The current issue / eclipsed No. 224 / 10-2020

BLACK SABBATH - paranoia, heaven and hell

Almost exactly 50 years ago, on September 18, 1970 - the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' death - Black Sabbath released their second album "Paranoid". After their debut at the beginning of 1970, which in a way was the beginning of heavy metal, they cemented their reputation and created songs for eternity. Almost a decade later, after Ozzy Osbourne's temporary departure, the band reinvented themselves with new vocalist Ronnie James Dio and producer Martin Birch ...

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - The journey continues

For 53 years in rock orbit, for 49 years under the name Blue Öyster Cult - you can take a 19-year studio album break. As a "tour band", however, the hard and classic rockers from Long Island, New York, were always active. Lead guitarist and singer Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, who has been directing BÖC's destiny since 1967, provides information about the new album

FISH - The circle is complete

Already in 2015 Fish had announced that he wanted to record one last album, this one was called "Weltschmerz" and that he would go into well-deserved retirement after a final tour. Due to numerous setbacks of health and family reasons, it took five years until the album could be released. But now the double album "Weltschmerz" is here ...

AYREON - "As in heaven, so on earth" or "Between heaven and hell"

With his wacky rock musical "Transitus" Arjen Lucassen leaves the Ayreon comfort zone for a moment and sends his renowned ensemble through a ghost story located in the 19th century. Daniel and Abby, the two main characters of the psychic story, are played by Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans Of Slumber). Other well-known artists in the all-star cast include Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman and Johanne James (Threshold)

MOTORPSYCHO - Organic Techno for Ballet

The past four years of motor psychology have been dominated by Håkon Gullvåg. His pictures set the framework for an album trilogy that began with "The Tower" and "The Crucible" and has now been completed with "The All Is One". We talked to the painter and the band about their work.

STONES FAN MUSEUM LÜCHOW - Rock 'n' Roll Fata-Morgana in a cultural nowhere

The Rolling Stones sing "Living In A Ghost Town" in their first new song in eight years and they certainly don't mean Lüchow. The small town in Lower Saxony is not a ghost town, not even in Corona times. But there's not much going on here either. There is tranquillity instead of hustle and bustle, you look in vain for pulsating life

OZRIC TENTACLES - One long highlight

Five years have passed since the last album. A period in which the future of the Ozric Tentacles seemed uncertain. Now the English Psych/Space-Band is back with the new album "Space For The Earth". Founded in the early 80s, the Ozric Tentacles have quickly established themselves in the psychedelic/space rock scene ...

KEVIN GILBERT: 20 years of "The Shaming Of The True" - The unknown prog masterpiece

Kevin Gilbert's concept album "The Shaming Of The True", which is about the rise and fall of rock musician Johnny Virgil, is one of the great unknown prog masterpieces. Since Gilbert could not complete the work on his opus magnum due to his early death - he died in 1996 at the age of 29 - his friend Nick D'Virgilio, who was drumming with Spock's Beard at the time and is now in the service of Big Big Train, stepped in. D'Virgilio helped finalize the album and set the final track list ...

With his new solo album DEREK SHERINIAN has given himself an early birthday present

Nine years have passed since the last solo release "Oceana" - a long time, but one in which Derek Sherinian was of course anything but idle: Two albums with his band Sons Of Apollo have been produced, and the keyboard player went on tour with different formations. But a good one and a half years ago the time had come ...

On their latest album GAZPACHO dedicate themselves to the shallows of the human soul

It has now become a nice habit that every new Gazpacho work is dominated by a comprehensive concept, in which bandleader and keyboardist Thomas Andersen repeatedly serves up incredible stories to his listeners, whose truthfulness he fervently defends. There was, for example, the mysterious old book, which he happened to be allowed to look into, with which one could conjure up the "Demon". Or the short sound at the end of "Molok", which, according to a certain algorithm, could trigger a new big bang in one of several billion cases and thus the end of the world ..

The Austrians MOTHER'S CAKE present with "Cyberfunk!" a wonderful, wicked mixtape

In 2008 Mother's Cake were founded. The Austrian trio has made a handful of releases with a mix of hard rock, psychedelic and funk. But the new album "Cyberfunk!" puts everything they have done so far in the shade and comes up with a special concept. Drummer Jan Haußels was available to answer questions.

On "Here Now" POOR GENETIC MATERIAL philosophically dedicate themselves to the moment

With the literary inspired albums "Island Noises" (2011) and "A Day In June" (2013), the German band around singer Philip Griffiths, son of the Beggars-Opera legend Martin Griffiths, and keyboarder Philipp Jaehne increasingly developed from an ambient formation to a prog and art rock band. Four years ago, PGM had set themselves the difficult task of making absence tangible in terms of sound. Now, on their new concept album "Here Now", they think about the quality of the moment.

The streaming project BEHIND CLOSED DOORS sets creative impulses in the dreary everyday life of Corona

The Corona crisis crippled the events industry overnight. Living room concerts are no real substitute and live concerts with seats, with appropriate safety distances and hygiene rules, are still only possible on a smaller scale depending on the location of the state. But the live industry is showing itself creative and is trying to master the difficult situation and restrictions with new concepts. One of these innovative projects is Behind Closed Doors ...

The debut of THE PROGRESSIVE SOULS COLLECTIVE is waiting with an exciting crowd of guests

Derek Sherinian and Kevin Moore (both ex-Dream-Theater), Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra), Luis Conte (Phil Collins, among others) and Conner Green (Haken): Florian Zepf was able to win them all for his project The Progressive Souls Collective. He himself, on the other hand, is a blank sheet in the scene ...

...and much more!

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