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Monday, December 31, 2018

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2018
Tracklist
1.   Zeitgeist
2.   The Approach
3.   Leaving
4.   Eleventh Hour
5.   Fred's Song
6.   12 Jumps
7.   To Venus (Perelandra Mvt. I, Andante)
8.   The Green Lady (Perelandra Mvt. II, Allegretto con moto)
9.   The Golden Feast (Perelandra Mvt.III, Allegro)
10. Blessed Be He (Perelandra Mvt. IV, Presto)

Line-up
Frank Wyatt (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun): Keyboards
Stan Whitaker (Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, Six Element): Guitars and Vocals
Kit Watkins (Happy The Man, Camel): Keyboards
Rick Kennell (Happy The Man): Bass Guitar
Mike Beck (Happy The Man): Percussion
Cliff Fortney (Happy The Man): Vocals
Ron Riddle (Happy The Man, Blue Oyster Cult): Drums
David Rosenthal (Happy The Man): Keyboards
Joe Bergamini (Happy the Man, 4Front): Drums
Bill Plummer: Keyboards
Bill Brasso (Oblivion Sun): Drums
David Hughes (Oblivion Sun): Bass Guitar
Chris Mack: Drums
Peter Princiotto: Orchestration, Bass Guitar, Sitar
Dan Owen: Vocals (2)
Keith Macksoud: Bass Guitar

Description/Reviews
A new progressive music project, Zeitgeist is a collaborative music endeavor featuring members of the progressive rock bands Happy The Man, Oblivion Sun, and the Pedal Giant Animals project. The recording project started out as an idea for a Happy The Man reunion CD, but evolved to include many other musicians so another Pedal Giant Animals project was born.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marco Ragni "The Wandering Caravan"


Country: Italy
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelMelodic Revolution Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateFebruary 28, 2018
Tracklist
1. What We Have Done in the Past We'll Be in the Future (11:24)
2. Waiting on the Threshold (11:38)
    The Wandering Caravan Suite (tracks 3-7)
3. Promised Land (4:33)
4. Which is the Right Path to Take? (3:53)
5. It's Only Fantasy (5:11)
6. What are We Willing to Lose to Regain our Freedom? (4:00)
7. Keep Dreaming (9:04)
8. Back Home Again (3:40)

Total Time 55:23

Line-up
Marco Ragni : Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
   With:
Peter Matuchniak: Lead Guitar
Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow): Bass
Dave Newhouse: Sax
Maurizio Antonini: Drums

Media/Samples 
The Wandering Caravan Part II - Promised Land
Keep Dreaming (Single Edit)

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Riversea "The Tide"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: CD
Release date: late February/early March 2018
Tracklist
01. The Tide
02. Shine
03. Blasphemy
04. Your Last Day
05. Drowning In Vertigo
06. Strange Land
07. The Design
08. Fall Out Warning
09. Goodbye My Friend
10. To Those That Are Left Behind
11. Uprising
12. The Tide (reprise)

Line-up
Brendan Eyre (Nine Stones Close, Tony Patterson): Keyboards
David Clements: Bass
Alex Cromarty (Dave Kerzner, Mantra Vega, Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay): Drums
Marc Atkinson (Mandalaband, Nine Stones Close, Last Knight): Vocals
   With
Lee Abraham (Galahad): Guitar
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf): Guitar
Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Valdez, Shineback): Guitar
Tony Patterson (ReGenesis, Nick Magnus): Flute
Paul Cusick: Guitar
Peter Aves: Guitar
Martin Ledger (Heather Findlay): Guitar
Olivia Sparnenn-Josh (Breathing Space, Mostly Autumn): Backing vocals
Janine Atkinson: Backing vocals
Louise Dawson: Backing vocals

Media/Samples 
Blasphemy (closing section)
Teaser

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The Samurai of Prog "Archiviarum"


Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelSeacrest Oy (SCR-1018)
FormatCD
Release date: February 2018
Tracklist
1. Keep the Ball Rolling (6:07)
2. Ahead of Fortune (5:16)
3. La Oscuridad (9:50)
4. Cristalli (5:24)
5. Elitropia (4:56)
6. The Sleeping Lover (8:32)
7. From This Window (10:37)
8. Ice (9:41)
9. Predawn (4:06)
10. Heroes (5:36)

Total Time 70:08

Line-up
Marco Bernard: Rickenbacker and Dingwall basses
Kimmo Pörsti (Mist Season): drums, percussions
Steve Unruh (Resistor): vocals, violin, flute, electric guitar
    With
Kerry Shacklett (Presto Ballet): keyboards, guitar
Srdjan Brankovic: guitar
Lalo Huber (Nexus): keyboards
Carlos Lucena (Nexus): guitar
Michelle Young: vocals
Octavio Stampalía: keyboards
Brett Kull (Echolyn): guitar
Eduardo García Salueña (Senogul): keyboards
Oliviero Lacagnina (Latte E Miele): keyboards
Michele Mutti (La Torre Dell Alchimista): keyboards
Rubén Álvarez: guitars
Stefano “Lupo” Galifi (Museo Rosenbach, Il Tempio delle Clessidre): vocals
Stefano Vicarelli (Fonderia, La Batteria): keyboards
Marek Arnold (Seven Steps To The Green Door, Cyril, Toxic Smile, UPF): sax, keyboards
Fran Turner: guitar
David Myers: piano
Danny Lopresto (Southern Empire): guitar
Mark Trueack (Unitopia, UPF): vocals

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Poem "Unique"


Country: Greece
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelViciSolum Records
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 23, 2018
Tracklist
1. False Morality
2. My Own Disorder
3. Four Cornered God
4. Discipline
5. Euthanasia
6. Unique
7. Brightness Of Loss

Line-up
Giorgos Prokopiou - Vocals, Guitars
Laurence Bergström - Lead Guitars
Takis Foitos - Bass
Stavros Rigos - Drums

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Angra "Ømni"


Country: Brazil
Genre(s)Progressive Power Metal
Label: earMusic
Format: CD, digital
Release dateFebruary 16, 2018
Tracklist
1. Light of Transcendence
2. Travelers of Time
3. Black Widow's Web
4. Insania
5. The Bottom of My Soul
6. War Horns
7. Caveman
8. Magic Mirror
9. Always More
10. Ømni - Silence Inside
11. Ømni - Infinite Nothing

Line-up
Fabio Lione – Vocals
Rafael Bittencourt – Guitars, Vocals
Marcelo Barbosa – Guitars
Felipe Andreoli – Bass, keyboards
Bruno Valverde – Drums

Description/Reviews
“ØMNI” is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.

The album connects the concepts of previous albums (“Holy Land”, “Rebirth”, “Temple of Shadows”) to one main system, “ØMNI”, which in Latin means "everything." “ØMNI” fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. “ØMNI” celebrates and unites the whole history of Angra to this exact, current moment.

Angra’s trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, djent, etc., which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story. 
Media/Samples 
Travelers Of Time

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Malady "Toinen Toista"


Country: Finland
Genre(s)Retro Prog
LabelSvart Records (SVART145)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 2, 2018
Tracklist
  1. Toinen toista
  2. Laulu sisaruksille
  3. Tiedon kehtolaulu
  4. Etsijän elinehto
  5. Nurja puoli
Line-up
Tony Björkman - guitar
Babak Issabeigloo - guitar, vocals
Juuso Jylhänlehto - drums
Ville Rohiola - Hammond, keyboards
Jonni Tanskanen - bass guitar

Description/Reviews
Malady’s eponymous album was a deserved underground hit, a beautifully realised piece of original Finnish progressive rock which had its roots very strongly in the sound of the early 70s. The second album Toinen toista goes deeper.
Composed and arranged as a collaborative piece by the band, Toinen toista has enough detail to keep one captivated for repeated listens. The music is glazed with the kind of homegrown sweetness only vintage Scandinavian Prog Rock can offer but its insides are complex, with layer upon layer of things to discover.
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Toinen toista

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Weend'ô "Time of Awakening"


