CALIGULA'S HORSE - Marigold (6:17)
Album: Bloom (2015)
Already on the predecessor "The Tide, The Thief & Riverʼs End" the Australians had shown amazing maturity. But "Bloom" goes a long way further, combining the strengths of Porcupine Tree, Haken, Periphery and Opeth. Jim Grey is also once again a hot candidate for the "Singer of the Year". (RELEASE: 16.10.)
SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR have always been good for surprises. This time the surprise is particularly joyful. The band is just bubbling over with creativity and in the way they put this into melodic, immediately stirring and yet lasting pieces, they can only be compared to the current Spock's Beard. (Review: eclipsed 9/2015)
TESSERACT - Messenger (3:34)
Album: Polaris (2015)
Even after the return of singer Daniel Tompkins, Tesseract rarely act in conservative song structures. The ever-flowing dream of sound perfectly combines the brutal force of Meshuggah, the poignant melodies of Karnivool and the dreamlike soundscapes of Sigur Rós.
WUCAN - King Korea (Video edit) (4:15)
Album: Sow The Wind (2015)
Label/Distribution: Hänsel & Gretel/MIG/SPV www.wucan-music.de
Jethro Tull goes Kraut? When you hear the typical overblown transverse flute, you inevitably think of Ian Anderson. Also the retro-rock and blues parts fit perfectly with the herbaceous influences and the powerful voice of the charismatic singer/flutist Francis Tobolsky. Dresden goes hippie!
GOLDEN VOID - Dervishing (3:19)
Album: Berkana (2015)
Label/Distribution: Thrill Jockey/Rough Trade
Golden Void's psychedelic rock was able to thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area, so their second album was another direct hit. Both Isaiah Mitchell's powerful voice and the songs that sometimes appear bright or dark or hard rocky contribute to this.
AENEAS - Watch Me Now (3:43)
Album: New Renaissance (2015)
Label/Distribution: Aeneasworld/Just For Kicks
Calm keyboard entry, then the sound construct slowly swells more and more almost threateningly. Highlight: the moment when the scream and the guitar become one - very cool and representative piece of Aeneas' debut album. Muse says hello. Even the classic prog is not far away.
CIRCLE OF ILLUSION - New Age (edit) (7:38)
Album: Jeremias - Foreshadow Of Forgotten Realms (2013)
Label/Distribution: Generation Prog/Just For Kicks
The Austrian Epic-Progger CIRCLE OF ILLUSION have produced a special treat with "Jeremias - Foreshadow Of Forgotten Realms". Here the whole variety of progressive music is celebrated, with great melodies, rousing bombast passages and detours into crossover and fusion realms. (Review: eclipsed 11/2013)
MIDAS FALL - Afterthought (3:41)
Album: The Menagerie Inside (2015)
Breathtakingly intense mix of progressive sounds and a good pinch of Dreampop, reminiscent of bands like the Cocteau Twins. The elfish singing and the multi-layered instrumentation of the British quartet increase to an exuberant climax in "Afterthought" thanks to the complex arrangements. (Review: eclipsed 9/2015)
ZERVAS & PEPPER - Miller (3:51)
Album: Abstract Heart (2015)
Label/Distribution: India Media/Rough Trade
The Welsh duo ZERVAS & PEPPER offers on "Abstract Heart" finest folk rock, which is rooted in the seventies and captivates with addictive vocal harmonies. With "Miller" the influence of Crosby, Stills & Nash becomes clear - David Crosby is already a fan of the two thoroughbred musicians. (Review: eclipsed 9/2015)
"We'll agree on keynotes and we'll play it straight. That's all there is to it," bassist Paul_Pott explains the SPACE INVADERS' approach to their improvised jams. Their third album features eight tracks of different character, but full of Space'n'Kraut'n'Psych magic. (Review: eclipsed 9/2015)