All posts for the month June, 2019

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I don’t normally do any advertising for my weird little prog project, but I just released my ninth album (or if you prefer, toilet) called A Swarm of Dish Rags.

It always smells like beans in the yard when the mattresses escape. I have a backpack that doesn’t like salt. I’ve been wondering what kind of cells they make cell phones out of. Even though coupons from 1976 have long since expired, I cherish them like five-year old unopened bags of concrete.

It’s a name your price download on Bandcamp. You can of course stream as much as you can handle. If you want to download it, I encourage you to enter $0, so you can get it for free (seriously). If you feel you must give a dollar or so, please know I’ll just buy more CDs for my collection with it. Anyway, this is just a hobby and if you’ve seen the weird stuff I post in the Just for Fun section, this really isn’t very far from that. 

You can also listen to all the other crap I have made on my Bandcamp site, but I recommend taking a tranquilizer or having at least an empty and open clothes hamper nearby.

If you’re old school, an on-demand 2-disc CD-R is available on Amazon for $10. Sorry, I don’t have them manufactured as pressed CDs due to costs. It’s just a hobby after all and I don’t have the room to have 100 or more of these laying around the house. Besides, it scares the dust.

Enjoy or roll your eyes. Hopefully you won’t get diarrhea.

Edition 192 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


Periphery – Have a Blast
Between the Buried and Me – Goodbye to Everything/Astral Body
Gojira – Flying Whales
Porcupine Tree – Futile
The Tea Party – Army Ants

Epic at 11: Orphaned Land – The Path (pts. 1 & 2)

Liquid Tension Experiment – Acid Rain
Tool – Vicarious

Album of the Week: The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath

Wax Simulacra

Pryapisme – La notion de chiralité de spin et d’oscillation de saveur des particules supersymétriques définissant un champs scalaire lors d’une transition de conifold en cosmologie branaire dans un modèle ekpyrotique

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Asymmetric Universe is a new progressive metal slash fusion trio coming out of Turin in Italy who launched their debut EP ‘When Reality Disarticulates‘ back in March. The four-track release is “about the difficulties that mankind faces losing every reference point in life and the resulting research of new coordinates beyond the simple Truth.” Guitarist Federico Vese and bassist Nicolo Vese talked with Prog Sphere.

Define the mission of Asymmetric Universe. 

Federico: As Asymmetric Universe we wanted to create a new musical project that involved only young people, in order to have fresh ideas and to find motivated professionals. In fact not only the musicians involved in our EP are younger than thirty years old but even the video makers and the graphic designer! As an independent band, it’s crucial for us to choose people external to the band that believe in the project as we do. We are really proud of it.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP “When Reality Disarticulates.” 

Federico: When Nicolò and I started writing “When Reality Disarticulates”, our aim was to find a new musical language that was freed from all the clichè and stereotypes of the genres. So we tried to mix all our influences that cover many different genres: in fact we studied metal, jazz, funk and we produce orchestral music too! For sure we define ourselves a Progressive metal band but in our music the listeners can find a deep contamination of fusion and jazz. Electronic and orchestral arrangement play an important role on the rhythm and harmonic aspect too and they help us to give a modern style to our music. Even though our music can seem theoretically complex, we tried to keep the typical “song” form in our compositions because we wanted to share our message with as many people as possible.

When Reality Disarticulates

Although “When Reality Disarticulates” is an instrumental release, is there a certain message you are trying to give with it? 

Federico: ‘When Reality Disarticulates’ (in italian ‘Quando la realtà si disarticola’) is a verse from a poem by the italian poet Eugenio Montale titled ‘Interno/Esterno’ (I don’t think there’s any english traduction of this poem, anyway it should be ‘Internal/External’), same thing for the title of the first song ‘Trees Houses Hills’ (originally ‘Alberi case colline’) which is taken from one of his poems titled ‘Perhaps one morning walking in dry glassy air’ (originally ‘Forse un mattino andando in un’aria di vetro’). The other titles, except for ‘Hermeneutic Shock’, are from philosophical and poetic works too: ‘Off the Beaten Track’, for example, is the english title of a Martin Heidegger’s work (originally titled ‘Holzwege’) and ‘The Clouds Passing By’ (originally ‘Les nuages qui passent’) is a verse taken from Charles Baudelaire’s poem called ‘The stranger’ (‘L’étranger’). We love Montale’s poetry, we think he can represent at best how mankind reacts discovering that beyond all our values and truths, there’s nothing but the void. We imagined a redemption journey that mankind takes in order to find new interpretations of reality, starting from the fear that we may feel facing the abyss (‘Hermeneutic Shock’), passing through a transvaluation of all values (‘Off the Beaten Track’), ending with the awareness of the death of all possible truths, resulting in a complete devotion to the artistic side of life (‘The Clouds Passing By’). If you buy our EP on Bandcamp, you can find a digital booklet were all songs are briefly explained as a part of a philosophical journey that all men and women, at least once in a lifetime, take. The message behind this EP could sound a bit pessimist, but it’s actually an overcoming of life’s concept as we always knew: if there’s nothing beyond our values, then we have absolute freedom to create something new.

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

Federico: We are going to release a lot of music videos and playthrough of our songs for sure, but we didn’t documented the writing process of our debut EP. It’s highly probable that we’ll do it for our second release though.

Federico Vese

Federico Vese

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Federico: Yes for sure! We took care of the songs in their own sections in order to give the idea of the different moments of the abstract journey that each of them represents. The message of the EP is quite complex so each songs represents different moods that you can feel when you’re feeling a deep change in your life. Anyway at the same time we tried not to lose the vision of the big picture: the listener can feel the EP as a whole musical experience, that has its up and down accordingly to the moment of the journey he’s listening to.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Nicolò: We wanted our EP to sound the more natural possibile, no drums samples were used, just acoustic recordings. The challenge was to give a metal tight sound while still keeping the original intention of each instrument in a more fusion approach, so it required a lot of practice before recording the EP and a lot of concentration while tracking.

How long “When Reality Disarticulates” was in the making?

Nicolò: This was our first release so it took a lot of time to understand how we really wanted it. We wanted to know how to mix well all the genres we studied, and doing so required a lot of study and time. It took many months to understand how to use some demos that we collected over the previous years. Now that we know our language and directions, we cant wait to write more stuff! (maybe we’re already doing that).

Nicolo Vese

Nicolo Vese

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Nicolò: We come from differente genres. Federico (guitar) studied a lot of metal and fusion artists such as Dream Theater, Guthrie Govan, Pat Metheny, Meshuggah, Periphery, Animals as Leaders. I studied mainly jazz, funk and orchestral music. I love Bill Evans, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller and for the orchestral parts I really like Gershwin, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and many others.

Gabriele as a drummer, loves Animals as Leaders, Dillinger Escape Plan and Periphery while as a listener he loves different genre from the classical music of Mendelssohn, the metalcore of Issues to the electronic and hip hop of Amon Tobin and J Dilla.

Gabriele Bullita

Gabriele Bullita

What is your view on technology in music?

We think that every mean which helps to create new sounds and timbres, should not be considered as a music enemy. In our EP there’s also a big electronic influence so we totally agree with the research of new sounds that could also go beyond music instruments.

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

We think that music should only tell what insipired it. We are against the use of music for politic aims. We want only to focus on art, specifically on the art of sounds, we don’t want to search the Truth throught our music, just some musical enjoyment. All the interesting parts of a musical composition should be in its content not in what it refers.

What are your plans for the future?

Federico: We are going to release more music videos in order to reach as many people as possible through the web. We’ve already been asked by the people of the internet to play live shows in India, Canada and USA but for now there are only plans for a tour in Italy and Europe.

When Reality Disarticulates is available from Bandcamp. Follow Asymmetric Universe on Facebook and Instagram.

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(Sorry… Not Normal Yet)

It felt really good last week to play some of the new tunes that were piling up. But, like Sisyphus, I find myself having to do it all over again this week. Not that I’m complaining (”Gee, I just have too much great new music to play… what’s a DJ to do?”). Ha!

So this week is rinse and repeat… and you get to experience some great new music from artists you may not have heard. Talk about a ‘Win-Win’!

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


  • Stone From The Sky – “Agger” from Break A Leg on Independent (2019)
  • The Gerald Peter Project – “Enigma” from Enigma – Single on The Gerald Peter Project (2019)
  • Moraine – “Kuru” from Manifest Density on MoonJune Records (2009)
  • District 97 – “Bread & Yarn” from Screens on Cherry Red Records (2019)
  • Destroy Earth – “Fist of Love” from The Nature of Love on Tantana Records (2017)
  • Djam Karet – “Beyond The Frontier” from A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof on Hc Productions (2019)
  • District 97 – “Ghost Girl” from Screens on Cherry Red Records (2019)
  • Feed Me Jack – “Move Your Still” from Ultra Ego – EP on Feed Me Jack (2016)
  • The Pneumatic Transit – “Casino Mouse” from Chordae Tendineae on Independent (2019)
  • District 97 – “Shapeshifter” from Screens on Cherry Red Records (2019)
  • Boltzmann Brain – “Until” from Spacesquid Brain on Independent (2019)

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

The PROG MILL LONG ONES SPECIAL (The 12th to be produced for Progzilla Radio- also edition 163 for Progzilla or 383 in total). Confusing eh! First broadcast om Sunday 23rd June, is now also available to stream anytime or download as a mp3 file. Just 5 epic tracks in 2 very proggy hours!

