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DECONSTRUCTING SEQUENCE – Release “Access Code”

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on August 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Deconstructing Sequence are proud to announce the release of their new EP, Access Code.

Consisting of two epic songs that blend black metal, progressive and post-rock,  Access Code can only be described as Extreme Progressive Art.

The EP is available direct from the band, and can be streamed and purchased here: http://dsprogart.bandcamp.com/

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Access Code recording line-up:



Tiberius – Guitars, bass, vocals 


Morph – Vocals, synth and programming 


J Nerexo (Shadows Land) – Drum arrangements and performance 



Deconstructing Sequence on-line:



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Source: Dewar PR

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LONG LIVE DECONSTRUCTING SEQUENCE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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Former Members Of Devin Townsend Band And Into Eternity Release Debut Single From THIRD ION; Kickstarter Campaign For Debut Album “13/8bit” Underway

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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THIRD ION, the new Canadian Prog Metal group featuring former members of THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND and INTO ETERNITY, have released its debut single “Capitol Spill.” The track is now streaming below:

The band has also launched Kickstarter campaign to assist in completion of its debut album, 13/8Bit. To support THIRD ION visit: kickstarter.com/projects/1748461047/third-ion

THIRD ION is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. The debut album is currently over half written, and will contain eight to ten songs, including the title track which is written entirely in 13/8 time signature. 8-Bit musical renditions of every song will be released as well, to pay homage to their 1980s classic gaming inspirations.

BIO:

A project talked about, envisioned, and anticipated by Justin and Aaron since the day they met, by chance, in mid-2010. A few of the songs have been in the works since shortly after they met, but meeting Mike and getting him on board was the jump-start needed to truly get this band off the ground.

Now with the addition of Tyler on vocals, and the first few songs demoed, everyone is extremely excited about the future of this project and where it could go. Planning is underway for an amazing live show, with an emphasis on minimalism and mood. Every single member of this band comes from a large base of touring and recording experience and plan to use their resources to get this new project on the road and heard by as many people as possible. Plans are already under way to tour Canada and seek label or grant funding to support the tours.

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THIRD ION:

Justin Bender – Guitar

Aaron Edgar – Drums

Mike Young – Bass

Tyler Gilbert – Vocals

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Member Background:

Justin is a guitar player, producer/engineer and song-writer, most known for playing with and producing the Canadian Heavy Metal veterans Into Eternity. Over a decade of live playing, live sound and studio experience, Justin has toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Southeast Asia. The main focus of his career has been studio production, which he has become well established in Regina, SK working out of both Touchwood Studios, and Blue Door Recording.

Aaron lives drums. He teaches, records, gigs, does clinics and is a published author (drum related – of course). On top of all that he is the editor in chief of Drums Etc. magazine and has a weekly broadcast show on Drumeo. His educational material (also drum related, of course) on Youtube has reached a million views, with almost 7000 subscribers to his channel. Coming up on March 30th, Aaron will be headlining the Vancouver Island “Day of Drum Festival.”

Mike has been a professional session bassist for the past 15 years. He is well versed in all styles of music and has played everything from Metal (Devin Townsend Band, Terror Syndrome) to rock (Jet Black Stare, Ten Ways, the Matinee), to Funk, Pop, Country and Jazz. He has toured North America and Europe with a variety of projects and currently resides in Vancouver, where he gigs, plays sessions and occasionally teaches. Mike also loves coffee, cartoons and all things nerdy.

Tyler was the last addition to the project and is also a full-time musician. Like the rest of the band, he has dedicated his entire life to his musical career. He has been involved in writing, playing and singing music since his childhood, he grew up surrounded by musical relatives in Regina, Saskatchewan. His primary training was of the guitar but he also dwells on piano, bass and harmonica, playing a mix of new-folk songs with soulful vocals. Tyler accepts influences of all sorts; his main influence taps are of Zakk Wylde, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Michael Jackson. Since 2008, Tyler has recorded and released three solo records and has received radio airplay all across Canada.

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on THIRD ION:

Website: thirdion.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thirdion

YouTube: youtube.com/3rdion

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LONG LIVE THIRD ION.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

RUSH – ReDISCovered Vinyl LP Box Set – Is Available Now, Via UMe

Posted in classic rock, music news, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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RUSH CELEBRATES 40 YEAR RECORDING CAREER

In March of 1974, Rush released their self-titled debut through the band’s own indie label, Moon Records in Canada, and quickly sold out of the initial 3500 copies originally pressed. Moon Records would soon become Anthem Records, which launched in 1977, and continues to serve as the band’s only Canadian record company.

