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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Rainbow Face "Stars' Blood"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. Pirates (6:11)
2. Purgatory (2:38)
3. Lord Give Me Strength (4:33)
4. Waves (12:00)
5. That Old Gang Of Mine (7:01)
6. The Fighter Pilot (5:20)
7. Back In The Bottle (5:07)
8. Massaged By Bullets (4:35)

Total Time 47:25

Line-up
Jake Rose: guitar, vocals; vibraphone and concert bass drum (5)
Dominique Reveneau: bass; tambourine (5)
Salvador Altamirano-Farrell: keyboards and synths, sound design; drums (6); marvin (4)
   With
Joey Burnah: drums (1, 2, 6)
Matthew Andrews: drums (3 , 7)
Jeff Cole: drums (4)
Daniel Vega: alto saxophone (7)
Tricia Bogdan: viola (8)
Jing Kappes: violin (8)
Melissa Terrall: piano (8)

Description/Reviews
Rainbow Face proudly carry the banner of progressive rock while treading the waters of experimental rock and post-punk. As their name suggests, Rainbow Face constantly bombard you with musical colors as a galaxy of timbres, sounds, and styles swirl throughout each of the eight tracks on their debut album, Stars' Blood.
The centerpiece track, Waves, is a 12 minute, multi-movement suite that moves effortlessly between psychedelic ballad, dark and heavy Red era King Crimson riffage, to something out of an Elfman score. Elsewhere, on Purgatory and The Fighter Pilot, the band is more aggressive, showing the influence of angular math rock and post-punk. Pirates, the 6 minute album opener, with lush Mellotron and jangly guitar, harkens back to early Pink Floyd. Throughout the album's near fifty minute run time, Rainbow Face slip effortlessly through meters, modes, and genres while retaining a consistent tone as the lyrics hit on themes of isolation, paranoia, fear of technology, and mental illness.

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Ring van Möbius "The 3rd Majesty"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Retro Prog
Label: Apollon Records Prog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Seven Movements Of The Third Majesty (22:06)
   a.) Universal
   b.) Spectrum
   c.) Reaction
   d.) Bilateral
   e.) Zenith
   f.) Strife of The Icons
   h.)Altitude Over Azimuth
2. Illuminati (05:33)
3. Distant Sphere (11:11)
4. The Möbius Ring (09:01)

Total Time 47:51

Line-up
Thor Erik Helgesen - Vocals, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron and other keys
Håvard Rasmussen - Baryton bass and effects
Dag Olav Husås - drums, cymbals, percussion and effects

Description/Reviews
Analog puritists Ring Van Möbius are known for being true to the original progressive rock philosophy, combining 60’s/70’s instruments with the old art of tape recording, adding their own touch of musical creative madness. The Norwegian trio delivers their second album “The 3rd Majesty” in mesmerising manner - a Hammond-driven progressive pearl which could just as easily have been released in 1971 as in 2020. This epic record includes lengthy opuses - incorporating instruments such as tubular bells, theremin, a string quartet, timpani and a massive modular synthesizer to name a few, in addition to the raw power of the Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, drums and electric bass guitar - recorded in their Spectral Tape Studio and mastered at Lunds Lyd. The lyrical themes are of rather abstract nature, dealing with the great universal questions, as well as saddening relevant issues of today's society. This album stands as a tasteful, dynamic journey through the soundscapes of nostalgic joy!


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Monarchs to Oblivion "I Am"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. Darkness Falls (3:53) 
2. If Two (5:20) 
3. Fade (4:06) 
4. Blindside (4:18) 
5. Prophetic (2:53) 
6. My Will (4:14) 
7. Fallen Lion Living Hound (5:20) 
8. Haunting Me (4:09) 
9. 12th Hour (4:02) 
10. I Am (5:50) 

Total Time 44:05

Line-up
Mike Ricke – Vocals 
Ryan Burchett – Guitars
JD Maurer – Bass
Chad Williamson – Drums 

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McCullagh/MacKay "The Unicorns Are Screaming"

Country: South Africa/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Unicorns Are Screaming! (Full Version) (7:15)
2. Earth Odyssey (5:18)
3. Haunted Asteroid (2:26)
4. Waiting For The Arrival (4:09)
5. Apocalypse Rising (2:51)
6. Hooked On The Blue Sea (4:39)
7. Freedom Isn't Easy (4:29)
8. The Raven Waits (4:05)
9. Where Do We Go? (4:36)
10. Who Will Sing Our Song? (4:38)

