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Friday, December 29, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2017
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

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.

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Friday, December 8, 2017

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
01. Knucklehugs (Arm Yourself With Love)
02. The Age Of Vulture Culture
03. Superhero Jagannath
04. Vision Of The Purblind
05. Lady Clandestine Chainbreaker
06. Jigsaw Hustle
07. Pulse Of The Incipient
08. Ode To The Innocent
09. Interruption
10. Cul-de-sac Semantics
11. Karma Bonfire
12. Climbing The Eyewall
13. Porch Of Perception

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 
Jigsaw Hustle (single version)

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Black Noodle Project "Divided We Fall"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: December 4, 2017
Tracklist
1. Isolation
2. Memorial
3. Ashes to Ashes
4. Under a Black Sky
5. Absolom
6. Cosmic Dust
7. Left Behind

Line-up
Jérémie Grima - guitars, voice, programming
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.
Media/Samples 
Absolom

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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

Media/Samples 
No Return

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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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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Deluge Grander "Oceanarium"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Emkog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 2017
Tracklist
1. A Numbered Rat, A High Ledge, And A Maze Of Horizons (11:32)
2. Drifting Inner Skyline Space (8:28)
3. The Blunt Sun And The Hardened Moon (15:25)
4. Finding A Valley In A Gray Area On A Map (3:24)
5. Finding A Shipwreck In A Valley In An Ocean (6:20)
6. Tropical Detective Squadron (14:10)
7. Marooned And Torn Asunder (8:06)
8. Water To Glass / The Ultimate Solution (12:31)

Total Time 79:56

Line-up
Dan Britton: keyboards, guitars, other instruments (1-8)
Dave Berggren- electric guitar (6)
Neil Brown-trumpet (8)
Steve Churchill-oboe (1,7)
Brett d'Anon- bass, guitars (1-8)
Brian Falkowski- saxophone (3), flute (4,5), clarinet (8)
Denis Malloy- bass clarinet (1, 2, 3, 8)
Corey Sansolo- trombone (1)
Natalie Spehar- cello (2, 4, 5, 8)
Zack Stachowski- violin (4, 5)

Description/Reviews
The music on "Oceanarium" is entirely instrumental, densely orchestrated, and has a wide variety of instruments, including cello, trumpet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, violin, oboe, and trombone, in addition to the usual keyboards, guitars, bass, and drums.  Although many musical styles are included, the end result probably fits nicely under the label "symphonic prog."
"Oceanarium" is the second album in a planned three-level seven-album series.  The first album "Heliotians" was released in 2014, and the third album "Lunarians" will hopefully be released in 2018.  "Oceanarium" is on the middle tier of the three-tiered seven-album series and contains ideas found in the two albums beneath it (the previously mentioned "Heliotians" and "Lunarians"), but unlike those two albums, it is densely and carefully orchestrated and is entirely instrumental.
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A Numbered Rat, a High Ledge, and a Maze of Horizons (sample)
Tropical Detective Squadron (sample)
Marooned and Torn Asunder (sample)
Water to Glass / The Ultimate Solution (sample)

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lee Abraham "Colours"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR
Label: Festival Music (201711)
Format: CD
Release date: November 27, 2017
Tracklist:
  1. Colours 
  2. Broken Dreams 
  3. Always Yours
  4. Find Another Way
  5. Warning Sign
  6. Survive
  7. The Mirror Falls
Line-up
Lee Abraham: guitars, keyboards
  With
Alistair Begg: bass
Rob Arnold: piano
Gerald Mulligan (Credo): drums
Dec Burke (Darwin's Radio, Frost*, Audioplastik): vocals
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband): vocals
Gary Chandler (Jadis): vocals
Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback, Valdez): vocals
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf): vocals
Steve Overland: vocals

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Galactic Cowboys "Long Way Back To The Moon"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelMusic Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD , vinyl, digital
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. In The Clouds
2. Internal Masquerade
3. Blood In My Eyes
4. Next Joke
5. Zombies
6. Drama
7. Amisarewas
8. Hate Me
9. Losing Ourselves
10. Agenda
11. Long Way Back To The Moon
12. Believing The Hype (Bonus Track)
13. Say Goodbye To Utopia (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Dane Sonnier - Guitar
Ben C. Huggins - Vocals
Alan Doss - Drums, Keyboards
Monty Colvin - Bass

