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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Lizzard "Eroded"



Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Stoner
Label: Pelagic Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 19, 2021
Tracklist
1. Corrosive (2:12) 
2. Blowdown (4:34) 
3. Haywire (5:15) 
4. Flood (4:02) 
5. Hunted (3:22) 
6. The Decline (4:29) 
7. Eroded (5:48) 
8. Usque Ad Terram (2:07) 
9. Blue Moon (5:36) 
10. Inertia (1:37) 
11. Avalanche (5:20) 

Total Time 44:22

Line-up
Katy Elwell - drums
William Knox - bass
Mathieu Ricou - guitar & vocals

Description/Reviews:
“Corrosive,”...gave me bigtime King’s X vibes the first time I heard it, an automatic “I’m in” in my book. As I progressed through the album, Eroded ended up revealing itself to be a far more nuanced and unique beast than a simple “for fans of King’s X” sticker might indicate — somehow both heavier and more poppy — and yet here I am coming back to that comparison, another proggy power trio that made way more noise than you’d expect and were far better and more influential than most folks gave them credit for. (Vince Neilstein at metalsucks.net)
Media/Samples
Bandcamp
Stream & buy 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jordsjø "Pastoralia"


CountryNorway
Genre(s)Symphonic, Prog Folk
Label: Karisma Records - KAR213
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 7, 2021
Tracklist
1. Prolog 
2. Skumring i Karesuando 
3. Mellom Mjødurt, Marisko og Søstermarihånd 
4. Pastoralia 
5. Fuglehviskeren 
6. Beitemark 
7. Vettedans 
8. Jord III

Line-up
Håkon Oftung - vocals, guitars, flute, keyboards
Kristian Frøland - Drums and percussion
   With
Håkon Knutzen - guitar (8)
Ola Mile Bruland - Spoken word and poetry (8)
Vilde Mortensen Storesund - backing vocals
Mats Lemjan - Bass Clarinet
Christian Meaas Svendsen - Double Bass
Åsa Ree - Violin and vocals (3)

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Natsukashii "In The Elements"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal 
Format: digital
Release date: February 19, 2021
Tracklist
1. In The Elements (4:35) 
2. H.O.P.E (5:26) 
3. Dancing With Ghosts (3:29) 
4. Natsukashii (5:28) 
5. Virus (5:14) 
6. Reinvigorate (2:19) 
7. Hara - Kiri (4:29) 

Total Time 31:00 

Line-up
Connor Lambert
   With
Iaono (1)
Hados (3)

Media/Samples
Streams
Youtube

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Jay Tausig "NYX"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: February 15, 2021
Tracklist
1. Child Of Khaos (28:45) 
2. Hypnos (11:56) 
3. Thanatos (8:42) 
4. Erebus (3:05) 
5. Aither (7:30) 
6. Goddess Of Night (7:12) 

Total Time 67:10

Line-up
Jay Tausig - All instruments

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Jane Getter Premonition "Anomalia"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Esoteric Antenna
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. Kryptone
2. Lessons learned
3. Dissembler
4. Alien refugee
5. Still here
6. Answers
7. Queen of spies
8. Disappear
9. Safe house

Line-up
Jane Getter - guitar
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson) - keyboards
Alex Skolnick (Testament) - guitar
Chad Wackerman  (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Steven Wilson) - drums
  With
Vernon Reid (Living Colour) - guitar 
Randy McStine (Lo-fi Resistance, The Fringe) - vocals
Chanda Rule - vocals
Mark Egan (Pat Metheny)
Gene Lake (David Sanborn)
Stu Hamm (Joe Satrianni)

Monday, February 22, 2021

Gojira "Fortitude"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 30, 2021
Tracklist
01. Born For One Thing
02. Amazonia
03. Another World
04. Hold On!
05. New Found
06. Fortitude
07. The Chant
08. Sphinx
09. Into The Storm
10. The Trails
11. Grind

Line-up
Joe Duplantier - vocals, guitar
Mario Duplantier - drums
Christian Andreu - guitar
Jean-Michel Labadie - bass

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Heavy Moon "Heavy Moon 20"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelClostridium Records (vinyl)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: February 21, 2021
Tracklist
1. Cosmodrome (20:00) 
2. Floating Cities (20:00) 

Total Time 40:00 

Line-up
Jakob Rehlinger - everything

Description/Reviews:
After 19 albums, this is the culmination of the vision Jakob Rehlinger has had for the psychedelic spacerock project since the first Heavy Moon release in 2006. Blending classic late ‘60s acid rock with early ‘70s prog, krautrock, and proto-metal, he’s woven a sonic tapestry of trippy, mind-bending sounds and textures to aid the listener in their own astral travels. No additional psychedelics needed.
Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Laughing Stock "Zero Acts 1 & 2"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 19, 2021
Tracklist
1. Welcome (2:27) 
2. When Darkness Comes (4:39) 
3. Nighttime (6:25) 
4. Imaginary Friend (4:06) 
5. School (3:33) 
6. Child (4:12) 
7. Leave Me Alone (4:44) 
8. My Love Pt 1 (4:05) 
9. My Love Pt 2 (4:13) 
10. Last Supper (3:32) 
11. Zero (4:31) 
12. Curtain Falls (1:48) 

