sexta-feira, agosto 22, 2014

ENCELADUS - "Journey to Enlightenm​ent" debut cd available for promotiona​l review and airplay.

Enceladus - Journey to Enlightenment  Front Cover
ENCELADUS, the San Antonio, Texas based up and coming speed / power metal band humbly begin to make noise in 2012 right in the middle of the heavy metal capital of the lone star state.
The band organically flared up a virtual online metal storm worldwide upon the release of their 2013 Japan only EP titled "Time in A Dream" which received critical praise from metal music fans, media critics and fellow musicians.
On the strength of the 3 song EP, Enceladus brought forth and established a type of metal combining elements of speed and power metal in conjunction with
a dual harmony guitar assault, profound bass lines and energized drums; all synergistically combined with passionately sung, cosmically inspired lyrical elements to create an exhilarating and refreshing form of metal which their fans have categorized as "EnlightenMetal".
Not letting their EP become their sole calling card and becoming overshadowed by complacency, the core band members of Geo (Guitar), Soikkam (Vox) and Judas (Bass) embarked on a cosmic journey to write the ultimate shred inspired European speed / power metal influenced album which resulted in the creation of their 2014 debut full length cd "Journey to Enlightenment".
The debut cd includes all 3 songs from the Time In A Dream EP, as well as 10 brand new barnstormers.

Enceladus Band Photo 2014
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Aqueous Fall Tour 2014 Announced

Hey all, we are very pleased to present our 2014 Fall Tour that includes an album release party in Buffalo, NY! The tour starts out in Frederick, MD & Waynesboro, VA as the road to Mantrabash gets underway. We close out August with a second return to the 15th annual moe.down music festival!
Along the way we'll be making stops in Cleveland, Lexington, Knoxville, Boston, Buffalo, Brooklyn, Greensboro, Richmond & Burlington along with many more.
Check out all the dates below, grab some friends and we'll catch ya at a show!
8/27 – Frederick, MD – Café 611
8/28 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot
8/29 – Ferguson, NC – Mantrabash
8/31 – Turin, NY – moe.down Music Festival
9/5 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
9/9 – Magic Hat Private Event
9/13 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights Fall Festival
9/19 – Sterling, NY – Last Daze of Summer Festival
9/24 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie's
9/25 – Evansville, IN – Lamasco Bar
9/26 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
9/27 – Erie, PA – King Rook Club
10/3 - Pataskala, OH – Resonance Festival
10/7 – Boston, MA – Wonder Bar
10/8 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
10/9 – New Haven, CT – Stella Blues
10/10 – Providence, RI – Spot Underground
10/11 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den
10/16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Doc Taylor's
10/17 – Roanoke, VA – Martin's
10/18 – TBA
10/23 – Ithaca, NY – The Dock*
10/24 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall*
10/25 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works – CD Release Party*
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl^
10/29 - Harrisburg, PA  - Abbey Bar#
10/30 – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger*
10/31 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry*
11/1 – Waynesboro, VA – Hot Spot*
11/6 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
11/7 – Canton, NY – Java Barn
11/8 – Burlington, VT - Nectars
* w/The Mantras   # w/ Pigeons Playing Ping Pong  ^ w/ The McLovin's
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ProgDay 2014 Preshow!

ProgDay is pleased to announce the performance of three great acts at
the ProgDay 2014 Preshow at Local 506 on Friday night.


Consisting of long-established musicians from the Triangle music
scene, FRANK ALEXANDER (bass), BONGO JOHN METCALF (percussion), and
YONTZ SUCRE (guitar) are TRIPLICITY. Mixing fusion and progressive
rock, the band offers a genre-defying instrumental collaboration
emphasizing experimentation, polyrhythm, melodicism, and the vibe of a
raging rock show.


Led by MICHAEL PELZ-SHERMAN, THE MPS PROJECT is a group of veteran
musicians dedicated to creating original, progressive jazz. Their
music explores the intersections of jazz, progressive rock, and
70's-style fusion in the tradition of RETURN TO FOREVER and WEATHER

JONN BUZBY (Land Of Chocolate, Damn Fine Coffee, Finneus Gauge):

JONN BUZBY will be known to many ProgDay attendees through his bands
doing a solo performance featuring both new material and old

Local 506, 506 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

Door opens at 7:30pm. Showtime is 8pm.

Jonn Buzby - 8:00-9:00
The MPS Project - 9:00-10:30
Triplicity -10:30-12:00

Tickets are $10.

For more information, visit the Preshow page on the ProgDay website.
To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Local 506 website at

KOTEBEL (Spain) at ProgDay 2014, the 20th Anniversary of the longest
running progressive rock festival in the world. ProgDay 2014 will
take place on Saturday, August 30th, and Sunday, August 31st, at
Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To hear music and for
more information about this year's bands, please visit us at
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segunda-feira, agosto 18, 2014

Steve Rothery launches video for 'The Old Man Of The Sea'

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Legendary Marillion guitarist and founding member Steve Rothery recently revealed that, in advance of his much anticipated new solo album 'The Ghosts of Pripyat', he will release a brand new CD/DVD set titled 'Live In Rome'. Released through InsideOutMusic on the 25th August 2014, the first clip of the track 'The Old Man Of The Sea' can be viewed here:
Steve had this to say about the clip: "This is one of my favourite live tracks from The Ghosts of Pripyat album (where it features guest solos by both Steve Hackett and Steven Wilson)".  The full tracklisting for 'Live In Rome' is as follows:
1.    Morpheus
2.    Kendris
3.    The Old Man Of The Sea
4.    White pass
5.    Yesterday's Hero
6.    Summer's End
1.    Waiting To Happen
2.    Afraid of Sunlight
3.    Easter
4.    Sugar Mice
5.    Cinderella Search
6.    Monolith
7.    Materna Luna
The live set can now be pre-ordered from the InsideOut Shop here:
Steve Rothery will also be going out on tour in support of his new  solo album, with dates confirmed as below:
4th October - John Dee, Oslo - Norway
6th October  - Konserthus Lilla sale, Vasteras - Sweden
15th October - Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen - Denmark
16th October - Kulturmaskinen, Odense - Denmark
17th October - Knust, Hamburg - Germany
18th October - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg - Germany
19th October - Kubana, Siegburg - Germany
23rd October - Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer - Holland
24th October - DRU Cultuurfabriek, Ulft - Holland
25th October - La Maroquinerie, Paris - France
26th October - Spirit of 66, Verviers - Belgium
5th November - Oran Mor, Glasgow - UK
6th November - Band on the Wall, Manchester - UK
7th November - Robin 2, Bilston - UK
8th November - Bush Hall, London - UK
15th November - Sala Music Hall, Barcelona - Spain
The Steve Rothery band 'Live in Rome' CD/DVD captures a great evening of live music as Marillion guitarist and founder member Steve Rothery and his superb band premiers some of the tracks from Steve's forthcoming solo album 'The Ghosts of Pripyat' (released on September 22nd) and also play various classic Marillion songs with inspired performances from several guest vocalists. He previously had this to say about the set:
'The Rome concert was only the second time my band had performed together but they are some of the finest musicians I've ever worked with and the concert was an unforgettable experience. The incredible interest I'm getting for the studio album from all round the world makes this an important record of the progression of the project.'    'The Ghosts of Pripyat' album was financed by an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign which reached its fifteen thousand pound target in the first 24 hours and went on to raise nearly sixty thousand pounds. At one time it was the second most popular music project on Kickstarter in the world!
The studio album will feature guest appearances by Steve Hackett, Don Airey and other name musicians and Steve will be touring around the world in support of it from October 2014. For more information on all future tours and releases visit
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Opeth North American Tour featuring In Flames, Red Fang

Opeth - In Flames 2014 NA Tour
Opeth will join with In Flames for the Communion of Sirens Tour this Winter, with guests Red Fang
VIP tickets go on sale Wednesday August 13th.  General onsale begins Saturday August 16th.
VIP Package is $105 + ticket face (plus WMG service fee) and includes:
- Access to Meet & Greet with Opeth (full band)
- Early Entry
- 1 Opeth Tshirt (to be picked up at the merch booth)
- 1 Show Exclusive VIP Laminate
- 1 Signed & Framed Set List
- 1 Opeth Tour Poster
Pale Communion standard and deluxe album pre-orders can be purchased at checkout in addition to your ticket or VIP package during this pre-sale (albums will arrive on or around 8/26 street date).

