Published on 2nd October 2016

TPA News – October 2016

Latest Prog News – from across the progressive rock spectrum & continually updated throughout October 2016.

28/10/16: Maschine release second video track from Naturalis album

Maschine will release their second studio album Naturalis, the follow-up to the well received debut, Rubidium and features new members James Stewart (Vader) on drums and keyboardist/vocalist Marie-Eve de Gaultier. Today the band reveal a video of an edited version for Megacyma.

Luke Machin comments: “It’s the song that got the creative juices flowing and started the natural events concept off. We are thrilled to be putting out our monster track ‘Megacyma’ during Halloween for you all.”

Earlier this month the band released the first trailer and title track, which can be found further down on this page. Naturalis will be released through InsideOut Music on 18th November 2016.

28/10/16: Leprous release Slave video from forthcoming DVD

Norwegian prog metallers, Leporous, who recently returned from their headlining tour across the US, Canada and Mexico, debut the first video from the band’s upcoming live DVD/CD/LP release, Live At Rockefeller Music Hall.

The band commented on the release: “After a year of intense preparations with the production of our upcoming live release, we’re very proud to share a first clip with the world! LEPROUS has always been a very active live band, and the live sound is a very important part of the band’s identity. The concert at Rockefeller in Oslo was a milestone for us and it perfectly shows what LEPROUS 2016 is all about.”

Live At Rockefeller Music Hall will be released worldwide on 25th November 2016 through InsideOut Music.

The band will be touring extensively across Europe in 2017 with The Devin Townsend Project & Between The Buried And Me, followed by UK dates with The Devin Townsend Project and TesseracT.

Click HERE for the full tour dates | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates.

27/10/16: Heather Findlay forced to cancel some UK dates

heather-findlayIn a statement on her website Heather Findlay says: “Unfortunately, due to illness and doctor’s orders, I am advised to rest for the next couple of months and not to travel, which means that we have to postpone all current plans for the shows beginning this weekend and throughout November. I can only express my sincere apologies to those that will be let down as a result.

All of these shows will be moved to 2017 and all tickets will be either honoured at the rescheduled shows, or fully refunded. This has been a very tough decision to make at this time and although fortunately it is not a hugely drastic or threatening health concern, it is one I have to take seriously to ensure I can continue to reach you in tip top condition! There is a soon to be announced tour schedule in place already for Spring 2017, which is currently being added to in order to accommodate the above changes.”

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

Heather will be making an announcement shortly regarding her new studio album I Am Snow.

26/10/16: Knifeworld launch a live video of I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait

Today sees Knifeworld launch a live video for I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait, which was filmed at London’s Bush Hall earlier this year.

“This is the first in a series of live videos that will be released over the coming weeks.”

The band will be performing an acoustic show on 14th January 2017 at London’s The Islington | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more…

24/10/16: Riverside release second video track from Eye Of The Soundscape

Taken from Riverside‘s instrumental album, Eye Of The Soundscape, released last Friday is the second lyric video Shine. Track listing and the video clip for Where The River Flows can be found further down on this page…

“Eye Of The Soundscape compiles all the special instrumental RIVERSIDE tracks previously used as bonus material for the “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves” and “Love, Fear And The Time Machine” albums, alongside rare cuts as well as 4 new songs (“Where The River Flows”, “Shine”, “Sleepwalkers” and “Eye Of The Soundscape”) into a massive playing time of +100 minutes, which is available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD’s as bonus and an etching on Side F!) or as Digital Download.”

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

22/10/16: Papillon announce live dates for 2017

Acoustic violin and guitar duo Papillon, featuring Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi, announce UK dates for 2017.

Anna, who has performed throughout the world with various artists including Jethro Tull, Roxy Music and Trans Siberian Orchestra, is now carving a career with her own projects. Although no official release date has been announced, the duo will be performing material from their debut album throughout 2017. Sound clips from the album can be found HERE.

