Northern Star 17th  January 2019

Entropy Tango

Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  1. Sex Pistols – Anarchy in The UK
  2. Billy Bragg – A13 Trunk Road to the sea
  3. Tinyfish – Refugee/The Big Red Spark
  4. Steven Wilson – sectarian
  5. It Bites – Murder of Planet earth
  6. Sons Of Apollo – Signs Of The times
  7. Pallas – Who’s to blame
  8. Tasmin Archer – Steeltown
  9. Styx – Blue Collar Man
  10. Gerard Smith – Rise
  11. IT – Power
  12. Mike Kershaw – The Fear Inside me
  13. Jump – Someone else’s prayer
  14. Roxanne De Bastion – Thicker Skin
  15. Barclay James Harvest – Fact: the closed shop
  16. Peter Gabriel – Not one of us
  17. Marillion – Forgotten Sons
  18. David Bowie – Five Years
  19. Red Bazar – Sunset for a new world
  20. Pink Floyd – Waiting for The worms
  21. Pulp – This is hardcore
  22. Galahad – Bitter & twisted
  23. Hawkwind – Space is Their (Palestine)
  24. Roy Harper – Referendum
  25. The Tangent – A few Steps Down The wrong Road

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Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to announce a string of long awaited vinyl re-releases for their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The albums will be available on 180gr. vinyl and come in Gatefold sleeves, with the standard album on CD as bonus. Next to the standard Black vinyl version, there will be limited editions of coloured vinyl runs as follows:

RIVERSIDE – “Second Life Syndrome (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Tansparent Sun Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Dark Green: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RIVERSIDE – “Rapid Eye Movement (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
White: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Transparent Blue: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RIVERSIDE – “Anno Domini High Definition (Re-issue 2019)” – LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Transparent Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Red: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

Pre-sale for the re-releases started as of today from the IOM Webshop here:

RIVERSIDE will also soon continue the promotion of their current album ”Wasteland” by embarking on their next touring of Europe (with newly announced support act Lesoir) and North America, as well as some festival appearances for 2019 as follows (Updates marked *):

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019
Support: Lesoir
06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival
12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo
17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs
21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX
22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus
23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3
24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill
26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften
29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen
30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken
02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019
03.05. Atlanta, GA – City Winery
04.05. Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theater
05.05. Sarasota, FL – Opera House / Rosfest
06.05. Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
07.05. Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09.05. Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
10.05. Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
11.05. Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
12.05. Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
14.05. Quebec City, QC – Salle Sylvain Lelièvre
15.05. Montreal, QC – Club Soda
17.05. Toronto, ON – Mod Club
18.05. Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
19.05. Chicago, IL – Chop Shop & 1st Ward
20.05. St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
22.05. Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
24.05. Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
25.05. Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
27.05. Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
28.05. Pomona, CA – The Glass House
29.05. San Francisco – CA, Slim’s
31.05. Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01.06. Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
02.06. Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

RIVERSIDE – Live 2019:
04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall
25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
26.07. Weert (The Netherlands) – De Bosuil *
27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival
17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment:
“Soon, on March 6th, 2019, in Prague, we’re starting another leg of the “Wasteland Tour”, which promotes the album that’s extremely important to us. We know that a lot of you like it too, and we’d like to thank you here once again for putting “Wasteland” on your “best of 2018” lists. Riverside, however, are mostly a live band and we make up on stage for what was not quite as successful in the studio 😉 Therefore, we would love for you to see us during the upcoming spring leg of the tour!“

And check out a newly launched video trailer for the “Wasteland Tour“ here:

Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, RIVERSIDE’s current “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).

Order “Wasteland“ in various formats from the IOM webstore here:
Or from other locations here:

Check out the three singles launched so far for “Wasteland”:
“River Down Below”:
“Vale Of Tears”:

“Wasteland” entered various international charts upon release, including the following highest positions:
Poland: # 1, Poland / Vinyl: # 1, Germany: # 13, Germany / Download: # 42, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands / Vinyl: # 12, Switzerland: # 23, Austria: # 39, UK: # 83, UK / Rock: # 2, UK / Vinyl: # 38,
Finland: # 30, France: # 97, Czech Republic: # 59, Belgium / Wallonia: # 79, Sweden / Physical: # 13, Sweden / Vinyl: # 8, USA / Current: # 106, USA / New Artist: # 17 and USA / Overall: # 147



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Exclusive: ACIDIUN Launch Music Video for Riff-Laden "Insight"

Uppsala, Sweden’s metalcore five-piece ACIDIUN released their full-length debut album The Coalescence in September last year. Teaming up with Prog Sphere, the band is launching a music video for the song “Insight” taken from the mentioned release. Watch it below.

Commented the band: “The lyrics of ‘Insight’ represent the aftermath of one’s decision when you realize what you’ve done and you’re left with the consequences. In the album’s storyline the protagonist is dealing with his thoughts after committing to a murder. Shooting this video was so much fun since we just did what we normally do when we hit the stage… We go out with full energy and have the best of times. This video truly captures Acidiun and our will to just headbang and give it our all.

The Coalescence is a concept album about a fictive character with a deranged mind, coping with the opposing forces in his head. Two singles — “Urges” and “Burn Bright” — were launched prior the release.

With a blend of hardcore, thrash and death metal Acidiun write songs that are driven by ferocious riffs and everchanging transitions with an organic flow. The music and songs are diverse and Acidiun keeps the brutality in the music along with grooves, blastbeats and breakdowns.

The Coalescence is available from Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Deezer. For more from ACIDIUN follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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Acidiun - The Coalescence

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Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’ (charted at #22 in Germany, #28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style.

Today sees the release of the third single from the album, titled ‘Beasts In Our Time’, accompanied by a brand new video which you can watch here:

Steve comments: “The track ‘Beasts In Our Time’ is the main thrust of this album, exposing fear, greed and intolerance. The eagle in the video symbolises the hatred and violence which nationalism breeds… and the clown, deceptive destructive forces which masquerade as fun and innocuous. We live in dangerous times where we stand on the edge of an abyss… But there is still the hope that the light of compassion can still win through.

Watch Steve discuss the new album in this new interview:

Listen to the previously released tracks ‘Underground Railroad’ & ‘Under The Eye Of The Sun’ below:
Underground Railroad:
Under The Eye Of The Sun:

‘At The Edge Of Light’ is released on a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album. Pre-order now here:

Steve Hackett has established himself as one of Rock music’s finest and recognisable guitarists through his time with the legendary Genesis who he joined in 1971 and a solo career following his departure from Genesis in 1977 and is a hugely influential guitarist particularly in the Progressive Rock genre. ‘At The Edge Of Light’ will be Hackett’s 26th studio album in a solo career that began in 1975 with the release of his debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte.

‘At The Edge Of Light’ was mainly recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold… This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend… All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Fallen Walls and Pedestals
2. Beasts In Our Time
3. Under The Eye of the Sun
4. Underground Railroad
5. Those Golden Wings
6. Shadow and Flame
7. Hungry Years
8. Descent
9. Conflict
10. Peace

The album is released shortly before Steve performs as special guest on the Cruise To The Edge in February 2019 and the On The Blue cruise featuring Justin Hayward, also in February.

Hackett will spend most of 2019 touring the much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set. You can find a full list of upcoming tour dates here:

22 April – Kursaal Oostende Oostende, BELGIUM 
23 April – Laeiszhalle Hamburg, GERMANY
24 April – TonHalle Munich, GERMANY
26 April – Hegel – Saal Stuttgart, GERMANY
27 April – Museumsquartie Vienna, AUSTRIA
29 April – Teatro Brancaccio Rome, ITALY
30 April – EuropAuditorium Bologna, ITALY
2 May – Teatro Colosseo Turin, ITALY 
3 May – Teatro Creberg Bergamo, ITALY 
5 May – Haus Auensee Leipzig, GERMANY
6 May – Earth Hall Poznan, POLAND 
7 May – Klub Studio Krakow, POLAND 
9 May – Compensa Hall Vilnius, LITHUANIA 
10 May – Alexela Concert Hall Tallinn, ESTONIA 
11 May – Circus Helsinki, FINLAND 
13 May – Nalen Stockholm, SWEDEN – * SOLD OUT *
14 May – Sentrum Scene Oslo, NORWAY
15 May – Pustervik Gothenburg, SWEDEN 
16 May – Amager Bio Copenhagen, DENMARK
18 May – Posten Odense, DENMARK 
19 May – Train Aarhus, DENMARK 
21 May – Lichtburg Essen, GERMANY – * SOLD OUT *
22 May – Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS – * SOLD OUT *
23 May – Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS – * SOLD OUT *
24 May – Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS – * SOLD OUT *
26 May – Rockhal Club Esch-sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG
27 May – Trianon Paris, FRANCE 
28 May – Volkshaus Zurich, SWITZERLAND 
29 May – Zitadelle (outdoor venue) Mainz, GERMANY 
31 May – Hall 1, National Palace of Culture (NDK Hall 1) Sofia, BULGARIA 
5 June – Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) Valletta, MALTA

About Steve Hackett:
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music, Classical music and Blues.



Edition 169 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


Poem – My Own Disorder
Great Leap Skyward – Black Sea of Trees
PreHistoric Animals – A ghost came one day
Oceans of Slumber – A Path to Broken Stars
Manticora – Echoes of a Silent Scream
A Perfect Circle – The Doomed
Madder Mortem – White Snow, Red Shadows
The Ocean – Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence
Oh – Resurrection
A Dying Planet – Resist
Giampiero – Tsunami
Hung – Asymmetrical Vapour Atom
Kadebra – Path to Destiny
Yatin Srivastava Project – Ozone

The Progmeister @ Progzilla January 2019

  1. New City – Combination Head
  2. Seen Better days – Big Big Train
  3. How Does It Make You Feel – Once In Future Band
  4. Heaven – Focus
  5. Making It Great Again – One More Thing
  6. Commercial Break Up – Thomas Dolby
  7. Gotta Get A Meal Ticket – Elton John
  8. Goliath’s Moon – Southern Empire
  9. Army Dreamers – Kate Bush
  10. The Crossing – Damanek
  11. There’s A World – Neil Young
  12. Kaleidoscope – Gleb Kolyadin
  13. Threatening war – The Pineapple Thief
  14. Love In The Afternoon – Claire Hamill
  15. To Breathe Another Day – Spock’s Beard
  16. Heroes – Peter Gabriel (David Bowie)
  17. Stand Together – The Swan Chorus
  18. Shamal – Gong
  19. Tatras – Martin Orford
  20. The Melting Andalusian skies – The Tangent

The Progmeister Theme (Theme to Miss Marple) Ron Goodwin

Asteroid – Pete Morgan

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Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for the 29th March 2019.

In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how ‘EMPATH’ came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:

Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished ‘EMPATH’. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way.
Stay tuned for the making of ‘EMPATH’ – the video series.

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 (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. 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
    11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
    12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
    13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
    14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
    15. Singularity 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
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
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
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:

Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: