Published on 1st July 2019

TPA News – July 2019

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Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout July 2019.

15/07/2019: Flying Colours Announce New Album and Dates for UK and European Tour

Flying Colours have announced a limited number of UK and European dates for December 2019, ahead of the release of their third album Third Degree which is set for release in October 2019 on the Mascot label.

Speaking on their Facebook page the band comment: “We’ve just added 4 shows for EU & UK in December…these shows (and our appearance on CTTE20) are the ONLY shows we will be doing for the foreseeable near future, so if we can’t come close to you, we highly recommend you come to us!! This band is truly magical so you won’t want to miss it… 😎” 

Tour Dates:
Aug 30th – Cross Plains, TN – MorseFest 2019
Sept 5th – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
Oct 7th – New York City, NY – Sony Hall
Oct 11th – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
Oct 17th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
Dec 11th – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
Dec 12th – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Dec 13th – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
Dec 14th – London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The band add: “To all asking for us to play their city/country: These are it!! Deep Purple is touring at the same time & Steve was gracious enough to offer to play on Purple’s days off…so these shows were booked around their schedule & all we can do. It’s a lot better than NOT playing at all!‬”

SOURCE: Flying Colours

12/07/2019: Opeth reveal animated video for Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör

Opeth will release In Cauda Venenum on 27th September 2019 via Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios and will be will be released in two versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Today, the band has unveiled an animated video the record’s first new song, Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör | Heart In Hand.

“Commenting on the new song, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt says, “”Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör” or ”Heart in Hand” as it’s called in English is one of the first couple of songs I wrote for ”In Cauda Venenum.” I immediately knew that it would probably be favoured by ”the powers that be” when talks of future singles for the record would commence. And I was right. I generally leave it up to the labels or managements to pick the so-called singles. I’m indifferent as I put an equal amount of dedication into all songs, so it doesn’t matter all that much to me. I guess it’s one of the more straightforward songs on the album.”

01. Livet’s Trädgård | Garden Of Earthly Delights
02. Svekets Prins | Dignity
03. Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör | Heart In Hand
04. De Närmast Sörjande | Next Of Kin
05. Minnets Yta | Lovelorn Crime
06. Charlatan
07. Ingen Sanning Är Allas | Universal Truth
08. Banemannen | The Garroter
09. Kontinuerlig Drift | Continuum
10. Allting Tar Slut | All Things Will Pass

Opeth will be performing shows in support of In Cauda Venenum – dates can be found on the band’s TOUR PAGE


12/07/2019: Winter’s End Festival reveal 2020 line-up

Winters End TPA2020

Sonicbond Promotions announce the line-up for the fourth Winter’s End Festival, which will take place at The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow – between 23rd & 26th April 2020.

The Thursday night band will be announced shortly, however the confirmed line-up for the main festival is:

Mostly Autumn
Hayley Griffiths
Also Eden (featuring the reformed 2009 line up)
John Hackett Band
League Of Lights (featuring Threshold’s Richard West)
Red Bazar (featuring Peter Jones)
Last Flight To Pluto
Emperor Norton

SOURCE: Winter’s End

Visit the TPA UK Festivals Page for updates on the festival | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

11/07/2019: Caravan to release The Decca/Deram Years (An Antology) 1970-75

Caravan- The Decca/Deram Years Box-set

This impressive release collates their Decca/Deram years complete with bonus tracks and rare live recordings in a striking 9CD Box Set released to coincide with Decca’s 90th Anniversary.

Caravan were formed in Canterbury 1968 by Pye Hastings (guitar/ vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums). Following the release of an impressive self-titled debut on Verve, in 1970 the band signed to Decca’s Deram label where they would record some of the most progressive and elegant music across the decade. Albums such as ‘In The Land Of Grey And Pink’, ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again’ and ‘For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night’ cemented Caravan’s reputation as kings of the Canterbury Sound.

• 9 CD box featuring all the albums Caravan recorded for the Decca/Deram label between 1970-1975.
• 2 CD ‘The Story of Our Lives: Live At The BBC 1970-75
• 1974’s ‘Live At Fairfields Halls’ concert
• 8x gatefold digipacks featuring original album art are enclosed in a rigid slipcase with an accompanying 44-page sleevenote detailing the history of arguably the definitive ‘Canterbury Sound’ band.

