In an alternate universe where great music gets priority to work we would have featured Resolve, the third album from Pennsylvania based band MindMaze three weeks ago when it was timely. But we’re rolling with the punches and finally giving the album its time to shine now. Mason and I did a split review of the album which you can read or listen to here, so I won’t go into much further details about our thoughts on the album in this post. What I will tell you is that the band is currently on tour, so if you find a city near you on the list here I’d definitely go out and see them. As an added bonus you will witness something that I have not, despite being local to the band and seeing them many times. For this tour they’re joined by Jonah from Pyramaze to add some keyboards to their live show. I am truly jealous to all the people who are getting to witness it, and hope those that do put on the proper pressure to make live keyboards a future necessity! You can buy the new album here and check out the latest video below.
We also took a lot of time this show to talk about my recent trip to RoSfest, which is always an excellent experience in beautiful Gettysburg, PA. This year the festival featured Kyros, Moon Safari, The Aaron Clift Experiment, Unified Past, Unit-DB, The Neal Morse Band, The Fierce & the Dead, Evership, Edensong, and Anglagard. As always the theater staff was friendly, the sound was great, everything ran on time, and the after parties were killer! You really can’t ask for more from a land-based festival these days. You can check out the festival and keep up to date on next years announced bands here.
We also played some new artists on the program tonight, some of which have their albums up in full on bandcamp. Those would be Cobalt Blue (here) and The Black Light (here). You can also grab the newest album from Elysium Theory from CDBaby here.
And of course, as always, there is plenty of new music to get to. Big Big Train have just released Grimspound (here), and Ayreon has released The Source (here). Voyager has Ghost Mile (here) coming out in a few days, as does Rikard Sjoblom’s Gungfly with On Her Journey to the Sun (here). And of course there are videos from each below.
MindMaze – Drown Me
L’Anima – My Dying Cell
Cobalt Blue – Bereaved
Rikard Sjolbom’s Gungfly – On Her Journey to the Sun
Edge of Reality – Moldy Banana Bread
Kyros – Persistence of Vision
Moon Safari – The World’s Best Dreamers
Elysium Theory – Long Count
Ayreon – The Source Will Flow
MindMaze – Abandon
The Aaron Clift Experiment – Fragments of Sleep
Unified Past – Erasure Principle
Unitopia – Artificial World
The Neal Morse Band – The Man in the Iron Cage
Nova Collective – State of Flux
The Black Light – Lost to Another
The Black Light – Hurricane/All That Remains
MindMaze – One More Moment
The Dear Hunter – Gloria
Coheed & Cambria – The Writing Writer
The Fierce & the Dead – Part 2
Evership – Evermore
Edensong – In the Longest of Days
Voyager – Ghost Mile
In the Presence of Wolves – Storm in a Red Dress
Big Big Train – As the Crow Flies
MindMaze – The Path to Perseverance
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
Hello, is this thing on? It’s been awhile, and I apologize to any listeners who have been missing the show over the past few months. First, let me start with some good news; the best of 2016 lists and podcast should be available soon, so keep an eye out for that. In addition the year end wrap up show is scheduled for Wednesday, January 4th. The hours are yet to be determined, but as always it will exceed our usual 3 hour show, probably clocking in at 5-6 hours. It’s the one show a year I suggest people tune into more than any other, as we try best we can to cover all the great music released in 2016.
Speaking of which, one of the more recent 2016 releases was The Similitude of a Dream from The Neal Morse Band. This is the sophomore release under that specific moniker, though it of course closely resembles a normal Neal Morse release. I really do think the more diverse songwriting does come through in the “band” setting, and it is very refreshing, especially on a two disc release to have multiple singers on the album, most notably guitarist Eric Gillette. I love Neal‘s vocals, but he has released such a large amount of music in a relatively short time that it’s always refreshing to hear other voices. This album was a grower, and it you dedicate the time to give it a few listens I have no doubt you’ll be enjoying it as much as I have. You can order yourself the album here.
Unlike a normal show, where I do try to get a somewhat thorough grasp on all the big pieces of news that have happened in the past week, I’m not going to pretend to present everything that has gone on in the last few months, and am simply going to hit on a few highlights. There are several early 2017 releases we can look forward to starting with In the Passing Light of Day from Pain of Salvation due out on January 13th. You can preorder that album here and check out the lead single below.
