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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Acqua Libera "Acqua Libera"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: CD
Release date: November 2016
Tracklist
1. Tempi Moderni (5:49)
2. Nautilus (6:26)
3. Alla Luce Della Luna (8:47)
4. Mr.Lou (5:34)
5. Marcina (6:38)
6. Sans Tambour Ni Musique (6:08)
7. Quo Vadis (6:33)
8. Prog Mood (5:56)

Total Time 51:51

Line-up
Joathan Caradonna - keyboards
Fabio Bizzarri - guitars
Franco Caroni - bass
Marco Tosi - drums, percussions

Description/Reviews
ACQUA LIBERA is indeed vivid testimony and review of exciting instrumental progressive-fusion sounds that were in the seventies of Level 7 (both tracks resumed: "The Light of the Moon" and "Prog Mood"), and in the eighties of Juice Quartet ("Mr. Lou "), but at the same time renewed, brilliant energy and inspiration highlighted by five new compositions.
Eight songs for more than 50 minutes styled with warm progressive sounds in jazz-rock tones, with the tradition of Perigeo and Arti e Mestieri behind, as well as the decisive source of inspiration, where all four musicians become protagonists in respect of a fine interplay .
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Metamorphosis "The Turning Point"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Label: BlackRabbit Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Can An Angel Bring Me Back From Death To Life (part1) (4:32)
2. The Turning Point (7:33)
3. Can An Angel Bring Me Back From Death To Life (part2) (8:01)
4. What Do I Do Now (8:58)
5. Hold The Time (4:36)
6. Zahra (8:27)
7. Nobody's No One (8:44)
8. Now It's Clear (0:56)

Total time 51:47

Line-up
Jean-Pierre Schenk: Vocals, additional keyboards
Gabrielle Maeder: Keyboards
Olivier Guenat: Guitars
Thierry Guillod: Bass
Alain Widmer: Drums

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Mike Oldhill "Dark Matter"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release dateNovember 2016
Tracklist
1. Dark Matter (7:53)
2. Synapse (7:45)
3. Panta Rhei (4:36)
4. Three Poisons (7:18)
5. Evil Eye (6:01)
6. Black Memories (5:55)
7. Misgivings (6:10)
8. Shadows (6:15)
9. Qi (5:17)
10. Drawing Hope (6:24)
11. Endurance (11:01)

Total time 74:35

Line-up
Michael Altenberger - all instruments

Description/Reviews
He ... incorporates several styles, including melodic prog, jazz-fusion and classical. His influences are plain to hear including Steve Hackett and Robert Fripp (guitars), Rick Wakeman (synths) and Keith Emerson (piano). Whilst the musicianship is impressive in every department, keyboards are undoubtedly his forte.
His piano skills are particularly impressive; something he demonstrates with lengthy solos during Panta Rhei and Black Memories. The classical-flavoured keyboard orchestrations during the latter are also very well done. Elsewhere, tracks like Three Poisons and Drawing Hope have a quirky charm that brings to mind UK instrumental ensemble Karda Estra.
One of Altenberger's favourite devices, which he uses on several pieces is to conclude with sustained Mellotron-like chords à la Genesis. During Misgivings he also borrows the single-note staccato organ riff from Watcher Of The Skies.
Read the full review by Geoff Feakes at dprp.net

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Twistedships "Essential Growth"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: November 30, 2016
Tracklist
1. Bed I Stay (4:05)
2. Regret Is Here (4:11)
3. Fall Astray (4:10)
4. Combat The Fear (3:50)
5. Victory Now (4:06)
6. We Are One (5:15)
7. I Will Allow (3:51)
8. The Path Begun (3:35)

Total Time 33:03

Line-up
Regan Vail

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Pandora "Ten Years Like in a Magic Dream..."


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: AMS
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2016
Tracklist
°Fragments of the Present°
1.Always and Everywhere -8:40-
– Overture, Fantasia in Pandora Major
2.The Way You Are -7:23-
3.Turin 03.02.1974 -7:52-
4.Drunken Poet’s Drama -8:21-

°Temporal Transition°
5.Passaggio di Stagioni -10:48-
– Lamenti d’Inverno
– Canto di Primavera (B.M.S.)

