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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Da Captain Trips "Adventures in the Upside Down"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Calm And The Storm (6:04)
2. Manta (4:58)
3. Revelation (6:58)
4. Dear Zahdia (5:47)
5. Trepasses Bay (5:00)
6. Peaceful Place (6:33)
7. Mother Earth (9:46)

Total Time 45:06

Line-up
Cavitos :­ Guitar
Peppo :­ Bass
Tommy ­: Drums & Percussions
Bachis : Synthetizer, Keyboard, Bass (7)
   With
Lee Relfe (Sendelica): saxophone (3)
Ema: Nature sounds (7), Buchla sequence 6/8 left side (6)
Basalle: 2 pole resonant filter (1)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

aswekeepsearching "Zia"


Country: India
Genre(s): Atmospheric Post Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. And Then Came Spring (5:48)
2. Sleep//Awake (4:29)
3. Uns (4:41)
4. There You Are (3:27)
5. Reminiscence (4:38)
6. Kalga (7:11)
7. A New Solace (4:17)
8. Hope Unfolds (5:05)
9. Lights & Colors (4:00)
10. Sometime Somewhere (4:51)
11. Ascend (4:06)

Total time 52:33

Line-up
Uddipan Sarmah - vocals, guitar
Shubham Gurung - guitar, keyboards
Robert Alex - bass
Gautam Deb - drums
   With
Sambit Chatterjee - tabla, percussions
Ajay Jayanthi - strings
Rishab Seen - sitar
Willy Stewart - additional acoustic guitar

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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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As the Crow Flies
Experimental Gentlemen

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Cobalt Blue "Stop Momentum"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Format: digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. At Due Gesture (8:43)
2. Bereaved (4:01)
3. Cataclysm (5:20)
4. Drops N' Doors (2:10)
5. Catalyst (4:23)
6. All We Have Are Oscillations (2:10)
7. Dweller Of The Sevenfold (7:31)
8. Circadian Clock (4:29)
9. Luciferase (4:14)

Total time: 43:01

Line-up
Canan - drums.
Miotto - vocals, bass, fretless bass, guitars, rhodes and hammond.
Fábio Ghizoni - backing vocals (3,9)
Felipe Maciel Martínez - shakers, cowbell, bongos (3,9)
   With
Xande Lunardelli - hammond (2,7)
Lucas Romero - trumpets (3)
Julian Brzozowski - tenor sax (3,7)
Guilherme Colossi - guitar (5)
Xande Piazza - bass (5)
Fábio Mello - tenor sax (5, 6)
Tom Idê - trumpets (7)
Jean Carlos - trumpets (8)
Leonardo de Oliveira - percussions (6)

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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!”
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Everglow
Sigma

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Mythic Sunship "Land Between Rivers"


Country: Denmark
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelEl Paraiso Records (EPR038)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Nishapur (15:30)
2. High Tide (13:15)
3. Silt (6:19)

Total Time 35:04

Line-up
Rasmus Cleve Christensen - bass
Frederik Denning - drums
Emil Thorenfeldt - guitar
Kasper Stougaard Andersen - guitar

Description/Reviews
An exploratory vibe feels genuine — that is, when Mythic Sunship dig into a jam like that on “Nishapur,” the really dig into it — and with a complementary thickness of low end to act as a grounding force, guitars roam freely in airy post-rock howls and sunburnt krautrock progressivism. They’re not reinventing the wheel as regards heavy psychedelic transcendence, but Mythic Sunship are clearly doing the work of developing a sonic persona through these jams, and the bouts of cacophony that emerge in the meantime like that nine minutes into the opener or at the swirling apex of “High Tide” excite with the dynamic taking shape.
Read the full review at theobelisk.net

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Astrosaur "Fade In//Space Out"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
Label: Bad Vibes (BV009LP)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Necronauts (11:00)
2. Space Mountain (6:10)
3. Yugen (4:48)
4. Fishing For Kraken (9:29)
5. Fade In // Space Out (13:30)

Total Time 44:57

Line-up
Eirik Kråkenes: guitar
Steinar Glas: bass
Jonatan Eikum: drums

Description/Reviews
Astrosaur is a young power-trio from Oslo. They create an adventurous mash-up of prog, post-rock, prog-metal and space-rock. Their debut album Fade In//Space Out moves from the whispery to the fierce. They touch on, and sometimes give a good kicking too, many points along the way on their instrumental rock journey.
Read the full review by Martin Burns at dprp.net

