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Friday, June 30, 2017

Monarch Trail "Sand"


Country: Canada
Genre(s): Symphonic
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Station Theme (3:52)
2. First Thoughts (3:22)
3. Back To The Start (7:11)
4. Missing (6:29)
5. Charlie's Kitchen (7:43)
6. Another Silent World (2:10)
7. Sand (24:31)

Total Time 55:18

Line-up
Chris Lamont: Drums
Dino Verginella: Bass
Ken Baird: Keyboards, Vocals
  With
John Mamone: Guitar
Kelly Kereliuk: Guitar
Steve Cochrane: Guitar

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Station Theme
Missing

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Helfir "The Human Defeat"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Atmospheric Gothic Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: My Kingdom Music (echo122)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Time In Our Minds (4:07)
2. Light (4:33)
3. Tide (4:47)
4. Protect Me (4:32)
5. Chant D'automne (3:27)
6. Mechanical God (3:42)
7. Climax 2.0 (7:57)
8. Golden Tongue (5:17)
9. The Last Sun (6:42)
10. Chant D'automne (Intrumental) (3:27)

Total Time 48:31

Line-up
Luca Mazzotta: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums and Percussions programming
    With:
Michele Attolino: Clbass (8)

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Light

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Tree of Life "Awakening Call"


Country: Venezuela/USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1.    The Greatest Gift from God (12:14)
2.    Words from Heaven (9:51)
3.    Garden of Salvation (11:27)
4.    No Longer Forbidden (8:57)
5.    Awakening Call (14:46)

Total Time 57:15


Line-up
Carlos Hernandez - guitars
Fernando Fossi - bass
Eric Gillette (Neal Morse) - drums, keyboards

Description/Reviews
The debut album serves up five courses of expertly blended instrumental prog-metal with hints of jazz and classical music.  Fans of Dream Theater, Scale the Summit, Animals as Leaders, Liquid Tension Experiment, or Riddle House will be right at home here.
Read the full review by Kris McCoy at rockatnight.com

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Teaser

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Squintaloo "Uber Bord!"


Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Label: Hänsel & Gretel (M.I.G. Music)
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Animal Privateer (9:50)
2. Nigeraurak's Dream (6:54)
3. Kara Buran (8:02)
4. Zirrostratus (The Fog Wonders) (7:55)
5. Elmsfeuer (2:03)
6. Uber Bord (8:23)
7. 3 Kraken (3:33)
8. Fakir Don Pipone (9:59)
9. Peg Leg Copperjaws (8:24)

Total Time 65:03

Line-up
Enrico Antico - Guitars
Heinrich Schiffers - Guitars
Klemens Klarhorst - Bass
Daniel Eichholz - Drums


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Animal Privateer
Kara Buran
Über Bord

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In The Presence Of Wolves "Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2 - The Ape And The Cage"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. As We Speak, Pt. 1 (3:40)
2. The One Who Fell To Earth (4:46)
3. White Noise (6:43)
4. The Ape And The Cage (9:43)
5. M.U.A. (Manipulation Under Anesthesia) (7:56)

Total Time 32:48

Line-up
Chris Capitanio - Guitars, Vocals
Jim Ellis - Guitars
Vini Stamato - Bass, Vocals
Mason Ingling - Drums, Vocals

Description/Reviews
IN THE PRESENCE OF WOLVES further improves upon their addictive auditory blend with their upcoming EP, Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage, a conceptual offering all its own. The EP’s auditory assault reaches far beyond the confines of ITPOW’s experimental predecessors—plainly inspired by the piercing vocal attacks, tasteful theatricality and frantic musical kaleidoscopes pioneered by artists like Rush, Coheed and Cambria, Queen, The Mars Volta and Between The Buried And Me—leaving the listener with something overtly inspired yet fresh and uncharted.
...Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage stretches the musical confines of cognitive dissonance personified—chaotic, disturbed, enlightened and energized. Kicking off with a stripped-down, dramatic, retro-inspired introduction track, Of Two Minds… wastes no time soaring into an experimental rock adventure—shifting gracefully from dynamic, emotional passages to borderline aggressive turbulence.
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Jet Black Sea "Absorbtion Lines"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Ambient
LabelFREIA Music (THOR40)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Wrong Turn
  2. The Sixth Wheel
  3. Jumping To A Conclusion (part 1)
  4. Absorption Lines
  5. Cathedral
  6. Hours Slip Into Days
  7. 133 Hours
Line-up
Adrian Jones (Nine Stones Close)
Michel Simons
    With
Pieter van Hoorn (Knight Area, Nine Stones Close)
Brendan Eyre (Riversea, Nine Stones Close)
Adrian 'Aio' O'Shaughnessy (Nine Stones Close)
Paul van Zeeland
Tony Patterson (ReGenesis)

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Trailer

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Tuesday The Sky "Drift"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Ambient, Progressive Rock
Label: Inside Out Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Today The Sky (4:15)
2. Kite (5:10)
3. Vortex Street (4:46)
4. It Comes In Waves (4:30)
5. Dyatlov Pass (7:29)
6. Far And Away (4:19)
7. Westerlies (5:28)
8. Roger, Gordo (4:06)
9. The Rowing Endeth (4:31)
10. Drift (4:09)

Total Time 48:43

Line-up
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI) - guitar, bass
  With
Lloyd Hanney (God Is An Astronaut) - drums
Kevin Moore (Dream Theater, OSI) - keys (4, 10)
Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner) - ethereal vocals (3, 7)

Description/Reviews
The album can then be best described as atmospheric, ambient, prog-tinged rock, with only occasional moments of metal coming through. The music and style of composition is very similar to the quieter songs of his OSI project.

Read the full review by Jonathon Rose at metalwani.com

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deezer
Today The Sky   

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Altair "Descending: A Devilish Comedy"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Label: Sleaszy Rider Records (SR-0212)
Format: CD, digital 
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Descending (1:05)
2. Path Of Worms (4:05)
3. Limbo (4:18)
4. Seven (6:31)
5. Godless (4:00)
6. Seed Of Violence (4:28)
7. Flame Of Knowledge (5:46)
8. Frozen Graves (4:40)
9. A Lesson Before Ascending (6:11)

Total Time 41:04

Line-up
Simone Mala – Vocals
Gianmarco Bambini – Guitars
Albert Marshall – Guitars
Luca Scalabrin – Bass, Vocals
Enrico Datta – Keyboards
Simone Caparrucci – Drums

Description/Reviews
... this is definitely a much heavier, more guitar-driven album, and while there are moments where the keyboards stand out, such as on the chorus of “Flame of Knowledge”, it’s definitely the guitars that lead the way most of the time. While the power metal elements from their debut are fully intact and there’s certainly plenty of speedy sections throughout, this time around the band has gone for a much more progressive sound, in the vein of a band like Symphony X, especially with how some of the lead riffs and solos sound. 
Read the full review by  Travis Green at myglobalmind.com

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Seed of Violence

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Amplifier "Trippin' With Dr. Faustus"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: June 30, 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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The Soundbyte "Solitary IV"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Ambient Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Label: Temple Of Torturous
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 30, 2017 (CD, digital), Autumn 2017 (vinyl)
Tracklist
1. Fanfare (4:33)
2. Descending (5:30)
3. North (4:01)
4. Lamentations (7:08)
5. Floating (7:04)
6. Estranged (3:26)
7. Solitary (5:51)

Total Time 37:33

Line-up
Trond Engum (The 3rd and The Mortal) - guitars, electronics
Rune Hoemsnes (The 3rd and The Mortal) - drums
   With
Carl Haakon Waadeland - percussion (4)
Daniel Buner Formo - organ (4)

Kirsti Huke - vocals (6)
Tone Åse - vocals (2, 3, 5, 7), electronics (2)
Sturla Hauge Nilsen - trumpet (1)
Sigurd Saue - trombone (1)
Amund Ulvestad - cello (1)

Description/Reviews
If you told me that someone had tried to combine metal, progressive rock, post-rock, dark folk, ambient, and electroacoustics all with symphonic and avant-garde stylings, I would have been interested.
Read the full review by at avantmusicnews.com

