MOTORPSYCHO - conversion to Babel

Just one year has passed since their last record, Motorpsycho are already ready with a new (double) album: Inspired by the Tower of Babel, "The Tower" is a fascinating total work of art from cover to lyrics to music. eclipsed spoke with a good-humoured Bent Sæther about the new creative phase of a band that has just repositioned itself in terms of personnel and style.

When Bent Sæther calls punctually from his mobile phone, eclipsed sends a message that due to a cold the voice is not so firm, which makes the motor psycho head laugh: "That's bad. We're rehearsing, and I'm deaf as hell. You must speak loudly now!" However, as Sæther is in the best of remood, this does not pose a major problem in the further course of the game.

VAN MORRISON - Stop is not an option

A jazz, blues and soul expert, Van Morrison has been in the business for 59 years and has 37 albums, touring and studioing all the time. He has a divine voice and is a shining example for generations of musicians. Still, Van the Man doesn't seem happy. He struggles with the music industry, modern technology, the media, the zeitgeist. That's why Nordire hardly gives interviews, that's why he has a reputation as an incorrigible grantler. eclipsed gives the musician in Belfast one of his rare interviews, which isn't always easy - least of all for him.

eclipsed: Mr. Morrison, your last year's album "Keep Me Singing" was very successful and has been the highest chart position for decades..

TEN YEARS AFTER present a new album after almost a decade of studio break

That Ten Years After would surprise us again with a studio album could not necessarily be assumed. The troupe was already stamped as their own tribute band on a perpetual greatest-hits tour. "Evolution", the weak predecessor, has nine years on its back. However, since guitarist and singer Marcus Bonfanti and bass legend Colin Hodgkinson joined the band in 2014, the mood in the band has changed so much that the Ten Years After veterans Ric Lee and Chick Churchill could no longer say no to a studio stay.

eclipsed: In our last interview with band co-founder Leo Lyons, he explained that he had left TYA with guitarist and singer Joe Gooch in 2014 because he finally wanted to record new songs instead of playing the same old slats live over and over again. And now with "A Sting In The Tale" there is a new album.

PRIMUS surprise with children's book dubbing and a comeback in original line-up

Les Claypool, 54, is a funny type: grey goatee beard, straw hat, black clothes, round glasses and an almost philosophical flow of speech. If you didn't know better, you might think you have a painter, writer or university professor in front of you. But the man from San Francisco is a musician. Rock musicians. And what one: Since the mid 80s he is mastermind, frontman and bassist of Primus, has released nine studio albums with the trio and at least as many with various side projects as well as composed the title melody for the cartoon series "South Park". In spite of his enormous popularity, he has not yet experienced the great commercial breakthrough. But he didn't miss it either: "We swam on the alternative rock wave of the nineties for a few years, but we basically had nothing to do with it. And we were never the band that got a lot of airplay. We did too much nonsense for that, with crazy concepts and nonsense songs. When it got boring, we took a ten-year break."

RAY WILSONS Livealbum "Time & Distance" offers Genesis songs in partly surprising versions

After Phil Collins left the band in 1996, Ray Wilson was Genesis' lead singer for the rest of the nineties. For the only album of this formation, "Calling All Stations", he wrote three songs. He has refined his songwriting qualities on several solo albums. Since then he has transformed his short membership in the band into a live sounding coin by touring with his own Genesis programs ("Genesis Classic", "Genesis Unplugged"). He also sang for Steve Hackett on his "Genesis Revisited" tour.

eclipsed: "Time & Distance is a tribute to your time with Genesis. What is your summary today of your collaboration with Banks and Rutherford?

The Art Of Sysyphus Vol. 95

WOBBLER - Fermented Hours (edit) (7:57)
Album: From Silence To Somewhere (2017)
Label/Distribution: Karisma/Soulfood
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For six years the Norwegian Retroproggers have put their fans to the test of patience. But they'll be merciful. The fourth album of the five not only seems more mature despite all the inventiveness, but also reveals a wealth of details thanks to fine production, which clearly underlines the class of the band.

GENESIS - Show over twelve rounds

"'Seconds Out' was a much better record than 'Genesis Live' because we took it seriously as a live album," recalls Tony Banks in the 2006 Oral History "Chapter & Verse". In fact, that first live document, released in 1973, was a child of the strategy of Genesis' label Charisma. And that was: Release a short, inexpensive live album to keep fans interested in the group up to their next studio work, and then send them on tour again with the live record. So two birds could be killed with one stone. Despite this somewhat windy business conduct, "Live" was qualitatively anything but a quick fix. The band around the theatrical frontman Peter Gabriel had deliberately focused on their more aggressive side, which opened up a new audience for them. In addition the singer had written a fascinating surreal short story, which Charisma printed on the backcover of the LP. But it was a single album, and five songs hardly represented a complete concert even with a progressive rock band.

THRESHOLD - Powered up

Although the British progmetal pioneers Threshold had drastic personnel changes before and during the recording of the new album, the work on it was pure joy for founder Karl Groom. Why it has nothing to do with Hobbits, but a lot to do with self-discovery and Brexit, he explains in conversation.

eclipsed: What's Legends Of The Shires about?

Karl Groom: You can interpret the concept of the album in two ways: It can be about a nation finding itself and its place in the world, which is basically a current relation to England, its relation to Europe and what happened last year [through the Brexit]. But it can also be a person who is also trying to find his place in the world after painfully realizing that he deeply regrets some things in his life.

eclipsed: What's with the title?