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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/07/30/procol-harum-grand-hotel-cd-dvd-expanded-edition/

It’s been a busy year so far for Esoteric Recordings. They’ve reissued albums from Curved Air, Chris Squire, Seventh Wave, and Procol Harum. Since reissuing the first four Procol albums three years ago I’ve wanted to see the label release some of the band’s classic ’70s albums, and the Still There’ll Be More anthology box set appeared in March this year, now followed by an expanded edition of Grand Hotel.

Originally released on the Chrysalis label in March 1973, Grand Hotel is considered one of the band’s finest works. The album went to number 4 in Denmark and number 21 on the Billboard album charts, the title-track inspiring Douglas Adams to write The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the second book in his The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, published in 1980.

After the release of the adventurous live album Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in April 1972, the time was right to take the orchestral vibes a gigantic step further. Grand Hotel was recorded at London’s AIR Studios that same year with Chris Thomas in the production chair, after working with the band on their fourth studio album, Home, released in the summer of 1970, but by September 1972 guitarist Dave Ball had left the band to form Bedlam with his brother Dennis and Cozy Powell on drums.

The album was originally going to be released in October but was delayed until early Spring of 1973, so the decision was taken to scrap about 90% and re-record replacing Ball’s guitar playing. Scheduled gigs were cancelled to allow them to return to AIR in November to undertake more recordings.

Grand Hotel is not just Procol Harum’s masterpiece, it’s an album that is like a flaming fire that will never, ever burn out. Toujours L’Amour (‘Always Love’ in French) is a break-up song with a dark comedic twist, Keith Reid’s lyrics describing a woman leaving her husband to start a new chapter in her life, he comes home to find the house empty and that she has taken their pet cat as well. Gary Brooker’s waltz turned rocking piano intro, B.J. Wilson’s intensive drum work, and Mick Grabham’s guitar delve into the man’s stunned reaction, giving the listener insights as his thoughts of starting a family fly away into the sky.

T.V. Caesar was inspired by the late-night talk show hosts like Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, and David Frost who almost wanted to hypnotise their guests while talking to them, giving viewers insights on their secret fears, and it is still happening many years later with Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few. There are incredible lines describing the host getting details of the celebrity’s private life, the guests not wanting to talk about areas that reveal the skeletons in the closet they’ve hidden for a long time:

“T.V. Caesar, Mighty Mouse
Gets the news in every house.
Who’s been doing what with who
How they do it when they do
Every fact, and every sinner
Every fact, and every figure.”

The choir, orchestra, Chris Copping’s incredible organ work, Brooker giving details on what the hosts are doing along with little spoofs of Frost’s “Oooh” vocal characteristics and, reminiscent of The Beatles’ Abbey Road side 2 medley, showing that the hosts have a darker side that they hide behind the mask they wear to please the audience.

The title-track, as I mentioned in the Still There’ll Be More box set review, features waltz piano and Wilson’s drums dancing from a slow to a mid-fast tempo rhythm, followed by the string section and the romantic beauty of the choir in a roaring ‘20s invitation to the Hotel, to dine, drink and spend the night. Bringing Home the Bacon is a song about hamburger joints, through the booming bass and snare drum, the soulful organs, romantic waltz piano, and Alan Cartwright’s bass the band take you on a roller-coaster ride, up, down, and through a spiralling loop.

The haunting beauty of Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) is again a waltz with beautiful vocalisations by Christiane Legrand. Reid’s lyrical context is dystopian in that this once beautiful place is now just piles of rubble and ashes. Legrand’s voice sets some of the background near the end section as the band gives her centre stage to hit the notes perfectly. For Liquorice John tackles the subject of suicide and is dedicated to Gary Brooker’s friend Dave Mundy, one of the early supporters of Procol forerunners The Paramounts. He loved the band, but hated the name and wanted them to change it to ‘Liquorice John and his All Stars’. He took his own life in the early ‘70s. This elegiac song moves through a haunting and mournful piano, Chris Thomas’ production gives an ‘underwater’ sound that makes it ominous and strange. The technology was so ahead of its times to create that surreal beauty.

The five bonus tracks on this reissue contains the raw version of the title track without the choir and the orchestra, plus four of the tracks recorded with Dave Ball during the original sessions. You can hear Dave bring some of the emotions through the mid-section of Toujours L’amour before Grabham delivered the goods on the album version. The raunchy slowed down blues rocker version of Bringing Home the Bacon features the concerto sections, Brooker going to town, getting the listener’s stomach growling for some of those juicy hamburgers to make their mouths watery. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) is quite similar to the album version, but features a harpsichord that opens the introduction, giving some details of a work-in-progress. Copping’s organ is more exuberant than on the album version.

Now onto the DVD which is a full-length TV appearance that originally appeared on RTBF TV in Belgium on 25th November 1973, entitled Procol Harum – Face Au Public. Without an orchestra, the band are having an amazing blast, not just hammering the classics, including the sobering sail to death on A Salty Dog, the sing-along of the roaring ‘20s/early ‘30s that Brooker’s clothing designs suggest on the romantic waltz of A Rum Tale, the stormy thunders of Conquistador, and Power Failure, featuring the late great B.J. Wilson’s incredible work on the drums; he doesn’t simply pound but shows his jazz chops, the band giving him centre stage. This song is their moment of fun with added humour, the DVD closing with the folky sing-along march of A Souvenir of London, Gary wearing a coat and hat and playing a six-string banjo. It beats out side 2 of the acoustic side of Led Zeppelin’s third album, the band having a blast, ending with Brooker taking his hat off and saying good bye, just before bassist Alan Cartwright throws his pick to land in Brooker’s hat.

Grand Hotel is not just Procol Harum’s magnum opus, it’s also an album that refuses to die. The 28-page booklet contains liner notes by Procol Harum expert Roland Clare, detailing the history of the album and the DVD. There are photos of their performance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1973, behind-the-scenes at the album cover shoot, and a poster for their performance at the College Park Auditorium, plus the illustrated lyrics.

When you think of albums that came out of 1973, you might think of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Who’s Quadrophenia, David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane, Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, and Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but Procol Harum’s Grand Hotel is quite often not included in the list. It has flown under the radar, but after nearly 45 years it’s time to re-open the doors to spend another night at Hotel Grande:

“One more toast to greet the morn
The wine and dine have danced till dawn
Where’s my Continental Bride?
We’ll Continental slip and slide
An early morning pinch and bite (These French girls always like to fight)
It’s serenade and Sarabande
The nights we stay at Hotel Grande.”

TRACK LISTING
Disc 1:

01. Grand Hotel (6:09)
02. Toujours L’Amour (3:32)
03. A Rum Tale (3:21)
04. T.V. Caesar (5:54)
05. A Souvenir of London (3:21)
06. Bringing Home the Bacon (4:18)
07. For Liquorice John (4:26)
08. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) (5:09)
09. Robert’s Box (4:46)
~ Bonus tracks:
10. Grand Hotel (Without Orchestra or Choir) (6:09)
11. Bringing Home the Bacon (Dave Bell-era Recording) (6:07)
12. Toujours L’Amour (Dave Ball-era Recording) (3:40)
13. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly (Dave Ball-era Recording) (5:04)
14. Robert’s Box (Dave Ball-era Recording) (4:39)

Total Time – 66:43

Disc Two – DVD (Procol Harum – Face Au Public, 25th November 1973)
01. Bringing Home the Bacon
02. Grand Hotel
03. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
04. A Salty Dog
05. A Rum Tale
06. Conquistador
07. For Liquorice John
08. Power Failure
09. A Souvenir of London

MUSICIANS
Gary Brooker – Lead Vocals, Piano, Harpischord, Six-String Banjo
Alan Cartwright – Bass Guitar
Dave Ball – Guitar (tracks 11-14)
Mick Grabham – Guitar
Chris Copping – Organ
B.J. Wilson – Drums, Percussion, Mandolin
Keith Reid – Lyrics
Christine Legrand – Vocals (track 8)

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Esoteric Recordings
Catalogue Number: ECLEC 22632
Date of Release: 29th June 2018

LINKS
Procol Harum – Website | Facebook | Twitter
Grand Hotel – Cherry Red Product Page

Edition 116 of THE PROG MILL – first heard on Progzilla Radio Sunday 29th July, is now available to listen to anytime or download. Two hours of stunning progressive rock, and – if you enter by Tuesday 31 July at 5pm UK, a chance to win a superb melodic prog CD.

This Week’s Playlist

The playlist for last night’s PROG MILL (edition 116 for Progzilla Radio and 336 in total) was:

1 Credo – Staring at the Sun (Against Reason)
2 Encircled – Log Out The Universe (The Universal Mirth)
3 Mike Kershaw – All That Matters is the Fear (Arms Open Wide)
4 Matthew Browning – Your Letter Came Today (Love & Grief)
5 This Winter Machine – Justified (Single)
6 Steve Hackett – When The Heart Rules the Mind – (2018 version)
7 Doug Woods & Colin Powell – Lily Comes Home (Lily’s Gone Mad)
8 Jack Potter – Autumn (Pride Before The Fall)
9 Laura Meade – Never Remember (Remedium)
10 Nova Cascade – One Hundred and Fourteen (Single)
11 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sebastian (The Human Menagerie)
12 Faust – Flashback Caruso (The Faust Tapes)
13 The Nazz – A Beautiful Song (Nazz Nazz)
14 The Quietlife Project – Between The Lines (Existential)
15 The Kentish Spires – Hengist Ridge (The Last Harvest)

If you missed the show and would like to hear it. There are repeats through the week at these times – plus a listen anytime or downloadable podcast – on line shortly with links here)

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Your proggy music suggestions for the show (melodic and symphonic progressive rock – not heavy or metal etc – thats Steve’s job!) are very welcome to: shaun@progzilla.com or via twitter @shaunontheair or facebook.com/theprogmill or via my own FB page at facebook.com/shaun.geraghty.1

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22387&IdCompany=8

Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE will release their seventh studio album “Wasteland” via InsideOutMusic on September 28th, 2018 and are therefore now launching its first single outtake “Vale Of Tears”, enhancing the physical pre-order start of the album.
 
Check out “Vale Of Tears” via IOM’s YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY
Or stream it here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland
 
RIVERSIDE’s line-up and the credits for “Vale Of Tears” as follows:
Mariusz Duda – vocals, electric guitar, bass, piccolo bass
Piotr Kozieradzki – drums
Michal Lapaj – keyboards and Hammond Organ
 
Guitar solo by Mateusz Owczarek
Music and lyrics by Mariusz Duda
Artwork by Travis Smith
Clip by Tomasz Pulsakowski / Sightsphere
 
The track-listing for RIVERSIDE “Wasteland” album reads as follows:
 
RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland”:
1. The Day After
2. Acid Rain
3. Vale Of Tears
4. Guardian Angel
5. Lament
6. The Struggle For Survival
7. River Down Below
8. Wasteland
9. The Night Before
 
Next to the standard edition of “Wasteland“ as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, the release will also be available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).
 
The various editions and limitations of the vinyl release are as follows:
Black 2LP+CD: Unlimited
Clear 2LP+CD: 100x copies / IOM Webshop Europe
Silver 2LP+CD: 100x copies / IOM Webshop Europe
Golden 2LP+CD: 100x copies / Laser’s Edge – IOM Webshop USA
Lilac 2LP+CD: 200x copies / JPC  Germany
Dark Green 2LP+CD: 300x copies / Burning Shed UK
White 2LP+CD: 300x copies / CM Distro Europe
 
Pre-order “Wasteland“ in your format of choice of choice from the IOM webstore here:
https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Riverside/20863?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13
Or from other locations here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland
 
Attention: The digital pre-order option for “Wasteland” will start next week, on August 3rd.
 
RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the album’s overall concept: “I’d been thinking about exploring “post-apocalyptic” regions for a long time. I read books, watched films, played video games, all connected by stories about an attempt to survive in a world that had just ended. But writing such a story myself didn’t make much sense until now. RIVERSIDE are starting a new chapter and after our recent experiences, a story like that has gained more meaning. “Wasteland” is mostly about what’s happening in the world these days but it also makes a reference to the tragedy that befell the band in 2016. Musically, we’ve returned to darker sounds but we have also turned a new page and recorded the album in a different style. It’s still RIVERSIDE but expressed in a much deeper and more mature way. Most artists say the same thing while promoting their new releases: that they have just created their best work to date. I won’t say that because everything we have done so far has been consistently very good and unique. But I will say that we have never had such an incredible emotional load on any of our previous releases, and it’s not likely that we will ever make such a charged album again. “Wasteland” is an epic, multidimensional, poetic and very deep album. Perhaps of the once in a lifetime kind.”
 
RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” marks the first studio album effort with newly composed music after the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudzinski on February 21st, 2016.

RIVERSIDE will be embarking on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” in October/November to support the release of their upcoming album. Here are the dates:
 
RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland 2018 Tour”:
12.10.2018 Gdansk (Poland) – B90
13.10.2018 Poznan (Poland) – Tama
14.10.2018 Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
16.10.2018 Katowice (Poland) – Miasto Ogrodów
17.10.2018 Lódz (Poland) – Magnetofon
18.10.2018 Torun (Poland) – Od Nowa
20.10.2018 Kraków (Poland) – Studio
21.10.2018 Warszawa (Poland) – Hala Kolo
30.10.2018 Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
31.10.2018 Schorndorf (Germany) – Manufaktur
03.11.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) – LAV
04.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) – MON LIVE
05.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
06.11.2018 Lyon (France) – CCO
07.11.2018 Paris (France) – La Machine
09.11.2018 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
10.11.2018 London (UK) – The Electric Ballroom
11.11.2018 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) – Casino
12.11.2018 Utrecht (The Netherlands) – TivoliVredenburg
14.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
15.11.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle 2
16.11.2018 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
17.11.2018 Neunkirchen (Germany) – Gloomaar Festival
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs
 
RIVERSIDE – Festivals 2019:
04.-09.02.2019 Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
More dates to follow soon…
 
Look out for more news on RIVERSIDE and ”Wasteland” in the coming weeks…
 
RIVERSIDE online:
http://www.riversideband.pl
http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl
https://www.instagram.com/riversideband.pl

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www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22386&IdCompany=8

Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING recently entered the official sales charts in Germany on a stunning # 31 position with their new live album “Live Over Europe”, released via InsideOutMusic worldwide.


 


Now, the group announced their return to South American to play the following shows:


 


FATES WARNING – Live 2018:


October 9th – Santiago (Chile) – Club Subterráneo
Tickets: https://www.eventrid.cl/eventos/spiderprod/fates-warning-en-chile


October 13th – Lima (Peru) – Lima Metal Fest III
Tickets: https://www.joinnus.com/PE/conciertos/lima-lima-metal-fest-3-2018-20073


Unfortunately, due to prior commitments FATES WARNING dummer Bobby Jarzombek will not be with the group for these dates, but instead Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield) will be filling in during these shows.


Gathered during the group’s most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING’s much acclaimed latest studio album “Theories Of Flight” in January 2018, “Live Over Europe” includes audio recordings from 8 different cities (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group’s seminal career.


“Live Over Europe” was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and is available as limited 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold 3LP + Bonus-2CD or as Digital Album.


Singles for “Live Over Europe” can be checked out here:


“Firefly”: https://youtu.be/n90v_ZQ-d4s
“The Light and Shade of Things”: https://youtu.be/rvT6GyrrhG4


“Life in Still Water”: https://youtu.be/FRHc7QEw2qQ


 


Order “Live Over Europe” here:
https://FatesWarning.lnk.to/LiveOverEurope


 


Or get the 2CD or 3LP (+ 2CD as bonus) from the InsideOutMusic webshop here:
https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Fates_Warning/20823?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13


 


An unboxing video for “Live Over Europe“ can be seen here:
https://youtu.be/ueqNl5YlDoY


 


FATES WARNING Line-Up 2018:


Ray Alder Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera Bass and Vocals
Mike Abdow Guitars and Vocals


Bobby Jarzombek – Drums


 


FATES WARNING Online:
www.fateswarning.com
www.facebook.com/FatesWarning
https://twitter.com/fateswarning


INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:

www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.insideoutshop.de

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/get-your-girlfriend-to-listen-progressive-metal/
7 Reasons to Get Your Girlfriend to Listen to Your Favorite Progressive Metal Bands

Progressive metal isn’t an independent music genre. It appeared as a sub-genre of heavy metal, which combined metallic sound and progressive structure of the compositions. This genre is based on progressive rock and includes complex compositional structures, bizarre rhythm dimensions and intriguing technique of playing musical instruments. The high level of professionalism of musicians is often combined with the lyrical in the form of conceptual epic texts, the result of which are quite long songs and conceptual albums.

Of course, tastes differ. But there are 7 strong reasons to convince your girlfriend to listen to your favorite progressive metal bands.

  1. Tell her a remarkable history of progressive metal

The origins of progressive metal can be traced back to the early seventies – the era of the popularity of progressive rock, at the very beginning of which the first attempts were made to combine progressive music with heavy guitar riffs. Almost all the hard rock bands of that period used this technique. And Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rush are often called the forerunners of progressive metal.

Heavy metal originated in the late seventies with the appearance of the so-called “new wave of British heavy metal”. This is primarily about Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The aggressive guitar style used by these musicians formed the basis of progressive metal. It’s very difficult to trace who was the first to combine heavy metal sound with the progressive flight of thought. However, it can be assumed that the musical achievements of Iron Maiden had the greatest impact on the emergence of this music genre.

  1. Break stereotypes

First of all, explain to your girlfriend that metal – isn’t a group of boys who extract a rattling noise from their guitars, only curse and worship to Satan. And people who listen to progressive metal don’t go to the forest every full moon to sacrifice the gods of darkness. It may shock her, but many metal compositions are gentle and beautiful, such works are incredibly complex and require marvelous execution.

  1. Let her listen attentively

She should listen not only sonorous guitars and unusual vocals. Although listening to the sharp sound of guitars and special vocals require an acquired habit (especially if she has been listening to light music before), it’s more than just awkward sounds. In this music, there are melodies, harmonies and a complex structure, which can be heard and appreciated only by devoting some time to acquaintance with the genre.

  1. Take her out to live prog-metal performance

Pay her attention to how the members of the band play the instruments. This is a good experience for her, especially if you have the opportunity to be near the stage or even see behind the curtain. If your girlfriend has ever tried to play one of these instruments, she will wonder what skills the musicians have. They needed a long practice and dedication, which contradicts the stereotype that lovers of metal are often lazy and frivolous. She can also be surprised at how energetic some of them are on stage.

  1. Complete professionalism of musicians

Of course, this is the most professional direction in rock music. Besides that the musicians of this genre know the technique of performance better than anyone else, they are excellent composers and never afraid to experiment. Form and harmony flourish in their compositions. They sing about the complex world around us, but do it not trivially, so the fantasy is surprisingly infused with reality.

  1. Brain training

Your girlfriend won’t believe, but listening to progressive metal is an intellectual experience! The scientists say so and give the following explanation. When we listen to a complex musical composition, the brain, especially its prefrontal area, begins to work intensively. Namely, this part of the brain is responsible for our ability to intellectualize and build logical chains. Learn more about the impact of music on your health and social life on romancecompass.com/travel-girls/.

  1. A very fascinating genre of music

This is probably the most interesting direction in the metal. Its analog in non-metal rock is art-rock – rock with complex structures, a lot of melodic and rhythmic solutions that evoke analogies with classics. Progressive rock differs from art rock in that it has more emphasis on rhythm and, of course, metallic sound. Bands of this genre use a wide range of instruments. Keyboards are used for solos, not just for creating backgrounds. The violin sounds mellower, sometimes even a symphony orchestra and chorus are used.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/get-your-girlfriend-to-listen-progressive-metal/
7 Reasons to Get Your Girlfriend to Listen to Your Favorite Progressive Metal Bands

Progressive metal isn’t an independent music genre. It appeared as a sub-genre of heavy metal, which combined metallic sound and progressive structure of the compositions. This genre is based on progressive rock and includes complex compositional structures, bizarre rhythm dimensions and intriguing technique of playing musical instruments. The high level of professionalism of musicians is often combined with the lyrical in the form of conceptual epic texts, the result of which are quite long songs and conceptual albums.

Of course, tastes differ. But there are 7 strong reasons to convince your girlfriend to listen to your favorite progressive metal bands.

  1. Tell her a remarkable history of progressive metal

The origins of progressive metal can be traced back to the early seventies – the era of the popularity of progressive rock, at the very beginning of which the first attempts were made to combine progressive music with heavy guitar riffs. Almost all the hard rock bands of that period used this technique. And Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rush are often called the forerunners of progressive metal.

Heavy metal originated in the late seventies with the appearance of the so-called “new wave of British heavy metal”. This is primarily about Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The aggressive guitar style used by these musicians formed the basis of progressive metal. It’s very difficult to trace who was the first to combine heavy metal sound with the progressive flight of thought. However, it can be assumed that the musical achievements of Iron Maiden had the greatest impact on the emergence of this music genre.

  1. Break stereotypes

First of all, explain to your girlfriend that metal – isn’t a group of boys who extract a rattling noise from their guitars, only curse and worship to Satan. And people who listen to progressive metal don’t go to the forest every full moon to sacrifice the gods of darkness. It may shock her, but many metal compositions are gentle and beautiful, such works are incredibly complex and require marvelous execution.

  1. Let her listen attentively

She should listen not only sonorous guitars and unusual vocals. Although listening to the sharp sound of guitars and special vocals require an acquired habit (especially if she has been listening to light music before), it’s more than just awkward sounds. In this music, there are melodies, harmonies and a complex structure, which can be heard and appreciated only by devoting some time to acquaintance with the genre.

  1. Take her out to live prog-metal performance

Pay her attention to how the members of the band play the instruments. This is a good experience for her, especially if you have the opportunity to be near the stage or even see behind the curtain. If your girlfriend has ever tried to play one of these instruments, she will wonder what skills the musicians have. They needed a long practice and dedication, which contradicts the stereotype that lovers of metal are often lazy and frivolous. She can also be surprised at how energetic some of them are on stage.

  1. Complete professionalism of musicians

Of course, this is the most professional direction in rock music. Besides that the musicians of this genre know the technique of performance better than anyone else, they are excellent composers and never afraid to experiment. Form and harmony flourish in their compositions. They sing about the complex world around us, but do it not trivially, so the fantasy is surprisingly infused with reality.

  1. Brain training

Your girlfriend won’t believe, but listening to progressive metal is an intellectual experience! The scientists say so and give the following explanation. When we listen to a complex musical composition, the brain, especially its prefrontal area, begins to work intensively. Namely, this part of the brain is responsible for our ability to intellectualize and build logical chains. Learn more about the impact of music on your health and social life on romancecompass.com/travel-girls/.

  1. A very fascinating genre of music

This is probably the most interesting direction in the metal. Its analog in non-metal rock is art-rock – rock with complex structures, a lot of melodic and rhythmic solutions that evoke analogies with classics. Progressive rock differs from art rock in that it has more emphasis on rhythm and, of course, metallic sound. Bands of this genre use a wide range of instruments. Keyboards are used for solos, not just for creating backgrounds. The violin sounds mellower, sometimes even a symphony orchestra and chorus are used.

THOROUGHBREDMUSIC Press Release:

 

Bram Stoker – legendary Rock Band

Release new single:

‘Pictures of Light and Shade’

 

www.bramstokerband.co.uk

Released on Thoroughbredmusic/Proper Distribution

 

The single ‘Pictures of Light and Shade’, is a light and airy radio friendly song, along with more typical classical/rock Bram Stoker songs from the recent EP ‘Bete Noire’ and some great new material, will form a new album due out September 2018. 

 

Downloadable single link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pictures-Light-Shade-Bram-Stoker/dp/B07DNGB43V/ref=sr_1_3?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1531499635&sr=1-3-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=bram+stoker+pictures

 

BRAM STOKER – THE RESURRECTION:

 

The current line-up has been together since late 2015, comprising founder member Tony Bronsdon – keys/vocals, Neil Richardson – guitars, Josephine Carfax – bass/vocals, and Warren Marks – Drums. They have been heavily rehearsing and composing new material. The new single Pictures of Light and Shade, plus the recent EP Bête Noire, which also has 4 brand new tracks which reflect compositions and recordings with influences of the old Bram Stoker’s heritage, but with a modern twist. What an apt day to release on Friday 13th!!

 

 Bête Noire – EP Track listing/download link:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/B%C3%AAte-noire-Bram-Stoker/dp/B0728N7RK6/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1531499954&sr=8-1&keywords=bete+noire+bram+stoker

 

1.Terminate

  1. Choices
  2. Cut Down the Corn
  3. Gotta Get Out of Here  

 

Editor’s Notes:

 

Bram Stoker was formed in the summer of 1969 by Hammond organist Tony Bronsdon, guitarist Pete Ballam, drummer Rob Haines and bass guitarist Jon Bavin, in their south coast town of Bournemouth, England, UK.

Kindred spirits Tony, Pete and Rob were in separate bands at the time but collaborated on a project with Jet Harris (exShadows bass player). When the project ended they recruited bass player friend Jon Bavin. The chemistry was now right and Bram Stoker became their opportunity to explore and create their own music. They were young, enthusiastic and inspired by the current progressive musical trends.

 

After intense rehearsals in a room above a pub in Poole, the band went on the road. That summer of 1969 was the start of a busy schedule. The band’s live performances were well received and drew enthusiastic audiences. From the vast circuit of clubs, colleges and universities throughout the UK the band developed a loyal following.

