Saturday, August 31, 2013

Locattis "Antes de Nacer"

Country: Argentina
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateAugust 31, 2013
1. Teñido de Púrpura - 06:35
2. Hombre de Ciudad - 03:06
3. Rendezvous - 10:54
4. El Juez - 05:04
5. Nice to meet You (El Riff) - 04:25
6. Consenso decimonónico - 06:21
7. Casino Locatti - 06:06

Juan Cruz Scigliano - Guitarra que hace piribiripiir pi pii birirpiri
Fernando Suarez Rubio - Bajo e Ingeniería del delito
Jose Garcia Freire - Batería y Vino
Espanta Pajaros - Eximio tecladista discapacitado que se rehúsa a utilizar bastón



Wiltz "Sea Dog"

Country: Ireland
Sub Genre: Instrumental Post Rock, Math Rock, Pop
LabelLittle League Records
Release dateAugust 31, 2013

  1. Paris 02:55
  2. 49 04:23
  3. Trebuchet 03:23
  4. Celestial Zinger 06:03
  5. Arse Clinic 05:52
  6. Makin' Babies 04:48
  7. Ba Ba Ching 04:33
  8. The Last Wiltz 04:27
  9. Ladder 03:15

Mark, Robin, Peter & Dave

Wiltz are a Math Pop band from Wicklow, Ireland and Sea Dog is their final release.
With dashes of twinkly emo and post rock, Wiltz bring their brand of quriky love-able math pop music to the masses on this final LP, Sea Dog. Sea Dog is full of infectious grooves and melodies that intricately flow into some of the nicest tunes to come out of Ireland in years. It's a true swan song, and one Wiltz would like to share with you.
For fans of artists such as Enemies, Toe and And So I Watch Your From Afar.


Timo Komulainen "Biographical"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release date: August 31, 2013
1. I - 02:07
2. Begin - 07:27
3. Explore - 05:13
4. Avert - 08:01
5. Self-Actualize - 06:54
6. Destroy - 05:20
7. Create - 07:19
8. Love - 04:35

Timo Komulainen - all instruments and vocals

Intriguing and very sophisticated album by Komulainen who adds a lot of ambient and classical textures to his brand of dark melodic metal. Definitely for fans of Opeth and Wintersun as well as more straightforward prog metal like Symphony X and Angra. Strange eerie vocals add a nice dark element to Komulainen's sound. Exciting and very unique. (Prog Metal Zone)


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Petroleum Falcon "Unassigned Space"

Country: USA
Sub GenreInstrumental Psychedelic
LabelZSXI Recordings
Release dateAugust 31, 2013
1. Für Immer Sky - 08:14
2. Raindrops in Dry Wells - 06:23
3. Three Views from An Asteroid - 08:13
4. Three Sisters - 03:35
5. Civilization Ends at The Waterline - 10:28
6. More is Given - 06:51




Gorguts "Colored Sands"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelSeason Of Mist
Release dateAugust 30, 2013 (September 3, 2013 in North America)
1. Le Toit Du Monde
2. An Ocean of Wisdom
3. Forgotten Arrows
4. Colored Sands
5. The Battle of Chamdo
6. Enemies of Compassion
7. Ember's Voice
8. Absconders
9. Reduced to Silence

Luc Lemay - Guitars, Vocals
Kevin Hufnagel - Guitars
Colin Marston - Bass
John Longstreth - Drums

Tarja “Colours In The Dark”

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release dateAugust 30, 2013
01. Victim Of Ritual
02. 500 Letters
03. Lucid Dreamer
04. Never Enough
05. Mystique Voyage
06. Darkness
07. Deliverance
08. Neverlight
09. Until Silence
10. Medusa (feat. Justin Furstenfeld)


Tarja Turunen - Lead vocals and piano
Alex Scholpp - Guitar
Julian Barrett - Guitar
Kevin Chown - Bass
Doug Wimbish - Bass 
Christian Kretschmar - Keyboards
Mike Terrana - Drums
Max Lilja - Cello
Thomas Bloch:  Glass Harmonica
Saro Danielian:  Duduk
Justin Furstenfeld:  Vocals (on "Medusa")
Caroline Lavelle:  Cello
Naomi Cabuli Turunen:   (on "Lucid Dreamer")
Mel Wesson

The songs on “Colours In The Dark” do not shy away from taking a risk and surprising musical turns, introducing new sounds and new musical atmospheres. Still, they maintain a heaviness that will surely bring a big smile to the hardest of rockers.
With its grand orchestra and choir arrangements, Tarja’s next milestone emphasises once again the impressive vocal range of the Finnish artist and shows her artistic growth.

Never Enough

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Magna Vice "Serpent of Wisdom"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Hard Rock
LabelInverse Records
Release date: August 30, 2013
1. Temple of sin (8:28)
2. Hope you find your way out (3:38)
3. Gods of war (9:02)
4. Green giant (10:16)
5. Knowledge talks, wisdom listens (12:20)
6. Real delusions (11:20)
7. Yellow sky (14:34)

Esa Karppinen - Guitars, backing vocals
Jonne Orrensalo - Drums
Petri Oksanen - Keyboards
Robin Jansson - Basses and backing vocals
Veli-Matti Heino - Lead vocals

Magna Vice’s music is firmly and definitively rooted in the 70′s and 80′s. If someone had told me that this was a re-release of an obscure rock album from 1982, I would have believed it.
Everything about the band’s sound harks back to those days, and for lovers of classic rock and metal, there is a lot to love here too. For a start, the vocals have a wonderful, dramatic warble, the like of which you just don’t hear it nowadays; to my ears it sounds like a mixture of Geddy Lee and Robert Plant, but not quite as high pitched. There are also some lush, multi-layered vocal harmonies which evoke memories of other 70′s and 80′s bands, such as Uriah Heep to name just one.
The rest of the music is a melting pot from those times too; Magna Vice really mix up classic, balls-to-the-wall rock with some nifty, slightly bonkers progressive rock, like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath meeting Yes and King Crimson in an alley for a fight. There are swathes of keyboards, which add majesty and pomp to the musical proceedings, plus also helping to root the music in that classic period. There are some fantastic swirly sci-fi keyboard effects used in the more epic songs (of which there are many), which also brings Hawkwind fleetingly to mind. 
Read the full review by Jonathan Butlin at avenoctum.com


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Kosmoratik "Bridges And Boats"

Country: Norway
Sub GenreSymphonic, Pop, Art Rock
LabelNordic Records
Release dateAugust 30, 2013
  1. Bridges & Boats 4:34
  2. Metadata 2:46
  3. Waiting For You 1:40
  4. Be Here Now 5:08
  5. Be 3:29
  6. If I Follow You 3:44
  7. Anchor And Compass (Classic Rock) 5:50
  8. Body Of The Song 3:29
  9. Strangest Dream 4:53
10. Father's Day 4:06

Lise Lotte Ågedal - Vocals, Keyboards
Odd Gunnar Frøysland - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass, Irish Bouzouki, Mandolin, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Mellotron & Keyboards; Lead Vocals on “Waiting for You”
Eivind Johansen - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Andre Banini – Drums
Torunn Irene Kristensen – Oboe
Jorgen Mathisen – Saxophones
Kristin Karlsson – Violin
Eileen Siegel – Violin
Einy Langmoen – Viola
Christine Bugjerde – Cello

There are both a lot of Renaissance and Fairport Convention over this music. Ditto for some nods towards Pink Floyd and The Beatles too. That gives this album a very heart warming sound which goes deep into the listener's hearts and then stays around for a long time. This music is indeed pastoral music and the roots of it can also be found in the first Genesis albums.
So far, so good. This is useless if the songs are not up to it. Well, here this album dishes up a great surprise. The music is not good. It is excellent. Truly excellent in fact. 
Read the full review by Torodd Fuglesteg

Anchor and compass (Classic rock)
Strangest dream

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Transport Aerian "Bleeding"

Country: Belgium
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Art Rock, Eclectic
Release dateAugust 30, 2013
1. Mortals 03:46
2. Inspire 10:04
3. Score 02:51
4. Fog Vision 03:48
5. Nightsky 03:54
6. Love 03:49
7. Edges 08:05
8. Winter 06:02
9. Triangle Town 07:04
10. A lamb to the knife 06:16

Hamlet: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Samples

Bleeding is the first Transport Aerian album after almost 3 years of silence. It is poetic, sharp-edged musical piece, which philosophy is closest to those calling themselves expressionists in poetry and fine arts.

