Tuesday, January 24, 2017

VERBAL DELIRIUM Live in Athens (22/1/2017). A Small "review" and the concert's setlist.



  As I wrote in a previous post, on Sunday the 22nd of January, the Greek band Verbal Delirium presented live their new album The Imprisoned Words of Fear at Kytaro club in the centre of Athens. There was a good crowd gathered for the event, and the band played for almost 2 hours. The setlist was divided into 3 parts. During the first part, the band presented the new album, and then, instead of a break, they presented a small acoustic part. After that, the whole band returned on stage for the 3rd and final part of the concert, during which they played some of their older songs.
  Especially for the occasion, the band’s line up was including Nikolas
Nikolopoulos (the leader of the band Ciccada) on Saxophones and Flute and Nikitas Kissonas, (the leader of the band Methexis) on guitars and backing vocals. With these 2 additions,  their sound became heavier and more complicated – so to say – and maybe that was the reason that they had some problems with the sound quality at the beginning. But with each passing song the sound was improving.
  During the short acoustic part, they played 3 songs; One of Verbal Delirium’s first album, one of Methexis’ debut album and a cover version of a Peter Hammill’s song, which I’m afraid I don’t remember the title.
  The gig lasted for almost 2 hours, and I dare say that it was a really good one! I have seen Verbal Delirium on stage 4-5 times so far, but this was probably the best one. 
  After the gig, I had the opportunity to meet with the guys, have a small chat with them, take a few pictures, and bought a couple of albums which they signed. (I know most of the band’s members anyway, so it was a pleasant chat between "friends").
In the pics on the right of the post you can see Verbal on stage, followed by 2 pictures with me and my friends together with Ciccada's leader Nikolas Nikolopoulos on the first one, and with Jargon, the singer and keyboard player of Verbal on the second one.
  Here is the concert’s complete setlist:
WORDS
CLOSE TO YOU
MISLEADING PATH
IMAGES FROM A GREY WORLD
DECAYED REFLECTION
IMPRISONED WORDS OF FEAR
IN MEMORY
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REPRISE
LINES ON A BUST
….. (Peter Hammill Cover)                         
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ERVELET / SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR AWAY
LOOSING GAME
SUDDEN WINTER
DANCING GENERATION

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sunday's Prog & Roll radio show is cancelled

Hello all!
I would like to inform you that Prog & Roll radio show is not going to be on air on Sunday the 22nd of January.
If you take a look at the post below you will understand the reason why.
I'm sorry for that, we will "see" you again  on Sunday the 29th of January, for the last show of the month.
Thank you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

VERBAL DELIRIUM: The Imprisoned Words of Fear - Live (Athens - 22/1/2017)

  I would like to inform you that, on this Sunday the 22nd of January, the really good Greek band Verbal Delirium will present their new excellent album 'The Imprisoned Words of Fear' live, at Kyttaro Club in the center of Athens. As far as I know, the guys are preparing a special show, that will be including songs from their new album, mixed with some songs from their older works, and they will have a few surprises kept for the end as well. I have seen Verbal Delirium quite a few times so far, but I am going to go see them once more, because I believe that it is going to be a very interesting and special show. The tickets cost 10€.
So, in case you are living in Athens or you are just visitors, here's a chance to see one of the most talented Greek bands on stage!
I'll see you there!

Την Κυριακή 22 Ιανουαρίου, το εξαιρετικό και ιδιαίτερα ταλαντούχο Ελληνικό συγκρότημα Verbal Delirium θα παρουσιάσει το τρίτο κατά σειρά στούντιο άλμπουμ τους The Imprisoned Words of Fear, live στη σκηνή του θρυλικού Κύταρου, μαζί με υλικό απο τα δύο προηγούμενα αλμπουμ τους. Όσοι δεν τους έχετε δει ποτέ πάνω στη σκηνή, πιστεύω οτι θα πρέπει να μην τους χάσετε και αυτή τη φορά. Τα παιδιά είναι εξαιρετικοί μουσικοί, και πάνω στη σκηνή δίνουν πάντα τον καλύτερο εαυτό τους. 
Ελπίζω να τα πούμε εκεί!

By clicking on the following YT links you will be able to listen to a few of their songs, in case you don't know them yet...
Close to You 
Sudden Winter 
Fear 
Images from a Grey World 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

GFreedom’s 2016 Top-10 album list. (Part. 1)

As some of you know already, during the first month of every new year I am writing here my Top-10 album releases of the previous year.
So, here is the first part of my Top-10 album list for 2016.
  Many good albums saw the light of day during 2016, but I’m afraid I wasn’t able to listen to all of them. (Not even close). My 2016 collection reached the number of 56 new releases. Not bad, but I could find some more I guess.
  So, my Top-10 list is based on those albums, and not on every release of 2016. (I'm sure that some very good releases are missing, but what can you do?) Further than that, have in mind that this list is being created after lots and lots hours of listening, and it is based exclusively on my personal point of view. You may agree or disagree with some of my choices, but that’s only natural.
Also, you should know that the list is in Alphabetical order.
Here we go:  
-      COLIN TENCH PROJECT: Hair in a G-string (Unfinished but Sweet)
  I knew Colin Tench from his work with Corvus Stone, and I had only good things to say for his guitar skills. But this solo album was a great surprise to me; and when I listen to it, my surprise became even bigger! (Not to mention the participation of Pete Jones). It is a lovely and nostalgic album, that I keep listening to on and on. I could recommend this album to all those who can appreciate a good - and kind of old fashioned - Rock album with many Prog elements. You can read the review I wrote some time ago, here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2016/11/colin-tench-project-hair-in-g-string.html
            HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
-      CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: Bronze
   The fact that I like Crippled Black Phoenix a lot is kind of obvious. If you read my blog, you will find enough references to them, their albums and their live gigs. I have all their albums in my music collection, and I like most 
of them. (But not all). Bronze was their 9th studio album, and maybe their best one - together with ‘I Vigilante’ - in my opinion. The sound is darker, heavier and as it seems CBP raised the bar once more. Now we only have to wait to see what is going to follow. You can read the review I wrote about this album here: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2016/11/crippled-black-phoenix-bronze-2016.html
-         DIFFERENT LIGHT: The Burden of Paradise
  One of the greatest surprises of 2016 for me! Never heard this band’s name before this album, and I must say that I was astonished! Very high quality and ‘listener-friendly’ Neo-Prog, with wonderful compositions, excellent melodies, very good vocals, and a couple of great epics! Well, what more can you ask for? The Burden of Paradise is one of the albums I keep listening to all the time, without getting bored of it. It’s quite the opposite actually! Here’s the review I wrote about this album: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2016/09/different-light-burden-of-paradise-2016.html
              HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 DRIFTING SUN: Safe Asylum
After the excellent ‘Trip the Life Fantastic’, Drifting Sun returned with a darker amd more 'mature' album, filled with the wonderful piano of Pat Sanders in the leading role, accompanied by great guitar riffs and the very good vocals by Pete Falconer (as usual). By clicking on the following link you can read the review I wrote about this album some time ago: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2016/05/drifting-sun-safe-asylum-2016-small.html

Monday, January 16, 2017

Last night's special Prog & Roll radio show. A few words about it and the complete playlist

Hello everybody!
  Last night Prog & Roll radio show was online once more, with the special show we had announced during the week.
Last night's show was dedicated to the excellent compilation of Musea records 'Decameron - Ten Days in 100 Novellas', which is divided into 3 parts. Each part includes 4 cds so the whole package includes 12 cds.
  This time we prepared a "different" show for our listeners, in almost everything. It lasted longer, it was divided in 3 and not the usual 4 parts, it wasn't including our usual music quiz, and had no "epic" song at the end! We had quite a good crowd listening once more, (including people form Greece, UK and Germany), but the chatbox was less busy than usual, because the people were paying attention to the music and the bands we were playing. From our behalf, we provided some info every now and then about the collection and Boccaccio's book itself, mixed with some beautiful and atmospheric songs taken from Musea's compilations.
 As I just wrote, last night's show was divided into 3 uneven parts, and each part was dedicated to each of the 3 volumes of the 'Decameron' collection.
 From the beginning till the end of the show we were very glad to have with us once more the Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Nickolopoulos, the leader of Ciccada and a basic member in Verbal Delirium. He listened to the show, he had a relaxed and pleasant chat with us and the people on the chatbox, and informed us about some things concerning Decameron; since his band Ciccada was included in the 1st volume of the compilation, with the beautiful song She Went for Love.
  I really believe it was a very good show, different than our usual ones, and I have the feeling that the people enjoyed it a lot.
I would like to say a very big thanks to all those who chose to spend their Sunday evening with us.
I hope you had some nice time.
Thank you very much!
Here's the complete setlist:
1st Part: RESISTOR: The Inquisitor’s Jig / PENELLI DI VERMER: La Novella Di Martellino / TRION: Fast Forward / THE SAMURAI OF PROG: The Promise / CICCADA: She Went for Love / CASTLE CANYON: The Poison Heart.
2nd Part: MOGON: Mr. Toad / WILLOWGLASS: The Salvestra Tears / OCEANIC LEGION: The Sleeping Lover / ROBERT WEBB: Ode to Good Sex.
3rd Part: J.P LOUVETON: Masquerade / STELLA LEE JONES: A Wandering Poet / ELEFANTS OF SCOTLAND: Swing the Gavel / PHOENIX AGAIN: The Bridge of Geese / FRAN TURNER: Neighbours / OZONE PLAYER: The Winter Garden.




