New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Nad Sylvan - The Regal Bastard

"'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!"

"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.

Listen to samples on YouTube and buy the CD from InsideOut Music or wherever great prog music is sold.

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New England Events

  • 2019-08-22
    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

  • 2019-08-23
    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

  • 2019-08-23
    The Australian Pink Floyd Show - All That You Love World Tour 2019 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $39+

  • 2019-08-29
    Umphrey’s McGee at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $30.50 adv, $35.50 day of show

  • 2019-09-05
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $24 - $59

  • 2019-09-06
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Stateside Amphitheater - Jay Peak, VT at 08:00 PM

  • 2019-09-10
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $79

  • 2019-09-11
    Ian Anderson Presents : JETHRO TULL 50th Anniversary Tour at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $79 - $165

  • 2019-09-11
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at The Warehouse - Fairfield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2019-09-13
    Kamelot - The Shadow Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonata Arctica
    $17.00 - $100.00

  • 2019-09-15
    Jethro Tull the 50th Anniversary Tour by Ian Anderson at Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2019-09-18
    Alan Parsons Live Project at Hanover Theater - Worcester, MA at 07:30 PM
    $29.50 - $179 VIP

  • 2019-09-19
    An Evening With King Crimson at Boch Center - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $39.50 - TBD

  • 2019-09-19
    Alan Parsons Live Project at The Vets - Providence, RI at 07:30 PM
    $179 VIP

  • 2019-09-21
    Delain at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Anneke van Giersbergen & Amorphis
    $18.00 - $90.00

  • 2019-09-21
    STS9 at House of Blues - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $29.50 - $45.00

  • Featured Show

    9/11 - Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA
    9/15 - Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT

    Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of Rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 50th year as an international recording and performing musician in 2018. Ian was born in 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. After attending primary school in Edinburgh, his family relocated to Blackpool in the north of England in 1959. Following a traditional grammar school education, he moved on to art college to study fine art before deciding on an attempt at a musical career. Jethro Tull formed in 1968 out of the amalgamation of the John Evan Band and McGregor’s Engine, two blues-based local UK groups.

    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.

    Prog in the News

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    How weird is this? Two of the best progressive-rock albums of 2019 come out of Norway. Both bands have the initials “MP.” Both are powerful, a bit quirky, and full of enough hooks to jerk you out of your lethargic state.

    2019-08-20: Watch New Trailer for Rush Movie ‘Cinema Strangiato’
    Rush released a new trailer for their upcoming movie Cinema Strangiato: An Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence, which is set for one-night only screenings on Aug. 21. It was shot during their R40 tour, which took place in 2015

    2019-08-20: Iamthemorning share video for spellbinding new track Six Feet
    Iamthemorning have released a video showcasing their song Six Feet. The track has been taken from Marjana Semkina and Gleb Kolyadin’s new album The Bell, which launched earlier this month through Kscope.

    2019-08-20: The Tea Club - If/When is Streaming!
    Our new album “If/When” is now out on all major streaming platforms! Awesome band out of SE Pennsylvania/ NJ. please check them out if you don't yet know them. They toured with Thank You Scientist and Moon Safari a few years

    2019-08-19: PODCAST: Top 5 Asia Songs with Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal
    Fresh off his new role as lead singer for Asia on the recent Royal Affair Tour with Yes, Sons of Apollo guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal joins the podcast, with his guitar in hand, to talk about the best Asia songs, what he le

    2019-08-19: King Crimson To Release 5 Discs Of Live Music In Their “Audio Diary 2014 – 2018”
    Back in 1969, King Crimson made its reputation as a live band – initially with the hipsters, scene setters & other musicians who frequented the likes of the Speakeasy & The Marquee in London, then, more broadly, with a breakt

    2019-08-19: 45 Years Ago: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Mark End of Era With ‘Welcome Back, My Friends’
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer's '70s-era live shows were just as outsized as their albums. Maybe more so. Faced with myriad sound issues – from replicating the group's intricate music to projecting it in an archaic technological p

    2019-08-19: Nick Mason announced as the 2019 Prog God!
    Nick Mason is to be lauded Prog God at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. He’ll be presented with the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony on September 12 at London’s Underglobe Theatre. Previous recipients of the title i

    2019-08-18: ProgDay 25 Friday Night Preshow!
    Friday Night, August 30, there will be a ProgDay Preshow at Cat’s Cradle, 300 East Main Street, Carrboro, featuring The Devil’s Staircase and Bruteus.

    2019-08-18: Pendragon - The First 40 Years
    The wait is over! Now, just 41 years in the making, "The First 40 Years" book is ready to pre-order. (We hope to start shipping from 23rd September). It's taken two years to collate, re-record, mix, find the pics, get new a

    2019-08-17: Nektar The Legendary Rock Band with snippets from the new album The Other Side.
    New music from the progressive rock band Nektar. Featuring sections from the new Dbl. album, The Other Side. Photos courtesy of Jay Petsko.

    2019-08-16: Bent Knee releasing new album (watch the “Hold Me In” video)
    Genre-defying experimental rock group Bent Knee are releasing a new album, You Know What They Mean, on October 11 via InsideOutMusic. We’re premiering new single “Hold Me In,” along with its video (directed by Kelsey Hunter A

    2019-08-16: NJProghouse Presents: Mörglbl w/Ad Astra and Jimmy Robinson on September 6
    Greetings all! We are very excited for the return of Mörglbl, Ad Astra, and Jimmy Robinson to the Proghouse stage! We hope many can join us in welcoming back these exceptionally talented artists, for what promises to be a fan

    2019-08-16: French Music Legends Magma To Release New Album “Zëss” On Limited Edition Gold Colored Vinyl
    Magma’s critically acclaimed newest album Zëss is a 38-minute musical work by Christian Vander. Composed in 1970, Zëss had long been plagued by its incompleteness, its recording was deferred for years. Four decades after its

    2019-08-16: A History of Tool’s Elaborate Album Packaging
    Tool’s long-delayed 2019 album, Fear Inoculum, features another in the band's long line of boundary pushing when it comes to LP packaging. A special, limited-edition CD version of their fifth album features “a 4” HD rechargea

    2019-08-15: Steve Hackett: announces Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall
    Following a sensational 2018 UK tour, legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of a 2CD + Blu-Ray digipak titled ‘Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live at the Royal Festival Hall’ on 25th October 2019 vi

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