All posts for the month October, 2018

This news story was originally published here:

Apparently Nektar have just reformed with a new line up, are about to go on tour, and are bringing out a new album called “Megalomania”

It seems the keyboard player, Klaus Henatsch, has taken over from the late Roye Albrighton.

I’ve always had mixed views about Nektar.  I can take them or leave them, but I’d still be very interested to see them live.

A welcome reunion, or should they have called it a day after Roye’s passing?


1 Can – I Want More (excerpt from Can Singles)
2 Can – Yoo Do Right (Monster Movie 1969)
3 Can – Tango Whiskeyman (Soundtracks 1970)
4 Can – Mother Sky (Soundtracks 1970)
5 Can – She Brings The Rain (Soundtracks 1970)
6 Can – Paperhouse (Tago Mago 1971)
7 Can – Mushroom (Tago Mago 1971)
8 Can – Oh Yeah (Tago Mago 1971)
9 Can – Halleluwah (Tago Mago 1971)
10 Can – Vitamin C (Ege Bamyasi 1972)
11 Can – I’m So Green (Ege Bamyasi 1972)
12 Can – Spoon (Ege Bamyasi 1972)
13 Can – Future Days (Future Days 1973)
14 Can – Moonshake (Future Days 1973)
15 Can – Dizzy Dizzy (Soon Over Babaluma 1974)
16 Can – Come Sta La Luna (Soon Over Babaluma 1974)
17 Can – Half Past One (Landed 1975)
18 Can – Hunters And Collectors (Landed 1975)
19 Can – Red Hot Indians (Landed 1975)
20 Can – Cascade Waltz (Flow Motion 1976)
21 Can – Laugh Till You Cry, Live Till You Die (Flow Motion 1976)
22 Can – Babylonian Pearl (Flow Motion 1976)
23 Can – Don’t Say No (Saw Delight 1977)
24 Can – Serpentine (Out Of Reach 1978)
25 Can – Seven Days Awake (Out Of Reach 1978)
26 Can – I Want More (excerpt from Can Singles)

This news story was originally published here:

“Now I see it’s high-time for mischief, once again.”

All Them Witches have been making glorious mischief all throughout 2018. The past year has seen this once-underground garage band from Nashville making ever larger impact upon the international scene with constant touring throughout Europe and the States, including an opening slot on the Primus/Mastodon tour. Somehow these backwoods vagabonds also managed to find time to write and record another stellar album, their fifth full-length release in six years.

2017’s excellent Sleeping Through The War was a bit of a departure from their earlier records in that it was their first utilizing an outside producer and additional musicians, creating an expanded sonic universe for their fractured psych-rock tales. For ATW they’ve gone back to the woods and back to their DIY roots with guitarist Ben McLeod taking over production duties, recording the album in analogue in a rented cabin in Tennessee. The results show a band that is so in control of their particular muse they require no outside assistance.

ATW is the first album they’ve released since the departure of founding keyboardist Allan Van Cleave who left the band in 2017. For this album they’ve brought in guest keyboardist Jonathan Draper who has also been touring with the group for the past year. Jonathan slots in nicely on the album, even though the overall thrust of ATW leans more on the guitar to drive the arrangements while the keyboards provide coloration.

The quizzically-titled Fishbelly 86 Onions comes slashing out of the gate like a 60s grindhouse soundtrack, probably for something called “Biker Witches vs Atomic Zombies”. It’s completely gonzo in all the right ways, from Charles Michael Parks, Jr.’s stream-of-consciousness ramblings to Ben McLeod’s scalding hot guitar solo during the extroverted outro. A joyous, pummelling affair that would make a great set-opener.

The other prominent rocker on ATW is the sci-fi tinged riff monster ‘1st vs. 2nd’. This barnstorming track harkens back to the vibe of Sleeping Through The War with Staebler assaulting his drums with devilish abandon and Parks and McLeod in lockstep crunch.

Workhorse drags us out of the stratosphere and drops us back down in the dirt; a slinky, sinister blues relating life on the tour grind to that of a plough horse. It’s a simple, elemental arrangement with Staebler’s rim shot groove driving McLeod’s buzzy slide guitar riff. The song is perfectly tailored to Parks’ earthy voice, which increases in gravitas with each release.

