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Published on 31st August 2014

TPA News – August 2014

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31/08/14: Concluding August with recent site additions including: CD Reviews: Neil’s Heavy Concept Album, Sun O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials and Farpoint – Paint The Dark | A Concert Review with Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO, Them Squirrels, Fist Of The First Man and His Naked Torso at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (UK) | TPA UK Prog GigGuide: Big Big Train, Steve Howe, The Pineapple Thief and Fragile featuring Claire Hamill and more.

31/08/14: Chris Wade‘s acclaimed recording project continues with ‘In A Strange Slumber’, the sixth release by Dodson and Fogg. The album centres around the concept of dreams and death, and the connections between both subjects. At times a collage of nightmarish and dream-like imagery, the songs weave around colourfully, mixed in with short stories narrated by acclaimed British actor Nigel Planer (Young Ones, Comic Strip), as if to give the listener a bed time story crackling away on an old record player. Surreal, varied and mixing numerous musical styles, including folk, rock, prog, blues and more. The album features Canadian musician Kevin Scott on piano and other instruments, Ricky Romain returns on the sitar, and appearances are made by Trees’ legend Celia Humphris and Mellow Candle’s Alison O’Donnell.

30/08/14: Canadian Symphonic Progressive Rockers Mystery return to the UK for an intimate show at London’s The Borderline on Tuesday 9th September. Mystery made their debut UK appearance at 2013’s Celebr8.2 Fest. This show will be an exciting one for UK fans of the band as this will be the first ever UK show with the new vocalist Jean Pageau. Also performing with the Mystery will be DeeExpus formed after guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Andy Ditchfield and currently featuring Mike Varty on keyboards.

08/09/14: The Robin 2, Bilston, WOLVERHAPTON
09/09/14: The Borderline, LONDON [Ticket Info]
10/09/14: Real Time Live, CHESTERFIELD

Details for all these shows can be found in the TPA UK Prog GigGuide.

29/08/14: Amplifier premiere Open Up, taken from forthcoming fifth studio album Mystoria – due on 8th September 2014 via Superball Music. Album details can be found in our ARTICLE from July…

29/08/14: Big Big Train announce two dates for 2015, both at London’s Kings Palace. Ticket information will be released shortly. Visit the TPA UK Prog GigGuide to keep up to date.

29/08/14: See the complete Steve Howe UK solo tour dates for September 2014… HERE

28/08/14: Previously only available on bootleg – Robert Fripp & Brian Eno album, Live In Paris 28.05.1975, will be released as a 3CD set on 15th September available from Inner Knot (USA) and Burning Shed (UK & Europe).

* CDs 1 & 2 feature the complete concert with full audio restoration synched with the original studio backing loops as used in the performance.
* CD3 features the backing loops without overdubs.
* CD3 also features the reversed loop for Wind on Water as used on the Evening Star album.
* CD3 also features Later On, edited from No Pussyfooting & originally the b side of Eno’s first solo single Seven Deadly Finns.

Full details can be found HERE.

28/08/14: Belgium based Aranis, who ply their own absorbing mix of experimental acoustic avant-rock prog, blended with neo-classical chamber music, are to release their sixth studio album on 1st October 2014. Here is a taster from Made in Belgium II

28/08/14: We are sadden to hear of the passing of Glenn Cornick, best known as a founding member and bass player for Jethro Tull. Glenn appeared on the first three Tull studio albums: This Was (1968), Stand Up (1969) and Benefit (1970), before departing shortly after the release of Benefit and going on to form Wild Turkey.

Glenn Cornick had been suffering congestive heart failure and died at his Hawaiian home in Hilo, today. He was 67…

On the Jethro Tull website Ian Anderson remarked: “Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone – especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician.

His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull.”

27/08/14: Engineers to release fourth album, Always Returning, on 16th September via Kscope. Continue reading HERE

27/08/14: Los Angeles based Heliopolis will release their debut album, City Of The Sun, through 10t Records on 2nd September, in download formats and physical copies will be widely available from 16th September 2014. Continue reading HERE.

26/08/14: InsideOut Music sign United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) for the release of their debut album Fall In Love With The World scheduled for release in November.

“Formed from the ashes of respected Australian progressive rockers Unitopia, the band sees Matt Williams, Dave Hopgood, Tim Irrgang & Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack joined by Guy Manning (Manning, The The Tangent), Daniel Mash (Maschine, The Tangent), & Marek Arnold. The forthcoming album also features guest appearances from Jon Anderson of Yes, as well as Steve Hackett of Genesis.”

26/08/14: Polish progressive art-rock band Osada Vida‘s fifth studio album, The After-Effect is scheduled for release on 3rd November 2014 through Metal Mind Productions. This will follow up their well received Particles release from last year.

26/08/14: Esoteric Recordings reveal the track listing for Ant Phillips 5CD deluxe box-set, Harvest Of The Heart – An Anthology, which draws from his back catalogue as well as previously unreleased material. Harvest Of The Heart will be released on 27th October 2014. Watch part two of Esoteric Records’ Mark Powell speak to Ant Phillips about his solo career.


25/08/14: Recent site additions this week include: CD Reviews: Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi – Tikkun, Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya – Welcome In The Void, Alex Carpani – 4 Destinies, The United States Of America – The United States Of America and Pingvinorkestern – Push | TPA UK Prog GigGuide: Abel Ganz, Flying Colors, Lifesigns, Solstice and The Classic Rock Society

25/08/14: To mark the 40th anniversary of its release Yes’ Relayer will undergo a Steven Wilson remix and be reissued in 5.1 & new stereo high-resolution audio…

“Steven Wilson will remix the ‘Relayer’ is confirmed as the third release in the series of SW remixed Yes albums to be issued in 5.1 & new stereo high-resolution audio configuration. ‘Relayer’ was the band’s 7th studio album, released in 1974, and contains just 3 long pieces, including the ambitious 22 minute Gates of Delirium.

Mixed by Steven Wilson & released with the full approval of the band, ‘Relayer’ will be available in CD/DVD-A digipack & CD/Blu-Ray mini LP gatefold editions. These are available to pre-order now from Headphone Dust, to be released on 3rd November.

Both editions will also contain the original album mix in high-resolution & bonus audio material, full details of which will be announced shortly.

Restored artwork approved by Roger Dean & new sleevenotes by Sid Smith complete the package, the release of which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the album’s original late 1974 appearance.”

24/08/14: Flying Colors have announced 10 exclusive shows during October:

02/10/2014: Los Angeles, James Armstrong Theater, CA [USA]
03/10/2014: Chicago, Arcada Theater, IL [USA]
04/10/2014: Philadelphia, Keswick Theater, PA [USA]
07/10/2014: Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2 [Spain]
08/10/2014: Milan, Live Club [Italy]
09/10/2014: Tilburg, 013 [Netherlands]
11/10/2014: Frankfurt, Batschkapp, [Germany]
12/10/2014: Pratteln, Z7 [Switzerland]
13/10/2014: London, Islington Assembly Hall [UK]
14/10/2014: Paris, Alhambra [France]

24/08/14: Grammy nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson will release his new studio Signal To Noise on 3rd November 2014 through the Esoteric Antenna label. Read the press release HERE on TPA.

23/08/14: Pendragon premiere Beautiful Soul – a track taken from their forthcoming 2CD set, Men Who Climb Mountains, due for release in October 2014…

22/08/14: At the end of November we reported that Steve Rothery had announced his first solo album, scheduled for release in September 2014. Ahead of the release of The Ghosts Of Pripyat Steve has offered a free download of the atmospheric Morpheus, a track from the album and one featuring Steve Hackett. Click HERE to listen and/or download.

