Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Old Rock City Orchestra "Ipsilon"

Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: M.P. & Records - MPRCD104
Format: CD
Release date: March 15, 2023
1. Y (3:30) 
2. The Warning (2:23) 
3. Gypsy’s Prediction (4:35) 
4. Take My Hand (3:37) 
5. Preacher (3:26) 
6. No Way (4:11) 
7. Daimon (3:12) 
8. The Magic Pathways (2:48) 
9. Stranger (4:09) 
10. Fly Away (3:01) 
11. We’ll Be One (4:18) 

Total Time 39:10

Cinzia Catalucci - Vocals, Keyboards
Raffaele Spanetta - Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards
Mike Capriolo - Drums

Graphic by OndemediE
Produced by Vannuccio Zanella and Old Rock City Orchestra


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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

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.

Monday, March 13, 2023

Neil Howell "The Wasteland"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 14, 2023
1 Welcome to the Desert
2 The Cruellest Month
3 Handful of Dust
4 Clairvoyant
5 Winter Dawn
6 Nothing
7 Hurry Up
8 Unreal City
9 Entering the Whirlpool
10 With Like Patience
11 Falling Towers
12 Upon the Shore
13 The Fisher King

Neil Howell

Set to release his eighth studio album since 2020, his works have covered styles ranging from full- on stadium rock, 1970s prog, eviscerating death metal, and acoustic folk, often in the same song.  Nothing has changed his approach on The Wasteland. If anything, he has doubled down on his eclecticism. The range can be jolting. One moment he’s lost in the melancholic doom of The Cruellest Month, only to be followed moments later by the quiet solitude of A Handful of Dust. Falling Towers is a song made of molten lava and pummeling guitar riffs, but is bookended by two much softer songs, the plaintive With Like Patience and the ethereal Upon the Shore. It is an album for the artistically minded, but accessible enough for any rock or metal fan.

The Cruellest Month

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Friday, March 10, 2023

2022 page has been restored and updated 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

M-opus "At The Mercy Of Manannán"

Country: Ireland
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2023
1. Setting Off
2. Riverflow
3. Whirlpool
4. To The Other Side
5. Na Bruídaí 
6. Valley Of Elah
7. Scaling Novas
8. Carnivale

Mark Grist - drums
PJ O'Connell - guitars
Colin Sullivan - guitars
Jonathan Casey (David Cross Band) - vocals, keys, bass

Produced and mixed by Jonathan Casey
Recorded at the W5, Drum Shed and Chop Shop, Cooliska.
Cover illustration by Indira May.

As with all their albums, this hypothetically 'comes from' a year in rock history, 1972, with the sound and production that implies. From lush, symphonic rock, to blazing, virtuosic instrumentals and lavish melodic tracks, the album aims to be nothing less than a 'new classic'. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Echo Us "Inland Empire"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Ambient
Label: Absolute Probability Recordings
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 7, 2023
1. Across The Star (3:49) 
2. Echo Us (9:37) 
3. Dark Shock (8:35) 
4. It's Time For Winter (3:43) 
5. Inland Empire (7:43) 
6. Nest Egg (2:11) 
7. From The Furthest Memory (1:14) 
8. Far Above The Sky (5:19) 
9. Solarium (6:33) 
10. Singing With You (10:45) 

Total Time 59:29

Ethan Matthews - lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, synthesizers, programming, percussion, glockenspiel
Aaron Bell - bass (2)


Friday, March 3, 2023

Kong "Traders Of Truth"

Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Kongenial Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date:  March 3, 2023
1. Radiance (4:38) 
2. Hit That Red (3:27) 
3. Fringing (4:31) 
4. Rök (5:01) 
5. Mirrorizon (5:25) 
6. Glasslands (4:31) 
7. Ripper (4:36) 
8. Chaos As Law (4:35) 
9. Stray Marks (4:34) 
10. Flat Earth Sobriety (3:57) 
11. Destressed & Unrestrained (6:11) 

Total Time 51:26

Oscar Alblas - drums
David Kox - guitar, samples
Tijs Keverkamp - guitar
Mark Drillich - bass, samples, guitar
Jan Akkerman (Focus, Brainbox) - Guitar solo (8)

Mixed & mastered by Dag Erik Nygaard at Bergen Lydstudio, Norway
Produced by KONG


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Abel Sequera "Soundscapes"

Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Scarified Records
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: March 3, 2023
1. The Beginning Of The End - The Departure (6:31) 
2. Beyond Known Frontiers - Traveller Companion (7:51) 
3. In The Steps Of Pioneers - Old Paths To Discovery (5:57) 
4. Wreck Of Souls - The Storm (6:03) 
5. Saghillie Illahie - The Island (8:18) 
6. Above The Summit - The Rapture (6:37) 
7. Maat - Cosmic Order (5:46) 
8. Tabula Rasa - A Place Called Home (13:05) 

