STEVEN WILSON talks about the definition of prog and the change of the music business over the decades on “Into the Machine”

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Haken reveal details of their fourth album

After a long wait, Haken finally put out the track list, album art, a teaser and much more! The format in which the band has wrapped up all the details is quite fancy and humorous, so please head over tho the band’s web site to check out their press release in full!

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Long Distance Calling recently announced their new album “TRIPS” for release on April 29 via InsideOut Music, and they are now excited to reveal the stunning artwork, created by Martin Großmann (, in the form of an artwork video teaser. 
The album will be released as limited mediabook CD with one bonus track, as gatefold 2LP with etching (incl. the album on CD), and as digital download with two bonus tracks.
Further to this, the band would also like to announce the first European tour dates in support of the new album, Benelux date: May 9 – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
Read here what they had to say about the album and upcoming dates:
“We are happy to announce the release tour (there will be more touring later this year!) for our new album “TRIPS”! We put a lot of heart and time into this little baby and we can’t wait to finally play the new songs for you. “TRIPS” is probably the most colourful and diverse album we have done so far, combining elements of all our previous albums while adding new flavours and some unknown territory to our sound universe, and we couldn’t be happier how it turned out. Come with us and join the ride. Love LDC.”
The band also recently revealed that Petter Carlsen has provided vocals on their new album and they had this to say: “Since he wanted to focus on his private life Martin ‘Marsen’ Fischer has decided to step back from LONG DISTANCE CALLING, but he didn’t leave without recording most of the keyboards and sound effects on “TRIPS”. In true LONG DISTANCE CALLING fashion we have another surprise up our sleeves and would like to introduce Petter Carlsen on vocals. About half of the new songs come with vocals and Petter did one hell of a job. We are really happy to have him on board for ‘“TRIPS” In case his name rings a bell you are totally right: He already did vocals on the song ‘Welcome Change’ on the album “The Flood Inside”. We are sure that you’ll love the new stuff with him singing!”
The full track-listing for TRIPS” is as follows:
1. Getaway
2. Reconnect
3. Rewind
4. Trauma
5. Lines
6. Presence
7. Momentum
8. Plans
9. Flux
Look out for more info in the coming weeks!
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TEXTURES are announced as 3rd headliner for ProgPower Europe 2016

It has been a while since Dutch band Textures climbed the ProgPower Europe stage. So with a new album just released we thought it was time to invite them back to our stage. Especially as this album is receiving high critical aclaim.
By adding Textures, only 4 more bands will be added to the line-up. Tickets for ProgPower Europe 2016 are available from:
The 10 bands announced for this years festival:
  • 6:33 (France)
    Out of the ordinary, metal meets Tim Burton. catchy melodies. How can we better described the roller coaster ride that is the Avant-Garde metal band 6:33.
  • Atmospheres (Belgium)
    Post rock meets progressive rock, young,new and talented Belgian outfit.
  • Chaos Divine (Australia)
    After 7 years, Australian Chaos Divinie return to the ProgPower stage. Since then the band has released 2 albums, the latest, Colliding Skies, earlier in 2015.
  • Distorted Harmony (Israel)
    Distorted Harmony is one of the most requested bands in our feedback survey. So it is about time for them to climb the ProgPower stage.
  • Earthside (USA)
    Although a relatively young and unknown name, Earthside is taking the prog metal scene by storm. Their album, “A Dream In Static” is receiving very positive reviews on the internet. It shows how focused this band is.
  • Jolly (USA)
    Jolly have already shown their abilities on the ProgPower stage. It is because of that that we welcome them back on our stage to play their therapeutic auditory experience
  • Nordic Giants (United Kingdom)
    Instrumental post rock from the UK. Music supported by cinematic projections, making a Nordic Giants performance is a stunning experience.
  • Subterenean Masqurade
    A band with many different nationalities on board, formed by Tomer Pink (from Israel). Music with middle-eastern influences, played on instruments not normally used in metal, grunts and clean vocals. Different but very catchy.
  • Textures (The Netherlands)
    Formed in 2001, Textures creates complex and challenging metalcore. Living up to their name the band creates Textures of melodies and rhythms.
  • Threshold (United Kingdom)
    A band that needs no introduction to prog metal fans. They were the headliner on the first ProgPower in 1999. And it has been eight years since they last played at ProgPower, about time they returned.
And 4 more bands to be confirmed!
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PORT MAHADIA to release new album “Quantum Space”

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.

