Saturday, November 18, 2017

PROG n ROLL celebrates its 200 broadcasts with a special show! (19/11/2017)

Hello all!
  I am very happy to announce that tomorrow Prog n Roll will celebrate its 200th broadcast! 
It is a very big milestone for us, that's why we decided to make something special.
  So, tomorrow during the 2 hours that the show is online, we are going to play some parts from our older shows, that many of our new listeners have missed, mixed with songs of course.
 We also asked from our listeners to record a short spot for us, saying a few things about Prog n Roll. Many people responded, so tomorrow we are going to play their spots as well.
  In my opinion this is going to be a very interesting and fun show, and for those who don't know Prog n Roll yet, it will be a very good show to listen to. 
  Have in mind that, Prog n Roll is a live bilingual broadcast, and it comes online on every Sunday at 20.00 UK time.
In order to listen, just click on the following link tomorrow, at the time I mentioned above: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" you there!
Thank you.

Friday, November 17, 2017

GANDALF’S FIST: A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer (2017 reissue)

This is not a new album; but at the same time, it is! How is that possible? 
Let me explain…

  Once upon a time, Gandalf’s Fist was a duo, and with the help of synthesizers, they were doing everything by themselves; plus a drum machine.
  In 2013 they released this album, which was a concept one. It was a very good effort, but it needed something more in order to be characterized as a really good album. (Personally speaking, I am usually bothered by the sound of drum machines). But as it seemed, the sales went well, and finally the CD was sold out. So, instead of making a second pressing of the album, they decided to go into the studio and re-record it; and that was a very wise decision! Because the band now is more “mature” than before, and now they also have a real drummer instead of a drum machine. The addition of Stefan Heppe on drums, improved the band’s dynamic a lot without a doubt.
  But that’s not all. Almost all the songs are improved, a 11-minute-long epic is added, and I think that the production and the mix are better. I am not a studio expert, but this version sounds a lot better to my ears.
  On the top of everything else, the narration parts between the songs are lovely, and give to the listener a “massive” feeling. The band decided to repeat the “recipe” they used in The Clockwork Fable, and they succeeded!
  Another very important element of the album is that they replaced the keyboard-string parts, with real strings, like Cello and Violin for example.
If you have the 2013 version of this album, you should definitely try this one. It will sound familiar, but at the same time different and better by far.
  If you don’t have the old version, don’t even bother to find it. This new one is a wonderful piece of work, starting from the – new designed – cover, up to the last detail. I never rated the original version, but I think that I could give something like 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.
  As for this version, I think that I will give 4.5 stars.
  Favorite songs: The nine billion names of God, Stowaway to the mushroom planet, Somewhere beyond the stars, The battle for Tannhouser gate. (I like almost all the songs in the album, but these are the ones I like the most).
             Try this album, you will not regret it!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Prog n Roll's presentation on Threshold's Legends of the Shires, is now available as Podcast.

Hello all!
I am glad to say that, since today, the special Prog n Roll radio show we did on the 5th of November, is available as podcast. We had a presentation on the new album of Threshold, Legends of the Shires that night, mixed with parts of the interview we conducted with the band's leader Karl Groom. We also had Karl himself on our chatbox, and altogether were chating about serious and fun things.
So, now you can just click on the following link, and listen to that show, whenever you are in the mood for it. https://www.mixcloud.com/ProgandRoll/prog-n-roll-presents-legends-of-the-shires-incl-an-interview-with-karl-groom-threshold/
In case you might be interested, here's the playlist of that show:

Part 1: URIAH HEEP: Traveller in time / BLUE OYSTER CULT: Veteran of the psychic wars / LED ZEPPELIN: The rover / RAINBOW: Gates of Babylon.
Part 2: Interview with Karl Groom Pt.1 / THRESHOLD: Small dark lines / FATES WARNING: Seven stars / Interview with Karl Groom Pt.2 / THRESHOLD: State of independence.
Part 3: THRESHOLD: Supermassive black hole (music quiz) / Interview with Karl Groom Pt. 3 / TESTAMENT: The Legacy / THRESHOLD: Subliminal Freeways / METALLICA: Welcome home (Sanitarium).
Part 4: Interview with Karl Groom Pt. 4 / THRESHOLD: The Shire Pt.2 / SAVATAGE: Somewhere in time / THRESHOLD: The man who saw through time.
Enjoy!
Thank you.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THRESHOLD Live in Athens (12/11/2017). The setlist and more...

