Friday, March 31, 2017

White Willow "Future Hopes"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: The Laser's Edge
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: March 31, 2017
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)

Jacob Holm-Lupo (The Opium Cartel) - guitars
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke) - keyboards
Venke Knutson (The Opium Cartel) - vocals
Mattias Olsson (Änglagård) - drums
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen  (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho) - flutes, woodwinds
Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet) - bass
David Krakauer - clarinet (6)

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Steve Hackett "The Night Siren"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: March 24, 2017
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

Steve Hackett (Genesis): guitars, vocals
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)

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.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Stewart Bell "The Antechamber Of Being (Part 2) - Stories From The Antechamber"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 2017
Early Days Suite -
1 - A Word, A Name
2 - Rude Awakening
3 - W.I.L.D
4 - First Awareness
5 - Time Dilation
   i - Stretched Piano
   ii - She Never Was
      (a) First Entanglement
      (b) - 81181
6 - Intervention
   i - Sleep Paralysis
   ii - Visitation 1
   iii - Tipulidae Saves The Day
   iv - Visitation 2
7 - The Probability Of Improbability
   i - Purpose
     (a) The Experience of Purpose
     (b) The Purpose of Experience
     (c) Tat Tvam Asi
     (d) Universal Awakening
   ii - Nothing (reprise)
8  - The Cupboard Of Fear (Chewing your Tongue in Cheek mix) - Bonus Track
   i - The Bogeyman
   ii - The First Lesson
   iii - First Awareness
   iv - The Second Lesson
   v - Lucidity

Stewart Bell (Citizen Cain) - vocals, instruments
Phil Allen (Citizen Cain) -  vocals, instruments
Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) - vocals
Simone Rossetti (The Watch) - vocals
Bekah Mhairi Comrie - vocals

In this second part of Stewart Bell's epic trilogy of concept albums we are once again taken on a journey through the inner realms alongside the main character, The Dreamer and his mentor, The Teacher. Taking place during the same time period as The Antechamber Of Being Part 1 the story follows the main characters as they continue to explore the amazing experiences made possible through lucid dreaming; the weird phenomena inherent with this type of conscious exploration of one's mind; the questions that arise through encounters with seemingly independent dream beings and; the realisations and conclusions that are ultimately reached after a lifetime of dreaming awake.

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Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: Winter 2017
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)

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

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, February 24, 2017

IT "We're All In This Together"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 24, 2017
01 Power
02 Born Into Debt
03 The Working Man
04 Last Chance
05 Gamble The Dream
06 Voices
07 The Path of Least Resistance
08 House
09 Down The Hatch
10 Revolution

Nick Jackson - Vocals, Guitar
Andy Rowberry - Guitar
Will Chism - Drums
James Hawkins - Bass
Ryan McCaffrey - Keyboards


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The Mute Gods "tardigrades will inherit the earth"

Country:  UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
1. Saltatio Mortis
2. Animal Army
3. We Can't Carry On
4. The Dumbing Of The Stupid
5. Early Warning
6. Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth
7. Window Onto The Sun
8. Lament
9. The Singing Fish of Batticaloa
10. Hallelujah
11. The Andromeda Strain
12. Stranger Than Fiction

Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Fish On Friday, Lifesigns)
Roger King (Steve Hackett)
Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, Mike Keneally)

Picking up from where the first album left off - with its examination of societal control mechanisms - Tardigrades looks at the inevitable outcomes should humanity continue down dark, dogmatic pathways. Musically, the album is an expansive Rock statement with a heavier, more Metal-oriented focus than its predecessor.
We Can’t Carry On 

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Disperse "Forward"

Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 24, 2017
  1. Stay 
  2. Surrender 
  3. Bubbles
  4. Tomorrow 
  5. Tether 
  6. Sleeping Ivy
  7. Does It Matter How Far? 
  8. Foreword
  9. Neon 
  10. Gabriel 
  11. Kites
Rafał Biernacki - vocals, keyboards
Jakub Żytecki - guitars
Bartosz Wilk - bass
Mike Malyan - drums

DISPERSE manage to make complexity appear easy and add an incredible lightness to cascading syncopated breaks, odd-time signatures and all the tools of the trade that are considered as essentials for progressive music. 'Foreword' is the logical step further from previous opus 'Living Mirrors', which witnessed the hopefuls injecting fresh momentum into the progressive genre. Elements of such giants such as PINK FLOYD, DREAM THEATER, and CYNIC were playfully incorporated, whirled around, and fused with other ingredients raging from Metal to Jazz into a new exciting sound.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Tim Bowness "Lost In The Ghost Light"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Art Rock
Formatvinyl, CD
Release date: February 17, 2017
1. Worlds Of Yesterday (5:41)
2. Moonshot Manchild (8:58)
3. Kill The Pain That's Killing You (3:44)
4. Nowhere Good To Go (4:46)
5. You'll Be The Silence (9:01)
6. Lost In The Ghost Light (1:40)
7. You Wanted To Be Seen (5:32)
8. Distant Summers (4:06)

Total time 43:28

Tim Bowness (No-Man, Henry Fool): Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synths and Rhythm Programming (6)
Stephen Bennett (Henry Fool): Keyboards, Additional Guitars (1, 2, 4, 5)
Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief): Guitars (1, 3, 5, 7, 8), Backing Vocals (1)
Hux Nettermalm (Paatos): Drums (1, 2, 5)
Andrew Booker (Sanguine Hum): Drums (3, 4, 7, 8)
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree): Electric, Fretless and Acoustic Bass Guitars
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull): Flute (8)
Steve Bingham (No-Man): Violin (7, 8)
Charlotte Dowding: Violin Ensemble (3, 4, 5)
Andrew Keeling: String Arrangements (3, 4, 5), Flute (3, 4, 5), Acoustic Guitars (4)
David Rhodes: Guitar (3)
The ‘unknown’ Pete Smith: Rickenbacker Bass (7)
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel): Flute (1, 6), Waterphone (6)

Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to the wistful climax of Distant Summers, via the thrilling rage of Kill The Pain That’s Killing You and the orchestral expanse of You’ll Be The Silence, the album features some stunning solos and harmonically rich compositions that represent Bowness’s most musically ambitious work to date.

You Wanted To Be Seen 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Blackfield "V"

Country: Israel/UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: February 10, 2017
1. A Drop In The Ocean (1:23)
2. Family Man (3:37)
3. How Was Your Ride? (3:58)
4. We’ll Never Be Apart (2:54)
5. Sorrys (2:58)
6. Life Is An Ocean (3:26)
7. Lately (3:24)
8. October (3:31)
9. The Jackal (3:56)
10. Salt Water (2:39)
11. Undercover Heart (4:02)
12. Lonely Soul (3:42)
13. From 44 To 48 (4:31)

Total time 44:01

Aviv Geffen - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Steven Wilson - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Tomer Z - drums
Eran Mitelman - keyboards
London Session Orchestra - strings

 After two very disappointing albums from Blackfield (with Aviv Geffen at the helm), Steven Wilson rededicated himself to the project for the duo’s fifth album. The good news? It’s not as bad as the last two albums. The bad news? It’s not as great as the first two albums. The quality of the songs varies a lot throughout the album, with some songs that are quite good and a few that are flat out terrible.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com



Thinking Plague "Hoping Against Hope"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Avant Garde Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 10, 2016
  1. The Echoes of Their Cries 
  2. Thus Have We Made the World
  3. Commuting to Murder
  4. Hoping Against Hope
  5. The Great Leap Backwards
  6. A Dirge for the Unwitting
Mike Johnson: guitar, samples, midi instruments
Mark Harris: soprano and alto saxes, B-flat standard and bass clarinets, flute
Dave Willey: bass, drums (5), accordion (2, 6)
Elaine di Falco: voice, accordion, piano
Robin Chestnut: drums, percussion
Bill Pohl: guitar
Adriana Teodoro-Dier: piano (2, 5, 6) and toy piano (2)
Simon Steensland: bass (5)
Mike Boyd: drums (2)
Kathryn Cooper: oboe (4)

Thinking Plague is a storied band, whose thirty-five year history has seen it cleave consistently to the extreme limits of what is possible to do within rock music. Much of the music it released has owed more to traditions external to rock, such as folk, chamber music, and particularly, the avant-garde tradition of twentieth-century classical music.
Thinking Plague are often cited as the leading light of the American arm of the ‘Rock In Opposition’ movement, genre-defying and, above all, unique.
The arrangements we hear on Hoping Against Hope are those we will hear live. Even when singer Elaine di Falco’s accordion is written and recorded in multiple voices, the parts are realizable by a single instrument.
Leader and composer Mike Johnson and newest member Bill Pohl’s tightly scored twin guitars are panned out wide enough for the listener to balance the pursuit of an individual voice against the ensemble texture, which is the creative focus, a carefully crafted polyphony served by each instrumental voice. Pohl’s addition brings a second electric guitar to the texture for the first time, enabling more sinuous scoring, rather than making the sound more ‘rock’.
There is a familiar vocabulary in play, a harmonic palette and a phraseology that has evolved considerably over the band’s lifespan without extreme points of rupture, despite major changes and sometimes long gaps between releases; this is clearly the same band that we heard in the 1980s, but Johnson is writing from a creative position that is fruitfully removed from that he occupied even four years ago. As demanding as this music may be, it is made to sound easy, and more importantly, beautiful.
The Echoes Of Their Cries

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