Big Big Train is a band that I probably should have checked out sooner, but it wasn’t until the addition of Rikard Sjoblom in 2014 that I really started paying any attention to them. It said a lot to me that the lead player in Beardfish would join as a comparatively small part in a growing octet. Their first EP with Rikard, Wassail certainly confirmed my suspicion that there was something good happening, and the new album, Folklore shows a large and robust band following on all cylinders. The opening and title track, which also happens to be the lead single is so powerful it immediately enters in the competition for song of the year. The mixture of styles and the numerous voices of the band comes across fabulously, and the mix brings the many sounds of the band out well. As I mentioned during the show, I have given the station owners and hosts of Music in Widescreen a lot of crap over the years for their cult-like promotion of this band, but I have to say this album is a must buy. You can check out the single below, visit the band at their site here, and buy the album here.
Another fantastic recent release belongs to Eric Gillette, who joined forces with Thomas Lang, Conner Green, and Diego Tejeda to release his second solo album, The Great Unknown. You can buy the album directly from Eric here.
Next up is an album that I can’t wait for you all to hear, and thankfully it won’t take us nearly a decade to hear it this time. Fates Warning are primed to follow up Darkness in a Different Light with an even better offering, Theories of Flight, on July 1st. Mason is working on a full review, but it’s safe to say it will have a hefty endorsement from the both of us. Check out the lead single below and pre-order here.
Finally, the long wait to experience The Theater Equation is nearly over, and Ayreon‘s masterpiece, brought to life on stage, will be available for (some) customers on June 24th. It seems things have been delayed in North America and we might not get this until the end of July unfortunately. You can check out a video of “Love” below, and pre-order here.
Big Big Train – Folklore
Eric Gillette – The Great Unknown
Haken – Eternal Rain
Ayreon – Love~
Fates Warning – From the Rooftops
O.S.I. – Indian Curse
Arch/Matheos – Midnight Serenade
Big Big Train – Along the Ridgeway
Moraz Album Project – The Drums Also Solo
Phideaux – Hive Mind
Redemption – Desperation, Pt. 1
Steel Prophet – When Six Was Nine
Dynazty – Keys to Paradise
Frost* – Numbers
Xen – Psycho Pilots
Lonely Robot – Lonely Robot
Vision Divine – 1st Day of a Never-Ending Day
Symphony X – Accolade II
Queensryche – Roads to Madness
Big Big Train – Salisbury Giant
Starsabout – Every Single Minute
Days Between Stations – How to Seduce a Ghost
Art of Illusion – Instinct
Dream Theater – Wait for Sleep
Dream Theater – Learning to Live
Metallica – The Call of Ktulu
Big Big Train – The Transit of Venus Across the Sun
First off, apologies for the unexpected weeks off between broadcasts. I had to cancel the show two weeks ago due to work commitments, and last week the station went dark only a few hours prior to our scheduled broadcast due to an error outside of anyone’s control.
But we’re back this week and happy to take a good hard look at the new offering from IZZ guitarist Paul Bremner, The Witness. For those already familiar with IZZ, many of the voices will sound familiar, but the music should not. Though there are many people crossing over from the main band to this solo album you can very easily hear that the primary songwriting responsibilities have shifted. And as expected the guitars take on an overall more important role on the album. If you enjoyed the tracks you heard on this program, and I certainly hope you did, you can order The Witness here. You can also check IZZ out here.
We were finally able to giveaway the new Lee Abraham CD tonight, and the lucky winner of The Seasons Turn was Oscar Quintero! Thanks to everyone that entered, and congrats Oscar!
There were a bunch of albums that saw their release while we were away, so let’s cover those now. First up is Frost*, who released their long awaited third album Falling Satellites. You can check out Mason’s review of the album here, and pick yourself up a copy here.
Next up Big Big Train released their new album Folklore, and you can hear a track below and order the album here.
Also released was The Spader EP from No More Pain. You can hear the entire album before purchasing it here.
While we’re on the subject of great music available for your ear holes, let’s talk about Starsabout, who made their program debut tonight. You can listen to, and hopefully purchase their debut album Halflight here.
Finally, there are a ton of new releases that have been announced since the last broadcast. Let’s go in chronological order and start with Epic at the Majestic, the live release that covers Heliopolis and their performance at RoSfest 2015. You can pre-order that here for a June 24th release.
Next up is a band that played the after party at this year’s RoSfest, 3rDegree, who will be releasing Hello World! Live in Europe & America on June 28th. You can pre-order directly from the band here.
Zoom ahead a few weeks to July 22nd and Dream the Electric Sheep will be releasing their 3rd album, Beneath the Dark Wide Sky. You can check out the trailer below and pre-order the album here.
Lastly, we have a pair of releases on July 29th. The first comes from Thank You Scientist, and it’s their highly anticipated 2nd album Stranger Heads Prevail. You can pre-order that here. The other comes from Aisles, and is an ambitious double album entitled Hawaii. You can grab that here. Singles from both albums can be heard below.
Paul Bremner – From Here I Can See the Horizon
3rDegree – The Gravity
IZZ – Solid Ground
District 97 – Open Your Eyes
Tiles – Shelter in Place
Pinnacle – Some Just Sleep
Starsabout – Halflight
Paul Bremner – Pilot Fish
Thank You Scientist – Blue Automatic
Big Big Train – London Plane
Dream the Electric Sheep – Elizabeth
Paul Bremner – The Witness
No More Pain – Paging Mr. Spader
Frost* – Signs
Aisles – Club Hawaii
Heliopolis – New Frontier
Paul Bremner – Lost in a Memory
Dynazty – Titanic Mass
Starsabout – Black Rain Love
Wisdom of Crowds – The Centre of Gravity
Coheed and Cambria – No World for Tomorrow
Paul Bremner – No Remorse
O.S.I. – False Start
I don’t quite remember who told me about Lee Abraham, but I remember finding out about him in 2014 around the time of his last release, Distant Days. I would certainly qualify him as one of those under the radar artists, who have quietly released several albums with many notable names involved. It was once again word of mouth from another fan that brought the new album, The Seasons Turn, to my attention. I think the three songs we played in this episode should give more than enough reason to support this largely one-man operation, but just in case, we are offering another option. All you have to do is comment on this episode and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of the new CD. However, if you don’t win, you can learn more about the band and buy the album here.
Next up is a band that nearly got lost in the pile of digital promos that hit my inbox. The band is Dynazty, and they released Titanic Mass back in April. You can learn more about the band here, and pick up the new album here.
Next, and I realize I may be beating a dead horse for some, is Haken. I honestly thought the major announcements were done with last week when I featured the album, but then they went ahead and released another video from Affinity. You can check out “Earthrise” below, and buy the album here.
Want some more cool news about Haken? Well, I have some, kinda. Conner Green and Diego Tejeida are appearing on the new solo album from Eric Gillette called The Great Unknown. You might ask yourself where you know the Gillette name, and it’s not because he’s the best a man can get. And he’s married, so I don’t think you can even “get” him that way. It’s because he’s an amazing part of the Neal Morse Band, and a fantastic multi-instrumentalist. You can pre-order the new album, and learn more about him here, and check out the teaser video here.
While we’re discussing newer artists, why don’t we talk about the New Jersey based No More Pain? They made their debut on tonight’s episode, and they have a new album coming out called The Spader EP. You can listen to a bunch of the band’s music, and grab their albums here.
Next up is a trio of European based released to look forward to. The first comes from the Jonas Reingold led outfit Karmakanic, who have announced details for their new album DOT. You can read about that album, due out July 22nd, here, and we’ll of course mention it down the line when pre-orders become available.
Keeping within that same musical family we’ve also got a new trailer for the upcoming Anderson/Stolt album, Invention of Knowledge. you can check that out below and pre-order here. It’s due out June 24th.
Finally, we have a new trailer for the forthcoming live release from Ayreon, The Theater Equation. More info on ordering the release, which is due out June 17th, will be available on May 20th.
