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Nooumena, with their odd name derived from Greek philosophy, hail from Caen in France and Controlled Freaks is their second album, the first, Argument With Eagerness, came out in 2011. They have close connections to fellow Caen avant-prog band Rhùn and having originally produced a demo as Nooumena back in 2006, after that 2011 debut album they spent some time with Rhùn’s various projects before concentrating on their own music once more. Other than that I know nothing about them, not having any PR info to go on. Suffice to say that Controlled Freaks is a rather fine maelstrom of dark prog with avant/RIO leanings, which is why it got my attention.

Seeds, Needs charges out of the traps foaming at the mouth, strident Zeuhl rhythms taking the thing out of sight down the track before it suddenly…stops, gets up off the floor muttering and cussing as it regroups its thoughts, lurching off again, slower and more composed this time, but gathering momentum as it goes. This is the world of Nooumena, and France is and has always been the go to place for this sort of brooding, heavy music.

Thibault Geay’s theatrical singing style, full of whoops and hollers, spoken/shouted parts, not to mention conventional singing, enlivens proceedings no end as the fabulous procession that is Bamboozled attests as it levels all before it.

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Concealed has the feel of early Anekdoten gone Zeuhl, which is no bad thing, and the album as a whole is one heavy beast. That pervading heaviosity is leavened by passages of deathly dark ambience, in fact the track 7×6∞ is nearly five minutes of marvellously unsettling atmospherics that you won’t be playing with the lights out. Very creepy indeed, it ends with a tortured scream. Obvious debts to Univers Zero, Present, et al are there for all to see.

There is nothing particularly new here, thus proving that avant prog can be just as guilty of looking backwards as any other subset of Prog, but there is more than enough on this record to maintain one’s interest. At under 40 minutes it does not outstay its welcome, and Nooumena show no little talent in their swirling cacophonies, and produce music that is always lean and purposeful, and with very little fat, and for that I commend it to the house.

01. Seeds, Needs (6:38)
02. Bamboozled (6:07)
03. Death Toll (6:56)
04. Something Else (2:29)
05. Concealed (5:06)
06. 7×6∞ (4:46)
07. Dog eat Dog (5:28)

Total Time – 37:35

Pierre Blin – Drums, Synths
Thibault Geay – Voice, Guitar
Maxime Métais – Guitar, Sax
Simon Toralba – Bass

Record Label: L’étourneur/Decagon Records
Country of Origin: France
Date of Release: 28th February 2017

Nooumena – Facebook | Bandcamp


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KING CRIMSON to Release "Heroes" EP

King Crimson will release an EP titled Heroes, featuring a live cover version of David Bowie‘s song “Heroes” which was recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour.

The EP will be released on June 2nd and is available for pre-ordering from Inner Knot (US) and Burning Shed (UK & EU). King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp commented:


King Crimson performed ‘Heroes’ at the Admiralspalast in Berlin as a celebration, a remembrancingand an homage. The concert was thirty-nine years and one month after the original sessions at the Hansa Tonstudio overlooking the Berlin Wall. This is released in the Fortieth Anniversary year.”

Heroes Track Listing:

1. Heroes
2. Easy Money
3. Starless (edit)
4. The Hell Hounds of Krim
5. Heroes (radio edit)

The EP also includes a radio edit of “Heroes,” and it also includes a 10-minute “Easy Money.”


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This week’s show​ is another fabulous variety show, with lots of mostly NEW music! Hear from Trans-Siberian Orchestra​, The Bob Lazar Story​, Lonely Robot​, Drifting Sun​, Lifesigns, Stewart Bell​, White Willow​, Nova Collective​, The Fierce & The Dead, and Projekt Gemineye! Plus another great edition of Progressive Discoveries with our friend, Dr. Rob Fisher, centering on the classic, first solo album by Tony Banks​!

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Influenced by bands such as Symphony X, Dream Theater, Haken, Plini, Rush along with classical, jazz and progressive rock, Montreal-based Cydemind will be releasing their first full length album Erosion on May 26th to follow their to 2014 debut EP Through Mist and Ages. The album offers a refreshing take on progressive music that is sure to attract interest from a wide audience, especially with classically trained violinist Olivier Allard, who leads the listener throughout the different moods of their compositions. 

Teaming up with us at Prog Sphere, Cydemind are premiering their next single “Tree of Tales.” Listen to it below.

After the release of our first single What Remains , we wanted to show another side of Cydemind. ‘Tree of Tales’ offers many different moods and time signatures. There’s some groovy drum and bass lines, lots of grand piano and of course Olivier’s violin shines on top of all that,“ explains guitarist and main songwriter Kevin Paquet.

Erosion was recorded in Montreal at The Grid with producer Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis) along with additional recording of grand piano done at Studio 270. The release consists of six compositions including a 27 minute masterpiece of the album’s title track, making it the band’s most ambitious project to date. The album artwork was done by drummer and band co-founder Alexandre Dagenais along with lyrical poems included with the release written by pianist Camille Delage. The poems describe each composition as the album gravitates around the theme of nature and its persistence through time.

Erosion will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and all other major online retailers as of May 26, 2017. Their first single “What Remains” is available for download on Bandcamp here.

Erosion Track Listing:

1. What Remains (4:58)
2. Tree of Tales (6:41)
3. Derecho (13:36)
4. Red Tides (5:25)
5. Stream Capture (6:29)
6. Erosion (27:19)
Album Length: 1:04:30

Cydemind line-up:

Olivier Allard (Violins)
Alexandre Dagenais (Drums)
Camille Delage (Keyboards/Piano)
Nico Damoulianos (Bass)
Kevin Paquet (Guitars)

Cydemind online:


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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 193 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Sontaag – Empyrean
  2. The Fierce And The Dead – Verbose
  3. Echoes And Signals – To The Lighthouse
  4. Roger Waters – Perfect Sense
  5. Pink Floyd – One Of These Days (Progzilla Simon Godfrey Intro)
  6. Temples – Sand Dance (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve Reanimation)
  7. Big Big Train – Brave Captain
  8. Öz Ürügülü – Odd Waltz
  9. Isildurs Bane & Steve Hogarth – Ice Pop
  10. Pain Of Salvation – On A Tuesday
  11. Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly
  12. Canterbury Glass – Nunc Dimittis
  13. Cathederal – The Crossing
  14. Carptree – The Fleeting Deep
  15. Art Griffin’s Sound Chaser – Fast Track
  16. Mick Karn – Ashamed To Be A Part Of Them
  17. Allan Holdsworth – Devil Take The Hindmost
  18. Hidden Lands – No One Is In This For Love
  19. Renaissance – Cold Is Being

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In the Court of the Crimson King

By now we all now that King Crimson‘s “21st Century Schizoid Man” from the group’s 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King is all-time Prog classic, one of the songs that catapulted the Progressive Rock genre in its early years.

Over the course of almost half a century, the tune was a big inspiration for many bands, and some of these groups went forward to record their renditions of the song as a tribute to the great band.

We have compiled a list of 10 best studio covers of King Crimson‘s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” See it below.

10. Fuzz (2013)

San Francisco rock trio released a 7″ single titled Sunderberry Dream in 2013, which on the B side included a cover of King Crimson‘s song. As their name suggests, the band’s take on the tune is a bit noisy-oriented. Fuzz‘ version is fast, it skips over instrumental part ending song around the 3-minute mark, making it as one of the shortest covers.

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09. Unrest (1989)

Washington, D.C.’s Unrest put out their third full-length Tink of S.E. in 1989 via TeenBeat, and the group did cover of King Crimson‘s song which was renamed and on the album is listed as “91st Century Schizoid Man.” Their take on the song is schizophrenic.

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08. Entombed (1997)

Swedesh death metal band Entombed included Crimson‘s song as one of bonus tracks on their 1997 album DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth. It comes with the group’s  easily recognized guitar sound.

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07. Forbidden (1994)

Thrash metal also had its share when it comes covering “21st Century Schizoid Man.” San Francisco’s Forbidden released a cover on their 1994 album Distortion. The track is something over 11 minutes long, but after “21st Century” finishes, it goes for a minute and a half with silence, and continued with a hidden instrumental track until the end.

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06. April Wine (1979)

Canadian hard rock band released their eighth studio album Harder…Faster in 1979. The closing song is “21st Century Schizoid Man,” which brings more melodic and warmer sound, accentuated bass line and hard rock fashioned guitar solo in the middle of the song.

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05. We Hunt Buffalo (2012)

Stoner rockers from Canada covered the song on their 2012′s self-titled album. The band offers a fuzzed-out version of the song, often with hints of pyschedelic and blues rock as well as doom metal.

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04. Flower Travellin’ Band (1970)

The Japanese psych/prog rockers Flower Travellin’ Band released their cover of “21st First Century Schizoid Man” in October 1970 on their album Anywhere, a year after it was originally released by King Crimson. Their version of the song is far more psychedelic and fuzzy; the sound is raw. The band goes a fully improvisational route with the guitar solo, exceeding the original for about six minutes.

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03. The Human Experimente (2009)

This might be one of the stylistically weirdest covers of the song. It’s symphonic, psychedelic, progressive and industrial in the same time. Originally the project of Jeffrey Fayman and Robert Fripp, The Human Experimente was formed with an idea to re-interpret original music from King Crimson. Joined them here on “21st Century Schizoid Man” is Tool singer James Maynard Keenan.

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02. ELP (1993)

What Emerson, Lake and Palmer did with King Crimson‘s song could be described as re-progging the prog. Although their version feels more accessible and sort of song-oriented, the keyboard work of Keith Emerson here is absolutely stunning.

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01. Shining (2010)

Shining‘s cover which was released on their 2010′s album Blackjazz, as the last song, is possibly the most brutal and twisted version of the song. It includes growls and screams with Enslaved‘s Grutle Kjellson as a guest vocalist, as well as his absolutely fantastic performance on saxophone by Jørgen Munkeby. It has prog, it has jazz, it has extreme metal.

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What is your favorite cover of the King Crimson classic? Let us know in the comments below.

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Every Inch of My Love

Eloy- Arizona – A 19-year old Dan Stevens was recently kicked out from a club in AZ where a Led Zeppelin tribute band Every Inch of My Love performed songs by the legendary British band.

During the performance of classic “Stairway to Heaven,” singer Alan Rose, who previously started the song with words “I think his is the song of hope,” called in security to kick out the unlucky Dan.

Our reporter who was at the gig had a few minutes to chat with the singer, and asked about the situation, Alan furiously said: “Well, did you see the shirt he was wearing? That’s preposterous! He was grabbing my attention with that shirt, and I couldn’t focus on doing what I do best.

After the show, Stevens could be seen around the club shouting “Been a long time since I rock and rolled…,” playing air guitar, air bass, and air drums.

Pictured below is Dan wearing the Led Zeppelin shirt that caused the mess.