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Branch Arterial "Beyond The Border"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Waste Away (4:23)
2. My Curse (4:49)
3. Where I Belong (4:56)
4. Circus (4:18)
5. Take Me (4:26)
6. Beyond The Border (Featuring Luna Ruggiero) (2:36)
7. Dreamer (4:40)
8. New Way Home (5:04)
9. Alone Together (4:58)
10. Where Are You Now (4:25)

Total Time 44:35

Line-up
Nigel - Vocals
Jason - Guitar/Vocals
Kade - Bass
Chili - Guitar
Addzy - Drums

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Artificial Language "The Observer"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: April 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Observer (1:49)
2. The Grand Skeptic (3:32)
3. These Aren't Mirages (3:35)
4. Unself Portrait (3:49)
5. The Silver Cord (4:07)
6. Change (2:04)
7. Playing The River (3:29)
8. Dirty Hands (3:50)
9. Fortune Teller (3:59)
10. Mazes (4:02)
11. Turn Off The Pictures (8:15)

Total Time 42:31

Line-up
Shay Lewis: Vocals
Victor Corral: Guitar
Charlie Robbins: Guitar
Joshua Riojas: Bass
Jonathon Simpson: Keyboards
Jeron Schapanksy: Drums

Description/Reviews
Artificial Language, with their new album The Observer, should easily find their place in the group of newer Prog Metal bands that incorporate some Pop sensibilities in their music. 
Read the full review by Marc at proggnosis.com

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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

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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 (26:09) 
2. Colours (10:47) 
3. Legend (11:32) 

Total Time 48:28
Line-up
Christina Booth - Vocals
Rob Reed - Keyboards, Guitars
Chris Fry - Guitars
   With
Jon ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths - Drums
Dan Nelson - Bass

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Return To Void "Return To Void"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
LabelInverse Records
Format: digital
Release date: April 26, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Throughout The Ages
  2. Light Bearer
  3. Vail Of Confusion
  4. Consumer Heaven
  5. Sight Of Immortal Sea
  6. All The Darkness
  7. Human Alien Hybrid
  8. Fools King
  9. Liar
  10. Return To Void
Line-up
Markku Pihlaja: Vocals, Backing Vocals
Saku Hakuli: Guitar
Pasi Hakuli: Bass
Antti Huopainen: Keyboards
Kaarlo Kukkonen "Kalle": Drums
   With
Jussi Serengil: Backing vocals
Emma Häyhä: Backing vocals (5)
Annileena Tulokas: Backing vocals (5)

Description/Reviews
Overall we found ” Return To Void ” quite a hard album to get into. We couldn’t help but think it sounded like a 70’s style Iron Maiden. 
Read the full review by David Silver at invictamag.com

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Throughout The Ages
Light Bearer
Vail Of Confusion

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fragile Vastness "Perception"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
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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LAIDDEAH "Duelo por las Ideas"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Siete (piloto) (5:32)
2. De Cómo Lucas Barrios Pasó de Tiro Federal Al Borussia Dortmund En Sólo Tres Años (7:11)
3. Hipnopedia (7:13)
4. Khlav Kalash (Хлав Калащ) (7:01)
5. Antes Del Mediodia (5:57)
6. Endo Programático Telúrico Endo-Sostenido (6:03)
7. Interludio 1K (4:26)
8. Escape (5:54)
9. Duelo Por Las Ideas (4:13)
10. ¡Santas Patillas Del Turco, Batman! (5:42)
11. Las Tendenciosas Polémicas del Maniático Phillipe Bàsterràux (5:00)

Total Time 64:12

Line-up
Diego Riobo Cabot - drums
Federico Scavuzzo - guitar
Gastón Ezequiel Lema - bass
   With
Libertad Villalba - vocals (3), flute (11)
Miss Monse - vocals (4, 7)
Verde Julai - vocals (9)

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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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Yowie "Synchromysticism"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental Math Rock, Avant Prog
Label: Skin Graft Records (GR122)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ineffable Dolphin Communion (6:23)
2. Mysterium Tremendum (5:58)
3. Absurdly Ineffective Barricade (5:39)
4. The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You (7:00)
5. The Reason Your House Is Haunted Can Be Found On This Microfiche (8:12)

Total Time 33:12

Line-up
Christopher Trull : guitar
Jeremiah Wonsewitz : guitar
Defenestrator : drums

Description/Reviews
Since 2000, St. Louis’ YOWIE has been perfecting a unique form of progressive rock that incorporates complex polyrhythms and guitar dissonance.
Operating within its own unique idiom, YOWIE rejects rock music’s typical foundation of common time signature and standard melodic structures. For their 3rd album, “Synchromysticism,” the band has used these tools, as well as the drummer’s (a clinical psychologist) understanding of signal detection theory and delusional mood to convey complex phenomenological concepts in a highly visceral form. This album marks a new level of ambition in terms of conceptual complexity, synthesizing opposing compositional approaches into a distinctive style that simultaneously elicits feelings of euphoria, perplexity, dread... and an inexorable urge to dance. 
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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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With Our Arms to the Sun "Orenda"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Post Metal/Progressive Metal
Label11th Dimension Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Disdain: Why Am I? (5:22)
2. Memory: The Drift (6:47)
3. Doorway To Clarity (2:22)
4. Macrocosm: Prometheus (6:06)
5. Doorway To Realization (2:06)
6. Apex: 100 Year Dream (5:26)
7. The War: Light The Shadows (5:37)
8. Doorway To Ascension (2:22)
9. Regret: Sailing Stones (5:23)
10. Homebound: March Of The Trees (5:03)

Total Time 46:34

Line-up
Josh Breckenridge - Guitars, noise, vocals
Joseph Leary - Guitars, programming
Joseph Breckenridge - Bass
John McLucas - Drums

Description/Reviews
The main factor that I would contribute to my confidence in this group's inevitable rise is their flirtation towards post-metal without fully committing to the debatably niche subgenre. Their music commonly holds alternative rock attributes that would seem too tame for the likes of Neurosis or Isis. Although the group's atmospheric and sludgy tendencies are shared with many other large acts within the subgenre's scene, the fact that their songs sometimes contains catchy hooks is certainly an innovative new development. 
Read the full review by Riley Rowe at metalinjection.net

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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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Mish "Entheogen"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Artax (5:04)
2. Red Fortune (4:07)
3. Catacomb (0:51)
4. Lyre Bird (2:54)
5. Entheogen (5:23)
6. Pinata (5:56)
7. Socrates (3:22)
8. Lung (2:34)
9. Vertebrae (2:37)
10. Thylacine (4:02)

Total time 36:50

Line-up
Rowls Hines - Guitars, Vocals
Garth Waters - Guitars
Alex Hargraves - Bass
Tolmie Rogue Simian - Visuals
Mark Johnstone - Drums

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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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Pequeno Céu "Praia Vermelha"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
Format: digital
Release date: April 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. PãoNa Chapa (1:18)
2. Tóquio / Berlim (5:48)
3. O Primeiro Louvadeus A Pisar Na Lua (7:26)
4. Umsetecinco (2:49)
5. Paquistã (8:01)
6. Urtiga (3:45)
7. Sargaço (4:41)
8. Massa (3:55)
9. Irina Neblina (6:11)
10. Jenny Lee (6:38)
11. Sushi Camarão(5:17)
12. Praia Vermelha (6:27)

Total Time 62:16

Line-up
Bernardo Bauer: Bass
Ciro Trevisan: Drums
Matheus Rocha: Guitar and metallophone
Manuel Horta: Guitar
Renato Moura: Percussion
     With
Toninho Horta (5)
Guilherme Peluci (3, 8)
Lucas Freitas and Henrique Staino (2, 11, 12)

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Freaky Jelly "Reverse"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelRockshots Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 17, 2017 (digital), October 13, 2017 (CD, EU)
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

Description/Reviews
The band are more rooted in 90s prog metal, like Dream Theater and even Shadow Gallery.
The good news is they are very skilled musicians and, on their album “Reverse,” they do showcase their skills but not to the point of excess. So I do admire their ability to self monitor their talents. The lead track “Reflections” does properly show both the skill and restraint of Freaky Jelly. 
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Dialeto "Bartok In Rock"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 2017 (digital), May 25, 2017 (CD)
Tracklist
1. Mikrokosmos 113 (4:21)
2. Mikrokosmos 149 (3:40)
3. An Evening In The Village (3:21)
4. Roumanian Folk Dances 1 (5:39)
5. Roumanian Folk Dances 2 (3:15)
6. Roumanian Folk Dances 3 (3:48)
7. Roumanian Folk Dances 4 (4:20)
8. Roumanian Folk Dances 5 (1:54)
9. Roumanian Folk Dances 6 (1:54)
10. The Young Bride (5:26)

Total time 37:38

Line-up
Nelson Coelho - Guitar
Gabriel Costa - Bass
Fred Barley - Drums
   With
David Cross (King Crimson) - Violin (1)

Description/Reviews
Bartók in Rock, as the name suggests, is a set of Béla Bartók compositions freely adapted by the band to their particular rock language, full of intense improvisations.

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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

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Seven "Dark Scientific"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. Levitate (7:24)
2. Falter (6:49)
3. Apophenia (7:03)
4. Cyberwar (5:41)
5. Skyline Divided (8:22)
6. Until The Light Takes Us (5:58)
7. Collapse (6:52)
8. Collateral (2:05)
9. 3 Nights With The Devil (9:39)
10.  Inanimate (3:53)

Total Time 63:46

Line-up
VII: vocals, guitar, bass, programming

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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

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Vipera

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Star Dreamer Project "The Star Dreamer Project"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 2017
Tracklist
1. Epiphany (5:14)
2. Miracle (3:56)
3. Pagan Love (4:22)
4. If I Could (3:33)
5. Things Fall Apart (2:27)
6. I Speak Of Love (3:44)
7. The Truth Will Shine (3:59)
8. Dimensional Disruption (2:26)
9. My Princess (3:24)
10. Almost Home (5:47)
11. Yet Again (6:00)

Total Time 44:52

Line-up
Robert Fischer

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-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
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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 (6:26) 
2. LOL, Defiantly (3:51) 
3. Eastern Rising (0:16) 
4. Make It Like It Used To Be (2:19) 
5. Toptop Switcherooney, Elbow Patch Man (3:32) 
6. In The Woods With Tony Iommi (6:26) 
7. Relax For A Min, Yeah? (0:58) 
8. YNWALR (6:41) 
9. Blues For Foodstool (1:54) 
10. Escape Tits (bonus Track) (2:44) 

Total Time 35:07 
Line-up
Matt Deacon - Guitar, gynth, mouse, jaws harp
Chris Jago - Drums, finger cymbal

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Malus Antler "Osimandia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Label: Pick Up Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: April 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ombos (1:20)
2. San Seth (14:51)
3. Trance (7:32)
4. Trip (10:53)
5. Entropia (10:30)
6. Utopia (6:33)

Total Time 51:39

Line-up
Alex Donanzan - guitar, lap steel, voice
Davide Parolin - clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, synth, choirs
Fabio Bordignon - bass
Franco Morosin - keyboards
Gianluca Spagnolo - drums

Description/Reviews
 Initially geared towards a progressive rock genre inspired by Italian and English groups of the 1970s, Malus Antler has recently changed direction, heading towards a more modern style and closer to neopsychedelic sounds. The album is a meeting point between these two matrices.
"Osimandia" is a concept album based on an interpretation of the figure of Egyptian god Seth. 
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L'Ira Del Baccano "Paradox Hourglass"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Stoner, Doom
Label: Subsound Records
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: April 14, 2017
Tracklist
1. Paradox Hourglass - Part 1(L'Ira Del Baccano) (11:10)
2. Paradox Hourglass - Part 2 (No Razor for Occam) (8:28)
3. Abilene (11:17)
4. The Bling Phoenix Rises (8:06)

Total Time - 39:01

Line-up
Alessandro “Drughito” Santori - guitar
Roberto Malerba - guitar/synth
Sandro “fred” Salvi - drums
Ivan Contini Bacchisio - bass

Description/Reviews
"Paradox Hourglass" continues the instrumental journey through different songs structures while melting in their unique style and sound vibes going from the doom influences of Black Sabbath with the 60’s/70’s psychedelia of Pink Floyd and Hawkwind, to heavy-prog vibes of bands like Rush, as well as the performing freedom of jam bands as The Grateful Dead.
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