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Saturday, April 29, 2017

From the dust returned "Homecoming"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Sliptrick Records
Format: digital
Release date: March 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Harlequeen (8:09)
2. Homecoming (1:34)
3. Echoes Of Faces (6:10)
4. Glare (5:13)
5. Wipe Away The Rain (8:10)
6. Sleepless (0:54)

Total Time 30:10

Line-up
Alex De Angelis - vocals, guitars
Marco Del Bufalo - vocals
Miki Leandro Nini - bass
Danilo Petrelli - keyboards
Cristiano Ruggiero - drums

Description/Reviews
Trying to blend the musical personality of each member of the band, the EP showcases the combination of elements such as heavy metal, hard rock, progressive and psychedelic music through the six songs that recall 70’ sounds from dark atmospheres to acoustic melodies.
Read the full review by at eatthismetal.blogspot.it

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Big Big Train "Grimspound"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Symphonic
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Brave Captain (12:37)
2. On The Racing Line (5:12)
3. Experimental Gentlemen (10:01)
4. Meadowland (3:36)
5. Grimspound (6:56)
6. The Ivy Gate (7:27)
7. A Mead Hall In Winter (15:20)
8. As The Crow Flies (6:44)

Total Time 67:53

Line-up
David Longdon – Vocals, Flute, Keyboards, Guitar, Banjo
Nick D’Virgilio – Drums, Vocals
Greg Spawton – Bass Guitar, Bass Pedals
Andy Poole – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Gregory – Guitars
Danny Manners – Keyboards, Double Bass
Rachel Hall – Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocals
Rikard Sjöblom – Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals
     With:
Judy Dyble - Vocals

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Bandcamp
As the Crow Flies
Experimental Gentlemen

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Lonely Robot "The Big Dream"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Prologue (Deep Sleep) (2:18)
2. Awakenings (5:18)
3. Sigma (5:08)
4. In Floral Green (5:18)
5. Everglow (5:04)
6. False Lights (5:36)
7. Symbolic (5:09)
8. The Divine Art Of Being (5:40)
9. The Big Dream (8:01)
10. Hello World Goodbye (3:56)
11. Epilogue (Sea Beams) (2:54)
Bonus Tracks:
 12. In Floral Green (5:18)
13. The Divine Art Of Being (5:40)
14. Why Do We Stay? (5:15)

Total time 70:35


Line-up
John Mitchell (It Bites, Kino, Arena, Frost*) - vocals, various instruments
Craig Blundell (Pendragon, Frost*, Steven Wilson) - drums
   With:
Kim Seviour (Touchstone) - vocals (14)

Description/Reviews
Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it - one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.
Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It's a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night's Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!”
Media/Samples 
Everglow
Sigma

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Pyramaze "Contingent"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Label: Inner Wound Recordings (IW83062)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Land Of Information (5:37)
2. Kingdom Of Solace (5:53)
3. Star Men (5:11)
4. A World Divided (5:07)
5. Nemesis (4:08)
6. Contingent - Part I: The Campaign (1:41)
7. 20 Second Century (5:03)
8. Obsession (4:06)
9. Heir Apparent (4:53)
10. Contingent - Part II: The Hammer Of Remnant (1:54)
11. Under Restraint (4:36)
12. The Tides That Won't Change (3:33)
13. Symphony Of Tears (4:54)

Total time 56:36   

Line-up
Terje Harøy - Vocals
Jacob Hansen - Guitars, Bass
Jonah W. - Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen - Drums

Description/Reviews
When Progressive Metal can be this accessible, it is something special for sure. The prowess of the band is omnipresent, and the heaviness is there as well, yet they let the album breathe instead of stifling you with too many tempo changes and overly technical performances that can sometimes feel cold. Indeed, it is warm, inviting, and full of life and vigor. Forward looking, and with no boundaries, the synergy of Progressive, Symphonic and Modern elements offer what is best about several styles of Metal into one album, with a bounty of wondrous tracks.
Read the full review by Dave Campbell at metal-temple.com

