(The State of New Music – 2018)

What is the state of the world as we reach the end of 2018?

Let’s just say it’s ‘fuzzy’.

But (attempting to remain in my ‘box’), I can definitely say that 2018 has been a ‘very very good’ year for Progressive Rock.  So much so, that there’s still a lot out there that we’ve just not been able to air.

So this week is an attempt to ‘catch up’ on some of the amazing music that has been released this year.

Remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are 129 now!).


  • Sonora Sunrise – “Welcome To Sand Land” from The Route Through The Canyon on Trail Records
  • Troot – “Dance Elena” from Constance and the Waiting on Troot
  • Robert J. Zimmer? – “6//7” from Robert J. Zimmer? on 1015602 Records DK
  • Velcrocranes – “Hold Your Breath” from Afterlife – Single on Velcrocranes
  • The Re-Stoned – “Chromagnetic Stomp” from Ram’s Head on Oak Island
  • Methexis – “TOPOS 1” from TOPOS on Independent
  • Troot – “Venice of the Sky” from Constance and the Waiting on Troot
  • Velcrocranes – “Afterlife” from Afterlife – Single on Velcrocranes
  • Robert J. Zimmer? – “Haute Garbage” from Robert J. Zimmer? on 1015602 Records DK
  • The Re-Stoned – “Dune Surfer” from Ram’s Head on Oak Island

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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Edition 135 of THE PROG MILL (in total edition 355 which is also the show’s 7th birthday!) – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio Sunday 9th December, is now also ready to stream anytime or download as a mp3 file.

Two hours of simply magnificent melodic & symphonic progressive rock. With a playlist which goes something like this

1 Steve Hackett – Under The Eye of the Sun (At The Edge of Light)
2 Manuel Schmid & Marek Arnold -Diese Zeit (Zeiten)
3 La Cadena Psych – Home (Hope?)
4 Rikard Sjoblom’s Gungfly – Crown of Leaves (Friendship)
5 Anima Mundi – The Hunter (Insomnia)
6 Mind Sculpture – Down The Rabbit Hole (Single)
7 Steve Hughes – Deny the Nightmare (Single)
8 Visible Wind – Lunar Doubts (Narcissus Goes to the Moon)
9 Corciolli – The Man Who Disappeared in the Painting (Illusia)
10 John Wetton – Mondrago/Rock of Faith (Rock of Faith)
11 Landmarq – Solitary Witness (Solitary Witness & Origins)
12 iamthemorning – Scotland (Ocean Sounds)
13 KDB3 – Brand New Day (I Fill My Days with Noise)
14 The Moody Blues – What am I Doing Here? (In Search of the Lost Chord)
15 Lifesigns – Telephone (Lifesigns)

You can hear THE PROG MILL on Progzilla Radio at the following times. Online at, via the tune in radio app and on internet radios:

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2200UTC) – MAIN BROADCAST
Tuesdays 3-5am UK (0300UTC) – for North America (Mon 7pm Pacific and 10pm Eastern)
Tuesdays 11pm-1am UK (2300 UTC)
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1800UTC) an nice easy time to listen during Saturday teatime

PLUS – A listen anytime or downloadable podcast for you to listen to anytime you like. Normally online each week by Monday evening with links here and on the Progzilla Radio website.

Back next Sunday from 10pm UK with another brand new Prog Mill full of melodic and symphonic progressive music. And please keep your melodic/symphonic proggy music suggestions coming in!

ALSO – Voting is now open for THE PROG MILL LISTENERS ALBUM OF 2018. You can nominate your top 5 and send the list to me at or message via twitter @shaunontheair or The results will be broadcast on the first Sunday in January.

I’m pleased to say that Show No 96 from The Ancient One is now available as a podcast. This show is subtitled ” The Concept Show Vol 3″ This is a show featuring sections from concept albums both old and new.


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the intro) (from The Immediate Collection 3 CD set)
2 Horslips – The Tain Parts 7-14 (The Tain 1973)
3 Yes – The Revealing Science Of God (Tales From Topographic Oceans 1973)
4 Freedom To Glide – Rain Parts 1-6 (Rain 2013)
5 Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth Parts 1-17 (Journey To the Centre of the Earth extended 2012)
6 Telergy – The Legend Of Goody Cole Parts 1-8 (The Legend Of Goody Cole 2013)
7 Horslips – The Book of Invasions Parts 9-14 (The Book of Invasions..A Celtic Symphony 1976)
8 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the outro) (from The Immediate Collection 3 CD set)

I’m pleased to say that Show No 95 from The Ancient One is now available as a podcast. This is subtitled ” Featuring…Vol 4″ and the artist is The Windmill from Norway.


1 The Nice – Brandnburger (excerpt used as the Intro) (From The Immediate Collection 3CD set)
2 IQ – Fading Senses (Ever remixed and remastered 2018)
3 Unreal City -Il Nido Dell Succumbi (Frammenti Notturni 2017)
4 The Windmill – Cinnamon (To Be Continued 2010)
5 Squackett – Perfect Love Song ( A Life Within A Day 2012)
6 Dawn – Cold (Darker 2014)
7 The Windmill – Don’t Be Afraid (To Be Continued 2010)
8 Tiger Moth Tales -The Palace (Storytellers Pt 2 2018)
9 Argos – The Hunter’s Last Stand (Unidentified Dying Objects 2018)
10 The Windmill – Not Alone (The Continuation 2013)
11 Alwanzatar – Pa Slutten Av Dagen (Fangarmer Gjennen etc 2018)
12 Encircled – The Obsession (The Universal Mirth 2018)
13 The Windmill – The Masque (The Continuation 2013)
14 Sunchild – Grail And Time (Messages From Afar 2018)
15 D’Accord – Growing Out Of Your Mind (Single 2018)
16 The Windmill – Dendrophenia (Tribus 2018)
17 IQ – Leap Of Faith (Ever remixed and remastered 2018)
18 Tiger Moth Tales – Three Little Pigs (Storytellers Part 2 2018)
19 The Windmill The Tree (Tribus 2018)
20 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the outro) (From The Immediate Collection 3cd set )


On this week’s Prog-Watch my special guest is Oliver Rüsing of Karibow! Oliver and I have an interesting (and at times fun) conversation about the making of the spectacular new Karibow album, Monumento! Along the way I also play lots of great Karibow music, including a couple from the new one!

549: In Conversation with Oliver Rüsing of Karibow



This news story was originally published here:

Two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater have released the first song from their recently announced 14th studio album, Distance Over Time. “Untethered Angel” is the first new song from the album slated for worldwide release on 22nd February, 2019. The new single is quintessential Dream Theater and takes the listener on a musical journey that cements the band’s place as the premier progressive metal band around today.

Watch the video for the new single here:

“During the writing and recording process of D/T, ‘Untethered Angel’ was known as ‘Song 4’ to all of us as it was the 4th song written during the sessions. However, there has always been something about this track that just begged for it to be the album opener, even long before all of the songs were written,” explains John Petrucci. “Fear is something that rears it’s ugly head at some point or another in all of our lives. Fear of the unknown, fear of taking chances, fear of making mistakes. If we are not careful, it can be debilitating and sadly prevent us from realizing our true potential. The world we live in can be a scary place and the thought of an uncertain future a terrifying notion, especially for today’s young people. Untethering from that fear and giving yourself up to the future’s countless possibilities is what will ultimately set you free.’”

Distance Over Time showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The album also marks the first for the band’s new label InsideOutMusic / Sony Music. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour). Distance Over Time was produced by John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.

The latest addition to Dream Theater’s impressive catalog is now available for pre-order in various configurations at: 

Distance Over Time will be available as: Standard CD Jewel Case, Special Edition Digipak (incl. 1 bonus track), 180g Gatefold 2LP Edition (incl. 1 bonus track, an 8-page-LP-booklet & the entire album on CD), Ltd. Edition Artbook (incl. 1 bonus track, 5.1 mix with video animations, instrumental mixes & high res files of the album, stems for “Untethered Angel”, extended liner notes, additional artwork incl. photos from the writing session and additional video content), as Deluxe Collector’s Box Set (incl. lenticular cover card, Artbook, 180g 2 LP Gatefold Edition with exclusive artwork and exclusive white vinyl, exclusive picture 7”, 60 x 60 cm poster, 10 art cards, slipmat, patch, pin and a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity) and as Digital Album (incl. 1 bonus track).

The tracklisting for Distance Over Time is as follows:
1. Untethered Angel 06:14
2. Paralyzed 04:17
3. Fall Into The Light 07:04
4. Barstool Warrior 06:43
5. Room 137 04:23
6. S2N 06:21
7. At Wit’s End 09:20
8. Out Of Reach 04:04
9. Pale Blue Dot 08:25
10. Viper King (Bonus Track) 04:00

In June 2018, Dream Theater secluded themselves in a private location in upstate New York to begin writing for the new record. While spending the summer living together in the property’s adjacent residence, the band spent their days and nights crafting the music that would make up the new album in the ‘Yonderbarn’; a beautiful and spacious barn that had been meticulously transformed into a state-of-the art film and recording studio. Following an intense & extremely productive period of group writing sessions and wanting to retain the magic that was captured in this scenic and inspiring location, they decided to record the album in the very room they had all convened to write together in. Living together during the writing and recording for Distance Over Time marked another first for the band’s 33-year career. The result is a heavier collection of songs that showcases the early roots of the band while exploring new territory as musicians and as friends.

Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The Distance Over Time Tour of North America was recently announced and kicks off on March 20, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The tour will run for seven weeks before wrapping up in Mexico City on May 4, 2019.
Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at

European Summer festival dates for 2019 have also been announced, and you can find a list of confirmed shows below:
14-16th June – Download Festival, Donington Park, UK
15th June – Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
19th June – Gasklockorna Gavle, Brynäs, Sweden
21st June – Hellfest Open Air Festival, Clisson, France
29th June – Tons Of Rock, Oslo, Norway
5th July – Rock the Castle, Verona, Italy
7th July – Barcelona Rock, Barcelona, Spain
13th July – Prog in Park, Warsaw, Poland
14th July – Masters of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
20th July – Zitadell, Mainz, Germany
21st July – Zeltspektakel, Winterbach, Germany
23rd July – MetalDays, Tolmin, Slovenia
26th-27th July – ARTMania Festival, Sibiu, Romania

Progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater— James LaBrie (Vocals), John Petrucci (Guitars), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards), John Myung (Bass), and Mike Mangini (Drums) — share a unique bond with one of the most passionate fan bases around the globe as evidenced by their two GRAMMY® Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide. The 1992 opus Images & Words received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.” Guitar World placed the follow-up Awake at #1 on “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994.” 1996’s A Change of Seasons notably soundtracked NBC’s coverage of Downhill Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Fans voted the 1999 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory the “Number One All-Time Progressive Rock Album” in a 2012 Rolling Stone poll. Not to mention, it ranked as the “15th Greatest Concept Album” by Classic Rock. 2009 saw Black Clouds & Silver Linings crash the Billboard Top 200 at #6 as A Dramatic Turn of Events [2011] and Dream Theater [2013] maintained a three-peat in the chart’s Top 10. Consequence of Sound dubbed 2016’s The Astonishing, “An absolutely unique experience.” Beyond three platinum and two gold videos, the group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. On its 14th full-length and first release for InsideOutMusic / Sony Music, Distance Over Time, the band recharge the brotherhood that has kept them creating music together for over 30 years. It’s Dream Theater at their most dynamic, direct, and definitive.

In 2018, InsideOutMusic have been celebrating 25 years as one of the leading labels worldwide for progressive music and is part of the Century Media Label Group, a division of Sony Music.

Dream Theater is:
James LaBrie – Lead Vocals
John Petrucci – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jordan Rudess – Keyboards
John Myung – Bass Guitars
Mike Mangini – Drums, Percussion

Find Dream Theater online: