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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wavesign "Flowing Sceneries"


Country: Chile
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Black Sunrise
2. Misguided I: Never Shine
3. Misguided II: Paper Wings
4. Dusk
5. Just a Piece

Total Time 32:24

Line-up
Miguel Sepúlveda: Lead Vocals, Guitars
Jaime Cid: Bass, Backing Vocals
Mario Matamala: Drums
Cristian Vega: Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Inspired by the inhospitable beauty and extensive geography of Chile, source of inspiration for so many poets throughout history, "Flowing Sceneries"  showcases a balanced yet solid, multilayered blend of modern and classic influences, ranging from straightforward rock to dynamic jazz/fusion elements, through songs with storytelling-like constructions.
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Black Sunrise

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Krzysztof Lepiarczyk "Jakżeż ja sie uspokoję"


Country: Poland
Genre(s)Art Rock
LabelLYNX Music (LM 133 CD)
FormatCD
Release date: December 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Gdy (5:26)
2. Spokój (2:53)
3. Wesoły (3:50)
4. Meteor (4:48)
5. Napis Na Obrazie (2:20)
6. Twarze (5:02)
7. Czy (5:18)
8. Bóg (4:40)

Total Time 34:17

Line-up
Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (Loonypark, Padre, Nemezis, Metus) - keyboards
Jerzy Antczak (Albion, Georgius) - guitars
Grzegorz Bauer (Millenium, Metus) - drums
Marek Smelkowski (Padre, Liquid Shadows, Millenium) - vocals
Mateusz Mazurkiewicz - bass

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Wesoły

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis "Lighthouse"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental Progressive Rock, Fusion
LabelMoonJune Records (MJR088)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 11, 2017
Tracklist
01. Zinc (7:47)
02. Derecho (8:29)
03. Ghost Light (14:19)
04. Magnetic (11:13)
05. A Hand In The Dark (4:54)
06. Transverse Wave (5:19)
07. Surge (4:30)

Total Time 56:15

Line-up
Mark Wingfield – Guitar
Markus Reuter – Touch Guitar
Asaf Sirkis – Drums

Description/Reviews
Lighthouse is a companion album to the mighty fine The Stone House, released earlier in the year but actually recorded before it during a marathon session in 2016, from which three albums will eventually emerge blinking into the uncaring daylight. The absence of bassist Yaron Stavi from this session sees his lower register taken by Markus Reuter’s Touch Guitar, and for whatever reason, this improvised creature is more of a progressive-experimental rock beast than the jazz animal of The Stone House, but this is powerful and feral rock of a kind that is flung out on a limb, billions of miles from conventionality.
Read the full review by Roger Trenwith at theprogressiveaspect.net

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Bandcamp   

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Soul Doubt "The Dance Of Light And Shade"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Hail To The Sun (5:29)
2. Prelude To Unconsciousness (3:23)
3. Hereafter (3:28)
4. Waking Dreams: Spectre Of Twilight (4:55)
5. Danse Macabre (12:18)
6. Elysian (6:14)
7. Waking Dreams: Swing Of Lights (4:31)
8. Silent Notes (6:58)
9. Whispers - Interlude I (1:30)
10. The Fall (5:46)
11. Aeons (9:55)
12. Standing On The Horizon (8:40)
13. Ashore - Interlude II (1:22)
14. Land(E)Scape (5:41)
15. Soundscape (4:38)
16. Sunset - Interlude III (0:47)
17. The Nightbringer (4:40)
18. Circus Oblivion (6:53)
19. At The Gates Of Dawn - Interlude IV (1:32)
20. Ashes Of The World (8:32)

Total Time 107:12

Line-up
Marco Ciancaglini: lead & backing vocals, acoustic & classic guitars, orchestrations, additional keys, irish folk and stupid whistles
Federico Benini: 5-string bass, fretless bass, additional synths & pads, programming and sound design
Nicola Casamenti: lead guitars
Marco Calbi: electric guitars, acoustic & classic guitars, dobro
Ale D’Altri: drums
Francesca Pretolani: piano, keyboards and lead synths
Emma Ronca: female lead and backing vocals
Davide Lavia: keyboards and synth (10), organs (17)
Jennifer Vargas: additional vocals (5)

