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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Robert Svilpa "To Sleep Perchance to Dream"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. Foucault's Pendulum (Part 1) (7:37)
2. Dreamscape Suite - Level 1 (10:20)
3. Doing Intellectual Battle with the Colossus (4:52)
4. Hypnotic / Ashes for Tears (11:13)
5. Dreamscape Suite - Level 2 (3:29)
6. Pareidolia (8:35)
7. Foucault's Pendulum (Part 2) (15:55)
8. Abaddon (Daemon of the Desert Sands) (8:41)
9. In Memory of... (6:06)
10. Dreamscape - Level 3 (Parts I to IV) (9:42)
11. Foucault's Pendulum (Part 3) (5:35)
12. PostScript - Denouement (7:49)

Total Time 99:54

Line-up
Robert Svilpa - guitars and other stringed instruments, keyboards, bass guitar, vocals, drums (2)
   With
Thomas Lang - drums/percussion (1, 4, 7)
Andy Edwards (IQ, Frost*, Cyan, Ezra, Magenta) - drums & percussion (6, 10, 12)
John Jowitt (Arena, Frost*, IQ, Jadis) - bass guitar (6, 10, 12)
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard, Pattern-Seeking Animals) - drums & percussion (3, 9)
Jeffrey McCormack - drums & percussion (8, 11)
Marc Miller (Yezda Urfa) - bass guitars, Chapman Stick

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Lonely Robot "Feelings Are Good"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: July 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Feelings Are Good (1:16)
2. Into The Lo-Fi (4:17)
3. Spiders (5:04)
4. Crystalline (5:16)
5. Life Is A Sine Wave (6:33)
6. Armour For My Heart (5:18)
7. Suburbia (5:03)
8. The Silent Life (5:04)
9. Keeping People As Pets (5:20)
10. Army Of One (6:23)
11. Grief Is The Price Of Love (1:25)
12. The Silent Life (Orchestral Version) (5:04)
13. Crystalline (Orchestral Version) (5:18)

Total Time 61:21

Line-up
John Mitchell (Kino, Frost*, Arena, It Bites) - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, The Mute Gods, Kino, Pendragon, Fish) - drums

Description/Reviews
Musically, Mitchell has kept his signature sound and further refined it into lush modern prog and rock anthems that perfectly combine complex and accessible elements with astonishing dynamics and impeccable songwriting. 
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Life Is A Sine Wave

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Fatal Fusion "Dissonant Minds"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: July 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. Coming Forth By Day (14:22)
2. Quo Vadimus (7:41)
3. Beneath The Skydome (4:23)
4. Broken Man Pt.2 (16:42)

Total Time 43:08

Line-up
Knut Erik Grøntvedt - Vocals
Erlend Engebretsen - Keyboards
Stig Selnes - Guitars
Lasse Lie - Bass
Audun Engebretsen - Drums & Percussion

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Alberto Rigoni feat. Marco Minnnemann and Alexandra Zerner "Odd Times"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: July 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Odd Times
2. Countdown
3. Crazy Horse
4. V
5. Different Worlds

Line-up
Alberto Rigoni: bass
Alexandra Zerner: guitars & keys
Marco Minnemann: drums

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Bandcamp

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Abel Ganz "The Life Of The Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Life of the Honeybee and other Moments of Clarity
2. One Small Soul
3. Arran Shores
4. Summerlong
5. Sepia and White
6. The Light Shines Out

Line-up
Davie Mitchell: Guitars
Jack Webb: Keyboards
Mick Macfarlane: Vocals, Guitars, Bouzouki
Stephen Donnelly: Bass
Denis Smith: Drums, Vocals (6)
David King: Guitars, Keyboards (1, 6), Drum programming (6)
   With
Alan Hearton: Keyboards (1, 5, 6), Vibraphone (5)
Fiona Cuthill: Fiddles & Recorders (1)
Alex Paclin: Harmonica (1)
Snake Davis: Saxophone (1)
Emily Smith: Vocals (2)
Frank van Essen: Strings (4)
Stevie Lawrence: Low whistles (6)
Signy Jakobsdottir: Congas, Percussion (6)
Marc Papaghin: French horns (6)

Description/Reviews
A concept album comprising of six thematically linked pieces exploring our relationship with memory and loss. The liminal space between a fading ‘what was’ and an anticipated ‘what is to come’.
The album recalls the hazy technicolour of long remembered summers and the sepia of a love forgotten. A place where we blur the boundaries of returning and renewal. The lyrics chart the course through recollection to premonition. These words are both deeply personal and universal, hope for what is next and a lament for what we have lost.
The influences on the new album continue in a similar vein to the band's self-titled 2014 opus - further developing their eclectic mix of folk, rock, metal and Celtic styles. The album’s trajectory shifts between crunching guitars, subtle acoustic instruments, strings, soaring Hammond and emotive grand piano all connected by lyrical storytelling and timeless vocals and harmonies.
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Bandcamp 
Promo

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Pixie Ninja "Colours out of Space"


CountryNorway
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 3, 2020
Tracklist
1. Colours Out Of Space (10:07)
2. Leng Plateau (9:47)
3. CosmiK (6:00)
4. Hutchinson Cipher (11:31)
5. Strange Days (6:19)

Total Time 43:44

Line-up
Marius Leirånes: Godin Shifter 4 Bass, Korg MS-10, Korg M50 Workstation, Korg Krome 61, Volca Keys, Korg Monotribe.
Jostein Haugen: Fender Stratocaster, Korg M50 Workstation, Korg Krome 61, Korg microKORG,
Mattias Olsson (Necromonkey, Änglagård): Ondes Martenot , Maestrovox, Clavioline, Persephone, additional Electric Guitars, Mandocello, Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Moog 15 modular, Mellotron 400, Vako Orchestron, Minimoog, Speak & spell, Roland SH-2000, Casio SK-5, Boss DR-220,
Pocket Operators, Korg MS-10, Roland TR-707, Synare sensor.
Fredrik Klingwall: Grand Piano, Mellotron 400, Vako Orchestron, Fender Rhodes, Hammond L100, Celeste, Yamaha DX7, Yamaha DX100, Sequential Circuits Pro-1
   With
Tiger Olsson: Vocals
Akaba: Vocals
Hampus Nordgren-Hemlin: Vocals, Fender VI, Casio-DG-10, Philicorda organ
Leo Svensson-Zander: Cello
Fredrik Carlzon: French Horn

Description/Reviews
Similar to their debut album, Colours out of space is fully instrumental, but unlike their previous release this album is heavily influenced by some of the short stories written by The Godfather of horror fiction: Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
With vintage instruments like the Orchestron, maestrovox, fender rhodes and mellotrons suddenly crashing into twisted samples and modern synthesizers, Colours out of space will take you on a cosmic journey with its raw explosiveness and dark ambience, blending progressive rock with atmospheric soundscapes that mixes majestic sections with experimental chaos, Pixie Ninja is putting the listener to the test with this lovecraftian-inspired concept album.
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Bandcamp
Teaser

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Magenta "Masters of Illusion"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Tigermoth Records
Format: CD/DVD
Release date: July 1, 2020
Tracklist
1.Bela
2. A Gift From God
3.Reach For the Moon
4. Snow
5. The Rose
6. Masters of Illusion

Line-up
Christina Booth - Vocals
Rob Reed - Keyboards, Guitars
Chris Fry - Guitars

Description/Reviews
The album’s theme is based around the lives of six famous horror actors of the 1950s and 1960s.
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Teaser

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Geof Whitely Project "Age of the Gods"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June/July 2020
Tracklist
1.Mighty echoes
2.My shadow and me
3.Age of the gods
4.Perfect isolation
5.Resurrection
6.Its not a game
7.Age of the gods
8.Enemy in friends clothes
9.Indisposition
10.Playing for success
11.Arcadia
12.Maybe wise (CD bonus track)

