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Friday, October 30, 2020

The Flower Kings "Islands"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
Disc One (49:40)
1. Racing With Blinders On (4:24)
2. From The Ground (4:02)
3. Black Swan (5:53)
4. Morning News (4:01)
5. Broken (6:38)
6. Goodbye Outrage (2:19)
7. Journeyman (1:43)
8. Tangerine (3:51)
9. Solaris (9:10)
10. Heart Of The Valley (4:18)
11. Man In A Two Peace Suit (3:21)

Disc Two (43:01)
1. All I Need Is Love (5:48)
2. A New Species (5:45)
3. Northern Lights (5:43)
4. Hidden Angles (0:50)
5. Serpentine (3:52)
6. Looking For Answers (4:30)
7. Telescope (4:41)
8. Fool’s Gold (3:11)
9. Between Hope & Fear (4:29)
10. Islands (4:12)

Line-up
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Kaipa, The Sea Within) - Vocal, Ukulele, Guitars, Additional Keyboards
Hasse Fröberg - Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Tangent, Kaipa, Steve Hackett) - Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic) - Pianos, Organ, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Orchestrations
Mirko DeMaio (Mind Key) - Drums, Percussion
   With:
Rob Townsend (Steve Hackett) - Soprano Saxophone

Media/Samples 
Broken

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Scardust "Strangers"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Metal 
Label: M-Theory Audio
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
01. Overture for the Estranged
02. Break The Ice
03. Tantibus II
04. Stranger
05. Concrete Cages
06. Over
07. Under
08. Huts
09. Gone
10. Addicted
11. Mist

Line-up
Noa Gruman - lead vocals
Yoav Weinberg - drums
Yadin Moyal - guitars
Yanai Avnet - bass
Itai Portugaly - keyboards
   With
Hellscore - choir
Patty Gurdy (5)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Tantibus II

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Wobbler "Dwellers of the Deep"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Karisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. By The Banks (13:49)
2. Five Rooms (8:28)
3. Naiad Dreams (4:24)
4. Merry Macabre (19:00)

Total Time 45:41

Line-up
Lars Fredrik Frøislie - keyboards and backing vocals
Martin Nordrum Kneppen - drums, percussion and recorder
Kristian Karl Hultgren - bass
Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo - vocals, guitar, glockenspiel, recorder and percussion
Geir Marius Bergom Halleland - lead guitar and backing vocals

Description/Reviews
Some songs contain rock blast outs while others provide the calm of a foggy morning in the woods; all have their place in what eventually became a thematic dive into the depths of human emotion. Our take on it, anyway.
“Dwellers of the Deep” promises to serve up an exciting blend of both carefully planned and passionately jammed compositions encompassing everything WOBBLER has done up to now. These new musical directions will no doubt further enhance the quintet’s aural idiosyncrasies, and solidify the band’s burgeoning stature as one of the most exciting and interesting bands on the global music scene, independent of genre.
Side A contains two pieces at medium length showcasing the band´s mastery of dynamics and flow, with passages and themes veering from the scenic and serene to the downright rocking.
Side B opens with the welcome respite of four minutes serenity, cradling the listener in pastoral and mystic swathes of acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and gentle vocals before an album closing 19 minutes journey into the unknown with the band in full blast. 
Media/Samples 
Five Rooms
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Soul Secret "Blue Light Cage"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Layered Reality Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release dateOctober 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Opening Sequence (3:00)
2. The Ghost Syndicate (5:26)
3. A President's Speech (6:00)
4. Switch On (1:42)
5. Blue Light Cage (4:50)
6. We'll Become Dust (7:22)
7. Going Home (5:45)
8. Jump Right In (7:00)
9. Breathe and Recover (13:00)

Total Time 54:05

Line-up
Claudio Casaburi - Bass
Luca Di Gennaro - Keyboards
Lino Di Pietrantonio - Vocals
Antonio Mocerino - Drums
Francesco Cavezza - Guitars
   With:
Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater) - Keyboards
Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile, UPF, Cyril, Flaming Row, SSTTGD) - Saxophone

Media/Samples 
bandcamp

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Multi Story "CBF10"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: F2
Format: CD 
Release date: October 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Signs And Traces
2. Sharp Recall
3. Celluloid Star
4. Freeway Army
5. Last Man Standing
6. Easy Rider
7. Firing All Six
8. Rebel Inside
9. CBF10

Line-up
Paul Ford - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Rob Wilsher - Keyboards, Programming
Aedan Neal - Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Jordan Neale - Drums, Percussion
Arnie Edwards - Bass