Total Time 44:26

Line-up
Terence McCullagh - Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Drums and additional instruments
Gordon MacKay - Keyboards

Media/Samples
Youtube
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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

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From The Ground

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)

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Bandcamp
Tantibus II

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Carlton Melton "Where This Leads"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Ambient, Space Rock
LabelAgitated Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 30, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Stars Are Dying (17:30) 
2. Butchery (2:13) 
3. Waylay (7:36) 
4. Dezebelle (5:28) 
5. Smoke Drip Revisited (12:58) 
6. Crown Shyness (6:28) 
7. Three Zero Two (6:02) 
8. Porch Dreams (6:21) 
9. Closer (6:15) 

Total Time 70:51

Line-up
Andy Duvall - drums, guitar
Clint Golden - bass guitar
Rich Millman - guitar, synth

Description/Reviews:
Where This Leads is a patient listen all the same, starting life with the forlorn ambience and pulsing kosmiche of “The Star Are Dying”. Engines dead, solar chimes sail toward the twin systems of existential dread and tranquilized bliss, zoning guitar tones stretched out in waveform, prickly feedback toasting the senses under total immersion. “Butchery” is impossibly pretty in its irradiated wake, fingers audible on the fret, a synth wash applied to a simple acoustic meander.
Read the full review by Gannon at sicmagazine.net

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Krzysztof Lepiarczyk "Album pieśni"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelLYNX Music (LM 190 CD)
FormatCD
Release date: October 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. W zimowej nocy
2. Dałem ci moc
3. Tym którzy smutni... rozłączenie
4. Preludyum
5. Mgławice/Nieśmiertelni
6. Nie mów
7. Daremne żale
8. Ból zasnął

Line-up
Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (Loonypark, Padre, Nemezis, Metus) - keyboards
Jerzy Antczak (Albion, Georgius) - guitars
Grzegorz Bauer (Millenium, Metus) - drums
Marek Smelkowski (Padre, Liquid Shadows, Millenium) - vocals
Piotr Lipka (Loonypark) - bass

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Preludyum

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Afforested "Before the Beech Mast Begins to Fall"



Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Prog Folk Rock/Metal
Format digital
Release dateOctober 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Naval Oak (2:21)
2. Before the Beech Mast Begins to Fall (3:13)
3. Roe Rings (4:10)
4. Stag Beetles and Foxgloves (2:14)
5. Inglewood Forest (2:28)
6. Southern Hawker (2:59)
7. The Conqueror's Ghost (3:17)
8. Sir Richard at the Lee (2:28)
9. When Ash Keys Fly (2:51)
10. The New Forest Cicada (2:51)
11. Listen to the Wood Ants (3:15)
12. Honey Buzzard (3:14)

Total Time 35:21

Line-up
Jonathan Betts - electric guitars, bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin
Alex Betts - drums, keyboards, tin whistle, percussion

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Looking-Glass Lantern "A World of Great Invention"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. The World Came into the Home (6:02)
2. The Letter (4:14)
3. A New Freedom (4:49)
4. Inside a World of Wonder (10:42)
5. A Moment Captured (6:03)
6. The Great Tea Race of 1866 (16:49)
7. The Old Ways and the New Ways (6:43)
8. The Meaning of the Light (5:44)

Total Time 61:06

Line-up
Graham Dunnington - all instruments and vocals

Media/Samples
youtube


Fiaba "Di gatti di rane di folletti e d'altre storie"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Prog Folk Rock/Metal
Label: Lizard Records - LIZARD CD 0164
Format: CD, digital
Release dateOctober 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. La gemella tradita (06:13)   
2. La rana e lo scorpione (04:51)   
3. il gatto con gli stivali (06:39)   
4. il re bambino del paese di Quissadove (02:31)   
5. La principessa rana (04:38)   
6. la brace loro (06:17)   
7. hambarabah ciicci cockoo (06:45)   
8. il gatto del paese dei biancospini (04:46)   
9. è Male (00:20)   
10. Dentro il cerchio delle fate (03:59)   
11. I passi nel solaio  (5:49)

Total Time 52:48

Line-up
Bruno Rubino - drums, acoustic guitars
Giuseppe Brancato - vocals
Massimo Catena - guitar
Davide Santo - bass
Graziano Manuele - guitar