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Il Tempio delle Clessidre "alieNatura"

Country: Italy
Sub GenreSymphonic
LabelBlack Widow Records
Release date: August 29, 2013
1 Kaze (ciò che il vento porta con sé) - 04:15
2 Senza colori - 08:30
3 Il passo - 09:25
4 Fino alla vetta - 07:42
5 Onirica possessione - 09:08
6 Notturna - 02:40
7 Il cacciatore - 14:50
   I – la vera preda
   II – volo di rapace
   III – la lince
   IV – il lupo
   V – il cacciatore

Elisa Montaldo - Voice, keiboards, piano, organ, concertina
Giulio Canepa - Guitars
Francesco Ciapica - Voice
Paolo "Paolo" Tixi -Drums
Fabio Gremo - Bass

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nautilus "Above Water"

Country: USA
Sub GenreJamband, Fusion
Release dateAug 29, 2013
1. Orange  8:59
2. Sandra May  11:43
3. Harmonium  7:37
4. Porcelain Sunrise  13:11
5. The Chapter of Nine 11:33
6. Peel 4:34

Evan Bost - Keyboards, Vocals
Connor White - Guitar, Vocals
Andy Blair - Bass, Vocals
Jonny Rienerth - Drums
Brian Smith - Guitar

Nautilus’ music is described by the band as progressive jam fusion, something that’s more than appropriate. Their sound is amalgam of many things, and while they could be described to friends in quick explanation as jam band, they are really much more. Incorporating funk and rock aesthetics their sound evokes an airy, spacey feel that recalls smoky jazz material done with laid back construction.
 Read the full review by Brian Tucker at wae.blogs.starnewsonline.com

Entire album online

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Siiilk "Way to Lhassa"

Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release date: August 27, 2013
 1. Childhood's Memories 5:51
  2. Between 6:43
  3. Cathy's Wood 4:56
  4. In the Grey Chapel 1:17
  5. Leaving North 5:25
  6. Midlife Crisis 4:33
  7. Khajuraho Dreams 3:41
  8. Way to Lhassa 6:37
  9. Witness 4:13
10. Wladyslaw's Marching Band 4:03

Richard Pick – lead vocal, acoustic guitar, tampoura
Gilbert Gandil (Pulsar) – electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, additional keyboards, lap steel
Jacques Roman (Pulsar) – pianos, synthesizers and mellotron
Guillaume Antonicelli – bass guitar
Attilio Terlizzi – drums, gongs
Jean-Nicolas Susse – additional keyboards, backing vocals, horn, Indian harmonium
Catherine Pick -  vocals
Paul Grant – Indian santur
Gabrielle Vargiu -  tranverse flute
Hagop Boyadjian – Armenian duduk
Adrien Bernard – choir direction on track 4, guitar, keyboards, violin, vocals and lyrics on track 10
Axelle Ciofolo de Peretti – bass clarinet
Bertrand Plé - brass quartet direction on track 10
Pierre Bassery - trombone
Nicolas Salmon - tuba
Christophe Coronas – trumpet

Siiilk with its album "Way to Lhassa", blends music and poetry to take us from the lowlands of Flanders to the butresses of Himalaya and India. Musicals wanderings between childhood and adulthood. "Way to Lhassa" is a timeless opus sublimed by the sounds of mellotron, keyboards, voices ,guitars but also brasses,tampuras, Armenian duduk, and Indian santur.