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KingBathmat "Dark Days"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Stereohead Records
Format: digital
Release date: June 30, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dark Days (3:12)
2. 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (5:14)
3. Magnet To Pain (6:50)
4. Feathers (8:53)
5. Nihilist (7:47)

Total Time 31:56
 
Line-up
John Bassett - instruments, vocals
Bernie Smirnoff - drums

Media/Samples 
Preview
Magnet To Pain

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Euphoria Station "One Heart"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 28, 2017
Tracklist
1. Golden Threads (5:33)
2. Once And Forever (4:22)
3. Waiting For The Moon (4:36)
4. One Heart (7:03)
5. Dream With Me (3:54)
6. Unforgiving (5:09)
7. Hideaway (4:38)
8. Not Today (3:57)
9. Small Town (6:08)

Total Time 45:20

Line-up
Saskia Binder - vocals
Hoyt Binder - guitars
Chris Quirarte - drums
Paulo Gustavo - bass
Mike Farrell - keyboards
Bobby Albright - drums/ percussion
Ronald Van Deurzen - keyboards
Trevor Lloyd - violin

Description/Reviews
Euphoria Station was formed by vocalist/ lyricist Saskia Binder and guitarist/songwriter Hoyt Binder who share a passion for progressive music with commercial hooks. Saskia brings a powerhouse voice that recalls a time when radio was king while still sounding fresh. Hoyt equally brings a hard rock edge that nods to progressive guitar heroes of yesteryear while maintaining a modern feel.
Their debut album One Heart contains a sound written boldly around the voice of Saskia whose soaring melodies are at the center of each song. With a musical mix of everything under the sun from pop, rock, jazz and classical, Saskia's voice helps to ground the songs with lyrics about past experiences, the beauty and pain of love and an insatiable passion for life.
Whether you like catchy choruses or exciting instrumentals, One Heart will captivate you with heart, dreams and euphoria as you travel through passages, roads and stations.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Glasswing "Univariate"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Villanelle (Intro) (3:58)
2. Subject To Change (11:33)
3. Amygdala (20:19)
4. Astrophe (6:16)
5. Coruscate (4:33)
6. Abstract Thoughts (6:33)
7. Voltas (8:19)
8. Samas (15:54)

Total Time 77:25

Line-up
Kyle Myers - Vocals, Synthesizers
Aidan Sloppy - Guitars
Nick Vollbrecht - Guitars
Chris Fohner - Bass
Ryan Javens - Drums, Percussion

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Five-Storey Ensemble "Night en Face"


Country: Belarus
Genre(s): Avant Prog, Classical, Chamber
Label AltrOck (ALT053)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Night Across The Street (4:43)
2. The Respectable Booksellers (4:39)
3. Makaò (2:10)
4. Postmonition (3:33)
5. Rearrive (5:57)
6. The Road Away From... (6:12)
7. Woods Are Worried From Boredom (6:31)
8. Jupiter (5:06)

Total Time 38:51

Line-up
Vitaly Appow (Rational Diet) — bassoon, soprano sax, bass guitar
Olga Podgaiskaya (Rational Diet) — piano
Olga Polakova — flute
Anastasiya Mosse — violin
Ilona Ies’ — cello
Vyacheslav Plesko — doublebass
Nikolay Siamitka (Rational Diet) — percussion (4)
Aliona Sukliyan — oboe (5)
Vladimir Pashkevich — clarinet (7)
Andrey Verishka — marimba, vibraphone (1,2,6,7)
Ekaterina Maretskaya — piano (3)

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Machines Of Man "Dreamstates"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Dreamstates (2:12)
2. Symbiosis (7:16)
3. Days Later (4:21)
4. Cryogenesis (4:01)
5. Bones Of The Sky (3:58)
6. I Am The Colossus (6:18)
7. Fractals (4:16)

Total Time 32:22

Line-up
Austin Bentley - Vocals
Aaron Loredo - Guitar
Chris Aguilar - Guitar
Rocky Schofield - Bass
Jonathan Ramanujam - Drums

