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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22506&IdCompany=8

Following the release of their latest album, ‘Vortex’ (April 27th) Spanish instrumental rockers Toundra just premiered a mini documentary that was filmed during the secret show Toundra played at the club that gave the name to the record, on the day of the album release. In its first week, ‘Vortex’ reach the #4 at the Official Spanish Charts.

Watch the ‘Vortex’ documentary here: https://youtu.be/R_2MgWNiYzk

The video (directed and edited by Nacho Montero & Holy Cuervo), tells the story of that special evening and reasons that led the Spanish Instrumentalists to call the album ‘Vortex’, speaking about music, passion and life on the road.

Toundra comments: “Going to Vortex is like getting home; even since the first day, it has always been a very special place for us. When we announced the name of the album the immediately got in touch to organise that release party, which turned out becoming one of the most special shows we have ever done, one that we keep very fond feelings of because of all the friends we shared it with. The video is a nice glimpse testimony of that. And a good placebo while we wait to get there again“.

Stay tuned, because the band will be announcing their next European run next week.

‘VORTEX – TOUR’
26th October – Beasain @ Jazpana Fest
3rd November – Zaragoza @ Las Armas (+ El Altar del Holocausto)
10th November – Córdoba @ Sala ambigu Axerquia
15th November – Madrid @ La Riviera
17th November – Saarland @ Gloomaar Festival
23th November – Valencia @ Moon
24th November – Sevilla @ Monkey Week
30th November – Granada @ Sala Falla. Palacio de Congresos
8th November – Azpeitia @ Sanagustin Kulturgunea
22th November – Vitoria @ Helldorado
28th November – Gran Canaria @ The Paper Club
29th November – Tenerife @ Aguere Cultural
12th January – Girona @ La Mirona
18th January – Gijón @ Albeniz
19th January – Santiago de Compostela @ Capitol
6th March – Barcelona @ Barts (Festival Mil·lenni )
5th April – Pamplona @ Zentral

‘Vortex’ received fantastic reviews upon release and you can find a selection of them below:

expansive, emotive music, appealing to our hearts as much as our heads.” – Prog

a bombardment of claustrophobia & ecstasy, often within the same song, Vortex is a breathtaking piece of work.” – Metal Hammer

It’s inspiring, highly energetic, full of riffs, hooks, melody. What else do you need?” – Echoes & Dust

a voyage of discovery in an enthralling album. Never heard of what the Spanish have to offer in terms of cutting edge rock before? Sit back, relax and turn it up loud.” – Louder Than War

The album is available on special edition CD digipak, gatefold black LP + CD & as digital download. Order the album now here: https://toundra.lnk.to/Vortex

Watch a video for the track ‘Kingston Falls’ here: https://youtu.be/I2y0NOiyDKI

Their previous video for ‘Cobra’ was created by Jorge Escalona using photographic material from Pulitzer Prize winner Manu Brabo and video material from well-known Spanish journalist Gonzo, and was nominated for a Progressive Music Award earlier this year.
Watch that now here: https://youtu.be/eFNLm380Uzg


You can find the beautiful cover artwork and track-listing below:



  1. Intro Vortex
    2. Cobra
    3. Tuareg
    4. Cartavio
    5. Kingston Falls
    6. Mojave
    7. Roy Neary
    8. Cruce Oeste



It has been an intense 3 years since the band got signed with Superball/Century Media in 2014, with whom they put out their most recent a lauded album, ¨IV¨, (January 2015), after the first 3 albums that were released independently. Since then the band has performed over 100 concerts in 17 different countries with their instrumental sound combining progressive and post rock making them one of the leaders in there genre.

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/10/28/damanek-in-flight/

As you listen to On Track, the debut album from Damanek, the words and then the sentiment of an arresting lyric jump from the music and instantly capture your attention;

“But modern progress overflows
and the song is somehow altered and discord grows.
Man versus Man
in this crowded biosphere of choking disharmony.”

The Cosmic Score (Heaven Song Part 1)

The poignancy of the lyric is astonishing. The unexpected clarity with which the words float to prominence creates a startling emphasis which demands attention. Further, when compared to the beauty of the music against which they are delivered, the contrast punches home just how brutal and uncompromising the message is.

