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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wave "Dream"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Lynx Music- LM178CDDG
Format: CD
Release date: March 31, 2020
Tracklist
1. Pavement Reefs (6:46)
2. See-through Shape… (4:48)
3. Night Wishes (7:44)
4. Dark (5:48)
5. So Cold (7:06)
6. Hyper (8:46)
7. Dream (7:15)

Total Time 48:13

Line-up
Marcin Wrona – guitar, vocal
Grzesiek Opałko – guitar
Artur Ramiączek – drums, percussion
Wojtek Lisowicz – grand piano, keyboard, harmonica
Wiktor Moderau – bass gitar, theremin
   With
Antonina Gorzelak – backing vocal, violin

Media/Samples 
Dream
Pavement Reefs

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Band of Rain "Petrichor"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2020 (digital), April 6, 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Daughter Of The Moor (7:49)
2. The Craft (6:34)
3. Larkspur (7:53)
4. Merlin (7:18)
5. Tupelo (5:43)
6. Witchfinder (7:33)
7. Petrichor (12:11)

Total Time 55:01

Line-up
Jon Camp - Bass
Matthew Corry - Vocals
Rick Hambleton - Drums, Percussion
Chris Gill - Guitars
Robert Webb (England) - Keyboards

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Hounskull "Low"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Stoner, Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. Calm Before The Storm (2:12)
2. The Wake (6:22)
3. Lords Of Creation (7:19)
4. Older Than The Earth (9:27)
5. Cyclone (7:37)
6. Low (5:33)
7. Ascend From Darkness (9:11)
8. Eclipse (15:34)
9. Washed Ashore (3:26)

Total Time 66:41

Line-up
Kyle White: Vocals, Bass Guitar
Alex Tamo: Lead Guitar
Nathan Fernandez: Drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Marco Grieco "Nothing Personal"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: March 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. Last Chance (5:07)
2. The Eden (6:16)
3. Nothing Personal (5:29)
4. Am I Sleeping? (4:01)
5. Falling Dreams (4:41)
6. Waiting For (7:09)
7. Waves (1:51)
8. Heretics (5:06)
9. Winter (14:50)

Total Time 54:30

Line-up
Marco Grieco (MarcoMarco) - all instruments & vocals

Media/Samples 
Stream 1
Stream 2

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Gigafauna "Frozen Wastes"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Frozen Wastes (4:29)
2. Kaiju (9:26)
3. Luminous (7:24)
4. Solid Fuel Is Dead (6:56)
5. Future Null Infinity (5:02)
6. Orbital Motion (8:03)
7. Night's Retreat (8:25)

Total Time 49:45

Line-up
Matt Greig - Guitars, Vocals
Arvid Nyden - Guitars
Kristian Backbrant - Bass
Rickard Engstrom - Drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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From The Dust Returned "A Seven Days Long Wait"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Where It All Began (02:39)
2. Mother's Womb (06:15)
3. A Narrow Passage (04:18)
4. A Seven Days Long Wait (05:46)
5. The Herald's Choice (01:27)
6. Tears (07:42)
7. Porcelain Cup (06:31)
8. White Noise (05:37)
9. The Undertow (07:19)
10. The End Of The Beginning (01:20)

Total Time 48:57

Line-up
Alex De Angelis – Vocals, backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Leandro Nini – Bass and harsh vocals (9)
Danilo Petrelli – Keyboards
Andrea Vagenius – Drums
Claudio Pelliccioni – Tibetan bell
Roberto Cerrino – Actor

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Chromb! "Le Livre Des Merveilles"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Dur et Doux 
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Le livre des merveilles
2. Le fleuve Brison
3. Les chevaliers qui apparaissent
4. La souvenance d'Achille

Line-up
Léo Dumont - Drums, percussion, objects
Camille Durieux - Keyboards, synths, vocals
Lucas Hercberg - Bass, synth, vocals
Antoine Mermet - Alto sax, delay, synths, vocals

Description/Reviews
Off with the worn out fusion-prog, the ten notes per second that were the trademark of the Lyon-based musicians, now the approach is radical and the demonstrative varnish fades away in favour of "knowledge". This same "knowledge" the XIIIth century cleric and knight Gervais de Tilbury praised in his Livre des Merveilles wich the band draws his inspiration from, even borrowing entire dizzying fragments.
This is how CHROMB!'s heroic gest unfolds ! The four tracks, inspired by a fantasized mythology that J.L Borges would not have disavowed, let eventually the light come through... Between medievalism and futurism, the lyrics in French, make use of playful hermeticism and smash the rules to pieces. Less acidic, more structured, the style asserts itself, more and more epic as it is ornament-less.
Labyrinthine tales with sinuous vocal parts here, a noisy symphony there: with Le Livre des Merveille, the incredible gives way to the fabulous… 
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Dyssidia "Costly Signals"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Thrive
2. The Gutted Stag
3. Infinitesimal
4. Bloodrush
5. Arrival
6. An Obvious Antidote
7. Metamorphosis
8. Good Grief
9. Hope's Remorseful Retreat
10. If Truth Be Told

Line-up
Mitch Brackman - Vocals
Corey Davis - Guitars
Dimitri Ioannou - Keys
Neil Palmer - Bass
Liam Weedall - Drums

Description/Reviews
Comparing it to the previous three releases, Costly Signals makes an obvious effort to mend the flaws, and the album embraces tighter songwriting, more concise transitions and tamer instrumentation. The delicate balance is exemplified by each individual musician, treading the tightrope between proficiency and humility remarkably well. On “The Gutted Stag,” drummer Liam Weedall meticulously works his snare drum during a tense moment that could have easily turned into chaos. Rudiments your high school percussion teacher could have taught you, utilized for a much greater purpose.
Read the full review at prog-sphere.com

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The Gutted Stag

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Enzo and The Glory Ensemble "In The Name Of The World Spirit"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal 
LabelRockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 27, 2020
Tracklist
01 Precariousness
02 Nothingness (It's Everyone's Fate)
03 The Bronze Age
04 Try To Put In Pit The Fear
05 To Every Chest
06 Just In My Heart The Blame
07 I'll add more
08 My Pillory
09 Last Weep
10 Psalm 13 (Tell Me)
11 Echo
12 One Reason

Line-up
Enzo Donnarumma
   With:
Marty Friedman
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear)
Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord)
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery)
Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery)
Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)
Amulyn Braught Corzine (Whisper from Heaven)
Derek Corzine (Whisper from Heaven)
David Brown (Metatrone)
Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon)
Maria Londino(S91)
Francesco Romeggini(S91)
Mr Jack
Claudia Coticelli
Carta People
Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai)

Description/Reviews
Lasting over one hour across 13 tracks, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ will be definitely a must-have for all those who are into progressive metal with ethnic influences. This final chapter of the trilogy is a bridge between the western and the eastern cultures, besides a huge step towards a top-notch production. The balance between the instrumental parts and the vocals are now improved, while the ethnic arrangements are driven by the magnificent Weza Meza Choir ensemble from Congo. Once again, thanks to the massive choir section, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ sets a new standard into the so-called “Gospel Metal” scene.
Media/Samples 
Last Weep

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Victor Go "The Leap"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Once Again (5:14)
2. 20  Hopes And Alarms (3:39)
3. Last Hope (6:54)
4. Pilot. Dream (3:30)
5. Tension (6:39)
6. Pilot. Conceit (2:49)
7. Flywheel (6:27)
8. Pilot. Anticipation (4:24)
9. 20  Move On (8:37)
10. Pilot. Triumph (3:09)
11. Everlasting Quest (Bonus Track) (6:00)

Total Time 57:22

Line-up
Victor Go - vocals & all instruments

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Synthesys "Distant Dream"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Underground Symphony
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 27, 2020 (digital), April/May 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1) Odissea
2) Hope
3) Deeper Sight
4) Distant Dream
5) The Light
6) July, 2099
7) Deeper Sight (Live In The Rehearsal Room December 2019) - CD only
8) Distant Dream (Live In The Rehearsal Room December 2019) - CD only

Line-up
Claudio Florio – Drums
Giuseppe Di Matteo – Guitars
Vittorio Viviani – Guitars
Francesco Costanzo – Vocals
Marco Assante – Bass

Media/Samples 
Promo
Deezer

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Three Colours Dark "The Science Of Goodbye"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelFirefly Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 27, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Enter, Soubrette (4:57)
2. Wonderland (How Can This Be Love?) (5:24)
3. Know You Now (4:30)
4. Ghosts In The Wind (5:45)
5. Three Colours Dark (4:33)
6. Tasted Like Kryptonite (4:21)
7. Rainbow's End (3:50)
8. Blood Moon Rising (6:08)
9. Monster (5:39)
10. The Science Of Goodbye (6:15)

Total Time 51:22

Line-up
Rachel Cohen (Karnataka, The Reasoning) - vocals
Jonathan Edwards (Karnataka, Panic Room, Luna Rossa) - grand piano, rhodes, synths & electric guitar
Tim Hamill - electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar & drum programming
    With
Dave Gregory (XTC/Big Big Train) - electric guitar (4)
Steve Balsamo (ChimpanA/The Storys) - vocals
Chantel McGregor - electric guitar & ebow (8)
Nathan Bray - trumpet & flugelhorn

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Bandcamp

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Red Sand "Crush The Seed"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Neo-Prog
FormatCD, vinyl
Release dateMarch 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Crush the seed part 1
2. Were they born like that
3. Crush the seed part 2
4. Human claim
5. Crush the seed part 3
6. Fight for us (not on vinyl)
7. Woman
8. Dust and hope (bonus track, not on vinyl)   
Line-up
Simon Caron - guitars, bass, keyboards
Perry Angelillo - drums
Steff - vocals

Media/Samples
Were they born like that

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Camori "Katabasis"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Monarchs (6:20)
2. Katabasis (5:41)
3. Mercury (3:49)
4. Antithesis (6:58)
5. Doppelganger (7:10)
6. Imperial (8:10)
7. Symphony Of Skeletons (3:00)

Total Time 41:08

Line-up
Corey Tossas - Vocals
John Conway - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Cole Millward - Bass
Neal Brewer - Drums

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Bandcamp

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Black Cross Merchants "Angels And Demons"


Country: USA
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Higher Place (6:34)
2. Fear (4:50)
3. I Close My Eyes (6:33)
4. Devil's Domain (6:04)
5. Find Me An Answer (5:54)
6. Heaven's Light (6:25)

Total Time 36:20

Line-up
Paul John Kramer: Guitars
Jack “Jaxxon” Schwarz: Vocals
Richard Milligan: Bass Guitar
Pat DeLeon: Drums
   With
James Welch: Vocals (1)

Media/Samples 
Stream
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Hovercraft "Fall"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelLynx Music 
Format: CD
Release date: March 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Leaves Falls
2. Fall
3. Silent Room
4. Rain
5. Antiphoenix
6. Silverange

Line-up
Bartosz Gromotka: vocals, all instruments

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Fall

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Steam Theory "Passages"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2020 (digital), April 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Amorous (6:07)
2. Aspirations (5:13)
3. Enochian (5:40)
4. Findelin (7:33)
5. Solace (7:46)
6. Passages (11:39)
7. Reflections (5:57)
8. Fronts (4:59)
9. Empyrean (5:54)
10. Hierophant (5:48)
11. Return Passage (1:29)

Total Time 68:05

Line-up
Jason Denkevitz - Guitars, Fretted and Fretless Bass, Keyboards, Guitar Synth, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Vocals, Drum programming, Arrangements
  With
Chris Mack - Drums (2, 4, 7)
Oliver Unger - Bass Guitar (1, 7)
Ori Boker - Additional Keyboards (2, 3, 7, 10)
Anna Koropchak - Violin (8, 10)

Media/Samples 
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BlackLight "Follow The Future"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelLynx Music - LM178CDDG
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2020 (digital), April 17, 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1. And I (4:22)
2. Gater (3:42)
3. My Cloud (4:35)
4. In My Eyes (3:57)
5. When I See You (4:51)
6. My Life (3:47)
7. Pre Road (3:30)
8. On The Road (5:22)
9. Winter (2:44)

Total Time 36:50

Line-up
Marcin Kocielski – vocal
Maciej Majewski – guitar, back. vocal, vocal (9)
Robert Kurzyński – guitar, solo guitar
Tomasz Szydło – bass
Jan Krawczyk – drums

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Stream
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Indra Art Project "Ceneri - Requiem per il Sogno Americano"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 22, 2020 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Fenice (3:47)
2. La variante Ascari (5:36)
3. Fuochi d'artificio (3:36)
4. Taranta Stomp (3:55)
5. Erzezù (3:17)
6. Cuore (3:48)
7. Illusione (4:19)
8. Il Viandante (4:46)
9. Caronte (4:36)
10. Manifesto (3:28)

Total Time 41:08

Line-up
Antonio Armanetti: percussions, drums, didgeridoo
Gianluca Vergalito: guitars, sitar
Mattia Strazzullo: keyboard
   With
Jesus Blanco III: reciting voice
Antonello Iannotta: tambourine (4)
Alberto Romano: jazz drums (4)
Antonio Scioli: bagpipes (4)
Bukorosh Balkan Orchestra (5)

Media/Samples 
Fenice
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Røsenkreütz "Divide et Impera"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Opal Arts/Andromeda Relix
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 21, 2020
Tracklist
1. Freefall
2. Imaginary Friend
3. The Candle in the Glass
4. I Know I Know
5. Aurelia
6. True Lies
7. Sorry And
8. The Collector

Line-up
Fabio Serra - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Gianni Brunelli - drums, percussions
Gianni Sabbioni - bass, Chapman stick
Massimo Piubelli - lead vocals
Carlo Soliman - piano, keyboards
Eva Impellizzeri - viola, additional keyboards, vocals
    With
Evequartett - strings
Daniela Pase - additional backing vocals
Flamma - vocals

Media/Samples
Progstreaming
Teaser

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Quel Che Disse Il Tuono "Il Velo Dei Riflessi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelAMS Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 20, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Il Paradigma Dello Specchio (Primo Specchio)
  2. Figlio Dell'Uomo (Secondo Specchio)
  3. Chi Ti Cammina Accanto? (Terzo Specchio)
  4. Il Bastone e Il Serpente (Quarto Specchio)
  5. Loro Sono Me (Catarsi)
Line-up
Francesca Zanetta (Unreal City) - guitars
Niccolò Gallani (Cellar Noise) - keyboards, flute
Roberto Bernasconi - bass, lead vocals
Alessio Del Ben - drums, keyboards

Description/Reviews
A positively delicious album brimming with the treasured hallmarks of the genre, the foursome... marry the sound and feel of past greats with a modern edge, and manage to produce an appealing symphonic blend that feels familiar, but not stale. All of the aspects we love are here: the twists and turns, the dynamic arrangements, the compelling melodies, and oh my, all those vintage keyboards… simply glorious. Purists will also take comfort in the fact that the words are sung in Italian, and truth be told, that’s as it should be. There is a natural passion to singing in one’s own native tongue that cannot be replicated when delivering (or in some cases, awkwardly stumbling over) translated lyrics.
Read the full review at velvetthunder.co.uk

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Bandcamp

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JPL "Sapiens Chapitre 1 / 3 : Exordium"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelQuadrifonic - Quad-29-20
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: March 20, 2020 (CD), April 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
Erectus (16:56)
1. Mastodontes (5:46)
2. Homo Sapiens (6:09)
3. Ecce Homo (5:01)

Exitium (15:55)
4. A Condition (6:14)
5. Le Chaud Et Le Froid (9:41)

Exodus (13:38)
6. Planète A (5:39)
7. Alpha Centauri (7:59)

Total Time 46:29

Line-up
Jean-Pierre Louveton (Nemo, Wolfspring): vocals, guitars, bass, virtual instruments
   With
Jean Baptiste Itier (Nemo): drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Christian Muenzner "Path Of The Hero"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Power Metal, Fusion
Format: CD, digital 
Release dateMarch 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Knight Rider 03:11
2. Demon Angel
3. Blades Of The Brotherhood
4. Deep Space #11
5. Nocturne
6. Discovery
7. Wing Commander
8. Marchers Of Valhalla
9. Path Of The Hero