Media/Samples 
Signs And Traces
Celluloid Star (Taster)

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Whitewater "Dark Planet"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Fallout
2. Things That Can't Be Said
3. Dark Planet
4. Freefall
5. Again
6. Stand In Line
7. The 83
8. Time To Move Along
9. As You Were
10. Everything (Up Till Now)

Line-up
Stuart Stephens
Paul Powell
   With
Mike Kershaw - vocals
Gareth Cole - guitar

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Chaos Divine "Legacies"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Instincts
2. No Saviour (Rise & Fall)
3. Unspoken
4. Only Son
5. Guarding Gravity
6. Colours of War
7. Beacon
8. False Flags
9. Dead Rivers Flow
10. Behind the Seal
11. The Key
12. Legacies
13. Into the Now

Line-up
Dave Anderton - vocals
Ryan Felton - guitars, additional vocals (10)
Simon Mitchell - guitars
Michael Kruit - bass
Tim Stelter - drums
   With
Brody Simpson - additional percussion


Description/Reviews
From the dexterous opener Instincts, to the powerhouse finale of Into The Now, Legacies is a journey of exemplary musicianship and songwriting. Songs like Only Son, Colours Of War and the ambient title track affirm the album's concept, while singles False Flags and Unspoken each flaunt the band's staggering level of finesse. Their progressiveness has never come at the cost of their songwriting, nor have their penchants for brutality and melody ever been at odds with one another. True to this, Legacies finds Chaos Divine galvanising the crushing heaviness of their early work with the musicality and atmosphere of their 2015 masterpiece Colliding Skies.
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Bandcamp

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

CIRKUS "The Fruits of the Unveil"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. Alternate Pleasures
2. Intimate Behaviors
3. Room With a View
4. Winding Streams
5. Red Moon on Black Church
6. Highly Blinded Faiths
7. A Moment in Time
8. The Woods of Given Death
9. Toss a Coin
10. Upward to Know

Line-up
Alain Proulx: bass guitars, keyboards, percussions, lead and back vocals
Serge Doucet: 6 and 12 strings guitars
C. Lucas Proulx: lead and back vocals

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Bandcamp

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Friday, October 9, 2020

The New Empire "Second Life"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Esoteric Recordings
Format: CD 
Release date: October 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. The new empire overture
2. Lost in time
3. Knights of the new empire
4. Slow burn rising
5. The journey of mankind
6. Life after life
7. Better not to
8. Out of our hands
9. Foundation
10. Sky at night
11. Looking around
12. Another lifetime
13. This is not a dream
14. Faraway Friend (a tribute to Peter Banks).

Line-up
Mark Murdock (Empire)
Fernando Perdomo
Marisol Koss
   With
Sidonie Jordan, Dennis Atlas, Preston Murdock, Kame Akiyawa, Rikko Shonin, Julianne Spencer, Dave Kerzner
Sydney Foxx - lead vocals (9)

Description/Reviews
The New Empire resurrects the band Empire and features a new line-up of Empire members. Empire was originally founded by Peter Banks and Sydney Foxx, the latter making a new guest appearance on lead vocals on the re-recording of Foundation. The album features both new original songs and re-recordings of tracks by Empire, Flash, Peter Banks and one Yes track
Media/Samples 
Life After Life
Faraway Friend

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Teramaze "I Wonder"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Wells Records
Format: digital
Release date: October 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. Ocean Floor
2. Only Daylight
3. Lake 401
4. A Deep State Of Awake
5. Here To Watch You
6. Sleeping Man
7. Idle Hands/The Devil’s Workshop
8. RUN
9. This Is Not A Drill
10. I Wonder

Line-up
Dean Wells - Guitars, Vocals
Andrew Cameron - Bass
Nick Ross - Drums
Chris Zoupa - Guitars
  With
Jason Wisdom (Death Therapy) - Vocals

Media/Samples 
A Deep State Of Awake
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Streams

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Ozric Tentacles "Space For The Earth"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock
LabelKscope
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. Stripey Clouds (6:37)
2. Blooperdome (5:43)
3. Humboldt Currant (full version) (8:58)
4. Popscape (4:51)
5. Climbing Plants (7:05)
6. Space For The Earth (7:36)
7. Harmonic Steps (6:35)

Total Time 47:25

Line-up
Ed Wynne - guitars, bass, synths
Silas Wynne - synths
Balázs Szende - drums
  With
Paul Hankin - percussion
Joie Hinton - synths
Nick Van Gelder - drums
Champignon - flute
Gracerooms - additional synth

Description/Reviews
The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres. 
Media/Samples 
Humboldt Currant

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DGM "Tragic Separation"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers Music Srl
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 9, 2020
Tracklist
1. Flesh and Blood (07:35)
2. Surrender (05:40)
3. Fate (05:46)
4. Hope (05:25)
5. Tragic Separation (07:37)
6. Stranded (05:35)
7. Land of Sorrow (05:04)
8. Silence (05:54)
9. Turn Back Time (05:45)
10. Curtain (02:19)

Total Time 56:40

Line-up
Simone Mularoni – guitars
Marco Basile – vocals
Andrea Arcangeli – bass
Fabio Costantino – drums
Emanuele Casali – keyboards

Media/Samples 
Flesh and Blood

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Ovrfwrd "StarStuff​"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Rock Slacks Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 2, 2020
Tracklist
1. Firelight
2. Let it Burn (King George)
3. StarStuff
4. Look Up
5. Daybreak
6. Zathras
7. From Parts Unknown

Line-up
Richard Davenport: Drums, Percussion
Kyle Lund: Bass
Mark Ilaug: Guitars
Chris Malmgren: Keyboards
   With
Paula Gudmundson: Flute
Brian Hanna: Congas

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Polymorphie "Claire Vénus"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelCompagnie 4000
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: October 2, 2020
Tracklist
1. Louise
2. MA
3. Pablo
4. Leonard
5. Marceline
6. Pier Paolo
7. Anna
8. Guillevic
9. Paul
10. Jean

Line-up
Marine Pellegrini - Vocals
Simon Girard - Trombone
Damien Cluzel - Guitar
Léo Dumont - Drums
Romain Dugelay - Baritone sax, Keyboards

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Enslaved "Utgard"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Extreme Metal
LabelNuclear Blast
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release dateOctober 2, 2020
Tracklist
1. Fires In The Dark
2. Jettegryta
3. Sequence
4. Homebound
5. Utgarđr
6. Urjotun
7. Flight Of Thought And Memory
8. Storms Of Utgard
9. Distant Seasons

Line-up
Ivar Bjørnson
Grutle Kjellson
Ice Dale
Håkon Vinje
Iver Sandøy

Media/Samples 
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Kraan "Sandglass"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Bassball Recordings, 36music
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: October 2, 2020
Tracklist
1. Sandglass (4:19)
2. Funky Blue (2:47)
3. Solitude (4:01)
4. Gleis 10 (4:58)
5. Pick Peat (5:44)
6. Path (4:35)
7. Schöner wird's nicht (2:20)
8. Das Meer (2:38)  (not on vinyl)
9. Hallo Kante (4:57)
10. Moonshine On Sunflowers (3:10)  (not on vinyl)
11. Budenzauber (4:02)  (not on vinyl)
12. Rescue (3:12)
13. Hippie Jam (3:12)

Total Time 49:55

Line-up
Peter Wolbrandt: Guitars, synths, vocals
Jan Fride: Drums, percussion
Hellmut Hattler: Basses, vocals
   With
Martin Kasper: Keys (1, 3, 6, 13), supporting vocals (3, 6)
Shirley Fischer: Flute (1)
Joo Kraus: Horn section and Wurlitzer piano (5)
Juergen Schlachter: Tambourine (3)

Media/Samples 
Samples
Solitude

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Pymlico "On This Day"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelApollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 2, 2020
Tracklist
1. Heliotrope (4:36)
2. Time-turner (4:58)
3. Survival Guide (6:12)
4. Real People (6:34)
5. Partners In Crime (5:20)
6. Jump Start (4:48)
7. Sidemen Inc. (5:27)
8. Solex Agitator (6:59)

Total Time 44:54

Line-up
Øyvind Brøter: Keyboards
Stephan Hvinden: Guitars
Andreas Sjo Engen: Guitars
Arild Brøter: Drums & keyboards
Oda Rydning: Percussion
Robin Havem Løvøy: Saxophones
   With
Magnus Tveten (Local Store / the Harvey Steel show): Bass 
Gunnar Utby (Tammatoys): Bass 
Stian Engen (Posterboys): Bass 
Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler): Bass 
Håkon Rasmussen (Monica Ifejilika): Bass 
Are Nerland (Nellys Crush): Bass 

Media/Samples
Partners in Crime

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