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Kharmina Buranna, Peru

News: It would appear are no longer around, with no internet presence whatsoever. That's too bad as they were really quite accomplished.

Location: Lima?

Overview: Though from Peru, Kharmina Buranna remind me quite a bit of the 1970s Argentine progressive rock scene. They squarely fit the "retro prog" category and play a direct mix of early 70s styled blues rock mixed with classic era Yes, and a dose of 70s Italian progressive rock.

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Kharmina Buranna - El Arte de Seguir Vivos. 2008 Mylodon (Chile)
Kharmina Buranna - Seres Humanos. 2012 Azafran (Mexico); 2012 Musea (France)

Though from Peru, Kharmina Buranna remind me quite a bit of the 1970s Argentine progressive rock scene. They squarely fit the "retro prog" category and play a direct mix of early 70s styled blues rock mixed with classic era Yes, and a dose of 70s Italian progressive rock. So imagine a cross between El Reloj and Ave Rock! Other guideposts would include Invisible, Agnus, and Espiritu.  …

Flowers Must Die, Sweden

News: Flowers Must Die's 4th album Kompost was released on vinyl in April earlier this year.

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Location: Linköping

Overview: Flowers Must Die are good old fashioned space rock. Probably the closest comparison would be to My Brother the Wind on their debut, or some of the less edited Oresund Space Collective albums.

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Flowers Must Die - s/t. 2010 Rev/Vega (LP only)
Flowers Must Die - s/t (2). 2011 Rev/Vega (LP only)
Flowers Must Die - s/t (3). 2013 Rev/Vega + Kommun 2 (LP only)

As is my custom, I'm only including the covers of the albums I've heard. I was first drawn to this Swedish collective by their most fortunate choice of the group name Flowers Must Die. However, despite this moniker, Flowers Must Die will not likely make you recall Ash Ra Tempel, and especially not the "Schwingungen" album. Mainly because there isn't some madman screaming "Flowers Must Die - Die! Die! Die! Die! Die!". And there isn't much Krautro…

Experimental Quintet, Romania

Experimental Quintet - Atlantis. 2012 Soft Records
Experimental Q2 - Reflux. 2014 Soft Records

I don't believe the band has an active internet presence. You can find samples of the band via the Soft Records own site. I do have Reflux here, but haven't heard it yet.

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And now we get to the 3rd and final CD sent to me by our good friend Eddie. Of the 3, this was the one that I most highly anticipated. Experimental Quintet (aka Experimental Q, Experimental Quartet) are a group that go back to the 1970s. They were a band I had researched for the CDRWL, and after hearing some songs on YouTube, I about wet my pants. This is some of the finest unreleased progressive rock music I'd ever heard. Imagine a cross between Progresiv TM and Tortilla Flat, and you'll understand my enthusiasm. Flute, organ, fuzz guitar and hyper complex rhythms are what defined their sound. Unfortunately, as I already mentioned, the key word is unreleased. So therefore I couldn't really…

Survolaj, Romania

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Survolaj - s/t. 1992 Eurostar (LP); 2007 Soft Records (CD)

Well if yesterday's entry wasn't obscure enough for you, let's try Eddie's second CD submission: Survolaj. Now here's a band who actually had an LP out in 1992, and I hadn't even heard of it until very recently! And I had no clue it was reissued on CD as well. Yea.. I think that qualifies for UNDER THE RADAR. What perhaps is most extraordinary about this album is the original recording date of 1992. There are countless bands today recreating the early 1970s sounds and attitude. But no one was doing this in 1992. Especially in places like Romania. Or so I thought. Side 1 is an 18 minute brain blaster of a track called 'Broken Flight'. Survolaj are basically a guitar based trio, with guest on flute, and the sound here is remarkably similar to 1971 German outfits of the same mindset like Silberbart, Dies Irae, Haze, Blackwater Park, and Second Life. Wah wah bluesy guitar, histrionic vocals,…

Montibus Communitas, Peru

News: Not much to report on here since 2014's The Pilgrim to the Absolute, an album I haven't personally heard.

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Location: Lima

Overview: Though a 6 piece ensemble, who play a myriad of acoustic and electric instruments, the band seem more like a free folk collective than a rock band per se. Montibus Communitas' music is about cycles, trances, and meditation. Deeply ritualistic.

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Montibus Communitas - s/t. 2012 Cosmic Eye (Greece). LP only

A sister group to the band Ayahuasca Dark Trip that we featured yesterday, Montibus Communitas (Mountain Community) are more tribal and atmospheric than the ambient metal of the former. Though a 6 piece ensemble, who play a myriad of acoustic and electric instruments, the band seem more like a free folk collective than a rock band per se. Montibus Communitas' music is about cycles, trances, and meditation. Deeply ritualistic.

Ayahuasca Dark Trip, Peru

News: Ayahuasca Dark Trip have released their latest opus in September entitled Upaya. It's download only so far, but there's talk of a vinyl issue.

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Location: Lima

Overview: Ayahuasca Dark Trip are a psychedelic ambient band from Peru that use guitars and soft vocals to achieve a hypnotic affect.

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Ayahuasca Dark Trip - Mind Journey. 2010 private; 2012 Cosmic Eye (Greece) LP

Ayahuasca Dark Trip are a psychedelic ambient band from Peru that use guitars and soft vocals to achieve a hypnotic affect. Dark and mesmerizing, the group lull you into the site of Machu Picchu ever so slowly. Just when you think it's safe to close your eyes, a pulverizing blast of metal comes plowing through the speakers to pummel you into submission. Ayahuasca Dark Trip are an amazingly patient band, who have tapped into an ancient ritual - deep in the recesses of your mind.

The album was originally released as a download. However, my first exposure came via the newly …

Sanhedrin, Israel

News: It would appear the band is completely defunct at the moment, which is too bad.

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Location: Tel Aviv

Overview: An excellent modern band from Israel capturing the European Warm progressive sounds of bands like Asia Minor, Minimum Vital, Solaris, and Rousseau.

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Diagonal, England

News: Diagonal at the current time do not appear to be active, with no significant activity since 2014.

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Location: Brighton

Overview: Diagonal are the first modern UK band, that I know of anyway, to truly capture the essence, atmosphere, and sound of the original progressive rock movement from 1970-1971 England.

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Psycho Praxis, Italy

News: There's talk of a second album and the band are posting frequently, but nothing of consequence yet.

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Location: Brescia (east of Milan)

Overview: Psycho Praxis are a retro prog Italian band heavily influenced by the early 1970s UK scene.

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