°Fragments of the Past°
6.Second Home by The Sea (Genesis) -8:51-
7.Man of a Thousand Faces (Marillion) -7:21-
8.Ritual – Part II (Yes) -11:16-
9.Lucky Man (EL&P) -6:25-

Line-up
Beppe Colombo: keyboards, backing vocals
Claudio Colombo: drums, percussions, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, cuatro, keyboards, backing vocals
Corrado Grappeggia: keyboards, lead & backing vocals
Emoni Viruet:  lead & backing vocals         With:
Dino Fiore (Castello di Atlante) - bass in "Canto di Primavera"
Andrea Bertino (Castello di Atlante) - violin (4)
Vittorio Nocenzi (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso) - final moog solo in "Canto di Primavera"
Irma Mallus: backing vocals (7)
David Jackson (VDGG): brass (5)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jaz "Aslevjal"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Ambient, Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 29, 2016
Tracklist
1. Aslevjal (7:20)
2. Rukbat System (9:31)
3. Chasm City (5:18)
4. Mare Infinitus (8:03)
5. Epsilon Eridani (9:26)
6. The Thicket (3:30)

Total Time 43:08

Line-up
Jean-Marc Corvisier "Jaz" - guitars, bass, keyboards, programming

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Karfagen "Spektra"


Country: Ukraine
Genre(s)Symphonic
LabelCaerllysi Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 28, 2016
Tracklist
PHASE 1
1. Spektra (7:11)
2. Troy (3:33)
3. Transaleatorica II (2:34)
4. Terra Incognita (3:14)
5. Celebration (3:50)
6. Homonymous (Part 1) (2:30)
7. Angel Tears (1:27)
PHASE 2
OLYMPIA (Quadrology) (21:30)
8. Zeus (6:13)
9. Dionis (4:41)
10. Poseidon (5:15)
11. Aurora (5:21)
12. Homonymous (Part 2) (2:35)
PHASE 3
13. Dios Pyros (2:56)
14. Natural Charm (5:36)
15. Eye Witness (1:38)
16. Juggler And The Cloud (Studio Live) (4:31)

Total Time: 63:07

Line-up
Antony Kalugin: keys, percussion, arrangement, vocals
    with
Max Velychko: electric, acoustic & 12str. guitars
Sergiy Balalayev: drums (tr. 1,4,5)
Ivan Rubanchuk: drums (tr. 8-11,14)
Kostya Shepelenko: drums (tr. 2,16)
Oleg Prokhorov: bass (tr. 1,2,4,5,16)
Kostya Ionenko: bass (tr. 8-11,14)
Olha Rostovska: keys, vocalis (tr.2,11), Latin vocals(tr.4)
Sergii Kovalov: accordion (tr. 4,8-11,13) & Latin vocals(tr. 4)
Maria Baranovska: violin (tr. 1,2,4,8-10,14)
Alexandr Pastuchov: basson (tr. 8,9,11)
Roman Gorielov: Latin vocals tenor (tr. 4)
Oleg Pashkovskiy: grand piano (tr. 14)
Lesya Kofanova: flute (tr. 14)
Michail Sidorenko: alto sax (tr. 14)
Olga Vodolazhska: rainstick, shakers, triangle (tr. 16)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Fatal Fusion "Total Absence"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Karisma Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Gates Of Ishtar (2:29)
2. Shadow Of The King (7:40)
3. Forgotten One (6:08)
4. Astral Flight (5:33)
5. The Emperor's Letter (7:20)
6. Endless Ocean Blue (11:36)
7. Total Absence (15:30)

Total time 56:16
Line-up
Knut Erik Grøntvedt - Vocals
Erlend Engebretsen - Keyboards
Stig Selnes - Guitars
Lasse Lie - Bass
Audun Engebetsen - Drums & Percussion

Description/Reviews
An album filled with epic melodies that are at times exotic, at times wistful, and at times have a quasi-folkish air, and which sweep the listener along on a prog-tinged journey that could be the soundtrack to a fantasy film. Fatal Fusion pays homage to the great progressive rock bands of the 70’s, whilst at the same time ensuring that the band’s sound remains unique, with its mix of hard rock, classical music, jazz, psychedelia and Latin. 
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Sons Of Noel And Adrian "Turquoise Purple Pink"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Willkommen Records, KF Records (Germany/Austria/Switzerland)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Perses (5:25)
2. So Obscene (6:47)
3. Lay Down In The Drone (10:47)
4. Turquoise Purple Pink (7:55)
5. Children Of Lewes (8:01)
6. I Love You So Much I Want To Stab You In The Eye (5:31)

