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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Marco Ragni "If"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. Everything Will Be Fine
2. Captain Spiders
3. If I Could Tell You
4. Engulfed in Flames
5. Carnival of Ghosts
6. Ominous
7. Kingdom Fails
8. Awakened Creatures
9. Every Wall Is a Door (instrumental bonus track)

Line-up
Marco Ragni: Acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass, soundscapes.
Bjørn Riss (Airbag): Lead guitar
Altin Gjoni: Electric guitar
Fabio Ramirez: Bass
Maurizio Antonini: drums

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Teaser

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mark Kelly’s Marathon "Mark Kelly’s Marathon"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format:  CD, vinyl, CD+DVD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Amelia
  2. When I Fell  
  3. This Time 
  4. Puppets   
  5. Twenty Fifty One
Line-up
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - Keyboards
Henry Rogers (Final Conflict, Touchstone, Edison's Children) - Drums
Conal Kelly - Guitar, Bass & Backing Vocals
Oliver M Smith - Vocals & Percussion
Pete “Woody” Wood - Guitar
John Cordy  - Guitar

Media/Samples 
Amelia

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Meadows "Modern Emotions"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Freya Records
Format: vinyl, vinyl+CD, digital
Release date: November 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Dance With The Corpse Bride
2. Modern Emotions
3. Nostalgia
4. Rebecca
5. Powerture
6. Good Times
7. The Void
8. The Brave

Line-up
Daniel van der Weijde (Silhouette) - guitars, synths, drum programming
Jurjen Bergsma - bass guitar
Peter Meijer - vocals
    With
Erik Laan (Silhouette) - additional piano (1, 8)
Sophie Zaaijer - violin  (1, 4, 8)
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - guitar solo (6)
Richard Henshall (Haken) - guitar solo (8)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Esthesis "The Awakening"



Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Ambient
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 14 , 2020
Tracklist
1. Downstream (16:31) 
2. No Soul To Sell (8:33) 
3. High Tide (10:35) 
4. Chameleon (8:06) 
5. The Awakening (6:26) 
6. Still Far To Go (9:28) 

Total Time 59:39

Line-up
Aurélien Goude : vocals, keyboards, lap steel guitar, bass guitar
Baptiste Desmares : lead guitar
Marc Anguill : bass guitar
Florian Rodrigues : drums
   With
Mathilde Collet: additional backing vocals (6)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Naryan "The Withering"



Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 11, 2020
Tracklist
1. The End
2. You Are The One
3. Now You're Gone 03:43
4. IV
5. Black Swan
6. Until We Meet Again
7. Hear Me Now
8. Room of Angel
9. The World Is Filled With Silence
10. Takamaa

Line-up
Tommi Niemi - Vocals.
Lauri Kovero - Guitars.
Raino Ketola - Guitars.
Nona Onnela - Violin.
Tommi Tanhuanpaa - Druming & Backing Vocals.
Antti Valiniemi - Bass.
Evelina Sydanlahde - Piano, Flute & Backing Vocals

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Witchwood "Before the Winter"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Hard Rock, Retro Prog
LabelJolly Roger Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 20, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Anthem for a child
  2. A taste of winter
  3. Feelin'
  4. A crimson moon
  5. Hesperus
  6. No reason to cry
  7. Nasrid
  8. Crazy little lover
  9. Slow colours of shade
  10. Child star (lp bonus track)
Line-up
Riccardo "Ricky" Dal Pane - Vocals, guitars, mandolin & percussion
Andrea "Andy" Palli - Drums & percussion
Stefano "Steve" Olivi - Hammond, piano, synth, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes
Luca Celotti - Bass
Samuele "Sam" Tesori - Flute, harmonica
Antonino "Woody" Stella - Guitars, backing vocals
   With
Diego Banchero - Fretless bass (4, 7)
Natascia Placci - Soprano (7, 9)
Jenifer Vargas - Soul vocals & backing vocals (4, 5, 8)

Media/Samples 
A Taste of Winter

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Avandra "Skylights"



Country: Puerto Rico
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Layered Reality Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Celestial Wreaths (5:08)
2. Noetic Probes (5:12)
3. Life Is Not a Circle, but a Sphere (5:15)
4. Eternal Return (9:36)
5. ProcGen (5:44)
6. Afferent Realms (6:49)
7. New Origins (4:07)

