Ep. #314 featuring Spock’s Beard

Spock's BeardThis week our featured album comes from one of the best known names in prog-rock, the legendary Spock’s Beard! The Oblivion Particle is the second album to feature vocalist Ted Leonard, and proves that this band refuses to take their foot off the pedal.  The band is set to hit the road in Europe later this month with Synaesthesia, and will take part in Cruise to the Edge come November.

In other news, Anathema have a new acoustic live album coming out on October 30th entitled A Sort of Homecoming, and you can read about that here. Next, The Dear Hunter have released yet another song from their forthcoming album Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, and you can check out The Squeaky Wheel here.

Rainbow – Gates of Babylon
Spock’s Beard – Hell’s Not Enough
3rDegree – Circuit Court
Echolyn – Sound of Bees
Tesla – Edison’s Medicine
Styx – Sing For the Day
Def Leppard – Gods of War
Enchant – My Enemy
Yes – Tempus Fugit
Spock’s Beard – A Better Way to Fly
Royal Hunt – Riches to Rags
Heliopolis – Take a Moment
Anthema – Ariel
Dream the Electric Sleep – Coal Dust and Shadows
Bruce Dickinson – Navigate the Seas of the Sun
Fish – Goldfish & Clowns
Joe Satriani – All of My Life
Spock’s Beard – The Center Line
Tiles – Ballad of the Sacred Cows
Phideaux – Abducted
Lonely Robot – Human Being
Kansas – Mysteries and Mayhem
Jethro Tull – Mother Goose
GPS – Written on the Wind
Serenity – Coldness Kills
Spock’s Beard – To Be Free Again
Queensryche – Eyes of a Stranger

Ep. #313 featuring Royal Hunt

Royal HuntHello again to all you wonderful proggers and metal heads out there in podcast land. This week we are featuring an album from a band that was, despite their relative obscurity, one of the very first prog-metal bands I ever listened to. Royal Hunt‘s Paradox has been a cornerstone album in the genre to me for over a decade now, and the band has now released Devil’s Dozen, the second album following the return of vocalist. D.C. Cooper. The album is out just in time for Royal Hunt‘s appearance at the prestigious ProgPower USA in September. You can buy the album here.

The Winery Dogs have a new album coming out on October 2nd called Hot Streak, and you can check out the first single from that album here.

Finnish mystery men Ghost have recently released Meliora, and you can check out a video for Cirice below.

The Winery Dogs – Oblivion
Royal Hunt – May You Never (Walk Alone)
Ghost – Cirice
Borealis – Revelation
Swedish Sensations
-Evergrey – The Masterplan
-Beardfish – Turn to Gravel
-The Flower Kings – Desolation Road
-Opeth – Death Whispered a Lullaby
Amorphis – Mermaid
Royal Hunt – Heart on a Plate
Real American Heroes
-Symphony X – Legend
-Echolyn – Once I Get Mine
-GI Joe Satriani – Cataclysmic
-Spock’s Beard – Get Out While You Can
-Fates Warning – Life in Still Water
-Queensryche – No Sanctuary
-Dream Theater – Under a Glass Moon
Flying Colors – Mask Machine
Exovex – The Last Orbit
Royal Hunt – A Tear in the Rain
Kamelot: Elizabeth
-Mirror Mirror
-Requiem For the Innocent
-Fall From Grace
Evergrey – Black Undertow*
Synaesthesia – Noumenon
Vision Divine – Land of Fear
UFO – Natural Thing
It Bites – The Tall Ships
Royal Hunt – Until the Day
Anathema – Untouchable

Ep. #312 featuring Von Hertzen Brothers

Von Hertzen BrothersI was admittedly a little late to the party on New Day Rising, the latest album from the Von Hertzen Brothers. I had received the album by chance several weeks after its initial released, and gave it a fair amount of play in the weeks that followed. That said, as I regularly look back at what music 2015 has brought us, I keep coming back to this particular album. And so although it might not be timely, that’s why I have chosen to have it as the featured album this week. This album, along with two previous efforts made it to #1 in Finland, the band’s home country.

The big news in metal this week was the release of the new single from Iron Maiden, Speed of Light. The song comes from the forthcoming album The Book of Souls and can be viewed below.

The Dear Hunter also released a new song this week which can be heard here.

That’s it for now, enjoy the show and thanks for downloading!

Stratovarius – Speed of Light
Iron Maiden – Speed of Light
Von Hertzen Brothers – You Don’t Know My Name
Symphony X – Swansong
Canadian Block 1
-Borealis – Purgatory
-Pyramid Theorem – Another Day Slips By
-Devin Townsend Project – Save Our Now
Von Hertzen Brothers – Love Burns
Joe Satriani – Crazy Joey
Echolyn – Empryean Views
The Dear Hunter – Wait
Spock’s Beard – Minion
Von Hertzen Brothers – Black Rain
Derek Sherinian – Axis of Evil
The R Block
-Roswell Six – I Am the Point
-Royal Hunt – Tearing Down the World
-Redemption – Man of Glass
-RPWL – The Shadow
3RDegree – This is the Future
Armonite – Satellites
Pendragon – The Shadow
Tetrafusion – Monologue
Haken – Portals
Von Hertzen Brothers – Sunday Child
Canadian Block 2
-Mystery – As I Am
-Saga – The One
-Triumph – Fight the Good Fight
Sonata Arctica – Don’t Say a Word
Shadow Gallery – Destination Unknown
Von Hertzen Brothers – The Destitute
Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name

Ep. #311 featuring Borealis

BorealisFirst off, an apology to anyone who may have been trying to listen live to the show this week. Unfortunately the station was having some technical difficulties, and so there was no live broadcast. Despite these troubles the show went on, and now we have this podcast to show for it!

Our featured album this week came from Canadian band Borealis. They have a new album out called Purgatory, which they will be promoting across North America as they support Evergrey on their forthcoming tour. Voyager and Oceans of Slumber are also along for the tour, and MindMaze is an extra addition just for the Baltimore show.

Speaking of MindMaze, they will be embarking on their first major support tour, opening up 7 shows for Saxon and Armored Saint. They have started a kickstarter to help cover expenses for the tour, and you can help them out here. You can find full Saxon tour dates here. MindMaze are supporting from September 12-20.

In other tour news, Coheed and Cambria are going to be hitting the road with Thank You Scientist! 5 dates have already been announced and you can see them here, and you can pick up a copy of Coheed and Cambria‘s new album, The Color Before the Sun while you’re at it!

On the new music front, 3RDegree has a new album coming out called Ones and Zeros: Vol. 1, and you can get more info about the band and order that album directly from them here. Finally, Spock’s Beard has a pair of lyrics videos out from their forthcoming album The Oblivion Particle which you can check out below.

Dream Theater – In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1
Borealis – From the Ashes
Symphony X – Hell and Back
Echolyn – Warjazz
Telergy – Philosopher
MindMaze – Mask of Lies
Borealis – Destiny
Evergrey – The Encounter
3RDegree – The Gravity
Joe Satriani – In My Pocket
Spock’s Beard – Bennett Built a Time Machine
Thank You Scientist – Blood on the Radio
Coheed and Cambria – Gravity’s Union
Borealis – Darkest Sin
Borealis – Place of Darkness
Kinetic Element – Her
MindMaze – Through the Open Door
Armored Saint – Loose Cannon
Saxon – Lionheart
District 97 – A Lottery
Armonite – Sandstorm
Borealis – Welcome to Eternity
Dream Theater – In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 2

Interview: Mike LePond of Symphony X and Silent Assassins

LepondFor over 15 years Mike LePond has handled the bass duties in one of progressive metal’s flagship  bands, Symphony X. He first appeared on their 5th album, and has now been a part of their sound for over 15 years. His duties sandwich him between rhythm section partner Jason Rullo, and guitar shredding extraordinaire Michael Romeo.  The band recently released their 9th album, Underworld, and is gearing up for years of touring, starting with a North American jaunt with thrash legends Overkill.

Mike is also fresh off the heels of releasing Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins, which saw him return to his roots, delivering a pure metal performance that any headbanger will appreciate. He is currently working on recording a second album with the band, and hopes to get them into the live setting soon. Finally, Mike is also part of the international collaboration Affector, who released their debut album Harmageddon in 2012.

Symphony X Website
Buy Underworld
Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins on Facebook
Buy Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins

Ep. #310 featuring Symphony X & Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins

Symphony XBack to the grind after two weeks off, and there is a lot to catch up on! Let’s start as usual with our featured albums this week. Both feature bass player Mike LePond, and the show contains some clips from an interview with the man himself. The first album is a new offering from Symphony X, Underworld (buy). The second is the self titled debut from Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins (buy).The full interview with Mike will be available Saturday, August 8.