Country: France
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Sonicbond (SONICCD03)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 2, 2018
Tracklist
1. Time of Awakening- Part I (7:05)
2. Time of Awakening- Part II (5:04)
3. Time of Awakening- Part III (8:06)
4. Angel Dust (8:20)
5. Elea- Part I (7:07)
6. Elea- Part II (3:22)
    Bonus track:
7. Angel Dust (Radio Edit) (4:18)

Total Time 43:22

Line-up
Laetitia Chaudemanche - Vocals, Keyboards
Terence N'Guyen - Guitar, Programming
Maxime Rami - Bass
Nathanael Buis - Drums, Programming
   With
Alan Reed (Pallas) - Vocals (5, 6)
Jeremie Mazan - Vocals (5, 6)

Media/Samples 
Trailer

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Long Distance Calling "Boundless"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Post Rock/Metal
LabelInsideOut
FormatCD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 2, 2018
Tracklist
1. Out There (9:13)
2. Ascending (4:59)
3. In the Clouds (6:00)
4. Like a River (4:56)
5. The Far Side (5:45)
6. On the Verge (6:02)
7. Weightless (6:56)
8. Skydivers (5:32)
9. Flashback (6:46) - CD bonus track

Total Time 56:09

Line-up
Janosch Rathmer - Drums
Florian Füntmann - Guitars
Jan Hoffmann - Bass
David Jordan - Guitars

Media/Samples 
Out There
Ascending

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Rausch "Book II"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop
Format: CD, digital
Release date: February 2, 2018
Tracklist
1. Greener Grass (5:28)
2. Swansong (3:59)
3. Drain (10:36)
4. Irked (9:39)
5. Good Day (3:42)
6. The End (9:44)
7. Time Out (4:52)
8. Speechless (5:02)
9. Slow Suite: II. Isolation (8:16)

Total Time 61:18

Line-up
Doug Rausch - vocals, piano
Joe Fine - bass
Gary Wehrkamp - guitar
Chris Ruffini - drums
  With
Mark Zonder (Fates Warning)
Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard)
Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery)

Description/Reviews
The record comprises 9 diverse-yet-cohesive tracks, ranging from emotionally charged anthems (“Greener Grass,” “Swansong”) to deeper works of more epic proportions (“Drain,” “The End”). 
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Bandcamp
Greener Grass 

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Orphaned Land "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs"


Country: Israel
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Label Century Media
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: January 26, 2018
Tracklist
  1. The Cave
  2. We Do Not Resist
  3. In Propaganda
  4. All Knowing Eye
  5. Yedidi
  6. Chains Fall To Gravity
  7. Like Orpheus
  8. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
  9. Left Behind
  10. My Brother's Keeper
  11. Take My Hand
  12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
  13. The Manifest - Epilogue
Line-up
Kobi Farhi - vocals
Idan Amsalem - guitars
Chen Balbus - guitars
Uri Zelcha - bass
Matan Shmuely - drums
   With
Steve Hackett - guitar
Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) - vocals
Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) - vocals

Media/Samples
Teaser
We Do Not Resist
Like Orpheus

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Inventions "Curiosity"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Rock/Pop
LabelFREIA Music (THOR45)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: January 25, 2018
Tracklist
1. Pocket Universe
2. The Penrose Steps
3. Curiosity
4. Deep Thought
5. Real Numbers
6. Kites and Darts
7. Through the Needle’s Eye
8. The Grand Design
9. The Same River Twice
10. A Place Where We Belong
11. Real Numbers [alternative version]
12.  Through the Needle’s Eye [alternative version]
15. O Stone, Be Not So

Line-up
Christiaan Bruin (The Black Codex, Sky Architect, Mayra Orchestra, Nine Stones Close) - vocals, instruments
  With
Maartje Dekker (Mayra Orchestra) - vocals (6)

Media/Samples 
Trailer
Pocket Universe
Kites And Darts
A Place Where We Belong

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Barry Weinberg "Samsarana"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: Dream Reality Productions
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 25, 2018
Tracklist
1. Conception (1:53)
2. Creation (7:51)
3. Welcome To My World (2:03)
4. This Vicious Circle (6:34)
5. Beyond The Astral Sky (6:20)
6. Taking It All (4:13)
7. Endless Sea (8:23)
8. Come Out And Play (4:27)
9. A Passage Of Time (6:23)
10. Perception (4:02)
11. You Cannot Burn The Fire (9:04)
12. Come My Way (4:51)
13. The Way (5:02)
14. Inception (1:23)
15. Redemption (3:22)

