Machine
3. 3 Men Walk On The Moon
4. Fall From Grace
5. Were I God
6. Now That All The Heroes Are Dead
7. While The Sun Is Turning Black
8. The King Of The Sky
9. On The Ides Of March
10. 300
11. The Nihil Propaganda
12. Angel of Revenge (Europe/America CD bonus track)

Line-up
Ivan Giannini - Vocals
Olaf Thorsen - Guitar
Federico Puleri - Guitar
Andrea "Tower" Torricini - Bass
Alessio Lucatti - Keyboards
Mike Terrana - Drums

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Angel of Revenge

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Noveria "Aequilibrium"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Scarlet Records - SC3640CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
01. Waves (06:34)
02. The Awakening (06:07)
03. New Born (04:24)
04. Blind (05:45)
05. The Nightmare (05:48)
06. Broken (05:26)
07. Collide (05:49)
08. Stronger Than Before (05:03)
09. Losing You (06:29)
10. A Long Journey (04:04)
11. Darkest Days (05:39)

Line-up
Andrea Arcangeli - Bass
Omar Campitelli - Drums
Francesco Mattei - Guitars
Francesco Corigliano - Vocals
Julien Spreutels - Keyboards
   With
Kai Ephron - Narration (1)
  
Description/Reviews
While "Aequilibrium" is not nearly as catchy as Noveria's previous releases, it does feature some of the band's strongest songs. Overall the album is another solid modern power/progressive release which will appeal to fans with its engaging and relevant story line and wonderful melodies and solos as the band hits its core strengths of musicianship, performance and production. However, the once well marked line that set Noveria apart has begun to blur.
Read the full review by Carl Frederick at sonicperspectives.com

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Broken

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Hawkwind "All Aboard The Skylark"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Space Rock
Label: Cherry Red
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Flesh Fondue
2. Nets Of Space
3. Last Man On Earth
4. We Are Nom Dead... Only Sleeping
5. All Aboard The Skylark
6. 65 Million Years Ago
7. In The Beginning
8. The Road To...
9. The Fantasy Of Faldum

Bonus CD "Acoustic Daze"
1. Psy Power
2. Hymne To The Sun
3. The Watcher
4. Generator Door
5. Micro Man
6. Into The Night
7. Down Through The Night
8. Flying Doctor
9. Get You Act Together
10. Ascent Of Man
11. We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago

Line-up
Dave Brock - guitar, vocals, keyboards
Richard Chadwick - drums
Niall Hone - bass, keyboards
Magnus Martin - guitar, vocals

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Bandcamp

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Joe Bailey "Less Than Nothing"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Demon (11:07)
2. My Evil Eye (9:23)
3. Gravity (14:16)
4. The Propaganda Train (9:31)
5. Ghost Town (8:48)
6. The Purge (10:28)

Total Time 63:33

Line-up
Joe Bailey - guitars, bass, vocals, programming (synth, orchestration, drums)

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Leprous "Pitfalls"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock
LabelInside Out
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Below (05:53)
2. I Lose Hope (04:44)
3. Observe The Train (05:08)
4. By My Throne (05:45)
5. Alleviate (03:42)
6. At The Bottom (07:21)
7. Distant Bells (07:23)
8. Foreigner (03:52)
9. The Sky Is Red (11:22)

Line-up
Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar
Øystein Landsverk - Guitar
Baard Kolstad - Drums
Simen Daniel Børven - Bass

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Below
Alleviate
Distant Bells

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Virgil Donati "Ruination"


Country: Australia/USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Fusion
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 24, 2019 (digital), November 8, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Castle Bastards (4:50)
2. Back To Me (5:30)
3. Ruination (5:03)
4. The Crack (3:57)
5. Eleven Pt. 2 (6:38)
6. The Quiet Place (5:10)
7. The Last Night That I Lived (7:41)
8. Time Is A Lie (5:20)
9. Pinprick (4:01)
10. Out Of The Dirt (2:57)
11. If There Were None (5:36)

Total Time 56:43

Line-up
Virgil Donati: drums, keyboards
Andre Nieri: guitar
Junior Braguinha: bass
Chris Clark: keyboards
   With
Anton Davidyants, Evan Marien: bass
Julian Lage, Marco Sfogli, Carl Mörner Ringström, Matteo Mancuso: guitar
Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth), Alex Argento, Joe Chindamo (Loose Change): keyboards
Irwin Thomas: vocals, guitar

Description/Reviews
On Ruination, once again, Virgil brings together extraordinary young talent from all parts of the globe, that delivers intensely searing, heartfelt music. Blurring the boundaries between fusion and progressive, instrumental and vocal, Virgil's most recent touring band is featured on this record along with many special guests.