Total Time 41:51

Line-up
Christian Ayala - Vocals, Guitars
Gabriel Alejandro Rodríguez - Bass
Adrián Arroyo - Drums
Luis Javier Rivera - Guitars
    With
Vikram Shankar - Synths

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Xavier Boscher "Waterscapes"



Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Cataract
2. Nectar Ocean's Depths
3. Atlantis
4. Coral Reef
5. Hydrotherapy
6. Abyssal
7. Fairy Pool
8. Sea Cathedral
9. Watershed

Line-up
Xavier Boscher - all instruments

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Kepler Ten "A New Kind Of Sideways"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: White Star Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Universal
2. Clarity
3. Falling Down
4. Weaver
5. These Few Words
6. A New Kind of Sideways
7. Icarus Eyes
8. One and the Same

Line-up
James Durand - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards
Steve Hales - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards
Alistair Bell - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Falling Down

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Communic "Hiding From The World"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelAFM Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 20, 2020
Tracklist
01. Plunder Of Thoughts
02. Hiding From The World
03. My Temple Of Pride
04. Face In The Crowd
05. Born Without A Heart
06. Scavengers Await
07. Soon To Be
08. Forgotten

Line-up
Oddleif Stensland - guitar, vocals
Tor Atle Andersen - drums
Erik Mortensen - bass

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Sanguine Hum "A Trace Of Memory"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. New Light (3:04)
2. The Yellow Ship (13:08)
3. Pyramids (4:50)
4. Thin Air (4:45)
5. Unstable Ground (4:10)
6. Still As The Sea (3:22)
7. Automaton (8:49)

Total Time 42:08

Line-up
Joff Winks – guitar, vocals, piano (3), string arrangements (2)
Matt Baber – keys, synths, drums (4), field recordings
Brad Waissman – bass, Chapman stick, upright electric bass
   With
Paul Mallyon – drums (2, 5, 6, 7)
Andrew Booker – electronic percussion (1), drums (3)

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Transatlantic "The Absolute Universe"





Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, Blue-ray
Release date: February 5, 2021
Tracklist:
The Breath of Life (Abridged version)
1. Overture (5:53) 
2. Reaching For The Sky (5:40) 
3. Higher Than The Morning (4:32) 
4. The Darkness In The Light (5:43) 
5. Take Now My Soul (3:31) 
6. Looking For The Light (4:04) 
7. Love Made A Way (Prelude) (2:13) 
8. Owl Howl (5:26) 
9. Solitude (4:24) 
10. Belong (2:22) 
11. Can You Feel It (3:17) 
12. Looking For The Light (Reprise) (4:57) 
13. The Greatest Story Never Ends (2:57) 
14. Love Made A Way (9:02) 

Total Time 64:01 

Forevermore (Extended Version)
CD1
1. Overture (8:11) 
2. Heart Like A Whirlwind (5:11) 
3. Higher Than The Morning (5:29) 
4. The Darkness In The Light (5:43) 
5. Swing High, Swing Low (3:48) 
6. Bully (2:11) 
7. Rainbow Sky (3:19) 
8. Looking For The Light (3:59) 
9. The World We Used To Know (9:21) 

Total CD1 Time 47:12
 
CD2
1. The Sun Comes Up Today (5:38) 
2. Love Made A Way (Prelude) (1:25) 
3. Owl Howl (7:05) 
4. Solitude (5:41) 
5. Belong (2:49) 
6. Lonesome Rebel (2:53) 
7. Looking For The Light (Reprise) (5:12) 
8. The Greatest Story Never Ends (4:17) 
9. Love Made A Way (8:02) 

Total CD2 Time 43:02 

The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition - contains all tracks from The Breath of Life (Abridged version) and Forevermore (Extended Version)

Line-up
Mike Portnoy
Neal Morse
Roine Stolt
Pete Trewavas 

Media/Samples
Overture / Reaching For The Sky

The Amorphous Androgynous & Peter Hammill "We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal"



Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: fsoldigital
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 20, 2020 
Tracklist
1. We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal (12:22) 
2. Hymortality (3:53) 
3. Immortality Break (3:10) 
4. Physically I'm Here, Mentally Far, Far Away (4:18) 
5. Psych Recap (5:17) 
6. Synthony (11:22) 

Total Time 40:22

Line-up
The Amorphous Androgynous aka Garry Cobain & Brian Dougans (Future Sound of London)
   With
Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) - vocals
Paul Weller - piano and guitar
Ray Fenwick (Spencer Davis Group / Ian Gillan Band) - lead guitar
Brian Hopper (Caravan / Soft Machine) - sax
and many others 
Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir 
orchestral string section

