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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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Friday, October 21, 2016

Eyevory "Inphantasia"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR
Label: Artist Station
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. Prologue   
2. La Cage   
3. The Star   
4. Inphantasia    
5. Tartarus   
6. Elysium   
7. Mundalis   
8. Pictures   
9. Human   
10. The Perfect Empire   
11. Hope

Line-up
Jana Frank: Bass, Vocals
Kaja Fischer: Flute, Vocals,Tin whistle (5)
David Merz: Electric and Acoustic Guitars,Synthesizer, Piano (1,3,6,11), Backing vocals (2,4-7,10)
   With
Frank Alpers: Drums (1-9)
Mike Thorne: Drums (10)
Wanja Brinkmann: Violin, Viola (1-8,10,11)
Alexander Schuhmann: Cello (2,3,8)
Lür Tischer: Cello (11)
Martin Breuer: Contrabass (2,3,5)
Ulli Torspecken: Accordeon (5)
Christoph Riedlberger: Flute (6)
Klaus „Doc“ Kessler: Bagpipes (7)
Liv Wiescholek: Child vocal solo (7)
Harald Möller, Jens Gatzenmeyer & Klaus-Dieter Keusgen: Backing vocals (7)
Kim & Inge Merz: Backing vocals (10)
Jugend Gospelchor am Bremer Dom: Choir (1,4-7)

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Bandcamp

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Blind Ego "Liquid"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art of Music
Format: CD , vinyl
Release date: October 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. A Place In The Sun (6:11)
2. Blackened (5:44)
3. What If (6:24)
4. Not Going Away (7:32)
5. Never Escape The Storm (8:20)
6. Tears And Laughter (4:47)
7. Hear My Voice Out There (5:56)
8. Quiet Anger (6:31)
9. Speak The Truth (6:54)

Total time 58:19

Line-up
Kalle Wallner (RPWL) - guitars, bass, backing vocals, keyboards, programming
Arno Menses
 (Subsignal) - vocals
Erik Ez Blomkvist
 - vocals
Aaron Brooks
 (Simeon Soul Charger) - vocals
Sebastian Harnack 
(Sylvan) - bass
Ralf Schwager
 (Subsignal) - bass
Heiko Jung
 (Panzerballett) - bass
Michael Schwager 
(Dreamscape) - drums

Description/Reviews
Kalle Wallner took seven years to complete his third solo effort. While 2007’s debut Mirror sounded smooth and almost melancholic, the Freising-native Bavarian utilized the figurative steam hammer on 2009’s Numb and served the audience with a tough as nails monster of hard rock heavily influenced by metal. Liquid now fuses the two earlier approaches without merely being a thrown together sum of its parts. In fact the elements were organically merged – and the result contains nine pieces of music that offer everything: from mighty hard rock melodies to brutal heavy metal riffing action all the way to emotionally charged passages. By means of those tools, Liquid ultimately completes a comprehensive artistic process that saw its beginning years ago. In the center of all this there is Kalle Wallner’s both virtuoso as well as effective style of guitar playing that unifies all the energy streams in one collective soul.

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Stick Men "Prog Noir"


Country:  USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Fusion
Label: Moonjune Records, 7d media, iapetus Media
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. Prog Noir   
2. Mantra    
3. Plutonium   
4. The Tempest    
5. Schattenhaft    
6. Rose in the Sand / Requiem   
7. Leonardo   
8. Trey's Continuum   
9. Embracing the Sun   
10. Never the Same

Line-up
Tony Levin (King Crimson): Stick and Voice
Markus Reuter: U8 and AU8 Touch Guitars and Voice
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson): Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Percussion

Description/Reviews
The album's ten compositions showcase Stick Men at their most versatile and enterprising; there's even some superb vocals (and vocal arrangements). While most of the large following the band has amassed will undoubtedly be surprised by the more structured and preconceived nature of the tunes, the revelation is a pleasant one. The album triumphantly succeeds on every level, with the group even displaying a playful sense of humor, clearly enjoying and savoring the moment.
From the overpowering to the sublime; from an organic, instinctive avant garde, to intricate, Crimsonesque tapestries, to rich cinematic themes and potent melodies, the album embodies the go-for-it, pioneering spirit that fans of the genre have long savored.
Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (orders placed from North, Central and South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia)
Bandcamp (orders placed from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Anciients "Voice Of The Void"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Tech/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelSeason Of Mist
Format: CD, vinyl, cassette, digital
Release date: October 14, 2016
Tracklist
1. Following the Voice
2. Buried in Sand
3. Worshipper
4. Pentacle
5. Descending
6. Ibex Eye
7. My Home, My Gallows
8. Serpents
9. Incantations

Line-up
Chris Dyck - vocals, guitars
Kenneth Paul Cook - vocals, guitars
Aaron "Boon" Gustafson - bass
Mike Hannay - drums

Description/Reviews
ANCIIENTS return with their long-awaited sophomore album 'Voice of the Void'. A heavier and harder-hitting album than their debut, 'Voice of the Void' raises their game with mind-melting, frenetic guitar work and a more explosive percussive attack. Tracks such "Serpents", "Pentacle", "Incantations", and more are prismatic; bursting with heavy riffs in every shade and color without sacrificing the quartets heavy rock roots. ANCIIENTS are the archetype of a modern, progressive heavy band and 'Voice of the Void' is a dynamic listen carrying the spirit of metal's forerunnners.

