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  • Excellent new sci-fi prog metal project put together by Carptree mainman and keyboardist Carl Westholm. While Westholm is probably better known for his involvement with Carptree he has also been working in the metal field for many years in bands like Abstract Algebra, Krux, and Candlemass.Westholm has assembled an interesting cast of musicians for this larger than life Ayreon-style project. First off, Mats Leven in handling vocals. Right there that is enough for me. Leif Edling, the driving force behind Candlemass plays bass and helps with lyrics. What else do you need? Various members of Carptree and others fill out the heavily symphonic sound lending an epic scope and feel. Highly recommended.
    $3.00
  • Not sure what needs to be said about this album - I get weepy eyed just thinking about the first time I heard it. One of the greatest progressive rock albums of all time - residing in my all time top 10. The best album Pink Floyd never made. Extraordinary, expansive space rock journeys that will transport you to another place and time. This long awaited remaster comes with two non-lp bonus cuts: "Child Migration" and "Let The Sun Rise In My Brain". Essential listening!!!Please note this disc incorporates EMI copy control technology which seems to allow you to do whatever it is you would normally do with a CD but you can't rip it. Bummer.
    $13.00
  • “I love the CD...the sheer skill and gusto with which they tackle it makes you laugh out loud. Great drumming. Jonathan plays and writes like a demon. Congratulations to them.” - Bill BrufordDistrict 97’s 2010 debut “Hybrid Child” took the progressive rock world by storm. Since then the band toured across the US, performed at a number of high profile festivals, and even opened up for prog icons Kansas. The band now returns with their second opus “Trouble With Machines”. Former American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt fronts District 97. With a fantastic voice and looks to match, she has captured the hearts and imagination of the progressive rock world. Complexity is one of the hallmarks of District 97s compositions but the album is laced with catchy vocal melodies. The track “The Perfect Young Man” features a guest vocal appearance by King Crimson/Asia bassist John Wetton. Rich Mouser who has produced albums for Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse mixed the album. Audiophile mastering comes courtesy of Bob Katz.
    $14.00
  • "In 2009, by default, France’s Lonewolf was the “surviving Running Wild” when Rolf packed up his pirate ship following Wacken 2009 and went home. For those unaware of Lonewolf, the band was created in 1991 and was named after the Running Wild song from “Blazon Stone.” Ironically, the last time Lonewolf surfaced with a new LP, it was “The Dark Crusade” in that same fateful year of 2009. Flashforward to 2012 with Running Wild on the precipice of releasing “Shadowmaker” in April, and now Lonewolf resurfaces with “Army of The Damned,” due out in the end of March.So, if it’s just a name and a date coincidence, then who cares right? After all, Running Wild took its name from Judas Priest. Well, Lonewolf, while maintaining its own identity, also took on some of Running Wild’s major characteristics, namely the near pinpoint accuracy of the guitar sound as well as a tendency to share similar lyrical content. From its beginning Lonewolf has been, more or less, a testament to the career of Running Wild. Though despite the comparisons, I thoroughly enjoyed all of Lonewolf’s albums, including “Army of the Damned.”The band continues this trend with more tasty power metal. However, it is virtually impossible to review this album without bringing up the obvious comparisons to Running Wild. For example, the song “Lonewolf” is more than highly reminiscent of “Adventure Galley,” “Cold” has virtually the same riff as “Black Hand Inn” and “Tally Ho” blisters off the same sound as “Riding the Storm.”Comparisons aside, Lonewolf actually does have an identity all its own and it is it shown nowhere better than through Jens Börner’s vocals, which sound much more like Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl than Rock ‘N’ Rolf’s. Then there are distinctive tracks like the epic “Army of the Damned,” “The Last Defenders” and “The One You Never See” (featuring the king of album cameos, Blaze Bayley). Lonewolf also continues its tradition of amazingly catchy choruses with “Crawling to Hell,” “Celtic Heart” and album favorite “Hell Bent for Metal.”So why does the world need two bands that sound like Running Wild? Well, after Running Wild released “The Rivalry” in 1998, the band was on the decline. The holes that popped in the aged/stagnant sinking pirate ship were cemented with “true to form Running Wild” style of Lonewolf, which diehard fans craved. In many ways, Lonewolf exceeded the latter Running Wild albums…and it did so as a more of a cohesive band. But irony strikes again, as Lonewolf's mainman Jens Börner is also his band’s only original member. Coincidence?" - Metal Underground.com
    $10.00
  • Twenty years of Mob Rules, twenty years of melodic metal from Northern Germany. The group surrounding vocalist Klaus Dirks are celebrating their big anniversary and have announced a number of notable festivities: Mob Rules are scheduled to release their boxed anniversary set Timekeeper on 10 October 2014 (Europe: 13 October 2014, US/Canada: 28 October 2014), embarking on their tour of Germany at the same time. Among the highlights of the anniversary shows will be the Break The Barriers Festival in their hometown of Wilhelmshaven together with Gamma Ray and Love.Might.Kill, and the Metal Hammer Paradise Festival on the Baltic Coast in mid-November 2014.The sextet have released seven studio recordings worldwide and a live DVD and have completed a number of successful tours in Germany and abroad with concerts in America, the UK, France, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, and renowned acts such as the Scorpions, Helloween, Savatage, Dio, Rage, Doro, Rhapsody On Fire and many others.Founded by Klaus Dirks (vocals) and Matthias Mineur (guitar) in 1994, Mob Rules, whose current line-up also includes guitarist Sven Lüdke, bassist Markus Brinkmann, drummer Nikolas Fritz and keyboardist Jan Christian Halfbrodt, unleashed their debut album Savage Land in March 1999 before embarking on a successful tour of Germany. Albums such as Temple Of Two Suns (2000), Hollowed Be Thy Name (2002), Among The Gods (2004), the live DVD Signs Of The Time (2005) and the globally acclaimed releasess Ethnolution A.D. (2006), Radical Peace (2009) andCannibal Nation (2012) followed.According to the international press, Mob Rules with their infectious stage shows count among Europe’s strongest live acts.Line-Up:Klaus Dirks – vocalsMatthias Mineur – guitarSven Lüdke – guitarMarkus Brinkmann – bassNikolas Fritz – drumsJan Christian Halfbrodt – keyboardsDiscography at SPV:HOLLOWED BE THY NAME (2002)AMONG THE GODS (2004)SIGNS OF THE TIME (DVD+Live CD, 2005)ETHNOLUTION A.D. (2006)CD1MOB RULES TIMEKEEPER – THE BEST1.Temple Fanfare 2:242.Pilot of Earth 2:493.Black Rain 5:424.Cannibal Nation 4:175.Astral Hand 5:506.Close My Eyes 6:187.Dead Man`s Face 5:408.Among The Gods 7:339.In The Land Of Wind Rain 6:0510.Hollowed Be Thy Name 5:4911.Last Farewell 5:3112.Ice And Fire 4:2613.Lord Of Madness (Live) 5:3214.With Sparrows 5:3815.Rain Song (Live) 5:37CD2MOB RULES TIMEKEEPER – FRIENDS1.Insurgeria 3:27 (new recorded, w/ Udo Dirkschneider & Marco Wriedt)2.Celebration Day 6:18 (new recorded, w/ Bernhard Weiß)3.Lights Out 5:16 (new recorded, w/ Peter Knorn)4.End Of All Days 8:36 (new recorded, w/ Amanda Somerville & Corvin Bahn)5.Broken 3:45 (new Track)6.All Above The Atmosphere 4:02 (new recorded, w/ Herbie Langhans & Herman Frank)7.Coast To Coast 4:26 (new recorded, w/ Michael Ehré, Stephan Lill & Chity Somapala)8.How The Gypsy Was Born 5:53 (remastered, w/ Peavy Wagner)9.Run With The Wolf 4:00 (new recorded, w/ Sascha Paeth)10.My Kingdom Come (new Track, Orchestral Version, w/ Corvin Bahn) 5:28SINGLE1.My Kingdom Come 5:282.Meet You In Heaven (Live at Pumpwerk, Wilhelmshaven, 2005, prev. unreleased) 6:08DVDMOB RULES OVER AMERICA1.Children Of The Flames2.Trial By Fire3.Astral Hand4.Unholy War5.Ashes To Ashes6.Fuel To The Fire7.Veil Of Death8.Last Farewell9.In The Land Of Wind And Rain10.Black Rain11.Hollowed Be Thy NameThe Official Videos:LostIce and FireAstral HandLast FarewellBlack RainBonus:- The Roadmob Bootlegs:1.)   Telebox Fool – Live @ Rockfabrik Nuremberg (2013)2.)   Ethnolution Tour „The Scandinavian Chapter“ (2007)3.)   The Magic Circle Files (2007)4.)   The Glance Of Fame (unofficial Clip)5.)   Drumrecording
    $20.00
  • "The new Echolyn The End is beautiful is a far cry from the absolutely fantastic As The World which still is one of my favorite Echolyn albums! That said, they´re most certainly progressive in the truest sense of the word. As this album steers towards new areas. And YES it is brilliant! This my friend is a top notch album of the highest order!The music is excellent as always. They still have the complexity in their arrangements and individually they deliver the goods! But...and there is a but....you have to wait till track #6 "So Ready" to get some of their trademark Gentle Giant-like vocal arrangements. And therein my dear prog friends the problem lies. We have come to expect some fine complicated vocals arrangements. Now they're almost gone. Brett Kull & Ray Weston used to deliver the excellent lead vocals with the rest of these wonderful musicians following on superb second vocal harmonies.And they still do, that is, deliver the vocals...but somehow its not the Echolyn of yesterday! On the other hand, this is about progressive music and as such they still are, this great US band with superb arrangements and a brilliant mind for new thinking in this musical world we adore and love! "Misery, Not Memory" is the track that comes closest to that of the former Echolyn –ideology...with traces of Gentle Giant contra-point music style.Overall I must say that I love this album (my favorite still is As The World) for the sheer power and exuberance in fabulous ideas and musical brilliance. And oh....they dare....they dare go a step further...which is what this is all about: progression!So if you are new to these guys, get the first one (just out in a fine new package...with bonus) then work your way up till this one! Echolyn, a fine US prog band that always deliver! If you are a true prog fan then this album should be on your want list! Yeah, I am calling your prog loyality into question! This is a killer album! Make no mistake! This one goes to prog history!" - Prog Planet
    $11.00
  • Great double live album available at a budget price.
    $11.00
  • "Pantera's back, and all is as wrong with the world as it ever was. They're going to make sure you know it, too. Despite the four-year absence from the studio between Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel, Pantera's unflagging aggression is confirmed by the full-throttle rhythms, throat-ripping vocals, and crunchy guitars. Call it their Metallica legacy, except that Pantera are more Metallica than Metallica these days. Heavy metal of this breed may be past its heyday, but Pantera's not going away quietly. In fact, evidence suggests that they're not going away at all--no matter how low you keep the volume knob, Reinventing the Steel is loud, loud, loud!" --Genevieve Williams
    $9.00
  • "Gazpacho were formed in Oslo in 1996 by childhood friends Jon-Arne Vilbo and Thomas Andersen along with Jan-Henrik Ohme (later joined by Mikael Krømer, Lars Erik Asp and Kristian Torp) and released their debut album 'Bravo' in 2003. Signing to Kscope in 2010, the band released their sixth album Missa Atropos followed by the acclaimed March of Ghosts in 2012 and in 2014 the band released their album 'Demon' to worldwide critical acclaim. 'Night Of The Demon', is Gazpacho's first live CD and DVD release filmed when the band embarked upon the 'Demon' album tour in spring 2014. The band were aware that many countries were missing out on the tour and many fans across the world would be unable to attend so they brought in Dutch filmmaker Jon Vis to film their show in April at Boerderij in Zoetmeer in Holland. 'Night Of The Demon' captures the band as they are on stage and showcases band's raw and honest performance that will appeal to anyone with a taste for inventive and different music. The show saw Gazpacho playing songs from across their catalogue including track s from 'Tick Tock', 'Night', 'Missa Atropos', 2005's 'Firebird', 'March Of Ghosts' and the majority of the songs from their recent 2014 album 'Demon. The audio CD features 9 tracks coming in at an impressive 80 minutes whilst the DVD features the full performance of 14 tracks and will be packaged as a 2 disc CD/DVD digipack with 24 page colour booklet."
    $16.00
  • "Another album---another vocalist. I feel badly for bands that just cannot seem to retain a lead vocalist. Italy's Soul Secret started out with a guest singer, progressed to Fabio Manda's amazing voice on their sophomore album, and now have turned to Lino Di Pietrantonio to lead them. This choice, much like the album, is a solid one, though flawed in some ways.Soul Secret's third album is called "4", and, yes, that is confusing as hell. It represents a slight change in sound for Soul Secret, due not only to the change of singer, but also to the maturity of these guys as musicians. Indeed, I hear stylistic changes across the board. Soul Secret, if you are not familiar, are definitely a progressive metal band in the vein of Dream Theater, though I'm sure that's a shadow they don't want. Either way, though, it is the truth, as they rely on strong guitars from Antonio Vittozzi, sizzling keys from Luca Di Gennaro, foundational bass from Claudio Casaburi, and the ever present structure of Antonio Mocerino's drums.Their styles have changed somewhat, though. I am a huge fan of their previous album "Closer to Daylight", and the band as a whole has moved on from shorter, more structured tracks to longer and more varied concepts. This is both good and bad, as you won't really find much to sing along to here, but you will certainly find incredible instrumentals to admire (something Soul Secret has always done well). In fact, it seems like each and every track has a noteworthy instrumental, and some, like "Traces on the Seaside", "On the Ledge", and "Our Horizon", have multiple sections that are incredibly sublime. This is partially due to the new sounds for this band, especially Luca's wonderful keys. He has moved on from the standard atmospherics so often found in prog metal to new heights of solos, even leading the music many times. Needless to say, I'm very impressed with the large range of key tones used, too. Besides this, I sense a change for Mocerino's drums, too, as he has opted for a more delicate touch than his blast beating past. In addition, Vittozzi's guitars seem much more deliberate and inspired in composition.Thus far, we have a great third album called "4" that features some notable changes in sound. This is where my slight issues with the album appear. First of all, I do feel that it is a bit long. At 72+ minutes long, I feel like some of the incredible effectiveness of the first half of the album wears off by the end. Indeed, I feel like they realize it, too, as most of the really amazing rhythms are found in the first half. This is not to say that the latter half is bad. It's actually great, especially songs like the instrumental "Silence" or the addictive ending to "My Lighthouse". Heck, "Downfall" might be my favorite song on the album! The first few tracks, however, just gel so well that you barely notice the time pass.My other issue with this album is the Dream Theater sound. This is primarily because of Lino's vocal performance. Indeed, I think the band actively tries to avoid the DT sound by including plenty of small oddities, like harsh vox, crazy synth, and a notable lack of overpowering guitar. Lino's voice, however, sounds SO much like Labrie's vox on "Images & Words". This isn't a bad thing, as I don't think Labrie has ever sounded better. Lino does avoid the pretentious wailing (thank God), but there are definitely a few times where I could have imagined that I was listening to DT.Overall, though, this is another solid album from Soul Secret, and they really show their instrumental chops. Indeed, the ending epic "The White Stairs" opens with a fantastic groove that always makes me stop everything else I'm doing. For progressive metal fans, then, I don't think there has been a better offering so far this year. Be sure to get your hands on this album!" - ProgArchives
    $14.00
  • Of all the Yes albums that needed a remix this is the one that needed it the most!"Relayer (1974) is the third in a series of remixed and expanded Yes albums.Presented as a double digi-pack format in a slipcase with booklet featuring new sleeve notes by Sid Smith, along with rare photos and archive material, the album has been remixed into stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson and is fully approved by Yes.The DVDA also contains the original album mix in high-resolution, and a complete alternate album running order drawn from demos/studio run-throughsRestored artwork approved by Roger Dean, the release of which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the album’s original late 1974 appearance."
    $20.00
  • THE BAR HAS JUST BEEN RAISED!Symphony X's fifth effort is an over the top epic conceptual work that finds the band exploring the more progressive territories of The Divine Wings Of Tragedy and then some. Guitar virtuoso Michael Romeo once again reaffirms why he is one of the best guitarists in metal today. Russel Allen's vocals have never sounded better or bigger. The input of keyboardist Mike Pinella is not to be overlooked. In fact I think it is his symphonic interludes that make this Symphony X's supreme musical statement.Easily in my top 2 or 3 albums of the year.
    $15.00
  • "The Allman Brothers Band's fifth live release in 25 years, cut during 1994 in Raleigh, NC, and at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey, is a high-water mark in their Epic Records catalog. If anything, they're even better here than they were on the earlier Evening With the Allman Brothers Band, the old material getting fresh new approaches -- the band was on for both nights, and presented sets, including an acoustic version of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica" (which won a Grammy Award), that soared and flowed, especially Dickey Betts and Warren Haynes' guitars. What's more, the clarity of the recording and the volume at which it was recorded make this a most rewarding 70 minutes of live music on a purely technical level -- you can practically hear the action on the guitars during the acoustic set. It won't replace Live at Fillmore East or the live portions of Eat a Peach, but it deserves a place on the shelf not very far from them." - Allmusic
    $5.00
  • "Pink Cream 69 is an undisputed member of the elite class of melodic hard rock, the kind of band that rarely disappoints. Yes, some releases are better than others, but that is to be expected over the course of eleven studio albums and the fact is that all of them are worth your time and attention. Between the rock-solid vocals of David Readman and the immaculate production of Dennis Ward, expecting a PC69 album to fail is almost as foolish as expecting the Pope to announce his conversion to Satanism at the next Easter Mass.So how does Ceremonial stack up within the PC69 pantheon? Pretty damn good, actually. Not quite as good as Electrified or Sonic Dynamite, but slightly better than In10sity and Thunderdome. By now you know what to expect when you pick up a PC69 album and that’s exactly what the band delivers. There’s more diversity to their sound this time, the band doing a nice job of mixing things up between high-octane rockers, melodic mid-tempo anthems, and the occasional burst of metal heaviness, all of which ensure the songs don’t blur into one another. PC69 know what fans want and serve it up in fine fashion with minimal deviation from ingrained expectations.Of course, rock music is entirely subjective and how well you rank Ceremonial will depend entirely upon your personal proclivities, but there is simply no denying that this release features stellar musicianship, powering engineering, and some truly great hooks. The choruses really take off while the tight harmonies and sizzling guitar work together in tandem to make this one of the highlights of 2013.Ceremonial is a less aggressive beast than many of the releases that came before, zeroing in on the melodic section of the hard rock bleachers, a minor adjustment that serves the band well; the overall vibe is just a little looser and more fun that some of their previous output. That’s not to say PC69 have turned into a bunch of featherweights; “Big Machine” alone proves the band can still bring the heaviness, laying down a punishing groove that leads into a hard-fisted chorus that Readman delivers with an extra dose of attitude. But for the most part the band is content to focus on the melodic rather than the metal. That’s neither a pro nor a con, simply a statement of fact. Do with it what thou will.If the metallic tracks are scanter than venison in a vegan’s freezer, the catchy melodic rock tunes are in abundance. “Wasted Years” is a blissful mid-tempo number delivered in that inimitable way that only an experienced band like P69 can pull off. Next up is the urgently hard rocking “Special” and it gets the job done…assuming that job is to get your body moving. “Right From Wrong” is a jaw-dropping demonstration of how to do melodic rock right, featuring an insanely catchy hook and a bouncy sing-along chorus that really sticks in your brain. If you are asked what the best track on this album is and you don’t answer, “Right From Wrong,” then you are… well, wrong.PC69 could have just whipped together a few solid songs, had Readman phone in some professional but heart-lacking vocals, used Ward’s glossy production to hide a multitude of sonic sins, and fans would have gobbled it up like a starving wolf chowing down on a crippled chicken. But being the consummate professionals they are, they refused to take the easy road. Instead, they actually crafted some damn fine melodic hard rock songs, coaxed a great vocal performance out of Readman, and used Ward’s crunchy production as icing on the cake rather than a crutch. The result is another top-notch offering from Pink Cream 69 that most melodic hard rockers will enjoy as much as oral connoisseurs enjoy the position from which the band takes its name." - Hard Rock Haven
    $15.00