Line-up
Arny Wheatley

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Bandcamp

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Paul Wardingham "Day Zero I: Rise Of The Horde"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release dateJune 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Last Transmission
2. Day Zero
3. Wirehead
4. We Are The Virus
5. Ashes & Snow
6. Existence
7. The Fallen
8. Kill Or Be Killed
9. Black Fire
10. A New Evil
11. Die Another Day
12. Rise Of The Horde

Line-up
Paul Wardingham: Guitars & Machines

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We Are The Virus 
Wirehead 
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Friday, June 26, 2020

NDV (Nick D'Virgilio) "Invisible"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: English Electric Recordings
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Prelude
2. Invisible
3. Turn Your Life Around
4. I'm Gone
5. Money (That's What I Want)
6. Waiting For No One
7. Snake Oil Salesman
8. Where's The Passion
9. Mercy
10. Overcome
11. In My Bones
12. Wrong Place Wrong Time
13. Not My Time To Say Goodbye
14. I Know The Way

Line-up
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, Kevin Gilbert) - Vocals, Drums, Acoustic Guitars, Loops, Bass
   With
Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
Carl Verheyen (Supertramp)
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel)
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic)
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
Jem Godfrey (Frost*)
Randy McStine
Stan Cotey
Jacob Dupre
Ed Goldfarb
Don Carr
Phil Naish
Michael Omartian
Tom Hemby
Dave Martin
Kat Bowser
Beth Cohen
Nathan Heironimus
Sophia D'Virgilio
Abbey Road orchestra

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Where's The Passion

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Kansas "The Absence of Presence"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, CD + Blu-ray
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
01. The Absence Of Presence
02. Throwing Mountains
03. Jets Overhead
04. Propulsion 1
05. Memories Down The Line
06. Circus Of Illusion
07. Animals On The Roof
08. Never
09. The Song The River Sang

Line-up
Phil Ehart - Drums, Percussion
Billy Greer (Seventh Key) - Bass, Vocals
Tom Brislin (Spiraling) - Keyboards
Ronnie Platt - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
David Ragsdale - Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams - Guitars
Zak Rizvi (4Front) - Guitars

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Trailer
Throwing Mountains

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Professor Tip Top "Tomorrow Is Delayed"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop/Folk
LabelApollon Records Prog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Erebus (3:28)
2. In The Mirror (7:07)
3. Under Crystal Stars (4:02)
4. The Ghost Within (5:56)
5. Tomorrow Is Delayed (5:36)
6. Beneath The Silence (7:43)
7. Objet Petit A (6:11)
8. Earth (3:05)

Total Time 43:08

Line-up
Sonja Otto: Vocals, keyboards
Sam Fossbakk: Guitar, keyboards, synth, vocals
Stein Høgseth: Bass
Charles Wise: Drums

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Protest The Hero "Palimpsest"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive/Math/Alternative Metal
LabelSpinefarm  
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Migrant Mother
2. The Canary
3. From The Sky
4. All Hands
5. The Fireside
6. Soliloquy
7. Reverie
8. Little Snakes
9. Gardenias
10. Rivet

Line-up
Rody Walker - Vocals
Luke Hoskin - Guitars
Tim MacMillar - Guitars
Mike Ieradi - Drums
Special Guest: Todd Kowalski - Bass
Orchestral Arrangement / Production - Milen Petzelt-Sorace

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The Canary

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Haken "Virus"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
01. Prosthetic
02. Invasion
03. Carousel
04. The Strain
05. Canary Yellow
06. Messiah Complex i: Ivory Tower
07. Messiah Complex ii: A Glutton for Punishment
08. Messiah Complex iii: Marigold
09. Messiah Complex iv: The Sect
10. Messiah Complex v: Ectobius Rex
11. Only Stars

Line-up
Charlie Griffiths - guitars
Ray Hearne - drums
Richard Henshall - guitars & keys
Ross Jennings - vocals
Diego Tejeida - keys
Conner Green - bass

Media/Samples 
Prosthetic
Invasion
Canary Yellow

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Magic Bus "The Earth Years"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Canterbury
LabelBack to the Garden Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Easy Om (2:56)
2. Inca Trail (4:57)
3. Setting Sun (4:16)
4. The Road To La Mezuquita (4:38)
5. New Day (5:14)
6. Barleycorn (5:16)
7. Squirrel (7:01)
8. We Are One (4:13)

