Saturday, March 24, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.220

Hello all!
  This week was a very busy one, so I didn't have the time to deal with my blog at all, or listen to the amount of music that I wanted.
  I listened to many songs of course, but I couldn't pay too much attention.
But despite all the difficulties, I prepared my usual weekly Top-5 song list for you, which is including some fine songs.
I hope you will like them:
ALICE COOPER: Killer (Killer - 1972)
CHRIS DE BURGH: Crusader (Crusader - 1979)
WITHIN TEMPTATION: Our Solemn Hour (The Heart of Everything - 2007)
GENESIS: Firth of Fifth (Selling England by the Pound - 1973)
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band - 1969)
If you want to listen to the songs in my list, just click on the following YT links. I was very surprised when I realized that I couldn't find the song Killer by Alice Cooper on YT. Weird...
Have a nice weekend!
Thank you!
GENESIS: Firth of Fifth

Monday, March 19, 2018

Prog & Roll Radio Show (18/3/2018). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  After a week's break, Prog & Roll was on air again last night, at the usual time (20.00 UK time).
  We were very happy to see that our listeners missed us and they were also happy that we the show was back on air.
  Once more, we divided the 2 hours of the show into 4 half hour parts, and  each part had a small "theme", so to say.
  So, we begun with songs from 2017 and 2018 album releases. Right after that, we had a short theme of "what the bands of the 70's did in the 80's". The 3rd part was including songs from the 2nd half of the 70's, and we closed our show with a very beautiful and atmospheric Symphonic part.
 I believe that it was a very interesting show, and everybody enjoyed it, including us.
Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:
1st Part: MACHINES DREAM: Airfield on Sunwick / TIGER MOTH TALES: Ballad of Longshanks John / KAPREKAR’S CONSTANT: Peace of the Lake / IO EARTH: Solitude.
2nd Part: MIKE OLDFIELD: Foreigh Affair / CAMEL: City Life / ROXY MUSIC: Take a Chance with Me / STYX: Too Much Time on My Hands / QUEEN: The Game.
3rd Part: SUPERTRAMP: Give a Little Bit / THE ALAN PARSON’S PROJECT: The Raven / STRAWBS: The Life Auction / ELOY: The Sun Song / NOVALIS: Dammerung.
4rth Part: PROCOL HARUM: A Salty Dog (Live) / THE MOODY BLUES: Dawn: Dawn is a Feeling / BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: Moonwater (Poco Adagio) / TONY BANKS: Ebb and Flow.
 A very big thanks to all those who chose to spend their Sunday evening with us and our show. I hope you had a great time!
Thank you all!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.219

Hello all!
  Since it is Saturday again, it's time to write here my weekly Top-5 song list for you once more.
  During the week I've listened to lots of music, from many different styles and genres, therefore my list is kind of mixed up.
  In case you are interested, here it is:
TONY BANKS: Reveille (5 - 2018)
DEAD CAN DANCE: Rakim (Towards the Within - 1994)
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: Moonwater (Poco Adagio) (Baby James Harvest  - 1972)
IMPERIAL AGE: The Monastery (The Legacy of Atlantis - 2018)
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR: Every Bloody Emperor (Present - 2005)
If you want to listen to the songs included in my list, just click on the following YT links and enjoy!
TONY BANKS: Reveille
IMPERIAL AGE: The Monastery

Thursday, March 15, 2018

IMPERIAL AGE: The Legacy of Atlantis (2018). A review? Well, not exactly...

  I had no idea about this Russian Symphonic Metal band, until a couple weeks ago. When I learned that they will be supporting Therion in their live gig in Athens, I made a small research and listen to a few of their songs. Then, I saw them on stage and they were really good! So, I decided to add their brand new album The Legacy of Atlantis to my collection.
  (Don’t think of this piece as a review, because it isn’t one. This is just my point of view and some of my thoughts).
  I don’t consider myself as a fan of Symphonic Metal, but it is the sub-genre that I like the most when it comes to modern Heavy Metal. That means that I can be somehow objective.
  So, the Legacy of Atlantis is the band’s 3rd album, and it’s a Symphonic Metal opera. If you don’t know the band and their sound, think of them as a mix of Manowar, Therion and Nightwish and you are set. Powerful guitar riffs, “catchy” melodies and refrains and three excellent operatic singers; two females and one male. As it seems they have been influenced by Therion a lot, but they are far more epic, with an almost constant marching beat. Their music could be used in some Medieval movie with lots of battle scenes, or in some video game with a similar theme.
  The album includes 9 songs and has a total running time of almost 50 minutes; which means that is not long but not short also. It has the perfect length  if you ask me.
  This is the first album that I am listening by them, so I cannot compare it with their previous works. But I am pretty sure that very soon I am going to add at least one more in my collection.
  It is rather important that I have the album for almost 10 days now and I have been listening to it on and on, without getting bored of it. Well, so far at least. 
  Believe it or not, I don’t have any favourite songs, simply because I like them all! When I listen to it, I just put it and I let it play from the start till the end. But if I had to choose a couple of them, I would say The Awakening, The Legacy of Atlantis and The Monastery.
   The Legacy of Atlantis is a very enjoyable, epic and powerful album that every fan of Symphonic Metal should have! Give these guys a chance. Listen to their album!
                        My Rating: 4.0 (out of 5.0) stars.
Here's a couple of YT links in case you are interested:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

THERION / IMPERIAL AGE Live in Athens. (9/3/2018). The setlists and more...

