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Brand X (UK) / Brand X - Biography
« on: January 06, 2016, 06:05:55 PM »
A short bio on Brand X by Melo the Prog Goddess taken from the old forum:

Brand X was one of the most commercially successful of the UK jazz rock groups of the late 70s and early 80s. Moroccan Roll reached number 37 in the UK album chart in May 1977 while Is There Anything About crept in at number 93 in September 1982. The original line-up of the band comprised John Goodsall (guitar), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Percy Jones (bass, ex-Liverpool Scene) and Phil Collins (b. 30 January 1951, Chiswick, London, England; drums), with Presto Heyman (percussion) helping out on their very first recordings made prior to the release of 1976's Unorthodox Behaviour.
This was the band that Collins considered second only to Weather Report. There were similarities, especially in that each group of musicians had great technical ability and a desire to play popular music, but Brand X's individuality shone through in their compositions. They produced sharp arrangements of appealing melodies, often with a gangling counterpoint provided by Jones' slurred fretless bass lines. Collins and percussionist Pert (added to the line-up on Moroccan Roll) could contribute anything from the lightest colouring to a furiously propulsive rhythm and both Goodsall and Lumley were exciting soloists.

All the musicians were also busy with studio work and Collins had been expanding his role with Genesis after Peter Gabriel's departure.

He had also released a solo album and, as his second career as a solo artist took off, he was frequently absent from Brand X with Kenwood Dennard, Chuck Burgi (on Masques) and then Michael Clarke standing in for him. Peter Robinson replaced Lumley from Masques onwards. A little later, Percy Jones left and was replaced by John Giblin, and the original incarnation of the band ground to a halt in 1981.

Goodsall and Jones reunited in 1992 to record a new Brand X album with drummer Frank Katz. A second new recording, Manifest Destiny, introduced additional member Mark Wagnon (vibes).

Brand X (UK) / Brand X - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 05:54:33 PM »
Brand X was a UK jazz fusion band, which was active between 1975–1980 and 1992–1999.

More on Brand X can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Brand X´s Website: ???

Brand X on Eden Songs:

Brand X on Prog Archives:

Brand X on ProgGnosis:

Brand X on Webring:;id=89;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Epyoing%2Enet%2Fbrandx%2F

Brand X on Wikipedia:

Brand X on Facebook:

Brand X on Twitter:

Brainbox (NL) / Brainbox - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 05:44:56 PM »
Brainbox is/was a Dutch progressive blues band from the late 1960s/early 1970s.

More on Brainbox can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Brainbox´s website: ???

Brainbox on Dutch Muziekencyclopedie:

Brainbox on Dutch Wikipedia:

Brainbox on English Wikipedia:

Brainbox on Metal Music Archives:

Brainbox on Prog Archives:

Brainbox on ProgGnosis:

Pendragon (UK) / Pendragon - Short Story 1977 - 2002
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:36:33 PM »
The Pendragon story

The Pendragon story all started around 1977 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, not far from London. The career of this English quartet can not be summed with just a few words:

For the last 25 years, without any massive financial support, without any well known manager and with very little coverage from the media but thanks to their perseverance, sheer stubbornness and their loyal and faithful public, not forgetting the excellent press reviews from all around the world (1), Pendragon are still there, following their own independant road to fame, recording albums of an excellent quality (2), which attract new fans all the time (3) and filling concert halls such as Hammersmith Apollo in England, Bataclan/Transbordeur in France, Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Holland, etc.

To this day Pendragon have sold over 250000 albums worldwide, their previous studio album The Masquerade Overture reached the 60000 mark.

Following the example of their music, songwriting and album covers, Pendragon seems to have become timeless. And when you hear their songs is just like listening told a story that captivates every listener's imagination.

1983: following their appearance at the Reading Festival (30.000 people) Pendragon were invited by Tommy Vance to record a session for his evening show the Friday Rock Show on the BBC and thanks to him they got national recognition.

1984: Fly High Fall Far their first mini album was released on the Elusive records label founded by John Arnison who was at the time Marillion's manager. Distribution was done by E.M.I. and Charisma (Genesis, etc.).

1985: first concert outside England was in Holland, they opened for Marillion at the Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Utrecht.

1988: Toff Records was founded and became their very own record company.

1991: release of The World their 3rd studio album. This was their first recognisable album, the one which revealed the Pendragon sound to everyone - a sound recognizable all around the world, the one with its ever rock style which calls all your senses with its melodies. It is emotional, catchy, and timeless. A large number of new listeners are seduced by the poetical and textual refinement of their songs.

1993: an album recorded live in France The Very Very Bootleg (Live in Lille) which became the first Mob CD to be given away to all members of their fan clubs.