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Rick Miller "Unstuck In Time"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD089 (CD)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Plague (12:20)
2. State of Emergency (5:13)
3. Covid Concerto (3:17)
4. Fateful Apparitions (7:12)
5. La Causa (3:38)
6. Lost Continuum (3:54)
7. In Sync with the System (6:01)
8. Broken Clocks (2:30)
9. Unstuck in Time (11:34)

Total Time 55:39

Line-up
Rick Miller: Vocals,  keyboards, Mellotron, guitar, bass
   With
Sarah Young: Flute
Mateusz Swoboda: Cello
Barry Haggarty: Guitar
Kane Miller: Guitar and violin
Will: Drums and Percussion

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Multi Story "CBF10"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: F2
Format: CD 
Release date: October 26, 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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Millenium "The Sin"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: Lynx Music - LM188CDDG
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: October 26, 2020
Tracklist
1. Pride (6:03)
2. Lust (7:01)
3. Wrath (6:10)
4. Gluttony (4:38)
5. Sloth (8:33)
6. Greed (5:41)
7. Envy (10:08)

Total Time 48:14

Line-up
Łukasz Gall – vocals
Piotr Płonka – electric & acoustic guitars
Krzysztof Wyrwa – bass
Grzegorz Bauer – drums & percussions
Ryszard Kramarski – keyboards & acoustic guitars

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Envy

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Black Fate "Ithaca"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. From Ashes & Dust (1:35) 
2. Ithaca (5:30) 
3. Maze (3:55) 
4. Savior Machine (4:26) 
5. Fortress Of Solitude (4:17) 
6. Nemesis (4:57) 
7. Secret Place (4:16) 
8. Reach For The Stars (4:36) 
9. Rainbow's End (3:49) 
10. One Last Breath (4:50) 
11. Queen Of Shadows (4:38) 
12. Circle Of Despair (5:33) 

Total Time 52:22

Line-up
Nikos Tsintzilonis - Drum
Vasilis Georgiou - Vocals
Vasilis Liakos - Bass
Gus Drax - Guitars
Themis Koparanidis - Keyboards

Description/Reviews:
I found Black Fate sounding like, or perhaps better said, entering the realm of a band like Kamelot. With the addition of a stronger keyboard presence, combined with the melodic and lightly technical arrangements, the songs of Ithaca have become more expansive, engaging, and so quite entertaining. All said, if you like melodic and sometimes symphonic, progressive power metal in the best tradition, you will enjoy Black Fate's Ithaca. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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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. 
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Five Rooms
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Kadavar "The Isolation Tapes"


Country: Germany 
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Post Rock
LabelRobotor Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 23, 2020
Tracklist
Tabula Rasa parts I-V:
1. I - The Lonely Child (6:19) 
2. II - I Fly Among The Stars (4:48) 
3. III - Unnaturally Strange ?) (3:28) 
4. IV - (I Won‘t Leave You) Rosi (5:15) 
5. V - The World Is Standing Still (4:20) 
6. Eternal Light (We Will Be OK) (5:54) 
7. Peculiareality !) (1:51) 
8. Everything Is Changing (5:22) 
9. The Flat Earth Theory (1:50) 
10. Black Spring Rising (5:31) 

Total Time 44:38

Line-up
Simon Bouteloup - Bass
Christoph Bartelt - Drums
Christoph Lindemann - Guitar, Vocals
   With
Matthias Schult - Guitar (1)
Ilgen-Nur Burali - Vocals (10)

Description/Reviews:
Although being a bit calmer than usual, Kadavar release an album that impresses. Right away, from the first notes of ‘The Lonely Child’, it becomes obvious that the roaring guitars gave some space to bigger soundscapes that partly even remind of bands like Pink Floyd. ‘The Lonely Child’ is a melancholic song, as all of the tracks on ‘The Isolation Tapes’, but it isn’t a sad song. Beautiful melodies in the second half of the track feel like musical brightness that slips though a confusing new reality.
Read the full review at  markusheavymusicblog.org 

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Zirp "Circle Divine"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. 5-4 (4:34) 
2. Bourrée Inkarnation (3:39) 
3. Circle Divine (7:17) 
4. Kaleidoskop (3:21) 
5. Zirpelloise (3:59) 
6. Mosaic (6:28) 
7. Seven Flow (3:25) 
8. Odd Bourrée (5:06) 
9. Moon Mazurka (4:51) 
10. Uhrovec (8:25) 
11. Low Lights (5:33) 

