Northern Star 2nd April 2020.

Out There!

Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  • Genesis – Watcher of The Skies
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – In The beginning, Darkness
  • Vangelis – Pulstar
  • Rush – Countdown
  • Anthony Phillips – Through the Blackhole
  • Pallas – Alien messiah
  • Soundgarden – Into The Void
  • Comus – So Long Supernova
  • Miles Davis – Orbits
  • Blue Oyster Cult – E.T.I (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  • KLF – Eternal Space Cadets
  • Rick Wakeman – Universe of Sound
  • Hawkwind – Spirit of the age
  • Muse – Space Dementia
  • Warmrain – Luminous Star (more than a memory)
  • Porcupine Tree – Stars Die
  • IT – Space cadet pt1 & 2
  • Joe Satriani – Goodbye Supernova (remix)
  • Jon & Vangelis – Mayflower
  • Yuval Ron – Kuiperbelt
  • Exovex – The Last orbit
  • Deep Purple – Space truckin

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/pure-reason-revolution-eupnea-out-today/

Pure Reason Revolution’s first new studio album in nearly 10 years, Eupnea, is out now. To celebrate the band have launched a video for the track “Ghosts & Typhoons.” Watch the Thomas Hicks-created video below.

Jon Courtney comments: “In 2018 Chloe and I chatted in a London café about the notion of reforming Pure Reason Revolution. Although we’ve already done our first live show back, today feels like it’s really real. Close to the heart experience kick-started the genesis & we stuck to our manifesto of creating under no restrictions, no boundaries. The result was ‘Eupnea’ and we hope you like it. “

Eupnea is available as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD (with etching on Side D) and as a digital album. Get your copy now here.

The full track-listing is as follows:

  1.  New Obsession 05:09
  2. Silent Genesis 10:20
  3. Maelstrom 05:44
  4. Ghosts & Typhoons 08:45
  5. Beyond Our Bodies 04:28
  6.  Eupnea 13:23

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/pure-reason-revolution-eupnea-out-today/

Pure Reason Revolution’s first new studio album in nearly 10 years, Eupnea, is out now. To celebrate the band have launched a video for the track “Ghosts & Typhoons.” Watch the Thomas Hicks-created video below.

Jon Courtney comments: “In 2018 Chloe and I chatted in a London café about the notion of reforming Pure Reason Revolution. Although we’ve already done our first live show back, today feels like it’s really real. Close to the heart experience kick-started the genesis & we stuck to our manifesto of creating under no restrictions, no boundaries. The result was ‘Eupnea’ and we hope you like it. “

Eupnea is available as a Limited CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP + CD (with etching on Side D) and as a digital album. Get your copy now here.

The full track-listing is as follows:

  1.  New Obsession 05:09
  2. Silent Genesis 10:20
  3. Maelstrom 05:44
  4. Ghosts & Typhoons 08:45
  5. Beyond Our Bodies 04:28
  6.  Eupnea 13:23

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/ghost-iris-made-to-rust-video/

With their new stand-alone single “Made to Rust” progressive groove metallers Ghost Iris once again show the world what stern stuff they are made of.

Having been written around three years ago already in between their releases of Blind World (2017, Long Branch Records/SPV) and Apple of Discord (2019, Long Branch Records/SPV), this banger perfectly combines the more djenty and clean approach of the band’s earlier sounds and the heavier, groovier and darker tunes the Danish quartet has been developing and progressing towards since.

Ghost Iris about the new single release:

We are thrilled to present our new song ‘Made to Rust’ to the world. We hope you enjoy what turned out to be one of our heaviest songs ever as much as we do. ‘Made to Rust’ has been resting for a while after having been written, but is now more than ready to mosh the pit up! Unfortunately we won’t be able to play the song live for you for the time being, as our EU/UK tour with Our Hollow, Our Home in April/May this year had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, but since #musicneverstops, we hope that you will be able to enjoy our new single at home just as well.

Watch the video below.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/ghost-iris-made-to-rust-video/

With their new stand-alone single “Made to Rust” progressive groove metallers Ghost Iris once again show the world what stern stuff they are made of.

Having been written around three years ago already in between their releases of Blind World (2017, Long Branch Records/SPV) and Apple of Discord (2019, Long Branch Records/SPV), this banger perfectly combines the more djenty and clean approach of the band’s earlier sounds and the heavier, groovier and darker tunes the Danish quartet has been developing and progressing towards since.

Ghost Iris about the new single release:

We are thrilled to present our new song ‘Made to Rust’ to the world. We hope you enjoy what turned out to be one of our heaviest songs ever as much as we do. ‘Made to Rust’ has been resting for a while after having been written, but is now more than ready to mosh the pit up! Unfortunately we won’t be able to play the song live for you for the time being, as our EU/UK tour with Our Hollow, Our Home in April/May this year had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, but since #musicneverstops, we hope that you will be able to enjoy our new single at home just as well.

Watch the video below.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/haken-announce-new-album-virus/

Progressive rockers Haken are excited to reveal their new studio album Virus, the follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed album Vector, will be released on June 5, 2020.

Today also sees the launch of the album’s first single and opening track “Prosthetic,” with a video directed by Vicente Cordero. Watch and listen to this punchy opening salvo below.

The band comments: “‘Prosthetic’ was the first song we completed during the ‘Virus’ writing sessions and we always felt it would be the perfect opener for the album. It’s a very guitar heavy track with its roots in ’80s thrash riffing, but with the unconventional rhythmic twists and turns we often like to explore in Haken. We sadly never had a Jeff Hanneman and Robert Fripp collaboration, but this song at least draws on inspiration from them both!

Lyrically the song is a bridge between our two albums ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus.’ The message was brilliantly brought to life by video director Vicente Cordero, who also beautifully captured the live energy of the band in a way that both enhances the song, and perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.

Since releasing Vector in October 2018, Haken have completed headline tours the world over, played sold-out shows across Europe and North America as support for Devin Townsend and picked up a Prog award for their efforts too! All the while, they have been quietly, secretly working on the follow-up album, entitled Virus.

Drummer Ray Hearne reveals, “Since releasing ‘The Mountain‘ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’ This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus.’”

Once again, Adam “Nolly” Getgood has mixed what is perhaps the most eclectic Haken album to date, with the seven tracks revealing hints of influences from multiple genres, all intertwined with Haken’s own recognisable sound. Guitarist Richard Henshall had this to say about the production, “Using Nolly again was a no-brainer, as we wanted the two albums to be sonically connected. But having just spent a day mixing with him in his studio, it’s obvious that this album will be an evolution of the ‘Vector‘ sound. These songs seem to allow a lot more freedom of creativity with the production, so we’re excited to see where it leads.”

Longtime Haken collaborators, BLACKLAKE, have designed the visuals and artwork and the album will be available as a Limited 2CD, Standard CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as Digital Album. Pre-order now here.

Haken - Virus

Virus Tracklisting:

1. Prosthetic
2. Invasion
3. Carousel
4. The Strain
5. Canary Yellow
6. Messiah Complex i: Ivory Tower
7. Messiah Complex ii: A Glutton for Punishment
8. Messiah Complex iii: Marigold
9. Messiah Complex iv: The Sect
10. Messiah Complex v: Ectobius Rex
11. Only Stars

Virus is the culmination of a musical thought experiment which started with the Vector writing sessions in 2017 and holds intriguing potential for the band’s future, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains, “whilst ‘Virus‘ can absolutely be enjoyed as a stand-alone work, it is thematically and conceptually linked with ‘Vector,’ so our intention is to perform both albums back to back for a special performance someday.”

The post HAKEN Release “Prosthetic” Video; New Album “Virus” Out on June 5th appeared first on Prog Sphere.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/haken-announce-new-album-virus/

Progressive rockers Haken are excited to reveal their new studio album Virus, the follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed album Vector, will be released on June 5, 2020.

Today also sees the launch of the album’s first single and opening track “Prosthetic,” with a video directed by Vicente Cordero. Watch and listen to this punchy opening salvo below.

The band comments: “‘Prosthetic’ was the first song we completed during the ‘Virus’ writing sessions and we always felt it would be the perfect opener for the album. It’s a very guitar heavy track with its roots in ’80s thrash riffing, but with the unconventional rhythmic twists and turns we often like to explore in Haken. We sadly never had a Jeff Hanneman and Robert Fripp collaboration, but this song at least draws on inspiration from them both!

Lyrically the song is a bridge between our two albums ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus.’ The message was brilliantly brought to life by video director Vicente Cordero, who also beautifully captured the live energy of the band in a way that both enhances the song, and perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.

Since releasing Vector in October 2018, Haken have completed headline tours the world over, played sold-out shows across Europe and North America as support for Devin Townsend and picked up a Prog award for their efforts too! All the while, they have been quietly, secretly working on the follow-up album, entitled Virus.

Drummer Ray Hearne reveals, “Since releasing ‘The Mountain‘ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’ This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus.’”

Once again, Adam “Nolly” Getgood has mixed what is perhaps the most eclectic Haken album to date, with the seven tracks revealing hints of influences from multiple genres, all intertwined with Haken’s own recognisable sound. Guitarist Richard Henshall had this to say about the production, “Using Nolly again was a no-brainer, as we wanted the two albums to be sonically connected. But having just spent a day mixing with him in his studio, it’s obvious that this album will be an evolution of the ‘Vector‘ sound. These songs seem to allow a lot more freedom of creativity with the production, so we’re excited to see where it leads.”

Longtime Haken collaborators, BLACKLAKE, have designed the visuals and artwork and the album will be available as a Limited 2CD, Standard CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as Digital Album. Pre-order now here.

Haken - Virus

Virus Tracklisting:

1. Prosthetic
2. Invasion
3. Carousel
4. The Strain
5. Canary Yellow
6. Messiah Complex i: Ivory Tower
7. Messiah Complex ii: A Glutton for Punishment
8. Messiah Complex iii: Marigold
9. Messiah Complex iv: The Sect
10. Messiah Complex v: Ectobius Rex
11. Only Stars

Virus is the culmination of a musical thought experiment which started with the Vector writing sessions in 2017 and holds intriguing potential for the band’s future, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains, “whilst ‘Virus‘ can absolutely be enjoyed as a stand-alone work, it is thematically and conceptually linked with ‘Vector,’ so our intention is to perform both albums back to back for a special performance someday.”

