The Album of the Month December 2019: Banda Belzoni - Banda Belzoni

It's a Rock Opera we chose for our album of the last month of 2019. The band is Banda Belzoni, from Italy and the opera is written by Gigi Venegoni (Arti + Mestieri, Venegoni & Co.) and Sandro Bellu (The Egonist). It's a musical journey of classic rock and sometimes prog, open to numerous influences. On the album they are accompanied by Mauro Mugiati (vocals and keyboards, A Lifelong Journey), Sergio Ponti (drums, Sergio Ponti) and Piero Mortara (Arti + Mestieri). Among the guest stars, the prog debut of Paul Mazzolini (Gazebo), the legendary contribution of Lino Vairetti (Osanna), the light of Fabio Zuffanti (Finisterre, Hostsonaten). And a wonderful cover by Walter Venturi (Bonelli, author of Il Grande Belzoni). The story is about Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1823) a prolific Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities. He is known for his removal to England of the seven-tonne bust of Ramesses II, the clearing of sand from the entrance of the great temple at Abu Simbel, the discovery and documentation of the tomb of Seti I (still sometimes known as "Belzoni's Tomb"), and the first to penetrate into the second pyramid of Giza. He was more than two meters tall, had a beard and copper-colored curly hair. As the story goes he even went to the Netherlands, earning his living being a barber. Many stories about this giant can be found on the internet, and December is just the Month for storytelling isn't it.

The Album of the Month November 2019: Drifting Sun-Planet Junkie

1996 saw the birth of a band called Drifting Sun, when they released "Thundering". Including this new album they have released 6 albums sofar. Throughout the years we at TVRDO played several tracks from their previous albums, so it was about time we put the band even more in the spotlight by voting their new release as Album of the Month. The band is Pat Sanders(keys), Mathieu Spaeter(guitars), Manu Michael(bass) and Will Jones(drums). For this album they had some help from a trio of fine vocalists by the likes of Marc Atkinson (Riversea/Moon Halo), Colin Mold (Karnataka) and Joshua Corum (Head With Wings) on the album also guest performances from Ben Bell (Gandalf's Fist/Patchwork Cacophony/Broken Parachute), Eric Bouillette (The Room/Nine Skies), Conrad Cheng and Sarah Skinner (Red Dirt Skinners). Karen Koski has done the amazing album cover. A full review will follow shortly on our cd/dvd review page.

The album of the month October 2019: Millenium-The Web

Millenium is back with a new concept album entitled "The Web". This is a new chapter in the history of the band, who closed the last era with the album MMXVIII. The album is again sung by the irreplaceable Łukasz Gall, who wrote all the lyrics and melodic vocal lines. All tracks have been recorded by 5-person line-up being the core of the Millenium band. The web is a symbolic trap into which each of us can fall. Addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol can lead and often leads to depression, loneliness and suicidal thoughts. The cure for this evil is friendship and love of another person. "The Web" is just such a story in which each of us can be the main character, fighting for love, peace and happiness! A full review soon on our cd/dvd review page.

  • The album of the month September 2019: Clepsydra-The Gap

    After an absence of 18 years Swiss band (Locarno) Clepsydra is back with a new album, their 5th Studio release. Original members Aluisio Maggini (vocals), Philip Hubert (keys) Pietro Duca (drums) are being rejoined with Andy Thomman (bass) who spend some time with the band Zenith from which he brought new guitarist Luigi Biamino in. Full review will follow shortly on our cd/dvd review page.

  • The album of the month August 2019: Edison's Children-The Disturbance Fields

    The Disturbance Fields are the physical manifestations that mother nature's fury can take against the human race due to our mistreatment of the oceans, rainforests and overdevelopment of urban landmasses. This has resulted in dramatic climatic changes in the temperatures of the earth and the sea and is the cause of far stronger and more violent storms and destructive natural events.

    It's an epic and moody piece of work, and if all the arguments regarding Climate Change didn't wonder you, have a listen. Edison's Children are Pete Trawawas (Marillion), Eric Blackwood, Rick Armstrong, Lisa Wetton and Henry Rogers

  • The album of the month July 2019: Freedom to Glide - Seed

    SEED is the third album from Freedom To Glide and completes their anti-war trilogy which began in 2013 with RAIN followed by FALL in 2016. With SEED Freedom To Glide have brought together every aspect of their unique sound to produce a very focused and personal concept album based around one man's experience of 1918 - the final year of World War 1. Musically, Freedom To Glide take you on a cinematic journey through their now familiar sonic landscape of layered synths, evocative acoustic guitar, atmospheric piano and soaring guitar solos.

  • The album of the month June 2019: Eris Pluvia - Tales From Another Time

    Eris Pluvia's story is peculiar, but also common to many other bands: they released an album in 1991, "Rings of Earthly Light", which contributed to the rebirth of the Italian prog scene, and then disappeared for many years until 2010, when they came back with "Third Eye Light" (AMS188CD). Despite the premature passing of the group's founding member and keyboard player Paolo Raciti, the group has nevertheless maintained synergy and inspiration in the making of the following "Different Earths" (2016, AMS276CD) and of this new and, in some ways surprising, "Tales from another time". A band in constant evolution, that have just released another significant piece of work in the current Italian prog panorama! A review of the album is on our CD/DVD review page

  • The album of the month May 2019: United Progressive Fraternity-Planetary Overload Part 1 - "Loss"