Another fine feature for Parks is the lovely Half-Tongue, an engagingly dark ballad with a sprightly jazz groove. Draper provides some fine organ accompaniment and Ben delivers some mighty tasty choruses on guitar. It’s a subtle arrangement that demonstrates how this band can make grand statements with the simplest of ingredients.

This point is driven home by the deceptively simple Diamond. It’s a cool, creeping menace; a slow dance through hell. In lesser hands an arrangement this sparse could have easily turned into a plod to nowhere, but here it’s a simmering, lurching delight. Staebler again demonstrates his skill by keeping it bouncy and driving even at this funerary dirge pace and McLeod, Parks and Draper contribute just enough to make it effective without derailing the stripped-down essence of the piece.

Another similarity between ATW and the prior Sleeping Through The War is the sequencing puts the punchier pieces on the first half of the album and then lets things unwind and expand on the second. In both cases the approach works and mirrors how their live sets develop. Tracks like the psych-doom HJTC and the album-closing jam Rob’s Dream are given the space they need to develop naturally and benefit greatly from the live-in-the-cabin recording.

And then we come to Harvest Feast, not only the finest track on ATW, but arguably the most breath-taking track All Them Witches have released to date. The first section of the piece is a sublime slow blues, organically wrought and utterly convincing, it conjures fleeting thoughts of Cream in the heavier moments but is unmistakably evocative of the southern US. The rural surroundings of the recording seem to have seeped onto the reels. The instrumental second half of the piece leaves the earth behind and drifts into the yawning expanse of the infinite. Ben McLeod shines here, creating shimmering guitar harmonies of a type rarely heard in the present day with Draper’s electric piano standing in for the second guitar. While you can discern the influence of Wishbone Ash, The Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix, the results are no mere pastiche and are deeply personal and moving. It’s simply some of the best music released by anyone in 2018.

All Them Witches seem to be embracing their essence on this album. Only six years into their recording career they’ve already covered more ground than may bands achieve in twice that span and they show no sign of complacency. Each album brings its own personality, a mirror of the moment it was created, and then they quickly proceed to the next chapter. With Sleeping Through The War the key was addition and expansion, with ATW the key is subtraction and focusing the gaze inward to the truth within.

“…we love music, and there would be no reason for us to go on the road or endure what we endure if not for the transformative power of music. It is an ancient pull, and I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but we are knee deep and wading out.” – Charles Michael Parks Jr.

01. Fishbelly 86 Onions (6:02)
02. Workhorse (5:44)
03. 1st vs. 2nd (5:58)
04. Half-Tongue (4:35)
05. Diamond (6:10)
06. Harvest Feast (10:45)
07. HJTC (5:48)
08. Rob’s Dream (6:51)

Total Time – 51:33

Charles Michael Parks,Jr – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ben McLeod – Guitar
Robby Staebler – Drums
~ with
Jonathan Draper – Keyboards

Record Label: New West Records
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Date of Release: 28th September 2018

All Them Witches – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

Edition 168 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


3 – Halloween (from Summercamp Nightmare)
Tom Slatter – Even Then We’re Scared (from Happy People)
Radiohead – Burn the Witch (from A Moon Shaped Pool)
Crippled Black Phoenix – In Bad Dreams (from Horrific Honorifics)
Mike Kershaw – All That Matters Is The Fear (from Arms Open Wide)
Gazpacho – Death Room (from Demon)

Jurassic Prog:
King Crimson – One More Red Nightmare (from Red)
Rush – The Necromancer (from Caress of Steel)
The Enid – The Demon King (from In The Region Of The Summer Stars)

Avantasia – The Haunting (from Ghostlights)
Introitus – Ghost (from Fantasy)
Napier’s Bones – Fear & Trembling (from The Wistman Tales)
She Makes War – In Cold Blood (from Direction of Travel)
Mostly Autumn – Ghost (from Heart Full of Sky)
Haken – As Death Embraces (from The Mountain)
Glass Hammer – Haunted (from The Breaking of the World)
Bent Knee – Terror Bird (from Land Animal)
Touchstone – Fear (from Lights From the Sky)
Galahad – Exorcising Demons (from Sleepers)
Arena – The Demon Strikes (from The Unquiet Sky)
Opeth – Death Whispered A Lullaby (from Damnation)
Psychotic Waltz – My Grave (from Bleeding)
Thank You Scientist – Blood On The Radio (from Maps Of Non-Existent Places)

Steve Hackett – Darktown
The Enid – Love – Death…the Immolation of Fand
David Byrne – Horses
Judas Priest – Better By You, Better Than Me
Tiger Moth Tales – Kai’s Journey
Karfegen – Curious Talk
Beatles – Helter Skelter
Billie Holiday – Gloomy Sunday
Halestorm- Mz. Hyde
Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
Jeff Wayne – The Red Weed, Pt. 1
Chris De Burgh – Spanish Train
Ashley Buxton and Pete Jones – On The Beach
Rachmaninov – Prelude in C sharp minor
Ghost Community – Ghost Community
Jim Morrison – Dawns Highway
It Bites – Ghosts
Karfagen – Volcano Rabbit & the Frog
Genesis – The Waiting Room
Frost – The Other Me (Live)

Tales From The Tiger Moth Edition 80

Rick Wakeman – Anne of Cleves
Kaipa – Ankaret
Tiger Moth Tales – Match Girl
Shineback – The Gentlemen
Rod Stewart – The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
Pink Floyd – Summer 68
Michael Bentine – Freedom Of The Airwaves
Iamthemorning – Clear Clearer
Rainburn – Suicide Note
Haken – Because It’s There
Gerald Finzi – 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and piano Op 23 – 4 Forlana – Allegretto grazioso
Kant Freud Kafka – Antítesis
Kenneth Williams – Pardon Me, Sir Francis
Queen – Princes Of The Universe
Tiger Moth Tales – The Palace
Genesis – Domino (Live)

This news story was originally published here:

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a progressive metal band creates an album around the story of a futuristic dystopian world where robots have taken over. That’s the story behind the female-fronted, Belgium-based band Ethernity’s third full-length album, The Human Race Extinction.

Clocking in at 70 minutes, this album is filled with crunchy riffs, flashy guitar solos, intricate interplay between the guitars and keyboards, powerful choruses, and Julie Colin’s passionate vocals. I must confess that when I looked at the track listing and saw that ten of the fourteen tracks were longer than five minutes, I was concerned that the album would quickly lapse into monotony, but I was pleasantly surprised. The band manages to create a near-seamless musical product that segues from song to song while keeping it interesting and new. The use of techno sounds and vocal effect processing adds variety to the overall keyboard/guitar driven pseudo-symphonic metal texture. Colin’s vocals remind me at times of Fia Kempe (The Great Discord) with their power and expression and at other times of someone like Lizzy Hale because of the versatility and ease with which she moves from soft, tender vocal lines to powerful metal screams.

The weakness of this album is really in the production, particularly the mix. I feel like, at times, the vocals are competing too much with the guitars and all of them are constantly being overpowered by the drums. It would have been a stronger album if the producers had not gone with an “everything louder than everything else” approach to the mix. I also feel like some of the keyboard solos are a bit muddy, as if trying to cover up a lack of technical precision. I do not think that is the case, as Julien Spreutels seems to be a proficient player, I just think the choices of patches for some of the solos could have been better.

Overall, I really enjoyed this album. It is not one of my favourites by any means, but it is definitely one that I will keep pulling out to listen to from time to time and it makes me want to look into the band’s previous work. If you are concerned about the tired, beaten into the ground “robots taking over” theme of the album, it really is more of an undercurrent than an in-your-face lyrical theme. The band announced Colin’s departure in late August, so it will be interesting to hear what a new vocalist will bring to future projects.

01. Initialization (1:08)
02. The Human Race Extinction (6:24)
03. Mechanical Life (6:01)
04. Grey Skies (6:28)
05. Beyond Dread (5:36)
06. Artificial Souls (4:37)
07. Redefined (6:02)
08. Rise of Droids (6:35)
09. Mark of the Enemy (2:35)
10. The Prototype (5:07)
11. Not the End (5:07)
12. Warmth of Hope (4:19)
13. Chaos Architect (5:19)
14. Indestructible (5:29)

Total Time – 70:00

Julie Colin – Vocals
Julien Spreutels – Keyboards
Francesco Mattei – Lead Guitar
Thomas Henry – Guitar
François Spreutels – Bass
Nicolas Spreutels – Drums

Record Label: AFM Records
Catalogue#: AFM_6899
Country of Origin: Belgium
Date of Release: 14th September 2018

Ethernity – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve… All Saint’s Eve… Samhain… however you refer to it) is upon us. So it’s time for us to explore some appropriately dark music, don’t you think?

Good!   I’m glad we agree.   Let’s get digging then…

Remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are 123 now!).

– Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack

Email: (Comments are always welcome)


  • Dead When I Found Her – “No More Nightmares” from Rag Doll Blues on ArtofFact Records
  • Patrick Grant – “Imaginary Horror Film, Pt. 2” from Fields Amaze and Other Strange Music on Peppergreen Media
  • Gutbucket – “Brain Born Outside of Its Head” from A Modest Proposal on Cuneiform Records
  • Gentle Giant – “Spooky Boogie” from Giant for a Day! on Chrysalis Records
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Tarantism” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Plant a Nail in the Navel Stream” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Faminepulse” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Pisacis (Phra-men-ma)” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Con Safo” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Multiple Spouse Wounds” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini: Sarcophagi” from Frances the Mute on Motown
  • Witchwood – “Rainbow Demon” from Handful of Stars on Jolly Roger Records
  • Goblin – “Black Forest” from Suspiria on Cinevox
  • Nash the Slash – “Stalker” from And You Thought You Were Normal on Cut-Throat Records
  • Gideon Freudman – “The Killer Is Caught” from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on CelloBop Music
  • Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – “Ossuary” from In Glorious Times on Web of Mimicry

If you have comments (always welcome), or suggestions for show topics/music, feel free to contact me anytime via email:

But first… enjoy the show!

Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack

P.S.  You can skip looking for these posts each week by subscribing to the podcast below!

Audio Player

This news story was originally published here:

This is a very different album for me, although I knew of Mr Giltrap and his brilliance on the guitar, somehow I’d never really explored his work much beyond buying the single of Heartsong when it was originally released back in the 1970s. Well this album addresses that lack of knowledge and serves as a good introduction to some of his later work, and also it’s for a very worthy cause. Basically this is Gordon’s ‘thank you’ album, released in order to help raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent major surgery on two separate occasions in 2016, to do something to show his gratitude to the people who saved his life.

This is where it becomes more personal as Gordon turned to an old school friend of mine, Peter Bonner, who he knows well, a man who runs his own label and a fine record shop called Psychotron Records in Sutton Coldfield, where I grew up (as did Greg Spawton of Big Big Train). Peter had previously commissioned Gordon to record a song for his lovely wife Linda, The Stars Look Down On Linda, which also appears on this album.

Heartsongs is released on Pete’s own Psychotron Records label, and very fine it is too. It’s really a re-release of an older album, Shining Morn from 2010, but with a few extra tracks that were personally selected by Gordon to show a more rounded picture of his works. In addition, Gordon has written the very interesting and informative sleeve notes detailing why each piece was chosen and his recollections of them. The album opens with a 1993 re-recording of Heartsong, featuring Brian May, Steve Howe, Midge Ure, Neil Murray and Rick Wakeman no less, all of whom give the old classic a thoroughly modern and timely reboot, and by doing so prove what a fine piece it always was.

Please note this is an earlier recording of the Heartsongs track featuring Brian May & Guests.

We continue in a more gentle manner with some delicate acoustic guitar pieces, mainly acoustic but several featuring contributions from other musicians, including violin, keyboards and accordion. One of the more spectacular pieces is the live recording of The Dodo’s Dream on which Gordon delivers a soaring electric lead break that simply staggers in its lyricism, elevating the piece to greater glory.

Several of the pieces were commissions for Gordon and he tells the story behind each song. It is especially refreshing to hear these tales and to hear these tracks which hold special meaning for both Gordon and the commissioner. The final song on the CD is the title track from Shining Morn that features Prog’s own star Rick Wakeman on some lovely piano parts.

It is quite astounding to think that Gordon is not more widely appreciated and given more prominence and credit for his musicianship. He certainly knows his way around the strings and has progressed far beyond his humble folk beginnings in London in the mid-1960s and his trio of more Progressively inclined albums, Visionary, Perilous Journey and Fear of the Dark in the late 1970s.

Heartsongs shows the many sides of Gordon Giltrap, a gentle listen but most certainly a worthy one, and one I would highly recommend to readers. Gordon has a vast back catalogue of releases to explore and this album will possibly set you off on your own journey of exploration.

In summary, this is a very enjoyable album made by a very gifted musician for a truly worthwhile cause and is to be appreciated and enjoyed by all. I heartily commend it, a really beautiful and heartfelt album of sublime grace and beauty, and with a lovely cover too boot.

[You can order Heartsongs directly from the charity at Queen Elizabeth Hospital HERE].

01. Heartsong 93 (4:26)
02. Rachel’s Reflections (2:17)
03. Prayer For Philippa (3:30)
04. Five Dollar Guitar (2:33)
05. Lazy Sunday (2:19)
06. Simply Margaret (2:29)
07. Joy Ride (3:37)
08. Ladies of Lichfield (2:16)
09. The Passing of a Queen (3:39)
10. The Dodo’s Dream (7:42)
11. Em’s Tune (3:33)
12. The Stars Look Down on Linda (4:19)
13. Forever Gold (3:39)
14. Night (3:25)
15. By Angle Tarn (3:54)
16. Minus One (2:49)
17. Paula’s Passion (2:27)
18. Ring of Kerry (5:18)
19. Tears of Joy (3:28)
20. Shining Morn (2:07)

Total Time – 69:22

Gordon Giltrap – Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Guitar Synthesizer, Mandola
~ With:
RIck Wakeman – Keyboards (track 1), Piano (track 20)
Brian May – Guitar (track 1)
Midge Ure – Guitar (track 1)
Neil Murray – Bass (track 1)
Steve Howe – Guitar (track 1)
Iain Carnegie – Arrangements & Keyboards (various tracks)
Andrew Bernadi – Violin (various tracks)
Paul White – Additional String Layers (track 11)
Stuart Jones – Keyboards (track 12 and others)
Hilary Ash Roy – Flute (tracks 3,6 & 7)

Record Label: Self-released via Psychotron Records
Catalogue#: PR 1007
Date of Release: 12th July 2018

Gordon Giltrap – Website | Facebook | CD Info

Edition 129 of THE PROG MILL first heard on Progzilla Radio Sunday 28th October 2018, is now also ready for you to listen to anytime or even download as a mp3 file.

This week’s is a particularly melodic edition, perfect for late night listening or just as a relaxing background.

This Week’s Playlist

The playlist for last night’s PROG MILL – edition 129 for Progzilla Radio and 349 in total was:

1 Blurred Turtle – Riding The Crests (Blurred Turtle)
2 Progatom – Apent Hav (Spiral)
3 The D Project – Be Free (Find Your Sun)
4 Mark Rowen – Lure of the Siren (Radiance)
5 Overworld Dreams – Voyage to Castilla (Voyage)
6 Dark Beauty – Spirits of a Dead Earth (Single)
7 Tiger Moth Tales – Eternity (Story Tellers Part 2)
8 Tim Morse – Wake Up (Tim Morse III)
9 Half Past Four – Strangest Dream (Rabbit in the Vestibule)
10 Celeste – Principe di un Giorno (Celeste)
11 Luna Rossa – Secrets and Lies (Secrets and Lies)
12 Outstation – On The Precipice You Cant Redeem (Entropy on the Edge of Chaos)
13 Paul Gunn – Black is the colour of my true love’s hair (A Beekeepers Garden)
14 Genesis – The Cinema Show (Selling England by the Pound)
15 Zeelley Moon – Tricks and Tragedy (Zeelley Moon)

You can hear THE PROG MILL on Progzilla Radio every week at these times:

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2100UTC) – MAIN BROADCAST
Tuesdays 3-5am UK (0200UTC) – for North America (Mon 7pm Pacific and 10pm Eastern)
Tuesdays 11pm-1am UK (2200 UTC)
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1700UTC) an nice easy time to listen during Saturday teatime

Back next Sunday from 10pm UK with another brand new Prog Mill including yet ANOTHER CD Giveaway!

(Photo courtesy of Adrian Oakes Photography)