Media/Samples 
Internal Masquerade

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Tusmørke "Bydyra"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Retro Prog FolkPsychedelic
LabelKarisma Records (KAR132)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
2. Trefar (Three Father)
3. Mellomspill (Interlude)
4. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
5. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
6. Vi er eid (We are owned)
7. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
8. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
9. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

Line-up
Benediktator - vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion, handclaps
Krizla - vocals, flute and electronics
HlewagastiR - drums and percussion
Dauinghorn (Jordsjø) - electric guitar
Marxo Solina - Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet

Description/Reviews
Coming in with a whopping 15 tracks, “Bydyra” is composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo. It is a unique work that explores the relatively “grown up” subjects of urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.
With “Bydyra” TUSMØRKE have succeeded in blending their unique take on Prog Rock with a substantial dose of humour to create an album that will be enjoyed equally by both children, who will be enchanted by the characters and their adventures, and by adults, who will succumb to the psychedelic prog folk overtones. It is a journey filled with magical creatures that serve to charm and educate at the same time.
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Bandcamp
Rottekongen

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Von Hertzen Brothers "War Is Over"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Music Theories/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 3, 2017
Tracklist
  1. War Is Over
  2. To The End Of The World
  3. The Arsonist
  4. Jerusalem
  5. Frozen Butterflies
  6. Who Are You
  7. Blindsight
  8. Long Lost Sailor
  9. Wanderlust
  10. Beyond The Storm 
Line-up
Mikko von Hertzen
Kie von Hertzen
Jonne von Hertzen

Media/Samples 
The Arsonist

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Coalition "Ballad of Reading Gaol"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: November 1, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part I   
  2. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part II   
  3. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part III   
  4. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part IV   
  5. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part V   
  6. Ballad of Reading Gaol - Part VI
Line-up
Steve Gresswell (The Inner Road) - keyboards, drums, bass guitar, orchestration
Jamie Read - vocals / vocal arrangements
Carl Anthony Wright - guitars

Description/Reviews
This is a musical interpretation of Oscar Wilde's poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Originally commissioned by Richard Demarco CBE for a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The poem has been put to music and is sung in it's entirety.
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Bandcamp

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3rd Ear Experience "Stoned Gold"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: November 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Infinite Unmanifest (16:48)
2. Iceberg Dreams (12:13)
3. Stoned Gold (7:56)
4. I Am Not Robot (13:19)
5. No Walls, No Wars (7:13)
6. The Drone (12:00)

Total time: 69:29

Line-up
Robbi Robb - guitars, vocals
Jorge Bassman Carrillo - bass, backing vocals
Richard Stuverud - drums, percussion.
Amritakripa - synthesizers, voice, vocals
   With
Steven Young - vocals (6)
Alex (Bah Wol) Perez - native american chants

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

L’Albero del Veleno "Tale of a Dark Fate"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Black Widow Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 2017
Tracklist
01. PRELUDE - The poison tree
ACT I (Hypnos)
02. Morpheus
03. Phobetor
04. Interlude I - Momus
05. Phantasos
06. INTERVAL
ACT II (Thanatos)
07. Clotho
08. Lachesis
09. Interlude II - Ananke
10. Atropos
11. POSTLUDE - Moros

Line-up
Nadin Petricelli - Keyboards & Synth
Lorenzo Picchi - Guitars
Michele Andreuccetti - Bass
Marco Brenzini - Flute
Jacopo Ciani - Viola & Violin
Claudio Miniati - Drums

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Friday, October 27, 2017

PFM Premiata Forneria Marconi "Emotional Tattoos"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop, AOR
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
- English version -
1. We're Not An Island (7:12)
2. Morning Freedom (6:06)
3. The Lesson (5:08)
4. So Long (5:56)
5. A Day We Share (6:03)
6. There's A Fire In Me (4:55)
7. Central District (5:27)
8. Freedom Square - instrumental (4:47)
9. I'm Just A Sound (5:57)
10. Hannah (5:16)
11. It's My Road (5:07)

- Italian version -
1. Il Regno (7:12)
2. Oniro (6:06)
3. La lezione (5:08)
4. Mayday (5:56)
5. La danza degli specchi (6:03)
6. Il cielo che c'è (4:55)
7. Quartiere generale (5:27)
8. Freedom Square - instrumental (4:47)
9. Dalla Terra alla Luna (5:57)
10. Le cose belle (5:16)
11. Big Bang (5:07)

