Published on 1st March 2019

TPA News – March 2019

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Latest Prog News from across the progressive rock spectrum & updated throughout March 2019.

31/03/2019: Motorpsycho Announce UK Date as Part of European Tour

Norwegian band Motorspycho have announced a UK date of 17th May 2019 at 229 The Venue, London, as part of their European tour.

Tour Dates
Apr 04. 2019 Sinus Bodø, Norway
Apr 10. 2019 Høvleriet Haugesund, Norway
Apr 11. 2019 Hulen Bergen, Norway
Apr 12. 2019 Hulen Bergen, Norway
Apr 13. 2019 Folken Stavanger, Norway
May 02. 2019 Driv Tromsø, Norway
May 03. 2019 Verkstedhallen Trondheim, Norway
May 04. 2019 Terminalen Ålesund, Norway
May 11. 2019 Sentrum Scene Oslo, Norway
May 14. 2019 Train Aarhus, Denmark
May 15. 2019 Hotel Cecil København, Denmark
May 16. 2019 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
May 17. 2019 229 Venue 2 London,United Kingdom
May 19. 2019 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
May 21. 2019 Vera Groningen, Netherlands
May 22. 2019 Het Depot Leuven, Belgium
May 23. 2019 Kulturzentrum Faust Hannover, Germany
May 24. 2019 Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
May 25. 2019 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
May 27. 2019 Arena Wien, Austria
May 28. 2019 Live Club Trezzo Sull’Adda, Italy
May 29. 2019 Zona Roveri Bologna, Italy
May 30. 2019 Teatro Partenio Avelino, Italy
May 31. 2019 Orion Rome, Italy
Jun 01. 2019 Goa Boa Preview Genova, Italy
Jun 02. 2019 Kulturzentrum franz.K Reutlingen, Germany
Jun 28. 2019 Trondheim Rocks Trondheim, Norway
Jul 31. 2019 Olavsfestdagene Trondheim, Norway
Aug 10. 2019 Øya festival Oslo, Norway
Sep 29. 2019 Schlachthof Bremen, Germany
Oct 01. 2019 Gloria Theater Cologne, Germany
Oct 15. 2019 Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 16. 2019 Conne Island Leipzig, Germany
Oct 17. 2019Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany

SOURCE: Motorpsycho

31/03/2019: Gösta Berlings Saga Release Ornament and Crime Single and Announce Roadburn Festival Appearance

Swedish progressive rock instrumentalists Gösta Berlings Saga have released a new digital single of the non-album track Ornament and Crime as part of the continuing promotion of their 5th studio album Et Ex, which came out with InsideOutMusic last October.

Commetning on the track, GBS say:
The basic idea for the song ‘Ornament and Crime‘ was written over 10 years ago but never really made it to tape. For the ‘ET EX‘ recording we tried some new ideas around the song and it turned out really good. The song did not find its place on the album mostly due to LP length constraints but it is now instead a perfectly weird instrumental smash hit for Spring 2019.”

The band are also set to appear at Roadburn Festival, taking place from the 11th April – 14th April 2019 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The band is part of “The Burning Darkness“ event, curated by At The Gates/Disfear frontman Tomas Lindberg.

Live Shows:
12th April 2019 – Tilburg, The Netherlands – 013 / Roadburn Festival
9th August 2019 – Oslo, Norway – Oslo Kulturhus / Øya Nights
More dates to be announced soon.

Gösta Berlings Saga Are:
Alexander Skepp – Drums & Percussion
David Lundberg – Fender Rhodes, Mellotron & Synthesizers
Gabriel Tapper – Bass Guitar & Moog Taurus
Rasmus Booberg – Guitars & Synthesizers

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

30/03/2019: Phoenix Again release Friends of Spirit

Italian band Phoenix Again have released their fourth studio album Friends of Spirit today, featuring artwork by Mitsuyasu Hatakeda. The album is available from Bandcamp ( in both digital and CD format.

The release will be accompanied by a launch concert at “La Casa di Alex” comprising of two different sets: the first part of the concert will be an unplugged acoustic set; the second set will be full electric with a mixture from previous releases.

Commenting on their latest release the band say: “This last work can be defined as semi-acoustic, precisely because, in addition to being played mainly (but not exclusively) with acoustic instruments, it is full of varied atmospheres and rhythms that have brought us perhaps far from the most scratchy and “rocking” sounds to which we have accustomed our supporters. It is fair to say that this Friends of Spirit, self-produced and available in future as a limited edition, is a work that we strongly wanted to complete, and with great enthusiasm. It is a record that we deeply feel “our” and, despite its diversity from the sounds of our previous albums, the 9 tracks contained in the album can easily go “arm in arm” with our rock compositions.
In our music (including the one already published) we like to show in fact the contents of our education and our musical journey, influences of our listenings as “young fans”. We are convinced that music must always end with “a nice surprise”.