Description/Reviews:
Opening with the 13 minute epic space prog rock of title track ‘We Persuade Ourselves We Are Immortal’ (written with Peter Hammill and Paul Weller) the themes of mortality and immortality are then musically and conceptually catapulted to the far flung corners of the AA sonic multiverse over 40+ minutes utilizing choir, moog, a live orchestral string section, piano, harp and a plethora of vintage synth all fed against a backdrop of classic rock and psych samplerdelia courtesy of the Amorphous Androgynous.
Space Odyssey like dystopian choirs and moog of ‘Hymortality’ crash full force into the Led Zep Bonham- like drums of ‘the Immortality Break’ before cascading down into the harp daydream reverie and minimoog space landings, choir and french romantic strings of ‘Physically I’m Here, Mentally Far, Far Away’
‘Psych Recap’ is all backwards voices and guitars / samplerdelia over pounding Tomorrow Never Knows era Beatles bass and drums with dislocated PETER HAMMILL psychedelic tripped out vocals while ‘Synthony On A Theme of Mortality’ builds from an almost Vangelis Bladerunner-esque vintage synthony of some of the themes of the original track (utilising the classic 70s Yamaha CS80 synth beloved of Vangelis))  before triumphantly soaring to lift-off atop a Pink Floyd-like female wailing aria (KENDRA FROST – vocals) against classic vintage guitar rock bringing the whole album to a triumphant ending.
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Bandcamp

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

John Hackett "The Piper Plays His Tune"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Hacktrax
Format: CD
Release date: November 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Masters Of My Past
2. Broken
3. In Love
4. Crying Shame
5. Broken Glass
6. Julia
7. Too Late For Dreamers
8. Clown
9. Loved By You
10. There You Go Again

Line-up
John Hackett - all instruments

Media/Samples
Trailer

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Gryphon "Get Out Of My Father's Car"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. Get Out Of My Father’s Car (4:04) 
2. A Bit Of Music By Me (4:47) 
3. Percy The Defective Perspective Detective (2:30) 
4. Christina’s Song (3:40) 
5. Suite For ’68 (5:03) 
6. The Brief History Of A Bassoon (2:57) 
7. Forth Sahara (3:46) 
8. Krum Dancing (5:25) 
9. A Stranger Kiss (4:19) 
10. Normal Wisdom From The Swamp… (a Sonic Tonic) (5:10) 
11. Parting Shot (5:52) 

Total Time 47:33

Line-up
Graeme Taylor - guitar
Brian Gulland - crumhorn, bassoon, trombone, recorder, keyboards
Dave Oberlé - drums
Andy Findon - clarinets, saxes and flutes
Rob Levy - bass guitar
Clare Taylor - violin and keyboards


Waqas Ahmed "Doomsday Astronaut"


Country: Pakistan/Romania
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: A for Aleph Records
Format: digital
Release date: November 14, 2020
Tracklist
1. Arise Temujin (5:52) 
2. Yojimbo In Cyberspace (4:00) 
3. Doomsday Astronaut (4:16) 
4. The Great Imposter (4:14) 
5. Aniroc (5:12) 
6. Hourglass (5:20) 
7. Supremacy (3:44) 
8. Blue Lemonade (4:00) 
9. Deconstruct To Reconstruct - (Demo) (4:58) 

Total Time 41:36

Line-up
Waqas Ahmed
   With
Sarmad Ghafoor
Ovidiu Ban
Irtaza Shafaat
Hassan Omer

Media/Samples
Bandcamp


Rodrigo San Martín "Arcana (Act 1)"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Eclectic
Format: digital
Release date:  November 14, 2020
Tracklist
1. Ouroboros (Prelude) (21:55)
2. The Eternal Fire (Ritual) (5:35)
3. Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal (h.6) (4:56)
4. Mother (Takeda Lullaby) (6:23)
5. Lindisfarne (Ramund) (6:12)
6. The Minstrel (Burn the Witch) (7:11)
7. L'estate (Storm) (2:51)
8. Gobi (5:05)
9. Sinfonía Arcana (7:51)

Total Time 67:59

Line-up
Rodrigo San Martín - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bass, piano, harpsichord, keyboards, Hammond organ, Mellotron, flute, recorder, percussion, programming, orchestra arrangements
    With
Canela Sol - vocals
Juan Pablo Sosa - vocals
Juan Manuel Torres - Spanish guitar
Arthur Martin "El Cubano" Bontempi - drums & percussion
D'lynne Parker - trumpet
Gérôme Daucourt - saxophone
Annegret Heim - violin
Ross O'Brown - violin
Mbabane Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ntombizodwa Impi Mukenio
The Hal-Azizi Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Gonzalo Jorgez
The Mydalr Percussion Group, conducted by Unna Rønne
Vida Aghili - vocals
Frida Kudakaite - vocals
Dalitso Champanjira - ritual vocals
Yurak Anhuaman Ninahuamán - vocals
Sühk - Mongolian throat singing
Leo Valentine - vocals
Musical Muse - vocals
Milura Neema - didgeridoo
Zuri Aishia - marimba
Utsumi Matsu - toy koto

Media/Samples
Bandcamp (free download)
Ouroboros (Prelude)


Geof Whitely Project "Luna Ad Insanian Convertant"



Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 1, 2021
Tracklist
1. When the Moving Finger Writes (6:32)
2. Secret Messages (4:56)
3. Digital Dream (7:12)
4. Outside the Line (4:42)
5. Frozen Innocence (5:42)
6. Awaken (5:34)
7. Necromancer (6:55)
8. Not Enough Time (5:48)
9. Don't Make Waves (6:43)
10. Dream Theater (10:46)

Total Time 64:50

Line-up
Arny Wheatley

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Illusion of Gravity "Too Late"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Too Late (8:56) 
2. Shining Bliss (6:27) 
3. Strange Home (6:31) 
4. I Can (6:48) 
5. Kua Fu (10:52) 

Total Time 39:34

Line-up

Federico Aluzzi: rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gabriele Zuddas: bass guitar
Umberto Alberto: keyboards
Davide Garofalo: drums

Alessandro Cascella: guitar 


Description/Reviews:

The title track opens gently, mysteriously- is that a clarinet? The throbbing bass guitar line ushers in atmospheric keyboards and builds. Electric guitar lines sing, then chiming guitar chords point to a deliberate, ballsy, ultra-tight full band sound.

Read the full review by Stephen Conrad at progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com

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Bandcamp

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Pyramaze "Epitaph"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelAFM Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
01 Epitaph
02 A Stroke Of Magic
03 Steal My Crown
04 Knights In Shining Armour
05 Bird Of Prey
06 Your Last Call
07 Particle
08 Indestructible
09 Transcendence (Feat. Brittney Slayes)
10 Final Hour
11 World Foregone
12 The Time Traveller

Line-up
Terje Harøy - Vocals
Jacob Hansen - Guitars, Bass
Jonah Weingarten - Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen - Drums
     With
Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers) - Vocals (9)
Matt Barlow - Vocals (12)
Lance King - Vocals (12)

Media/Samples 
A Stroke Of Magic

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Lunatic Soul "Through Shaded Woods"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Rock, Folk
LabelKscope
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Navvie (4:03)
2. The Passage (8:57)
3. Through Shaded Woods (5:51)
4. Oblivion (5:03)
5. Summoning Dance (9:52)
6. The Fountain (6:04)

Total Time 39:50

Special Ltd Edition Bonus CD:
1. Vyraj (5:32)
2. Hylophobia (3:20)
3. Transition II (27:45)

Total Time 36:37

Line-up
Mariusz Duda (Riverside) - vocals, instruments

Description/Reviews
On album number seven Duda extends his musical explorations to include dark Scandinavian and Slavic folk referencing bands like Heilung or Wardruna. Through Shaded Woods is completely devoid of electronics and is the first album in Duda’s discography, on which he plays all instruments. 
Mariusz Duda appears to have put the personal darkness that inspired his previous albums behind him, as more optimistic elements shine through in his new music. The album becoming musically "brighter" as it progresses – from the atmospheric introduction of "Navvie" through to the title track, which leads the listener to a melodious, trance like "Oblivion", echoing the style of Dead Can Dance.

