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June 2010 Update
Alamaailman Vasarat: Huuro Kolkko - Strange instrumentation, interesting music. I've only spun it once, but expect it to be in rotation for a while as I get my arms around it…
Anathema: We're Here Because We're Here and A Moment In Time - Powerful
Arti E Mestieri: Tilt - Revisiting a recent favorite
Beardfish: The Sane Day - These guys will be releasing a new album around Sug / Sep - so now is the time to complete my collection of their back catalog. The new one will be an "auto-buy"
Between The Buried And Me: (Almost the whole back catalog) - Just sheer genius - in a similar vein to the Opeths and the Borknagars of the world
Brighteye Brison: Stories - Sadly, nothing like as good as the more recent release.
Carptree: Insekt - I haven't spun this yet. Carptree didn't "do it" for me at ROSfest, but the Jupiter Society albums are excellent - so I owe them a re-listen…
Dear Hunter: Act III_ Life and Death - I have Acts I and II, as as a "completist", I had to get "III". Very solid, if light, symphonic prog
Dillinger Escape Plan: Option Paralysis - Heavy, quirky, excellent
Janos Varga: Elix¡r - I've long enjoued his 'Revelation' albums, and decided to try Elixir. Excellent - though it gets a bit 'samey' after a while
Michelle Young: Song of the Siren - Young is like an American reincarnation of Kate Bush. Very good
Mike Kennealy: Scambot 1 - Quirky, off the wall in places, and brilliant
Nile: Those Whom the Gods Detest - Heavy, and very progressive - in the true sense of that word
Orphaned Land: The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR - Better than the first album BUT not quite as catchy - it's as if they've polished their act so successfully that it's lost some of its character. Still strongly recommended, though.
Paatos: Sensors - Paatos plays an odd combination of symphonic, jazzy, and light-weight prog. It's an unusual style that works well, and is delivered with skill.
Royal Hunt: X - Meh - I'm still waiting for something that will even APPROACH the brilliance of Paradox .. And this one isn't it.
Spock's Beard: X - Excellent new album from Spock's Beard - I've only spun it once, but at this early stage, I suspect it will turn out to be the best post-Morse album
Teru's Symphonia: Teru's Symphonia, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Camel, The Human Race Party - I have their other 2 albums, and have enjoyed The Gate for years. These aren't as brilliant, but are still good listens.
Wishbone Ash: Argus, and Wishbone Ash - Revisiting old favorites.
These were in last month's list - but I haven't really spun them very much (yet) - so they'll be in rotation this month…
Eloy: Visionary - New - more detailed thoughts to follow soon…
Izz: The Darkened Room - New - more detailed thoughts to follow soon…
Karnataka: The Gathering Light - New - The first Karnataka album since the band broke up and re-formed … on first spin, it's very strong.
Morphelia: Waken The Nightmare - New - more detailed thoughts to follow soon…
Panic Room: Satellite - You could cynically call this "Karnataka Mark-II". More detailed thoughts to follow…
Unitopia: Artificial - New - they couldn't make ROSfest, so I decided to buy the CD at ROSfest anyway, and see what I'd missed.
Unitopia: The Garden - Ditto