Thursday, February 28, 2013

Empurios "Cyclings"

Country: Brazil
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateFebruary 28, 2013
01. Silence 06:24
02. Kiss Of The Blade 05:10
03. Over The Fire feat. Andre Matos 05:30
04. Deluge 04:41
05. Invisible Man 04:35
06. Empty 07:21
07. Metastasis 02:04
08. Chaos 04:42
09. In The Middle Of Everything 04:09
10. The Butterfly Effect 04:13
11. Maya 07:54
12. [Procedure] 02:02

Fernanda Decnop - Vocals
Renata Decnop - Guitars
Iury Alonso - Guitars
Marcos Ceia - Keys
Luiz Freitag - Bass
Thiago Alves - Drums
Andre Matos - Vocals (3)
Daniel Dobbin - Drums (2,3,6,8,9,11)
Gabriel Victorino - Rhythm guitars (3,8,11).
Renata Decnop & Luiz Freitag - Acoustic Guitars (3,6,8,11)
Marcos Ceia & Luiz Freitag - Additional Synths, FX and Programming

Brazilian Progressive Metal endeavour. Heavy songs, strong melodies, intense instrumentals in progressive roots; The concept behind the music portrays the human cyclic condition in its countless manifestations.


Five-Storey Ensemble “Not That City"

Country: Belarus
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Classical, Chamber
Label AltrOck
Release date: February 27, 2013
1 - The Harbinger
2 - Bondman's wings
3 - The Incommunication
4 – To Ringfly
5 - Disappearing road
6 - The Unpainted
7 - Yesterday Dormant
8 - The Protector
9 - Fear-Dream
10 - Amid The Smoke And Different Questions
11 - Not That City

Vitaly Appow - bassoon, saxes;
Alexander But'ko - accordion;
Andrey Evdokimov - acoustic and electric guitars;
Natalja Malashkova - oboe;
Olga Podgaiskaja - piano, keyboards, vocal;
Olga Polakova - flute;
Anastasia Popova - violin;
Nikolay Semitko - drums, percussion;
Sergey Dolgushev - vocal.
Vyacheslav Plesko — doublebass
      With the assistance of:
Dmitry Maslovsky - bass guitar
Jury Korogoda — guitar electric (tracks 6,9)
Cirill Christia — violin (tracks 6,8,9)
Nadia Christia — cello (tracks 6,9,11)

After Rational Diet’s experience, Five-Storey Ensemble is born. Several members of the band from Belarus – they shocked the avant-prog world with At Work and On Phenomena and Existences – take part to the project. In an extended line-up, the style of Vitaly Appow and Olga Podgaiskaya, among the main RD composers, is well recognizable. So Not that city is the natural prosecution of a well established course, yet now more spontaneous, melodic, aching: the listener will be surprised by these sound alchemies, able to crystallize the moment, making it magic.

Post Tyrannica part III

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Humble Grumble “Guzzle it up!”

Country: Belgium
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
Release date: February 27, 2013
01 Kurt's Casino
02 The Little Man
03 Accidentally in San Sebastian
04 The Campfire strikes back
05 The Dancing Dinosaur
06 Skunks
07 Pate a Tartiner

Humble Gabor Voros (guitar, vocals)
Jouni Isoherranen (bass)
Jonathan Callens (drums)
Pedro Guridi (bass clarinet)
Pol Mareen (alto saxophone)
Joren Cauters (vibraphone)
Megan Quill (backing vocals)
Liesbeth Verlaet (backing vocals)

Vintage Cucumber "Jup's Chillout Lounge Style"

Country: Germany
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Krautrock
Release dateFebruary 26, 2013
1. Guten Morgen (2:57)
2. Himmelstempel (6:07)
3. Glück Des Tüchtigen (6:14)
4. Bist Du Die Glücksmaschine? (4:22)
5. Guten Tag (3:12)
6. Stille, Hörst Du Mich? (6:37)
7. JP! - Der Nachtfurzer (5:07)
8. Sterngarten (4:05)
9. Glühe Sanft (7:50)
10. Gute Nacht (4:47)

Johannes Schulz - guitar, bass, drums, synth, fiddle, effects

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Incura "Incura"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Rock opera
Release dateFebruary 26, 2013
1 Get the Gun 5:22
2 I Breathe This 4:47
3 I'm Here Waiting 4:08
4 Who You Are 4:08
5 Turning Blue 4:31
6 Decide 5:03
7 Here To Blame 4:13
8 The Greatest Con 3:17
9 I'd Give Anything 3:45
10 Sweat Runs Cold 4:26

Kyle Gruninger - Vocals
Jim McLaren - Keys
Jon Olson - Bass
Royce Whittaker - Guitar
Phil Gardner - Drums

