Artist : Coronatus

Album : Raben Im Herz

Release Date : 04-12-2015

Added : 31-12-2015

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Mats Kurth (Baterie), Carmen R. Lorch (Vocal), Anny Maleyes (Vocal), Olivèr (Guitar), Dennis Schwachhofer (Keybords), Susanne Bachmann (Bass), Ally Storch (Violin)


Artist : Triddana

Album : The Power & the Will

Release Date : 11-12-2015

Added : 31-12-2015

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Juan José Fornés (Guitar), Diego Rodríguez (Bass), Ranz : (Drums), Pablo Allen (Bagpipe)


Artist : Arabs In Aspic

Album : Victim of Your Father's Agony

Release Date : 10-08-2015

Added : 31-12-2015

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Jostein Smeby (Guitar, Vocal), Stig Jørgensen (Organ, Vocal), Erik Paulsen (Bass, Vocal), Eskil Nyhus (Drums)


Artist : Walter Trout

Album : Battle Scars

Release Date : 23-10-2015

Added : 31-12-2015

When the music has no age or mode... and we could miss out on this album... 'Walter Trout' is simply a miracle and we can say thank you to his family and his fans who have allowed for it to be a successful liver transplant. He returned with a 'Battle Scares' title that speaks volumes about what he lived and which of course, is a testimony of his battle against death as if he had made a therapy by the words. Titles that range from an acoustic blues tormented as 'Hell to Pay' a blues rock removed as 'Fly Away', through the typical blues and its 3 basic as agreements 'Cold, Cold Ground', all the feelings are and it is absolutely not possible to remain indifferent in front of so much generosity and sincerity... Simply the resurrection album and as he puts it, "now I'm incredibly happy and grateful to life." To parody 'Rainbow', 'Long Live Blues', Mister Walter!
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Walter Trout (Vocal / Guitars), Johnny Griparic (Bass), Michael Leasure (Drums), Sammy Avila (Keybords)


Artist : Tarja

Album : ‘Luna Park Ride’ + ‘Ave Maria – en Plein Air’

Release Date : 11-09-2015

Added : 31-12-2015

Line Up / Musicians

Luna Park Ride : Tarja Turunen (Vocal / Piano), Alex Scholpp (Guitars), Anna Portalupi (Bass), Christian Kretschmar (Keybords), Julian Barrett (Guitars), Max Lilja (Cello), Mike Terrana (Drums), Toni Turunen (Keybords)


Artist : Edenbridge

Album : The Bonding

Release Date : 02-07-2013

Added : 31-12-2015

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Frederik Sebastian (Guitars / guitare classique), Lanvall (Guitars / Bass / Keybords / mandoline, bouzouki), Max Pointner (Drums), Sabine Edelsbacher (Vocal / Keybords)


Artist : Edenbridge

Album : Sunrise In Eden

Release Date : 25-09-2000

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : Arcana

Release Date : 22-10-2001

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : Aphelion

Release Date : 01-01-2003

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : Shine

Release Date : 01-01-2004

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : The Grand Design

Release Date : 19-05-2006

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : MyEarthDream

Release Date : 25-04-2008

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Edenbridge

Album : Solitaire

Release Date : 30-06-2010

Added : 31-12-2015

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Artist : Voiciano

Album : Everflow

Release Date : 25-06-2014

Added : 31-12-0201

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Artist : Dream Theater

Album : The Astonishing

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 04-02-2016

How to miss this 'The Astonishing' in this early 2016 so this album is dense and rich with all the influences that one dream to find progressive all combined styles in the music. The story plunges us into a science fiction universe where 8 characters in 2 rival camps compete ('Great Northern Empire of the Americas' and 'Ravenskill Rebel Militia'); But let us make mistake, although we are in a fantasy world and futuristic, it is indeed our humanity that is pointed at and the Group denounces the gap between the rich and the poor that is a little bit more every day. In this world, the music is now created by machines in the sweet name of Nomacs (NOise MAChine) which prevents any artistic creation, thus avoiding any form of hand power. But in the middle of all this, a message of hope brought by 'Gabriel', who will attempt to reintroduce the music in these dehumanized people. A program that challenges us simply the freedom to create. 34 titles for a period of more than 2 hours, 'Dream Theater' plunges us into a progressive atmosphere to symphonic trend which is likely to confuse to some. Definitely unclassifiable, this group which we had recently brought in a metal style enough trash, chose a style much more melodic and easy access for this album which for my part fits perfectly in the story. Of course, as usual with this kind of work, isn't ready to consume and it takes several listenings to appreciate it at its fair value. 'The Astonishing' is not only for me an album of the group but also is designed to make it a timeless work to the level of a 'The Wall': listen to this ' Brother, Can you hear me?', do you not shadow of Roger Waters in this title with all its grandiose and theatrical dimension... So if 2 h 10 listening does not reject you, embark for this 'Empire of North America' and his 'Ravenskill' village in full rebellion...
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James Labrie (Vocal), John Myung (Bass), John Petrucci (Guitars), Jordan Rudess (Keybords), Mike Mangini (Drums)


Artist : Imperial Age

Album : Warrior Race

Release Date : 05-02-2016

Added : 10-02-2016

After seeing them at the Z7 in Pratteln in concert opening for Therion, I found that these Russians already had good potential for a young group. They have just released the final version of 'Warrior Race', a previous version light from 2014. It's still very traditional in approach and quickly assimilated, because they are very influenced by their Russian culture. We have the impression of hearing here and there the choirs of the Red Army but mesmerized version. In addition, the voices of "Alexandra Sidorova', although it still has to evolve in his singing technique, brings freshness and spontaneity. Note a live song album of 14 minutes late which sums up the capabilities of this group. So for those who like the epic metal with easy access songs, this album is for you...
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Alexander "Aor" Osipov (Keybords, Vocal), Jane "Corn" Odintsova (Keybords, Vocal), Alexandra Sidorova (Vocal), Dmitry "Dok" Rukhadze (Bass), Dmitry Kovalev (Drums), Alexander Strelnikov (Guitar), Igor "Kiv" Korolev (Guitar)


Artist : Serenity

Album : Codex Atlanticus

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 10-02-2016

To 'Georg Neuhauser' the singer of 'Serenity', no rest in the different projects that close to his heart; just after the release of 'Phantasma' in 2015, here it is again that the tip of his nose with an album of 'Serenity'. The last album "War of Ages" dated from 2013; first of all, that's for sure, 'Serenity' continues to make the 'Serenity'. After the instrumental classical intro, we enter the heart of the matter with 2 titles enough speed (a topic which also is inspired by the life of 'Leonardo da Vinci' hence the title 'Codex Atlanticus'). The titles that follow bring another dimension to the album with a symphonic atmosphere that we had not necessarily used to hear before in 'Serenity'. And what of the beautiful ballad 'My Final Chapter' to which it is difficult to remain insensitive (with in addition an orchestral version late in the album still more purified which I find even better). The melodic aspect is always present on each title, 'Fate Of' light with its haunting refrain, 'The Perfect Woman' with its very melancholic melody. Note also 2 bonuses that are widely at the height of the rest, beautiful ballads 'Forgive Me' and 'Sail' (may be my favorite of the album song). Anyway, a good year 2016 for this new album and if you are fan of the troop to Goerg, go for it...
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Georg Neuhauser (Vocal), Cris Hermsdörfer (Vocal / Guitars), Fabio D'amore (Vocal / Bass), Andreas Schipflinger (Drums)


Artist : Profuna Ocean

Album : In Vacuum

Release Date : 09-01-2016

Added : 25-01-2016

'Profuna Ocean', Dutch band, released their second album 'In Vacuum' in this early 2016. Progressive influences the 'Threshold' or 'The Pineapple Thief', they exude enough agreed music that does not renew the kind but brings spontaneity and freshness that seduced at the first listen. We can also highlight a quality recording and production of a very good standard. 3 compositions exceed 10 minutes and require several listenings to appropriate them as they are made of several parts is covering each other in a quite natural way. After the last title, you say you had a very good time, but strangely, I could not put forward some titles so all is homogeneous and one has the impression when listening to this album down the course of a river constantly tossed between powerful and calm waters. For those who love arise while listening to the prog mixing different genres, test this new Profuna Ocean
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Fred den Hartog (Drums), Raoul Potters (Vocal, Guitar), Arjan Visser (Bass, Guiare), René Visser (Keybords), Nancy Bijland (Choirs)


Artist : Mantra Vega

Album : The Illusion’s Reckoning

Release Date : 10-02-2016

Added : 14-02-2016

'Vega Mantra' is a new group created by 'Heather Findlay' (former singer of Mostly fall) and 'Dave Kerzner' (keyboards on the Sound of contact). A host of guests from quite different backgrounds complement the duo for an album in a very conventional progressive record. Very varied compositions which highlight the voice of 'Heather' who fits perfectly with the different atmospheres very acoustic. The group claims in its influences from artists like 'Peter Gabriel', 'Fleetwood Mac', 'Kate Bush'. It is actually pretty tinted seventies / eighties but with a fairly modern sound. So, if you like the above groups, will discover this brand new Mantra Vega.
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Heather Findlay (Vocal, Guitar, Percussions). Dave Kerzner (Vocal, Keybords, Guitar), Chris Johnson (Guitar Rythmique), Stuart Fletcher (Bass), Alex Cromarty (Drums), Dave Kilminster (Guitar) + Invités.


Artist : David Bowie

Album : Blackstar

Release Date : 09-01-2016

Added : 20-02-2016

You have already probably read hundreds of reviews on the last 'Bowie', and I hesitated to add it to my list of albums 2016. And then, after several listenings, I cracked... Simply, because it has plunged for a moment in his unique world of alien to music and her whole world from the end of the 1970s rose to the surface. So, just try to forget the 'Bowie' to ' let's dance' and enjoy this ultimate offering of 'Mr David', which takes us into his last trip with this perpetual search of sounds and atmospheres has against foot of modes... A star who goes but that will long continue to shine... Farewell the artist...
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David Bowie (Vocal / Guitars), Ben Monder (Guitars), Donny Mccaslin (Saxophone / Flute), James Murphy (Percussions), Jason Lindner (Keybords), Mark Guiliana (Drums / Percussions), Tim Lefebvre (Bass), Tony Visconti (Arrangements De Cordes)


Artist : Nordic Union

Album : Nordic Union

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 20-02-2016

Another new project in the field of Metal in this early 2016. 'Ronnie Atkins' (Pretty Maids) and 'Erik Mårtensson' (Eclipse) raise us on their train 'Nordic Union' that makes you travel at a heavy pace by linking together the powerful compositions but also by adding a few more pop/rock songs. They are not revolutionizing the genre but the melodic line is always present. It's effective, well done and very accessible; to parody Goldman, ' songs for the feet'. So, if you're looking for at this time of the ready to listen, take your ticket to the 'Nordic Union' travel...
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Erik Martensson (Guitars / Bass / Keybords), Ronnie Atkins (Vocal), Magnus Ulfstedt (Bass), Fredrik Folkare (Guitars / Invité), Magnus Henriksson (Guitars / Invité), Thomas Larsson (Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Elton John

Album : Wonderful Crazy Night

Release Date : 06-02-2016

Added : 20-02-2016

Even one who continues his merry way; 33rd album studio and 50 years, it is clear that this latest installment accents the back to basics with compositions bluesy / jazzy and tinted country in some places. At the age of 68, 'Elton' always brings us his joy of life and we feel a real happiness through his songs. Back to basics obliges, we find historical musicians of the singer, 'Nigel Olsson' on drums and 'Davey Johnstone' on guitar. A moment of pure relaxation without headaches and if you have a little bit of blues, listen as Mister Elton and yours will disappear...
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Elton John (Vocal, Piano), Nigel Olsson (Drums), Davey Johnstone (Guitar)


Artist : Inglorious

Album : Inglorious

Release Date : 19-02-2016

Added : 21-02-2016

'David Coverdale,' fate of this body ('Nathan James')! in 2016, I admit that a group that takes back us to the best years of the hard rock of the 1970s, this may annoy some. But when it's done in this way, we can only praise the performance of this young group that also claims his seventies influences. We will start with a bang with 'Until I Die' (with an intro to the 'Highway Star' in concert) and 'Breakaway' then see you hear a good old Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple with 2 titles all in nuances with a bass line where you discover that your foot tape measure alone. The rest is of the same ilk, alternating hard rock and other securities more blues. A small incarpade with the title 'Inglorious' in Oriental influences in the sauce and then metal to tell us as they do other thing, an acoustic ballad 'Wake' where 'Nathan' puts forward any of his vocal powers. So if you're a fan of Deep Purple, Aerosmith or Zeppelin of the first hour, take the train and I'll bet that you will not descend before the last station...
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Andreas Zäta Eriksson (Guitar), Colin Parkinson (Bass), Nathan James (Vocal), Phil Beaver (Drums), Wil Taylor (Guitar)


Artist : Empledeed

Album : Byob

Release Date : 10-01-2016

Added : 21-02-2016

'Ampledeed' released her second album 'Byob' in this early 2016. Training American composed a trio and several guests, they present a very original music based on compositions is jazzy full of dissonances or is much more melodic and this by nesting these two styles constantly. Reminds me a bit the first titles of 'Renaissance' in the approach. Take for example the first title 'Triple Cancer Moon', one is immersed in a very convoluted atmosphere that can be confusing to some and ends by a much more melodic part. The title of 'My Plane', after an introduction enough prog 70, chained a part song to the 'Beatles' way then it is then plunged until the end in changes of pace in the manner of 'King Crimson'. Certainly, it will take certainly several listenings to extract all the subtleties and tame, but it's certainly what makes the wealth of 'Byob'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Aaron Goldich (Vocal / Keybords), Luis Flores (Guitars / Cuatro / Choirs), Max Taylor (Vocal / Keybords) + Invités


Artist : Sebas Honing

Album : The Big Shift

Release Date : 14-01-2016

Added : 21-02-2016

Difficult to define 'Sabas hone' music, one man band that continues to release albums on the margins of his band 'Equisa'. Mix of pop, rock and metal, all of the 15 titles has its own personality and makes us discover each time a new facet of the artist. Therefore not be resistant to different kind to adhere. For example 'Full 180' very stained speed metal succeeds 'Hometown' a very pop song with a melodic chorus wish. Overall, the metal parts are can be less present but can be noted on some compositions of the melodic and rhythmic changes that are not reminiscent of the major progressive groups. So, I'll let make you your own opinion on 'The Big Shift' without doubt the most successful album of Sabas...
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Sebas Honing (Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Keybords), Petra Honing (Vocal, Chœurs), Christiaan Bruin (Drums, Chœurs), Tessa Struijs (Chœurs)


Artist : Rossometile

Album : Alchemica

Release Date : 21-12-2015

Added : 21-02-2016

It was only in February 2016 I just discovered not only the album 'Rossometile' but just the group that comes from Italy and who has already released his first album in 2004. To say the least to say, they do not have the buzz, and they deserve to be more known (maybe because they sing in ialien?) … 'Alchemica' 16 titles strong, is a very successful album in a very Mediterranean symphonic metal, with influences from their Italian culture and eyeing a few times to the clichés that one can have that kind of music. But overall is very homogeneous even if 'Marialisa Pergolesi' still has the margin of progression in its singing. So, if you want to discover a maybe future 'Within Temptation' Italian, 'Alchemica' is for you...
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Marialisa Pergolesi (Vocal), Gennaro Balletta (Drums), Pasquale Murino (Bass), Rosario Reina (Guitar).


Artist : Grand Slam

Album : A new Dawn

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 23-02-2016

There are more groups from the North of Europe which produce Hard melodic Rock albums. 'Grand Slam' is one of the latest family. Hits galore, very effective melodies, solos of guitar at the small onions and keyboards to bind at all, that is the menu of this album 'A new Dawn'. Certainly, it does not revolutionize the genre but it's so well done and makes you a sin of hell... For those who love the melodic hard rock ready to eat, do not hesitate and go listen to these Swedish...
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Andy Sinner (Vocal), Andy Swaniz (Drums), Henrik Hansson (Bass), Daniel Grönberg Svensson (Keybords), Andreas Gullstrand (Guitar)


Artist : The Mute Gods

Album : Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

Release Date : 22-01-2016

Added : 23-02-2016

Another new project for the year 2016. When you take the cream of progressive music musicians entering another play with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett, it's hard not to listen to. Well, to tell you the truth, I put several listenings to enter this 'Do Nothing Till Your Hear From Me' so moods are varied and very rich... but is it really a surprise considering the liabilities of these 3 musicians. The compositions are indeed very accomplished and mix of atmospheres very trippy (for example 'Strange Relationship') but also securities more removed (like this ' Your Dark Ideas' very rhythmic and pretty crazy). By the way, the theme is a criticism of our civilization where some people deliver messages on behalf of a God while those that you should listen to are often reduced to silence; In any case, and fortunately for us, 'The dumb gods', them, can sing and play their music... So, if you want, do you your own opinion.
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Nick Beggs (Vocal / Bass / Chapman Stick), Roger King (Keybords), Marco Minnemann (Drums)


Artist : Myrath

Album : Legacy

Release Date : 19-02-2016

Added : 25-02-2016

Imagine prog metal but tinged with Eastern influences. In this early 2016, 'Myrath' Tunisian group released their 4th album 'Legacy'. After the 'All is One' d "Orphaned Land' which is one of my favorite albums of recent years, 'Legacy' is quite comparable and can still be at the top because it takes us in a complete fusion between a rock/metal Western and Oriental influences. all this was tangled for the best and difficult to find a title underneath the rest so the compositions are rich and hang from the first listen. in the end, this album shows again, no offense to some, that creation is so much richer when she is multicultural and when we put together the best of each whatever it is... Then, if, by the time running, music could be used to collect a 'tad' more, it would be the icing on the cake (Turkish delight or chocolate éclair, let you choose but I'll take the 2!) …
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Zaher Zorgati (Vocal), Elyes Bouchoucha (Keybords), Malek Ben Arbia (Guitars), Anis Jouini (Bass), Morgan Berthet (Drums)


Artist : Turin Brakes

Album : Lost Property

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 27-02-2016

As to the accustomed, a sound very English, this is what we propose 'Turin Brakes' in his new album 'Lost Property'. Already the seventh album but the pop/folk melodies still continue to touch us all. It's simple and direct and the two voices of 'Olly Knights' and 'Gale Paridjanian' complement always as much. Everything is sweetness and emotion, nothing like to relax without thinking about anything and just let go to listen. So, if you are looking for an album to listen quietly after a hard day, you are on the good playlist...
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Olly Knights (Guitar, Vocal), Gale Paridjanian (Guitar, Vocal), Rob Allum (Drums), Eddie Myer (Bass).


Artist : Black Aces

Album : Shot In The Dark

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 27-02-2016

Unlike some present albums in the beginning of the year, the 'Black Aces' do not in lace and these Australians of origin, work directly on the tracks of the band to 'Angus'... Singing pushed back, guitars saturated excessively, bass lines and very binary battery is to be mistaken. It is clear, it is no surprise and there seems to have already listened to these songs played 100 times by their elders but we really feel that they live their music at bottom by swinging the heavy full of energy and power. Then, for the unconditional d "AC/DC ' (but not only),"let there be rock "...
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Tyler (Guitar - lead, Vocal), Alex (Bass), Pete (Drums), Jazz (Guitar – rythmique)


Artist : Interphases

Album : Skydancing

Release Date : 06-02-2016

Added : 27-02-2016

The least we can say is that Interphases', German group, does not have the buzz on the internet. The group already almost 6 years old and hard to find a column on their latest album 'Skydancing'. And yet, in a progressive very pop/rock style, they offer us 9 varied compositions ranging from a style very hovering ('Rome Before The War' or 'In My Town') in a rock very eighties ('Pale Driver'); It is certainly very classical singing isn't always at the height, and the melodies with beautiful solos of guitar (In My Town) affect. Note, an instrumental track (not necessarily the one I hold) with a nod to the 'Shadows' ('Raindance'). For me, a group in the making that has the capabilities offer us even more... only the future will tell...
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Marco Fioravant, Johannes Rühle, Jürgen Raab


Artist : Simo

Album : Let Love Show The Way

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 28-02-2016

"We have all something of Tennessee": these, they fell into it when they were very young, since they are from Nashville! Well, it's mind-blowing and a lot of prestigious references of the 70s in the field of the blues/rock come to mind when listening to their latest album 'Let Love Show The Way'. We feel an ability to improvise as it had rarely heard since the end of the seventies with a guitarist ('Jd Simo') ready to go to the quarter turn; It reminds me a bit 'Alvin Lee' with his solos of legend. So live, what it can give? and well, just ask and it is for this reason that I added a YouTube link in some cases and for this group, it is self-evident... because there are necessarily made up for it...
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Jd Simo (Vocal / Guitars), Adam Abrashoff (Drums), Elad Shapiro (Bass)


Artist : Cotton Salamander

Album : The Pale And Crescent Moon

Release Date : 15-02-2016

Added : 28-02-2016

Yet a group that is pretty discreet on the internet. 'Cotton Salamander' is the 'Martin Randle' project, a home Orchestra to him alone (he sings vocals, plays guitar, bass, keyboards and program percussion), to which he added several guests. 'The Pale And Crescent Moon' is a concept album about relationships that humans have with death and all its resulting issues; 10 compositions are in a style very 'Floydien'; Besides the title of the album is just a nod to 'Dark Side Of The Moon'; for example, the instrumental track 'Raimbows End' is very inspired by the psychedelic atmosphere of the seventies. Note, the use of the Bouzouki in 'Never Let You out' that gives a hint of the exotic. So, if you like atmospheres plush with 'Gilmour' guitar solos, embark on this Crescent of pale moon...
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Line Up / Musicians

Martin Randle (Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Keybords, Programmation Percusions) + Invités


Artist : Persona

Album : Elusive Reflections

Release Date : 12-02-2016

Added : 28-02-2016

Here, a few days apart, the Tunisia is very prolific and gratifies us of 2 outputs album (see also the last 'Myrath')... Although Spotify makes us believe that this is not the first album (it is sometimes the case when several artists with the same name), 'Elusive Reflections' is the first album of the group 'Persona' and for a start, there already seem to hear a mature group. In a metal that don't borrow trouble of symphonic influences, they bring a touch of Oriental but very soft (I can be loved a little more because at first listen, the fact that they are Tunisian does not jump to the ear). The melodies are immediately assimilated and singing of 'Jelena' (which she is Serbian) fits perfectly in 10 compositions. Note the 'Melik Melek Khelifa' guitarist distills worthy of the greatest guitar solos in the genre. For fans of symphonic metal singer...
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Jelena Dobric (Vocal), Melik Melek Khelifa (Guitar Lead), Yosri Ouada (Guitar Rythmique), Youssef Aouadi (Drums), Walid Bessadok (Keybords), Nesrine Mahbouli (Bass)


Artist : Theander Expression

Album : Wonderful Anticipation

Release Date : 26-02-2016

Added : 13-03-2016

Again, it is the Sweden who said of the CRA in this early 2016 to honor in the field. 'Theander Expression' is the project of Andrée Theander' who released her second album 'Wonderful Anticipation'. The one man band, that plays almost all the instruments, but who also sings on a few tracks, distills a rock very melodic and easy access in the manner of 'Foo', 'Niva' or 'Last Autumn's Dreams'. Although 'Theander Expression' classified in AOR referring to the melodic hard rock of the 1980s, 11 titles shared between an effective rock with refrains that fit you into the head instantly ('You Always Ran Away', ' Factoids & Fallacies, 'Never Surrender' or 'On My Own') and ballads full of emotion ('Wonderful Anticipation', 'IntoThe Valley', 'The Loner', 'Someday' or 'State Of Flow'). In summary, if you like good melodic rock, this 'Wonderful Anticipation' is for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andrée Theander (tous les instruments) + Invités


Artist : Magnum

Album : Sacred Blood Divine Lies

Release Date : 26-02-2016

Added : 14-03-2016

38-year career that commands respect! More when after this time, 'Magnum' continues to get out us of the albums still enchanting our ears (already damaged with such music lol), can not be that impressed. Of course, the voice of 'Bob Catley' (68 years anyway!) is more what it was but it still sends as much. This new album 'Sacred Blood Divine Lees' is no exception to the rule and 10 titles remain very varied mix of hard rock and quieter titles but always with a sense of catchy melody. And if he had retained only one title, I would say 'Quiet Rapsody' that starts with a slick of keyboards and then explodes in a frantic rhythm: If your head will not shake and your foot remains immobile, then, certainly, it can't be done for you. For the other, go listen to this new 'Magnum'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Al Barrow (Bass), Bob Catley (Vocal), Harry James (Drums), Mark Stanway (Keybords), Tony Clarkin (Guitars)


Artist : Projection

Album : Realitivity

Release Date : 20-12-2015

Added : 20-03-2016

Very difficult to find information on the net for this new group 'Projection' of Dutch origin. A facebook page is (already well filled for 1 year) where they define themselves as being a melodic and symphonic rock band. Their first album 'Realitivity' is actually very melodic and more varied because it is not compartmentalized to a style of music. After a very trippy short introduction, we got a rock tube with a relentless chorus (here reminds me of the BOF of the bronzed 3 'Baila Moreno'); then, the next title makes you think to progressive rock at the 'Arena'. Other titles are 'Pendragon' or 'RPWL'. The end of 'Overload' makes a nod to the famous 'Comfortably Numb' to 'Pink Floyd'. Finally, a lot of different influences, but in the end, 'Projection' offers a very homogeneous and very enjoyable to listen to album. Their motto sums up this group who seeks his inspiration in his musical experience: ' there is no training for life, it is life itself that is '... For those who want to discover a new group between rock and pop influenced by the greats of the progressive music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jurgen ten Have (Bass, Vocal), Frank van Eerden (Guitar, Vocal), Richard Immink (Drums, Vocal), Peter Pampiermole (Keybords, Vocal).


Artist : Oceans Of Slumber

Album : Winter

Release Date : 04-03-2016

Added : 20-03-2016

The 'Metal progressive' label is sometimes used because it is unclear how to classify an artist. And well, the least we can say is that "Ocean Of Sumbers', with his latest album 'Winter', mixes different styles and influences. You admit between classical piano piece and title of Death metal, it can be confusing to some... On the side of death, the first 2 titles, there are growls but who are not necessarily continuous and which alternate with the very air singing of 'Cammie' in a good balance (not necessarily my cup of tea on certain passages). And then there are also titles very staggered like this 'Nights In White Satin' of the 'Blues Moodies' bringing more power than the original version or these securities 'Lullaby', 'Laid To Rest' or 'Good Life' which are very short acoustic musical interludes; When to 'Suffer the last bridge', sounds like a song to the 'Pretenders' (the voice of 'Cammie' is quite similar to that of 'Chrissie Hynde'). There are even the right end of the album to a piano composition that would not detonate in an album classic (the drummer is also pianist). To retain a title I'd say '... This Road', which sums up the group with an alternation between sweet and powerful parts while keeping a very melodic line. So if you like the big gaps and that work with progressive music and death metal does not reject you, 'Winter' is for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anthony Contreras (Guitars), Cammie Gilbert (Vocal), Dobber Beverly (Drums), Keegan Kelly (Bass), Sean Gary (Guitars), Uaeb Yelsaeb (Keybords)


Artist : Wisdom

Album : Rise Of The Wise

Release Date : 26-02-2016

Added : 20-03-2016

What I don't like in the style of 'Power Metal' (usually a band with a drummer who takes it out on his battery) is that too often, all titles are similar and it has quickly stuffed head... So why I liked this 'Rise Of The Wise' of 'Wisdom' Hungarian group? well, precisely because there is no than Speed with double bass drum... Of course, after the introduction instrumental traditional ('Over The Wall'), it starts with a bang with 'Raven's Night' and there are other titles of the same ilk, but all these titles (they are only 3 Finally) are accompanied by other titles like this acoustic ballad 'Believe In Me', or even the very melodic and catchy as 'My Heart Is Alive' 'Hunting The Night' 'Through The Fire', 'Secret Life' or 'Rise Of The Wise'. In conclusion, an album for those who like the powerful and catchy titles epic embellished chorus...
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Line Up / Musicians

Gabor Nagy (Vocal), Gabor Kovacs (Guitar), Anton Kabanen Guitar), Mate Molnar (Bass), Tamas Toth (Drums)


Artist : Alux Nahual

Album : Sueños De Jade

Release Date : 11-02-2016

Added : 26-03-2016

'Alux Nahual' is already a former group that returns to the front of the stage. The Guatemala native, this group has reformed in 2011 and after an album in 2012, they result in the year 2016 a new album 'Sueños de Jade'. Strong supporters of peace in Central America, they offer a pretty festive rock with of course the lyrics in Spanish. They define their music as symphonic rock and we feel that beyond of their South American culture, there are also influences in the progressive music of the 1980s. It navigates between removed titles like 'Macondos', '1.9 Ank', 'Fuera!' or 'The Mantana Ruge' and other soft enough with melodies that affect like 'Mi Primera Luz', 'El Leon' or 'Camino para ago'. In summary, if you want to get out of well marked trails of English rock, test 'Alux Nahual' and his latest album 'Sueños de Jade'.
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Line Up / Musicians

Álvaro Aguilar (Guitar acoustique, Keybords, Vocal), Ranferí Aguilar (Guitar électrique, Vocal), Plubius Aguilar (Bass), Paulo Alvarado (Cello), Óscar Conde (Flute, Saxophone, Guitar électrique, Keybords), Vinicio Molina (Baterie).


Artist : Big Boy Bloater & The Limits

Album : Luxuty Hobo

Release Date : 26-02-2016

Added : 26-03-2016

Need to change ideas or just simply want to tap your foot and listen good blues/rock without taking the lead... and well I have what need you: it's called 'Big Boy Bloater' and has just released his latest album 'Luxury Hobo'. It swings throughout the album with very catchy melodies. Of course, the gentleman does not revolutionize much but finally is not sure what he was asked. With his voice of old bluesman and a sin to hell, made us a good time listening to 'Luxury Hobo'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Big Boy Bloater (Vocal / Guitars), Dan Edwards (Keybords), Matt Cowley (Drums), Steven Oats (Bass)


Artist : Last Autumn's Dream

Album : Paintings

Release Date : 05-03-2016

Added : 27-03-2016

As a metronome, 'Last Autumn's Dream' continues its merry way in the world of FM rock out at regular intervals an album (that is, all the years!). 'Paintings' is the latest addition to the family. What is crazy with this group, is that at each output, we say that someday, they'll run out of steam and then... we can see that it is always the same level; direct and effective melodies with this little feeling that they have always been part of your life. The choruses are always as catchy. If I had to pick 2 songs of the 2016 Edition, I'd say 'Out Of Love' for its chorus and ' Take It on the Run' for its nostalgic side and his guitar solo all in emotion. So if you do not know 'Last Autumn's Dream', 'Paintings' is typical of that produce this group. For others who have already tasted and liked, no surprise, you'll like this 'Paintings'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jamie Borger (Drums), Mikael Erlandsson (Vocal / Keybords), Nalle Pählsson (Bass), Peter Söderström (Guitars)


Artist : Sage's Recital

Album : The Winter Symphony

Release Date : 15-02-2016

Added : 27-03-2016

I warn you right now, the least we can say it's that music produced by 'Wise's Recital' is not something we are used to hear on the air. How say, at some point, looks like the result of a cross of 'Vivaldi' and 'Van Halen'... So, sure, it may shock some. To tell you, it took me quite some time to get into this album and this finally is the title track of the album that convinced me. Title to drawers of 20 minutes, it starts as of the 'Pendragon' in a fairly light atmosphere and you go up to a deluge of guitar before the entrance of the song of 'John West' then a progressive rock/metal part enough melodic or invites solos of guitar based on melodies classic. Follows a passage in melancholy and then we chained again on a deluge of guitar/vocals interspersed with the main theme. The last part begins with an air of classical guitar very muffled and you end up in an epic atmosphere blending guitar/chorus until the end. So if you want to discover a group outside the trails, test this 'winter Symphony'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Niels Vejlyt (Guitar, Orchestrations), John West (Vocal et chœurs), Jakob Vand (Drums).


Artist : Van Canto

Album : Voices Of Fire

Release Date : 11-03-2016

Added : 27-03-2016

'Van Canto' is a special case in the field of metal; German group, they are known for their to capella song with a line of battery. They began by doing covers of classic metal 'Wishmaster' of 'Nightwish' among other things, they come back with a new album 'Voices Of Fire'. no major change, always lots of voices/choruses in epic ambience to perfection. We're in a world imagined by the author 'Christoph Hardebusch' and his 'trolls' novel where the world of darkness (necessarily villains) fight against the Queen Elena (necessarily nice). The great strength of Van Canto is to make us believe that they play different instruments while only their voices are used (except for the battery of course). On this album, it's still stunning. So listen and made you your own opinion...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dennis Schunke, Inga Scharf, Stefan Schmidt, Ross Thompson, Jan Moritz, Bastian Emig (Drums)


Artist : Virtual Symmetry

Album : Message From Eternity

Release Date : 29-02-2016

Added : 27-03-2016

Group Italian formed in 2009, it is only in 2016 that 'Virtual Symmetry' released his first album 'Message From Eternity'. Not easy to label them so their influences are varied. Navigating between the metal, rock and pop. It even has the right to an intro to the 'Jean-Michel Jarre' and one before the last piece which is simply amazing on the piano, you say the variety of what they present to us. But the centerpiece of the album is the title of 23 minutes 'Messages Of Eternity', which brings together all facets of their talent and makes us travel between muffled atmosphere filled with emotion, gone to the 'Pink Floyd' with air guitar solos, Sung parts melodic and of course, like all epic like this play, taking a final instrumental that you brought this characteristic little thrill. In summary, if you want to discover a new group of progressive current...
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Line Up / Musicians

Valerio Æsir Villa (Guitar), Mark Bravi (Keybords), Alessandro Poppale (Bass), Davide Perpignano (Drums)


Artist : Shai Barush

Album : Listen ToThe Sky

Release Date : 12-02-2016

Added : 23-04-2016

'Shai Baruch' is an Israeli guitarist who played with the greats of the metal scene. In 2016, he released his first solo album 'Listen to the sky'. Without being confined to one style of music, Shai presents 12 varied tracks mixing acoustic and electric guitar. We travel between Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz and even classical (he had a classic guitar training). His influences: they range roughly from Paco de Lucia to Steve Vai, it said the extent of the snowman! Difficult to retain that one piece, because each title has its own universe, and he knows perfectly juxtapose passages with a lot of tension and other relaxation while (he was certainly influenced by Flamenco guitarists). Icing on the cake, it gratifies us of guitar to the Frisian solos while giving the impression that everything flows naturally ('Icarus' or 'The Way out', 2 instrumental tracks in 2 completely different styles are the perfect illustration). In conclusion, as you may have guessed, if you like the mix of genres and guitar solos orders, do not hesitate, go listen to this album of 'Shai Barush'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Shai Baruch (Guitar, Vocal), Nir Baruch (Drums), Barak Aharon (Drums), Or Lubianiker (Bass), Amit R. Sadras (Bass), Nataly Oryon (Vocal), Chino Ace (Vocal), Yochai Davidoff (Vocal)


Artist : Blackdraft

Album : Recipe Of Pain

Release Date : 11-03-2016

Added : 23-04-2016

Small young energetic Germans 'Blackdraft' come released their first album 'Recipe Of bread'. In a somewhat softer register, reminds me the first time I heard a song of 'Pat Benatar' (it's not us getting any younger!); a singer who does not, a pace removed, big sound (it's certainly nothing to do with the 1970s), a guitarist who knits, and you have the recipe for a great time of rock. All titles are dynamites bars... If he had retained a title, I'd say 'Boots' with its frenzied pace that turns you into zebulon time of the song, the title that raises your heart rate of a few beats per minute... So, for those who love good powerful rock and energetic, this new group is for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Julia D. Vallenius (Vocal), Jan Friederich (Drums), Karsten Vallenius (Guitar, Growls), Tomasz ‘Tomek’ Kolonko (Bass)


Artist : Chris Antblad

Album : Age Of Concord : On The Radio

Release Date : 19-02-2016

Added : 23-04-2016

Released only in digital version, after ' Age of Concord: Soldier Of Fortune' (which is completely unnoticed in 2015), 'Chris Antblad' was released in the year 2016, a sequel under the name ' Age of Concord: it the Radio'; the recipe is always the same but continues to fly. The catchy melodies in an air style where guitars and keyboards come with the beautiful voice of Chris he adapts according to title to locate, it can remind certain, the style of 'Chris de Burgh' for the softer songs or 'Brian Adams' for more rock titles. If I had to pick a few titles include 'On The Radio' and 'Looking For the Reason' for their haunting chorus, 'Ode To The Mute Panther' for his side a little more rock, 'If You Would' for its very melancholic style. In conclusion, this album is made for lovers of soft and melodic rock...
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Artist : Joe Bonamassa

Album : Blues Of Desperation

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 23-04-2016

Sure, I'm not going to make you discover 'Joe Bonamassa', but it is clear that his opus go out with impressive frequency and that for the moment, Joe continues to delight us album after album. 'Blues of Desperation' continues in this way with a style can be more direct and uncluttered which not only pleasantly back to the sources of the blues/rock but also avoiding can be retold them in outings also loved ones. Throughout the 11 tracks, we have right to securities removed like the introduction 'This Train' or ' You Left... (a bit long as title!) ', blues/rock to the percussive rhythm as 'Mountain Climbing' or 'Remote Lonesome Train', or more classic blues with 'No. Good Place For The Lonely', 'Livin' Easy' and a last track 'What I ve Known For A Very Long Time' much more subdued but that reminds us of the great masters of the blues of sixties/seventies. So, no surprise, for fans of Joe, it's all good; for others who don't know yet 'Joe Bonamassa', you have here a condensed version of what he does so well: playing and singing Blues...
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Line Up / Musicians

Joe Bonamassa (Vocal / Guitars), Anton Fig (Drums), Greg Morrow (Drums), Jade Mcrae (Choirs), Juanita Tippins (Choirs), Lee Thornburg (Trompette), Mahalia Barnes (Choirs), Mark Douthit (Saxophone), Michael Rhodes (Bass), Paulie Cerra (Saxophone), Reese Wynans (Keybords)


Artist : BlackRain

Album : Released

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 24-04-2016

And Yes, 'Blackrain', these are some small French who already released their 5th studio album and it is only with this album 'Released' I discovered them. In any case, on the internet, they do not go unnoticed and there are more reviews on their latest album. For my part, beyond the quality of the compositions, it is simply the variety of their music, which I appreciated. It starts very rock with 'Back In Town' and 'Mind Control', 2 very effective songs; but throughout the album, each title its own personality; 'Run Tiger Run', with its refrain that enter us directly into the head, 'Puppet On A String' more festive and a melody that recalls 'Elton John', 'Eat Your Alive' and his mood shifted circus, 'Home' great mid tempo song that takes back us in the seventies, 'For you Love' recovery 'Yardbirds' to rock sauce, 'Bland o Black' and its introduction Piano/voice in the manner of 'Skyfall' 'Electric Blue' with his seventies in the way 'Rubettes' choruses, and even a last song 'One Last Prayer' which the chorus reminds of 'Supertramp'. In the end, 'Blackrain' makes us spend a great moment of music... Then, you who are eclectic in your musical tastes, this album is for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Frank F (Drums), MatH (Bass), Max 2 (Guitars), Swan (Vocal / Guitars)


Artist : Big Big Train

Album : From Stone And Steel

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 27-04-2016

In the meantime their next album to be released end of may 2016, 'Big Big Train' was released only in digital (on Spotify) 9 songs that have served basic DVD stone and Steel (the video is the teaser for the DVD). This recording was done in the 'Real World' studio in 2014 'live' and contains songs from their albums. It's a good way to discover this group of progressive music that can be described as classic in the manner of groups such as 'Genesis' or 'Marillion'. Note 'The Underfall yard', taken from the self-titled album released in 2009, almost 23 minutes to multiple drawers title sums up well alone the style of 'Big Big Train'. Also, a beautiful version purified 'Wind Distorted pioneers'. For fans of progressive rock in the tradition of the big names in this style...
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Line Up / Musicians

Nick D’Virgilio (Drums), Dave Gregory (Guitar), David Longdon (Vocal, Flute, Keybords, Guitar), Danny Manners (Keybords), Andy Poole (Guitar, Bass), Greg Spawton (Bass), Rikard Sjoblom (Guitar), Rachel Hall (Violin).


Artist : Fab Box

Album : 2

Release Date : 07-12-2015

Added : 27-04-2016

After a first album in 2009, 'Fab Box' duo made up of 'Massimo Bozzi' and 'Fabrizio Ugolini' Italian returns in 2015 with a new album called simply '2'; first of all, it's the least we could ask Italians, all songs are very melodic. side style, navigating between rock, pop, folk and even country in a fairly quiet record. Several names of the pop/rock scene of the 80/90 come to mind to listen 45 minutes: 'Alan Parsons Project' ('Unconditionnal'), 'Eagles' ('Two') or 'Brian Adams' ('Down To You'). For lovers of sweet and melodic rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Fabrizio Ugolini (Vocal / Guitars), Massimo Bozzi (Vocal / Guitars), Matteo Moretti (Bass), Matteo Pantaleoni (Drums)


Artist : Black Stone Cherry

Album : Kentucky

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 28-04-2016

I warn you at the outset, 'Black Stone Cherry' Americans a good hard rock supported by a sound very heavy; Certainly, they are not changing much but listening to each song, your foot goes to the beat alone and I don't know why, distorted riffs automatically raise you the sound. A few titles stand out allowing finally make an album quite varied: 'Ride along' with his rather melancholic, 'War', recovery of Edwin Star' that they appropriate to their sauce, and 'The Rambler', sound piece that there is no doubt about their American origin. This is the Deluxe version of the album that you can listen on Spotify with 2 bonus tracks. In conclusion, if you like good rock muscular and energetic...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ben Wells (Guitars), Chris Robertson (Vocal / Guitars), John Fred Young (Drums), Jon Lawhon (Bass)


Artist : Malady

Album : Malady

Release Date : 13-11-2015

Added : 28-04-2016

It is still in a Nordic country, in this case Finland, that a new group was born. 'Malady', a first album of the very name of... 'Malady'. We're full foot in a music progressive seventies very intimate and hushed in the manner of 'King Crimson' for example. Only 6 titles but with 4 that exceed 7 minutes. We will easily enter their psychedelic universe with 'Kantaa Taakan Maa' or Hammond organ and guitar in hovering his answer and eventually join. The title track 'Aarnivalkea' sums up their style, between flights of instruments and very quiet passages. Need, a moment of relaxation? well, ask yourself a moment and discover this 'Malady' album...
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Line Up / Musicians

Babak Issabeigloo (Vocal / Guitars), Jonni Tanskanen (Bass), Juuso Jylhänlehto (Drums), Tony Björkman (Guitars), Ville Rohiola (Keybords)


Artist : The Syn

Album : Trustworks

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 29-04-2016

In the year 2016, 'The Syn' recalls to our good memory; 7 years after their previous album Big Sky', this is their last 'Trustworks' baby who just to see the day. Our English continue their merry way in the world of progressive rock; Remember that this group has even emerged in the 1960s. Their universe to the 'Yes' makes us travel in another time and with the song 'Trustworks', I like listening to a mix between the first 'Pink Floyd' and 'Sting' (in some records I found that the voice of 'Stephen Nardelli' approach). The 9 compositions are very melodic and the title 'Seventh Day Of Seven' more than 14 minutes reminds us of the best hours of the progressive with these different parties and a final we can more blue flower (but what feels good!). So, if you are fan of travel in time...
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Line Up / Musicians

Johan Westerlund (Bass), Mikael Israelsson (Drums), Petter Sandström (Guitars), Pontus Åkesson (Guitars), Sebastian Åkesson (Keybords), Simon Åkesson (Keybords), Stephen Nardelli (Vocal / Guitars)


Artist : Wigelius

Album : Tabula Rasa

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 29-04-2016

'Tabula Rasa' is the second album of the group 'Wigelius'; and guess what these Swedes, and many rock so-called AOR, like a lot of groups in the Nordic countries. To locate, their influences range from 'Foo' to 'Def Leppard'. The recipe is simple: very melodic rock songs that immediately enter you the head. You have little chance to hear on the French airwaves, although the 12 tracks are cut for radio: about 4 minutes long, which hang at first listen. It swings from beginning to end and it's hard to find a song underneath the rest. Then, in the case of a little bit of slack, and to parody a famous chocolate bar brand, 'leaves a dose of 'Wigelius' and it'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anders Wigelius (Vocal / Keybords), Erik Wigelius (Drums), Jake Svensson (Guitars), Patrik Janson (Bass)


Artist : When Day Descends

Album : Embers

Release Date : 08-07-2015

Added : 30-04-2016

Found at random my listening on Spotify, I did not yet know 'When Days downstairs'; Group Australian atmospheric progressive metal taken by 'Dave Caswell' to the guitar and 'Linton Tuleja' on drums, they released a new album 'Embers' in 2015. We could quote in reference a group as 'Anathema' but their particularity, in addition of being only instrumental with a few choirs, is that they mix passages of atmospheric metal and more traditional passages (piano or classical guitar) where the metal seems far away which makes this very varied album. If he had retained a title, I would say 'We' re Coming Back for You (Part 1)', which displays the 2 aspects of this group with a first part everything smoothly (with a part piano/vocals) and a final rising in power. In conclusion, I would say, metal, very little but atmospheric, much... and so one album to listen quietly at night before going to sleep...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dave Caswell –Guitar), Linton Tuleja (Drums)


Artist : Zakk Wylde

Album : Book Of Shadows II

Release Date : 08-04-2016

Added : 30-04-2016

The case of 'Zakk Wylde' (of American origin) deserves that you look a little on the snowman. Founder of the 'Black Metal Society' group, specializing in album art quite funny because based on heads of dead and that distills a very heavy but nevertheless melodic, metal here is that the guy decided in 1996 to release a first album entitled 'Book Of Shadows': 2 worlds between this album and the 'Zakk' look, like what, still a good lesson against prejudice at the con... loan blues folk and rock southerner, a very intimate and melancholic acoustic marvel. So, 'Zakk' has decided in the year 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Book Of Shadows' out and well, 'Book Of Shadows 2'. Even more intimate, he flirts with the great sixties and on some titles, we feel back some ten years back when we were listening to 'Bob Dylan'. The only complaint I have is that this version 2 is probably less diverse than its predecessor. But hey, as often in the remakes to the movies, we want more still more... In conclusion, if you like these pop/rock/folk atmospheres as so well know Americans do, you will not be disappointed of this 'book of shadows 2'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Zakk Wylde (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), Jeff Fabbs (Drums), John DeServio (Bass)


Artist : Lita Ford

Album : Time Capsule

Release Date : 14-04-2016

Added : 30-04-2016

This 'Time Capsule' is a good way for children to discover 'Lita Ford'; In a style hard rock, singer and guitarist of the 1980s, she was part of the group 'The Runaways' but also made a solo career with the key not far from a dozen albums. In the year 2016, she released closets of old unreleased recordings of the 80/90. Time travel, the compositions back us in the hard rock atmosphere of those years whose only claim was swinging good direct and energetic rock. But 'Lisa Ford', but also ballads such as these beautiful 'War Of The Angels', 'King Of the Wild One' and this 'Jimmy Hendrix' recovery, 'Little Wing'. It's also weird that some titles have not seen the day earlier. Well, better late than never...
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Line Up / Musicians

Lita Ford (Vocal / Guitars), Billy Sheehan (Bass / Invité), Chris Holmes (Guitars / Invité), Dave Navarro (Invité / Mandolin), Gene Simmons (Bass / Invité), Jeff Scott Soto (Vocal / Invité), Rick Nielsen (Invité / Choirs), Robin Zander (Invité / Choirs), Rodger Carter (Drums / Invité)


Artist : Maglev

Album : Overwrite The Sin

Release Date : 28-03-2016

Added : 01-05-2016

'Joost Maglev' one-man band original Dutch who played with several groups (whose Equisa - see chronic on 'Sebas hone') was released in the year 2016 his first album named just simply 'Maglev'. Progressive influence, all the songs are more than 8 minutes and take us into the maze of her imagination: we go from melancholy to euphoria in an atmosphere still very melodic. In a different musical, we're not far from the eccentricities of some songs from 'Queen' and the title 'Judith' is a good example. And finally, 'Joost' offers us a very good time to prog off the beaten...
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Line Up / Musicians

Joost Maglev (Vocal, Guitae, Bass, Keybords, Drums), Sebas Honing (Guitar), Robby Valentine (Piano), Myrthe van de Weetering (Violin), Scarlet Penta Official (Vocal), Emmy van Gemert (Vocal) vocals


Artist : Layla Zoe

Album : Breaking Free

Release Date : 26-02-2016

Added : 01-05-2016

One thing is sure, we can't remain insensitive to the sublime voice of 'Layla Zoe'; Canadian original, has nothing to envy to the great of the blues. Already 10 years since his first album; 2016 saw the release of the sixth installment 'Breaking Free'. 11 titles in total who put forward the range of his talent. Whatever the style of song, there are always the impression that everything flows from source and that every moment is filled with obvious authenticity. She alternates the energetic registers ('Backsage Queen, 'Breaking Free' or 'Run Away') and other melancholy that gives you the thrill ("Highway of Tears', 'Sweet Love' or 'He Loves Me'). And icing on the cake, she is accompanied by talented musicians who put themselves completely at his service. In conclusion, if you like authentic blues, go listen to this new album of 'Layla Zoe'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Layla Zoe (Vocal), Gregor Sonnenberg (Bass / Keybords), Hardy Fischötter (Drums), Jan Laacks (Guitars / Keybords / Drums), Sonny Landreth (Invité / Slide)


Artist : Autumnal Blossom

Album : Spellbound

Release Date : 24-03-2016

Added : 02-05-2016

'Speelbound' is very melodic, it took me several listenings to appreciate this new opus of Autumnal Blossom', Bill singer and flutist 'Pia Darmstaedter'; One is immersed in a very progressive style and in a hushed atmosphere where violin, cello and flute to accompany the magnificent voice of 'Pia'. Titles are very varied and moving from a rather dark atmosphere (for example ' Because I could not stop for Death') to catchy melodies (for example ' Memories Of The Child'). 'Grey Masses' is a title high while with a final emotion rising in power. 'Ravenous', title cut into 2, with an introduction to the 'Pink Floyd' in a slick synth then part singing pop/rock which in fact also a title very likeable. The final title 'Paradise' for more than 8 minutes, sums up all the facets that can present 'Autumnal Blossom'. In the end, this very intimate 'Spellbound', is a true invitation to travel...
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Line Up / Musicians

Pia Darmstaedter (Vocal, flûtes, claviers), Philipp Jaehne (Keybords), Jochen Bauer ( Guitars), Frank Willi Schmidt (Bass), Olaf Gramlich (Cor Anglais), Christoph Czech (Drums), Mark Beers (Double Bass), Maria Karch (Violin), Valeria La Giudice – (Cello)


Artist : Cirrha Niva

Album : Out Of The Freakshow

Release Date : 14-04-2016

Added : 03-05-2016

Almost 20 years ago that 'Cirrha Niva' exists and 'Out Of The Freakshow' is only the 3rd studio album by the Dutch. Officiating in a melodic progressive metal, the last born of the strong group of 8 titles ranging from 4 minutes to about 12 minutes, plunges us into a world quite close to groups such as 'Dream Theater'. They claim at the beginning of the first title: "ladies and gentlemen. Brothers and sisters. Geeks and Goons. In the world of the strange, we proudly present the greatest congregation of human oddities "... A program! Certainly, I did adhere to all securities but overall 'Cirrha Niva' offers us atmospheres in a progressive style which blend metal and rock including multiple fractures. Listen to the last song 'Just Another Legacy' progressive rock by excellence: made up of several parts, navigating between different atmosphere to finish with a final very epic that is growing. For me, 'Cirrha Niva' is part of the groups to become in the world of the prog...
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Legrand (Vocal), Rob Willemse (Guitar), Carlo Heefer (Guitar), Michel Steenbekkers (Bass), Robert Van Kooij (Drums et Percussions)


Artist : Toseland

Album : Cradle The Rage

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 05-05-2016

'Toseland' his second album 'Cradle The Rage'; same recipe as the first: the good hard-rock direct and energetic without frills. Sure, they are not revolutionizing the genre but do their job on ultra classic melodies. It riffs from beginning to end with a few small breaks (including 'Fingers Burned'). It is a journey in time, and we meet in the ' 80s, when the groups of that time were that swing with as the only ambition of moving you in all directions to the beat of the music... So if you like this rock purified from another time, 'Toseland' is made for you...
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James Toseland (Vocal / Keybords), Ed Bramford (Guitars), Joe Yoshida (Drums), Roger Davis (Bass), Zurab Melua (Guitars)


Artist : Stardancer

Album : Welcome To My World

Release Date : 20-04-2016

Added : 05-05-2016

From the outset, with the title 'Welcome to My World', 'Stardancer' give you a rhythm to the 'Rolling Stones'. This American band is full foot in rock music of the 1970s but also offer other facets with this 'She's in love with Joan Jett' nod to the singer and her song ' I Love Rock 'n ' Roll', very 90s with its rock melody alternative. 'Stardancer' is also ' The Weed don't lie', a very soft ballad or very eighties pop song ' Annie' or 'Before I die' title folk by excellence. So, as you will understand, without bringing much of staff, out of this disc with the impression of listening to a summary of what rock pop music has produced over the last 40 years. A kind of patchwork of genres but which in the end makes this 'Welcome to my world' a very endearing album...
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David Black (Guitars), Jason Lollio (Bass), Jerome Day (Drums), Rachel Williams (Vocal), Robert Star (Vocal), Tosha Owens (Vocal), Wally Filipiak (Guitars)


Artist : Tiles

Album : Prentending 2 Run

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 05-05-2016

'Tiles' is a group of 20-odd years of existence-American and who was labeled in a progressive rock/metal register; but 'Tiles' is much more than that and his latest album 'Pretending 2 Run' is again to show. Hard 2 CD (21 titles), this latest installment explores different styles and in view of the range of guests from different walks of life, we can say that 'Tiles' is unique; Therefore, if you tackle this latest installment, need you certainly several listenings to appreciate at its true value. It can even be confuse certain to pass a title like 'Taken By Surprise' that explores a jazzy hard rock (if it exists!) to 'Refugium' a classic chorus you spin goosebumps. In summary, if you don't like the mix of different genres, then go your way; otherwise, if you are open to different style of music juxtaposed as a patchwork, 'Prentending 2 Run' waiting to be tame...
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Chris Herin (Guitars), Jeff Whittle (Bass), Mark Evans (Drums), Paul Rarick (Vocal), Adam Holzman (Guitars / Invité), Colin Edwin (Bass / Invité), Hugh Syme (Keybords / Invité), Ian Anderson (Vocal / Invité), Joe Deninzon (Invité / Violin), Keith Kaminski (Invité / Saxophone), Kim Mitchell (Guitars / Invité), Max Portnoy (Drums / Invité), Mike Stern (Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Santana

Album : IV

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 05-05-2016

You resume the musicians from the beginning of the adventure, you call your 'IV' album to + 1 on the 'III' 1971 album, smells like stale to me, no? well, this group is called Santana, it's worth may be listening. After 'Yambú', a start in the 'Santana' style with its swaying rhythm and its latino song, it starts strong with 2 titles that put you in the mood and the first solos of Carlos who did that Trademark. It is certain, with 16 titles (for 75 minutes), I did not necessarily adhere to all securities but it is clear that we feel a real joy to play together again. And when you listen to the legendary guitar on 'Dreams', we can't help but think of a certain 'Europa' some 40 years earlier... So sure, we find the spirit of the beginning, and just for that, thank you Mr 'Carlos' for this reunion...
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Carlos Santana (Vocal / Guitars), Benny Rietveld (Bass), Gregg Rolie (Vocal / Keybords), Karl Perazzo (Percussions), Michael Carabello (Percussions), Michael Shrieve (Drums), Neal Schon (Guitars), Ronald Isley (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Nemesea

Album : Uprise

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 08-05-2016

In the great Dutch symphonic metal bands with singer family, here's 'Nemesea', which come released their 5th album 'Uprise'. But, unlike their illustrious compatriot 'Within Temptation', the path taken by 'Nemesea' is more akin to groups such as 'Evanescence' with a mixture of guitar/keyboards in a more electro style and therefore cut out for a broad audience: fans of the metal will certainly not find their account. Titles are very melodic with refrains always very effective at the first listen ('Twilight', 'Forever' or 'Can't Believe It') and they do not forget the beautiful ballads like 'Let It Burn', 'Bones' or 'Light In the Sky'. Icing on the cake, 3 4 bonus tracks are acoustic (beautiful) and are taken from previous albums, thing rare enough to point that out. In conclusion, if you like the singer groups in a register electro/rock, to consume without moderation...
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Hj (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), Manda Ophuis (Vocal), Sonny Onderwater (Bass / Keybords)


Artist : Aperco

Album : The Battle

Release Date : 21-03-2016

Added : 08-05-2016

'Aperco' is a new original Israeli group that just released its first album 'The Battle'; very influenced by progressive bands of the 1970s, several names come to mind while listening to the 10 tracks of this album: 'Jethro Tull' or ' Camel ('Focused'), 'Pink Floyd' ('Another Day to Live', 'Dissonant Sound Within') or even BJH ('A call for Submission'). 2 beautiful songs more than 11 minutes each, 'The Battle' and 'Awaken' make us travel in the progressive world of the seventies where successive moods varied with passages that have nothing to envy to the great ones of this style of music. So, for fans of the precursors of the progressive music, 'The Battle' is a journey through time you will not regret...
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Tom Maizel (Guitars et voix), Yuval Raz (Bass), Dor Adar (Drums), Tal Maizel ( Keybords)


Artist : Josh & Co. Limited

Album : Transylvania, Part 1 –The Count Demands It

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 14-05-2016

This project is simply the fruit of 'Bryan Josh', founder of 'Mostly Autumn' progressive rok group English. With several guests (including 'Troy Donockley' of 'Nightwish'), it tells us the story of a journey to the land of vampires (a program!). Difficult to classify, it starts with a song great enough blues (The Back Lane), then a tone Oriental theme takes the relay and the beautiful voice of Olivia Sparnenn-josh'; We then gears with a rock ballad that transports us literally with his retold part ('Far Away'). Then, next to the sharp guitar riffs in a melody that fits this story ('The Castle Of 1000 Dead'). Josh puts all his musical culture and its influences in the service of this story makes it a very diverse album. For all those who love the concepts with strange story albums in a mosaic of musical styles...
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Bryan Josh (Vocal, Guitar), Olivia Sparnenn-Josh (Vocal), Alex Cromarty (Drums - Invité), Anna Phoebe (Violin - Invité), Marc Atkinson (Vocal, Guitar - Invité), (Percussions - Invité), Troy Donockley (Uilleann Pipes - Invité)


Artist : Höstsanaten

Album : Symphony #1: Cupid & Psyche

Release Date : 07-04-2016

Added : 14-05-2016

Usually, the only instrumental groups attract me more than that. In the case, the last born of 'Hostsanaten' (Italian of origin), has all the ingredients of a Symphony of modern times because on the one hand, we follow a thread into a mythological story and on the other hand it is a mix of musical styles incorporating all the instruments of a Symphony Orchestra as well as electric instruments. The result is quite surprising, and mix music classical, jazz and rock. The themes are varied and the influences are very diverse ranging from the famous romantic composers has modern classical composers such as Stavinsky. So, if you like the mixture of genres, and that classical music does not put you off, this album is for you...
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Luca Scherani (Keybords), Fabio Zuffanti (Bass, Guitar) + Invités : Paolo "Paolo" Tixi (Drums, et Percussions), Laura Marsano (Guitar), Daniele Sollo (Bass), Joanne Roan (Flute), Luca Tarantino (Hautbois), Sofia Bartolini (Basson), Marco Callegari (Trompette), Alberto Repetto (Cor), Federico Curotto (Trombone), Maurizio Zofrea (Saxophone Tenor), Formus String Quartet: Sylvia Trabucco (Premier Violin), Alessandra Dalla Barba (Second Violin), Ilaria Bruzzone (Alto), Chiara Alberti(Cello)


Artist : Graham Nash

Album : This Path Tonight

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 14-05-2016

When we are part of the legend of the American folk, at age 74, it no longer has much to prove. Crosby Stills Nash & Young seem us far away, but 'Graham Nash' continues its merry way and to always delight us as much. This new album 'This Path Tonight' is can be an outlet linked to his current problems: his falling out with 'Crosby' and his divorce. As per usual, we travel in a universe of calm as he knows so well do where one goes to the essence of the music. And if he had retained a song, I'd say 'Yet', beautiful Ballad of great tenderness. So, if you have a moment, listen to this 'This Path Tonight' and let yourself go in this spellbinding trip...
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Graham Nash (Vocal, Guitar), Shane Fontayne (Guitar, Choirs), Jennifer Condos (Bass), Todd Caldwell (Organ), Patrick Warren (Piano), Jay Bellerose (Drums, Percussions)


Artist : Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Album : The Rain

Release Date : 07-04-2016

Added : 14-05-2016

I warn you now, this album is not to listen to in a moment of blues. 'The Rain' revolves around Alzheimer's disease (the rain is considered to be the disease) which makes an album in emotion and introspection. 16 titles are all very restraint and used instruments, piano or strings further increase this feeling of melancholy. Side style, despite the different influences in the area of progressive rock of Kristoffer (it has long been the bassist of 'Bread Of Salvation'), it's still very classic approach but I would almost have given the topic. Each theme and music go together perfectly and we feel throughout the album always contained inner tension without ever actually explode which gives an impression of being constantly on the razor's edge. In short, an admirable taste album and tamed over tapping...
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Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Vocal / Guitars / Bass / Keybords / Percussions, Piano), Anne Bakker (Violin, Alto), Fredrik Hermansson (Keybords), Lars Erik Asp (Drums / Percussions), Maaike Peterse (Cello), Paul Coenradie (Guitars)


Artist : Purson

Album : Desire’s Magic Theatre

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 14-05-2016

Seeing their picture on the Internet, I told myself I didn't know straight out of the 1960s hippie group! And no, 'Purson', group English, released his first album in 2013. And listening to this album, 'Desire's Magic Theater', my first impression reappears in the first steps. It's the psychedelic straight out of the years mentioned above with a great theatricality. Besides, 'Cunningham' singer (who in parenthesis has a magnificent voice) doesn't hide not by declaring that 'Purson' book here what she sees as his 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Without going so far, have a great time listening to this album that has a real soul and makes us travel back in time. So for fans of that time...
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George Hudson (Guitars), Justin Smith (Bass), Raphael Mura (Drums), Rosalie Cunningham (Vocal / Guitars), Samuel Robinson (Keybords)


Artist : Long Distance Calling

Album : Trips

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 15-05-2016

'Trips' is already the fifth baby of 'Long Distance Calling', group German who has always had an instrumental rock/metal label. They had already begun to incorporate a little bit of singing in the previous albums, but this latest installment, sees the appearance of the singing on half of the titles. We're in a close atmosphere atmospheric rock as 'Anathema' groups or "Radiohead' with a small incursion on some songs in a rock much more catchy ('Lines' for example). 'TRIPS' is a journey in time and space literally since each title is related to this theme. When music, continues this time travel because they bring a mix of styles drawn in the progressive rock/metal band of the past 40 years. 'Long Distance Calling' album so, in the year 2016, varied and very successful which will certainly be appreciated of all lovers of progressive rock/metal in general.
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David Jordan (Guitars), Florian Füntmann (Guitars), Jan Hoffmann (Bass), Janosch Rathmer (Drums), Martin 'marsen' Fischer (Keybords), Petter Carlsen (Vocal)


Artist : Huis

Album : Neither In Heaven

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 16-05-2016

From time to time, sometimes you are attracted in the first place the artwork to a CD, what triggers you want to listen to it without any idea of what it contains. Well, for this Neither In Heaven, it's exactly what happened to me: I did not know this group which was founded in 2010 and coming from Montreal. Well, with this latest installment 'Doors', I found myself in a very familiar universe, close to groups that I like as 'Pendragon', 'Arena' or even 'RPWL' and I came out with a big heart. 'Private' sends us heavy and hard to find one title below the others so this album is dense in atmospheres and styles. Special mention to the guitarist ' Michel St-father ' (member of 'Mystery' see 'Delusion Rain' in my albums 2015), including the feeling of his solos triggers the same little shiver than some larger like 'David Gilmour'. Note that the last title nearly 12 minutes is made of 2 parts, first about 9 minutes (a pure jewel of prog in 2 under parts with a final crescendo) then about 30 seconds after a hidden part at the piano taking up the theme of the first part that closes the album in a sublime way with a decrescendo to the last note in a slick of synth and a famous words of 'Sacha Guitry' on 'Mozart': ' after 'Camera' silence is still the 'camera'...
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Johnny Maz (Keybords), Michel Joncas (Bass / Taurus Bass Pedal), Michel St-père (Guitars), Sylvain Descôteaux (Vocal / Keybords), William Régnier (Drums), Benoit Dupuis (Keybords / Invité), Gerben Klazinga (Keybords / Invité), Johanne Laplante (Invité / Flute), Nathan Vanheuverzwijn (Invité / Piano)


Artist : Blood Ceremony

Album : Lord Of Misrule

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 17-05-2016

A straight sleeve out of a dusty attic, sound emanating from a machine to go back in time (and Yes, even the sound is classic!), here's basically what 'Blood Ceremony' is dating his latest album 'Lord Of Misrule' in 2016. It smells good 60s/70s and if he gets out in 33 rounds, it would certainly belongs in one of the first 'Jethro Tull' and a good old 'Zeppelin'! Nothing very revolutionary but the only ambition is to have a good time listening to 9 titles. There is even at the end of the last track 'Things Present, Things Past' to a fade down 2 times, as a certain 'Helter Skelter' of the 'Beatles' 40 years ago already... Therefore, for the nostalgic of a time that less than twenty years can not know...
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Alia O'Brien (Vocal / Keybords / Flute), Lucas Gadke (Bass), Michael Carrillo (Drums), Sean Kennedy (Guitars)


Artist : Gallows Pole

Album : Doors Of Perception

Release Date : 13-04-2016

Added : 20-05-2016

'Gallows Pole' is a very discreet group on the internet and it's not easy to find information on them. I stumbled by chance on this 'Doors Of Perception', and I must say that the variety of titles won me over. It goes from a rock to the 'Bruce Springsteen' (the 'Alois Martin Binder' singer in a sometimes intonations) to a hard rock melodic and powerful that is reminiscent of certain groups of the 1970s. 2 small interludes instrumental 'Watching The Sun Go Down' and ' A Rainbow juice for me' is perfectly intercalate between the different titles giving a vent to the album. The last title more than 9 minutes 'Doors Of Perception' is more akin to progressive rock with an alternation between quiet acoustic parts and other more rock and more powerful. In summary, just a good album in the tradition of the rock of the seventies...
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Alois Martin Binder (Vocal, Guitar, Bass), Günther Steiner (Keybords), Andy Wagner (Drums), Harald Prikasky (Guitar), Harry "El" Fischer (Guitar)


Artist : Wild Rose

Album : 4

Release Date : 06-05-2016

Added : 21-05-2016

'Wild Rose', tagged AOR group whose members are from Greece, released a new album of the very original name of '4' (it is obviously their 4th album). In the tide of the groups of this type (see the albums of 'Last Autumn's Dreams', 'Khymera', 'Wigelius', 'Theander Expression',...), they come not necessarily stand out for their originality, but is not primarily what is expected of them: the goal is to release an album with catchy melodies that are fly at first listen. Well, mission completed for 'Wild Rose' that aligns the effective titles with unstoppable refrains. In short, a good time to look with the latest addition to this very discreet group on the Web...
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Andy Rock (Guitar, Choirs), George Bitzios (Vocal), Dirty Haris (Keybords), John Bitzios (Guitar, Choirs), Dimos Thomaidis (Drums), Panos Barkoutsos (Bass)


Artist : Scott Matthews

Album : Crazy Ivan

Release Date : 24-12-2015

Added : 21-05-2016

A site that does not work, not easy to find facebook page (he has a lot of musicians also namesake which he who sings folk), the least we can say is that 'Scott Matthews' Toronto made the buzz on the internet and if we let the music come to us, we have no chance to listen to this Crazy Ivan. and yet, it's an album that is endearing in a progressive pop/rock record with multiple influences. On some songs, reminds me of some songs d 'Arena' ('Exchange The Curse' or 'The Sultans' Wish'). The whole album is very melodic and cannot remain insensitive to 'Crazy Ivan' or 'One More Time', 2 songs filled with emotion and melancholy. In summary, an artist unknown to discover...
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Scott Matthews (Vocal, Bass, Keybords), Invités : Paul Shilton (Piano), Dale Anne Brendon (Drums), Tim Smythe (Guitar), David Barrett (Guitar)


Artist : Rikard Sjöblom

Album : The Unbendable Sleep

Release Date : 10-02-2016

Added : 22-05-2016

'Rikard Sjoblom' is part of 'Beardfish' and now 'Big Big Train', groups of progressive rock that have already a few albums to the meter. Occasionally (about every 10 years!), he released a solo album where he plays all the instruments and 'The Unbendable Sleep' is the 2nd solo album. 8 compositions (ranging from less than 2 minutes over 11 minutes) are extremely varied and we feel that Rikard is pleased to present all facets of his talent and especially that he control perfectly its subject which makes this The Unbendable Sleep a very mature album. The title 'Under Northern Skies' sums up the atmosphere with 2 completely different parts: a first, enough pop and light then giving way to second part very psychedelic. In summary, a very eclectic album, for lovers of titles to drawers so characteristic of progressive rock...
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Rikard Sjöblom (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords, Drums, Bass) + Invités = Robert Hansen (Bass), Petter Diamant (Drums), Rasmus Diamant (Bass)


Artist : Southern Empire

Album : Southern Empire

Release Date : 18-03-2016

Added : 22-05-2016

All warn you immediately, if you love songs formatted for the radio that do not exceed 4 minutes, this isn't even worth a listen to this album. 2 titles of more than 11 minutes, 1 more than 28 minutes, and over an hour of music for only 5 titles, this is what awaits you with this 'Southern Empire'. ' Sean Timms ', former Member but also composer of Unitopia', one of the leading bands of the 2000s in the field of progressive music, continues its path with this new project, which smells good progressive rock in all its glory with extension securities that incorporate all sorts of moods, rhythms and styles ('The Bridge That Binds', the longest title is made of ten separate parts). Sure, it's the kind of album that takes a few listens to tame it completely but for lovers of this kind of music, you will not be disappointed because we are not bored with musical diversity that gives us 'Sean' throughout this 'Southern Empire'...
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Sean Timms (Vocal / Keybords / Saxophone), Brody Green (Vocal / Drums), Cam Blokland (Vocal / Guitars), Danny Lopresto (Vocal / Guitars), Jez Martin (Vocal / Bass), Adam Page (Invité / Saxophone)


Artist : Status Quo

Album : Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Statu

Release Date : 27-09-1968

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Spare Parts

Release Date : 01-09-1969

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon

Release Date : 01-08-1970

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Dog of Two Head

Release Date : 01-11-1971

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Piledriver

Release Date : 15-12-1972

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Hello

Release Date : 28-09-1973

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Quo

Release Date : 03-05-1974

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : On The Level

Release Date : 21-02-1975

Added : 23-05-2016

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Blue For You

Release Date : 01-03-1976

Added : 23-05-2016

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Live !

Release Date : 01-03-1977

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Rockin' All Over the World

Release Date : 01-11-1977

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : If You Can't Stand the Heat

Release Date : 01-11-1978

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Whatever You Want

Release Date : 01-10-1979

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Just Supposin'

Release Date : 17-10-1980

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Never Too Late

Release Date : 13-03-1981

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : 1+9+8+2

Release Date : 01-04-1982

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Live At The N.E.C.

Release Date : 01-01-1982

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Ain't Complaining

Release Date : 13-06-1988

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Perfect Remedy

Release Date : 17-11-1989

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Rock 'til You Drop

Release Date : 23-09-1991

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Live Alive Quo

Release Date : 01-11-1992

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Thirsty Work

Release Date : 03-09-1994

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Don't Stop

Release Date : 05-02-1996

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Under the Influence

Release Date : 31-03-1999

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Famous in the Last Century

Release Date : 05-04-2000

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Heavy Traffic

Release Date : 01-09-2002

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Riffs

Release Date : 23-12-2003

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : In Search of the Fourth Chord

Release Date : 14-09-2007

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Quid Pro Quo

Release Date : 27-05-2011

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Bula Quo!

Release Date : 10-06-2013

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : The Frantic Four Reunion 2013

Release Date : 16-06-2013

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Artist : Status Quo

Album : Aquostic (Stripped Bare)

Release Date : 17-10-2014

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Artist : Nothing

Album : Tired Of Tomorrow

Release Date : 13-05-2016

Added : 25-05-2016

'Tired Of Tomorrow' isn't at first glance a very happy album. First of all, the title is not what we can call a huge optimism; then the music of 'Nothing' is quite dark in a fairly atmospheric style. It must be said that 'Nothing' is not helped and that the Group has gone through a difficult period in recent years. But (there is always a but), despite this darkness apparent, I don't know by what miracle, let ship title after title by a kind of 'positive melancholy' in this universe which get a palpable sensitivity. The melodies are beautiful and touching and, of course, without comparing musical styles, some air reminds me of 'Barclay James Harvest' ('Nineteen Ninety Heaven' makes me think of 'Nova lepidoptera' of 'XII'). In summary, if you enter the world of 'Nothing', 'Tired Of Tomorrow' is an intense album essentially based on emotion...
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Brandon Setta (Guitars), Domenic Palermo (Vocal / Guitars), Kyle Kimball (Drums), Nick Basstt (Bass)


Artist : Punky Meadows

Album : Fallen Angel

Release Date : 20-05-2016

Added : 25-05-2016

Out of we don't know to where, 'Punky Meadows', who was a member of the group 'Angel' in the 1970s, released roughly 35 years after the separation of Angel', his first solo album, with this 'Fallen Angel'! Album cover could not be cheesy but the 15 tracks on the album (actually 14 because the first is a short intro of a minute) are in the tradition of the rock bands of the 1980s, IE direct, catchy and obviously very melodic with ubiquitous choirs. Each chorus fit you in the head at first listen and your foot want to the beat. If you like rock who just pretend to have a good time, this 'Fallen Angel' is for you...
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Punky Meadows (Guitars), Felix Robinson (Bass), Bob Pantella (Drums), Chandler Mogel (Vocal), Charlie Cav (Keybords), Danny "the Farrow" Anniello (Guitars)


Artist : The Id

Album : A Deserter’s Tale

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 27-05-2016

Deal with a serious subject as part of the music that is supposed to entertain us, is this the best way to get a message across? And well, when it's done as 'The Id', cosmopolitan group based in Montreal, did the question even more. 'A Deserter's Tale' tells the story of the execution of deserters from the 306 British company during the 1st World War. The great strength of 'The Id' is to be able to transcribe this tragedy in an album recounting the facts. It is obvious, to soak up every moment, should not just stop at the musical aspect, because we cannot dissociate each song she says (see the page on the site of 'The Id', < a href = "http://www.theid.xyz/#! a-deserters-tale/ijmwf" > 'A Deserter's Tale - The Backstory' < /a > is very well done). Finally, it's like a movie but without images and it is can be even better insofar as mandatory you you invent and, after the last note, you stay a moment dazed like in the movies where the complete end of the credits expected to compose herself. In conclusion, an album of 'The Final Cut' ('Roger Waters') level which makes a poignant live longer and intense work to listen to...
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Tim Pepper (Keybords, Vocal), Peter Albrektsen (Keybords, Guitar), Mark Murdock (Battterie), Peter Rodel (Keybords), Barbara Neill (Choirs), Invité : Jim Neil (Guitar)


Artist : Real Illusion

Album : Impheria

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 28-05-2016

'Real Illusion', Italians of origin, released their first album 'Impheria' in the year 2016. Apart from a website and a facebook group page, it's no shoving not a lot on the Web. Yet, this 'Impheria' is a first album endearing in a style between rock and progressive rock of the 1980s with a sense very developed of the melody. We're going to a very classic atmosphere with a 'Wandering' or 'Another Day', Another Stone a securities more direct as 'Real Illusion' or 'Burnig' or 'Out Of My Life' (the beginning may remember some intro of 'Deep Purple'). The last title 'Impheria' more than 10 minutes is more akin to progressive rock with its different parts which can make think of bands like 'Styx'. In summary, a very easy album of access with which we spend a very good time...
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Manuel Fabi (Vocal), Luca Pegoraro (Guitar), Stefano Negro (Keybords), Marco Beso (Drums), Luigi Di Carlo (Bass)


Artist : Edu Falaschi

Album : Moonlight

Release Date : 20-05-2016

Added : 28-05-2016

What I like above all in music, is when an artist surprises us and that it takes the opposite of what the public expects. It is often evidence of complete freedom without compromise related to a contract any with a record label. 'Edu Falaschi' who has been the Member of 'Angra' and 'Almah' metal bands, released an album acoustic piano/strings where he revisits 9 titles of these 2 groups. One is obviously in another world and it transforms each title for a walk and for example brings his influences Brazilian 'Breathe' or a more classic atmosphere on 'Angel And Demons' or 'Spread You Wings' with certain passages in the piano very close of the classical or jazz music. The other highlight is the voice of Edu' that after several operations of the throat perfectly fits this hushed atmosphere. As you may have guessed, the d metal fans "Angra' will find it difficult to navigate. for others, it is an opportunity to listen to another side of an artist who made the beautiful days of a major group of the 2000s metal scene...
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Line Up / Musicians

Edu Falaschi (Vocal), João Frederico Sciotti (Invité / Flute, Saxophone), Sandami (Invité / Percussions), Tiago Mineiro (Invité / Piano)


Artist : Buffalo Summer

Album : Second Sun

Release Date : 20-05-2016

Added : 28-05-2016

You want a group that sends the good rock/hard rock released straight from the 70s/80s. Well, I've got what it takes: 'Buffalo Summer' his second album 'Second Sun' with 12 titles that give a hell sin. They are not revolutionizing the genre while each title is incredibly effective; We can't stop swinging throughout the album and all the tracks are at the same level without any downtime. If he had retained a title, I'd say 'Make You Mine': on this title, if you do not have the head shaking to the rhythm of the riffs, it is that the album is not for you, otherwise, for others, go listen to this 'Second Sun'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jonny Williams (Guitar), Andrew Hunt (Vocal), Darren King (Bass), Gareth Hunt (Drums)


Artist : Starlight Brigade

Album : Destination Eternity

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 28-05-2016

2016 saw the release of the 3rd album from 'Starlight Brigade', band Swedes who officiates in a pop/rock style quite atmospheric. The influences are diverse and there are artists of the 70s/80s as 'Barclay James Harvest' or 'The Alan Parsons Project' but also the younger groups such as 'Marillion' or 'Arena'. All titles are very easy to access, and there already seems to know his songs so they are classic (in the good sense of the term). Although the album is 63 minutes, 15 titles listen without any feeling of boredom, each song bringing its own personality which makes the whole remains quite varied. In summary, an album that is eaten in the quiet...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anders Nilsson (Guitar, Keybords, Compositeur et Producteur), Peter Hjalmarsson: (Vocal, Saxophone), Peter Sundell (Vocal), Micael Lilja (Vocal), Anders Landin(Guitar), Lene Johansson (Choirs), Karin Hallström (Choirs), Jerry Grimaldi (Bass), Håkan Sandberg (Drums)


Artist : Friends Of The Family

Album : Time

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 29-05-2016

'Friends Of The Family' is a group formed Dutch of ten musicians who released their second album 'Time'. It is a mix of Pop, Rock and Folk very accessible and varied enough. Each title contains influences from the past 40 years of progressive music and classic instruments used, saxophone, flute, banjo and even mandolin can highlight all of the compositions. We feel a great maturity of composition and there is not really low time. The title 'Written By Writing' about 10 minutes, even if it is built around the same musical phases plays on the atmospheres: folk and light at first, then more rock to relax with a very psychedelic party where the saxo to great and who eventually growing to finish on a high note. In short, an album to eat calmly after a rough day...
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Gijs Ballering (Vocal, Guitar), Ramón van Gammeren (Banjo, Vocal, Mandolin), Koen Krommenhoek (Guitar), Alex Vergna (Flute, Mandolin, Vocal), Arthur Moret: (Keybords, Vocal), Pascal Konings (Bass, Vocal), Camiel Koch (Guitar, Vocal, Harmonica), Tijs Kulker (Drums), Tijs Van De Poll (Saxophone), Sebastiaan Openhaart (Violin, Organ, Percussions)


Artist : Iamthemorning

Album : Lighthouse

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 29-05-2016

'Iamthemorning' is a little apart in the field of music. 'Gleb Kolyadin', pianist and singer 'Marjana Semkina', are both classical artists; they usually surround themselves with a large number of guests out albums by mixing classical influences, contemporary and progressive music. For this kind of album it is no middle ground where one could say: Yes it's not bad! Either we love, or there goes his way, because lies a lot more at the level of the felt at the level of just listening ("tastes and colors... » !!). So, without telling, test and you'll know pretty fast if it's for you. And, if this is the case, need you to definitely several listenings to tame it but you will see in the end that this album is an amazing musical journey from the first to the last note...
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Line Up / Musicians

Gleb Kolyadin (Piano), Marjana Semkina (Vocal / Choirs) + Invités : Aleksander Bogdanovich (Alto), Aleksandra Svidunovich (Violin), Alexander Kuznetcov (Cantabass), Anastasia Razumets (Violin), Andres Izmailov (Harp), Colin Edwin (Bass), Evan Carson (Percussions), Evgenia Ignatova (Cello), Gavin Harrison (Drums), Ksenia Ivanova (Alto), Mariusz Duda (Vocal), Mikhail Ignatov (Cello), Oksana Stepanova (Bombarde), Pereznovy Choir (Choirs), Philipp Saulin ( Violin), Roman Erofeev (Clarinette), Sergey Korolkov (Trompette), Tatiana Kuvaitseva (Violin), Tatiana Rezetdinova (Flute), Vlad Avy (Guitars), Zhuldyz Bukina (Violin)


Artist : Almah

Album : Within The Last Eleven Lines

Release Date : 13-03-2015

Added : 01-06-2016

Lately, I have introduced the latest addition to 'Edu Falaschi' (which is the origin of the 'Almah' group) and suddenly I heard the best of 'Almah' released in 2015 that I had not yet listened to, the last albums of the group who have not left me an unforgettable. And well, this 'Within the Last Eleven Lines' contains the titles the most melodic that produced the 'Almah' group; It's speed metal and powerful with some symphonic touches. But not only that, there are also calmer songs like 'Breathe' or 'Warm Wind'. In addition, 2 titles completely staggered with covers in 'Pegasus Fantasy' and 'Moonlight Serenade' audio. Overall, an album varied with good titles chosen in 4 albums by the band...
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Line Up / Musicians

Edu Falaschi (Vocal, Keybordss, Guitar Acoustic), Marcelo Barbosa (Guitar), Raphael Dafras (Bass), Diogo Mafra (Guitar), Pedro Tinello (Drums)


Artist : Telergy

Album : Hypatia

Release Date : 19-06-2015

Added : 02-06-2016

'Hypathia' is an album that was released in June 2015 and I discovered only today ' hui. 'Robert McClung' which composed the music of 'Telergy', in addition to being a man Orchestra, is surrounded by a host of distinguished guests to record his albums. 'Hypatia' is the third concept album tells the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, great mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and teacher who met a tragic end. Each title, being only instrumental, is interspersed by a short narration in order to understand the story line. The whole is very symphonic in different style from classical to hard rock combining here and there of traditional music; in view of the impressive number of guests, 'Robert McClung' has at its disposal all the classic or electric instruments that he desires to enrich his compositions which makes Hypatia' album varied with atmospheres very various. For all lovers of album instrumental concepts...
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Robert McCLUNG (Guitars, Bass, Violin, Viole, Mandolin, Piano, Organ, Keybords, Flute, Balalaika, Ukulele, Sitar, Guitar Lap Steel, Bodhran, Percussions, Voix) + Invités : Chris CAFFERY (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) / Durga McBROOM-HUDSON (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl) – Hypathia / Bryan HICKS (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Theon / Corey GLOVER (Living Colour) – Synesius / Blake CARPENTER (The Minstrel's Ghost, Corvus Stone) – Cyril / Peter KELLEY - Peter le Lecteur / Almus KENTER - Le Professeur / Chris BONITO – Drums, Percussions / Kyle WYBRANOWSKI – Drums, Percussions / Mike LEPOND (Symphony X, Silent Assassins) – Bass / Oliver HOLZWARTH (Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian) – Bass / Kristen MILLER – Cello / Adam NUNES – Cello / Tim NUNES – Violin, Cello / David RAGSDALE (Kansas) – Violin / Anna PHOEBE (Jethro Tull, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Violin / Scott PAGE (Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp) – Saxophone / Parker LUNDGREN (Queensryche) – Guitar / Chris CAFFERY (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Guitar / Angus CLARK (Kitaro, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Guitar / Connor WYBRANOWSKI - Guitar / Oliver WAKEMAN (Yes) – Keybords / Oliver PALOTAI (Kamelot) – Keybords / Mattan KLEIN - Flute / Scott PAGE – Saxophone / Jaimee JOROFF – Harp / Jennifer LANTER - Cor français / John HALLORAN - Clarinette Barbara LAFITTE – Hautbois / Mac RITCHEY (Esthema) – Luth / Mike DOLAN, Tim CLARK, Gary WHEATON - voix d’émeutiers / Laura SANSCARTIER - Soprano / Tamara McSHEA – Soprano / Stephanie SLABON – Soprano / Angeliki THEOHARRIS – Mezzo / Joshua COLLIER – Tenor


Artist : Big Big Train

Album : Folklore

Release Date : 27-05-2016

Added : 11-06-2016

The release of an album of 'Big Big Tain' is still awaited by fans of progressive rock. After a magnificent 'From Stone And Steel', which revisited the titles of some of their compositions, here's the new album 'Folklore' which sees the day. No surprise, all titles are very worked and found all the ingredients to make an album reference in the progressive field: construction with multiple drawers that make each party brings its stone to the building and the variety of the instruments used (electric and classical) makes that enrich all. As so often in this case, several taps are needed to soak up this very dense album. In short, a quality album that will delight all lovers of progressive rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andy Poole (Bass, Keybords), Danny Manners (Bass), Dave Gregory (Guitar), David Longdon (Vocal, Keybords), Greg Spawton (Guitar, Bass, Keybords), Nick D’Virgilio (Drums).


Artist : Shotgun Revolution

Album : All This Could Be Yours

Release Date : 27-05-2016

Added : 11-06-2016

'Shotgun Revolution' is a Danish band who officiates in a hard rock energetic and powerful. 'All This Could Be Yours' is the third album and from the outset, it starts with a bang with 'Don' t Stop That Grind' and his relentless rhythm that may itchy feet to your head. Aside from an end of a little quieter album with 'Suzie' and the 'River Of Dreams' ballad, titles strung together on a train to hell. The introduction of 'All This Could Be Yours' remember 'Round And Round' of 'Status Quo'. The melodies are very effective and return immediately to the head. In summary, if you like the good riffs powerful and supported, you will pass a good time listening to this All This Could Be Yours...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ditlev Ulriksen (Vocal), Kasper Lund (Drums), Martin Frank (Guitars), Michael "tex" Venneberg (Bass)


Artist : Blue Mammoth

Album : Stories Of A King

Release Date : 25-04-2016

Added : 11-06-2016

I discovered 'Blue Mammoth' and listening to their latest album 'Stories Of The King', I find myself in a released atmosphere straight from the 1970s with influences as varied as 'Genesis', 'Sting', 'Jethro Tull', 'Renaissance' or even 'DeepPurple'. As you see, it's quite a wide range and each title has its own originality, but this does not at all keep a good homogeneity; Andrew Micheli, the composer, pretty much sums up the music of 'Blue Mammoth' when he says: "I explore everything what me please in music: energy and adrenaline of hard rock and the colors and the lyricism of classical music. And indeed, despite the different influences, 'Blue Mammoth' imposes his trademark on this album. For all good progressive music fan...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andre Micheli (Vocal, Keybords), Julian Quilodran (Bass, Cello, Flute, Vocal), Thiago Meyer (Drums, Percussions, Vocal), Cesar Aires (Guitar, Vocal)


Artist : Emphasis

Album : Revival

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 16-06-2016

'Emphasis' is an Estonian group who released his first album (although Spotify has with other opus completely unrelated). At first, with an opera singer, think we're going to hear a clone of 'Nightwish' with its first 'Tarja' singer; certainly 'Anna Ganina' evolves in the same register as its illustrious predecessor, but the compositions of Emphasis' mix different styles and moods that do not follow traditional patterns. ' On The Wings Of Freedom' nests symphonic parts and others more staggered with changes of pace and a dissonant song which makes it a very original title. 'Running Man' is a Métis title that interweaves influences Eastern and Western in a remarkable way. When 'Death Itself' or 'Every Time', they are more traditional but Anna song brings a special emotion. In summary, a group in the making with an undeniable talent to make a name and leave his mark in this style of music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anna Ganina (Vocal), Pavel Korotaev (Guitar), Maxim Spiridonov (Guitae), Katya Gritskova (Bass) Stas Lint (Drums)


Artist : Withem

Album : The Unforgiving Road

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 17-06-2016

Withem is a Norwegian tagged progressive Metal band who released their second album 'The Unforgiving Road'. The style is very melodic and titles are varied with alternations of removed passages and other quieter. For example, 'Riven' begins with a ballad where the song is accompanied at the piano and then suddenly a rock party punctuated with in the background a spoken voice that place then a guitar solo to introduce the main theme enough pop/rock with a haunting chorus where Ole song knows how to be gentle or more rock the title ending as it began at the piano with the theme of departure and an end in decrescendo. Overall, we have to do to a festive rock style (some titles a little more muscular where Ole force her voice do not justify my taste their label); In short, if you like the metal progressive, not sure that you adhere to this group, however, for fans of melodic rock, 'The Unforgiving Road' is probably to discover...
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Line Up / Musicians

Frank Nordeng Røe (Drums), Miguel Pereira (Bass), Ole Aleksander Wagenius (Vocal), Oyvind V Larsen (Guitars)


Artist : Airbag

Album : Disconnected

Release Date : 10-06-2016

Added : 18-06-2016

It is certain, 'Disconnected' isn't necessarily the most varied album of Airbag' but nothing that to hear the atmosphere of the first 'Killer' title, can only refer to their illustrious predecessor 'Pink Floyd' and a certain 'Animals' (to be mistaken on the end of the title). The guitar solos, take us decades back and that's all a time that rises to the surface. Some will say it's old news but I prefer just to look at the glass half full and to say that finally, we spend a great time listening to 'Disconnected' allowing themselves to be carried away by this positive characteristic spleen of Airbag'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anders Hovdan (Bass), Asle Tostrup (Vocal / Keybords), Bjørn Riis (Guitars / Bass / Keybords / Choirs), Henrik Fossum (Drums)


Artist : Volbeat

Album : Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 18-06-2016

Powerful titles and melodic lines that we have heard repeatedly but in a more pop record, that is, what 'Volbeat' group Danish, we propose with this 'Seal the Deal & Let's's Boogie'. A good example is 'Black Rose' which makes me think of the 'Beach Boys' or 'Rubettes' with these ubiquitous choirs that reflected the period of recklessness of the 60s/70s. The only difference is that 'Volbeat' adds guitar riffs and a modern sound. So it's a combination of genres and it is likely that some critics will be hard, but for my part, I find that this wind of recklessness made a very foolish! And finally, in short, an album which is probably not intended in the first hour of 'Volbeat' fans but to a much wider audience. so, best to check, is to press the play button...
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Line Up / Musicians

Michael Poulsen (Vocal / Guitars), Rob Caggiano (Guitars), Jon Larsen (Drums), Kaspar Boye Larsen (Bass)


Artist : Violet Janine

Album : Between Red And Blue

Release Date : 25-05-2016

Added : 18-06-2016

'Violet Janine', funny name for this new group: in fact it is just a play on words related to the 'Janine Nyman' singer's first name and the title of the album 'Between Red And Blue' (to follow!). Well, it smells good melodic rock/hard rock and the voice of 'Janine' fly immediately and is not unlike on some titles 'Bonnie Tyler' voice with a slightly frayed voice grain. Titles are divided between effective rocks with a lot of pace ('Devil On Me', 'Shut Up' or 'Better This Than Nothing') and ballads full of emotion ('Everyday's a Fight', 'Story Of Your Life' or the Duet with 'Tony Martin', 'So Much More'). By the way, I didn't tell you: they are Swedish... one of the largest global providers of this kind of music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Janine Nyman (Vocal), Daniel Palmqvist (Guitar), Tony Jonsson (Guitar), Bass Blyberg (Bass), Ian Brunnberg (Drums)


Artist : Crystal Palace

Album : Dawn And Eternity

Release Date : 10-06-2016

Added : 20-06-2016

It was only in 2016 I discovered this group which already has to his credit a dozen albums and that just came out 'Dawn And Eternity' (better late than never...). From the beginning, we are plunged into a progressive atmosphere with a sequence of different styles of guitar solos very air ('Yogi Lang' of the group 'RPWL' has recorded and mixed the album): 'Confess Your Crime' and 'Lord Step' are two titles that have nothing to envy major groups of prog. Everything is working so that each note hangs the listener and we let ourselves be carried according to multiple climates that are linked together over the different titles. Each composition brings a lot of discoveries and emotion for one who knows penetrate every corner of the world of 'Crystal Palace'. In short, an album that will not only please any enthusiast of progressive rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Yentz (Bass, Vocals), Nils Conrad (Guitars), Tom Ronney (Drums), Frank Köhler (Keybords).


Artist : Hopes Of Freedom

Album : Burning Skyfall

Release Date : 27-03-2016

Added : 22-06-2016

And Yes, crowing, 'Hopes Of Freedom' is a French group who released their second album 'Burning Skyfall'. In the tradition of groups like 'Rhapsody', they operate in a speed metal. Certainly there are securities which give the dizzy and where the double pedal give heart to joy, but unlike other groups where the rhythm predominates, the ever-present melody which prevails; the title 'In Agony' is cut into three parts, some speed at startup then a second much more quiet to finish as she started making it a very successful title. If I had to pick only one title, 'Blood Adiction' with a ultra classic but very effective melody and one part instrumental with a great guitar solo. And finally, this 'Burning Skyfall' may be intended for a wider audience than just Speed Metal fans...
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Line Up / Musicians

Lucas Lambert (Vocal / Guitars), Thibault Hennart (Guitars), Loris Brix (Bass), Clément L'heryenat (Drums)


Artist : Blacklands

Album : Peaceful Shores

Release Date : 31-05-2016

Added : 23-06-2016

I discovered 'Blacklands' with the release of their second album 'Peaceful Shores'. From the first listen, one is struck by the variety of titles: it begins with 'Still Bleeding', from metal to the 'Leave's Eyes' (a wise exchange between the clear voice of Tanja and growls of Thomas). It then connects with a melody to the Stones ('Alone Again') on a rock rhythm. The next title, after an introduction to the piano, takes us for a walk in the 'Fleetwood Mac'. I could quote all securities so they are different from each other. Note even when one last title more than 16 minutes to make blush best progressive rock bands. As you may have guessed, if you like groups with a strong style, go your way because you will be completely confused. On the other hand, if you like the diversity of the compositions in the music, this 'Peaceful Shores' is right for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Tanja Magolei-Schüpper (Vocal), Michael Stockschläger (Guitar), Manfred Reinecke (Keybords), Oliver Müller (Bass), Thomas Kelleners (Baerie)


Artist : Silent Elegy

Album : Gone With The Wind

Release Date : 21-05-2016

Added : 25-06-2016

A fake 'Made In China' to 'Xandria', 'Epica', 'Nightwish', 'Tarja', 'Delain', 'Edenbridge' and so on... Except that the only real thing in there is that 'Silent Elegy' is a Chinese group. And not easy to guess so the style is close to the groups mentioned above. First of all, in symphonic Metal singer family, I would like the singer: I have! Gabrielle has a voice to make jealous in the profession: classical training, she is capable of adapting his voice to any title and has the little something extra which affects (it is not by chance that I have quoted 'Tarja', listen to 'Redemption' at 1 min 55 or 'Never Gone' where it deploys all his vocal range). Then all the compositions are cut for this style with very effective and epic melodies to perfection and for a young group, they are a surprising maturity even if they have not yet completely developed their own style that will allow I hope to see them take off in the fairly closed world that is the 'Metal Symphony'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Gabrielle Li (Vocal), Qiwei Wang (Keybords), Liu (Bass), Lei Zhenxiao (Drums), Shen Yun (Guitar)


Artist : Radiohead

Album : A Moon Shaped Pool

Release Date : 08-05-2016

Added : 25-06-2016

The extra land of progressive rock back with a 9th album 'A Moon Shaped Pool' and continue to remain on the sidelines of what can be described as classic. With 'Radiohead', is not worth trying to hang on to his bearings, but it takes rather a soul of avid Explorer of new musical experience. ' Moon Shaped Pool' is no exception to the rule and it takes a few listens to get into this new universe, intimate and melancholic always on the edge of the break with the image of a man advancing slowly not after steps on his wire. And, finally, out of this album a little dizzy as after a dream where the return to reality is difficult to. For my part, this new 'Radiohead' brings the emotion a little lost in the previous musical experiences...
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Line Up / Musicians

Colin Greenwood (Bass), Ed O'Brien (Vocal / Guitars), Jonny Greenwood (Guitars / Keybords), Phil Selway (Drums), Thom Yorke (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords)


Artist : Anthony D’Amato

Album : Cold Snap

Release Date : 17-06-2016

Added : 25-06-2016

In the tradition of the 1970s American folk pop songs, 'Anthony D'Amato' already released her 5th album named 'Cold Snap'. Compositions where we embarked on the side of Nashville in a quiet acoustic atmosphere for some titles ('If You are going to Build A Wall', 'A Kick In The Theeth' or 'Once' reminding 'Neil Young') and others more removed ('Blue Blooded', 'Rain On A Strange Roof' reminding 'Bruce Springsteen' or 'Cold Snap') and this is in a style still very melodic. 'Anthony D'Amato' makes us pass a festive and friendly moment and if you like the American folk, and well, let you go by this 'Cold Snap', you will not be disappointed...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anthony D'amato (Vocal / Guitars / Bass / Keybords / Mandolin, Harmonica), Conor Oberst (Vocal / Invité), Dan Auerbach (Guitars / Invité), Mike Mogis (Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Ayreon

Album : The Theater Equation

Release Date : 17-06-2016

Added : 25-06-2016

'The Theater Equation', before being a filmed concert is an extraordinary human adventure where all the artists have responded present at 'Arjen Anthony Lucassen'. and we can say that there are beautiful people! The ambition to climb 'The Human Equation' for a few performances was a crazy challenge. In the end, it's the kind of show that can only be appreciated at its true value by watching the video because this brings a special dimension and makes it a unique show. So do you an idea by listening to passages on Spotify but better still, if you are fan of Lucassen, is to buy the DVD or Blue Ray. Note the edition 'Histoires' including Blue Ray, DVD and CD with an absolutely sumptuous book...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marcel Coenen (Guitars), Mike Mills (Vocal / ( Rage / Father)), Anita Van Der Hoeven (Vocal / ( Mom)), Anneke van Giersbergen (Vocal / ( Fear)), Ben Mathot (Violin), Devon Graves (Vocal / ( Agony)), Ed Warby (Drums), Epic Rock Choir (Choirs), Eric Clayton (Vocal / ( Reason)), Erik Van Ittersum (Keybords), Freek Gielen (Guitars), Heather Findlay (Vocal / ( Love)), Irene Jansen (Vocal / ( Passion)), James Labrie (Vocal / ( Me)), Jermain Van Der Bogt (Vocal / ( Best Friend)), Jeroen Goossens (Flute, Instruments À Vent), Johan Van Stratum (Bass), Maaike Peterse (Cello), Magnus Ekwall (Vocal / ( Pride)), Marcela Bovio (Vocal / ( Wife)), Nienke Verboom (Vocal / ( Nurse)), Peter Moltmaker (Vocal / ( Doctor)), Ruben Wijga (Keybords)


Artist : Dawn Of Destiny

Album : To Hell

Release Date : 02-10-2015

Added : 26-06-2016

'Dawn Of Destiny' is a German group that operates in a Metal melodic to the 'Axxis' style. 'To Hell' was released end of 2015 and has gone somewhat unnoticed on the canvas. The Group has an undeniable talent for effective compositions that fit you into the head instantly. In addition, overall remains quite varied between titles fit in ('Fire', 'To Hell' or 'Scream') or other catchy but more calm ('From Paradise' with its parts of violin, 'Only The Ocean Knows', or 'Life'). They do not forget melancholic ballads ('Hateful Heart', 'Destroy My World' or 'Forgive'). In the end, the 13 compositions varied which reviront fans of melodic rock/metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jeanette Scherff (Vocal), Jens Faber (Bass, Piano, Choirs, Growls), Dirk Raczkiewicz (Keybords), Philipp Bock (Drums), Felix Rodermund (Guitar)


Artist : Melted Space

Album : The Great Lie

Release Date : 16-10-2015

Added : 26-06-2016

'Melted Space' is the 'Stone the Pope' Metal Opera project that end 2015 released his 3rd album filled with prestigious guests (see the list below) and with in more participation of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. It is clear that the result is the level of the casting. The compositions are varied between speed metal parts, heavy and atmospheric and other epic and symphonic. These 2 styles mingle, intertwine and therefore enjoy this mixture to adhere completely as this type of album with a thread requires several listenings to enter completely into the story. Precisely, the history of all: "are children looking for their mother, who turns out to be the Queen of the fairies.» She is dying and she needs them to survive. They meet so the protagonists who will either decide to help them or stop them from going to the end of their journey." And for this, 'Stone the Pope' does appeal to a multitude of characters out of different mythologies. Anyway, in summary, for all fans of Operas at the Metal sauce...
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Pierre Le Pape (Keybords / Arrangements), Adrian Martinot (Guitars / Invité), Adrien Grousset (Guitars / Invité), Ailyn Giménez Garcia (Vocal / Invité), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Guitars / Keybords / Invité / Dulcimer), Arno Strobl (Vocal / Invité), Attila Csihar (Vocal / Invité), Brice Guillon (Bass / Invité), Christine Rhoades (Vocal / Invité), Clémentine Delaunay (Vocal / Invité), David Vincent (Vocal / Invité), Guillaume Bideau (Vocal / Invité), Kobi Farhi (Vocal / Invité), Lucie Blatrier (Vocal / Invité), Manuel Munoz (Vocal / Invité), Mariangela Demurtas (Vocal / Invité), Michael Saccoman (Drums / Invité), Mikael Stanne (Vocal / Invité), Niklas Kvarforth (Vocal / Invité), Sylvain Coudret (Guitars / Invité), The City Of Prague (Invité / Orchestre Philarmonique), Virgine Goncalves (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Since Ever

Album : Isolation

Release Date : 02-10-2015

Added : 04-07-2016

It's still a Swedish group that I discovered but which has already pointed the tip of his nose in late 2015 and who officiates in a symphonic metal to the 'Within Temptation'. And for a debut as 'Silent Elegy' (which I already presented), everything is already very professional: side compositions, they are varied with the choruses coming you immediately in mind; recording and production, everything is very neat and nothing is left to chance. It starts with the usual small intro in this kind of group that immediately makes the mouth water. Following 'Alive', a title that sets the scene with a powerful chorus. Another facet follows with 'Heaven' where Linda reveals a more intimate side. The suite is the same barrel with powerful titles and other alternating calmer. 2 beautiful titles close album: first of all, a ballad 'The Ending' all in crescendo that will give you goosebumps and then the title for more than 10 minutes ' insulation: Epilogue', epic as everything good fan of symphonic style like. In summary, the palette of symphonic metal: a good way to discover such for non followers of this kind and for fans of this style of music, to taste without moderation...
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Linda Lundberg (Vocal), Niklas Johansson (Guitar), Andreas Bohlin (Keybords), Isac Danielsson Bass), Olle Holst Ussing (Drums)


Artist : A.C.T.

Album : Trifles And Pandemonium

Release Date : 17-06-2016

Added : 06-07-2016

What better than to discover a group with a Best Of? In addition, when the group called A.C.T., you can expect something pretty special. Actually, this isn't a simple compilation of different studio albums: first, the choice of securities was made by a vote of fans and then, the Group has reinterpreted these live tracks to also release a DVD (see trailer). And it's a treat from start to finish; unclassifiable, A.C.T. evolves in a festive progressive rock that mixes classic parts and other more elaborate but, as in the world of the circus, we always navigates between tragic and comic which gives a particular emotion (the last album 'Circus Pandemonium' is well represented with 5 titles). In summary, for those who don't know not 'A.C.T.', 'Trifles And Pandemonium' is a good way to discover this Swedish very endearing group...
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Jerry Sahlin (Keybords, Vocal), Ola Andersson (Guitar, Vocal), Peter Asp (Bass, Keybords), Herman Saming (Vocal), Thomas Lejon (Drums)


Artist : Dylem

Album : Dylem

Release Date : 29-01-2016

Added : 09-07-2016

'Dylem' is a new group of Switzerland led by 'Melody Dylem' (also a singer of Eleferya') and 'Donovan' who just released their first album. We are plunged into a melodic rock that draws its influences from bands like Within Temptation or Evanescence. After an instrumental opening, we discover the voice with 'Walk Away' the voice of Melody which can be crystal clear in the soft parts and which is getting stronger in the more removed parts. The suite is in the image of this first title with a mid tempo pace and alternating between power ('My Story', 'Rain of Crisal' or even 'Dilemna' with a final) beautiful and softness ('For Always', 'Sors of my nights' or even 'Past my past'). Note that 3 of the 9 titles are in French. In summary, a group in the making gives us a melancholic rock: discover...
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Line Up / Musicians

Melody Dylem (Vocal), Donovan (Keybords), Alain Hornung (Drums), Nicolas Concu (Bass), Matt Grillet (Guitar)


Artist : Ashton Shepherd

Album : Out Of My Pocket

Release Date : 14-06-2016

Added : 17-08-2016

In the family 'Dolly Parton', I would like the little girl... I have! 'Ashton Shepherd' who just released her second album, 'Out of my pocket' in 2016. In line with its predecessor, it takes us in his boat that smells good country ballads: everything is together to have a good time. each title brings its own atmosphere, either light or melancholy as know so well do the interpreters of this style; 'Ashton' lives his music and knows how to communicate his emotions; In summary, a good time of country which is likely beyond the fans of this genre, audience a relatively wide...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ashton Shepherd (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : Steven Wilson

Album : 4 1/2

Release Date : 22-01-2016

Added : 18-08-2016

It no longer has the British 'Steven Wilson', multi-instrumentist and emblematic character of the scene progressive (Porcupine Tree, Bladckfield); 2016 sees the release of his album ' 4' 1/2; no surprise, 'Steven' continues to do what he does so well: a progressive rock in the tradition of the seventies but without excess: only 6 titles with 2 songs bordering on 10 minutes including a jewel of prog with the last title ' Don't Hate Me' which takes us into a labyrinth of sounds and different atmospheres: sometimes jazzy, sometimes psychedelic It is shipped in a peaceful and relaxing trip. In summary, of the 'Steven Wilson' varied pure juice with an album which will delight all fans of this kind of music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Steven Wilson (Vocal / Guitars), Adam Holzman (Keybords), Chad Wackerman (Drums), Craig Blundell (Drums), Dave Kilminster (Guitars), Guthrie Govan (Guitars), Marco Minnemann (Drums), Nick Beggs (Bass), Ninet Tayeb (Vocal), Steven Wilson (Vocal / Guitars), Theo Travis (Flute, Saxophone)


Artist : Martina Edoff

Album : Unity

Release Date : 16-10-2015

Added : 19-08-2016

Between 'Tina Turner' and 'Bonnie Tyler', 'Martina Edoff' released her second album 'Unity' there are already almost a year but and I discovered only today; the menu: songs very direct and easy to own as if they had always been part of your musical universe. It does not revolutionize the genre but we did have a good time between titles removed as 'The World Has Gone Mad' or 'Come Alive' and other quieter as 'Spirit Of The Light' or 'Moment Of True'; Note that 'Jona Jee', 'H.E.A.T.' keyboard participated in this project and it is the whole of the musicians of the Group accompanying; In summary, in continuity with the great rock voices of the eighties, an artist to discover...
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Martina Edoff (Vocal), Eric Rivers (Guitar), Jona Tee (Keybords), Jimmy Jay (Bass), Crash (Drums)


Artist : Fallen Arise

Album : Adeline

Release Date : 31-10-2015

Added : 20-08-2016

'Fallen Arise', of Greek origin, released her second album 'Adeline' in October 2015. We can't say that heroin 'Adeline', has been lucky in his short life: murdered at the age of 18, it is his story that is told throughout 13 titles. In a symphonic style, after a retold introduction that sets the scene, it is shipped in this epic story with a first title 'The Curse Of Adeline', where guitar and chorus riffs intertwine; the style changes with the title 'We' re Becoming Gods, much more symphonic with a refrain that enters you the head instantly; the suite is in the image of these first 2 songs, mixing parties symphonic 'Nighwish' and passages more removed. For symphonic metal fans who like to mix the guitar riffs with much quieter passages, definitely a group to know...
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Line Up / Musicians

Spyla (Vocal), Gus (Keybords), Frangiskos (Guitar), Rudy R. Rallis (Bass), Thanos (Drums)


Artist : Embassy Of Silence

Album : Verisimilitude

Release Date : 28-08-2015

Added : 21-08-2016

'Embassy Of Silence' that comes right of Finland, took out there are already nearly a year her second album 'Verisimilitude'. is to start very rock with a first song 'Shame, Spin & Click' but then we discover other facets of this group: 'Thimble', more quiet and intimate title doing more thinking about 'Shade' but with a final crescendo. and then, subsequently, with 'Absurdoscope' flirts with a style decidedly more metal; 'Flamer' and its catchy chorus, tube in power for radio; with 'Moths', a 'Flamenco' modern and electric atmosphere takes us in a dance in ritornello form. Anyway, as you may have guessed, if you love the variety with a modern sound, there are chances that you adopt this latest installment of Embassy Of Silence'...
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Ines Lukkanen (Vocal), Tero Kalliomäki (Guitar Lead), Jarno Suodenjoki (Guitar Rythmique), Samu Lahtinen (Bass), Make Lievonen (Drums)


Artist : Johanna Kurkela

Album : Ingrid

Release Date : 11-09-2015

Added : 22-08-2016

Already the 6 th album for 'Johanna Kurkela', Finnish singer (she sang on the concept album 'Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge' of 'Tuomas Holopainen' but also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007) and, despite a large number of plays on Spotify, it is not necessarily known to the public: with 'Johanna', we'll meet immersed in an intimate universe filled delicacy and emotion; all arrangements are made to highlight his voice; so much more than all lyrics are in Finnish which accentuates this feeling of authenticity. We're having a good time listening to these 11 tracks that divide between soulful ballads and songs more popisants. In summary, an album very melodic while emotion to taste without moderation...
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Johanna Kurkela (Vocal, Violin, Piano)


Artist : Leecher

Album : Sightless

Release Date : 17-06-2016

Added : 28-08-2016

After a very epic introduction, 'Damnation', makes us discover the Symphonic style of 'Leecher' which has the distinction of being a metal band composed exclusively of cellists, accompanied by an orchestra. The following titles are still in the same registry and presumably obviously groups like 'Apocalyptica' but in a much more melodic and much less black, like the voice of Anett leads a certain lightness to all what more akin them to 'Delain' or 'Epica'. In summary, an atypical group and become in the family always increasingly large symphonic metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Horváth Anett - Ének (Vocal), Szijártó Ági (Cello), Nagy Ádám (Cello), Tamási Dávid (Drums), Libisch Ábel (Cello)


Artist : 3rdegree

Album : Ones & Zeros: Volume 1

Release Date : 18-08-2015

Added : 23-08-2016

Yet a group in the field of the progressive who does not pay the Chronicle. Already more than 20 years '3rdegree', American Group, exist and after a long period during which they have released nothing (between 1996 and 2008), after 2 albums in 2008 and 2012, they come out in 2015 ' Ones & Zeros: Volume 1': a wallet worthy of a work of art contemporary, is behind this new album... first of all, it's the kind of album that takes a few listens to appreciate all , because it is really a comprehensive work with a thread that is offered to us. It is taken in a world of science fiction with a reflection on the limits of the technology. The style is progressive and you navigate between groups such as 'Yes' or 'Genesis' and latest, reminds me of a little albums to themes of Arjen Lucassen'. In summary, ' Ones & Zeros: Volume 1' is an album that is tamed listen after listen and '3rdegree' released here a worthy of the greatest progressive music album...
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Aaron Nobel (Drums), Eric Pseja (Vocal / Guitars), George Dobbs (Vocal / Keybords), Pat Kliesch (Vocal / Guitars), Robert James Pashman (Vocal / Guitars / Bass / Keybords), Kevin Cummings (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Stonerider

Album : Hologram

Release Date : 24-04-2016

Added : 24-08-2016

According to some very harsh criticism on the canvas, 'Stonerider' would be a clone of 'Pink Floyd'. It is clear, if you listen only to the intro to 'The Chains', we meet some forty years before in a certain 'Shine On Your Crazy Diamonds'. But, fortunately, 'Hologram' has other assets that makes an album very enjoyable to listen to; very psychedelic, with a variety titles, a sound of the seventies where saturated guitar, hammond organ and vocals dubbed chorus follow one another. Then, to wring the neck of some grumpy who cannot see that the glass is half empty, an album that could be composed by 'Pink Floyd' except that this isn't the 'Pink Floyd' but of 'Stonerider'...
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Jason Krutzky (Vocal / Drums), John Pratt (Bass), Matt Tanner (Vocal / Guitars), Noah Pine (Keybords)


Artist : Bun E. Carlos

Album : Greetings From Bunezuela!

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 25-08-2016

With 'Do Something Real', we start flying solo album of 'Cheap Trick' drummer 'Bun E. Carlos' (one of her titles already in the 1990s solo). Shortly after the last 'Cheap Trick' (still a disc to listen to 2016), 'Greeting From Benezuela' is a set of titles of times (among other things, 'Armenia City In The Sky' of the 'Who', 'Idea' of the 'Bee Gees', 'Tell Me' the 'Stones', or even a resumption of the cactus completely crazy 'Jacques Dutronc') with all something in common: it's catchy and festive of the beginning to the end. Many guests are grafted to the different titles (include 'Xeno' singer first of 'Cheap Trick', or even 'Robert Pollard' of 'Guided By Voices'); In short, a good time to spend with these 13 tracks that return us about 40 years back...
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Bun E. Carlos (Drums), Alejandro Escovido (Vocal / Invité), Alex Dezen (Vocal / Invité), Dave Pirner (Vocal / Invité), Hanson (Vocal / Invité), John Stirratt (Vocal / Guitars / Bass / Invité), Nicholas Tremulis (Vocal / Invité), Rick Rizzo (Vocal / Guitars / Invité), Robert Pollard (Vocal / Invité), Xeno (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Steve Hackett

Album : The Total Experience Live In Liverpool

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 26-08-2016

How to miss such a monument of the progressive music of the last 40 years; 2016 sees 'Steve Hackett' (for the youngest, it's simply the first guitarist of Genesis in the 1970s) released a new album in the form of CD and DVD in concert in Liverpool. And what an album! First of all, with its 23 titles it's in big 2.5 hours of music; then, Steve revisits all of her career including the beginning with 'Genesis' with some renowned guests (n Sylvan, Roine Stolt, Roger King, Gary O'Toole or Rob Towsend). The first CD includes titles from all of his solo career, and the second focuses on titles of 'Genesis'. A pure delight for fans of progressive music and certainly a DVD in addition to have in his ideal 'dvdteque'...
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Steve Hackett (Vocal / Guitars), Gary O'Toole (Vocal / Drums), Nad Sylvan (Vocal / Tambourin), Rob Townsend (Vocal / Keybords / Saxophone, Percussions), Roger King (Keybords), Roine Stolt (Guitars / Bass), John Hackett (Invité / Flute), Amanda Lehmann (Vocal / Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Black Desert

Album : The Road Is Open

Release Date : 11-03-2015

Added : 27-08-2016

In the great family of the metal bands to singer, here's 'Black Desert', group Spanish who released his 2nd album 'The Road Is Open' (not easy with such a name to find information on the web!). Apart from 'Red Hour' that is enough speed (with its refrain to the 'Nighwish', the singer with the same range as 'Floor Jensen'), overall is pretty mid tempo with a style that mixes to classical symphonic metal some Oriental influences on some titles ('Devils', 'The Road Is Open' or Seduced By The Sand'). On 'Dreams Of Glycerin,' closer 'Scorpions' ballads with a big bass and 'Isabel Bermejo Sáinz' singer reveals full extent of his talent. '64 Bones' adds growls well integrated with the song. The album ends with a short instrumental ballad to classical guitar and zither which illustrates the influences of 'Black Desert'. In short, a group of more than quality in the world of symphonic metal...
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Isabel Bermejo Sáinz (Vocal), Ángel Agüera Hernán (Guitar), Claudio Navo (Guitar), Filippo Giumento (Bass), Pablo Binda (Drums), LuisMa Hernandez (Keybords).


Artist : Orpheum

Album : Darkness and Decay

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 29-08-2016

First listen of this album 'Darkness And Decay' of the group 'Orpheus' English, difficult to define a style so the titles are varied in their content; What is certain, is that the sound is decidedly metal but with melodic lines more classics that will intercalate with the parts more removed. 'Porcelain Doll', title for more than 10 minutes, is a typical example: navigating between guitar riffs and melodic parts on keyboards. Note the last title 'Vivere Momento', beautiful ballad, declined 3 stakeholders all also from the other: one where the singer 'Erin Johnson' puts forward his talent, a second classic with a cello with the central theme and the third incorporating a choir accompanied by a classical organ. In short, a lot of mixtures of style that makes an album not easy to enjoy from the first listen but that like good wine, gets better time and successive eavesdropping aves...
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Erin Johnson (Vocal), Fin Thomson (Guitar), Mars Martin (Keybords, Choirs), Andy Thomson (Drums), Phillipe Dutra (Bass).


Artist : StarCrystal

Album : Follow Me

Release Date : 18-12-2015

Added : 30-08-2016

After 'Martina Edoff,' here is 'Star Crystal', Ukrainian group very discreet on the web (I couldn't find the name of the musicians on the Web), that released end of 2015 'Follow Me'; We are in the same style with a voice and near melodies of 'Bonnie Tyler'; 'Star Crystal' sends good rock that makes you tap your feet and most of the songs have choruses who enter the head instantly. It is also entitled to essential ballads in this kind of album with the 'Miracle' and 'Destiny' titles as well as one mid tempo 'Love Song' which gives the album a ventilation. In summary, a good album from rock to salsa seventies with a modern sound and the endearing voice of 'Susanna Radimovskaya'...
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Susanna Radimovskaya (Vocal),…


Artist : Thy Shade

Album : The Last Goodbye

Release Date : 17-06-2016

Added : 31-08-2016

From the introduction, we say that 'Thy Shade', group American in Denver is not in what the radio strikes us all day long. The first title 'Change' reinforces this idea with a pace enough speed and a lyrical song of choirs. Then 'The Last Goodbye' on a very Classic theme and a swaying rhythm puts forward the 'Diana Shade' soprano singing. The suite is quite similar and continues to marry classical melodies and ubiquitous choirs in a metal or rock interpretation. 'Diana' made us a vocal demonstration in 'Adagio', which is another that a very free adaptation of the adagio from Albinoni and the next title, still very speed could go out of a 'Lucas Turilli' album. It therefore has a great capacity to agree to spend the cock to the donkey to enjoy this latest installment of 'Thy Shade' but it's probably what makes it great wealth; some titles make me think 'Therion'; so, you who do not like to mix genres, go your way, for others, if classic to rock/metal sauce does not put you off, this 'The Last Goodbye' is worth a visit...
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Diana Shade (Vocal), David Quicho (Guitar),…


Artist : Souls Of Diotima

Album : The Sorceress Reveals - Atlantis

Release Date : 10-06-2016

Added : 01-09-2016

The legends related to the Atlantis have always been a source of inspiration for groups of rock and symphonic metal. 'Souls Of Diotima' not escaped not the rule and the Italians released their third album on this theme; most of the titles are introduced by an interlude that is completely integrated into the following; It's obviously very epic and we embarked on a journey that alternates between titles removed very melodic and other quieter; 'Souls Of Diotima' has this gift, for one who is a fan of this kind of concept album, to captivate the listener from the beginning to the end thanks to the variety of titles and breakups of style and rhythm inside of each song. In summary, for epic fans of concept albums, but in the past very accessible for all those who want to discover this music style...
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Claudia Barsi (Vocal), Giorgio Pinna (Drums), Gianmaria Puledda (Guitar), Antonio Doro (Bass, Vocal), Antonio Fiori (Guitar).


Artist : Colliding Parallels

Album : A Matter Of Perspective

Release Date : 12-05-2016

Added : 02-09-2016

In a progressive metal style, 'Colliding Parallels' released his album 'A Matter Of Perspective'. Not necessarily akin to start as often in this style, it took me several listenings to enter their universe; securities last between 5 and 8 minutes for the longer more and each presents a construction several drawers that can unnerve some attached to the patterns classic verse/chorus. By example, the first title track of the album offers a 6-minute, 6 distinct parts with different rhythms and moods. In summary, this last 'Colliding Parallels', a great richness of compositions is probably more reserved to an informed public and follower of progressive metal...
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Martin Denis (Guitar) Antoine Létourneau (Drums, Keyboards, Mixing and Mastering) Benoît Roberge Vallières (Vocals, Bass and Keyboards)


Artist : Absentia

Album : Black & White

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 03-09-2016

'Absentia', Spanish group is not a group to speak easy to describe. They just released their first album 'Black & White'. I wouldn't give them a style: after a first part very gradual, the first title rout with a catchy part which could suggest to a generic TV then the rhythm is suddenly broken with a sung part. The theme of the second title is nothing else than an extract from 'Swan Lake' to 'Tchaikovsky' with a rise to power very rock then a very epic quieter end. 'Wind Of Sorrow', which begins with a mysterious atmosphere then a refrain that fit you in the head before engaging on the topic of 'Dies Irae' of the requiem of Mozart (If Yes, you read that right) and finally back to the theme of departure and all in 6 minutes. We could take each title one after the other to describe an atmosphere or a different style from the rest. But this mix is always done very nice without never shocking way and frankly, we never get bored. In summary, a tour de force to gather as much of styles and atmospheres on a single Patty and one of my favorites 2016; necessarily intended for lovers of multi-faceted artists because we're far away from the uniformity of some...
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María Barragán (Vocal); Daniel Villanueva (Drums), Antonio Mesa (Guitar, Choirs), Carlos Rivero (Guitar), Rafael Molina (Keybords), Luigi Toribio (Bass)


Artist : Mercury Falling

Album : Introspection

Release Date : 13-05-2016

Added : 04-09-2016

'Mercury Falling' is a melodic metal band that has just released its third album 'Introspection' in 2016. It sends heavy but remaining very melodic. They do not forget ballads like this beautiful 'All Things Fall Apart'. But mostly what attracted me these are the 5 latest headlines 'Introspection' which each a facet of the Group: the first short and quite theatrical where Michael, the singer reveals all his talent and then some classic metal with a catchy melody and then it connects on a short quiet title starting on the piano then amount to power for the next title very speed that ends in decrescendo in a slick piano and voice this for Finally on a beautiful ballad. In summary, a group of melodic metal, which is likely to break away from the mass of the artists of this style...
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Daniel Galmarini (Keybords), Tobias Galmarini(Guitar), Michael Pabst (Vocal), Maicel Panitz (Drums), Paul Viertel (Bass)


Artist : Sixx:A.M.

Album : Prayers For The Damned

Release Date : 29-04-2016

Added : 05-09-2016

A 'Sixx:A.M.' can hide another. After 'Modern Vintage' which was lighter, here's 'Prayers For The Damned,' which returns with a heavier sound for suitable them metal with big riffs. Very homogeneous and without too many digressions in the titles, it's incredibly effective; to not hold as some titles, I would say: 'You Have Come To The Right Place' for its heady refrain and its pace of hell, 'Prayers For The Damned', mid tempo, which should make sparks in concert, 'Better Man' for the Ballad of the album (of beauty) and especially 'Can't Stop' that made me immediately think of 'Queen', title to blow air all a stage! In short, 'Prayers For The Damned' is a great album to discover one of the leading bands of metal of the 2010s and riffs that ruffle...
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Dj Ashba (Guitars), James Michael (Vocal / Guitars), Nikki Sixx (Bass)


Artist : Rob Morratti

Album : Transcendent

Release Date : 09-06-2016

Added : 06-09-2016

Rob Moratti, Canadian singer, after not bad have been around (2 discs in the 1990s, and then with 'Van Groove' and then replacing 'Michael Sadler' of 'Saga' in the 2000s), fate in 2016 'transcend' debut solo album in 2011 and a tribute to 'Journey' last year. The style is resolutely melodic in the AOR genre (originally the term referred to rock songs cut for radio). It's still very classic but the great strength of Rob is out 12 titles very melodic and accessible from the first listen. And for nothing to spoil, he has the voice that fits perfectly with this style. In summary, if you like to consume in the moment of melodic rock, this 'transcend' is for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Rob Moratti (Vocal), Reb Beach (Guitar), Tony Franklin (Bass), Christian Wolff (Guitar, Keybords), Fredrik Bergh (Keybords), Brian Doerner (Drums).


Artist : Trick Or Treat

Album : Rabbit's Hill Pt. 2

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 07-09-2016

' Trick or Treat', Italian of Speed Metal band has released the second part of the adventures of rabbits looking for a new world after the destruction of their. The first part had not left me an unforgettable but Italians have evolved and presents a much more powerful album with more variety in the different titles. Of course, there are the hit as 'Inle' (The Black Rabbit Of Death)' or 'They Must Die'. But we also have right to much quieter titles ('Together Again', 'Never Say Goodbye' or 'Last Breath') and also melodies punctuated as 'Cloudrider' or 'The Great Escape' very melodic with powerful choruses, but also 'Elfrara' or 'United', less speed and more elaborate; Finally, The Showdown, title for more than 10 minutes, take one epic and sums up this latest installment with different tempo change. In summary, this part 2 of the story of our rabbits is a good vintage and probably the album more varied of 'Trick Or Treat'...
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Alessandro Conti (Vocal), Guido Benedetti (Guitar), Luca Venturelli (Guitar), Leone Villani Conti (Bass), Luca Setti (Drums)


Artist : Wolverine

Album : Machina Viva

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 08-09-2016

With 'Wolverine', who released his fifth album 'Machina Viva' and despite a start more near death metal, we're full foot in the world of progressive rock/metal to atmospheric trend: the first title, 'Bedlam Overture', takes us for nearly 15 minutes in their melodic universe with multiple drawers. The suite is on the same pattern, with an elaborate construction even in the titles of the most refined as 'Pile Of Ash' or 'Sheds'; almost all the compositions are more than 6 minutes but never weary, as 'Wolverine' mix of quiet passages and other more powerful and removed. In short, if you like bands like 'Anathema' or 'Riverside', this 'Machina Viva' is for you; for others, an opportunity to discover a new group in the progressive field (a Board, do not stop at first listen, because is the kind of album that requires several listenings to start to tame)...
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Jonas Jonsson (Guitars), Marcus Losbjer (Drums), Per Henriksson (Keybords), Stefan Zell (Vocal), Thomas Jansson (Bass)


Artist : Q5

Album : New World Order

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 09-09-2016

'Q5' recalls to our good memory; 31 years after their last album (it's already dated and fans of the time have some white hair and more!), they re-form and released in the year 2016 a new album 'New World Order'; How to say, 'Q5' is somewhat a cross between ' AC/DC' and 'Saxon' and, as you can imagine, it's mind-blowing from start to the end. a certain 'Jean-Jacques' wrote ' the feet' album; and with 'Q5' is also for the feet but at the same time for the fingers, head and all the rest: titles punctuated with big guitar riffs, here's what awaits you as apart from a slightly quieter title, 'A Warrior's Song', next is powerful and devilish titles. And finally, they say them even in their first title: 'We Came Here To Rock': a program...
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Line Up / Musicians

Evan Sheeley (Bass), Jeffrey McCormack (Drums), Rick Pierce (Guitar), Jonathan Scott K. (Vocal), Dennis Turner (Guitar)


Artist : Silverlane

Album : Off Course

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 10-09-2016

Contrary to what makes us believe the web (including Spotify), 'Off Course' is the first album by 'Silverlane', Dutch group (the other 2 discs are to the credit of their namesake Germans). For a debut album, it's very professional and they distill us of rhythmic and melodic songs in a light hard rock (rock fm or aor). Very accessible, it resembles certain groups of the 1980s, such as 'Foreigner' or 'Asia' with a modern sound and one has the impression that his songs are part of our life. As so often in this style, they do not forget the ballads ('Pretend', 'Take Me With Me' very tinted heighties). We have even the right to a 'Blackout' (written 'Black Out') very light certainly in wink to 'Scorpions'. In summary, a new group of very accessible and for lovers of hard not too muscular rock of the 80s, it's a treat...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dennis Grefhorst (Guitar, Vocal), Marq van Mazijk (Vocal, Keybords), Pascal Steneker (Drums), Rolf Vermeer (Bass)


Artist : Circuline

Album : Counterpoint

Release Date : 05-05-2016

Added : 11-09-2016

'Flures' is maybe one of the groups that best represents what is progressive music. Their latest album 'Counterpoint' is a summary of what this style can offer: the compositions sought, built into several parts and usually with very rich instrumental. It is obvious that this isn't the ' to consume on the spot' but ask the replay several times some titles to get the essential as we flirt often with 10 minutes. 'Hollow', title of some 11 minutes, is a typical example: there are 5 parts that they same alternate quiet part and others more abducted. In short, for fans of progressive music, an album that could be part of the perfect disco, for others, a way to discover a style well often alongside the general public...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andrew Colyer (Keybords, Vocal), Billy Spillane (Vocal, Guitar), Darin Brannon (Drums), Natalie Brown (Vocal), Paul Ranieri (Bass)


Artist : Tarja

Album : The Shadow Self

Release Date : 05-08-2016

Added : 11-09-2016

'The Shadow Self' was highly anticipated after the release of 'The Brightest Void' which was only scraps of the last album and throughout my taste was not the level of what 'Tarja' used to offer us. Well, listening to this album, I am reassured and that 'The Shadow Self' contains nuggets: first of all, this beautiful first title 'Innocence' which combines metal and classic with a mix of 2 styles in the title where the piano encrusted in the metal part. With 'Demons In You', we then find the 'Tarja' pushed a lot more metal in a rhythm of hell and always with a sense of melody. 'Love To Hate' then associates of the soft parts and other more powerful in a beautiful mid-tempo title where the strings lead a binder at all. 'The Living End' is a ballad where one finds all the emotion that was known in the previous games. With 'Diva', it is shipped in an atmosphere of merry-go-round that accentuates this side perpetual ritornello. Note the last tire that does not actually 13 minutes but which is cut into 2 a first title (a little less than 8 minutes) and then a final hidden metal about 2 minutes. Finally, apart from the 2 titles 'No Bitter End' or 'Eagle Eye' who were on 'The Brightest Void' and who were more happening everywhere and formatted to switch on the radio (and it is not a pejorative), finally found the most which makes an artist completely apart... Thank you Mrs Tarja...
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Line Up / Musicians

Tarja Turunen (Vocal / Keybords), Alex Scholpp (Guitars), Christian Kretschmar (Keybords), Doug Wimbish (Bass), Julian Barrett (Guitars / Bass), Kevin Chown (Bass), Max Lilja (Cello), Peter Barrett (Bass), Alissa White-Gluz (Vocal / Invité), Bart Hendrickson (Keybords / Invité), Fernando Scarcella (Drums / Invité), Guillermo De Medio (Keybords / Invité), Luis Conte (Drums / Invité), Mervi Myllyoja (Invité / Violin), Mike Coolen (Drums / Invité), Mike Terrana (Drums / Invité), Nicolas Polo (Drums / Invité), Toni Turunen (Vocal / Invité), Torsten Stenzel (Keybords / Invité)


Artist : Culver Kingz

Album : This Time

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 12-09-2016

'Michael Thompson' and 'Billy Trudel' are best known in the world of the international variety because they worked for an impressive list of artists, and that's why that album comes out only in 2016 while they could get him out from their first meeting in 1983. Better late than never and 'This Time' is an album necessarily very eighties in styles very different but the guiding principle is the lightness. Do not look for a very advanced musical composition, but this album is simply to have a good time with these 11 tracks: navigating between 'Billy Joël', 'Rod Stewart', 'Phil Collins' or the 'Bee Gees'. In short, this opus is made for those nostalgic for the international variety of the 80s...
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Line Up / Musicians

Michael Thompson (Tous les instruments), Billy Trudel (Vocal)


Artist : Graal

Album : Chapter IV

Release Date : 04-05-2015

Added : 13-09-2016

Yet a group Italian, 'Holy Grail' that already more than a year released her fourth album in 2015 under the name of 'Chapter IV'. The influences are diverse, but although the first title is thinking about 'Cat Sevens', thereafter, the group that comes to mind would be rather 'Deep Purple' (the lead singer has the intonation of 'Glenn Hughes' and securities share between vocals and guitar solos in the background of course the 'Hammond' organ). The whole is very professional and all the tracks are of a very good standard: our Italians have mastered their topic thoroughly; Note an instrumental track 'The Day That Never End' beautiful from beginning to the end with all the panoply of instrumental flights and changes of pace. They do not forget quieter titles with 'Goodbye' and 'A Poetry For A Silent Man' which goes back some 35 years ago with titles like 'Soldier Of Fortune' of 'Deep Purple'. In short, 'Holy Grail' is a good hard rock band in the seventies sauce that will delight fans but beyond which is quite accessible to those who would like to find out what style that eventually is timeless...
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Line Up / Musicians

Francesco Zagarese (Guitar), Danilo Petrelli (Keybords), Michele Raspanti (Bass), Alex Giuliani (Drums), Andrea Ciccomartino (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : Lateral Blast

Album : La Luna Nel Pozzo

Release Date : 13-05-2016

Added : 14-09-2016

The Italians certainly have a very free way to behave on the road but can not remove it is music, they always had the undeniable melody. 'Lateral Blast' is the example type with their 2nd album 'La Luna Nel Pozzo': we find this southern atmosphere enhanced by the Italians singing (that don't necessarily have the same effect if they had sung in English). But, the great strength of 'Lateral Blast' is to incorporate electric instruments to popular compositions which allows them to navigate between folk and rock and never tired. In the same genre, we could compare to 'Blackmore's Night' and there is good chance that if you are fan of the band to 'Ritchie' and that you are not allergic to the melodies sweet transalpine friends, you'll love this 'La Luna Nel Pozzo'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Leonardo Angelucci (Vocal, Guitar Electrique), Rosa Zumpano (Flute, Vocal), Antonello D'Angeli (Guitar Acoustic), Matteo Troiani (Bass), Tommaso Guerrieri (Drums, Percussions), Alessandro Ippoliti (Keybords, Keytar)


Artist : Cheap Trick

Album : Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello

Release Date : 01-04-2016

Added : 15-09-2016

No it's not an April fool: our crazy Americans of 'Cheap Trick' well released April 1 their 17th album after starting sounds retired in the 2010s. The roads recently separated with their drummer 'Bun E. Carlos' (see Chronicle of his solo album), my 33 tours 'In Color' is already far... but the guideline of his last 40 years not so much changed; It's always energetic with titles go in quite short and very melodic without taking the lead (their goal is only to move those of their fans). In conclusion, as say often the youngest speaking of an older still healthy: "I wish I had his fishing at his age. And well, gentlemen, just for that, hats...
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Line Up / Musicians

Robin Zander (Vocal), Rick Nielsen (Guitar), Tom Petersson (Bass), Daxx Nielsen (Drums)


Artist : Outlasted

Album : Into The Night

Release Date : 15-07-2016

Added : 16-09-2016

In the year 2016, yet a group that points the tip of his nose in the area of melodic rock. 'Outlasted', originating in Norway, released their first album 'Into the Night'. For beginners, it is already very successful in compositions in the interpretation as well. Of course, in this kind of opus, the search of melodic easy to listen cut for radio: and well, 'Outlasted' exactly meets these criteria: tubes as if it rained, 3 minutes titles that fit immediately into the head. In short, 'Outlasted' is a potential with a group with which it will take in the coming years in the field of FM rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Aleksander Schjølberg (Bass), Glenn Wikran (Vocal), Odd-børge Hansen (Keybords / Piano), Rune Erling Pedersen (Drums), Terje Fløyli (Guitars), Kjetil Andreassen (Guitars / Invité), Lasse Ingebrigtsen (Invité / Choirs), Rickard Johannesson (Bass / Invité), Ronny Wikmark (Keybords / Invité), Rune Bryn (Drums / Invité)


Artist : Freedom To Glide

Album : Fall

Release Date : 01-07-2016

Added : 17-09-2016

To give you, 'Andy Nixon' and 'Pete Riley' played together in a group of tribute to 'Pink Floyd'. Therefore, it is undeniable that this influence comes out in their compositions. They have just released their 2nd album 'Fall' and as 'RPWL' who got were also close style of 'Floyd' at the start and who then found their own way, 'Freedom To Glide' seems to follow the same path with this 'Fall'. We feel less the influence of their elders than in 'Rain' their debut and we flirt with some other more progressive style while remaining a bit psychedelic. For me the song to remember: 'Enigma', which is a beautiful ballad with solos in his 'Gilmourien'. In short, 2016 sees 'Freedom To Glide' actually take off and will delight certainly all followers of progressive pop/rock with some great guitar solos...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andy Nixon (Vocal / Guitars), Pete Riley (Keybords)


Artist : Ivory

Album : Southern Cross

Release Date : 22-07-2016

Added : 17-09-2016

'Ivory' comes out 'Southern Cross', first part of the trilogy dedicated to the 'Terra Nova' 'Robert Scott' expedition to the south pole. With this tragic subject, no wonder that Belarusians are changing in an epic and symphonic metal. The compositions are varied and they mix different styles throughout the 10 tracks. 'Vanitas Vanitatum' is a piece enough speed and heavy; the title of 'Ulysses' ('Uliss' Russian Version) is also quite fast but more removed; When in 'Passing Days' ('Dni Idut'), with its chorus very leading, is more classic and moves away from the metal. They forget either the quieter titles with this beautiful ballad 'February' ('Grand') where sweat Russian influences. In addition, they offer 2 versions of 'Southern Cross', one in English and the other in Russian, which is the one I preferred (it is this last that I put in link Spotify) because, inevitably, strengthens the Russian atmosphere which can be theatrical in the powerful titles but also very melancholy in the quieter parts...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dmitry Chernyshevski (Keybords), Dmitry Pasiukevich (Drums), Kirill Movshuk (Guitars), Nikita Shestitko (Guitars), Sergei Butovsky (Vocal), Stanislav Siuzev (Bass)


Artist : Vivaldi Metal Project

Album : The Four Seasons

Release Date : 22-07-2016

Added : 18-09-2016

'Vivaldi' four seasons in metal version, this is a strange idea. Well, 'Vivaldi Metal Project' is a project born in the head of the composer and producer 'Mistheria': not less than 130 musicians participated (an orchestra, a String Quartet and a vocal ensemble) to this pharaonic adventure. All of the various movements has been transcribed and then arranged to get this version which may bother some (I already see scream scandal); for my part, I am always remained open to this kind of transcription from a day of 1981, where I discovered the 'Difficult To Cure' of 'Rainbow' with a certain Ritchie Blackmore on guitar (the Ode to joy in Beethoven's 9th Symphony). In the case of 'Vivaldi Metal Project', choirs and the added words make a very epic album giving a new light to the original work which to me, is not unpleasant at all. But without a doubt, there will be no middle ground for this album: either stick or hate; for my part, I liked and I tell myself that if the waiting music had this version, minutes wait we would appear much shorter...
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Line Up / Musicians

Mistheria (Keybords / Keytar), Alberto Rigoni (Bass), Anna Portalupi (Bass / Invité), Atma Anur (Drums / Invité), Chris Caffery (Guitars / Invité), Dani Löble (Drums / Invité), Dirk Verbeuren (Drums / Invité), Edu Falaschi (Vocal / Invité), Fabio Lione (Vocal / Invité), John Macaluso (Drums / Invité), Marco Sfogli (Guitars / Invité), Mark Boals (Vocal / Invité), Mark Cross (Drums / Invité), Mark Wood (Invité / Violin), Martijn Peters (Drums / Invité), Mike LePond (Bass / Invité), Rob Rock (Vocal / Invité), Rolf Pilve (Drums / Invité), Ruben Israel (Drums / Invité), Ruud Jolie (Guitars / Invité), Sean Tibbetts (Bass / Invité), Steve Di Giorgio (Bass / Invité), Victor Smolski (Guitars / Invité), Vitalij Kuprij (Keybords / Invité)


Artist : Powerwolf

Album : The Metal Mass – Live

Release Date : 29-07-2016

Added : 18-09-2016

Not necessarily a big fan of 'Powerwolf' on the studio albums, I must admit that their last live 'The Metal Mass' is a success and discover these beasts of power metal scenes inspired by religious songs but, as you will understand, adapting them to their sauce; and what sauce, it moves from beginning to end with an impressive live atmosphere and a completely built-in audience to their cause that includes all the choruses and participates at bottom. Certainly, one could criticize a lack of variety in titles but this is precisely what makes the strength of a live like this: very catchy songs that make hymns in concert. And, although you would think that they make a mockery the religion, they say themselves: "we are not Christians, we are not all believers but if Christians or any religious person read our words, they would be not offended. It is important to us. ». So sure, fans will be conquered and for those who do not know these priests of power metal, this mass in live you will discover their world...
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Line Up / Musicians

Attila Dorn (Vocal), Matthew Greywolf (Guitar), Charles Greywolf (Bass), Falk Maria Schlegel (Keybords, Organ), Roel van Helden (Drums).


Artist : Hristo Manolov, Atriell

Album : Tale Of The Dragon Claw

Release Date : 12-08-2016

Added : 20-09-2016

Atriell is a project of the Bulgarian symphonic metal made up 'Hristo Manolov' and based on some great stories. We're full foot in an epic world where you meet dragons and warriors and where we spend blithely of love to hate in a few seconds. 'Norra Morrel', opera singer lends his voice (in Russian) in this Tale Of The Dragon Claw. The style is obviously very symphonic with strings and choirs from the introduction that make think of a fantastic film music. The suite is in the image of this first part, a mixture of classic themes but the side metal wins never and obviously love the lyrical style to join. For fans of this kind of concept but also for those who would like to discover what you get by mixing electric guitars and lyrical vocals...
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Line Up / Musicians

Hristo Manolov, Norra Morrel (Vocal), Ivailo Vocalov (Guitar / Bass), Antonia Malcheva (Violin).


Artist : Bliss In The Abyss

Album : The Grace Of My Demons

Release Date : 09-08-2016

Added : 21-09-2016

Not easy to find information about this new Swedish band who released their debut album 'The Grace Of My Demons'; the style is partly metal, but they have the ability to make the pranks to the progressive or in more classic rock. 'Burlesque' is a good example, it starts as a piece of symphonic metal and then comes a more rock sung part (a bit like knows do 'Tarja'); then we got a quieter passage with a guitar solo very air to finish as it had begun. 'Tales Of Time' and 'Dance Of The Moon' eyeing to folk metal with very catchy melodies. 'The Grace Of My Demons' or 'The Book Of Silence' are enough rock titles or fit enough psychedelic guitar solos. In summary, 'Bliss In The Abyss' is a new group already very professional with a capacity of varying styles and who is likely to make waves in the future...
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Line Up / Musicians

Maria Storck (Vocal), Manu Savu, (Guitar), Eugen Salceanu (Keybords), Uffe Tillman (Drums), Hampus J Pettersson (Bass)


Artist : Ancient Myth

Album : Aberration: “Au”

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 22-09-2016

'Ancient Myth' is already in his 4th album and our friends in the land of the rising sun are already pretty known in the small world of symphonic metal Western (they will play Belgium in the Metal Femal Voices Festival in October). Of course, internet side and Spotify is not excitement but we can say what we want, the Japanese really have a gift to make copies to be mistaken. It's really well done and found all the ingredients of this style: a base metal with all the classic electric instruments accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra. In addition, they bring super effective melodies ('Mortal Heaven', 'Afterglow', ' Aerial Memories: True', 'Canis' or 'Raven Neamhain Sight' to name just 5). They also enjoy with ballads full of emotion like 'Prayer To The Icy Moon', 'LINK', or the interlude instrumental 'In Vitro'. For the record, I purposely put the link to the Japanese version, where the 'Michal' singer is certainly more comfortable (the existing English version also). In conclusion, 'Ancient Myth' is to know for any fan of symphonic metal and really has nothing to do with a pale counterfeit which makes also a group for a much wider audience looking for new talent to discover...
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Line Up / Musicians

Puzzy (Keybords), PePe (Drums), Izo (Guitar), Michal (Vocal), Naoki (Bass)


Artist : Circle Unbroken

Album : Vincere

Release Date : 22-04-2016

Added : 23-09-2016

Certainly, right now, come out a host of new groups in the field of symphonic metal singer. 'Circle Unbroken', originating from Belgium, have just released their first album 'Vincere'. Early in the game, it makes me think the style of the Norwegians of Imperia', especially the second title very air 'Black Fire' or the third 'Odyssey'. All the songs hang from the first listen and we regret almost a little too short on some. The whole is very consistent and the 40 minutes to listen to with pleasure. 'The Call', 'Insomnia' and 'Lost City' are 3 beautiful ballads that highlight the voice filled with emotion 'Mariek' even if in some places she still room for improvement in the accuracy of his singing. In short, even for me a crush for 2016, for a recent group that offers us an album very led mixing beautiful powerful melodies and beautiful ballads: 'Unbroken Circle', could fast enough to appeal to a wide enough audience as has done a group as 'Within Temptation'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marieke Bresseleers (Vocal), Franky De Mangelaere (Keybords), Rutger Meert (Bass), Marty Bonnetain (Drums), Matthias "Matths" Jacobs (Guitar), Kevin De Brauwer (Guitar)


Artist : Canterra

Album : First Escape

Release Date : 19-02-2016

Added : 24-09-2016

'Canterra' is a German band that has just released his first album 'First Escape' in 2016. First of all, Korinna' singer has some similarities with 'Tarja' and compositions similar to those of their illustrious predecessor. It begins with two titles very melodic and quick, 'Child Of Destiny' and 'Hurt'. The well-placed growls are reminiscent in some titles to the 'Leave's eyes' ('The Hunt' for example). They forget either the ballads where 'Korinna' shows all the range of his talent ('Heart', 'My Agony', or 'Der Erbe ointment' last title). In summary, all titles are very effective and very homogeneous album: this 'first escape' our friends 'Canterra' is a nice surprise for the year 2016 and it will certainly rely on them in the years to come...
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Line Up / Musicians

Korinna König (Vocal), Hendrik Zantop (Guitar), Hannes Otto (Guitar), Tom Steudel (Bass), Max Krüger (Drums)


Artist : Moulettes

Album : Preternatural

Release Date : 27-05-2016

Added : 25-09-2016

'Moulettes' is an unclassifiable band and Canadians evolve in a style between jazz, folk and rock. They mix classic and electric instruments (cello, oboe and autoharp). 'Preternatural' is their fourth album and their biggest strength is to bring compositions coming out of the box full of freshness and lightness and fed by the vocal harmonies of 'Hannah', 'Ruth' and 'Raevennan'. We have a very good time to listen to the 11 titles without ever getting bored because all the melodies out of the ordinary and hang the listener. In summary, 'Moulettes' is a separate group out of the modes and the time to advise all those who are fond discover new talent coming out of uniformity we strikes us all day long on the air...
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Line Up / Musicians

Hannah Miller (Cello, Cant, Guitar, Keybords), Raevennan Husbandes (Guitar, Vocal, Percussion), Ruth Skipper (Basson, Vocal), Jim Mortimore (Bass, Moog, Guitar, Vocal), Ollie Austin (Drums, Guitar, Vocal, Keybords)


Artist : Heart

Album : Beautiful Broken

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 25-09-2016

The Wilson Sisters have now 40 years of career and 2016 sees out 'Beautiful Broken' an album so most of the songs are reinterpretations of old songs. It is tinged eighties and Ann always has the same feeling in the voice. It starts with 'Beautiful Broken', a very quick title in a hard-rock style, but the suite is much quieter with a ballad like 'Two' that reminds me a bit ' Stevie Nicks 'Fleetwood Mac'. 'Sweet Darlin', 'I Jump' are more like 'Elton John'. 'Johnny Moon' is a title in a record more hushed and psychedelic; 'Heaven' is a ballad with a magnificent aerial introduction very stained seventies. With 'City Burning', it's more rock with a rhythm to the Stones. In short, easily assimilable universal titles, here's the menu of this latest installment of the 2 sisters. Enjoy without moderation...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ann Wilson (Vocal / Guitars / Bass / Keybords), Ben Smith (Drums), Chris Joyner (Keybords), Craig Bartock (Guitars), Dan Rothchild (Bass), Nancy Wilson (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), James Hetfield (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Orphaned Land - Amaseffer

Album : Kna’an

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 25-09-2016

For those who know 'Orphaned Land', forget the first oriento-metal albums: for this album on order of a certain ' Walter Wayers, a German theatre director (like what, despite the currents today, he remains open to other cultures people and it's good), 'Kobi Farhi' enlists 'Amaseffer' drummer 'Erez Yohanan' services and composed an oriental opera on the story of Abraham. Broad topic that Kobi and Erez have put music in a big way with an album very melancholic throughout and offering nuggets as only know do composers borrowing from different cultures: the first 'Naked', 'The Burning Garden', 'A tree Without Fruit No.' or 'Prisoners Of The Past' are beautiful ballads. On the second title 'Naked', we find ourselves more in the atmosphere of Orphaned Land' but always without aggression and electric instruments are there only for the poignant passages. In conclusion, our pair of Orphaned Land' and of 'Amaseffer' released an album away from their field of choice and necessarily ' Kna 'year' has nothing to do with a metal album: with compositions coming from inside, they were able to be entirely at the service of their subject.
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Line Up / Musicians

Kobi Farhi (Vocal), Chen Balbus (Guitars), Erez Yohanan (Drums), Idan Amsalem (Guitars), Matan Shmuely (Drums), Uri Zelha (Bass)


Artist : Children In Paradise

Album : Morrigan

Release Date : 22-02-2016

Added : 19-09-2016

'Children In Paradise' is a group of French that evolves in a progressive rock record and who has just released his second album 'Morrigan'; Britons, they are inspired by Celtic texts and this latest installment takes US on the Irish railways to meet the goddess 'Morrigan'. Musically, we embarked in a set of ballads where the voice of 'Dam Kat' brings the atmospheric side that feels strange but nice to float a few meters from the ground. But, you don't get tired because singing is interspersed of melodic flights where the guitar solos are much more rock; the first title 'Alone' is the perfect example with a captivating and beginning that is gradually getting stronger with the arrival of the guitar. In summary, 'Children In Paradise' has gained its letters of nobility in the progressive field and can only be welcomed as they are French (cocorico!) …
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Line Up / Musicians

Kathy Millot "Dam Kat" (Vocal), Fred Moreau (Drums), Gwalc'hmei (Guitars), Loïc Bléjean (Uillean Pipes, Low Whistle), Stéphane Rama (Bass), John Kenny (Invité / Carnyx)


Artist : Wonderonce

Album : Freedom Odyssey

Release Date : 30-05-2016

Added : 26-09-2016

See presentation 'Twilight Force' ('Heroes Of Mighty Magic')
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Line Up / Musicians

Liss Eventide (Vocal), Drakon Nahr (Vocal), Andrea Montalbetti (Vocal, Drums), German de Sotomayor (Guitar), Paola Rouge (Cello), Nel Löse (Bass)


Artist : Twilight Force

Album : Heroes Of Mighty Magic

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 26-09-2016

In the family of power symphonic metal, this is not 1 but 3 new albums at once and for the same price! First a group Italo-Peruvian-Switzerland 'Wonderonce', who released his first album 'Freedom Odyssey', then the Swedes 'Twilight Force' with a 2nd album 'Heroes Of Mighty Magic' and then 'Winterstorm' Germans with a 4th album 'Cube Of Infinity'. I've grouped them as they take us all 3 in epic and fantastic worlds with a great fanfare orchestras and choirs. 'Wonderonce' highlights the voices with a variety of titles ranging from the ballad ('Final Aurora') to securities much more speed and powerful ('Valley II - Frozen Fire Dragon') through pieces highlighting the very theatrical side of this group ('BabaYaga'). For 'Twilight Force', it is less varied but it sends the titles very speed and powerful with very agreed melodies, some of which could be taken out of Disney movies (if, if!) and always full of bombastic choirs. When 'Winterstorm', one remains in an epic registry but certainly less compared to the other 2. The melodies are also very accessible and the titles are relatively varied with very catchy songs like 'Effects Of Being', 'Through The Storm' or 'Frozen Awakening'. In summary, 3 albums for more fans of this genre but also 3 groups each with its own personality and for those who do not know such a range of so-called power symphonic metal: are you doing your opinion...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chrileon (Vocal), Lynd (Guitar), Lute Born (Bass), Blackwald (Keybords, Piano, Violin), De'Azsh (Drums), Aerendir (Guitar)


Artist : Winterstorm

Album : Cube Of Infinity

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 26-09-2016

See presentation 'Twilight Force' ('Heroes Of Mighty Magic')
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Line Up / Musicians

Alexander Schirmer (Vocal), Jonas (Drums), Michael Liewald (Guitars), Peter Cerveny (Bass), Tobi (Guitars)


Artist : The Apocalypse Blues Revue

Album : The Apocalypse Blues Revue

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 27-09-2016

It's rare currently have outputs album in the field of blues rock and Americans 'The Apocalypse Blues Revue' released their debut in the year 2016. It is clear, there is war of innovation and we find the ternary tempo of this style on the majority of the titles and the 3 basic chords. Moving from a removed title 'Evil Is As Devil Does' where your fingers start snapping all alone in a very slow 'Junkie Hell' blues that makes you swing you nonchalantly. 'Devil Plays A Strat' makes me think of Pink Floyd's 'Money' immediately ' (like what, they were also the blues...). The rest is in the image of the first titles, still very classic and finally, without being very original, it is very well done and more importantly, what it's good for our 'esgourdes' to listen to from time to time this style of timeless music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Brian Carpenter (Bass), Rafer John (Vocal), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Tony Rombola (Guitars)


Artist : Delain

Album : Moonbathers

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 28-09-2016

The band to 'Charlotte Wessels' after making us wait with a very light aperitif EP early 2016 released his 5th album 'Moonbathers'. They had already proved with their album previous 'The Human Contradiction' that they were back in the Court of the great family of symphonic metal and this 'Moonbathers' confirms that the quality is again the appointment. A new was added to the combo in the person of 'Merel Bechtold' guitarist and singer incidentally. It starts flying with 'Hands Of Gold', which may be strong in concert. We then discover 'The Glory And The Scum' alternating between mid tempo verses and chorus more powerful trademark of the combo. The suite is in the image of the beginning between tubes powerful and quieter titles: 'Chrysalis - The Last Breath', beautiful ballad, is a title that puts you goose bumps. Note in the deluxe version of the live tracks but especially 2 orchestral versions of 'The Glory And The Scum' and 'Hands Of Gold', giving a whole different perception of these securities. In summary, for the fans, no surprise, it's all good 'Delain' and we can't wait to see them in concert (for me it will be end of October at the Z7). For others who prefer groups like 'Nightwish' or 'Within Temptation', you will certainly love this 'Moonbathers'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Charlotte Wessels (Vocal), Timo Somers (Guitar), Merel Bechtold (Guitar, Vocal), Martijn Westerholt (Keybords), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (Bass), Sander Zoer (Drums)


Artist : Cruzh

Album : Cruzh

Release Date : 26-08-2016

Added : 29-09-2016

It's still the Sweden that arrives with a new melodic rock band. 'Cruzh' just released their self-titled debut album. In the series of groups of this kind ('Grand Slam', Last Autumn's Dream', 'Jono', or Violet Janine and I certainly forget!), 'Cruzh' surf the same wave with galore-like tubes immediately. It is effective and are perfect examples of the titles 'Hard To Get' or 'Set Me Free': a rhythmic removed, guitar riffs defeating the measure and choirs to the 'Rubettes'. The end of the album, a ballad more than 7 minutes ended in a big way this 'Cruzh'. In short, an album to put between the ears and consume on the spot without moderation...
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Line Up / Musicians

Tony Andersson (Keybords, Vocal), Anton Joensson (Guiae, Vocal), Dennis Butabi Borg (Bass, Vocal), Louisian Boltner (Drums, Invité), Erik Wiss (Piano)


Artist : David Cross Band

Album : Sign Of The Crow

Release Date : 05-08-2016

Added : 20-09-2016

For older folks who have known the first groups of progressive music (I mean a time only the under 20 years old...), 'David Cross' should tell them something because it is the violinist who was part of 'Crimson King' in the 1970s. After forty years to play with adults, he released several albums under the name 'David Cross Band'; 'Sign Of The Crow' is the latest. It is certain, not easy to get into this universe that mixes jazz, pop, rock and a hint of metal. It is a real melting pot of all of these styles and it is really after a long look that gained the very substance. 'Sign Of The Crow' title over 7 minutes takes us on a train to hell where the instruments take the lion's share. 'The Pool' completely in contrast is a ballad full of emotion with a very simple introduction to the song but very intense. In short, as you may have guessed, if you rather listen once, this album certainly is not for you. However you who take the time to soak up the music and who love diversity, then, you will adopt without a doubt this Sign Of The Crow...
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Line Up / Musicians

Craig Blundell (Drums), David Cross (Violin), Jinian Wilde (Vocal), Mick Paul (Bass), Paul Clark (Guitars)


Artist : Arjen Anthony Lucassen

Album : Strange Hobby

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 30-09-2016

Why in 2016, talk of the album 'Strange Hobby' released by 'Arjen Lucassen' in 1996 so 20 years ago. Quite simply, because a new version including 4 new titles just released the first version being exhausted. For those who do not know Arjen is a composer in the field progressive metal/rock with in may nearly a dozen projects to his credit, the latest being 'The Gentle Storm' released in 2015 (present in the 2015 albums). But for 'Strange Hobby', he takes back us for a moment in the 1960s with covers of the time, but this obviously to its sauce. It goes from the 'Arnold Layne' 'Sid Barrett' to 'Ruby Tuesday' of the 'Stones' through 'Ice In The Sun' of 'Status Quo'. The most is that it's not only pale copies but he brings his vision to each piece with new arrangements but without ever damaging the psychedelic atmosphere of those years (even the kaleidoscope of the artwork must be original!). It's very well made and we rediscover titles buried in a corner of our memory. In summary, for those who have experienced over the years, this 'Strange Hobby' is a real rejuvenation treatment...
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Line Up / Musicians

Arjen Anthony Lucassen


Artist : Sedate Illusion

Album : Glass Delusion

Release Date : 13-05-2016

Added : 11-09-2016

'Sedated Illusion' is a Greek native of Corfu group that I discovered with their 5th album 'Glass Delusion'. They do not have the buzz on the Internet and apart from their site on facebook, the Chronicles are not rushing. They are a quite elaborate progressive rock/metal style that can ask successive listenings to appreciate this latest installment in the right measure. First of all is not quite rock, nor entirely metal but always alternating between the two. Then the titles are all pretty long with complex constructions with frequent changes of tempo and atmosphere that can be confusing to some regulars than linearity in the music. For example 'Escaping From...' (the shorter title) starts quietly with a piano, then gradually to power monte for the chorus then again part hushed with the piano accompanied by an organ; follows a very asked sung part then a solo guitar in the 'Pink Floyd'; then begins the last part to join once the central theme and all in 6 minutes. When 'Glass Delusion', more than 10 minutes, it is a melting pot of moods and they mix bouzouki and electric instruments. The Sung part, a kind of plaintive appeal is beautiful and the instrumental mixes Western and Eastern influences well reflecting their Greek origin. In summary, a favorite for this multi-faceted group which, to my taste, should be much more known...
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Line Up / Musicians

Vangelis Kakarougkas (Keybords, Vocal), Anastasios Kibizis (Guitar), Vagelis Glavinas (Bass), Antreas Alamanos (Drums)


Artist : Yossi Sassi Band

Album : Roots And Roads

Release Date : 25-05-2016

Added : 01-10-2016

'Yossi Sassi' is the former guitarist of Orphaned Land' and released his third solo album 'Roots And Roads'. First of all, it is a talented guitarist and plays all the traditional both electric guitars. Then, as in his previous band, he likes mix different styles: necessarily, its roots are Israeli but it incorporates other styles such as rock, metal, pop and even a hint of jazz in his compositions. The 12 tracks are a mixture of many influences and they share between instrumental tracks and songs sung. To quote a title, I'd say 'Winter' where one cannot define predominant influence so they are multiple. Therefore, if you like to mix different cultures and styles for a moment, this 'Roots And Roads' is certainly an album to listen to...
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Line Up / Musicians

Yossi Sassi (Vocal, toutes les Guitars), Or Lubianiker (Bass), Shay Ifrah (Drums), Ben Azar (Guitar, Sapir Fox (Vocal), Roei Fridman (Percussions)


Artist : Nosound

Album : Scintilla

Release Date : 02-09-2016

Added : 01-10-2016

Nosound is an Italian group that already has a dozen years of existence and they have just released their 5th studio album 'Scintilla'. In their case, no doubt, they are recognizable and atmospheric rock style fits them like a glove. All titles are very quiet with a song without a lot of shade but that perfectly stick to their style. It is certain, the lack of variety and the spleen cleared can to annoy some but, it's hard to explain, even if melancholy is present throughout the album, I don't have that feeling of repetition over the securities as if I was hypnotized and shipped in a dream where one has the impression of floating a few meters from the ground. The most glaring example is 'In Celebration Of Life' that revolves around the same phrase for more than 5 minutes, but with a very subtle crescendo that envelops us and never tired. In summary, as you may have guessed, he must love the trippy music to join and if this is the case, this 'Scintilla' is right for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alessandro Luci (Bass, Keybords), Giancarlo Erra (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords), Giulio Caneponi (Drums), Marco Berni (Vocal, Keybords), Paolo Vigliarolo (Guitar), Andrea Chimenti (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Yael Naim

Album : Older + Older (Revisited)

Release Date : 08-01-2016

Added : 06-10-2016

And Yes, I guess I won't discover 'Yael Naim' a lot of people! and me who rather used to listen to artists that the majority do not know, I admit that this 'Older' (2015) and 'Older (Revisited)' (2016) are the first albums that I listen to and this without knowing that she was the author of 'New Soul', title that has circled the planet (and it was can be better because ultimately this has not influenced me). Just after ' Damien Wilson, I could not so well to fall because we are in the same register of emotion as the new version brings a look any on this album with the same title with several versions. Navigating between light pop ('I walk until', 'Make A Child', 'She Said'), blues ('Dream In My Head'), folk ('She Said'), soul ('Trapped', 'Take Me Down') and same gospel ('Walk Walk') with a sense of ease. 'Coward' is a bomb and if you do not find your version (5 in any of the 2 opus, there is something for everyone!), then go your way; In short, forget a moment 'New Soul' time, and ask you to listen to these 2 opus full of emotion and sincerity...
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Line Up / Musicians

Yael Naim


Artist : Damian Wilson

Album : Built For Fighting

Release Date : 09-09-2016

Added : 04-10-2016

Cel was some time that 'Damian Wilson', the lead singer of the band 'Threshold' had not released an album, taken by all other projects in which he participated. Well, it's made with this new album, 'Built For Fighting', where he presents a whole different side of what one knows. We're far from progressive metal's 'Threshold' (I presented Live in 2015); throughout the 12 tracks, we enter a universe pop-very melodic rock with this unique voice that captivates the listener as the sparse style puts it even more forward. Contrary to the title of the album who would think that one to do muscular songs, apart from a few very rhythmic titles (including 'Thrill Me', 'Sex & Vanilla' or 'All I Need'), Damian us offers to enter a door melancholic world by his voice, and there, it's Nuggets on Nuggets: 'Fire' with a piano voice exchange and this crescendo/decrescendo where the strings will invite give you goosebumps. 'Impossible' or 'Somebody', being more romantic a 'Elton John' register. We can also quote 'What Have We done' or 'Written In Anger' 2 beautiful songs to the 'Cat Stevens'. The album ends on 2 great ballads 'I Won' t Blame Life' and 'Battlelines'. This is, as you may have guessed, nothing to throw in this 'Built For Fighting' and another face 'Damian Wilson' emotion while: for me, the mark of adults able to move regardless of the style used with an impression of ease...
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Line Up / Musicians

Damian Wilson (Vocal / Guitars), Adam Wakeman (Keybords / Invité), Bill Shanley (Guitars / Invité), Brian Willoughby (Guitars / Invité), Lee Pomeroy (Bass / Invité)


Artist : Suicide By Tigers

Album : Suicide By Tigers

Release Date : 02-09-2016

Added : 02-10-2016

It's still a Nordic country, in this case the Sweden, which are from members of the group 'Suicide By Tigers'; Listening to this self-titled debut album, a lot of big names in the hard rock of the 1970s come to mind, the first being 'Led Zeppelin' but there are also 'Deep Purple' or 'Thin Lizzy'. So we sailed between direct securities and that swing ('Death On Your Trail', ' Pack Of Wolves or 'True Believers') and other more calm flirting with the blues ('Beautiful Nights', 'Vicious Malicious' or 'Fox In A Hole'). In summary, 'Suicide By Tigers' is a new very professional group which will certainly appeal to fans of hard rock of the seventies but which could also reach a much wider audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Johan Helgesson (Drums), Nils Lindström (Vocal), Peter Broch (Bass), Petter Rudnert (Guitars)


Artist : Dark Suns

Album : Everchild

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 07-10-2016

'Dark Suns' released his 5th album 'Everchild' and it is clear that the style of the band has evolved significantly to a progressive rock with the addition of brass which makes them from time to time flirting with jazzy tendencies. For my part, this change has been very positive because there are complex compositions with changes of style and pace who bring a variety throughout the album. It remains very oriented Progressive Rock soaring and melancholy and 11 titles are all between 5 and 10 minutes makes that altogether they are over 80 minutes in the program. To cite only a title I would last "Yes, Anastasia" a cover of 'Tori Amos' that they appropriate and that is a good example of the style of the group. Also note the cover which is a contemporary picture. In summary, 'Dark Suns' has probably lost a few fans of the first hour but certainly to attract others: and finally, would not simply this, so-called freedom?
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Line Up / Musicians

Ekkehard Meister (Keybords), Jacob Müller (Bass), Maik Knappe (Guitars), Nico Knappe (Vocal / Drums), Torsten Wenzel (Guitars)


Artist : Vish Maria

Album : Vish Maria

Release Date : 27-04-2016

Added : 08-10-2016

Even warn you right now, the Brazilians 'Vish Maria' are not in a classical group, strictly speaking. We could see in them a little crazy group who operate in a psychedelic style with a very light atmosphere and always with a good humor. They released their first eponymous album and listening to the first title 'Vish Maria', I immediately thought of the 'Rita Mitsouko' for the quirky side. The second title 'Tridmensional' brought me back some 40 years back with a certain 'Santana' and its rhythmic briefly. And as it's title in title, we're going from one surprise. Finally, it's a range very varied styles that we this young group already offers very professional musically. In short, do not love the consistency to penetrate their universe and for those who are tempted by the adventure 'Vish Maria', put aside your prejudices and let you just go by this Brazilian wave very refreshing...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alex Mac'Arthur (Organ, Piano, Keybords, Vocal), Kellen Lomazzi (Vocal),Yan Ferreira (Guitars), Diego Silvestre (Bass, Vocal), Paulera (Drums)


Artist : Cosmograf

Album : The Unreasonable Silence

Release Date : 13-06-2016

Added : 09-10-2016

For Robin Amstrong, the albums concepts, it's really his thing; After releasing 'The Man Left In The Space' (a man who finds himself alone in space), 'Capacitor' (what traces leave us on Earth after our death), here is 'The Unreasonable Silence', which tells us the story of a man who, disappointed by his life full of setbacks, invents a story where he is kidnapped by aliens (where the cover). We're so trained in his world of madness where it is no longer possible to separate the real fiction. For this new project, Robin is surrounded by prestigious guests from progressive international makes the result is actually a great mix of many influences. To accentuate the atmosphere supernatural, he used vocal samples that give us the impression to actually be immersed in a science fiction movie. At the level of the compositions, the theme is necessarily conducive to a progressive style atmospheric and psychedelic; all the titles develop this spirit where the tension is palpable at every second, whether through the song of Robin or instrumental with a tormented writing parts and intense as would have certainly done 'Roger Waters' in another style. In conclusion, a concept album of very high level that will certainly listen to and listen to a good number of times to get all the details and who, for fans of albums progressive concepts, will certainly be part of the list of albums of the perfect disco...
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Line Up / Musicians

Robin Amstrong (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), Andrew Whelbig (Invité / Voix), Dave Meros (Bass / Invité), David Thompson (Invité / Voix), Katharine Thompson (Invité / Voix), Linnea Sage (Invité / Voix), Martin Hutchinson (Invité / Voix), Martin Paine (Invité / Voix), Nick Beggs (Bass / Invité), Nick D'Virgilio (Drums / Invité), Rachael Hawnt (Vocal / Invité), Rhiannon Owens (Invité / Voix), Steve Wilson (Invité / Voix)


Artist : Oricalkos

Album : Aniemigenal

Release Date : 03-03-2016

Added : 08-10-2016

Not easy to find information about these Guatemalans d "Oricalkos'; their facebook page presents them as a group of progressive Metal and the first listen to their debut album 'Aniemigenal', it's not that obvious as they navigate between several styles: the first title in 9 minutes, although only instrumental, is fairly representative with at least 6 different parts that follow one another and making a very good title and never tired. We feel different influences which undeniably that of 'Pink Floyd'. The second strong title is 'Pandemia' complex in construction with a base pretty heavy interspersed more atmospheric part with the introduction of a cello (that I wish a bit longer) then the heavy theme of departure that comes up and then a break which introduced the final acoustic where the cello reappears. Is not of the ' to consume on the spot' although, even if in some places we regret a little too long, 'Oricalkos' already has strong potential as soon as their debut and it a safe bet that it will count on them in the coming years...
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Line Up / Musicians

Daniel Bosche (Guitar), Rodrigo Luengas (Bass), Carlos Hahmann (Keybords), Darvin Cabrera (Drums, Percussions)


Artist : Paradigm Shift

Album : Becoming Aware

Release Date : 10-06-2016

Added : 10-10-2016

Another new project that was created in the year 2016. 'Paradigm Shift' (not very original since there are already quite a few artists who bear this name) have just released their first album 'Becoming Aware'. Input, we get a 15 minute piece that sets the scene and takes us into a progressive rock style with multi drawers. The suite is even barrel with 'An Easy Life' then 2 small interludes 'The Void' (the quiet piano ballad) and 'The Shift' (instrumental track to l "Emerson Lake And Palmer') allow you to go back to the end of the album with 'Masquerade' title epic and more removed and 'Reunification' title lighter and melodic. In fact, they are English and the topic is a message to the people to make them aware different systems that take control of their lives, a topic that is could not be more topical in England at the moment; In summary, a new very affordable group upsetting not the kind but that will probably allow those who are not familiar with the progressive rock to get an idea of this style of music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Krendel (Guitar), Reuben Ben Revens (Vocal, Keybords), Puru Kaushik (Bass), Bryson Demath (Drums)


Artist : Oak

Album : Lighthouse

Release Date : 10-06-2016

Added : 11-10-2016

With this reissue of ' Lighthouse 'Norwegians of Oak', it is an opportunity to discover this band evolving into a pop/rock style occasionally flirting with metal. After a very atmospheric 'Prelude' introduction, it is entitled to a first title 'Home' very pop and removed with a theme that immediately enters you the head. Then comes 'Perceiving Red', a ballad where the voice of Simen is very soft and fits perfectly in this atmosphere similar to what could be 'Airbag' or 'Anathema'. 'Munich' is a beautiful song where the chorus is more powerful with an end in crescendo that begins at the piano which then come add electric instruments to finish in a few piano notes. The title track is probably 'The Sea', which starts with a piano/voice part then leaves room for a quiet acoustic guitar for an instrumental part and an end which is growing. In summary, 'Oak', in atmospheric style, is a controlling group perfectly the nuances where followers of progressive music should hang as their compositions are very accessible...
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Line Up / Musicians

Simen Valldal Johannessen (Piano, Vocal), Sigbjørn Reiakvam (Drums), Øystein Sootholtet (Bass), Ole Michael Bjørndal (Guitar).


Artist : Loonypark

Album : Perpetual

Release Date : 20-06-2016

Added : 13-10-2016

From Krakow, the Polish 'Loonypark' pay the Chronicle because they are already in their fourth album with 'Perpetual'. With enough classical compositions in the verse/chorus pattern, they evolve in a progressive style between pop and rock with enough varied atmospheres: in 'Train Of Life', the piano takes a fairly important and contributes to the jazzy atmosphere. in 'Face In The Mirror' the strings bring a certain melancholy and 'Don't Say A Word' built-in keyboards that strengthens the atmospheric side. 'New beginning' and 'December' are 2 beautiful ballads, fairly simple in approach but which are fly and Sabina's deep voice fits perfectly into this type of song. In short, this latest installment of 'Perpetual' is certainly the most successful of the 4 albums making 'Loonypark' a mature group within the progressive scene and very accessible style is to recommend to a wide enough audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Sabina Godula- Zając (Vocal), Krzysztof Lepiarczyk (Keybords), Piotr Grodecki (Guitar, Contrabasse, Banjo), Piotr Lipka (Bass), Grzegorz Fieber (Drums), Sylwia Majka Maya (Violin)


Artist : Dadotratto

Album : Dichiarazione d'inesistenza

Release Date : 04-04-2016

Added : 12-10-2016

Our Switzerland friends (Italian side) side of 'Dadotratto' just released their 2nd album 'Inesistenza Erklärung': their style is obviously very close to their roots and we find melodies to 'Zucchero' but more powerful because guitars distill big riffs on securities removed. Entry, 'emergenza Stato' plant décor with a powerful introduction then a chorus to the typical Italian. The suite is in the image of this first song with sunny power tubes: 'Scatto Mato', 'Vuoto di power', 'Euforia' or 'Man'. It is also entitled to quieter titles as 'Una sola frase', 'Key' or 'Epilogo' always in the same style as know so well do the Italians. In short, if you like the chorus sweet transalpine friends with good riffs of electric guitar, you will probably love this latest installment of 'Dadotratto'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Michele "Daiv" Pucci (Drums), Donat Walder (Guitar), Matteo Pelli (Guitarre), Giacomo Longhi (Bass), Domenico Agostino (Vocal)


Artist : Elephants Of Scotland

Album : The Perfect Map

Release Date : 09-06-2016

Added : 14-10-2016

'Elephants Of Scotland' is a group of progressive music with various influences and include a wide range of known groups who come to mind listening to their third album, 'The Perfect Map'. The introduction of 'a-' Dipped Orphans And The Wizard's Teapot reminds to the Emerson lake And Palmer' and the part sung in the 'Genesis'. 'Counting On The Ghost' eyeing to 'Pendragon' and 'One By Sea' with the voices of Megan takes us into the atmosphere of 'Renaissance'. When the title track, 'The Perfect Map' reminds me of 'Barclay James Harvest'. In summary, a melting pot of musical inspirations that makes this 'Perfect Map', a very successful and especially dense to tame album listen after listen...
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Line Up / Musicians

Adam Rabin (Clavirs, Vocal), John Whyte (Guitar, Vocal), Dan MacDonald (Bass), Ornan McLean (Drums, Percussions), Megan Beaucage (Vocal), Gary Kuo –Violin), Joe Netzel (Darbouka)


Artist : Continuum

Album : Speculative Thoughts

Release Date : 29-05-2016

Added : 15-10-2016

'Continuum' is not a name that is easy to wear because there are a lot of bands namesake on the internet (and necessarily Spotify a little tangle brushes!). These 'Continuum' here who just released their 3rd album 'Speculative Thoughts' (after 'Lifeless Ocean' and 'From the Depths') are French and evolve in a Metal progressive style not necessarily very accessible as the compositions are fairly complex out of traditional patterns with breaks of pace and style that can to divert some. 'Observation of the Aleph Point' is a typical example: a first in nearly 5 minutes where style is decidedly punchy then end with a vocal a cappella close to sacred to complete songs in a prog to the 'Krimson King' atmosphere. In an obviously completely different style, reminds me to the theatricality of Angel ', 'Nicolas De Renty' evolving a bit in the same register as 'Christian Descamps'. To conclude, 'Continuum', with his very ambitious last album, not dark never in ease and as often in this case, is certainly intended for an audience of aficionados of progressive metal; the great variety that makes his wealth will probably not reach a much wider audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Nicolas De Renty (Vocal), Anthony Malaussena (Guitars), Xavier Boscher (Guitar), Alexandre Ardisson (Bass), Guillaume Morero (Drums)


Artist : Dave Kerzner

Album : New World (Live)

Release Date : 13-09-2016

Added : 16-10-2016

2016 saw the release of the 'New World' live, which had been praised by all progressive music criticism when the studio album was released in 2014; It gives me the opportunity to come back on this album of 'Dave Kerzner' who has worked with the biggest of the progressive scene and has already 2 projects to are active ('Sound Of Contact' and 'Mantra Vega' which I presented the latest album 'The Illusions's Reckoning' beginning 2016). The atmosphere is necessarily very 'Floydienne' with titles like 'Stranded', 'Into The Sun', 'Solitude', 'Ocean Of Stars', 'New World' or even 'Redemption' title more than 16 minutes. And, in the wake of this live, 'Dave' also released an EP with 4 tracks including 2 new 'Paranoia' which was to be on 'New World' and 'The Field' 'Mantra Vega' in instrumental song. 2 live tracks 'Secret' and 'Recurring Dream' of the deluxe edition of 'New World' round off this EP. Therefore, if you want to discover a talented artist who gives to the taste of the day the progressive style of the 70s/80s, you have a choice between these 2 albums and if you want more, you should know that there will be a second CD with other securities and the Live will be released also end 2016 on DVD...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dave Kerzner Vocal, Keybords, Guitar acoustique), Fernando Perdomo (Guitar, Choirs), Durga McBroom (Vocal), Lorelei McBroom (Vocal), Randy McStine (Bass, Guitar), Matt Dorsey (Bass, Guitar, Keybords, Chœurs), Stuart Fletcher (Bass), Alex Cromarty (Drums), Derek Cintron (Drums)


Artist : Dave Kerzner

Album : Paranoia

Release Date : 20-09-2016

Added : 16-10-2016

See presentation 'New World (Live)'. .
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Line Up / Musicians

Dave Kerzner (Vocal, Keybords, Guitar, Drums), Fernando Perdomo (Guitar, Bass), Matt Dorsey (Bass, Vocal), Stuart Fletcher (Bass), Alex Cromarty (Drums), Derek Cintron (Drums)


Artist : The Dear Hunter

Album : Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional

Release Date : 16-09-2016

Added : 17-10-2016

'Dear Hunter' out the 5th part of their story in 6 acts, dedicated to the life of the hero in the eponymous name of the group. The new album is course in the continuity of another in a progressive style very elaborate style bringing multiple influences but very well integrated which makes a work apart and where all the titles are unique. To cite only 3 titles subsequently, we pass a cheerful enough rock and crazy ('The Revival') to a melancholy ballad that could come out of a 'Final Cut' ('Melpomene') then the next title flirts with jazz and a 50's atmosphere ('Mr. Usher'). In the end of the 15 titles very homogeneous in time, you come out and say there is still here a work of quality as few groups know out in progressive music and we wonder why 'The Dear Hunter' is so little known to the general public. In summary, this is still a gem that comes to join the first acts and which will certainly make all essential work of the progressive music of the beginning of the 21st century...
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Line Up / Musicians

Casey Crescenzo (Vocal / Guitars), Maxwell Tousseau (Keybords), Nick Crescenzo (Drums), Nick Sollecito (Bass), Robert Parr (Guitars)


Artist : Palace

Album : Master Of The Universe

Release Date : 02-08-2016

Added : 18-10-2016

Beware, a Swedish group may hide many others; 'Palace' is a new band from the North who released his 1st album 'Master Of The Universe' (a program!). As you can imagine, the style is rock melodic 80s and 11 titles, even if it is very classic and they are reinventing not much, do us have a good time thanks to unstoppable melodies to the similar refrains instantly. To mention only a few titles, 'Part Of Me' for his mid-tempo rhythm very eighties, 'Path To Light' for its heady refrain and the obligatory ballad in this kind of album 'Rules Of The game'. In summary, 'Master Of The Universe' is built for the melodic rock genre fans and for others, a very accessible rock album and to consume on the spot...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marcus Johansson (Drums), Michael Palace (Vocal / Guitars), Rick Digorio (Guitars), Soufian Ma'aoui (Bass)


Artist : Temperance

Album : The Earth Embraces Us All

Release Date : 16-09-2016

Added : 19-10-2016

'Temperance' is an Italian group who released their third album and I was not too hung up on the first 2 albums for a lack of originality that did not allow them stand out tenors in the symphonic metal singer. But it is clear that this 'The Earth Abrazos Us All' is more mature with a greater variety of titles. Entry, the first title 'A Thousand Places' incorporates several atmospheres: an introduction of 2 minutes where part powerful, part acoustic then strings that come bring the Symphonic key; follows the 3 minutes sung with a very melodic chorus that shows a great complicity between the song of Chiara and Marco. The end brings a side 'Jethro Tull' that completely breaks with previous energy. Another novelty, a title more than 12 minutes where we discover a condensed evolution of acoustic parts alternating Group (piano and vocals) and electric with an undeniable sense of melody. It even has the right to a mixture of power metal and jazz in 'Advice From A Caterpillar' like what, everything is possible in music... In summary, 'Temperance' has evolved (to my taste in a good way) and thereby becomes a band to follow in the coming years if they continue in this way; 'Nighwish' fans should enjoy and for those who would like to discover this music style, that 'The Earth Abrazos Us All' is a very accessible album...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chiara Tricarico (Vocal), Giulio Capone (Keybords / Drums), Luca Negro (Bass), Marco Pastorino (Guitars), Sandro Capone (Guitars)


Artist : Tabula Rasa

Album : Crimson

Release Date : 27-04-2016

Added : 20-10-2016

After their self-titled debut, 'Tabula Rasa' Americans have just released their 2nd album 'Crimson'. A strong influence of the 1970s prog groups, one can for example recognize 'Renaissance' or well obviously 'King Crimson'. Only 7 titles in all but the last, 'Crimson' made him all alone almost 21 minutes, what make you a broad idea of the maturity of this young group capable of we Captivate during that time with a composition to multi drawers where parties instrumental and Sung occur and where one walks of discovery. In short, 'Tabula Rasa' is an endearing group that makes music progressive for followers or no groups of years 70/80...
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Line Up / Musicians

Mica Tenenbaum (Vocal, Keybords), Matthew Lewin (Guitar), Dylan McCue (Guitar), Edu Zighelboim (Bass), Nick Villamizar (Drums)


Artist : Marillion

Album : F*** Everyone And Run (FEAR)

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 21-10-2016

A new album of 'Marillion' is always an event in the world of progressive rock. The 'Hogarth' band continues its merry way and fate in 2016, no less, her 19th studio album. To be honest, this isn't a group that I follow all these years and I have not hooked immediately to ' F * Everyone And Run (FEAR)'; and then, successive tapping me little by little into this new opus as when you discover every beautiful corner of a region in which you had a paid attention the first time because you had not taken the time to stop. 3 parts more than 15 minutes shared they same into several parts constitute the frame of ' F * Everyone And Run (FEAR)' and enable 'Marillion' to deploy all their creativity in total freedom by the time running to where the majors needed standard compositions to get into radio with a foot shoes, showing a total artistic independence of the group. Side atmosphere, you feel all through emotional tension on the wire that makes me think a little about what knew transmit 'David Bowie' (listen to his latest album released early 2016). In conclusion, last album is like good wine: it improves listening in listen but it necessarily needed to fully appreciate this work and makes you want to dive back into the discography of this iconic band...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ian Mosley (Drums), Mark Kelly (Keybords), Pete Trewavas (Bass), Steve Hogarth (Vocal), Steve Rothery (Guitars)


Artist : Almah

Album : E.V.O.

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 22-10-2016

'Edu Falaschi' continues on its way without worrying too much to retain its audience and after having revisited in acoustics of the titles "Angra" and d "Almah' ('Moonlight'), 'E.V.O.' out a quite different style from previous albums. Overall, of course, the base is metal and this latest installment is certainly the more melodic than Edu' has ever composed. But, one that would give a specific style: 'Age Of Aquarius' after an acoustic introduction (accompanied by bird song!) takes us into a rhythm dynamic and removed. With 'Speranza' closer than a group as 'Asia' in a pop/rock style. 'The brotherhood' is a beautiful ballad that could have been written by 'Billy Joël'. As for 'Higher', it is very close to groups such as 'Last Autumn's Dream'. We're in a more rock record with 'Bellosguardo' that is reminiscent of some of the songs of 'Brian Adams'. In summary, a subtle mix of different styles in a very homogeneous and very positive opus. By the way, we find a theme dear to 'Edu': in our humanity always too materialistic and current to his loss, he dreams to think a general return to the wisdom of the awakening of consciences (age of Aquarius); In summary, this album is much more accessible than the previous ones and 'Edu Falaschi', even if he might lose some fans of the first hour, has all chances to win others and expand its audience anisi...
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Line Up / Musicians

Edu Falaschi (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), Diogo Mafra (Guitars), Marcelo Barbosa (Guitars), Pedro Tinello (Drums), Raphael Dafras (Bass)


Artist : Cry Of Dawn

Album : Cry Of Dawn

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 23-10-2016

Still a Swedish group that points the tip of his nose to the end of 2016. 'Cry Of Dawn' created by 'Göran Edman' which has a good number of projects to its credit in the rock FM, just released its self-titled debut album with very melodic songs as the Swedes know very well to do. Of course, as so often in this case, no discovery major but simply the very melodic and very accessible titles with the choruses still very catchy. We are totally in the register of the best groups of the 1980s and this isn't the 'Building Towers' ballad that will contradict me with an air of 'Bee Gees' (with the chorus!). In short, this 'Cry Of Dawn' is an album intended for a wide audience to spend a nice time...
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Line Up / Musicians

Göran Edman (Vocal), Daniel Flores (Keybords / Drums), Michael Palace (Guitars / Bass), Sören Kronqvist (Keybords)


Artist : Kansas

Album : The Prelude Implicit

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 24-10-2016

I will not introduce 'Kansas' big world but this last album expected more brings back me in another era more so than their name evokes the 1970s more and that their production had stopped in 2000 after a few albums in the 1990s, where they were to my taste too followed fashion and lost their original musical richness. The 33 rpm 'Point Of Know Return' spent a thousand times on the turntable with a 'Dust In The Wind' full of cracking is far away but as soon as the first songs, get in a trip back in time: the violin and the piano often present, the sense of melody, rhythm changes, the arrangements of the seventies, and even if 'Ronnie Platt' replaces 'Steve Walsh' a tone of voice, very near this do not deceive us on the 'Kansas' trademark. Oh, we got a real album of the group who finds his soul of yesteryear. So for fans of the first hour, nothing but happiness for others, a style out of the modes and the time which has not aged a bit...
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Line Up / Musicians

Billy Greer (Vocal / Bass), David Manion (Keybords), David Ragsdale (Vocal / Violin), Phil Ehart (Drums), Rich Williams (Guitars), Ronnie Platt (Vocal / Keybords), Zak Rizvi


Artist : Vangelis

Album : Rosetta

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 25-10-2016

'Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou' should tell you. It is simply the real name of the person that everyone knows under the name of 'Vangelis', one of the pioneers of electronic music. Composer of Soundtracks of films and having released nearly 40 albums for 45 years, 2016 sees the release of 'Rosetta', he composed to musically accompany the scientific mission of the European Space Agency, who managed to put a probe on a Comet for the first time in history. Necessarily, for this topic, the style is very cosmic and space is boarded in a calm and peaceful atmosphere with an impression of weightlessness transcribed very well in all of the titles. In short, if you're angry a day where nothing is happened as intended, 'Rosetta' is to replace all of the painkillers and spend a nice time very far from the real world...
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Artist : The Fringe

Album : The Fringe

Release Date : 12-08-2016

Added : 26-10-2016

When 3 artists of the progressive scene themselves for a new project, it's always interesting to see the new baby. In this case 'Randy McStine' ('Lo - Fi Resistance'), 'Nick of Virgilio' ('Spock's Beard', 'Big Big Train') and 'Jonas Reingold' ('The Flower Kings, Karmakanic') have created 'The Fringe' and released the eponymous album. The style is of course progressive but we can say that they do not limit with multiple influences. 'You' remember the syncopated rhythms of a certain group 'Police' with a little Jazzy. 'Opening Day' is a more conventional title a little to the 'Big Big Train'. Next, 'A Second Or Two' takes us on a pace South American 'Santana' (even the small 'Carlos' guitar solo there is!). 'Flare', beautiful title nearly 10 minutes, is a condensed version of the talent of each musician with a pop/rock introduction and part instrumental jazz to finish with the theme of departure this being very well nested. The second lighthouse 'To Steal Yours' title is more psychedelic with a magnificent final guitar solo to the 'Pink Floyd'. In short, this 'The Fringe' is a very good progressive album accessible by many and who more enjoys an impeccable production with a balance perfect between the voices and instruments...
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Line Up / Musicians

Randy McStine (Vocal, Guitar), Nick D'Virgilio (Vocal, Drums), Jonas Reingold (Bass, Vocal)


Artist : Infinite Spectrum

Album : Haunter Of The Dark

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 27-10-2016

'Inifinite Spectrum' is an American class progressive metal music group but their 2nd album 'Haunter Of The Dark' mix pop/rock and metal to can in equal doses. The theme is based on the fantastic new of the same name by writer 'Howard Phillips Lovecraft,' which tells the story of a young man fascinated by the occult and attracted to a church feared by the population as being haunted. After a shoot, 'Federall Hill' is a very melodic and symphonic title where the flute takes a side folk. 'The Calling' a rock and powerful with a special atmosphere supported by a Hammond organ. Follows the cornerstone of opus, 'The Church' of more than 18 minutes (which would be my taste deserved to be less long) which is a slow crescendo with tempo changes and a palpable emotion. ' 2:12 PM' is also a long 10 minutes title nesting several parts with a very melodic theme. 'The Stranger Things I ve Learned' and 'All That We see' are 2 beautiful ballads making me think 'Threshold'. In the end, 'Haunter Of The Dark' and 'Fear' are the only 2 titles that we can classify metal and yet not necessarily on the length. In summary, 'Infinite Spectrum' offers us an album varying styles requiring a few listens to absorb and which is intended for lovers of progressive music combining pop, rock and metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Will Severin (Vocal), Alex Raykin (Guitar), Alex Repetti (Bass), Greg Schwab (Drums), Katie Pachnos (Keybords, Hape)


Artist : First Signal

Album : One Step Over The Line

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 28-10-2016

After six years of absence, the Canadians 'First Signal' released their 2nd album 'One Step Over The Line'. In style melodic Rock in the tradition of the bands from the 80s, everything is done to have a good time with 11 titles easy to assimilate; the song of 'Harry Hess' fits perfectly and the choirs reinforce this nostalgic atmosphere of a few years back. Certainly, do not look for elaborate compositions, everything is done to go directly to the goal: verses preparing a chorus which trick like a schoolboy you in your head all day. In summary, this 'One Step Over The Line', not revolutionize the genre, fulfills perfectly its function we supply and 48 minutes of musical relaxation will appreciate certainly after a good day's work as when we sit in front of the TV and say: 'tonight, I'm not the head, watching something relaxing'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Harry Hess (Vocal, Choirs), Michael Palace (Guitar, Bass), Daniel Flores (Drums, Keybords), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Choirs), Nigel Bailey (Choirs), Rolf Pilotti (Choirs), Angelica Rylin (Choirs), Fransesco Marras (Guitar), Darren James Smith (Choirs)


Artist : Tessellated Shapes

Album : In Different Frames

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 29-10-2016

Tessellated Shapes, new German group, is very discreet on the internet with his debut album 'In Different Frames' and yet, they're bringing their own style made of different genres and rhythms into long compositions ('In Different Frames' contains only 5 titles for a period of more than 60 minutes). They mix pop, rock, metal and jazz and is the perfect illustration of the title 'Movments Outside The Windows' more than 20 minutes: a main theme Sung interspersed with different instrumental parts that are all different from each other. 'Tessellations Part I', the shortest just over 4 minutes title is cut into 2 parts: a quick game combining jazzy theme played powerfully then one part air to the 'Pink Floyd' (some may recognize the theme of 'Confortably Numb') and a very air guitar solo where 'Daniel Düring' reveals his feeling. In summary, 'In Different Frames', with these long titles, is more intended for an informed public loving the mix of styles but is also accessible to the greatest number...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andreas Bracht (Bass), Daniel Düring (Guitar), Sabrina Lupp (Vocal), Till Minte (Drums)


Artist : Elephant Plaza

Album : Momentum

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 29-10-2016

'Elephant Plaza' is a trained Norwegian group, among others, by former members of 'Magic Pie'. In 2016, they released their first album 'Momentum' and their pedigrees, no surprise, given it's very melodic progressive rock influenced by 'Floyds' and in the same register as training as 'Private', 'Stonerider' or even 'Arena'. 14 titles to keep coming without printing length and the last title 'Momentum' is divided into 5 parts, roughly 20 minutes where they offer us a condensed version of their virtuosity alternating parties muscular and others more air. 'Elephant Plaza' is still a good surprise of the year 2016 where one sees quite bloom new talent in the field of progressive music and 'Momentum' will delight all fans of the genre but also might well appeal to a wider audience.
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Line Up / Musicians

Gilbert Marshall (Guitars Electrique et Acoustic, Keybords, Vocal), Kim Christiansen (Guitars Electrique et Acoustic, Chœurs), John Kamphaug (Bass, Chœurs), Olav Rygg (Drums, Percussions, Chœurs), John Petter Sæterdal (Keybords, Chœurs), Jan-Fredrik Heier (Keybords, Chœurs)


Artist : Astrakhan

Album : Adrenaline Kiss

Release Date : 03-06-2016

Added : 30-10-2016

The Swedes of Astrakhan' began with their first album in 2013 ('Retrospective') and 2016 saw the release of a new album 'Adrenaline Kiss'. These are various members of other groups such as 'Pain gold Salvation' and 'Evergrey' among others. We are therefore in a register between rock and hard rock with different mixtures of styles (we are close from time to time even influences oriantale on 'Adrenaline Kiss' or 'Gravity') but with a melodic research and securities with the longest lasts 7 minutes which makes pretty accessible compositions even if it takes a few listens to appropriating the 9 titles. For more, in the person of Alex Lycke' (singer of the productions 'Jésus Christ SuperStar' or 'Hair'), we has a size, giving themselves body and soul and knowing modulate his voice between the powerful passages and more quiet (beautiful on 'Ballad of Rhodes' where you feel real emotion). Anyway, this 'adrenaline kiss' is worth a visit and will delight all lovers of progressive music because it's an album that unfolds gradually and that gets better over the look...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alex Lycke (Vocal), Jörgen Schelander (Keybords), Marcus Jidell (Guitars), Martin Larsson (Drums), Per Schelander (Bass)


Artist : Aaron Lewis

Album : Sinner

Release Date : 16-09-2016

Added : 30-10-2016

'Sinner' is the second solo album by 'Aaron Lewis' who officiates in 'Staind', very energetic metal American band. Well no, it's not metal I will but simply present a very good album of country music where 'Aaron' wonders. So forget the grawl and wear the cowboy boots the time to listen to the 11 titles well obviously recorded in Nashville (Tenesse). It's good flower authentic with melodies giving us the impression of have always known them. Navigating between compositions rhythmic ballads touching as 'Whiskey And You', 'Mama' or even 'Sunday Every Saturday Night' and 'That Ain t Country', 'Northern Redneck' or even 'Story Of My Life'. In summary, an album is authentic in the great tradition of country artists, to consume without moderation...
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Line Up / Musicians

Aaron Lewis (Vocal / Guitars), Willie Nelson (Vocal / Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Winter Calling

Album : Faces

Release Date : 05-08-2016

Added : 31-10-2016

Originally from Florida, 'Winter Calling' is a group created in 2013 and they are already in their 2nd album with 'Faces' in a register where they sail between rock and metal. The first track, 'Disorder' is a title at the slow tempo very melodic with a trippy introduction then a sung part where we discover the characteristic eraillee voice of 'Charlie Huhn' and a lot of feeling of 'Bryan Bassett' first solo. 'Not Like You', a bit faster, is from the same barrel with a great chorus and ends on an acoustic guitar part. 'The Tower', with a muscular demarrge, relaxes the mid to end up in crescendo. The rest is in the image of these first titles, a facility for alternate powerful parties and others much more calm all this nesting is perfectly. Note, the beautiful ballad 'A Different True' and the last title 'My Own Way', more than 8 minutes in a very classic symphonic progressive registry, and an end mixing piano and acoustic guitar, the theme of departure: the circle is complete. In summary, 'Winter Calling' will certainly be a band to follow in the future and if the 2 words 'Progressive Metal' scare you (they are tagged in this way), you'll see no doubt that Word sticks everything is simply here because, in our lower world, it is essential to stick tags everywhere...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chris Hodges, Ian Medhurst, Wayne Hoefle, Tim Gilbreath


Artist : Foghat

Album : Under The Influence

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 01-11-2016

Seeing the release date of Under Influence', I just told myself: 'they put anything on the Internet. And then, it is clear that 'Foghat' doing well their 16th or 17th studio album (I know even more). 'Tight Shoes' listened in loop just to wear of the vinyl is a distant memory but by discovering the first title 'Under The Influence', Oh, I'm there, with 40 years younger (and a little less muscle pain). It swings and the head and feet start beating all the only measure. So, let's forget the whingers who will say it's old news: and well, old news like that, I want good everyday! Note, a cover of the famous 'Slow Ride' with a much more powerful than the original version. In short, the cinquantenaires, this album is a real facelift which you is not expensive, just to press 'play' (it was like this in cassette tape recorders) and simply enjoy this simple moment of happiness to effective and timeless music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Bryan Basstt (Guitar), Charlie Huhn (Vocal), Craig Macgregor (Bass), Roger Earl (Drums), Dana Fuchs (Vocal - invité)


Artist : Hartmann

Album : Shadows And Silhouettes

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 02-11-2016

'Oliver Hartmann' who participated in different projects released his 4th solo album 'Shadows And Silhouettes' in this end of 2016. We're in a close rock record of artists such as 'Brian Adams'. 'Irresistible' starts the album with a side folk/rock that reminds me of 'The Hooters'. The next title, 'High And You' is very classic and particularly melodic rock. With 'Glow' and the voice of Oliver erraillee, certain passages make me think 'Bruce Springsteen'. The suite is in the image of these first titles, titles pop/rock very accessible to the eighties sauce where optimism was rigour and melancholy ballads like the beautiful 'Last Goodbye'. In summary, if it does not reinvent much, 'Oliver Hartmann', moves away from its usual Metal register and a very good album of pop/rock for a very wide audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Oliver Hartmann (Vocal, Guitar), Armin Donderer (Bass), Mario Reck (Guitar), Markus Kullmann (Drums)


Artist : Soul Seller

Album : Matter Of Faith

Release Date : 16-09-2016

Added : 03-11-2016

'Soul Seller' is an Italian group who released his first album in 2011 and that 5 years after and a few line up changes, offers us a 2nd album 'Matter Of Faith'. Tagged hard rock, it is rather a powerful rock waiting for you to listen to the 12 tracks cut for radio as 'Given To Live', 'Memories', or even 'Get Away From The Light'. Everything is done for a good moment of listening with immediately-like melodies and catchy refrains. 'Soul Seller' is a well-oiled machine that will surely delight all lovers of good rock melodies and riffs of guitar...
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Line Up / Musicians

Eric Concas (Vocal), Dave Zublena (Guitar, Chœurs), Cris Audisio (Guitar, Choirs), Mirko "Mike" Zublena (Bass), Italo Graziana (Drums, Vocal), Simone Morandotti (Keybords)


Artist : Bullettrain

Album : What You Fear The Most

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 04-11-2016

Yet Sweden who offers us a new album with 'Bulletrain' and their new album 'What You Fear The Most'. Entry, it swings with a 'Memory Lane' very classic but devilishly effective and a great catchy chorus. The title 'Love Lies' is of the same material, and you can't help but shake his head on his pace. It calms a bit on 'Can't Get Away' slower but still very energetic. It repaired with a 'Fight With Me' (a little too much speed for me) to engage on a We Salute You, beautiful mid-tempo title and a chorus to go a whole day in the head. The rest, always very melodic, is always the same level until the last title 'Far Away'. Anyway, as you will understand, 'Bulletrain' persist and sign and this 'What You Fear The Most' is for a fan of powerful melodic metal audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Sebbe (Vocal), Matt (Guitar), Robin (Guitar), Jonas (Drums), Niklas (Bass)


Artist : Edensong

Album : Years In The Garden Of Years

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 05-11-2016

'Edensong' is a group of native progressive music of New York. 'In The Garden Of Years Years' is only their 2nd album in 15 years of existence. It's not easy to penetrate their universe and the influences are diverse: for this album, the compositions are a collaborative work of the whole group and it navigates between rock and symphonic styles, atonal and melodic music, acoustic and electric instruments. The lengthy compositions (10 titles are between 5 minutes and 9 minutes), are very elaborate and contain several parts where the flute and strings are given some to heart joy. Some passages are reminiscent of 'Jethro Tull' in a less melodic style because the flute brings here and there always very well controlled dissonance. In conclusion, Years In The Garden Of Years is a success story but will probably intended for an informed public and will ask you several listenings to penetrate every corner of every title...
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Line Up / Musicians

Barry Seroff (Flute), James Byron Schoen (Vocal / Guitars), Stefan Paolini (Keybords), Td Towers (Bass), Tony Waldman (Drums / Percussions)


Artist : Opeth

Album : Sorceress

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 06-11-2016

We can't say that the course of Opeth', conducted by 'Mikael Akerfeld' uniform. Generally, to each album release, we wonder what will fall on us. Overall, the style is more progressive with a psychedelic same tendency in some places. This 12th album of the Swedish continues in this vein, and it is obviously quite listening to integrate all the variety of the 13 titles (altogether 16 with 3 live of older albums). 'Persephone' starts the album in the sweetness with a theme of classical guitar. We re-gear directly on a muscular title 'Sorceress', with an instrumental ending in a very progressive style. Follows 'The Wild Flowers', a tempo marked with a theme of mixing western and Eastern influences can an acoustic instrumental part while delicacy or the voice takes a phrase of the main theme to finish powerfully as the title to started. 'Will O Wisp he', acoustic ballad, makes you think groups of the 1970s, such as 'Kansas' or 'Jethro Tull', as you can see, he must love the big gaps to appreciate this new Opeth album ' which may seem difficult to access but which for my part unfolds slowly and gradually becomes obvious: the sign of maturity and limitless talent that takes us out of daily consistency because 'Sorceress' is everything except that...
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Line Up / Musicians

Mikael Akerfeld (Vocal / Guitars), Fredrik Åkesson (Guitars), Joakim Svalberg (Keybords), Martin Axenrot (Drums), Martin Mendez (Bass)


Artist : Epica

Album : The Holographic Principle

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 07-11-2016

The release of an album from Epica' is always a very moment awaited by followers of symphonic metal. Well, the least we can say, is that 'The Holographic Principle' put dishes in the large. First of all, a theme as their imagination knows concoct us; in our evolving technological world, virtual reality does not take precedence over the real reality. On the music front, it is even more symphonic and powerful than previous games and 'The Holographic Principle' gives off a force until then unparalleled. After the classical instrumental introduction where choirs are already very present, 'Edge Of The Blade' and 'A Phantasmic Parade' set the scene with a great side and approximates 'Therion'. The following titles are from the same barrel and it takes 7th title to have a ballad 'Once Upon A Nightmare'. 'Simone Simons', is always in the best shape as well in powerful titles than in quieter. Certainly, 'Epica' remains for an informed public because (throat singing) growls of 'Mark Jensen' can some drout. However, if you want to discover this group, listen to 'Beyond The Matrix' which is the most accessible and representative of the album title. It should be noted that Spotify gratifies us deluxe edition where the last 5 tracks present a whole other side of the Group: 3 acoustic ballads, 1 acoustic version of Immortal Melancholy' and one crazy 'The Funky Algorihm'. In conclusion, with this latest installment, 'Epica' did ever so well carried its name: it's as if you were at a fireworks and you were offered on grand finale finale...
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Line Up / Musicians

Simone Simons (Vocal), Coen Jansen (Keybords), Isaac Delahaye (Guitars), Mark Jansen (Guitars), Rob Van Der Loo (Bass), Ariën Van Weesenbeek (Drums)


Artist : The Radio Sun

Album : Outside Looking In

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 08-11-2016

Once is not custom, is not from Sweden but from Australia that are from the members of the group 'The Radio Sun', countries that had accustomed us rather to powerful rock to 'AC/DC'. Well, no, with this third album 'Outside Looking In', our Australians continue in the tradition of previous games and we offer a very melodic as rock can do these groups recently on this site in 2016, namely, 'Cry Of Dawn', 'Palace' or even 'Cruzh'. Everything is done to have a good time with titles between 3 and 4 minutes and melodies that hang on the first listen. In short, a good album from melodic to rock between all ears...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ben Wignall (Drums), Jason Old (Vocal / Keybords), Robbie Erdmanis (Bass), Stevie Janevski (Guitars)


Artist : Karmakanic

Album : DOT

Release Date : 22-07-2016

Added : 09-11-2016

New Sweden to honor but in progressive music in the great tradition of the groups of the 1970s, 'Karmakanic' just released their 5th album 'DOT' and if you like the classic titles Verse/Chorus not too long and well, go your way: the first title, fresco of close to 25 minutes has a plethora of parties that necessarily require an attention of listening to all. But the result is there: where some groups would have annoyed us on length, 'Karmakanic' managed this tour de force of Captivate us throughout the title without tire; the different parts are linked together in a natural way and the juxtaposition of different styles is so well that you can spend from one rock to a jazzy part without really noticing, the whole presenting an admirable consistency. And finally, after listening to the last song which is none other than part 2 of the opening title and closed the album of magnificent way, we say that it would not shocked at all to have all a single title. In summary, 'DOT' is an album that requires out of our world where everything goes too fast and to ask for a moment to appreciate all its richness; for my part, it comes to join the ideal nightclub of all lovers of progressive style...
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Line Up / Musicians

Göran Edman (Vocal), Jonas Reingold (Guitars, Bass, Keybords, Choirs), Krister Jonsson (Guitar), Lalle Larsson (Keybords, Choirs), Morgan Ågren (Drums), Nils Erikson (Vocal), Alex Reingold (Invité, Vocal), Andy Bartosh (Invité, Guitars), Andy Tillison (Invité, Organ Hammond), Christine Lenk (Invité, Vocal), Norah Reingold (Invité, Vocal), Ray Aichinger (Invité, Saxophone, Flute)


Artist : Mirrormaze

Album : Break The Horizon

Release Date : 07-07-2016

Added : 10-11-2016

'Mirrormaze' is a progressive metal band that I discovered and who has just released his second album 'Break The Horizon' mi 2016. First listen (certainly not enough focused on what I was listening to), I had not hung. And then a new listening allowed me to actually discover it last very rich and varied album with fractures of style of pace throughout the titles. And then, the last title 'Crystal' in three parts totalling about 30 minutes sums up only the talent of this young group with complex compositions in drawers where one navigates between metal and rock without any troubles and a real overall consistency. In short, even if they are intended for a small audience, 'Mirrormaze' we demonstrate that progressive metal, when presented with the same virtuosity, is a real treat for the ears...
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Line Up / Musicians

Davide Penna (Guitars), Davide Penna (Vocal), Fabio Nasuelli (Drums), Juan Manuel Savoini (Bass), Samuele Lanfranchini (Keybords)


Artist : Sonata Arctica

Album : The Ninth Hour

Release Date : 07-10-2016

Added : 11-11-2016

'Sonata Arctica' is a metal band which is already in his 9th album, but who had a certainly less productive run since the mid-2000s. This album is for me a real revival at the level of inspiration. 'The Ninth Hour', much more melodic and diverse than these predecessors, with 12 titles, got hooked me from the first listen. Entry, 'Closer To year Animal' and 'Life' are energetic without being too speed with variations in pace as the Group had used us in their first games. With 'Fairytale', one of the titles the more speed from the album, the chorus fit you directly in the head. Then we got a beautiful 'We Are What We are' ballad and it can't be that remember the titles like 'Tallulah' (2001) or 'Letter To Dana' (1999). The suite is in the image of the beginning, inspired more or less powerful melodies with a symphonic side much more present. In conclusion, with this 'The Nith Hour', 'Sonata Arctica' gratifies album accessible to a larger number than the previous ones and marks a beneficial return to sources...
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Line Up / Musicians

Elias Viljanen (Guitars), Henrik Klingenberg (Keybords), Pasi Kauppinen (Bass), Tommy Portimo (Drums), Tony Kakko (Vocal / Keybords)


Artist : Fractal Mirror

Album : Slow Burn 1

Release Date : 18-03-2016

Added : 12-11-2016

The Dutch of 'Fractal Mirror' we released their 3rd album 'Slow Burn 1' in 2016. A progressive rock style, they take us into their world of calm and privacy. It starts with 'Prelude', which sets the stage for the album: a short walk a little to the 'Roxy Music' or more recently 'Blackfield'; Next 'Miracle' and 'Numbers' with their tinted melodies seventies. The following titles are in the image of the beginning of this album: sometimes shades of melancholy, sometimes psychedelic but always in a peaceful atmosphere where the 'Leo Koperdraat' voice, deep and still in detention, fits perfectly. As you may have guessed, this 'Slow Burn 1' is an album to listen in the quiet and accessible not just to progressive music lovers...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ed Van Haagen (Bass, Keybords, Programmation), Leo Koperdraat (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords), Frank L. Urbaniak Drums, Percussions), + Invités : Brett Kull (Guitar, Choirs), Don Fast (Guitar), Charlotte Koperdraat (Chœurs), Patrick Farrell (Chœurs), Kenny Bissett (Bass), Jason Himmelberger (Chœurs), Peter Swart (Guitar), Leopold Blu Sky (Bass)


Artist : Eilera

Album : Face Your Demons

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 13-11-2016

'Eilera', singer, guitarist and author composieur French, accompanied by talented musicians, released his 4th studio album and it was with this album that I discover it. We are in a classical register between rock and metal with melodic compositions which highlight his voice that can move closer to singers of the metal as ' Sharon den Adel ('Within Temptation') or Simone Simons ('Epica'). The comparison stops there, because even if we got on some guitar riffs, overall is a lot less metal than the groups mentioned and one closer to Anette Olzon (real) style' which was not really in its place with 'Nightwish' (listen to his latest album 'Shine'). In summary, 'Eilera' continues her snowman path and that she has the ability with this Face Your Demons to touch a public age, getting out a 'tad' trails open him certainly not the doors of French radio, and that's a shame...
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Line Up / Musicians

Aurélie Potin Suau ' Eilera' (Vocal), Jan Sormo (Bass), Lauri Salomaa (Keybords), Roni Seppänen (Guitars), Toni Paananen (Drums)


Artist : Iron Mask

Album : Diabolica

Release Date : 21-09-2016

Added : 14-11-2016

With the Belgians of Iron Mask', no surprise, is the symphonic power that awaits you. It's true in all but this 'Diabolica' goes beyond stereotypes, because from the first listen, it fits easily in the titles, which on the one hand are quite different from each other and on the other hand bring each their dose of unstoppable melody. It is certain, if the big guitar riffs as well as singers thoroughly pushing their voices aren't your cup of tea, go your way. For others, test by listening to nothing as the first title I' Don't Forget, I don't Forgive': If you're insensitive to the chorus and guitar solo, well, stay in there. Otherwise, you have a great chance to love everything. Note, the latest title 'Cursed In The Devil's Mill', about 14 minutes, which is a good summary of what 'Iron Mask' propose us throughout 'Diabolica' with rhythms and moods changes where 'Dushan Petrossi' guitar solos reminds me of the game to a certain Eddie Van Halen. To conclude, this latest installment is a complete success and will certainly be for fans of melodic metal to include prominently in their disco...
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Line Up / Musicians

Diego Valdez (Vocal), Dushan Petrossi (Guitars), Ramy Ali (Drums), Vassili Moltchanov (Bass)


Artist : Hardline

Album : Human Nature

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 15-11-2016

'Hardline' is not to strictly speaking a very prolific group because in fifteen years of existence, they come out their 5th album 'Human Nature'. Their style is marked by an influential hard rock of the 1970s with a more powerful sound. All titles are a condensed version of what groups such as 'Deep Purple', 'Foreigner' or 'Uriah Heep' we could produce in those years there. The first 2 agreements of the ballad 'Human Nature' make me think of Aerosmith's 'Dream On' '. Everything is done to have a good time with ultra effective melodies that make us the foot for the more rhythmic cuts tapper and beautiful ballads like 'Take Your Home'. In short, 'Human Nature' is to consume without moderation for all lovers of classic hard rock and beyond, is accessible to as many...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alessandro Del Vecchio (Keybords), Anna Portalupi (Bass), Francesco Jovino (Drums), Johnny Gioeli (Vocal), Josh Ramos (Guitars)


Artist : Existance

Album : Breaking The Rock

Release Date : 15-10-2016

Added : 16-11-2016

In hard rock continues: after ' Hardline ', it's the turn of existence', French, released his 2nd album 'Breaking The Rock' group. The style is more metal than existence ' and it is closer to groups such as 'Saxon' for the titles the most heavy. It is super classic but very effective with a perfect balance between the Sung parts and solos of guitar where 'Anthony' and 'Julian' are given some to heart joy and show a nice partnership. There is no dead time and all the pieces are linked in a very fast pace until the last title track of the album. In short, 'Existence' is a group who would not mismatched in the 1980s and this 'Breaking The Rock', to parody a famous candy bar pub, ' it's Dynamite! …
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Line Up / Musicians

Antoine Poiret (Guitars), Julian Izard (Vocal / Guitars), Julien Robilliard (Bass), Nicolas Martineau (Drums)


Artist : Tyketto

Album : Reach

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 17-11-2016

For those who do not know 'Tyketto', it's a group that formed in the early 1990s with his 'Danny Vaughn' singer and that overrated in rock at the time with groups such as 'Def Leppard', 'Whitesnake' or 'Bon Jovi'. After many years of absence, during which 'Danny Vaughn' has released solo albums, 'Tyketto' then reformed in 2012 with the release of 'Dig In Deep' and 2016 sees the release of 'Reach'. And, no surprise, we find the style starts with a very melodic rock and effective super eighties tinted securities. It navigates between titles mid-tempo as 'Reach' or 'Circle The Wagons', others more rhythmic as 'The Fatest Man Alive', 'Kick Like A Mule' or 'Big Money' and others still, much quieter as 'Letting Go' or 'Scream'. To conclude, without revolutionizing anything, 'Tyketto' done as they say a 'good job' and released an album to consume on the spot which will probably allow you to spend a lovely time...
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Line Up / Musicians

Danny Vaughn (Vocal), Chris Childs (Bass), Chris Green (Guitars), Ged Rylands (Keybords), Michael Clayton (Drums)


Artist : Kee Marcello

Album : Scaling Up

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 18-11-2016

'Kee Marcello' was for the younger end of the ' 80s, Member of the group 'Europe' (after 'The Final Countdown'). This talented guitarist continues since a solo carriee and has just released a new album 'Scaling Up' in 2016. Of course, all remains influenced by these rock hard sources but each title is a melodic gem with refrains to measure and is decorated with a guitar solo as Kee's secrecy. Note 2 titles of the period ' Europe ', 'Wild Child' and 'Don' t Know How To Love No More' who had never been out and which have been re-recorded and rearranged for this album. To conclude, here is what Kee said at the release of his last album: "the whole idea of 'Scaling Up' has been to use music from my past as a canvas to paint a picture of what I am now and where I stretch in the future as guitarise, singer and composer. I think I found the right balance between the past and the present, and it is interpreted by the best group of musicians with whom I have ever had the honor to play!" …
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Line Up / Musicians

Kee Marcello (Vocal, Guitars, Keybords), Darby Todd (Drums), Ken Sandin (Bass), Mattias Eklundh (Guitars / Invité), Michele Luppi (Keybords / Invité)


Artist : Marcela Bovio

Album : Unprecedented

Release Date : 23-09-2016

Added : 19-11-2016

After a decade of existence, the 'Stream Of Passion' Group decided to end his adventure and his 'Marcela Bovio' singer took the opportunity to release a solo album in acoustic simply accompanied by a String Quartet, 'The Dudok Quartet'. We already knew his sublime voice within 'Stream Of Passion' but this 'Unprecedented' highlights of course still more his talent as these are titles that she composed and are therefore infuences in his native Mexico. Must of course to completely surrender to this album to remove the richness and the beauty, the marriage between the strings and the voice bringing very often this little thrill so significant an emotion in its pure State (his lyrical voice is a rare on 'Stars' intensity). In conclusion, we can only welcome this bold choice of Marcela, who takes the risk of cutting fans 'Stream Of Passion' but also to a wider audience, but which will certainly delight all lovers looking for musical discoveries...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marcela Bovio (Vocal), Le Dudok Quartet : Judith Van Driel (Violin), Marleen Wester (Violin), Lotte de Vries (Alto), David Faber (Cello)


Artist : Beth Hart

Album : Fire On The Floor

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 20-11-2016

'Beth Hart', I had discovered in 2015 with 'Better Than Home', just released in 2016 new album 'Fire On The Floor'. Unlike 'Beter Than Home' which was relatively nostalgic, this latest installment is clearly more positive. Entry, with 'Jazz Man', you find yourself snapping in rhythm. The second title, 'Gangster Love', even if one finds a more wistful mid-tempo, the voice is there and gives you emotions as few artists do. Following 'Coca Cola' a kind of casual blues where his voice works wonders and the title of 'Let's Get Together' is very pop to eighties fashion. The suite is made up of the same barrel, a mix of pop style, blues, rock, jazz, gospel, and so on. In short, with this 'Fire On The Floor', 'Beth Hart' still shows an evolution and confirms, if need be, that his talent is still intact and continue to touch us always as much by his voice and his compositions prints of real emotion...
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Line Up / Musicians

Beth Hart (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords / Drums / Piano), Brian Allen (Bass), Dean Parks (Guitars), Ivan Neville (Keybords), Jim Cox (Keybords), Michael Landau (Guitars), Rick Marotta (Drums), Waddy Wachtel (Guitars)


Artist : Pretenders

Album : Alone

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 21-11-2016

Born in the 50s, 'Chissie Hynde', has always been the emblem of the rocker free and committed since the 1970s rock bands with a singer who played more electric guitar were not legion. And Yes, like what rock it preserves, she just celebrated his 65th birthday and fate under the name of his group 'Pretenders', a new album, 'Alone'. First, entry, with the title track, it is the characteristic voice that is yours in memory and you returns some thirty five years back and 'Precious' running in a loop on the microphone family. It's a little less off while the magic is still there: securities short and simple in the best tradition of a live rock, without artifice, but cursed effective. It is also entitled to securities more quiet which are also part of his trademark as this beautiful 'Let's Get Lost' or 'Death Is Not Enough'. In summary, 'Alone' takes back a few years back and allow children to discover a voice of rock legend...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chrissie Hynde (Vocal, Guitar), Dave Roe (Bass), Dan Auerbach (Vocal / Guitars), Kenny Vaughan (Guitars), Leon Michels (Keybords), Richard Swift (Drums), Russ Pahl (Pedal Steel)


Artist : C.T.P.

Album : Now & Then

Release Date : 07-10-2016

Added : 22-11-2016

Prior to this album, I had never heard of 'Christian Tolle', guitarist and journalist German who invited musicians met throughout his career to get out 'Now & Then'. Therefore, it is a very diverse album mixing hard rock, blues rock, melodic rock, ballads and even a title instrumental rock jazz. We're having a good time listening to this melting pot of styles, where 6 different singers share the different titles. If he had retained a few titles, I'd say 'Magic Pudding' for its rhythm, 'The Real Thing' for its melody, 'Changed' for its removed. In short, this Now & Then will no doubt delight a wide enough audience used to mix hard rock and melodic rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Christian Tolle (Guitar, Bass) + Invités : Michael Voss (Vocal), John Cuijpers (Vocal), John Parr (Vocal), Rick Riso (Vocal), Philip Bardowell (Vocal), David Reece (Vocal), Chuck Wright (Bass), Doug Aldrich (Guitar), Guido Lehmann (Mandolin), Harold Van Gestel (Choirs), Lauren Scheff (Bass), Michael Landau (Guitar), Morris Adriaens (Guitar), Pit Hupperten (Choirs), Raymond Herveille (Drums), Stephan Scheuss (Choirs), Steve Lukather (Guitar), Tim Pierce (Guitar)


Artist : TCP

Album : Temporal Chaos

Release Date : 12-07-2016

Added : 23-11-2016

Still a progressive rock band I discovered in 2016. 'TCP' ('for Temporal Chaos Project') is an American group that has just released his third album 'Temporal Chaos'. For the followers of progressive music anymore, certainly several listenings to discover entirely this latest installment so please it's dense and rich as the 8 titles, 4 are between 9 minutes and 12 minutes; first listen simply enabled me to realize a multitude of influences drawn, here and there, both in ancient formations in more recent groups and that all these blends are so wise that it shows a world of 'TCP'. Just by listening to the 'Forest Of Lovelies' title I could quote in bulk, 'Genesis', 'Pink Floyd', 'Alan Parson Project', 'IQ', 'Marillion' or even 'Pendragon'. The introduction of Impetus' makes me think of 'Arena' and 'Paul Manzi' singing, central singing to children is a marvel and the final worthy of the greatest progressive compositions. There is really nothing to throw and throughout the titles, it is balanced between parts of an incredible emotional force and other fabulous creativity. In short, this 'Temporal Chaos' is an example type of album in the purest tradition of the progressive music of the last 40 years and can be a gateway that is accessible to those who would discover this style...
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Line Up / Musicians

Henry Tarnecky (Vocal, Keybords), Blake Tobias (Bass, Keybords), Jack Wright (Guitar, Drums), Glenn Arpino (Keybords)


Artist : Love De Vice

Album : Pills

Release Date : 24-06-2016

Added : 24-11-2016

The poles 'Love of Vice' in 2016 their 3rd album and it is still a group that I discovered with this 'Pills'. Entry, with 'No Escape', is modern and efficient the Muse rock and angry guitars riffs. But, to each title, we discover another facet of the Group: 'Ritual' is a much darker mid-tempo title that use strings that enhance this atmosphere of blackness. With 'Best Of World', meet in a melancholic acoustic ballad accompanied by a rhythm to the 'Phil Collins'. The next title, 'Afraid' is more rock with the main phrase repeated throughout the title which always ask the same question to which a response is pending but that never comes. 'Pills', is again an acoustic title very successful alternating between the violin and the very sensitive voice of 'Kasia Granecka'. There is even the end of the album to the Blues with 'Nobody Owns Me'. Anyway, as you will understand, even if they are not changing much, do not love the consistency to join this 'Pills' that offers a range of different styles...
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Line Up / Musicians

Andrzej "Messi" Archanowicz (Guitar), Tomasz "Kudel" Kudelski (Drums), Robert "R.i.P." Pelka (Bass), Krzysztof "Krzychu" Slaby (Keybords), Pawel "Ozzie" Granecki (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : Evership

Album : Evership

Release Date : 01-07-2016

Added : 25-11-2016

Although they are from Nashville, 'Evership' is a progressive rock band in the tradition of the groups of the 1970s. 6 titles in all and 5 which are more than 9 minutes to almost 14 minutes, here's what awaits you with this self-titled album of the group which is the first baby of 'Shane Atkinson' who never stopped composing since the 1990s and which declares to have material for at least 4 albums. His influences are varied: fine artists from the progressive rock of the 1970s to classical composers and opera through big names like 'Chick Corea' or 'Al Di Meola' music. And the result is a magnificent melting pot progressive melodic, rich and dense as well on the thing on the voice plan plan and need you to definitely several listenings to draw the very substance. In the end, 'Evership' is still a gradual discovery of the year 2016, which will delight fans of this style and I hope even beyond...
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Line Up / Musicians

Shane Atkinson (Vocal, Keybords, Drums), Beau West (Vocal), + Invités : James Atkinson (Guitar), Rob Higginbotham (Guitar), Jaymi Millard (Bass), Nicelle Priebe (Violin), Mike Priebe (Choirs), Brandon Vestal (Guitar), Dan Smalley (Guitar)


Artist : Peter Hanmer

Album : Wide Open Spaces

Release Date : 16-06-2016

Added : 26-11-2016

How to say, 'Peter Hanmer' is a little crossing instrumental between 'Pink Floyd', 'Alan Parson Project', 'Santana' and even 'Deep Purple' because it has fallen into the pot of progressive rock when he was small so we get closer to these groups. Originally from South Africa, it comes out 'Wide Open Spaces', a set of instrumental tracks where one navigates between acoustic guitar and electric guitar in a natural way and there seems to know already every melody because it reminds us of one of the above groups; It is obvious even on 'Distant Horizon - Pt2' where we meet, some 40 years ago in 'Dogs' to 'Floyds'. In summary, a good melodic instrumental disc that will delight not only any music fan progressive of the 1980s but also accessible to a much wider audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Peter Hanmer (Guitar, Keybords), Larry Rose (Drums, Percusions), Dave Sharp (Organ Hammond, Bass, Piano, Saxophone)


Artist : Afforested

Album : Frithu

Release Date : 01-07-2016

Added : 27-11-2016

'Afforested' is a group created by 2 brothers original English, Alex and Jonathan Betts; they just released their 2nd album and are very discreet on the canvas because it is very difficult to find information on this latest installment 'Frithu' who does not pay the Chronicle. The style is folk and they mix acoustic and electric instruments. Their influences include bands like 'Jethro Tull' or 'Renaissance' with a well anchored in the 70s/80s. It does not revolutionize the genre, but having a good time listening to the 12 titles that were inspired by medieval stories featuring the characters living in the forest. In short, 'Frithu' should be welcomed by any fan of traditional folk...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jonathan Betts (Vocal, Guitar, Bass, mandolin), Alex Betts (Keybords, Drums, Flute)


Artist : Blind Ego

Album : Liquid

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 27-11-2016

Blind Ego is the solo project of 'Kalle Wallner', German guitarist who officiates in the 'RPWL' group. He released a new album 'Liquid' and for the occasion he invited musicians and talented progressive international singers. We are plunged entry in a rock atmosphere with alternating between acoustic and electric parts. In some places, we can if to prevent reference to RPWL (like the intro of 'Tears And Laughter'), but overall, we discover with this album a melodic style that its own with rock and powerful titles occasionally flirting with hard rock. Note the last title, 'Speak The Truth', beautiful ballad which closed the album in an admirable way. In summary, this 'Liquid' is a very good vintage and, even if it requires several listenings to discover every nook and cranny, remains accessible to a broad audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Kalle Wallner (Guitar) + Invités : Aaron Brooks (Vocal), Arno Menses(Vocal), Erik Ez Blomkvist (Vocal), Heiko Jung (Bass), Michael Schwager (Drums), Ralf Schwager (Bass), Sebastian Harnack (Bass)


Artist : Visionatica

Album : Force Of Luna

Release Date : 20-05-2016

Added : 28-11-2016

Listening to 'Force Of Luna' of 'Visionatica', we have first believe that it is only their first album and then we say that a band like 'Within Temptation' could get out this kind of album as 'Tamara' registry is very close to the 'Sharon Den Adel'. After the introduction instrumental to use for this type of groups (with choruses galore), one starts sped away with a 'Swamp Of The World' that camp décor and already the resemblance with their elders is obvious. We feel a real potential in this young group who collects melodic and effective securities with an impression of naturalness and ease. In short, our 'Visionatica' Germans may hard talking to them in the years to come and fans of symphonic Metal to rally to their cause...
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Line Up / Musicians

Tamara Avodem (Vocal), Michael (Bass), Gerhard (Drums), Manuel (Guitar)


Artist : Dare

Album : Sacred Ground

Release Date : 15-07-2016

Added : 29-11-2016

'Dare' is a group who released his first album in 1988 and who is the 'Darren Wharton' project, the former keyboardist of 'Thin Lizzy'. Well some 28 years after the first album, 'Sacred Ground' was born in 2016 and found guitarist of origin 'Vinny Burns' who has worked in the meantime in other formations, among other 'Asia'. The 11 titles are real melodic gems and the style remains firmly anchored in the 1980s with influences from the groups of that time as 'Foreigner'. The duo found Darren/Vinnny works perfectly and we feel a deep emotion in some compositions such as 'Every Time You Say Good Bye' or 'All Our Brass Was Gold' that reminds me of melancholy by some 'Bruce Springsteen' titles. In short, our 'Dare' English out far modes, an album out of time which will delight fans but which should, hopefully, introduce them to a wide audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Darren Wharton (Vocal / Keybords), Vinny Burns (Guitars), Kevin Whitehead (Drums), Marc Roberts (Keybords), Nigel Clutterbuck (Bass), Paris Wharton (Guitars / Invité)


Artist : Metalwings

Album : Fallen Angel In The Hell

Release Date : 12-05-2016

Added : 30-11-2016

'Metalwings' is a group coming from Bulgaria and 2016 sees the release of their first EP. This new formation was created by a soprano 'Stela Atanasova' also violinist and keyboardist; they evolve in a symphonic style, making them closer to the leaders of this type with very melodic compositions where the piano and violin bring a classic touch and fit perfectly with electric guitars. Finally, 'Metalwings' is located on the border of groups such as 'Within Temptation' for melodies, 'Band' to the vocal similarity and 'Lyriel' for the side Folk brought by the violin and one can think that they should get a good place in the years to come among the references of the kind...
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Line Up / Musicians

Stela Atanasova (Vocal, Violin, Keybords), Grigor Kostadinov (Guitar), Krastyo Jordanov (Guitar, Vocal, Flute), Konstantin Uzunov (Bass), Angel Kitanov (Keybords), Blackie (Drums)


Artist : Theatre Des Vampires

Album : Candyland

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 01-12-2016

We know the Italians 'Theatre of the Vampires' for their rock side black enough where usually the themes don't come out of the world 'bears'. With this 'Candyland', this is the story of this business of Pennsylvania who hid the adults and children with severe mental disorders and who was described as "hell on Earth". Not easy to address topics of this type but the 'Theatre of the Vampires' style is there ready very well. We discover a very diverse album and filled with good surprises like this resulting resurrection Mary, this captivating 'Delusional Denial', 'Candyland' pointing out the heavy side of this universe and this magnificent 'Pierrot Lunar' who can only touch the listener by its lencinente melody. Overall, this album is a great consistency but definitely intended for an informed public and request many listen to penetrate this very special world...
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Line Up / Musicians

Sonya Scarlet (Vocal), Giorgio Ferrante (Guitar, Chœurs), Zimon Lijoi (Bass, Chœurs), Fabian Varesi (Keybords, Chœurs), Gabriel Valerio (Drums, Chœurs)


Artist : Eric Johnson

Album : EJ

Release Date : 07-10-2016

Added : 02-12-2016

'Eric Johnson' will soon celebrate his 40-year career, and he continues his merry way away from the hype. He just released a new album in the simple name of initials 'EJ' which is the image of the bare content up to the point of music. No frills, he traded his Stratocaster for an acoustic guitar with a trip in a clear and intimate world. Navigate between ballads, a theme Spanish, folk and even jazz with palpable emotion interpretation that affects us. In summary, this 'EJ' is a soothing album and is recommended to all public seeking above all the authenticity in the music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Eric Johnson (Vocal / Guitars) + Invités : Chris Maresh (Bass), Doyle Dykes, John Hagen (Cello), Molly Emerman (Violin), Roscoe Beck (Bass), Tommy Taylor (Drums), Wayne Salzmann (Drums)


Artist : Cécile Corbel

Album : Vagabonde

Release Date : 06-10-2016

Added : 03-12-2016

'Cécile Corbel', singer and harpist, has already released 5 studio albums and Soundtracks of films (including the last ' land of bears') in a little more than 10 years of career. 'Wanderer' is the 6th studio album by the Breton where she continues to make us travel in the folk world. For this opus, it pushes the limits of its simple Britain to ship guests such as the sénagalais 'Faada Freddy' with the title 'The girl with no name', wonderful mix of cultures for this 'Celtic-Senegalese' style, with a total and beautiful of 2 nesting influences. Of course, the voice of Cecilia is always filled with emotions and lulls us throughout the 13 tracks. To conclude, well beyond its roots, 'Céline Corbel' offers with this 'vagabond' of compositions outside the time and borders, a sort of universal album that should delight a wide enough audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Cécile Corbel (Vocal / Harp), Anne-sophie Gole (Accordion, Flute), Antoine Solmiac (Violin), Benoit Volant (Violin), Camille Philippe (Guitars / Mandolin), Christophe Piot (Drums), Cyril Maurin (Guitars / Banjo), Cyrille Bonneau (Flute), Ewen Henderson (Fiddle), Gary Innes (Accordion), Julien Grattard (Cello), Mark Scobbie (Drums), Pierre Cadoret (Flute), Ross Saunders (Bass), Ryan Murphy (Flute), Simon Caby (Guitars / Drums / Harmonium), Faada Freddy (Vocal / Invité), Gabriel Yacoub (Vocal / Invité), Les Moorings (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Popa Chubby

Album : The Catfish

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 04-12-2016

'Ted Horowitz' won't necessarily much but 'Popa Chubby' certainly a lot more. Now with twenty years of career and the same number of studio album, he always comes back with a new album 'The Catfish' in the great tradition of blues rock. But, this The Catfish, even if we remain in the classic pattern of 3 basic chords, it's also the pranks in the world of funk with 'Going Downtown' or 'Good Thing', with 'Bye Bye Love' reggae or Jazz with 'Wes Is More' or bass works wonders. We also got a 'Motörhead Saved My Life' frenzied where Popa tells us how the music of 'Mothoread' pulled him from his native Brooklyn or this air blues 'Gilmour' in tribute to the 'Charlie Hebdo' attack that will give you goosebumps. In short, everything is good in this 'The Catfish' and it is recommend to those looking for authentic in our world so formatted...
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Line Up / Musicians

Popa Chubby (Vocal, Guitar), Francesco Beccaro (Bass), Chris Reddan (Drums), Richie Monica (Drums), Dave Keyes (Keybords), Tipina Horowitz (Trompette)


Artist : Status Quo

Album : Aquostic II – That’s A Fact

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 05-12-2016

Pending the restoration of Rick, who has been the victim of a heart attack in June 2016, 'Status Quo' released a second album of acoustic titles from their nearly 50-year career. We are rediscovering all these anthems repeatedly listened to them in a new light because they are not taken as what and for example 'Roll Over Lay Down' brings a rhythmic swaying cutting with the tempo boogie of origin; with 'Dear John' and his accompaniment on the accordion, we're far from the 1982 version. We also discover titles like 'One For The Road' or 'One Of Everything' appearing on any studio album. "Lover OF The Human Race' shows also an another 'Status Quo', namely to beautiful ballads that have too often been cleared before the Group standards, fans finding them too"sweet. " In the end, if you knew that a 'Status Quo' with 'In The Army Now' (by the way, one of the titles that I like the least), try this 'Aquostic II' to discover another facet of this group amblematique in 50 years...
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Line Up / Musicians

Francis Rossi (Guitar, Vocal), Rick Parfitt (Guitar, Vocal), Andrew Bown (Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Piano, Vocal), John 'Rhino' Edwards (Bass, Guitar, Vocal), Leon Cave (Drums, Guitar, Vocal)


Artist : RPWL

Album : Plays Pink Floyd’s ‘The Man and the Journey’

Release Date : 28-10-2016

Added : 06-12-2016

When we talk about 'Pink Floyd', we often have to do 2 types of fans: those who prefer the first part of career and those who began to know with 'The Wall'. For my part, I appreciate each period with necessarily a preference for early because they were precursors and it helped develop what is called the psychedelic and beyond progressive music. It is this first period that is put in the spotlight by the German 'RPWL' group that interprets 'The Man and The Journey' of 1969 where securities of the beginning of the career of the 'Floyd' but under different names to make them stick to the 2 concepts: the day of an ordinary man ('The Man') and a theme around the trip ('The Journey'). Must of course recover in the context of these years and thinking at the time, they were alien figure: rediscovered tracks from Ummagumma' or 'More' but also the pieces very forward on their time as 'Work', 'Doing It' or 'Sleep' (taking part of ' Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' from the album 'A Saucerful of Secrets') who flirt with contemporary music. 'The Man' ends with the monumental 'Nightmare' who is none other than 'Cymbaline' from the album 'More' follow-up to a short cover of 'Grantchester Meadows"from Ummagumma' already using the ticking of the clock as a tempo. When the second part, it starts with 'The Beginning', whose original title was 'Green Is The Color' and the following 2 titles 'Vocals By Creatures of the Deep' for 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene' and 'The Narrow Way' ('David Gilmour' composition) are also on 'Ummagumma'. Then comes the 'Pink Jungle' which comes from the period 'Syd Barrett' ('The Piper at the Gates of Dawn') with her cries of animals. Following 'The Labyrinths of Auximenes', together sound effects built around the same Light sentence of manual and 'Behold the Temple of' piece highlighting the rooms of reverberation of the guitar in the background keyboards. The final 'The End Of The Beginning' is the second part of 'A Saucerful of Secrets' of Ummagumma' with the theme that rises in crescendo to end with the accompaniment to the song originally from 'Gilmour'. In summary, 'RPWL' makes us rediscover a work not very known but nevertheless major 'Floyds' which thanks to their creativity and their experimental compositions have been the pioneer and still constitute an inexhaustible source of inspiration even now for many artists...
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Line Up / Musicians

Yogi Lang (Vocal, Keybords), Karlheinz Wallner (Guitars), Marc Turiaux (Drums), Markus Jehle (Keybords), Werner Taus (Bass),


Artist : Lazuli

Album : Nos Ames Saoules

Release Date : 25-01-2016

Added : 07-12-2016

'Lazuli' is a French group who released his 6th album 'Our souls drink' early 2016. With this latest installment, there was still an evolution in the compositions which are more controlled and sought after. Influences are multiple but overall, their universe is progressive with a very modern sound, sometimes tinged with electro. As well, the second 'Kiss Kool' effect is undoubtedly the poetry of their texts that brings an atmosphere except that reminds me of the atmosphere of some songs of Angel '. Entry, 'the time is at rage' is a strong title with a magnificent crescendo and a powerful text to the attacks of January 2015. Examples include 'The Mar of the past,' which tells the current rise of extremism. In short, nothing to throw in this latest installment: our compatriots 'Lazuli' continue their merry way far away from the media turmoil and this is a pity because if they were recognized at the height of their talent, they would certainly be headlining of the French artists (one can always dream!) …
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Line Up / Musicians

Claude Leonetti (Léode), Dominique Leonetti (Vocal / Guitars / Mandolin), Gédéric Byar (Guitars), Romain Thorel (Keybords / Cor), Vincent Barnabol (Drums / Percussions, Marimbas)


Artist : Gustavo Santhiago

Album : Animam

Release Date : 26-05-2016

Added : 08-12-2016

'Gustavo Santhiago' is a Brazilian composer who was 17 years old and who just released his first instrumental album, started already 5 years, in which he plays the keyboard, bass and flute. Listening to the different titles, one is immersed in a progressive style of the 1970s very melodic and very accessible. The different titles reveal an innocence and a spontaneity and although everything seems to flow naturally, we feel an exceptional work on the instrumental level. If he had retained a title, I'd say 'Animam (Part 2)' that mixes classic games with including this wonderful introduction to the classic organ and other more rock a bit by the 'Alan Parson Project' or even very close to 'Pink Floyd'. In summary, this young Brazilian has everything to amaze us and certainly do talk about him in the near future because one feels at home a great ability to compose...
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Line Up / Musicians

Gustavo Santhiago (Keybords, Organ, Flute, Bass), Felipe Salvego (Guitar), Ricardo Santhiago (Guitar), Ilan Milnet (Bass), Giovanni Lenty (Drums), Gabriel Costa (Drums)


Artist : Artist Proof

Album : AP1

Release Date : 08-07-2016

Added : 09-12-2016

'Artist Proof' is an Australian Group that just released his first album 'AP1' and they do not have the buzz on the internet with a facebook site but very difficult to find a worthy of the name column. First of all, we got a beautiful cover and they define themselves as artists who created an evocatif rock, inspired by the graphic arts. Ensuie, listening, is somewhat a mixture of 'Queen' and his theatrical, for melancholy ' David Bowie' and 'Pink Floyd' for certain instrumental parts. The style is so between pop and rock with a sense of melody in a very epic atmosphere. They draw their inspiration from traditional groups while developing their own universe that make a group apart in the world of pop/rock music. In conclusion, 'Artist Proof' with this first album 'AP1' makes us spend a very nice time and it a safe bet that they are likely to talk about them in the years to come...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chris Pattenden (Guitar), Andrew Schapper (Keybords), Daniel East (Guitar), Chris Rourke (Bass)


Artist : Motis

Album : Sur Les Chemins (Live)

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 10-12-2016

Our French 'Motis' who have already a few hours of flights, come out in the year 2016, a live 'On the road'. It is the opportunity to discover this group out of batus trails and that offers us a catchy folk and mix diverse influences from progressive music of the last 40 years. At the level of the texts, we think of groups as 'Angel' or 'Lazuli' and the Hammond organ instrumental level brings a retro that necessarily takes back us a few decades back with groups like 'Génésis' or 'Yes'. All titles are taken from the album 'Josquin Messonier' and having a good time listening to all these titles, poetic, melodic and very accessible. In short, 'Motis' continue to entertain us outside the modes and uniformity that x-rays bombard us daily...
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Line Up / Musicians

Emmanuel Tissot (Vocal, electric Bouzouki électrique, Mellotron, Organ Hammond), Tony Carvalho (Drums, Chœurs), Martial Baudoin (Bass, Chœurs)


Artist : Skiltron

Album : Legacy Of Blood

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 11-12-2016

And Yes, let it be said, our friends from 'Skiltron' are not Scots but many Argentines. No change of major style for this latest installment 'Legacy Of Blood', there are always things to do in a very catchy folk metal; in other words, it's a 'Tri Yann' in metal mode. For my part, it's in titles not too speed that I prefer them like for example 'Commited To The Call' or 'The Taste Of Victory' who all have a very strong pace on which you can you keep the beat. In summary, although this album remains quite agreed, 'Skiltron' continues its momentum with songs that will be certainly well received by fans at concerts...
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Line Up / Musicians

Martin McManus (Vocal), Emilio Souto (Vocal, Guitar), Ignacio Lopez (Bass), Matias Pena (Drums), Pereg Ar Bagol (Bagpipe)


Artist : Kyros

Album : Vox Humana

Release Date : 05-11-2016

Added : 12-12-2016

'Kyros' (formerly 'Synaesthesia') is a group of English who saw the day in 2012 and who released his 2nd album 'Vox Humana'. To locate them, in the world of progressive music, they mix influences from the 1980s like 'Genesis' or 'Depeche Mode' by incorporating other styles of newer groups like 'Muse' or 'Porpucine Tree' to cite only a few references. For this latest installment is not 1 but 2 CD representing 16 titles and 80 minutes of music concept and a reflection on our world with its technological evolutions which are not always favourable to the man. The result: an album very varied with multiple ingredients that can to divert some preferring compliance but which is a major asset for any fan of 'Prog', because in the end, this melting pot of influences allows 'Kyros' to create their own universe. And as so often in this case, 'Vox Humana' unfolds listen after listen and adds to the already large list of must-see new 2016 in the field of the progressive music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Adam Warne (Vocal, Keybords), Joey Frevola (Guitare), Sam Higgings (Vocal, Guitar), Peter Episcopo (Vocal, Bass), Robin Johnson (Drums, Percussions)


Artist : Doracor

Album : Passioni Postmoderne di un Musicista

Release Date : 29-07-2016

Added : 13-12-2016

With 'Doracor', Italian group led by 'Corrado Sardella' who already has 20 of existence and who released a double album concept in 2016, we're full foot in the progressive scene of the 70s very far from media agitation and unfortunately little Chronicle by the specialized press. As usual, 'Corrado Sardella' surrounds many musicians to interpret his compositions with multiple drawers which are necessarily intended for an informed public and require many listen to penetrate every nook and cranny. The theme revolves around the life after death and experiences built on previous existences. The listener therefore embarked on a trip where different styles and rhythms occur throughout the album. If you want to get an idea, listen to the ultimate title 'A new sole' atmospheric mixing, jazz, symphonic and rock epic. In short, even if it will probably intended for a very small audience, this new installment of 'Doracor' is worth the detour and shows that creativity still exists if we make the effort to get...
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Line Up / Musicians

Corrado Sardella (Keybords),Red Canzian (Bass), Kostas Milonas (Drums), Roberto Tiranti (Vocal), Alessandro Corvaglia (Vocal), Riccardo Mastantuono (Guitar, Volon), Maurizio Testani (Bass), Patrizio Destriere (Saxophone), Milton Damia (Vocal, Guitar), Jacky Man (Bass), Mike Wilbury (Guitar), Andrea Pavoni (Keybords), Mario Barletta (Trompette), Nicola Di Già (Guitar), Mimmo Picco (Guitar), Ian Beabout (Flute traversière)


Artist : Night Falls

Album : Embrace The Journey

Release Date : 25-09-2016

Added : 14-12-2016

Again a new group who, after 2 EP, released their first album 'Embrace The Journey'. The poles 'As Night Falls' work in a symphonic power metal with singer and surf on the current wave of training as 'Within Temptation' for the 'Ancient Bards' or symphonic side for the side Power. While the compositions are fairly agreed and Anna has still some effort to master her singing but 'As Night Falls' is not without asset to evolve in this style with titles like 'Eternal Dance' and its refrain, which is expected to fly in concert, 'Lost In Words' mid-tempo with a very successful of keyboards and guitars integration or even 'Beyond The Hatred' for his symphonic side at will. In summary, 'As Night Falls' released a good album and we hope that the trial will be transformed in the near future and they will find their own personality to make a name in the great family of the Symphonic Metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Anna Achtelik (Vocal), Paweł Dylewski (Guitar), Darek Markiewicz (Drums), Lukasz Siwy (Keybords), Paweł Siruga (Bass)


Artist : Flight Of Fire

Album : Path Of The Phoenix

Release Date : 01-10-2016

Added : 15-12-2016

'Flight Of Fire' is an American Group made up of 4 women who just released their 3rd album which is more like an EP because it totals only 26 minutes of music for 7 titles. Despite this short album, they submit a range of their different styles with first 2 titles very rock 'Ten Thousand Voices' and 'Rockstar Life' to 'Halestorm', then 'My Last Gamble' sauce an Acoustic Blues fast enough, then back with 2 songs catchy 'One More Ship' and 'Better Off Without You,' that reminds me of some standards of the 1970s. 'In Spite Of You', it's an acoustic ballad with a wonderful exchange between the voice of Maverick and choirs. The last song 'Daughters Of Venus' and very melodic and flirts with hard rock. In short, if you like energetic but nonetheless classic rock 'Flight Of Fire' is right for you...
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Line Up / Musicians

Maverick (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords), Tanya Venom (Guitar, Choirs), Tia Mayhem (Bass, Choirs), Kat Dukeshire (Drums, Choirs)


Artist : Tri Yann

Album : La Belle Enchantée

Release Date : 15-04-2016

Added : 16-12-2016

With this pouch where beauty was dressed because of censorship on the platforms of download (no, no, this is not a joke!), 'The beautiful Enchanted' is the last album of 'Tri Yann' that will soon celebrate their 45 years of career and who continue their merry way without flinching away from the media tumult. With this latest installment, we find the charm of Celtic songs on previous albums such as 'Le Pélegrin' or 'Abyss' was known. The theme of this album turn around of the tales and legends of Britain. As per usual, we have different styles and rhythms: securities removed as 'Far Away From Skye', beautiful ballads like 'ankou, the libertine, and the mark' or 'the bayadere and the King' where the warm voice of 'Jean-Paul Corbineau' as ever, touches of ritornellos (round of Loudéac) with a very modern as him very resulting in 'The good fam in the courti'. And as always when everything ends with a song that never leaves you, it can't be insensitive to 'The beautiful Enchanted' with the participation of the Bagad of Saint-Nazaire. In summary, what can I say to see once again that 'Tri Yann' done part full of our life and finally the 33 laps of 'discovery or ignorance' 1976 running loop on turntables disks has not aged a bit and the 'three John' continue always 40 years after to always delight us as much...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jean Chocun (Vocal, Chœurs, Guitar Acoustic, Mandolin, Banjo, Dulcimer), Jean-Paul Corbineau (Vocal, Ghœurs, Guitar Acoustic), Jean-Louis Jossic (Vocal, Chœurs, Cromorne, Bombarde, Chalemie, Psaltérion), Gérard Goron (Chœurs, Drums, Percussions, Mandoloncelle, Dulcimer, Guitar Electrique), Jean-Luc Chevalier (Guitars acoustique, Electrique, Bass), Konan Mevel (Bagpipe, Veuze, Northumbrian Pipes, Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle, Midi-pipes), Freddy Bourgeois (Piano, Keybords, Chœurs), Christophe Peloil (Violin, Alto, Bass, Tin Whistle, Chœurs)


Artist : Fractal Cypher

Album : The Human Paradox

Release Date : 16-09-2016

Added : 17-12-2016

'Fractal Cypher' is a Canadian band that was only 2 years old and that his second album 'The Human Paradox'. It took me several listenings to penetrate their universe because on most of the titles that are usually quite long, they offer us a progressive metal very produced with breaks that make you go for example to a series of growls in a very classic and very melodic guitar solo through a passage where the double pedal is loose to finish with some applicable piano (for example, ' Lost'). Therefore, like the very different atmospheres which are juxtaposed to join this 'Human Paradox'. Finally, the more conventional pieces are 2 ballads 'Shinning A While' and 'Awakening', which offer a welcome airing at all. In conclusion, with 'The Human Paradox', 'Fractal Cypher' mix of the very accessible with much sought-after parts but, as so often in this case, will be without doubt an album that like good wine will improve with time...
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Line Up / Musicians

Ludovick Daoust (Keybords), Simon Lavoie (Vocal), Steven Cope (Drums), Tommy Fradette (Bass), Vincent Bruneau (Guitars)


Artist : Deep Sun

Album : Race Against Time

Release Date : 22-09-2016

Added : 18-12-2016

With this 'Race Against Time' we leave in the direction of the Swiss origin of the 'Deep Sun' group. Entry, I had the impression of hearing on some tiutres a clone of 'Leave's Eyes' symphonic metal band: first a Soprano in the person of 'Deborah Lavagnolo' take the group a little bit like a 'Liv Kristin' and then we got removed as 'Good Old Times' compositions where male voices give reply to Deborah. 'Deep Sun' is also known to vary the records: 'Nostalgia' and 'Whispering Screams' are 2 ballads where Deborah shows us a different side while delicacy. Note 'of the Königs Krieger' title of nearly 8 minutes which makes us travel in epic style in the manner of major groups of this kind. In summary, 'Deep Sun' album already a very successful where there is nothing to throw and even, so for now, they draw from diverse influences here and there and must forge their own personality, they have everything to become a great band in Metal Symphony...
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Line Up / Musicians

Debora Lavagnolo (Vocal), Eros Di Prisco (Guitars), Angelo Salerno (Bass), Pascal Töngi (Guitars), Tobias Brutschi (Drums), Tom Hiebaum (Keybords)


Artist : Sirenia

Album : Dim Days Of Dolor

Release Date : 11-11-2016

Added : 19-12-2016

With this new album, exit the Spain with the singer 'Aylin Gimenez' and Hello France with 'Emmanuelle Zoldan' who officiates already for quite some time as a backing singer and who is a mezzo-soprano of eclectic lyrical training. And well, this time she takes the position in the 'Sirenia' group that released its 8th studio 'Dim Days Of Dolor' album in the end of 2016. It starts strong with a 'Goddess Of The Sea' very epic, filled with choirs and no disrespect to Aylin, we say that with Emmanuelle, 'Sirenia' does not lose to the Exchange. Overall, the titles are much more melodic and accessible than those of previous games and we note that growls are not systematic but are well led as for example with 'The 12th Hour' where the interweaving of the lyrical voice of Emmanuelle and the Growling gives a nice overall effect. In short, new compositions, a new singer, and even if 'Dim Days Of Dolor' brings no major new features, 'Sirenia' made a comeback in the small world of symphonic metal and delight certainly fans of this style...
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Line Up / Musicians

Emmanuelle Zolzan (Vocal), Jan Erik Soltvedt (Guitars), Jonathan A. Perez (Drums), Morten Veland (Vocal / Guitars), Joakim Næss (Vocal / Invité)


Artist : Freedom Call

Album : Master Of Light

Release Date : 11-11-2016

Added : 20-12-2016

The same day as 'Sirenia', 'Freedom Call' also released a new album 'Master Of Light'. In their usual, they are not in the lace and should not seek an any message in their music but simply catchy compositions without fuss and good child (their latest video above is here to prove it). And the machine to hymns to sing and move while a stadium is to go from the first 2 songs with 'Metal Is For Everyone' and 'Hammer Of The Gods'. Because, while some grumpy people say it's a cinch, you can remove the fact out of memorable choruses that stuck you in your head thanks precisely to this simplicity. Then, in the autumn period when bad weather sets in, if you feel a little depressed, this 'Masters Of Light' is the best of remedies and replace all antidepressants; Besides, should suggest to the social security administration. to put it in the list of reimbursed drugs...
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Line Up / Musicians

Chris Bay (Vocal / Guitars / Keybords), Ilker Ersin (Bass), Lars Rettkowitz (Guitars), Ramy Ali (Drums)


Artist : Sting

Album : 57Th & 9TH

Release Date : 11-11-2016

Added : 21-12-2016

As they say on TV, no transition after 'Freedom Call', here is the key to any 'Sting' that after a wonderful album of classical music from baroque songs 'Songs From The Labyrinth' (2006), another with among others of the hymns 'If On A Winter's Night' (2009) and a tribute to the shipyards 'Newcastle', 'The Last Ship' (2013) which will be the subject of a musical Here it is in 2016 with a new album that comes out just the day before his tribute concert at the 'Bataclan'. Entry, with 'I can't Stop Thinking About You', it feels go back some 40 years ago with a certain group 'Police' and 'Message In The Bottle' running loop on our decks. '50,000' is a moving tribute to the stars of the rock disappeared too early. With the following titles, found his leg of the 1990s like these pop ballads 'Down, Down, Down' or 'One Fine Day' and its ecological message. And then, 'Sting' is also hot news and the peaceful fighter who denounces with as only weapons his words: 'If You can't Love Me' with his crescendo that grabs us and his message simply filled with good sense: "If you don't love me that way, then you must leave me." and then, 'Inshallah', recounting the drama of migrants, title stripped of great intensity where it borrows a quarter tone of circumstance in the chorus; the album ends with 'Empty Chair' title poignant on the memory after death and, initially, inspired by the journalist 'James Foley' execution. In summary, we find a wide range of 40 years of diverse influences and the 'Sting' engaged and sensitive that makes an artist citizen of the world witness of our time with this latest installment of the very successful...
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Line Up / Musicians

Sting (Vocal, Bass), Dominic Miller (Guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums) + Invités : Diego Navaira (the Last Bandoleros), Jerry Fuentes (the Last Bandoleros), Josh Freese (Drums), Lyle Workman (Guitar)


Artist : Xiphea

Album : Once Upon A Time

Release Date : 27-10-2016

Added : 22-12-2016

A rhyme to child, a door that squeaks and go for nearly 45 minutes of symphonic metal on this last album 'Once Upon A Time' of the German 'Xiphea' group which is in her 2nd studio album but which does not have too much noise on the Web: aside from the Sabine, hard to find singer who plays what between Neil Bence and René. And yet, after a first listen, we realize the potential of the group, which draws all of the compositions on the fairytale in general and more particulieement of Xiphea (their page on this tale here). The image of the title 'Cinderella' (Cinderella), their compositions are quite varied and incorporate different ingredients as often in this style of music: powerful riffs guitars, breaks in rhythmic, symphonic parts using wind instruments, growls pretty well dosed, choirs and the voice of Sabine who fits perfectly into this mix. In summary, an already mature group who offers us a very rich and album which is yet for months a good surprise for the year 2016...
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Line Up / Musicians

Sabine (Vocal), Rene Chlebnitschek (Bass), Szlucska Bence Tamas (Drums), Neil Mac Miles (Guitar, Growls, Choirs)


Artist : Veludo

Album : Penetrando Por Todo Caminho Sem Fraquejar

Release Date : 01-08-2016

Added : 23-12-2016

'Veludo' is a Brazilian Group inspired by the progressive music with a very wide range and who were released in August 2016 'Italian Por Todo Caminho Sem Fraquejar'. Only 5 titles for 57 minutes, and apart from one ":: Profunco', all the compositiolns are flirting around 10 minutes or more. Their Latino roots are present but their influences go beyond and are multiple: of course there is the 'Santana' here and there, but we can also hear groups of the 1970s like 'Jethro Tull', the 'Doors', the 'Beatles', and even 'Deep Purple' at their beginning. In short, a happy melting pot of a tradition of music that will delight all fans of these years there...
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Line Up / Musicians

Nelsinho Laranjeiras (Bass, Vocal, Guitar), Pulinho Muylaert (Guitar), Flavia Cavaca (Vocal), Miguel Pedra (Vocal), Daniel Sili (Drums), Antonio Giffoni (Keybords), Diogo Sili (Guitar), Sérgio Conforti (Drums), Divaldo Foguete (Percussions), Ronaldo Scampa (Flute)


Artist : Cairo

Album : Say

Release Date : 03-10-2016

Added : 24-12-2016

'Rob Cottingham' is a keyboardist who has served among other things in the progressive rock band 'Touchstone' and who comes to create a new project with 'Cairo'. With a voice of women in the person of 'Rachel Hill' ('Nanburn') and a modern electronic sound, 'Say' is decidedly progressive and is divided into 2 parts: a pretty first removed up to 'Nothing To Prove' with titles like 'Wiped Out' or 'Say' and then a second where we discover a little quieter as 'Katrina' titles 'Karnataka' or 'Back From the Wilderness' and his magnificent final. In summary, 'Rob Cotingham' shows us with the first baby, even though he still has a good margin of progress, have already a huge potential that will delight any fan of progressive rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Rob Cottingham (Vocal / Keybords), Rachel Hill (Vocal), Graham Brown (Drums), James Hards (Vocal), Paul Stocker (Bass)


Artist : Seti

Album : Bold Travels

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 25-12-2016

Direction the Chile with 'Seti' that I just found out then that they released their first album in 2005 and 'Bold Travels' is only their 3rd studio album. For this new opus, we have right to participation of the cream of progressive rock: 'Steve Rothery' ('Marillion'), 'Damian Wilson' ('Threshold') and ' Clive Nolan ('Arena', 'Pendragon'). 9 titles for 60 minutes of music in the purest tradition of the progressive, 'Bold Travels' rock makes us travel from the 1970s until our days with well of course references to the cies groups above. In summary, this last album 'Seti', even if they are not revolutionizing the genre, should appeal to any enthusiast of progressive rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Claudio Momberg (Guitar, Bass, Keybords), Gabriel Hidalgo (Guitar), Jaime Scalpello (Vocal), Jose Luis Ramos (Bass), Juan Ricardo Weiler (Drums), Paula Vilches (Vocal) + Invités : Clive Nolan (Keybords), Damian Wilson (Vocal), Steve Rothery (Guitars)


Artist : Dark Sarah

Album : The Puzzle

Release Date : 18-11-2016

Added : 26-12-2016

Just a year and a half after 'Behind The Black Veil' (see here), 'The Puzzle' continuous we narrating the history of 'Sarah' where we find her on an island in the middle of the ocean between life and death. After a brief instrumental introduction very epic, 'Breath', 'Island In The Mist' plant décor with a title in the same style as the last album. 'Little Man' is then a title more theatrical, a little to the 'Nightwish'. Note, 3 guests on the latest titles 'Charlotte Vessels' ('Delain'), 'Jp Leppaluoto', Finnish of different groups of metal singer and 'Manuela Kraller' (ex Xandria). 'Dance With The Dragon', with a tango rhythm, is a title where the duo ' JP/Heidi' works great. In short, for those who enjoyed the previous episode, 'Sarah (return)', unsurprisingly, continues in the same metal symphonic, epic and thetral that will delight all fans of 'Within Temptation' and 'Nightwish' together...
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Line Up / Musicians

Heidi Parviainen (Vocal), Erkka Korhonen (Guitars), Rude Rothstén (Bass), Sami-petri Salonen (Guitars), Thomas Tunkkari (Drums) + Invités : Charlotte Wessels (Vocal ), Jp Leppäluoto (Vocal), Manuela Kraller (Vocal)


Artist : Bolero

Album : Juliet

Release Date : 07-08-2016

Added : 27-12-2016

'Juliet' is a rock opera of the Italian 'Bolero' group to the classic sauce, i.e. with singers lyric and composed of 15 titles in three languages (English, Italian and latin) and a prologue in Italian. Of course, it's the story of the famous lovers of Verona and wind instruments are put forward throughout history. Often closer to classical composers of the romantic period (' più in there dei sogni', 'Intermezzo', 'Ave Maria' or ' Qualcosa di you ') but also to modern musical comedy titles ('Sangue e lacrime', 'Away From You', 'Senza più respiro' or 'Farewell my love'). 'You take my soul' is even a title that mixes modern first part to finish in classic and 'Domini miserere nobis', 'Intermezzo' or 'Eternal Pain' make me even think of 'Therion' with some guitar riffs. In conclusion, not entirely classical but not either completely rock 'Juliet' is an opera that will delight all those who like to mix several styles of music and who love the melodies of musicals...
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Line Up / Musicians

Antonio Bruno (Vocal, Guitar), Rocco Palazzo (Keybords), Maurilio Mimmi (Bass), Paolo Colazzo (Drums), Maddalena Palazzo (Vocal, Soprano) + Valerio Toma, Daniela Aloisi, Paola Barone, Alessandra Maglie, Joele Micelli, Veronica Schifano (Violins), Fernando Toma, Andrea Caputo, Armando Ciardo, Cristian Musio (Altos), Eleonora Fullone, Gabriele Musio (Cellos), Maria Luisa Lattante, Marta Nigro (Choirs, Sopranos), Angela Zingarelli, Tiziana Muraglia (Choirs, Mezzo-Soprano), Francesco Tafuri, Giuseppe Tafuri (Choirs, Ténors), Giorgio Schipa (Choirs, Bariton)


Artist : Imminent Sonic Destruction

Album : Triumphia

Release Date : 02-09-2016

Added : 28-12-2016

Imminent Sonic destruction-Americans ' already 8 years old and it is with their 2nd album 'Triumpha' that I discovered them. They say make the 'Super progressive Metal' and listening to the first title 'The Cashing Waves', the dominant metal is not flagrande because, after a lengthy instrumental introduction where atmospheric ambience gives way to a classic theme supported by riffs guitar but also by keyboards to bind all the Sung part begins quietly ends in crescendo of grandiose way. The last title 'Arborous Calm' more than 22 minutes is a very epic fresco where you can see different influences that range from 'Pink Floyd' from the 1960s to the last Dream Theater in 'Yes', 'Genesis' or 'Ayreon' with changes of style and pace. In short, this 'Triumphia' is a dense album of progressive music which, like any album of this kind, asks a few listens and probably will remain reserved to a limited audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Pat Deleon (Drums), Pete Hopersberger (Keybords, Vocal), Bryan Paxton (Bass), Tony Piccoli (Vocal, Guitar), Scott Thompson (Guitar, Choirs)


Artist : Edge Of Reality

Album : Vicious Circle

Release Date : 30-08-2016

Added : 29-12-2016

'Vicious Circle' is the latest addition to the 'Edge Of Reality' group and after the first listen, as weird as it may sound, I had a feeling of having failed to adhere but a small voice I used to say: "you must have missed something because this album is the bomb! And actually, this latest installment is so dense and rich in various styles one needs time to penetrate every corner. Anything goes: pop, rock, folk, metal, jazz, symphonic music and I certainly forget. Therefore, if you don't like too much mix genres, look not further. But, you who love the variety of styles in more tamed these different titles for more than 80 minutes of music in total. and, maybe in the end, you won't stay indifferent to this patchwork of atmospheres that, I can't say why, placed end-to-end, in no way harms the General harmony of the album. In short, my little voice had not deceived me and this 'Vicious Circle', certainly reserved for an informed public, is for me a major progressive work of this year 2016...
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Line Up / Musicians

Joey Frevola (Guitars, Keybords), Branndon Center (Drums), Jesse Brock (Vocal), Jesse Peck (Guitar), Nick Mills (Bass) + Invités : Ruben Vasquez Amos (Vocal), Daniel Garces (Vocal), Joel Schutte (Vocal), Emmanuel Echem (Tompette), Johnathan Carberry (Piano, Keybords), Megan Rasmussen (Vocal), Carolina Rodriguez (Vocal), Cole Thannisch (Vocal), Ollie Johnson (Organ), Chloe and Jaden Griggs (Voix d’enfants)


Artist : Lucifer’s Friend

Album : Too Late to Hate

Release Date : 28-10-2016

Added : 30-12-2016

Listening to this Too Late to Hate, I had the impression of listening to at certain times of the 'Huriah Heep'. And well, normal because the singer is none other than 'John Lawton' who has served a few years with 'Huriah Heep' in the 1970s. But 'Lucifer's Friend', it is also a group that has released a dozen albums in the seventies and which reformed in 2015 and after a compilation album a real studio in 2016. 'Too Late to Hate' is filled with very melodic catchy titles where all the ingredients are there for a good time. Navigating between rhythmic titles where the guitar riffs give heart to Joy ('Demolition Man', 'I Will Be There' or 'Sea Of Promises') and other more calm ('When Children Cry', 'This Time' or 'Tears'). In short, a good album accessible to the greatest number and which remind some good memories to the fifties who listened to groups such as 'Hurriah Heep' in the 1970s...
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Line Up / Musicians

Peter Hesslein (Guitar), Dieter Horns (Bass), John Lawton (Vocal), Jogi Wichmann (Keybords), Stephan Eggert (Drums)


Artist : Richard Palmer-James

Album : Takeaway

Release Date : 07-10-2016

Added : 31-12-2016

' Richard Palmer-James' you certainly not say much, but the guitarist, author-composieur worked in groups like 'Supertramp' or 'Krimson King' a few decades ago. In 2016, it comes out first solo album 'Takeaway' filled in 'Dire Straits' country-rock melodies (here, there's 'Mark Knopfler' in his voice soft and hushed). We're going to ballads like 'Baker's Dozen', 'Takeaway' or the beautiful 'Saving You From Drowning' has the catchy country-rock as 'A Very Bad Girl', 'Dance For Me' or 'So We Meet Again' by the way by the Blues with 'Guano Blues'. In summary, a melancholic album full of good surprises accessible to the greatest number to enjoy in peace after a hard day's work...
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Line Up / Musicians

Richard Palmer-James (Vocal, Guitar), Evert Van Der Wal (Drums, Guitar), Alex Klier (Bass), Theo Degler (Piano, Accordion), Peter Bischof (Chœurs), Friederike Sipp (Chœurs)


Artist : X-Panda

Album : Reflections

Release Date : 10-10-2016

Added : 01-01-2017

'X Panda' comes to Estonia and out hotel 2nd album 'Reflections' studio. They define themselves as symphonic progressive metal and recorded this album with the Orchestra of Tallinn. It starts with 'The Game', title very classic metal and melodic chorus. We completely change style with 'Denial' over 12 minutes that we booked into a symphonic universe where the Orchestra earned the lion's share of interspersed vocal parts of 'Tamar Nugis' and ends with a beautiful guitar solo. We continue in this patchwork 'Hit And Run' which is a mixture of metal and electro. Back to the Symphony with 'Slavs Of Lies' and 'Rise Up To Fly,' that reminds me a little of 'Simple Minds' vocal level. With 'On The Way' settles a jazz/rock throughout this instrumental track atmosphere. But the centerpiece of the album is 'Reflections' in 2 parts which leaves room back to the Orchestra for a complex symphonic fresco somewhat in the manner of 'Dream Theater'. Finally, the 'Reflections', its variety, although he requires several listenings, and a very pleasant to listen to album and will delight certainly fans of orchestral progressive metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Kaarel Tamra (Keybords), Risto Virkhausen (Guitar), Karl-Juhan "Juki" Laanesaar (Drums), Tamar Nugis (Vocal), Roland Jairus (Bass)


Artist : Alex Carpani

Album : So Close. So Far.

Release Date : 04-03-2016

Added : 02-01-2017

With 'Alex Carpani' who early 2016 released his 4th album ' SoClose. SoFar.' under his name, one is immersed in a very accessible progressive universe with a recurring theme in our time: the 'virtual' communication kills real communication and isolated individuals but the human being has the capacity him to change everything. His influences well obviously many, 'Genesis' or 'Alan Parson Project' for older groups such as 'IQ' or 'RPWL' for the most recent. 10 compositions are varied and melodic with catchy titles like 'I Tried And Tried', 'Man On The Wire' or 'Next Time' which makes me think of 'RPWL' and other quieter as 'Stay With Me', 'One Face One Lie' or 'The Last Sign' which closed the album in an admirable way. In short, 'Alex Carpani' gratifies us a new album very enjoyable to listen to and which beyond progressive rock fans will appeal to a much wider audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alex Carpani (Keybords, Vocal), Ettore Salati (Guitars), Joe Sal (Vocal, Guitar), Giambattista Giorgi (Bass), Martino Malacrida (Drums)


Artist : Minotaurus

Album : Insolubilis

Release Date : 11-11-2016

Added : 03-01-2017

Already nearly 20 years of existence and the Germans 'Minotaurus' group released their 5th studio album. They are tagged folk metal and we tell stories related to mythology. Entry, it has embarked on to access very easy melodies that remind me on certain passages 'Therion'. Voice level 'Oliver Klump' and 'Clarissa Hobeck' share the song in a complementary way, the guitar solos are simple but very effective and the classical instruments, flute or harp reinforces the folk. Note that the last track 'Insolbilis' more than 8 minutes in fact consists of 2 parts, a first in English and a second hidden 5 minutes in German. In summary, 'Insolubilis' is a good melodic folk metal album that has the capacie to reach a broad audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Reiner Zumkeller (Guitar, Choirs), Marcus Finger (Bass), Oliver Klump (Vocal), Clarissa Hobeck (Vocal), Daniela Schneider (Flute, Harp, Basson), Jürgen Hermann (Guitar), Andreas Finger (Drums)


Artist : SayWeCanFly

Album : Blessed Are Those

Release Date : 04-11-2016

Added : 04-01-2017

'SayWeCanFly' is the 'Branden Barrie', unknown artist in France from the Canada and who was known across the channel through You tube. He got out in 2016 'Blessed Are Those' and it is with this album that I discovered. His universe is acoustic vocals/guitar and the first title starts with a music box melody that gives way to a melancholic piano/strings part. Following the title track of the album which takes us into the atmospheric world strengthened by the reverb effect. 'I didn't Know' is a more classical singing at the 'Cat Stevens' guitar composition. Following is the picture of these first 3 titles, compositions stripped and filled with emotion that makes an endearing album that will certainly be appreciated by fans of acoustic pop of 'Blessed Are Those'...
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Line Up / Musicians

Braden Barrie (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : Stream Of Passion

Album : Memento

Release Date : 25-11-2016

Added : 05-01-2017

2005 saw out 'Embrace The Storm'; After 11 years of existence, 4 studio albums, 'Stream Of Passion' bows and released a latest DVD 'Memento'; having followed them throughout this period (a few memorable concerts at the 'z7' near Basel), this latest installment of course takes a particular turn. 17 titles are drawn from the whole of their career alternating between securities metal as 'Monster', 'A war Of Our Own', 'Collide', 'Lost' or even the very melodic 'The Endless Night' and other more calm which to have their trademark as 'In The End', When You Hurt Me The Most', ' Don't Let Go', 'Open Your Eyes', or 'Nostalgia' that picked you up this little thrill so characteristic. Throughout the concert, 'Marcella Bovio' gives us the best of itself and on the set, on the resumption of 'Radiohead', 'Street Sprit' or 'This Endless Night', it offers us some singers classic worthy of the largest vocalizations. Also, note a 'Sonata Arctica' recovery, I Have A Right that the Group appropriates admirably. In conclusion, this DVD is a nice parting gift for all the fans who were not able to (like me) see them one last time in concert and can be for others the opportunity to know a group that began under the leadership of 'Arjen Lucassen' and which marked the world of symphonic metal for a decade...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marcela Bovio (Vocal, Violin), Johan van Stratum (Bass), Eric Hazebroek (Guitar), Jeffrey Revet (Keybords, Piano), Martijn Peters (Drums), Stephan Schultz (Guitar)


Artist : Burning Point

Album : The Blaze

Release Date : 25-11-2016

Added : 06-01-2017

The Finns 'Burning Point' with 'The Blaze' already released their 7th studio album and since 2014, they have incorporated a singer 'Nitte Valo' which had already sang on the previous album 'Burning Point' but which was only covers of old songs and which could be likened to singers like 'Doro'. 'Master Them All' and 'Time Has Come' set the scene with 2 titles speeds and melodic in the purest tradition of the power metal groups. 'My Spirit', 'The Lie' or even 'Lost In Your Thoughts' show another side of the band with mid-tempo tracks that cut with the removed pieces. The title 'Chaos Rising' comes out also the scheme classic power metal with rhythmic breaks and Oriental influences that make it a unique title. 'Metal Queen' is nothing more than a cover of 'Lee Aaron' beautifully closed the album. In conclusion, ' Burning' with 'Nitte Valo' diversifies and a very varied album that will delight all fans of rock, had rock and metal fans...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jarkko Väisänen (Keybords), Jussi Ontero (Drums), Nitte Valo (Vocal), Pekka Kolivuori (Guitars), Pete Ahonen (Guitars), Sam Nyman (Bass)


Artist : Diabulus In Musica

Album : Dirge For The Archons

Release Date : 18-11-2016

Added : 07-01-2017

After 'Argia' released in 2014 and which had shown real progress of 'Fear In Musica' (not to be confused with 'Diabolus In Musica', which is a group of classical medieval music), 'Dirge For The Archons' still marks an evolution that allows them to me make a leap to the same level as groups like 'Epica' and 'Therion'. First of all, it is a concept album about an ancient civilization with the recurring theme of the struggle between good and evil, the people 'Archons' representing evil (for short). Musically, they have put the dishes in large, since the very short introduction, we are plunged into an epic universe with an orchestration and grandiose choirs. With 'Marble Embrace', we enter the heart of the topic with a title containing ingredients of symphonic metal: the lyrical song of Zuberoa supported by powerful guitars with epic choirs wish riffs. With 'Invisible', the syle is more quiet and more symphonic with a very melodic chorus. The suite is at the same level, nothing to throw, each title bringing its own atmosphere that makes this latest installment very varied and very entertaining. It should be noted that Spotify offers the version with 2 live tracks from the first album including the very epic 'St Michael's Nightmare'. Anyway, as you may have guessed and although the Symphonic Metal is too often reserved for a certain audience, 'Diabolus In Musica' is now changing in the big leagues and this 'Dirge For The Archons' is probably my favorite 2016 of this style of music...
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Line Up / Musicians

Zuberoa Aznárez (Vocal), Gorka Elso (Keybords), Alexey Kolygin (Guitar), David Carrica (Drums), Odei Ochoa (Bass)


Artist : Batalion d’Amour

Album : Fenix

Release Date : 04-11-2016

Added : 08-01-2017

'Batalion d'amour' is a group of Polish which was founded more than 25 years ago and out her 6th studio album, 'Fenix' which is actually the first game to take advantage of global dissemination. The style is rock with a touch of metal from time to time and easy access from the first listen; 11 titles shared between catchy as 'Bez Nas' melodies, 'Między Slowami' yes 'Ktos Calkiem Obcy' and other more calm and melancholy as 'Charlotte', 'Zawróceni' or even the magnificent 'The Lost Diary' very bare putting forward the voice rich and sensual 'Karolina Andrzejewska' in duo with 'John Porter'. Also note that this title is the only one to be sung in English, all others being in Polish. In summary, even if they are not revolutionizing the genre, 'Fenix' is an album pleasant to listen to and accessible to as many...
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Line Up / Musicians

Karolina Andrzejewska (Vocal), Piotr Grzesik (Bass, Choirs), Robert Kolud (Guitar), Mariusz “Pajdo” Pająk (Baterrie), Mirosław Zając (Keybords)


Artist : Anvision

Album : New World

Release Date : 28-10-2016

Added : 08-01-2017

A Polish group may hide another: after 'Batalion d'amour', 'Anvision' is also a group of Polish founded in 2007. they just released their 2nd album 'New World'. They officiate in a registry accessible enough melodic metal, alternating powerful titles like 'Private Paradise' or 'I m Gone Away' and other quieter as 'Season Of the Witches' or the beautiful ballad 'Gift Of Fate'. With 'Around The Corner', they offer us a composition with breaks of tempo and style that make a title varied and catchy. When to 'Lights out, Dark Comes', for more than 15 minutes it represents the centerpiece of the album and navigating in a progressive style with a multitude of nooks where you get lost and requires several listenings to the tour (there is even a small piece of the 'Moonlight' of 'Beethoven' to 7'30). In short, 'Anvision' comes out a very diverse album that should appeal to lovers of metal looking for the variety of titles and moods...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marek “MarQus” Ostrowski (Vocal), Grzegorz “Greg” Ziolek (Guitar), Waldemar “Valdi” Rozanski (Keybords), Karol “Karaluz” Wadowski (Bass), Marcin “Larz” Duchnik (Drums)


Artist : Touchstone

Album : Lights From The Sky EP

Release Date : 28-11-2016

Added : 09-01-2017

New Line Up for 'Touchstone', who released an EP 'Lights From The Sky' with a new singer 'Aggie Figurska' and a new 'Liam Holme' keyboardist. The result is in continuity with the previous opus: a very melodic progressive rock dominated by the Adam guitar riffs and supported by the keyboards of Liam. Aggie shows the extent of his talent and his very successful integration into the group. Only 3 titles (the 4th being a cover from 'Lights From The Sky' in Polish version) for this EP, but we feel a real potential with catchy melodies that make me think of some places to 'Karnataka'. And, if they can stabilize this training, we can wish them to this essay in the future with a true studio album...
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Line Up / Musicians

Aggie Figurska (Vocal), Adam Hodgson (Guitar), Henry William Rogers (Drums), Liam Holmes (Keybords), Paul 'moo' Moorghen (Bass)


Artist : Enigmatic Infinity

Album : Sentenced To Solitude

Release Date : 11-11-2016

Added : 10-01-2017

'Enigmatic Infinity' is the Hungarian 'Tombor Nándor' who released his first album 'Sentenced To Solitude' and who has been classically trained. So much to tell you, his universe is made of multiple influences as well the world of progressive metal than in the classical world, which makes this very dense album but necessarily requires a few listens to penetrate every nook and cranny. Accompanied by 'Horváth Máté' singing, Tombor presents 6 compositions that take us on a very progressive journey where the scenery is constantly changing and where the music tells of herself by the elements that compose. Finally, with this Sentenced To Solitude, necessarily intended for an informed public, 2 'active listening' words make sense...
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Line Up / Musicians

Tombor Nándor (tous les instruments), Horváth Máté (Vocal)


Artist : Degrees Of Truth

Album : The Reins Of Life

Release Date : 27-10-2016

Added : 11-01-2017

'Degrees Of Truth' is a new Italian of symphonic Metal group who released their debut album 'The kidneys Of Life'. After the short instrumental introduction of use in this style of music, 'Finite infinity' starts very calmly with the warm voice of 'Claudia Nora parks' a little in the same register as 'Päivi Virkkunen - Capri' of Amberian Dawn' then follows a fairly soft and melodic metal part. 'Kidneys Of Life' is a continuation of the first title in the same style with an alternation between powerful parties and other quieter. The suite is similar always in a symphonic registry where keyboards bring a binder to all. Note 'Subtle Borderline' instrumental track combining classical and electric instruments. In summary, 'Degrees Of Truth' released an album very mature and very dense and certainly will in the future the ability to get a good place in the family of symphonic melodic metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Matteo Clark (Bass), Graziano Franchetti (Guitar), Claudia Nora Pezzotta (Vocal), Luca Ravezzani (Drums), Gianluca Parnisari (Caviers)


Artist : Infinitus Mortus

Album : Transmutationis

Release Date : 31-10-2016

Added : 12-01-2017

We continue with 'Infinitus Mortus' on the net 'Metal Symphony' label and who already released their 3rd album with 'Transmutationis'. The first title, 'The Planet Of Sorrows, PT. 1' is a quiet piano/synth, well away from the Metal introduction. Part 2 of this title which follows makes us discover a facet of fairly soft metal mixing guitars and keyboards with fairly present choirs, all being very melodic. 'Dreams Deferred' is a title that mix styles and rhythms from the psychedelic in a soft metal passing by the crazy rock. With Into The Void', we are more in a pop/folk register and the latest title 'Unhappily Ever After' closed the album with a piano/voice ballad. In summary, although Infinitus Mortus' are tagged Metal, this component is that light and it is very difficult to recommend it to fans of a specific style due to the variety of their compositions...
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Line Up / Musicians

Steve/Stoki (Drums, Keybords, Programmation), Vincent Meehan (Guitar, Vocal), Mariana Santiago (Vocal), Bill Buckley (Guitar), Al Cavallo (Bass)


Artist : Overcrown

Album : Higher

Release Date : 31-10-2016

Added : 13-01-2017

'Overcrown' is an Italian group who has already 10 years of existence and that the tip of his nose without noise in this end of 2016 with a debut album 'Higher'; Indeed, not possible to find a chronic on the canvas of this album and only their acebook page tells us a little more. In a symphonic metal with singer registry, we are close to groups such as 'Adrana' with all the ingredients of this style of music: a singer in a lyrical, of melodies easy access register, guitars riffs supported by layers of keyboards and the use of classical instruments with strings for orchestral and epic side. 'Frozen' is the perfect example with a mid-tempo title and an orchestral part in the title. Finally, 'Overcrown' is one more name that adds to the already large family of symphonic metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Giulia Morgana Penzo (Vocal), Aleksandar Djeric (Guitar), Fabio Affili (Guitar), Elia Dalla Pola (Bass, Programmation), Dusan Djeric (Drums, Programmation)


Artist : Slania

Album : Proof Of Existence

Release Date : 15-10-2016

Added : 14-01-2017

By the end of 2016, there is an impressive output of new albums of metal bands singer and this is still a debut with the Argentinian 'Creativity' group. Their influences are many and their style mixes melodic, symphonic, progressive and Gothic metal. All of the titles is relatively accessible for example 'Dark Horizon' or 'Self Sabotage' with very catchy refrains. 'Silence' makes me think of 'Within Temptation' and although Florencia still has a good margin of progression, its register comes from 'Sharon Den Adel'. In short, this first album shows that 'Creativity' already offers a good potential for a place in this style of music and should appeal to all lovers of symphonic metal...
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Line Up / Musicians

Florencia Sategna (Vocal), Walter González (Bass, Vocal), Gonzalo Kobalenko (Guitar), Sebastián Guerrero (Keybords), Fernando Romeo Ortíz (Drums)


Artist : Trobar De Morte

Album : Ouroboros

Release Date : 29-07-2016

Added : 15-01-2017

'Trobar of dead' is a Spanish group that has almost 20 years of existence and, I confess, it's 6th album 'Ouroboros' studio that I discovered them. They evolve in a folk style with reference to mythology (Ouroboros is a snake that eats its own tail and at the same time, which symbolizes the ideas of movement, continuity, self-fertilization and, accordingly, of eternal return (wikipedia) It is transported in a folk universe alternating melodic title ('Idun', 'While The Field Is Green' or even 'Destiny') and others more introspective ('Summoning The Gods', 'Dream Vision' or even 'Yggfrasil'). The 'Lady dead' captivating voice gives a mystical side to some compositions such as these 3 beautiful songs 'Vision Dream', 'The Voice Of The Eternity' and 'Ouroboros'. In conclusion, this latest installment of 'Trobar of dead', outside the box, is a trip especially exotic and full of emotion...
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Line Up / Musicians

Lady Morte (Vocal, Flute), Hurdy Gurdy (Keybords, Compositeur), Armande (Percussions, Bass), Daimoniel (Guitar), Sined Zulim (Percussions Orientales), Üri Bokskog (Flutes, Bagpipes, Chœurs), Asenath (Violin, Choirs)


Artist : Starfish64

Album : An Altered State Of Joy

Release Date : 28-10-2016

Added : 18-01-2017

'Starfish64' is a German who has already almost 10 years of existence and who released his 5th album 'Year Altered State Of Joy'. They officiate in atmospheric rock style which is Dieter Hoffmann, the cornerstone of the group, which is not only the composer of the group but also sings, plays the guitar and keyboard. The centerpiece is the first title 'Altered States' more than 23 minutes, cut in 4 parts, that makes us take off in a calm and hovering trip where everything flows naturally. the melodies make me think of course bands like 'Pink Floyd' but also have the sweetness of some songs from 'Barclay James Harvest', but in a more progressive contemporary. Therefore, you who are looking for a way to escape, 'Year Altered State Of Joy' is the best invitation to travel and will allow you to ship to a place "where all is order and beauty, luxury, calm and pleasure"...
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Line Up / Musicians

Dieter Hoffmann (Vocal, Keybords, Guitars), Henrik Kropp (Drums), Dominik Suhl (Guitars, Keybords) + Invités : Martin Hering-Pownall (Bass), Manuel Kassühlke (Piano), Christian Leuenberg (Bass), Kass Moody (Bass ) ,Submaureen (Vocal), Jan Thiede (Guitar, Flute), Christian Wahl (Trompette)


Artist : Rani Chatoorgoon

Album : Samsara

Release Date : 09-10-2016

Added : 16-01-2017

'Rani Chatoorgoon' is a Canadian singer, whose parents are immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. But his influences are deeper and are related to Hindu culture and after several singles, she has just released their first album 'Samsara'. It makes us travel in a progressive style between the East and the West with very melodic songs and which hang from the first listen. In addition, his voice clear and air strengthens the impression of lightness and traditional instruments bring a change that breaks with consistency in the radio strikes us all day long. Songs like 'The Gray', 'Lonely Witness', 'Unbearable' or 'Breathe' are the perfect illustration. Other much more classic titles even flirt with the metal as this 'Let Me Go' where Rani shares vocals with 'Valerio comments'. In summary, 'Rani Chatoorgoon', with 'Samsara' album a varied, accessible to a general public and shows once again that music is much richer when it is multi-cultural...
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Line Up / Musicians

Rani Chatoorgoon (Vocal, Guitar Acoustic, Harmonium), Gerry Mosby (Bass), Rudd Jolie (Guitar), Paul Delong (Drums), Koen Herfst (Drums), Valerio Recenti (Vocal), Claudio Vena (Violin, Alto), Sandip Banerjee (Sitar - Santoor - Tabla - Dholak - Bansuri - Sarod - Sarangi), Lawrence Gowan (Piano), Ken Basman (Guitar Classique), Bob Stern (Compositeur)


Artist : Marco Schnabl

Album : Marco Schnabl

Release Date : 15-07-2016

Added : 17-01-2017

'Marco Schnabl' is an Italian songwriter who crisscrosses the globe by boat and who landed the time released his first album. Between electric and acoustic guitars, Marco is affected among other things by the formations of the 70s/80s and his songs are in the image of what it is: a free and sincere artist who lives his life according to his desires of the moment. His universe is fairly soft and uncluttered and most of the songs are very melodic and melancholic ballads where he goes to the essence of the music. His song full of emotion makes me think a bit to 'Roger Waters' and his air guitar playing reminds me of 'David Gilmour' (listen to the introduction of the beautiful song 'The Song That No One Will Sing'). In short, 'Marco Schnabl' is an original artist and authentic outside consistency that one undergoes all day...
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Line Up / Musicians

Marco Schnabl (Vocal, Guitars), Fabio Ambrosini (Keybords), Fabrizio Papa (Guitars), Lorenzo Guarino (Drums), Pierpaolo Meuli (Bass)


Artist : Crystall Ball

Album : Déjà-Voodoo

Release Date : 02-09-2016

Added : 19-01-2017

And 9 for 'Crystal Ball', who continue to regularly releasing albums since 15 years with hymns metal that charm while remaining on the margins of the general public. 'Already Voodoo' is no exception to the rule and input, we take full ears with a 'already-Voodoo' and its refrain that keeps you a whole day. Certainly, everything is very classic and 'Steven Mageney' does not necessarily shine by her singing but the titles to follow one behind the other on a train to hell with 3 vents brought by 'Home Again', 'Without A Net' and the last ballad 'To Be With You Once More'. For some titles, I'd say, 'Reaching Out' for its rhythmic mid-tempo, 'To Freedom And Progress' her later sold widely influences Western and Oriental or even 'Time And Tide' for its melody me Recalling 'Summer Sun' of 'Texas'. In short, with this latest installment, even if they bring no new 'Crystall Ball' continues its merry way and will delight no doubt any fan of this style...
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Line Up / Musicians

Steven Mageney (Vocal), Scott Leach (Guitar), Marcel Sardella (Drums), Tony "T.C." Castell (Guitar), Cris Stone (Bass)


Artist : Lee Aaron

Album : Fire And Gasoline

Release Date : 25-03-2016

Added : 20-01-2017

After an interruption of more than 10 years, 'Lee Aaron' back in 2016 with a new album Fire And Gasoline, the 12th of his career. In the tradition of a direct and effective rock, 11 titles are very accessible and bring us back some 30 years ago with compositions in the style of artists such as 'Pretenders' or 'Lita Ford' but with modern sounds. We go from rhythmic rocks such as 'Tom Boy', 'Want to Be' or 'Bad Boyfriend' quieter compositions has flirting with either pop or even the blues like 'Bitterswet', '50 Miles' or 'If You don't Love Me Anymore'. She does not forget ballads with 'Nothing Says Everything' and 'Find The Love'. In summary, this 'Fire And Gasoline' marks the return of the rock star who after touching to jazz in the early 2000s, returns with an album accessible to a wide audience loving the pop and rock...
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Line Up / Musicians

Lee Aaron (Vocal, Guitar), Sean Kelly (Guitar), Dave Reimer (Bass), Joh, Cody (Drums)


Artist : Eternal Idol

Album : The Unrevealed Secret

Release Date : 02-12-2016

Added : 21-01-2017

Following the departure of 'Fabio Lione' of 'Rhapsody Of Fire', here it is with a new project 'Eternal Idol' and 'The Unrevealed Secret' debut. 'Giorgia Colleluori' reinforces the vocal range and style is a mix of symphonic Metal and Heavy Metal. Nothing really new in the compositions of guitarist 'Nick Savio' with similar titles quickly: entry, 'Evil Tears' plant décor with a catchy rhythm and a classic but catchy chorus. Then there is 'Another Night Come', much more symphonic with an introduction to the keyboards then singing alternated between Fabio and Giorgia resembling 'Nightwish' early compositions. The rest is image BSEF permeirs securities, a mixture of 2 relatively accessible styles and, even if they have not yet developed their own personality, the Italians of Eternal Idol' should appeal to a wide enough metal audience...
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Line Up / Musicians

Fabio Lione (Vocal), Giorgia Colleluori (Vocal), Andrea Buratto (Bass), Camillo Colleluori (Drums), Nick Savio (Guitars / Keybords)


Artist : Sound Storm

Album : Vertigo

Release Date : 02-12-2016

Added : 22-01-2017

'Vertigo' is the third studio album of the Italians to 'Sound Storm' that tell us the story of Gabriel, Mariel and Alice in the island of 'Vertigo' (more details on the story (< a href = 'http://www.powerofsoundstorm.com/' > here < /a >).) This tale is composed of 10 titles in an epic symphonic metal style where electric guitars and classical instruments intertwine to offer us very rich and varied compositions. After the instrumental introduction of use, 'The Dragonfly' is a title very theatrical where several atmospheres follow one another as in a classical piece: an introduction mid-tempo heavy and full of tension, and then a quick game where 'Fabio Privitera' shows us all her talent of actor/singer; as a result a part where choirs introduce an epic instrumental part and back to the fast main theme to finish with female choirs a cappella. The suite is at the same level and feels behind all the titles very important work of writing to each party to make a dense and very coherent set. In summary, with this 'Vertigo', 'Sound Storm' is still a cap and, beyond a simple album of epic metal, we offers a captivating musical fresco which holds us spellbound throughout history and will certainly be appreciated by any amateur symphonic...
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Line Up / Musicians

Fabio Privitera (Vocal), Alessandro Bissa (Drums), Elena Crolle (Keybords, Piano), Massimiliano Flak (Bass), Sascha Blackice (Guitar), Valerio Sbriglione (Guitar)


Artist : Jonas Lindberg

Album : Pathfinder

Release Date : 15-09-2016

Added : 23-01-2017

Swedish 'Jonas Lindberg' released his first studio album with his band 'The Other Side'. Influences are multiple and include among other artists as varied as 'Genesis', 'Sting' or 'Pink Floyd' but also 'IQ' or 'Spock's Beard' for latest references. 8 titles between 5 and 9 minutes all offer undeniable melodic quality and alternate vocal and instrumental very homogeneous parts. Despite the length of certain securities and changes of rhythms and styles characteristic of progressive rock, this album is very accessible from the first listen close the schema classic Verse/Chorus without leave in convoluted compositions. In short, this 'Pathfinder' has all the ingredients to make a great album of progressive rock varied and accessible to as many...
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Line Up / Musicians

Jonas Lindberg (Bass, Keybords, Guitar, Choirs), Jonas Sundqvist (Vocal), Jonathan Lundberg (Drums), Calle Stålenbring (Guitar), Michael Ottosson (Keybords), Nicklas Thelin (Guitar), Jenny Sandgren (Choirs), Maria Olsson (Percussions)


Artist : Nth Ascension

Album : In Fine Initium

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 24-01-2017

The English of 4Nth Ascension' 6 years old and they come out the rest of their first 'In Fine Initium' album. With 'Kingdom Keys', entry, it's a title more than 15 minutes waiting for you in a progressive and melodic style alternating Alan song that reminds me of Arena's 'Paul Manzi' universe ' and symphonic instrumental parts. The title 'End Of Days' more than 11 minutes is more muscular and flirts with the hard rock and always this 'Arena' resemblance to the side very theatrical. 'The Cage', is a fresco of more than 17 minutes in the purest tradition of progressive music. Finally, the Clanaan suite with parts 4, 5 and 6 is part of a progressive style close to some compositions of 'Pink Floyd'. In short, 'In Fine Initium', although filled with great melodies, without probably reserved for lovers of progressive music loving long musical developments...
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Line Up / Musicians

Alan ‘Spud’ Taylor (Vocal), Craig Walker (Drums), Darrel Treece-Birch (Keybords), Gavin Walker (Bass), Martin Walker (Guitars)


Artist : Faun

Album : Midgard

Release Date : 19-08-2016

Added : 25-01-2017

The Germans 'Faun' released their 9th album studio 'Midgard' devoted entirely to Nordic mythology in 2016. Already nearly 20 years and they continue to evolve in a Celtic folk with use of ancient instruments such as the Celtic harp or bagpipes (they define their style as being the 'paganfolk'). With this latest installment 'Midgard', the 15 compositions sung in German make us travel in a universe filled with melancholy melodic Celtic where traditional instruments reinforce this folk atmosphere. In summary, if you are fan of 'Tri Yann' and Sung German language doesn't bother you, you will certainly adopt this latest installment of 'Faun'...

Line Up / Musicians

Oliver S. Tyr (Vocal, Bouzouki Irlandais, Nyckelharpa, Mandocèle, Harp Celtique, Saz, Tar, Guitar, Lutes), Fiona Rüggeberg (Vocal, Cornemmuse, Flute, Violin, Recorder, Fujara, Seljefloit, Harmonium, Chalumeaux & Pommer), Katja Moslehner (Vocal, Percussions), Stephan Groth (Vocal, Hurdy-Gurdy, Cistern, Whistles), Rüdiger Maul (Darabouka, Davul, Bendir, Tamborello, Riq, Berimbao & other percussion instruments), Niel Mitra (Computer Sampler & Synthesizer)


Artist : Neil Young

Album : Peace Trail

Release Date : 02-12-2016

Added : 26-01-2017

There are artists who force respect : 71 years old, and after releasing 36 studio albums, 'Neil Young' continues with the same message of peace that he has been shouting for decades. 'Peace Trail' does not deviate from the rule and rather than present the different titles that are all in the image of what he has always done, I prefer to let him speak and quote the words of the eponymous title : "The world is full of changes. Sometimes all these changes make me sad But I have to plant them seeds, till something new is growing " and ends with " I think I'll hit the Peace Trail because something new is growing ... "

Line Up / Musicians

Neil Young (Guitar), Jim Kelter (Drums), Paul Bushnell (Bass), Bushnell & Micah Nelson (Vocal)


Artist : microClocks

Album : Soon Before Sundown

Release Date : 18-11-2016

Added : 27-01-2017

The Germans 'microCloks' released their 3rd album with 'Soon before Sundown'. Not easy to find a specific style because it navigates between pop, rock and hard rock with an addition of electro sound. the compositions, often keeping a schema classic verse/chorus, are melodic and energetic and hang from the first listen and each brings his own universe title that makes the whole very varied: 'Love's End' is a title mixing western and Eastern influences. 'The Edge' brings a change of tempo welcome between the verses and the chorus. 'Here I am' and 'Nothing But A Tought' are 2 beautiful ballads and the album ends with the most aggressive title with 'Raptor'. In summary, with a range of different atmospheres and compositions varied all remaining fairly conventional, 'Soon Before Sundown' is likely to appeal to a broad audience…
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Line Up / Musicians

Daniel Stieber (Drums), JT (Vocal), Marc Dorman (Guitars), Stevie Jay (Keybords)


Artist : Montage

Album : Metamorphosis

Release Date : 25-11-2016

Added : 28-01-2017

Formed in 2011, the Finns of 'Montage' released their 2nd album 'Metamorphosis', containing 9 tracks of classic melodic rock. From the beginning, 'Age Of Innocence' sets the scene with a verse/chorus catchy composition that hangs from the first listen. The suite brings some songs more developed as 'Metamorphosis', 'Black Magic', 'Haunted' or 'Invisible World' with its changes of rhythms and a research on instrumental parts closer to the progressive universe. About 'Death Valley', guitar riffs are more present while keeping a very classic chorus and the album ends with 'Carved In Stone', a pop style quirky title. In summary, 'Metamorphosis' is a subtle mix of progressive and melodic rock in a relatively timeless style that makes it accessible to a general public...

Line Up / Musicians

Jukka Parkas (Keybords / Choirs), Kim Etelävuori (Drums / Choirs), Roni Seppänen (Guitars / Choirs), Taneli Tulkki (Bass / Choirs), Vesa Paavonen (Vocal)


Artist : Dreamtale

Album : Seventhian… Memories Of Time

Release Date : 09-12-2016

Added : 29-01-2017

With this last baby of 'Dreamtale' Finns, it's not one but two albums with 'Seventhian' and then 'Memories Of Time', which is solely re-recordings of some songs of their 4 albums (for those who missed the first episodes). Following route of power metal groups as 'Stratovarius', 'Rhapsopdy' or 'Freedom Call', already 15 existence years and, album after album, do not look for any music search but only for simple, powerful and fast titles where the double pedal has a great time and where the refrains are all melodic hymns that remain in the head to spoil all day long ! In short, 'Dreamtale' continues to do some 'Dreamtale' and will appeal certainly all fans of this style of music...

Line Up / Musicians

Erkki Seppänen (Vocal), Rami Keränen (Guitar), Seppo Kolehmainen (Guitar), Akseli Kaasalainen (Keybords), Janne Juutinen (Drums), Heikki Ahonen (Bass)


Artist : Beastö Blancö

Album : Beastö Blancö

Release Date : 25-11-2016

Added : 30-01-2017

Children are what they are made. 'Chuck Garric', Alice Cooper's bassist for ages relased a second album with his band 'Beastö Blancö' in which operates 'Calico Cooper', singer and daughter of ‘Alice Cooper'. From the first title 'Buried Angels', it starts with a bang and we take earful with a catchy chorus and a simple solo guitar but so effective wich recall the hard rock’s beautiful hours of the seventies. Without reinventing the wheel, everything is done to balance energetic and rhythmic titles with powerful and heavy riffs. 'Grind' or 'Death Rattle' remind me a little tempos of some 'ZZ Top' songs. Include also a cover of Alice Cooper' with the title 'Feed My Frankenstein' which is close enough to the original. In conclusion, an album certainly not for everyone but it should appeal to hard rock fans who like energic music...

Line Up / Musicians

Chuck Garric (Vocal, Guitar), Chris Latham (Guitar), Jan LeGrow (Bass), Tim Husung (Drums), Calico Cooper (Vocal)


Artist : Christine Ott

Album : Tabu

Release Date : 16-12-2016

Added : 31-01-2017

After 'Beastö Blancö', this is a big gap as I like them and only guided by the chance of my listening, here's 'Christine Ott' with 2 albums in 2016, 'Only Silence Remains' and 'Tabu'. This Jack-of-all-trades has a classical Piano interesting training and was interested in the first electronic musical instrument (from already 1928 !), the ‘Martenot waves’, true to life to an organ and that has been used in contemporary music by composers such as 'Olivier Messian' (See Wikipedia). By her career, 'Christine Ott' is an music’s extraterrestrial since she has worked with artists as varied as 'Yann Tiersen' or 'Radiohead' to name only 2 (See Wikipedia). The first album 'Only Silence Remains' is related to the ‘24 hours in the life of a woman' show and it goes against current trends. Her universe transports us to a nostalgic and aerial world where everything is sensation and feeling outside all space-time repository. With 'Tabu', original band of the film of the same name, the piano is the central instrument and we continue our trip over parts sometimes light, sometimes dark where the despoliation allows her to go to the heart of the music’s quintessence. In summary, although that this music called experimental and elitist may be limited to a small audience, 'Christine Ott' has at least due to his career, the opportunity to discover her world to a general public...

Line Up / Musicians

Christine Ott (Piano, Ondes Martenot, Percussions), Torsten Böttcher (Hang)


Artist : Christine Ott

Album : Only Silence Remains

Release Date : 20-05-2016

Added : 31-01-2017

Line Up / Musicians

Christine Ott : (Ondes Martenot, Piano, tubes harmoniques, harmonium d'inde, percussions, Jupiter8, timbales, tubular bells), Justine Charlet (Clavecin), Jerome Fohrer (Cantabass), Anil Eraslan (Cello), Olivier Maurel (Vibraphone), Francesco Rees (Drums), Casey Brown (Voix)


Artist : Elane

Album : More Stars

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 01-02-2017

'Elane' is a German group and, 5 years after the 'Arcane' album, released a 5 track EP which should serve as an appetizer for the upcoming release of ‘Arcane II'. They offer quiet and melodic progressive style with for example the acoustic version of 'Every Page A Heartbreak' ballad where the duo 'Joran' 'Skaldir' works great. 'My Life' which was left out of the previous album also is a melancholy ballad in a blues atmosphere. The last title, despite the electronic percussions, is a fairly standard catchy title where traditional instruments reinforce the folk side. In short, despite a very short duration, 'More Stars' allows to wait the fans for the release of the next album and will allow to discover this engaging and accessible group to a wider audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Joran Elane (Vocal), Skaldir (Guitar, Vocal), Nico (Keybords, Programmation), Simon (Violin, Alto, Cello)


Artist : Light And Shade

Album : The Essence Of Everything

Release Date : 18-11-2016

Added : 02-02-2017

'Light and Shade' is a group of metal, who just released his first album 'The Essence Of Everything'. Difficult to give them a specific style so titles follow but are not alike ! After a short introduction, close to a Lullaby, 'Drown Of Absurdity' is a title far and speed where Adrienne and Marco show the extent of their vocal abilities. Follows, 'Spirit Of Anne', which is a classic but always very speed title. With 'You Are' which is tinged folk, we're close to the 'Nighwish' melodies. Lifestyle changes with 'Light And Shade' and 'Lionhearted', much quieter and melodic The album ends with 'The Essence Of Everything' that mixes symphonic and progressive metal filled with style breaks and beat. In short, 'The Essence Of Everything', with various titles, is intended for a metal audience open to a relatively wide range, from compositions soft to heavy titles strengthened by grunt (or growl) passing by classical symphonic metal...

Line Up / Musicians

Adrienne Cowan (Vocal), Marco Pastorino (Guitar, Vocal), Luca Negro (Bass), Alex Landenburg (Drums)


Artist : JeanJeanne

Album : JeanJeanne

Release Date : 15-10-2016

Added : 03-02-2017

'JeanJeanne' is the meeting of 'Cristine Merienne' singer and 2 harpists ' Alice Soria-Cadoret' and 'Robertle Cadoret'. This short debut album (we would have liked a little more) shows us their universe, between pop, rock and blues with texts in French and one title in German. The compositions are sought at both lyrics and music level with a very successful integration of electric harps bringing a light side. You can see multiple influences from the French’s chanson and rock bands of the 1970s due to the sound, but they bring a new wind through an atmosphere mixing sweetness and aggressiveness with this flair to combine tensions and relaxations. In summary, this 'JeanJeanne' is a very good surprise for 2016 out of the uniformity of the French song and all we can hope to our ‘Brestois’ is to meet the public they merit...

Line Up / Musicians

Cristine Merienne (Vocal), Alice Soria-Cadoret (Harp électrique), Nikolaz Cadoret (Harp électrique), Yvon Molard (Drums)


Artist : Fatal Fusion

Album : Total Absence

Release Date : 25-11-2016

Added : 04-02-2017

The Norwegians of 'Fatal Fusion' return with a third album 'Total Absence' following the lead of the 2 first records. They operate in a progressive style with strong influence for groups of the 70s and leave an important role to the melody. Past the introduction 'The Gates of Ishtar' that could be the soundtrack of a mainstream film, 'Shadow Of The King' continues in an oriental style where the guitar riffs mark the tempo in a very epic atmosphere. With 'Forgotten One', we are involved on a 70s title with a 'Kansas' taste. Finally, the 2 latest titles 'Endless Ocean Blues' and 'Total Absence', offer us nearly 30 minutes of progressive oscillating between 'Floydien' and 'Genesisien' influences. In conclusion, for all fans of progressive music of the 1970s, this 'Total Absence' should certainly take its place in the perfect music collections...

Line Up / Musicians

Audun Engebetsen (Drums), Erlend Engebretsen (Keybords), Knut Erik Grøntvedt (Vocal), Lasse Lie (Bass), Stig Selnes (Guitars)


Artist : Dizzy Mizz Lizzy

Album : Forward In Reverse

Release Date : 13-04-2016

Added : 05-02-2017

After 20 years of absence, the Danes of 'Dizzy Mizz Lizzy' are back with a new album 'Forward In Reverse'. The style is an energetic melodic rock based on a pretty basic rhythm where the bass leads the game and which hangs from the first listening, for example with the first title 'Phlying Pharaoh', which is an instrumental track. Then comes 'Forward In Reverse' which makes us discover the energetic singing of Tim who assimilate perfectly in the rhythmic thinking some hard rock groups of the 70s/80s. 'Terrified in Paradise' and 'Brainless' continues in the same way very melodic and Tim that nicely follow closely his singing to his guitar playing. Other calmer titles such as 'Something So familiar', the acoustic interlude 'Frey' or the beautiful 'Say It To Me Anyway' which closed the album allow a welcome aeration to the album. Finally, we flirt with progressive metal with the instrumental 'Mindgasm' built in sandwich with a quiet part sung between the 2 strong parties. In short, this 'Forward In Reverse' marks the revival of a group who had made his fame in the 90 years and is to recommend to any melodic hard-rock lover...

Line Up / Musicians

Martin Nielsen (Bass), Søren Friis (Drums), Tim Christensen (Vocal / Guitars / Mellotron), Rune Olesen (Invité)


Artist : Darrel Treece-Birch

Album : No More Time

Release Date : 19-08-2016

Added : 06-02-2017

A few days ago, I presented 'Nth Ascension' (here) and 'Darrell Treece-Birch' is simply the keyboarder of the band. His latest solo album 'No More Time' is close to 'Nth Ascension' with more marked influences by artists of the 1970s in a more psychedelic atmosphere. After the narrated introduction, the instrumental track 'Riding the Waves' makes me think of a subtle blend of Uriah Heep' and 'Pink Floyd'. If we gloss over the singing, the next ballad 'Hold On' is closer to compositions of ‘Elton John'. The follow up is consistent with the beginning, quiet and airy titles like 'Twilight', 'Mother (Olive's Song)', 'The River Dream', 'Music Of the Spheres' or through 'Music of the Spheres'. In summary, with 'No More Time', 'Darrell Treece-Birch' signs an album very accessible to enjoy with headphones in a quiet and intended for all lovers of melodic and atmospheric progressive music...

Line Up / Musicians

Darrel Treece-Birch (Keybords, Vocal, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Drums) + Invités : Phil Brown (Guitar), Steve Grocott (Guitar), Karen Fell (Vocal), Dan Mitchell (Guitar), John Power (Bass, Guitar, Violin), Dann Rosingana (Guitar), Alan Taylor (Vocal, Guitar), Gavin Walker (Bass), Martin Walker (Guitar)


Artist : Daniel Gazzoli Project

Album : Night Hunter

Release Date : 02-12-2016

Added : 07-02-2017

'Daniel Gazzoli Project' is the last baby of 'Daniel Gazzoli' guitarist and composer who has just released his first album 'Night Hunter'. Without revolutionizing anything, it offers 9 very melodic songs in a rock style of the 1980s with very successful vocal arrangements and guitars sections. It starts with the title track 'Night Hunter' that sets us in the mood for entire opus; 'Liar', with its chorus enters in you head immediately and 'Self Destruction Blues' with its rhythmic makes you swing at the rate of the guitar riffs. Return to the calm with the beautiful ballad ' Prayer For year Angel' to finish with 2 titles full of energy 'Don' t Leave Me Alone' and 'The Beat Of My Heart'. To conclude, 'Night Hunter' is a very good melodic hard rock album very accessible and catchy at the first listening...

Line Up / Musicians

Daniel Gazzoli (Guitar, Bass, Keybords, Choirs), Leonardo F. Guillan (Vocal), Luke Ferraresi (Drums), Luca Zannoni (Keybords), Nicholas Guerzoni (Choirs)


Artist : Seeking Raven

Album : The Ending Collage

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 08-02-2017

'Seeking Raven' is the 'János Krusenbaum' project who has released in 2016 his 2nd album 'The Ending Collage'. His influences are many and you can see different artists from the progressive scene of the past 30 years but it brings its own personality to the whole and each title offers a different atmosphere which makes this album very varied and very pleasant to listen to. Vocal and instrumental arrangements are complex and particularly worked, but by contrast with some artists where several listenings are required, 'The Ending Collage' captures the attention of the listener quickly enough without any boredom. In short, if you love variety and mix genres doesn't bother you, there is a great chance that you adopt this latest record of 'János Krusenbaum'...

Line Up / Musicians

János Krusenbaum (Vocal, Tous les instruments), Jens Sieloff (Bass), Réka Krusenbaum (Flute, Pipeau), Alina Krüger (Vocal), Georg Krusenbaum (Guitar, Bodhran), Patrick Gros (Choirs), Max Krüger (Choirs)


Artist : Nocturnia

Album : Tierra de Cobardes

Release Date : 01-11-2016

Added : 09-02-2017

Already 12 years of existence and 4 studio albums to their credit, the 'Nocturnia' Spaniards released 'Tierra de Cobardes' and the least on can say is that quality of their compositions is inversely proportional to their popularity on the internet. Of course, we are in a quite confidential style because they evolve in a fast and energetic metal and they sing in Spanish, which is necessarily an inhibiting to find an internationally recognition. Nevertheless, and, as a famous French singer would say, their songs are "made for feet." 'Sin Olvidar Quién' or 'Alzó Los Punos' are 2 energetic and melodic jewels that immediately enter you the head. 'Ultima Esperanza', a more symphonic title, the ballad 'Hate the Noche Sin Ti' with his full sensitivity crescendo (they are not Espanols for nothing!) or the last title 'Para Siempre' more accessible to a wide audience make varied album. In conclusion, 'Nocturnia', with the 'Tierra de Cobardes' strike hard and have all the ingredients to appeal to a wide audience loving the melodic metal...

Line Up / Musicians

Alberto Symon (Vocal), Roberto Moreno (Guitar), Salvador González (Guitar), César Arroyo (Bass, Choirs), Jose Gómez-Selles (Keybords), Jose Roldán (Batteríe)


Artist : Karmamoi

Album : Silence Between Sounds

Release Date : 30-10-2016

Added : 10-02-2017

Back in a progressive range with Italians of 'Karmanmoi' who released their 3rd album 'Silence Between Sounds'. The style is atmospheric and to give influences, I would mention artists as varied as 'Renaissance', 'Shade' or 'Porcupine Tree'. From the outset, 'Silence Between Sounds' is a title for more 10 minutes that takes us into a quiet world that mixes rock and jazzy moods. 'Sirio' incorporates several parts making it a varied and typical progressive music title. With 'Tuesday' you escape you in a very aerial and melodic ballad. The album ends with 'Canis majoris', multi-faceted title that sums up the whole. In short, with 'Silence Between Sounds', 'Karmamoi' released a very successful progressive music album that should appeal to all lovers of atmospheres mixing quiet and intense moments...

Line Up / Musicians

Alessandro Cefali (Bass), Alex Massari (Guitars), Daniele Giovannoni (Keybords, Drums) +Invités : Fabi O Tempesta (Guitars), Hellena (Vocal), Irene Morelli (Vocal), Lara Bagnati (Flute), Luca Uggias (Piano), Maria Rodriguez Reina (Cello), Sara Rinaldi (Vocal), Serena Ciacci (Vocal)


Artist : Magnum

Album : The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads

Release Date : 07-01-2017

Added : 11-02-2017

Yes, already almost 40 years of career and nearly 20 albums, the 'Magnum's’ English released an album of ballads and usually, when the band is good, the ballad is good !! Like 'Scorpions' ballads, even if you don't know the group, it is likely that you will have the feeling to have already heard some titles starting with 'The Valley Of Tears', 'A Face In The Crowd' or even the more recent 'Your Dreams Won' t Die' (2016). Some songs have been re-recorded for this opportunity and the live 'When The World Come Down' serving as an anthem for the group closes the album in a nice way. In short, if you want to discover the 'metal’s' quiet side of 'Magnum', this compilation is perfect for you...

Line Up / Musicians

Al Barrow (Bass), Bob Catley (Vocal), Harry James (Drums), Mark Stanway (Keybords), Tony Clarkin (Guitars)


Artist : Pain Of Salvation

Album : In The Passing Light Of Day

Release Date : 13-01-2017

Added : 12-02-2017

With 'Pain Of Salvation', we are accustomed to large deviations between calm and storm where you drop from devasting riffs to a whispered passage but always on the razor's edge. Based on his painful experience that early cost his life, 'Daniel Gildenlöw' 'In The Passing Light Of Day' described us the different stages of his illness. About compositions, you will need certainly a several listenings to completely penetrate the Daniel’s tortured universe but we feel fairly quickly a great emotional intensity emerging from each title that makes us penetrate to the depths of intimacy and we say to ourselves that, ultimately, it is probably its painful ordeal that enabled him to go deep inside himself to compose an intense and overwhelming work. In short, with this 'In The Passing Light Of Day' coming out in the beginning of this year, we already account a 2017 major record outside the modes and styles that feels more than it listens to, at the same level as 'Blackstar', last album of the late 'David Bowie' released just one year before...

Line Up / Musicians

Daniel Gildenlöw (Vocal / Guitars), Daniel Karlsson (Keybords), Gustaf Hielm (Bass), Léo Margarit (Drums), Ragnar Zolberg (Vocal / Guitars)


Artist : Firewind

Album : Immortals

Release Date : 17-01-2017

Added : 13-02-2017

In early 2017, the Greeks of 'Firewind' come back to our mind and release a new album 'Immortals' in line with the previous albums. On the menu, great heavy power metal beat with a concept album on 'Salamis' and 'Thermopyles', the famous battles of antiquity. Overall, no major novelty in style with speed, melodic and powerful songs that catch from the first listening and Gus G. who continues to offer us solos with always the same dexterity and the same feeling. Note that they know how to vary the pleasures with 'Lady Of 1000 Sorrows', the ballad of the album or 'Rise From The Ashes' a classic title that mixes energetic and calm parts. In short, with this latest record, even if it remains a distinct style, 'Firewind' should continue to enchant all power metal fans...

Line Up / Musicians

Henning Bass (Vocal), Bob Katsionis (Keybords), Jo Nunez (Drums), Kostas Karamitroudis "Gus G." (Guitars), Petros Christo (Bass)


Artist : The Aurora Project

Album : World Of Grey

Release Date : 12-12-2016

Added : 14-02-2017

I discovered in this beginning of 2017 The Dutch of ‘The Aurora Project’ who released end of 2016 their 4th album 'World Of Grey'. From the first listening it is a familiar sound and a lot of progressive’s groups come to mind to describe their influences : 'Pendragon', 'Arena', 'Pallas', or even 'Marillion' or 'Saga' and of course 'Pink Floyd'. This latest opus is a concept album about the manipulation of humans by some strength with the organization of resistance by a small number (the trailer of the album on Youtube is perfect). About music, we find a very classic progressive side and we could make a witness album of this style over the 40 last years for an audience who would like to discover this kind of music. In addition, the sensitivity of the voice of 'Dennis Binnekade' brings a great feature and reminds me of 'Alan Reed' of 'Pallas', the kind of singers who live their music. In short, it is for me an album without weak point that should delight all lovers of progressive and enough accessible to recommend it to anyone who wants to discover this type of music...

Line Up / Musicians

Remco vd Berg (Guitar, Choirs), Dennis Binnekade (Vocal), Joris Bol (Drums), Mox 'Marcel' Guyt (Keybords), Rob Krijgsman (Bass)


Artist : Beyond The Black

Album : Lost In Forever

Release Date : 13-01-2017

Added : 15-02-2017

After a promising debut in 2015 (here), 'Beyond The Black' Germans hit again very hard in this beginning 2017 with 'Lost In Forever'. The hit machine is here and with the digital version that offers Spotify, it’s 17 titles for about 75 minutes of pure happiness (against 13 tracks in the CD version). Impossible to promote only a few titles because there is absolutely nothing to throw away. All the ingredients are there for an album of symphonic metal which looks like 'Within Temptation' : easy to remember melodies, a singer at ease both on energetic and powerful compositions and melancholy ballads, alternating energetic and calm titles well dosed, choirs to strengthen the Symphonic side, guitars riffs and solos that put you floating in a little cloud. In addition, despite the large number of titles, there is no weariness and the digital version that offers 5 more titles contains some melodic gems like 'Dim The Spotlight' or 'Rage Before The Storm'. In conclusion, with this 'Lost In Forever', 'Beyond The Black' is earning its place in the sun and could quickly become international symphonic metal spearhead with a very accessible style that should reach the general public...

Line Up / Musicians

Chris Hermsdörfer (Guitars), Jennifer Haben (Vocal), Jonas Roßner (Keybords), Kai Tschierschky (Drums), Stefan Herkenhoff (Bass), Tobias Lodes (Guitars)


Artist : Last Autumn’s Dream

Album : In Disguise

Release Date : 23-01-2017

Added : 16-02-2017

The 'Last Autumn's Dream' Swedes decided in this early 2017 to take a small break to release a covers record with obviously a choice of melodic and rhythmic songs. For this, they have casted the net far and wide both in styles and over time not necessarily in their usual registry because we found for example 'Wig Wam Bam' by 'Mike Chapman', 'Slow Down' by 'John Miles' or 'When I Kissed The Teacher' by Abba'. Here is the full list with the composers and authors: 1. If Love Should Go : Slamer/Walsh 2. Jet Airliner : P. Pen 3. Working For The Weekend : M. Frenette/P. Dean 4. Wig Wam Bam : M. Chapman/N. Chinn 5. Slow Down : Miles/Marshall 6. Need A Little Loving : Slamer/Ward 7. I´ll Bring The Whole World To Your Door : Meadows, DiMino, Leonetti 8. Just One More Time : B. Macleod/D. Mills 9. When I Kissed The Teacher : B. Ulvaeus/B. Andersson 10. All The Way : G. Simmons 11. Hey You : C. Turner/R. Bachman/R. Bachman In short, a happy list of songs on their own style that will surely delight a wide audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Mikael Erlandsson (Vocal, Keybords, Guitar), Peter Pac Soderstrom (Guitar), Jamie Borger (Drums, Choirs), Nalle Pahlsson (Bass, Vocal, Choirs), Ulf Wahlberg (Keybords, Choirs)


Artist : Anthology

Album : Angel’s Revenge

Release Date : 15-01-2017

Added : 17-02-2017

Once again, It’s a new discovery : 'Anthology' is a Slovak group that just released his 2nd album 'Angel's Revenge'. They operate in a power symphonic style with a singer and they put forward a powerful and epic style. They are not revolutionizing this genre but have already an impressive maturity with for example the latter title 'Labyrinth of Evil' that mixes different atmospheres which set up it a captivating title. In addition, they have the sense of melody that attracts from the first listen like for example 'Devoted Soul', comparable to 'Nightwish', which after the usual instrumental introduction, starts the album in a very energetic way. In summary, for a group that is self-produced, 'Anthology' is a nice surprise in the power symphonic metal registry for this early 2017...

Line Up / Musicians

Raylyn Shayde (Vocal), Majo Gonda (Guitar), Miro Grman (Guitar), Peter Pleva (Drums), Martin Solárik (Keybords)


Artist : Dead Of Night

Album : The Dead Shall Rise Again

Release Date : 22-04-2016

Added : 18-02-2017

I want to come back to an album released early 2016 by the British of 'Dead Of Night' which is strangely the remastered version of the previous album of 2015 'The Dead Shall Rise', which at the time had certainly been scrapped. Their style is a mix of rock and symphonic melodic metal with a new 'Briony Featon' singer who has an absolute voice quality and who controls from end-to-end her subject a well on dynamic titles as 'Touched By The Hand Of God' that on more calm titles as the beautiful ballad 'Never Liked It'. In short, 'Dead Of Night' is a group with great potential that is to recommend to all fans of melodic and symphonic rock and who merit certainly to meet a wide audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Briony Featon (Vocal), Carl Eden (Drums), Dan Roberts (Guitar), Isabel Eden (Keybords), Jason Peacock (Bass)


Artist : Charetta

Album : Fate Strikes Twice

Release Date : 23-12-2016

Added : 19-02-2017

A first album in 2009 and nothing since and it’s only end of 2016 that the Americans of 'Charetta' group released their new album. A heavy rock/metal sound with a singer in the person of Angelina Del Carmen', short and catchy titles from the first listening, here's the menu of this 'Fate Strikes Twice'. It navigates between titles rhythmed like 'I m Not Your Bitch' and his swing from hell, mid-tempo melodic titles as 'Distraction' but also beautiful ballads like 'Not Made Of Stone'. In summary, if you like 'Doro', 'Halestorm', you will be certainly delighted by this 'Fate Strikes Twice'...

Line Up / Musicians

Angelina Del Carmen (Vocal), Pablo LaFrossia (Guitar), Chris Fullam (Guitar), Rich Mollo (Bass), Adonis Sanchez (Drums)


Artist : Evereal

Album : Evereal

Release Date : 12-01-2017

Added : 20-02-2017

'Evereal' is a Canadian group which was formed in 2011 and which has just released his first album 'Evereal'. Their style is an energic rock/metal with some symphonic components. The titles are fairly short and melodic to be accessible from the first listening and their influences come from groups as 'Evanescence' or 'Delain'. They incorporate also calmer titles as the 'Sinful' ballad and the below youtube video is nothing more than a beautiful cover of the 'Hallelujah' of 'Leonard Cohen' and 'Stephanie Neufeld' singer, although she has still a room for improvement in her vocals, already shows good vocal capacities. In short, 'Evereal' is a group that has a good potential and we have a good time listening to this first record which will certainly be appreciated by every lover of rock/metal with a female singer...

Line Up / Musicians

Stephanie Neufeld (Vocal), Stephen Roberts (Guitar), David Bevis (Keybords), Gord Esau (Bass), Rob Queen (Drums)


Artist : The Dark Side Of Venus

Album : Power to Victims

Release Date : 10-12-2016

Added : 21-02-2017

'The Dark Side Of Venus' is an atypical project created by the classical pianist 'Licia Missori'; 'Power To Victims' has been released end of 2016 and the least that we can say is that, at first listening, you can’t remain indifferent to this music because each title brings a different style and feeling and it’s impossible to classify them in a category. We are transported between rock, pop, jazz and classic in a feeling where everything flows naturally with an alternating between light titles and other darker while remaining very accessible. In summary, far away from the uniformity of our prefabricated world, 'Power to Victims' is a real breath of fresh air and if you're looking for a little originality, you will certainly love this patchwork of styles...

Line Up / Musicians

Francesca Elayne Naccarelli (Vocal), Licia Missori (Keybords), Alessandro Lopane (Guitar), Yuri Colafigli (Bass), Daniele Saulle (Drums)


Artist : Xandria

Album : Theater Of Dimensions

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 22-02-2017

After the appetizer end of 2015 (here), 'Xandria' releases a damns good album in this beginning of 2017 with 'Theater Of Dimension', which was awaited by all fans. More than 70 minutes with 5 acoustic bonus in the deluxe edition, here is the full program where ’Xandria’ has put every effort to offer us an album closer than a metal opera with all the ingredients of the epic symphonic metal and an awesome lyrical work. The novelty is that there is not only one 'Xandria' style but each title brings an unique atmosphere while keeping a good homogeneity on the whole. 'Dianne van Giersbergen' is at the top of his form and rises to the rank of 'Tarja'. I won't mention some titles because it would be necessary to detail all of them (the Chronicle already longer than usual would take too long); just for people who don't know the group, the title 'Theater Of Dimensions' and his extreme theatrical side is a good condensed of the album. In conclusion, with 'Theater Of Dimensions', 'Xandria' crosses a new important step and moves seamlessly at the same level as groups like 'Nightwish' or 'Epica'; It is obviously recommended to all fans of Symphonic Metal and even if this style of music is quite confidential (especially in France), it can be a gateway to this style of music to many more...

Line Up / Musicians

Philip Restemeier (Guitar), Marco Heubaum (Guitar), Dianne van Giersbergen (Vocal), Steven Wussow (Bass), Gerit Lamm (Drums)


Artist : Jim Jidhed

Album : Push On Through

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 23-02-2017

'Jim Jidhed' is none other than the lead singer of Swedish AOR 'Alien' and in this beginning 2017, he releases a 3rd album with 'Push On Through'. No surprise, we're in line with ‘Alien' with very accessible titles for a wide enough audience and melodic lines that hook you from the first listen. The record remains varied and between energic titles as 'Glorious', 'One Breathe' or even 'Love Was Waiting', we have also 3 ballads 'Waiting For Summer', 'Too Many Words' and the beautiful and very refined last title 'It Is What It Is'. In short, this ‘Push On Through’ has all to have a good time and shows once again that the Swedish melodic capabilities. For the greatest number, to listen without moderation...

Line Up / Musicians

Jim Jidhed (Vocal), Ken SANDIN (Bass), Michael Palace (Guitar), Philip Lindstrand (Guitar), Daniel Flores (Drums)


Artist : Crystal Breed

Album : Barriers

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 24-02-2017

'Barriers' is the second album of the Germans of 'Crystal Breed' who evolve in a progressive style mixing rock, metal and jazz. The whole is very rich, and the compositions are relatively complex which requires several listenings to penetrate smallest nooks. 'The Brain Train' takes us in breaks of rhythms where we find some influences from groups of progressive metal as 'Porpucine Tree' with choirs which look like 'Queen'. The following title is much more classic and takes us into a progressive rock close to ‘Spock's Beard. Then comes 'Liar To Yourself' which is more symphonic and the next title, 'Dying Stars' is a ballad which melodic influences of 'Queen' emerges. So, it’s a patchwork of styles, moods and rhythms that 'Crystal Breed' offers us with this latest album that should appeal to any fan of progressive music in the broad sense of the term…

Line Up / Musicians

Niklas Turmann (Vocal, Guitar), Corvin Bahn (Vocal, Keybords), Thorsten Harnitz (Drums, Vocal), Nico Deppisch (Bass)


Artist : Archangelica

Album : Tomorrows Starts Today

Release Date : 29-09-2016

Added : 25-02-2017

Still another group that doesn’t provoke buzz : 'Archangelica' is a Polish group which released his 2nd album 'Tomorrows Starts Today' in 2016. It is close to atmospheric progressive rock bands in the great tradition of this style as 'Anathema' and the short introduction immediately reminds 'Pink Floyd'. 'Yazidls Song' makes us discover the singer 'Patrycja Mizerska' and her delicate and captivating voice in a title that combines rock and metal. Subsequently, it’s much more atmospheric with for example the very melodic 'A Trip To Mars' with its superb finale, the beautiful ballad 'Sirens On White Shore' or 'Enter My Garden' and his aerial atmosphere that become stronger to end as it began. With the last instrumental title 'Tomorrow Start Today - Valley Behind The Door', it could have been composed by 'David Gilmour' because you can feel the feeling of 'Floyds's guitarist. In short, if you like calm rock, there is a good chance that you adopt this ‘Tomorrows Starts Today’...

Line Up / Musicians

Maciej Engel (Guitar), Robert Kubajek (Drums), Patrycja Mizerska (Vocal), Asia Przybysz (Bass), Mariusz Jasiak (Guitar)


Artist : Morrighans

Album : The Three Circles Of Death

Release Date : 20-01-2017

Added : 26-02-2017

Line Up / Musicians

Fanny Thibert (Vocal, Keybords), Laurent Wilb (Guitar), Georges-Marc Lavarenne (Guitar), Richard Mantovani (Bass), Hervé Gambonnet (Drums), Séverine Demmer (Keybords)


Artist : Pride Of Lions

Album : Fearless

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 27-02-2017

'Pride Of Lions', already 15 years of existence, is back with a new album 'Fearless'. No surprise, with the former songwriter of 'Survivor' in the 80s in the person of 'Jim Peterik', these are a hit’s succession of eighties rock/hard-rock. The album is divided between energic titles like 'All I See Is You!', 'In Cartoon' or even 'The Silence Says It All', other mid-tempo as 'The Tell', 'Silent Music' or even 'The Light In Your Eyes' and finally beautiful ballads like 'Everlasting Love' or even 'Unmasking The Mystery' with a constant : the innate talent of the melody which enters immediately in your head and very affordable titles. In short, this last ‘Pride Of Lions’ is an album accessible to a wide audience loving beautiful melodies as we usually had 30 years ago...

Line Up / Musicians

Jim Peterik (Vocal, Guitars, Keybords), Toby Hitchcock (Vocal), Ed Breckenfield (Drums), Klem Hayes (Bass), Mike Aquino (Guitars)


Artist : Eris Pluvia

Album : Different Earths

Release Date : 31-10-2016

Added : 28-02-2017

I discover the Italians of Eris Pluvia' with their latest album 'Different Earths' and however it is a group which had already released an album in 1991 and 'Different Earths' is their third record (if you want more detail, read the very good review on profilgprog here). They evolve in a symphonic and atmospheric progressive style that makes you travel in climates close to bands as 'Pink Floyd', 'Genesis' or 'Camel'. To hold a title, I would say 'Heroes Of The Dark Star,' composition of more than 10 minutes in the tradition of progressive with multi-parts which slot together. In summary, even if the Italians of Eris Pluvia' don’t revolutionize this type of music, 'Different Earths' is a very pleasant album to listen and relax after a hard day's work and it will certainly be appreciated of any aerial and calm progressive music lover...

Line Up / Musicians

Alessandro Cavatorti (Guitar), Marco Forella (Bass, Piano, Guitar Acoustic, Keybords, Drums, Percussions), Roberta Piras (Flute), Roberto Minniti (Vocal)


Artist : Catfish

Album : Dohyô

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 01-03-2017

'Catfish' is the project of two French 'Amandine Guinchard' and 'Damien Felix' who have released their 2nd album 'Dohuö'. Apart from the fashions and from the little conformism of the French song, they explore ways from rock to blues. At first listening, it seems to be direct and simple but it hides an important writing and arrangement work with a geat variety in the different compositions : 'Landmarks' is a catchy rock title, 'Rebirth' or 'The Feaher' make me think of the tempos of 'Pretenders' with the ‘Amandine’s voice which is close to the vocal register of ‘Chrissie Hynde’, 'The Three' is a ballad with a wonderful exchange between the voice and the guitar, and about 'Lost And Found' blues, we feel a full merger between the 2 artists. In short, if you are a little tired of being manipulated by the media that always sell us all day the same type of music, point your ears to this French duo which shows that the hexagon produces regularly new talents, but it needs to go looking at them...

Line Up / Musicians

Amandine (Vocal, Bass, Keybords, Percussions), Damien (Guitar, Keybords, Vocal, Harmonica, Percussions)


Artist : Forest Field

Album : Lonely Desert

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 02-03-2017

As they define themselves, 'Forest Field' is not a group but is an international project created by 'Peter Cox' and 'Phil Vincent' and 'Lonely Desert' is their new baby. Their style is close to a melodic, ambient and progressive rock. Actually, It is a set of influences of 70s/80s rock bands that emerged of the 10 titles that all have a different atmosphere. Moving from a melodic rock close to 'Uriah Heep' ('Valley Of bread') to a enough simple instrumental composition with a step up for the entire title ('Coriolis'); the next song ' Doomed in the Desert 'is a ballad where the end reminds me the atmospheres of ‘Eagles'. With 'Alienation', it's a rock melody close to 'UFO'. In short, with 'Lonely Desert', you are back where we were 40 years ago into a tasty mix of styles and genres that will surely delight fans of rock of this period...

Line Up / Musicians

Peter Cox (Tous les instruments), Phil Vincent (Vocal)


Artist : Itzamna

Album : Chascade

Release Date : 14-10-2016

Added : 03-03-2017

After a first listening, I never imagined that 'Otzamna' could be a French group because we find a lot of influences with genres from pop to metal including rock, jazz and classical. For a debut album, it goes in all directions and you have to love the big gaps to penetrate their universe. An example with the last 2 titles : 'Red Dragon' is a title close to progressive metal and it’s followed by 'Dies Viniet' which we emabark in a religious Gregorian song followed by a part which remind me an 'Enio Morricone' western music. This 'Chascade' (French word game between ‘Chat’ and ‘Cascade’) is so far from uniformity of French radio, and even if it can disturb some people who will be lost by too much heterogeneity, it feels good to say there we are still pioneers artists that offer originality...

Line Up / Musicians

Armand Jourdain (Bass), Benjamin Vidal (Piano), Samuel Dolbeau (Guitar), Adrien Gretter (Drums), Clément Belio (Guitar)


Artist : Ann My Guard

Album : Ourania

Release Date : 13-01-2017

Added : 04-03-2017

'Ann My Guard' is a Hungarian project created by 'Eszter Anna Baumann' who is not only the singer but also the bassist. After 1st album in 2014, 'Ourania' is the second album of the group who officiates between rock and metal. The whole is rhythmed and melodic with successful titles. After a short a cappella introduction, 'Asteria' sets the scene with an energetic rock title where you feel Eszter like a fish to water. Following share between energetic titles like 'Callisto' or 'Obsedian Tears' and other more heavy as 'Breathe The Sun' or 'Hekate' interspersed by 2 instrumental commas 'Io' and 'Snake'. In conclusion, without bringing any novelty, the Hungarians of 'Ann My Guard' do as we say their job and we're having a very good time listening to Ourania' which is to recommend to a wide rock audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Benjamin Bárkányi (Guitars), Eszter Anna Baumann (Vocal / Bass), Krisztián Varga (Guitars), Norbert Tobola (Drums)


Artist : Lipshok

Album : To Haunt a Quiet Realm

Release Date : 31-10-2016

Added : 05-03-2017

'Lipshok' is an American band with a female singer which evolves in a rock/metal style. On their facebook, they say that they are influenced by the great names of symphonic metal but singer Debbi evolves in a rock record classic and finally the style is closer to melodic rock bands. They are lucky to be supported by metal guitarist 'Glen Avelais' (formerly 'Forbidden') with sumptuous solo guitars for example in 'Crawl Back Home'. The 10 titles share between energetic titles as 'Bad Place', 'Cawl Back Home', or even 'Through It All', others more mid-tempo as 'A Soul That Dreams', 'The Unwinding' or even 'More Of You' and finally ballads such as 'Wanderer' or the instrumental title track 'To Haunt a Quiet Realm'. In summary, we spend a very good time listening to this last 'Lipshok' that should appeal to all rock fans who appreciate groups from 'Karnataka' to 'Halestorm'...

Line Up / Musicians

Debbi Douglas “Scarlett Dark“ (Vocal, Keybords), Phil Jameson (Bass), Joe Londeree (Drums), Glen Avelais (Guitar)


Artist : Black Paisley

Album : Late Bloomer

Release Date : 31-01-2017

Added : 06-03-2017

If I say 'Sweden', you say: 'Rock melodic'; well, it’s still a Swedes group which unveils us its first record and which makes us in an eighties rock with 9 tracks that could have certainly claim in this period to become hits. Here we have it all : good riffs of guitars, direct melodies with refrains to spoil a whole day, ubiquitous choirs and a singer in the person of 'Stefan Blomqvist' with a voice filled by a real feeling close to the late 'Joe Cocker'. In short, nothing to dislike in this 'Late Bloomer' that should appeal to the entire generation of the 70s/80s and certainly beyond because this music has not really age...

Line Up / Musicians

Stefan Blomqvist (Vocal, Guitar), Ulf Hedin (Guitar, Choirs), Robert Wirensjö (Keybords, Choirs), Jan Emanuelsson (Bass), Robert Karaszi (Drums)


Artist : Greywind

Album : Afterthoughts

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 07-03-2017

'Greywind' is the project of 2 Irish brother and sister 'Paul O 'Sullivan' and 'Steph O' Sullivan' who released their first album 'Afterthoughts' beginning of 2017. With a beautiful artwork, they reveal to us their universe between rock and metal shared between the lightness of the voice of Steph and the heavy and powerful Paul’s guitars. The rhythms are quite slow and it emerges a certain melancholy as in 'The Lake', one of the more melodic songs. Certainly, we would have welcomed a little more variety, but for a first album, we already feels a good potential for this duo to reach a broad audience. In summary, 'Greywind' is a charming duo who succeeded with a lot of perseverance to make their dream a reality for the pleasure of our ears...

Line Up / Musicians

Paul O'Sullivan (Guitar), Steph O'Sullivan (Vocal)


Artist : Scorching Winter

Album : Victim

Release Date : 30-10-2016

Added : 08-03-2017

After a promising first EP in 2015, the Australians of 'Scorching Winter' released end of 2016 their first album 'Victim'. It is a concept album about the history of a violated girl who is saved by a demon who passes his powers to take revenge. From music side, 'Scorching Winter' evolves into a symphonic metal with a female singer. The first title 'The Six Headed Beast' sets the scene with an energetic rhythm where we discover the sweet voice of Tina and a magnificent quiet final piano/voice. Following 'On Hands and Knees' which is a typical ballad of metal bands. With 'From The Ashes' it’s the hit single of the album and its refrain that fit you in your head. In summary, 'Scorching Winter' achieve a faultless first album that should delight all fans of metal symphonic like 'Nightwish' or 'Delain'...

Line Up / Musicians

Tina Papadimitriou (Vocal), Rafael Katigbak (Guitar), Natalie Bellio (Keybords), Glenn Treasure (Bass), Nick James (Drums)


Artist : Quasar H7

Album : Nanodroids

Release Date : 08-11-2016

Added : 09-03-2017

Funny name for a funny group, the Italian of 'Quasar H7' have just released their first album 'Nanodroids'. Difficult to define style because they juxtapose different types of music: it goes from progressive rock to jazz through classic. The album shares between instrumental tracks and others where 'Eleonora Moro' operates in a vocal register close to ‘Annie Aslam' of 'Renaissance'. The first title, 'Nanodroids' is a good example of this patchwork of styles: a first part that flirts with metal progressive then incorporates jazz fusion. Then we reach a classic part which begins with piano as central instrument and escalates and turns into epic atmosphere with choirs and then goes back to the starting theme for a very jazzy end. In short, to enter in the world of 'Quasar H7', it is better to be open to a set of different styles and if this is the case, there are chances that you love this 'Nonodroids'...

Line Up / Musicians

Eleonora Moro (Vocal), Luigi Rinaldi (Guitar), Francesco Cipullo (Piano, Keybords), Michele Milano (Drums), Francesco Coia (Bass)


Artist : Simone Cozzetto

Album : Wide Eyes

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 10-03-2017

Still an Italian artist that I discover with 'Simone Cozzetto' who released 'Wide Eyes' end 2016 and went completely unnoticed on the web. His universe is a progressive rock of the seventies with very classic melodic compositions. For this album, he’s surrounded by very good artists such as the former Europe guitarist 'Key Marcello' or whether the singer 'Franck Marino'. For a good overview of the album, the first title 'Awakening' sums up the atmosphere of this record : an introduction combining electric and acoustic instruments, and then a guitar solo close to 'Pink Floyd' and the melancholic sung part close to ballads of Huriah Heep'. In summary, if you like the melodic pop/rock with an easy access, 'Wide Eyes' is an album that should please you...

Line Up / Musicians

Simone Cozzetto (Guitar, Bass, Keybords, Piano, Choirs), + Invités : Kee Marcello (Guitar), Titta Tani (Vocal), Frank Marino (Vocal, Choirs), Daniele Chiantese (Drums), Giorgia Zaccagni (Choirs), Sara Tiburzi (Violin), William Stravato (Guitar)


Artist : Blackfield

Album : V

Release Date : 10-02-2017

Added : 11-03-2017

The 5th chapter of the 'Blackfield' project was expected by all fans after 'Blackfield IV' in 2013. This 'V' is in continuation of the previous albums but certainly less dark than the first album. We are always in a progressive style and navigating between pop and rock. Note that ‘Alan Parsons' in person joined the 'Steven' and 'Aviv' duo to bring an aerial side to some compositions as for example 'How Was Your Ride ?' who transpire the English’s atmospheres. Overall, we navigate in beautiful melodies with a more pronounced melancholic effect and we feel that the founding duo run as well as ever. In short, with this 5th album, 'Blackfield' should delight all fans of the group and if you like pop/rock with warm and intimate atmosphere, there is a chance that you adopt 'V'...

Line Up / Musicians

Steven Wilson (Vocal, Guitars), Aviv Geffen (Vocal, Guitars,Keybords), Eran Mitelman (Keybords, Piano), Tomer Z (Drums) + Invité : Alan Parsons (Vocal, Guitars, Keybords)


Artist : Knight Area

Album : Heaven And Beyond

Release Date : 10-02-2017

Added : 12-03-2017

The same day as 'Blackfield', the Netherlands of 'Knight Area' release their 6th studio album and what an album !! For my part, 'Heaven And Beyond' could be MY 2017 progressive and symphonic music record. From the first listen, an amazing emotion emerges from the 11 titles, and strangely, even if we remain in classical melodic schemes, we're carried away in different atmospheres which give the impression that everything flows naturally and I could quote a lot of passages that made me this little shiver so characteristic of an intense listening pleasure. To do a parallel, I find the sensations that give some songs of 'Queen'. And then comes the last title, 'Memories' that ends the album in a wonderful way and makes you definitely recognize, if you still doubt, that the musical Graal exists. Certainly, this is as subjective because this is my perception and therefore the best way to make your own opinion, you who like groups such as 'Arena', 'Pallas', 'Dream Theater' or 'Pink Floyd', is to go to listen to this last Knight Area...

Line Up / Musicians

Gerben Klazinga (Keybords), Mark Bogert (Guitars), Mark Smit (Vocal, Keybords), Peter Vink (Bass), Pieter Van Hoorn (Drums)


Artist : Oknos

Album : Old World

Release Date : 13-01-2017

Added : 13-03-2017

'Oknos' is a new German symphonic metal band who just released their first studio album. After a brief instrumental introduction usual for this kind of group, we discover a melodic symphonic metal close to ‘Within Temptation’ which allow us to discover the Anna singing comparable to the 'Simone Simons' register. Some titles stand out from the whole as, for example, the Oriental 'Old World', the hit power 'Falling', the refreshing 'Ghost Script' with its choirs and sharp guitar riffs, 'Fire' which starts in ballad then continue on a dynamic part and finally the last title for over 8 minutes 'Requiem' which is an end in several epic parties. In short, with this first album 'Old World', 'Oknos' make a faultless and, even if the compositions are without surprise, this new group should delight all fans of symphonic metal with a female singer...

Line Up / Musicians

Anna (Vocal), Johannes (Guitar), Benjamin (Guitar), Arne (Bass), Sebastian (Drums), Philipp (Keybords, Bagpipe)


Artist : The Heather Findlay Band

Album : I Am Snow

Release Date : 09-12-2016

Added : 14-03-2017

After a long period with 'Mostly Autumn', 'Heather Findlay' decided in 2010 to leave the band to focus on his family. But the singer and guitarist is back with her projects and after 'Mantra Vega' beginning 2016 (see here), she released 'I Am Snow' end 2016 under the name of 'The Heather Findlay Band' which is an album of covers among other things 'Mostly Autumn'. The whole is folk with a choice of acoustic songs that takes us in a quiet and peaceful world where flute, piano, harp, or even acoustic guitar accompanies the crystalline voice of 'Heather'. In short, a good time of acoustic ballads to enjoy in a quiet place with your headphones on...

Line Up / Musicians

Heather Findlay (Vocal, Guitar, Bodhran, Low Whistle, Percussions), Angela Gordon (Flute, Vocal, Piano), Stuart Fletcher (Bass), Sarah Dean (Harp, Vocal, Organ, Keybords), Henry Rogers (Drums, Cajon, Piano, Keybords), Martin Ledger (Guitar, Mandolin), Isaaac McInnis (Guitar)


Artist : Akoma

Album : Revangels

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 15-03-2017

A single with a special guest in the person of 'Liv Kristine' (You Tube clip below), 'Akoma' is a Danish group of symphonic metal who has just released its first studio album after 2 EP in 2009 and 2012. Of course, it looks like 'Leave's Eyes' because Tanya officiates in the same register as Liv but the style remains more classic without addition of growls and if they don’t revolutionize this kind of music, the Symphonic side is highlighted as 'Hands Of Greed' with its very epic introduction and ubiquitous choirs. In summary, the Danes of Akoma' released a good first album and have capabilities, if they develop their own style, to succeed into the closed world of symphonic metal...

Line Up / Musicians

Tanya Bell (Vocal), Morten H. Bell (Guitar), Stefan Nielsen (Bass), Andreas Pedersen (Guitar), Rune Frisch (Drums)


Artist : Sweet Mary Jane

Album : Winter In Paradise

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 16-03-2017

One again, it’s Sweden in the spotlight with a new melodic rock band (known as AOR) who are surfing on the wave of 'Foreigner', 'Last Autumn's Dreams' or 'Pride Of Lions' (see last review here). Generally, in this style, the recipe is well-oiled with melodies that attract from the first listening and this is the case of this first album 'Winter In Paradise'. The majority of the titles is very energetic but are interspersed with few quieter songs like 'Miracle', 'Angel Of Mine' or 'Keep the Fire Burning'. In short, as you will have understood, 'Sweet Mary Jane' broadens the family of melodic rock with an album to consume on-trade to the greatest delight of fans of this music genre...

Line Up / Musicians

Alexander Olsson (Bass), Andreas Sparby (Drums), Per-olof Asberg (Guitars), Tomas Berggren (Vocal), Tomas Nässlin (Guitars / Keybords)


Artist : ScaRveD

Album : Lodestone

Release Date : 15-01-2017

Added : 17-03-2017

Direction Belgium with 'ScaRveD' who have been created in 2012 and released beginning 2017 a 2nd studio album and it's with this 'Lodstone' that I discovered them. They offer us a classic and energetic hard rock with a female singer who goes to the essential, and all titles are eye-catching with effective great guitar solos. 'Naughtly Reflexes' sets the scene with a rhythm which reminds some groups of the 1970s like 'Led Zeppelin' or 'Deep Purple' with a modern sound. Of course, there is the Ballad of use with 'Heart Of Rock & Roll' which shows us that 'ScaRved' can have quieter titles. In summary, even if they are not reinventing the wheel, 'Lodestone' is a pleasant to listen album and will be certainly welcomed by fans of the gold era of hard rock...

Line Up / Musicians

Luc Van Dessel (Guitar), Caro ScaRveD (Vocal), Wim Wouters (Bass), Geert Mariën (Drums)


Artist : Thunder

Album : Rit It Up

Release Date : 10-02-2017

Added : 18-03-2017

I admit, when I heard them for the first time, I didn't known that 'Thunder' had almost 30 years of career and it is only with this latest album 'Rit It Up' that I discover them (frankly, I don't know how I could miss them during this long time !). An introduction close to the ‘Rolling Stones’ with 'No. One Gest out Alive', an atmosphere of the English rock of the seventies with ubiquitous guitars, a singer who gives all, that is the menu of this latest album. But 'Thunder' is not just only this : they also have a gift for ballads like 'Right From The Start' or 'Heartbreak Hurricane' but also for bluesy titles like this beautiful 'In Another Life' very basic but with a tempo that works beautifully. In summary, it is certain I don't think I’m going to introduce 'Thunder' to many people, but this 'Rit It Up' is a summary of 40 years of rock music and could only give the desire to listen to all their albums...

Line Up / Musicians

Ben Matthews (Guitars / Keybords), Chris Childs (Bass), Danny Bowes (Vocal), Harry James (Drums), Luke Morley (Guitars)


Artist : Edenbridge

Album : The Great Momentum

Release Date : 17-02-2017

Added : 19-03-2017

After a sumptuous 'The Bonding' in 2013 and a new 'Voiciano' project in 2014, 'Edenbridge' and its 'Lanvall' leader released a new album early 2017 'The Great Momentum'. We found all the ingredients of the previous albums with this gift for melodies that stuck you in your head in a symphonic metal genre with a Philharmonic Orchestra, which unlike the other groups of this style is put forward and is often the central part of the compositions. Sabine vocals always brings this softness in contrast with the guitar riffs. And then the icing on the cake (and what icing !) as 'Lanvall' do so well (see band presentation Here) : the title 'The Greatest Git Of All' over more than 12 minutes that transports you into a hymn to life with a lot of choirs and a melody that will give you goose bumps. If you want to discover this music style, nothing like listen quietly with headphones this wonderful title. Note the rerun of the beautiful ballad 'Until The End Of Time' which appeared on 'Voiciano'. In short, with 'The Great Momentum', the Austrians of Edenbridge', even if they are limited to a certain audience and it’s a shame, continue their way with an album in the tradition of previous for the great delight of all fans...

Line Up / Musicians

Lanvall (Guitar, Bass, Keybords,Dulcimer, Bouzouki), Sabine Edelsbacher (Vocal), Dominik Sebastian (Guitars), Johannes Jungreithmeier (Drums) + Invités : Erik Martensson (Vocal), The Junge Philharmonie Freistadt Orchestra


Artist : Battle Beast

Album : Bringer Of Pain

Release Date : 17-02-2017

Added : 20-03-2017

With this latest album 'Bringer Of Pain', the Finns of 'Battle Beast' continue to distill their energetic Heavy Metal with their 'Noora' female singer always at the top of his form. All titles are very efficacious and rapidly available with catchy choruses. But the little extra with this group is that this album doesn’t present the same style of titles : 'King For The Day' of its construction is fairly pop with a heavy sound, 'Lost In War' is a haunting mid-tempo, 'Beyond The Burning Skies' or 'Bastard Son Of Odin' is looking to symphonic metal and remind me of some of the songs of 'Nightwish' , with 'Dancing With The Beast' we meet up in the 1980s in the middle of 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Far From Heaven' is a beautiful ballad where 'Noora' shows that she is not only a Metal singer but she has also a real sensitivity in the voice. In summary, 'Battle Beast', with this 'Bringer Of Pain', released a pretty varied album that, even if it has to disorient some purist fans, should appeal to a metal audience that give priority to diversity...

Line Up / Musicians

Eero Sipilä (Vocal / Bass), Janne Björkroth (Vocal / Keybords), Joona Björkroth (Vocal / Guitars), Juuso Soinio (Guitars), Noora Louhimo (Vocal), Pyry Vikki (Drums)


Artist : Razzmattazz

Album : Diggin’ for Gold

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 21-03-2017

Between ' AC/DC' and 'ZZ Top', the 'Razzmattazz' Germans released their 3rd studio album with 'Diggin' for Gold'. As you can imagine, it moves from beginning to end with good energetic titles full of guitars riffs. It starts with the dynamic 'Diggin' For Gold' which reminds me some introductions of 'Status Quo' and then angry riffs like ‘AC/DC'. The suite is on the same vein that this first title, a rhythm that itchy your feet and head and which attract at first listening. Certainly, no major new features with this last 'Razzmattazz', but, for those who have listened metal bands of the 1980s, just a good time to spend enjoying the communicative energy...

Line Up / Musicians

Tom Schaupp (Vocal, Guitar), Bad Mike Bösinger (Drums), Tommy Wiegand (Bass), Wolle Heieck (Guitar)


Artist : Mono Inc.

Album : Together Till The End

Release Date : 13-01-2017

Added : 22-03-2017

Again, it’s a new group that I discovered from my chance listening but the Germans ' Mono Inc. ' have already a successful career since their first album in 2003, and 'Together Till The End' is already their 9th album and, proportionally speaking, some songs remind me 'Texas' ('Boatman' has an air of 'Summer Sun' in its construction). Their style is a heavy rock with a lively rhythm and simple and catchy choruses like the first 3 titles. Also, we can note 'The Tide', which presents another side of the group, a very successful a capella folk ballad, the last title 'Eden (Reprise)', which is an epic instrumental cover of the first song’s theme and the recovery of 'Gary More', 'Out In The Fields' that they resume brilliantly. In short, Mono Inc. is an accessible group with melodic compositions which should reach a broad public fan of rock and metal...

Line Up / Musicians

Martin Engler (Vocal), Manuel Antoni (Bass, Vocal), Carl Fornia (Guitar, Vocal), Katha Mia (Drums, Vocal)


Artist : Mauricio Ibáñez

Album : Shades Of Light & Darkness

Release Date : 01-09-2016

Added : 23-03-2017

Direction Chile for an artist who has just released his first album 'Shades Of Light & Darkness’. 'Mauricio Ibáñez' composed, arranged and interpreted all the 12 titles; His influences are multiple and include the last 40 years of progressive pop/rock music and I could name some formations like 'Pink Floyd' and more recently 'Blackfield'. He mixes energetic titles like 'Cloud Zero' (we feel ‘Steven Wilson’ in this composition) or the instrumental 'Nebula' close to metal and other much more atmospheric like the magnificent 'Something Beautiful' very aerial full of delicacy or even the psychedelic 'Ocean Drop' where he embeds few digressions flirting with jazz. In summary, for a 1st album, 'Mauricio Ibáñez' gave us a demonstration of his talent already very mature which has a good chance to delight all fans of progressive pop/rock music...

Line Up / Musicians

Mauricio Ibáñez (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : The Missing Piece

Album : Dream Rider

Release Date : 17-01-2017

Added : 24-03-2017

Dutch of 'The Missing Piece' have already almost 10 years of existence but have only released their first album in 2017. 'Dream Rider' is a sort of a tribute to a member of the group, 'Bernard Brons' died in 2016. With the first title 'Closed Doors', it starts in a style of the border between progressive and symphonic rock and the little extra that you notice immediately is the voice of 'Nanna Burger' in a deep and warm registry that brings a special emotion to all songs. In regard to instrumental side, nothing to throw out with a imbrication between keyboards and guitars that roll out us the red carpet with an impression of ease, demonstrating the talents of musicians. In summary, this 'Dream Rider', through very easy access, can be a gateway to all who want to discover the progressive rock and will certainly be received by all lovers of the genre...

Line Up / Musicians

Nanne Tiggelman (Drums), Rob Brons (Keybords), René van Dalen (Guitar), Adri Sleijster (Bass), Nanna Burger (Vocal), Dennis Beenhakker (Vocal)


Artist : Art X

Album : The Redemption Of Cain

Release Date : 28-10-2016

Added : 25-03-2017

With this new project 'Art - X' and a first album 'The Redemption Of Cain' inspired by the bible which tells the adventures of Cain, 'Gabriele Bernasconi', lead singer of progressive metal band 'Mirrormaze' (see last review here) has invited different well-known singers of the metal scene. The great strength of this album is a significant variety of atmospheres that help to tell the story with the sung parts interpreted with passion by all artists. For example, 'Lilith' (which encouraged Cain to kill Abel) is a title that alternates very quiet parts and other close to the death which transcribed enough well the different atmospheres of the episode. Note that the last title is not available on Spotify and I added in the You Tube video. In short, this 'The Redemption Of Cain', due to the story that is told, can’t be satisfied with a simple listening without diving into the related biblical saga (see Wikepedia Cain) and for this reason it is recommended to all metal fans who enjoy concept albums asking for an effort to assimilate it...

Line Up / Musicians

Gabriele Bernasconi (Vocal) + Invités : Oliver Palotai (Keybords), Amanda Sommerville (Vocal), Andre Matos (Vocal), Blaze Bayley (Vocal), Giuseppe Orlando (Drums), Luca Princiotta (Guitars), Lucia Amelia Emmanueli (Vocal), Roberto Tiranti (Vocal), Selina Iussich (Vocal), Steve Di Giorgio (Bass), Tim Aymar (Vocal), Zak Stevens (Vocal)


Artist : Overland

Album : Contagious

Release Date : 21-10-2016

Added : 26-03-2017

Melodic rock bands have been blooming for some time and it’s not 1, but 4 albums that I propose you with the English of ‘Overland' who released their 4th album end of 2016 'Contagious', and then the Swedes of ‘Age Of Reflections' with their new baby 'In The Heat Of The Night', 'Bryan Cole' with 'Sands Of Time' and a lot of covers of other artists, and finally 'Tokyo Motor Fist' which is a new group with artists of different horizons who released their first album. All 4 produce accessible and digestible titles with usually classic verse/chorus structure. Alternating rhythmic titles as "Edge Of The Universe' for 'Overland', 'Blame It In My Heart' for 'Age Of Reflections', 'Pride Of Lions' resumed 'Turn To Me' for 'Bryan Cole' or even 'Love Me Insane' for 'Tokyo Motor Fist' with melodic ballads like 'Define Your Love' for 'Overland', 'Always' to 'Age Of Reflections', 'I ll Be There For You' for 'Bryan Cole' or even 'Don't Let Me Go' for 'Tokyo Motor Fist'. In short, these 4 albums will be certainly welcomed by all rock melodic amateur, fans of bands in line with 'Foreigner', 'Def Leppard' or more recently 'Last Autumn's Dream'...

Line Up / Musicians

Steve Overland (Vocal), Lars Chriss (Drums), Tommy Denander (Guitars, Keybords), Tony Franklin (Bass) + Invités : Jem Davis (Keybords), Mark Stanway (Keybords), Paul Farrington (Keybords)


Artist : Age Of Reflections

Album : In The Heat Of The Night

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 26-03-2017

Review Here

Line Up / Musicians

Carl Berglund (Guitars / Keybords), Jan Skärmin (Bass), Jonas Nordqvist (Guitars), Lars Nygren (Vocal), Michael Sjöö (Drums)


Artist : Bryan Cole

Album : Sands Of Time

Release Date : 09-12-2016

Added : 26-03-2017

Review Here

Line Up / Musicians

Bryan Cole (Vocal, Tous les instruments), Mike Brignardello (Bass)


Artist : Tokyo Motor Fist

Album : Tokyo Motor First

Release Date : 27-02-2017

Added : 26-03-2017

Review Here

Line Up / Musicians

Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Steve Brown (TRIXTER), Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper), et Chuck Burgi (Arc-en-ciel, Blue Oyster Cult , Joe Lynn Turner) Ted Poley (Vocal), Steve Brown (Guitar, Vocal), Greg Smith (Bass), Chuck Burgi (Drums)


Artist : The Mutes Gods

Album : Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 27-03-2017

'Nick Beggs' has been busy since the release of the first album of 'The Mutes Gods' just a little year over because this is his worthy successor which emerges end of February, ‘Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth' named. As always, it’s an acerbic criticism of the man of the 21st century with all the classic subjects of society, but the difference is that everything is denounced in the first degree with hope shrank away to nothing. Consequently, the musical atmosphere is necessarily darker and it’s a mixture of rock and progressive metal that awaits you throughout the 12 titles. In addition, each composition brings a fresh wind with original melodies that make 'The Mutes Gods' a group well apart and, as often in this case, several listenings are required to get you, little by little, into this unique world. In conclusion, 'Nick Beggs' set the bar very high with this new album which, for my part, has the great strength to contrast the texts that offer us a reflection on our real world while music takes us on the same time, in an unreal world...

Line Up / Musicians

Marco Minnemann (Drums), Nick Beggs (Vocal / Bass / Chapman Stick), Roger King (Keybords)


Artist : Stefanie

Album : Stefanie

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 28-03-2017

A young and beautiful American girl, author and singer, 'Stefanie Johnson' released her first album 'Stefanie'. Unlike the current wave which overwhelm us every day on the radio of electronic insipid female singers, 'Stefanie', with a voice of classic rock, choose a different route, surrounding herself with talented musicians and a producer 'Brian J. Anthony' who is also a musician and who had been able to arrange compositions to get a sound mixing rock pop and folk. Musically, it's very melodic and all the 11 titles alternate a rhythmic rock like 'All I Know', 'Master Of Disguise' or 'Stranger', other more pop like 'Everything You Need', 'One Life' or 'The Second Time Around' and finally beautiful ballads like 'Word Man', 'Hello Love', 'We Will Fight' or even 'The Song I Was Meant To Write' where 'Stefanie' reveals all her sensitivity. In short, with this self-titled debut album and very melodic compositions, ‘Stefanie Johnson’, even if she doesn’t revolutionize the genre, is a very nice surprise in this beginning of 2017...

Line Up / Musicians

Stefanie Johnson (Vocal), Brian J. Anthony (Guiae, Bass, Drums, Keybords), Paul Franceschini (Guitar) + Invités : Paul Crook (Guitar), Ken Dubman (Guitar), Charlie Calv (Keybords), Hasan Smith, Tonya Price, Shekinah Glory Kee (Choirs)


Artist : Horisont

Album : About Time

Release Date : 03-02-2017

Added : 29-03-2017

Back in the past, it's a little that the Swedes of 'Horisont' did do in their latest album 'About Time' at all levels, theme and music. From the concept point of view, the listener is brought into a time machine to try to find a place where it feels good to live in our world which became precisely unlivable. From music side, we meet up in the golden age of rock hard, where we mix 'Thin Lizzy' with this characteristic guitar solo in 'Without Warning' or 'Night Line' and its rhythmic, 'Uriah Heep' with 'Electrical', or 'Status Quo' with the beginning of 'Night Line' or 'Point Of No Return'. Note that the first title, 'The Hive' is a cover of 'Richard Harris' dating back to 1969. In short, as you will have understood, this 'About Time' is a journey through time from every point of view and for this is to recommend to all lovers of a time ‘that people under 20 (No 30) years old can’t know'...

Line Up / Musicians

Axel Söderberg (Vocal), Charlie Van Loo (Guitars), Magnus Delborg (Bass), Pontus Jordan (Drums), David (Guitars)


Artist : Tim Bowness

Album : Lost in the Ghost Light

Release Date : 17-02-2017

Added : 30-03-2017

'Tim Bownes' surrounded himself by a host of musicians from the progressive scene to interpret his latest album 'Lost in the Ghost Light'. As usual, we navigate in an rich atmospheric and progressive rock with a flawless production. 'Worlds Of Yesterday' opens the dance with an immediate tangible emotion that reminds me a little of 'David Bowie'. 'Moonshot Manchild' continues in this registry with a title close to 9 minutes where everything is delicacy and sensitivity. 'Kill the bread That's Killing You' is much more rock with energetic percussion that contrast with the rest. The suite is closer to the 2 first titles where we found more atmospheric and introspective compositions. In summary, this ' Lost in the Ghost Light' is still a 'Tim Bowness' a great vintage to taste without moderation and that can serve as a good relaxing after a hard day's work...

Line Up / Musicians

Tim Bowness (Vocal, Keybords, Choirs), Andrew Booker (Drums), Bruce Soord (Guitars, Choirs), Colin Edwin (Bass), Hux Nettermalm (Drums), Stephen Bennett (Guitars, Keybords) + Invités : Andrew Keeling (Flute, Guitar), Charlotte Dowding (Violin), David Rhodes (Guitar), Ian Anderson (Flute), Kit Watkins (Flute, Waterphone), Pete Smith (Bass), Steve Bingham (Violin)


Artist : Laura Marling

Album : Semper Femina

Release Date : 17-03-2017

Added : 31-03-2017

The Englishwoman 'Laura Marling', at 27 years old and already 5 albums to her credit, just released 'Semper Femina' in this beginning of 2017. She offers us intimate compositions on the status of women in our time. The whole is very stripped and her voice is the central instrument accompanied, depending of title, by an acoustic or electric guitar, a jazzy bass and violins as in 'The Valley' where she recorded a second voice that gives a particular relief. With 'Wild Fire', it's a pure swing where she highlights all her sensitivity. I could quote all songs because each has its own personality with always this feeling of being in a dream, floating on a cloud and amazed by Laura’s gift to tell stories. In summary, with this 'Semper Femina', 'Laura Marling' goes to the essence of the music for the enjoyment of the listener and confirms her talent of songwriter and performer...

Line Up / Musicians

Laura Marling (Vocal, Guitar)


Artist : Bare Infinity

Album : The Butterfly Raiser

Release Date : 03-03-2017

Added : 01-04-2017

'Bare Infinity' is a Greek band of symphonic metal which already has close to 8 years of existence. After a first album in 2009 and a change of line-up in 2014 with a new Italian female singer 'Ida Elena DeRazza', 2017 sees the release of 'The Butterfly Raiser'. From the start, 'Race Of Destiny' sets the scene with a refrain close to 'Delain', 'Ida' vocals approaching the register of 'Charlotte Vessels' in slightly deeper. With 'Artemis' or 'The Buterfly Raiser' we are closer to 'Nightwish' with melodies like Finns use to write. And about 'In Desertis', it's an epic speed title with an oriental atmosphere. With 'Sands Of Time', they incorporate their Greek musical culture and 'Orions Light' is a title that must be a hit with a very lively rhythm and a very catchy refrain. In summary, 'Bare Infinity' release a very good album influenced by the flagship groups of symphonic metal by adding their personal touch and 'The Butterfly Raiser' will certainly be very appreciated by all fans of this style of music...

Line Up / Musicians

Ida Elena DeRazza (Vocal), Thomas Papadopoulos (Guitar), Steve Davis (Guitar), Simos Lantides (Drums), Nick Laskos (Bass)


Artist : Ignea

Album : The Sign Of Faith

Release Date : 16-02-2017

Added : 02-04-2017

After Greece, iit is up to the Ukrainian of 'Ignea', a new metal band, which was born in 2015 and released their first album 'The Sign Of Faith'. What amazes me at first is the mix of oriental influences and of powerful and energetic metal surounded with an epic and symphonic metal. The tone is set with 'Seytanu Akbar', which lure away words spoken by the jihadists ('Allah Akbar' for 'God is great') to better denounce their atrocities. On the music side, it's a heavy and rhythmed metal with an alternating between the clear voice of 'Helle' and the growls of 'Evgeny'. In addition, some titles offer catchy and lively melodies like 'Alexandria', 'Jahi' or 'Last Chosen By You'. We can also note calm and very successful titles like 'Theater Of Denial' or 'How I Hate the Night' which give a welcome breath to the whole. In short, 'Ignea' is a new band full of talent that enriches the metal family by bringing in a very beautiful way a particular middle eastern touch as some groups like 'Myrath' or 'Orphaned Land' well know to do (see latest review Here)...

Line Up / Musicians

Helle Bogdanova (Vocal), Evgeny Zhytnyuk (Keybords, Vocal), Xander Kamyshin (Bass), Dmitriy Vinnichenko (Guitar), Ivan Kholmogorov (Drums)


Artist : Ravenscry

Album : The Invisible

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 03-04-2017

'Ravenscry' is an Italian band founded in 2008 with a style between rock and metal; they release their 3rd studio album 'The Invisible'. It is the story of the journey of a young bookkeeper who grew up in an orphanage and who, using a book, tries to regain its origins. More information about the beautiful artwork and the story is available Here . From music side, 'Ravenscry' focussed on their history and we navigate between several styles and atmospheres : with the first 4 titles, it begins with the instrumental 'The Entanglement' which starts with piano and some notes of guitar to increase power for a rhythmed part in a progressive metal style. 'Whispered Intro' is then a lullaby where we discover the delicate vocals of 'Giulia'; Then, we return to more classical metal with 'Hypermnesia' and its heady refrain ; then comes 'Coral (As Seen By Others)' which takes up a part of the previous theme with a much more rock style embellished with a crazy guitar solo. The sequel is the image of this beginning, the music sticking to the story interspersed with short passages introducing the following title. In short, 'The Invisible' is a very successful concept album and could be compared to what 'Arjen Lucassen' made with 'Ayreon' and therefore certainly intended for a warned public of metal opera...

Line Up / Musicians

Giulia Stefani (Vocal), Paul Raimondi (Guitar), Mauro Paganelli (Guitar), Andrea "Fagio" Fagiuoli (Bass), Simon Carminati (Drums)


Artist : Talvienkeli

Album : Hybris

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 04-04-2017

A new group of the symphonic metal scene and morever French was born in 2012 in the city of 'Lyon'. After their first EP in 2014, they released their first studio album 'Hybris' in 2017. Their influences are evidently based on the great name of the style but, unlike some groups that make only pale copies, they bring an additional richness of composition that does not stop with the classic verse/chorus schema and tha's why you need several listening for domesticate the entire record. From the first title 'Degeneration: Hybris, Pt2' (don't ask me why part 2 is before part 1), we embark in a very successful title for more than 7 minutes that has elements of both progressive metal and symphonic metal. We discover 'Camille Borelly' who has a very good technique of singing and that, in some points, reminds me 'Tarja' and her theatrical side. In short, 'Hybris' is a very good surprise 2017 which shows that in France, there are groups able to compete with the great bands of the symphonic metal and, icing on the cake, can bring an personal touch...

Line Up / Musicians

Camille Borrelly (Vocal), Pierre Cordier (Keybords), Pierre Besançon (Guitar), Laëtitia Bertrand (Bass), Paul Sordet (Drums)


Artist : The Murder Of My Sweet

Album : Echoes of the Aftermath

Release Date : 27-01-2017

Added : 05-04-2017

The Swedes of 'The Murder Of My Sweet', led by 'Daniel Flores' release a fourth album with 'Echoes of the Aftermath'. They officiate between rock and metal with catchy melodies and an emphasis of the symphonic aspect with very present strings. 'Sleeping Giant' is the perfect example: an energetic and melodic title where 'Angelica Rylin', on vocals, is in her element. Of course, we could blame a lack of originality but it is finally very successful and each title is a potential hit very accessible. In summary, The Murder Of My Sweet ' is a bit of a cross between 'Abba', for the sweet side of the melodies and 'Delain' for the muscular side of the rhythms supported by some guitar riffs...

Line Up / Musicians

Daniel Flores (Vocal, Keybords, Drums), Angelica Rylin (Vocal), Christopher Vetter (Guitars), Patrik Janson (Bass)


Artist : Zuberoa Aznarez

Album : Beyond The Threshold

Release Date : 10-02-2017

Added : 06-04-2017

If I tell you that 'Zuberoa Aznarez' is the singer of 'Diabulus in Musica' (see last chronicle Here ), you'll definitely hardly believe that it's the same person who just released his first solo album' Beyond The Threshold '. We are very far from raging riffs of guitars and the 11 tracks are interpretations of folk or Celtic songs. In fact, 'Zuberoa' is very eclectic and, thanks to her lyric singer background, she participates in various projects such as the 'Elfenthal' ensemble (see Here) or as jazz singer in a pub. With this last born record, the listener is taken to an aerial and soothing world where the instruments are acoustic (flute, piano played by 'Gorka Elso', celtic harp, ...). In short, if you want to make a break, this 'Beyond The Threshold' is perfect to get out of the daily bustle and let yourself be carried away by the gentle voice of Zuberoa ...

Line Up / Musicians

Zuberoa Aznarez (Vocal, Flute, Harp Celtique, Guitar, Djembe), Gorka Elso (Piano), Daniel Zoco (Violin), Paula Moriones (Cello), Adrián Vallejo (Guitar), Olalla Moriones (Cantabass)


Artist : Walk In Darkness

Album : In the Shadows of Things

Release Date : 17-02-2017

Added : 07-04-2017

It's still Italy that take centre-stage with 'Walk In Darkness', created in 2015 and who released their first album in 2017. Not easy to put them in a precise box because they mix several styles and atmospheres between rock And metal. The first track 'Heavy Wings Of Destiny', after a soft introduction with a piano, takes us into a Gothic atmosphere with growls on the border of the dark which reminds me a little 'Tristania'. Different style for 'Last Siren' much more symphonic close to melodic rock. About 'Chance Of The Storm', the guitar riffs come back but we alternate rythmed parts and other calmer ones where 'Nicoletta Rosellini' shows us that she can adapt to the atmosphere of each title. Noe that the last title 'Alexandria', a duet with 'Magdalena Lee', with its slight Oriental influences clses the album beautifully. In short, the Italians of 'Walk In Darkness', for a first album, appear already very mature and offer us a set of varied titles which should please all amateurs of rock/metal privileging the diversity...

Line Up / Musicians

Nicoletta Rosellini (Vocal), Arcanus (Drums), Monk Key (Bass), Flaming Jack (Guitar), Tio Frank (Keybords), Shaman (Guitar)+ Invités : Emiliano Pasquinelli (Vocal), Magdalena Lee (Vocal)


Artist : Paul Menel & The Essentials

Album : Spare Parts From Broken Hearts

Release Date : 14-02-2017

Added : 08-04-2017

After a short time with 'IQ' in the 90s and two solo albums, 'Paul Menel' released a new album under the name 'Paul Menel & The Essentials' where surrounded by ' Steve Swift', 'Tim Churchman' and different guests, he gives us a refreshing 'Spare Parts From Broken Hearts'. Difficult to find a precise style and it makes me feel to watch 50 years of pop/rock with atmospheres quite distant from each other. In the end, we don't get bore listening to the 14 tracks which are all very melodic, endowed with an fautless production and always this vocal talent that 'Paul Menel' has to adapt to all styles (we can note the cover of 'IQ', 'Common Ground', completely revisited by Paul and this magnificent last track 'Happy Face' filled with an atmosphere close to 'Freddy Mercury '). In short, this 'Spare Parts From Broken Hearts' should be well received by all lovers of progressive rock and even, thanks to accessible titles, by a wider audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Paul Menel (Vocal / Guitars), Steve Swift (Bass), Tim Churchman (Drums) +Invités : Gav Monaghan (Guitar,Keybords), Julianne Bourne (Violin, Alto), Vix Vox (Choirs), Emma Skip (Choirs), Kaytee de Wolfe (Choirs), Jake Henry (Clavier, Choirs), Dave Adams (Accordion, Keybords), Sam Rogers (Saxophone), Bryan Corbett (Trompette), Andy Sapic (Saxophone, Clarinette)


Artist : Talesien

Album : Talesien

Release Date : 02-12-2016

Added : 09-04-2017

'Talesien' is a Spanish band that has already 15 years of existence and who released at the end of 2016 its fourth studio album. This is on this occasion that I discover them with the album simply titled 'Talesien'. Musically, their style is a mix of progressive metal that brings a certain originality and melodic metal that makes their compositions accessible. For example 'Lazarus' is a mixture of progressive instrumental parts and others sung with a chorus as only the Hispanics know how to do. In short, even if with the use of the Spanish language, they take the risk to loose a certain audience, 'Talesien' strongly claim their background which gives this last album a perfect homogeneity and should please all amateurs of metal open to various influences...

Line Up / Musicians

Javier García (Vocal), Juan Carlos Cotelo (Guitar), Nano Vikendi (Guitar), M.A. Justo “Macaco” (Bass), Iñigo Uribe (Keybords), Anxo Silveira (Drums)


Artist : Unruly Child

Album : Can’t Go Home

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 10-04-2017

he Americans of 'Unruly Child', after an absence of several years, come back with a new album 'Can not Go Home'. We are always in the great tradition of American melodic rock in the line of groups like 'Eagles' or 'Toto'. Everything is made to spend a good time easy going with these 11 titles that can be consumed without moderation. To mention only two titles, I would say the 'Someday Somehow' or the beautiful ballad 'She Can not Go Home'. In short, 'Unruly Child', even if they do not revolutionize this style, continue their little way with this new album accessible to the greatest number...

Line Up / Musicians

Bruce Gowdy (Guitars), Guy Allison (Keybords), Jay Schellen (Drums), Larry Antonino (Bass), Marcie Michelle Free (Vocal)


Artist : IT

Album : We're All In This Together

Release Date : 01-03-2017

Added : 11-04-2017

There are records that mark you more than others and the latest of the English of 'IT', 'We're All in This Together' is part of them because music becomes an artistic expression to convey a powerful message. The 'Jackson's band has not released a recording for 7 years but it was truly worth it to wait. The concept is a critique of our society on specific points (corruption of governments, despair of having lost everything, consumer's society, etc ...) with the positive conclusion of the title : 'We're All in This Together' which simply says that it's up to each of us to take charge of ourselves to change things. On the music side, we are in the tradition of great progressive music groups like 'Pink Floyd' where everything is put at the service of the message delivered, sometimes raging ('Power'), sometimes desperate ('Born Into Debt') sometimes alternating quiet and tormented parts ('The Path of Least Resistance'). In short, as often in this case, several listenings are necessary to absorb this concept album which will certainly be well received by a warned audience of progressive not just focusing at music...

Line Up / Musicians

Nick Jackson (Vocal / Guitars), Andy Rowberry (Guitars), James Hawkins (Bass), Ryan Mccaffrey (Keybords), Will Chism (Drums)


Artist : The Manhattan Project

Album : Engineering Chaos

Release Date : 09-12-2016

Added : 12-04-2017

If you like music that is accessible, keep moving and run, because 'Engineering Chaos', which is the first album of the Greek band of 'The Manhattan Project', equests a special attention to penetrate this instrumental universe shared between speed progressive metal and epic cinematographic metal spliced with a dose of traditional Greek influence. The typical example is 'X-10' shared between raging riffs and orchestral parts with strings and choirs. Same observation with 'Nuclear Sun', where metal electric instruments and traditional instruments are mixed in a very well oriented oriental atmosphere. With 'Metanoia', it's a short title with an atonal construction that gives us a perfect image of chaos. The album ends with the majestic 'Day One: Trinity' where 'Yannis Papadopoulos' lends its voice and which sums up very well this record. In conclusion, 'The Manhattan Project' is a band with rich and worked compositions but will certainly be limited to a limited audience of progressive metal lovers open to mix of styles...

Line Up / Musicians

George Constantine Kratsas Guitar), Leonidas Diamadopoulos (Keybords), Antonis Karpanos (Bass), Nikitas Mandolas (Drums), Tasos Seremetis (Oud)


Artist : Retrospective

Album : Re:Search

Release Date : 10-02-2017

Added : 13-04-2017

The Polish of 'Retrospective' after 4 years of absence, release a new album 'Re: Search'. In the tradition of a progressive rock between atmospheric and metal, they deliver us varied compositions where the bass leads the dance on most of the tracks: from the entrance, 'Rest Another Time' sets the scene with a dynamic rhythm. The first part of 'Right Away' is close to some songs of ‘Anathema' and the second part to band’s melodies like 'Arena'. With the end of 'Look In the Mirror', it's obviously the swaying rhythm (slower) of the 'Pink Floyd's song 'One Of These Days' with the same guitar effects. We are back again with 'Pink Floyd' in the last track 'The Wisest Man on Earth', but with the psychedelic 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun'. In summary, this 'Re: Search' is a melting pot of different influences drawn from several decades of rock with a modern sound and, thanks to accessible titles, should delight a large audience of rock ...

Line Up / Musicians

Alan Szczepaniak (Guitar), Beata Lagoda (Vocal, Keybords), Jakub Roszak (Vocal), Lukasz Marszalek (Bass), Maciej Klimek (Guitar), Robert Kusik (Drums)


Artist : Entrance

Album : Book Of Changes

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 14-04-2017

'Guy Blakeslee' with his band 'Entrance' has just released a new album and this is with 'Book Of Changes' that I discover. Listening to some of these previous albums, we say that the artistic direction has completely changed to refocus on compositions going to the essence of music and conveying a particular emotion. Whatever the style, modern or retro, we feel that he has put in each song all his personality, which brings, by these times when uniformity prevails over originality, a sort of authenticity as some artists 'Bob Dylan' or 'David Bowie' were able to do in their time. In short, 'Guy Blakeslee', with this very expressive 'Book Of Changes', turns to new musical horizons for the happiness of the greatest number ...

Line Up / Musicians

Guy Blakeslee (Guitar, Vocal), Paz Lenchantin (Bass, Vocal), Derek James (Drums), Frank Lenz (Percussions), Jessica Tonder (Vocal), Lael Neale (Vocal)


Artist : Xavier Boscher

Album : Géométrie Intime

Release Date : 23-10-2016

Added : 01-05-2017

I go back for a 2016 released with 'Xavier Boscher', an French author, composer, singer and multi-instrumentist who has behind him an impressive work with several solo albums but also projects in different bands such as 'Nebuleyes’, 'Twins' or 'Magnific Sense' (look at its website which is very well done). He describes himself as doing pop-prog-metal and yes, the 8 titles take us between soft melody where the piano is the main instrument ('Metronome Céleste' or the beginning of 'Pentagramme') to titles supported by guitar riffs guitare (‘Le corps des femmes’ ou ‘Les voyageurs du temps’) through rich and worked compositions alternating calm and more sustained parts with changes of rhythms always well brought ('Géométrie Intime' ou 'Quinacridone'). In short, Géométrie Intime’ is one more stone to the already 'Xavier Bosher' busy career and is an accessible album to discover this artist who should deserve to be recognized by a greater number…

Line Up / Musicians

Xavier Boscher (Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Keybords, Drums) + Invités : Benjamin Masson (Guitar), Nyounaï Sauneg (Choirs), Thomas Leroy (Guitar Solo)


Artist : Lost In Grey

Album : The Grey Realms

Release Date : 03-03-2017

Added : 15-04-2017

Deconcerting and Grandiose !! This is these 2 words that best describe what I felt when I first heard 'The Gray Realms', the first album by the Finnish of 'Lost In Grey'. They define themselves as playing metal theater and this definition is finally quite good. First, they tell the story of Lillian, a woman who tries to escape the cruelty of the world by taking refuge in a paradise, the 'grey kingdoms'. About music, it is a mix of metal and epic choirs with multi-drawer titles with frequent changes in tempo and atmosphere. At the vocal level, we ear more a story in several acts in which each protagonist is as much actor as singer. As often in this case, each title requires several listening to impregnate the whole and asks to be open to completely different genres even opposite because we navigate between lyrical opera and extreme metal. In short, 'Lost In Grey', with 'The Grey Realms', already show an undeniable talent even if this first album will probably be reserved to a restricted audience privileging diversity and loving the great musical gaps ...

Several interesting links in you tube from the different aspects of the album :
Interview #1
Interview #2
Interview #3
Interview #4

Line Up / Musicians

Aapo Lindberg (Bass), Anne Lill (Vocal), Emily Leone (Vocal / Violin), Harri Koskela (Vocal / Keybords), Joonas Pykälä-aho (Drums), Miika Haavisto (Guitars)


Artist : Signum Regis

Album : Decennium Primum

Release Date : 17-03-2017

Added : 16-04-2017

The Slovaks of 'Signum Regis' continue to regularly release albums from 2008 approximately every 2 years and 'Decennium Primum' is their 5th record. No particular musical research but good power metal with hymns being a dime a dozen and with awesome guitar solos. Do not place undue reliance on the short introduction 'Decennium Primum' starting with an acoustic guitar and a classic air. 'Unfold The Mystery' then sets the scene for more than 40 minutes of melodies to led in song a whole stadium. Only 'Kingdom Of Light' pauses with other titles with its calmer rhythm. In short, the 2017 cuvee of 'Signum Regis' is a great vintage of power metal and fans of the genre will certainly be overwhelmed by this last album of the Slovaks....

Line Up / Musicians

Filip Koluš (Guitars), Ján Tupý (Keybords), Jaro Jancula (Drums), Mayo Petranin (Vocal), Ronnie König (Bass)


Artist : Brother Firetribe

Album : Sunbound

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 17-04-2017

If you liked 'Survivor' in the 80s with their interplanetary hits that accompanied the adventures of 'Rocky', look seriously at this 4th studio album of the Finns of 'Brother Firetribe' led by former members of Nighwish (‘Emppu Vuorinen') and 'Leverage' ('Pekka Ansio Heino’). Everything brings us 30 years back with melodies that you quickly enter your head like 'Help Is On The Way', 'Give Me Tonight' or the ballad 'Shok'. Without revolutionizing the melodic rock, they align hits and each track could be a single of the eighties that reminds us of the golden age of 'Asia', 'Toto' or 'Foreigner'. In summary, there is nothing to throw away in this last album of 'Brother Firetribe' and this 'Sunbound' is to recommend to a large public loving the good melodic rock ...

Line Up / Musicians

Emppu Vuorinen (Guitars), Hannes Pirilä (Drums), Jason Flinck (Bass), Pekka Ansio Heino (Vocal), Tomppa Nikulainen (Keybords)


Artist : Edu Falaschi

Album : Ballads

Release Date : 17-03-2017

Added : 18-04-2017

After the release of 'Moonlight' in 2016 (See Here), 'Edu Falaschi' recidivates with ballads written since about 25 years with his two groups of metal : 'Angra' then 'Almah'. There is certain that all fans of the first hour won’t connect because the first 15 titles are obviously the calmest ones but they are an integral part of the history of the two bands and highlight the talent of Edu melodist and ballad’s composer, but this facet has never been recognized by the general public. So if you liked tracks like 'Dream On' by Aerosmith', 'Still Loving You' by 'Scorpions' or more recently 'Somewhere' by ‘Evanescence’, you should enjoy this 'Ballads' by Edu Falaschi…

Title list and origin : Band (Album - Year) :
01 - Bleeding Heart – Angra (Rebirth - 2001)
02 - Warm Wind – Almah (Unfold - 2013)
03 - Wishing Well – Angra (Temple Of Shadows - 2004)
04 - Forgotten Land - Almah (Almah - 2006)
05 - Heroes of Sand - Angra (Rebirth- 2001)
06 - Primitive Chaos – Almah (Almah - 2006)
07 - Lease of Life – Angra (Aqua - 2010)
08 – Breathe – Almah (Almah - 2006)
09 - Almah – Almah (Almah - 2006)
10 - Breaking Ties – Angra (Consurgens - 2006)
11 – Farewell – Almah (Unfold -2013)
12 - Late Night in 85' – Almah (Motion - 2011)
13 - All I Am – Almah (Fragile Equality – 2008)
14 - Shade of My Soul – Almah (Fragile Equality - 2008)
15 - When and Why – Almah (Motion - 2011)
16 - As Sweet as Your Smile (Demo)

Line Up / Musicians

Edu Falaschi (Vocal, Keybords, Guitar)


Artist : Joanne Shaw Taylor

Album : Wild

Release Date : 30-09-2016

Added : 19-04-2017

I come back to the 'Wild' album by ‘Joanne Shaw Taylor’, which was released by the end of 2016 and is already the 6th studio album of the young artist. It is with this last opus that I discovered her we have to admit that she resurrects a blues/rock of the seventies by handing it up-to-date with a modern sound and brings this necessary talent to transmit the particular style’s emotion. We embark in this 'Wild' between energetic tracks like 'Dyin' to Know 'which reminds me of 'Moon Martin' and others where all her sensitivity is palpable like this formidable 'Wild Is The Wind' or this magnificent cover of 'Summertime’ (The ‘Jealousy’ video below give me personally the goose bumps). ‘Joe Bonamassa’ did not make a mistake because he embarked her on his 2016’s roadshow. In short, 'Joanne Shaw Taylor', should have fall into the cauldron of Blues/Rock when she was young and offers us with 'Wild' an album full of timeless nuggets that will surely delight a large audience loving artists capable of transmitting emotion ...

Line Up / Musicians

Joanne Shaw Taylor (Vocal, Guitar),


Artist : Jupiter Falls

Album : Faces In The Sand

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 20-04-2017

The English of 'Jupiter Falls' have just released their second studio album 'Faces In The Sand' after 'Revolution' in 2015. They perform in a fairly classic melodic hard rock style and the first 'Welcome To My World' starts with a heavy sound supported by the cracked voice of 'James Hart'. 'Nothing To Me' is then a powerful hit that recalls bands like 'U.F.O.', 'Saxon' or even 'Scorpions' with a sumptuous solo guitar. The continuation is the image of the beginning, accessible compositions where the guitar makes up the lion's share. We can also note calmer titles with the use of acoustic guitars that contrasts with the rest like 'Call Me' or 'See You On The Other Side' and ballads to swing an entire stadium like 'Follow You' or the last title of more than 9 minutes 'Faces In TheSand Pt 1'. In short, if 'Jupiter Falls' had composed this genre of titles in the '70s and' 80s, they would certainly have been in the front row of hard rock bands and therefore 'Faces In The Sand' should fulfill all Fans of hard rock in general ...

Line Up / Musicians

James Hart (Vocal), Zachari Daniels (Guitar), Deano Silk (Guitar), Dan Clark (Bass), Luke Hatfield (Drums)


Artist : Julian Sas

Album : Feelin’ Alive

Release Date : 13-03-2017

Added : 21-04-2017

A live to discover or to rediscover an artist is certainly a good way to reveal talent in pure form. With 'Julian Sas', this is exactly what reflects this 'Feelin' Alive' album in which there is nothing to throw away. Raised in the 70's with artists like 'Alvin Lee' or 'Rory Gallagher', he continues in the tradition of an successful blues rock with the ability to convey to the public a particular feeling, first of all thanks to his voice ('Alvin Lee', comes out of this body !!) and to his spontaneous guitar solos continuously reinvented. You can’t remain indifferent in front of a 'Fear Of Feeling' which personally give me goose bumps. In short, with this 'Feelin 'Alive', there can’t be more beautiful title because these 2 words sum up beautifully this album: an impressive feeling and a magic moment of exchange with the public. Hats off, Mister Sas ...

Line Up / Musicians

Julian Sas (Vocal, Guitar), Rob Heijne (Drums), Roland Bakker (Keybords), Fotis Anagnostou (Bass)


Artist : Claire-Lyse Von Dach

Album : Moonlight

Release Date : 18-02-2017

Added : 22-04-2017

Another singer from the metal scene who released a solo album in early 2017. 'Claire-Lyse Von Dach' was the singer of ‘Elferya' until 2014, when she was replaced by 'Melody Dylem’ herself, has just left the group at the end of 2016. But let's go back to the Swiss who, far away from the guitar riffs of ‘Elferya' proposes us as author, composer and performer, 'Moonlight' with melodies close to the classical in acoustic, Claire-Lyse singing and accompanying herself on the piano and supported on certain titles by strings, a harp, a flute, a guitar and light percussions. The album consists of 11 tracks for an aerianr trip into a calm and serene universe to savor in a quiet place headphones on the ears. In short, like many metal singers (Edenbridge's 'Voiciano' project Here or the 'Marcela Bovio' solo album Here, or that of 'Zuberoa Aznarez', the ‘Diabolus In Musica’ female singer Here and of course 'Tarja', which released an album dedicated to the different 'Ave Maria' in 2015 Here) , 'Claire-Lyse Von Dach' reveals a facet that we didn’t know yet and 'Moonlight', although it will doubtless remain limited to a certain audience, will surely delight all lovers of female lyrical voices ...

Line Up / Musicians

Claire-Lyse Von Dach (Piano, Vocal), Fanny Balsetro (Cello), Julie Campiche (Harp), Antoine Thouvenin (Violin), Nicole Ansperger, Matthieu Bopp et Matthieu Favre (flûtes et whistles), Sébastien Aegerter (Percussions).


Artist : Aeverium

Album : Time

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 23-04-2017

With the deluxe version of 'Time', The Germans of ‘Aeverium' offer 2 albums in 1 : the 10 titles of the standard album and 8 other titles interpreted in acoustic. To tell you everything, on first listening, it was this second part what I most enjoyed. Their style is a melodic metal with 2 singers, 'Aeva Maurelle' (Belle) and 'Marcel' Chubby 'Römer' (The Beast) who are very complementary. The first title clearly demonstrates this duality, and we jump in board in an energetic and varied title between the Marcel’s growls and the aerial voice of Aeva. 'Time', with its original introduction is a very melodic title in the line of bands like 'Delain' (Aeva is close to the vocal register of 'Charlotte Vessels') or 'Serenity'. The continuation of the metal part is in the image of these 2 first titles with also 2 beautiful ballads, 'Home' and the magnificent 'My Farewell'. With the 8 following acoustic tracks, 'Aeverium' has worked especially on the arrangements which give them a completely different dimension and bring a completely different vision compared to the originals. In short, with this 2nd album 'Time', 'Aeverium' confirms that they are a group which as a good chance in the future to take a place of choice among the melodic and symphonic metal bands...

Line Up / Musicians

Aeva Maurelle (Vocal), Marcel "Chubby" Römer (Vocal), Michael Karius (Guitar), Lars Dannenberg (Bass), Andreas Delvos (Keybords), Bodo Stricker (Drums)


Artist : The Vicious Head Society

Album : Abject Tomorrow

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 24-04-2017

'Vicious Thead Society' is the project of 'Graham Keane' surrounded by various artists of the metal scene who releases after a long gestation 'Abject Tomorrow'. We travel in a patchwork of styles and overall, we can talk off progressive metal because, first of all, it is a concept album and, then, all the compositions are very rich and worked and break out of the traditional verse/chorus scheme. The theme is well described by Graham himself : “The story is based in a dystopian future in which all humans are required to have emotion inhibiting implants implanted from birth. One man's implant fails and it chronicles his journey of discovery and reconnection with his humanity" and he adds “The more and more I write, it became a strange biographical narration of my own confidence struggle with putting music into the world". As usual in this case, it takes several listening to begin to absorb the 8 titles and especially the last of more than 18 minutes and split into 6 parts but it is often these albums that pass to posterity. To draw a parallel with another artist, I would say that ‘Abject Tomorrow' approaches Arjen Lucassen's concept albums with certainly a wider variety of styles. In short, 'Abject Tomorrow' should be recommended to all progressive rock/metal fans who are looking for music that carries a message and emotions and not necessarily easily accessible...

Line Up / Musicians

Graham Keane (Guitar), + Invités : Derek Sherinian (Keybords), Kevin Talley (Drums), Wilmer Waarbroek (Vocal), Pat Byrne (Vocal), Klemen Markelj (Drums)


Artist : Eclipse

Album : Monumentum

Release Date : 25-03-2017

Added : 25-04-2017

It is still the Swedish school which excels with 'Eclipse' and which blows you away with this new album 'Monumentum' and it could not be otherwise with a title like this one !! The recipe is well-established and we got an earful for 11 energetic and melodic titles and refrains with very catchy chorus at first listening. Everything is there to spend a good time without getting carried away, as in the golden age of the 80s melodic hard rock with a band like 'Def Leppard'. In short, as you will have understood, even if 'Eclipse' doesn’t renew very much, 'Momumentum' is an album with a total of 11 effective titles of ... well, 11, quite difficult to do better...

Line Up / Musicians

Erik Martensson (Vocal / Guitars), Magnus Henriksson (Guitars), Magnus Ulfstedt (Bass), Philip Crusner (Drums)


Artist : The Id

Album : The Masque

Release Date : 04-12-2016

Added : 26-04-2017

'The Id' is an international progressive rock band that had been one of my favorites 2016 record with 'A Deserter's Tale' (see Here ). With 'The Masque', we are embedded on a story of terrorists who want to annihilate the planet with a biological weapon that turns men into zombies (see presentation Here). The songs tell the different episodes of this the downward spiral of humanity and as usual 'The Id' put music in the service of the narrative in a symphonic progressive rock style close to groups like 'Genesis', 'IQ' or 'Pendragon'. Therefore, we have to look at the whole and not listen to specific titles if we want to fully absorb this concept album. In conclusion, even though 'The Masque' is not for me as strong as 'The Deserter's Tale' (it is of course completely subjective), it should be a delight for all Progressive rock fans who are being raised to the baby bottles of the great groups of the 70s and loving that music tells a story like a film ...

Line Up / Musicians

Tim Pepper (Keybords, Vocal), Peter Albrektsen (Keybords, Guitar), Peter Rodel (Keybords), Mark Murdock (Drums, Choirs), Barbara Neill (Choirs) + Invités : Preston Murdock (Guitar), Jim Neill (Guitar), Anna Nagasawa (Keybords)


Artist : Beyond The Labyrinth

Album : The Art Of Resilience

Release Date : 17-03-2017

Added : 27-04-2017

I will take you in Belgium, with the 4th album of 'Beyond The Labyrinth', 'The Art of Resilience', a 12-track series between pop, rock and metal with a plethora of international guests. No fewer than a dozen of different singers, highly talented guitarists, and a group of strings, here is the menu that 'Geert Fieuw' prepared for us for a result exceeding all hope. Each song has its own style and is a little worked melodic jewel that highlights each singer. The big names in progressive music come to mind: 'Threshold', 'Pendragon', 'Arena', 'IQ' or 'Pallas' and I certainly forget many others. In short, this 'The Art Of Resilience' is a very accessible album and could be a front door for many people in the fairly closed world of progressive music…

Line Up / Musicians

Geert Fieuw (Guitar, Keybords, Choirs), Sjoerd Bruyneel (Keybords, Choirs), Dominic Heynderickx (Bass), Michel Lodder (Drums,Percussions) + Invités : Josey Hindrix (Vocal), Philippe “Wizz” Beauprez (Vocal), Geert Annys (Guitar), Erwin Suetens (Guitae), Oliver Wright (Vocal), Tara Lynch (Guitar), Colin Flynn (Vocal), Nox String Quartet (Cordes), Geoffrey "DJ Kenzo" Tarallo (Vocal), Tony Carlino (Vocal), Chitral ‘Chity’ Somopala (Vocal), David Reed Watson (Vocal), Bob Goo (Bass), Tommi Manninen (Drums), Elena Fieuw (Choirs), Filip 'Flype' Lemmens (Vocal), Dushan Petrossi (Guitar), John Ferreira (Vocal), Brian Copp (Guitar)


Artist : Steve Hackett

Album : The Night Siren

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 28-04-2017

2017 sees the release of a new album by Sir ‘Steve Hackett’, ‘The Nigh Siren’. We can’t talk about a solo album so much he has surrounded himself of musicians and singers of diverse horizons of the international scene. At the first listen, it gives the impression of going around the world in a little less than one hour with multiple and varied influences supported most often by instruments typical of each country. We go from a 'Behind The Smoke' mixing the East and the West, to 'El Nino', a patchwork between a classical orchestra, a tribe and a rock band (and it's not me who says but Steve himself in a wonderful Amarok interview Here). I could quote all the titles so much they are rich and remarkably interpreted. In conclusion, it is another proof that music has something of noble by being multi-cultural and that it’s an immense vector of gathering all around the world, in areas where politics remains a source of division...

Line Up / Musicians

Steve Hackett (Vocal, Guitar, Oud, Charango, Sitar, Harmonica), Amanda Lehmann (Vocal), Benedict Fenner (Keybords), Dick Driver (Cantabass), Ferenc Kovács (Trompette), Gary O'Toole (Drums), Jo Hackett (Vocal), Rob Townsend (Saxophone, Flute, Flageolet, Duduk, Quena, Clarinette Bass), Roger King (Keybords), Sara Kovács (Didgeridoo), + Invités : Christine Townsend (Violin, Alto), Gulli Briem (Drums, Percussions), John Hackett (Flute), Kobi Farhi (Vocal), Leslie-Miriam Bennett (Keybords), Malik Mansurov (Tar), Mira Awad (Vocal), Nad Sylvan (Vocal), Nick D'Virgilio (Drums), Troy Donockley (Bagpipe Irlandaise)


Artist : Matmatah

Album : Plates Coutures

Release Date : 03-03-2017

Added : 29-04-2017

After a separation in 2008 and a decade of existence, 2017 saw the rebirth of the French band of 'Matmatah' with a new album 'Plates Coutures'. I only knew this group by 'Lambé An Dro' and the album 'Antaology' released in 2015 is a good way to get an idea of 'Matmatah' because it contains 40 titles of the first period. With 'Plates Coutures', they come back completely bolstered and there is a major evolution in lyrics with much stronger messages relating some of the contemporary recurring themes using provocation to better encourage revolt; 'Here we are' is the perfect example with the definitive sentence, 'And now our host enters the terminal phase' which can only react and launch an awareness so that precisely 'We are not yet', the final message being that everyone has the capacities to be the actor of his destiny. At the musical level, the compositions serve the lyrics and benefit from an exceptional production. In short 'Plates Coutures' is a very strong album that brings the group out of its comfort zone for our greatest pleasure and which makes it one of the major groups of the French rock scene...

Line Up / Musicians

Benoît Fournier (Drums), Emmanuel Baroux (Guitars), Eric Digaire (Vocal / Bass), Tristan Nihouarn (Vocal / Guitars)


Artist : V2

Album : Showdown

Release Date : 01-12-2016

Added : 30-04-2017

'V2' is a Dutch band that released 2 albums in the 90s and then nothing since. 2016 saw the release of a new album 'Showdown' that did not drive the buzz on the internet and that I discovered belatedly. First of all, it is the colorful artwork that attracted me and then, on first listen, we are taken to a melodic and varied rock/metal progressive that reminds me some bands like 'Sylvan' ('Hunt In Packs', 'Revelation Day') or 'Porcupine Tree' ('Judas Figure', 'Fist And Hand'). Note the latest instrumental title 'Sundance' which is a reinterpretation of a title of the 90s with 'Floyd’s influences. In conclusion, with this new album 'Showdown', 'V2' rises from its ashes and offers compositions that should please all lovers of progressive rock in general...

Line Up / Musicians

Marti van Gulik (Bass), Ernst Honingman (Vocal), Robert Voogt (Guitar), Bert Ettema (Guitae), Marti van Gulik (Drums), Robert Vogt (Percussions)


Artist : The Silent Wedding

Album : Enigma Eternal

Release Date : 10-03-2017

Added : 02-05-2017

Still Greece to honor with 'The Silent Wedding' which, after a first EP in 2008 and a first LP in 2013, have just released their 2nd studio album 'Enigma Eternal'. Their style is a melodic metal on the boundary of symphonic where the violence of the guitar riffs is supported by keyboards to link and soften the whole. From the beginning, 'Shadows & Dust' is a title that sums up this record with an energetic rhythm and a catchy chorus accompanied by a piano. Some titles bring breaks of style like 'Under The Veil Of Gray' where we are close to progressive metal and we can also note the magnificent ballad 'Loneliness' which cuts the opus in 2. In short, 'The Silent Wedding' release a very good album of melodic metal that should please all lovers of the genre…

Line Up / Musicians

Marios Karanastasis (Vocal), Jim Katsaros (Guitar), Johnny Thermos (Keybords), Tom K. Wood (Bass), Renos Lialioutis (Drums)


Artist : Thomas Zaruba

Album : Slow Down

Release Date : 27-11-2016

Added : 03-05-2017

An appearance at the very good French show of 'Frédéric Lopez', '1000 and a life', this is how I discovered 'Thomas Zaruba' and his path gives me the desire to immerse myself in his album 'Slow Down', released at the end of 2016. From the first listen, I was caught by a palpable emotion at every moment with this strange contradiction of an immense listening pleasure with this small so characteristic thrill and at the same time an embarrassment of taking a look so deeply into the intimacy of the artist so successfully he knew how to be exposed naked to retain only the essential and to make of each second an intense moment. And when we listen to 'Thomas' telling the genesis of this recording that was released in the middle of the night in one take, one thinks that it could not be otherwise. In short, whatever the style, genre and interpretation, you who are looking for a way to escape, this' Slow Down' is a true 'Invitation au voyage' where ‘tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté, luxe, calme et volupté’. Thank you Mr. Zaruba for this beautiful gift...

Line Up / Musicians

Thomas Zaruba (Piano)


Artist : Axxis

Album : Retrolution

Release Date : 24-02-2017

Added : 04-05-2017

No transition, after 'Thomas Zaruba', here 'Axxis' and their joyful new album 'Retrolution' (for Retro + Revolution). After the double 'Kingdom of the Night' in 2014 and 'We Are the World', which is still in my head, 'Retrolution' takes us again for a series of melodic and rhythmic hits. From the first tittle 'Burn! Burn! Burn!', we can say that 'Axxis' is always 'Axxis' with effective tracks that make you move to the rhythm of guitar riffs. Certainly, there is no much news but it is not necessarily what is expected of them because finally the goal is to spend a good time listening to these 13 tracks and on this side, the contract has been fulfilled. In conclusion, 'Axxis' after nearly 30 years of existence, continue their path, to the great delight of fans of hard rock melody of the 80s…

Line Up / Musicians

Bernhard Weiss (Vocal), Dirk Brand (Drums), Harry Oellers (Keybords), Rob Schomaker (Bass), Stefan Weber (Guitars)


Artist : Mostly Autumn

Album : Sight Of Day

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 05-05-2017

Already 11 albums released and more than 20 years of existence, 'Mostly Autumn' are releasing in this beginning of 2017 their 12th opus, 'Sight Of Day' thanks to the participative financing. For that length of time, they have made a name in the world of progressive rock but they never affected a large international audience remaining confined to England. Let's hope that 'Sight Of Day' can change the game because we are holding an high quality album : first of all, the eponymous title of more than 14 minutes built in 3 parts that embarks you in their universe pop/rock with a very melodic first part in crescendo where the aerial voice of ‘Olivia Sparnenn' is perfect. It follows 3 instrumental minutes which begins with a piano where the guitar joins for the continuation in a solo full of feeling and emotion. Change of style with the final part where we find Olivia and Bryan duo supported by an acoustic guitar and a melody close to 'Karnataka' finishing in a magnificent way. The continuation maintains the same high level with rich and varied compositions always very melodic which are shared between the duo Olivia/Bryan which brings a special emotion and sumptuous and aerial guitar solos. In short, with 'Sight Of Day', 'Mostly Autumn' released undoubtedly their best album that makes me, one of the leading groups of progressive rock...

Line Up / Musicians

Bryan Josh (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords), Olivia Sparnenn (Vocal, Keybords, Tambourin), Ian Jennings (Keybords, Organ), Alex Cromerty (Drums), Andy Smith (Bass), Angela Gordon (Flute), Chris Johnson (Guitar, Keybords, Tambourin, Chœurs) + Invités : Anna Phoebe (Violin), Troy Donockley (Uilleann Pipes, Flute)


Artist : Soup

Album : Remedies

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 06-05-2017

The Norwegians of 'Soup' have just released their 5th album 'Remedies' and remain very discreet on the web. 5 tracks for a little more than 40 minutes of music, we find the ingredients of the previous opus with an atmospheric rock that takes you into an universe filled with delicacy and emotion. 'Going Somewhere' sets the scene with a title close to 'Anathema' which rises in crescendo and ends with a few piano notes. 'The Boy And The Snow' continues with a delicate start which gradually rises to fall with the sung part almost whispered and then, one more, we flew an intense part and again a break with the final part which begins with an 'Pinkfloyd' instrumental part (It reminds me a bit of the atmosphere of ‘Echoes') that prepares the final climb. In short, with this 'Remedies', 'Soup' continue outside of all modes to offer us atmospheric music that will certainly delight all fans of this genre but that should also reach a wider audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Erlend Aastad Viken (Vocal, Keybords), Espen Berge (Percussions), Jan Tore Megård (Bass), Ørjan Saur (Guitar)


Artist : Carptree

Album : Emerger

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 07-05-2017

We are still in the Nordic countries with the Swedes of 'Carptree' who are close to bands like 'Marillion', 'Arena' or 'Genesis' with the characteristic voice of 'Niclas Flinck'. Already 7 long years since 'Nymf' released in 2010 and it is only in this early 2017 that their new album 'Emerger' sees the day. With this last record they take us into a universe similar to previous recordings : complex, melodic and powerful progressive rock that oscillates between quiet passages and other more symphonic ones where keyboards are omnipresent and where tempo changes bring a variety in compositions. 8 tracks for almost 55 minutes, 'Emerger' is tamed listening after listening and we discover little by little all the wealth and quality of arrangements and production. In summary, 'Carptree' is back on the progressive stage in early 2017 with an accessible album that beyond fans can be a gateway to all those who would like to discover progressive rock…

Line Up / Musicians

Niclas Flinck (Vocal), Carl Westholm (Guitars, Bass, Keybords) + Invités : No Future Orchestra = Ulf Edelönn (Guitar), Stefan Fandén (Bass, Bouzouki), Jesper Skarin (Drums), Cia Backman (Choirs), Öivin Tronstad (Choirs)


Artist : Elane

Album : Arcane 2

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 08-05-2017

After 'Arcane' in 2011 which was inspired by the fantastic novels of 'Kai Meyer', the Germans of ‘Elane' released in 2017 the version 2, 'Arcane 2' which is the continuity of the first album. The 14 tracks are in a very accessible melodic folk register and you could compare their style to the group of 'Candice Night' and 'Richie Blackmore', 'Blackmore's Night'. Led by singer and flautist ‘Joran Elane’, they take us on a folk/pop journey with multiples influences between East ('Sabatea's Song', 'Magic Carpet Ride') and Occident ('Breath Of Gold', 'More Stars Shine on Earth '). The accompaniment of keyboards and strings brings a sweetness to the ensemble and the last title of more than 12 minutes 'Nugua's Journey' supported by classical instruments ends the album with a large symphonic fresco. In short, the remake of ‘Arcane'is advisable to all lovers of pop/folk who like the felted atmospheres filled with delicacy...

Line Up / Musicians

Joran Elane (Vocal, Flute), Skaldir (Guitar, Bass, Drums), Nico (Keybords), Simon (Violin, Alto, Cello)


Artist : Bonfire

Album : Byte The Bullet

Release Date : 24-03-2017

Added : 09-05-2017

After several decades of hard rock and about fifteen albums, here is in 2017 a new album of the Germans of 'Bonfire' always led by their guitarist 'Hans Ziller', I named 'Byte The Bullet'. All the tracks smell fine the Heavy style of the 80s with all the ingredients that go with : good melodies supported by a heavy rhythm, a singer who spares no effort, guitar solos close to 'Ritchie Blackmore' (there are some who must turn over in their graves listening to 'InstruMetal'). Add to that very successful ballads with 'Lonely Nights' and 'Without You' (they have nothing to envy to 'Scorpions'), a cover on their own crazy way with 'Locomotive Breath' by 'Jethro Tull', you have a very good record for all fans of Hard Rock and certainly beyond because when the music is good, it comes out of fashions and has no age...

Line Up / Musicians

Hans Ziller (Guitar), Alexx Stahl (Vocal), Frank Pane (Guitar), Ronnie Parkes (Bass), Tim Breideband (Drums)


Artist : Vandroya

Album : Beyond The Human Mind

Release Date : 28-04-2017

Added : 10-05-2017

'Vandraya' is a Brazilian heavy metal group who release their 2nd studio album 'Beyond The Human Mind' which shows an evolution in the path taken by the band. We find powerful and fast titles that we already known in them as 'The Path Of The Endless Fall', 'I'm Alive' or 'You Know Know My Name' but we discover other facets : 'Columns Of Illusion' suggests an introduction of symphonic metal groups, 'Maya' brings a progressive side with rhythm changes, 'Last Breath' and 'If I Forgive Myself' are two beautiful melodic ballads and the last eponymous title of the album of more than 10 minutes presents several atmospheres where we can find progressive parts more elaborate. In summary, with 'Beyond The Human Mind', the Brazilians of 'Vandroya', although there are chances that they remain limited for a certain audience, become more diversified to offer us a good metal album...

Line Up / Musicians

Daísa Munhoz (Vocal), Giovanni Perlati (Bass), Marco Lambert (Guitars), Otávio Nuñez (Drums), Rodolfo Pagotto (Guitars)


Artist : Honeymoon Suite

Album : Hands Up (EP)

Release Date : 17-03-2017

Added : 11-05-2017

'Honeymoon Suite' is a Canadian band who have been very popular in the 80s and 90s and continues to release few albums because the last one dated back to 2008. 'Hands Up' which comes out in 2017 is rather an EP because it contains only 7 tracks plus 2 live and has been financed with the participative financing on 'Pledgemusic'. Their AOR pop/rock style is very melodic, as we could hear with some bands of the 80s like 'Eagles' or 'Foreigner'. Certainly, they do not revolutionize the genre but with this 'Hands Up', we can only welcome that they have always this faculty to compose simple but catchy titles from the first listening for our greatest pleasure...

Line Up / Musicians

Johnny Dee (Vocal, Guitar), Derry Grehan (Guitar, Vocal), Garry Lalonde (Bass, Vocal), Dave Betts (Drums), Peter Nunn (Keybords), Leah Marlene Grehan (Choirs)


Artist : Bader Nana

Album : Devolver

Release Date : 17-04-2017

Added : 12-05-2017

'Bader Nana' is a Lebanese author, composer, multi-instrumentist and producer who lives in Kuwait and who has already 2 studio records. 2017 sees the release of his new album 'Devolver' and it is on this point that I discover him. On this last album, the style is a progressive rock, always very melodic with magnificent arrangements that could suggest some of the tenors of the genre like 'Big Big Train', 'Arena' or even 'Dream Theater'. Nothing to throw in this ‘Devolver’ and what to say about this last title of more than 22 minutes with many influences and which offers us a journey without ever tired, each moment always bringing something special. In short, this 'Devolver' is for me the discovery of a talented artist who is put at the service of music and convey all the passion and emotion that we expect in this style ...

Line Up / Musicians

Bader Nana (Tous les instruments, Vocal), Ramzi Ramman (Guitar, Vocal), Omar Afuni (Vocal)


Artist : Magic Pie

Album : The Suffering Joy

Release Date : 19-12-2016

Added : 13-05-2017

In reality, the album 'The Suffering Joy' has been released in 2011 and as the label of 'Magic Pie' decided to reissue it at the end of 2016 and I did not know it, I discovered it on this occasion. It is a concept album that tells the life of a man from birth until his death. I was literally caught by the main title 'A Life's Work', cut in 4 parts, which take us in very varied progressive styles : the short introduction is atmospheric and we follow on a powerful instrumental title which can make think to 'Dream Theater'. The 3rd act is much quieter and acoustic which made me think of the atmosphere of 'Mother' of 'Pink Floyd'; The 4th chapter which is the masterpiece of more than 17 minutes mix different ambiences that move us from a progressive metal with instrumental parts integrating electric guitars and keyboards to calmer parts passing by the main theme sung and its catchy melody and its vocal harmonies that intensify the epic side. The continuation is a progressive rock always varied but more classic and obviously we think of some progressive’s bands of the 70/80. In conclusion, 'The Suffering Joy' is a catchy album that, like good wine, improves over the course of time and listening and that will inevitably remain dedicated for a warned audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Eirik Hanssen (Vocal, Guitar), Eirikur Hauksson (Vocal, Guitar), Gilbert Marshall (Vocal, Keybords), Jan Torkild Johannessen (Drums), Kim Stenberg (Guitar), Lars Petter Holstad (Bass), Mary Bentsen (Vocal)


Artist : Beneath My Sins

Album : Valkyries Of Modern Times

Release Date : 04-03-2017

Added : 14-05-2017

'Beneath My Sins' is a French band of symphonic metal and if you want to discover this genre, with their first studio album 'Valkyries Of Modern Times', they have all the ingredients of this style of music : heavy metal with guitars and drums Including symphonic elements from classical music and arrangements using symphonic orchestras (for the richest) or simply using sound samples imitating an orchestra for all instrumental part; for the vocal register, it is generally a female singer who evolves between a lyrical and classic register to which choirs are joined. With this first opus, 'Beneath My Sins' offers epic and symphonic tracks like the instrumental 'Spread Your Wings', the ballad 'Broken Pieces' and the last track 'Longing Is Still Alive'. There are also more tracks like 'From The Flames' with beautiful tempo breaks and welcome addition of choruses, the refreshing 'Loosing You Again' or the catchy 'The Beauty in the Witch'. With 'Dreams Shall Be Lived' and 'Fly Raven Fly', they add a pinch of folk that brings a variety to the whole. In short, 'Beneath My Sins', for a first album, enter by the front door of symphonic metal with a lyric singer and 'Valkyries Of Modern Times' should delight all lovers of this style...

Line Up / Musicians

Emma Elvaston (Vocal), Clement Botz (Guitar), Boris Devon (Drums), Pascal Clifford (Bass)


Artist : Cast

Album : Power And Outcome

Release Date : 10-03-2017

Added : 15-05-2017

'Cast', a Mexican ensemble who already have 20 albums to their credit (see on their website) and it is with this last album ‘Power And Outcome' that I discover them because it is their first record presented on Spotify. They evolve in a rich and varied progressive rock that draws their influences in some artists of the 70s like 'Emerson Lake & Palmer' or 'Genesis'. 10 compositions for 70 minutes, here is the menu of this last opus which begins by 'Rules Of The Desert' which is certainly not the most accessible title but which pretty well sums up the style of the group with a rather complex orchestration that mixes the instruments electric to the strings and to the piano. The two tracks 'Power And Outcome' and 'Details, Circles Spin' are more accessible and classic with a symphonic side. The following is the image of this beginning, an alternation of sought-after titles and simpler ones that make this album very varied but requires a few listening to penetrate each nook. In short, 'Power And Outcome', is a 40 years condensed of progressive rock and, although it’s a little too complex to discover this style of music, should please all the fans of the genre…

Line Up / Musicians

Bobby Vidales (Vocal), Alfonso Vidales (Keybords), Antonio Bringas (Drums), Carlos Humaran (Bass), Claudio Cordero (Guitar)


Artist : Midnight Sorrow

Album : Pick A Tale

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 16-05-2017

France is not necessarily a reference regarding symphonic metal, but after 'Beneath My Sins' (see chronicle Here), it is up to a new French group, 'Midnight Sorrow' to release their first studio album, 'Pick A Tale'. With 'Glorious', we think immediately of the leading bands of the genre and notably 'Leave's Eyes' with an alternation between Maureen's aerial chant and the growls of Samuel. With 'Between Sun And Moon', we are close to 'Nightwish' with a Celtic side, a lively rhythm and choirs very present. The follow-up maintains the same level with arrangements always worked and varied compositions in their structure like 'Treasure Of Your Life' of more than 11 minutes where they flirt with the progressive music. They do not neglect either calmer titles and the second part of the album contains 3 with the title in 2 times 'At First', 'Phase' and the last title 'A Last Ceremony' and, although 'Maureen Morvan' still has a margin of progression in her singing in the powerful parts, she already shows all her talent in these titles where she brings a particular emotion. In short, 'Midnight Sorrow' hits hard with 'Pick A Tale' and should make a good place in the fairly closed world of symphonic metal, that's all that we wish for them...

Line Up / Musicians

Maureen Morvan (Vocal), Nicolas Mickaël (Keybords), Samuel Stammbach (Guitars), Stéphane Perrier (Drums), William Simon (Bass)


Artist : Eye 2 Eye

Album : The Light Bearer

Release Date : 22-03-2017

Added : 17-05-2017

'Eye 2 Eye' is still a French band that I discover with their 4th album 'The Light Bearer' and who officiate in a progressive rock with seventies flavors. From the beginning, the eponymous title of more than 10 minutes takes us in a melancholic and very melodic atmosphere with several drawers that fit perfectly. The influences are many and obviously, the guitar playing reminds one of 'David Gilmour' and 'Michel Cerroni', their new singer, brings a soul to the compositions that reminds me the artists poise who participate to the different sagas of ‘Arjen Lusassen's', proportionally speaking, because the style remains pop/rock. Note also guests with 'Audrey Ruquet' singer and a string quartet for the very successful title 'Home'. In the end, nothing to throw in the 8 tracks and I cannot stop myself quoting the last track 'Crossing The Mirror' with a final that takes us back to the late 70's with a certain 'Comfortably Numb'. In short, this 'The Light Bearer' is still a very good surprise for this 2017 year and, though it might not please to some people, ‘Eye 2 Eye’ shows that French artists can compete without complex with the great bands of international progressive music...

Line Up / Musicians

Philippe Benabes (Keybords), Didier Pegues (Keybords, Drums), Bruno Pegues (Guitar), Etienne Damin (Bass), Michel Cerroni (Vocal) + Invités : Audrey Ruquet (Vocal, Chœurs), Chloé Lecoq (Alto), Kelly Mezino (Vocal, Chœurs), Marie Delaunay (Violin), Marie Hortense Carlach (Chœurs), Mathieu Lecoq (Cello), Natasha Morley (Chœurs), Sophie Guille Des Buttes (Violin)


Artist : Cellar Noise

Album : Alight

Release Date : 11-02-2017

Added : 18-05-2017

'Cellar Noise' is an Italian band led by 2 brothers who release their first studio album 'Alight'. They take us into a symphonic and progressive universe of the 70s where they incorporate elements of classical music (listen to the final of 'Temple'). The first instrumental track, 'Dive With Me', mixes electric instruments with acoustic instruments, piano, and cello. In the sung compositions, 'Francesco Lovari' brings a softness that sticks perfectly to the style. In short, apart from the short title 'Blackfriars' quite dynamic, with this first opus, 'Cellar Noise' give us a great time in a world of sweetness and serenity and if you are looking for an album to listen quietly after a good day of work, you should adopt 'Alight', accessible to a fairly large audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Eric Bersan (Drums), Loris Bersan (Bass), Niccolò Gallani (Keybords), Francesco Lovari (Vocal, Percussions), Alessandro Palmisano (Guitar)


Artist : Alan Reed

Album : Honey on the Razor’s Edge

Release Date : 08-04-2017

Added : 19-05-2017

I often play the live 'Blinding Darkness' of 2003 of 'Pallas' band which remains for me one of the best concert of the 2000 years in the progressive music. One of the reasons is, of course, the singing performance of ‘Alan Reed', who knows how to transmit an emotion at every moment always on the razor’s edge (listen on Spotify' Blood And Roses'). In fact, this razor’s edge, can be found in the title of his second album 'Honey on the Razor's Edge'. The style is lighter than the epic atmosphere of 'Pallas' and with a myriad of famous guests, he proposes 8 titles marrying the modernity with influences drawn from the progressive music of the last 40 years while always keeping catchy melody lines. Beyond the song always on top of Alan who always knows how to transmit an emotion, he is supported by excellent musicians who have put all their talent to his service and integrate themselves perfectly to magnify the whole. In short, 'Alan Reed', with this 'Honey on the Razor's Edge', offers a modern album that should reach a large audience and go beyond the frontiers of the specific progressive music public...

Line Up / Musicians

Alan Reed (Vocal, Guitars, Bass, Keybords, Percussions), Mike Stobbie (Keybords), Scott Higham (Drums) + Invités : Christina Booth (Vocal), Claude Leonetti (Leode), Jeff Green (Guitar), Laetitia Chaudemanche (Vocal), Monique Van Der Kolk (Vocal), Steve Hackett (Harmonica)


Artist : Dool

Album : Here Now, There Then

Release Date : 17-02-2017

Added : 20-05-2017

With the Dutch of 'Dool' and their first studio album 'Here Now, There Then', we could say after the first listen that they embarked us in a heavy and dark rock that is usually called 'doom'. But like groups practising this style, even if the atmosphere remains heavy on certain compositions, the ensemble is relatively varied and melodic : 'Vantablack' which opens the album is typical of doom style but the following title 'Golden Serpents' contrast with the rest with its catchy rhythmic. 'Ryanne Van Dorst', on vocals, brings a rock style with an original register with a great capacity to adapt as on the excellent 'Words On Paper' and its heady refrain (in the good sense of the word). With 'In Her Darknest Hour', even if we come back to a heavy rhythm, the melody and the song make it a catchy title. My favorite song goes to 'Oweynagat' which quickly becomes a progressive marvel with its final crescendo. In short, with 'Here Now, There Then', we must stop at the first listen if we want to hang because this opus takes some time to be tame and to discover every nook and cranny...

Line Up / Musicians

Job Van De Zande (Bass), Micha Haring (Drums), Nick Polak (Guitars), Reinier Vermeulen (Guitars), Ryanne Van Dorst (Vocal / Guitars)


Artist : Laura Cox Band

Album : Hard Blues Shot

Release Date : 10-03-2017

Added : 21-05-2017

You want great rock beat, no need to go to the Kangourou’s country, we have all this at home, and yes, without leaving France !! she calls 'Laura Cox' and with her band named planly ‘Laura Cox Band’, she released her first studio album 'Hard Blues Shot'. The eponymous title sets the stage with saturated guitars and a frenzied rhythm. On some tracks, we are close to the boogies-blues from the 'Status Quo' or 'ZZ top' that only few bands have managed to match, for example, 'Too Nice for Rock'n'Roll' or the magnificent 'Morning Road'. The quieter titles are not forgotten with the magnificent 'Goog Ol' Days' and the last acoustic title sung in English and French. 'Barefoot In The Countryside' also shows that she knows how to adapt to all styles to enchant us with country music. In conclusion, 'Laura Cox' and his band show us that we can make good rock in France and that, if they do not yield to the song of sirens of the major majors who will impose their choices and if they fight to keep their artistic independence, promise beautiful days for all lovers of an authentic rock...

Line Up / Musicians

Laura Cox (Vocal, Guitars), Antonin Guerin (Drums), François C. Delacoudre (Bass), Mathieu Albiac (Guitar)


Artist : Aldaria

Album : Land of Light

Release Date : 25-03-2017

Added : 22-05-2017

Multiple artists from the international metal scene, a concept album on the discovery of a manuscript in the Babylon’s city describing an unknown world named 'Aldaria' where are the guardians of light, here is, in a few words the latest project of the Norwegian guitarist 'Frode Hovd'. On the music side, it's a power metal with a good dose of epic. After a usual instrumental introduction, 'Another Life' embarks us on the adventure with a first typical title of the melodic power metal close to ‘Avantasia'. The sequel is divided into powerful compositions such as 'Guardians Of The Lights', 'Lost In The Darkness Below' or 'From The Ashes' and beautiful ballads like 'Sands Of Time' or 'Trails Of Tears'. The last title 'Land Of Light' of nearly 12 minutes closes this saga with an epic composition and a refrain that left on you. In short, with 'Aldaria', 'Frode Hovd' makes a great spread to offer us a grandiose saga supported by the big names of the metal which should please a warned public and amateur of an epic and powerful metal...

Line Up / Musicians

Frode Hovd (Guitars) + Invités : Mistheria (Keybords), Andreas Nergård (Keybords, Drums), Bernt Fjellestad (Vocal), Christer Harøy (Guitar), David Åkesson (Vocal), Eskild Kløften (Guitar), Fabio Lione (Vocal), Filip Andel (Bass), Filip Koluš (Guitar), Gabriels (Keybords), Jimmy Hedlund (Guitar), Jonas Heidgert (Vocal), Kenneth Skarsvaag (Bass), Konstantin Naumenko (Vocal), Kristoffer Göbel (Vocal), Marit Minniva Børresen (Vocal), Mathias Blad (Vocal), Mayo Petranin (Vocal), Mike LePond (Bass), Mina Giannopoulou (Vocal), Pellek (Vocal), Peter Crowley (Keybords), Peter Danielsen (Keybords), Rayner Harøy (Bass), Rick Altzi (Vocal), Rob Lundgren (Vocal), Robert Myrhaug (Drums), Roland Grapow (Guitar), Ronnie König (Bass), Sigfried Samer (Vocal), Todd Michael Hall (Vocal), Tommy Reinxeed (Vocal), Uli Kusch (Drums), Vasilis Georgiou (Vocal), Yannis Papadopoulos (Vocal)


Artist : Encircled

Album : The Monkey Jamboree

Release Date : 20-01-2017

Added : 23-05-2017

'The Monkey Jamboree' is the first album of the English band 'Encircled' that appears in Spotify, but it’s already their third record; they evolve in a progressive seventies rock mixing atmospheric, pop and rock. The eponymous first title makes us penetrate this opus by a muffled atmosphere with the voice sprung of 'Mark Busby Burrows'; Then follows 'Alphabetically Possible' which is lighter with its entailing and marked tempo. With 'Complexity', we return to a more intimate atmosphere that reminds me of the tormented world of 'David Bowie'. Again, new style change with 'Stereochrome' and its eighties rhythmic between 'Police' and 'Alan Parsons Project'. The following is the image of this beginning and the last title 'Chasing The Ghost' of more than 16 minutes, summarizes well the whole because it contains all the ingredients that 'Encircled' incorporates in its compositions and all ends in a few notes of piano and flute. In summary, with 'The Monkey Jamboree', 'Encircled' releases a very good album of progressive pop/rock to listen calmly with a helmet to escape for a moment of this world that is moving too fast...

Line Up / Musicians

Mark Busby Burrows (Vocal, Guitar), Gareth Evans (Guitar), Scott Evans (Bass, Keybords), Stuart Picken (Drums), Kym Hart (Flute, Choirs)


Artist : Ayreon

Album : The Source

Release Date : 18-04-2017

Added : 24-05-2017

After 'The Theory of Everything' in 2013, and under his project 'Ayreon' which continues to tell us stories of science fiction, here is the latest born of ‘Arjen Lucassen's’ family, I named 'The Source' a double album where, as usual, the Dutchman puts once again his address book filled with artists from the international metal scene. Since the first title of more than 12 minutes, "The Day That The World Breaks Down", we recognize the personal style of the unmatched composer's with all the ingredients that made him famous : a mix of styles from 40 years of Progressive rock and metal in the service of the story interpreted by the troop of talented artists embarked in the adventure. I could cite all the titles so each brings its own style and a different atmosphere compared to others. So, it is certain, to appreciate, you have to like diversity between folk, pop, rock and metal and as always with 'Arjen', you can appropriate these 88 minutes of this saga only after listening several times because it’s important to take the work as a whole. In summary, 'The Source' is added to the collection of essential albums to possess in his ideal set of albums when you are a fan of progressive’s rock and metal and when you are open to mixing genres...

Line Up / Musicians

Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, Keybords), Marcel Coenen (Guitars), Floor Jansen (Vocal), Guthrie Govan (Guitars), Hansi Kürsch (Vocal), James Labrie (Vocal), Mark Kelly (Keybords), Michael Eriksen (Vocal), Michael Mills (Vocal), Nils K. Rue (Vocal), Paul Gilbert (Guitars), Russell Allen (Vocal), Simone Simons (Vocal), Tobias Sammet (Vocal), Tommy Karevik (Vocal), Tommy Rogers (Vocal), Zaher Zorgati (Vocal), Jeroen Goossens (Flute), Ben Mathot (Violin), Ed Warby (Drums), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Maaike Peterse (Cello), Joost van den Broek (Piano), Will Shaw (Vocal)


Artist : Imelda May

Album : Life Love Flesh Blood

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 25-05-2017

Change of look, change of music style, the Irish 'Imelda May', who became known singing rockabilly, has just released a new album 'Life Love Flesh Blood' and asserts herself in an intimate universe drawing her influences in blues, country, jazz, pop and rock in a particularly successful mix. We sail between soft melodies like 'Call Me', 'Human' or 'How Bad Can a Good Girl Be', Blues with the beautiful 'Black Tears' where 'Jeff Beck' in person makes this title a real duet with Imelda or the sensual 'When It's My Time', Pop with the refreshing 'Should not Been You' or the swaying 'Flesh And Blood', Rock with 'Game Changer' or 'The Longing' and an Imelda that shows us a more bitter musical register and finally a Country sound to which she adds a real swing with 'Sixth Sense'. In short, 'Imelda May' offers us a very mature album full of surprises, accessible to a large audience and proves that with 'Life Love Flesh Blood', she turned another corner for our greatest pleasure…

Line Up / Musicians

Imelda May (Vocal), T Bone Burnett (Guitar), Marc Ribot (Guitars, Ukulélé), Jay Bellerose (Drums), Patrick Warren (Keybords), Zachary Dawes (Bass), Dennis Crouch (Cantabass), Darrell Leonard, Carl Wheeler (Organ) + Invités : Jeff Beck (Guitars), Jools Holland (Piano)


Artist : Brian May, Kerry Ellis

Album : Golden Days

Release Date : 07-04-2017

Added : 27-05-2017

When a legendary rock guitarist 'Brian May' joins a musical comedy artist, 'Kerry Ellis', it may seem incongruous, but after a successful debut album 'Anthem' in 2012, the duo comes back with 'Golden Days', in a mix of tracks written either by ‘Brian May’ or by the duo and covers that take us back several decades. After 4 unreleased songs in a style between pop and rock, we sail between a beautiful interpretation of the famous 'Amazing Grace', the acoustic ballad 'One Voice' by 'Ruth Moody', the popular songs ‘If I loved You' and 'Born Free' or a very successful version of 'Parisienne Walkways' from 'Gary More' and 'Phil Lynott', including also 'I Who Have Nothing' from 1961 (cover by an impressive number of artists including 'Status Quo' in 1966) or 'Story of a Heart' by 'Abba' and ended with 'Can not Help Falling In Love' popularized by Elvis Presley in the early 1960s. In short, ‘Brian May’ and 'Kerry Ellis' take us on a journey through time and, even if they do not bring any novelty, with this 'Golden Days', their talents make us spend a great time...

Line Up / Musicians

Brian May (Guitars), Kerry Ellis (Vocal)


Artist : Treat

Album : The Road More or Less Traveled (Live)

Release Date : 21-04-2017

Added : 26-05-2017

After a reformation in 2005, the Swedes of 'Treat' have only released 2 albums since this date and 'The Road More or Less Traveled' is an opportunity to discover this group of melodic metal live, a DVD accompanying the CD. We find most of the band's main titles and melodies like Swedish bands do so well. In addition, the live brings a spontaneous interpretation that makes the titles very effective with a powerful rhythmic, catchy guitar riffs and a singer who does its utmost. And to illustrate this, listen to 'Roar' and its chorus designed to sing a whole stadium. In short, listening to this live, we risk having for some fans an increase of decibels in their living room and for others, it is an opportunity to discover the kind of groups that takes its full dimension in concert...

Line Up / Musicians

Robert Ernlund (Vocal), Anders Wikstrom (Vocal, Guitars), Jamie Borger (Drums), Patrick Applegren (Keybords), Pontus Egberg (Vocal, Bass)


Artist : Axel Rudi Pell

Album : The Ballads V

Release Date : 21-04-2017

Added : 28-05-2017

German hard rock bands have always excelled in ballads. But there, with 'Axel Rudi Pell', it releases albums of ballads more than he can shake a stick at because this last opus, which is already the fifth in the series, is simply called 'The Ballads V' and regroups songs of 6 years ago, with the sumptuous 'Lived Our Lives Before' and other recent ones such as 'On The Edge Of Our Time', including also few bonuses, a duet with 'Bonnie Tyler' with 'Love's Holding On ', a 'Neil Young’ cover 'Hey Hey My My’ and a lovely 'Mistreated’ live of ‘Deep Purple' that feels good the' 70s and a particular 'Ritchie Blackmore'. He shows that beyond the years of career and his just under 20 albums, he continues to do what he always liked to do : play good melodic hard rock for the pleasure of his fans and, with this album of ballads, certainly for a larger public in the same way that other groups like 'Scorpions' did...

Line Up / Musicians

Axel Rudi Pell (Guitars), Bobby Rondinelli (Drums), Ferdy Doernberg (Keybords), Johnny Gioeli (Vocal), Volker Krawczak (Bass) + Invité : Bonnie Tyler (Vocal)


Artist : Sheryl Crow

Album : Be Myself

Release Date : 21-04-2017

Added : 29-05-2017

With this 10th album 'Be Myself', the American singer 'Sheryl Crow', better known on the American continent than in Europe, signs a return to origins with more direct compositions and where we can find a particular authenticity. It's a mix of pop, blues, folk and rock in the great tradition of 70s and 80s artists such as 'Bob Dylan', 'Elton John' Or 'Fleetwood Mac'. We feel a real desire to touch the public and each title hangs from the first notes like the magnificent 'Heartbeat Away' with its catchy rhythmic where it’s not possible to prevent your foot to mark the beat. In short, 'Sheryl Crow' shows that the expression 'the leopard cannot change its spots' is verified with this last album, and it’s for our great pleasure...

Line Up / Musicians

Sheryl Crow (Bass, Guitar, Piano), Jeff Trott (Bass, Guitar, Moog, Organ, Sitare, Choirs), Doyle Bramhall II (Choirs), Gary Clark Jr. (Guitar), Mark Douthit (Saxophone), Fred Eltringham (Drums, Percussions), Audley Freed (Guitar), Toby Gad (Bass, Moog), Josh Grange (Flute, Guitar, Piano), Barry Green (Trombone), Robert Kearns (Bass), The McCrary Sisters (Choirs), Adam Minkoff (Keybords), Doug Moffet (Saxophone), Steve Patrick (Trompette), Andrew Petroff (Percussion), Rick Purcell, David Rossi, Tim Smith (Choirs)


Artist : La Fabbrica delle nuvole

Album : La Fabbrica delle nuvole

Release Date : 15-01-2017

Added : 30-05-2017

'A cloud factory' created by Italian-born 'Livio Rabito', who is releasing his first solo album with this theme. He takes us in his intimate world with delicate and introspective compositions he wrote little by little from 2013 to 2016. To accompany his different titles, he surrounded himself with musician’s friends playing multiple instruments that give the reply to his sweet voice. His influences are a mixture of progressive international psychedelic music and songs by Italian artists like 'Dimartino' or 'Colaspece'. In summary, 'La Fabbrica delle nuvole' is a trip in a delicate and poetic world to enjoy on headphones in a quiet place and intended for a wide audience...

Line Up / Musicians

Livio Rabito (Vocal, Choirs, Bass, Guitar, Keybords), Peppe Burrafato (Drums), Vincent Migliorisi (Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Xylophone, Percussion), Enrico Giurdanella: (Guitar, Sitar, Banjo), Jascha Parisi (Cello), Salvo Randazzo (Violin), Andrea Dipasquale (Trombone), Andrea Savasta (Trompette), Giuseppe Distefano (Accordion), Davide Ragusa (Flute), Riccardo Gerbino (Tabla, Djembe)


Artist : Crazy Lixx

Album : Ruff Justice

Release Date : 21-04-2017

Added : 31-05-2017

A few days apart, the melodic hard-rock style albums release follow one another in the footsteps of the 80’s era bands like 'Def Leppard' or 'Europe'. The Swedish school has always been prolific in this genre but, there, you have 3 Swedish bands for the price of one !! First, 'Crazy Lixx's release their 5th album 'Ruff Justice'. Then come 'Bai Bang' with their 8th album named 'Rock Of Life' (Here ). Finally, for 'Art Of Nation', they release their second studio album with 'Liberation' (Here). To this, we have to add also the Canadians of ‘Harem Scarem' who for their part, are already at their 14th album (Here ). All these groups are in the purest tradition of melodic hard rock with a powerful sound, saturated guitars and omnipresent choirs. Without reinventing the wheel, each title is very efficient and can be assimilated immediately. In short, thanks to these different groups, you, who are a fan of melodic hard-rock style of the eighties, you are spoiled for choice to run the time machine and have a great time...

Line Up / Musicians

Danny Rexon (Vocal), Chrisse Olsson (Guitars), Jens Lundgren (Guitars), Jens Sjoholm (Bass), Joél Cirera (Drums)


Artist : Bai Bang

Album : Rock Of Life

Release Date : 28-04-2017

Added : 01-06-2017

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Line Up / Musicians

Diddi Kastenholt (Vocal), Filip Wilhelmsson (Guitars), Christoffer Svensson (Bass), Oskar Wennberg (Drums)


Artist : Art Of Nation

Album : Liberation

Release Date : 28-04-2017

Added : 02-06-2017

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Line Up / Musicians

Alexander Strandell (Vocal), Carl Tudén (Drums), Carl-Johan Gustafsson (Guitars), Christoffer Borg (Guitars), Rebecka Tholerus (Bass)


Artist : Harem Scarem

Album : United

Release Date : 12-05-2017

Added : 03-06-2017

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Line Up / Musicians

Harry Hess (Vocal, Guitars), Pete Lesperance (Guitars), Stan Miczek (Bass), Creighton Doane (Drums)


Artist : Procol Harum

Album : Novum

Release Date : 21-04-2017

Added : 04-06-2017

When Spotify introduced 'Novum' from 'Procol Harum' in the latest news in 2017, I first thought of a mistake. And then, I had to go to the obvious. This band, which I considered to be already old in the late 70's and which released the 'A Wither Shade of Pale' interplanetary tube just 50 years ago, have just released their 12th studio album; For the occasion, the survivor of the original group 'Gary Brooker' called 'Pete Brown' in for the texts, known for collaborating with 'Cream' (it does not rejuvenate us either !!). And finally, the magic always operates with Gary's intact voice as time had no effect on him. We sail in a universe of songs between 'Bob Dylan', 'Neil Young' and 'Joe Cocker', the progressive side being less present from what was known. The sense of melody is always there with titles like 'Last Chance Motel', 'Soldier', 'The Only One' or 'Sunday Morning' that would have made the tubes at the time and sing to our ears as if they had already been heard hundreds of times. In summary, 'Novum' is still an incredible album of 'Procol Harum' which continues to defy time and fashions to delight us 50 years after their first big tube...

Line Up / Musicians

Gary Brooker (Vocal, Piano), Geoff Whitehorn (Guitars), Josh Phillips (Keybords), Matt Pegg (Bass), Geoff Dunn (Drums)


Artist : End Of The Dream

Album : Until You Break

Release Date : 11-05-2017

Added : 05-06-2017

After a very promising debut in 2015 (see Here ), here is our Dutch 'End Of The Dream' band who do it all over again with a second opus that confirms the potential of the group. Indeed, listening to the first titles, we are at the level of the metal symphonic tenors with a more powerful sound, the singer 'Micky Huiijsmans' who is always at the top and a production that has evolved compared to the first album. 'Until You Break' opens the stage with a melody that recalls some 'Within Temptation' titles. The result is a reflection of this first title, catchy melodies which quickly addict you and enter your head. A small break with the beautiful ballad 'I Am Nothing', then a second part of album where we find titles always symphonic but at the limit of the progressive like for example 'Defile' or 'Your Poison' showing the capacity of the Micky’s register who knows how to adapt her voice according to the atmosphere and where we feel an important instrumental work bringing a variety inside the compositions. We can notice the magnificent last title 'The Light' mixing soft and powerful parts and finishing on a piano part influenced by the great classic and romantic composer 'Frédéric Chopin'. In short, with the 1st opus 'All I Am', I was hoping it would be 'The Beginning Of The Dream' : well, it is confirmed with this second opus, we moved on to the next phase: 'The Continuation Of The Dream'...

Line Up / Musicians

Micky Huiijsmans (Vocal), Armen Shamelian (Guitar, Keybords), Robin van Ekeren (Guitar), Pim Geraets (Drums), Tim van den Hooven (Bass)


Artist : Lonely Robot

Album : The Big Dream

Release Date : 28-04-2017

Added : 06-06-2017

When 'John Mitchell' (amongst other things, guitarist of ‘Arena’ for twenty years which was one of my 2015 favorites albums Here) releases a new project, he catches the attention in the web on progressive music sites. He released In 2015 'Come Home' and 2017 saw the launch of 'The Big Dream'. Like always, the theme revolves around science fiction and his astronaut continues to discover other worlds. Accompanied by his companions 'Nick Beggs' (bassist of 'Steve Hackett' and 'Steve Wilson'), Graig Blundel (Drummer of 'Steve Wilson') and a few other guests, he offers us an almost hour of progressive rock from a variety of sought titles like 'Awakenings', 'Sigma' or 'Everglow', with successive atmospheres and guitar’s solos of which he alone has the secret, to more intimate compositions like ‘In Floral Green’, ‘The Devine Art Of Being’ or ‘Hello World Goodbye’ (there is 'Peter Gabriel' inside !!). We can note also a very successful cosmic instrumental saga of 8 minutes and the two acoustics tracks 'In Floral Green' and 'The Art Of Being'. In summary, 'John Mitchell' confirms with 'The Big Dream' that he continues to evolve in the best of the bunch of progressive rock by offering us a flawless album which will certainly be well received by all fans of the genre but which should also, thanks to very accessible titles, reach a fairly wide audience...

Line Up / Musicians

John Mitchell (Vocal, Guitars, Bass,Keybords), Nick Beggs (Bass), Graig Blundell (Drums) + Invités : Kim Seviour (Vocal), Lian Holmes (Keybords), Steve Vantsis (Bass)


Artist : Asfalto

Album : Cronicas de un Tiempo Raro

Release Date : 03-02-2017

Added : 07-06-2017

We are now in Spain, with 'Alsfalto', which is a progressive pop/rock band that have already been around for 45 years and have released 'Cronicas de un Tiempo Raro', their 12th studio album. Their style mixes influences drawn from their descent and others in the progressive currents of the last 40 years with committed texts (political corruption, emigration, unemployment, etc…). We switch from energetic rock titles with guitar riffs like 'Lluvia de Abril', 'Paradoja' or 'Cronicas de un Tiempo Raro' to softer titles where their Hispanic sources are more present like 'Nani Albox', 'Treinta años Después' or '15 rosas negras' via pop titles such as 'Melani', 'Déjalo ser' or 'La Bestia'. In short, even if they don’t have an international fame, 'Asfalto' show that it is possible to do good progressive music by singing in his native language and 'Cronicas de un Tiempo Raro' is a record with a lot of very good surprises for all fans of the genre...

Line Up / Musicians

Julio Castejón (Vocal, Guitarre, Choirs), Paul Castejon (Vocal, Guitar, Keybords), Arturo García (Drums, Champ), Nacho de Lucas (Keybords), Pablo Ruiz (Bass), Johan Cheka (Chœurs) + Invité : John Helliwel (Saxophone, Supertramp)


Artist : Kant Freud Kafka

Album : Onirico

Release Date : 20-04-2017

Added : 08-06-2017

Funny name for a musical project : ‘Kant Feud Kafka’ !! Don’t worry, the music has no connection with philosophy but is simply the result of a joke between friends. This project is the fruit of 'Javi Herrera', author/composer who releases his second album 'Onirico' and makes us travel in a progressive symphonic world where a large number of styles and instruments coexist. Therefore, you must love the diversity to adhere and several listenings are necessary to penetrate the universe of Javi. For example, 'És Quan Dormo that hello Veig Clar' of more than 10 minutes begins with religious vocals with contemporary paces accompanied by an organ; It follows a part beginning with guitar riffs in a progressive style of the seventies and then the rhythm accelerates for an instrumental part where the guitar leaves a place to a keyboards solo; The following transition brings us back to a style that reminds me of the 'Renaissance' band (the song reminds me of ‘Annie Haslam's special voice) and where the violin then reinforces the symphonic and romantic side to finally give way to a last sung part which ends in some piano notes. To summarize, 'Onirico' is an excellent album to discover gradually to appropriate little by little all the nooks and crannies and intended for a public open to a mix of different styles and atmospheres...

Line Up / Musicians

Javi Herrera (Drums, Vocal), Cecilia Burguera (Violin), Mónica Cruzata (Alto), Queralt Garcia (Cello), German Fafian (Guitar), Daniel Fernandez Campos (Bass), Alia Herrera (Vocal), Andrea Herrera (Claquettes), Mandharu (Crotales, Carillon), Rafael Pacha (Tympanon, Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki), Pol Sanchez (Guitarre, Mandole), Dick Them (Cantabass), Guillem Vilar (Hautbois, Cor Anglais)


Artist : Lambert

Album : Sweet Apocalypse

Release Date : 12-05-2017

Added : 09-06-2017

The pianist 'Lambert' continues to cultivate the mystery and it is always behind his mask that he releases his 4th album 'Sweet Apocalypse'. This new opus continues in the line of the previous by taking us into an aerial world close to the dream where the compositions are short, each contains a different atmosphere and excites a certain emotion thanks to his piano’s play that looks like 'Erik Satie' composer style which he mixes more modern influences and some percussion. But there is somewhere in 'Lambert' this little extra that sets him apart and makes him an unique artist of our time. In summary, 'Sweet Apocalypse' is an intimate album that comes out of the current fashions and which, like artists like 'Thomas Zaruba' ('see Here ) or' Christine Ott'(see Here), is to be tasted calmly with the helmet to escape in a world where one loses all reference of space and time...

Line Up / Musicians

Lambert (Piano)


Artist : Epic Mind

Album : Through The Labyrinth

Release Date : 03-03-2017

Added : 10-06-2017

2017 sees the release of the first album of the Dutch of 'Epic Mind', new group in the sphere of the progressive metal. 'Through The Labyrinth' has more than an hour of music with elaborate titles, with very different atmospheres and styles. And generally in this case, it takes several listening to enter the universe of the group : the title 'Perfect Ware Machine' of more than 20 minutes is an epic saga alternating energetic melodic parts and calmer ones with several changes of tempo. From style point of view, the title is influenced by bands as diverse as 'Pink Floyd' (The Introduction), 'Dream Theater' (The first very epic part), 'Ayreon' (the middle with a marked theatrical side), 'Symphony X' (the second part for the power of the riffs) and 'Pain Of Salvation' (the melodic final in crescendo). In summary, with 'Through The Labryrinth', 'Epic Mind' is releasing a very good album, and although it will probably remain limited to a discerning audience open to a diversity of genres, is one of the 2017 very good surprises in the category of new progressive music artists...

Line Up / Musicians

Leon Vonk (Vocal), Jari Stoppelenburg (Bass), Folkert Van Blom (Drums, Piano), Raoul Van Oosten (Guitar, Keybords)


Artist : Cyril Mokaiesh

Album : Clôture

Release Date : 20-01-2017

Added : 11-06-2017

It’s already the 4th album of the Frenchman 'Cyril Mokaiesh' and he’s only beginning to be known in the hexagon. Certainly, he must embarrass some people and he’s not politically correct enough !! The web in this case allows this kind of artist to express himself and this for our greatest pleasure. 'Clôture' is a strong album in words and Cyril continues to engage with for example this first title 'The law of the market' in duet with 'Bernard Lavilliers' where he denounces our capitalist society and always this talent to transmit the message by words that reach the target every time (like this magnificent: 'At Liddl, the pack of beers has suicidal impulses'). And, not to fall completely into denunciation, he knows how to modulate his talk by proposing other lighter texts like 'Houleux', '32 rue Buffaut 'or 'Une vie' where he knows how to con