Childhood's Memories

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Protomythos "In Human Sight"

Country: Israel
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Hard Rock
Release dateAugust 27, 2013
1. In Human Sight 05:00
2. Cage Bound 06:30
3. House Of Slaughter 04:50
4. Inside A Square 04:06
5. The Blind Spot 07:47
6. Condiments And Blood 04:48
7. Science Moved On 06:24
8. Part Of The Fold 04:57
9. We Bleed For Real 04:31
10. Voiceless 05:32

Tom Treivish - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Effects, Bass Guitar on In Human Sight
Ethan Raz - Drums
Adi Har Zvi - Bass

In Human Sight is a rock concept album that deals with the human perception of the lives of animals and is meant to serve as a voice for the voiceless 


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B'shnorkestra "Go To Orange"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAvant Prog, Chamber, Jazz
LabelPresent Sounds Recordings
Release dateAugust 27, 2013
1.Go To Orange 06:00
2.La Noche Negra 05:44
3.Skarkiselk 05:22
4.Zim 06:56
5.Move 06:32
6.Symposium 07:00
7.B'shnultimate 04:26
8.Pangkur 05:41

Joshua Kohl - conductor
Alex Guy, Alina To - violins
Brianna Atwell – viola
Maria Scherer Wilson, Daniel Mullikin – cellos
Jherek Bischoff, Tim Carey – upright basses
Samantha Boshnack – trumpet/flugelhorn
Chris Credit – alto/tenor saxophones
Tobi Stone – tenor saxophone/flute
Greg Campbell – French horn/percussion/drums
Adam Kozie - percussion/xylophone/drums
Lalo Bello – congas (tracks 1, 2, 7)
Paris Hurley – violin solo (track 2)
Megan O’Donoghue-Williams – vocals (track 8)
Sri Joko Raharjo – gender/ rebab (track 8)

The B'shnorkestra is a large ensemble featuring the work of composer/trumpeter Samantha Boshnack. Strings and percussions come together to create soaring melodies with sprigs of improvisation and undulating swells on the band's latest offering Go to Orange from Present Sounds Recordings. The band consists of musicians who bring to the table a diverse background ranging from modern jazz to classic rock, from salsa/Afro-Cuban to chamber music. Based in Seattle, The B'shnorkestra have a symphonic sound influenced by music made by local artists and world cultures.  
Read the full review by Susan Frances at voices.yahoo.com


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Mike Keneally "You Must Be This Tall"

Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Avant Prog
LabelExowax Recordings 
Release date: August 27, 2013
  1. You Must Be This Tall
  2. Cavanaugh
  3. Plum
  4. Cornbread Crumb
  5. Kidzapunk
  6. Pitch Pipe
  7. The Rider
  8. Bolarius
  9. Popes
  10. Indicator
  11. 5th Street
  12. Glop
Mike Keneally - various instruments
Marco Minnemann:  drums, percussion on 5
Bryan Beller:  bass on 4, 9
Joe Travers:  drums on 4, 9
Rick Musallam:  guitar on 4, 7, 9
Missy Andersen
Andy Partridge:  guitar on 10

Featuring 12 largely instrumental pieces, the album is a wildly careening ride through multiple moods, unified by Mike's virtuoso turns on guitar and keyboard, and his widely respected compositional acumen.  Moods range from madcap humor to deep introspection, all captured in truly sumptuous audio quality-- this is an album that rewards dedicated attention with a good set of headphones. You Must Be This Tall is a dream come true for fans of adventurous music made with heart and wit.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Autoryno "Cosmopolitan Traffic"

Country: France
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion
Release date: August 26, 2013
1. Warsaw
2. Poznan
3. Bratislava
4. Wroclaw
5. Greifswald
6. Trencin
7. Krakow
8. Stanislawow
9. Irene and Sandy

Bertrand Delorme: Bass
Cyril Grimaud: Drums
David Konopnicki: Fretless And Fretted Guitars
David Krakauer: Clarinet
Gary Lucas: Guitar

If there’s any truth to a title, it fits with AutorYno’s Cosmopolitan Traffic (Tzadik). The traffic in this case involves the different styles of music played, a mixture of hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, and funk, with hints of Klezmer. The guitar work of David Konopnick and Gary Lugas stand out amazingly, along with Bertrand Delorme’s bass work, and together they sound like music I would love to listen to on a regular, if not daily basis. “Krakow” begins up an upbeat funk feel before it splits into something metalesque, but the guitar melody may reveal something culturally significant. Some of it is aligned with what Vernon Reid had done before and after Living Colour, where the guitars are free take off into solos of power while maintaining a level of structure. The rhythm section of Delorme and drummer Cyril Grimaud also maintains a solid basis, whether it’s in the Pat Metheny-esque airiness of “Irene And Sandy” to the piercing guitar work of “Warsaw” that may bring to some memories of Allan Holdsworth and his axe work. (thisisbooksmusic.com)

