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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Geof Whitely Project "Age of the Gods"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June/July 2020
Tracklist
1.Mighty echoes
2.My shadow and me
3.Age of the gods
4.Perfect isolation
5.Resurrection
6.Its not a game
7.Age of the gods
8.Enemy in friends clothes
9.Indisposition
10.Playing for success
11.Arcadia
12.Maybe wise (CD bonus track)

Line-up
Arny Wheatley

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Paul Wardingham "Day Zero I: Rise Of The Horde"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release dateJune 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Last Transmission
2. Day Zero
3. Wirehead
4. We Are The Virus
5. Ashes & Snow
6. Existence
7. The Fallen
8. Kill Or Be Killed
9. Black Fire
10. A New Evil
11. Die Another Day
12. Rise Of The Horde

Line-up
Paul Wardingham: Guitars & Machines

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We Are The Virus 
Wirehead 
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Friday, June 26, 2020

NDV (Nick D'Virgilio) "Invisible"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: English Electric Recordings
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Prelude
2. Invisible
3. Turn Your Life Around
4. I'm Gone
5. Money (That's What I Want)
6. Waiting For No One
7. Snake Oil Salesman
8. Where's The Passion
9. Mercy
10. Overcome
11. In My Bones
12. Wrong Place Wrong Time
13. Not My Time To Say Goodbye
14. I Know The Way

Line-up
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, Kevin Gilbert) - Vocals, Drums, Acoustic Guitars, Loops, Bass
   With
Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
Carl Verheyen (Supertramp)
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel)
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic)
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
Jem Godfrey (Frost*)
Randy McStine
Stan Cotey
Jacob Dupre
Ed Goldfarb
Don Carr
Phil Naish
Michael Omartian
Tom Hemby
Dave Martin
Kat Bowser
Beth Cohen
Nathan Heironimus
Sophia D'Virgilio
Abbey Road orchestra

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Where's The Passion

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Kansas "The Absence of Presence"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, CD + Blu-ray
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
01. The Absence Of Presence
02. Throwing Mountains
03. Jets Overhead
04. Propulsion 1
05. Memories Down The Line
06. Circus Of Illusion
07. Animals On The Roof
08. Never
09. The Song The River Sang

Line-up
Phil Ehart - Drums, Percussion
Billy Greer (Seventh Key) - Bass, Vocals
Tom Brislin (Spiraling) - Keyboards
Ronnie Platt - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
David Ragsdale - Violin, Vocals
Rich Williams - Guitars
Zak Rizvi (4Front) - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Throwing Mountains

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Professor Tip Top "Tomorrow Is Delayed"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop/Folk
LabelApollon Records Prog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Erebus (3:28)
2. In The Mirror (7:07)
3. Under Crystal Stars (4:02)
4. The Ghost Within (5:56)
5. Tomorrow Is Delayed (5:36)
6. Beneath The Silence (7:43)
7. Objet Petit A (6:11)
8. Earth (3:05)

Total Time 43:08

Line-up
Sonja Otto: Vocals, keyboards
Sam Fossbakk: Guitar, keyboards, synth, vocals
Stein Høgseth: Bass
Charles Wise: Drums

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Protest The Hero "Palimpsest"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive/Math/Alternative Metal
LabelSpinefarm  
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Migrant Mother
2. The Canary
3. From The Sky
4. All Hands
5. The Fireside
6. Soliloquy
7. Reverie
8. Little Snakes
9. Gardenias
10. Rivet

Line-up
Rody Walker - Vocals
Luke Hoskin - Guitars
Tim MacMillar - Guitars
Mike Ieradi - Drums
Special Guest: Todd Kowalski - Bass
Orchestral Arrangement / Production - Milen Petzelt-Sorace

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The Canary

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Haken "Virus"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
01. Prosthetic
02. Invasion
03. Carousel
04. The Strain
05. Canary Yellow
06. Messiah Complex i: Ivory Tower
07. Messiah Complex ii: A Glutton for Punishment
08. Messiah Complex iii: Marigold
09. Messiah Complex iv: The Sect
10. Messiah Complex v: Ectobius Rex
11. Only Stars