Total Time 48:15

Line-up
Håvard Enge - vocals, keyboards and flute
Jan Mikael Sørensen - vocals, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards
Jan Erik Kirkevold Nilsen - vocals and guitars 
   With:
Samantha Preis - vocals as the Mother
Helene Håberg Allum - vocals

Media/Samples
Leave me alone

Nad Sylvan "Spiritus Mundi"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateApril 9, 2021
Tracklist
01. The Second Coming (07:00)
02. Sailing to Byzantium (06:42)
03. Cap and Bells (04:47)
04. The Realists (02:18)
05. The Stolen Child (04:58)
06. To an Isle in the Water (04:36)
07. The Hawk (04:09)
08. The Witch and the Mermaid (01:57)
09. The Fisherman (05:27)
10. You've Got To Find A Way (05:55)
11. To a Child Dancing in the Wind (05:08)
12. The Hawk (demo version) (04:01)

Line-up
Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett, Agents of Mercy, Unifaun) - vocals, instruments
    With:
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men) - electric bass
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent) - bass
Mirkko DeMaio (The Flower Kings) - drums
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - guitar (11)

Description/Reviews:
The new album, “Spiritus Mundi”, centers around the poems coming from Nobel Prize winning William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), who Sylvan calls ‘one of the finest poets to come out of Ireland.’ Not having to write the lyrics himself this time gave Nad the opportunity to solely focus on the music. And being off the road due to the pandemic allowed for more time to mix and perfect every aspect. The result is a collection that Sylvan calls his best work. The album marks a shift musically from Sylvan’s previous outing focusing more on the lyrics and vocals in tandem with gorgeous orchestration and timely melodies. 
Media/Samples
The Stolen Child 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Konom "Konom"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. A Welcome Change
2. Birotunda
3. As the Waters Rise
4. The Great Harvest - I. Epiphany
5. The Great Harvest - II. Dilate My World
6. The Great Harvest - III. Mutating Light
7. The Great Harvest - IV. Reflections
8. The Great Harvest - V. Heedless Breath

Line-up
Arya Bobaie - Lead Vocals
Benjamin Edwards - Bass Guitar
Tom Rice - Drums
Dan White - Guitars & backing vocals
Jonathan Worsley - Keyboards & Orchestration

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Mastord "To Whom Bow Even The Trees"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Inverse Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 19, 2021
Tracklist
01. The Walls
02. Mediocre
03. Humble Professor
04. Master - Savior
05. Silence Chime
06. Fallen Angel
07. Going Down
08. Endless Confusion
09. Closer To The Void
10. Circles Lies

Line-up
Markku Pihlaja - Vocals
Pasi Hakuli - Bass
Toni Paanen – Drums
Kari Syvelä – Guitars and keyboards

Media/Samples
Mediocre

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Kayak "Out Of This World"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl+CD
Release date: May 7, 2021
Tracklist
01. Out Of This World (06:06)
02. Waiting (04:04)
03. Under A Scar (06:29)
04. Kaja (03:15)
05. Mystery (03:58)
06. Critical Mass (07:09)
07. As The Crow Flies (04:09)
08. The Way She Said Goodbye (03:18)
09. Traitor's Gate (03:18)
10. Distance To Your Heart (04:18)
11. Red Rag To A Bull (04:17)
12. One By One (04:14)
13. A Writer's Tale (09:29)
14. Cary (02:59)
15. Ship Of Theseus (03:43)

Line-up
Ton Scherpenzeel - Keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Bart Schwertmann - Lead and backing vocals
Marcel Singor - Guitar, lead and backing vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Bass, lead and backing vocals
Hans Eijkenaar - Drums
   With
Maria-Paula Majoor, Daniel Torrico Menacho and Francesco Vulcano - Violin

Description/Reviews:
70 minutes of energetic and incredibly diverse material- though still very much recognizable as Kayak. The tracks on the album could hardly be more diverse, showing Kayak’s broad musical horizon, while still deeply rooted in prog. Moving ballads, adventureous epics, solid rock and sophisticated melodies- it’s all there, and more. 
Media/Samples
Teaser

Iconic Sky "Iconic Sky"


Country: UK/USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 19, 2021
Tracklist
1. Hollywood Hates You (21:00) 
2. All Will Be Revealed (4:20) 
3. Week Of Days (5:19) 
4. Anything Left Of Me Now (4:20) 
5. Writers Block (4:12) 

Total Time 39:11

Line-up
Robin Schell (Life In Digital) - Lead vocals and keys
Jeremy Cubert (Formativ) - Chapman Stick, keys, piano, Linnstrument, fretless tapping bass
Tom Kraus (Formativ) - guitars and bass
John Beagley (Formativ, Life In Digital) - keys, programming, vocals

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Bandcamp

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Inner Prospekt "Canvas Two"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 19, 2021
Tracklist
1 Glimpse (3:06)
2 Soul of Hundred Lives (17:46)
3 King of Spades (6:49)
4 Why Me? (8:07)
5 Abby's Escape (6:14)
6 White Skies (10:48)
7 The Knight and the Ghost (9:26)
8 The Queen of Clubs (bonus track) (3:11)

