Thymme Jones and Chicago’s long-time, genre-bending chameleons, Cheer-Accident, have contributed two new songs to the new Skin Graft Records compilation, “Post Now: Round One – Chicago vs. New York”, that is scheduled for release later this month.

Progzilla Radio has the honor of premiering one of these tracks, “Site”, to the world on our web page and on The Progressive Tracks Show hosted by Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack.

Written decades ago but never recorded, “Site” recalls the guitar stylings of Cheer-Accident’s late guitarist, Phil Bonnet, who was responsible for the distinct sounds on classic albums like “Salad Days” and “Trading Balloons”.

Track Artists:

Carmen Armillas – vocals
Jeff Libersher- electric and acoustic guitars
Thymme Jones – backing-vocals, bass synth, drums, keys
Scott Rutledge – words
Todd Rittmann – mastering

Post Now: Round One – Chicago vs. New York”, pits several forward-thinking bands from Chicago and New York in a musical battle for supremacy.  The compilation, featuring rare and exclusive songs, is due for release on Skin Graft Records on 15 March 2019, and is available through Bandcamp in digital download and compact disc formats at this site:

Big thanks go to Mark Fischer at Skin Graft Records, for giving Progzilla Radio the opportunity to bring great new music to the world… and to YOU!

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Jesus Christ – The Exorcist is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. Jesus Christ – The Exorcist will be released on June 14, 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.
Pre-order the 2CD, 3xLP, or Digital versions of the album:
Signed albums, limited edition color vinyl, & more available at:
– Frontiers U.S. Store:
– Frontiers EU Store:
Today, the first song from this masterpiece has been unveiled. Hear the song and watch the video for “Get Behind Me Satan” below.
I don’t know why it came to me in quite this way, but definitely the influences on this song are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple primarily. I even asked Rich Mouser when he was mixing the song to listen to ‘Paranoid’ because I thought that vocal effect would be cool on Ted’s (Leonard) voice,” says Morse of the track.
When asked about what fans can expect sound wise from the album, Morse explains, “Oh, 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 the people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in this piece of music.
He continues, “These songs and pieces of music were all written for this rock opera specifically. 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.
With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear… let him hear!”
Jesus Christ – The Exorcist, had its live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by a Prog Rock 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), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
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
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(St. Progtrick’s Day)

In almost 6 years of creating Progressive Tracks, I’ve never done a St. Patrick’s Day show (mainly because I didn’t feel qualified).  Listen in this week to hear why…. Ha!

Don’t worry… as always, the music will be great.

Remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are 143 now!).


  • Geoffrey Castle – “Streets of Inwood” from The Deep Well Sessions, Vol. 1 on Twisted Fiddle Music (2012)
  • Dan Fogelberg – “Tullamore Dew” from Phoenix on Full Moon (1979)
  • Bill Grogan’s Goat – “Knockdhu Set” from Third Eye on Detroit Caprine Records (2017)
  • Horslips – “The Snakes’ Farewell to the Emerald Isle” from The Unfortunate Cup of  Tea on Horslips Records (1975)
  • Leah – “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep” from Otherworld EP on Ex Cathedra Records (2013)
  • Irish Coffee – “Hear Me” from Irish Coffee on Akarma (1971)
  • Kingbathmat – “The Well of Sorrow” from Gravity Shield on Kingbathmat (2014)
  • Bill Grogan’s Goat – “Van Diemen’s Land” from Bill Grogan’s Goat on Beagletone (2007)
  • Yurt – “Rat Nebula” from II – Archipelagog on Yurt (2011)
  • Horslips – “The Shamrock Shore” from Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part  on Horslips Music (1972)
  • Irish Coffee – “Can’t Take It” from Irish Coffee on Akarma (1971)
  • Borge Olsen – “Brilliant” from Ultimate Fingers on Borge Olsen (2019)
  • Consider The Source – “Enemies of MagicK” from You Are Literally a Metaphor on Consider The Source (2019)
  • The Wrong Object – “Many Lives” from Into The Herd on MoonJune Records (2019)

If you have comments or suggestions for show topics/ music (always welcome), feel free to contact me any time via email:

But first… enjoy the show!

Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack

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Dream Theater - Distance Over Time

Progressive metal champions Dream Theater have recently returned with their new, fourteenth studio album Distance Over Time. The band has been on Roadrunner Records for number of years prior this new release, and for the purpose of releasing Distance Over Time they signed with InsideOut.

