Category: Prog

In 2019, PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS, the California-based band featuring Ted Leonard (lead vocals & guitars), Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Dave Meros (bass) and John Boegehold (keyboards), presented its much-lauded eponymous debut.

Just a year later, the group releases its second opus, “Prehensile Tales”, to be released through InsideOut Music on May 15th, 2020.

As a first track from the forthcoming new album, PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS now reveal ‘Here In My Autumn’, John Boegehold comments:

“The tale of a man clinging to a chapter in his life that’s become impossible to return to yet impossible to forget. Of course that describes much of life itself, doesn’t it?”

, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, a leading
light in contemporary progressive metal worldwide, are pleased to announce their fifth studio
album ‘Rise Radiant’ for release on the 22nd May 2020.

KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band,
will release their highly anticipated new studio album “The Absence
Presence” on 26th June 2020.

This Autumn, KANSAS will
be taking its very popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour to
Europe for 13 dates in October and November. The Point of Know Return
Anniversary European Tour will include songs from “The Absence of Presence,”
classic hits and deep cuts, and will culminate with the iconic album “Point of
Know Return” performed in its entirety.

October 18 – London,
England – Palladium

October 20 – Frankfurt,
Germany – Jahrhunderthalle

October 21 – Hamburg,
Germany – Docks

October 23 – Tampere,
Finland – Tamperetalo

October 24 – Helsinki,
Finland – Culture House

October 26 – Stockholm,
Sweden – Cirkus

October 27 – Oslo,
Norway – Sentrum Scene

October 29 – Berlin,
Germany – Tempodrom

October 31 – Brussels,
Belgium – Cirque Royal

November 3 – Munich,
Germany – Circus Krone

November 5 – Heilbronn,
Germany – Harmonie

November 9 – Bochum,
Germany – RuhrCongress

November 10 – Amsterdam,
Holland – Carre Theatre

The Flower Kings have announced their new album Waiting for Miracles – recorded in the studio owned by Benny from ABBA! – will be released on 8th November via Inside Out Music

Alcest return to Damnation festival – playing the main stage alongside Opeth and Mayhem! Also joining 2019′s line up is Raging Speedhorn, A Pale Horse Named Death and Mork!

Alcest, who played the third stage of the festival back in 2010, said: “We are really excited to finally be back at Damnation. Last time we were there was almost 10 years ago when the band just started to play live and we kept an amazing memory from it. See you all there again!“

A Pale Horse Named Death added: “A Pale Horse Named Death are honoured and proud to have the opportunity to play the Damnation Festival. We are so excited to be sharing the stage with lots of great bands at one of the best UK festivals around today.”

And Raging Speedhorn, who have graced Damnation in three different venues dating back to the debut year in 2005, said: “We are excited to be playing what we consider one of the best UK festivals. Damnation is locked firmly in the heart of RSH’s history. Always the best lineup, a favourite amongst fans and bands and run by the nicest folk you could wish to know. We are honoured to be asked to perform once again.”

Neurosis and Jarboe collaboration to be reissued this August

Neurot Recordings are proud to reissue the landmark collaboration Neurosis & Jarboe, which was originally released in 2003, incoming on 2nd August. This latest version is fully remastered and with entirely new artwork from Aaron Turner, available on vinyl for the first time, as well as CD and digital formats. 

Steve Von Till explains the idea behind the remastering; “Bob Weston (Chicago Mastering Service, and member of Shellac) worked closely with Noah on making these new versions sound as good as the possibly can. Noah has the most trained critical ear for fidelity out of all of us being an engineer himself. We recorded this ourselves with consumer level Pro Tools back then, in order to be able to experiment at home in getting different sounds and writing spontaneously. The technology has come a long way since then and we thought we could run it through better digital to analog conversion and trusted Bob Weston to be able to bring out the best in it….This new mastered version is a bit more open, with a better stereo image, and better final eq treatment.”

He continues about the original artwork…“Aaron felt he could create something that would unify the energy of both Jarboe and Neurosis in an elegant manner. We let him do his thing and I think it definitely adds to the mystery of the album and sets it apart from the rest of our catalog.”

