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Friday, December 13, 2019

Traverser "Jupiter Doesn't Care About You"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Alternative Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 13, 2019
Tracklist
1. Star Faux
2. Target Practice
3. Collapse
4. Amalthea
5. Jupiter Doesn't Care About You
6. No More Sea
7. Seeds
8. Metis
9. The Nerve
10. Fractures
11. Semper Gurges
12. Departure

Line-up
David Medairos - guitars, vocals
David Shaw - drums
Jon Shaffer - guitars, vocals
Rick Garitta - bass

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Fen "The Dead Light"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions - PRO 277
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 6, 2019
Tracklist
1. Witness
2. The Dead Light Part 1
3. The Dead Light Part 2
4. Nebula
5. Labyrinthine Echoes
6. Breath of Void
7. Exsanguination
8. Rendered in Onyx

Line-up
The Watcher - vocals, guitar
Havenless - drums
Frank "Grungyn" Allain - bass, vocals

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (from release date)

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2019
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Andrew Colyer: Keyboards

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Zeitgeist

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Different Light "Binary Suns (Part 1 – Operant Condition)"


Country: Czechia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: Autumn 2019
Tracklist
1. Amphibians
   i. Water
   ii. Land
   iii. Sky
   iv. The Message
2. Faith
3. Spectres and Permanent Apparitions
   i. Ataraxia
   ii. Two Shadows
   iii. Small Mercies
   iv. Hand of Providence
   v. BarBrera
   vi. Synestesia
   vii. Midas Gold
4. The Answer
5. Two Faces
6. On the Borderline
   i. Talking to Strangers
   ii. Seduction
   iii. Obdession
   iv. Vindication
   v. Demonic
   vi. Now just go away

Line-up
Trevor Tabone: vocals, keyboards
Petr Lux: guitars, backing vocals
Jirka Matousek: bass guitar
David Filak: drums
   With
Lucy Lux: backing vocals

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Hypno5e "A Distant (Dark) Source"


Country: France
Genre(s)Atmospheric Progressive Post Metal/Rock
LabelPelagic Records - PEL123
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 22, 2019
Tracklist
1. On The Dry Lake (12:26)
2. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 1 (3:47)
3. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 2 (7:08)
4. In The Blue Glow Of Dawn, Pt. 3 (5:08)
5. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 1 (2:46)
6. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 2 (7:49)
7. A Distant Dark Source, Pt. 3 (7:34)
8. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 1 (3:14)
9. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 2 (6:10)
10. On Our Bed Of Soil, Pt. 3 (6:25)
11. Tauca, Pt. 2 (Nowhere) (7:37)

Total Time 70:04

Line-up
Emmanuel Jessua - Guitar, lead vocals
Jonathan Maurois - Guitar
Cedric Pages aka Gredin - Bass, backing vocals
Théo Begue - Drums

Description/Reviews
The Southern French quartet are now returning with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing: their 5th album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, is the second part of a diptych album project. “A Distant (Dark) Source” continues to chase those demons and lost memories which the band has been chasing ever since their debut album “Des Deux L'Une Est L'Autre”: the album is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia.It disappeared more than 15 000 years ago, leaving behind an arid land and salt lakes at 4.500m of altitude in the Andes mountain range. “A Distant (Dark) Source” is the musical imagination of a night in this desert, during which the old shores of the lake see the return of the shadows of the people who used to live in this area before its disappearance.  …but don't be deterred by such conceptual enthusiasm, as HYPNO5E sound is powerful, visceral and immediate. There are moments that remind you of the expansive technical elaborations of BTBAM, but there is also the careful melancholia of Cynic and the sheer power of Gojira... but in the end, all these comparisons fail - HYPNO5E's organic sound is undoubtedly their own. Unlike so many bands who rely on a single sound or technique to create their music, HYPNO5E are not bound to any precondition.
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A Distant Dark Source Pt. 1-3

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Anthon Norwell Experiment "Under My Dreams ...Or My Skin"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSoman Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 2019
Tracklist
01- Extraction In The World Of Experiment
02- Give Me A Chance
03- Divergent Mind
04- Breathe
05- Another Day
06- Insignificant
07- Dream Of Time
08- Number III
09- Broken Star
10- Time Is Never Waiting
11- Alone In The Dark

Line-up
Anthon Norwell  (Memory of Silence, The Norwell Project, Synesthesia)
   With
Jemina Robineau (9)
Samuel Guerrier (3)
Martial Prevel (8)

