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CORSAIR – Launches Kickstarter Campaign For European Tour

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, prog rock, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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US-based Prog Rock/Metal outfit CORSAIR has launched a campaign with Kickstarter.com to help fund the band’s upcoming European tour. In exchange for your support, the band is offering a wide selection of music, merch, personalized messages & photos, music lessons, personal performances and more. The purposed tour itinerary would have the band trekking across the European countryside from February 20 – March 16. Details and a complete rundown of expenses and perks can be found at the link below.

CORSAIR SHREDS: European Tour Campaign:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059984511/corsair-shreds-european-tour-support

After five years together, two EPs (Alpha Centauri 2010, Ghosts of Proxima Centauri 2011) and a full length (Corsair 2012) CORSAIR was picked up by Shadow Kingdom Records in 2012. By mid-2013, SKR had re-released all of the band’s material and the Berlin-based High Roller Records was slated to press their entire catalogue on vinyl. This garnered the band much attention from reviewers and magazines all over the world, bringing high praise and features in publications such as Decibel Magazine (U.S), Rock Hard Magazine (Germany) and Terrorizer Magazine (U.K.). CORSAIR is currently hard at work prepping for their upcoming European tour and have plans to tour the U.S. and record a new album upon return. For more on CORSAIR, visit the links below. 

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Born out of the hot embers of Charlottesville, VA’s Black Sabbath annual tribute band, Mass Sabbath, CORSAIR formed in early 2008 with the purpose of writing progressive rock that would transcend space and time. Having endured the intensive training of Mass Sabbath and most recently, Spinal Tap, Corsair has emerged with calloused fingers and a united, unbending will to unleash new-found guitharmony powers onto the world of rock. Think Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and King Crimson.

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Praise for CORSAIR:

“The Ghosts of Proxima Centauri are plenty haunting, and one gets the sense that Corsair have the means to make the most of their growth in the time to come. Hope to catch them at Beta Centauri or coming to a star system near you.” TheObelisk.net

“At the intersection of Clutch, Thin Lizzy and Hawkwind lies Corsair, with their beautifully vintage guitar tones, emphasis on often-harmonized leads and solos, drifting and yet energetic prog-jam tendencies, and hints of hazy psychedelia.” - Last Rites

“Ghosts of Proxima Centauri is unique work I can’t recommend highly enough – I mean, Slough Feg, Falcon AND ELO?? Get outta here! Great, unique sound, ‘Adventure Rock’ supreme!!” – Hellride Music

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CORSAIR:

Paul Sebring

Jordan Brunk

Marie Landragin

Aaron Lipscombe

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on CORSAIR:

www.skykrakken.com

www.corsair.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/pages/corsair/179747970753

www.reverbnation.com/skykrakken

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LONG LIVE CORSAIR.

Stone.

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Atlanta Prog Ensemble The SixxiS To Open For The Winery Dogs Upcoming European Tour In Support Of New CD Release

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, progressive rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Atlanta, GA – Music fans and critics alike are buzzing with excitement about the news of Atlanta prog ensemble The SixxiS opening for Mike Portnoy’s new band The Winery Dogs upcoming European tour in September 2013. The SixxiS are touring in support of their recently released self-titled CD, which has been garnering major attention worldwide! After their first successful tour of Europe as direct support for classic rock legends Wishbone Ash, The SixxiS are gearing up for their second tour, in which they will play 15 shows in 8 different countries spanning Western Europe (England, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal).

“The SixxiS are amazing musicians whose music has progressive elements with instant melodies. They are proving to be great travel companions and rock hard, as our opener on the dates. They are a great bunch of guys and they are making us appreciate just how lucky we all are to enjoy this life.” – Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash

Says founding member and lead vocalist Vladdy Iskhakov: “The European tour with Wishbone Ash was our first tour overseas. We could not have asked for a better band to be an opener for. They were compete gentlemen, and really helped us through many things we had encountered on the road. We did our best to learn as much as we could from them, because, after all, they have been around for a very long time. I think we formed a great bond and mutual respect for each other, not only as professional musicians, but as people. Their fans were unbelievable! The response we got was amazing!”

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What started as a collaboration of different musicians in June 2006 became a powerhouse band consisting of world-class musicians. The SixxiS, initially the brainchild of the lead singer, Vladdy Iskhakov, exhibit a wide range of musical influences ranging from classic, jazz and rock music coated in a powerful, heavy, seductive and emotional shell of sound reminiscent of Rush, Muse, Soundgarden, System of a Down, Kings X and Alice In Chains. Due to the musical prowess of the band members, the trio are able to toy with time signatures and syncopation, to grasp the magnetism of robust dynamics, and to focus on the individual mastery of each respective instrument while continuing to be a cohesive whole. The lyrics demand attention from listeners, as they are messages of a soul crying out for spiritual awakening and awareness. The combination of haunting melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, distorted guitars, and a truly ‘powerhouse’ rhythm section of drums and bass make the SixxiS sound unique and unforgettable!

After quietly finishing their first full-length independent album entitled ‘Believe’, The SixxiS quickly caught the attention of Grammy Award winning producer Malcolm Springer, who produced their new CD at Warner Brothers Studios in Nashville. In June 2012, the band signed with manager Tony Conway (Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks, George Straight, etc), who secured their first international distribution deal with WBA Records, making available the band’s new release at all major music outlets (iTunes, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc). After a year of honing their live act, The SixxiS would go on to share the stage with bands like the Adrian Belew Power Trio, Winger and Buck Cherry.

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“The first time I heard the song ‘Believe’ from the SixxiS I was immediately a fan. Strong hooks, great musicianship and a knack for poetic consonance.” – Edgel Groves Jr. / InsideOut Music 

The group’s new CD illustrates the overall stripped down sound of the core three-piece group. Says Vladdy, “The music was produced to make us more ‘mainstream’ than the previous album we recorded, which was much more eclectic. Our sound has always been an enigma to those who listen to our music. Some get it immediately…some think they get it…some don’t understand it at all… People generally have a hard time placing our sound…it’s not alternative enough to be alternative…it’s not progressive enough to be pure progressive rock…it’s its own thing. Sure, there are several bands whose influence can be heard in our music, but overall it is independent.” Along with the new studio recordings, the CD and bonus DVD features 3 live tracks taken from the band’s performance in August 2012 at the 12th and Porter (venue) in Nashville.

The SixxiS consist of Vladdy Iakhakov (lead vocals, violin, piano, rhythm guitar), Mark Golden (bass, synth), and Josh “Jbake” Baker (drums, percussion, pads, vocals). The band are supplemented when performing live by multi-instrumentalists Paul Sorah and Cameron Allen. “The unity that music offers us is a testament to its power,” Vladdy explains. “Again, coming from different lifestyles, cultures, races and religious affiliations, music is the one thing that helps unify all these experiences together and present them to our listeners as a unique blend. At our live shows, our fans really do get a first hand glimpse of who we are as individuals, and how we blend as a cohesive unit.”

“Imagine Edgar Allen Poe’s dark romantic stories and verse set to music – this is the ambiance created by The SixxiS.” – RockOm

The SixxiS upcoming 2013 European tour dates supporting The Winery Dogs: 

September 05 – O2 Academy Islington – London, UK

September 06 – Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands

September 07 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany

September 09 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany

September 10 – Knust Hamburg – Hamburg, Germany

September 11 – Lido – Berlin, Germany

September 13 – Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany

September 14 – Gloria Theater – Cologne, Germany

September 15 – La Nouveau Casino – Paris, France

September 16 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France

September 17 – Z7 Konzertfabrik – Pratteln, Switzerland

September 18 – Live Club – Milan, Italy

September 19 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany

September 21 – Sala Apolo 2 – Barcelona, Spain

September 22 – Sala Joy Eslava – Madrid, Spain

September 23 – Paradise Garage – Lisbon, Portugal

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To purchase The SixxiS CD with bonus DVD:

http://thesixxis.merchmo.com/products/detail/The_Sixxis_CD_6375

For more information: http://www.thesixxis.com/

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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Long Live The SixxiS.

Long Live The Winery Dogs.

Stone.

Progressive Nation At Sea Returns In 2014, Featuring Prog Legends!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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“PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA 2014″ MAKES ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE FEB 18TH THRU 22ND FEATURING TRANSATLANTIC, PORTNOY SHEEHAN MACALPINE SHERINIAN, JON ANDERSON, ADRIAN BELEW’S POWER TRIO, DEVIN TOWNSEND, KING’S X, SPOCK’S BEARD, THE FLOWER KINGS, PAIN OF SALVATION, RIVERSIDE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE SAFETY FIRE, TONY HARNELL & BUMBLEFOOT, BIGELF, BEARDFISH, THE DEAR HUNTER, HAKEN, JOLLY AND NEXT TO NONE

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Los Angeles, CA - Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014!  Join us in this inaugural sailing from February 18th – 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas. This music festival at sea gives you an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean and all the amenities of a cruise ship; you will enjoy music from morning ‘til night with over 40 shows on multiple stages, along with activities, Q&A’s, panels and workshops from your favorite artists.

PROGRESSIVE NATION founder Mike Portnoy elaborates: “In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called ‘Progressive Nation’ and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.

Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today’s greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed).

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L to R: Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Tony MacAlpine

Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at Inside Out Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of PROGRESSIVE NATION AT SEA Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!”

Visit www.progressivenationatsea.com to register for the pre-sale today!

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This music festival at sea gives music fans an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean, guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite musical heroes perform numerous sets around the many stages set around Norwegian Pearl. And when guests are not attending a performance, a variety of activities hosted by the artists will fill the day.

Progressive Nation at Sea begins at $700 per person plus taxes and fees. Prices include entertainment, meals, and access to Norwegian Pearl’s outstanding amenities, including outdoor pool, hot tubs, rock climbing wall, and fitness center. Fans can read more and sign up for the Progressive Nation pre-sale at:

www.progressivenationatsea.com

With 15 decks of fun, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, four hot tubs, and spa treatments to help forget about the world left behind. Onboard concerts aren’t the only things that rock on Norwegian Pearl – passengers looking for more activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, bowl a few frames at the onboard lanes, or tempt lady luck at The Pearl Club Casino.

Progressive Nation cruisers will also have the opportunity to explore the sandy beaches of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, their very own private island getaway. A host of beachside activities and games, the gigantic “Hippo” water slide, and access to food and beverage service will make the stay on Great Stirrup Cay an unforgettable experience.

Forthcoming announcements are scheduled to follow detailing artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contest additions, and activities!  For full details and to sign up for the pre-sale, fans should visit www.progressivenationatsea.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/progressivenationatsea

twitter: twitter.com/prognationatsea

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(Source: Glass Onyon, PR)

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LONG LIVE PROGRESSIVE NATION.

LONG LIVE MIKE PORTNOY & THIS LINEUP OF BANDS.

Stone.

NEKTAR – UK Prog Legends To Release Highly Anticipated New Studio Album ‘Time Machine’ On June 18 , 2013

Posted in classic rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, progressive rock bands, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – Prog legends Nektar return with their triumphant 13th album Time Machine on June 18, 2013 on Purple Pyramid Records – the first album of new material in over 4 years – that band leader and founding member Roye Albrighton is calling “The best album Nektar has ever made!” ‘Time Machine’ showcases a new depth of songwriting, melodic complexity and musical exploration that hearkens back to early Nektar releases such as ‘Remember The Future’ and ‘A Tab In The Ocean’.

Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, is British, but was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend.

Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest lineup in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout North America. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original release date of the band’s classic album, ‘Remember the Future’, Nektar is looking to perform in its entirety this most heralded release from its vast catalog, a rarity in that the band has not performed the entire album live in years.

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Nektar Time Machine CD is available for pre-order now at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Time-Machine-Nektar/dp/B00CGUSM16

Nektar / Son’s Of Hippies US Tour Dates:

June 20 – Sully’s – Chantilly, VA

June 21 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

June 22 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, PA

June 23 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – NYC

June 26 – The Winchester Music Hall – Cleveland, OH

June 26 – The RockPile Bar & Nightclub – Toronto, ON, Canada

June 28 – Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI

June 29 – Viper Alley – Lincolnshire, IL

June 30 – Famous Dave’s Blues Club – Minneapolis, MN

July 02 – Rogue Pizza Co. – Fayetteville, AR

July 03 – Cheer Up Charlie’s – Austin, TX

July 04 – The Grotto – Fort Worth, TX

For more information visit Nektar’s official website: www.nektarsmusic.com

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE NEKTAR.

Stone.

UK Modern Prog Ensemble SANGUINE HUM Release Eagerly Awaited New Studio Album: ‘The Weight Of The World’

Posted in Music, prog rock, progressive rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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London, UK – Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by Modern Progressive Rock ensemble Sanguine Hum. ‘The Weight of the World’ sees Oxford, UK’s Sanguine Hum expand their musical horizons on all fronts with a seven-track collection of diverse compositions – technically challenging and exciting yet always melodic and direct. Songs such as “From the Ground Up”, “Cognoscenti” and “System for Solution” pursue the Porcupine Tree meets Radiohead approach of their debut record ‘Diving Bell’ with powerful yet intricate riffs propelling the songwriting that continues to make ever more inventive use of surprising twists and turns in the arrangement.

“Best prog rock album so far this century. The kind of record that prog rock bands 40 years from now will try to copy…” - Michael Bjorn, Strange Days (Japan)

Surprises are to be found as well in the instrumentation as the band open up the sound and more explicitly reference a love of electronica and the music of artists such as Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin, best heard in the song “Day of Release” as synthetic percussion and rumbling synths give way to chiming acoustic guitar and a soaring vocal melody. As a counterpoint, the album also features the highly atmospheric “Phosphor”, which sees Sanguine Hum break new creative ground.

