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Edition 117 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!

Playlist:

Lunatic Soul – Blood on the Tightrope (from Fractured)
Public Service Broadcasting – Turn No More (feat. James Dean Bradfield) (from Every Valley)
Drifting Sun – Wings of Hope (from Twilight)
Adult Cinema – Dreamt the Other Night (Prog Version) (from Teaser Trailer)
KAUAN – Kasvot (from Kaiho)

Connect 4:
Pallas – Beat the Drum (from Beat the Drum)
Abel Ganz – Gratuitous Flash (from Gratuitous Flash)
Comedy Of Errors – Jekyll (from Disobey)
Elder Water – Reasonable Distance (from Reasonable Distance)

Henry Fool – Pills in the Afternoon (from Pills in the Afternoon)

Jurassic Prog:
Steve Hackett – Shadow Of The Hierophant (from Voyage Of The Acolyte)
Genesis – Undertow (from …And Then There Were Three…)

Blurred Vision – Dear John (from Organised Insanity)
Fractal Mirror – House of Wishes (from Garden of Ghosts)

Monsters of Progzilla:


McDonald and Giles – Flight Of The Ibis
Arti & Mestieri – Positivo/Negativo (live)
Änglagård – Höstsejd (live)
Cathedral – Gong
Soft Machine – The Nodder (live)
King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man (live)

The Emerald Dawn – Waves (from Visions)

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/orphaned-land-announce-unsung-prophets-and-dead-messiahs/
ORPHANED LAND Reveal Details for New Album "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs"

Oriental metal pioneers, ORPHANED LAND, will release their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26th, 2018 via Century Media Records. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of ‘Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs!’ Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!

Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs track-listing:

1. The Cave
2. We Do Not Resist
3. In Propaganda
4. All Knowing Eye
5. Yedidi
6. Chains Fall To Gravity
7. Like Orpheus
8. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
9. Left Behind
10. My Brother’s Keeper
11. Take My Hand
12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
13. The Manifest – Epilogue

The release of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs will be followed by an extensive European Tour in early 2018. There will also be a US tour already in September 2018. The tour dates will be announced soon!

ORPHANED LAND is: 

Kobi Farhi – Vocals
Chen Balbus – Guitars
Idan Amsalem – Guitars
Uri Zelcha – Bass
Matan Shmuely – Drums

ORPHANED LAND online: 

http://www.orphaned-land.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OrphanedLandOfficial

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/orphaned-land-announce-unsung-prophets-and-dead-messiahs/
ORPHANED LAND Reveal Details for New Album "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs"

Oriental metal pioneers, ORPHANED LAND, will release their new studio album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26th, 2018 via Century Media Records. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of ‘Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs!’ Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can’t wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!

Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs track-listing:

1. The Cave
2. We Do Not Resist
3. In Propaganda
4. All Knowing Eye
5. Yedidi
6. Chains Fall To Gravity
7. Like Orpheus
8. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
9. Left Behind
10. My Brother’s Keeper
11. Take My Hand
12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
13. The Manifest – Epilogue

The release of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs will be followed by an extensive European Tour in early 2018. There will also be a US tour already in September 2018. The tour dates will be announced soon!

ORPHANED LAND is: 

Kobi Farhi – Vocals
Chen Balbus – Guitars
Idan Amsalem – Guitars
Uri Zelcha – Bass
Matan Shmuely – Drums

ORPHANED LAND online: 

http://www.orphaned-land.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OrphanedLandOfficial

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22080&IdCompany=8

Veteran Swedish progressive rockers The Flower Kings will release the first part of a career spanning boxset titled ‘A Kingdom of Colours (1995-2002)’ on the 15th December 2017, covering the period starting with ‘Back in the World of Adventures’ to ‘Unfold the Future’ over the course of 10 discs. A brand new interview with band leader Roine Stolt was conducted for the release by journalist Dom Lawson (The Guardian, Prog Magazine), giving a history of this period of the band’s existence. 


