All posts for the month May, 2019

Joe Cairney & Friends – The Sailor and the Mermaid

Teru’s Symphonia – Do Androids Dream of Electric Camel?

Little Tragedies – The Prophets

Magenta – Arrival

Thieves’ Kitchen – Of Sparks and Spines

The Who – Slip Kid

Jethro Tull – Wounded Old and Treacherous

Genesis – Illegal Alien (live)

Thin Lizzy – S & M

Broken Parachute – Bad Politics (excerpt)

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Nad Sylvan, vocalist with Steve Hackett, recently announced the release of his new solo album ‘The Regal Bastard’ on the 5th July 2019. His third album for InsideOutMusic, and his 5th overall, this record is the final part of the Vampirate trilogy that he began on 2015’s ‘Courting The Widow’.

Today he launches the second single from the album, and you can watch the video for ‘Meet Your Maker’ here:

Nad comments: “This song features the fabulous Tania Doko on vocals, Tony Levin on bass and Nick D’Virgilio on drums. The rest is all handled by yours truly. ‘Meet Your Maker’ is a typical song, where still in the realm of prog – I bring in my R&B/soul influences combined with rock and dark theater. I don’t hear anyone else making that kind of noise at the moment, so I believe this is a unique piece of music, delivered by first rate musicians and production. So I’m very pleased with it.

Listen to previous single ‘I Am The Sea’ here:

Work on ‘The Regal Bastard’ began in August 2017, when the vocalist began to record.

What I tend to do is put down my ideas, and then send these to the proper musicians, who are then free to develop them in their own ways. I can then cherry pick from what they subsequently send me.
I have had to take a number of breaks, though, from working on this album, due to other commitments. So, it’s never been a case of me devoting all of my time to the project. But what this has done is allow me to return to it refreshed after time away, and able to take a different perspective on it all.” The record was finished over the last two-month period, with Nad working mammoth 15-20 hour days in order to complete it before his tour with Steve Hackett began. “The music to the title track was finished in early 2018, but the lyrics and the vocal delivery was all done in two days and finished on the same day I went to master the album. But it worked!

Once more, Sylvan has pulled together a tremendous array of musical talent to bring his inspiration to life.

Almost everyone who worked on ‘The Bride Said No’ is back with me again. Anders Wollbeck has again co-written two songs and plays an array of instruments as well as co producing them. Steve Hackett plays guitar on one track, Guthrie Govan on two, while Tony Levin does the bass on a song. Jonas Reingold plays bass on much of the album, and Nick D’Virgilio handles the drums. And I also have the same female singers working with me once more, these being Sheona Urquhart, Jade Ell and Tania Doko. And on ‘Honey I’m Home’, there’s a big choir section, with every singer that has been involved with the 3 albums that make up the Vampirate trilogy, concluding the story in an honourable way. We also have Nick Beggs joining in on this part of the song.
‘The Regal Bastard’ will be released as a limited CD Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), Gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album. Pre-order the album here:

The full-track-listing can be found below:
1. I Am The Sea
2. Oahu
3. Whoa (Always Been Without You)
4. Meet Your Maker
5. The Regal Bastard
6. Leave Me On These Waters
7. Honey I’m Home
8. Diva Time (Bonus Track)
9. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (Bonus Track)

Nad comments: “For me, this is the best of the three records. I honestly believe it will delight the fans. It is maybe not as riff heavy as the others. I would describe the sound as coming from the notion of pop going prog, with R’n’B elements in there as well. It is very soulful. But that suits my style. I am a vocal chameleon, and you’ll hear that throughout. It is the finest possible way to bring the trilogy to an end.