Track List
1. Friends of Spirit 07:08
2. On the Melody 03:50
3. Pasión 04:52
4. Habanera 04:06
5. Mediterranea 04:42
6. Free Ireland 04:18
7. Alma Española 03:22
8. Eppur Si Muore 06:10
9. Vicino A Te 03:18

The Band
Sergio Lorandi: guitars and irish bouzouki
Marco Lorandi: guitars
Andrea Piccinelli: keyboards
Antonio Lorandi: bass guitar
Giorgio Lorandi: percussions and vocals
Silvano Silva: drums and percussions

SOURCE: Phoenix Again

29/03/2019: Haken to Support Devin Townsend on 20 Date Empath Tour

Haken have announced they will be supporting Devin Townsend as special guests on his forthcoming European EMPATH tour. Having recently completed a successful tour of Europe in support of their own new album Vector. the band are excited to be hitting the road again.

We are beyond excited to have been invited along to support one of our all-time favourite artists, Mr. Devin Townsend, on such a monumental tour! Having just completed hugely encouraging and successful headlining tours of our own throughout North and South America and Europe, we feel truly honoured, maybe even a little electrified, to be given the opportunity to play for a whole load of new faces. We can only hope that Devin’s fans will enjoy the prescription we have ready for them!

Tour Dates
15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
5th December – Great Hall, Cardiff, UK
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Since their inception in 2007, Haken have released four previous studio albums, one EP and a live release. Vocalsit Ross Jennings comments: “We don’t like to make simple music. We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.

HAKEN are:
Ross Jennings
Richard Henshall
Charlie Griffiths
Diego Tejeida
Conner Green
Ray Hearne

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

28/03/2019: Frigg Guitarist Ansi Salminen Releases Solo Album

Guitarist and songwriter Anssi Salminen, probably best known for his work with songwriter Jarkko Martikainen (YUP) and folk orchestra Frigg, will release his debut solo album on Friday 29th March. Accordionist Harri Kuusijärvi and star of contemporary Finnish folk music scene Maija Kauhanen are among the guests on this new release.

Supporting the new self titled album, Salminen will play four release concerts in three cities, Helsinki, Tampere and Hämeenlinna.

A lively presence on stage, Salminen has made his career in folk, country and roots music over the last few years. In addition to guitar he also plays a variety of stringed instruments and has been contributing to noticeable theatre productions and recording sessions.

Anssi Salminen Live

8th April – Juttutupa, Helsinki (+ Hilland playboys)
10th April – Malaga Bar, Helsinki
13th April – TTT-klubi, Tampere (supporting Jarkko Martikainen)
24th April – AP-klubi, Hämeenlinna

Anssi Salminen – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Janne Mathlin – drums
Harri Kuusijärvi – accordion
Kalle Ylitalo – bass
Tero Pajunen – vocals
Maija Kauhanen – vocals

Track Listing
1 Our Setting Sun (03:08)
2 Down Water Falls (03:21)
3 Calendar Life (03:56)
4 Picture Show (03:04)
5 King of All Colors (03:28)
6 Whistle Blowing (03:37)
7 If Spring Never Comes (04:23)
8 Closed Doors and Wasted Words (02:24)
9 Tired Wings (03:43)
10 Laughing from Behind (06:31)

SOURCE: Eclipse Music

26/03/2019: Big Big Train Announce New Album Grand Tour for 17th May Release

Big Train have announced details of the release of their new album on 17th May 2019. Entitled Grand Tour, it is inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour where young men and women travelled to broaden the education. The album is composed of songs set in distant lands reflecting the experiences of the journey.

Grand Tour is available to pre-order now on double heavyweight gatefold vinyl (featuring a 24 page booklet), digipack CD (featuring a 52 page booklet) and on standard and hi-resolution (24/96) download.

Track Listing
Novum Organum (2:33)
Alive (4:31)
The Florentine (8:14)
Roman Stone (13:33)
Pantheon (6:08)
Theodora in Green and Gold (5:38)
Ariel (14:28)
Voyager (14:03)
Homesong (5:12)

SOURCE: Big Big Train

26/03/2019: EppyFest 8 details announced

Following the seven successful EppyFests from 2012 to 2018, this year the festival is back to a Saturday evening event at a new venue.

“Our headliner is Tim Burness and his band – Tim is a Brighton-based UK musician who has been recording & performing since the early 1980s. Interconnected, his latest album, was released on 12th November, 2018. As with Tim’s previous work, the album features a wide range of musical styles – from progressive rock to pop with touches of ambient electronica. The lyrics cover a range of interconnected themes – from the personal to the political to the spiritual.

Before Tim, we warmly welcome back Sanguine Hum (acoustic), the duo version of the band, consisting of Matt Baber and Joff Winks. If you were at EppyFest last year you’ll know they wowed everyone with a sensational performance. This year they’ll be playing more new material.

