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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Virtual Symmetry "Exoverse"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. Entropia (06:36)
2. XI (10:05)
3. Odyssey (04:49)
4. Vortex (06:02)
5. Exodus (08:41)
6. Remember (06:27)
7. Safe (09:39)
8. Exoverse Suite (23:03)

Total Time 75:22

Line-up
Marco Pastorino: Vocals
Valerio Æsir Villa: Guitars
Mark Bravi: Keyboards
Alessandro Poppale: Bass
Alfonso Mocerino
   With
Thomas Lang (Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Tina Turner, etc.): Drums
Tom S. Englund (Evergrey): Vocals
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater): Keyboards
Simone Campete: Orchestra
Ruben Paganelli: Saxophone
Jennifer Vargas: Vocals
NuVoices Project: Choir

Media/Samples 
Preview
Exodus
Entropia

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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

Media/Samples 
We Are The Virus 
Wirehead 
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Electric Orange "Encoded"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Krautrock, Psychedelic
LabelAdansonia Records, MPL records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Partial Encode (8:33)
2. Low (2:53)
3. Ekoshock (8:05)
4. Ghost In A Bag (5:51)
5. Prawn (3:32)
6. Passage (8:42)

Total Time 37:36

Line-up
Tom Rückwald: electric bass, acoustic bass, drop guitar
Georg Mohnheim: drums, percussion, water tap
Dirk Bittner: guitar, lap steel, voice, percussion, samples
Dirk Jan Müller: hammond, minimoog, vocoder, nyx

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Bandcamp

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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

Media/Samples 
Where's The Passion
Money (That's What I Want)

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Black Dime Cabaret "Act I: Nefarious Schemes to Murder Lady Midnight"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. A Plague In France (1:47)
2. The Clown And The Election (6:14)
3. Black Dime Cabaret (4:06)
4. Autumn (5:25)
5. Festival Of Witches (4:26)
6. Ode To Lady Midnight (7:38)
7. The Great Manipulator (3:21)
8. Death Waltz (2:59)
9. Nefarious Schemes (5:11)
10. The Lynch Mob (6:29)
11. Sleep, Dear (1:21)
12. Incantations (5:39)

Total Time 54:36

Line-up
Dayle Barnett – vocals, guitar
Brandon Young – guitar
Joel Holdsworth – drums
Cole Catania – bass
Max Budich – keys

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Deezer

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Long Distance Calling "How Do We Want To Live?"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Curiosity (Part 1) (2:56)
2. Curiosity (Part 2) (4:26)
3. Hazard (6:08)
4. Voices (7:54)
5. Fail / Opportunity (3:07)
6. Immunity (5:40)
7. Sharing Thoughts (7:25)
8. Beyond Your Limits (6:24)
9. True / Negative (2:33)
10. Ashes (6:12)

Total Time 52:45

Line-up
Janosch Rathmer - Drums
Florian Füntmann - Guitars
Jan Hoffmann - Bass
David Jordan - Guitars
   With
Eric A. Pulverich (Kyles Tolone) - Vocals (8)

Description/Reviews
In keeping with much of the post-rock genre, the music isn’t overly complex either. Yes it is technical up to a point, but rather than wowing us with displays of dexterity or convoluted ideas, the power of the compositions is rooted in the tones, the textures, the layers, and the atmospheres that are created. And, without fail, each track brings something to the party, regardless of whether or not it features a spoken-word section or, in the case of one track, full-on lyrics and vocals. Soft, quiet parts crash into walls of sound, or the momentum builds steadily to create just the right dramatic effect. Ostentatious solo displays are present to a certain extent but are kept to a minimum in favour of a full-on band dynamic, where it is the whole that creates the magic.
Read the full review at manofmuchmetal.com

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Hazard
Voices
Immunity
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ShwizZ "Big Things"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Splinter (4:55)
2. Khoi Khoi (4:43)
3. Your Call Is Very Importantant Us (5:57)
4. Unnamed King (5:36)
5. Changing Gears (5:37)
6. The Shwizzard (6:42)
7. Weather Or Not (9:06)

Total Time 42:36

Line-up
Ryan Liatsis - Guitar, Keys, Vocals, Bass (1, 3, 8)
Andy Boxer - Drums, Vocals, Percussion
   With
John Ferrara (Consider the Source) - Bass (4)
Luke Bemand (lespecial) - Bass (5)
Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu) - Guitar (6)
Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) - Bass (6)
Ed Mann (Frank Zappa) - Voiceover, Vocals, Percussion (8)
David Krumholtz - Vibes, Mallets, Orchestral Percussion (8)
Dan Rappaport - Vocals, Percussion (8)
Natasha DiMarco - Vocals (8)
Alan Rappaport - Vocals, Percussion (8)

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Stream

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Osiris "Take a Closer Look"


Country: Bahrain
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelMusea - FGBG 5023
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. A Bird Of Pray (5:39)
2. Pride's Insanity (7:34)
3. Take A Closer Look (9:15)
4. Until We Meet (7:33)
5. Inner Thoughts (7:28)
6. And It's Over (4:32)
7. The Eleventh's Hour (4:50)
8. The Slayer (4:28)

Total Time 51:19

Line-up
Mohammed Al-Sadeqi - lead guitar
Ahmed Al Qassim - bass
Nabil Al-Sadeqi - drums
Khalid Al Shamlan - keyboards and piano
Abdul Razzaq Arian - keyboards and synthesisers
Ahmed Ravanbach - vocals

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Stream

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Molitoth "The Tribunal"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Meditation (Transcendental)
2. Confessional Lock
3. Interrogation Frames
4. The Departing
5. Self Reflection
6. Meditation (Mindfulness)
7. Verdict Cope
8. Send Me an Angel
9. Acknowledgment
10. Meditation (Guided)
11. Incarceration

Line-up
Kyle Brandt (A Light Within)
   With
Madelyn Robertson, Taylor Talbott, Bryant Bridges, and Matt Davis

Description/Reviews
Over a layer strings and oozing synthetic chords we’re brought into a state of self awareness, building for just over a minute before dropping us into the start of ‘Confessional Lock’ which could easily be mistaken for a modern descendent of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’. Guitars ring across a widely drawn soundscape as Kyle’s vocals stretch across this musical infinity. They’re strong, the sign of someone who’s in complete control of his talent. He uses different voices throughout the song (and throughout the album itself), something that draws you in, especially on headphones.
Read the full review by Scott Hamilton at threesongsandout.com

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Tiberius "A Peaceful Annihilation"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. The New Subjugation (5:03)
2. Mechanical Messiah (4:21)
3. Skylark (6:13)
4. Fidelity Lost (4:30)
5. Anchor (4:00)
6. Leviathan (5:53)
7. Dissipate (5:15)
8. Republican (5:07)
9. Swansong (5:38)
10. Kaituma (7:37)

Total Time 53:37

Line-up
Grant Barclay - Vocals
Chris Foster - Guitar
Jahan Tabrizi - Guitar
Ryan Anderson - Bass
Nick Kelly - Drums

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Nickjitsu "Hyperreal"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: June 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Trigger Point (6:30)
2. Witch Hunt (5:47)
3. 25 (4:09)
4. The Birth Of Time (5:49)
5. Po Face (3:37)
6. Nickjitsu Vs Godzilla (8:49)
7. One Night (5:05)
8. Stratistition (3:56)
9. The Uncommon Chord (2:18)
10. Dick's Dream Of Electric Sheep (9:25)
11. Uisge Tatha (6:32)
12. Mad Studio Twister (5:17)

Total Time 67:14

Line-up
Nick Andrew aka. Nickjitsu - everything

Description/Reviews
Nickjitsu's debut album has influences as diverse as Return to Forever to Beethoven, by way of Dream Theatre, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Weather Report and 8-bit video games.
The idea was to see what one musician could do with one guitar and a laptop. Every instrument (apart from bass) was played on guitar including, violins, drums, Highland bagpipes and seashores.
Nickjitsu uses the latest midi guitar technology to acheive this. The result is a mixture of straight guitar tunes and modern rock/fusion tone poems that marry melodic noodley guitar with a wide palette of compositional colours.
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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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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Il Sogno Di Rubik "Tentacles And Miracles"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 21, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Well Of Miracles (5:27)
2. Silky Bliss And Black Waters (6:48)
3. Tentacles (5:22)
4. In The Back Of The Real (5:10)
5. The Timekeeper (4:21)
6. The Planet Of Supreme Satisfaction (9:42)
7. A Better Nightmare (5:03)
8. The Suite Of Miracles (9:53)

Total Time 51:46

Line-up
Cosimo D'Elia - Vocals
Francesco Festinante - Instruments

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Stream 1
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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

Media/Samples 
The Canary

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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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Hail Spirit Noir "Eden In Reverse"


