“Podcast: The Ancient One – Edition 59”

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for The Ancient One Show No 59 is now avaialable.


1 Ioearth Hormonix (Ioearth)
2 Antimatter Legions (Planetary Confinement)
3 Moth Vellum Whalehead (Moth Vellum)
4 Johannes Luley Stab The Sea (Tales From Sheepfather’s Grove)
5 Blackfield Glasshouse (Welcome To My DNA)
6 Fatal Fusion Shadow Of The King (Total Absence)
7 Airbag Homesick Pt1/2/3 (All Rights Removed)
8 Napier’s Bones Psychic Driving (The Alpha-Omega Man)
9 Orchestre Celesti The Court Of Miracles (Court Of Miracles Vol 1)
10 Spleen Arcana Tears Are made to Flow (The Field Where She Died)
11 This Winter Machine (The Man Who Never Was)
12 Thieve’s Kitchen Germander Speedwell (One For Sorrow Two For Joy)
13 Zenit Surrender (Surrender)
14 Moon Safari Yasgur’s Farm (Blomljud)
15 IQ The Last Human Gateway (Tales From The Lush Attic)
16 The Light Afternoon A Boy On A Farm (The History Of Mr Puffin Man)
17 Bo Hansson The Wandering Song (The Magician’s Hat)

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MONARCH TRAIL Sand (Neo-Prog, 2017)

Review by tszirmay — Canadian stalwart prog artist Ken Baird returns with a second Monarch Trail album, on the heels of 'Skye', a much
vaunted debut that signaled a new route for the up-to-then solo multi-instrumentalist. It must be stated once again that
there are musicians out there who have a level of musical education and a personal style that aims at artistic purity (aka
lack of commercialism), charming the unsuspecting listener to be wooed and charmed by the proceedings. Throughout
Ken Baird's solo career from 1996 to 2009, the confirmation of a special and unique sound encompassed 5 great albums
that still enjoy great appeal to me as a prog collector. Also quite interestingly, Ken does the opposite of the accepted norm
by starting with a solo career and then morphing into a band format. Cool, no? 'Skye' was pretty much a well-received
and critically praised inauguration that garnered quite a reputation back in 2014. Three years have passed in silence and,
out of the blue, Ken has returned with a new release 'Sand' that rekindles the progressive blaze and keeps the exact
same crew in place: Dino Verginella on bass, Chris Lamont on drums as well as three guitarists in Kelly Kereliuk, Steve
Cochrane and John Mamone. Ken sings and handles a slew of keyboards that are unafraid to solo in massive doses. For
those of you new to Ken Baird, he will astound you with his musical prowess.

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The Samurai Of Prog | On We Sail Album Review June 2017

The Samurai Of Prog | On We Sail

Label: Seacrest Oy Records
Release Year: 2017
Country: Multinational
Genre: Traditional Progressive Rock


Band Members

Marco Bernard – Rickenbacker Bass
Kimmo Porsti – Drums & Percussion
Steve Unruh – Vocals/Violin/Flute/Guitar


Guest Musicians

Octavio Stampalia – Keyboards
Ruben Alvarez – Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Kenny Shacklett – Keyboards/Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Srdjan Brankovic – Electric Guitars
David Myers – Keyboards/Grand Piano
Jacques Friedmann – Electric Guitars
Luca Scherani – Keyboards
Michelle Young – Vocals
Sean Timms – Keyboards
Mark Trueack – Vocals
Jacob Holm Lupo – Electric Guitars
Oliverio Lacagnina – Keyboards
Flavio Cucchi – Classical Guitar
Brett Kull – Electric Guitar
Daniel Faltt – Vocals
Roberto Vitalli – Moog Taurus Pedals
Stefan Renstrom – Keyboards/Vocoder

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Sounds That Can Be Made #96

Edition 096 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!



IQ – Human Nature (from Nomzamo)
Parzivals Eye – Where Have Your Flowers Gone (from Fragments)
Von Hertzen Brothers – Voices In Our Heads (from Stars Aligned)
Opeth – Marrow Of The Earth (from Heritage)
Bluehorses – Ostara / Morrisons Jig (from Skyclad)

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Sounds That Can Be Made #87

Edition 087 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!



Hawkwind – Night of the Hawks (from The Earth Ritual Preview EP)
Tinyfish – God Eat God (from Tinyfish)
Pain of Salvation – To The Shoreline (from Road Salt Two)
Haken – Earthlings (from Restoration EP)
Sand Snowman – A Vision On The Green (from Two Way Mirror)
Mystery – The Preacher’s Fall (from Beneath The Veil of Winter’s Face)
Threshold – Autumn Red (from For The Journey)

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Edition 200 – The Mellotron Story – Live From Progzilla Towers

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for this very special edition 200 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we explored the world of the Mellotron and heard the following music:

  1. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
  2. Genesis – Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats
  3. Porcupine Tree – Mellotron Scratch
  4. The Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
  5. The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You
  6. The Rolling Stones – 2,000 Miles From Home
  7. Opeth – Mellotron Heart
  8. Rick Wakeman – Catherine Howard
  9. The Zombies – Changes
  10. Graham Bond Organisation – Baby Can It Be True
  11. Manfred Mann – Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James
  12. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound – Kites
  13. Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies
  14. Paul Weller – Wild Wood
  15. Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)
  16. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
  17. Steven Wilson – Luminol
  18. Anglagard – Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet
  19. Anekdoten – Sad Rain
  20. Refugee – Grand Canyon Suite
  21. Epidaurus – Mitternachtstraum
  22. England – Midnight Madness
  23. Mellotron – Space Oddity

Bonus Tracks – exclusive to the podcast!

  1. Beggar’s Opera – Time Machine
  2. Genesis – Seven Stones
  3. Camel – Never Let Go
  4. Kayak – Lovely Luna
  5. Gracious – Super Nova – Blood Red Sun
  6. Thin Lizzy – Honesty Is No Excuse
  7. Gentle Giant – Three Friends
  8. Black Sabbath – Changes
  9. Schike Fuhrs Frohling – Pictures
  10. Jack Johnson – Pictures Of People Taking Pictures
  11. IQ – Awake And Nervous
  12. Richard Hawley – I Still Want You
  13. Greenslade – What Are You Doin’ To Me
  14. Pink Floyd – Sysyphus
  15. Genesis – The Cinema Show
  16. Klaatu – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
  17. Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise
  18. Cardiacs – Big Ship
  19. Aerosmith – Dream On
  20. Barclay James Harvest – I Can’t Go On Without You
  21. Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
  22. Argent – Circus
  23. Mariusz Duda & Steven Wilson – The Old Peace
  24. Stevie Wonder – Tree
  25. OMD – Maid Of Orleans
  26. Big Elf – Money, It’s Pure Evil
  27. Moody Blues – I’m Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band
  28. Genesis – The Chamber Of 32 Doors

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PLACKBAND After The Battle (Neo-Prog, 2002)

Review by Tarcisio Moura — I got the After The Battle CD because I heard some nice things about this dutch band. It seems they
were one of the first "neo prog" bands ever, that never officially recorded anything during their
time and got back in the early 2000s with this album featuring both new and old material. I really
had never heard of them until very recently, but being from Holland meant the strong possibility of
high quality material. And I was not disappointed. The album shows a very tight band producing what
we may call "classic" neo prog music that has an undeniable early 80´s flavor on it.

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MARTIGAN Ciel Ouvert (Neo-Prog, 1996)

Review by Harold Needle — Recently I've been doing my usual "search for the prog" ritual, and this album cought my attention, as I'm really
sold on these obsolete 3D computer graphics, especially as prog-rock album covers.

So, Martigan is a german quintet, playing mild and dreamy neo-prog, very similar to the other neo-prog bands
from the era, although with less of energy and darkness, and with more romantic feeling. The music is not very
complex or original, but the atmosphere is definitely there. The vocalist really brings Peter Gabriel and Peter
Nicholls to mind, which is not necessarily a bad thing: he may not have the most impressive voice in the world, but
surely it works on this record very nicely. I really enjoy the guitar playing: it's colorful (both in sound and play) and
has a lot of emocional feel in it (kinda similar to David Gilmour's style). The keys, unfortunately, are rather tame,
and are used mostly to create an atmosphere with pads, however, they do get more complex and playful at times.
I really like the sound of the keys as well - while other people generally dislike such "cheesy" and "cheap" 90's
synths, I happen to enjoy them a lot. The rhythmic section is nice as well - nothing particularly breathtaking, but
these guys surely know how to make good use of their instruments.

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SILHOUETTE Staging the Seventh Wave (Neo-Prog, 2017)

Review by kev rowland —

In 2014, Dutch band Silhouette released their fourth studio album, 'Beyond The Seventh Wave'. In 2016, they were filmed and recorded
performing the album in its entirety, and this has now been released as a DVD and CD set, along with a few additional songs on the
DVD. They wisely had a few additional guests make appearances, the most important of which is an additional guitarist who was there
for the whole set (he did try to stay at the back of the stage and out of the way), who assisted in providing some additional heaviness
to proceedings, allowing Daniel van der Weijde to provide some delicate solos on his seven-string guitar.

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Podcast – The Prog Mill edition 58

Edition 58 of THE PROG MILL is now ready for you to stream any time you like or download.

This week we have another 2 hours of superb progressive rock. Here’s the playlist

1 The Ryszard Kramarski Project – The Little Prince (Music Inspired by the Little Prince)
2 Unreal City – Oniromanzia ((Il Paese Del Tramonto)
3 Fish on Friday – Unreal (Quiet Life)
4 Magic Bus – Trail to Canaa (Phillip the Egg)
5 Comedy of Errors – House of the Mind album sampler
6 Long Earth -Her Ghost in the Fog (The Source)
7 La Coscienza di Zeno – Pauvre Misere (Sensitiva)
8 Ritual – Late in November (The Hemulic Voluntary Band)
9 Moongarden – Southampton Railroad (Songs from the Lighthouse)
10 Wetton-Downes – Reflections of My Life (Icon II – Rubicon)
11 Kim Seviour – Chiasma (Recovery is Learning)
12 Bachdenkel – Xenophon (Stalingrad)
13 IQ -Erosion (The Seventh House)
14 The Sweet -Fountain (Level Headed)
15 Steven Wilson – Pariah (To The Bone)
16 Big Big Train – Brave Captain (Grimspound)

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