Line-up
Alessandro Di Benedetti (Mad Crayon) - keyboards, vocals, drums
   With
Rafael Pacha - 12 strings guitar, electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 8)
Federico Tetti (Mad Crayon) - electric guitars (2, 7)
Carmine Capasso - electric guitars (6)
Giovanni Maucieri - drums (5)
Giuseppe Militello - sax (3, 8)

Description/Reviews:
Bookended by two shorter instrumental tracks (actually track 8 is a bonus track...), “Canvas Two” reveals six lovely, soulful, emotional tracks, with the for me high point of the nearly seventeen- and-a-half minute epic titled “Soul of Hundred Lives”... This epic track and the lyrics cover a lot of ground, from delicate piano, to grinding bass synths, to finely constructed ambient sounds and quirky percussion, gravelly male voice that throughout this album reminded me at times of Peter Gabriel or Dave Cousins.
Read the full review by Stephen Conrad progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

Reflection Club "Still Thick As A Brick"


Country: Germany/USA/UK
Genre(s): Retro Prog
Label: Madvedge Records
Format: CD+DVD, vinyl+CD+DVD
Release date: March 3, 2021
Tracklist
CD
01. Part 1: Prelude (2:00)
02. Part 2: Time Out (4:03)
03. Part 3: Years On The Fast Track (3:31)
04. Part 4: Rellington Town (6:17)
05. Part 5: The Club Of Hopeful Pinions (3:55)
06. Part 6: The Foray Of The Sharks (5:37)
07. Part 7: Sentimental Depreciation (5:19)
08. Part 8: Nervesoothers (3:10)
09. Part 9: The Great Dance Around The Golden Calf (3:35)
10. Part 10: Bedlam (5:48)
11. Part 11: Look Across The Sea (4:24)

TPT – 47:39

DVD
Still Thick as a Brick (dts and Dolby 5.1 Surround Mixes, PCM stereo mix)

Line-up
Nils Conrad (Crystal Palace, For Your Pleasure) – electric guitar
Paul Forrest (Jethro Tull Experience) – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, flute (2)
Ulla Harmuth – flute
Lutz Meinert (Margin) – drums,percussion, organ, piano, harpsichord, electric and double bass, vibraphone, glockenspiel, occasional background vocals
  With
The Rellington Resort Orchestra directed by Laura Palmer
Vanessa Wiltshire - solo violin (6, 10)
The Little Indian Restaurant Ensemble – sitar and percussion
The Bagpipe Club Willy Scotty – bagpipes and whistles
Some strong-voiced members of the soccer club FC Rellington with shouts and zany sounds

Description/Reviews:
It is no coincidence that the title of the album brings to mind the 1972 masterpiece Thick as a Brick by the British rock band JETHRO TULL. This debut, however, is not a remake of Thick as a Brick. Instead Still Thick as a Brick is a tribute to the legendary classic. REFLECTION CLUB picks up the musical style of JETHRO TULL during their progressive rock phase between 1972 and 1973, expands on it with elements of jazz and fusion and creates a novel, nearly 48-minute-long, original composition, divided into 11 parts.
Media/Samples
Trailer 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Egor Lappo "Trancevoicer"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 19, 2021
Tracklist
1 - The Renegade
2 - Dreamworld
3 - Turncoat Allies
4 - Contention
5 - The Mask of Kindness
6 - Ship 1426
7 - Under the W
8 - Sparks in the Night
9 - On Such a Sad Note
10 - With You

Line-up
Egor Lappo - Everything

Description/Reviews:
To sum up the album's sound, it's basically what would happen if Ghost were inspired by Rush instead of Blue Oyster Cult, and if Devin Townsend took the producer's seat. Trancevoicer is equal parts catchy and otherworldly. The earworm vocal melodies pair nicely with the wormhole created by Egor's cosmic synths and extraterrestrial guitar solos. This new album is a space prog-metal concept record about two warring worlds. The story follows a renegade who decides to betray his home planet to save another one from occupation after a cosmic catastrophe. Through his journey, other turncoats join him in pursuit of a detached but peaceful life. Both worlds reach the brink of destruction in the end: one from stubbornness, mistrust and solar flares, and another from possession, greed and wars.
Media/Samples
The Mask of Kindness

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Pixels & Sound "Sentimentalism"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: February 18, 2021
Tracklist
1. Take Flight (1:29) 
2. Break (2:40) 
3. Good Morning Melody (4:40) 
4. Kinshipwreck (6:03) 
5. Five Months Later (7:27) 
6. The Sleeping Song (6:22) 
7. The Release (3:45) 
8. Cancer (6:41) 
9. Eye Of The Storm (7:03) 
10. Growing Symptoms (21:42) 
11. The Uplift (2:00) 
12. Opportunity (8:45) 
13. Like In The Movies (Bonus Track) (3:15) 

Total Time 81:52

Line-up
Reece Denton - Lead vocals, guitars and drums
Daniel Mckittrick - Guitars, mandolins and backing vocals
Anthony Stewart - Bass, guitars (9) and backing vocals
    With:
Sarah Vella - Lead and backing vocals
David Eaton (Anubis) - Keyboards, guitar solo (10) and backing vocals
Douglas Skene (Hemina/Anubis) - Guitar solo (12) and backing vocals
Dean Bennison (Anubis) - Guitar solo (5)
Robert James Moulding (Anubis) - Backing vocals (2, 8, 10)

‘The Sentimental Voices’ - Backing vocals:
Sopranos: Riley Beech, Rebecca Bennison, Renee Ciappara, Ibrahim Davids, Reece Denton, David Eaton, Michelle Etherington-Nowell, Alex Fabri, Peri Macdonald, Kristina Maggio, Daniel Mckittrick, Stephanie Orellana, Sarah Pineda, Douglas Skene, Jessica Skene, Anthony Stewart, Joshua Szafranski, Aminah Tabbaa, Sarah Vella, David Wallace, Lachlan Winters and Thomas Winters.

Altos: Rebecca Bennison, Phil Birkenhead, Sophie Botta, Nicholas Ciappara, Renee Ciappara, Judd Cosio, Mark Davis, Reece Denton, David Eaton, Ahmed El-Ayoubi, Lucca Etherington-Nowell, Alex Fabri, Jolyon Gray, Lachlan Green, Geoff Hargreaves, Royce Legaspi, Kristina Maggio, Robert James Moulding, Jessica Orellana, Douglas Skene, Jessica Skene, Hannah Smith, Anthony Stewart, Joshua Szafranski, Sarah Vella, David Wallace, Lachlan Winters and Thomas Winters.

Tenors: Riley Beech, Dean Bennison, Phil Birkenhead, Nicholas Ciappara, Ezra Cordova, Tiahna Davis, Diosa Denton, Reece Denton, David Eaton, Alex Fabri, Jack Franklin, Lachlan Green, Geoff Hargreaves, Lance Holland-Keen, Johnry Pineda, Joshua Pineda, Keith Pineda, Lachlan Reed, Douglas Skene, Anthony Stewart, Joshua Szafranski, Layth Tabbaa, Sarah Vella, Ben Waights, David Wallace, Lachlan Winters and Thomas Winters.

Basses: Riley Beech, Ibrahim Davids, Reece Denton, David Eaton, Steven Eaton, Lachlan Green, Geoff Hargreaves, Daniel Mckittrick, Phil Nowell, Joshua Pineda, Douglas Skene, Anthony Stewart, Joshua Szafranski, Federico Trillo, David Wallace, Bradley Ward, Lachlan Winters and Thomas Winters

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Suburban Savages "Demagogue Days"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelApollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMarch 5, 2020
Tracklist
01. Aroused and Confused
02. Taciturnity
03. Demagogue Days
04. Krystle Fox
05. Iconoclast
06. Let's Talk
07. Under Mirrored Skies
08. The Silence Afterwards

Line-up
Trond Gjellum (Panzapapa): vocals, drums, percussion, programming, synths, samples
Anders Kristian Krabberød (Panzapapa): bass, e-bow guitar
Mari Lesteberg: backing vocals, synths
Thomas Meidell: vocals, electric guitar, electric sitar, synths
   With
Aleksandra Morozova: backing vocals

Description/Reviews:
On Demagogue Days the music has become more dynamic and nuanced, the arrangements sophisticated and ambitious. Vocals have taken a more prominent role than on earlier albums.

Media/Samples
Aroused and Confused

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Aziola Cry "The Ironic Divide"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Label: Sensory Records - SR3088
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. And Cowards
2. Hollow Reflections
3. The Ironic Divide
   I. Premonitions
   II. A Torment of Reason
   III. Distort Persona
   IV. One Final Collapse
4. Scars Now Rest Where Once Bore Wings

Line-up
Jason Blake - Warr Guitar
Mike Milaniak - guitars
Tommy Murray - drums

Media/Samples
Samples

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Marble "S.A.V.E."


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Sliptrick Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 16, 2021
Tracklist
1. Mine (4:38) 
2. Heartless Disease (3:50) 
3. 30 Silver Coins (4:41) 
4. My Mask Collection (4:46) 
5. What Leads Us To (5:49) 
6. To Feed The Worms (4:36) 
7. A Darker Shade Of Me (2:38) 
8. Where Is The Light (4:17) 
9. Timelines (3:55) 
10. Daymare Town (4:05) 
11. Sins And Virtues Ending (1:57) 

Total Time 45:12

Line-up
Eleonora Travaglino – Vocals
Paul Beretta – Lead Guitars
Omar Gornati – Guitars
Jacopo Marchesi – Keyboards
Norman Ceriotti – Drums
Daniel Fleba – Bass
   With
Maurizio Caverzan - Additional Vocals  (3)
String quartet, led by “Maestra” Barbara Rubin and “Maestro” Francesco Bossoni (7)

Description/Reviews:
 It presents a irrepressible mix of heavy guitar riffs, powerful aggressiveness, amazing guitar solos, surprising keyboard harmonies and original technical rhythms, blended with Eleonora’s breath-taking, catchy melodies and epic choruses. S.A.V.E. will thrill fans of both melodic and extreme metal music. The album lyrics are focused on human behavior and entwined with the three theological virtues and the seven deadly sins in a gloomy and decadent mood.
Media/Samples
Heartless Disease
What Leads Us To

Monday, February 15, 2021

Texel "Metropolitan"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 15, 2021
Tracklist
1. Ludo Mentis (5:29) 
2. Metropolitan (5:54) 
3. Syncopia (6:26) 
4. Sweynssons Slumber (4:16) 
5. Voluspa (6:24) 
6. Polka Magyar Akta Músicâ (5:22) 
7. Metamorphoses (6:32) 
8. Tuileries (5:05) 
9. Flute In Rhapsody (5:41) 
10. Texel (4:50) 
11. Nocturne Epiphanie (CD only bonus track)

Total Time 55:59

Line-up
Steffen Staugaard: Keyboards
Neil Gowland: Guitars
Max Saidi: Drums
Phil Wood: Bass
Thorstein Quebec Hemmet: flutes
  With:
Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally): drums (3,11)
Niels van der Steenhoven: guitar (1,2,3,5)
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Camel): vocals (5)
Kazumi Suziki: flute (1,11)
Gary Thistlethwaite: bass (1,2,8)
Barbara Bolivar: flute (8)

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Bandcamp

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Vola "Witness"


Country: Denmark/Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelMascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 21, 2021
Tracklist
1. Straight Lines
2. Head Mounted Sideways
3. 24 Lightyears
4. These Black Claws 
5. Freak
6. Napalm
7. Future Bird
8. Stone Leader Falling Down
9. Inside Your Fur

Line-up
Asger Mygind - guitar & vocals
Martin Werner - keys & programming
Nicolai Mogensen - bass
Adam Janzi - drums
   With
SHAHMEN (4)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Immortal Guardian "Psychosomatic"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: M-Theory Audio
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Psychosomatic
2. Read Between the Lines  
3. Lockdown  
4. Phobia
5. Clocks
6. Self-Isolation
7. Goodbye to Farewells
8. Candlelight
9. Find a Reason
10. New Day Rising

Line-up
Gabriel Guardian - guitars, keyboards
Carlos Zema - vocals
Justin Piedimonte - drums
Joshua Lopez - bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

God Is An Astronaut "Ghost Tapes #10"



Country: Ireland
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock
LabelNapalm Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Adrift
2. Burial
3. In Flux
4. Spectres
5. Fade
6. Barren Trees
7. Luminous Waves

Line-up
Torsten Kinsella - Guitars, Piano, Synths
Niels Kinsella - Bass
Lloyd Hanney - Drums
Jamie Dean - Guitars, Piano
   With
Jimmy Scanlan - Additional Guitars (2,3,6)
Jo Quail - Cello (7)

Description/Reviews:
Ghost Tapes #10 ... rather than pick up where the quartet left off in 2018, explores a radically different approach, with the focus fixed on movement and intensity. While the album is certainly the most ferocious GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT full-length to date, it still retains all of the rich musical and emotive elements the band is known for by maneuvering around luminescence whilst offering harsh, deep reflections as well. Works of art like “Burial”, “In Flux” or “Barren Trees”, with additional guitars by Jimmy Scanlan, amongst others, are proof of these sonic illustrations.
Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Arc of Life "Arc of Life"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelFrontiers
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Life Has A Way (5:14) 
2. Talking With Siri (4:24) 
3. You Make It Real (4:32) 
4. Until Further Notice (3:42) 
5. The Magic Of It All (4:03) 
6. Just In Sight (6:15) 
7. I Want To Know You Better (4:03) 
8. Locked Down (9:45) 
9. Therefore We Are (9:29) 
10. The End Game (5:51) 

Total Time 57:18

Line-up
Billy Sherwood (Circa:, Yes, Conspiracy) - Bass and vocals
Jon Davison (Glass Hammer, Yes) - Vocals
Jay Schellen (Circa:, GPS, ASIA Featuring John Payne, Conspiracy) - Drums
Jimmy Haun (Circa:, Yes) - Guitars
Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact,  In Continuum) - Keyboards

Description/Reviews:
First, the Yes influence is obvious and omnipresent across the recording. According to PR info, this was intentional...Second, this is definitely melodic progressive rock. The arrangements are largely complex and dense, offering intrigue tempered by solid song melody, groove, and vocal harmony.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Streams 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Jupiter Down "The Story Of Us"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Planet 12 (2:01) 
2. Journey Among The Stars (4:18) 
3. Racing Time (3:30) 
4. A World Of Similarity (4:24) 
5. Arrival (1:22) 
6. Keepers Of The Secrets (4:13) 
7. The Primal Beings (2:24) 
8. A Soul Is Born (5:06) 
9. Pyramids Of Light (2:39) 
10. Cradle Of Power (3:54) 

Total Time 33:51

Line-up
Austin Livingston - Guitars, synth, and marching snare
Russell Lee - Drums
Ben McMillan - Bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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3.2 "Third Impression"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR
LabelFrontiers
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Top Of The World (8:59) 
2. What Side You're On (2:50) 
3. Black Of The Night (6:14) 
4. Killer Of Hope (3:15) 
5. Missing Peace (5:53) 
6. A Bond Of Union (5:19) 
7. The Devil Of Liverpool (6:08) 
8. Emotional Trigger (4:53) 
9. A Fond Farewell (4:26) 
10. Never (8:57) 

Total Time 56:54

Line-up
Robert Berry (Jack Foster III, Magellan, Tempest) - All instruments, vocals

Description/Reviews:
...a delightful and entertaining recording of melodic progressive rock which features an abundance of Emerson keyboard craft work accompanied by Berry's musical wizardry, notably in his vocal parts guitar lines.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

