Gazpacho release new song Soyuz One from upcoming album

Gazpacho release new song Soyuz One from upcoming album

Norwegian art-prog group Gazpacho are back with a new single “Soyuz One.” The single is from their upcoming album ‘Soyuz’ is due to be released on may 18th, 2018 via Kscope Music. You can hear the track here:

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A band who are used to seizing headlines with bizarre stories, including The Independent (UK) branding Molok as “An album that could destroy the world”, Gazpacho have a holistic approach to the album writing process, imbuing each with a captivating concept. The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.

Pre-order Soyuz here: http://smarturl.it/GazpachoSoyuz

Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin (Album Review)

Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin (Album Review)

Despite prog being associated with great keyboard players hailing back to greats like Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Richard Wright, and more, the most recent generation of prog, while suffering no shortage of great keyboard players, has largely been a guitar dominated affair. Guitars have added more strings, music has gotten heavier, and ever more complicated. Most heralded instrumental albums are from the well-known guitarists of the world. However, with his self-titled release, Gleb Kolyadin aims to show that this no longer need be the case. With the success of his award-winning duo Iamthemorning as his springboard into notoriety, Kolyadin has now recorded a giant album with beyond explanation performances and songs that excite and thrill with every listen. Gleb Kolyadin is certainly the next great keyboardist we all need to recognize.

First off, attention must be made to the production. The recording is superb and the mix dynamic. The multitude of sounds escaping from the speakers each find their own place and have room to exist. The album was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two Iamthemorning records, and once again did a fantastic job bringing this music to life. The list of musicians included on this album is an all-star prog cast, with notables like Gavin Harrison on drums, Nick Beggs on bass, Theo Travis on flute and sax, and guests like Steve Hogarth and Jordan Rudess, among the collection of superstars. But it is Kolyadin that shines brightest on this album.

The album opens with “Insight” and a rocking grand piano groove, before the immense drums from Gavin Harrison introduce themselves. The two of them are in perfect synch as the song weaves into various sections. Harrison is truly as gifted a drummer as there is on the world and it shows once again on this album. The second half of the song has a great keyboard hook that arrives unexpectedly, but by the end you are left wondering, what was that? It is the perfect opening to the album as it absolutely sets a warning, don’t leave, there’s more.

There are a few vocal tracks and they are powerful their dark overtones and textures. Mick Moss sings on “Astral Architecture,” a wonderful track that again allows Kolyadin to show his grand piano chops. Moss’s vocals are perfectly placed on this track. “White Dawn” is a delicate piano intro to the excitable “Kaleidoscope,” a song that is a brilliant prog jazz mix. Again, the drums are just stupendous. Flautist Theo Travis displays his skills on the second half of this song, perhaps the highlight of the album.

Marillion’s Steve Hogarth makes an appearance on two tracks, the long epic “Confluence” where he does a spoken word intro before a tribal beat takes over eventually erupting into a rock ending. He also sings on the album closer, the ballad “The Best of Times.” Hogarth again is able to bring emotion to a song like only he can. Jordan Rudess, meanwhile, appears on the penultimate track “Storytellers” and you can tell exactly where he comes in.

Gleb Kolyadin has crafted an undeniably glorious album here, one that exudes talent all over. He proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that any fame that has come to Iamthemoning was no fluke. He is not only a gifted pianist and keyboardist, but a brilliant songwriter and arranger. Expect more big things from this immense talent.

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Released on Feb 23, 2018 on Kscope Music
Key Tracks: Insight, Kaleidoscope, The Best of Days

Tracklisting:
1.Insight 4:12
2.Astral Architecture (feat Mick Moss) 6:30
3.White Dawn 2:34
4.Kaleidoscope 5:52
5.Eidolon 2:13
6.Into the Void 1:46
7.The Room 4:13
8.Confluence (feat Steve Hogarth) 10:22
9.Constellation The Bell 3:23
10.Echo Sigh Strand 2:29
11.Penrose Stairs 5:04
12.Storyteller (feat Jordan Rudess) 3:20
13.The Best of Days (feat Steve Hogarth) 3:24

Gleb Kolyadin – grand piano, keyboards
Gavin Harrison – drums
Nick Beggs – bass
Theo Travis – flute, saxophones
Vlad Avy – guitars
Evan Carson – bodhran and percussion
with
Steve Hogarth Mick Moss – vocals
and
Jordan Rudess – keys
also:
Grigorii Osipov – vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel Iliia Diakov – violin
Alexander Peresypkin – cello
Grigory Voskoboynik – double bass
Tatiana Dubovaya – vocals
Svetlana Shumkova – hang drum, spoken vocals

Catching up with Tony MacAlpine

Catching up with Tony MacAlpine

One of rock’s great guitarists, Tony MacAlpine, known for his incredible instrumental guitar albums, has been very busy of late, following a health scare a while back.  MacAlpine released his album Death of Roses last year and is now getting ready to tour Latin America where he will play his classic album Maximum Security in its entirety.  We were able to catch up with the guitar master following a recent visit to annual NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show in Anaheim, California.