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Bandcamp

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Mistheria "Gemini"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Neo-Classical/Symphonic/Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
01 - Hands Of Fire
02 - Angels In The Shadow
03 - Fight Of The Bumblebee
04 - Moonlight Sonata
05 - Air "The Day After"
06 - Devil's Step
07 - Prayer To God
08 - Prog Fantasy
09 - Falling Stars
10 - My Dear Chopin
11 - Asturias
12 - Adagio in G minor
13 - Metal Piano Sonata op.13

Line-up
Mistheria - keyboards
Roger Staffelbach - guitar
Leonardo Porcheddu - guitar
Ivan Mihaljevic - guitar
Steve Di Giorgio - bass
Dino Fiorenza - bass
John Macaluso - drums
   With
Christopher Caffery - guitar
Roy Z - guitar

Description/Reviews
"GEMINI" is an instrumental metal album which collects 13 songs composed and/or arranged by MISTHERIA in the metal, neo-classical, prog-metal genres.

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Trailer

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Marco De Angelis "Next Station"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: December 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Freewill (6:46)
2. Keep Going (5:58)
3. A Proggy Night In London (13:32)
4. Back Again (6:25)
5. Next Station (12:40)
6. Last Train (5:45)

Total Time 51:06

Line-up
Marco De Angelis: Guitars, Bass, Chapman Stick, Keyboards, Spanish Laud, Mandolin, Percussions
   With
Cristiano Micalizzi: Drums
Nad Sylvan (Unifaun, Agents Of Mercy, Steve Hackett): Lead and Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3)
Robbie Wyckoff (Under-Radio, Roger Waters): Lead Vocals (4, 5), Backing Vocals (5)
Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, Karmakanic): Lead and Backing Vocals (6)
Simona Rizzi: Backing Vocals (2, 4, 5, 6)
Cristiana Polegri: Backing Vocals (2, 4, 5, 6), Sax (2, 5)

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Freewill

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Hamadryad "The Black Hole"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 15 , 2017
Tracklist
1. Peaceful Exit (8:04)
2. So - By Your Side (10:32)
3. Fall'n Fly (8:43)
4. Dark Souls (6:01)
5. Crash (4:53)
6. The Worst Is Yet to Come (5:43)
7. Amora Demonis 2017 (7:54)

Total Time 51:50

Line-up
Denis Jalbert - Guitars, Back Vocals
Jean-Francois Desilets - Bass, Lead Vocals
Sebastien Cloutier - Keyboards, Back Vocals
Nicolas Turcotte - Drums

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Stream
Deezer

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day Six "Solitary League"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Lion Music (LMC398)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Hypervigilant  
2. Flight to Mars  
3. Myriad Scars  
4. Math's Patterns  
5. The Cloud  
6. Grace in Words
7. 3:09  
8. Deadlock  
9. Modern Solitude

Line-up
Eric Smits (Casual Silence) – Bass, Backing Vocals
Daan Liebregts – Drums
Rutger Vlek – Keyboards
Robbie van Stiphout – Guitars, Vocals

Description/Reviews
Musically, Day Six stick to their tried and true formula of intricate, yet melodic and easily accessible, compositions that draw upon and blend many genres. The larger wrapper is heavier progressive rock. Most every song has passages with heavy brisk riffage with thick bottom end that will remind you of progressive metal. In between Day Six enjoys playing with mixtures of basic melodic rock, jazz, pop, and symphonic notes. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Sampler

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Monday, December 11, 2017

As Follows "&cet"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Intelligent Egg
Formatdigital
Release date: December 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Farmer Giles Of Ham (8:16)
  i. Giant Steps
  ii. Meetings By Fire
  iii. Wyrms-Lair
  iv. Battle For The Bridge
2. Father To Son (12:28)
3. Purple Prose (11:24)
4. Megalith Book VI (22:10)
  i. Into The Infinite
  ii. Beyond The Last Waystone
  iii. All That Is, Is

Total Time 54:18

Line-up
Ben Asaro - guitar, bass, keyboards, gang vocals (2)
Kurt Borst - vocals
Nathan Nasty - vocals
Madeleine Durham - vocals
Claire Brock - drums
  With
Gary Pickard - flute (2)
Jose Bahamonde - lead guitar (2), gang vocals (2)
Michael Spaccarotella - lead guitar (4)
Elizabeth Roxburgh - voice (4)
Tom Racciopi, Kris Mandapat - gang vocals (2)

Description/Reviews
As Follows returns with their third full-length album, &cet. Pulling from a diverse pool of influences, this album will appeal to fans of melodic prog rock in the style of Rush, Yes, Genesis, and Pink Floyd.
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Stream