Total Time 75:51

Line-up
Barry Weinberg - vocals, instruments
Glenn Welman - drums

Description/Reviews
Crossing the boundaries of Progressive Rock, Folk, Blues, Heavy Metal, Jazz and Orchestral
music, Samsarana is a concept album written as a novel with each song a chapter in the story.  This musical novel is about Polarity…Life and Death, Light and Dark, Good and Evil, Disillusionment and Enlightment.  It tells a powerful human story of life’s challenges, redemption and self-actualization that all listeners will relate to and be inspired by.  
Media/Samples 
3 tracks

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Perfect Beings "Vier"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: January 19, 2018
Tracklist
01. Guedra - A New Pyramid (04:55)
02. Guedra - The Blue Lake of Understanding (02:55)
03. Guedra - Patience (04:23)
04. Guedra - Enter the Center (06:09)
05. The Golden Arc - The Persimmon Tree (07:53)
06. The Golden Arc - Turn the World Off (02:14)
07. The Golden Arc - America (01:52)
08. The Golden Arc - For a Pound of Flesh (04:49)
09. Vibrational - The System and Beyond (06:51)
10. Vibrational - Mysteries, Not Answers (02:49)
11. Vibrational - Altars of the Gods (03:27)
12. Vibrational - Everywhere At Once (01:40)
13. Vibrational - Insomnia (03:31)
14. Anunnaki - Lord Wind (02:04)
15. Anunnaki - Patterns of Light (03:14)
16. Anunnaki - A Compromise (05:42)
17. Anunnaki - Hissing the Wave of the Dragon (04:12)
18. Anunnaki - Everything's Falling Apart (03:30)

Total Time 72:10

Line-up
Ryan Hurtgen - vocals, piano
Johannes Luley (Moth Vellum) - guitars, bass
Jesse Nason - keyboards
Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death, Gordian Knot) - drums

Description/Reviews
"Vier" veers between classic prog stylings, art rock cleverness, new age drift and even some pop and jazz elements thinking further influences from King Crimson, Soft Machine, Bowie, and Genesis.
Media/Samples 
Guedra - A New Pyramid (snippet)
Vibrational - Mysteries, Not Answers
Anunnaki - Patterns of Light

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Spiral Key "An Error of Judgement"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelPride & Joy Music
Format: digital
Release dateJanuary 19, 2018
Tracklist
1. Reason Revolution (3:46)
2. Dark Path (6:06)
3. Freeze Time (5:40)
4. Hollywood Dreams (5:36)
5. Possessive (9:16)
6. West Facing (5:51)
7. Sanctimonious (5:08)
8. Dead End (5:47)

Total Time 47:10

Line-up
David McCabe - vocals, guitar
Ken Wynne - bass
Chris Allan - drums
Dan Carter - guitars
   With
John Mitchell (Frost*, It Bites, Arena) - guitar solo (2)
Miguel Espinoza (Persefone) - vocals (5)
Dan Carter (7)

Media/Samples 
Dark Path
Hollywood Dreams

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Soniq Theater "Squaring The Circle"


Country: Germany
Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock, Electronica
FormatCD-R, digital
Release date: January 1, 2018
Tracklist
1. Squaring The Circle (6:21)
2. Circus Ponies On The Run (5:00)
3. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (5:50)
4. Strange Times And Odd Days (5:42)
5. Kissing The Sun (2:27)
6. Pink Panda (5:46)
7. Flying Dolphins (4:40)
8. Spirallels (4:17)
9. Welcome To Absurdistan (2:24)
10. Paradox (6:00)
11. April Snow (3:08)

Total Time 51:35

Line-up
Alfred Mueller (ex-Rachel's Birthday) - everything

Media/Samples 
Bandcamp (name your price)