Here’s this week’s Playlist

1 35 Tapes – Mushrooms (Lost & Found)
2 The Far Meadow – Travelogue (Foreign Land)
3 Great Wide Nothing – The View from Olympus (Title track)
4 Brighteye Brison – The Magician Chronicles Pt ii (V)
5 The Emerald Dawn – The Child Within (Nocturne)

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

NEXT WEEK: It’s a Nigel’s Proggy Vaults Special. 2 hours of prog from the 60’s and 70’s. Before we return to normal in July.

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Italian melodic death metal band Tales of the Bugaboo launched their debut album “Eating Children Disorder” in January. Singer Nazario Biscotti talks about it in an interview for Prog Sphere.

Define mission of Tales of the Bugaboo.

Well, playing all around the world, knowing tons of other musicians and people who love music as we do, having a good time through our music and sharing it are our main goals of course, but we think metal scene has to change somehow. We do hate standing inside metal subgenres because they’re like a lash in terms of composition. We wanna propose something which has no fences in this sense, something that is hard to classify and create a sort of trend of “no genres” even though we’ve been inspired by a whole lot of em.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album “Eating Children Disorder” and the themes it captures.

Creating songs is kinda like creating a “the Sims” character to us. We don’t choose the genre but how the song will sound like and you got infinite choices if you think in this way.

We don’t compose anything without inspiration, it’s too important to us. It’s not a matter of sewing together a couple of riffs, the song is gonna be empty and senseless most of time. The result? Billions of no sense bands all over the place. We like to focus on which kind of emotions we want people to feel and it’s not obvious even though it seems. In order to do this you gotta keep in mind your life experiences and what you felt in different situation not only in music. This album is about the funniest and most ridiculous sides of society; our music scene, mainstream music, work, religion, the world of entertainment, and so on.

What is the message you’re trying to give with “Eating Children Disorder”?

Be different, it’s cool to be different, it’s cool to be a minority, just don’t focus on being famous and express what you really are. Stay away from “patterns” that music has nowadays. You can create everything you want without taking care of playing”black metal” or “death metal”, music is endless, play with it and have fun.

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

Guitar pro is the main software we use to write our music when it comes to our minds. We just think how could that be and try to make it sound cool on that software.

Eating Children Disorder

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Of course, the main idea is the soul like I just said but we also work in detail once we know what to do in this sense.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Research. We don’t use only the typical metal instruments but also electronic instruments and noises. It’s very frustrating sometimes because we know what we want but it is difficult to find because our sound engineer has infinite bundles and it’s pretty hard to let him understand what we’re looking for.

How long “Eating Children Disorder” was in the making?

Everything took a couple of years, for both songwriting and recording.

Which band or artists influenced the work on the release?

Too many. Slipknot, Soad, Belphegor, Marduk, Finntroll, Nightwish, Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, children of bodom, but also non metal bands and rappers, or anime, movies, comics, even Disney soundtracks! [laughs] Not joking.

What is your view on technology on music?:

It’s an amazing thing. Technology means new stuff. The more you can have through technology the better your record’s gonna be. . The “old school gospel” is kinda hilarious. Everything is fake since the first take. The “natural sound” doesn’t exist because you will use equalisers, mics, reverbs, compressors and more in any case, so what are we talking about? We think people would better bury such thoughs and they’d better focus on sharing good music without any kind of “fences.”

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

We wanna keep the metal scene alive as more as we can but we cannot do that by ourselves. We try to play and propose the better music we can do in order to let people have fun when they listen to our music and come to our concerts. We don’t want to become successful “no matter how”, we want people to think “you know what? I’m not a huge metal fan but damn! These guys are very good musicians and composers! We got Gucci gang instead, d’oh!”.

What are your plans for the future?

Playing for over and over again. We have no gigs yet but they are on they’re way.