Line-up

Alessandro Scaglione: keyboards, Hammond, Moog
Lucio Fabbri: violin
Patrick Djivas: bass
Franz Di Cioccio: lead vocals, drums
Marco Sfogli: guitars
Roberto Gualdi: drums
Alberto Bravin: keyboards, backing vocals

Description/Reviews
 “Emotional Tattoos” marks the return of the band's trademark sound after two rather experimental releases. The new album takes a melodic rock route while offering surprising musical twists and turns including moody synths, orchestral arrangements, straight-forward guitar-driven passages and wonderful ballads
Media/Samples
Central District
Quartiere Generale 

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Ne Obliviscaris "Urn"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Libera, Pt. 1 (Saturnine Spheres) (09:52)
2. Libera, Pt. 2 (Ascent of Burning Moths) (02:35)
3. Intra Venus (07:28)
4. Eyrie (11:51)
5. Urn, Pt. 1 (And Within The Void We Are Breathless) (07:30)
6. Urn, Pt. 2 (As Embers Dance In Our Eyes) (06:38)

Total time 45:54

Line-up
Tim Charles - Violin, Vocals
Xenoyr - Vocals
Matt Klavins - Guitars
Daniel Presland - Drums
Benjamin Baret - Guitars
   With:
Robin Zielhorst - Bass
Emma Charles
Natalija May
Tim Hennessy

Media/Samples 
Intra Venus

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Communic "Where Echoes Gather"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: AFM Records (AFM_6379, AFM_6371)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 1 - The Magnetic Center)
2. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 2 - Impact Of The Wave)
3. Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 - Beneath The Giant)
4. Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 - The Underground Swine)
5. Moondance
6. Where History Lives
7. Black Flag of Hate
8. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 1 - Journey Into The Source)
9. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 2 - The First Moment)
     Bonus Tracks:
10. Watching It All Disappear (Live In Studio 2017)
11. At Dewy Prime (Live In Studio 2017)
12. Waves Of Visual Decay (Acoustic Live Version - 10th Anniversary Concert)

Line-up
Oddleif Stensland - guitar, vocals
Tor Atle Gabrielsen-Andersen - drums
Erik Mortensen - bass

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Major Parkinson "Blackbox"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Degaton Records (Norway), Karisma Records (ROW)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 27, 2017 (CD, digital), November 27, 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Lover, Lower Me Down!
2. Night Hitcher
3. Before the Helmets
4. Isabel - A Report to an Academy
5. Scenes from Edison's Black Maria
6. Madeleine Crumbles
7. Baseball
8. Strawberry Suicide
9. Blackbox

Line-up
Jon Ivar Kollbotn
Eivind Gammersvik
Lars C Bjørknes
Sondre Veland
Sondre Skollevoll
Øysten Bech-Eriksen
Claudia Cox
   With
Linn Frøkedal

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Baseball 
Blackbox

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Schizofrantik "Ripping Heartaches"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Gentle Art Of Music (GAOM051)
Format: CD
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
01) Satan And Death Seperated By Sin
02) A New Day
03) Personal Hell
04) Hungry Ghosts
05) Why Is My Mind
06) Children Stopped Crying In Aleppo
07) Infinity

Line-up
Martin Mayrhofer - guitars & vocals
Henning Lübben - keyboards
Marco Osmajic - bass
Christian Schichtl - drums

Description/Reviews
If you have always wanted to know what it would sound like if King Crimson teamed up with Frank Zappa and Bela Bartok to set a precisely concerted stroke to music, Ripping Heartaches will finally answer your prayers. Mastermind Martin Mayrhofer mercilessly bullwhips the songs through genres and yet he manages to never lose the spine that holds the composition together. Tricky math-like riffs are followed by brutal outbursts of anger and finally flow into melancholic melodies of heartache: the Munich-based guitarist and singer has filled Ripping Heartaches up to the brim with musical creativity. That is the foundation upon which the songs about Buddhist teachings and the Weltschmerz of our time are built.
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Trailer

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Believe "Seven Widows"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: October 25, 2017
Tracklist
  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
  5. V
  6. VI
  7. VII
Line-up
Łukasz Ociepa - vocals
Mirek Gil (Collage) - lead guitar
Przemas Zawadzki - bass guitar
Robert 'Qba' Kubajek - drums
Satomi - violin, keyboards

