Subterranean Masquerade – Temporary Psychotic State (ep)(2004)

This debut EP from Subterranean Masquerade brings to a light a type of music combining the likes of Pink Floyd with Opeth-like melodies and jazzy breakdowns that have not been seen before.
This bands features members Novembers Doom and Agalloch to create music that is the to the word ‘weirds’ fullest extent. –sputnikmusic.

Track List:
01 – Temporary Psychotic State (A Recollection Of Where It All Began)
02 – Observation Through Metamorphosis

– Paul Kuhr (Vocals) (Novembers Doom, Em Sinfonia, Laceration, These Are They, Earthen)
– Tomer Pink (Guitar)
– Jake DePolitte (Guitar) (The Kill, Anima Nera)
– Jason William Walton (Bass) (Agalloch, Sculptured, Especially Likely Sloth, Nothing, Celestiial, Self Spiler)
– Tino LoSicco (Drums) (Epoch of Unlight, Requiem, Enraptured)


And now… I’m lying here
Watching in silence
The process, almost complete,
This door is locked, enchanted with demise

And an image foreseen from the other room… Is this me?

The struggling to gain the throne of his own senses,
Dressed in disguise,
They paint him white, from head to toe
Oblivious to the void, its absence will apply

Staring, at the edge of time
Circulating without remorse
No regret for knowing too much
And staring at the eye of my world

The walls will stand tall and proud tomorrow
In this place where time stands still
Impossible to cure my image,
Impossible to cut my will

Mirrors upon mirrors of my soul trapped in a maze,
But it’s useless to express the pain
Room 63 is silent tonight
Behind the door, you can barely hear
Footsteps to another dream
From here

Will you hear?


Subterranean Masquerade – Suspended Animation Dreams (2005)

Before listening to this album the first time one should certainly expect the unexpected since the music we get offered here is absolutely impossible to categorize. Though usually being filed under progressive metal only 15 % of its contents in fact can be considered metal. Truly there are quite a few death metal type of growls, but those ones are very well woven into a fine drapery of lounge jazz, ethnic tunes, progressive rock, pop and who knows else type of music. Actually I’m not aware of ever having heard a similar record than this one (though I dare claiming to have a broad knowledge) and the only band sounding that much eclectic that comes to my mind is DISCUS from Indonesia. But the big difference to them is that Subterranean Masquerade succeeded even better since their record is much easier accessible than theirs. It’s really big fun to listen how these musicians manage to merge all those different genres together to form a truly unique piece of modern art. –keep reading in… progarchives.

Track List:
01 – Suspended Animation Dreams (2:26)
02 – Wolf Among Sheep [Or Maybe The Other Way Around] (6:26)
03 – No Place Like Home (8:01)
04 – Kind of a Blur (3:12)
05 – The Rock n’ Roll Preacher (9:06)
06 – Six Strings To Cover Fear (6:48)
07 – Awake (14:23)
08 – X (4:28)

– Paul Kehr (vocals)
– Tomer Pink (guitars, dulcimer, harmonica)
– Jake Delpolitte (guitars, bass)
– Steve Lyman (drums)
– Ben Warren (piano, Hammond organ, Rhoads)
– Willis Clow (guitars, mandolin, horn arrangements)
– Bronwen Beecher (string arrangements)
– Mitch Curinga (electronics & sound manipulation)
– Wayne Burdick (percussions)
– Kobi Farhi & Yishai Sweartz (Ali Baba on Acid Hafla on #3)
– Mike Sartain (guest vocals on #5)
– Wendy Jernijan (guest vocals on #7)
– Dave Chisolm (trumpet)
– Andrew Kuhnhausen (saxophone, flute, clarinet)
– Joe Chisholm (trombone)


Seven That Spells – Blowout (2005)

It seems there’s a some sort of connection between Croatia and Japan when it comes to prog rock. SEVEN THAT SPELLS were formed in Zagreb, Croatia formed in 2003. The core of the band is Niko ‘Brain’ Potočnjak, the guitarist, the producer (and also a member of TIGROVA MAST). The band’s psychedelic style is clearly influenced with ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, they even collaborated with Makoto Kawabata (and Tsuyama Atsushi), recorded an album together, and toured in Japan. –keep reading in… myspace.

Track List:
01 – La Via Della Prostituzione (3:50)
02 – Radio Luxemburg Orbital Station Of Love (6:12)
03 – B-Side Of The Universe (7:27)
04 – Rosie’s House Of Pleasure (7:26)
05 – 69th Door To Venus (3:26)

– Stjepan Jureković (drums)
– Tomislav Kalousek (bass)
– Niko Potočnjak (guitar)


The Giant Hogweed Orchestra – ST (2002)

In case you’re wondering, neither the band’s name nor their music bear any relation to Genesis. This all-instrumental Finnish quintet produces highly guitar-dominated material that has the fluidity of Pink Floyd, the intensity of Porcupine Tree and the obsessive rhythmics of Ozric Tentacles. The band, who uses no synthesizer whatsoever, consists of two electric guitarists (Antti Aalto and Mika Muinonen), a bassist (Turo Sinkkonen), a drummer (Jaako Kakko) and a flute player (Jyri Traskelin). Some of them contribute acoustic guitar and piano whereas additional guests supply bits of mellotron and trumpet on their only album to date.

–keep reading in… progarchives.

Track List:
01 – Arabia (0:49)
02 – Spirals (11:56)
03 – Terastulli (9:24)
04 – Pelham (4:01)
05 – Halogen (19:46)
06 – Exit (1:39)

– Antti Aalto (electric & acoustic guitar)
– Mika Muinonen (electric guitar)
– Jyri Traskelin (flute)
– Turo Sinkkonen (bass, piano)
– Jaako Kakko (drums & percussion)
– Mikko Tuominen (trumpet)
– Alpo Nummelin (didgeridoo)
– Teemu Niemela (Moog)

Gurumaniax – Psy Valley Hill (2010)

Gurumaniax is a new cooperation of Ax Genrich and Mani Neumeier. Both were Guru Guru founding members in the late 1960s. Genrich left in 1974 to take other steps and, when nobody ever expected something like a reunion anymore, after 30 years they came together again in 2004 to form the new improv trio Psychedelic Monsterjam featuring Dave Schmidt aka Sula Bassana – with the result of exciting gigs and two live albums. Probably it was the death of the other early Guru Guru member Uli Trepte last year which involuntarily forced this new collaboration. And yes, indeed one album track is dedicated to him. Bassist Guy Segers, founding member of Univers Zero, is aboard this time in order to produce some new studio output.
They came together due to some successful jamming with Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple) and David Allen (Gong) at the Zappanale Germany one year before. ‘Psy Valley Hill’ consists of excellent space jams, in some way reaching for the old spirit with a reasonable krautrock/avantgarde touch.

–full review at… progarchives.

Track List
01 – Drumoroto (7:20)
02 – Speceship Memory (13:42)
03 – Telefonladies (4:27)
04 – Ghost Of Odin (5:11)
05 – Voodoo Touch (4:54)
06 – Electrosaurus (4:51)
07 – Psy Valley Hill (4:51)
08 – For Uli T. (6:25)

– Mani Neumeier (drums, vocals, synth)
– Ax Genrich (guitar)
– Guy Segers (bass)


Anubian Lights – Naz Bar (2001)

Boasting ‘the finest quality sound fidelity that can be achieved with a cheap microphone’, the third record from the Anubian Lights is mysteriously enticing. Applying everything they’ve learned from former projects such as Pressurehed and DJ Me DJ You, the duo’s eclectic exotica blends the kinkiness of ’60s film soundtracks, the bouncy Moogs from synth pop, and percussive sounds from across the globe. The highlight of the album belongs to ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, a delightful dance track that skips along with the help of a merry, androgynous vocal. For the remainder, the Anubian Lights never cease to surprise. The 70-plus minutes scurry through peculiar synth tracks and sampling, before blasting off with the 12-minute ‘Outer Space Music’. –taken from… amg.

Track List:
01 – Introduction (0:16)
02 – What a Bagdad Had (5:08)
03 – Smoke and Mirrors (4:04)
04 – In Flight (1:31)
05 – Out Flight (4:46)
06 – Epsilon (6:19)
07 – Dreamstate in the Mainframe (3:50)
08 – Micronite (4:54)
09 – Hot Sand (4:37)
10 – Starvox (5:12)
11 – Lazy Town (7:05)
12 – The 3-Step Formula (6:01)
13 – Smoothing Out the Curve (4:48)
14 – Outer Space Music (12:14)

– Paul Fox (SH-101)
– Len del Rio (synthesizer, programming, loops)
– Tommy Grenas (synthesizer, drums, guitar (bass), vocals, electronic sounds, loops)


Lucifer’s Friend – Where Groupies Killed the Blues (1972)

This, the second album from classic progg-metal group Lucifer’s Friend is even better than their self-titled debut album. This album is more progressive while still maintaining heavy guitar riffs. The second track ‘Rose On The Wine’ is fantastic, it starts of with a beautiful piano intro that evolves and gives way to a heavy guitar riff. This song also has a long acoustic guitar solo in the middle and at the end complex backward riffs and tempo changes, great! It must also be said that even the art cover and the lyrics are very tasteful indeed (something that rarely can be said about classic metal albums) and John Lawton’s vocals are strong and beautiful. This album is highly recommended for both 70’s metal fans and progg fans. But if you are strictly a prog fan you should perhaps start with the excellent ‘Banquet’ album instead. –taken from… progarchives.

Track List:
01 – Hobo (4:15)
02 – Rose in the Vine (8:19)
03 – Mother (7:25)
04 – Where Groupies Killed the Blues (5:07)
05 – Prince of Darkness (5:37)
06 – Summerdream (8:56)
07 – Burning Ships (4:32)

– Peter Hesslein (guitar, vocals, percussion)
– Peter Hecht (piano, keyboards)
– John Lawton (vocals)
– Dieter Horns (bass)
– Joachim Rietenbach (drums)


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