Published on 1st May 2019
TPA News – May 2019
Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout May 2019.
16/05/2019: Magma To Release New Album Zëss on 28th June 2019
French icons Magma will release their latest studio album Zëss on 28th June 2019. Originally conceived in 1977 and first played in concert in the spring of 1979, the material has been largely set aside since 1983.
Four decades after its first draft, the work has now finally been recorded in an orchestral version that brings additional layers and textures to the vision behind it. “For “Zëss” is above all the visionary reflection of an immemorial dream haunting the most obscure part of our souls.”
“Zëss” treads a line between a vital overflowing and the edges of the unlivable. It is an incandescent and heady oratorio where consciousness questions its other side in a measureless journey. “Zëss” indicates the ultimate reversal out of which bursts a beyond of music that only music can reach.”
The album is available for pre-order now exclusively from Seventh Records and includes a 40 page Deluxe CD Book including all lyrics.
The band are also touring in 2019 in support of the album.
8 JUNE 2019
HELSINKI HELSINKI – SIDEWAYS FESTIVAL
26 JUNE 2019
PARIS PARIS PHILHARMONIC HALL
2 JULY 2019
LYON FESTIVAL LES NUITS DE FOURVIERE
16 JULY 2019
JUAN LES PINS FESTIVAL JAZZ A JUAN
16 AUGUST 2019
SAINT-NOLFF SAINT-NOLFF – MOTOCULTOR FESTIVAL
20 SEPTEMBER 2019
TOKYO TOKYO – SHIBUYA WWW
21 SEPTEMBER 2019
TOKYO TOKYO – EX THEATER
22 SEPTEMBER 2019
OSAKA OSAKA – SANKEI HALL BREEZE
4 OCTOBER 2019
LONDON – ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
13 OCTOBER 2019
NEWCASTLE NEWCASTLE – TUSKFESTIVAL
17 OCTOBER 2019
BERLIN – KESSELHAUS
18 OCTOBER 2019
BRUXELLES BRUXELLES – LE 140
19 OCTOBER 2019
FRANKFURT FRANKFURT – BATSCHKAPP
31 OCTOBER 2019
STOCKHOLM STOCKHOLM – FASCHING
1 NOVEMBER 2019
STOCKHOLM STOCKHOLM – FASCHING
2 NOVEMBER 2019
GOTEBORG GOTEBORG – BREWHOUSE
3 NOVEMBER 2019
OSLO OSLO – COSMOPOLITE
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
13/05/2019: The North Sea Radio Orchestra feat. John Greaves & Annie Barbazza Release Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom on Limited Edition CD & Vinyl
Robert Wyatt’s 1974 album Rock Bottom has been re-arranged by Craig Fortnam for the North Sea Radio Orchestra. Featuring Wyatt’s collaborator and Henry Cow founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals, along with vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer, Folly Bololey: Songs from Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom is a heartfelt tribute to Robert Wyatt’s music.
The limited hand numbered edition of 500 LP audiophile blue premium vinyl with gimmix foldout cover and bonus golden CD & 999 Cardboard sleeve hand numbered audiophile golden CD will be released on May 17th on Dark Companion Records. Cover notes are provided by Robert Wyatt and Jonathan Coe.
Wyatt comments: “This concert is a beautiful event, for me. These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an entirely fresh way of putting the music together. I feel so honored and so grateful.” Jonathan Coe adds: “One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully reimagined and re-written for orchestra. I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An amazing achievement.”
1. Sea Song 5:54
2. A Last Straw 5:27
3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 5:04
4. Alifib 7:45
5. Alifie 5:19
6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 5:18
7. The British Road 6:25
8. Maryan 5:41
9. Shipbuilding 4:47
10. O Caroline 5:09
Annie Barbazza: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ
John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6)
Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5)
Luke Crookes: Bassoon
William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5)
Harry Escott: Cello
Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9)
Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion
Cheb Nettles: Drums
Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/Bass Recorder
Arranged and directed by Craig Fortnam
Executive Production by Max Marchini
Recorded live, mixed and mastered by Alberto Callegari at Elfo Recording
Studios, Tavernago, Italy during “Musiche Nuove a Piacenza Festival”,
November 30th, 2018
Annie Barbazza appears by courtesy of Manticore Records
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
13/05/2019: Warmrain Release 4-Track EP Followed by New Album Back Above the Clouds
Warmrain have announced the release of their first full debut album Back Above The Clouds. The album is “the documentation of one person’s journey back to themselves, triggered by the catalyst of heart-breaking loss…”
Conceived and written by Leon J Russell, the release is based on an adapted true story. Russell comments: “As human beings, we all share in the universal experience of heart-breaking loss, and during the after-effects we have to discover coping mechanisms that will give us the strength to rebuild ourselves and our lives.”
The music was brought to life by guitarist Matthew Lerwill and bassist Simon Bradshaw, with Russell handling vocals, guitar and drums. it tells how the person who lived through this story kept a series of journals, documenting the thoughts and feelings they were experiencing. Back Above the Clouds is made up of extracts from these journals.
The double CD is scheduled for release on 7 June 2019 on Rain Recordings [RAIN002CD], distributed by Plastic Head. A vinyl version will follow later in the year.
Fading Star (8:18)
Absent Friends (8:14)
Running Out Of Time (3:44)
Alone In Silent Harmony (4:09)
I Should Be Seeing Stars By Now (6:55)
New Dawn (5:32)
Here Comes The Rain Again (Extended Version) (7:00)
A Hundred Miles High (5:23)
Live The Dream (7:39)
Free Now (5:12)
Flying Dreams (8:04)
Absent Friends (Reprise) (3:20)
Luminous Star (More Than A Memory) (7:14)
The new album is being preceded by an EP which is set for release on 17th May. The lead track Here Comes The Rain Again is an interpretation of the Eurythmics’ song and features guest musicians Craig Blundell on drums and John Mitchell playing keyboards. The EP is completed by three non-album tracks Shadow-Line Paradigm, Keep Going and Clock Watching Pt.1, Pt.2 & Pt.3 written specifically for the release.
SOURCE: Palmer Turner Overdrive
10/05/2019: Freedom to Glide to Release New Album Seed on 31st May 2019
The release is a personal concept album based around one man’s experience of 1918 – the final year of World War 1. The band explain: “On leave from the war at the beginning of 1918, a soldier, struggling to come to terms with the fact that the war seems to have no end in sight starts to conclude that his death is inevitable. Fearing this may be the last time he sees them he tells his family to prepare for the worst. In the months that follow he realises how much the war has cost him, his family, his friends, indeed all humanity. As his thoughts turn outward to the wider world he encounters an ‘enemy’ doctor carrying a fellow soldier back to safety. The two talk and find a mutual respect for one another as the futility of war stares them square in the face. With the end of the war now in sight they find a ray of light in the black of the war, a seed of hope that maybe peace is within reach?”
2. Holding On
3. No Turning Back
4. Undertones Of War
5. The Right Within The Wrong
6. The Space Between The Lines
7. The Only Way?
8. Escape To Survive
9. One Day
10. When That Day Comes
11. Broken Road
12. Dear May
13. Seed Of Hope
SOURCE: Freedom to Glide
09/05/2019: Tim Bowness Adds Live Berlin Date and Confirms UK Special Guest Performances
Tim and his band featuring John Jowitt (IQ, Frost etc), Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Brian Hulse and Steve Bingham will be playing a range of songs from his albums, released via and Inside Out/Sony and no-man labels. Dates include:
26th May – Arts Workshop, Worcester, UK
31st May – De Boerdij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (co-headlining with Anneke Van Giersbergen)
2nd June – Wroclaw, Poland
3rd June – Warsaw, Poland
4th June – Prachtwerk, Berlin, Germany
7th June – Dingwalls, London, UK
20th July – Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany
Tim is pleased to announce that in London he will be supported by Amy Birks, as well as a special stick-set by Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, The Mute Gods). In Berlin he will be joined by Bernhard Woestheinrich (Centrozoon) as support.
