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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/memoremains-madonna-sorry/

Finnish pop/metal five-piece Memoremains have been busy touring throughout 2019, but that didn’t interfere with them entering the studio to record three singles this year. The latest is a cover version of Madonna’s hit “Sorry” from the pop goddess’ 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor. Prog Sphere is hosting an exclusive premiere of a video; watch it below.

Keyboardist Mikko Kujanpää commented: “Madonna’s ‘Sorry’ has really striking rhythms that fit nicely into rock and we wanted to try what it would sound like. The pumping pulse is also a familiar feature of Memoremains, so we made two different worlds fit together in our own way.

As mentioned, Memoremains have already launched two singles this year including “Inferno” and “Illusion” which both showcase very well the skillset the band, fronted by vocalist Johanna Ahonen, has. Combining together catchy pop melodies, headbanging metal riffs, groovy disco beats and a hint of symphonic epicness is what Memoremains successfully deliver in their tunes.

Watch a music video for “Sorry” on below, and stay connected with Memoremains by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

Memoremains line-up:

Johanna Ahonen – vocals
Mikko Kujanpää – keyboards
Aleksi Mäkelä – guitars
Aapo Timonen – bass
Eemeli Timonen – drums

Memoremains - Sorry

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/memoremains-madonna-sorry/

Finnish pop/metal five-piece Memoremains have been busy touring throughout 2019, but that didn’t interfere with them entering the studio to record three singles this year. The latest is a cover version of Madonna’s hit “Sorry” from the pop goddess’ 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor. Prog Sphere is hosting an exclusive premiere of a video; watch it below.

Keyboardist Mikko Kujanpää commented: “Madonna’s ‘Sorry’ has really striking rhythms that fit nicely into rock and we wanted to try what it would sound like. The pumping pulse is also a familiar feature of Memoremains, so we made two different worlds fit together in our own way.

As mentioned, Memoremains have already launched two singles this year including “Inferno” and “Illusion” which both showcase very well the skillset the band, fronted by vocalist Johanna Ahonen, has. Combining together catchy pop melodies, headbanging metal riffs, groovy disco beats and a hint of symphonic epicness is what Memoremains successfully deliver in their tunes.

Watch a music video for “Sorry” on below, and stay connected with Memoremains by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

Memoremains line-up:

Johanna Ahonen – vocals
Mikko Kujanpää – keyboards
Aleksi Mäkelä – guitars
Aapo Timonen – bass
Eemeli Timonen – drums

Memoremains - Sorry

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This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/09/26/tubular-tribute/

De Boerderij, Zoetermeer
Saturday 14th September 2019

In 1979 I witnessed for the first (and last) time a performance by the legendary Mike Oldfield, together with a choir, an orchestra and an extensive rock ensemble, when he visited my hometown The Hague in the Netherlands to perform at the Congresgebouw as part of his recently released double album Incantations. I was very impressed.

Fast forward forty years. I witness the performance of a Spanish Mike Oldfield tribute band at De Boerderij in Zoetermeer and once again I am very impressed. In this particular case it’s the Tubular Tribute from the northern Spanish province of Asturias. These six musicians, five men and a lady, perform the original music of Oldfield live on stage in an enthusiastic and intense way and reproduce the iconic themes that the maestro himself has played during his long career and various tours around the world. There aren’t that many bands around that venture into the long, complex instrumental song structures, hats off. The band visits the Netherlands for a small tour that would take them to four venues including Purmerend, Amsterdam, Zoetermeer and Uden. There’s no doubt that they can play, judging by videos on YouTube and the wildly enthusiastic reactions from fans throughout Europe. But live on stage at De Boerderij they far exceed expectations.

Tubular Bells is the obvious opening track with surprising trumpet and female vocals, the glockenspiel comes from a collection of keyboards. Delicious unison guitar parts and many switches between instruments, not an easy task. This iconic track, including a little interpretation of its own, takes almost twenty minutes. Interestingly, original Mike Oldfield producer, Tom Newman, is responsible for the legendary introduction (on tape) of the instruments. A standing ovation is the well-deserved reward from the audience.

Tubular Tribute - Rubén Álvarez

Protagonist/guitarist Ruben Álvarez has come up with a few Dutch words to welcome us. Some 300 men/women were able to find their way to the Zoetermeer rock temple on this late summer evening in September. And they were richly rewarded for doing so. To France is the extremely recognizable hit song from 1984, Ariane Valdivié’s vocals are more than adequate, Maggie Reilly’s level is not achieved but that is no shame. The first surprise is the presence of former Mike Oldfield singer Barry Palmer. Good old Barry (61), responsible for vocals on Oldfield’s Discovery from 1984, plays a leading vocal role on Poison Arrows, a wonderfully rocking song.

Mount Teide is qualified as a “difficult piece” by Álvarez, who is responsible for most of the introductions. But the melodic song, which has the highest Spanish mountain on Tenerife as topic, should of course not be missing in a show from a Spanish band, although certainly not an obvious choice. Sheba, from QE2 (1980), is the favourite song of keyboard player Richard García’s, his vocoder and the lead vocals from Valdivié ensure a brilliant rendition. Ommadawn is not only my personal favourite but also that of Álvarez’, witnessed by his intro about the “most beautiful album of Oldfield’s”. The stunning acoustic opening section gives me goose bumps, the song is the ultimate showcase for the virtuoso guitarist, his dexterity brings the fans into ecstasy, halfway through the song after a dazzling solo. Flutes and choirs come from a box, in this case García’s keys. The provisional climax of the show takes around 20 minutes.

Frontman Álvarez complains about the difficulty of selecting more than two hours of superb music from the maestro’s extensive oeuvre. The suggestion from the audience to play four hours is received with laughter and approval. For In High Places, originally sung by Jon Anderson, Palmer returns to the stage. He clearly has difficulties with the high notes of the ex-Yes vocalist, and is regularly outclassed by singer Valdivié who definitely grows on me as the show progresses. The next song, Crime of Passion, has only been released as a single. Palmer sings “could we get much higher”. Unfortunately not when it comes to the high notes, would be my answer to him.

Tubular Tribute - Barry Palmer & Rubén Álvarez

Mike Oldfield has an unusual playing style as a guitarist which is completely emulated by bandleader Rubén Álvarez. Just like his hero, he plays with his fingernails in the so-called “finger picking” style. By pushing up the strings, he creates vibrato, thereby accentuating Oldfield’s unmistakable scorching guitar sound. And all of this while switching mega-fast between five guitars, both acoustic, electric and mandolin. In addition, the way in which he is totally captivated by the music and his own play is a sight to see: grimacing, moving his head rhythmically, completely absorbed by the music, with that expressive head of his, looking like a cross between The Who’s Keith Moon and Animal of the Muppets.

The band plays solidly and tight and makes hardly any mistake. Keyboard player Richard García is rock solid musically, a bit like what Roger King is for Steve Hackett. He conjures up an arsenal of sounds from his partly retro instruments and also provides background vocals and vocoder. Second guitarist Ángel Secades remains literally and figuratively in the shadow of Álvarez. That does not mean that he is inferior in terms of sheer technique. Especially in the moments when he plays lead guitar (Tubular Bells, Ommadawn) where he demonstrates his extraordinary capabilities. The rhythm section, drummer Luis Senén Fernández and bass player Kike García, do exactly what they were meant to do: lay a solid foundation for the busy and intense musicality surrounding them. With an extra mention for the bass player who reproduces the tricky and repetitive bass runs during magnum opus Tubular Bells, apparently without any problems. Oldfield himself once said that his hands were literally aching from these complex bass parts. Although I honestly wonder what the added value of the trumpet is, I gradually became more impressed with the aforementioned Ariane Valdivié as a singer. They are big footsteps to fill, especially those of Maggie Reilly’s, but the Spanish lady is doing brilliantly; her voice is clear and her range is more than sufficient to bring the iconic vocals to a good ending.

Tubular Tribute - Ariane Valdivié

Punkadiddle is Mike Oldfield’s version of a punk song, played here as an energetic duet between keyboards and guitar, with loud applause from the enthusiastic crowd. In addition, Return to Ommadawn is both a surprising and daring choice, this is the latest album from Oldfield from 2017, never performed live. The ten minute selection the band plays is received with great enthusiasm. The recognizable tones of Trick Of The Light with Barry P again as vocalist in this relatively simple rocker with an ever-increasing role for miss Valdivié. This evening she is dressed in an exciting red T-shirt with the handwritten word “Holland” on it.

The announcement for Platinum is done exactly as Oldfield once did on his Montreux video (pronounced as “Montreeuuks” in Spanish). The characteristic pivoting guitar play on this punky and heavy song with female scat vocal plus a great duet between singer and guitarist, makes this a brilliant track. Definitely in the “noisy but effective” category. From Amarok from 1990, Tubular Tribute has opted for a part of acoustic free format jazz in the style of Al DiMeola, expertly executed. Moonlight Shadow, the big hit from 1984, is played by Álvarez on his red Fender.  Unfortunately, the song is played somewhat sloppily, or rather bungled. Peace from Tubular Bells 2003 goes off to a false start, Álvarez’ guitar is clearly out of tune. And of course it would be disrespectful to play Oldfield’s sacred music when you’re out of tune. So a new start is insurmountable. Also featured in this track is keyboard player Richard García, delivering a great organ solo. The volume goes up for this true “party piece”.

Tubular Tribute - Richard García

After the band has briefly left the stage, the inevitable encore Shadow on the Wall is next. This is a very different Shadow from the Moonlight version, much darker and heavier. Palmer features vocally in this song, originally sung by Roger Chapman, alternated by bass player Kike García, the crowd is going wild. After about two hours and fifteen minutes, the seven-fold Spanish formation gratefully receives the standing ovation from an ecstatic crowd.

A couple of times already I have expressed my reservations in relation to the tribute band phenomenon. But as these gentlemen and lady of Tubular Tribute perform their duties with respect and dedication, I am completely won over. And let’s be honest: the chance that we will ever see the original on stage again is extremely small, perhaps even nil. This way we can enjoy the fabulous music that Mike Oldfield has given us over the years for a long time to come. Duly noted.

SET LIST
Tubular Bells, Part One
To France
Poison Arrows
Mount Teide
Sheba
Ommadawn, Part One
In High Places
Crime of Passion
Punkadiddle
Return to Ommadawn
Trick Of The Light
Platinum
Amarok
Moonlight Shadow
Peace/Orabidoo
~ Encore
Shadow on the Wall

MUSICIANS
Rubén Álvarez – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandoline
Richard García – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Luis Senén Fernández – Drums, Percussion
Kike García – Bass, Background Vocals
Ariane Valdivié – Vocals, Trumpet, Keyboards
Ángel Secades – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
~ Guest musician
Barry Palmer: Vocals

CREDITS
Photos by Richard Winkel (Cultuurpodium Boerderij) and included with our thanks.

LINKS
Tubular Tribute – Facebook

This week on Prog-Watch it’s another of my themed specials, and the theme is family! Every song has to do with family and especially close family members (Mother, Father, Sister and Brother)! Music will be supplied by great classic and contemporary artists, including Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes, Pendragon, Alan Parsons, Renaissance, Seven Steps To The Green Door, Queen, IO Earth, Traffic, The Nice, The Who, Dukes Of The Orient, and Peter Gabriel! Come along for a fun ride!

639: All in the Family

 

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 308 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  • Yes – Going For The One
  • Isbjörg – Dimmie
  • Cosmograf – The Ghost Gets Made
  • Clepsydra – Millennium
  • Jadis – Sleepwalk
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo Houses
  • The Fierce And The Dead – Andy Fox
  • Diagonal – Citadel
  • John Paul Jones – The Thunderthief
  • Kayo Dot – Vanishing Act in Blinding Gray
  • King Crimson – Book Of Saturday (From Larks’ Tongues In Aspic 40th, 2012)
  • King Crimson – Fracture (Steven Wilson Live Mix)
  • King Crimson – Matte Kudasai (Alt Intro)
  • Refugee – Grand Canyon
  • Nazca Space Fox – Space Drift
  • Monolith Orchestra – Threshold of Eternity
  • Earupt – Broken Wings
  • Comedy Of Errors – Merry Dance
  • Pekka Pohjola – Rita
  • Sons Of Apollo – Comfortably Numb

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Enjoy!