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Breathe
Time Is Never Waiting

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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Night Watch "An Embarrassment of Riches"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2019
Tracklist
1. Land Ho! (11:04)
2. Mendoza (8:03)
3. The Summit (Part I) (6:04)
4. Dance Of The Mountain People (7:36)
5. Shamaniac (10:26)
6. Telling Brow And Tongue Root (10:05)
7. The Summit (Part II) (14:39)
8. Currents (3:56)

Total Time 71:53

Line-up
Evan Runge – Violin, Chorus
Nathanael Larochette – Guitars, Chorus
Matthew Cowan – Fretless Bass, Chorus
Daniel Mollema – Drums, Percussion, Piano, Chorus
   With
Xander Galbreath - Vocals
Olivier Nordskip - Vocals
Conyer Clayton, Megan Rose Franken, Greg Kampf, Sabina Lindgren, Jason Sherriff - Chorus

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Legendary Flower Punk "Wabi Wu"


Country: Russia
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Tonzonen Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 14, 2019
Tracklist
1. Wabi Wu
2. Hexagram
3. Prince Mojito
4. Azulejo
5. Aki Kaurismäki
6. Trance Fusion På Ryska
7. Zen Again

Line-up
Kamille Sharapodinov (The Grand Astoria) - guitars, percussion
Mike Lopakov - bass
Nick Kunavin - drums
   With
Danila Danilov - electronics (2,3,5,6)
Gleb Kolyadin (iamthemorning) - synths (1,3,4), grand piano (5,6)
Zhenya Strigalev - saxophone (1,2)
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles) - guitar solo (2)
Denis Kirillov - flute (4,7)
Nick Antonenko - percussion (2, 4)
Guvi B - additional electronic noises (5)

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Yogi Lang "A Way Out Of Here"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art Of Music - GAOM062
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. Move On (9:28)
2. A Way Out Of Here (5:30)
3. Shine On Me (5:45)
4. Don’t Confuse Life With A Thought (4:30)
5. Love Is All Around (4:35)
6. Freedom Of The Day (4:20)
7. Early Mornig Light (6:25)
8. The Sound Of The Ocean (4:30)
9. I’ll Be There For You (5:20)

Total Time 50:23

Line-up
Yogi Lang (RPWL): vocals, keyboards
Torsten Weber: guitars
Stephan Treutter: drums
Yvo Fischer: bass
Conny Kreitmeier: backing vocals
Bine Heller: backing vocals
Kalle Wallner (RPWL): solo guitar (4, 9)
Klaus Reichart: pedal steel, mandolin

Description/Reviews
The new album titled “A Way Out Of Here” not only offers a colourful palette of art rock with its nine songs, but also illuminates the essentials of life with all obstacles, fears and rays of hope. A song-serving brilliant band, analog synthesizers and epic choirs provide the basis for Yogi Lang’s gilmouresque voice.
The first symphonic wall of sound is only a few seconds away: “Move On” – obviously audibly linked to the debut work – gently pulls the listener out of everyday life. There are many personal experiences in “A Way Out Of Here”, which the album wants to convey in peace, without hustle and bustle, without false pathos. Love often seems to offer a possible solution for problems. “Love is All Around” and “Freedom Of The Day” believe in the ability of love and empathy to banish just about any problem to insignificance. But what if this “Way Out Of Here” does not exist? In “Shine On Me” the protagonist cannot accept the loss of his partner, just ignores it and in the last of the nine tracks “I’ll Be There For You” we also find the last promise to stay with a loved one to the very end, if necessary, at any cost. This already ends a multi-layered and very emotional journey through Yogi Lang’s world of thoughts.
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Teaser
A Way Out Of Here

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Blame Zeus "Seethe"


CountryPortugal
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelRockshots Records - RSCD070
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 8, 2019
Tracklist
1. How To Successfully Implode (4:51)
2. Déjà Vu (4:50)
3. Down To Our Bones (5:26)
4. White (4:41)
5. Bloodstained Hands (5:46)
6. The Obsession Lullaby (3:11)
7. Into The Womb (4:32)
8. No (4:29)
9. The Warden (5:27)
10. The Crown and The Gun (4:23)

Line-up
Sandra Oliveira - Vocals
Ricardo Silveira - Drums
Paulo Silva - Guitar
Tiago Lascasas - Guitar
Celso Oliveira - Bass

