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Dronte is a French experimental, avantgarde metal ensemble, who in February 2019 released an album entitled Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté. The group goes a step further by combining non-conventional instruments such contrabass, vibraphone, and saxophone for creating an interesting mix of acoustic and metal.

Dronte is a very musically interesting band. Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté makes me think of Miles Davis In a Silent Way because of its “quiet intensity.” Miles Davis’ album has a sort of divine subtlety to it that belies its incredible complexity. It’s a rhythmic masterpiece of delicate complexity. Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté is similar in this way, but not musically. It achieves this same wonderful feeling via completely different methods, and this leads me to believe it was unintentional. That said, the fact that they achieved it at all is wonderful, in my eyes.

The quiet intensity on Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté comes from the juxtaposition of Benoît Bedrossian’s contrabass, Ève-Rosemarie Boulada’s saxophone and Frédéric Braud’s growls over the driving beat of drummer Lucas de Geyter. To complete the sound, we have the incredibly spacey guitars courtesy of Grégory Tranchant and Nicolas Aubert. The best example of this that I can think of are songs “Sarcophage du succès” and “Escalade en chute libre,” the latter being featured on the Progotronics XX compilation. The music is composed so subtly that it manages to build to a thundering crescendo without the listener even realizing it. Once you finally get it, waves of sound are crashing over you and suddenly fall down again to begin the next track. I also love that there are parts of the album that deviate strongly from this, such as the experimental parts of “Un orage…” This helps to ensure that the album doesn’t get monotonous, which is a good thing.

Spiritually and aesthetically, Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté couldn’t be jazzier. It has jazz’s unpretentious “coolness” seeping throughout, just welcoming you in. It’s very spacey in a way though, somewhat like the various forms of progressive/avant rock.

Quelque part entre la guerre et la lâcheté is available from Bandcamp here.

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Atmospheric French rockers Klone have premiered their new video for the track “Silver Gate” taken from their 2019 studio album Le Grand Voyage. Watch it below.

Klone’s guitarist Guillaume Bernard explains how the track fits within the album “’Silver Gate’ is the most atmospheric track on our album ‘Le Grand Voyage‘. Lyrically the song takes a look at the cyclical side of things, like death and rebirth, one cycle ends another begins. Each instrument you hear tells part of the story and together forms a whole, in a suspended and dreamlike atmosphere.

It could be seen that ‘‘Silver Gate’ is closely linked to ‘Yonder’; almost like mirror tracks, as ‘Yonder’ opens the album, ‘Silver Gate’ closes it, both these songs have a similar feel and theme.

For the video clip we called again on Julien Philips, who directed the clip for ‘Breach’. We work closely with Julien so that the aesthetics and the story fit perfectly with the music.

Le Grand Voyage, the band’s 2019 release and first for Kscope, is bold in sonic ambition, twisting dark guitars and electronic ambience into a modern masterpiece that feels excitingly new, yet in many ways feels like a contemporary take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Not only has Le Grande Voyage received high praise from the media, but the album’s cover artwork, created by Francesco Dell’Orto, was awarded 1st place, best design at 2019’s Art Vinyl awards.

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Atmospheric French rockers Klone have premiered their new video for the track “Silver Gate” taken from their 2019 studio album Le Grand Voyage. Watch it below.

Klone’s guitarist Guillaume Bernard explains how the track fits within the album “’Silver Gate’ is the most atmospheric track on our album ‘Le Grand Voyage‘. Lyrically the song takes a look at the cyclical side of things, like death and rebirth, one cycle ends another begins. Each instrument you hear tells part of the story and together forms a whole, in a suspended and dreamlike atmosphere.

It could be seen that ‘‘Silver Gate’ is closely linked to ‘Yonder’; almost like mirror tracks, as ‘Yonder’ opens the album, ‘Silver Gate’ closes it, both these songs have a similar feel and theme.

For the video clip we called again on Julien Philips, who directed the clip for ‘Breach’. We work closely with Julien so that the aesthetics and the story fit perfectly with the music.

