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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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Friday, December 8, 2017

Diablo Swing Orchestra "Pacifisticuffs"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Metal/Rock
Label: Spinefarm/Universal
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: December 8, 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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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Black Noodle Project "Divided We Fall"


Country: France
Genre(s)Progressive Rock
LabelProgressive Promotion Records
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: December 4, 2017
Tracklist
1. Isolation
2. Memorial
3. Ashes to Ashes
4. Under a Black Sky
5. Absolom
6. Cosmic Dust
7. Left Behind

Line-up
Jérémie Grima - guitars, voice, programming
Sébastien Bourdeix - guitars
Tommy Rizzitelli - drums
Frédéric Motte - bass

Description/Reviews
This record is a powerful trip into a divided mind, a storm of melancholic melodies and raging riffs, an aerial journey where beauty collides with deep emotions.
Media/Samples 
Absolom

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Jono "Life"


Country: Sweden
Genre(s)AOR, Hard Rock, Prog Related
Label: Frontiers (FRCD_835)
Format: CD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. Sailors (4:01)
2. Crown (5:45)
3. No Return (5:11)
4. On The Other Side (3:57)
5. Downside (7:26)
6. To Be Near You (6:56)
7. My Love (4:52)
8. The Magician (4:55)
9. Trust (7:35)
10. The March (5:06)

Total Time 55:44

Line-up
Johan Norrby - vocals
Stefan Helleblad - guitars
Nicka  Helleberg - drums
Johan Carlgren - piano, keyboards
Janne Henriksson - bass
Leo Olsson – guitars

Media/Samples 
No Return

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Operation: Mindcrime "The New Reality"


Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelFrontiers (FRCD_827)
FormatCD, digital
Release date: December 1, 2017
Tracklist
1. A Head Long Jump
2. Wake Me Up
3. It Was Always You
4. The Fear
5. Under Control
6. The New Reality
7. My Eyes
8. A Guitar In Church?
9. All For What?
10. The Wave
11. Tidal Change
12. The Sale Old Story

Line-up
Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche)
Kelly Gray
John Moyer
Simon Wright
Scott Mercado
Scott Moughton
Brian Tichy
Mike Ferguson

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Deluge Grander "Oceanarium"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Emkog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 2017
Tracklist
1. A Numbered Rat, A High Ledge, And A Maze Of Horizons (11:32)
2. Drifting Inner Skyline Space (8:28)
3. The Blunt Sun And The Hardened Moon (15:25)
4. Finding A Valley In A Gray Area On A Map (3:24)
5. Finding A Shipwreck In A Valley In An Ocean (6:20)
6. Tropical Detective Squadron (14:10)
7. Marooned And Torn Asunder (8:06)
8. Water To Glass / The Ultimate Solution (12:31)

Total Time 79:56

Line-up
Dan Britton: keyboards, guitars, other instruments (1-8)
Dave Berggren- electric guitar (6)
Neil Brown-trumpet (8)
Steve Churchill-oboe (1,7)
Brett d'Anon- bass, guitars (1-8)
Brian Falkowski- saxophone (3), flute (4,5), clarinet (8)
Denis Malloy- bass clarinet (1, 2, 3, 8)
Corey Sansolo- trombone (1)
Natalie Spehar- cello (2, 4, 5, 8)
Zack Stachowski- violin (4, 5)

Description/Reviews
The music on "Oceanarium" is entirely instrumental, densely orchestrated, and has a wide variety of instruments, including cello, trumpet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, hammered dulcimer, banjo, mandolin, violin, oboe, and trombone, in addition to the usual keyboards, guitars, bass, and drums.  Although many musical styles are included, the end result probably fits nicely under the label "symphonic prog."
"Oceanarium" is the second album in a planned three-level seven-album series.  The first album "Heliotians" was released in 2014, and the third album "Lunarians" will hopefully be released in 2018.  "Oceanarium" is on the middle tier of the three-tiered seven-album series and contains ideas found in the two albums beneath it (the previously mentioned "Heliotians" and "Lunarians"), but unlike those two albums, it is densely and carefully orchestrated and is entirely instrumental.
Media/Samples 
A Numbered Rat, a High Ledge, and a Maze of Horizons (sample)
Tropical Detective Squadron (sample)
Marooned and Torn Asunder (sample)
Water to Glass / The Ultimate Solution (sample)

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lee Abraham "Colours"


Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Rock, AOR
Label: Festival Music (201711)
Format: CD
Release date: November 27, 2017
Tracklist:
  1. Colours 
  2. Broken Dreams 
  3. Always Yours
  4. Find Another Way
  5. Warning Sign
  6. Survive
  7. The Mirror Falls
Line-up
Lee Abraham: guitars, keyboards
  With
Alistair Begg: bass
Rob Arnold: piano
Gerald Mulligan (Credo): drums
Dec Burke (Darwin's Radio, Frost*, Audioplastik): vocals
Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband): vocals
Gary Chandler (Jadis): vocals
Simon Godfrey (Tinyfish, Shineback, Valdez): vocals
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf): vocals
Steve Overland: vocals

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Galactic Cowboys "Long Way Back To The Moon"


Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelMusic Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD , vinyl, digital
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tracklist
1. In The Clouds
2. Internal Masquerade
3. Blood In My Eyes
4. Next Joke
5. Zombies
6. Drama
7. Amisarewas
8. Hate Me
9. Losing Ourselves
10. Agenda
11. Long Way Back To The Moon
12. Believing The Hype (Bonus Track)
13. Say Goodbye To Utopia (Bonus Track)

Line-up
Dane Sonnier - Guitar
Ben C. Huggins - Vocals
Alan Doss - Drums, Keyboards
Monty Colvin - Bass

Media/Samples 
Internal Masquerade

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Tusmørke "Bydyra"


Country: Norway
Genre(s): Retro Prog FolkPsychedelic
LabelKarisma Records (KAR132)
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 10, 2017
Tracklist
1. Tre som bor i et Tre (Three who live in a Tree)
2. Trefar (Three Father)
3. Mellomspill (Interlude)
4. Rottekongen (The Rat King)
5. På Biblioteket (At the Library)
6. Vi er eid (We are owned)
7. Dyrene i Byen (The Animals in the City)
8. Elvene i Oslo (The Rivers of Oslo)
9. Signekjerringa (The Sibyl)
10. Tenkeren (The Thinker)
11. Trollmannen (The Enchanter)
12. Lær de fattige å trylle (Teach Magic to the Poor)
13. Dyrene bor ute (Animals Live Outside)
14. Underboerne (The Underdwellers)
15. Katabasis

Line-up
Benediktator - vocals, bass, acoustic guitars, Glockenspiel, jaw harp, assorted percussion, handclaps
Krizla - vocals, flute and electronics
HlewagastiR - drums and percussion
Dauinghorn (Jordsjø) - electric guitar
Marxo Solina - Steinway & Sons grand piano, MiniMoog model D, Solina Strings Ensemble, Mellotron M400, SCI Prophet-5, Arp Axxe, Arp Pro Soloist and Lindholm Spinet

Description/Reviews
Coming in with a whopping 15 tracks, “Bydyra” is composed of two original mini musicals that were written specifically for a local children’s school in Oslo. It is a unique work that explores the relatively “grown up” subjects of urban wildlife, the skyrocketing prices of housing in Oslo, the financial crisis, social issues, global warming, and good and bad magic.
With “Bydyra” TUSMØRKE have succeeded in blending their unique take on Prog Rock with a substantial dose of humour to create an album that will be enjoyed equally by both children, who will be enchanted by the characters and their adventures, and by adults, who will succumb to the psychedelic prog folk overtones. It is a journey filled with magical creatures that serve to charm and educate at the same time.
Media/Samples
Bandcamp
Rottekongen

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Von Hertzen Brothers "War Is Over"


Country: Finland
Genre(s): AOR, Progressive Rock/Pop
Label: Music Theories/Mascot Label Group
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: November 3, 2017
Tracklist
  1. War Is Over
  2. To The End Of The World
  3. The Arsonist
  4. Jerusalem
  5. Frozen Butterflies
  6. Who Are You
  7. Blindsight
  8. Long Lost Sailor
  9. Wanderlust
  10. Beyond The Storm 
Line-up
Mikko von Hertzen
Kie von Hertzen
Jonne von Hertzen

Media/Samples 
The Arsonist

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