Twelfth Night are recording the very first studio version of their classic song Sequences with vocals added for the first time by Mark Spencer.

Sequences, which appeared on the band’s 1984 Live And Let Live album, which was recorded at the very last dates the band performed with singer Geoff Mann. The song, one of the band’s most popular, was originally performed without vocals over 40 years ago and was a notable finale to the band’s live sets in the 80s. It tells the story of a young soldier going off to fight in the First World War and returning home a changed person.

“The time felt right to fill this major missing piece of our musical output and commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War”, drummer Brian Devoil told Prog.

The band have been recording at vocalist Spencer’s Dysfunction studio, and the new version will remain largely faithful to the original. “I had prepared a working version several years ago to help me learn the various parts to play live, so we were able to use this as a starting point,” explains Spencer, who sang with the band on their most recent live performances between 2012 and 2014.

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

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

This new recording will receive it’s world premiere Radio play exclusively here on Progzilla Radio, as the centrepiece of an Armistice Day special show, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

This show will be broadcast at 10:59 GMT on Sunday 11th November.

News story originally published here:

Northern Star 18th October 2018.


Northern Star – Theme

  1. Boston – Corporate America
  2. Dream Theater – Endless sacrifice
  3. Neshiima – The Forfeit
  4. Pierre Minivelle – Lorsque
  5. Barclay James Harvest – Galadriel
  6. Public Service Broadcasting – Theme from PSB
  7. Saul Blease – Angel of Mons
  8. The swan Chorus – – The House that jack built
  9. Andromeda Anarchia – – Shameless virgin
  10. Post human Dream – Electric tribe
  11. The Room – Behind The Silence
  12. Landmarq – Mountains of Anglia
  13. Villainous – Ephemeral
  14. Orange clocks – Space Witch
  15. Coheed & Cambria – Queen of the Dark
  16. Post Modern Jukebox – Creep
  17. Hell city – Flesh & Bones
  18. Infictions – Climatics
  19. Anathema – Eternal Rise of the sun
  20. Beggars Opera – I’ve No idea
  21. Airbag – Speed of light
  22. Big Big Train – Underfall Yard (live)


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HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, are set to release their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’, in a week’s time on the 26th October 2018. The album was produced by the band themselves, and recorded & mixed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project), with the artwork once again being handled by Blacklake. 

Today the band have released a video for ‘A Cell Divides’, the third track taken from the album. Watch it now here: 

The band comments: “Spawned from some hotel room writing sessions last year, Vector’s album closer was a fresh approach to concise song writing, for which we are not typically known. While the lyrics in A Cell Divides unlock more clues to the narrative of Vector, the video, filmed mostly in slow motion, contradicts the frantic pace of the song and delves into the beauty of flawed and warped imagery.”

The band previously released a video for the track ‘Puzzle Box’ which you can see here: 

Fans can enter a competition to win the signed puzzle box from the video here: 

Watch the video for the album’s first single ‘The Good Doctor’ here: 

The band will embark on an epic tour starting this October in North America, and the band recently announced South American & European tour dates for 2019. Find the full list of confirmed dates below:

Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee – North American Tour 2018
30th October – The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
31st October – Opera House, Toronto, ON
1st November – Astral, Montreal, QC
2nd November – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3rd November – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
4th November – The Sinclair, Boston, MA
6th November – Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
7th November – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
8th November – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
9th November – Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
10th November – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
11th November – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
13th November – Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
14th November – Barracuda, Austin, TX
16th November – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
17th November – Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
18th November – August Hall, San Francisco, CA
19th November – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20th November – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
21st November – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
23rd November – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
24th November – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
25th November – Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
26th November – Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO
27th November – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
29th November – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
30th November – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
1st December – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL

Latin America 2019
26th January – Teatro Teleton, Santiago, Chile
27th January – Groove, Buenos Aires, Argentina
29th January – Caricoa Club, Sao Paolo, Brazil
30th January – Auditorio Centro De La Amistad Peruano China, Lima, Peru
1st February – Lunar, Mexico City, Mexico