Nad will spend most of 2019 touring once again with Steve Hackett, as he celebrates the 40 years anniversary of “Spectral Mornings”, as well as the Genesis classic ‘Selling England By The Pound’. Find the full list of dates here:




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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have announced a European headline tour for September / October 2019. These shows will be in support of their as-yet-untitled new album, due out later this year. The full list of dates is as follows:

14th September – Leffingeleuren, Leffinge, Belgium
15th September – Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
16th September – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th September – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
19th September – Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
20th September – Sommercasino, Basel, Switzerland
22nd September – La Santeria, Milan, Italy
23rd September – Strom, Munich, Germany
25th September – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
26th September – The Stage Club, Hamburg, Germany
27th September – Forum, Bielefeld, Germany
29th September – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
30th September – The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
1st October – Oslo, London, UK
2nd October – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
3rd October – The Caves, Edinburgh, UK

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead recently celebrated 20 years of the album ‘Madonna’ with a European tour in February, performing the album in its entirety. Find a few of the reviews from that tour below:

Mistakes, regrets, chaos, exhilaration” – Prog

There was so much passion on display tonight that it felt like watching a new band” – Louder Than War

Undeniably great on record, it is through live performance that the true heart and soul of …AYWKUBTTOD comes into play” – Counteract

this is intricate stuff: not just big riffs and blistering drums, but switched-up time signatures and tracks that veer seamlessly from all-out punk thrash to meditative, dreamy asides.” – Indie Midlands

The bands most recent studio album ‘IX’ was released in 2014, which NME called ‘the Texans at their most focused and thrilling’, while Pop Matters commented ‘…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead haven’t stopped challenging themselves and their audience.

Look out for more information on the forthcoming new album soon.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Online:


Northern Star 23rd May 2019


Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  1. Robert Calvert – Ship of Fools
  2. Miles Davis – Black Comedy
  3. Barclay James Harvest – The Joker
  4. Arena – Fools Gold
  5. Marillion – Script For  jesters tear
  6. Argent – Jester
  7. The Who – Won’t get fooled again
  8. Peter Hammill – Imperial Zeppelin
  9. Allan Holdsworth – Clown
  10. Blue Oyster Cult – The Great sun jester
  11. Killing Joke – Democracy ( Hallucinogen remix)
  12. Steve Hackett – The ballad of the decomposing man
  13. Supertramp – Fools Overture
  14. Barock Project – Fools Epilogue (live
  15. Comedy of Errors – Stage Of Fools
  16. Sumptus Ignis – Foolish Endeavour
  17. Soul Enema – The age of the Cosmic Baboon
  18. Mogwai – Kill Jester
  19. Royal hunt – Clown In The Mirror
  20. Touchstone – – joker In The Pack
  21. Pain Of salvation – Thorn Clown
  22. Frank Zappa – How Could I be such a fool
  23. Motorpsycho – Fools Gold
  24. Ship of fools – From Time


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This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Australian singer and songwriter Mark Trueack, formerly of Unitopia and now with the United Progressive Fraternity! Mark and I chat about his past and present, and in between interview segments I’m spinning lots of great Unitopia and UPF music (including a few epics and one from the new UPF album Planetary Overload Part One: Loss)!

622: In Conversation with Mark Trueack of Unitopia and United Progressive Fraternity, Pt. 1


I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 291 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we spoke to members of the band Gandalf’s Fist and heard the following music:

  • Gandalf’s Fist – The Traveller And The Lighter
  • Gandalf’s Fist – Shadowborn
  • Queen – Prophet’s Song
  • Gandalf’s Fist – Wardens
  • The Far Meadow – Travelogue
  • Gandalf’s Fist – The Clokkemaker
  • Deep Purple – High Ball Shooter
  • Gandalf’s Fist – Supplies For The Festivities
  • Jeff Wayne – Brave New World
  • Queensryche – Spreading The Disease
  • The Covenant – Bizzare Cosmic Industries
  • Gandalf’s Fist – Solar Huntress
  • Gryphon – Unquiet Grave
  • Gandalf’s Fist – The Capture
  • Gandalf’s Fist – In The Name Of The Spy
  • Gandalf’s Fist – The Bewildering Conscience Of A Clockwork Child

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THE PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #314       (SeaProg 2019 Festival Preview #5)

This FIFTH week of SeaProg will feature the bands performing in the Front Room of the Columbia City Theater.  This is where the unexpected magic happens!

