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Friday, January 31, 2020

Benway Soma "Shades On Empty Beaches"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 31, 2020
Tracklist
1. Castle Of Sand (6:33)
2. Another Shade Of Black (5:20)
3. Why Don't You Go (4:58)
4. Empty Beach (5:48)
5. Rock! Folks (4:44)
6. Distracted (6:03)
7. Jesus (In My Car) (4:16)
8. Crimes Of The Heart (6:23)

Total Time 44:05

Line-up
Volker Gandalf - Vocals, Guitars
Helmut Gorlich - Guitars
Michael Esche - Bass, Backing Vocals
Tobias Von Essen - Keyboards
Enrico Sauda - Drums

Media/Samples 
Stream 1
Stream 2

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Mobius "Kala"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: January 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. A
2. Abhinivesha
3. Sharira
4. U
5. Mukti
6. Akasha
7. M
8. Bhati
9. Agni

Line-up
Xavier - Guitars
Alexandre - Bass
Adrien - Drums
Heli - Vocals
Guillaume - Keyboards

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Final Conflict "Rise Of The Artisan"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGaolhouse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 30, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Rise of the Artisan
2. Life #1
3. A Clockwork Echo
4. Stop & Stare
5. A River of Dreams
6. 4 Domains
7. This Pulse
8. Lights
9. The Door
10. Breaking the Cycle

Line-up
Andy Lawton - Guitars, Vocals
Brian Donkin - Guitars, Vocals
Steve Lipiec - Keyboards
Barry Elwood - Bass

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Rise Of The Artisan

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Aura Fragment "Aura Fragment"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Disconnected (3:28)
2. Return New Promise ) (4:45)
3. We All Know (4:20)
4. Violet Horizon (4:07)
5. Momentum (6:30)
6. Timeout (7:04)
7. Aura Fragment (4:36)
8. The Almond Tree (4:03)

Total Time 38:53

Line-up
J. Carv

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Bandcamp

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Astral Oceans "Skycraft"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Colonize The Skies (4:36)
2. Airships (5:51)
3. Building A Planet (6:10)
4. Hologram Priestess (3:28)
5. Corpus Callosum (4:53)
6. Rain On Zarmina (4:28)
7. Science And Alchemy (3:46)
8. To Jupiter (5:28)

Total Time 38:40

Line-up
David Bailey - 6, 7, and 8 string guitars, 12 string fretless guitar, fretless and fretted bass, keyboards, synth and drum/percussion programming

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Pandamoanium "Paradigm Shift"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Prognosis (6:48)
2. Pulsate (6:13)
3. Probiscuous (7:37)
4. Jimmy (5:49)
5. Chin Tickler (2:21)
6. Solanum Tuberawesome (4:27)
7. Dummy Button (3:36)
8. Mellowtoneinn (7:20)
9. Pericombobulations (6:01)

Total Time 50:12

Line-up
James Barber - Drums and 12 String Guitar
Alec Tappenden - Bass
Paul Mitchell - Guitar

Description/Reviews
The formula of their songs is reminiscent of Rush at times, with the rhythm section of Alec and James laying down a solid, but far from simple, foundation for which the guitar is able to provide experimental soundscapes over the top.
... This can, at times, produce a dark sound reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, in fact Pulsate could have been included on Sabbath's debut album without seeming out of place.
The effects used on the guitar sound, at times, add a spacey feel to the songs, and with the bass sound to the front of the mix, this at times reminds me of Lemmy-period Hawkwind.
Read the full review by Stefan Hennig at dprp.net

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Chaos Before Creation "Take Pictures for the Past, Take Action for Tomorrow"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Stand (5:24)
2. As Days Turn To Years (4:57)
3. The Light (3:34)
4. Home (4:41)
5. Brace For Change (5:18)
6. Lost (4:07)
7. Waiting (3:33)
8. Interlude To Chaos (1:47)
9. Show No Fear (6:06)

Total Time 39:27

Line-up
Joe Hockney: vocals
Justin Briggs: guitar, backing vocals
Geoff Daigle: guitar
Matt Young: drums
Andrew McLaughlin: keyboards
Craig Farmer: bass
Mike Bullock: bass

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Late "The One and I"