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Tigran Hamasyan "Shadow Theater"

Country: Armenia
Sub GenreJazz, Fusion
Release date: August 26, 2013
1. The Poet
2. Erishta
3. Lament
4. Drip
5. The Year Is Gone
6. Seafarer
7. The Court Jester
8. Pagan Lullaby
9. Pt1 Collapse
10. Pt2 Alternative Universe
11. Holy
12. Road Song

Tigran Hamasyan - piano
Areni Agababian - vocals
Ben Wendel - saxophone
Sam Minaie - bass
Nate Wood - drums

Road Song

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Monsters of the Antipodes "Houses" EP

Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental Math Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Little League Records
Release date: August 26, 2013
 1. Dinosauria, We - 02:41
 2. Circle Ponies - 03:37
 3. Battle Ballet - 06:14
 4. Only Revolutions - 04:59
 5. Agua Del Fin - 08:51

Greg Lewis
Adam Segal
Alex Jimeson

Houses is the new EP from Monsters Of The Antipodes and features some of the freshest math sounds you can find, in the current scene.
Complex guitar lead lines bounce off booming, poly-rhythmic drums and chugging, deep bass, paving the way for Monsters of A's signature catchy math rock sound.
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Blackfield "IV"

Country: Israel
Sub GenreArt Rock
Release dateAugust 26, 2013
1. Pills
2. Springtime
3. XRay
4. Sense of Insanity
5. Firefly
6. The Only Fool is Me
7. Jupiter
8. Kissed by the Devil
9. Lost Souls
10. Faking
11. After the Rain

Aviv Geffen - vocals, guitar
Steven Wilson - vocals, guitar
Vincent Cavanagh - vocals on XRay
Brett Anderson - vocals on Firefly
Jonathan Donahue - vocals on The Only Fool is Me



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Arc Angel "Harlequins Of Light"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAOR, Progressive Rock
LabelFrontiers Records
Release dateAugust 24, 2013 (Europe) and August 27, 2013 (North America)
1. Harlequins Of Light
2. As Far As The Eye Can See
3. War (Battle Wounds Of Life)
4. Voice Of Illuminati
5. Through The Night
6. Amnesia
7. Fortune Teller 2
8. California Daze
9. Tonight… Forever
10. Get To You
11. Diamonds And Gold
12. Legend Of The Mary Celeste

Jeff Cannata - lead and background vocals, drums, bass, keyboards, guitars
Jeff Batter - acoustic piano, synths
Jay Rowe - organ, synths
Scott Spray - bass
David Coe - acoustic guitar
Jimi Bell - lead guitar
Gary Maus - lead guitar
Andy Abel - lead guitar
Tony Spada - lead guitar
Mark Proto - lead guitar
Jay Jesse Johnson - lead guitar
Pete Hodson - background vocals, synth

Those familiar with Cannata's career can basically expect what he's very good at it: melodic rock touched with a little progressive rock and wrapped in a AOR wrapper.
Read the full review  by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

Harlequins Of Light

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Shepherds Of Cassini "Shepherds Of Cassini"

Country: New Zealand
Sub GenrePost Metal
Release dateAugust 24, 2013
1. Zuhal (3:18)
2. Eyelid (18:20)
3. Asomatous Pendula I (6:44)
4. Asomatous Pendula II (8:52)
5. Who Are We To Say You're Welcome Here? (2:27)
6. The Silent Cartographer (8:38)
7. Nefarious (12:43)

Omar Al-Hashimi – Drums
Vitesh Bava – Bass
Felix Lun – Violin
Brendan Zwaan – Guitar, Vocals

A progressive metal act that combines aspects of post metal with middle-eastern influenced riffs and heavy dynamics comparable to bands such as Tool. There's also a strong sense of psychedelia to their sound as well as quieter passages that showcase their instrumental flair with a gentle touch. Vocals are sparse yet smooth, adding an extra element to their sound.(Progarchives)



