Sunday, May 16, 2021

Seventh Dimension "Black Sky"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 18, 2021
1. Premonition (0:57)
2. Bad Blood (6:13)
3. Kill the Fire (4:56)
4. Resurgence (5:08)
5. Falling (5:25)
6. Black Sky: Assembly (5:02)
7. Black Sky: Into the Void (8:07)
8. As the Voices Fade (2:57)
9. Incubus (9:40)

Total Time 48:25

Luca Delle Fave - Guitars
Nico Lauritsen - Vocals
Rikard Wallström - Bass
Erik Bauer - Keyboards
Marcus Thorén - Drums


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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Trifecta "Fragments"

Country: UK/USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: Kscope
Format: CD,  vinyl, digital
Release date: August 20, 2021
01 Clean Up On Aisle Five [3:07]
02 Check Engine Light [2:55]
03 Proto Molecule [2:20]
04 Auntie [2:57]
05 Venn Diagram [2:42]
06 The Enigma Of Mr. Fripp [2:44]
07 Sally Doo-Dally [2:54]
08 Have You Seen What The Neighbours Are Doing? [2:58]
09 The Mute Gospel [3:16]
10 Pavlov's Dog Killed Schrodinger's Cat [4:12]
11 Voyage Of Discovery [3:02]
12 Nightmare In Shining Armor  [2:00]
13 Dry Martini [3:13]
14 Lie 2 Me And Take My Money [3:13]
15 Hold It Like That [3:28]

Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Fish On Friday, Iona, Lonely Robot, The Mute Gods) - bass
Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Lonely Robot) - drums
Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Jane Getter) - keyboards
Russell Holzman - drum programming (10)
The record primarily operates in a jazz rock territory, and is wholly instrumental except for the first single, Pavlov’s Dog Killed Schrodinger’s Cat.
Pavlov's Dog Killed Schrodinger's Cat

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Watch "The Art of Bleeding"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelPick Up Records (vinyl)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 24, 2021
1. An Intro
2. Red 
3. Abendlicht
4. The Fisherman
5. Hatred Of Wisdom
6. Howl The Stars Down
7. Black Is Deep
8. Red Is Deep

Simone Rossetti: vocals, mellotron, synthesizers, flute
Giorgio Gabriel: electric guitars, 6-12 strings acoustic guitars, classical guitar
Marco Fabbri: drums and percussions
Mattia Rossetti: bass guitars, bass pedals, 6-12 electric guitars, vocals
Valerio De Vittorio: keyboards, hammond L122 organ, mellotron, synthesizers 

After a huge and three years long composing process, for the first time, The Watch has ventured into the world of the concept album! Five stories that revolve around the idea of cathartic violence. A musical theme developed in various ways to create different atmospheres.


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Endless Chain "Forthcoming Past"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 25, 2021
1. Forthcoming Past (6:41)
2. They’re The Ones To Fall (4:31)
3. Hold Out Hope (5:30)
4. All of The Above (3:45)
5. A Letter (4:31)
6. Nothing More (3:53)
7. Feel (3:38)
8. The Wild One (3:53)
9. Scars On Me (3:18)
10. The Memories (4:33)

Album Length: 44:19

Timo Mölsä - Guitar
Mikko Heikkilä - Vocals (2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
Ville Hovi - Vocals (1, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Aki Salonen - Rough Vocals (1, 4, 6)
Salla Sundberg - Vocals (7)
Aleksanteri Kuosa - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Samuli Mikkonen - Drums
Sami Yli-Sirniö - Guitar Solo (3,9)
Antti Kolehmainen - Cello (3, 8)
John Egerton - Opening speech (1)

Nothing More


Joe Bailey "Ghosts"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Release date: May 14, 2021
1. Haunted House (8:41) 
2. River Of Spite (6:17) 
3. Waiting (7:36) 
4. Abracadabra (4:37) 
5. Rat Race (7:45) 
6. Ghosts (8:38) 

Total Time 43:34

Joe Bailey - guitars, bass, vocals, programming (synth, orchestration, drums)



Billie Bottle and The Multiple "The Other Place"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 14, 2021
1. Where Does It Begin?
2. All Lies
3. Cogs 
4. The Disconnect
5. Action  
6. The Centre
7. Gremlin
8. X Marks The Spot
9. My First Time Voting
10. Vote John Izod
11. We're Only An Island
12. I Just Met Nigel Farage
13. Plebs
14. Stand By Your Beds
15. Power To The People
16. A Stone, A Seed
17. Time Is What It Used To Be

Billie Bottle: Voice, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Percussion
Martine Waltier: Voice, Violin, Guitar, Percussion
Roz Harding: Alto sax, Recorder, Percussion
Vivien Goodwin-Darke:Voice, Flute, Recorder, Percussion
Lee Fletcher: Bass, Synths, Keys, Soundscapes, Voice, Guitar, Percussion, Production


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Acolyte "Entropy"

Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelWild Thing Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateMay 14, 2021
1. Prelude
2. Entropy
3. Resentment
4. Clarity
5. Resilience
6. Idiosyncrasy
7. Solitude
8. Recovery
9. Acceptance

Morgan-Leigh Brown - Vocals
Jason Grondman - Bass
Ben Cameron - Guitars
David Van Pelt - Keys & Synths
Ben Rechter (Circles) - Vocals (4)
Oscar Neyland - Double Bass (4, 6)
Edward Wang - Oboe (5) 
Greg Sher - Clarinet (5, 6) 
Erica Tucceri - Flute (5, 6, 8)
Jonty Cameron & Max Cameron - Additional percussion (6)


Frost* "Day And Age"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital, vinyl+CD
Release date: May 14, 2021
1. Day And Age (11:49) 
2. Terrestrial (5:13) 
3. Waiting For The Lie (4:31) 
4. The Boy Who Stood Still (7:33) 
5. Island Life (4:14) 
6. Skywards (4:13) 
7. Kill The Orchestra (9:27) 
8. Repeat To Fade (6:14) 

Total Time 53:14

Jem Godfrey - vocals, keyboards
John Mitchell (Arena, Kino) - guitars
Nathan King (Dec Burke) - bass
Kaz Rodriguez (Chaka Khan, Josh Groban) - drums
Darby Todd (The Darkness, Martin Barre) - drums
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mister Mister) - drums
Jason Isaacs - voice

Day And Age

Subterranean Masquerade "Mountain Fever"

Country: Israel
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelSensory Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 14, 2021
1. Snake Charmer
2. Diaspora, My Love
3. Mountain Fever
4. Inwards
5. Somewhere I Sadly Belong
6. The Stillnox Oratory
7. Ascend
8. Ya Shema Evyonecha
9. For The Leader, With Strings Music
10. Mångata

Davidavi “Vidi” Dolev - lead & backing vocals
Tomer Pink - rhythm & acoustic guitars
Or Shalev - lead & acoustic guitars
Shai Yallin - keyboards, glockenspiel
Golan Farhi - bass guitar
Omer Fishbein - lead guitar (3), bulbul tarang (6)
Matan Shmuely (Orphaned Land)  - drums
Yatziv Caspi - percussions
Neta Maimon - cello
Oren Tsor - violin, viola
Idit Mintzer - brass (5, 9)
Alon Karnieli, Idan Kringle, Matan Carlos Mandelbaum  & Richard Aevum - gang vocals (2, 4, 6)
Jackie Hole - female vocals (3, 4, 6)
Yakir Sasson - woodwinds (3,5,8)
Ashmedi Melechesh - harsh vocals (4)
Hadar Levi - talkbox guitar (5)
Uri Shefi - bouzouki, oud, louta
Idan David Amsalem (Orphaned Land) - guitar solo (10)

Boasting ten new songs which encompassing nearly fifty-five minutes of material, Mountain Fever push the balance between pioneering experimentalism to our own take on modern pop culture and its manifestation in the Middle East. Revealing an album composed of African and Balkan brass sections, Arabic violins, extended vocal techniques, and several special guest appearances, watch out for radio friendly hooks that emerge out of heavy riffs and polychromatic arrangements.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Dice "Madness In Paradise"

Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelScene Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 2, 2021 (digital), July 23, 2021 (CD)
1. Dust In Paradise (10:53) 
2. Forever Today (11:10) 
3. The Madhouse In Paradise (11:46) 
4. Secret Moon (10:47) 
5. Deep, Dark & Holy (Dreamscene 25) (4:35) 
6. Let's Go To Paradise (10:39) 

Total Time 59:50

Christian Nóvé - vocals, keyboards, bass
Ramona Nóvé - background vocals
Peter Viertel - guitars
Tom Tomson - drums

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Castanarc "The Sea Of Broken Vows"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Khepra Records
Format: CD 
Release date: June 19, 2021
01. A Song Rings Out (4:54)
02. Lost Tears (4:55)
03. Full Circle (4:53)
04. The Ascent Of Man (4:41)
05. In This World (4:48)
06. Walking With Angels (4:14)
07. Out Of Time (3:34)
08. The Waking Of The Earth (4:47)
09. Light The Fire (4:58)
10. The Sea Of Broken Vows (3:00)
11. For The Want Of A Nail (5:58)

Total time - 50:42

Mark Holiday - vocals
John Spence - guitar, percussion
David Powell - keyboards, backing vocals
Neil Duty - guitar
Pat Mount - guitar
Pete Robinson - bass
Charlie Morgan - drums
Angela Gordon - flute, low whistle
Steve Beighton - saxophone

Teramaze "Sorella Minore"

Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label: Wells Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 11, 2021
1. Sorella Minore (25:46) 
2. Stone (5:15) 
3. Take Your Shot (4:56) 
4. Between These Shadows (4:46) 

Total Time 40:43

Dean Wells - Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Andrew Cameron - Bass
Nick Ross - Drums
Chris Zoupa - Guitars, Keys
Nathan Peachey, Silvio Massaro, Jennifer Borg - Vocals (1)

Sorella Minore

Spirits Burning "Evolution Ritual"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Space Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 7, 2021 (digital), June 4, 2021 (CD)
1. Evolution Ritual (3:53) 
2. Caves (4:01) 
3. The Laws Of Umber (3:28) 
4. Abandoned Habitat (3:28) 
5. The Dream Find (4:11) 
6. Far & Away The Lands Escape, Bias Of Recency (4:56) 
7. Strolling Into The Future (3:46) 
8. Shadow Language (3:27) 
9. Seasiders (3:37) 
10. Lookout Point (2:57) 
11. Outside World (5:02) 
12. Your Better Angels (4:03) 
13. As The Sky Was Being Painted (3:49) 
14. Theatre On The Other Side Of The Sea (4:05) 
15. Alternating Universes (4:27) 
16. Spruce (2:47) 
17. Night Of The Moon Dial (3:19) 

Total Time 65:16

Don Falcone 
Albert Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult) 
Michael Moorcock
Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind)
Alan Davey (Hawkwind)
Paul Hayles (Hawkwind)
Mick Slattery (Hawkwind)
Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven)
Andy Dalby (Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come)
Jessie May Smart (Steeleye Span) 
Peter Knight (Steeleye Span)
David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) 
Graham Smith (Van Der Graaf Generator)
David Cross (King Crimson)
Monty Oxymoron (The Damned)
Ursula Pank (Third Ear Band)
Robert Rich
Theo Travis (Soft Machine)
Cyrille Verdeaux (Clearlight)
Darryl Way (Curved Air)
Harry Williamson
Hoshiko Yamane (Tangerine Dream)
Steve York (Dr. John)
& more


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Monday, May 10, 2021

Nine Skies "5.20"

Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAnesthetize Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 4, 2021
1. Colourblind
2. Wilderness
3. Beauty of Decay
4. Golden Drops
5. Above the Tide
6. Dear Mind
7. The Old Man in the Snow
8. Godless Land
9. Porcelain Hill 
10. Achristas
11. Smiling Stars

Eric Bouillette : Guitars, mandolin, violin, piano, arrangements
Alexandre Lamia : Guitars, piano, arrangements
Anne-Claire Rallo : Piano
David Darnaud : Guitars
Achraf El Asraoui : Vocals, guitars
Aliénor Favier : Vocals
Bernard Hery : Bass, fretless bass
Fabien Galia : Percussions
Laurent Benhamou : Saxophones
Steve Hackett (Genesis): Guitar solo (2)
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Adam Wakeman): Vocals (9)
John Hackett: Flute (7)
Cath Lubatti: Violins and viola 
Lilian Jaumotte: Cello


Loch Vostok "Opus Ferox - The Great Escape"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Vicisolum
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 25, 2021
1. The Freedom Paradox
2. Enter the Resistance
3. The Glorious Clusterfuck
4. Disillusion  
5. Galacticide
6. When the Wolves Have Eaten Everything 
7. Generation Fail
8. Seize the Night
9. The Great Escape
10. Save You

Jonas Radehorn - lead vocal
Teddy Möller - guitars and growl
Patrik Janson - bass
Niklas Kupper - guitar, backing vocals
Lawrence Dinamarca - drums


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Breeze "The Breath of the North"

Country: Germany
Format: digital
Release date: May 10, 2021
1. The Breath Of The North (9:10) 
2. The Enchanted Fountain (3:41) 
3. A Journey (8:36) 
4. Kingdom Of Fire (7:58) 
5. The New World (7:22) 
6. Dancers At Dawn (3:43) 
7. Heart Of Glass (7:08) 
8. Wheels Of Time (6:00) 
9. Dragon Rider (5:45) 
10. Next To The Abyss (12:14) 

Total Time 71:37

Ottfried Mietzke - Keyboards, Guitars, Orchestral Arrangements, Drum Programming
Hansi Arnold - Drums, Additional Vocals
Lea Diekmann - Vocals
Jörg Piron - Vocals


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Friday, May 7, 2021

Big Big Train "Common Ground"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: English Electric -  EERCD0028 (CD), Plane Groovy - PLG096 (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: July 30, 2021
1. The Strangest Times
2. All The Love We Can Give
3. Black With Ink
4. Dandelion Clock
5. Headwaters
6. Apollo
7. Common Ground
8. Atlantic Cable
9. Endnotes

David Longdon - lead vocals
Gregory Spawton - bass
Rikard Sjöblom  (Beardfish, Gungfly) - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Nick D’Virgilio  (Spock's Beard, Mike Keneally, Kevin Gilbert) - drums, vocal
Carly Bryant - keyboards, vocals
Dave Foster - guitars
Clare Lindley - violin, vocals
Aidan O’Rourke - violin
a five piece brass ensemble

The album’s nine pieces include the beautiful title track - and first single - Common Ground, the dazzling instrumental Apollo, the zeitgeist capturing The Strangest Times, and the stunning 15 minute epic Atlantic Cable.

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Vokonis "Odyssey"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: the Sign Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 7, 2021
1. Rebellion (3:17) 
2. Odyssey (8:54) 
3. Blackened Wings (4:04) 
4. Azure (3:50) 
5. Hollow Waters (7:49) 
6. Through The Depths (12:48) 

Total Time 40:42

Simon Ohlsson - Vocals and Guitars
Jonte Johansson - Vocals and Bass
Peter Ottosson - Drums and Percussion
Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka, Opeth) - Keyboards

The title track is where we see the next twist to Vokonis‘ sound, as a Hammond organ swirls and churns into being. Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) is the honored guest on Odyssey, contributing impeccable organ and Mellotron arrangements on four songs. His presence lends the songs an air of majestic 70s prog that fits the expanded songwriting perfectly. Tempo changes allow the band to intersperse contemplative, slower moments with hard-hitting riff-centric driving passages. This is highly effective on closing numbers “Hollow Waters” and “Through the Depths,” which add up to nearly twenty-one minutes of heavy progressive rock that is catchier than it has any right to be. These songs have a hint of melancholy about them at times, but the arrangements are such that we are drawn into each song as if under a spell.
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

Also read the review at theobelisk.net


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Bernardo Lanzetti "Horizontal Rain"

Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: SnV
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 7, 2021
1. Walk Away (5:51) 
2. Heck Jack (3:48) 
3. Lanzhaiku (3:36) 
4. Time Is King (4:54) 
5. Genial! (3:04) 
6. Conventional (4:24) 
7. Ero Un Num Ero (4:57) 
8. Horizontal Rain (5:13) 
9. Different (4:32) 

Total Time 40:19

Bernardo Lanzetti (Acqua Fragile, Mangala Vallis, PFM) - Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Programming
Alesia Baltach - Cello (7)
Marco Brioschi - Trumpet (2)
Andrea Cervetto - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards , Arrangments (2, 4)
Kim Chandler - Backing Vocals (1, 2)
Marco Colombo (Camerata Mediolanense) - Guitars (5, 8)
David Cross (King Crimson) - Violin (1)
Tony Franklin (Derek Sherinian, Lana Lane, Roy Harper) - Bass (1)
Pier Gonella - Guitars (6)
David Jackson (VDGG) - Saxophones and Flutes (3)
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Liquid Tension Experiment, Stick Men, California Guitar Trio, Jon Durant) - Stick (2)
Dario Mazzoli - Bass (5)
Sara Wilma Milani - Backing Vocals (3)
Jonathan Mover - Drums (1, 2, 5, 8)
Carlo Napolitano - Trombone (2)
Alex Polipo - Drums (4)
Giancarlo Porro - Tenor Saxophone  and horn section arrangements (2)
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X, Sons Of Apollo) - Keyboards (1)
Pier Vigolini - Keyboards (6)
Franco Grandoni - Choir conductor (9)
Luisa Baiocco, Federica Bastianelli, Silvia Metelli, Michelle Rainone, Gabriele Santoni, Teo Tiburzi, Gabriele Serano - Choir (9)
Conceived and recorded over a few years with outstanding musicians and special guests, Bernardo Lanzettiʼs new work is presented as a collection of musical episodes that sail from Progressive Rock to Avant Guard, making port of call at Modern Opera, Art Rock, Rock & Soul and Classix 2 B. Eight songs in English plus an Italian text for the song "Ero un num Ero”, built on an elementary and random numerical progression as if to point out that the so-called “inspiration”, at times, can only be a fairy tale to deceive the unwary listener. Without exaggerating or forcibly imposing his vocal range exceeding three octaves, the vocalist makes available the complete range of his voice, including the one processed by his Glovox device and those written for a choir that, in "Different", move on articulated bars, always different in their division and imperceptibly delusional succession. In the album, passion, detached nostalgia, fury and irony unfold track after track with a mix of sounds that are as unpredictable as they are effective.

Chance "Original Worlds"

Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Gepetto Music
Format: CD
Release date: May 7, 2021
 1: Welcome (19:26)
1-Greeting for a computer
2-For a human...
3-Symbiosis for a new world
4-My sweet apocalypse 

2: Proxima b (17:26)
1-Second Star right
2-Straight on 'til morning 

3: The tightrope walker (21:27)
1-Big Brother
2-Face to Face
3-Echo from the other Side
4-Go, and see, My Brother

4: Colours of my life (12:40)
1- Twenty years ago.
2- Soleil couchant.

Laurent Simonnet - all instruments



Sketchshow "WAVES"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Math Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 7, 2021
1. Awake
2. Conscious
3. Delight 
4. Delighted
5. Trust (Isn't Easy)
6. Smoke
7. Chrysalis 
8. Empty Without You
9. Innsæi 
10. Good News

Satin Bailey - Vocals
Adam Curran - Guitar, backing vocals, bass (5)
Luke Phillips - Guitar, backing vocals, keys, bass (8, 9, 10)
Will Sales - Bass
Scott van der Leeden - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Joel Bamigboye - Guitar solo (5) 
Mallory Evans - Whispered vocals (10) 



Kayak "Out Of This World"

Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl+CD
Release date: May 7, 2021
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)

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
Maria-Paula Majoor, Daniel Torrico Menacho and Francesco Vulcano - Violin

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. 
Out Of This World

Jordsjø "Pastoralia"

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

Håkon Oftung - vocals, guitars, flute, keyboards
Kristian Frøland - drums and percussion
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)



The Samurai Of Prog "The Lady and The Lion"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Seacrest Oy - SCR-1030
Release date: May 7, 2021
1 Into the Woods  
2 The Three Snake Leaves 
3 Iron John  
4 A Queen's Wish 
5 The Lady and the Lion
6 Blue Light

Marco Bernard
Kimmo Pörsti (Mist Season)
Steve Unruh (Resistor, UPF)
Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak)
Bart Schwertmann (Kayak)
Cam Blokland (Southern Empire)
Valerie Gracious (Phideaux)
Rafael Pacha 
Octavio Stampàlia (Jinetes Negros)
Alessandro Di Benedetti (Mad Crayon, Inner Prospekt)
Carmine Capasso
David Myers
Jaime Rosas
Kari Riihimaki
Marc Pereghin
Marcelo Ezcurra


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Single Celled Organism "Percipio Ergo Sum"

Country: Germany  
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 7, 2021
  1. She's Awake - 5:29
  2. The Final Door - 8:11
  3. I'd Like To see - 4:37
  4. Ride On A Ray - 4:38
  5. Doubts - 6:36
  6. Save me from Freaming - 6:02
  7. I'm Not Human - 6:49
  8. Hey You - 5:15
  9. Humble - 2:33
  10. Entanglement Runs off - 8:50
  11. Inhale The Dark - 2:53
Jens Lueck (Syrinx Call) – Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Programming
Ingo Salzmann – Guitars (1, 4, 8, 10)
Johnny Beck – Guitars (2, 5, 6, 7, 10)
Isgaard – Vocals (1, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Jürgen Osuchowski - Acoustic Guitars (2)
Katja Flintsch – Violin (3, 8-10), Viola (8-10)
Olek Bakki – Cello (8-10)
Volker Kuinke – Recorders (2)
Kai Ritter - Voice (8)

Monday, May 3, 2021

David Zmyslowski "Ocean Station - Turning the page Chapter II"

Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 25, 2021
1. A new beginning
2. Endless Road
3. Broken Step
4. Won't get fooled 
5. The bridge beetween the generations
6. The call of the ocean
7. All we need
8. The best of us
9. Trying to live
10. Back home (in her eyes)

David Zmyslowski (Element V): electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards programming, piano, drums programming (9) 
Jean Baptiste Itier (Nemo): drums
Jean Pierre Louveton (Nemo): guitar (5) 
TIEM : guitar (7)



The Arc Light Sessions "The Poetry in Contemplation"

Country: Canada
Release date: May 3, 2021
1. De L'Espace (3:52) 
2. Ashes (7:21) 
3. Maybe (4:39) 
4. Pleasure And Pain (4:49) 
5. Beyond The Pale (3:44) 
6. As I Am (5:37) 
7. Unified (5:21) 
8. In Good Conscience Was I (8:36) 

Total Time 43:59

​John Alarcon (Synthology): Piano, synthesizers, organ, mellotron and lead vocals
Hugo Emard: Bass
Steve Valmont: Drums
Luc Tremblay: Flute and oboe
Patrick Simpson: Guitars
Michel Radisson: Cello and contrabass


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Jack O' The Clock "Leaving California"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Avant/Folk/Chamber Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2021
1. Jubilation 
2. You Let Me Down
3. The Butcher
4. A Quarter Page Ad
5. Leaving California
6. Fascination
7. Narrow Gate

Damon Waitkus – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, keyboards, hammer dulcimer, etc
Emily Packard – violin
Jason Hoopes – bass
Jordan Glenn – drums
Thea Kelly – vocals
Ivor Holloway - clarinet (3), saxophones (7)
Josh Packard - cello (4)
Myles Boisen - pedal steel (5)

Jack O’ The Clock’s Leaving California is a highly-detailed musical adventure that reveals new layers with repeated listens, from the opening strums of “Jubilation,” which introduces the record with whimsical folksy fanfare, to the angular harmonized violin lead on the closing track, “Narrow Gate.” Throughout, the songs of bandleader Damon Waitkus recall artists such as David Sylvian, Fairport Convention, and Elliott Smith, while creative musical arrangements showcase the band’s high-level compositional and instrumental chops. Upon first listen, Leaving California offers plenty of hooks, but this is music that truly reveals its depth upon the scrutiny of repeated spins.


Canvas Solaris "Chromosphere"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal 
LabelDivebomb RecordsDIVE212
Format: CD
Release date: May 14, 2021
1. Extrasolar Biosignature (10:54) 
2. Hidden Sector (6:00) 
3. Zero Point Field (13:24) 
4. Black Drop Effect (4:26) 
5. Renormalization (6:19) 
6. False Vacuum (8:15) 

Total Time 49:18

Nathan Sapp - guitars, synthesizers
Chris Rushing - guitars
Gael Pirlot - bass
Hunter Ginn - drums


Chain Reaktor "Homesick"

Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: FREIA Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 5, 2021
1. The Day That Never Came 
2. Lonely City
3. Enjoy Your Life
4. The Lying King
5. Homesick
6. Stop Yelling
7. A Thousand Diamonds

Bart Laan (Skylake) - vocals, guitars, flute
Arjan Laan (Skylake) - drums and percussion
Erik Laan (Silhouette) - vocals, keys
Mark op ten Berg - bass
Suzan van den Engel - backing vocals
Martin Streckfuss - saxophone
Sophie Zaaijer - violins


Davey Dodds "The Rite of Spring"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Prog Folk
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 1, 2021 (CD, digital), July 17, 2021 (vinyl)
1. Prelude (2:15) 
2. Summon The Tribe (1:16) 
3. The Elemental Circle (6:18) 
4. Sing The Sun (4:53) 
5. The Rite Of Spring (8:35) 
6. Bridge (2:00) 
7. The Telling (2:45) 
8. Awens - 1 (0:33) 
9. Hand In Hand At The Rollnights (3:44) 
10. Awens - 2 (0:33) 
11. Unwind The Circle (6:16) 
12. Light The Belltaine Fire (7:07) 

Total Time 46:15

Davey Dodds (Red Jasper) - vocals, mandolins
Daniel Billing - bass
Gillie Hotson - electric violin
David Clifford (Red Jasper) - drums
Colin Loveless - frame drum, bodhran
Colette DeGiovanni - vocals
Martin Soloman - Celtic harp

... it’s a full-on concept piece of many layers, forming a folk-rock song-cycle that takes the listener through the ritual, albeit in a modern, contemporary format. Although it has been described as Celtic-influenced, there’s also a broader touch of psychedelia, and the notion of pagan ritual is both ancient and modern, centred around the highs and lows of the natural year in this Sceptred Isle of ours – the spirit of Albion is alive and well! The core sound is an electric mandolin providing the foundation for electric violin and continued tribal drumming, percussion and bass. 
Read the full review by Richard Proctor at velvetthunder.co.uk


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Laura Meade "The Most Dangerous Woman in America"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Art Rock, Progressive Rock
Label: Doone Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 21, 2021 (CD, digital), June 21, 2021​ (vinyl)
1. On the Shores of the Seine
2. Leaving
3. Burned at the Stake 
4. Iconoclast
5. End of the Road in Hollywood
6. Doesn't Change a Thing
7. The Most Dangerous Woman in America 
8. The Shape of Shock
9. Forgive Me
10. Tell Me, Love

Laura Meade (IZZ):Vocals, Keyboards
John Galgano (IZZ): Bass Guitar, Additional Keyboards, Electric Guitar
Tom Galgano (IZZ): Keyboards 
Brian Coralian (IZZ): V-Drums, Electronic Drums, Percussion


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Robert Svilpa "To Sleep Perchance to Dream"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: 2021
1. Foucault's Pendulum (Part 1) (8:19) 
2. Dreamscape Suite - Level 1 (10:20) 
3. Doing Intellectual Battle With The Colossus (4:53) 
4. Hypnotic/Ashes For Tears (11:13) 
5. Dreamscape Suite - Level 2 (4:20) 
6. Pareidolia (9:21) 
7. Foucault's Pendulum - Part 2A (with Andy Edwards & John Jowitt) (7:46) 
8. Foucault's Pendulum - Part 2B (with Andy Edwards & John Jowitt) (8:05) 
9. In My Time Of Mourning... (7:20) 
10. Abaddon (Daemon Of The Desert Sands) [with Jimmy Keegan & Sean Fairchild] (8:39) 
11. Dreamscape - Level 3 (parts I To Iv) (9:45) 
12. In Memory Of... (6:06) 
13. Foucault's Pendulum (Part 3) (5:33) 
14. PostScript - Denouement (7:55) 

Total Time 109:35

Robert Svilpa -  guitars, mandolin, oud, lap steel guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, vocals, drums (2, 12)
Todd Sucherman (Styx) - drums & percussion (1, 13)
Andy Edwards (IQ, Frost*, Cyan, Ezra, Magenta) - drums & percussion (6-8, 11, 14)
John Jowitt (Arena, Frost*, IQ, Jadis) - bass guitar (6-8, 11, 14)
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard, Pattern-Seeking Animals) - drums & percussion (3, 10)
Marc Miller (Yezda Urfa) - bass guitars, Chapman Stick, drums & percussion (12)
Sean Fairchild - bass guitars (10)
Brian Timpe - bass guitars (3, 4)
Igor Willcox - drums & percussion (4)
Casper Hall - drums & percussion (9)


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Karmamoi "Room 101"

Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: May 28, 2021
  1. Memory Holes
  2. Drop by Drop
  3. Dark City
  4. Zealous Man
  5. Newspeak 
  6. Room 101
  7. The New World
Daniele Giovannoni - Drums, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Alex Massari - Guitars
Alessandro Cefalì - Bass
Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson) – Piano and Moog Solo (5)
Steve Unruh (Resistor, The Samurai of Prog, UPF) – Violin and Flute (1, 2, 5)
Sara Rinaldi – Main Vocal
Emilio Merone – Piano and Key Solo (7)
Valerio Sgargi – Tenor & Backing Vocals
Francesca Zanetta (Unreal City) – Solina (1)


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The Vicious Head Society "Extinction Level Event"

Country: Ireland
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelHostile Media 
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 28, 2021
1) Extinction Level Event
2) Solipsism
3) The Signal
4) Judgement
5) Throes of Despair
6) YP138
7) On a Silver Thread
8) Absolution
9) Hymn of Creation (I) Cycle of Rebirth (II) Last Light

Graham Keane - guitars, synth
Klemen Markelj - drums
Pat Byrne (Hedfuzy) - bass
Nahuel Ramos - synth
Nathan Maxx - vocals
Andy Ennis - growls
Matheus Manente - bass (3, 7)
Chris Brooks - guitar solo (6)
Shelley Weiss - violin (4)

The Signal  

Sylvan "One to Zero"

Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelGentle Art of Music - GAOM070
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: May 28, 2021
1. Bit By Bit – 6:16
2. Encoded At Heart – 6:42
3, Start Of Your Life – 3:14
4. Unleashed Power – 7:31
5. Trust In Yourself – 5:33
6. On My Odyssey – 6:27
7. Part Of Me – 9:16
8. Worlds Apart – 3:58
9. Go Viral – 6:41
10. Not A Goodbye – 10:15

Marco Glühmann - vocals
Matthias Harder - drums
Sebastian Harnack - bass
Volker Söhl - keyboards
Johnny Beck - guitars

One To Zero is lush and airy at the same time. It is intellectual, yet entertaining. The riffs, the solos, the interplay, und last but not least the lyrical depth, are all the complex culmination of a mere idea that was unfolded and magnified into epic proportions. One to Zero fits well into these times, in which tech billionaires name their child X AE A-XII, or the often dystopian 'Black Mirror' is a mainstream hit series. That is only logical, given the actual reality that that we all live in. One To Zero was conceived in the Farm Studios in Freising/Bavaria und the careful supervision and production of Kalle Wallner and Yogi Lang, who also mixed the album.

Also read the track-by-track review at progressiverockcentral.com 


Vola "Witness"

Country: Denmark/Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
LabelMascot Records/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 21, 2021
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

Asger Mygind - guitar & vocals
Martin Werner - keys & programming
Nicolai Mogensen - bass
Adam Janzi - drums


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Evership "The Uncrowned King- Act 1"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock Opera
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 21, 2021
1. The Pilgrimage**
    I. Desert of Facts
    II. The Temple of Truth
    III. The Quiet Room
2. The Voice of the Waves
3. Crownshine** / Allthetime*
4. The Tower***
5. The Voice of the Evening Wind
6. Yettocome** / Itmightbe*
7. Wait**

Beau West: Lead Vocals
Shane Atkinson: Keyboards, Drums, Vocals,
Percussion, Theremin, Sound Design 
James Atkinson: Lead Guitar*
John Rose: Rhythm, Classical, Acoustic and Lead Guitars**
Ben Young: Bass Guitar
Matt Harrell: 12-String Guitar on “The Pilgrimage”
Poem Atkinson: as “The Voice of the Evening Wind”
Mike Priebe: Additional Background Vocals
The Charles Heimermann Choir
The Adriatic Sea: Sea Organ (Zadar, Croatia)

Album 3 is the first half of a Rock Opera adaptation of the 1910 book by Harold Bell Wright called The Uncrowned King. This story is an allegory in the style of The Pilgrim's Progress but with a story arch of Twain's Prince and the Pauper meets Dicken's Christmas Carol. A pilgrim on a search for Truth arrives at the Temple of Truth with questions about the journey. In answer, the Keeper of the Temple retires him to The Quiet Room, overlooking The Beautiful Sea, where he is visited by the The Four Voices of Life. Each Voice tells him a piece of a story entitled "The Uncrowned King", to give answer to his questions. Broken into two releases, the story is an allegory on the nature of truth. It is a statement that real truth cannot be derived solely by the senses, but it is more transcendent and one must be courageous in its pursuit and consequence.

Clive Nolan "Song of the Wildlands"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelCrime Records, We Låve Rock Music 
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 1, 2021
1. The Story Begins (3:05) 
2. There's A Threat (4:53) 
3. Crossing The Ocean (4:28) 
4. Beowulf's Promise (3:23) 
5. Grendel Attacks (4:21) 
6. Celebration (2:14) 
7. The Hag's Revenge (2:49) 
8. Journey (3:17) 
9. Underwater Cavern (3:50) 
10. Rewards (6:07) 
11. Beowulf, The King (4:00) 
12. Dragon Fire (4:58) 
13. The Warrior Dies (2:42) 
14. Funeral Pyre (5:15) 
15. The Story Ends (1:38) 