04/02/17: The Art House, Southampton
13/04/17: Woodburner Live, Styx, London
05/05/17: The Cellar, Cardigan
06/05/17: Acapela Studio, Cardiff
07/05/17: The Tithe Barn, Cheltenham
26/05/17: Chapel Arts Center, Bath
09/06/17: The Courthouse, Otley
06/10/17: St John’s Church, Farncombe, Godalming

With more dates to be confirmed | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for these dates and more…

20/10/16: Katatonia to release 10th anniversary editions of The Great Cold Distance

With their 25th anniversary show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire taking place tomorrow, Katatonia have announced the 10th anniversary re-issue of The Great Cold Distance on deluxe CD and vinyl. The CD version will include a live album of Katatonia playing The Great Cold Distance, in its entirety, with the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.


Founding guitarist Anders Nyström comments: “Looking back at our set lists from a historic perspective, it dawned on us that there’s been no other album from which we played more songs than ’The Great Cold Distance’, so in the light of its 10th anniversary this year, it’s with much pride and joy to announce the ultimate edition featuring all the scattered bits and pieces related to this album.”

The new 4 disc deluxe hardback 40 page book edition of the album, to be released on 20th January 2017, will include 3 bonus discs featuring b-sides and bonus songs, a new 5.1 remix of the album by Bruce Soord (Wisdom Of Crowds) and a live album of Katatonia playing ‘The Great Cold Distance’ in its entirety with the renowned Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, performed in September 2016. The design of this essential 10th anniversary edition has once again been taken care of by long time collaborator Travis Smith.

The double gatefold LP version of the original album is set for release on 9th December, and includes the b-sides & bonus songs. Both the black vinyl and limited edition red vinyl versions are available to pre-order now:

SOURCE: I Like Press

17/10/16: Phil Collins to tour in 2017

The BBC revealed today that Phil Collins will tour in 2017 – although he is unlikely to sit behind the drums on the tour… The aptly titled tour poster takes it’s title from Phil Collins’s memoir Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography which will be published later this week.

phil-collins-poster_thumb “…Phil Collins is coming out of retirement after 10 years with five dates in London followed by dates in Paris and Cologne.

Although he has recovered some dexterity, he said he was unlikely to sit behind the kit on the new tour.

“I think I’ll be just singing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to.”

The star, now 65, said he would practice the iconic drum riff to In The Air Tonight on “a drum kit in the garage” as that was “something I feel I should do”.

“It’s just a question of getting strength back.”

Continue reading HERE on TPA


17/10/16: Alan Parsons Project – Tales Of Mystery 40th Anniversary Edition update

The Universal Music Group [UMC] announce details of the 40th Anniversary release of The Alan Parsons Project, Tales of Mystery & Imagination. The box set has been produced with the full co-operation of Eric Woolfson’s family and Alan Parsons and is scheduled for release on 2nd December 2016.


The 40th Anniversary deluxe edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination comprises 3 CDs, 1 Blu-Ray and 2 vinyl LPs. The 3 CDs present the original 1976 mix, the 1987 remix plus a whole CD of over 70 minutes of previously unreleased bonus material. Approved by Alan Parsons, the original vinyl album has been half-speed mastered on two 45rpm, 12” 180gm discs by Miles Showell at Abbey Road, the studio where it all began. It is also being presented for the first time ever in a 5.1 surround sound mix from the original multi-tracks by Alan Parsons at Capitol Studios, LA. The set is complete with a stunning 60-page coffee table book with photographs and new interviews about the making of the album, with Alan Parsons, Hazel and Sally Woolfson, David Paton and Stuart Tosh plus an original album poster, replica 1976 press kit and tape-man sticker.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: Prescription PR

17/10/16: Anathema to support Opeth at London’s Wembley Arena show next month

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While Anathema had planned to spend November playing a string of intimate shows to road-test material from their still-untitled eleventh studio album, the band are now set to also play their biggest ever UK show to date when they’ll support Opeth at SSE Wembley Arena on 19th November. Vocalist Vincent Cavanagh comments:

“Wembley Arena is an iconic venue that evokes strong memories. Danny was drawn to the guitar as a way of life after seeing Mark Knopfler play there on TV. Huge thanks to Opeth for having us. It’ll be an honour.”

