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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lost Kite "two"


Country: Sweden
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Alternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateNovember 30, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Broken - 6:23
  2. Organic - 8:14
  3. Forgotten Garden - 2:58
  4. Lullaby For the Sleepless - 2:38
  5. Moons - 6:06
  6. Singed Thoughts - 2:06
  7. The Girl From the Moor 11:07
  8. Ascend - 6:12
Line-up
David Carlsson - 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars,spanish guitar, vocals and 12-string electric guitar
Stefan Carlsson - 6-string electric guitar, spanish guitar, bass, flute, synth, vocals, electronic drums

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Dying Passion "Transient"



Country: Czechia
Sub GenreProgressive Rock, Alternative, Psychedelic
LabelEpidemie Records
Release dateNovember 30, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Prologue 03:40
  2. Ordinary 04:51
  3. Highlight 04:31
  4. Futile 04:23
  5. Affraid of dusk 05:44
  6. A different perspective 05:34
  7. Tremor 04:40
  8. Collapse within 03:59
  9. Will to find 03:43
  10. Intoxicating 05:45
  11. Vertical edge 03:37
  12. Erratic 04:09
  13. Enlightenment (goodbye wasted life) 05:59
  14. Epilogue 01:53
Line-up
Zuzana Jelinkova - vocals
Stanislav Jelinek - guitar
Dušan Mikulec - guitar
Filip Chudy - bass
Jan Kylar - drums

Description/Reviews
“Transient” is essentially a through-and-through Alternative Rock album, with obvious, nostalgic, Doom vibes creeping through upon black tendrils. Think A PERFECT CIRCLE with a woman vocalist, who combines the styles of the likes of Cristina Scabbia and Maynard James Keenan to emulate a vocal style that is both accurate and wide-ranging, but can also evoke an equally-wide array of emotions. 
Read the full review by Daniel Fox at metal-temple.com

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Autumn Whispers "Cry of Dereliction Vol.II"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateNovember 30, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Fire and Ice 4:01
  2. Nostalgia 5:14
  3. Auguries of Innocence 3:43
  4. A Bird Can't Fly 3:58
  5. Walls 4:51
  6. The Puppet's Monologue 3:34
  7. Cry of Dereliction Pt. 2 12:57
  8. I Measure Every Greaf I Meet  5:52
  9. To a Child Dancing in the Wind  5:29
  10. The Jasmin 2:06
  11. Autumn 7:58
  12. Inexpensive Love 3:13
Line-up
Dino Steffens: Acoustic guitar/Vocals
Tirill Mohn: Violin/Vocals/Glockenspiel
Liew Ceng Teng: Keyboards
Theodoros Kouelis: Bass guitar
Nils Einar Vinjor: El. guitar
Vangelis Kalamaras: Drums
     With
Geir Jahren: Vocals
Kim Mohn: El. guitar
Klearchos Korkovelos: Cimbalom

Description/Reviews
This is Autumn Whispers second album. It contains 12 songs that streches from hard rock to prog rock and mellodic ballades. All in the beautiful mood of the 70s.

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Tirill "Um Himinjodur"


Country: Norway
Sub GenreProg Folk
Label: self-released
Release date: November 30, 2013
Tracklist
1. Voluspa (3:08)
2. Chariot (3:46)
3. Fagrar Enn Sol (2:56)
4. Serpent (4:40)
5. Muzzled (4:56)
6. Moira (4:46)
7. The Poet (5:04)
8. In Their Eyes (9:25)
9. Quiet Night (3:07)

Line-up
Tirill Mohn (ex-White Willow) - vocals, acoustic guitars, violin, Mellotron, keyboards, percussion
Sigrun Eng - cello
Jan Tariq Rui-Rahman - vocals, recorder, Hammond organ
Nils Einar Vinjor - electric guitars
Edvin Syren - bass
Audun Kjus - fute
Klearchos Korkovelos - cimbalom
Kostas Stefanopoulos - additional vocals
Tonje Ettesvoll - additional vocals
Alexander Stenerud - vocals
Susanne Fuhr - additional vocals
   With
Dagfinn Hobæk, Dagfinn Koch, Malin Kjelsrud

Description/Reviews
Like the previous releases, the music exists in a vivid, acoustic soundscape with harmonious cello and Mellotron arrangements, beguiling electric guitars, dynamic percussion and enchanting vocal harmonies. World elements stretch from Norse Mythology through Mediterranean instrumentation, to a universal sound picture with a core of Nordic melancholy - all in a delicate mix of folk, progrock and ambient music.
`Um Himinjodur' is a journey into the world and basic values of the songwriter, with an underlying question for thought: how would we shape the world, if it was re-created right now, right in front of our eyes? Which values would we hold on to, and which traditions would we discard? What would we consider significant, and what insignificant? Would we choose to develop ourselves and the world differently, or would we run the same show? `Um Himinjodur' is a musical attempt to behold the world in such a moment, from a totally apolitical and non-religious perspective, but perhaps giving some thought on what could have been different - if we listened more closely to the primal/primitive force of our origins. The album cover reflects this in a series of photos of stones in different shapes from ancient times, one picture for each lyric, where the stone is the symbol of archaic force and wisdom. 

