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Published on 2nd May 2015

TPA News – May 2015

Prog News – taken from across the progressive rock spectrum and continually updated throughout May 2015…

30/05/15: Summer’s End Festival reveal “day splits”
Summer's End 2015 TPA banner
Date: 2nd October – 4th October 2015
Venue: The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ
Website: Summer’s End | Facebook

Dave Bainbridge’s Celestial Fire
Abel Ganz
Simon Godfrey

Light Damage
The Fierce And The Dead

Magic Pie
The Gift

Visit the TPA UK Festival Page for these and more festivals across the year

29/05/15: Solstice Coil release first single from Commute
Forget You Ever Saw Us is the first single from Solstice Coil’s 3rd album, Commute, which is set to be released on June 21st 2015 by Taklit Music.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.

29/05/15: Steve Hackett – Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 14 disc box-set due in October
Steve Hackett“Universal Music Group have announced a 14 disc Steve Hackett box set for October release called Premonitions, that will cover his time with Charisma Records between 1975-83, including the first 4 albums in newly created 5.1 surround sound versions.

Unfortunately I was only able to remix 2 of these into discrete surround since the multitrack tapes for the other 2 albums could not be located, so instead I created surround sound upmixes from the stereo masters using Penteo Surround software (which nevertheless came out sounding very immersive and worthwhile). All of the remixing was supervised and approved by Steve.

More news and confirmation of contents soon I hope.” SOURCE: Steven Wilson Remixes

The box-set is scheduled for release on 16th October

28/05/15: Riverside massive touring update announced
Riverside banner
666… might be an omen as Riverside add six UK dates, as part of their European tour and in support the launch of their “six words in the title”, sixth studio album – Love, Fear And The Time Machine, scheduled for release in September 2015 through InsideOut Music.

RIVERSIDE European Tour with special guests The Sixxis and Lion Shepherd:
Oct 15 Germany, Dresden, Tante Ju
Oct 16 Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinen Halle 2
Oct 17 The Netherlands, Zwolle, Hedon
Oct 18 The Netherlands, Tilburg, 013
Oct 20 UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 21 UK, Bristol, Marble Factory
Oct 22 UK, Manchester, The Ritz
Oct 23 UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Oct 24 UK, Northampton, The Roadmenders
Oct 26 UK, Southampton, The 1865
Oct 27 France, Paris, Divan Du Monde
Oct 30 Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
Oct 31 Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
Nov 1 Spain, Barcelona, Sala Apolo / Be Prog! The Madness Day festival
Nov 2 France, Lyon, Marche Gare
Nov 4 Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
Nov 5 Germany, München, Strom
Nov 6 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
Nov 7 Germany, Berlin, C-Club
Nov 8 Poland, Krakow, Rotunda
Nov 10 Poland, Gdansk, B90
Nov 11 Poland, Warsaw, Stodola

The UK dates can be found in the TPA UK GigGuide and a visit to the Riverside website will give details of the North American and Festival dates.

27/05/15: Cuneiform Records stream “radio edit” track from latest Guapo album
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of avant rock ensemble Guapo’s debut release (the Hell Is Other People EP on Power Tool Records), and the band celebrates this milestone by proving – with the release on 26th May 2015 of Obscure Knowledge, its 10th album and 3rd release on Cuneiform – exactly how far it has come since then.

Released on Tuesday 26th May 2015 – read TPA’s News report for further information.

27/05/15: Steven Wilson 2016 tour dates for Germany, Belgium & UK
“Due to the great success of sold out tours in the UK and Germany earlier this year, I’m happy to announce the band are returning in January 2016, alongside a date in Belgium. Tickets for the UK and Belgium shows go on sale this Friday (29th May) and the Germany shows go on sale next Monday (1st June).”

2016 European Dates
12/01/16: Leiderhalle Hegel Saal, Stuttgart [Germany]
13/01/16: Philharmonie, Munich [Germany]
Steven Wilson15/01/16: Jahrhundert Halle, Bochum [Germany]
16/01/16: CCH1, Hamburg [Germany]
18/01/16: Tempodrom, Berlin [Germany]
19/01/16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt [Germany]
20/01/16: Haus Auensee, Leipzig [Germany]
21/01/16: Swiss Life Halle, Hannover [Germany]
23/01/16: AB, Brussels [Belgium]
25/01/16: The Dome, Brighton [UK]
26/01/16: Colston Hall, Bristol [UK]
27/01/16: Hammersmith Apollo, London [UK]
29/01/16: O2 Apollo, Manchester [UK]
30/01/16: City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne [UK]

UK tickets go on sale Friday 29 May 2015. Visit the TPA UK GigGuide for venue information and more…

26/05/15: Strawbs undertake a short series of UK dates in July
The band announce that the Electric Strawbs will be playing this year. The line-up is the “two Adams” line-up which played in 2012 – with Adam Wakeman on keyboards and Adam Falkner on drums. The format is apparently first half acoustic, second half electric. Venues as follows:
Strawbs poster
17/07/15: Flowerpot, Derby
18/07/15: The Stables, Milton Keynes
23/07/15: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
24/07/15: Robin 2, Bilston
25/07/15: Boom Boom Club, Sutton
26/07/15: Trowbridge Village Pump Festival
31/07/15: The Platform, Morecambe
01/08/15: Anchor Arts, Wingham

As always further details of these and many more concerts can be found in TPA’s UK Gig Guide.

25/05/15: Stephen Lambe to retire from the Classic Rock Society Committee
Stephen Lambe - CRSIt is with deep regret that we announce that Stephen “Lambsie” Lambe has decided to retire from the Classic Rock Society Committee, effective June 30th. This is what he had to say about his reasons for stepping down:

“I have been a member of the Society since 2001 and involved at the heart of the societies affairs since 2008. As many of you know, being involved in an organisation like the CRS as a volunteer is hugely time consuming and even stressful sometimes – like having a second day job – and I’ve now decided that it’s time to reprioritise my life for a while. I’ve given all I can for now, and it’s time to stand aside and give others a go.

Stephen also commented: Meanwhile, I am not going anywhere – I still plan to be active in the music world and the Summers End Festival – which was never a CRS event anyway – will continue with myself and Huw at the helm for many more years, I am sure. It is not affected in any way.” Continue reading HERE.

24/05/15: Coming Soon – Strange Readings From The Weather Station?
1st June see’s the release of James McArthur & the Head Gardeners long awaited new album. The tracks invite you on a journey, with songs as changeable as the British weather.

Following the release of the EP ‘Lawn Order’, Strange Readings From The Weather Station, delivers a startlingly accomplished brace of songs in a unique style of hazy folk; with plucked guitar lines & breathy, playful vocals that are reinforced with yearning violin parts and haunting pedal steel guitar. The sound echoes the likes Nick Drake and Iron and Wine from a perspective that’s all his own; grounded and fleeting and always profound.

The tracks invite you on a journey, through rolling harmonies, shifting guitar, with songs as changeable as the British weather.

The album was recorded at Tin Room Studios in Hackney, London and Wickham Farm, Welling (once the home and studio of singer Kate Bush) with Head Gardeners Johnny O and Jim Willis, and featuring guest musicians Samantha Whates and Syd Arthurs’ Joel Magill and Raven Bush.

22/05/15: Marc Atkinson withdraws from Ghost Community
Ghost Community, including former and current members of The Reasoning, Riversea, Also Eden and Godsticks, currently working on their début album reveal, on the band’s Facebook page, that Riversea’s Marc Atkinson has had to pull out from the project due to time commitments.

Ghost Community logo“It’s with a heavy heart that I had to bow out of my position as lead vocalist for GHOST COMMUNITY. When I first got involved with the project I was expecting it more to be an ‘album based/recording’ outfit rather than a band that was going to be gigging too heavily so I thought I’d be able to juggle the recording work and a few gigs here and there with my already busy and booked solo acoustic live work. As time went on, however, I began to realise that I wouldn’t be able to play as many live shows as the rest of the guys were hoping to perform. I knew that if I stayed with the project I’d eventually be in a position where I’d be letting the rest of the band down and holding them back as far as live work was concerned. So I decided it was in the band’s best interest if I pulled out of the project before we got any further down the creative route. I hope to be still involved with the band in a smaller capacity by helping out with backing vocals for the album and I’m also pleased to hear the group will be hopefully using a few of the vocal melodies I wrote during the initial song writing sessions. I greatly enjoyed my brief time working with the guys in GHOST COMMUNITY and wish them nothing but success for the future… We’re all in this together…”

His replacement will be John Paul Vaughan, who had previously worked with Matt Cohen in the 1990s in a band called Unbroken Spirit. Read more HERE.

21/05/15: The Cast to play UK show in September
Highly regarded Mexican outfit Cast will perform a one of show, on 11th September, at the Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London, Joining them on the evening will be Franck Carducci and Barock Project. Carducci along with Ghost Community and Barock Project will also play three UK shows during September.

Details of the UK show (and many more) can be found in TPA’s UK Gig Guide.

21/05/15: Enchant complete ProgPower Europe line-up for 2015
ProgPower 2015

It has been a long time wish of the ProgPower Europe organization and therefore it is with great pride that we can now announce the addition of USA’s Progressive Rock outfit Enchant to the 2015 line-up!

Enchant was formed at the end of the eighties. Since then the band has released 9 albums, of which the last, The Great Divide, released at the end of 2014. With over 25 years of experience, we are looking forward to Enchant playing on Sunday’s ProgPower stage.

20/05/15: King Crimson Canadian Tour in November 2015
DGMLive report Canadian dates for King Crimson later this year…

“Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015. With dates for the UK and Europe already in place for August and September, King Crimson are pleased to announce they will be performing a series of concerts in Canada during November. It will be King Crimson’s first appearance in Canada since 2003.”

Fri 13 Nov: Quebec, QC – Palais Montcalm
Sat 14 Nov: Quebec, QC – Palais Montcalm
Mon 16 Nov: Montreal, ON – Theatre St. Denis
Tue 17 Nov: Montreal, ON – Theatre St. Denis
Thu 19 Nov: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri 20 Nov: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tue 24 Nov: Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thu 26 Nov: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Fri 27 Nov: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Sun 29 Nov: Victoria, BC – Royal Theatre

King Crimson 2015 dates and venues please note tickets go on sale Friday 22nd May…

20/05/15: Tom Slatter releases video track from new album
Multi-instrumentalist Tom Slatter has launched the Some Of The Creatures Have Broken The Locks On The Door To Lab 558 video ahead of the release of album his Fit The Fourth – via Bad Elephant 1st June.

Tom describes his work as “the sort of music you’d get if Genesis started writing songs with Nick Cave after watching too much Dr Who.”

Whereas Bad Elephant describe Tom as someone who “… weaves complex and fantastical stories throughout his music – and this new album is no different.”

Read the TPA review of Tom Slatter’s Fit The Fourth HERE

19/05/15: Symphony X to release new studio album in July
New Jersey’s progressive metal masters Symphony X will release Underworld, the band’s follow-up to Iconoclast (11), through Nuclear Blast on 24th July 2015.

Symphony X“Musically, Underworld has things reminiscent of the bands previous albums but this one definitely has its own individuality,” stated Michael. “Every element added was in service of the song, so the album flows and becomes a total listening experience from start to finish. Every song is to-the-point and fine-tuned, with us paying a lot of attention to the hooks, voices, riffs, and keeping the interest and the energy high for the entire record. It is heavy and aggressive as fuck when it needs to be, yet soaring and emotional at other times. I think the balance is just right. It had to have all the elements of what we normally would do, just tweaked up a notch and really fine-tuned…”

In depth details can be found on the band’s Official Website.

18/05/15: John McLaughlin to release new album
Guitar Player Magazine reveal that John McLaughlin will release his latest studio album, Black Light, later this year…

Musician, composer and bandleader John McLaughlin will release a new album, Black Light, this fall. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

18/05/15: Chris Squire to undergo treatment for Leukemia
Chris SquireGrammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of YES, Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.

YES will be honouring their commitment to their North American summer tour with Toto, as well as confirming their performances on Cruise to the Edge in November.

Chris’s role in the band will be covered by YES alumnus Billy Sherwood.

To quote Chris: “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that YES will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same YES experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”

SOURCE: Yes Official Facebook Page

17/05/15: Matt Stevens has confirmed 5 solo acoustic gigs for 2015
Matt Stevens has confirmed 5 solo acoustic gigs for 2015, supporting Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery alongside shows in Belfast and Italy. Matt, who was recently named as one of the top guitarists in the Prog Magazine reader’s poll said “I’m not doing as many solo shows this year to allow time to work on the next Fierce And The Dead record and to write new solo material, but I’m hugely excited to be playing my first solo show in Italy and to play with Jon Gomm and Steven Rothery”.

Matt Stevens

In addition Matt’s band The Fierce And The Dead play the following shows:
21/06/15: Rhythms Festival, Hitchen
03/07/15: Black Heart Camden [w/Shivers]
21/08/15: ArcTanGent
04/10/15: Summers End Festival

Details of the UK shows and festivals can be found in TPA’s UK Gig Guide | TPA UK Festival Guide

16/05/15: Kinetic Element release their second album Travelog at the end of May
Kinetic Element hailing from Richmond, Virginia will follow-up their 2009 debut Powered By Light with the release their second album Travelog, at the end of May, on Melodic Revolution Records… Here’s a taster from the album…

“Kinetic Element, although taking a long damn time to do it, will be releasing their second album “Travelog” at the end of May on Melodic Revolution Records and doing it with shows at Orion Studios in Baltimore MD (USA) on May 29th and New Jersey Proghouse (Roxy & Duke’s) in Dunellen NJ, USA on June 6th. For a look at what the heck we have been up to, see and have a listen to Vision of a New Dawn and Into The Lair, both of which will be on Travelog. We ran a Kickstarter campaign and are FULLY FUNDED thanks to 76 believers, and are completing the final steps for manufacturing right now.”

15/05/15: Field of Vision return with new EP
Today sees the release Field of Vision’s The Vicissitudes Of Life [EP] which “deals with the uncertainties of life together with the realisation of one’s own mortality”.

“Originally formed in 1988 in Glasgow, Field of Vision re-formed after more than 20 years apart.

After a brief spell in Abel Ganz, singer Martin Haggarty advertised for prog rock musicians and found himself in a rehearsal room with keyboard player Graham Holley & drummer David McDonald. Guitarists & bassists came & went over the next 3 years, but the songwriting core of Haggarty/Holley/MacDonald remained constant. Many gigs were warmly received, and a cassette-only single “Lessons in Predictability/How Are Things In Moscow Anyway” was released in 1990, snapped up by a hardcore following. Eventually however, non-musical careers and family life took over, and Field of Vision took a sabbatical, although they remained firm friends.” Continue reading at the Field of Vision website.

15/05/15: District 97 to release new album in June
District 97 banner

Chicago-based quintet District 97 will release their third studio album, In Vaults through the Laser’s Edge label in late June 2015.

“With just over a full hour of the band’s most dazzling instrumentation and vocal prowess yet, In Vaults was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain.” Continue reading on TPA – HERE.

15/05/15: Big Big Train release promo video for new EP
Ahead of the release of their EP, Wassail, on 1st June 2015, Big Big Train have today released a promo video…

01. Wassail
02. Lost Rivers Of London
03. Mudlarks
04. Master James Of St George

Filmed at Real World Studios last August, it’s also something of a teaser for the “Stone and Steel” Live at Real World DVD which will be out later this year.

The EP will be released on 1st June and available through Burning Shed and download versions will be available from the usual online outlets from 1st June 2015.

14/05/15: Like It Is – Yes at the Mesa Arts Centre 2014
Frontiers Music SRL, is pleased to announce the upcoming live release by the legendary rock group YES, entitled LIKE IT IS – YES AT THE MESA ARTS CENTER on July 3rd in Europe and July 10th in North America.

Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats, with a later release planned on vinyl too, this new live album, which follows a similar path to the successful release “Like It Is – Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome”, sees two of the band’s signature albums, 1971’s FRAGILE, and 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE performed live in their entirety on the band’s 2014 world tour.

Recorded live on Tuesday August 12th, 2014 at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ, featuring Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, offers an exciting take on two amazing pieces of music which include live staples such as “Roundabout”, “Heart Of The Sunrise”, “And You and I” and the epic “Close to the Edge”. Continue reading HERE on TPA.

14/05/15: Gong announce short UK tour dates
Gong poster1Gong reveal that they will undertake a short series of UK dates in October, continuing the legacy left by Daevid Allen. The line-up for these dates will be Ian East, Dave Sturt, Cheb Nettles, Kavus Torabi and Fabio Golfetti.

20/10/15 – Bilston, Robin 2
21/10/15 – London, Dingwalls
22/10/15 – Leicester, The Musician
23/10/15 – Glasgow, Audio
24/10/15 – Manchester, Band On The Wall

Further details can be found in the TPA’s UK Gig Guide

14/05/15: Panzerballett reveal new album on the horizon
Panzerballett the Munich based quintet, led by guitarist, composer and arranger Jan Zehrfeld announce their fifth full-length album “Breaking Brain” will be released in October 2015. No further details are available currently. The band will also be touring in December – dates confirmed, so far, are in Germany and Switzerland.

13/05/15: Ozric Tentacles release album trailer for Technicians Of The Sacred
We reported last month, (Read HERE on TPA), UK tour dates and details of the latest release from the Ozrics – scheduled for 11th May 2015 on Snapper’s “Madfish” label. To promote the album the band have released a compilation video…

“TECHNICIANS OF THE SACRED is the latest in a long line of Ozrics recorded triumphs, their first double album since the epic Erpland, over twenty years ago. It’s a mind-bending swirl of richly layered, evocatively ambient, and ethereal musical landscapes, seamlessly morphing through beatific freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves, and psychedelic progressive rock, to create a heady, kaleidoscopic mixture of tones and textures. The aim is not just to make truly unique and culturally diverse music, but also to harmoniously unite all in attendance, and create portals for astral travel. Many fans and listeners report feelings of euphoria, an immediate connection to nature as well as others around them, and intense feelings that they have journeyed to other dimensions or met with other-worldly beings. It’s an open exploration of music and the soul.” SOURCE: INDISCREET PR

12/05/15: Cream albums 1966 – 1972 to be re-released as heavyweight vinyl boxed-set
No introduction needed to the band – but just a brief release update to say the band’s entire official collection will be released by USM on Monday 18th May 2015.

Cream box-set

The full set includes “Fresh Cream” (1LP), “Disraeli Gears” (1LP), “Wheels Of Fire” (2LP), “Goodbye” (1LP), and live albums “Live Cream” (1LP), and “Live Cream Volume II” (1LP).
SOURCE: Prescription PR.

12/05/15: Solstice Coil to release third album in June
Solstice Coil - CommuteIsrael’s alt-prog-rock band Solstice Coil announce that their third album Commute will be released on 21st June 2015 through Taklit Music. Produced & mixed by Shai Yallin and mastered Jens Bogren (Opeth, Haken, Katatonia).

“In this album, we take a stab at the epic while mixing classic progressive rock influences with heavy metal tendencies and even some elements of electronic music.

Commute is also the first studio album to feature bassist Mihael Galperin and drummer Yakir Fitousi, who joined the band prior to its 2012 tour of India, and have helped shape the band’s current musical direction.”

12/05/15: Guapo to release 10th album in May
Cuneiform Records announce the release of Obscure Knowledge from UK experimental post-rockers Guapo. The single 43 minute long track is currently available for pre-order ahead of the 26th May 2015 official street date.

“Celebrating 20 years in the game, the much-admired instrumental, experimental rock band Guapo are celebrating by releasing ‘Obscure Knowledge’, their explosive new album and tenth release!

11/05/15: Patrick Moraz and Greg Alban album nears release
Patrick MorazProg Mag reveal Patrick Moraz will release a collaborative album entitled Moraz Album Project – MAP – later this year.

The former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist worked with drummer Greg Alban for most of the record, alongside contributions from Lenny Castro (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John), Matt Malley (Counting Crows), Dave Van Such. Patrick Perrier and John Avila.

The nine-track work was started 10 years ago after Moraz and Alban met on the road in 1983, and the keyboardist later asked the drummer to record for his 1984 album Time Code.

11/05/15: DanFest 5 line-up complete
DanFest5 2015

DanFest 5

Date: 4th December – 5th December 2015
Venue: The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE
Info: Facebook

Tin Spirits

Multi Story
Unto Us
The Far Meadow
The Amber Herd

08/05/15: The Gentle Storm to join Delain on European tour later in 2015
The Gentle Storm have been announced as special guests of for Dutch symphonic metal band Delain and as part of their Autumn European tour during October and November. All the current dates are listed below. Visit the TPA UK GigGuide for more details on the UK shows.

