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    CD/DVD Releases: More Details On New Ayreon Album
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, January 21 @ 22:58:25 PST (15 reads)
    Album Release News

    As we shared in November, Arjen Lucassen will release a new Ayreon album this year. On Thursday, he released the title - The Source - and album artwork (see small at left; larger below). Over a period time, the guest artists were revealed where Lucassen did so as a guessing game.

    All the players - vocalists and instrumentalists - have now been revealed, so here, too, is the list of whom you will hear on this new opus:

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    CD/DVD Releases: New Single & Video from Horisont - "About Time"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, January 21 @ 20:16:11 PST (3 reads)
    Album Release News

    When I saw this news item from Century Media, and a link to the video for Horisont's third single "About Time" (below, from their upcoming album of the same name, due out Feb 3), I expected to be overwhelmed by death vocals and skull-crushing drums and bass (which, in today's political climate might just match my internal rage...). Instead, well, no. Rather it's a mix of bluesy psychedelic rock, that one might grudgingly call progressive - but prog or not, likeable and appealing to the same areas of the musical brain that prog does, me thinks. It mellows out my current state of mind with some really sharp and to the point guitar soloing and a groovy musical refrain that is lingerng in my head even as I've unmuted the news again (just to torture myself, I suppose).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Tim Bowness Launches Video For "Distant Summers"
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, January 21 @ 18:02:16 PST (5 reads)
    Album Release News

    Tim Bowness has launched the second track taken from his forthcoming album Lost In The Ghost Light out 17th February, titled "Distant Summers." This track features Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. The album is now available to pre-order from Burning Shed. All orders will receive a signed artwork postcard. Pre-order now here: Burning Shed :: Amazon

    You can also pre-order the album digitally from iTunes & Amazon MP3 and receive the tracks "Distant Summers" & "You Wanted To Be Seen" immediately: Amazon MP3 :: iTunes.

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    Festival News: Trinity Live 2017 Completes Line-up
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, January 21 @ 15:48:39 PST (3 reads)
    Festival News

    As reported by Prog magazine*, they - in the form of editor Jerry Ewing - will host Trinity Live 2017 to benefit Cancer Research UK, Teenage Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. Artists performing at this one day event, to be held May 27 at The Assembly in Leaminton Spa, are: A Formal Horse, Dec Burke Band, Ghost Community, Lonely Robot, Kim Seviour, and Touchstone. This is a charity auction event, so folks can bid on unique, signed and rare items from bands/artists such as Yes, Asia, Steve Hackett, Roger Dean, Steven Wilson, Rush, Magnum, Marillion, Rodney Matthews and more...

    "We are utterly delighted to have these amazing musical acts join the festival," say the Trinity team [in Jan 17 post]. "We are sure they need no introduction but trust us, you will be enthralled! Let’s get The Assembly rammed full of people, make some new friends, make some great memories and help to make a difference."

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    Artist News: Saga's Story To End In 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, January 21 @ 14:00:23 PST (3 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Canadian prog rock group Saga announced this past Thursday that 2017 would mark the end of their story as a band. The full press release is below. The band will tour during their "farewell" year, with dates already scheduled for February/March in Canada, April in Europe, and a quartet (so far) of festival appearances in June and August (dates shown below).

    Saga's story started in 1977 with their first, self-titled, release coming out in 1978. Images At Twilight came out a year later. I recall in an article, published around 1991 in some magazine, the title of which that I no longer remember, that this album was listed as being recommended to prog fans. From there I became a Saga fan - though my reviewing activities have not kept up (I also used that list to further my prog explorations).

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    CD/DVD Releases: It's Time For Winter: Echo Us Prepare The Solstice With A New Animated Music Video
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, December 21 @ 20:33:14 PST (136 reads)
    Album Release News

    In keeping with the recent tradition, Echo Us is releasing its 4th animated music video called "It’s Time For Winter," on the winter solstice. The single is the first Echo Us work to see release after the three-album "Trilogy Memoriam" concluded in 2014. As the project's founder, Ethan Matthews is also celebrating his 15th year of creating and releasing music as Echo Us.

    "It’s Time For Winter" embraces the season with its light to dark metaphorical stanzas wrapped in quick-paced percussive bravado and guitar atmospheres. Echo Us as a musical project was conceived of during a two week commitment of it's founder in a mental hospital 2001, and although the music has grown much brighter since that time there is also a tinge of unquiet in the new single.

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    Artist News: Greg Lake Passes Away At 69
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, December 11 @ 12:25:47 PST (106 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Thursday morning we - a univeral we - learned of the passing of Greg Lake - vocalist/bassist/guitarist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (and before that, King Crimson) at age 69. He was battling cancer. There are tributes and news articles to found elsewhere, and we will link to them below. I never saw ELP live, though I did have the chance to see Keith Emerson perform at NEARfest many years ago; I've never met any of the trio in person, so I cannot offer personal recollections along those lines. I can tell you that "Lucky Man," a Lake-penned track on the band's first album - has long been a favorite, long before I was aware of this whole world of "progressive rock." There was to me a Renaissance/Medieval feel to the story (not what was Lake's mind)* and medieval history has been an interest of mine (though my attraction to the song pre-dates that).

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    Artist News: Astonishing News From Dream Theater
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, November 28 @ 16:20:05 PST (95 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Well, news about The Astonishing of course, but we couldn't resist including a clever (to us) headline -- call it our Monday Madness. Nevertheless, Dream Theater's recent epic release The Astonishing will live a second life as a novel. From DT, author Peter Orullian and the publisher - Vault Books - here is the descriptive blurb:

    "The Astonishing, the novel, builds on the story rendered in The Astonishing, the ground-breaking concept album by the kings of progressive metal, Dream Theater. The novel adds new plot lines and intrigue, additional characters and motivations, as well as explanations and ideas not explored on the album. ​It also has several exclusives [...].

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    Concerts: Ayreon To Perform Live In 2017 (Already Sold Out!), Plus New Album Planned
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 17:19:28 PST (53 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    While the tickets have all sold out in the short period of time between announcement and our posting of this news item, Ayreon will perform live for the first time ever as Ayreon Universe, performing the best of Ayreon (presumably new material as well, as there is a new album being recorded; more on that below).

    The now sold-out dates are: September 15, 16 and 17, 2017 at the Poppodium 013 in Tilburg, NL.

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    Concerts: Haken Announce 10th Anniversary 2017 European Tour; "Aquarius" & "Visions" R
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 16:02:33 PST (42 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Haken celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017, hot on the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed fourth album Affinity. Coinciding with this, the band will go out on a headline tour of Europe in March & April. Tickets went on sale November 23.

    InsideOutMusic will also be reissuing the band’s first two albums, Aquarius & Visions, on the 3rd February 2017 in new remastered 2CD editions, as well as vinyl for the very first time.

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    Concerts: Glass Hammer To Perform In Europe For First Time Ever
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, November 26 @ 11:37:15 PST (72 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    As reported earlier this week via Prog and Glass Hammer themselves: "US proggers Glass Hammer will perform their first ever European live show when they headline Italy's 2 Days Of Prog + 1 Festival in September 2017.

    "This will be band's first European dates in their near quarter century existence. 'We are approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of Glass Hammer in 2017 and headlining the Veruno Festival seems a very good way to celebrate,' bassist Steve Babb told Prog. 'The band is planning to perform our new release Valkyrie in its entirety, along with other songs from the back catalog that have never been performed live. We’re also headlining Quebec’s Terra Incognita Festival in May, and hope to add more dates in the near future.' [Prog]

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    Concerts: Rhapsody To Reunite On Tour In 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, November 25 @ 15:26:33 PST (130 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    If you recall, some years ago there was a band called Rhapsody. They changed their name to Rhapsody Of Fire in 2003 due to some sort of name-conflict with the Rhapsody music service. Then the band split in 2011 ... but in the unusual way of splitting into two, not just all going their separate ways. Rhapsody Of Fire continued with some members, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody with others (noticeably, of course, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody's/ROF's main composer). That's the rather spotty "Cliff Notes" version of the "story so far." Each thread has released music since the cleaving -- ROF with Dark Wings Of Steel (2013) and Into The Legend (2015); LTR with Ascending To Infinity (2012) and Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus (2015) (a reissue called Prometheus, The Dolby Atmos Experience + Cinematic And Live is due on December 9, marking the first studio album remixed in Dolby Atmos - we'll talk about that later).

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    Concerts: Intromental Worldwide Presents: Progressive Aspects Tour 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, November 25 @ 12:21:27 PST (134 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    As shared by Intromental on November 23: "Having 3 bands like Wolverine, Until Rain and Lost In Thought, teaming up for a European tour, you're in for a prog-show, in the true meaning of covering the full spectrum of the genre. Be it Wolverine's ambient and tranquil approach, Until Rain's more bombastic but also darker type of prog to the Dream Theater-ish technical angle of Lost In Thought, it's all there. A night, you won't want to miss, no matter which sub-genre, you prefer.

    "Wolverine - Sweden:

    "Wolverine recently released their 5th album, and have received great reviews from the press and fantastic feedback from the fans. The band has evolved from being a death metal act in the early days, to an ambient and melodic kind of progressive band. It's definitely in the softer area of the metal genre, but the emotion, the band creates, has an extremely high impact, when the ideas settle in the minds of the listener.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Maschine Launch Lyric Video For "Night & Day"
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, October 30 @ 00:27:04 PDT (99 reads)
    Album Release News

    Young British progressive rockers Maschine recently announced the release of their second studio album Naturalis on November 18th, 2016 on InsideOut Music. Now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, and you can watch the lyric video for "Night & Day" below.

     

    Lead guitarist & vocalist Luke Machin had this to say: "We are hugely proud to share this piece with you all as it's a true gripping story of one man's natural instinct to fight on night and day. The combined creation of the music and visuals has brought this story to life and we are really excited for you to hear it."

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    Artist News: Riverside Keeps Flowing...
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 15 @ 00:00:25 PDT (90 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Catching up with Riverside they recently announced that they will continue as a trio without a permanent guitarist, using friends who are session guitarists - and are preparing to record a new album. In the meantime, the band are releasing the previously announced and featured (but not yet reviewed) Eye Of The Soundscape, which comes out on October 21 (listen to "Where The River Flows" linked below). According to the band, they intend to play their first gig in February 2017 (the one year anniversary of guitarist Piotr's untimely death.

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    From The Editor
    February 21, 2016: No, really, we're still here. Ye old editor has a secondary life that for 3 months (Jan-Mar) becomes the primary life (nothing to do with primaries, incidentally)... and so into prog-hibernation we go ... Today, this is us peeking out the cave entrance to see if winter has passed yet...



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