Sunday 16 November 2014

European Progressive Rock Releases

Having been involved with some very high profile Progressive Rock events over the last few years Classic Rock radio's Jon Kirkman is always interested in hearing new bands and albums. Here is a round up of some recent releases from Progressive Rock bands in Europe. We think they are rather fine and invite you to check them out 

Opus of a Machine - Simulacra
Drawing influence from experimental bands by the likes of Tool, Opeth, Radiohead and Devin Townsend with a pounding electro and pop edge, “Opus of a Machine” pushes the creative boundaries of alternative, progressive rock. With a large plethora of musical heroes, Opus of a Machine blends technical proficiency and raw emotion, bridging the gap between the two.

Their debut album "Simulacra" mixes hard-hitting, anthemic metal with expressive electronic and progressive elements.

The Mercury Tree - Countenance
Countenance takes a little bit of every direction that The Mercury Tree have been exploring over the last four years and mashes them all together to create what is an eclectic, yet exhilarating experience. Each song has its own unique identity, but at the same time, is definitely part of one bigger picture. Listening to this album will be like experiencing the life journey of the band over an hour.

Dropshard - Silk
Silk is the second studio album by Italian symphonic progressive rock band Dropshard released on Aurovine / Sonic Vista. The album is comprised of twelve new songs exploring the vast and unknown of the progressive rock genre.

Syndone - Odysseas
Italian prog masters, Syndone returned with their fifth studio album entitled "Odysseas," out on Fading Records. The band, led by composer and keyboardist Nik Comoglio, collaborated with drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson) and John Hackett, brother of legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. The album is a tribute to Homer's Odyssey where the concept of travel is seen as the goal of the man being, always tended to look to the future: "the true travel is not to discover new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Braindance - Master of Disguise
Braindance releases Master Of Disguise, long-awaited concept album containing five singles, epic trilogy, groundbreaking packaging and 16 page comic.

Kalle Vilpuu - Silver Lining
Solo album by Estonian guitarist Kalle Vilpuu, who previously worked with Ultima Thule, Henry Laks and Saxappeal Band.

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