We are thrilled to announce three more artists whose music we are adding to the radio station.
Artist No 1. Jason-Rubenstein
Progressive rock and ambient keyboardist. Influenced by heavy progressive rock and old synthesizers, Jason creates modern, heavy instrumental music.
The style is loud, heavy, melodic, complicated, and modern.
Jason Rubenstein has been writing and producing music since 1995.
Jason Rubenstein’s music has been heard on National Public Radio, NBC Television, Soma.fm, and in the film “Replicant”. In 2000, he was featured in an EQ magazine article “Adventures in Sound Design”, and his sound design was used in ABC’s television series “Lost”. In May of 2016, Jason released an EP titled “Four Named Narratives”.
Jasons latest album Four Points Of Focus is available for pre-order below
Artist No 2. The Aaron Clift Experiment
The Aaron Clift Experiment is a dynamic progressive rock band based in Austin, Texas. The group’s multi-faceted sound is an innovative blend of classic rock, modern rock, and classical all anchored by the band’s dedication to high-quality songwriting and musicianship.
“Intricate and subtle yet with raw passion at its heart, The Aaron Clift Experiment is one of the most exciting and interesting bands currently writing and playing music today,” said Martin Hutchinson of Progradar after first hearing the group. Hutchinson’s enthusiasm has been echoed by other media outlets worldwide, including Prog Magazine, who nominated the band for Best Unsigned Artist of 2013 and for the Progressive Music Award in 2016. Forward to 2018 as the band releases there third album “If All Goes Wrong”
Artist No 3. Cell15
Cell15 is the brainchild of Robert Scott Richardson. In 2011, Robert had decided he wanted to write the progressive rock style that he loved. Raised on the great prog of the past, his love for “King Crimson”, “Gentle Giant”, “Yes”, “Genesis” and “Pink Floyd” influenced this musical decision. Twenty years of recovery had given him the subject matter, the advantage of owning his own recording studio gave him the place to work, and Cell15 was born. The idea of a concept album to tell the story of what happened twenty years ago to present served as the guide for where the music would go. “This is the first time I had the lyrics in mind before the music was written. I had to keep the focus on the story being told”, Robert said. The CD titled “Chapter One” had been released in September 2014.
The debut release was well received internationally. Prog Rock radio stations were adding tracks to their playlists and an award was given as “Debut Album of the Year” on Prog Rock.com. In a review from House of Prog.com affiliate Rob Rutz, Rob writes: “From the first recoil of the complex kit’s snare drum, followed by locomotive-strength symphonic keys, listeners are propelled like shot in a sling into Cell15’s powerful breakthrough debut album, “Chapter One.” This is a driving progressive rock concept album that’s befitting of the most-capable, well-powered sound system. Cell15’s Chapter One album goes beyond masterful poly-rhythmic drums, full-bodied keyboards and driving bass, though. It’s one hell of a story that portrays a dark life, capture and prison time, followed by twists of realization, understanding and an epic light show conclusion that begs for cathedral acoustics. Listeners are strapped into this soulfully sung script that was penned over a 20-year timeframe. Arranged and performed by veteran music artist Robert Richardson, Cell15 will remind listeners of Transatlantic, Genesis, and IQ, but its classic rock influences and meaningful vocals would also entice any Kansas or Queen fan.”
2015 was the year of forming the full-time band to promote Cell15. After many auditions, a lineup of accomplished musicians was established, including Shane Jones on guitar, former Elephants of Scotland member Dan MacDonald on bass, Circuline’s Andrew Colyer on keyboards and Bill Brasso on drums. A musical bond was formed to pursue recording more progressive rock music with a killer show sure to excite any audience.
In October of 2017, Cell15 played the inaugural year of the ProgStock Festival in Rahway, NJ, in addition to a show at the NJ Proghouse in June 2017.
In 2018, a modified lineup of Cell15 played the 15th Annual RoSfest (Rites of Spring Festival) in Gettysburg, PA, with Bob Richardson on vocals, drums, and keys, Dan McDonald on bass, Andrew Colyer on keys, Shane Jones on guitar, and Ornan McLean as a guest drummer.
Prog Rock fans may be few but they are the most loyal and appreciative group of people who love the complexities of the composition. Prog is the “Classical” music of today and will still be loved long after “Pop” music is forgotten.
Check out the bands latest release River Utopia
Blå Lotus is a progressive rock trio and their motto is, “No six-strings allowed,” formed during the fall of 2016, Blå Lotus was basically three guys with a vision of making heavy prog rock without the aid of a guitar. Heavily influenced by old school progressive acts of yore, they immediately set out to create a fulfilling soundscape equipped with just bass, drums and Hammond organ and a vast array of lengthy jam-based compositions interspersed with heavy stoner-like riffs.
Fredrik Andersson, born February 3rd, 1982, is the keyboardist, songwriter and, where necessary, the singer of Blå Lotus. He began his musical journey in the mid-90’s when he first got acquainted with The Beatles, a source of inspiration and adoration which has ruled supreme ever since. After growing tired of playing trumped for the communal music school, he taught himself how to play the guitar and further down the line bass guitar and drums as well as singing. Passing through other mainstays such as The Who, Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Yes, and Genesis, he developed a rudimentary knowledge of how to record his own songs and over time he went through several bands as a guitarist, drummer, singer, and bassist respectively. After his stint as the guitarist/singer in hard rock trio Stratus, he pondered on the idea of forming yet another trio from the ashes of an abandoned jam band, featuring his bass playing friend Linus Karlsson with whom he shared musical common ground. Only this time he decided to challenge himself on handling the Hammond organ, an instrument of which he yet only had rudimentary skills. Hanging up his guitars on the wall he has since provided himself with an array of vintage organs and keyboards as well as fully concentrated on perfecting his keyboard skills.
Linus Karlsson was born in 1987 and started playing clarinet in the school orchestra at age 10. He moved on to guitar and punk rock in high school, but everyone else was playing guitar so he switched to bass and never looked back. After high school, he moved to Örebro to study, and at the same time joined an indie rock band called Minor Ace. That became his main musical education and he started exploring alternative genres such as post-rock, progressive music and the Swedish folk-rock scene in the 1970´s. Through new friends, he was invited to join a progressive metal band called Marble Halls. They recorded an album, toured a bit throughout Sweden and made a small impact on the local scene. After Minor Ace and Marble Halls disbanded he met up with Fredrik and they started a jam project together that eventually led to the formation of Blå Lotus in the fall of 2016.
With a drumkit in the basement of his middle school, the interest of music Wiktor Nydén began to take form. He spent more or less every recess with the school’s weirdos, taking turns learning new rhythms and fills. Later on, with his first contact with punk, he played in several bands without any big success, but great enjoyment. The love for playing music grew bigger when he came out of the garage and with his high school band overcame the fear of standing on stage and eventually got an appreciation for his drumming. The biggest project he was involved with before Blå Lotus was the Hardcore/punk band called Brainkill, which had a couple of performances during its six years of being active.
Fredrik Andersson // Keyboards & Vocals
Linus Karlsson // Bass Guitar
Wiktor Nydén // Drums & Percussion
Style of Music
Progressive Rock, Psychedelic, Heavy Rock
Tube Alloys (2018)
Damian Wilson is an English musician, songwriter and vocalist who has appeared on over 70 separate album releases.
Damian is mostly known in the rock genre, for bands and projects such as Headspace, Threshold, Star One, Ayreon, Praying Mantis and Rick Wakeman’s English Rock Ensemble. As a solo artist he has released 5 solo albums, a DVD and a retrospective compilation album. He also released 2 acoustic albums with Adam Wakeman.
Damian began recording music in 1991 with the band Landmarq and featured on their first 3 albums. In 1993 he recorded his first album with Threshold, ‘Wounded Land’. He would return for their third album ‘Extinct Instinct’.
In 1997, Damian’s debut solo album ‘Cosmas’ was released. This album was a departure from the heavy/progressive rock sound that people had been used to. He managed to surprise people even more by landing the role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh’s touring production of Les Misérables. He played lead role for two years.
In 2000 Damian fronted Rick Wakeman’s Rock Ensemble and toured and recorded with them for two years. During that time he also featured on several Ayreon albums. This collaboration with Arjen Lucassen would result in three more Star One albums.
In 2007 he was asked by Threshold to return as lead singer. Three studio albums and numerous tours followed, after which Threshold and Damian parted ways in 2017.
