AltrOck / Fading

This is the second release by this Chilean instrumental progressive quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Their first album was quite good although it passed by sort of un-noticed and it's nice that they are back on a higher-profile label...

Accordo Dei Contrari are a quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. They are an Italian jazz rock band with heavy progressive rock touches, and, if you have just tuned in, this is their third album.

The band has been together more than a...

A lot of folks have been waiting for this one and finally it is here! The band is a duo of two keyboardist/multi-instrumentalists:
Fabrice “Chfab” Chouette: keyboards, guitars voice, recorder, whisting, percussion
Patrick “Paskinel” Dufour...

This is a chamber quartet of violin, cello, bass clarinet/clarinet and flute/piccolo (a pianist appears on one track) with transcriptions mostly by Giovanni Venosta (of Musci/Venosta) of music by 'classic' rock in opposition figures such as Thinking...

“The first album by this Israeli band is a journey full of colors and emotions, a music that is mix of great melodies incorporated with complex structures... with a brilliant result!
Male and female vocals with some interplay that reminds the great classics like Gentle Giant and Genesis but with a new modern approach. Easy and complex at the same time. A new way to hear progressive rock!”
Ray Livnat - vocals
Ayala Fossfeld - vocals
Erez Aviram – piano and keyboards...

Completely charming album that should appeal to folks who love the more acoustic-based 'avant/progressive-yet-tuneful' stylings of L'Ensemble Raye, Feliu i Joan-Albert, 3 Mice, etc. This has definite Italian as well as South American folk influences...

"The Village to the Vale, by the Brighton-based band Autumn Chorus, is one of the most interesting debut album of 2012. Try to imagine a green and pleasant landscape, really old-Brit, or the magnificent sound of a cathedral, and you’ll get the point of...

"AltrOck is glad to announce the release of “The Executioner’s Lover”, the first album of the Scottish ensemble, The Blue Ship.

As they define themselves “The Blue Ship is a fluctuating and amorphous musical organism, born out of the blood...

The first release by La Bocca Della Verita, a Rock Progressivo Italiano sextet from Rome, whose name translates as ‘The Mouth Of Truth’, presents a 80 minute concept album “consisting of various movements and changing atmospheres; all the right ingredients for those who appreciate prog from the 70s to today.”
Jimmy Bax: Hammond, Mellotron, ARP Prosoloist, Digital Synth, Piano, Backing vocals
Massimo di Paola: Piano, Keyboards and Synths, Backing vocals
Fabrizio Marziani: lead voice, rhythm..

Tremendously good, orchestral (see the personnel below) rock album. This is a total winner and if reading what you read below makes you think this is for you, then this is for you! Highly recommended.

"“Il misantropo felice” is the second and...

Excellent second album from this fine Italian avant-progressive ensemble with more than a touch of jazz in them as well. Well played, well paced and everything just fits. Highly recommended!...

"Camelias Garden are a very young band from Rome born around the singer and poly-instrumentalist Valerio Smordoni. Their music features lyrical atmospheres and particularly elegant vocal arrangements. The sound, between acoustic and vintage, reminds...

Really superlative first full length from this jazz/rock band. This French group from Strasbourg first came to attention 3 years ago with their self-released EP, which showed great promise. But this new release really ups their game and presents this...

This one from the mighty AltrOck label presents something a bit different for them and something outside of their more usual 'avant-progressive' style. This is 11 shorter songs that are between 2' and 6' long and is by a quartet of...

The first release on Fading, a new subsidiary of AltrOck, who aim to release high quality music that is more squarely in the progressive rock/symphonic rock vein, as opposed to their more usual eleclectic/avant-garde releases. They picked a good one...

The second release from this Greek band symphonic rock outfit with a strong progressive folk bent.

After their first one, A Child In The Mirror, the group has refined and expanded their sound with this.

The basic band consists of....

Founded in Genoa in 2007, CDZ released this, their very well regarded, self-titled first album in 2011.

They returned 3 years later with their second, Sensitivita on the Fading label, and now their out of print debut is repackaged and expanded..

Founded in Genoa in 2007, CDZ released their very well regarded, self-titled first album in 2011 and returned a few years later with their second album.

Now, with this, their third, the band are certainly in the forefront of modern bands...

Founded in Genoa in 2007, CDZ released their very well regarded, self-titled first album in 2011 and return with this, their second release.

A sextet featuring two keyboards on piano, mellotron and all manner of analog synthesizers, electric...

This is the first release by Cucamonga, who are a Argentinian jazz/rock group. They throw in a lot of avant-progressive touches into their stew as well. Electric piano, sax, guitar, bass and drums. The big influences here that I hear are Hermeto Pascoal..

This is an album of constructed, somewhat electro-acoustic music, written by Francesco Zago of Yugen, and featuring work from other members of Yugen and other of his musical friends, but most noticeably and notably featuring entrancing vocals by the...

Third release - the 2nd on AltrOck - by this Argentinian band who consist of a core quintet of
Carolina Restuccia-vocals
Facundo Negri-drums, percussion
Pedro Chalkho-guitars
Carlos Quebrada Vazquez-bass
Daniel Hernandez-sound...

3.76 is the forth album by this Argentinian avant-garde rock band, featuring who contain a lot of contemporary classical music in their experimental, post RIO-rock, whatever sound.

"The 4th episode for Factor Burzaco, this marks a new step ahead in their avant-garde proposal, following on the path of bands such as Thinking Plague, Henry Cow and contemporary classical music. It's a sort of dreamlike journey in which adventurous music and emotions come together. Carolina Restuccia's vocal...

Factor Burzaco’s popularity grows day by day in the RIO/Avant-Prog world. Coming from South America, due to their sound and musical style they are also known as the “Argentinian Thinking Plague”. With this new album the group moves forward with their...

Rational Diet were a chamber rock/RIO-styled band from Belarus, who released 3 very well liked albums on the AltrOck label. They seem to have imploded somewhat nastily, with the result being two bands arising from the ashes: Five-Storey Ensemble and...

"Fading records is glad to announce the long-awaited. first full-length album by the Italian band FEM (Forza Elettro Motrice), “Sulla Bolla di Sapone”.
The band consists of
Massimo Sabbatini-vocals
Alberto Citterio-keyboards and piano....

This is the second release by this Canterbury-styled Italian band and is a step up from their quite good first. Recommended to fans of the lighter side of the Canterbury sound.

The personnel is:
Dario D’Alessandro- guitar (r), voice, bass on 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, synthesizers
Davide Di Giovanni- keyboards, bass on 8, 13, choirs, drums on 13
Daniele Di Giovanni- drums
Mauro Turdo- guitar (l)
Daniele Crisci- bass
guests
David Newhouse - saxophones, bass clarinet on 09

"Humble Grumble is a surprising Belgian band who has built an original sound mixing skilfully and effectively a number of genre – rock, jazz, folk, prog. They follow the great tradition of Belgian alternative bands as X-Legged Sally, Fukkeduk, Think of...

Second release from this large Belgian band, who grew out of folk music origins into into something closer to avant/avant-progressive rock, but whose folk roots definitely show through strongly in a number of good ways here. The group consists of...

A California group who I had not run into/heard of before, but who appear to have been a group since 2005. Their music is somewhere between jazz and rock, but not 'jazz/rock'. The personnel is
Melody Ferris: Vocals
Ivor Holloway: Tenor and Alto...

"Kurai is a Japanese word that corresponds to the adjective «dark», without «gothic» or other emotional references. In a certain sense, Kurai is the Yûgen’s «shadow», both because draws on some hints from it (directly from Labirinto d’acqua), and above...

Locanda were one of the greatest of the 'one and done' Italian progressive/symphonic rock bands of the 1970s. They released their one album, Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pui, in 1977 when the progressive scene there was all but dead. They are...

Unique, vocal-heavy, avant-progressive music; maybe the closest comparison I can give would be to Arrigo Barnabe.

"Loomings is a one of a kind musical universe of mingled voices and percussions, acoustic and electronic sounds. Their songs follow unpredictable paths: sometimes they emerge from complex compositional strategies, sometimes they’re just driven by the desire to walk through harmonies, vocal arabesques, instrumental unisons and phases. It is a music which belongs to the tradition of...

This is the second album by this sextet (plus many guests) from Rome. Their roots are clearly in classic, progressive rock with folky overtones (think Jethro Tull, early PFM, Gentle Giant, Gryphon), but they mix up a lot of influences and styles here.

"The band's self-produced debut album is a mature musical work that combines a strong Italian folk sensibility, courtesy of Saracino's violin arrangements, with a devotion to 1970s symphonic prog. [This] has the potential to establish MACROSCREAM...

In the 70s, there was a Milan-based musical co-operative called "L'Orchestra", that is probably best known for having released the Stormy Six catalog and the final Piccio dal Pozzo album, but they also released many other things, including the Italian editions of releases by Etron Fou, Henry Cow, Art Bears, etc and were closely aligned with the folks in the original RIO movement.

One of those 'other things' was a band called Mamma Non Piangere, who put out two albums towards the end of....

An impressive DVD release by this rehearsal intensive, Bay-area band who, as I write this, are on tour outside of the Bay-area for the very first time, impressing people everywhere!

"Following the release of their critically acclaimed album...

The greatly awaited and anticipated 2nd album by this great California sextet of dual guitars, dual woodwinds, bass and drums. There's also vocals and some keyboards. The group mixes contemporary sounds (i.e. the guitars are often 'crunchy') with stop...

This is going to be one of the CDs of 2009 for me personally. This is the first full length by a great California sextet consisting of dual guitars, dual woodwinds, bass and drums with a small amount of vocals and some guests. It mixes comtemporary...

This Israeli progressive rock band has gathered a bit of a reputation for a bit of a unfortunate reason: despite being well regarded and well received by those who have seen them/heard their demos, they recorded this album in 2005 (with Udi Koomran...

"Behind the name of Nerve Institute actually hides the genius of Mike Judge alone, composer and multi-instrumentalist (and a writer as well) from Kansas City, creator and collaborator of many projects with a clearly avant and experimental mark....

"The second release on AltrOck by this young American composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Judge is a chapter that points out his remarkable abilities incorporating melodies in his entangled compositions. “Fictions” exhibits a lot styles, moods and...

The second, eagerly awaited release from this band consisting of some of AltrOck's all-stars: , featuring two members of Yugen ("Ske" and Francesco Zago) two members of La Coscienza di Zeno (Gabriele Guidi Colombi and Alessio Calandriello + Martino....

You haven't heard or probably even heard of Not A Good Sign yet, but you definitely know some of the players. This is the AltrOck label's own 'supergroup', featuring two members of Yugen ("Ske" and Francesco Zago) two members of La Coscienza di Zeno...

The third release from this Spanish 'modern R.I.O.' styled group and definitely their most assured so far. While most of the characters from their previous releases remain Angel Ontalva (guitar and compositions), Victor Rodriguez (keyboards and...

I'm happy to see this excellent Norwegian band who split the difference musically between RIO-ish, avant-garde rock and a more lyrical, relaxed, Canterbury-style sound reappear with another great release.
Pestrottedans is their sixth in a career that goes back nearly 20 years (their first release - which I remember well hearing and stocking - came out in 2000!) and their first on AltrOck, which seems like a perfect team-up for both parties.
This comes with a booklet of notes from the band where.

This is 3 of the old PdP members (keyboardist/vocalist Aldo De Scalzi now playing electric bass and keyboards as well as singing. guitarist Paolo Griguolo and drummer Aldo di Marco, who gave up music many years ago for work in computers and who...

Very good chamber-rock from Siberia (!) that uses two guitars, bass, drums, clarinet/bass clarinet, piano and female voice with guests on violin and viola on the majority of the tracks. For some reason, parts of this remind me a bit of Macchina...

This is a reissue of the album Knebnagauje, which was the first-ever release of any material by this unknown and lost avant-garde progressive rock band of the late 1970s into the mid 80s. Finally, 25 years after their dissolution, there was a very...

Really, really pleased to see that his excellent (and funny!) young, modern, French trio have found a home on AltrOck. They put on a wonderful performance (even before they hit the stage!) at the RIO fest in 2013 and this is a band that fan of modern...

One of the profound surprises in the avant-progressive rock world (or at least my avant-progressive rock world) was the release a few years ago of the latest album by this Moscow band whose name is actually in Cyrillic and most closely comes out as...