To mark the band’s 40-year recording career, Anthem/UMe celebrates with the vinyl reissue of the original Moon Records (pre-Mercury) release of Rush, as part of Universal’s reDISCovered vinyl series. Housed in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, this landmark album is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters, cut to copper plates using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) process at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Rush also features the original Moon Records jacket art, complete with the original MN-100-A/B Matrix etching, and will include a 16″x22″ reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three 5″x7″ lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey, a 12″x12″ Rush Family Tree poster, and a digital download card for a free digital copy of this newly remastered release.

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* Vinyl LP Box Set Released On April 29, 2014.

(Source: UMe)

* For more info on RUSH:

Facebook: RUSH

Website: http://www.rush.com

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LONG LIVE RUSH.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

Stone.

VIVIEN LALU – French Composer Announces Endorsement By Roland

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Above: Vivien Lalu as the “MUSIC-KNIGHT-MAGE in the Magic of Sounds Frenzy” – artist Chezan Iosif

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New Album In The Works For 2015 Release

French progressive metal keyboardist and composer, VIVIEN LALU, is ecstatic to announce his new official sponsorship by Roland Keyboards. Having relied heavily on the brand for his entire career thus far, this new endorsement is a major breakthrough for the artist.

Stated LALU on his union with the company: “After twenty years of using their keyboards I can now say that I’m proud to have joined the Roland family! I want to thank Roland Japan for the great welcome, and look forward to present you their amazing new products.”

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In September 2013, Sensory Records released LALU’s newest solo album, Atomic Ark. Having raked in rave reviews from international media outlets, the expansive but direct delivery of this talented songwriter is at its finest yet on this cinematic masterpiece, boasting an array of expansive elements with a dark edge. The opus was fully conceived and composed by LALU, the musician having enlisted an all-star lineup of vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (SymphonyX), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album. Alongside the release of his new masterwork,VIVIEN LALU also announced that half of his royalties for Atomic Ark were to be donated directly to Paris/NYC-based animal rescue organization ALERTE SOS!

LALU is currently immersed in the creation of new material for his full-length follow-up to Atomic Arkfor Sensory Records, having already confirmed its title as Orkeystra. Contrary to his Oniric Metaldebut and Atomic Ark, the impending Orkeystra will venture into new territory by featuring multiple singers in addition to Martin LeMar, who usually handles all vocals. New information on the next chapter in the LALU lineage will be released throughout the rest of the year in preparation for its release in 2015.

For now fans can order Atomic Ark now direct from Sensory/The Laser’s Edge HERE.

Critical Praise:

“The catchy bits will be stuck in your head for days on end, the heavy parts will never not make you bang your head, the beautiful parts will always be touching, the ethereal and dream-like parts will always evoke images in your head, and the musicianship will never not impress.” – Metal Injection

“The album is driven by Lalu’s sense of fine-tuned technicality and majestic flair.” – PopMatters

“…blistering guitar solos, soaring vocals and complex song arrangements… The musicianship is top-notch and there is a nice diversity to the songwriting…a progressive powerhouse.” – About.com

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on VIVIEN LALU:

Facebook: Vivien Lalu

Website: http://www.vivienlalu.com

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Website: http://www.lasersedgegroup.com

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

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LONG LIVE VIVIEN LALU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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.

STARSOUP – Russian Progressive Metal/Rock Band To Release “Bazaar of Wonders” On November 29th, Via Sublimity Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Moscow’s STARSOUP will release Bazaar of Wonders, an opus of progressive metal/rock, November 29 on Sublimity Records. The album is now available as a digital release.

In keeping with the band’s moniker, the influences are varied, inclusive of Metallica and Dream Theater to name just a couple, while the music itself blends heavy guitars, atmospheric keys (accented with grand piano), a range of vocal styles and tempos, and even the appearance of flute and saxophone.