Total Time 44:26

Line-up
Jacob Richardson, Tom Cowan, William Calderbank, Marcus Hamblett, Daniel Green, Alistair Strachan, Cathy Cardin, Patrick Lawrence, Emma Gatrill

Description/Reviews
Turquoise Purple Pink sees the band exploring the influence of 70s Italian psychedelic horror soundtracks, minimalism, synthesisers, extreme volume and transcendent joy. Expect intense siren song from the duel female vocalists, three interlocked guitars and an assault of horns and drums.
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Arcade Messiah "III"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Stereohead Records
Format: digital
Release date: November 25, 2016 
Tracklist
1. Revolver
2. Citadel
3. Deliverance
4. Life Clock
5. Black Tree
6. Sanctuary

Line-up
John Bassett (KingBathmat) - everything

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Deliverance
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Inner Prospekt "Man in Blake"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. The Human Abstract (6:19)
2. Night (5:24)
3. The Little Black Boy (6:58)
4. Infant Sorrow (5:55)
5. Holy Thursday (6:30)
6. A Poison Tree (5:19)
7. Schooldays Meddley (8:03)
8. A Dream (5:52)

Total Time 50:20

Line-up
Alessandro di Benedetti

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Blueneck "The Outpost"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Post Rock, Art Rock
LabelDenovali Records (DEN273)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. From Beyond (6:11)
2. Ghosts (4:52)
3. Hypnos (7:06)
4. Rats In The Wall (6:14)
5. The White Ship (4:56)
6. Glades (4:13)
7. Hive (8:05)
8. Other Gods (6:21)

Total time 47:58

Line-up
Duncan Attwood    
Rich Sadler    
Ben Paget    
Matt Sampson

Description/Reviews
...the new album merges electronic beats, powerful guitar riffs, brooding strings and progressive elements. It manages to be delicate and heavy at the same time and switches from cataclysmic to melodic sounds in a heartbeat – just consider the passage from the opening ‘From Beyond’ to the following ‘Ghosts’, explosively busy one moment, somber and melodic the next .

‘From Beyond’ starts slow and recalls the familiar Blueneck style especially thanks to the comforting and graceful voice of Duncan. The wide range of soundscapes this song covers is impressive, but it’s towards the end that the track changes and will leave you speechless: when you are completely overwhelmed by the relentless crescendo combined with the synths making you feel as though in a locked room that’s about to explode and the melody of ‘Ghosts’ arrives unexpectedly, it wraps itself around you and it’s so beautiful that it will hurt the most sensitive souls.
Read the full review by Daniela Patrizi at echoesanddust.com

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Brutai "Born"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Transcend Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Relapse (5:20)
2. Deep (4:14)
3. Of Ashes (4:17)
4. Lucidity (4:53)
5. Valediction (6:28)
6. Never Change (4:00)
7. Dear Emily (4:15)
8. Over Now (4:20)
9. Visitors (4:20)
10. The Border (6:56)

Total Time 49:03

Line-up
Felix Lawrie - Vocals, Guitars
Henry Ryan - Guitars
Alex Lorimer - Keys/Vocals
Christian Sturgess - Bass
Mathieu Bauer - Drums

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Never Change
Deep
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Aenaon "Hypnosophy"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Avant Garde Progressive Black Metal
Label: code666
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
Tracklist
1. Oneirodynia (7:49)
2. Fire Walk With Me (7:00)
3. Earth Tomb (6:59)
4. Void (6:02)
5. Tunnel (4:45)
6. Thus Ocean Swells (6:58)
7. Phronesis - Psychomagic (15:16)

Total time 54:49

Line-up
Astrous - vocals
Achilleas C. - guitars
Anax (J.M) - guitars
Orestis Z. - saxophone
Nycriz - drums