The collection will also include the newly remixed and remastered version of ‘Unfold The Future’, which will be issued on vinyl for the first time on the 3rd November 2017 in a gatefold triple 180g vinyl package (include the album on double CD). Stolt comments: “For this re-release I have carefully remixed “The Truth Will Set You Free”, “Devil’s Playground” and “Black & White” – it wasn’t easy to find, or even remember, where all files resided. These remixes (more than one hour worth of music) are, as I see it, more detailed and better balanced – where I found this album to be painfully brutal, overly compressed and rough in the original 2002 mix, at times.” The entire album has been also remastered in 24bit/96khz, features liner notes from Stolt and still is a highly diverse stylistic journey that now can be rediscovered in its ultimate edition. Pre-order the vinyl here now: http://smarturl.it/UnfoldTheFuture2017 


Get exclusive coloured versions from the InsideOut shop here:
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Watch an unboxing of the new vinyl edition of ‘Unfold the Future’ here:
https://youtu.be/4LM38INxo2w 


Find the full track-listing for the boxset, as well as the remixed and remastered version of ‘Unfold the Future’ below:


Back In The World Of Adventures
1. World Of Adventures
2. Atomic Prince/kaleidoscope
3. Go West Judas
4. Train To Nowhere
5. Oblivion Road
6. Theme For A Hero
7. Temple Of The Snakes
8. My Cosmic Lover
9. The Wonder Wheel
10. Big Puzzle

Retropolis
1. Rhythm Of Life
2. Retropolis
3. Rhythm Of The Sea
4. There Is More To This World
5. Romancing The City
6. The Melting Pot
7. Silent Sorrow
8. The Judas Kiss
9. Retropolis By Night
10. Flora Majora
11. The Road Back Home

Stardust We Are
CD 1
1. In The Eyes Of The World
2. A Room With A View
3. Just This Once
4. Church Of Your Heart
5. Poor Mr. Rain’s Ordinary Guitar
6. The Man Who Walked With Kings
7. Circus Brimstone
8. Crying Clown
9. Compassion

CD 2
1. Pipes Of Peace
2. The End Of Innocence
3. The Merrygoround
4. Don Of The Universe
5. A Day At The Mall
6. Different People
7. Kingdom Of Lies
8. If 28
9. Ghost Of The Red Cloud
10. Hotel Nirvana
11. Stardust We Are

Flower Power
CD 1
1. Garden Of Dreams – Dawn
2. Garden Of Dreams – Simple Song
3. Garden Of Dreams – Business Vamp
4. Garden Of Dreams – All You Can Save
5. Garden Of Dreams – Attack Of The Monster Briefcase
6. Garden Of Dreams – Mr.hope Goes To Wall Street
7. Garden Of Dreams – Did I Tell You
8. Garden Of Dreams – Garden Of Dreams
9. Garden Of Dreams – Don’t Let The D’evil In
10. Garden Of Dreams – Love Is The Word
11. Garden Of Dreams – There’s No Such Night
12. Garden Of Dreams – The Mean Machine
13. Garden Of Dreams – Dungeon Of The Deep
14. Garden Of Dreams – Indian Summer
15. Garden Of Dreams – Sunny Lane
16. Garden Of Dreams – Gardens Revisited
17. Garden Of Dreams – Shadowland
18. Garden Of Dreams – The Final Deal
19. Captain Capstan
20. Ikea By Night
21. Astral Dog

CD 2
1. Deaf, Numb & Blind
2. Stupid Girl
3. Corruption
4. Power Of Kindness
5. Psycedelic Postcard
6. Hudson River Sirens Call 1998
7. Magic Pie
8. Painter
9. Calling Home
10. Afterlife

Space Revolver
1. I Am The Sun (Pt. 1)
2. Dream On Dreamer
3. Rumble Fish Twist
4. Monster Within
5. Chicken Farmer Song
6. Underdog
7. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got
8. Slave To Money
9. A King‘s Prayer
10. I Am The Sun (Pt. 2)

The Rainmaker
1. Last Minute On Earth
2. World Without A Heart
3. Road To Sanctuary
4. The Rainmaker
5. City Of Angels
6. Elaine
7. Thru The Walls
8. Sword Of God
9. Blessing Of A Smile
10. Red Alert
11. Serious Dreamers

Unfold The Future
CD 1
1. The Truth Will Set You Free (2017 remix)
2. Monkey Business (2017 remaster)
3. Black And White (2017 remix)
4. Christianopel (2017 remaster)
5. Silent Inferno (2017 remaster)
6. The Navigator (2017 remaster)
7. Vox Humana (2017 remaster)

CD 2
1. Genie In A Bottle (2017 remaster)
2. Fast Lane (2017 remaster)
3. Grand Old World (2017 remaster)
4. Soul Vortex (2017 remaster)
5. Rollin’ The Dice (2017 remaster)
6. The Devil’s Danceschool (2017 remaster)
7. Man Overboard (2017 remaster)
8. Solitary Shell (2017 remaster)
9. Devil’s Playground (2017 remix)



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Forever Starts Today – Always Hope

Half Past Four – One Eyed Man

Elephants of Scotland – Counting On A Ghost

Dave Kerzner – Hypocrites

Spinal Tap – America

Blue Öyster Cult – The Great Sun Jester

Magellan – The Better Suite

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – To Feel Your Best

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

Chris Stark – Highway One

Touch – The Spiritual Death of Howard Greer

Nexus – The Ship

Greyfeather – Lines Are Drawn

Greylevel – Signals

Bend Sinister – Walk The Other Way

Arch Echo – Spark

Aeon Satori – Eyes Open

Eric Michaels – Trees

Thankyou Scientist – Blue Automatic

 

 

The Stranglers – Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead

Moongarden – Maiden of the Bow

The Buggles – Island

The Watch – Vacuum

Ars Nova – Ankh

Bi Kyo Ran – A Violent Nightmare

Rodger Hodgson – I’m Not Afraid

Mark Fox – Waiting For A Miracle

Genesis – Invisible Touch (12″ version)

The Enid – Villain Of Science

Gentle Giant – Nothing At All (Steven’s 7″ edit)

Kayak – Alibi

Quella Vecchia Locanda – Villa Doria Pamphili

Kenso – Arrivederci

 

Edition 106 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Concordea – When They Want You… to Die
Amorphis – Same Flesh
Persefone – Spirals Within Thy Being
Caligula’s Horse – The Cannon’s Mouth
Mastermind – Tokyo Rain

Live at 11: Opeth (Plovdiv 19th September 2015)
The Grand Conjuration (live)
Voice Of Treason (live)
Demon of the Fall (live)

Erra – Skyline
Brutai– The Border

Album of the Week: Kamelot – The Black Halo
The Black Halo
Soul Society
March Of Mephisto

Toehider – How Do Ghosts Work?

This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2017/10/25/charlie-cawood-the-divine-abstract/

Charlie Cawood (Pronounced “Kay-Wood”) has been working on this album for many years. Has his hard work paid off?

It is always good to hear an album that feels meticulously presented. From the opening sustained bass note and apparent sitar improvisation that transforms into a riff with the aid of percussion in the second minute of the album, to the fading notes signifying the album’s end, the standard of writing, production, arrangement and performance is of such a high calibre that it I am slightly in awe of it.

I think it is beyond debate that Charlie Cawood moves in talented circles. The Divine Abstract is awash with lush sounds played by Charlie and his supporting collection of, frankly, stunning musicians. These musicians have played with bands who might be associated with psychedelic or progressive rock, but also from bands and artists both orbiting and living within the classical world of symphony orchestras and chamber music.

It speaks volumes that an artist can work with artists from a variety of musical ensembles ranging from Chrome Hoof, Haken, Knifeworld, Mediaeval Bæbes, and North Sea Radio Orchestra to the Oberon and BBC Symphony Orchestras.

A huge variety of musical instruments are featured that may or may not be associated with Rock music – some are most definitely not! The music on this album perfectly reflects this variety in a rich pool of sound. Contrary to what you might expect it’s refreshing that such a progressive take on music should use such traditional instrumentation. Old is the new New. The use of percussion from around the World and the sound of more traditional brass, wind and reed throughout this album makes a refreshing change from that tired old combination of guitar/bass/vocals/keyboards/drums. Furthermore, there’s a gentle serenity produced by the absence of drums. Don’t get me wrong, I love drums. Drums appeal to our primal instinct, and whilst rock music needs to and indeed should appeal on that level, I think this album leans toward a more contemplative experience and less toward the instinctual. The rhythm is carried sufficiently throughout the album despite any obvious bass/snare/hi-hat/tom-tom/cymbal based kit and I did not miss them at all. It is still very rhythmical, it just inspired a new wave of interpretive dance around my office instead of the usual “dad dancing”, though neither is a pretty sight.

As for the listening experience, The Divine Abstract apparently finishes as soon as it has started. All that planet-whirling-through-space stuff stopped for forty-five minutes. That’s messing with time, that is, but in a good way. The track, Garden Of The Mind invokes memories of (note; not “sounds like”) waking up to the sounds of progressive rock flute issuing from one room, Phillip Glass or Gerry Mulligan from another. In places, heavily chorused bass guitar is combined with Japanese instrumentation reminiscent of what that progressive bunch, (yes, progressive) Japan were achieving with Richard Barbieri’s sound design on their album Tin Drum back in 1981. The bass on The 32nd Path (which, as we all know, is the Path Of Tau between Malkuth and Yesod) made me think of Chris Squire’s Fish Out Of Water album. Yet this is no nostalgia trip. Any similarities I have drawn, I believe, are more likely a product of parallel evolution than influence. I may have just started peeking out from under my rock (d’you see what I did there) as far as this circle of musicians is concerned but Charlie Cawood’s music on this album, for me, has an originality and identity all its own and everything about it is symbolises progress.

Charlie has pulled off an amazing thing. He has used sitar without making it sound like a rock cliché. The name of the album and tracks itself and the use of eastern instruments hint at an element of spirituality in the songwriting and performance aspects of his work. Even though there are definite references to concepts like ascension to divine status this isn’t the work of some old hippie. There is a reference to a very grounded concept known as echolalia, a psychiatric disorder, showing that Charlie has a foot in the real World. Spirituality for a modern age.

I’ve been trying to sum up the album and I think I have a fitting, single word. How fortunate we are to be living in an age where music can be held in machines. Bits of information held firm… strings of moments solidified. When played back these moments are released into the atmosphere and as they hit your brain these vibrations make sense again. The time within which these sounds exist again is fleeting. Then, when the vibrations are finished, the moments that were music are returned to the machine, solid once again, until the next time that we release them. Momentous?

Mathematics is the language of music, perhaps for all things. Even with this language the sciences probably fail to define whatever it is that makes us love music. There may be a mathematical and scientific explanation but how can you calculate the spiritual component to music? Perhaps this is the reason that the word “soul” keeps popping up. No, Soul is not the word.

So, the word? It is a word that we might use in the context of elegance, excellence or beauty, a word that also captures the modernity of musical direction. When it all adds up then that word is “Sublime”. Despite the album alluding to spirituality this word has meaning in the scientific world, specifically chemistry. I am told by Google, that it means “A solid changing directly into vapour when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling” – machine to vibration (to nothing) to machine. Perfect.

The Divine Abstract is sublime by any definition of the word.

Yes, Charlie Cawood’s hard work has paid off.

TRACK LISTING
01. Shringara (3:19)
02. The Divine Abstract: Echolalia (1:08)
03. The Divine Abstract: The Earth’s Answer (3:26)
04. The Divine Abstract: Fearful Symmetry (2:34)
05. The Divine Abstract: The Western Lands (1:58)
06. Earth Dragon: The Golden Flower (1:56)
07. Earth Dragon: An Invisible Landscape (3:30)
08. Earth Dragon: Origin Of A New Being (3:09)
09. Garden Of The Mind (6:44)
10. The 32nd Path (6:19)
11. In A Floating World (3:51)
12. Apotheosis (7:15)

Total Time – 45:09

MUSICIANS
Charlie Cawood – Acoustic, Electric & Classical Guitars, Fender VI, Acoustic & Electric Bass Guitars, Sitar & Pipa
Alexandra Petropoulos – Flute
Ben Marshall – Oboe & Cor Anglais
Ben Woollacott – Drums, Percussion & Cymbals
Chlöe Herington – Bassoon
Dennis Kwong Thye Lee – Xiao
Diego Tejeida – Piano
Elizabeth Nott – Darbouka, Riq, Frame Drum
Flora Curzon – Violin
Francesca Ter-Berg – Cello
Hannah Davis – Vibraphone & Glockenspiel
James Larcombe – Piano & Dulcitone
Josh Perl – Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Julie Groves – Flute
Katharine Blake – Treble & Sopranino Recorders
Lucie Treacher – Kendang, Ceng Ceng, Gong, Kempur, Kenang, Klentong, Kempli & Genterak
Lucy Brown – French Horn
Nicki Maher – Clarinet
Oliver Sellwood – Baritone Saxophone
Steve Holmes – Piano, Celeste, Minimoog, Bass Synth
Wang Xiao – Erhu

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Bad Elephant Music
Country of Origin: U.K.
Date of Release: 3rd November 2017

LINKS
Charlie Cawood – Facebook | Bandcamp

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2017/10/25/wonderous-stories-a-new-book-on-progressive-rock/

Music journalist and editor of Prog Magazine Jerry Ewing is set to release an in-depth book charting the history of progressive rock. The limited edition book, Wonderous Stories, is scheduled for release in early December.

