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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.
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Time Is Running Out
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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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Ancient Curse "The New Prophecy"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelPure Steel Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release dateMay 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. We Follow The Signs (7:20)
2. Fire And Ice (5:06)
3. The Shadow (4:08)
4. Men Of The Storm (9:13)
5. Hypnotize (6:22)
6. One Moment Of Fortune (7:53)
7. Forever Young (6:37)
8. Mind Chaos (6:22)
9. The New Prophecy (4:47)

Total Time 57:48

Line-up
Pepe Pierez - vocals, guitars
Gunnar Erxleben - guitars
Thorsten Penz - bass
Matthias Schröder - drums

Description/Reviews
With roots in traditional heavy metal, Ancient Curse aims for power metal with some progressive metal intrigue. Largely, the songs are crafted with strong twin guitar riffage, heavy bass lines, and bold thundering drums wrapped in arrangements which twist and turn with various tempos and time signatures. Eventually, all things then lead to a creative guitar solo, often over a quick pace as within The Shadow and Hypnotize, for example.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Neon Heart "Neon Heart"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Krautrock, Fusion
Formatdigital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: May 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Hashima (09:52)
2. Det händer ingenting (07:27)
3. Dagarna försvann (03:59)
4. Till dig ännu en gång (09:09)
5. Tupolev in the air (08:55)
6. Dagar försvinner  (3:19)

Total Time 42:41

Line-up
Magnus Nordén - drums
Johnny Karlsson Kern – bass, vocals
Björn Wallgren - guitar
Petter Kärnekull - electronic viola
Daniel Borgegård Älgå - saxophon

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Making Maps "Sapling"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Notes On My Pillowcase (6:23)
2. Storm Of '58 (5:07)
3. Lessons Learned (4:16)
4. Curtain Call (Take A Bough) (5:01)
5. Exequiae (2:20)
6. Cutting Roots (6:45)
7. Tonight (7:05)

Total Time 36:57

Line-up
Samuel Traquina- Lead Vocals, Guitar, misc. instruments.
Paul Evans- Drums, misc. percussion
Meredith Tashkandi- Bass and strings
Alissa Castro-Evans- Keys, Backup Vocals, misc. instruments

Description/Reviews
...the music sits on the softer and more delicate end of prog I think it would be fair to say. Vocalist Samuel Traquina is very easy on the ear and in the more upbeat songs he has a proximity close to Geddy Lee if I were to make a comparison (although not quite such a piercing falsetto that Lee goes to) he is very well supported by Alissa Castro on backing vocals – think Animate by Rush and you’ll find the closest kindred vocal style, particularly on the rockier Tonight. The opening track, Notes On My Pillowcase is a great prog track that takes you on an interesting, diverse journey, there’s no long passages of timing changes or interminable soloing, it’s just a good song that, with repeated listens, draws you in and floats you along. What I do like about Making Maps’ Sapling is that it’s subtle, almost understated, interesting and willing to experiment with sound, instruments and ideas that flow through each song.
Read the full review by Bob Shoesmith at musipediaofmetal.blogspot.com

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Outside In "Karmatrain"


Country: New Zealand
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Label: AllGood Absolute Alternative Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Let Me Go (4:53)
2. Blue Dragon (5:50)
3. Echoes And Stepping Stones (4:56)
4. Bridges (5:23)
5. Morning Warning (4:23)
6. The Lake (4:32)
7. The Garden Of Light (5:21)
8. Mushrooms (5:34)
9. The Ferryman (5:35)
10. Pass On The Flag (4:31)
11. Om (5:11)
12. I Am Not The One (8:08)

Total Time 64:17

Line-up
Mikey Brown: Vocals, Synth, Keys, Guitar
Jonnie Barnard: Guitar
Adam Tobeck: Drums
Elliott Seung Il Park: Bass
Joe Park: Guitar
   With
Graham Bell: Additional Guitar (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10)

Description/Reviews
The first thing to state is that this is a real slow-burner of a listen. Few will be too impressed on a first or even a third listen. The melodies take a while to ease into the sub-conscious. But be patient. The best music generally has these attributes. Once it does sink in, there are some serious earworm tracks here that you will keep coming back to.
Musically I am reminded of two other debut albums, from Dutch band A Liquid Landscape and American one-hit wonders The Addiction Dream. The more quirky moments and certain vocal phrasings are reminiscent of my favourite band from Sheffield, InFictions (the opening of Morning Warning).
Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net