Incura’s music is virtually unclassifiable. Genre-hopping across many different styles of hard rock and clearly inspired by the love of theatre, Incura takes you on a thrilling and adventurous ride. Their influences are an impressive, cross-cultural mix of the expected and the unexpected. Savage, crunching metal grooves segue into technical prog-rock prowess; classic rock arrangements nestle alongside the operatic drama inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, while Kyle Gruninger's passionate falsetto takes centre stage.
Also read the review at ladyobscure.com

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

3 Legged Monster "Airwaive"

Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Release dateFebruary 26, 2013
  1. Thunderhead 8:24
  2. Chaos Theory 18:20
  3. Runaway Reality 6:41
  4. Nevermind the World 8:58
  5. Home Again 5:31
  6. Wave 9:58
  7. When It All Comes Down 21:01

Mick Klein - Lead Vocals, Bass
Marty Halgrimson - Vocals, Guitar
Johnny Holland - Drums

Progressive Rock, from concise to epic, heavily layered vocal arrangements against a backdrop of complex time signatures, dynamic instrumental textures and soaring melodic themes.


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PTF "Percept From..."

Country: Japan
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock
Release dateFebruary 26, 2013
1 - Arc Taylor (9'39)
2 - Nightscape (6'55)
3 - Fair Wind (6'51)
4 - Chromatic Rays (11'06)
5 - Firefly Effect (8'55)
6 - Purple Mist (4'47)
7 - Ephemeral Sign (10'57)
8 - Seaward Meteor (11'56)

Keisuke Takashima (violin)
Takeya Kito (keyboards)
Hiroyuki Ito (bass)
Yusuke Seki (drums)

Purple Mist

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Sátiro "Elepé"

Country: Mexico
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Pop
Release date: February 26, 2013
1. Nada Que Hacer 3:47
2. Sueños  4:01
3. Lluvia 3:23
4. Otra Vez 4:21
5. Delirio 3:21
6. Non Agape  2:52
7. El Niño  7:50
8. Quisiera 4:51
9. Una Estrella al Lado de la Luna 7:15
10. Sátiro Ego  4:09
11. Mía 3:59

Mario Heras - vocals
José Antonio Ávila - guitar
Eduardo Amescua - guitar
Carlos Campos - keyboards
Aarón Mercado - bass
Adolfo Prieto - drums

With rock, electronic and progressive influences, Sátiro generates fresh and energetic music that produces excitement in the people who listen and follow them through elaborated arrangements and genre fusion.

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Midas "Touch The Clear Air"

Country: Japan
Sub GenreSymphonic
LabelBell Antique
Release date: February 25, 2013
  1. Crimes In Confusion (C.I.C.)
  2. The Night Sky Lies without A Word
  3. 7th of February
  4. Midasaurus
  5. Destiny Warriors
  6. Fountain (Bonus Track)
Eigo Utoh - Violin, Guitar, Vocal
Eisho Lynn - Keyboards
Izumi Takeda - Bass, Pedal Synthesizer, Vocal
Masaru Henmi - Drums, Percussion


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Steven Wilson "The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)"

Country: UK
Sub GenreEclectic
Release dateFebruary 25, 2013

1. Luminol (12.10)
2. Drive Home (7.37)
3. The Holy Drinker (10.13)
4. The Pin Drop (5.03)
5. The Watchmaker (11.43)
6. The Raven that Refused to Sing (7.57)


- Guthrie Govan / lead guitar
- Nick Beggs / bass guitar
- Marco Minnemann / drums
- Adam Holzman / keyboards
- Theo Travis / saxophone, flute
- Steven Wilson / vocals, guitars, keyboards

Mogwai "Les Revenants"

Country: UK
Sub GenreSoundtrack, Post Rock
LabelRock Action Records
Release date February 25, 2013
1. Hungry Face (2:24)
2. Jaguar (2:21)
3. The Huts (4:02)
4. Kill Jester (3:29)
5. This Messiah Needs Watching (4.37)
6. Whisky Time (1.39)
7. Special N (3.49)
8. Relative Hysteria (3.40)
9. Fridge Magic (3.22)
10. Portugal (4.01)
11. Eagle Tax (3.21)
12. Modern (2.48)
13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? (5.52)
14. Wizard Motor (4.41)

Stuart Braithwaite – guitar
Dominic Aitchison – bass guitar
Martin Bulloch – drums
John Cummings – guitar
Barry Burns – piano, guitar, organ

"Les Revenants" ("the ones who came back"), a French TV program for which Mogwai provides the soundtrack, is a gorgeously subtle, harrowing drama that explores the reality of loved ones returning from the grave. These "zombies" aren't grisly maniacs hungry for flesh, but humans in their pre-death state who return to their tiny community, a twin town to Twin Peaks nestled in the crook of some mountains and swaddled in perpetual night, as if they'd just popped out for air. The soundtrack album Les Revenants contains not a shred of the terror Mogwai is capable of wreaking, and it works terrifically-- it rarely comes off overly dramatic or leading, and matches the unsettling feel of the show.
Read the full review by Laura Snapes at pitchfork.com

