The Progressive Tracks Show #236 (Under The Radar), originally broadcast on Friday, November 17, 2017, is now available to download or listen to anytime you desire.

An abundance of talent doesn’t always equate to wide recognition; the artists on this show are great examples of ‘talent flying under the radar’.   And while I can’t guarantee that all will be new to you, I can guarantee that you’ll find some new music to love.  So take a listen… and more importantly, support them!


  • The Knells – “First Song” from Knells II on New Amsterdam
  • Herd of Instinct – “Drone Priest” from Drone Priest on Firepool Records
  • Spoke of Shadows – “Strata” from ii on Firepool Records
  • Heldon – “Perspective II (Baader-Meinhof Blues)” from Heldon IV: Agneta Nilsson on Cuneiform Records
  • Exovex – “Seeker’s Prayer” from Radio Silence on Innerlogue
  • The Knells – “Poltergeist” from Knells II on New Amsterdam
  • Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius – “Soul Food” from Guilty Of Innocence on MRR
  • Spoke of Shadows – “The Creature’s Gaze” from ii on Firepool Records
  • Exovex – “Dead Reckoning” from Radio Silence on Innerlogue
  • Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius – “Dream Diary Cadenza” from Guilty Of Innocence on MRR
  • Herd of Instinct – “Cosmos” from Drone Priest on Firepool Records
  • Amplifier – “Interstellar” from The Octopus on Independent

If you have comments (always welcome), or suggestions for show topics/music, feel free to contact me anytime via email:

But first… enjoy the show!

Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack

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Islington Assembly Hall, London
Wednesday, 15th November 2017

Islington, long since gentrified by incremental Hipster Creep, is the sort of place where, if so inclined, Tarquin and Jemima could waste their ludicrous salaries from Perfect Curve* in sundry branches of I Saw You Coming* on hand carved salt cellars chiselled exclusively from old Welsh Methodist church pews by ex-miners’ wives, or maybe on sewing thimbles crafted from lacquered Mongolian yak fur, or on sundry other daft fare on offer at stupid prices in the locality.

Highbury & Islington also happens to have perhaps the highest concentration of decent small to mid-sized music venues in a square mile anywhere in the capital, one of which is the splendidly appointed Islington Assembly Hall, so it ain’t all bad. After a pre-gig meet up with a couple of friends in the pub opposite the venue, we eventually trooped over the road and into the hall a few minutes into Stian Westerhus’s set. Just his oddly angelic voice in stark contrast with the howls, barks, and moans he extracted from his guitar, it was certainly left-field but enjoyable. My mate Pete was unconvinced, although he did admit that Stian had a good voice. Me, I knew what to expect having reviewed his Amputation album roughly a year ago.

Stian Westerhus 1 - photo by Dominic Hatton

As the last death gasp of Stian’s guitar faded into electronic ambience provided by Tore Ylwizaker, the rest of Ulver took up their positions on stage, and the wash of sound morphed into Nemoralia, and the Norse longship set off on its Viking raid into the drinking hall of our temporary Valhalla here in N1. Playing the entirety of the new album, the perversely typical dark synth-pop curveball that is The Assassination Of Julius Caesar, but in a different order, with altered sections and lengthy improvised instrumental passages, Ulver turn the place into a laser-lit dance floor for the varied audience present. The venue has a capacity of 890, and I would guess it was almost full. We were certainly at the older end of the age spectrum present, hence our “dancing” was limited to a bit of jigging about and head nodding.

The light show was superb, with highly creative use of lasers and backdrops. Credit is due to whoever designed it. Being backlit, the band cut mysterious shadowy figures in black on the stage. Kristoffer Rygg’s between song audience interaction was limited to the occasional “Thank you”, or sometimes just silence and a humble prayer-bow. Wearing a hoodie, he looked like a monk on the deck of a spacecraft up there on the stage, crammed as it was with all sorts of electronica and exotic audio ephemera.

Ulver 8 - photo by Chris Parkins

Although the sound tonight largely originated from synths and keyboards, the human element supplied by the muscular rhythms of drummer Anders Møller and percussionist Ivar Thormodsæter leant proceedings the necessary organic feel that can so often be lacking in this kind of music. It took me a while to get into the groove, and the band too seemed to warm up as the set progressed. A highlight was the long improvised section in the much extended Coming Home, played over a nailed down back beat that turned the song into an entranced dark beast of great power.

