Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vintage Cucumber "Yoki Style"

Country: Germany
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Krautrock
Release dateOctober 31, 2013
1. Mondsucht II 07:29
2. Geborgenheit 05:18
3. Im Garten Eden 11:16
4. Cleopatra & Ich 03:27
5. Das Mönchsgebrabbel 08:46
6. Nektar schlürfen... 07:36
7. Weltenberg 01:59
8. Alles in Butter 05:34
9. Mutter Grün 07:56
10. Traumland 05:23

Johannes Schulz - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synthesizer, Flute, Harmonica, Voice, Effects

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Rise of Avernus "L'appel du vide"

Country: Australia
Sub GenreProgressive Doom Metal
Release dateOctober 31, 2013
1. A Triptych Journey
2. The Mire
3. Disenchanted
4. L’appel du vide
5. Ethereal Blindness
6. Embrace the Mayhem
7. An Somnium
8. As Soleness Recedes

Ben Vanvollenhoven - Vocals & Guitar
Cat Guirguis - Vocals & Keyboard
Andrew Craig - Drums & Percussion.
Matthew Bell - Guitar & Orchestral arrangements
Daniel Warrington - Bass & Vocals

Translated as ‘The Call of the Void’, L’appel du Vide is a French existential phrase that does not quite exist in the English language, although can be best explained as the urge some people get to jump when they are close to the edge of a cliff. A fitting title when juxtaposed with the music, more specifically the orchestral and piano arrangements laid out in L’appel du Vide, as these emotions are masterfully conveyed throughout the album and it is obvious a lot of thought has gone in to the arrangements on each and every track.
Read the full review at metalrage.com

A Triptych Journey


Gambit "Abyssal"

Country: France
Sub GenreNeo-Prog
Release date: October 31, 2013
01 Abyssal.. 7:43
02 Le manège en chantier 7:48
03 La valeur des choses 10:50
04 The Froggy Tongue 4:67
05 Le néant 10:07
06 La course contre le temps 11:05
07 ...Abyssal 2:36

Stéphane Chefdeville - Guitars
Patrick Follaco - Vocals
Gérald Garnier - Drums
Stéphane Guenoun - Keyboards
Jean-Luc Simon - Bass

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bogdo Ula "The Return of the Sons of Ra"

Country: Finland
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion, Avant Prog
Release dateOctober 30, 2013
  1. Yours 'til the End of Dance 6:27
  2. Sons of Ra 5:32
  3. Killing Horizon  7:11
  4. Full Hypersurface 5:22
  5. Aludra 4:49
  6. Io Gas & Coal Company Wish You Bon Voyage 5:18
  7. Arcs Come Down 4:33
  8. Flank Speed 7:03
  9. I Left Tomorrow (1,5 Parsecs in No Time At All!) 8:26
Samuli Kristian - guitar
Ivan Horder - drums
Jean Ruin - bass

It’s tempting to categorize this as jazz, if only because of its improvisational nature. But, really, The Return of the Sons of Ra has more to do with the endlessly inventive free-form weirdness of Frank Zappa on albums like Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar. Tracks like “Aludra,” with its girder-shaking bass lines from Ruin, octopus-armed rhythmic explosions from Horder and bloody-fingered riffing from Kristian are simply too rock-focused – too completely heavy – to have a reference point in the world of jazz, even during the 1970s heyday of fusion. 
Read the full review by Nick DeRiso at somethingelsereviews.com

Flank Speed
Full Hypersurface

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Varga "Enter the Metal"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Label: Self-released
Release dateOctober 30, 2013

  1. Beginning of the End 6:19
  2. Gamera 7:52
  3. Mad Scientist 5:37
  4. Plane Crash 8:01
  5. No More Clean Air 4:59
  6. Shark Attack 6:59
Adam Alex - guitar
Dan Fila - drums
Joe Varga - bass and vocals
Sean Williamson - guitar

During the late 80’s and early 90’s, Varga was one of the better Canadian metal acts to find success on a major label and getting heavy rotation on Much Music. They played a hybrid style of prog/thrash/industrial metal, releasing the album Prototype in 1993 and Oxygen in 1996 before leaving the metal scene behind.
The members of the band went on their separate ways, continuing to perform in various other projects until reuniting in 2012. The group recently entered the studio with producer Julius Butty (Hypodust) to record 6 new songs that hark back to their progressive/thrash metal roots. The album is appropriately called Enter the Metal and that is exactly what you get here; 6 tracks of progressive metal, crazy time changes, a plethora of riffs and multi-layered vocals to top it all off.
Read the full review by Kenneth Gallant at horrormetalsounds.com
Beginning of the end

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Russian Circles "Memorial"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePost Rock/Metal
Release date: October 29, 2013
1. Memoriam  
2. Deficit                              
3. 1777
4. Cheyenne
5. Burial
6. Ethel
7. Lebaron
8. Memorial

Mike Sullivan- guitars
Dave Turncrantz - drums
Brian Cook- bass
Chelsea Wolfe - vocals on “Memorial”

Carving Colours "No Way but Forwards"

Country: Spain
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
Release date October 29, 2013
  1. Isolated incidents 06:12
  2. Martyr 07:16
  3. The envelope 01:09
  4. It had to be done 08:30
  5. Beheading the Hydra 06:52
  6. No way but forwards 15:30
Julio A. - Electric Bass guitar
Juan Pablo L. - Electric guitar
Arturo P. - Keyboards
Álvaro Q. - Electric guitar
Alejandro R. - Vocals
Luis R. - Drums

A concept album that explores the validity (or even the necessity) of violence and conflict as ways to change our reality when it becomes unbearable and oppressive.
Possible causes, consequences and responsibilities are depicted in this 45 minute work that tries to capture the zeitgeist of our time. 

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E. Doctor Smith "Quantum"

Country: USA
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion, Ambient
LabelEdgetone Records
Release dateOctober 29, 2013
  1. Test Drive 04:34
  2. Psychobilly 05:11
  3. Progress Part 1 02:45
  4. Son of Frunkenstein 04:34
  5. Progress Part 2 01:32
  6. Ambience for the Active Subconscious Mind 03:56
  7. The Eight 01:06
  8. Kodo 02:28
  9. Angular Momentum 06:33
  10. Blue Moon 01:40
E. Doctor Smith - Zendrum EXP
Jack Wright (TCP) - PRS guitars, iGuitars, loops
Tom Shiben - 4, 5 and 8 String Rickenbacher basses
Eric Dahlman - Trumpet and loops
Mike Hall - Roland Guitar synthesizer

In this collaboration, Smith’s unique fusion approach to the new Zendrum EXP MIDI percussion controller, splash blends with Wright's inspired guitar work and looping mastery to create music swirling between the subtle, the beautiful, the incendiary. The result is Quantum, a mix of progressive rock and jazz with ambient and otherworldly sounds.

4 tracks online

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Terra Rising "Machines"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Metal
Release date: October 29, 2013
1. Machines (3:24)
2. Fight or Flight (3:32)
3. What They Say (3:23)
4. Katamari (3:26)
5. Lightning Medicine Cloud (4:42)
6. Waves (3:40)
7. Heart Strings (3:24)
8. Winter (5:40)
9. Night Terror (3:47)
10. Morrowind (4:19)

Marc Birr - Lead Vocals
Jared Litersky - Rhythm Guitar
Mike Loveless - Lead Guitar
Jeff Schaller - Bass Guitar
Marty Scheuer - Drums and Percussion
Joshua Wakely - Keys and Samples

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What They Say


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Protest the Hero "Volition"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreTech/Extreme, Progressive Metal
LabelRazor & Tie
Release dateOctober 29, 2013
1. Clarity
2. Drum-Head Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
8. Mist
9. Underbite
10. Animal Bones
11. Skies

Rody Walker - vocals
Tim Millar - rhythm guitar
Morgan «Moe» Carlson - drums
Luke Hoskin - lead guitar
Arif Mirabdolbaghi - bass


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Vaura “The Missing”

Country: USA
Sub GenrePost Metal
LabelProfound Lore Records
Release date: October 29, 2013
1. The Missing
2. Incomplete Burning
3. The Fire
4. Mare Of The Snake
5. Pleasure Blind
6. Passage To Vice
7. The Things That We All Hide
8. Braced For Collapse
9. Abeyance
10. Putting Flesh To Bone

Josh Strawn (Religious To Damn) - vocals, guitar
Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) - guitar
Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Maudlin Of The Well) - bass
Charlie Schmid - drums

Following last year’s “Selenelion” release, Vaura  take their unique style of combining progressive metal and classic ‘80s goth/darkwave into more defined and dense territory with “The Missing”.  With a sound and aesthetic influenced by the darker and more brooding moments of the aforementioned styles when they came to fruition in the ‘80s, Vaura also incorporate sounds also reminiscing the likes of post punk, early ‘90s indie rock, and shoegaze respectively along with some intricate moments found on “The Missing” that even hark back to the heyday of classic-era Queensryche and “Grace Under Pressure” era Rush.