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 Broadcast 23rd June 2019

1.       Safety In Numbers Crack The Sky
2.       Much Better Reason Jon Anderson
3.       Killer Cut Charlie
4.       Lost In My Dream Spooky Tooth
5.       Peace Frog The Doors
6.       Blue Sunday The Doors
7.       Rain Is Falling Mother’s Finest
8.       Crash & Burn Pat Travers Band
9.       Rain Is Falling Electric Light Orchestra
10.   The Golden Mile The Babys
11.   Still Born Beauty Necromandus
12.   Emerald Thin Lizzy
6-PACK MEAL (It’s all about the food!) Heavy on the Dessert
13.   Life Is A Minestrone 10 CC
14.   Dixie Chicken Little Feat
15.   TV Dinners ZZ Top
16.   Bosenberry Jam Moby Grape
17.   Ice Cream Man Van Halen
18.   Savoy Truffle The Beatles
19.   Here To Go (Use Jeremy Parks Moksha ID) Moksha
20.   Chinatown Judy Tzuke
21.   Ziggy Stardust David Bowie
22.   Celluloid Heroes The Kinks
23.   Know Who Your Friends Are Jonesy
24.   Silly Boys Klaatu
25.   Pseudo Silk Kimono Marillion
26.   Kayleigh Marillion
27.   Lavender Marillion
28.   Bitter Suite Marillion
29.   Heart Of Lothian Marillion
30.   One Room Country Shack Al Kooper introduces Shuggie Otis
31.    Persecution & Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road) Aztec Two-Step
32.   Dark Star Crosby Stills & Nash
33.   Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician The Byrds
34.   Tina Louise Commander Cody & His LPA
June 1969 50th Anniversary Albums
35.   All Shook Up Jeff Beck
36.   Stormy Monday Lee Michaels
37.   Pilgrim’s Progress Procol Harum
38.   Can’t beat The Kid John Hammond
39.   Shotgun Blues Blues Brothers
40.   The Lord Is Listenin’ To Ya, Hallelujah Carla Bley
41.   It’s Only A Paper Moon Dexter Gordon
42.   I Believe Chilliwack (Vancouver)
43.   I Go To Rio Pablo Cruse
44.   Piano Man Billy Joel
45.   Taxi Harry Chapin
46.   Night Owl Gerry Rafferty
47.   Phoenix Tim Fogelberg
48.   Listen To The Music Doobie Brothers


The Ancient One has great pleasure in announcing the birth of the podcast of Show No 111 “The Concept Show Volume 5” Hear music from Mike Oldfield, The Minstrel’s Ghost, Hibernal, Rick Wakeman and Karfagen. Large “chunks” of concept albums old and new.


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the Intro from the 3cd boxset The Immediate Story)
2 Mike Oldfield – Songs Of Distant Earth Pts 1-9 (Songs From Distant Earth 1994)
3 The Minstrel’s Ghost – The Road To Avalon Pt 1 The Journey (The Road To Avalon 2013)
4 Hibernal – The Machine Pt 1-6 (The Machine 2013)
5 Rick Wakeman – The Myths And Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Pt 1-9 (2016)
6 Karfagen – Dragon Island Suite No 2 (Echoes of Dragon Island 2019)
7 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as the Outro from the 3cd boxset The Immediate Story)

Edition 199 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Big Big Train – The Florentine (from Grand Tour)
The Gift – When You Are Old (from Antenna)
Daniel Tompkins – Cinders (from Castles)
Virgo (Matos/Paeth) – Street of Babylon (from Virgo)
Angra – Holy Land (from Holy Land)
The Minstrel’s Ghost – The Road to Avalon (from The Road to Avalon)
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (from The Wall)
AC/DC – Thunderstruck (Live) (from AC/DC Live)
Rammstein – Deutschland (from Rammstein)
Metallica – The Ecstasy Of Gold (from We All Love Ennio Morricone)
The HU – Shoog Shoog (from The Gereg)
Jolly – Rain (from Family)
Freedom To Glide – Broken Road (from Seed)
Strawbs – Tomorrow (from Grave New World)
Wishbone Ash – Throw Down The Sword (from Argus)
Rocket Scientists – Escape (from Oblivion Days)
Servants of Science – Peripheral (from The Swan Song)
The Dreaming Tree – Slender Versions Of The Truth (from Progress Has No Patience)
Porcupine Tree – Stars Die (from Stars Die: The Delerium Years 1991–1997)
The Mute Gods – Praying To A Mute God (from Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me)
Weend’O – Angel Dust (from Time of Awakening)
Bear McCreary – Godzilla (feat. Serj Tankian) (from Godzilla – King of the Monsters OST)

Edition 198 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Gandalf’s Fist – Solar Huntress (from The Clockwork Prologue)
Midnight Sun – Clouds (from Dark Tide Rising)
Bjørn Riis – Icarus (from A Storm Is Coming)
Jadis – Holding Your Breath (from More Than Meets The Eye)
Citizen Cain – Dance Of The Unicorn (from Serpents In Camouflage)
Flamborough Head -Andrassy Road (from Lost in Time)
Silhouette – Beyond The Seventh Wave (from Beyond The Seventh Wave)
Jasper Wrath – Odyssey (from Jasper Wrath)
Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise (from Fragile)
Arch Echo – Immediate Results! (from You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!)
StarSystems – Lift (feat. Jordan Rudess) (from Lift)
The Mercury Tree – Hatchlings (from Pterodactyls)
Syzygy – Darkfield (from Realms of Eternity)
BaK – What Have We Done (from Painter)
Crea – Barbarossa (from Dwarves & Penguins)
Riverside – Saturate Me (from Love, Fear And The Time Machine)
Mushroom Giant – Lola (from Rails)
Arcade Messiah – Your Best Line Of Defence Is Obscurity (from Arcade Messiah)
Von Hertzen Brothers – To The End Of The World (from War Is Over)