Media/Samples 
20 Second Century
Kingdom Of Solace 
A World Divided

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Ayreon "The Source"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock Opera
Label: Mascot Label Group/Music Theories
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
CD 1
Chronicle 1: The Frame
1. The Day That The World Breaks Down (12:32)
2. Sea Of Machines (5:08)
3. Everybody Dies (4:42)
Chronicle 2: The Aligning Of The Ten
4. Star Of Sirrah (7:03)
5. All That Was (3:36)
6. Run! Apocalypse! Run! (4:52)
7. Condemned To Live (6:14)

Total CD1 Time 44:07

CD 2
Chronicle 3: The Transmigration
1. Aquatic Race (6:46)
2. The Dream Dissolves (6:11)
3. Deathcry Of A Race (4:43)
4. Into The Ocean (4:53)
Chronicle 4: The Rebirth
5. Bay Of Dreams (4:24)
6. Planet Y Is Alive! (6:02)
7. The Source Will Flow" (4:13)
8. Journey To Forever (3:19)
9. The Human Compulsion (2:15)
10. March Of The Machines (1:40)

Total CD2 Time 44:26

Line-up
Arjen Anthony Lucassen - electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, analog synthesizers, Hammond, Solina Strings
    With
Ed Warby - drums
Joost van den Broek (ex-After Forever) - grand and electric piano
Ben Mathot - violin
Maaike Peterse (Kingfisher Sky) - cello
Jeroen Goossens (ex-Pater Moeskroen) - wind instruments
Paul Gilbert - guitar solo[20]
Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, ex-Asia) - guitar solo
Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged) - guitar solo
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - synthesizer solo
James LaBrie (Dream Theater) - vocals as The Historian
Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder) - vocals  as The Opposition Leader
Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me) - vocals  as The Chemist
Simone Simons (Epica) - vocals  as The Counselor
Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) - vocals  as The Prophet
Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) - vocals  as The Captain
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) - vocals  as The Astronomer
Mike Mills (Toehider) - vocals  as TH-1
Russell Allen (Symphony X)  - vocals as The President
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus) - vocals  as The Diplomat
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) - vocals  as The Biologist
Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) - vocals  as The Preacher

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progstreaming 
The Day That The World Breaks Down 
Everybody Dies 
Star of Sirrah

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Magenta "We Are Legend"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelTigermoth Productions (CD+DVD), Plane Groovy (vinyl)
Format: CD+DVD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: April 27, 2017 (CD+DVD, digital), May 19, 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
  1. Trojan
  2. Colours
  3. Legend
Line-up
Christina Booth - Vocals
Rob Reed - Keyboards, Guitars
Chris Fry - Guitars
   With
Jon ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths - Drums
Dan Nelson - Bass

Media/Samples 
Colours (Excerpt)
Trojan
Promo
Promo 2
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fragile Vastness "Perception"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 25, 2017
Tracklist
1. I Am Fire (4:25)
2. Heaven On Mars (4:08)
3. World Distorted (6:01)
4. Daydreams (4:59)
5. The Portal (2:16)
6. Frequencies (5:33)
7. A Wall Of Glass (4:23)
8. A Face In The Mirror (3:24)
9. Perception (5:16)
10. Vivacious Turns Of Thought (3:25)

Total Time 43:50

Line-up
Elena Stratigopoulou - Vocals
George Thanasoglou - Guitars
Vasilis Batilas - Guitars
Vangelis Yalamas - Bass
Evi Katsamatsa - Keyboards
Babis Tsolakis - Drums

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Stranger "The Stranger"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Quantum Entanglement (8:06)
2. The Whip (5:12)
3. Song For Dad (8:59)
4. Patterns (1:35)
5. Solomon's Son (7:40)
6. Just The Goods (8:21)
7. Masquerade (5:35)
8. Divine Intervention (5:33)
9. Storm (2:00)
10. In The Mire (10:50)

Total Time 63:51

Line-up
Tom Frayne - Vocals
Kalen Austin - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Brendon Blanchard - Bass
Ben Nolan - Guitars
Daniel O'Brien - Drums
   With
Nadia Vanek - Vocals (8)
Nicholas Wilson - Keyboards/Synth
Jace Austin - Darbuka

