“ANUBIS GATE has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the re-release of the first four albums in the form of a limited edition 6-disc box set called ORBITS. It will contain the band’s first four albums and two additional discs of bonus material. Originally released on the Spanish label Locomotive, these albums have been long out of print. After having released the first four ANUBIS GATE albums, Locomotive Music went into hiding, taking with them the rights and funds still owed the band. As a result, these albums became rarities, commanding high prices being sold secondhand online. Now fans can finally own these albums again without paying insane prices. In fact, the price for the complete 6-disc set will be lower than what one copy of Andromeda Unchained has been listed for on eBay. Included in the ORBITS box set will be the albums PURIFICATION, A PERFECT FOREVER, ANDROMEDA UNCHAINED, and THE DETACHED, plus a double disc bonus set that will include rare and unreleased studio and live material. In addition, there will be a 24-page booklet with a special track-by-track guide by the original band members who made these recordings. Each box set will be numbered, and a bundle option with an ANUBIS GATE ORBITS logo shirt will also be available.
After eight years of silence,The Laser’s Edge has just announced a new album by american prog band Tiles. The conceptual double album “Pretending 2 Run” contains a couple of contributions by famous prog artists. Release date has been set to April 15th.
1 • Pretending to Run (7:10)
2 • Shelter in Place (3:53)………………………… (w/ Kim Mitchell)
3 • Stonewall (6:50)…………………………………… (w/ Mike Portnoy)
4 • Voir Dire (4:37)
5 • Drops of Rain (5:02)
6 • Taken by Surprise (11:22)………………….. (w/ Adam Holzman & Mike Stern)
7 • Refugium (2:55)
8 • Small Fire Burning (4:09)…………………… (w/ Colin Edwin)
1 • Midwinter (4:32)………………………………….. (w/ Ian Anderson)
2 • Weightless (9:16)
3 • Friend or Foe (6:16)…………………………….. (w/ Colin Edwin)
4 • Battle Weary (4:33)
5 • Meditatio (1:37)
6 • Other Arrangements (2:17)………………. (w/ Adam Holzman)
7 • The Disappearing Floor (5:43)………….. (w/ Mike Stern)
8 • Fait Accompli (4:32)…………………………….. (w/ Max & Mike Portnoy)
9 • Pretending to Run (reprise 1) (1:40)
10 • Uneasy Truce (4:19)……………………………. (w/ Joe Deninzon)
11 • Pretending to Run (reprise 2) (1:15)
12 • The View from Here (1:28)……………….. (w/ Adam Holzman)
13 • Backsliding (3:03)
Produced by Terry Brown
Recorded and mixed by Terry Brown
At Vis-à-vis Recorders, Ontario, Canada
Arrangements by and Terry Brown
Additional arranging by Mark Mikel and Matthew Parmenter
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the “E” Room, Toronto, Canada
Artwork, design and illustrations by Hugh Syme
Band CD portrait photography by Paul D’Angelo
Band photography by Anthony D’Angelo
“MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” – Christian Vander
The one day festival Progressive Circus continues to grow with it’s third edition, working towards making the South of Sweden into a strong region for live prog. The event takes place at Slagthuset in Malmö on April 9th.
For PC16, legendary neoproggers IQ celebrate 35 years with their first headline tour of Scandinavia. Anekdoten will co-headline, playing songs from throughout the career, including 2015’s masterpiece “Until all the ghosts are gone“.
In 1979 Atlas released “Blå Vardag“, an instrumental album cherished by many vinyl collectors, with hints of Camel and Genesis. Then Atlas disbanded, but for PC16 they will make an exclusive reunion concert after more than 35 years absence. Me and my Kites and Soniq Circus will also play at PC16.
Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/1m0bt21
STEVEN WILSON talks about the definition of prog and the change of the music business over the decades on “Into the Machine”
Port Mahadia are back after an 8 year absence with a follow up to their debut album “Echoes In Time” (2007). The band was formed in 2004, the core of the band consisted of Erinn Waggoner: Bass & Vocals, Cameron Castle: Guitars, Rusty Clutts: Drums & Percussions and William O’Connell: Keyboards, and featured special guests Damian Wilson (Threshold) and cellist Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) and David Ragsdale (Kansas).
The band are ready to unleash both their 2nd offering “Quantum Space” and a new line-up. Returning on the new album, singer, songwriter and bassist Erinn Waggoner joined by Johnny Anderson: Guitars and Justin Emmerson: Drums & Percussions. Like their previous effort, the new album also features many special guests, including: Kerry Shacklett (Presto Ballet) Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) Will Shaw (Heir Apparent), among others.
Port Mahadia took a detour into this creative project to fulfill the band’s desire to reinvent some Classic music that they have enjoyed over the years whist working on their new material. Port Mahadia is hard at work and in the throes of writing and recording their new original material. Quantum Space showcases eight Classic songs by such artists as Rush, Emerson Lake & Palmer, U.K. and The Beatles among others. Port Mahadia didn’t want this to be just another covers album and playing each track note for note. They wanted to release a fresh take on the Classic songs, so they revamped the songs with there own heavy signature sound while maintaining the integrity of the original version. The album also features two new tracks, Principle of Disorder and Cannae.
Quantum Space will be available in two formats: CD and High Quality Digital Download with pre-orders going on sale February 8th 2016 and worldwide release on February16th 2016.
Silhouettes In Disguise
Principle of Disorder
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
South Side Of The Sky
I Walk Beside You
Wats Um The Deal
A Time And A Place
Port Mahadia is:
Johnny Anderson – Guitars
Erinn Waggoner – Bass & Vocals
Justin Emmerson – Drums & Percussions
Rusty Clutts – Drums & Percussions
Will Shaw – Vocals Sol Yamil – Vocals
Kerry Shacklett – Keyboards
Jared Hill – Keyboards
Hugh McDowell – Cello
Riccardo Bacchi – Steel Guitar
Paul Cecchetti additional effect and choir
Grant Hill – Keys arrangement on South Side of The Sky
GONG Legend Daevid Allen’s Final Album “Daevid Allen Weird Quartet – ELEVENSES” To Be Released February 12, 2016
Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing on February 12, 2016 the final album from legendary Daevid Allen. The Daevid Allen Weird Quartet is a recording project bringing together Daevid Allen, founder of The Soft Machine and Gong, with Don Falcone of Spirits Burning, Michael Clare of Daevid Allen’s University of Errors, and drummers Trey Sabatelli (The Tubes) and Paul Sears (The Muffins). “ELEVENSES” is the second album by this band, following 2005’s “DJDDAY”, which was released under the band name “Weird Biscuit Teatime.” Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” is the last band album that Daevid worked on before his death, in March of 2015.
Daevid Allen Weird Quartet “ELEVENSES” album is a mixture of styles of music found throughout his career, plus a few surprises: a blues song in 7/4, a catchy Irish-tinged folk song, ambient and explosive instrumentals, a post-punk rave-up with Daevid’s final message on a record.
3.The Latest Curfew Craze
4. Kick That Habit Man
5. Secretary Of Lore
7. The Cold Stuffings Of November
9. God’s New Deal
10. Dim Sum In Alphabetical Order
11. Killer Honey
12. Under The YumYum Tree Cafe
13. Banana Construction
BEARDFISH Frontman RIKARD SJÖBLOM Premieres Single “Realm of You and Me;” “The Unbendable Sleep” out on February 10th
Rikard Sjöblom, known for fronting one of the most prolific progressive rock bands that emerged in 2000s, Beardfish, is set to release his second studio album titled the Unbendable Sleep on February 10th. The first single off the album, “Realm of You and Me,” is available for streaming now via Sjöblom’s YouTube channel.
Sjöblom, who is also a part of the UK prog rock band Big Big Train, commented: “It was one of the last songs that was written for the album, but basically I was sitting in a hotel room, just strumming the guitar and started playing the opening riff over and over and singing a melody (‘I’ve been mending the holes in my heart’). I think I wrote the whole thing in like fifteen minutes. It quickly became a favorite for me and I recorded it the week after I wrote it. It’s about growing apart and finding your way back to someone; your partner, yourself,… your guitar? I don’t know, I can’t be sure yet what it means to me personally but I know I feel very strongly about it!”
Comparing “Realm of You and Me” with the rest of material on The Unbendable Sleep,”Rikard says: “It’s not as prog-oriented as some of the other songs on the album but it still has a prog quality I would say. I hope you will enjoy it!”
Sjöblom will promote The Unbendable Sleep live on a mini-UK tour this spring, supporting Cuban progressive rock band Anima Mundi. See the poster below for dates.
The Unbendable Sleep track listing:
01. Love And War Part One: I Am Who You Are
02. Realm of You and Me
03. Rhyme and Reason
04. Will We Cry?
05. Under Northern Skies (Villemo’s Song)
06. Building a Tent for Astor
08. Love And War Part Two: Lucky Star