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Stretch Heart "Stretch Heart"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dance Of Deceit (1:48)
2. Sleep (2:13)
3. Stretch Heart (3:06)
4. Stuck In Love (4:05)
5. Maneater (3:54)
6. Cult Of Venus (4:57)
7. In The Hall (7:38)
8. Face The Truth (4:39)
9. The Sands Of Time (8:27)

Total Time 40:47

Line-up
Alex Roumanidakis - Vocals, all instruments, programming

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Sintesi Del Viaggio Di Es "l Sole Alle Spalle"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Locanda Del Vento ‎(LDV012)
Format: CD
Release date: early December 2017
Tracklist
1 Intro: Noi
2 Segnali
3 Sabbia (Tra Le Mani)
4 Altra Idea
5 Ritornano Stanotte
6 L'altra Parte Buia
7 Il Patto Non Scritto
8 L'illusione
9 Il Sole Alle Spalle
10 Coda: Lei

Line-up
Valerio Roda (Sithonia) - bass
Marco Giovannini (Sithonia) - vocals
Sauro Musi (Sithonia) - guitar
Eleonora Montenegro - flute
Nicola Alberghini - drums
Maurizio Pezzoli - keyboards

Description/Reviews
“Il Sole alle Spalle” inherits the typical characteristics of records that have left their mark as “Spettacolo annullato”, “Hotel Brun” and “La Soluzione semplice”: typically Italian interpretation and melody, always appealing songs length, with the indispensable 15-minutes suite, the conclusive title track, which knows how to unfold in different images and moments, from the most symphonic and rocking to the most delicate breath of acoustic guitars, piano and flute.
Just the flute of Eleonora Montenegro becomes a distinctive element for the traits of greater lightness and sweetness, until folkish Celtic digressions  (there is also a tin whistle for the occasion).
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Cleric "Retrocasual"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Experimental/Avant Garde/Extreme Progressive Metal
LabelWeb of Mimicry
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The treme
2. Ifrit
3. Lowell
4. Lunger
5. Soroboruo
6. Resumption
7. The Spiraling Abyss
8. Triskaidekaphobe
9. Grey Lodge

Line-up
Matt Hollenberg - guitars
Daniel Ephraim Kennedy - bass, guitar (7)
Larry Kwartowitz - drums, percussion, war drums
Nick Shellenberger - voice, keyboards, guitar 2 (6), bass 1 (7), bass 2 (8), war drums (8), samples
   With:
Timba Harris - violins (1)
Mick Barr - guitar (5)
John Zorn - alto saxophone (9)

Description/Reviews
Now with well-earned respect from both the extreme metal underground and Zorn-associated avant garde jazz scene, Cleric more than makes good on their promise. Listen to them rewrite the book on what the combination of the terms "metal" and "avant garde" can (and should) mean. With "Retrocausal" this tireless Philadeliphia-based unit has burst forth with a true masterpiece in the field of extreme experimental music.
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Mabel Greer's Toyshop "The Secret"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Big Brother, Little Brother
2. Love's Fire
3. Turning To The Light
4. Angel Sent
5. More & More
6. Swan
7. Image of Existence
8. You
9. The Secret

Line-up
Clive Bayley - guitar, vocals
Hugo Barré - bass
Robert Hagger - drums
Max Hunt - keyboards
   With
Peter Banks (YES, Flash) - guitar (9)

Description/Reviews
On this album, Peter Banks can be heard playing a guitar duo with Mabel Greer's founder, guitarist and vocalist, Clive Bayley for the first time in 50 years. Clive has written a new song around guitar parts recorded by Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013. This song is a tribute to Banks and Chris Squire who both joined the band in September 1967.
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The Secret
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Zaina Arekat "Mind Journey"


Country: Bahrain
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Mind Journey (2:06)
2. The Fields (3:38)
3. Majestic Realm (2:32)
4. Beasts Of Wonder (3:23)
5. Ancient Sands (3:12)
6. The Nautilus (2:45)
7. Ghostly Sails (4:02)
8. Dark Side Of The Moon (3:49)
9. The Last Flight (2:37)
10. Angels (4:06)

Total Time 32:10

Line-up
Zaina Arekat

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Mind Journey

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Oglin "Leeches and Lowly Worms"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Neo-Prog
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Leeches And Lowly Worms (5:32)
2. The Office Cockerel (5:11)
3. Sabbatical (4:26)
4. Escape (5:48)
5. Customer Of Culture (4:10)
6. Mother (3:29)
7. Bridge (1:36)
8. Back To The Hearth (3:46)
9. Dream (5:14)
10. The Pill (2:23)
11. Charlotte (9:58)

