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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ysma "Memoirs In Monochrome"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2017
Tracklist
1. Chroma (Intro) (4:43)
2. 30 Doradus (11:41)
3. Lost In Distant Shimmers (8:14)
4. The Glassblower Pt. I + II (10:43)
5. Silhouettes (8:22)
6. Implosions (8:07)
7. Debris (Outro) (5:55)

Total Time 57:45

Line-up
Fabian Schroer - Guitar
Daniel Kluger - Guitar
Arne Timm - Keyboards
Attila Kornel - Bass
Simon Eggert - Drums

Description/Reviews
The band plays this deft combination of instrumental prog rock with heavy prog and progressive metal trappings.  They do very well at transitioning between those subgenres on a whim, and the instrumentation is tight and energetic.  Additionally, the band seems to be more confident than ever, and it shows in the strength of the solos and in the sheer force of every riff or beat or key press.  There are so many parts of this album that are the very definition of “sublime”.  Truly awe-inspiring material can be found on almost every track.
Read the full review at theprogmind.com

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Progenie Terrestre Pura "oltreLuna"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Black Metal
Label: Avantgarde Music (AV317)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 31, 2017
Tracklist
1. [.Pianeta.Zero.] (7:57)
2. [.subLuce.] (8:11)
3. [.oltreLuna.] (11:35)
4. [.Deus.Est.Machina.] (12:28)
5. [.Proxima-B.] (15:19)

Total Time 55:30

Line-up
Davide Colladon - Guitars
Emanuele Prandoni - Vocals
Fabrizio Sanna - Bass

Description/Reviews
Progenie Terrestre Pura (PTP henceforth) are a progressive/industrial black metal trio from Italy. Their music tends toward the richer and more diverse aspects of black metal, utilizing a full-bodied production style to create smooth and heavy textures that incorporate a multitude of instruments and sounds outside of the expected tremolo-picked, blast beat goodness of more traditional black metal fare.
Read the full review by Jonathan Adams at heavyblogisheavy.com

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Salim Ghazi Saeedi "United Ubiquity of Flesh"


Country: Australia/Iran
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 2017
Tracklist
1. Drenched By Desire Of You (7:30)
2. Bodily Invasion (4:08)
3. United Ubiquity Of Flesh (3:55)
4. Universal Resurrection Is The Sexiest Day Of All (4:11)
5. At Home Dwells Death (Prelude) (4:31)
6. At Home Dwells Death (4:39)
7. Million Hands Oriental Dancer (5:36)
8. Lion's Mouth Is My Home (4:06)
9. Let's Sit Naked, O Friend (4:01)
10. No Wind And I'm Out (4:18)
11. Untameable Heart Of The Artist (2:58)

Total time 49:53

Line-up
Salim Ghazi Saeedi - Guitars, Basses, Keyboards, Drums Arrangement

Description/Reviews
United Ubiquity of Flesh (2017) is an instrumental prog rock album by Salim Ghazi Saeedi, reconciling sonic and conceptual contrasts of his last decade of life. Energetic hard rock guitar and drums are balanced by rhythm-free solo guitar parts - similar to traditional Middle Eastern players.
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Tuber "Out Of The Blue"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock, Stoner
Label: Neda Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 31, 2017
Tracklist
1. Out Of The Blue (7:06)
2. Russian (5:39)
3. Cat Class (6:47)
4. Noman (8:14)
5. Moon Rabbit (6:30)
6. Luckily Dead (7:23)

Total Time 41:39

Line-up
Yannis Gerostathos - guitars, keyboards
Yannis Artzoglou - guitars
Nickos Gerostathos - drums
Paris Fragkos -bass

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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Watch "Seven"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Symphonic
LabelPick Up Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 29, 2017
Tracklist
1. Blackest Deeds (5:49)
2. Disappearing Act (6:33)
3. Masks (6:23)
4. Copycat (6:16)
5. It's Only A Dream (3:24)
6. Tightrope (7:14)
7. The Hermit (3:54)
8. After The Blast (7:51)

Total Time 47:24

Line-up
Giorgio Gabriel: electric guitars, 6-12 strings acoustic guitars, classical guitar
Valerio De Vittorio: keyboards, Hammond L122 organ and synthesizers
Simone Rossetti: vocals, mellotron, synthesizers, flute
Mattia Rossetti: bass guitars, bass pedals, 6-12 electric guitars, vocals
Marco Fabbri: drums and percussions
   With
Steve Hackett (Genesis): acoustic 12 strings guitar (7)