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Distant Dream "It All Starts From Pieces"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Post Rock/Metal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: May 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sleeping Waves (5:27)
2. A Touch Of The Sky (4:57)
3. Waiting For Silence (4:29)
4. Reverse (5:38)
5. The Road To Memories (4:52)
6. Cold Clouds (4:43)
7. Space Filled With Ether (5:11)
8. Timeless Colors (4:42)

Total Time 39:59

Line-up
Marcin Majrowski - all instruments
   With
Dhalif Ali - guitar solo (1)
Stel Andre - guitar solo (4)
Mike Salow - guitar solo (6)
Pellumb Qerimi - guitar solo (7)

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Bandcamp (name your price)

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Operapia "Operapia"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Alternative Progressive Hard Rock
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 22, 2017
Tracklist
1. Borderline (7:17)
2. Imperfetti (4:54)
3. Videocracy (6:03)
4. Requiem (7:31)
5. Dynamo (7:48)
6. Videocracy(Radio Edit) (4:46)

Total Time 38:19

Line-up
Danilo Magni: vocals
Francesco Brocca: keyboards
Angelo Filinesi: guitars, bass (1-5), keyboards (1), drums (3-5)
Gigi Calvia: drums (2)
    With
Pierpaolo Zonca: bass (3-5)
Piergiulio Manzi: bass (2)
Stefano Palazzolo: drums (1-4)

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Galahad "Seas of Change"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelOskar (OSKAR 005LP)
FormatCD, digital, vinyl 
Release date: January 15, 2018 (CD), January 22, 2018 (digital), February 2018 (vinyl )
Tracklist
1. Seas of Change (42:43)
    CD & digital bonus tracks:
2. Dust (Extended Edit) (5:57)
3. Smoke (Extended Edit) (7:14)
    Line-up
    Stu Nicholson - Vocals
    Dean Baker - Keyboards, Orchestration
    Spencer Luckman - Drums, Percussion
    Tim Ashton - Bass
    Lee Abraham - Guitars
        With
    Sarah Bolter - Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Sax

    Description/Reviews
    'Seas of Change' consists of only one forty two minute track which incorporates many changes of tempo, mood and style and the band thinks it also represents a kind of hybrid of the older, earlier 'traditional' Galahad sound mixed with the more modern heavier, 'techno' orientated sound of the last few albums. 
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    Bandcamp

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    Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Sacred Lake "Technology in Nature"


    Country: USA
    Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 13, 2018 (digital)
    Tracklist
    1. Technology (6:46)
    2. Free The City (12:15)
    3. Bad Acid (8:55)
    4. Enchanted Element (10:05)
    5. Purple Sky (11:44)
    6. Hawaiian Tulip (8:03)
    7. The Pyramid (8:26)
    8. Afterthought (7:18)
    9. Nature (15:08)

    Total Time 88:40

    Line-up
    Matthew Jacobs- Electric guitar
    Scott Carlson- Bass guitar
    TJ Guzzetti - Keyboards
    Dan Connell- Drums

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    Bandcamp

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    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Kayak "Seventeen"


    Country: Netherlands
    Genre(s): Symphonic
    LabelInsideOut Music
    Format: CD, digital, vinyl 
    Release date: January 12 ,2018 
    Tracklist
    CD 1
    1. Somebody (3:04)
    2. La Peregrina (11:42)
    3. Falling (3:08)
    4. Feathers And Tar (3:14)
    5. Walk Through Fire (10:23)
    6. Ripples On The Water (3:40)
    7. All That I Want (3:47)
    8. X Marks The Spot (1:58)
    9. God On Our Side (3:30)
    10. Love, Sail Away (3:12)
    11. Cracks (8:50)
    12. To An End (3:32)

    Total Time 60:00

    CD 2: Demo's 2016
    1. Cracks (10:16)
    2. La Peregrina (12:21)
    3. Falling (3:00)
    4. Walk Through Fire (10:41)

    Total Time 36:18

    Line-up
    Ton Scherpenzeel: keyboards
    Bart Schwertmann: vocals
    Marcel Singor: guitar
    Kristoffer Gildenlöw: bass
    Collin Leijenaar (Neal Morse): drums
       With:
    Andy Latimer (Camel): guitar

    Media/Samples
    Trailer
    La Peregrina
    Feathers and Tar
    All That I Want

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    Hadeon "Sunrise"


    Country: Italy
    Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Metal
    Format: digital
    Release date: January 12, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Thoughts 'n' Sparks (5:50)
    2. Chaotic Picture (6:50)
    3. I, Divided (8:50)
    4. Never Thought (4:20)
    5. Lightline (6:45)
    6. Hopeless Dance (6:32)
    7. Sunrise (10:35)

    Total Time 49:42

    Line-up
    Federico Driutti - Vocals, Keyboards
    Fabio Flumiani - Guitars
    Alessandro Floreani - Guitars
    Gianluca Caroli - Bass
    Lorenzo Blasutti - Drums
       With
    Maurizio Lavarone (1)
    Simone Morettin (4)
    Raffaello Indri (7)

    Media/Samples 
    Thoughts 'n' Sparks
    Deezer

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    Blå Lotus "Tube Alloys"


    Country: Sweden
    Genre(s): Retro Prog
    Label: Melodic Revolution Records (MRRCD-22149)
    Format: digital
    Release date: January 12, 2018 
    Tracklist
    1. Trajectory (3:33)
    2. Omnistellar Firefly (6:08)
    3. Mephistopeles (8:09)
    4. Moebius (7:33)
    5. Recreational Nuke (4:17)
    6. Indian Money (8:20)

    Total Time 38:00

    Line-up
    Fredrik Andersson: Hammond and Farfisa Organ, Mellotron, synthesizer, electric piano, flute, vocals
    Linus Karlsson: Bass guitar, Theremin, random sound effects
    Wiktor Nydén: Drums, percussion

    Description/Reviews
    Blå Lotus is a progressive rock trio from Sweden who's motto is, “No six-strings allowed.” Formed during the fall of 2016, Blå Lotus was basically three guys with a vision of making heavy prog rock without the aid of a guitar. Heavily influenced by old school progressive acts of yore, they immediately set out to create a fulfilling soundscape equipped with just bass, drums and Hammond organ and a vast array of lengthy jam-based compositions interspersed with heavy stoner-like riffs. 
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    Psychic Lemon "Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay"


    Country: UK
    Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
    LabelTonzonen Records TON34
    Format: CD, vinyl, digital
    Release dateJanuary 12, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Exit To The Death Lane (8:31)
    2. Hey Droog! (6:57)
    3. You're No Good (6:43)
    4. Interstellar Fuzz Star (9:53)
    5. Satori Disko (9:30)

    Total time: 41:34

    Line-up
    Andy Briston - Guitar, vocals, keyboard, acoustic guitar
    Andy Hibberd - Bass guitar
    Martin Law - Drums, percussion
       With
    Iain Roddick - Saxophone

    Description/Reviews
    'Exit To The Death Lane' opens proceedings with a flurry of neo-psych guitars and crashing drums, all coming together to form that mythical 'wall of sound'. Muted vocal choruses and some superlative guitar work break through this wall and the whole feel changes into something...well...just incredibly psychedelic. It channels the 'Happenings' era Floyd and the spacey hustle of Hawkwind and yet remains firmly Psychic Lemon. 'Hey Droog!' is a monster - huge riffs and more muted vocals that sound almost choral herald moments of sheer psych heaven...it is driven forward by pummelling drums (I swear Martin has 3 arms!) and throbbing basslines. It is heavy and yet remarkably fluid...an absolute masterclass.
    Read the full review at dayzofpurpleandorange.blogspot.com

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    Friday, January 5, 2018

    Glass "Emergence"


    Country: USA
    Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock
    Label: Musea Records (FGBG 4994)
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 5, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Emergence (3:14)
    2. Double Down Syndrome (3:49)
    3. For You, But You Were Sleeping (4:25)
    4. My Regret (3:19)
    5. Europa Reborn (4:57)
    6. 7 (3:54)
    7. Ritual (3:08)
    8. Farewell To Arm (4:16)
    9. Foucault's Dream (4:19)
    10. Eternally (3:46)
    11. Ultraverse Quadradextrous (4:30)
    12. Eye Of The Needle (4:29)
    13. Mantra 4 (7:29)
    14. Jungle Boots (1:45)

    Total Time 57:20

    Line-up
    Jeff Sherman: Pianos, Synthesizers, Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Hohner Pianet, Samples
    Greg Sherman: Pianos, Organ, Mellotron, Guitar Synth, Acoustic Piano
    Jerry Cook: Drums, Acoustic Piano & Voice (10)
       With
    Hugh Hopper: Synthesizer Bass (14)
    Dylan Sherman: Voice & Drums (13)
    Carrington MacDuffie: Voice (10)
    Thaddus Franklin: Electric Guitar & Trumpet (10)
    Steve Carr: Tenor Sax (3)

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    Weedpecker "III"


    Country: Poland
    Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock
    Label: Stickman Records (Psychobabble 097)
    Format: CD, digital, vinyl
    Release dateJanuary 5, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Molecule (7:05)
    2. Embrace (8:59)
    3. Liquid Sky (6:33)
    4. From Mars To Mercury (10:36)
    5. Lazy Boy And The Temple Of Wonders (8:50)

    Total Time 42:03

    Line-up
    Piotr Dobry - Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizers
    Bartek Dobry - Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizers
    Grzegorz Pawlowski - Bass
    Robert Kulakowski - Drums

    Description/Reviews
    On III, Weedpecker’s third full-length, the first notes of the album already evoke a blissful and airy atmosphere, waves of guitar rolling over the listener until a deep bass, drums and mellotron set the tone for the trip to come. The atmosphere the band creates is offset by an interplay of heavy riffing, etherial vocals and progressive structures; like labelmates Elder, the band are fond of long, unpredictable songs with an increasingly progressive slant.

    Further sidestepping entrapments of the stoner rock genre, III sees the band experimenting with light, colorful jams that remind the listener of Tame Impala or Morgan Delt. Moving seamlessly between styles and moods organically, it’s easy to get lost, only to find yourself emerged in a different world entirely.
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    Gigafauna "Vol. 1"


    Country: Sweden
    Genre(s): Progressive Metal
    Format: digital
    Release date: January 5, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Hexagon (7:04)
    2. Eleventh Hour Genesis (6:35)
    3. A Cold Dark Matter (5:40)
    4. Emperor (5:29)
    5. Complex Carbon (8:39)

    Total Time 33:27

    Line-up
    Matt Greig - Guitars, Vocals
    Arvid Nyden - Guitars
    Kevin Cestrieres - Bass
    Rickard Engstrom - Drums

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    Odin’s Court "Turtles All the Way Down: Vol. II"


    Country: USA
    Genre(s)Progressive Metal
    Label: Melodic Revolution Records (MRRCD-22143)
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 5, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. A Brief History of Time
    2. Will I See you Again
    3. Unmoved Mover
    4. Killing Curiosity
    5. Event Horizon
    6. The Burning Tides of Time
    7. Infinite Regression
    8. My Final Journey

    Line-up
    Matt Brookins: Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Piano, Bass, Programming, & Vocals
    Rick Pierpont: Electric Guitars & Backing Vocals
    Dimetrius LaFavors: Lead Vocals
    Gary Raub: Drums, Percussion, & Backing Vocals
    Michelle Loose-Schrotz: Vocals
    Matthew Knight: Backing Vocals

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    Vantomme "Vegir"


    Country: Belgium
    Genre(s): Instrumental Progressive Rock, Fusion
    Label: Moonjune Records (MJR090)
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 5, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Double Down (7:36)
    2. Equal Minds (10:19)
    3. Sizzurp (10:45)
    4. Playing Chess With Barney Rubble (9:04)
    5. The Self Licking Ice-cream Cone (13:08)
    6. Plutocracy (4:38)
    7. Agent Orange (9:46)
    8. Emmetropia (9:00)
    9. Odin's Wig (1:54)