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Wexler's Prime "Fossil Constellation"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release dateMay 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Petrify (8:36)
2. Idol Hands (5:55)
3. In Between (7:02)
4. Cedars (20:47)
5. Insectarian (9:05)
6. Threnody For M.- (10:53)
7. Diodes (8:43)
8. Fossil Constellation (15:42)

Total Time 86:43

Line-up
Brendan Dean - guitars, fretted and fretless bass, vocals, drum programming

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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. 
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The Two-Headed Kid Variations, part 2

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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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Progstreaming
Gerda's song (from Disc 1)
Gerda's song (from Disc 2)

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Griot "Elisabeth"


Country: Portugal
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. A Weak Foundation (Chapter I Pt.I) (6:52)
2. Lights Out (Chapter I Pt.II) (5:00)
3. Atonement (Chapter II Pt.I) (7:48)
4. Retrospection (Chapter II Pt.II) (4:17)
5. Intertwined (Chapter III Pt.I) (6:14)
6. Unearthing the Past (Chapter III Pt.II) (6:32)
7. Parted Ways (Chapter IV Pt.I) (4:27)
8. Making Amends (Chapter IV Pt.II) (8:00)
9. The Leap (Chapter V Pt.I) (9:13)
10. Introspection (Chapter V Pt.II) (4:14)

Total Time 62:37

Line-up
João Pascoal – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programming (1-10)
Sérgio Ferreira – Drums, Percussion, Programming (1-9)
Maria Branco – Vocals (1-9)
João Rodrigues – Vocals (2,3,5,8,10)
Mariana Moreira - Backing Vocals (4)
Matilde Esperança – Violin (1,3,6,9,10)
Pedro Marques – Violin (9)
Luzia Lapo – Violin (1,3,6,9,10)
Isaac Santos – Cello (1,3,6,9,10)
Paulo Bernardino – Clarinet (3,5,6)
Arnaud António – Alto Saxophone (6,9)
André Loureiro – Flute (1,9)
João Baião – Acoustic Guitar (1,2,3,6,8,9)
Gonçalo Crespo – Electric Guitar (1-9)
Bruno Lousada – Electric Guitar (1,2,3,5,6,7, 9)
Pedro Joaninho – Electric Guitar (5)
Vikram Shankar – Keyboards (2,3,9,10)
Mario Yetatore – Keyboards (1,3,4,6,8,9)
Bosco Aguilar – Keyboards (8)

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Electric Mud "Quiet Days On Earth"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive/Post Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. Aurora Moon (7:03)
2. Silhouettes Floating Down A Rain-slicked Street (5:17)
3. Mer De Glace (2:05)
4. Quiet Days On Earth (7:21)
5. Wading Through The Waters Of Time (5:32)
6. The Echoes Of Acheron (5:11)
7. The Loneliness Of The Somnambulist (6:37)
8. Durance (3:45)
9. The Space Between The Shadows (6:00)
10. Adventures In A Liquid World (7:14)
11. The Blinding Absence Of Light (4:34)
12. Eyes Watching Skies (3:54)
13. Foggy Postcard From A Barren Land (5:58)
14. Into The Great Unknown (4:30)
15. Sleeping Under A Green Desert Tree (4:03)

Total Time 79:04

Line-up
Hagen Bretschneider: bass
Nico Walser: guitars, keys, fretless bass, noises, drum programming

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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 
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The Ikan Method "Blue Sun"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 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… 
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Golden cage
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Áuryn "Antes de cerrar los ojos"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s):  Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Amancay (11:18)
2. Quintaesencia (5:21)
3. Antes De Cerrar Los Ojos (9:50)
4. Checkpoint (4:09)
5. Luna Llena (7:42)
6. Parasomnia (7:06)
7. Un Lento Despertar (9:24)
8. Renacer (11:18)

Total Time 66:08

Line-up
Matías Catueño - Bass
Nicolás Truchet - Drums and voice
Andrés González - Guitar and voice
Nehuen Herrero - Guitar and voice

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Breeze "The Fragile Beauty"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Neo-Prog
Format: digital
Release date: May 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Portrait (8:36)
2. Circus in Town (4:55)
3. Moth in a Flame (7:48)
4. The Eternal Spinning (6:52)
5. The Siren's Song (6:49)
6. Secret of the Sea (3:58)
7. Boat to Utopia (7:55)
8. A Drone's Plight (4:37)
9. The Eye of the Storm (5:52)
10. Lullaby (5:23)

Total Time 62:45

Line-up
Hansi Arnold - Drums, Vocals
Ottfried Mietzke - Guitars, Keyboards, Orchestral Arrangements
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Gunnar Sletta - Piano, Keyboards, Additonal Guitars, Vocals
Jörg Piron - Vocals

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WetStew "5th Bump"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: May 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dissed (4:54)
2. The Truth (3:53)
3. Who's In Charge (4:57)
4. Infected (4:05)
5. Undeniable (4:28)
6. Two Tickets (4:31)
7. Thank You (5:01)
8. Angela (4:17)
9. Academic Farts (4:57)
10. Media Blitz (4:17)
11. Back To You-Revised (4:46)
12. Funny... (3:21)

Total Time 53:27

Line-up
Paul Miller - Keyboards, Arrangements
Frank Sabat - Vocals

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5 tracks
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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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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Project: Xanadu "Reflections of Past Transgressions"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Well Of Silence (10:23)
2. I Have Been (7:17)
3. In The Shadows Of Reminiscence (10:05)
4. Fragile Questions (5:37)
5. Counting The Days (8:11)
6. While The World Turns (7:32)
7. No More Doubts (4:29)
8. Castles (15:45)

Total Time 69:19

Line-up
Mirko Pelgrom - guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, mandolin
Arthur van der Meulen - vocals, choirs, sighs and whistles
Josh Plotner - cor anglais & flute (8)

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Deezer

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French TV "Stories Without Fingerprints"


Country:  USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Pretentious Dinosaur Productions
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2020
Tracklist
CD1: 45:01
1. Unexpected Secrets Of The House Of Mystery At The Witching Hour (8:33)
2. This Decadent Poetry Is Awful (5:01)
3. Stubby Index Finger (7:55)
4. The Museum Of Worthless Inventions (7:44)
5. That Jigsaw Puzzle Is Tearing Our Family Apart (6:25)
6. A Cornucopia Of Riches (9:23)

CD2: 62:59
1. Ghost Zone/Noble Obelisk (8:31)
2. This Decadent Poetry Is Awful. (5:01)
3. The Odessa Steps Sequence (9:44)
4. Look At The Bears! Look At The Bears! Look At The Bears! (9:20)
5. Conversational Paradigms (7:44)
6. That Thing On The Wall (8:52)
7. Black Pit (3:56)
8. A Cornucopia Of Riches (9:51)

Total Time: 108:00

Line-up
Mike Sary: Bass, Loops, Samples
Katsumi Yoneda (TEE): Guitar
Patrick Strawser: Keyboards
Jeff Gard: Drums (1/3-1/5; 2/1-2/8)
Mark L. Perry: Drums & Percussion (1/1, 1/2, 1/6)
    With:
Ludo Fabre: Violin (1/1, 1/3)

Description/Reviews
Disc One is a new studio effort continuing the meticulous twists and turns of their last two releases, with essentially the same players. Disc Two is a (mostly) live-in-the-studio affair, BBC-style, containing the set they performed at Chicago's "Protoberfest" in 2018.
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Monumental "#Purification"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal
Label: Massive Sound Recordings
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: May 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Purification (50:05)

Line-up
Brainfucker - screams and shouts
Esus Corpse - vocals and synthesizers
Purification - bass and vocals
Stylish Maniac - vocals
Mad Doc - guitars and vocals
Disciple Of Plague - guitars
Anonimus - drums

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Juice Oh Yeah "Juice Oh Yeah"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Eclectic Ethnic Psychedelic, Progressive Rock, Stoner 
Label: addicted label cat# 741
Format: CD, digital, cassette 
Release date: May 22, 2020
Tracklist
1 Rels - 4:18 (Rail / Рельс)
2 Dnaa - 6:29 (Bottommm / Днаа)
3 Mane - 12:07 (Endlong / Вдоль)
4 Poleno - 7:51 (Log / Полено)
5 Vnyz - 7:54 (Downwards /Вниз)

Total Time 38:39

Line-up
Boris Shulman – fretless bass, vocals
Sviatoslav Lobanov – drums

Description/Reviews
The following Dnaa ... is a huge surprise by showing the two musicians in a very restrained way. The bass guitar and drums are first joined by a harp chord, and then later by an Asian sounding string instrument. Then, all of a sudden, the music falls into the background, to be replaced by high multi-layered vocals that might remind you of American indie folk bands, or early Seventies folk prog bands, except that the intonation is purely Russian. The bass guitar returns in all its distorted glory to transform this track into some kind of Beach Boys on an enjoyable hellish acid trip, complete with a brass section adding a swinging Sixties atmosphere. So there is so much happening on this song alone, but the duo never loses track of its majestic songwriting.
Read the full review by Pascal Thiel at disagreement.net

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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
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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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TreaTmenT "Sagacity"


CountryFinland
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Inverse Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateMay 22, 2020
Tracklist
1. Foreshadowed
2. Hermes
3. As Above So Below
4. Fragmented Self
5. The Truth
6. Thrice
7. Chokehold
8. Card 53
9. Dorian Gray
10. Oppression

Line-up
Juha Kemppainen - Vocals
Joona Riipi - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jarno Riipi - Bass
Ville Sokero - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Vesa Puunuvaara - Drums

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As Above so Below

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Marhold "A Homemade World"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 22, 2020
Tracklist
1. Sunrise (1:19)
2. Homemade (8:45)
3. Our Mind (4:17)
4. Hymenoptera (2:52)
5. Whirls In The Sky (3:18)
6. Intervention (2:01)
7. Icy Sun (4:27)
8. Power Of Nature (5:03)
9. Break Out (4:51)
10. Trapped (7:07)
11. The Always Spinning Wheel (6:53)
12. World Is Crashing Down (5:17)

Total Time 56:10

Line-up
Aleksandra Poraszka - Vocals, Violin
Marc-Alain Gertsch - Guitars, Vocals
Sarah Zaugg - Bass
Philip Feller - Drums

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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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Aksak Maboul "Figures"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Avant Prog Rock/Pop, Electronica
LabelCrammed Discs
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 22, 2020
Tracklist
Disc 1
1. Among The Naeporu (0:28)
2. C'est Charles (4:20)
3. Taciturne (6:54)
4. Silhouettes (4:39)
5. True, False, Fictive (1:25)
6. Histoires de fous (5:32)
7. Sophie La Bévue (1:57)
8. Formerly Known As Défilé (3:20)
9. How Should One Read A Book? (0:28)
10. Spleenétique (5:47)
11. Sgraffites (4:20)

Total Disc 1 Time 39:10

Disc 2
1. The Untranslatable (1:32)
2. Retour Chez A. (5:00)
3. Dramuscule (6:42)
4. Excerpt from Uccellini (1:16)
5. Un Caïd (5:26)
6. Martial Arts For Boys (0:16)
7. Un Certain M. (1:26)
8. Ins Bleistiftgebiet (1:33)
9. Fatrasie pulvérisée (3:33)
10. Qu’est-ce que c’est “mot"? (1:01)
11. Tout a une fin (8:35)

Total Disc 2 Time 36:20

Line-up
Véronique Vincent: vocals
Marc Hollander: keyboards, sax & clarinets, percussion, programming, field recordings, etc.
Faustine Hollander: backing vocals, bass, guitar
Lucien Fraipont: guitars
Erik Heestermans: drums
    With
Michel Berckmans: basoon
Steven Brown: vocals
Fred Frith: viola, guitar
Julien Gasc: vocals
Audrey Ginestet: backing vocals, field recordings
Benjamin Glibert: guitar, backing vocals
Jordi Grognard: clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
Martin Méreau: drums, percussion, vibraphone
Sebastiaan Van den Branden: guitar, percussion

Description/Reviews
Drawing again from the multiple sources which have always inspired the band (from electronic music and pop to experimentation, jazz, minimalism, contemporary classical etc), Aksak Maboul transcends and reconfigures them with its inimitable style, to create an impressive, rich and unclassifiable piece of work.
 Seamlessly weaving electronic and acoustic instrumentation, improvisation and programming, songs, beats, found objects and sound collages, the album works as a labyrinth, full of secret passages and interconnections. Figures clocks in at 75 minutes, thus deliberately shunning the laws of instant gratification and the myth of today’s reduced attention span: the Aksak Maboul aficionados will surely be happy to engage in an immersive session of deep listening (in two halves), in order to enjoy the album’s many layers and details.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Prodigal Sounds "The Inevitable Obscenity Of Autonomous Weaponry"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. EULA (0:31)
2. Working The Paradigm Shift (8:37)
3. Listen (12:47)
4. The Toks Invade Bogland (4:57)
5. Cathedral Of Hosts (3:42)
6. Enlightenment (6:26)
7. Omnipotence In 17/8 (3:02)
8. Priority Interrupt (2:16)
9. Head Crash (5:16)
10. Cathedral (reprise) (1:15)
11. Introspection In G / Tubular DLLs (6:50)

Total Time 55:39

Line-up
Colin Nicholls - vocals, all instruments

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Il Castello Delle Uova "L'enigma del capitale"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Il flusso si interrompe (06:15)
2. Sopravvivere all'irrilevanza (04:49)
3. Quale prezzo per la sopravvivenza (09:31)
4. Militarizzare il lavoro (03:44)
5. L'ultimo potenziale ostacolo (05:46)
6. Evoluzione (03:11)
7. Eserciti industriali di riserva (07:20)
8. Distruzione creatrice sulla terra (05:49)
9. Uno sguardo dalle macerie (che afferrare?) 01:45)
10. Vito viva! (3:24)

Total Time 51:34

Line-up
Abele Gallo - drums
Pietro Li Causi - guitars, keyboards, back-up vocals
Benny Marano - voice
Ambra Rinaldo - bass
Salvatore Sinatra - piano and keyboards
   With
Gaspare Li Causi - voice
David Konstan - voice
Ninni Arini - voice

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Parhelia "Celestial Horizons"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. A Lonesome Journey (3:53)
2. Celestial Horizons (4:15)
3. Olympus Mons (3:50)
4. Open Heart (5:43)
5. Stars Align (4:14)
6. The Veil Of Truth (5:04)
7. Maps Of Meaning (4:14)
8. Closing Chapter (5:40)

Total Time 36:53

Line-up
Greg Clarke – Guitars, Keys, Effects
Cathal Rodgers – Bass, Keys
    With
Ben Wanders - Drums

Description/Reviews
Yes, this is instrumental music that broadly fits into the post-rock category.
However, while their music may share a lot of the characteristics common to the genre, there is a freshness to Parhelia and they have managed to create their own identity, not an easy task in a crowded scene.
They achieve this by ensuring their music is intricately layered. As they don't have to worry about reproducing the album live, they have freed themselves from having to consider the limitations presented by how a duo (or trio) would portray the essence of this music. 
Read the full review by Mark Hughes at dprp.net

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Proletarian "Dreaming Through Dystopia"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Intro (1:48)
2. The Revolt (9:37)
3. Awakening (4:02)
4. Consciousness (1:02)
5. A Moment Of Beauty (5:11)
6. Denial (2:33)
7. Relapse (6:24)
8. Recovery (1:26)

Total Time 32:03

Line-up
Jim Dummer - Vocals
James Gale - Guitars, Bass, Keys
Ross Collins - Drums

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Fragile "Golden Fragments"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Force Ten Productions - FTPCD2021 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 16, 2020 (digital), June 8, 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1. When Are Wars Won?/Surely All I Need (12:17)
2. Blessed By The Sun/Hey You And I And (6:40)
3. Five Senses (4:34)
4. Heaven's Core (6:29)
5. Open Space (2:31)
6. Time To Dream/Now We Are Sunlight (6:29)
7. Old Worlds And Kingdoms/Too Late In The Day (11:24)

Total Time 50:24

Line-up
Claire Hamill - Vocals
Oliver Day - Guitars
Max Hunt - Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Russ Wilson - Drums/Percussion
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Clive Bayley (Mabel Greer's Toyshop) - Vocals (4, 6)

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Lör "Edge of Eternity"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Upon A Withered Heart (6:07)
2. A Life Once Known (5:08)
3. Ruin (7:26)
4. Relic (5:42)
5. Edge Of Eternity (6:26)

Total Time 30:49

Line-up
Peter Hraur - Guitars, Orchestrations, Harsh Vocals, Gang Vocals
Tyler Fedeli - Lead Vocals, Gang Vocals
Nick Bonsanto - Bass, Gang Vocals
Matt Bartlett - Keyboards
Greg Bogart - Drums

Description/Reviews
Insofar as their sound has power metal elements, Lör leans more toward European power metal than American heavy power metal, but that doesn’t mean these are soaring, lightweight, major key songs about flying on the wings of an eagle. Although there are some lilting folk metal melodies from time to time, the five compositions on Edge of Eternity are quite dark, bordering on melancholic. ... From unconventional progressive metal song structures to cinematic symphonics to occasional extreme metal vocals, this is an incredibly dynamic album. 
Read the full review by  Ben G. at metalinjection.net

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Sinisthra "The Broad And Beaten Way"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Gothic Rock/Metal
Label: Rockshots Records - RSCD089
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Eterne (4:19)
2. Closely Guarded Distance (13:10)
3. Halfway To Somewhere Else (7:43)
4. Morning Frail (5:56)
5. Safe In The Arms of The Everlasting Now (7:26)
6. Ephemeral (4:05)

Album Length: 42:43

Line-up
Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis) - Vocals
Markku Mäkinen - Guitar
Erkki Virta -Drums
Timo Vainio - Keyboards
Marko Välimäki - Guitar
Janne Telen - Bass

Description/Reviews
There’s a jaw-dropping moment about mid way through second song Closely Guarded Distance, where the band ease the listener gently out of the sturm und drang of it’s on-the-surface workaday Euro metal grind and deposits them in what appears to be a Marillion outtake from around 1983’s Script For A Jester’s Tear; It’s an impressive piece of sleight of hand, and, if you’re a fan of Fish and company from way back then you’ll feel a seismic shiver run up and down your spine with the sheer delight and surprise at what you’re witnessing. That the song then rebuilds itself into a crashing finale that modern day Paradise Lost would be proud of reinforces the feeling that Sinisthra can do just about anything they like within the broad church that is prog rock/metal and pull it off. 
Read the full review by Scott Adams at sentineldaily.com.au

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Louise Patricia Crane "Deep Blue"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Peculiar Doll Records ‎
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Deity (4:01)
2. Snake Oil (3:42)
3. Painted World (3:51)
4. Cascading (5:33)
5. Deep Blue (4:18)
6. Ophelia (4:49)
7. Isolde (5:58)
8. The Eve Of The Hunter (5:43)

Total Time 37:55

Line-up
Louise Patricia Crane (The Eden House): Vocals
Stephen Carey (The Eden House): Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
   With:
Jakko M. Jakszyk (King Crimson, Dizrhythmia): Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Low Whistle (1–4,6,8)
Scott Reeder (Kyuss): Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals (2,3)
Danny Thompson (Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel) : Double Bass (8)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull): Flute (2,6)
Steve Gibbons: Fretless Bass, Bass Guitar (6,7)
Simon Rippin (The Eden House): Percussion (1,2,4,6–8)
John Devine: Uilleann Pipes (3)
Shir-Ran Yinon: Violin, Viola (5–7)

Description/Reviews
An inspired and provocative work, drawing upon Louise's expansive musical and artistic influences -  from guitar-driven '70s progressive rock and blues, the baroque sounds of '80s avant-garde dream pop - to rich, lyrical imagery drawn from literature, surrealist horror films of the '60s and '70s, tragic historical seductresses and dreamlike themes of escapism.  

Also read the review by Pete Woods at avenoctum.com

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Ciolkowska "Психоделия" / "Psychedelia"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: [addicted label]
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Клей (5:00) (Glue)
2. Коврижки (4:55) (Gingerbreads)
3. Махавишну (3:45) (Mohavishnu)
4. Ангелина (Имандра cover) (7:20) (Angelina (Imandra cover)
5. Комната (часть 1) (2:19) (Room Part 1)
6. Тапки (часть 2) (5:48) (Slippers Part 2)
7. Психоделия (Тишина cover) (3:52) (Psychedelia (Silence cover)

Total Time 32:59

Line-up
Egor Svysokihgor — vocals, guitars
Alesya Izlesa — ukulele
Alexandr Monah — bass
David Aaronson — drums

Description/Reviews
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Q-bizm "Corduroy Shorts"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Black Truck (3:41)
2. 3131 (3:58)
3. Just A Man (3:48)
4. Funkraum (3:22)
5. The Ghost Of Castlesea (2:19)
6. Warning (3:18)
7. Kyodo Shuffle (3:27)
8. Punkache (3:50)
9. Blues (3:16)
10. Roggen Roll (4:12)

Total Time 35:11

Line-up
Francesco Corrias - drums
ETN Hunyady - guitars
Filippo Gaetani - bass, guitars, vocals
Francesco Longhi - keyboards
Alessandro Riccucci - saxophones
Stefano Lunardi - violin
Thomas Murley - vocals, sound effects
   With
Antonio Denti - spooky guitar (2)
Tommaso Gaetani - acoustic guitar (1)
Valentin Gerlier - acoustic guitar (7)

Description/Reviews
Q-bizm diverse musical backgrounds determine the mix of home grown funk as well as progressive rock found on the new album which ranges from imaginary Spaghetti Western as well as Acid Jazz and French Film Noir soundtrack. 
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Asgard "Ragnarøkkr"


Country: Italy/Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Folk Metal/Rock
LabelPride & Joy
Format: CD
Release dateMay 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Trance-preparation
2. Rituals
3. The night of the wild-boar
4. Visions
5. Kali-Yuga
6. Shaman
7. Battle
8. Der Tod
9. Danse macabre
10. Anrufung
11. Ragnarøkkr

Line-up
Albert Ambrosi: Keyboards, Flute, Backing Vocals
Franco Violo: Lead Vocals
Andrea Gottoli: Guitars
Kikko Rebeschini Sambugaro: Drums, Percussions
Paolo Scandolo: Bass

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Ekphrasis "Weird Interbreeding"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Jazz Rock/Metal, Fusion
Format: digital 
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Whispers from Erebos (5:59)
2. Breaking Colours (8:58)
3. I'd Never Thought to Try (4:22)
4. A Maze in Oneiroi II (5:30)
5. Modal Work (8:08)
6. Nova (3:44)
7. Through the Mirror (6:16)
8. Gaia's Equanimity (12:32)
9. Weird Interbreeding (8:15)
10. The Father's Piece (4:41)

Total time: 58:26

Line-up
Benjamin Savariau - Guitars, Vocals
Franck Hermanny - Bass
Marine Garcia - Synths, Vocals
Clément Pernet - Drums

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Course Of Fate "Mindweaver"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelRock of Angels Records - ROAR2005
FormatCD, digital,  vinyl
Release dateMay 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. There Is Someone Watching (1:32)
2. The Faceless Men, Pt. I (5:11)
3. Endgame (7:01)
4. Utopia (6:58)
5. The Walls Are Closing In (1:17)
6. Wolves (6:06)
7. Drifting Away (6:56)
8. The Faceless Men, Pt. II (9:23)

Total Time 44:24

Line-up
Eivind Gunnesen – Vocals
Kenneth Henriksen – Guitar
Marcus Lorentzen – Guitar
Carl Marius Saugstad – Keyboards
Daniel Nygaard – Bass
Per-Morten Bergseth – Drums

Description/Reviews
Listing influences along the lines of Dream Theater, Queensryche, Devin Townsend and Evergrey, the band approaches a more emotive and melody focused take on the realms of the prog. The bright album art very well depicts the hopeful feeling that comes from the music, one that also seems to embody a narrative component. Dream Theater’s softer tracks such as “Another Day” or “The Bigger Picture” are as close as you’ll get to Course of Fate’s sound on this record. 
Read the full review by George Dan at  metal-observer.com

Also read the review by Santiago Puyol at metal-temple.com

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