The Seattle Festival of Avant and Progressive Rock (SeaProg) will hold its sixth event June 7th – 9th at the Columbia City Theater, with an amazing bill of unique artists.

The Progressive Tracks Show is proud to once again be the voice of SeaProg on the airwaves, and will host a half-dozen shows featuring SeaProg artists!

Warning: Hearing these SeaProg shows will entice you to spend your money getting to Seattle in order to attend this amazing event.  So listen intently, but responsibly! 😉

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Remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are over 150 now!).


  • Clearly Beloved – “Mesopotamia” from This City I Am Building Is For You on Independent (2012)
  • Faun Fables – “Wild Kids Rant” from Born of the Sun on Drag City Records (2016)
  • Dust Mice – “Light Speed Love” from Dust Mice EP on Independent (2017)
  • Yesod – “Spore” from Improvisations 13 on Independent (2011)
  • Clearly Beloved – “Bread” from This City I Am Building Is For You on Independent (2012)
  • Dust Mice – “CZPV” from Moon Fetus EP on Independent (2018)
  • Yesod – “Renticulating Splines” from Improvisations 9 on Independent (2011)
  • Yesod – “8” from The Chapel on Independent (2013)
  • Dust Mice – “Ezr Vinh” from Dust Mice EP (2017)
  • Immensity Crumb – “Girda and Kay” from Girda and Kay – Single on Independent (2019)  [World Premiere]
  • Clearly Beloved – “Bittern” from Bittern – Single on Independent (2017)
  • Dust Mice – “Space Magick” from Space Magick/Ultrawave EP on Independent (2017)
  • Yesod – “3” from The Chapel on Independent (2013)
  • Clearly Beloved – “Carrier Pigeon” from This City I Am Building Is For You on Independent (2012)
  • Dust Mice – “Antartica” from Dust Mice EP (2017)

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

Edition 159 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio Sunday 26 May, is now also available to listen to anytime or download as a mp3 file.

In this edition we have a competition to win the new album by Polish proggers LOONYPARK (closes 10pm UK Tues 28 May), and an interview with the multi talented PETE JONES of Tiger Moth Tales/Camel/Red Bazar etc, including an exclusive live acoustic performance of his song Match Girl recorded just for The Prog Mill.

This Week’s Playlist

1 This Winter Machine – Carnivale (A Tower of Clocks)
2 Arcadelt – Behind The Curtain (ARC8)
3 Lost World Band – Symphonic (Spheres Aligned)
4 Fizbers – Deal of Red (Die Without Living)
5 Grendel – The Helpless (The Helpless)
6 Loonypark – The Space Between Us (Deep Space Eight)
** Interview with Peter Jones **
7 Tiger Moth Tales – Toad of Toad Hall (Storytellers Part 2)
8 Pete Jones – Match Girl (Smugglers Inn Dawlish acoustic mix)
9 Callooh Callay – Give (Callooh Callay)
10 Joe Cairney & Friends – The Sailor and the Mermaid (Single)
11 Moon Letters – Sunset of Man (Until They Feel the Sun)
12 Dream Aria – The Perfect Storm (Single)
13 King Crimson – Epitaph (In The Court of the Crimson King)

You can hear The Prog Mill on Progzilla Radio at these times every week ( – via the tune in radio app and on internet radios):

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2100UTC) – main broadcast
Tuesdays 0300-0500 UK (0200UTC) – For North America – Mon 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
Tuesdays 2300-0100UK (2200 UTC) – 1500 Pacific/1800 Eastern
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1700 UTC) – Family friendly Saturday evening repeat

Your melodic and symphonic progressive rock music suggestions for the show are very welcome. Just email, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or

NEXT WEEK: Win another superb Polish progressive rock CD on the Prog Mill.