Description/Reviews
Machines of Man's musical traits parallel the style of Between the Buried and Me quite a good amount. Certainly, there are other influences shown and some unique moments as well, but the similarities become clear early on.
Read the full review by Riley Rowe at metalinjection.net

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Dante Roberto "The Circle"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 27, 2017 (CD), July 6, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Dante Suite: Preludio (1:53)
2. Dante Suite: Processionale (3:18)
3. Dante Suite: Speedy (2:03)
4. All Change (5:36)
5. Tra Fuoco E Fiamme (10:16)
6. Open Your Heart (5:06)
7. Lisea (4:53)
8. Funky Disco (5:38)
9. Toccata (4:13)

Total Time 42:56
Line-up
Dante Roberto: piano & keyboards
Salvatore Amati: bass guitar
Alessandro Napolitano: drums & percussion
  With
Luca Nappo: guitars (3, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Salvatore Russo: guitars (1, 2)
Alex Milella: guitars (4, 8)

Description/Reviews
"This is The Circle: the past that lives in the present and that reveales itself in the future». These few but important words of Dante Roberto try to introduce the listener in the music-travel of The Circle: an amazing instrumental concept-album about time, dedicated to the meeting of prog-rock and prog-metal.

The seven tracks of The Circle, opened by the grandeur of Dante Suite, feature a symphonic rock in ELP and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso vein, with neoclassical and prog-metal high-technically elements.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tezza F. "A Shelter From Existence"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Power Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 24, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Dawn Of Deliverance (intro) (2:22)
2. Nailed To My Dreams (5:21)
3. A New Dimension (8:20)
4. Gates To Worlds Unknown (6:37)
5. Gleams Of Glory (5:00)
6. Across The Sky (7:27)
7. The Shelter (6:11)
8. Rise And Fall (4:52)
9. Of Life And Death Opera (15:15)

Total Time 61:25

Line-up
Filippo Tezza – Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Programming.
   With
Davide Baldelli (Chronosfear, Just a Dreamare) – Keyboard solos (2, 5, 6).
Michele Olmi (Chronosfear, Spellblast, Just a Dreamare) – Drums

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Circle "Terminal"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): Krautrock, Eclectic Rock/Metal
Label: Southern Lord(LORD 235)
Format: CD, Digital, Vinyl
Release date: June 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Rakkautta Al Dente (12:53)
2. Terminal (8:16)
3. Saxo (5:52)
4. Imperiumi (4:16)
5. Kill City (6:13)
6. Sick Child (5:49)

Total Time 43:19

Line-up
Julius Jääskeläinen – guitar
Pekka Jääskeläinen – guitar
Jussi Lehtisalo – bass, vocals
Mika Rättö – keyboards, vocals
Tomi Leppänen – drums
Janne Westerlund – guitar, vocals

Description/Reviews
Well there's certainly nothing predictable about Terminal, an interesting topsy-turvy, hotchpotch of an album that hints at Prog, Metal, Sludge Metal, Psychedelia, Post-Rock, Hard Rock, pretty much every guitar genre under the sun, without settling into a comfortable malaise at any particular one. It's unsurprisingly inconsistent but definitely brave and a welcome distraction from the one-dimensional monotony of a lot of artists.
Read the full review by Steve Rhodes at soundblab.com

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Soul Enema "Of Clans and Clones and Clowns"


Country: Israel
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Omon Ra
2. Cannibalissimo Ltd.
3. Spymania
4. Breaking the Waves
5. The Age of Cosmic Baboon
6. In Bed With an Enemy
7. Last Days of Rome
8. Dear Bollock (Was a Sensitive Man)
9. Aral Sea I - Feeding Hand
10. Aral Sea II - Dustbin of History
11. Aral Sea III - Epilogue
12. Octopus Song
13. Eternal Child
14. Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

