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Friday, February 23, 2024

Marcin Pajak "In The Space"

Country: Poland/UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 15, 2024
Tracklist
1. No More Time (5:06) 
2. Building The Rocket (4:33) 
3. Liftoff (4:02) 
4. Gravity (6:42) 
5. Space Travel (10:38) 
6. Emptiness (4:40) 
7. Kuiper Belt (5:35) 
8. Thick Clouds (6:57) 
9. Towards The Unknown (4:27) 
10. Last Chance (6:12) 
11. New Beginning (5:04) 

Total Time 63:56

Credits
Marcin Pajak - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Piotr Sitkowski - Keyboards and Synthesizers
Wiktor Świerczek - Saxophone
Tomasz Zawadzki - Bass
Nicholas Schlesinger - Drums

Recorded and engineered by Marcin Pajak
Mixed and mastered by Magda and Robert Srzedniccy, Seracos Studio
Cover by Natalia Jonderko Śmiechowicz in N Station Studio

Description/Reviews:
The album that consists of eleven tracks in progressive rock style will take us for over one-hour journey into space where the main character constructs the spaceship and goes for a long, exhausting journey to find the new home for all the humanity. From the opening to the very end, every song on the album tells a single, unbreakable story, complete with all the highs and lows the main character experienced.
Media/Samples
Liftoff

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Giuseppe Petrucci Instant Curtain "State of Art"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Canterbury
Format: CD,vinyl,digital
Release date: November 22, 2023 (digital), February 2024 (CD,vinyl)
Tracklist
1 - Leave Me Behind (6:06)
2 - Bitter Sweet (3:45)
3 - Civil Surface (4:17)
4 - Retain All The Strain (4:50)
5 - Four Until Late (3:50)
6 - Perpetual Retain (6:08)
7 - Talk To Me (to Her And All The Lost) (3:41)

Credits
Giuseppe Petrucci - electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass, Rhodes piano and synthesizers
Carlo Maria Marchionni - drums, electric bass, piano, synthesizers
Massimo Gerini - vocals

All songs written by Giuseppe Petrucci
Images and graphics by Antonello Andreani

Publisher: MICIO POLDO
Distribution: G.T. MUSIC DISTRIBUTION di Antonino Destra

Description/Reviews:
An album that echoes the music closest to the German cosmic music of the 70s with a nod to the Canterbury Sound and "rock in opposition".

Media/Samples
Youtube
Spotify

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Kyros "Mannequin"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Alternative Rock/Pop
LabelWhite Star Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 2, 2024
Tracklist
1. Taste the Day (2:26)
2. Showtime (4:10)
3. Illusions Inside (5:09)
4. Esoterica (6:55)
5. The End in Mind (7:41)
6. Digital Fear (3:35)
7. Ghosts of You (5:02)
8. Liminal Space (4:39)
9. Technology Killed the Kids IV (7:26)
10. Have Hope (7:57)

Credits
Shelby Warne:  vocals, keyboards
Joey Frevola: guitars
Charlie Cawood: bass
Robin Johnson: drums
   With
Dominique Gilbert: vocals (3) 
Canyo Hearmichael: saxophone (4)

Description/Reviews:
The upcoming album offers some of the bands most electrifying, fiercely unique and all round breathtaking work to date with 10 tracks of intricate Prog musicianship intertwined with synth-pop influences and topped with some elegant, infectiously catchy melodies. 

Media/Samples
Streams
Ghosts of You
The End in Mind
Esoterica 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Quiet Observer "Pocket size universe 2" EP

Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Formatdigital
Release date: January 26, 2024
Tracklist
1. Pocket Size Universe (4:46) 
2. Geisha Assassin (3:28) 
3. Mutual Protection (2:10) 
4. Synthetic Spirit (3:27) 
5. 1000  Suns (3:44) 

Total Time 17:35

Credits
Dennis Fursov (Zolar Czack) - everything
   Except
Denis Shvarts - guest solo ( 2,4)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Mark Wingfield feat. Gary Husband, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Percy Jones "The Gathering"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelMoonJune Records
FormatCD, digital,vinyl
Release date: March 15, 2024
Tracklist
1. The Corkscrew Tower (5:09) 
2. Stormlight (7:30) 
3. Apparition In The Vaults (5:46) 
4. A Fleeting Glance (6:27) 
5. Pursued In The Snow (8:56) 
6. The Lost Room (8:33) 
7. The Listening Trees (6:54) 
8. Journey Home (9:43) 
9. Together We Rise (6:09) 
10. Cinnamon Bird (7:41) 

Total Time 72:48

Credits
Mark Wingfield - guitar, soundscapes (all tracks)
Gary Husband - synth & piano (all tracks), drums (1, 5, 6)
Asaf Sirkis - drums (all tracks)
Tony Levin - electric upright bass (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Percy Jones - fretless bass guitar (2, 4, 9, 10)

All songs composed by Mark Wingfield
Recorded by Jesus Rovira at La Casa Murada, Spain
Tony Levin's parts recorded in Kingston NY and Percy Jones' parts were recorded in NYC at their home studios.
Mixed and mastered by Mark Wingfield at Heron Island Studio, UK
Produced by Mark Wingfield.
Executive producer Leonardo Pavkovic
Cover image by The Trio.
Graphic layout by René von Grünig.

Description/Reviews:
The result is a seamless blend of compositions and collective improvisation that roves way beyond the usual generic categorisations making the album hard to pin down as either jazz or rock. Perhaps that’s as it should be for a sound that hovers somewhere between these and other more diverse stylistic influences.
Read more by Sid Smith at bandcamp

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Metro Society "The London Conspiracy Chapter I 1898"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 1, 2024
Tracklist
1. London 1898 - 2:59
2. City Streets - 7:34
3. Lost Souls - 6:29
4. Pieces of the Past - 9:25
5. Society - 6:37
6. Underground - 5:33
7. Inferno - 7:23

Album Length: 46:02

Credits
Chris Mangold - Guitars/Keys
Ian Ringler (Magnitude 9 / Psyco Drama) - Bass Guitar / 12 String Bass
Will Mangold - Drums
George Margaritopoulos (Wardrum) - Vocals

All songs written by: Chris Mangold, Ian Ringler, Will Mangold
Produced by: Chris Mangold, Ian Ringler, Will Mangold
Mixed and mastered by: Rob Murray and Kyle from Wilderfox Studio, Vermont
Album artwork by: Harley Velasquez at Infinity NucleartStudio

Description/Reviews:
"The London Conspiracy Chapter I 1898" revolves around a gripping story penned by Chris Mangold and Ian Ringler, exploring the thin line between the thirst for knowledge and the addictions of obsession. Set against the backdrop of London in 1898, the Victorian age draws to a close, but the horrors of Jack the Ripper's murders continue to cast a grim shadow over the city.
Media/Samples
City Streets

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Notio "Worldview"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD,digital
Release date: March 8, 2024
Tracklist
1. Propagation Process
2. Solipsism
3. Curtain of Ignorance
4. The Need to Fear
5. Absurd
6. A Ladder to Nowhere
7. Temporary Pain
8. Inevitable Outcome
9. Vis Major
10. The End Is Beautiful

Credits
Albert Olli - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums

Album cover by Petri Lampela 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pasi Löfgrén

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Cloud People "Simulacra"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica
Label: Apollon Records
Format: vinyl,digital
Release date: March 1, 2024
Tracklist
1. Simulation (3:30) 
2. Chemtrails (5:46) 
3. Area 91 (5:22) 
4. Hollow Moon (6:57) 
5. Project Blue Beam (4:48) 
6. Pandora’s Hoax (8:06) 
7. Element 115 (4:31) 
8. Cover Up (4:47) 

Total Time 43:47

Credits
Andreas Sørensen Hauge - Bass synth, electric bass
Benjamin Mekki Widerøe - Saxophone, keys
Filip Mekki - Keys
Fredrik Mekki Widerøe - Drums, guitar, keys
Morten Olsen - Guitar, baritone guitar, keys
   With
Amalie Holt Kleive - Vocals (3)

Njål Paulsberg - Producer
DJ Teebee - Master

Description/Reviews:
Since its conception, the band’s mission has been to experiment and to find a new sound and musical expression - fusing the energy and improvisational nature of the jazz and rock bands we love with the tight, understated elegance of electronic music. Cloud People is inspired by everything from Bonobo, Kaytranada and Todd Terje to Motorpsycho and Pantera.
Simulacra is the result of this - dynamic and varied, full of rhythmic motifs, melancholic melodies and euphoric climaxes. 
Media/Samples
Bandcamp
Area 91

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Lucifer Was "En Fix Ferdig Mann"

Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog, Hard Rock
Label: Apollon Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 15, 2024
Tracklist
1. Frå Fyrste Dag (4:54) 
2. Ein Fix Ferdig Mann (3:09) 
3. Krig I Opne Landskap (6:05) 
4. Ei Gåte (5:13) 
5. Når Natta Kjem Og Tek Meg (2:48) 
6. Eg Vil Ha Det Eg Vil Ha (3:09) 
7. Snømann I Sol (6:18) 
8. Aftenbøn Til Dauden (5:28) 
9. Kunsten å Gjere Ingenting (6:33) 

Total Time 43:37

Credits
Jon Ruder - Vocals
Thore Engen - Guitar
Andreas Sjo Engen (Pymlico) - Guitar, backing vocals
Arne Martinussen - Organ, piano
Bjørn Malmåsen - Bass
Arild Brøter - Drums

Plus various guest musicians including a choir

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Gepetto "Awaiting Madre"

Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD
Release date: January 2024
Tracklist
1. Awaiting (25:00)
2. Mother (26:00) 

Credits
George Pinilla: backing vocals (1), vocals and backing vocals (2), bass (2), guitars (electric lead and rhythm, folk, twelve strings and classical nylon), synths, organ, piano and Mellotron 
Laurent Simonnet: additional keyboards and piano (2) 
Luis Puente: piano and Moog synth (1)
Stephan Granjeon: drums and percussion 
Pascal Agard: guitar lead Tiphaine Rivière: bass (1)
Julien Pinilla: final vibraphone (2) 
Chris Palmer: vocals (1) 
Pilar Pinilla Valencia: final voice “la jota navarra”(2) 

Music by George Pinilla (with the “loan” of beautiful melodies by Marc Fernbach (1) and Julien Pinilla (2)) 
Arrangements by George Pinilla and Laurent Simmonet 
Lyrics by Marc Fernbach and Chris Palmer (1) George Pinilla (2)
Lead guitar riffs at the end (2) inspired by the traditional Latin music that our parents sang to us when I was a kid. 
Recorded in (2021/2022) at the Davout II studio (24100 Bergerac) 
Digital editing, mixing and artistic production by Laurent Simonnet at Chance studio (33000 Bordeaux) 
Mastered by Martin Lascelles at Skymusic Studio 24 (24274 Monbazillac) 
Creation of the cover: Thibaud (24100 Bergerac) 
Production: Gepetto Music 

Media/Samples
Trailer

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