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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Windom End "Perspective Views"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Marquee - BELLE-203291
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 25, 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
Disc 1:
1. The Dream (10:58)
2. Starless Sky (8:07)
3. Walk this way (7:33)
4. Within the Shadows (2:49)
5. Revolution (9:24)
6. Ghost of the Past (10:22

Disc 2 (bonus disc):
1. Equality (11:45)
2. Differently Alike (7:26)
3. Found Home (6:08)

Line-up
Mikael Arvidsson - Vocals
Pierre Stam - Bass
Tomas Nyström - Guitar
Tobias Lundgren - Drums
   With
Erik Göransson - Additional Keys and solos

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Elder "Omens"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Label: Armageddon Shop (US), Stickman Records (EU)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: April 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Omens
2. In Procession
3. Halcyon
4. Embers
5. One Light Retreating

Line-up
Nicholas DiSalvo – Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Michael Risberg – Guitars, keyboards
Jack Donvan – Bass
Georg Edert – Drums
   With
Fabio Cuomo – Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Omens, the band's fifth full-length record, is the newest pillar in the construction of their own musical universe. With it, Elder further embrace experimentation in their brand of progressive psychedelic rock in which atmosphere, melody and structure are created and transformed again and again.
Following 2017's Reflections of a Floating World and the 2019 experimental EP The Gold & Silver Sessions, it was anyone's guess what the band's next full-length might have in store. Having cemented their own sound – a dense yet lucid brand of heavy rock full of unexpected flourishes and progressive jaunts - the latter EP showcased an exact opposite side of Elder, more rooted in sparse krautrock and even jazz-tinged jams. Omens answers this speculation with a contradiction that embodies the spirit of Elder: somehow, there's even more everything.
In five cinematic songs, lush, intricately interwoven melodies grow and dissolve into spaced-out jams. Massive riffs thunder down into a churning sea of psychedelic sounds and unpredictable grooves carry away the listener. Elder paints pictures with their music, and Omens shows the band experimenting with an even more colorful palette – with good reason.
This is music for a vacation from reality – or to lose oneself in another world. And yet Omens is not purely an exercise in escapism, but also reflects the increasingly bleak, confusing and antagonistic times in which it was written. Composed as a concept album spanning the lifespan of a civilization, the album also reads as a commentary on our own society hell-bent on profitability at the expense of our own lives and environment. 
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I Am The Manic Whale "Things Unseen"


CountryUK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Plane Groovy (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateApril 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Billionaire (7:30)
2. The Deplorable Word (7:56)
3. Into The Blue (6:28)
4. Celebrity (19:01)
5. Smile (4:24)
6. Build It Up Again (7:03)
7. Halcyon Day (5:28)
8. Valenta Scream (7:19)

Total Time 65:09

Line-up
Ben Hartley: drums, percussion, vocals
John Murphy: keyboards, murphatron, vocals
David Addis: acoustic, electric and classical 6 string guitars, vocals
Michael Whiteman: bass guitar, strombolief bass pedals, electric and acoustic 12 string guitars, vocals
   With
Ella Lloyd: flute (3, 7)
Iona Garvie: bassoon and contra-bassoon (4)
Rob Aubrey: unsolicited additional bass pedals on Valenta Scream and others

Halcyon Strings (1,7,8):
Violins: Coral Powell, Martin Carrick, Michael Bullock
Viola: Mairi Warren
‘Cello: Matthew Talks

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Kanaan "Double Sun"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic
LabelEl Paraiso Records - EPR058
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateApril 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Worlds Together
2. Mountain
3. Öresund
4. Worlds Apart
5. Double Sun Pt. 1
6. Double Sun Pt. 2

Line-up
Ask Vatn Strøm: Electric and acoustic guitars
Ingvald André Vassbø: Drums, percussion and organ
Eskild Myrvoll: Bass, synths, electric and acoustic guitars
   With
Bjørn Klakegg: Lead guitar (5, 6)

Description/Reviews
Treading the same path as their 2018 debut Windborne, Double Sun is a studio effort in the best sense of the word. Perfectly balanced on the edge of dynamic improv, throbbing beats sizzled in scorching fuzz and topped off with deeply layered soundscapes. This album sees Kanaan reach a new plateau.

Kanaan presents a unique perspective to psychedelic rock, painting with a wide palette that includes jazz and post-rock. Double Sun devotes as much energy to sonic colour as it does to groove and energy. The spirit of experimentation is everywhere: From the savory, pastoral sounds of opening track Worlds Together, to the soaring exploratory paths of the two-part title track. In the creative process, Kanaan dived deep into the possibilities of the studio, adding intricate layers and twists and turns to these tunes: acoustic guitars, percussions & synthesizers embrace and enhance the Norwegian modern day version of a power-trio.

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Öresund

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Traumhaus "In Oculis Meis"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 24, 2020
Tracklist
CD1: (German version)
1. Das Erwachen
2. Bewahren und Verstehen
3. Der Vorsprung
4. Entfliehen
5. Viele Wege
6. Der Neue Morgen
7. Verstehen und Bewahren
8. Die Dunkelheit Durchleuchten

CD2: (English version)
1. The Awakening
2. Preserve & Understand
3. Walk On Yourself
4. Escape
5. So Many Ways
6. The New Morning
7. Understand & Preserve
8. X- Ray The Darkness

Line-up
Alexander Weyland - keys, vocals
Tobias Hampl - guitar
Ray Gattner - drums
Till Ottinger - bass

Media/Samples 
So Many Ways
Viele Wege

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Realisea "Mantelpeace"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, AOR
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Las Vegas Lace (4:10)
2. Deep Blue (4:58)
3. Riroda Roads (7:05)
4. Strong Enough (5:05)
5. Leave Street (6:03)
6. Out Of This World (3:42)
7. Your Part (4:54)
8. Circles Of Silence (5:23)
9. This Time (3:48)
10. Liquid Domino (4:37)
11. Our Stage (7:51)

Total Time 57:36

Line-up
Brian de Graeve (Silhouette) - guitars & vocals
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen - drums & percussion
Geoffrey de Graeve - bass guitar
Christophe Rapenne - keyboard
Marjolein de Graeve - flute & vocals
   With
Simon Rogers (Also Eden) - guitar
Ger Otten - French horn
Jean Pageau (Mystery) - vocals (8)
and more

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Strong Enough
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Glass Hammer "Dreaming City"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Dreaming City (7:14)
2. Cold Star (7:29)
3. Terminus (4:17)
4. The Lurker Beneath (1:44)
5. Pagarna (3:33)
6. At The Threshold Of Dreams (4:11)
7. This Lonely World (4:52)
8. October Ballad (4:11)
9. The Tower (2:40)
10. A Desperate Man (4:15)
11. The Key (6:10)
12. Watchman On The Walls (11:29)

Total Time 62:05

Line-up
Steve Babb - keyboards, bass
Fred Schendel - keyboards, guitars
Aaron Raulston - drums
Susie Bogdanowicz - vocals
Brian Brewer - guitar
Reese Boyd - vocals
John Beagley - vocals

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Zopp "Zopp"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Canterbury 
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release dateApril 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. Swedish Love
2. Before The Light
3. Eternal Return
4. Sanger
5. Sellanrå
6. V
7. Being And Time
8. Zero
9. The Noble Shirker

Line-up
Ryan Stevenson: Keyboards, Mellotron M4000D, Hammond organ, Arturia analogue synthesizer, Korg CX-3 organ, piano, Hohner Pianet T, Nord Electro 5d, bass and electric guitars, voice, field recordings, percussion.
Andrea Moneta: Drums and percussion.
   With:
Andy Tillison (The Tangent): Additional piano (6), additional Hammond organ (3), Leslie processing (2, 5, 6), synth (4), effects (3, 9).
Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, The Tangent, Gong): Flute (6).
Caroline Joy Clarke: Voice (1, 7, 8).
Mike Benson: Tenor saxophone (9)

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Chimpan A "The Empathy Machine"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Tigermoth Records
FormatCD+DVD, digital
Release date: April 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. The World Through My Eyes
2. It's So Real
3. Stars
4. Speed Of Love
5. Scream
6. The Calling
7. Jack

Line-up
Steve Balsamo (Jon Lord, Eric Woolfson) : Vocals, throat singing
Robert Reed (Magenta, Cyan, Kompendium): Keyboards, drum programming, guitars and bass
   With
Tony Dallas: spoken word
Rosalie Deighton: vocals
Christina Booth (Magenta): vocals
Kirstie Roberts: vocals
Shan Cothi: soprano vocal
Rachel Mari Kimba: cello

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ajna "Rengeteg"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. Rengeteg
2. B’
3. Eta Carinae
4. Spirál
5. Nyergelt táltos kancacsikók
6. Hekate
7. Turba
8. Seiran
9. Zsuzsi mozog

Line-up
Altmann János - drums
Piller György - bass
Uhljár Szabolcs - guitar

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Joviac "Here And Now"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2020
Tracklist
1. Intro
2. Straws
3. Black Mirror
4. Here And Now
5. Decay
6. Crossfire
7. Fade Into The Light

Line-up
Viljami Jupiter Wenttola - Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Antti Varjanne - Bass
Rudy Fabritius - Drums

Media/Samples 
Straws

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Pure Reason Revolution "Eupnea"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive/Alternative Rock
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl+CD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2020
Tracklist
1. New Obsession (5:09)
2. Silent Genesis (10:20)
3. Maelstrom (5:44)
4. Ghosts & Typhoons (8:45)
5. Beyond Our Bodies (4:28)
6. Eupnea (13:23)

Total Time 47:49

Line-up
Jon Courtney
Chloë Alper
other performers can't be confirmed at this moment

Description/Reviews
The best is saved for last, with the elaborate and sumptuous title track nicely sounding off this impressive comeback. Ultimately, Eupnea isn't a direct replica of the majestic sound of The Dark Third, nor it is quite its equal; however, it's closer to being both those things than one could realistically expect after the drastic change in style and subsequent demise that followed the debut, and should be warmly received by anyone who felt Pure Reason Revolution had unfinished business in the prog sphere.
Read the full review at metalstorm.net

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New Obsession
Silent Genesis

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