Music News Blog

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

Tilt announce pre-order for Hinterland


Tilt, the band featuring Fish alumni Steve Vantsis, Dave Stewart and Robin Boult plus guitarist Paul Humphreys and singer P J Dourley have announced the pre-order for their album “Hinterland” via Burning Shed. The album also features John Beck and John Mitchell.

Steve Vantsis has been Fish’s main co-writer for the past few years, writing much of the nusiic for the albums Feast of Consequences and 13th Star.

Meanwhile, have a listen to the radio edit of the track Bloodline:

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Salvation Jayne – Dahlia

The new video from the rather excellent Kent-based blues rockers.

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One Week To Go

Just one week to go now….

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Blue Öyster Cult to play the UK in July

Blue Öyster Cult make a rare visit to the UK, with their first headline gig in several years at The Forum in London on Fruday July 29th.

To mark the 40th anniversary since its original 1976 release on Columbia Records, the Long Island rockers will be jetting in from NYC to play their ‘Agents of Fortune’ album in full, plus a full set of other powerful classics from a back catalogue spanning over four decades.

Agents of Fortune, Blue Öyster Cult’s platinum-selling fourth studio album, included the hit single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, arguably still one of the most haunting and recognised tracks in rock history.

This special night in July at the London O2 Kentish Town Forum will feature the band’s original core members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with a very special guest appearance from co-founding member Albert Bouchard (percussion, guitar, vocals) who was instrumental in writing the early material. The legendary line-up is completed by Richie Castellano (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals) and Jules Radino (drums, percussion), bringing a relentless and unrivalled energy to the stage.

BÖC have been a major heavy metal influence on many other acts, such as Metallica, and were listed in VH1′s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

With bands of this vintage you never know if you’ll get another chance to see them live; and the “Classic album in full” set is an interesting choice. When did they last play songs like “The Revenge of Vera Gemini” or “Sinful Love” live?

Tickets go on sale on mainstream ticket outlets on Friday, but there’s a pre-sale on the Planet Rock website.

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Teaser for The Pineapple Thief’s Your Wilderness

A short trailer for the forthcoming album by The Pineapple Thief which mainman Bruce Soord has promised will be “more prog”.

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Shadow of the Sun added to Panic Room Convention

Panic Room have announced Shadow of the Sun as the final band for the Panic Room Weekend in May. They will be playing on Saturday May 21st.

The band have been rather quiet of late, but are back with a new lineup featuring Matt O’Connell John on guitar, and will be playing some brand new material alongside songs from their 2012 debut “Monument”

Aside from the two headline sets from Panic Room themselves, the weekend now includes the following:

  • Sarah Dean
  • Alex Cromarty
  • The Dave Foster Band
  • Halo Blind
  • Kiama
  • Morpheus Rising
  • Shadow of the Sun
  • Luna Rossa

Doors open at 3pm both days, and with five bands each night the whole weekend has taken on the dimensions of a festival.

Tickets are still available from The Robin box office.

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If you liked Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead Moon Shaped Pool Not a review as such, because it’s only had a single listen so far. But the atmospherics with strings, repeated piano figures and occasional nods to Pink Floyd made a very good first impression.

But the modern progressive rock scene has put out quite a few albums with a similar feel and mood over the last few years; records by artists that probably aren’t on the radar screens of the mainstream fans and critics who have been praising “A Moon Shaped Pool”. It makes you wonder whether Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood have been listening to Anathema, The Pineapple Thief or Steven Wilson.

So, if you love there new Radiohead album, here are just three records you might also like:

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I’m probably telling you things you already know.

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Big Big Train – Folklore

No Wicker Men, but an excellent title track of the new Big Big Train album,

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Burn the Witch

Radiohead’s new video is straight out of Scarfolk.

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KilliT – Crash and Burn

Some old-fashioned hard rock from KilliT, which gives you the feeling this band are going places. Taken from the forthcoming album “Shut It Down”.

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