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Hillsphere – Florescence

Unquestionable musicianship, a good mix of ambient and more heavy sections (that could, from my point of view, use some more variety) and Tim Beimer’s excellent singing are the highlights of a solid debut.

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Ring Van Möbius – Past The Evening Sun

Ring Van Möbius has delivered one of the more exiting debut albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening too in a long time. It’s rare to hear a band that is this rooted in the classical era of progressive rock be able to create music that is clearly inspired by the grandfathers of the genre, while not becoming derivative or plagiaristic. Ring Van Möbius dances around this with ease, delivering an album that is clearly inspired, but not imitative.

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Kayak – Seventeen

Personally I would have loved to hear some of the more delicate and discreet parts, that made their early albums stand out, make their way back into the bands music. Still, it’s definitely an album worth owning if you enjoy this kind of theatrical symphonic rock.

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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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ALKALOID – Liquid Anatomy

After such an engaging and challenging debut, there is no way but up for ALKALOID and with “Liquid Anatomy” they have pushed themselves beyond the confines of their respective careers in metal, elevating their compositions and songwriting and taking a deeper plunge into the progressive. It’s as though the heaviness, technicality, and virtuosity of their previous bands have met the songwriting and story-telling of bands like Rush and King Crimson. Excellent musicians making excellent music.

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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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Deafening Opera – Let Silence Fall

“Seamlessly switching between classically influenced harmonic beauty and dirty rock sounds, Deafening Opera have found their niche in the progressive rock scene and with “Let Silence Fall”, they effortlessly close up to Germany’s champions league of prog bands.” 4,5/5★ /Dario

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Phi – Cycles

“Accessible yet chock full of heavy hitting polyrhythmic grooves and blistering solos, Phi not only reinvented themselves, they single-handedly forged the blueprint of a genre with six equally impressive and anthemic hits. All killers, no fillers – “Cycles” is a masterpiece!” 5/5★

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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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Ihsahn – Àmr

After 12 years and 7 albums, Ihsahn is still discovering new ground and sources of inspiration and producing great music that defies classification. Calling ‘Ámr’ a progressive extreme metal album might come close, but it still falls short. This is simply great music.

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Kino – Radio Voltaire

All in all, while not being a repetition of their debut, this is an impressive piece of art, effortlessly straddling the line between pop and prog. Kino delivers catchy, memorable songs on all fronts. The album is a testimony to openness and breaking the boundaries that separate us in music as in life.

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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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