We’re also very happy to be welcoming back gifted singer, songwriter & guitarist Marvin B Naylor to EppyFest. Last time he played EppyFest he was performing on his own but we’re thrilled to announce that this time he’ll be joined by Rebsie Fairholm, who specialises in dark haunting psych-folk, inspired by the English landscape. Their duo performance will combine material from both their back catalogues.

And we’re also excited to announce Longstone on the bill, an experimental, electronic music collective formed in 1996 in Cheltenham, coalescing around the core duo of Mike Ward and Mike Cross. With influences ranging from Kraftwerk to My Bloody Valentine, & from Aphex Twin to Jethro Tull, you know you can expect the unexpected.

Eppyfest 8 takes place on 20th July 2019 at Cheltenham’s Smokey Joe’s. Ticket details can be found HERE on the Eppyfest website.

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

24/03/2019: Djam Karet Announce New Album A Sky Full Of Stars For A Roof For April 2019 Release

Djam Karet have completed recording their 19th album A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof and is due for release on 15th April 2019. Originally formed in 1984, the new album is a celebration of the band’s 35 years together and features all four original members. The new release combines analog and modular synthesizers with numerous acoustic instruments including harmonium, dilruba, mbira, udu and other exotic instruments. In order to create a more lively and dynamic sound, no compression was used in the mixing of the album.

Chuck Oken, jr. comments: “We were talking about the new album, and we thought it would be interesting to hear a mix of one of the songs with most of the electronic synthesizers removed, in order to create an increased focus on the acoustic instruments. When we listened back, we really liked what we heard, and so we applied that concept to the whole record, resulting in the new Re-Mix album titled “Specter of Twilight”. This album has an even stronger Cinematic and Soundtrack feel to it. Strange and unusual, this unique album is filled with wondrous tones and strange visions, and is a real treat for the ears. And because of the success of that project, we decided to make another Re-Mix album titled “On The Third Day Arrived The Crow” where we removed all of the acoustic instruments and drums & bass, creating a greater focus on the remaining synthesizers and electronic elements of our album.”

Featured guest musicians include Micah Nelson (from Neil Young’s band) on charango, Todd Montgomery (Fernwood) on sitar, Mark Cook (Herd Of Instinct) on fretless guitar and bass, and others.

Track Listing
1. Beyond The Frontier
2. Long Ride To Eden
3. West Coast
4. A Sky Full Of Stars For A Roof
5. Dust In The Sun
6. On The Third Day Arrived The Crow
7. Specter Of Twilight
8. Night Falls

SOURCE: Djam Karet

24/03/2019: Karibow Announce UK Tour Dates With Zio, I Am The Manic Whale, Hayley Griffiths Band and This Winter Machine

Oliver Rüsing has announced an 8 date Karibow UK tour in September 2019. Support will come from Zio, I AM The Manic Whale, Hayley Griffiths Band and This Winter Machine.

Tour Dates
31/08/19: Tavistock – Wharf – Double Concert with Zio
01/09/19: Southampton – 1865 Club – Double concert with Zio
03/09/19: location to be announced
04/09/19: London (Putney) – Half Moon – Double concert with I Am The Manic Whale
05/09/19: Cambridge – Portland Arms – Double concert with Hayley Griffiths Band
06/09/19: Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms – Double concert with This Winter Machine
07/09/19: Leicester – The Musician – Double concert with This Winter Machine
08/09/19: Kingston Upon Hull – O’Riley’s – Double concert with This Winter Machine

SOURCE: Karibow Facebook Group

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

21/03/2019: John Mitchell Releases Ancient Ascendant Video From new Lonely Robot Album Under Stars

Ancient Ascendant is the first track of the new Lonely Robot album Under Stars and today has seen the release of the first video. John comments: “Ancient Ascendant is a wry poke at and indeed musical equivalent of the famous ‘evolution of man’ picture. We may be evolutionary but we seem to be walking backwards into the swampy quagmire of a synthesized society. Maybe we can learn something from the simpler times and customs of our ancestors even if we can’t learn from their history. This was the first song I recorded for Under Stars and I had a ball recording it!

Featuring drums by long-time collaborator Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson), plus bass contributions from Steve Vantsis (Fish), Mitchell supplies all other instrumentation on the album. For John, the album is “the final part in the astronaut trilogy, and was recorded over an intensive month and a half period. This time I wanted to reference my love of 80’s synthwave pop a little more, so beware the 808! The title is derived from belief that we as humans spend far too much time not noticing the beauty around us and far too much time tethered to technology.

Under Stars will be released as a limited edition digipak CD (featuring 3 bonus tracks), gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.