22/08/14: Most I am sure will have heard by now of the new 3-CD, 37-track Genesis retrospective, R-Kive, which will be launched on 29th September via UMC. Enough said!

21/08/14: Dream Theater have announced multiple configurations of their live Blu-Ray/DVD set, Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House), recorded on 25th March this year – and scheduled for release on 30th September 2014, through Roadrunner Records. Ahead of the release the band have issued the official video trailer for The Looking Glass (Live From The Boston Opera House)… Continue reading HERE.

21/08/14: Soused is the title of the new collaborative album featuring Scott Walker + Sunn O))), scheduled for release on 20th October 2014. Please continue reading HERE.

20/08/14: Enchant return after a ten year hiatus with the announcement of their eighth studio album, The Great Divide, scheduled for the end of September via InsideOut Music. Read HERE at TPA to see the album artwork, track listing and second album trailer.

19/08/14: Flying Colors release Mask Machine the first single and video taken from their forthcoming Second Nature album. Continue reading HERE.

19/08/14: Dutch progressive rockers Silhouette have parted company with bassist Gerrit-Jan (GJ) Bloemink and reveal his successor as Jurjen Bergsma. “The combination of work, home and a demanding band like Silhouette became increasingly difficult”, according to GJ.. The band will release their new studio album, Beyond the Seventh Wave in November 2014 by Freia Records.

18/08/14: The somewhat delayed third album from the multinational The Samurai Of Prog finally sees its release… continue reading on TPA HERE

18/08/14: hAND announce the release of their third full length sudio album, Kintsugi, scheduled for release through Brutal Elite Records on 3rd November 2014.

“Although hAND can be loosely described as a Prog band, when you peel back the aural layers, you’ll find a definitive edge that sets the band firmly apart from its contemporary counterparts. Progressive and heavy, yet accessible, hAND have unearthed a sound that is innovative and engrossing. They call to mind the thoughtful webby depths of ‘Opeth’, meshed with the proggy groove of ‘Amplifier’ and the gothic guile of ‘Paradise Lost’. Acutely marrying carefully formed visceral guitar parts, dynamic drums, and alluring vocals, hAND have a strong focus and a clear vision of what they want to produce.”


18/08/14: Recent site additions this week include: CD Reviews: The Bob Lazar Story – Ghost Of Foodstool, Stars In Battledress – In Droplet Form, Rick Wakeman – Softsword, Marco Minnemann – Eeps and Vezhlivy Otkaz – Geranium | TPA UK Prog GigGuide: Nektar, The Pineapple Thief, Amplifier, Daevid Allen & Gong and Fragile.

18/08/14: Gryphon reveal that they will now not tour in 2014 as originally hoped, but still remain hopeful for 2015. The cite “a number of contributing logistical and technical factors as well as difficulty in finding suitable venues”.

18/08/14: Prog Mag are currently streaming all eight tracks from Opeth’s forthcoming Pale Communion album – released on 25th August through Roadrunner Records… Click HERE to listen to the album in full.

16/08/14: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead who recently announced a run of European tour dates this Autumn (see all dates below 04/08/14), now reveal that their new studio album, entitled IX will be released in Europe on 20th October and in the US on 11th November 2014.

“The band had this to say: “From the crowded streets of Phnom Penh to the vast empty landscape of West Texas …we have cut through …burned through…and followed through to reach you… From the heat of the desert …to the heat of your city’s sprawling squall…This transmission is here to transport and ruin you. It is the release of your mortal coil…Just let the rain wash it away from the mountains. ..down to the motherfucking sea …wash it away …blow it all away and check this moment out.” Source: Petting Zoo Propaganda

15/08/14: Gong have been reluctantly cancelled their UK tour and most of the European dates as Daevid Allen will require a much longer period of recuperation… The band issued the following statement:

“daevid allen will not be touring with Gong this year. He needs much more of time to recover from the series of operations he had in June and his month in hospital. He will then need further a period of recuperation after a course of radiation therapy which will begin in a couple of weeks. All of this will last until almost November…

If you want to know the latest on daevid’s health the whole story to date is in the ‘Important Gong Announcement’ thread in the Forum.