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Special Providence "Will"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal, Fusion
LabelGEP (GEPCD1056)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 23, 2017
Tracklist:
  1. Akshaya Tritiya
  2. Irrelevant Connotations
  3. A Magnetic Moment
  4. Will
  5. Neptunian Pyramid Chill
  6. Slow Spin
  7. The Rainmaker
  8. Mos Eisley
  9. The Ancient Cosmic Bubble
  10. Distand Knowledge
Line-up
Zsolt Kaltenecker: keyboards
Márton Kertész: guitar
Attila Fehérvári: bass
Adam Markó: drums

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Catechize "Staged Enemy"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 7, 2017
Tracklist
1. On My Own (6:12)
2. Fleeting (5:40)
3. Suits You Well (6:27)
4. Hold Me Down (5:05)
5. Staged Enemy (6:46)
6. Pictures (6:12)
7. The Venture (6:00)

Total Time 42:22

Line-up
Grant Thomas
Ryan Benson
Andrew Drane
Zachary Metza

Media/Samples 
On My Own
Suit You Well
Stream

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Charit Way " Let Fall The Leaves Of Time"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Fall Faster Music Publishing
Format: digital
Release date: September 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. Horizons (3:54)
2. The Tempest (3:50)
3. Heartful Hands (4:04)
4. Just Jump (4:03)
5. The Seed (4:25)
6. Space (4:10)
7. Centerpath (4:24)
8. ... (Interlude) (3:23)
9. Rain (4:38)
10. Greenleaf (4:24)

Total Time 41:15

Line-up
Dave Cocuzzi: Drums
Jeffrey Fischer: Piano, Strings, Synths, Organ, Vocals
Anthony Maira: Guitar, Bass, Vocals
    With
Samuel Salazar: Additional synths (1)
Samantha Cruzado, Jack Torrey, Caesar Tapia: Additional vocals (1, 4)
Eric DiRisio: Additional vocals and guitar (4)
Drummond Dominguez-Kincannon: Guitar Solo (2)
Samuel Washington :Saxophone (1), additional vocals (1, 4)
Dylan Snyder: Additional vocals (7)
Daniel Chironno: Additional vocals (10)
Katy Sergel-Crabtree: Additional vocals (9)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Naeramarth "The Innumerable Stars"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Black Metal
Format: digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Through The Cosmos I: Event Horizon (3:15)
2. Asterisms (8:50)
3. Condescension (6:44)
4. Cabed Naeramarth (3:14)
5. Luminous Beings (7:03)
6. Subterranean (6:37)
7. Lunar Sea (5:01)
8. Through The Cosmos II: The Arrival (16:34)

Total Time 57:18

Line-up
Gage Love: Vocals, Instruments, Programming
   With:
Paul Black: Additional Vocals (2,3,6-8)
Lennika Wright: Additional Vocals (5)
Jørgen Munkeby (Ihsahn): Saxophone (5)

Description/Reviews
The Innumerable Stars takes the listener on a progressive voyage of discovery. Rooted in the sonic soil of Mellotron-drenched progressive rock and metal acts like Leprous, Opeth, and Katatonia, Naeramarth explores a variety of progressive spheres. From the frigid and earthy lands of progressive black metal (Ihsahn, Enslaved), to the forlorn melancholy of melodic death and doom metal (Dark Tranquillity, Daylight Dies), with the cinematic bombast and theatrical spirit of Devin Townsend, Symphony X, and Wintersun. The Innumerable Stars also features the harsh vocals of Paul Black and culminates in the over-16 minute long epic, Through the Cosmos II: The Arrival.
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Wobbler "From Silence to Somewhere"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Symphonic 
Label: Karisma Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. From Silence To Somewhere (21:34)
2. Rendered In Shades Of Green (2:07)
3. Fermented Hours (10:28)
4. Foxlight (13:43)

Total Time 47:52
Line-up
Lars Fredrik Frøislie - keyboards and backing vocals
Kristian Karl Hultgren - bass, bass clarinet and bass pedals
Martin Nordrum Kneppen - drums, percussion and recorder
Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo - vocals, guitar, glockenspiel and percussion
Geir Marius Bergom Halleland - lead guitar and backing vocals

