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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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Kavus Torabi "Hip To The Jag"


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

Total Time 45:47

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

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

Also read the review by Joe Banks at loudersound.com

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Shaman Elephant "Wide Awake But Still Asleep"


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

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

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Louis de Mieulle "Sid€show 2"


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

Total Time 49:05

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

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

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Ikan Method "Blue Sun"


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

Total Time 58:25

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

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

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tRKproject "Kay & Gerda"


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

Total Time 46:47

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

Total Time 46:47

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

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

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Agora "Imperio"


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

Total Time 51:26

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

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Stream

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Monday, May 25, 2020

habelard2 "Noises"


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

Total Time 55:44

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

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Caligula’s Horse "Rise Radiant"


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

Total Time 56:45

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

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

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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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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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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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Deezer

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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

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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Eterne
Closely Guarded Distance

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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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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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Trance-preparation

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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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Deezer
Endgame
Utopia
Drifting Away 

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Halysis "Cerulean"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Echoes (2:19)
2. Fatefalls (4:49)
3. Temple Of Endless Skies (3:29)
4. Arbiter (4:48)
5. Celestial Vortex (4:14)
6. Ephemeral (6:02)
7. Luminous (5:24)
8. Frailty (5:11)
9. Animus (4:51)
10. Nocturnal Fall (3:10)
11. Cerulean (5:20)

Total Time 49:37

Line-up
Santeri Salminen: Guitars
Jose Pynnönen: Guitars
Samuel Arola: Vocals, Drums
Santeri Haikonen: Bass

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Rider Negro "The Echo of the Desert"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Blues
Format: digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Fires At The Cosmic Dawn (6:44)
2. Dry And Soft (7:26)
3. El Buitre (4:41)
4. In An Ancient Ziggurat (11:03)
5. The Wizard (Prelude To The Dream) (2:14)
6. The Wizard (The World Within) (1:16)
7. The Wizard (Beta Orionis) (1:38)
8. The Wizard (Path To The Core) (8:54)
9. Tehran Conjuring (2:54)
10. The Echo Of The Desert (6:24)

Total Time 53:14

Line-up
Zaid Gutierrez - Drums
Israel Baez - Keyboards
Miguel Vázquez - Bass
Tlaca Serrano - Guitar, Vocals

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Fish on Friday "Black Rain"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Pop/Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna - EANTCD1084
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Life In Towns (5:45)
2. Murderous Highland Highway (8:13)
3. Black Rain (4:53)
4. Mad At The World (4:57)
5. Letting Go Of You (6:48)
6. Angel Of Mercy (4:48)
7. We’ve Come Undone (5:08)
8. Morphine (3:08)
9. We Choose To Be Happy (3:25)
10. Trapped In Heaven (4:04)
11. Diamonds (4:22)

Total Time 55:31

Line-up
Frank Van Bogaert: keyboards, vocals, guitars
Nick Beggs (Mute Gods, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett): bass, Chapman stick, backing vocals
Marcus Weymaere: drums, percussion
Marty Townsend: guitars
    With:
Lula Beggs: vocals

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Pattern-Seeking Animals "Prehensile Tales"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date:  May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Raining Hard In Heaven
2. Here In My Autumn
3. Elegant Vampires
4. Why Don’t We Run
5. Lifeboat
6. Soon But Not Today

Line-up
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard) - drums & vocals
Ted Leonard (Enchant, Spock's Beard) - vocals & guitar
Dave Meros (Spock's Beard) - bass
John Boegehold - keys
    With
Guests on violin, flute, trumpet, cello, sax and pedal steel

Media/Samples
Raining Hard in Heaven
Here In My Autumn
Elegant Vampires

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Equals Infinity "Living Gods"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 15, 2020 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Imperium (1:01)
2. Living Gods (4:41)
3. The Right Code (3:45)
4. Omeyyades (8:35)
5. Coma (4:17)
6. The Life I Always Pictured (5:26)
7. Carousel (7:39)
8. Eden Lake (4:47)
9. The Sea (9:44)
10. Ricin (6:14)
11. Jr. (1:47)

Total Time 57:56

Line-up
Maxime - Vocals, Guitars
Kevin - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Benoît - Bass
Alexis - Drums

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Green Carnation "Leaves Of Yesteryear"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Season of Mist - SOM560
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 08, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Leaves of Yesteryear (08:03)
2. Sentinels (05:42)
3. My Dark Reflections of Life and Death (15:36)
4. Hounds (10:10)
5. Solitude (05:05)

Total: 44:36

Line-up
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Kenneth Silden - keyboards
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums

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Leaves of Yesteryear
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The Animal State "Genus"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Bucephalus (11:34)
2. Talon (9:36)
3. Cerberus (9:57)
4. Howl (9:17)
5. Fawn (10:59)