Next up we have a couple of live releases to talk about. Already released is A Stone’s Throw From the Line by Big Big Train, and you can grab that here. Coming out January 21st is Scrape Across the Sky from IQ, and you can see a full release about that here. Also coming out sometime next year is the 2nd studio release from The Mute Gods, Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth. Not much detail on that yet other than it’s expected in February. And now in parting I leave you with a fresh Blind Guardian track, “Children of the Smith”, enjoy!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Dreams
The Tea Club – The Magnet
Thank You Scientist – Rube Goldberg Variations
Blind Guardian – Children of the Smith
Pain of Salvation – Meaningless
The Dear Hunter – The Revival
The Neal Morse Band – Draw the Line
The Neal Morse Band – The Slough
The Neal Morse Band – Back to the City
No More Pain – Paging Mr. Spader
Jolly – Joy
Shadow Gallery – Christmas Day
Big Big Train – Wassail
IQ – The Road of Bones
Ayreon – Epilogue: The Memory Remains
Marillion – Slainte Mhath
The Mute Gods – Nightschool for Idiots
Voyager – A Beautiful Mistake
The Neal Morse Band – The Road Called Home
The Neal Morse Band – Sloth
The Neal Morse Band – Freedom Song
Coheed and Cambria – Domino the Destitute
Symphony X – The Accolade
David Gilmour – On an Island~
Moon Safari – The World’s Best Dreamer
Wisdom of Crowds – Radio Star
Helloween – I’m Alive
Bruce Dickinson – Darkside of Aquarius
Coheed and Cambria – Apollo II: The Telling Truth
When I first saw Eric Gillette perform live, it should have come as no surprise, given the other members of the Neal Morse Band, that he wasn’t a one trick pony. That show saw him perform flawlessly on several instruments, as well as deliver backing vocals, showcasing I think a very under-recognized voice in prog. I was so impressed with his performance I named him my guitarist for the year in 2015, and of course quickly picked up his first solo CD, Afterthought. Now he’s brought in some guests and is showing off his songwriting chops on his sophomore release, The Great Unknown. He brought everything one might expect, and more, namely Conner Green, Diego Tejeda, and Thomas Lang. You can check him out and purchase his music here.
Next on the agenda is a tour for the ages. Especially if that age is younger prog fans. A bill that showcases a transatlantic pairing of the best of the UK and America is hitting the United States in August and September. Haken and Thank You Scientist together! A full list of dates can be seen below!
Next up on the docket are some items we’ve talked about a good bit. Ayreon‘s The Theater Equation is out in some areas, and you can grab that here, while Anderson/Stolt‘s Invention of Knowledge can be grabbed here.
Now let’s move onto some important kickstarters and pre-orders, starting with the bands and people who are more likely to be eating ramen without your help. First up is Iris Divine, who are funding their second album The Static and the Noise. This is a follow up to one of the great metal debut’s the US has seen recently, and has very little chance to disappoint. You can help them here.
Finally, we have Levin Minnemann Rudess, and their sophomore release, From the Law Office of Levin Minnemann Rudess. You can pledge towards that here.
Finally, in general news, we have a pair of big names making waves. First up, Steven Wilson returns to America to continue touring. You can check out his updated dates here.
And then there is the end of a 16 year studio hiatus for Kansas, as they’ve announced they will be releasing The Prelude Implicit on September 23rd. You can read the full release on that here.
Peter Gabriel – Red Rain
Eric Gillette – The Aftermath
Thank You Scientist – Absentee
Haken – Portals
Anderson/Stolt – Invention
Ayreon – Pain~
Ayreon – Mystery~
Iris Divine – Fire of the Unknown
Levin Minnemann Rudess – Marcopolis
The Dear Hunter – Gloria
Eric Gillette – Escape
Anderson/Stolt – We Are Truth
Big Big Train – Telling the Bees
Kansas – Lightning’s Hand
Steven Wilson – My Book of Regrets
Eric Gillette – Damage is Done
Transatlantic – Duel With the Devil
Rush – A Farewell to Kings
Sylvan – Strange Emotion
Dredg – Sanzen
Eric Gillette – All I Am