1. Terminal Earth
2. Ancient Ascendant
3. Icarus
4. Under Stars
5. Authorship Of Our Lives
6. The Signal
7. The Only Time I Don’t Belong Is Now
8. When Gravity Fails
9. How Bright Is The Sun?
10. Inside This Machine
11. An Ending
12. How Bright Is The Sun? (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
13. Under Stars (Cosmic Mix)* CD / digital bonus track
14. Lonely Robot – Chapter One – Airlock* CD / digital bonus track

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

19/03/2019: Neal Morse Announces New Prog Musical Jesus Christ The Exorcist.

Neal Morse has announced a new progressive rock musical – Jesus Christ The Exorcist.  The new double album has taken a decade to create and features two hours of music that takes in the entirety of Morse’s eclectic musical history.

Citing influences such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Morse explains: “It is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope that people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in it. These songs and pieces of music were all written specifically for this project. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June.

Contributions include vocalists and musicians such as Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, Jake Livgren and others. The Musical had its live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by an all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass) and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy) and Wil Morse. John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) were also added to the performance.

1. Introduction
2. Overture
3. Getaway
4. Gather The People
5. Jesus’ Baptism
6. Jesus’ Temptation
7. There’s A Highway
8. The Woman Of Seven Devils
9. Free At Last
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes
11. Love Has Called My Name
12. Better Weather
13. The Keys To The Kingdom
14. Get Behind Me Satan

1. He Must Go To The Cross
2. Jerusalem
3. Hearts Full Of Holes
4. The Last Supper
5. Gethsemane
6. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial
7. Judas’ Death
8. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion
9. Mary At The Tomb
10. The Greatest Love Of All
11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)

Full Cast
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David – Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio – Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian – The Devil
Matt Smith – John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein – Demon 4
Julie Harrison – Servant Girl

SOURCE: Redsandpr

19/03/2019: Devin Townsend Launches Second Single From New Album Empath Along with Supporting Tour Dates.

Devin Townsend has released a second single Evermore from his new album Empath which is set to be released on 29th March 2019 via InsideOut Music. Devin comments: “So with the release of Empath fast approaching, and people having had various chances to hear the album, the reactions are pretty much what I expected: Those interested in the more artistic and free form side of what I do really seem to like and understand it, and those looking for the more commercial or rocking side of what I do are maybe not so convinced :)”

You can make up your mind by watching the new video here:

The EMPATH Europe – Volume 1 Tour begins in November.
15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
20th November – Logomo, Turku, Finland
21st November – Cirkus, Helsinki, Finland
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Tickets available – HERE | Visit the TPA Gig Guide for all of the UK dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin is walking fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch the first episode of that series here:

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

01. Castaway
02. Genesis
03. Spirits Will Collide
04. Evermore
05. Sprite
06. Hear Me
07. Why
08. Borderlands
09. Requiem
10. Singularity
Part 1 – Adrift
Part 2 – I Am I
Part 3 – There Be Monsters
Part 4 – Curious Gods
Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

18/03/2019: Dick Dale, the “King of Surf Rock” Passes Away.

Guitarist Dick Dale, well known for his song Misirlou which played during the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, has died at the age of age 81. Dale had a long history of poor health but nevertheless continued playing up to his death.

His characteristic style was built around a fast picking technique on his Fender Stratocaster and inspired bands such as The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix. The BPI commented that Dale was “a great musician who created a brilliant and uniquely distinctive style and sound that will forever be his hallmark“.

Commenting on his own approach to music in 2015, he remarks; “Playing guitar was only a window in my life. I never practiced the guitar and when I’m done playing I just put it down. Music is like building a house. It’s like going out deep into the desert to see what nature is doing. It’s like painting, like Salvador Dali. I try to do that with my music, make it like a Salvador Dali painting.”


18/03/2019: Guitarist Bernie Tormé Passes Away at the Age of 66.

Guitarist Bernie Tormé passed away on 17th March 2019 at the age of 66, one day before his 67th birthday.

A statemnent from his family reads: “Bernie Tormé passed away peacefully on the 17th March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family. He had been on life support for the past 4 weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications. Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for 5 decades. He will be sorely missed.”

Colleague and drummer Mik Gaffney confirmed the news:  “Something I hoped I would never have to write, the amazing, unmistakable guitar legend Bernie Torme has died. He passed away yesterday, surrounded by his loved ones.”

Tormé had been in hospital since the beginning of February with pneumonia, being placed on a ventilator on the 15th February when his condition failed to improve. The former Ozzie Osborne and Gillan guitarist released a solo album Shadowland last year and supported it with a headline UK tour in November and December.

SOURCE: Drop Deaf PR

17/03/2019: The Mute Gods launch new single One Day featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush

The Mute Gods, featuring Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, The Sea Within), will release their third studio album Atheists and Believers on the 22nd March 2019. In advance of the launch they have released a video for the track One Day which features Alex Lifeson of Rush as guest.

