News: We have news straight from Stephen Parsick (see comments). I will just paste it in here with embedded links. Thanks for kindly mentioning ['ramp]'s work here -- I'd like to point out, though, that ['ramp] celebrated the 20th anniversary of their very first live concert last year by releasing "synchronize or die" on CD "SoD" will be followed by a release on 2x12 in February 2018 (check Adasonia Records).['ramp]'s latest release "no sleep 'til wilmersdorf" is due for release in May 2018. Both albums are firmly rooted in Berlin School territory (or Bielefeld School, as I like to call it). (ed: LOL)
Overview: Ramp started out as pure play Berlin School electronic band, and one of the best at that. They later moved to a style they referred to as "doombient" (which apparently they have trademarked). I haven't heard these myself, but as you see in the comments,…
Kenso - s/t. 1980 Pam (LP); 1995 Arcangelo (CD)
Kenso - II. 1982 Pam (LP); 1993 King (CD); 2002 Pathograph (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - s/t (aka III). 1985 Nexus (LP; CD); 2011 King (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - Sparta. 1989 Crime (CD); 2009 Pathograph as Sparta Naked (CD)
Kenso - Yume No Oka. 1991 King; 2011 Pathograph (CD papersleeve)
Kenso - Esoptron. 1999 King (CD); 1999 Musea (France CD)
Kenso - Ken-Son-Gu-Su. 2000 Pathograph (CD)
Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosi Scriptis. 2002 Nexus (CD); 2002 Vinyl Magic (Italy CD)
Kenso - Utsuroi Yuku Mono. 2006 King (CD) Kenso - Uchi Naru Koe Ni Kaikiseyo. 2014 King (CD)
There are many other live and archival releases from the band, though I only own Ken-Son-Gu-Su. All the other entries above represent their studio albums. There's also a 14 CD box set on King that contains all their studio albums through 2012, as well as a handful of live recordings.
News: According to a September post on Facebook: "Scherzoo was in the studio in August to record the eight titles of their 4th album, and everything went great! The album is currently in the mix." I never did hear the 3rd album, being somewhat spooked by the second one. Certainly a band I continue to follow however and welcome any chance I can to hear them.
News: Dungen's next release is a collaboration with NYC based Woods, and is titled Myths 003. Release date is set for March 16, 2018. I'm not familiar with Woods, who have been around for ~15 years, but it appears they operate in the indie pop, folk, lo-fi areas. Doesn't sound like my thing on paper, but the Dungen effect could alter the outcome. We'll see.
Overview: Dungen are certainly the most popular of the European late 60s and early 70s psychedelic revivalists. Lead by Gustav Ejstes, himself a child of the 80s and 90s and a fan of hip hop and popular culture, perhaps he was better suited to relate to the upcoming hipster generation. His ability to tap into the very best of his parent's generation has lead to great success - even internationally, as Dungen's albums have sold quite well even in the USA, despite singing in his native tongue. All of the albums are highly melodic, often times based on Swedish folk them…
Overview: Of all the current bands playing in the retro Berlin School of sequencer based electronic music, Dutch ensemble Free System Projekt may be the closest in imitating the original pioneers. Especially the Tangerine Dream variant from 1974 to 1977.
Here's one courtesy of our Gnosis friend Eddie - the same gentleman that brought us all those wonderful Romanian albums earlier in the year.
The 1970's Italian progressive rock greats
are regarded as such because of their innate ability to compile and
distill the influences of their day. Namely classical, jazz, rock,
indigenous folk, avant-garde, and canto. And a big old scoop of youthful
exuberance. Considering this, Egonon are true to the philosophy of
their ancestors. Rather than recreate the sounds of the 70s, as many
Italian bands are doing today (and wonderfully so I might add), Egonon
are assimilating their own influences. In their case, the list might
look like: Heavy Metal, Alt-Rock, World Music, funk, and... everything
that was also included in the 1970s Italian progressive rock scene,
including the end result of said scene, which they clearly respect and
pay homage to. It may be a restaurant with too many ite…
News: The Cosmic Dead are a very active band, playing live shows throughout 2016 and 2017. They also have numerous albums, their latest being Psych Is Dead from April of this year. I've only heard The Exalted King (2013) to date.
Overview: Quaterna Réquiem were one of the first bands of the late 1980s/early 90s progressive rock renaissance to review the works of the Mediterranean bands such as Quella Vecchia Locanda and Gotic, rather than the standard English "Big 3" of Genesis, Yes, and ELP.
Samples Facebook Originally published November 3, 2013 and moved forward to highlight their new album La Notte Anche di Giorno.
The band is still active as of August 2016, and a 4th album is in the works.
La Coscienza di Zeno - s/t. 2011 Mellow (CD); 2014 Fading (CD)
La Coscienza di Zeno - Sensitivita. 2013 Fading (CD)
La Coscienza di Zeno - La Notte Anche di Giorno. 2015 Fading (CD); 2016 Fading (LP)
----La Coscienza di Zeno
La Coscienza di Zeno's debut is fastball down the middle Italian
progressive rock. If you're a fan of the style, then hard to imagine one
not enjoying this. It does eschew the retro instrumental palette, but
compositionally similar to the 70s masters.
Continuing on from their debut, La
Coscienza di Zeno have made some significant improvements in many
areas... and perhaps a few steps back in others. Let's focus on the
positive first. The instrumental palette has been increased to include
more of an analog orientation, though there is …