  A few days ago, Threshold begun their European tour from Athens. 
This was their first visit in Athens, and we certainly hope not the last one.
The gig took place at Kitaro live, a kind of small but warm venue in the center of Athens.
  The band played for almost 2 hours, and the setlist was including many songs from their new album Legends of the Shires, mixed with some of their older stuff.
  As I had announced here a few days ago, I went to the gig together with my wife and Prog n Roll's co-host, and we both had great time.
  The band's performance was excellent, the sound quality was good, (but not perfect), and we enjoyed it a lot. All the musicians were really good on stage, and the songs were carefully chosen. So, no complains.
  After the concert we met with Karl Groom, the band's leader, who we knew from his appearance as "guest" in our radio show Prog n Roll. We also met the other guys from the band, and we had a very nice chat with all of them. We also took some pictures, autographs etc...
  It was a very good evening, and we are looking forward to see them on stage again in the future. Threshold will give live gigs in many places around Europe in the following months, so check their official site for  more info: http://www.thresh.net/
Here is the setlist from the concert:
The Shire (part 1) - Intro
Slipstream
The Man Who Saw Through Time
Sunseeker
Long Way Home
The Shire (part 2) 
Snowblind
Mission Profile
Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
Hollow
Innocent
Stars & Satellites
Ashes

Encore: 
Lost In Translation
Small Dark Lines



Saturday, November 11, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.207

Hello all!
  After a week's break, my usual weekly Top-5 song list is back once more.
  This week I listened to lots of music, so once more it wasn't easy to choose only 5 songs.
Even now I'm not sure if these are the best of all.
  So, here's some of the best songs I've listened to, during the week:
INNERSPACE: Tree of Life (Rise - 2017)
NICK CAVE: Henry Lee (Murder Ballads - 1996)
CELLAR NOISE: Temple (Alight - 2017)
PROCOL HARUM: The Only One (Novum - 2017)
MARILLION: She Chameleon (Fugazi - 1984)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding the YouTube links for the songs included in my list.
INNERSPACE: Tree of Life
NICK CAVE: Henry Lee
CELLAR NOISE: Temple
PROCOL HARUM: The Only One
MARILLION: She Chameleon
In case you are interested, just click on the links above, and listen to the songs.
Enjoy the music folks!
Have a great weekend!
Thank you.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

STRAWBS: The Ferryman's Curse (2017). My point of view...

  Starting this, I should say that I consider myself as a fan of Strawbs. Maybe not the greatest fan, but if you consider that I am listening to them for more than 25 years now and I have in my music collection about 13-14 of their albums, I think I have a rather detailed opinion about them.
 Truth is that, their career has gone downhill for many years now, but they do release a good album every now and then; but to be honest, I don’t know if The Ferryman’s Curse is one of those albums.
 I know very well how good and important band Strawbs was, and I will not form an opinion based on their 23rd studio album. But, that doesn’t change the fact that “Ferryman’s” is a very mediocre album. Yes, it includes some fine moments, like When the Spirit Moves for example, but most of the songs would never fit into the band’s older albums; and that definitely tells us something about the overall quality, correct?
 The Ferryman’s Tale is one more piece in a line of not so good – but not bad - albums, like Prognostic, or Hero & Heroine in Ascencia, among others.
For all those things, I don’t think I can give more than 2.5 stars (out of 5.0)

