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SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) — are about to begin the band’s first ever European live dates, starting this Friday at Hellfest in France. To celebrate, the band have launched a video for the track ‘Signs of the Time’, filmed during the bands recent North American tour.

Watch it now here:
Mike Portnoy comments: “The ‘Signs of the Time’ Video was shot on the recent US tour and is a good taste of what the band is like on stage.
We are about to embark on the band’s 1st tour of Europe and the UK and can’t wait to bring this 5 headed musical monster to our fans overseas all throughout the summer”

The full list of Summer live dates can be found below:

22nd June – Hellfest, Clisson, France
23rd June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
24th June – Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
26th June – Futurism Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
27th June – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
28th June – Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
30th June – Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona, Spain
1st July – Ramblin Man Fair, Maidstone, UK
2nd July – Motherwell Concert Hall, Motherwell, UK
3rd July – Limelight, Belfast, UK
4th July – Tivoli Variety Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
6th July – Helgeåfestivalen, Knislinge, Sweden
7th July – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
8th July – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
14th July – Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
3rd August – Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
18th August – Prog in the Park 2018, Warsaw, Poland
19th August – Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary
The band have further live dates planned for later in year, including an appearance at ProgPower Festival in the US, the band’s first Japanese shows, and more live appearances in Europe including a very special performance at the Roman Theatre in Plovdiv Bulgaria alongside the orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. Find the full list of those below:
7th September – Prog Power USA, Atlanta, US
10th September – BigCat, Osaka, Japan
11th September – Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
12th September – Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
15th September – Raismes Fest, Raismes, France
19th September – Glavclub, Moscow, Russia
22nd September – Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
24th September – Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece
26th September – Barby Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
29th September – SWX, Bristol, UK
30th September – Garage, Glasgow, UK
1st October – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, UK
6th October – Kulturfabrik, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
8th October – Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
12th October – Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France
13th October – Very Prog Festival, Toulouse, France
15th October – Radiant-Bellvue, Lyon, France
16th October – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Ticket links for all shows can be found at:
Released October 20th 2017 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater. Get your copy here:

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY has racked up some fantastic reviews:
“Fuck the term ‘supergroup’, that’s not what this is about. Sons of Apollo are simply a group that are super.”Classic Rock
“Psychotic Symphony is fierce, loud, bewildering, brilliantly performed and monstrously entertaining.”Prog Magazine
“God-like in conception, stellar in ambition and perfection in delivery.”Metal Talk


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Interesting Facts About MOTORHEAD

Motorhead is one of the biggest rock bands of all time, who were active for a total of 40 years between the years of 1975 and 2015. In the eyes of many, Motorhead were the band that ushered in a new wave of heavy metal in Britain, which seemed to re-energize the heavy metal scene as a whole. With Motorhead being one of the best and most notorious bands around, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about them.

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister was the sole constant member

Over the years, the face of the band did change and there was a total of 10 different members. These included Larry Wallis, Lucas Fox, Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, “Fast” Eddie Clarke, Brian “Robbo” Robertson, Phil “Wizzo” Campbell, Michael “Wurzel” Burston, Pete Gill, Mikey Dee and of course Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the sole constant member of Motorhead.

Motorhead produced plenty of material

Over the course of their 40 active years as a band, Motorhead released 22 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums and 5 EPs. Their final release was Bad Magic in 2015, with the album receiving widespread critical acclaim. The band disbanded four months after the album’s release due to the passing of founding member Lemmy Kilmister.

Motorhead are well known in professional wrestling circles

Motorhead are the band behind Triple H’s famous entrance music, “The Game”. He’s used this track since 2001 and Motorhead also played the track live for him at WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania 21. Rock Out by the band was also the theme song for WWE Unforgiven in 2008 and they also created the music for Triple H’s Evolution faction too.

The band has their own slot game

Slot games are all the rage these days, and with game developers always looking out for new themes, a Motorhead video slot was creating by leading company NetEnt. It’s a 5-reel, 76 payline slot that has fast become one of the most popular around, due to authentic video footage and music being used in the game. It’s proven to be a masterstroke by NetEnt to bring Motorhead to life in slot game form, so why not visit to enjoy the rock and roll thrill.

Ace of Spades was hugely successful

Motorhead’s biggest and most successful track was undoubtedly Ace of Spades, which released in 1980. It was a song that had everything, from gambling metaphors to wisdom. While many would have it in their top 10 Motorhead songs of all time, it’s comfortably one of the most well-known songs in general, and it was even adapted for video game Rock Band 2 as well.

Motorhead was developed by Lemmy’s former band

Lemmy was previously a member of a band called Hawkwind but found himself dismissed after being arrested for possession of drugs in Canada in May 1975. The final song that Lemmy had written for Hawkwind was in fact called Motorhead, and this is what he used as the inspiration to form a new band, who he went on to call Motorhead.

Tomorrow night’s Live From Progzilla Towers is a very special album launch show for The Sea Within‘s debut album, which is released on Thursday.

Join us to explore the album and the music of those involved, with an exclusive interview with Roine Stolt – only on Progzilla Radio, this Wednesday evening at 20:00 (GMT).

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James LaBrie & John Petrucci of Dream Theater

Dream Theater announced they’ve entered the studio a week ago to work on their 14th studio album and the follow-up to 2016′s The Astonishing, describing the process thus far as “sensational.”

