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Tag: Prog Rock

Vola – Applause of a Distant Crowd

“With “Applause of a Distant Crowd”, Vola have proven their inventiveness and further expanded their reputation as songwriting masters and sound magicians. A truly excellent album with some songs bordering on the mind-blowing and mind-expanding.” 4,5/5★

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Leprous, Agent Fresco and 22 – Live in Eindhoven. September 20, 2018

The prospect of witnessing again the magic that means Leprous and Agent Fresco live, joined by the unknown (for me) quartet 22, was an easy decision for me, I love this live package so much, as I knew we, the lucky ones there, were going to be gifted with such a massive energy and love for well made music flowing back and forth from the stage to the audience. And so it was!

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Kingcrow – The Persistence

Few times I listen to an album that I’m sure will be in my top 5 of the year. This is exactly what happens every time with “The Persistence”. Yes it is THAT good. Kingcrow is a band that without much noise in the prog world, have slowly established themselves among the best out there. 5/5 ★ Van

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The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution

The Pineapple Thief’s “Dissolution” is an excellent album that present to us a current and difficult concept, which blends simple melodies with complex song structures in a masterful way. An easy to listen and very enjoyable album that seems to make an useless effort to conceal the prowess each band member show on their instruments. Out 31st Aug 2018 via Kscope. ★4/5 Van

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Lux Terminus – The Courage To Be

Not only does the musical prowess of Lux Terminus have to be credited, but their daring concept to place piano at the core of their music is bold, pioneering and absolute genius. “The Courage to Be” will leave you with goosebumps; it is a sensory journey and powerful statement that will challenge you from the start, and a must for any prog fans.

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Kotebel – Cosmology

What an album! Barely a flaw, barely a down turn, barely a moment to turn around, to look somewhere else. Hooked from start to finish, this album is simply put: a masterpiece.

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Jason Kui – Absence of Words

Now and then a rising star appears in the vast universe of contemporary music. I think Hong Kong-based rock and blues musician, session and tour guitarist and composer Jason Kui, is one of these. Here we have a young guitar virtuoso who is carving his way into the western world.  This can be assessed when listening to his debut album “Absence of Words”. Packed with 7 timeless beautiful songs that range between rock and blues, to jazzy tunes, airs of pure progressive metal. With so much technology available nowadays to make music easier for artists, it is a bliss to hear music that has been made from the heart and composed with the soul. Excellent debut solo album for a young and promising rising star.

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Kaipa – Children of the Sounds

“Children of the Sounds” is an album that floats and make you float in a cloud of positiveness and beauty only experience and the inspiration drawn from the exuberant swedish nature could bring. A real gem in this genre, and in my opinion one album I’ll be coming back to very often. Such a complete album full of harmonious melodies, energy and good vibe is the kind of uplifting push I might need when my mood is not at its best. Thank you for creating this beautiful music!

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