Formidable Italian Band Syndone Addresses Misogyny in Concept Album

Syndone – Mysoginia (Maracash Records, 2018)

Italian progressive symphonic rock band Syndone has matured into one of the finest acts in the European scene. The band’s style is a mix of symphonic rock and jazz-rock fusion that revolves around the sounds of multiple electronic keyboards, sometimes exquisitely distorted; the mesmerizing vibraphone; glorious chamber music strings; and charismatic, theatrical vocals.

The concept album Mysoginia (Misogyny) is Syndone’s seventh album. Vocalist and lyricist Riccardo Ruggeri describes the spirit of the album: “It emerges from its very single word, from people’s reactions, through certain looks, from a grimace. Humanity and its fight against female sex. Misogyny – of men and women – against those who can damage the power, against those who can give life but aren’t able to give love. A crime destined to go on for centuries, in which we are all immersed and accomplices. A story we must not forget, to respect all the victims and all the heroines. A tribute to those women who have suffered violence in our blind, bully and ignorant society. From Caterina de Medici to Ipazia… Look at yourself in the mirror, you cowardly man! You woman daughter of a cold mother! And rip out this evil from your heart!

The current lineup includes composer Nik Comoglio on keyboards; Riccardo Ruggeri on vocals and acoustic guitar; Maurino Dellacqua on bass and Taurus bass; Marta Caldara on vibraphone and keyboards; Gigi Rivetti on keyboards; and Martino Malacrida on drums.

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The Tangent Release Music Video for “The Adulthood Lie”

The Tangent, the edgy progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, has a new animated music video available with an excerpt of the track “The Adulthood Lie.” The piece appears on The Tangent’s new album ‘Proxy,’ scheduled for release on November 16th, 2018.

Andy Tillison provide details: “‘The Adulthood Lie’ is a song from the new album “Proxy” by The Tangent. It comes in two flavours… one (the album version) which is a sixteen minute long Prog Rock Epic made out of anything but Prog Rock sounds… and the “single” version which is released today. The ‘single’ gives no real indication of what actually happens on the album version, but takes the form of a dancey Ibiza style pop song. These two versions work together well as a demonstration of what Progressive Rock still can be. Hear the single (with its cult game-like lyric video), and then hear the album to find out where it goes next!”

Groundbreaking Band Dead Can Dance Releases Dionysus

Dead Can Dance, an acclaimed genre-defying duo has a new album titled Dionysus. The recording is the duo’s first album in six years and consists of two acts across seven movements that represent the different sides of the Dionysus myth.

“The Mountain” is the first movement of the album’s second act, where, explains Perry, “listeners will find themselves visiting Mount Nysa. This mountain was Dionysus’ place of birth, where he was raised by the centaur Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances together with Bacchic rites and initiations.”

Formed in Melbourne in 1981 by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, Dead Can Dance released several spellbinding albums that incorporated African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chant, Middle Eastern scales and art rock.

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Glass Hammer Travels Back to Early Prog

Glass Hammer – Chronomonaut (Sound Resources/Arion Records, 2018)

Chronomonaut is part 2 of a concept album developed by American progressive rock band Glass Hammer. The story follows Tom, a progressive rock-obsessed individual who received alien voices speaking to him through his favorite albums. Volume 1, Chronometree centered on Tom’s teenage years in the late 1970s. On Chronomonaut, Tom has grown up and experiences a mid-life crisis. The voices have returned and have been inciting Tom to time-travel back to the splendor days of the early progressive scene.

Glass Hammer have nailed it. They have captured the essence of early progressive rock, where proto symphonic influences met Beatles influences; brass-fueled rock-jazz similar to Blood, Sweat and Tears and early Chicago; folk-rock, and psychedelia. Although considerably less symphonic than many of their previous recordings, the instrumental section led by current members Babb, Raulston and Schendel is formidable, with memorable guitar solos, magnificent keyboards, creative drumming and lead bass lines.

On the vocal side, the band uses various vocalists, including current member Susie Bogdanowicz as well as Discipline’s Matthew Parmenter and a local Gospel singer called Patton Locke.

The Glass Hammer lineup on this album includes Steve Babb on bass, keyboards, lead and backing vocals; Fred Schendel on keyboards, guitars and backing vocals; Susie Bogdanowicz on lead vocals; and Aaron Raulston on drums.

Guests featured: Brian Brewer on guitar, steel guitar and mandolin; Jamison Smeltz on saxophone; Matthew Parmenter on lead vocals; Chris Herin on guitar; Reese Boyd on guitar; Phil Stiles on guitars; Tommy Ogle on saxophone; Bria Poteet on trombone; Stephen Bearden on trumpet; and Randall Williams on drums.