Magic Pie – Trick of the Trade
Lee Abraham – Live For Today
Haken – Bound By Gravity
Dynazty – I Want to Live Forever
Eric Gillette – Bring You Down
Karmakanic – Bite the Grit
Dream Theater – Scarred
The Flower Kings – Rising the Imperial
Lee Abraham – the Seasons Turn
No More Pain – IV: Wake Up, Mr. Spader
Ayreon – Space Oddity^
Ambeon – Sweet Little Brother
Planet P Project – The New Frontier
Knifeworld – Deathless
Beardfish – Year of the Knife
Three Trapped Tigers – Strebek
Long Distance Calling – Trauma
Porcupine Tree – Slave Called Shiver
Firewind – Destination Forever
Stratovarius – Eternity
Lee Abraham – Say Your Name Aloud
There are some albums I discover because I do this show, and others that I’m glad I have this show for. Being able to continue to support Haken in their endeavors is a huge pleasure many years later, and having an album as good as Affinity makes it easy. If you missed it, you can check out my review of the album here, and listen to my discussion with Diego here. With those items aside, there isn’t much more I can say about the album than please buy it! You can grab yourself a copy here.
I mentioned during the show that Pain of Salvation are working hard on releasing a new version of Remedy Lane, paired with the full performance of the album last year. You can get more info straight from the band here, as well as some info on their next studio album.
Long Distance Calling have released their new album Trips, and you can grab yourself a copy of that here.
Finally, the first song from the new Frost* album, Falling Satellites, is finally here! Check out the video below and pre-order the album here.
Thank You Scientist – Feed the Horses
Haken – 1985
Frost* – Heartstrings
Lee Abraham – The Unknown
Messenger – Nocturne
Long Distance Calling – Rewind
Haken – Red Giant
Pyramaze – Forsaken Kingdom
Iron Maiden – The Clairvoyant
Black Sabbath – Fairies Wear Boots
Pain of Salvation – Rope Ends
Morglbl – Brutal Romance
Leprous – Restless
Haken – The Architect
Borealis – Black Rose
Persephone’s Dream – Android Dreams
Pendragon – Guardian of My Soul
Haken – Earthrise
Like so many prog bands of the last few decades, Messenger hails from England, and continue their infusion of folk and psychedelic into the genre on their sophomore album, Threnodies. Tonight’s show will showcase their sound, as it features four songs from that album. You can check out of the band online here, and order the new album here.
I also mentioned that the new album from Knifeworld is now out, and you can grab Bottled Out of Eden here.
Another new release comes courtesy of Lee Abraham, and you can order The Seasons Turn directly from Lee here.
Next up is exciting news from Fates Warning, who have announced a July 1st release of their new album Theories of Flight! You can read more about the album here.
Also upcoming is new material from The Jelly Jam! You can watch the new video from Profit below!
Finally, IZZ guitarist Paul Bremner has a new solo album out called The Witness. You can order that here and check out the teaser below.
Fates Warning – One Thousand Fires
Messenger – Calyx
Knifeworld – I Am Lost
Iamthemorning – Post Scriptum
Lee Abraham – Distant Days
IZZ – Words and Miracles
Avantasia – Lucifer
Messenger – Oracles of War
The Jelly Jam – Stain on the Sun
Dream Theater – A Savior in the Square
Magnitude 9 – Into the Sun
Psycho Motel – World’s on Fire
Poverty’s No Crime – All Minds in One
Messenger – Pareidolia
Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair
Silent Force – Live for the Day
Spiritual Beggars – What Doesn’t Kill You
Paatos – Hynotique
Devin Townsend – Earth Day
Messenger – Crown of Ashes
This week we head into the seldom explored Russia for our featured album, Lighthouse, from Iamthemorning. The band boasts only two members, but have managed strong support to help round out their recent albums. On this release that includes Mariusz Duda, Colin Edwin, and Gavin Harrison. The show will give a nice representation of their soft and delicate sound. If you’d like to learn more you can visit them here, and buy the album here.
We also had a pair of bands making their debut on the program tonight: Paatos you can visit here, and Poverty’s No Crime you can learn about here. The latter has a new album, Spiral of Fear, due out April 29th in Europe.
Next up, June 17th has been announced as the release date of Ayreon‘s The Theater Equation! Here is what Arjen had to say about it:
Good news! ‘The Theater Equation’ will be available June 17th as a deluxe artbook version including blu-ray, 2DVD’s & 2CD’s, as well as a special edition 2CD & DVD digipak, standalone blu-ray & digital download. We’ll keep you updated about the pre-sales!
Finally, Haken, as we’ve somewhat conservatively documented, has a new album called Affinity coming out on April 29th. Go ahead and wow yourself with their newest lyric video below, and then pre-order it here!
