Wednesday, December 7, 2022

L'Estate di San Martino "Kim"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: AMS - AMS339CD/AMSLP170
Format: CD,digital,vinyl
Release date: November 11, 2022
1. Cretto (3:20) 
2. Sul Prato (4:43) 
3. Inanna (5:46) 
4. Gocce (6:09) 
5. Libera (5:47) 
6. Il Ciclope (1:29) 
7. Il Monaco Pierre (4:08) 
8. Immaginami (7:14) 
9. Caleidoscopio (9:32) 
10. Tewar (incl. ghost tracks) (11:01) 

Total Time 59:09 

Massimo Baracchi: bass, bass pedals
Luca Castellani: electric guitar
Marco Pentiricci: flute, saxophone, harp
Andrea Pieroni: vocals
Riccardo Regi: guitars
Sergio Servadio: drums
Stefano Tofi: keyboards
Mauro Formica: bass (7,8)

L`Estate di San Martino has decided to move their sonic coordinates towards a modern progressive rock, almost free of old acoustic sections but full of various electronic injections. This stylistic evolution has been marked by Andrea Pieroni’s new presence in the line-up, a singer with a warm and expressive tone that gives an edge to a musically flawless album. 

Crypto Knight "The Journey"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 16, 2022
1. Ride On (4:47) 
2. Good Knights (3:45) 
3. Down To Earth (3:50) 
4. Castaway (3:18) 
5. The Inklings (4:48) 
6. Surfing The Ether (4:12) 
7. Cascades (4:00) 
8. Exodus Finalis (4:38) 

Total Time 33:18

Dave Johnson (The Forgotten Man) - Music, Vocals, Producer
Tim Malugin

The duo's music demonstrates their unique and varied style which has been described as a mix of Neo Progressive, Indie and Electronic Rock.
Exodus Finalis


Crypto Knight "The Quest"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: digital
Release date: May 27, 2022
1. Break The Code (3:49) 
2. Falling Leaves (4:42) 
3. Dark Knight (5:30) 
4. Supernova (5:45) 
5. Transient (4:33) 
6. Infinity Breaks (6:03) 
7. The Island (5:06) 
8. The Flyer (4:32) 
9. Time To Burn (3:52) 
10. Mr. Deceiver (4:40) 
11. Bulletproof (3:44) 
12. Too Young To Be Old (3:12) 

Total Time 55:28

Dave Johnson (The Forgotten Man) - Music
Tim Malugin - Vocals

The duo's music demonstrates their unique and varied style which has been described as a mix of Neo Progressive, Indie and Electronic Rock.


Sunday, December 4, 2022

Now all the news are published at a new non-public blog. Here I will only publish the news concerning new albums that are sent to me by musicians, labels or PR agencies (if they fit the theme of the blog) and update previously published posts.

The information concerning access to the new blog is published on the 'Subscription' page.

P.S. Some people may have missed my posts about the situation which I published during March and April and are still wondering why the access to the blog has become paid:

There is war in my country and the situation with jobs and salaries is such that I can't afford spending time needed for this blog without at least some compensation. I offer different levels of participation, so that anybody who is able to pay, could continue to get the information about new albums.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Opus Arise "The Network"

Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 2, 2022
1) Inner Skepticism – 5:50
2) Electric Jungle – 6:02
3) Antimatter – 3:22
4) Digital Soundscape – 4:38
5) Reminiscence – 5:21
6) Change – 5:23
7) Timeshift – 5:21
8) The Unanswered Question – 5:13

Album Length: 41:13

Shawn Hillman Guitar, Cello (4)
James Readman: Guitar
Daniel Carmago: Bass Guitar (1-3, 5-7)
Matthew Logan: Drums, Violin II
Matthew Hannah: Keyboards
Michelle Gao: Violin I
Ellen Smith: Viola
Darrell Bennett: Cello
Kyle Hagen: Contrabass, Bass Guitar (8)

Mixing by Ryan Shepard at Little Red Sounds Studio
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum
Artwork by Daniel Reyes
Music Videos by Jade Weekes
Compositions by Matthew Logan

Opus Arise (ft. members of Svneatr, Thousand Arrows, Ysgaroth) is an orchestral metal ensemble that brings together classical strings and metal rhythms to create luscious soundscapes to dissonant chaos. They are about to drop their second album this winter, entitled “The Network”, which will send listeners headfirst into a cyberpunk world where frequencies and chord progressions are believed to be catalysts for time travel. Although there are no lyrics, the theme is easy to pick up on, as the tension, the relief, and the drama of the story are within. Compared to their previous album “Revelation” (2016), their compositions have become less metal driven and they have grown the string section from a trio to a quintet and are planning to incorporate more orchestral instruments.



