Published on 1st April 2018

TPA News – April 2018

Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout April 2018.

27/04/18: Crunch Time for The Enid

In a statement posted on the band’s Facebook Page yesterday, it has been announced that both Zachary Bullock and Jarrod Elks have left and once again Robert John Godfrey’s will become more actively involved. Jason Ducker and RJG will now take the band forward along assistance from Max Read and Duncan McLaughlan.

“We have both lost confidence in the project going forward and we have concluded independently that it just wasn’t working. After discussing our options, we both agreed that Robert needs to return. Zach has now left and Jarrod has followed suit.”

Robert John Godfrey comments: “Since the Joe Payne days, the band has been extremely unstable. This latest upset is a chance for me to set right the disastrous decisions I have taken of late. The Enid is a unique entity which although I never meant to create, I nevertheless need to take responsibility for. To have walked away at a difficult time was cowardice, and I have paid the price”.

Over the next year or so there are plans to transform Homily into a major new studio album and when it is finished we will organise a substantial international tour.

The full statement can be read HERE on The Enid FB Page.

26/04/18: The Neal Morse Band announce The Similitude Of A Dream Live release

The Neal Morse Band are to release The Similitude Of A Dream Live in Tilburg, Netherlands 2017 as a Blu-Ray & 2CD/2DVD set on 15th June 2018. The band for this tour were: Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer and Randy George.

Neal Morse comments: “This is the Neal Morse Band playing arguably our greatest album to date at one of the greatest venues we have ever played for one of the greatest audiences ever! It’s kind of the pinnacle of everything we have done thus far.”

Pre-ordering and full track listing can be found HERE

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

25/04/18: Don Airey added to this year’s HRH Prog Festival line-up

HRH Prog announce that keyboard legend Don Airey will be performing in the Main Arena on Saturday night. This follows recent additions including: The C:Live Collective, M.I.N.D., Mother Black Cap and Kindred Spirit.

The HRH Prog VII festival between Thursday 15th-18th November 2018 at the Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli. Visit the TPA UK Festivals for more information…

25/04/18: SikTh confirm The Riddles Of Humanity UK Tour dates

SikTh will be heading out on a UK tour in September this year to play some cities they’ve not visited for many years.

12/09/18: The Underground, Stoke on Trent
13/09/18: Think Tank?, Newcastle
14/09/18: The Plug, Sheffield
15/09/18: Hangar 34, Liverpool
16/09/18: The Globe, Cardiff
18/09/18: The Junction, Plymouth
19/09/18: Engine Rooms, Southampton
20/09/18: The Bullingdon, Oxford
*Support will come from Liverpool based Loathe

Tickets on sale from Friday 27th April 2018 at 10:00

Prior to this the band will be appearing at Camden Rocks in June and this year’s Tech Fest in July. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

SOURCE: I Like Press

24/04/18: A Perfect Circle tour dates announced

A Perfect Circle have added tour dates throughout the USA and Europe for the autumn – visit the band’s website for further information.

02/12/18: O2 Academy, Glasgow
03/12/18: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
05/12/18: Wembley (SSE) Arena, London

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

20/04/18: Glass Hammer announce new live album release

Glass Hammer continue to celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of Mostly Live In Italy, the band’s latest live offering – scheduled for 18th May 2018.

“The Veruno tracks represented an opportunity to do something really unique with our Valkyrie album material – namely, adding some new ideas to the mix while preserving the integrity and energy of the live show.”

The Digipack CD features 74 minutes of live tracks recorded in Veruno, Italy at the 2 Days + 1 Prog Festival in 2017 and includes most of Valkyrie along with If The Sun and more.

19/04/18: Pain of Salvation announce European Tour

Swedish progressive rock/metallers Pain of Salvation continue to promote their much acclaimed latest studio album In The Passing Light Of Day by announcing a next headlining tour of Europe for September.

