All posts for the month February, 2021

The Ancient One is very pleased to say that the podcast for Show No 155 is now available. This is one of the series of Mixed Bag shows where TAO gets a chance to catch up on some newer materials that don’t fit into the other themed shows.
Hear music from Sweden, Norway, Germany. The Netherlands France, Spain, The USA and The UK.


1 Greenslade – Spirit of the Dance (excerpt used as the Intro)
2 Bla Lotus – Summer Demons (Hogtid 2019)
3 Wobbler – Leprechaun Behind The Door ( in Taberna Demo from album No 2, Afterglow, available on Bandcamp)
4 Soup – Sleepers (Remedies 2017)
5 Marquette – Into The Homeland (Into The Wild 2020)
6 Nine Stones Close – Thicker Than Water ( Traces 2020 Tenth Anniversary reissue)
7 Lifesigns – Fortitude (Altitude 2021)
8 Esthesis – Downstream (The Awakening 2020)
9 Jesus Munoz Fernandez – Recovery (Strategies 2015)
10 Yacobs – It’s Beautiful (Beautiful 2020)
11 Vinyl Dial – Shapes In the Clouds ( The Flight Of The crown Hawk 2019)
12 Transatlantic – Overture/Heart Like A Whirlwind/Higher Than The Morning. (The Absolute Universe Forevermore Extended Version 2020)
13 Greenslade – Joie De Vivre (excerpt used as the Outro)

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Remastered reissue of this classic solo album from 1982, plus one bonus track. Out on April 30, 2021.







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Lyrically, and musically, the award-winning Dutch artist lays her soul bare with the most evocative record of her career – captivating song-stories told with acoustic guitars, strings, horns, percussion, and Anneke’s hypnotic vocal harmonies.

Anneke van Giersbergen couldn’t be happier and more excited to be releasing her most personal album to date: ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ was inspired by heartbreak, but it is also a manifest of how heartbreak can lead into transformation and make way for something new and bright once the dark has been overcome. Anneke comments in her own words: “When I scribbled down some lyric ideas in 2018, I took the first steps on the long road that would lead to the release of ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of self-doubt when you’re writing and recording highly personal songs, but once the album was done, I was able to put my mind at ease. I’m so proud of what we’ve created and release day has finally arrived!

To show a yet different side of the album’s musical diversity, today sees the release of the brand-new track and video for “I Saw A Car”, which Anneke comments as follows: 
The stomps and plucky brightness might fool you into thinking this was a ditty, but the vulnerable and self-assessing lyrics actually fit the headspace that being expressed throughout the album. This song was written and produced very late in the recording process, but I just instantly knew the track had something special and needed to be included on the album.

Watch the video for “I Saw A Car” here: 
(Music and words by Anneke van Giersbergen
Directed by Jasper van Gheluwe)

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is available as eco-friendly CD Digipak (plastic-free), as 180g Gatefold LP (incl. the album on CD) & as digital album. 
Click here to pre-order the album: 

“The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest” – Tracklist:
01. Agape
02. Hurricane
03. My Promise
04. I Saw A Car
05. The Soul Knows
06. The End
07. Keep It Simple
08. Lo And Behold
09. Losing You
10. Survive
11. Love You Like I Love You

The album’s title, ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’, refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life’s biggest questions. But, at this point in her near-three-decade-long music career, this solo album – and, crucially, the heartbreak that inspired it – was not something Anneke van Giersbergen ever anticipated writing.

In 2018, Anneke began working on new material for her metal band, VUUR. Although their debut album, ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’, was met with a mixed reception, fans were warming up to their heavy, progressive sound. Therefore, a rapid follow-up album would surely establish Anneke’s return to fronting a metal band. However, behind the scenes, these were troubled times.

Anneke shares, ”My belief in VUUR saw me spend all my savings on recording VUUR’s debut album and taking the band on the road. After completing our first touring cycle, I realized that more VUUR would mean yet more, huge financial risks.”

To make matters worse, in 2018, her long-lasting marriage, which had always been wonderful, unexpectedly saw a storm approaching. Anneke adds, “I instantly knew I needed to write music about fixing my life. This creative endeavour would be far too personal for a VUUR album. And it would also require solitude.”

With just her acoustic guitar and basic recording gear, Anneke retreated to a small house near the woods, just outside her hometown of Eindhoven. She let go of the pressures of what VUUR’s future might be, and fell into the meditative process of writing a solo album. In 2019, work continued on the new songs. In 2020, Anneke asked her friend and producer, Gijs Coolen, to help finish the album.

Throughout the completion of the album, Anneke’s fragile, acoustic song-stories were fused together with an alchemy of panoramic strings, horns, and percussion. The resulting 11-track record has all the intimacy of Anneke serenading an audience of one, combined with surprising departures into swampier, foot-stomping grooves.

The Japanese art of kintsugi has inspired Anneke to use a repaired heart as the album’s symbol. Kintsugi teaches that bringing together the pieces of a broken object – with the use of a precious metal – adds value and uniqueness to it. And, instead of giving up on their marriage, Anneke and her husband decided to take the time to mend their bond. They now cherish the repaired heartbreak as something profoundly valuable. 

Their journey through this personal storm, and the album that Anneke created in the eye of it, proves that the darkest skies truly are the brightest. 

About Anneke van Giersbergen:

‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ is Anneke’s 23rd career album. It proves, once again, that the award-winning Dutch artist defies being pigeonholed by any genre. 

After thirteen years as the front woman for melancholic metallers, The Gathering, she struck out on her own in 2007. Since then, her creativity has known no bounds. Anneke quickly solidified a successful solo career (initially under the moniker Agua de Annique), and has recorded and performed with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend multiple times. She has also lent her serene yet powerful voice to the likes of: Anathema, Icelandic folk group Árstíðir, Within Temptation, Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Amorphis, and prog legend John Wetton.

2012’s ‘Everything is Changing’ was something of a milestone in Anneke’s solo career. The album, which was the first to be released under her own name, received two Edison Award nominations – Holland’s most prestigious music prize – in the categories ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’.
In 2015, Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) released their collaborative album ‘The Diary’ under the name The Gentle Storm.
In October 2017, Anneke’s progressive metal outfit VUUR released their much-anticipated debut album. ‘In This Moment We Are Free – Cities’ entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at number 2, Anneke’s highest-ever chart position.

Forever the unpredictable artist, in late 2018, Anneke released ‘Symphonized’, an 11-track live orchestral album. It was recorded at two career-spanning concerts alongside Residentie Orkest The Hague, and features rearrangements of songs from her entire back catalogue.
2019 saw Dutch music copyright organisation Buma Cultuur honor Anneke with the Buma ROCKS! Export Award. This is their award for the Most Successful Dutch Artist Abroad in Heavy Music.
In 2021, the release of her new solo album ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ will see Anneke surprise her fans all over again.


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LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, the legendary supergroup comprised of Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Sons of Apollo), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) are set to return with a new album titled ‘LTE3’, due to be released March 26th, 2021 via InsideOutMusic. 

Today, the band are pleased to share the video for the album’s second single “Beating The Odds”. You can watch the video, created by Christian Rios, here:

This was a riff that I brought into the sessions that I thought was interesting because it’s in an odd time and phrased in a way that is hard to wrap your head around at first until you understand where the groove is. When I first presented it to the guys, their initial reaction was “how are you feeling that?” When the band enters after the opening riff it probably sounds a little ‘odd’ because the time signature is a bit unclear until the song gets going. If LTE ever had a ‘prog pop hit’ this would be it!
– John Petrucci

I remember the look of confusion on ALL our faces when JP started playing that opening riff! It’s was seemingly so straight ahead but with a bizarre rhythmic twist! Took a while to internalize that but then we all loved it! One of the great things about LTE is the fact that we just let ourselves loose and have FUN!
– Jordan Rudess

‘Beating The Odds’ is the 2nd song we wrote in the LTE3 sessions. I jokingly referred to it as “the feel-good song of the Pandemic” in the studio as it has a very upbeat happy feel to it…but also takes a few cool musical twists & turns ranging from the glorious melodic chorus & end vamp to the dark driving solo sections
– Mike Portnoy

Starts with an off-step riff, kind of like walking upstairs backward, but at the repeat you get it. Then it opens up into “anthem land.”. Later there are unison bass lines where both Jordan and John got flangy sounds that work well with the bass. Mike’s unstoppable energy is evident here, and we’ve got more fantastic J&J solos. At only five and a half minutes we start fading out… a short song by our standards. But we’re just getting warmed up.
– Tony Levin

