All posts for the month January, 2017

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for Edition 48 of The Ancient One is now available.


Intro Samurai of Prog – Drottningholmsmusiken (Rockstenen)
1 After Crying – Pilgrim’s March (Almost Pure Instrumental)
2 The Aurora Project – Warmongers (World Of Grey)
3 Progression – Hobbit Hall (Noxologic)
4 This Winter Machine – The man Who Never Was (The man Who Never Was)
5 Garth Hudson – The Breakers (The Sea To The North)
6 Hector Brocklebank – Fash Smoking Ban (Best of)
7 Kaipa – Electric Power Water Notes (In The Wake Of Evolution)
8 Comedy Of Errors – Spirit Pt 1-5 (Spirit)
9 RPWL – Three Lights (World Through My Eyes)
10 Adventure – Refugees (Refugees EP)
11 Mark Rowen – On The Blue Horizon (Radiance)
12 Pink Floyd – Embryo/Ummagumma ad/Grandchester Meadows (The Early Years 67-72)
13 Porcupine Tree – Radioactive Toy (On The Sunday Of Life)
14 Hibernal – The Dark City/Night In Carson Town (The Dark Of The City)
15 Gandalf – 2nd Door/Castles Of Sand (Magic Theatre)
16 Yak – Quest For The Stones exerpt (Quest For Stones)
Outro Bootcut – Ganglat Fran Overnaker (Rokstenen)

Progressive Tracks #195 - 5 Decades - 3

The Progressive Tracks Show #195 (5 Decades), originally broadcast on Friday January 27, 2017, is now available to download or listen to any time you desire.


  • The Beatles “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on EMI
  • Brand X “Hate Zone” from Moroccan Roll on Passport Records
  • Marillion “White Russian (Remastered)” from Clutching At Straws on Parlophone UK
  • Fates Warning “Part X” from A Pleasant Shade of Gray on Metal Blade Records
  • Fates Warning “Part XI” from A Pleasant Shade of Gray on Metal Blade Records
  • Riverside “Schizophrenic Prayer” from Rapid Eye Movement on InsideOutMusic
  • Napier’s Bones “Citizen” from Alpha-Omega Man on Independent
  • Beardfish “And Never Know” from Sleeping In Traffic, Pt. 1 on InsideOutMusic
  • The Flower Kings “The Man Who Walked with Kings” from Stardust We Are on InsideOutMusic
  • Rush “Second Nature” from Hold Your Fire on Island Def Jam
  • The Alan Parsons Project “Day After Day (Show Must Go On)” from I Robot on Arista
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band “Autumn’s Child” from Safe As Milk on Buddha Records
  • The Moody Blues – “The Day Begins” from Days of Future Passed on Deram
  • Brand X – “Sun In The Night” from Moroccan Roll on Passport Records
  • Jethro Tull – “Velvet Green” from Songs From The Wood on Chysalis
  • Beardfish – “Roulette” From Sleeping In Traffic, Part 1 on InsideOut Music



Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack


This news story was originally published here:

Devin Townsend Project have announced that their show at London’s legendary Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on the 17th March will feature the first full live airing of the album ‘Ocean Machine’, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, as a UK exclusive.

Watch Devin reveal the news in this sort clip:

Devin comments: “UK exclusive guys, are you ready for this? 17th March 2017, ‘Ocean Machine’ in its entirety in London. You’re coming to that aren’t you? I would…or would I?”

Devin recently visited the iconic London venue to give fans a tour of what they might expect:

The full Devin Townsend Project European tour dates can be found below. Main support comes from Between The Buried & Me (excl. UK & Belgium) & Tesseract (UK only) plus openers Leprous (all dates):

European Tour 2017
28.01 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
30.01 – Rockhall, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
31.01 – Le Bataclan, Paris, France
1.02 – Roclschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
5.02 – Le Moulin, Marseille, France
7.02 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
8.02 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
9.02 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
10.02 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
12.02 – Tvornica Club, Zagreb, Croatia
13.02 – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
14.02 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
16.02 – The Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
17.02 – Täubchenthal, Leipzig, Germany
18.02 – Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
19.02 – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
21.02 – Grünspan, Hamburg, Germany
22.02 – Voxhall, Aarhus, Germany
23.02 – Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
25.02 – Blastfest, Bergen, Norway
26.02 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
28.02 – The Circus, Helsinki, Finland
1.03 – Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki, Finland
3.03 – Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
4.03 – KB, Malmö, Sweden
5.03 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
7.03 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
8.03 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
9.03 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10.03 – De Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12.03 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
13.03 – Academy, Manchester, UK
14.03 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
16.03 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
17.03 – Eventim Apollo, London, UK
18.03 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Tickets are on sale now here:
VIP packages available here:

‘Transcendence’ received fantastic reactions upon release, even reaching number 26 in the UK album charts. Find a selection of those reactions below:
“a wholly absorbing, modern-day masterpiece” – Metal Hammer
“the breadth and quality of the material is simply astonishing.” – Record Collector
“life-affirmingly euphoric” – Total Guitar
“this man can do no wrong” – Kerrang!
“a positively charged majestic album” – The Independent

Pick up a copy of the album on 2CD digipak, standard CD, 2LP + CD & digital download below:

Watch the epic video for the track ‘Stormbending’ here:

‘Transcendence’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Z2’ double-album (half of which was made up of the DTP full-length ‘Sky Blue’), sees the award-winning Townsend exploring a relatively new way of working, collaborating with the entire DTP band during the writing stages of the record. “The result of this process is a record that I truly think the intention of is special” he says of the album. “I ‘found’ gas to put into the tank and am glad I did. I think the intention, the theme, and the participation of everyone involved allows this album to act like a fulcrum between the past few years and what I intend to do next with the symphony. I am very proud of it and everyone involved.”

The artwork was once again created by Anthony Clarkson, who Devin has been working with for several years now. Townsend comments of the cover (above): “He presented me the main image of the girl as a painted version, and I was intrigued and asked him to redo it with a girl he knew with photos. I liked the idea that it seemed like a mash up of religious and spiritual imagery, in a sense, representing the idea (to me) that these types of connections to the infinite are often more like identities we can cling to rather than what lies behind. In a sense, the character on the front almost seems like the ideologies she’s representing are more ‘brand names’ than anything else.”