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Montage — “Strawberry Skies”

Montage’s eponymous 2014 debut album has a nifty song on it that is quite epic: “Strawberry Skies”

You can take a listen to it above. But I would recommend grabbing it for 99 cents and dropping it into your playlist. It has many very nice elements.

Clearly this band from Finland is a prog force to be reckoned with. They do hard rock but with all kinds of other aspects thrown in: folk, early prog rock, and psychedelia. You will hear influences from The Doors, Rush, Caravan, Mastodon, and Black Mountain.

Montage is:

Mikko Heino – vocals
Roni Seppänen – guitars
Jukka Virtanen – keyboards
Taneli Tulkki – bass
Kim Etelävuori – drums

It all comes together for Ascending Dawn @AscendingDawn on Coalesce


Thank you to Ascending Dawn for sharing news with us about your smoking hot album release.

All our Progarchists should definitely check out Coalesce for its sick metal riffs and Marlain Angelides’ powerfully passionate vocals.

The hook-heavy tunes are available now on Bandcamp. Lots of crunch and kick with a melodic edge distinguish this fine release.

My favorite track is “Integral” but there are a lot of other really good ones here to sink your ears into.

Ascending Dawn is: Constanze Hart (bass), Mark Weatherley (drums and guitars), Owen Rees (guitars), Marlain Angeles (vocals)


LEAH — Kings & Queens


LEAH has just announced Kings & Queens! Get it here.

From the coast of British Columbia, Canada, auburn-haired symphonic metal artist LEAH is drawing attention from all over the globe. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Loreena McKennitt to European symphonic and progressive metal, LEAH creates something magical and refreshing. Her debut self-released album “Of Earth & Angels” received international critical acclaim, landing her on “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Awards for 2012.International fans call her “The Metal-Enya”. From ethereal ballads to folk-tales, mysterious world instrumentation and operatic blast beats, LEAH’s music is a breath of fresh air among a sea of female-fronted rock.

LEAH has had success in gaining thousands of fans around the globe, strictly through her online presence and social media, despite never having done a tour.

“Otherworld” (EP) was released in 2013 [re-issued in 2014] and features Eric Peterson’s vocals [Testament/Dragonlord] on the ethereal metal track, “Dreamland”. “Otherworld” followed in the same steps as the debut, but took everything a step forward and gave us a hint on what’s to come in the future.

“Kings & Queens,” the anticipated new album from LEAH is sure to be loved by fans of symphonic metal and female fronted rock. This album is powerful, beautiful and often dances on the edge of progressive. Most of all it’s hard not to be drawn into and enchanted by LEAH’s diverse vocals.

Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of Delain, and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian and Vengeance, this 15-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases. Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

releases 03 February 2015

All songs written and performed by Leah McHenry
Lyrics: Leah McHenry; “This Present Darkness” by Leah McHenry/Nicki O’Donovan
Timo Somers: Arrangements, production, guitars
Barend Courbois: Bass guitar
Sander Zoer: Drums/percussion
Additional musicians:
Brent McHenry: Orchestration
Oliver Philipps: Orchestration, pianos
Vocal production: Martin Acosta
Drums recorded at Spacelab studios, Germany
Mixed at Spacelab Studios, Germany
Mastered at Eroc’s Mastering Ranch, Germany
Album art: Darkgrove Studio

Something From Nothing

This is such a great song. Watch the first episode of Sonic Highways (on HBO) and then you will understand the lyrics to it. Rolling Stone has a fascinating acoustic version up today.

Smashing Pumpkins — “Tiberius”, from Monuments to an Elegy

The Smashing Pumpkins have released a three-song sampler EP from their forthcoming new album, but it is only physically available if you pre-order from an indie record store! Excellent news. What a great way to support these retro outlets. And what better way to buy music?

The sampler contains: “Being Beige,” “One and All” & “Tiberius.” See the accompanying videos to this post if you want a listen.

And here’s more info:

In support of their eighth studio album Monuments to an Elegy, available December 9, The Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of special shows in select cities around the globe.  …

The special lineup for these performances will include Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums and Mark Stoermer (The Killers) on bass joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder.  “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows,” said Corgan “and if our rehearsals are any indication they should be one-of-a-kind.” …

Yesterday, premiered the new track, “Tiberius” which they called “intimate” and “expansive” while declared the track “sounds like a return to form—a nod to the beloved Pumpkins sound of old with a modern twist.”  Monuments To An Elegy features Tommy Lee on drums and was recorded in Chicago.  The album is produced by Howard Willing, along with Corgan and Schroeder.  Monuments to an Elegy is “an album within an album,” part of their ongoing work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope (with Day For Night as the project’s last work).

Battle Sounds on the Definitive Edition of Relayer

The mystery of the missing battle sounds!

Definitive edition, or not?

