Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 11:24
Excellent news reached Live Prog HQ, from our friends The Tangent. Andy Tillison's new masterpiece is soon to be released. According to Andy, this is their first full blown concept album.
Read the official press release here:
STATEMENT FROM INSIDEOUT/CENTURY MEDIA TUE 7/5/13
On the 24th June 2013, InsideOut Music is set to release the seventh studio album by The Tangent entitled Le Sacre Du Travail (The Rite Of Work). The album is the group's first fully blown "concept album" but band-leader Andy Tillison is keen to point out that this concept is something that involves all of us now rather than a rambling fiction.
Formed from a single hour long piece of music in 5 movements and referred to by the band as "An Electric Sinfonia" based around a working day of a typical Western-world citizen, the album has a very personal feel. It's highly orchestral and 20th century classical in tone, very much inspired by Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring.
Described by INSIDEOUT CEO Thomas Waber as "A very mature album" with "Stellar Musicianship" - this album sees the lineup of The Tangent revert to an earlier formation, Andy Tillison (composer/keyboards/singer) again bringing on board Jonas Reingold on bass (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic), Jakko M Jakszyk on guitar & vocals (King Crimson, Level 42), Theo Travis on wind instruments (Soft Machine, Steve Wilson Band) with the new additions of Gavin Harrison on drums (Porcupine Tree) & David Longdon on vocal harmonies (Big Big Train). In addition there are cameo appearances by Rikard Sjoblom (Beardfish) and Guy Manning amongst others.
The Tangent add to the statement: The artwork for the outside cover you see here, is by a remarkable gentleman named Martin Stephen. The interior artwork will be announced & featured extensively later. Much more info on the Tangent Website updated today (please allow for bizarreness) www.thetangent.org And of course regular Pre-Ordering begins today! Look out for more information on the album in the coming weeks!
Published on Monday, 29 April 2013 10:45
So here I am once more...For the second time I bring you the brand new Live Prog website! After a bad week of loosing the website and getting it all back together, now it is finally here again and here to stay, for your enjoyment. And now I can look to the future and am ready for another year of Live Prog video reviews!
Wow, it's been 3 years since I started Live Prog. And when I look back at the very first video review, of IO Earth's debut album, and look at my reviews as I bring them now, I can say I have come along way. It's been a great ride, but also a learning experience. Not always easy or nice, but here I am...I'm still here and I'm still bringing new video reviews. And that is what I will be doing for as long as I can and as long as I get the support I need.
Speaking of support: I would like to express my huge gratitude towards you, the visitors of Live Prog, the people who watch my video reviews. Thank you for doing that and also thanks for the many feedback I received. This helps me to improve my video reviews.
May 12, 2010 is when I posted my very first video review, of IO Earth's first album. My aim is to post a video review of IO Earth's latest (live) album on May 12, 2013, to officially mark the 3rd anniversary of Live Prog.
Of course I have no idea what the future will bring. I hope a lot of great music. My plan is to keep on going and keep on bringing video reviews, interviews and special reports. I have a few things cooking, so there will be things to look forward to.
And as usual, I try to support independent music and musicians as much as possible. In that respect I am working on an idea, but as it is at the moment just an idea, I will not share it. When the idea will grow, and has a chance, I might tell more.
With the new website design, I have a few more possibilities to promote music, or rather: let you promote your music, album, band or festival. On the site I already have some banners of festivals or events. But I have options to add banners to the mainpage, more in direct view of the visitors. And the good thing is, Live Prog is a non-commercial website. We don't charge for ads! For all possibilities, please check the new section on the site: Advertise.
Well, again, thanks all for your support. I hope you will enjoy the new design and see this as an opportunity to browse through the website and rediscover my reviews and great music. As for me, I'd better get cracking on the albums i have waiting, so I can bring you more great video reviews.
Enjoy the music,
Published on Saturday, 27 April 2013 20:38
Yes! Finally! The brand new Live prog website is here! And that turned out not to be as easy as I thought. It was online a week ago, but then something went wrong with an automated upgrade and everything was gone :-( Worst of all, the database was gone. I feared the worst.
But thanks to the incredible help of Rich Harding from Also Eden and Martin Johnsen, Joomla expert (www.joomlaeksperten.com and www.webtotal.no), much was salavaged, the site was brought back online. So I have been working hard on restoring the design, putting all the video reviews and other articles and videos back, that were gone.
