LFPT - Requests
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 317 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this all request edition we heard the following music:

  1. Nektar – Recycled (Part One)
  2. Godiego – The Birth Of The Odyssey (Monkey Magic)
  3. Tony Banks – The Border
  4. Kompendium – Mercy Of The Sea
  5. Twelfth Night – Creepshow
  6. John Hackett & Nick Fletcher – A Horse Named Cadillac
  7. Colosseum II – Rivers
  8. Wobbler – Fermented Hours
  9. Hawkwind – Hurry On Sundown
  10. Frank Zappa – What’s New In Baltimore
  11. IZZ – I Move
  12. Anthony Phillips & Andrew Skeet – Old Sarum Suite
  13. Deeexpus – King Of Number 33
  14. Caravan – Golf Girl
  15. Pink Floyd – Cymbaline
  16. Frank Wyatt And Friends – Zeitgeist
  17. The Prog World Orchestra – Silent Night / We All Need Some Light
  18. Chris De Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
  19. Twelfth Night – Love Song

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23968&IdCompany=8

US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ return in full original line-up with their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled “The God-Shaped Void”, the upcoming new album and InsideOutMusic debut will be released on February 14th, 2020.

The basic tracks for “The God-Shaped Void” were recorded with engineer Ulrich Wild in the band’s hometown of San Diego, then the rest of the recordings at Studio D in Austria and finally the material was mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Artwork, as to be seen above, was created by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Katatonia, Riverside, Nevermore).

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ guitarist Dan Rock checked in to comment about the creation and recording process of “The God-Shaped Void” as follows:

First we’d like to thank all the fans who have supported us over the years. The new album would probably not exist if it were not for the good times and fan support we had on our reunion tours of Europe in 2011/2012. It really sunk in how cool I would be to make new music again, instead of just continually playing the first four albums. With all of us living further apart, especially Devon, it was a much slower process than having all five of us in the same room like we used to. But times change, and the Internet helped quite a bit. Normally, Brian and I would come up with guitar parts at home, whether alone or together. Sometimes we would program a basic drum beat for Norm to latch onto the vibe that we were feeling, and some of those stayed, while others were greatly improved upon by his far superior drum skills. We took our time (obviously) and went one song at a time and rehearsed it and recorded it in the jam room until we were musically happy with it. Then I would upload the individual tracks for Devon to download in his home studio so that he could remix it, and really see what each guy was doing. He was able to add vocals, make edits and rearrange parts that made for sense for him as a singer, and then send it back to us to review, retrack or punch in if needed… we did all of our pre-production mixes that way.

I think Devon did a really great job considering the process, but we all wanted to bring in a professional set of outside ears with more experience. We were fortunate enough to have Ulrich Wild come down to San Diego and do all the basic tracking in a little-known local studio called Rarefied. Even better, Jens Bogren had an opening in his schedule at Fascination Street Studios and was able to mix and master it for us. And none of this would have been possible if InsideOutMusic didn’t have the faith in us that they did to release a new record after such a long time. Many thanks go out to everybody who made it possible after all these years. We hope you find it worth the wait!

A first single and the pre-order for “The God-Shaped Void” in its various formats (Ltd. and Standard CD, 2LP on 180gr. black vinyl as well as limited coloured editions and also Digital Download) will be available as of December 13th, 2019, so stay tuned for more news soon…

Re-releases of the entire PSYCHOTIC WALTZ catalogue will follow through InsideOutMusic later in 2020 and next live activities in support of the new album will be revealed soon too.

(Left to right on photo by Axel Jusseit)
Dan Rock – guitars & keys
Devon Graves – vocals
Ward Evans – bass
Norman Leggio – drums
Brian McAlpin – guitars

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ discography:
A Social Grace (1990)
Into The Everflow (1992)
Mosquito (1994)
Bleeding (1996)
The God-Shaped Void (2020)



This week Prog-Watch and The Progressive Aspect begin a three-part “prog-stravaganza” looking at the best albums of the past ten years! Ten of TPA’s reviewers have selected their three favorite albums, and I will be presenting their short reviews and playing tracks from those albums over the course of three programs!

With contributions from Rob Fisher, Basil Francis, Andrew Halley, Magnus Moar, Bob Mulvey, Jez Rowden, Graham Thomas, Roger Trenwith, Leo Trimming, and John Wenlock-Smith!

