Read about this the purpose and idea of this thread at the bottom of this post. Feel free to opine on any of these albums as you wish.
Dai Kaht (Finland)
Mouth - Vortex (Germany)
Prior entries that have yet to be purchased or heard
Consorzio Acqua Potabile - Coraggio e Mistero (Italy) New album with Alvaro Fella (Jumbo!) on vocals. Considering this HiPo because of the Fella presence
Cosmic Triggers (Russia)
Fatal Fusion (Norway)
Il Fauno di Marmo (Italy)
Jordsjo (Norway) OK - just a quick update that Jordsjo will have a CD out in the fall. Yaay! (eventually)
Kungens Män (Sweden) This band many releases already, and 5 are durable mediums. Looks like a group to check out at least one of.
Merry Go Round (Italy)
Mythic Sunship (Denmark)
Professor Tiptop (Norway)
The Winstons (Italy)
Prior entries that have been heard
Avatarium - The Girl With the Raven Mask (Sweden) This worked out and a review was put u…
Well I can see that I never created any notes or updated this post for Il Volto Verde. I bought it after release and think it's great! So next time I hear it, I'll update here and move the whole thing forward.
Il Segno del Comando - s/t. 1997 Black Widow (CD; LP)
Il Segno del Comando - Der Golem. 2002 Black Widow (CD; LP)
Il Segno del Comando - Il Volto Verde. 2013 Black Widow (CD; LP)
----Il Segno del Comando
Il Segno del Comando's debut comes from the
90's renaissance wave of darkly influenced Italian progressive music as
promoted by the Black Widow label of Genoa. Their haunting formula
includes pipe organ, synthesizer, echoplex'd guitar, and impassioned
vocals in Italian. Il Segno del Comando were the culmination of Black
Widow's stable of the era, which included Runaway Totem (especially at
the time of their debut), Standarte, Malombra, and Abiogenesi. Perhaps a
bit more space rock influenced than the aforementioned bands, making it
News: We have just received word that Sammal will release their 3rd album, titled Suuliekki, on March 9th. This must be "Finnish retro prog 2018 winter", as this follows Malady's own announcement for February. The more the merrier of course....
News: Malady have announced their second album will be released February 2! It's titled Toinen Toista and will be released on Svart as was the debut. I'm most excited about this one, as their debut is excellent. SamplesFacebook
Overview: If you like the music of Finland circa 1973, you'll love Malady. They've captured the essence of another era perfectly.
Arabs in Aspic - Progeria (EP). 2003 Borse Music
Arabs in Aspic - Far Out in Aradabia. 2004 Borse Music
Arabs in Aspic - Strange Frame of Mind. 2010 Pancromatic LP. 2011 Black Widow (Italy) CD
Arabs in Aspic - Pictures in a Dream. 2013 Black Widow (Italy) CD + LP
Robert Fripp has stated that "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" means: "Something precious which is stuck, but visible. Something precious which is encased in form." So with that heady bit of insight, it's obvious to me that Arabs in Aspic means... yea, I have no idea either. [shrug]
what is "in aspic" is the band's ability to recreate the sounds of the
1970s. Specifically the American FM sound of 1975 and '76. Despite being
from Norway, Arabs in Aspic are yet another band that would fit well in
my USA Midwest / Ontario Progressive Rock (1970's/early 80s) list. Sounds odd doesn't it? Well... it's not as strange as it may first appear.
News: El Circulo de Willis are active and playing live shows in their native Spain. No word on a new album. I've only heard the latest from 2015 called Retales, but I was mightily impressed with the music and will certainly explore their back catalog as opportunity affords.
Overview: El Circulo de Willis play an exciting instrumental progressive music driven by flute and guitar, with some sax, synthesizer, and metal touches. Like a blend of Ozric Tentacles, Naikaku, and Dream Machine with a bit of Kong thrown in.
With Cuprum what you get is good old fashioned hard rock meets
progressive with loads of fuzzy guitar, Hammond organ and a little
flute. Sure, it's retro 1971 England or Germany, and a sound you've
heard from other modern bands like Wicked Minds (Italy), Seid (Norway),
Siena Root (Sweden), Blood Ceremony (Canada), Hypnos 69 (Belgium) and a
few others. But the Czech Republic has no such tradition, and hearing
this style performed with the Czech language is quite interesting
indeed. About the only band from 1970's Czechoslovakia that even came
close to this sound was Flamengo and maybe Modry Efekt - both groups
only at their most hard rocking selves. The songs for the most part are
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.