Singer James LaBrie said in a new video (watch below):

I gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album’s going, you’re in for a treat… The style of the music – a lot of people will stand up and applaud at this point – there’s a heaviness to it, there’s an aggression to it. You’ve [John Petrucci] mentioned something earlier, what was it? The five…

Guitarist John Petrucci chimed in:

The five pillars of DT. [Laughs] I think everyone’s on the same page with the type of record this is going to be. So far, the music is heavy, it’s progressive, it’s melodic, shredding, and it’s also epic – the five pillars of Dream Theater.

James added:

Everyone is feeling it and there’s such an incredible synergy going on in here. This environment that we’re in, this particular studio – and no, we’re not revealing what studio – it’s so conducive to what we’re trying to attain.

Back in April, LaBrie said the guys were gearing up to enter studio in June and then release the album around February 2019, so it would seem that everything is going as planned. The Astonishing was released in January 2016.

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Ayreon – Comatose

Nemo – Coma

Steve Hackett – Carry On Up The Vicarage

10cc – Second Sitting For The Last Supper (live)

Leap Day – Secret Gardener*

Pendragon – Comatose (i) View From The Seashore

Jump – The Sniper

Fractal Mirror – Enemies

Gungfly – Quasimodo

Leap Day – Little Green Men*

Frequency Drift – Sleep Paralysis

Fish – Exit Wound (excerpt)


  • From Dead Bob’s Album of the Week, ‘Awaking the Muse’ by Leap Day



Edition 110 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 17th June is now also available to listen to anytime or download.

This week yet another two hours of simply superb melodic/symphonic progressive rock is yours to enjoy. This weeks playlist looks like this:

1 Head With Wings – From Worry to Shame (From Worry to Shame)
2 Argos – The Hunters Last Stand (Unidentified Dying Objects)
3 Crystal Palace – Outside The Box (Scattered Shards)
4 Renato Moretti – Il Risveglio (Mattina) – (Sequenze)
5 Doug Woods and Colin Powell – Transmission (Radio)
6 The Paradox Twin – Planeta (The Importance of Mr Bedlam)
7 Dark Light – Sinkin’ Deep (Single)
8 IQ – Common Ground (Nomzamo)
9 Laura Meade – Sunflowers at Chernobyl (Remedium)
10 How Far to Hitchin – Push (Easy Targets)
11 Opeth – Benighted (Still Life)
12 AnaniA – On and On (Re-invent the Feel)
13 Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride (Nantucket Sleighride)
14 Supertramp – Rudy (Crime of the Century)
15 Anubis – Dead Trees (Different Stories)

If you missed the shows – here are all the times you can hear it on Progzilla Radio (
) – also via the tune in radio app on your mobile or tablet and on all main internet radio platforms.

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2100UTC) – Main Broadcast
Tuesdays 0300-0500 UK (0200UTC) – For North America (Mon 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern)
Tuesdays 11pm-1am UK (2200UTC)
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1700UTC) Family friendly teatime performance!

Plus a listen anytime or download podcast of the show which is normally online by Monday or Tuesday each week.

Your melodic and symphonic progressive music suggestions are very welcome. Email, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or

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Henrik Nygren

Carchosa is a one-man progressive death metal band from Malmö in Sweden, founded by multi-instrumentalist Henrik Nygren who earlier this month dropped the self-titled debut album. Read what Henrik says about it in an interview for Prog Sphere.

Define the mission of Carchosa.

Continue to create inspiring and dynamic music, that first and foremost appeals to me, but hopefully attracts interest to other people as well.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your self-titled debut album and the themes it captures.

Usually I come up with a riff or a melody. Inspiration usually comes when you least expect it, watching a movie/tv-serie, reading a book or listening to music. Most of the time I also get a sense of what the lyrical content should be about. Then I try to get an image how I want the song to progress. I’ll check if I have another riff or melody lying around, or I try to come up with something that would fit into the mold so to speak.

What is the message you are trying to give with Carchosa?

Music is all about expressing emotion. So I guess the message depends a lot on the listener, how they embrace the music and interpret the lyrics. It would be very rewarding to know that my music has touched and inspired others in a positive way.

Carchosa - Carchosa

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

I use the software Guitar Pro to keep track of riffs and melodies, and arranging the songs. I also compose the drum tracks in there and import them as midi files into the DAW I use for recording.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes, very much so. I spend a lot of time thinking of and testing different ideas to get the songs as intriguing and dynamic as possible.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

When I started, my recording skills were quite limited, so I got help from a friend to show me the basics. The album was recorded and mixed by myself during 4 years at my home studio. Therefor my understanding of the recording process got better and better along the way. I then got some mix feedback from Tony Lindgren at Fascination street studios, before he did the amazing job mastering the album.

How long Carchosa was in the making?

The first riffs were written 6 years ago.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

One of my top favourite bands are Metallica, and especially the albums released in the eighties. I grew up listening to them, so they have definitely influenced me in some way. Dissection, Morbid Angel, Testament and Opeth have also been huge sources of inspiration for me since I started to listen to them in the early and mid nineties. I also listen a lot to movie soundtracks and try to incorporate that in my music. Hans Zimmer is a big favourite.

What is your view on technology in music?

The technological advances have made it very easy to record music by yourself and spread it to people all across the world, so that is obliviously a positive thing. But I am also a big fan of vinyl and analog equipment.

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

Yeah, I hope so. Or at least I hope that people listening to my music feel the same satisfaction as I felt creating them. If that would be the case, I would be very honoured.

What are your plans for the future?

Another album for sure. But before that I hope we record an album with my previous band, a Symphonic metal act. We have just started talking about picking up were we left off, abruptly 10 years ago. A lot of material was written back then, but never recorded so I definitely hope we work something out.

Carchosa is out now; order it from Bandcamp. Follow the project on Facebook.