Total Time 51:23

Line-up
Col Mullins

Description/Reviews
With a wide range of influences spanning multiple genres, from the classic Prog Rock and Psychedelic acts of the 60s and 70s to the modern day Progressive Metal scene, his music could be placed somewhere on the rock spectrum between Mastodon and King Crimson—loud, metamorphic and with an irresistible driving energy.
His debut album ‘Genus’ is a conceptual offering, each song packed with compelling riffs and propelled forward through a melodic progression which never pauses for rest but builds and evolves to an often climactic end. The lyrics are provocative and fit into the larger concept of the album, which deals with mankind’s precarious relationship with the natural world.
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Stream 1
Stream 2

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The Bloody Mallard "Realm"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Eclectic Progressive Rock
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Haemoglobin (11:24)
2. Subject To Entropy (4:22)
3. Reversion (2:10)
4. Noble Rot (4:54)
5. Ceremonious Synapses (i) (6:51)
6. Ceremonious Synapses (ii) (6:22)
7. Dawn (3:12)

Total Time 39:15

Line-up
Tom Walding – Guitar
Raihan Ruben – Bass
Jake Bradford-Sharp – Drums

Description/Reviews
The opening number of the album, Haemoglobin, begins with a delicate acoustic instrumental introduction that reminds me, of all things, of early Queen. That’s not a bad thing because I love early Queen, but I am reminded of Brian May’s dulcet tones for the first minute or so, before the piece turns into a strange hybrid reminiscent of early King Crimson and later Tool, through a filter of doom. Then some really nifty bass, after which we can introduce some classic stoner, a la Kyuss, yet remaining Crimsonesque all the while. Confused, yet? Well just wait a little, because the band are about to throw some post-rock in the mix too. This is a glorious combobulation – and I don’t know that there is such a word, but there should be, and The Bloody Mallard should be the definition as they manage to bring together something cohesive out of what appears to be a state of confusion and disarray. 
Read the full review by Nick Hudson at theprogressiveaspect.net

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Ubi Maior "Bestie, uomini e dèi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelAMS Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Nero notte
  2. Misteri di Tessaglia
  3. Wendigo
  4. Nessie
  5. Fabula sirenis
  6. Bestie, uomini e dèi
Line-up
Mario Moi - vocals, violin, trumpet
Gabriele Manzini - keyboards, flute
Marcella Arganese - electric & acoustic guitars
Gianmaria Giardino - bass
Alessandro Di Caprio - drums

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Teaser

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Mekong Delta "Tales of a Future Past"


CountryGermany 
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelButler Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMay 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Landscape 1 - Into The Void (1:20)
2. Mental Entropy (5:43)
3. A Colony Of Liar Men (6:12)
4. Landscape 2 - Waste Land (6:42)
5. Mindeater (6:01)
6. The Hollow Men (5:21)
7. Landscape 3 - Inharent (6:44)
8. When All Hope Is Gone (9:45)
9. A Farewell To Eternity (3:47)
10. Landscape 4 - Pleasant Ground (4:02)

Total Time 55:37

Line-up
Ralph Hubert - bass
Peter Lake (Theory of practice) - guitars
Alex Landenburg (Cyhra, Kamelot, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody) - drums
Martin LeMar (Lalu, Tomorrow's eve) - vocals

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Progstreaming
A Colony Of Liar Men

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The Hirsch Effekt "Kollaps"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Long Branch Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Kris
2. Noja
3. Deklaration
4. Allmende
5. Domstol
6. Moment
7. Torka
8. Bilen
9. Kollaps
10. Agera

Line-up
Nils Wittrock, Ilja John Lappin, Moritz Schmidt - Bass, drums, guitars, vocals, programming, arrangements, cello, piano and percussion
   With
Anoki - Additional vocals
Tim Tautorat - Violin and additional programming, additional vocals

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Quiet Observer "Silhouette" EP


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release date:  May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Celestial Body (4:07)
2. Bok Globule (3:39)
3. Through The Looking Glass(part1) (3:09)
4. Zombie Spores (3:52)
5. Squint Eyed Cyclops (4:36)
6. Through The Looking Glass(part2) (5:27)

Total Time 24:50

Line-up
Dennis Fursov

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Cryptex "Once Upon A Time"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSteamhammer
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Once Upon A Time (4:05)
2. Because The Reason Is You (3:29)
3. Bloodmoon (5:04)
4. Body Language (4:10)
5. Two Horned Crown (3:22)
6. Haunted (4:09)
7. Reptiles (5:43)
8. I Don’t Know Why (3:36)
9. The Promise Keeper (3:08)
10. I See It In Your Eyes (3:06)
11. A Mo(u)rning (1:28)
12. Leaving (2:24)

Total Time 43:44

Line-up
Simon Moskon - Lead Vocals, Keys
Marc Andrejkovits - Bass, Backing Vocals
Andre Jean Henri Mertens - Guitars, Backing Vocals
   With
Simon Schröder - Drums

