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Friday, May 15, 2020

Pattern-Seeking Animals "Prehensile Tales"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date:  May 15, 2020
Tracklist
1. Raining Hard In Heaven
2. Here In My Autumn
3. Elegant Vampires
4. Why Don’t We Run
5. Lifeboat
6. Soon But Not Today

Line-up
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard) - drums & vocals
Ted Leonard (Enchant, Spock's Beard) - vocals & guitar
Dave Meros (Spock's Beard) - bass
John Boegehold - keys
    With
Guests on violin, flute, trumpet, cello, sax and pedal steel

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Green Carnation "Leaves Of Yesteryear"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Season of Mist - SOM560
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 08, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Leaves of Yesteryear (08:03)
2. Sentinels (05:42)
3. My Dark Reflections of Life and Death (15:36)
4. Hounds (10:10)
5. Solitude (05:05)

Total: 44:36

Line-up
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Kenneth Silden - keyboards
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums

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Cryptex "Once Upon A Time"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSteamhammer
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 8, 2020
Tracklist
1. Once Upon A Time (4:05)
2. Because The Reason Is You (3:29)
3. Bloodmoon (5:04)
4. Body Language (4:10)
5. Two Horned Crown (3:22)
6. Haunted (4:09)
7. Reptiles (5:43)
8. I Don’t Know Why (3:36)
9. The Promise Keeper (3:08)
10. I See It In Your Eyes (3:06)
11. A Mo(u)rning (1:28)
12. Leaving (2:24)

Total Time 43:44

Line-up
Simon Moskon - Lead Vocals, Keys
Marc Andrejkovits - Bass, Backing Vocals
Andre Jean Henri Mertens - Guitars, Backing Vocals
   With
Simon Schröder - Drums

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Bandcamp

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Elder "Omens"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Label: Armageddon Shop (US), Stickman Records (EU)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: April 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Omens
2. In Procession
3. Halcyon
4. Embers
5. One Light Retreating

Line-up
Nicholas DiSalvo – Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Michael Risberg – Guitars, keyboards
Jack Donvan – Bass
Georg Edert – Drums
   With
Fabio Cuomo – Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Omens, the band's fifth full-length record, is the newest pillar in the construction of their own musical universe. With it, Elder further embrace experimentation in their brand of progressive psychedelic rock in which atmosphere, melody and structure are created and transformed again and again.
Following 2017's Reflections of a Floating World and the 2019 experimental EP The Gold & Silver Sessions, it was anyone's guess what the band's next full-length might have in store. Having cemented their own sound – a dense yet lucid brand of heavy rock full of unexpected flourishes and progressive jaunts - the latter EP showcased an exact opposite side of Elder, more rooted in sparse krautrock and even jazz-tinged jams. Omens answers this speculation with a contradiction that embodies the spirit of Elder: somehow, there's even more everything.
In five cinematic songs, lush, intricately interwoven melodies grow and dissolve into spaced-out jams. Massive riffs thunder down into a churning sea of psychedelic sounds and unpredictable grooves carry away the listener. Elder paints pictures with their music, and Omens shows the band experimenting with an even more colorful palette – with good reason.
This is music for a vacation from reality – or to lose oneself in another world. And yet Omens is not purely an exercise in escapism, but also reflects the increasingly bleak, confusing and antagonistic times in which it was written. Composed as a concept album spanning the lifespan of a civilization, the album also reads as a commentary on our own society hell-bent on profitability at the expense of our own lives and environment. 
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I Am The Manic Whale "Things Unseen"


CountryUK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Plane Groovy (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release dateApril 24, 2020
Tracklist
1. Billionaire (7:30)
2. The Deplorable Word (7:56)
3. Into The Blue (6:28)
4. Celebrity (19:01)
5. Smile (4:24)
6. Build It Up Again (7:03)
7. Halcyon Day (5:28)
8. Valenta Scream (7:19)

Total Time 65:09

Line-up
Ben Hartley: drums, percussion, vocals
John Murphy: keyboards, murphatron, vocals
David Addis: acoustic, electric and classical 6 string guitars, vocals
Michael Whiteman: bass guitar, strombolief bass pedals, electric and acoustic 12 string guitars, vocals
   With
Ella Lloyd: flute (3, 7)
Iona Garvie: bassoon and contra-bassoon (4)
Rob Aubrey: unsolicited additional bass pedals on Valenta Scream and others

Halcyon Strings (1,7,8):
Violins: Coral Powell, Martin Carrick, Michael Bullock
Viola: Mairi Warren
‘Cello: Matthew Talks

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Bandcamp

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Realisea "Mantelpeace"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, AOR
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Las Vegas Lace (4:10)
2. Deep Blue (4:58)
3. Riroda Roads (7:05)
4. Strong Enough (5:05)
5. Leave Street (6:03)
6. Out Of This World (3:42)
7. Your Part (4:54)
8. Circles Of Silence (5:23)
9. This Time (3:48)
10. Liquid Domino (4:37)
11. Our Stage (7:51)

Total Time 57:36

Line-up
Brian de Graeve (Silhouette) - guitars & vocals
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen - drums & percussion
Geoffrey de Graeve - bass guitar
Christophe Rapenne - keyboard
Marjolein de Graeve - flute & vocals
   With
Simon Rogers (Also Eden) - guitar
Ger Otten - French horn
Jean Pageau (Mystery) - vocals (8)
and more

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Strong Enough
Teaser

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Glass Hammer "Dreaming City"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Dreaming City (7:14)
2. Cold Star (7:29)
3. Terminus (4:17)
4. The Lurker Beneath (1:44)
5. Pagarna (3:33)
6. At The Threshold Of Dreams (4:11)
7. This Lonely World (4:52)
8. October Ballad (4:11)
9. The Tower (2:40)
10. A Desperate Man (4:15)
11. The Key (6:10)
12. Watchman On The Walls (11:29)

Total Time 62:05

Line-up
Steve Babb - keyboards, bass
Fred Schendel - keyboards, guitars
Aaron Raulston - drums
Susie Bogdanowicz - vocals
Brian Brewer - guitar
Reese Boyd - vocals
John Beagley - vocals

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Fish on Friday "Black Rain"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna - EANTCD1084
FormatCD, digital
Release date: April 17, 2020
Tracklist
1. Life In Towns (5:45)
2. Murderous Highland Highway (8:13)
3. Black Rain (4:53)
4. Mad At The World (4:57)
5. Letting Go Of You (6:48)
6. Angel Of Mercy (4:48)
7. We’ve Come Undone (5:08)
8. Morphine (3:08)
9. We Choose To Be Happy (3:25)
10. Trapped In Heaven (4:04)
11. Diamonds (4:22)

Total Time 55:31

Line-up
Frank Van Bogaert: keyboards, vocals, guitars
Nick Beggs (Mute Gods, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett): bass, Chapman stick, backing vocals
Marcus Weymaere: drums, percussion
Marty Townsend: guitars
    With:
Lula Beggs: vocals

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Joviac "Here And Now"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2020
Tracklist
1. Intro
2. Straws
3. Black Mirror
4. Here And Now
5. Decay
6. Crossfire
7. Fade Into The Light

Line-up
Viljami Jupiter Wenttola - Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Antti Varjanne - Bass
Rudy Fabritius - Drums

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Straws

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Pure Reason Revolution "Eupnea"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive/Alternative Rock
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl+CD, digital
Release date: April 3, 2020
Tracklist
1. New Obsession (5:09)
2. Silent Genesis (10:20)
3. Maelstrom (5:44)
4. Ghosts & Typhoons (8:45)
5. Beyond Our Bodies (4:28)
6. Eupnea (13:23)

Total Time 47:49

Line-up
Jon Courtney
Chloë Alper
other performers can't be confirmed at this moment

Description/Reviews
It's fitting then that Eupnea, the long-awaited return from the band, sees them harking back to their earliest days, while rolling in all of the musical experiments and experience they've gathered in the intervening years. The cinematic soundscapes of Hammer and Anvil? Check. The dark atmosphere and synths of Amor Vincit Omnia? Check. The gauzy psych-prog of their debut? Ch-check. For some bands, this would simply be retreading old ground. For Pure Reason Revolution this relaunch is a rebirth, producing their most confident record yet, which takes them in a new direction while weaving in the elements that endeared them to fans in the first place. 