649: Prog-Watch and TPA Present the Best of 2010 – 2019, Pt. 1


This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23966&IdCompany=8

German instrumental-rock group LONG DISTANCE CALLING recently released their first ever live album ‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’. Filmed during a special run of dates in early 2019, it saw the band performing seated shows in some very special locations for a stunning audio-visual experience.

As a pre-holiday treat, the band have launched the clip for the track ‘The Very Last Day’, and you can watch that here: https://youtu.be/SJSsTKg3Jps

The band comments: “Here we go with a new live clip for ‘The Very Last Day’, one of our very first songs ever! It first appeared on our demo “Dmnstrtn”, made it on our debut album “Satellite Bay” and is now part of “Stummfilm – Live From Hamburg”, enhanced by the intense sound and atmosphere of a cello. The song deals with the issues of climate change so we decided to print a limited “The Very Last Day” shirt, which can be ordered in our webshop: https://bit.ly/33qS1AE , 5 Euro per shirt will be donated to Greenpeace!

Watch the previously released clips below:
Black Paper Planes: https://youtu.be/sFAf3ugFeGI 
On The Verge: https://youtu.be/GJVMqKfwz9s
Metulsky Curse Revisited: https://youtu.be/QVKF7KePGT4

‘STUMMFILM – Live from Hamburg (A Seats & Sounds Show)’ is available as a limited edition Blu-Ray + 2CD, Gatefold 3LP Vinyl & as digital audio download. Order now here: https://LongDistanceCalling.lnk.to/STUMMFILM-LiveFromHamburg 

the beauty shines through.” – Prog Magazine
expansive and career-defining” – Powerplay Magazine

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Into The Black Wide Open
2. The Very Last Day
3. In The Clouds
4. Like A River
5. On The Verge
6. Interlude
7. Out There
8. Apparitions
9. Black Paper Planes
10. 359°
11. I Know You, Stanley Milgram!
12. Sundown Highway
13. Flux
14. Metulsky Curse Revisited

The band also recently announced that they would return to the ‘Seats & Sounds’ format for a German tour in September 2020, as well as an appearance at Prognosis Festival in Netherlands on the 21st March 2020.

08.09.20 Hamburg, kleine Elbphilharmonie – SOLD OUT
09.09.20 Hannover, Pavillon
10.09.20 Bochum, Christuskirche
11.09.20 Dresden, Alter Schlachthof
12.09.20 Leipzig, Parkbühne
13.09.20 Berlin, Passionskirche
15.09.20 Köln, E-Werk
16.09.20 Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Club
17.09.20 Mannheim, Capitol
18.09.20 München, St. Matthäus
19.09.20 Stuttgart, Mozartsaal

For 13 years now, the Münster-based four-piece Long Distance Calling has been famed and cherished for its weightless yet massive music. After having returned to their instrumental roots Long Distance Calling sat down to carefully ponder their next step. When they got up again, they were ready for their most extraordinary live undertaking yet: Aptly entitled “Seats & Sounds”, this string of concerts saw Long Distance Calling take to the stage in very special locations in front on a seated audience.

The band took the matter almost religiously and went to great lengths in pulling off their most daring effort. “We wanted to go one step further, highlighting the audio-visual quality of the band for the very first time”, the band states, referring to the phalanx of video screens and specially curated visuals corresponding to each song.

One of those rare performances, the one at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg, was captured on film and tape and is now being released. More an elegant silent film (visually speaking) than an ordinary live video, Long Distance Calling deliver a stunning performance in two acts: A “normal” Long Distance Calling set with songs from all their albums, and a special ‘Avoid the Light’ set, performing the dramatic album almost in its entirety. “This is one of the most important releases of our entire career”, the band continues, “and playing it felt like time travel.”

Meticulously prepared and rehearsed, this is Long Distance Calling on another level. Backed by guest musicians Luca Gilles on cello and Aaron Schrade on percussion and electronic beats, the experimental rock veterans show their grandeur in cinemascope – elaborately filmed and monumentally staged. In the end, Janosch Rathmer (drums), Jan Hoffmann (bass), Florian Füntmann (guitar) and David Jordan (guitar) not only played their biggest Hamburg headlining show; they also peaked their stellar career.


This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/12/04/the-decade-in-review-andrew-halley/

Getting to choose only ten albums in a ten-year span is, of course, impossible. Convincing yourself that the ten albums you HAVE chosen are indeed the best ten albums you have heard in the ten years from 2010 to 2019 is, again, impossible. So basically here is a list of the impossible. But they are all impossibly good. I thank you…

Moon Safari
Lovers End – 2010
Moon Safari - Lovers End

Moon Safari’s third album was released in 2010. This harmonious and talented group of Swedish troubadours hail from the frozen Skellefteå, which makes their warm harmonies and beautifully constructed, almost country, songs even more remarkable. Stand out tracks are A Kid called Panic and the stupendous Heartland. The use of voice, pure piano, synths, quirky rhythms, impressive guitar but mostly the sweet vocal euphony, that are deceptively fluffy in this relationship break-up album, all combine to make a timeless classic.

There are three more albums to explore and enrich your life, including Himlabacken, Vol.1, and don’t miss out on the EP Lover’s End, Pt.III: Skellefteå Sereneade which is Progressive Rock magnificence and has yet to be bettered.

Lover’s End by Moon Safari

Dream Theater
A Dramatic Turn of Events – 2011
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events

The title of this album couldn’t have been more apt for this, Dream Theater’s eleventh studio album. Founding member Mike Portney had left and after an extensive YouTube audition documentary, Mike Magini was the lucky winner for the coveted drum stool. Expectations were high, and they were fulfilled with aplomb. The band was reformed and had a lot to prove to the naysayers.

On the Backs of Angels was Grammy nominated and showed that this band were back in business. Lost But Not Forgotten and especially Bridges in the Sky showed that this was a Prog-Metal band and not the other way round. The ballad rears its head three times, which not only gives the album substance but soul, a component often alleged as missing for Dream Theater.

The World Is A Game – 2012
Mystery - The World Is A Game

Canadian Michel St-Père and the then-unknown Benoît David, who was later to be a Jon Anderson replacement in Yes, recruited Spock’s Beard’s Nick D’Virgilio on drums for this, their fifth album, and the result was a huge bombastic noise of epic proportions. There’s reverb and effects on everything and it sounds like it was recorded in the Halls of Asgard. The singer has never sounded better, with a heartfelt and powerful presentation highlighted in Pride, a mountainous range of Everestine proportions.

The track The World is a Game punches through the atmosphere and looks down at the board game that is our planet, and then lurches back down to give hope to all. Even the slower tracks like Dear Someone furrow through the tundra to reach the Sabbathesque and drum-heavy ending to the album: Another Day, which is what we all want really.

Long Goodbye – 2014
Esthema - Long Goodbye

Esthema are a bunch of American working musicians who have come together to play in this mainly acoustic fusion ensemble. They cleverly combine traditional stringed instruments with a rock drum kit and it’s an intriguing mix of the Bedouinesque with enough time signature changes to satisfy their prog credentials. The complex and emotional playing fills the mind with pictures and smells of dusty heat or cold landscapes, but there is also an extra side which comes in the form of the sleevenotes. Like reading the libretto to a foreign language opera or a wordless ballet, if you listen to the music and read exactly where it is coming from, the rewards add another dimension.

Album closer and possible centrepiece, Long Goodbye (the track) is a very dark affair with its apocalyptic prophecy of impending doom. The piece is written about the point of knowing of a death to the time it actually happens and was based on a conversation with a doctor, but could easily apply from any point A to the ultimate B. Heavy stuff, but once you realise this premise even as the last cello note ebbs into the ether, the listener is left fulfilled and at rest. A rich and satisfying album.

Suicity – 2015
Methexis - Suicity

A concept album in the style of a soundtrack without pictures is one way of describing Suiciety by Methexis, the second project by Greek multi-instrumentalist Nikitas Kissonas. This really is an interesting theatrical experience gilded with the fine singing of The Enid’s Joe Payne. His Dickensian Fagin-enunciated narrative is captivating as the open-mouthed audience huddle together in the cold, misty, dank amphitheatre of the setting.

Rock, prog, jazz, funk, and classical flourishes battle with real brass and strings with a modern-day Eno, in Nikos Zades, credited with “sound design” and throwing fairy dust on an already blessed pallet. It all ends badly for this slice of morose art, but is nevertheless uplifting in its presentation with penultimate track The Relic being a tsunami of massive orchestral strings and full band. It’s enough to make your hair stand up.

Glass Hammer
The Breaking of the World – 2015
Glass Hammer - The Breaking Of The World

The first album since the departure of Jon Davison, Glass Hammer returned to their signature sound with this 10 out of 10 album. Purveyors of fine prog Fred Schendel and Steve Babb have been putting Chattanooga on the map since 1992 and never seem to disappoint. This band have often turned to J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis for inspiration (the most blatant being Journey of the Dunadan and Perelandra) and opening track Mythopoeia is a standout.

A reworking of Tolkien’s poem explaining (and defending) creative myth-making, straight off the starting grid the music is instantly recognisable. Having said that, longest and fun track Third Floor is about the band having a crush on the voice of an elevator. That certainly takes them out of out of Middle Earth and “lifts” them up to the next level of originality.

Read TPA’s review of The Breaking of the World

The Prelude Implicit – 2016
Kansas - The Prelude Implicit

Featuring two original members in superb drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Rich Williams, augmented by long-term member Billy Greer on bass and vocals, his band member David Manion on keyboards (plus top drawer organ), new boy Zak Rizvi (giving a twin guitar sound not used since Steve Morse was released from guitar heaven to grace them) and brand new singer (and keyboard player) Ronnie Platt who is just perfect in his new role, sounding like a combination of departed Steve Walsh and ’80s member John Elefante.

Stand out track The Voyage of Eight Eighteen is over eight minutes of time and key changes, cadence resolving, crashing drums, Vivaldi violin flourishes, organ and guitar solos, and the best vocal that Steve Walsh never sang.

Kansas is like Star Trek: The Next Generation, the crew might have changed but all the original philosophy and wonderment still exists to lead us into a hopefully optimistic new world. Topeka’s finest, Live Long and Prosper.

Read TPA’s review of The Prelude Implicit

Affinity – 2016
Haken - Affinity

Sneaking ’80s music into this noughties compilation may seem underhand, but Haken’s fourth album is inspired by Transformer’s soundtrack writer Vince Dicola. The retro keys and subtle use of Simmons pads add that decade’s vibe to this thoroughly modern take on the prog metal genre. Standout track 1985 is clearly influenced by Rabin-era Yes, with staccato rhythm keys, bold fanfare chords, Rush-style guitar flurries, and anthemic chorus’s sets the identity.

Diego Tejeida’s keyboard playing cements the album in the era of its influence with the “Autobot Decepticon battle” solo around the six-minute mark a joy to behold. Raymond Hearne’s drumming and splash cymbal bashing are world-class; this track is a highlight of an album that only has highlights.

Read TPA’s review of Affinity

The Ferryman’s Curse – 2017
Strawbs - The Ferryman's Curse

Most recent album by this British institution has Dave Cousin’s band of merry minstrels returning to the symphonic past for the sound and inspiration. Dave Lambert’s overtly rock guitar is joined by superb multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge to re-live those fine lush keyboard sounds of yore but tinged with the untimely loss of metal guru producer Chris Tsangarides, who made this his swan-song. The CD starts with an optimistic orchestral piece that morphs into The Nails from the Hands of Christ, this is Dave Cousins at his cynical and wry best, tackling that most controversial of subjects – religion.

There’s a seasonal flavour to the widescreen opening of When the Spirit Moves, 12-string guitars weave in and out of orchestral keyboards. An almost pagan chant of hope codas this piece with brass band uplifts, a peel of tubular bells, and last posting trumpet. Lovely. An essential, surprising, and timely release.

Read TPA’s review of The Ferryman’s Curse

District 97
Screens – 2019
District 97 - Screens

All of this Chicago based band’s albums could have been part of this compilation, but Screens is their latest. Funded by Kick Starter and still featuring the amazing guitar talent of Jim Tashjian and master drummer, de facto leader, and songwriter, Jonathan Schang, but now with the added goodness of new keyboard player Andrew Lawrence and Hagrid look alike Tim Seisser playing a bass that only he could lift up.

All tracks are stand out but as if a homage to the first album, Ghost Girl harks back to the storytelling aspect of Hybrid Child, but this time alien abduction is replaced by parapsychology. Shades of everything from the past (like ghosts) can be picked out on the midnight recording from the walls of the old mansion. Shades of Black Sabbath’s first album jump at you as Ozzy is wearing a white sheet over his head and tripping over the complex drumming. Elements of jazz-rock show off in the musicianship, but the paranormal investigator is captivated by the singer’s narrative, always behaving like a group member and not as a diva with backing. Join the best kept secret society and make sure you own all of their output, this latest instalment simply adds to the marvel.