Total Time 56:38

Line-up
Stefan Groth - hurdy-gurdy, flute
Olaf Peters - guitar, cister
Florian Kolditz - double bass, bass
Florian Fügemann - drums

Media/Samples
18 min sampler


White Walls "Grandeur"


Country: Romania
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. False Beliefs (1:38)
2. Eye for an I (4:45)
3. Home Is on the Other Side (5:04)
4. Holy Worse (4:50)
5. Velvet (4:56)
6. Speaking in Tongues (2:41)
7. Starfish Crown (5:32)
8. Locked-In Syndrome (4:28)
9. Month's End (4:19)
10. Descent (6:47)
11. Marche Funèbre (8:57)

Total Time 53:57

Line-up
Alexandru Eduard Dascălu - Guitars
Virgil Eugen Brudaru - Vocals
Șerban-Ionuț Georgescu - Bass, Backing Vocals (just one song)
Theodor-Ștefan Scrioșteanu - Drums, Backing Vocals

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Eyot "557799"



Country: Serbia
Genre(s)Instrumental Fusion, Classical, Folk
LabelRopeadope
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dodola (9:13) 
2. Linen (5:02) 
3. Rite (5:41) 
4. Rain (6:08) 
5. Heartbeat (8:00) 
6. Odd (4:32) 
7. 557799 (6:03) 

Total Time 44:39

Line-up
Dejan Ilijic – Piano, Moog (5), Voice (3, 7)
Marko Stojiljkovic – Bass, Voice  (3)
Sladjan Milenovic – Guitar, Voice  (3)
Milos Vojvodic – Drums, Voice  (3)
   With
Pete Judge – Trumpet (1), Voice  (3)
Jake McMurchie – Sax (1)

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Jakko M Jakszyk "Secrets & Lies"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label:  InsideOut Music
Format: CD+DVD, vinyl + CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Before I Met You (5:45) 
2. The Trouble With Angels (5:33) 
3. Fools Mandate (4:15) 
4. The Rotters Club Is Closing Down (4:09) 
5. Uncertain Times (5:03) 
6. It Would All Make Sense (5:24) 
7. Secrets, Lies & Stolen Memories (2:46) 
8. Under Lock & Key (4:09) 
9. The Borders We Traded (3:06) 
10. Trading Borders (2:32) 
11. Separation (6:43) 

Total Time 49:25

Line-up
Jakko M Jakszyk (King Crimson) - guitars, vocals, keyboard, programming
   With
Gavin Harrison (King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief) - drums
Mark King (Level 42) - bass
John Thirkle - trumpet
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Stick Men, California Guitar Trio) - bass
Amber Jakszyk - backing vocals
Peter Hammill (VDGG) - vocals, guitar
Al Murray - drums
Django Jakszyk - bass
John Giblin - bass
Robert Fripp (King Crimson) - guitar, frippertronics
Nigel Hopkins - orchestration
Mel Collins (King Crimson) - saxophone

Description/Reviews:
Opening track Before I Met You, begins with a Crim-esque angular guitar riff and may make you wonder are we stepping into an album that leans heavily on those influences but actually, that isn’t the case. The opener is blends his pop sensibility with great musicianship and edgy playing- the rhythm section here are particularly impressive, yet don’t detract from the lyric, which appear to suggest obsession of the singer with his muse/ inspiration.

Read the full review by Geoff Bailie at progreport.com

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The Trouble With Angels


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

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Mageia "Mageia"


Country: Austria
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Lion Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Blood of Apophis
2. My Mirror
3. The Rose
4. Saturn Awake
5. Osiris
6. Jupiter Rising
7. No God

Line-up
Liza Kay: lead & backing vocals, synths
Milan Polak: acoustic & electric guitars, bass, backing vocals, synths & loops
Lars Eric Mattsson: sitar (3), electric guitar solo (4)
Kyles Hughes: drums (1, 6, 7)
Dennis Leeflang: drums (2, 4, 5)
Jeff Neal: drums (3)

Media/Samples 
Saturn Awake
Spotify

Phoen1x "Immaterial Witness"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Immaterial Witness (1:15)
2. Dreamer Awaken (4:40)
3. Sunrise (10:16)
4. Home Of The Brave (9:06)
5. Small Charade (10:43)
6. Legend Of Brick House (6:17)
7. The Opera (9:18)
8. Song Of Life (Phyl's Song) (6:36)
9. Tomorrows (5:05)
10. Angels (6:09)

Total Time 69:25

Line-up
Jake Livgren - Lead and Back Vocals, Saxophone
Seth Trotman - Bass
Michael Adams - Percussion and Drums
Phoen1x aka Pete Jorgensen - Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Cherokee Flute
   With
Bill Rebsamen – Keyboards
Deron Freeman – Trumpet
Kev Rowland – Narration
Jaymi Millard – Bass
Mike FitzPatrick – Lead Vocals
Mark Thompson – Lead Guitar
Erikson Silva – Lead Guitar
Joe Deninzon – Vocals, Electric Violin (Viper)
Lyda Livgren – Back Vocals
Chuck Tidwell – Lead Guitar
Greg Wollan – 12 String Guitar
Ralph Otteson – Keyboards
Mike Florio – Lead Vocals
Bill Coan – Vocals, Bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

Links:
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Vultress "Hypnopompia"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Hypnopompia (0:35)
2. Cmdr Hall and Wherewithal (4:55)
3. Tether (5:56)
4. Fall into Then (4:12)
5. L'appel du vide (5:06)
6. New Sun (9:50)

Total Time 30:34

Line-up
Jordan Gaboian - guitar
Paul Uhrina - drums
Anthony Capuano - vocals, keys
   With   
Raphael Weinroth Browne (Leprous/The Visit/Musk Ox) - cello
Ethan Stutz - saxophone
Andy Greenwell - synthesizer

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Vitam Aeternam "The Self​-​Aware Frequency"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Eclectic
Label: Crime Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Born (2:41) 
2. Coward (6:40) 
3. Becoming (0:51) 
4. Human (7:00) 
5. Arising (0:52) 
6. Death (2:15) 
7. God Machine (9:33) 
8. Transcending (1:04) 
9. Viral Idea (4:55) 

Total Time 35:51

Line-up
Jake Rosenberg - Keyboards, Piano, Programming,  Sampling
Râhoola - Vocals, Choir, Keyboards, Piano, Orchestration, Programming,  Sound Design
André Aaslie - Piano, Orchestration, Moog,  Mellotron
   With
Bor Zuljan (Devil Doll) - Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Øyvind “Mustis” Mustaparta - Piano (6)
Juan Manuel Flores - Violin
Goran Setitus, Alasdair Dunn, Przemyslaw Kajnat, Lotti Wood - Choir  (8)

Description/Reviews:
The album combines elements of electronic, industrial, classical, film score, heavy metal, progressive rock, and even pop to create something unique, challenging, and engaging. Fans of forward-thinking artists such as Devil Doll, Mike Patton, Leprous, Ulver, Manes, Pain of Salvation, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Devin Townsend, Vulture Industries, and Arcturus should rejoice in the musical world illuminated throughout the album. Even though you can hear and feel a clear and honest influence from the extraordinary cult act Devil Doll (its by purpose, and done with the most significant respect), they still sound fresh and original with a certain and special integrity.
Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Celestial Burst "The Maze"



Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Obedience (6:25) 
2. The Maze (8:33) 
3. First Flight (7:56) 
4. The Place Where I'm Supposed To Be (6:03) 
5. Anna (5:26) 
6. The Maze (feat. Anneke Van Gierbergen) (8:33) 

Total Time 42:56

Line-up
Kenza Laala - Vocals
Alexis Lustenberger - Guitars
Margaux Serret - Guitars 
Sébastien Tibackx - Bass 
Xavier Richard - Drums 
   With
Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Devin Townsend, Ayreon, The Gentle Storm, VUUR) - Vocals (6)

Media/Samples
spotify
 
Links:
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Greco Bastián "No Cover"


Country: Mexico
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock, Avant Prog
Format: digital
Release date: October 22, 2020
Tracklist
1. Clownnecticut (6:30)
2. Proteo Revampirizado (6:28)
3. Blacamán, el malo (5:00)
4. Meurhdëm sruhditt (4:22)
5. MerrickXmas (5:13)
6. D.A.S. (1:41)
7. Let It Beat It (5:06)
8. Aclowntrenós (extended & re-arranged) (4:44)
9. Cosmetology (extended & re-arranged) (7:23)
10. Oniontown (extended & re-arranged) (5:42)
11. Prettorz Bajiin (extended & re-arranged) (6:52)

Total Time 59:01

Line-up
Greco Bastián - all instruments

Media/Samples
Bandcamp (name your price)