And so...here we are again! Back in business, back doing what I love to do and what I'm here for: bringing you video reviews. I will work my @ss off to bring you some great video reviews, so stay tuned for that.
Oh...and one important lesson learned (the very hard way): backup, backup, backup!
Published on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 19:07
At the beginning of 2013, I would like to look back at 2012. This was a bit of an eventful year for Live prog and for me personally. Some bad things, but fortunately also may good things. And of course looking forward to the new year, 2013. What will this year bring for Live Prog?
Please view this video, as it has a personal message from me...after all, it is Live prog :-) I wish you all a very musical 2013!
Published on Sunday, 12 August 2012 14:21
The Dutch progressive rock/metal formation Day Six will release a compilation album on the FREIA Music label. The album will be entitled "Samples of genetic wisdom, captured to survive". The album contains tracks for the first two albums of Day Six, "The grand design"(2010) and "Eternal dignity" (2003). But it will also includes tracks form the predecessor of Day Six, Peanuts, from the album "Be careful what you wish for..." (2000), plus one or more so far unreleased tracks.
The release of the album celebrates the 10th anniversary of the band working under the name Day Six. But it's also a retrospective of the 18 years collaboration of the band with keyboard-player Dolf van Heugten. Dolf has announced his departure from the band. This compilation album is a farewell present to Dolf to thank him for his contribution to the band all these years.
Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:17
White Knight Records are proud to present the debut solo album of one of Prog's most distinctive voices.
Alan Reed - for 25 years the voice of Scots Progressive Rock legends Pallas - unveils his first album as a solo artist. 'First in a Field of One' is a unique collection of songs that provide the perfect setting for the unmistakeable timbre of Alan's voice. The album embraces a number of musical flavours - through celtic folk, world music, and even jazz; - held together by strong song-writing and a passionate sense of identity.
This is a powerful statement of intent from an artist who knows who he is - and where he is going!
Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:57
During the last few months over 30 bands from the Dutch progressive scene have applied for participating in the "Dutch Exposure" project. FREIA Music has selected 8 bands in close collaboration with three organisations active in the Dutch progressive rock scene: Background Magazine, iO Pages magazine and ProgWereld. Each of the selected bands will get the opportunity to record one track for the album.
These bands will participate on "Dutch Exposure" album:
Incidense & Summer Breeze Project, sponsored by Background Magazine
Armed Cloud & Sylvium, sponsored by ProgWereld
Profuna Ocean & a 'band without a name', sponsored by iO Pages
Thirteen & Trip Trigger, sponsored by FREIA Music.
However, "Dutch Exposure" is more than just a compilation album. Each of the selected bands will get the opportunity to compete in a battle. The winner will get the opportunity to record a full album on the FREIA Music label. The details of the battle are at this moment not definite. We're looking into the possibilities of organising a festival with the competing bands. For this we have partnered up with Progmotion. This next to online competitions via social media.
The album will be released on HQ Vinyl (2LP) in a luxury gatefold sleeve together with a CD.
The release date is planned on 12 December 2012.
Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 10:51
Rob Cottingham, singer, song-writer, keyboard player, and the musician who founded Touchstone back in 2001 - as a result of his debut solo album, 'Behind The Orchard Tree' - is due to release a second solo album over a decade on which he describes as a "cross-genre-ational, eclectic mix with hints of rock, pop and prog, plus a few surprises thrown into the bag".
Words and music are by Rob who advises that the album very much revolves around the themes of "time, death, self-realisation...and not taking yourself too seriously...".
The album title will be "Captain Blue", named after one of the album tracks. When asked what was behind the title, Rob responded "it's a long story - you will really need to buy the album to find out!"
Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 10:38
'Alchemy' is a multidimensional musical project to be developed in numerous stages and forms. The libretto and the original story are both by Clive Nolan. It is a Victorian adventure set in 1842, with a sense of the dark and mysterious.
The 'Alchemy' album will be recorded at the end of this year with the concert version being filmed for DVD in February 2013. The CD and DVD (and collectors Box Set) will be available by the middle of 2013.
Clive: “For me this has been the biggest writing project since ‘She’. Four years in the making, by the time of release in mid 2013. I know these characters so well now… they are part of my everyday life. The way they have developed alongside the musical ideas has been a fascinating and emotional experience. If ever I wanted to write a sequel it would be for ‘Alchemy’!”Read more: 'Alchemy', a New Musical Project by Clive Nolan
Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:05
Sean Gill from Strange Land brings us the following update: