Re: Prog news
« Reply #241 on: Aug 28th, 2012, 4:49pm »
A little while back, I gave a nod to Inner Ear Brigade's album Rainbro, even though I had to admit that mentioning anything obscure on this thread was a bit against my principles.
I'm glad I did, though - it's still one of my favourite albums of the year (and it's been a very good year indeed).
So I'll take a chance and mention another one. It's by a band called House of Not, and the album is called On The Madness Of Crowds:
Not much of a cover, I dare say, but don't be fooled - the music here is pretty awesome. It's a bit like Pink Floyd at the time of the Wall, but far more diverse. For example, there's a track on here which reminds me of Rick Davies of Supertramp. And then there's stuff that's more reminiscent of the US prog style of, say, Spock's Beard.
All that's fine, but the bottom line is that all of this works just fine on its own. In fact, in works better than I would have thought possible - this easily transcends any ready comparisons that might be made to earlier prog stars, and becomes something very individual and powerful. Moreover, it's excellently recorded and produced with obvious sophistication. In short, it just bowled me over.
I must admit I know next to nothing about these guys, except that this seems to be the third part of a longer series, all related to "The Walkabout of A. Nexter Niode". If that sounds a little awkward, simply ignore it and just listen to the album. At present, it's on Progstreaming:
01. BIG BIG TRAIN - English Electric (Part One) 02. PINEAPPLE THIEF - All The Wars (Very limited 2 CD edition) 03. SILHOUETTE - Across The Rubicon 04. MYSTERY - The World Is A Game 05. THRESHOLD - March Of Progress 06. KAIPA - Vittjar (Limited CD Digipak) 07. BEARDFISH - The Void (+ bonus track) 08. MOSTLY AUTUMN - The Ghost Moon Orchestra 09. NEAL MORSE - Momentum (Ltd CD+DVD Mediabook) 10. CITIZEN CAIN - Skies Darken
MANNING - Akoustik - GBP 8.99 New studio CD from Manning with excellent acoustic interpretations of Manning tracks. 4 page booklet in card sleeve. Official release date is 01/10/2012, but get it now from progrock.co.uk!
NEAL MORSE - Momentum (Ltd. CD+DVD Mediabook) – GBP 13.99 NEAL MORSE - Momentum (Standard Edition CD) – GBP 11.99 'Momentum' has great Prog elements, hooky pop choruses, intricate vocal weaving, blistering musicianship and beautiful melodies. With its surprising directness, depth and pure Prog exhilaration, 'Momentum' is quite possibly the ultimate Neal Morse album.
PINEAPPLE THIEF - All The Wars (Very limited 2 CD edition) – GBP 12.99 PINEAPPLE THIEF - All The Wars (Standard edition) – GBP 10.99 Brand new studio CD from The Pineapple Thief. Limited 2CD digibook edition with bonus disc features exclusive acoustic versions of tracks from the album plus a 2012 version of ‘Light Up Your Eyes’.
BIG BIG TRAIN - English Electric (Part One) - GBP 9.99 Highly anticipated new CD, following the huge success of The Underfall Yard
THRESHOLD - March Of Progress (special edition) - GBP 12.99 9th studio album from British progressive metallers (including Damian Wilson & Karl Groom). This special edition includes a bonus track.
BEARDFISH - The Void (+ bonus track) - GBP 11.99 New CD from Swedish band - for fans of ‘70s Prog rock such as King Crimson, Yes and Genesis!
KAIPA - Vittjar (Limited CD Digipak) - GBP 11.99 The excellent Swedish band Kaipa are back! Limited edition on first pressing only.
MOSTLY AUTUMN - The Ghost Moon Orchestra - GBP 10.99 Already regarded as one of the best albums Mostly Autumn has ever produced. The song writing, performance and production are superb, with Olivia Sparnenn’s vocals reaching new heights and featuring some of Bryan Josh’s best guitar work to date. There's a unity to the album, thematically, lyrically and harmonically - a complete piece of work.
STOLEN EARTH - A Far Cry From Home - GBP 9.99 (released 01/10/2012) Debut album by Stolen Earth, featuring 9 original tracks. Features ex members of Mostly Autumn and Breathing Space, and is highly recommended for fans of those bands.