Total Time 38:31

Line-up
Paul Evans
Jay Darlington
Terence Waldstradt
Wihll Mellorz
Connor Spring

Description/Reviews
“Easy Om” and “Inca Trail” are soft modernized songs of the early 70s Canterbury scene, with the use of lots of “progressive” elements and the band’s own particular style of continuing rhythm changing. “Setting Sun” and “The Road To La Mezuquita” are a kind of mellow prog-rock ballads, bringing to mind Traffic ’73-’74 era. “New Day” enters a little deeper into the mid-70s Progressive-Rock path but without being “dangerous”… An amazing tune follows, it is called “Barleycorn”, it’s a typical Magic Bus Canterbury-influenced track that shows an intense early 70s Gong attitude!
Read the full review at timemachine-productions.gr

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Easy Om

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Airbag "A Day at the Beach"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Line-up
Bjørn Riis - guitars
Asle Tostrup - vocals
Henrik Fossum - drums
   With
Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler)

Description/Reviews
... inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock. 
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Monday, June 15, 2020

The Black Noodle Project "Code 2.0"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD085
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Acte I
2. Acte II
3. Acte III
4. Acte IV
5. Acte V
6. Acte VI
7. Acte Final

Line-up
Sébastien Bourdeix : guitars, keyboards, bass (6), voice (7)
Fabrice Berger. : drums
Anthony Létévé : bass
Sandrine Bourdeix : voice (7)
Clément Bourdeix : voice (6)
Léon Burghgraeve : voice (6)

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Apogee "Endurance of the Obsolete"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD086
FormatCD
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Interpretations (9:41)
2. Waiting For The Dawn (5:43)
3. Endurance Of The Obsolete (12:06)
4. Spirits Disengage (8:34)
5. The Complex Extensive Way (12:55)
6. Overruled (16:35)

Total Time 65:34

Line-up
Arne Schäfer (Versus X): Lead and Backing Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Fretted and Fretless Bass Guitars and Orchestral Arrangements
Eberhard Graef: Drums and Percussion

Description/Reviews
Classic Progressive Rock by Versus X Mastermind Arne Schäfer. On his new Apogee album you will find obvious Gentle Giant influences in form of counterpoint a capella vocal and convoluted instrumental arrangements with odd meters, as well as atmospheric textures of accoustic guitars, driving rock songs with solistic escapades and orchestral passages. As usual the Apogee songs consist of multiple themes, which were interwoven to complex, dynamic-symphonic structures. Also fans of Jethro Tull and the early Genesis should take a look here.
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Saris "Beyond the Rainbow"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records -  PPRCD084
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Avalon (5:15)
2. Time Machine (7:14)
3. Oblivion (4:06)
4. Beyond The Rainbow (11:57)
5. Orphan (6:00)
6. Strange Melody (6: 17)
7. New World (5:27)
8. Heaven's Gate (7:11)
9. Away From You (5:03)
10. Infinity (5:17)

Total Time 63:47

Line-up
Derk Akkermann - Guitars, Keyboards
Henrik Wager - Lead & Backing vocals
Anja Günther - Lead & Backing vocals
Lutz Günther - Bass, Backing vocals
Jens Beckmann - Drums, Percussions
   With
Lena Hülsken - Backing Vocals
Annika Plackert - Backing Vocals
Laura Lütze -Backing Vocals
Joana Soballa - Backing Vocals
Sven Wobser - Backing Vocals
Nils Jischewsky - Backing Vocals

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Trailer

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Paralydium "Worlds Beyond"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers Music Srl
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Enter Paralydium (1:50)
2. Within The Sphere (5:15)
3. Synergy (7:25)
4. Finding The Paragon (5:38)
5. Crystal Of Infinity (4:22)
6. Awakening (2:08)
7. The Source (6:25)
8. Into Divinity (5:06)
9. Seeker Of The Light (7:28)