Media/Samples
The Passage
Navvie
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Lucid Planet "II"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Anamnesis (12:24)
2. Entrancement (05:33)
3. Organic Hard Drive (09:38)
4. Offer (04:14)
5. On the Way (09:37)
6. Digital Ritual (04:57)
7. Face the Sun (11:48)
8. Zenith (09:55)

Total Time 68:10

Line-up
Michael Box - Guitar
Darcy Rank - Guitar, Synth
Luke Turner - Vocals, Bass
   With
Chris Cameron - Drumsб Percussion
Jade Alice - Backup Vocals
Daniel Richardson - Didgeridoo, Flute
Dan Samways - Flute
Emir Khosrowshahi - Flute
Clare Lynch - Violin

Description/Reviews:
The band defines itself as a progressive, psychedelic outfit combining influences of psychedelic bass music with djent, tribal and progressive rock, producing a divergent sound that fuses genres. I can't agree more with the description. Many elements, instruments, styles, structures and everything fits perfectly, producing a "kaleidoscopic experience".
Read the full review by Ignacio Bernaola at dprp.net

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Mandala "The Echoes Of Your Mind"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Prog Folk
LabelAutumnsongs Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. A Soul In The Night
2. Alive On The Edge
3. Blood Is Water
4. In The Midst Of A Midnight Escape
5. One Last Circle
6. This Fading Light
7. Beneath The Captive Sun

Line-up
Markus Wisth Edvardsen - bass
Rhys Marsh - guitar and vocals
Will Spurling - drums

Media/Samples 
A Soul In The Night

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Starbynary "Divina Commedia: Paradiso"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Art Gates Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Moon (5:11) 
2. Mercury (5:04) 
3. Venus (5:16) 
4. The Sun (4:55) 
5. Mars (5:27) 
6. Jupiter (6:25) 
7. Saturn (5:37) 
8. Stellae Fixae (6:01) 
9. Primum Mobile (6:59) 
10. The Empyrean (5:17) 
11. Stars (8:29) 

Total Time 64:41

Line-up
Joe Caggianelli : Vocals
Ralph Salati : Guitars
Sebastiano Zanotto : Bass
Alfonso Mocerino : Drums
Luigi Accardo : Keyboards

Media/Samples
spotify


Øresund Space Collective "Four Riders Take Space Mountain"


Country: Denmark/Sweden
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 30, 2020 (streams), November 24, 2020 (CD, vinyl, download)
Tracklist
1. Approach (20:55) 
2. Ascent (19:59) 
3. Summit (21:20) 
4. Descent To Reality (21:58) 

Total Time 84:12

Line-up
Jonathan Segel (Camper van Beethoven) - Violin, Guitar
Mathias Danielsson (My Brother the Wind, Gösta Berlings Saga)- Guitar
Hasse Horrigmoe (Tangle Edge)- Bass
Dr Space (Black Moon Circle, Doctors of Space)- Synthesizers
Mats Orbation- Guitar and Effects
KW Westman (Siena Root)- Keyboard 
Jonas Berge (Agusa)- Organ, Synth and Guitar
Alex (Gösta Berlings Saga) – Drums
KG- Sitar (4)
Tim- Drums (4)

Description/Reviews:
The group ... play improvised, instrumental and unflinchingly exploratory cosmic rock. Veering between the already-blurry lines that border heavy psychedelia, classic-style prog and Hawkwindian space fare. ... That might make Four Riders Take Space Mountain particularly engaging for newcomers, and where some other releases in the vast swath thereof pull from different sessions and offer what feel like extended sections of broader works or are just executed with various aims on their own, the fact that “Approach,” “Ascent” and “Summit” move so smoothly ... and flow so righteously between active and atmospheric sections, ..., as well as the sheer sense of float that comes with the arrival at “Summit,” means that Four Riders Take Space Mountain is a standout even among the band’s other work in being a joy to follow through its progression.
Read the full review at theobelisk.net

Media/Samples
Bandcamp 
Deezer


Friday, November 13, 2020

Intervals "Circadian"



Country: Canada 
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal  
LabelSheet Happens
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. 5-HTP
2. Vantablack
3. Luna[r]tic
4. Lock & Key
5. Signal Hill
6. String Theory
7. D.O.S.E.
8. Earthing

Line-up
Aaron Marshall - Guitars 
Jacob Umansky - Bass 
Nathan Bulla - Drums & Percussion
  With
Milen Petzelt-Sorace - Sound Design 
Sergei Kofman- Additional Sound Design
Joshua De La Victoria - Guitar (4)
Marco Sfogli - Guitar (6)
Antonio Hancock aka Saxl Rose - Saxophone (7)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp
Stream & buy

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Need "Norchestrion: A Song For The End"


Country: Greece
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelIkaros Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateJanury 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Avia
2. Beckethead
3. Nemmortal
4. Bloodlux
5. V.a.d.i.s.
6. Norchestrion
7. Circadian
8. Ananke
9. Kinwind

Line-up
Jon V - vocals
Ravaya - guitar, vocals
Anthony Hadjee - keyboards, vocals
Stelios - drums
Viktor - bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Guildmaster "The Knight and the Ghost"



Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: Seacrest Oy - SCR-1028
Format: CD
Release date: November 10, 2020
Tracklist
01. Puppet Dance (01:45)
02. Saaristo (05:59)
03. The Hare (03:04)
04. The Knight and the Ghost (09:14)
05. Stranded by the Coast (05:31)
06. Sixes and Five (01:41)
07. The Search (07:35)
08. Camino de Luz (05:33)
09. Noughts and Crosses (02:27)
10. The Fairy Pole (03:46)
11. Ghost Dance/Race with the Spirits (06:18)
12. The Sun Rises Again (05:51)
13. Secret Garden (02:58)

Total Time 61:51

Line-up
Rafael Pacha - classical, acoustic and electric guitars, recorder baroque flutes, keyboards, Venezuelan cuatro, psaltery, bouzouki, mandolin, viola da gamba, darbuka, bodhran, low & high whistles, tenor banjo, zither, metallophone, long neck satz, peñaparda style drum
Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak, Camel) - keyboards
Marco Bernard (The Samurai of Prog) -  Shuker basses
Kimmo Pörsti (The Samurai of Prog, Paidarion, Mist Season) -  drums & percussion
    With:
Martti Törnwall - violin
Esa Lehtinen - flute
Chris Perry - fiddle
Alessandro Di Benedetti - keyboards
Camilla Rinaldi - vocals
Ariane Valdivié - vocals
Rubén Álvarez - electric guitar
Manoel Macía - baroque guitar

Description/Reviews:
”The Knight and The Ghost” includes 13 original compositions from Rafael Pacha, Ton Scherpenzeel, Kimmo Pörsti, Alessandro Di Benedetti and Kristiina Poutanen - combining folk-music around the world to the appropriate amount of Prog-elements.
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Trailer
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The Samurai of Prog "Beyond the Wardrobe"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSeacrest Oy - SCR-1029
FormatCD
Release date: November 10, 2020
Tracklist
01. Another Time (06:22)
02. Dear Amadeus (08:52)
03. King of Spades (05:54)
04. Forset Rondo (05:50)
05. Jester's Dance (06:47)
06. Kabane (07:33)
07. Marigold (02:33)
08. Brandenburg Gate (04:24)
09. Washing the Clouds (07:29)

Total Time 55:52

Line-up
Marco Bernard: Rickenbacker bass
Kimmo Pörsti (Mist Season): drums and percussion
Steve Unruh (Resistor, UPF): vocals, violin, flute, guitars
    With
Ronaldo Rodrigues - keyboards
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, UPF) - saxophone
Oliviero Lacagnina - keyboards
Rafael Pacha - guitars
Octavio Stampàlia - keyboards
Alessandro Di Benedetti (Mad Crayon, Inner Prospekt) - keyboards
Daniel Fäldt - vocals
Carmine Capasso - electric guitar
Christian Bideau - keyboards
Pablo Robotti - electric guitar
Yuko Tomiyama - keyboards
Marc Papeghin - French horn, trumpet
Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak) - keyboards
Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre) - keyboards, vocals


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Trailer

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Jump "Breaking Point"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: F2
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 9, 2020 (streams),  November 16, 2020 (CD, download)
Tracklist
1. The Heroes (4:54) 
2. The King (6:02) 
3. The City (6:15) 
4. The Voices (4:35) 
5. The Cellar (2:23) 
6. Breaking Point (7:16) 
7. The Parade (4:56) 
8. The Widow (5:26) 
9. The Cold Fire (7:21) 

Total Time 49:08 

Line-up
John Dexter Jones - Vocals
Steve Rundle (Ronnie Rundle) - Guitars
Steve Hayes - Guitars
Mark Pittam - Bass
Mo - Keyboards
Andy Baker - Drums


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Deezer

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Solstice "Sia"



Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: GEP - GEPCD1066
Format: CD,vinyl 
Release date: November 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. Shout
2. Love is Coming
3. Long Gone
4. Stand Up
5. Seven Dreams
6. A New Day
7. Cheyenne 2020

Line-up
Andy Glass - Guitar, Vocals
Jenny Newman - Violin
Pete Hemsley - Drums
Jess Holland - Vocals
Robin Phillips - Bass
Steven McDaniel - Keyboards, Vocals