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Steve Hackett to Release Solo Album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ in 2019

Acclaimed guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on January 25, 2019. Steve Hackett was Genesis’ guitar player during the band’s highly influential progressive rock era.

‘At The Edge Of Light’ contains ten songs, featuring various musical genres, ranging from guitar-driven rock to epic symphonic orchestration, world music and atmospheric pieces.

Steve reveals: “In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light… The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world.”

At The Edge Of Light will be available in various formats, including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album.

Steve Hackett – ‘At The Edge Of Light’

‘At The Edge Of Light’ was primarily recorded in Steve’s own studio but also around the world. The album includes international artists, such as Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame, drummers Nick D’Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer/percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish progressive rock bass player Jonas Reingold. This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O’Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend.

Hackett recently played a series of Genesis Revisited shows with Orchestra and will perform two UK dates with acoustic sets in early December before touring Europe in April/May 2019. He also announced a UK tour in November 2019 with a much anticipated ‘Selling England By The Pound & Spectral Mornings & Album Highlights’ set. Upcoming tour dates are available at: hackettsongs.com/tour

The Tangent Delivers another Masterpiece

The Tangent – Proxy (InsideOut Music, 2018)

Composer, keyboardist and vocalist Andy Tillison is the social conscience of progressive rock. He’s a musician that doesn’t have any problem exposing society’s problems. Tillison is also one of the great innovators in the current progressive rock scene. The Tangent puts out a brilliant mix of progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, funk, forward-thinking trip hop and, on the Proxy album, Spanish influences.

The band, as usual, is outstanding. Andy Tillison always surrounds himself with some of the finest musicians in the progressive rock scene, including remarkable guitarist Luke Machin, who combines an enviable skill with a multi-faceted set of guitar sounds. On the enchanting track “The Melting Andalusian Skies” he channels Al Di Meola and the great Andalusian rock guitarists.

The band on Proxy includes Andy Tillison on vocals and keyboards; Jonas Reingold on bass; Theo Travis on saxophone and flute; Luke Machin on guitars; Steve Roberts on drums; and guest Goran Edman.
Proxy is yet another masterful progressive rock work by The Tangent.

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The Material Turn, First Techno EP Made Entirely By Self Made DIY Robots

Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist has released his debut EP “The Material Turn” on his newly formed label Sonic Robots Records. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, “Robotic Electronic Music” on November 16.

The EP and LP, both co-produced with Berlinian sound wizards from Mouse On Mars, are the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots, including small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, and salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. It took Geist several years to build, tweak, test and play all his DIY robotic instruments which push the boundaries of the imaginable. With these releases Geist explores the unknown and the futuristic world of techno robotics.

When you listen to robots playing, you realize, that they sound precise, but in contrast to digital sounds they transport an immense organic feeling,” says Geist. “No beat is like the other, everything is played with actual acoustic physicality and thus actual error. At the same time, the repetitive nature of the robots make it perfect for playing electronic music. It’s industrial and organic.”

Mortiz Simon Geist will be announcing US Tour Dates including an official SXSW showcase and panel/presentation this March.

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago Boxed Set

This very special 21-CD, numbered edition titled The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles brings together the ECM recordings of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and related projects including Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory and the Transatlantic Art Ensemble, as well as groups led by Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith.

Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (1978), Full Force, (1980), Urban Bushmen (2 CD, 1980), The Third Decade (1984) Leo Smith: Divine Love (1978) Lester Bowie: The Great Pretender (1981), All The Magic (2 CD, 1982), I Only Have Eyes for You (1985), Avant Pop (1986), Tribute to Lester (2001), Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory: Nine To Get Ready (1997), Transatlantic Art Ensemble/Mitchell: Composition/Improvisation 1, 2 and 3 (2004), Transatlantic Art Ensemble/Parker: Boustrophedon (2004), Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory: Far Side (2007), Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (2 CD, 2015) Jack DeJohnette’s New Directions (w Lester Bowie) (1978), Jack DeJohnette’s New Directions: In Europe (w Lester Bowie) (1979), Jack DeJohnette: Made In Chicago (w Mitchell, Abrams, Threadgill) (2013)

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Mesmeric Space Rock from The Spacious Mind

The Spacious Mind – The Drifter (Trail Records TR-020, 2018)

Trail Records never fails to deliver the good stuff. The Drifter is a collection of tracks by the fabulous psychedelic progressive rock band The Spacious Mind, from Sweden.

The Spacious Mind recreates the enchanting atmosphere of progressive psychedelia generated by Echoes-era Pink Floyd, with a boatload of acid guitars, vintage keyboards, spellbinding effects and modern electronic sounds.

The material on The Drifter includes tracks from the late 1990s through the mid-2000s. Great stuff indeed.

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Progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, ambient electronic music and beyond