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Clive Nolan "Alchemy"

Country: UK
Sub GenreSymphonic, Musical, Rock opera
LabelMetal Mind Productions
Release dateFebruary, 25 (Poland), March, 4 (Europe) April, 9 (North America) 2013
CD 1 – Act I:
1. Prologue
2. Deception
3. One for the Noose
4. The Warning
5. Amelia
6. King Explains
7. Desperate Days
8. Planning a Break In
9. Quaternary Plan
10. The Unwelcome Guest
11. Waiting for News
12. The Girl I Was
13. Highgate

CD 2 – Act II:
1. The Labyrinth
2. Ambush
3. The Tide of Wealth
4. Jagman Arrives
5. The End Justifies the Means
6. Sanctuary
7. Street Fight
8. Amelia Dies
9. Burial at Sea
10. Share this Dream
11. Treachery
12. The Ritual
13. Anzeray Speaks
14. Aftermath

Clive Nolan (Shadowland, Arena, Pendragon, Caamora): keyboards, vocals (Professor Samuel King)
Andy Sears (Twelfth Night):  vocals (Lord Henry Jagman)
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Landmarq):  vocals (Captain Joseph Farrell)
Agnieszka Swita (Caamora):  vocals (Amelia Darvas)
Victoria Bolley:  vocals (Eva Bonaduce)
Chris Lewis:  vocals (Thomas Anzeray)
Noel Calcaterra:  vocals (Jessamine)
Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman, Arena):  vocals (Milosh)
Paul Menel (IQ):  vocals (Ben Greaves)
Tracy Hitchings (Landmarq, Strangers On A Train ):  vocals (Jane Muncey)
David Clifford (Red Jasper):  vocals (William Gardelle)

Mark Westwood (Shadowland, Caamora):  guitar
Scott Higham (Pendragon):  drums
Claudio Momberg (SETI, Taurus, Subterra, Caamora):  keyboards
Kylan Amos:  bass

'Alchemy' is a Victorian adventure set in 1842, with a sense of the dark and mysterious.
Street Fight
Anzeray Speaks

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John Zorn "Lemma"

Country: USA
Sub GenreClassical, Avant Prog, Experimental, Jazz-Rock/Fusion
Release dateFebruary, 2013
  1. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 1 (1:45)
  2. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 2 (1:60)
  3. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 3 (2:44)
  4. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 4 (1:22)
  5. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 5 (2:34)
  6. Apophthegms~First Set. No. 6 (2:50)
  7. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 1 (3:40)
  8. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 2 (2:48)
  9. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 3 (2:50)
  10. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 4 (1:20)
  11. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 5 (2:54)
  12. Apophthegms~Second Set. No. 6 (3:46)
  13. Passagen (14:19)
  14. Ceremonial Magic~[Part 1] (5:27)
  15. Ceremonial Magic~[Part 2] (4:40)
  16. Ceremonial Magic~[Part 3] (6:50)
  17. Ceremonial Magic~[Part 4] (4:49)
David Fulmer: Violin
Pauline Kim: Violin
Chris Otto: Violin

Zorn’s virtuosic string music is legendary and this CD focuses on his compositions for violin. Two major new works for solo violin—Passagen (based on the legendary B-A-C-H motif) and Ceremonial Magic (which appeared on Rimbaud in a duo realization with drums but here is presented as a virtuoso solo piece); and an enigmatic suite of 12 miniatures for 2 violins entitled Apophthegms. Featuring three incredible young virtuosos: Pauline Kim, David Fulmer and Chris Otto, Lemma is a CD of wildly imaginative string music performed with passion and fiery intensity.
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Red Nova "Sharp Colours And A Taste Of Dust"

Country: Sweden
Sub GenreModern Prog, Alternative, Pop
Release dateFebruary 25, 2013
 1. T-Rex 3:27
  2. Dandelion Child 3:57
  3. Three Seconds 3:22
  4. Seven Days 3:21
  5. Fading Memories 4:31
  6. Appearances Are Deceptive 3:30
  7. Completion 4:00
  8. Puzzle 3:14
  9. Mindless Robots 3:36
10. Confusions 3:52
11. Last Time 4:04

Pär Eriksson - Vocals/Guitar
Tobias Ohlsson - Bass/Backup vocals
Simon Hjortek - Drums/Backup Vocals

 The Music draws inspiration from acts such as Muse and Paramore but lets the arrangement take different directions and the listener is invited to a journey filled with adrenaline which is impossible to resist.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

No Man’s Land “Unprotected”