Sonus Umbra "Winter Soulstice"

Country: USA
Sub GenreSymphonic
Release date: August 23, 2013
1. Last Train To Kimball
2. Insomniac Blue
3. Palestinian Black
4. Wounded Animal
5. Let It Rain
6. Silence Kills
7. It's Only Fear
8. Bar at the End of the World
9. Haunted
10.Rebuke the Sea
11. Adrift

Brian Harris - keyboards and vocals.
Rich Poston - electric guitar
Roey Ben-Yoseph - lead vocals
Tim McCaskey - acoustic guitar
Steve Royce - flute and vocals
Andy Tillotson - drums, acoustic guitar
David Keller - cello
Luis Nasser - bass

Winter Soulstice marks the 5th studio album, and the 20th anniversary of the band. Originally formed in Mexico City, Sonus Umbra now resides in Chicago. The current line-up is an all-new ensemble featuring some of Chicago's best progressive rock musicians. Sonus Umbra plays dark, symphonic prog rock that is equally influenced by bands like Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Rush, Jethro Tull, Iron Maiden and King Crimson.

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Until Rain "Anthem To Creation"

Country: UK/Greece
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelEscape Music
Release dateAugust 23, 2013
1. Brain Death (5:24)
2. Think Again (4:19)
3. Living Hell (5:17)
4. My Own Blood (5:05)
5. Empty Helmet (10:50)
6. 13-8 (5:02)
7. The Clang Of Shields Pt. I (6:54)
8. The Clang Of Shields Pt. II (3:25)
9. Anthem To Creation (18:21)
10. Breaking Of The 7 Seals (4:47)
11. Marionettes (9:23)

Yannis Papadopoulos - Vocals
Theodore Amaxopoulos - Guitar
Lefteris Germenlis - Keyboards
Bill Gkagkavouzis - Bass
Alex Hughes - Drums

Musically Until Rain sits comfortably between the melodic progressive metal of Shadow Gallery or Circus Maximus and the more epic orchestral power of Symphony X or Time Requiem. It's a great blend of well known facets and a unique take on the progressive metal genre with the inclusion of Greek folklore in both lyrics and melodies.

Think Again
My Own Blood

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Flaming Bess "Der gefallene Stern"

Country: Germany
Sub GenreSymphonic, Krautrock
Release dateAugust 23, 2013
Verloren im Dunkel
1. Erwachen 3:14
2. Verloren im Dunkel 1:56
3. Nosce Te Ipsum 5:58
4. Verzweifelt und Vergessen 4:58
5. Der gefallene Stern 6:30
6. Anderwelt 4:32
7. Lichtpfad 5:14
8. … wie Wüstenregen 5:16
9. Identropie 4:20
10. Erlösung ? 6:18
Am Fluss von Sein und Zeit
11. Am Fluss von Sein und Zeit 3:29
12. Die Kyberniten 4:50
13. Haravienna 12:20
14. Rückkehr 4:55
15. Friedhof der Träume 3:45

Hans Wende - bass, guitar
Hans Schweiß - drums, percussion
Peter Figge - keyboards
Achim Wierschem - guitar, programming
Claas Reimer - loops, synthesizer, effects
Mike Hartman - vocals on „... wie Wüstenregen“, „Die Kyberniten“, „Haravienna“
Julian Küster - acoustic guitar on „Haravienna“
Hacki Kommel - undistorted guitar on „Haravienna“
Jenny K. - vocals on „Vergessen und Verloren“ and „Der gefallene Stern“
Markus Roth - synth solo, piano & organ on „Haravienna“, flute on „Rückkehr“
Mirjam Wiesemann - voice of the Star
Markus Wierschem - voice of the Nameless
Jef de Corte - orchestral arrangement on „Am Fluß von Sein und Zeit“, wind instruments on „Verloren im Dunkel“ and „Friedhof der Träume“


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Turisas "Turisas2013"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release date: August 23, 2013 
01. For Your Own Good (4:32)
02. Ten More Miles (4:16)
03. Piece by Piece (5:39)
04. Into The Free (3:50)
05. Run Bhang - Eater, Run! (4:41)
06. Greek Fire (4:51)
07. The Days Passed (4:34)
08. No Good Story Ever Starts With Drinking Tea (2:51)

09. We Ride Together (6:33)


Mathias D.G. 'Warlord' Nygård - Vocals, Percussion
Jussi Wickström - Guitars
Olli Vänskä - Violin
Robert Engstrand - Keyboards
Jesper Anastasiadis - Bass & Backing Vocals
Jaakko Jakku - Drums, Percussion

...if Andrew Lloyd Webber had a rebellious son who wrote heavy metal, he would write “Turisas2013.” The orchestration on the record is so thick, the arrangement so deep and so well-thought out, that even more than their previous records, “Turisas2013” feels like a theatre performance.
There is no particular concept to this album, no grand telling of history like we’ve witnessed in past Turisas records. Rather, the album is concerned much with the bittersweet themes of endings leading to new beginnings. At least half the album deals with subject matter along these lines; songs of longing and leaving and legacy. In proper balance, the album shares the other half of material with other themes common to Turisas; universally recognizable concepts like carousing, brotherhood and naturally, drinking. The album’s thematic balance is top notch, coming equipped with an emotional versatility somewhat endemic to folk metal but rare in other forms.  
Read the full review at bloodygoodhorror.com

Into the free
For your own good

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Might Could "Relics from the Wasteland"

Country: USA
Release dateAugust 23, 2013
1. That’s a Malört (3:17)
2. Relapse (3:40)
3. Forty Flights (3:33)
4. Bardog  (4:03)
5. Trials of Cromulence (4:03)
6. The Camels Make the Rules (4:15)
7.  La Hojarasca (4:05)
8.  Crab Recess (2:37)
9.  Medea’s Dance of Vengeance (3:10)
10. Sarabande (5:18)
11. For Ellie (2:57)
12. Songs from the Wood (4:40)

Aaron Geller – acoustic guitar
Andy Tillotson (Sonus Umbra) – acoustic guitar
Tim McCaskey (Sonus Umbra)  – acoustic guitar
Luis Nasser (Sonus Umbra)  – acoustic bass
Brian Harris – keyboards (10)

Even if acoustic guitar albums can be perceived by some as one-dimensional, Relics from the Wasteland proves this common misconception quite wrong, displaying as many layers of complexity and as wide a range of influences as any “real” prog album.  In fact, the presence of Luis Nasser’s acoustic bass adds a depth that compensates for the lack of a conventional rock rhythm section, and the riveting interplay between the three guitars possesses a natural elegance all too often disguised by an electric instrumentation.
Read the full review by Raffaella Berry at progmistress.com



Ampledeed "A Is for Ampledeed"

Country: USA
Sub GenreCanterbury, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Avant Prog
Label: Self-released
Release dateAugust 23, 2013
 1. We Breathe Time -  7:57
  2. Super Collider Bromwich - 5:25
  3. It's Hard Work to Work (When You're Hard)  - 0:44
  4. Wanders and Wonders - 4:20
  5. Why 6 Is Afraid of 7 - 3:42
  6. Drum Fuckin' - 0:20
  7. Brown Hole Blues - 3:35
  8. Travel Guide for the Maladjusted - 5:40
  9. Wake of the Galaxy - 5:01
10. Burning the Midnight Man Train to Georgia On My Mind  - 1:48
11. If I Come Down - 3:41
12. Big Ole Bigiddy Balls  - 0:52
13. From Within a Tetrapathic Quasar - 6:22
14. Dragon Lance - 6:14

Max Taylor - vocals,keyboards,drums,bass
Aaron Goldich (The Source) - vocals,keyboards
Luis Flores - guitars,Ukulele,vocals
Isaac Watts - drums
Cody Farwell - bass
Aaron Munoz - bass
Collin Kupka - Saxophone
Allie Taylor - vocals

A Is for Ampledeed retains much of the sound of The Source but goes for greater complexity while maintaining accessibility, shifting toward a Canterbury style. (kinesiscd.com)
Travel Guide for the Maladjusted

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

KBB "Age Of Pain"