  A few days ago, Therion gave a live gig in Athens, together with Imperial Age, Null Positiv and The Devil. 
  The concert began rather early, but I couldn't go from the start, so I reached at the venue just in time for the gig of the Imperial Age. The band performed really nice, but the sound wasn't that good. It was the first time I saw them on stage and I was very pleased with their show. They played for almost an hour, and I'm sure that they gained some more fans with their overall performance. 
 Right after Imperial Age, it was Therion's turn to come to the stage. This time the sound was better by far, and their overall performance was very good and very professional. The setlist included songs from many of their albums, which is a good thing in my opinion. They also played a few songs from their brand new opera Beloved Antichrist, as it was expected. 
  Personally speaking, I really enjoyed both bands, but if I had to choose to see only one of them the next day, I would go for Imperial Age. They were more fun and uplifting than Therion.
Here you can check the setlists:  

The Awakening
The Legacy of Atlantis
The Escape
Domini Canes                                                                                        
The Monastery
Death Guard
Anthem of Valour
And I Shall Find My Home

Theme Of Antichrist
The Blood Of Kingu
Bring Her Home
Night Reborn
Temple Of New Jerusalem
An Arrow From The Sun
Wine Of Aluqah
Cults Of The Shadow
The Khlysti Evangelist
My Voyage Carries On
The Invincible
Der Mitternachtslöwe
Son Of The Staves Of Time
The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
To Mega Therion

I also found a few videos from that night, and I am adding the links here to take a look if you are interested.
IMPERIAL AGE: Anthem of Valour
THERION: Temple of New Jerusalem
THERION: The Rise of Sodom and Gommorah

Saturday, March 10, 2018

GFreedom's Juke Box No.218

Hello all!
  This week I've listened to lots of music, from many different kinds and sub-genres, as you will understand by looking at my Top-5 song list. So, from all the songs I've listened to, I picked the following ones for my list.
IO EARTH: Solitude (Solitude - 2018)
MADRUGADA: What's on your mind? (Madrugada - 2008)
THERION: The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah (Vovin - 1998)
PORCUPINE TREE: Arriving Somewhere (Deadwing - 2005)
IMPERIAL AGE: The Legacy of Atlantis (The Legacy of Atlantis  -2018)
I will conclude this post by adding the You Tube links for the songs in my list. Well, the ones I could find at least...
MADRUGADA: What's on your mind?
THERION: The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah
PORCUPINE TREE: Arriving Somewhere
IMPERIAL AGE: The Legacy of Atlantis

Friday, March 9, 2018

TONY BANKS (ex-Genesis): 5 (2018). My review on a really wonderful album!

                      TONY BANKS – 5 (2018)
  Starting this piece I should say that I am a big fan of the first period of Genesis; the one with Peter Gabriel. After his departure, Genesis released two good albums (A Trick of a Tale and Wind and Wuthering), but then everything changed and I stopped following their album releases. I always considered Tony Banks to be a very important “piece” in the Genesis puzzle, and together with Steve Hackett and Peter Gabriel the most valuable members of the band’s early years.
  From time to time, I listened to a few solo albums by Genesis members, but I didn’t like almost any of them, with only a few exceptions. So, when I read about Tony Bank’s new release a few weeks ago, I didn’t pay too much attention to be honest. Then, I begun reading one great review after the other, and I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to add ‘Five’ in my collection. So I did! And what an album this is!
  Before anything else, I think I should inform you that ‘Five’ is not a Rock or a Progressive Rock album. It has nothing to do with Rock actually. It is something between Classical music and a soundtrack. (I don’t know how to describe it exactly).
  Five, as the title implies, is a collection of five compositions, recorded with the world-renowned Czech National Symphony Orchestra, lending itself to stunning presentation. Produced by the renowned-orchestrator and collaborator Nick Ingman, the album was recorded at Angel Studio in London, but also in Prague as well. Tony Banks performed all the piano parts, giving to himself the complete creative control.
  The albums opens with the almost 15:00 minute long Prelude To A Million Years where the listeners can experience the progression of a lifetime; followed by the album’s shortest song, Reveille. Reveille is an almost cinematic 9:00 minute long song, starting with piano and strings. As the song progresses, more and more instruments are added, and it’s a real treat for the ears and the mind.
The 3rd track is Ebb and Flow, a delicate and soft tune, that can be described as ‘inner peace through music’.
  There are 2 more songs in the album, but I will stop here. I think I gave you a first impression about this album.
  Personally speaking, I have the album for almost a week now, and I think I have listened to it for at least 15 times so far! With every new listen, I sink more and more into the beauty and the greatness of this amazing piece of art! Because that’s exactly what it is: A piece of art!
  The album is available as CD and double vinyl, which also includes the music sheets, signed by Tony Banks. The prices are fair enough, so money shouldn’t be an issue.
  I bought the vinyl edition of the album and I love it more and more with each passing day. I have no idea what is going to happen (musically) during 2018, but ‘Five’ already took its place in my annual Top-10 album list.
Thank you Mr. Banks for this amazing album that you offered to us!
              My Rating: 4.5 (out of 5.0) stars.