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Published on 1st October 2018

TPA News – October 2018

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

29/10/18: United Progressive Fraternity new studio album in 2019

GEP announce the release of United Progressive Fraternity (UPF) new studio album, Planetary Overload in early 2019. Fronted by Mark Trueack and Steve Unruh, UPF is a global collective of international artists, musicians, arrangers and producers who are ‘passionately committed to empowering change in the world by leading an artistic & musical movement dedicated to sustainable environmental practices’.

“‘Planetary Overload: Loss’ is the first release of a two part project. This first part features a host of artists and guest appearances including Steve Hackett, Jerry Marotta, Nick Magnus, Hasse Fröberg, Michel St-Père and many others, plus new artwork by Ed Unitsky and a bonus CD of ‘surreal mixes’ by Chris Lebled.”

Mark Trueack comments: “Our planet is not happy in so many ways; our climate is constantly changing, religious intolerance leads to conflict, bloodshed, and outright war in an already unstable social system. If projects like ours can make a difference and if we can involve our friends and other lovers of music then we will have a better world.”

SOURCE: Giant Electric Pea (GEP)

28/10/18: All Them Witches to proceed as a 3 piece band

All Them Witches have announced that they plan to move forward as a power trio for the foreseeable future.

“Robby, Ben and I have been making music together for 6 years, and since then we have had an insane array of friends and family come and go through our musical life.”

Since our formation, the one goal I have had for this band is to be open, vulnerable, and willing to love and adapt to change as it presents itself.

That being said, we have decided to proceed in our musical experience as a 3 piece band, indefinitely. The power trio has been a huge part of rock tradition, and we are happy to join the ranks. I know this may be disappointing to some of you who have known us for awhile, and I fully understand the hesitation when the “known” becomes “unknown.” But what I want to say is, we love music, and there would be no reason for us to go on the road or endure what we endure if not for the transformative power of music.”

SOURCE: All Them Witches

28/10/18: Gary O’Toole departs Steve Hackett Band

In a brief statement on his Facebook Page long standing drummer Gary O’Toole announces his departure from the Steve Hackett Band.

“It is with immense sadness I must announce my departure from The Steve Hackett band.

It has been my privilege and pleasure for nearly 20 years to hold this chair.

After a conversation with Steve it became clear we had come to a parting of the ways.

It will I feel be for the good and benefit of all concerned.

On this occasion I will stand and wave the guys off and hope they do well, I know they will.

They have been my road family for so long I shall miss them but things need attending at home.

Some of you are aware of the horrid year I have had personally.

I shall devote more time to my school in developing the new environment and also my online school. While also finding a new studio and finally getting to grips with writing my own material.

Thank you for all your support to the fans who have always treated me with respect.”

SOURCE: Gary O’Toole

26/10/18: Trinity Live confirm fist band for next year’s event

Trinity Live have announced that Mostly Autumn will be the headliners at next year’s Trinity 4 charity event, which takes place on 11th May 2019 and will once again be held at The Assembly, Royal Leamington Spa.

As well as a return to Leamington’s Assembly, the event will once again raise money for a charitable cause. This year Trinity Live will be supporting MIND and Help Musicians UK. “Mental health is an important issue for all of us, and if, through music, we can make a difference and help even just one person then it all becomes worthwhile.”

Five more bands will be announced in the coming weeks… and tickets will go on sale at 10:00 on 2nd November 2018 – including an “Early Bird’ discount.

SOURCE: Trinity Live

26/10/18: Steve Hackett announces new studio album

Following the success of last year’s The Night Siren, Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new studio album At The Edge Of Light, scheduled for the 25th January 2019.

Steve says: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”

01. Fallen Walls and Pedestals
02. Beasts In Our Time
03. Under The Eye of the Sun
04. Underground Railroad
05. Those Golden Wings
06. Shadow and Flame
07. Hungry Years
08. Descent
09. Conflict
10. Peace

At The Edge Of Light is released in a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album.

SOURCE: Steve Hackett

26/10/18: Artena release Poisend video

Arena have released a video for Poisoned, a tribute to those that we have lost.

“I am not a hostage, there is hope in every breath”

“To coincide with the release of the video and single we are calling on fans, followers and newcomers alike to commemorate anyone lost to them who has represented an important part of their lives. Join in with the #arenapoisoned campaign by posting on social media with a picture and name of someone important in your life who has passed on, using the hashtag #arenapoisoned. We are planning to collate the photographs and create a montage of the pictures in a forthcoming vinyl version of ‘Double Vision’ – something special for posterity that will immortalise the loved ones of our fanbase and extended community.”


25/10/18: Fish releases Man With A Stick video

Fish recently revealed that he would be releasing his final studio album, Weltschmerz. Taken from the album, and also from his recently released A Parlay With AngelsEP is Man With A Stick, the lyrics are tribute to his father, who passed away in 2016…

Fish remarks: “It’s been so exciting to witness the huge response that came with making my entire back catalogue available on streaming services this summer. Knowing that so many of my fans – old and new – are discovering my work online and listening millions of times in such a short time is fantastic. So, with ‘Weltschmerz’ being my last and final album it seems the perfect time to also do things for the first time, which is why I decided to create a lyric video for ‘Man With A Stick’. The words I write have always been at the centre of the music I create, and so showcasing them in this way seems the perfect fit as we enter the final chapters. I’m looking forward to all the Fish-heads singing them loudly each night on the tour.”

Fish is currently touring Europe and will return to the UK in December for run of shows – visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum…


23/10/18: Mastodon announce UK and Europe tour dates for early 2019

14/01/19: Ulster Hall, Belfast
15/01/19: Olympia Theatre, Dublin
17/01/19: O2 Guildhall, Southampton
18/01/19: O2 Academy, Newcastle
19/01/19: O2 Academy, Glasgow
21/01/19: O2 Academy, Leeds
22/01/19: O2 Academy, Birmingham
24/01/19: The LCR [UEA], Norwich
25/01/19: O2 Academy Brixton, London
26/01/19: O2 Academy, Bristol
28/01/19: Rockhal Box, Luxembourg
30/01/19: Schlachthof, Wiesbaden
31/01/19: Docks, Hamburg
02/02/19: Aarhus Train, Copenhagen
03/02/19: Spektrum, Oslo
04/02/19: Munchenbrewery, Stockholm
06/02/19: Capitol, Hannover
07/02/19: Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen
09/02/19: AB, Brussels
10/02/19: 013, Tilburg
12/02/19: Komplex, Zurich

Tickets go on sale 26th October 2018 at 10:00.

Full details can be found on the Mastodon Tour Page.

For the UK dates and more – visit the TPA Gig Guide

23/10/18: In Continuum release Scavengers video

In Continuum release Scavengers taken from their forthcoming album Acceleration Theory Vol. 1, scheduled for release on 2nd November 2018.

“This is the official music video for the song “Scavengers” off the forthcoming album “Acceleration Theory Vol. 1″ by In Continuum. It features Dave Kerzner on lead vocals/keyboards, Matt Dorsey on bass, Randy McStine on guitar, Fernando Perdomo on guitar, Marco Minnemann on drums and guest vocals from Jon Davison of Yes…”

In Continuum take over from where Dave Kerzner and Matt Dorsey left off with their band Sound of Contact. Acceleration Theory Vol. 1 is a sci-fi concept album and also features Gabriel Agudo, Nick D’Virgilio, Leticia Wolf with special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis), Steve Rothery (Marillion), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and more!

The video features the studio album audio, with live visuals by Matt Urban, Erik Nielsen, Hal Feldman and screen projection visuals created by Christine Leakey.

22/10/18: The Pineapple Thief announce European tour dates for 2019

The Pineapple Thief, who have just returned from the first leg of their Dissolution tour, announce new dates for 2019. The band will once again be joined by Gavin Harrison.

Frontman Bruce Soord states “Our first Dissolution tour went so well, and we had such a great time so we’ve decided to do it again. This time visiting some of the cities we couldn’t make the first time around. I know there are a lot of people disappointed we are not coming to their neck of the woods, but we hear you all and are definitely working on it!”

The Pineapple Thief European Tour 2019
21/02/2019: Viper, Firenze (Italy)
22/02/2019: Largo Venue, Roma (Italy)
23/02/2019: Santeria Social Club, Milano (Italy)
24/02/2019: Z7, Pratteln (Switzerland)
26/02/2019: LKA – Longhorn, Stuttgart (Germany)
27/02/2019: Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)
28/02/2019: La Laiterie, Strasburg (France)
01/03/2019: Boerderij, Zoetermeer (The Netherlands)
02/03/2019: Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg (Germany)
03/03/2019: Lille Vega, Copenhagen (Denmark)
05/03/2019: Nalen, Stockholm (Sweden)
06/03/2019: John Dee, Oslo (Norway)
20/03/2019: O2 Academy, Newcastle (UK)
21/03/2019: St Luke’s Music Arts Venue, Glasgow (UK)
22/03/2019: O2 Ritz, Manchester (UK)
23/03/2019: The O2 Institute 2, Birmingham (UK)
24/03/2019: The Fleece, Bristol (UK)
Support TBC

For all the UK dates and more – visit the TPA Gig Guide

SOURCES: The Pineapple Thief | For The Lost PR

22/10/18: Roine Stolt’s The Flower King release first new track from forthcoming album

As previously announced Roine Stolt‘s The Flower King will be releasing a new studio album, Manifesto Of An Alchemist, on the 23rd November 2018. And taken from the album is Lost America the first music to be released…

Roine comments: “Lost America is one of the longer tracks on my new album – it goes through a series of melodic themes and riffs – most of them familiar in style from the vast Flower Kings catalogue of course. The song, and much of the album, is interesting in the way it has fragments drawn from different periods of the last 25 years – song ideas that were never fully developed or utilized – even if parts may have been already on the table for both The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. This particular song is kind of two songs – the first a melodic prog jigsaw – while the latter is a more straight riff-based tune – I do the lead vocal but both my brother Michael and Hammond dude Max Lorentz do quite a bit of backing me up with hairy vocals – Marco Minnemann on drums and Jonas Reingold on bass.