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Midnight Rain "Evolution I"


Country: Serbia
Sub GenreEclectic, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock/Metal
LabelDefox Records
Release dateNovember 30, 2013
Tracklist
01. Get Out Of My System 03:23
02. Walk Your Way 03:59
03. Happiness Updated 03:54
04. Living In The World Of Liars 05:41
05. My Pretty Baby 04:32
06. Every Dawn I Die 04:31
07. Just For You 03:28
08. Slaves Of The Machine 04:24

Line-up
Boris Šurlan
Vlad Invictus
Mila Vukelić
Filip Todorčević
Živojin Jevtić
Petar Belaćević
Rastko Uzunović
Ljubomir Perućica
Dejana Pavlović
Željko Jovanović
Aleksandar Canković
Vladan Belaćević
Dejan Bođan
Gordan Grujić
Ivan Tibljaš

Description/Reviews
Music of Midnight Rain can be described as eclectic hard rock, but it consists of various genres, from blues rock and jazz to progressive rock and metal. 

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Alejandro Villalón Renaud "Simbiosis"


Country: Mexico
Sub GenreElectronica
LabelAzafran Media
Release date: November 2013
Tracklist
  1. Caos
  2. Espectro
  3. Foresta
  4. Revelaciones
  5. Suenos
  6. Transmutaciones
Line-up
Alejandro Villalón Renaud

Description/Reviews
An imaginary soundtrack to a sci-fi movie. Not as cosmic as the Berlin school but definitely influenced by Tangerine Dream and Ashra. You may also find connections with Vangelis or Michel Huygens’ Neuronium, of course. The listener is invited to collaborate with Alejandro Villalón Renaud; a new name in the electronic scene in Mexico; in “Simbiosis” by contributing imagination and emotion to translate the recording’s six vibrant tracks into six personal images and experiences.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Year of No Light "Tocsin"


Country: France
Sub GenreInstrumental Post Metal, Black Metal
LabelDebemur Morti Productions
Release dateNovember 29, 2013
Tracklist
1. Tocsin (13:49)
2. Géhenne (5:53)
3. Désolation (10:28)
4. Stella Rectrix (12:51)
5. Alamüt (14:15)

Line-up
Pierre Anouilh (guitar)
Jérôme Alban (guitar, keyboard)
Johan Sébenne (bass, electronics)
Bertrand Sébenne (drums, keyboard)
Shiran Kaidine (guitar)
Mathieu Mégemont (drums, electronics)

Description/Reviews
This third full lenght album, and third masterpiece, is a doom expedition that moves from slow, tribal pounding and shimmering ambience through an echo chamber of melodic guitar notes and into a vast, black pit of fuzz-bombed despair streaked with feedback and touched by the pale beckoning hand of death.
Extremely heavy, divinely stellar, and epic. "Tocsin" is an unforgettable journey beyond the laws of Post-Metal, Doom Metal, hypnotic musical forms and any other influence marked with the seal of pure mysticism...
 Also read the review by Ulla Roschat at templeofperdition.blogspot.fr

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Silent Voices "Reveal The Change"


Country: Finland
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelInner Wound Recordings
Release dateNovember 29, 2013 (Europe), December 3, 2013 (North America)
Tracklist
1. The Fear Of Emptiness (9:02)
2. No Turning Back (6:56)
3. Reign Of Terror (7:05)
4. Faith In Me (6:19)
5. Black Water (6:06)
6. Burning Shine (6:00)
7. Through My Prison Walls (11:56)

Line-up
Teemu Koskela - vocals
Timo Kauppinen - guitars
Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) - keyboards
Pasi Kauppinen (Sonata Arctica) - bass
Jukka-Pekka Koivisto - drums
   With
Mats Levén (ex. Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen) - vocals
Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) - vocals
Mike Vescera (ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen, Obsession) - vocals
Mike DiMeo (ex. Masterplan, Riot) - vocals

Description/Reviews
The album has a very solid start with a track called The Fear of Emptiness, the type of track you can associate with great bands like Dream Theater. I mean the first track in an album should be the one that’ll keep you listening to the whole album and for me intros plays an important role in my listening of the remaining album. The clean bass notes mixed with a raw guitar distortion from early metal years coupled with the best available toms on the drums. *flying kisses* mama mia. I said to myself: Scrumptious. And then instantly I heard the first vocals that were so mesmerizing, it sort of knocked me out. The track will make you move your head throughout, with a perfect metal guitar riff using power chords and the palm muting we all love, followed by beautiful alternate picking in some parts. 
Read the full review at ladyobscure.com

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No Turning Back

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Starsoup "Bazaar of Wonders"