Stream Bazaar of Wonders in its entirety at: sublimity.bandcamp.com

The album is available for purchase at the links below:

https://itunes.apple.com/album/bazaar-of-wonders/id710484202

http://www.amazon.com/Bazaar-Wonders-Starsoup/dp/B00FA8HW1M/

Currently a studio-only project, STARSOUP is the creation of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Alexey Markov (SHADOW HOST, DISTANT SUN) who is joined on the album by keyboardist/sampler Andrew Gryaznov (TIMESQUARE) and several guest musicians. The compositional foundation of the album consisted of the four songs – “Angels,” “Cradle of War,” “Bazaar” and “Perfect Loser” – that were written and melodically composed during Markov’s participation in CRIME OF PASSION in which he served as vocalist and Gryaznov keyboardist. That rush of creativity ultimately resulted in eight more songs, including one composed by Lex Plotnikov (MECHANICAL POET). Visit, absorb, and revel in the Bazaar of Wonders!

Those who participated in the recording of Bazaar of Wonders, include: 

Alexander Vetkhov (all drums and percussion). Also to be thanked are Nicholas Angel, Kostya Naumenko, Darya Savchenko (W. Angel’s Conquest, Kiev), Ilya Mamontov (Epidemia), Oleg Mishin (Catharsis), Andrey Nova (Nova Art), Yevgeny Nesterov and Natalya Fedotova. The recording, re-amping, mixing and mastering by Evgeny Vinogradov and DAI Records.

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MORE ABOUT STARSOUP:

STARSOUP is the heavy metal/progressive rock project of vocalist Alexey Markov. The songs vary stylistically – you may find them somewhat partially resembling Metallica and Disturbed, as well as Dream Theater and Stone Sour. The project’s founding stages took place in Moscow towards the end of 2011, when the first single, “Angels”, was recorded. In essence, the music consists of heavy guitars, atmospheric keys with an accent on the grand piano, varying vocal techniques: encompassing a clear voice in the more melodic ballads, and letting the heavy medium-tempo compositions resound with harsh, even growling vocals sometimes.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on STARSOUP:

Facebook: Starsoup

http://www.last.fm/music/starsoup/

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LONG LIVE STARSOUP.

Stone.

Mike Portnoy – Releases Personalized Invite Video For Progressive Nation At Sea

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, CA – While on tour with his American power trio – supergroup, The Winery Dogs, Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise. Taking you band by band and leading you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating Progressive Rock festival taking place February 2014.

The video can be seen below:

Mike Portnoy had this to say: “I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock’s Beard & the Flower Kings to today’s most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic…the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!”

Progressive Nation at Sea, an infusion of music and technique that will heighten your senses in a way no other vacation ever could! Imagine a couple thousand prog enthusiasts surrounding you on the Norwegian Pearl as we set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Grand Bahama Island February 18-22, 2014. The cruise is powered by leading Progressive Rock label InsideOut Music and features the genres most prolific artists.

This music festival at sea gives you an experience that one on land just can’t match. In addition to 5 days in the beautiful Caribbean, music will be happening from morning till late at night. Some of the best experimental music might be in the wee morning hours in an unscheduled jam by the artists! When you finally call it a night (or a morning) you can head back to your comfortable room and get some rest before getting into the action all over again. Did we mention you’d be walking around the same place as your musical heroes? Oh yeah, that means you might be having dinner and drinks right next to your favorite musician!

LINEUP:

Progressive Nation at Sea boasts the musical genius of Transatlantic, Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew’s Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King’s X, Spock’s Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None.

Check out the FREE PN14 Sampler presented by InsideOut Music & Guitar Center: www.insideoutgcsampler.com  and enter for your chance to win an all expense paid trip to PN14 and a signed guitar from all the artists!

For more information please visit:

Website: www.progressivenationatsea.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/progressivenationatsea

InsideOut Music: www.insideoutmusic.com

Sixthman: www.sixthman.net

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(Source: Glass Onyon, PR)

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LONG LIVE MIKE PORTNOY.

LONG LIVE PROG ROCK & PROG METAL.

Stone.

MAGNUM And SAGA – Double Headline Tour 2014 – Dates And Venues Announced

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, progressive rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MAGNUM LIVE 2014

07.04. FI-Helsinki – Tavastia

09.04. DK-Copenhagen – Amager Bio

10.04. SE-Gotheburg – Sticky Fingers

11.04. SE-Borlange – Liljan

12.04. SE-Sandviken – Backstage Rockclun

07.05. B-Vosselaar – Biebob

MAGNUM live 2014 (Double Headline Tour with SAGA)

08.05. D-Dortmund – FZW

09.05. D-Cologne – E-Werk

10.05. D-Emden – Nordseehalle

12.05. D-Hamburg – Docks

13.05. D-Berlin – Huxley`s Neue Welt

15.05. D-Saarbrücken – Garage

16.05. D-Filderstadt – FILharmonie

17.05. D-Offenbach – Capitol

19.05. D-Regensburg – Airport Obertraubling

20.05. D-Nürnberg – Rockfabrik

22.05. D-Munich – Circus Krone

23.05. CH-Pratteln – Z7

24.05. D-Ravensburg – Club-Oberschwabenhalle

MAGNUM live 2014 (Festival)

04.-07.06. SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival

More MAGNUM live dates will be announced soon.