09-05-2015 Revolution, Fort Lauderdale
11-05-2015 Marathon Music Work, Nashville
12-05-2015 Expo Five, Louisville
13-05-2015 Filmore, Charlotte NC
14-05-2015 Filmore, Silver Springs MD
Delain with The Gentle Storm poster04-06-2015 Sweden Rock, Norje
27-06-2015 Kavarna Rock, Kavarna
04-07-2015 Diekirch Live, Luxembourg
10-07-2015 Rock Harz Open Air, Ballenstedt
11-07-2015 Masters Of Rock Festival, Vizovice
07-08-2015 Bloodstock Open Air, Derbyshire
16-08-2015 Motocultor Festival, Vannes

22-10-2015 The Marble Factory, Bristol*
23-10-2015 The Institute, Birmingham*
24-10-2015 Manchester Academy Manchester*
25-10-2015 O2 Islington Academy, Islington*
27-10-2015 Kulturfabrik Kofmehl, Solothurn*
28-10-2015 La Laiterie, Strasbourg*
29-10-2015 Divan du Monde, Paris*
30-10-2015 Biebob, Vosselaar*
31-10-2015 JuZ LiveClub, Andernach*
02-11-2015 Backstage, Munich*
03-11-2015 Liveclub, Milan*
04-11-2015 Explosiv, Graz*
05-11-2015 Club 202, Budapest*
06-11-2015 Randal Club, Bratislava*
07-11-2015 Club Progresia, Warsaw*
08-11-2015 K17, Berlin*

06/05/15: Tony Banks – A Chord Too Far box-set release details
Tony BanksTony Banks will release, A Chord Too Far, as a four-disc box-set bringing together selected songs from his solo career. The box-set will be released on 6th July 2015 on the Esoteric Recordings label and through Cherry Red Records.

“With a tracklist personally selected by Tony, this special edition set consists of 49 songs and pieces, many of which have been remixed exclusively for this collection, and are from his seven solo and two orchestral albums – A Curious Feeling (1979), The Fugitive (1983), The Wicked Lady (1983) (film score), Soundtracks (1986) (a combination of original scores Tony wrote for films Starship and Quicksilver), Bankstatement (1989), Still (1991), Strictly Inc (1995), and his orchestral albums Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and SIX Pieces for Orchestra (2012) – culminating in this unique collection of his eclectic and diverse music. Also included are four unreleased pieces, three of which are keyboard demos of from his orchestral suites. The other is a piece originally written for the ‘Still’ album…”

Track listing and further information can be found HERE on TPA.

06/05/15: InsideOut Music announce Anneke van Giersbergen box set
Anneke van Giersbergen is pleased to announce the release of ‘Day After Yesterday’ on the 15th Anneke van GiersbergenJune 2015, a 4CD box set collecting four Agua De Annique albums including ‘Air’ (including one bonus track), ‘Pure Air’, ‘In Your Room’ & ‘Live In Europe’. The release also features additional photos and artwork as well as extensive liner notes.

“Anneke initially gained recognition in the metal community, joining The Gathering in 1994 to record Mandylion, the band’s third album and ultimately their breakthrough. They rose to fame through their unique dynamic of heavy guitars coupled with crystal clear vocal melodies, becoming and remaining inspirational for future generations of metal fans to this day. During Anneke’s 13 year tenure The Gathering released eight albums, toured the world numerous times…” Continue to read HERE on TPA.

05/05/15: Godsticks will release new album in August 2015
Welsh trio Godsticks announce the release of their third studio album, Emergence, scheduled for 10th August 2015. Ahead of the release the band have issued the track – Much Sinister – as a video taster.

“We’re very excited to finally announce the release date for our new album ‘Emergence’ – August 10th 2015.

Yes that’s still 3 months away, but in the meantime you can pre-order the album at our website which will afford you some extra goodies including 2 remixes by The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord.

05/05/15: Fish re-masters put back till September
On a post from his Facebook Page – Fish announces: “Having just completed the write up for the “Sunsets on Empire” sleeve notes that have come in at 8500 words I am coming to the realisation that these projects are a lot bigger than anticipated. I have taken the decision to put the first 4 releases back to the end of September.”

05/05/15: KoMaRa’s self-titled debut to be released next month
KoMaRa consisting of guitarist David Kollar, Pat Mastelotto, and trumpeter Paolo Raineri will release their debut album, through Hevhetia Records, on 30th June 2015.

“KoMaRa’s self-titled debut album is based on a dark, deviant and explicit detective story. It reflects the mysterious circumstances of an abduction and the ultimate demise of the abductee. It’s a NSFW, Rated-R release designed for the open-minded and brave. Unnerving, haunting artwork by Tool’s Adam Jones further underlines the album’s provocative vibe.”

04/05/15: IO Earth announce third album details
IO Earth have announced their third studio album “New World” will be a double CD is now available for pre-order.

IO Earth“During the making of “New World”, recording was temporarily delayed as Dave and Adam made changes and additions to their line-up, introducing Jez King on Violin and Christian Jerromes on drums and percussion in July 2014. These changes have added a new edge to their sound, with some heavier influences coming from the new members, while it retains all of the original unique qualities that grabbed the fans attention to begin with. The new album also has long-time members Luke Shingler (Sax) and Christian Nokes (Bass) continuing to bring their own influences and style, plus vocalist Linda Odinsen who, while having been on the road with IO Earth now for almost three years, makes her long-awaited first appearance on disk.”

No official release date has been announced however the band have announced it will be available in time for their Birmingham’s show later this month. This date and many more can be found in the TPA UK GigGuide.

04/05/15: Landmarq release Roadskill recorded live in The Netherlands

Cherry Red Records will release Roadskill, a live registration of Landmarq recorded in The Netherlands. Forming part of the band’s 25th anniversary celebration which includes a retrospective anthology (Origins), their first vinyl release (Entertaining Angels) and a forthcoming UK and European Tour in the Autumn – Roadskill will be released on 1st June 2015.

“RoadSkill is a Special Edition Live CD, with a DVD of the show included, showcasing songs from the band’s most successful and latest album, Entertaining Angels (hailed by Classic Rock Magazine as “the strongest of their career”).

Roadskill was recorded during the band’s last tour in 2013 at De Boerderij in the Netherlands, in front of a packed and enthusiastic audience.

The show features the outstanding and widely celebrated vocals of Tracy Hitchings, award winning keyboard player Mike Varty, Daniel Martin on drums and the two founder members that have been there throughout the last quarter century, Uwe D’Rose (guitars) and Steve Gee (basses).”
SOURCE: Cherry Red Records.

02/05/15: Asia to release – Axis XXX: Live San Francisco
Frontiers Records will release a live Asia album featuring the line-up including Steve Howe, John Wetton, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer. Axis XXX: Live San Francisco will be available as 2CD, DVD, 2 CD/DVD Combo and Blu-Ray.

Asia - Axis XXX: Live San Francisco01. Introduction
02. Only Time Will Tell
03. Wildest Dreams
04. Face On The Bridge
05. Time Again
06. Tomorrow The World
07. Ride Easy
08. Pyramidology
09. The Golden Mean
10. I Know How You Feel
11. Don’t Cry
12. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
13. Cutting It Fine
14. Holy War / Drum Solo
15. An Extraordinary Life
16. Here Comes The Feeling
17. Open Your Eyes
18. Sole Survivor
19. Heat Of The Moment

02/05/15: Marco Minnemann new solo album
Lazy Bones Records announce a new album release from Marco Minnemann, entitled Celebration!

“It’s a gem, kids. Seriously. Just like his last solo CD, EEPS, on Lazy Bones, Marco plays all the instruments, wrote all the songs, and recorded and mixed most of the record. And in his own inimitable style Marco introduces…

01/05/15: David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight release this month
We reported back in January that David Cross & Robert Fripp, musicians who need no introduction here, would be releasing, Starless Starlight: “A beautiful and unexpected collision of violins and Soundscapes.” in May. Now confirmed, the album released through Noisy Records and available through Burning Shed will be available on the 4th May 2015. Continue reading HERE on The Progressive Aspect.

David Cross along with David Jackson (VdGG), Yumi Hara (The Artaud Beats) and Tony Lowe (Producer\Guitarist\Composer) will be performing tracks from the Starless album on 26th May 2015 at The Bedford in Balham. More about this can be found in the TPA News from April…

01/05/15: Leprous offer taster from new album
Norwegian Prog Metallers Leprous will release their latest studio album The Congregation on 25th May 2015 via InsideOut Music. Find out more on TPA – HERE. Ahead of the release the band offer up Rewind as a taster – taken from the album.

April 2015: News Headlines

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