Europe 2019
15th February – Academy 3, Manchester, UK
16th February – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
17th February – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19th February – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
20th February – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
21st February – Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
22nd February – Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
23rd February – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
24th February – Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
26th February – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
27th February – Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
28th February – A38, Budapest, Hungary
2nd March – Szene, Vienna, Austria
3rd March – Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
4th March – Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
6th March – Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, Germany
7th March – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
8th March – Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
9th March – Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
10th March – Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12th March – Mon Live, Madrid, Spain
13th March – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
14th March – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
15th March – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16th March – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
23rd March – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

Full ticket details as well as all upcoming dates including North America can be found here: 

‘Vector’ will be available as Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (including instrumental versions), Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewelcase & as digital download. Pre-order now here: 

“heart-stopping hails of metallic riff bullets, dizzying instrumental and rhythmic complexity, alongside an intriguing lyrical tale.”Prog Magazine

You can find the track-listing below:

  1. Clear
  2. The Good Doctor
  3. Puzzle Box
  4. Veil
  5. Nil By Mouth
  6. Host
  7. A Cell Divides

To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band ran a competition for one lucky fan’s artwork to be etched into the fourth side of the vinyl version of the record. They invited people to submit their own version of the Rorshach test ink-blot which graces the album cover, and the winner was revealed as Shakoor Bukhuth aka SHAUN BEYOND.

Since their inception in 2007, Haken have shown over four previous studio albums, one EP and a live release that they never stand still, merely satisfied to rely on past triumphs. Rather, Haken always look for ways to challenge themselves as musicians and artists, and also to keep the listeners on their collective toes. “We don’t like to make simple music,” laughs vocalist Ross Jennings. “We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.”

Their fifth studio record sees the band going in a heavier direction with the music. “We’ve always had a heavy influence”, explains guitarist Charlie Griffiths, “but it was obvious from the riffs that were naturally coming out of us early in the writing process that this would be a more metal album. These are some of the most riff driven songs we’ve ever written.” As is usual, Haken produced the album themselves, but for the first time they have enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood during the recording and mixing stages. Formerly bassist with Periphery, in the last couple of years he has built a reputation as a fine producer. “We produced the album ourselves, as we always do,” insists Jennings. “But we’re fans of what Adam has done with Periphery, Sikth and Devin Townsend. He has a great reputation for the heavier end of our genre”.

But if this album is musically heavy, then there’s an underlying theme running through the seven songs which is certainly esoteric and fascinating. “The scene is set with the track The Good Doctor, which was a really fun song. Musically it feels like a logical step from ‘Affinity’, but lyrically it’s a bit more theatrical and about as ‘rock opera’ as Haken has ever got”, explains Griffiths. “It’s about a Doctor with an intriguing, perhaps sinister interest in a particular patient. From there the story enters the point-of-view of the patient – who appears to be catatonic, but his mind is sparking with what could be memories, or delusions brought on by the treatment he’s receiving – we leave this up to the listeners to decide. Although we don’t want to give too much away, people who are familiar with our back catalogue will have fun discovering further clues we’ve planted throughout the album. And that’s the challenge for the fans – to find out for themselves their own meaning for ‘Vector’ as an album”. 

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

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Edition 166 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


3Rdegree – Connecting (from Ones & Zeros Vol. 0)
Evership – Wanderer (from Evership II)
Vola – Green Screen Mother (from Applause Of A Distant Crowd)
The Pineapple Thief – All That You’ve Got (from Dissolution)
Saul Blease – Passchendaele (from The Great War)

Connect 4:
Steven Wilson – The Holy Drinker (from The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories))
Alan Parsons – Return To Tunguska (from A Valid Path)
All About Eve – Are You Lonely (from Touched By Jesus)
Judy Dyble – C’est La Vie (from Talking With Strangers)

Airbag – Broken (from Disconnected)

Jurassic Prog:
Fruupp – Old Time Future (from Future Legends)
Rick Wakeman – Anne Boleyn (The Day Thou Gavest Lord Hath Ended) (from Six Wives Of Henry VIII)

Kim Seviour – Connect (from Recovery is Learning)
The Dear Hunter – Cascade (from Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional)
Melange – Ruínas (from Viento Bravo)
Pervy Perkin – Epilogue (from Ink)
Darwin’s Radio – Glass Tiger’s Eye (from Eyes of the World)
Corvus Stone – Early Morning Call (from Corvus Stone II)

Monsters of Progzilla:

Mike Keneally – Dolphins (live)
S U R V I V E – Parousia (live)
Rage Against The Machine – Born of a Broken Man (live)
Aphex Twin – To Cure A Weakling Child (live)
Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely (live)
Frank Zappa – Punky’s Whips (live)

We Are Kin – Let Me In (from Pandora)

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 260 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. The Swan Chorus – My Dark Passenger
  2. The Swan Chorus – The Check
  3. Sarcophagus Now – Claw Of Crab
  4. Cleft – Frankenstein
  5. Manticore – Beginnings
  6. Pure Reason Revolution – In Aurelia (Live At Nearfest 2007)
  7. Pure Reason Revolution – Borgens Vor (Live At Nearfest 2007)
  8. Supertramp – Hide In Your Shell
  9. Tin Spirits – Summer Now
  10. David Bowie – Blackstar
  11. Steven Wilson – Don’t Hate Me
  12. Fernando Perdomo – Zebra Crossing
  13. Moksha – Starswarm
  14. Fish – Waverly Steps
  15. Riverside – The Day After
  16. Riverside – Acid Rain
  17. Silas Neptune – Mind Games
  18. Steve Hackett – The Steppes
  19. Steve Hackett – The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
  20. Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings
  21. Rainburn – Suicide Note
  22. Tiger Moth Tales – The Palace
  23. Pink Floyd – Coming Back To Life

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Edition 165 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Damanek – The Crossing (from In Flight)
The Paradox Twin – Moonblood (from The Importance Of Mr Bedlam)
Skyharbor – Out of Time (from Sunshine Dust)
El Tubo Elástico – Turritopsis Nutricula (from Impala)
Riverside – Guardian Angel (from Wasteland)

Connect 4:
Memories Of Machines – Something In Our Lives (from Warm Winter)
Gordian Knot – Some Brighter Thing (from Emergent)
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Brother of Mine (from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe)
Marillion – The Last Straw: Happy Ending (from Clutching at Straws)

Porcupine Tree – Radioactive Toy (from On The Sunday Of Life…)

Jurassic Prog:
Barclay James Harvest – The Poet/After The Day (from BBC In Concert)
Skin Alley – Bad Words And Evil People (from Two Quid Deal?)

Big Big Train – Swan Hunter (from English Electric Part Two)
Von Hertzen Brothers – One May Never Know (from Nine Lives)

Monsters of Progzilla:

Gwenno – Sisial Y Môr (live)
Hannah Peel – Andromeda M31 (live)
worriedaboutsatan – I’m Not (live)
The Radiophonic Workshop – Doctor Who (live)
Jon Hopkins – Everything Connected (live)
Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe, Pt. 7 (live)

Ghost Community – Rise Up (from Cycle of Life)

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UMÆ Release "Turn Back Time" Single, Feat. John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and Conner Green (Haken)

International progressive rock power trio UMÆ — singer/guitarist Anthony Cliplef, guitarist Guðjón Sveinsson, and drummer Samy-George Salib — is pleased to announce the release of the single “Turn Back Time” taken from the upcoming album Lost in the View. Hear it below.

UMÆ have collaborated with several guest musicians on Lost in the View. “Turn Back Time” features former Porcupine Tree session guitarist and singer John Wesley on vocals and Haken bassist Conner Green, alongside vocalist Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir, keyboardist Magnús Jóhann Ragnarsson, violinist Eyja Ragnheiðardóttr, and Sólný Pálsdóttir on backing vocals.

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

The trio will launch Lost in the View by the end of 2018. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios, Lost in the View is a concept album featuring a wide range of performing personnel, including vocalist John Wesley(Porcupine Tree), keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), guitarist Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band), and bassist Conner Green (Haken).

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Edition 157 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


TesseracT – Of Mind – Nocturne
HeKz – Pariah
Giampiero – Panic
Kadebra – Spice Must Flow
Cyrcus Flyght – Twilight of Sin
Edge of Ever – My Leech

Live at 11: Voivod on the MS Independence of the Seas, somewhere in the Caribbean on Friday, 2nd February 2018

Inner Combustion (live)
Fall (live)
Lost Machine (live)

The Algorithm – Handshake
Saul Blease – War Machine

Album of the Week: Katatonia – Viva Emptiness

Burn the Remembrance
Ghost Of The Sun

Avenged Sevenfold – Exist