Edition 204 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Sinheresy – Shallow
Disillusion – The Great Unknown
Borknagar – Up North
Leprous – Alleviate
Nothing Is Real – Only The Wicked Are Pure

Epic at 11: TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc – The More We Remember (pts I to V)

Arkan – Deus Vult (feat. Kobi Farhi)
ReVamp – The Trial of Monsters

Album of the Week: Shadow Gallery – Digital Ghosts

Venom
With Honor
Pain

Devin Townsend Project – Supercrush!

This news story was originally published here: http://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2019/09/25/izz-dont-panic/

Taking cues from Douglas Adam’s “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” where the timely advice Don’t Panic appeared on the electronic book’s cover and also the answer to the meaning of life (the number 42) plus mathematician’s Booker and Sutherland’s disclosure that The Diophantine Equation izz K = 42 (Obvious eh?) thizz izz IZZ’s 9th album and there’s a probability factor of 42 that’s it’s their whIZZest so far.

Poppy harmonies start the album advising all with the hitherto sage advice, then second and longest piece 42 (itself) brings a Howeseque guitar (from maybe the Ocean Topographic) that causes lighters, on stun, to sway until a fast YES like rhythm (with a very Squire approach to the bass) superbly mixes the usual suspects (organ, guitar, and synths) to combine a skilful raconteur approach to their craft. A Lovely track and the reason to purchase your place on the (stolen) Heart of Gold alone.

Brothers Tom and John Galgano are New York’s equivalent of Chattanooga’s and Glass Hammer’s Steve Babb and Fred Schendel and by definition makes this a very American sounding album. Gone are the days when the British onslaught influenced the progressive rock movement in the US, they have their own and distinct approach to the genre and IZZ have kept the flag flying for over 23 years.

An acoustic guitar interlude always provided texture on albums in the past, at least that’s the theory or in the case of track three a Six String Theory and this well played section certainly justifies the Quantum gravity of the subject. It’s a welcome respite before the equally restful intro to Moment of Inertia becomes a thunderstorm deluge of minor keying, scary guitar, and full use of the double drum kits that kick some serious time changing butt until Dick Datastardly chuckles into a thick synth solo that should have Emerson fans pricking up their collective auditory lug holes. Like all good prog rock, it resolves into the major as the Moment of Inertia is gently discovered.

Age of Stars concludes with over eight minutes of hippy sentiment interplayed with the combination of the guys and gals vocalising in the most Anderson style song yet. A thoroughly enjoyable mix of the band’s increscent prowess and a gift to us men and men-eses of the street along with (of course) the rest of the cosmos in general (come on guys, step out of your saucers every now and again, what are you afraid of? oh…hang on. Yep, stay hidden for a bit longer..)

The ending of this album only means one thing, and that’s to return to the beginning from The Big Bang Burger Bar to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe there’s another 44 minutes to get through. Slartibartfast would be proud.

TRACK LISTING
01. Don’t Panic (4:25)
02. 42 (18:41)
03. Six String Theory (2:07)
04. Moment Of Inertia (9:46)
05. Age Of Stars (9:00)

Total Time – 43:59

MUSICIANS
Laura Meade – Vocals
Anmarie Byrnes – Vocals
Paul Bremner – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Tom Galgano – Keyboards, Vocals, Production & Mixing
John Galgano – Bass, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Ukulele, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Coralian – Acoustic & Electronic Drums
Greg DiMiceli – Drums, Percussion

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Doone Records
Catalogue#: DR16-669563
Date of Release: 21st May 2019

LINKS
IZZ – Website | Facebook | Twitter

This news story was originally published here: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ProgNewsProgarchives/~3/CFF5uBdqLC0/forum_posts.asp

https://www.nme.com/news/music/king-crimsons-robert-fripp-in-dispute-with-david-bowies-estate-and-ppl-over-work-on-heroes-and-scary-monsters-2551180

So Robert Fripp wants to be credited as a “Featured Artist” on the work he did with David Bowie on both “Heroes” and Scary Monsters And Super Creeps.
The estate of Bowie and the UK branch of Phonographic Performance Limited disagree.

You got your popcorn? Might be worth getting a more balanced diet for this one!
If this has been eating away at El Fripp for so long, why didn’t he discuss or put a claim in with Bowie when he was still alive?
So are we going to see “Heroes” reissued (agaaaaain…) with “FEATURING ROBERT FRIPP OF KING CRIMSON” on them?
And are Van Der Graff Generator crapping themselves over Robert coming for them over his work on the track “The Emperor In His War Room”?

So if you happen to make music and have a mate of yours coming along to lay something on your track… Be wary!

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/lunar-eidolon-premiere/

Sacramento-based progressive metal project Lunar returns this November 8th with the release of its sophomore album Eidolon, out via Divebomb Records. Premiering today is a debut single for the song “Hypnotized,” which features guest appearances from Thank You Scientist’s Ben Karas, Haken’s Diego Tejeida, and Paladin’s Taylor Washington. Prog Sphere has partnered with Lunar for an exclusive premiere of the single; stream it below.

Commented founder and drummer Alex Bosson: “I’m excited to premiere “Hypnotized” as the first track off the upcoming album. This listening video also announces all the guest musicians that appear on the entire album! And many other musicians throughout the album that I’m truly honored to have worked with.

About Eidolon Bosson said: “This album was a struggle to do, in so many ways, but mostly with persevering after the death of my bandmate and good friend Ryan Erwin. But I think he would be proud of where this has gone. I am proud of what I have come up with for this album and what all the other musicians involved have contributed. There is a long list of incredible guest musicians on this album that I never dreamed I would get to work with and I’m truly honored to have done so! In my opinion, this album is heavier and tighter than the 2017’s ‘Theogony’ and I hope the fans will like it as much as I do.

Stream the “Hypnotized” single below, and pre-order Eidolon from Bandcamp here. The album drops out on November 8th via Divebomb Records. More details about the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Eidolon Track Listing:

1. Orbit

2. The Cycle Starts Again

3. Surrender

4. Comfort

5. Potion

6. Hypnotized

7. Your Long Awaited Void

Lunar on the web:

Bandcamp

Facebook

Lunar - Eidolon

The post Exclusive: LUNAR Launch New Single Featuring Members of HAKEN and THANK YOU SCIENTIST appeared first on Prog Sphere.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/lunar-eidolon-premiere/

Sacramento-based progressive metal project Lunar returns this November 8th with the release of its sophomore album Eidolon, out via Divebomb Records. Premiering today is a debut single for the song “Hypnotized,” which features guest appearances from Thank You Scientist’s Ben Karas, Haken’s Diego Tejeida, and Paladin’s Taylor Washington. Prog Sphere has partnered with Lunar for an exclusive premiere of the single; stream it below.

Commented founder and drummer Alex Bosson: “I’m excited to premiere “Hypnotized” as the first track off the upcoming album. This listening video also announces all the guest musicians that appear on the entire album! And many other musicians throughout the album that I’m truly honored to have worked with.

About Eidolon Bosson said: “This album was a struggle to do, in so many ways, but mostly with persevering after the death of my bandmate and good friend Ryan Erwin. But I think he would be proud of where this has gone. I am proud of what I have come up with for this album and what all the other musicians involved have contributed. There is a long list of incredible guest musicians on this album that I never dreamed I would get to work with and I’m truly honored to have done so! In my opinion, this album is heavier and tighter than the 2017’s ‘Theogony’ and I hope the fans will like it as much as I do.

Stream the “Hypnotized” single below, and pre-order Eidolon from Bandcamp here. The album drops out on November 8th via Divebomb Records. More details about the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Eidolon Track Listing:

1. Orbit

2. The Cycle Starts Again

3. Surrender

4. Comfort

5. Potion

6. Hypnotized

7. Your Long Awaited Void

Lunar on the web:

Bandcamp

Facebook

Lunar - Eidolon

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