O.R.k. – Ramagehead

No, I have no idea what a Ramagehead is either, but this quixotic and enigmatic title seems entirely apposite for a third album of psychedelic Progressive Rock from this most discerning and intriguing of collectives. Combining the talents of Porcupine Tree’s bass general Colin Edwin and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, this already sounds like a Fantasy Prog Band competition winner. Add in some vocals of an Obake vintage and you’re there. This could end up being the most intimidating and contrived ego-trip were it not handled carefully.

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Morild – Så kom mørket…

Morild’s Så kom mørket og tog mig på ordet En sort sky af minder I afgørende stunder Frosset fast i mit indre Jeg håber det forsvinder med lyset At dø eller blive fri (Indisciplinarian), a single passage broken up into six parts to mark the album’s different movements, and translating to “Thus came the darkness and took me by my word A dark cloud of memories In crucial moments Frozen inside of me I hope it disappears with the light To die or become free”) is a strange and surprisingly bold statement for a first album. Continue reading

King Crimson Announces 50th Anniversary Tour And Box Set Plans

Arguably the best progressive rock band ever, King Crimson will celebrate the 50th Anniversary as a band in 2019, and the 50th anniversary of their debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King. The band has announced plans for major tour with a career-spanning setlist. Starting this summer, they will embark on a “Celebration Tour” consisting of 50 dates. Currently, the trek kicks off in this summer in Germany and wraps up in New York in September. Check their itinerary at their website, and purchase tickets at the link below. This year will also see the release of the documentary Cosmic F*Kc. Directed by Toby Amies, the film will include archival footage and interviews with King Crimson members past and present. It’s set for release in late 2019. A soundtrack is also planned. Continuing the celebration, the band has announced several new box sets. Their debut album, 1969’s In the Court of the Crimson King, will receive a limited edition expanded set featuring live recordings, studio sessions, photos, liner notes, and a new remix of the album proper. A vinyl release of all their 1969 recordings is in the works. Release dates have not yet been set. 90s through 2008 with the box set Heaven & Earth. Other celebratory releases planned for this year include clothing, archival live albums (in their ongoing Collectors’ Club series), an updated edition of Sid Smith’s long out-of-print band biography In the Court of King Crimson, and 50 new rarities uploaded to their website and streaming services one week at a time. Continue reading

Cormorant – Diaspora

 

Across a four-album lifespan, Bay Area’s Cormorant had consistently proven to be one of metal’s true and brightest hidden gems, offering a branch of Black Metal which takes as much worship from progressive giants such as King Crimson as it does from Extreme Metal’s icons. Still independent to this day, Cormorant have always showcased a meticulous detail that encompasses not only their rich and textured music, but even down to their vibrant, detailed and often awe-inspiring artwork. Having always shown true forward thinking and near limitless artistry, it is simply staggering that their fifth release Diaspora (self-released) breaks their mould even further, and is without a doubt their boldest offering to date. Continue reading

Rock Legend John Wetton Dies After Cancer Battle At Age 67

2017 is only a month old and we have lost another great one. Singer, songwriter, and bassist John Wetton, best known for his work with King Crimson and ASIA, has passed away after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67 years old. Continue reading

Progressive Rock Legend Greg Lake Dead At 69

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The year of the reaper continues to reach in and slice us right through our hearts as the music world has lost another giant. Greg Lake, bassist and guitarist best known for his work with Emerson, Lake And Palmer, King Crimson, and Asia has passed away at age 69 after a battle with cancer.  Continue reading