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Disappearing Act
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TDW "The Antithetic Affiliation"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Layered Reality Productions
Format: CD+DVD, digital
Release date: May 29, 2017
Tracklist
CD1: The Cynic – The Dark disc

1. Monolith – The Descent (7:20)
2.Aphrodisia (8:21)
3. Dirge (4:41)
4. Lest We Forget (23:16)

Total Time 43:38

CD2: The Idealist – The Light Disc

1. The More We Remember (22:39)
2. Anthem (6:38)
3. Lovesong (4:39)
4. Monolith – The Ascent (7:20)

Total Time 41:16


Bonus DVD
1. An Acoustic Night At The Chapel (Live at PPE 2016)


Line-up
Tom de Wit – Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Lennert Kemper – Guitars, Vocals
Norbert Veenbrink – Guitars
Joey Klerkx – Guitars
Hanna van Gorcum – Violin
Vincent Reuling – Synths
Peter den Bakker – Bass
Kenneth Martens – Drums

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The Sonic Shamen "Tribute To Lemmy"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions (SRP044)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: May 29, 2017
Tracklist
1. 7 Or 7 Or Not (17:44)
2. Sam Gopal's Dream (13:27)
3. Freaky R&R (7:14)
4. Ravi In Space (17:35)
5. Stoned Dead Your Cleaver (18:22)
6. In The Kitchen (2:40)

Total Time 77:02

Line-up
Fred (Earthling Society) - Guitars, Effects
Vince (Red Elektra) - Guitars, Effects
Martin (Litmus) - Bass, Mellotron, Synthesizers
Dr Space (Øresund Space Collective, Black Moon Circle) - Modular Synthesizer
Jon (Earthling Society) - Drums, Percussion

Description/Reviews
Proceedings kick off with '7 Or 7 Or Not', a take on Hawkwind's '7 By 7' and is a wonderful swirling psychedelic track that harks back to the seventies. The guitar is reminiscent of Pink Floyd in their pomp - that same rich tone and meandering melody that has soundtracked a thousand trips..it is a lysergic journey that maintains a chilled aspect despite/because of some fantastic playing. The addition of some spacey electronica courtesy of Dr Space gives things an air of cosmic spacerock so beloved of Hawkwind. This is 'grown up' psychedelia - there is no bombastic shredding, just some pure and utter joyful music.
Read the full review at dayzofpurpleandorange.blogspot.com

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Sumo Sun "Stamina"


Country: Denmark, Iceland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions (SRP043)
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: May 29, 2017
Tracklist
1. Undone (9:43)
2. Clever (6:47)
3. Dread (5:20)
4. Onlooker (8:16)
5. Sleep (2:32)
6. The Higher Game (5:20)
7. Till It?s Gone (6:11)
8. Down (7:28)

Total Time 51:37

Line-up
Stefan Krey (Gas Giant) - acoustic and electric guitars
Magnus Hannibal (Mantric Muse, Øresund Space Collective) - guitar and synthesizer
Thomas Carstensen – bass
Helge Haarh – drums
Mickael Petersen - vocals

Description/Reviews
All in all, this is a solid heavy prog rock album. Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of bands such as Coma, Riverside and Votum.
Read the full review by Calum Gibson at dprp.net

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bosco "Bosco"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Experimental Post Metal, Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Primo Strato Di Spirito (5:43)
2. Solvuoto (5:08)
3. Melancolia (6:54)
4. Bosco (8:35)
5. Nell'io Sepolto (6:53)
6. Ostile (6:20)
7. Penombra (7:01)

Total Time 46:34

Line-up
Lorenzo Nencini - drums
Laurence Cocchiara - violin
Emanuele Duchi - electric guitar

Description/Reviews
Bosco arises from the fusion of several genres such as stoner, sludge, post-core, progressive 70s rock, noise, classical music, folk and ambient.
The sound is a constant fluctuation between light and shadow, between delicate melodies and heavy distorted riffs, between slow cadenced rhythms and furious post-core and black metal rhythmic accelerations.
The dynamics and the expressiveness play a fundamental role thanks to the use of the violin, there are in fact crescendos and diminuendi to highlight a deep and enveloping 'wall of sound' made of harmonic intertwinings that dominate the tracks for all the duration of the pieces.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Phlox ‎"Keri"


Country: Estonia
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Label: MKDK ‎(MKDKVNL0037)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Mahlad (7:55)
2. Rotwang (5:22)
3. Käsi (0:56)
4. Plindon Tulndolnd (6:14)
5. Itk (4:34)
6. Betoonpurjed (6:35)
7. 7 (4:35)
8. Puu Taga Ilves (7:02)