Caravan featuring Pye Hastings, Geoffrey Richardson, Jan Schelhaas, Jim Leverton and Mark Walker will be undertaking a short series of UK Festival dates and solo shows this year – full details can be found on the Caravan website.

SOURCE: Stuart Kirkham PR

Visit the TPA UK Festivals Page for updates on the festival | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

11/07/2019: The Tea Club premiere Sinking Ship video

Pennsylvania’s The Tea Club will release their latest studio album If /When later this month. Ahead of the release the band have issued a video for their latest single Sinking Ship, by way of a taster.

Keyboards man Joe Dorsey says that If / When as a whole deals with “dichotomies like cynicism and hope“, while multi-instrumentalist Jamie Wolff hopes that the record “can be a way for listeners to connect with the all-encompassing beauty of life and that it can work against the tides of alienation in the world“.

If / Whenwill be officially released on 30th July 2019.

SOURCES: Various

11/07/2019: Blue Oyster Cult Sign with Frontiers Music SRL for a New Album in 2020

Blue Oyster Cult have signed a new deal with Frontiers Music SRL to release a new studio album in 2020. Whilst no firm date has been set for the new album, Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino comments: “We are delighted to be able to bring back the iconic Blue Oyster Cult with the release of a wealth of musical material that will certainly please all the fans. Hard rock music would not be what is now without Blue Oyster Cult and Frontiers is their natural home. We look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation!

Vocalist Eric Bloom adds: “It’s been a long time since Blue Oyster Cult’s last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is, ‘When are we going to do some new music?’ So we are ready to take this journey again. Recording with bassist Danny Miranda, keyboardist Richie Castellano and drummer Jules Radino should be a great experience as we’ve been touring together for years – and guitarist Buck Dharma and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process.

Frontiers Music will also remaster and re-release a lot of the band’s back catalogue, along with new cover art.

North American Tour Dates:
7/10: Rochester, NY @ Hilton Firemen’s Field
7/12: Angola, IN @ T. Furth Center for Performing Arts
7/13: Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
7/20: New Lennox, IL @ New Lennox Commons
7/27: St. Clair, MI @ Palmer Park
8/2: Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park
8/10: Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/17: Saskatoon, SK @ Delta Bessborough Gardens
8/18: West Vancouver, BC @ Ambleside Park
8/22: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
8/23: Truro, MA @ Payomet Performing Arts Center
8/24: Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center
8/31: Portsmouth, OH @ Portsmouth River Days Festival
9/7: Montpelier, OH @ Williams County Fair
9/14: Rochester, NH @ Rochester Opera House
9/15: West Springfield, MA @ Eastern States Exposition
9/20: Newark, OH @ Midland Theatre
9/21: Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
9/27: Tracy, CA @ Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
9/28: Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach
9/29: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
10/4: Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
10/5: Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre
10/6: Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall
10/11: Warren, MI @ Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
10/12: St Charles, IL @ Arcardia Theatre
10/18: Stafford, TX @ Redneck Country Club*
10/19: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live*
10/31: Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre*
11/1: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak*
11/8: Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre
11/9: Versailles, OH @ BMI Indoor Speedway
11/29: Akron, OH @ Tangiers
11/30: King of Prussia, PA @ Valley Forge Casino
12/5: Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
12/6: Montclair, CA @ The Canyon (Montclair)
12/7: San Luis Capistrano @ Coach House
12/8: Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
12/27: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
12/28: Schenectady, NY @ Rivers Casino and Resort
1/15: San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
1/16: El Cajon, CA @ Sycuan Casino
2/7: Riverhead, NY @Suffolk Theater
2/8: Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
3/6: Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino
3/7: Florence, IN @ Belterra Casino
*With UFO

SOURCE: Blue Oyster Cult

09/07/2019: IQ Reveal New Album Resistance for Release on 7th September 2019 on GEP

IQ have revealed details of the release of their new studio album Resistance on GEP set for 7th September 2019.

Michael Holmes comments: “This has been an interesting album to work on – years of talking about it and putting down all the different ideas in demo form, and then a frantic period of trying to finish it for the scheduled release date. It would have been quite easy to put out ‘The Road of Bones Part 2’ but it felt a bit different this time and we just let the music dictate to us the kind of album it should be.

