NewEARS Album Of The Month"'The Regal Bastard' is a 45 minute finale to a [Vampirate] trilogy ['Courting The Widow' &'The Bride Said No'], but it's not necessary to have heard the prior albums to enjoy this album. The breadth of what you encounter here musically and stylistically means it's a rollercoaster of an album. The epic "I Am The Sea" kicks the album off in epic style, with interesting rhythm styles underpinning the enormous range of Nad's vocal styles, plus the bonus of a incredible guitar solo by Guthrie Govan. Funkier influences are apparent in “Meet Your Maker”, powered as it is by drummer on most of the album, Nick D'Virgilio, paired with bass legend Tony Levin, and sprinkled with female vocals – that aside everything else in this track is the work of Nad himself (many may assume he's "just the singer" but the crazy keyboard parts and angular guitar is all his own work). This album blends its prog with pop, soul, and r'n'b, rather than the metal riff you find in heavier aspects of the genre – so it’s one for those of you who prefer the melody to the shred!"
Nad Sylvan - The Regal Bastard
"This is an album whose rich textures mean that repeated listenings reward the listener with deeper insights. It is a carefully crafted sonic experience with precision instrumentation and is a superb showcase for Nad's vocal, compositional and arranging talents." GB-TPR
Essential Track: "'The Regal Bastard' epic title track is a multi part, orchestrated epic, that shifts through a number of phases, including a breakdown powered by Jonas Reingold’s bass followed by a brief but wonderful guitar solo from Nad himself. In fact, this track, which leads into the album’s two final tracks, is an incredibly strong 20 minutes of music." BG-TPR
Read the complete review on The Prog Report.
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The Australian Pink Floyd Show - All That You Love World Tour 2019 at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
$25 - $55
The Who's "Tommy" - The 50th Anniversary Concert at Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
$27 adv, $30 day of show
The Australian Pink Floyd Show - All That You Love World Tour 2019 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
$25 - $39+
Umphrey’s McGee at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
$30.50 adv, $35.50 day of show
Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
$24 - $59
Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Stateside Amphitheater - Jay Peak, VT at 08:00 PM
Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
$39 - $79
Ian Anderson Presents : JETHRO TULL 50th Anniversary Tour at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
$79 - $165
Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at The Warehouse - Fairfield, CT at 08:00 PM
Kamelot - The Shadow Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
With Special Guests Sonata Arctica
$17.00 - $100.00
Jethro Tull the 50th Anniversary Tour by Ian Anderson at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
$35 - $55
Alan Parsons Live Project at Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
$29.50 - $179 VIP
An Evening With King Crimson at Boch Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
$39.50 - TBD
Alan Parsons Live Project at The Vets - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
Delain at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
With Special Guests Anneke van Giersbergen & Amorphis
$18.00 - $90.00
STS9 at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
$29.50 - $45.00
After a lengthy career, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies since the band first performed at London’s famous Marquee Club in February 1968. After undertaking more than 3000 concerts in 40 countries during five decades, he has typically played 100-plus concerts each year to longstanding, as well as new fans worldwide. Widely recognized as the man who introduced the flute to Rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of the popular and Rock genres of flute playing. So far, no real pretender to the throne has stepped forward. Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which has been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire.
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