Country: Slovakia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Schizophrenia (7:15)
2. Vessels (6:58)
3. Agnosticity (7:47)
4. The Vicinity (8:19)
5. The Artificial And The Savior (6:33)
6. Paths (8:03)
7. Unending Thread (bonus) (6:09)

Total Time 51:04

Line-up
Patrik Kovár - guitar
Ján Hyža - drums, vocals
Michal Žiak - guitar
Martin Vacula - bass
Lukáš Mikulský - vocals

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ZIO "Flower Torania"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Ride Along (2:19)
2. X-Ray (6:23)
3. Wings Inside (3:23)
4. Gold And Power (2:35)
5. Straight Up From Underneath (7:04)
6. Jupiter (7:04)
7. Erwin's Opera (6:49)
8. Inner City Shorroma (7:51)
9. Ma Petite Histoire (1:29)
10. Interstellar List (5:52)
11. Flower Torania (2:06)

Total Time 52:55

Line-up
Jimmy Pallagrosi (Ksiz, Franck Carducci, Karnataka) - drums
Marc Fascia - guitar
Olivier Castan - keyboards
Lzi Hayes - bass (2,3,5,8,10)
   With
Hayley Griffiths (Karnataka) - vocals as Torania
Joe Payne (The Enid) - vocals as Alan
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn, Mantra Vega) - vocals as Belbi
Franck Carducci - vocals as Nato
Richard Henshall (Haken) - lead guitar (7)
Alex Lofoco - bass (6,7)
Cagri Tozluoglu (Karnataka) - additional orchestration (6, 8, 11)
Alphonse Alfano - accordion (11)

Media/Samples 
X-Ray
Wings Inside
Gold and Power

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Marco Bernard & Kimmo Pörsti "Gulliver"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Seacrest Oy ‎- SCR-1023
Format: CD
Release date: January 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Overture XI (7:42)
2. Lilliput Suite (17:53)
3. The Giants (8:42)
4. The Land of the Fools (14:30)
5. Gulliver's Fourth Travel (10:17)
6. Finale (3:11)

Total Time 62:19

Line-up
Marco Bernard (The Samurai Of Prog): Rickenbacker and Shuker basses
Kimmo Pörsti (The Samurai Of Prog, Mist Season): drums and percussion
    With:
Andrea Pavoni (Greenwall): keyboards
Kari Riihimäki: guitars
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, UPF): sax
Oliviero Lacagnina (Latte e Miele): keyboards
Marco Vincini (RoverArt): vocals
Ruben Álvarez: electric guitar
Rafael Pacha: acoustic and classical guitars, recorders
Marc Papeghin: French horn and trumpet
Olli Jaakkola (Paidarion): flute
Tsuboy Akihisa: violin
Mimmo Ferri: keyboards
Carmine Capasso: guitars
Alessandro Di Benedetti (Mad Crayon, Inner Prospekt): keyboards
Daniel Fäldt (Simon Says): vocals
Federico Tetti (Mad Crayon): guitars
Massimo Sposaro: guitars
Luca Scherani (La Coscienza di Zeno): keyboards
Stefano Galifi (Museo Rosenbach, Il Tempio delle Clessidre): vocals
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurai Of Prog, UPF): vocals, violin
Marcella Arganese: guitars
Alessandro Lamuraglia (Il Trono Dei Ricordi): keyboards

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Excerpts

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Thoughts Factory "Elements"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Mind Odyssey (5:33)
2. The Burden (5:20)
3. Frozen Planet (5:20)
4. Fire Away (3:57)
5. Night Fall (5:30)
6. The Shores of Sand and Time (5:53)
7. Dawn Part 1 (8:12)
8. Dawn Part 2 (3:04)
9. Our Kingdom (6:44)
10. Elements (4:27)

Total Time (54:00)

Line-up
Sven Schornstein – Keyboards
Bernd Schönegge – Bass
Chris Maldener – Drums
Markus Wittmann – Guitars
Cornelius Wurth – Vocals & Additional Guitars

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Bandcamp

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Sunhillow "Eloise Borealis"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: Presence Records/Running Moose Productions
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 24, 2020 (CD, digital), February 28, 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Intro (0:41)
2. Eloise Borealis (5:02)
3. No New Words (6:26)
4. Beyond The Dreams (6:32)
5. Out There (5:38)
6. For A Moment (8:28)
7. Kuovi (4:03)

Total Time 36:50

Line-up
Pekka Hakkarainen - guitars, backing vocals
Elisa Heikkinen - violin, backing vocals, autoharp
Jouko Höytämö - drums
Matti Kervinen - keyboards, vocals
Ilpo Komulainen - bass

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Stream 1
Stream 2

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Coogans Bluff "Metronopolis"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Fusion
Label: Noisolution Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Gadfly (3:22)
2. Sincerely Yours (4:15)
3. Zephyr (7:02)
4. Hit And Run (5:12)
5. Creatures Of The Night (3:23)
6. Soft Focus (7:19)
7. The Turn I (5:23)
8. The Turn II (4:22)

Total Time 40:18

Line-up
Charlie Paschen: Drums, Vocals, Farfisa, Mellotron
Clemens Marasus: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Willi Paschen: Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Max Thum: Saxophone
Stefan Meinking: Trombone, Moog

Description/Reviews
Coogans Bluff are an unrestrained act, an organism of sorts, that constantly shifts and evolves, not shying away from anything while breathing in everything from rock, jazz, prog, fusion, kraut to pop. On "Metronopolis" the band takes charge and effortlessly pulls off the straddle between proggy jazz-thunderstorms, mellow Beatles-esque tunes, and psychedelic journeys into the dreamy and exciting castle in the clouds in that the group seemingly resides in.
Read the full review at crypt-guard.com

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Nektar "The Other Side"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Esoteric Antenna - EANTCD1082
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. I’m on fire
2. SkyWriter
3. Love is / The Other Side
4. Drifting
5. Devil’s Door
6. The Light Beyond
7. Look Through me
8. Y Cant I B more like U (2020)

Line-up
Derek “Mo” Moore - bass, vocals
Ron Howden - drums, vocals
Randy Dembo - bass, 12-string guitar
Ryche Chlanda - guitar, vocals
Kendall Scott - keyboards

Description/Reviews
For “The Other Side” the band updated some of  ideas from 1978 which evolved in the basement of Mo Moore’s house in Chatham, New Jersey. Ron Howden, Mo and Ryche collaborated on much of the music heard on the album. The 1978 unrecorded song ‘Skypilot’ has evolved into ‘Skywriter’ in 2020.
‘I’m On Fire’ is the musical adaptation of a poem written by Mo for his soon-to-be wife, Nicki, during that same time period of 1978. The closing track, ‘Devil’s Door’, was originally performed live in 1974, but never featured on a Nektar album. Updated and recorded for this album, the song features the presence of the late Roye Albrighton on the introduction to the track, whose wonderful guitar part was taken from a live soundboard recording made in 1974.
Media/Samples 
Trailer
Devil's Door

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Epic Tantrum "Abandoned in the Stranger's Room"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Don't Bother...(5:18)
2. Unfold (3:50)
3. Accessory (3:56)
4. Fables of Fortune (4:39)
5. Outside the Wire (5:49)
6. Into the Clutch (1:35)
7 Letting Go (6:50)
8. False Idols (3:55)
9. A Howling (5:20)
10. Abondoned (4:34)
11. Baillee's Gone Again (Live) (3:56)
12. Franklin Park Blues (Live) (4:33)
13. Letting Go (Live) (7:15)
14. Now I Know (Live) (5:39)
15. Accessory (Live) (3:46)
16. Fables of Fortune (Live) (5:21)
17. The Artist (Live) (5:00)
18. Don't Bother... (Live) (4:19)
19. Drown (Live) (4:12)

Total Time - 89:47

Line-up
Peter Lavine - Vocals, Guitar
Paul - Vocals, Guitar
Greg Ross - Bass, Vocals
Z - Drums

Description/Review
The first disc in this set is titled Abandoned, and features ten tracks of hard driving progressive rock with just a hint of heavy metal & jazz. "Outside the Wire" is an example of the band at their heaviest, sounding not unlike veteran band Tiles, with a hint of Rush and during the softer parts you can even detect some Steely Dan influence. Funky bass and layers of guitar textures complement some alluring vocals on the atmospheric "Letting Go", while the title track offers up tasty piano & synths, emotional vocal stylings, for a more symphonic prog style. Another highlight here is the rousing hard rock number "Fables of Fortune", chock full of aggressive guitar work and tight drumming, showing off the bands heavier side.
Read the full review by Pete Pardo at seaoftranquility.org

