News: Currently, Ben Bell is playing keyboards for a prog folk / neo prog band called Gandalf's Fist, who I'm not familiar with even though they have no less than 7 releases already under their belt. Patchwork Cacophony's second album Ace of Cups was released in 2016. I do have it here and have heard it, but haven't put down any notes as of yet. It's a bit more "poppy" if I can use that word, a bit more towards Alan Parsons Project maybe. Still very good. I need more time with it to be sure.
Overview: Keyboard man Ben Bell was the driving force behind the Fusion Orchestra reunion album of 2013. Since that time, he's released two successful progressive rock albums somewhere between Mike Oldfield, Supertramp, Alan Parsons Project, and yes, Fusion Orchestra.
News: Electric Orange have announced their latest album EOXXV, as a 3LP Deluxe Box and as a 2CD set. They state: "6 longtracks, recorded in the Studio Fleisch between 2013-2017, the band presents their interpretation of modern, electronically-driven Krautrock. As usual the album was mastered by Krautrock legend Eroc."
Overview: Electric Orange are the preeminent Krautrock revivalists, having reborn the style going back to 1992 They experimented with electronica early in their career, but since 2001's Abgelaufen! album, Electric Orange have stayed true to the cause. UMR notes
Overview: Wobbler are a retro prog band from Norway who initially followed in the footsteps of Anglagard and Sinkadus, and have since moved onto the sounds of early Yes. Wobbler are as good as it gets for the style. Superb band.
Overview: Manilla Road's legacy is now long cemented. Basically they are credited with popularizing, if not inventing, what we now call Epic Metal. My own history with them goes back to while I was still in high school in 1983... so I've got nearly 35 years invested in the band. Not sure there's anyone else with that kind of longevity that has really mattered to me in modern times - well I guess Iron Maiden goes back even further with me - but that's a rare breed. Long ago, a buddy and I even visited Mark Shelton at his house in Wichita in 1991, after he had folded the first phase of the band. He reformed The Road in 2001 with Atlantis Rising and hasn't looked back since. Their second go round has a longer tenure than the first! And they con…
Overview: Il Tempio delle Clessidre's debut is one of the finer new retro Italian progressive rock in the landscape today. Lead by the beautiful keyboardist Elisa Montaldo, Il Tempio delle Clessidre is the classic five piece Italian band working their way through increasingly complex compositions, but with melody and passion.
Overview: Phlox are a band that play in the VERY heavy fusion category (no metal though). Hard driving, fast, complicated and downright exhilarating. A 6 piece group with guitar, sax, Moog, and electric piano being the primary solo components.
News: Quantum Fantay released their 7th full length studio album Tessellation Of Euclidean Space in mid July. This is a title I'm very much looking forward to hearing. Facebook
Location: Lokeren (between Ghent and Antwerp)
Overview: Flemish group Quantum Fantay, lead by synthesist Pieter Van den
(Pete Mush), are from the latest crop of new bands to play in the post
You era Gong style. Following in the footsteps of Ozric Tentacles,
Hidria Spacefolk, and Korai Orom, Quantum Fantay are on the heavier side
of the continuum. Like Ozric, they embrace the raucous Moog sequencing
that is also prominent is some areas of electronica. But Quantum Fantay
stop short of techno, and use regular rock structures and instruments,
including real drums. Quantum Fantay might be my
favorite band today in the style. They continue to improve and add much needed energy
and innovation to the space rock genre - a genre that I'm prone to
enjoy in any case. The name was intended to be Q…