On August 15, I posted a rare status update on my Facebook page: “Änglagård hit the studio today for the first time since I was in Kindergarten. Hard to express JUST how excited I am!” I’d like to express that now. I’m more excited than a priest at a playground. Was it necessary to make such an insensitive comment? Probably not. Is it necessary to use the extra letters in the Swedish alphabet for the spelling of Änglagård? Probably not. And yet I just did both of them. Without further ado… THE NEWS:

  • According to Änglagård’s Facebook page, drums have been recorded on two tracks and the band reported that recording has “gone well over (their) expectations.” The band hasn’t released an album since 1994, so it’s safe to assume that the prog community is ecstatic about the prospect of a new release. I know I am.
  • Orphaned Land, the Prog Metallers from Israel, are releasing their first live performance DVD, titled The Road To OR-Shalem. Kudos to the guys (and gal) for their ongoing goal to “unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music.” It’s a very compelling and noteworthy mission, but I’ve seen enough CNN Special Reports on the Middle East to know they’ve got their work cut out for them. Good luck, guys (I really mean it). It’s set to be released in the US on November 1, one week before it comes out in Europe…. yeah, you got me, it’s coming out a week AFTER Europe.
  • I’m putting the news of the Rhapsody of Fire breakup here because they do actually make use of some progressive elements in their Symphonic/Power brand of metal. In their extremely difficult to comprehend update, it appears that Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli will be parting ways (a “friendly split” according to the site) and resulting in Rhapsody continuing with Staropoli and Turilli starting a new band. That might also have the name Rhapsody in it (I’m not joking, read the story). And it appears that Alex Holzwarth will be in both bands… I’m just going to stop reading the story.