Frost* – No Me No You
Iamthemorning – Too Many Years
Paatos – Sensor
Poverty’s No Crime – Walk Into Nowhere
Haken – The Endless Knot
Ayreon – Isolation
Tiles – Midwinter
Electrocution 250 – Funky Lizard
Iamthemorning – Sleeping Pills
Blind Guardian – Precious Jerusalem
Thought Chamber – Sacred Treasure
Avantasia – Death is Just a Feeling
Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
Royal Hunt – Legion of the Damned
Royal Hunt – Silent Scream~
Marillions – Sounds That Can’t Be Made
Camel – Song Within a Song
Ian Anderson – Banker Bets, Banker Wins
Amorphis – Mermaid
Iamthemorning – Harmony
If it takes a long time you might as well deliver a big album. That seems to be the approach that Tiles have taken with their newest effort, Pretending 2 Run. Their previous album, Fly Paper, came out in 2008, and featured names such as Alex Lifeson and Kim Mitchell. Kim returns on this album, and is joined by Mike Portnoy, Adam Holzman, Colin Edwin, and some strings to make this a very involved album. It’s also two discs in length, offering plenty of music to makeup for the extra long wait. For a full review of the album I would direct your attention to the wonderful work of Mason found here. If you’d like to purchase the album, and you should, you can pre-order is for an April 15th release here.
Next up, on Friday, April 8th the new album from Three Trapped Tigers will be released. It’s some excellent instrumental work out of England, and is called Silent Earthlings. You can grab that here, and check out the lead video below.
Next up, out of Russia, is another band with a slew of guest appearances. Iamthemorning released Lighthouse earlier this month, and if features Mariusz Duda, Colin Edwin, and Gavin Harrison. You can buy it here, and check out a song below.
And to finish things off, take a trip to the old West with this fun little tune.
The Flower Kings – Different People
Tiles – Drops of Rain
Spock’s Beard – Go the Way You Go
Iamthemorning – Chalk & Coal
Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthlings
Arjen Lucassen and Friends – El Paso^
Circus Maximus – Chivalry
Kingcrow – Eidos
Tiles – Taken By Surprise
Heliopolis – Elegy
Jon Anderson – Big Buddha Song
Leprous – Forced Entry
Mob Rules – Dust of Vengeance
Fates Warning – Anarchy Divine
Dream Theater – Another Day
O.S.I. – Hello, Helicopter!
Marillion – Berlin
Tiles – Other Arrangements
Tiles – The Disappearing Floor
This week we head to Germany to explore a source of regular output on the metal scene there, Mob Rules. Their new album is Tales From Beyond, and will be a welcome addition to the collection of any Iron Maiden fan. You can order the new album here.
Next up is some exciting news involving Roine Stole and Jon Anderson. Here is what they had to say about Invention of Knowledge out on June 24th.
Legendary Yes vocalist & singer / songwriter, and prog veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) have joined forces for the Anderson / Stolt album ‘Invention Of Knowledge’ out 24th June 2016.
Jon Anderson had this to say: “…..Music is always the driving force in my life…working with such a wonderful musician as Roine Stolt made the creation of this album very unique,we are very excited with the release of ‘Invention of Knowledge’.“
Roine Stolt adds: “It is not aiming at being new Yes music; just new music, modern and classical, rock and ethno, tribal and orchestrated, grooving and floating. Hopefully in the true spirit of “progressive” – leaning forward, surprising and also comforting with familiar run-arounds.
We’ve been “inventing” as we go along – Jon is an endless source of new ideas. We’ve been bouncing ideas back and forth for months and as a result there are probably dozens of versions of these songs. It’s been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed.
We’ll of course have music and order details as soon as they are available.
Up next is the new single from Haken, which compliments the review of Affinity and interview with Diego posted in the last week or so. Check it out below, then pre-order the album here.
Long Distance Calling also has a single out off of the forthcoming Trips album, and you can view that, and then pre-order the album here.
Finally, Spiritual Beggars have an album called Sunrise to Sundown coming out on Friday. Pre-order it here and check out the track below.