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Two Horned Crown

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Anthill Cinema (ex-The Difference) "Cycle(s). A Life Chronicle"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: January 1 - May 5, 2020 (digital)
Tracklist
Act I: Birth
1. Prologue (3:30)
2. Neoshi (2:08)
3. Genesis (3:31)

Total Time 9:09

Act II: Childhood
1. Intermission I: Limelight (0:25)
2. We've Got A Lot Of Work To Do (6:37)
3. Flight Of The Kiwi (5:54)
4. Pandora's Box (1:33)

Total Time 14:29

Act III: Adolescence
1. Intermission II: Introspection (0:33)
2. Efflorescent Atonement (8:15)
3. The Long And Difficult Conflict Of Kronos And Bones (5:48)
4. Peacock Strut (6:00)

Total Time 20:36

Act IV: Adulthood
1. Intermission III: Failure (0:34)
2. A State Of Shock (6:49)
3. Why Me? (3:49)
4. Dear Mother (5:26)

Total Time 16:38

Act V: Death
1. Intermission IV: Examination (0:36)
2. Denial (1:42)
3. Rage (3:17)
4. Bartering (2:41)
5. Depression (2:25)
6. Acceptance (3:34)
7. Epilogue: Scroll (1:20)

Total Time 15:35

Line-up
Justino Lee Walker: Guitars, Sitar
Matt Mayú: Piano, Keyboards
Yral 'Datdudeondrums' Morris: Drums
Jason Hobert: Guitars
Cody Moore: Saxophones, Flute, Keyboards
Jimmy Rector: Percussion
Juan Gustavo Santana: Bass
   With
James Suggs: Trumpet
Austin Vickrey: Tenor saxophone
David Hope: Trombone
Nook Pham Nguyen: Narration (Act I)
Danny Clemmons: Narration (Act II)
Nalani: Narration (Act III)

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George Hennig "Hillside"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Swan's
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Door (3:56)
2. The Seventh String (4:14)
3. Hillside (3:09)
4. Smile (4:57)
5. White Diamonds (3:32)
6. Nemo Skywalking (3:47)
7. The Magic Bell (3:47)
8. The Reason Why (3:30)
9. Secrets (3:22)
10. The Storm (2:05)
11. A Life Divine (3:04)
12. In The High Room (4:19)
13. Winterhill (4:56)
14. Like Feathers (4:41)

Total Time 53:19

Line-up
George Hennig - Vocals, Guitar
Olivier Truan - Piano
Christoph Staudenmann - Drums
The Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, directed by Oleg Kondratenko

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Winterhill
Stream

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Infinite Wisdom "The Blue Room"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: May 4, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Blue Room Pt 1 (2:17)
2. The Healer (6:44)
3. Autopilot (7:34)
4. Beautiful Soul (5:50)
5. Heartland (6:40)
6. This Is England (7:46)
7. No Good Will Come Of This (5:44)
8. Born To Be King (10:55)
9. The Blue Room Pt 2 (1:03)

Total Time 54:33

Line-up
Mark Snee: Vocals, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Bass Guitar
Paul Hinton: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
John Ward: Drums, Percussion

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Empire Bathtub "Looney Moons"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 1, 2020
Tracklist
1. Prologue (3:24)
2. Chapter I: Space-Time (3:44)
3. Chapter II: Troll Ass Robot Safety Unit (3:23)
4. Chapter III: The Realization (1:31)
5. Chapter IV: Tension Builds, Switch Pills (5:19)
6. Chapter V: Trippin' Balls (4:27)
7. Chapter VI: The Approach (2:36)
8. Chapter VII: Planet Fuh (3:24)
9. Chapter VIII: The March (3:28)
10. Chapter IX: Captive (1:04)
11. Chapter X: The Escape (1:54)
12. Chapter XI: Run? Run! RUNS!? (5:26)
13. Epilogue (2:58)

Total Time 42:38

Line-up
Stephen Forristall: Guitar, bass, programming, vocals
   With
Jonah Robertson: Narration, harsh vocals
Bryce Baliko: Saxophone
Greg Maclean: Additional programming

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City Of Souls "Synaesthesia"


Country: New Zealand
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock/Metal
LabelWild Things
Format: digital
Release date: May 1, 2020
Tracklist
1 Lifeblood
2 Ferryman
3 Whispers
4 Cruelty
5 Shimmer
6 Wolf
7 White ghost
8 Sleep
9 Water
10 Long gone
11 Tying tongues
12 Brushstrokes
13 Love will tear us apart
14 Mountain
15 Iron heart
16 Synæsthesia

Line-up
Richie Simpson - Lead Vocals
Marcus Powell - Guitar
Trajan Schwencke - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Boag - Guitar
Daniel Insley - Bass
Corey Friedlander - Drums
   With
Richie Allan (16)

Media/Samples 
Cruelty
Shimmer
Water

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