1995: Utrecht... the Final Frontier: 10 years after, Pendragon are the headliners at the Vredenburg Muziekcentrum. Also, their first concert on the North American soil in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

1997 Live... at Last!: first live video, a secret gig of the "Masquerade Overture Tour" recorded during their apperance in 1996 in Kraków by Polish TV.

1998: first gigs in South Amercian soil (in Brasil, Chile and Argentina).

2000: Pendragon appear for the first time on French TV: RFM TV broadcasted a couple of times their "Live... At Last!" show in Poland.

2001: Not of this World, their 6th brand new studio album. 5 years after their previous european tour, Pendragon are back on the road. The band played again in famous venues such as "Bikini" in Spain, "Bataclan" and "Transbordeur" in France, "Hafenbahn" in Germany, "Proxima" and "Miasto" in Poland, "013" in Holland, the "Mean Filder" (formerly A2) in UK, etc. with always this particuliar warm and enthusiast welcome from the audience.

2002: Pendragon was the headline of the Baja Festival in Mexico (March). May saw the releases of Acoustically Challenged (recorded live by Radio 3 ? Poland during the "Not Of This World" tour) and of their video "Live... At Last And More..." on DVD (including bonus tracks). Both were promoted at that period with a summer foretaste mini-tour in Europe.

Pendragon (UK) / Pendragon - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:35:06 PM »
Pendragon is a neo progressive rock band from the UK, which has been active from 1977 - present.

More on Pendragon can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Pendragon´s Website:

Pendragon on Facebook:

Pendragon on MySpace:

Pendragon on Prog Archives:

Pendragon on ProgGnosis:

Pythagoras (NL) / Pythagoras - Discography
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:18:02 PM »
Pythagoras recorded two albums both released in 1981. The first one was called "Journey to the vast unknown" and the second one "After the silence".
Both were private releases on Syntone Records, but After the silence was later re-released by EMI.

In 2011 another album surfaced, with material which was recorded for a third album which was never released because Pythagoras disbanded before it was finished.
This release is called "The Correlated ABC".

Pythagoras (NL) / Pythagoras - Biography
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:13:15 PM »
A short Bio on Pythagoras, translated from

The basis of Pythagoras was laid in the late seventies in a The Hague record store called Moonlight Records, which was owned by drummer / percussionist Bob de Jong. One of the regular customers is keyboardist Rene de Haan.
In 1980 they recorded a  synth-based album called "Journey To The Vast Unknown", which was  released in 1981 as a private release in an edition of 500 copies. The melodic synthesizer music, plus sequencer and Mellotron, is related to the early work of German keyboardist Klaus Schulze. Songs of the album are played on the radio which gives very enthusiastic response of listeners in the Netherlands and Belgium. The album was re-released a few times and eventually it sold at about 5000 copies.

The second and last album "After The Silence" has a more symphonic sound. On the album guests appearance, like for instance guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and keyboardist Michel Wassem (Plackband).

The 1983 single "So It Goes (Anne)" is a pop song with lyrics from the producers Bernard Oattes and Rob van Schaik. The duo worked on a third album around 1984, which included keyboardist Peter Courtens who deceased in the year 2000, but Pythagoras disbanded before the album was finished.

The recordings for the third album were finally released in 2011 on an album called "The Correlated ABC". Unfortunately Bob de Jong dies on December 7, 2011.

I actually have met Bob severall times, during visits to his recordshop  in the centre of The Hague. His wife or girlfriend (don't know if they ever got married) was in the same school and in the same class as I was.

Pythagoras (NL) / Pythagoras - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:55:44 PM »
Pythagoras is a Symphonic Prog band from the Netherlands, which was active in the early eighties.

More on Pythagoras can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Pythagoras Website:

Pythagoras on Prog Archives:

Pythagoras on ProgGnosis:

Forthcoming releases / Profuna Ocean - In Vacuum (2016)
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:09:57 PM »
On January 8, 2016 the Dutch progressive band Profuna Ocean will release their new studio album called "In Vacuum"

Check the band´s website for full details on this forthcoming release:

Profuna Ocean (NL) / Profuna Ocean - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:06:41 PM »
Profuna Ocean is an alternative progrock band from the Netherlands, founded in 2008.