Total Time 51:33

Line-up
Ogge Sjölin - bass, vocal
Seth Kapadia - guitars
David Thurfjell - keyboards
Johan Thurfjell - drums

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3 tracks
Stream

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Diablo Swing Orchestra "Pacifisticuffs"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Spinefarm/Universal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love) (2:26)
2. The Age Of Vulture Culture (5:00)
3. Superhero Jagganath (5:41)
4. Vision Of The Purblind (1:01)
5. Lady Clandestine Chainbreaker (4:50)
6. Jigsaw Hustle (4:52)
7. Pulse Of The Incipient (0:34)
8. Ode To The Innocent (3:49)
9. Interruption (5:21)
10. Cul-De-Sac Semantics (1:09)
11. Karma Bonfire (4:14)
12. Climbing The Eyewall (4:40)
13. Porch Of Perception (0:44)

Total Time 44:21

Line-up
Kristin Evegård - lead vocals, piano
Daniel Håkansson - lead vocals, guitar
Pontus Mantefors - guitar, synthesizer, FX, vocals
Anders Johansson  - bass
Johannes Bergion - cello, backing vocals
Martin Isaksson - trumpet, backing vocals
Daniel Hedin - trombone, backing vocals
Johan Norbäck - drums

Media/Samples 
Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love)
Jigsaw Hustle (single version)

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Icecocoon "How Long Is Forever...?"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Great Aerial Ocean (6:36)
2. Falling Away (4:32)
3. Breaking You Apart (5:02)
4. Lost At Sea (7:09)
5. The Particle Horizon (3:22)
6. Did It All (5:36)
7. Sunlight Sonata (2:28)
8. One Hundred Times My Weight (9:05)

Total Time 43:50

Line-up
Owen Gillett - Guitars, Vocals
Brad Roscow - Guitars
Matthew R. Davis - Bass, Vocals
Tom Kilsby - Drums

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Breaking You Apart
Lost at Sea
The Great Aerial Ocean

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Rome Pro(G)ject "Exegi Monumentum Aere Perennius"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
I Proemium (2:04)
II Exegi Monvmentvm (12:25)
III Once Were Romans (5:49)
IV Of Myths And Gods (5:05)
V 476 A.C. (Song For Wetton) (5:41)
VI Aere Perennivs I (1:36)
VII Aere Perennivs II (Song For Emerson) (4:13)
VIII Aere Perennivs III (Non Omnis Moriar) (4:31)
IX Aere Perennivs IV (4:24)
X Epilogus (1:15)
   Bonus tracks:
XI Ab Uvre Condita (Song For Francesco) (2:18)
XII Non Omnis Moriar (3:15)
XIII Down To The Domus Aurea (4:33)

Total Time 57:09

Line-up
Vincenzo Ricca - keyboards (2-9, 11-13), electric bass (5)
Daniele Pomo (RanestRane) - drums (2-9, 12)
Roberto Vitelli (Taproban) - Moog taurus (2, 4, 7, 9), electric bass (3, 6-9, 12)
Franck Carducci - 12 strings guitar (2, 4), electric bass (2, 4)
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - electric lead guitar (2, 13), classical & electric guitars (11)
David Jackson (VDGG, Peter Hammill) - winds (3, 8)
David Cross (King Crimson) - electric violin (5, 8, 9, 12)
John Hackett - flute (2, 4)
Nick Magnus - piano (1, 10)
Paolo Ricca - electric guitar (2), electric lead guitar (6)
Francesco Di Giacomo (Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso) - vocals (11)
Danilo Chiarella - electric bass (13)
Maurizio Mirabelli - drums (13)

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Status Minor "Three Faces of Antoine"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Lion Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Helen (0:47)
2. Our Common Curse (5:09)
3. Turn Back Time (9:23)
4. The Tunnel (3:42)
5. Free Me (7:40)
6. Hard To Find (3:45)
7. Max And Pattie (0:55)
8. Feel My Hunger (12:34)
9. Slenderman (6:26)
10. Me (4:48)

Total Time 55:09

Line-up
Eero Pakkanen - Bass
Rolf Pilve - Drums
Sami Saarinen - Guitars
Markku Kuikka - Vocals
Jukka Karinen - Keyboards