Country: Russia
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Metal
LabelSublimity Records
Release date November 29, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Angels - 6:33
  2. Ain't no Superman - 4:24
  3. Try - 4:22
  4. Cradle of War - 7:02
  5. Rumors of Better Life - 3:33
  6. Past Bites - 3:33
  7. The City and the Stars - 3:05
  8. Bazaar - 5:41
  9. Voices of the Wind - 2:38
  10. Road to Sunset - 3:58
  11. Perfect Loser - 4:55
  12. Rain in the Desert - 4:55
Line-up
Alexey Markov - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Andrew Gryaznov - Keyboards, Samples
Alexander Vetkhov - Drums, Percussion
   With:
Ilya Mamontov
Nicholas Angel
Kostya Naumenko
Darya Savchenko
Oleg Mishin
Andrey Nova
Yevgeny Nesterov
Natalya Fedotova

Description/Reviews
The larger context of the album is progressive rock and metal, reaching from Ayreon to Dream Theater in its sound. Of course, at the center is Markov's vocals where he has some significant range, from smooth (Try or Voice of the Wind) to more intense (Past Bites). Sometimes he sways between the two as within Cradle of War.
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Proteo "Republikflucht! ...facing east"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records
Release dateNovember 29, 2013
Tracklist
01 - Echoes Mankind (part II) - 9:22
02 - Berlin - 12:55
03 - Eastern Fields - 11:52
04 - Funny Girls Playing Double Dutch - 3:04
05 - Four-Leaf Clover - 10:37
06 - Republikflucht - 10:54

Line-up
Matteo Copetti - Guitars
Marco Paulica - Guitars, Vocals
Alessandro Surian - Bass
Fabio Gorza - Drums

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Cosmic Remedy "The Cosmic Remedy"


Country: Multinational
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/ Pop
LabelSecrest Oy
Release date: November 28, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Childhood Suite
  2. A Suite - Case Of Memories
  3. Lost Marbles Suite
  4. Farewell Suite
Line-up
Bogáti-Bokor Ákos (Yesterdays) - guitars, keyboards, bass, backing vocals
Kimmo Pörsti (The Samurai of Prog) - drums, percussion
Francesco Faiulo - bass
Tico De Moraes - lead vocals
    With:
Ulf Yacobs (Yacob, Argos):  lead vocals on "Childhood Suite"
Kecskeméti Gábor:  flute
Iulia Paradau:  lead vocals in "Story Of A Prince", "Blue Sea" and backing vocals in "I'll Be Your Friend"
Vera Klima:  lead vocals on "Daylight Dreaming"
Zsigó László:  drums
Popomájer Tibor:  bass
Ercsey Andrea:  vocals
Kiss József-Tamás:  bass on "Story Of A Prince"

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Blue Sea

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Machiavel "Colours"



Country: Belgium
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelMoonzoo Music
Release dateNovember 28, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Colour Damage - 3:23
  2. Going Down - 3:36
  3. Every Single Day - 3:49
  4. Carry Me Home - 5:08
  5. A Place for Everyone - 4:06
  6. Satellites - 3:27
  7. Take the Might - 4:00
  8. The Great White Dome - 6:00
  9. Lifeline - 4:00
  10. I Can't Stand the Night Alone - 4:43
  11. Sometimes - 3:45
Line-up
Mario Guccio - Vocals
Christophe Pons - Guitars
Hervé Borbe - Keyboards
Roland De Greef - Bass
Marc Ysaye - Drums
   With
Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia

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Teaser
Colour Damage

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Mumpbeak "Mumpbeak"


Country: Norway
Sub Genre: Instrumental Fusion
LabelRareNoise Records
Release dateNovember 28, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Biscuit 5:15
  2. Forelock 4:31
  3. Monocle 5:52
  4. Nork 7:15
  5. Oak 4:30
  6. Chain 4:54
  7. Piehole 8:53
Line-up
Roy Powell (Naked Truth, InterStatic) - keyboards, Hohner clavinet
Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Naked Truth) - drums
Shanir Blumenkranz (John Zorn, Abraxas) - bass
   With
Bill Laswell - bass
Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth) - bass
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel)  - bass

Description/Reviews
Powell’s latest project Mumpbeak is built upon a single, powerful idea, too: modifying his Hohner clavinet to sound like an electric guitar, with the help of running it through guitar effects and amps.  
Read the full review by S. Victor Aaron at somethingelsereviews.com
Also read the press-release at mumpbeak.blogspot.com

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Forelock


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Motoi Sakuraba "Passage"


Country: Japan
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelTEAM Entertainment
Release dateNovember 27, 2013
Tracklist
01.Close your eyes
02.Storm of blooms
03.Starting over
04.Sigh
05.Caution of the fragile
06.時を止めて
07.Dangerous fragment
08.Around the cold world
09.Passage
10.雪解け
11.Blast of wind
12.Silent
13.Hedge hog
14.Ice glass

Line-up
Motoi Sakuraba

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hammock "Oblivion Hymns"


Country: USA
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Post Rock, Classical, Ambient
Release dateNovember 26, 2013
Tracklist
1. My Mind Was a Fog... My Heart Became a Bomb (5:23)
2. Then the Quiet Explosion (6:43)
3. Turning Into Tiny Particles... Floating Through Empty Space (4:02)
4. Like a Valley With No Echo (8:10)
5. Holding Your Absence (5:42)
6. Shored Against the Ruins... Drowning In Ten Directions (3:43)
7. I Could Hear the Water at the Edge of All Things (5:40)
8. In the Middle of This Nowhere (5:33)
9. Hope Becomes a Loss (8:45)
10. Tres Dominé (3:07)

