Published on 1st March 2019
TPA News – March 2019
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout March 2019.
21/03/2019: John Mitchell Releases Ancient Ascendant Video From new Lonely Robot Album Under Stars
Ancient Ascendant is the first track of the new Lonely Robot album Under Stars and today has seen the release of the first video. John comments: “Ancient Ascendant is a wry poke at and indeed musical equivalent of the famous ‘evolution of man’ picture. We may be evolutionary but we seem to be walking backwards into the swampy quagmire of a synthesized society. Maybe we can learn something from the simpler times and customs of our ancestors even if we can’t learn from their history. This was the first song I recorded for Under Stars and I had a ball recording it!”
Featuring drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish), Mitchell supplies all other instrumentation on the album. For John, the album is “the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80’s synthwave pop a little more, so beware the 808! The title is derived from belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.”
Under Stars will be released as a limited edition digipak CD (featuring 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.
1. Terminal Earth
2. Ancient Ascendant
4. Under Stars
5. Authorship Of Our Lives
6. The Signal
7. The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now
8. When Gravity Fails
9. How Bright Is The Sun?
10. Inside This Machine
11. An Ending
12. How Bright Is The Sun? (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
13. Under Stars (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
14. Lonely Robot – Chapter One – Airlock* CD / digital bonus track
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
19/03/2019: Neal Morse Announces New Prog Musical Jesus Christ The Exorcist.
Neal Morse has announced a new progressive rock musical – Jesus Christ The Exorcist. The new double album has taken a decade to create and features two hours of music that takes in the entirety of Morse’s eclectic musical history.
Citing influences such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Morse explains: “It is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope that people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in it. These songs and pieces of music were all written specifically for this project. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June.”
Contributions include vocalists and musicians such as Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, Jake Livgren and others. The Musical had its live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by an all-star cast
featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass) and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy) and Wil Morse. John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) were also added to the performance.
4. Gather The People
5. Jesus’ Baptism
6. Jesus’ Temptation
7. There’s A Highway
8. The Woman Of Seven Devils
9. Free At Last
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes
11. Love Has Called My Name
12. Better Weather
13. The Keys To The Kingdom
14. Get Behind Me Satan
1. He Must Go To The Cross
3. Hearts Full Of Holes
4. The Last Supper
6. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial
7. Judas’ Death
8. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion
9. Mary At The Tomb
10. The Greatest Love Of All
11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David – Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio – Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian – The Devil
Matt Smith – John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein – Demon 4
Julie Harrison – Servant Girl
19/03/2019: Devin Townsend Launches Second Single From New Album Empath Along with Supporting Tour Dates.
Devin Townsend has released a second single Evermore from his new album Empath which is set to be released on 29th March 2019 via InsideOut Music. Devin comments: “So with the release of Empath fast approaching, and people having had various chances to hear the album, the reactions are pretty much what I expected: Those interested in the more artistic and free form side of what I do really seem to like and understand it, and those looking for the more commercial or rocking side of what I do are maybe not so convinced :)”
You can make up your mind by watching the new video here:
The EMPATH Europe – Volume 1 Tour begins in November.
15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Tickets available here: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/
In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin is walking fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch the first episode of that series here: https://youtu.be/y4sJ8odko2Y
Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.
3. Spirits Will Collide
6. Hear Me
Part 1 – Adrift
Part 2 – I Am I
Part 3 – There Be Monsters
Part 4 – Curious Gods
Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
18/03/2019: Dick Dale, the “King of Surf Rock” Passes Away.
Guitarist Dick Dale, well known for his song Misirlou which played during the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, has died at the age of age 81. Dale had a long history of poor health but nevertheless continued playing up to his death.
His characteristic style was built around a fast picking technique on his Fender Stratocaster and inspired bands such as The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix. The BPI commented that Dale was “a great musician who created a brilliant and uniquely distinctive style and sound that will forever be his hallmark“.
Commenting on his own approach to music in 2015, he remarks; “Playing guitar was only a window in my life. I never practiced the guitar and when I’m done playing I just put it down. Music is like building a house. It’s like going out deep into the desert to see what nature is doing. It’s like painting, like Salvador Dali. I try to do that with my music, make it like a Salvador Dali painting.”
18/03/2019: Guitarist Bernie Tormé Passes Away at the Age of 66.
A statemnent from his family reads: “Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past 4 weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for 5 decades. He will be sorely missed.”
Colleague and drummer Mik Gaffney confirmed the news: “Something I hoped I would never have to write, the amazing, unmistakable guitar legend Bernie Torme has died. He passed away yesterday, surrounded by his loved ones.”
Tormé had been in hospital since the beginning of February with pneumonia, being placed on a ventilator on the 15th February when his condition failed to improve. The former Ozzie Osborne and Gillan guitarist released a solo album Shadowland last year and supported it with a headline UK tour in November and December.
SOURCE: Drop Deaf PR
17/03/2019: The Mute Gods launch new single One Day featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush
The Mute Gods, featuring Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, The Sea Within), will release their third studio album Atheists and Believers on the 22nd March 2019. In advance of the launch they have released a video for the track One Day which features Alex Lifeson of Rush as guest.
Released 2 years after its predecessor Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth, Beggs once again focuses on the state of the modern world, looking at topics such as politics, humanity & love over the course of 10 tracks. Nick comments: “The album’s key message is that we now empower stupid people and don’t listen to educated, informed experts anymore because truth is no longer fashionable.”
The new album features special guest contributions from Alex Lifeson, Craig Blundell, Rob Townsend and Beggs’ daughter, Lula Beggs. Atheists and Believers will be released on Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD & as a digital album.
1. Atheists and Believers
2. One Day
4. Envy the Dead
5. Sonic Boom
6. Old Men
7. The House Where Love Once Lived
8. Iridium Heart
9. Twisted World, Godless Universe
10. I Think Of You
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
14/03/2019: Daniel Tompkins Announces Solo Album Castles
Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, White Moth Black Butterfly, Skyharbor) has announced the release of his debut solo album Castles via Kscope on 31st May 2019. The album explores the arc of personal relationships – tragic mistakes, misjudgements of character and victorious, passionate love.
Daniel explains: “Everyone has experiences that are relatable to one another in their romantic relationships. We make huge investments of trust and care and commitment into one another and sometimes they simply fail. In fact, most fail. That said, some survive, thrive and create incredible lifelong partnerships or at least important, long lasting love. But sometimes, we make massive misjudgements of character and the true nature of someone is always revealed over time. Sometimes tragic mistakes, physical or mental abuse, compulsion or addiction are an issue and create irreparable harm to relationships and lives, no matter how in love two people may be. This is the area where the most tragic outcomes occur. The album is somewhat cathartic lyrically but in other areas it explores amazing, victorious, passionate love. A lot of this story is told from the perspective of someone seeking that perfect partnership and the ultimate fulfilment of finding it.”
Castles is written & engineered by Tompkins alongside US producer Eddie Head (Haji’s Kitchen) and recorded at both the UK’s Celestial Sound Studio (Vocals) & The Color And The Sound Studios (Music) in the US, with mastering by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds. The album has 13 tracks and will feature six alternative versions, with contributions from special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Grammy-nominated Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. Artwork is by Ani Artworks (www.aniartworks.org).
Castles will be released on CD, LP (180g black vinyl) and digital (pre-orders receive “Saved feat. Acle Kahney” as an instant download).
1. Saved [04:19]
2. Black The Sun [05:56]
3. Castles [05:08]
4. Kiss [04:41]
5. Limitless [04:30]
6. Cinders [05:49]
7. Telegraph [04:36]
8. Black The Sun (Head Rework) [05:37]
9. Limitless (feat. Dmitry Stepanov) [04:51]
10. Kiss (feat. Randy Slaugh) [04:12]
11. Saved (feat. Acle Kahney) [03:36]
12. Saved (feat. Paul Ortiz) [03:50]
13. Saved (feat. Randy Slaugh) [03:33]
SOURCE: For The Lost
14/03/2019: Seven Steps to the Green Door Reveal Further Details About New Album The?Lie
German band Seven Steps to the Green Door have revealed further details about their new album THE?LIE. The release marks the second instalment of their concept trilogy THE?BOOK in which casts a critical eye over religious fanaticism.
George Andrade created a detailed and engaging lyric book out of Thoralf Koss’ story. To match the story line, the band invited contributions from some of the leading musicians of the contemporary prog to take on the roles of the characters and to perform the instrumental parts. British multi-instrumentalist and singer Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel, Francis Dunnery Band) delivers vocals as the “Father”; guitarist Luke Machin (including Maschine, The Tangent, Francis Dunnery Band, Damanek …) plays most guitar parts; Steve Unruh (Resistor, UPF, Samurai of Prog) and Jason Melidonie (Cytotoxin) adds violin and guitar solos.
The album is produced by Marek Arnold and mixed/mastered by Martin Schnella (Flaming Row, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, ssttgd) and will be released by Progressive Promotion Records on 30th April 2019. All pre-orders will feature the album, signed by Marek and Ulf, with an extensive lyric book of the story line. There will also be a limited edition of the album featuring a hand written and designed lyric book by George Andrade: only 30 copies of this item will be offered.
Andrade comments: “THE?LIE” is a new rock opera/concept album that I’ve co-written with the magnificent Seven Steps to the Green Door, the second album of a proposed trilogy**. It tells the story of a family intimately caught up in the fanatic actions of their religious leaders, their church “fathers”, and the unfolding tragedy that befalls them all, while having to reconcile their faith turned religion with the repercussions of those fanatic actions committed in their God’s name, and coming to terms with the divergent and symbiotic relationship of a faith’s moral authority with the political realities of administrating and growing any organized religion… I think “THE?LIE” contains some of my best and most ambitious writing for music to date (I hope you’ll agree), and combined with the stellar performances of the musicians and vocalist assembled for this record, I’m confident you’ll be entertained, thrilled, and ultimately moved by the musical experience…”
THE?LIE ( THE?BOOK, part 2)
concept: Thoralf Koß & Marek Arnold
story: Thoralf Koss
storyline/narrative: George Andrade
lyrics: George Andrade
music: Marek Arnold & Ulf Reinhardt
vocallines: Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Lars Kehlor
Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Luke Machin
recorded & edited by Marek Arnold (b`side-music)
mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella (overlodge recording studio)
Produced by Marek Arnold
Ulf Reinhardt – drums
Marek Arnold – piano, organ, keyboards, soprano & alto saxophone, clarinet, seaboard, venova
Luke Machin – main electric guitars
Michael Schetter – main basses
Stephan Pankow – electric guitars
Andreas „Eddy“ Gemeinhardt – electric &acoustic guitars, bass
Denis Strassburg – bass
Steve Unruh – violin solo
Jason Melidonie – guitar solo
Susan Kammler – oboe
Gerd Albers – acoustic guitar
vocalists / characters:
Lars Köhler – as Samuel
Peter Jones – as Father
Jana-Christina Pöche – as Mother
Anne Trautmann ( Enna Nnamtuart ) – as Lover / Samuel`s girlfriend
Sören Flechsig – as Noah
Annemarie Schmidt – vocal adds
Amelie Hofmann – vocal adds
SOURCE: Marek Arnold / SSTTGD
13/03/2019: Tim Bowness Announces Two Live Dates to Support New Album Flowers at the Scene
Tim Bowness has revealed two UK live dates in support of his recently released fifth solo album Flowers At The Scene. Produced by no-man, the album is a collection of 11 diverse songs. Tim comments: “’Lost In The Ghost Light felt like a conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a new beginning.”
The band will feature John Jowitt (IQ, Frost etc), Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Brian Hulse and Steve Bingham and will be playing songs from his Inside Out/Sony label albums and no-man.
26th May – Arts Workshop, Worcester
7th June – Dingwalls, London
Tim and band will also be playing the following live dates:
31st May – De Boerdij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (co-headlining with Anneke Van Giersbergen)
2nd June – Wroclaw, Poland
3rd June – Warsaw, Poland
20th July – Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany
Flowers At The Scene is available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album. The album can be ordered here: https://timbowness.lnk.to/FlowersAtTheScene
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
13/03/2019: Bjørn Riis Announces New Solo Album – A Storm Is Coming
Following on from The Coming Home mini album released in February, Bjørn Riis has announced the forthcoming release of a new solo studio album A Storm Is Coming.
Continuing from where Forever Comes to an End ends, Riis reveals the album has a different writing process compared to previous releases. “The writing process for this album was a bit different compared to Lullabies and Forever. Lullabies was very much me wanting to finish a lot of the stuff I had laying around from not having used them with Airbag. Forever started out with the title track that was written while I promoted Lullabies and that sort of grew into a new album. This album was written really fast, over a period of 2-3 weeks, and all of the songs are new. There’s no left over material or ideas that’s been laying around. I knew I wanted to make a new album and I pretty much picked up the guitar and started writing.”
Riis believes the album remains true to the spontaneity of the song writing process. Fans can follow the process – the writing, recording and mixing of the album – on his web site where he will post news updates, in-depth written features and video clips from the studio.
SOURCE: Bjørn Riis
12/03/2019: Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth – The Official Touring History
Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth – An Official Touring History written by Skip Daly and Eric Hansen is first complete archive of Rush’s time on the road.
The book chronicles in meticulous detail Rush’s touring career, including all set lists, each opening act and all ad hoc moments and highlights. Reviewed and approved by the band, it contains previously unreleased images, photos and insights into how life on the road changed over the years.
Hard copy release is scheduled for 15th October 2019.
10/03/2019: The Franck Carducci Band’s European tour starts this month
The Franck Carducci band will be back on the roads of Europe starting from March 2019…
“On The Road To Nowhere, an absolutely unique experience of theatrical Classic-Rock, that successfully combines powerful melodies with costumes, choreographies, sensuality, color explosions, didgeridoo duels, double-neck guitars, belly-dancing around a Theremin, lighted-wings over a Mellotron, … for a flamboyant and fun show full of emotions!”
European Tour Dates
16/03/2019 : Salle Pierre Noyer, Genilac [France]
19/03/2019 : The Bedford, London [England]
20/03/2019 : The Portland Arms, Cambridge [England]
21/03/2019 : The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool [England]
22/03/2019 : Think Tank?, Newcastle upon Tyne [England]
23/03/2019 : Ivory Blacks, Glasgow [Scotland]
24/03/2019 : Fusion Festival, The Civic Centre, Stourport on Severn [England]
06/04/2019 : Convention Prog-Resiste, The Spirit of 66, Verviers [Belgium]
13/04/2019 : Art-Rock Festival, Neuberinhaus, Reichenbach im Vogtland [Germany]
27/04/2019 : Cosmopolite, Oslo [Norway]
03/05/2019 : Valence – Brasserie des 3 Becs [France]
18/05/2019 : JackJack, Lyon (Bron) [France]
12/07/2019 : Rock and Roll Circus Festival, Parc des Expositions, Villeneuve-sur-Lot [France]
27/07/2019 : Cambridge Rock Festival, Cambridge [England]
22/09/2019 : Prog Dreams Festival, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [Netherlands]
SOURCE: The Franck Carducci Band
09/03/2019: King of Agogik announces new studio album
Multi-instrumentalist Hans Jörg Schmitz returns at the end of March with the seventh and latest studio release from his project King of Agogik. After The Last Stroke will once again feature a host of guest musicians including Steve Unruh, Dago Wilms, Andrew Marshall, Peter Simon, Gary Farmer and many more.
After The Last Stroke will be released on 30th March 2019…
07/03/2019: Leprous Embark on South American and European Tour
Baard Kolstad comments: “We entered the studio to record the drums for half of the album last week with David Castillo @ Ghostward/Fascination Street Studios, same studio as we recorded the 2 latest studio albums. As an over autistic control freak I am when recording myself, this time around I had more time than ever to perfectionise and experiment with my sound almost without compromises, so a big thanks to Einar and David for their patience! We also recorded 1 song together, drums and bass, something neither LEPROUS or I have ever done before. Feeling very good to leave the drum recording for now, focusing on the last half of the album to be recorded in May. I’m so looking forward to hear the outcome just in a few days when the guitarists have put their touch. Will be a different LEPROUS album for sure, but still LEPROUS!”
Leprous are presently on their debut tour of Latin America promoting their current album Malina. They will continue touring in Europe toward the end of March.
Latin American Tour 2019:
28.02.2019 Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3 Stage
01.03.2019 Mexico City (Mexico) – Plaza Condesa
02.03.2019 Bogota (Colombia) – Ace Of Spades
03.03.2019 Lima (Peru) – Centro Amistad Peruano China
05.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
07.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
08.03.2019 Buenos Aires (Argentina) – El Teatrito
10.03.2019 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club
European Tour 2019:
22.03.2019 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Prognosis Festival
23.03.2019 San Gwann (Malta) – Metal Over Malta
06.04.2019 Paris (France) – Heart Sound Metal Festival *
27.04.2019 Toulouse (France) – Slasher Metal Fest
07.06.2019 Bergen (Norway) – Close To The Rain *
09.06.2019 Tomas (Portugal) – Comendatio Music Fest
29.06.2019 Madrid (Spain) – Download Festival *
23.08.2019 Suceava (Romania) – Bucovina Rock Castle *
Further dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Source: InsideOut Music
05/03/19: Stick Men Announce 2019 US Tour Dates and Confirm European Tour
Stick Men have announced the dates of a summer US tour. Comprising of Tony Levin (stick), Markus Reuter (touch guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (drums), the band have extensive experience playing in numerous prog rock bands. Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin form part of the rhythm section of King Crimson. Levin plays the the 12 string Chapman Stick in King Crimson as well as with Peter Gabriel and others. Markus Reuter is a composer/guitarist who designed and plays his own unique touch style guitar.
30th JUL – ARDMORE, PA (Ardmore Music Hall)
31st JUL – NEW YORK, NY (The Iridium) (two shows)
1st AUG – NEW YORK, NY (The Iridium) (two shows)
2nd AUG – to be announced soon!
3rd AUG – JIM THORPE, PA (The Mauch Chunk Opera House)
4th AUG – CLEVELAND, OH (Beachland)
6th AUG – ROCHESTER, NY (Lovin’ Cup)
7th AUG – PAWLING, NY (Daryl’s Hall)
8th AUG – NATICK, MA (The Center For Arts In Natick)
9th AUG – MANCHESTER, NH (Penuche’s Music Hall)
10th AUG – ALBANY, NY (The Linda WAMC Performing Arts Center)
The band have confirmed a European Tour in November. Dates will be announced in April.
Source: Stick Men
05/03/19: Details of the New Joost Maglev Album Alter Ego Available from Bad Elephant Music
An intensely personal and reflective album, it features contributions from Mark Bogert, David Clarkson, Valensia Clarkson, Ben Craven, Marie Doesburg, Annie Haslam, Sebas Honing, Arjen Lucassen, Stefan Maas, Joop de Rooij and Faried Verheul.
David Elliott of BEM comments: “I first became aware of Joost’s work through FREIA Music, who we have a partnership with, and through whom ‘Overwrite The Sin’ (Joost’s first album) was distributed.” The album is available for pre-order now.
3. Corpus Christi
4. Ever After
5. Judith ~episode ii~
6. Alter Ego
7. Burning Girl
Source: Joost Maglev Bandcamp
03/03/19: Martigan Call It A Day after 25 Years and Say Farewell
After 25 years, German band Martigan have decided to call it a day. Originally founded on 3rd March 1994 and having released 5 albums and a live DVD, they have regrettably announced “it is time to say goodbye”.