Country: Greece
Sub GenrePsychedelic
Label Anazitisi Records
Release date: February 24, 2013
1. Moribundo part II (8:11)
2. Flame (13:07)
3. A brave face (9:02)
4. Permian vacation (4:40)
5. Unprotected in the world (7:41)

Vassilis Bas Athanassisdes on guitars and vocals
Chris Silver Triantafillopolous on drums
Nick Petavrides on bass
George Pavlis on trumpet and fluegelhorn
George Sirganides on flute
Stavros Parginos: cello
George Tzivas: percussion

Unprotected is an impressive set of psychedelic rock that does an excellent job of creating melodic accessible music, yet takes a progressive rock approach to instrumental thematic development, whiling managing to retain a loose jamming quality.
Read the full review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com
Entire album online at Progstreaming
Permian vacation

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Steve Merlin "Between Air And Wing"

Country: Netherlands
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateFebruary 23, 2013
 1.  Love Tattoo
 2.  I Listen
 3.  Disappear
 4.  Dandelion Stars
 5.  Everyone Soon
 6.  Electric Light
 7.  Clockwork
 8.  Between Air And Wing
 9.  I Listen - reprise
10. Green Summer Morning
11. Forever Autumn (Bonus track)
12. The Sweetest War (Bonus track)

Steve Merlin - vocals, guitars, bass and percussion
Sjef Poels - electric and acoustic guitars
Freek Helsper - keyboards
Tom van Veldhoven - drums and percussion
Rick Weren - bass  (tracks 5,7,8,10)
Piet van der Pol - trumpet  (track 10)
Sander Kobes - accordeon (track 3)
Esther Croezen - backing vocals (tracks 8,10)
Csongor Csipkes - violin (track 5)


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Tempul "All the Windows of the World"

Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Metal/Rock
Label: Self-released
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013
  1. Ikarus (7:02)
  2. Your Machines (5:58)
  3. All The Windows Of the World (1:40)
  4. Indigo (9:45)
  5. One Place In Time (2:38)
  6. When A Spider Lets You In (4:40)
  7. Resonant Slumber (2:40)
  8. As I'm Waiting (7:11)
J.D. Fischer - Drums
Perry Jones - Guitar
Matt Jungmann - Guitar and Vocals
Mike Stevi - Bass

What you have are the five full songs and three interludes. All are packed with emotion, with constant dynamic shifts, some inventive song structures, and an array of grooves from across the rock spectrum.
Tempul is typical of the new wave of younger bands that are taking their progressive influences and mixing it with the guitars, energies and melodies of more Indie rock bands to create something fresh, thoughtful and invigorating.
This is an album that rewards a few concentrated listens. As with the debut disc, there are moments that remind me of Fen, Absolace, Dianoya, Disperse, Cloverseeds, Gazpacho, Souljourners, Tides of Man and Abigail's Ghost. (Andy Read at dprp.net)

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Kytäjä "II"

Country: Finland
Sub Genreinstrumental Prog Folk, Post Rock
Release date: February 22, 2013
1. Sailing stones/Vaeltavat kivet
2. Time and tide wait for no man/Päivä kuluu, varjo venyy
3. 65 knots/65 solmua
4. August doves/Elokuun kyyhkyset
5. Under the sails/Purjeiden alla
6. Sandy island/Sandy island
7. Fishermen/Kalastajat
8. Song to the sea/Laulu merelle
9. Indian paths/Intiaanimatkat
10. Moon shines, dead rides/Kuu paistaa, kuollut ajaa
11. Horizon painters/Taivaanrannan maalarit

Jarno Alho - guitar
Janne Lastumäki - keyboard

Controtempo "Controtempo"

Country: Italy
Sub GenreSymphonic, Neo-Prog
LabelPsych Up Melodies
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013 (digital)
1. Guerra (5:16)
2. Gente (4:26)
3. Tiempo (7:33)
4. Jesce o sole (4:52)
5. Vieno vene (5:43)
6. Nun dicere niente (9:26)

-Francesco Vitiello / vocals, guitar
-Luigi Scialdone / bass
-Gianluca Canitano / drums
-Davide Smiraglia / piano, keyboards
-Francesco Basso / piano, keyboards

Controtempo were a band from Naples Italy who began working together in 1995, when many Italian bands were experimenting with neo-prog. Indeed the group enjoyed Marillion but also wanted to blend in the luxurious classic sound of favorites like Genesis as well as RPI legends PFM. They were able to record a bunch of tracks in 1998 which were not released until 2013, when Psych Up Melodies rescued them. In 2005 Controtempo went on indefinite hiatus but there may be a chance they'll record again.