The album will be available in the following formats:
• Limited deluxe hot pink 3LP+2CD+Blu-ray Box Set (incl. a poster and 4 Art-cards, Blu-ray incl. a 5.1 surround mix with visuals, and full band interview from the studio)
• Limited 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook
•.Limited 2CD Digipak
• Gatefold black 2LP+CD
• Digital album (2CD)

You can pre-order ‘LTE3’ now here: 

1. Hypersonic (8:22)
2. Beating The Odds (6:09)
3. Liquid Evolution (3:23)
4. The Passage Of Time (7:32)
5. Chris & Kevin’s Amazing Odyssey (5:04)
6. Rhapsody In Blue (13:16)
7. Shades Of Hope (4:42)
8. Key To The Imagination (13:14)

Bonus Disc: Includes almost an hour of improvised jams.

Watch the video for the album’s first single “The Passage of Time” here: 

Watch the ‘LTE3’ teaser trailer here:

In 1997, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, joined forces to create Liquid Tension Experiment. The foursome would release their iconic, self-titled debut album in 1998 and the dazzling follow-up, LTE2 in 1999, creating a dynamic, frantic, and inventive sound all their own. The incredible creativity between the collective would prompt Petrucci and Portnoy to invite Rudess to join Dream Theater, effectively marking the end of this side project. However, since that time, there have been few reunions more in demand. Now, with the world in lockdown and calendars unexpectedly aligned, the inconceivable has finally happened… a new Liquid Tension Experiment album.

TONY LEVIN online:





Broadcast 21st Feb 2020

Show 149

·         Masquerade Jonesy
·         Heaven Knows Our Name Budgie
·         Long Nights Crack the Sky
·         Ice Cream Cakes Jeff Beck Group
·         Out of Focus Blue Cheer
·         Addicted to Love Robert Palmer
·         New Orleans Is Sinking The Tragically Hip
·         Rock and Roll Stew Traffic
·         Sportscar Judy Tzuke
·         Orfeo/Nathan’s Reel Steeleye Span
·         Temples Rise
6-Pack Albums that turn 50 in February
·         Galadriel Barclay James Harvest
·         The Happy Song Rita Coolidge
·         Smackwater Jack Carol King
·         Peace Frog The Doors
·         Virtually Part 3 Soft Machine
·         I’ve Seen All Good People Yes
·         Happy Together The Turtles
·         Feeling Free Charlie Daniels Band
·         Done Somebody Wrong Allman Brothers Band
·         John’s Blues Roy Buchanon
·         To Breathe Another Day Spock’s Beard
·         Almost There Level 42
·         Up In the Air Dixie Dregs
SIAS: Tarkus Concertante The Keith Emerson Band
·         Tarkus (Concertante) The Keith Emerson Band
Checkin’ Out the 80’s  
·         Lady Nina Marillion
·         I Have The Touch Peter Gabriel
·         She Talks In Stereo Gary Myrick & the Figures
·         I Ain’t Drunk Albert Collins
A Jazz Set  
·         Fortune Hunter Joe Sample
·         Git It Up Brian Auger/Julie Tippets
·         Humpty Dumpty Chick Corea
·         Can You See Me Glass Harp
·         Summer’s Most Wanted Girl Horslips
·         Tell Me All the Things You Do Fleetwood Mac
·         Look Wot You Dun Slade
·         Open My Eyes Nazz
·         Walk Away James Gang
·         Two Trains Lowell George
·         I Cheat the Hangman The Doobie Brothers
KrazzLoft Mid 70’s Chill Down  
·         Steppin’ Out Electric Light Orchestra
·         We’re All Alone Boz Scaggs
·         Samba Pa Ti Santana
·         Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven Smile) Gato Barbieri
·         I’d Love To Change the World Ten Years After




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This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Peter Jones of Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, and Camel! Pete released not one but TWO albums last year, so we have plenty to talk about! Of course I’ll also be spinning lots of great music along the way!

808: In Conversation with Peter Jones of Tiger Moth Tales


Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 381 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  • Sky – Toccata
  • Asia Minor – Oriental Game
  • Curved Air – Metamorphosis
  • Home Brewed Universe – Babel East
  • Dahliad – Always A Stranger
  • Diagonal – Amon
  • Genesis – Down And Out
  • Alameda – Amanecer En El Puerto
  • Instant Curtain – The Ship Battle Down
  • Therion – Psalm Of Retribution
  • Return To Forever – The Romantic Warrior
  • Nik Turner – Space
  • Simon Posford – The New Normal
  • Alta Reign – Mother’s Day
  • Plini – The Glass Bead Game
  • Allan Holdsworth – Proto Cosmos
  • Iceberg – El Caminant Nocturn
  • Quicksilver Night – Lark
  • Simon McKechnie – Retro
  • The Flying Caravan – The Bumpy Road To Knowledge
  • Daft Punk – Veridis Quo

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THE PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #404 (“404… But Not An Error”)

After contemplating last week whether the numbering of shows has a purpose, wouldn’t you know that this week’s show is #404… commonly associated with computer errors.

Well, be assured this show is no error… it’s filled with excellent new, classic, and tribute tracks.

Tune in… and shatter any negative perceptions you have about “404”.


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Edition 249 of THE PROG MILL for Progzilla Radio (469 in total), first broadcast 21 February 2021, can now also be streamed on demand or downloaded as a mp3 file. Another two hours of amazing melodic and symphonic progressive rock.

This week’s review from The Progressive Aspect sees Bob Mulvey taking a listen to the new album by American musician Mark Vickness, and you can test your knowledge of the wonderful world of prog in our fun quick fire quiz ‘How Proggy Are You?!)

This Week’s Playlist

1 Meer – Honey (Playing House)
2 Mental Season – Man In The Field (Mental Season)
3 Magic Bus – Inca Trail (The Earth Years)
4 Caamora – Shadows (Walk on Water)
5 Hybrid – Shadow Dancing (Integration)
6 Amanda Kim Sanderson – Funeral of the Forest (Spirits of the Witchwood)
7 Ekos – Orillas Del Tiempo Pt II (Otra Dimension)
8 Mark Vickness – Interwoven (Interconnected)
9 Blackfield – Where is My Love (Blackfield)
10 Blackfield – Hello (Blackfield)
11 The Enid – First Light (The Bridge)
12 Seconds Before Landing – Between Here And There (Trio Volume 2)
13 Rush – Jacobs Ladder (Permanent Waves)
14 Renaissance – Opening Out (A Song for All Seasons)
15 Renaissance Rock Orchestra – A Song of Hope (Single)

You can hear The Prog Mill on Progzilla Radio at these times every week ( – via the tune in and other internet radio apps and platforms – or ask your smart speaker to “Play Radio Progzilla on Tune-In”)

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

Plus: A podcast of the show which you can stream anytime or download as a mp3 file is normally online by Monday evening each week, with links here and at

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

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After a very successful release of the first single “The Fisherman”, Nad Sylvan is now proud to be presenting the second song “The Stolen Child” off of his new album “Spiritus Mundi”, to be released on April 9th 2021. The album’s lyrics are based on poems by W.B. Yeats. 

Nad comments on the new song as follows: 
The Stolen Child” is one of W B Yeats’ most popular early poems first published in Irish Monthly in 1896. Like much of his early work, it is based on the myths and legends he heard from local people while growing up in County Sligo. 
I feel this song is a very captivating take on the lyrical content and will place you in a colorful dreamy landscape which will take you back to your own gullible childhood.
Let the fairies come and get you.

You can watch the video for “The Stolen Child” here:

“Spiritus Mundi” is available as Special Edition CD Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), 180g Gatefold LP Vinyl Edition (incl. the entire album on CD) and as Digital Download. You can pre-order the album here:

“Spiritus Mundi” tracklisting:
1. The Second Coming (7:00)
2. Sailing to Byzantium (6:41)
3. Cap and Bells (4:47)
4. The Realists (2:18)
5. The Stolen Child (4:58)
6. To An Isle In The Water (4:36)
7. The Hawk (4:09)
8. The Witch and The Mermaid (1:57)
9. The Fisherman (5:28)
Bonus Tracks
10. You’ve Got To Find A Way (5:55)
11. To A Child Dancing In The Wind (5:08)