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Friday, November 29, 2019

Forstenet "Ephemeros: Virvar"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ephemeros
2. Afmagtskvad
3. Intet Bilver
4. Falkse Var
5. Udyrddelsesonket
6. Dissonans I
7. Dissonans II
8. Skonhed Blant Kolossale Masser Af Gra
9. Urskov
10. Virvar

Line-up
Lauritz Andersen - Guitar, Vocals
Emil Deleuran Poulsen - Drums
Lasse Sølling Madsen - Guitar
Morten Gustav Eide - Bass
Troels Mathiesen  - Keys, Organ, Trombone

Description/Reviews
Overall, it was difficult to categorize this album. Prog Rock? Prog Metal? Maybe, but with a tone of different influences that went into it. The vocals varied from all over the place as well. At its core, it is Dark, Gothic inspired Progressive Music that has that distinct Danish feeling to it. You know what I’m talking about. The darkness and mystery are enough to keep any listener interested so I definitely recommend giving his your time.
Read the full review by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at metal-temple.com

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Afmagskvad / Intet Bliver

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Elegant Simplicity "The Ghost of a Smile"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Proximity Records - ESDD20191129-01
Formatdigital
Release date: November 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Transfiguration (7:03)
2. Heartbeat Of The Nation (4:23)
3. Seeing Magic (8:16)
4. Avoidance Of Mirrors (5:38)
5. Connected (1:55)
6. The Ghost Of A Smile (11:31)
7. Fateful Fancification (8:49)

Total Time 47:35

Line-up
Steven McCabe - Guitars and Keyboards
Hector Ruano - Bass Guitar
Maurizio Antonini - Drums
William Stewart - Violin
Barbara Bolivar - Flute
Jim Wells - Trumpet
Jody Smith - Narration

Description/Reviews
Not a concept album as such – though the songs are thematically linked – and all deal with magic, mystery and the unexplained. It’s a very moody album with lots of interesting twists and turns. This is probably our most musically adventurous album, blending progressive rock, hard rock, folk, orchestral and new age into a melting pot of melody.
Read track by track description by Steven McCabe at elegantsimplicity.com

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Franck Carducci "The Answer"


Country:  France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, AOR 
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 28, 2019
Tracklist
1. (Love Is) The Answer (8:01)
2. Slave To Rock 'n' Roll (5:41)
3. Superstar (12:27)
4. The After Effect (10:02)
5. The Game Of Life (4:32)
6. Asylum (11:10)
7. On The Road To Nowhere [bonus] (2:38)
8. Beautiful Night [bonus] (7:14)
9. (Love Is) The Answer [radio-cut] (4:07)
10. Slave To Rock 'n' Roll [radio-cut] (3:56)

Total Time 69:48

Line-up
Franck Carducci - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
   With
Olivier Castan: Piano, Mellotron, Synths, Vocals
Antonino Reina: Drums, Vocals
Christophe Obadia: Electric Guitar, Vocals
Steve Marsala: Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
Mary Reynaud: Theremin, Vocals
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X)
Jimmy Pallagrosi (Zio, Karnataka)
Fabrice Dutour (Backroads, Dyslesia)

Description/Reviews
The title track “(Love Is) The Answer” heralds the news that the Franck Carducci band is taking it up a notch as shimmering 12-string acoustic guitar, synth, didgeridoo and a strong chorus of singers welcomes the listener in the first minute. The song continues to progress replete with Close-to-the-Edge-keyboards, punchy bass, a spacious guitar solo and an anthemic chorus that just won’t quit. If this is your first introduction to Franck Carducci, these 8 minutes will likely make you a believer. This song isn’t only a highlight of the album, it’s one of the best of the year.
Read the full review by Scott Medina at sonicperspectives.com

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Progstreaming
Slave to Rock 'n' Roll
The After Effect
On The Road To Nowhere

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Enigmatic Infinity "The Shadow Out of Time"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2019 (digital)
Tracklist
1. The Collapse (9:27)
2. Secret Of Time (6:33)
3. The Great Race (3:48)
4. A Disquieting Letter (6:56)
5. Nocturnal Wanderings (5:16)
6. The Shadow Out Of Time (17:48)

Total Time 49:48

Line-up
Nándor Tombor: guitars
   With
Rob Lundgren: vocals
Bálint Imhof: additional keyboards
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X): keyboard solo (5)

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Fabric Of Reality Project "Unforeseen Circumstances"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Storm (14:25)
2. Dreams Of Yesterday (11:10)
3. Home Is Where Ever (I'm With You) (8:17)
4. Airys Suite (for Homs) (22:14)
   Pt 1 March & Uprising Overture
   Pt 2 Tension Builds
   Pt 3 Let Battle Commence
   Pt 4 Humanity Screams
   Pt 5 City Under Siege.
5. Celestial Light (9:45)

