Obscure Knowledge was released this week via Cuneiform Records and features three tracks. Obscure Knowledge I clocks in at 25 minutes – but the stream has been whittled down to just under six. Hear it below.Guitarist Kavus Torabi says of the follow-up to 2013's History Of The Visitation: "It was never the idea to do an album which was just one long song. We wanted a change, because the last few Guapo albums have been long pieces.
Welcome to the latest mix of progressive music that makes up the contents for the new Prog magazine cover disc. We kick off with a couple of tracks taken from the much-anticipated new albums from Mostky Autumn and Blackfield, and "Tomorrow Dies" and "Family Man" most certainly do not disappoint. Then we have a trio of great new acts making their Prog debuts: Koyo, Serpentyne and Kaprekar's Constant - all with different and unique sounds, and all of whom you'll be reading more about in future issues of Prog. Beatrix Players, Grice and The Mighty Handful have all appeared on our CD before, and we welcome them back with open arms, before we close with the heavy psych vibe of Jerusalem and the eclectic approach of the aptly-named Intrigue. A great selection of diverse sounds from this wonderful progressive universe that we are lucky enough to write about.
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Opeth's "Deliverance & Damnation", a double album almost 15 years in the making, will be made available on October 30 via Music For Nations. Originally released separately in 2002 and 2003 respectively, these sessions were written and recorded together and it's time for Music For Nations to present the album as a complete piece. Music For Nations will issue the double album in two beautifully reissued formats that includes new stereo and 5.1 mixes, with artwork redesigned by original designer Travis Smith; liner notes by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Jerry Ewing of Prog in a lavish four-disc bookset.
The chiming notes of a very Mahavishnu Orchestra sounding guitar open the tension-rich "Fire Mountain" hotly pursued by Theo Travis' intense tenor sax soloing and coruscating axe work from Mike Outram. A change of pace is heard in the title track, beginning slowly but gradually building-up in pace and volume, Outram's fuzzy guitar twinned with Travis' sax comprise the melodic driving force, all underpinned by organ from Pete Whittaker and crackling drums from seasoned percussionist Nic France. The pressure continues to build courtesy of a keen ensemble riff reaching a climax until it dies back into the opening reflective sax-led balledic theme.
Welcome to P52, Prog magazine's second cover CD for 2017. You don't get much bigger than Steve Hackett, here with Hungarian jazz band Djabe, lending a new twist to Steve's own The Steppes. Or Oceans Of Slumber, who boldly take on the Moody Blues' Nights In White Satin in emphatic style. Or Japan/Porcupine Tree keysman Richard Barbieri, with new, jazz-flecked solo fare, and of course Touchstone and Ghost Community, who weigh in with some grand, melodic music. Elsewhere, the UK's Beatrix Players add melancholic beauty, and Multi Story complex intrigue. New Australian bands Anubis and Hemina show there's some exciting new music being made Down Under, and Jug Bundish do the same for Costa Rican prog.