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Labÿrinth "Architecture of a God"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Power Metal
Label: Frontiers Records (FRCD_783)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Bullets (6:56)
2. Still Alive (4:49)
3. Take On My Legacy (4:04)
4. A New Dream (5:22)
5. Someone Says (4:44)
6. Random Logic (1:55)
7. Architecture of a God (8:40)
8. Children (4:07)
9. Those Days (5:14)
10. We Belong to Yesterday (6:32)
11. Stardust and Ashes (5:16)
12. Diamond (3:28)

Total Time 61:07

Line-up
Andrea Cantarelli (A Perfect Day) - Guitars
Olaf Thörsen(Vision Divine, Symmetry) - Guitars
Roberto Tiranti (Mangala Vallis, A Perfect Day, Vanexa, New Trolls) - Vocals
Nik Mazzucconi (Edge of Forever,) - Bass
John Macaluso - Drums
Oleg Smirnoff (Eldritch, L'Impero delle Ombre, Vision Divine) - Keyboards

Description/Reviews
Mostly, Architecture Of A God could best be described as melodic heavy metal with a strong current of hard rock groove and the twists of progressive metal.
After these things, other elements stand out such as the harmonious vocal arrangements, the keyboard play that adds color and sometimes duels with the guitar leads, and the richness of the melody and groove that gives many of the songs a true AOR feeling. 
Read the full review by Craig Hartranft at dangerdog.com

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Someone Says
Take On My Legacy
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Vicinity "Recurrence"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelMighty Music (PMZ 205)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
01.The Unwritten Manifest (8:41)
02.Phoenix (10:21)
03.Mountainfall (12:14)
04.Extinction (5:24)
05.Immaterial Failure (8:03)
06.The Long Goodbye (21:50)

Total Time 66:33

Line-up
Alexander K. Lykke: Lead vocals
Kim-Marius H. Olsen: Guitars
Pierre-Nicolai Hesjevoll Schmidt-Melbye: Bass
Frode Lillevold: Drums
Ivar Nyland: Keyboards/Synth

Description/Reviews
The overall air about Vicinity has that lighter, melodic progressive metal feel - where the keyboards are as important as the guitar measures, and the rhythm section provides much of the energy pulsation through tight fills and seamless time signature juggling. 
Read the full review by Matt Coe at eternal-terror.com

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Extinction

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Yolk "Solar"


Country: France
Genre(s): Avant Prog
Label: Nuun Records
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Solar (14:18)
2. Vanitas (13:49)
3. Sepulchre (10:25)

Total time 38:32

Line-up
Fabrice Brzoskiewicz : drums
Antonin Carette : bass
Valentin Carette : guitar
Delphine Delegorgue : vocals
Adrien Michel : saxophone, keyboards

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Uneven Structure "La Partition"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelLong Branch Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Alkaline Throat (4:31)
2. Brazen Tongue (6:02)
3. Crystal Teeth (3:40)
4. Groomed And Resting (0:39)
5. Incube (7:32)
6. Succube (5:30)
7. Funambule (5:18)
8. Greeted And Dining (1:44)
9. The Bait (7:52)
10. Our Embrace (7:31)
11. Your Scent (6:03)

Total Time 56:22

Line-up
Jérôme Colombelli - guitar
Igor Omodei - guitar
Steeves Hostin - guitar
Benoit Friedrich - bass
Matthieu Romarin - vocals
Arnaud Verrier - drums

Description/Reviews
... La Partition flows in a similar manner as Februus as a continuous listening experience, but strays in overall tone and technique. La Partition is broken into three distinct movements or acts in a development of the long-play structure of Februus in a way that better allowing the band to explore various conceptual settings and aesthetics while developing musical ideas in self-containment.
For example, the album’s first trio of songs are most reminiscent of the style of music heard on Februus, with bright ambient guitars and syncopated riffing characterized by uptempo songs and a sense of urgency, yet taking the time to foreshadow the darker passages that follow.
Read the full review by Jimmy Rowe at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Markus Reuter "Falling For Ascension"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Experimental Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: 7d Media (USA/Canada), Ronin Rhythm Records (Europe)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Condition I    
  2. Condition II    
  3. Condition III   
  4. Condition IV    
  5. Condition V   
  6. Condition VI   
  7. Unconditional
Line-up
Markus Reuter (Stick Men, Crimson ProjeKct, Tuner): touch guitars® U8, soundscapes
   With
Stephan Thelen (Sonar): guitar
Bernhard Wagner (Sonar): guitar
Christian Kuntner (Sonar): bass guitar
Manuel Pasquinelli (Sonar): drums
Tobias Reber: live electronics

