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Friday, December 29, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date: 2017
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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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

L’Albero del Veleno "Tale of a Dark Fate"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Black Widow Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 2017
Tracklist
01. PRELUDE - The poison tree
ACT I (Hypnos)
02. Morpheus
03. Phobetor
04. Interlude I - Momus
05. Phantasos
06. INTERVAL
ACT II (Thanatos)
07. Clotho
08. Lachesis
09. Interlude II - Ananke
10. Atropos
11. POSTLUDE - Moros

Line-up
Nadin Petricelli - Keyboards & Synth
Lorenzo Picchi - Guitars
Michele Andreuccetti - Bass
Marco Brenzini - Flute
Jacopo Ciani - Viola & Violin
Claudio Miniati - Drums

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Diablo Swing Orchestra "Pacifisticuffs"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Spinefarm/Universal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 2017
Tracklist
01. Knucklehugs
      - Arm Yourself With Love
02. The Age Of Vulture Culture
03. Superhero Jagannath
04. Vision Of The Purblind
05. Lady Clandestine Chainbreaker
06. Jigsaw Hustle
07. Pulse Of The Incipient
08. Ode To The Innocent
09. Interruption
10. Cul-de-sac Semantics
11. Karma Bonfire
12. Climbing The Eyewall
13. Porch Of Perception

Line-up
Kristin Evegård - lead vocals, piano
Daniel Håkansson - lead vocals, guitar
Pontus Mantefors - guitar, synthesizer, FX, vocals
Anders Johansson  - bass
Johannes Bergion - cello, backing vocals
Martin Isaksson - trumpet, backing vocals
Daniel Hedin - trombone, backing vocals
Johan Norbäck - drums

Media/Samples 
Jigsaw Hustle (single version)

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Friday, October 27, 2017

PFM Premiata Forneria Marconi "Emotional Tattoos"


Country: Italy
Genre(s): Progressive Rock/Pop, AOR
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
- English version -
1. We're Not An Island (7:12)
2. Morning Freedom (6:06)
3. The Lesson (5:08)
4. So Long (5:56)
5. A Day We Share (6:03)
6. There's A Fire In Me (4:55)
7. Central District (5:27)
8. Freedom Square - instrumental (4:47)
9. I'm Just A Sound (5:57)
10. Hannah (5:16)
11. It's My Road (5:07)
- Italian version -
1. Il Regno (7:12)
2. Oniro (6:06)
3. La lezione (5:08)
4. Mayday (5:56)
5. La danza degli specchi (6:03)
6. Il cielo che c'è (4:55)
7. Quartiere generale (5:27)
8. Freedom Square - instrumental (4:47)
9. Dalla Terra alla Luna (5:57)
10. Le cose belle (5:16)
11. Big Bang (5:07)

Line-up

Alessandro Scaglione: keyboards, Hammond, Moog
Lucio Fabbri: violin
Patrick Djivas: bass
Franz Di Cioccio: lead vocals, drums
Marco Sfogli: guitars
Roberto Gualdi: drums
Alberto Bravin: keyboards, backing vocals

Description/Reviews
 “Emotional Tattoos” marks the return of the band's trademark sound after two rather experimental releases. The new album takes a melodic rock route while offering surprising musical twists and turns including moody synths, orchestral arrangements, straight-forward guitar-driven passages and wonderful ballads

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Ne Obliviscaris "Urn"


Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 27, 2017
Tracklist
1. Libera, Pt. 1 (Saturnine Spheres) (09:52)
2. Libera, Pt. 2 (Ascent of Burning Moths) (02:35)
3. Intra Venus (07:28)
4. Eyrie (11:51)
5. Urn, Pt. 1 (And Within The Void We Are Breathless) (07:30)
6. Urn, Pt. 2 (As Embers Dance In Our Eyes) (06:38)

Total time 45:54

Line-up
Tim Charles - Violin, Vocals
Xenoyr - Vocals
Matt Klavins - Guitars
Daniel Presland - Drums
Benjamin Baret - Guitars
   With:
Robin Zielhorst - Bass
Emma Charles
Natalija May
Tim Hennessy

Media/Samples 
Intra Venus

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Friday, October 20, 2017

VuuR " In This Moment We Are Free - Cities"


Country: Netherlands
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelInsideOut Music
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 20, 2017
Tracklist

  1. My Champion - Berlin
  2. Time - Rotterdam
  3. The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut
  4. The Fire - San Francisco
  5. Freedom - Rio
  6. Days Go By - London
  7. Sail Away - Santiago
  8. Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City
  9. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki
  10. Save Me - Istanbul
  11. Reunite! - Paris

Line-up
Anneke van Giersbergen  (The Gathering, Ayreon, Devin Townsend) - vocals
Ed Warby (Ayreon, Star One) - drums
Jord Otto - guitars
Ferry Duijsens (Anneke van Giersbergen) - guitars
Johan van Stratum (Stream Of Passion) - bass

Media/Samples 
Days Go By - London
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Enslaved "E"


Genre(s)Progressive Extreme Metal
LabelNuclear Blast
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 13 , 2017
Tracklist
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus digipak tracks:

07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)


Line-up
Grutle Kjellson - bass, vocals, additional synthesizer
Ivar Bjørnson - lead & rhythm guitars, synthesizer
Ice Dale - lead & rhythm guitars
Håkon Vinje - keyboards, synthesizers, organ, vocals
Cato Bekkevold - drums, percussion
   With
Einar Kvitrafn Selvik (WARDRUNA)
Daniel Mage - flute
Kjetil Møster -  saxophone

Media/Samples 
Storm Son

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Arabs in Aspic "Syndenes Magi"


Country: Norway
Genre(s)Retro Prog
LabelApollon Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 6, 2017
Tracklist
1. Syndenes Magi (12:20)
2. Mörket 2 (9:34)
3. Mörket 3 (20:20)

Total time: 42:14

Line-up
Jostein Smeby - guitars, vocals
Stig Jørgensen - keyboards, vocals
Erik Paulsen - bass, vocals
Eskil Nyhus - drums

Description/Reviews
The first track, clocking at more than 12 minutes, is the one on which I can spot the most references. YesKing Crimson and Pink Floyd all seem to appear at different moments in this great song. 
Read the full review by Marc at proggnosis.com

Media/Samples 
Teaser

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Lunatic Soul "Fractured"


Country: Poland
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Electronica
Label: Kscope (KSCOPE498/964/923)/Mystic Production
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 6, 2017
Tracklist
1. Blood On The Tightrope (7:19)
2. Anymore (4:37)
3. Crumbling Teeth And The Owl Eyes (6:42)
4. Red Light Escape (5:43)
5. Fractured (4:36)
6. A Thousand Shards Of Heaven (12:17)
7. Battlefield (9:05)
8. Moving On (5:14)

Total Time 55:33

Line-up
Mariusz Duda (Riverside) - vocals, instruments
    With
Sinfonietta Consonus Orchestra, conducted by Michał Mierzejewski (3, 6)
Marcin Odyniec - saxophone

Description/Reviews
Mariusz explains further "the main theme of "Fractured" is coming back to life after a personal tragedy. It's inspired by what happened in my life in 2016 and by everything that's happening around us and what's making us turn away from one another and divide into groups, for better and for worse. Musically it's the most original album I have ever made… it will be the most accessible and personal album in the Lunatic Soul discography."

As well as a conceptual development, Duda gained the self-confidence to allow himself greater creative freedom with the new material, experimenting more with electronics and rhythm and inspiration with influences from the likes of Massive Attack and Depeche Mode to Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian.
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Fractured

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Friday, September 29, 2017

John Hackett Band "We Are Not Alone"


Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelEsoteric Antenna (EANTCD21067)
FormatCD
Release dateSeptember 29 , 2017
Tracklist
CD1
  1. Take Control Part 1
  2. Take Control Part 2
  3. Never Gonna Make A Dime
  4. Blue Skies Of Marazion
  5. Summer Lightning
  6. Queenie And Elmo’s Perfect Day
  7. Castles
  8. Ossian’s Lament
  9. Jericho
  10. Winds Of Change
CD2: Live At The Classic Rock Society 2016
  1. Another Life
  2. Look Up
  3. Life In Reverse
  4. Whispers
  5. Castles
  6. Burnt Down Trees
  7. Queenie And Elmo’s Perfect Day
  8. Poison Town
  9. Satellite
  10. Ego And ID
  11. Continental Quilt
  12. Libertango
  13. Overnight Snow
  14. Stella
  15. Forest
  16. Headlights
  17. Dreamtown
  18. Magazine
  19. Red Hair
Line-up
John Hackett - guitars, keyboards, vocals, flute
Nick Fletcher - lead guitar
Jeremy Richardson - bass, guitars, vocals
Duncan Parsons - drums, keys and vocals
   With
Steve Hackett - harmonica on 'Never Gonna Make A Dime'

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