Line-up
Noa Gruman - lead and backing vocals, choir
Yoel Genin - guitars
Constantin Glantz - keyboards, programming, vocals (2,4,5,7,8,13,14), shamisen, percussion
Michael Rosenfeld - bass guitar, sitar, violin
Dor Levin - drums
   With
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) - lead guitar (13)
Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land) - bouzoukitara (10)
Sergey Kalugin (Orgia Pravednikov) - acoustic guitar (6, 11)
Yuri Ruslanov (Orgia Pravednikov) - flute (6)
Vladimir Migutin - flute (4)
Gennady Birenberg - vocals, backing vocals (1-3, 6)
Lior Ozeri - bass (9)
Michael Glantz - child's scream (13)

Description/Reviews
A creative and diverse Rock/Metal album, exploring vast melodic and rhythmic territories - from ABBA to Zappa, from King Crimson to King Diamond, between East and West and way beyond - in true progressive fashion. Like any reflection of the world we live in, it takes a wild ride over a wide emotional spectrum: sad, funny, perfectly sane, totally insane, very direct, quite obscure, and everything in between.
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Pixie Ninja "Ultrasound"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica
Label: Apollon Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Auditory Hallucinations (9:13)
2. Elusive The Wind Vane (6:44)
3. Une Promenade (2:37)
4. Polysomnographic (5:29)
5. Personal Improvement Cult (11:19)
6. Ultrasound (2:56)

Total Time 38:18

Line-up
Marius Leirånes - guitars, bass, keyboards
Jostein Haugen - guitars, bass, keyboards
Mattias Olsson  (Necromonkey, ex Änglagård) - drums, Melloton M400
Johan Hals Jørgensen - organ
   With
Ketil Vestrum Einarsen (Waserbergland, White Willow, Wobbler, Motorpsycho) - flute (2)

Description/Reviews
The music is a mix of atmospheric electronic soundscapes and prog rock. The opening track Auditory Hallucinations throws the listener right in with over four minutes of electronic beeps and washes. ... There is a Magma like jazz swagger to Elusive The Wind Vane with its syncopated drums, swathes of Mellotron and Waserbergland's Ketil Vestrum Einarsen's flute fills. ... The best track is Polysomnographic, it gets everything right compared to opening track. The slow, atmospheric electric piano chords give way to full band, as Pixie Ninja subtly change the pace and the dynamics, leading to some lovely synth work. The longest track Personal Improvement Cult, is a multi-part work that has a terrific arrangement, making use of all sorts of instrumental colours and none of the sections outstay their welcome.
Read the full review by Martin Burns at dprp.net

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Final Coil "Persistence Of Memory"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Post Metal, Grunge
Label: WormHoleDeath Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 23, 2017 (digital)
Tracklist
1. Corruption (5:09)
2. Dying (5:08)
3. Alone (5:57)
4. You Waste My Time (5:05)
5. Myopic (5:04)
6. Failed Light (10:03)
7. Spider Feet (5:55)
8. Lost Hope (6:34)
9. Moths To The Flame (5:34)
10. In Silent Reproach (4:50)
11. Alienation (6:19)

Total Time 65:38

Line-up
Phil Stiles - Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers, Programming
Richard Awdry - Guitars, Vocals, Programming
Jola Stiles - Bass, Flute
Tony "Ches" Hughes - Drums, Programming

Description/Reviews
Final Coil has a healthy appreciation for Tool, which they marry with a large grunge influence and a steady stream of post-metal and alt-rock ideas. 
Read the full review at angrymetalguy.com

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Corruption
You waste My Time

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Big Big Train "The Second Brightest Star"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Symphonic
Label: Plane Groovy (PLG056) (vinyl)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 23, 2017 
Tracklist
1. The Second Brightest Star (7:17)
2. Haymaking (3:23)
3. Skylon (6:44)
4. London Stone (2:01)
5. The Passing Widow (5:33)
6. The Leaden Stour (7:19)
7. Terra Australis Incognita (4:16)
    Grimlore (bonus tracks) :
8. Brooklands Sequence (17:33)
(i) On The Racing Line
(ii) Brooklands
9. London Plane Sequence (13:14)
(i) Turner On The Thames
(ii) London Plane
10. The Gentlemen's Reprise (3:03)

Total time 70:23

Line-up
Nick D’Virgilio: drums, percussion and backing vocals
Danny Manners: keyboards and double bass
Rikard Sjöblom: guitars, keyboards (1) and backing vocals
Rachel Hall: violin, viola, cello and backing vocals
Greg Spawton: bass guitar, bass pedals and backing vocals
David Longdon: lead and backing vocals, flute, electric guitar, synthesisers, percussion
Dave Gregory: electric 6 and 12 string guitars
Andy Poole: acoustic guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
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Dave Desmond: trombone
Ben Godfrey: trumpet and cornet
Nick Stones: French horn
John Storey: euphonium
Jon Truscott: tuba
Lucy Curnow: violin
Keith Hobday: viola
Evie Anderson: cello
Philip Trzebiatowski: cello

Description/Reviews
A companion album to Grimspound, The Second Brightest Star features 40 minutes of brand new songs and instrumentals.
Alongside these new tracks, the CD contains an additional 30 minutes of music presenting songs from Folklore (2016) and Grimspound (2017) in extended arrangements.
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The Second Brightest Star

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Amarok "Hunt"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Anonymous (6:41)
2. Idyll (5:41)
3. Distorted Soul (5:32)
4. Two Sides (5:09)
5. Winding Stairs (4:34)
6. In Closeness (5:52)
7. Unreal (4:40)
8. Nuke (5:48)
9. Hunt (17:52)

Total Time 61:49

Line-up
Michał Wojtas: vocals (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), guitars, harmonium, keyboards, audio samples, percussions, electronic drums, theremin, low whistle
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Paweł Kowalski: drums (1-3, 5, 6, 8), bass (2)
Marta Wojtas: wavedrum (1, 2, 6, 9)
Colin Bass (Camel): vocals (8)
Mariusz Duda (Riverside, Lunatic Soul): vocals (2)
Michał Ściwiarski (Casma): keyboards (7)
Konrad Pajek: additional backing vocal (2)
John England: lector voice (9)
Sebastian Wielądek: duduk (4)

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Idyll

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Alpha Male Tea Party "Health"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Math Rock/Metal
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 23, 2017
Tracklist
1. Have You Ever Seen Milk (6:29)
2. Ballerina (3:14)
3. The Museum Of Walking (3:45)
4. Nobody Had The Heart To Tell Him He Was On Fire (3:20)
5. Don't You Know Who I Think I Am? (5:10)
6. Powerful And Professional (3:54)
7. Carpet Diem (4:34)
8. Some Soldiers (4:56)
9. I Still Live At Home (4:03)
10. No More (4:08)

Total Time 43:33

Line-up
Tom Peters - Guitars
Ben Griffiths - Bass
Greg Chapman - Drums

Description/Reviews
Alpha Male Tea Party are a band who showcase a variety of influences across this record from heavy rock to math rock, to funk and experimental post rock; there is something for music fans all across the spectrum. 
Read the full review by Danny De Ara Torres at invictamag.com

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Vox Arcanum "Of Time And Fate"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Undone (1:29)
2. Lomond (5:57)
3. Her Melody Box (1:28)
4. Chronofatum (5:41)
5. The Denial Of Fate (1:24)
6. O'Ryan's Death Wish (9:40)
7. Taken Asunder (0:55)
8. In Due Time (7:17)
9. The Reversal Of Fate (0:46)
10. Cross Over (5:20)
11. Avon's Melody Box (0:42)
12. Avon (6:07)

Total Time 46:46

Line-up
Tony Garcia - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Brandon Kawasaki - Drums
Julio Almaguer - Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Gaeta - Bass, Vocals
Frank Gastelum - Lead Guitar
   With:
Ben Karas - 5 String Electric Violin
Rudy Abraham Salas - "Undone" Piano

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Seconds Before Landing "Now That I Have Your Attention"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Formatdigital
Release date: June 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. Intro (0:39)
2. 4 A.M. (5:47)
3. You're Giving Me A Headache (4:27)
4. Wandering Soul (4:44)
5. Head Down Low (5:00)
6. Things (4:30)
7. Come Back To Me (5:08)
8. Feels Good (5:04)
9. Can I See You Now (5:08)
10. Moment In Time (6:09)
11. In The Name Of (6:08)
12. Without Your Soul (1:43)

