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21/08/2020: The Ocean Launch Video for New Single “Oligocene”

On 25th September 2020, The Ocean will release their 8th full-length studio album Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band’s own Pelagic Records (vinyl). In 2018, The Ocean released Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic – the first half of a paleontology concept album.

For a preview of Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, a video for the new single “Oligocene” (filmed by band members Loic Rossetti, David Ahfeldt and Robin Staps, plus edited and animated by Craig Murray) can be viewed below:

The video was shot in the Aragats mountains in Armenia, during the band’s “Siberian Traps” tour in the summer of 2019, which brought them to Russia, Kazachstan, Armenia, Georgia and Japan. “We found this place by accident: the dilapidated ruins of a soviet observatory & research station for cosmic radiation,” comments guitarist and founding member Robin Staps. “The building itself looked like a spaceship that had crash-landed up high in the mountains, but there were lots of interesting structures scattered across the landscape: concrete cubes, underground tunnels, rusted machinery, fallen power poles and watchtowers. It all looked like taken straight out of Andrej Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ movie,” concludes Staps, referring to the ingenious classic that was also the backbone of The Ocean’s 2013 album Pelagial.

The instrumental track was written by drummer Paul Seidel, but recorded with synth player Peter Voigtmann on drums. It serves as a transitional track from the busy and heavy first half of the record (Mesozoic) into the more relaxed, spacious and cold ambient vibes prevailing on the second half of the record (Cenozoic).

The album will be available in a variety of formats;
– deluxe edition CD (tri-fold digipak)
– instrumental CD (remus spine digipak w/ UV gloss)
– box set completion bundle (tri-fold vocal version CD digipak, instrumental version CD digipak, 2 posters, pin, and sticker)
* exclusive bundles with shirts and merch items, plus digital options are also available!

“‘Phanerozoic II’ is more experimental, more eclectic in musical style and direction, and more varied in terms of tempos, beats, guitar work and the use of electronics,” notes Staps. “This was an intentional choice: we wanted Part I to feel rather streamlined and to have a strong cohesion between the individual songs. We wanted to create a certain vibe to linger from the first until the last note throughout the whole record. We kept the weirder, more daring and more progressive material for Part II.

Track List
1. Triassic
2. Jurassic | Cretaceous
3. Palaeocene
4. Eocene
5. Oligocene
6. Miocene | Pliocene
7. Pleistocene
8. Holocene

The Ocean Tour 
w/ pg.lost, Hypno5e, Svalbard

Jan. 7 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Jan. 8 – Colmar, France – Grillen
Jan. 9 – Paris, France – La Machine
Jan. 10 – Nantes, France – Ferrailleur
Jan. 11 – Toulouse, France – Le Rex
Jan. 12 – Bilbao, Spain – Stage Live
Jan. 13 – Lisbon, Portugal – LAV
Jan. 14 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
Jan. 15 – Murcia, Spain – Gamma
Jan. 16 – Barcelona, Spain – Boveda
Jan. 17 – Bordeaux, France – Krakatoa
Jan. 18 – Lyon, France – CCO
Jan. 19 – Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son
Jan. 20 – Lucerne, Switzerland – Sedel
Jan. 21 – Vienna, Austria – Viper Room
Jan. 22 – Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chelmnice
Jan. 23 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal
Jan. 25 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
Jan. 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Bahnhof Pauli
Jan. 27 – Leipzig, Germany – Conne Island
Jan. 28 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Jan. 29 – Essen, Germany – Zeche Carl
Jan. 30 – Osnabruck, Germany – Kleine Freiheit
Jan. 31 – Zwolle, Netherlands – Hedon
Feb. 1 – Cologne, Germany – Volta
Feb. 2 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
Feb. 3 – Utrecht, Netherlands – De Helling
Feb. 4 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Feb. 5 – Glasgow, UK – Slay
Feb. 6 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy
Feb. 7 – London, UK – 229
Feb. 8 – Brighton, UK – Patterns

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

Keep up to date with these dates (and more from across the progressive spectrum) with TPA UK Gig Guide

17/08/2020: Blue Öyster Cult announce track listing for new studio album release

Blue Öyster Cult will release their 15th and latest studio album, The Symbol Remains on 9th October 2020 via Frontiers Music srl. The Symbol Remains will be the first studio album from the band since 2001’s Curse of the Hidden Mirror. Their current lineup, in which founding members Eric Bloom (vocals/keyboards) and Buck Dharma (guitar) are joined by Richie Castellano (keyboards/guitar), Danny Miranda (bass) and Jules Radino (drums).

In July Buck Dharma commented on the line-up: “The current band is great and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded…” adding “About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process.”

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Blue Öyster Cult - The Symbol RemainsTRACK LISTING

01. That Was Me
02. Box In My Head
03. Tainted Blood
04. Nightmare Epiphany
05. Edge Of The World
06. The Machine
07. Train True (Lennie’s Song)
08. The Return Of St. Cecilia
09. Stand And Fight
10. Florida Man
11. The Alchemist
12. Secret Road
13. There’s A Crime
14. Fight

SOURCE: Blue Öyster Cult

16/08/2020: Derek Sherinian Launches Video for ‘Dragonfly’ from Forthcoming new Album The Phoenix

Keyboardist Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion) recently announced the release of his new solo album The Phoenix on the 18th September 2020, his first since 2011’s Oceana. Derek comments: “I truly feel that this is my best solo record to date. Simon and I put a lot of energy into the writing, and I am grateful to all of the great players that contributed to this recording.

He has now launched the video for the album’s second single, ‘Dragonfly’, featuring Sherinian joined by Simon Phillips on drums and Ernest Tibbs on bass. The video was directed by Vicente Cordero (Sons of Apollo, Ritchie Kotzen, Haken), and you can watch it below:

Sherinian has teamed up with drummer Simon Phillips, who not only plays drums but also co-produced and co-wrote the album: “It is always an amazing experience to be able to work with Simon. He’s been a hero of mine for ages, ever since I heard him playing on albums with Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker. And he is such an invaluable part of the way this new record has come out.

A number of guests feature on The Phoenix, some of whom are now regular contributors to his solo sessions. People such as bassists Tony Franklin (“He’s been on all my albums to date”), Jimmy Johnson and Billy Sheehan (Sherinian’s bandmate in Sons Of Apollo). Plus guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde. In addition, others are welcomed for the first time, including Steve Vai. “Steve Vai has always been on my hit list. But it was when I played keyboards on the Generation Axe tour of Asia in 2017 that I asked him to play on my record, which he gladly accepted” Also present are Sons Of Apollo bandmate Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Sons Of Apollo) and Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth). “Kiko and I have known one another for about 20 years. But this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to play with him.

The album features 8 tracks and will be released as a Limited Edition Digipak CD, 180g LP + CD & as Digital Album. The album can be pre-ordered here:

Track List
1. The Phoenix
2. Empyrean Sky
3. Clouds of Ganymede
4. Dragonfly
5. Temple of Helios
6. Them Changes
7. Octopus Pedigree
8. Pesadelo

SOURCE: For The Lost PR

14/08/2020: DarWin release Nightmare Of My Dreams, the second track from forthcoming studio album

Today DarWin release the second track from their upcoming album, DarWin 2: A Frozen War, scheduled for release later this year. Nightmare Of My Dreams follows up DarWin’s first single Future History released mid July. Joining DarWin on Nightmare Of My Dreams are Simon Phillips, Matt Bissonette, Billy Sheehan and Guthrie Govan who “joins DarWin with amazing solo work for this epic song”.

“The music video narrative highlights the risks presented by global wildfire danger, and the individuals and families coping with challenging circumstances in the aftermath.”

With DarWin as songwriter and Simon Phillips as production extraordinaire, the dynamic duo brought on Matt Bissonette to complete the DarWin sound. Collaborating with a virtual hall of fame of musicians, including Greg Howe, Billy Sheehan, Guthrie Govan, and many more, DarWin delivers conceptual progressive rock that embodies it’s own unique sound.


14/08/2020: Karisma Records reveal details of the latest album from Wobbler

Wobbler’s fifth album Dwellers of the Deep is scheduled for release on the 23rd October 2020, exactly three years since the Norwegian’s last release From Silence to Somewhere,

Wobbler - Dwellers of the DeepThe band comment on the new album: “When we set out planning the new album we agreed that we couldn´t make the same album over again. With “Silence” we did things without wanting to fit into a progressive box, and the process behind “Dwellers of the Deep” was even more along those lines. In that sense it´s more experimental.”

“Some songs contain rock blast outs while others provide the calm of a foggy morning in the woods; all have their place in what eventually became a thematic dive into the depths of human emotion. Our take on it, anyway.”

“Dwellers of the Deep” promises to serve up an exciting blend of both carefully planned and passionately jammed compositions encompassing everything WOBBLER has done up to now. These new musical directions will no doubt further enhance the quintet’s aural idiosyncrasies, and solidify the band’s burgeoning stature as one of the most exciting and interesting bands on the global music scene, independent of genre.

The production is open, detailed, warm and punchy, making the soundscapes put together by Lars Fredrik Frøislie to an aural feast. “Dwellers of the Deep” will be available in Digipak CD and digital formats, as well as in four different 180 gram gatefold vinyl editions; black vinyl, two different limited edition coloured vinyls, and a limited edition transparent vinyl. All the limited editions come with a poster.

Side A contains two pieces at medium length showcasing the band´s mastery of dynamics and flow, with passages and themes veering from the scenic and serene to the downright rocking.

Side B opens with the welcome respite of four minutes serenity, cradling the listener in pastoral and mystic swathes of acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and gentle vocals before an album closing 19 minutes journey into the unknown with the band in full blast.

01. By the Banks (13:49)
02. Five Rooms (08:28)
03. Naiad Dreams (04:24)
04. Merry Macabre (19:00)

Dwellers of the Deep will be released through Karisma Records on the 23rd October 2020.

SOURCE: Karisma Records

14/08/2020: Jakko Jakszyk releases first track from forthcoming new solo album Secrets & Lies

Last month we reported that Jakko Jakszyk is set to release his first solo album since becoming a member of King Crimson in 2013, (full article can be found HERE on TPA). Also mentioned was that in advance of the album release, Jakko Jakszyk would be releasing the first single, The Trouble With Angels, via InsideOut Music on 14th August 2020.

Jakko comments: “The innate urge to reach out to a stranger, following a chance meeting in Monte Carlo. Combined with the monochrome memories of Wim Wenders ‘Wings Of Desire’. Where a moment of crisis is redefined by something magical. ‘The Trouble With Angels’.”

Joining Jakko Jakszyk on The Trouble With Angels Gavin Harrison, Tony Levin and Amber Jakszyk. The album will also feature King Crimson band members Robert Fripp & Mel Collins, as well as appearances from John Giblin, Mark King and Peter Hammill.

Secrets & Lies will be released as a Limited CD+DVD Digipak (featuring 5.1 mix), Gatefold LP + CD & as Digital Album.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

13/08/2020: Ozric Tentacles announce rescheduled UK dates for 2021

Ozric Tour banner 2021

Ozric Tentacles have announced their rescheduled tour dates for April & May 2021 following the enforced postponement of the original dates from September & October.

The original dates had been planned to coincide with the release of an ambitious new reissue project of the groups back catalogue, remastered by Ed Wynne and a brand new Ozric Tentacles album, Space For The Earth.

Written, programmed, recorded and produced throughout 2019/20 by Ed Wynne in ‘Blue Bubble Studios’ by the sea, this exploratory and diverse musical adventure comprises seven new tracks spanning 45 minutes. Inspired by the Scottish hills, valleys and beaches surrounding his studio, Wynne feels that lockdown in a strange kind of way has provided space for the Earth to breathe for a while and for people to rediscover its resonant healing frequency. ‘This is space music for people from the Earth to enjoy’. Details can be found HERE.

The list of confirmed dates can be found below – with more dates still to TBC. Guests for the tour are Silas & Saski.

Ozric Tentacles Electronic UK tour for Spring 2021
09/04/21: BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
10/04/21: TODMORDEN The Golden Lion
11/04/21: YORK The Fulford Arms
13/04/21: EXETER Phoenix
14/04/21: SOUTHAMPTON The 1865
15/04/21: CARDIFF The Globe
16/04/21: BRISTOL Exchange
17/04/21: BRIGHTON The Green Door Store
18/04/21: LONDON The Lexington
21/04/21: CAMBRIDGE The Portland Arms
23/04/21: TUNBRIDGE WELLS Forum
24/04/21: RAMSGATE Music Hall
29/04/21: CARLISLE The Brickyard
30/04/21: STOCKTON The Georgian Theatre
01/05/21: NEWCASTLE The Cluny
02/05/21: GLASGOW Mono

Tickets for the original shows remain valid for the new dates. Further

SOURCE: Hanglands PR

Keep up to date with these dates (and more from across the progressive spectrum) with TPA UK Gig Guide

13/08/2020: Steve Hackett releases Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith teaser

Last week TPA reported (more details below on this page) a September release for Steve Hackett’s Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith. The concert was recorded at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, on the final night of the 2019 UK tour. Today Steve has released a teaser for the release…

Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith will be released on 25th September 2020, through InsideOut Music in several formats: Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD Artbook; 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak; 2CD+DVD Multibox; Limited Edition 4LP+2CD Box Set and Digital album.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

12/08/2020: Jon Gomm releases Cocoon single

Today sees Jon Gomm’s first new single in 7 years, taken from his forthcoming album The Faintest Idea, due for release on Kscope on 16th October 2020. We reported the news last month and details can be found HERE in the TPA News. Listen to Cocoon

Commenting on Cocoon Jon says: “If it’s your job to protect another person, and that overwhelms you with anxiety sometimes, remember that the most important job a cocoon has, is to break open and let the being inside it go free. And if you’re a cocoon for yourself: Remember that the caterpillar has to dissolve itself into mush to become a beautiful, rule-breaking moth. So if you’re a sobbing mess wrapped up in your bed right now: Keep going, you’re gonna turn out amazing.”

“This song is for my intrepid daughter, Indigo. “Stop worrying dad.” – Indi, aged 3. I will try.”

Last month Jon announced a series of UK dates for 2021, you can find them (and more from across the progressive spectrum) with TPA UK Gig Guide

SOURCES: Jon Gomm | TPA UK Gig Guide

12/08/2020: ArcTanGent Festival announce three day online extravaganza!

Full details of the event – which takes place between Thursday 20th August and Saturday 22 August 2020 – will be released in due course…

In a brief statement on their Facebook Page ArcTanGent reveal: “We’re extremely stoked to bring you news of ATG TV, an online extravaganza of music, interviews and more, coming to your screens next weekend! That’s three days of fresh, exclusive content beamed straight to your homes for FREE, via our Facebook and Instagram pages, including takeovers from two of our favourite labels, Pelagic Records and Holy Roar Records.”

“We’d love nothing more than to be welcoming you all to Fernhill Farm next week but, in lieu of that, we’re dead excited to be bringing you a banging virtual festival in the form of ATG TV. We’ll have more news of times and details coming your way over the next week, so keep an eye on our socials, stock up on festival treats and we’ll catch you in the digital field next Thursday.”⠀

SOURCE: ArcTanGent

11/08/2020: Sparks reschedule 2020 UK & European tour

Today sees Sparks join the many who have been forced to cancel their 2020 tour dates. The original October dates were booked in support of their latest studio album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, released in May.

In a brief statement on their Facebook Page: “The band has been eagerly looking forward to the live shows and especially playing the new album, but with everyone’s health and safety being the priority in this new and unpredictable era, the tour has been rescheduled for May & June 2021. In addition, a new show at Bexhill, UK has been added, with more shows to be announced soon.”

Sparks 2021 Tour Poster

Tickets for the original dates remain valid for the new dates.

SOURCE: Sparks

Keep up to date with the UK & Eire dates (and more from across the progressive spectrum) with TPA Gig Guide

11/08/2020:  Kevin Godley To Release First Solo Album MUSCLE MEMORY on 17th December 2020

Kevin Godley – songwriter, singer and drummer will release his first solo album on 17th December 2020. Singles from this crowd-sourced recording will be released between 16.07.2020 and 03.12.2020.

The album originates from an invitation Godley posted on the site PledgeMusic: “Write and record with me.” PledgeMusic was a platform for musicians to connect directly with fans who could pay for music in advance to support the creation of albums. Kevin’s project took the potential of this remote, socially distanced collaboration further.

Godley explains: “Recently something happened that eclipsed any songwriting techniques I’d learned in 10cc or Godley & Creme. Out of the blue, I was sent 2 recorded instrumental tracks with requests to write melodies and lyrics and turn them into songs. Both tracks came from people I’d never met and still haven’t. Experiencing this kind of remote collaboration and its results has been transformative for me, as I believe I’ve recorded 2 of my best ever songs and MUSCLE MEMORY, as I’m calling the album, will be about opening this collaborative door a lot wider.

Kevin received 286 instrumentals, choosing to conceal the names of submitters so as not to focus on high profile artists. Of these 11 were chosen for the final tracklisting. The instrumentals vary wildly, from jarring electronic beats to Gotye’s dreamlike balladic contribution, “Song of Hate.”

In May 2019, before any money pledged had arrived to support the album, PledgeMusic declared bankruptcy. With the lists of pledgers gone and the project stalled, The state51 Conspiracy contacted Kevin and funded the project so that those who had paid would still be able to listen to the record they were helping to make.

The album marks Kevin’s first time fronting a project. His lyricism is cutting, political and provides a mood similar to film dialogue over classic pop lyricism. Gun control, societal unrest, racism and questions regarding political correctness make for some of the most striking lyrical content likely heard on an alternative pop record. This is a dark record from someone not known for dark themes.

Tracks from the album will be released in order every two weeks until the album’s release on the 17th of December 2020.

Track List:
1) Expecting a Message: 16/07/2020
2) The Ghosts of the Living: 30/07/2020
3) Hit the Street: 13/08/2020
4) The Bang Bang Theory: 27/08/2020
5) 5 Minutes Alone: 10/09/2020
6) Cut to the Cat: 24/09/2020
7) One Day: 08/10/2020
8) All Bones are White: 22/10/2020
9) Periscope: 5/11/2020
10) Song of Hate: 19/11/2020
11) Bulletholes in the Sky: 03/12/2020
12) Muscle Memory – CD, Vinyl and Digital: 17/12/2020

SOURCE: Glass Onyon PR

09/08/2020: Fairport’s Cropredy Connection – 15 August 2020

Like so many others this year’s Cropredy Festival has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However the event organisers have planned a special online event to take place this Saturday (15th August 2020), starting at at 19:25 (BST).

19:25 Stream begins
19:30 Toast
19:35 Richard Thompson – Cropredy 2019 (with special guests Zara Phillips, Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks)
21:05 Postcards from the band
21:15 T Shirt Montage
21:20 Message from the Fairport Office
21:26 Fairport Convention and Friends – Cropredy 2019

SOURCE: Fairport Convention

07/08/2020: Steve Hackett announces the release of Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith

John & Steve Hackett

InsideOut Music reveal a September release for Steve Hackett’s Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith. The concert was recorded at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, on the final night of the 2019 UK tour and Steve was band for the concert were: Roger King, Jonas Reingold, Rob Townsend, Craig Blundell and Nad Sylvan on vocals. Special guests for this performance were John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.

Steve comments: “Amalgamating three personal favourite albums, including the whole of “Selling England by the Pound”, most of “Spectral Mornings” and “At The Edge Of Light” highlights was a very special live experience. Both audio and visual on this product give a mind blowing experience of an unforgettable evening at Hammersmith.”

The first set of the concert includes tracks from Spectral Mornings, celebrating its 40th anniversary, and At The Edge Of Light. Steve and the band were joined by Amanda Lehmann on vocals and guitar and by John Hackett, on flute for The Virgin And The Gypsy and The Red Flower Of Tai Chi Blooms Everywhere.

The second part is the live recording of Selling England by the Pound album in its entirety, plus Déja Vu, a track initiated for the album by Peter Gabriel, but later completed by Steve. Déja Vu is the first track to be taken from the show…

CD 1

01. Intro
02. Every Day
03. Under The Eye of The Sun
04. Fallen Walls And Pedestals
05. Beasts Of Our Time
06. The Virgin And The Gypsy
07. Tigermoth
08. Spectral Mornings
09. The Red Flower Of Tai Chi Blooms Everywhere
10. Clocks – Angel of Mons
11. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
12. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

CD 2
01. Firth Of Fifth
02. More Fool Me
03. The Battle Of Epping Forest
04. After The Ordeal
05. The Cinema Show
06. Aisle of Plenty
07. Deja Vu
08. Dance On A Volcano
09. Los Endos

Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live At Hammersmith will be released on 25th September 2020, through InsideOut Music in several formats: Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD Artbook; 2CD+Blu-ray Digipak; 2CD+DVD Multibox; Limited Edition 4LP+2CD Box Set and Digital album.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

07/08/2020: Tim Bowness releases Northern Rain from forthcoming new studio album

Today sees the release of Northern Rain, taken from Tim Bowness taken from his forthcoming sixth solo outing Late Night Laments, scheduled for release via InsideOut Music on 28th August 2020). Northern Rain was mixed Steven Wilson and mastered by Calum Malcolm…

Tim Bowness comments: “To an extent, this is about a person seeing their partner slowly descend into the fog of dementia, reflecting on their life together and coming to terms with their powerlessness and eventual demise, and the ever-changing nature of the world. I’m more of a ‘rage against the dying of the light’ person, but this is a song of blissful acceptance.”

Late Night Laments offers a collection of lush, atmospheric songs with a wide lyrical scope and represents the most intimate yet universal of Bowness’s solo releases. Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin and Classical percussionist Tom Atherton also contribute, and Jarrod Gosling (I Monster) is responsible for the detailed artwork.”

Late Night Laments will be released as Limited Edition 2CD digipak including five additional studio recordings, as Gatefold LP plus CD, and digital album.

SOURCE: InsideOut Music

06/08/2020: The Pineapple Thief release the title track, Versions of the Truth as third single

The Pineapple Thief’s third single from their forthcoming studio album, to be released on the 4th September 2020 via Kscope, is the title track ~ Versions of the Truth.

Bruce Soord comments: “This track probably doesn’t need too much in the way of explanation, I came up with the title when we started writing the record back in October 2018. At the time, the world around me seemed to be losing respect for ‘the truth’. Any version of the truth, it seemed, was fair game as long as it got you what or where you wanted. I never expected the song to be even more pertinent today.

“The video however tackles very personal distortions of life and truth. George Laycock, who produced and directed the video, found some beautiful locations down here on the Dorset Jurassic coast, together with some local ‘swimmers’. Luckily, as George lives just 40 minutes away from me, we were able to shoot together again, even in today’s strange climate. The rivers, the blue seas and virgin blue skies unblemished by vapour trails look otherworldly. ‘It’s not how I remember it….’”

SOURCE: The Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief recently confirmed their rescheduled tour dates for 2021/2022 – details can be found HERE on the The Pineapple Thief website. You can also keep up to date with all their UK dates and morefrom across the prog spectrum with the TPA Gig Guide – the UK’s most comprehensive prog gig listing.

05/08/2020: Gong announce rescheduled UK tour dates for May 2021

Gong 2021 Tour Banner

Gong announce that their November 2020 UK Tour has now been rescheduled to May 2021

The band have also added three new venues: Carlisle, Stockton and Hitchin and are planning to announce rescheduled shows for Wigan, Bethesda and Cardiff soon. Sadly it has not been possible to re-book Harpenden Public Halls and tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

This Is The Moment And Now Is The Time UK Tour
03/05/21: COLCHESTER Arts Centre
04/05/21: NORWICH Arts Centre
05/05/21: BRIGHTON Komedia
06/05/21: READING Sub89
07/05/21: STROUD Subscription Rooms
09/05/21: BRISTOL Thekla
10/05/21: EXETER Phoenix
11/05/21: SOUTHAMPTON The 1865
12/05/21: BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
13/05/21: NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
14/05/21: YORK The Crescent Community Venue
15/05/21: HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
16/05/21: MANCHESTER Gorilla
17/05/21: BURY SAINT EDMUNDS The Apex
19/05/21: CARLISLE The Brickyard *
20/05/21: NEWCASTLE The Cluny
21/05/21: STOCKTON The Georgian Theatre *
22/05/21: HITCHIN Club 85 *
27/05/21: RAMSGATE Music Hall
28/05/21: LONDON Subterania

17/09/21: GLASGOW Òran Mór

Gong comment: “Postponing our November (2020) tour was the mother of all drags. We promised the transformation of utilitarian rooms across the country into shimmering psychedelic temples, bursting with radiance one and all, only to find ourselves all blindsided by an unprecedented metamorphosis. Gong had no time for the old normal, so now in 2021, let us unleash THE NEW ABNORMAL! There’s a revolution coming and, by the gods, it’s going to need a soundtrack. Let us congregate, sing praises to the moon and love, love, love.”


Keep up to date with these dates and more from across the progressive spectrum with TPA UK & Eire Gig Guide

05/08/2020: Italian Progressive Metal Band DGM Announce the Release of their 10th Studio Album Tragic Separation

DGM have announced the release of their 10th studio album Tragic Separation, their first record since The Passage (2016). The quintet began writing the music for it in the spring of 2019, with the year taken to complete the album a longer process than normal.

Lyrically Tragic Separation reveals a concept record told through the eyes of a protagonist about life, the paths we travel based on the choices we make, plus the subsequent consequences to our lives. Among doubts and second thoughts about these choices is one that echoes in the soul of the protagonist: what if the answer for everything was the path itself? An unanswered question, which is another starting point for a new quest… another beginning.

The first single from the album can be viewed below:

DGM plan to tour in support of this new album as soon as conditions allow.

Track List
01 Flesh And Blood
02 Surrender
03 Fate
04 Hope
05 Tragic Separation
06 Stranded
07 Land Of Sorrow
08 Silence
09 Turn Back Time
10 Curtain

Marco Basile – vocals
Simone Mularoni – guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – bass
Emanuele Casali – keyboards
Fabio Costantino – drums

SOURCE: Frontiers Music

03/08/2020: ESP Project to Release 5th Studio Album Phenomena

Phenomena is the fifth release from Tony Lowe’s ESP Project on Sunn Creative and was written, arranged and performed by Tony, between January and June 2020. The album also features Damien Child who wrote the insightful and imaginative lyrics once again, and added the vocals at the end of May, with a special guest appearance by Alison Fleming on vocals on Track 7.