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Deezer
Stream 1
Stream 2

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Galia Social "Rise"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Open (1:50)
2. Follow (5:10)
3. Colors (5:22)
4. Aim (7:12)
5. Fire (5:35)
6. Victory (7:00)
7. Rise (9:14)

Total Time 41:23

Line-up
Colbonix - Drums
LoG - Guitar, Programming

Media/Samples 
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An Anderson "Rude Unraveling"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: January 20, 2020 (digital), June 1, 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Vena Cava (10:23)
2. A Forgotten Gift (5:19)
3. Mirror Universe (5:45)
4. A Loyal Servant (3:06)
5. Unmasked (8:44)

Total Time 33:17

Line-up
Stefan Hanson - Bass & Sound Design
Ron Harrity - Guitar & Percussion
Dan Smith - Guitar
Elijah True - Drums & Sound Design

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Bandcamp

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Antena White Opera "Ouroboros"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Obsidian (3:00)
2. Pile Of Boulders (5:27)
3. Descent (7:44)
4. Ouroboros (4:06)
5. Carnage (7:05)
6. Life Expectancy (6:15)
7. The Great Wall (7:19)
8. Infinite Labyrinth (8:47)
9. It Ends Like Everything Starts (5:46)

Total Time 55:29

Line-up
Davide Piombino - Guitars, vocals
Lorenzo Armagno - Drums, keyboards
Paola Criscione - Vocals

Media/Samples 
Stream
It Ends Like Everything Starts

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Akenathon "Como Hormigas"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelViajero Inmovil Records
Formatdigital 
Release date: January 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Como Hormigas (8:58)
2. Irresistible Tic (5:06)
3. Punta del Diablo (5:12)
4. Vuelos (6:53)
5. Vanka (6:30)
6. Sopa de Hueso (9:13)
7. Enigmas (6:19)
8. Zumac (6:28)

Total Time 54:39

Line-up
Aníbal Acuaro – Guitar, Vocals
Pablo Olio – Bass, Vocals
Guillermo Rocca – Drums, Vocals

Description/Reviews

Como Hormigas reminds me a lot of King Crimson’s Red, albeit with a far more contemporary sound, and one which has been tangoed and fandangoed across the world.
If not the fandango, then certainly comparisons can be made with the tango. ... Argentine tango relies heavily on improvisation and spontaneity. So it seems entirely appropriate to incorporate tango into the blender, along with a good dollop of Argentine folk. Incorporating traditional and folk music into a rock setting is always a dangerous path to follow. 

Read the full review by Nick Hudson at theprogressiveaspect.net

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Bandcamp

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Cody Carpenter "Control"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Blue Canoe Records
Format: digital
Release dateJanuary 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Solidarity (4:40)
2. Unconditional (3:24)
3. Mind Shield (5:48)
4. Vivid Silver (3:19)
5. The Thief (5:31)
6. Emotional (5:20)
7. Badger's Wedding (3:48)
8. Singularity Malaise (5:02)
9. Seasons (3:03)
10. Beyond Control (6:40)

Total Time 46:35

Line-up
Cody Carpenter - keyboards, guitar (1-3,5,6,8-10), bass (8), Synth bass (3,10)
   With:
Junior Braguinha - bass (6)
Jimmy Haslip - bass (1,3-5,7)
Scott Seiver - drums (2,3,5,7,8)
Virgil Donati - drums (6)
Jimmy Branly - drums (1,10) Percussion (7)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Stream
Samples

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Sons Of Apollo "MMXX"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl + CD, digital
Release dateJanuary 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Goodbye Divinity (7:15)
2. Wither To Black (4:44)
3. Asphyxiation (5:07)
4. Desolate July (5:58)
5. King Of Delusion (8:48)
6. Fall To Ascend (5:06)
7. Resurrection Day (5:51)
8. New World Today (15:50)

Total Time 58:39

Line-up
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - vocals
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N’ Roses) - guitar, vocals
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X) - keyboards
Billy Sheehan  (Niacin, The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) - bass
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Flying Colors, Transatlantic) - drums, percussion, vocals

Media/Samples 
Goodbye Divinity

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Candeiia "O Medo"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Páo da Vida (6:21)
2. O Medo (6:27)
3. Salve-Me (7:01)
4. Posso Crer (6:13)
5. Ele nos Amou (5:28)
6. Saia das 4 Paredes (6:03)