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Samples

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Prowlers "Navigli Riflessi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Ma.Ra.Cash Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 7, 2017 (digital), December 8, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. ...Delle Terra... Dell'acqua (6:22)
2. Risveglio (5:16)
3. Navigli, Pt. 1 (4:27)
4. Il Ricordo Di Un Uomo (4:44)
5. Danzante Oscura Verita' (5:41)
6. Navigli, Pt. 2 (6:13)
7. Il Ponte (5:10)
8. Acqua Lenta (5:57)
9. Navigli, Pt. 3 (6:27)
10. Riflessi (7:33)
11. L'ultimo Filo D'erba (5:36)
12. Navigli, Pt. 4 (7:31)

Total Time 70:57

Line-up
Laura Mombrini - lead and backing vocals
Roberto 'Bobo' Alfio - bass
Alfio Costa - keyboards, samples
Marco Freddi - drums, percussion
Stefano Piazzi - guitars
Cristina Lucchini & Daniela LaDany Aglioni - backing vocals
    With:
Vincenzo Zitello - flute, cellos, viola, violin, orobian pipes, baghèt
Coro Adiemus directed by M.o Flavio Ranica - choir
Voci Bianche della Schola Cantorum di Calcio directed by M.o Gianluigi Consolandi - choir

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Organized Chaos "Divulgence"


Country: Serbia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: December 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. Apex (03:04)
2. Cinnamon (05:02)
3. Anche (05:22)
4. Hide and Seek (06:02)
5. Broken Divine (07:22)
6. Awake (01:47)
7. The Mask (08:02)

Total Time 37:44

Line-up
Bojan Kvočka - Bass
Benjamin Lechuga - Guitars
David Maxim Micić - Keyboards, Additional Guitars
Milan YEQY Jejina - Drums
Vladimir Lalić - Vocals
   With
Nick Johnston - Solo guitar (3)
Richard Henshall (Haken) - Solo guitar (5)
Branislava Podrumac - Vocals (7)
Larissa Teresčenko - Violins (1, 3, 5)

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Major Denial "Duchess Of Sufferings"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 6, 2017
Tracklist
1. Illustrious (5:52)
2. Rise With The Dawn (5:22)
3. Immortality (5:32)
4. In Sickness Of Lust (4:46)
5. The Chains Of Failure (6:55)
6. She Wears Shadows (6:20)
7. The Water' S Black (5:59)
8. Agonies Of Fear (6:08)
9. Duchess Of Sufferings (6:00)
10. Se Ipse Necavit (5:12)

Total Time 58:06

Line-up
Nektarios Ntagkas - Rhythm Guitars
Achilleas Diamantis - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Panagiotis Haramis - Bass
Kostas Milonas - Drums
   With
Stratos Diamantis - Piano, Keyboards
Yannis Papadopoulos (Until Rain) - Vocals
Lisette Van De Berg  - Vocals (10)

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Dam Kat "Alawn"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal, Folk, World Music
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 6, 2017 (digital), January 3, 2018 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Courage And Sorrow (7:08)
2. Devil Inside Me (6:20)
3. Feel Free (5:46)
4. I Write A Poem (6:31)
5. Try To Love - Part I (5:36)
6. Try To Love - Part II (4:44)
7. Who Are These Gods ? (6:02)
8. I Believe (5:45)

Total Time 47:52

Line-up
Dam Kat (Children in Paradise) - all instruments, vocals

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bright Ophidia "Fighting the Gravity"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Pronet Records (PRCD 010) 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 5, 2017
Tracklist
1. Fighting The Gravity (2:18)
2. Corporate Part I (1:53)
3. Stronghold (5:54)
4. My Lust My Fear (5:19)
5. Swallow Me (3:38)
6. Volcano (4:50)
7. My Heart Tells No (4:17)
8. Corporate Part II (3:52)
9. It`s Time (5:04)
10. In Exile (20:29)

Total Time 57:34

Line-up
Adam Bogusłowicz – vocals
Przemek Figiel – guitar
Cezary Mielko – drums
Mariusz Rusiłowicz – bass
Marek Walczuk – guitar

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Clouds Can "Leave"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Progressive Promotion Records PPRCD056
Format: CD
Release dateDecember 4, 2017
Tracklist
1. This dream of me
2. All we are I am not
3. Life is strange
4. On the day you leave
5. Like any angel
6. A change of heart
7. Insomnia
8. Almost forever

Line-up
Thomas Thielen (t)
Dominik Hüttermann (Virtual Moon, Imatra)