Ulver 6 - photo by Veronika FrydlovaUlver also played the “leftovers” EP Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, and another highlight was the song Bring Out Your Dead, the dance groove weirdly set off by the song title sung in the chorus. As soon as I heard their version of Frankie’s The Power Of Love a few days before the gig, I thought to myself that it had “encore” written all over it. I was not disappointed. A collective smile was raised when Krystoffer introduced it with “And now, we will play a proper song”. The gig promptly over at the 10:30pm curfew, the audience leave, tired and elated.

Ulver are a band that never repeats itself, and no two albums are the same. Their younger audience seems far more receptive to constant change and, dare I say it, progression, than the older crowd attracted to the endless recycling of well-worn tropes from the ’70s offered by other bands that ally themselves with the “P” word. Despite their longevity, Ulver are at the vanguard of true progressive music making and some of their contemporaries could do worse than take a lesson or two from their ever questing muse.

[*Non-UK readers, these are Brit TV references – Google them and you will understand!]

[With photos by Dominic Hatton, Veronika Frydlova, Chris Parkins and Roger Trenwith, all used with kind permission.]

Southern Gothic
So Falls the World
Rolling Stone
Angelus Novus
Coming Home
Echo Chamber (Room of Tears)
Bring Out Your Dead
~ Encore:
The Power of Love

Kristoffer Rygg – Vocals, Drum Pads, Programming
Jørn H. Sværen – Programming, Electronica
Tore Ylwizaker – Keyboards, Programming, Electronica
~ With:
Stian Westerhus – Guitar
Anders Møller – Percussion
Ivar Thormodsæter – Drums

Ulver – Website | Facebook | Bandcamp
Stian Westerhus – Website | Facebook | Bandcamp

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This news story was originally published here: is a real treasure trove to find great contemporary music and while searching one day recently I discovered Cuban born American musician Mike Porcel and his latest album, Echoes.

Echoes is a musical expression of a life journey and Porcel uses progressive rhythms and instrumentation, accentuated with classic orchestrations to highlight this adventure; from departure, through the voyage to reaching the ultimate destination of life. Along the way, he provides several wonderful original compositions of musical prowess, which underscore his deep experience and diverse composition and performance background.

Porcel is the co-founder and musical director of the Cuban progressive-rock band Síntesis, in addition he has successfully performed, scored, and composed some of the best music of the 1960s and ’70s Cuban theatre scene. Porcel began learning guitar at the age of three and he has continued to pursue his dream of composing music to the present day. He started his work as a band member with one of Cuba’s most famous and innovative bands in the 1960s, Los Dada, and he indeed has a rich past that should be explored in more depth, but this present Echoes production is a rich culmination of all his experience and cultural knowledge.

Echoes is an epic exploration of life’s richness, set to music. Piano, flutes, drums, guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, trumpets and orchestration all help to re-create the many mysteries of life’s experience. This is a wonderful trek through time, with spacey passages, overwhelming epochs and chasms of music. The woodwind, choral and orchestral passages are extravagant and lively with surrounding sound.

This is complex music which will take you away from life’s everyday nature and transport you willingly to a place of adventure for the mind. Every twist and turn in the journey is full of wonderful musical surprises, of instruments you may not have heard in a long time.

Get this album, put on some headphones, close your eyes and the rest will unfold harmoniously within your mind. Enjoy!

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01. Echoes, Act 1: The Departure (17:17)
02. Echoes, Act 2: The Voyage (14:58)
03. Echoes, Act 1: The Arrival (13:56)

Total Time – 46:11

Mike Porcel
[Other musicians appear but details are unavailable]

Label: Independent
Catalogue#: n/a
Date of Release: 24th August 2017

Mike Porcel – Website | Facebook | Soundcloud


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Edition 81 of THE PROG MILL first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on 19 November, is now available to listen to anytime or download. Two hours of superb melodic and symphonic progressive rock.

This weeks playlist

1 Magic Pie – According To Plan (King for a Day)
2 Airbag – White Walls (All Rights Removed)
3 The Windmill – Not Alone (The Continuation)
4 La Maschera di Cera – La Notte Trasparente (Petali Di Fuoco)
5 Barock Project – Happy to See You (Detachment)
6 Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees (The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other)
7 When Mary – Eternity (Tainted)
8 Tiger Moth Tales – Winter Maker (The Depths of Wnter)
9 Renaissance – Wanderer (Renaissance)
10 Von Herzen Brothers – Beyond The Storm (War is Over)
11 Wobbler – Foxlight (From Silence to Somewhere)
12 Multi Story – Breaking Ground (Live at Acapella)

BROADCAST TIMES FOR THE PROG MILL on – also via the tune in radio app
Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2200UTC) – MAIN BROADCAST
Tuesdays 3-5am UK (Mon 7pm in LA and Mon 10pm in NYC)
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Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1800 UTC) – Family friendly time!

