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Spock’s Beard to Release ‘Noise Floor’ in May 2018

American progressive rock band Spock’s Beard has announced the release of its 13th studio album ‘Noise Floor’ for May 25th, 2018. The lineup includes Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo
Okumoto along with the return of the band’s original member Nick D’Virgilio on drums, who left in 2011.

We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic,” says singer and guitarist Ted Leonard. “We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people’s attention early on.”

‘Noise Floor’ also features two violinists, a cellist player, a viola player and an English horn player.

The album will be available as a 2CD digipack, gatefold 2LP + 2CD and as digital download.

Celebrated Guitarist Steve Hackett Releases Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Steve Hackett – Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Progressive rock guitar maestro Steve Hackett has released a new album titled Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett’s Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour.

The tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett’s last album with Genesis and the band’s last progressive rock release. To celebrate, Steve and his band played 5 of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, …In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow.

Other fan favorites from Hackett’s Genesis days were ‘revisited’: Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos. The album also features many of Hackett’s solo fan-favorites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren.

Steve recalls the Birmingham performance… “I’m excited about imminent release of ‘Wuthering Nights’. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favorite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favorites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren… Sit back and enjoy!

The band that appears in this recording includes Roger King on keyboards; Gary O’Toole on drums and percussion; Rob Townsend on saxophones and flutes/ Nick Beggs on bass, stick & twelve string guitar; and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann.

The album is available as Special Edition 2CD + 2DVD Digipak, Blu-Ray, 2CD + Blu-Ray (North America only), and digital. All video formats include 5.1 Surround Sound and various extras.

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Jordan Rudess From Bach to Rock European Tour 2018 Announced

Acclaimed keyboard player and composer Jordan Rudess, member of the progressive metal band Dream Theatre, will be touring Europe this spring. Rudess will be presenting a solo performance titled From Bach To Rock: A Musician’s Journey.

Rudess’ solo concert will travel through his captivating musical journey, from classical music to rock. Rudess was a young Juilliard piano prodigy destined for a classical music career and he evolved into a keyboard rock star marvel. While Rudess’ work in Dream Theater is within a heavy metal context, his solo work tends to be more classical and progressive rock oriented.

Of his journey, Jordan says: “When I left the conservatory, I remember my mother weeping, handing me the letter from the college president warning me that I had made a terrible mistake. I didn’t know where to go from there, but I was certain that I needed to discover myself in an unconventional musical path. The journey has been rocky at times but, when music is your muse, practice teaches you how to master difficult passages.”

Rudess’ solo discography includes: Arrival (1988), Listen (1993), Secrets of the Muse (1997), Resonance (1999), An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess (2000), Feeding the Wheel (2001), 4NYC (2002), Christmas Sky (2002), Rhythm of Time (2004), Prime Cuts (2006), The Road Home (2007), Notes on a Dream (2009), All That Is Now (2013), Explorations (2014) and The Unforgotten Path (2015).

In addition to playing in Dream Theater, Jordan has worked with a wide range of artists including David Bowie, Jan Hammer, Enrique Iglesias, the Paul Winter Consort, Annie Haslam, LMR, his side project with Tony Levin and Marco Minneman, Liquid Tension Experiment, Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen, the Dixie Dregs, Rod Morgenstein, and Tony Williams, among others.

The first confirmed show will take place April 13, 2018 at Jahrhunderthalle Club in Frankfurt, Germany.

ECM Announces Thomas Strønen’s New Album Lucus

Thomas Strønen Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus

ECM Records has announced the release of Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus, a new album by Norwegian drummer and composer Thomas Strønen. The Lucus release date in January 19, 2018.

Lucus includes Ayumi Tanaka on piano; Håkon Aase on violin; Lucy Railton on cello; Ole Morten Vågan on double bass; and Thomas Strønen on drums and percussion.

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Kit Downes To Release Obsidian

Kit Downes – Obsidian

British organist Kit Downes is set to release a new album titled Obsidian (ECM records) on January 19, 2018. Obsidian features Kit Downes on church organs and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone.

In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches: the Snape Church of John the Baptist, Bromeswell St Edmund Church and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. Downes played the church organs in these very different acoustic spaces. Most of the album is solo organ work. He is joined on one piece, “Modern Gods” by saxophonist Tom Challenger.

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The Enid Releases Live At The Citadel

British progressive symphonic rock band The Enid has a new album titled Live At The Citadel, recorded in St. Helens, October 2017.

The live performance includes classic and recent the Enid musical pieces, including Mayday Galliard, Ondine, When the World is Full, Death, The Lovers, Cortege, Humoresque, Spring, Fand, and Chaldean Crossing.

The Enid live at the Citadel, October 2017

The lineup includes Robert John Godfrey on keyboards, Zachary Bullock on keyboards and Jason Ducker on guitars.

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Goblin Releases Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition Boxed Set

Italian progressive rock band Goblin, known for its memorable horror film soundtracks, has a new 40th Anniversary Edition boxed set of the iconic Suspiria album.

Suspiria was originally released in 1977. The new set is available in two versions, a standard edition and a limited 150 copy hand-numbered edition.

Both versions contain a faithful reproduction of the original soundtrack in LP format and MC; a 10-inch LP with rare and unreleased tracks on clear red vinyl; a CD + DVD set. The CD includes the original soundtrack with bonus tracks, while the DVD carries a documentary with interviews with Dario Argento and Goblin.

The set also features two 64-page books, in Italian and English language, with detailed analysis of the “Suspiria” movie and soundtrack, written by Fabio Capuzzo.

The limited ‘peacock version’ contains a foam interior exclusive design with a carved “Suspiria” logo; a certificate of authenticity; and an exclusive handcrafted ‘peacock feather stiletto,’ reproducing an object handled by the protagonist Suzy in the final scenes of the movie.

Buy the Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition boxed set or the regular Suspiria 40th Anniversary Edition album

Supergroup The Sea Within to Perform at Night Of The Prog 2018

New progressive rock supergroup is scheduled to perform at Night of the Prog on July 14, 2018. The Sea Within includes acclaimed guitarist Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) and Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani).
The Sea Within is currently recording its debut album.

Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

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headline photo: The Sea Within

Tiger Moth Tales to Perform at Night of the Prog Festival 2018

British progressive rock band Tiger Moth Tales is set to perform at Night of the Prog Festival on July 15th, 2018.

Tiger Moth Tales is an English progressive rock solo project from multi-instrumentalist Pete Jones. The group has Genesis, Big Big Train and Frost* influences. The debut album is titled “Cocoon.”


Tiger Moth Tales – Cocoon


Night of the Prog Festival will take place from July 13-15, 2018 on the festival grounds of the Loreley Amphitheater in St. Goarshausen, Germany.

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L’albero del veleno Releases Tale of a Dark Fate

Dark progressive rock band L’albero del veleno has a new album titled “Tale of a Dark Fate.” The Italian band is deeply inspired by horror movies from the 1960s through the 1980s and Italian bands like Goblin and various Italian horror film composers.

The current lineup includes Nadin Petricelli on keyboards; Lorenzo Picchi on guitars; Michele Andreuccetti on bass; and Marco Brenzini on flute.



L’albero del veleno’s debut album was “Le Radici Del Male.”