Released 2 years after its predecessor Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth, Beggs once again focuses on the state of the modern world, looking at topics such as politics, humanity & love over the course of 10 tracks. Nick comments: “The album’s key message is that we now empower stupid people and don’t listen to educated, informed experts anymore because truth is no longer fashionable.

The new album features special guest contributions from Alex Lifeson, Craig Blundell, Rob Townsend and Beggs’ daughter, Lula Beggs. Atheists and Believers will be released on Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD & as a digital album.


1. Atheists and Believers
2. One Day
3. Knucklehead
4. Envy the Dead
5. Sonic Boom
6. Old Men
7. The House Where Love Once Lived
8. Iridium Heart
9. Twisted World, Godless Universe
10. I Think Of You

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

14/03/2019: Daniel Tompkins Announces Solo Album Castles

Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, White Moth Black Butterfly, Skyharbor) has announced the release of his debut solo album Castles via Kscope on 31st May 2019. The album explores the arc of personal relationships – tragic mistakes, misjudgements of character and victorious, passionate love.

Daniel explains: “Everyone has experiences that are relatable to one another in their romantic relationships. We make huge investments of trust and care and commitment into one another and sometimes they simply fail. In fact, most fail. That said, some survive, thrive and create incredible lifelong partnerships or at least important, long lasting love. But sometimes, we make massive misjudgements of character and the true nature of someone is always revealed over time. Sometimes tragic mistakes, physical or mental abuse, compulsion or addiction are an issue and create irreparable harm to relationships and lives, no matter how in love two people may be. This is the area where the most tragic outcomes occur. The album is somewhat cathartic lyrically but in other areas it explores amazing, victorious, passionate love. A lot of this story is told from the perspective of someone seeking that perfect partnership and the ultimate fulfilment of finding it.”

Castles is written & engineered by Tompkins alongside US producer Eddie Head (Haji’s Kitchen) and recorded at both the UK’s Celestial Sound Studio (Vocals) & The Color And The Sound Studios (Music) in the US, with mastering by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds. The album has 13 tracks and will feature six alternative versions, with contributions from special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Grammy-nominated Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. Artwork is by Ani Artworks (

Castles will be released on CD, LP (180g black vinyl) and digital (pre-orders receive “Saved feat. Acle Kahney” as an instant download).

1. Saved [04:19]
2. Black The Sun [05:56]
3. Castles [05:08]
4. Kiss [04:41]
5. Limitless [04:30]
6. Cinders [05:49]
7. Telegraph [04:36]
8. Black The Sun (Head Rework) [05:37]
9. Limitless (feat. Dmitry Stepanov) [04:51]
10. Kiss (feat. Randy Slaugh) [04:12]
11. Saved (feat. Acle Kahney) [03:36]
12. Saved (feat. Paul Ortiz) [03:50]
13. Saved (feat. Randy Slaugh) [03:33]

SOURCE: For The Lost

14/03/2019: Seven Steps to the Green Door Reveal Further Details About New Album The?Lie

German band Seven Steps to the Green Door have revealed further details about their new album THE?LIE. The release marks the second instalment of their concept trilogy THE?BOOK in which casts a critical eye over religious fanaticism.

George Andrade created a detailed and engaging lyric book out of Thoralf Koss’ story. To match the story line, the band invited contributions from some of the leading musicians of the contemporary prog to take on the roles of the characters and to perform the instrumental parts. British multi-instrumentalist and singer Pete Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Camel, Francis Dunnery Band) delivers vocals as the “Father”; guitarist Luke Machin (including Maschine, The Tangent, Francis Dunnery Band, Damanek …) plays most guitar parts; Steve Unruh (Resistor, UPF, Samurai of Prog) and Jason Melidonie (Cytotoxin) adds violin and guitar solos.

The album is produced by Marek Arnold and mixed/mastered by Martin Schnella (Flaming Row, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, ssttgd) and will be released by Progressive Promotion Records on 30th April 2019. All pre-orders will feature the album, signed by Marek and Ulf, with an extensive lyric book of the story line. There will also be a limited edition of the album featuring a hand written and designed lyric book by George Andrade: only 30 copies of this item will be offered.