Incomplete Burning


Tribune "Tales"

Country: Canada
Sub GenreTech/Extreme, Progressive Metal
Release dateOctober 29, 2013
1. Tales 05:41
2. Insectoid 04:50
3. The Butterfly Effect 04:32
4. From Funeral To Funeral 05:13
5. Horror 03:38
6. King Of Ithaca 04:57
7. Vengeance 03:44
8. Red Crescent 04:02
9. That Bleakest Shore 06:17

Bryan Baker - Vocals
Terry Andersson - Guitar
Jason Brown - Drums
Shawn Culley - Guitar
Ryan O'Shea - Bass

Here is an album from a band who get it, a band who understand what they want to do, and do it in an intelligent and logical manner such that we get a record that mixes cleans and growls but comes off as entirely appropriate for the scene, metal for a new generation.
Read the full review by Matt Baggins at twoguysmetalreviews.com


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Skeem "...Just Suggesting"

Country: France
Sub GenreNeo-Prog
Release date: October 29, 2013
Disc 1:
1. The Grand Scheme (2:15)
2. All We Are (7:28)
3. Gone Away Muse (8:58)
4. Half a Life (5:51)
5. Last Days (8:35)
6. Drowned Dreams (7:39)
7. The Journey Within (5:54)
8. The Perfect Truth (7:41)

Disc 2:
1. The Hidden Path (9:31)
2. Book of Shadows (3:50)
3. Colors (8:22)
4. The End Complete (9:32)
5. Naked Lies (6:42)
6. The Power of Angels (7:52)
7. The Grand Scheme Resumption (1:50)

Serge Barbaro : Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Joe Massot : Drums
Jonathan Lattore : Bass
Berny Barbaro : Keyboards & arrangements
Pierre Teodori : Acoustic guitars on “Drowned dreams”, “Naked lies” and “The end complete”, Violins on “Half a life” and “The end complete”, Fretless Bass on “Colors”
Serge Bianne : Bass on “Colors”
Jessica Passarin : Backing vocals
Oreema : Backing vocals
John Cobalt : Backing vocals
Framy : Backing vocals on “All we are”, “Drowned dreams”, and “Last days”.

Aisles "4:45am"

Country: Chile
Sub GenreNeo-Prog, Art Rock
LabelPresagio Records
Release dateOctober 29, 2013
1. 4:45am
2. Gallarda Yarura
3. Shallow and Daft
4. Back my Strength
5. The Sacrifice
6. The Ship
7. Intermission
8. Sorrow
9. Hero
10. Melancholia

Germán Vergara - Guitars, Vocals and Keyboards
Felipe Candia - Drums and Percussion
Rodrigo Sepúlveda - Guitars and Vocals
Sebastian Vergara - Lead vocals
Alejandro Meléndez - Keyboards
Daniel Baird-Kerr - Bass

Secret Chiefs 3 "Book of Souls: Folio A"

Country: USA
Sub GenreAvant Prog
LabelMimicry Records
Release dateOctober 29, 2013 (retail - November 26, 2013)
1. Balance of the 19
2. Nova IHVH
3. Potestas Clavium
4. Post-Identity Hour (AMS World Newscorp)
5. Personae: Halloween
6. Utopian Weekly Update (HVHI Public Access)
7. Scorched Earth Saturnalia
8. Full Spectrum Anamnesis
9. Drive
10. Barzakh ID Markers (AIO Radio Narcissus)
11. La Chanson de Jacky
12. Toy Soldier's Frontline Report (Faust Journal, DodecSMA Corp)
13. Tistrya


Listeners have come to expect a lot from Secret Chiefs 3, and for “Book of Souls”, second in the band’s mega-trilogy (first being “Book of Horizons”, 2004), they expect nothing less than a vertigo-inducing follow up. True to expectation, "Book of Souls: Folio A" is a full-length album densely-packed with musical skyscrapers. Over a decade in the making along with "Folio B", "Book of Souls" is Secret Chiefs 3’s most elaborate work yet. Following the 7-band schemata laid out in Book of Horizons, both Folios of "Book of Souls" thoroughly establish the depth of SC3’s journey into otherwise lost musical possibilities.“Book of Souls: Folio A” is evidence that Secret Chiefs 3 continues to operate in blissful ignorance of current musical fashions, remaining enchanted only by what can be unlocked in modern mediums by applying a specific recipe of ancient and a-linear processes.
The album represents the kind of titanic, almost Faustian undertaking that one would expect, something uniquely appropriate to Secret Chiefs 3. But for all that pomp it’s easy to forget that everything having to do with a SC3 recording is DIY to the core. “Book of Souls: Folio A” is a fully organic production. Everything is honed with love in one of the last-standing hermetically-sealed laboratories. Some may snort at the notion that there even could exist such a cauldron of limitless fascination extending so rigorously beyond the time/space boundaries of modern occidental groupthink; a place in-between, suspended, where the simplest motifs have the freedom either to radiate upward into geometric complexities that are beyond description, or to refine downward to a state of simple musical essence. But it's the usual thing at the SC3 lab.