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Following the Voice
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Friday, October 7, 2016

John Wesley "a way you’ll never be"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 7, 2016
Tracklist
1. by the light of a sun (5:32)
2. a way you’ll never be (7:18)
3. to outrun the light (7:07)
4. the revolutionist (5:57)
5. nada (5:41)
6. the silence in coffee (5:09)
7. unsafe space (4:17)
8. sun.a.rose (6:44)
9. epic (4:51)
10. pointless endeavors (03:38)

Total time 56:14


Line-up
John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) - guitars, vocals
Mark Prator - drums & percussion
Sean Malone (Cynic) - bass
Ian Medhurst - guitars

Description/Reviews
A Way You’ll Never Be will shift between heavy and smooth passages with a near-cinematic grace, sometimes giving the impression there’s less complexity at work than there really is. Unlike show-y or overtly technical music (an impression Wesley’s music has since drifted from), A Way You’ll Never Be lets the atmosphere and ease of listening through, although you’d be wholly mistaken to assume there isn’t calculus spewing forth from the music’s solid undercurrents.
Read the full review by Darryl Weppler at prog-sphere.com

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by the light of the sun

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Meshuggah "The Violent Sleep Of Reason"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 7, 2016
Tracklist
1. Clockworks (7:17)
2. Born In Dissonance (4:34)
3. Monstrocity (6:13)
4. By The Ton (6:04)
5. Violent Sleep Of Reason (6:51)
6. Ivory Tower (4:59)
7. Stifled (6:31)
8. Nostrum (5:15)
9. Our Rage Won't Die (4:41)
10. Into Decay (6:32)

Total time 58:57


Line-up
Jens Kidman - Vocals
Fredrik Thordendal - Guitars
Mårten Hagström - Guitars
Tomas Haake - Drums
Dick Lövgren - Bass

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Pymlico "Meeting Point"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 7, 2016
Tracklist
1. Crab Key
2. Second Rate Punk
3. Broken Glass
4. Iris
5. First Light
6. NOL861613060
7. Lucy Does Not Approve
8. Erised

Line-up
Stephan Hvinden: Electric guitars
Øyvind Brøter: Keyboards
Axel Toreg Reite: Bass guitar, synth bass
Arild Brøter: Drums, percussion, keyboards, additional guitars
Marie Færevaag: Saxophone, piano, voice, percussion
    with
Mattias K. Nielsen: Acoustic guitars (1 – 4, 6, 8) / first guitar solo (6)
Torbjørn Alsos Raae: Electric guitar solo (4)
Larry Salzman: Percussion (3, 4, 8)
Ivan Mazuze: Saxophone solo (4)
Håvard Fossum: Alto saxophone (2, 6)
Kristoffer Kompen: Trombone (2, 6)
Stig Espen Hundsnes: Trumpet (2, 6)

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Cairo "Say"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: October 3, 2016
Tracklist
1. Cairo (2:42)
2. Shadow’s Return Prologue (2:10)
3. Shadow’s Return (2:33)
4. Wiped Out (3:09)
5. Say (3:40)
6. Nothing To Prove (9:30)
7. Nothing To Prove Reprise (3:01)
8. Katrina (5:11)
9. Searching (4:47)
10. Random Acts Of Kindness Part 1 (4:31)
11. Back From The Wilderness (4:50)
12. Dancing The Gossamer Thread (6:25)
13. Katrina (breathe Mix) (9:01)

Total time 61:30

Line-up
Rachel Hill - Vocals
Rob Cottingham (Touchstone) - Vocals, Keys & SFX
James Hards - Electric Guitars
Paul Stocker - Bass Guitars
Graham Brown - Drums, Percussion, BV’s

Media/Samples 
Demo
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Alcest "Kodama"


Country: France
Genre(s): Post Rock/Metal, Black Metal
LabelProphecy Productions
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Kodama
2. Eclosion
3. Je suis d'ailleurs
4. Untouched
5. Oiseaux de proie
6. Onyx

Line-up
Neige : guitars, bass, synths, vocals
Winterhalter : drums

Description/Reviews
"Kodama" the fifth album from Blackgaze pioneers, Alcest, marks the French duo's ferocious return to the stylistic maximalism of its early albums while continuing the band's relentless pursuit for new sounds and fresh ideas.
"Kodama" is the Japanese word for 'tree spirit' and 'echo' and from the album's structure and dynamics to its cinematic sound, "Kodama" indeed 'echoes' Alcest's 2010 classic, "Écailles De Lune". But this is no simple back-to-the-roots album: the band has more punch, rhythm and organic feel than ever before. While clearly influenced by bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Dinosaur Jr, Grimes and The Cure, "Kodama" ultimately reveals itself as Alcest's 'Japanese album', drawing substantial inspiration from Japanese art and culture.

Originally triggered by Hayao Miyazaki's anime film "Princess Mononoke", "Kodama" picks up on the fate of its protagonist and, at its core, deals with the sensation of not belonging; of living in between worlds, be it city and nature or the physical and spiritual one. Duality is also crucial for the visual approach of the album, realized by French graphic designer duo Førtifem. Paying tribute to Japanese illustrators like Takato Yamamoto, the visuals portray contrasting elements like nature/urbanity, youth/death, femininity/animality and combine poetic elements with darker ones that were not present in Alcest's earlier works.

By giving the album a cultural, stylistic and compositional narrative, Neige and Winterhalter keep "Kodama" from just being the latest improvement on the Alcest sound and instead make the album a most rare and exciting thing: a vital, relevant record from a pioneer that not only upholds the band's trailblazing legacy but actually makes you want to see where they go next.

Media/Samples 
Oiseaux De Proie

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