Line-up
Marc Byrd
Andrew Thompson

The Warlocks "Skull Worship"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelZap Banana
Release dateNovember 26, 2013
Tracklist
01. Dead Generation (4:21)
02. Chameleon (4:04)
03. Endless Drops (5:20)
04. Silver & Plastic (5:58)
05. He Looks Good In Space (3:22)
06. You've Changed (6:02)
07. It's A Hard Fall (4:37)
08. Eyes Jam (6:19)

Line-up
Bobby Hecksher - vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar
John Christian Rees - guitar
Earl V. Miller - guitar, drone machine
Christopher DiPino - bass guitar
George Serrano - drums

Mammatus "Heady Mental"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic, Space Rock, Stoner
LabelSpiritual Pajamas
Release dateNovember 26, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Brain Drain 
  2. Main Brain
  3. Brainbow 
  4. Brain Train
Line-up
Nicholas Emmert - guitars
Chris Freels - bass
Aaron Emmert - drums

Description/Reviews
Heady Mental is the perfect title for the third Mammatus album, for it rests heavily in the moldy caverns of heavy metal history, but doesn't get too comfortable there. It quickly shows it's true colors: This is music for flight, music for the sky, and music for the things that lay beyond. These men are searching for the source through sound. Repetitions of themes with variants are spread over four separate songs that act as a whole. This record functions as a soundtrack to the Mammatus Brain. Heavy/Airy, Earth/Sky, Man/Creator, Complete and Grok'd.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Generous Men "More Than Meets the Eye"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Pop
Release dateNovember 25, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Taken 6:52
  2. In a Distant Future 6:04
  3. Love Divine, Pt. 1 5:24
  4. The Endless Desire 7:37
  5. I Still Dream 10:22
  6. The Cloud 8:34
  7. Every Beat of My Heart(Bonus Track) 7:54
Line-up
John Berglund - Bass
Robert Bärlin - Guitars
Anton Dromberg - Organs
Anders Lindh - Drums
Rikard Rynoson - Vocals

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Star Period Star "Can’t See The Forest"


Country: USA
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateNovember 24, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Survivorman - 04:18
  2. Snares - 04:20
  3. Looking For You - 08:56
  4. Synesthesia - 03:40
  5. I'm Into Miracles - 09:11
  6. ( .. ) - 03:46
  7. A Means to an End - 07:00
  8. ) .. ( - 03:22
Line-up
Dan Sweigert - guitars, bass, keyboards, bamboo flute, percussion and vocals
Joe Colone - bass
Pat Hamilton - keyboards, guitar and backing vocals
Dan VanSchindel - drums and backing vocals
   With
Ron Jagielnik - autoharp and treatments
Mike Sary (French TV) - fretless bass

Description/Reviews
The set opens with Survivorman, a high energy and somewhat whimsical progressive rocker, with both organ and classic prog keyboards, and some fairly monstrous drumming. And ya gotta love lyrics like, “It took the whole day to boil the putrid water with a microscope.” Snares conjured up thoughts of the Residents collaborating with Magma for a heavy rockin’ Zheul-fest. Looking For You is one of the more overtly prog rock oriented songs, but it also has a bit of that avant-punk energy that I enjoyed so much on Jet Propulsion Mystery Summer, and there’s a swingin’ organ-led segment that’s good fun as well. I like the off-kilter rocking and quirkily accessible Synesthesia, which has a cool eerie alien synth line in the middle. I’m Into Miracles starts off as a pleasantly melodic acoustic led song, but near the 6 minute mark it shifts gears and rocks hard in prog-punk land, with some killer flashy screaming guitar and we’re treated to some disorienting rhythmic gymnastics. The title of the next song is a symbol… ( .. ) and is an instrumental that sounds like a tribute to Roger Trigaux’s Present. A Means To An End starts off as an accessible melodic rocker, but nothing sits still for long with these guys as they take off on an inspired prog gone acid-rock infused instrumental jam. And the album closes with an untitled bit of sparse experimental noodling.
Read the full review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gleemen “Oltre…lontano, lontano”


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelBlack Widow Records
Release date: November 23, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Anima di gomma
  2. La grande carovana
  3. Canzone dei cuori semplici
  4. Skizoid Blues
  5. Il venditore di palloni
  6. In una stanza
  7. Stelle di vetro
  8. Nel mio cortile
  9. Solo amore
  10. Oltre…lontano, lontano
Line-up
Bambi Fossati - Guitars
Maurizio Cassinelli - Drums
Angelo Traverso - Bass
Giampaolo Casu - Guitars
Giovanni Pastorino – Keyboards
Mauro Culotta - Guitars
    With
Marco Zoccheddu - Guitar, Keyboards
Martin Grice – Sax
Pino Nastasi – Voice, Bass
Danila Piras - Flute
Alessandro Paolini -  Acoustic Bass
Roberto Piga – Violin
Fabrizio Nuovilibri - Bass
Carlo Olivieri - Drums
Luciano Ottonello – Electric guitar

