Another year, another new prog festival. Now in its second year I got to visit ProgStock in Rahway, NJ for the first time this past weekend. Myself and many friends were drawn by the rare chance to see IQ stateside. We ended up seeing a variety of amazing music, with a nice combination of local acts, well known headliners, and some rare or unusual sets to round things off. One of the artists performing at the festival was Canada’s Mystery, whose latest album Lies and Butterflies is our featured album this week. Released over the summer and debuted at Night of the Prog in Germany the album has pleased the fan base and was delivered in full at ProgStock.
Along with the featured album and a lot of songs from the festival we covered a few new albums we didn’t get to last show such as those from Michael Romeo and Spock’s Beard. In addition we opened with the second new single from Haken‘s forthcoming album Vector which can be seen below. Also this past week Coheed and Cambria released their new album The Unheavenly Creatures, and a video from that is included as well.
Haken – Puzzle Box
Mystery – Looking For Something Else
Cell15 – Street Lights
3rDegree – The Future Doesn’t Need You
Coheed and Cambria – Black Sunday
Ayreon – Castle Hall
Michael Romeo – Black
Orpheus Nine – Eightfold Way
Dave Kerzner – Static
Saga – On the Loose
Phideaux – From Hydrogen to Love
Mystery – Chrsalis
Enchant – Juggling Knives
IQ – From the Outside In
Riverside – Acid Rain
Spock’s Beard – Somebody’s Home
IZZ – Can’t Feel the Earth, Part IV
Evership – Silver Light
Mystery – Something to Beleive In
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy
Shadow Gallery – Room V
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