Friday, January 13, 2017

PROG & ROLL Radio Show Proudly Presents: DECAMERON – Ten Days in 100 Novellas. (15/1/2017)

I’m writing this piece to inform you about this Sunday’s special Prog & Roll radio show. We wanted to do something special this time, so we decided to dedicate the whole show in the presentation of this really unique CD collection released in 3 parts, by Musea Records.
The compilation 'Decameron – Ten Days in 100 Novellas', is based on the legendary Medieval book written by the famous Italian writer and poet  Giovanni Boccaccio between 1349 and 1352.
As I wrote before, there are 3 parts of this huge CD collection, and each of those parts includes 4 CD’s. The first part was released in 2011, the second one in 2014, and the third –and last one – last year.
  As you can understand, it is impossible to play all the songs – not even the half – that are included there, so what we tried to do is to play some of the most characteristic and good songs that can be found in each one of those 3 compilations.
  For that reason, Sunday’s show is going to be a different one on every level. First of all, it is going to be divided into three uneven parts instead of the usual four. During each of these three parts, we will play songs from each volume of the compilations. So, during the first part you will listen songs from volume 1, on the second part of volume 2 and on the third  and final part, from volume 3.
  Furthermore, for the needs of this presentation, Prog & Roll is going to last longer this time; my estimation is half hour more. So, that means two and a half hours in total.
  We worked really hard for almost 2 weeks for this show, and I do believe that it is going to be a really interesting and unique show to listen to.
So, the only think you have to do, is to tune in this Sunday evening (15/1/2017), and enjoy a really different radio show.
  I want to remind you that Prog & Roll is a bilingual live broadcast, and it begins at 20.00 UK time. (21.00 Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden / 22.00 Greece, Turkey, Israel).
In order to listen, just click on the following link at the day and time I mentioned above
I hope to "see" some of you in our chatbox.
Thank you! 😎

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RED BAZAR: Tales from the Bookcase (2016)

Because I want to be honest with you, first of all I should mention that I had no idea about this band until almost a month ago. Then, I discovered the video of the song ‘Queen of the Night Part.1’ on YouTube, and I got very interested, mostly because Pete Jones is singing in it. 
But let’s take it from the start… 
Red Bazar is an English band, formed as a trio in 2007. Their first two albums ‘Connections - 2007) & ‘Different Beings – 2010) were instrumental ones. At the end of 2013 the members of the band decided to make some major changes, so they hired a second keyboard player, and also asked for the help of Pete Jones on vocals. (I am not sure if Pete Jones is considered as a full-time member yet. Time will show I guess). In 2016, Red Bazar released their first album as a 5-piece outfit, named as ‘Tales from the Bookcase’. Pete Jones, further than the vocals, participated in the songwriting as well. Most of the songs were inspired by Pete’s beloved books, hence the title of the album.
Now let’s take a quick look into the album itself:
Tales from the Bookcase includes 8 songs, and has a total running time of almost 70 minutes.  By making an easy calculation, you can understand that almost all the songs are rather long, with the only exception being the album’s intro ‘In the Beginning’ which is 3 minutes long. Further than that, the shortest song is Queen of the Night Part 1 which is almost 7 minutes long.
  The general style of the album is a not- so-complicated and listener friendly Modern Prog Rock, or Neo Prog if you like, with heavy guitar riffs in almost all the songs, nice melodic turns, very good production, and of course very good vocals!
  I could say that is a rather “massive” and “tight” album, without many ups and downs, so it is kind of difficult to pick the songs that are making the difference. Speaking for myself, based on the 3-4 first listenings I’ve done so far, I could say that the songs that I like the most are: Queen of the Night Pt.1, Calling Her On and Sunset for a New World.
  Tales from the Bookcase is a very interesting – to say the least – album, that guitar lovers will appreciate and enjoy it a lot. Because it is a rather “easy going album”, people who are not into Progressive Rock will also enjoy it. It is a very good choice, and if you buy it, I’m sure you will not regret it.
                     My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.