Progarchy Interviews Casey McPherson @alpharev

Alpha Rev, Case.e Sessions Volume 1, 2019.

Tracks: Changeling (6:35), My Evolution (6:47), I’m A Refugee (4:02), White Matter Recess (4:24), Everyone’s Charade (5:19). You are the Peacemakers (4:33), Song of Aleppo (10:08), Silence (4:58), Write Your Name (4:22), Help Me (4:21), Silence For Humans (14:26)

Casey McPherson’s latest Alpha Rev album, Cas.e Sessions Volume 1, sees the extremely talented singer and multi-instrumentalist tackling music-making in a unique way. Modeled loosely off Neal Morse’s groundbreaking Inner Circle concept, the Cas.e Sessions membership program finds Casey making one song per month, creating a mini documentary about its creation, and presenting it to the members. After receiving positive feedback and seeing that the songs meshed together fairly well, he decided to release season 1 (2016) of the Cas.e Sessions music as a new Alpha Rev album.

Some might call this album pop, but I see it as prog in the vein of a band like Muse. There are a lot of similarities between this and Muse, such as the melodies and vocal lines, but this is a unique album that clearly comes from the heart. One might call this group of songs eclectic, but they work really well together, even though they were all written separately as a single project per month.

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Voivod Announce North America, Japan, and Australia Tour

VOIVOD – Announce North American tour; Playing Japan and Australia!

Canadian progressive sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD continue to promote their newest and much acclaimed studio effort “The Wake”, which was released via Century Media Records worldwide last September and ranked high in various year-end polls by international media outlets.

Currently underway for shows in Japan and Australia starting today, VOIVOD have recently announced a North American tour with YOB and Amenra for March/April and a return to Europe for a few selected Summer festival events. Here is a list of all upcoming VOIVOD shows announced so far:

VOIVOD – Live 2019:
01-18 Tokyo (Japan) – Tsutaya O-West
01-23 Brisbane (Australia) – Crowbar
01-24 Canberra (Australia) – The Basement + Contrive
01-25 Melbourne (Australia) – Max Watts + Contrive
01-26 Sydney (Australia) – Crowbar + Contrive

YOB, VOIVOD, Amenra – North American Tour:
03-26 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
03-27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
03-28 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
03-29 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
03-30 Toronto, ON – Phoenix
03-31 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
04-02 Portland, ME – Geno’s
04-03 Boston, MA – Royale
04-04 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
04-05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04-06 Richmond, VA – Broadberry
04-07 Raleigh, NC – Kings
04-09 Knoxville, TN – Concourse
04-10 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell)
04-11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
04-12 Houston, TX – Warehouse
04-13 Austin, TX – Barracuda
04-14 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey

23.05. Baltimore (US) – Ram’s Head Live / Maryland Deathfest
07.-10.08. Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival
09.-11.08. Kortrijk (Belgium) – Alcatraz Hard Rock & metal Festival
And many more shows to be announced soon…

In regards to the North American tour, VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away“ Langevin commented as follows: “We are very proud to be part of the YOB-Voivod-Amenra North American tour in March and April 2019. It has been a couple of years since we toured USA, aside from a festival here and there. In the meantime, we are getting ready for the upcoming Japanese and Australian shows in January. See you all in 2019!“

Next to a standard jewelcase CD edition and a Digital Album release, “The Wake“ is also available as limited 2CD Mediabook edition with a bonus disc of 11 tracks featuring the 5 songs off 2016’s “Post Society” EP as well 6 live tracks from 2018’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, alternate artwork, an expanded booklet of 32 pages and a set of 3 stickers. The 2LP release of “The Wake” comes on either black or various limited runs of coloured 180gr. vinyl with an etching design on Side D, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a double-sided poster.

Order “The Wake“ here: https://VOIVODBand.lnk.to/TheWake
Or one of the last copies of the limited “Always Moving” 7” EP here: http://www.cmdistro.de/Artist/Voivod/198?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13

VOIVOD’s “The Wake” is the successor to 2013’s “Target Earth” album as well as the 2016 mini-album “Post Society”. The album was recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Recording Studio in Canada and its artwork was once again created by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin. It entered sales charts in various countries upon release as follows: Germany: # 26, Switzerland: # 51, Belgium (Wallonia): # 94, USA Current: # 97,
USA New Artist: # 8 and USA Overall: # 148.

Check out the following singles off “The Wake”:
“Iconspiracy” video: https://youtu.be/hCuSHngMy-g
“Always Moving” video: https://youtu.be/SEJRfsDLFI0
“Obsolete Beings“ video: https://youtu.be/8ToK9VLJcxU

More VOIVOD news soon…

VOIVOD are:
Snake – Vocals
Chewy – Guitar
Rocky – Bass
Away – Drums

VOIVOD online:
http://voivod.com
http://www.facebook.com/Voivod

Century Media Records online:
http://www.centurymedia.com
http://www.youtube.com/centurymedia
http://twitter.com/centurymediaeu
http://www.facebook.com/centurymedia

Century Media webshop:
http://www.cmdistro.com

 

Riverside Announce Vinyl Re-releases

From the fine folks at Inside Out:

RIVERSIDE – Announce vinyl re-releases out soon; Next touring campaign starting soon!

Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are happy to announce a string of long awaited vinyl re-releases for their second, third and fourth albums “Second Life Syndrome” (2005, 2-LP), “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007, 2-LP + bonus tracks) and “Anno Domini High Definition” (2009, 1-LP) out March 15th, 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

The albums will be available on 180gr. vinyl and come in Gatefold sleeves, with the standard album on CD as bonus. Next to the standard Black vinyl version, there will be limited editions of coloured vinyl runs as follows:

RIVERSIDE – “Second Life Syndrome (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Tansparent Sun Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Dark Green: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RIVERSIDE – “Rapid Eye Movement (Re-issue 2019)” – 2LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
White: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Transparent Blue: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

RIVERSIDE – “Anno Domini High Definition (Re-issue 2019)” – LP+CD:
Black: Unlimited
Transparent Orange: 200x (via IOM Webshop Europe)
Transparent Yellow: 300x (via IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Red: 100x (Exclusive from the band!)

Pre-sale for the re-releases started as of today from the IOM Webshop here:
https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Riverside/20863?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13

RIVERSIDE will also soon continue the promotion of their current album ”Wasteland” by embarking on their next touring of Europe (with newly announced support act Lesoir) and North America, as well as some festival appearances for 2019 as follows (Updates marked *):

RIVERSIDE – Wasteland European Tour 2019
06.03. Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
07.03. Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
09.03. Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.03. Bucharest (Romania) – Quantic Club / Soundart Festival
12.03. Sofia (Bulgaria) – City Stage
13.03. Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
14.03. Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Kino Šiška
16.03. Rome (Italy) – Largo
17.03. Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
18.03. Toulouse (France) – Le Rex
19.03. Cognac (France) – Les Abattoirs
21.03. Bristol (UK) – SWX
22.03. Leeds (UK) – Stylus
23.03. Glasgow (UK) – SWG3
24.03. Birmingham (UK) – The Mill
26.03. Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
28.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) – Viften
29.03. Gothenburg (Sweden) – Stenhammarsalen
30.03. Oslo (Norway) – Cosmopolite
31.03. Stockholm (Sweden) – Kraken
02.04. Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.04. Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutakko
04.04. Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
05.04. Tallinn (Estonia) – Rock Cafe
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigsRIVERSIDE – Wasteland North American Tour 2019
05/03‬ Atlanta, GA, City Winery
‪05/04‬ Lake Park, FL, Kelsey Theater
‪05/06‬ Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle
‪05/07‬ Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
05/09 Jersey City, NJ, White Eagle Hall
05/10 Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
05/11 Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw
‪05/12‬ Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
‪05/14‬ Quebec City, QC, Imperial Bell
‪05/15‬ Montreal, QC, Club Soda
‪05/17‬ Toronto, ON, Mod Club
‪05/18‬ Detroit, MI, Magic Stick
‪05/19‬ Chicago, IL, Chop Shop &1st Ward
‪05/20 St.‬ Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
‪05/22‬ Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
‪05/24‬ Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
‪05/25‬ Salt Lake City, UT, Metro Music Hall
‪05/27‬ Phoenix, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
‪05/28‬ Pomona, CA, The Glass House
‪05/29‬ San Francisco, CA, Slim’s
‪05/31‬ Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
‪06/01‬ Vancouver, BC, The Rickshaw Theatre
‪06/02‬ Seattle, WA, The Crocodile

RIVERSIDE – Live 2019:
04.-09.02. Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
20.07. Maidstone (UK) – Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival
24.07. Worpswede (Germany) – Music Hall
25.07. Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
27.07. Breitenbach (Germany) – Burg Herzberg Festival
17.08. Bonn (Germany) – KUNST!RASEN Classic Rock Night festival + Jethro Tull & Fish

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment:
Soon, on March 6th, 2019, in Prague, we’re starting another leg of the “Wasteland Tour”, which promotes the album that’s extremely important to us. We know that a lot of you like it too, and we’d like to thank you here once again for putting “Wasteland” on your “best of 2018” lists. Riverside, however, are mostly a live band and we make up on stage for what was not quite as successful in the studio 😉 Therefore, we would love for you to see us during the upcoming spring leg of the tour!

And check out a newly launched video trailer for the “Wasteland Tour“ here:
https://youtu.be/8_k-vtzLv7g

Next to the standard edition as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, “Wasteland“ is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side).

Order “Wasteland“ in various formats from the IOM webstore here:
www.insideoutmusicshop.com
Or from other locations here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland

Check out the three singles launched so far for “Wasteland”:
“Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8
“River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc
“Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY

“Wasteland” entered various international charts upon release, including the following highest positions:
Poland: # 1, Poland / Vinyl: # 1, Germany: # 13, Germany / Download: # 42, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands / Vinyl: # 12, Switzerland: # 23, Austria: # 39, UK: # 83, UK / Rock: # 2, UK / Vinyl: # 38,
Finland: # 30, France: # 97, Czech Republic: # 59, Belgium / Wallonia: # 79, Sweden / Physical: # 13, Sweden / Vinyl: # 8, USA / Current: # 106, USA / New Artist: # 17 and USA / Overall: # 147

Dream Theater Release Another Single Off Upcoming Album

Dream Theater released their latest track, “Fall Into The Light,” off their upcoming album, Distance Over Time. This song might be one of the most well-mixed songs from Dream Theater since the Awake album. The bass is very present in this mix, which is more than can be said of every other DT album. The drums sound good too. The musical crunch in the beginning of the song is reminiscent of Train of Thought, although the vocals don’t have that growl to them. Labrie’s singing here is more like the last few albums. It is a great track. The new album should be a good one.

Do Yourself a Favor and Listen to Southern Empire

Wow. How on God’s beautiful earth did I miss Southern Empire? “Civilisation” and its 2016 predecessor, “Southern Empire,” are absolutely brilliant. Progressive rock/metal at its best. If you’re like me and somehow let this band slip your attention, remedy that now and check them out. You will not regret it.

 

Bryan’s Best of 2018

Earlier this year, I questioned whether or not 2018 was going to be a poor year for prog. It seemed like the the progressive rock community took a few months to stop and take a collective breath… but that was only the breath before the plunge. The second half of the year saw many excellent new releases. The following are some of my favorites from 2018, in no particular order (my top two at the bottom of this list are tied for first place).

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Is Prog Rock Really Progressive?

[Warning: I ramble a lot in this. My third (out of 4) semester of grad school just ended, and I needed to write something about prog.]

What does it really mean for rock music to be progressive? This question has risen in my mind over the last few days as I have been at my job at my university’s archives working on processing some records from the 1970s related to the university’s radio station. There is a lot of talk in the records about the station and many others in Chicago playing progressive rock. I’ve come across lists of the most popular music to play in radio stations across the country, and I was a little surprised to see names like Yes and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer present.

Other documents from the time loosely defined progressive rock as a genre of music that was forward looking. It also appears that there were whole radio stations in Chicago, on both AM and FM bands, dedicated to playing “progressive” rock. Today there are none. Earlier this year, Chicago lost one of it’s two remaining “classic rock” stations, which were known to occasionally play prog such as Rush, Pink Floyd, and even Yes. The “oldies” station (WLS FM) is playing more music from the 70s these days too.

The fact that there were multiple stations whose explicit purpose was playing “progressive” music suggests that the genre was popular. But just how popular was it? If we go by best-selling albums between the years 1969-1979, then we would have to assume that it wasn’t very popular at all. [This analysis would be a lot more fair if I delved deeper into the charts and looked at top 40 from that time span too, but stick with me anyways.] In that time frame, over 140 different albums topped the charts. Of that number, only 9.5% of them could be called “progressive” rock. That’s only 14 albums, which I shall list in chronological order: Continue reading “Is Prog Rock Really Progressive?”