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HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, released their fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’ recently. The album was produced by the band themselves, and recorded & mixed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project), with the artwork once again being handled by Blacklake.

The album has been met with amazing reactions, and has even charted in several countries. Find the full list below:


#22 – German Album Charts
#24 – Swiss Album Charts
#37 – Austrian Album Charts

#3 – UK Rock Album Charts
#4 – US Billboard New Artist Album Charts
#72 – US Billboard Current Album Charts
#91 – US Billboard Overall Album Charts

Find some of the media reactions 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 band have also announced a vinyl live release titled ‘L+1VE’ for 7th December 2018, which sees the four tracks that were originally only available as a bonus on the DVD, now available on a single LP + CD. Pre-order now here:

The track-listing is as follows:
1. Falling Back to Earth
2. Pareidolia
3. Earthrise
4. Crystallised

HAKEN are in the midst of a North American co-headline tour alongside Leprous, with label-mates Bent Knee along for the ride too.

The band comments: “We are 1 week in to the tour now and thrilled how the US and Canada have welcomed us and our new material with open arms yet again. It is incredible to see how many people already know all the lyrics to songs that are only about 10 days old!
With a handful of sold-out shows already under our belt, this Bent Knee/Leprous/Haken tour package is proving to be a hot ticket.

Find the full list of upcoming European dates in 2019 below:

Europe 2019
15th February – Academy 3, Manchester, UK
16th February – St Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
17th February – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19th February – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
20th February – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
21st February – Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
22nd February – Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
23rd February – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
24th February – Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
26th February – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany
27th February – Kwadrat, Krakow, Poland
28th February – A38, Budapest, Hungary
2nd March – Szene, Vienna, Austria
3rd March – Futurum, Prague, Czech Republic
4th March – Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
6th March – Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, Germany
7th March – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
8th March – Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland
9th March – Magazzini Generali, Milan, Italy
10th March – Transbordeur, Lyon, France
12th March – Mon Live, Madrid, Spain
13th March – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
14th March – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
15th March – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
16th March – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
23rd March – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

Full ticket details as well as all upcoming dates including North America can be found here:

‘Vector’ 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:

Watch promo videos for 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:


101 Dimensions guest curated by Steve Blease


(Are You Keeping Up With The Commodore ad)
Jeroen Tel – Rubicon
Jonathan Dunn – Ocean Loader 4
Rob Hubbard – International Karate
Jeroen Tel – Scout
Mark Clements – Summer Camp
Richard Joseph – Barbarian
Ben Daglish – Firelord
Jeroen Tel – Iron Lord
Chris Hülsbeck – Danger Freak
Tony Crowther – Phobia
Charles Deenen – Zamzara
Jeroen Tel – Cybernoid
Johannes Bjerregaard – Stormlord
Rob Hubbard – Monty on the Run
Steve Rowlands – Retrograde
Jonathan Dunn – Robocop
Barry Leith – Marauder
Rob Hubbard – Commando
Jonathan Dunn – Renegade 3
Rob Hubbard – The Master of Magic
Chris Hülsbeck – Gem’X
Fred Gray – Implosion
Chris Hülsbeck – Starball
Jeroen Tel – Cybernoid 2
Matt Grey – Hunters Moon
Martin Walker – Dominion
Ben Daglish – Death Wish 3
Chris Hülsbeck – Turrican
Rob Hubbard – Nemesis the Warlock
Matthew Cannon – Batman The Movie: Batmobile Chase Theme
Peter Clarke – Bubble Bobble
Peter Liepa – Boulder Dash
Adam Bellin – Ghostbusters
Jeroen Tel- Robocop 3
Fred Grey – Shadowfire
Jonathan Dunn – Terminator 2
Gary Biasillo – Target Renegade
Mark Cooksey – Overlander Loader
Chris Hülsbeck & Ramiro Vaca – R-Type
Jason Brooke – Outrun
Chris Hülsbeck – The Great Giana Sisters

On this week’s program my esteemed guest is Guy Manning of Manning, United Progressive Fraternity, and Damanek! Guy and I chat about his various projects and the upcoming Damanek tour with Southern Empire! And of course there is plenty of great music to be heard along the way!

Also: hear Tony clarify how Guy likes to pronounce “Damanek” and then revert to his own pronunciation for the rest of the program! I guess you really can’t teach an old prog rock show host new tricks.

545: In Conversation with Guy Manning of Manning and Damanek


Northern Star 8th  November 2018.

Saul Blease Great War

Northern Star – Theme

  1. Pink Floyd – Us & Them
  2. Van der Graaf Generator – The Emperor in his War room
  3. Von Hertzen Brothers – War is over
  4. Muse – Reapers
  5. Saul Blease – Rewind valiant Hearts
  6. Saul Blease – War Machine
  7. Saul Blease – Hell fighter
  8. Saul Blease – The End
  9. Nine Inch Nails – Hurt (with David Bowie)
  10. Groundhogs – soldier
  11. Roger Waters – The ballad of Bill Hubbard
  12. Steven Wilson – Refuge
  13. RPWL – Masters of war
  14. Hawkwind – Who’s gonna win the war
  15. Preacher – War
  16. Kinetic Element – War Song

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Devin Townsend is pleased to announce a very special European ‘An Evening With’ solo acoustic tour, beginning at the end of March 2019 and running through April. The intimate evenings will feature Devin performing tracks from across his catalogue, as well as taking part in a Q&A where fans will get to know more about what Devin is up to at this stage in his career and the forthcoming new album ‘Empath’. This will prove to be a unique & special experience for all in attendance.

He comments: 

Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations. The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I’m at now at the age of 46. The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyse myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again. The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show. 

Before I tour with a band again, I wanted to have the opportunity to play for you, and meet up with the people who not only have made my work possible, but inspire me to continue. In a world of computers and social media, to be stripped of all the bells and whistles is a very important step for my reintroduction to the live concert world. I truly hope you’ll join me and I look forward to being the most honest I can be with you at these special shows.

Thank you to Andy Farrow and Northern Music, Thomas Waber and Inside Out records, as well as all who have supported me during this period. I have not been as proud of an album as I am of Empath in many years, and I really needed to get this out of my system.

See you at the shows.
Devin Townsend

Check out Devin’s video announcement here:

The full list of dates are as follows:
7th March – Piano Man Jazz Club, Delhi, India
8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India
30th March – Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki, Finland
31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway
2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark
4th April – PassionsKirche, Berlin, Germany
5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic
7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany
9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany
10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany
11th April – St-Bavokerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands
24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK
25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK
26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK
27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK
29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK
30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK

Devin recently announced that he had signed a brand new contract with InsideOutMusic on the eve of their 20 year anniversary of working together, for the release of new albums including the forthcoming ‘Empath’ in 2019.

Devin comments: “In an Industry that is tenuous at best, we need to make alliances. In opposition to the old ideas of ‘us against them’ when the discussions turn to art vs commerce, we need allies. I have been an independent artist for many years, and 20 of those years have been with INSIDE OUT MUSIC. When others were afraid to really put effort into packaging, product, and the actual recordings, due in large part to a dwindling industry, INSIDE OUT has championed my work since the turn of the century.

Because throughout it all, more than anything, I want the art and the music to be done correctly. I want to learn from my missteps and I want a group of business partners I can rely on to go to bat for unconventional music in ways I simply could not do on my own. I’m proud to say I’ve been with INSIDE OUT for many of those years that have defined me as an artist. It’s a pleasure to re-sign with them for my newest works. Thank you.”

In what has been a rare quiet year for Devin when it comes to touring, there has still been plenty of activity. On the 22nd September 2017, Devin Townsend Project played a special show at the Ancient Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the landmark Ocean Machine album in full, as well as a set of fan-requested tracks alongside the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera. This concert was filmed, and recently saw its release as ‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’. 

Watch two clips from the release below:

‘Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv’ is available as a limited deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray artbook (with liner notes from Devin and a special documentary on the second DVD & Blu-Ray), Special Edition 3CD/DVD Digipak, standalone Blu-Ray and as digital audio download. Order now here:

epic, swelling bombast worthy of the old stone” – Metal Hammer
a bold document from an incredibly ambitious artist.” – Prog Magazine
an incredible evening of music performed with precision and passion and captured for all of us in a nearly perfect fashion.” – Metal Wani

Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier this year, December 7th will see the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show.
Pre-order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here:



Edition 169 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Tom Morello – Rabbit’s Revenge (ft. Bassnectar, Big Boi & Killer Mike) (from The Atlas Underground)
Crippled Black Phoenix – Rain Black, Reign Heavy (from Great Escape)
Greta Van Fleet – When The Curtain Falls (from Anthem of the Peaceful Army)
Zio – X-Ray (from X-Ray)
Saul Blease – Hellfighter (from The Great War)

Connect 4:
Kaipa – World Of The Void (from Sattyg)
Casualties of Cool – Perspective (from Casualties of Cool)
Ayreon – Day Three: Pain (from The Human Equation)
Deadsoul Tribe – The Gossamer Strand (from A Lullaby For The Devil)

Anathema – Violence (from A Natural Disaster)

Jurassic Prog:
Rose – Lone Theme (from Hooked on a Rose)
Camel – Arubaluba (from Camel)

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – Deep Underground (from The Big Idea)
Landmarq – Forever Young (from Solitary Witness)
Shinedown – The Crow & The Butterfly (from The Sound of Madness)
Caligula’s Horse – Fill My Heart (from In Contact)

Monsters of Progzilla:

Opeth – Face Of Melinda (live)
Ghost – He Is (live)
Jane’s Addiction – Stop! (live)
Wishbone Ash – Warrior (live)
King’s X – Believe (live)
Crosby, Stills & Nash – For What It’s Worth (live)

Dandelion Charm – Riding The Flood (from Riding The Flood)