Description/Reviews
“From Silence to Somewhere” offers up a sound that is enigmatic, multi-flavoured and adventurous, with the use of copious amounts of Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and other classical analogue keyboards, and of course the renowned Rickenbacker Bass . The guitar riffs go from poignant to edgy. Melancholy harmonies combine with powerful crescendos and high-energy, spinet-driven passages, flavoured with a touch of Flamenco and Italian Renaissance music to produce and album comprising four epic tracks that explore the idea of metamorphosis and alchemy. It is a natural continuation from WOBBLER’s previous albums, but with a darker, more introspective edge.
Also read the review at dprp.net

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The Spacelords "Water Planet"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records (TON033)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Plasma Thruster
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Nag Kanya
Line-up
Marcus Schnitzler: Drums
Hazi Wettstein: Guitars
Akee Kazmaier:  Bass
Didi Holzner:  Keyboards

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Sons Of Apollo "Psychotic Symphony"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
Label: InsideOutMusic/Sony Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. God Of The Sun (11:11)
2. Coming Home (4:23)
3. Signs Of The Time (6:40)
4. Labyrinth (9:11)
5. Alive (5:10)
6. Lost In Oblivion (4:38)
7. Figaro's Whore (1:00)
8. Divine Addiction (4:48)
9. Opus Maximus (10:37)

Total Time 57:38

Line-up
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) - drums
Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Dream Theater) - keyboards
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N’ Roses) - guitar
Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big) - bass
Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Journey) - vocals

Description/Reviews
My main complaint would be that it does feel a bit too safe and familiar at times. Even though we’re here with a new constellation of musicians we’ve not seen any output from, their heritage in where they come from, and the presumption of how they would sound together does lead to an album that sounds exactly as you would think it would sound. It’s a heavy progressive metal album, with emphasis on the metal part of the genre description.
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Signs Of The Time
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VuuR " In This Moment We Are Free - Cities"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist

  1. My Champion - Berlin
  2. Time - Rotterdam
  3. The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut
  4. The Fire - San Francisco
  5. Freedom - Rio
  6. Days Go By - London
  7. Sail Away - Santiago
  8. Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City
  9. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki
  10. Save Me - Istanbul
  11. Reunite! - Paris

Line-up
Anneke van Giersbergen  (The Gathering, Ayreon, Devin Townsend) - vocals
Ed Warby (Ayreon, Star One) - drums
Jord Otto - guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen) - guitars
Johan van Stratum (Stream Of Passion) - bass

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Freedom - Rio 
My Champion - Berlin  
Days Go By - London
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Juha Kujanpää "Niin Kauas Kuin Siivet Kantaa"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Prog Folk
LabelEclipse Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Vuorikiipeilijä    
2. Kumina   
3. Aurora   
4. Matkalaulu   
5. Hirvitalon valssi   
6. Jää sulaa   
7. Perhostanssi   
8. Niin kauas kuin siivet kantaa

Line-up
Juha Kujanpää: piano, reed organ
Timo Kämäräinen: guitar
Tero Tuovinen: bass
Jussi Miettola: drums
Tommi Asplund: violin
Alina Järvelä: violin
Esko Järvelä: violin
   With
Joakim Berghäll: sax, flute, clarinet
Teija Niku: accordion

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Glass Hammer "Untold Tales"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: Sound Resources/Arion Records
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist

  1. Shadows Of The Past (2008)
  2. Infusion
  3. Identity Principle
  4. Hold Your Head Up
  5. Babb’s Bach
  6. And Then She Sighed
  7. Eiger Dreams
  8. It’s All Too Much
  9. Troll
  10. A Grain Of Sand
  11. Cool Air
  12. The Impulsive Type
  13. No Man’s Land (Live)
Line-up
Steve Babb - bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
Fred Schendel - keyboards, guitars, vocals
Kamran Alan Shikoh - guitars
Aaron Raulston - drums
Susie Bogdanowicz - vocals
Walter Moore - vocals
Jon Davison (Yes) - vocals
Carl Groves (Salem Hill) - vocals
Laura Lindstrom - vocals
David Wallimann - guitars
Matt Mendians - drums


Description/Reviews
Featuring rare and previously unreleased studio and live recordings spanning the twenty-five year history of Glass Hammer.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Playgrounded "In Time with Gravity"


Country: Greece/Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Post Rock
LabelFREIA Music (THOR42)
Format: CD
Release date: October 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Crossing
2. Mute
3. Waves
4. In Time With Gravity
5. Rotterdam
6. The Stranger: Funeral
7. The Stranger: Killing
8: The Stranger: Verdict

Line-up
Odisseas Zafeiriou
Orestis Zafeiriou
Stavros Markonis
Giorgos Pouliasis
Michael Kotsirakis

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Crossing

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Toehider "GOOD"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Metal
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. "Good"
2. [funnythings]
3. This Conversation is Over
4. Millions of Musketeers
5. How Do Ghosts Work?
6. Dan VS Egg
7. I've Been So Happy Living Down Here in the Water
8. It's So Fikkis!

