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
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
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”)
Time Horizon is a Christian Progressive AOR Rock Band with hook-laden and odd meter time signatures thrown in. Emphasis on the balance between instrumentation, vocal melodies, and catchy rhythmic song structures. Time Horizon has songs influenced by the epic bands of timeless classics, yet maintained an identifiably unique approach.
The Band started out as a bunch of friends writing music together and grew from there. Ralph Otteson had played in a band called “Iron Clay Poets” during the mid 90’s. They played around the Central Valley of California for a few years and finally recorded an Album, however, the album was never released after being finished due to the disbanding of the members. It was through mixing this album with the help of Bruce Gaetke that brought together what would become the origins of Time Horizon.
Steve Gourely joined in during the recording sessions playing bass. With all but two songs completed, Steve decided to return to Cambodia where he continues his work helping to protect women and children in human rights issues. Dave DIckerson left the band before the release of the album to work with other musicians as did Bruce Gaetke. it appeared to Ralph after a second attempt to release an album, that this one too would end up not being finished and available to the public.
The 1st album “Living Water” After a year had passed Ralph decided to finish the album by funding the project, forming his own label and music production company Angelic Noise and dedicating the first production run of 1000 CDs to help people in third world countries by raising funds for clean water. He shared this vision with Bruce Gaetke, who returned to help with the release and perform in support concert shows. Ralph chose to partner with Living Water International, hence the name of the first album. Time Horizon continues to be committed to helping the thirsty around the world.
Before the release of “Living Water”, Ralph looked to his longtime friend Allen White to fill the role as bass player and to play the album in Live concert. Allen had played bass in a band with Ralph called One-Eighty all throughout the 80’s. The need to find two guitarists to cover the guitar parts became evident and they found Dave Miller to play most of the lead parts. The search for the second guitarist resulted with the addition of Rick Hunt, just weeks before the first scheduled CD release concert. After only three shows, Rick had to leave because of major surgery he needed, and they were able to play one last show with the help of Jeff Garner and wait for Ricks recovery.
The 2nd Album “Transitions” During the waiting period, work on the second album began. Rick never ended up returning and Jeff ended up attending some of the writing sessions for a portion of the album. The band knew they were capable of more and desired to raise the bar on the next one so they brought in the support of Billy Sherwood to help in production and mixing the songs. After mixing the first few songs Bruce informed the band he would have to leave the project to attend to his family. Jeff was out as well, so now, yet again, another album project was in danger of collapse.
Ralph went to friend Lang Bliss, a session and touring drummer in Nashville, to provide the needed drum tracks in which he did in a mighty way. Lang has recorded and toured with many of the top artists associated with the Christian Music labels of Nashville. David Wallimann was chosen to provide guitar tracks because his style of playing would fit perfectly with what had already been written. His work with Glass Hammer and Dweezil Zappa is an indication of his level of musicianship. To provide lead vocal, Ralph and Allen recruited the help of Rich Reif who sang with 180 back in earlier times. With the final song to finish, and after a long search to find the vocals for a Kansas like tune, Ken Westphal suggested we call Jake Livgren who had sung with his uncle Kerry in the band Proto-Kaw. That was exactly the right call and the album was complete. Billy Sherwood wanted to see the production all the way through the mastering phase, so he brought it to a Grammy-nominated mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum. The album was named “Transitions” because it is a transitional album from what was, into what it could be and now it is ready to take flight.
What Reviewers are saying about “Time Horizon”
PROG ARCHIVES.COM – Reviewed by PH “intelligently written and diverse, full of freshness and sincerity, with interesting arrangements and powerful vocals, Time Horizon has created a symphonic-progressive gem that deserves to be heard all around the world.”
ANGELIC WARLORD.COM – -“unconventional compositional structures and extensive instrumental proclivity all wrapped in a package that speaks of technical intricacies, outside the box inventiveness and unexpected twists and turns.”
PROGPLANET.COM – Time Horizon themselves are a fine blend of Classic rock and symphonic prog!! A great band with fine musicians, delivering the goods!
BACKGROUND MAGAZINE – “Highly recommended to everybody who likes Christian acts such as Neal Morse, Salem Hill, Iona, Glass Hammer and Supernal Endgame but also to those who are into the music made by bands such as Journey, Styx, Kansas, Spock’s Beard, Toto, and Boston”
Ralph Otteson: Keyboards & Vocals
Allen White: Electric & Upright Basses
Dave Miller: Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars
David Bradley Mau: Lead Vocals
Roy Faria: Support Guitar Handling Rhythm Electric & Acoustic Guitars
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Living Water (2011)
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.
Later, in 2002, Xavier started seriously mastering musical tracks. In 2003 he released his first CD with significant distribution, Fiendish. The year 2004 saw his second album Ghost Story, which was followed up quickly in 2005 by a third album, Chupacabras, and then a fourth album,313, in March 2006. His fifth and sixth albums, The Great Leap and Doomsday Afternoon (2007) are the first two albums of a planned trilogy. In 2009, he issued his seventh album, Number Seven. He had begun working on a related album called Seven and a 1/2, but this sequel was canceled in favor of an all-new album entitled Snowtorch, set for release in late 2010. However, the release date of this album was postponed until March 21, 2011.