VARIOUS - Prog Rocks! Volume 2 (2 CD) - GBP 8.99 Brand new compilation and part of the EMI global Prog Rocks! marketing campaign, launched last year with 800k units sold, in collaboration with Future Publishing’s ‘PROG’ magazine and leading contemporary Prog rock label ‘Inside Out Music’. Featuring classic Prog riches from the legendary ‘Harvest’, ‘Charisma’, ‘Virgin’ and ‘United Artists’ labels and newer, more cutting edge progressive rock from the enterprising ‘Inside Out’, ‘Century Media and ‘Superball’ labels.
GENTLE GIANT - I Lost My Head - The Chrysalis Years (1975 to 1980) (4 CD) - GBP 14.99 4CDs covering Gentle Giant’s Chrysalis albums plus many bonus tracks
MAGMA - Trilogy (3 CD) - GBP 13.99 CD set featuring classic Magma albums.
EDEN SHADOW - Hail (EP) 0 GBP 4.99 - GBP 4.99 Hail as a whole takes the listener through intense King Crimson and Tool inspired dark metal riff driven musical passages contrasted with moments of ethereal soundscapes and guitar/keyboard driven soaring melody lines inspired by the work of Progressive musicians of the 70’s to present (Andy Latimer/Eric Johnson) and influenced by a range of musical styles including jazz, orchestral, electronic and folk. Featuring Rob Reed of Magenta on 2 tracks.
MARILLION - Sight & Sound (CD+DVD) - GBP 6.99 Greatest hits with a bonus DVD of promo videos.
ARENA - The Seventh Degree Of Separation - GBP 9.99 Jewel cased single CD version of Arena's latest album.
TWELFTH NIGHT - Live And Let Live - the definitive edition (2 CD) - GBP 11.99 (released 01/10/2012) THE classic Twelfth Night release! The final gig with Geoff Mann in its entirety! Recorded over 2 nights at London's Marquee Club, and originally released in a reduced form on vinyl, this is the first time that the whole concert has been released. Twelfth Night performed 15 pieces of music on both 4th and 5th November 1983. Only 6 of these were recorded to multi-track and mixed for the original vinyl album. However for this Definitive Edition the entire set has been reconstructed, in the actual running order, using the best available sources from those two nights, and remastered by Karl Groom at Thin Ice Studios. This is intended to be a definitive edition of what is perhaps Twelfth Night’s best-loved album: the best available source material has been used for each track, but as you will hear it’s not perfection … think of the flaws as ‘scratches in fine leather’… Recommended!
GLASS HAMMER - Perilous - GBP 10.99 (released 23/10/2012) The highly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed IF and Cor Cordium releases of 2010 and 2011. Features Jon Davison, who became the front-man for YES while retaining his role as lead singer for Glass Hammer. This CD is a classic concept album created as one giant piece of music in thirteen parts. Lyrically, the album takes the listener on a perilous journey through the gate and beyond. Jon Davison of Glass Hammer is also the new vocalist with Yes!
MANGALA VALLIS - Microsolco - GBP 10.99 (released 01/10/2012) Seven years after "Licanthrope", all is set for the release of "Microsolco", the highly anticipated new album of new Prog band Mangala Vallis. It's been a long time since the band's last album, during which many things have happened. Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals) and Riccardo Sgavetti (bass player) both left the band, with Roberto Tiranti, the extraordinarily gifted singer and bassist joining. The typical soundscapes and style of Mangala Vallis are all there, but there's room for a little more "rock". The versatile voice of Tiranti interprets it wonderfully, in an album that continues the stylistic groove pattern set with the first two albums. This is a release that will certainly please lovers of good Prog rock! Mangala Vallis are our favourite Italian Prog band here at progrock.co.uk!
GALAHAD - Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria - GBP 10.99 (released 01/10/2012) ‘Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria’ is the second new studio album to be released this year from established English progressive rock band Galahad. Recorded, engineered and mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold) at Thin Ice studios in Surrey. ‘Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria’, Galahad’s eighth studio album, shows the band treading similar water to that of ‘Battle Scars’ which was released earlier in 2012 but with a few additional and unexpected twists and turns.
ALAN REED - First In A Field Of One - GBP 9.99 (released 22/10/2012) Ex Pallas singer unveils his first album as a solo artist. Alan Reed - for 25 years the voice of Scots Progressive Rock legends Pallas - unveils his first album as a solo artist. 'First in a Field of One' is a unique collection of songs that provide the perfect setting for the unmistakable timbre of Alan's voice. The album embraces a number of musical flavours - from Celtic folk, world music, and even jazz, held together by strong song writing and a passionate sense of identity.
KARNATAKA - New Light: Live In Concert (released 15/10/2012) Blu-Ray: GBP 12.99 / DVD: GBP 11.99 / 2 CD: GBP 10.99 New Light (DVD, Blu-Ray, CD) filmed in High Definition video on the band's critically acclaimed New Light Tour 2012, captures Karnataka at their most powerful and majestic best. New Light features tracks from the band's back catalogue including the award winning (Best International Album – World Web Awards Italy) 2010 studio album The Gathering Light, a symphonic rock masterpiece but also previously unreleased versions of the traditional Celtic classic "Lagan Love" and new song "My Love". Hayley Griffiths' breathtaking vocals clearly illustrate why she was handpicked by Michael Flatley himself to perform in the Celtic phenomena Riverdance and Lord Of The Dance. Her effortless transformation to rock vocalist brings that magical something extra to the band’s unique symphonic sound.
STEVEN WILSON - Get All You Deserve (released 24/09/2012) 4 Disc Set - DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD - GBP 20.99 Blu-ray - GBP 11.99 DVD - GBP 10.99 New release from Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree).
LALLE LARSSON - Nightscapes - GBP 10.99 (released 05/10/2012) The Weaveworld Trilogy is written as an instrumental suite of three albums with the same concept and the same band. Nightscapes is the third and final album in the trilogy. Includes Jonas Reingold on bass. CD in Digipak - over 69 minutes!
GPS - Two Seasons: Live In Japan - Volume 1 (2CD+DVD) - GBP 13.99 (released 15/10/2012) Progressive rock band GPS releases Two Seasons Live in Japan, documenting powerful performances in Japan from 2007. GPS (founded in 2006) includes singer/bassist John Payne (ASIA), guitarist Guthrie Govan (ASIA, the Aristocrats), drummer Jay Schellen (ASIA, CIRCA:, Conspiracy), and keyboardist Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard).
FOCUS - X (released 29/10/2012) Limited Edition: GBP 11.99 / Standard edition: GBP 9.99 After an comeback which resulted in the well received albums Focus 8 and Focus 9, the band is now back on the frontline, with a fantastic line-up. There is a rejuvenated passion in the new compositions that adorn the new album "Focus X", which features a full scale Roger Dean painting on the cover.
NEKTAR - A Spoonful of Time - GBP 11.99 (released 10/09/2012) The first ever covers album from Prog Rock legends, Nektar, finds the band joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres. Artful, energetic twists on The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm,” Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” Rush’s “Sprit Of The Radio,” Roxy Music’s “Out Of The Blue” and more! Features performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, and more!
KAMELOT - Silverthorn - GBP 9.99 (released 29/10/2012) Silverthorn is the tenth studio album from metal band Kamelot. It is the first album to feature Tommy Karevik as the singer. It will also be their third concept album. The story is original, about a little girl in the 19th century named Jolee who dies at the hands of her twin brothers. It deals with an affluent family that deals with tragic events that leads to cover-ups, secrets and betrayal.
DEVIN TOWNSEND - Epicloud 2 CD Limited Edition: GBP 14.99 / Standard Edition: GBP 10.99 After completing his epic quadrology last year with the simultaneous release of “Deconstruction” and “Ghost”, then putting out the strictly limited “Contain Us” Box as well as the “By A Thread” DVD box set, renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend is now ready to start the next chapter in the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT’s career with their new effort, “Epicloud”. “Epicloud” boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring, once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s Epic and it’s loud, it’s “Epicloud”!
