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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: Autumn 2016
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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Monday, November 21, 2016

Paul Wardingham "Spiritual Machines"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 21, 2016
Tracklist
  1. The Awakening
  2. Spiritual Machines
  3. My Sanctuary
  4. Break The System
  5. Ghosts Of A Concrete World
  6. Prophecy
  7. System Error
  8. Prisoners Of The Future
  9. The Edge Of Human
10. Off-World

Line-up
Paul Wardingham: Guitars & Machines

Description/Reviews
Spiritual Machines is the new cyberpunk-inspired instrumental guitar album by Paul Wardingham.

Complete with the melodic choruses, mechanical metal riffs and hi-tech futuristic shredding that Paul has become known for, Spiritual Machines is perhaps his most accessible work to date
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Spiritual Machines

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Blackfield "V"


Country: Israel/UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
LabelKscope
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
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

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

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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EYE "Vision And Ageless Light"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: The Laser's Edge
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Book Of The Dead
2. Kill The Slavemaster
3. Searching
4. Dweller Of The Twilight Void
5. As Sure As The Sun
6. As Sure As The Sun (Continued)

Line-up
Brandon Smith – drums, gongs, bells, chimes, percussion, voices
Lisa Bella Donna – organ, mellotron, guitars, synthesizers, voices
Michael Sliclen – electric and upright bass, percussion, voices
Jon Finley – electric and acoustic guitars

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Book of the Dead

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Eyesberg "Masquerade"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
FormatCD
Release date: November 11, 2016
Tracklist
1. Joke On You (5:17)
2. Come And Take A Look At My Life (6:32)
3. Faceless (5:12)
4. Here And Now (4:38)
5. Storm Flood (6:05)
6. Steal Your Thunder (5:21)
7. Wait And See (18:01)
    I. Overture
    II. The Beginning Of The End
    III. Talking To Father Time
    IV. I Told You So
    V. The Last Demise

Total time 51:06

Line-up
Georg Alfter: guitar, bass
Norbert Podien: keyboards
Malcolm Shuttleworth: vocals
   With
Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard): drums
Oliver Wenzler: percussion

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Faceless

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The Neal Morse Band "The Similitude of a Dream"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Metal Blade Records, Radiant Records
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: November 11, 2016
Tracklist
Disc 1
1.    Long Day  
2.    Overture  
3.    The Dream  
4.    City Of Destruction  
5.    We Have Got To Go  
6.    Makes No Sense  
7.    Draw The Line  
8.    The Slough  
9.    Back To The City  
10.  The Ways Of A Fool  
11.   So Far Gone
12.   Breath Of Angels            

TOTAL CD 1 TIME: 51:59

Disc 2
1.   Slave To Your Mind            
2.   Shortcut To Salvation        
3.   The Man In The Iron Cage        
4.   The Road Called Home            
5.   Sloth                                          
6.   Freedom Song                          
7.   I'm Running                                
8.   The Mask                                    
9.   Confrontation                              
10. The Battle                                    
11. Broken Sky/Long Day Reprise    

TOTAL CD 2 TIME: 54:36

Line-up
Neal Morse: Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards
Mike Portnoy: Drums
Randy George: Bass
Eric Gillette: Guitar and Vocals
Bill Hubauer: Keyboards and Vocals

Media/Samples 
Long Day/Overture

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ESP (Tony Lowe : Mark Brzezicki) "Invisible Din"


Country:  UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Sunn Creative
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 11, 2016
Tracklist
1. Overture
    a. Overview     
    b. Fall Back To Life
2. Through The Dream
    a. Soaring The Vapor
3. Uninvited Guest
    a. Carried Away
4. Song from a Waking Dream
5. Where Is My Home
    a. Right Angled
6. Searching the Banks for a Memory
    a. Cloud Distortion
    b. Caught in the Streaming
7. Waiting For The Rush
8. Riding The Thermal
9. On Quiet Days
    a. Over the Edge
    b. No Return 
10. Invisible Din
11. Almost Seen
    a. The Light Below
    b. Falling Through

Line-up
Tony Lowe (Bram Stoker): Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals (1,6,7,9), Bass (1a,2a,5,6,9,11b)
Mark Brzezicki  (Fish, Procol Harum): Drums, Vocals (2,3)
   With
David Cross (King Crimson): Violin (10,11)
David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator): Saxophones/Flutes (1,2,3,6,9)
Phil Spalding (Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield): Bass (1c,10,11)
Steve Gee (Landmarq): Bass (2b, 3,7,8)
John Beagley: Vocals (1,5,6,9,11)
John Young (Lifesigns): Keyboards (8)
Alison Fleming: Backing Vocals as Voice Of The Ghost (2-11)
Yumi Hara: Harp (6)
Pat Orchard: Acoustic Guitar (11)

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Crippled Black Phoenix "Bronze"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Post Rock
Label: Season of Mist
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 4, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Dead Imperial Bastard
  2. Deviant Burials
  3. No Fun
  4. Rotten Memories
  5. Champions Of Disturbance (Pt 1 & 2)
  6. Goodbye Then
  7. Turn To Stone
  8. Scared And Alone
  9. Winning A Losing Battle
  10. We Are The Darkeners
Line-up
Justin Greaves
Daniel Änghede
Mark Furnevall
Daisy Chapman
Ben Wilsker
Tom Greenway
Jonas Stålhammar
Belinda Kordic

Description/Reviews
Just like the alloy this album is named after, Crippled Black Phoenix's music is made of metal and non-metal elements. Dark rock forms the base ingredient in the musical amalgamation process, but it is the addition of metal, progressive influences, gothic, wave, even pop, and many other elements as well as a changing cast of musicians that result in each song shining with its own individual hue and tone. Yet a deep sense of anguish, despair, longing, loss, melancholy, and nostalgia forms a binding force that holds 'Bronze' together and formulates an encompassing theme.
Media/Samples 
No Fun

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The Far Meadow "Given The Impossible"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 4, 2016
Tracklist
1. Prove It Then   
2. Hang On...   
3. Industry   
4. A Gentle Warrior   
5. Dinosaurs
6. Himalaya Flashmob   
7. Letterboxing   
8. The Seamless Shirt

Line-up
Marguerita Alexandrou - vocals
Paul Bringloe - drums
Keith Buckman - bass
Eliot Minn - keyboards & backing vocals
Denis Warren - guitars

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Bandcamp

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Witchwood "Handful of Stars"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Hard Rock, Retro Prog
LabelJolly Roger Records
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 31, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Presentation: Under the Willow   
  2. Like a Giant in a Cage   
  3. A Grave is the River    
  4. Mother   
  5. Flaming Telepaths   
  6. Rainbow Demon   
  7. Handful of Stars (Alternate Version)
Line-up
Riccardo "Ricky" Dal Pane - Vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin & percussion
Andrea "Andy" Palli - Drums & percussion
Stefano "Steve" Olivi - Hammond, piano, synth & moog
Luca "Celo" Celotti - Bass
Samuele "Sam" Tesori - Flute & harmonica
Antonino "Woody" Stella - Lead guitar

Description/Reviews
"Handful of Stars" features 3 brand new tracks written for this release, 2 covers ("Flaming Telepath" of Blue Oyster Cult e "Rainbow Demon" of Uriah Heep, a sort of homage and tribute to these two great bands, so important for Witchwood's musical journey) and an unreleased version of suite "Handful of Stars" (from "Litanies from the Woods") with a new breathless intro, for 45 minutes of music.
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