Anathema are due to enter the studio sometime after the tour but remain tight-lipped on information regarding the eagerly awaited follow up to 2014’s Distant Satellites.

Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.

SOURCE: I Like Press

17/10/16: Summer’s End 2017 – dates and first acts announced

Hot on the heels of this year’s sell-out event, the Summer’s End organisers announce that the 2017 festival will take place between 6th & 8th October – although no venue has been confirmed as yet. The first bands to be announced are The Tagent and Karmakanic – both making welcome returns.

Prog reveal that: As with previous years the festival will be putting “Leap of Faith” tickets in sale immediately via to help with the financial aspects of planning next year’s event. These go on sale today.

15/10/16: Alan White re-joins Yes for Japan tour next month

Alan WhiteYes have announced that Alan White, will re-join the band for their Japanese tour in November. Alan White was forced to sit out the band’s recent US summer tour due to back surgery. Jay Schellen took over the drum mantle, in his absence and will travel to Japan and sit in until Alan White is fully recovered.

In July TPA reported news of Alan’s surgery in which he commented: “After enduring intense back pain which began halfway through YES’ spring European tour, and working with European and American doctors, spinal specialists, exploring optional treatments, I’ve had no choice but to undergo surgery to repair an injured disc in my lower back. I’m pleased to announce a very positive result from this procedure, which took place in Seattle…”

Alan commented: “I’m greatly looking forward to getting back on stage with my bandmates to play YES music once again for our devoted audiences”.

14/10/16: Bent Knee “name your price” EP

Ahead of their North American tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bent Knee have released the Leak Water EP as a “name your price” offering on Bandcamp and as a token of their appreciation to their fans.

“The release includes three studio recordings from our past two albums in addition to their live counterparts.”

01. Leak Water
02. Being Human
03. Way Too Long
04. Leak Water (Live)
05. Being Human (Live)
06. Way Too Long (Live)

Ben Levin – Guitar
Chris Baum – Violin
Courtney Swain – Vocals & Keyboards
Jessica Kion – Bass & Vocals
Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth – Drums
Vince Welch – Production & Sound Design

“Dramatic, bleak, impish, bold, epic, flirtatious, lost, surprising, operatic, thrilling, adventurous…” Find out more in TPA’s review of Bent Knee’s debut, Shiny Eyed Babies

“Breathtaking in its scope, and daring in its musical choices, Say So is an album of unbridled ambition that dares to reach for the stars…” Read TPA’s review of Say So

14/10/16: Maschine release video track from forthcoming album

Today sees the release of the Night & Day lyric video, one of the tracks taken from Maschine‘s second album Naturalis, which will be released through InsideOut Music next month.

Commenting on the album, Luke had the following to say: “The album reflects much more of what we are about. As a progressive band in the true sense of the term, we will never repeat ourselves and will always look to move on. But you can hear a cohesion in our style and sound. We have taken inspirations from so many different areas of music. I have taken the feelings from albums and tracks that make an impression on me, and have brought these to life in Maschine’s music.”

01. Resistance (11:52)
02. Night And Day (5:08)
03. Make Believe (7:10)
04. Hidden In Plain Sight (7:01)
05. A New Reality (8:45)
06. Megacyma (11:46)

Naturalis will be officially released through InsideOut Music on 18th November 2016.

13/10/16: Roger Waters returns to North America & Canada in 2017


Roger Waters will return to North America and Canada in 2017 with a pioneering new tour, US + Them.

“We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret,” said Roger Waters. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75% of it will be old material and 25% will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: Roger Waters

13/10/16: Neal Morse premiere City of Destruction

Last month the Neal Morse Band premiered the Long Day/Overture tracks, taken from their forthcoming concept album The Similitude Of A Dream, which is scheduled for release on 11th November 2016 through Metal Blade Records. Details, including track listing, can be found HERE on TPA. The band have now made available City of Destruction, also taken from the forthcoming release…

The Neal Morse Band previously announced North America and Canadian tour dates starting in January, before returning to Europe for a dates throughout March and April. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks on the band’s official website. Full details can be found HERE on TPA.