From the origins of the genre, through the glory years of the late 60s and 70s, to its contemporary resurgence led by, amongst others, Steven Wilson and Opeth. The book is introduced with a foreword written by Steve Hackett.

A Journey Through the Landscape of Progressive Rock

What is Progressive Rock?…
‘’Music for people who get bored easily’’

Ian Anderson – Jethro Tull

This sumptuous deluxe edition, strictly limited to just 600, has been beautifully designed by Carl Glover and includes some extra-special bonus features; A bound-in certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by both Jerry and Carl, an 8 x 10” art print and is presented in a clothbound cover inside a rigid hardboard slipcase.

Studying the various and varied influences on the genre, from Avant-garde classical, Psychedelia, Jazz and Metal, the book is embellished with over 450 extensively researched images, featuring band photographs, press cuttings, ticket stubs and album covers.

The book looks beyond the ‘big six’ of Progressive Rock – Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull and King Crimson, with in-depth analysis of the many sub-genres of the music, special features on the albums that have come to define the genre and importantly, looking at Progressive Rock’s place in the modern musical spectrum.

“Like many fans of progressive music, I have been frustrated by various media portraying the genre as if nothing happened after the 70s glory years. One only has to look at the success of Steven Wilson this year to see that this is patently untrue. So I was always intent, despite the mammoth task of covering 50 plus years of music, that this book brought the story of this inventive and emotional music as up to date as we could.” Jerry Ewing, Author.

Limited deluxe edition of 600
  • 168pp / 500+ images
  • Bound-in certificate of authenticity, signed and numbered by Jerry Ewing and Carl Glover
  • Clothbound cover
  • Rigid board slipcase
  • 8×10” art print
  • ISBN: 9781911374077
  • PRICE: £50 
  • Pre-order is available from: the flood gallery | Pledge Music | Burning Shed

    Orders shipping early December for Christmas delivery…

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/spurge-four-more-songs-ep-feature/
SPURGE Deviate From the Form on "Four More Songs" EP

Atlanta, Georgia progressive post-rock act Spurge, managed by singer and bassist Jen Hodges, is a band that has the full potential of being held dear by radical Frank Zappa. On the group’s most recent release, a 2017’s EP Four More Songs, Hodges and the band certainly deviate from the form, making for the progress to be possible.

Sharing the same vision as Zappa decades earlier, Spurge are all about unconventional — in every musical aspect — on Four More Songs.

Formed in 2012, Spurge went on the release three EP records since then, including 2014’s The Untitled, 2015’s The Titled, and finally this year’s Four More Songs, each being in a league of their own, but it is the 2017 release that goes the most far in exploring different vibes.

Four More Songs cover

Blending the in-your-face intricacy of genre-defining Isis and Cult of Luna, with a Progressive Rock twist of The Mars Volta and The Dear Hunter, while paying tributes to the greats such David Bowie and aforementioned Zappa, Spurge makes sure for an unforgettable sonic journey.

I’m caught in this constant dialogue with fellow musicians where we dissect the merit of a tune either being ‘cerebral’ or ‘catchy’,” opens up Jen Hodges about her vision for the creative process for Four More Songs. “I try to accomplish this in most of my songs, but I really dove in to the idea on ‘Four More Songs.’  I also always want the listener to experience beauty and ugliness in my EP’s. I’m big in to the idea of balance.

By conducting so many divergent styles, refining their songwriting and compositional skills, the band proves just how perfectly an act can fuse the familiar and the fresh. As rewarding as any record by any of the aforementioned analogous acts, Four More Songs also stands as its own idiosyncratic statement of purpose and possibility, making it an invaluable tool to conquer both the stagnancy of mainstream music and the absurdity of the world around us.

Four More Songs EP is out now; grab it from Bandcamp. Follow Spurge on Bandcamp and Twitter.