You decide…


Space Rock from the Comet Landing

It doesn’t get much more prog than this. “That Comet We Landed On? We Just Got Back a Sound Recording – And It’s Terrifying.” So, while you are waiting for Cailyn’s cosmic Voyager album to be released, enjoy these space sounds:

RPC consists of five instruments on the Rosetta orbiter that provide a wide variety of complementary information about the plasma environment surrounding Comet 67P/C-G. (Reminder: Plasma is the fourth state of matter, an electrically conductive gas that can carry magnetic fields and electrical currents.)

The instruments are designed to study a number of phenomena, including: the interaction of 67P/C-G with the solar wind, a continuous stream of plasma emitted by the Sun; changes of activity on the comet; the structure and dynamics of the comet’s tenuous plasma ‘atmosphere’, known as the coma; and the physical properties of the cometary nucleus and surface.

But one observation has taken the RPC scientists somewhat by surprise. The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased by a factor of about 10,000.

The music was heard clearly by the magnetometer experiment (RPC-Mag) for the first time in August, when Rosetta drew to within 100 km of 67P/C-G. The scientists think it must be produced in some way by the activity of the comet, as it releases neutral particles into space where they become electrically charged due to a process called ionisation. But the precise physical mechanism behind the oscillations remains a mystery.

This is exciting because it is completely new to us. We did not expect this and we are still working to understand the physics of what is happening,” says Karl-Heinz.

RPC may also be able to help in tracking Philae’s descent to the surface of 67P/C-G on 12 November, in tandem with the lander’s on-board magnetometer, ROMAP .

The sonification of the RPC-Mag data was compiled by German composer Manuel Senfft (

H/T: Leah

Give it away and then play live, says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters

Thanks to a retweet from Greg Spawton, I found out about this news story: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (who have an excellent new album out) is not up in arms like Taylor Swift over Spotify and people listening to free music, but thinks instead that musicians should just get their music out there in any way possible and thereby entice people to live shows, which is the best way, he says, to get them excited and turned on to your music and eventually turned into buyers. Here’s the argument:

Grohl … encouraged artists to channel more effort into their live shows like they did “when [he] was young”, instead of worrying so much about the “delivery” and “technology” of music.

“You want people to f**king listen to your music? Give them your music and then go play a show,” he said. “They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show.

“To me it’s that simple and I think it used to work that way. The delivery was completely face to face personal. That’s what got people really excited about s**t.”

And if you missed it, here’s some great parody journalism that makes fun of Taylor Swift’s newest video (and her larger ambitions as well): How Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video redefines music, politics and everything else ever: Last week, Taylor Swift redefined the entertainment industry by withdrawing from Spotify. This week she’s released a new video and literally changed the world for ever by smashing every paradigm.

Forever Still has just released their new EP, Scars — @ForeverStillDK

Forever Still has just released their new three-song EP, Scars.

You can download it from Bandcamp and pay them whatever price you think is fair.

Shakira reviews the new Steven Wilson mix of Yes’ Relayer


Shakira signals her approval of the new Steven Wilson mix of Yes’ Relayer by wearing the appropriate T-shirt.

I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive. But here’s what’s in both the CD/DVD-A and CD/Blu-Ray versions:

CD (both versions):
NEW 2014 STEREO MIXES by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
Bonus tracks (Mixed & produced by YES and Eddie Offord):
4. Soon (single edit)
5. Sound Chaser (single edit)

NEW 2014 STEREO MIXES: LPCM Stereo 24/96
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
NEW 2014 5.1 SURROUND MIXES: 24/96 MLP Lossless/dts 96/24
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
ORIGINAL STEREO MIXES: Flat Transfer from original master LPCM Stereo 24/192
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
1. The Gates Of Delirium (studio run through)
2. Sound Chaser (studio run through)
3. To Be Over (studio run through)

1. Soon (single edit)
2. Sound Chaser (single edit)
3. The Gates Of Delirium (Studio run through)
1. Sound Chaser (Live from Cobo Hall 1976)
2. Sound Chaser (demo version)
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
NEEDLE-DROP 1: Original UK vinyl transfer: LPCM Stereo 24/96
1. The Gates Of Delirium
2. Sound Chaser
3. To Be Over
NEEDLE-DROP 2: US promo album vinyl transfer: LPCM Stereo 24/96
1. The Gates Of Delirium (Part I)
2. The Gates Of Delirium (Part II)
3. The Gates Of Delirium (Part III)
4. Sound Chaser (Part I)
5. Sound Chaser (Part II)
From the “Official Site”:
BLU-RAY: NTSC, all regions, LPCM playable in all Blu-ray players & Blu-ray drives
DVD: NTSC Region 0 hybrid DVD-A, compatible with all DVD players & DVD-rom drives
Both sets are presented in a mini vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve (with protective inner sleeves) with the original artwork expanded, restored and approved by Roger Dean. The booklet features new sleeve notes by Sid Smith along with rare photos and archive material.

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