NOTP 2023 – Friday, 14 July: ALEX HENRY FOSTER confirmed!

Alex Henry Foster, who attracted attention in Europe especially last year, is a Canadian singer and co-founder of the band Your Favorite Enemies, with whom he released four albums. The death of his father in 2016 marked a break in Foster’s life and he left the band.

Windows In The Sky, his first solo album, was released in 2018 and went straight into the Canadian Top 5. The album was made with the help of his old bandmates. Two years later, it was released worldwide, followed by the live album Standing Under Bright Lights in 2021, which was recorded for a CD/DVD release at a Montreal music festival.

For Foster, music has always been a refuge, a gateway to other worlds. His father’s Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath albums and his mother’s old rock’n’roll singles provided escape from the realities of growing up poor in Montreal. “That town does not treat poor people well,” he says. “I come from a difficult background, very blue collar. Music kept us together as a family. It was the most beautiful gift I could have received. My parents had nothing, and, in music, they gave me everything.”

Alex Henry Foster live (photo taken from his website)

His music unfolds a hypnotic effect, especially live – the tracks are sometimes improvised and extended to more than 20 minutes by the very well-rehearsed band. It seems as if there is a blind understanding among the band members, as if they are all very good friends with each other and as if they have already experienced a lot together. The audience is also integrated again and again and taken along by the charismatic frontman Foster. The tracks themselves often start quietly and increase into large, sometimes wall-of-sound thunderstorms of sound. Foster lets the listener share in his pain and despair and seems to process his past over and over again, almost like self-therapy. He grabs the audience with it because probably everyone has had to go through loss and grief in their own way. With this, Foster finds the connection and connects his audience to each other….
The intonation of Foster’s chanting sometimes reminds one of Anne Clark‘s great deeds of the 80s …

In Europe, Foster most recently performed as the opening act for the band The Pineapple Thief and impressed the audience there.

Alex Henry Foster and his band will perform on the Loreley on Friday, 14 July 2023.

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Alex Henry Foster Links:
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NOTP 2023 – Sunday, 16 July: SOEN confirmed!

PLEASE WELCOME, on SUNDAY: SOEN!

SOEN is a multinational progressive rock supergroup, who started to release music in 2010. The original lineup consisted of former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, Testament and Sadus bassist Steve Di Giorgio, Willowtree vocalist Joel Ekelof and guitaris Kim Platbarzdis. The first song “Fraccion” was released on the band’s official website in October 2010.
Funding member drummer Martin Lopez, describes Soen’s Music as “melodic, heavy and intricate”.
Soen have never shied away from exploration and analysis of self or society, both as musicians and expressionists. 2012’s “Cognitive” beat a firmly heavy, progressive metal path, before 2014’s “Tellurian” saw Soen star to to stride freely into their own power and unique visions. Their third offering, “Lykaia”, was a conceptual journey exploring earthier places. Soen’s fourth album “Lotus” came out in February 2019.
“Lotus” contains dissertations on modern society such as “Rival”, “Covenant” and “Martyrs” that are the fraught with poetic, finitely designed confusion and chaos.
Their latest album “Imperial” (2021) was mixed and mastered by Kane Churko, who has worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Dylan. Eight crisp, sharp, and supremely constructed songs spanning frustration, reflection and hope, “Imperial” is the most fierce and dynamic release of Soen’s journey, which will engage the listener immediately and sustain long after this crazy time has passed, its rich details destined to make it a classic metal album of this era.

SOEN will perform at Night Of The Prog for the first time on Sunday, 16th July!

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SOEN Links:
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NOTP 2023 – Sunday, 16 July: ESTHESIS confirmed!

ESTHESIS confirmed for Night Of The Prog 2023

Esthesis is a progressive rock band formed by Aurélien Goude (music, lyrics, keyboards, vocals, guitars, bass and other stuff). The current line up is composed of Aurélien Goude, Baptiste Desmares (lead guitar), Marc Anguill (bass) and Arnaud Nicolau (drums).

Esthesis music is characterized by many influences (british rock, film score, jazz, ambient, metal, electronic music…) and primarily based on emotion and ambiences. After a first sold out EP in 2019 (“Raising Hands”), Esthesis released their debut album in November 2020 (“The Awakening”). The album was received well and Esthesis won the Prog Magazine Reader’s Poll in December 2020 (“best unsigned band 2020”).

Their new album “Watching Worlds Collide” has been released in August 2022 on the independent label Misty Tones. 7 new songs, 7 encounters and stories between different worlds that intersect and collide, with varied atmospheres. From jazz to alternative rock, from electro to movie music, “Watching Worlds Collide” is radically different from “The Awakening” but just as cinematic and emotional.
The album is now available on Bandcamp in two CD editions and digital versions.

ESTHESIS will perform at Night Of The Prog for the first time on Sunday, 16th July

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ESTHESIS 2022

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LINKS:

Official Website
Bandcamp
ESTHESIS YouTube-Channel

ANUBIS confirmed

From Down Under to the River Rhine…

ANUBIS will hit the Loreley Stage for the first time on 15th of July 2018. The Progressive Rock band from Sydney, Australia will perform on 15th of July 2018.
The band has released four studio albums so far: ‘230503’ (2009), the critically acclaimed ‘A Tower of Silence’ (2011), ‘Hitchhiking to Byzantium’ (2014) and the fourth album, “The Second Hand”, has been released earlier in 2017. For more information about the band, visit their band camp website or the official website.

You can find the current lineup here.