Links:
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Celestial Skylight "A Wider Perspective"



Country: India
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 21, 2020
Tracklist
1. Flashing Yellow Lights (5:11)
2. An Infinite Delirium (7:02)
3. The Enderman (4:12)
4. In Retrospect (Instrumental) (4:56)
5. Unite To Divide (5:42)
6. This Long Pause (5:32)
7. The Best In Us (4:34)

Total Time 37:09

Line-up
Neil Sequeira

Media/Samples
youtube
music.youtube
yandex 

Links:
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Arya "For Ever"



Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Easter Day 2018 (5:54)
2. Flares (3:45)
3. Thymian (6:42)
4. Survivor Syndrome (7:54)
5. Lost War Song (6:57)
6. Golem (4:51)
7. Like Insects, Meat (2:02)
8. Drama (8:04)
9. Roma (4:45)
10. Landslide (4:40)
11. To My Friends And Me (6:32)

Total Time 62:06

Line-up
Virginia Bertozzi – lead vocals
Luca Pasini – guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, programming, field recordings
Simone Succi – guitar, lead vocals, assorted noises
    With
Paolo Sanchi (Built-In Obsolescence) – vocals (5)
Riccardo Ardolino – acting voice (10)


Media/Samples
Bandcamp
Spotify
Deezer 
Youtube

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Salva "A Thousand Ways To Disappear"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: White Knight Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Stars Aligned (7:29)
2. Feeding The Flame (4:56)
3. A New God (9:15)
4. Wonder's Rebirth (5:22)
5. Coma (13:49)
6. Elegy (4:46)
7. The Strong, Silent Type (8:25)

Total Time 54:02

Line-up
Per Malmberg - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Johan Lindqvist - keyboards
Stefan Gavik - guitars
Daniel Nätt - bass
Erik Zetterlund - drums

Media/Samples 
Feeding the flame
Deezer 

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Hypnodrone Ensemble "Gets Polyamorous"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
Label: Wolves And Vibrancy Records (vinyl)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: October 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. Biglove (6:41) 
2. Feedforward (5:52) 
3. Tangential (4:35) 
4. Oblique Choc (4:35) 
5. Windspiel (6:17) 
6. Breathquiet (7:46) 
7. Ongnamo (9:08) 
8. Wecker (4:40) 

Total Time 49:34

Line-up
Aidan Baker - guitar, flute, kalimba
Maury Botton - guitar
Charly Bussières - trumpet
David Dunnett - drums, struthi box
Simon Goff - violin
Tom Malmendier - drums
Fiona McKenzie - drums
Jérémie Mortier - drums
Ángela Muñoz Martínez - drums
Eric Quach - guitar
Kristin Sebastian - drums
Gareth Sweeney - bass
Mikael Tobias - slide guitar
Felix-Florian Tödtloff - synth, bass
James Welburn - bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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starfish64 "The Crimson Cabinet"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 19, 2020
Tracklist
1. In The Lobby (0:56) 
2. Spindrift (5:11) 
3. Lost & Found (7:38) 
4. Future Perfect Tense (4:30) 
5. Mr. O' Brayne (5:06) 
6. The Crimson Cabinet (8:24) 
7. The Future In Reverse (8:55) 
8. Nowhere Bound [Aimless Mix] (6:53) 

Total Time 47:33

Line-up
Dieter Hoffmann - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Programming
Henrik Kropp - Drums
Martin Pownall - Basses, Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Dominik Suhl - Guitars
   With:
Jan Thiede - Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Glockenspiel
Simon Triebel - Guitars, Guidance
Peter Herrmann - Pedal Slideguitar

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

Links:
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Monday, October 19, 2020

Steve Hughes "Themes - Volume 5"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Reflecting On The Past (6:40) 
2. Help Is On It's Way (5:01) 
3. Black Cloud (4:32) 
4. You're Always Dreaming (5:28) 
5. A Number For Autumn (4:57) 
6. Meadowhall (4:53) 
7. Someone (3:45) 
8. Maybe Next Time (3:23) 
9. Hiroshima (8:01) 

