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Friday, June 30, 2017

Forever Twelve "Home"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Symphonic
Label: TBA
Format: CD, digital
Release date: TBA
Tracklist
  1. Seven Seas
  2. Home
  3. Daisy Chain
  4. Kansas by the Sea
  5. Karmagedden
  6. Acoustic Rose
  7. Fate is in our Hands
Line-up
John Baker  (Mars Hollow) - Lead Vocals
Steve Barberic - Keyboards
Tom Graham - Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals
Fernando Martinez - Drums, Percussions

Media/Samples 
Seven Seas (Intro)
Daisy Chain

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Ephemeral Sun "Lord Of Hounds"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock / Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Discordance
  2. Kill Shelter
  3. What We Should Have Said
  4. Lord Of Hounds
  5. Stay Down
Line-up
John Battema – keyboards
Charles Gore – bass
Tim Miller – drums
Brian O’Neill – guitars

Description/Reviews
Musically, the past remains present: complex, atmospheric and symphonic textures across the board. As with Harvest Aorta the primary ingredient is rock, blended into metal, jazz, ambient, electronica, and more with reckless abandon. More than a decade on, a shared language has emerged within the band that infuses the songs with a distinct signature. But the glasses are of a slightly darker tint this time around: more moments are laced with overdrive and crunch. Anxiety and melancholy runs throughout. A few hardcore fans might even pick up a hint of Broken Door's slightly gothic attitude. Your lover has rediscovered heavy black eyeliner, and dusted off the old Cure vinyl for one more trip down memory lane. 
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Bandcamp

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Amplifier "Trippin' With Dr. Faustus"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Rainbow Machine
2. Freakzone
3. Kosmos (Grooves Of Triumph)
4. The Commotion (Big Time Party Maker)
5. Big Daddy
6. Horse
7. Anubis
8. Supernova
9. Silvio
10. Old Blue Eyes

Line-up
Sel Balamir - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Durose - Vocals, Guitar
Alex Redhead - Bass, Magnum
Matt Brobin - Drums, Vibes

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Horse

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Sky Architect "Nomad"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: FREIA Music/Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Wasteland
2. Endless Roads
3. Nomad
4. Dune
5. Sandwalker
6. Race To The Sun
7. Into Singularity

Line-up:
Tom Luchies - vocals, guitars
Wabe Wieringa - guitars
Rik van Honk - keyboards, backing vocals
Guus van Mierlo - bass
Christiaan Bruin - drums, backing vocals

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Comedy Of Errors "House of the Mind"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label:  Plane Groovy PLG053S (vinyl)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tachyon (6:21)
2. House Of The Mind (14:47)
3. A Moment's Peace (4:15)
4. One Fine Day (2:48)
5. Song Of Wandering Jacomus (13:47)

Total Time 41:58

Line-up
Joe Cairney - Vocals
Jim Johnston - Keyboards
Bruce Levick - Drums
Sam McCulloch - Guitars
Mark Spalding - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Sampler

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gentle Knife "Clock Unwound"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Progressive Rock

FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 15, 2017
Tracklist
1. Prelude: Incipit
2. The Clock Unwound
3. Fade Away
4. Smother
5. Plans Askew
6. Resignation

Line-up
Astraea Antal - flute, winds and visuals
Pål Bjørseth - keyboards, vocals, trumpet
Odd Grønvold - basses
Thomas Hylland Eriksen - sax and woodwinds
Veronika Hørven Jensen - vocals
Håkon Kavli - vocals, guitars
Eivind Lorentzen - guitars and synths
Charlotte Valstad Nielsen - sax
Ove Christian Owe - guitars
Ole Martin Svendsen - drums, percussion
Brian M. Talgo - samples, vocals

Description/Reviews
GENTLE KNIFE is a Norwegian progressive rock ensemble featuring eleven members. With male and female vocalists, multiple guitarists, keys, synths, mellotron, woodwinds and more, their signature sound dips deeply into classic 70s prog rock, with a modern take on the genre. The relentless passage of time is the main theme of the 2nd album, CLOCK UNWOUND, which delves into lives overshadowed by longing and disappointment. Plans go askew, lovers betray and dreams fade. Yet, as a sense of resignation descends upon a dystopic inner landscape, moments of beauty remain. Songs are epic in format, and play across a broad spectrum of emotions. (justforkicks.de)

Media/Samples 
Preview

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Machines Dream "Black Science"


Country: Canada
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: Progressive Gears
FormatCD, digital
Release date: June 12, 2017
Tracklist
1.Armistice Day
2.Weimar
3.The Cannons Cry
4.Heavy Water
5.Airfield On Sunwick
6.Black Science
7.UXB
8.Noise To Signal

Line-up
Brian Holmes: Keyboards
Craig West: Bass and vocals
Jake Rendell: Acoustic instruments and backing vocals
Ken Coulter: Drums
Rob Coleman: Lead guitar
    With
Josh Norling: Saxophone
Jakub Olejnik (Maze of Sound): Vocals
Jennifer Gauvreau and Chris Belsito: Backing vocals

Media/Samples 
Airfield on Sunwick
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Schnauser "Irritant"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop, Psychedelic
Label: Bad Elephant Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 9, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Spiele Mit Katzen   
  2. Chinese Brainworm (Taenia Solium)   
  3. Re-Mortgaging The Nest Of Hairs   
  4. Sorry, You Were Out   
  5. Have You Got PPI?   
  6. How About A Kiss?   
  7. Fail Better   
  8. Hypertension   
  9. A New Atmosphere   
  10. The Monday Club   
  11. Speile-Jange
Line-up
Alan Strawbridge - Guitar, Vocals
Duncan Gammon - Keyboards, Vocals
Dino Christodoulou - Saxophone
Holly McIntosh - Bass, Vocals
Jasper Williams - Drums

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Bandcamp

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Motorpsycho "Begynnelser"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Psychedelic
LabelRune Grammofon (RLP2193)
Formatvinyl+CD+DVD
Release date: June 8, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Mærrabotn (Fosen)
  2. Terje's Sang (Bøla 1)
  3. Jaques Tati (Kongensgate)
  4. Trylleball (Sannan)
  5. Dekdektiven Røker Om Natten (Figga)
  6. Taterhjulets Gnaur (Majavatn)
  7. Englevinger (Namskogan)
  8. Sirkelpust (Jørstadbrua)
  9. Satan (Namdalen)
  10. Over Nyhavna (Falstadvalsen)
  11. Tåke På Fjorden/Rinnan Kjæm (Sør-Beistad) Gutan I Skogen (Sol På Sunnan) Terje's Sang (Bøla 2)
Line-up
Bent Sæther - bass, guitar, vocals
Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan - guitar, vocals
Kenneth Kapstad - drums

Description/Reviews
The music on this album was written for a project Motorpsycho was invited to be a part of by Trøndelag Teater in early 2015. It eventually ended up as the play "Begynnelser". The band also wrote a lot more during preparations and rehearsals. It was a long process and most of the music was tweaked in a big way to fit the flow and feel of the play. It was also played live every night, so what you would have heard during the performances would in most instances have sounded very different from this album. The music is not sequenced in the order it was used in the play, and a lot of the music that eventually was played in the performances is missing from this album, so this is perhaps best described as 'a version of what it might have been' more than a document of what the soundtrack eventually ended up becoming.
The included DVD contains a complete 2 hour filmed performance of the play for those who want to see it and hear the final and complete music score performed in context. So all in all you get a lot of new, original Motorpsycho music. The play itself is reallly good with great visual presentation including some stunning video work. And English subtitles! The DVD also includes a fine documentary.
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Trylleball (Sannan)

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Hidden Lapse "Redemption"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: CD 
Release date: June 2, 2017
Tracklist
01. Prologue: dead woman walking
02. Silent Sacrifice
03. Interlude: the right to remain silent
04. Drop
05. Lucid Nightmare
06. Pure
07. Redemption
08. Interlude: the last meal
09. Compassion
10. Awareness
11. Epilogue: mercy upon your soul

Line-up
Alessia Marchigiani – Vocals
Marco Ricco – Guitars
Romina Pantanetti – Bass

Media/Samples 
Compassion
Drop

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Elder "Reflections Of A Floating World"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Progressive Rock
Label: Stickman Records (EU), Armageddon Label (US)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital, cassette
Release date: June 2, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sanctuary (11:14)
2. The Falling Veil (11:13)
3. Staving Off Truth (10:18)
4. Blind (13:24)
5. Sonntag (8:40)
6. Thousand Hands (9:37)

Total Time 64:26

Line-up
Nicholas DiSalvo - Guitar, keys, vocals
Jack Donovan - Bass
Matt Couto - Drums
   With
Michael Risberg - Guitar
Michael Samos - Pedal steel

Description/Reviews
Band members ... already dismissed any last remains of stoner metal stereotypes on "Lore" (2015). Their current album ... is a journey into prog rock and psychedelic worlds. Six monumental songs, huge in sound, each of them their own cosmic expedition. What begins as driving mid-tempo rock filled with heavy guitar riffs repeatedly erupts into melodic tangents and clever variations. Guest musicians Michael Samos and Mike Risberg have added additional guitars, pedal steel and keyboards to the trio, making Elder’s sound more voluminous than ever, and the influences found here range from 70s prog dinosaurs such as Yes, King Crimson or Pink Floyd to their kindred spirits in the European psychedelic and space rock scenes. And it is of course a cliché, but Elder bring their own organism to life from all these influences.

Elder already strike out on their chosen path on the album opener “Sanctuary”. What begins as a trademark stoner song turns on its own axis several times at minute four, morphing into lyrical polyphonic pickings and using a Mellotron to sweet-talk its way to an unfathomable and brutal finale. “The Falling Veil” moves between Thin Lizzy with palpitations and undulating progressive riffs. Those who think of Kyuss during “Staving off Truth” won’t be able to hold that thought the entire 11 minutes of the song. And as hymn-like as the riffs can be, the band never settles down to one part for longer than two minutes. But at the same time, the songs never lose their coherence, because all parts are logically woven into one another. And it could be that “Sonntag”, a detour into the Krautrock motorik functions of Neu!, most clearly shows the limitless cosmic ambitions of Elder.
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The Falling Veil

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Roger Waters "Is This the Life We Really Want?"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Art Rock
Label: Jule Pond Productions/Columbia Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 2, 2017
Tracklist
1. When We Were Young (1:38)
2. Déjà Vu (4:27)
3. The Last Refugee (4:12)
4. Picture That (6:47)
5. Broken Bones (4:57)
6. Is This The Life We Really Want? (5:55)
7. Bird In A Gale (5:31)
8. The Most Beautiful Girl (6:09)
9. Smell The Roses (5:15)
10. Wait For Her (4:56)
11. Oceans Apart (1:07)
12. Part Of Me Died (3:12)

Total time 54:06

Line-up
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) – vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar
   With
Nigel Godrich – keyboards, guitar, sound collages, arrangements
Gus Seyffert – guitar, keyboards, bass guitar
Jonathon Wilson – guitar, keyboards
Roger Manning – keyboards
Lee Padroni – keyboards
Joey Waronker – drums
Jessica Wolfe – vocals
Holly Proctor – vocals
Lucius – vocals

Media/Samples 
Smell the Roses


The Last Refugee

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