December 01, 2015

Mantra Vega: "The Illusion’s Reckoning" release party

Mantra Vega, a prog collaborative with Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner as the core members, will celebrate the release of their debut album on January 23 at The Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge, Kirbymoorside. Tickets include dinner, album signing and intimate acoustic performance.

The melodic prog outfit piut out the Island single earlier this year, a mixed bag of varying quality as if they were still plotting a proper course. On paper the line-up looks pretty impressive though.

November 30, 2015

Grus Paridae:"Passes By" b/w "Inheritance of Devotion"

Grus Paridae, a Finnish progressive rock duo, released an ambitious single. Passes By is a subtle, cinematic tune slowly evolving into a ahowcase for harmonizing and double-tracked violin (by guest player Jarno Koivunen) taking on the old school guitar solo. The B-side Inheritance of Devotion sounds a bit mote contemporary, but is marred by some ill-advised vocal effects.

Petteri Kurki and Rami Turtiainen are both multi-instrumentalists, taking turns on the vocals, guitar, bass, synths & programming. The single sounds great, but they have to find their version of prog to make them stand out.

Passes By b/w Inheritance of Devotion is a self-released single.

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Latimer House: Bubblegum (Joe Foster Remix)

Joe Foster came up with a good idea for the remix of the Latimer House track Bubblegum, He brought the cello to the fore and boosted the vocals, making it a lot darker than the original from their All The Rage album

Bubblegum (Joe Foster Remix) is a self-released single. Buy it from their website.

The Anglo-Canadian-Azerbaijani-American indie band have recorded the instrumentation for 12 new songs for Hey, their new full-length that will see the light of day in early 2016.


HCTF review of All The Rage.

November 29, 2015

Ronan Conroy: "The Game" video

Watch the new Ronan Conroy video for The Game, a track from his latest album. Directed by Charlie Nieland the clip follows him in the back alleys of NYC. Everybody seems to be watching a sports game that he doesn't care about, a perfect recipe for feeling lonely in a big city.


HCTF review of The Game.

Adrian Belew Power Trio: European tour dates

The Adrian Belew Power Trio will be on tour in Europe in early 2016. After a one-off show in Israel Adrian Belew (guitar, vocals), Julie Slick (bass) and Tobias Ralph (drums) are off to Copenhagen. Prog rock with a twist and funny banter included.

Live dates: