All posts for the month March, 2016

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 141 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we spoke to Steve Nardelli of The Syn and heard the following music:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Left to My Own Devices
  2. Frost* – Heartstrings
  3. Wet Rabbit – Dark Rain
  4. Oktopus – Eyes Open
  5. Apocalypse – Jamais Retornarei
  6. Huis – Man On The Hill
  7. The Syn – Something That I Said
  8. The Syn – Seventh Day Of Seven
  9. The Syn – Trustworks
  10. Mothertongue – Nautilus
  11. Jon Lord – Sarabande
  12. Agent Fresco – Let Them See Us
  13. Agent Fresco – Dark Water
  14. Hedfuzy – How To Tear Your World From My Head
  15. The Yellow Box – The Forver Man
  16. Firefly Burning – Unwritten
  17. Transatlantic – Shine

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Wolverine 2016Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records, announces the label’s signing of Swedish progressive metal kingpins, WOLVERINE, for the Summer release of the band’s mighty fifth studio full-length release, Machina Viva.

A natural progression from Communication Lost, released in 2011 via Candlelight Records, Machina Viva invites the listener into the harmonious yet portentous and sullen musical dimensions of WOLVERINE with perhaps their most dynamic album to date. From the fourteen-minute epic and powerful “The Bedlam Overture” and the dark electronic landscapes of “Machina”, to the naked and organic nature of “Pile of Ash” and “Sheds,” Machina Viva is the next step in Wolverine’s explorations in the progressive field. Recorded and produced by WOLVERINE in various locations throughout Sweden during the Autumn and Winter months of late 2015 and early 2016, Machina Viva was mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by Christian “Moschus” Moos (Everon, Haken, Delain, Cloverseeds), and mastered by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Bob Katz.

Laser’s Edge/Sensory owner Ken Golden states of the signing, “WOLVERINE has been on my radar since their first release, The Window Purpose, back in 2001. I’ve followed their progression through the years and I’m honored to have them on the Sensory roster.”

Issues WOLVERINE on signing with Sensory Records, “We are very happy to work with someone like Ken and Sensory that has a genuine passion for and interest in the kind of music that we play.”

Machina Viva is being finalized for early Summer worldwide release; stand by for a confirmed release date and more on the album in the days ahead.

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Agent Fresco 2016With a total of six nominations – one more than superstar Björk – Icelandic alternative rockers Agent Fresco went to the price ceremony of the Icelandic Music Awards. It turned out to be a great evening for the band from Reykjavik with winning the “Album Of The Year” award for their current album “Destrier” as well as the “Singer Of The Year” award for frontman Arnór Dan Arnarson.

“We’re incredibly honoured to be a part of the vibrant and inspiring Icelandic music scene and we thank you all for the mad support throughout the years!” declares the band in an official statement.

Previously graphic designer Dóri Andrésson won the “Best Artwork” award from the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers for his work on “Destrier”. Furthermore the official music video for the single “See Hell” – which was produced by Freyr Árnason and Gísli Þór Brynjólfsson – won the award for “Music Video of the Year” at the Icelandic Listeners Awards.

27.05. CH, Aarau – Kiff Fest
01.07. ES, Barcelona – Be Prog My Friend Festival
19.08. UK, Bristol – ArcTanGent Festival
20.08. UK, Newhaven – Hevy Fest

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Irene Jansen 2016One of the most powerful female vocalists in the genre, Irene is well known for her work with Ayreon, The Theater Equation and Star One, and of course as younger sister of Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen with whom she performed many times. Check out Irene’s comments and lead vocals in the fourth album teaser.

To top this great news: Irene will also be lead vocalist of the Alarion live formation at the special album releaseshow, June 3rd in Boerderij Cultuurpodium, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands! Get your copy of the album, or ticket for the live releaseshow, through the Alarion IndieGoGo crowdfund campaign now! –>> (already up to 130%!)

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Barock Project - Vivo CoverStarting from 5th April to 5th May, the italian prog-rock band launches the pre-sale of new live-album. Two live cds featuring an unreleased track to celebrate a decade of music writing and four studio albums

On May 23, 2016, Barock Project will release VIVO, their first live album (the fifth in Barock’s overall discography) to celebrate ten years of music writing and as a follow-up to four studio albums. Each Barock Project’s album has been greatly appreciated by Italian and foreign press. VIVO will be the fifth release by BP, following a successful studio album Skyline(2015), sold in 34 countriesIn addition to the live tracklist, enriched by a memorable version of Genesis hit Los Endos, VIVO includes an unreleased bonus studio track: My Silent Sea.

Two cds for two full hours of music – will feature all the BP hits and shows the musical evolution of composer/leader Luca Zabbini and his band. VIVO has been recorded during the 2015 Skyline Tour: Skyline achieved overwhelming appreciations, many journalists all over the world acclaimed Barock’s ability of playing progressive-rock combining tradition with a new direction. Vittorio De Scalzi (New Trolls founding member) and special guest in Skyline, publicly appointed BP as symphonic-prog heirs in continuation of his work with the New Trolls and their Concerto Grosso albums.

Exclusive promotional price of €16,00 (instead of €19,00).


VIVO tracklist:

CD 1
Back to you                              7:26
Coffee in Neukolln                    8:33
Save your soul                         6:30
Fool’s epilogue                         8:56
Inside my dreamer’s eyes       11:23
Un altro mondo                        6:45
Duellum                                   8:46
Los Endos                                6:44

 CD 2
Overture                                  3:54
Gold                                         8:39
Roadkill                                     6:28
Skyline                                     11:02
The silence of our wake             10:50
The longest sigh                      8:23
BONUS: My silent sea               9:06

 Barock Project

Luca Zabbini – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitars, vocals 
Luca Pancaldi – lead vocals
Eric Ombelli – drums
Marco Mazzuoccolo – electric guitars
Francesco Caliendo – electric bass
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The Rain to see a worldwide release on April 7th 2016 in both CD and Digital formats via Melodic Revolution Records and will be available as a pre-sale on March 29th 2016 for a limited time at a special low price.

Gildenlöw’s eleven year career as bass player in the progressive rock band Pain of Salvation set the wheels in motion for his solo career, which took flight with release of his debut album RUST (2013), paving way for The Rain. In addition to vocals, Gildenlöw performs a wide range of instruments and uses carefully selected guest musicians – adding strings, accordion and church organ – to make this album come to life.

The Rain – Track List:

  1. After The Rain pt. II
  2. Holding On pt. I
  3. Seeking The Sun pt. I
  4. Seeking The Sun pt. II
  5. Worthy
  6. Holding On pt. II
  7. See it All
  8. Peripheral Memory
  9. Breathe In, Breathe Out
  10. In the Evening
  11. It Was Me
  12. Drizzle
  13. She
  14. All For You
  15. The Funeral pt. I
  16. The Funeral pt. II

Album Line-up:

Kristoffer Gildenlöw: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitars, Double Bass, Percussion, Glockenspiel

Lars Erik Asp: Drums & Percussion (Gazpacho)
Paul Coenradie: Electric Guitar (Valentine, Aniday)
Fredrik Hermansson: Piano & Electric Piano (Pain of Salvation)
Anne Bakker: Violin, Viola & Vocals (Blaze Bayley)
Maaike Peterse: Cello (Kovacs, Ayreon, Kingfisher Sky)

Special Guests:

Norman Ebicilio: Vocals on Drizzle
Cees Pouw: Accordion
Theo Teunisen: Church Organ
Popkoor Zuilen: Choir
Rienk Speelman: Conductor

Recorded, Mixed and Produced at New Joke Studios (NL) by Kristoffer Gildenlöw except: Drums Lars Erik Asp Recorded at Anywhere Studios (NO), Guitars Paul Coenradie Recorded at Legacy Studio (NL) by Patrick Terwee, Keyboards Fredrik Hermansson Recorded at Livingroom Studios (S) and Additional Cello Recorded at Here’s Johnny Studios (NL). Mastered at Fine Tune Mastering Studio (NL) by Peter van’t Riet; Artwork by BlackLake Design (NL)

 About The Rain:

The deep tones of how the mind fights against itself resonate throughout this powerful and poignant work by Kristoffer Gildenlöw. A brilliant effort after his highly acclaimed first solo release: Rust (2013); a thematic album which delved into the realities of aging and one’s perspectives on past, future and ultimately reconciliation with life choices. Again, Gildenlöw has chosen a heavy subject for the theme of The Rain; which is a concept album that examines the life of a man in later stages of dementia who struggles with his own reality, perceived through the metaphor of rain and clouds.

The gentleness of the piano passages oppose the angst and turmoil which lie beneath. The gentle pace at which the album progresses is reflective of the destructive force of the disease upon the man, and you find yourself at the tipping point with the track, ‘Breath In, Breath Out’. It is through this lyrically beautiful song that the realization of the end becomes apparent; leaving the listener grasping for the beauty captured in the mind’s eye.