Speaking on their Facebook page, the band comment: “With the 5 members of Martigan also having private lives, jobs and other musical projects, it has become increasingly difficult to get the band together for new songs and rehearsals. Also, individual opinions and preferences of each member about musical styles and how to go forward became more and more diverse.”
Thanking fans for their support and encouragement, the band believe they have achieved everything they set out to accomplish and “now realize that all the stories have been told and that we have now reached the possible“. Martigan have put together a collection of memories on their Youtube channel including two full length gigs. Martigan CDs will still be available from Progressive Promotion Records.
Source: Martigan Facebook
01/03/19: Cyril to Release “The Way Through” Concept Album on 1st April 2019
Germany’s melodic prog band Cyril are to release their third studio album on the 1st April 2019. Following on from Gone Through Years (2013) and Paralyzed (2016), the new album, with story and lyrics written by Guy Manning (Damanek, UPF, ex-Tangent) will be titled The Way Through. The album is about a patient in intensive care caught between life and death.
The album offers the complex melodies and progressive instrumental arrangements for which they have become known and has been produced and composed by Marek Arnold (keys/sax, ssttgd, Toxic Smile, Flaming Row, ex-Star Combo Meissen), with Denis Strassburg (bass) and Manuel Schmid (voc/keys, Star Combo Meissen). The CD will be released by Progressive Promotion Records and will again welcome Larry B. (voc, Toxic Smile), Ralf Dietsch (gtr), Clemens Litschko (drums) and other guests. Martin Schnella (Flaming Row) completed the final mix.
1. The Gate (5:46)
2. My Own Reflection (6:46)
3. First Love ( A Lullaby ) (8:19)
4. Get Up High (8:41)
5. A Sign On The Road (4:33)
6. The Wasteland – Home Again (5:54)
7. The Way Through? (6:15)
Source: Marek Arnold
01/03/19: Gong Announce New Album and UK Tour
Iconic UK band Gong have announced a new album The Universe Also Collapses for release on 10th May 2019. The release is their first with Kscope. Kavus Torabi, the band’s singer and guitarist, comments: “We wanted to make what we thought of as the ultimate psychedelic rock album. The word ‘psychedelic’ gets bandied around a lot, and a great deal of the stuff that gets called psychedelic nowadays doesn’t match up to the description. I want to hear music that makes me feel like I’m on drugs.”
The album is second since the death in 2015 of Daevid Allen, the band’s founder, and marks the dawning of a new chapter. “Gong has always been a force for propulsive, forward-thinking open-mindedness,” says Kavus. “The last album was partly us paying tribute to Daevid, but I think maybe Daevid would have seen that as a bit too sentimental. He was more ‘Fuck that you guys, do your own thing.”
The Universe Also Collapses was recorded at Snorkel Studios in London, engineered and mixed by Frank Byng, mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering and features new artwork designed by 57 Design. The album will be released as a CD, a black 180g vinyl LP, a Lt Ed hot pink 180g vinyl LP and digitally. Pre-orders are open now.
Gong will begin a UK tour supporting The Universe Also Collapses beginning in May with a headline tour of the UK; with special guest Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles).
16th May Patterns, Brighton
17th May Oslo, London
18th May The Wardrobe, Leeds
19th May The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
21st May Audio, Glasgow
22nd May Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
23rd May The Globe, Cardiff
24th May Thekla, Bristol
25th May The 1865, Southampton
26th May Madhatters’s Music Festival, Seaton, Devon
13th July The Alphabet Business Convention, Salisbury
26th October HRH Prog 2019 – Sheffield
27th October HRH Prog 2019 – London
Kavus Torabi (vocals, guitar)
Fabio Golfetti (guitar)
Dave Sturt (bass)
Ian East (saxophone)
Cheb Nettles (drums)
UK Gig Guide
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