Broadcast   26th  May 2019

1.       Water of Love Dire Straits
2.       Open Book Happy The Man
3.       Crazy City Barclay James Harvest
4.       Fly Tomorrow (FADE UP/IN) John Mayall
5.       Work Song The Butterfield Blues Band
6.       Memphis Underground Herbie Mann
7.       Walking in LA Missing Persons
8.       Digital Man Rush
9.       Sweet Dixie Molly Hatchet
10.   96 Tears ? Mark & The Mysterians
11.   Summer In The City Lovin’ Spoonful
12.   Pushn’ Too Hard The Seeds
13.   Hey Joe The Leaves
14.   My Little Red Book Love
15.   Dirty Water The Standells
16.   She Chameleon Marillion
17.   We’re Not Gonna Take It The Who
18.   The Road To Babylon Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
19.   Give Me Your Love/Turn & Walk Away The Babys (v-John Waite-Bad English)
20.   Let Me Roll It Paul McCartney and Wings
21.   Evil Ways/Faith Interlude Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles
22.   Paprika Plains Joni Mitchell
23.   Hold Out Your Hand Chris Squire
24.   You By My Side Chris Squire
25.   Song Of Praise Roy Wood
26.   Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon The Nice
27.   Laugh About It Tedeschi Trucks Band
28.   My California Beth Hart
29.   Blackstar David Bowie
30.   Nightingale Detective
31.   It’s Too Late Foghat
32.   The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy
33.   Gypsy Wind Casiopia
34.   Tune 88 Jeff Lorber Fusion
35.   Magic Sam Robben Ford
36.   Unsung Heroes The Crusaders
37.   Skin Tight Chicago
38.   I Just Want to Make Love to You Cold Blood
39.   San Francisco Bay Blues Phoebe Snow
40.   Time Will Bring You Love Sons Of Champlin
41.   Flight of the Snow Goose/Preparation Camel

The Ancient One is very happy to announce that Show No 109 (“Featuring Vol 7”) is now available as a podcast. This show features 3 classic (and even classy) bands who set out on the road to fame and fortune in the 60’s. They are Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis. Cheers.


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (Excerpt used as the Intro from the 3cd boxset The Immediate Years)
2 Pink Floyd – See Emily Play (Piper at the Gates of Dawn 3cd boxset 2007)
3 Yes – Long Distance Runaround (Fragile 1971)
4 Genesis – Timetable (Foxtrot 1972)
5 Pink Floyd – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Ummagumma Disc 1 1969)
6 Yes – I’ve Seen All Good People (The Yes Album 1971)
7 Genesis – The Knife (Trespass 1970)
8 Pink Floyd – Echoes (Meddle 1971)
9 Yes – Awaken (Going For The One 1977)
10 Genesis – The Battle Of Epping Forest (Selling England By The Pound 1973)
11 Pink Floyd – Coming Back To Life (The Division Bell 1994)
12 Yes – Time And A Word (Time And A Word 1970)
13 Genesis – Return OF The Giant Hogweed (Nursery Cryme 1971)
14 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (Wish You Were Here 1975)
15 Yes – Siberian Khatru (Close To The Edge 1972)
16 Genesis – One For The Vine (Wind And Wuthering 1976)
17 Pink Floyd – Wearing The Inside Out (The Division Bell 1994)
18 Yes – Wondrous Stories (Going For The One 1977)
19 Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies (Foxtrot 1972)
20 Pink Floyd – Bike (Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 3cd Boxset 2007)
21 Yes -Astral Traveller (Time And A Word 1970)
22 Genesis – Harlequin (Nursery Cryme 1971)
23 The Nice – Brandenburger (Excerpt used as the Outro from the 3cd boxset The Immediate Years)