Media/Samples
A Fond Farewell 
Streams 

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Elephant9 "Arrival of the New Elders"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon - RCD2218
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
  1. Arrival Of The New Elders
  2. Rite Of Accession
  3. Sojourn
  4. Tales Of Secret
  5. Throughout The Worlds
  6. Chasing The Hidden
  7. Chemical Boogie
  8. Solar Songs
Line-up
Ståle Storløkken - Rhodes piano, Hammond organ, grand piano, Eminent 310, Mellotron, Continuum
Nikolai Hængsle (Needlepoint) - electric bass, electric and acoustic guitars
Torstein Lofthus - drums, percussion

Description/Reviews:
Elephant9 had taken their groovy mix of high energy rock and power jazz as far as they could. In this respect Arrival Of The New Elders comes as a welcome and most timely addition to their recorded output. More varied, mature and reflective, they are as groovy as ever, but more structured and less jam oriented, with the longest tracks clocking in around the seven minute mark.
Media/Samples
Rite Of Accession
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Adam Loveridge "Lost and Found"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. I. Awakening (4:00) 
2. Falling From Heaven (9:25) 
3. In The Shadows (5:13) 
4. The Depths Of Solitude (9:06) 
5. II. The Wings Of Time (4:07) 
6. Beyond The Seven Seas (7:42) 
7. Deliverance (5:11) 
8. The Dark Tower (6:20) 
9. III. Aetherial Skies (5:09) 
10. Lost And Found (9:00) 

Total Time 65:13

Line-up
Adam Loveridge

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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35 Tapes "Home"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateFebruary 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Undertows
2. Wave
3. Well
4. Onward
5. Walk
6. Epilogue

Line-up
Morten Lund: Guitars, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Vocal
Jarle Wangen: Bass, Guitars, Vocal
Bjorn Stokkeland: Drums
   With
Andreas Eriksen: Perch
Jo Wang: Keyboards (3)

Media/Samples
Undertows

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IntelliScience "Alpha"


Country: Chile
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Alpha (3:24) 
2. Fly So High (5:45) 
3. Beyond The Sea (4:09) 
4. Chains Of Fire (5:14) 
5. Silent Call (5:14) 
6. Country Of Hate (4:33) 
7. Worlds Collide (5:54) 
8. Rain Of Misery (5:19) 
9. Nightmare (10:08) 

Total Time 49:40

Line-up
Paulo Domic - Vocals
Hermaunt Folatre - Bass
Benjamín Cisternas - Drums 
Julio Cesar Alcaino - Guitar 
Eduardo Góngora - Keyboards & Orchestral arrangements

Media/Samples
Deezer
Spotify
Youtube

Compile "Reaching"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock 
Format: digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Timeless (8:34) 
2. Illusive (7:09) 
3. Keep You From Harm (7:58) 
4. Birds (5:02) 
5. Dare (4:10) 
6. Within Inside (5:23) 
7. No Tomorrow (4:45) 
8. The Last Thing (6:16) 

Total Time 49:17

Line-up
Eden Abuhav - Vocals
Moshe Siman Tov Bustan - Guitars
William Winterman - Keys and Synthesizers
Noam Shvacher - Bass
Ben Geva - Drums

Description/Reviews:
After breaking up Underwater Jive, Noam and Moshe formed Compile with Ben, William and Eden. Their first album Reaching is a combination of progressive metal and rock elements. The album was written between the years 2016-2020 and compiled with songs about dreams, fear of the unknown, acceptance, hope, and the struggle with loss and depression.
Media/Samples
Illusive

Illuminae "Dark Horizons"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Immrama Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateFebruary 12, 2021
Tracklist
  1. The Lighthouse
  2. Blood on Your Hands
  3. Edge of Darkness
  4. Lullaby
  5. Twice
  6. Heretics and Prophecy
  7. Sanctuary
  8. Black Angel
  9. Sign of Infinity
  10. Dark Horizons
Line-up
Ian Jones (Karnataka, Chasing The Monsoon): bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, string arrangements
Agnieszka Swita (Caamora): vocals
   With
Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson): drums
Luke Machin: guitars 
Steve Hackett (Genesis)
John Helliwell (Supertramp)
Troy Donockley (Nightwish)
Gonzalo Carrera (Karnataka)

Description/Reviews:
Embracing symphonic, progressive and Celtic influences, bitter sweet melodies intertwine with lush harmonies to create a majestic towering cathedral of sound, songs which traverse the dividing line between darkness and light, life and death, solitude and hope. Shards of light piercing a subterranean labyrinth.

Media/Samples
Blood On Your Hands

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Simulacrum "Genesis"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers Music srl
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 12, 2021
Tracklist
1. Traumatized
2. Nothing Remains
3. Arrhythmic Distortions
4. Like You, Like Me
5. Scorched Earth
6. Genesis Part 1: The Celestial Architect
7. Genesis Part 2: Evolution of Man
8. Genesis Part 3: The Human Equation
9. Genesis Part 4: End of Entropy

Line-up
Christian “Chrism” Pulkkinen - Keyboards & Orchestrations
Nicholas “Solomon” Pulkkinen - Guitars, Bowed Harp & Bark Horn
Niklas Broman - Vocals
Erik Kraemer - Vocals
Tatu Turunen - Drum Set & Percussion
Petri Mäkilä - Guitars
Olli Hakala - Bass, Chapman Stick & Electric Upright

Media/Samples
Nothing Remains
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Caligonaut "Magnified as Giants"


CountryNorway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelApollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateFebruary 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. Emperor (14:35) 
2. Hushed Feat. Iver Kleive (10:43) 
3. Magnified As Giants (5:46) 
4. Lighter Than Air (19:34) 

Total Time 50:38

Line-up
Ole Michael Bjørndal (Oak, Airbag, Gentle Knife, Bjørn Riis): Lead vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitar (tuned in new standard tuning), 12-string guitars
Kristian Karl Hultgren (Wobbler): Bass guitars
Andreas W. S. Prestmo (Wobbler): Backing vocals
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler): Hammond organ, Mellotron, grand piano, synths and keyboards
Iver Kleive: Church organ (2)
Arild Brøter (Pymlico): Drums and percussion (2, 4)
Henrik Fossum (Airbag): Drums (1)
Åsa Ree (Meer, Wobbler): Violin and backing vocals (1, 2)
Stephan Hvinden (Pymlico, Oak): Rhythm guitars (2)

Description/Reviews:
Magnified as Giants contains four songs within a classic prog rock landscape inspired by the guitar and bass work of King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Genesis and Rush but blended with the more modern sounds of Tool and Opeth. Several of the pieces are written in Robert Fripps new standard tuning. 

Media/Samples
Magnified as Giants

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Galaad "Paradis posthumes"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
FormatCD
Release date: March 2021
Tracklist
1. Terra (2:31) 
2. Apocalypse (8:21) 
3. Moments (4:57) 
4. Le rêve d’unité (4:51)
5. Amor Vinces (4:10)
6. La douleur (6:21)
7. L’instinct, l’instant (7:57)
8. Ton ennemi (6:30)
9. Paradis posthumes (4:46)
10. Jour sidéral (9:15) 
11. Divine (4:55) 

Total Time 64:34

Line-up
Pierre-Yves "PyT" Theurillat: vocals
Sébastien Froidevaux: guitars
Gianni Giardiello: keys
Laurent Petermann: drums
Gérard Zuber: bass

Media/Samples
Moments

Relayer "Broken Branches"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: February 11, 2021
Tracklist
1. Paradigm (4:57) 
2. Hear Me Out (5:14) 
3. Turnaround (5:14) 
4. Protectors (4:51) 
5. Something's Changed (3:45) 
6. Mouse In The Mill (6:08) 
7. Ghost (3:46) 
8. Halfway Home (7:26) 
9. Solstice Suite (4:57) 
10. Way Too Long (5:31) 
11. Twilight (4:40) 

Total Time 56:29

Line-up
Bill Kiser - drums, vocals
John Sahagian - vocals, keys
Tim LaRoi - guitars
Tom Burke - bass, vocals

Media/Samples
Streams

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Antony Kalugin "Stellar Gardener"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Caerllysi Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 11, 2021 (digital), February 23, 2021 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Stellar
2. Gardener
3. Stellar Castle (03:52) - bonus track
4. Stellar Garden (04:38) - bonus track
5. Stellar Age (03:42) - bonus track
6. Stellar Heart (02:06) - bonus track

Line-up
Antony Kalugin (Karfagen, Sunchild, Hoggwash) - all insruments, voices, programming
Olha Rostovska (Karfagen, Sunchild) - additional vocals (2)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Cast "Vigesimus"


Country: Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Promotion Records -  PPRCD092
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 05, 2021 (Europe), March 15, 2021 (digital), March 19, 2021 (Rest of World)
Tracklist
1. Ortni (instrumental) (5:31)
2. Black Ashes And Black Boxes (6:18)
3. The Unknown Wise Advice (9:43)
4. Another Light (3:40)
5. Manley (instrumental) (5:16)
6. Location And Destination (7:52)
7. Crossing (10:00)
8. The March (7:21)
9. Contacto (instrumental) I. Primer Acto II. Profundi (10:44)
10. Dredging To The Higher Plane (10:13)

Line-up
Bobby Vidales - vocals
Lupita Acuña - vocals
Claudio Cordero - guitar
Luis Alfonso Vidales - keyboards
Roberto Izzo - violin
Carlos Humarán - bass, backing vocals
Jose Antonio Bringas - drums, percussion

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Czyszy "Agent Mousey"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: digital
Release date: February 9, 2021
Tracklist
1. Top Secret (13:18) 
2. A Breather (9:42) 
3. Marley's Angel (19:27) 

Total Time 42:27

Line-up
Czyszy aka Marek Król - electric guitar, bass guitar, programming, classical guitar (2), vocals (3), acoustic guitar (3), keyboard solo (3)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Monday, February 8, 2021

John Holden "Circles in Time"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Plane Groovy (vinyl)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. Avalanche (6:18)
2. High Line (6:58)
3. The Secret Of Chapel Field (7:36)
4. Dreams Of Cadiz (5:17)
5. Circles (5:47)
6. KV62 (19:23)

Line-up
John Holden - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Orchestration,
   With
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf) - Bass (5)
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Lee Abraham, Nine Stones Close, Moon Halo) - Vocals (3)
Zaid Crowe - Guitar (6)
Oliver Day (Fragile) - Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin (3, 4)
Nick D’Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Kevin Gilbert, Big Big Train) - Drums, Handpan (1, 2, 6)
Frank Van Essen (Iona) - Violin, Viola (2, 3)
Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Camel) - Vocals, Saxophone (2, 6)
Sally Minnear - Vocals (3, 5)
Jean Pageau (Mystery) - Vocals (1)
Eric Potapenko - Guitar (1, 2)
That Joe Payne (The Enid) - Vocals (6)
Henry Rogers (Final Conflict, Touchstone, Edison's Children) - Drums (4, 5)
Vikram Shankar (Redemption) - Piano & Keyboards
Jeremy Irons - Narration (6)
Elizabeth Holden - Backing Vocals & ‘The Water Boy’

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Toboggan "Première Descente"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 6, 2021
Tracklist
1. Carburature (10:04) 
2. Impro Ambiant (1:46) 
3. Zouloulouzou (14:22) 
4. Impro Jazz (0:59) 
5. TanpYoupY (10:46) 
6. Impro Harmonic (1:56) 
7. Rezzz (9:12) 
8. Impro Noise (2:06) 
9. Blanchetta Cavayo (9:01) 

Total Time 60:12

Line-up
Etienne Mazoyer - guitar, keys & synths
Victor Bernard - drums
Yoann Chillault - bass

Media/Samples
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Simon McKechnie "Retro"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 19, 2021
Tracklist
1. The Origin of Species
2. Retro 
3. The Enchantress of Number
4. The Return of the Beagle

Line-up
Simon McKechnie – vocals, all instruments
   Except
Mike Flynn – guitar solos (1)
Adam Riley – drums (1, 2)
Richard Horton – operation of Babbage Difference Engine Number Two (3)

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Cosmograf "Rattrapante"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Gravity Dream Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMarch 26, 2021 (CD, digital), May 28, 2021 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. In 1985
2. Rattrapante
3. I Stick To You
4. Memories Lie
5. Time Will Flow

Line-up
Robin Armstrong: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
   With
Chrissy Mostyn (The Blackheart Orchestra): Vocals (3)
Kyle Fenton: Drums, Backing Vocals
Tommy McNally: Spoken word (5)
Sound clips on Rattrapante courtesy NASA

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

Tusmørke "Nordisk Krim"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Progressive Rock, Folk
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 26, 2021
Tracklist
1. Ride the Whimbrel
2. Age of Iron Man
3. Mumia
4. Cauldron Bog
5. Dog's Flesh
6. Moss Goddess
7. Black Incubation
8. Et Moselik
9. Heksejakt
10. (The Marvellous and Murderous) Mysteries of Sacrifice

Line-up
Benediktator - bass & vocals
Krizla - flute & vocals
HlewagastiR - drums
Haugebonden Gode Gullstein - keys
Åsa Ree - violin

Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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Downes Braide Association "Halcyon Hymns"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Pop/Rock
FormatCD/DVD, vinyl
Release dateFebruary 5, 2021 (CD/DVD), March 26, 2021 (vinyl) 
Tracklist
CD
  1. Love Among The Ruins
  2. King Of The Sunset
  3. Your Heart Will Find The Way
  4. Holding The Heavens
  5. Beachcombers
  6. Warm Summer Sun
  7. Today
  8. Hymn To Darkness
  9. She’ll Be Riding Horses
  10. Late Summer
  11. Remembrance
  12. Epilogue
DVD
Roger Dean Painting Session
Love Among The Ruins
Your Heart Will Find The Way
Today

Line-up
Chris Braide (The Producers): lead vocals
Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, The Buggles): keyboards, vocals
Dave Bainbridge (Iona) - guitars
Ash Soan - drums
Andy Hodge - bass
   With
Marc Almond (Soft Cell) 
David Longdon (Big Big Train)
Barney Ashton-Bullock - Narration 
Joe Catcheside, Elijah Braide, Sascha Braide - Backing vocals

Media/Samples
Your Heart Will Find The Way

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Baro Prog-jets "Utopie"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 5, 2021 (digital), February 12, 2021 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Non Sento (4:24) 
2. Utopia (14:52) 
3. Phase I (6:14) 
4. Phase II (10:00) 
5. Runaways (15:34) 

Total Time 51:04 

Line-up
Alberto Molesini aka Baro (Marygold) - lead and backing vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards
Gigi Murari: drums & percussions
   With:
Paolo Zanella: piano
Nicola Rotta, Massimo Basaglia: electric guitar
Titta Donato: a bass line hint

Description/Reviews:
A concept (not by chance) named "Utopie", which tells of forms of coexistence born of violence or deception that do not keep their promises. It should be better approached, therefore, as a unitary musical journey visually set in the fantasy artworks of Kellepics, an escape aboard Susannp4's cute balloons, artists met in the virtual city of Pixabay. After the first song, written long ago for La Sintesi with Italian lyrics (Nicola Rotta), everything becomes decidedly prog with 3 suites around 15 minutes each, in which the listener may enjoy an accurate songwriting and the ability to ease complex passages and architectures of considerable complexity. Prog rock that can be defined as classic, full of references especially to Yes and King Crimson that the artist has made his own and personally reworked. 
Media/Samples
Bandcamp

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