Media/Samples 
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The Black Noodle Project "Divided We Fall"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 4, 2017
Tracklist
1. Isolation (7:50)
2. Memorial (6:10)
3. Ashes To Ashes (5:49)
4. Under A Black Sky (2:00)
5. Absolom (5:58)
6. Cosmic Dust (9:56)
7. Left Behind (3:31)

Total Time 41:14

Line-up
Jérémie Grima - guitars, voice, keyboards
Sébastien Bourdeix - guitars
Tommy Rizzitelli - drums
Frédéric Motte - bass

Description/Reviews
This record is a powerful trip into a divided mind, a storm of melancholic melodies and raging riffs, an aerial journey where beauty collides with deep emotions.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Jono "Life"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)AOR, Hard Rock, Prog Related
Label: Frontiers (FRCD_835)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sailors (4:01)
2. Crown (5:45)
3. No Return (5:11)
4. On The Other Side (3:57)
5. Downside (7:26)
6. To Be Near You (6:56)
7. My Love (4:52)
8. The Magician (4:55)
9. Trust (7:35)
10. The March (5:06)

Total Time 55:44

Line-up
Johan Norrby - vocals
Stefan Helleblad - guitars
Nicka  Helleberg - drums
Johan Carlgren - piano, keyboards
Janne Henriksson - bass
Leo Olsson – guitars

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No Return

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Intervals "The Way Forward"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal 
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Touch And Go (4:21)
2. Impulsively Responsible (3:53)
3. A Different Light (4:35)
4. By Far And Away (4:08)
5. Belvedere (5:24)
6. Rubicon Artist (4:39)
7. The Waterfront (4:43)
8. Leave No Stone (5:30)

Total Time 37:13

Line-up
Aaron Marshall - Guitars
Cameron McLellan (Protest The Hero) - Bass
Nathan Bulla - Drums & Percussion
Owane - Keyboards & Additional Sound Design

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Touch And Go
By Far And Away
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The Re-Stoned "Chronoclasm"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic, Stoner
Label: Oak Island Records (OIR 17)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 1, 2017 (digital), December 15, 2017 (CD, vinyl)
Tracklist
1. The Sirens Of Titan (9:47)
2. Human Without Body (7:15)
3. Save Me Under The Emerald Grass (5:08)
4. Psychedelic Soya Barbeque (8:02)
5. Oc44 (8:51)
6. Chronoclasm (8:55)
7. Quartz Crystals (9:08) - CD bonus track

Total time: 57:06

Line-up
Ilya Lipkin (Maat Lander) - guitars, bass (7), effects
Vladimir Kislyakov - bass
Yaroslav Shevchenko - drums
Evgeniy Tkachev - percussion (7)

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Riccardo Romano Land "B612"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Progressive Rock Opera
LabelMa.Ra.Cash Records (MRC069)
Format: CD, digital
Release dateDecember 01, 2017
Tracklist
1. Laughing Star (part One) (2:56)
2. B612 (5:58)
3. Invisible To The Eyes (6:04)
4. Compass Rose (8:54)
5. Letter (3:46)
6. The King (5:25)
7. The Lamplighter (6:10)
8. Echo Of Solitude (3:09)
9. The Snake (5:45)
10. Dragonfly (10:02)
11. Le Renard (2:56)
12. Laughing Star (part 2) (6:07)
13. Sandcastles (6:30)

Total Time 73:42

Line-up
Riccardo Romano (RanestRane, Steve Rothery, Dave Foster): keyboards, celtic harp, harmonium, guitars, acoustic bass, vocals as The Aviator, The Little Prince, The Lamplighter
Andrea Bassato: violin (1, 5, 9)
Lorenzo Feliciati: electric bass (4, 13)
Dave Foster (Mr. So and So, Steve Rothery): guitars (2, 3)
Luca Grimieri: guitars (3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 1b)
Maurizio Meo (RanestRane): electric & double bass (2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 1b )
Daniele Pomo (RanestRane): drums
Massimo Pomo (RanestRane): guitars (6, 9)
Steve Rothery (Marillion): guitars (4, 1b)
Sonia Bertin: vocals as Le Renard
Steve Hogarth (Marillion): vocals as The Snake
Martin Jakubski: vocals as The King
Jennifer Rothery: vocals as The Rose

Description/Reviews
It is a rock opera inspired by the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. The songs follow the narrative thread of the novel, intertwined with the life of the French writer, being told with the musical influences and texts by the story of the album’s author. Everything becomes a symbol and metaphor to describe the same journey with different points of view. Musically, inspiration by Peter Gabriel’s “Ovo” or Marillion’s”Brave” can be found, combined with references to the tradition of the most iconic rock operas such as Jesus Christ Superstar.
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Operation: Mindcrime "The New Reality"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers (FRCD_827)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. A Head Long Jump
2. Wake Me Up
3. It Was Always You
4. The Fear
5. Under Control
6. The New Reality
7. My Eyes
8. A Guitar In Church?
9. All For What?
10. The Wave
11. Tidal Change
12. The Sale Old Story

Line-up
Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche)
Kelly Gray
John Moyer
Simon Wright
Scott Mercado
Scott Moughton
Brian Tichy
Mike Ferguson

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Defecto "Nemesis"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Label: Prime Collective
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Final Night Of Silence (1:52)
2. Nemesis (3:27)
3. Endlessly Falling (5:01)
4. Savage (3:25)
5. The Nameless Apparition (5:24)
6. The Sacrificed (3:44)
7. Ode To The Damned (7:16)
8. Gravity (3:59)
9. Ablaze (5:56)
10. Before The Veil (4:12)
11. We're All The Enemy (4:02)
12. Ascend To Heaven (7:35)

Total Time 55:53

Line-up
Thomas Bartholin - Bass
Henrik Been - Drums, Keyboards
Frederik Duus Møller - Guitars
Nicklas Sonne - Guitars, Vocals

Description/Reviews
After the intro the pace remains high for a while, with the hacking riffs of the title track, Metallica influences in the thrash-like ‘Endlessly Falling’, smooth rocking in ‘Savage’ and the low-tuned chunky guitars in ‘The Nameless Apparition’. All these tracks are graced with eminent guitar solos, accordingly to the song going from wild and fervent to emotive and soaring. 
Read the full review at lordsofmetal.nl

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Isildurs Bane "Off The Radar"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelAtaraxia (ATX5CD)
Format: CD
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. 2Drive! Part 1-3 (7:52)
2. Off the Radar (4:38)
3. Under Your New Moon (5:21)
4. Xenolith (10:05)
5. Goodbye Berlin (4:31)
6. Endless Air (5:51)
7. Uvertyr/Open  (Live 2016) (4:36) (Bonus Track)

Total Time 42:54

Line-up
Katrine Amsler: Keyboards, Electronic
Klas Assarsson: Percussion, Snare (3)
Luca Calabrese: Trumpet
Axel Croné : Bass, Clarinets, Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Saxophones, Additional Grand Piano (5)
Samuel Hällkvist: Guitar
Mats Johansson: Keyboards
Christian Saggese: Acoustic Guitar (7)
Kjell Severinsson: Drums (1, 2, 4), Cajón (3, 5)
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Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson): Percussion & Effects (4, 5, 6)
Pieter Lenaerts: Double Bass  (1)
Xerxes Andrén: Drums (1, 4)
Liesbeth Lambrecht: Violin (1)
Adam Sass: Trumpet (2)
Lukas Wikström: Electric Guitar (3, 5)
Leif Jonsson: Congas, Timbales, Timbales, Repinique, Pandeiro, Flute (all on track 4)

Description/Reviews
Focusing on keyboards (from Mellotron, Moog and ARP to software), the album combines elements of Prog, Fusion, Electronica and contemporary Classical music.
 As a yin to the synthesiser's yang, the album makes frequent use of acoustic instruments such as woodwinds, trumpet and percussion.
 Fans of Isildurs Bane will recognise Mats Johansson's distinctive compositional traits, while appreciating Off The Radar as something new in IB's 40 plus years of music making.
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Murder and Parliament "Murder and Parliament"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
LabelBad Elephant Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. A Scattering (8:28)
2. Crookedness (4:52)
3. Grey Malkin (4:50)
4. Kettle And Cauldron (3:05)
5. Firecracker (5:02)
6. Embers (6:43)
7. Clamour (4:53)
8. They Broadcast My Birthday On A Numbers Station (5:29)

Total Time 43:22

Line-up
Tom Slatter - all instruments
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Chrissie Caulfield - violin
Alun Vaughan - bass guitar

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Palpable Defeat "Dystopia"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Capsule Shrine (6:05)
2. Icarus (4:19)
3. Swallow The World (5:38)
4. Binary Sage (5:18)
5. Dystopia (9:58)
6. Starlight (4:29)
7. Killing Mortality (7:17)
8. The Portrait (7:12)
9. Frantic (3:38)
10. Untitled Journey (12:20)