This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/12/04/yes-from-a-page/

This release came right out of the blue with little fanfare and little advance press release. There was no huge media PR campaign, it seemed to emerge from the mists of time in a somewhat unusual and interesting way.

Few can fail to have been, at least, amused by the recent roller coaster that the band Yes have been on since their last studio album, 2014’s Heaven and Earth, and the re-imagined Fly From Here: Return Trip that was issued a few years ago. Indeed, if there was a soap opera about Prog Rock then the antics of Yes would be in the running to star in it, if not write the music, sing the theme song, etc., as Little Britain would say.

So, this is somewhat different in that it is just an EP of four tracks that were recorded by Yes whilst Chris Squire was still alive, with Benoît David still singing and Oliver Wakeman filling the keyboard role. Bundled with it is a new version of the Live From Lyon set (without the DVD but including a Japan-only bonus track that was left off the European version). This review will not detail the live album in any manner, save to say that it is a fine album in itself, with a good track listing and fine performances.

The EP is a completely different animal though and it is a very welcome addition to the music that Yes created. It’s a pleasing package to acquire, representing, as it does, a fine band before things somehow went wrong for them, through a mixture of reasons and scenarios.

The EP running time is some 25-minutes of prime Yes music, all of which proves that this particular line-up had great, but sadly, unrealised potential. This release not only rectifies that view substantially, but proves that this particular incarnation had much merit and were of significance and value.

The full story behind this release can be found in the most excellent booklet, written by Oliver Wakeman with honesty and dignity. You can sense how sad he was that his time in Yes was shortened and also of his sadness when Chris Squire passed away. Even so, he has worked diligently to make this music available as a testament to his years in Yes and his contribution to their history.

Let’s examine the music in a little more detail.

The four songs are To the Moment, Words on a Page, From the Turn of a Card and The Gift of Love, ranging from a brief three and a half minutes to an epic of nearly ten minutes and with two medium length tracks. These songs were produced by Oliver Wakeman with input from the rest of the group and recorded in Phoenix, Arizona and Beverley Hills, California, with additional work done at Oliver’s home studio in Virginia Water in the U.K.

The opening To the Moment is classic Yes with an upfront bass line and a nifty guitar part from Steve Howe. Benoît David’s voice is very Jon Anderson-like and it all sounds as you would hope it should. There is also much going on musically with a great synth hook that repeats as the song progresses and a strong chorus of “At the moment of awakening” – standing tall and proud. Oliver’s keyboard break intertwines with Howe’s guitar to elevate the song upwards, synths spiralling and burbling like a brook. This is a very positive song with optimistic lyrics, the fabulous synth run-out is really very memorable and Oliver’s playing throughout the whole EP is very strong and familiar, but still somehow fresh.

Second song Words on a Page opens with gentle piano and acoustic guitar before Benoît’s emotional voice is introduced, beautifully clear and succinct. I think it is fair to say that his voice on this EP is simply exceptional (which makes the loss of his voice a real tragedy). Here his voice really captivates and breathes life into these performances, this song also including a spectacular slide guitar passage from Steve Howe that concludes the song in suitably epic fashion.

From the Turn of a Card is a newly recorded version of a song that Oliver reworked with just piano and vocals for a different project with Benoît David. A moving, simply elegant piece, short but very sweet, not sickly, just fine.

The last song, The Gift of Love is the epic of this set, opening with an expressive synth line before drums and bass parts come into play. This track has a really moody presence, an almost triumphal synth melody line, very stately, plus a great vocal from Benoît and superb guitar fills from Steve. The backing vocals from Chris and Steve add to the magic that is unfolding here, “The gift of love” line is sung in tandem with harmonies and fills before piano lines are added, taking the song forward. When the refrain of To the Moment is reintroduced it brings the whole circle to a close, followed by a longer instrumental break featuring firstly piano, then the synth melody line from the opening part of the track, then some subtle guitar from Steve, then the To the Moment section is repeated once again.

This song has all the elements that make Yes music so special; inspired performances and music that has real depth and meaning to it – music that needs time to grow and breathe in your heart and mind. This song has all that and more and is a real gem, a song that I am very glad has found its way back from a dusty shelf for appraisal and approval by the legion of Yes fans who have been eagerly awaiting some new music from this mighty group.

OK, it may be ten years old, but it’s still wonderful music by any standards and that deserves much appreciation. Huge kudos to Oliver Wakeman for bringing these overlooked performances back to the wider public. Can I also add that Roger Dean’s artwork is stunning and is of a vintage standard highly recognisable to Yes fans.

Simply outstanding, well worth getting. It really is that good and a fitting summary of an interesting period in the history of Yes. This is a well put together set that is really enhanced by the work of Oliver Wakeman, the rest of Yes and of course the input of Roger Dean.

01. To The Moment (6:09)
02. Words On A Page (6:18)
03. From The Turn Of A Card (3:24)
04. The Gift Of Love (9:52)

Total Time – 25:53

Benoît David – Vocals
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Guitars, Vocals
Alan White – Drums & Percussion
Oliver Wakeman – Keyboards

Record Label: Yes 97 LLC
Country of Origin: U.K.
Date of Release: 25th October 2019

Yes – Website | Facebook

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23964&IdCompany=8

‘Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari’ is the latest musical initiative of TOUNDRA, the intrepid instrumental rock band from Spain, that once again showcases their mutable capability to approach new projects and reinvent their art. This is not just an exceptional soundtrack to the quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, it’s also a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself. The album will be released by InsideOut/Century Media on February 28th 2020.

To get a glimpse of the magic of this amazing soundtrack the band has just presented an appetizer of what’s soon going to be premiered as the first video & single, that will be available next week, https://youtu.be/r89lyYkgf4o 

The band states, “‘Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari’ is a movie with a very strong visual energy. It’s a film that takes elements of the terror movies to speak about authoritarianism. About how ideas can be controlled and eventually lead a human individual to do the worst things. It was premiered in between-war period, and it represents an advice about the real danger of some ideologies that nowadays are getting a new life across Europe; ideologies based in intolerance. That’s why we like to see this film as historical document that invites to some conscious thinking rather than let ourselves go where intolerants want to take us.

The artwork has been done by Riki Blanco and it features all the iconic elements of the movie.

There will be a tour to present the album live and dates will be announced very soon, so stay tuned.

TOUNDRA took the world by storm with their personal instrumental rock on 2007. Since then, they have toured Europe intensively to the point of being considered one of the continent’s most exciting rock acts and have also taken their challenging music to places like Mexico or the United States. They have released three albums independently and two under the imprint of InsideOut/Superball and championed charts crossovering countries and genres, and they even formed the project Exquirla, which blends flamenco and rock.

TOUNDRA online:

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23961&IdCompany=8

Australian progressive rock titans Karnivool have bowed to demand, announcing the reissue of their celebrated catalogue vinyl via InsideOutMusic/Sony in Europe on December 6th, 2019.

Previously pressed in 2015 and released online only, vinyl editions of ‘Themata’, ‘Sound Awake’ and ‘Asymmetry’ sold out instantly, throwing all three albums back into the Australian ARIA Charts.
With these limited copies now fetching top dollar on auction sites, the band have decided to give fans the opportunity to buy their records at a reasonable price.

Vinyl editions of ‘Themata’ (2005), ‘Sound Awake’ (2009) and ‘Asymmetry’ (2013) will be available as Gatefold 2-LP editions on 180gr. black vinyl in-store for the first time worldwide and the pre-order has started now here:

IOM webshop: https://www.insideoutshop.de/Category/Karnivool/261
Sound Awake: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/SoundAwake
Asymmetry: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/Asymmetry
Themata: https://Karnivool.lnk.to/Themata
Global pre-sale: https://smarturl.it/Karnivool

Having just returned from India where they played their first international festival headline slot at NH7 Meghalaya, fans can next catch Karnivool in Australia at Good Things 2019 or at one of their warm up shows in, which includes their first trip to Tasmania since 2016. Find the full list of upcoming live dates here: https://karnivool.com/tour

More news on Karnivool soon…


This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=23960&IdCompany=8

DREAM THEATER, twice Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans, are set to begin the South American leg of their ‘The Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years Of Scenes From A Memory’ this week. To celebrate, the video for the track “At Wit’s End” has been launched, taken from the CD/Blu-Ray edition of their latest album ‘Distance Over Time’. 