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The Warden 
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The Flower Kings "Waiting For Miracles"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 8, 2019
Tracklist
CD 1
1. House of Cards
2. Black Flag
3. Miracles for America
4. Vertigo
5. The Bridge
6. Ascending to the Stars
7. Wicked Old Symphony
8. The Rebel Circus
9. Sleep With the Enemy
10. The Crowning of Greed

CD 2
1. House of Cards Reprise
2. Spirals
3. Steampunk
4. We Were Always Here
5. Busking at Brobank

Line-up
Roine Stolt
Hasse Fröberg
Jonas Reingold
Zach Kamins (An Endless Sporadic)
Mirko DeMaio (Mind Key)
   With:
Michael Stolt
John "Zach" Dellinger - viola
Paul Cartwright - violin

Media/Samples 
Black Flag
Miracles For America

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

InVertigo "Inmotion"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records - PPRCD075
Format: CD
Release date: November 2, 2019
Tracklist
1. Interrompu (7:04)
2. LSPP - Listen To The Smell Of The Pretty Picture (10:28)
3. Severn Speaking (4:41)
4. Wasting Time (8:51)
5. Life Part I (random) (7:40)
6. Life Part II (metaphors) (4:21)

Total Time 43:05

Line-up
Sebastian Brennert - Piano, Vocals
Michael Kuchenbecker - Keyboards
Kolja Maletzki - Guitar
Matthias Hommel - Bass
Carsten Dannert - Drums
   With
Julia Gorzelanczyk - Backing Vocals

Media/Samples 
Interrompu (edit)
Trailer (Listen To The Smell Of The Pretty Picture)

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Voyager "Colours In The Sun"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Pop Metal
Label: Season Of Mist - SOM533
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. Colours
2. Severomance
3. Brightstar
4. Saccharine Dream
5. Entropy
6. Reconnected
7. Now Or Never
8. Sign Of The Times
9. Water Over The Bridge
10. Runaway

Line-up
Daniel Estrin: vocals, keytar
Simone Dow: guitars
Alex Canion: bass, backing vocals
Scott Kay: guitars
Ashley Doodkorte: drums
   With
Einar Solberg (Leprous): vocals (5)

Media/Samples 
Colours
Water Over The Bridge
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Jalayan "Sonic Drive"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release dateNovember 1, 2019
Tracklist
1. Ishtar Gate
2. Descent of Annunaki
3. The Tree of Life
4. Vimanas
5. Sacred Mountains
6. Dub Nam
7. Nephilim Steps
8. The Library of Ninive

Line-up
Alessio Malatesta - keys
Matteo Chiappa - bass
Vincenzo Calvano - guitar
Dario Marchetti - drums

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Nine Skies "Sweetheart Grips"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAnesthetize Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 1, 2019
Tracklist
CD1:
1. Vestige
2. Burn my Brain
3. Catharsis (Part II)
4. The Thought Trader
5. Alone (Sweetheart Grips Intro)
6. Sweetheart Grips

CD2:
1. Somewhere inside Mankind
2. Fields of Perdition
3. Tyrant or Nothing
4. Soldiers of Shame
5. Flowers of Pain
6. Isolation

Line-up
Alexandre Lamia: guitar, keyboards
Alienor Favier: vocals
Anne-Claire Rallo: keyboards
Bernard Hery: bass
David Darnaud: guitar
Eric Bouillette: guitar
Fad Galia: drums
Laurent Benhamou: saxophones
   With
Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Arena): keyboards (1/2)
Craig Blundell  (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Frost*): drums (1/2)
Dave Foster (Steve Rothery, PANIC ROOM, Mr. So & So) guitar (2/2)
Johnny Marter: guitar (1/4)
Pat Ganger Sanders (Drifting Sun): keyboards (2/4)
Riccardo Romano (Steve Rothery, RanestRane): vocals (1/6)

Media/Samples 
Sweetheart Grips - Teaser
Burn my Brain

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Darío Mekler "Retrofuturismos" EP


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: October 2019
Tracklist
1. Retrofuturismo Primero (2:51)
2. Retrofuturismo Segundo (2:48)
3. Retrofuturismo Tercero (3:10)
4. Retrofuturismo Cuarto (3:33)
5. Retrofuturismo Quinto (4:33)