The six tracks of the debut range from 5-9 minutes in length and comment nicely on the band's illustrious influences: there is the grandeur of Trick-era Genesis with the 90s sheen of neo-prog, there is the well rounded RPI vibe of PFM and a bit of the diverse spirit of Pino Daniele whom the band were fond of. I love the dual keyboard attack with modern synths and piano side by side ("Gente"), punctuated by a warm pulsing bass guitar, complex, sophisticated drumming, biting yet melodic lead guitar, and romantic vocals. They also have a strummed acoustic behind many busier sections which again, adds to the richness of the sound. The tracks are largely upbeat and sunny, very little in the way of darkness. They are well arranged and have some nice changes to keep things interesting.

"Guerra" has a lovely classic prog progression of songwriting with big and bold themes, capped off with a gorgeous Howe-like guitar solo. There is a frisky folk-pop influence to "Jesce O Sole" and a crossover appeal to "Tiempo" that reminded me of Moongarden. The nearly 10 minute "Nun Dicere Niente" attempts a more dramatic and ambitious feel, with plenty of emotional variation, and varying sections like a suite. In the middle it stops and begins again very slowly and deliberately, each musician playing with great thoughtfulness and gelling wonderfully with each other. Good stuff. The closer "Vierno Vene" throws a lounge-ish curveball that sounds like a prog version of the Love Boat theme song-this is the only track that fell short (and way short) for me. It sports a relaxing vibe with some nice guitar work all the same.

This is a surprisingly solid album that snuck up on me after repeated plays, despite my tendencies to be disappointed by many 90s bands. For an "underground" band they are well recorded, they are excellent musicians, and the songwriting should have wide appeal to prog (excluding those who like it dark, metal, or avant influenced). (Jim Russell at progarchives.com)

Jesce 'o sole


Friday, February 22, 2013

CMX "Seitsentahokas"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Progressive Rock
LabelRatas Music
Release date: February 22, 2013
01. Valoruumis 04:20
02. Etuvartio 03:33
03. En Tahdo Nhd Enn Yhtn Alastonta 05:10
04. Luotisuora 04:32
05. Nrsisti 04:57
06. Kusimyrsky 08:01
07. Rikkisuudeltu 03:48
08. Me Tulemme Kaikkialta 05:34
09. Jyrsij 04:10
10. Seitsentahokas 06:31

A. W. Yrjänä - bass & vocals
Janne Halmkrona - guitars
Timo Rasio - guitars
Tuomas Peippo - drums

Klaus Schulze "Shadowlands"

Country: Germany
Sub GenreElectronica
LabelSPV/Synthetic Symphony
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013

CD 1:
1. "Shadowlights"   41:12
2. "In Between"   17:07
3. "Licht und Schatten"   17:23

CD 2 (Only Ltd. Edition Bonus)
1. "The Rhodes Violin"   55:24
2. "Tibetan Loop"   17:50

Klaus Schulze
Thomas Kagermann - violin

Dynamo Bliss "Poplar Music"

Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProg-pop, Art Rock
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013

1.Intro - See The Rain 00:16
2.Can You Hear The Sound 02:30
3.And Forever 03:45
4.Over The Rolling Hills 05:05
5.Blue Halos 02:46
6.Savage Minds 04:41
7.Panic In Their Eyes 04:03
8.Running Out Of Mind 05:44
9.Been Ostracized 04:48
10.In The Country 06:05

Mikael Sandström: electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, accordion, pedal steel
Stefan Olofsson: vocals, keyboards, zither, guitar, bass, percussion
Peter Olofsson: drums

Sophomore album from north Swedish crossover prog trio Dynamo Bliss. Beatlesque melodies, complex chord progressions, tight vocal harmonies, banjos, zithers and a few experiments. "Last year we started recording what has crystallized into two separate albums of songs. We're releasing the first one of these now - a lighter set named "Poplar Music". Lighter because the songs are generally in a digestible shorter 'progressive pop' format."

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Purge Solenoid "Transtactile"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013
1. Sun Spotting (1:42)
2. Purple Shifter (5:19)
3. Clairvoyance (6:21)
4. Quantumplate (5:26)
5. Stethoscope Eyes (1:53)
6. Lactoid Messiah (6:27)
7. Ethereal (4:57)
8. ... and thus further prosperous (6:50)
9. Alchemist's Mantra (3:30)
10. Fractals (5:20)
11. Whole in Two (7:09)

Adam Drabczynski - guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Jonathan Model - drum set, percussion, keyboards
Mckenzie Rice - other sounds

While the group stays true to their roots there seems to be an overt emphasis on creating a more psychedelic sounding record. There is an odd fuzziness to each of the eleven tracks, a sense of exploration and improvisation pervades nearly every crevice of the album, utilization of obscure instruments ..., and of course the heavy use of keyboards and synthesizers. If this album was any more Psych it would come with packets of LSD and a Grateful Dead T-Shirt. 
Read the full review by at shakinghandswithsavages.wordpress.com

