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Saturday, November 28, 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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Friday, November 27, 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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Friday, November 20, 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)

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A Taste of Winter

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Friday, November 13, 2020

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.

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Bandcamp (from release date)

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Friday, November 6, 2020

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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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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