 

Although influenced by the Gothic image, Bram Stoker chose its own musical direction, composing its own material and experimenting with new musical styles. Inevitably the band acquired the “progressive classical rock” label but succeeded in creating its own identity. The band’s focus was on stage performance and raw, powerful sound. Each member embraced fresh ideas and encouraged originality.

 

Tony Bronsdon’s classical training is augmented by a formidable technique, with a Hammond organ sound that is majestic, biting and haunting. His stirring ability to integrate his classical interpretation into their musical compositions – with drummer Rob Haines’ driving rhythms – defined the Bram Stoker sound.

 

Pete Ballam’s antics on stage were spontaneous and unpredictable, his legendary “Doppler” (a spinning speaker cabinet) had to be seen – and heard – to be believed. Rob Haines took an individual approach to his role in the rhythm section and created his own spinning cymbal, which – like Pete’s “Doppler” – is unique to Bram Stoker(evident on “Poltergeist“). Jon Bavin enhanced their compositions with melodic themes, ethereal vocals and dextrous bass lines.

 

One of their early gigs was as support act for The Who at Bournemouth Pavilion. Front man Roger Daltrey saw the potential and invited Bram Stoker to his home in Berkshire, where he made demo recordings of the band. After six tracks had been recorded The Who embarked on an extensive USA tour, so the demos were put on hold until his return. Derek Lawrence, record producer of rock band Deep Purple, showed an interest and more tracks were recorded in London’s De Lane Lea Studios with Deep Purple’s engineer, Martin Birch. A few months later Bram Stoker was signed up to an independent label owned by

Rolling Stones manager Tony Calder.

 

The band had also developed a keen following in Holland. Bassist Tony Lowe had then replaced Jon Bavin and the new line-up enjoyed a successful tour of that country in the spring of 1971. The “Heavy Rock Spectacular“album was released that same year.

 

Bram Stoker enjoyed remarkable interest from the music industry during the period from 1969 to 1972 and this is shown in the wake of the “Heavy Rock Spectacular“ album – from its original vinyl release by Windmill Records in 1972 through to its present CD format. The album became a collector’s item; an original vinyl LP is particularly valuable. Inevitable bootlegging ensued and CD copies of “Heavy Rock Spectacular“ appeared on various labels world-wide. Sales of the album continue unabated, and the band’s following on the Internet grows daily with fresh blood.

 

Bram Stoker re-formed in 2009 and composed new material. The band is now based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

 

Adrian Collis

www.thoroughbredmusic.co.uk

Northern Star  26th  July 2018.

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Theme – Pallas Northern Star

  1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
  2. Bill Nelson – Living In my Limousine
  3. Moonparticle – Leon’s Experiment
  4. Fractal Mirror – The Ever Rain
  5. Triumvirat – Lucky Girl
  6. Doris Brendel – A little act of Defiance
  7. This Winter Machine – Justified
  8. Times Up – Snow Queen
  9. Public service Broadcasting – The Race for space
  10. Jet Black Sea – 133 Hours
  11. Mike Kershaw – Dark Spaces
  12. Gong Opium For the people
  13. Feeder – Moonshine
  14. Once & Future Band – How Does it make you feel?
  15. Riverside – Lost (Why should I be frightened by a hat)
  16. North sea orchestra – The Earth beneath our feet
  17. OH ! – Androgyny
  18. Checking for Echo – Guiding Light
  19. Roger waters – Is This The Life we really want?
  20. Equinox – Escape Mental
  21. Southern Empire – Innocence – & Fortune
  22. Yes – Ritual/ Nous Somme Du Soliel

 

 

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  2. IQ – Unsolid Ground
  3. Subsignal – La Muerta
  4. vAlan Parsons Project – Silence And I
  5. Alan Parsons Project – La Sagrada Familia
  6. Gentle Giant – On Reflection
  7. Wavestar – Voyager
  8. Koenji Hyakkei – Djebelaki Zomn
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  10. Unitopia – One Day
  11. Fromuz – Crashmind
  12. The Enid – A Heroes Life/Childe Roland
  13. Thaikkudam Bridge – Saalaikal (Feat. Jordan Rudess)
  14. Thaikkudam Bridge – Shiva
  15. Van Der Graaf Generator – A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers
  16. The Third Project – Beirut Blues
  17. Argos – When The Tide Comes In
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