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Watch: Young Girl's Drum Cover of YES' "Roundabout"

Sina is a young drummer who seems to be very inspired by the progressive rock genre and some of its greats. She started drumming at the age of 10, and her most recent video is a cover version of Yes‘ classic “Roundabout.”

Sina commented: “‘Roundabout’ by YES is another song that was requested a lot. Figuring out Bill Bruford parts was kinda tricky but when I listened to the song a lot I realised how important the incredible bass playing of Chris Squire has been for the band. R.I.P. Chris.

You can watch the video below.

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Chon

Chon have just launched their new album ‘Homey’ via Sumerian Records, and the instrumental trio from San Diego has also launched a tour in support of it. Guitarist Erick Hansel did a short interview for Prog Sphere, and here is what he had to say.

Define the mission of Chon.

To bring fresh music that we create and like to others.

Homey seems to be quite a challenging work. Lead me through the creative process that informed the release.

We did everything basically how we always have. Mario and I write the songs on guitar and record it at home. We have a rough idea of how the songs will go from just guitars. Then once we’re in the studio bass and drums are improvised in a sense. And whatever hell else sounds we want.

Chon - Homey

Where was the album recorded, and how long it took you to complete the work on it?

The album was recorded at Palmquist Studios in LA, California. Once in the studio it took about a month to get everything tracked. However, we spent most parts of the year writing it all before hitting the studio.

Speaking of challenges, is there a creative challenge to deal with in that the band members occupy similar sonic spectrums? What were the biggest challenges you faced when working on the album?

No one is ever like, “I want the solo in this song” or whatever. [laughs] We just play what we feel is good and are capable of doing. Biggest challenges are probably deadlines. Having that feeling that you’re not gonna finish the album on time sucks.

The title of the new album is sort of a homage to San Diego and California. Elaborate on that.

Well, we’re all from San Diego. And we say Homey alot already. So it seemed like the perfect choice for an album title.

Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during the creative process for Homey? Do you think that at some point of that process your writing approach changed drastically?

Yeah, there’s songs on this album like we’ve never done before. The collaboration songs stand out mostly. It’s great knowing that a group of people who’ve never met before can accomplish great things.

Chon live

What have you been listening during the songwriting process of Homey, and in which measure it shaped the album’s final structure?

I listen to a lot of electronic music. Always playing some Soundcloud shit. I feel like we all listen to that stuff and it did second handedly help us create these songs. Hence, the electronic tracks. [laughs]

What types of change this music can initiate, in your opinion?

I feel like maybe if you’re feeling down or something and you listen to “Wave Bounce” it could possibly cheer you up, but I don’t know.

Where do you draw the inspiration from and how do you go about channeling it into writing?

From a good burrito. [laughs] But anything. Good food, surroundings, tv shows, video games. Everyday life shit. By channeling it, just sit down and write when it hits. Record it on your phone or whatever else and listen to it a lot and make changes as you go.

What is your viewpoint on the struggle bands are facing today as they try to monetize their output?

It’s tough. But you do that so you can keep making more of the music that you want to hear.

What does the future hold for Chon?

More solos. And jams. And clothing.

Homey is available now; order it here. For tour dates and more info visit Chon’s official website.

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Edition 87 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Opeth – The Grand Conjuration
Evergrey – Passing Through
Meshuggah – Clockworks
Thereon – The Dreams Of Swedenborg
Pain of Salvation – Scarsick

Epic at 11: Cult of Luna – Vicarious Redemption

Wolverine – In Memory of Me

Album of the Week: Katatonia – The Fall Of Hearts

Serac
Old Heart Falls
Sanction

Andromeda – One In My Head

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SOUL ENEMA Premiere New Album Ahead of Release via Prog

Israeli prog metal quintet Soul Enema has teamed up with Prog magazine for an exclusive premiere of their sophomore album Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, out on June 23rd. The album can be streamed from this location.

About the record, the band stated: “We are delighted and proud to present you our new album ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns’ in its full length! A hard, prolonged and intense work of many people, that has finally resulted in a 73 minutes of this crazy, funny, sad, colorful, expressive, rocking, exciting slice of our world, our hearts, our souls. A myriad of styles, moods, emotions, influences, experiences. Looking at the golden age of rock music, at its best representatives, it was about the great songwriting, pushing the boundaries, taking chances and setting the trends instead of following them. About depth and impressive substance. We attempted to capture these principles, the way we see it fit for a modern times, and we hope that you will find a multicolored  world we present here, deserving of a long-term interest. We’d like to thank everyone involved in album production, the fans, the friends, the supporters—you made it happen. Time to enjoy the music!

Of Clans and Clones And Clowns features guest contributions from Ayreon’s Arjen Lucassen, Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (from leading Russian proggers Orgia Pravednikov). The record was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

Head over to Prog to stream the album in its entirety, and pre-order the record from Bandcamp or iTunes.

Of Clans and Clones And Clowns Track Listing:

  1. Omon Ra 
  2. Cannibalissimo Ltd. 
  3. Spymania 
  4. Breaking the Waves 
  5. The Age of Cosmic Baboon 
  6. In Bed With an Enemy (ft. Y. Ruslanov, S. Kalugin)
  7. Last Days of Rome 
  8. Dear Bollock (Was a Sensitive Man) 
  9. Aral Sea I – Feeding Hand 
  10. Aral Sea II – Dustbin of History (ft. Yossi Sassi) 
  11. Aral Sea III – Epilogue(ft. Sergey Kalugin) 
  12. Octopus Song     
  13. Eternal Child (ft. Arjen Lucassen)  
  14. Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

Soul Enema line-up:

Noa Gruman – vocals

Yoel Genin – guitars

Michael Rosenfeld – bass, sitar, violin

Dor Levin – drums

Constantin Glantz – keyboards, programming, songwriting, production

Soul Enema online:

Official Website

Bandcamp

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Edition 86 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Aeon Zen – Soul Machine
Shardborne – Mind the Gap
Sieges Even – Love Is As Warm As Tears
Shattered Skies – Hold On For Your Life
Ayreon– Everybody Dies

Epic at 11: Need – Hegaiamas

Nova Collective – Dancing Machine

Album of the Week: TERAMAZE – Esoteric Symbolism

Bodies of Betrayal
All Seeing Eye
The Divulgence Act

The Mars Volta – Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)

Edition 85 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Voyager – Misery Is Only Company
Andromeda – The Cage of Me
Ark – Singers at the World’s Dawn
Semistereo – Bare
Cloudkicker – Viceroy

Epic at 11: Dream Theater – In The Presence Of Enemies Pts 1 & 2

Transience – Recreate

Album of the Week: Vanden Plas – Christ 0

Somewhere Alone In The Dark
Postcard To God
Wish You Were Here

Amorphis – Silent Waters

Edition 84 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

Playlist:

Borknagar – The Rhymes of the Mountain
Madder Mortem – Underdogs
Communic – Wayward Soul
Arcturus – Game Over
Conception – Would It Be The Same

Epic at 11: Circus Maximus – The 1st Chapter

Green Carnation – Rain

Album of the Week: Leprous – Coal

Salt
The Valley
Foe

Solefald – World Music With Black Edges
EnsiGeetard – Ja, Vi Elsker Dette Landet