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Cruise to the Edge 2022 artist lineup revealed with Marillion, Alan Parsons, Transatlantic, & Al DiMeola headlining

Cruise To The Edge, progressive rock’s largest festival at sea is set to return in 2022 with it’s biggest cruise ever! The official artist lineup has been announced and includes the largest number of acts to sail the prog seas. The 5-night cruise sails from Port Canaveral, Florida, May 2nd – 7th, 2022, aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas visiting the Private Isle of Labadee and the Perfect Day at CocoCay. Reservations will reopen next Wednesday, June 9th, at Noon Eastern.

Headlined by prog legends Marillion, Alan Parsons, Transatlantic and Al DiMeola, the event features some of the world’s greatest prog-rock musical artists. The lineup also includes returning acts Riverside, Saga, The Flower Kings, Adrian Belew, Haken, Pendragon and many more, alongside debuts by Al Stewart, King’s X, McStine and Minnemann, Pattern-Seeking Animals, and more.  The Prog Report’s Roie Avin and long-time CTTE host Jon Kirkman will host the event.

Beyond the sun, fun, and exquisite dining, there will be artist/cruiser photo experiences, Q&A sessions, special theme nights and other events designed to optimize the artist/fan experience. This year will once again feature the unprecedented CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents.

The newly amped up Mariner of the Seas is packed with more ways to play on the most maxed-out short getaway ever. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic prog performances on stages throughout the vessel. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest prog-rock show on earth and is a can’t-miss event for prog enthusiasts throughout the world.

Visit https://cruisetotheedge.com/ for more info and to book a reservation.

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Get your Prog Madness 2021 Bracket

After a successful tournament in 2020, Prog Madness is back. This year’s version puts some of the biggest names in the history or prog, both old and new, against each other. The 4 categories are Classic Era, Modern Era, Solo Artist, and Prog Metal. Voting begins on Monday.

Download your copy of the bracket here to fill out and share with your friends.
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Voting dates are as follows:

1st Round (64): March 15-18th

2nd Round (32): March 22nd-March 25th

3rd Round (16): March 29th/30th

4th Round (8): March 31st

5th Round (4): April 5th

Finals: April 6th

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The Flower Kings release video for “All I Need is Love”

In October 2020, progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS released their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after the group’s much celebrated “Waiting For Miracles”.
Today the band have launched a brand new video for the track ‘All I Need Is Love’, and you can watch it now here:

 

The band comments: “Hasse Fröberg – this is his contribution, ‘All I Need is Love’ – to the latest album Islands. The only member, besides Stolt, from the original first line up of The Flower Kings that started in 1994. Still with the band many moons later – vocalist, guitar-player,rock star.
This video was recorded around Christmas time – some of it outdoors! 
A traditional multi-part prog-rock song penned by Fröberg – that has all the elements that put the Swedish ‘kings’ on the progressive map worldwide.”

Check out our review of ‘Islands’ here.

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

 

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

 

Line-Up:
Roine Stolt – Vocal, Ukulele, Guitars, Additional Keyboards
Hasse Fröberg – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Jonas Reingold – Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Zach Kamins – Pianos, Organ, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Orchestrations
Mirko DeMaio – Drums, Percussion
Guest: Rob Townsend – Soprano Saxophone

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The Flower Kings’ Mirkko DeMaio picks his favorite Prog albums for drums

In October 2020, progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS released their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after the group’s much celebrated “Waiting For Miracles”.  It is the band’s second with drummer Mirkko DeMaio.  We asked DeMaio what his favorite prog drumming albums are.  Check out his picks below.

“Thick As A Brick” – Jethro Tull
My first encounter with music before I knew it was called ‘progressive rock’. All the band was great and Barriemore Barlow was on fire. His attention to any details coming from every instrument was super ahead for that time.

“Queen II” – Queen
Roger Taylor was an absolute animal on this, his furious fills, that open-close hi-hat on two and four, that big and warm sound; I’ve heard a similar tone just on John Bonham’s works then. You can feel they weren’t afraid of exploring any kind of musical journey. Insane production.

“Selling England By The Pound” – Genesis
An absolute work of art from Phil Collins; His skills were fresh, organic and well practiced. He showed a great and dynamic usage of cymbals, and his snare sound was absolutely beautiful.

