Memorial Day Weekend Prog and Prog Metal Round-Up

There is a lot of great prog and prog metal currently in the pipeline – either that has already been released or that will be in the coming months. Plenty of new singles and whole albums out.

Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant

Australian prog metal band Caligula’s Horse released their brand new record, Rise Radiant, today. For some reason their music never really connected with me before, but this album has. It is insanely good. It has the technicality mixed with the quirkiness that this generation of prog metal has become known for. Outstanding vocals as well. I’ve got some homework to do on their back catalog. If all goes well, they’ll be coming to North America next January-February for the very first time. https://caligulashorse.com

Haken – Virus

I’ve been able to listen to an advance copy of Haken’s new album for a few weeks now, and it is quite good. It has been a slow burn for me, but that could have something to do with absorbing it in the background while I work from home. It has the heaviness and the technicality we are used to, and melodies abound. There’s a gentleness in Ross Jennings’ voice that strikes me as something new, but I could be wrong. There are also musical nods to their last album as well as “The Cockroach King.” The title is bound to upset some people, but it’s not like Haken could have possibly known what was going to befall the world when they wrote and finalized the album. The release date has been pushed back a few weeks to June 19. I expect this is due to production issues with supply chains in the western world having been shut down for over two months. The band released another single today. https://hakenmusic.com

Nick D’Virgilio – Invisible

Big Big Train drummer Nick D’Virgilio has a new solo album coming out. Based on the single, it has a bit of a Big Big Train vibe in the song structure and general progression, but there’s also a Broadway theatricalness to it. The latter, according to D’Virgilio, comes from his time working with Cirque de Soleil. The album title comes from being an invisible member in the orchestra pit. Nick obviously plays the drums on this album, but he also sings. Anyone who knows his work from Spock’s Beard knows what a great voice he has. Jonas Reingold plays bass, Randy McStine plays guitars, and Jordan Rudess plays piano and sythns. Brass and string sections are courtesy of the Abbey Road Studios orchestra. Yeah this is some next level stuff. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole thing. Out June 26. https://www.nickdvirgilio.com

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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