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Maestro Viv Lalu makes a stunning comeback with Paint the Sky

Releases of the Week 03/2022 with Lalu feat. Damian Wilson, Steve Walsh, Tony Phillips and more...
Maestro Viv Lalu makes a stunning comeback with Paint the Sky

Only one highlight in the second edition of our Releases of the Week series this year, but what a magnificent one it is: Lalu returns with “Paint the Sky”! Just about 9 years after “Atomic Ark”, an all-star cast featuring Damian Wilson, Joop Wolters, Jelly Cardarelli, Steve Walsh, Simon Phillips, Vikram Shankar, Simone Mularoni, Jens Johansson, Jordan Rudess, Alessandro del Vecchio and Tony Franklin is bringing maestro Vivien Lalu‘s compositions to life on a flawless album! 19 more releases of this week to check out as well, as always through our Spotify playlist or the Bandcamp links below. Happy exploring!

Lalu - Paint the Sky

21 January, 2022 | Frontiers Music
LALU paint the sky COVER

Lalu is back with a new album! And a new all-star cast! Almost seven years after “Live at P60” and a whopping 9 years since “Atomic Ark”, french composer Vivien Lalu could not have produced a better album than “Paint the Sky” for his comeback. With long-time collaborator Joop Wolters handling both guitars and bass this time, Vivien enlisted the vocal, melody and lyric talents of none other than legendary british singer Damian Wilson (Arena, Headspace, ex-Threshold) and to round out the core band, french talent Jelly Cardarelli (Adagio) on a flamboyant drum-kit as well as co-producing the whole affair. Without dwelling too much on the extensive guest list that features illustrious names such as Steve Walsh, Jens Johansson, Simone Mularoni, Vikram Shankar, Jordan Rudess and more, “Paint the Sky” has turned its attention very much towards a colorful palette of (heavy) progressive rock sounds compared to the meaty melodic prog metal of its Lalu predecessors. Like a prog rock version of Headspace maybe, or a heavier, modern version of Saga, that’s sure to turn some heads of fans of quality music of all sorts, as it is nothing short but a masterpiece! Welcome back, Lalu, we hope you’re here to stay! (Also don’t miss out on our upcoming Progtalks Episode with Maestro Viv himself – coming next Wednesday!) Dario

More releases for 21 January, 2022

  • Giant Hedgehog - Im Siel (Jan. 17)
  • SirHibou - Other Way (Jan. 17)
  • Symmetry Was Never An Option - Unstable (Jan. 17)
  • SOM - The Shape of Everything (Pelagic Records)
  • AUA - The Damaged Organ (Crazysane Records)
  • Einseinseins - Zwei
  • 40 Watt Sun - Perfect Light (Cappio Records)
  • Breaths - Though life has turned out nothing like I imagined, it is far better than I could have dreamt.
  • The Soundcarriers - Wilds
  • Beriedir - AQVA (Rockshots Records)
  • Road Trip - Merry-Go Round (Epictronic Records)
  • Timelock - Sygn In
  • Ashes of Ares - Emperors and Fools (Rock of Angel Records)
  • FrazyL - Mon Odyssée (Epictronic Records)
  • Abyssus - Death Revival (Transcending Obscurity Records)
  • Hanging Garden - Neither Moth nor Rust EP (Lifeforce Records)
  • Seven Eyed Crow - Icarus EP
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3001
  • To Pluto - Lunaris (Jan. 22)

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Co-Founder of The Progspace - Dario discovered the world of Prog upon hearing "Shine on you crazy diamond" for the first time at the tender age of 12 around the turn of the millennium. Coming from a musical family and brought up with classical music, this seemed to be the logical next step. Attended the school of from 2002, delving into both directions: catching up with the history of already more than 30 years of progressive music as well as always staying up to date with the newest prog sounds. He loves meeting like-minded people and enjoying live music at a concert somewhere in Europe.


Colin is a progressive metal drummer who currently plays with Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. His introduction to prog was through his father with the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Rush back in 2007. As the years went by, he would eventually work on his taste to get into more extreme forms of prog, and now adores bands like Opeth, Persefone, Atheist, BTBAM, Serpent Column, Slugdge, and countless others.

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