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Oxhuitza "Oxhuitza"

Country: Italy
Sub Genre: Instrumental Symphonic, Psychedelic
LabelMirrors Records/BTF
Release dateFebruary, 2013
1.# 01
2.Luna di maggio
3.Nervi in fibra ottica
6.Mano di luna

Luca Bassignani - Guitars
Cristian Giannarelli - Drums
Carlo Barreca - Bass, Flute
Gabriele Guidi - Piano, Hammond Organ, Minimoog
Rossario Villa - Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Minimoog

Under the artistic direction of Fabio Zuffanti and Rossano Villa, Luca’s ideas are enhanced with lush arrangements ranging from symphonic prog to psychedelia, hard-Crimson atmospheres, with touches of ethnic and fusion music.
The result is an album diverse and peculiar, where is easy to lose your bearings for the many subtleties and peculiarities that surprise the listener in this labyrinthine path. This is original and sophisticated instrumental music.

Nervi In Fibra Ottica


Terra Tenebrosa "The Purging"

Country: Sweden
Sub GenrePost Metal, Avant Prog
LabelTrust No One Records
Release dateFebruary 22, 2013
1. The Redeeming Teratoma (2:48)
2. The Compression Chamber (3:47)
3. Black Pearl In A Crystalline Shell (6:59)
4. House Of Flesh (3:11)
5. The Nucleus Turbine (6:59)
6. The Purging (7:46)
7. Terra Tenebrosa (4:25)
8. At The Foot Of The Tree (2:32)
9. Disintegration (6:49)
10. The Reave (2:34)

The Cuckoo - vocals
Hibernal - various instruments
Hisperdal - various instruments

Terra Tenebrosa translates to “Dark Earth” or “Dark Land,” and so “The Purging” would be… well it’s us. Humanity. This is an album about the purging of all of the life on earth... No, this isn’t some folk-like dark trippy hippy shit, this is Avant-Garde rooted in the abyssopelagic* Black Metal, mixing in the weapons of Dark Ambient, Post-Black and Sludge. This isn’t just black metal, this is conceptual black metal, and they’ll use anything they can to immerse you in their world, descending you into the dark reality of a systematic xenocide of humanity.
Read the full review by  Thomas Bawden at axisofmetal.com



Kovlo "Tutti Giu - Everybody Sometimes Falls"

Country: Switzerland
Sub Genreinstrumental , Post Rock, Soundtrack
Release dateFebruary 21, 2013
1. Prologue (0:40)
2. End Titles (2:09)
3. Innocence Lost (2:09)
4. Youth (5:23)
5. The Artwork (1:37)
6. Two Worlds Encounter (2:00)
7. E.'s Journey (10:36)
8. Gladiators (Oaxaca Revisited) (4:06)
9. Snow (0:32)
10. Mahler's Alternative Take (5:56)
11. Night Lights (2:29)

Stefano Chiassai - guitars
Alessio Galupi - drums
Giona Mattei - bass
Mario Bisignani - guitars

Called to compose the original soundtrack, KOVLO begin to imagine and create new sounds while reading the script. They discover the story of three young people that life puts to a severe test: can they achieve self-awareness, and still nurture that sacred flame which makes them feel alive? It is a massive challenge, which each must face alone between dreams and fears, successes and defeats.
For the band this time it doesn’t mean to build musical movements meant only to be listened, but to compose multiple and different soundscapes, starting from a common atmosphere that creates new themes, emotions and meanings emerging from the movie. KOVLO are stimulated by the director to compose joyful and happy music, able to express the desire of life from the youngsters, but also to compose melancholic and alienated tunes, able to express the lost childhood and the difficulties of growing up and fit in society.
Many songs are played, arranged and recorded while the movie sequences are projected in front of the band, and will converge directly in the soundtrack. Other songs are rebuilt and rearranged thinking at the album. The final result is a musical journey able to tell stories and emotions to the listener.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Circle Ends Here "The Division Ahead"

Country: Italy
Sub GenrePost Metal, Sludge
LabelMemorial Records
Release date: February 21, 2013
1. Remiss (08:09)
2. Rift (06:50)
3. Porcelain (06:56)
4. Frail (02:30)
5. Transcend (05:05)
6. Nescience (05:42)
7. Lakes (02:58)
8. Monument (11:32)

Johnny Lonack - Vocals
Marco Giannini - Guitar
Francesco Murtas - Guitar
Francesco Lizzi - Bass
Stefano Sbrugnera - Drums

...what is to come is anguished vocals, energetic riff-age and adrenaline fueled emotionally charged music which at the drop of a hate drops things down into a slow medley of cold guitar tones, heart wrenching clean vocals and an ever climactic soaring sensation as the band progress their wonderful music with ease 
 Read the full review by at destructive-music.com



