With the passing last week of legendary Progressive Rock Drummer Alan White of YES, his bandmates have offered loving tributes to him, and an update to fans. Both Steve Howe and Geofgf Downes have paid tribute to White, and vow to dedicate the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration tour, kicking off in a few weeks for their iconic Close To The Edge album to him. Close To The Edge was also White’s first album with the band as well and he was their longest serving drummer. Alan’s good friend, drummer Jay Schellen, will join Yes for the forthcoming tour, alongside Steve Howe (guitars), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (bass guitar and backing vocals).
Persefone’s metanoia (Napalm Records) opens and it feels as if I’m watching an Andrew Lloyd Weber Broadway musical. Metanoia is atmospheric and grandiose; one would expect nothing less from Persefone. ‘Katabasis’ explodes onto the listener with a bombastic array of seventies progressive rock and psychedelia feel. Marc Martins Pia has shades of Yaz and Freddy Mercury on the opening track juxtaposed with the guttural vocalizations of death metal. The guitar work of Carlos Lozano Quintanilla and Filipe Baldaia are a wild mixture of mathematical genius, LSD, and a plethora of thirty-second note runs. ‘Katabasis’ can be an intense listen.
Dean Deleo of Stone Temple Pilots has teamed with renowned Nashville session player, Tom Bukovac for a new band, Trip The Witch! Their new self-titled debut album released on September 10th, 2021 and the album is mostly instrumental rock jams, different from the work fans might be accustomed to hearing from their respective projects. The first single “Saturn We Miss You” features Jon Anderson of Yes on vocals. Hear the track now and stream the entire albumContinue reading
When Greek innovators Hail Spirit Noir spewed forth in recorded anger eight years ago it was with tones of the Aegean gracing a strange brew of Blackened Prog Metal. Fourth long-player Eden in Reverse (Agonia Records) sees the completion of a gradual metamorphosis into total Prog, with the absorption of the band’s live musicians transforming the unit into a sextet.Continue reading
With the pandemic hampering the entire global music industry, bands are trying to think outside of the box. Crowdfunding can either be great or a poison pill depending on how you use it. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #382 is streaming now and it’s all about The Crowdfunding Gold Rush! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details
Jon Freeman is a music publicist who has been in the game for over eleven years, ten-plus with his company Freeman Promotions. Matt, Curtis & Keefy interview Jon about his career, hilarious stories about his clients such as GWAR, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #381 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Jon Freeman of Freeman Promotions! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details
Anthony Vincent is back with another one of his awesome 10 Second Songs videos from his popular YouTube channel! This time he recreates Rick Astely’s 1980s classic in the styles of Pantera, Prince, Toto, Chris Isak, Foster The People, Beach Boys, Steelheart, The Notorious B.I.G., New Order, Earth, Wind and Fire, Korn, Billy Joel, Deftones, George Michael, Yes, The Verve, and My Chemical Romance! Check it out! Continue reading
Allegaeon has done it again! The progressive Death Metal band has knocked it out of the park with another Progressive Rock cover! Last time it was Rush, now it the Yes classic ‘Roundabout’! Jam out to the single now below! Allegaeon released their Apoptosis album in 2019 via Metal Blade. Continue reading
I love a good ‘first person possessive adjective’ band name. My Chemical Romance, My Vitriol, My Dying Bride…it suggests a dark drama within. My Diligence doesn’t get the juices flowing in quite the same fashion, but the rampant category-defying experience this Brussels collective provides is anything but weary drudge.Continue reading
Finnish Prog Rock merchants Superfjord have the kind of name that should cement immediate status as cult legends. Somewhat marvelously, they also sound as if the last forty-five years have never happened. The powerful resonance of the music they produce has, incredibly, seen the band embraced by BBC Music, and second album All Will Be Golden (Svart) could leave the average rocker wondering if this is finally an avenue into awards that have previously excluded our genres.Continue reading