As I had suspected shows have been few and far between, but that comes with a hidden benefit of lots of exciting goodness being packed into each episode. For one, tonight’s show featured the fantastic second album from Edge of Reality, Vicious Circle. This is a release for everyone who wants all the normal guitar driven prog goodness they can handle with the extra flavors of humor and eccentricity for good measure. You can check out more of the album and buy it from bandcamp here.
Then of course there is one of the reasons there have been so few shows recently. I spent the better part of one week following Haken and Thank You Scientist through Canada and the United States, and then the better part of another week experiencing my first ProgPower USA. I talk about my trip and the festival in brief during the podcast while playing music from many of the associated bands. Check out news on next year’s festival here or simply watch the roster video for days 3 and 4 below.
And no show would be complete without lots of new music. Let’s start with a pair of more recent releases, The Storm Within from Evergrey and The Dear Hunter‘s new album Act V: Hymns With the Devil in Confessional. Scratching itches in two separate areas of the music community both albums have been very well received thus far. You can buy the Evergrey here and The Dear Hunter here.
Now we’ll move onto a pair of upcoming releases. First up is The Prelude Implicit, a new album from Kansas following the departure of Steve Walsh. You can check out the new video below and preorder the album here.
Next is a double album from The Neal Morse Band due out November 11th called The Similitude of a Dream. Mike Portnoy has gone all-in declaring this one of the absolute greatest albums in his career, and we can only hope it lives up to the hype. You can watch the first single below and preorder here.
Swinging now to the dark side of things Ghost have released a new album called Popestar, and the lead single can be seen below. You can order the full album here.
Finally, Dream Theater have released a new version of their track “Our New World” featuring vocalist Lzzy Hale. Check it out!
Dream Theater – The Glass Prison
Edge of Reality – Cupcake
Evergrey – Someday
Ghost – Square Hammer
Lord – Redemption
Stream of Passion – Haunted
Spock’s Beard – Tides of Time
Thank You Scientist – The Amateur Arsonist’s Handbook
Haken – The Endless Knot
Dream Theater – Our New World feat. Lzzy Hale
Pyramaze – Disciples of the Sun
Circus Maximus – Abyss
Blind Guardian – And the Story Ends
The Neal Morse Band – Long Day/Overture
Kansas – Visability Zero
Edge of Reality – Moldy Banana Bread
Vanishing Point – Tyranny of Distance
The Gentle Storm – Shores of India (Storm)
Fates Warning – Valley of the Dolls
Serious Black – Mirror World
Green Carnation – Light of Day, Day of Darkness (Edit)
Devin Townsend – By Your Command
Edge of Reality – Into the Shadows
The Dear Hunter – Cascade
Whenever notable musicians come together, from simple duos to larger supergroups, I’m inevitably struck by two questions: Will the style of this music be a merging of sounds I’m already accustomed to? And will the quality be worth it to pull these guys away from their normal musical endeavors? In the case of The Invention of Knowledge from Anderson/Stolt the answer to both questions is yes. For better or worse there is no Asia here, no bold new direction carved out when the pieces added up to the sum. If you asked someone to imagine Roine Stolt‘s guitar playing on a classic Jon Anderson era Yes album, they’d probably come close to what was done here, and would likely be just as pleased as well. To say something is as you’d imagine is probably a bit boring, but also makes it a safe bet for your enjoyment, so go ahead and grab the album here.
While that album may have been expected, the next bit of news certainly was not. It seems that the Swedish sensation known as Beardfish have decided to call it a day. They were truly one of the first bands of their Scandinavian eclectic prog style that I followed, even before the much more well known The Flower Kings, and their regular output has been a constant source of enjoyment over the years. Seeing them live was always a blast, and I think the joy and purity they brought to the stage will be sorely missed by the prog community. Check out the full release below.
After a longer hiatus and some disagreements and various difficulties within the band we have decided to call it quits. This was not an easy choice to make. Beardfish has always been our main musical outlet – a proper garage band – the kind that meet up in the rehearsal studio and try out new material together for long, massive sessions at a time. Some of the best times of our lives have been spent together on the road, in the studio and just hanging out.
Growing up, having families and all that has made that particular way of working very difficult, leading to long periods where we haven’t been able to rehearse.. And we LIKE to play.
We’ve had a very good run though; eight albums in fifteen years, nine if you include “The early years” (ten if you count “The Sane Day” double album as two!). We’ve toured with some great bands. We’ve met amazing people and found friends in places we’d never been before.We want to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years, you guys are fantastic and the prog community is a very special place to be a part of.
We spent our youth and our early adulthood as Beardfish and we grew up within the band.. Individually we will now venture out into other musical projects. No matter what, Beardfish has been very special and we will all hold it close to our hearts, but right now it’s time for new adventures.
“So real, it’s surreal”
A Love Story – The Sane Day (2005)
Rikard, David, Robert & Magnus
The last bit of news comes from our friends in Edge of Reality, who have announced August 30th as the release date of their second album, Vicious Circle. Here is what the band had to say:
Ladies and gentlemen, the day has arrived. We are proud to announce the release date of our second album! We shall unleash Vicious Circle upon the earth August 30th. Pre orders are available now on bandcamp here.
If you want the physical copy in your hands a week early, come get it right from us at our release show at Mercy Lounge Thursday, August 25th!
We can’t wait for you to hear it!
And here is a teaser video for you!
Finally, as I mentioned during the show, we may soon be experiencing a higher than normal amount of show cancellations and/or a temporary hiatus. We hope you stick with us through the troubles and join us on the other side!
Beardfish – The Gooberville Ballroom Dancer
Anderson/Stolt – Invention
Edge of Reality – Aggressive Tip-Toeing
Pink Floyd – In the Flesh
Rush – Something For Nothing
Shadow Gallery – The Archer of Ben Salem
Rikard Sjoblom – The Realm of You and Me
Beardfish – South of the Border
Big Big Train – Brooklands
Fates Warning – Another Perfect Day
Anderson/Stolt – Everybody Heals
Marillion – Hotel Hobbies
Marillion – Warm Wet Circles
Marillion – That Time of the Night
Beardfish – The Platform
Karnataka – Road to Cairo
Pyramaze – The Birth
Lo-Fi Resistance – Program
James LaBrie – Invisible
Beardfish – Hold On
Anderson/Stolt – Know…