“The Wall” – Pink Floyd
Another treasure. Nick Mason was just right, perfect. He delivered the right sound, the right grooves, the perfect fills, It was simple and beautiful. I know that Jeff Porcaro was on one of the tracks, but he just played like Nick Mason, so for me it’s all a Mason’s work.

“Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence” – Dream Theater
Monumental album, After previous “Scenes From A Memory” ‘s huge success, DT regained some faith in their creativity and they decided to totally open themselves to any kind of musical idea. Mike Portnoy couldn’t have had better chance to play literally whatever would cross his mind, and thank G-d he did. From heavy double bass parts to Larry Mullen Jr. kind of grooves, Mike has showed an even wider palette of drums parts compared from what we were used to hear from him. Also for the first time he made his drums parts being processed in order to get a “different” sound of drums, like in “Misunderstood”. Success.

Honorable mentions of NOT really PROG albums

Everything from The Beatles so let say “1” from The Beatles
Not going to analyze all Ringo’s parts, but his playing has influenced me a lot, I had to mention him. Period.

“Led Zeppelin II” – Led Zeppelin
Just think about John Bonham groove and sound, legendary. It was like hearing Zeus’ thunders smashing on the ground, creating poetry.

“Made In Japan” – Deep Purple
Ian Paice was a damn heavy swing machine, super precise and tight, his use of dynamics on snare, kick and hi-hat is insane. And it’s all live.

“Ten Summoner’s Tales” – Sting
The best Vinnie Colaiuta’s masterwork in a more pop songs context; Sting left Vinnie’s creativity flowing all the time, lot of odd time signatures around the entire album, and the result is now a milestone in music. And those splashes…oh man..

“Obzen” – Meshuggah
Tomas Haake has rewritten metal drumming’s pages with this album. The double kick drum works and ostinato grooves on “Obzen” have started a new chapter for drummers not only in metal music.

Read our review of The Flower Kings – Islands here.

 

 

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The Flower Kings release video for “Black Swan” from upcoming new album ‘Islands’

In October 2020, progressive rockers THE FLOWER KINGS released their new double album “Islands” on InsideOutMusic, just a year after the group’s much celebrated “Waiting For Miracles”. Today the band have launched a brand new video for the track ‘Black Swan’, and you can watch it now here:

Roine Stolt comments: “’Black Swan’ was a little piano melody I wrote around spring 2019 – I thought of it as ‘Polish melancholic’ or a ballet piano piece. I did present a demo for the Transatlantic sessions but when it didn’t stick there I brought it along to the TFK ‘Islands’ session. Here it found its way in to the album and concept and with a slightly more dry guitar-driven sound and with nods to both The Beatles & Queen it became one of my favourite tracks. Hasse delivers some of his finest vocal on the album here.”

 

Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21

 

Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12

 

Line-Up:
Roine Stolt – Vocal, Ukulele, Guitars, Additional Keyboards
Hasse Fröberg – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Jonas Reingold – Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Zach Kamins – Pianos, Organ, Synthesizers, Mellotron, Orchestrations
Mirko DeMaio – Drums, Percussion
Guest: Rob Townsend – Soprano Saxophone

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Album review: THE FLOWER KINGS – Islands

THE FLOWER KINGS - IslandsInside Out   [Release date: 30 October 2020] There’s a debate that rages in a certain music magazine as to what is and what isn’t “prog” – where much pointless navel-gazing and hand-wringing occurs in trying to decide whether the … Continue reading

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2020 Prog Report Awards Finalists and Winners

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards results. These awards were entirely fan-voted over 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.

You can see the results in the video below.

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Vote for Artist/Band of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

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Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
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Vote for your favorite artist or band of the year. Nominees eligible had new studio albums released in 2020.

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Vote for Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (voting open now)
Live Album of the Year (voting open now)
Album of the Year (voting open now)
Artist/Band of the Year (Voting opens Nov. 19th)

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Vote for your favorite album of the year. Albums eligible were released in 2020.

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Vote for Live Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (voting open now)
Live Album of the Year (voting open now)
Album of the Year (Voting opens Nov 19th)
Artist/Band of the Year (Voting opens Nov. 19th)

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Vote for your favorite live album of the year. Eligible nominees were from albums released in 2020.

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