Country: Greece
Genre(s)Psychedelic Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelAgonia Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Darwinian Beasts
2. Incense Swirls
3. Alien Lip Reading
4. Crossroads
5. The Devil's Blind Spot
6. The First Ape on New Earth
7. Automata 1980

Line-up
Haris
Theoharis
J. Demian
Foivos Chatzis
Cons Marg
Sakis Bandis
   With
Lars Nedland (Borknagar / Solefald) - vocals (4)

Description/Reviews
They basically lost their black metal roots for their new album which were VERY present on “Mayhem In Blue.” “Eden In Reverse” is very 70s prog rock mixed with psych rock and is really amazing too! Honestly the band has made a major change between these albums and yet it doesn’t appear to be noted anywhere. 
Read the full review by Rob at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Crossroads
Trailer

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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 (10:48)
2. A Day At The Beach (Part 1) (3:54)
3. Into The Unknown (10:27)
4. Sunsets (8:16)
5. A Day At The Beach (Part 2) (5:33)
6. Megalomaniac (9:49)

Total Time 48:47

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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Frogg "The Golden Path"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Prelude (1:10)
2. Ascension (4:57)
3. Hostile Forces I: Mortal Frame (8:47)
4. Hostile Forces II: The Chant Of Sins (14:17)
5. Hostile Forces III: Typhoeus (6:46)
6. Aurora (2:01)
7. Melting Souls (10:30)

Total Time 48:28

Line-up
Davide Silva
Federico Medana,
Letizia Merlo
Luca Bisio
Mattia Santobuono
  With
Domenico Mamone - Sax

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Glasswork "Metabolé"


Country: Spain
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Blackspot (6:04)
2. Tales from the Cave (5:38)
3. The Decision (7:38)
4. Barbarian Assimilation (2:39)
5. Zeirrah (1:03)
6. A Song for Grace (4:05)
7. Solitude (7:02)
8. For Everyone and for no One (7:46)
9. Turmoil (0:54)
10. One dimensional Man (6:03)
11. Metabolé (15:43)

Total Time 64:35

Line-up
Miguel Angel Rey - drums, percussions, lead vocals
Fernando Domínguez - bass, backing vocals
Jose Galvez - guitars
Cezar Rodríguez - keyboards, flute, backing vocals
    With:
Laura Martinez - vocals (7, 11)
Jesús Sánchez - saxophone & clarinet (6, 7)

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Blackspot

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Veio "Vitruvian"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: June 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Flare Of Defiance (4:21)
2. Ascendancy (4:17)
3. Crux (4:33)
4. Miseria (5:54)
5. Penumbra (3:43)
6. The Scavenger (1:55)
7. Dolos (4:15)
8. Pariahs (6:14)
9. Centauri (8:49)

Total Time 44:01

Line-up
Cameron Byrd - Vocals, Guitar
Brett Byrd - Drums
Kris Lewis - Bass

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Kyros "Celexa Dreams"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock/Pop
LabelWhite Star Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 19, 2020 (digital), August 14, 2020 (CD),  October 9, 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. In Motion (5:35)
2. Rumour (4:33)
3. In Vantablack (14:00)
4. Ghost Kids (1:16)
5. Phosphene (5:37)
6. Technology Killed the Kids III (10:10)
7. Sentry (4:03)
8. Two Frames of Panic (5:52)
9. UNO Attack (5:24)
10. Her Song is Mine (5:43)

Total Time: 62:15

Line-up
Adam Warne:  vocals, keyboards
Joey Frevola: guitars
Peter Episcopo: bass
Robin Johnson: drums

Description/Reviews
Launching with the percussion-driven opener In Motion, it sets off a busy set of songs that often burst into proud choruses. Electronic poppy vibes are never far from the surface; the boppy bouncy excursions duelling with the more ambitious. In Vantablack packs plenty into fourteen minutes with a brief mid-song break of pace that leads into a hefty neo-prog string-laden closeout. Possibly the best moment of the album.
Another highlight is the slow march of Phosphene. A dense, textural track that sees the band coming to terms with previous grudges.
Read the full review by Mike Ainscoe at atthebarrier.com

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Rumour
Phosphene
Two Frames of Panic

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Opus V "Universe Of Truths"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Get Out Of My Way (6:44)
2. Railroad Of Faith (5:38)
3. Ichtus Factor (6:21)
4. Universe Of Truths, Pt. 1 (6:32)
5. Universe Of Truths, Pt. 2 (6:19)
6. The Stone (7:32)
7. The Voice (7:16)
8. Free (7:33)

