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Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Flying Luttenbachers "Imminent Death"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Avant Prog
Label: God Records (vinyl)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date:  November 30, 2019
Tracklist
1. Praalude (10:22)
2. Get The Fuck Out (GTFO) (15:15)
3. 7 And 7 Is Not (10:37)
4. Grants, Residencies And Trust Funds (11:59)
5. White Wine And White Lines (6:45)
6. Serial Plagarism (8:30)
7. The Stomp (7:25)

Total Time 70:53

Line-up
Weasel Walter  - drums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, electronics, electric sitar
Matt Nelson - soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, bass and contrabass clarinets
Tim Dahl - bass guitar
Brandon Seabrook - guitar
Henry Kaiser - guitar
    With
Brad Laner - synthesizer
V - tinkerbells

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Bend The Future "Pendellösung"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Sound Effect Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Texture (6:32)
2. Reaching For (7:14)
3. Kiss N Fly (8:59)
4. Readiness (8:08)
5. Frozen Hands (7:04)
6. Heathens (7:02)

Total Time 44:59

Line-up
Can Yıldırım - Vocals, guitars, additional keyboards and bass
Rémi Pouchain - Bass
Samy Chëbre - Keyboards
Pierre-Jean Ménabé - Saxophones
Piel Pawlowski - Drums

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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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Sonar with David Torn "Tranceportation (Volume 1)"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Math Rock
LabelRareNoise Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 29, 2019
Tracklist
1. Labyrinth (14:26)
2. Partitions (5:37)
3. Red Sky (11:14)
4. Tunnel Drive (7:42)

Line-up
David Torn - electric guitar, live looping
Stephan Thelen - tritone guitar
Bernhard Wagner - tritone guitar
Christian Kuntner - tritone bass
Manuel Pasquinelli - drums, percuss

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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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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Enlightened "The Healing"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Stoner
Label: Black Desert Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 23, 2019
Tracklist
1. Voices (2:15)
2. My Own Master (6:24)
3. Find Her (6:03)
4. The Old Scroll (6:34)
5. Key (6:18)
6. Request (7:29)
7. Slaughter (7:11)
8. The Light (7:56)
9. The Healing (15:12)

Total Time 65:22

Line-up
Didine Belkessa : Guitars, Vocals
Luis Da Silva : Guitars
Mehdi Richard : Drums
Yoann Aubé : Bass

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Septa "Bitten by the Serpent of the Kingdom of the Spirit"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Metal
Label: Venona Records
Format: digital
Release date: November 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Emet, “truth” (5:40)
2. Clay Boy (3:39)
3. Pogroms (2:25)
4. New Motive Power (3:38)
5. Tannhäuser Gate (3:19)
6. Golem / 1915 (4:51)
7. The Tin Man (2:43)
8. Met, “dead” (2:01)
9. You Were Created By The Sages; Return To Your Dust (5:56)

Total Time 34:12

Line-up
Eugene Tymchyk - vocals, acoustic guitars, electronics, string arrangements
Alexander Kostuchenko - guitars
Dima Ulyanov - bass
Vlad Oleynik - drums
   With
Lesha Bodnar, Dmytro Bezručko - choral vocals

Description/Reviews
The overall sound has become richer and darker, guitars and bass — heavier, more aggressive. Vocals still range from pure singing to the branded extreme vocals, while in some places the frontman now takes higher notes, in some moments even accompanied by the choir. The album sounds very unusual. And perhaps this is the only thing that confuses in the new BBTSOTKOTS.
Read the full review by Yurii Somov at noizr.com

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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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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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Somehow Jo "Tusk"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Metal
Label: Inverse Records - INV329
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. Alcoholiday (3:52)
2. Fear (4:11)
3. Mad Town (5:26)
4.  (3:19)
5. Heads And Tails (5:37)
6. And The Oscar Goes To (5:29)
7. Waiting For Midnight (3:14)
8. Under The Setting Sun (4:33)
9. 10 (4:15)

Total Time 39:56

Line-up
Christian Sauren – vocals, guitar & synths
Sakari Karjalainen – guitar & backing vocals
Eero Aaltonen – vocals & bass
Lassi Peiponen – drums

Description/Reviews
Tusk is not a complex album. It combines progressive and alternative metal influences, infused with catchy choruses and galvanic twists and turns. It's not a difficult album. However so few bands seem able to make fun AND interesting music like this, I can only surmise that it can not be easy music to create... There is something of the Jolly in Somehow Jo's free-form compositions, but this is way more recklessly left-field. Think Saigon Kick meets Fair to Midland in a day care facility run by Freak Kitchen. It's that sort of thing anyway. The vocals are mainly clean and melodious. Oh so melodious. 
Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net

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Deezer
Alcoholiday
Mad Town

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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
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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

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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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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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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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Sunset Mission "Journey to Lunar Castellum"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 16, 2019
Tracklist
1. Center Stream (2:09)
2. Writer's Block (4:19)
3. Kaleidoscopic Key (3:21)
4. Sunset Crater (2:08)
5. Redemption Drive (3:48)
6. Ceilica (3:52)
7. All This Time We Wait (5:04)
8. Time Station (2:32)
9. Winter Sun (3:59)
10. Forest Slope (3:08)
11. Lunar Castellum (9:09)

