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Published on 1st August 2017

TPA News – August 2017

Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout August 2017


18/08/17: Godsticks to release new studio album in October

Following on from their European tour with The Pineapple Thief at the start of 2017, Godsticks entered the studio to finish work on their new studio album, Faced With Rage, which will be released on 13th October 2017 via Kscope. Here’s a little taster of what to expect…

“The aggressive feel and sound from Emergence remains intact but we think that we’ve probably created our most progressive album to date, albeit unintentionally!” says singer and guitarist Darran Charles. “We wanted our previous album Emergence to be an onslaught of aggressive heavy guitars and vocals from start to finish because we felt we needed to make a strong statement about the direction we were heading in musically” reminisces Charles, “but ‘Faced with Rage’ features a lot more light and shade, and I think we’ve been more creative when trying to shape the dark and aggressive feel we wanted”.

Prior to the release Godsticks will be on tour with The Pineapple Thief with shows across Europe, and two in the UK, during September. The band will also make appearances at this year’s HRH Prog 6 and Planet Rockstock festivals.

Visit TPA’s UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press


16/08/17: Threshold premiere Small Dark Lines video

UK progressive metallers Threshold will release their latest studio album Legends Of The Shires early next month through the Nuclear Blast label. By way of a taster the band premiere of their new video for Small Dark Lines.

Speaking about the track and video, Karl Groom commented: “The people at Sitcom Soldiers have created just the right atmosphere in our new video clip and it was an enjoyable experience to film for the band. We managed to find some excellent extras and tortured them with freezing showers in the clip, with some travelling as far as Sweden for the pleasure! It is great to have Glynn back in the band with Small Dark Lines showcasing all his power and versatility. This single should give people another glimpse into the double album Legends of the Shires and an idea of what is to come on release day 8 September 2017.”

Last month the band unveiled the first single from the release, Lost In Translation, a ten minute epic – featured HERE in the TPA News.

Legends Of The Shires will be the band’s eleventh studio album and their first ever double album; it also features Glynn Morgan back on vocal duties for the first time since 1996.


15/08/17: Pixel announce more European dates including shows in the UK

Norwegian jazz quartet Pixel will play four UK dates in November as part of their European tour dates.

“Combining indie-rock energy with the improvisational flexibility of jazz, Pixel are earthy and ethereal, wistful and agressive, sensuous and pummeling. The group stands at the forefront of a rising generation of jazz players who are remaking jazz in their own image, and doing so for an audience that is hungry for something new and reflects modern day sounds in creative music.”

01/09/17: Bø Jazzclub, (NO)
02/09/17: Horten Jazzclub, (NO)
11/10/17: Union scene, Drammen (NO)
12/10/17: National Jazz scene Victoria, Oslo (NO)
13/10/17: Risør Jazzclub, (NO)
28/10/17: Umeå Jazz Festival (SE)
08/11/17: The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (UK)
09/11/17: The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham (UK)
10/11/17: London Jazz Festival, The Spice of Life (UK)
11/11/17: London Jazz Festival, The Spice of Life (UK)

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum.


14/08/17: Therion confirm UK dates as part of their 2018 European Tour

Sweden’s Therion will embark on a mammoth European tour in 2018 in support of their latest concept, metal opera Beloved Antichrist, which will be released on 26th January 2018. starting in Germany on 1st February and running through till the beginning of April, and concluding in The Netherlands.

01/02/18: Turock, Essen [DE]
02/02/18: Melkweg, Amsterdam [NL]
04/02/18: Rebellion, Manchester [UK]
09/02/18: Corporation, Sheffield [UK]
10/02/18: Limelight, Belfast [UK]
11/02/18: Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin [IE]
14/02/18: Bierkeller, Bristol [UK]
16/02/18: Trabendo, Paris [FR]
18/02/18: Santana 27, Bilbao [ES]
21/02/18: Hard club, Oporto [PT]
22/02/18: Oa Vivo, Lisboa [PT]
23/02/18: Sala Custom, Sevilla [ES]
24/02/18: Sala But, Madrid [ES]
25/02/18: Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona [ES]
01/03/18: Circolo Colony, Brescia [IT]
02/03/18: Orion, Rome [IT]
03/03/18: Zona Roveri, Bologna [IT]
04/03/18: Kino Siska, L’jubljana [SI]
05/03/18: Tvornica, Zagreb [CR]
06/03/18: Dom Omladine, Belgrade [SR]
08/03/18: Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki [GR]
09/03/18: Poraeus 117 Academy, Athens [GR]
10/03/18: Mixtape5 Sofia [BG]
11/03/18: Roemania Arenele, Bucharest [RO]
13/03/18: Barba Negra Budapest [HU]
14/03/18: Majestic Music Club, Bratislava [SK]
15/03/18: Czech rep Meetfactory, Praha [CZ]
16/03/18: A2, Wroclaw [PL]
17/03/18: Progresja, Warsaw [PL]
18/03/18: B90, Gdansk [PL]
20/03/18: Rock River club, Vilnius [LT]
21/03/18: Melna Piektdiena, Riga [LV]
03/04/18: Backstage, Munchen [DE]
05/04/18: F Haus, Jena [DE]
07/04/18: 013, Tilburg [NL]
Support comes from Russia’s symphonic metallists Imperial Age and Germany’s Null Positiv.

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum.


14/08/17: Jethro Tull 50th anniversary UK tour dates announced

Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson has announced that he will be celebrating Jethro Tull’s 50th anniversary in 2018 with an eight date UK tour. The band first performed at London’s Marquee on 2nd February 1968…

Ian Anderson comments “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either!”.

50th Anniversary UK Tour Dates 2018
03/04/18: O2 Apollo, Manchester
05/04/18: City Hall, Newcastle
06/04/18: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
07/04/18: ACC Auditorium, Liverpool
09/04/18: Colston Hall, Bristol
10/04/18: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
11/04/18: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
17/04/18: Royal Albert Hall, London

The ticket pre-sale for the Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary tour starts on 30th August at 9am exclusively on Gigantic Tickets

Visit the TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum.


14/08/17: GEP announce Unitopia triple box-set

Unitopia - The Dream Complete box-setGiant Electric Pea (GEP) Records have announced an October release date for the long awaited Unitopia triple CD box-set Box More Than A Dream – The Dream Complete

The 3CD package will be presented in a digi-pack format with a 24 page booklet, featuring the artwork of ED Unitsky. The set also includes the original album re-mastered, over two and half hours of bonus material and a new song produced especially for the album.

CD1: Re-mastered original album with bonus tracks
CD2: Remixes and re-workings of the album tracks
CD3: Unreleased tracks never heard on a Unitopia album.

The Dream Complete will be released on 23rd October 2017.


11/08/17: Enslaved debut album opener and reveal album details

Enslaved debut Storm Son, the opening cut from their forthcoming E album which is scheduled for release on 13th October 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records

“The music video was designed by Josh Graham, who previously worked with SOUNDGARDEN and NEUROSIS among others, and delivered a truly spectacular piece of animated art!”

TRACK LISTING
01. Storm Son (10:54)
02. The River’s Mouth (5:12)
03. Sacred Horse (8:12)
04. Axis Of The Worlds (7:49)
05. Feathers Of Eolh (8:06)
06. Hiindsiight (9:32)
Bonus tracks [digipak only]
07. Djupet (7:39)
08. What Else Is There? (Röyksopp cover) (4:44)

The band comment that E marks a new chapter in their history and continue by saying of the video “our debut music video for the 10 minute long single “Storm Son” melds mesmerising prog with jarring extreme metal and a folky atmosphere.”

E will be released on 13th October 2017 through Nuclear Blast


07/08/17: Prog announce Steve Rothery Band to headline Trinity III charity event

Trinity III banner

“The Steve Rothery Band have been announced as headliners for next year’s Trinity III – The Prog Charity Festival. This year’s event will take place at The Islington Assembly Hall on 12 May, 2018. Both Touchstone and Ghost Community will appear on the bill, along with three other acts yet to be announced. Says Rothery, “I’m really looking forward to our concert supporting the third Trinity Prog charity event at the Islington Assembly Hall, it’s a great venue and it should be a fantastic day”.

Festival organisers say: “Back in late May the good and the prog came to Leamington and what a fantastic day was had by all: six great bands, a raffle and the auction… all of which contributed to the total raised and we here at Team Trinity are delighted to announce that as a result of the incredible generosity of people on the day a total of £6,000 was raised and we have donated this equally to the three charities concerned. We would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for your magnificent support and generosity.”

As with previous Trinity events, Trinity III is supported by Prog Magazine, and Editor Jerry Ewing will once again host the event, the raffle and charity auction. The event will follow the same format as this year’s event, with three bands performing in the afternoon and three in the evening. Tickets will be available soon. See the Prog website for a forthcoming announcement about Early Bird tickets.”

Visit the TPA Gig Guide and the TPA UK Festivals Guide for this event and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: Prog


05/08/17: Masquerade II one day festival announce a change of venue


The Masquerade II organisers have announced a change of venue for this year’s festival. The one day event will now be held at the Boston Music Room.

The line-up for this year’s event is Magic Pie, Tiger Moth Tales, Preacher, Big Hogg and I Am The Manic Whale. Along with the music, fancy dress and festive celebrations, Masquerade II will raise monies for MacMillan Cancer Support. Ticket information can be found HERE.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide and the TPA UK Festivals Guide for this event and more from across the prog spectrum.


04/08/17: Big Big Train offer free London themed download EP

All of Big Big Train ‘s songs with a London theme have been brought together as a 34 minute song cycle. As all of the tracks which make up London Song have been released previously, the release is available for free download there is no cost for downloading London Song.

TRACK LISTING
London Song
(i) Turner on the Thames
(ii) London Plane
(iii) Lost Rivers of London
(iv) London Stone
(v) Skylon
(vi) Mudlarks

Big Big Train who recently announce that they would be performing at next year’s Night Of The Prog Festival in Loreley (Germany), will be hosting three shows at at London’s Cadagon Hall at the end of September.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.


04/08/17: Bad Elephant Music release Minataur EP

Today Bad Elephant Music will release Minotaur, the new EP from Simon Godfrey’s Shineback. The EP includes 20 minutes of new music available on compact disc and as a download.

“All revenue generated in August and September 2017 will go entirely to the Multiple Sclerosis Society – that is, for the duration of Simon’s training for the MS150 City to Shore Ride across the state of New Jersey by bicycle.”

“The CD will start shipping towards the end of next week, though you’ll receive a digital copy immediately.”


04/08/17: Listen to the first single from Caligula’s Horse new studio album

Australian progressive metallers, Caligula’s Horse, who last month announced the release of their forthcoming studio album, In Contact, today reveal the first single, Will’s Song (Let The Colours Run)

Guitarist Sam Vallen comments: “Will’s Song is something special for us. It’s dark and heavy, especially by C Horse standards, but it never feels like a compromise between those traits and the melody and colour we strive for.

This track embodies the possibilities of our new line-up. Josh and Adrian have toured with us for a while now, but Will’s Song finally shows what they’re capable of, and how much we’ve all grown as a group through the changes. It’s a massive step forward for Caligula’s Horse.”

In Contact will be released on 15th September 2017, through the InsideOut Music label.


03/08/17: Silhouette to release new studio album in September

Dutch progressive rockers Silhouette reveal their fifth studio album, The World is Flat And Other Alternative Facts will be released next month. The band released the first single, March of Peace, taken from the album back in June…

Unlike its predecessor The World is Flat And Other Alternative Facts is not a concept album although there are common themes running throughout. The band explain: “…lyrically and musically, you will recognize an introspective mood all over the album.”

“The World is Flat” is foremost a statement about shallowness around us. About the influence of internet trolls, cheating bankers, lying politicians and incomprehensible violence, leading to scared people who don’t know whom to trust anymore.”

The World is Flat And Other Alternative Facts will be released on 23rd September 2017.


02/08/17: David Gilmour premieres Rattle That Lock taken from forthcoming Live releaseD

David Gilmour releases a full-length clip Rattle That Lock, by way of a taster for his upcoming Live at Pompeii release.

“45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows in July 2016, part of the year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600-strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.”

‘David Gilmour Live At Pompeii’ is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the astonishing music and stellar performances. The show includes songs from throughout David’s career, solo and with Pink Floyd, including ‘One Of These Days’, the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show, and six songs from ‘Rattle that Lock’, as well as two from 2006’s ‘On An Island’.”

Live at Pompeii will be released on 29th September, with world-wide cinema screenings taking place on 13th September.

SOURCE: David Gilmour


02/08/17: Mystery to release live CD in September

Canada’s Mystery, who earlier this month released Second Home on DVD, have announced a 1st September release for the 2CD set. Recorded in 2016 during the band’s appearance ProgDreams V Festival, the double CD will include three bonus tracks, not included on the DVD – Superstar, Till the Truth Comes Out and The Sailor and the Mermaid, Second Home will be available through Unicorn Digital.


02/08/17: Jeff Beck Hollywood Bowl concert to released on DVD/Blu-ray & CD

Last year Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years in music with a show at the Hollywood Bowl which included guest appearances by Jan Hammer, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and Buddy Guy.

The concert is now to be available on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, via Eagle Rock Entertainment Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be released 6th October 2017.

The Hollywood Bowl set-list reached back to his earliest recordings with The Yardbirds and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent studio album Loud Hailer.

The show climaxed with all the guests joining forces for an encore performance of Purple Rain in tribute to Prince, who had passed away a couple of months before the concert.


01/08/17: Bent Knee release The Well live in the studio

To coincide with the West Coast leg of Bent Knee‘s US tour, and taken from their fourth studio album, Land Animal, released in June this year, comes the “live” in the studio video The Well

Speaking about The Well, guitarist Ben Levin says: “We’re worried about climate change but aren’t doing much about it. The Well is about the thoughts and ideas that prevent us from taking the necessary action to take care of our planet. Many people feel helpless and overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, while others don’t like the solutions to the problem, so they convince themselves the threat isn’t that urgent. Personally, I feel a mix of both and it weighs hard on my conscience. We tour all the time and I’ve grown so used to just filling up the tank over and over again over thousands of miles, throwing recyclables in the trash, and passing mutilated animal corpses on the highway without a second thought. Fortunately, I’ve recognized my own hypocrisy, so hopefully I’ll do something about it. Go humans!”

Read TPA’s review of Land Animal HERE.

SOURCE: Alternative Addiction


01/08/17: New studio album from Primus next month

Rolling Stone reveal that Primus have adapted an obscure children’s book for their ninth album, The Desaturating Seven, which will be released via ATO Records on 29th September 2017. The trio will then embark on promoting the album, with a US tour kicking off on 20th October in San Antonio and concluding 13th November in New Orleans.

“The experimental rock trio tease the record’s carnivalesque atmosphere with lead single “The Seven,” an ever-mutating epic filled with marching rhythms, jarring tempo shifts and a prog-funk groove (cleverly set in 7/8) that recalls early Eighties King Crimson.”

“It definitely has that Discipline feel,” bassist-singer Les Claypool tells Rolling Stone, referencing King Crimson’s 1981 LP. “But it’s also very reminiscent of [Primus’ 1991 track] ‘Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,’ that tapping and the syncopated bit with me and [guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde]. But all that probably comes from the Crimson influence as well because Crimson was definitely a big influence on the three of us.”

Read the full article HERE at Rolling Stone.


01/08/17: Pendragon will perform a series of concerts in the autumn 2017

In September, Pendragon will embark on a series of dates across the globe, and for the first time the band will visit Japan. Followed by Quebec, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The tour will be concluded in November in London.

27/09/17: Tsutaya O-West Tokyo, Japan
21/10/17: Salle Jean-Paul-Tardif, Québec City, Canada
27/10/17: Chez Paulette, Nancy, France
28/10/17: Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
29/10/17: Zentrum Altenberg, Oberhausen, Germany
30/10/17: Das Rind, Russelheim, Germany
03/11/17: 229 The Venue, London, UK

Clive Nolan’s Caamora Theatre Company will also be presenting a three concerts at the Cheltenham Playhouse on 1st & 2nd September – checkout the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

Clive: “It’s back to Pendragon soon, with our first visit to Japan followed by Quebec some more European dates. This will be a chance to try the new keyboard out! Hope to see you on tour!”


01/08/17: New project featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns’N Roses and Journey

For the past few months, rumours have been circulating about a new project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Today sees the official announcement of Sons Of Apollo.

The band brings together former Dream Theater members Derek Sherinian, Mike Portnoy and fellow Winery Dogs bassman Billy Sheehan, with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses) and Jeff Scott Soto (Journey & Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force). Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony will be released 20th October 2017 on InsideOut Music/Sony Music label. The band will tour in 2018 although no dates have been announced as yet.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music


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