Published on 9th November 2014
TPA News – November 2014
25/11/2014: Cuneiform Records release 30th anniversary album
To celebrate their thirtieth year, Cuneiform Records are offering a “Name Your Price” compilation album featuring the 2014 catalogue. The twenty song compilation features nearly two hours of music selected from this year’s album releases. Just visit Cuneiform’s Bandcamp Page to either stream or download.
“Cuneiform – in 2014, its 30th year – features about 400 titles in its catalogue. These releases cover a broad stylistic range, from experimental rock to avant-progressive, avant-jazz and jazz improvisation, electronic/ambient/noise, and much much more. From classical minimalism to chamber rock, Rock in Opposition to Weird Americana, jazz/pop to jazztronica, Cuneiform has explored a wide world of cutting edge music and especially, music beyond genre and genres-yet-to-be-defined.”
Find out more in The Progressive Aspect’s Featured News Section.
24/11/2014: UK’s Final Tour – Europe
UK with Eddie Jobson (keyboards & violin), John Wetton (vocals & bass), Alex Machacek (guitar) and Virgil Donati (drums) will tour for the last time. John Wetton’s site announces the dates so far as:
22/02/15: Polish Radio Concert Hall, Wroclaw [PL]
24/02/15: Progresja Music Zone, Warsaw [PL]
26/02/15: OSLO – Cosmopolite, Oslo [NOR]
28/02/15: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [NL]
01/03/15: Under The Bridge, London [UK]
More details can be found in The Progressive Aspect’s Featured News Section.
24/11/2014: Soen release second video from Tellurian
Progressive metallers Soen who e second video from Tellurian
released their second studio album, Tellurian, earlier this month have released a second trailer from the album.
“The clip is more like a mini-film than it is a standard music video. The visuals advance a powerful and emotionally evocative plot, spliced with footage of the band performing in subdued fashion. Overall, the video is epic and cinematic in scope, just like the song. So shut down all of your other computer windows and focus squarely on Soen’s “The Words” video.”
21/11/2014: Sylvan new studio album update
German based artrock band Sylvan reveal the track listing and artwork for their latest studio album, Home, which will be released through the Gentle Art Of Music (GAOM) label on 17th February (USA) and 20th February 2015 (Europe). The album will be available as a single CD, 2 Vinyl (180g) and CD Digi-book (limited edition).
“Once again, with their new album Home, the North Germans impressively transcend the borders of the genre and blaze new trails.”
Continue reading HERE.
19/11/2014: Fish forced to cancel more dates
Due to an on going viral throat infection Fish has been forced to postpone his current European dates – although the UK dates starting in December will go ahead as planned. The European shows affected include France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.
I’d hoped to have been fit for the return to the tour and the gig in Barcelona on Saturday but have been advised to take another 2 weeks off as the virus is not shifting as fast as I had hoped. It turns out the doctor in Erfurt was correct and I was over ambitious when he told me I needed a minimum of 3 weeks rest to recover from this infection.
What this means is that the entire last European section of the tour from France onwards through Spain, Italy and the Swiss, German and Belgian dates will all be moved to January / February and joined with the Erfurt and Koln dates to make a 3 week tour to replace the 17 shows.”
18/11/2014: Steven Wilson European tour dates and new album in March 2015
Steven Wilson has confirmed his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. will be officially released through Kscope in March 2015. Also announced are six UK dates followed by twenty four European dates starting in Cologne on 20th March 2015 – more info HERE.
18/11/2014: Muse to headline Saturday night at Download Festival 2015
Muse will make their first appearance at Download which runs between 12-14 June 2015 at Donington Park.
14/11/2014: VdGG to release a new live album in 2015
Van Der Graaf Generator will release a new live album recorded during their 2013 European tour. Merlin Atmos will be released on 2nd February 2015 and includes the epic A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers and the equally epic Flight from Peter Hammill’s A Black Box (80).
The album will be available in three physical formats: Single CD (Disc 1 only) | Single disc vinyl edition which will only include the two epic tracks A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers and Flight | Limited edition double digipak CD version featuring a seventy minute bonus CD also recorded on the band’s 2013 European tour – continue to read HERE on TPA.
13/11/2014: 2015 sees the new album from The Decemberists
The Decemberists will release their seventh studio album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, on 20th January 2015, followed by dates in the UK and Europe during February and March. Continue reading HERE on The Progressive Aspect. Keep up to date with these gigs and many more with the TPA UK Prog Gig Guide.
11/02/2015 Vicar Street, Dublin
13/02/2015 O2 Academy, Glasgow
14/02/2015 O2 Academy, Leeds
16/02/2015 O2 Academy, Bristol
17/02/2015 Academy, Manchester
18/02/2015 The Institute, Birmingham
20/02/2015 The Dome, Brighton
21/02/2015 O2 Academy, Brixton
23/02/2015 Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
24/02/2015 AB, Brussels [BE]
25/02/2015 Doornroosje Nijmegen [NL]
26/02/2015 Astra, Berlin [DE]
28/02/2015 Kaufleuten, Zürich [CH]
01/03/2015 Magazzini Generali, Milan [IT]
12/11/2014: Legendary pre-Yes band Mabel Greer’s Toyshop to release new album
Mabel Greer’s Toyshop founded in 1966 which included Yes band members Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Tony Kaye (present day) and the late Peter Banks have announced a new album release in 2015. Today sees the band premiere ‘Electric Funeral’ from the new album…
New versions of Beyond & Before and Sweetness, from the very first Yes album in 1969, are included on New Way Of Life – the former co-written by Clive Bayley and Chris Squire and the latter by Bayley, Squire and Jon Anderson.
“We hope that YES followers everywhere enjoy this offering. It’s a piece of history brought to life by the technology of today. The album includes new versions of old classics like Beyond & Before, and a whole lot of new music too…” – Clive Bayley
Read more HERE at The Progressive Aspect
12/11/2014: Modest Midget release Pretty Woman animated video
Netherlands band Modest Midget, one of Lonny Ziblat’s projects, have released a third full-track video from their well received Crysis album, (read the TPA review HERE), featuring Lonny Ziblat: (Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Keyboards & Vocals), Maarten Bakker: (Bass) and Willem Smid (Drums). Animation by Lonny Ziblat.
12/11/2014: Beardfish to release new album
11/11/2014: The Gentle Storm album and live dates
The Gentle Storm featuring composer Arjen Lucassen and singer Anneke van Giersbergen the finishing touches on The Diary, a double concept album that will appear worldwide on InsideOut Music in March 2015. Recently the band revealed the front cover of the upcoming The Diary album created by Alexandra V Bach.
CD1: The “Gentle” album, will be all acoustic and folky with lots of exotic instruments.
CD2: The “Storm” album, will be an all-out, bombastic orchestral metal album.
Today The Gentle Storm announce the first batch of gigs kicking off in the Netherlands, on the 26th March 2015 for the album release show in Amsterdam. This will be the only date that Arjen Lucassen will appear at as previously revealed that he would not be touring with the band to promote the album.
More international dates will be revealed soon!
26 March 2015 – Melkweg, Amsterdam [NL]
28 March 2015 – ROCK ITtervoort Festival [NL]
03 April 2015 – Hedon, Zwolle [NL]
11 April 2015 – Paard van Troje, The Hague [NL]
11/11/2014: Pink Floyd release Louder Than Words video
10/11/2014: Syd Arthur release video trailer from Sound Mirror
Syd Arthur today release a video the third track Autograph, taken from their second album Sound Mirror, released in June.
The band recently announced six dates in Ireland
07th Dec – Bray Harbour Bar, Wicklow
09th Dec – The Loft Venue (Mcmahons), Maynooth
10th Dec – Roisin Dubh, Galway
11th Dec – Cobblestone Joe’s, Limerick
12th Dec – Crane Lane, Cork
13th Dec – Button Factory, Dublin
10/11/2014: Andy Jackson discusses track from new album
In the first in a series of seven track-by-track video interviews, Andy Jackson discusses the ideas behind his latest studio album Signal To Noise which will be released by Esoteric Antenna on 24th November 2014. In the first of these interviews he discusses The Boy In The Forest – the opening track from the album.
“Signal to Noise” is a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson’s exemplary work as an engineer and producer. Besides being an allusion to Andy’s sound engineering background, the title refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album. Andy explains; “The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album”. Continue Reading HERE.
10/11/2014: Anathema add more dates
Anathema have added two new dates. They will perform special ‘Resonance’ sets at the Roadburn Festival 2015, where they will be joined by former members Duncan Patterson and Darren White. This concert will be held at 013 Venue, Tilburg in The Netherlands on 12th April 2015. They will also perform in London at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 16th April 2015 and will once again be joined by Duncan Patterson and Darren White. Visit their Facebook page for ticket information
10/11/2014: Faust release twelfth studio album
German krautrock legends Faust have released their twelfth studio album j US t (pronounced Just Us) on the Bureau B label.
“FAUST FOR ALL – on their new album “j US t” the krautrock legends lay down the musical foundations for everyone else to make something of their own
Continue reading HERE on TPA.
09/11/2014: The Enid to release new live DVD
The Enid, via Facebook, have revealed that they will shortly be announcing details of a new DVD release of their performance at Crescendo Festival.
“We shall soon be officially announcing a new live concert video. Our performance at Crescendo festival, France in August was filmed by a local film maker. With our new technology on stage I was also able to make a 32 track recording. I must admit, that this video came is a bit of a surprise. At the time, we didn’t know the show was being filmed, so we certainly didn’t expect the results to quite as spectacular and high quality as they are. With a fantastic light show, big stage, multiple cameras and high quality audio, this is by far the best live video we’ve made this millennium, and we’re all rather chuffed with it! I’ve got the finished footage and audio all mixed so it will be out ready for Christmas and previews will be on Youtube this week.
Before I place the order with the pressing plant, the question is, how many of you folks would like a Blu Ray rather than DVD?”
07/11/2014: RoSfest 2015 coming together nicely
RoSfest announce that Glass Hammer will perform on the last day of this year’s festival who join an impressive line-up for its 10th official year. The annual RoSfest Festival 2015 takes place between Friday 1st May and Sunday 3rd May 2015 at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater.
Friday 1st May 2015
Heliopolis – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Spock’s Beard – 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday 2nd May 2015
Strattman – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sonus Umbra – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Abel Ganz – 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Haken – 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Lo-Fi Resistance – 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Synaesthesia – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Glass Hammer – 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Enchant – 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
05/11/2014: Jeff Lynne working on new ELO material
Jeff Lynne revealed to Billboard at last night’s Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles that he is writing new material which he hopes to perform live in 2015, alongside some older material of course. Perhapos spurred on by his performance at London’s Hyde Park in September…
“I had so much in Hyde Park with 50,000 people, where I just played in September, first time I’ve played in 28 years it was fantastic and I loved every minute, so I’m definitely gonna come here and play.”
06/11/2014: Dave Bainbridge readies new solo album
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dave Bainbridge, perhaps best known for his work with Iona, will release his second solo album on 24th November 2014. Celestial Fire follows the excellent Veil Of Gossamer, released a decade ago. How time flies…
Continue reading in our the Featured News article HERE.
06/11/2014: Opeth to play London Palladium
Opeth have announced they will play a one-off show at the London Palladium on the 18th October 2015. No ticket information is available at this moment in time. Keep up to date with this and many more with the TPA UK Prog Gig Guide.
05/11/2014: Peter Hammill new solo album released this month
“Written and recorded over an eighteen month period – the longest ever for a PH solo work – the album has gone through many twists, turns and transformations before arriving in this final form. It’s not a concept album as such but its use of jagged soundscapes, fleeting and shadowed characters and elusive plotlines place it closer to a cinematic world than a narrative song one.”
Continue reading in the TPA Featured News section HERE.
05/11/2014: United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) – Intersection video
The band who signed with InsideOut Music in the latter part of August will release Fall In Love With The World on the 10th November 2014. The album will be available in several formats (Digi-pak CD, Double-Vinyl with CD [including bonus track] and in Digital Download). The now internationally flavoured line-up now includes Guy Manning, Daniel Mash and Marek Arnold with guest appearances on the new album including: Steve Unruh, Jon Anderson, Steve Hackett and many more. The band have also called on visual artist and designer Ed Unitsky to provide the stunning artwork for the release. Ahead of the release United Progressive Fraternity have released the Intersection video teaser…
05/11/2014: New studio album from Gong to be released next week
Back in April we revealed that Gong would release their latest studio album, I See You, in September and ahead of their UK tour. Sadly due to Daevid Allen’s illness and the necessary radiotherapy course of treatment, the shows were unavoidably cancelled. However we are pleased to announce that the somewhat delayed album will now be released on Monday 10th November 2014.
Continue reading at The Progressive Aspect’s Featured News Section – HERE
04/11/2014: Steven Wilson releases second studio video
A month on from Lasse Hoile’s first trailer, filmed in September this year at AIR Studios, is the second featuring Steven Wilson and band. In this video Steven talks about his next solo album, scheduled for release in February 2015 and “discusses his next solo album’s concept and themes, revealing more details about the record and it’s inspiration”.
03/11/2014: Silhouette to release Beyond The Seventh Wave
Dutch progressive rockers Silhouette announce the official release date of their fourth album, Beyond The Seventh Wave, will be 24th November 2014. The day prior this the band will perform the album in an hour long live support slot to Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) at Zoetermeer’s De Boerderij. More information can be found HERE.
“Beyond the Seventh Wave is a concept album of more than 60 minutes with as theme the hunger for freedom so common to man kind. It is based and inspired by books and movies of people being innocently convicted such as “Escape from Alcatraz”, “Fugitive” and “The Next Three Days”. But most of all, it is inspired by the story of Papillion, a Frenchman convicted for life forced labor for a crime he did not commit. He escaped several times but was destined to live his days on “Devil Island”. Would he finally escape?”
The album boasts an impressive list of guest musicians, including Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak, Camel) and Ruben van Kruistum, Laura ten Voorde (Adeia).
03/11/2014: Queen premier unreleased Freddie Mercury track
Queen premier an unreleased song, Let Me In Your Heart Again (William Orbit Mix), which features the late Freddie Mercury and as part of a new AIDS awareness campaign spearheaded by Coca-Cola and (RED).
02/11/2014: Arcade Messiah’s self titled album released soon
John Bassett perhaps best known for his project KingBathmat, but who earlier this year released the well received Unearth solo album, returns with a new seven track instrumental release under the eponymous title Arcade Messiah.
“After writing and producing numerous KingBathmat albums and more recently the acoustic solo album Unearth, I decided I wanted to create my first instrumental album. I wanted it to be set audibly and visually in a dark, bleak and apocalyptic aura of despair and anger.” Source: MetalMouth
As a taster John has released Your Best Line Of Defence Is Obscurity taken from the Arcade Messiah album.
01/11/2014: King Crimson European tour in 2015
Following on from their recent, immensely well received tour dates in America, Robert Fripp reveals that the seven piece line-up featuring himself, Jakko Jakszyk, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin may bring King Crimson to selected venues in the UK and Europe.
Continue to read HERE at TPA.
01/11/2014: Fractal Mirror first single
Fractal Mirror reveal the first single from their soon to be released album Garden Of Ghosts album, scheduled for release on the 11th of November 2014. Co-produced by Echolyn’s Brett Kull, the new release follow’s up the well received debut, Strange Attractors release from last year.
Frank L Urbaniak’s video of The Garden features the evocative artwork of Brian Watson which captures the songs touching concept of the aging process and how our minds and bodies deal with it.