New album Flowers At The Scene is available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album. Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album’s artwork is by Jarrod Gosling.
1) I Go Deeper (4.15)
2) The Train That Pulled Away (4.04)
3) Rainmark (4.15)
4) Not Married Anymore (3.30)
5) Flowers At The Scene (3.04)
6) It’s The World (3.03)
7) Borderline (3.45)
8) Ghostlike (5.08)
9) The War On Me (3.47)
10) Killing To Survive (3.59)
11) What Lies Here (4.00)
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
09/05/2019: Daniel Tompkins Releases New Single and Video Limitless
Taken from his forthcoming studio solo album Castles, releasing on 31st May 2019, Daniel Tompkins has released the new single and video for the song Limitless.
Daniel comments that the song “explores the theme of loneliness and desperation. In our romantic relationships we can all make mistakes at some point or another, often we’re able to navigate difficult times but sometimes we can cause irreparable damage. Limitless is experienced through the eyes of a person having lost such a relationship, aimlessly wandering and constantly reaching dead ends. Sometimes it’s better to simply reset, move on and start again without the baggage of the past. That being said, the outcome of the decisions we make will shape the people we become and while memories fade, they’re never truly erased.”
Limitless was filmed in the US with directors Steven Cleavland & Kyle Kadow with whom he previously worked on ZETA and TesseracT projects: “they created such an incredible visuals for those projects and have great working relationships with local actors. Interestingly, both the male lead actors seen in the Causeway video were also featured in TesseracT’s King video, as we thought that would be a nice link, plus they are incredible actors. The elder male lead, Timothy Barnes, also features in Limitless.”
New album 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 13-track album features six alternative versions, which feature special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. The artwork is created by Ani Artworks.
Castles will be released on CD, LP (180g black vinyl) and digital.
SOURCE: For The Lost PR
06/05/2019: Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso release new track ‘L’imprevisto’ from new album ‘Transiberiana’
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso have launched their new single ‘L’imprevisto’ from new album Transiberiana released with Inside Out Music / Sony Music group. The new album will be the first studio album in 25 years.
Vittorio Nocenzi comments:
“At one point, the Siberian cold is so intense that the ice covers the entire track. So it becomes dangerous to move on, it could be derailed. And then the train stops, in the tundra desert. It’s cold and travelers start to be afraid. Lights can be seen outside, it could be a village. Then they start thinking about getting off the train to go and ask for help. The cold increases. It is the metaphor of the unpredictable things that change in the course of our existence, fear before what we know is always the first weapon of defense. Instead the unexpected can also give us unexpected positive surprises, if only we were more willing to face diversity, the unusual: any unexpected can build new discoveries and new certainties if we face it with courage and determination. The unexpected is just an opportunity to change. Don’t be afraid of the new road that opens up. Among the sounds that characterize this track in particular the “slide guitar” of Filippo, expresses all the yearning for regret that are in the fear that travelers face in front of – nothing that has drowned our days.”
‘Transiberiana’ will be available as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with 44 page booklet, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP Booklet, and as digital download.
1. Stelle sulla terra (6:06)
2. L’imprevisto (3:29)
3. La discesa dal treno (6:16)
4. L’assalto dei lupi (5:35)
5. Campi di Fragole (3:36)
6. Lo sciamano (4:01)
7. Eterna Transiberiana (6:20)
8. I ruderi del gulag (6:06)
9. Lasciando alle spalle (1:47)
10. Il grande bianco (6:33)
11. Oceano: Strade di sale (3:39)
SOURCE: InsideOut Music
05/05/2019: June release date announced for The Divide from Tony Patterson & Doug Melbourne
Esoteric Antenna announce the release of the new studio album by singer and multi-instrumentalist Tony Patterson & keyboardist Doug Melbourne. The Divide will be released on the Esoteric Antenna (Cherry Red Records) on the 28th June 2019
Previously the musicians have worked together notably in Genesis tribute band ReGenesis. Doug has also contributed to some of Tony Patterson’s other projects including his solo album Equations Of Meaning and the acclaimed Northlands album with Brendan Eyre. The first music to be released form the album comes in the shape of Antartica
The Divide is a collection of ten songs, which, while reflecting their many influences, stands alone as a highly original yet accessible album. The lyrics of the songs reflect the world in which we live – fake news, urban stress and conspiracy theorists are among the subjects explored on this polished, epic and powerful album.
SOURCE: Cherry Red Records
03/05/2019: Rock the Coast Festival Reveal Bands and Stage Times
Rock The Coast Festival have revealed the band stage times for the forthcoming two day festival. The inaugural event is set to take place in Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain on 14th and 15th June 2019 at the site of Mare Nostrum. It will feature two main stages plus a third located in the Sohail Castle. The aim of the festival is to bring together the Costa del Sol’s warm weather and the comforts of a holiday location with all forms of rock music.
The full line-up for Rock The Coast 2019 is:
RAINBOW, SCORPIONS, EUROPE, OPETH, UFO, THE DARKNESS, CARCASS, TARJA, MICHAEL MONROE, MAGNUM, WINTERSUN, SEVENTH WONDER, ABORTED, TWELVE FOOT NINJA, MAYHEM, DARK TRANQUILLITY, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, JINJER, TRIBULATION, GRAVEYARD, ANGELUS APATRIDA, CONCEPTION, U.D.O, FREEDOM CALL, ARKONA, BLAZE BAYLEY, LEO JIMENEZ, ALKALOID, ANGEL WITCH, ABSOLVA, HYPNO5E, CRISÁLIDA, DÉBLER, TAKEN, THE BROKEN HORIZON, THYRANT, DRY RIVER, SIDDHARTA, BLOODHUNTER, HITTEN, THE HOLEUM, CHAOS BEFORE GEA, THE HOLEUM
The organisers comment: ‘Almost one month left for the festival and now you can check the full schedule of Rock The Coast Festival 2019. See you very soon. Let’s rock the coast!‘
The final price for 2-days tickets is 130€ (+ expenses) and the single day ticket price is 80€ (+ expenses, each one, same price for Friday and Saturday).
A very special opening party takes place the night before the festival on Thursday 13th June which will feature an exclusive show from Norwegian music group Wardruna who will perform inside the Sohail Castle. Capacity is limited for this separately ticketed event.
Tickets are on sale now – https://www.rockthecoastfestival.es/19/en/tickets/
Fuengirola’s municipal area is one of the smallest in the Málaga province and it is virtually reduced to a coastal strip that the city and the district of Santa Fe de los Boliches take up. It extends along seven kilometres of coastline with plenty of excellent beaches. Fuengirola is also only a 20 minute drive from Malaga airport.
SOURCE: For The Lost PR
03/05/2019: US Ensemble IZZ to Release New Album Don’t Panic on 21st May 2019
New York-based ensemble IZZ are set to release their ninth studio album Don’t Panic on 21st May 2019. Centred around the 18 minute epic, 42, the new album continues the band’s signature energy, complex song structures and melodic hooks.
42 captures all four vocalists, Anmarie Byrnes, Laura Meade, John Galgano and Tom Galgano creating connected melodies while guitarist Paul Bremner and drummers Greg DiMiceli and Brian Coralian carry the song’s dynamic and emotional content.
IZZ will be performing at the Terra Incognita Festival in Quebec City the weekend of 18th May – 19th May 2019 and at the New Jersey Proghouse the weekend of 15th June – 16th June.
