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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.

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TWEAK BIRD – TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, “ANY OL’ WAY”, ON MAY 20th

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on February 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Los Angeles, Feb. 11, 2014 – Tweak Bird, the Los Angeles duo featuring brothers Ashton and Caleb Bird, return with their third full-length album, Any Ol’ Way, on May 20 via Let’s Pretend Records.

“We set out to write an album that meant something to us,” explained the Bird brothers.  “We wanted to voice our opinions and feel comfortable. We hired our dear old friend, David Allen to engineer and co-produce, which helped us explore new sounds and develop unfinished ideas. We believe in peace, marijuana, individual freedoms and not taking ourselves too seriously. This just happened to be what came out.”

The 11-track album was recorded at King Size Sound Labs in Los Angeles and is self-described by the pair as having the feel of “a movie from the nineties, that takes place in the seventies.”

Tweak Bird’s most recent full-length, a 2010 self-titled album, was followed by Undercover Crops, a seven-song EP released in 2012, which Noisey called “heavy yet blissful stoner-psych rock”

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Upcoming Tweak Bird tour dates:

Feb. 26  Los Angeles, CA  Scion Rock Show @ The Satellite

Feb. 28  Ventura, CA  Bombay Bar

Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

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Read the Metal Odyssey album review for Tweak Bird’s self-titled album from 2010, by clicking the link below!

TWEAK BIRD – Self Titled Album Is Eclectic And Heavy!

The above link is for an original post featured on Metal Odyssey, on September 28, 2010.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For more info on TWEAK BIRD:

Website: http://www.tweakbird.com

Facebook: Tweak Bird

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LONG LIVE TWEAK BIRD.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

The Sixxis EP cover - promo

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.

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