Line-up
Mike Mills - everything
    except
Thom Mann - drums (3)
Nick Delaney - bass (3)

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Antoine Fafard "Proto Mundi"


Country: Canada/UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 17, 2017
Tracklist
CD1 - Proto Mundi
01. Mission Ganymede
02. The Journey
03. Empty World

Total length: 51:00

CD2 - Doomsday Vault (bonus disc)
01. Peace for 4
02. Black Light*
03. Shuffle It!
04. Omniabsence*
05. The Chamber
06. Invisible Light*
07. 13 Good Reason
08. D-Day
09. Riff & Raft
10. Sum of Six
11. Phree Motion
12. Cape Spear
13. Fur & Axes
14. Holding Back Time
​15. Variation*

* Previously unreleased songs
Total length: 79:45


Line-up
Antoine Farfard (Spaced Out) - bass, guitars
      With:
Simon Phillips: drums
Jerry Goodman: violin
​Gary Husband: lead keyboard
Gavin Harrison: drums (2/1)
Martin Maheux: drums (2/2, 2/4, 2/6)
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (2/3, 2/9)
Jerry De Villiers Jr: guitar (2/3, 2/8-2/12, 2/14)
Mark Tremblay: electric guitar (2/4)
Scott Henderson: electric guitar (2/5)
Dave Weckl: drums (2/5)
Jean-Pierre Zanella: saxophone (2/7, 2/7, 2/10, 2/15), flute (2/10)
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (left channel) (2/8)
Gerry Etkins: lead keyboard (2/9)
Chad Wackerman: drums (2/10, 2/13, 2/15)
Dave Weckl: drums (2/11)
Magella Cormier: drums  (2/12)
Terry Bozzio: drums (2/14)

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Humanity Level "Daylight In December"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: October 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Primordial (6:22)
2. Still Frame (3:45)
3. Unbound (4:39)
4. Within Finity (4:04)
5. Reborn (5:22)
6. Absolute Zero (9:10)
7. Chaos Theory (4:11)
8. Addo (7:38)
9. Keepers Of The Night (3:18)
10. Cyclic (2:35)
11. Hyperspectral (3:30)
12. Daylight In December (7:08)

Total Time 61:42

Line-up
Riley O'Day
Nick Perry
Eric Peek
Nick White
Chase Caldwell

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Trojan Horse "Fukushima Surfer Boys"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Electronica, Eclectic Prog Related Rock/Pop
LabelBad Elephant Music
FormatCD, digital
Release date: October 13, 2017
Tracklist
1. GRAD (1:41)
2. The Ebb C/w Solotron (10:36)
3. How You Gonna Get By? (6:12)
4. Herbie Hancock (4:02)
5. The Modern Apothecary (6:33)
6. The Castle Of... (2:26)
7. I Wanna See My Daddy (5:14)
8. UVB-76 (2:06)
9. Fukushima Surfer Boys (3:42)
10. The Wooden Wall (3:13)
11. Junk #3 (1:58)
12. Junk #1 (3:21)
13. Sickle Cell Orphan (6:27)
14. Isotron (1:33)
15. The Shapes (7:20)
16. Monodaddy (4:53)

Total Time 71:17

Line-up
Nicholas
Lawrence
Eden
Joe Wood
Danny the Red
   With
Jimi Goodwin (Doves)
Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld/Gong/Guapo/Cardiacs)
Pete Trewavas (Marillion)

Description/Reviews
Going into this record I was ready to expect the unexpected, but I still ended up being totally surprised! For the most part, Trojan Horse embrace their electronica side here. Traditional instruments do appear, from the glacial yet glitchy electro mash of ‘The Ebb c/w Solotron‘ and ‘The Wooden Wall‘ to the dreamy synth-pop of the title track, it’s all aboard the rocket ship as these boys are here to take us to another planet.
Read the full review by Ben Forrester at birthdaycakebreakfast.wordpress.com

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