Total Time 45:37

Line-up
John Berg - Guitars
Georg Härnsten Egg - Drums
Jonathan Olsson - Bass
Mikael Blanc - Keyboards
Mikael Sehlin - Vocals

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Finding The Paragon 

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Arabs in Aspic "Madness and Magic"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. I Vow to Thee, My Screen
2. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1
3. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 2
4. High-Tech Parent
5. Madness and Magic
6. Heaven in Your Eye

Line-up
Jostein Smeby - guitars, vocals
Stig Jørgensen - organs, vocals
Erik Paulsen - bass, vocals
Eskil Nyhus - drums
Alessandro G. Elide - percussion, gongs

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Jupiter Hollow "Bereavement"



Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. L’Eau du Papineau
2. Scarden Valley
3. The Rosedale
4. Kipling Forest
5. The Mill
6. Mandating our Perception
7. Sawbreaker
8. Extensive Knowledge
9. Solar Gift

Line-up
Grant MacKenzie - guitar, bass, synth
Kenny Parry - vocals, drums, synth, piano

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The Rosedale

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Hedvig Mollestad "Ekhidna"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon - RCD2215
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. No Friends But The Mountains
2. A Stone's Throw
3. Antilone
4. Slightly Lighter
5. Ekhidna
6. One Leaf Left

Line-up
Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen - guitar
Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9) - drums
Ole Mofjell - percussion
Erland Slettevoll (The Core) - keyboards
Marte Eberson (Highasakite) - keyboards
Susan Santos Silva (Mats Gustafsson ́s NU-ensemble) - trumpet

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Antilone

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Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble "The Red Planet"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: R&D MultiMedia
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 12, 2020 (digital), June 28, 2020 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Aseraeus Mons (5:52)
2. Tharsis Tholus (6:16)
3. Arsia Mons (6:10)
4. Olympus Mons (5:20)
5. The North Plain (6:53)
6. Pavonis Mons (7:13)
7. South Pole (7:35)
8. Valles Marineris (10:02)

Total Time 55:21

Line-up
Rick Wakeman (Yes, ABWH, The Strawbs) - Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun (DBA) - Guitars
Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Archive, Headspace) - Bass
Ash Soan (Producers, DBA) - Drums

Description/Reviews
The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to “Wakeman Prog”...
Rick has blown the dust off his favourite analogue keyboards and along with his with the latest keyboards, has used the same formula he devised when making his legendary albums “The Six Wive's of Henry VIII” and “Criminal Record.”
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Tharsis Tholus (extract)
The North Plain (extract)
Arsia Mons (extract)

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Closingtown Orchestra "Elillan" EP


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: digital
Release date: June 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Wikileaks (6:24)
2. Bazsarózsa (Ghymes Cover) (6:50)
3. Rejtekutakon (5:16)

Total Time 18:30

Line-up
Donato Civita - Clarinet
Erik de Leeuw - Drums
Dávid Katona - Guitar, vocals
Donát Kiss - Bass

Description/Reviews
Featuring travellers from Romania, Italy, the Netherlands and Hungary, Closingtown Orchestra is a boiling witch-cauldron of Balkan Gypsy music, Transylvanian folk, progressive rock and tongue-in-cheek tall-tales.
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Rejtekutakon

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Frost* "Others"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelInsideOut
Formatdigital
Release date: June 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Fathers
2. Clouda
3. Exhibit A
4. Fathom
5. Eat
6. Drown

Line-up
Jem Godfrey - vocals, keyboards
John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) - guitars
Nathan King (Dec Burke) - bass
Craig Blundell (Pendragon) - drums
Andy Edwards - drums

Description/Reviews
“Others” is a 32-minute EP containing 6 songs that were written at the time of the “Falling Satellites” album. Initially the idea was that “Falling Satellites” would be a double album, but it felt more focused and concise as a single album by the time the band had finished making it, so these half completed songs were put to one side.
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Exhibit A

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Ebonivory "The Long Dream I"


CountryAustralia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelWild Thing Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Introduction
2. Hanmer Street
3. Persist
4. Patting the Black Dog
5. Cats
6. A Colour I'm Blind To
7. Sea Sons
8. In Reverie
9. Window Man
10. Explosions After Dark
11. Tales of Termina
12. The Bluegums
13. Introvection