He formed the progressive rock band Headspace with Adam Wakeman in 2007. They released an EP and supported Ozzy Osbourne on his 2007 tour, but it would take 5 years for their debut album ‘I Am Anonymous’ would be released. As part of a 3 album deal with InsideOut Music, the second Headspace album was released in February 2016.
Damian’s 5th solo album ‘Built for Fighting’ was released in September 2016. The single ‘Thrill Me’ made the BBC Radio 2 playlist.
The Critics and Fans
‘The man is a phenomenon’ • Rock Hard Magazine
‘Literally breathtaking’ • Classic Rock Magazine
‘One of the most versatile voices in rock’ • Ronnie James Dio
Cosmas – 1997 (Remastered version released in 2012)
Disciple – 2001
Live in Rehearsal (live) – 2002
Let’s Start a Commune – 2003
20 Years of Avoiding a Job (DVD) – 2011
I Thought the World Was Listening. 1997 – 2011 – 2011
“Wedding Song” – 2012 (7″ vinyl single. B-side contains the same song performed by Alex Sharpe)
“Thrill Me” – 2016 (single)
Built for Fighting – 2016
“Impossible (Dave Bascombe Mix)” – 2017 (single)
Solitary Witness – 1992
Infinity Parade – 1993
The Vision Pit – 1995
With Threshold Wounded Land – 1993
Extinct Instinct – 1997
Paradox (singles box set) – 2009
March of Progress – 2012
For the Journey – 2014
European Journey (Live) – 2015
With Rick Wakeman and the New English Rock Ensemble
Out Of The Blue (live) – 2001
Live in Buenos Aires (DVD) – 2001
Out There – The movie – 2003
I Am… (Ep) – 2007
I Am Anonymous – 2012
All That You Fear Is Gone – 2016
With Maiden United Mind the Acoustic Pieces – 2010
The Trooper (Single) – 2010
Across the Seventh Sea – 2012
Remembrance – 2015
With Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Ayreon – Into the Electric Castle – 1998
Ayreon – Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer – 2000 (Lead vocals on “And the Druids Turned to Stone”)
Ayreon – Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator – 2000 (Backing vocals on “Dawn of a Million Souls”)
Ayreon – Ayreonauts Only – 2000 (Lead vocals on “Into the Black Hole”)
Star One – Space Metal – 2002
Star One – Live on Earth – 2003
Stream of Passion – Live in the Real World – 2006
Star One – Victims of the Modern Age – 2010
Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live – 2018
With Adam Wakeman
Weir Keeper’s Tale (2016)
The Sun Will Dance In Its Twilight Hour (2018)
With Maiden uniteD
Mind the Acoustic Pieces (2010)
Across the Seventh Sea (2012)
Empire of the Clouds (2018)
With Other Artists
After Forever – Mea Culpa – 2006
After Forever- Emphasis (Single) – 2001 (Lead vocals on “Imperfect Tenses” & “Who Wants to Live Forever”)
Aina – Days of Rising Doom – 2003 (Vocals on “Revelations”)
Alarion – Waves of Destruction – 2016 (Lead & backing vocals on “Chains of the Collective”, “Waves of Destruction – II – Struggle for Survival”, “Colourblind”, “The Whistleblower – I – Devastation”, “The Whistleblower – II – Vindication”, narration on: “Waves of Destruction – I – Rising Tide”, “The Whistleblower – II – Vindication”)  Archangel – The Akallabeth – 2009
Archangel – Tales of Love and Blood – 2013
Casual Silence – Lost In Life – 2007 (Guest Vocals)
Clive Nolan – Alchemy – 2013
Computer Mind – The Aspie Project – 2014
Dave Bainbridge – Celestial Fire – 2014
Ex Libris – Medea (Song of Discord) – 2014
For All We Know – For All We Know – 2011
Fughu – Human (The Facts) – 2013 (as Mr. Tloth)
Galexia – Recidivate – 2008 (Single)
Gary Hughes – Once & Future King Part 1 – 2003 (Lead vocals on “Excalibur”)
Guy Fletcher – Inamorata – 2008 (Backing Vocals)
Jeronimo Road – Live at the Orange – 2006
LaSalle – LaSalle – 1993
Micha Calvin – Evolution 2 – 1995 (Backing vocals)
Mostly Autumn – Passengers – 2003 (Backing vocals)
Peter Gee – East Of Eden – 2011
Port Mahadia – Echoes in Time- 2007
Resource – More Than a Feeling – 2006 (Single)
Revealing Songs of Yes -2001 (Lead vocals on “Going For the One” & “And You & I”)
Seti – Discoveries – 2010
Shadowkeep- A Chaos Theory – 2001 (Backing vocals)
Shadowland – Mad as a Hatter – 1996 (Backing vocals on “Salvation Comes”)
Shadrane – Neurastasia – 2004
Tales from Yesterday w/Jeronimo Road – 1995 (Lead vocals on the “Starship Trooper”)
Thomas Zwijsen – Perferct Storm (Nylonized Album) – 2014  Unwritten Pages – Part 1. Noah – 2010
Wicked Sensation- Reflected – 2002 (Backing vocals on “You’re the Answer”, “Stand Tall”, “Highspeed Chase”, “The Preacher”, “Night on Fire”, “Caught in a Fantasy”, “Let it Ride”, and “Joker in the Pack”)
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Riversea is the first of three new artists to the station.