Jardin de la Croix "187 Steps To Cross The Universe"

Country: Spain
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock, Math Rock
LabelNoma Records
Release dateFebruary 21, 2013
1. Man Made Lightning (7:18)
2. Topsy's Revenge (7:46)
3. Colorado Springs (7:16)
4. Talking With Planets (10:02)

Ander Carballo-Guitar
Israel Arias-Drums
Carlos Schonert-Bass
Pablo Rodríguez-Guitar
     Guest musicians:
Strings: Marcos Álvarez and Cecilia Tallo
Acoustic Guitar: Daniel Maganto
Throat singing: Daniel Cherene

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Brother Ape "Force Majeure"

Country: Sweden
Sub Genre:Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Progress Records
Release date: February 20, 2013

1. Entry (1.29)
2. Force Majeure (5.43)
3. The Mirror (6.00)
4. Doing Just Fine (5.13)
5. Distinction (6.13)
6. Life (5.28)
7. Somewhere Someday (6.33)
8. A Hundred Voices (6.27)
9. The Spanish Prisoner (4.44)
10. After Rain (5.42)

Stefan Damicolas -  guitars, vocals, keyboards
Max Bergman - drums and percussion
Gunnar Maxén - bass, keyboards

Sixth studio album by Swedish band that plays a varied kind of prog, from very melodic, sometimes slightly jazzy songs to more epic material as well as the spicy side of the prog spectrum.

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Yochk'o Seffer "From New York To Budapest"

Country: France
Sub GenreZeuhl
Release date: February, 2013
CD 1
1. I Want to Talk About You (5:56)
2. Stardust Melody (7:20)
3. Szükitett 1 (10:00)
4. Szükitett 2 (7:28)
5. Proto (10:01)
6. Expression (6:59)
CD 2
1. Rozsa (6:20)
2. Dark Hang (7:01)
3. Panasz (9:02)
4. Kerèk (4:49)
5. Virgonc (6:35)
6. "Toto" (5:28)
7. MFV (9:35)
8. Gyors-Tànc (5:19)
9. Szakasz (6:24)

Yochk'o Seffer (ex-Magma, ZAO): saxophones, piano, sound sculptures
Sébastien Lovato: piano (2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8)
François Causse: percussions (2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8)
Laurent Matheron:  soprano saxophone (2.8, 2.9)

Gary Willis "Retro"

Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Jazz, Fusion
Release dateFebruary 19, 2013
01. Change Agent (07:20)
02. Amaryllis (07:11)
03. Disconnectivity (07:24)
04. Norwegian Wood (06:06)
05. Old School (06:13)
06. Dream (03:17)
07. Move (07:23)
08. Tarde (04:17)
09. We Will Meet Again (06:37)
10. For All We Know (02:12)

Gary Willis - basses, strings
Gergo Borlai - drums, cymbals
Albert Bover - keyboards

One of the most formidable fretless electric bassists in the post-Jaco era, Texas native and current Barcelona resident Gary Willis joins forces with Catalan keyboardist Albert Bover and Budapest-born drummer Gergo Borlai on this exhilarating take on the electric piano trio. Willis and his crew shift deftly from slamming funk to percolating fusion to aggressive swingers while embracing quiet ballads with uncommon sensitivity and a lyrical touch. They also turn in impressive interpretations of 'Norwegian Wood' and Bill Evans' 'We Will Meet Again'.

We Will Meet Again

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kevin Eubanks "The Messenger"

Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz-Rock
LabelMack Avenue
Release dateFebruary 19th, 2013
  1. The messenger
  2. Sister veil
  3. Resolution
  4. JB
  5. 420
  6. Led Boots
  7. M.I.N.D.
  8. Queen of Hearts
  9. The Gloaming
  10. Loved Ones
  11. Ghost Dog Blues
Kevin Eubanks - Guitars
Billy Pierce :   tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone (1-5, 7-9, 11)
Rene Camacho:  bass  (1-7,11)
Marvin “Smitty” Smith :  drums 
Joey De Leon, Jr.  persussion (1,5)
Duane Eubanks:  trumpet (2,4,5)
Robin Eubanks:  trombone (4,8)

With his second Mack Avenue Records release, The Messenger, acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks continues to explore his own unique musical vision. This vision offers the listener an opportunity to share a musical journey that truly exemplifies where Eubanks is at this stage of his illustrious career; one that, for over three decades, has seen him incorporate into his creative process a willingness to embrace the broad spectrum of his musical experience, while continuing to seek out new vistas.
The Messenger
Sister Veil

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Portal "Vexovoid"

Country: Australia
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelProfound Lore Records
Release dateFebruary 19, 2013
1. Kilter (5:46)
2. The Back Wards (4:16)
3. Curtain (6:57)
4. Plasm (5:47)
5. Awryeon (4:21)
6. Orbmorphia (2:40)
7. Oblotten (5:16)

-Horror Illogium / Drum programming, Lead Guitars
-The Curator / Vocals
-Aphotic Mote / Rhythm Guitars
-Ignis Fatuus / Drums
-Omenous Fugue / Bass

Let me be clear — Portal has not become normal. Vexovoid, like every album the band has ever made, is a hellscape in audio, a truly scary answer to death metal’s typically schlocky approach to darkness and evil. But there’s a reason “Curtain” premiered on Pitchfork and “The Back Wards” premiered on NPR. By marrying the relatively conventional but roughly produced Seepia with the deliberately off-putting weirdness of Outre and Swarth, the Curator and his fellow emissaries have stumbled upon the perfect blueprint for a Portal record. Listenable enough to show your friends; demented enough to give them nightmares.
Read the full review by at invisibleoranges.com
The Back Wards

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Eight Bells "The Captain's Daughter"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Post Meta
LabelSeventh Rule Recordings
Release dateFebruary 19, 2013
1. Tributaries (3:50)
2. Fate and Technology (7:20)
3. The Captain's Daughter (12:48)
4. Yellowed Wallpaper (7:10)

Melynda Jackson - guitar, contact mic, vocals
Haley Westeiner - bass, vocals
Chris Van Huffel - drums

Things start off innocuously enough with “Tributaries,” the album’s shortest and probably most ‘accessible’ track. The opening riff sounds a lot like the kind of riff one would expect from an instrumental metal band—kind of post-rock a la Pelican, but with a bit of a cacophonous black metal twist—it’s energetic and doesn’t prepare the listener at all for what’s about to come. Then at about the 50 second mark things switch up completely and the drums fall back and the guitar and either an overdubbed second guitar or more likely the bass do this interesting and quite lovely melody/counter-melody thing that lasts for about a minute, and then all hell breaks loose and changes start coming so quickly it would be folly to try to catalog them all.  All totaled. The song is less than four minutes long and covers more territory than most bands do on an entire album, and that’s just the opener.
Read the full review by at ironhops.com



Marbin "Last Chapter Of Dreaming"

Country: Multinational
Sub GenreJazz Rock/Fusion
LabelMoonjune Records
Release dateFebruary 19, 2013
1. Blue Fingers
2. Inner Monologue
3. Breaking the Cycle
4. On the Square
5. Cafe de Nuit
6. Redline
7. Volta
8. The Ballad of Daniel White
9. Down Goes the Day
10. The Way to Riches
11. And the Night Gave Nothing
12. Purple Fiddle
13. Last Days of August
14. Last Chapter of Dreaming

Danny Markovitch: saxophones (and keyboards on 5, 14)
Dani Rabin: guitar
Justyn Lawrwnce: drums (except for 2, 5, 10)
Jae Gentile: bass (except for 5, 10)
     with special guests:
Paul Wertico: drums (2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12)
Steve Rodby: bass (5, 10, 14)
Zohar Fresco: percussion (3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Jamey Haddad: percussion (3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Leslie Beukelman: vocals (3, 5, 12, 14)
Jabari Rayford: vocals (12, 14)
Abraha Rayford: vocals (12, 14)
Caleb Willitz: vocals (3, 12, 14)
Justin Ruff: vocals (3)
Matt Nelson: keyboards (4, 5, 6, 8, 13)
Rob Clearfield: keyboards (14)
Greg Spero: keyboards (14)
Victor Garcia: trumpet (3, 12)

While its predecessor provided solid evidence of the comprehensive breadth of styles and textures in their arsenal, Last Chapter of Dreaming documents an intrepid leap forward for this young, vibrant band. With it's unique blend of inventive, balls-to-the-wall rock, unpretentious, from-the-heart jazz, and emotionally-charged blues (and even a hint of bittersweet, melodic Eastern European folk), this fabulous effort serves notice, in no uncertain terms, that Marbin are a band that has clearly arrived.
Read the whole description and listen to samles at label's web page

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David Barrett Trio "David Barrett Trio"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreInstrumental Progressive Rock
Release dateFebruary 19, 2013
1. Dive 3:10
2. Sonar 3:33
3. Aftermath 5:09
4. Anamnesis  4:27
5. Hologram 3:02
6. A Whisper to the Thunder 2:56
7. Belmonte 3:57
8. Disappearance 4:12
9. Knot 2:55
10. Hollowbody 2:28
11. Great Eastern Sun 5:21

David Barrett - guitars, laud, mandolin, steel
Jason Farrar - bass, Moog Taurus
Alexander Tukatsch - drums, percussion

David Barrett Trio is an instrumental power trio produced by Alex Lifeson (Rush), Richard Chycki, and Alan Parsons.

Entire album online

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