This week we are headed to the great central hub of the United States for our featured album from Chicagoland area band Sonus Umbra. This year they had a successful crowd funding campaign to get Beyond the Panopticon off the ground, and now have planned a few live shows alongside Might Could in 2016.
01/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
01/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Wire
01/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Orion Sound Studios
01/17 – Dunellen, NJ @ Roxy & Duke’s
I mentioned early on in the episode that Gary Wehrkamp of Shadow Gallery, and his family, have been displaced by a fire that destroyed their home, and Gary’s music studio. This horrendous setback to his life and music will take a long time to recover from, and the community around him are organizing to help. I’m hoping that music fans everywhere might be able to chip in as well. There is a benefit event being held in Stroudsburg, PA, that you can find info for here. In addition, a charity for which the Wehrkamp family has supported for many years has set up a link for direct financial contributions, and that can be found here. Thank you in advance for any help you give these wonderful people!
Also on the show tonight we had some news on a new IQ live album, Live on the Road of Bones. You can buy that directly from the band here.
We also caught up on something that slipped through the cracks earlier in the year, Beyond the Red Mirror from Blind Guardian. You can pick up that disc here.
Flying Colors – Open Up Your Eyes~
Sonus Umbra – Grotesquerie
Chris Squire – Silently Falling
Shadow Gallery – With Honor
Shadow Gallery – Venom
Martin Barre – Thick as a Brick^
Mystery – If You See Her
Blind Guardian – The Ninth Wave
Sonus Umbra – Blood and Diamonds
IQ – Ocean
Messenger – The Perpetual Glow of a Setting Sun
Vanden Plas – Diabolical Comedia
Bruce Dickinson – King in Crimson~
Iris Divine – Apathy Rains
Sonus Umbra – Paramnesia
Waken Eyes – Exodus
Gazpacho – Choir of Ancestors
Scale the Summit – Blue Sun
Strattman – The Scene of the Crime
Queensryche – Warning
Metallica – Leper Messiah
Sonus Umbra – Love Undone