Country: Japan
Sub Genre: Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Release date: August 21, 2013
1. Larks in the air
2. Suspicious forest
3. Age of Pain
4. Vertical Divided Alone Man
5. Termites Daydream
6. Lythrum
7. Kernel
8. My Restless Heart

Akihisa Tsuboy - violin
Toshimitsu Takahashi - keyboards
Dani - bass
Shirou Sugano - drums

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

White Hills "So You Are. So You'll Be"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
Label Thrill Jockey
Release dateAugust 20, 2013
1. InWords (0:24)
2. In Your Room (5:49)
3. The Internal Monologue (5:30)
4. So You Are. So You'll Be (7:27)
5. OutWords (0:54)
6. Forever In Space (Enlightened) (7:54)
7. Rare Upon the Earth (7:23)
8. Circulating (1:40)
9. Mist (Winter) (6:51)


Dave W / Guitars, Synthesizer, Vocals
Ego Sensation / Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals
Nick Name / Drums

After the deconditioning and deprogramming blast of electronic noise which is ‘InWords,’ the album opens properly with the call to arms, ‘In Your Room’ – a skyscraper razing slab of Mudhoney strength mantra metal, which bids you abandon all doubt and fear so you can start your quest into inner space. For tuned in, turned on heads there is ‘The Internal Monologue’, an ecstatic shivering sliver of celestial acidic drone followed by the post-Hawkwind, post Loop transmission of ‘So You Are… So You’ll Be’. There is more computerised deprogramming via ‘OutWords’ before White Hills command that you cower before the altar of the Stoogian proto-riff, the holy Ur-riff, the mind warping, silver machine-tooled hyper riff, that is ‘Forever In Space (Enlightened)’. But after this cataclysmic shock, there is barely time to process what just happened before you are lowered into the howling lysergic swamp rock of ‘Rare Upon The Earth’ with only the echoing synthesized landscape of ‘Circulating’ offering some respite. The album builds effortlessly to the sumptuous ‘MIST (Winter)’ which features a John Carpenter synth line engine inserted into glistening La Dusseldorf chassis, forming some kind of god-like chariot.  Read the full review by John Doran at thrilljockey.com

In Your Room

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Canvas "Long Way To Mars"

Country: USA
Sub GenreSymphonic, Pop
LabelCanvas Productions
Release date: August 20, 2013
1. Long Way To Mars
2. Better
3. Brightest Star
4. Valkyrie Days
5. Johnny Don't Know
6. Scheherezade
7. Weather
8. The Beginning Is Near
9. Starry
10. Modern Town


Matt Sweitzer-guitars, bass keyboards, drums
Chris Cobel-keyboards, vocals, trumpet
Greg Lounsberry-vocals, guitar
Tammy Lounsberry-vocals
John Swope-drums
Tom Mattern-vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, trumpet

Mike Florio-lyrics, vocals & synth solo on "Long Way To Mars"


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Born Of Osiris "Tomorrow We Die Alive"

Country: USA
Sub GenreTech/Extreme, Progressive Metal
LabelSumerian Records
Release dateAugust 20, 2013
1. Machine (4:24)
2. Divergency (3:58)
3. Mindful (3:32)
4. Exhilarate (3:32)
5. Absolution (4:06)
6. The Origin (3:45)
7. Aeon III (3:55)
8. Imaginary Condition (3:12)
9. Illusionist (3:59)
10. Source Field (3:47)
11. Vengeance (4:10)

Ronnie Canizaro - vocals
Lee McKinney - guitars
Joe Buras - keys, vocals
David Darocha - bass
Cameron Losch - drums

Tomorrow We Die Alive relies more heavily on keyboard riffing than any other Born of Osiris record has before and it works in the context provided. Songs like "Machine," "Mindful" and "Imaginary Condition," for example, utilize the aforementioned quite a bit… but does it cut down on the presence of the band? Not particularly. Where the main complaint against the record has been the oversimplified chugging and constant rhythmic patterns (because I've done my homework on the reception of the record), it works in the context of the record; why lay down complicated guitars and muddy up the keyboard leads? Or even the reverse of that situation? The name of the game played on Tomorrow We Die Alive is context through and through when it comes to composition.
Read the full review by Greg Kennelty at metalinjection.net

Imaginary Condition