Description/Reviews
Today in 2013, more than forty years after the onset, the Gleemen back with a new album absolutely amazing for freshness and vitality: the title is “Oltre…lontano, lontano” and on the cover retains the shape of the fish as a threat of power against which the culture must always fight. Although times have changed this struggle is evident in the design created for the new cover by the same author as that of the first album as a sign of continuity in the discourse of the group. The album presents a variety of reasons of great interest because besides the beauty of the compositions we have the presence of Bambi Fossati on 2 tracks, where he gives the best of himself expresses on incredible levels, there is the presence of Marco Zoccheddu (Osage Tribe, Duello Madre), there are obviously Maurizio Cassinelli and Angelo Traverso, two of the founder members, along with some talented young musicians who will be a pleasure to discover in listening to this album that is already part of history.
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Il Rumore Bianco "Mediocrazia" EP


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
Release dateNovember 23, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Tutto Un Sogno (pt. 1) 06:12
  2. Il Vestito Buono 06:19
  3. Il Primo Attore 06:11
  4. Tutto Un Sogno (pt. 2) 09:05
Line-up
Eddy Fiorio: lead vocals, synth
Thomas Pessina: keyboards, synth, backing vocals
Michele Zanotti: electric and acoustic guitars, tenor sax
Federico Lonardi: electric and acoustic guitars
Alessandro Danzi: bass guitar
Umberto Sartori: drums

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Light Trio "Giallo Italiano"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreJazz-Rock
LabelElectromantic Music
Release date: November 22, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Orange suite 5:59
  2. Leo 5 Et 6 4:08
  3. Tarantè 5:12
  4. As 5:20
  5. James on the armchair 4:33
  6. Chorando 5:39
  7. Cancao de Manha 5:31
  8. Giallo Italiano 5:53
  9. The autumn samba 7:25
  10. Midnight walk 5:02
  11. Blue And green 4:49
  12. Voyage 4:21
Line-up
Enrico Cresci : Guitars
Marcello Sirignano : Violin, mandolin
Daniel Basirico : Bass, cello

Description/Reviews
In Turin starting with Arti & Mestieri, from the beginning of the 70's a real interchange of musicians from the areas of jazz and rock has been going on, so that it became a style, a distinctive feature of Turin, defined by critics as "jazz rock school of Turin" and from there came the idea of "Turin Jazz Rock School", or tjrs, a label that brings together more artistic musicians in this common direction.
The CD "Giallo Italiano" is the synthesis of seven years of the Light Trio. The training offers a repertoire of diverse origins, filtered by a slight sound, but of great emotional intensity. An eclectic music, intimate, but with "orchestral" and great rhythmic intensity that enhances the melodic composition that makes this album particularly "Italian".
Songs of Light Trio  pay homage to the language of jazz and Brazilian music, which often recur in the story and the music in the form of songs. Along with these primary influences, traces of ties with all the finest and authentic musical expression of the contemporary age are found, along with the echo of the common classical training.

Rhapsody Of Fire "Dark Wings Of Steel"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelAFM Records
Release dateNovember 22, 2013 (Europe), December 3, 2013 (USA)
Tracklist
01. Vis Divina
02. Rising From Tragic Flames
03. Angel Of Light
04. Tears Of Pain
05. Fly To Crystal Skies
06. My Sacrifice
07. Silver Lake Of Tears
08. Custode Di Pace
09. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon
12. A Candle To Light (extended version)(bonus track)

Line-up
Fabio Lione - Vocals
Alex Staropoli - Keyboards
Roberto De Micheli - Guitars
Oliver Holzwarth - Bass
Alex Holzwarth - Drums

Mindslave "Secular Indulgence"


Country: Argentina
Sub GenreProgressive Metal
LabelPRV
FormatCD
Release date: Novemver 2013
Tracklist
  1. Walk The Wire (7:05)
  2. The Darkest Love (5:05)
  3. To Strive For Grace (0:40)
  4. The Best I Can (4:48)
  5. In The Deepest Regret (7:40)
  6. Synergy (12:56)
  7. Restless (9:18)
Line-up
Sebastian Fiore - guitar and vocals
Marcelo Moglie - bass
Emmanuel Castañeira - drums
Rodrigo Tavera - keyboards

Description/Reviews
The opening track, Walk the Wire, embodies everything that this album has to offer. The opening verse and riff lies somewhere between Dream Theater and Savatage. The lovely piano-led chorus has a refrain that is repeated throughout. About halfway we break off for a very proggy instrumental section where the guitars and keys interplay upon their interplay. The song builds and builds around its central melody like an artist layering oil upon oil on the canvas. This is the sort of Heavy Prog / Prog Metal-lite that I really enjoy.
We change groove for the second song. The Darkest Love uses a funky riff which reminds me of fellow countrymen Sacrum. However the piano and acoustic guitar take over for the verse. This song is a great showcase for the wonderful drumming of Emmanuel Castañeira. It reminds me a lot of the contribution Mark Zonder always made with Fates Warning, adding textures and groove, far more than simply driving the rhythm. It is also the song where you notice the soul and depth to Fiore's vocals. On this album he sticks to a rich mid range. Where he does stretch to an upper register, he manages to sound comfortable.
 Read the full review by Andy Read at dprp.net