Total Time 54:27

Line-up
John Crispino : Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Synths, Mellotron, Effects
Eric Maldonado : Lead Guitar
Steve Schuffert : Lead Guitar
J.D. Garrison : Bass Guitar
Jamie Peck : Saxophone, Flute, Piano
Rick Witkowski : Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Vanessa Campagna & Carrie Jackson: Vocals
   With
John Palumbo: Ebow Guitar (10)

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Kevin Mapplebeck "Half Life"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Space Rock, Progressive Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 21, 2017
Tracklist
1. HalfLife (5:07)
2. Broken WHole (7:48)
3. Close Distance (4:22)
4. Utter Bemusement (3:47)
5. Really Dreaming? (5:41)
6. Over Under (4:36)
7. Always Never (17:36)

Total Time 48:57

Line-up
Kevin Mapplebeck - Instruments, effects, sequencing

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Victim Of Illusion "Invisible Light"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: June 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. A New Beginning (7:31)
2. Dewdrop (6:12)
3. Before My Eyes (6:49)
4. Whisper (5:14)
5. Escape From Reality (6:35)
6. Hollow Man (6:54)
7. Lead Me In The Dark (7:23)
8. The Wayfarer (5:11)

Total Time 51:49

Line-up
Piero Giaccone - guitars, synth, programmings
Paolo Gurlino - vocals
Luca Imerito - bass guitar
Danilo Saccotelli - drums

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Ethos "Shade & Soil"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Pogressive Rock/Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 20, 2017
Tracklist
  1. Shade And Soil
  2. Spectre
  3. Wood For The Fire
  4. Tragedy
  5. Frozen Memory
  6. The Archetype Suite I. Strange Atlas
  7. The Archetype Suite II. The Lonely King
  8. The Archetype Suite III. Apotheosis
  9. Coup d’Etat
  10. Evergreen
  11. Agnosia
  12. Blinded
Line-up
Austen Earp - lead vocals, piano, guitar, synthesizer
Kuyper Cummings - lead guitar, vocals
Nick Riggs - bass, vocals
Tribb Robison - drums, percussion

Description/Reviews
Ethos play in a thoroughly modern style of alt-tinged progressive hard rock that flirts with occasional heaviness and large scale melody courtesy of an omnipresent piano and orchestral arrangements. 
Read the full review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Agnosia

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Atrium "Static Evolution"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Formatdigital
Release date: June 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. Ouverture (2:48)
2. The Difference Of One (4:45)
3. Perfecting The Obsession (5:06)
4. Facade (5:27)
5. Solace And Serenity (2:50)
6. Hapax (7:17)
7. Vast As The Sky (4:32)
8. Bliss Is Ignorance (2:24)
9. Truth Among Enemies (5:45)
10. Versatile Theory (2:14)
11. Obsession: Endless Circle (1:34)
12. Fermata (8:11)

Total Time 52:53

Line-up
Vincent R. Ochoa
   With
Joni Fuller (1, 5, 12)
Jacob Porter (2, 12)
Ilias Michailakis (3, 5, 11)
Slick Sax (4)
Nick Mavromatis (4)
Renato San (6)
Naveed Stone ( 7)
Richard Blumenthal (8)
Joey Varela (9)
Justin Bonitz (9)
Denis Roth (10)

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Deathened Endzeit "Bio-Machine"


Country: Argentina
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 20, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Big Tower Of The Eye (4:39)
2. Shadow Below The Titan (4:43)
3. The Irreversible Process (4:41)
4. Enter The Code (6:25)
5. Deja Visite (4:44)
6. Time Glitching Out (6:05)
7. Mimosa Hostilis Experience: The Portal Is Open (3:38)
8. Mimosa Hostilis Experience II: Alien-Like Realms (3:03)

Total Time 37:58

Line-up
Alejandro Olmedo - All Instruments
Pablo Román - Guitar Solo (6)

