Tired of the boring and predictable "playlists" heard on most FM rock-stations these days? Looking for some- thing fresh, new and exciting? Well, you've come to the right place! This webpage is dedicated to promoting the music of cutting-edge bands and artists who are pushing rock music into new and interesting directions!
Progressive rock? Space rock? Pigeon hole it however you like. It sounds refreshingly different from the typical crap now being played on today's "cookie-cutter" ( MOR ) rock stations. Bands that push musical creativity to it's limits ( -with their extended instrumentals, engaging lyrics and complex "concept album" storylines ). That's what you'll find here. Wave goodbye to the "boring and predictable". Hear what you've been missing!
ELOY . AYREON . HAWKWIND . FLOORIAN . SECRET SAUCER . ERIK NORLANDER . EVERGREY . SPACELORDS
Never heard of these bands and artists before? That doesn't surprise me. Especially, if you listen to the typical rock stations on the FM dial. It's even hard to find this kind of music on satellite radio ( i.e: Sirius XM ). Hope-fully, this webpage will change that! If you like the music ( below ), be sure and contact your local ( FM ) rock station. Encourage their Program Director to give these bands some airplay! Ask your friends to do the same. Be persistent! If enough people do this, these stations will realize there's an audience for this great music!
Q1: Of the bands and artists listed above, WHICH would you most like to see permanently added to this webpage ( -with "profile" pieces and links to their official website and internet videos? ) Q2: Would you attend a Music Festival if the two headlining bands were HAWKWIND and ELOY ? ( -since many fans listen to both of these groups ). We'll post a few of your comments below.
*NOTE: We asked Frank Bornemann of Eloy if he'd consider playing at such a Festival. Check out our upcoming Frank Bornemann interview to see what Frank thought of the idea!
From 80's "hair-metal" band member ( -Bodine, Vengeance ) to concept-album mastermind, Arjen's "rock opera style" con-cept albums have taken Europe by storm! Featuring masterful guitar work, extended instrumentals and captivating lyrics sung by an ever-changing roster of top flight vocalists, Arjen's Ayreon albums combine rock, metal, prog and space-rock defying easy categorization. Someday, rock-stations in the USA will play his music! Check out the video ( below ) from his latest album "The Source". See what you've been missing!
If you'd like to read the interview we did with Arjen -click the link below:
Click song's title to watch: "The Day the World Breaks Down" from Ayreon's "The Source" album.
*NOTE: If you're in a hurry -advance the video's timeline to: "2:40" to get into the "heavy" rock parts.
Okay, I might be a bit biased here but these are my favorites. In any case, I don't think you can go wrong with ANY of these albums. Rock station Program Directors will find tons of "airplay-worthy" cuts on these albums!
Star One "Space Metal". One of Arjen's side project albums. Songs like "Star Child", "The Eye of Ra" and "Intergalactic Space Crusaders" combine heavy metal and spacerock -exploring space and sci-fi themes. A "Special Edition" version features Hawkwind founder Dave Brock singing a truly kick-ass medley of Hawkwind tunes ( -worth the album's price by itself! ). I don't know if this "Special Edition" version is still available but it's definitely worth searching out!
Ayreon "Into the Electric Castle". Widely acknowledged as Arjen's most popular "Ayreon" album. Using vintage analog instruments and lots of guest singers -this album has some great cuts ( i.e: "Isis and Osiris", "Amazing Flight', "Time Beyond Time" to name a few ). Definitely worth checking out!
Ayreon "Universal Migrator Part 1 & 2". This is the album that made me a believer! It never fails to impress. Usually takes just one listen to turn most rockers into die- hard Arjen fans. Songs like "Dragon on the Sea", "The Druids turned to Stone" and "Planet of Blue" will be "go to" airplay cuts for progressive rock jocks. This album has it all! Rock,metal, prog, spacerock. Even ballads. Pink Floyd fans will absolutely love it! Some of the songs sound as if they were culled from Floyd's 1975' "Wish You Were Here" recording sessions. *NOTE: See our full review of this concept-album masterpiece by clicking this link: Music Review: Ayreon "Universal Migrator Part 1 & 2"
Ayreon "The Source". The latest Ayreon album. Will find favor with "rock opera" fans. Arjen casted guest singers as characters in the album's epic sci-fi storyline. The musicianship, vocal talent and studio craft displayed on this alum is nothing short of phenomenal. Prog rock DJ's will have no trouble finding plenty of air-play worthy cuts. Dream Theater, ELO, Jethro Tull and Camel fans will all find something to love in this album. Highly recommended!
To learn more about Arjen's "Ayreon", solo and side-project albums ( -and about his current projects ), click this link: Arjen's website
Eloy was started back in 1969 by founder, guitarist and vocalist Frank Bornemann. The band has survived numerous line-up changes, splits and career breaks from the 70's til the present. The band has gradually evolved from long instrumental oriented pieces ( i.e: Eloy, Inside, Floating albums ) to a more accessible "symphonic prog rock" style with more emphasis upon lyrics. With a strong following in Germany and Europe, the band has amassed a smaller but dedicated following here in the US. Albums like "Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes" and "Visionary" as well as their forth-coming "The Vision, the Sword and the Pyre -Part 1" demonstrate the group's polished and sophisticated formula at it's best.
If you'd like to read our upcoming interview with Frank Bornemann -the founder and guiding force behind Eloy click here: Frank Bornemann Interview
To watch Eloy's "Live Impressions" ( medley of tunes ) video -click the link below.
There are bound to be lots of impassioned arguments regarding Eloy's best albums -but the ones listed below should be in every Eloy fan's record collection!
To learn more about Eloy, visit their website by clicking on the link below:
We hope to feature profiles, interviews with, videos of, and links to today's most unique and innovative metal, progressive and space rock groups ( -see the list above for starters ). As time goes by -the entries on this page will increase. So check back frequently to learn more about these "cutting-edge" bands!