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Walk The Wire / In The Deepest Regret

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Artemia "We Still Exist"


Country: USA
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
Release dateNovember 22, 2013
Tracklist
01.Quest I On 07:31
02.Prowler 05:30
03.Wishing Well 04:06
04.Clouds 03:26
05.Batcat 04:19
06.Radial 04:45
07.Nuns With Guns 03:43
08.Swarm 04:06
09.Snowed In 3:44

Line-up
Michael Dinkins - drums (1, 4, 8, 9), keyboard (1 - 7, 10)
Jason Easler - guitar
Nick Laws - bass
Blaine Prescott - lead voice, guitar (6, 7)
Eric Rinker - guitar (1, 4, 8, 9), drums (2, 3, 5-7)

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Bushman's Revenge "Thou Shalt Boogie!"


Country: Norway
Sub Genre Jazz-Rock, Fusion
LabelRune Grammofon
Release date: November 22, 2013
Tracklist
  1. I Am An Astronaut
  2. Baklengs Inn i Fuglekassa
  3. Waltz Me Baby, Waltz Me All Night Long
  4. Kugeln Und Kraut
  5. Hurra For Mamma
Line-up
Even Helte Hermansen - Guitar
Rune Nergaard - Bass
Gard Nilssen - Drums, Percussion
   With
David Wallumrød - Hammond organ

Description/Reviews
Formed in 2003, the Oslo based trio are upfront about their love for the progressive rock of Cream and Jimi Hendrix, the galactic jazz of Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Sharrock and Alice Coltrane, plus the raw power of Black Sabbath and The Pixies. «Thou Shalt Boogie!» is their sixth album on Rune Grammofon and has a velvety, warm sound that was captured at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, a legendary old school studio with a 30-year history. Superbly paced, and poised in the indefinable zone between composing and improvisation, «Thou Shalt Boogie!» achieves a fine balance between brute heaviosity and meditative bliss. One of the two long set pieces on the record is the 17 minute «Baklengs Inn i Fuglekassa», which includes the shimmering drone of an Indian sruti box halfway through – an innovative touch that transports the track to an unearthly plane. The drone is a small tip of the hat to Alice Coltrane, her «Journey In Satchidananda» being one guitarist Even´s favorite records. The trio were joined on this date by keyboardist David Wallumrød, whose Hammond organ tones provide silky washes of background colour.
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Kugeln und Kraut

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Mothermound "The Burden of Tomorrow"


Country: Slovenia
Sub GenreTech/Extreme, Doom, Progressive Metal
Label: Hollow Earth Records
Release dateNovember 22, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Aurora Awaken 09:17
  2. Come the Moonlight, Come the Rain 05:14
  3. Lady Violet 06:54
  4. Beings Beyond Being 04:05
  5. A Murder of Angels 04:36
  6. Dogma Defiled 04:10
  7. Omega Omnipresent 06:33
  8. The Path I Cross 04:22
  9. Curtains Fall 06:59
Line-up
Martin Čujec: Drums
Miha Jukič: Guitar
Tomaž Orač: Guitar
Janez Zega: Bass, Vocals
   With
Nika Hribar: flute on 'Aurora Awaken'
Jovana Backović: vocals on 'Curtains Fall'

Description/Reviews
The group’s origins reach way back into 1995 when they were active as a trio under the name of Expulsion. Until their disbandment in 2005 they released two demo recordings and an album entitled ‘In These Glorious Epitaphs’. They reunited in a new line-up in 2009, this time as a four piece with a new name. Music-wise they continue to stick to the previously set guidelines, a sort of progressive mixture of doom and death metal with a hint of rock. 
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Malevolence "Antithetical"


Country: Portugal
Sub GenreTech/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelCarbon Medien
Release date: November 22, 2013
Tracklist
1. Slithering 02:55
2. Cult of the Everlasting 06:18
3. Devoured Unlimited 04:21
4. Antithetical 08:12
5. Equilibrium in Extremis 04:34
6. Exocortex Momentum 09:27
7. Mechanisms of Destructiove Behaviour 07:19

Line-up
Carlos Cariano - vocals, guitar
Aires Pereira - bass
Fred Noel - guitar
Paulo Pereira - keyboards
  With:
Dirk Verbeuren:  drums

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Toxic Smile "7"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreProgressive Metal/Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Release date: November 22, 2013
Tracklist
1. From Inside Out - 6:36
2. Barfeooted Man - 8:28
3. Needless - 6:24
4. Love Without Creation - 5:40
5. Rayless Sun - 8:00
6. King Of Nowhere - 3:56
7. Afterglow - 7:34

Line-up
Larry B. - vocals
Marek Arnold - keyboards, saxophones
Uwe Reinholz - guitar, vocals
Robert Brenner - bass
Robert Eisfeldt - drums
   With
Cat Henschelmann - violins
Kiri Geile - vocal shouts

Blackleaf Gardens "Key To Infinity"


Country: New Zealand
Sub GenreExperimental Progressive Metal
Release dateNovember 22, 2013
Tracklist
1. Ambience of Autumn
2. Green Goliath
3. Remnants
4. Experiment
5. 427 PT.1 (Chapter Zero)
6. 427 PT.2 (Blackleaf Gardens)
7. Vicious Garden
8. Chemical Thirteen
9. Visual Echo
10. Photosynthesis (DIGITAL ONLY BONUS TRACK)

Line-up
Matt Grossman - Drums, acoustic guitar, back up vocals
Bill Rootes - Guitars, back up vocals
Jess Reeves - Bass
Michael Gee - Vocals
   With
Joshua Chapman - Additional Guitars

Description/Reviews
Great new kind of whacked out band (in the best kinda way!) that combines great riffs and high-energy grooves with some really intricate compositions and some wild vocals that the band calls "bipolar". Highly recommended for the adventurous listener. (progmetalzone.com)

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Visual Echo / Photosynthesis
Green Goliath

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vivalma "Human Effects"


Country: Brazil
Sub GenreProgressive Rock/Metal
Release dateNovember 21, 2013
Tracklist
Disc 1
  1. Envision, Pt. I (Genesis) 5:12
  2. Envision, Pt. II (Young Blood) 7:28
  3. Over the State 6:17
  4. Solitude 6:27
  5. Proudhome 7:35
  6. Deviant 5:11
  7. Envision, Pt. III (Echoes)  9:20
Disc 2
  1. Locked and Fading 8:47
  2. Touch, Feel and Flow 10:22
  3. Vivalma 15:47
Line-up
Marco Petucco - Vocals
Odilon Gonçalves - Guitars
Gus Martins - Keyboards
Raphael Filt - Bass
Lello Araujo - Drums

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Crumpled Blanket "Chin Up, Cheer Up"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreKrautrock, Psychedelic, Space Rock
Release dateNovember 21, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Easy Is The Descent Into Avernus 04:50
  2. Contagious Enthusiasm 06:43
  3. The Colors You See With Closed Eyes 10:38
  4. Floating On Waves Of Warmth 03:14
  5. Shadows Clouds Cast Upon Landscapes 04:46
  6. Ascending Onto Mount Taniquetil 09:09
Line-up
Kevin Thellmann

Description/Reviews
This is a concept album about dealing with the separation from loved ones, friends, lovers and family members through distance, break-ups, growing apart or passing away. It's about trying to stay positive and not giving up despite many things going in the wrong direction. 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Taylor's Universe "Evidence"


Country: Denmark
Sub Genre: Instrumental Progressive Rock
Lable: Marvel of Beauty Records
Release dateNovember, 2013
Tracklist
1. Buildings (14:55)
2. Red Afternoon (11:52)
3. Marie Marolle (9:22)
4. Forever and a Day (7:48)

Line-up
Robin Taylor - guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, percussion
Karsten Vogel - sax, clarinet
Claus Bøhling - guitars
Thomas Thor Viderø Ulstrup - synthesizer
Klaus Thrane - drums
    With:
Louise Nipper - voice



Shamall "Turn Off"


Country: Germany
Sub GenreNeo-Prog
Label: 2L
Release dateNovember 20, 2013
Tracklist
CD1
  1. Shine a light - 05:02
  2. It's been a long time part I - 02:51
  3. Shout it out - 05:44
  4. The devil never sleeps - 03:30
  5. Never before the demand was shout out that loud - 16:56
  6. Playing for the ashes - 08:44
  7. Voices part I - 09:50
  8. Voices part II - 09:05
  9. Too many people part I - 04:05
  10. Too many people part II - 06:42
  11. So much is on the line - 07:06
CD2
  1. Diversion - 02:17
  2. The creeping dead - 09:25
  3. Reflective - 04:31
  4. Clouds obscure the sun - 04:42
  5. Horrible nightmare - 08:02
  6. At the end of time - 08:00
  7. The hidden enemy - 08:11
  8. Companion of fortune - 08:44
  9. Wounded world - 02:34
  10. Turn off part I - 07:42
  11. Turn off part II - 04:49
  12. In these days - 02:38
Line-up
Nobert Kueler - all instruments

Tad Morose "Revenant"


Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Metal, Power Metal
LabelDespotz Records
Release dateNovember 20, 2013
Tracklist
1. Beneath A Veil Of Crying Souls
2. Follow
3. Babylon
4. Within a Dream
5. Ares
6. Absence Of Light
7. Death Embrace
8. Dance Of The Damned
9. Spirit World
10. Timeless Dreaming
11. Millenium Lie
12. Gypsy

Line-up
Christer 'Krunt' Andersson - Guitars
Peter Morén - Drums
Ronny Hemlin - Vocals
Tommi Karpanen - Bass
Kenneth Jonsson - Guitars

Il Segno del Comando "Il Volto Verde"


Country: Italy
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelBlack Widow Records
Release dateNovembre 20, 2013
Tracklist
1. Echi dall'Ignoto
2. La Bottega delle Meraviglie
3. Chidher il Verde
4. Trenodia delle Dolci Parole
5. Il Rituale
6. La Congrega dello Zee Dyk
7. Il Manoscritto
8. L'Evocazione di Eva
9. Retrospettiva di un Amore
10. Usibepu
11. L'Apocalisse
12. Epilogo