Watch the video for ‘At Wit’s End’ here: https://youtu.be/pYEwb6cJYf0 

Starting 4th December Dream Theater will play several shows in South America. Find all the dates here: http://dreamtheater.net/tour/

Following the run of dates in South America, Dream Theater will kick off 2020 with the European leg of their most recent “Evening With” touring cycle; featuring a celebration of the band’s latest record, “Distance Over Time”, and their acclaimed milestone achievement, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory. The Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years Of Scenes From A Memory is slated for January and February of 2020, and will see the band perform their full and complete 3-hour set for audiences throughout Europe. The 28-date leg will see the band traverse 16 countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and many, many more. Full itinerary of dates are below and information on tickets for all upcoming shows, as well as VIP packages can be found at http://dreamtheater.net/tour/

The initial leg of this very tour garnered plenty of critical commendation and audience acclaim due in large part to its diverse setlist of fan favourites spanning the quintet’s venerable 30-plus year career. Featuring tracks from DREAM THEATER’S latest release, “Distance Over Time” (InsideOutMusic /Sony Music), and selections from their comprehensive discography along with a nightly celebration marking the 20th Anniversary of their seminal concept album “Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory”, the band has established a precedent on this tour of a nightly not-to-be-missed standout performance. DREAM THEATER will continue that trend on the European tour, creating an evening of over 2 hours and 45 minutes of iconic DREAM THEATER at their masterful best, making this a milestone concert event that long-time fans and newcomers alike will remember for years to come.

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci previously commented, “The response to Distance Over Time has been overwhelmingly positive and we are really looking forward to playing some of the songs from that album live for our European audiences in an ‘Evening With’ setting along with our full headlining show production.

For those of you who were there when we premiered Scenes From A Memory live in Europe 20 years ago, this will not only be a trip down memory lane but also the chance to see it presented in a completely new light and the way it was always intended to be. Our updated presentation has all-new animated video content depicting the characters and storyline through the entire show as they’ve never been ‘scene’ before!

For those of our fans who were either not born yet, too young, or had not yet been introduced to DT 20 years ago, this will be a fresh opportunity to experience Scenes live for the first time in its entirety. We can’t wait to perform for all of you!”

See DREAM THEATER at the following European dates in 2020:
11.01.2019 – (NL) Amsterdam, AFAS Live
12.01.2019 – (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle 1, Oberhausen, Germany
14.01.2019 – (SE) Stockholm, Cirkus
15.01.2019 – (SE) Stockholm, Cirkus
17.01.2019 – (FI) Helsinki, Icehall
18.01.2019 – (FI) Ooulu, Teatri Oulu
20.01.2019 – (NO) Trondheim, Spektrum
21.01.2019 – (NO) Oslo, Spektrum
23.01.2019 – (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
24.01.2019 – (DK) Helsingor, Kulturvaerftet-Hal 14
26.01.2019 – (FR) Paris, Seine Musicale
27.01.2019 – (FR) Lyon, Tony Garnier
29.01.2019 – (ES) Spain, Barcelona
31.01.2019 – (ES) Madrid, Wizink Center
01.02.2019 – (PT) Porto, Gondomar Pavillion
02.02.2019 – (PT) Lisbon, Campo Pequeno
05.02.2019 – (DE) Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
06.02.2019 – (DE) Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
08.02.2019 – (HU) Budapest, Arena
09.02.2019 – (DE) Munich, Zenith
11.02.2019 – (IT) Rome, Palazzo dello Sport
12.02.2019 – (IT) Milan, Mediolanum Forum
14.02.2019 – (CH) Zurich, Samsung Hall
15.02.2019 – (CZ) Prague, Tipsport Arena
16.02.2019 – (PL) Orbita Hall
18.02.2019 – (DE) Hannover, Swiss Life
21.02.2019 – (UK) London, Hammersmith Apollo
22.02.2019 – (UK) London, Hammersmith Apollo
23.02.2019 – (UK) Glasgow, SEC Armadillo 

On their 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. After landing the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart the day it was released, the LP has gone on to be an instant classic among fans and critics alike. The album generated a #1 chart position in Germany, debuted at #12 in the UK album chart, and in the USA entered at #5 in the Top Current Album Chart as well as #24 on the Billboard 200. The band also garnered over 10 million total streams for Distance Over Time through release week, a career high for the band in the streaming age. The latest addition to Dream Theater’s impressive catalogue is available now, in various configurations including a new deluxe version featuring a Blu-Ray disc containing official animation videos for every song on the album, at: https://dream-theater.lnk.to/DistanceOverTime

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Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE are releasing a special edition 2CD+DVD version of their current and successful “Wasteland” album today via InsideOutMusic.

