All posts for the month December, 2018

Northern Star 13th December 2018.


Northern Star – Theme

  1. Pink Floyd – Yet Another Movie
  2. Barclay James Harvest – Play To The World
  3. Marillion – Seasons End
  4. Big Big Train – Last train
  5. Yes – run through the light
  6. Times Up – After The Storm
  7. Colosseum II – On second Thoughts
  8. Genesis – Unquiet Slumbers for the sleepers… /In That Quiet Earth/ Afterglow
  9. Hawklords – Flying Doctor
  10. Emerald Dawn As Darkness falls
  11. Spocks beard – Onomatopoeia
  12. IQ – Human nature
  13. King Crimson – Exiles
  14. Black Sabbath – Children of the Sea
  15. Drifting Sun – Cascading Tears
  16. Pallas – Sanctuary
  17. Rush – The Weapon
  18. Red Bazar – Temple
  19. Supertramp – Still in Love
  20. 10cc – Feel The benefit


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Well, it’s that time of year again…when Prog-Watch teams with The Progressive Aspect to bring you our end of year round-up of some of the best albums released in the Progressive genre this year! Seven of the fine reviewers from TPA provided short lists of their favorites, and brief reviews. Your humble host has also selected one of his own. With contributions from Mel Allen, Shawn Dudley, Rob Fisher, Magnus Moar, Jez Rowden, Roger Trenwith, and Leo Trimming, and music from Robert Berry’s 3.2, Dukes of the Orient, Gazpacho, North Atlantic Oscillation, Phideaux, Pymlico, Regal Worm, and Voivod!

551: Prog-Watch & TPA Present Some of the Best of 2018

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Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’ (charted at #22 in Germany, #28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style.

Today sees the release of the second single from the album, titled ‘Underground Railroad’, featuring Durga and Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd). You can listen to that now here:

Steve comments: “I was inspired to write “Underground Railroad” in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering about that amazing network that helped slaves escape in pre-Civil War America, spearheaded by brave people like Harriet Tubman. Durga and Lorelei McBroom (both sang with Pink Floyd) sound amazing, expressing that heartfelt pain. As well as electric guitar, I play Dobro acoustic and also harmonica, transporting us back to those times…

Listen to the album’s first single ‘Under The Eye of the Sun’ here:

Of the new album Steve adds: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.

Watch Steve discuss the new album in this new interview:

‘At The Edge Of Light’ is released in a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album. Pre-order now here:

Steve Hackett has established himself as one of Rock music’s finest and recognisable guitarists through his time with the legendary Genesis who he joined in 1971 and a solo career following his departure from Genesis in 1977 and is a hugely influential guitarist particularly in the Progressive Rock genre. ‘At The Edge Of Light’ will be Hackett’s 26th studio album in a solo career that began in 1975 with the release of his debut solo album ‘Voyage Of The Acolyte’.

‘At The Edge Of Light’ was mainly recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold… This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend… All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.

The full track-listing is as follows:
1. Fallen Walls and Pedestals
2. Beasts In Our Time
3. Under The Eye of the Sun
4. Underground Railroad
5. Those Golden Wings
6. Shadow and Flame
7. Hungry Years
8. Descent
9. Conflict
10. Peace

The album is released shortly before Steve performs as special guest on the Cruise To The Edge in February 2019 and the On The Blue cruise featuring Justin Hayward, also in February.

Hackett recently played a series of Genesis Revisited shows with Orchestra and will tour Europe in April/May 2019 before returning to the UK in November 2019 with a much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set. You can find a full list of upcoming tour dates here:

About Steve Hackett:
Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon) and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. With Steve’s extraordinary versatility in both his electric guitar playing and his composing, he involves influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music, Classical music and Blues.