The idea for Riversea was first formed as a songwriting collaboration between Brendan Eyre and Marc Atkinson that started around the summer of 2006. Brendan, a keyboard orientated songwriter, gave Marc a CD copy of his 2005 solo album and the vocalist really liked what he heard. The duo both decided it would be interesting to see what would come out of a fusion of both their individual styles. As they both lived over an hours drive from each other houses, Brendan sent over his first instrumental idea on a CD to Marc during that time. At his studio in York Marc, an acoustic singer/songwriter added his melodies and lyrics to the composition. The resulting song, ‘Out of an Ancient World’, would eventually turn out to be the title track of the band’s debut album and also the album’s closer. With their first collaboration deemed a success by both of them, the duo set about exchanging CDs and ideas… All the songs on the album were written this way over a period of almost 5 years (along with quite a few more that didn’t quite ‘make the grade’). True to form, the last song the pair wrote together towards the end of 2010 became the album opener ‘In The Beginning…’
When it came to recording these songs with a full ‘band’ sound, the pair realized there were in a position to ask for help from some friends who also happened to be wonderful musicians. So, one by one and over the space of what turned out to be years, Bryan Josh (Mostly Autumn), Paul Cusick, Adrian Jones (Nine Stones Close), Ashley Mulford (Mandalaband), Mark Rowen (Breathing Space), Adam Dawson (Stolen Earth), Liam Davison (Mostly Autumn), Dave Clements (Kings of Queen), Janine Atkinson Benn (The Dark Flowers), Olivia Sparnenn (Mostly Autumn), Louise Dawson (The Wigglers) and Alex Cromarty (Heather Findlay Band) all recorded their parts and added their talents to the RIVERSEA sound. The album slowly but surely is coming to life…
The resulting debut album ‘Out of an Ancient World’ was released on the band’s own label in the Spring of 2012. Fast-forward to 2018 as Riversea return with a stunning sophomore release The Tide featuring twelve new songs.
Phideux is the second of two new artists to the station.
Phideaux started composing music in high school and performed in several bands: Sally Dick & Jane, Neck Tie Party, The SunMachine, and Satyricon.
He released a number of recordings on cassettes for his friends, and then in 1992, produced a small number of copies of a CD entitled “Friction”. Although it was not widely distributed, a few music reviewers were able to hear it.
Ghost Story (2004)
The Great Leap (2006)
Doomsday Afternoon (2007)
Number Seven (2009)
Infernal is the upcoming ninth studio album by Phideaux, its said to be the third and final part of his projected “Trilogy” of albums dealing with “Big Brother” authoritarianism and ecological crisis, after Part One, “The Great Leap”, and Part Two, “Doomsday Afternoon”.
Flor de Loto is the third of three new artists to the station.
Flor de Loto is currently the most prominent prog rock new group in Peru: with a long history that begins in 2005 with the debut album “Flor de Loto”,
Flor De Loto 2005
Madre Tierra 2007
Mundos Bizarros 2009
Imperio De Cristal 2011
Volver A Nacer 2012
Nuevo Mesías 2014
Árbol De La Vida 2016
New album Eclipse due out in late summer of 2018