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Edition 150 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Sons of Apollo – Labyrinth
The Vicious Head Society – Psychedelic Torture Trip
Semantic Saturation – Ulterior Harmony
Platypus – Partial To The Bean (A Tragic American Quintogy)

Live at 11: Dream Theater live at Le Bataclan in Paris France on June 25th 1998

Eve (live)
Mean Street (live)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (live)
Anna Lee (live)

Black Country Communion – The Outsider
Yngwie Malmsteen – Priest Of The Unholy

Album of the Week: Derek Sherinian – Blood Of The Snake

Prelude To Battle
Viking Massacre
Man With No Name
Czar Of Steel

Planet X – Ignotus Per Ignotium

On next week’s Prog-Watch my special guest is Robert Berry of 3 and 3.2! Robert talks candidly about the formation of the original 3 (with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer) in the late 1980s, how he and Emerson came to resurrect the idea of the band, and the ordeal he faced in finishing the album following Emerson’s tragic death in 2016. Along the way, there will be plenty of music…from the original 3, a few from Robert’s solo career, and of course a few from the new 3.2 album “The Rules Have Changed”!

Starts this Sunday on Progzilla Radio!

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22423&IdCompany=8

The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, will release their 10th studio album ‘Proxy’ on the 16th November 2018. Recorded during the band’s tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18, which saw them with more chances than normal to work together on the record – hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas – all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have achieved since their formation 15 years ago.

Andy Tillison comments: “Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don’t claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now.”

‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass – influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.

But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.

The Tangent came of age some time ago now. After 15 years with a constant presence on the periphery of the scene, this album is the next step on the road from a band who have painstakingly revered and recreated the past, with one eye on the future.


The album will be available as a limited CD digipak, Vinyl LP + CD & as digital download. The full track-listing is as follows:

1. Proxy
2. The Melting Andalusian Skies
3. A Case of Misplaced Optimism
4. The Adulthood Lie
5. Supper’s Off
6. Excerpt From “Exo-Oceans” (Bonus Track)

The album features the following players:
Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
Jonas Reingold (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
With special guest: Goran Edman (Karmakanic) – Vocals

‘Proxy’ follows the release of 2017’s ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ which received fantastic reviews upon release:
“Eloquent, far-reaching prog” – Prog Magazine
“sophisticated and spot on” – Classic Rock
“This is essential listening” – Powerplay

The Tangent online:
www.thetangent.org
https://www.facebook.com/groups/alltangentmembers/


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www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
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The Tangent, will release their 10th studio album ‘Proxy’ on the 16th November 2018. Recorded during the band’s tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18, which saw them with more chances than normal to work together on the record – hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas – allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have achieved since their formation 15 years ago.

Andy Tillison comments: “Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don’t claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now.”

‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass – influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves. This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song.

But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.

The Tangent came of age some time ago now. After 15 years with a constant presence on the periphery of the scene, this album is the next step on the road from a band who have painstakingly revered and recreated the past, with one eye on the future.

The album will be available as a limited CD Digipak, Vinyl LP + CD and as digital download.

The full track-listing is as follows:

  • Proxy
  • The Melting Andalusian Skies
  • A Case of Misplaced Optimism
  • The Adulthood Lie
  • Supper’s Off
  • Excerpt From “Exo-Ocean”

The album features the following players:

  • Andy Tillison: Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
  • Jonas Reingold: (The Sea Within, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
  • Theo Travis: (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
  • Luke Machin: (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
  • Steve Roberts: (ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums

With special guest: Goran Edman (Karmakanic) – Vocals

‘Proxy’ follows the release of 2017’s ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ which received fantastic reviews upon release:

“Eloquent, far-reaching prog”
– Prog Magazine

“Sophisticated and spot on”
– Classic Rock

“This is essential listening”
– Powerplay

“What I’ve heard of it is f%$£ing excellent!”
– Cliff ‘Progzilla’ Pearson

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/vane-black-vengeance-out-november/
VANE From Poland to Launch "Black Vengeance" on November 30

Polish melodic death metal pirates VANE are set to launch their first full-length album Black Vengeance — a follow-up to their 2017 promo release titled The Prologue — on November 30th.

“We’ve always enjoyed the mythos of a pirate and the stories from the Golden Age,” the band commented about what inspired the upcoming release. “Naturally, when forming a project together, we wanted to pay homage to this fascinating historical era. ‘Black Vengeance’ was inspired by the biography of one of the strangest pirates from this time. We used the history as a base to create an interesting story full of plot twists and grand events, one of which is betrayal and lust for vengeance afterwards. And all of that is served with melodic and groovy metal sauce.

They went on saying, “Our goal was to give people music that plays in our heads along with great story (and hopefully entertain them with it). We hope that fans will have great time listening to it and discovering the minute details and tasty bits that are hidden in the recording. The title — ‘Black Vengeance’ — refers to a key point in the story that we’re telling over the course of those ten songs.

The album art for Black Vengeance, designed by Michał “XAAY” Loranc (NileBehemothKamelotDecapitated), resembles an old book cover inspired by labels and signs from days long gone by, yet with a modern twist to it and huge attention to detail.

The visual part is of huge importance to us, thus we want to give our listeners a complete experience where the graphics, video content and music intertwine into one whole story,” the band states.

VANE spent over a year writing and polishing the music on Black Vengeance, with some changes being made even during the recording process, “all in service of composition and listening pleasure.” The process was mainly built around writing songs and recording them at home, sending them to other band members, reviewing, adapting.

Some songs had over 30 versions and generally speaking it was a really intensive period,” they agree.

After the release of Black Vengeance in November, VANE plan to promote live by touring in its support.

We hope to release some new singles while doing it. We plan to be extremely busy,” they conclude.

Black Vengeance Track Listing:

1. Born Again

2. Edge of the Cutlass

3. I Am Your Pain

4. Randy Dandy-O

5. Death’s Season

6. Spilling Guts

7. Mutiny

8. Rise to Power

9. Black Vengeance

10. Davy’s Grip

11. Hangman

Line-up:

Marcin Parandyk – vocals (Killsorrow, Thy Disease)

Mateusz Gajdzik – guitars (ex-Witchking, ex-Saratan, ex-Crystal Viper)

Robert Zembrzycki – guitars (ex-Acid Drinkers, ex-Corruption, ex-Saratan)

Marcin Zdeb – drums

Łukasz Łukasik – bass (ex-Netherfell)

For more information on VANE visit:

http://vane.band/

https://www.facebook.com/vane.band/

https://vaneband.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VANEband

https://www.instagram.com/vane.band/

https://twitter.com/vane_band

https://soundcloud.com/vaneband

Vane - Black Vengeance

Cover photo credits: Paweł Kowalski

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/vane-black-vengeance-out-november/
VANE From Poland to Launch "Black Vengeance" on November 30

Polish melodic death metal pirates VANE are set to launch their first full-length album Black Vengeance — a follow-up to their 2017 promo release titled The Prologue — on November 30th.

“We’ve always enjoyed the mythos of a pirate and the stories from the Golden Age,” the band commented about what inspired the upcoming release. “Naturally, when forming a project together, we wanted to pay homage to this fascinating historical era. ‘Black Vengeance’ was inspired by the biography of one of the strangest pirates from this time. We used the history as a base to create an interesting story full of plot twists and grand events, one of which is betrayal and lust for vengeance afterwards. And all of that is served with melodic and groovy metal sauce.

They went on saying, “Our goal was to give people music that plays in our heads along with great story (and hopefully entertain them with it). We hope that fans will have great time listening to it and discovering the minute details and tasty bits that are hidden in the recording. The title — ‘Black Vengeance’ — refers to a key point in the story that we’re telling over the course of those ten songs.

The album art for Black Vengeance, designed by Michał “XAAY” Loranc (NileBehemothKamelotDecapitated), resembles an old book cover inspired by labels and signs from days long gone by, yet with a modern twist to it and huge attention to detail.

The visual part is of huge importance to us, thus we want to give our listeners a complete experience where the graphics, video content and music intertwine into one whole story,” the band states.

VANE spent over a year writing and polishing the music on Black Vengeance, with some changes being made even during the recording process, “all in service of composition and listening pleasure.” The process was mainly built around writing songs and recording them at home, sending them to other band members, reviewing, adapting.

Some songs had over 30 versions and generally speaking it was a really intensive period,” they agree.

After the release of Black Vengeance in November, VANE plan to promote live by touring in its support.

We hope to release some new singles while doing it. We plan to be extremely busy,” they conclude.

Black Vengeance Track Listing:

1. Born Again

2. Edge of the Cutlass

3. I Am Your Pain

4. Randy Dandy-O

5. Death’s Season

6. Spilling Guts

7. Mutiny

8. Rise to Power

9. Black Vengeance

10. Davy’s Grip

11. Hangman

Line-up:

Marcin Parandyk – vocals (Killsorrow, Thy Disease)

Mateusz Gajdzik – guitars (ex-Witchking, ex-Saratan, ex-Crystal Viper)

Robert Zembrzycki – guitars (ex-Acid Drinkers, ex-Corruption, ex-Saratan)

Marcin Zdeb – drums

Łukasz Łukasik – bass (ex-Netherfell)

For more information on VANE visit:

http://vane.band/

https://www.facebook.com/vane.band/

https://vaneband.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/c/VANEband

https://www.instagram.com/vane.band/

https://twitter.com/vane_band

https://soundcloud.com/vaneband

Vane - Black Vengeance

Cover photo credits: Paweł Kowalski

US band Crack the Sky have a career that goes back more than 40 years, when their first self-titled album was chosen by Rolling Stone as the Debut Of The Year. Since then they have had their ups and downs, but in recent years the band has reunited many of the original and classic members and continue to make their own quirky and catchy brand of progressive rock music. I spoke to John Palumbo, founder and principal composer of the band, a few weeks ago on the eve of the release of their new album Living In Reverse. This week’s Prog-Watch will consist of some of that interview, interspersed with lots of classics from the band’s past and a few from the new album.

Whether or not you have heard of Crack The Sky I hope you will join me! John is a unique character, and to see where his vision leads the band’s music is always interesting!

535: In Conversation with John Palumbo of Crack The Sky