Media/Samples
Shout! (demo)

Great Wide Nothing "Hymns for Hungry Spirits, Vol. I"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital, vinyl
Release date: November 7, 2020 (digital), March 2021 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. To Find The Light, Part One (6:05)
2. Superhero (5:21)
3. Promised Land (4:35)
4. Hymn For A Hungry Spirit (4:31)
5. Stars Apart (8:58)
6. Vigil (3:30)
7. The Best We Can Do Is Laugh (8:32)

Total Time 41:32

Line-up
Daniel Graham - Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Dylan Porper - Keyboards
Jeff Matthews - Drums
    With
Terrell McGowen - Trumpet
Noah Sills - Saxophone
Sarah Rose & Susy I. Reyes (4)

Description/Reviews

Ambitious and eclectic, the record explores exciting new sonic territory for Great Wide - from guitar-driven alt-rock to dazzling jazz fusion to Beatles-esque balladry and much, much more, "Hymns for Hungry Spirits, Vol. I" really does offer something for every kind of listener. 

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Grumblewood "Stories of Strangers"


Country: New Zealand
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: Gravity Dream
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. My Fair Lady (7:30)
2. Picturesque Postcard (4:42)
3. Castaways (5:18)
4. Fives & Nines (4:35)
5. The Sheriff Rides (6:02)
6. Ex Memoriam (3:08)
7. The Minstrel (8:00)
8. Stories Of Strangers (5:27)

Total Time 44:42

Line-up
Gav Bromfield - Vocals, Flute, Acoustic Guitar
Salvatore Richichi - Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo
Morgan Jones - Bass, Bouzouki, Harpsichord
Phil Aldridge - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Description/Reviews
Grumblewood are a progressive folk-rock quartet from Wellington, New Zealand. Their debut album ‘Stories of Strangers’ features eight tales of fortune, fable, daring and demise, and explores the lyricism, rhythms, and role of folk music, mixing it up with a bit of jazz, a bit of baroque, and a lot of rock.
The band has taken the very unusual and artistic step of recording, mixing and mastering entirely in analogue and the result is a warm and charming album that appears born of the golden era of progressive music.
“The album sounds like it was made in the early 1970s. The songwriting and musicianship is fantastically engaging.” – Robin Armstrong, Cosmograf/Gravity Dream


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Teaser

 
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DarWin "Darwin 2: A Frozen War"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. Nightmare Of My Dreams
2. Future History
3. Eternal Life
4. A Frozen War
5. Another Year

Line-up
DarWin - guitars, string arrangements
Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck) - drums, percussion, keyboards
Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr) - vocals
Billy Sheehan (Sons of Apollo, Steve Vai, Winery Dogs) - bass
Guthrie Govan (Aristocrats, Asia, Hans Zimmer, Steven Wilson)- guitar
Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater) - keyboards
Greg Howe - guitar
Alex Sill - acoustic guitar
Jeff Babko - keyboards.
Peter Nickalls - string arrangements
Reykjavik String Quartet:
Violin:  Helga Thora Bjorgvinsdottir
Violin: Una Sveinbjarnardottir
Viola:  Thorunn Osk Marinosdottir
Cello:  Sigurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson

Media/Samples 
Nightmare Of My Dreams
Future History

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TDW "The Days The Clock Stopped"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Layered Reality Productions
Format: CD+DVD, digital
Release date: December 4, 2020
Tracklist
1. Crashscape   
2. Clockstop - Insight X   
3. Code of Conduct   
4. Clockstop - Insight 2   
5. Sleepless Angels   
6. The Pulse   
7. Clockstop - Insight 3   
8. Death and Her Brother Greg    
9. No Can Do   
10. Clockstop - Insight 4   
11. A String of Repeats

Line-up
Tom de Wit - Lead Vocals, Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Synths, Orchestrations
Rich Hinks (Aeon Zen, Annihilator) - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Fabio Alessandrini (Annihilator) - Drums
Remco Woutersen - Cello solo parts

Solo's per song:
#4 - Marco Sfogli (Solo artist, James LaBrie, PFM & Icefish)
#5 - Daniel Magdič (Prehistoric Animals, Ex-Pain of Salvation)
#6 - Koen Romeijn (Detonation, Heidevolk)
#8 - Chris Zoupa (Teramaze)
#9 - Andi Kravljaca (Bioplan),
#9 - Matthew op 't Einde (IDEK.)
#9 - Luca Di Genarro (Soul Secret)
#10 - Norbert Veenbrink (Dreamwalkers Inc)
#11 - Lennert Kemper (Dreamwalkers Inc)

Choirmembers:
Laura ten Hoedt, Cailyn Erlandsson, Nicole de Ruiter, Iris van 't Veer, Rikke Linssen, Stan Eimers, Ron Brouwer, Rich Hinks, Abraham Sarache

Description/Reviews:
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Elizabeth the last "Task"

Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Timezone Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 6, 2020 (CD, digital), December 14, 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Blacksmith
2. Harvester
3. Inselwart
4. Watchmen
5. Claimant

Line-up
André Krispin - Guitar
Benjamin Oppermann - Bass
Arnd Finke - Drums

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Fates Warning "Long Day Good Night"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 6, 2020
Tracklist
01. The Destination Onward
02. Shuttered World
03. Alone We Walk
04. Now Comes the Rain
05. The Way Home
06. Under the Sun
07. Scars
08. Begin Again
09. When Snow Falls
10. Liar
11. Glass Houses
12. The Longest Shadow of the Day
13. The Last Song

Total running time 72:22

Line-up
Ray Alder - vocals
Jim Matheos - guitar
Joey Vera - bass
Bobby Jarzombek - drums
Frank Aresti - guitar
   With
Mike Abdow - guitar solos
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree/The Pineapple Thief) - drums (6, 9)

Description/Reviews
From opener "The Destination Onward", which is a dynamic romp that covers a lot of ground, to the warmer, more contemplative strains of "The Way Home" or the 11+ minutes of "The Longest Shadow Of The Day" that pushes in a number of directions without losing focus, they don't repeat themselves, always delivering the goods with heart.
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Arcing Wires "Prime"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Jazz Rock/Metal, Fusion
Label: Art As Catharsis
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Lizard (5:37) 
2. Catacaustic (5:43) 
3. Blue Steel (6:45) 
4. Arc9 (6:50) 
5. Eniargim (5:17) 
6. Merits (2:01) 
7. Serotonin (7:22) 
8. Bobbin Head (5:05) 

Total Time 44:40

Line-up
Nick Henderson – Electric Bass, Synths, Piano
Yutaro Okuda – Electric Guitars, Electric Baritone Guitar
Felix Lalanne – Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitar
Alex Hirlian – Drums, SPDX
Nish Manjunath – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, FX, Synths, Piano
   With
Steph Russell – Vocal (2)
Matt Thomson – Keyboards, Synths (8)

Description/Reviews:
Adding a saxophone to the standard rock line-up of two guitars, drums and bass is of course nothing new. German legends of Panzerballett come to mind immediately and the comparison isn’t too far fetched if you listen to the opening triple of the singles ‘The Lizard’, ‘Catacaustic’ and ‘Blue Steel’. However, towards the end of ‘Blue Steel’, the five Aussies seem to free themselves of these all too obvious similarities and find more of a ‘voice’ that is entirely their own,  albeit almost entirely an instrumental one. 
Read the full review by Dario at theprogspace.com

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Kaleidoreal "Love's Bright Light"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital 
Release date: November 5, 2020
Tracklist
1. The One (3:59)
2. The Girl Who Stopped the World (7:50)
3. Other Side of Me (6:20)
4. Oh Son (9:58)
5. Pinnacle (8:51)
6. Words Are but Words (4:50)
7. Love's Bright Light (13:36)

Total Time 55:24

Line-up
Lars Granat - Vocals, Instruments

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Tammatoys "Conflicts"



Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. I Will Follow (5:36) 
2. Downfall (10:55) 
3. Politics (5:07) 
4. The Conflict (part 1) (14:37) 
5. Time (8:03) 

Total Time 44:18

Line-up
Kjetil Bergseth - Vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars
Øystein Utby – Bass
Simon Dolmen Bergseth: Guitars
Bjørn David Dolmen: Guitars
Ragnar Aasen Utby: Guitars
Martin Utby: Drums
  With
Ørnulv Brun Snrtheim: Guitars (1)

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Grayceon "Mothers Weavers Vultures"



Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelTranslation Loss (vinyl)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release dateDecember 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Diablo Wind
2. The Lucky Ones
3. This Bed
4. And Shine On
5. Rock Steady

Line-up
Max Doyle - guitar
Jackie Perez Gratz - cello and voice
Zack Farwell - drums

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