Total Time 37:33

Line-up
Txiago Emanoel - Vocals
Rafael Linhares - Guitars
Edson - Bass
Rafael Rodrigues - Keyboards
Israel Feitosa - Drums
   With
Juninho Vibration (6)

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Marsyas "Emergence"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Far As Far Run Thoughts (5:55)
2. Wait For The Tide (8:30)
3. As Water (5:56)
4. When The Nights Were Bright (6:25)
5. No Time For An End (5:59)
6. Palace Of The Living (7:41)
7. Mater Mundi (5:39)
8. The Dance Of The Archangels (8:14)

Total Time 54:19

Line-up
Lorenzo Pasini - lead vocals, guitar
Francesco Luzzana - backing vocals, bass, programming
Marco Adobati - guitar
Paolo Salvi - keyboard, synths, programming
Omar Ghezzi - drums

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Bandcamp

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


Country: Czechia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 17, 2020 (digital), February 8, 2020 (CD)
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

Media/Samples
Bandcamp
The Answer

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David Cross & Peter Banks "Crossover"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelNoisy Records - NOISY010
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Rock To A Hard Place (9:11)
2. Upshift (8:20)
3. The Smile Frequency  (5:16)
4. The Work Within (4:27)
5. Missing Time (4:10)
6. Plasma Drive (6:04)
7. Laughing Strange (7:23)
8. Crossover (4:39)

Total Time 49:30

Line-up
David Cross (King Crimson): violin
Peter Banks (Flash, Yes): guitar
   With
Jeremy Stacey (King Crimson): drums (1, 7)
Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes, Jerusalem): keys (1)
Tony Kaye (Flash, Circa:, Yes): Hammond organ (2, 7)
Billy Sherwood (Circa:, Conspiracy, Yes): bass (2, 6)
Oliver Wakeman: Rhodes piano (2, 3, 6), grand piano (2), Moog synthesizer (2, 6), synthesizer (3), strings (6), organ (6)
Jay Schellen (Circa:, Conspiracy, ASIA Featuring John Payne, GPS): drums (2)
Randy Raine-Reusch: world instruments (3)
Andy Jackson: sound effects (4)
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Stick Men, O.R.k.): drums (6), drum synth (6)
Tony Lowe (Bram Stoker, ESP): additional bass, keys and string parts
Adrian Benavides: sonic manipulation (6)

Media/Samples 
Sampler

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Friday, January 17, 2020

White Chameleon "Beyond the Gate of Tannhauser"


Country: Spain
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release dateJanuary 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Dilemma of Gaia (Part 1) (5:53)
2. The Two Sides of Proxima B (6:47)
3. Dark Energy (3:08)
4. Nau Coloial (6:01)
5. Laniakea (8:17)
6. Andromeda Syndrome (5:59)
7. Beyond the Gate of Tannhauser (8:42)
8. The Dilemma of Gaia (Part 2) (4:45)

Total Time 49:32

Line-up
Juan Antonio Ponce - guitars
Jordi Mela - keyboards, vocals
Josep Romero - bass
Israel Garrido - drums, percussion

Media/Samples 
Nau Colonial
Andromeda Syndrome
Beyond the Gate of Tannhauser
The Dilemma of Gaia

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Markus Reuter featuring Fabio Trentini and Asaf Sirkis "Truce"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
LabelMoonJune Records - MJR100
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Truce (11:56)
2. Swoonage (3:25)
3. Bogeyman (7:28)
4. Be Still My Brazen Heart (8:46)
5. Power Series (9:03)
6. Let Me Touch Your Batman (9:52)
7. Gossamer Things (11:50)

Total Time 62:20

Line-up
Markus Reuter (Stick Men, Crimson ProjeKct, Tuner): Touch Guitars® AU8, Live Looping
Fabio Trentini: Wal Fretless Bass, Bass Synthesizer
Asaf Sirkis: Acoustic Drums

Description/Reviews
Ably supported by the fiery, inspired rhythms ..., the trio ventures through a melange of exotic sonic fare which pushes the boundaries of the traditional power trio well beyond established norms. Transcending his ‘Fripp disciple’ credentials, Reuter rips through this soaring, imaginative set in true authoritarian fashion: establishing, in a most convincing, demonstrative manner, that – beyond being one of the world’s foremost avant-garde performers and composers – Markus is one of the electric guitar’s most capable, imaginative modern representatives.
This Markus Reuter trio is a nuanced, highly-potent-yet-sensitive, forward thinking retake on the classic format — and “Truce” is the spellbinding evidence. Frequently channeling the ‘axe-wielding madman’ side of his musical persona, Markus Reuter doesn’t hold back on this album, takes no prisoners and leaves the dead to bury their own in his wake! For those with a robust palette for all things musically creative, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. 
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Between The Witches "Dark Circles"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Loch Games I (2:17)
2. Loch Games II (2:03)
3. Loch Games III (3:40)
4. Deluge (3:23)
5. Sine Nomine (4:14)
6. Colour Out Of Space (3:50)
7. Malk (Now With Vitamin R) (4:02)
8. Intelligenes (3:20)
9. Natural Flight (2:28)
10. Trial By Fire (2:23)
11. Moonmoons (7:39)

Total Time 39:19

Line-up
Bob Smrecansky - Guitars
Tony Cucitrone - Guitars, Modular, Electronics
Eric Tharp - Bass
Zach Connolly - Drums

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Adrian Tăbăcaru "Lucifer - A Rock Opera"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Symphonic Progressive Rock Opera
Format: digital
Release date: January 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Exordium (3:43)
2. Lucifer (5:57)
3. Longing For The Star (4:10)
4. Intermezzo (1:46)
5. Beyond Infinity (1:37)
6. The Long Way Home (4:29)
7. Asking The Void (2:49)
8. Antithesis (3:19)
9. A Valediction - Forbidding Mourning (7:20)
10. Conclusio (5:50)
11. Celestial Funeral (2:21)
12. Singularity (1:53)

Total Time 45:14

Line-up
Eugen Brudaru – Vocals – Hyperion
Maria Hojda – Vocals – Cătălina
Răzvan Krivach – Vocals – Cătălin
Iustinian Zetea – Bass
Dominic Cristea – Baritone
Laura Mihăilă – Vocals
Dragoș Crețu – Vocals
Andrei Ionescu – Backing Vocals
Andrew Pleavin – Narator
Olimpia Mălai – Angels
Raluca Stratulat – Violin, viola
Andreea Țimiraș – Cello
Adrian Buciu – Flutes
Sebastian Burneci – Trumpets
Constantin Urziceanu – Clarinets
Sergiu Dan Feier – Oboe
Petre Iftimie – Guitar
Andrei Popa – Guitar
Alexei Nichiforof – Bass Guitar
Adrian Tăbăcaru - Drums, Keyboards

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

bArtMan "The Way Out"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, DVD
Release date: January 14, 2020
Tracklist
1. Perception (3:56)
2. Transformation (5:54)
3. Beautiful World (4:40)
4. Change It (4:30)
5. Dead Or Alive (4:44)
6. Lies (3:24)
7. After You've Gone (5:50)
8. And Then There Was Nothing (4:42)
9. Come With Me (4:42)
10. The Way Out (7:47)

Total Time 50:09

Line-up
Torsten Bartkowiak - Everything

Media/Samples 
Preview

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

M-Opus "Origins"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelRude Chord Recordings
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Overture (3:44)
2. Accidents Will Happen (3:21)
3. Please Don't Let Me Go (3:26)
4. Can't Blame Me (3:20)
5. A Perfect Day For Flight (6:40)
6. Mr. McKee (5:05)
7. Find My Way Back Home (6:26)
8. Krown On The Coastline (4:47)
9. Welcome To White Rose (0:45)
10. Mystery At The Ministry (4:41)
11. Midnight On The White Rose (4:23)
12. Complete The Machine (2:21)
13. Waiting To Be (4:59)
14. Labyrinth (4:31)
15. Armed Gods (2:14)
16. At The Lab (3:30)
17. Never Giving Up On Your Love (3:07)
18. 2048 Numbers (7:46)
19. Emergency Exit (2:25)
20. Troubled Minds (6:03)
21. Hide And Seek (5:29)
22. Holy War (3:05)
23. Empty Shells (5:00)
24. Fireworks (2:20)
25. The Big Swindle (4:34)
26. Violet Alone (4:49)
27. Don't You Want To Feel My Heart (4:11)
28. Infinite Within (23:47)

Total Time 136:49

Line-up
Jonathan Casey (David Cross) - Vocals as Miller, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar
Mark Grist - Vocals as Master of Ceremonies, Drums
Colin Sullivan - Guitar, Narration
   With
Anto Drennan - Guitar on 2048 Numbers
Conor McGouran - Guitar on Midnight On The White Rose
Michael Buckley - Flute on Empty Shells

Singers:
Jonah - Danny McCormack
Violet - Sandi Jane Hyland
Krown - Eoghan McLaughlin
Minister Fiennes - Stella Bass

Actors:
Violet - Sharon Mannion
Jonah - Danny Kehoe
Krown - Eoghan McLaughlin
Minister Fiennes - Stella Bass
Vincent - Charlie Kranz
Henchman - Graeme Singleton
Beach Android - Tomoko Okamoto
Professor - Ron Garner
White Rose Voice - Tamara Markus

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Moon Halo "Chroma"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 13, 2020
Tracklist
  1. The web
  2. Seize the day
  3. Chroma
  4. The veil
  5. Parachute
  6. Somebody save us
  7. What's your name
  8. Seventh heaven
  9. Let me out
  10. Awoken
  11. Across the great divide
  12. Rise up
  13. Don’t let it end like this
Line-up
Iain Jennings (Mostly Autumn, Breathing Space): Keyboards, Programming
Mark Atkinson (Riversea, Lee Abraham, Nine Stones Close): Vocals, Acoustic Guitar (4, 6, 8)
Dave Clements (Riversea): Bass
   With
Alex Cromarty (Riversea, Mantra Vega, Heather Findlay): Drums
Martin Ledger (Heather Findlay): Guitars (1-9, 11-13)
Anne-Marie Helder (Karnataka, Panic Room): Backing Vocals (1, 4, 8, 10, 12)
Olivia Sparnenn-Josh (Breating Space, Mostly Autumn): Additional Vocals (13)
Janine Atkinson (Riversea): Backing Vocals (2, 7, 9, 12)
Tammy Pawson: Additional Backing Vocals (5)
Mikey Gibson: Guitars (10), Additional Guitars (5)

Media/Samples 
Trailer
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Elysian Fields "Revelation"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 13, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Revelation (6:19)
2. Enigma (7:11)
3. Rocket Fuel (4:54)
4. Starshine (8:46)
5. U.F.O. (7:27)
6. Toccata / Savior Of The Universe (10:04)

Total Time 44:41

Line-up
Mark Jeffrey Dye - all instruments and vocals

Media/Samples 
Stream 1
Stream 2

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Beirah "Comunión"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: January 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Himnos arcanos (12:07)
2. Crónicas de un hombre dormido (06:24)
3. beirah - Estremeciendo el alba (06:23)
4. Equilibrio del caos (08:34)
5. Bajo la luz de un nuevo sol (06:02)
6. El mar no rechaza ningún rio (07:48)
7. Comunión (11:31)

Total Time 58:49

Line-up
Alvaro Macías - Guitar
Manuel Loaiza - Guitar
Omar Morales - Bass
Christian Corona - Drums

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Childwood "Opalessence"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Fusion, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Eyes Wide Open (6:49)
2. Mirage (8:40)
3. Moonburst (5:10)
4. Constellation (7:34)
5. From Beyond (8:15)
6. Hear The Angels Sing (6:23)
7. Alex Vansalen - A Forest (5:55)

Total Time 48:46

Line-up
Isabel Bermejo - Vocals
Alex Vansalen - Guitars, Live Electronics
Burcu Ramazanoglu - Violin
Wietse Voermans - Alto Saxophone
Alessio Bruno - Double Bass
Ruud Voesten - Drums

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Bandcamp

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Universal Sigh "Cherish"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Fusion, Funk
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. Bedrock & Paradox (5:19)
2. The Latter (3:51)
3. Blindside (5:18)
4. Leftovers Life (5:40)
5. Sunday Painters (4:28)
6. Peaceful Lee (6:01)
7. Calypso (6:28)
8. Cherish (5:02)

Total Time 42:07

Line-up
Steve Terry - Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Pace Maynard - Guitar, Vocals
Austin Parker - Bass, Vocals
Jones Maynard - Drums, Percussion
   With
Will Clark - Additional Percussion
Jacob Selvagi - Saxophone (6)
Jennifer Zuiff - Backing Vocals (7)
Joshua Seckman - Synthesizers

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Friday, January 10, 2020

The Cardinal Endeavor "Somewhere In Between"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. Oubliette (1:22)
2. Joule (4:22)
3. Marooned (7:11)
4. Chrysalis (4:41)
5. Emergence (4:58)
6. Silk (1:32)
7. Departure (4:36)
8. Schizophrenic (6:04)

Total Time 34:46

Line-up
Andrew Reavis - Guitars
Jacob Hall - Guitars
Hogan Gammons - Drums
Tyler Monday - Bass

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Home Brewed Universe "The Time Thief"


Country: India
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release dateJanuary 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Divergent Boulevard
2. Mind Tree
3. He Who Cannot Be Remembered
4. Loop In Translation
5. The Joker And The Thief
6. Silhouettes Rising
7. Surrender And Exist Everywhere
8. Never Forever. Ever Whomever.
9. Loop In Translation (Ambient Chill Remix)
10. Mind Tree (Acoustic Nirvana Remix)

Line-up
Arka Sengupta - everything

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Anoushbard "Mithra"


Country: Iran
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital 
Release date: January 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Inevitable Death (3:41)
2. The Man Who Rides Through The Fire (6:16)
3. Life Lady (Green Temple) (10:46)
4. Gates Of Ctesiphon (10:57)
5. The Ward (7:50)
6. Haoma (Instrumental) (3:34)

Total Time 43:04

Line-up
Sherwin Baradaran
Siavash Motallebi

Description/Reviews
The album starts off with a folky drumming tune, which turns into proggy death metal in “Inevitable Death”. The harsh vocals verge on black metal (slightly reminiscent of the Saudi Arabian AL-NAMROOD) in that they remain fairly non-melodic and raw-sounding. Meanwhile, the guitars are where the band really shines as they drive the song forward with a fast, melodic tempo, revealing influences from modern melodeath as well as classic progressive death metal bands such as OPETH.

Clean vocals are utilised much more on the second track, “The Man Who Rides Through the Fire“, a calmer song that gives a feeling of introspection. The standout song on the album, however, has to be “Gates of Ctesiphon”, a ten-minute behemoth wherein the band showcases all of their skill, spearheaded by proggy guitar passages, which then progress into a softer, dreamier part.
Read the full review at tuonelamagazine.com

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Inevitable Death
Gates Of Ctesiphon
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Luiz Amadeus "Spiritual Evolution"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: January 7, 2020
Tracklist
1 - Terrible Logic (03:11)
2 - Winding Thoughts (03:47)
3 - Breaking Paradigms (04:09)
4 - My Darker Side (04:08)
5 - Nightmares of Programmed Dreams (03:46)
6 - Imperfect Perfections of My Unconscious (03:59)
7 - Inexplicable Aspects (04:16)
8 - Simple as Everything I Think (03:30)

Total Time 30:46

Line-up
Luiz Amadeus - guitars, bass
Niko Teixeira - drums

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3 tracks

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Dyscordia "Delete / Rewrite"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Delete / Rewrite (5:53)
2. This House (4:52)
3. Rage (5:35)
4. The Curse Of Mediocracy (5:29)
5. Merry Go Round (5:34)
6. Castle High (5:18)
7. The Cards Have Turned (4:27)
8. Stranger To The Dark (6:45)
9. Silent Tears (7:46)

Total Time 51:39

Line-up
Piet Overstijns - Vocals
Stefan Segers - Vocals & Guitars
Martijn Debonnet - Guitars & Backings
Guy Commeene - Lead guitars
Wouter Nottebaert - Bass & Backings
Wouter Debonnet - Drums

Description/Reviews
Although guitarist Stefan Seegers contributes a fair bit of deathly grunting throughout the album, the band’s outlook is generally on the melodic side; Second track This House manages to combine muscle and melody quite nicely, with all three guitarists playing with sufficient restraint in the service of the song. Things might get a little ‘over beefy’, if you follow my drift, with eighteen strings ploughing away at the same time, but never do you walk away from a song feeling battered by overkill. And that’s a good sign.
Read the full review by Ferry Templeton at sentineldaily.com.au

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Bandcamp
Delete/Rewrite

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