12/10/16: Jimmy Keegan and Spock’s Beard part company

jimmy-keeganIn a brief statement on their website, Spock’s Beard announce the departure of drummer Jimmy Keegan:

“We regret to announce that Jimmy Keegan has resigned from Spock’s Beard to pursue other interests. Jimmy has been a key member of the SB family since 2003, and his unique contribution will be sorely missed. His talents as a drummer and vocalist are world class, unsurpassed. We wish Jimmy well and look forward to what he’s going to come up with next – Dude, you’re the best!”

Jimmy Keegan also released a statement saying he wants to concentrate on his own projects:

“The idea of my own band was still nagging. I started to humor it and raised some money in a campaign but the schedule has proven extremely difficult and I have been way too slow to produce this first album. I should’ve been doing this long ago. For this reason, I have stepped down as the drummer for Spock’s Beard and will be putting all my efforts into my own project.”

No replacement has been announced as yet – watch this space – as the saying goes.

11/10/16: Bad Elephant Music 2 showcase announced


Bad Elephant Music announce their second showcase event to be held next year and featuring The Rube Goldberg Machine, The Far Meadow and Konchordat

“It’s happening again! After the success of An Evening of Bad Elephant Music in February we’re delighted to announcement the return of the pachyderm to Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, London, on Saturday 25th February 2017!”

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.

11/10/16: Lifesigns launch pledge campaign for their next album

lifesigns-thumbLifesigns have launched a Pledge Campaign for the release of second studio album Cardington. No specific release date has been announced as yet, however the band have released a teaser video – which you can hear at this location – which features the track Impossible with accompanying Lifesigns photos and artwork.

“Cardington is the title track but this is not a concept CD just a concept track about some Sheds in Bedfordshire!”

The band recently announced tour dates for The Netherlands and Germany in March 2017, kicking off at Progdreams VI at Zoetermeer’s Boerderiij 5th March 2017…

11/10/16: RPWL announce new live CD/DVD release

RPWL premiere The Man And The Journey lyric video, taken from their forthcoming CD/DVD, filmed and recorded during a performance at De Cacaofabriek in Helmond, The Netherlands.

“The recording showcases a band in top form that brings the unorthodox set to life with playful lightness. RPWL take the audience on a trip through a human’s life. From getting up in the morning, going to work, all the way to nightmares and a lot more: in the first part of the show the band lays out the regular course of a person’s day. The second part, though, consists of the dreamlike spiritual contemplation of all the things that happened in the first part.”

The CD/DVD will be officially released on 28th October 2016, but will be available from their shows which start on 21st October in Freising. All dates can be found HERE.

09/10/16: Peter Hammill announces London residency at Café OTO

peter-hammill-twitterEarlier this evening Peter Hammill tweeted that he will be undertaking a three day residency at London’s Café OTO between 2nd & 4th March 2017.

“A very special three-day residency from the utterly distinctive and ceaselessly inventive songwriter and Van Der Graaf Generator founder, Peter Hammill.

Making a mockery of genre boundaries and consistently confounding expectations, Hammill’s work spans numrous styles and approaches whilst always maintaining his own unique sound. Now, nearly five decades on from the debut VDGG release, Hammill’s creative spark shows no sign of abating and we’re very excited to host him performing solo across three nights at OTO.”

Tickets for Café OTO members has started and go on general sale on Wednesday 12th October 2017.

07/10/16: IZZ release new studio album next week

IZZ will release their latest album, Ampersand, Volume 2, digitally on 11th October 2016, with physical copies shipping from 24th October.

“Ampersand, Volume 2 is a brand new IZZ album. These are songs that reflect our passion for songwriting and our exploration of music created at once from both the heart and the head.”

“Ampersand, Volume 2 is the perfect vehicle for these songs because, until now, they have been orphans. Just as the tracks on the first volume of Ampersand did not find a home on any previous IZZ album, these songs have been biding their time, waiting for their moment. Now they have it.”

07/10/16: Pink Floyd release new video for Childhood’s End

Ahead of the release the definitive Early Years Box Set: 1965-1972, scheduled for 11th November 2016, Pink Floyd have issued a video of Childhood’s End, from their seventh album Obscured By Clouds, which has been remixed from the original master tapes in 2016 by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins.

The remixed version of Childhood’s End will is part of the on Early Years Box Set: 1965-1972, to be released next month…


06/10/16: New Jadis album set for October release

Today sees the release of a taster video taken from Jadis‘ forthcoming album, No Fear of Looking Down, which is currently in the mastering and production stages…

“The title, ‘No Fear of Looking Down’ and the idea, came about after watching on YouTube the perilous ascents… and descents of city and urban structures by fearless young ‘explorers’. They have now added to their dramatic antics by filming the climbs using high definition GoPro cameras…”

01. Listen To Me
02. Where Am I
03. Just Let It Happen
04. A Thousand Staring Eyes
05. Change Of The Season
06. Seeds Of Doubt
07. Abandoned
08. No Fear Of Looking Down

No Fear Of Looking Down is scheduled for release on 24th October 2016.

06/10/16: Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki’s ESP to launch debut album next month

esp-coverESP’s debut album, Invisible Din will be released on 11th November 2016 on the Sunn Creative label. ESP is the creative output of multi-instrumentalist Tony Lowe & drummer/percussionist Mark Brzezicki with contributions from an impressive list of guest musicians – David Jackson, David Cross, John Young, Steve Gee, Phil Spalding, John Beagley, Alison Fleming, Yumi Hara and Pat Orchard…

Details, including the band’s taster video, can be found in last month’s TPA News.

ESP have arranged a special album launch gig at 229 The Venue (2) on 11th November 2016, which will involve performances from many of the album contributors, as well as keys man, Mickey Simmonds.

Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.

05/10/16: Firefly Burning release a version Portishead’s Wandering Star

Firefly Burning who are currently working on a “covers project” have released a version of Portishead’s Wandering Star.

FireFly Burning – Wandering Star from Fred MacGregor on Vimeo.

“Firefly Burning are a 5-piece ensemble from North East London creating impressionistic music – part art-folk song, part minimalist chamber music. Evoking sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich and Kate Bush, the band draws on avant-pop, experimental folk, classical minimalism and Javanese Gamelan to ‘paint sound pictures and take the audience in myriad directions at will’ (For Folks Sake).

With eclectic tastes and a background in free improvisation, their music encompasses strings, piano, synthesiser, electric guitar and gamelan, centred on close vocal harmonies echoing of William Byrd and The Beach Boys.”

The band will be playing at London’s King’s Place on 19th October – visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum.

05/10/16: Steve Hackett announces UK acoustic shows in 2016

hackett-acoustic-2016Steve Hackett will be performing acoustic sets, accompanied by brother John on flute, Rob Townsend on woodwind and Roger King on keyboards, at Trading Boundaries in Fletching. The dates for these shows are:

03/12/16: Trading Boundaries, FLETCHING
04/12/16: Trading Boundaries, FLETCHING

Find these dates on the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.

Also announced is a similar performance on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Teatro Politeama in Italy. This follows news earlier in the week that Steve will be touring the UK & Eire in 2017 and with North American European dates to be announced soon.

Find out more HERE on TPA

05/10/16: Big Big Train add extra Cadogan Hall date for 2017

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With both previously announced shows now sold-out, Big Big Train have announced a further performance at London’s Cadogan Hall in 2017. The new show will be held on Sunday 1st October 2017 and will be a matinee performance.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th October 2016 from the venue.

