symphonic prog

Ayreon to release new studio album “Transitus” on September 25th 2020

Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album “Transitus”, on September 25th, 2020, via Music Theories Recordings.

From the mastermind of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen, “Transitus” is inspired by supernatural movies such as The Others, The Changeling and Ghost along with the music of soundtrack composers John Carpenter (Halloween), Ennio Morricone (Once upon a Time in the West) and Jerry Goldsmith (Omen).

Pendragon

Hi Nick. Congrats on “Love Over Fear”. It’s the “Album of the Month” on Grande Rock!
 
N: Thank you!
 
 
It’s been almost 6 years since “Men Who Climb Mountains”. What happened in the meantime and why did it take you so long to come up with a new studio album?
 

Kansas to release new studio album “The Absence of Presence” on June 26th 2020

Kansas, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their highly anticipated new studio album “The Absence of Presence” on June 26th, 2020. 

The album follows-up 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit”, which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. Kansas has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” to progressive epics like “Song for America”.

Pendragon - Love Over Fear

In 2018 Pendragon had their 40th year anniversary. Yeah, I know that the number 40 might seem too big but this band has been around since 1978 and has been true to their prog rock values all these years. Then again it’s been almost 6 years since their last studio album “Men Who Climb Mountains”, so the prog fans might have been wondering what’s been going on.

Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble to release new album “The Red Planet” on April 3rd 2020

Keyboard Legend Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble will be releasing “The Red Planet” on April 3rd, 2020.

The album features 8 newly composed pieces, especially for this project, and harks back to Wakeman’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, where there were 6 heavy keyboard pieces based around a central subject matter. It is a serious return to “Wakeman Prog”...

Jeff Lynne’s ELO - From Out of Nowhere

“You can never change, You just keep on being you”, Jeff Lynn sings on “Help Yourself” and I am wondering if that’s self-reflection in any form, since his output with the “Orchestra” has been sporadic in the past few decades, yet no matter what the sleeves say, the musical style remains consistent and immediately recognizable. It gives a sense of continuation of a uniform flow, no matter how many years may have passed.
 

Eloy

Hi Frank, I’m glad we’re given the chance to talk about Eloy’s new release. Well, part 2 of “The Vision the Sword and the Pyre” completes the work, you’ve wanted to release for quite a long time. How did the process of this album differ in relation to the first, if at all and how do you feel now that it’s done?