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - First Generation / Godbluff (2 CD) - GBP 8.99 (released 08/10/2012) EMI Gold “Classic Albums” 2 CD set
CRACK THE SKY - Ostrich - GBP 9.99 (released 15/10/2012) Not since the band's incredibly popular "White Music" CD, has Crack The Sky delivered a collection of pop/rock songs that sting while making you smile. Satirical, smirky commentary, wrapped in up tempo music. The band once again show their ability to shift gears while keeping their artistic integrity intact.
UFO - Strangers In The Night / No Place To Run (2 CD) - GBP 8.99 (released 08/10/2012) EMI Gold “Classic Albums” 2 CD set
NEAL SCHON - The Calling - GBP 10.99 (released 19/10/2012) New instrumental solo CD from founding member and lead guitarist of Journey.
MYSTERY - The World Is A Game - GBP 10.99 PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 10.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 Two years after the very successful album One Among The Living, Canadian band MYSTERY is back with their seventh album, featuring Benoit David on vocals, following touring and recording two albums with legendary band YES. This new CD also features Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Tears for Fears, Genesis) on drums. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED|!
PENDRAGON - Kowtow (Madfish edition) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 9.99 / RELEASE DATE: 03/09/2012 This new edition features new artwork, 3 bonus tracks not available on previous editions of the album, a 12 page booklet and comes packaged in a jewel case with slipcase.
THRESHOLD - Wounded Land / Psycedelicatessen (2 CD) PRE-ORDER PRICE: Wounded Land: GBP 10.99 / Psycedelicatessen (2 CD): GBP 11.99 Re-releases on the Nuclear Blast label
PENDRAGON - Out Of Order Comes Chaos (DVD and Blu-ray) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 14.99 (DVD) / GBP 14.99 (Blu-ray) / NEW RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 (was 23/04/2012 then 21/05/2012) Brand new DVD of Pendragon in concert featuring an excellent choice of tracks: 1. Passion / 2. Back in the Spotlight / 3. Ghosts / 4. Not of this World / 5. Comatose / 6. If I Were the Wind / 7. Freakshow / 8. Empathy / 9. This Green and Pleasant Land / 10. Shane / 11. Feeding Frenzy / 12. Nostradamus / 13. Last Man on Earth / 14. Indigo / 15. Prayer / 16. Paintbox. Also includes bonus video including an interview with Nick Barrett and tour diary.
MAGNUM - On The 13th Day (Limited 2 CD digipak) MAGNUM - On The 13th Day (Standard Edition) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 11.99 (Limited Edition) & GBP 10.99 (Standard Edition) / RELEASE DATE: 24/09/2012 Brand new release by Magnum - 13 new songs plus a 6 track bonus CD on the limited edition version!
ELO - Mr Blue Sky - The Very Best Of ELO PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 9.99 / RELEASE DATE: 08/10/2012 Brand new recordings by Jeff Lynne of classic ELO hits.
VARIOUS - The Prog Collective PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 11.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (XTC) and more!
VARIOUS - Songs Of The Century - An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 10.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 From the producer of the groundbreaking Pink Floyd tribute albums Back Against The Wall and Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon comes this musical celebration of one of the most important bands - Supertramp! Includes exclusive new covers of the band’s biggest hits “The Logical Song”, “Take The Long Way Home”, “Give A Little Bit”, “Breakfast In America”, “Crime Of The Century”, “Bloody Well Right,” and more! Features members of Asia, Yes, King Crimson, The Doors, Deep Purple, XTC, Toto, Mr. Mister, Dream Theater, Nektar, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, Rainbow & more!
IF - IF2+ If - Live In Liverpool (CD + DVD) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 10.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 Album from 1970 plus DVD of unreleased footage from 1971.
IQ - Live From London (DVD) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 9.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 Re-release of concert recorded in 1985 at Camden Palace, London.
MR GIL - I Want You To Get Back Home PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 10.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012 (was 25/06/2012) 4th studio album - a project led by Mirek Gil (ex-Collage, Believe)
OSADA VIDA - Where The Devils Live (DVD) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 14.99 / NEW RELEASE DATE: 23/07/2012 (stock due next week)
MAGNUM - Live From London (DVD) PRE-ORDER PRICE: GBP 9.99 / RELEASE DATE: 10/09/2012