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Perhaps even more exciting for a band that perhaps held some of their progressive influences in check on their debut album, is the 15-minute title track that manages the task of combining effective and emotional songwriting with thrilling musical developments that push the band to the limit. ‘The Weight of the World’ breaks new ground for a band at the forefront of truly “progressive” music.

Recorded at Oxford’s Evolution studios, Joff Winks (vocals, guitars, programming), Matt Baber (keyboards, percussion, programming), Brad Waissman (bass) and Andrew Booker (drums, percussion) have pushed the creative boundaries of Sanguine Hum to produce one of THE truly progressive and landmark albums of 2013.

In support of the release of ‘The Weight of the World’, Sanguine Hum will be performing at The Borderline in London on Friday June 7th with TIN SPIRITS and MATT STEVENS. The band will also be playing at Band on the Wall in Manchester on June 21st – same line-up as at the Borderline.

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SANGUINE HUM – ‘The Weight of the World’ CD can be purchased at http://www.cherryred.co.uk/esoteric-exd.asp?id=4017

SANGUINE HUM - ‘The Weight of the World’ Limited Digipack 2 disc deluxe edition with Bonus DVD (NTSC Region Free): The Making of ‘The Weight of the World’ home movie.

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For More Information:

www.troopersforsound.com

www.esotericrecordings.com

Esoteric Antenna is a Cherry Red Records label

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE SANGUINE HUM.

Stone.

NEKTAR – UK Prog Legends Nektar To Tour The US Summer 2013!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, progressive rock bands, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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London, UK – One of the summer’s most highly anticipated tours, “Legends of U.K. Classic Rock”, will feature progressive rock legends Nektar, beginning in June 2013. After a bit of an absence from U.S. Stages, Nektar is sure to be a treat for concert-goers who will be fortunate enough to catch one of the shows!

Nektar founding member Roye Albrighton (guitars/lead vocals) says, “We can promise you high quality performances wherever we play. I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say we are all looking forward to it.”

Nektar, featuring Albrighton, founding drummer Ron Howden, keyboardist Klaus Hentasch and bassist Lux Vibratus, is British, but was formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1970. Their early albums featured a heady, exhilarating mix of progressive, experimental rock sounds that soon caught on worldwide at the height of the international prog-rock boom. Touring the world behind numerous album releases throughout the ‘70s & ‘80s helped to cement the band’s reputation as an influential prog-rock legend.

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Having undergone a variety of personnel changes over the past decade or so, the band now boasts its strongest lineup in years and is ready to prove so yet again to its many fans throughout North America. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original release date of the band’s classic album, Remember the Future, Nektar is looking to perform in its entirety this most heralded release from its vast catalog, a rarity in that the band has not performed the entire album live in years.

Nektar’s new album, Time Machine, featuring the band’s first album of new original material in several years, will be released on Cleopatra Records on June 18.

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Nektar Tour Dates:

June 20 – Chantilly, WV – Sully’s

June 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

June 22 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre

June 23 – New York City – B.B. King’s

June 26 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester Music Hall

June 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall

June 29 – Lincolnshire, IL – Viper Alley

June 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Famous Dave’s Blues Club

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For Further Information:
 

Nektar facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nektar/198355536955655

Nektar website: http://nektarsmusic.com/nn/home/home_new.asp

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

For more info on NEKTAR, click on the link below!

http://www.cleopatrarecords.com

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LONG LIVE NEKTAR.

Stone.

Prog Legends SPOCK’S BEARD Film New Video In Support Of Newly Released Album ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – Prog legends Spock’s Beard, in support of their newly released and critically acclaimed album, ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’, are filming a video for the track Submerged. The three-day shoot is based in Los Angeles, and inside sources say it is a full-on music spectacle! Released on April 2nd, ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’, marks the return of Spock’s Beard to the InsideOut Music label, and the two-disc set has been garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike worldwide.

Founding band member Alan Morse comments about the video: “’Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’ is a new and exciting direction for us, and when we read the director’s treatment for the video, we immediately knew we had found the perfect person to help us bring our musical vision to the screen. It is equal parts performance and concept, and  there will be as many twists and turns in the video as there are in our music. You’ll never hear ‘Submerged’ the same way again.”

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In their 20 years together, Spock’s Beard have built a reputation for invention, musicality and sheer restive energy. Yet perhaps nothing they have done before can properly prepare you for their 11th studio album. ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’ is an album that will constantly surprise. Featuring the recording debut of long-time tour drummer Jimmy Keegan (Santana), and vocalist/guitarist Ted Leonard (Enchant, Thought Chamber), it also sees the return of a familiar name to the song-writing credits – Neal Morse, who has co-written two tracks, his first since leaving the band more than a decade ago.

Gary Brown of Classic Rock Radio Dot EU raves about Spock’s Beard’s ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’, “Perfect album from start to finish…one of the best hard rock/mainstream prog albums I’ve heard in a long time!” Ytsejam touts, “In the end, it is the Spock’s Beard album we all have been waiting for, as Morse, Meros, Okumoto, Leonard and Keegan have produced another excellent offering of musical mayhem. A true testament to what progressive rock is in the 21st Century and beyond.”

Co-produced by Alan Morse, Rich Mouser and John Boegehold, ‘Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep’ is described by Meros as, “quirky, edgy, and reminding us a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward.” In regards to the song the band is filming the video to, “Submerged”, Dave explains, “Ted had originally written and recorded this for his solo album ‘Way Home’ (released in 2007), and it’s a real stadium rocker. We’ve adapted it to our own sound but stayed faithful to Ted’s original arrangement. I wouldn’t say it’s strictly Prog Rock, but fits what we do and is a great song.”

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Spock’s Beard Is:

Alan Morse – guitar, vocals

Dave Meros – bass guitar, vocals, keyboards

Ryo Okumoto – keyboards, vocals

Jimmy Keegan – drums, vocals

Ted Leonard – vocals, guitar

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In closing Dave has this to impart about ‘Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep’, “I am proud of what we’ve done. I believe this is the way Spock’s Beard should sound in 2013.”

Spock’s Bears ‘Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep’ (2CD)(INO0647-2):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brief-nocturnes-dreamless/id628629207

http://www.amazon.com/Brief-Nocturnes-and-Dreamless-Sleep/dp/B00C40DJ1G/ref=sr_1_6?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1364924098&sr=1-6&keywords=spock%27s+beard

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For more information on SPOCK’S BEARD, visit:

www.spocksbeard.com

www.facebook.com/spocksbeard

www.twitter.com/spocksb

www.youtube.com/Spocksbeard 

www.insideoutmusic.com

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE SPOCK’S BEARD.

Stone.

Coheed And Cambria “The Afterman: Descension” – Releases On February 5th

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, prog rock, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA

The Afterman: Descension

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The Afterman: Descension is the seventh studio album from New York’s Progressive Rock/Metal unit: Coheed And Cambria; which releases on February 5th. The Afterman: Descension is a part two, to a planned (double-album) release, following the first part: The Afterman: Ascension.

The Afterman: Aescension was released back on October 9th, 2012 and received wide-spread critical praise from both Rock and Metal communities alike. Both these new Coheed And Cambria albums are released via Hundred Handed Inc. and are available on iTunes.

The Afterman: Ascension was chosen for Metal Odyssey’s Top 30 Metal Albums Of 2012 by Stone! You can check out where this fabulous album placed by clicking on the link below:

Metal Odyssey – Stone Picks His Top 30 METAL Albums Of 2012!

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The Afterman: Descension – Track Listing:

1. Pretelethal

2. Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry The Defiant

3. The Hard Sell

4. Number City

5. Gravity’s Union

6. Away We Go

7. Iron Fist

8. Dark Side Of Me

9. 2′s My Favorite 1

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA:

Claudio Sanchez – vocals, guitar

Travis Stever – guitar

Josh Eppard - drums

Zach Cooper - Bass

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For more info on COHEED AND CAMBRIA, click on the links below!

http://www.coheedandcambria.com

facebook: Coheed and Cambria

http://www.twitter.com/coheed

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LONG LIVE COHEED AND CAMBRIA.

Stone.

DREAM THEATER – Re-Signs With Roadrunner Records

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, prog rock, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on Roadrunner Records by Phil Freeman, back on December 3rd, 2012:

Grammy-nominated band Dream Theater, one of rock’s most musically fearless and adventurous bands, has re-signed with Roadrunner Records. The group first signed with Roadrunner in January 2007 and has so far released three critically acclaimed albums with the label. The label first issued Dream Theater’s ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos,in 2007 and went on to release Black Clouds & Silver Linings in 2009, as well as their most recent album, A Dramatic Turn of Events in September 2011. The band will soon begin recording a new album as part of the new agreement with Roadrunner Records.

In 2012, the band received their first-ever Grammy nomination for “On The Backs Of Angels” in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category. The song was the first single from their 11th studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, which had 14 Top 10 debuts around the world, including the U.S., where it entered at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings also charted strongly, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest-charting record of the band’s career.

They have also won several awards while at Roadrunner Records including Rollingstone.com’s readers’ poll for “Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time” (2012), several awards from the leading Japanese rock magazine BURRN! (2012) and the”Spirit of Prog” achievement award at the 2009 Classic Rock Awards. Overall, the legendary progressive metal masters have sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide.A powerhouse live act, they’ve headlined and sold out shows all over the globe.

Dream Theater - Group Publicity Pic - 2011 - #1

The band commented, “We are all very excited to be re-signing with Roadrunner Records! Over the past 5 years from the release of Systematic Chaos to our latest A Dramatic Turn of Events, we’ve developed strong creative and professional bonds with everyone at Roadrunner as well as many great friendships along the way.”

The band adds, “Roadrunner’s dedication and commitment to Dream Theater has been evident to all of us from the very beginning, and is consistent in all departments and on all levels, right on through to the top. Roadrunner is a record label that is not only great at what they do but who truly understand what Dream Theater is all about as well as the amazing people who support us all around the world whom we proudly call our fans. They are a record company we relate to as an organization firmly rooted in its ideals and mission, while always pushing the envelope in an effort to keep things moving ever forward. We’ve reached many career defining milestones while at Roadrunner and are all incredibly pumped in anticipation of our continued future together!”

Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty. The lineup has evolved to become John Petrucci (guitar, founding member), John Myung (bass, founding member), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards and continuum) and drummer Mike Mangini.

Dream Theater recently wrapped up a massive worldwide headline tour in support of A Dramatic Turn of Events and is heading back into the studio to record their next album. The next chapter in Dream Theater’s storied career begins in 2013.

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For more info on DREAM THEATER, click on the links below!

http://www.dreamtheater.net

facebook: Dream Theater

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com

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LONG LIVE DREAM THEATER.

LONG LIVE ROADRUNNER RECORDS.

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KINGCROW – Atmospheric Prog Band To Release Fifth Album Via Sensory Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, prog rock, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Kingcrow - In crescendo - promo cover pic!

The Progressive Metal aficionados at New Jersey-based Sensory Records this week announce the pending release of the newest album from Italy’s KINGCROW, In Crescendo.

While working in a mostly Progressive Metal direction in the earlier days, KINGCROW has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of Rock, nowadays rounded-out in a culmination of strong atmospheric component similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater. This is boldly present on the band’s fifth studio full-length, In Crescendo, the new album encompassing nearly an hour over eight epic movements. Produced by the band’s own Diego and Thundra Cafolla at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

Over the past two years KINGCROW has expanded the band’s fanbase through European tours in support of both Redemption and Jon Oliva, in addition to performances at ProgPower Europe and ProgPower USA. Plans for a U.S. tour are being devised for 2013 in support of In Crescendo.

Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will release In Crescendo in North America on February 12th. Stay tuned for further updates as the new album nears release and as KINGCROW takes to the road in the New Year.

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In Crescendo – Track Listing:

1. Right Before

2. This Ain’t Another Love Song

3. The Hatch

4. Morning Rain

5. The Drowning Line

6. The Glass Fortress

7. Summer ‘97

8. In Crescendo

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KINGCROW Lineup:

Diego Cafolla – guitars

Ivan Nastasi – guitars

Diego Marchesi – vocals

Thundra Cafolla – drums

Francesco D’Errico- bass

Cristian Della Polla – keyboards

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on KINGCROW & The Laser’s Edge, click on the links below!

http://www.kingcrow.it

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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LONG LIVE KINGCROW.

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Progressive Rock Icons NEKTAR To Release Covers CD “A Spoonful Of Time” Featuring All-Star Guest Line-Up

Posted in classic rock, Music, prog rock, progressive rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Features performances by members of YES, King Crimson, Deep Purple, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Hawkwind, The Zombies and Cream!

London, UK – Progressive Rock fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the forthcoming release of a new covers CD by music legends Nektar called “A Spoonful Of Time”, featuring an all-star guest line-up! Celebrating their 43rd Anniversary, Nektar’s contribution over the past four decades has quite rightly earned them their place in any ‘Progressive Rock Hall of Fame’. But the band is much more than a “prog legend;” the Nektar brand of innovative composition, performance and visuals is simply unique. And now on November 27th, Cleopatra Records will be releasing the first ever covers album by the iconic UK ensemble, joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!

Says founding Nektar member Roye Albrighton, “The idea originated from Cleopatra themselves…they thought it might be a good idea to do an album of classic songs with a multitude of different players but under the Nektar banner. Klaus, Ron and myself were to be the staple musicians taking part and the files would be given out to various musicians to do their parts. I was asked to do most of the vocals except for the one track which was (“Africa”) and quite a few guitars too. Ron did a lot of the drums and Klaus was prominent on several of the tracks on Hammond and mellotron.”

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Track listing:

01. Sirius featuring Michael Pinnella (Symphony X)

02. Spirit Of The Radio featuring Mark Kelly (Marillion)

03. Fly Like An Eagle featuring Geoff Downes (Asia / Yes) • Joel Vandroogenbroeck (Brainticket)

04. Wish You Were Here featuring Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)

05. For The Love Of Money featuring Ian Paice (Deep Purple) • Nik Turner (Hawkwind)

06. Can’t Find My Way Home featuring Steve Howe (Yes) • Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion) • Mel Collins (King Crimson)

07. 2000 Light Years From Home featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

08. Riders On The Storm featuring Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) • Rod Argent (The Zombies / Argent)

09. Blinded By The Light featuring Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) • Ginger Baker (Cream)

10. Out Of The Blue featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

11. Old Man featuring David Cross (King Crimson)

12. Dream Weaver featuring Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

13. I’m Not In Love featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes)

14. Africa featuring Bobby Kimball (Toto) • Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues)

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Nektar’s “A Spoonful Of Time” was produced by the band and mixed by prog icon Billy Sherwood, who also played bass on some of the tracks.

Says Billy, “I really enjoyed working with Nektar on their new record, it was an honor playing bass on the entire project too!! Roye is very creative and inspiring to be around, Ron and Klaus are great to work with too… I felt like it was working with friends, making music, as it should be. I look forward to playing some gigs with them in the future.” Roye adds, “The songs featured on the album were chosen by Cleopatra, of which a few of them I quite like. It was good working with Billy, on this covers album and our new studio album ‘Time Machine’, and like me, he wants the absolute best for the music.”

The Nektar story is a remarkable one. A British rock band that found stardom and major success in Germany and the USA, yet failed to make a significant breakthrough in their own country. With three gold albums under their belt (“Remember The Future”, “Down To Earth” and “Recycled”), Nektar produced some of the most original work of the seventies and eighties. In virtuoso guitarist Roye Albrighton, Nektar had a charismatic front man who had shared a stage with Jimi Hendrix, in Allan “Taff” Freeman a unique keyboard player, in Derek “Mo” Moore a bass playing powerhouse and in Ron Howden a fluidity rarely found in a drummer. Fifth member Mick Brockett was not a musician, but was responsible for one of the most stunning light and visual shows ever to grace a rock stage. Nektar’s history appeared to have been written when they finally split in the eighties. Despite attempts to re-kindle the flame, the Nektar light, it seemed was out…until the year 2000. The new millenium saw the long-awaited reunion tour of the classic line-up, to rave reviews and fantastic receptions.

“The light we thought was out, had in fact been kept aglow, by loyal fans across the globe! “It’s pretty timeless music,” says Albrighton, “and what I’m hearing from most of the new, younger fans that are now coming to our shows, is that it’s like going back in time. They are starting to really discover music again, which, of course, is a great thrill to us and some of the older bands from our time.”

An American tour in September 2004 saw Taff Freeman depart the band for personal reasons and his successor, Hammond virtuoso Tom Hughes, instantly earning a place in the hearts of the Nektar faithful. With continued concert dates, along with the remastering of the remainder of the Nektar back catalogue on CD, this legendary band has become once more a proud force to be reckoned with in the world of progressive music. In 2007 Nektar truly took over their own management, procured their official website as their own, became an entity entirely under their own control and went on a 22-date tour of Germany. The band released the critically acclaimed CDs ‘Book of Days’ in 2008 and the live DBL CD ‘Fortyfied’ in 2009. Signing with US label Cleopatra in 2011, the band competed its first U.S. Tour in seven years by virtue of a successful month-long jaunt of the States, to the delight of their U.S. fans both old and new. Nektar is set to make its mark once again with the release of their critically acclaimed studio album “Time Machine.” Now with the release of “A Spoonful Of Time,” Nektar is back with a psychedelic head trip through classic rock radio with artful twists on classics by The Doors, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Steve Miller, 10cc and others!

As far as future plans for Nektar: “To make more music, and to experiment more in different ways,” says Albrighton. Nektar will be a part of the Cruise to the Edge cruise in March with the Yes, Tangerine Dream, Saga, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer Band, UK and others. In closing Roye has this to impart to the band’s long-standing fans, “A huge thanks to all those fans who have stuck by the band through thick and thin over the years… We are only doing it for you.”