Track Listing:
Silhouettes In Disguise
Principle of Disorder
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Working Man
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

Special Guests:
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

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Periphery on Into the Machine

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GONG Legend Daevid Allen’s Final Album “Daevid Allen Weird Quartet – ELEVENSES” To Be Released February 12, 2016

David Allen Quartett - Elevenses

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.

Track List:
1. TransloopThisMessage
2. Imagicknation
3.The Latest Curfew Craze
4. Kick That Habit Man
5. Secretary Of Lore
6. Alchemy
7. The Cold Stuffings Of November
8. Grasshopping
9. God’s New Deal
10. Dim Sum In Alphabetical Order
11. Killer Honey
12. Under The YumYum Tree Cafe
13. Banana Construction

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PERFECT BEINGS cancel Rosfest gig due to line-up changes

as the band states, they will be unable to perform on Rosfest. Here’ the bands statement:
“Perfect Beings are currently going through a line-up change. Sadly, both our drummer and bassist have left the band. Due to this surprising development we will unfortunately not be able to perform at Rosfest this year. Instead the band will focus on re-grouping and working on new material. We apologize to our fans, especially those of you who were excited to see us in Gettysburg. Please stay tuned.”

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HAKEN on Into the Machine

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BEARDFISH Frontman RIKARD SJÖBLOM Premieres Single “Realm of You and Me;” “The Unbendable Sleep” out on February 10th

Rikard Sjoblom - The Undeniable Sheep

Rikard Sjöblom, known for fronting one of the most prolific progressive rock bands that emerged inRikard Sjoblom 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
07. Anna-Lee
08. Love And War Part Two: Lucky Star

Sjoblom tourdates May_2016

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS reveal “Sunrise To Sundown” artwork, tracklisting and more tourdates

Swedish vintage style hard rock pioneers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS return with their 9th studio album entitled “Sunrise To Sundown”, which will be released on March 18th, 2016 in Europe as well as March 25th, 2016 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Spiritual Beggars - Sunrise to Sundown
The album’s cover artwork has been created by Costin Chioreanu / Twilight13Media (At The Gates, Grave, Arcturus, etc.) and here is the album’s tracklisting:
SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – “Sunrise To Sundown”
1. Sunrise To Sundown
2. Diamond Under Pressure
3. What Doesn’t Kill You
4. Hard Road
5. Still Hunter
6. No Man’s Land
7. I Turn To Stone
8. Dark Light Child
9. Lonely Freedom
10. You’ve Been Fooled
11. Southern Star
The album’s limited edition version will be released as 2CD Mediabook with a bonus disc including 7 tracks (2 covers versions and 5 live songs) and an expanded booklet. The LP format will be on 180gr. vinyl and come in gatefold packaging with a double-sided poster as well as the full standard album on CD as bonus. More details about the album formats and pre-order links will be announced soon…
Just like on their previous two album releases, “Return To Zero” (2010) and “Earth Blues” (2013), SPIRITUAL BEGGARS stellar line-up is consists of bandleader Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, ex Carcass) on guitars, teaming up with Apollo Papathanasio (ex Firewind) on vocals, Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Witchery) on bass, Per Wiberg (Candlemass, ex Opeth) on keyboards as well as Ludwig Witt (Grand Magus, Firebird) on drums.
After a busy couple of last years with Arch Enemy, Michael Amott and his bandmates have once again found the availability and inspiration to lay down 11 dynamic and uplifting new songs, which not only easily demonstrate how much on top of their game SPIRITUAL BEGGARS still are after over 20 years of activities, but also add a fresh and spontaneous vibe to their impressive catalogue.
Supporting the release of “Sunrise To Sundown”, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS will also be hitting the road on the following club-dates as well as festivals (** New shows since last update!):
27.03.2016 Schijndel (The Netherlands) – Paaspop**
28.03.2016 Köln (Germany) – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
29.03.2016 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
31.03.2016 Leipzig (Germany) – Hellraiser
01.04.2016 Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
02.04.2016 Essen (Germany) – Turock
04.04.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
06.04.2016 Kortrijk (Belgium) – De Kreun
07.04.2016 Rouen (France) – Le 106
08.04.2016 Brest (France) – Sale Odissey / Plougarock Festival Warm Up**
09.04.2016 Nantes (France) Le Ferrailleur**
10.04.2016 Paris (France) – Backstage By The Mill
12.04.2016 Munich (Germany) – Strom
14.04.2016 Karlsruhe (Germany) – Substage
28.04.2016 Berlin (Germany) – Desert Fest
08.07.2016 Oulu (Finland) – Jalometalli Festival
09.07.2016 Ballenstedt (Germany) – Rock Harz Festival
More dates to be announced soon…
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​TIDES FROM NEBULA Announce New Album and European Tour