15/08/14: Tony and Pete Levin will release a unique album of new material and covers under the title Levin Brothers on 9th September 2014 and available through Lazy Bones Recordings in both CD and Limited Edition vinyl LP versions. Continue reading on TPA – HERE

14/08/14: Trading Boundaries (Fletching, UK) are running a Roger Dean exhibition from 23rd September through to 19th October 2014…

“This is an opportunity to view Roger’s original paintings and talk to him about his work in a relaxing and idyllic rural setting. We hope that you will enjoy your visit and we will very be happy to welcome you. For more information, please check out Trading Boundaries website .”

14/08/14: Cuneiform Records recording artist Richard Pinhas will be performing in the Raw Power Festival which runs from 29-31 August 2014 at London’s The Dome and The Boston Arms in Tufnell Park – “Two stages, 3 days featuring some of the best psych heaviness, space rock, synth crazyness, left field electronica and much more.” Continue reading HERE.

14/08/14: Ahead of their Kickstarter campaign, which launches 25th August – District 97 offer a taster from their forthcoming third studio album. The song, Takeover, was filmed on 12th June 2014 at Martyrs’.

13/08/14: 10T Records announce the second studio album release of Texan symphonic progressive rockers Supernal Endgame. Touch The Sky: Volume II will be available as download from 19th August and in CD format from 16th September 2014. For the track listing and more info continue reading HERE.

12/08/14: Fractal Mirror who will release their follow up album Garden Of Ghosts in late autumn, have enlisted Echolyn’s Brett Kull as co-producer. Continue reading HERE.

12/08/14: Swedish master of melancholy, Katatonia, has announced a four-disc CD/DVD set, Last Fair Day Gone Night, to be released September 30 on Peaceville. Last Fair Day Gone Night showcases the dark rock/metal band at its glorious best, complete with an electrifying set from London’s esteemed Koko venue, with the band’s captivating performance captured on DVD with accompanying double audio disc of the whole concert. A fourth disc also includes a full and extensive (136 minutes) documentary charting the early days and the band’s subsequent rise, as told in the words of band masterminds Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. Visit the Katatonia website for more info. Source: Fresno Media

11/08/14: The Pineapple Thief announce details of their 2014 European tour in support of their brand new album Magnolia.

Nov 18: Puschkin Club Dresden, Germany
Nov 19: Das Rind Rüsselsheim, Germany
Nov 20: Zentrum Altenberg Oberhausen, Germany
Nov 21: Blues Garage Isernhagen, Germany
Nov 22: Crystal Club Berlin, Germany
Nov 23: The Rock Café Hamburg, Germany
Nov 25: Divan du Monde Paris, France
Nov 26: NIEUWE NOR Heerlen, Netherlands
Nov 27: Romain Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Nov 28: De Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Nov 29: W2 Den Bosch, Netherlands
Dec 03: O2 Academy Islington London, United Kingdom
Dec 04: Fleece Bristol, United Kingdom
Dec 05: Ruby Lounge Manchester, United Kingdom
Dec 06: The Liquid Rooms Edinburgh, United Kingdom

11/08/14: In a post on their Facebook Page – Nektar reveal that all their October European dates have now been cancelled. – continue reading HERE.

10/08/14: Canadian progressive rockers Mystery will release their first live CD – released through Unicorn Digital on 1st October 2014. Continue reading HERE at TPA.

10/08/14: As a taster, Spock’s Beard have released a six track, audio only, download of their soon to be released Live At Sea DVD, recorded on 21st February 2014 in the Stardust Theater on board Norwegian Pearl – continue reading HERE.

10/08/14: Contrary to earlier statements Mike Portnoy will now be performing with Bigelf on their upcoming European, Into The Maelstrom tour – although not on the UK dates.

10/08/14: Ahead of the release of Songs From November, Neal has released Heaven Smiled as the trailer. The album will be released next Monday (19 August 2014) through Radiant Records | InsideOut Music. Read rthe TPA article HERE


09/08/14: Recent site additions this week include: CD Reviews: Led Bib – The People In Your Neighbourhood, Esthema – Long Goodbye and Earthling Society – England Have My Bones | TPA UK Prog GigGuide: North Atlantic Oscillation, Led Bib, The Fierce And The Dead, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Martin Barre and Emerald Dawn.

08/08/14: The Enid have revealed the release of First Light, a limited edition album (1000 copies), available from 6th October 2014 and only through the band’s website. “An album of previews from the two new albums arriving in 2015, plus some other surprises!”. Continue reading HERE.

08/08/14: Martin Barre has announced the release of a new album Order Of Play featuring studio versions of classic Tull songs performed by his live band. The album, in digipak format, is scheduled for release on 29th September 2014 on Edifying Records and through RSK. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

08/08/14: Rick Wakeman has been confirmed to headline next year’s HRH Prog3 Festival at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli. Also on the bill are Steeleye Span, Magenta
Knifeworld, Mostly Autumn, The Enid, Anna Phoebe, Lifesigns, The Reasoning, Sanguine Hum, Touchstone and more. Visit the TPA [UK] Festivals GigGuide

07/08/14: Ahead of their forthcoming second studio album, Scorch, Tin Spirits have released this promo video – the second track from the album and their digital single release. The single will be available on 1st September 2014 on the Esoteric Antenna label and the album two weeks later. More info can be found HERE on TPA…

06/08/14: North Atlantic Oscillation will release their latest studio album The Third Day on 6th October 2014 through Kscope. Following the release the band have indicated they will play a number of UK shows:

21.10.14 – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle
22.10.14 – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
23.10.14 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
24.10.14 – The Oobleck, Birmingham

Read the full article HERE

05/08/14: Manfred Mann has announced a new studio album entitled the Lone Arranger and will be released in Europe on 17 October 2014 and in the UK on 20 October 2014. Continue reading HERE.

04/08/14: Sweden’s Moon Safari will release a live album recorded at the fourteenth edition of Baja Prog (Mexicali) in April of this year. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

04/08/14: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced a run of European tour dates to coincide with the release of their forthcoming ninth studio album due later this autumn. Source: Petting Zoo Propaganda

3-Nov Germany, Marburg – KFZ
4-Nov Switzerland, Bern Reitschule-Dachstock
5-Nov Switzerland, Winterthur – Salzhaus
6-Nov Switzerland, Luzern – Konzerthaus Schuur
7-Nov Austria, Linz – ahoi! Pop Festival (Posthof)
8-Nov Switzerland, Laufen – Biomill
9-Nov Germany, Munich – Ampere
10-Nov Germany, Berlin – Bi Nuu
11-Nov Germany, Hamburg – Knust
12-Nov Germany, Cologne – Gebaude 9
14-Nov UK, Glasgow – The Art School
15-Nov UK, Coventry – Kasbah
16-Nov UK, Manchester – Ruby Lounge
17-Nov UK, London – Dingwalls
20-Nov Germany, Hannover – Café Glocksee
21-Nov Germany, Bielefeld – Forum
23-Nov Belgium, Brussels – VK
24-Nov France, Paris – La Maroquinerie

On this European run they will be joined by Canada’s Your Favorite Enemies, as well as Midnight Masses, the band featuring Autry Fulbright & Jason Reece of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. Their debut album ‘Departures’ was released last month, and this tour will see their live debut in Europe.

01/08/14: Walking On A Flashlight Beam is the title for the new Lunatic Soul album – the solo project of Riverside’s singer and creative force Mariusz Duda – is scheduled to be released on 13th October 2014 via Kscope.

Mariusz Duda: “These are very dark and intense compositions but very melodious too. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written, if not the best one”.

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