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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....
Originally published on July 17, 2011 and updated on February 3, 2012. Moving post forward to highlight their new album Frid.
Hills are among the finest of the neo Krautrock bands one can hear today. They are still active as of August, 2016..
Hills - s/t. 2009 Intergalactic Tactic Records (LP); 2010 Sulatron (Austria CD)
Hills - Master Sleeps. 2011 Intergalactic Tactics Records (LP); 2011 Transubstans (CD); 2013 Rocket Recordings (UK CD; LP)
Hills - Live (EP). 2013 Cardinal Fuzz (UK LP)
Hills - Frid. 2015 Rocket Recordings (UK CD; LP)
Hills - Live At Daemonens Port. 2015 Kommun 2 / Svensk Psych Aften (2 LP)
Regarding the debut, this is one of those cases where I bought the LP (the pink
vinyl edition no less), since I didn't figure it would be issued on CD.
I probably would have waited otherwise, but what the hey, the LP is
pretty cool looking. But owning it on CD with the bonus tracks was
necessary too. I may one day part with the vinyl, but not in a hur…
Overview: Wobbler are a retro prog band from Norway who initially followed in the footsteps of Anglagard and Sinkadus, and have since moved onto the sounds of early Yes. Wobbler are as good as it gets for the style. Superb band.
Overview: Homunculus Res are a tremendous new Canterbury styled band from Italy that have perfectly captured the spirit of another era. Brilliantly mixing melody and complexity, with a jazzy undertone.
News: Elephant9 are set to release their 5th album (on Feb 16) entitled Greatest Show on Earth (who remembers that fine early 70s UK band?). Label says: "On this, their fifth studio album, they are back to the core trio of their two first albums, with Ståle Storløkken (keyboards), Nikolai Hængsle (bass) and Torstein Lofthus (drums). "The Greatest Show On Earth" displays some truly astonishing playing and is a more dynamic, structured and focused album with all tracks clocking in between five and seven minutes." Hmmm, not liking that guitarist Fiske is not around anymore, but OK, let's see what they come up with.
Overview: If you like overdriven Hammond organ and
Rhodes piano - completely fuzzed out to the maximum - all immersed
within interesting instrumental compositions, then Elephant9 are for
you. Their last 2 albums feature former Landberk / current Dungen's guitarist Reine Fiske, and have started to move into a 1970 era …
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.
Overview: I would consider Space Debris a Jam Band first and Krautrock band second. Their approach to music is based on the long form improvisational jam centered around the soloists for guitar and organ.
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.