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Author: Van

Gazpacho – Soyuz

Gazpacho know how to make music that not only transports you to parallel universes, through soundscapes and effects that are truly unique in the prog and art-rock genre, but to me their biggest achievement is to produce thought-provoking music with their distinctive dark but beautiful sound atmospheres. Soyuz is one of the best example of this. 5/5 ★ /Van

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Abraham Sarache – Kaleidoscope of Fears (EP)

“Kaleidoscope of Fears” is an awesome taster of what this trio have in their pockets waiting to surprise the progressive metal world. Its quality in composition, execution, sound and mix is astounding! This trio is a novelty in the progniverse, bringing in a freshness and renovated eclectic sound that deserves all your attention. And those solos… using a freaking Cuatro instead of a guitar!” 5/5 ★ /Van

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Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs

This profound concept in Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs shines with the conflicts of our modern world: wars and mass manipulation, everyday life, politics, information and money controlled by some few powerful, We won’t be free of these chains unless we try to be true to ourselves while searching for the light and truth. Though these lines might fall short to what this album really transmits, musically and lyrically. A bold statement and a solid album with beautiful melodies. What else can we expect from Orphaned Land but an exceptional album? 4.5/5 ★

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Sons of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony

There is something else from this band, that even if so damn close to the classic Dream Theater sound, it makes Sons of Apollo totally different and a band to follow. After all, every musician have their own very well developed sound and personalities and coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences. In any case, the result of this mix is as best as we get: a solid band and a solid album. They have not invented the wheel, and are not even close to perfect it, but the new paint they added to it fits very, very well! 4/5★

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Tangerine Dream – Quantum Gate

Patterns, rhythms, melodies create such a multilayered structure from start to finish on this album that can easily be traced to the original concept Edgar Froese wanted to explore and majestically developed by the remaining members of the band. They created such a journey full of wonderful moments and not only musical! A journey through atmospheres and universes only Tangerine Dream can re-create in music form. A real gem of an album!

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Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin

Those who follow the Russian prog-chamber duet Iamthemorning know very well that Gleb Kolyadin, is not only a masterful pianist, he is as well an excellent composer. But his qualities as composer and pianist truly shine on this, his first solo album, an album where he explores a search of identity in a unique storyline. This album is a perfect card into the musical palette of an excellent young musician. It draws a big ear to ear smile in my face to hear and see that there is so much talent everywhere in the world. Gleb Kolyadin adds so much color to our favorite music by creating this jewel of an album with the ink of a classical music background perfectly blended into the modern progressive rock palette. 5/5 ★

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Tour review: Malina 2017 – Leprous, Agent Fresco, Alithia and Astrosaur

With all the surprises, strong support (or co-headliner) acts and a Leprous performance that seemed out of this world, the “Malina” tour ranks on the top of the list of 2017, for some (like our Munich reviewer Dario!) even leaving behind the likes of the Ayreon Universe shows and Shattered Fortress, both among the highlights of the concerts roster of 2017 in Europe. Leprous are superstars, and deservedly so.

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The Progspace List 2017

The Progspace crew’s favorite releases of 2017 – our very personal short “best of” list, if you want – purely subjective, of course!

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