Total Time 57:00 

Clive Nolan (Shadowland, Arena, Pendragon, Caamora) - Orchestration, keyboards, and programming
Vicki Swan - Nyckelharpa
Mark Westwood (Shadowland, Caamora) - Electric Guitar
Stig Andre Clason - Acoustic Guitar
Arnfinn Isaksen - Bass Guitar
Scott Higham (Pendragon) - Drums
Geir Johansen - Extra Percussion
Birgitte Njå - Lur
Morten Clason - Flute
Ross Andrews - Narrator
Ryan Morgan - Vocals (Beowulf)
Christina Booth (Magenta) - Vocals (Tyra)
Gemma Ashley - Vocals (Solveig)
Natalie Barnett - Vocals (Freja)
Ensemble Anonym - Plainchant
The "Wildland Warriors Choir" - Choir

The album is based on the saga of Beowulf and spanning the genres of rock, folk, symphonic rock and classical music.
Dragon Fire

Friday, April 30, 2021

Cirkus "Page 12 on the Right"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelRamshaw Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 30, 2021
1. Page 12 On The Right (3:06) 
2. Angel (4:49) 
3. Good News Week (3:12) 
4. Alive (4:51) 
5. Back & Fourth (4:26) 
6. I'm With You (3:32) 
7. One More Day (3:46) 
8. The Lure Of Santa Monica (9:20) 
9. So It Goes (2:57) 
10. Forever Tonight (3:42) 

Total Time 43:41

Derek Miller: Keyboards & programming
Nick Mao: Vocals, guitar, keyboard
Michael Maghan: Guitars
Brian Morton: Bass
Dave Ramshaw: Vocals
Rosie Prince: Flutes
Alex Saxon: Sax



Sonic Desolution "Explorer"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelGMR Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 30, 2021
  1. Explorer
  2. The Waltz
  3. Eye To Eye
  4. Midlife Insight
  5. Fair Warning
  6. New Beginning
  7. Tranquilandia
  8. 21g
Jan Johansen – Vocals
Annica Svensson – Vocals
Mads Clausen (Biscaya, Timecode Alpha) – Vocals
Morgan Ågren (Devin Townsend, Dweezil Zappa, Kaipa) – Drums
Ken Sandin (Out Of This World, Kee Marcello, Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore) – Bass
Magnus Berglund (Arctic Rain) – Guitars
Peter Lazar (Timecode Alpha) – Guitars

“Explorer” is a melodic progressive thematic artrock album, by new Swedish group SONIC DESOLUTION. Reflecting on the different phases and insights of life, in eight chapters, there's a bit of classic prog, symph, pomp... even pop. Three main vocalists cover the wide range of dynamics of each song. There are the hoarse soulful vocals of Jan Johansen, one of the most well known solo artists in Sweden since decades, in balance with the female vocals of Annica Svensson for the more subtle parts, and occasional heavy rock vocals by Mads Clausen (ex-BISCAYA, TIMECODE ALPHA) for the most intense parts. The complex, yet melodic, music is performed by great renowned players (Harry Stouraitis at Album reviewz)



Gojira "Fortitude"

Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 30, 2021
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

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

Vienna Circle "Secrets of the Rising Sun"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release dateApril 30, 2021
1. Golden Sunset Roulette (10:04) 
2. Ghost Town Hideaway (2:21) 
3. Carnival (2:04) 
4. That Night (4:31) 
5. Rivers (3:03) 
6. Sunset Revolver (5:00) 
7. Fly Lady Fly (5:00) 
8. Secrets Of The Rising Sun (5:00) 
9. Canyons (7:09) 

Total Time 44:12

Paul Davis - All instruments, vocals 
Alex Micklewright - Drums
Gemma Davis - Lead vocals (4), backing vocals (1)


Temple Garden "Redshift"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic 
Format: CD, cassette, digital
Release date: April 30, 2021
1. Intro (1:07) 
2. Mourning Glory (3:43) 
3. Android Babe (Luria) (5:02) 
4. Galactik Kommandoh (4:23) 
5. Redshift (3:37) 
6. Starsea (3:54) 
7. Vacuum Sky (3:35) 
8. Mr. Mikey’s Megalithic Ziggurat (4:13) 
9. The Tower Of Infinity (2:18) 
10. I Left My Marlboros On A7C (4:28) 
11. The Elders Of Tunkasilan (3:59) 
12. Chameleon (4:13) 
13. Vex (outro) (4:42) 

Total Time 49:14

Brandon Carbenia - Guitars, Production
Eric Carbenia - Vocals, Lyrics (Screenplay)
James Cosner - Guitars

The 13 track album is accompanied by a 4 part "radio drama" mini-series inspired by the "golden age of radio" and radio plays like those by Orson Welles and others. The release of the album is also supported by a music video for "Redshift" and several 360-degree listening videos that put you in the driver's seat of the patrol ship as you listen through the album's leading singles "Redshift" and "Vacuum Sky".
The sci-fi concept of both the album and radio play follows a space patrolman named "Miro" who is exiled from a galactic armada due to a forbidden romance with his patrol ship's AI guidance system. He goes on a series of adventures through the universe as he flees the terrible "Galactik Kommandoh" and seeks a way to hide from the all-seeing eye of the "Matrioshka Brain", a supercomputer the size of a planet that monitors the universe for the armada.