Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MARCO DE ANGELIS: Next Station (2017). My point of view...

 Next station is the title of the 2nd studio album of the Italian composer and musician Marco De Angelis, which comes 4 years after the release of The River, his 1st studio effort.
   A few days ago, I had an interview with Marco, and he told me that he considers Next Station as the continuing of The River, thematically at least. To my ears, the two albums, share a common ground, but in the other hand are different. First of all, Next Station includes only 6 songs, with 2 of them being a lot over 10 minutes in length, wherein The River the longest track was 9 minutes long.
  Another important fact is that, Next Station sounds more mature and more “free” in style, mixing influences from many different music styles. But this time, the influences are not as clear as before. There were some songs included in The River, that with the first listen, sounded similar with bands like Marillion of Pink Floyd for example. In Next Station there is not such thing. The sound and style became more personal, and this is a good thing without a doubt.
  For the needs of the recordings, Marco worked with some very good singers who should be mentioned. I don’t know if the names Nad Sylvan, Robbie Wyckoff and Göran Edman mean anything to you, but all of them are excellent singers, who during their career worked with some big artists/bands, like Roger Waters, Steve Hackett, Yngwie Malmsteen and Karmakanic, to name a few. As for the instruments, Marco played almost everything by himself, with the drums being the only exception.
Speaking for myself, I consider Next Station as a step forward in comparison with The River, in almost everything.  
This is a serious and well-made piece of work. 
Give it a try! 
For more info, visit: www.nextstation.it

         My rating would be 4.0 (out of 5.0) stars.
Here's a small video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6SwQpUWxrs

Monday, January 15, 2018

Prog n Roll Radio show with Chrysilia as guests (14/1/2018). The complete and very different playlist...

Hello all!
  Last night we had the pleasure to have on our chatbox the members of the - very good - Greek band Chrysilia. Their style can be described as Folk/Power Metal, and their debut album Et in Arcadia Ego is simply wonderful! Especially for the occasion, we decided to make a totaly different show, just for a change.
  The playlist was a very powerful one, including songs by Epic/Power/Folk/Symphonic Metal bands exclusively. Some old classic ones, some others not so old. Also, we played some parts of the interview we conducted with the band's leader Chryso. We had a good crowd listening, from many countries once more, and we had lots of fun on the chatbox, which was really on fire!
 I dare say that, last night's show was a very sucesfull and fun one, without a doubt. 
Here you can take a look at the complete playlist:

Part 1: HAGGARD: The Origin / AVENGED SCAVENFOLD: Hail to the King / TARJA: Until My Last Breath / Interview with Chrysilia Pt.1 / CHRYSILIA: By the Gates of Ypsus.
Part 2: BLIND GUARDIAN: Nightfall / Inreview with Chrysilia Pt.2 / CHRYSILIA: The Menalon Trail / TURISAS: Stand up and Fight / HELLOWEEN: Future World / SCYCLAD: Emerald.
Part 3: Interview Pt.3 / CHRYSILIA: Desperate Wings / RHAPSODY (OF FIRE): Wings of Destiny / MANOWAR: Secret of Steel / SABATON: To Hell and Back.
Part 4: Interview Pt.4 / CHRYSILIA: King of a Stellar War / TRIDDANA: Gone with the River / STRATOVARIUS: Destiny.
  I would like to thank the members of Chrysilia who joined our show, and all those who are  Prog n Roll's faithful listeners. We appreciate your love and support!
Thank you all!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

PROG n ROLL Welcomes CHRYSILIA in a Powerful and Epic show!

Hello all!
  I would like to inform you about tomorrow's VERY different Prog n Roll radio show. 
  So, tomorrow evening, get prepared for a very powerful and epic show, including a small presentation of the excellent album Et in Arcadia Ego, by the Greek Folk-Metal band Chrysilia.
  Further than that, the playlist will be including songs by Epic/Power/Symphonic Metal bands exclusively. 
  We are going to have Chryso (the band's leader) on our chatbox, together with some other members of the band, and during the show we are going to play some parts of the interview we conducted with her a couple of weeks ago.
  As you can possibly understand, this is going to be a very different and unique show, not to mention a powerful and enjoyable one.
 So, if tomorrow evening you will be in the mood for such a thing, tune in!
You can listen to Prog n Roll online here: www.justincaseradio.com
 Our show is a bilingual live broadcast, and it begins at 20.00 UK time.
I hope to "see" some of you on our chatbox.
Thank you!

GFreedom's Juke Box No.211

Hello all!
  After a week's break, my usual Saturday Jukebox post is back, with my weekly Top-5 songlist.
  During the week I had the time to deal with music a lot; This time I listened to some powerful stuff, mostly because I was trying to choose the songs for tomorrow's very powerful and different Prog n Roll radio show. So, after listening to some songs over and over again, I decided that these are the songs I am choosing as the best ones:
STRATOVARIUS: Destiny (Destiny - 1998)
AYREON: Journey to Forever (The Source - 2017)
HAGGARD: Per Aspera ad Astra (Epur Si Muove - 2004)
BLIND GUARDIAN: Nightfall (Nightfall in Middle Earth - 1998)
CHRYSILIA: The Menalon Trail (Et in Arcadia Ego - 2017)
I will conclude this post by adding the YouTube links for the songs included in my list. Simply click on the following links and listen to them.
AYREON: Journey to Forever
HAGGARD: Per Aspera ad Astra
CHRYSILIA: The Menalon Trail
Enjoy the music and have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GFreedom's 2017 Top-10 (+5) album list. The last part...

Hello again!
  This is the last part of my Top-10 album list of 2017. In this post I will write the 5 albums that reached up to the final draft but didn't enter the Top-10 list, for just a few details. Once more, this list will be in alphabetical order.
                                   AYREON: The Source
  During the first quarter of 2017, the Dutch project Ayreon returned with one more Rock opera, as usual. Once more, Arjen Lucarssen, the mastermind behind Ayreon, gathered around him an impressive number of musicians and singers for the needs of the album. The outcome of this collaboration is very interesting and enjoyable to say the least. If you want to learn more details about this album, take a look at the review I wrote on April 2017, here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/04/ayreon-source-2017-sci-fi-rock-opera.html
Also, click on the following YT links, if you want to listen to a couple of songs:
AYREON: The day the world breaks down
AYREON: Sea of machines
                    DAVID GILMOUR: Live at Pompeii
  On September 2017, David Gilmour released the double live album Live at Pompeii, including songs from his days with Pink Floyd mixed with songs from his solo works. Yes, there is nothing new here, but it is a very well produced live album, including some legendary songs that we all loved. Here you can read a post I wrote about this album: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/search?q=david+gilmour
Click on the following YT lniks in order to listen (and watch) a couple of songs from the album:
DAVID GILMOUR: Comfortably Numb
                      INNERSPACE: Rise
  Rise was on of the surprises of 2017 for me. I had no idea about this band, until  found out about this album. Rise is a dark and melancholic, but wonderful concept album about a dystopian future. In my opinion, it needs a few listenings before you will be able to fully appreciate it. Last month, I wrote a - rather detailed - review about it, so if you are interested, just click here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/12/innerspace-rise-2017.html
Here are a couple of songs, in case you want to have an idea:
INNERSPACE: Tree of life
INNERSPACE: Fill the void
           PROCOL HARUM: Novum
  After 14 years of "silence", last year Procol Harum released their 13th studio album, named as Novum. I am a fan of Procol Harum since my youth, so I coundn't miss this release. I will not say that Novum is a modern masterpiece, because it isn't, but is a very decent, beautiful and melancholic album, exactly as it should be. Here you can read the review I wrote about it, many months ago: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/05/procol-harum-novum-2017.html
In case you are wondering how Procol Harum sound like in Novum, click on the following links:
PROCOL HARUM: Sunday morning
PROCOL HARUM: The only one
                            SOEN: Lykaia
 During 2017, SOEN released their 3rd studio album, Lykaia. Because I had no idea about this band before, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with this album. When I first listend to it I wasn't so much thrilled with it. But after a few listenings, I got used to their style and sound and now I like it much more than before. On February 2017, almost a year ago, I wrote a short review about Lykaia in this blog. Here, you can take a look if you want: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/02/soen-lykaia-2017.html
Here's a couple of YT links for you:
SOEN: Paragon
SOEN: Jinn

Here ends my Top-10 (+5) album list for 2017. I hope you enjoyed these series of posts.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Enjoy the music!

Monday, January 8, 2018

PROG n ROLL Radio Show (7/2/18). The Top-10 lists...

Hello all!
  Last night, the first Prog n Roll of 2018 was on air, with a special show, including our Top-10 lists. The playlist was based on our Top-10+5 album list, and during the show we also announced Prog n Roll's 10 most popular bands of 2017 and of all time. (According to our playlists).
  We begun the show with a song by THE most popular band of Prog n Roll so far, and then continued with the Top-10 album list of 2017. After that, we continued with the 5 albums that reached up to the final draft, but didn't make it to the Top-10.
We had a good crowd listening once more, this time from Greece, UK and Germany as far as I know.   
  Near the end of the show, Clive Nolan joined our chatbox and altogether had a pleasant chat, talked about his plans and the new album of Arena, which is going to be released in a couple of months.
Here you can take a look at the lists with Prog n Roll's favorite bands:
  Prog n Roll's most favorite bands/artists of 2017; According to our playlists:
1.Clive Nolan 2.Genesis 3.Drifting Sun 4.Threshold 5.Barclay James Harvest 6.Deep Purple 7.Queen 8.Gandalf's Fist 9.David Bowie 10.Machines Dream.
Prog n Roll's most favorite bands/artists of all time; Again, according to our playlists:
1.Genesis 2.Rush 3.Barclay James Harvest 4.Jethro Tull 5.Camel 6.Porcupine Tree 7.David Bowie 8.Marillion 9.Pink Floyd 10.Queen.
 Last night's show was divided into 3 parts and not 4 as usual; during the first 2 we played the Top-10, and on the 3rd the 5 albums I mentioned before.
Here is the complete playlist:
1st Part: GENESIS: The Knife (live) / BIG BIG TRAIN: Meadowland / CELLAR NOISE: Temple / CHRYSILIA: Chrysilia / DRIFTING SUN: Soldiers.
2nd Part: GANDALF’S FIST: Stoaway to the Mushroom Planet / MACHINES DREAM: Airfield on Sunwick / MOSTLY AUTUMN: Only the Brave / CLIVE NOLAN: Stand Fast / THRESHOLD: Stars and Satelites / TIME COLLAPSE: Time Collapse.
3rd Part: PROCOL HARUM: Sunday Morning / DAVID GILMOUR: Faces of Stone (live) / SOEN: Paragon / AYREON: Sea of Machines / INNERSPACE: Forsaken Dreams.
  A very big thanks to those who once more chose to listen to us and our show. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a nice week!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

PROG n ROLL Presents: The Show's Top-10 lists (7/1/2018)

Hello all!
  I am writing this post in order to inform you what is going to happen in tomorrow's Prog n Roll radio show...
So, tomorrow will be all about Top - 10 lists!
  First of all, we are going to present mine (and the show's) Top - 10 album list for 2017, together with the 5 albums that reached up to the final draft, but finally didn't made it. The list will be presented in alphabetical order, and we are going to play one song from each album included in it.
  Furthermore, we will announce Prog n Roll's 10 most favorite bands/artists for 2017, according to the show's playlists. Also, we will announce Prog n Roll's all time's 10 most popular artists/bands, since the beginning, almost 5.5 years ago; Again, based on our playlists.
   In my opinion, this will be a very interesting and kind of informative show, so in case you will be free tomorrow evening at 20.00 UK time, tune in!
  I would also like to remind you that, Prog n Roll is a live bilingual broadcast, and further than just listening, you can also  participate in the very warm and friendly chatbox.
Here's the link of the radio station: www.justincaseradio.com
Thank you!

Friday, January 5, 2018

GFreedom's 2017 Top-10 album list (Part.3)

Hello all!
  Here is the 3rd (but not last) part of my Top-10 album list for 2017. In case you are interested to see the other 2 parts, just scroll down a little bit. I will say once more that my list is in alphabetical order.

  This was an album that I was waiting with great anticipation. Clive Nolan's previous Rock opera/musical (Alchemy), was one of my most beloved albums of the last years; so when I learned that King's Ransom will be continuing the story - in a way - I couldn't wait! When I visited Clive's home in London on March 2017, he played 2-3 songs for me, and my anticipation for the official release became even bigger, because all songs I heard were wonderful.
  So, I pre-ordered the cd's, and what I received was a very beautiful CD-box, including 4 CD's, 1 DVD and many booklets. A very impressive and expensice production without a doubt. Anyway, the point is that King's Ransom is a wonderful album, which I listened to again and again, and I don't think I will get bored of it.
In case you are interested, click on the following link to read the - rather detailed - review I wrote about it a few months ago. http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/search?q=KING%27S+RANSOM
Here's a small sample: CLIVE NOLAN: Harm's Way (trailer)

  Legends of the Shires is the 11th studio album of the English Prog-Metal band Threshold, and I dare say one of their best ones. Prog-Metal was never my cup of tea, so I try not to write reviews about albums that belong in this sub-genre. But that doen't change the fact that Threshold released a really wonderful album, which I enjoy a lot; And when I saw them on stage performing songs from it, I liked it even more! The album is filled with great guitar riffs, "catchy" melodies and very interesting compositions in general. The performance of the musicians is superb, having as "maestro" the leading guitar riffs of Karl Groom. The album includes a couple of "hit" songs, like for example Small Dark Lines and/or State of Independence, together with couple of  "epics" (over 10 minute long songs). (The 10-minute-long Lost in Translation is one of the best songs of the album). Well, what else can you ask for?
  In my opinion, Legends of the Shires is equally good (if not better) with some legendary albums the band released in the past, like Critical Mass or Subsurface for example.
Just click on the following YT links for a couple of samples:
THRESHOLD: Small Dark lines (Official Video)
THRESHOLD: Lost in Translation

  My Top-10 album list will be concluded with the excellent debut album of the Greek band Time Collapse, Night to Day. Another very big surprise to me, cause I had no idea about them, 'till I found them on Prog Archives. Their sound is heavy, massive, with a "psychedelic" essence and clear influences from bands like Tool and/or Porcupine Tree for example.
  On May 2017 I wrote a review for this album, so in case you are interested you can read it here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/search?q=time+collapse
By clicking on the following links you can listen to a couple of songs from the album:
TIME COLLAPSE: Messiah Complex Pt.1
 TIME COLLAPSE: Time Bound/Time Collapse

At this point my Top-10 album list for 2017 is finished. I hope that you found these 3 posts informative and helpful. One more post will follow in the next few days, including the 5 albums that reached up to the final draft but for some reasons didn't made it...
Thank you for reading this...


Thursday, January 4, 2018

GFreedom's 2017 Top-10 album list (Part.2)

Hello all!
Here I will continue the presentation of my Top-10 album list for 2017. If you are interested of reading Part 1, just scroll down a bit, or click here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/12/gfreedoms-2017-top-10-album-list-part1.html
Let's continue:
                        DRIFTING SUN: TWILIGHT
  On September 2017, Drifting Sun released their new album, named as Twilight; which is the band's 3rd studio album after a very long break. (The band released 2 more studio albums during the '90's). I have all 3 of their - "modern period" - albums, and I believe that Twilight is the best of them without a doubt. Upon its release, I wrote a - rather long - review here, so in case you are interested, just click here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/09/drifting-sun-twilight-2017-review.html
For those who aren't familiar with the band, Twilight is a very good start...
Here's a couple of songs from the album:
DRIFTING SUN: Wings of hope

  A Day in the Life... is not a new album. It is the re-issue of the official album that was released in 2013. But it is not the same album. Many things changed, songs removed and others were added; that's why I considered it to be a new release. Take a look at the review I wrote about it, and you will understand what I'm talking about: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/11/gandalfs-fist-day-in-life-of-universal.html
Gandalf's Fist with every new release are showing great signs of improvement and that's something really great!
Click on the following links to check a couple of songs from the album:
GANDALF'S FIST: The Battle for Tannhauser Gate
GANDALF'S FIST: Stoaway to the Mushroom Planet

  Machines Dream is a Canadian band that I discovered recently. Black Science is their third studio release, that followed Immunity (2014) and Machines Dream (2013). I was pleasantly surprised by their style and sound, and I listened to the album many many times! I still do actually...
Here's a review I wrote about it a few months ago (At the time I wrote the review, the band had 3 studio and 1 live albums): http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/08/machines-dream-black-science-2017.html
Here's the song Heavy Water from that album:

  Mostly Autumn is a high quality English Folk/Prog Rock band, which I like a lot! I have in my music collection 7 of their albums and I listen to them very frequently. Sight of Day is their new work, which I believe is a very good one! Upon the album's release I wrote a review, which you can check here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/search?q=mostly+autumn
Here you can listen to a couple of songs if you want:
MOSTLY AUTUMN: Sight of Day 
MOSTLY AUTUMN: The Man Without a Name 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Special Prog n Roll radio show on New Year's Eve. (31/12/2017). A small review and the complete playlist.

Hello all, Happy New Year!
  As I wrote in my previous posts here, a couple of weeks ago we decided to make a special 3-hour-long radio show on New Year's Eve for us and for our listeners, who actually "demanded"
We worked a lot for that show and we were very impatient for it.
But Sunday the 31st wasn't our day as it was proved by the facts...
  We have begun our day by learning the horrid news of Colin Tench's death, who was a dear friend of Prog n Roll and us. We thought of cancelling the show, because we had absolutely no morale, but after talking with some of our listeners through FB, e-mails etc , we decided to go on and do the show as planned.
  The same evening, almost an hour before the show, we learned about the sudden death of Kostas Tzounis, who was also a producer on Just in Case Radio. As you can easily understand we were really shocked! (For the second time in the same day). We talked about it for a while, trying to figure out what we should do, but we saw that people already started to gather for the show, and we decided to go on once more. We just made a few adjustments to the playlist, and wrote a few things to say in their memory.
  So, at 21.00 UK time, Prog n Roll has finally begun! We had a good crowd listening, but the atmosphere on the chatbox was heavy. The show begun with a song by Colin Tench's first solo album, then we said a few words about him and we continued with our playlist. Everything was going fine, until a few minutes before 22.00 UK time; which was the time to change the year in Greece. Suddenly the internet collapsed and we despite our efforts, nothing seemed to work. We were trying to log into the server, but it was not responding. The whole problem lasted for almost 20-25 minutes, during which we were trying to find out what to do. But everybody remained there, saying that "wait for a while, and if it will not work, then you cancel". Thankfully the internet problems stopped after a while, and we continued with the show without any other problems until the end of the show.
  The last day of 2017 was a very difficult day for us as you can understand, but I am glad that we finally overcame all the troubles and finally did the show. Everybody appreciated our efforts, and remained there, even after the end of Prog n Roll.
 Here you can take a look at the whole playlist:
Part 1: COLIN TENCH PROJECT: And so, today / ELVIS PRESLEY: Blue suede shoes / THE ROLLING STONES: Route 66 / THE BEATLES: I saw her standing there / THE BYRDS: Have you seen her face? / THE ANIMALS: See see rider.
Part 2: RUSH: The spirit of radio / GALAHAD: Empires never last / DRIFTING SUN: Trip the life fantastic.
Part 3: RAINBOW: Stargazer / BLACK SABBATH: Die Young / NIGHTWISH: Last ride of the day / CHRYSILIA: King of a stellar war.
Part 4: THE YARDBIRDS: For your love / CREAM: Sunshine of your love / THE J.GEILS BAND: First I look at the purse / THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Whipping post / LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Free bird (Live).
Part 5: GANDALF’S FIST: Winter’s mourning / COLIN TENCH PROJECT: See how she runs / MAGENTA: Red.
Part 6: BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: Rock n Roll star / CARAVAN: Nine feet underground / Auld lang syne. 
 I would like to thank all those who not only decided to spend their New Year's Eve with us and our show, but also remained there when things went very wrong and encouraged us to continue.
Thank you all very much!
Have a great year, filled with nice music, love and happiness!