‘Normal’ service will be resumed shortly

Normal service will be resumed as soon as (A) I work out what ‘normal’ is – and – (B) I finish converting the old Progwinds office into a craft room for my wife!

I have spent the last three weeks making the new Progwinds office from the former ‘spare room’, we all have one. That one room in the house that is full of junk and stuff in boxes from the last move, labelled ‘Ali’s Books – Room 3’ and ‘Glasses – Fragile – Dining Room’. Some of those boxes were actually from the move before – ‘Ellie’s crap – bedroom 5’. We don’t have a fifth bedroom now – Ellie, however, is still lounging around when she is not at uni.

So, the Progwinds office is complete and looking rather smart, however I can’t start using it until I’ve decorated the former Progwinds office and converted it into Ali’s Craft Room. This could take some time. Not in the realms of decades or centuries, or even weeks, let’s just say longer than anticipated! This is caused by my previously cavalier attitude to sticking stuff to the wall and the number of guitars I had hanging there! Suffice it to say tomorrow will be spent filling holes and smoothing over stuff! Not forgetting getting shot of the carpet and finding out what that lump is in the floor. I think it is probably where they lifted the floorboards and couldn’t be arsed to saw the tongue off so they could get them down flat again. That said, if you have lost a snake in the last ten years I would be preparing myself for a call tomorrow afternoon!

Back to the new Progwinds office! I haven’t held an official opening yet and am not intending to! That event passed accidentally last week when The Progmeister paid a visit and sat in the Prog Throne drinking coffee! To be fair he didn’t know it was the Prog Throne, and neither did I until I thought about it 30 seconds ago!

Anyhoo I will be back soon firing on all cylinders but in the meantime, if you fancy sitting in the Prog Throne (it’s only a wicker chair) and having a coffee and a natter just give me a shout at the usual addys

Johnny, Progdog and the Progkittens


Odin’s Court release sequel to 2013’s Turtles All The Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down: Vol II, the latest release from USA based Progressive Metal band Odin’s Court continues on from where the bands 2013 concept album, Turtles All the Way Down left off. The album explores deep issues of our understanding of the universe and how new discoveries challenge what we believe.

Lead guitarist Matt Brookins: “This album takes it up a notch from where we left off with the previous album. I think Turtles II has our best material and production yet. I know artists often say these types of things when talking about a new release, but I think Gary Raub’s drum style adds a nice vibe to the sound we previously established. We also went for some epic sounding choruses on this one with layered choirs, which are nicely supplemented by the beautiful voice of Michelle Loose Schrotz (of mid-Atlantic based band Brave).

“I think this album also has a big, ambient, and dense sound, but even with that big sound, we still maintain focus on ‘the song’ because that’s what it’s all about – the messages and emotions that music attempts to deliver.”

The new album features 8 tracks of melodic hard rock, prog, and metal, including an epic piece, A Brief History of Time, which far from being brief, is over 20 minutes long with full orchestration.

Turtles All the Way Down: Vol II was released in early January by Melodic Revolution Records and is available on the following platforms:

CD Baby: bit.ly/2CMoady
MRR Bandcamp: bit.ly/2kcgskr
Odin’s Court Bandcamp: bit.ly/2zF9NSE
iTunes: apple.co/2CYC9d0
Amazon USA: amzn.to/2Axzzb6
Amazon Japan: amzn.to/2CJJlgt
Amazon UK: amzn.to/2CFKTY5 

Official Sites:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/odinscourtband
YouTube: www.youtube.com/odinscourt
MRR Artist Profile: http://mrrmusic.com/odins-court/

Peter Banks to feature on new Mabel Greer’s Toyshop release

The forefathers of Progressive Rock giants Yes, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop are to release a new album The Secret on 8 December.

The album features former Yes and Flash guitarist Peter Banks who sadly died in March 2013. Mabel Greer’s Toyshop guitarist and vocalist, Clive Bayley has written a new song around guitar parts recorded by Peter in 1968. This song is a tribute to Banks and Chris Squire who both joined the band in September 1967.

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Gandalf’s Fist announce expanded lineup and Christmas release

Christmas has arrived early for Gandalf’s Fist as they announced the promotion of both live session musicians, keyboard player Ben Bell and Vocalist Keri Farish, to full band members and a new single to celebrate the event.
The single, “Winter’s Mourning”, was written, recorded and mixed during November, and is the first release with new members Ben and Keri who have been instrumental in Gandalf’s Fist’s explosive live performances.

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