Description/Reviews
Perhaps sharing similar strands of the kind of polymetrical DNA that informed the interweaving knot-work of King Crimson’s Discipline, the pointillist components with Reuter’s pieces, interacting across the group, resembles a series of interlocking constellations whose orbits and traversals connect to create new variations and associations. Hypnotic and beguiling, the music comes with a guttural punch that’s felt as much as heard.
The music offers deep explorations between tension and release, between the gravitational pull of grooves and floating freefall in space. There’s contrast between stillness and grace next to the ever-changing motion.
Across the 70-minute album these pieces possesses the same metronomic intensity of groups such as Can in full-flight, in which intense, pulsating grooves are strafed by Reuter’s smouldering solos or wreathed in luminous clouds of soundscapes. Without recourse to showy grandstanding, his playing possesses a remarkable, unerring accuracy when it comes to finding the emotional heart of this music. Much like the sparse acuity of a haiku poem, when he plays Reuter understands that less is so often very much more.
The hypnotic quality dominating many of the pieces opens the possibility of trance states, of surrender, of losing yourself in the maze of interconnecting corridors and spaces.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Unaka Prong "Adult Contemporary"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Fusion, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Gadnuk (Breaker Of Worlds) (5:22)
2. Fruit Fly (6:24)
3. Alchemy (4:26)
4. Déjà Vu (0:44)
5. Run Out (5:05)
6. Late July (5:10)
7. Lurks (6:07)
8. Heartburn (6:11)
9. Lake Jam #1 (5:41)
10. Maeng Da (Lake Jam #4) (3:25)
11. Narcese (4:27)
12. Fairweather Friend (1:41)
13. Highway Drivin' (3:37)
14. Too Far Gone (5:23)
15. As We Agreed (6:58)

Total time 70:41

Line-up
Mike Welsh - guitar
Daniel Stevenson - guitar, vocals
John Hargett - drums, vocals
Jonathon Sale - bass
Chris Pope - keys
Nic Pressley - trumpet

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kant Freud Kafka "Onírico"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Insomnio de una noche de verano (09:27)
2. Dulces sueños (05:18)
3. És quan dormo que hi veig clar (10:54)
4. Vida y muerte (08:28)
5. A nightmare on Major St. (07:33)
6. Awakenings (09:03)

Total time 50:43

Line-up
Javi Herrera: drums, vocals, VST instruments
   With
Cecilia Burguera: violin
Mónica Cruzata: viola
Queralt Garcia: cello
German Fafian: electric guitars
Daniel Fernandez Campos: bass guitar
Alia Herrera: vocals
Andrea Herrera: tap dancing
Mandharu: crotals, wind chimes
Rafael Pacha: dulcimer, acoustic guitars, mandolin, bouzouki
Pol Sanchez: electric & Spanish guitars, mandole
Dick Them: double bass
Guillem Vilar: oboe, cor anglais

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Electric Moon "Stardust Rituals"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Psychedelic
LabelSulatron Records (ST 1703-2)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 17, 2017 (CD, digital), early June, 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. The Loop (8:06)
2. Stardust (The Picture) (10:13)
3. Astral Hitch Hike (4:40)
4. (You Will) Live Forever Now (22:40)

Total Time 45:39

Line-up
Komet Lulu: Bass, Vocals, Effects
Marcus Schnitzler: Drums
Sula Bassana: Guitar, E-Sitar, Organ, Mellotron, E-Piano, Effects