Edition 165 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


PreHistoric Animals – Run Stranger, Run!
Katatonia – Evidence
Sebas Honing – Falling Down
Canvas Solaris – Adaptive Optics
Animals As Leaders – Ectogenesis

Live at 11: Opeth live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA on 11th May 2017

The Devil’s Orchard(live)
Cusp of Eternity (live)
Heir Apparent (live)

Rishloo – Blitz
The Butterfly Effect – Before They Knew

Album of the Week: Dream Theater – Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

The Glass Prison
The Test That Stumped Them All

Evergrey – Passing Through

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 269 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. The Paradox Twin – Earthbound
  2. Carptree – Celestial Sky
  3. Les Penning and Robert Reed – In Dulci Jubilo (Extended Winter Mix)
  4. Opus Of A Machine – Beacon
  5. In Continuum – Be The Light
  6. Big Big Train – Snowfalls
  7. Strangefish – Spotlight Effect
  8. 3.2 – One By One
  9. IQ – The Dark Christmas Suite
  10. The Room – Broken
  11. Steve Hillage – Searching For The Spark
  12. Roxy Music – Amazona
  13. Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home A Heartache
  14. Roxy Music – Out Of The Blue
  15. Gandalf’s Fist – Leader Of Men
  16. Marillion – Carol Of The Bells
  17. Karibow – Crusader
  18. The Intersphere – Don’t Think Twice
  19. The Intersphere – Antitype
  20. Also Eden – In The Bleak Midwinter

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Edition 174 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Gandalf’s Fist – Leader of Men (from Leader of Men)
All Traps On Earth – Magmatic Warning (from A Drop Of Light)
Vermillion Skye – Zebra Mentality (from Zebra Mentality)

Connect 4:
Guilt Machine – Over (from On This Perfect Day)
Porcupine Tree – Russia On Ice (from Lightbulb Sun)
Peter Gabriel – I Don’t Remember (from Peter Gabriel III)
Blondie – Fade Away And Radiate (from Parallel Lines)

Parvaaz – Ziyankar (feat. Seth Malloy) (from Baran)

Jurassic Prog:
Camel – The Sleeper (from Breathless)
Rush – La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise In Self-Indulgence) (from Hemispheres)

The Reasoning – The Thirteenth Hour (from Adverse Camber)
The Dear Hunter – A Night On The Town (from Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise)

Monsters of Progzilla:

Sparks – Moon Over Kentucky
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (live)
Kate Bush – Hello Earth (live)
Furniture – Brilliant Mind (live)
Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees (live)
Depeche Mode – Clean (live)

This news story was originally published here:

KANSAS is excited to announce keyboardist Tom Brislin as the newest member of the band.  Brislin is replacing departing keyboardist David Manion.
An internationally acclaimed musician, Brislin has performed and toured with a variety of artists, including Yes (appearing on Symphonic Live), Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Camel, Renaissance, Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx, and many others. For years he fronted the band Spiraling and produced his debut solo album “Hurry Up and Smell the Roses”.
Most recently, Tom co-founded the progressive rock group The Sea Within. Along with guitarist Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, bassist Jonas Reingold of the Steve Hackett band, and drum star Marco Minnemann, they released their first album in 2018 on Sony/Inside Out Music, joining KANSAS on the label’s roster. Tom has also formed Gold Rotation, a collective of diverse musicians and songwriters who premiered with a performance at Progstock Festival in 2018.
KANSAS original member and drummer, Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Tom Brislin to be the newest member of KANSAS. His background speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to working with him.  We cannot wait to get started, and think KANSAS fans will really enjoy what Tom brings to the band.
Brislin adds, “It’s an honor to be asked to join a such legendary band as KANSAS. Their music has been in the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and their repertoire has enduring depth, beauty, and power. I’m thrilled to perform the classics and I’m equally excited to be a part of the new music that KANSAS creates.
Brislin’s first performances with KANSAS will be aboard the Rock Legends Cruise in February, followed by March 1 in Baltimore, MD at the Modell Lyric where the band will be resuming the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour.
A list of announced 2019 KANSAS tour dates, including Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour dates, can be found here:

KANSAS online:


Edition 164 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising
Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud
Callisto – Pale Pretender
Turisas – To Holmgard and Beyond
Swallow the Sun – Hope

Live at 11: Nightwish live at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on October 21st 2005

The Kinslayer (live)
Planet Hell (live)
Nemo (live)

Finntroll – Trollhammaren
Korpiklaani – Hunting Song

Album of the Week: Stratovarius – Destiny

Venus In The Morning
Anthem Of The World

Barren Earth – On Lonely Towers