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TesseracT – Sonder

“Sonder shows TesseracT at their most angry since years, yet it features some of their most ethereal moments ever. […] The next step in the natural evolution of the unstoppable force that is TesseracT is here.” 4,5/5★

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La Dame Qui Piquait Les Cœurs – Livre 1 – Les Caprices du Cupidon

“[The music] is fairly epic in sound and songwriting, to an extent that it almost beggars belief that all this was written, played, sung, produced and programmed by Nehl Aëlin herself with only the help of four musicians and not a whole symphony orchestra.[…]Do yourself a favor and treat yourself with the wonderful and beguiling music of the Lady who picks the hearts (La Dame qui Piquait les Cœurs) if you like movie soundtracks, classical music and french chansons. You won’t regret it.” 4,5/5★

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Lazuli – Saison 8

It looks like 2018 won’t stop spoiling us with great releases, and “Saison 8” is no exception. A wonderful, warm album, which leaves that fuzzy feeling in the tummy that only Lazuli can create. 4/5★

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Schizofrantik – Ripping Heartaches

“”Ripping Heartaches” is not for the faint of heart – as the title suggests. An insane roller coaster ride for fans of Zappa-esque music as well as for adventurous Jazz-, Djent- and Avantgarde Metal lovers.” 4/5★

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Major Parkinson – Blackbox

Major Parkinson created an album that wants to be listened to from start to finish and that takes you into their world full of crazy ideas and beautiful melodies. Oh, and it has a typewriter as an instrument! 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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Road to Jerusalem – Road to Jerusalem

“Road to Jerusalem don’t reinvent the wheel of heavy rock completely, but they sure as hell give it a breath of fresh air with a unique identity, filling the gap the incredible Ark left all those years ago and delivering a welcome treat for all those who find Jørn Lande’s solo albums all too same-ish and straight forward.” 4/5★

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Northern Lines – The Fearmonger

The music of these Italians leave lots of breathing room for the listener without venturing into the more ambient droning sound. This is instrumental music, that almost sounds like it would leave room for a vocalist, even if it really don’t need one. With that in mind the experience becomes very pleasant and entertaining for the listener. 3.5/5 ★

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Jordsjø – Jord

“Jord” is Scandinavian old-school prog done majestically. There’s really nothing more I can say other than every prog fan really needs to listen to this album and this band.

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Kaisers Bart – Meister5tück

For friends of music of the aforementioned Vanden Plas or similar bands, who are willing to let the music grow on them and are looking for more than just an easy listen, Kaisers Bart certainly has a lot to offer – but it might not be for everyone. 3.5 ★

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Oceans of Slumber – The Banished Heart

The Banished Heart is raw, unadulterated emotions, presented in a unique melodic extreme metal package like only Oceans of Slumber can. A daring step out of their comfort zone, hopefully to be rewarded by the attentive listener.” 5/5★

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Motorspycho – The Tower

All in all “The Tower” is a great release from a professional and very experienced band and comes highly recommended to anyone who enjoys well-crafted adventurous, psychedelic and progressive rock with it’s feet planted solidly in the seventies.

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Lesoir – Latitude

“With “Latitude” Lesoir are actually onto something with a fresh and unique approach, crafting their own, at times quite cinematic vision of alternative prog.” 3,5/5★

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Poem – Unique

Poem have in “Unique” an amazing third album that manages to touch every base in their sound and pushes them forward with ambitious composition. Definitely a must listen. 4/5 ★

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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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