Le Grand Voyage, the band’s 2019 release and first for Kscope, is bold in sonic ambition, twisting dark guitars and electronic ambience into a modern masterpiece that feels excitingly new, yet in many ways feels like a contemporary take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Not only has Le Grande Voyage received high praise from the media, but the album’s cover artwork, created by Francesco Dell’Orto, was awarded 1st place, best design at 2019’s Art Vinyl awards.

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This news story was originally published here: https://theprogressiveaspect.net/blog/2020/04/02/blue-oyster-cult-live-in-cleveland-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blue-oyster-cult-live-in-cleveland-2014

So the burnin’ question on your lips must be, “Do we need another BÖC live album?” That was my first thought too, and the answer is “Yes, probably!”

I guess the first thing to say is the obvious really, but this release is only of interest to fans, rather than the casual listener. That said, there is much to enjoy here for fans of classic rock. The band’s catalogue really does contain myriad gems, including many relatively unknown songs, and this live set includes some of the less well-known ones alongside the must-play classics. For a gonzoid American metal band, they always had a degree of subtlety and an intelligence that set them apart, and a sense of humour that made their music far more acceptable than some of their contemporaries.

So let’s look at the plus side of our ledger and see why a fan might want to partake of this album. Well, the performance is top-notch. The band are well drilled and play what is required with panache. Stalwart stars Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma recruited great musicians for this incarnation of the band; Jules Radino on drums, Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and Kasim Sulton on bass. They had been together long enough to become a tight unit by the time of this recording, and so the performance is spot on technically.

Of more interest to fans will be the setlist, which contains some nice surprises that make this album quite desirable for someone like me. These diamonds include a couple of songs from Spectres, the under-rated follow up to the breakthrough Agents of Fortune, namely Golden Age of Leather, and the sublime I Love the Night. I’ve always loved Golden Age of Leather, and its undercurrent of the camaraderie of the biker fraternity and the ‘death or glory’ attitude. It’s full of wonderful imagery, and I’m surprised they don’t play it more often. I Love the Night is a beautiful and atmospheric song from Roeser, every bit as good as Reaper in my book. We also get an unusual choice from Secret Treaties in Career of Evil, a typically dark BÖC rocker. The Vigil was the best song from the rather disappointing Mirrors, and is another very welcome inclusion with its slightly proggy structure and interesting twists. Perhaps most surprising is Shooting Shark which I never much rated, to be honest, but which is transformed here into a superb showcase, with Kasim Sulton excelling with his funky silky bassline driving the piece, and Roeser’s fluid lead guitar.

It must be said that Donald ’Buck Dharma’ Roeser must have needed hosing down after this show, so hot is his playing throughout the set. There is no better example than on the breathtakingly epic version of Then Came the Last Days of May, with an extended guitar work out mid-song which builds and builds relentlessly. If there was going to be a man of the match, it’s Roeser. However, Eric Bloom is a focal point out front, and he still puts in a commanding performance as main singer and frontman. He hams it up as well as ever on such favourites as Godzilla, Black Blade and Cities on Flame, and it’s hard to imagine the band carrying on without him quite frankly.

So there’s some reasons to want to hear this album, but there are a couple of drawbacks. The quality of the recording is fine and clear on the whole, although some parts sound a bit muffled, and the opener OD’d on Life Itself had me a little worried, and isn’t the best sound-wise. This issue crops up again here and there, but it’s not a major problem.

I’d also have to say that some of the versions of the older songs simply don’t have the raw excitement of the previous versions on their first live album, On Your Feet or On Your Knees, and such songs as ME262, Hot Rails to Hell and Buck’s Boogie suffer a bit from this. Finally on the negatives, Godzilla is too long! There’s nothing awful about the bass solo, drum solo and noodling from Roeser, it just goes on a bit! Mind you, when his noodling finally breaks into the intro to (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, the crowd go wild and all is forgiven.