TPR: You seem to be doing better since the health scare, everything going ok now?

Tony: Thanks!
My wife and I are indeed doing much better and all tests are clear. It has been quite a while actually, so we are full steam ahead with everything I am involved with. We do appreciate all the love, support, and concern; it’s helped us a ton to get through all that we had to face!

You have a tour coming up in Latin America in March 3-11th, playing the album Maximum Security in its entirety, why the decision to do that?

Its been a request of many promoters for us to cover that record in it’s entirety. We were playing the Entire album in celebration of it’s anniversary when i unfortunately was side-tracked with some issues so this is a continuation of that. We had planned on playing in South America but had to postpone; so here we are now, ready to go get it done for the good people there!

Any unexpected challenges in revisiting the entire album?

Oh I wouldn’t say challenges but there have been a lot of years passed since the inception of that release so naturally we have many new ways to express ourselves when we interpret what was recorded. That is the true essence of mystery and wonder in music, because time gives a player and composer a completely fresh and unique view of the terrain; one in which that luxury was not afforded prior because of course it was new at the time. We enjoyed the same type of pleasure when we performed “Edge of Insanity” live for the same reason!

How much has changed since writing that album in how you approach an album today?

Well everything has changed. For instance, in how we record using computers instead of tape machines and this naturally has a direct influence on how your creative thought process functions. Also, we hardly ever perform tracks at the same time in the same place..most players record at their own studios now.

Other than that the actual writing and composition process is the same. If you don’t have any motivation you will have nothing to write. Thankfully, I have not run into a rut and have been quite motivated these days when it comes to writing.

Your last album ‘Death of Roses’ was said to be part of a 2 part release, any update on the next release?

There are no updates at the moment, but it is the second installment of a two-part series and I am still writing and experimenting with the ideas that I have uncovered. More soon to come.

Are you always still writing new material?

Well it depends really on what my schedule is like and, of course, what the demands are and what deadlines I am faced with having to meet. Lately, we have been revisting some of the older songs I have composed so we can include them in the new set of songs that we perform live.

Any other new projects in the works?

Nothing at the moment; just flying solo for the time being..

You have always been a staple at NAMM, recently you played a bash with Stu Hamm, Mohini Dey, and Gergo Borlai. What was that like?

That was a great deal of fun! We put that set together fairly quickly and, of course, the gig went by in a flash. I think it would have been even more fun to take something like that and bring it out on the road… who knows, maybe we would have even more fun doing a proper run than just a one nighter. NAMM is always funny that way though, because you get reconnected with people that you haven’t seen in quite some time..so there is a bit of relearning the personalties of people all over again. Mohini, Gergo, and Stu are all such wonderful talents and it’s always a blessing to play music with them!!

Get the latest album from Tony MacAlpine – Death of Roses at: http://tonymacalpine.spinshop.com/

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Sons of Apollo announce full N.America/EU tour dates; new video for “Alive” released

Sons of Apollo announce full N.America/EU tour dates; new video for “Alive” released

Sons of Apollo, (Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Bumblefoot, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto) are coming off a successful first run of shows to kick off what is shaping up to be an extensive world tour.  Announced today are a list of headlining dates in North America and EU along with previously announced Latin America dates which find the band on the road for most of the year.

As Mike Portnoy declares, “Ever since this line-up assembled to make PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, the thing I’ve been most excited about is anticipating how insane I know this band is going to be on stage. Well, the wait is almost over! Here are the first U.S. dates that will get to witness this ‘five-headed musical spectacle’ live on stage in February. We plan on being on tour all year long, all over the globe, with plenty of dates now being announced for summer festivals throughout Europe, but these are the very first shows that will get to witness this amazing lineup in person for the first time. We can’t wait!”

The band have also released the brand new video for the track “Alive” one of the album Psychotic Symphony‘s strongest songs. You can see the video for this song here with the tour dates below:

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Full tour dates:
Thu 4/5 Monterrey, Mexico Escena
Sun 4/8 Santiago, Chile Teatro Teneton
Tue 4/10 Buenos Aires, Argentina Groove
Thu 4/12 Porto Alegre, Brazil Opinião Bar
Sat 4/14 São Paulo, Brazil Tropical Butanta
Sun 4/15 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Music Hall

Thu 4/19 Montreal, QUE. Corona Theatre
Fri 4/20 Toronto, ONT. The Opera House
Sat 4/21 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
Sun 4/22 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Tue 4/24 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
Wed 4/25 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Fri 4/27 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Sat 4/28 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Sun 4/29 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Mon 4/30 Seattle, WA The Showbox
Wed 5/2 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Thu 5/3 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theatre
Fri 5/4 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
Sat 5/5 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Mon 5/7 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
Tue 5/8 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
Wed 5/9 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Fri 5/11 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Sat 5/12 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Sun 5/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Tue 5/15 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Wed 5/16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Thu 5/17 Washington, D.C. The Howard Theatre
Fri 5/18 New York, NY Playstation Theater
Sat 5/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium

Fri 6/22 Clisson, France Hellfest
Sat 6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
Sun 6/24 Milan, Italy Teatro Degli Arcimbodi
Wed 6/27 Leipzig, Germany Hellraiser
Sat 6/30 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog My Friend
Sun 7/1 Maidstone, England Rambling Man Festival
Mon 7/2 Motherwell, England Motherwell Concert Hall
Tue 7/3 Belfast, England Limelight
Wed 7/4 Dublin, Ireland Tivoli Variety Theatre
Sun 7/14 Eindhoven, Netherlands Dynamo MetalFest
Fri 8/3 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air
Sat 8/18 Warsaw, Poland Prog In Park
Sun 8/19 Budapest, Hungary Barba Negra Track
Wed 9/19 Moscow, Russia Glavclub
* Sat 9/22 Plovdiv, Bulgaria Roman Amphitheater
Mon 9/24 Athens, Greece Fuzz Club

* A Very Special Evening with SONS OF APOLLO and the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony.

SONS OF APOLLO online:
www.sonsofapollo.com
www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

Interview with artist manager/promoter Andy Farrow

Interview with artist manager/promoter Andy Farrow

While we usually hear from the bands, rarely do we get to hear from those behind the scenes, the people that actually run the music business. Here we have a unique interview with Andy Farrow of Northern Music, an artist representation company, who’s roster includes Opeth, Devin Townsend, Katatonia, and most recently Sons of Apollo. We met Andy on the most recent Cruise to the Edge and were lucky enough to sit with him and have a nice chat on what he does and how he does it. He is also a very funny guy. Enjoy this rare glimpse behind the scenes, live from Cruise to the Edge.

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Andy Farrow and The Prog Report’s Roie Avin
Concert Review: Sons of Apollo – Magic City Casino, Miami, FL, 2-9-18

Concert Review: Sons of Apollo – Magic City Casino, Miami, FL, 2-9-18

Concert: Sons of Apollo Monsters of Rock pre-cruise party concert
Venue: Magic City Casino, Miami, FL, Feb 9th, 2018
Words and Pics by: Victor J. Giol

Having recently come off the Cruise to the Edge where Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian’s newest prog supergroup, Sons Of Apollo, had their first live performances, the musicians were about to experience the first reaction from a more rock/metal audience in the Monsters of Rock pre-cruise party at the Magic City casino in Miami. Performing their first concert in dry land.

Mike Portnoy

As soon as the band started with Psychotic Symphony’s opening track, “God of the Sun”, it was clear the audience was raising the intensity level to something the band had yet to experience in a live setting.

Derek Sherinian

“The [Cruise To The Edge] prog fans like to sit back, enjoy, and soak up the music and experience,” explained Jeff Soto, however, it was clear the band would welcome the more intense audience response of a Monsters of Rock Cruise party. The band responded with precision and power; all of which was very well controlled and mixed by Jerry Guidroz.

Jeff Scott Soto

The band delivered solid performances of Signs of the Time and Divine Addiction and then immediately Portnoy broke into the familiar opening drum fill of his long time former band’s cover “Just Let Me Breathe”. While the band had delivered a great performance up to this point, hearing Soto and Ron Bumblefoot Thal pull of this Dream Theater song with precision makes the audience realize there is no weak link in this super prog metal group. Then comes “Labyrinth” which shows off the band’s ability to compose a prog metal epic with the come-to-expect technically superior instrumental breakdowns and extended solos. Billy Sheehan also delivered a bass solo which long time fans have come to expect and yet he blew them away with his limitless speed on the fretboard.

Bumblefoot

Sons of Apollo truly established themselves as a live powerhouse in not only performing their own material, but in performing great covers from the likes of Queen’s “Save me” (as a tribute to Soto’s brother and Mr. Big’s Pat Torpey), the big band jazzy tune of Mancini’s ‘Pink Panther Theme”, and the classic rock sound of Van Halen’s “The Cradle Will Rock”. They closed the show with the single off their first music video “Coming Home”. Their performance was one which impressed this crowd and left them wanting for more. Being this solid on their third show really baffles the mind as to how these guys are going to be when they hit their mid-tour form. Their first album is made for a live presentation. It is time to witness their virtuostic collective prowess come to life. Check the prog report’s album review here. Also check out the Prog Report for announcements of new tour dates.

Billy Sheehan

Set list:

1. God of the Sun
2. Signs of the Time
3. Divine Addiction
4. Just Let Me Breathe (DT cover)
5. Labyrinth
6. The Prophet’s Song/Save Me (Queen cover)
7. Alive
8. Bumblefoot solo – Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme
9. And the Cradle Will Rock (VH cover)
10. Coming Home

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