Collage "Over And Out"

Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Mystic Production
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: December 2, 2022
1. Over And Out
2. What About The Pain
3. One Empty Hand
4. A Moment A Feeling
5. Man In The Middle 

Bartosz Kossowicz (Quidam) - vocals
Michał Kirmuć - electric & acoustic guitars
Krzysztof Palczewski - synthesizers
Piotr Mintay Witkowski - bass
Wojtek Szadkowski (Satellite, Peter Pan, Strawberry Fields, Travellers) - drums & percussion
Steve Rothery (Marillion) - electric & acoustic guitars (5)

One empty hand


Monday, November 28, 2022

The One "Sunrise"

Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Construction Records
Format: CD,digital,vinyl
Release date: January 27, 2023 (Benelux), February 17, 2023 (Rest Of The World) 
1. The Thoughts Of Light (3:32) 
2. Time Out (5:54) 
3. Pass Haunts Again (8:57) 
4. Remember (3:32) 
5. Lets Laugh (5:53) 
6. Between You And Me (4:37) 
7. The Time Stands Still (3:00) 
8. Sunrise (5:14) 

Total Time 40:39

Timothy van der Holst - drums, bass, piano, hammond, rhodes, synthesizers & percussion
Frank “Fish” Ayres - lyrics, spoken word & slide guitar
Max Gilkes - lead vocals
Edwin in ’t Veld - electric & acoustic guitars
Fernando Perdomo - guitar
Luca Giordano  - guitar
Maarten Teekens - vocals

The One's debut album 'Sunrise' is described as atmospheric prog in the spirit of the great bands of the 70’s with a good melodic and rhythmic sensibility. 


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Varjo-Orkesteri "Seremonia"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Inverse Records
Format: digital
Release date: January 20, 2023
01. Suunnistaja
02. Palvojat
03. Sinisiipi
04. Viherkylki
05. Käpälämäkeen
06. llmestymätön
07. Kiitäjä
08. Yhden miehen keitos
09. Kaavanmurtaja
10. Sarastus
11. Korpiveisu

Markku Pihlaja - vocals
Saku Hakuli - guitars
Pasi Hakuli - bass
Jarmo Pikka - drums
Teemu Seppälä - backing vocals 

The 11-song "Seremonia" is a piece of consistent quality from start to finish and perfectly describes the style of the Varjo-Orkesteri. Lyrically, the band leads the listener from the viewpoints of nature, the afterlife and eastern philosophy to man himself, to the vanishing understanding of being part of the universe.


Friday, November 25, 2022

Verbal Delirium "Conundrum"

Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 25, 2022
  1. Falling
  2. In Pieces
  3. Intruders
  4. Children Of Water
  5. Conundrum
  6. The Watcher
  7. Neon Eye Cage
  8. Fall From Grace
Jargon - Vocals, Additional Keyboards
George 'La Trappe' Pagidas - Bass
George 'K' Kyriakidis - Guitars
Nikos Terzis - Keyboards
Vasilis 'Wilbow' Armaos - Drums
Nikolas Nikolopoulos - Saxophones, Clarinet (5)
Marios Ivan Papoulias - Violin (1, 2)
Nikitas Kissonas - Backing Vocals (1-3)
Leonidas Petropoulos - Backing Vocals (1-3)
Konstantina Vretou - Backing Vocals (1, 2)
Eva Miliou - Backing Vocals (1, 2)

Lyrics & Music by Jargon
Arranged by Verbal Delirium
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Leonidas Petropoulos at Studio Anaconda
Artwork, photos & cover by Dimitris Tzortzis

By blending the sounds of alternative and modern progressive rock
with some hints of 60’s and 80’s pop rock, the album will offer to the listener
adventurous and versatile soundscapes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Juha Kujanpää "Old Ways, New Ways"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Prog Folk, Fusion
LabelKuu Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 9, 2022
1 - Old Ways, New Ways
2 - Trekators
3 - Sepia
4 - Morning Star
5 - Gates of Heaven
6 - Matroskin
7 - In the Country
8 - Glow

Juha Kujanpää - piano, keyboards, pipe organ
Timo Kämäräinen - electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin
Tero Tuovinen - electric and double bass
Jussi Miettola - drums, percussion
Joakim Berghäll - saxophones
Verneri Pohjola - trumpet
Henri Haapakoski - flute, saxophone (7)
Jouni Järvelä - clarinet
Teija Niku - accordion (7)
Emmi Kujanpää - kantele (1,3)
Eeppi Ursin - voice
Susanna Lukkarinen - voice
Jouni Kannisto - voice

All music composed, arranged and produced by Juha Kujanpää
Recorded at Sonic Pump, Studio Arthur and several other places in Helsinki during 2019-22
“Glow” recorded at Villa Vikan, Persböle
Recorded by Tommi Vainikainen and Juha Kujanpää
Mixed and mastered by Tommi Vainikainen
Art and graphic design by Teemu Raudaskoski

Bandcamp (from release date)

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