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Silent Genesis

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Arc Light Sessions "Chromatic Overture"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Symphonic
Formatdigital
Release date: March 2020
Tracklist
1. Reality (6:51)
2. Red Flower Of Summer (4:53)
3. All In Time (5:25)
4. Spellbound (3:15)
5. A Place For You (6:04)
6. Move Aside (4:09)
7. Wasn’t Born Yesterday (4:00)
8. These Winter Blues (4:59)
9. It All Begins...... (6:42)
10. ........In This Life (5:58)

Total Time 52:16

Line-up
John Alarcon: piano, synthesizers, organ and mellotron, lead vocals
Hugo Emard: bass
Steve Valmont: drums
Luc Tremblay: flute and oboe
Patrick Simpson: guitars

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6 tracks

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IO Earth "Aura"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Ambient
FormatCD
Release date: March/April 2020
Tracklist
1. Aura
2. Waterfall
3. Breathe
4. Resonance I
5. Circles
6. Shadows
7. Resonance II
8. The Rain

Line-up
Dave Cureton: Lead, Rhythm, Bass & Acoustic Guitars, Lead & Backing vocals, Percussion, Keyboards, Programming
Adam Gough: Keyboards, Theremin, Acoustic Guitar, Backing vocals, Programming
Luke Shingler: Flute
Tim Wilson: Drums
Rosanna Lefevre: Lead & Backing Vocals
Christian Nokes: Bass Guitar
Jez King: Violin

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Force of Progress "A Secret Place"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal, Fusion
LabelProgressive Promotion Records (PPRCD078)
FormatCD
Release date: March 2020
Tracklist
1. The Hand Sculpted Heart (6:33)
2. The Perfect Element (8:45)
3. New Reality (5:43)
4. Circus Maximus (11:40)
5. A Secret Place (6:20)
6. The Steps To The Precipice (5:59)
7. Äggressor (7:43)

Total Time 52:43

Line-up
Hanspeter Hess (The Healing Road)
Dominik Wimmer (Sweety Chicky Jam)
Chris Grundmann (Cynity)
Markus Roth (Marquette, Horizontal Ascension)

Media/Samples 
Trailer
New Reality (rough mix)
The Perfect Element (rough mix)

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Chromb! "Le Livre Des Merveilles"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Dur et Doux 
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 27, 2020
Tracklist
1. Le livre des merveilles
2. Le fleuve Brison
3. Les chevaliers qui apparaissent
4. La souvenance d'Achille

Line-up
Léo Dumont - Drums, percussion, objects
Camille Durieux - Keyboards, synths, vocals
Lucas Hercberg - Bass, synth, vocals
Antoine Mermet - Alto sax, delay, synths, vocals

Description/Reviews
Off with the worn out fusion-prog, the ten notes per second that were the trademark of the Lyon-based musicians, now the approach is radical and the demonstrative varnish fades away in favour of "knowledge". This same "knowledge" the XIIIth century cleric and knight Gervais de Tilbury praised in his Livre des Merveilles wich the band draws his inspiration from, even borrowing entire dizzying fragments.
This is how CHROMB!'s heroic gest unfolds ! The four tracks, inspired by a fantasized mythology that J.L Borges would not have disavowed, let eventually the light come through... Between medievalism and futurism, the lyrics in French, make use of playful hermeticism and smash the rules to pieces. Less acidic, more structured, the style asserts itself, more and more epic as it is ornament-less.
Labyrinthine tales with sinuous vocal parts here, a noisy symphony there: with Le Livre des Merveille, the incredible gives way to the fabulous… 
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Enzo and The Glory Ensemble "In The Name Of The World Spirit"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal 
LabelRockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 27, 2020
Tracklist
01 Precariousness
02 Nothingness (It's Everyone's Fate)
03 The Bronze Age
04 Try To Put In Pit The Fear
05 To Every Chest
06 Just In My Heart The Blame
07 I'll add more
08 My Pillory
09 Last Weep
10 Psalm 13 (Tell Me)
11 Echo
12 One Reason

Line-up
Enzo Donnarumma
   With:
Marty Friedman
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear)
Kobi Farhi (Orphaned Land)
Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord)
Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery)
Brian Ashland (Shadow Gallery)
Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)
Amulyn Braught Corzine (Whisper from Heaven)
Derek Corzine (Whisper from Heaven)
David Brown (Metatrone)
Alessandro Battini (Dark Horizon)
Maria Londino(S91)
Francesco Romeggini(S91)
Mr Jack
Claudia Coticelli
Carta People
Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai)

Description/Reviews
Lasting over one hour across 13 tracks, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ will be definitely a must-have for all those who are into progressive metal with ethnic influences. This final chapter of the trilogy is a bridge between the western and the eastern cultures, besides a huge step towards a top-notch production. The balance between the instrumental parts and the vocals are now improved, while the ethnic arrangements are driven by the magnificent Weza Meza Choir ensemble from Congo. Once again, thanks to the massive choir section, ‘In The Name Of The World Spirit’ sets a new standard into the so-called “Gospel Metal” scene.
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Last Weep

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Røsenkreütz "Divide et Impera"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Opal Arts/Andromeda Relix
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 21, 2020
Tracklist
1. Freefall
2. Imaginary Friend
3. The Candle in the Glass
4. I Know I Know
5. Aurelia
6. True Lies
7. Sorry And
8. The Collector

Line-up
Fabio Serra - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Gianni Brunelli - drums, percussions
Gianni Sabbioni - bass, Chapman stick
Massimo Piubelli - lead vocals
Carlo Soliman - piano, keyboards
Eva Impellizzeri - viola, additional keyboards, vocals
    With
Evequartett - strings
Daniela Pase - additional backing vocals
Flamma - vocals

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Quel Che Disse Il Tuono "Il Velo Dei Riflessi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelAMS Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 20, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Il Paradigma Dello Specchio (Primo Specchio)
  2. Figlio Dell'Uomo (Secondo Specchio)
  3. Chi Ti Cammina Accanto? (Terzo Specchio)
  4. Il Bastone e Il Serpente (Quarto Specchio)
  5. Loro Sono Me (Catarsi)
Line-up
Francesca Zanetta (Unreal City) - guitars
Niccolò Gallani (Cellar Noise) - keyboards, flute
Roberto Bernasconi - bass, lead vocals
Alessio Del Ben - drums, keyboards

Description/Reviews
A positively delicious album brimming with the treasured hallmarks of the genre, the foursome... marry the sound and feel of past greats with a modern edge, and manage to produce an appealing symphonic blend that feels familiar, but not stale. All of the aspects we love are here: the twists and turns, the dynamic arrangements, the compelling melodies, and oh my, all those vintage keyboards… simply glorious. Purists will also take comfort in the fact that the words are sung in Italian, and truth be told, that’s as it should be. There is a natural passion to singing in one’s own native tongue that cannot be replicated when delivering (or in some cases, awkwardly stumbling over) translated lyrics.
Read the full review at velvetthunder.co.uk

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JPL "Sapiens Chapitre 1 / 3 : Exordium"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelQuadrifonic - Quad-29-20
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: March 20, 2020 (CD), April 2020 (vinyl)
Tracklist
Erectus (16:56)
1. Mastodontes (5:46)
2. Homo Sapiens (6:09)
3. Ecce Homo (5:01)

Exitium (15:55)
4. A Condition (6:14)
5. Le Chaud Et Le Froid (9:41)

Exodus (13:38)
6. Planète A (5:39)
7. Alpha Centauri (7:59)

Total Time 46:29

Line-up
Jean-Pierre Louveton (Nemo, Wolfspring): vocals, guitars, bass, virtual instruments
   With
Jean Baptiste Itier (Nemo): drums

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Bandcamp

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Christian Muenzner "Path Of The Hero"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Power Metal, Fusion
Format: CD, digital 
Release dateMarch 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Knight Rider 03:11
2. Demon Angel
3. Blades Of The Brotherhood
4. Deep Space #11
5. Nocturne
6. Discovery
7. Wing Commander
8. Marchers Of Valhalla
9. Path Of The Hero

Line-up
Christian Muenzner - Guitars
   With
Jimmy Pitts - Keyboards
Hannes Grossmann - Drums
Jerry Twyford - Bass (1, 2, 7, 8, 9)
Linus Klausenitzer - Bass (3, 4, 6)

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Bandcamp

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Ivanhoe "Blood And Gold"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelMassacre Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Midnight Bite (4:03)
2. Broken Mirror (3:51)
3. Fe Infinita (2:14)
4. Blood And Gold (5:30)
5. Martyrium (4:51)
6. If I Never Sing Another Song (3:55)
7. Solace (4:11)
8. Shadow Play (4:44)
9. Perfect Tragedy (5:14)

Total Time 38:33

Line-up
Alexander Koch - Vocals
Lars Vögtle - Guitar
Giovanni "Gio" Soulas - Bass
Richie Seibel - Keyboard
Bernd Heining - Drums

Media/Samples 
Midnight Bite

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Long Earth "Once Around The Sun"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: March 16, 2020
Tracklist
1. We own tomorrow
2. My suit of armour
3. A guy from down the road
4. What about love
5. The man in the mirror
6. Once around the sun
    1. Spring
    2. Summer
    3. Autumn
    4. Winter
Line-up
Renaldo McKim - Electric, Acoustic, and Ambient Guitars
Gordon Mackie (Abel Ganz) - Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass and Moog Bass Pedals
Ken Weir (Abel Ganz) - Drums and Percussion
Mike Baxter - Piano, Synthesisers and Hammond C3
Martin Haggarty - Lead & Backing Vocals

Media/Samples
Sampler

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Friday, March 13, 2020

The Oneira "Injection"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Rockshots Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Still Free To Choose (4:18)
2. Know That Feeling (6:38)
3. Edipsos (5:55)
4. Behind The Sun (3:47)
5. Make My Day (4:55)
6. Paint Your Soul (4:17)
7. Trust No One (5:19)
8. Over The Mountain (4:52)
9. Injection (7:35)

Total Time 47:36

Line-up
Filippos Gougoumis: Lead and rythm guitars, 12 strings guitar, bass, backing vocals
Manuel Ruscigno: Lead vocals
Gianpaolo “Banjo” Begnoni: Keyboards and programming
Danilo “Sakko” Saccotelli: Drums & percussion, backing vocals

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Still Free To Choose

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Anubis "Homeless"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 10, 2020
Tracklist
1. Reflective
2. Entitled
3. White Ashes
4. Home
5. Homeless
6. The Tables Have Turned
7. Sirens
8. In Shadows
9. Gone

Line-up
Robert James Moulding
David Eaton
Douglas Skene (Hemina)
Dean Bennison
Anthony Stewart
Steven Eaton

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Sirens

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Fernando Perdomo "Out To Sea 3 - The Storm"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. Out To Sea 3 Theme
2. Wonder
3. Cycles
4. The Storm
5. The Great Known
6. Frenzy
7. Tambourines of Malmo
8. The U.F.O. Club
9. Doom Is Often Loud
10. The Crab 02:58
11. Dawn

Line-up
Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner, Dreaming In Stereo) - instruments
   With
Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Celestial Fire) - keys
Preston Murdock - guitar
Roger Houdaille - bass
Mark Murdock (The ID, Empire, Masheen Messiah) - drums

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Novena "Eleventh Hour"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelFrontiers Music Srl - FRCD_1018_X
Format: CD, digital
Release dateMarch 6, 2020
Tracklist
1. 22:58 (0:59)
2. 22:59 (8:00)
3. Sun Dance (4:35)
4. Disconnected (5:23)
5. Sail Away (4:30)
6. Lucidity (10:28)
7. Corazón (8:26)
8. Indestructible (4:48)
9. The Tyrant (10:31)
10. Prison Walls (15:18)

Total Time 72:58

Line-up
Ross Jennings (Haken) – Vocals
Gareth Mason – Vocals
Harrison White – Guitar / Keys
Dan Thornton – Guitar
Moat Lowe – Bass
Cameron Spence – Drums

Media/Samples 
Disconnected (Single Version)   
Indestructible

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Ghost Toast "Shape Without Form"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Inverse Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 3, 2020
Tracklist
01. Frankenstein’s
02. Eclipse
03. Y13
04. Hunt of Life
05. Follow
06. Before Anything Happens
07. W.A.N.T.

Line-up
László Papp - drums
János Stefán - bass, fx
Bence Rózsavölgyi - guitar
János Pusker - cello, keyboard

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Frankenstein's

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Inner Odyssey "The Void"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 1, 2020 
Tracklist
1. Overhanging
2. The Reckoning
3. Into the Void
4. Don’t Walk way
5. I’m Fine
6. Endgame
7. Nemesis
8. Continue Without Saving
9. The Great Collapse

Line-up
Vincent Leboeuf-Gadreau : Guitars, Vocals
Étienne Doyon : Lead Vocals, Percussions, Keyboards
Alex Rancourt: Bass, Vocals
Mathieu Cossette: Keyboards, Vocals
Cédric Lepage : Drums

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The Reckoning
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

John Holden "Rise And Fall"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 29, 2020
Tracklist
1. Leap Of Faith (10:10) 
2. Rise And Fall (6:23) 
3. The Golden Thread (4:56) 
4. Dark Arts (7:06) 
5. Heretic (9:20) 
6. After The Storm (6:09) 
7. Ancestors And Satellites (8:57) 

Total Time 53:01 
Line-up
John Holden - guitar, bass, keyboards, drum programming
  With
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Camel) - vocals
Sally Minnear - vocals
Lauren Nolan - vocals
Jean Pageau (Mystery) - vocals
Joe Payne (The Enid) - vocals
Nick D’Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Kevin Gilbert, Big Big Train) - drums
Jon Camp - bass
Simon Fitzpatrick - bass
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa:, Conspiracy) - bass
Vikram Shankar - keyboards
Oliver Wakeman - keyboards
Zaid Crowe - guitar
Oliver Day - guitar
Michel St-Pere (Mystery) - guitar

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Intronaut "Fluid Existential Inversions"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelMetal Blade Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release dateFebruary 28, 2020
Tracklist
1. Procurement of the Victuals
2. Cubensis
3. The Cull
4. Contrapasso
5. Speaking of Orbs
6. Tripolar
7. Check Your Misfortune
8. Pangloss
9. Sour Everythings

Line-up
Sacha Dunable - guitar, vocals
Joe Lester - bass
Dave Timnick - guitar, vocals, percussion
   With
Alex Rudinger (The Faceless, Whitechapel) - drums
Ben Sharp aka Cloudkicker –  guitar (3, 9)

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Bandcamp

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Michael Zucker "Vacant Reflections"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic/Progressive/Alternative Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 14, 2020
Tracklist
1. Your Sentiments Have Been Deprecated (8:43)
2. For You (3:05)
3. Ghosts (4:03)
4. Esper (4:05)
5. Swimming Hole (3:30)
6. Cold Venom (5:21)
7. Oneironaut (11:56)

Total Time 40:43

Line-up
Michael Zucker

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Bandcamp

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Giorgi Mikadze "Georgian Microjamz"


Country: Georgia
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Folk
Label: RareNoise Records - RNR116
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 28, 2020
Tracklist
01. Metivuri (3:43)
02. Dumba Damba (9:34)
03. Shedzakhili (1:03)
04. Elesa (8:46)
05. Mirangula (1:10)
06. Moaning (7:08)
07. Racha (1:20)
08. Maglonia (7:25)
09. Gelato (0:35)
10. Kartlos Blues (5:52)
11. Gurian Lullaby (2:45)
12. Lazhghvash (4:22)
13. Tseruli (2:43)

Total Time – 56:00

Line-up
Giorgi Mikadze – Microtonal Keyboards
David Fiuczynski – Fretless Guitars
Panagiotis Andreou – Fretless Bass
Sean Wright – Drums
    With:
Basiani Ensemble – Vocals (4, 12, 13)
Nana Valishvili – Vocals (6)

Description/Reviews
According to the the PR that came with the album, Georgian Microjamz is, as the title suggests, a hybrid of traditional Georgian folk music and progressive microtonal jazz. But the hybrid is quite clearly skewed toward Mikadze’s original compositions, with any traditional folk pieces serving only as inspiration, and only three tracks on the album being arrangements of traditional Georgian folk songs.
Read the full review by Nick Hudson at theprogressiveaspect.net

Also read the review by S. Victor Aaron at somethingelsereviews.com

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Dumba Damba

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Opus Symbiosis "Fata Morgana"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 2020
Tracklist
1. Red Light in the Sky Traffic
2. No or Bad Signal
3. Uptown
4. The Last Supper
5. Sand
6. Lucifer
7. Captain Tree
8. Vega

Line-up
Christine Sten - Vocals
Victor Sågfors - Guitar Synthesizer
Daniel Hjerppe - Drums & Simmons Drum Synthesizer
   With
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment) - Bass
Oliver Tschernij - Keyboard
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Stick Men, O.R.k.) - Percussion
Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass
Anders Sjölind - Horns
Anna Timgren - Choir
Nina Lassander - Choir

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Red Light in the Sky Traffic

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Ascend The Torpid "Sempiternal"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 12, 2020
Tracklist
1. Sempiternal (1:17)
2. Assimilate (5:11)
3. Biolith (5:14)
4. Lycanthropy (5:46)
5. Liberty (5:14)
6. Indurate (6:26)
7. Fluidity (5:12)
8. Systatic (5:01)
9. Logician's Conundrum (5:28)
10. Cathexis  (5:49)

Total Time 50:38

Line-up
Matt S. - Guitars
Jim F. - Bass
Rachel H. L - Vocals
Anthony D. - Drums
Matty D. B - Vocals
   With
Chris Wiseman (10)

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Toundra "Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD+vinyl, digital
Release dateFebruary 28, 2020
Tracklist
01. Titelsequenz (01:40)
02. Akt I (10:50)
03. Akt II (12:12)
04. Akt III (11:35)
05. Akt IV (11:50)
06. Akt V (14:23)
07. Akt VI (10:04)

Line-up
Esteban
Alberto
Macón
Álex

Description/Reviews
This is not just an exceptional soundtrack to the quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, it's also a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself.
Media/Samples 
I. Akt (Edit)
II. Akt (Edit)

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The Pearson Memmott Conspiracy "The Soundtrack To An Ordinary Day"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 18, 2020
Tracklist
1. Chasing Down The Demons (5:29)
2. Halo (5:17)
3. Now That You're Gone (6:12)
4. Soundtrack To An Ordinary Day (3:38)
5. Welcome To One-Six-Oh (8:07)
6. Book Of Life (5:23)
7. Blue Car (5:05)
8. Smith Haven Mall (5:09)
9. Harbour Walls (6:25)
10. One More Year (4:30)
11. Rain On The Park (4:21)

Total Time 59:36

Line-up
Todd Pearson
Prichard Memmott III

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Oddious "A Mind Full Of Secrets And Thoughts"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 20, 2020
Tracklist
1. Washed Away (5:25)
2. Stranger (5:00)
3. Expectations (7:50)
4. Nothing (5:32)
5. A Mind Full Of Secrets (5:48)
6. A Mindful Of Thoughts (3:13)
7. Out Strum Mental (8:02)
8. Equilibrium, Pt. 1 (2:45)
9. My Own Life (5:28)
10. Equilibrium, Pt. 2 (2:05)

