Sorry for the wait! Going forward I’m going to try (I know, said it before!) to do this on something of a more regular basis, hopefully monthly, which exact days and times announced closer to the actual show times. In any case thank you everyone who joined us for the first live radio show in nearly a year and all those who download the podcast. After such time off some technical problems were pretty much inevitable, and so I apologize for the microphone levels and my voice sounding a bit wonky and distorted at times as a result.
It would be near impossible to recount all the new releases talked about during the show, so let’s start by saying in the past year I’ve been to RoSfest, Night of the Prog, and ProgPower and will be attending my first Progstock next month and recommend checking all of those out. In addition there are some releases that are very recent or coming up we talked about so let’s review those.
Things start of course with our featured album The Courage to Be, the debut release from Lux Terminus. The album is mostly instrumental and mostly without guitars, relying very heavily on the keyboard work of Vikram Shankar, who as it turned out was also on the recent Redemption album Long Night’s Journey Into Day. It is my favorite instrumental album of the past few years and one I truly hope everyone checks out! You can buy it directly from the band here or check out the video below.
Hope to see everyone in a few weeks!
Redemption – Indulge in Color
Kingcrow – Drenched
Lux Terminus – Electrocommunion
Haken – The Good Doctor
Fates Warning – Seven Stars
Devin Townsend Project – Bad Devil
The Neal Morse Band – Makes No Sense
Riverside – Vale of Tears
Flor de Loto – Locamotive
Phideaux – We Only Have Eyes For You
Ayreon – And the Druids Turned to Stone
Lux Terminus – Effusion
Between the Buried and Me – The Proverbial Bellow
Orphaned Land – Like Orpheus
Amorphis – Amongst Stars
Frequency Drift – Electricity
Lux Terminus – Miles Away
Rausch – Irked
Toehider – How Do Ghosts Work?
The Sea Within – An Eye For an Eye For an Eye
Cell15 – Street Lights
The Fierce and the Dead – 1991
3rDegree – Connecting
Lines in the Sky – A Great Deal
Lux Terminus – The Road Home
For those who may not know, Cruise to the Edge is one of several music festivals that has taken to the seas in recent years. Having now been on two of these Yes branded cruises, as well as Progressive Nation at Sea, I will continue to say that these water based festivals are the single best festival experiences you can have, along with also most likely being the most expensive. Through this episode we have music from many of the bands that performed, as well as commentary on the cruise and the individual shows. Information on the next Cruise to the Edge has already come out on Facebook, and it will expand to 5 days at sea through early February 2018. Keep an eye on their site here for more information in the future.
Finally, while I usually use album art or promotional photos with the episode, tonight I’m taking one from the cruise experience. Even though it’s not credited on the photo, I happen to know this one was taken by the awesome Joel Barrios of Norrsken photography. Chances are you’ve seen some of Joel‘s music related work at some point, and he did a fantastic job shooting on the cruise, so if you fancy please give his Facebook page a like here.
Dream Theater – The Glass Prison
John Wesley – Once a Warrior
John Lodge – 10,000 Light Years Ago
Flying Colors – Kayla
Transatlantic – We All Need Some Light
Haken – Celestial Elixir
Pain of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day
District 97 – Death By a Thousand Cuts
The Neal Morse Band – Sloth
Bad Dreams – Closer
Spock’s Beard – On a Perfect Day
Yes – Into the Lens
Frost* – Numbers
Stick Men – Plutonium
Genesis – Firth of Fifth
Liquid Tension Experiment – Acid Rain
Dream Theater – The Shattered Fortress