ProgSphere’s AwesomeCast: Episode 13 – Prog Sphere Promotions Pt. 2

Hello everybody and welcome to the second season of ProgSphere’s AwesomeCasts series. Although it was previously announced that the opening podcast in a new year will be actually an interview with Greek modern psychedelic rockers Sleepin Pillow, due to their busy schedule, I decided to come up with an AwesomeCast, highlighting the bands off the Prog Sphere Promotions roster.

There are 10 new bands, each presented with two tracks (for tracklist, check below) taken from our ever growing roster.

My choice, for opening this AwesomeCast fell upon the band hailing from Fleetwood in Lancashire, UK. The band in question is Earthling Society, presented here with two songs from their latest album called Stations of the Ghost. The band’s influential field is pretty wide as you can hear variety influences ranging from 70’s space rock, Krautrock, folk rock and of course progressive. I am sure you’ll notice it during listening the tracks.

John Duva, with their style of performing garage rock flirting with punk, is a new band coming from Sweden, which self-titled debut album is due on February 15th on Transubstans Records.

Unified Past hails from Syracuse, NY and they are completely into progressive/art tock a la Rush. Focused on melody, this trio signed by great Melodic Revolution Records are ready to deliver much more on their upcoming release.

Probably the most interesting acts at the moment coming from Nuremberg, Germany is Effloresce, fronted by charismatic vocalist Nicki Weber. The band’s debut album called Coma Ghosts, mixed and mastered by legendary Dan Swanö, is set to be released on February 10th via newly formed (Michael Schetter‘s of Relocator) label – Generation Prog Records. In this podcast, we have a premiere of a new song called Swimming Through Deserts, which is second song off the album to be streamed somewhere. The first one is Spectre Pt. I: Zorya’s Dawn.

Great 70′s Swedish progressive rock Trettioåriga Kriget (eng. 30 Year War) released a new album in 2011 called Efter Efter and here they are featured with two songs off that release. This band served as inspiration to many bands, most notable to Opeth, Anekdoten and Änglagård.

Trigon comes from Karlsruhe in Germany and are one of my most recent discoveries. The sense for improvisation within a time frame makes this band admirable. Their latest release 2011 shows that the band deserves much more and the term „underrated“ cannot be accepted.

Reason, with their variant of progressive/heavy metal released The Darkest Star on Alienation Records last December. The album splutters of of catchy songs, very melodic and memorable riffs. If you are hungry for true heavy metal combined with progressiveness, give Reason a chance, you won’t regret.

Estonian X-Panda is certainly one of the bands which debut Flight of Fancy could be described as a savior of the genre in 2011. These guys serve progressive metal with fusion leanings and they do it like real pros. Wonderful album!

Pittsburgh’s Radio for the Daydreamers came up with second part in their trptych Praying for the Be(a)st. Avant-garde jazz, ambient, atmospheric, alternative – these are some of the keywords adorning them.

And finally, one of the most anticipated releases and certainly an album which will hit the tops on many charts in 2012 is Gamma Knife by New York’s avant-garde elite Kayo Dot. What was announced with last year’s Stained Glass, on Gamma Knife is brought to perfection.

I may say that this podcast is personally my favorite, just because it was great choosing the tracks and making them as an entity. The tracks here, you will agree, come up as a good showcase of what all these bands are about. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

01. EARTHLING SOCIETY – Dark Horizons (taken from “Stations of the Ghost”)
02. EARTHLING SOCIETY – Night of the Scarecrow (taken from “Stations of the Ghost”)
03. JOHN DUVA – The Wind (taken from “John Duva”)
04. JOHN DUVA - Vi Drar Vårt Strå (taken from “John Duva”)
05. UNIFIED PAST – Exploratory Observations (taken from “Observations”)
06. UNIFIED PAST – Mesmerized (taken from “Observations”)
07. EFFLORESCE – Spectre Pt. I: Zorya’s Dawn (taken from “Coma Ghosts”)
08. EFFLORESCE – Swimming Through Deserts (taken from “Coma Ghosts”)
09. TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET – The Child (taken from “Efter Efter”)
10. TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET – Glorious War (taken from “Efter Efter”)
11. TRIGON – Peitscht das Kamel (taken from “2011″)
12. TRIGON – Space Chick Strikes Back (taken from “Emergent”)
13. REASON – Another World (taken from “The Darkest Star”)
14. REASON – The Darkest Star (taken from “The Darkest Star”)
15. X-PANDA – Dickybirds (taken from “Flight of Fancy”)
16. X-PANDA – Journey of a Dream (taken from “Flight of Fancy”)
17. RADIO FOR THE DAYDREAMERS – Bloodlights (Oh I Sleep) (taken from “Praying for the Be(a)st”)
18. RADIO FOR THE DAYDREAMERS – No One Ever Comes Here, But Me (taken from “Praying for the Be(a)st”)
19. KAYO DOT – Rite of Goetic Evocation (taken from “Gamma Knife”)
20. KAYO DOT – Gamma Knife (taken from “Gamma Knife”)

Download:

http://www.archive.org/details/ProgSphere_sAwesomeCast_13-ProgSpherePromotionsPt.2

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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