East Of The Wall "Redaction Artifacts"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePost Metal, Progressive Metal, Sludge
LabelTranslation Loss Records
Release dateOctober 29, 2013
1. Solving The Correspondence Problem (2:12)
2. I'm Always Fighting Drago (5:46)
3. Obfuscator Dye (4:59)
4. The Fractal Canopy (8:14)
5. Arbiters Meet (4:56)
6. Third-Person Camera (5:57)
7. Excessive Convulsive (5:57)
8. The Methuselah Tree (1:59)
9. A Negligible Senescence (3:32)
10. Redaction Artifacts (10:07)
11. Noir Filter (1:07)

Seth Rheam - Drums
Matt Lupo - Guitar, Vocals
Greg Kuter - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Alfano - Bass, Vocals
Ray Suhy - Guitar

Musically speaking, New Jersey’s East of the Wall are a pretty weird bunch. It might seem that the band deliberately takes on the purpose of perplexing listeners and antagonizing critics alike, because it’s rare to find a review of any of their past releases which doesn’t emphasize just how difficult it is to grasp their sound (our own reviews included). This difficulty stems from a number of factors, not the least of which is the quintet’s off-kilter approach to the three-guitar attack, or their eclectic blend of post-metal, prog, sludge, and post-hardcore. While it seems the band does take pride in this enigmatic nature, it is a role which has thus far taken the backseat to that of, y’know, making killer fucking music. This trend certainly continues on their latest album Redaction Artifacts. 
Read the full review by at heavyblogisheavy.com

Entire album online
Arbiters Meet
The Fractal Canopy

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The Heads "Inner Space Broadcasts Vol 2 - Cardinal Fuzz"

Country: UK
Sub GenreKrautrock, Psychedelic
LabelCardinal Fuzz
Release dateOctober, 2013
CD 1:
1. K.R.T. (24/10/04) (08:19)
2. K.R.T. (28/01/05) (11:56)
3. K.R.T. (14/02/05) (14:08)
4. Shankared (18:00)
5. Velcro Gusset (03:08)
6. Frog Prog (Pt 1) (09:09)
7. Off My Boots (11:50)

CD 2:
1. Space Rock Toast (00:58)
2. Dragster (18:26)
3. Frog Prog (Part 3) (14:23)
4. Frog Prog (Part 4) (15:59)
5. Neu Wah Jam (06:32)
6. 12 Miles High (21:26)
7. Riding Bareback (00:11)

Paul Allen: Guitar & Keys
Wayne C Maskell: Drums
H.O. Morgan: Bass
Simon Price: Guitar & Vocals

CD 2 is a collection of recordings from The Heads' rehearsal room.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ayreon “The Theory of Everything”

Country: Netherlands
Sub GenreRock opera, Progressive Metal
Label: InsideOut
Release date: October 28, 2013
Disc I
01. Phase I: Singularity - 23:29
    1 - Prologue: The Blackboard
    2 - The Theory Of Everything [Part I]
    3 - Patterns
    4 - The Prodigy's World
    5 - The Teacher's Discovery
    6 - Love And Envy
    7 - Progressive Waves
    8 - The Gift
    9 - The Eleventh Dimension
    10 - Inertia
    11 - The Theory Of Everything [Part II]
02. Phase II: Simmetry - 21:31
    1 - The Consultation
    2 - Diagnosis
    3 - The Argument I
    4 - The Rival's Dilemma
    5 - Surface Tension
    6 - A Reason To Live
    7 - Potential
    8 - Quantum Chaos
    9 - Dark Medicine
    10 - Alive!
    11 - The Prediction

Disc II
01. Phase III: Entanglement - 22:34
    1 - Fluctuations
    2 - Transformation
    3 - Collision
    4 - Side Effects
    5 - Frequency Modulation
    6 - Magnetism
    7 - Quid Pro Quo
    8 - String Theory
    9 - Fortune?
02. Phase IV: Unification - 22:20
    1 - Mirror Of Dreams
    2 - The Lighthouse
    3 - The Argument II
    4 - The Parting
    5 - The Visitation
    6 - The Breakthrough
    7 - The Note
    8 - The Uncertainty Principle
    9 - Dark Energy
    10 - The Theory Of Everything [Part III]
    11 - The Blackboard [reprise]

