Friday, February 22, 2019

Prog n Roll radio show with The Windmill as guests is now available as podcast...

Hello all!
  I would like to inform you that the special Prog n Roll radio show we did on 17th of February is now available at Prog n Roll's mixcloud page.
 It was a very interesting and informative show, during which, we presented the latest album of The Windmill, Tribus. So, now you have the chance to listen to it whenever you like. It is there, waiting for you...
  If you want to find more info about it (and check the the playlist as well), just scroll down the page a little bit and you will find everything you need.
  Here's the link of Prog n Roll's page on Mixcloud: 
https://www.mixcloud.com/ProgandRoll/
If you visit our page, you will see more shows there, so you can listen to any one of them.
You can also subscribe if you want, and learn about every new upload immediately.
I hope that you will enjoy it!
Thank you

Monday, February 18, 2019

Prog n Roll radio show with The Windmill as special guests (17/2/2019). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  Last night one more special Prog n Roll radio show was online, but this time with one week delay. On Sunday the 10th of February we were supposed to have the members of the Norwegian band The Windmill as our special guests and present their latest album Tribus, but everything went wrong. The day of the show we had a major problem with the radio station's server and we couldn't connect. So, we cancelled the show and we finally did it last night, with one week delay.
  So, we had the pleasure to have most of the band's members on our chatbox, together with many of our usual listeners, and members of other bands as well. 
 We had a great playlist prepared, especially for the occasion, that was including all 5 songs of the album Tribus, plus - not one - but two music quizzes!
The guys of The Windmill were kind enough to offer 2 very beautiful things to give out as prizes, and for that reason we did 2 music quizzes.
  The winner of the first quiz was Stefan from Germany who won a very beautiful T-Shirt of the band, and the second winner was Ben from UK, who won a signed CD copy of Tribus.
 I really believe that it was a very good and interesting show, and from time to time we had lots of fun on the chatbox.
I'm pretty sure that everybody enjoyed it, and the 2 hours passed really fast!
Here you take a look at the whole playlist:
Part 1: THE TEA PARTY: The River / RIVAL SONS: Tied Up / BLOOD CEREMONY: Ballad of the Weird Sisters / THE WINDMILL: Dendrophenia / PROGELAND: Dead Calm Waters.
Part 2: JUDY DYBLE: See Emily Play (Quiz) / THE WINDMILL: Play With Fire / JETHRO TULL: Nothing is Easy / THE WINDMILL: Storm.
Part 3: JOE COCKER: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Quiz) / URIAH HEEP: Rainbow Demon / WEED: Sweet Morning Light / THE WINDMILL: Make Me Feel.
Part 4: STEVE HACKETT: Hungry Years / THE WINDMILL: The Tree. 
I would like to thank all those who chose to listen to our show once more, and especially the members of The Windmill for tuning in and for offering those nice stuff to give out as prizes.
Thank you all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

URIAH HEEP Live in Athens. (8/2/2019). The setlist and more...

 It has been almost 8 years since the last visit of the legendary Uriah Heep in Greece and more than 20 years since I last saw them live. For all those reasons, plus the fact that I really enjoyed their latest album, made me to decide to go and see their gig in Athens a few days ago.
Further than that, I also like the opening act, which was the Greek Symphonic Metal band Chrysilia.
The whole thing was very appealing to me, so I bought my ticket almost a month ago, and waited for the day of the concert to come.
  On Friday the 8th, together with my wife and some friends we went to Fuzz Club where the concert took place, and altogether enjoyed a very beautiful evening with great music by both bands.
Exactly on time, the Greek band Chrysilia came on stage, and played for almost 40 minutes. Their set was based on their debut album, plus one cover version, which, as far as their singer told us, will be included in their 2nd album.
  And right after them, Uriah Heep came on stage, and played for more than 100 minutes. Their set was including many songs from their latest album, which as I wrote above, is a very good one, so no problem there. But because a very big part of the setlist was occupied by their new songs, they didn't play some of their old classics, like for example, Sympathy, Traveller in Time, Bird of Prey, Blind Eye and many more.
 The truth is that both bands played very good, the people seemed to enjoyed it, so the night can be characterized as a successful one. 
  In my opinion it was a very entertaining gig which I really enjoyed. I only hope that Uriah Heep will come again soon, but without a new album, so we will be able to enjoy many of their old wonderful songs.
Here you can take a look at the setlists of both bands:
CHRYSILIA:
The Menalon Trail / Arcadia / Altar Οf Silence / The Mummer's Dance (Loreena McKennitt cover) / Desperate Wings / By Τhe Gates Οf Ypsus.


URIAH HEEP:  
Grazed Βy Heaven / Return Τo Fantasy / Living Τhe Dream / Too Scared Τo Run / Take Away My Soul / Knocking Αt My Door / Rainbow Demon / Waters Flowin' / Rocks Ιn Τhe Road / Gypsy / Look Αt Yourself / July Morning / Lady Ιn Black. 
Encore: Sunrise / Easy Livin'.
By clicking on the following YT link you will be able to watch Lady in Black with the beautiful sing along by the crowd.














