Friday, December 29, 2017

Pedal Giant Animals “Zeitgeist”

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

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

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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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Antoine Fafard "Proto Mundi"

Country: Canada/UK
Genre(s): Instrumental Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Format: CD, digital
Release date: November/December 2017
CD1 - Proto Mundi
01. Mission Ganymede
02. The Journey
03. Empty World

Total length: 51:00

CD2 - Doomsday Vault (bonus disc)
01. Peace for 4
02. Black Light*
03. Shuffle It!
04. Omniabsence*
05. The Chamber
06. Invisible Light*
07. 13 Good Reason
08. D-Day
09. Riff & Raft
10. Sum of Six
11. Phree Motion
12. Cape Spear
13. Fur & Axes
14. Holding Back Time
​15. Variation*

* Previously unreleased songs
Total length: 79:45

Antoine Farfard (Spaced Out) - bass, guitars
Simon Phillips: drums
Jerry Goodman: violin
​Gary Husband: lead keyboard
Gavin Harrison: drums (2/1)
Martin Maheux: drums (2/2, 2/4, 2/6)
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (2/3, 2/9)
Jerry De Villiers Jr: guitar (2/3, 2/8-2/12, 2/14)
Mark Tremblay: electric guitar (2/4)
Scott Henderson: electric guitar (2/5)
Dave Weckl: drums (2/5)
Jean-Pierre Zanella: saxophone (2/7, 2/7, 2/10, 2/15), flute (2/10)
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums (left channel) (2/8)
Gerry Etkins: lead keyboard (2/9)
Chad Wackerman: drums (2/10, 2/13, 2/15)
Dave Weckl: drums (2/11)
Magella Cormier: drums  (2/12)
Terry Bozzio: drums (2/14)

Black Light

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Deluge Grander "Oceanarium"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Symphonic
Label: Emkog
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 2017
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

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)

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.
Marooned and Torn Asunder (sample)
Water to Glass / The Ultimate Solution (sample)

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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
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

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

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.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

3rd Ear Experience "Stoned Gold"

Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Space Rock
Label: Space Rock Productions
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: November 1, 2017
1. Infinite Unmanifest (16:48)
2. Iceberg Dreams (12:13)
3. Stoned Gold (7:56)
4. I Am Not Robot (13:19)
5. No Walls, No Wars (7:13)
6. The Drone (12:00)

Total time: 69:29

Robbi Robb - guitars, vocals
Jorge Bassman Carrillo - bass, backing vocals
Richard Stuverud - drums, percussion.
Amritakripa - synthesizers, voice, vocals
Steven Young - vocals (6)
Alex (Bah Wol) Perez - native american chants


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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
01. PRELUDE - The poison tree
ACT I (Hypnos)
02. Morpheus
03. Phobetor
04. Interlude I - Momus
05. Phantasos
ACT II (Thanatos)
07. Clotho
08. Lachesis
09. Interlude II - Ananke
10. Atropos
11. POSTLUDE - Moros

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


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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
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

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

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
- 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)


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

 “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
Central District
Quartiere Generale 

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Ne Obliviscaris "Urn"

Country: Australia
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
LabelSeason of Mist
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date: October 27, 2017
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

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

Intra Venus


Communic "Where Echoes Gather"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: AFM Records (AFM_6379, AFM_6371)
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: October 27, 2017
1. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 1 - The Magnetic Center)
2. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 2 - Impact Of The Wave)
3. Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 - Beneath The Giant)
4. Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 - The Underground Swine)
5. Moondance
6. Where History Lives
7. Black Flag of Hate
8. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 1 - Journey Into The Source)
9. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 2 - The First Moment)
     Bonus Tracks:
10. Watching It All Disappear (Live In Studio 2017)
11. At Dewy Prime (Live In Studio 2017)
12. Waves Of Visual Decay (Acoustic Live Version - 10th Anniversary Concert)

Oddleif Stensland - guitar, vocals
Tor Atle Gabrielsen-Andersen - drums
Erik Mortensen - bass

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