Total Time 43:29

Line-up
Dana Goodwin - Vocals, Keyboard, Synthesizer, Drums, Shaker
Jan Schwartz - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Jacob Schwartz - Guitar, Bass
Jessica Gray - Vocals
Cam Roux - Drums (1,3,5,7,8,10,11), Congas (3)
Carlo Mauricio - Violin (1,8,11)
Noah Comstock - Drums (2,10)
Jesse Mattison - Keyboard (3,11)

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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

Media/Samples
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

Media/Samples 
Progstreaming
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

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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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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Stream

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JJ Chardeau “In Terra Cognita?" - The Music Of The Rock Opera "Magical Musical Man"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
Label: L Records - LR1901
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Evolution (Magical Musical Man Ouverture) (3:43)
2. Dream In Moscow (7:54)
3. Black Taj Mahal (4:23)
4. Farewell Lhassa (4:45)
5. DMZ (2:58)
6. Frisson Nippon (4:23)
7. Les Larmes Du Pacifique (6:28)
8. Nunavut (3:47)
9. The Last Rockaway (5:44)
10. Pablo Tequila (4:20)
11. Machu Picchu (5:37)
12. Cabale Kabyle (4:22)
13. Wall Of Laments (2:36)
14. Tchad (5:19)
15. The End? (Magical Musical Man Finale) (2:24)

Total Time 68:43

Line-up
JJ Chardeau - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
John Van Eps - Orchestration, Keyboards, Sequences
Francis Décamps (Ange) - Keyboards (4, 8, 10, 14)
Danny Seraphine (Chicago) - Drums  (2)
Kenny Arnoff - Drums (5, 7)
Mark Walker - Drums (4)
Mark Andes (Spirit) - Bass (1, 2, 6, 7, 9)
Fifi Chayebn - Bass (13)
Ruben Rodriguez - Bass
Chris Pinnick - Guitar (9, 14)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) - Guitar (2, 4, 10-13)
Basile Leroux - Guitar
Hank Linderman - Guitar (10, 11, 13)
Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra) - Violin (2, 5)
Layth Sidiq - Violin
John Helliwell (Supertramp) - Sax & Clarinet (7, 9, 14)
John McFee (Doobie Brothers) - Pedal Steel Guitar & Cello (1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 13)
Brian Auger - Organ & Fender Rhodes (5)
Paul Livingstone - Sitar, Santur
Neelamijt Dhillon - Tabla, Flutes
Ellen Redmond - Ethnic Flutes
Mike Ringquist - Percussions
Michael Moushabeck - Percussions
John Clark - French Horn
Jeff Holmes - Trumpet
Tim Atherton - Trombone
Lynn Sussman - Clarinet
Emlyn Van Eps - Violin, Viola, Cello
Voicy Pelliter - Cello
Jeddrah Leiterding - Backing Vocals
Roberto Tiranti (Labÿrinth, Mangala Vallis) - Backing Vocals
Valeria Bruzzone - Backing Vocals
Alan Simon - Backing Vocals
Jason Scheff (Chicago) - Bass (4, 11, 13), Vocal (1)
Eric Troyer - Vocal (1)
Alex Ligertwood (Santana) - Vocal (2)
Kohann - Vocals  (7)
Michael Sadler (Saga) - Vocal  (9)
Christian Décamps (Ange) - Vocal (14)
Lulendo - Sansa & Vocal (14)
Jean-Claude Drouot - Narrator (4, 8)

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Deezer
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Neverlight "The Quiet Room"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Symphonic Metal
Label: Metalectric Recordings
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Dreadful Night (4:23)
2. Unravel (5:32)
3. Derealize (4:46)
4. In The Mirror (5:22)
5. Of Flame And Ash (6:07)
6. Carve My Name (5:44)
7. The Quiet Room (5:32)
8. Trapped (4:13)
9. Decay (5:06)
10. Sparrows (5:57)
11. Walls (7:02)

Total Time 59:44

Line-up
Josh Farrell
Amanda Farrell
   With
Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) - Drums
Ruben Wijga (Ex-ReVamp) - Keyboards, Piano, Violin, FX, Orchestrations
Anis Jouini (Myrath) - Bass

Media/Samples 
Unravel 
Trapped

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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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Stream

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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), December 13, 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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Yesterday's Burden

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Kosmos "Ajan peili"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Prog Folk
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: November 2019
Tracklist
  1. Ajan peili
  2. Eilinen
  3. Lapsen uni
  4. Aina lähellä
  5. Kohti taivasta
  6. Salainen oppi
  7. Jatkuvuus
  8. Minä olen
Line-up
Päivi Kylmänen: vocals
Kimmo Lähteenmäki: drums, conga-drums, organ, mellotron
Kari Vainionpää: guitar, bass
Olli Valtonen: shrutibox, taalmala
Ismo Virta: guitar, mellotron, organ, synthesizer, drums
   With
Juha Kulmala: reading
Arto Kuronen: bass
Sini Palokangas: violin, saxophone, xylophone
Kari Riihimäki: electric guitar

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Ajan peili
Salainen oppi
Mina olen (sample)

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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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