Check a static video for the “Out Of Myself – Acoustic” track online here:

A video clip for the “Wasteland” title track was launched previously here:

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the release:
I am really glad that “Wasteland”, one of our most important albums, is available as an extended release. Now, together with the surround version, videoclips and acoustic tracks, which we played when we were promoting the album in stores, it is truly complete. One might ask why this material is out a year after the original release date of the album. Well, simply because we did not have it all before. But I think it’s a nice Xmas present and a really good summary of the album before the final leg of the Wasteland tour in March and April 2020.

The ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD (as pictured above!) comes as Digipak format with an additional Slipcase and includes a DVD bonus disc of “Wasteland” as Hi-Res Stereo 24bit version and as Surround Mix (4.1), plus 3 video clips. This special edition also contains 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions on a separate CD. 
Here is the exact tracklisting for the 3-Disc release:

CD 1 – “Wasteland” Album (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (04:24)
5. Lament (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32)
7. River Down Below (05:41)
8. Wasteland (08:25)
9. The Night Before (03:59)

CD 2 – “Acoustic Session” (26:48 min.):
1. Vale Of Tears – Acoustic (05:18)
2. Out Of Myself – Acoustic (03:57)
3. 02 Panic Room – Acoustic (03:26)
4. River Down Below – Acoustic (05:01)
5. Wasteland – Live Intro (09:00)

DVD (122:20 min.):
“Wasteland” Hi-Res Stereo (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Hi-Res Stereo) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Hi-Res Stereo) (04:24)
5. Lament (Hi-Res Stereo) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Hi-Res Stereo) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Hi-Res Stereo) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Hi-Res Stereo) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Hi-Res Stereo) (03:59)

“Wasteland” Surround Mix (50:58 min.):
1. The Day After (Surround Mix) (01:48)
2. Acid Rain (Surround Mix) (06:03)
3. Vale Of Tears (Surround Mix) (04:49)
4. Guardian Angel (Surround Mix) (04:24)
5. Lament (Surround Mix) (06:09)
6. The Struggle For Survival (Surround Mix) (09:32)
7. River Down Below (Surround Mix) (05:41)
8. Wasteland (Surround Mix) (08:25)
9. The Night Before (Surround Mix) (03:59)

Video-Clips (20:24 min.):
1. Lament (Official Video) (06:11)
2. River Down Below (Official Video) (05:40)
3. Wasteland (Official Video) (08:33)

Order RIVERSIDE’s ”Wasteland – Hi-Res Stereo and Surround Mix” 2CD+DVD here: 

The 5 previously unreleased acoustic tracks/versions of the “Acoustic Session” are also available as separate Digital EP as of today here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/AcousticSessionEP

Check out the singles launched for RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” here:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY
“Wasteland” (live clip): https://youtu.be/-ygv3BBqv3U

The dates for RIVERSIDE’s next European tour in February & March 2020 are as follows:

26.02. Madrid (Spain) – MON Live
27.02. Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
29.02. Milano (Italy) – Legend Club
01.03. Treviso (Italy) – New Age Club
03.03. Lubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
05.03. Zagreb (Croatia) – Tvornica Kulture
06.03. Novi Sad (Serbia) – Pozorište Mladih
07.03. Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club Theater
08.03. Athens (Greece) – Gagarin 205 Live Music Space
10.03. Istanbul (turkey) – Zorlu PAC
11.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – Music Jam Club
12.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club
13.03. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – /FORM SPACE
15.03. Budapest (Hungary) – Barba Negra
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/with-the-sun-tour-2020

RIVERSIDE – “I’m Your Private Wasteland Tour 2020”
16.04. Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
17.04. Gliwice (Poland) – Arena Gliwice
18.04. Kraków (Poland) – Studio
19.04. Warszawa (Poland) – Progresja
25.04. Gdansk (Poland) – Stary Manez
26.04. Poznan (Poland) – Sala Ziemi