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Two solo albums to keep you cool on this weekend

Releases of the Week 30/2022 with Ryo Okumoto & Jakub Tirco
Two solo albums to keep you cool on this weekend

While Day 2 of Radar Festival 2022 ist just kicking off at the Casino in Guildford, we thought we’d update you quickly with the Releases of the Week before diving back into festival mode completely. Enjoy!

Ryo Okumoto - The Myth of the Mostrophus

29 July, 2022 | Inside Out Music

Spock’s Beard keyboard wizard and rock’n’roll stage animal Ryo Okumoto is finally back with a new solo album 20 years after his last solo effort, “Coming Through” in 2002. “The Myth of Mostropus” features an hour’s worth of top tier progressive rock with world class players like Ryo’s Spock’s Beard colleagues Dave Meros, Alan Morse, Ted Leonard and Nick D’Virgilio (on the killer opening track ‘Mirror, Mirror’ as well as on the final epic title track), but also legendary Saga-vocalist Michael Sadler, Mike Keneally, Marc Bonilla, Randy McStine, Dough Wimbish and more… So yeah, this is quite the star studded and highly entertaining affair. Suffice to say: this is not for you if you’re into modern prog metal, djent, tech death or any of the likes. You will feel right at home if classic prog rock is your jam. And what a jam it is, one of the best this year so far where this particular sub genre is concerned. That means it’s an absolutely mandatory listen for fans, hands down! Dario

Jakub Tirco - Alaska

29 July, 2022 | self-released

Prague-based musician Jakub Tirco’s style on his new album “Alaska” could be described as atmospheric instrumental prog/post metal, even though that wouldn’t be entirely accurate (as it tends to be with most genre descriptors). It’s definitely guitar based music with lots of synth atmospheres, it’s not exactly uplifting, but also not super dark, just a tad melancholy in nature. There’s no superfast shredding or anything and it’s got a relaxed and calm air around it while not being boring at all. Good sounds all around. Recommended! Dario

More releases for 29 July, 2022

  • Shroud of Bereavement - A Beautiful Winter (July 25)
  • Luke Chase - Automata (July 25)
  • Sedimentum - Suppuration Morphogenesiaque (July 25, Me Saco Un Ojo Records)
  • Jobam Martins - Similarity (July 26)
  • Sleestak - Harbinger (July 26)
  • Chaosbay - 2222 (Circular Wave)
  • Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate - The Confidence Trick (Glass Castle Recordings)
  • My Sleeping Karma - Atma (Napalm Records)
  • Prosper or Perish - Shroud of Serpents
  • Ithaca - They Fear Us (Hassle Records)
  • Subsun - Parasite
  • Dance Gavin Dance - Jackpot Juicer (Rise Records)
  • Contemplator - Morphose
  • Will Wood - In Case I Make It
  • Reeking Aura - Blood and Bonemeal (Profound Lore Records)
  • Lathe - Tongue of Silver (Grimoire Records)
  • Bastions - Majestic Desolations (Church Road Records)
  • Chat Pile - God’s Country (The Flenser)
  • Pretty Lightning - Dust Moves
  • Of Montreal - Freewave Lucifer Fck (Polyvinyl Records)
  • Auriferous Flame - The Great Mist Within
  • jazzSmells - dots & lines (DMG Records/Broken Silence)
  • Killed By Kiwis - Ethereal
  • Venus - Project Lamda EP
  • Skerries - Strange Angles EP
  • Oceans - Hell Is Where the Heart Is, Pt. II: Longing EP (Nuclear Blast Records)
  • The Deadstation - Episode 1: Deleted Scenes EP
  • El Mantis - El Mantis (July 30)
  • Knowing the Future - Infinite Future EP (July 31)

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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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