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Deezer
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Taylor's Code "Dream Within A Dream"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Big City Lights (1:38)
2. The Light (3:59)
3. White Or Black (3:29)
4. Dream Within A Dream (5:30)
5. Flashes 1 (2:34)
6. Rain Of Tears (3:57)
7. The Bookrat Blues (5:40)
8. Breakdown (6:05)
9. All Too Much (4:56)
10. Check Mate (4:28)
11. Loneliness (3:58)
12. Don't Cry (5:07)
13. Flashes 2 (2:32)
14. Tick-Tock (1:50)
15. The Fire (5:58)
16. Surprise (4:01)
17. Angel In Leather Armour (5:21)

Total Time 71:03

Line-up
Codruț Croitoru - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

Media/Samples 
Teaser
The Fire

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Rob Thomsett "The Dark Sonnets"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 21, 2019
Tracklist
1. All For Nothing (6:40)
2. Lost In The Shadows (4:46)
3. Seven Shards Of Sorrow (5:37)
4. In My Mind's Eye (8:10)
5. My Graffiti Nightmare (5:27)
6. The Mad Piper (4:08)
7. Once Were Stars (6:22)
8. The Great Forgetting (5:38)
9. A Stain In The Sky (6:44)
10. Apocalyptic Blues (5:34)
11. Elegy For Our Earth (5:45)

Total Time 64:51

Line-up
Rob Thomsett - vocals, all instruments, programming
  Except
Bob Throstle - harmonica (8)

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Stream

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Herd of Instinct "Incantation"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelFirepool Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateOctober 21, 2019 (digital), October 31, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Sun Gun (5:48)
2. Incantation One (6:38)
3. Coin Locker Babies (4:31)
4. Prey 4 Winter (5:52)
5. Myth And Ritual (2:52)
6. Abaddon (4:33)
7. Pavement Grey (6:17)
8. Temples (4:24)
9. Incantation Two (5:35)
10. Torture Garden (3:38)

Total Time 50:08

Line-up
Mark Cook (Spoke of Shadows) – Warr guitar, fretless bass, guitar, keyboards, and string arrangements
Bill Bachman (Spoke of Shadows, Neil Morse) – drums and percussion
Mike McGary – piano and synth
Rick Read – Chapman Stick, bass, and keyboards
   With
Elaine Di Falco (Thinking Plague) – vocals and lyrics
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Ork) – fretless bass and ebow
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet, Fernwood) – Mellotron, Rhodes, Moog, Hammond, harmonium, guitar, and tambura
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson) – Rhodes, Moog, Mellotron, and Hammond
Stephen Page (Stonebriar String Quartet) – violin
Craig Shropshire (Impending Bloom) – hand percussion and gong
Dave Streett – Warr guitar

Description/Reviews
Herd of Instinct’s fifth album, Incantation, is the band’s most dynamic and radical release yet. The music explores the band’s progressive rock vocabulary mixed with excursions into densely layered post-rock compositions and hybrid orchestral styles.
Incantation moves through pieces that fit neatly with the band’s previous work. The band also travels into new areas that take their music into new directions. It’s this “otherness" that makes this collection such a unique and challenging album.
The minimal orchestral piece Myth and Ritual is a homage to avant-auteur Scott Walker, written a short time after his death, that references his stark and brutal compositional style. The two-part title track is a trip into avant-prog featuring a superstar list of players who help produce one of HOI’s most adventurous pieces. This is also the first album that features vocals since their self-titled debut release, back in 2011.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (from release date)
Incantation One
Myth and Ritual
Trailer 1
Trailer 2

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Art "Asylum"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Sliptrick Records
Format: digital
Release date: October 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. No Way Out (7:07)
2. Black Mist (4:30)
3. B. Case (6:54)
4. Seven Stones (5:35)
5. The Doctor (4:54)
6. Room 46 (5:42)
7. Asylum (4:21)
8. The Box (4:57)
9. Hide The Light (5:37)

Total Time 49:37

Line-up
Denis Borgatti - Vocals, Piano
Roberto Minozzi - Guitars
Diego Quarantotto - Bass
Enrico Lorenzini - Keyboards
Ivano Zanotti - Drums
   With
Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and the News, Vasco Rossi, etc) - Guitars (2)
Vince Pàstano (Vasco Rossi, Luca Carboni etc.)

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Refract "Secular Pudding"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Pyramid (5:17)
2. Euphoria (4:21)
3. Under The Rotting Sun (7:59)
4. Transparency (5:19)
5. Secular Pudding (6:43)
6. Hundredth Monkey (5:38)
7. Abeyance (4:46)
8. The Goog (6:32)
9. On The Blacktop (1:30)
10. Tekaru (9:41)
11. Anhedonia (3:46)
12. Aisle 3 (9:25)

Total Time 70:57

Line-up
Jamie Tamboury - Vocals
Alex Bruno - Guitar
Justin Fode - Guitar
Charlie Sisemore - Bass
Nick Muchow - Drums

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Friday, October 18, 2019

about:blank "Anthology Of A Cave"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Too Loud Records
Format: digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Giants (5:20)
2. Birds (1:06)
3. Orpheo (7:47)
4. Before It Was Done (1:39)
5. Ro-Both (5:08)
6. Autoimmune Disease (4:54)
7. Mirror Mountain (4:44)
8. The Cave (7:04)
9. The Unnecessary (7:43)
10. A Place For Time (1:40)
11. One More (4:42)

Total Time 51:47

Line-up
Marco Venturelli - Vocals
Francesco Mazziotti - Guitars
Alessandro Ambrosio - Guitars
Enrico Scorzoni - Bass
Raul Zannoni - Drums
   With
Damn City, Prospective (11)

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The Unnecessary

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Catchlight "Helios (Part One)"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Hemera (4:05)
2. Extinction (5:18)
3. Silent Ghosts (5:40)
4. Insurrection (7:08)
5. Nyx (3:53)
6. Cyclops (9:30)
7. Resurrection (8:02)

Total Time 43:36

Line-up
Sébastien Arnaud : Vocals, Guitar
Michael Holzinger : Drums
Arnaud Michelet : Guitar

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Bandcamp

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The Fërtility Cült "Kosmodysseia"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Kosmodysseia Part I: The Planeswalker (7:27)
2. Return To The Desert Planet (7:50)
3. Star Siren's Song (6:55)
4. Visions Of Home (1:48)
5. Hunters Of Galactic Daemons (4:23)
6. Kosmodysseia Part II: Timeless Ithaca (8:03)
7. The Queen Of Spacetime (10:23)

Total Time 46:49

Line-up
Eero Johannes Heinonen - Guitars
Ville Kailasha - Bass, vocals
Artturi Mäkinen - Drums, percussion
Ilari Ryhänen - Tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, cello, backing vocals
Anssi Solismaa - Hammond organ, Rhodes piano, spacetime disruptions
   With
Anri Tuohimäki - Violin (4)

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Earthkind "Windswept"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release dateOctober 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Then and Now (2:54)
2. Aiden's Theme (5:18)
3. The Last Soldier I - Aftermath (0:49)
4. The Fall of Vallopel (6:52)
5. The Drowning Girl (1:34)
6. The Rescue (5:32)
7. Together Alone (2:44)
8. One Life (5:22)
9. The Oncoming Storm (6:01)
10. The Last Soldier II - Jailbreak (1:10)
11. Nimbus (8:18)
12. The Last Soldier III - The Escape (2:22)
13. Run (4:49)
14. The Shelter (2:42)
15. The Promise (1:56)
16. The Last Soldier IV - Hope's End (1:04)
17. Aiden's Theme (Reprise) (6:31)

Total Time: 65:58

Line-up
Tony Parsons - all instruments

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Stream

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Telepath "Mental Mutations"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Doom
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Mourner's Hill (2:57)
2. To The Grave (3:08)
3. Tormentor Of The Young (2:54)
4. Tyrellian (2:56)
5. No More Wishes (7:10)
6. Race Into The Wasteland (4:32)
7. Bad Machine (3:14)
8. Escape From The Witch House (5:16)
9. The Dark Blood Of Fate (7:29)
10. Lullaby For Deep Waters (2:22)

Total Time 41:58

Line-up
Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel) - instruments, vocals
   With
Pedro de La Rocque - guitar
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (White Willow, Wobbler)

Description/Reviews
A bit of thrash, a bit of doom, a fair dash of 70s hard rock, and also more than a little of the kind of soundtrack music that accompanied 80s horror flicks .
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Progstreaming
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