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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: Spring 2017
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Hawkwind "Into the Woods"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Space Rock
Label: Cherry Red
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 5, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Into The Woods
  2. Cottage In The Woods
  3. The Woodpecker
  4. Have You Seen Them
  5. Ascent
  6. Space Ship Blues
  7. The Wind
  8. Vegan Lunch
  9. Magic Scenes
  10. Darkland
  11. Wood Nymph
  12. Deep Cavern
  13. Magic Mushroom
Line-up
Dave Brock
Richard Chadwick
Tim Blake
Niall Hone
Mr Dibs
Haz Wheaton

Media/Samples 
Samples

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Big Big Train "Grimspound"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Brave Captain (12:37)
2. On The Racing Line (5:12)
3. Experimental Gentlemen (10:01)
4. Meadowland (3:36)
5. Grimspound (6:56)
6. The Ivy Gate (7:27)
7. A Mead Hall In Winter (15:20)
8. As The Crow Flies (6:44)

Total Time 67:53

Line-up
David Longdon – Vocals, Flute, Keyboards, Guitar, Banjo
Nick D’Virgilio – Drums, Vocals
Greg Spawton – Bass Guitar, Bass Pedals
Andy Poole – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Gregory – Guitars
Danny Manners – Keyboards, Double Bass
Rachel Hall – Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocals
Rikard Sjöblom – Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals
     With:
Judy Dyble - Vocals

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Ayreon "The Source"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock Opera
Label: Mascot Label Group/Music Theories
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 14, 2017 (digital), April 28, 2017 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
CD 1
Chronicle 1: The Frame
1. The Day That The World Breaks Down (12:32)
2. Sea Of Machines (5:08)
3. Everybody Dies (4:42)
Chronicle 2: The Aligning Of The Ten
4. Star Of Sirrah (7:03)
5. All That Was (3:36)
6. Run! Apocalypse! Run! (4:52)
7. Condemned To Live (6:14)

Total CD1 Time 44:07

CD 2
Chronicle 3: The Transmigration
1. Aquatic Race (6:46)
2. The Dream Dissolves (6:11)
3. Deathcry Of A Race (4:43)
4. Into The Ocean (4:53)
Chronicle 4: The Rebirth
5. Bay Of Dreams (4:24)
6. Planet Y Is Alive! (6:02)
7. The Source Will Flow" (4:13)
8. Journey To Forever (3:19)
9. The Human Compulsion (2:15)
10. March Of The Machines (1:40)

Total CD2 Time 44:26

Line-up
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, analog synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings
    With
Ed Warby - drums
Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) - grand and electric piano
Ben Mathot - violin
Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) - cello
Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen) - wind instruments
Paul Gilbert - guitar solo[20]
Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia) - guitar solo
Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) - guitar solo
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - synthesizer solo
James LaBrie (Dream Theater) - vocals as The Historian
Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) - vocals  as The Opposition Leader
Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) - vocals  as The Chemist
Simone Simons (Epica) - vocals  as The Counselor
Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) - vocals  as The Prophet
Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) - vocals  as The Captain
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) - vocals  as The Astronomer
Mike Mills (Toehider) - vocals  as TH-1
Russell Allen (Symphony X)  - vocals as The President
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) - vocals  as The Diplomat
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) - vocals  as The Biologist
Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) - vocals  as The Preacher

Media/Samples
The Day That The World Breaks Down 
Everybody Dies 

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Mouth "Vortex"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Blu Noise Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 31, 2017
Tracklist
1. Vortex (16:36)
   a. - To The Centre
   b. - Turbulence
   c. - Silence
   d. - Vortex
   e. - Floating
2. March Of The Cyclopes [Pt.1 & Pt. 2] (6:01)
3. Parade (4:01)
4. Mountain (3:42)
5. Into The Light (7:06)
6. Soon After ... (3:17)
7. Epilogue (16:02)
- Hidden Track 1: Pedalboattrip
- Hidden Track 2: Floating - End Theme (Sitar Reprise)

Total time: 56:45

Line-up
Christian Koller - guitars, bass, vocals, hammond, mellotron, casiotone, piano, clavinett, moog, theremin
Jan Wendler - electric bass (1b), moog (1b)
Nick Mavridis - drums, bass (2/Pt.1)

Media/Samples 
Vortex (part 1 - "to the centre")

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Mastodon "Emperor Of Sand"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Reprise Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 31, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Sultan's Curse 
  2. Show Yourself 
  3. Precious Stones
  4. Steambreather 
  5. Roots Remain 
  6. Word to the Wise
  7. Ancient Kingdom 
  8. Clandestiny 
  9. Andromeda 
  10. Scorpion Breath 
  11. Jaguar God
Line-up
Brann Dailor - Drums and Vocals
Brent Hinds - Guitar and Vocals
Bill Kelliher - Guitar
Troy Sanders - Bass and Vocals

Media/Samples 
Sultan's Curse
Show Yourself

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White Willow "Future Hopes"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: The Laser's Edge
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 31, 2017
Tracklist
1. Future Hopes
2. Silver And Gold
3. In Dim Days
4. Where There Was Sea There Is Abyss
5. A Scarred View
6. Animal Magnetism (CD/digital bonus track)
7. Damnation Valley (CD/digital bonus track)

Line-up
Jacob Holm-Lupo (The Opium Cartel) - guitars, synthesizers, keyboards, backing vocals
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke) - synthesizers, keyboards
Venke Knutson (The Opium Cartel) - vocals
Mattias Olsson (Änglagård) - drums, percussion, e-bow, sounds & noises
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen  (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho) - wind controller, ute
Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet) - bass
   With
David Krakauer - clarinet (6)
Hedvig Mollestad - guitar
Ole Øvstedal - guitar
Kjersti Løken - trumpet


Media/Samples
Bandcamp 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Ape Shifter "Ape Shifter"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Stoner
Label: Brainstorm Records (BS0401639)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Uhluhtc (3:33)
2. Revolution Summer (3:10)
3. Desert Rock (3:27)
4. Dopamatic (4:27)
5. Hot Rod (2:34)
6. Verdammt (3:54)
7. Dead Tuna Boogie (2:58)
8. Ratchet Attack (5:08)
9. Sakrotani (3:13)
10. Brain-O-Mat (3:47)
11. Superhero Helden (2:30)

Total time 38:41

Line-up
Jeff Aug: guitar
Florian Walter: bass
Kurty Münch: drums

Description/Reviews
Hard hitting instrumental progressive rock that wears all the influences of the last 40 years of rock hell raising proudly on it's sleeve. Merrily taking you from hell to heaven, this power trio just plain isn't here to screw around. A crew of proven chopmeisters, this is where the real underground begins. Simply killer stuff. (Midwest Record)
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Bandcamp

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Steve Hackett "The Night Siren"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Behind the Smoke
2. Martian Sea
3. Fifty Miles from the North Pole
4. El Niño
5. Other Side of the Wall
6. Anything but Love
7. Inca Terra
8. In Another Life
9. In the Skeleton Gallery
10. West to East
11. The Gift

Line-up
Steve Hackett (Genesis): guitars, vocals
    With:
Roger King: keyboards & programming
Nad Sylvan: vocals (7)
Rob Townsend: wind instruments
Amanda Lehmann: vocals
Gary O'Toole: drums
Benedict Fenner: additional keyboards & programming
    Also featured:
Kobi: vocals
Mira: vocals
Nick D'Virgilio: drums
Malik Mansurov: Tar
Gulli Breim: drums & percussion
Christine Townsend: violin & viola
Dick Driver: double bass
Troy Donockley: Celtic Uilleann
Leslie Bennett: keyboards (11)

Description/Reviews
The Night Siren showcases Steve's incredible guitar playing as strongly as ever, along with regular Hackett collaborators and also musicians from several different countries who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity. This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together. There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.
Media/Samples
In The Skeleton Gallery

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Damnations Day "A World Awakens"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Sensory Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tracklist
    1.The Witness
    2.Dissecting The Soul
    3.Colours Of Darkness
    4.I Pray
    5.Into Black
    6.To Begin Again
    7.The Idol Counterfeit
    8.A World Awakens
    9.Diagnose

Line-up
Mark Kennedy - Vocals and Guitar
Jon King - Guitar
Dean Kennedy - Drums

Media/Samples 
Colours of Darkness

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