In September 2004 musician Jem Godfrey, better known to the wider world at the time for creating chart-topping hits for acts including Atomic Kitten, Shayne Ward and Holly Valance, was privately becoming increasingly frustrated by the creative limitations of the pop genre and made a conscious decision to record an album true to his own childhood roots in progressive rock to let off a bit of steam.
After 6 months of writing and recording in isolation, Godfrey approached John Mitchell, who had himself just released the now classic Kino album “Picture” and asked if he would contribute guitar to the as yet untitled project. Mitchell agreed and soon introduced Godfrey to John Jowitt, bass player at the time for IQ and Jadis. This subsequently lead to contact with ex-Robert Plant drummer Andy Edwards who was also in IQ, they listened to the demos and agreed to get involved. John Boyes, a former band-mate in Godfrey’s first band Freefall had already performed significant rhythm guitar work on the recordings and so with a bassist, guitarist and drummer to complete the line-up, recordings were completed over the winter of 2005 on what would become Frost*’s first album, “Milliontown”.
MILLIONTOWN (2004- 2006)
Named after the 26 minute long final track inspired by the book “The Apprentice” by Gordon Houghton, Milliontown was released in the United States on 18 July 2006 and in Europe on 24 July to widespread critical acclaim. The band went on a brief tour to play a selection from the album, supporting Pallas on a four date tour of the Netherlands and Germany in October 2006, but it wouldn’t last for long…
DISSOLUTION AND RE-BIRTH (2006-2007)
Shortly after returning from the tour, Godfrey announced – by way of an article on the band’s blog on MySpace and re-iterated by InsideOut in a bulletin on the same site two days later – that due to his increasing professional and personal commitments elsewhere, Frost* would be dissolved after fulfilling four remaining concert dates.
The final appearance of Frost* in support of their album Milliontown, was as support for The Flower Kings at The Scala in Kings Cross, London, on 10th December 2006. However, in early 2007, Godfrey changed his mind, revived the band name and wrote in his blog about writing material for a second Frost* album…
EXPERIMENTS IN MASS APPEAL (2008)
Following the band’s reformation, Godfrey recruited Declan Burke of Darwin’s Radio (whom he had met at the Flower Kings gig) to contribute vocals and guitars on the follow-up album, Experiments in Mass Appeal, which was released worldwide on 17th November 2008. Throughout the recording, Godfrey posted many vblogs on YouTube called “Frost* Reports” which became cult items in themselves. In the midst of this, Frost* supported Spock’s Beard for an 8 date tour across Europe and the UK.
Shortly before the album’s release, Andy Edwards announced that due to his new job as a college lecturer he would retire from live playing.
THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT (2009)
On Saturday 2nd May 2009, Frost* performed at RosFest at the Keswick Theater, Philadelphia with Nick D’Virgilio of Spock’s Beard guesting on drums. This recording later became the widely acclaimed “The Philadelphia Experiment” live CD.
Shortly afterwards, John Jowitt announced his departure from the band. With gigs scheduled in support of Dream Theater, Jem announced bass duties would be now handled by Level 42 guitarist, Nathan King, Andy Edwards played live for the final time at these shows before Craig Blundell was enlisted to replace him. With Dec Burke bowing out at the end of the Experiments In Mass Appeal concept, the new 4 piece became what is now the current and longest standing line-up of the band.
THE DIVIDING LINE (2010)
On 2 February 2010, Jem announced via his blog that he had been invited to participate in the 10th anniversary party of The Dividing Line Broadcast Network, British Columbia’s internet-based progressive rock radio station. Godfrey accepted and to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the band over the years tasked himself to write and record a new Frost* song, aptly titled “The Dividing Line” to be completed within the eight weeks remaining until the party.
Godfrey gathered not only fellow Frost* mates John Mitchell, Andy Edwards, Dec Burke and Nathan King, but also enlisted the talents of Tara Busch, Mark “madfiddler” Knight, Lyndon Connah and original Frost* guitarist, John Boyes, for the one-off project. A special Frost* Report was posted on the band’s YouTube channel, providing a video chronicle of the song’s creation.
“The Dividing Line” premiered during The Dividing Line’s 10th anniversary broadcast on Saturday, 3 April 2010 and remains one of Godfrey’s favourite Frost* songs to this day.
Frost* played a small selection of shows across the UK in December 2010 before once again returning to hibernation and, yet again, an uncertain future…
RETURN OF FROST* AND THIRD ALBUM PLANS (2011-2015)
In May 2015, Godfrey announced on Facebook that a new Frost* album was in progress – “New album underway. JM, CB and NK all in. Release scheduled for ’16. Writing nearly complete. Recording in Autumn”.
Writing was completed in late October 2015 and the band decamped to Strongroom Studios in Hoxton in December to record as well as at Mitchell’s Outhouse Studios in Reading and Godfrey’s Cube studio in East Sussex. Recording was completed on February 17th 2016.
FALLING SATELLITES (2016)
On 17th January 2016, Jem Godfrey announced the new album would be called ‘Falling Satellites’. The band also announced an 8 date UK tour in the summer of 2016. ‘Falling Satellites’was released on 27th May to critical acclaim.
All info from the Official FROST* Website
The Dear Hunter is a Providence, RI and Port Angeles, WA progressive rock band originating in Providence, Rhode Island. It began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens. The band’s sound features a wide variety of instruments and styles.
The band began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo when he was a full-time member of The Receiving End of Sirens. The Dear Hunter was originally intended as a vehicle for music Crescenzo had written that didn’t fit with the sound of The Receiving End of Sirens. Crescenzo affirmed that:
(Info from Wikipedia)
The Dear Hunter
Casey Crescenzo • Vocals / Guitar
Rob Parr • Guitar
Nick Sollecito • Bass
Max Tousseau • Keys
Nick Crescenzo • Drums
The Dear Hunter just released its latest album: Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional (2016)
Photo by Victor Vassiliev and Anya Vassilieva. Custom Tie Dye Garments by TJ Indigo
Half Past Four is one of the best progressive rock bands to have emerged from Canada. Over nearly two decades, they have developed a unique sound, employing traditional prog-rock music laiden with folk, country, jazz, heavy metal and classical genres, among others.
Each member of Half Past Four is a virtuoso in their own right. Together, they form somewhat of a familial gestalt. Each band member brings a proficiency, originality and respect for the whole that propels their combined efforts into a place beyond simple classification.
Half Past Four has been compared to early-80s King Crimson. Yet any comparisons can only truly function on a per-track basis. While one piece might sound reminiscent of late-70s Yes, listeners might feel the influence of early Pink Floyd in the next piece, followed by a piece that harkens Primus in the 1990s. Or Kate Bush in the mid-80s. Like the best of progressive rock music, the listener cannot predict where the band will take them next.
It is this shifting flow of sound and feeling that distinguishes Half Past Four. They are an aural tapestry, weaving 50+ years of musical influences into mellifluous melodies and rhythmic resonances that take their listeners on a journey to states that are both fresh and familiar.
Constantin Necrasov: Guitar
Dmitry Lesov: Bass & Chapman Stick
Igor Kurtzman: Keyboards
Kyree Vibrant: Vocals
Marcello Ciurleo: Drums
Land of The Blind – September 17, 2016
Good Things – April 13, 2013
Rabbit in the Vestibule – October 25, 2008
Glass Hammer is an American progressive rock band from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They formed in 1992 when multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel began to write and record “Journey of the Dunadan”, a concept album based on the story of Aragorn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. To their surprise, the album sold several thousand units via the Internet, The QVC Shop-At-Home Network, and their own toll-free order number. As such, Babb and Schendel were convinced that the band was a project worth continuing. The stage was then set for a successful career that now includes numerous albums, DVDs and an enthusiastic, world-wide fan base that continues to grow at a steady rate.
While many musicians have appeared on Glass Hammer albums over the years, Babb and Schendel have remained the core creative force of the band. Both play a variety of instruments, but Babb is better known as the bassist while Schendel is the primary keyboardist. And though they also sing, a number of other vocalists (most notably Michelle Young, Walter Moore, Susie Bogdanowicz, Carl Groves and Jon Davison) have also handled lead vocal duties.
Lyrically, Glass Hammer is inspired mostly by their love of literature (most notably Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and John Krakauer) and Babb’s love of Victorian prose and medieval mythology. Musically, they lean towards 70′s driven symphonic rock, focusing on epic-length songs anchored by Babb’s distinctive bass guitar work and strong keyboard playing from Schendel; specifically Hammond organs in the tradition of ELP. They have a superb melodic flow to the music they make, encapsulating real power and dynamics without ever becoming overpowering. Their most apparent influences are Yes, ELP, Genesis, and, to a less noticeable extent, Camel. Fans and critics are usually quick to attest that Glass Hammer have managed to combine those influences into a unique style all their own.
Critically acclaimed albums have continued to flow from the Glass Hammer studio, with the most successful and noteworthy being “Chronomtree” (2000), “Lex Rex” (2002), “The Inconsolable Secret” (2005) and “IF” (2010). Vocalists and fan-favorites Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz took a temporary hiatus from the band after 2009 and vocalist Jon Davison took over as lead vocalist for three studio albums; “IF”, “Cor Cordium” and “Perilous”. Kamran Alan Shikoh joined the band at the same time taking on the role of guitarist.
During the recording of “Perilous”, Davison also assumed the role as front-man for Yes. This led to Carl Groves rejoining the Glass Hammer in 2013 for live performances and recording. Aaron Raulston joined at the same time as drummer for the group. Susie Bogdanowicz rejoined in late 2013 and appeared along with Raulston, Groves and Shikoh in 2014 concerts.
Glass Hammer’s “Ode To Echo” release for 2014 featured performances by many of the band’s vocalists, including Bogdanowicz, Young, Moore and Davison, though Carl Groves was handling the lion’s share of the vocal duties for the band. “The Breaking Of The World” followed in 2015 along with the two CD one DVD set “Double Live” which was recorded and filmed at ROSFest in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz fronted the group throughout 2015.
2016’s “Valkyrie” saw the lineup shift somewhat as Carl Groves departed and Susie Bogdanowicz stepped to the fore. Before recording sessions began, Babb, Schendel, Shikoh and Raulston rehearsed the music of “Valkyrie” for several weeks, as if they were preparing for a live concert. This was a new approach for Glass Hammer album production. According to the band, this was done in order to better capture the live energy of an actual Glass Hammer performance. “Valkyrie” was also conceived as a “full-blown concept album” in the tradition of “Lex Rex”, and “The Inconsolable Secret”.
Fred Schendel: Keyboards, Guitars, Backing Vocals & Drums
Steve Babb: Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals & Percussion
Susie Bogdanowicz: Lead Vocals
Carl Groves: Lead Vocals
Aaron Raulston: Drums
Journey of the Dunadan (1993)
On to Evermore (1998)
The Middle Earth Album (2001)
Lex Rex (2002)
The Inconsolable Secret (2005, re-recorded in 2013)
Culture of Ascent (2007)
Three Cheers for the Broken-Hearted (2009)
Cor Cordium (2011)
Ode to Echo (2014)
The Breaking of the World (2015)
Live and Revived (1997)
Live at Nearfest (2004)
Double Live (2015)
Lex Live (2004)
Live at Belmont (2006)
Live at the Tivoli (2008)
Double Live (2015)
David & Goliath – the Musical – Babb and Schendel (2002)
One – Old recordings by Babb and Schendel from 1991-1992 (2010)
The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft – collaborative album of different artists (2012)
Griot is a multinational rock band formed by musicians João Pascoal and Sérgio Ferreira in 2014.
Griot’s sound evokes a style of progressive rock that explores and creates different textures and soundscapes. The bands song-writing style revolves around self-published literature included in each album’s concept.
According to Wikipedia
A griot (/ˈɡri.oʊ/; French pronunciation: [ɡʁi.o]), jali or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a societal leader due to his traditional position as an advisor to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions, he is sometimes also called a bard.
According to Paul Oliver in his book Savannah Syncopators, “Though [the griot] has to know many traditional songs without error, he must also have the ability to extemporize on current events, chance incidents and the passing scene. His wit can be devastating and his knowledge of local history formidable”. Although they are popularly known as “praise singers”, griots may use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment.
Griot recently released Gerald a concept album portraying the journey of Gerald, a man with many questions and fewer answers. It’s an immersive journey about himself and something more, something grand, something new…
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira
Maria Branco, Sérgio Ferreira
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira
João Pascoal, Sérgio Ferreira
André Roque, Gabriel Marques (Bliss Recordings), João Pascoal, António Branco, Alexandre Veiga
Mixed / Mastered by:
André Roque, João Pascoal
João Pascoal – Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Composing (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Sérgio Ferreira – Drums, Percussion, Composing (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Nuno Aleluia – Vocals (tracks 1,3,4 and 5)
António Branco – Backing Vocals (tracks 1,3,4 and 5)
Pedro Marques – Backing Vocals (track 5)
Eduardo Ferreira – Violin (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Carolina Resende – Violin (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Rita Fernandes – Violoncello (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Paulo Bernardino – Clarinet (track 3)
Andy Panayi – Tenor Saxophone (track 2)
André Loureiro – Flute (tracks 2,3,4 and 5)
João Baião – Acoustic Steel String Guitar (track 3 and 5)
Alexandre Veiga – Electric Guitar (tracks 1,2,3,4 and 5)
Filipe Salgueiro – Electric Guitar (track 5)
Bruno Miguel – Electric Guitar (track 2)
Vikram Shankar – Synthesizer (track 1)
Diogo Santos – Moog Synthesizer (track 5)
André Barros – Piano, Composing (track 5 introduction)
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About Steve Rothery:
Steve Rothery is an English musician, Rothery is the founding member of Marillion in1979. Marillion, which is one of the most successful band to emerge from Britain’s 80s neo-progressive rock scene, having sold over 15 million albums. Steve’s melodic and atmospheric style has been an integral part of Marillion’s eighteen albums. Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) Marillion’s 18th studio album was released on September 23, 2016.