The lyrics are kind of touching upon the idea that we’ve lost our souls to the golden calf again. Profit, pride and profanity rule over soul, serenity and the sacred. Despite the song title, this is NOT a dig at the American people or culture, but rather a general global observation. We are all at risk.”

Roine Stolt will be touring South America during November and return to Europe for a series of dates throughout December. For the UK dates and more – visit the TPA Gig Guide

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

22/10/18: Peter Hammill to release new live album

Peter Hammill has announced he will be releasing a new live album X/Ten, through Fie! Records on 30th November November 2018. The songs, taken from his most recent studio album, From The Trees, were recorded during his 2017 and 2018 live dates.

“For the first time ever, I believe, I performed all of the songs from my latest album in the course of my tours at the end of 2017 and during 2018,” Hammill tells Prog. “This collection, then, consists of live solo performances of the entire From The Trees album, fully informed by the arrangements which the originals featured on disc, yet also true to the original spirit in which they were written.”

In addition Hammill will be returning to Japan for three more live dates. “I’m pleased to say that I’ll be going back to Tokyo for three dates in November. On the 16th and 18th I’ll be at the Pit Inn; the 17th will be a special small event and I’m not 100% sure of the venue at this stage!”

SOURCE: Louder

22/10/18: Alan Emslie to release new studio album in December

Following on from the remastered re-issues of his first four studio albums in 2017, (read more HERE of TPA), multi-instrumentalist Alan Emslie returns with his first solo recording in thirteen years.

Obnubilate was recorded at Alan’s Le Studio during 2018 and scheduled for release on 21st December 2018. Pre-ordering is available from Bandcamp

SOURCE: Alan Emslie

17/10/18: UMÆ stream their debut single Turn Back Time

UMÆ announce the release of their debut single, Turn Back Time, taken from their upcoming debut concept album Lost In The View, and features Icelandic singer Hulda Kristin Kolbrunardottir.

“Turn Back Time was written in a batch of songs I’d been compiling, hoping for a future album back in 2009/2010,” Cliplef told Prog. “I was listening heavily to Transatlantic’s The Whirlwind and loved the powerful, anthemic themes and the prominent influences of older bands like Yes, Rush, and Genesis, which, to me were heavily present in their music. When the opportunity arose to go to Iceland and write and demo music with Guðjón, I proposed this track. The themes from this song ended up becoming the glue that binds this album together, both musically and lyrically, manifesting itself in different ways at various points in the album.” Continue reading HERE.

The album will be released in early 2019 and features guest appearances from Adam Holzman, John Wesley and Conner Green.

SOURCE: Louder

15/10/18: The Neal Morse Band announce new studio album and tour dates

The Neal Morse Band will release their double concept album, The Great Adventure, on 25th January 2019, through Radiant Records/Metal Blade Worldwide.

The Great Adventure will be available in three formats: 2CD Edition | 2CD/DVD Special Edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album | 3LP. More details to follow and pre-ordering starts 4th December 2018…

Following the release the band: Neal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) will embark on an extensive World Tour in support of the album. Full details can be found HERE on the band’s tour page.

SOURCE: Neal Morse

15/10/18: Ian Anderson reveals first official Jethro Tull book

Ian Anderson announces ‘The Ballad of Jethro Tull’ the first official Jethro Tull book – described as “an illustrated, oral history of the band”.

Pre-ordering is available HERE and offers “updates, the chance to have your name printed in the book & an earlybird discount when the book goes on sale.”

SOURCE: Jethro Tull

14/10/18: Jakko Jakszyk hints at ‘possible’ new King Crimson studio album

Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jakko Jakszyk recently discussed the possibility of the band’s latest line-up recording a studio album, saying there was sufficient material to do so, although the final decision rests with Robert Fripp.

“There is about 40 minutes of stuff that we play live that’s new, and there is quite a lot of other stuff, so there is more than enough material. There are no plans specifically to make another studio record, but by that token there are no plans not to either.”

King Crimson embark on the ‘Uncertain Times’ tour later this month and Jakko spoke, in depth with Music News’ Cliff Smith about all things Crimson. You can read the full interview HERE.

SOURCE: Music-News

14/10/18: Jordan Rudess 3 Continent solo piano tour begins next month

Keyboard maestro, virtuoso musician and composer Jordan Rudess starts his “From Bach To Rock” tour next month, which will take him across 3 continents during November and December. The solo tour will feature the music of Dream Theater re-imagined for the piano.