    Total Time 76:10

    Line-up
    Dominique Vantomme: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Piano, Mini Moog, Mellotron
    Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Machine Mass): Electric Guitar
    Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Stick Men): Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick
    Maxime Lenssens: Drums

    Description/Reviews
    The spontaneity and freshness of this sizzling, high-altitude set reflects the equally unpretentious manner in which the session itself came together. Tackling some decidedly hip musical sketches of  Dominique Vantomme, the band is given full artistic liberty – and with all participants in top form, the resulting music weaves and winds its way across paths previously untrodden ... in stunning fashion, and with sure footing! In the truest MoonJune tradition, "Vegir" thumbs its nose at convention and showcases these seasoned veteran musicians at the top of their game: with the skill set, bravery and chutzpah to follow their instincts and, in the process, allow the music to seek out and ultimately capture its own form. It slinks; it growls; it stalks; it devours! It grooves; it stutters; it holds you in suspense, then explodes! (... think 'juggling chainsaws' in the sonic realm.  
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    Tuesday, January 2, 2018

    Master Sword "Shadow And Steel"


    Country: USA
    Genre(s): Hard Rock, Progressive Metal
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 2, 2018 
    Tracklist
    1. Behind The Mirror (3:35)
    2. Let Me Show You The Night (4:36)
    3. Tower Of Stone (6:50)
    4. Kiss Of The Flame (7:52)
    5. Sanctuary (5:09)
    6. Beneath The Skin (8:40)
    7. Isle Of The Sky Spirits (5:28)
    8. Hyrule Field (4:12)
    9. Master Of The Seas (8:53)
    10. My Destined One (3:34)

    Total Time 58:49

    Line-up
    Lily Hoy - Vocals
    Matt Farkas - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Bass
    Corey Garst - Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitar
    Shawn Staub - Bass
    Andy Stark - Drums
       With
    Jesse Keen - Bass (1)
    Daniel Tidwell - Guitar Solo (4)
    Chris DeChiara - Bells and Chimes (9, 10)

    Description/Reviews
    If the band’s name doesn’t give it away, Master Sword are a Legend of Zelda-themed act. While they are firmly rooted in traditional heavy metal and progressive rock/metal, the Zelda influences are equally worn on their sleeves through both the lyrical content and the melodies in each track. 
    Read the full review by Kyle McGinn at deadrhetoric.com

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    Monday, January 1, 2018

    Ryan Parmenter "One of a Different Color"


    Country: USA
    Genre(s): Progressive Rock
    Label: Split Difference Records
    Format: CD, digital
    Release date: January 01, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Please Don't Hurt Us (3:06)
    2. Sin of Forgiveness (5:04)
    3. Seller (3:50)
    4. Give 'n' Take (4:06)
    5. Capitalism (8:24)
    6. Side Two Load Screen (2:02)
    7. One of a Different Color (9:54)
    8. For All Tomorrows (5:51)
    9. September (9:26)
    10. Up Above (7:28)

    Total Time 59:11

    Line-up
    Ryan Parmenter (Eyestrings) - keyboard, sequencing, vocals
       With
    David Dawkins - guitar (1,2,4,5,7)
    Matthew Parmenter (Discipline) - violin (7)

    Description/Reviews
    A progressive "manic/depressive" rock album spanning the hellish dark to the pinnacle of light. Very much in the progressive vein of Eyestrings, Parmenter's 59-minute "One of a Different Color" is his first LP since "Sad Men" (2009).
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    David Barrett "The Mysticism of Sound and Music"


    Country: Canada
    Genre(s)Instrumental Progressive Rock
    Formatdigital
    Release date: January 1, 2018
    Tracklist
    1. Monarch (2:46)
    2. Bright Night (3:11)
    3. Green Light (4:24)
    4. The Last Mile (3:42)
    5. Fifty (3:42)
    6. Seascape (4:41)
    7. The Divided Line (3:08)
    8. Narrow (3:24)
    9. Woodworking (3:35)
    10. Neon (3:16)
    11. Cicada (4:04)
    12. The Distance (6:23)

    Total Time 46:16

    Line-up
    David Barrett - 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic, classical, steel guitars, laud, mandolin

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