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The Reasoning call it a day

The Reasoning at Trinity Live in Leamington Spa

Announced today on The Reasoning’s Facebook page:

A very good afternoon to you one and all, I hope you are well? I promise to keep what we are about to say very short, sweet and to the point. It is with a very heavy heart that we impart the following bit of news – The Reasoning have decided to call it day. We part in the knowledge that we have achieved many wonderful and great things as a band and as individuals but, the time has come to be honest and realise that as a musical group, we have explored as much as we can. Though we have enjoyed our journey with you immensely, we have also had occasions where it seemed so tough to carry on and as we approach the 3rd anniversary of the disappearance of our dear friend Owain, this seems like the right time to gently put the band to bed.

We want to thank all the bands, press and fans for the amazing loyalty, support and love. We have done many incredible things, been to many amazing places and played to so many amazing people. Our music lives on with you and in our hearts. This is not the last you will hear of us as musicians but I’m afraid, it is the last you will hear from us as a band. We are all parting on good terms and with firm friendships established. This is a decision we all feel is the best thing for the band and its musical legacy.

Thank you all once again, you will never know how much we truly love you all. Be well, take care and we’ll all see you on the road sometime soon. “The View From Where I Stand Begins To Change, Something Is Happening To Me…….”

The Reasoning xxxxx

It’s always sad news when a band splits. The Reasoning made a significant impact on the prog scene since they emerged at the beginning of 2007, and their first two albums in particular remain classics of the modern prog genre.

Matt Cohen and drummer Jake Bradford-Sharp are now working on a new project Ghost Community with Riversea’s Marc Atkinson, Also Eden’s Simon Rogers and former Crimson Sky keyboard player Moray McDonald. As for the rest of the band, I hope we haven’t heard the last of Rachel’s vocals.

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Secrets of Angels Trailer

Karnataka have released a trailer for their new album “Secrets of Angels”. Pre-orders should ship in early March.

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Lonely Robot Launch Party

John Mitchell, Heather Findlay and Steve Hogarth

John Mitchell held a launch party Lonely Robot’s Please Come Home on Monday 23rd Feb at The Lexington in London. It was a star-studded event, with attendees including Steven Wilson, as well as the many musicians who’s guested on the album, such as Heather Findlay and Marillion’s Steve Hogarth (above)

Heather Findlay duetting with John Mitchell on

Although the event was laregly a meet-and-greet, John Mitchell did play a short acoustic set accompanied by Liam Holmes on piano, and joined by two of the guest singers who’s appeared on the album. Here’s John and Heather duetting on “Why Do We Stay”, one of the album’s highlights.

Kim Seviour singing

Touchstone’s Kim Seviour was the other guest on stage, for the song “Oublette”. The album, perhaps the first essential progressive rock album of 2015, was released on the day of the event, and you can read my review here.

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White Willow cover The Scorpions

Scorpions songs work remarkably well with female vocals and spiralling clarinet.

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Kyrbgrinder announce new album

Kyrrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark MachineKyrbgrinder, the dynamic metal power trio fronted by drummer and vocalist Johannes James announce their long-awaited third album “Chronicles of a Dark Machine” on Cherry Red Records.

It’s released on March 2nd, but you can pre-order it now from the above links.

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Panic Room – Velocity

The opening track from Panic Room’s 4th album “Incarnate”, on Reverbnation

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Nightwish – Élan

First taste of the new Nightwish album, with Floor Jansen on vocals and lots of Troy Donockley.

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Mostly Autumn announce first live dates for 2015

Some gig announcements from Mostly Autumn.

More dates are to be announced later in the year.

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Cloud Atlas on Bandcamp

Cloud Atlas are now on Bandcamp, and you can download their excellent album “Beyond the Vale” for the very reasonable price of £7

Here’s “Stars”, one of the standout songs from the album.

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Lonely Robot – God vs. Man

A track from the forthcoming album “Please Come Home”.

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