Rothery has recorded two albums as part of the duo with his side project The Wishing Tree. On Steve’s long awaited solo album, the music is brimming with his trademark guitar solos and melodic chordal work. It also sees a rockier side return to Steve’s playing. Rothery’s instrumental solo album “The Ghosts of Pripyat” was released in September 2014 and Live at the Band on the Wall (2015) with the Steve Rothery Band.
According to Guitar Player, Rothery “specializes in crafting lush sonic atmospheres with layered guitars and effects processing”. In 2001, Rothery was voted Yorkshire and Humberside’s best guitarist in a poll in Total Guitar magazine. He has been hailed by MusicPlayers.com as one of the great progressive rock guitarists, describing him as “never one to go for major flash, he always plays for the song and not his ego, but when he shines, he shines brightly”, and comparing him favourably with John Petrucci, David Gilmour and Alex Lifeson.
Marillion Studio Albums
- Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
- Fugazi (1984)
- Misplaced Childhood (1985)
- Clutching at Straws (1987)
- Seasons End (1989)
- Holidays in Eden (1991)
- Brave (1994)
- Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
- This Strange Engine (1997)
- Radiation (1998)
- marillion.com (1999)
- Anoraknophobia (2001)
- Marbles (2004)
- Somewhere Else (2007)
- Happiness Is the Road (2008)
- Less Is More (2009)
- Sounds That Can’t Be Made (2012)
- Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) (2016)
Wishing Tree Albums
- Carnival of Souls (1996)
- Ostara (2009)
Steve Rothery Solo Albums
- Live in Plovdiv (December 2013)
- Live in Rome (August 2014)
- The Ghosts of Pripyat (September 2014)
Steve Rothery Band
- Live at the Band on the Wall (2015)
- Jadis – Jadis (1989, Production)
- Arrakeen – Patchwork (1990, Guitar)
- Rock Against Repatriation – “Sailing” (1990, Guitar)
- Enchant – A Blueprint of the World (1994, Production, Guitar)
- John Wesley – Under the Red and White Sky (1994, Guitar)
- Arena – Crying for Help, The Cry (1994, Guitar)
- Mr. So and So – The Overlap (1998, Production, Guitar)
- John Wesley – The Emperor Falls (1999, Guitar)
- Ian Mosley & Ben Castle – Postmankind (2001, Guitar)
- The Reasoning – Awakening (2007, Guitar)
- Gazpacho – Firebird (2005, Guitar)
- Swallow the Sun – Servant of Sorrow (alternate version from the single New Moon) (2009, Guitar)
- Edison’s Children – In The Last Waking Moments (2011, Guitar)
- Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II (2012, Guitar)
Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side is a Progressive rock project from Stockholm, Sweden founded in 2012 by bass player, songwriter and producer Jonas Lindberg.
Jonas Lindberg – bass, keyboards, vocals
Jonas Sundqvist – lead vocals
Jenny Sandgren – vocals
Michael Ottosson – keyboards
Jonathan Lundberg – drums
Nicklas Thelin – guitars
Calle Stålenbring – guitars
Maria Olsson – percussion
New album Pathfinder was released on September 1, 2016
Aisles have been considered one of the most interesting Progressive Rock bands of recent years and have just released their third studio album ‘4:45 AM’.
Their soulfully crafted combination of rock, progressive rock, art rock, fusion, world music and other styles illustrates the band’s unique liberal and eclectic music vision.
Aisles have been regarded as Prog Rock, but their approach to music goes far beyond that while creating a very powerful and unique type of music and sound.In 2003 the band produced a demo with the goal of publishing their music. Having achieved such a high quality of sound and powerful compositions they decided to use it as their first record. In 2005 “The Yearning” was born and consequently published and distributed in Europe, the United States and Japan.In 2007 the seeds of the album “In Sudden Walks” were sown. This self-produced album was in works for over a year, while the band perfected their music and sound alongside internationally recognized technicians.
Aisles were formed to serve as a constantly evolving vehicle of expression maintaining an unmistakably unique identity. Allowing creativity to prevail above all else fuels the band’s desire to create.
Aisles’ third record, ‘4:45 AM, has been officially released on October 29th via Presagio Records.
Guitars, Vocals and Keyboards: Germán Vergara
Guitars and Vocals: Rodrigo Sepúlveda
Drums and Percussion: Felipe Candia
Lead vocals: Sebastián Vergara
Bass: Daniel Baird-Kerr
Keyboards: Juan Pablo Gaete
One may describe Utica, New York based band Jack and the Jukebox as having an edgy (ha) neoclassical alt rock sound with a romantic patina of cabaret. Not that anyone needs labels.
Jack and the Jukebox are: Aaron Myatt Timothy B. Parker Jackalico