Queensryche have released the tracklist and cover of their forthcoming album, Condition Human, and you can read about that here.

MindMaze have released their new EP, Dreamwalker, and you can grab a copy here.

There is news on the Redemption front, and you can read about their upcoming plans here.

Echolyn have released I Heard You Listening, and you can pick yourself up a copy here.

Finally, Joe Satriani also has a new album out entitled Shockwave Supernova, and you can grab that here.

Several bands made their debut on the program tonight, first up is Telergy with their new album Hypatia. Next on the docket is Armonite, who have made their album The Sun is New Each Day available to anyone who signs up for their email list here. Finally there was Borealis, a band I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot from next week. They’ve just released a new album called Purgatory.

Rush – Clockwork Angels
MindMaze – Slave to the Cycle
Symphony X – Charon
Redeption – Noonday Devil
Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – Red Death
Queensryche – Arrow of Time
Borealis – Past the Veil
Echolyn – Messenger of Alls Right
Moraz Alban Project – Canyon Afternoon
Telergy – Astronomer
Psycho Motel – Sins of Your Father
Armonite – Connect Four
Symphony X – Underworld
District 97 – Handlebars
Joe Satriani – Lost in a Memory
The Gentle Storm – Heart of Amsterdam (Gentle)
Symphony X – Kiss of Fire
Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – The Quest
MindMaze – Dreamwalker (Duet Version)
Kinetic Element – Into the Lair
Rush – Jacob’s Ladder
Next to None – You Are Not Me
O.S.I. – Kicking
Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – Silent Assassins
Symphony X – In My Darkest Hour
Symphony X – Evolution (The Grand Design)~
IQ – The Seventh House

Interview: Ted Leonard of Spock’s Beard & Enchant

Ted LeonardAfter a few years of relative hibernation, Ted Leonard was coming alive when I spoke with him in August of 2013. He had, or was in the process of recording material with 4 different bands. At that time were still studio projects, with only Spock’s Beard having any live commitments. In the time since however, the busy studio man has become a live staple in my concert diet. From a personal perspective, after not having seen Ted live since becoming a fan around 2005, up until 2014, I have seen him perform 9 times since.

For starters, Ted stepped in for Daniel Gildenlow when health issues forced him to sit out the last Transatlantic tour. Then Spock’s Beard made a few appearances on the East coast, and finally Enchant embarked on their first tour in a decade. Ted’s future with Transatlantic is uncertain, but Spock’s Beard is on the verge of a new album, and Enchant has vowed to continue their comeback from a long hiatus, with their next step being some European shows come October.

For a long time I would have considered Ted one of those overlooked gems in the progressive world, but thankfully his recent high profile gigs have allowed him to gain some of the recognition he deserves.

Spock’s Beard Website
Enchant Website

Interview: Ross Jennings of Haken

Ross JenningsIn August of 2013 I found myself able to speak to the singer of what I have long called the prog band of my generation, Haken. When I did that interview, I spoke in the notes about how far the band had come since I had spoken to guitarist/keyboardist Richard Henshall in 2011, and I’m happy to say as I release this podcast in 2015, the band’s success has only continued in a big upward trajectory.

The Mountain, released shortly after my interview with Ross, was hailed as a huge success for the band. They saw themselves playing, and often headlining more and more prestigious festivals, including Progressive Nation at Sea. They then released an EP of reworked demo material, Restoration, in 2014. The following ResTOURation saw the band continue their success in Europe, as well as a headlining slot at the 2015 RoSfest, and their first ever American tour.

The band currently finds themselves writing and recording for their fourth full length release between tour obligations, including an upcoming slot with Between the Buried and Me.

Haken Website

Ep. #309 featuring Beardfish
Beardfish - +4626-ComfortZone

Beardfish – +4626-ComfortZone

This week we travel back to the beginning of the year and take a look at an album that has remained a strong contender for album of the year, +4626-ComfortZone from Swedish proggers Beardfish. The band, known for a steady lineup, little downtime between releases, and an eclectic style was firing on all cylinders for this release. Although perhaps sporting a bit more prog and less heavy than it’s predecessor, The Void, this album has solid enough ties that anyone who enjoyed one is very likely to enjoy the other.

