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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2019
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Andrew Colyer: Keyboards

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
Media/Samples
Zeitgeist

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Different Light "Binary Suns (Part 1 – Operant Condition)"


Country: Czechia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: Autumn 2019
Tracklist
1. Amphibians
   i. Water
   ii. Land
   iii. Sky
   iv. The Message
2. Faith
3. Spectres and Permanent Apparitions
   i. Ataraxia
   ii. Two Shadows
   iii. Small Mercies
   iv. Hand of Providence
   v. BarBrera
   vi. Synestesia
   vii. Midas Gold
4. The Answer
5. Two Faces
6. On the Borderline
   i. Talking to Strangers
   ii. Seduction
   iii. Obdession
   iv. Vindication
   v. Demonic
   vi. Now just go away

Line-up
Trevor Tabone: vocals, keyboards
Petr Lux: guitars, backing vocals
Jirka Matousek: bass guitar
David Filak: drums
   With
Lucy Lux: backing vocals

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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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Monday, November 18, 2019

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


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSoman Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 2019
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)

Media/Samples 
Breathe
Time Is Never Waiting

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Friday, November 15, 2019

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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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
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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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.
Media/Samples 
Teaser
A Way Out Of Here

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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

Media/Samples 
The Warden 
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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
Hasse Fröberg
Jonas Reingold
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic)
Mirko DeMaio (Mind Key)
   With:
Michael Stolt
John "Zach" Dellinger - viola
Paul Cartwright - violin

Media/Samples 
Black Flag
Miracles For America

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

InVertigo "Inmotion"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD075
Format: CD
Release date: November 2, 2019
Tracklist
1. Interrompu (7:04)
2. LSPP - Listen To The Smell Of The Pretty Picture (10:28)
3. Severn Speaking (4:41)
4. Wasting Time (8:51)
5. Life Part I (random) (7:40)
6. Life Part II (metaphors) (4:21)

Total Time 43:05

Line-up
Sebastian Brennert - Piano, Vocals
Michael Kuchenbecker - Keyboards
Kolja Maletzki - Guitar
Matthias Hommel - Bass
Carsten Dannert - Drums
   With
Julia Gorzelanczyk - Backing Vocals

Media/Samples 
Interrompu (edit)
Trailer (Listen To The Smell Of The Pretty Picture)

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Voyager "Colours In The Sun"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Pop Metal
Label: Season Of Mist - SOM533
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. Colours
2. Severomance
3. Brightstar
4. Saccharine Dream
5. Entropy
6. Reconnected
7. Now Or Never
8. Sign Of The Times
9. Water Over The Bridge
10. Runaway

Line-up
Daniel Estrin: vocals, keytar
Simone Dow: guitars
Alex Canion: bass, backing vocals
Scott Kay: guitars
Ashley Doodkorte: drums
   With
Einar Solberg (Leprous): vocals (5)

Media/Samples 
Colours
Water Over The Bridge
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Jalayan "Sonic Drive"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ishtar Gate
2. Descent of Annunaki
3. The Tree of Life
4. Vimanas
5. Sacred Mountains
6. Dub Nam
7. Nephilim Steps
8. The Library of Ninive

Line-up
Alessio Malatesta - keys
Matteo Chiappa - bass
Vincenzo Calvano - guitar
Dario Marchetti - drums

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Nine Skies "Sweetheart Grips"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAnesthetize Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 1, 2019
Tracklist
CD1:
1. Vestige
2. Burn my Brain
3. Catharsis (Part II)
4. The Thought Trader
5. Alone (Sweetheart Grips Intro)
6. Sweetheart Grips

CD2:
1. Somewhere inside Mankind
2. Fields of Perdition
3. Tyrant or Nothing
4. Soldiers of Shame
5. Flowers of Pain
6. Isolation

Line-up
Alexandre Lamia: guitar, keyboards
Alienor Favier: vocals
Anne-Claire Rallo: keyboards
Bernard Hery: bass
David Darnaud: guitar
Eric Bouillette: guitar
Fad Galia: drums
Laurent Benhamou: saxophones
   With
Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena): keyboards (1/2)
Craig Blundell  (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Frost*): drums (1/2)
Dave Foster (Steve Rothery, PANIC ROOM, Mr. So & So) guitar (2/2)
Johnny Marter: guitar (1/4)
Pat Ganger Sanders (Drifting Sun): keyboards (2/4)
Riccardo Romano (Steve Rothery, RanestRane): vocals (1/6)

Media/Samples 
Sweetheart Grips - Teaser
Burn my Brain

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