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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.

Touchstone announce Christmas Dates

Moo Bass of Touchstone

Touchstone have announced two Christmas shows, at The Borderline in London on Friday December 12th, and at Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday December 14th, and have put together very interesting bills for both shows.

On Friday they will be supported by the violin-driven goth-metal of Symphony of Pain, who made a very strong impression at the Cambridge Rock Festival back in August. Sunday’s gig is a co-headliner, featuring IOEarth, who have been absent from the UK’s stages for far too long.

This years’ prog Christmas season will seem a little strange, with no Mostly Autumn Grand Opera House show due to the venue being booked up with pantomimes, and no Panic Room shows because of Gavin Griffiths’ commitments with Fish. But with Mostly Autumn, Marillion, Fish and now Touchstone all touring there’s not going to be any shorage of Christmas shows this year.

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Purson – Death’s Kiss

New single from Purson, taken from their forthcoming EP ‘In The Meantime‘ EP out on 13th October 2014

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The Reasoning cancel October tour

After postponing their long-awaited album into the new year, The Reasoning have now cancelled their upcoming tour, and the release of the album may be postponed further.

The band will be spending more time working on their next album, which currently has the working title of Horrorscopic. They say, “We’ve decided to take some time away from the music, in order to allow it to grow and develop more naturally. This will also enable us to think carefully about how best to produce, record and promote it.

“There’s no finite limit to said breather: whether it takes us six months or two years to create an album that we’re genuinely proud of, then it will have been more than worth the wait. We hope that you will agree and understand. In the interim, of course, you’ll still see many of us out and about at other gigs, pontificating online and (if you’re really lucky) doing the weekly shopping [insert supermarket of your choosing].”

Despite the ostensibly upbeat tone of the announcement, you can’t help wondering about the long-tem future of the band with news like this.

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Dave Kerzner – Stranded

“Stranded” from Dave Kerzner’s forthcoming album “New World”, featuring guest appearances from Steve Hackett and Durga McBroom.

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Empty Yard Experiment – GHHR‬

Track from the multi-national prog-metal band with a big following in the middle-east. Prog metal is not just a European and American thing. Their album “Kallisti” is released on September 29th.

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Cloud Atlas – Stars

“Stars”, one of the standouts from Cloud Atlas’ debut album “Beyond the Vale”.

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Steve Rothery – Morpheus

A taster from the forthcoming album “The Ghosts of Pripyat”, featuring a guest appearance from Steve Hackett.

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Hawkwind featuring Brian Blessed – Sonic Attack

Hawkwind have re-recorded the classic “Sonic Attack” featuring the legendary Brian Blessed.

Sorry, I’ll say that again….

HAWKWIND HAVE RE-RECORDED THE CLASSIC “SONIC ATTACK” FEATURING THE LEGENDARY BRIAN BLESSED.

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Purson – Danse Macabre

A teaser from Purson’s forthcoming second album, recorded using genuine prog trousers.

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Threshold – Watchtower on the Moon

Official video for Threshold’s new single, taken from the forthcoming album “For The Journey”.

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