04/10/16: Two Sea Nymphs releases scheduled for November

The Sea Nymphs will re-release both their eponymous album and release On The Dry Land on 4th November 2016

sea-nymphs “Long, long, ago William D Drake was the keyboardist in the extraordinary band, Cardiacs. During this time, Mr Drake, Mr Tim Smith and Mrs Sarah Squid-Smith (of Cardiacs) wrote and recorded a separate collection of exquisite songs and tunes together – eventually the three called themselves Sea Nymphs and several recordings were released in haphazard fashion, the first album ‘Sea Nymphs’ was released in 1992 & 1995. A second album was created, but for reasons long forgotten it was not released: it’s very existence became myth, with just three tantalising songs (from it), recorded for a John Peel Session in 1998.

In 2015 Mr Smith gathered his trusty companions to finally complete the second album…”

04/10/16: Mostly Autumn to release new studio album in early 2017

mostly-autumn-sodMostly Autumn announce the follow-up release to 2014’s Dressed In Voices will be Sight of Day – with the first 2000 copies being a limited edition, double album.

“As usual we are asking for your help to fund this project so we are offering a pre-order limited edition double album, the second disc of which will be songs only available on this edition and limited to 2000 copies.

The limited edition will be shipping as soon as humanly possible – latest January 2017 – we’ll keep you informed of progress, with the general release single album planned for late February (TBC).”

03/10/16: Steve Hackett 2017 UK tour dates announced

Steve Hackett returns to the stage in 2017 with a 16 date tour of UK & Eire. The tour will be kicking off with one show in Ireland, on 28th April and finishing up at the London Palladium on 19th May 2017…

steve-hackett-2017-tour-poster26/04/17: Vicar Street, Dublin
28/04/17: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
30/04/17: The Hexagon, Reading
01/05/17: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
03/05/17: City Hall, Sheffield
04/05/17: Colston Hall, Bristol
05/05/17: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
07/05/17: Philharmonic, Liverpool
08/05/17: Guildhall, Portsmouth
10/05/17: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Sea
11/05/17: Theatre Royal, Nottingham
13/05/17: New Theatre, Oxford
14/05/17: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
16/05/17: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
17/05/17: The Sage, Gateshead
19/05/17: Palladium, London

Tickets for UK shows go on sale on Friday 7th October at 10:00 | Dublin tickets go on sale on the same day at 9:00.

Find these dates on the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.

SOURCE: The Publicity Connection

03/10/16: Cairo release video single

Cairo, the latest project from former Touchstone keys man & vocalist Rob Cottingham, are celebrating the release of their debut album, Say with a video single of the title track. The album, which was recorded at Outhouse Studios, with John Mitchell, is released today.

The band have a series of three “album launch” shows planned for November, with support from Luna Rossa.

18/11/16: Boston Music Room, London
19/11/16: The Wesley Centre, Maltby, Rotherham [CRS]
20/11/16: The Musician, Leicester

Find these dates on the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.

02/10/16: Magenta announce UK shows for 2017 and new DVD

magenta-posterMagenta will officially release their latest DVD & CD, Live At Leamington Spa, at a special acoustic show at Cardiff’s Acapela Studios on 12th November 2016. The concert will feature material from Rob Reed, Christina Booth and Chris Fry’s solo projects as well as selected tracks from the Magenta catalogue.

2017 looks to be a busy year for the band as they celebrate their 15th year with a new, as yet untitled album and will undertake a series of concerts, in the spring, to coincide with the new album.

Spring 2017 UK Tour Dates

31/03/17: The Globe, Cardiff
01/04/17: Montgomery Hall, Wath on Dearne
02/04/17: The Robin 2, Bilston
08/04/17: Boston Music Rooms, London
09/04/17: Talking Head, Southampton
13/05/17: The Citadel, St Helens

Find these dates on the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive UK prog concert listing.

01/10/16: Queen On Air – The Complete BBC Sessions to be released next month


Queen’s meteoric ascendancy during the 1970s has been well documented…

Queen On Air – The Complete BBC Sessions will be released on 4th November as a 2CD set, 3LP set and a Collector’s Edition 6CD set – with added live concert broadcasts and radio interviews.