    This new release is an ambitious undertaking that unites the Fraternity in the recording of two CDs worth of material that will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world. The albums, titled 'Planetary Overload 'Part 1: Loss' (Apr. 2019) & 'Part 2: Hope' (late 2019/early 2020), will focus on the problems we are already beginning to encounter on a troubled planet and expected to face with increasing severity in the near future, and taking immediate positive action to mitigate those effects to ensure humanity’s survival.
    Led by great singer Mark Trueack (Unitopia), who's voice is in my opinion a cross between Chris Thompson and Guy Garvey, the band further consist of Steve Unruth (violin, guitars, flute, vocals), a.o.), Mark Franco (bass), Joe Toscano (drums), Marek Arnold (sax), Matthew Atherton (synths), Dan Mash (bass), Christophe Lebled (keys), Cornel Wilczek (orchestration). Again loads of guest appearances on the album by the likes of Michel St-Père (Mystery), Jon Davison (Glass Hammer/Yes), Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett), Michelle Young (Glass Hammer), Hasse Fröberg (Flower Kings), Steve Hackett, Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) a.o.

  • The album of the month April 2019: Supersister Projekt 2019 - Retsis Repus

    With music which has been compaired by many reviewers as Canterbury Scene, Supersister could easily count itself among the best Dutch bands of the time in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Albums like Present from Nancy and Iskander still stand the test of time some 50 years later. On the new album, Retsis Repus - released under the name Supersister Projekt 2019, the recognizable Supersister sound is still here, as can be clearly heard in the opening tracks Memories Are New IV, with the highly recognizable Supersister organ sound. But on the other hand, a new sound has been added by the addition of violins and trombones. Both styles, for example, come together beautifully in For You And Nobody Else, and makes this Supersister sounds slightly like Big Big Train but with unusual tempo and tempo changes and a beautiful violin solo. In Next Door Movie, on the other hand, a vibraphone is being added. Guitars are absent, being somewhat of a trade mark of the band. A large number of guest musicians, including the rhythm section of the Golden Earring, the Dutch stand-up comedian Freek de Jonge (in Cuckoo) and Henk Hofstede of the Nits. Fans of Supersister will be more than satisfied with Retsis Repus. A more detailed review will follow shortly on our cd/dvd review page.

  • The album of the month March 2019: Oscillazioni Alchemico Kreative - Giordano Bruno

    Originally this album was released early last year and for some reason we, at TVRDO, totally missed it. So to make things right, we have decided to name this the Album of the Month, and it clearly deserves it. Oscillazioni Alchemico Kreative (or OAK) is the brainchild of Jerry Cutillo a succesfull artist in his native Italy. .

    A full review you'll find on our cd/dvd review page.

  • The album of the month February 2019: Steve Hackett - At the Edge of Light

    ‘At The Edge Of The Light’ shows that Hackett is still an explorer and, unlike many of his peers, the stream of new music has not stopped. Don’t be fooled into thinking that Mr. Hackett is spending his later years simply Revisiting Genesis, he is actually continuing his musical journey in a myriad of styles on this adventurous new album. A full review is on our CD/DVD reviews page.

  • The album of the month January 2019: Antimatter - Black Market Enlightenment

    Dark, profound, hypnotic and threatening are some words that come to mind. There is a lot to discover on this album.

    A full review you'll find on our cd/dvd review page.

  • The album of the month December 2018: Roine Stolt's "The Flower King" - Manifesto of an Alchemist

  • The album of the month November 2018: Tiger Moth Tales-Story Tellers Part Two

  • The album of the month October 2018: Subsignal-La Muerta

  • The album of the month September 2018: Overture-Overture

  • The album of the month August 2018: Mystery-Lies and Butterflies

  • The album of the month July 2018: The Sea Within

  • The album of the month June 2018: Riversea- The Tide

  • The album of the month May 2018: Lazuli-Saison 8

  • The album of the month October 2017: Monarch Trail-Sand

  • The album of the month September 2017: Eloy-The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre, Pt. 1

  • The album of the month August 2017: Kotebel-Cosmology

  • The album of the month July 2017: The Watch-Seven

  • The album of the month June 2017: Magenta-We Are Legend

  • The album of the month May 2017: Isildurs Bane & Steve Hogarth: Colours Not Found In Nature

  • The album of the month January 2017: Last Knight-Talking To The Moon

  • The album of the month December 2016: Janus-Gravedigger House Calls

  • The album of the month November 2016: Kaipa Da Capo Darskapens Monotoni

  • The album of the month October 2016: The Mighty Handful "Still Sitting in Danny's Car 3 Rubicon"

  • The album of the month September 2016: Abraham Sarache "The Gardener"

  • The album of the month August 2016: Karmakanic-Dot

  • The album of the month July 2016: Crystal Palace-Dawn Of Eternity

  • The album of the month June 2016: Jon Anderson/Roine Stolt - Invention Of Knowledge

  • The album of the month May 2016: PROJECTiON-Realitivity

  • The album of the month April 2016: The Enid-Dust

  • The album of the month March 2016: Different Light-The Burden Of Paradise

  • The album of the month February 2016: Mantra Vega-The Illusion's Reckoning

  • The album of the month January 2016: Thieves' Kitchen-The Clockwork Universe

  • The album of the month December 2015: Billy Sherwood-Citizen

  • The album of the month November 2015: Nad Sylvan-Courting The Widow

  • The album of the month October 2015: Built For The Future-Chasing Light

  • The album of the month September 2015: Advent-Silent Sentinel

  • The album of the month August 2015: Kinetic Element-Travelog

  • The album of the month June 2015: We Are Kin - Pandora

  • The album of the month May 2015: The Enid - The Bridge

  • The album of the month July 2015: Tiger Moth Tales - Story Tellers