Jordan Rudess explains the tour, “Many of my fans only know me as a progressive rock keyboardist but piano is where it all started for me. Sitting at the piano has always felt like the most natural way for me to express my musicality. This tour is bringing me to some of the biggest and most exciting markets for Dream Theater. I’m really excited to return to these countries and share this acoustic evening with some of the most supportive fans in the world.”

12/11/18 – Tokyo, Japan
14/11/18 – Osaka, Japan
17/11/18 – Taibei, Taiwan [Korg Clinic]
17/11/18 – Taibei, Taiwan
19/11/18 – Singapore
21/11/18 – Brisbane, Australia
22/11/18 – Adelaide, Australia
23/11/18 – Melbourne, Australia
25/11/18 – Auckland, New Zealand
27/11/18 – Sydney, Australia
28/11/18 – Canberra, Australia
02/12/18 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
04/12/18 – Santiago, Chile
06/12/18 – Sao Paolo, Brazil
09/12/18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
10/12/18 – Rio, Brazil

Full venue details can be found HERE on the Jordan Rudess Tour Page.

SOURCE: Jordan Rudess

13/10/18: Twelfth Night reveal new studio release

Twelfth Night reveal that they have been recording at Mark Spencer’s Dysfunction studio and at Karl Groom’s Thin Ice. They also reveal that they have been recording the very first studio version of Sequences, which will be released next month, on a new studio album – their first since 1986.

Brian Devoil comments: “As you know, Sequences was originally written and performed as an instrumental track but developed into the finale to the band’s live sets in the 80s with lyrics and vocals by Geoff Mann. It tells the story of a young soldier going off to fight in the First World War and returning home a changed person.

The time felt right to fill this major missing piece of our musical output and commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War”.

“I had prepared a working version several years ago to help me learn the various parts to play live, so we were able to use this as a starting point,” explains Mark Spencer, who sang the song with the band on our most recent live performances between 2012 and 2014.

“We have taken the opportunity to expand some sections, Mark has added some fantastic orchestration, and there may even be some surprise guests involved,” adds guitarist Andy Revell.

“The plan is for the track to be ready in time for Armistice Day on Nov 11th. A limited edition CD will also feature a complete instrumental mix (in a nod to its original form), and some other alternative mixes/interpretations. A significant donation will be made to the Poppy Appeal from each copy sold.”

SOURCE: Twelfth Night

12/10/18: Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour 2019 more dates added

Currently on a series of USA dates, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy announce four UK dates in January 2019, ahead of the first leg of their European tour during February and early March. All dates can be found on the Carl Palmer Tour Page.

Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy – 2019 Tour
26/01/19: The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington [UK]
27/01/19: Giants of Rock, Butlins, Minehead [UK]
28/01/19: The Stables, Milton Keynes [UK]
29/01/19: The 1865, Southampton [UK]
01/02/19: Druso, Bergamo [IT]
02/02/19: Il Giardino, Verona [IT]
03/02/19: Teatro ai Colli, Padova [IT]
05/02/19: Naima, Forli [IT]
06/02/19: Teatro Parioli, Roma, [IT]
12/02/19: Bravo Café, Bologna, [IT]
17/02/19: Het Debuut, Westerlo [BE]
19/02/19: Harmonie, Bonn [DE]
21/02/19: Eurocentrum, Jablonec [CZ]
23/02/19: Blue Note, Nove Mesto [SK]
24/02/19: A 38, Budapest [HU]
26/02/19: Reigen Live, Wien [AT]
01/03/19: Partytur, Neuss [DE]
02/03/19: Uhlenspiegel, Rutelsheim [DE]

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

11/10/18: ZIO release video for debut single X-Ray

Former Karnataka drummer Jimmy Pallagrosi’s ZIO, have released the first single, X-Ray, taken from their forthcoming debut album.

The video features the edited single version of X-Ray, with performances from both Joe Payne and Hayley Griffiths on vocals. A full length version of the track will appear on the band’s debut concept album, Flower Torania, which will be officially released on 21st October 2018 at the band’s release show.

The band for Flower Torania are: Olivier Castan (keyboards), Marc Fascia (guitars) and Lzi Haynes (bass) and Jimmy Pallagrosi (drums) – with guest performances from Hayley Griffiths, Joe Payne, Franck Carducci and more…

The band, with special guests Hayley Griffiths and Joe Payne, will launch the album on 21st October 2018 at London’s Half Moon (Putney). Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date and more from across the prog spectrum…

10/10/18: Soft Machine to live stream Iridium NYC concert

MoonJune Records reveal FREE live stream of Soft Machine’s Iridium NYC concert this Friday – 12th October 2018.

“You are invited to watch FREE LIVE STREAMING of SOFT MACHINE’s 4th concert on the band’s first ever North American Tour since 1974, at the legendary New York City’s venue THE IRIDIUM.”