Again we had so much stuff kicking around when we were putting the running order together that we decided to do a second disc with the tunes that didn’t quite gel with the atmosphere of disc one. We did this before with The Road Of Bones and it proved to be really popular. We’re now coming round to thinking that the material on disc two is so strong that we should maybe make it an official double album. I have to say its quite liberating writing for an extended release – the extra time allows you to give the music room to breath and evolve which feels more organic, at least in my head it does. As a result there’s two 20 minute tracks on the second disc.

Track Listing

A Missile
Stay Down
Shallow Bay
If Anything
For Another Lifetime

The Great Spirit Way
Fire And Security
Perfect Space


09/07/2019: All Them Witches and Tribulation to Support Ghost on Forthcoming European Tour

Swedish dark metallers Tribulation and US based rockers All Them Witches will support the iconic Ghost on their upcoming European tour in November and December.

Tribulation comment: “Beckoning the Children of the Night across Europe! As the darkness once again takes hold of the Northern Hemisphere in the time between the harvest and the winter solstice we will join up with Ghost and All Them Witches to do or best to intensify the annual darkening, and we invite you all to partake in our Dionysian and chthonic audial rites! Let’s reverse the structured and the orderly and invite the forces of chaos, if only for a night!

Ghost, All Them Witches & Tribulation – European Tour 2019

Sat 16 November Nottingham (UK) – Motorpoint Arena
Sun 17 November Cardiff (UK) – Motorpoint Arena
Mon 18 November Glasgow (UK) – SSE Hydro
Wed 20 November Dublin (Ireland) – 3Arena
Fri 22 November London (UK) – Wembley SSE Arena
Sat 23 November Leeds (UK) – Arena
Sat 30 November Katowice (Poland) – Spodek
Sun 01 December Prague (Czech Republic) – Universum
Tue 03 December Budapest (Hungary) – BSA
Thu 05 December Mantova (Italy) – PalaBam
Fri 06 December Zurich (Switzerland) – Halle 622
Sun 08 December Barcelona (Spain) – St. Jordi
Tue 10 December Lisbon (Portugal) – Sala Tejo
Wed 11 December Madrid (Spain) – Vistalegre
Fri 13 December Strasbourg (France) – Zenith
Tue 17 December Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
Wed 18 December Nantes (France) – Zenith
Thu 19 December Toulouse (France) – Zenith

SOURCE: The Noise Cartel

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

05/07/2019: Magic Pie to release new studio album in August 

Fragments Of The 5th Element is Magic Pie’s long awaited fifth album and is scheduled for release, through Karisma Records, on 30th August 2019. Last month the band launched their new single from the album, The Man Who Had It All

“Fragments of the 5th Element is Magic Pie’s long awaited 5th album, made up from 5 tracks showcasing the band’s very diverse influences. From the bombastic and genre-defying opener “The Man Who Had It All” to the epic 23 minute album closed “The Hedonist”, this album has Magic Pie firing on all cylinders!”

SOURCE: Magic Pie

04/07/2019: Bryan Beller announces double concept album release 

Bassist/composer Bryan Beller presents a sweeping, epic-scale modern progressive double concept album that asks the question: When the storm comes for us, the big one after which things will not be the same, who are we and what do we become in those defining moments? Scenes From The Flood explores themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment, and uses every second of its 18-song, 88-minute running order to tell an emotionally consuming and unforgettable musical story. The first taster from the album comes in the form of The Storm

The album features a stellar cast of guest musicians including: Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Mike Keneally, Guthrie Govan; Ray Hearne, Joe Travers; Leah Zeger, Julian Coryell and more, in fact 26 guest musicians.

Scenes From The Flood will be available in 2CD (with two 20-page deluxe booklets) and 2LP vinyl (with one full-size 24-page deluxe booklet) formats, as well as high-res and standard digital. Official release date will be released 13th September 2019.

SOURCE: Bryan Beller

03/07/2019: Psychotic Waltz to Release First New Album in 23 years with InsideOutMusic 

US progressive metal band Psychotic Waltz have announced the forthcoming worldwide release of their first new studio album in 23 years  having signed to InsideOutMusic. The band is presently in the studio with engineer Ulrich Wild and will see Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fates Warning, Arch Enemy, etc.) taking care of mixing duties for the their fifth full-length album, to be released in early 2020. Re-releases of the entire Psychotic Waltz catalogue will follow through InsideOutMusic as well.

The band comments: “We could not be happier about joining the InsideOutMusic roster! We are very excited to soon be sharing our upcoming 5th album with everyone, and it’s also great that we will be able to make our back-catalog available once again. Thanks to all of the patient fans and to everyone at InsideOut for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to do this right.

Psychotic Waltz will be appearing at both the US and European editions of ProgPower festival and have also added a few special shows in Germany with support by Ghost Ship Octavius.

Tour Dates:

4-7th September – Atlanta, GA, USA – ProgPower USA
2nd October – Berlin, Germany – Badehaus
3rd October – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
4th October – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
5th October – Baarlo, The Netherlands – ProgPower Europe
6th October – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex

Originally playing together in their core line-up since 1985, the band consist of (Left to right on photo):

Dan Rock – guitars & keys
Ward Evans – bass
Brian McAlpin – guitars
Devon Graves – vocals
Norman Leggio – drums

A Social Grace (1990)
Into The Everflow (1992)
Mosquito (1994)
Bleeding (1996)

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

03/07/2019: IO Earth Unveil Tim Wilson As New Drummer

IO Earth have welcomed new drummer Tim Wilson to their line up. In an announcement made on their website they say: “Tim will be taking his place behind the drum kit and injecting his own style and flamboyancy into IO Earth. His high energy is really bringing a fresh feel to the music that we are all excited to share with you.

Wilson comments: “It is a true privilege to have been invited to join the amazing IO Earth family. The band make a fantastic noise with a real sense of musical adventure and do everything with gusto, dedication and energy, especially when live. Most importantly, they are such jovial people and have a bonkers sense of humour, so I knew I was going to fit right in.

Band founder Adam Gough reflects: “While it’s never easy to change band members, it has been a pleasure getting to know Tim recently. His enthusiasm and energy have felt like a real shot in the arm for IO Earth, and I can’t wait to get him up to speed with the entire back catalogue so we can start pulling out some unexpected tunes, showcasing his technical ability as well as his performing style.”

And co-founding member Dave Cureton adds: “Tim’s enthusiasm for music is very refreshing. The joy of music pours out of him and it’s a great energy to be around. Not only is he a phenomenal drummer, but he fits right in with IO Earth and our quirky sense of humour. I am looking forward for the IO Earth family to see Tim at an IO Earth show very soon.

The band finish with a warm farewell to out-going drummer CJ Jerromes: “We would like to take this time to thank drummer CJ Jerromes and extend our gratitude to him for the great work he has done for us and wish him every success in his future endeavours. ‘New World’ & ‘Solitude’ wouldn’t have been the same without his incredible talent! Peace & Love from IO Earth.


01/07/2019: The Flower Kings and Kayak Announce Joint December 2019 European Tour

The Flower Kings & Kayak have announced a joint 2019 European tour in The Flower King’s forthcoming new album and Kayak’s most recent studio record Seventeen, both released on InsideOut Music.

Roine Stolt comments: “We’re happy to go on tour in Europe again in December – We will present The Flower Kings music from the early days – concert favourites – plus some brand new music – that is along the lines of the early music of the band – symphonic rock. We’re happy to bring our friends in KAYAK along for this proggy double bill – it will be a monumental meltdown of melodic prog – not to be missed.

Kayak’s Ton Scherpenzeel adds: “We can’t wait to go on tour with the Flower Kings in December. For Kayak that will be a great way to end the year, a chance to meet new fans and it also serves as an inspiration for making the next album.”

The two bands will perform 12 dates across 6 countries.

1st December – Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
2nd December – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
3rd December – OK Andaluzia, Piekary Slaskie, Poland
4th December – Klub U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
6th December – Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
7th December – De Boergerij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
8th December – Scala, London, UK
9th December – Piano, Dortmund, Germany
10th December – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
11th December – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th December – Brewhouse, Gothernburg, Sweden
14th December – Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

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