Total Time 16:55

Line-up
Darío Mekler - guitars, programming

Media/Samples 
Stream

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Melting Clock "Destinazioni"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelBlack Widow Records - BWR 224
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: October 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Caleidoscopio (8:23)
2. Banalmente (5:16)
3. Vetro (7:10)
4. Strade Affollate (4:57)
5. L’Occhio dello Sciacallo (2:51)
6. Antares (7:39)
7. Sono Luce (6:40)
8. Quello che Rimane (3:21)
9. Destinazioni (14:59)
10. Alla Corte del Re Cremisi (LP only bonus track) (16:06)

Total Time 77:22

Line-up
Emanuela Vedana: vocals
Simone Caffè: guitars
Stefano Amadei: guitars
Sandro Amadei: keyboards and vocals
Alessandro Bosca: bass
Francesco Fiorito: drums

Description/Reviews
Melting Clock’s style is characterized by evocative and powerful sounds, which aim at immediately capturing the listener - without giving up elements of complexity - and conveying a strong emotional charge. Lyrics are in our mother tongue, Italian.

DESTINATIONI develops the theme of travel in all its meanings. The dreamlike flavor of "Antares" contrasts with the harsh denunciation of society in "L’Occhio dello Sciacallo" and "Banalmente"; the suffocating alienation of "Vetro" dissolves in the redemption of "Strade Affollate"; "Caleidoscopio" and "Sono Luce" explore different facets of the inner journey, while "Destinationi" is a metaphor for the cyclical nature of Time. The journey of DESTINATIONI is characterized by sounds recalling the contemporary progressive scene in an original and creative way, with elements ranging from its more symphonic side to psychedelic rock and hints at acoustic or aggressive passages.
Media/Samples 
Caleidoscopio
Trailer

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Horizon's End "Skeleton Keys"


CountryGreece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSteel Gallery Records - SGR CD-061
Format: CD
Release dateOctober 31, 2019
Tracklist
1. Alpha (7:07)
2. Forming Fantasies (10:47)
3. The Land Of Decay (6:40)
4. Dreamer's Hands (8:57)
5. Ocean's Grey (8:43)
6. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf (8:45)
7. Be (22:47)

Total Time 73:46

Line-up
Sakis Bandis - keyboards
Vasilis Topalidis (Crosswind) - vocals
Kosta Vreto - guitars
Stergios Kourou (Wardrum) - drums
Kostas Scandalis (Wardrum) - bass
   With
Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black) - vocals
Manolis Pilidis - guitar solo (7)
Sotos Gogo - guitar solo (6)

Description/Reviews
Instrumental opener “Alpha” could be easily be part of a film soundtrack. There is some Symphonic Prog excellence spread in here. Deep and epic melodies and an electrified atmosphere. The vibes of bands like ECHOLYN and THE ENID are combined under a very special classical approaching. During its crescendo parts the song will even bring into the foreground this very special SHADOW GALLERY touch...
“Land Of Decay” is one of the darkest and most esoteric compositions on the record. Topalide’s melancholic vocal melodies are combined with Bandi’s classically oriented and nostalgic keyboard themes. The overall orchestration and arrangement of this one brought into my mind some newer Prog Metal bands of our times like HAKEN -however the song was composed back on 2005-2006-.  
Read the full review by Chris Papadakis at forgotten-scroll.net

Media/Samples 
Trailer 

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Last Knight "Seven Deadly Sins"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Symphonic 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 2019
Tracklist
01. Lust (11:12)
      Episode I: Overture
      Episode II: Descent to Hell
      Episode III: The Lustful
      Episode IV: Craving Pleasure
      Episode V: Between Love and Lust
02. Gluttony (4:26)
03. Greed (9:04)
04. Sloth (11:23)
      Episode I: Sodom's Son
      Episode II: Sinfonietta of Laziness
      Episode III: Watcher of the Wind
      Episode IV: The Boundaries of Apathy
05. Anger (7:00)
06. Envy (12:03)
      Episode I: Against All Generosity
      Episode II: The Principles of Envy (I)
      Episode III: The She-Wolf
      Episode IV: The Man Who Wanted To Be
      Episode V: Crossing the Styx Lagoon
      Episode VI: The Principles of Envy (II)
      Episode VII: The Abode of Inner Suffering
07. Pride (14:15)