Total Time 65:51

Line-up
Rick Lambe - Drums, Keyboards, 12 String acoustic guitar, 6 String acoustic guitar, Electric guitars, Slide guitar and newspapers.
Corinne Lambe - Harmony Vocals and choir parts.
Jazz Lambe -  Harmony Vocals, Vocals as The Devil (Satan), Vocals (5)
Wayne Phua - For the Chinese uttering
Dave Shelton - Bass Guitar

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Old Prospectors "Eureka!"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Funk, Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: November 24, 2019
Tracklist
1. Quasiguana (10:42)
2. Executive (Hors D'oeuvres) (5:17)
3. Sweet Molasses (4:35)
4. Eureka (4:32)
5. Oasis (3:28)
6. Channel The Chicken (6:19)
7. Gold Rush (5:29)
8. Hindsight (7:39)
9. Memory (9:40)
10. Ningishzida (10:21)

Total Time 68:02

Line-up
Frank Bufe - Guitars, Keyboards
Bob Daly - Bass
Dan Dahl - Drums

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Hypno5e "A Distant (Dark) Source"


Country: France
Genre(s)Atmospheric Progressive Post Metal/Rock
LabelPelagic Records - PEL123
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. On The Dry Lake (12:26)
2. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 1 (3:47)
3. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 2 (7:08)
4. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 3 (5:08)
5. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 1 (2:46)
6. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 2 (7:49)
7. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 3 (7:34)
8. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 1 (3:14)
9. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 2 (6:10)
10. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 3 (6:25)
11. Tauca, Pt. 2 (Nowhere) (7:37)

Total Time 70:04

Line-up
Emmanuel Jessua - Guitar, lead vocals
Jonathan Maurois - Guitar
Cedric Pages aka Gredin - Bass, backing vocals
Théo Begue - Drums

Description/Reviews
The Southern French quartet are now returning with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing: their 5th album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, is the second part of a diptych album project. “A Distant (Dark) Source” continues to chase those demons and lost memories which the band has been chasing ever since their debut album “Des Deux L'Une Est L'Autre”: the album is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia.It disappeared more than 15 000 years ago, leaving behind an arid land and salt lakes at 4.500m of altitude in the Andes mountain range. “A Distant (Dark) Source” is the musical imagination of a night in this desert, during which the old shores of the lake see the return of the shadows of the people who used to live in this area before its disappearance.  …but don't be deterred by such conceptual enthusiasm, as HYPNO5E sound is powerful, visceral and immediate. There are moments that remind you of the expansive technical elaborations of BTBAM, but there is also the careful melancholia of Cynic and the sheer power of Gojira... but in the end, all these comparisons fail - HYPNO5E's organic sound is undoubtedly their own. Unlike so many bands who rely on a single sound or technique to create their music, HYPNO5E are not bound to any precondition.
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A Distant Dark Source Pt. 1-3

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Skyblood "Skyblood"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Label: Napalm Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Skyblood Manifesto (2:14)
2. The Voice (4:23)
3. The Not Forgotten (3:29)
4. Wake Up To The Truth (4:28)
5. Once Invisible (5:18)
6. One Eye For An Eye (4:26)
7. Out Of The Hollow (5:57)
8. For Or Against (4:45)
9. Le Venimeux (10:09)

Total Time 45:09

Line-up
Mats Leven (Candlemass, Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Vocals, Instruments
   With
Martin "Axe" Axenrot (Bloodbath, Opeth) - Drums
Nalley Pahlsson (Therion) - Bass
Snowy Shaw (King Diamond) - Drums
Petter Karlsson (Therion, Diabolo Swing Orchestra) - Drums

Description/Reviews
Moving right along, Skyblood will please Progressive Metal fans, particularly those who enjoyed the peak era of Queensrÿche. Additionally, smatterings of Septicflesh, and Hellenic bands in general, permeate the album, as do the more aggressive and progressive elements of the various Devin Townsend projects. After an opening peppered with harpsichord and pipes, “Wake Up to the Truth” is much more guitar- and bass-driven, and one of the more complete’ songs on the album.
Read the full review by Adrian Breeman at crypticrock.com

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The Voice
The Not Forgotten
Out Of The Hollow
Deezer

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A Formal Horse "Here Comes A Man From The Council With A Flamethrower"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Magazine Zooey Deschanel
2. Bird
3. I Just Called to Say I Like You
4. Petroleum
5. Boarded Doors in Bedford Place
6. Bee
7. Last Track on Side Fun
8. Coda
9. Lonely Doe Young Doe 03:47
10. Here Comes a Man from the Council with a Flamethrower
11. Unison One
12. Commons
13. Cherub
14. Unison 3
15. Boarded Doors Reprise
16. Anyway

Line-up
Hayley McDonnell - Vocals
Benjamin Short - Guitars and Vocals
Russell Mann - Bass Guitars
Mike Stringfellow - Drums

