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LONELY ROBOT, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and singer/songwriter John Mitchell (Kino, Frost*, Arena, It Bites), is set to release its fourth album ‘Feelings Are Good’ on July 17th, 2020, a fresh start following the conclusion of the ‘The Astronaut Trilogy’.

John comments: “‘Feelings Are Good’ is a bit of a departure from the first three Lonely Robot albums or ‘The Astronaut Trilogy’ as it has now lovingly become known. On ‘Feelings Are Good’, I wanted to explore more personal themes and the songs are very much about individual experiences and narratives that I believe had been the cornerstones, good and bad, to my life. The long tall and short of it is that we’re back on planet Earth, and I have a personal lyrical axe to grind!”

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‘Feelings Are Good’ will be available as a Limited Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+CD and as Digital Album in both 16 & 24 bit versions (all including 2 bonus tracks). The artwork is once again by Paul Tippett / Vitamin P (Black Star Riders, Frost*), and John says of the cover: "The artwork is meant to be a little disturbing. The closed eyes and taped over mouth are supposed to represent how people are very guarded with their emotions and what better way of emoting them than through the windows to the soul and the smile?"


The full track-listing is as follows:


1. Feelings Are Good
2. Into The Lo-Fi
3. Spiders
4. Crystalline
5. Life Is A Sine Wave
6. Armour For My Heart
7. Suburbia
8. The Silent Life
9. Keeping People As Pets
10. Army Of One
11. Grief Is The Price Of Love
12. The Silent Life (Orchestral Version)
13. Crystalline (Orchestral Version).

Meanwhile, you can hear one of the new tracks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLHsNFHAdgA
 

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NEAL MORSE will release 'Sola Gratia', a new solo progressive rock concept album, on September 11, 2020... It should be featuring Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Gideon Klein.

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The title 'Sola Gratia' of course has echoes of Morse’s epic CD 'Sola Scriptura' (2007), about the life of Martin Luther.

Track-listing is as follows.:



1. Preface


2. Overture


3. In The Name Of The Lord


4. Ballyhoo (The Chosen Ones)


5. March Of The Pharisees


6. Building A Wall


7. Sola Intermezzo


8. Overflow


9. Warmer Than The Sunshine


10. Never Change


11. Seemingly Sincere


12. The Light On The Road To Damascus


13. The Glory Of The Lord


14. Now I Can See/The Great Commission.
 

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DYBLE LONGDON is a new project between iconic vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention) and BBT frontman David Longdon. They release the debut album entitled 'Between A Breath And A Breath' on 25th September.

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Track-listing:


1. Astrologers


2. Obedience


3. Tidying Away The Pieces


4. Between A Breath And A Breath


5. France


6. Whisper


7. Heartwashing.


Judy Dyble (vocals, autoharp) and David Longdon (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano and keyboards) are joined by Jeff Davenport (Jade Warrior, drums) and Longdon’s Big Big Train bandmates Danny Manners (double bass), Rikard Sjöblom (accordion), Rachel Hall (violin), Greg Spawton (bass guitar and Moog Taurus pedals) and Nick D’Virgilio (drums). Other featured musicians are Dave Gregory (ex-Big Big Train and XTC - guitar), Andy Lewis (Paul Weller - bass guitar), Luca Calabrese (Isildurs Bane - trumpet), Dave Sturt (Gong, Steve Hillage - fretless bass).
 

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DYBLE LONGDON is a new project between iconic vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention) and BBT frontman David Longdon. They release the debut album entitled 'Between A Breath And A Breath' on 25th September.

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Track-listing:


1. Astrologers


2. Obedience


3. Tidying Away The Pieces


4. Between A Breath And A Breath


5. France


6. Whisper


7. Heartwashing.


Judy Dyble (vocals, autoharp) and David Longdon (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, piano and keyboards) are joined by Jeff Davenport (Jade Warrior, drums) and Longdon’s Big Big Train bandmates Danny Manners (double bass), Rikard Sjöblom (accordion), Rachel Hall (violin), Greg Spawton (bass guitar and Moog Taurus pedals) and Nick D’Virgilio (drums). Other featured musicians are Dave Gregory (ex-Big Big Train and XTC - guitar), Andy Lewis (Paul Weller - bass guitar), Luca Calabrese (Isildurs Bane - trumpet), Dave Sturt (Gong, Steve Hillage - fretless bass).

Sad to know about that.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53382561?fbclid=


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RIP, Judy.
 

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[/FONT]ARENA will be parting ways with a lead singer Paul Manzi who has been with the British prog band for ten years now - three studio albums and a lot of touring; but some commitments, particularly the touring, are becoming a strain on his time. All in all, Paul is going to move on other musical endeavour.

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ARENA will be parting ways with a lead singer Paul Manzi who has been with the British prog band for ten years now - three studio albums and a lot of touring; but some commitments, particularly the touring, are becoming a strain on his time. All in all, Paul is going to move on other musical endeavour.