Description/Reviews
Aenaon take fairly established ideas that aren’t that original, but combine them in outlandish ways to create a unique mix. The journey of listening to Hyponsophy goes as such: At the base of the framework sits a foundation of typical black metal – trem picked riffs, fast drumming and chords that alternate between being melodic and dissonant. Then begins a deviation from that standard. The vocals are akin to Dødheimsgard with a “blackened theatrical” feel, blending screams and shrieks with dramatic yelling and other overtly emotive sounds.
But that’s not where the vocal experimentation ends, as singer Astrous incorporates singing that is borderline power metal. The guitar work starts to follow the experimentation of the vocals as it strays into territories that border on blackjazz ... but in the more popular understanding of the genre rather than the fusion-based strain that normally permeates metal. This all results in a mix that can be described as enjoyable, cheesy, serious, simple, complex and other similarly juxtaposed adjectives. Again: there’s no way this should work, but it totally does, as the band embrace their dichotomy to the fullest and make the most of it instead of trying to use it as a crutch.
Read the full review by Noyan at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Electric Desert "Let's Talk About Freedom"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Middle Eastern Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 23, 2016
Tracklist
1. Drink To Life (3:15)
2. Free Will (3:56)
3. Let's Talk About Freedom (4:09)
4. Celebrating (5:35)
5. Step Up (5:17)
6. Sonya & Cornel (4:00)
7. Desert Pirates (4:31)
8. The Middle East (3:50)

Total time 34:33

Line-up
Nir Popliker: lead vocals and guitars
Udi Krauss: Drums and back vocals
Omer Lutzky: Bass
Eylon Tushiner: Soprano Saxophone

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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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La Bocca Della Verità "Avenoth"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelFading Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. Intro 2161 (0:07)
2. Ouverture (1:56)
3. Contro Luna E Luce (4:11)
4. Il Pianeta Vuoto (6:02)
5. Due Game Come Noi (7:40)
6. Il Pianeta Ostile (3:32)
7. Voyager 1977 (0:30)
8. Avenoth (8:12)
9. La Festa (4:00)
10. Antico (2:30)
11. La Deportazione Degli Avenothiani (9:55)
12. La Rivolta (8:38)
13. Il Massacro Dei Terrestri (4:16)
14. Perduto Avenoth (5:49)
15. Reprise - (speranze Distorte) (10:21)

Total time 77:39
 
Line-up
Jimmy Bax: Hammond, Mellotron, ARP Prosoloist, digital synth, piano, backing vocals
Massimo Di Paola: piano, keyboards, synths, backing vocals
Fabrizio Marziani: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, 12-string guitar, flute
Roberto Bucci : lead guitar, backing vocals
Ivan Marziani : drums, percussions
Guglielmo Mariotti: Rickenbacker bass, moog taurus, 6 & 12- strings guitar, backing vocals

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Vintage Cucumber "Elefant"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Krautrock
Label: Aumega Project
Format: digital
Release date: November 21, 2016
Tracklist
1. Schritt Nach Schritt (6:43)
2. Safariland (4:36)
3. Auf Dem Teppich Bleiben... (3:14)
4. Heiliger Bimbam (5:23)
5. Elefantentraum (12:36)
6. Inselfreuden (11:09)

Total Time 43:41

Line-up
Johannes Schulz: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Synth, Voice, Effects

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3rd Ear Experience "Stones Of A Feather"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions
FormatCD, vinyl
Release date: November 21, 2016 (CD), early 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Flight Of The Annunaki (10:07)
2. Old Woman's Dance (8:06)
3. Return Of The Peacock (9:55)
4. Chungo (9:16)
5. Balladeer's Tale (16:02)
6. Space Tripping [live] (19:59)
7. Everlasting Sea (4:53) - LP bonus track

Total time: 78:18

Line-up
Robbi Robb - guitar
Richard Stuverud - drums
Jorge Bassman Carrillo - bass
Alan Swanson - keyboard
Amritakripa - synthesizer, alien voices
   With:
Chris Unck - 2nd guitar (1)
Joshua Adams - keys (6)
Steve Howells - drums (6)
Kurosh Showghi - didgeridoo
Bobby Furgo - violin
Rojer Arnold - flute
Danny Frankel - percussion
Dug Pinnick (Kings X) - growling
Craig Else - fretless bass solo
Kyle Hanson - percussion
John Juan Smolinski - percussion
Damian Lester - vocal harmonies, stand up bass
John Whoolilurie - sax