The Prog Mill is your weekly show for all things melodic/symphonic progressive rock. If you would like to suggest or submit any music for the show, email or message via twitter @shaunontheair or

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Published on 20th November 2017

Yes announce the release of Topographic Drama – Live Across America, recorded during the summer of 2016 and features, for the first time Drama. in its entirety, plus sides one and four from Tales From Topographic Oceans. The release date will be 24th November 2017 and availbale in the following formats: Double-CD and a Triple-LP along with special edition signed copies. Both versions feature detailed cover art designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Roger Dean.

“The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.

TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band’s tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include ‘Machine Messiah’, ‘Tempus Fugit’ and the album’s only single ‘Into The Lens’.

After ‘Drama’, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: ‘And You And I’ from 1972’s ‘Close To The Edge’ (UK Platinum) and ‘Heart Of The Sunrise’ from 1971’s ‘Fragile’ (UK Platinum).

Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (1973). Howe’s exceptional guitar work on ‘The Revealing Science Of God’ and White’s propulsive drumming on ‘Ritual’ have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: ‘Roundabout’ from ‘Fragile’ (1971) and ‘Starship Trooper’ from ‘The Yes Album’ (1971).”

Disc One
01. Machine Messiah
02. White Car
03. Does It Really Happen?
04. Into The Lens
05. Run Through The Light
06. Tempus Fugit
07. And You And I
08. Heart Of The Sunrise

Disc Two
01. The Revealing Science Of God
02. Leaves Of Green
03. Ritual
04. Roundabout
05. Starship Trooper

Side One

01. Machine Messiah
02. White Car
03. Does It Really Happen?

Side Two
01. Into The Lens
02. Run Through The Light
03. Tempus Fugit

Side Three
01. And You And I
02. Heart Of The Sunrise

Side Four
01. The Revealing Science Of God
02. Leaves Of Green

Side Five
01. Ritual

Side Six
01. Roundabout
02. Starship Trooper



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Published on 20th November 2017

Within Temptation have announced an extensive European tour schedule for late 2018, visiting 18 counties during October, November & December.

This run of dates ends the longest break we have ever taken from touring. Sharon den Adel explains, “When our last tour finished, I was having a rough time. I realized I needed take some time out with my family to deal with things and to rediscover myself. It took much longer than expected, but 2 years on, things have changed for the better. I created my solo album (“My Indigo”) which helped me deal with my issues. And afterwards I suddenly found myself with an aching hunger again for more heavy, epic music. Then the music started to come by itself. I knew for sure that our seventh album was coming after all.

So here we are… presenting our seventh tour and luckily it’s not going to take so long anymore because we are all more than impatient to get out there again!”

11/10/18: Grand Hall Siberia, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
13/10/18: House Of Culture, Novosibirsk, Russia
15/10/18: Kosmos, Yekaterinenburg, Russia
17/10/18: Milo Club, Nizhny Nivgorod, Russia
18/10/18: Stadium Club, Moscow, Russia
19/10/18: A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
20/10/18: Metro Arena, Espoo, Finland
22/10/18: The Annex, Stockholm, Sweden
23/10/18: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
24/10/18: Valby Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
26/10/18: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
27/10/18: Torwar, Warsaw, Poland

09/11/18: O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
10/11/18: O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
11/11/18: O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
13/11/18: O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
16/11/18: Le Zénith, Paris, France
17/11/18: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium
19/11/18: Palladium, Cologne, Germany
20/11/18: Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
21/11/18: Samsung Halle, Zürich, Switzerland
24/11/18: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
25/11/18: MartiniPlaza, Groningen, Netherlands

08/12/18: Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
09/12/18: Mehr! Theater, Hamburg, Germany
11/12/18: Forum Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
12/12/18: Tüskecsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
13/12/18: Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
15/12/18: Fabrique, Milan, Italy
16/12/18: MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
17/12/18: Zenith, Munich, Germany
18/12/18: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
22/12/18: 013, Tilburg, Netherlands

Tickets are on sale now via the band’s website. General presale for the tour will start on Friday 24th November 2017.

SOURCE: Within Temptation