Total Time 60:08 

Abel Sequera - Drums
Roland Grapow, Magnus Henriksson, Pete Lesperance, Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Jeff Kollman (Alan Parsons), Simone Mularoni (DGM), Bill Hudson, Tony Hernando, Marcelo Barbosa, Mike Abdow, Benjamin Ellis, Brendt Allman, Daniel Palmqvist, Max Ostro, Michael Harris, Richard Hallebeek, Chris Brooks, Marcel Coenen, Milan Polak, Markus Sigfridsson, Ponch Satrio, Robert Rodrigo, Blake Scopino, Alberto Barrero, Eddy Gary, Antonio Maties, Mario Jović, Albert Florenza and Carles Salse - Guitars
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), Diego Tejeida (Haken), Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), Mikael Blanc, Mistheria, Sergey Boykov, Ariel Perchuk, Kyke Serrano, Eduardo Gongora and Rio Ricardo - Keyboards 
Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai), Randy George (Neal Morse), Andreas Blomqvist (Seventh Wonder), Miguel Pereira, Jonas Kuhlberg, Joan Vigo and Alex Romeu - Bass
Michael Vescera, Marco Basile, Marina LaTorraca, Roger Batlle, Johny Giner and Deo Boko - Vocals 
Nelson Rangell - Sax
Paul Logue, Luke DeMain - Voice-overs

Produced and written by Abel Sequera and Carles Salse
Mixed and mastered by Sebastian Sendon
Artwork by Fernando Navajo


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Lunar "The Illusionist"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Saibot Reign Records
Format:  CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: March 3, 2023
1. Prestidigitation - 6:16
2. The Illusionist - 10:04
3. Showtime - 3:45
4. Worship The Sun - 5:23
5. Turn Off The World - 7:14
6. Disassembled - 5:53
7. Juggling Chainsaws - 7:30
8. For My Next Trick - 3:57
9 . Now You See Me - 8:39

Album Length: 58:46

Alex Bosson - Drums & Percussion
Balmore Lemus - Guitars
Ryan Price - Bass 
Alex Nasla - Keyboards & Synthesizers
Chandler Mogel - Lead Vocals
Brian Lewis - Growl Vocals
Gleb Kanasevich - Clarinet (1)
Patrick Corona - Saxophone (2)
Jørgen Munkeby (Shining) - Flute & Saxophone (6)
Ben Karas - Violin & Viola (9)
Andy Gillion - Additional Guitar Solo (2)
Taylor Washington - Additional Guitar Solo (3)
Sam Vallen (Caligula's Horse) - Additional Guitar Solo (5)
Christian Münzner (Obscura) - Additional Guitar Solo (7)

Music by Alex Bosson (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,9), Balmore Lemus (4), Ryan Price (8)
Lyrics by Alex Bosson (2, 3, 5, 6,9), Balmore Lemus (4,7)
Produced by: Alex Bosson
Mixed by: Linus Coreliusson
Mastered by: Jens Bogren
Artwork by: Travis Smith
Album layout / design by: Brian Lewis

Proggy and crazy, the Dream Theater and Haken influences are evident in this song. As for the album, is it a concept album that tells the story of a magician that questions his entire life’s work. He’s spent his entire life devoting himself to his craft and now he questions if it was worth it. Musically the album goes through many stages as the character does on this journey of himself. There are songs that are angry, songs that are confused, songs that are depressed, and everywhere in between.



Monday, February 6, 2023

Matt Dorsey "Let Go"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Pop Rock
Format: CD,digital
Release date: April 7, 2023
1. Castles Made of Sand
2. Compromise
3. Waiting for the Fall
4. Man
5. Impossible Friends
6. Echo
7. Let Go
8. Dangerous

Matt Dorsey (Sound Of Contact, Dave Kerzner, In Continuum): Vocals, guitars, bass, keys, drums, percussion
Dave Kerzner (Sound Of Contact, In Continuum): Keyboard solo (3)
Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, Mike Keneally): Drums (3,4,7)
Jonathan Mover (GTR, Stuart Hamm): Drums (1,5,6)

All music and lyrics written by Matt Dorsey, except keyboard solo in "Waiting For The Fall" written by Dave Kerzner
Mixed by Matt Dorsey
Mastered by Andy VanDette
Artwork by Ed Unitsky

“Let Go” is a new collection of songs written and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Matt Dorsey. Stylistically it stands as a blend of all the artists and bands that influenced him including, Rush, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, XTC, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan and more. It can be described as progressive-pop-rock. 

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