Line-up
Charlie Griffiths - guitars
Ray Hearne - drums
Richard Henshall - guitars & keys
Ross Jennings - vocals
Diego Tejeida - keys
Conner Green - bass

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Prosthetic
Invasion
Canary Yellow

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Magic Bus "The Earth Years"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Canterbury
LabelBack to the Garden Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Easy Om (2:56)
2. Inca Trail (4:57)
3. Setting Sun (4:16)
4. The Road To La Mezuquita (4:38)
5. New Day (5:14)
6. Barleycorn (5:16)
7. Squirrel (7:01)
8. We Are One (4:13)

Total Time 38:31

Line-up
Paul Evans
Jay Darlington
Terence Waldstradt
Wihll Mellorz
Connor Spring

Description/Reviews
“Easy Om” and “Inca Trail” are soft modernized songs of the early 70s Canterbury scene, with the use of lots of “progressive” elements and the band’s own particular style of continuing rhythm changing. “Setting Sun” and “The Road To La Mezuquita” are a kind of mellow prog-rock ballads, bringing to mind Traffic ’73-’74 era. “New Day” enters a little deeper into the mid-70s Progressive-Rock path but without being “dangerous”… An amazing tune follows, it is called “Barleycorn”, it’s a typical Magic Bus Canterbury-influenced track that shows an intense early 70s Gong attitude!
Read the full review at timemachine-productions.gr

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Easy Om

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Airbag "A Day at the Beach"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Machines and Men
2. A Day at the Beach (Part 1)
3. Into the Unknown
4. Sunsets
5. A Day at the Beach (Part 2)
6. Megalomaniac

Line-up
Bjørn Riis - guitars
Asle Tostrup - vocals
Henrik Fossum - drums
   With
Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler)

Description/Reviews
... inspired  by the resurgence of 1980s electronica, new wave and movie scores, “A Day at the Beach” sees AIRBAG  creating a powerful sound combining ethereal soundscapes with their signature guitar driven progressive rock. 
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Monday, June 15, 2020

The Black Noodle Project "Code 2.0"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD085
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Acte I
2. Acte II
3. Acte III
4. Acte IV
5. Acte V
6. Acte VI
7. Acte Final

Line-up
Sébastien Bourdeix : guitars, keyboards, bass (6), voice (7)
Fabrice Berger. : drums
Anthony Létévé : bass
Sandrine Bourdeix : voice (7)
Clément Bourdeix : voice (6)
Léon Burghgraeve : voice (6)

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Apogee "Endurance of the Obsolete"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD086
FormatCD
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Interpretations (9:41)
2. Waiting For The Dawn (5:43)
3. Endurance Of The Obsolete (12:06)
4. Spirits Disengage (8:34)
5. The Complex Extensive Way (12:55)
6. Overruled (16:35)

Total Time 65:34

Line-up
Arne Schäfer (Versus X): Lead and Backing Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Fretted and Fretless Bass Guitars and Orchestral Arrangements
Eberhard Graef: Drums and Percussion

Description/Reviews
Classic Progressive Rock by Versus X Mastermind Arne Schäfer. On his new Apogee album you will find obvious Gentle Giant influences in form of counterpoint a capella vocal and convoluted instrumental arrangements with odd meters, as well as atmospheric textures of accoustic guitars, driving rock songs with solistic escapades and orchestral passages. As usual the Apogee songs consist of multiple themes, which were interwoven to complex, dynamic-symphonic structures. Also fans of Jethro Tull and the early Genesis should take a look here.
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Saris "Beyond the Rainbow"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records -  PPRCD084
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Avalon (5:15)
2. Time Machine (7:14)
3. Oblivion (4:06)
4. Beyond The Rainbow (11:57)
5. Orphan (6:00)
6. Strange Melody (6: 17)
7. New World (5:27)
8. Heaven's Gate (7:11)
9. Away From You (5:03)
10. Infinity (5:17)

Total Time 63:47

Line-up
Derk Akkermann - Guitars, Keyboards
Henrik Wager - Lead & Backing vocals
Anja Günther - Lead & Backing vocals
Lutz Günther - Bass, Backing vocals
Jens Beckmann - Drums, Percussions
   With
Lena Hülsken - Backing Vocals
Annika Plackert - Backing Vocals
Laura Lütze -Backing Vocals
Joana Soballa - Backing Vocals
Sven Wobser - Backing Vocals
Nils Jischewsky - Backing Vocals

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Trailer

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Paralydium "Worlds Beyond"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers Music Srl
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Enter Paralydium (1:50)
2. Within The Sphere (5:15)
3. Synergy (7:25)
4. Finding The Paragon (5:38)
5. Crystal Of Infinity (4:22)
6. Awakening (2:08)
7. The Source (6:25)
8. Into Divinity (5:06)
9. Seeker Of The Light (7:28)

Total Time 45:37

Line-up
John Berg - Guitars
Georg Härnsten Egg - Drums
Jonathan Olsson - Bass
Mikael Blanc - Keyboards
Mikael Sehlin - Vocals

Media/Samples 
Finding The Paragon 

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Arabs in Aspic "Madness and Magic"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. I Vow to Thee, My Screen
2. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 1
3. Lullaby for Modern Kids, Part 2
4. High-Tech Parent
5. Madness and Magic
6. Heaven in Your Eye

Line-up
Jostein Smeby - guitars, vocals
Stig Jørgensen - organs, vocals
Erik Paulsen - bass, vocals
Eskil Nyhus - drums
Alessandro G. Elide - percussion, gongs

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Jupiter Hollow "Bereavement"



Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. L’Eau du Papineau
2. Scarden Valley
3. The Rosedale
4. Kipling Forest
5. The Mill
6. Mandating our Perception
7. Sawbreaker
8. Extensive Knowledge
9. Solar Gift

Line-up
Grant MacKenzie - guitar, bass, synth
Kenny Parry - vocals, drums, synth, piano

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The Rosedale

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Hedvig Mollestad "Ekhidna"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon - RCD2215
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. No Friends But The Mountains
2. A Stone's Throw
3. Antilone
4. Slightly Lighter
5. Ekhidna
6. One Leaf Left

Line-up
Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen - guitar
Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9) - drums
Ole Mofjell - percussion
Erland Slettevoll (The Core) - keyboards
Marte Eberson (Highasakite) - keyboards
Susan Santos Silva (Mats Gustafsson ́s NU-ensemble) - trumpet

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Antilone

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Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble "The Red Planet"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: R&D MultiMedia
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 12, 2020 (digital), June 28, 2020 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Aseraeus Mons (5:52)
2. Tharsis Tholus (6:16)
3. Arsia Mons (6:10)
4. Olympus Mons (5:20)
5. The North Plain (6:53)
6. Pavonis Mons (7:13)
7. South Pole (7:35)
8. Valles Marineris (10:02)

Total Time 55:21

Line-up
Rick Wakeman (Yes, ABWH, The Strawbs) - Keyboards
Dave Colquhoun (DBA) - Guitars
Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Archive, Headspace) - Bass
Ash Soan (Producers, DBA) - Drums

Description/Reviews
The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to “Wakeman Prog”...
Rick has blown the dust off his favourite analogue keyboards and along with his with the latest keyboards, has used the same formula he devised when making his legendary albums “The Six Wive's of Henry VIII” and “Criminal Record.”
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Tharsis Tholus (extract)
The North Plain (extract)
Arsia Mons (extract)

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Closingtown Orchestra "Elillan" EP


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: digital
Release date: June 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Wikileaks (6:24)
2. Bazsarózsa (Ghymes Cover) (6:50)
3. Rejtekutakon (5:16)