Total Time 69:23

Line-up
Jose Manuel Medina (Mandalaband): Vocals, Keyboards, Piano, & Orchestrations
Pablo Lato: Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Backing vocals & Percussion
John Mitchell (Arena, Frost, It Bites, Lonely Robot): Main Vocals
Richie Castellano (Blue Öyster Cult): Main Vocals
Gustavo Lato: Main Vocals, Backing Vocals & Electric Guitar
​Theo Travis (Gong, No-Man, Steven Wilson, The Tangent): Tenor Sax & Flute
Eduardo G. Salueña: Keyboards & Grand Piano
Cindy L. Spear: Lyricist
Nelson Pombal: Electric Guitars
Rafael Pacha: Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars & Flutes
Emilio Gutiérrez: Piano & Hammond B3
Jose Bruno: Drums
Fernando Samalea: Drums
Israel Sánchez: Drums
Ángel Ruíz: Pedal Steel Guitar
Ana Fernández: Violin
Ignacio Alonso: Cello

Description/Reviews
Inspired by Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy", this album tries to recreate the low passions of the human being in the philosophical context of the seven deadly sins. Seventy minutes of beautiful musical passages with a production developed in the style of progressive rock of the seventies.
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Envy
Pride

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Shamall "Schizophrenia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label2L
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 28, 2019 
Tracklist
Part One:
1. Schizophrenia (18:55)
2. Thoughts P.I (4:09)
3. All The Answers (9:07)
4. The Inconvenient Truth P.I (7:26)
5. Frightened (2:43)
6. On The Run (4:27)
7. Foolin‘ Myself (4:45)
8. Yearning Moments (6:20)
9. Supernatural Dream (10:08)
10. It Leads To Nothing (3:31)
11. Thoughts P. II (5:38)

Total Time 77:09

Part Two:
1. World Of Emotions (11:47)
2. Meet Me By The Water (3:53)
3. Man In The Mirror (7:11)
4. The Inconvenient Truth P.II (8:45)
5. The Shape Of Things To Come (8:34)
6. We Are All In The Same Boat (4:02)
7. Voices From Yonder (7:16)
8. Always Livin‘ In A Lie (4:57)
9. Despair Grows To Anger (6:47)
10. Eyes Of A Stranger (7:42)
11. Happy But Unhappy (2:36)

Total Time 73:30

Line-up
Nobert Kueler - everything

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Stake "Critical Method"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Post Metal, Grunge
Label: Hassle Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 26, 2019 (digital), November 1, 2019 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Critical Method (4:34)
2. The Absolute Center (5:31)
3. Careless (3:05)
4. Human Throne (5:38)
5. Catatonic Dreams (4:45)
6. Devolution (4:49)
7. Doped Up Salvations (3:48)
8. Eyes For Gold (7:07)

Total Time 39:17

Line-up
Brent Vanneste: guitars, vocals
Joris Casier: drums
Jesse Surmont: bass
Cis Deman: guitars

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Oceanica "OneDark"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Youth (1:07)
2. Overcome (5:12)
3. All The Cool Kidz R Doin' It (4:26)
4. Amounting To Nothing (3:16)
5. Start From The Start (4:42)
6. Oubliette (5:01)
7. Got A Feeling (3:10)
8. Towards The Sun (2:45)
9. 8 (5:06)
10. Reverence (4:22)
11. The Rose, Abloom (5:48)
12. The Entangled Roots Of... (0:37)
13. The Oblivion Tree (7:14)

Total Time 52:46

Line-up
Benedict Harris-Hayes (Enochian Theory) - all instruments, vocals

Description/Reviews
Beginning with the instrumental track ‘Youth’, interestingly it starts off with a mechanical winding sound followed by a melancholy music box, this then progresses into a mass of bells, evoking a feeling of arrival – we have arrived in the world, that is #OneDark! Following immediately on, is the track ‘Overcome’. This is a high energy track, which really energises the listener. The opening lyric “Do you remember when we didn’t care”, taking us back to a place when we were all carefree.
Read the full review at stoakesmedia.co.uk

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Jan Akkerman "Close Beauty"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelMascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Spiritual Privacy (Sunset Tango)
2. Beyond The Horizon
3. Reunion
4. Close Beauty
5. Retrospection (Emotional Debris-The Power Behind The Throne-Hear The Trees Whistle For The Dog-Euridice)
6. Passagaglia
7. Tommy's Anniversary
8. Don Giovanni
9. Meanwhile in St. Tropez
10. French Pride
11. Fromage
12. Good Body Every Evening