So for me, on balance, this is a worthwhile and enjoyable recording of a superb and legendary band. Not their best, or the definitive line-up, but still a darn sight better than many bands can manage, and having seen them live a couple of times in recent years, I know they can still cut it live. So if you’re a big fan, check it out. The less committed might be content with their dog-eared copies of On Your Feet and Some Enchanted Evening, but they’ll be missing out on some gems.

Blue Öyster Cult

TRACK LISTING
01. Od’d on Life Itself (4:47)
02. The Red and the Black (5:15)
03. Golden Age of Leather (6:01)
04. Burnin’ for You (4:56)
05. Career of Evil (3:59)
06. Shooting Shark (9:01)
07. The Vigil (7:05)
08. ME262 (3:19)
09. Buck’s Boogie (7:22)
10. Black Blade (6:14)
11. Then Came the Last Days of May (10:12)
12. Godzilla (12:56)
13. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (7:10)
14. Harvester of Eyes (4:06)
15. I Love the Night (6:47)
16. Hot Rails to Hell (4:50)
17. Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll (6:52)

Total Time – 110:52

MUSICIANS
Eric Bloom – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Donald ’Buck Dharma’ Roeser – Guitar, Vocals
Richie Castellano – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Jules Radino – Drums, Percussion
Kasim Sulton – Bass, Vocals

ADDITIONAL INFO
Record Label: Frontiers Music SRL
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Date of Release: 24th January 2020

LINKS
Blue Öyster Cult – Website | Facebook | Twitter

A plethora of astounding progressive sounds awaits on this week’s Prog-Watch! We’ll hear music from John Holden, Magnum, Mariana Semkina, Jack O’ The Clock, Godsticks, The Million Reasons, Long Earth, and The Bardic Depths! Plus, our friend and resident reviewer will take us on a voyage of Progressive Discovery with the first solo outing from Ray Alder, vocalist and frontman for US band Fates Warning!

713: Variety + Ray Alder on Progressive Discoveries

 

LFPT - Requests
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 334 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this all request edition we heard the following music:

  1. Nemo – Barbares
  2. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Tramontana
  3. Kate Bush – Breathing
  4. Comedy Of Errors – House Of The Mind
  5. David Gilmour – 5 AM
  6. Godley & Creme – Five O’clock In The Morning
  7. Earth And Fire – Song Of The Marching Children
  8. Grace – Hanging Rock
  9. Bozzio Levin Stevens – The Sun Road
  10. Nanci Griffith – Love At The Five & Dime
  11. Offa Rex – Sheepcrook And Black Dog
  12. Steve Hillage – Searching For The Spark
  13. Piirpauke – Konevitsan Kirkonkellot
  14. Spirogyra – In The Western World
  15. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Back To The Farm
  16. The Morrigan – Tom O’Bedlam & Allemande
  17. Kevin Gilbert – A Long Day’s Life

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Enjoy!

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01/04/2020: Devin Townsend Announces Empath – The Ultimate Edition for 5th June 2020 Release

Devin Townsend has announced the forthcoming release of Empath – The Ultimate Edition on 5th June 2020. This comprehensive version of the 2019 album contains the original record and bonus discs across 2 CDs, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside an art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.

Devin comments: “On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers. I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast.

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.

2020 European Tour Dates
04.06.2020 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg (SE)
05.-07.06.2020 Rock Im Park – Nürnberg (DE)
05.-07.06.2020 Rock Am Ring – Mendig (DE)
10.06.2020 Majestic Music Club – Bratislava (SVK)
10.06.2020 Mystic Festival – Krakow (PL)
11.06.2020 Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, (AT)
13.06.2020 The Roman Arenas -Bucharest (ROU)
14.06.2020 Mixtape 5 -Sofia (BGR)
15.06.2020 A38 – Budapest (HU)
18.06.2020 Copenhell – Copenhagen (DK)
20.06.2020 Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel (BE)
21.06.2020 Hellfest – Clisson (FR)
23.06.2020 Rockhal – Esch-sur-alzette (LUX) Co-Headline with Meshuggah
24.06.2020 Xtra – Zurich (CHE) Co-Headline with Meshuggah
26.06.2020 Rock The Night Festival – Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ES) – CANCELLED
28.06.2020 Tuska – Helsinki (FI)
29.07.2020 MetalDays, Tolmin (SLO)
30.07.2020 Wacken Open Air – Wacken (DE)
05.08.2020 Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer (CZE)
07.08.2020 Bloodstock Open Air – Walton-On-Trent (UK)
09.08.2020 Into The Grave – Leeuwarden (NL)
12.08.2020 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuhl (DE)

Source: For The Lost PR

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Just over an hour ago I was on deFacebook and Phideaux posted that he is offering up his entire catalog on bandcamp for free downloading. Big smile He assured a skeptic that his is not an April Fool’s joke.  He had just offered up a new album for free downloading.

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Devin Townsend is pleased to announce the release of ‘Empath – The Ultimate Edition’ on 5th June 2020. This comprehensive version of 2019’s acclaimed album contains the original record and bonus disc across 2 CD’s, plus 2 Blu-Ray discs. The first blu-ray contains the 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Devin, with visuals for the full record, plus a stereo visualiser. The second blu-ray contains a raft of bonus material, including ‘Acoustically Inclined – Live in Leeds’, a recording from his April 2019 acoustic tour where he performed tracks including ‘Love?’, ‘Deadhead’, ‘Thing Beyond Things’ & more.

It also features the full Empath Documentary, a ‘Genesis 5.1 Mixing Lesson’, a full album commentary & more. The four discs sit inside a beautiful art-book that contains new liner notes and images from the making of the album.

Devin comments of the new 5.1 surround sound mix: 
On a technical level, I guess I have always been dissatisfied with the basic ‘stereo’ format in which the type of music I make gets presented in. Whether its headphones, computer speakers, stereos (or basically anything currently), I have had to figure out ways to get the work to function through TWO speakers. I hear things in a particularly orchestrated way, and with the amount of information that typically gets recorded per song, the result has been the dubious ‘wall of sound’ that I keep ending up with. But my intention has never been to make an oppressive experience, but rather something that is immersive and vast. 

Making it work in two speakers just simply doesn’t quite work for the vision. Although I’ve managed to get the point across, (to varying degrees), things always have to compromise to make it all fit. Making the drums speak at the same time as orchestra, cymbals, guitars, choirs, synths etc.…all with my voice on top, ends up with every conceivable frequency fighting for breathing space between those two speakers.

Therefore, I asked the powers that be in my business world, to tolerate one more ‘kick at the can’ when it came to Empath. I wanted to attempt a surround mix and follow the original vision of it being an immersive, multimedia experience for people in the ways I could best achieve at this stage. And although it’s still pretty ‘dense’, with four more sources for the sound to come from, I feel its significantly closer to the original vision here.”

Pre-orders are now available here: 
https://www.omerch.eu/shop/devintownsend/ 
https://Devin-Townsend.lnk.to/Empath-TheUltimateEdition

Devin will head out on a Summer festival run mixed with club shows in Europe, which includes a headline appearance at Bloodstock Festival in the UK. 

04.06.2020 (SE) Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival
05.-07.06.2020 (DE) Nürnberg, Rock Im Park
05.-07.06.2020 (DE) Mendig, Rock Am Ring
10.06.2020 (SK) Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
10.06.2020 (PL) Krakow, Mystic Festival
11.06.2020 (AT) Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock
13.06.2020 (RO) Bucharest, The Roman Arenas
14.06.2020 (BG) Sofia, Mixtape 5 -Sofia
15.06.2020 (HU) Budapest, A38 – Budapest
18.06.2020 (DK) Copenhagen, Copenhell
20.06.2020 (BE) Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting
21.06.2020 (FR) Clisson, Hellfest
23.06.2020 (LU) Esch-sur-alzette, Rockhal (Co-Headline with Meshuggah)
24.06.2020 (CH) Zurich, Xtra (Co-Headline with Meshuggah)
26.06.2020 (ES) RIvas-Vaciamadrid, Rock The Night Festival – CANCELLED
28.06.2020 (FI) Helsinki, Tuska
29.07.2020 (SI) Tolmin, MetalDays
30.07.2020 (DE) Wacken, Wacken Open Air
05.08.2020 (CZ) Jaromer, Brutal Assault Festival
07.08.2020 (UK) Walton-On-Trent, Bloodstock Open Air
09.08.2020 (NL) Leeuwarden, Into The Grave
12.08.2020 (DE) Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze

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http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend 
http://www.omerch.com 
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https://www.instagram.com/dvntownsend/ 
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Oozing with their trademark desolation, Norway’s Green Carnation return to the scene with their first album in almost 15 years entitled Leaves of Yesteryear, out on May 8th via Season of Mist. Band members’ years of experience in the genre are put to good use in a release that binds together the pyrrhic burden of doom charged by the villainy of progressive metal at its core. Diverse songwriting hints at a more ariose creativity worked out with a progressive milieu in mind, and makes for a passionately vivid record that calls on the listener not just to listen, but to truly sense. As an enduring bastion of the Norwegian metal scene, Green Carnation conveys greatness that demonstrates time doesn’t work against music and bands, and may actually be a good chance for improvement. It is actually time that has let Green Carnation to become bigger in their ambitions, with a release that continues to swathe their cloak of dusk across a growingly comprehensive realm of influences.

Leaves of Yesteryear pulls not just from the erudite scripts of atmospheric doom, but draws also from more progressive and melodic influences. Blazing and experimental passages of vigorous guitar solos brighten up otherwise charnel pieces with complexly entwined instrumental coating. Beseeching the listener to let the sadness to devour their souls is “My Dark Reflections of Life and Death,” an exhilarating mixture of despair and angst mirrored in a distressing vocal ebb and flow, that was previously released on the band’s eponymous 2000 album Journey to the End of the Night. Green Carnation reworked the song for this special occasion.

Kjetil Nordhus’ vocals on the opening self-titled lead single mourn in a repentant chorus leaning on mellow bass, courtesy of Stein Roger Sordal. A tranquil interlude allows for a curious guitar to bridge the gap between the sorrow and furt, providing rest from what would otherwise prove to be sweltering. This poignant attachment is not limited to “Leaves of Yesteryear” (the song); the album as a whole shows promises to implore incredible emotions in listeners.

Progressive elements shine through as brief delicacies in an otherwise heavy mix, highlighting the more refined technical capabilities of guitarists Terje Vik Schei and Bjørn Harstad that would otherwise drown in pure doom. Such a balanced sound is achieved at the expert hands of Endre Kirkesola, responsible for mixing Leaves of Yesteryear, with mastering handled by Maor Appelbaum. This is a ponderous, relentless album that seeks to combine the darkened atmosphere of doom metal with the never-ending intricacy of progressive metal in a contest to escape from the confines of either genre alone. Instruments and vocals are an unceasing flow, pulling and pushing against one another in exceptional symmetry. Such unity between stylistic goals and musician’s capabilities allow Leaves of Yesteryear to develop an entirely encompassing atmosphere that descends as a pervasive fog of aggressive gloom. The stylistic diversities found in prog twilight of “Sentinels” through the psychofolk rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Solitude” are a result of intentional songwriting, arranging and a production that relies on instrumental pacing to set the wanted mood.

Green Carnation is a well-skilled and rehearsed unit that has an essential understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, which they have managed to turn into a clear and indestructible piece of mastery on Leaves of Yesteryear.

Leaves of Yesteryear is out on May 8th via Season of Mist; pre-order the album from Bandcamp here. Follow Green Carnation on Facebook.

Cover photo by Petter Sandell

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