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(Source: MAGNUM Facebook)

* For More Info On MAGNUM:

Facebook: MAGNUM

http://www.magnumonline.co.uk

* For More Info On SAGA:

http://sagaontour.moonfruit.com

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http://www.spv.de/

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LONG LIVE MAGNUM.

LONG LIVE SAGA.

Stone.

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.

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Nominated For Progressive Rock Music Award From Prog Magazine

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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The multi-talented and legendary Devin Townsend and his Devin Townsend Project has been nominated under the “Anthem” category for the 2nd Progressive Rock Music Awards, showcased by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine, presented by Orange Amplification.

This fabulous Rock music event will take place at the Kew Gardens in London, on September 3rd, 2013. Other amazing artists nominated in various categories are: RUSH, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, District 97, Katatonia, Muse and more.

Nomination:

Devin Townsend Project: “True North” From “Epicloud”

As Devin Townsend stated on his Facebook page:

‘What an honor to be nominated for these Prog awards! It’s nice to be considered for this genre for the first time!’ Dev.

Click on the link below where you can register and VOTE for Devin Townsend! Metal be thy name!

Register & Vote Here: ProgRockMag.com

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* For more info on Devin Townsend:

Facebook: Devin Townsend

http://www.devintownsend.com

* For more info on Prog Magazine:

Facebook: Classic Rock Presents Prog

* For more info on Orange Amplification:

Facebook: Orange Amplifiers

http://www.orangeamps.com

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LONG LIVE DEVIN TOWNSEND.

LONG LIVE PROG MAGAZINE.

LONG LIVE ORANGE AMPLIFIERS.

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Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson To Perform In The UK, Finland And Sweden

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Jon Anderson To Be Honored In Las Vegas – August 2013

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Asheville, NC – Legendary vocalist Jon Anderson, YES’s singer/songwriter for 35 years along with his successful work with Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento, will be performing special engagements in the UK, Finland and Sweden in August 2013. The shows promise to deliver an exciting mixture of material from Jon Anderson’s prolific solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic YES songs, along with new compositions, highlighted by humorous and enlightening stories told by Jon.

Says Jon, “Performing the classic YES songs I wrote for the band, and Vangelis work is always fun and rewarding… I’ll be doing some New song ideas, plus a classic Beatles song, plus a couple of surprises. I just have the best time singing on stage…Hope you find time to come and see the show!”

Jon Anderson Tour Dates:

August 04, 2013 – Royal Exchange Theatre – Manchester, UK: http://www.royalexchange.co.uk/event.aspx?id=735

August 10, 2013 – Under The Bridge – London, UK – http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/jon-anderson/

August 12, 2013 – Savoy-teatteri – Helsinki, Finland:

http://www.savoyteatteri.fi/EnrolmentClient/info.aspx?Key=022C5CA068DFF87F6D8293650937637B

August 15, 2013 – Taubescenen – Gothenburg, Sweden:

http://liseberg.se/hem/Scen–show/Taubescenen/Jazz-pa-Liseberg/

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In other news, Jon will be presented with the ‘Voice Of Progressive Music’ special award at the 4th Annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Awards at the Joint inside the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, August 25th. For more information: www.vegasrocks.com.

Jon has made some recent guest appearances on several new CD releases: Acoustic guitarist Jeff Pevar’s debut album ‘From The Core'; French keyboardist/composer Jean Philippe Rykiel’s new CD ‘Inner Spaces'; and guitarist Dennis Haklar’s debut CD release ‘Lizard Tale’.

Says Jon, “With the internet my musical world has evolved to an amazing degree, one day I’m singing with a Brazilian dude, the next day with peeps in Liverpool, the next creating a Symphonic work with a mate in India…then singing with Steve Layton ‘down under’ – it’s an endless musical world!” Jon is currently recording new material, including the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 21-minute opus “OPEN” from 2011 titled “EVER”.

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For more information:

www.jonanderson.com

www.facebook.com/thejonanderson

https://www.facebook.com/JonAndersonLiveOfficial

“Brasilian Music Sound” single can be purchased at: 

www.amazon.com/Brasilian-Music-Sound/dp/B008S3CYO6/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345046162&sr=301-1

Jon Anderson ‘OPEN’ digital download available: 

http://www.amazon.com/Open-Single/dp/B005XT5Z8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1336499182&sr=1-1

Jon Anderson ‘Survival & Other Stories’ available through Gonzo MultiMedia:

www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE JON ANDERSON.

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RUSTFIELD – Sign With Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on June 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo Credit: Sara Miriam Photo – http://www.saramiriamphoto.com

From Massacre Records:

We’re happy to welcome the Progressive Rock/Metal five-piece RUSTFIELD from Italy to the Massacre Records family!

The band was formed in 2007 by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Davide Ronfetto. He was immediately joined by his long-time friend and singer Andrea Rampa.

They soon started composing demo songs and were joined by other talented musicians to bring their music on stage. In early 2011 the line-up was completed and they played their first shows.

In the past years, they played at the Mö.-Wa. Rockt festival as well as the Italian Revenge Festival and shared the stage with famous Italian bands such as White Skull, Eldritch and Kappa. In 2012, they also played their first acoustic show.

RUSTFIELD have mastered the concept of Progressive Rock/Metal by composing melodies, which incorporate various nuances and musical atmospheres.

On the upcoming debut album you’ll find tracks, which entwine classic Heavy Metal with electronic and psychedelic ambiences; and acoustic and melodic pieces of work will merge with rhythmical joints pertaining to a more progressive style.

RUSTFIELD’s debut album Kingdom Of Rust will be released later this year via Massacre Records!

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RUSTFIELD:

Andrea Rampa – Vocals, Keyboards & Synths

Davide Ronfetto – Guitars, Vocals, Programming

Alessandro Spagnuolo – Bass & Double Bass

Luca Spagnuolo – Electric & Classic Guitar

Salvo Amato – Drums & Percussions

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For more info on RUSTFIELD, click on the links below!

www.rustfield.net

www.facebook.com/rustfield

www.youtube.com/user/Rustfield

www.twitter.com/Rustfield

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LONG LIVE RUSTFIELD.

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IVANHOE – Sixth Album From German Prog Metal Veterans To See Release Via Massacre Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records will release the new album from German Progressive Metal veterans IVANHOE this Summer, with a North American street date of July 2nd now locked down.

With a long line of releases including their early demos as well as five full-length studio recordings on their résumé, IVANHOE has toured and performed across Europe with the likes of Iced Earth, Nevermore, Queensryche the Scorpions and countless others, including sets at major festivals including  Bang Your Head, Building A Force and others, helping them become a widely known and respected act over the last two decades.

With nearly an hour of brand new material, the sixth IVANHOE album Systematrix brings out some of the most powerful and professional anthems in the band’s ongoing lineage. The hard-hitting tunes on Systematrix were produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Horn at Red Room (Edenbridge, Lanfear, Rob Rock, Liv Kristine, etc.), capturing the talented act with immaculate auditory quality, and showcases the South German Prog act boasting their strongest effort so far.

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The seventh track from Systematrix, “Walldancer,” has been posted to Youtube in advance of the album’s release. LISTEN HERE.

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Systematrix – Track Listing:

1. Systematrix

2. Human Letargo

3. Tin Cans Liberty

4. War Of The Centuries

5. Madhouse

6. Learning Path

7. Walldancer

8. The Symbiotic Predator – Seduction

9. The Symbiotic Predator – Resolution

10. The Symbiotic Predator – Late Recognition

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IVANHOE – Lineup:

Mischa Mang – vocals

Chuck Schuler – guitars

Giovanni Soulas – bass

Richie Seibel – keyboards

Mathias Biehl – drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on IVANHOE, click on the links below!

http://www.Ivanhoe.de

Facebook: IVANHOE

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LONG LIVE IVANHOE.

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.

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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.

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Debut Release By UK Prog Band LIFESIGNS Featuring Guest Appearances By Steve Hackett, Thijs Van Leer (Focus) and Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson) Now Available On Esoteric Antenna Records

Posted in Music, progressive rock, progressive rock bands, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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London, UK – Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the latest release on new front-line label, Esoteric Antenna, dedicated to new releases by both new acts and established artists. Lifesign’s eponymous release has the hallmarks of being one of the finest Progressive Rock albums of 2013! Making the album even more impressive is the guest appearances from such respected figures in progressive music as Steve Hackett, Thijs Van Leer (focus), Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), and Robin Boult (John Young Band).