1. Don’t Panic
3. Six String Theory
4. Moment of Inertia
5. Age of Stars
Paul Bremner: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Anmarie Byrnes: Vocals
Brian Coralian: Electronic & Acoustic Drums and Percussion
Greg DiMiceli: Acoustic Drums and Percussion
John Galgano: Bass Guitar, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tom Galgano: Keyboards, Vocals
Laura Meade: Vocals
SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR
02/05/2019: Gandalf’s Fist Announce New Double Album The Clockwork Prologue for July 2019 Release
On the 3-year anniversary of their previous release, Gandlaf’s Fist have announced they are returning to Cogtopolis with a new double album The Clockwork Prologue. Following the video games model, the band explain that the album is designed to act as an “expansion pack” to the 2016 Triple album The Clockwork Fable, making the combined releases a seamless 5-disc adventure.
“Most of the band have loved playing video games since the 80’s and the idea of creating a musical expansion-pack, in the same way game manufactures introduce new levels and new quests, has been an undertaking we’ve all enjoyed immensely. It’s been a great opportunity to finish all the wonderful ideas we couldn’t even fit into a triple album in 2016 as well as been a fantastic way of collaborating on new material with our own ‘upgraded’ lineup with Ben and Keri. The whole thing sounds fantastic and without question has some of our finest songs to date!”
The album will feature the talents of Mark Benton (Shakespeare & Hathaway, Early Doors, Waterloo Road); Bill Fellows (Lady Macbeth, Downton Abbey, Broadchurch); Paul Kavanagh (The Wastelander) and Tim Munro (Dr Who, Great Expectations) and takes listeners back to an post-apocalyptic underworld and struggle to reach the surface.
The album is scheduled to be released 1st July 2019 and pre-order packages are now available via the band’s website: www.gandalfsfist.com/preorder
SOURCE: Gandalf’s Fist
01/05/2019: Periphery Announce European Headline Tour 2019
Periphery have announced a European headline tour for November 2019 in support of their new album “Periphery IV: Hail Stan” (3DOT Recordings), released earlier this month. Support will come from Plini and Astronoid.
Periphery IV: HAIL STAN is the first release following the band’s 2017 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category, for “Periphery III: Select Difficulty” album opener ‘The Price Is Wrong’.
01.11.2019 (DE) Cologne – Essigfabrik
02.11.2019 (DE) Hamburg – Gruenspan
04.11.2019 (DE) Munich – Backstage Werk
05.11.2019 (DE) Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
06.11.2019 (DE) Berlin – Columbia Theater
08.11.2019 (NL) Nijmegen – Doornroosje
09.11.2019 (NL) Amsterdam – Melkweg
11.11.2019 (UK) Bristol – O2 Academy Bristol
12.11.2019 (UK) Glasgow – The Garage
14.11.2019 (UK) Manchester – O2 Ritz
15.11.2019 (UK) London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Periphery are Jake Bowen (guitar, programming), Matt Halpern (drums), Mark Holcomb (guitar), Misha Mansoor (guitar, programming) and Spencer Sotelo (vocals).
SOURCE: The Noise Cartel
01/05/2019: Genesis Seconds Out to be Remastered for Vinyl with Half Speed Mastering at Abbey Road Studios
With a release date of 7th June 2019, the album is formed of recordings from their four dates at the Palais Des Sports in Paris in June 1977 as part of their Wind and Wuthering tour. “The Cinema Show” was recorded in 1976 at the Pavillion de Paris during their Trick of the Tail tour.
Seconds Out will be half speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios and form part of the Half Speed Mastered range complete with Obi-Strip and accompanying Certificate.
2. THE CARPET CRAWL
3. ROBBERY, ASSAULT AND BATTERY
1. FIRTH OF FIFTH
2. I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE)
3. THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
4. THE MUSICAL BOX (CLOSING SECTION)
1. SUPPER’S READY
1. THE CINEMA SHOW” (PAVILLON DE PARIS – 23 JUNE 1976)
2. DANCE ON A VOLCANO
3. LOS ENDOS
SOURCE: Hackett Songs
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