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Sun Explodes "We Are Of These Walls"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: digital
Release date: June 19, 2017
Tracklist
1. The Question (3:13)
2. Prosopon (3:32)
3. Psychomanteum (3:14)
4. Spake Of Tongue (3:48)
5. Orro (4:15)
6. Seven Sisters (1:05)
7. Idolator (3:00)
8. Negative Rainbow (3:12)
9. Ebonwing (3:25)
10. Wunderweltraum (1:19)
11. Mirrorgazer (3:46)

Total Time 33:49

Line-up
Dave Maclachlan - Vocals, Keys
Jamie Harris - Drums
Alex Harris - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Walker - Bass
Alex Adamson - Guitar, Vocals

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Arcadea "Arcadea"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal, Electronica
Label:  Relapse Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Army Of Electrons (3:43)
2. Gas Giant (3:20)
3. Rings Of Saturn (3:05)
4. Neptune Moons (3:35)
5. Infinite End (3:28)
6. Electromagnetic (3:18)
7. Motion Of Planets (2:35)
8. The Pull Of Invisible Strings (4:18)
9. Through The Eye Of Pisces (4:29)
10. Worlds Can Go On (0:40)
11. Magnificent Facade (6:36)

Total Time 39:07

Line-up
Core Atoms - Keyboards, Vocals
Raheem Amlani - Keyboards, Vocals
Brann Dailor (Mastodon) - Drums, Vocals

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Overkhaos "Beware Of Truth"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Rockshots Records (RSCD016)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017 (Europe) September 9, 2017 (North America)
Tracklist:
1. Prelude (2:47)
2. Silent Death (4:46)
3. Solar Starvation (5:35)
4. Khaos Inc. (5:56)
5. The Lie You Need (5:21)
6. Crumbling (4:19)
7. White Light (5:11)
8. Die Catsaw! (5:06)
9. Anna's Song (7:17)
10. Deadline (7:46)

Total Time 54:04

Line-up
Mimmo D'oronzo - Vocals
Davide Giancane - Lead Guitar 1
Giuliano Zarcone - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar 2
Anna Digiovanni - Bass
Andrea Mariani - Drums
   With
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X) - Keyboards (9)

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Khaos Inc. 
Anna's Song

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Wide Eyes "Paradoxica"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Paradoxica (7:49)
2. The First Contact (7:03)
3. Hollow Rain (6:43)
4. Oresteia (7:25)
5. Vertigo (13:27)

Total Time 42:27

Line-up
Chris Saniga - Guitar
Chris Vogagis - Drums, Guitar
Danny Cullman - Guitar

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Dreadnaught "Hard Chargin'"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Red Fez Records
Format: CD, digital
Release date: June 16, 2017
Tracklist
1. Have A Drink With Dreadnaught (3:07)
2. Gaudy Baubles (3:16)
3. That's The Way That You Do It (My Way) (0:57)
4. Takin' A Ride With The Fat Man (Fatta Fatta Puck Puck) (8:38)
5. Bo-Leg-Ba (1:40)
6. Express Delight (7:50)
7. That's The Way That You Do It (Your Way) (2:08)
8. Gets The Grease (1:20)
9. Slave Girls (5:43)
10. Mummies Of The Cobbosseecontee (10:41)
11. That's The Way That You Do It (Our Way) (01:41)

Total Time 47:01

Line-up
Rick Habib: drums, percusssion, lead and backing vocals
Bob Lord: bass, keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Justin Walton: guitars, keyboards, saxophones, lead and backing vocals
   With
Andy Happel: violin (9)
Chris Dow: flute (2, 6)

Description/Reviews
The album’s tracks recall Rush or a sillier Fugazi (the first “That’s the Way You Do It”) one moment, and Willie Nelson or a wonderfully befuddled George Jones (the second “That’s the Way You Do It”) the next. Some tracks come out screaming in full Fred Frith-style madness (“Express Delight”), while some coo and groove their beautiful bassy, brassy way into your ear with the playfulness of Frank Zappa or Steely Dan (“Bo-Leg-Ba”).

Also read the review by Rob Pociluk at progressivemusicplanet.com

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Bo​-​Leg​-​Ba

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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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