Depending on where you are live – the following times apply:

New York: 8:00 pm (EST)
London: 1:00 am
Paris/Rome/Frankfurt: 2:00 am
Moscow/Athens: 3:00 am
Jakarta: 7:00 am
Tokyo: 9:00 am

Follow this LINK to the live stream event!

SOURCE: MoonJune Records

10/10/18: TesseracT release new video for Juno

Ahead of their European and UK tour, starting next month, TesseracT have released a new video for Juno, taken from their recent Sonder release.

TesseracT vocalist & lyricist, Dan Tomkins explains the importance of the track within Sonder, “Writing the lyrics for this album was a cathartic experience and I feel that “Juno” is probably the epitome of Sonder. We wanted to create a video that symbolised the realisation of the constraints that are placed on life. “Juno” is the embodiment of that feeling.” He continues “Having worked with Dark Fable Media multiple times, I have grown to love what they do and how they operate. TesseracT have wanted to work with them for a long time now, so this video was a real joy to work on.”

TesseracT head out at the beginning of November with dates in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, before arriving in the UK & Eire for six shows. Click HERE for all the dates | Click HERE to visit the TPA Gig Guide for all the UK & Eire dates.

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

10/10/18: Marillion announce UK tour dates for 2019

Marillion have announced a thirteen date UK tour in November 2019, which coincidentally will mark 30 years since Steve Hogarth joined the band.

h: “Has it really been 30 years?! Steve R tells me it’s his 40th anniversary so it’s a double celebration! It’s amazing to be in this position after all this time. We’ve added this wonderful six-piece to the band for this entire tour. They’re brilliant players, good friends, and the chemistry we have together has already spoken for itself. I thought we’d never beat that night at RAH… but there’s going to be two nights and two different RAH set lists this time, so let’s see what we, and our legendary fans can do.”

The shows will feature the In Praise of Folly String Quartet, plus Sam Morris on French horn and Emma Halnan on flute.

Marillion With Friends From The Orchestra 2019 Tour
01/11/19: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
03/11/19: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
04/11/19: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
06/11/19: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
07/11/19: Guildhall, Portsmouth
09/11/19: The Forum, Bath
10/11/19: New Theatre, Oxford
12/11/19: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
13/11/19: Sage, Gateshead
15/11/19: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
16/11/19: St David’s Hall, Cardiff
18/11/19: Royal Albert Hall, London Royal
19/11/19: Royal Albert Hall, London Royal

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

Pre-sale tickets will be available via Planet Rock from Thursday 18th October and on general sale from Friday 19th October 2018.

European dates will be announced later this year…

SOURCE: Marillion

10/10/18: Heather Findlay announces new studio album

Heather Findlay announces the release of her latest studio album, Wild White Horses with teaser trailer.

For this release Heather has collaborated with Luke Morley, who also produced the album, which was recorded at the Rockfield Studios in May this year. No official release date has been announced, but is slated for Spring 2019.

The Heather Findlay Trio will be on the road during late November and December – visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of these dates.

SOURCE: Heather Findlay

10/10/18: Haken launch video for Puzzle Box

Haken recently announced details of their fifth studio album, Vector, scheduled for release through InsideOut Music on the 26th October 2018. Today sees the launch of the video for Puzzle Box taken from the album

Commenting on the band say: “‘Puzzle Box’ was born from some of the jam sessions we had early on in the writing process. The music has a raw and slightly psychotic nature to it that is brilliantly complimented in Crystal Spotlight’s video. To achieve favourable consequences we suggest taking this dose of Vector at regular intervals throughout the day.”

Haken will embark on their extensive North American tour at the end of October, which runs through till early December. The band return in 2019 with five South American dates before heading back to the UK for three dates and then on to Europe during February and March. Find the full list of dates on the Haken Tour Page

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

09/10/18: New album release from Lucas Lee

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Lucas Lee announces a new album, featuring drumming virtuoso Marco Minnemann. The six track, 42-minute instrumental rock fusion/progressive rock album, entitled Lowered Expectations, is scheduled for release on 18th October 2018.

Lucas Lee comments “It was great be able to have Marco play drums again on this new set of songs…” continuing Lee adds “As with the last release, he had complete freedom to play all drum parts as he saw fit in this. The parts are tasteful as always and the energy felt right. I just can’t be happier with the results.”

The new album features a mixture of virtuosic playing via friendly cohesive interactions between Lee and Minnemann, with various stretches of melodic journeys. The compositions also consist of an assortment of experimental moments, sprinkled with blends of accessible motifs, and at times, with mischievous twists.

09/10/18: King’s X to release new album in 2019

King’s X sign to independent Australian record label, Golden Robot Records, for the release of their first studio album in over a decade. The follow-up to 2008’s XV, sees the band remaining in tact with vocalist/bassist dUg Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill, a rarity in the music world and a testament to the band and musicians and friends.

Drummer Jerry Gaskill comments: “It’s been a while since we’ve made a record. During that time, I’ve been thinking, when and if we make a new record, I want it to be the best we can do. I want to believe in it. I want to make it great, whatever it takes. I don’t want to just make another KING’S X record. I think and hope that we are in that place. I think and hope its time and I feel good about the team we’ll be working with at Golden Robot Records. I’m going do my best. Let’s do this thing.”


08/10/18: Tiger Moth Tales reveal Toad of Toad Hall video

Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales) reveals Toad of Toad Hall video from the forthcoming Story Tellers Part Two album scheduled for release on 26th October 2018.

Earlier this month Pete released the beautifully animated video for Match Girl – the video can be viewed further down this post.

Pete decided to return to the Story Tellers concept of composing songs based on stories some of his favourite childhood authors, this time including Hans Christian Andersen and A.A. Milne. He returns with his eclectic series, this time featuring songs inspired by The Snow Queen, The Wind In The Willows and… the Three Little Pigs. “Awash with great musicianship and Pete’s quirky sense of humour…”

SOURCE: Tiger Moth Tales

08/10/18: John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest The 50th Anniversary Concert release

Cherry Red Records (Lepidoptera Records) announce the release of John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest – The 50th Anniversary Concert as a 2CD plus DVD set on the 23rd November 2018.

The concert, which was recorded at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester on Sunday 6th May 2018, will be released as a 3 disc digipak featuring the entire concert both in sound and vision over two CDs and a DVD.

“The concert was very much a gathering of the faithful from all over the globe and was a truly unique performance which saw BJH founder John Lees with Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead perform songs written over five decades.

As well as the usual classics such as Child of the Universe, Mockingbird, She Said, Summer Soldier, Medicine Man, The Poet / After Day and Hymn, the band performed a gorgeous acoustic medley and material going back to the beginning of Barclay James Harvest such as Mr Sunshine, Early Morning through to often over-looked highlights such as In Memory of the Martyrs, through to the most recent material such as On Leave and North.”

SOURCE: Cherry Red Records

05/10/18: Rush announce 40th Anniversary edition of Hemispheres

Rush will release a 40th Anniversary edition of their 1978 Hemispheres album on 16th November 2018.

“Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”

Hemispheres 40th Anniversary will be released in three physical formats: Super Deluxe | 2CD Deluxe | 3LP Vinyl

Earlier this week it was revealed that Geddy Lee would be releasing the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, a 408-page book that profiles his love of all things bass and his personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Geddy comments on the book: “It’s not surprising that sooner or later I’d dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars.”


05/10/18: The Tangent launch A Case Of Misplaced Optimism

As previously announced The Tangent will be releasing their 10th studio album Proxy, on the 16th November 2018, via InsideOut Music. Today sees the launch of the audio/video for A Case Of Misplaced Optimism, taken from the forthcoming release.

Andy Tillison comments on the track: “’A Case Of Misplaced Optimism’ is a song of two moods, one of defiant pride and another of wistful regret. It bounces between moody atmospheric grooves and big funky choruses. We wrote it especially, as if this were to be our 45 RPM, 7 inch single in times gone by – the prog rock attempt to have a “hit”. Lyrically it’s a song that looks back on personal life choices frowned upon, even criminalised, in the past – celebrating the changes in society that have made those choices more acceptable and expressing regret for those, who like Alan Turing never lived to see these vital freedoms granted.”

The album will be released on 16th November 2018 and available in several formats: Limited CD Digipak | Vinyl LP + CD | Digital

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

05/10/18: Sweden’s Introitus sign with Bad Elephant Music


Bad Elephant Music announce that Swedish progressive rock ensemble Introitus have signed with the label for the release of their new album, Shadows, scheduled for early 2019. Shadows is the sequel to 2014’s well received Anima. Once again the band will combine their folk heritage with elements of traditional progressive rock.

Anna from Introitus commented: “Introitus has always been well received by the UK progressive rock audience, so releasing our new album Shadows at BEM feels like coming home for us”

Shadows will be released on CD and download in 2019.

SOURCE: Bad Elephant Music

05/10/18: BirdPen release third single from forthcoming album

In June Southampton based alt/prog rock duo BirdPen announced the release their new studio album, There’s Something Wrong With Everything, accompanied by This Is Your Life single. Today sees the release of the third single, Eyes In The Sky.

There’s Something Wrong With Everything is scheduled for release on 12th October 2018, following which BirdPen head out on tour in support of the album. They have two UK dates later this month, (visit the TPA Gig Guide), before heading off to Europe during November and December.


05/10/18: Kate Bush reveals album remastered box sets on vinyl & CD

Kate Bush will be releasing remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. The vinyl albums, featuring all of her studio albums will be released in four separate boxes. The first two on 16th November and the latter two on 30th November 2018.

“The albums, many of which have been unavailable on vinyl for a decade, have been remastered by Kate and James Guthrie. Kate’s 10 studio albums are spread over 3 vinyl boxes, whilst the 4th box contains many rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including a whole disc of cover versions.”

The two CD box sets, which contain the same tracks, will be staggered and released on the same dates as the vinyl.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

SOURCE: Kate Bush

05/10/18: Listen to Anneke Van Giersbergen’s Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki

Taken from the forthcoming Symphonized release, Anneke van Giersbergen performs Your Glorious Light Will Shine – Helsinki, recorded in May this year, with the Residentie Orkest The Hague.

Anneke comments: “Instead of releasing a ‘best of’ collection to celebrate my 25 years on stage, an album with orchestral reinterpretations seemed much more interesting. Two songs of my new progressive metal band VUUR received wonderful orchestral arrangements as well. I was very surprised how much of the intensity and energy of VUUR’s heavy music is still present. Performing my music with an orchestra has been such an overwhelming experience. I am really happy both concerts were recorded and there is a chance to relive them with this live album.”

The album will be released on 16th November 2018 and available in several formats: CD Digipak | Gatefold Vinyl 2LP + CD | Digital

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

04/10/18: Nel Unlit share new single Fireflies

North East (UK) based Nel Unlit will release their ambitious album project, Wake for the Dreaming early next and based on the graphic novel “World’s End” by Neil Gaiman. Today the band have revealed their new single, Fireflies, taken from the album…

The first piece of music to be heard from the album, “Fireflies sets the scene” explains songwriter Jonathan Horner, “as our hero crashes his car and becomes lost walking in thick June snow before discovering a mysterious Inn that plays the setting for the rest of the record. In this Inn he is told stories by other peculiar guests. Tales of wily hangmen, vengeful elves, Christ like child presidents and more. It is these stories that make up the rest of the album.”

SOURCE: Hanglands PR

04/10/18: Steven Wilson announces cinema screening of Home Invasion

Steven Wilson announces an exclusive pre-release cinema screening of Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Everyman Cinemas Kings Cross, London on 25th October.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with yours truly. A very limited number of tickets are now on sale on the Everyman website.

04/10/18: Sonar to release new live album

Swiss music ensemble Sonar will be releasing their new live album, Live At Moods, on 16th November 2018. Recorded live at Moods Jazz Club in Zürich, Switzerland, on 24th May 2018, where the band were joined by guest soloist/texturalist David Torn. “Sonar fuse a rigorous minimal concept with the power of a rock band and the sensitivity of a jazz combo…”

Static Motion is represented by Twofold – the title of the track refers to the fact that the main bass riff of the piece is exactly the same as the guitar riff, just played half as fast and two octaves lower).

“The stylistic blending of Sonar’s precisely structured, polyrhythmic rock music and David Torn’s freely improvised, raw and emotional guitar interjections – a trademark of Vortex – is now continued in a live context on the six tracks of the Live at Moods album. There are three pieces from Vortex (Waves and Particles, Red Shift and Lookface!).”

Live At Moods also features a completely improvised David Torn solo piece called For Lost Sailors and Tromsø, a piece that Sonar played without David Torn. Tromsø is one of the first pieces that Sonar rehearsed together and it is the first track on the band’s first album A Flaw of Nature. As a composition, it is a very minimal and austere piece that consists of only six small fragments in 9/8, but it remains one of Sonar’s most dramatic and dynamic pieces.”

Live At Moods will be released on 16th November 2018 via 7d Media. Available HERE in Europe and for the Rest of the World HERE

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

03/10/18: Muse announce Royal Albert hall benefit concert

Muse will perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall in support of The Prince’s Trust charity on 3rd December 2018.

For those who pre-order the band’s forthcoming Simulation Theory album, by the 7th October, will have early access to tickets for the charity event. A similar offer is in place for those who have already pre-ordered the album. Details can be found on the band’s website.

02/10/18: Steve Hackett 2019 UK tour dates revealed

Following on from the previous Steve Hackett announcement of European dates during April and May, comes news that he will undertake a 20 date UK tour in November 2019.

For the first time Steve Hackett will perform the Selling England By The Pound in its entirety, along with tracks from Spectral Mornings, which sees its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Genesis Revisited UK Tour 2019
02/11/19: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
03/11/19: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
05/11/19: City & Memorial Hall, Sheffield
06/11/19: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
08/11/19: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
09/11/19: St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
11/11/19: Philharmonic, Liverpool
12/11/19: Dome, Brighton
13/11/19: Guildhall, Portsmouth
15/11/19: City Hall, Salisbury
16/11/19: The Hexagon, Reading
18/11/19: Symphony Hall Birmingham
19/11/19: Barbican Centre, York
20/11/19: The Forum, Bath
22/11/19: Victoria Theatre, Halifax
23/11/19: Sage, Gateshead
25/11/19: Usher Hall, Edinburgh
26/11/19: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
27/11/19: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
29/11/19: Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London