Andrade comments: “THE?LIE” is a new rock opera/concept album that I’ve co-written with the magnificent Seven Steps to the Green Door, the second album of a proposed trilogy**. It tells the story of a family intimately caught up in the fanatic actions of their religious leaders, their church “fathers”, and the unfolding tragedy that befalls them all, while having to reconcile their faith turned religion with the repercussions of those fanatic actions committed in their God’s name, and coming to terms with the divergent and symbiotic relationship of a faith’s moral authority with the political realities of administrating and growing any organized religion…  I think “THE?LIE” contains some of my best and most ambitious writing for music to date (I hope you’ll agree), and combined with the stellar performances of the musicians and vocalist assembled for this record, I’m confident you’ll be entertained, thrilled, and ultimately moved by the musical experience…

THE?LIE ( THE?BOOK, part 2)
concept: Thoralf Koß & Marek Arnold
story: Thoralf Koss
storyline/narrative: George Andrade
lyrics: George Andrade
music: Marek Arnold & Ulf Reinhardt
vocallines: Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Lars Kehlor
Marek Arnold, Ulf Reinhardt & Luke Machin
recorded & edited by Marek Arnold (b`side-music)
mixed & mastered by Martin Schnella (overlodge recording studio)
Produced by Marek Arnold

Ulf Reinhardt – drums
Marek Arnold – piano, organ, keyboards, soprano & alto saxophone, clarinet, seaboard, venova
Luke Machin – main electric guitars
Michael Schetter – main basses
Stephan Pankow – electric guitars
Andreas „Eddy“ Gemeinhardt – electric &acoustic guitars, bass
Denis Strassburg – bass
Steve Unruh – violin solo
Jason Melidonie – guitar solo
Susan Kammler – oboe
Gerd Albers – acoustic guitar
vocalists / characters:
Lars Köhler – as Samuel
Peter Jones – as Father
Jana-Christina Pöche – as Mother
Anne Trautmann ( Enna Nnamtuart ) – as Lover / Samuel`s girlfriend
Sören Flechsig – as Noah
Annemarie Schmidt – vocal adds
Amelie Hofmann – vocal adds

SOURCE: Marek Arnold / SSTTGD

13/03/2019: Tim Bowness Announces Two Live Dates to Support New Album Flowers at the Scene

Tim Bowness has revealed two UK live dates in support of his recently released fifth solo album Flowers At The Scene. Produced by no-man, the album is a collection of 11 diverse songs. Tim comments: “’Lost In The Ghost Light felt like a conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a new beginning.”

The band will feature John Jowitt (IQ, Frost etc), Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker, Brian Hulse and Steve Bingham and will be playing songs from his Inside Out/Sony label albums and no-man.

26th May – Arts Workshop, Worcester

7th June – Dingwalls, London

Tim and band will also be playing the following live dates:

31st May – De Boerdij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (co-headlining with Anneke Van Giersbergen)
2nd June – Wroclaw, Poland
3rd June – Warsaw, Poland
20th July – Night Of The Prog, Loreley, Germany

Flowers At The Scene is available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album. The album can be ordered here:

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

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

13/03/2019: Bjørn Riis Announces New Solo Album – A Storm Is Coming

Following on from The Coming Home mini album released in February, Bjørn Riis has announced the forthcoming release of a new solo studio album A Storm Is Coming.

Continuing from where Forever Comes to an End ends, Riis reveals the album  has a different writing process compared to previous releases. “The writing process for this album was a bit different compared to Lullabies and Forever. Lullabies was very much me wanting to finish a lot of the stuff I had laying around from not having used them with Airbag. Forever started out with the title track that was written while I promoted Lullabies and that sort of grew into a new album. This album was written really fast, over a period of 2-3 weeks, and all of the songs are new. There’s no left over material or ideas that’s been laying around. I knew I wanted to make a new album and I pretty much picked up the guitar and started writing.

Riis believes the album remains true to the spontaneity of the song writing process. Fans can follow the process – the writing, recording and mixing of the album – on his web site where he will post news updates, in-depth written features and video clips from the studio.

SOURCE: Bjørn Riis

12/03/2019: Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth – The Official Touring History

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth – An Official Touring History written by Skip Daly and Eric Hansen is first complete archive of Rush’s time on the road.

The book chronicles in meticulous detail Rush’s touring career, including all set lists, each opening act and all ad hoc moments and highlights. Reviewed and approved by the band, it contains previously unreleased images, photos and insights into how life on the road changed over the years.

Hard copy release is scheduled for 15th October 2019.

SOURCE: Amazon

10/03/2019: The Franck Carducci Band’s European tour starts this month

The Franck Carducci band will be back on the roads of Europe starting from March 2019…

“On The Road To Nowhere, an absolutely unique experience of theatrical Classic-Rock, that successfully combines powerful melodies with costumes, choreographies, sensuality, color explosions, didgeridoo duels, double-neck guitars, belly-dancing around a Theremin, lighted-wings over a Mellotron, … for a flamboyant and fun show full of emotions!”

European Tour Dates

16/03/2019 : Salle Pierre Noyer, Genilac [France]
19/03/2019 : The Bedford, London [England]
20/03/2019 : The Portland Arms, Cambridge [England]
21/03/2019 : The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool [England]
22/03/2019 : Think Tank?, Newcastle upon Tyne [England]
23/03/2019 : Ivory Blacks, Glasgow [Scotland]
24/03/2019 : Fusion Festival, The Civic Centre, Stourport on Severn [England]
06/04/2019 : Convention Prog-Resiste, The Spirit of 66, Verviers [Belgium]
13/04/2019 : Art-Rock Festival, Neuberinhaus, Reichenbach im Vogtland [Germany]
27/04/2019 : Cosmopolite, Oslo [Norway]
03/05/2019 : Valence – Brasserie des 3 Becs [France]
18/05/2019 : JackJack, Lyon (Bron) [France]
12/07/2019 : Rock and Roll Circus Festival, Parc des Expositions, Villeneuve-sur-Lot [France]
27/07/2019 : Cambridge Rock Festival, Cambridge [England]
22/09/2019 : Prog Dreams Festival, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer [Netherlands]

SOURCE: The Franck Carducci Band

Visit the TPA UK Festival Guide & TPA Gig Guide for all of these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

09/03/2019: King of Agogik announces new studio album

Multi-instrumentalist Hans Jörg Schmitz returns at the end of March with the seventh and latest studio release from his project King of Agogik. After The Last Stroke will once again feature a host of guest musicians including Steve Unruh, Dago Wilms, Andrew Marshall, Peter Simon, Gary Farmer and many more.

After The Last Stroke will be released on 30th March 2019…

07/03/2019: Leprous Embark on South American and European Tour

InsideOut Music have revealed that Norwegian band Leprous have started recording their 6th studio album which will be released later in 2019.

Baard Kolstad comments: “We entered the studio to record the drums for half of the album last week with David Castillo @ Ghostward/Fascination Street Studios, same studio as we recorded the 2 latest studio albums. As an over autistic control freak I am when recording myself, this time around I had more time than ever to perfectionise and experiment with my sound almost without compromises, so a big thanks to Einar and David for their patience! We also recorded 1 song together, drums and bass, something neither LEPROUS or I have ever done before. Feeling very good to leave the drum recording for now, focusing on the last half of the album to be recorded in May. I’m so looking forward to hear the outcome just in a few days when the guitarists have put their touch. Will be a different LEPROUS album for sure, but still LEPROUS!

Leprous are presently on their debut tour of Latin America promoting their current album Malina. They will continue touring in Europe toward the end of March.

Latin American Tour 2019:
28.02.2019 Guadalajara (Mexico) – C3 Stage
01.03.2019 Mexico City (Mexico) – Plaza Condesa
02.03.2019 Bogota (Colombia) – Ace Of Spades
03.03.2019 Lima (Peru) – Centro Amistad Peruano China
05.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
07.03.2019 Santiago (Chile) – Club Chocolate
08.03.2019 Buenos Aires (Argentina) – El Teatrito
10.03.2019 Sao Paulo (Brazil) – Carioca Club

European Tour 2019:
22.03.2019 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Prognosis Festival
23.03.2019 San Gwann (Malta) – Metal Over Malta
06.04.2019 Paris (France) – Heart Sound Metal Festival *
27.04.2019 Toulouse (France) – Slasher Metal Fest
07.06.2019 Bergen (Norway) – Close To The Rain *
09.06.2019 Tomas (Portugal) – Comendatio Music Fest
29.06.2019 Madrid (Spain) – Download Festival *
23.08.2019 Suceava (Romania) – Bucovina Rock Castle *

Further dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Source: InsideOut Music

05/03/19: Stick Men Announce 2019 US Tour Dates and Confirm European Tour

Stick Men have announced the dates of a summer US tour. Comprising of Tony Levin (stick), Markus Reuter (touch guitar) and Pat Mastelotto (drums), the band have extensive experience playing in numerous prog rock bands. Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin form part of the rhythm section of King Crimson. Levin plays the the 12 string Chapman Stick in King Crimson as well as with Peter Gabriel and others. Markus Reuter is a composer/guitarist who designed and plays his own unique touch style guitar.

Tour Dates
30th JUL – ARDMORE, PA (Ardmore Music Hall)
31st JUL – NEW YORK, NY (The Iridium) (two shows)
1st AUG – NEW YORK, NY (The Iridium) (two shows)
2nd AUG – to be announced soon!
3rd AUG – JIM THORPE, PA (The Mauch Chunk Opera House)
4th AUG – CLEVELAND, OH (Beachland)
6th AUG – ROCHESTER, NY (Lovin’ Cup)
7th AUG – PAWLING, NY (Daryl’s Hall)
8th AUG – NATICK, MA (The Center For Arts In Natick)
9th AUG – MANCHESTER, NH (Penuche’s Music Hall)
10th AUG – ALBANY, NY (The Linda WAMC Performing Arts Center)

The band have confirmed a European Tour in November. Dates will be announced in April.

Source: Stick Men

05/03/19: Details of the New Joost Maglev Album Alter Ego Available from Bad Elephant Music

The second studio album Alter Ego from Dutch artist Joost Maglev will be released via Bad Elephant Music on 8th March 2019.