Description/Reviews
On their new album STONES OF A FEATHER 3rd Ear Experience have taken full advantage of the musical possibilities unique to space rock. It is clear that their environment, the Mojave desert, with its wide open spaces, big skies and rugged landscapes, have helped them to blossom a modern desert music, rich in the complex overtones of 60’s psychedelic rock.
STONES OF A FEATHER, 3rd Ear Experiences 4th album, is a curious mixture of the old and the new; reaching back into the reckless abandonment of Cream live circa: 1967 to Ornette Coleman’s free jazz, diving down into the deep well of Krautrock to soaring on fuzzy Sabbath like riffs of contemporary stoner rock. Yet no generalization is ultimately true of 3rd Ear Experience.
The music was derived from spontaneous ideas that came up during live jams on their 2015 tour of Europe and from free form jamming at the FurstWurld Gallery of Music and Performing Arts where the band records.
The album guests 18 local desert musicians considered by many to be the cream of the desert crop! Dug Pinnick of Kings X fame, returns once again to add his heavy bottom growl to the brew.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Paidarion Finlandia Project "Two Worlds Encounter"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Seacrest Oy
Format: CD
Release date: November 2016
Tracklist
1. Colin And Wendy (5:31)
2. Billy Would Climb (4:26)
3. Fragile Bridge (5:00)
4. Jungle Fever (5:36)
5. Yellow (5:31)
6. Ode To Billie Joe (6:12)
7. Cloudberry Sky (1:36)
8. Grand Canyon Of My Dreams (5:08)
9. Horseman To Symphinity (8:28)
10. Why Oh Why (2:57)
11. Hahmo (6:21)

Total time 56:46


Line-up
Jan-Olof Strandberg: fretless and fretted bass
Kimmo Pörsti (Mist Season, The Samurai of Prog): drums
Jenny Darren: vocals
Robert Webb (England): keys, acoustic guitar, vocals
Otso Pakarinen: keyboards, synth
Kev Moore: vocals
Bogáti-Bokor Ákos (Yesterdays): electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Bad Dreams "Deja Vú"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
  1. Samurai of the Rising Sun
  2. Déjà vu
  3. Fallen 
  4. Song For Augusto
  5. Moonlight 
  6. A Trick Of The Wind
  7. Frida
Line-up
Gabriel Agudo: Lead vocals and guitars
Jorge Tenesini: keyboards, synthesizers and programming
Alex Calvera: Bass and Moog bass pedals
Ariel Trifunoff: Lead guitars and backing vocals
Fernando Cornejo: Drums and backing vocals
   With
Steve Rothery (Marillion) - Guitar solo (2)

Description/Reviews
Opening track Samurai of the Rising Sun has a slow burning opening, all mysterious and enigmatic, setting the scene for what is to come with it’s strange, almost sci-fi feeling sound effects. The brooding guitar and keyboards ramp up the tensions even more before a staccato riff trades off against some rather nice swirling keyboards. Gabriel’s vocals begin and he has a really passionate vocal style that works brilliantly with the music, holding you in its sway. There’s a feeling of treading water, as if you are awaiting something but it is a very pleasant wait. The music just seems to flow along delightfully, it is immediately obvious that these musicians are technically very efficient and yet their playing also has huge amounts of soul. The song opens up with some gusto with fiery guitars and intricate keyboards and Gabriel’s vocals go up another level, this is classic progressive rock done with a large amount of flair.
Read the full review by Martin Hutchinson at  progradar.org

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Déjà Vu

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Brieg Guerveno "Valgori"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Paker Prod / Coop Breizh
Format: CD
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. En Desped (8:17)
2. Fallaenn (8:49)
3. Poltred (7:00)
4. An Hivizenn (8:56)
5. Hirnez (7:11)
6. Kelc'h (5:05)
7. Pedenn (9:02)
8. Valgori (6:34)

Total Time 60:54

Line-up
Brieg Guerveno - vocals, guitar
Xavier Soulabail - bass
Joachim Blanchet - drums, keyboards
  With
Eric Cervera.- guitar

Description/Reviews
This is different from the previous two efforts, and shows a wealth of influences.  Brieg recently mentioned to me that Opeth and King Crimson influenced the sound of this album, and that after much thought, he has really found his style in progressive/hard rock (especially using ‘real’ instruments and vintage amps).  That all sounds great, right?
What remains is the darkness that drew me to this band’s work in the first place.  “En Desped” is as foreboding (yet cool) as the album’s artwork, courtesy of  Javier Sagasta Lacalle.
BTW, if you can’t understand the lyrics… you (like me) obviously don’t speak Breton; the band continues its tradition of singing in their native language.  But that doesn’t detract from the music (as it speaks for itself), and I really admire the band for championing their culture through their music. (progtracks.tumblr.com)
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Maschine "Naturalis"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Inside Out
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Resistance (11:52)
2. Night And Day (5:08)
3. Make Believe (7:10)
4. Hidden In Plain Sight (7:01)
5. A New Reality (8:45)
6. Megacyma (11:46)
Bonus Tracks
7. Eyes Pt.2 (Live in Veruno) (8:55)
8. Rubidium (Live in Veruno) (8:47)