Total Time 43:13

Line-up
Kristo Roots - guitar
Raivo Prooso - bass
Kalle Klein - sax
Madis Zilmer - drums
Pearu Helenurm - keyboards
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Liis Lutsoja - violin (1, 5, 6)
Roomet Jakapi - vocals (3, 5)
Mari Kalkun - vocals, accordion (5, 7)
Ramo Teder - Hiiu kannel (8)
Nuno Kangilaski - vocals (2)

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Giant Sleep "Move a Mountain"


Country: Germany/Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Stoner
Label: Eucalypdisc Records (EUC 17610)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. 12 Monkeys (6:21)
2. Freewill Myth (5:11)
3. Forever Under Ground (11:01)
4. The Last Exit Aargau (4:19)
5. Love Your Damnation (7:51)
6. Failsafe Plan (3:49)
7. Denver (4:06)
8. Stella (8:54)

Total Time 51:32

Line-up
Thomas Rosenmerkel - Vocals
Markus Edgar Ruf - Guitars
Patrick Hagmann - Guitars
Radek Stecki - Bass
Manuel Spänhauer - Drums

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Kyle Morrison "Pianometal"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Centrifuge (3:08)
2. Hymn Of Blasphemy (3:02)
3. The Cosmos I - Martian Dusk (3:36)
4. Mammoth (3:56)
5. Ocean Black (3:23)
6. The Cosmos II - Orion's Curse (4:33)
7. Eye Of The Storm (2:45)
8. The Cosmos III - Interstellar Survival (3:19)
9. Seasons (3:55)
10. The Road To Eternity (3:59)

Total Time 35:36

Line-up
 Kyle Morrison - Keyboards
    with:
Dirk Verbeuren - Drums (1, 3, 10)
Brian Canzanella - Guitar solo (1)
Francesco Ferrini - Keyboard solo (2)
Paul Jacovino - Guitar solo (3)
Sean Zatorsky - Screams (4)
Adrienne Cowan - Vocals (4)
Sergio Pacheco - Guitar solo (4)
Elias Holmlid - Keyboard solo (5)
Andrew Stephens - Guitar solo (6)
Justin Rogers - Guitar leads (7), Guitar solo (10)
Chet Powell - Guitar solo (9)
Jonathan Mullins - Bass (10)

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Sunset Nebula "Sunset Nebula"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock, Post Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Cosmic Waiting Room (3:57)
2. Swampy (2:21)
3. Oceans (4:33)
4. Sang Real (3:48)
5. Organgrinder (5:50)
6. Nude (5:18)
7. Shadows (5:36)
8. Lunarium (3:32)
9. Earthbound (4:57)

Total Time 39:52

Line-up
Tommy Jones - Guitar
Lewis Summer-Rell - Bass
James Wagstaff - Drums

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Solstafir "Berdreyminn"


Country: Iceland
Genre(s): Post Rock/Metal
Label: Season Of Mist (SOM412)
Format: CD, digital, cassette, vinyl
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Silfur-Refur (6:54)
2. Ísafold (4:58)
3. Hula (7:07)
4. Nárós (7:22)
5. Hvít Sæng (7:22)
6. Dýrafjörður (7:31)
7. Ambátt (8:08)
8. Bláfjall (8:00)

Total Time 57:22

Line-up
Sæþór Maríus Sæþórsson
Svavar Austmann
Aðalbjörn Tryggvason

Description/Reviews
Berdreyminn is a much warmer, and in some ways, less intense and upbeat record; utilizing a hefty slab of 80s influence, from the synths to the guitar tones, solos, and even the galloping rhythm section. Anyone who liked the extreme, bleak isolation of Otta will probably be taken back at certain points by some the decisions they’ve made. However, in the context of the band’s progression as artists, it all seems to be the most natural choice for a great successor album. In spite of my fervent love for the wintry, windswept elements of the former, and the fact that’s what made their sound so appealing to me, Berdreyminn still brings the same level of quality, albeit in a different way.
Read the full review by Simon Killip at sputnikmusic.com

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Nad Sylvan "The Bride Said No"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Bridesmaids (1:17)
2. The Quartermaster (5:38)
3. When The Music Dies (7:00)
4. The White Crown (6:15)
5. What Have You Done (8:29)
6. Crime Of Passion (5:59)
7. A French Kiss In An Italian Cafe (5:58)
8. The Bride Said No (12:26)
9. Black Sheep (7:00)

Total time 60:02

Line-up
Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett, Agents of Mercy, Unifaun) - vocals, keyboards, guitars, programming, orchestration
   With:
Tania Doko - vocals
Jade Ell (Xanima) - vocals
Sheona Urquhart - vocals, saxophone
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - guitar
Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, GPS, Asia) - guitar
Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy) - guitar
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men) - Chapman stick, upright bass, electric bass
Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent) - bass
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Big Big Train, Kevin Gilbert) - drums, percussion
Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) - drums, percussion
Anders Wollbeck - keyboards, programming, orchestration, additional sound design
Alfons Karabuda - water phone

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Cydemind "Erosion"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. What Remains (4:58)
2. Tree Of Tales (6:41)
3. Derecho (13:36)
4. Red Tides (5:25)
5. Stream Capture (6:29)
6. Erosion (27:19)

Total time 64:28

Line-up
Olivier Allard - Violin
Camille Delage - Keyboards
Kevin Paquet - Guitars
Nico Damoulianos - Bass
Alexandre Dagenais - Drums

Description/Reviews
While Montreal’s Cydemind use a violin prominently in their music, ... they sound more like if Tim Charles of Ne Obliviscaris joined Dream Theater…if they were an instrumental band.
While the band are all virtuosos, they don’t overplay necessarily. Yes the music is tight and quite technical at times, the band also understand the importance of the almightly riff and build their songs off of riffs rather than just soloing all over the place.
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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The Heliocentrics "A World of Masks"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Experimental Jazz-Rock, Funk, Psychedelic, Krautrock, Fusion
Label: Soundway Records (SNDWLP093)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017 (UK), June 9, 2017 (US)
Tracklist
1. Made Of The Sun (4:12)
2. Time (4:07)
3. Human Zoo (4:49)
4. A World Of Masks (7:46)
5. Capital Of Alone (3:44)
6. Dawn Chorus (2:16)
7. The Silverback (3:31)
8. Oh Brother (3:27)
9. The Wake (2:29)
10. Square Wave (3:44)
11. The Uncertainty Principle (5:31)

Total Time 45:36

Line-up
Malcom Catto : Drums, Percussion, Piano
Jake Ferguson : Bass, Vibraphone, Additional Guitar
Jack Yglesias : Organ, Flute, Percussion, Piano
Oliver Parfitt :
Electronics
Adrian Owusu : Guitar
Tom Hodges :
Effects, Saxophone, Additional Guitar
Barbora Patkova: Vocals
   With
Jason Yarde: Baritone Saxophone
Shabaka Hutchings: Bass Clarinet
Raven Bush: Strings 
Raimi: Trombone 
Matt Roberts: Trumpet (5)

Description/Reviews
Face-melting psychedelia opens up the album as Patkova, backed by ominous arpeggios and electronic squeaks, goes from a murmur to a shout. In four minutes, she reaches total abandon, and it sets the tone for the rest of the album, where anything can happen—as long as it’s in a minor key.
Read the full review by Adriane Pontecorvo at popmatters.com

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Mumpbeak "Tooth"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Progressive Rock
Label: RareNoise Records (RNR078)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
01. Boot (3:51)
02. Brick (6:22)
03. Saw (4:26)
04. Slip (6:52)
05. Cot (4:00)
06. Caboose (9:14)
07. Stone (6:58)

Total Time – 41:43

Line-up
Roy Powell (Naked Truth) - Hohner Clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, Hammond B3, Tubular Bells
Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth) - electric bass
Torstein Lofthus (Shining, Elephant 9) - drums

Description/Reviews
Maybe it’s because Powell is British, with the influence of King Crimson and other UK progressive music bred in the bone, but although he’s been Oslo-based since the turn of the millennium there’s an earthiness to Mumpbeak that sets them slightly apart from their Nordic nu prog peers.
His music has been compared to that of Crimson, ELP, and (inevitably) electric Miles Davis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle of that, favouring Miles’s dive into the drive of electrifying funk.