Total Time 46:40

Line-up
Steve Hughes (Big Big Train, The Enid) - all instruments

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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All Out Band "Magic"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: October 18, 2020 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Intro Extraordinary Creatures (2:04) 
2. Extraordinary Creatures (4:39) 
3. Intro The Travellers (0:32) 
4. The Travellers (4:52) 
5. Intro The Hypnotist  (0:53) 
6. The Hypnotist  (4:06) 
7. Intro I’ll Let You Go (1:04) 
8. I’ll Let You Go (4:49) 
9. Intro To Break Your Chains (0:52) 
10. To Break Your Chains (5:13) 
11. Intro The Herbalist (0:39) 
12. The Herbalist (3:47) 
13. Intro Siren Song (0:51) 
14. Siren Song (5:17) 
15. Intro White Witch (0:36) 
16. White Witch (4:12) 
17. Intro Into The Woods (0:55) 
18. Into The Woods (4:33) 
19. Intro Pied Piper (0:43) 
20. Pied Piper (5:13) 
21. Intro World Of Beyond (0:40) 
22. World Of Beyond (3:36) 
23. Intro Dark-eyed Lady (0:45) 
24. Dark-eyed Lady (5:30) 

Total Time 66:21

Line-up
Endre Balla (Tompox) – keyboards
István Alapi – guitars, teremin
Sára Dizna Kovács (Tompox) – vocals, flute
“Zsatyi” László Studniczky – bass
Csaba Pusztai – drums
István Elek – saxophones
Ferenc Kovács (Djabe) – trumpet
   With
László Gőz – trombone
Kristóf Balla – keyboards

Media/Samples
Extraordinary Creatures


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Fervent Send "Dietro la Soglia"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: October 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Rumination Part I (4:58) 
2. Dietro La Soglia Part I (3:10) 
3. Rumination Part II (8:08) 
4. Experiment 13: Infuriated Insect Exacts Revenge (7:32) 
5. Ring Around The Roses (3:34) 
6. Dietro La Soglia Part II (3:52) 

Total Time 31:14

Line-up
Jason Rubenstein - Piano, Synthesizers
Jeff Eacho - Flute, Strings, Mellotron, Synthesizer, Percussion
Jon Du Bose - Guitars, Bass Guitar, Music Box, Effected Percussion
Robert Knox - Drums
Magnvs Mendez - Drums, Percussion
Sebastien Siozade - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Takatak "Acrophase"


Country: Pakistan
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Far Away (2:33) 
2. Volition (6:38) 
3. Fault Lines (5:52) 
4. Voyager (4:50) 
5. The Whale (6:06) 
6. Acrophase (1:52) 
7. Phantom (4:36) 
8. Flash Your Bones (5:54) 

Total Time 38:21

Line-up
Ali Suhail - Vocals
Altamash Sever - Vocals
Daud Ramay - Drums
Isa Najam - Bass
Luke Azariah - Guitars, Synths
Yusuf Ramay - Drums
Zain Peerzada - Guitars
   With
Keshav Dhar - Additional programming/synths
Ibrahim Imdad - Gentle Robot - Synths (4, 7)
Luke Azariah - Additional Harsh Vocals (3)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Brown Spirits "Vol 2"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Honorable Discharge (3:56)
2. Parallels (8:43)
3. Finite Universe (8:22)
4. Mutations (3:40)
5. Suite: East Meets West (6:06)
6. Can Eater (2:14)
7. First Sign Of Light (7:35)

Total Time 40:36

Line-up
Agostino Soldati - percussion, drums
Tim Wold - guitar, bass, electric piano, moog, sitar

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vesta "Odyssey"



Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Post Metal
Label: Argonauta Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Elohim (7:05)
2. Tumae (5:50)
3. Breach (5:38)
4. Juno (5:28)
5. Borealis (5:47)
6. Temple (8:04)
7. Supernova (7:37)

Total Time 45:29

Line-up
Giacomo Cerri - Guitar & Synth
Sandro Marchi - Drums & Cymbals
Giulio Lorenzini - Bass & Synth

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Herd of Instinct "Unravel"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release dateOctober 16, 2020

Tracklist
1. Conjure 
2. Alice Krige Parts 1 & 2
3. Torso
4. National Anthem
5. Unravel
6. Furnance
7. The Plot

Line-up
Mark Cook (Spoke of Shadows) - Warr guitar, guitar, fretless bass, beat construction, string arrangement, programming (1), electronics, percussion (2), piano (2), samples, Rhodes (3),  synth (3)
Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet, Fernwood) - Mellotron, Rhodes (2), Moog (3), Hammond organ (4)
Jason Spradlin - drums, percussion, programming (2)
Bill Bachman - drums (7)
Rick Read - Chapman Stick (7)
Mike McGary - synth and electric piano (4)
Mike Davison - 12 string acoustic guitar (2)
Bob Fisher - flute (2)
Joel Adair - trumpet (2)
Joe Blair - lapsteel guitar (2)
Eric Yacula - electronics and samples (4)
Markus Reuter - U8 touch guitar (6)
Dave Streett - bass (6)
Stephen Page - violin (7)