Transatlantic – And You and I^
Mob Rules – Dykemaster’s Tale
Long Distance Calling – Lines
Spiritual Beggars – Diamond Under Pressure
Haken – Initiate
The Dear Hunter – The Lake and the River
Sieges Even – Iconic
Tetrafusion – Impetus
Sylvan – Strange Emotion
Stream of Passion – Wherever You Are
Mob Rules – A Tale From Beyond
Kansas – Nobody’s Home
Anglagard – Langtans Klocka
Haken – Shapeshifter
Circus Maximus – Highest Bitter
Strattman – A Candle in the Sun
Eumeria – Dreaming of Death
Yes – Close to the Edge
Mob Rules – Somerled
This year the show’s including tribute’s are becoming a far too regular occurrence. We’ve lost Lemmy, Bowie, Grudzinski, Martin, and now Keith Emerson. Keith was never a musician that had much direct impact on me, and yet few people could have possibly had a greater influence. I never took to ELP as much as I did bands like Rush, Yes, Genesis, or Kansas, but it’s impossible to deny the number of musicians I love that learned from his playing and innovation. The tragedy of his death shows how closely the art and the artist are connected, and that for great players, the expectations of the crowd are often second only to their own expectations of themselves.
This week, along with plenty of ELP, we also featured the latest album from Serenity, Codex Atlanticus, which was released back in January. The band has decided to continue forward without a full-time female vocalist, somewhat shifting the dynamics of the band, but this had little effect on the music. The bombastic and symphonic nature of the band is still very much present, and any current fans will likely make this transition rather easily. If you haven’t gotten this album yet, firstly, what’s wrong with you? Secondly, get it here!
I mentioned that I have a review of the new Haken album, Affinity, and if you haven’t read/listened to it, you should absolutely do so! It can be found here.
Finally, we’ve got a pair of nice releases coming out this Friday, March 18th. The first is Tales From Beyond from the German band Mob Rules. You can check out the first single below and buy the album here.
Next up is the new live album from Royal Hunt called Cargo. Check out a song from that below and grab the album here.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
Serenity – Follow Me
Royal Hunt – Half Past Loneliness~
Mob Rules – On the Edge
Redemption – The Center of the Fire
Section A – Bleeding Chains
Serenity – Iniquity
Planet P Project – Join the Parade
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9
Haken – Celestial Elixir
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
Unified Past – Smile (In the Face of Adversity)
Headspace – Borders and Days
Dream Theater – Hymn of a Thousand Voices
Serenity – Reason
Serenity – My Final Chapter
Threshold – Turn On, Tune In
Iron Maiden – To Tame a Land
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For the Common Man
Pineapple Thief – The One You Left to Die
Fish – Sunsets on Empire
Yes – Shoot High, Aim Low
Serenity – Caught in a Myth
Rush – Bravado
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Doing this show can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, there are albums like All That You Fear Are Gone from Headspace, which I was able to review several weeks before release. That’s a definite perk. There is also a lot of things I get that, well, you’re probably better off never having to hear. But, focussing on the positive aspect, when I’m able to share my thoughts and opinions in advance of an album’s release it’s always in the back of my mind that people might think I’m crazy, and that come release day they may completely disagree with any ideas I’ve put in their head. I hope that’s not the case here, and that you’ve enjoyed the new album from Headspace as much as I did, and that if you haven’t bought it yet, that tonight’s feature will give you sufficient reason to. And you can do that right here.
Other than that there wasn’t a whole lot to report this week, but I plan on catching up and having a lot more news and new dates for next week’s show. There will also be the usual mixer coming up in the next two weeks. If you have any topics or albums to be discussed please leave a comment here or on Facebook and let us know!
And I apologize for the hiccup during the Karmakanic track, the fault of a bad mouse hand!
Evergrey – The Great Deceiver
Headspace – Road to Supremacy
Redemption – Hope Dies Last
Porcupine Tree – Dark Matter
Steven Wilson – My Book of Regrets
Heliopolis – New Frontier
Marillion – Fugazi
Headspace – Kill You With Kindness
Flaming Row – Aim L45
Kamelot – Karma
Sonata Arctica – Replica
Devin Townsend Project – Grace
Beardfish – Roulette
The Flower Kings – The Resurrected Judas
Section A – How Long
Headspace – Semaphore
Arch/Matheos – Midnight Serenade
Metallica – The Thing That Should Not Be
Kingcrow – Timeshift Box
Asia – One Step Closer
Karmakanic – Two Blocks From the Edge
Headspace – Secular Souls