Description/Reviews
Electric Moon’s long awaited fifth studio album Stardust Rituals has the feel of a lost 70s Psychedelic Rock album with a mix of post-Lemmy Hawkwind (where the bubble of primitive synths and squeals of an audio generator were replaced with Simon House’s Mellotron, piano and organ) and a heavy krautrock vibe (the stuff that wasn’t Neu!, Can, TD or Kraftwerk) as Electric Moon navigate a trip through the deepest depths of the outermost innermost on their journey through the inner cosmos.
Read the full review at theepsychedelicatessen.blogspot.de

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Freaky Jelly "Reverse"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Reflections (7:58)
2. Highest Ground (9:11)
3. Alicia S Garden (5:05)
4. Nothing To Feel (6:54)
5. Saints And Sinners (11:45)
6. Hardest Part Of Goodbye (5:01)
7. Illusions (6:09)
8. Wake Up (9:19)
9. Morning Glory (8:12)

Total time 69:34

Line-up
Ricardo DeStefano: Vocals
Andre Faustino: Guitars
Mauricio Grosso: Drums
Rafel de Paula: Bass
Julio Vince: Keyboards

Media/Samples
Reflections
Saints and Sinners

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Allomerus "Unexpected Journeys"


Country: Australia
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: April 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. An Unexpected Spatial Journey (9:09)
2. Sirens (3:57)
3. Obelisk (9:27)
4. Here Come the Machines (1:44)
5. iFriend (6:11)
6. Here Come the Machines (1:49)
7. The Pit and the Pendulum (4:38)
8. An Unexpected Temporal Journey (10:33)

Total Time 47:28

Line-up
John Wegner: Guitar, Synths, Bass, Vocals
Paul Wegner: Drums and Percussion

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Convoy "Rip Tide"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Flight MH370 (4:33)
2. Caravan (5:46)
3. Legs (3:38)
4. Rush (4:27)
5. Rising (3:24)
6. Truck Driver (3:17)
7. Vampire Romance (4:36)
8. Vipera (4:01)
9. Requiem (1:38)

Total time 35:20

Line-up
Andrea Tonni - Guitars
Jürg Vosbeck - Bass
Filip Wolfensberger - Drums

Media/Samples 
Vipera

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

-Coda- "Element II"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Coelacanthe (7:48)
2. Pluie (9:13)
3. Hyperbole (5:18)
4. Chimères (5:12)
5. Lèviathan (4:48)
6. Abysses (2:42)
7. Goutte (15:29)

Total time 50:30

Line-up
Eric Barbieri : guitar
Yohan Quillet : guitar, saxophone, bugle, vocals
Mourad Baali : bass, backing vocals
Patrick Dalpra : drums, backing vocals
   With
Aliénor Léthévé : backing vocals (7)

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Bob Lazar Story "Baritonia"


Country: New Zealand
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 14, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Baritonia   
  2. LOL, Defiantly   
  3. Eastern Rising   
  4. Make It Like It Used To Be   
  5. Toptop Switcherooney, Elbow Patch Man   
  6. In The Woods With Tony Iommi    
  7. Relax For A Min, Yeah?   
  8. YNWALR   
  9. Blues For Foodstool   
  10. Escape Tits (bonus track)
Line-up
Matt Deacon - Guitar, gynth, mouse, jaws harp
Chris Jago - Drums, finger cymbal

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Isildurs Bane & Steve Hogarth "Colors Not Found in Nature"


Country: Sweden, UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
LabelAtaraxia
Format: CD
Release date: April 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ice Pop (6.23)
2. The Random Fires (5.16)
3. Peripheral Vision (7.00)
4. The Love and the Affair (10.34)
5. Diamonds and Amnesia (5.18)
6. Incandescent (6.50)

Line-up
Steve Hogarth (Marillion): Vocals
Katrine Amsler: Keyboards, Electronic
Klas Assarsson: Marimba, Vibes, Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Crotales, Tam-Tam
Luca Calabrese: Trumpet
Axel Croné : Bass Guitar, Saxophones, Clarinets, Flute, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Samuel Hällkvist: Electric Guitar, Eventide, Pigtronix, KTW Effects
Mats Johansson: Synthesizers, Clavinet, String Machine, Grand Piano, Treatments
Christian Saggese: Guitar
Jan Severinsson: Live Sound
Kjell Severinsson: Drums
  With
Xerxes Andrén: Drums
Liesbeth Lambrecht: Violin, Viola
Pieter Lenaerts: Double Bass
John Anderberg: Choir
Anneli Andersson: Backing Vocals