Description/Reviews
Unravel is a journey through the life span of Herd of Instinct. The album consists of unreleased tracks from previous albums, improvisations, and newly recorded material.
Furnace, recorded in 2011, is an intense improvisation featuring Markus Reuter on his newly developed U8 Touch Guitar. The experimental track, Alice Krige Pt. 1 & 2, is the complete 10-minute version as it was originally intended. The piece was cut in half for the Conjure album. Alice was based around an improvisation with trumpet player Joel Adair and drummer Jason Spradlin. Later additional players were asked to improvise over the foundation to keep the spirit of spontaneous composition.
Conjure and Unravel are high energy pieces that take the band in a new direction of progressive rock and electronica.
The Plot, Torso, and National Anthem are tracks completed in Mid-2020. Bill Bachman’s bombastic drumming is the driving force of The Plot. Gayle Ellett’s wild Moog solo is the highlight of Torso. The biggest surprise of the album might be the cover of Radiohead’s National Anthem. The band has rarely played material by other artists.

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp
Trailer

The John Irvine Band "The Machinery Of The Heavens"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Head In The Door Records - HITDR-JIB004 2020
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dark Skies (8:20) 
2. ...And How Much For The Robot? (3:46) 
3. Dangerous Notes (5:47) 
4. Take It From The Edge (6:08) 
5. Gadzooks (1:19) 
6. (Across) Lunar Fields (8:06) 
7. Blast From The Past (6:23) 
8. The Machinery Of The Heavens (14:32) 

Total Time 54:21

Line-up
John Irvine: Guitar, Keyboards, Bass
Rich Kass: Drums

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Millennium Trilogy Project "Act 1: The Trial"



Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic, Rock Opera
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Why Me (1:24)
2. Falling Down (5:15)
3. Atrocity (6:17)
4. Catch Me (2:53)
5. Relax (3:36)
6. Close Your Eyes (7:29)
7. Inside Of You (5:43)
8. Ashes Of My Heart (11:01)
9. Keep On Dreaming (4:34)
10. Theater Of Thoughts (5:46)
11. My Guide (7:41)

Total Time 61:39

Line-up
John van Heugten (Ricocher, Eleven’s Eve) - keyboards
   With
John Rovers - guitar
Niels Nijssen (Ricocher, Eleven’s Eve) - bass
Maikel van der Meer (Ricocher) - drums
Marcel van der Loo - saxophone
Nicole Verstappen - vocals as Brynn
Bart van Lierop - vocals as Emlyn
Rene Jansen - vocals as the lawyer, backing vocals
Noëlle van Bussel - vocals as the psychiatrist
Josien Obers (Eleven's Eve) - backing vocals


Media/Samples 
Deezer
3 tracks

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Hawkestrel "Pioneers of Space"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Cleopatra Records - CLO1644
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. Biometrics (8:30)
2. Cosmic Divide (5:04)
3. Day Of The Quake (4:30)
4. Glass Wolves (4:56)
5. Atmospheric Window (2:32)
6. Circles (3:59)
7. No Doubt (4:57)
8. Journey (5:40)
9. Pioneers Of Space (5:53)

Total Time 46:01

Line-up
Alan Davey (Hawkwind) - bass, guitar, vocals, synthesizer, drum arrangements, oud, piano
    With:
Ginger Baker (Hawkwind) - drums & percussion
Robert Calvert - vocals
Nik Turner (Hawkwind) - saxophone
Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind) - acoustic guitar
Simon House (Hawkwind) - violin
Michael Moorcock - vocals, harmonica
Paul Rudolph - guitar
Mick Slattery - guitar
Bridget Wishart - vocals
Todd Rundgren - vocals
Mick Taylor - lead guitar
L. Shankar - electric violin
David Cross (King Crimson) - violins
Arthur Brown - vocals
Wayne Kramer - guitar
Carmine Appice - drums
Larry Wallis - guitar
Joel Vandroogenbroeck - keyboards
Gilli Smith - vocals
Adam Hamilton - drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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