All posts for the month January, 2019

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 274 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  • Peter Gabriel – Moribund The Burgermeister
  • Coma Rossi – Mirage
  • Joey Frevola – Footsteps
  • Joey Frevola – Empty
  • Kraan – Sarah’s Ritt Durch Den Schwarzwald
  • Marble House – Reverie
  • Marble House – Riding In The Fog
  • Projekt Gemineye – Secret Science
  • The Strawbs – Temperament Of Mind
  • The Strawbs – Where Is The Dream Of Your Youth
  • England – Three Piece Suite
  • Utopia – Trapped
  • Todd Rundgren – Healer
  • Utopia – Singring And The Glass Guitar
  • Genesis – Home By The Sea
  • Genesis – Second Home By The Sea
  • Tangerine Dream – Thru Metamorphic Rocks
  • Blanket – The Devil Holds Fast Your Eyelids
  • Blanket – Immemorial Sea
  • Metaphor – The Open Road
  • Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers

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Edition 179 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


RPWL – Welcome To The Freak Show (from Tales From Outer Space)
Muse – Unnatural Selection (from The Resistance)
Dec Burke – March Of The Androids (from Paradigms & Storylines)
Landmarq – Solitary Witness (from Infinity Parade)
Roger Waters – The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range (from Amused to Death)
Jethro Tull – Beastie (from The Broadsword And The Beast)
Abel Ganz – Dreamtime (from The Danger of Strangers)
The Emerald Dawn – The Child Within (from Nocturne)
UFO – Alone Again Or (from Lights Out)
Blue Öyster Cult – E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) (from Agents of Fortune)
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Anthem (from The Impossible Dream)
The Michael Schenker Group – Assault Attack (from Assault Attack)
Iram – Aaina (from Azal)
Coma Rossi – Lost (from Coma Rossi)
Hedfuzy – The Boy Who Killed the Man (from Waves)
Gordian Knot – Some Brighter Thing (from Emergent)
Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly The Same (from With Teeth)
David Bowie – I’m Afraid Of Americans (from Earthling)
Leprous – Mirage (from Malina)
Europe – Riches To Rags (from Bag of Bones)
Magnum – Don’t Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young) (from Live at the Symphony Hall)

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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, the first in a series of podcast episodes where Tim gives some background on the new album have been launched, and you can listen to the first part here:

Watch the video for ‘I Go Deeper’, the first single from the album, 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.



Marillion – Carol of the Bells

IQ – Merry Xmas Everybody

Marillion – Incommunicado

Goats – Oh Holy Goat

Chris Squire – Ding Dong Merrily On High

Jethro Tull – A Christmas Song

Genesis – Firth of Fifth (live)

Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

It Bites – All In Red

Golden Earring – Violins

Greg Lake – I believe In Father Christmas

Emperor Norton – Act II: Empress

All Traps On Earth – Omen (excerpt)

Yes – Fly From here Pt 1 – We Can Fly

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

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Timo Solonen

Infirmum (former Kuolonkoura) is a one-man death/doom metal project from Jyvaskyla in Finland, founded by multi-instrumentalist and composer Timo Solonen. In December 2018 he launched a debut EP and is already working on its full-length follow-up. Solonen spoke for Prog Sphere about the project in the interview below.

Define the mission of Infirmum.

To deliver feelings and thoughts persons may go through in a one single day. Am I successful or not. I hope I am but you can tell me.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent EP “Infirmum” and the themes it captures.

What you see and what you hear. What happened globally and caught my eye or something that happened locally. If there was something that make me feel strongly was unfair.

Themes? Well anger could be it. Everything else is developed from that feeling in ”Infirmum”.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Infirmum”?

Honesty. For yourself.

Don’t live life of other’s, make your life to be your own. Never give up. If you make mistakes learn from them don’t pity yourself. Get up and do it better next time. Even if something hits you time after time get up when you have the strength but don’t wait too long. Follow your instincts, you notice sooner or later if you are not doing something what you ”Soul” ”self” want you to do. Can not find better word than ”soul” but it is not meant to be as it is in a religion context. Every song have it’s own story but all songs are connected to each other.


How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Every time I had a chance, I recorded riffs on my phone. Sometimes riffs just will not go away if I do not record them. Lyrics came much later. It was quite easy to write lyrics in Finnish only problem was try to avoid too aggressive or depressive lyrics. I just tried to find right mood to write.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Not really, I just let everything out and let my guitar tell a story :) To be honest, after I listened what kind of music came through me, I started to think the song as a whole with lyrics. What to add and what to remove. How to capture the feeling and atmosphere I want to express. How something would make the song to tell a story the way I wanted

Sometimes it took day or two or week I had chance to listen riffs or ideas for whole song.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

This is my first recording, if we don’t count demoes from the beginning of 90’s. There was feeling I have to do this and I still had something to give. Nothing to loose-mentality musically. If I don’t try it I’ll regret it when I am old and sit on my rocking chair.

So I just tried to learn my DAW and ”do my best and see what happens”.

How long “Infirmum” was in the making?

It took less than three months to complete Infirmum. I already had lots of riffs recorded. Lots of time took to program drums and to record some tracks again and again and again. When mixer was satisfied I was quite tired and thought I would never do this again. Next morning I was thinking about new release ;) It was hard school but I am grateful Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studio helped and taught me and had time to answer my stupid questions.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Hard to say. I really wasn’t listening any bands or artists when I was composing or writing lyrics. I just listened radio, not metal- or hard rock-channels because I didn’t want to be influenced by any one too much.

Well I bought one David Bowie cd and listened it once, I also bought ”Satanist” and ”I loved you at your darkest” by Behemoth. Those CDs I also listened once. Loved them but I couldn’t listen more to avoid influence. Maybe atmosphere is something I got from Behemoth’s cds.

Other influences I do not know, if there are something it must have been subconscious.

For example, one friend of miner told me one song remind him of a band I even never heard of :)

Timo Solonen (photo: Jouni Schuurman)

Timo Solonen (photo: Jouni Schuurman)

What is your view on technology in music?

Without technology EP would not exist. I recorded songs at home and send files to mixer who mixed and mastered at his studio when he had time.

So most things technology brings to music is positive but too much is too much. If you let technology to be your master in composing and so on, are you really the one who creates your music?

Technology in general is mostly beneficial to human kind. But of course it could do harm in wrong hands. In small scale for example auto-reply is great but also could be with scripts really annoying.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

I want to deliver different kind of feelings from aggression to deep depression and between. Hopefully someone finds comfort from my songs and don’t do stupid things. I also hope people start to think and don’t take everything that is written/told true.

If my songs deliver more good than bad, them I am satisfied.

What are your plans for the future?

First of all I want to finish next album. I hired a session drummer for this album. It is recorded in two parts. Kind of first A-side and then B-side. I’m from old Vinyl LP time. Of course Kuolonkoura, now known as Infirmum, should be proper band as it was meant to be. So hopefully soon there are more than one in this band ;) And perhaps we have chance to play somewhere next summer. I am also designin logo for Infirmum with my friend. Logo should be in a way like me. Simple.

Check out Infirmum on Bandcamp.

Cover photo by Jouni Schuurman

Edition 171 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


Queensrÿche – Man the Machine
Evergrey – A Silent Arc
Darkwater – Alive (Pt. II)
Soen – Rival
Dream Theater – Fall Into The Light

Epic at 11: Seventh Wonder – Farewell (pts I – III)

Threshold – Fragmentation
Andromeda – Reaching Deep Within

Album of the Week: Symphony X – The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
Of Sins And Shadows
The Witching Hour
The Accolade

TesseracT – Hollow

(Music That Will Change You)

As we live our lives, we pass through portals/gates… significant events that present opportunities for real change… on the way to knowing our true selves.

Yes, (good or bad) it’s another one of those ‘themed’ shows…   ;o)

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Northern Star 24th  January 2019

Show Case

Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  1. Robert Wyatt – I’m a believer
  2. Six O’matic  – An Early Shallow Grave  
  3. Aaron McMahon – Less bass
  4. Adam Rabin – Sending me Feathers
  5. Barz Noble – Keep it moving Regardless
  6. Bill Bressler – The Walk  
  7. Coma Rossi – Transmission
  8. Coreign – Fatal attraction
  9. Checking For Echo – Further away
  10. Duke 72 – Evil Genius
  11. Damned If I don’t – Constellation
  12. Immortal machinery – Kohelet 3
  13. The Room – The Golden Ones
  14. Mono – Blood Diamond
  15. Argent – Time of The season
  16. Kenny McCormick – Behind the Universe
  17. Lazertuth – And sorrow swallowed him whole
  18. Riveryman – Concealed Universe
  19. Sylvette – Memories
  20. The Errant Hair – In The darkness
  21. AstraLingua – Space blues
  22. Lost crowns – Let loving her be everything
  23. Roger Waters – Dogs

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The playlist for last night’s PROG MILL (edition 142 for Progzilla Radio and 362 in total) was:

1 Presto Ballet – Earthbound (The Days Between)

2 Coma Rossi – Dream (Coma Rossi)

3 Malady – Etsijan Elinehto (Toinen Toista)

4 Autumn – Blackout (Stacking Smoke)

5 The Emerald Dawn – In The Dead of the Night (Nocturne)

6 In Continuum – I Remember (Acceleration Theory)

7 Lebowski – White Elephant (Galactica)

8 Telegraph – Out There (Mir)

9 Porcupine Tree – Dark Matter (Signify)

10 Tasavallan Presidentti – Last Quarters (Lambertland)

11 Sea Hero – Historian (Grave Talk)

12 Third Wave Mansion – Blind and Vain (First Hour)

13 KDB3 – Far Away (I Fill My Days With Noise)

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Broadcast  27th January  2019

1.       Highway Chile Jimi Hendrix Experience
2.       Smoking Gun Robert Cray
3.       Devil With A Blue Dress On Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
4.       Texas Flood Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
5.       Country Comforts Elton John
6.       Trilogy: Lovin’ Me, To Make A Woman Feel Wanted, Peace Of Mind Kenny Loggins w/Jim Messina
7.       Canned Music Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
8.       I’m Free The Who
9.       Turn Back The Pages Stephen Stills
10.   Never Never Land / Black Maria Todd Rundgren
11.   Electric Funeral Black Sabbath
12.   You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
13.   Take A Chance Divinyls
14.   Blue For You Men At Work
15.   Reminiscing Little River Band
16.   I’m Satisfied The Bee Gees
17.   It’s Really You Tarney/Spencer Band
18.   True Life Story Beckett
19.   Jackson Kent Blues Steve Miller Band
20.   Perfect Mystery Gong
21.   Hard Way To Die Man
22.   Hi Roller Little Feat
23.   Jigsaw Falling Into Place Radiohead
24.   I Can’t Give Everythng Away David Bowie
25.   Pigs On The Wing (Part 1) PINK FLOYD
27.   Albert’s Shuffle M Bloomfield/A Kooper
28.   Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark The Robert Cray Band
29.   One Good Man Janis Joplin
30.   What Is And What Should Never Be Led Zepplin
31.   Mr. Big Man The Kinks
32.   Curtain Of Iron Kansas
33.   Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise Judas Priest
34.   Headkeeper Dave Mason
35.   Jesus At McDonalds Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
36.   Sweet Jane (w/Intro) Lou Reed
37.   Still… You Turn Me On Emerson Lake & Palmer
38.   I’d Love To Change The World Ten Years After
39.   Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel
40.   Someday Soon Judy Collins
41.   Dark The Night Sandy Denny
42.   Once Upon A Time In The West Dire Straits
43.   The Lodger Peter Frampton
44.   Moondance Van Morrison
45.   One Toke Over The Line Brewer & Shipley