Description/Reviews
Comprising six songs composed by IB's musical director and keyboard player Mats Johansson and Steve Hogarth, the richly detailed recordings feature tuned percussion, strings, woodwind, brass and voices, and within an integrated suite-like album structure.
Both a departure for Steve Hogarth and a stunning return for Isildur's Bane, the album incorporates elements of Rock, traditional music, Jazz and contemporary Classical in one brilliantly unified world. 
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progstreaming

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Fractal Universe "Engram Of Decline"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Technical Death Metal
Label: Kolony Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 14, 2017
Tracklist
01. Premiss To Reality
02. Sons of Ignorance
03. Scar Legacy of Hatred
04. Parricidal Ghosts
05. Venomous Coils of A Holy Fallacy
06. Backworldsmen
07. A Name To Deny
08. Narcissistic Loop
09. Decline
10. Collective Engram

Line-up
Vince Wilquin - vocals, guitars
Hugo Florimond - guitars
Valentin Pelletier - bass
Clément Denys - drums
   With
Jørgen Munkeby (Shining) - saxophone (6)
Michael Keene (The Faceless) - guitar solo (10)
Jean-Marc Florimond - saxophone (10)

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Teaser

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Circle of Kvar "Four Years in Silence"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 12, 2017
Tracklist
1. Speechless (7:33)
2. Inarticulate (7:14)
3. Laconism (5:29)
4. Enter The Circle (7:45)
5. Nothing Left To Say (5:43)
6. Choke (7:00)
7. Ecnelys (7:23)

Total time 48:07

Line-up
Carlo Barabaschi  - Guitar
Filippo Cavalli - Guitar
Matteo Boccacci - Bass, Synths
Stefano Moruzzi - Drums

Media/Samples 
Laconism

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saris "Ghosts Of Yesterday"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: Apr 11, 2017 (digital), May 15, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Masquerade (5:12)
2. Shadows Of War (6:13)
3. Ghosts Of Yesterday (4:38)
4. Autumn Sky (6:11)
5. Twilight (11:14)
6. Mysterious Place (5:11)
7. Evermore (4:34)
8. Change My Yesterday (6:55)
9. Crying In The Rain (4:11)
10. Grace Of Time (6:58)
11. Lost In The City (6:05)

Total Time 67:22

Line-up
Derk Akkermann - Guitars, Keyboards, Programming
Henrik Wager - Lead- & Backing vocals
Anja Günther - Lead- & Backing vocals
Lutz Günther - Bass, Backing vocals
Jens Beckmann - Drums, Percussions

Media/Samples
Samples 

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Anubis Spire "Spooky Action at a Distance"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tracklist
1. Welcome to Maplecroft (7:03)
2. Awake the Vanished (6:30)
3. Time Is a Tyrant (4:49)
4. Be Numb (4:24)
5. Heartless White Line (5:34)
6. Harryhausen in Love (3:51)
7. Walls of Troy (4:05)
8. Don't Know How to Roll (5:06)
9. A Hymn for Gaia (4:16)
10. Throwback (4:24)
11. Ghost Currents (7:37)
12. From the Gallery (4:38)
13. My Soul Free and Clear (5:03)
14. Be Numb (Early Mix) (Bonus Track) (4:53)

Total Time 72:13

Line-up
Bill MacKechnie: Lead guitar, vocals
Tim Costley: Bass
Dave Sweet: Keyboards
Fred DeRuvo: Drums, vocals
Marlon Kempmann: Guitar, vocals
Kerrin Johansen: Keyboards
Jim Rustemeyer: Guitar, vocals

Description/Reviews
SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE once again shows how amazingly diverse and creative this band is. From straight- ahead rock to noise and ambient, from innocent, upbeat, love songs to brooding, social commentary, the band traverses styles effortlessly. At over 70 minutes in playing length, they take the listener on a wild, sonic, journey that is custom made for those who love traveling by headphone.
Media/Samples 
Walls Of Troy
From The Gallery

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Мааt Lander / Øresund Space Collective "Мааt Lander / Øresund Space Collective"


Country: Russia, Denmark/Sweden
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Clostridiumrecords (CR 027)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: April 2017
Tracklist
1. Maat Lander - "The Multicellular Structures Into The Space Drift"
2. Øresund Space Collective - "Easy Teenage Version"

Description/Reviews
This is mighty trippy stuff. It is the music of Maat Lander, three guys hailing out of Russia and Oresund Space Collective, eight members with a more international base. Without getting into a “who does what” here, suffice to say this music is some mighty fine space rock. All you really need to know is its two long compositions clocking in at forty-two minutes together.
Read the full review by Jerry Lucky

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Bandcamp

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Samsara Blues Experiment "One With The Universe"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Stoner
Label: Electric Magic
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 10, 2017 (digital), May 12, 2017 (CD), end of May 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Vipassana (10:43)
2. Sad Guru Returns (7:55)
3. Glorious Daze (6:01)
4. One With The Universe (15:02)
5. Eastern Sun & Western Moon (7:37)

Total time: 47:18

Line-up
Christian Peters - vocals, guitars, synthesizers, keyboards
Thomas Vedder - drums
Hans Eiselt - bass

Description/Reviews
Samsara Blues Experiment‘s fourth “full piece of wax” One with the Universe is a culmination of all their works and truly a hard hitting cosmic invitation for floating into their universe of spiritual progression. The most evolutionary development compared to previous albums is the cosmic usage of analog synthesizers, keyboards and effects, while not losing focus on catchiness and well-rendered songwriting. These five new epics subtly integrate flashes from Jimi Hendrix‘ Electric Ladyland, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, with Canterbury Prog elements à la Caravan and the fuzzed-out riffs of Kyuss. One with the Universe can not be put just into one genre: it is a multifaceted heavy rock album with tons of soul, courage and originality!
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Bandcamp

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newspaperflyhunting "Wastelands"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Post Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. We Used to Wander
2. Wasteland
3. A Question
4. Down the Steps
5. Sleep
6. Equal to None
7. Hours Pass
8. Solaris

Line-up
Michał Pawłowski: guitars & vocals
Jacek Bezubik: guitars & vocals
Gosia Sutuła-Grabowska: bass & vocals
Krzysztof Sarna: drums
Beata Grzegorczyk-Andrejczuk: keys

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Aaron Ecks "Music To Mars And Home Again"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Music To Mars And Home Again (21:02)
2. Rabbit Love Run (6:27)
3. Waking Dream (5:19)
4. Dodge Down (5:13)
5. The Tale Of Shallow Lane (7:39)
6. Liberty Fell (6:35)
7. Lady In Blue (5:39)
8. Feel Good Fuel (6:09)
9. Prelude To The Monster (4:04)

Total Time 68:07

Line-up
Aaron Ecks - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keys & Programming
   With
Nicko J Ruddock (Section IV) - Bass
Imogen Osborn - Additional Vocals
Silly Rabbit (I Shot Bambi's Mum) - Additional Guitar

Media/Samples 
Samples

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Ended "Five Eyes"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Sliptrick Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Five Eyes (4:06)
2. Proteus (4:04)
3. Pathway (4:36)
4. Event Horizon (6:04)
5. Myth Of Progress (4:10)
6. Laniakea (4:02)
7. Altruism (5:24)
8. Scarred To Death (4:11)
9. Walls Of Stone (4:37)
10. Silver River (4:17)

Total Time 45:31

Line-up
Micky Bergqvist – Vocals
Lars Granat – Guitars
Peter Janflod – Guitars
Björn Granat – Bass
David Källberg – Drum

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Proteus

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Shed "37"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Whiskey In The Sun (8:36)
2. Let It Go (9:30)
3. Homeless (7:55)
4. An Ending (11:04)

Total Time 37:05

Line-up
Stuart Tyler - Vocals, Guitars
Tom Willmott - Guitars, Vocals
Stu Folkes - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Neemah Wright - Drums

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Bader Nana "Devolver"


Country: Kuwait
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital 
Release date: April 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Mercenaries (7:42)
2. Victorious (5:05)
3. Without A Backward Glance (5:37)
4. Full Circle (4:38)
5. I Am Alive (10:42)
6. Dust Within Me (4:49)
7. Desperate Times (6:14)
8. Devolver (23:03)

Total time 67:50
Line-up
Bader Nana - All Instruments, Vocals
   With
Ramzi Ramman - Guitar, Vocals
Omar Afuni - Vocals

Description/Reviews
'Devolver' has been in production for more than 3 years allowing Nana to explore new sonic and musical territory at his leisure to his complete satisfaction. The music remains on a progressive bedrock, as with previous releases, but is driven by a fresh message of hope. This hope is translated onto a diverse palette of musical arrangements ranging from cinematic orchestration, to soaring ballads, to dirty distorted rock anthems.
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Victorious

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

L'Anima "Departures"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD 
Release date: April 9, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Point Of No Return 
  2. Path To Sirius
  3. Gema
  4. My Dying Cell
  5. Hold Out
  6. My Bloody Silhouette
  7. The Sound Of Waves 
  8. The Elephant Cemetery
Line-up
Andy Mitchell - Lead Vocals
Pedro Caparros - Guitars & Backing Vocals
Mauro Paderni - Guitars & Backing Vocals
Luca Forlani - Bass
Iban Sanz - Drums

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Teaser
Path To Sirius

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Onevoice "Unexpected Union"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: April 9, 2017
Tracklist
1. Interpretation (4:00)
2. Field Of Flowers (3:03)
3. Blue Fire (4:04)
4. Forest (2:21)
5. Sky Flashes Red (4:10)
6. Sprinklers (4:06)
7. On The Path (5:24)
8. Perfect (4:06)
9. A Different Word (4:00)

Total time 35:14

Line-up
Dan Costello - Vocals, all instruments
    With
Jason Gold - Guitar (8)

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Monkey Diet "Inner Gobi"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 8, 2017
Tracklist
1 Ego Loss
2 Inner Gobi
3 Slidin’ Bikes
4 The Endless Day of Robby the Ant
5 Moth
6 Sorry Son…(I’ve Lost Your Car)
7 Moonshine
8 Seppuku
9 Viking

 
Line-up
Gabriele Martelli (PropheXy): Guitars, Synths
Daniele Piccinini (Accordo dei Contrari): Bass, Synths
Roberto Bernardi: Drums

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Flannel Math Animal "We Guarantee an Odd Time"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Fusion, Math Rock, Jazz-Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Revenge Of Mochashe'ka (6:40)
2. 1976 Mathlete Of The Year (7:49)
3. Nobody Stubs Their Toe In Space (7:43)
4. Go Home We're Out Of Beer (6:35)
5. Eskimo Joe Jones (11:07)

Total time 39:54
 
Line-up
Nick Palmieri - 8 String Guitar
Bradley Spracklin - Drums

Description/Reviews:
The progressive and mathy instrumental duo is back with there sophomore album release! Featuring an all tapping style of guitar playing, and a drummer who can make 13/16 feel like 4/4.
Media/Samples 
Revenge of Mochashe'ka (Live)

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Signs of Reign "New Beginning"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 8, 2017
Tracklist
1. Imprisoned By Time (4:45)
2. New Beginning (5:05)
3. Alpha & Omega (9:26)
4. Circles (4:32)
5. Consumed By Fire (5:14)
6. Freedom (4:38)
7. Nothing To Fade (4:22)
8. Fire From The Son (5:03)
9. Sorrow (3:39)
10. Absalom (4:07)
11. I Know You (4:07)
12. HATE (3:36)
13. 3 Sisters (6:40)

Total time 65:14

Line-up
Denny Anthony - Lead and Background Vocals
Matt Johnson - Guitars, Bass, Background Vocals
John Poggoine - Guitars
    With
Mark Zonder - Drums (1)

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Bandcamp

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