Line-up
Christian Muenzner - Guitars
   With
Jimmy Pitts - Keyboards
Hannes Grossmann - Drums
Jerry Twyford - Bass (1, 2, 7, 8, 9)
Linus Klausenitzer - Bass (3, 4, 6)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Leafblade "The Goddess With Child"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: digital
Release date: March 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Three Fire Hill (6:02)
2. The Butterfly Kiss (3:08)
3. By The Brook (3:08)
4. The Goddess With Child Pt.1 (6:04)
5. The Goddess With Child Pt.2 (6:27)
6. The Goddess With Child Pt.3 (1:48)
7. Beeston (4:41)
8. Fleur-de-Lys (3:35)
9. The Lady Of Shalott (6:21)
10. A Promise In The Sleep [Silent Night] (9:11)
11. Outremer’s Gold (1:16)
12. Of Giants And White Horses (6:57)
13. A Dreamy Bohemian Watercolour (4:26)

Total Time 63:04

Line-up
Sean Jude - Vocals, six and twelve-string electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitar
Brian Cummins - Bass, fretless bass, Taurus pedals, backing vocals (4-6)
Thomas Legg - Drums, percussion, keyboards
   With
Kevin Murphy - Bass (1)

Description/Reviews
“The Goddess With Child” is a mysterious, ritualistic album.  It sounds as old as the land around us, but somehow fresh and revitalized.  The album starts well with three primarily acoustic tracks, but really gets going with the three part title suite.  This multitrack song is haunting and laden with secrets. You can feel it in the glorious vocal harmonies and rising melodies, almost inviting you to come and experience the wonder of its story.  It’s a fantastic song, to say the least.
Read the full review by Jason Spencer at theprogmind.com

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Beyond The Event Horizon "Leaving the 3rd Dimension"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal, Electronica
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dark Matter (6:44)
2. Deep (8:29)
3. Together (6:56)
4. Leaving The 3rd Dimension (3:58)
5. Away From Home (7:56)
6. Long Distance (5:34)
7. Inverted Sunrise (8:24)
8. New Chapter (5:00)

Total Time 53:01

Line-up
Adam Kowalka: guitars
Maciej Hildebrandt: bass
Tytus Adamczewski: keyboards
Paweł Michałowski: drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp 

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The Bardic Depths "The Bardic Depths"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGravity Dream - GD001
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 20, 2020
Tracklist
1.  The Trenches
2.  Biting Coals
3.  Depths of TIme
   i) The Instant
   ii) The Flicker
   iii) The Moment
4.  Depths of Imagination
5.  Depths of Soul
6.  The End
7. Legacies

Line-up
Dave Bandana - Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion (3), Flute & Harmonica (6)
Brad Birzer - Spoken Word (1, 4, 5)
   With
Peter Jones (Camel, Tiger Moth Tales) – Saxophone (3), Vocals (7), Spoken Word (1)
Tim Gehrt (Streets, Steve Walsh) - Drums (1, 4, 7)
Gareth Cole (Tom Slatter, Fractal Mirror) – Guitar (3), Lead Guitar (5), 1st Guitar Solo (7)
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf) - Backing Vocals (1, 4), Keyboards, Strings & Hammond Organ (1), Acoustic Guitars (2), Drum Programming (3, 6), Bass & 2nd Guitar Solo (7)
Paolo Limoli - Keyboards & Piano (1-6)
Kevin McCormick – Lead Guitar (1), Acoustic Guitars (3)
Glenn Codere - Backing Vocals (1, 4, 5)
John William Francis - Spoken Word (1), Marimba (2, 7)
Mike Warren - Cello (6)
Richard Krueger, Henri Strik, Scotty Scott, Andreas Mowinckel, Tony Bridgeman, Martin Holmes, Phil Ball - Spoken Word (1)
Lilly Miller - Spoken Word (4, 5)

Description/Reviews
The album revolves around friendship and its ability to get us through anything including war, with the concept centring on the literary friendship formed between J.R.R Tolkien and C. S Lewis between 1931 and 1949. 
Media/Samples 
Teaser
Depths of Time (The Flicker)
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Into The Open "Destination Eternity"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Origins (2:16)
2. Birth (5:40)
3. Once (5:51)
4. Back To The Days (4:19)
5. Nostalgia (2:46)
6. Purpose (4:30)
7. Judgement Day (9:49)
8. Eternity (4:59)
9. Ride The Wind (7:28)
10. When The Crowd Is Gone (6:00)
11. Half Song (3:40)

Total Time 57:18

Line-up
Sander Heerings (Wane of Summer, The Dust Connection) – keyboards
Jan Willem Ketelaers (Knight Area, Ayreon) – lead & backing vocal
Robert Spaninks (The Last Element, The Dust Connection) – drums
Ronald Martens (Up The Irons) – guitar
Martijn Balsters (The Dust Connection, Up The Irons) – guitar
Frank Strokap (Symphonic Rock Night) – bass
   With
Maria Catharina (Robby Valentine, Anyday) – vocals (9)
Marcel Coenen (Ayreon) – guitar solo (9)
Kim de Beer (Symphonica in Rosso) – violin (7)

Description/Reviews
‘Birth’ follows and it encapsulates everything great about this band in a six-minute package. The driving beat from bassist Frank Strokap is like a pulsing heartbeat that works well with Robert Spaninks’s drumming to drive the track on with energy and purpose. The lead guitar melodies over the top are catchy right from the off and the whole thing has a cheeky, irresistible groove. Naturally, Sander Heerings’s synths are all over this song, but they never remain static, changing guise, from sweeping vistas to tinkling piano notes. The verses are a more minimalist affair with just the bass, drums, synths and Ketelaers’ vocals, which suit the soundscape down to the ground, being mellifluous yet strong. The chorus is simply gorgeous, as the guitars re-enter, providing further texture and some welcome power. This is rock after all! Naturally, there’s a lead guitar solo or two, as well as twin guitar harmonies that give me chills.
Read the full review at manofmuchmetal.com

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Birth
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Ivanhoe "Blood And Gold"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelMassacre Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Midnight Bite (4:03)
2. Broken Mirror (3:51)
3. Fe Infinita (2:14)
4. Blood And Gold (5:30)
5. Martyrium (4:51)
6. If I Never Sing Another Song (3:55)
7. Solace (4:11)
8. Shadow Play (4:44)
9. Perfect Tragedy (5:14)

Total Time 38:33

Line-up
Alexander Koch - Vocals
Lars Vögtle - Guitar
Giovanni "Gio" Soulas - Bass
Richie Seibel - Keyboard
Bernd Heining - Drums

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Midnight Bite

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Dušan Jevtović "If You See Me"


Country: Serbia/Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date:  March 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Walking Seven (4:53)
2. Babe (Grannies) (6:13)
3. Blue (5:53)
4. If You See Me (5:18)
5. Something In Between (5:12)
6. Once Ocho (6:12)
7. Si Pooro (4:06)
8. Ending (2:46)

Total Time 40:33

Line-up
Dušan Jevtović - guitar
Markus Reuter - Touch guitars® AU8, live looping
Bernat Hernandez - fretless bass
Gary Husband - drums
Aleksandar Petrov - tapan (Macedonian traditional drums)

Description/Reviews
During If You See Me, Jevtović extends and arguably perfects a style that mixes western jazz fusion with Balkan folk music. Previously, there were colourful hints and subtle suggestions of this style in Jevtovic's No Answer and _Live at Home releases. However, his artistic vision to amalgamate progressive jazz fusion with a taste of the Balkans is fully realised to great effect in this album.
Read the full review by Owen Davies at dprp.net

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Bandcamp

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Akinesis "The Miracle, Act One: Pages From A Hostage"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital 
Release date: March 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. How And Why (7:07)
2. Captain's Waiting (4:34)
3. The One Left Behind (4:03)
4. Father's Pride (1:33)
5. Knight Of Valor (4:08)
6. Backbones (6:03)
7. Losing The Track (8:36)
8. Redemption (5:50)
9. We're In Two (4:20)
10. Hunters (4:21)
11. Nothing Is As It Seems (4:51)

Total Time 55:26

Line-up
Gabriele Caspani - Vocals
Gabriele Monti - Guitars
Riccardo Zanardo - Bass
Daniele Busi - Piano, Keyboards
Jonathan Vitali - Drums

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Polis "Weltklang"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Retro Prog
Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 2020 (CD), April 24, 2020 (digital, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Tropfen (5:38)
2. Gedanken (5:19)
3. Eine Liebe, Tausend Leben (7:18)
4. Abendlied (2:24)
5. Sehnsucht (6:21)
6. Gebet (2:57)
7. Steig Herab (4:22)
8. Mantra (5:32)