An intensely personal and reflective album, it features contributions from Mark Bogert, David Clarkson, Valensia Clarkson, Ben Craven, Marie Doesburg, Annie Haslam, Sebas Honing, Arjen Lucassen, Stefan Maas, Joop de Rooij and Faried Verheul.

David Elliott of BEM comments: “I first became aware of Joost’s work through FREIA Music, who we have a partnership with, and through whom ‘Overwrite The Sin’ (Joost’s first album) was distributed.” The album is available for pre-order now.

Track Listing
1. ~Lucid
3. Corpus Christi
4. Ever After
5. Judith ~episode ii~
6. Alter Ego
7. Burning Girl
9. Dreams~

Source: Joost Maglev Bandcamp

03/03/19: Martigan Call It A Day after 25 Years and Say Farewell

After 25 years, German band Martigan have decided to call it a day. Originally founded on 3rd March 1994 and having released 5 albums and a live DVD, they have regrettably announced “it is time to say goodbye”.

Speaking on their Facebook page, the band comment: “With the 5 members of Martigan also having private lives, jobs and other musical projects, it has become increasingly difficult to get the band together for new songs and rehearsals. Also, individual opinions and preferences of each member about musical styles and how to go forward became more and more diverse.

Thanking fans for their support and encouragement, the band believe they have achieved everything they set out to accomplish and “now realize that all the stories have been told and that we have now reached the possible“. Martigan have put together a collection of memories on their Youtube channel including two full length gigs. Martigan CDs will still be available from Progressive Promotion Records.

Source: Martigan Facebook

01/03/19: Cyril to Release “The Way Through” Concept Album on 1st April 2019

Germany’s melodic prog band Cyril are to release their third studio album on the 1st April 2019. Following on from Gone Through Years (2013) and Paralyzed (2016), the new album, with story and lyrics written by Guy Manning (Damanek, UPF, ex-Tangent) will be titled The Way Through. The album is about a patient in intensive care caught between life and death.

The album offers the complex melodies and progressive instrumental arrangements for which they have become known and has been produced and composed by Marek Arnold (keys/sax, ssttgd, Toxic Smile, Flaming Row, ex-Star Combo Meissen), with Denis Strassburg (bass) and Manuel Schmid (voc/keys, Star Combo Meissen). The CD will be released by Progressive Promotion Records and will again welcome Larry B. (voc, Toxic Smile), Ralf Dietsch (gtr), Clemens Litschko (drums) and other guests. Martin Schnella (Flaming Row) completed the final mix.

1. The Gate (5:46)
2. My Own Reflection (6:46)
3. First Love ( A Lullaby ) (8:19)
4. Get Up High (8:41)
5. A Sign On The Road (4:33)
6. The Wasteland – Home Again (5:54)
7. The Way Through? (6:15)

Source: Marek Arnold

01/03/19: Gong Announce New Album and UK Tour

Iconic UK band Gong have announced a new album The Universe Also Collapses for release on 10th May 2019. The release is their first with Kscope.  Kavus Torabi, the band’s singer and guitarist, comments: “We wanted to make what we thought of as the ultimate psychedelic rock album. The word ‘psychedelic’ gets bandied around a lot, and a great deal of the stuff that gets called psychedelic nowadays doesn’t match up to the description. I want to hear music that makes me feel like I’m on drugs.

The album is second since the death in 2015 of Daevid Allen, the band’s founder, and marks the dawning of a new chapter. “Gong has always been a force for propulsive, forward-thinking open-mindedness,” says Kavus. “The last album was partly us paying tribute to Daevid, but I think maybe Daevid would have seen that as a bit too sentimental. He was more ‘Fuck that you guys, do your own thing.”

The Universe Also Collapses was recorded at Snorkel Studios in London, engineered and mixed by Frank Byng, mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering and features new artwork designed by 57 Design. The album will be released as a CD, a black 180g vinyl LP, a Lt Ed hot pink 180g vinyl LP and digitally. Pre-orders are open now.

Gong will begin a UK tour supporting The Universe Also Collapses beginning in May with a headline tour of the UK; with special guest Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles).

16th May Patterns, Brighton
17th May Oslo, London
18th May The Wardrobe, Leeds
19th May The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
21st May Audio, Glasgow
22nd May Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
23rd May The Globe, Cardiff
24th May Thekla, Bristol
25th May The 1865, Southampton
26th May Madhatters’s Music Festival, Seaton, Devon
13th July The Alphabet Business Convention, Salisbury
26th October HRH Prog 2019 – Sheffield
27th October HRH Prog 2019 – London

GONG are:

Kavus Torabi (vocals, guitar)
Fabio Golfetti (guitar)
Dave Sturt (bass)
Ian East (saxophone)
Cheb Nettles (drums)

Source: Hanglandspr

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