Multi-instrumentalist, composer, music engineer and producer, and head of the Unicorn Digital record label…Michel St-Père does it all! And this week he also guests on Prog-Watch! Tune in to this week’s program to hear some of our chat and lots of great music from his band Mystery!

616: In Conversation with Michel St-Père of Mystery



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HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, recently completed a hugely successful tour of Europe in support of their latest album ‘Vector’. Now they can reveal they will return to Europe for some select festival & headline dates.

The band comments: “Back by popular demand! Our recent European Vector Studies tour went so well that we’re heading out again to play some headliner shows between our summer festival appearances.
It promises to be a fun couple of weeks and a perfect stop-gap for our amazing European fans in need of some Vector curricular activities!

The list of dates are as follows:
28th June – Provinssirock, Seinajoki, Finland
29th June – Vainstream Rockfest, Münster, Germany
30th June – Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany
2nd July – Hirsh, Nürnberg, Germany
3rd July – Halle 02, Heidelberg, Germany
5th July – Rock The Castle, Verona, Italy
6th July – Cavea Del Teatro Del Maggio, Florence, Italy
7th July – Rock In Rome, Rome, Italy
9th July – PPC, Graz, Austria
10th July – Melodka, Brno, Czech Republic
11th July – Randall, Bratislava, Slovakia
12th July – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
13th July – Prog In Park, Warsaw, Poland

They also recently announced they will join their label-mate, the legendary Devin Townsend, as special guest on his headlining EMPATH European tour this Winter:

15th November – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
16th November – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
18th November – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
23rd November – Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
24th November – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
25th November – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
27th November – Astra, Berlin, Germany
28th November – Roxy, Prague, Czech Republic
29th November – A2, Wroclaw, Poland
30th November – Barba Negra, Budapest, Hungary
2nd December – Simm City, Vienna, Austria
3rd December – X Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
5th December – Great Hall, Cardiff, UK
6th December – Academy, Dublin, Ireland
7th December – Limelight, Belfast, UK
9th December – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow, UK
10th December – Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
12th December – Roundhouse, London, UK
13th December – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Ticket links & details here:

Find some of the media reactions to Vector below:
heart-stopping hails of metallic riff bullets, dizzying instrumental and rhythmic complexity, alongside an intriguing lyrical tale.” – Prog Magazine
Haken’s most invigorating disc.” – Metal Hammer
Bewildering, impressive and satisfying, all at the same time.” – The Prog Report

The album is available as Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (including instrumental versions of the album tracks), as Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD, as Standard CD Jewelcase & as digital download. Order now here:

Following the release of ‘Vector’ in October 2018, the band went out on a co-headline tour of North America alongside Leprous & Bent Knee, before heading to South America for the first time at the beginning of 2019 and on to Europe, marking the bands most successful shows to date.

Watch promo videos for the 3 singles taken from the album below:
A Cell Divides:
Puzzle Box:
The Good Doctor:

Since their inception in 2007, Haken have shown over four previous studio albums, one EP and a live release that they never stand still, merely satisfied to rely on past triumphs. Rather, Haken always look for ways to challenge themselves as musicians and artists, and also to keep the listeners on their collective toes. “We don’t like to make simple music,” laughs vocalist Ross Jennings. “We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.

HAKEN are:
Ross Jennings
Richard Henshall
Charlie Griffiths
Diego Tejeida
Conner Green
Ray Hearne

HAKEN online:


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PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new quartet featuring the talents of current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The band has signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of their self-titled debut album on July 5th, 2019.

Of the musical direction, Boegehold comments: “My goal was to produce music that’s progressive and intricate while keeping things immediate and melodic. Whether a song is four minutes or ten minutes long, I didn’t want more than a few bars go by without some kind of instrumental or vocal hook.

Originally a vehicle for a few tracks John had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Ted Leonard (vocals & guitar) & Dave Meros (bass), with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds: “Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave and Ted ending up as co-writers on some of the material.”

With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures. “Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.

The album will be released on limited CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.

As John notes, as the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.

Stay tuned for a first taste of music from Pattern-Seeking Animals in the coming weeks!



Edition 153 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 14th April, is now also available to stream anytime you like or download as a mp3 file. Two hours of stunning melodic and symphonic progressive music including special guest OLIVER RUSING of German progressive rock band KARIBOW – who have a UK tour coming up this Summer.

This Week’s Playlist

1 Jon Anderson – Ramalama (1000 Hands Chapter ne)
2 The Dave Foster Band – All That Remains (Nocebo)
3 Fabio Zuffanti – In/Out (In/Out)
4 Numen – The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (Cyclothymia)
5 Kornmo – Nunatak (Vandring)
** Interview with Oliver Rusing of Karibow **
6 KariBow – Monumento (Monumento)
7 Giant The Vine – The Kisser (Music for Empty Places)
8 35 Tapes – Travel (Lost & Found)
9 The Room – Drowning in Sound (Caught by the Machine)
10 I Am The Manic Whale – Clock of the Long Now (Everything Beautiful in Time)
11 Coma Rossi – Transmission (Alternate version) (Coma Rossi Bonus Track)

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

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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, the legendary Italian progressive rock band, recently announced the worldwide signing with Inside Out Music / Sony Music group. Their new record ‘Transiberiana’ will be the first studio album in 25 years and is scheduled to be released on 10th May 2019.

Following the release of the brilliantly received ‘I ruderi del gulag’, the band are pleased to launch the next track taken from the album. ‘L’assalto dei lupi’ tells the story of travellers who, having left the train in the tundra, go and seek help and are suddenly surrounded and attacked by wolves. Watch the video here:
‘L’assalto dei lupi’ was composed by Vittorio Nocenzi together with his son Michelangelo Nocenzi, and the lyrics were written by Nocenzi himself with Paolo Logli, writer and screenwriter close to Banco del Mutuo Soccorso since the 70’s. It is a song that brings the band back to some of the themes of their concept album ‘Come in un’ultima cena’, which included classic Banco songs such as ‘Slogan’ and ‘Il ragno’.

Vittorio Nocenzi comments: “The lyrics of ‘L’assalto dei lupi’ express the ferocity of the wolf pack, that is the cowardice of those individuals who force themselves with the strength of others to lash out against those who are different from them. The mediocre who are jealous of excellence, the envious, the intolerant, the violent in general. The polyrhythm of the arrangement creates an urgent general rhythm pattern up to paroxysm.

Listen to the previously released track ‘I ruderi del gulag’here :

Of the album and signing, founding member Vittorio Nocenzi states: “I’m happy after working such a long time on this new Banco del Mutuo Soccorso album for Inside Out. It fills me with joy and satisfaction as I was truly inspired from the very beginning! For too many years, the band was only dedicated to live performances, so it was about time we would go back to composing, playing and producing new stuff! By choosing the ‘Transiberiana’ concept for this new piece of work, there are two main issues I’d like to point out: first the new Banco line up consisting of great musicians and great people, secondly, the presence of my two sons in the project: Michelangelo co-writing the album and Mario Valerio, who took care of a marketing and communication strategy related to it. These two elements have been the best gifts I could possibly imagine to receive! And this is an extra motivation if ever needed to do my best for reaching our goals.
I can only wish fans will enjoy this incredible project and look forward to see them live when we will go out to perform the album and classic Banco-tracks around the globe with Filippo Marcheggiani (lead guitar), Nicola Di Già (rhythm guitar), Fabio Moresco (drums), Marco Capozi (bass), our singer Tony D’Alessio and myself!

The last Banco del Mutuo Soccorso album, ‘13’, was released back in 1994 and after all those years and the loss of two historical former members, the band is back to confirm its place in the international progressive music scene.

‘Transiberiana’ will be available as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with 44 page booklet, Gatefold 2LP + CD + LP Booklet, and as digital download. Pre-order now here:

  1. Stelle sulla terra (6:06)
    2. L’imprevisto     (3:29)
    3. La discesa dal treno (6:16)
    4. L’assalto dei lupi (5:35)
    5. Campi di Fragole (3:36)
    6. Lo sciamano (4:01)
    7. Eterna Transiberiana (6:20)
    8. I ruderi del gulag (6:06)
    9. Lasciando alle spalle (1:47)
    10. Il grande bianco (6:33)
    11. Oceano: Strade di sale (3:39)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (which translates to “Bank of Mutual Relief”) were formed in Rome, Italy back in 1969. In 2019, ‘Transiberiana’ will prove that this style is very much intact and creative mastermind Vittorio Nocenzi promises an “autobiographical journey” lyrically, musically and in terms of concept. ‘Transiberiana’ is not only an impressive new album by Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, but also reflects upon a storied career and redefines what the group is all about.

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is:
Vittorio Nocenzi (piano, keyboards and voice)
Filippo Marcheggiani (guitar)
Nicola Di Già (rhythm guitar)
Marco Capozi (bass)
Fabio Moresco (drums)
Tony D’Alessio (lead vocal)



This week on Prog-Watch I’m spinning fabulous music from The Room, The Franky Valentyn Project, Residuos Mentales, John Lodge, Premiata Forneria Marconi (or PFM, for short), Grand Tour, and Now In Colour! Plus, our friend and resident reviewer, Dr. Rob Fisher, will be taking us on a voyage of Progressive Discovery with the German duo Manuel Schmid and Marek Arnold, with a look at their collaborative album called Zeiten!

615: Variety + Schmid and Arnold on Progressive Discoveries


I Am The Manic Whale – Toccata and Fugue

Cardiacs – In A City Lining

Be Bop Deluxe – The Modern Music Suite (live)

The Mute Gods – One Day 

The Far Meadow – Foreign Land

Pure Reason Revolution – Over The Top

Weend’ô – The Soulmate

Motoi Sakuraba – Shade Inside Groping

Bi Kyo Ran – A Violent Nightmare

Last Flight To Pluto – Supergirl

Ronny Stilts’ Flower King – Lost America

England – Fags, Booze & Lottery

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly – Friendship

Emperor Norton – Act II: Travails

Fish – Man With A Stick

Focus – Heaven

North Atlantic Oscillation – Fruitful Little Moons

Franck Carducci – Slave To Rock and Roll

Tiger Moth Tales – Story Tellers Part 2 – The Boy who Cried Wolf

Carptree – Instead of Life

Steven Wilson – Home Invasion/Regret #9

Jean Michel Jarre – All That You leave Behind (Movement 4)

Wilson & Wakeman – Life On Mars (excerpt)

Moon Safari – Crossed The Rubicon

Big Country – Dead on Arrival

Red Bazar – We Will Find You

Ars Nova – Fury: The Daughter of Simoom, After the Simoom

Joost Maglev – Angel

GU-RU – Kingdom Within

Skylake – Crossroads

Joost Maglev – Demon

Greenslade – Drum Folk

The Maybes? – Promise

Tim Bowness – Borderline

Ange – Docteur Man

Toehider – Death of Optimus Prime (excerpt)Bo

England – Three Piece Suite (1976 Olympic Studio Recording)

Focus – Hocus Pocus (US Single edition)

Franck Carducci – Alice’s Eerie Dream (radio edit)

I Am The Manic Whale – Circles (Show Love)

Stomu Yamashta – Rolling Nuns

Dec Burke – Destroy All Monsters

Circu5 – Strings

Jump – Free At Last (live)

Genesis – Can-Utility and the Coastliners