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Another statement:

The band has great pleasure in welcoming Damian Wilson to the new line up. Most people already know him as a vocalist for groups and projects such as Ayreon, Praying Mantis, Landmarq, Headspace, Threshold, Star One, Rick Wakeman's English Rock Ensemble...


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TIM BOWNESS (primarily known for his works with such artists as Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp, Judy Dyble, Hugh Hopper, OSI, Richard Barbieri, Phil Manzanera) will release the new solo album 'Late Night Laments' on August 28th.

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Track-listing is as follows:


1. Northern Rain (4:49)
2. I'm Better Now (3:52)
3. Darkline (3:57)
4. We Caught The Light (3:56)
5. The Hit-man Who Missed (3:21)
6. Never A Place (4:41)
7. The Last Getaway (4:55)
8. Hidden Life (5:05)
9. One Last Call (4:15).
 

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If all goes well, Norwegian sympho-proggers WOBBLER should introduce their new studio album 'Dwellers of the Deep' in coming Fall 2020..

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THE NEW EMPIRE resurrects the band Empire and features a new line-up of Empire member Mark Murdock, Fernando Perdomo and Marisol Koss. Their album titled 'Second Life' also features guest appearances from Dave Kerzner, Julianne Spicer and Dennis Atlas. There'll be both new original songs and re-recordings of tracks by Empire, Flash, Peter Banks, and one Yes composition. CD 'Second Lifetime' acts to establish The New Empire and pay tribute to the late Peter Banks. Date of release is October 9th

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Track listing:


1. THE NEW EMPIRE OVERTURE
2. LOST IN TIME
3. KNIGHTS OF THE NEW EMPIRE
4. SLOW BURN RISING
5. THE JOURNEY OF MANKIND
6. LIFE AFTER LIFE
7. BETTER NOT TO
8. OUT OF OUR HANDS
9. FOUNDATION
10. SKY AT NIGHT
11. LOOKING AROUND
12. ANOTHER LIFETIME
13. THIS IS NOT A DREAM
14. FARAWAY FRIEND
(A TRIBUTE TO PETER BANKS).
 

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Swedish prog rockers THE FLOWER KINGS will release new double album 'Islands' through InsideOut Music on October, 30th. It features striking artwork from legendary cover artist Roger Dean, which you can see below.

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Disc One (49:40).

1 - Racing With Blinders On 4:24

2 - From The Ground 4.02
3 - Black Swan 5:53
4 - Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 - Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 - Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21


Disc Two (43:01).

1 - All I Need Is Love 5:48

2 - A New Species 5:45
3 - Northern Lights 5:43
4 - Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 - Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 - Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 - Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12.

 

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Anglo-German progressive rock trio EYESBERG will be releasing their new album 'Claustrophobia' in late 2020. This issue features eight songs with a total length of fifty minutes.

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There's a couple of guest musicians there: drummer Jimmy Keegan and Emma Edingloh (female vocals).
 

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The forthcoming VIOLENT SILENCE album has a name and a cover art. The name is 'Twilight Furies' and the cover is an image you can see below.


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The Swedish band has opted to release this CD "somewhere in Autumn 2020".
 

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Veteran proggers GRYPHON have announced that they will release their new studio album 'Get Out Of My Father's Car' on November 25. It's featuring original members Graeme Taylor (guitar), Brian Gulland (crumhorn, bassoon, trombone, recorder, keyboards) and Dave Oberlé (drums) who are joined by Andy Findon on clarinets, saxes and flutes, plus two new members: Rob Levy on bass guitar and Clare Taylor on violin and keyboards. All three new members have contributed compositions to the new album.



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'Whatever you expect, you’ll get something different,' the band add. 'Gryphon is proud of its diverse appeal, enjoying a global fan base, and a wide range of audiences – progressive, folk, rock as well as classical and early music lovers.'.
 

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British multi-instrumentalist JOHN HOLDEN will release his new album 'Circles In Time' on March 26th. Featuring guests as
Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf), Pete Jones (Camel, Tiger Moth Tales), That Joe Payne (The Enid), Marc Atkinson (Riversea), Jean Pageau (Mystery), Nick D’Virgillio, Frank van Essen (ex-Iona), Henry Rogers (Touchstone), Sally Minnear. etc.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhyXvdP3xho
 

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Legendary Dutch progressive rockers KAYAK are pleased to announce they will return with their 18th studio album ‘Out Of This World’ on the 7th May 2021.

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The current line-up of the band is as follows:


Ton Scherpenzeel - Keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Bart Schwertmann - Lead and backing vocals
Marcel Singor - Guitar, lead and backing vocals
Kristoffer Gildenlöw - Bass, lead and backing vocals
Hans Eijkenaar- Drums


The first single titled 'Mystery' will launch 19th February.
 

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A British four-piece THE EMERALD DAWN will be releasing their newest studio album 'To Touch The Sky' on 20th March 2021.


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