Pain of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day Tour 2018
31/08/18: Berlin (Germany) – Columbia-Theater
01/09/18: Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
02/09/18: Krakow (Poland) – Studio
04/09/18: Bratislava (Slovakia) – MMC
05/09/18: Budapest (Hungary) – A38
07/09/18: Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
08/09/18: Balver Höhle (Germany) – Kultrock Festival
09/09/18: Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
10/09/18: Bochum (Germany) – Zeche
12/09/18: Manchester (UK) – Academy Club
13/09/18: London (UK) – Islington Assembly Hall
14/09/18: Maastricht (Netherlands) – Muziekgieterij
15/09/18: Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Melkweg
17/09/18: Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z-7
18/09/18: Savigny-le-Temple (France) – L’Empreinte
19/09/18: Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
20/09/18: Strasbourg (France) – La Laiterie

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

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

17/04/18: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets announce three London shows

The five-piece band will perform Pink Floyd’s early work including songs from The Piper At The Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful Of Secrets at four intimate shows in London next month. The shows will be at Camden Dingwalls on Sunday 20th May followed by three shows at Putney’s The Half Moon on the Monday 21st, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018.

The Saucerful Of Secrets project features Nick Mason, Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken.

SOURCE: The Saucerful Of Secrets

14/04/18: Midas Fall share animated video for Glue

Scottish post-rock duo Midas Fall, who release their new album Evaporate on 27th April 2018 have revealed their animated video for Glue.

Directed and produced by Stefano Bertelli, with the set design by Riccardo Orlandi, the band describe the track: ’a song that exists in 4 parts and goes on a journey. Over the years time starts to blur the edges of the situation you are in up to the point that this becomes your normality and impossible to see an outside perspective. As the track unfolds the realisation is made and leads to further realisation of the difficulties associated with breaking free. Ultimately ending in chaos. The song gives a little nod to Ravels “Gaspard de la nuit” at the start before going in a more electronic direction, utilising sparseness, beats and synths.’

The band are set to tour the UK in May – Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

SOURCE: I Like Press

13/04/18: Toundra launch Kingston Falls video

InsideOut Music announce Spanish instrumentalist rockers Toundra will today release the second track from their fifth studio album Vortex, scheduled for release on 27th April 2018. March saw the launch of the video for the first single Cobra, today sees the release of Kingston Falls

The band comments: “This song was the second to last composed for this new album. The most electric and short one we have done so far. We needed to explore what it was to write a song like this because we felt the whole record needed it. A shot of light. It ended up being one of Santi’s (the producer) favourite songs.”

Vortex will be released on special edition CD digipak, gatefold black LP + CD & as digital download.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

13/04/18: Haken to release live album in June

Haken announce the release of their first live album, titled L-1VE, scheduled for release on the 22nd June 2018 through InsideOut Music.

Following the release of the bands much-acclaimed fourth studio album ‘Affinity’, they embarked upon their 10th anniversary tour across Europe & North America. Recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue on the Amsterdam stop of that tour, this represents the band’s first ever live document with tracks from across the bands discography.

“The release of official live material is a project that is long overdue and we know our existing fans have been crying out for this for some time now. Whilst we have filmed and recorded many shows in the past we have always felt there were elements of our shows that could be improved ‘visually’ before we documented and immortalised this for the world to see and that the timing for a live release never felt right for us. This is just our nature as creative people to be so extremely self-critical and constantly strive for perfection. It is largely due to the will of the people that the idea of this project became a reality. Both the band and the label were inundated with emails requesting a live release in some shape or form, and it was actually rather flattering, so giving the people what they wanted just felt like the right thing to do.”

‘L-1VE’ will be released as a 2CD/2DVD Digipak package & as digital download. The DVD will include 4 bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016 that also includes Mike Portnoy’s cameo appearance on gong, as well as all of the official videos from the ‘Affinity’ album. The main show and the bonus material on the DVD are also mixed in 5.1 surround sound.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

11/04/18: Goblin announce Dawn Of The Dead 40th anniversary shows

Cult horror soundtrack composer Claudio Simonetti and his band Goblin announce a string of live shows to celebrate 40 years of Dawn Of The Dead and Suspiria.

Best known for their work on George A Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria, the band will perform the scores live alongside screenings of both films at six dates in England and Scotland this summer, to mark their 40th anniversaries.

Simonetti told Prog Magazine of his work on Suspiria in 2015: “I love what we came up with for this movie, I think it proves how important music is to a horror film. Or, to any film, actually. Would it have the same impact if you took the music out? I saw scenes before we added the music, and they weren’t as scary.

“I’m not boasting, but… well, every time we play the main theme from this live it gets a huge reaction. Because people associate it with the visuals they see on screen.”