Although I’ve already covered the news of their respective forthcoming albums, it’s worth noting that Riverside, Symphony X, and Royal Hunt all have new videos out which can be viewed below.

I mentioned that Neal Morse is set to release a lot of footage from 2014’s Morsefest festival, and starting July 21st you will be able to pre-order that set here.

In the realm of further out news, I mentioned that Dream Theater will see Metropolis Pt. 1 included in the forthcoming game Rock Band 4, that David Gilmour has plans to tour America in 2016, and that Avantasia is going to return with a new album titled Ghostlights in 2016. The band also plans to tour in support of the album. You can get the available news so far on the album and tour here.

Next up is a trio of new bands for the show. First up is Passes By, from a new Finnish project Grus Paridae, who you can check out here. Next up is the new project from Patrick Moraz (Yes, The Moody Blues) and Greg Alban. The album is entitled MAP, and you can get some more info about that here. Finally, there is American band Kinetic Element, who have just released their second album, Travelog. you can get info on that album and band here.

Finally, a reminder that there will be no show or (music) podcast the next two weeks. I have interviews with Ross Jennings (Haken) and Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant) set to go out in their place. See everyone on August 5th!

Beardfish – Hold On
Riverside – Discard Your Fear
Moraz Alban Project – Jungle Aliens
Steven Wilson – Index
Grus Paridae – Passes By
Royal Hunt – So Right So Wrong
Symphony X – Without You
MindMaze – Mask of Lies*
Beardfish – Comfort Zone
The Dear Hunter – Waves
Kinetic Element – Travelog
Pink Floyd – Fearless
Xen – Find a Way
District 97 – Takeover
Neal Morse – The Creation
Beardfish – Daughter
Guilt Machine – Over
Awaken – As the Dark So the Light
Dream Theater – These Walls
Next to None – Blood on My Hands
Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony
Beardfish – If We Must Be Apart (A Love Story Continued)

Ep. #308 featuring MindMaze

MindMazeThis week we take a look at the second album from the Pennsylvania based band, MindMaze. Back From the Edge featured a strong follow-up effort from the band, as well as an impressive list of guest musicians helping out, including Mike LePond of Symphony X. The band is currently getting set to release an EP featuring and named after one of the tracks from Back From the Edge, Dreamwalker. The EP includes an alternate vocal version, a new original track, and a handful of covers. It is only available via pre-order, and you can reserve your copy by scrolling down to the bottom of the band’s online store here.

In other news for the band, drummer Kalin Scheizerhof has left, and several drummers will be filling in during the already planned live shows for the band. As of this time there has been no announcement of a permanent drummer for the future.

Next up, Coheed and Cambria have announced that they will be releasing a new album on October 9th. The Color Before the Sun will be the first album from the band not to be involved with The Amory Wars story, and in fact is not even a concept album. You can check out some more info at the band’s site here, and check out the new video below.

Echolyn is another band with a new album available for pre-order, and if you’re interested in getting your hands on I Heard You Listening, you can do so here.

In this episode we included new music from District 97, and you can get info on them, and their new album In Vaults, here. Also in the new music department is Next to None, who recently released their debut album, A Light in the Dark. You can check out the band here.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who helped the When Prog and Power Unite podcast get over 5,000 downloads! A little over four months ago when the site was redesigned and the podcast was put into place I could have never expected such a great response to the new media. I hope all you wonderful downloaders enjoy this and future episodes!

Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 1~
MindMaze – Back From the Edge
Coheed and Cambria – You Got Spirit, Kid
Leprous – Lower
District 97 – Snow Country
Nexto to None – Control
MindMaze – Dreamwalker
Vanden Plas – You Fly~
Echolyn – Georgia Pine
Kansas – Icarus: Borne on Wings of Steel
Hasse Froberg – Song For July
Seventh Wonder – Welcome to Mercy Falls
Kingcrow – Eidos
Queensryche – Screaming in Digital
Powerworld – Tame Your Demons
MindMaze – The Machine Stops
Beardfish – Ode to the Rock’N’Roller
Marillion – Forgotten Sons
Dominici – Enemies of God
Ayreon – The Decision Tree (We’re Alive)
Genesis – The Return of the Giant Hogweed
Izz – You’ve Got a Time
Blackfield – My Gift of Silence~
The Flower Kings – I Am the Sun, Pt. 1
MindMaze – End of Eternity

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