Total Time 53:55

Line-up
Dio Lima - Keyboards, Guitars
Paulo Henrique -Vocals
Claudio Passamani - Guitars,Vocals
Tiago Moreira - Bass
Lufe Pereria - Drums
   With
André Pavani - Bass
Duca Tambasco - Bass
Zakk Stevens (Savatage) - Vocals
Ricardo Confessori (Angra) - Drums
Mike Maeda - Drums
Ricardo Janke - Vocals
Shirley Oliveira - Vocals
Pablo Dos Passos - Gutural

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Oteme "Un Saluto alle Nuvole"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Chamber, Folk, Art Rock 
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records - MRC084
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Chiudere quella porta (3:10)
2. E c'è qualcuno (3:46)
3. Un ricordo bello (5:16)
4. Dieci giorni (6:29)
5. Gli angeli di san cataldo (3:28)
6. Quando la sera (5:41)
7. Turni (11:57)
8. Una mamma disperata (8:15)
9. Per i giorni a venire (7:37)
10. Un saluto alle nuvole (1:40)

Total Time 57:19

Line-up
Irene Benedetti: voice, flute, piccolo
Valeria Marzocchi: voice, flute, recorder
Elia Bianucci: clarinet, bass clarinet
Lorenzo Del Pecchia: piccolo clarinet, clarinet
Stefano Giannotti: voice, guitar, electric guitar, banjo, componium, percussion
Emanuela Lari: voice, keyboards
Valentina Cinquini: harp, voice
Vittorio Win Fioramonti: voice, double-bass, electric bass, chromatic harmonica
Antonio Caggiano: vibraphone, percussion
Riccardo Ienna: drums
Blaine L. Reininger: violin
Edgar Gomez, Gabriele Stefani: vocals

Description/Reviews
 It is part of a re-worked version of interviews Stefano Giannotti held with the personnel of the Hospice of San Cataldo (Lucca) for the short film SAY HELLO TO THE CLOUDS (2012). These testimonies became words for pieces in perfect OTEME style, halfway between folk songs and chamber music, avant-rock and contemporary poetry, historical 1900s and psychedelia, “almost-a-radio drama” and musical theatre. 

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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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Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Arc Light Sessions "The Discovery of Light"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Symphonic
Formatdigital
Release date: June 14, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Universe Calls (6:15)
2. Voices (6:50)
3. El Viento (5:52)
4. Masks (3:53)
5. Riverside (4:17)
6. If The World Was Kinder (6:28)
7. The Discovery Of Light (7:53)
8. The Fading Sun (1:57)

Total Time 43:25

Line-up
John Alarcon: Piano, synthesizers, organ, mellotron and lead vocals
Hugo Emard: Bass
Steve Valmont: Drums
Luc Tremblay: Flute and oboe
Patrick Simpson: Guitars
James Alarcon: Guitar (8)

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Stream

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Guppy Fish "The Fall of Man"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Fall Of Man (5:16)
2. Easily Played (7:32)
3. I Don't Like Your Face (5:21)
4. Exposed (6:26)
5. Still Here (6:51)
6. Neverending Flow (6:04)
7. Justify (4:44)
8. Above The Sky Pt.1 (3:01)
9. Above The Sky Pt.2 (6:39)

Total Time 51:54

Line-up
Manos Tzanoudakis: Vocals, Piano, Keyboards
Kostas Kokkalos: Guitars, Backing Vocals
Xenofon Tsantilas: Bass
Vaggelis Kardamitsis: Drums
   With
Kostas Ntokos - Bass (3, 8, 9)

Description/Reviews
From the first album hearings, one may identify Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson’s solo work, as the band’s greatest influence. And this is partly true. The atmosphere, the lyricism, the vocals and the heavy outbursts, the structure of the compositions and the musical approach are reminiscent of Wilson’s works. But by no means do Guppy Fish just stay there. A well-trained listener will identify a diverse range of influences, from 70s prog rock and psychedelic / trippy elements to alternative / grunge rock from the 90’s in some turns and in playing attitude, but all this is combined to create the band’s own musical language and that’s a real achievement, especially considering this is a debut album.
Read the full review by Dimitris Anastasiadis at progrocks.gr

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Bandcamp
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Saris "Beyond the Rainbow"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records -  PPRCD084
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 13, 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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Bandcamp
Trailer