What’s obvious upon the first listen of the new record is that Dream Theater are back to what they do best — and that comes after their very bland try to create a rock opera with the 2016 album The Astonishing. That release sort of divided the band’s audience and it received mixed critical reception.

Now with Distance Over Time the group, as mentioned, is back to the basics — they served a convincing album which literally showcases how far they’ve come in their 30+ year long career. And the title of the album “distance over time” reflects that.

Dream Theater 2019

Kicking off the album with “Untethered Angel,” the quintet kind of recreates the atmosphere found on Systematic Chaos and Train of Thought albums. One of the things that pops out immediately is the sound of drums — this is the first album with Mike Mangini that sounds really, really good production-wise.

“Paralyzed,” structurally strongly resembles “Forsaken” from the already mentioned Systematic Chaos. LaBrie’s vocals are in the mid range, and that’s where he gives his best performance nowadays, and I’m glad to hear that they embraced this kind of approach on these new songs. John Petrucci is constantly in a good form, and that’s heard throughout the album through numerous solos and riffs.

Third song on the album “Into the Light” starts with somewhat more heavy metal vibe, with sound that could easily be found on Metallica’s Master of Puppets album. Jordan Rudess shines on this ones with, for him, characteristic acrobatics which this time also incorporates some Hammond organ.

Amusingly titled, “Barstool Warrior” features some of the best performance from Petrucci, especially in the guitar solos department. “Room 137” on the other side is quite groove, courtesy of his riff work.

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Continuing on a groovier side, a Dream Theater album wouldn’t be the same if there was no interplays between Petrucci, Rudess, Myung and Mangini, and “S2n” serves that purpose very well.

“At Wit’s End” is the longest song here, clocking at about 9 minutes 20 seconds, and it’s a piece about the cycle of stress and damage inherent in women victimized by abuse. Musically, you can hear everything that would expect from Dream Theater in 2019, with strong connection with one of their best studio efforts — 1999 concept album Scenes from a Memory.

“Out of Reach” comes to the picture as a relaxing experience and is a mandatory Dream Theater ballad that leads into the closing “Pale Blue Dot,” the second longest track on Distance Over Time. Getting its name from Carl Sagan’s book, this piece deals with a reflection of how humans are to treat each other on this little planet in the vast cosmos of space. The song is filled to the brim with the intricate instrumentation.

There is also an edition of the album with a bonus track which is called “Viper King” which is totally different from the material presented on the album, hence the bonus track tag. Ruddess is back on Hammond organ letting out his inner Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame. The song overall is the 1970s Deep Purple with a touch of modern prog.

So what do we make from Distance Over Time? After quite polarizing release that The Astonishing was, it can be said that this is Dream Theater that we know and we’ve been wanting to hear. The performance here is flawless, like on any other Dream Theater record. I already mentioned Mike Mangini’s drums sounding good — this is certainly his best sounding album since he joined the band back in  2010. Overall, it’s great to see the band still has to offer a bit of the mastery that’s found on some of their best moments.

It has to be said that the band members gathered together and isolated themselves from the outer words when working on Distance Over Time, and that cohesion can surely be heard throughout these ten songs.

Order “Distance Over Time” from this location.

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The Mute Gods, featuring Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett), Roger King (Steve Hackett) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, The Sea Within), are set to release their third studio album ‘Atheists and Believers’ on the 22nd March 2019.

Today they launch a video for the track ‘One Day’, which features Alex Lifeson of Rush as guest, and you can watch the clip here:

Nick comments: “Possibly my favourite Mute Gods song so far? I hope you enjoy it too. If not, Jog on.

Watch Nick & Roger sit down to discuss the new album over a pint at the pub in these two new interview clips.
Part 1:
Part 2:

Listen to the album’s title track here:

‘Atheists and Believers’ is featured as the lead review in the latest issue of Prog Magazine where they comment that the band “make the incredible sound accessible”.

Arriving just over 2 years after its predecessor ‘Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth’, Beggs once again turns his attention to the state of the world as we know it now, focussing on universal topics such as politics, humanity & love over the course of 10 tracks that run from turbulent rock compositions to more sentimental pieces of music.

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.”

For ‘Atheists and Believers’, Beggs has enlisted some very special guests, including Alex Lifeson, Rush’s legendary guitarist; Craig Blundell, renowned drummer currently playing with Steven Wilson’s band; multi-instrumentalist Rob Townsend with whom Beggs worked in Steve Hackett’s band and his vocalist daughter, Lula Beggs.

‘Atheists and Believers’ will be released on Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD & as a digital album. Pre-order now here:

You can find the full track-listing below:
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

The Mute Gods is the musical vehicle Beggs created in 2015 to channel his song writing. It was conceived while he was embarking on an intensive period of almost continuous touring, firstly with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and then latterly, Steven Wilson, the prolific, widely-acclaimed composer, musician and record producer with whom Beggs still records and tours.

Beggs’ career spans nearly four decades, working with artists across a broad musical spectrum. Bassist, stick player, composer and vocalist, Beggs has sold more than three million records with his own groups, including Kajagoogoo, as well as contributing to genres such as pop, rock, funk, soul, Celtic and latterly, progressive rock.

Among the artists with whom he has collaborated are rock and pop legends John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde, Gary Numan, Seal and Engelbert Humperdink, as well as progressive rock’s Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Iona and Lifesigns.  

Alongside Beggs in The Mute Gods are his regular collaborators Roger King and Marco Minnemann. King is the keyboards player, guitarist and producer of Atheists and Believers, and Steve Hackett’s right-hand man for more than 20 years. Minneman, who has also played with Joe Satriani, is regarded as one of rock’s most exciting drummers and has worked with Beggs on Wilson tours and recordings.

The Mute Gods Online:

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Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend is set to release his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ on the 29th March 2019, and today sees the launch of the second single from the album. Watch the video for ‘Evermore’ here:

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 🙂

The initial plan was to release a more commercial song next (the sole one on the album, ‘Spirits Will Collide’) but the video we’ve been working on for that is hilariously ambitious and we needed a bit more time. Therefore, we opted to release this song, ‘Evermore’, as a way to bridge that gap. It’s slightly in the same vein as Genesis on some level I suppose, but a little more groovy and a bit less fractured in terms of structure.

The lyrics are not as much about a bored space cat crash landing on ‘planet fear’ in a literal sense, but I guess that’s easier to articulate with visuals at this stage than ‘yet another song about trying to work through one’s own mid-life bullshit to find some sense of self-actualization’, though perhaps with more time, it will resonate further with that. Thanks to Wayne, Josh and Miles for the tag team animations.

The drums on this particular track are all Anup Sastry, (who is a great guy who loves his dog) and the Elektra choir helps out a lot again. I’ve got a strange relationship with singing at this stage of my career so I really appreciated the support.

I encourage you, (if you like this sort of stuff, that is) to check it out in headphones. There’s a fair amount of candy in this song I spent a long time on. I think it’s streaming now too…

Thank you sincerely. The album is meant to be of some help in a weird way.


Watch the video for the previously released track ‘Genesis’, which has reached nearly half a million plays in just over 2 weeks, here:

‘Empath’ is already receiving incredible reactions in the press, find a select few below:

Strap yourselves in and say hello to one of your albums of the year, folks.” – Prog Magazine

Devin Townsend has created with ‘Empath’ a work that is unconventional, far from mainstream, and a work of genius.” – Metal Wani

The ‘EMPATH Europe – Volume 1’ tour begins in November & the full list of dates are as follows:

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:

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:

Two days prior to the release of ‘EMPATH’, on 27th March, a special cinema screening of the documentary will take place in London at the Everyman Screen on the Green. Devin will be in attendance to give a live commentary to the film, and to answer fans questions afterwards. Tickets for this special event are now sold out.

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, ‘EMPATH’, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

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.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Pre-order now here:

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Castaway
2. Genesis
3. Spirits Will Collide
4. Evermore
5. Sprite
6. Hear Me
7. Why
8. Borderlands
9. 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

Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.

The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out:
7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT
8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT
22nd March – Prognosis Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands – Guitar Clinic
23rd March – Prognosis Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands – Production Clinic & performance
29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT
1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT
2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark SOLD OUT
4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany
5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT
7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT
9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany SOLD OUT
11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT
13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel
24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT
29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT
30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
Remaining tickets can be found here:


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‘Transiberiana’ will be available as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with 44 page booklet, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP Booklet, and as digital download. Pre-order now here:

1. Stelle sulla terra (6:06)
2. L’imprevisto (3:29)
3. La discesa dal treno (6:16)
4. L’assalto dei lupi (5:35)
5. Campi di Fragole (3:36)
6. Lo sciamano (4:01)
7. Eterna Transiberiana (6:20)
8. I ruderi del gulag (6:06)
9. Lasciando alle spalle (1:47)
10. Il grande bianco (6:33)
11. Oceano: Strade di sale (3:39)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (which translates to “Bank of Mutual Relief”) were formed in Rome, Italy back in 1969 and under the influence of British greats Gentle Giant, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake & Palmer forged a truly original sound equally complex, melodic and dynamic. In 2019, ‘Transiberiana’ will prove that this style is very much intact and creative mastermind Vittorio Nocenzi promises an “autobiographical journey” lyrically, musically and in terms of concept. ‘Transiberiana’ is not only an impressive new album by Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, but also reflects upon a storied career and redefines what the group is all about.

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is:
Vittorio Nocenzi (piano, keyboards and voice)
Filippo Marcheggiani (guitar)
Nicola Di Già (rhythm guitar)
Marco Capozi (bass)
Fabio Moresco (drums)
Tony D’Alessio (lead vocal)



Edition 149 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 17th March 2019, is now also available to stream anytime or download as a mp3 file. Two hours of superb melodic progressive rock, old and new.

On This Week’s Show

1 Grand Tour – Don’t Cry Now (Clocks That Tick But Never Talk)
2 Collage – Wings in the Night (Moonshine)
3 Telegraph – Our There (Mir)
4 Casa Das Maquinhas – Lar De Maravilhas (Lar De Maravilhas)
5 Alan Parsons – Miracle (The Secret)
6 Last Flight To Pluto – Supergirl (A Drop in the Ocean)
7 The Far Meadow – Sulis Rise (Foreign Land)
8 Beggars Opera – Time Machine (Waters of Change)
9 Man – Keep On Crinting (Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day)
10 Maynard Ferguson – MacArthur Park (The Essence of Maynard Ferguson)
11 Moksha – Starswarm (Here to Go)
12 Red Cain – Blood & Gold (Kindred Act 1)
13 Todd Rundgren’s Utopia – The Ikon (Live at the Chicago Theatre)

You can hear The Prog Mill on Progzilla Radio at these times every week ( – via the tune in radio app and on internet radios):

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2200utc) – main broadcast
Tuesdays 0300-0500 UK (0300UTC) – For North America – Mon 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
Tuesdays 2300-0100UK (2300 UTC) – 1500 Pacific/1800 Eastern
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1800 UTC) – Family friendly Saturday evening repeat

Your melodic and symphonic progressive rock music suggestions for the show are very welcome. Just email, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or

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Periphery 2019

Periphery, one of the frontrunners on the modern progressive metal scene, return this April 5th with the release of their new album titled Periphery IV: Hail Stan, released on 3DOT Recordings — a label that was founded by the members of the band. Before, Periphery were on Sumerian Records since their 2010 debut album.

The band has launched two singles from the new album so far “Blood Eagle” and “Garden in the Bones,” both of them being at different sides of the specter, what certainly tells how much stylistically diverse Hail Stan is.

One of the biggest surprises of the album actually lies right at the beginning — the opening song “Reptile” is the group’s third song ever clocking over 10 minutes — this one goes just a bit over 17 minutes. Previous two include “Racecar” from Periphery I and “Omega” from the 2015 album Juggernaut: Omega. And right off the bat, Periphery hint that we are about to experience their most progressive and most versatile release yet, and combining symphonic passages with quite a few electronic moments goes very well with my previous statement.

Periphery IV - Hail Stan

The already mentioned “Blood Eagle” is as ferocious as the terrifying torturing method it takes its name from. You can certainly feel some sort of resentment coming from Spencer Sotelo’s screams, Matt Halpern’s heavy hits and the guitar trio’s burst fire. Speaking of which, Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb are back with their 7-string axes throughout the album, and this fact surely works in the album’s favor being on a heavier side. I’m saying “they are back with 7-string guitars,” as the band’s previous album Periphery III: Select Difficulty featured “only” two 7-string songs.