Friday, February 8, 2019

Prog n Roll radio show welcomes The Windmill and presents their latest album Tribus. (10/2/2019)

Hello all!
  I'm very glad to inform you that on this Sunday, we will have on Prog n Roll's chatbox the members of the Norwegian band The Windmill, as our special guests.
  From our behalf, we will present their latest - very good - album Tribus, among other things of course. But that's not all. We will also have 2 music quizes, and the winners will take as prize some very nice and kind of unique things.
 The playlist is ready, and includes many new stuff, mixed with old and classic ones. 
  In my opinion this is going to be a very informative and highly enjoyable show, so try not to miss it!
  Prog n Roll is a bilingual live broadast, which comes online on every Sunday at 20.00 UK time. 
Tune in for some good music and for the very warm and fun atmosphere on the chatbox. 
In case you are interested, here's the link of the radio station: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" you there!
Thank you! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Top-10+1 albums of 2018. Part.3 (out of 3)

                 O A K: Giordano Bruno (Rock Opera)
  The Rock Opera Giordano Bruno by the Italian project O A K was something that caught me by surprise. I knew nothing of this band (or project if you like), until I discovered this album. It is a brilliant and very well made Rock Opera, based on the life and work of Giordano Bruno (1548 – 1600), including lots of famous musicians as guests. A few months ago, I wrote a detailed review, so in case you are interested, you can find it here:
http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/2018/06/oak-giordano-bruno-rock-opera-2018-my.html


           RIVERSIDE: Wasteland
  Riverside’s latest work is an album that I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I did! It is the band’s 7th studio album, and in my opinion the best one! Or at least, it is the album I listened and enjoyed the most! Here is the review I wrote about it a few months ago: 
http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/2018/10/riverside-wasteland-2018-my-review.html

            THE WINDMILL: Tribus
  I discovered this wonderful album rather late, near the end of December, and for that reason it wasn’t included in the presentation for the best albums of 2018 that we did in the Prog n Roll radio show at the beginning of 2019. But with every new listen I realized that it was a really fantastic album, so I added it to my list now. Less than a month ago, I wrote a review for this album, which can be found here: 
http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/search?q=the+windmill


STEVEN WILSON: Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (Live)
  This is my +1 album, not because it is not as good as the previous ones, but because it is a live one. That means that it doesn't include any new material. Usually Top-10 lists do not include live albums, so this is extra. 
  A very enjoyable and well made album, that every fan of Steven Wilson should have. In case you want to learn more about it, here’s my review: 


Monday, February 4, 2019

Prog n Roll radio show (3/2/2019). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  Since last night it was the first show of the month, we presented another concept album, like we always do. This time we went for something classic and noizy. We chose to present the album of Iron Maiden, 7th Son of a 7th Son. In my opinion, this is NOT a concept album, but since it is included in every list with the Rock/Metal concept albums, I decided to go with the flow... (Even Bruce Dickinson admited that it wasn't a concept album, but who cares really)? The point is that it is a great album that many people grew up with, and that was made clear last night, when our listeners became so happy with it! Nobody was expecting something like that, so we caught them by surprise.
  During the 1st half hour of the show, we played songs from brand new releases exclusively, then, during the 2nd part, we played songs from some rather "modern" releases, and then the presentation begun. We played 5 songs from "7th Son", plus a few others in a - more or less -similar style.
 We had a good crowd gathered once more, and as far as I saw, everybody had some great time.
Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:

1st Part: SOEN: Rival / THE NEAL MORSE BAND: The Great Adventure / FOCUS: Heaven / STEVE HACKETT: Beasts in our Time.
2nd Part: CORVUS STONE: Brand New Day / CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: Nebulas / WHOOPIE CAT: Tell Me You’ll Stay / LEPROUS: Angel.
3rd Part: IRON MAIDEN: The Clairvoyant / MONUMENT: Hair of the Dog / IRON MAIDEN: Can I Play With Madness? / WARLORD: Lost and Lonely Days / IRON MAIDEN: The Evil that Men do.
4rth Part: IRON MAIDEN: Infinite Dreams / VISIGOTH: Silver and Steel / BLACK SABBATH: Neon Knights / IRON MAIDEN: 7th Son of a 7th Son.
  I would like to thank all those who chose to spend their Sunday evening with our show. Much appreciated! 
  Next Sunday we will have another special show, that will include members of a very good band as our "guests on the chatbox". But more on that, later.
Thank you all, have a great week!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top-10+1 albums of 2018. Part.2 (out of 3).

   Last week I uploaded here the 1st part of the list with the 10 best albums of 2018 (according to my opinion of course). Now, here's the 2nd part. There is going to be one more, that I will post here in the following days.
       IMPERIAL AGE: THE LEGACY OF ATLANTIS
  I discovered Imperial Age last year, with the release of The Legacy of Atlantis. After a couple of weeks, I saw them on stage as opening act for the concert of Therion and they were excellent! So, I paid extra attention to their album. They are from Moscow and they are playing a Symphonic/Power/Epic Metal, which sounds like something between Therion and Nightwish. Upon the album’s release, I wrote a review, which you can find here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/2018/03/imperial-age-legacy-of-atlantis-2018.html
If you are into this kind of music, check this album!

                      KAYAK: SEVENTEEN
  This was of the most enjoyable albums of 2018. It was the 17th studio album of the Dutch band Kayak, hence the title...
I believe that most of the hard-core Proggers didn't like it, cause it is a light and melodic album, but I found it wonderful!
Upon its release I wrote a rather detailed review about it, which can be found here:

          MAIDEN UNITED: EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS
  This was one of the biggest surprises of 2018 for me! (Musically speaking of course).
I knew about this band, I already knew one or two of their cover versions, but I wasn't expecting something like this! The guys took the 18-minute-long Empire of the Clouds by Iron Maiden and transformed it into something amazing!
  This cover version is longer than the original, and it is divided into 4 parts, and each part includes narration and some special effects. It took me some time to get used to it, but when I did, I was listening to it every day!   When I found out about this album I wrote a review, which, in case you are interested, you can find it here:  http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.com/search?q=maiden+united
To be continued...