Renowned guitarist and composer Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis) is set to release his latest album ‘The Night Siren’ on March 24th , 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). In the meantime, Hackett has released a brand new video for the album’s opening track ‘Behind The Smoke.’
“I’m thrilled with this video for the track ‘Behind the Smoke’ from my new album The Night Siren,” says Steve Hackett. “Director Ivan and the I-Code team have created an extraordinary film here resembling an epic movie! It perfectly matches the song, which laments the predicament of refugees throughout the ages. More compassion is needed in this world for those escaping persecution and death.”
‘The Night Siren’ is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of conflicts and disagreement.
The album lineup includes Steve Hackett on guitar & vocals; Roger King on keyboards & programming; Nad Sylvan on vocals on Inca Terra; Rob Townsend on all things wind; Amanda Lehmann on vocals; Gary O’Toole on drums; and Benedict Fenner on additional keyboards & programming).
Also featured are vocalists Kobi Farhi and Mira on Israeli and Palestinian; Nick D’Virgilio on drums, from the USA; Malik Mansurov on tar, from Azerbaijan; and Gulli Breim on drums and percussion, from Iceland.
Additional musicians who add to the rich flavor of the album are Christine Townsend on violin and viola; Dick Driver on double bass; Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes; and Leslie Bennett on keyboards on The Gift.
Swedish progressive rock band Carptree will be releasing a new album titled “Emerger” on April 7th, 2017. In anticipation of this new recording, Carptree will reveal a new video titled “Fleeting Deep” in February.
Carptree is a progressive symphonic rock duo that includes producer and composer Carl Westholm on keyboards and composer and lyricist Nicklas Flinck on vocals. Even though Carptree is a duo, they are usually accompanied by the No Future Orchestra (NFO). The NFO includes musicians from other Swedish acts.
Carptree started working on the album in 2014. Jesper Skarin plays drums and percussion. Aside from the mellotrons that are generated from a sampler software, all instruments and amplifiers on this album are analog as well as the mix and mastering.
The CD will feature 8 songs, including a remixed version of “Dwindle Into Greatness” as a bonus track. The vinyl version will include the other 7 tracks and will be released about one month after the CD on the FOSFOR Creation label.
Acclaimed progressive rock musician Tim Bowness has released a music video with ‘You Wanted to Be Seen,’ the first track from his upcoming album, titled ‘Lost In The Ghost Light‘.
“You Wanted to Be Seen is about someone at their most weary and emotionally withdrawn,” says Tim Bowness. “It’s very much a self-reflective ‘dark night of the soul’ lyric.
Musically, it’s something of an extreme split between the reflective melancholy of the verses and the apocalyptic anger of the latter part of the song, which features some intense dueling guitar and violin parts from Bruce Soord and No-Man’s Steve Bingham.”
Echo Us, the genre defying project by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Matthews, has released its fourth animated music video “It’s Time for Winter”. The video is released coinciding with the winter solstice.
The single is the first Echo Us work to see release after the three-album “Trilogy Memoriam” concluded in 2014. As the project’s founder, Ethan Matthews is also celebrating his 15th year of creating and releasing music as Echo Us.
It’s Time for Winter welcomes the season with its light to dark metaphorical stanzas wrapped in quick-paced percussive bravado and guitar atmospheres. Echo Us as a musical project was conceived of during a two week commitment of its founder in a mental hospital 2001, and although the music has grown much brighter since that time there is also a tinge of unquiet in the new single.
“Echo Us music has grown more and more ‘content’ lyrically over the years, but certainly not less musically daring. That said, there are always two or three meanings wrapped into any piece of song material, and that is only coming from my perspective- the listener can make their own story,” says Matthews.
Echo Us will soon announce release plans for its 5th full-length album in 2017. The album is an effective ‘epilogue’ to the “Trilogy Memoriam” in that it features tracks that didn’t fit within that larger work mixed with some written after the trilogy’s close. “Although the album can be called an epilogue, it is absolutely its own work” says Matthews. “It’s Time For Winter and the other tracks fit together seamlessly like the trilogy releases, but I did not know where they fit into the bigger picture at the time of their composition; it was like plucking out things from the whole that didn’t quite fit before, but they fit together perfectly as this new album”.
It’s Time For Winter comes from the Tomorrow Will Tell The Story sessions. Echo Us will announce entire details on the new album and further video material in 2017.
Australian progressive rock pioneer Mario Millo, founder of the iconic Sebastian Hardie band, has released a video with highlights from his recent concert at the 2016 Sydney Blues & Roots Festival. Mario Millo played music from Four Moments, the debut studio album by progressive symphonic rock band Sebastian Hardie. The album came out in August 1975 on Polydor Records.
Progressive rock band Frost* has released a music video featuring the track ‘Signs.’ The video was shot during the band’s June & July tour. ‘Signs.’ Appears on Frost*’s superb new album ‘Falling Satellites.’
Frost* will take part in Cruise To The Edge 2017 between February 7 and 11, and has also announced further tour dates in the UK and Europe.
The Frost* lineup includes Jem Godfrey on vocals, keyboards, railboard, guitar; Craig Blundell on drums; John Mitchell on guitars, vocals; and Nathan King on bass.
Upcoming European concerts:
4th March 2017 – Prog Dreams, Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
6th April 2017 – The Brook, Southampton, UK
8th April 2017 – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
9th April 2017 – The Citadel, St Helens, UK
1st-3rd September 2017 – 2Days Prog + 1 Festival, Veruno, Italy
Nosound has a new video titled “In Celebration of Life.” The song appears on Nosound’s new studio recording, Scintilla and features Anathema’s Vincent Cavanagh.
“”In Celebration of Life” was probably among the first tracks written for Scintilla, it was inspired by an artist and well known member of the fellow prog community, Alec Wildey,” says Nosound’s Giancarlo Erra. “Those who knew Alec know what happened and I’m not going to delve into details, but it really was a tragedy that shook everyone.”
Anderson/Stolt, the collaboration between Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (Kaipa, (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have released a new music video titled ‘Know’. The song appears in the duo’s acclaimed first album, ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music). The video was created by Jon’s daughter, photographer Deborah Anderson.
Jon Anderson recently picked up the Prog God award, presented to him by Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin of ARW at the Progressive Music Awards 2016 in London.
Progressive rock stars Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) have released a new music video. The clip features the song “Knowing” extracted from the album ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music, 2016).
Celebrated Swedish progressive rock band Karmakanic has announced the release of its 5th album titled ‘Dot.’ The album is scheduled for release on July 22nd, 2016.
Karmakanic was formed in 2002. The band returned in 2011 with the acclaimed recording ‘In a Perfect World.’
The current line-up includes Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen), Morgan Ågren (Casualties Of Cool, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Lalle Larsson (Agents Of Mercy), Nils Erikson, Krister Jonsson, Andy Bartosh and Ray Aichinger