Line-up
Jan Akkerman (Focus, Brainbox) - guitars
Marijn van den Berg - drums
David De Marez Oyens - bass
Coen Molenaar - keyboards

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Don Giovanni

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Michele Conta "Endless Nights"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelAMS Records - AMS306CD
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. È nell’aria
2. With you on the walk of my life
3. Notte infinita
4. Growin’ up
5. In riva al mondo
6. Fiori nascosti

Line-up
Michele Conta (Locanda delle Fate) - keyboards
   With
Ermanno Brignolo - guitar and vocals
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) - drums
Lele Melotti - drums
Sergio Pescara - drums
Gianni Cicogna - bass
Max Arminchiardi - guitar
Gianni Branca - drums
Leonardo Plumbini - cello
Effe Quartet - cello, strings

Description/Reviews
“Endless Nights” is the first album containing Michele’s original compositions since the end of the experience Locanda delle Fate in the early ’80s. It took a very long time to complete this album but, on the other hand, its author had all the time and freedom necessary to take care of everything in detail, especially the choice of his collaborators and the recording studios.
“Endless Nights” reflects the sudden changes of the last 40-50 years, and its six tracks are the result of the encounter between the sensitivity and the elegance of an artist who personally experienced the golden age of prog-rock and the modernity and immediacy of rock and modern music productions; a record that is therefore born of a strong contrast, and consequently surprisingly balanced and thoughtful.
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Lorenzo Feliciati, Michele Rabbia "Antikythera"


Country: Italy/France
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion
LabelRare Noise Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Irregular Orbit
2. 223 Teeth
3. Corrosion
4. Prochronistic
5. Sidereal
6. Perigee
7. Apogee
8. Parapegma

Line-up
Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth) - Electric fretted and fretless bass, keyboards, samples and soundesign, electric guitar
Michele Rabbia - Drums and electronics
   with
Cuong Vu (Pat Metheny) - Trumpet (4, 5)
Andy Sheppard - Sax (2, 8)
Rita Marcotulli - Acoustic and prepared piano (2, 5, 8)
Alessandro Gwis - Acoustic piano and reaktor generated electronics (1, 6)
Roy Powell (Naked Truth) - Hammond organ, moog and keyboards (7)

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Bandcamp

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Alcest "Spiritual Instinct"


Country: France
Genre(s)Post Rock/Metal
LabelNuclear Blast
FormatCD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Les jardins de minuit (7:53)
2. Protection (5:49)
3. Sapphire (5:00)
4. L'île des morts (9:04)
5. Le miroir (5:31)
6. Spiritual Instinct (7:42)

Total Time 40:59

Line-up
Neige : guitars, bass, synths, vocals
Winterhalter : drums

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Protection 

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Vision Divine "When All The Heroes Are Dead"


CountryItaly
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
LabelScarlet Records - SC 365 (Europe/America), King Records (Japan)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateOctober 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Insurgent
2. The 26th Machine
3. 3 Men Walk On The Moon
4. Fall From Grace
5. Were I God
6. Now That All The Heroes Are Dead
7. While The Sun Is Turning Black
8. The King Of The Sky
9. On The Ides Of March
10. 300
11. The Nihil Propaganda
12. Angel of Revenge (Europe/America CD bonus track)

Line-up
Ivan Giannini - Vocals
Olaf Thorsen - Guitar
Federico Puleri - Guitar
Andrea "Tower" Torricini - Bass
Alessio Lucatti - Keyboards
Mike Terrana - Drums

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Angel of Revenge

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Hawkwind "All Aboard The Skylark"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Space Rock
Label: Cherry Red
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Flesh Fondue
2. Nets Of Space
3. Last Man On Earth
4. We Are Nom Dead... Only Sleeping
5. All Aboard The Skylark
6. 65 Million Years Ago
7. In The Beginning
8. The Road To...
9. The Fantasy Of Faldum

Bonus CD "Acoustic Daze"
1. Psy Power
2. Hymne To The Sun
3. The Watcher
4. Generator Door
5. Micro Man
6. Into The Night
7. Down Through The Night
8. Flying Doctor
9. Get You Act Together
10. Ascent Of Man
11. We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago

Line-up
Dave Brock - guitar, vocals, keyboards
Richard Chadwick - drums
Niall Hone - bass, keyboards
Magnus Martin - guitar, vocals

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Leprous "Pitfalls"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelInside Out
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 25, 2019
Tracklist
1. Below (05:53)
2. I Lose Hope (04:44)
3. Observe The Train (05:08)
4. By My Throne (05:45)
5. Alleviate (03:42)
6. At The Bottom (07:21)
7. Distant Bells (07:23)
8. Foreigner (03:52)
9. The Sky Is Red (11:22)

Line-up
Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar
Øystein Landsverk - Guitar
Baard Kolstad - Drums
Simen Daniel Børven - Bass

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Below
Alleviate
Distant Bells

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Les Penning with Robert Reed "Return To Penrhos"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Label: Tigermoth Records ‎– TMRCD1019
FormatCD+DVD, digital
Release dateOctober 14, 2019
Tracklist
1. Return To Penrhos Part 1 (3:48)
2. Amaryllis (2:54)
3. Cuckoo Song (3:28)
4. Fortune My Foe (4:07)
5. La Volta (4:13)
6. The Fall Of The Leaf ( Album Version) (3:08)
7. RTP Part Two / Mr Herbert's Welcome Home (2:52)
8. Watkin's Ale (3:01)
9. Argiers (4:27)
10. Ronde (Wrekorder Wrondo) (2:11)
11. In Dulci Jubilo (3:25)
12. Kemps Jig/13. RTP Part Three :Teaching Swans To Sing (12:01)

Total Time 49:35

Bonus DVD:
Promo Video's
DVD-1 Cukoos Song
DVD-2 Argiers
DVD-3 The Floral Dance
DVD-4 In Ducle Jubilo
DVD-5 In Ducle Jubilo Interview
DVD-6 Dr. Who
Live
DVD-7 Live At Acapela
DVD-8 Live at Newbury Convention

Line-up
Les Penning (Mike Oldfield) - Recorder [Soprano, Renaissance & Treble], Crumhorn [Alto], Zither [Boed Psaltry], Recorder [Garklein], Ocarina [Owl], Tenor Gemshorn, Low Whistle [F and D], Spoken word, Bells
Robert Reed (Cyan, Magenta, Kompendium) - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Nylon Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Melodica, Mandolin, Bodhrán, Banjo, Vocals

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Soulsplitter "Salutogenesis"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. The Prophecy (2:43)
2. The Transition (11:13)
3. The Moloch (9:17)
4. The Maze (8:49)
5. The Sunset (2:03)
6. The Dream (11:49)
7. The Eye Of The Cyclone (4:41)
8. The Sacrifice (11:19)

Total Time 61:54

Line-up
Fenix Gayed - Drums
Simon Kramer - Guitars
Daniel Gräupner - Keys
Felix Jacobs - Bass
   With
Stroppo - Narrator voice (1), additional vocals (2)
Ophelia Sullivan - Main voice (2)
Trautonia Capra - Theremin solo (2)
Manou Wolfsgruber - Main voice (2)
LoOF - Main voice (4), male voice (7)
Nathan Kirzon - Solo violin (6)
Vic Anselmo - Female voice (7)
Marian Feistritzer - Main voice (8)
Nuvola Quartett - Strings (1, 6, 7)
Patrick Hänsler - Acoustic guitar (2)
Tayfun Ates - Percussions (2)
German Pops Orchestra - Strings (8)
Isgard Book - French horn (8)

Description/Reviews
Combining progressive rock, metal, jazz, and classical aesthetics, Salutogenesis is amongst the most interesting albums seeing the light of day this year, therefore definitely deserving your undivided attention for the hour it takes to plow through the whole thing.
Read the full review at everythingisnoise.net

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Stream

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Action & Tension & Space "Explosive Meditations"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Post Rock, Progressive Rock
LabelKapitän Platte
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 4, 2019
Tracklist
1. Peruvian Dream (14:22)
2. Mørke skyer over Sildabyen (6:01)
3. Destroyer of all Worlds (19:36)

Total Time 39:59

Line-up
Julius Lind  - Bass
Per Steinar Lie - Lap-Steel Guitar and Electric Guitar
Ørjan Haland - Drums
Øystein Braut - Guitar and Organs