To be fair, this is but one of an avalanche of biting observations and On Track is remarkable for the sheer unrelenting consistency in its powerful statement of environmental, social and personal challenges created by the direction being taken by the human race. We are out of control and, unless urgent steps are taken, on track for a catastrophic future which will spell calamity for the Earth, for nature and for all the species which uneasily co-exist within it.

In Flight is no less compromising and no less direct in continuing the often painful reflections and heartrending observations which arise from daily life. With clear signals to both the past as well as the present, the same array of bewildering concerns continue to cast a haunting presence over the song writing and permeate every layer of the music. This time, however, the manner of the approach has shifted, the angle of attack is tellingly different and the delivery all the more potent as a result.

The first clue comes from the deceptively beguiling cover. A robed, monkish figure looks down on the land from the bow of what we presume, from the title, is some kind of airship. The serene vista stretches to the horizon, the hint of a technological metropolis framed against a foreground of rural beauty and tranquillity. But the echoes of On Track are alive and well: the airship, the figure, the birds are all inexorably moving in one direction. What kind of future awaits?

The second clue links to the message from the cover and is unearthed in lyrics that are simply irresistible. The sheer brilliance of In Flight lies in the triumphant move of putting story-telling centre stage and as a result, inviting imagination, compassion and empathy to spark resonances with our experiences of the world we know.

Looking down on the earth, as we do on the cover image, it is all too easy to see the ‘bigger picture’, the overarching problems and issues – all the things tackled by On Track. What we forget is that it is people, individuals – you and me – who live at the heart of these problems and experience them every day of our lives. How else is it possible to create awareness of and sympathy for the things we go through other than by telling stories?

And that is why In Flight is such a special album. Each track delivers a series of sketches, stories, vignettes which tackle different aspects of our experience. Take a look at the opening of Big Eastern:

The valley moves from the village
Stretching to the far barren hills
From granite to sky I can see my home
Just being is hard, but from my hands
I pull life from the soil
My wife beside me, our child on her back.”

Big Eastern Part 1 – Cruel Skies

The genius of the song writing – and the compelling draw of this dramatic and eloquent release – lies in this almost obsessive attention to detail which brings the listener alongside the story teller and lets us see things from their point of view. It is both inspired in what it enables and strikingly vivid in the way it helps us feel and understand what is going on.

Even as we draw toward the end of the review, it is telling that nothing has yet been said of the music itself. Stories are nothing if the telling is poor or inadequate. My goodness, we need have no worries on that front! Sean Timms creates an impressive sound stage which is deliciously sumptuous and alluringly spacious, allowing the music to excite, delight and thrill with expansive clarity.

The playing is beautifully seductive and enticingly organic, more delicate and elegant than On Track, yet also more assured and precise in the way it grows progressive layers of sophisticated melodies and complex harmonies. Marek Arnold again excels in the playful interjections and teasing exclamations which are an absolute joy in the way they bridge and bind the work of the other instruments.

Keep an ear open for some thoroughly enticing bass work which brings balance, subtlety and depth to the party. The addition of the violin to The Crossing is divine in the extra texture and bite it adds. And yet, it all feels so wonderfully effortless, refined and so perfectly natural. Guy Manning has forged an album which is something truly special: it is musically distinguished, inventively creative and passionately exceptional.

TRACK LISTING
01. Ragusa (5:17)
02. Skyboat (5:47)
03. The Crawler (8:50)
04. Moon-Catcher (Heaven Song Pt.2) (4:38)
05. The Crossing (7:10)
06. Big Eastern – Part 1: Cruel Skies (12:02)
07. Big Eastern – Part 2: The Shaking Earth (10:35)
08. Big Eastern – Part 3: A Life in Chinatown (7:04)

Total Time – 61:23

MUSICIANS
Marek Arnold – Saxes, Seaboard
Guy Manning – Vocals, Keyboards, Bouzouki, Mandolins, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Percussion
Dan Mash – Bass
Sean Timms – Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals
~ With:
Raf Azaria – Violin (track 5)
DavidB – Backing Vocals
Kevin Currie – Backing Vocals
Brody Thomas Green – Drums
Julie King – Backing Vocals
Luke Machin – Guitars (tracks 1,2,4 & 5)
Tzan Niko – Electric Guitars (tracks 6,7 & 8)
Antonio Vittozzi – Guitars (tracks 3,6,7 & 8)
The Gospo Collective and Jones Commentary Choir

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Giant Electric Pea
Catalogue#: GEPCD1059
Countries of Origin: U.K./Germany/Australia
Date of Release: 5th October 2018

LINKS
Damanek – Website | Facebook

This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/10/27/sterbus-real-estate-fake-inverno/

Musical definitions – who needs ’em? Actually a lot more folk than you’d think. So, this Sterbus thing, what is it? Clever pop is what it is. Starting with the wordplay of the title; “estate” is Italian for summer, and “inverno” is winter, and through the split between the two seasons and associated moods and emotions, with a CD for each, right up to the last notes of the highly-sprung Trapeze, there is a deep pop knowledge and a sharp intelligence at work here.

Drawing on all the right influences ancient, middle aged, and not so old, this double helping of poptastic pizzaz will put the belief back into any jaded spirit that there is a hope that burns bright out there despite the seeming never ending shitstorm of soul-sapping bleeeuuchh we are subjected to on an unending basis in these days of social media dumbing down and governance by inane and ignorant soundbite.

Real Estate is an album of love, that shines through in the lyrics to many of these songs, whether penned by the male or the female half of this irrepressible Italian duo. Having seen Emanuele Sterbini declare undying love on stage to his partner in life and this music, Dominique D’Avanzo [see live review], it is maybe not surprising that a majority of the heart-on-sleeve lyrics come from his pen. Obviously a large serving of the amore on display here is down to the writers’ personal circumstances, but being Italian and romanticism being a national character trope, the uplifting nature of this record is undoubtedly a combination of the two. This sets the album apart from the lyrical angst and navel gazing tendencies of its Northern European contemporaries on the pop-for-brainiacs scene. All this whimsy is held in check by third and essential member of this combo, the former Cardiacs’ skin-basher Bob Leith.

While Real Estate is a Frisbee skimming across summer’s beaches between playful lovers, all wrapped up in a thoroughly enjoyable poptastic blanket, Fake Inverno is a more considered affair. The Waterloo Sunset to CD1’s Victoria if you will. Less brash and bouncy, we start with a Latin incantation of all things, something went awry in 1347 it seems. Winter is an introspective season, but Fake Inverno cannot completely restrain this band’s natural ebullience as the full-on punkarama of Stoner Kebab bears witness.

The many guest players on this album are essential ingredients to a cocktail of all kinds of delights, and their added and occasionally exotic instrumentation gives the songs a depth that can only be missed in a live setting. This is a studio album and there’s nothing wrong with that as the band that kick-started this pop thang, at least this side of the Pond, proved again and again.

Real Estate/Fake Inverno covers many bases over its combined 73 minutes, and is wisely split into two albums, as it would be a lot to take in on one CD. If you have a liking for classy pop, this is the “feel good album of the Autumn” you have been waiting for!

TRACK LISTING
Disc 1 – Real Estate

01. Fall Awesome (4:41)
02. Maybe Baby (4:14)
03. In This Grace (3:58)
04. Prosopopeye (5:15)
05. Home Planet Gone (4:32)
06. Razor Legs 04:07
07. Emy’s Fears (4:10)
08. Shine A Light (5:52)

Time – 39:45

Disc 2 – Fake Inverno
01. Adverse Advice MCCCXLVII (1:32)
02. Little Miss Queen of Light (Willow) (4:13)
03. (Maybe I’m a) Lioness (4:24)
04. Mate in 4/4 (4:04)
05. “Real Estate / Fake Winter” Reel (3:59)
06. Stoner Kebab (3:31)
07. Micro New-Wave (4:16)
08. Trapeze (4:39)

Time – 33:27

Download Only Bonus Track:
Blackducks on Parade (3:18)

Total Time – 76:30

MUSICIANS
Emanuele Sterbini – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Axoloti, Melodica, Strings, Synth, Shaker, Digital Hand-Claps
Dominique D’Avanzo – Vocals, Clarinet, Flute (cleaned and distorted)
Bob Leith – Drums, Lead vocals (Bonus track), “Bollocks!” (Shine A Light)
~ With:
Sauro Berti – Bass Clarinet
Carlo Schneider – Alto Sax
Riccardo Piergiovanni – Piano, Mellotron, Strings, Marimba, Electric Piano, Organ
Francesco Grammatico – Trumpet, Piano, Axoloti, Backing Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar Arpeggio, Synth
Noel C. Storey – Harpsichord, Piano, Reg
Charlie Cawood – Sitar, 12-string Acoustic Guitar, Electric Zigzag Guitar
Elisa Raho – Celtic Harp
Andrea Salvi – Flute Solo
Claudio Cavallaro – Clarinet
Adrian Beckwith – Piano
Jurgen Verfaillie – Stunt Guitar Epic Solo
Johnny Dal Basso – Harmonica Solo
Matteo Bertolini – Glockenspiel
Brenda Gaga – Tambourine, Synth Sweep, Shaker, Triangle, Bongos, Vibraslap
Oslo Port – Finger Snaps, Birds Chirping
Hannah Maher – Xerxes
David Sheridon – Blues Guitar Intro
Debz Joy – Lead Vocals ((Maybe I’m a) Lioness)
Emanuele Binelli – Vocals
Moira Ceccaroli – Backing Vocals
Nick Prol – Backing Vocals
Francesco Chini – Backing Vocals

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: 7 Million Watt Records
Country of Origin: Italy
Date of Release: 23rd September 2018

LINKS
Sterbus – Facebook | Bandcamp

This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2018/10/26/curved-air-second-album-remastered-expanded-edition/

Esoteric Recordings are continuing their Curved Air reissues program, this time with the follow up to Air Conditioning, entitled Second Album. Originally released on the Warner Bros. label in the fall of 1971, the album reached number 11 in the U.K. with the single Back Street Luv getting to number four when it was released in July of that same year.

When the band went into the studio to record their aptly titled Second Album, original bassist Rob Martin had to leave due to a trapped nerve in his shoulder which made it impossible for him to play bass. The band placed an ad in the Melody Maker for another bass player. Enter, Ian Eyre. Ian came from a Northern Soul background, plus a mixture of Martial Arts and Yoga for some exercise, according to the liner notes from an interview he gave for this reissue. Mark Edwards produced the debut album but it was time for the band to open a new door and they brought along Colin Caldwell, who also worked on the debut release, for Second Album to help co-produce and engineer.

Listening to Second Album originally, when I first heard it back in the fall of 2006, it sounded like it was very quiet with some low quality moments, similar to when I initially heard Air Conditioning during the same period. Listening now to the remastered sound by Francis Monkman, this version of Second Album has much better quality sound. Thanks to the reissue, the whole album is like a gigantic flower ready to burst open, finally ready to see the sunlight. From the opening track Young Mother, which went back to the pre-Curved Air band Sisyphus, features a swirling VCS3 synth introduction that is almost on a loop as an orchestral fanfare between the horns and Darryl Way’s violin, creating an intensive yet confrontational sequence.

Sonja Kristina pours her heart through the lyrical textures before Florian Pilkington-Miska, Eyre, and the keyboards soar through a cosmic midsection that will take you through higher places before heading back into the VCS3 loop and the song’s protagonist trying to stay sane and not go crazy.

Now Back Street Luv, my introduction to Curved Air’s music in 2005 via the ProgArchives website. Monkman’s remastering is like a motorcycle, revved up and ready to go. It drives the climbing rhythm before heading back down for some of the riffs and melodies that Way and Monkman provide, giving Sonja a guide to follow in Miska’s drumming, providing more clues to the girl’s possible options and… well, you get the general idea of what the song is about.