Line-up
Charlie Powlett - Lead Vocals
Jake Ewings - Guitar
Louis Edwards - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Connor McMillan - Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Parkes - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Ebonivory’s 'The Long Dream I' is the first of a two-part concept album, delivering a vision that is pure and unrestrained by musical conformity, often leaving the listener nostalgic, enraged, and paralysed within the span of seconds. Entirely-self produced, mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool), and led by singer Charlie Powlett’s emotionally powerful delivery, every song presents a completely unique reimagining of what progressive music is capable of; shifting from the punk-inspired moments of 'Hanmer Street' into the gritty, futuristic soundscapes of 'Explosions After Dark', and transcendental riffs and passages of 'Introvection'. All the while effortlessly maintaining cohesive melodic bonds, resembling a sequence of dreams.
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Explosions After Dark 
Tales of Termina 
Patting the Black Dog
Introvection

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Vespero "The Four Zoas"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelTonzonen Records  - TON076
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Urizen
2. Tharmas
3. Beulah
4. Luvah
5. Urthona
6. LOS
7. The Emanation of the Giant Albion

Line-up
Ivan Fedotov (Maat Lander) – drums, drum machine
Arkady Fedotov (Maat Lander) – bass, synth, recorder, noises
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitars
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths, trumpet, slide whistle
Vitaly Borodin – violin, noises
  With
Ilya Lipkin (The Re-Stoned, Maat Lander) - guitar solo (7)
Evelina Butenko - violin (4)
Alexandra Starkova - cello (4)
Anna Anshakova - viola (4)

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Bandcamp

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Toehider "I LIKE IT!"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 1, 2020
Tracklist
1. GO FULL BORE!
2. wellgivit
3. Rancorous Heart
4. Moon and Moron
5. Concerning Lix & Fairs
6. The Ultimate Exalter
7. Died of Dancing
8. Bats Aren't Birds
9. The Guy That No-One Really Knows
10. He's There... And Then He Does THAT
11. How Much For That Dragon Tooth?
12. I LIKE IT!

Line-up
Mike Mills - everything
    except
Jeremy Diffey - saxophone solo

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Bandcamp

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Home Brewed Universe "Reliqua Mentis"


Country: India
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 1, 2020
Tracklist
1. Mors Animi
2. Yugen
3. Shinsekai Yori
4. Disintegration Utopia
5. Blank Psyche
6. Illectum Annotare
7. Internal Chaos 05:10
8. Ukiyo
9. Sunlight Dreams
10. It Cannot Be Helped

Line-up
Arka Sengupta - everything

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Jargon "The Fading Thought"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Formatvinyl, digital
Release dateMay 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Film (05:33)
2. In Search Of the Invisible Thin Line (04:53)
3. Dance of the Framed Words (02:38)
4. The Fading Thought (07:17)
5. Light (03:54)
6. Time Is Running Out (06:54)
7. How Can I? (06:22)
8. The Last Temptation (07:10)
9. Window to the World (04:54)

Total time:  47:35

Line-up
Jargon (Verbal Delirium) – Vocals, Keyboards, Piano
Nikitas Kissonas – Guitars
Leonidas Petropoulos – Bass
Wil Bow (Verbal Delirium) – Drums
Kostas Karitzis – Violin
Stelios Papanastasis – Viola
Thodoris Mouzakitis – Violin
Aris Zervas – Cello
Lupe – Additional Vocals (7)

Description/Reviews
The music combines elements of classical and cinematic music with progressive rock.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Time Is Running Out
Preview

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Kavus Torabi "Hip To The Jag"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock, Psychedelic 
Label: Believers Roast ‎– BR23
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 22, 2020
Tracklist
1. Chart The Way (2:42)
2. Silent The Rotor (4:24)
3. A Body Of Work (2:31)
4. The Peacock Throne (3:49)
5. You Broke My Fall (7:02)
6. Cemetery Of Light (3:54)
7. Radio To Their World (4:09)
8. My Cold Rebirth (4:57)
9. Where The Eyeless Walk (2:54)
10. Slow Movements (9:25)

Total Time 45:47

Line-up
Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld, Cardiacs, Gong, Guapo) - Vocals, all instruments

Description/Reviews
The impact is evident from the curtain-raising hypnotic drones, tuned percussion and acoustic guitar notes that herald Chart The Way. The incoming chants and tribal rhythms might remind those of us old enough to know better of Jon Anderson’s Olias Of Sunhillow opus.
The journey is a rich one that encompasses the psychedelic and the joyous, the spectral and the gossamer. Soft acoustic picking leads Silent The Rotor that ebbs and flows and confirms the absence of any limitations. Not that there ever have been in a genre where boundaries are for pushing. Hip To The Jag moves beyond the astral to a space where the music cascades into astral territories. Swirling through and around the cosmos in a parcel of ethereal space rock. Might sound a bit flowery but hey!
Read the full review by Mike Ainscoe at atthebarrier.com

Also read the review by Joe Banks at loudersound.com

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Shaman Elephant "Wide Awake But Still Asleep"


CountryNorway
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Wide Awake But Still Asleep
2. H.M.S: Death, Rattle and Roll
3. Steely Dan
4. Ease of Mind
5. Magnets
6. Traveller
7. Strange Illusions

Line-up
Eirik Sejersted Vognstølen - vocals, guitar
Jard Hole - drums
Ole-Andreas Sæbø Jensen -  bass
Jonas Særsten - keyboards

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Louis de Mieulle "Sid€show 2"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Avant Jazz/Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: May 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dwarf Elephant (2:05)
2. The Two-Headed Kid Variations, Part 1 (3:50)
3. Giant Fly (aka Mes Choux Gras Aka Metastasis) (3:30)
4. The Two-Headed Kid Variations, Part 2 (7:20)
5. Return Of The Giant Fly (4:55)
6. a. Dwarf Elephant b. Bed Of Snails  (12:35)
7. Revenge Of The Giant Fly (4:25)
8. The Two-Headed Kid Variations, Part 3 (5:35)
9. Son Of Giant Fly (3:15)
10. Two-Headed Kid Theme (1:35)

Total Time 49:05

Line-up
Louis de Mieulle: bass, extra keys
Casimir Liberski: keyboards
Eitan Kenner: keyboards
Doron Lev: drums (2,4,5,6,7,8)
Raphaël Pannier: drums (1,3,9,10)

Description/Reviews
Freak-jazz reverie interpolating emotional counterpoints, ambient synth-hop, and disjointed dissonant riffs. 
Media/Samples 
The Two-Headed Kid Variations, part 2

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Ikan Method "Blue Sun"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Great Opening (6:25)
2. The Journey (4:46)
3. No More Lies (6:43)
4. The Long Way To Madness (5:50)
5. The Storm (9:06)
6. Golden Cage (6:54)
7. Time Lost (7:38)
8. Blue Sun (5:22)
9. Changes (5:41)

Total Time 58:25

Line-up
Luca Grosso (Projecto, Narrow Pass, The Rome Pro(g)ject) - Drums, keyboards
Marcello Chiaraluce - Guitars
Fabio Zunino (Projecto) - Bass, backing vocals
Davide Garbarino - Vocals
   With
PJ Abba (Projecto) - Keyboard solo (7)
Giacomo Grosso - Flute (5)

Description/Reviews
Blue Sun is the debut album of the prog-band THE IKAN METHOD, and it is a progressive rock album inspired by the big groups of the new-prog 80s and 90s (in particular Marillion and IQ) Then pieces full of melodies, with intertwining of guitars and keyboards supported by a solid rhythmic base, for half sung and for another half composed of instrumental pieces where the instruments are "singing". All the pieces have a melancholy streak and tell, through music and words, of feelings and life experiences, both internal and social, that photograph a dark period of our society, the current one… 
Media/Samples 
Golden cage
Sampler

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tRKproject "Kay & Gerda"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelLynx Music - LM184CDDG
FormatCD
Release date: May 28, 2020
Tracklist
Disc I - Gerda vocal by Karolina Leszko
1. The Shards Of Glass (7:10)
2. Gerda’s Song (8:35)
3. Garden Of Oblivion (6:20)
4. The Crow And The Castle (3:44)
5. Little Robber Girl (6:46)
6. Long Way North (6:07)
7. Snow Queen’s Palace (8:05)

Total Time 46:47

Disc II - Kay vocal by Dawid Lewandowski
1. The Shards Of Glass (7:10)
2. Gerda’s Song (8:35)
3. Garden Of Oblivion (6:20)
4. The Crow And The Castle (3:44)
5. Little Robber Girl (6:46)
6. Long Way North (6:07)
7. Snow Queen’s Palace (8:05)

Total Time 46:47

Line-up
Ryszard Kramarski (Millenium) - keyboards, acoustic guitars
Marcin Kruczek (Moonrise, Nemesis, Hipgnosis) - guitars
Grzegorz Fieber (Loonypark, Padre) - drums, percussion
Krzysztof Wyrwa (Millenium, Metus, Jerzy Antczak/Georgius) - bass
Karolina Leszko - Gerda vocals
David Lewandowski (Fizbers) - Kay vocals

Description/Reviews
Two different interpretations of the same music, which means that you’ll hear Karolina Leszko (Gerda) on the first CD, and Dawid Lewandowski (Kay) on the second one.
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Gerda's song (from Disc 1)
Gerda's song (from Disc 2)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Agora "Imperio"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Imperio (05:01)
2. Soy Veneno (04:45)
3. En Nombre de la Destrucción (04:57)
4. 190318 (00:38)
5. Coloso (04:58)
6. Muerte por Vida (05:03)
7. Sueño Inmortal (05:09)
8. Infinito (06:17)
9. Donde el Honor Termina (06:06)
10. Realidad Virtual (08:32)

Total Time 51:26

Line-up
Eduardo Carrillo - Drums
Manuel Vazquez - Guitars
Sergio Aguilar - Guitars
Eduardo Contreras - Vocals
Daniel Villarreal - Bass

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Monday, May 25, 2020

habelard2 "Noises"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Last train (5:09)
2. Water drops (4:13)
3. Step by step (4:17)
4. Coffee break (4:38)
5. Noises (part 1-2-3) (5:48)
6. Mediterraneo (6:08)
7. Inquietanti presenze (6:10)
8. Nektar (5:11)
9. Pandemonio (4:26)
10. Rimorsi e rimpianti (5:15)
11. Fine delle trasmissioni (4:29)

Total Time 55:44

Line-up
Sergio Caleca (Ad Maiora) - all instruments

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Caligula’s Horse "Rise Radiant"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label InsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 22, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Tempest (4:48)
2. Slow Violence (4:30)
3. Salt (7:41)
4. Resonate (2:36)
5. Oceanrise (4:33)
6. Valkyrie (5:09)
7. Autumn (7:43)
8. The Ascent (10:42)
9. Don't Give Up (cover Version) (5:10)  (Bonus Track)
10. Message To My Girl (cover Version) (3:53)  (Bonus Track)

Total Time 56:45

Line-up
Jim Grey - lead vocals
Sam Vallen - lead guitar
Adrian Goleby - guitar
Dale Prinsse - bass
Josh Griffin - drums
   With
Lynsey Ward - vocals (9)

Description/Reviews
In 2020, Caligula’s Horse look forward to releasing their most focussed and potent artistic statement yet: Rise Radiant, an uncompromising exploration of the human experience dressed in vivid musical colour and virtuosic performances. It is the culmination of the band’s artistic development, concentrating the expressive stylings which have endeared Caligula’s Horse to legions of fans worldwide. But it is also far more. Rise Radiant is the Caligula’s Horse sound pushed to its extremes: at once its most ferocious and its most touching, its most expansive and its most condensed, its most poetic and its most vicious. Rise Radiant is an anthem for the regeneration of self-belief, an exploration of the themes of legacy, and a rallying cry for survival. 
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The Tempest
Slow Violence

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