“CHVRCH BVRNER” is a Dillinger Escape Plan moment on the album, and it could take an epithet of being the most twisted track here. “Garden in the Bones” is a risk-free, typical Periphery number, whereas the following “It’s Only Smiles” is possibly the most “straightforward” track on Hail Stan.

The band is back to the djent mode on “Follow Your Ghost,” with an absolute killer of a guitar solo at the end of the track. For “Crush” it could be said that is a school example of what cyber-electronic-progressive-metal(core) would sound like if there was such a thing. In my opinion it’s the most bizarre track here that works very well with the rest of the material — kind of a Periphery’s Devin Townsend moment on the album.

Hardcore punk element is present in the way of “Sentient Glow,” although the song constantly switches between different styles and moods. Closing “Satellites” starts right where “Sentient Glow” left, with lush ambient guitar and Sotelo’s voice leading the game until the middle of the track. Sotelo screams at the top of his lungs with the guitar trio punishing earholes with the staccato riffs Periphery is known for.

What has been announced with Select Difficulty is fully realized on Hail Stan — the band has taken the time to create an album that is by far their most mature and well-thought release. How well it will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but the nine songs found here show how far Periphery have come in a span of only six albums.

Pre-order “Periphery IV: Hail Stan” from 3DOT Recordings.

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Tales From The Tiger Moth Edition 90

Broadcast 16th March 2019

Spike Milligan With Gravely Stephens (Pharmacological Pianist) And The Massed Alberts – You Gotta Go Oww!
The Flower Kings – World of Adventures
Godzilla In The Kitchen – Stick To Your Daily Routine
Steve Hackett – Peace
Trurl – Do Not See Me Rabbit 3- Chest Pain and Sophistry
The Matter Men – aura gami
Gleb Kolyadin – Constellation The Bell
Michael Bentine – What The Public Thinks
Dukes of the Orient – GIVE ANOTHER REASON
Devin Townsend – Awake
Genesis – Not About Us
Grand Tour – Don’t Cry Now
Bill Bressler – A Little Song Before We Go
Peter Sellers – Setting Fire To The Policeman
Peter Gabriel – Digging In The Dirt

The Ancient One and The Krazz


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (Intro) (The Immediate Collection 3cd Boxset)
2 Sketch – Oidhche Boogie (Shed Life 2012)
3 Great White – Congo Square (Hooked 1991)
4 The Wonder Stuff – Welcome To The Cheap Seats. (single Welcome To The Cheap Seats 1992)
5 World Party Message In A Box. ( Goodbye Jumbo 1990)
6 Grand Funk Railroad – Inside Looking Out. (Closer To Home 1970)
7 The Silencers – I Can Feel It. (Seconds Of Pleasure 1993)
8 The Scorpions – Wind Of Change. (Crazy World 1990)
9 Bombay Bicycle Club – Rinse Me Down. (Flaws 2010)
10 George Harrison – Any Road ( Brainwashed 2002)
11 Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper – Mary-Anne (Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper 1969)
12 Ian Neal – The Way Through The Woods (Out Of The Woods 2011)
13 Bachman Turner Overdrive – Blue Collar (Bachman Turner Overdrive 1073)
14 Tom Petty/Heartbreakers – Learning To Fly (Into The Great Wide open 1991)
15 Santana – Smooth (Supernatural 1999)
16 The Charlatans – Weirdo (Single 1992)
17 David Byrne – The Cowboy Mambo (Uh Oh 1992)
18 ELO – Across The Border (Out Of The Blue 1977)
19 Helloween – Keeper Of The 7 Keys (Keeper Of The 7 Keys Part 2 1988)
20 Hawkwind – The Forge Of Vulcan ( Quark Strangeness and Charm 1977)
21 The Band – Acadian Driftwood (Northern Lights Southern Cross 1975)
22 Harry Chapin – 6 String Orchestra (Verities and Balderdash 1974)
23 Sting – An Englishman in NY. (Nothing Like The Sun 1987)
24 Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Single 1992)
25 Cheap Trick – The Flame. (Lap Of Luxury 1988)
26 J J Cale/Eric Clapton – Danger (Road To Escondido 2006)
27 Thunder – Love Walked In. (Backstreet Symphony 1990)
28 Siiga – Michelle (Seashell) (The Sea And The Mirror 2013)
29 The Nice – Brandenburger (Outro) (The Immediate Collection 3cd Boxset)