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
Ben Craven is a “cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter” from Brisbane, Australia.
He likes to make records.
Immersed as a toddler in the era of big prog rock, Craven taught himself guitar and keyboards and joined a series of bands. None of them made it and none of them remotely played the kind of music that had been burned into his mainframe as a kid.
Nonetheless, the songs he wrote accumulated steadily. In 2005, Craven dispensed entirely with the band approach and recorded his debut album, Two False Idols under the name of Tunisia. The result was a work of incredible maturity, with influences ranging from Pink Floyd and Brian Wilson to the likes of Bernard Herrmann and John Barry.
As Craven worked the album it became painfully obvious that the music business was in the midst of a sea change, and most of the old guard didn’t seem to realize they were the cause. Very quickly he took an anti-DRM stance and released the live acoustic EP Under Deconstruction as a high-quality free download.
Craven stepped up a gear for his sophomore album, Great & Terrible Potions. Delivering on the cinematic promise of Two False Idols, Potions went widescreen as Craven blurred the boundaries between conventional songs and orchestral soundtracks. Augmented by a stunning cover designed by legendary artist Roger Dean (Yes, Uriah Heep, Asia), Potions was dense, complicated and unashamedly pretentious – everything a good prog rock album should be! Or, to put it another way, Craven sounded exactly like someone reveling in the creative freedom that came only from not worrying about what others wanted, and delivering what he felt instead.
His 2016 album, Last Chance To Hear, was a stunning triumphant musical masterpiece of progressive rock. The grandness of the album suggested it was performed by a five or six-piece band. Craven explained, “In keeping with the idea of the album as an endangered species, the new album’s title is Last Chance To Hear. It’s another solo album in the true sense of the word where I play just about everything, like on Potions. The difference this time is a much greater portion has turned out to be instrumental. Not that I dislike vocals, but sometimes the music can be strong and emotional and moving enough to stand on its own without them.”
There was also a special appearance on the album by legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner, providing spoken-word vocals for the track Spy In The Sky Part 3!
Craven achieved a great accolade in 2016, winning the MusicOz Australian Independent Music Award for Best Instrumental, for the track Critical Mass Part 2.
Ben’s latest opus is the album THE SINGLE EDITS (2018).
THE SINGLE EDITS showcases Ben’s finest moments from his solo output, both rock vocals, and rock instrumentals, compiled and re-imagined as single edits. A good bet for radio as Ben takes his greatest moments and edits them timewise into bite-sized chunks of sonic majesty. Although a 24-bit, 96kHz lossless download was released in late 2017, in early 2018 a special edition of THE SINGLE EDITS is available on compact disc, complete with folder artwork and multi-page booklet.
Here’s what the press raved about Ben Craven’s previous release:
“Heavy-duty prog rock monster”
– Anil Prasad, Innerviews
“Cracking virtuoso performance by an absurdly talented individual”
– Classic Rock Society
“Craven’s one-man-band production is a prog opus for the 21st century”
“All the drama, thunder, strum, and drang you could want the spiritual grandchild of Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson to bring”
– Midwest Record
“Craven’s tremendous ability to combine memorable hooks with complex progressive rock and cinematic orchestral music is astounding”
– Sea Of Tranquility
“Press play and this album does the rest”
“Seriously well-distilled and blended”
– Van Dyke Parks
Eight years after drummer Sotiris Lagonikas (What’s The Buzz? / Double Treat) musical project SL Theory started, followed by the release of debut album titled “SL Theory – I”, SL Theory have grown to a 10- member band, with the addition of Mike Karasoulis (Dakrya / Double Treat) on lead vocals, Alex Flouros (Seduce The Heaven / Fragile Vastness / What’s The Buzz?) and Giannis Nigdelis (Double Treat) on the guitars, Manos Gavalas(Sound Of Silence / Airged Lamh / Noely Rayn) on keyboards, Chris Kollias (Seduce The Heaven / Persona Non Grata) on bass guitar, as well as Christina Alexiou, Alexandros Louziotis, Kandia Bouzioti and Margarita Papadimitriou on backing vocals.
The extended heavy prog band, along with a classical string orchestra conducted by Maestro Yiannis Antonopoulos, presented, recorded and filmed live in Athens on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at Passport Keramikos, the complete album of Sotiris Lagonikas, titled “Progressively Dark” (2012), as well as songs out of the albums “SL Theory – I” (2009) and “Different Space Different Time” (2014) and a few brand new, unreleased songs written by G.Nigdelis/S.Lagonikas, in a unique dark-prog and heavy rock audio-visual show that is scheduled for release in audio CD and DVD format in 2018.
Sotiris Lagonikas: Drums
Mike Karasoulis: Lead Vocals
Alex Flouros: Guitars
Giannis Nigdelis: Guitars
Manos Gavalas: Keyboards
Chris Kollias: Bass Guitar
Christina Alexiou: Backing Vocals
Alexandros Louziotis: Backing Vocals
Kandia Bouzioti: Backing Vocals
Margarita Papadimitriou: Backing Vocals
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Progressively Dark A concert for a Group & String Orchestra (Coming in 2018) CD, DVD & Digital
Different Space, Different Time (2014)