Arjen Anthony Lucassen – electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, analog synthesizers,
Hammond, Solina Strings
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Gorefest) – drums
Rick Wakeman (Yes) – keyboards
Keith Emerson (Emerson Lake and Palmer) – keyboards
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – keyboards
Steve Hackett (Genesis) – lead guitar
Troy Donockley (Nightwish) – Whistles, Uilleann pipes
Ben Mathot (Dis) – violin
Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) – cello
Jeroen Goossens (Flairck) – flute, bass flute, piccolo, bamboo flute and contrabass flute
Siddharta Barnhoorn – orchestrations
Michael Mills (Toehider) – Irish Bouzouki
Wilmer Waarbroek – backing vocals
JB (Grand Magus) as The Teacher
Sara Squadrani (Ancient Bards) as The Girl
Michael Mills (Toehider) as The Father
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) as The Mother
Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) as The Prodigy
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot) as The Rival
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) as The Psychiatrist

"Prologue: The Blackboard" kicks things off like any good epic should…at the seashore. Wind, waves, seagulls and the pounding surf. Ready for the journey? No blast off into space this time. No, this trip takes place on earth, through the mind of Man. A man. A Prodigy who can assemble the world's mathematical equations and algorithms unlike anyone before him. Janne "JB" Christoffersson, "The Teacher" opens the story, "Will we ever understand this complex genius? This visionary thinker?" Sara Squadrani, as "The Girl", sings, "Will we ever understand his isolation or his sense of wonder?" The left and right brain introduced, as deep bass chords, keyboards, acoustic guitar and whispering voices fill the soundscape. Meanwhile the traditional Aryeon theme drifts off to sea.
Read the full review by  Mark Johnson at seaoftranquility.org

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The Theory Of Everything (Part I + Part II)

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The Earls of Mars "The Earls of Mars"

Country: UK
Sub GenreEclectic, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelCandlelight Records
Release dateOctober 28, 2013
1. Poor Whores' Petition - 02:44
2. The Swinger - 04:50
3. The Astronomer Pig - 05:59
4. Cornelius Itchybah - 06:41
5. Otto The Magnificent - 03:31
6. The Ballad Of Ben Ayre - 02:34
7. The Last Glass Eye-Maker - 07:13
8. Some Place - 02:05
9. The Mirrored Staircase - 05:01
10. Mr Osbornes' Hazelnuts - 01:23

Harry Armstrong - Voices & Pianos
Dan Hardingham - Guitars and Other Lesser Known Instruments
Si McCarthy - Upright Basses and Accordions
Dave Newman - Drums and Percussion

Despite all of those influences, though, “The Earls of Mars” is probably the most original thing you’ll hear all year. At their heart, the band are a 70’s-influenced rock band bringing together jazz, prog, space rock, doom and blues and forming it into a barking mad noise that you’ll either get or you won’t. If you don’t get it then close the door on your way out of the spaceship, as those of us who want to stay are off on a fantastical journey to who-knows-where, with The Earls of Mars steering the ship. 
Read the full review by Chris Ward at thisisnotascene.com


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The Flower Kings "Desolation Rose"

Country: Sweden
Sub GenreSymphonic
Label: InsideOut
Release dateOctober 28, 2013
1 Tower ONE - 13:39
2 Sleeping Bones - 04:16
3 Desolation Road - 04:00
4 White Tuxedos - 06:30
5 The Resurrected Judas - 08:24
6 Silent Masses - 06:17
7 Last Carnivore - 04:22
8 Dark Fascist Skies - 06:05
9 Blood Of Eden - 03:12
10 Silent Graveyards - 02:52

Roine Stolt - vocals, guitars
Hasse Fröberg - vocals, guitars
Jonas Reingold - bass guitar
Tomas Bodin - keyboards
Felix Lehrmann - drums

Silent Grace "Through The Years"

Country: Ukraine
Sub Genre: Instrumental  Progressive/Art Rock
Release dateOctober, 2013
  1. Through The Years 09:46
  2. Facing Transience 06:33
  3. At The Last Line 08:07
  4. A Moment Of Sincerity 07:25
  5. The Shadows Of The Days Gone By 10:52
  6. The Lake And The Sleeping Clouds 06:01
  7. Frozen Reflections 05:43
  8. Another Autumn 05:52
  9. Space Weather 08:47
  10. All That Remains... 07:23
Vyacheslav Babienko - bass
Stanislav Nikitin - guitar
Andrew Sarandi - drums
Natalia Kolesnik - viola
Andrei Sokolov - keyboards