The Utopia Strong – debut album announced for 13th September

“The overall sound was pretty accidental” reckons Kavus Torabi. “I certainly didn’t expect the music to sound so ecstatic and positive, Without wanting to puncture the mystery, there really felt like an element of magic at play in making this album. For the most part it was incredibly effortless”

“The band evolved from having had so much fun together and also sharing similar musical tastes” continues Steve Davis, “Mike (York) was living in Glastonbury where Kavus and I DJ’d in 2017. We all hung out together during the festival and the Utopia Strong was born. The name came later and I suppose reflects the fact that – once we’d jammed together and listened back to the improvising – the music felt pretty euphoric and otherworldly. It was very psychedelic but also strangely wonky”

It was never any secret that Davis – even at the peak of his household name status in the 1980s – was as happy putting a needle on a vinyl record as anything else involving a cue. Renowned as an aficionado of soul, jazz-funk and progressive rock from the seventies onwards, he famously once single-handedly promoted three nights at the Bloomsbury Theatre for French esoteric leviathans Magma, so frustrated was he by their absence from British shores.

Steve was first introduced to the modular synthesis world by Teeth Of The Sea’s Mike Bourne at a show the latter was playing with Hirvikolari at Cafe Oto in 2016. “Like many others before me, I was intrigued by the wires, knobs and blinking lights of the modular synth and it wasn’t that long after that I felt the need to get my own, even though I didn’t have a clue what I was letting myself in for! The instrument has the ability to create whatever your imagination can deal with”

What’s more – with his tastes having moved into the fringes of experimental electronica as his record collection expanded exponentially, his music obsession took on new bounds after his retirement in 2016, with his DJ partnership with Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo) taking him to festivals and clubs for many a head-spinning rampage, in which the wide-eyed assembled would be as likely to hear Autechre as Black Sabbath.

All this aside, few would have expected the artist whose previous recorded output comprised one Top Ten hit in 1986 (The Matchroom Mob featuring Chas & Dave’s ‘Snooker Loopy’) would be a part of the aural epiphanies that are chronicled in The Utopia Strong’s debut album, The combined forces of Davis, Torabi and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) have arrived at no less than a modular-driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.

An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition –  in which Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weave with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody and York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract – the result is a beguiling tapestry as likely to remind listeners of the countercultural benchmarks of Terry Riley, Cluster and Fripp/Eno as the later vortex-voyages of Emeralds and Seefeel

Perhaps the centrepiece of the record is the ten-minute ‘Brainsurgeons 3’, in which techno-style exultance, hypnotic foward-motion and the perhaps unlikely but crucial arrival of York’s bagpipes collude to provide a truly formidable endorphin rush. “Kavus and I started programming ‘Brainsurgeons 3’ into our DJ sets and the reaction was amazing!” concurs Steve. “Some nights the track got the most thumbs up of the set. We broke Shazam with it!” – the closing ‘Moonchild’  even sees the vocals of Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden/Medieval Baebes) transformed into unearthly ululations potent enough to surprise the band themselves as much as the wider world.

“in twenty years of making records it’s certainly been the easiest and most enjoyable to make” reflects Kavus. “Now, this may have been partly due to us having no preconceptions or expectations but it wasn’t just that. There was absolutely no conflict, and we spent a lot of time together working on it – in my experience that’s a total fucking miracle”

“The personal journey I’ve been on since January 2nd 2018 with Kavus and Mike has been surreal” says Steve. “Probably more so than even the path that unfolded for me in snooker. That was pretty far out but this seems otherworldly! Maybe Glastonbury is a mystical place after all”

Tau Cross announce new album

Multinational punk/metal collective TAU CROSS return with their immersive third full-length titled Messengers of Deception, coming August 9 on Relapse Records. TAU CROSS features Amebix bassist / frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague.

Grammy Award Winning legendary music icon and master of progressive rock, Alan Parsons will return with a new album, The Secret on April 26, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. Today, the first song from the album, entitled “Miracle”, featuring Jason Mraz on vocals, has been made available. Listen to the track HERE

Brighton based progressive rockers Tales Of Autumn have unveiled their latest video for track “Worthless”!

Commenting on the song, Stefanos Karantonis, notes: “The song is about a guy who had his life planned out for him by others. He realises after a while that he is living somebody else’s life and he doesn’t want to anymore.”

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, have announced details of their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’, due for release on the 26th October 2018. 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 band comments: “On the back of celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our conception, all of us here in the Haken camp are extremely excited to begin this new chapter of our career and share ‘Vector’ with the world.”

Riverside release video for Vale of Tears