Continue reading HERE on TPA | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of these dates and more from across the prog spectrum…

01/10/18: Tiger Moth Tales will release Story Tellers Part Two later this month

White Knight Records announce the release of Story Tellers Part Two, the latest studio album from Tiger Moth Tales. The album will be released on 26th October 2018 and ahead of the release is this beautifully animated video for Match Girl

Pete decided to return to the Story Tellers concept of composing songs based on stories some of his favourite childhood authors, this time including Hans Christian Andersen and A.A. Milne. He returns with his eclectic series, this time featuring songs inspired by The Snow Queen, The Wind In The Willows and… the Three Little Pigs. “Awash with great musicianship and Pete’s quirky sense of humour…”

“There are several songs about The Snow Queen and this time Pete has had the delight in participating in duets with his long time singing partner Emma Friend. ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ and ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ will also enthrall fans of Pete’s clever song-writing and amazing musical dexterity.”

SOURCES: Nineteen73 | Tiger Moth Tales

01/10/18: More release updates from White Knight Records

Along with the announcement of the new Tiger Moth Tales’ Story Tellers Part Two album release (see above), comes news of two more albums from the label.

The CSides Project are set to release their new concept album 10 Days.

“The new album is based on Nellie Bly’s, pen name for Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, 10 days in a New York mental institution, Blackwell Island, where she worked as an undercover reporter during the late 1800s. Nellie launched a new kind of investigative journalism, her courageousness eventually helped to change the treatment and care of all patients with mental health issues.”

The third release from White Knight Records comes from Sweden’s Salva and the release of their fifth album, Off The Deep End.

All three albums are scheduled for release on 26th October 2018.

SOURCE: Nineteen73

01/10/18: Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly announce the release of new studio album

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly will release their latest studio album, Friendship, through InsideOut Music on 9th November 2018. Today sees the launch of Ghost of Vanity, the first music to be released from the album.

Rikard comments on the track: ”A song that really just came to me all at once while I was strumming away on my guitar one day, lyrics and all. I kept singing ‘I don’t want no part in this’ over and over at first and then started thinking about what it was I didn’t want to partake in. Well, vanity is something I’ve never been a big fan of but one way or another we’re all slaves to it. I think most people, especially teenagers and young adults strive to live up to unrealistic expectations from TV-commercials or the superficial parts of showbiz. I remember when I was a kid and thought everything they said on TV was true, or at least didn’t reflect too much about whether it was real or not. No matter how much we try to not care about how cool or pretty or rich we are, I think it gets to us. The ghost of vanity is always present and I guess it takes a lot of reflecting over your own identity and a lot of courage to try to be yourself. I admire those who truly are.”

Friendship will be available in several formats: Limited Edition CD Digipak | Gatefold 2LP + CD (both including 3 bonus tracks) | Digital – and pre-ordering is now available HERE

01/10/18: Ayreon announce 4 Into The Electric Castle shows at Tilburg’s 013 next year

Arjen Lucassen’s Ayreon mark the 20th anniversary of Into The Electric Castle with four special shows at Tilburg’s 013 [NL], on 13th, 14th and two shows on 15th September 2019. The performance will include performances from many of the original cast including: Fish, Anneke van Giersberg, Damian Wilson, Thijs van Leer, Ed Warby, Edward Reekers, Edwin Balogh, George Oosthoe and Arjen.

The band will consist of Johan van Stratum (bass), Joost van den Broek (keyboards), Marcel Singor (lead guitar), Ferry Duijsens (guitar), Bob Wijtsma (guitar) and Ben Mathot (violin). Plus special guest vocalists Simone Simons, Mark Jansen, Marcela Bovio and many more.

SOURCE: Arjen Lucassen

01/10/18: Joe Payne to release new EP this month

That Joe Payne has announced the release of, What Is the World Coming To, a seven track EP which will be released on 26/10/18. Ahead of the release Joe has released a touching acoustic version of I Need a Change

Joe Payne is joined on the EP by Max Read, Duncan McLaughlin and Nic Willes, with the tracks recorded at The Lodge Recording Studios, Northampton.

What Is the World Coming To and a reworking of Henry Purcell’s Music For A While from the CD will also be released on digital platforms, however the other five tracks will only be available on the CD.

01. What Is The World Coming To (CD | Digital)
02. Music For A While (CD | Digital)
03. I Need A Change (Acoustic) (CD Only)
04. Moonlit Love (Acoustic) (CD Only)
05. Origin Of Blame (Acoustic) (CD Only)
06. Who Created Me (Acoustic) (CD Only)
07. One And The Many (Acoustic) (CD Only)

Joe has also announced two special shows at Simon Drake’s House of Magic later this year, where he will be taking over the Secret Cabaret venue to perform his music from across his 7-year music career. The locations will be revealed at a later date… Joe, along with Halley Griffiths will make a guest appearance at the Zio album launch on 21st October. Visit the TPA Gig Guide for this date…

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