More on Profuna Ocean can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Profuna Ocean Website:

Profuna Ocean on Facebook:

Profuna Ocean on Instagram:

Profuna Ocean on Prog Archives:

Profuna Ocean on ProgGnosis:

Profuna Ocean on Soundcloud:

Profuna Ocean on Twitter:

Profuna Ocean on You Tube:

Profuna Ocean (NL) / Profuna Ocean - Biography
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:00:09 PM »
A short Bio on Profuna Ocean, taken from the band´s website:

Profuna Ocean is an alternative progrock band from the Netherlands, founded in 2008. With their sequences of thought out compositions, vivacious melodies and powerful rock sounds their music seems to be constantly working toward some kind of musical trip and introduces the listener to the world of Profuna Ocean.
In 2009 the band released their first album Watching The Closing Sky, which received international attention with airplay in the radio show of Sander Guis on 3FM (Dutch radio) and the radio show of Rick Wakeman (Yes) in England. In the next period the band worked on their live performance with a number of shows on many different stages and shared the stage with bands like Focus, Knight Area and Racoon. In 2013 Profuna Ocean won the award for “best progressive rock band of The Netherlands” (Dutch Exposure Project) with their song Waiting For The Fall.
Meanwhile, the band was working on their second studio album, refining and redefining their own unique sound. The period of writing, arranging and recording the album In Vacuum was an intense period of development where they found themselves and took their music to a whole new level.
On the one hand, it still has progressive influences from bands like Porcupine Tree and The Pineapple Thief. On the other hand, this album is especially about the power and intensity of their music, inspired by bands like Anathema. Driven by the idea that music is always at its most powerful when it comes straight from the heart, with In Vacuum the band is truly blossoming into something extraordinary and very special.
From the start of the recordings, the band used a high standard for the album. To finish the results at the right level, they teamed up with the Swedish producer Jens Bogren for mastering the album. The second studio album of Profuna Ocean, called In Vacuum, shows who they really are!

Forthcoming releases / Dream Theater - The Astonishing (2016)
« on: January 06, 2016, 01:53:05 PM »
On January 29th, 2016 Dream Theater will release their new album called "The Astonishing".

Check out Dream Theater´s website for full details:

Forthcoming releases / Steven Wilson - 4 ½ (2016)
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:46:04 AM »
On January 22, 2016, Steven Wilson will release a new mini album called 4 ½.

4 ½ is interim release between Hand. Cannot. Erase. and his next album. Four of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase. and one from the recording sessions for The Raven That Refused To Sing.
The final track is a new version of Don't Hate Me - a song recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998 - based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe, with additional recording in the studio.
The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb.


1. My Book of Regrets (9.23)
2. Year of the Plague (4.15)
3. Happiness 3 (4.31)
4. Sunday Rain Sets In (3.50)
5. Vermillioncore (5.09)
6. Don't Hate Me (9.34)

Total Time 36:42


Steven Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar


Guthrie Govan - lead guitar
Nick Beggs - bass guitar
Marco Minnemann - drums
Adam Holzman - keyboards
Theo Travis - saxophone, flute
Ninet Tayeb - vocals
Craig Blundell - drums
Chad Wackerman - drums
Dave Kilminster - guitar

Jerome Froese (Germany) / Jerome Froese - Links & Info
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:26:07 AM »
Jerome Froese (indeed, the son of Edgar) is an electronic artist from Germany, who started his solo career in 2005, after being a key member of Tangerine Dream for 16 years.

More on Jerome Froese can be found in the other topics from this board and on the following website(s):

Jerome Froese Website:

Jerome Froese on BandCamp:

Jerome Froese on Facebook:

Jerome Froese on ProgGnosis:

Jerome Froese on Twitter:

Jerome Froese on YouTube:

Plackband (NL) / Plackband - Biography
« on: January 06, 2016, 07:58:33 AM »
I found a short Plackband biography on Prog Archives:

Halfway the Seventies the Dutch progrock formation Plackband was founded with this line-up:

Kees Bik (vocals, Mellotron)
Ronald Brautigam (guitar and vocals)
Michel van Wassem (keyboards and vocals)
Albert de Keijzer (bass and Moog-pedals)
Tom van der Meulen (drums and percussion)

The Plackband were local heroes, but gradually they became more and more known and the Plackband even appeared on the national Dutch radio. Unfortunately musical disputes lead to the demise in 1982. Until then they never got the opportunity to record an album, only a single entitled "Seventy Warriors/Some Party" (from 1978, nowadays a collectors item).

In 2000 the Plackband reunited and released in the original line-up the live-CD "The Lost Tapes", including all their best songs. Two years later the Plackband released the album "After The Battle" and a single entitled "Remember Forever", including the new title track and the two songs from the single "Seventy Warriors".
The sound of the Plackband is a tribute to mid-Genesis, very warm, melodic and with strong vocal harmonies, lush keyboards and powerful guitarwork. In 2004 singer Kees Bik was replaced by Karel Messemaker, who knew Ronald and Michel from the Dutch formation "November", the successor of the Plackband.

In 2009 the Plackband were reincarnated as PBII featuring original members Tom van der Meulen, Ronald Brautigam, and Michel Van Wassem with a debut CD release in 2010.

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