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What’s happening in the world of prog and other related scenes. News about gigs, record releases, new videos and band changes.

Emerald Mind – Astronaut In Her Space

As the press release says:

Emerald Mind plays a unique mixture of power and progressive metal with one of the most professional female vocalists on the Russian metal scene Svetlana Vysotskaya.

The band released a new video for the song “Astronaut In Her Space” from their second album “Civilization”. This song draws parallels between the depths of the universe and a human mind. One person explores the other one like a spaceship, drifting among the space. Anyway even if you are far from philosophy you can just enjoy powerful riffs, catchy melodies and exceptional vocal of beautiful Svetlana!

Give it a listen, and see what you think. Catsuits seem to be back in fashion again. I blame Space Elevator.

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Erja Lyytinen announces new album “Stolen Hearts”

Erja Lyytinen Stolen Hearts

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Erja Lyytinen releases her new studio album “Stolen Hearts” on 7th April 2017, and occompanies the release with a five-date UK tour.

In the meantime, she’s released a music video for “24 Angels”, taken from the album,

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Cairo announce London gig with special guests Kyrbgrinder

Cairo Promo Photo 2017

Cairo will be playing Boston Music Rooms on 31st March with the prog-metal power trio Kyrbgrinder as support, billed as “Scarab Spring”. The band also confirm that Lisa Driscoll, who stepped in at very short notice for the November launch shows is now a permanent member of the band.

We are pleased to be playing this London show in advance of the Nineteen-73 Promotions Stephen Lambe Birthday Special at Bilston on 2nd April.

We are even more pleased that the mighty Kyrbgrinder, who are enjoying something of a renaissance, will be launching proceedings with their powerful sound and massive drumming from one of the best in the business – the inimitable Johanne James, also, of course, of Threshold fame. With Lisa Driscoll now a permanent fixture in Cairo – this will very much be a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ show, although whether that reflects band playing order will be for others to decide…!”.

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Saga call it a day

Sad news for fans of Canadian pomp-rockers Saga; the band have decided to call it a day after 40 years. Their current 2017 tour will be their last, and their appearance on 2018′s “Cruise to the Edge” will be their final show. They put this announcement (sorry, no accessible version) on their web page.

Saga Farewell

I’ve only seen Saga live the once, at an early 80s Reading Festival very early in their career, and their swirling keyboard-heavy science-fiction music made a pretty strong impression. It’s always sad when a band reaches the end of the road, but 40 years is a good innings by anyone’s standards. And it can’t have been an easy decision to make.

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Kim Seviour added to Trinity Live

Trinity Live featuring Kim Seviour

Former Touchstone lead singer Kim “Elkie” Seviour” returns to the live stage after a long absence, sharing a bill with her old band at Trinity Live on 27th May at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.

After a while of radio silence, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be showcasing all-new material at Trinity festival in Leamington on May 27th. As with the previous Trinity, we’ll be raising money for Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Relief, and I’ll be sharing a lineup with the Touchstone clan. I can’t wait to see you there!

It’s been a while, but we’re glad to have Kim back.

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Summer’s End announce 2017 Lineup

Summers EndWith the Friday night headliner still to be confirmed, Frost* will headline on Saturday night, with The Tangent and Karmakanic co-headlining on Sunday.

The bill also includes Franck Carducci, Maschine, Southern Empire, Elephants of Scotland, Midnight Sun, Half Past Four, Karobow and Weenbo. If you haven’t heard of half of those, neither have I, but that’s the whole point of Summer’s End. It’s not one of those festivals with a predictable lineup heavy with heritage acts; it’s all about new discoveries, and brings in bands from Australia and the US who seldom perform in the UK

The festival will be held on October 6th to 8th 2017 at The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow.

More details on the bands at the The Summer’s End Progressive Rock Festival website.

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Fish announces December 2017 tour

Fish has announced an eleven-date UK tour in December 2017 including two nights at London’s Islington Assembly. The dates are as follows:

  • Fri 8 Leeds University
  • Sat 9 Manchester o2 Ritz
  • Sun 10 Leamington Assembly
  • Tue 12 Cardiff Tramshed
  • Wed 13 Bristol o2 Academy
  • Fri 15 London Islington Assembly
  • Sat 16 London Islington Assembly
  • Tues 19 Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • Wed 20 Newcastle Wylam Brewery
  • Thurs 21 Glasgow o2 ABC

Billed the “Weltschmerz- Clutching at Straws tour”, the shows will feature a full performance of Marillion’s 1987 album “Clutching at Straws” alongside material from his forthcoming album “Weltschmerz”.

These will be his only 2017 live appearances, though a European tour is planned for 2018.

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Voodoo Vegas – Long Time Gone

Bournemouth’s twim-guitar hard rockers release a new music video for the song from the album “Freak Show Candy Floss”

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The Mute Gods – We Can’t Carry On

A lyric video for the song from the forthcoming album “Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth” released on 24th February

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Anne-Marie Helder – January

A new solo song nu Anne-Marie Helder of Panic Room and Luna Rossa fame.

In her own words:

“January’ is a little ditty about this strange, bleak first month of the year ~ A time when all the Christmas decorations have been taken down,  The days are too short, the nights are too cold…  It’s grey outside, & we’ve got no money left.  We’re supposed to be getting healthy after all that overindulgence, but we can’t be bothered. All the parties are over, and there are no festivities left to save us from the interminable grey days of winter.

…Hurrah!

On the bright side, here’s a little song for you.  A reminder you that you’re not alone. It won’t last forever…  Soon it’ll be February!

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