Jumbo has some beautiful string arrangements that slightly resemble Debussy’s Clair De Lune, Way’s piano following the melody of some amazing landscapes as Kristina captures the loss of innocence, almost sounding like the introduction to the storyboard sequences in Disney’s overlooked 1977 animated classic, The Rescuers.

Curved Air’s nod towards Procol Harum’s Home-era on You Know gives Monkman a chance to channel the crunches of Robin Trower and Carlos Santana throughout the solo with some bluesy work and riffing as Way’s keyboards lay down the law. Sonja and Darryl vocalise well together, as if the two have each other’s backs, keeping the music flowing and moving forward.

The loop percussion and clicking effects that are used on Puppets follows, with Way’s piano and Mellotron flowing through the waves from the ocean. The lyrical wonders of the puppeteer who controls the marionette’s strings whilst making plans to please everyone bring joy and happiness.

Everdance is almost Curved Air’s answer to Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats with some of the odd signatures as if they were paying homage to The Grand Wazoo himself. It has thunderous roars followed by keyboard and violin work while Bright Summer’s Day ’68 sees the volume levels boosted as Sonja takes us through the letters from an inmate’s life while on Death Row. It is told through a motorcycling rhythm from Monkman and Way in the intro as Francis himself drives down the highway followed by the Harpsichord as Sonja begins to sing,

“On a bright summer’s day
In the middle of May
With the sun shining down
My baby left town
My brother broke jail
Then my Daddy shot Mom
So I’ve written this song
Just to tell all you folks
Out there cracking them jokes
How I felt all along.”

The lyrics have a dark comedic atmosphere, the brother escaping jail to find her sister. The midsection has a mini-opera vibe with some intensity, the guitars and organ go to the edge near the end to understand what will happen next in a cliffhanger for the characters.

The 12-minute closing track, Piece of Mind, is a classical yet nightmarish theatrical composition. Listening to this, I can hear aspects of Renaissance, Van der Graaf Generator, Gentle Giant, and Benefit-era of Jethro Tull. It features a dystopian landscape, somewhere between Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

The five bonus tracks feature BBC sessions with John Peel in 1971, the first being Young Mother in Style which was introduced by the late great Brian Matthew for Top Gear. The last four are a full performance at the BBC Paris Theatre in London in March, introduced by Peel. They go straight into killer versions of It Happened Today, Blind Man, and the intensive medley of Propositions and What Happens When You Blow Yourself Up featuring the VCS3 is a volcanic sound. The intensity from that live recording is there, Sonja reaching for those notes and letting out a huge scream that every time I hear gives me Goosebumps. It moves into a cat-and-mouse Zappa-esque scenario with What Happens When You Blow Yourself Up as Francis goes back to the VCS3, raising the temperature levels up, up, and up.

Now onto the DVD second disc. It contains TV appearances from 1971, including a never before seen promo film that the band did for Warner Bros. where they mimed three songs from the Air Conditioning for promotion in the States. It features newspaper and magazine clippings, psychedelic poster, and a skull being screwed to its head.

Next up is a French TV show called Pop Deux (POP2) which featured bands like Fairport Convention, Blodwyn Pig, T. Rex, and Strawbs. According to Esoteric’s Mark Powell it was France’s answer to The Old Grey Whistle Test and concentrated on album bands. Curved Air performed at the Taverne D’Olympia on 6th July, the same place where Magma recorded their live album in 1975. You can see some of the close-ups on Darryl playing keyboards on Back Street Luv and little bits of Francis and Pilkington-Miska also. Monkman adds a Terry Riley-esque sound on the VCS3 to create to some of the ascending loops that climb towards the heavens before he and the band play an excerpt of Propositions. There is an interview by Phillipe Constaine, which I believe was conducted backstage at the Taverne, about the history of the band before Way closes the performance with a powerful version of Vivaldi which gives him full creative rein as his violin nails it bit by bit, from relaxed to incredible ramming speed.

The next and final parts are TV sessions from March and in the fall of 1971 for German TV show Beat Club, which include the Air Conditioning album cover going through a spinning wheel, a blue screen, and electronic waves. It also featured session drummer Barry De Souza replacing Florian who had been taken ill with Hepatitis B.

The reissue contains a 24-page booklet with liner notes by Malcolm Dome and interviews with the band members about the making of the album. I have to say I was very impressed with the Francis Monkman’s new remastering of Second Album as the sound quality is very good. I hope Esoteric continue to with more Curved Air reissues for next year. Please pick this one up and add it to the other reissues that Esoteric have released so far.

TRACK LISTING
Disc 1 – Original Album Remastered

01. Young Mother (5:57)
02. Back Street Luv (3:37)
03. Jumbo (4:11)
04. You Know (4:10)
05. Puppets (5:29)
06. Everdance (3:07)
07. Bright Summer’s Day ’68 (2:54)
08. Piece of Mind (12:58)
~ Bonus Tracks:
BBC Radio One John Peel Top Gear Session Recorded 5th January 1971
09. Young Mother in Style (4:07)
BBC Radio One John Peel Sunday Concert, 4th March 1971 at the BBC Paris Theatre, Regent Street, London – Previously Unreleased
10. It Happened Today (BBC Radio One Session) (4:53)
11. Blind Man (BBC Radio One Session) (3:53)
12. Propositions (BBC Radio One Session) (6:58)
13. Vivaldi (BBC Radio One Session) (9:05)

Total Time – 71:28

Disc 2 – DVD:
Curved Air on the Air Television Recordings 1971.
Warner Bros presents Curved Air 1971 promo film. Previously Unreleased

01. It Happened Today
02. Vivaldi
03. Screw
Pop Deux, recorded at Taverne de l’Oympia Paris on 6th July 1971. First Broadcast on 4th September 1971. Previously Unreleased
04. Back Street Luv
05. Propositions
06. Interview
07. Vivaldi
Beat Club – Radio Bremen TV Sessions
Recorded March, 1971:
08. It Happened Today
09. Propositions
10. Vivaldi
Recorded September, 1971:
11. Back Street Luv (Version 1)
12. Piece of Mind
13. Back Street Luv (Version 2)

MUSICIANS
Sonja Kristina – Lead Vocals
Darryl Way – Electric Violin, Vocals, Piano
Francis Monkman – Keyboards, Guitar
Ian Eyre – Bass Guitar
Florian Pilkington-Miska – Drums (DVD, tracks 1-11)
Barry de Souza – Drums (DVD, tracks 12 & 13)

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red
Catalogue#: PECLEC 22637
Date of Release: 21st September 2018 (UK) / 5th October 2018 (U.S.A.)

LINKS
Curved Air – Website | Facebook | Twitter
Sonja Kristina – Website | Facebook | Twitter

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22505&IdCompany=8

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, release their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’ today. The album was produced by the band themselves, and recorded & mixed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project), with the artwork once again being handled by Blacklake.

The album has been receiving fantastic reactions, a few of which you can find below:

heart-stopping hails of metallic riff bullets, dizzying instrumental and rhythmic complexity, alongside an intriguing lyrical tale.” – Prog Magazine

Bewildering, impressive and satisfying, all at the same time.” – The Prog Report

one of the more exciting and engaging prog albums put out so far this year.” – Metal Wani

The band recently released a video for the track ‘A Cell Divides’, watch that now here: https://youtu.be/XNT_9mmQaS8

The band previously released a video for the track ‘Puzzle Box’ which you can see here: https://youtu.be/2oCD4Wk1bwo

Watch the video for the album’s first single ‘The Good Doctor’ here: https://youtu.be/BD3v8w57_lU

HAKEN will embark on an epic tour starting next week in North America, and the band recently announced South American & European tour dates for 2019. Find the full list of confirmed European dates below:

Haken live – Europe 2019:
15th February – Academy 3, Manchester, UK
16th February – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
17th February – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19th February – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
20th February – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
21st February – Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
22nd February – Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
23rd February – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
24th February – Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
26th February – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
27th February – Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
28th February – A38, Budapest, Hungary
2nd March – Szene, Vienna, Austria
3rd March – Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
4th March – Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
6th March – Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, Germany
7th March – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
8th March – Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
9th March – Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
10th March – Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12th March – Mon Live, Madrid, Spain
13th March – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
14th March – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
15th March – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16th March – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
23rd March – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

Full ticket details as well as all upcoming dates including North America can be found here: https://www.hakenmusic.com/tour

‘Vector’ is available as Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (including instrumental versions of the album tracks), as Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD, as Standard CD Jewelcase & as digital download. Order now here: https://haken.lnk.to/Vector

You can find the track-listing below:
1. Clear
2. The Good Doctor
3. Puzzle Box
4. Veil
5. Nil By Mouth
6. Host
7. A Cell Divides


To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band ran a competition for one lucky fan’s artwork to be etched into the fourth side of the vinyl version of the record. They invited people to submit their own version of the Rorshach test ink-blot which graces the album cover, and the winner was revealed as Shakoor Bukhuth aka SHAUN BEYOND.

Since their inception in 2007, Haken have shown over four previous studio albums, one EP and a live release that they never stand still, merely satisfied to rely on past triumphs. Rather, Haken always look for ways to challenge themselves as musicians and artists, and also to keep the listeners on their collective toes. “We don’t like to make simple music,” laughs vocalist Ross Jennings. “We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.

Their fifth studio record sees the band going in a heavier direction with the music. “We’ve always had a heavy influence”, explains guitarist Charlie Griffiths, “but it was obvious from the riffs that were naturally coming out of us early in the writing process that this would be a more metal album. These are some of the most riff driven songs we’ve ever written.” As is usual, Haken produced the album themselves, but for the first time they have enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood during the recording and mixing stages. Formerly bassist with Periphery, in the last couple of years he has built a reputation as a fine producer. “We produced the album ourselves, as we always do,” insists Jennings. “But we’re fans of what Adam has done with Periphery, Sikth and Devin Townsend. He has a great reputation for the heavier end of our genre”.

But if this album is musically heavy, then there’s an underlying theme running through the seven songs which is certainly esoteric and fascinating. “The scene is set with the track The Good Doctor, which was a really fun song. Musically it feels like a logical step from ‘Affinity’, but lyrically it’s a bit more theatrical and about as ‘rock opera’ as Haken has ever got”, explains Griffiths. “It’s about a Doctor with an intriguing, perhaps sinister interest in a particular patient. From there the story enters the point-of-view of the patient – who appears to be catatonic, but his mind is sparking with what could be memories, or delusions brought on by the treatment he’s receiving – we leave this up to the listeners to decide. Although we don’t want to give too much away, people who are familiar with our back catalogue will have fun discovering further clues we’ve planted throughout the album. And that’s the challenge for the fans – to find out for themselves their own meaning for ‘Vector’ as an album”.

HAKEN are:
Ross Jennings
Richard Henshall
Charlie Griffiths
Diego Tejeida
Conner Green
Ray Hearne

HAKEN online:
www.hakenmusic.com
www.twitter.com/Haken_Official
http://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.insideoutshop.de


Northern Star 25th October 2018.

Mike Kershaw Arms Wide Very Open

https://mikekershaw.bandcamp.com/

Northern Star – Theme

  1. Tiger Moth Tales – The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  2. Chasing The dark – WeR1
  3. The Tangent – A case of Misplaced Optimism
  4. Mike Kershaw – Curtains
  5. Mike Kershaw – An Ordinary Poison
  6. Genesis – Dukes Travels/Dukes End
  7. Mike Kershaw – A Kind of Hell
  8. Mike Kershaw- The City of My dreams
  9. Mike Kershaw – Keys to the Kingdom
  10. Mike Kershaw – The fear Quartet – Fear factory
  11. Mike Kershaw – The fear Quartet – Facing the Fear
  12. Mike Kershaw – The fear Quartet – All that matters is the fear
  13. Mike Kershaw – The fear Quartet – The Fear inside me
  14. Relocate to Heathrow – Often lost, Never Forgotten

 

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/bandcamp-undercover/haaze-swamp-mama-bandcamp-undercover/
HAAZE

Well if judging by this upcoming EP by Red Deer, Alberta’s Sludge/Doom Metal power trio Haaze, 2019 seems to be another great year for the Metal genre. The group is set to release a follow-up to their 2017’s EP RIFF on January 7th.

At just 28 minutes in length, Swamp Mama is filler-free for the most part (barring the acoustic interlude “The Mechanic”), delivering six (technically five) tracks that bash and thrash and grind. Just a few seconds it the opening “Beast of the Bog” and Haaze already kick into high energy. It’s striking how important every member is. The drums by Alex Adamson force the song along. After “Beast of the Bog,” the group expertly tears through a series of skull-crackers, with guitarist and singer Mitchell Soloway and bassist / singer Jack Sutherland creating the foundation of the band’s sound. The record isn’t exactly the most original document ever created, nor does it aspire to be as such. The intensity is more than enough. There’s a certain beauty in such no-frills rock, in such meaty riffs and booming drums. This is the kind of release where the influences are obvious, but instead of governing the thought process they provide a foundation from which Haaze have built their identity. Swamp Mama is an unkempt affair.

Swamp Mama does have enough raw edge to make your metal and punk friends happy campers at your back-yard soiree. What the EP lacks by way of boundary pushing and newness, it makes up for with a cohesive sound and deliberate thickness. You won’t find the metal nerds cramped next to the speaker trying to figure out the riffs and beats; but to hell with it, it’s time to get out of mom and dad’s house and go party with the crew.

The EP is released on January 7th, 2019; pre-order here. Listen to the lead single and title track below. Read our interview with the band here.

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HAAZE - Swamp Mama

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/bandcamp-undercover/haaze-swamp-mama-bandcamp-undercover/
HAAZE

Well if judging by this upcoming EP by Red Deer, Alberta’s Sludge/Doom Metal power trio Haaze, 2019 seems to be another great year for the Metal genre. The group is set to release a follow-up to their 2017’s EP RIFF on January 7th.

At just 28 minutes in length, Swamp Mama is filler-free for the most part (barring the acoustic interlude “The Mechanic”), delivering six (technically five) tracks that bash and thrash and grind. Just a few seconds it the opening “Beast of the Bog” and Haaze already kick into high energy. It’s striking how important every member is. The drums by Alex Adamson force the song along. After “Beast of the Bog,” the group expertly tears through a series of skull-crackers, with guitarist and singer Mitchell Soloway and bassist / singer Jack Sutherland creating the foundation of the band’s sound. The record isn’t exactly the most original document ever created, nor does it aspire to be as such. The intensity is more than enough. There’s a certain beauty in such no-frills rock, in such meaty riffs and booming drums. This is the kind of release where the influences are obvious, but instead of governing the thought process they provide a foundation from which Haaze have built their identity. Swamp Mama is an unkempt affair.

Swamp Mama does have enough raw edge to make your metal and punk friends happy campers at your back-yard soiree. What the EP lacks by way of boundary pushing and newness, it makes up for with a cohesive sound and deliberate thickness. You won’t find the metal nerds cramped next to the speaker trying to figure out the riffs and beats; but to hell with it, it’s time to get out of mom and dad’s house and go party with the crew.

The EP is released on January 7th, 2019; pre-order here. Listen to the lead single and title track below. Read our interview with the band here.

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HAAZE - Swamp Mama

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 261 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Evership – Monomyth
  2. Gösta Berlings Saga – Fundament
  3. Huminoita – Marsvolga
  4. Kingcrow – Folding Paper Dreams
  5. Kingcrow – Devil’s Got A Picture
  6. Martin Barre – And The Band Played On
  7. Xavi Reija Feat. Tony Levin, Markus Reuter & Dusan Jevtovic – Deep Ocean
  8. Noa – Unimog
  9. Saul Blease – War Machine
  10. Wobbler – Fermented Hours
  11. The Mute Gods – The Singing Fish Of Batticaloa
  12. Sean Filkins – Epitaph For A Mariner
  13. Chac Mool – Mundo Feliz
  14. Leyenda Mística – La Llorona
  15. Toccata – Futuro Amanecer
  16. Wildebeest – Tribal Fence
  17. Wildebeest – Living Drummers
  18. Karibow – The Impossible
  19. Yes – Onward

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