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The Morganatics "Never Be Part Of Your World"

Country: France
Sub Genre Alternative, Art Rock
LabelM & O Music
Release dateOctober 28, 2013
01. The Great Deceiver (04:40)
02. Sand (As Children Say) (04:21)
03. Fade Away (06:25)
04. Come With Me (06:10)
05. Three-Leaf Clover Girl (03:36)
06. Pro-Mia (07:14)
07. Little Finger Syndrome (05:38)
08. Drag Me To Hell (05:50)
09. Fly (05:20)
10. Echoes From The Womb (04:49)
11. Ready (10:33)

Seb - Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards.
Chris - Female Vocals
Lauris Braka - Lead & Acoustic Guitars
Mark Cruz Teix - Bass Guitar
Nico VD - Drums

Taking rock music as a starting point, the group’s members have created an alternative album, which is both intense and melodic. Sebastien’s powerful lyrics, allow the personality of each to reveal itself through the melancholy and sensual image of the group. If the sound of The Morganatics manages to enter those yet to explore areas of Rock, then the human and musical experiment (as the band wishes to develop around the human aspect rather than around a musical genre) will be achieved.

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Sand (As children say) 

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Various Artists "The Age of Twilight"

Country: Multinational
Sub GenreMultigenre
Release dateOctober 2013
Tracklist / Line-up
1. New Year's Day -Tomas Stark  1:50
2. Il Lavello Della Cucina - Eric Baumgartner 4:20
3. Allen the Alien - Ant Bowles  6:18
4. Acquiring Glass Friends - The Rebel Wheel  4:17
5. Thieves (feat. Susie Minnear) - Mini Minor  4:35
6. Mantra - Blissful Behemoth  2:47
7. Midsummer's Day  - Tomas Stark  1:52
8. I Am Become Death, The Destroyer of Worlds - Monetary Soul  4:33
9. The Code (feat. Glenn Leonard, Jamie Krutz & Bob Holzner) - Bob Parker  7:56
10. Kerried Away - Dan Lawrie  2:16
11. Groundless - Adam Levin  4:46
12. Given Take - Octovox  3:23

A collection of works by artists inspired by the music of Gentle Giant

The Code- Bob Parker

Steeleye Span "Wintersmith"

Country: UK
Sub GenreFolk, Prog Related
LabelPark Records
Release date: October 28, 2013
1 Overture - 2:09
2 The Dark Morris Song - 4:01
3 Wintersmith - 4:37
4 You - 3:24
5 The Good Witch - 3:49
6 Band of Teachers - 3:46
7 The Wee Free Men - 2:17
8 Hiver - 3:25
9 Fire & Ice - 5:13
10 The Making of a Man - 4:03
11 Crown of Ice - 4:05
12 First Dance - 4:44
13 The Dark Morris Tune - 5:30
14 The Summer Lady - 3:54
15 Ancient Eyes - 4:38
16 We Shall Wear Midnight - 4:09

Maddy Prior - vocals
Rick Kemp - bass
Peter Knight - fiddle
Liam Genockey - drums
Peter Zorn - guitars
Julian Littman - guitars

Based on Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith novel. 

The Dark Morris


Solstice "Prophecy"

Country: UK
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna
Release date: October 28, 2013
1. Eyes Of Fire
2. Keepers Of The Truth
3. Warriors
4. West Wind
5. Black Water
      Bonus tracks

Find Yourself (remixed by Steven Wilson)
7. Return Of Spring (remixed by Steven Wilson)
Earthsong (remixed by Steven Wilson)


Andy Glass (guitars)
Steve McDaniel (keys)
Robin Phillips (bass)
Pete Hemsley (drums)
Jenny Newman (violin)
Emma Brown (vocals)

Sand "Sand"

Country: UK
Sub GenrePost Progressive Rock/Pop
Release dateOctober 28, 2013
1. Life Is Too Easy
2. Clay
3. Destroyer
4. Meanwhile
5. On A Spent Sea
6. Astray
7. Elegy For The Old Forty-foot
8. A Pill To Keep The Plane From Crashing
9. Don't Nod
10. Red Queen Freezes

Sam Healy (North Atlantic Oscillation) - all instruments

Melodic passages and conventional pop structures are framed by striking changes in dynamics, to create a dramatic sonic palette which ranges from the barely audible to the wildly loud and back again (often within the same track).
 The album also has a slightly warmer, less alien feel than NAO recordings, with instruments less likely to be heavily treated and distorted beyond recognition.