Total Time 66:14

Line-up
Ben Daniels: Guitars, drum programming, keyboards and programming
Jeff Wheeler: Vocals
Keith Tuggle: Bass guitars, vocals

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Magnolia "Con Fuoco"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelLizard Records (LZ0130)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Con Fuoco (3:56)
2. Rivolta (4:04)
3. La Citta Della Notte (6:54)
4. Gea (4:59)
5. Syrma (9:33)
6. Stasi (5:20)
7. Terre Di Mezzo (10:09)
8. Luna Del Viandante Pt.1 (Stanze) (5:05)
9. Luna Del Viandante Pt.2 (Distanze) (3:42)
10. Luna Del Viandante Pt. 3 (Assenze) (4:24)

Total Time 58:06

Line-up
Chiara Gironi: vocals
Donatella Valeri: piano, keyboards
Simone Papale : bass
Claudio Carpenelli: drums
Bruno Tifi: guitar
Alessandro Di Cori: guitar

Description/Reviews
Five years after “La Zona d’Ombra”, the band released Con Fuoco (With fire).
While Con Fuoco is not a concept album there is nonetheless a thin red line that goes through all the tracks and connects them to a shared theme: resistance against oppressive regimes, past and present.
The album opens with the title track, an instrumental with clear hard rock influences. After the opener the album takes a faster pace and an angry, fighting stance with songs like Rivolta (Revolt), inspired by early 21st century No-Global movements and their struggles and Gea  that envisions the rebellion of the cradle of Western culture against the speculations of the latest years. Anger subsides into melancholy in Syrma, inspired by the desaparecidos and the Latin America dictatorships. Syrma is the album’s first long track and probably the most “progressive”, with repeated and sudden tempo changes and melodic, mellower arpeggios dueting with explosive, powerful instrumental sections. The same alternance between slower, mellower passages and frantic, hectic ones is found in Terre di mezzo (Lands in-between), the second long track dedicated to the tragic, unending war between Israel and Palestine, featuring an orchestra finale that is beyond doubt one of the peaks of the whole album.
Con Fuoco’s final track is a 3 part suite which is actually one of the band’s first work dating back to the late 90s: Luna del viandante (The Wanderer’s moon), an intimate and personal track that represets at the same time a departure from the rest of the album and a trip back to the dreamlike, outside-time-and-space atmospheres which are a trademark of Magnolia, atmospheres that enhance and bring at the forefront the crystal clear, poetic and, in this track, stunningly poignant and intense voice of the vocalist.
Once again Magnolia have demonstrated that they walk their own path, far away from traditional labels and genres: a band with Italian lyrics engulfed in a typical British sound, a band that combines a Wilson-esque “kaleidoscope” sound with deeply emotional and socially oriented lyrics akin to some works by Fabrizio De André. In short, a mix that we could call “combat prog.” (btf )
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nine Skies "Return Home"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAnesthetize Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Return Home (6:30)
2. Season Of Greed (4:16)
3. Catharsis (2:54)
4. The Blind Widower (8:56)
5. Roses Never Hatch (6:34)
6. The Slight Snake (3:20)
7. Dust In Town (6:50)
8. The Blind Widower (Part II) (5:31)
9. Time For Them To Go (5:02)
10. A Way Back (Return Home Part II) (5:10)

Total Time 55:03

Line-up
Alexandre Boussacre: Vocals
Freddy Scott: Vocals
David Darnaud: Guitars
Eric Bouillette: Guitars, Piano (4)
Alexandre Lamia: Guitars, Keyboards
Anne Claire Rallo: Keyboards
Bernard Hery: Bass
Fab Galia: Drums
Laurent Benhamou: Saxophones
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Peny Mac Morris: Flute (4, 8)

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Caravela Escarlate "Caravela Escarlate"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: November 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Um Brilho Frágil No Infinito (5:11)
2. Caravela Escarlate (4:38)
3. Atmosfera (6:28)
4. Gigantes Da Destruição (6:52)
5. Toque As Constelações (5:21)
6. Futuro Passado (4:45)
7. Cosmos (8:33)
8. Planeta-Estrela (11:33)

Total Time 53:21

Line-up
Ronaldo Rodrigues - keyboards
David Paiva - bass, guitars, vocals
Elcio Cáfaro - drums

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