Tides From Nebula Safehaven CoverInstrumental 4-piece Tides From Nebula will release their new album “SAFEHAVEN” on May 6th, 2016 via Long Branch Records and Mystic.

TFN about the new material: “This is going to be our 4th release and we are extremely happy to share it with our fans”, states the band. “In the past we have worked with acclaimed producers who taught us so much that this time we felt we were ready to take that task upon ourselves.
The creative process was smooth and spontaneous similarly to when we were writing our debut album. We are sure that you will be able to hear it all: honesty, darkness, experience and energy.”

Tracklisting “SAFEHAVEN”: Tides From Nebula



Tour Dates:

6 may: DunkFestival, Zottegem, Belgium
7 may: We Are a Young Team, Metz, France
8 may: Sanctuary, Basingstoke, UK
9 may: Boston Music Room, London, Uk
10 may: Audio, Glasgow, UK
11 may: Firebug, Leicester, UK
14 may: Heretic Club, Bordeaux, France
16 may: Le Saint Des Seins, Toulouse, France
17 may: Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain
18 may: Le Molotov, Marseille, France
19 may: La Gravière, Geneva, Switzerland
20 may: Freakout Club, Bologna, Italy
21 may: Lo-Fi Club, Milan, Italy
22 may: Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
24 may: Sedel, Luzern, Switzerland
26 may: Druckluft, Oberhausen, Germany
28 may: Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
29 may: Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin, Germany
30 may: Cosmic Dawn, Jena, Germany

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RENAISSANCE To Tour The US & UK In Support of New DVD Release “Live at The Union Chapel”

Renaissance Live at Union Chapel

Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of their new DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”! Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Russell ‘Tigger’ Matthews, the DVD features Renaissance performing such favorite classics as “Carpet of the Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento” to an ecstatic audience! The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks. A Blu-Ray version is planned in 2016.

Renaissance Winter 2016 US & UK Tour Dates:

Feb 12 – The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA – tickets
Feb 13 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA – tickets
Feb 19 – The Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ – tickets
Feb 26 – Renaissance on the Moody Blues Cruise Miami, FL – tickets

UK – (dates April 17 through 26 with Curved Air)
April 14 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 15 – Trading Boundaries – Fletching
April 17 – Opera House – Buxton
April 18 – The Stables – Milton Keynes
April 19 – Robin 2 – Wolverhampton
April 20 – Academy – Newcastle
April 21 – ABC – Glasgow
April 24 – Academy – Bournemouth
April 26 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London

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LEPROUS discuss writing process on “Into the Machine”

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Circus Maximus 2016

Circus Maximus has released the track “The Weight” from their forthcoming album “HAVOC”, which will be released through Frontiers Records.

Tracklisting of HAVOc (De Luxe Edition):

The Weight
Highest Bitter
Loved Ones
After The Fire
Loath (Bonus Track deluxe edition only)


Forging (live)
Namaste (live)
The One (live)
Arrival Of Love (live)
Abyss (live)
Alive (live)
Game Of Life (live)
Last Goodbye (live)


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