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Weekend music: Mother of Millions, Bioplan, Jo Quail & PRR

Releases of the Week 18/2022 with Mother of Millions, Bioplan, Jo Quail & Pure Reason Revolution
Weekend music: Mother of Millions, Bioplan, Jo Quail & PRR

May 2022 is starting with a massive release week! 43 releases with 4 diverse highlights: 2 EPs and 2 albums. Emotional Greek prog/post metal with Mother of Millions, instrumental synthwave metal with Swedish vocalist Andi Kravljaca’s solo project Bioplan on the EP front. And big new albums from Cello visionary Jo Quail and from the Bright Ambassadors of Morning themselves, Pure Reason Revolution. Dive in!

Mother of Millions - Orbit EP

06 May, 2022 | ViciSolum Productions
Mother of Millions - Orbit

What do you do when a band member, an integral part of your creative entity that you have formed together with other creative minds, friends, dies? ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ Greek post prog metal upstarts Mother of Millions had to face this exact terrifying situation after the totally unexpected and devastating loss of their keyboarder Makis Tsamkosoglou during a show in June 2019. Working together on the “Orbit” EP proved absolutely cathartic for the remaining four members who decided to keep going as a quartet, in memory of their friend Makis, keeping his musical legacy alive. 17 minutes of emotional music and a promise to fans old and new: we are Mother of Millions and we’re here to stay! R.I.P. Makis, we’ll remember you by your wonderful music and your brothers will keep the flame alive! “Orbit” is for you! Dario

Bioplan - Arcade Dreams EP

06 May, 2022 | Layered Reality Productions
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Ah yes there he is again. That Swedish prog metal singer with his instrumental solo project. I mean, Andi Kravljaca is known for his powerful vocals in prog metal bands like Seventh Wonder, Silent Call or Aeon Zen. Interestingly enough, for his solo project Bioplan he chose to go down completely vocal-less synthwave/prog metal hybrid alleys, which works just as well on the third EP “Arcade Dreams” (sic!) as on the first two EPs, “Ocular” and “Epipath”. Dreamy, slightly nostalgic, yet still quite punchy and crunchy and a little bit shreddy here and there, Andi’s 7-string guitar/synth mashup is a lot of fun to listen to and comes with The Progspace seal of approval! Keep ‘em EPs coming… Dario

Jo Quail - The Cartographer

06 May, 2022 | ByNorse
cover Jo Quail - The Cartographer

Hot on the heels of its world live premiere at Roadburn Festival, by which this piece was also commissioned, British Cello visionary Jo Quail brings her newest composition “The Cartographer” now to your home as well. Granted, familiar song structures, classic ‘rock’ instrumentation or hook lines and lyrics to sing along with you will seek in vain here. If you’re in the mood for some dark, evocative contemporary classical music with lots of Cello (obviously), trombones and timpani, you’ve come to the right place! There’s a certain arcane. almost primeval quality to the music of “The Cartographer”, yet it feels oddly timeless at the same time, So this is not your standard prog or post metal offering indeed, this is something completely unique that demands your undivided attention. Let “The Cartographer” enchant you! Dario

Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus

06 May, 2022 | Inside Out Music
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Two years ago, british modern prog rock innovators Pure Reason Revolution made some serious waves in the scene with their stellar comeback album “Eupnea”. Unable to really present it live due to some worldwide pandemic, they just continued writing music and now they’re back again with “Above Cirrus”, their fifth studio album. And it’s got everything a good PRR album needs: driving riffs, danceable grooves, small electronic shenanigans here and there… Big hooks. But most of all: those absolutely gorgeous signature PRR multi-part harmonies like only they are able to incorporate it into a modern progressive rock environment. With ‘Scream Sideways’, they rival Cold Night For Alligators for catchiest chorus of the year so far, that alone is worth the admission price to enter “Above Cirrus”. An absolutely mandatory listen this year, without a doubt! Don’t miss out on our Progtalks epsiode with guitarists/vocalists Jon Courtney & Greg Jong. And listen to “Above Cirrus”! Dario

More releases for 06 May, 2022

  • Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella - Invoke the Ghosts (May 02)
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  • Cinnabar - Birth of the Mask EP (May 02)
     Bandcamp  
  • Circle of Sighs - Alabaster
     Bandcamp  
  • Ibaraki - Rashomon (Nuclear Blast Records)
  • Mikael Åkerfeldt - Clark (Soundtrack from the Netflix Series)
  • Syberia - Statement of Death (Metal Blade Records/Blacklight Media Records)
  • Backgrounds - Liminal Space
     Bandcamp  
  • Big Muff 68 - Swing Metal (Mas-Kina Recordings)
  • This Is Oblivion - This Is Oblivion (Silent Pendulum Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • OU - one (Inside Out Music)
  • Dynamic Dynamic - Bloom (Eclipse Music)
     Bandcamp  
  • Icare - Charogne (Hummus Records)
  • Tomarum - Ash in Realms of Stone Icons (Prosthetic Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • City of Dis - Alterity
     Bandcamp  
  • Trilobeat - Extinction Horizon
     Bandcamp  
  • Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge For the Blessed Ones (Profound Lore Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Haunter - Disincarnate Ails (Profound Lore Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • To Glimpse the Sea - The Descent
  • Ben Craven - Monsters from the Id
     Bandcamp  
  • Alter Echoes - Curves Ahead (Anesthetize)
     Bandcamp  
  • Mmulreso - Fate Wave
     Bandcamp  
  • Encenathrakh - Ithate Thngth Oceate
  • Row of Ashes - Bleaching Heat (Surviving Sounds)
     Bandcamp  
  • Dede Booth - The Illusion Machine
     Bandcamp  
  • Ufomammut - Fenice (Neurot Recordings)
     Bandcamp  
  • Wo Fat - The Singularity (Ripple Music)
  • Lampion - S.M.T.F.E.
     Bandcamp  
  • Lobate Scarp - You Have It All
     Bandcamp  
  • Vital Spirit - Still As the Night, Cold As the WInd
     Bandcamp  
  • Malthusian / Suffering Hour - Time’s Withering Shadow
     Bandcamp  
  • Depressed Mode - Decade of Silence (Inverse Records)
     Bandcamp  
  • Jani Liimatainen - My Father’s Son (Frontiers Music)
  • Jeff Scott Soto - Complicated (Frontiers Music)
  • Nine Skies - 5.20 (Special Edition)
  • Pafero - Additional Part (B-Sides)
     Bandcamp  
  • Anemera - Fiction and a Dream EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Aenimus - Sacrificial EP (Nuclear Blast Records)
  • Ritual - Enigma EP
     Bandcamp  
  • Steve Hackett - ​​Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live

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Dario

Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of www.progulus.com from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.

Colin

Colin is a progressive metal drummer who currently plays with Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. His introduction to prog was through his father with the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Rush back in 2007. As the years went by, he would eventually work on his taste to get into more extreme forms of prog, and now adores bands like Opeth, Persefone, Atheist, BTBAM, Serpent Column, Slugdge, and countless others.

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