Total Time 69:24

Line-up
Luke Machin (The Tangent) – guitar/vocals
Elliott Fuller – guitar
Daniel Mash (ex-The Tangent) – bass
James Stewart – drums
Marie-Eve de Gaultier – keyboards/vocals

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Teaser
Night & Day
Megacyma

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Hieroglyph "Ouroboros"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Solar (The Fool) (5:52)
2. Samsara (The Wheel Of Fortune) (4:49)
3. Enochian (The Hermit) (5:32)
4. Rise And Fall (Strength) (4:46)
5. Jopari (The Chariot) (6:56)
6. Mandragora/Lunar (The Lovers) (6:39)
7. Crown (The Hierophant) (5:42)
8. The Butterfly (The Emperor) (2:45)
9. Sapphire (The Empress) (6:10)
10. Starlight (The High Priestess) (3:56)
11. Ouroboros (The Magician) (13:35)

Total time 66:42

Line-up
Sam Butterfield - Guitar, Electronics
Richard Barnes - Guitar
Bradie Nixon - Drums
Helen 'Tyrone' Tytherleigh - Bass Guitar
Mark Howes - Vocals
Valentina Reptile - Vocals
   With
Meyrick De La Fuente (7)
William Alex Young (10)

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Meller Gołyźniak Duda "Breaking Habits"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Birds Of Prey
2. Feet On The Desk
3. Shapeshifter
4. Breaking Habits
5. Against The Tide
6. Tattoo
7. Floating Over
8. Into The Wild

Line-up
Maciej Meller (Quidam) - guitar
Maciej Gołyźniak (Sorry Boys)- drums
Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul) - bass, vocals

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Asturias "At The Edge Of The World"


Country: Japan
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
 Part 1
1. Atmosphere (8:30)
2. Clouds (3:25)
3. Wilderness (5:34)
4. Abyss (6:24)
5. Ordeal (2:33)
Part 2
6. Memories (6:44)
7. Brilliance (4:57)
8. Afterglow (1:37)
9. Edge Of The World (8:05)
10. Intention (2:47)

Total time 50:36

Line-up
Yoh Ohyama acoustic guitar, spanish guitar, 12 strings guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, glockenspiel, harp, percussions, synthesizer programming
   With
Satoshi Hirata (Stella Lee Jones): electric guitar (8)
Kawagoe Yoshihiro: piano (6, 10)
Tsutsui Kaori: clarinet, recorders (1-3)
Teysena: violin, viola
Keisuke Takashima (PTF): violin (3, 8)
Hoshie: cello
Horiko Takahide: oboe (2, 6)
Kiyotaka Tanabe: drums
Nakajima Obayo: percussions
Yoko Ueno: voice

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A Sense Of Gravity "Atrament"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Drowning in the Ink   
2. Reclusive Peace   
3. Echo Chasers    
4. The Divide   
5. Artificially Ever After   
6. Revenant   
7. Guise of Complacency   
8. Shadowed Lines    
9. Promised None   
10. The Projectionist   
11. I, Recreant   
12. Manic Void

Line-up
C.J. Jenkins – vocals
Morgan Wick – guitar, backing vocals
Brendon Williams – guitar, keyboard, orchestration, add. backing vocals
Brandon Morris – keyboard, guitar
Chance Unterseher – bass
Pete Breene – drums
    With
Wilbert Roget - flute (1)

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Writing In The Skies "Metamorphose"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. Metamorphose
2. The Gift of Absence
3. Exit Eden
4. Shimmer
5. Floodgates 05:16
6. Endgame
7. Derailed
8. Age of Autumn
9. Freefall

Line-up
Chris Eriquezzo - Guitars, Additional Programing
Zach Longhi - Bass
Wes Parker - Guitar
Joel Turcotte - Drums

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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 (3:33)
2. Kill The Slavemaster (6:04)
3. Searching (5:29)
4. Dweller Of The Twilight Void (4:01)
5. As Sure As The Sun (27:09)