Nektar “A Spoonful Of Time” is available for pre-order now at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spoonful-time-feat.-steve/id570409022

- and at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spoonful-feat-Wakeman-Sherinian-Argent/dp/B008KRWKGW/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1351272833&sr=1-1&keywords=nektar+spoonful+of+time

For more information visit Nektar’s official website: www.nektarsmusic.com

Cleopatra Records: www.CleopatraRecords.com

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

LONG LIVE NEKTAR.

Stone.

Australian Prog Legends Unitopia To Release Highly Anticipated New CD ‘Covered Mirror’

Posted in Music, prog rock, progressive rock, progressive rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Sept., 2012 – Australia – Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans around the globe, legendary Australian prog ensemble Unitopia is releasing a new CD of cover songs titled Covered Mirror on October 31, 2012. The most well-known and respected progressive rock band to emerge from Down Under, Unitopia is back with a ground breaking, powerful new release!
 
“Making a covers album is always a challenge,” confesses lead vocalist Mark Trueack, “and reproducing classic songs and making them ours was always going to be difficult.We spent a great deal of time coming up with ideas and we are very proud of the results. We wanted to take the listener on a journey or experience, if you like. We fused together progressive, pop and rock music into one smooth sound.”
 
Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Unitopia endeavours to draw from the heart and soul of the listener thought-provoking topics such as environmental awareness, political and social upheaval and the hectic pace of life and human relationships in a positive and uplifting light. Using progressive themes as a framework, Unitopia’s music includes elements of world, classical, jazz, heavy rock and groove.
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Mark Trueack (composer/lead vocals/producer), Sean Timms (composer/keyboards/backing vocals/producer) and Matt Williams (guitars/backing vocals/producer) form the nucleus of the band. To complete the line-up, they chose the combined drum/percussion batteries of David Hopgood and Tim Irrgang, Craig Kelly on bass and Daniel Burgess (sax/clarinet/flute/piccolo/didgeridoo).
 
Unitopia released their first album ‘More Than A Dream’ in 2007 on the Canadian label Unicorn Digital. The band signed a three-album deal with InsideOut Music in Germany in 2008; the only Australian band to have signed with the label to this day. Unitopia’s second album ‘The Garden’, released that year, established the band as one of the premier progressive rock acts in the world. With the release of their critically acclaimed third CD ‘Artificial’ and a subsequent successful tour of Europe in 2010, the critics were unanimous. “Unitopia has been one of the best live acts on the Progressive Rock scene in the last few years!”
 
The band’s performance at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer in the Netherlands during the 2010 European tour was filmed and recorded. A subsequent live CD and DVD ‘One Night In Europe’ were released in 2011, successfully capturing the excitement of Unitopia in concert. Adding another dimension to Unitopia’s conceptuality, renowned artist Ed Unitsky was brought into the fold, touted as the “fourth Unitopian”. Says Mark in a recent interview with Prognaut, “We found each other on the net. He liked our sound so we started the process of getting to know his art, before engaging in his work.”
 
And now Unitopia has taken their music to another level with their new CD of cover songs. “Both Sean and I chose songs that we both liked and wanted to give them our Midas touch,” says Mark. “We wanted to bring these songs together, by bridging nice musical segways.”
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Tracks Include:
 
1.  Signs of Life (Prelude) Sean Timms
2.  Calling Occupants (Klaatu)
3.  Easter (Marillion)
4.  Man of Colours (Icehouse)
5.  Genesis Medley (Genesis)

  • The Silent Sun
  •  Suppers Ready
  • Dancing with the Moonlit knight
  • Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  • Carpet Crawlers

6.  Rain Song (Led Zeppelin)
7.  Even in the Quietest Moments (Supertramp)
8.  Can We Still be Friends (Todd Rundgren)
9.  Speaking The Truth (Dan Burgess/Matt Williams)
10. Everybody’s Gotta learn Sometime (Korgies)
11. Yes Medley (Yes)

  • And You and I
  • Awaken
  • Close to the Edge
  • Soon
  • Onward
  • South Side of the Sky
  • Owner of a lonely Heart

12. To one in Paradise (Alan Parsons)
13. The Way the Waters Moving (The Flower Kings) Bonus Track Remix 2012

 
To purchase Unitopia ‘Covered Mirror’:
As of September 24th - www.unitopiamusic.com 
As of October 31st – Musea Records - www.musearecords.com 
As of December 1st – Bird’s Robe Records - www.birdsrobe.com
 
For more information: http://www.unitopiamusic.com/fr_intro.cfm
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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

LONG LIVE UNITOPIA.

Stone.
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