Lifesigns features John Young (keyboards, lead vocals), Nick Beggs (bassist, Chapman Stick player, backing vocals) and Frosty Beedle (drums). The material reflects the excellence of the musicians who perform on the album. John Young is a classically trained composer, keyboardist and vocalist, who has worked with the likes of Asia, the Strawbs, Greenslade, Fish, Uli Jon Roth and his own John Young Band. He also tours with Bonnie Tyler. Bassist/Stick player Nick Beggs was the founding member of 80s group Kajagoogoo and has worked with artists like Alphaville, Belinda Carlise, John Paul Jones, Gary Newman, Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, Tina Turner and many others. He is currently on tour with Steven Wilson. Drummer Frosty Beedle has worked with the likes of the Cutting Crew, Sarah Brightman, Russell Watson and Zucchero.

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Here’s what the press have been raving about Lifesign’s debut album:

“’Lifesigns’ is a tremendous listening experience… It’s extremely well written, the playing is superbly engaging, tones are tweaked to perfection, and the vocals are just amazing!” – Tony Conley, Rock Guitar Daily

“This is a stunning example of when Prog gets it right!” – Music-News.com

“These fine musicians have created quite their own ‘voice’, a fresh new leaf on the solid old progtree and what a leaf!!” – Prog Planet

“There have been precious few modern British bands making albums on the same level as the classic symphonic bands, you know, the ones who invented progressive rock. Which makes Lifesigns a nearly a national treasure. You’ll hear similarities to Peter Gabriel, YES, Genesis, National Health, Happy The Man, Bruford, and a couple of others we’re overlooking, but it doesn’t sound retro or derivative. We don’t often write ‘must have’ but there, we’ve done it!” – Kenesis

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Working with engineer Steve Rispin (Asia, Uriah Heep, Dave Kilminster, Snakecharmer), ‘Lifesigns’ is a tuneful, innovative and hugely impressive debut album certain to appeal to those who appreciate the finer aspects of modern Progressive Rock.

To purchase Lifesigns -‘Lifesigns’ CD:

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=3965

For more information: 

www.lifesigns.me

www.esotericrecordings.com

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE LIFESIGNS.

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REVELATION – “Inner Harbor” Releasing Via Shadow Kingdom Records On April 30th

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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April 30th, 2013 will see the release of Inner Harbor, the newest album from long-running Prog Rock/Doom outfit REVELATION.

In existence since the mid-80’s REVELATION has earned the respect of many bands and fans from all around the world and are often credited with creating the Progressive Doom Metal genre. They’ve taken the very best sounds of Rush, Black Sabbath, and early Heavy Metal to  create yet another masterpiece amongst a catalog of many with Inner Harbor. This is quite possibly the band’s most fluid and laid-back release to date. While the sound is difficult to pinpoint, one can hear classic REVELATION mixed in with a dash of 70’s Italian Progressive Rock. The music flows through you so smoothly and freely, that you’re going to feel like you’re in a state of deep relaxed meditation.

The combined creative forces of drummer Steve Branagan, guitarist/vocalist John Brenner and bassist Bert Hall Jr. are responsible for over twenty full-length releases – split between REVELATION and their eclectic alter-ego AGAINST NATURE – and countless demos and EPs. Inner Harbor was made available as a digital release last year by the band’s own Bland Hand Records (www.againstnature.us/BH/) and will see worldwide distribution on CD format by Shadow Kingdom Records in April. Pre-orders are being taken at the newly revamped Shadow Kingdom Records Webstore at http://shadowkingdomrecords.com.

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CRITICAL PRAISE:

“Inner Harbor is a deft blend of the classic doom and progressive rock you expect from this trio…” – Terrible Certainty ‘Zine

“Inner Harbor finds Revelation as productive and relevant as ever. Long gone is the echo-y crunch of 20 years ago, and in its place is a record proudly recorded in a basement and challenging the very meaning of doom as many people claim to understand it.” -Stereokiller.com

Shadow Kingdom Records - Large Logo!_______________________________________________________

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on REVELATION & SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS, click on the links below!

http://shadowkingdomrecords.com

facebook: Shadow Kingdom Records

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LONG LIVE REVELATION.

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