Total time 46:16
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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Dungen "Häxan"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic
LabelMexican Summer (USA), Smalltown Supersound (World)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016 (World),  November 25, 2016 (USA)
Tracklist
01 Peri Banu vid sjön
02 Jakten genom skogen
03 Wak-Wak's portar
04 Den fattige Aladdin
05 Trollkarlen och fågeldräkten
06 Grottan
07 Häxan
08 Aladdin's flykt över havet
09 Kalifen
10 Achmed flyger
11 Aladdin och lampan, del 1
12 Aladdin och lampan, del 2
13 Achmed och Peri Banu
14 Andarnas Krig

Line-up
Gustav Ejstes
Reine Fiske
Johan Holmegard
Mattias Gustavsson

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Ollocs "Soul Theory"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 18, 2016
Tracklist
1. At The Edge (pt. 2) (6:38)
2. Macrocosm (7:23)
3. The Paradigm (3:38)
4. Soul Theory: Appetite (3:24)
5. Soul Theory: Insight (4:26)
6. Soul Theory: Ignite (3:15)
7. Unfolding (2:32)
8. Paper Dragon (13:21)
9. Earth Meets Moon (4:49)

Total Time 49:26

Line-up
Russell Frohberg - bass, guitar, vocals
Zach Vanderberg - guitars
Joshua Travis - guitar
Andrew Bieler - percussion, vocals
Alyssa Puletz - keys, vocals
   With
Cody Hosza - saxophone
Dylan Barone - vocals (6)
Jesse McGunnigle - vocals (4)
Costas Kortez - didgeridoo
Cory Guzzi - violin
Kailyn Tropeano - cello
Syed Hassan - tuba

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

iNFiNiEN "Light at the Endless Tunnel"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: November 17, 2016
Tracklist
1. Brand New (5:48)
2. AYA (6:47)
3. Oasis (3:01)
4. Off The Tracks (7:41)
5. Bottom Of The Food Chain (5:57)
6. Light At The Endless Tunnel (9:17)
7. Love For Yourself (6:11)
8. Worth The Wait (2:48)
9. If I Were A Song (1:39)
10. If You Were A Song (7:50)
11. Existence (4:47)

Total Time 61:46

Line-up
Jordan Berger: Electric and Upright Bass, Background Vocals, Additional Percussion
Tom Cullen: Drums and Percussion
Matt Hollenberg: Guitars, Bulbul Tarang, Tabla, Moog Minitaur
Chrissie Loftus: Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Organ and Additional Percussion
    With
Mark Allen - Flute, Clarinet
Jordan Berger - Double-bass
Mary Bryson - Harp
Monique Canniere - Violins
Maura Dwyer - Violin, Cello
Gloria Galante - Harp
Christen Hooks - Viola
Andriana Markano - Viola, Violin
Ben Mulholland - French Horn
Bob Quaile - Oboe
Rebecca Schlappich - Violins
Andrea Weber - Cello

Description/Reviews
At the junction between Esperanza Spalding, Blue-Eyed Hawk, and Axon-Neuron, Infinien lay some sick-ass tunes! Light at the Endless Tunnel is a fusion of jazz and psychedelic progressive rock that will absolutely delight those of you with a certain knack for that kind of jams. The entire album is a lovely and wonderful experience that’s only rarely come across. (Dæv Tremblay at canthisevenbecalledmusic.com)
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sideways "Into Balance"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Neo-Prog, Symphonic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2016
Tracklist
1. To Cross The Border (5:21)
2. Sweet Smell Of Success (8:03)
3. Treasure (5:58)
4. Restless Mind (5:57)
5. Little Prince (5:18)
6. Moving Along (8:17)
7. Limelight (4:52)

Total Time 43:46

Line-up
Alex Visser – vocals
Berry Hoogeveen - drums
Corné Gietman - bass
Gerwin Gabry – guitar
Jurriaan Visser - keys

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Stella Lee Jones "Escape From Reality"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Dizziness Records
FormatCD
Release date: November 16, 2016
Tracklist
01. The 15th Warriors
02. Salar de Uyuni
03. Jigsaw Cats
04. Waking Up Maybe...
05. Smash the Wall
06. Swimming in a Shallow Sleep
07. Yume no Kyoukaisen Part 1-3
08. Tokyo Fantasista
09. Mirror
10. The Winter Song