Read the full review by Tim Owen at dalstonsound.wordpress.com


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Weserbergland "Sehr Kosmich" "Ganz Progisch"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Krautrock, Space Rock
Label: Apollon Records (APR004)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tanzen Und Springen - 9:44    
2. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde - 15:42    
3. Kunst Der Fuge - 12:02    
4. Tristrant - 8:48

Total time: 46:16

Line-up
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (White Willow, Kaukasus, Tirill, Rhys Marsh): Flute, clarinet, keyboads, guitars, programming
Gaute Storsve: Bass and guitar
Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel): Bass and guitar
Mattias Olsson (Änglagård, Necromonkey, The Opium Cartel, White Willow): Drums and percussion
    With:
Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, White Willow)
Stephen James Bennet (Henry Fool, Tim Bowness, No-Man, The Opium Cartel)
Tetsuroh Konishi
Lars Horntveth (Jaga Jazzist)
Erik Johannessen (Jaga Jazzist)
Brynjar Dambo (White Willow)
Roger Langvik
Einar Baldurson

Description/Reviews
When guitarist-producer Jacob HOLM-LUPO (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL), flutist-keyboard player Ketil Vestrum EINARSEN (WHITE WILLOW, JAGA JAZZIST, WOBBLER, MOTORPSYCHO), guitarist Gaute STORSVE (RHYS MARSH) and drummer extraordinaire Mattias OLSSON (ÄNGLAGÅRD, PINEFOREST CRUNCH, PÄR LINDH, WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL, NECROMONKEY) get together to create an album of music in tribute to the Kosmische Music (Krautrock) artists of the 1970s you can bet it's going to be a good one. And it is! Each song on the album is like listening to a drum, keyboard, and guitar clinic. It's as if JAGA JAZZIST and CAN were merged--as if Lars and Martin HORNTVETH were collaborating with Jaki LIEBEZEIT in this, the 21st Century with all of the gizmos and effects that give 21st Century musicians such versatility and variety. The bass is often keyboard or computer driven, but it works. Mattias' drumming blends computer technologies with the live kit sounds. The keyboard and guitar sounds and techniques used are all over the place. Overall, the music is derivative, yet experimental; it's rhythmic and yet avant; it's militaristic yet psychedelic. It's genius! (progisaliveandwell.blogspot.no)
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Sunrise Auranaut "The Ocean Of Unspoken Words"


Country: Russia
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Rock Company
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1.       Perseids (7:01)
2.       In A Room With Many Mirrors (3:01)
3.       The Last Meeting (5:02)
4.       Who Is There? (5:57)
5.       The Ocean Of Unspoken Words (7:18)
6.       Free Wind And Home Draft (4:29)
7.       The Secrets Of Nightlife (3:55)
8.       The Great Dumb (Cinema) (5:07)
9.       Late Night Is Early Morning (After The Holiday) (8:24)

Total time 50:14

Line-up
Vitaly Kiselev - guitars, bass, programming
Alexander Malakhov - synthesizers

Description/Reviews
«The Ocean Of Unspoken Words» is Kiselev’s fourth studio album. It is completely instrumental and recorded in his own modest home studio. As always he used some of his old ideas, which were in an embryonic state and which incredibly transformed here into complex musical forms. This album is also written under impression of classical music such as works of Peter Tchaikovsky or Edward Grieg. However, inclusions of orchestration, the sounds of classical piano and organs, wrapped in a warm 70’s retro sound, are combined with heavy guitar riffs, seasoned with a variety of modern synth sounds.
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Fish on Friday "Quiet Life"


Country: Belgium
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Esoteric Antenna (EANTCD1066)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
1. Unreal (8:27)
2. Sweet Love (4:42)
3. Beautiful (7:43)
4. Quiet Life (6:08)
5. Snowed In (3:52)
6. Get Up (5:54)
7. MH17 (4:46)
8. You've Heart Me (4:15)
9. In the Key of Silence (5:35)
10. Time Out (4:01)

Total Time 55:23

Line-up
William Beckers: keyboards, percussion
Frank Van Bogaert: keyboards, vocals, backing vocals, additional guitars
Nick Beggs (Mute Gods, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett): bass, Chapman stick, backing vocals
Marcus Weymaere: drums, percussion
Marty Townsend: guitars
    With:
Alan Parsons: backing  vocals
Theo Travis (Gong, Steven Wilson, The Tangent): saxophone, flute
Stef Caers: backing vocals
Chantal Kashala: backing vocals
Nina Babet : backing vocals
Lula Belle Beggs: vocals
John Mitchell (Arena, Kino, Lonely Robot)

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Bubblemath "Edit Peptide"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock
Label: Cuneiform Records (Rune 434)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 26, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Routine Maintenance   
  2. Avoid That Eye Candy   
  3. Perpetual Notion   
  4. A Void That I Can Depart To   
  5. Get a Lawn   
  6. Making Light of Traffic   
  7. Destiny Repeats Itself   
  8. The Sensual Con
Line-up
Blake Albinson - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, keyboards, tenor sax, vocals
Jay Burritt - Electric bass, fretless synth bass, fretless electric bass, upright electric bass, vocals
Kai Esbensen - Keyboards, vocals
James Flagg - Drums, percussion, vocals
Jonathan G. Smith - Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, clarinet, chimes, gong, glockenspiel, xylophone, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo

Description/Reviews
Of course, the arrangements are arguably the most important part of any record, and Bubblemath “edits the hell out of all your peptides” by fashioning one of the most complex yet alluring sequences you’ll ever hear. Pieces like “Routine Maintenance” and “Perpetual Notion” explode with the biting riffs of Metallica and the grandiose zaniness of Native Construct, never letting up as they shift movements with an array of gripping melodies and timbres (including flutes, pianos, and miscellaneous effects), keeping your ears glued and your jaw dropped. In contrast, “Avoid that Eye Candy” and “A Void That I Can Depart To,” while still immensely decorative, are lighter in tone, focusing mostly on luscious yet quirky interlocking harmonies (although the latter piece also incorporates some ‘80s synth vibes and death metal vocals, a la Haken’s recent Affinity). There’s even a warm jazz-fusion aesthetic to “Making Light of Traffic” (thanks mostly to spurts of saxophone and a major sense of freeform playfulness), plus a staggering amount of rhythmic dexterity and dynamic temperamental deviations throughout “Destiny Repeats Itself.” (Seriously, just try to count all of the time signature changes.) As clichéd as it is to say, there’s not a dull moment on Edit Peptide, as each second offers an exuberantly exhaustive sonic pool in which to swim.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Siiilk "Endless Mystery"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Musea (FGBG 4984)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. Inner War (6:23)
2. Endless Mystery (1:39)
3. Black Old Train (5:08)
4. Merging (5:12)
5. Escape (5:32)
6. Drifting Words (8:05)
7. Questions (2:18)
8. Green Boy (5:16)
9. Ultimate (4:37)

Total Time 44:10

Line-up
Richard Pick : Guitars, Vocals
Guillaume Antonicelli : Bass
Attilio Terlizzi : Drums
Gilbert Gandil : Guitars
Jacques Roman : Keyboards

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Stream

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Anubis "The Second Hand"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 23, 2017
Tracklist
  1. The Second Hand   
  2. Fool's Gold    
  3. These Changing Seasons I   
  4. The Making of Me    
  5. While Rome Burns   
  6. Blackout   
  7. These Changing Seasons II   
  8. Pages of Stone   
  9. These Changing Seasons III
Line-up
Robert James Moulding - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion
David Eaton - Organs, Mellotron, Piano, Synthesisers, Guitar, Vocals
Douglas Skene - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Electric Sitar, Vocals
Dean Bennison - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Anthony Stewart - Electric & Acoustic Bass, Moog Bass Pedals, Vocals
Steven Eaton - Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Vocals
   With
Tom Winters, Lochie Winters, Reece Denton - Additional Vocals (9)
Brian Dade, Marcus Mulu, Cliff Pearson, Patricia Eaton, Andrew Eaton, Jessica Skene, Andrew Craig, Sasha Ioshpe, Chris Tracey - Additional Speaking Voices

Description/Reviews
'The Second Hand' is Anubis' fourth studio record, and marks a return to the narrative driven concept album format. It charts the downfall of an aging media mogul, James Osbourne-Fox, who, after a severe brain injury is left paralysed and imprisoned in his own body and left to contemplate the futility of his life of corporate success.
The album seeks to address the notion of balance, the media's influence on those who consume it, and how the bias and hysteria benefits no-one but those who sign the cheques, dividing people and leading to political turbulence and unrest. The lyrics - written very early in 2016 - had, by the end of the year and recording process, become seemingly even more prescient with the media and moneyed interest's roles in influencing the results of referendums, elections and even conflicts worldwide.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

La Skala de Richter "Facta Non Verba"


Country: Spain
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. La Duda (4:13)
2. El Monte De Venus (4:09)
3. Incandescente (3:10)
4. Xxii (4:00)
5. Equilibrio (4:54)
6. Interludium (1:48)
7. Esclavo (5:16)
8. Mis Demonios (4:39)
9. Resurgir (6:26)

Total Time 38:35

Line-up
Juan Contreras Fernandez : Vcals
Martin Oller Lopez : Bass
Francisco Soler García : Guitar
Martin Oller Ocampo : Guitar
David Clemente Romera : Drums

Media/Samples 
El Monte de Venus
Mis Demonios

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Attilan "Dysthymia" EP


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: May 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Paradise Lost (7:53)
2. Terrigen Mists (5:54)
3. Increasing Entropy (8:28)
4. Eye Of The Sun (6:42)

Total Time 28:57

Line-up
Mark Barron - Guitars, Vocals
Matt Kathler - Drums
Jeremy Simpson - Bass, Vocals

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Dimers "Fortune Cookies"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Doublespeak (4:47)
2. Temporary Man (4:24)
3. Friend Of Mine (5:08)
4. Cheshire Smiles (4:04)
5. World Inviting/Sunrise (7:27)
6. Skin Deep (4:37)
7. Iguana (7:11)
8. AM (10:19)
9. So It Goes (8:56)

Total time 56:53

Line-up
Eric Belanger - Vocals, Violin
Alex Tvaroch - Bass
Cameron Criss - Guitar
Curtis Clarke - Saxophone
Justin Sparks - Percussion
Justin Harris - Keyboard

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Syrius Legacy "Széttört álmok Szvit (Shattered Dreams Suite)"


Country: Hungary
Genre(s): Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD
Release date: May 20, 2017
Tracklist
01 - Elfáradtam
02 - Álmot várok
03 - Föld alól jövő ének
04 - A vámpír
05 - Örvény
06 - Virágtánc
07 - Ne sírjatok lányok! (bonus track)

Line-up
Vidákovich Izsák – tenor saxophone, flute
Ludányi Tamás – alt- and soprano saxophone
Tempfli Erik – keys, vocals
Fonay Tibor – bass
Benkó Ákos – drums, vocals

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Friday, May 19, 2017

This Misery Garden "Hyperstitious"


Country: Switzerland
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Galileo Records/Gonzo Multimedia (GLR119CD)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. December Lullaby (1:55)
2. Incognito (4:00)
3. Emocide (4:28)
4. Lacrymob (4:27)
5. Down Here (4:47)
6. Be East (4:53)
7. Infantia (5:01)
8. Saving My Dreams For Another Day (5:47)
9. Killing My Name (5:14)
10. Deliverance (4:11)
11. Aquarius (4:48)
12. Christos Sema (4:40)
13. Extimity (7:46)

Total Time 61:57

Line-up
Steve -  Vocals
Laurent M - Guitar
Antoine - Guitar
Jeremie - Bass
Stephan - Drums

Description/Reviews
This new album reveals a stronger and harsher side of This Misery Garden’s music.
Imagine you plant a seed of Katatonia, a seed of A Perfect Circle and water it with some Mastodon, you will harvest “Hypersticious”, the most diverse and emotional tree of This Misery Garden.
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Down Here
Killing My Name
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Bjorn Riis "Forever Comes to an End"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelKarisma Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Forever Comes to an End
2. Absence
3. The Waves
4. Getaway
5. Calm
6. Winter
7. Where are You Now

Line-up
Bjørn Riis (Airbag): guitar, vocals
   With:
Henrik Fossum (Airbag):  drums, percussion
Asle Tostrup:  programming
Simen Valldal Johannessen (OAK): piano
Sichelle Mcmeo Aksum: vocals

Media/Samples 
Teaser
Forever Comes To An End

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Rikard Sjöblom's Gungfly "On Her Journey To The Sun"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelInsideOut Music
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
CD 1
1. Of The Orb - (10:43)
2. On Her Journey To The Sun - (5:00)
3. He Held An Axe - (4:49)
4. My Hero - (7:46)
5. If You Fall Part 1 - (3:09)
6. Polymixia - (11:38)
7. Over My Eyes - (4:39)
8. Old Demons Die Hard - (5:56)
9. Keith (The Son Of Sun) - (5:32)
10. The River Of Sadness - (12:02)
11. All A Dream - (2:17)

Total Time 73:31

CD 2 (Bonus Disc) Best Of Gungfly

1. Rumbling Boxes - (8:34)
2. On And On - (4:36)
3. White Light - (5:00)
4. Lamentation - (3:18)
5. No Remorse - (4:45)
6. Before The Winter - (4:52)
7. Bringing Down The Walls - (7:04)
8. She's Gone Again - (3:13)
9. The Prisoner - (4:22)
10. Are You Aware That I'm Awake? - (4:35)
11. Peace At Mind - (5:12)
12. And She Drives Me... - (4:14)
13. We Will Never Leave - (9:33)
14. Whiskers - (3:44)

Total Time 73:02

Line-up
Rikard Sjöblom (Beardfish, BBT): vocals, guitars, keyboards
David Zackrisson (Beardfish): guitars
Petter Diamant: drums
Rasmus Diamant: bass
Sverker Magnuss: keyboards
Martin Borgh: keyboards

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Teaser
On Her Journey To The Sun
Old Demons Die Hard
He Held An Axe

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Hedersleben "Orbit"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Purple Pyramid (CLO 0509)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. Judas Star (6:03)
2. Walk Above The Clouds (3:48)
3. Distant Sun (3:42)
4. History Of Light (3:56)
5. Apogee (3:21)
6. Hedersleben (Dreamstate) (3:59)
7. Rarefied Air (5:09)
8. Be There (3:15)
9. Perigee (2:38)

Total Time 35:51

Line-up
Nicky Garratt - guitar
Jai Young Kim - keyboards, vocals
John Daren Thomas - drums, percussion
Doc Miller - bass, vocals, classical guitar
Alicia Previn - vocals, violin

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Corciolli "Ilusia"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, New Age
Label: Azul Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Man Who Disappeared In The Painting (5:54)
2. Secrets Of The Invisible (6:47)
3. Distant Living Memories (5:24)
4. Ghosts Of The Perpetual Mansion (6:20)
5. The Imaginary Principle (5:58)
6. The Misery Of Fear And The Battle Against The Immortal Dream (6:20)
7. Light Spheres In A Stephen King Mist (6:11)
8. Midnight Of The World At The End Of Time (5:44)

Total Time 48:38

Line-up
Corciolli - keyboards
Ramon Montagner - drums
Mauricio Oliveira - bass (1, 3, 4)

Description/Reviews
Corciolli is reunited with his rock roots, in vigorous and intriguing performances on synthesizers, using samplers of guitars, string orchestras and epic percussions.
Featuring 8 instrumental tracks, Corciolli created, played and produced the layers and textures of each song, inviting drummer Ramon Montagner and bassist Mauricio Oliveira to participate in the recordings. For the drum sounds he added sound intensity in the audio and ambience processing, complementing the performance with overlapping orchestral percussion tones and Japanese taikos.
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Scale The Summit "In A World Of Fear"



Country: USA
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal, Fusion
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 19, 2017
Tracklist
01. Mass
02. Astral Kids
03. Royal Orphan
04. Cosmic Crown
05. Witch House
06. Neon Tombs
07. Opal Bones
08. Dream12
09. Goddess Gate
10. The Warden

Line-up
Chris Letchford - guitars
Charlie Engen - drums
Kilian Duarte - bass
   With
John Browne (Monuments) - guitar (10)
Nick Johnston - guitar solo (9)
Jeff Loomis - guitar solo (4)
Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) - guitar solo (9)
Scott Carstairs (Fallujah) - guitar solo (10)
James Ivanyi - guitar solo (4)
Nathan Navarro - bass (10)
Angel Vivaldi - guitar solo (5)
Yvette Young (Covet) - acoustic guitar (1)

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Teaser

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

PBII "Rocket! The dreams of Wubbo Ockels"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Symphonic, Rock Opera
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Rocket (Part I) (5:23)
2. Gravity (4:47)
3. On My Own Again (5:42)
4. Mother (4:43)
5. Life In The Cloud (5:29)
6. Rocket (Part II) (4:58)
7. Trapped (3:54)
8. Pure Destruction (4:06)
9. Nothing Is Real (5:42)
10. Happy Energy (4:49)
11. Blue Marble (7:33)
12. Rocket (Part III) (5:26)

Total Time 62:24
Line-up
Michel van Wassem - Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
Ronald Brautigam - Guitars
Tom van der Meulen - Drums
Alex van Elswijk - Bass
Ruud Slakhorst - Vocals
Nathailie Mees - Vocals
  With
Marco C de Bruin - Arrangements
Diana Byazarti - Violin
Lieke Daniels - Violin
Laura Rafecas - Viola
Ketevan Roinishvili - Cello
Ignas te Wiel - Percussion

Media/Samples 
ROCKET part 2
deezer

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The Low Spark "Few But Many"


Country: Cyprus
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: May 18, 2017
Tracklist
1. Few But Many (4:54)
2. Counting The Sheep (4:33)
3. Reminder (5:06)
4. Love Comes From Above (5:53)
5. Deep Deep Deep (3:00)
6. Evil Smirk (3:59)
7. Mainstream (5:09)
8. Dreamweaver (7:17)

Total Time 39:51

Line-up
Lefteris Moumtzis - vocals, bass, keyboards
Mario Michael - guitars
Stefanos Meletiou - drums, percussion
   With
Dimitris Panayides - drums (5)
Mikaela Tsangari - backing vocals (4)

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