Total Time 51:08

Line-up
Evans Stromatias - Bass
Alex Savvidis - Guitars, Keyboards
Chris Palamidas - Drums
Antonia Mavronikola - Vocals
Nick Papadakis - Drums

Media/Samples 
5 tracks
Stream

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Shaku "Maku"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 13, 2020
Tracklist
1. Explosive (6:14)
2. Scraps (7:00)
3. Still Hung Up (4:14)
4. Wow (0:36)
5. (J)as Per Usual (8:10)
6. It'll Happen To You (5:47)
7. Hot Rod (9:07)
8. Runnin' With My Baby (4:49)

Total Time 45:57

Line-up
Noiak Bedirian - Guitar and Vocals
Rob McNicholas - Guitar
Kieran Halpin - Bass
Jasper Green - Keyboards & Synths
Ben Caton - Sax, Flute & extra Synths
Jack Hespe - Drums

Description/Reviews
The group have a fantastic genre-fluid identity that sees them slip down the cracks between Canterbury scene prog, classic blues, funk-rock, UK jazz and epic old school rock. The theme of the album is a timeline of Shaku, covering a lot of musical and lyrical ground that each represent a different period in the band which has evolved over time, both together as a group and as individuals.
Read the full review by Ben Lee at jazzrevelations.com

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TIRÐÜS "Redux"


Country: Kazakhstan
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Shaitan
Format: digital
Release date: February 23, 2020
Tracklist
1. To Oblivion (3:45)
2. Lovewithin (4:40)
3. Green Divine (3:28)
4. Rot (3:01)
5. Goodbye (4:05)
6. River (3:56)
7. Skylines (3:41)
8. Mom (4:31)

Total Time 31:07

Line-up
Yerzhan Japarov — vocals
Anton Mikloshich — guitar
Maxim Kovalev — guitar
Timur Baltabekov — bass guitar
Alexey Lyssenko — drums

Media/Samples 
To Oblivion
Green Divine
River
Deezer

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sectile "Falls Apart"


Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 25, 2020
Tracklist
1. The Hunt (4:37)
2. Archetypes (5:43)
3. Black Cloud (5:45)
4. Boreal Void (7:18)
5. Daggers (6:52)
6. Favourite Sin (5:59)
7. Dying Of The Lights: Purpose / Silence / Aethernity (12:49)

Total Time 49:03

Line-up
Mark O'Reilly - Guitar
Cormac Hennigan - Bass
Gabriel Gaba - Vocals
Zachary Newman - Drums
Marcelo Varge - Guitar
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Michael Sheridan - Guitar, Synth

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Fluance featuring Duncan Mackay "Lunacy"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelBelle Antique
Format: CD
Release date: February 25, 2020
Tracklist
  1. Lunacy
  2. Deprivation
  3. It Doesn't Matter
  4. Hanging Out
  5. Just Call 
  6. Greatest Friend
  7. Then, You Remember
  8. You Are Not Alone
  9. Try Not To Drown
Line-up
Marty Prior - Bass
Jane Lane - Piano
Philip Lane - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Piano, Synths, Guitar and Percussion
Jonny Welburn - Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals
Duncan Mackay (Alan Parsons Project, Camel, 10CC, Kate Bush) - Organ, Piano, Synths
    With
Barry James Thomas - Lead Guitar (4)
Mark Montana - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Tom Stedman - Guitar (2)
Henrik Lundgren - Acoustic Guitar (5)
Tony Skeggs - Acoustic Guitar (4)
Steve Cooper - Sax
Kerri-Ann Collins aka Kes C - Vocals (9)
Jenni Lane - Backing Vocals
Henry Lane - Intro and Outro Piano (3)
Michael Lane - Power Tools and Piano Harp solo (8)

Description/Reviews
Lunacy is an album of melodic Prog Rock music, very much reminiscent of Pink Floyd. It has been recorded using the instrumentation and production techniques available in the 1970's in the heyday of the Prog Rock genre.
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Preview

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