Line-up
Satoshi Hirata - Guitar
Shinya Sato - Piano, Keyboards
Emi Sasaki - Accordion
Hitomi Iriyama - Violin
Shunske Sano - Bass
Tomoyoku Tanimoto - Drums
   With
Hitomi Aikawa - Percussion

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Masheen Messiah "For the Light Unseen"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2016 (CD), June 17, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Sail Against The Wind (8:18)
2. Divine Insanity (5:39)
3. Cadence Of Life (6:14)
4. Learning To Fly (On This Ground We Lie) (13:35)
5. The Dawn (Prelude) (2:07)
6. Awake: For You (Including "The Wake (Interlude)") (8:14)
7. Tomorrow (5:58)

Total Time 50:05


Line-up
Yoshihide "KAME" Akiyama – keyboards, vocals
Tatsuo "Michael" Inoue – guitars, vocals
Mark Murdock (Empire) – drums, percussion, vocals
Mutsumi "Gonzales" Tanamura - lead & backing vocals
Yasushi "Yasai" Tsuruma – bass, vocals

Description/Reviews
Inspired by YES as their name suggests but sonically modern, ... this band may harbor grand ideas yet, as epic as those are, there’s always a song to hide a quirky passage behind a sweet facade.
Read the full review at dmme.net

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Lite "Cubic"


Country: Japan
Genre(s): Instrumental Math Rock
Label: Topshelf Records
Format: CD, vinyl+CD, digital
Release date: November 16, 2016
Tracklist
1. Else (4:38)
2. Balloon (3:45)
3. Warp (4:13)
4. Square (4:50)
5. Inside the Silence (1:25)
6. Angled (4:31)
7. D (4:16)
8. Prism (3:40)
9. Black Box (0:41)
10. Zero (4:11)

Total time 36:10

Line-up
Nobuyuki Takeda - guitar and vocal
Kozo Kusumoto - guitar and synthesizer
Jun Izawa - bass
Akinori Yamamoto - drums
   With
Tabu Zombie - trumpet (7)
Jun Nemoto - vocal (10)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

No Edit Trio "Mountains of Groove"


Country: France
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Funk
Format: digital
Release date: November 15, 2016
Tracklist
1. Red Baron (4:37)
2. The Chicken (5:11)
3. 'Round Midnight (5:54)
4. Stratus (5:28)
5. Take Five (6:28)
6. Stomping Grounds (5:05)
7. So What (4:09)

Total time 36:52

Line-up
Hakim Ouazad - Guitar 
Jeff Cazorla - Bass 
Jerome Arias - Drums 

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Dead Mountain Mouth "Phtos"


Country: France
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Industrial, Sludge, Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 15, 2016
Tracklist
1. Born From The Tides (3:52)
2. Delusions And Ghosts (3:19)
3. A Call (3:59)
4. Up To The Sun (5:44)
5. Rejoice (2:07)
6. Burst (4:02)
7. Sermo In Monte (3:07)
8. Axis Mundi (4:00)
9. The Waste Land (20:27)

Total Time 50:37

Line-up
Lundi Galilao - everything

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Monday, November 14, 2016

BlurryCloud "Far From The Sea"


Country:  USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: November 14, 2016
Tracklist
1. Flight (1:21)
2. Currents (5:25)
3. Acres (3:15)
4. Of Hollow (4:32)
5. Boreas (3:46)
6. Adrift In Blue (2:39)
7. I Remember You (3:26)
8. Joon (4:54)
9. A Convolution (3:53)
10. Far Removed (3:55)
11. Strange Things (4:33)
12. Auster (5:15)

Total time 46:54

Line-up
Jack DeMaio - Guitar, bass, virtual instruments

Description/Reviews
 BlurryCloud is the vehicule for multi-instrumentalist Jack DeMaio, so on Far From The Sea he plays all instruments and he does so with an astonishing skill level. If I was to categorize the music I hear on this album it would be as ''Instrumental Prog Metal'', even though there are many mellow moments (sometimes almost ambient) mixed in with the heavier stuff.
DeMaio can play the keyboards to levels approaching those of Jordan Rudess or Derek Sherinian, guitar shred like the best of them (maybe a hint of Steve Vai?) and play some mighty powerfull drums. He can also be very melodic when needed so Far From The Sea is a heck of a roller coaster ride. Adding to that an excellent production for this CD, I'm convinced all fans of the genre (or of the artists I have listed) should really enjoy this album. (Marc at proggnosis.com)
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