“…But there is another side to Queen’s rise that has been largely overlooked. Between February 1973 and October 1977, the band recorded six radio sessions exclusively for the BBC. The twenty four recordings these landmark sessions produced include alternate versions of the debut single, unique takes of classic album tracks and even a radically reworked reimagining of one of their best known anthems that has never previously appeared on any Queen studio release.”

The full article can be read HERE at Queen On Line.

01/10/16: Riverside reveal first track from Eye Of The Soundscape

Last month Riverside announced that they would continue as a trio (details can be found in last month’s TPA News. They also issued further details of their latest album, a transitional offering made up from songs taken from the years 2007 to 2015, as well as new tracks recorded at the beginning of 2016. As a taster the band have released, Where the River Flows, the first track to be taken from the album…

CD 1

1. Where The River Flows (10:53)
2. Shine (04:09)
3. Rapid Eye Movement (2016 Mix) (12:40)
4. Night Session – Part One (10:40)
5. Night Session – Part Two (11:35)

CD 2
1. Sleepwalkers (07:19)
2. Rainbow Trip (2016 Mix) (06:19)
3. Heavenland (04:59)
4. Return (6:50)
5. Aether (08:43)
6. Machines (03:53)
7. Promise (02:44)
8. Eye Of The Soundscape (11:30)

Eye Of The Soundscape will be released through InsideOut Music on 21st October 2016.

01/10/16: Blackfield album delayed till January 2017

Last month we reported news of the new Blackfield V album – details can be found in last month’s TPA News. However it now appears the album will be delayed by a couple of months according to the following announcement was made on the Blackfield Facebook page:

“Unfortunately the release of the new Blackfield album has been delayed, and Kscope have rescheduled it for 20th January. We apologise profusely for this, but it is due to circumstances beyond our control. Frustrating though it is, hopefully when you hear the album you will agree it was worth the wait! In the meantime we hope to bring you more audio and video preview material from the finished album soon.”

“Written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England, Blackfield V contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45 minute ocean themed song cycle. With the pair expertly handling vocals, guitars, and keyboards, Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, and string arrangements performed by the London Session Orchestra, the album is a powerful journey through catchy melodies, lush arrangements, and stunning production. Legendary producer / engineer Alan Parsons produced three of the album’s key tracks.

Both musicians consider Blackfield V to be their best collaboration to date. The album will be released by Kscope as a Digipack CD with a 16 page booklet, CD/Blu Ray with high resolution audio, and double vinyl.”

01/10/16: Be Prog! My Friend reveal more bands for the 2017 festival

be-prog-2017Anathema will now join the previously announced Ulver, Jethro Tull, Animals as Leaders and Caligula’s Horse for next year’s festival which will place between 30th June and 1st July 2017. The open air, Be Prog! My Friend, festival takes place at Poble Espanyol, a huge stone built architectural museum and one of the landmarks of Barcelona.

“Since its inception in 2014 the Barcelona based festival Be Prog! My Friend has played host to the likes of Opeth, Steven Wilson, Anathema, Devin Townsend, TesseracT, Magma, The Pineapple Thief, Agent Fresco, Camel, Meshuggah, Katatonia, Riverside, Ihsahn and Alcest.”

2016’s festival was co-headlined by Steven Wilson and Opeth.

01/10/16: Crippled Black Phoenix reveal the second track from Bronze

UK dark progressive rockers Crippled Black Phoenix have revealed the second track from their forthcoming album, Bronze, which is scheduled for release 4th November 2016. Full details can be found HERE on TPA along with their forthcoming tour dates.

Justin Greaves comments: “Some songs depart from my mind into reality without consent. ‘Winning A Losing Battle’ is one of those. The track just barged itself into the world. It is also one of the musically unconventional Crippled Black Phoenix style of songs that keep appearing on our albums. The title says it all. We have been through a lot of adversity as a band in these past two years and even though it seemed that all is doomed at times – I/we never gave up or gave in. We just say ‘screw you’ to the people and forces that tried to bring us down. Crippled Black Phoenix win, and always will.”

SOURCE: I Like Press

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