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Northern Star  13th April 2017

That was the year that was ?  1983

 

Northern Star  Pallas Theme

  • Black Sabbath – Stonehenge
  • Talking Heads – I get wild : Wild gravity
  • Manfred Mans Earth band – Eyes of Nostradamus
  • Jon Anderson – Olympia
  • ELO – Bluebird
  • Peter Gabriel – Family and the fishing net
  • Iron maiden – – Revelations
  • Blue Oyster Cult – Dragon Lady
  • IQ – Just Changing hands
  • Pink Floyd – The Fletcher memorial Home
  • DIO – Shame on the Night
  • XTC – Human Alchemy
  • Steve Hackett – Camino Royale
  • Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
  • Thin Lizzy – The Holy War
  • Manowar – defender
  • Tears for Fears – Pale Shelter
  • Brian May – Star Fleet
  • Marillion – Forgotten Sons
  • BJH – Ring of Changes
  • Peter Hammill – Now More than ever
  • Jon & Vangelis – He is Sailing
  • The Police – Synchronicity 11
  • Genesis – Home by the sea/second home by the sea

Northern Star – Pallas Theme

Repeat Shows Tuesdays 1.00am bst & 3.00pm bst

Sunday at midnight GMT Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2017/04/25/mouse-on-the-keys-out-of-body-ep/

Following on from the pleasant discovery, late last year, of the rather intriguing Cubic album from LITE, I noted that regular touring partners were fellow countrymen and Tokyo based trio, Mouse on the Keys. At the time I remember checking out a few Youtube videos and making a mental note do some research after the festive season. Needless to say it completely slipped my mind until the recent press release, announcing that the trio would be performing in the U.K. and across Europe during April and May 2017, triggered the grey matter.

The press sheet also mentioned a new release from this keyboard-led trio.

Immediately dispel all thoughts of similar formations as not only do Mouse on the Keys comprise a variation on this theme, with two keyboard players and a drummer, but they travel a different musical pathway. Mouse’s music is rather more minimalistic in approach, although not without its own complexities, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, ambient and electronica. Perhaps mindful of the pitfalls of their rhythmically challenging, often quirky arrangements, the trio never lose sight of musicality and the playful Afterglow is a prime example here.

Curious, I decided to backtrack and Mouse’s previous album, The Flowers Of Romance (2015), which certainly pushes the boat out with it’s unfriendly foot tapping beats and rhythmically angular keyboards. There’s also a firmer grasp on the dissonant, however it still retains many of the aforementioned elements. I suppose there’s more meat on the bone with The Flowers Of Romance, clocking in at just under forty minutes, whereas Out of Body doesn’t quite get into its stride. Or perhaps I’m just being greedy? At just under eighteen minutes I’m not entirely convinced that Out of Body has enough time to fully work. What’s there is fine and the sombre and evocative Dark Lights, for instance, is delicious.

Out of Body does suggest a slightly more introspective phase for Mouse on the Keys, but given the underlying theme of death, or near-death experience, perhaps not unexpected.

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Above is Leviathan, a track taken from the band’s previous album The Flowers Of Romance – and well worth checking out.

TRACK LISTING
01. Intro (0:11)
02. Earache (3:10)
03. Dark Lights (4:50)
04. Afterglow (3:44)
05. Elegie (3:25)
06. Out Of Body (2:33)

Total Time – 17:53

MUSICIANS
Akira Kawasaki – Drums
Atushi Kiyota – Piano & Keyboards
Daisuke Niitome – Piano & Keyboards

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Top Shelf Records
Catalogue#: n/a
Date of Release: 25th January 2017

LINKS
Mouse on the Keys – Website | Facebook

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Northern Star  6th April 2017

Northern Star  Pallas Theme

  • Roy Harper – When an Old Cricketer leaves the crease
  • Bill Nelson – My Wild Atomic Wedding
  • Blackfield – Blackfield (live)
  • Refugee Credo
  • Times Up – Nightmare days
  • Arcadium – Walk On the bad side
  • Bonzo dog band – My Pink half of the Drain pipe
  • Long Earth – Children of war
  • Rainbow – Gates of Babylon
  • The Fierce and the Dead – Palm trees
  • Drifting Sun – Intruder
  • Genesis – Undertow
  • Agnieszka Swita – Borderland
  • Steve Thorne – Distand Thunder
  • The Bob Lazar Story – – In The Woods With Tony Iommi
  • Alan Parsons Project – Winding me Up
  • The Room – Screaming Through the Noise
  • Dave Gilmour – Faces of Stone
  • Spocks Beard – Time Has come

Repeat Shows Tuesdays 1.00am bst & 3.00pm bst

Sunday at midnight GMT Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2017/04/25/cast-power-and-outcome/

Cast are a powerful band from Mexico who are well known throughout Latin America and the World, recognized and reviewed on progressive outlets in North America and Europe for many years. They are prolific with 20 albums released over 30 years and they deliver with each new recording, Power and Outcome being no exception.

The title itself is an important and relevant one today, many countries adopting populist, “home first” stances whilst adopting leaders who exert tighter controls over freedom and decision making. The album questions the outcomes that we can expect from this use (misuse?) of power, and that is something that we should all be asking. It’s a great title for an album full of thematic questions.

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From the massive theatrical instrumental wonder that is Rules of the Desert right through to the closing notes of Dialect for the 21st Century, Power and Outcome provides many reasons why all of us, as citizens of the world, need to understand that we are the power, and we should be careful about who we elect as leaders of our nations and states.

Rules of the Desert is one of the best tracks on this or any other album this year and a fine introduction. The title track Power and Outcome helps to lay out the choices we make when we give power to others. The two parts of Details provide many exciting improvisational instrumental wonders for all to enjoy.

Through Stained Glass is a Yes/Starcastle–like wonderland of high notes and intricate synth, guitar and drum interplay, the violin from Italian Roberto Izzo only adds cream to the mix. Bobby Vidales’ vocals are similar to Jon Anderson of Yes, although with a less high range. The deeper bass sounding Illusions and Tribulations helps to punctuate the outcomes of our choices, the keyboards, lead electric guitar and magic from the rhythm section having an inspirational, lifting sensation that is amazing. Likewise, the inspired keyboard work on The Gathering is just stunning.

Conquest is a moving electric guitar piece with great support from the other instrumentalists and symphonic orchestration. Full Circle is a vocal–driven track with great string support, full of discussion about the ability of one vote to make a difference. Dialect for the 21st Century is the symphonic closer that is required to close this complex and exciting new release from a truly great band.

Savour every note, string, beat, word, and key of this extraordinary release. It is currently at the top of my list of favorite albums of the year.

TRACK LISTING
01. Rules of the Desert (Instrumental) (11:35)
02. Power and Outcome (7:25)
03. Details:
– a) Circle Spins (5:47)
– b) Start Again (Instrumental) (8:43)
04. Through Stained Glass (8:46)
05. Illusions and Tribulations (9:27)
06. The Gathering (8:16)
07. Conquest (Instrumental) (3:30)
08. Full Circle (1:57)
09. Dialect for the 21st Century (5:16)

Total Time –

MUSICIANS
Alfonso Vidales – Keyboards
Antonio Bringas – Drums
Claudio Codero – Lead Guitar
Bobby Vidales – Vocals
Lupita Acuna – Vocals
Roberto Izzo – Violin
Carlos Humaran – Bass

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Progressive Promotion Records
Country of Origin: Mexico
Date of Release: 7th March 2017

LINKS
Cast – Website | Facebook | Bandcamp

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Northern Star  30th March 2017

Northern Star  Pallas Theme

  • Europe – The final countdown
  • Steve Hackett – Time to get out
  • Verbal delirium – Time
  • Steve Wilson – Sign of the times
  • Gazpacho – Tick Tock (pt ii)
  • Rush – Countdown
  • UK – Time to kill
  • Talk Talk Time it’s time
  • Jethro Tull – Baker Street Muse
  • Everything Is awesome – leo Morachioli
  • The Tea Party – Time
  • Tom Slatter – Time Traveller suite – 1 to 3
  • Times hour Times end
  • Threshold – The ravages of time
  • Spock beard – bennett built a time machine
  • Styx – Best of Times
  • Steely Dan – king Of the world
  • The Eagles – wasted time
  • Strawbs – who knows where the time goes
  • Easy All stars – Time

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Repeat Shows Tuesdays 1.00am bst & 3.00pm bst

Sunday at midnight GMT Podcasts of all the shows are available here

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Subscribe to the show here

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If you have an requests or ideas about shows

Or anything else for that matter?

Contact me on Emma@progzilla.com

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/dark-tranquillity-north-american-tour-2017/
DARK TRANQUILLITY Announce North American Headlining Tour

Swedish Melodic Death Metal innovators Dark Tranquillity are pleased to announce their return to North American soil; this time taking form as a month long headlining tour. The band continues to support their latest studio album, Atoma, and have been touring worldwide on the strength of the 2016 release. Joining Dark Tranquillity on these upcoming shows in the US & Canada are veteran thrashers Warbringer and heavy metal rebels Striker.

There are both regular tickets available as well as special VIP packages including a meet and greet with the band and a poster. Tickets & VIP packages for all shows are available now via the following link: http://www.enterthevault.com/artist.php?id=451

Tour dates:

September 6th – Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
September 7th – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
September 8th – Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
September 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
September 10th – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
September 11th – Durham, NC @ Motorco
September 12th – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
September 13th – Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
September 14th – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 15th – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
September 16th – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 17th – Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18th – Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
September 19th – Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
September 20th – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
September 21st – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
September 22nd – Minneapolis MN @ The Cabooze
September 23rd – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
September 24th – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
September 25th – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
September 26th – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
September 28th – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
September 29th – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
September 30th – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
October 1st – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
October 2nd – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey a Go Go
October 3rd – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
October 4th – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
October 5th – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
October 6th – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
October 7th – Dallas, TX @ Trees

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/tetrafusion-dreaming-of-sleep-review/
Tetrafusion - Dreaming of Sleep review

Tetrafusion’s first album in five years, and a follow-up to 2012’s Horizons EP, titled Dreaming of Sleep, comes out on April 28th. After their departure from Scale the Summit, for bassist Mark Mitchell and drummer J.C. Bryant it was a no-brainer what comes next. They have invested a lot into writing and releasing Dreaming of Sleep, and the result is really fascinating.

Nine tracks of perfect musicianship and instrumentation topped with Gary Tubbs fantastic vocal delivery will satisfy both Prog Metal geeks and Jazz Fusion gourmets. Indeed, on Dreaming of Sleep Tetrafusion display a variety which goes all over the place—one moment you hear Prog Metal pounding riffs, the other you are carried by a lush clean guitar melody, courtesy of Brooks Tarkington, in the vein of John McLaughlin, with expressive rhythm section and more than convincing singing of Tubbs.

This switching between the stylistically diverse elements and moods feels rather smooth. Comparing with their previous work, the songs on Dreaming of Sleep are more structured and the flow of each song is flawless, allowing each idea to express itself fully without sounding jarring and misplaced. You can hear each member’s influence within their sound: some parts wouldn’t sound out of place in metal, there are very melodic elements and there is not one genre left untouched by this album.

The opening “Blank Pages” rips right in with bass and drums hammering and guitar wailing overhead. It’s groovier and at the same time more frantic and frenetic. This leads in to “Echo Chamber,” a brutal and off-kilter song that leads into the more thematic and dramatic “The Void.” “10,001” tears into itself with some jazz bass noodling, and atmospheric keyboard which give it an unsettling feeling. The guitar, on the other side, adds on dynamic by employing the series of riffs. About a minute in, “Sisyphus” recalls Sean Malone’s bass work with Cynic before it engages into a passage entirely filled with repetitive piano line and Tubbs’ singing. It is the second part of the song where the band goes free, letting their inner King Crimson in a Cynic mosh pit—you get the point.

By the end of the album, Tetrafusion continue to constantly shift their mood, volume and tempo, delivering much more than complex structures. Dreaming of Sleep is a record that, in shortly, collects and displays influences from Frank Zappa, Weather Report and King Crimson to Cynic, TesseracT and Opeth.

Tracklist:

01. Blank Pages
02. Echo Chamber
03. The Void
04. 10,001
05. Sisyphus
06. Simulate:Captivate
07. Awakening
08. Vestige
09. Perfect Silence

Line-up:

* Mark Michell – bass
* J.C. Bryant – drums
* Gary Tubbs – lead vocals/keys
* Brooks Tarkington – guitars/vocals

Links:

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