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    News: The Dowling Poole to release new album
    General February 28th sees the release of 'See You See Me', the third album from eclecto-pop masters, The Dowling Poole. The album follows the release of three singles - 'Keeping The Stupid Stupid’, ‘Made In Heaven’ and ‘Hope’ which also has an accompanying video.

    "I guess 'Hope' might be best described as a modern day take on Stoicism”, says Willie Dowling. “After a tumultuous four years and more of earth-shaking world events, following in ever-quickening succession, it occurred to us that it isn’t the disasters and uncertainty that cause despair, so much as the hope that intermittently promises something better, before deserting the scene and hurling us all back into a storm of uncertainty.”

    Pre-order 'See You See Me' HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Feb 10 2020 @ 14:25 CST

    News: RIVERSIDE Important Line-Up Announcement; European Tour this Month!
    Progressive Rock Polish progressive Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to share line-up news with all of you:

    Riverside are a quartet again!

    Dear friends, this is an incredibly important moment in the history of our band. From the beginning of February 2020, Riverside are officially not a trio any more, we are a quartet! It is with incredible joy that we would like to announce that the fourth official member of the band is...

    Well, you can't have expected anyone else? :)
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Feb 04 2020 @ 21:26 CST

    News: Opeth & Rival Sons tied in our readers poll for Albums of 2019!
    General Congratulations to Opeth & Rival Sons, who tied for first place in our readers poll for Album of 2019 with their respective albums In Cauda Venenum and Feral Roots. Coming in second place was Devin Townsend for his Empath release, and third went to Arch/Matheos for Winter Ethereal. Thanks for everyone for voting, and a big cheer to our winners!
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Feb 01 2020 @ 15:10 CST

    News: Pure Reason Revolution launch Silent Genesis from forthcoming album ‘Eupnea’
    Progressive Rock Pure Reason Revolution recently announced the release of ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, for the 3rd of April 2020. Today they are excited to reveal the first piece of new music taken from the record, in the form of the epic 10-minute ‘Silent Genesis’, a track which Jon Courtney co-wrote alongside original PRR member Greg Jong.

    The band comments: “With some tracks it’s blood sweat & tears to get them nailed, but “Silent Genesis” came together really quickly. While Greg & I worked on the music, Chloe was blasting out vocals in London. We had a lot of fun making this track; mangling synths, riffing & unexpectedly outroing with funk!”

    Listen to the track here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Jan 31 2020 @ 21:03 CST

    Progressive Rock 4CD/Blu-ray And Vinyl Deluxe Editions Of The Band’s Acclaimed Debut Boasts New Mixes, The Market Square Heroes EP, An Unreleased Concert, Plus A New Documentary

    Available On April 3 From Rhino

    LOS ANGELES - Marillion released its studio album debut, Script for a Jester’s Tear, in March 1983. The record was certified platinum in the band’s native U.K. where it reached number seven on the Albums Chart and spawned two Top 40 singles: “He Knows You Know” (#35) and “Garden Party” (#16).

    Rhino will shine a spotlight on this neo-progressive favorite on April 3 with two versions of SCRIPT FOR A JESTER’S TEAR: DELUXE EDITION. The first is a 4CD/Blu-ray set, and the other is a 4LP collection. The music will also be available the same day through digital and streaming services.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Jan 30 2020 @ 19:36 CST


    “Sulphur & Starlight” is a song about dualism. The reflection and the reflected, two sides of the same mirror. What is left of one Self in the eye of the Other and vice versa? It is the opening track of “Summerland” and makes a great starting point for the journey through the album’s theme.’

    Ryanne van Dorst (singer, guitarist, songwriter, lyricist)

    Listen to 'Sulphur & Starlight’ now -
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Jan 28 2020 @ 23:29 CST

    News: Briand Boursin Rohr to release The View Inside
    Progressive Rock Hypostatic Records writes:

    French/American trio Briand Boursin Rohr announce the international release of their rock concept album The View Inside on February 21, 2020 through Hypostatic Records in association with MUSEA.

    Based on an original story, the album employs sounds ranging from arena rock, to classic pop, to avant garde in a cinematic sweep as it unfolds the moving and dramatic tale of Walter, an orphan born with a strange oracular power, and the peculiar events that lead him toward his destiny.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jan 23 2020 @ 13:42 CST

    News: LATE
    Progressive Metal LATE writes:

    Originally an instrumental progressive metal project from Bratislava was founded in 2012 by guitarist Patrik Kovár and drummer Ján Hyža with the idea to bring something new to the Slovak metal scene. Its main characteristic was a sophisticated composition - blending concepts and changes in rhythm, tempo or mood.

    The project itself has undergone several changes later on. Joined by the second guitarist Michal Žiak, bassist Martin "Vaco" Vacula, meaning the band could begin to create and record their first demos. After a two-year pause, when the members were dedicated to their own projects, they reunited again and since 2016, after replacing a few vocalists, Lukáš “Puky” Mikulský has settled in the post of a singer and that was a definitive end to the instrumental era of the band.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Jan 23 2020 @ 13:40 CST

    News: Pure Reason Revolution announce Eupnea, first studio album in nearly 10 years
    Progressive Rock Last year, Jon Courtney and Chloë Alper reunited the much-loved Pure Reason Revolution, playing their first show in close to eight years at Midsummer Prog Festival in the Netherlands, and performing their debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in full. Today they are excited to announce the release of ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, for the 3rd of April 2020.

    The band comments: “We stuck to our manifesto of no musical boundaries and the result was ‘Eupnea’. We return to a more progressive sound with ferocious guitars, thunderous drums and the stacked harmonies that give us our signature sound. We're excited to begin playing it live.”

    You can also watch a brand new interview clip where they discuss the process of getting back together last year, and playing Midsummer Prog HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Wed, Jan 22 2020 @ 20:03 CST

    General Australian hard rock band Wicked Smile have released their debut single ‘We Fall’ which can be streamed or downloaded via all digital platforms. The band features the powerhouse vocals of Danny Cecati (ex Pegazus & Eyefear) and guitars by Stevie Janevski (ex Black Majesty & Cyclone Tracy). The debut single was recorded and produced by Paul Laine (The Defiants) who also played bass and sang backing vocals. Guitarist Stevie goes on to say, “I started the band with a vision to get back to a more heavy rock sound which focused on old school catchy anthemic songs. The single starts out with didgeridoo to set the mood and introduce our Australian heritage, followed by a heavy guitar riff with lyrics about society and the questionable decisions being made by our leaders in power/government”.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Jan 19 2020 @ 23:28 CST

    News: Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts Release Can I Get An Amen
    General Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts Release ‘Can I Get An Amen’ Release date: 10 January, 2020.

    ‘Can I Get An Amen’ is the latest single release from transatlantic Americana act, Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts.

    About the single’s sound, Ryan says… “This new single was co-written by mentor/friend/boss/legend Stevie Van Zandt. I feel myself going back to my Texas roots. This song is a good example of the sonic direction our band is headed.” On the subject matter of the song, Ryan continues: “Super proud of this tune. I was raised in the South, going to church 3 times a week. I don't really go to church anymore. I guess you could say I've seen the light. Haha. This song deals with the struggles of being raised in the church, but not following that path.”

    ‘Can I Get An Amen’ will feature on the follow-up to 2019’s critically acclaimed ‘This Is The Sound’, with the new album to be released later in 2020 - once again on Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool records.

    Watch the ‘single shot’ video here
    Posted by Steven Reid on Mon, Jan 13 2020 @ 23:15 CST

    Progressive Rock ‘Between Sea and Sky’ is a commissioned song for the NGO ‘Los 18’

    Psychic Equalizer is an international band formed by Spanish pianists Hugo Selles and Adrián Ubiaga, Colombian guitarist Carlos Barragán and Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist India Hooi. In September 2019, they released their latest album ‘The Sixth Extinction’ that combined progressive rock, jazz, classical, pop and world music styles to explore the themes of mass extinction and climate change.

    The band has announced the release of a new song written specifically for the NGO ‘Los 18’ (‘The 18’). The track is an uplifting pop-rock anthem with a positive message encouraging people to have hope and work together to make change for the better.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Sun, Jan 12 2020 @ 23:30 CST

    News: Psychotic Waltz launch new song Devils And Angels
    Progressive Metal Pre-order for upcoming studio-album “The God-Shaped Void” starts today!

    US Progressive Metal pioneers and innovators PSYCHOTIC WALTZ return with their original line-up for their highly anticipated 5th studio album and first new music in 23 years. Entitled “The God-Shaped Void”, the upcoming new album and InsideOutMusic debut will be released on 14th February, 2020.

    The first new track taken off “The God-Shaped Void” is being shared today. Check out the album’s opening track “Devils And Angels” in a lyric video by Cloud Music Typography HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Dec 17 2019 @ 22:17 CST

    News: VIDEO LAUNCH Biff Byford - School of Hard Knocks
    Heavy Metal Legendary Saxon Frontman Launches Video For SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS The Title Track Of His Forthcoming Album.

    13th December 2019: Legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford today launches the video for School Of Hard Knocks (watch it here) the title track of his first ever solo album, School Of Hard Knocks, which is set for release on 21st February 2020 through Silver Lining Music.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Dec 13 2019 @ 22:52 CST

    News: TOUNDRA - New album, 'Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari' 28th February
    Progressive Rock 'Das Cabinet des Dr.Caligari' is the latest musical initiative of TOUNDRA, the intrepid instrumental rock band from Spain, that once again showcases their mutable capability to approach new projects and reinvent their art. This is not just an exceptional soundtrack to the quintessential German silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene that turns exactly 100 years old in 2020, it's also a dialogue with the listener with the intention of questioning ideas like manipulation, freedom and human nature itself. The album will be released by InsideOut/Century Media on February 28th 2020.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Dec 10 2019 @ 20:48 CST

    Concerts: Electric Mary, Edinburgh Bannerman’s, 4th November 2019
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    Twenty one hours across two days is how long it took Australia’s Electric Mary to arrive in Scotland from their homeland on the other side of the planet. However, so delighted were the groove masters who play ‘rock n’ roll the way it used to taste’ to be performing for a small but enthusiastic Scottish audience that not one ounce of road weariness, travel sickness or jet lag weighed into what proved to be a scintillating performance. Steven Reid plugged himself into the mains for Sea of Tranquility…

    There’s no disguising the fact that Electric Mary came a long way to perform their first ever Scottish date for the disappointingly low tally of around forty folk, but what this no nonsense old school act served up was a show deserving of a venue ten times the size of the one they found themselves in and with a crowd to match. The band’s stalwarts, vocalist Rusty Brown and guitarist Pete Robinson, simply seemed thankful that anyone had turned up at all on what was a cold, wet and windy night and then set about digging grooves so deep that it’s a wonder that Electric Mary didn’t use them to burrow right through the Earth’s core to Scotland!
    Posted by Steven Reid on Thu, Nov 07 2019 @ 20:51 CST

    SoT Video: A Tribute to Ginger Baker
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he pays tribute to drum legend Ginger Baker, who passed away recently at the age of 80.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:42 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Angel 'Risen'
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he reviews the new Angel CD 'Risen'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:41 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Opeth 'In Cauda Venenum'
    General Join host Pete Pardo for a review of the new Opeth album/CD 'In Cauda Venenum'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:40 CDT

    SoT Video: Review- Nocturnus A.D. 'Paradox'
    General Join host Pete Pardo as he reviews the brand new CD from progressive death metal act Nocturnus A.D. 'Paradox'.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Oct 26 2019 @ 12:38 CDT

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