05/08/18: Summerhall, Edinburgh [SUSPIRIA]
05/08/18: Summerhall, Edinburgh [DAWN OF THE DEAD]
06/08/18: Summerhall, Edinburgh [DAWN OF THE DEAD]
06/08/18: Summerhall, Edinburgh [SUSPIRIA]
17/08/18: Union Chapel, London [SUSPIRIA]
18/08/18: Union Chapel, London [DAWN OF THE DEAD]


Visit the TPA Gig Guide for the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listings…

09/04/18: Gazpacho reveal second single from Soyuz

Norwegian progressive Art-rockers Gazpacho reveal the second single, Exit Suite, taken from their forthcoming Soyuz album – scheduled for release through Kscope on 18th May 2018…

“Exit Suite is the cinematic sounding result of a night playing with matches in the studio. It is a song about the fear of dawn and the passing of the old day. The matches were supposed to be our short flickering lives in the dark universe and we ended up making a rhythm out of them and building a song on that rhythm.” Thomas Andersen (Gazpacho).

“Known for their distinctive art rock that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Gazpacho’s Soyuz furthers their experimental output.”

All physical pre-orders of Soyuz from the Kscope store come with an exclusive free download – two mp3s for “Soyuz One” and an unreleased instrumental version of “Know Your Time” from previous album Molok.

SOURCE: Kscope

09/04/18: BEM announce the first solo CD release from Matt Baber

Suite For Piano And Electronics will be the first solo CD release from Matt Baber, founding member of Sanguine Hum – and will be released through Bad Elephant Music (BEM) on 15th June 2018.

“This solo album sees Matt taking a sidestep away from the band format, showcasing a different side to his musical personality. With influences as diverse as Steve Reich, Keith Emerson and Boards of Canada, Matt has created a unique suite of modern music that seamlessly blends ambient minimalism with classical sensibilities.”

Matt spoke about BEM: “it’s great to be working with BEM for my first officially released CD. It’s hard to categorise music like this, and I’m lucky there are labels like Bad Elephant who have such a wide-ranging and exciting scope to the music they release…”

“I’m delighted Matt approached us,” responded BEM label manager David Elliott. “I was aware of his ‘private’ solo releases, and I’ve always liked Sanguine Hum for their modern approach to progressive rock, so offering ‘Suite For Piano and Electronics’ was always going to be a no-brainer…”

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music

09/04/18: The Sea Within announce debut album release in June

The Sea Within comprising of Roine Stolt, Daniel Gildenlöw, Jonas Reingold, Tom Brislin, Marco Minnemann and latterly Casey MacPherson, will release their self-titled debut, through InsidOut Music, on 22nd June 2018.

The album will be available as a special edition 2CD digipak, gatefold 2LP vinyl + 2CD & as digital download and features guest appearances from Jon Anderson, Jordan Rudess and Rob Townsend.

“I suppose it all began to take shape in the autumn of 2016,” explains Roine Stolt. “I had a chat with Thomas Waber, the boss at InsideOut Music, about the idea of putting together a new band. I wanted to move in a fresh direction with new collaborations. So Thomas gave me the ‘go ahead’ to seek musicians for a new project.” You can read the full article HERE.

The Sea Within as a music collective have plans to perform live, and will make their stage debut at ‘Night Of The Prog’ in Loreley, Germany which happens from July 13-15 and will bring special guests for that evening.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

08/04/18: Big Big Train post The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun rehearsal performance

This is single-camera footage of a rehearsal performance of The Transit of Venus Across the Sun, recorded live at Real World studios in September 2017. The performance was filmed by Simon Hogg and the audio was recorded and mixed by Rob Aubrey…

Big Big Train will be playing at The Anvil in Basingstoke on 11th July 2018 (with support from Beatrix Players) followed by a performance on 13th July at The Night Of The Prog Festival in Loreley [DE].

06/04/18: Spock’s Beard launch the first single from forthcoming studio album

Spock’s Beard recently announced the release of their 13th studio album Noise Floor, to released on 25th May 2018. As announced previously, Nick D’Virgilio will be joining Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros & Ryo Okumoto for this album. Today sees the release of the first single…

The band comments: “This is the most awesome video for the most awesome song “To Breathe Another Day”. I dare anyone to write a song more awesome than this, or be more awesome than Ted, Ryo, Al, Dave, or Nick. Plus, it is from the most awesome album ever recorded. Not just the most awesome prog rock album ever, but the most awesome album of any genre, ever. ‘Noise Floor’…”

The album has been engineered by long-time collaborator Rich Mouser and will be released as a 2CD digipak (featuring an EP of material from the same sessions), gatefold 2LP + 2CD & as digital download.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

06/04/18: Jem & Simon Godfrey release album in support Of Tim Smith

Jem and Simon Godfrey have released a new studio album, Six Questions, Twelve Answers, which aims to raise funds for Cardiacs’ singer Tim Smith.

“As some of you know, there has been an ongoing and widely publicised fundraising drive for legendary Cardiacs singer/guitarist/producer, Tim Smith, who had a massive heart attack back in 2008 and now suffers from condition called dystonia. Mentally the bloke is as sharp as ever but his ability to move and speak however, is minimal. My brother Jem Godfrey and I have been huge Cardiacs fans since the early 1980s and we very much wanted like to contribute to his cause by releasing (through Bad Elephant Music) something a bit special in the form of a previously unreleased collaborative project between Jem and myself; Six Questions; Twelve Answers.”

Six Questions, Twelve Answers is available through the Bad Elephant Music/Shineback Bandcamp page.

06/04/18: Arena reveal the artwork for Double Vision

Arena have revealed the artwork for their forthcoming studio album Double Vision, scheduled for release in May, through the Verglas label.

01. Zhivago Wolf
02. The Mirror Lies
03. Scars
04. Paradise of Thieves
05. Red Eyes
06. Poisoned
07. The Legend of Elijah Shade

Prog were invited to an exclusive preview of the album at the band’s Thin Ice studios and comment: “The centrepiece of the album, The Legend Of Elijah Shade, clocks in at over 22 minutes and sees a return to lengthy epic-based prog akin to the much-loved Solomon from the band’s 1995 debut Songs From The Lion’s Cage. other highlights include the acoustic-led Scars and rocking opener Zhivago Wolf.”

Arena have four UK dates this month including an appearance at this year’s Winter’s End Fesival, details can be found in the TPA Gig Guide & TPA UK Festival Page. The band will then head out through Europe during May, performing The Visitor in full, along with a second featuring tracks from Double Vision.


06/04/18: Dream The Electric Sleep “lost album” from 2008

Dream The Electric Sleep have announced a May release date for their lost 2008 album The Giants’ Newground and have shared the first single We Smell The Blood.

Dream the Electric Sleep officially formed in 2009 but in 2008, Matt Page and Joey Waters decided to write and record an album together. It was the first time Page wrote the lyrics and took over the lead vocal position in a band, and the first time Page and Waters were the sole writers of a project. “After years of playing together, Joey and I were ready for something different… a new direction, and honestly at that time, a last attempt to find a way forward together as a band. We had played with so many different people and never found a line up that captured what we wanted so this was it! We were attempting to reconceive our efforts together and this album represented that departure” explains Page.

The Giants’ Newground will be released worldwide on 18th May 2018 via 7Hz Productions (ADA) and will be a precursor to a brand new album being presently recorded and due for release in 2019.

SOURCE: I Like Press

02/04/18: Masquerade III announce line-up for this year’s event

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Masquerade III announce line-up for this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday 9th December 2018 at the O2 Academy2, Islington:

Date: 9th December 2018
Venue: O2 Academy2 Islington, 16 Parkfield Street, London, N1 0PS
Info: Ticketmaster

David Cross Band | John Hackett Band | HeKz | IT | Tom Slatter

“The most ambitious Masquerade to date, five great acts at the O2 Academy Islington. Fancy dress optional but many enter into the spirit of our masque “ball”. The music will brilliant, the jokes terrible, normal merchandise available and if you are lucky, or we are lucky some unique items to be auctioned of for the charity that this event is aid The Macmillan Cancer Trust. Get your tickets now. it is going to our best masquerade yet.” Tony Colvill

Visit the TPA Gig Guide & TPA UK Festival Page for the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listings…

01/04/18: Osada Vida return with first single from the forthcoming album

Poland’s Osada Vida return with a new single and the first track to be released from their forthcoming studio album, scheduled to be released on 1st June 2018 through Metal Mind Productions.

The In Circles single is the first release to feature their new vocalist Marcel Lisiak.

SOURCE: Metal Mind Productions

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