Total Time 18:30

Line-up
Donato Civita - Clarinet
Erik de Leeuw - Drums
Dávid Katona - Guitar, vocals
Donát Kiss - Bass

Description/Reviews
Featuring travellers from Romania, Italy, the Netherlands and Hungary, Closingtown Orchestra is a boiling witch-cauldron of Balkan Gypsy music, Transylvanian folk, progressive rock and tongue-in-cheek tall-tales.
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Rejtekutakon

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Frost* "Others"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelInsideOut
Formatdigital
Release date: June 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Fathers
2. Clouda
3. Exhibit A
4. Fathom
5. Eat
6. Drown

Line-up
Jem Godfrey - vocals, keyboards
John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) - guitars
Nathan King (Dec Burke) - bass
Craig Blundell (Pendragon) - drums
Andy Edwards - drums

Description/Reviews
“Others” is a 32-minute EP containing 6 songs that were written at the time of the “Falling Satellites” album. Initially the idea was that “Falling Satellites” would be a double album, but it felt more focused and concise as a single album by the time the band had finished making it, so these half completed songs were put to one side.
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Exhibit A

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Ebonivory "The Long Dream I"


CountryAustralia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelWild Thing Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateJune 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Introduction
2. Hanmer Street
3. Persist
4. Patting the Black Dog
5. Cats
6. A Colour I'm Blind To
7. Sea Sons
8. In Reverie
9. Window Man
10. Explosions After Dark
11. Tales of Termina
12. The Bluegums
13. Introvection

Line-up
Charlie Powlett - Lead Vocals
Jake Ewings - Guitar
Louis Edwards - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Connor McMillan - Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Parkes - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Ebonivory’s 'The Long Dream I' is the first of a two-part concept album, delivering a vision that is pure and unrestrained by musical conformity, often leaving the listener nostalgic, enraged, and paralysed within the span of seconds. Entirely-self produced, mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool), and led by singer Charlie Powlett’s emotionally powerful delivery, every song presents a completely unique reimagining of what progressive music is capable of; shifting from the punk-inspired moments of 'Hanmer Street' into the gritty, futuristic soundscapes of 'Explosions After Dark', and transcendental riffs and passages of 'Introvection'. All the while effortlessly maintaining cohesive melodic bonds, resembling a sequence of dreams.
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Explosions After Dark 
Tales of Termina 
Patting the Black Dog
Introvection

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Vespero "The Four Zoas"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelTonzonen Records  - TON076
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. Urizen
2. Tharmas
3. Beulah
4. Luvah
5. Urthona
6. LOS
7. The Emanation of the Giant Albion

Line-up
Ivan Fedotov (Maat Lander) – drums, drum machine
Arkady Fedotov (Maat Lander) – bass, synth, recorder, noises
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitars
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths, trumpet, slide whistle
Vitaly Borodin – violin, noises
  With
Ilya Lipkin (The Re-Stoned, Maat Lander) - guitar solo (7)
Evelina Butenko - violin (4)
Alexandra Starkova - cello (4)
Anna Anshakova - viola (4)

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Toehider "I LIKE IT!"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 1, 2020
Tracklist
1. GO FULL BORE!
2. wellgivit
3. Rancorous Heart
4. Moon and Moron
5. Concerning Lix & Fairs
6. The Ultimate Exalter
7. Died of Dancing
8. Bats Aren't Birds
9. The Guy That No-One Really Knows
10. He's There... And Then He Does THAT
11. How Much For That Dragon Tooth?
12. I LIKE IT!

Line-up
Mike Mills - everything
    except
Jeremy Diffey - saxophone solo

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Home Brewed Universe "Reliqua Mentis"


Country: India
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 1, 2020
Tracklist
1. Mors Animi
2. Yugen
3. Shinsekai Yori
4. Disintegration Utopia
5. Blank Psyche
6. Illectum Annotare
7. Internal Chaos 05:10
8. Ukiyo
9. Sunlight Dreams
10. It Cannot Be Helped

Line-up
Arka Sengupta - everything

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