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/the-hirsch-effekt-bilen-video/

The Hirsch Effekt share their new single ”BILEN” along with a music video. It’s the second track from the bands 5th studioalbum KOLLAPS coming May 8th, 2020 via Long Branch Records.

KOLLAPS encounters everyday madness with elaborate counterpoints and ludicrous lyric lines. In a heavier manner, the band slips into the roles of other, social actors to reflect the aspects of their agenda: a dispute with the systematic collapse is thematized from the perspective of the “Fridays For Future” -movement, depicted in a musical dainty or a bizarre way, then again also to corrode opposers in a strobe-like manner.

“BILEN” is now available as stream and download on all digital platforms.

Watch the video for “BILEN” below.

The Hirsch Effekt about the new song:

BILEN was mainly written by Nils and like LYSIOS from our previous record, it purposely alludes to the sound of world famous German band Rammstein. Tim Tautorat, the engineer, producer and mixer of the album, as well as avowed motorist, commented the lyrics with: ‘What a funny and true text.’ It belongs to the more sarcastic tracks, just like TARDIGRADA from our previous record.

KOLLAPS will be available as Box-Set, CD/LP+T-Shirt Bundle, CD, 2LP, Stream and Download. Pre-order the album here.

Tracklist:

1 KRIS
2 NOJA
3 DEKLARATION
4 ALLMENDE
5 DOMSTOL
6 moment
7 TORKA
8 BILEN
9 KOLLAPS
10 AGERA

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/the-hirsch-effekt-bilen-video/

The Hirsch Effekt share their new single ”BILEN” along with a music video. It’s the second track from the bands 5th studioalbum KOLLAPS coming May 8th, 2020 via Long Branch Records.

KOLLAPS encounters everyday madness with elaborate counterpoints and ludicrous lyric lines. In a heavier manner, the band slips into the roles of other, social actors to reflect the aspects of their agenda: a dispute with the systematic collapse is thematized from the perspective of the “Fridays For Future” -movement, depicted in a musical dainty or a bizarre way, then again also to corrode opposers in a strobe-like manner.

“BILEN” is now available as stream and download on all digital platforms.

Watch the video for “BILEN” below.

The Hirsch Effekt about the new song:

BILEN was mainly written by Nils and like LYSIOS from our previous record, it purposely alludes to the sound of world famous German band Rammstein. Tim Tautorat, the engineer, producer and mixer of the album, as well as avowed motorist, commented the lyrics with: ‘What a funny and true text.’ It belongs to the more sarcastic tracks, just like TARDIGRADA from our previous record.

KOLLAPS will be available as Box-Set, CD/LP+T-Shirt Bundle, CD, 2LP, Stream and Download. Pre-order the album here.

Tracklist:

1 KRIS
2 NOJA
3 DEKLARATION
4 ALLMENDE
5 DOMSTOL
6 moment
7 TORKA
8 BILEN
9 KOLLAPS
10 AGERA

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/album-review-dronte/

Dronte is a French experimental, avantgarde metal ensemble, who in February 2019 released an album entitled Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté. The group goes a step further by combining non-conventional instruments such contrabass, vibraphone, and saxophone for creating an interesting mix of acoustic and metal.

Dronte is a very musically interesting band. Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté makes me think of Miles Davis In a Silent Way because of its “quiet intensity.” Miles Davis’ album has a sort of divine subtlety to it that belies its incredible complexity. It’s a rhythmic masterpiece of delicate complexity. Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté is similar in this way, but not musically. It achieves this same wonderful feeling via completely different methods, and this leads me to believe it was unintentional. That said, the fact that they achieved it at all is wonderful, in my eyes.

The quiet intensity on Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté comes from the juxtaposition of Benoît Bedrossian’s contrabass, Ève-Rosemarie Boulada’s saxophone and Frédéric Braud’s growls over the driving beat of drummer Lucas de Geyter. To complete the sound, we have the incredibly spacey guitars courtesy of Grégory Tranchant and Nicolas Aubert. The best example of this that I can think of are songs “Sarcophage du succès” and “Escalade en chute libre,” the latter being featured on the Progotronics XX compilation. The music is composed so subtly that it manages to build to a thundering crescendo without the listener even realizing it. Once you finally get it, waves of sound are crashing over you and suddenly fall down again to begin the next track. I also love that there are parts of the album that deviate strongly from this, such as the experimental parts of “Un orage…” This helps to ensure that the album doesn’t get monotonous, which is a good thing.

Spiritually and aesthetically, Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté couldn’t be jazzier. It has jazz’s unpretentious “coolness” seeping throughout, just welcoming you in. It’s very spacey in a way though, somewhat like the various forms of progressive/avant rock.

Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté is available from Bandcamp here.

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