All posts for the month January, 2019

The Progmeister @ Progzilla January 2019

  1. New City – Combination Head
  2. Seen Better days – Big Big Train
  3. How Does It Make You Feel – Once In Future Band
  4. Heaven – Focus
  5. Making It Great Again – One More Thing
  6. Commercial Break Up – Thomas Dolby
  7. Gotta Get A Meal Ticket – Elton John
  8. Goliath’s Moon – Southern Empire
  9. Army Dreamers – Kate Bush
  10. The Crossing – Damanek
  11. There’s A World – Neil Young
  12. Kaleidoscope – Gleb Kolyadin
  13. Threatening war – The Pineapple Thief
  14. Love In The Afternoon – Claire Hamill
  15. To Breathe Another Day – Spock’s Beard
  16. Heroes – Peter Gabriel (David Bowie)
  17. Stand Together – The Swan Chorus
  18. Shamal – Gong
  19. Tatras – Martin Orford
  20. The Melting Andalusian skies – The Tangent

The Progmeister Theme (Theme to Miss Marple) Ron Goodwin

Asteroid – Pete Morgan

This news story was originally published here:

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for the 29th March 2019.

In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how ‘EMPATH’ came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:

Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished ‘EMPATH’. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way.
Stay tuned for the making of ‘EMPATH’ – the video series.

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, ‘EMPATH’, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. The full track-listing is as follows:

  1. Castaway
    2. Genesis
    3. Spirits Will Collide
    4. Evermore
    5. Sprite
    6. Hear Me
    7. Why
    8. Borderlands
    9. Requiem
    10. Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
    11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
    12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
    13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
    14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
    15. Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.

The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out:

7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT
8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT
29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT
31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT
1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT
2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark
4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany
5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT
7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT
9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT
13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel
24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT
26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT
29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT
30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT

Remaining tickets can be found here:

Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here:



This news story was originally published here:

VdGG organist extraordinaire, Hugh Banton, has a new Bach Organ release available for streaming / download: “Hugh Banton plays Johann Sebastian Bach on HB3”

Hugh has developed his own pipe-organ PC software, ‘HB3’, and this is utilized to great effect on the recording. Order here:

Edited by bucka001 – 4 hours 25 minutes ago at 12:04

(Confusion… Will Not Be OUR Epitaph)

We’re celebrating this week!  What, you ask?

Well… what happened 50 years ago this week?  C’mon ProgHeads… think!

Besides spilling the beans, I’ll play some excellent tunes which keep the spirit of art rock alive… while moving it forward in their own way.

Remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are 134 now!).


  • Bill Bressler – “Fits and Starts” from Normal Boy on Unforeseen Monkey
  • King Crimson – “Epitaph” from In The Court of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) – 40th Anniversary Series on DGM
  • Lost Crowns – “Sound As Colour” from Every Night Something Happens on BEM
  • Steven Lance Fornal (Animus Numinus) – “The Reckoning (feat. Tom Desisto)” from Spiritually Elevated Animating Motive on Animus Numinous
  • Bill Bressler – “A Little Song (Before We Go)” from Normal Boy on Unforeseen Monkey
  • Dewa Budjana – “Mahandini” from Mahandini on MoonJune Records
  • Soft Machine – “Hidden Details” from vak budoon MoonJune Records
  • Bill Bressler – “Reprise of a Sort” from Normal Boy on Unforeseen Monkey
  • VAK – “Budo” from Budo on Soleil Zeuhl

If you have comments or suggestions for show topics/ music (always welcome), feel free to contact me any time 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!

Edition 140 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 13th January 2019, is now also available to stream anytime or download as a mp3 file.

Back to normal this week with two hours of superb (mainly brand new) melodic and symphonic progressive rock. With no less than EIGHT artists or bands having their first ever play on the show.

This Week’s Playlist

1 Magnatar – Parallel Worlds (Parellel Worlds)
2 In Continuum – Two Moons Setting with the Sun (Accelleration Theory)
3 Third Wave Mansion – Remember The Days (First Hour)
4 Residuos Mentales – All Becomes Clear (Introspection)
5 Lux Terminus – Effusion (The Courage to Be)
6 Everlasting Arms – Tapture 1 – In The Beginning (Rapture)
7 Moonrise – Rubicon (Travel Within)
8 The Emerald Dawn – Moonlight (Nocturne)
9 Custard Flux – Golden Opportunity (Helium)
10 John Beagley – Our Home (Where am I)
11 The Catorce – Noviembre (Noviembre)
12 Greenslade – Drum Folk (Bedside Manners Are Extra)
13 Mogul Thrash – Elegy (Mogul Thrash)
14 Projekt Gemineye – Museum of Failure (The Lost Science Files EP)

Broadcast times for the show on Progzilla Radio are as follows:

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2200UTC) – MAIN BROADCAST
Tuesdays 3-5am UK (4am for this week only) – For North America (This week Monday 8pm in LA or 11pm in NYC)
Tuesdays 11pm-1am UK (2300UTC)
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1800UTC) – Family friendly timed repeat

You are invited to choose the tracks we play on the Prog Mill.. (we lean towards the melodic and symphonic side of progressive rock). Send in your proggy suggestions, old or new, (or music submissions) to: or or twitter@shaunontheair



Broadcast  13th January  2019


1.       This Old Man Styx
2.       Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin
3.       Mockingbird Barclay James Harvest
4.       Down In Hollywood Ry Cooder
5.       Living For The City Stevie Wonder
6.       Visions Cold Blood
7.       Long Time Gone Crosby Stills & Nash
8.       Running With A Bad Crowd Savoy Brown
9.       Easy Money REO Speedwagon
10.   Crash & Burn Pat Travers
6-Pack Of Blue Eyed Soul
11.   Right David Bowie
12.   Stevie’s Blues Spencer Davis Group w/S Winwood
13.   Sara Smile Hall & Oates
14.   Cut The Cake Average White Band
15.   Lowdown Boz Scaggs
16.   Josie Steely Dan
17.   The Fountain of Salmacis Genesis
18.   Narnia Steve Hackett
19.   I Will Beatles
20.   Because (Mono) Dave Clark 5
21.   Night Watch Fleetwood Mac
22.   I’m Moving On John Lennon Yoko Ono
23.   Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) John Lennon Yoko Ono
24.   Sad Eye Pretty Things
25.   Bran Nu Junk
26.   Blind To The Time
27.   Interface
28.   Our Lady Deep Purple
29.   Another Wasted Day Box Of Frogs
30.   Willie And The Hand Jive Eric Clapton
31.   Georgia, Bind My Ties Poco
32.   No Anchovies, Please J Geils Band
33.   Disco Boy Frank Zappa
34.   Top Forty Mose Allison
35.   Twist My Arm The Tragically Hip
36.   Oh, Pretty Woman Kenny Wayne Shepherd
37.   Spirit In The Night Bruce Springsteen
38.   I Ain’t Got The Fever No More Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
39.   Devil’s Sidewalk Graham Parker & The Rumour
40.   (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes Elvis Costello
41.   Astronomy Domine (Not on original US release) Pink Floyd
42.   Don’t You Feel Small The Moody Blues
43.   Tortoise and the Hare The Moody Blues
44.   Pastel Sea Casiopia
45.   The Stranger Billy Joel
46.   Last Tango In Beulah Rare Bird
47.   Mama Frog Ambrosia
48.   Quiet Afternoon Stanley Clark
This news story was originally published here:

Tim Bowness’ fifth solo album ‘Flowers At The Scene’ is set for release on InsideOutMusic/Sony on the 1st March 2019.

Produced by no-man, the album is a vibrant collection of 11 strikingly diverse songs.

Today sees the launch of the album’s first single, ‘I Go Deeper’. You can watch the video for the track here:

Tim comments: “This was one of the last tracks written for the album. I co-wrote it last Summer with Italian musician Stefano Panunzi for use in a film. The original is in the more romantic tradition of no-man (and Porcupine Tree at its most lush), but I heard something very different in the piece so set about accentuating the differences between the sections and completely changing the instrumentation. Colin Edwin and Tom Atherton make for a formidable rhythm section on this and the soaring guitar solo by Brian Hulse is also a highlight for me.”

‘Flowers At The Scene’ will be available as CD, LP + CD & as a digital album, as well as a limited edition red coloured vinyl version available exclusively through Burning Shed. Pre-order now here:

Tim added of the new album: “’Lost In The Ghost Light felt like a conclusion to a particular way of writing and working. In the wake of that, Flowers At The Scene very much feels like a new beginning.

It was an exciting project to put together and it was great working closely with long-term creative partners, Brian Hulse and Steven Wilson plus a talented cast of new collaborators. Steven was initially brought in to mix the album, but very quickly was helping develop production ideas alongside Brian and I. Listening to pieces such as Not Married Anymore, Borderline and The War On Me, we both felt that the project had more than a hint of the spirit of no-man and it became obvious that this was a no-man co-production rather than a Bowness/Wilson one.

Elsewhere, the likes of Jim Matheos, Colin Edwin, Dylan Howe and Tom Atherton delivered some incredible performances and it was a delight to get Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge and David Longdon involved.

Peter and Kevin were two of my favourite singers growing up and I’ve been a long-term fan of XTC, so it was genuinely a thrill to hear their excellent contributions.”

Representing the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first joint production in over a decade, the album features performances from an extraordinary cast of players including Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), David Longdon (Big Big Train), co-producer Brian Hulse (Plenty), Australian trumpeter Ian Dixon, and drummers Tom Atherton and Dylan Howe. The Curator, David K Jones, violinist Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale also guest.

Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album’s artwork is by Jarrod Gosling.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1) I Go Deeper (4.15)
2) The Train That Pulled Away (4.04)
3) Rainmark (4.15)
4) Not Married Anymore (3.30)
5) Flowers At The Scene (3.04)
6) It’s The World (3.03)
7) Borderline (3.45)
8) Ghostlike (5.08)
9) The War On Me (3.47)
10) Killing To Survive (3.59)
11) What Lies Here (4.00)

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with no-man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson.

In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with no-man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Mercury Prize nominated Banco De Gaia, Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (amongst many others).

Tim recorded the album Flame (1994) with Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree/ex-Japan), and co-produced/co-wrote Talking With Strangers (2009) for Judy Dyble (ex-Fairport Convention).

Tim Bowness released his fourth solo album, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ last year through InsideOutMusic, garnering the best solo reviews he has ever received and reaching #5 in the official UK rock chart. It also picked up Best Cover Artwork at the prestigious annual Progressive Music Awards 2017.