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Sonus Corona "Time Is Not On Your Side"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelInverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 22, 2019
Tracklist
1.Induction
2.Unreal
3.The Refuge
4.Swing Of Sanity
5.Oblivion
6.Time Is Not On Your Side
7.Illusions
8.Moment Of Reckoning
9.To The Ground
10.Fading
11.Here

Line-up
Ari Lempinen - guitar, backing vocals
Harri Annala - guitar
Miika Erkkilä - bass
Rasmus Raassina - drums
Esa Lempinen - keyboards
Timo Mustonen - vocals

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Time Is Not On Your Side 
Illusions 

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Marcello Zappatore "Susco"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Workin' Label
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 21 , 2019
Tracklist
1. Noce Di Coccole (3:14)
2. Opimo (2:29)
3. Senso Spietato (4:27)
4. Molteplice (3:55)
5. Holbywart (3:37)
6. Vetusto (3:29)
7. Smidollato (3:30)
8. Topinambur (2:00)
9. Sapido (3:46)
10. Poro Seduto (3:45)
11. Volpe A Stella (3:25)
12. Poldo (7:25)

Total Time 45:02

Line-up
Marcello Zappatore - guitar, keyboard, bass
   With
Ovidio Venturoso - drums
Dario Congedo - drums
Luca Alemanno - bass
Emanuele Coluccia - sax
Claudia Fiore - cello
Fabio Zurlo - accordion
Gianpaolo Saracino - violin
Gianluca Milanese - flute
Andrea Esperti - bass

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Noce Di Coccole
Poldo

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Kaleidoreal "Finally See Myself"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date:November 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Finally See Myself (9:00)
2. Some Take to the Stars (18:00)
3. Hopelessness (5:18)

Total Time: 32:18

Line-up
Lars Granat - Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Rikard Rynoson - Vocals
David Källberg - Drums, percussion, nose flute
Sebastian Johammar - Drums
Björn Granat - Bass
   With
Bill Hubauer - Organ solo (1)

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Kadath "Noises Out Of Space"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label:  JPRG Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Corona Dance (8:09)
2. Woman Walking in Wild Wind (5:47)
3. The Distraction (Instrumental) (6:06)
4. George in Sand (Instrumental) (6:34)
5. Good Morning, George (Instrumental) (1:18)
6. Meet the Invaders (4:05)
7. Planet Maitraies (Instrumental) (4:57)
8. Warui Aliens (6:26)

Total Time 43:22

Line-up
Hiromi Sugawara - guitar
Koji 'David' Ishii - keyboards, stick, saxophones
Taiji Yagi - bass, vocals
Takashi 'Hatasu' Itoh - drums

Media/Samples 
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Trailer

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Kalacread "Mystic Society"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Repentless - RETS-15
Format: CD
Release date: November 20, 2019
Tracklist
1 - Invisible Erosion (Instrumental) (00:30)
2 - Brutal Urban Overture (Instrumental) (02:45)
3 - Mystic Society - Revisited (05:50)
4 - Unbreakable Spell (04:27)
5 - Endless Fall (07:02)
6 - Merciless Scheme (05:03)
7 - Veil Of Stars (04:36)
8 - Identity (04:45)
9 - Empty Room (01:32)
10 - Human Exploitation - Part1 The Prey (06:55)
11 - Virtual Intention (08:57)

Line-up
YoungChoon Cho: Vocals
Satoshi Ennu: Guitar
Kenta Omura: Bass
Yuji: Drums
Sakuraco: Keyboards

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Stream

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Shusei's Project "To The New World"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Music Planet - MP R001
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2019
Tracklist
1. Volcano Area  (7:03)
2. Dinosaurs Area  (4:57)
3. Forest Area (4:52)
4. Ocean Area (6:20)
5. Destruction (7:30)
6. Requiem (4:44)
7. To The New World (12:01)

Total Time 47:27

Line-up
Shusei Tsukamoto (Outer Limits, Vienna) - Pipe Organ, Keyboards
Ayae Miyabi  - Vocals
Yuu Souma - Vocals
Miki Fujimoto (Fantasmagoria) - Violin
Takako Aramaki (Outer Limits) - Guitar
Toshimi Nagai - Fretless Bass
Kozo Suganuma (Fragile, Vienna) - Drums
Eriko Iida - Chorus
Shihori Sawada - Chorus
Misaki Takahashi - Chorus
Etsuko Watanabe - Chorus
Syouta Shimomura - Chorus
Riku Matsubara - Chorus
Masataka Matoba - Chorus
Yuuki Washio - Chorus

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Forest Area
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Exxasens "Revolution"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Post/Progressive Rock
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: November 19, 2019
Tracklist
1. Massachusetts (6:23)
2. A Space Odyssey (4:38)
3. Twenty One Years And One Day (2:49)
4. Revolution (5:15)
5. Why Not? (3:37)
6. Bye Bye Moscow (2:49)
7. Vega (4:20)
8. Eden (4:28)
9. Dream Is Over (5:17)
10. Another Space Odyssey (4:30)
11. Inside My Brain (3:37)
12. Since I Met You (4:20)
13. Eden's Place* (4:24)
14. Dreams Are Over (5:20)
15. Autumn Storms (4:25)
16. Air (3:25)

Total Time 69:37

Line-up
Jordi Ruiz - all instruments, vocals

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

SoundDiary "Anamnesis - Letter in a Bottle"


Country: Austria
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release dateNovember 16, 2019
Tracklist
ACT I - BIRTH/A UNIQUE GETAWAY
1. Glass Prison (3:04)
2. Reflections, Pt. I (2:03)
3. The Choice (2:18)
4. Time (2:11)
5. Temporary Freedom, Pt. I (1:43)
6. Reprise (2:47)

ACT II - CONTACT/THE MAN OUTSIDE
7. Voyage Of Discovery (1:45)
8. Melody (1:05)
9. Resonance (3:07)
10. Lake, Pt. I-A Unique Togethaway (1:56)
11. Prequiem (1:07)
12. The Incident, Pt. I (3:34)

ACT III - SUBSTITUTION/THE ABANDONED DREAM
13. Train Tripper (3:53)
14. Windows (2:57)
15. The Prompter (2:10)
16. Temporary Freedom, Pt. II (0:52)
17. Reflections, Pt. II (1:37)
18. Time Lapse-Got It (3:43)

ACT IV - ISOLATION/THE ANSWER WITHIN
19. The Incident, Pt. II (3:35)
20. Glass Splinters (1:03)
21. Psychiatry-Temporary Accomodation (1:36)
22. Home (1:47)
23. Page-Letter In A Bottle (5:09)
24. Lake, Pt. II (2:19)

ACT V - REQUIEM/AN INSEPARABLE CONNECTION
25. Farewellknown (6:37)
26. Funeral (2:35)
27. Dream (1:05)
28. Chance Encounter (2:45)
29. Contemporary Freedom (2:07)
30. A Unique Journey (1:04)

Total Time 73:34

Line-up
Hannes Pichlmann - Vocals, Guitars
Stefan Pichlmann - Keyboards, Sampling
Merlin Hochmeier - Bass
Clemens Langbauer - Drums, Percussion
   With
Hannes Pichlmann as the Protagonist, the Prompter, Will Buckley & Johnny (Act I-V)
Madeleine Prochaska as Melody (Act II, III, V) & Hope Buckley (Act IV)
Madli Oras as “deceased Melody” (Act II)
Norbert K.Hund as the Radio Announcer (Act IV)
Lilli Mariam Pichlmann as Page (Act IV)

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Solaris "Nostradamus 2.0. - Returnity. Unborn Visions"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: CD
Release date: November 16, 2019
Tracklist
1. Returnity (Return To Eternity) I-VI (34:00)
   I 1960 Augusztus 1. = 1st August 1960
   II 1942 December 2. = 2nd December 1942
   III 1986 Április 26. = 26th April 1986
   IV 1905 Június 30. = 30th June 1905
   V 1969 Szeptember 2. = 2nd September 1969
   VI 1969 Július 20. = 20th July 1969
2. Double Helix - 1953 Február 28. = 28th February 1953 (3:04)
3. Deep Blue - 1997 Május 11. = 11th May 1997 (3:33)
4. Radioscope - 1926 Március 20. = 20th March 1926 (3:54)

Total Time 44:31

Line-up
Csaba Bogdan - guitars
Róbert Erdész - keyboards, vocals
Attila Kollár - flute, tambourine, lead vocals
László Gömör - drums, percussion, vocals
Attila Seres - bass
Vilmos Tóth  - drums (1)
Ferenc Raus - drums (2, 4)
   With
Edina Szirtes 'Mokus' - violin
Zsuzsa Ullmann - vocals
Gyorgy Demeter - vocals
Ferenz Gerdesits  - vocals

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Teaser

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Runaway Totem "Multiversal Matter"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Black Widow Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dark Matter (29:49)
2. Le Scale Oscure (2:49)
3. Deorum Matter (9:07)
4. Korath Matter (14:57)
5. Paesazione Sonora (5:40)
6. Universo Di Sfere (10:51)

Total Time 73:13

Line-up
Re-Tuz aka Raffaello Regoli – vocals, duduk, keyboards
Cahal De Betel aka Roberto Gottardi – guitars, synths, electronics
   With
Isil-Ur aka Tamara Zucchi – vestal custodian of sacred fire

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Deorum Matter (promo)

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The Night Watch "An Embarrassment of Riches"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Land Ho! (11:04)
2. Mendoza (8:03)
3. The Summit (Part I) (6:04)
4. Dance Of The Mountain People (7:36)
5. Shamaniac (10:26)
6. Telling Brow And Tongue Root (10:05)
7. The Summit (Part II) (14:39)
8. Currents (3:56)

Total Time 71:53

Line-up
Evan Runge – Violin, Chorus
Nathanael Larochette – Guitars, Chorus
Matthew Cowan – Fretless Bass, Chorus
Daniel Mollema – Drums, Percussion, Piano, Chorus
   With
Xander Galbreath - Vocals
Olivier Nordskip - Vocals
Conyer Clayton, Megan Rose Franken, Greg Kampf, Sabina Lindgren, Jason Sherriff - Chorus

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Subterfuge "Prometheus"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Pure Steel Publishing - PSPCD024
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
CD1
1. Dreamless Sleep (1:22)
2. Earth, Sun And Life (5:40)
3. Aliens (8:13)
4. Identity (4:22)
5. The Meeting (4:28)
6. Enslaved (6:30)
7. Experiment (8:00)
8. Truth (13:06)

Total Time 51:41

CD2
1. Escape (6:44)
2. Prometheus (5:29)
3. Chosen (6:15)
4. Revenge (4:35)
5. Nightfall (4:04)
6. Subterfuge (3:22)
7. Farewell (9:54)
8. To The Stars (1:37)

Total Time 42:00

Line-up
Matheusz Drzewicz – Vocals
Kinga Lis – Vocals and Violin
Tyberiusz Slodkiewicz – Guitars
Witek Nowak – Guitars
Piotr Grabkowski – Saxophone
Piotr Lamparski - Bass
Daruisz Brzozowski – Drums
Adam Novak – Synths

Description/Reviews
The opening song from the album is the instrumental song "Dreamless Sleep" which has a nice space atmosphere and a deep narration that created a cool ambiance. "Earth Sun and Life" shows what this band is all about, as it has different vocals switching from the female and male clean vocals to the guttural and harsh ones. The instrumental is beautiful, the acoustic guitars here followed by the synths gave the song a great touch. “Aliens" has this cool space sound again and the atmosphere that they created here and its a really aggressive song. I loved how the guttural vocals sounded on this one, they are heavy, strong and tight. This song sounds theatrical, I think that it has an awesome dynamic to be played live. 
Read the full review by Caio Botrel at metal-temple.com

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Nightfall

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Andy Gillion "Neverafter"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Nocturne (1:51)
2. Becoming The Nightmare (5:52)
3. Skyless (7:13)
4. Becoming The Dream (5:34)
5. Aria (1:15)
6. Black Lotus (7:05)
7. The Lost Melody (1:48)
8. Shards Of A Forgotten World (6:23)
9. Hiraeth (4:24)
10. Lullaby (2:52)
11. Neverafter (8:31)

Total Time 52:48

Line-up
Andy Gillion - instruments
  With
Jeff Loomis - guitar solo (3)
Paul Wardingham - guitar solo (9)
Christina Marie - vocals (5)
66Samus aka Samus Paulicelli - drums

Description/Reviews
The album opens with Nocturne, a track that sets the stage. It has an ethereal beginning with beautiful orchestration. Once the guitars kick in, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say Andy shreds us into the album! The next three tracks, Becoming the Nightmare, Skyless, and Becoming the Dream all show the more progressive side of the music. ... You feel the “nightmare” versus the “dream” as you go through. Becoming the Nightmare, in particular, has so many twists and turns, not just in terms of scales, but also in terms of the guitar tones and the overall vibe. The beginning has a nightmarish sound for sure but around the 2:30 mark, we go into a mellower pace. The guitars are cleaner this time, and the melody is not so nightmarish anymore. It reminds me of Jason Becker’s haunting compositions of recent. Skyless, which features a guest solo from none other than Jeff Loomis, goes through piano arrangements, progressive metal parts, blast beats, and all kinds of melodic vibes. 
Read the full review by Alper at mega-depth.com

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echolons))) "Idea of a Labyrinth"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Leaving The City (8:13)
2. Labyrinth (6:49)
3. Act Of Balance (6:03)
4. Prism Is A Dancer (5:38)
5. Midwater (5:26)
6. Questions Never Asked (4:38)
7. The Science Of Sleep (5:41)

Total Time 42:28

Line-up
Daniel Dorn - Vocals, Guitar
René Zeuner - Guitars, Sounds & Keys
Martin Prasche - Bass
Hendrik Prause - Drums

Description/Reviews
With the album „Idea of A Labyrinth”, echolons))) are going on another ride through the genre “unconventional guitar music”: somewhere between U2, Incubus, Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, they are looking for their own sound. Echo and atmosphere meet edgy riffs. A great album between Progressive and Alternative Rock.
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In Continuum "Acceleration Theory Part Two: Annihilation"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock 
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 15, 2019 (digital), November 25, 2019 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Impending Annihilation (2:52)
2. You Don't Know How It Feels (6:05)
3. The Path (4:02)
4. In Her Cocoon (1:32)
5. AlienA Pt2 (2:22)
6. Vampire Of The Soul (4:25)
7. Made Of Stars (2:58)
8. Know That You Are (8:31)
9. The War Room (1:50)
10. All That Is (3:35)
11. Annihilation (20:48)
12. Interstellar Reunion (4:36)

Total Time 63:36

Line-up
Gabriel Agudo (Bad Dreams) - Lead Vocals
Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact) - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Leticia Wolf - Lead Vocals
Jon Davison  (Glass Hammer, Yes) - Lead Vocals
Michael Sadler (Saga) - Lead Vocals
Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact) - Bass, Guitar
Randy McStine (The Fringe) - Guitar
John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) - Guitar
Fernando Perdomo - Guitar, Bass, Drums
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Big Big Train) - Drums
Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson) - Drums
Ruti Celli - Cello
Kaitlin Wolfberg - Violin
Joe Deninzon - Violin

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Legendary Flower Punk "Wabi Wu"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Tonzonen Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 14, 2019 (digital), January 2020 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Wabi Wu
2. Hexagram
3. Prince Mojito
4. Azulejo
5. Aki Kaurismäki
6. Trance Fusion På Ryska
7. Zen Again

Line-up
Kamille Sharapodinov (The Grand Astoria) - guitars, percussion
Mike Lopakov - bass
Nick Kunavin - drums
   With
Danila Danilov - electronics (2,3,5,6)
Gleb Kolyadin (iamthemorning) - synths (1,3,4), grand piano (5,6)
Zhenya Strigalev - saxophone (1,2)
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles) - guitar solo (2)
Denis Kirillov - flute (4,7)
Nick Antonenko - percussion (2, 4)
Guvi B - additional electronic noises (5)

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Patrick Hemer "The Writing's on the Wall"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal 
Label: Lion Music - LMC431 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 14, 2019
Tracklist
1.Obsession
2.Yesterday’s Burden
3.Slave to Yourself
4.Paradigm of Blandness
5.In the Blood
6.Pandora’s Box
7.Double Bind
8.The Legacy
9.Burning Hunger
10.Course for Disaster
11.Carpe Noctem

Line-up
Patrick Hemer (Horizon): guitars, lead & background vocals, bass, keyboards
David Casanova : keyboards
Bruno J. Frank : bass
Oli Canton : drums & percussion
   With
Eric Farkas & Chris Moreau: additional background vocals

Description/Reviews
His deep, unwavering love for Metal music had to take over again, and for almost a decade now, he is fronting a solo project meant to display his best playing and songwriting through a powerful and rich brand of Power Prog that always manages to put the song first.
His new album, “The Writing’s on the Wall” produced by Patrick himself, is another perfect balance of huge 7-string guitar riffs, amazing vocal work and his trademark out of this world soloing, all backed up by clever arrangements and brilliant musicians.
Combining a broad spectrum of influences into a mature and focused personal style, Patrick Hemer has created his own unique path, and he is proving again with “The Writing’s on the Wall” that he is not only a name for shred guitar aficionados but also a complete musician and someone all the world’s Progressive Metal maniacs can count on to keep the flame alive and well…
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Unit Wail "égarés"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Prog, Zeuhl
LabelSoleil Mutant (world), Marquee Avalon - MAR193193 (Japan)
FormatCD, digital
Release date November 12, 2019 (world), September 25, 2019 (Japan)
Tracklist
1. Volte Face (1:39)
2. Décalage (4:27)
3. Egarés  (5:38)
4. Vers l'inconnu (1:35)
5. Les portes du sanctuaire (3:25)
6. Dédale (7:16)
7. Rituel (5:48)
8. Le sas (7:35)
9. Le monde d'en dessous (8:25)

Total Time 45:48

Line-up
Philippe Haxaire : drums
Adrian Luna : bass
Emmanuel Pothier : synths
Jean-Pierre Soarez (Art Zoyd) : trumpet
Vincent Sicot-Vantalon : keyboards, guitars
Frank Fromy : guitar solo (3, 10)

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Lord Of Light "Morningstar"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: November 11, 2019
Tracklist
1. Presage (2:07)
2. Ballad Of The Righteous (9:24)
3. History (A Capella) (1:30)
4. Candlelight (5:09)
5. Morningstar (7:58)
6. A Leaden Sky (1:06)
7. Typhoon (5:00)

Total Time 32:14

Line-up
Nicklas Kirkevall - vocals, keyboards, guitars
Alfred Andersson - bass
Jesper Sunnhagen - drums

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Chalice Of Throe "Times Are Coming"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date:  November 9, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ascension (0:43)
2. Be Afraid (3:37)
3. End Of Times (5:51)
4. Heart's Black Sea (5:57)
5. Coming Of Eris (4:53)
6. In Your Eyes (5:07)
7. Rising Sun (4:46)
8. Thread Of The Fate (6:07)

Total Time 37:01

Line-up
Thiagu Bittencourt - Drums
Marcus A'thila - Vocals
Arthur Fernnandes - Bass
Breno Nicollas - Guitars
Romário Rezende - Keyboards
   With
Marcelo Alelaf - Additional Vocals (5)
Clara Marreiros - Additional Vocals (5)

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Coming Of Eris
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Iapetus "The Body Cosmic"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive/Extreme Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 9, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Body Cosmic (9:58)
2. Dark Matter Genetics (2:00)
3. I Contain Multitudes (14:31)
4. Galaxy Collective (2:09)
5. For Creatures Such As We (12:56)
6. Hadean Heart (4:54)
7. Moonwatcher (2:06)
8. The Star Of Collapse (18:00)
9. Angelus Novus (3:39)

Total Time 70:13

Line-up
Matthew Cerami - Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Jordan Navarro - Guitars, Keys, Additional Sounds
   With
Dan Presland (Ne Obliviscaris) - Drums
Emi Pellegrino - Vocals
Ethan Navarro - Vocals

Description/Reviews
... this album is actually more music than extreme metal, if that makes sense. From the beginning you’re assaulted by a massive wall of sound with impactful riffing and punch but it doesn’t take long to notice the genuinely beautiful, haunting melody that comes along with it. There’s an entire structure of layered tremolo picking guitars, harmonizing and it’s just an absolute treat to try to follow and keep track of where each one is going and how they complement each other in an impeccably puzzled soundscape. … Now we get to the second component of this album’s sound, which is heavily relying on silence. The driven guitars disappear. The grinding stops and the acoustic elements take hold. There’s so much acoustic guitar, there’s piano, clean guitar with lots of delay and incredibly clever samples to support these instruments and properly immerse you into the atmosphere. 
Read the full review by Andrei Dan at metal-observer.com

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Yogi Lang "A Way Out Of Here"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art Of Music - GAOM062
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Move On (9:28)
2. A Way Out Of Here (5:30)
3. Shine On Me (5:45)
4. Don’t Confuse Life With A Thought (4:30)
5. Love Is All Around (4:35)
6. Freedom Of The Day (4:20)
7. Early Mornig Light (6:25)
8. The Sound Of The Ocean (4:30)
9. I’ll Be There For You (5:20)

Total Time 50:23

Line-up
Yogi Lang (RPWL): vocals, keyboards
Torsten Weber: guitars
Stephan Treutter: drums
Yvo Fischer: bass
Conny Kreitmeier: backing vocals
Bine Heller: backing vocals
Kalle Wallner (RPWL): solo guitar (4, 9)
Klaus Reichart: pedal steel, mandolin

Description/Reviews
The new album titled “A Way Out Of Here” not only offers a colourful palette of art rock with its nine songs, but also illuminates the essentials of life with all obstacles, fears and rays of hope. A song-serving brilliant band, analog synthesizers and epic choirs provide the basis for Yogi Lang’s gilmouresque voice.
The first symphonic wall of sound is only a few seconds away: “Move On” – obviously audibly linked to the debut work – gently pulls the listener out of everyday life. There are many personal experiences in “A Way Out Of Here”, which the album wants to convey in peace, without hustle and bustle, without false pathos. Love often seems to offer a possible solution for problems. “Love is All Around” and “Freedom Of The Day” believe in the ability of love and empathy to banish just about any problem to insignificance. But what if this “Way Out Of Here” does not exist? In “Shine On Me” the protagonist cannot accept the loss of his partner, just ignores it and in the last of the nine tracks “I’ll Be There For You” we also find the last promise to stay with a loved one to the very end, if necessary, at any cost. This already ends a multi-layered and very emotional journey through Yogi Lang’s world of thoughts.
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A Way Out Of Here

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Lunar "Eidolon"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Divebomb Records - DIVE191
Format:  CD, digital, cassette
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Orbit (3:07)
2. The Cycle Starts Again (10:27)
3. Surrender (8:23)
4. Comfort (7:42)
5. Potion (5:52)
6. Hypnotized (6:05)
7. Your Long Awaited Void (12:16)

Total Time 53:52

Line-up
Alex Bosson - drums, percussion, additional synthesizers
Balmore Lemus - guitars
Ryan Price - bass
Chandler Mogel - lead vocals
Brian Lewis - growl vocals
   With
Austin Bentley - strings & programming arrangement (1)
Andrew Kingsley - guitar solo  (2)
Ryan Bowe - guitar solo (3)
Balmore Lemus - 1st guitar solo (4)
Richard Henshall (Haken)- 2nd guitar solo (4)
Ryan Price - guitar solo (5)
Ben Karas- violin solo (6)
Diego Tejeida - synthesizer solo (6)
Taylor Washington- guitar solo (6)
Katie Pachnos - harps (7)
Mary Zimmer - female vocals (7)
Theo Travis (Gong, Steven Wilson, The Tangent) - flute solo (7)
Raphael Weinroth-Browne - cello solo (7)
Scott Carstairs - 1st guitar solo (7)
Sam Vallen - 2nd guitar solo (7)

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Anders Buaas "The Witches Of Finnmark III"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records 
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Jeremiah 1:14 (3:00)
2. Firehorn (6:58)
3. Lisbet (5:15)
4. Domen (7:45)
5. March in 5/4 (5:55)
6. Requiem (11:11)

Total Time 40:04

Line-up
Anders Buaas – guitars, keyboards, mandolin, banjo and effects
Rune Erling Pedersen – drums
Are Gogstad – bass
Henrik Madsen – percussion, snare drum (5)
   With
Gudny Aspaas (Ruphus) – vocals (6)
Filip Hauan Gundersen – tuba and bass trombone (2)

Description/Reviews
«The Witches of Finnmark» - an instrumental album trilogy, written and produced by Anders Buaas. It was inspired by the book «At the Gates of Hell» by historian Rune Blix Hagen. The witch trials and persecutions in Finnmark in the 16th and 17th century were some of the worst mankind has seen.
Now finally, the third installment will be released, completing Buaas´ trilogy. The music contains elements of folk, blues, progressive rock, jazz and classical. 
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Blame Zeus "Seethe"


CountryPortugal
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelRockshots Records - RSCD070
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. How To Successfully Implode (4:51)
2. Déjà Vu (4:50)
3. Down To Our Bones (5:26)
4. White (4:41)
5. Bloodstained Hands (5:46)
6. The Obsession Lullaby (3:11)
7. Into The Womb (4:32)
8. No (4:29)
9. The Warden (5:27)
10. The Crown and The Gun (4:23)

Line-up
Sandra Oliveira - Vocals
Ricardo Silveira - Drums
Paulo Silva - Guitar
Tiago Lascasas - Guitar
Celso Oliveira - Bass

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AlphaJorge "Storm Ahead"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Raven (7:22)
2. Hidden Garden (12:16)
3. Supernova (6:18)
4. Broken Wings (6:46)
5. Halfway To The Light (12:45)
6. Storm Ahead (7:16)
7. Halfway To The Light (Reprise) (1:36)

Total Time 54:19

Line-up
Arthur Rodrigues - guitars, vocals, keyboards, bass (4)
Nick Medeiros - guitars, backing vocals
Thiago Darós - bass, backing vocals, flute (1)
Diego Rapoport - drums, backing vocals
   With
Márcio Bicaco - vibraphone (1)
Paulo Zanetti - saxophone (2)
Júlio Miotto - backing vocals (6)
José Corato - piano (7)

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The Flower Kings "Waiting For Miracles"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
CD 1
1. House of Cards
2. Black Flag
3. Miracles for America
4. Vertigo
5. The Bridge
6. Ascending to the Stars
7. Wicked Old Symphony
8. The Rebel Circus
9. Sleep With the Enemy
10. The Crowning of Greed

CD 2
1. House of Cards Reprise
2. Spirals
3. Steampunk
4. We Were Always Here
5. Busking at Brobank

Line-up
Roine Stolt - electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, lead vocals
Jonas Reingold - bass, fretless bass
Hasse Fröberg  - lead & backing vocals
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic) - guitar, keyboards
Mirko DeMaio (Mind Key) - drums, percussion
   With:
Michael Stolt - bass, vocals
John "Zach" Dellinger - viola
Paul Cartwright - violin

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BASK "III"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock, Stoner
Label: Season of Mist
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Three White Feet (5:53)
2. New Dominion (4:42)
3. Stone Eyed (4:17)
4. Rid Of You (4:39)
5. Noble Daughters I: The Stave (5:48)
6. Noble Daughters II: The Bow (6:16)
7. Maiden Mother Crone (4:39)

Total Time 36:14

Line-up
Jesse Van Note – bass
Scott Middleton – drums
Ray Worth – guitar
Zeb Camp – guitar/vocals

Description/Reviews
On III, Pink Floyd-esque licks come face to face with monster riffs worthy of Queens Of The Stone Age. Nothing ever feels cobbled together, but rather as if the listener is being taken on a clearly thought out journey. As the band wraps the record up with the stunning vocal harmonies on the closer, "Maiden Mother Come" it is evident that taking the listener on a sonic quest was the goal the entire time. With inspired playing and gorgeous guitar tones throughout, it’s easy to start and then continue with the band on this epic adventure.
Read the full review by Matt Bacon at metalinjection.net

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