Description/Reviews
Free improvised and travelling up-right bass, chill-out combo organ, smooth drums, crispy guitars and a surfing lap-steel. If you combine the ambience from the Necks and the doomsday revelations of Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful Of Secrets you can get to where Action & Tension & Space are on their new album Explosive Meditations.
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Friday, October 18, 2019

about:blank "Anthology Of A Cave"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Too Loud Records
Format: digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Giants (5:20)
2. Birds (1:06)
3. Orpheo (7:47)
4. Before It Was Done (1:39)
5. Ro-Both (5:08)
6. Autoimmune Disease (4:54)
7. Mirror Mountain (4:44)
8. The Cave (7:04)
9. The Unnecessary (7:43)
10. A Place For Time (1:40)
11. One More (4:42)

Total Time 51:47

Line-up
Marco Venturelli - Vocals
Francesco Mazziotti - Guitars
Alessandro Ambrosio - Guitars
Enrico Scorzoni - Bass
Raul Zannoni - Drums
   With
Damn City, Prospective (11)

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The Unnecessary

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Telepath "Mental Mutations"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Doom
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Mourner's Hill (2:57)
2. To The Grave (3:08)
3. Tormentor Of The Young (2:54)
4. Tyrellian (2:56)
5. No More Wishes (7:10)
6. Race Into The Wasteland (4:32)
7. Bad Machine (3:14)
8. Escape From The Witch House (5:16)
9. The Dark Blood Of Fate (7:29)
10. Lullaby For Deep Waters (2:22)

Total Time 41:58

Line-up
Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel) - instruments, vocals
   With
Pedro de La Rocque - guitar
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (White Willow, Wobbler)

Description/Reviews
A bit of thrash, a bit of doom, a fair dash of 70s hard rock, and also more than a little of the kind of soundtrack music that accompanied 80s horror flicks .
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Birdeatsbaby "The World Conspires"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Dr. Music Records - DRMR0044
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Hold Your Breath (2:01)
2. Painkiller (5:05)
3. ZeroFortyThree - LC13799 (6:19)
4. The World Conspires (7:13)
5. Lady Grey (5:19)
6. How Do I (3:50)
7. Box Of Razorblades (6:50)
8. Esmerelda (5:19)
9. Hurricane (2:18)
10. Whisper (3:00)
11. Ropes (5:27)
12. Dido's Lament (3:03)
13. Kill No One (4:02)
14. Bad Blood (4:50)
15. Look Away (3:20)

Total Time 67:56

Line-up
Mishkin Fitzgerald: Vocals, Piano, Accordion, Synthesizer
Hana Maria: Violin, Cello, Vocals, Harp, Barrel Organ
Garry Mitchell: Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Double Bass, Rhodes Organ
Anna Mylee: Drums, Percussion
   With
Feline Lang (Feline & Strange): Vocals (12)

Description/Reviews
“The World Conspires” is the fifth album and at the same time the beginning of a new phase in the musical development of BIRDEATSBABY, touching the spheres of modern Prog Metal for the first time. Reaching into these new avenues of musical inspiration, the English band fuse their genre of Dark Cabaret with harder progressive sounds without neglecting their roots. With “The World Conspires” BIRDEATSBABY have now returned with a soundtrack for  the  soulful,  haunting,  riotous  celebration  of  life  in  all  its  facets.  The  album  leads  the  listener  on  a roller coaster ride of drama and conflicting emotions. From the rich, orchestral and fragile album opener “Hold Your Breath”, a mantra for anyone who has gone through trauma, it continues with the mystical “Painkiller”, as well as the title song and its overwhelming ode to love, on to “Lady Grey”, which elegiacally and captivatingly walks through the shadows, before the musicians slow down with “How  Do  I”  and  let  Mishkin’s  sensitive  voice  float  over  soft  piano  sounds,  accompanied  by  strings.  The tragic “Box Of Razorblades” continues atmospherically until the last act is introduced with the extraordinary “Dido’s Lament” along with brilliant guest vocals by Feline Lang (Feline & Strange). In “Kill No One” the punk attitude of earlier days flashes up again before the last curtain falls with the spherical “Look Away”.
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Uneven Structure "Paragon"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelLong Branch Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 18, 2019
Tracklist
1. Magician (3:38)
2. Hero (4:42)
3. Innocent (5:39)
4. Caregiver (1:52)
5. Outlaw (6:15)
6. Explorer (1:55)
7. Creator (5:43)
8. Ruler (5:19)
9. Jester (4:49)
10. Sage (1:01)
11. Lover (5:11)
12. Everyman (5:16)

Total Time 51:20

Line-up
Igor Omodei - guitar
Benoit Friedrich - bass
Matthieu Romarin - vocals
Arnaud Verrier - drums

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