Line-up
Diego Banchero - electric bass, fretless bass, keyboards, theremin
Fernando Cherchi - drums, percussions
Roberto Lucanato - guitars
Davide Bruzzi - guitars
Maethelyiah - lead and backing vocals
   With
Maurizio Pustianaz, Giorgio Cesare Neri, Claudio Simonetti, Gianni Leone, Freddy Delirio, Martin Grice, Paul Nash, Sophya Baccini, Vinz Aquarian, David Krieg, Alessio Panni

October Equus Quartet "Isla Purgatorio"


Country: Spain
Sub Genre: Instrumental, Avant Prog, Jazz
LabelClamshell Records
Release dateNovember 20, 2013
Tracklist
  1. Neutoma - 05:39
  2. Totems - 04:07
  3. Isla Purgatorio - 01:12
  4. Sin permiso - 04:55
  5. Nocturno - 03:52
  6. Medusa - 03:43
  7. Arena negra - 05:20
  8. Euryale - 04:56
  9. La ofrenda - 05:31
Line-up
Alfonso Muñoz - alto sax
Ángel Ontalva - guitar
Amanda Pazos Cosse - bass
Vasco Trilla - drums & percussions

Description/Reviews
The October Equus Quartet is a fractalization of the original band, showing a sound not so 'chamber rock' and more oriented toward a kind of 'avant-jazz-rock'. On 'Isla Purgatorio' the compositions are conveniently dark and complex but there is a bigger tendency to improvisation than in October Equus. Echoes of the 80's New York downtown scene like Zorn, Curlew, Dr. Nerve, or even some Zeuhl flavour here and there. (clear-spot.nl)

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Arm on Stage "Aldrin"


Country: Italy
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelAMS
Release date: November, 2013
Tracklist
1) That Old Velvet Curtain
2) April Song
3) Alive
4) Sunday’s Over
5) The Second Man On The Moon
6) Lally The Clown
7) Money & Puttane
8) Crystal
9) The Master
10) Neighbor’s Nightmare
11) That Magnificent Desolatin
12) Strong Enough (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Folco Orselli
Stefano Piro
Alessandro Sicardi
Alessio Russo
   With
Lorenzo Corti electric guitars

Description/Reviews
The latest Arm On Stage effort is an ethereal modern rock album, progressive in its atmospheres and tight in its sounds, with catchy and melancholic feels, where electronic inserts and wind instruments (sax, clarinet, French horn) and strings (cello and violin) find their perfect place. Like the previous “Sunglasses Under All Stars”, released in 2010, all songs
in “Aldrin” are sung in English. But while its predecessor was mostly based on improvisation, this record consists of prominent harmonic turns, melodies and riffs developed into songs.
The title and theme of the album revolve around the sense of humanity of error; “Aldrin” is a direct reference to the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, and then fallen into a strong depression. A man who lost himself on planet earth for emotional reasons, typical of human race, despite having enjoyed from far away ‘that magnificent desolation’ in
which rolls our extraordinary casualty. The story of Buzz Aldrin as a mixture of strength and fragility.
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The Entrance Band "Face the Sun"


Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelBeyond Beyond is Beyond
Release dateNovember 19, 2013
Tracklist
1. Fine Flow (8:43)
2. Medicine (4:01)
3. Spider (3:48)
4. The Crave (5:21)
5. No Needs (3:49)
6. Fire Eyes (3:37)
7. Temptation (3:37)
8. Year of the Dragon (5:38)
9. Night Cat (4:12)

Line-up
Guy Blakeslee - vocals, guitar
Paz Lenchantin - bass
Derek W. James - drums

Description/Reviews
The album begins with “Fine Flow,” a rather traditional psych-rock jam that originated in the band’s 2012 EP of the same name. Wavering, watery distorted guitars skitter frantically over easy percussion, accompanied by dissonant, squawking horns. It’s full of energy, the kind of jam worthy of any summer festival, but it also has a somewhat dark edge, exposing underlying tension. Much of Face the Sun sits on this precipice of dark and light, balancing on the brink. “Medicine,” with its slinking bass and eerie vocals, says it most clearly: “[If you] wanna be free / You have to destroy / Gonna have to tear down all the walls / We’ll laugh and we’ll sing and we’ll dance upon the ruins of it all.” Several songs refer to addiction and self-destructive tendencies, like “Temptation” and “The Crave,” where Blakeslee sings, “Crying again / What’s the matter now? / Trying to quit but I don’t know how,” above a slinky, strutting riff and heavy effects.
Perhaps the strongest moment on Face the Sun is its closing track, the instrumental “Night Cat.” Eerie effects and high vocals float over a slinking beat, light guitar, and a pulsing, dark bass. Without Blakeslee’s sometimes grating vocals, you can focus more on the artful interweaving of the guitar and bass lines, the anxious, evocative tones moving in ascending melodies. At times, it almost sounds like an Explosions in the Sky track, capturing a triumphant, moving sound before submitting again to a more ominous feeling. (mxdwn.com)

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