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

1974 "1974 & The Death Of The Herald"

Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateOctober 26, 2013
  1. The Great Galactic War 03:13
  2. Phantoms 04:30
  3. Herald Of Life 03:15
  4. Building An Empire 03:51
  5. Essential Arms 04:49
  6. A New Beginning 06:05
  7. Vera 04:40
  8. Admiral Tackett 04:59
  9. The United Earthlands' Assembly 04:15
  10. A Dark Thought 03:02
  11. Abduction 05:22
  12. Ultimatum 03:36
  13. Death Of The Herald 09:06
Mike Forgette - Guitars, Vox
Tim Moore - Drums, Vox
Gary Dionne - Bass, Vox
Adam Clymer - Guitars
Angela Piccoli - Keys

1974 & The Death of the Herald exists to be heard from start to finish. In true prog fashion, there are odd time signatures, vast tempo changes, and flourishes of the musical absurd that often times is best enjoyed by only lovers of the genre. But the difference between 1974 and the other bands of prog is in the voices. Four different singers, all gifted, always catchy. Not since Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime has there been a concept album with so much guitar balanced with so many sing-a-long moments that will find you humming the melodies endlessly.
Read the full review by Christopher Aloysius Mariotti at lonesomenoise.com

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Eye "Second Sight"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Space Rock
Release dateOctober 26, 2013
  1. Lost are the Years 21:24
  2. Wooden Nickels 03:08
  3. Cultrider 12:03
  4. Second Sight 03:38
  5. Waiting For The Tide 04:40
Matt Bailey: Bass
Matt Auxier: Lead Electric Guitars, Moog FX, Mellotron,Voices
Adam Smith: Organ, Mellotron, 6 & 12 String Guitars, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, & Moog Synthesizers, 8-Track tapes, Percussion, Voices
Brandon Smith: Drums, Gongs, Bells, Chimes, Congas, Percussion, Voices
Amy Michele Hoffman: Voices
Anthony Jacobs: Percussion & Voices

Bathed in the warm, fuzzy cocoon that can only come from analog recording, Second Sight consists of five of some of the most potent and epic rock jams ever committed to tape. The album begins in grandiose fashion with the twenty minute opening track “Lost Are The Years”. The first half featuring dreamy Mellotron passages and other subtle, psychedelic textures, blending seamlessly with Pink Floyd inspired guitar work and laid back vocals, before the whole thing morphs beautifully into a searing jam in the second half, that features some great keyboard work and scorching wah-wah drenched guitar soloing overtop some absolutely frenetic work from the rhythm section of Smith and Bailey. 
Read the full review by Ryan Sparks at classicrockrevisited.com



Deep Thought "The Tunnel"

Country: Switzerland
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateOctober 26, 2013
01. Overture 6:18
02. Fat Guy 7:12
03. Red Haired Girl 2:09
04. 3084 1:31
05. The Chess Player 6:42
06. Into the Tunnel 2:35
07. The Tunnel 5:20
08. Wrong Train 3:55
09. Out of Control 5:14
10. Disgrace 5:33
11. Doubts in the Dark 5:17

01. Conductor 5:05
02. Stop This Train 4:19
03. Tracks to Nowhere 6:42
04. Engine 4:59
05. Why Are We Here 6:41
06. Emergency Brake 6:33
07. Without Hope 6:45
08. Back to the Train 6:12
09. Nothing 8:11
10. Mostly Nothing 4:30

Pat Merz - lead & backing vocals
Marcel Oehler - electric & semi-acoustic guitars
Dominik Pfleghaar - keyboards
Dominik Rudmann - basses
Lukas Reinhard - drums & percussion

As an eventful, symphonic and bombastic album full of fine details, it is a strong plea for versatile, profound music off the beaten mainstream track. All songs tell a piece of the story - sometimes gloomy and ominous, sometimes phantastic or bizarre.

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Simon Phillips "Protocol II"

Country: UK
Sub GenreJazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelPhantom Recordings
Release dateOctober 25, 2013
01. Wildfire - 07:26
02. Soothsayer - 08:57
03. Gemini - 07:53
04. Moments Of Fortune - 08:13
05. Upside In Downside Up - 06:58
06. First Orbit - 06:35
07. Octopia - 03:41
08. Enigma - 09:17

Simon Phillips - drums
Andy Timmons - guitars
Steve Weingart - keyboards
Ernest Tibbs - bass


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Méséglise “L’assenza”

Country: Italy
Sub GenreProg Folk, Pop
LabelLizard Records
Release date: October, 2013
  1. 16 Marzo
  2. L’assenza
  3. Il fiore e la finestra
  4. Stelle di Lefkos
  5. Sole in citta
  6. Cosi e stato
  7. F.T.M.
  8. La risposta
  9. La fotografia
  10. Trasparenze
  11. Un ottima atleta
  12. Mare di cartone
Paolo Nannetti (Sithonia) - keyboards, accordion and vocals
Marco Giovannini (Sithonia) - vocals, guitar
Maurizio Lettera - drums
Maya Seagull - bass, guitar, vocals
Roberto Magni (Sithonia) - guitars
Oriano Dasasso (Sithonia) - keyboards
Valerio Roda (Sithonia) - bass

A side project of Sithinia members, more in singer/songwriter vein


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Sunrise Auranaut "Way of the King"

Country: Russia
Sub Genre: Instrumental Symphonic
Release date: October, 2013
1. Prologue: Coronation  (0:57)
2. Castle Walls Are Carried Away Up  (4:56)
3. Way of the King  (8:27)
    I. Pride
    II. Vanity or Great Causes?
    III. Revelation in Loneliness
    IV. On Dreamland Roads
4. Young Wind  (5:44)
5. Minstrel  (6:38)
6. Who Took - God or the Devil?  (9:15)
    I. Confusion
    II. So Should Be
7. Step By Step  (2:30)
8. Blues of Friendly Heat  (4:05)
9. Epilogue: Happy Finale  (1:12)

Vitaly Kiselev - all instruments

Wootchakama "Wootchakama"

Country: France
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release date: October 25, 2013
  1. Les Pieds nus
  2. Ne rien laisser
  3. J’ai peur
  4. Le Coeur sur la main
  5. Place au fou
  6. Betty voulait
  7. Les Nettoyeurs
  8. Le 30
Sébastien Lebailly - guitar, vocals
Stéphane Boudinot - drums, percussion, vocals
Jérôme Jacquelin - bass
David Lorence - guitar, vocals, flute
Alain Aubert

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Le 30


Papir meets Electric Moon "The Papermoon Sessions"

Country: Denmark/Germany
Sub Genre: Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
Release dateOctober 25, 2013
  1. Farewell Mr. Space Echo (16:10) 
  2. Red Dust (05:55) 
  3. The Circle (21:17)
Nicklas Sørensen (Papir) - Guitar
Christian Becher Clausen (Papir) - Bass
Christoffer Brøchmann Christensen (Papir) - Drums
Komet Lulu (Electric Moon) - Bass, Effects
Sula Bassana (Electric Moon) - Guitar, Casio, Effects
Mogens Deenfort (Øresund Space Collective) - Synths

Even if you’re only marginally familiar with either of these outfits, the knee-jerk reaction might be, “What could go wrong?” Well, you’d be right for the most part. Nothing. A ‘very spontaneous collaboration’ between the two, The Papermoon Sessions is exactly what you’d expect from these astronauts. It’s a stellar album for each band on their own, and for the third one they seamlessly meld into.
Read the full review at mratavist.wordpress.com


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Monkey3 "The 5th Sun"

Country: Switzerland
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Psychedelic, Stoner
LabelNapalm Records
Release date: October 25, 2013
1. Icarus
2. Suns
3. Birth Of Venus
4. Pintao
5. Once We Were…
6. Circles
7. The Ship (Bonus Track)

Walter – Drums
Picasso – Bass
Boris - Guitar
dB - Keyboards

Sharing a similar vision to fellow labelmates, My Sleeping Karma and rising as fast as them, Monkey3 have found a perfect balance between the heavy, guitar-centered sound and moody, ambient soundscapes. This way, it all comes down to dynamics and nuances that constantly warp the main ideas. Moreover, keeping things as simple and direct as possible most of the times, means there's little overcrowding, therefore, the music is easy to digest.
Read the full review by Raul Stanciu at sputnikmusic.com

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Airbag “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Country: Norway
Sub GenreAlternative Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
Release dateOctober 25, 2013
1. Surveillance (part 1) - 02:23
2. Redemption - 07:02
3. Silence Grows - 05:54
4. Call Me Back - 11:15
5. The Greatest Show on Earth - 07:02
6. Surveillance (part 2-3) - 16:45

Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass)
Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming)
Henrik Fossum (drums)
Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards)
Anders Hovdan (bass)

Airbag are continuing their journey through atmospheric sounds and serious topics, creating cinematic pictures and bringing out emotions, pulling the listener into their world. ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is a cohesive album with strong emphasis on musical themes and arrangements. The listener is treated to a wide sonic experience, from massive walls of sound to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes. The lyrics deal with the individual and its growing feeling of alienation and distrust in society and the established authorities. At the same time, we are manipulated and kept in a comfortable state of mind, believing we’re in control of our self-centered lives.

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