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Magick Brother & Mystic Sister "Magick Brother & Mystic Sister"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Retro Prog, Canterbury
Label: The John Colby Sect (Spain), Sound Effect Records (all the rest)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 12 , 2020
Tracklist
1. Utopia (4:56)
2. Waterforms (4:06)
3. The First Light (2:24)
4. Yogi Tea (5:16)
5. Arroyo del búho (4:49)
6. Echoes From The Clouds (4:07)
7. Movement 2 (2:39)
8. Love Scene (3:32)
9. Instructions For Judgment Visions (4:33)
10. Les Vampires (6:40)

Total Time 43:02

Line-up
Eva Muntada: piano, synthesizers, organ, mellotron & vocals
Xavi Sandoval: bass & guitars
Marc Tena: drums & vocals
Maya Fernández: flute

Description/Reviews
... the band they bear most resemblance to is probably Caravan circa ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again’, courtesy of a deliciously dated Sixties vibe, flute solos to die for and bossanova-flecked rhythms. 
Read the full review at canterburyscene.com

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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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Dim Gray "Flown"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Art Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Again (3:24)
2. The Wave We Thought We'd Ride Forever (4:37)
3. Closer (5:57)
4. Rath (3:32)
5. Wandering (4:00)
6. Flown (1:40)
7. Light Anew (5:26)
8. Yore (2:22)
9. Song For E. (3:03)
10. Dreamer's Disease (6:01)
11. Ouroboros (6:02)
12. Black Sun (6:04)

Total Time 52:08

Line-up
Oskar Holldorff - Vocals, keyboards
Håkon Høiberg - Guitars, vocals
Tom Ian R. Klungland - Drums, vocals
Robin Kirknes Andreassen - Bass
   With
Ellen-Martine Gismervik - Cello, bass
Elisabeth Turmo - Violin, Hardanger fiddle

Description/Reviews
Oslo-based art rockers Dim Gray play melody-driven songs in a post-progressive soundscape. Dim Gray incorporate elements from folk music into a forward-thinking aesthetic, in a sound that evokes a blend of Radiohead and Fleet Foxes. A wide and ever-changing palette of sounds and ideas is rooted in the constants of aching vocals and trembling guitars.
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Stream
Again (live)

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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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Bandcamp

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The Foragers "Ambassador"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. White Horse (4:31)
2. Forever Changed (5:09)
3. Blood Diamonds (5:03)
4. Bohemian Groove (2:54)
5. Festive Time (4:14)
6. Garden In Japan (2:45)
7. Demon Bite (2:56)
8. I Kbal Speen (3:15)
9. II Angkor Wat (2:30)
10. III Amrita (5:47)
11. Earth Elevator (2:32)
12. Ambassador (5:38)

Total Time 47:14

Line-up
Shane Pesanka - Vocals, Flute, Keyboards, Violins
Michael Dupont - Guitars, Bass
Michael Naquin - Drums

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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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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Quantum "The Next Breath of Air..." EP


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Slipped (4:48)
2. The Next Breath Of Air... (7:43)
3. Dissonance (4:53)
4. Blank (5:42)

Total Time 23:06

Line-up
Anton Ericsson – Bass, Vocals
Oscar Lundin – Guitar
Samuel Walfridsson – Guitar
Marcus Lundberg – Drums

Description/Reviews
This EP is their debut release, and it’s full of promise- twists, turns, riffs, melodic, more aggressive, and expressive vocals, dense and germane lyrics, musical shifts from raging to tender to soaring to gentle, and a knockout rhythm section.
Read the full review by Stephen Conrad at progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com

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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

Andromeda Space Ritual "All Shades Of Perception"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: June 7, 2020
Tracklist
1. Signs Of The Unseen (15:31)
2. Lazarus (3:53)
3. Relay (8:12)
4. Bullet Cluster (6:41)
5. Telepath (10:38)

Total Time 44:55

Line-up
Marcin Bis - guitar
Mariusz Łyżwa - drums
Dominik Spasówka - keys, synth
Kamil Lasonczyk - bass

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Bandcamp

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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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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Meridian Blank "Scenes & Fragments"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. Take Me In (7:18)
2. Pivot (6:00)
3. Lament (6:24)
4. Nature Of Life (9:28)
5. Isolation (9:32)
6. Endeavours (6:45)
7. Cerulean (6:18)

Total Time 51:45

Line-up
George Kolombus - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Sotiris Tragazikis - Bass
Chris Kastrinakis - Rythm Guitar
Panos Theodorou - Drums
Kostas Pantelakis - Keys & Synth

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