Phenomena has all the hallmarks of previous ESP albums with alluring melodies and stirring arrangements. Tony’s guitar and synth play haunting themes, weaving over symphonic rock at its most dramatic and uplifting, all interspersed with strange altering scenes and soundtracks that suggest dark and fascinating interiors to this music. ‘phenomena’ is rhythmic and captivating yet strong and hopeful in all the right places.

Pre-orders are now available at Bandcamp:

Track List
1. First Flight
2. Before Saturn Turned Away
3. Telethesia
4. Fear of Flying
5. Living in the Sunrise
6. Sleeping Giants
7. Seven Billion Tiny Sparks


01/08/2020: Andy Tillison talks to TPA about the forthcoming The Tangent album Auto Reconnaissance

Andy Tillison - The Tangent

“By Auto Reconnaissance I do indeed mean “self-observation” (that’s my translation of the French title). And it does mean that it’s more introspective. But that does not always mean looking at ME as in Andy Tillison – the song Lie Back and Think of England is about the struggle over the past three years as the country I live in myself made decisions on the identity its people felt comfortable with. That period of UK history was very introspective, navel gazing if you like, and exceedingly self-observational.

I realise that some folks may feel there’s a military vibe there, but that’s only because the military started using the same French word for “observation” that I did. And of course, the more we can demilitarise words, the better!.”

You can read the full interview HERE

SOURCE: The Progressive Aspect

01/08/2020: Gazpacho Release Title Track From New Album Fireworker

Gazpacho are set release their new album Fireworker on 18th September 2020 on Kscope. The album is based around the idea that humanity has always been controlled by an infallible and omniscient creature determined to propagate at any cost.

The band have now released the title track from the album which can be heard below:

Conceptually, the album follows the band’s tradition of blending philosophy, literature and personal crises. In many ways it is perhaps the culmination of the themes that have been laid down in previous albums Night and Missa Atropos, the narrative drama of Tick Tock and Soyuz along with theological and scientific reflections contained in Demon and Molok.

Keyboardist Thomas Andersen elucidates: “There’s an instinctual part of you that lives inside your mind, separate from your consciousness. I call it the ‘Fireworker’ or the ‘Lizard’ or the ‘Space Cowboy.’ It’s an eternal and unbroken lifeforce that’s survived every generation, with a new version in each of us. It’s evolved alongside our consciousness, and it can override us and control all of our actions.” In order to get us to do what it wants, he clarifies, the “Fireworker” will silence the parts of our mind that feel disgust or remorse so that we’re unable to stop it. The conscious part of our mind, Andersen notes, will actually “rationalize and legitimize” those thoughts and actions so that we never discover the beast behind-the-scenes. No matter how we feel about ourselves in terms of identity, accomplishments, and value, we’re all just vessels—or “Sapiens”—that the creature uses until it no longer needs us. “If you play along,” Andersen explains, “It’ll reward you like a puppy and let you feel fantastic; if you don’t, it’ll punish you severely.”

Fireworker is a single “trip” broken into five chapters but meant to be appreciated all at once. This time, however, Gazpacho’s recurring protagonist is investigating the labyrinthian hive of his own psyche to engage in a Bergman-esque confrontation with the “Fireworker.” This journey is even represented by the Wimmelbilder cover, which, as usual, was designed by collaborator Antonio Seijas and depicts “the billions of neurons that create the cave of the mind”.

Track List
1. Space Cowboy [19:43]
2. Hourglass [04:15]
3. Fireworker [04:41]
4. Antique [06:24]
5. Sapien [15:22]

Fireworker will be released on Kscope on 18th September, on CD, a gatefold 2LP on 180g black vinyl (3 sides audio, 1 side art etching) and digitally (digital pre-orders receive the title track “Fireworker” as an instant download) and is available to pre-order here:

Gazpacho are:
Thomas Andersen – keyboards, programming
Jan-Henrik Ohme – vocals
Jon-Arne Vibo – guitars
Mikael Krømer – violin, additional guitars
Kristian “Fido” Torp – bass
Robert R Johansen – drums

SOURCES: For The Lost PR

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