Total Time 39:51
Line-up
Sascha Bormann - drums
Andreas Sittig - bass
Marius Leicht - keyboards
Christoph Kästner - guitar
Christian Roscher - vocals

Media/Samples 
Progstreaming
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Tropfen

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Blackletter "Animal Farm"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: Gunga Records
Format: digital
Release date: March 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Animal Farm (5:41)
2. Vlad The Impaler (5:22)
3. Murder On The Run (4:50)
4. Fallin Down (3:33)
5. Better Rain (4:47)
6. Invisible Chains/The Waltz (4:46)
7. Dark River (3:59)
8. Jezebel (4:02)

Total Time 37:00

Line-up
Dave Arsen Laros - Lead Vocals, Piano, Organ
Vic Foley - Guitars, Vocals
Rob Senecal - Bass
Derek Daniel Moniz - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

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Stream

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Force of Progress "A Secret Place"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
LabelProgressive Promotion Records (PPRCD078)
FormatCD
Release date: March 2020
Tracklist
1. The Hand Sculpted Heart (6:33)
2. The Perfect Element (8:45)
3. New Reality (5:43)
4. Circus Maximus (11:40)
5. A Secret Place (6:20)
6. The Steps To The Precipice (5:59)
7. Äggressor (7:43)

Total Time 52:43

Line-up
Hanspeter Hess (The Healing Road) - keyboards, synths
Dominik Wimmer (Sweety Chicky Jam) - drums, guitar, keyboards
Chris Grundmann (Cynity) - guitars, keyboards, bass, synths
Markus Roth (Marquette, Horizontal Ascension) - bass, guitar, keyboards, synths

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Trailer
New Reality (rough mix)
The Perfect Element (rough mix)

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Long Earth "Once Around The Sun"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. We Own Tomorrow (8:06)
2. My Suit Of Armour (5:02)
3. A Guy From Down The Road (12:00)
4. What About Love (4:23)
5. The Man In The Mirror (4:15)
   Once around the sun (tracks 6-9):
6. Spring (5:13)
7. Summer (7:40)
8. Autumn (7:37)
9. Winter (12:32)

Total Time 66:48
Line-up
Renaldo McKim - Electric, Acoustic, and Ambient Guitars
Gordon Mackie (Abel Ganz) - Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass and Moog Bass Pedals
Ken Weir (Abel Ganz) - Drums and Percussion
Mike Baxter - Piano, Synthesisers and Hammond C3
Martin Haggarty - Lead & Backing Vocals

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Sampler
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dino King "Dino King" EP


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Entelodon The Armour (4:05)
2. Umbilicaurus Rex (4:24)
3. Walk Like A Dino (3:13)

Total Time 11:42

Line-up
Fabius Maximus - drums
Stefan Absorber - guitars, bass

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Imperial Child "Compass of Evil"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Soulmaker Recordings
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: March 13, 2020
Tracklist
01. William Green
02. The Imperial Child
03. Darren Half-Eye
04. Stormbringer
05. Priscilla
06. The Devil and the Buccaneer
07. A Buccaneer's Hymn
08. Libertalia
09. Victim of Hate
10. The Quest for Jerusalem

Line-up
Chris DeWolf : Vocals, Guitars, Piano
Vasily Silura : Bass
Eagle Mc Morgan : Drums
   With
Zachary "Zak" Stevens (Savatage, Trans Siberian Orchestra) : Vocals
Andy LaRocque : Guitars

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Libertalia
Priscilla

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Condor & Jaybird "The Glory"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Celebration (3:20)
2. Lightbringer VII (4:19)
3. Lightbringer VIII (5:27)
4. Sleep (7:33)
5. Time (4:34)
6. Remember (4:12)
7. Monster Vision (4:22)
8. Already Dead (4:34)
9. Glory I (3:42)
10. Glory II (3:26)
11. Glory III (10:04)

Total Time 55:33

Line-up
Bryson Foster - drums, percussion, jawharp
Connor Lyle - guitar, vocals, piano, synthesizer, percussion, bass (3-11)
Jeramie Anderson - guitar, vocals, synthesizer, percussion
   With
Jake Lyle - bass (1, 2)
Jeff Carl - trumpet (1)

Description/Reviews
Experimental is always the word of the day for Condor & Jaybird. For example, “Sleep” ... owes a lot to ’50s- and ’60s-era pop harmonies. Some of Perry and Fosters’ fondness for the song is likely due to the playful flow of thumpery drums and scales that trip around the land of Oz.
But then immediately after that, the song “Time” — which, at the moment, is my own favorite — is a rock opera, making use of the track layering the group is so fond of. The technique might make new listeners expect the band members to number in the double digits. In fact, there are more robust examples of this on the album, but I feel like revealing where qualifies as a spoiler.
Read the full review by Melanie Hanson at littlevillagemag.com

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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DeadRisen "DeadRisen"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: AFM Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Risen Death AD (1:14)
2. Prophecy (5:19)
3. Destiny (5:05)
4. The Maker (6:46)
5. Reach For The Sun (5:10)
6. Visions (5:22)
7. Chains Of Time (4:07)
8. Fear And Fury (5:57)
9. But You (4:57)
10. For Whom The Bell Tolls (4:37)

Total Time 48:34

Line-up
Tony Stahl (Livesay) - Keyboards
Dan Prestup (Midnight Eternal) - Drums
Will Shaw (Heir Apparent) - Lead Vocals
Rod Rivera (Rivera Bomma) - Guitar
Mike LePond (Symphony X) - Bass

Description/Reviews
Essentially, Deadrisen delivers a traditional form of progressive power metal which features the talents and contributions of each musician in song arrangements that are equally speedy, technical, and, frankly, quite catchy and entertaining. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Prophecy
Destiny
Fear And Fury

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Mindtech "Omnipresence"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: TriTech Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Path Of The Sages Part I: The Big Question (6:24)
2. The Path Of The Sages Part II: The Lotus Eyed (5:25)
3. The Path Of The Sages Part III: Unity (6:42)
4. These Are The Days (5:01)
5. The Journey (4:36)
6. Standing Tall (3:48)
7. Brahman (4:11)
8. Through The Veil (6:03)

Total Time 42:10

Line-up
Mathias Molund Indergård - Lead Vocals
Marius G.Belseth - Guitars
Ola Øverli - Bass
Ole Devold - Drums
Thor-Axel Eriksen - Guitars

Description/Reviews
Pulling one highlight out of such a treasure chest is no easy task, although ‘The Journey’ with its hypnotic refrain, classy guitar work and lush vocals from Indergård – a singer of no mean talent – is certainly one of the album’s more magical components. But ‘Omnipresence’ is an album to be listened to from end to end. You can dip in casually, certainly, and in doing so you’ll certainly enjoy what you hear. But the whole is much, much bigger than the sum of the parts and if you allow the band to take you on the full forty-plus minute ride you’ll discover so much more as the album reveals its many secrets.
Read the full review by John Tucker at johntuckeronline.co.uk

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Stream

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Golden Caves "Dysergy"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release dateMarch 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Chromosome (4:21)
2. Dignity (4:24)
3. Hide & Seek (5:27)
4. Temperature (6:05)
5. How to Care (5:23)
6. Happy Dreams (6:18)
7. Samsara (5:25)
8. Little Lonely (4:45)
9. Black Hound (5:04)
10. Somehow (6:02)

Total Time 53:14

Line-up
Alex Ouwehand: guitar
Romy Ouwerkerk: vocals
Elise Polman: keyboards
Erik Stein: drums
Tim Wensink: bass

Description/Reviews
“Dysergy” presents 10 tracks that take the listener through various forms of dark expression from a properly heavy component to a softer approach that puts the emphasis on an intricate and emotional performance. The element that gives this band their unique sound is definitely the ability to smoothly alternate between varying compositional elements while maintaining a natural flow to their songs and always keeping in touch with the desired vibe of each song. Without putting up any flashy display of technical showmanship, they still prove themselves very capable musicians in terms of actual playing performance as well as creative songwriting. Some songs are more energetic and greatly emphasize the rock/metal side of the music like for example the opener “Chromosome” or the single “Black Hound”, while others bring forth the alternative elements like various keyboard and synth sounds, layered vocals, clean guitars and electronic elements (See “Samsara” or “How to Care”).
Read the full review by Andrei Dan at metal-observer.com

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Black Hound
Deezer

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