Favorite songs: When the Spirits Move, We have the Power and The Ferryman’s Curse.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Prog n Roll radio show with Karl Groom of Threshold as special guest. (5/11/2017). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  Last night one more Prog n roll radio show was online as usual. This time we had the pleasure and honour to have on our chatbox the leader of Threshold, Karl Groom.
 Exactly one week before the band's live gig in Athens and the opening of their European tour, we and our listeners had the chance to "meet" him and spent some time altogether, while we were chatting and listening to music.
  During the show, we played some parts of the interview we conducted with him a couple of weeks ago, and played some songs from Threshold's new album Legends of the Shires.
  We also had a music quiz, and the winner took as a prize a CD copy of Legends of the Shires, signed by the band. The winner was the person with the nickname Proghead, from UK, who answered correctly and he was really quick with both questions. So, he won the CD!
  I believe it was an interesting show, and the 2 hours passed very fast.
Here you can check the playlist:

1st Part: URIAH HEEP: Traveller in time / BLUE OYSTER CULT: Veteran of the psychic wars / LED ZEPPELIN: The rover / RAINBOW: Gates of Babylon.
2nd Part: Interview with Karl Groom Pt.1 / THRESHOLD: Small dark lines / FATES WARNING: Seven stars / Interview with Karl Groom Pt.2 / THRESHOLD: State of independence.
3rd Part: THRESHOLD: Supermassive black hole (music quiz) / Interview with Karl Groom Pt.3 / TESTAMENT: The Legacy / THRESHOLD: Subliminal Freeways / METALLICA: Welcome home (Sanitarium).
4rth Part: Interview with Karl Groom Pt.4 / THRESHOLD: The Shire Pt.2 / SAVATAGE: Somewhere in time / THRESHOLD: The man who saw through time.
  I would like to thank all those who listened to our show last night, hoping they enjoyed it.
  Next Sunday, Prog n Roll will have a day off, because we will be at Threshold's gig. We will be back on Sunday the 19th, for a special show; but more on that later.
Thank you all!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Prog n Roll welcomes Karl Groom of Threshold, and presents Legends of the Shires

Hello all!
  I am writing this piece to inform you that, on this Sunday 5/11/2017, we are going to have live on Prog n Roll's chatbox the leader of Threshold, Karl Groom.
Exactly one week before Threshold's live gig in Athens, we have the pleasure and honour to present the band's brand new album Legends of the Shires to our listeners.
  During the 2 hours that the show is on air, we will play parts of the interview we conducted with Karl a couple of weeks ago, mixed with songs from "Legends". We prepared a rather powerful and upbeat playlist which includes songs from many classic and modern bands, further than Threshold of course.
But that's not all!
 We also will have a music quiz, and the winner will get as a prize a signed copy of Legends of the Shires CD, kindly offered by Karl.
  I am almost certain that, further than Karl, we are going to have more musicians on our chatbox that night, so the conversations are going to be very interesting, to say the least.
  So, if you are free and in the mood for some good music and a very friendly environment, tune in to Prog n Roll. The show is a live bilingual broadcast, and begins at 20.00 UK time.
 Here's the link of the radio station: www.justincaseradio.com
Thank you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THRESHOLD Live in Athens (12/11/2017)

  I am writing this post to inform you about the forthcoming live gig of the English Prog-Metal band Threshold in Athens, on the 12th of November.
  This is going to be the band's first live gig in Athens, so I am guessing that the fans of the band will be there in order to see them on stage.
  A few days ago I was speaking with Karl Groom, the band's leader, because we will have him in Prog n Roll as guest on Sunday, (you will read another post on the subject in a few days), and he told me that the setlist will be including almost 45 minutes from the new - very good - album Legends of the Shires and almost an hour from their older stuff.
  Threshold will begin their mini European tour from Athens, followed by concerts in England, Wales, Germany and Holland mostly.
 A few hours ago, I bought my ticket, and to be honest I can't wait! The tickets cost 22€, which is a very good price I think.
  The concert will take place at Kyttaro Club, in the center of Athens.
So, if you are living in Athens or you are just visitors, here's a good chance to see Threshold on stage.
See you there! :-)