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Friday, December 29, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 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, September 29, 2017

If Anything Happens To The Cat "Mångata"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s): Post Rock, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 2017
Tracklist
01 Lakesides, Endless            
02 Raven Steals The Light            
03 Echo Park            
04 Beijing Fury            
05 Five Lion Mountain            
06 Out And Into The Vast            
07 Seren

Line-up
Wouter De Ghesquière - guitar
Filipe Van Huylenbroeck - guitar, vocals
Pieter Van Parijs - guitar, synthesizer
Jasper De Petter - bass, vocals
Bram Delcourt - drums
   With
Fien Deman - vocals (3)
An-Sofie De Meyer - vocals (3)
Sander Kintaert - trumpet (2)

Media/Samples 
Echo Park

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Silhouette "The World is Flat And Other Alternative Facts"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic, Neo-Prog
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 23, 2017
Tracklist
  1. March Of Peace
  2. The Flow
  3. Six Feet Underground
  4. Bitter Sweet Memories Suite  
  5. Sakura
  6. Turn It Off
Line-up
Jurjen Bergsma: Bass guitar, backing vocals
Brian de Graeve: Lead and backing vocals, 12 string guitar
Erik Laan: Lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass pedal
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen: Drums and percussion
Daniel van der Weijde: Electric and acoustic guitars
   With
Chantal van den Dungen: Flute
Petruschka Schaafsma: Hobo
Sophie Zaaijer: Violin
Ger Otten: French Horn
Joke Laan Morsch: Additional Soprano Vocals
MarYo: Backing Vocals

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Millenium "44 minutes"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: Lynx Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: September 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Colours of My Life (5:16)
2. Liferunner (4:40)
3. Are we Lost? (7:32)
4. Calling! (4:15)
5. My Father Always Said (8:31)
6. Lost Teddy Bear (Pt's 1-2) (6:02)
7. 44 Minutes (8:22)
8. Ending Title (Bonus Track on CD) (7:50)

Total Time 52:28

Line-up
Łukasz Gall- lead vocals
Piotr Płonka – electric and acoustic guitar
Krzysztof Wyrwa – bass and Warr guitar
Dariusz Rybka – saxophone
Grzegorz Bauer- drums
Ryszard Kramarski – keyboards and acoustic guitar
   With
Karolina Leszko – vocal and backing vocals

Description/Reviews
This album also closes an important chapter in the history of Millenium because this is the last album recorded by Łukasz "Gall" Gałęziowski as main vocalist.
Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Kaipa "Children of the Sounds"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelInside Out
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. Children Of The Sounds (11:31)
2. On The Edge Of New Horizons (17:10)
3. Like A Serpentine (12:52)
4. The Shadowy Sunlight (6:57)
5. What's Behind The Fields (9:31)

Total Time 58:01

Line-up
Hans Lundin: Keyboards & vocals
Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry): Electric & acoustic guitars
Morgan Ågren: Drums
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic): Electric basses
Patrik Lundström (Ritual): Vocals
Aleena Gibson: Vocals
   With
Elin Rubinsztein: Violin

Description/Reviews
Formed in 1973, KAIPA never shied away from experimentation, embracing fresh elements and sounds manifesting especially on the albums released in the 2000’s. ‘Children Of The Sounds‘ is no exception, the album burns with creative fervour and spirit most vividly displayed on the title track, the 17 minutes long “On The Edge Of New Horizons” or closing track “What’s Behind The Fields”. It embodies a powerful, positive energy and artistic brilliance that is irresistible and true to the genre’s very essence.
Media/Samples
Trailer Pt.1 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Alberto Rigoni "Duality"


Country: Italy
Genre(s):  Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion, Ambient
Label: PRS MUSIC 
Format: digital
Release date:  September 20, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Song for My Soul 
  2. Duality
  3. Message in Morse Code
  4. Kyoto's Gardens
  5. MAD 333
  6. Obsessions
  7. Afterneath
Line-up
Alberto Rigoni
   With
Doug Harris - Drums
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) - Guitar solo (5)
Frank Caruso (String 24, Thunder Rising) - Guitar solo (2)
Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project) - Keyboards (1)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard, Phil Collins) - Keyboards (4)
Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze) - Keyboard solo (5)

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Caligula’s Horse "In Contact"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Alternative Progressive Metal/Rock
Label Inside Out
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dream the Dead
2. Will's Song (Let the Colours Run)
3. The Hands are the Hardest
4. Love Conquers All
5. Songs for No One
6. Capulet
7. Fill My Heart
8. Inertia and the Weapon of the Wall
9. The Cannon's Mouth
10. Graves

Line-up
Jim Grey - Lead Vocals
Zac Greensill - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Couper - Bass, Vocals
Geoff Irish - Drums
Sam Vallen - Guitar & Everything Else

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Unreal City "Frammenti Notturni"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelAMS Records (AMS283CD, AMSLP135)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 10, 2017
Tracklist
1.La grande festa in maschera
  a.Désir
  b.Exitacion
  c.Plateau
  d.Orgasme
  e.Résolution
2.Le luci delle case (spente)
3.Barricate
4.Il nido delle succubi
5.Arrivi all'aurora
 
Line-up
Emanuele Tarasconi: keyboards, vocals
Francesca Zanetta: guitar
Dario Pessina: bass guitar
Marco Garbin: drums
   With
Matteo Bertani: violin
Camilla Pozzi: vocals

Description/Reviews
The album, divided into five long tracks, is as usual characterized by the dark atmospheres that we already encountered in the band’s first two records; the sound and the production are far more modern than the past ones, but echoes of the ’70s progressive rock music are still very present, as they’ve always been a trademark for the group. “Frammenti notturni” is not a concept album in the true sense of the word, but its lyrics have some common themes, such as the urban setting and the obstacles that interferes with communication among humans.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (from the release date)

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Threshold "Legends Of The Shires"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 8, 2017
Tracklist
CD 1:
1. The Shire (Part 1) (2:03)
2. Small Dark Lines (5:24)
3. The Man Who Saw Through Time (11:51)
4. Trust The Process (8:44)
5. Stars And Satellites (7:20)
6. On The Edge (5:20)

CD 2:
7. The Shire (Part 2) (5:24)
8. Snowblind (7:03)
9. Subliminal Freeways (4:51)
10. State Of Independence (3:37)
11. Superior Machine (5:01)
12. The Shire (Part 3) (1:22)
13. Lost In Translation (10:20)
14. Swallowed (3:54)

Total Time 82:14

Line-up
Glynn Morgan - vocals
Karl Groom - guitar
Richard West - keyboards
Johanne James - drums
Steve Anderson - bass

Media/Samples 
Lost In Translation

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For All We Know "Take Me Home"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Breathe: In (1:31)
2. Take Me Home (6:14)
3. Fade Away (4:20)
4. They'Ll Win (4:42)
5. Let Me Fly (4:45)
6. The Big Wheel (5:00)
7. Breathe: Hold (1:56)
8. Colours (4:14)
9. We Are The Light (5:32)
10. Some Will . (4:14)
11. Prophets In Disguise (5:42)
12. Breathe: Out (5:19)

Total time: 53:29

Line-up
Wudstik (Ayreon) - Vocals/Screams
Léo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) - Drums
Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) - Bass
Marco Kuypers - Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer
Thijs Schrijnemakers - Hammond
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation, Anneke van Giersbergen) - Guitars and additional keys/programming
   With
Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering, Ayreon, Devin Townsend, The Gentle Storm)  - Vocals
Lisette van den Berg
Jenny Haapimaa
The Metal Factory Choir

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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