AltrOck / Fading

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.

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...

Matteo Barisone : Vocals and Keyboards
Gianluca Barisone : Guitars
Stefano Scarella : Bass & Saxophone
Simone Scala : Drums
Guests:
Damiano Baroni : violin
Francesco Bagnasco : violin
Gigi Magnozzi : viola
Giacomo Biagi : cello
Giovanni Aquillino : flute
Jacopo Bagutti : bassoon

This is the 1st release by this band that fall somewhere between the progressive rock and Canterbury sounds; some of this reminds me a little bit of a more ‘revved up’

A RIO/chamber rock-styled band from Belarus. They are a 7 piece of Vitaly Appow-bassoon, Maxim Velvetov-guitars, Cyrill Christya-violin, Olga Podgaiskaja-keyboards, vocals, Anna Ovchinnikova-cello, Dmitry Maslovsky-bass and Nikolay Gumberg-drums...

Third and best release yet from this fine RIO-styled chamber-rock ensemble from Belarus who have really hit their stride here. They are a 7 piece of Vitaly Appow-bassoon, Maxim Velvetov-guitars, Cyrill Christya-violin, Olga Podgaiskaja-keyboards, vocals..

Long-time Waysiders are aware of the great, under-acknowledged work of Guigou Chenevier, both as bandleader, composer and drummer, for his great work with such ensembles as Etron Fou Leloublan, Volapuk and a string of fine solo works under his own name.

Reve General is his latest project, which includes 75% of Volapuk + the band Metamorphosis.

Notice that the line-up is two violins, two cellos, two guitars and drums, which is, obviously, a very unique sound. AND it was recorded live...

This relatively young band from Normandy, France, makes their debut on disc here, with a CD that has six tracks; three from new recordings by the current line-up of the group (drums/lead vocals, bass/vocals, guitar/vocals, alto & baritone sax/alto...

A very good instrumental symphonic progressive rock band who feature flute, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. This was the 2nd release on AltrOck's Fading subsidiary, which aims to release more 'proggy progressive' than what...

“On May the 30th 2011, SKE – 1000 Autunni was released, under the AltrOck/Fading Records label. It was the solo debut album of Paolo Botta, better known at the time as the keyboard player of one of the most acclaimed R.I.O/Avant Rock new bands: Yugen.
The album was praised by critic and public alike, for its miraculous equilibrium between symph prog and avant prog, and went out of print in a few months.
The band's numerous lineup included a good part of Yugen plus members from french band...

Spaltklang is the long-running band led by Swiss saxist and composer Markus Stauss. The group here features Richard Koch-trumpet, Francesco Zago-guitar (of Yugen), Christian Weber-double bass and Rémy Strauli-drums. The sound here is definitely jazz...

Second excellent release by this great French sextet whose first album was released on Tzadik (and was definitely one of the most 'avant-progressive' things on that label!). This is their second and everything great about the 1st remains here....

I have long enjoyed the work of Simon Steensland, a Swede who has released a number of very good albums over the last 25 years or so, as the title alludes to. He is a multi-instrumentalist and generally releases heavy, zeuhl/Univers Zero-flavored heavy and dark progressive albums.
The 1st disc is made up of his favorite tracks taken from the long out of print and hard to find albums Led Circus, Phantom Of The Theatre, The Zombie Hunter, Lonesome Combat Ensemble, Under Uknar and Kamikaze United Live...

I have long enjoyed the work of Simon Steensland, a Swede who has released a number of very good albums over the last 15 years or so. He is a multi-instrumentalist and releases heavy, zeuhl/Univers Zero-flavored heavy and dark progressive albums. This...

Subtilior is led by the leader of Areknames, who are one of the very best contemporary Italian progressive rock groups. With Subtilior, he is still working in progressive rock, but he's shifted his focus here strongly towards avant progressive....

Eros & Thanatos is the sixth album of the revived progressive rock band Syndone, a band active during the early ’90s, andnow back in action with their reunion in 2010.

"The sixth work from this band from Torino is once again a concept album, inspired by the Song of Songs with translation of Guido Ceronetti, with the participation of two extraordinary special guests, the legendary Steve Hackett and Ray Thomas, guitar, flute and voice of the Moody Blues. Melody and groove, pathos and changing....

This is an expanded (one bonus song), remastered, deluxe-sleeve, re-edition of Syndone's 2010 third album, and their come-back, as their first two albums were both issued in the early 1990s!

The group as featured here is
Nik Comoglio : piano

Nik Comoglio : keyboards
Riccardo Ruggeri : vocals
Francesco Pinetti : vibraphone
With
Marco Minnemann: drums
John Hackett: flute

"Odysseas is the fifth album of the renewed Syndone, a new progressive/progressive folk ban

Ut Gret, the project led by bassist/guitarist Joee Conroy, have been around for a very long time in Louisville, KY and has released a number of more avant/improvisational discs, but for this one, their fourth, Joee has reached back to what I assume are...

VIII Strada are an Italian quintet whose first album from 2008 fell somewhere between progressive rock and progressive metal.

But since that time, they replaced their keyboardist, retooled their over-all sound and are much more aligned with progressive rock, while still having a modern, heavy sound.
The band is:
Tito Vizzuso - vocals
Daniele Zigliani - guitars
Silvano Negrinelli - keyboards
Sergio Merlino - bass
Riccardo Preda - drums

"In December 2008 "La..

Dave Willey is a multi-instrumentalist who is the co-leader and co-composer of the material of the great Hamster Theatre ensemble. He has also been a member of Thinking Plague for about 15 years now.
Immeasurable currents is a moody, somewhat low...

First release by this six piece group from Estonia.

The group consists of Jan Pövvat-baritone sax, Sander Haugas and Siim Randveer-guitars, Kaspar Aus-keyboards, Lauri Randveer-bass, Martin Tamm-drums.

The sound is modern progressive..

On their fifth release, the Italian masters of 'rehearsal intensive' music surprise even their most ardent fans by taking their elaborate compositional works even further!
"Francesco Zago's avant baby puts together another amazing collection of experimental/exploratory songs-- their first studio album since 2010's wonderful masterpiece, Iridule. Percussionists and a percussion-mindset seem to rule the day with YUGEN work, and Death by Water is no exception. The ubiquitous JACOPO COSTA (NOT A GOOD....

Third album by this Italian 'difficult music' ensemble, who derive great pleasure in presenting for your ears what Frank Zappa referred to as "The Black Page" (i.e. musical scores so filled with notes that it appears as a sea of black ink)!...

The first album by this Italian/international avant-progressive supergroup, which has been eagerly anticipated. Their stated influences should tell you all you need to know: Satie, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Cage, Reich, Zappa, Henry Cow, Gentle Giant...

Excellent, studio-quality, live album, recorded at the 2011 RIO festival. While this features music mostly drawn from their 1st (Labirinto d'Acqua) and 3rd (Iridule) albums, this is well worth owning because those albums were studio creations and were...

Tommaso Ledi was the violinist/mondolinist and later the keyboardist in Stormy Six. He is also a member of Yugen and major composer in his own right and this, the second Yugen album, takes on his compositions, giving the album a different, more folky...