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Stream Aeon Zen Audio Book Part 1

Aeon Zen
Aeon Zen have released the first part of our new audio book for your listening pleasure! The Ephemera audio book depicts the story of the new Aeon Zen album in a dramatic and moving 4 part epic tale of futuristic struggles, loss, and rebellion. Created by the band themselves, this audio book is the ultimate companion to the Ephemera album.
Listen to the Ephemera Audio Book Part 1:
If you like what you hear then get all 4 parts immediately upon pre-ordering our new album here:
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JOLLY European Tour

JOLLY is very excited to announce that we will be joining BigElf and Bend Sinister on tour this October/November in Europe.  Even more, Mike Portnoy will be joining as special guest drummer for BigElf on a number of the shows, along with John Wesley of Porcupine Tree, who will be a special guest guitarist on all of the shows.
Here are the dates:
October 2014
*Wed 29 - Boerderij, Zoetermeer, HOLLAND w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Thurs 30 - Dortmund FZW, Dortmund, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
November 2014
*Sat 01 - Z7, Pratteln, SWITZERLAND w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sun 02 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Mon 03 - Strom, Munich, GERMANY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Tues 04 - Legend Club, Milan, ITALY w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Thur 06 - Razzmatazz 3 Barcelona, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Frid 07 - Copérnico, Madrid, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
*Sat 08 - Sonora, Bilbao, SPAIN w/ MIKE PORTNOY
Fri 14 - Deaf Institute Manchester, UK
Sat 15 - Hard Rock Hell 7, Gwynedd, North Wales, UK
Mon 17 - Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
Tues 18 - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
Wed 19 - The Garage, London, UK
Visit our Facebook Page for ticket links and more info.  
Also, don't forget we have two very special shows before then, where we will be performing The Audio Guide to Happiness (Parts 1+2) in its entirety, first in NYC, and then at ProgPower Europe in The Netherlands.  Here are the dates for those shows:
September 27th, 7pm - Arlene's Grocery - New York City (95 Stanton St)
Capacity is only 150.  Make sure to get your tickets now!
October 3rd, 10pm (22:00) - JC Sjiwa - Barrlo, NL (ProgPower Europe)
Click here to buy tickets:
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HAWKWIND feat. BRIAN BLESSED - 'Sonic Attack' - Single release September 1 via Cherry Red Records

feat. Brian Blessed 
'Sonic Attack' 
Single release: 1st September 2014 
It's the musical collaboration we never knew we needed, until now! Legendary space rockers HAWKWIND have teamed up with kingly thespian Brian Blessed on the brand new single 'Sonic Attack!' 
When Hawkwind decided to recreate the classic Space Ritual show of 1972 for one night only at the London's Shepherds Bush Empire (22nd February 2014), the venerable group donated all proceeds to the animal charity Team Badger – of which Brian Blessed is a patron. It was a gig that set the wheels in motion for a storming new partnership.
When Dave Brock recorded 'Sonic Attack' he knew he wanted Brian Blessed to record the spoken word parts. Blessed was only too happy to contribute, recording the words as a nightmarish radio announcement. As effective as it was (you can still here a portion of this original recording in the song) it didn't sound like Blessed! For his part Brock recorded himself emulating Blessed and returned the recording!  The resulting vocals laid down by Blessed are not only captivating but triumphantly emblematic of the man himself.
The accompanying video was created by long time Hawkwind artist Martin McGuiness.
Watch the video here:
This powerful addition to the Hawkwind canon is available from 1st September 2014.
Pre-order the single:
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quarta-feira, agosto 13, 2014

Pendragon - Men Who Climb Mountains - News from basecamp

The album summit has been reached, the flags have been waved and there is much excitement. So here's some news to get your crampons stuck into.....

We have decided to keep the whole package very simple this time, and therefore keep the price hugely affordable for all of you.  We know that people like fancy boxes and about 3 extra discs with instrumental versions, out-takes and all that kind of stuff, but they just gather dust on your CD shelf whilst your i-pod does all the work so, for Men Who Climb Mountains the focus is 100% on the music. Simple as that.

The 2 CD set edition will be a double jewel case with:

CD1 - The new album  - Men Who Climb Mountains

CD2 - Nick Barrett solo acoustic recording of last year's house concert in the UK [containing all the Pendragon classics]

Men Who Climb Mountains [2 CD set] will be available for pre-sales from the Pendragon web store from Friday 22nd August. £12 (plus p+p)

These pre-sales will be shipped on Monday 6th October.

Of course you'll also have the opportunity to buy Men Who Climb Mountains on tour!

Keep your eyes peeled on your e-mail in-boxes, sometime next week we'll be sending a link for the first sample of the new album.

Come and join us on the mountain top, the view is lovely and it sounds spectacular! 

Men Who Climb Mountains  Tour 2014


Sat 4th & Sun 5th Megadaze Weekender   Riffs UK  
Fri     10th Spirit Of 66  Verviers Belgium  
Sat    11th The Boerderij   Zoetermeer Holland  
Sun    12th Zeche   Bochum Germany   
Mon  13th Bergkeller  Reichenbach Germany  
Tues   14th Blue Note  Poznan Poland  
Wed   15th Kuznia Bydogoszcz  Poland  
Thurs 16th Rialto  Katowice Poland    
Fri     17th Das Rind  Russelsheim Germany    
Sat    18th Z7  Pratteln Switzerland  
Sun   19th Il Giardino  Verona Italy    
Tues     21st Le Moulin  Marseille France  
Weds   22nd La Carpa Del Forum Barcelona Spain
Thurs   23rd  Sala Lemon Madrid  Spain
Fri        24th Ampli  Billere , nr Pau France  
Sat      25th Rock school  Barbey Bordeaux France  
Mon    27th Ninkasi Kao  Lyon France
Tues    28th Divan du Monde  Paris France    
Thurs 6th  The Ferry  Glasgow UK  
Fri      7th  The Citadel St Helens  Merseyside UK
Sat     8th  229 The Venue  London UK  
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Flying Colors to release new album "Second Nature"

Flying Colors are set to release their highly anticipated new album "Second Nature" on the Music Theories / Mascot Label Group in the UK and Europe on 29th September, followed by North American release on 30th September. The album release will be followed by a tour with dates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Barcelona, Spain, Tilberg, Frankfurt, Pratteln, London and Paris. 

Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitaristSteve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-DreamTheater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way. 

The music press acknowledged their eponymously titled debut album from"Flying Colors" among the most compelling releases of 2012. Classic Rock magazine hailed the band's debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, Red Hot ChiliPeppers, The Doors, Muse, and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members. 

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Bill Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different." 

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – 'Open Up Your Eyes' and the multiple-part 'Cosmic Symphony' – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.  "This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It's an album to keep listening to." 

Click here to view the official press release and the EPK on YouTube
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Mr. Big confirm details of new album "...The Stories We Could Tell"

Hard rock's original supergroup, Mr. Big are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band's eighth studio album is slated for release in the UK on Monday 22nd September, followed by North American release on Tuesday 23rd September via Frontiers Music Srl.  "This new album rocks," says Paul Gilbert. "I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."  

"We wrote songs individually and collectively on this new record," says Eric Martin. "To me this is the album that we've threatened to make decades ago. A classic, groovin', blues-rock record with the spirit and spark of our rock and soul idols from the 70's. Hells to the yeah it's a Mr. Big album complete with all the trimmings. I think whether you've been with us from the beginning or just starting, you're going to dig where we are coming from and where we've been."  Download album artwork and the new official Mr. Big band photo HERE

The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar),Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey ( drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release "What If," that marked the band's return to their signature hard rock sound. The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK.  Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London's Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website to view all their 2014 tour dates.  

The band recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band's upcoming World Tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming album, but unfortunately touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future who will handle most of Mr. Big's drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group's acoustic set. 

Album Track Listing: 

1)            Gotta Love The Ride
2)            I Forget To Breathe
3)            Fragile
4)            Satisfied
5)            The Man Who Has Everything
6)            The Monster In Me
7)            What If We Were New?
8)            East/West
9)            The Light Of Day
10)          Just Let Your Heart Decide
11)          It's Always About That Girl
12)          Cinderella Smile
13)          The Stories We Could Tell
14)          Addicted To That Rush (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)

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JOLLY - The Audio Guide to Happiness Live Spectacular

JOLLY is very excited to announce two very special shows we'll be playing this Fall.  For one night only in the US and one night in Europe, we will be playing The Complete Audio Guide to Happiness.  That's right, Parts 1 and 2, in full, back to back.  We've already starting preparing for these shows, fleshing out songs we've never played live, and working on details of songs we've played hundreds of times.  For us personally, these shows will bundle years of our own work into a two-hour extravaganza.  Every production decision, every note debated, every lyric that was fine tuned, all gets represented and delivered in one set.  Epic.  We are so psyched to play these shows!

Here's the info:

September 27th, 7pm - Arlene's Grocery - New York City (95 Stanton St)
Capacity is only 150.  Make sure to get your tickets now!

October 3rd, 10pm (22:00) - JC Sjiwa - Barrlo, NL (ProgPower Europe)
Click here to buy tickets:
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PROGTOBERFEST announces lineups; InsideOut's SPOCK'S BEARD and BIGELF headline Saturday night

A new prog-friendly annual festival announces its lineups for October 25 and 26, 2014!

PROGTOBERFEST is a two-day event, taking place in the Midwest, but its appeal is global. PROGTOBERFEST's inaugural two-day celebration of all things proggy will be held at the multi-faceted Reggie's venue in Chicago, Illinois. US prog rock masters SPOCK'S BEARD (InsideOut) will headline Saturday night, October 25, with STICK MEN (featuring Tony Levin and other members of King Crimson) finishing off the festival Sunday evening, October 26.

Also appearing will be InsideOut's own BIGELF, another King Crimson offshoot, TU (featuring Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelloto), RICHARD SINCLAIR (Caravan, Camel, Hatfield and the North), BURNT BELIEF (featuring Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree), JOLLY, PRESTO BALLET, CHEER-ACCIDENT, TILES, SCALE THE SUMMIT, and many others!

PROGTOBERFEST will operate two consecutive stages over its two days, with attendees free to travel between rooms and stages at will. A special VIP ticket option offers meet and greets in the venue's record store, Record Breakers, on the second floor.

For tickets and further information, please visit:

Organizers Kevin Pollack and Robby Glick plan to hold Progtoberfest every year. Progtoberfest 2014 is proudly sponsored by InsideOut.
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Phase Reverse at Hammerfest's special HRH Stoner Rock Stage

We are very happy to anounce that we are going to perform at Hammerfest's special HRH Stoner Rock Stage on March 14th 2014! Looking forward to meet our UK brothers and sisters!

Hammerfest announcement:

Hammerfest 7 announces that on Saturday March 14th, its sister brand HRH will host a special HRH Stoner Rock Stage at this forthcoming Spring's event.

Bands set to perform on the HRH Stoner rock stage include the already announced acts Sahg and Hang the Bastard. Joining them are PIST, The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, 7 Weeks, Sigiriya, Sedulus, Steak, Phase Reverse and In the Hills.

For those of you that love Stoner rock check out the links below

Pist by Pist

Steak – The Butcher

Phase Reverse – I got your back.

They will join the below acts for what promises to be an amazing Hammerfest 7.

Hammerfest Line-up so far

Orange Goblin
Raging Speedhorn
Hirax (First ever UK appearance)
Angel Witch
Evil Scarecrow
October File
Hecate Enthroned
Hang the Bastard
The King is Blind
Red Rum

HRH Doom

Spider Kitten
The Bendal Interlude
Diesel King

HRH Stoner Stage

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
7 Weeks
Hang the Bastard
Phase Reverse
In the Hills

For more details and tickets go to
or for tickets call 08700 110034
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terça-feira, agosto 12, 2014

Phoenix & Dragon heads to Ghost Town Studios to record tracks with new members

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Phoenix, Arizona - Phoenix & Dragon, leaders in the Arizona progressive power metal scene, are heading to Ghost Town studios in Jerome, Arizona, to record several new tracks. This is the first time the band has been in the studio with its two new members, guitarist Nikki Rowell and drummer Max Wieden.

According to guitarist and founding member Teddy Arunski, "The new guys have brought new life to the band. Their phenomenal playing has inspired the rest of us and we're all playing better, individually and as a band, than ever before. We want to capture that magic and share it with our fans."

The band says they selected Ghost Town Studios because of the studio's reputation and experience with progressive artists such as Maynard James Keenan, Tony Levin, and Tim Alexander. "We played Rudy Tucich, co-owner of the studio, examples of recordings we really liked," said Jermaine Mars, bassist. "He really understood where we were coming from; we just clicked." Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., keyboards, added, "Plus, Jerome is a cool town with a great vibe and we've got a fantastic following in central Arizona."

The new recordings are expected to be completed in early September.

About Phoenix & Dragon

Phoenix & Dragon combines the complexity of progressive rock, the aggression of traditional metal, and the harmonic qualities of classical music to create its own brand of instrumental progressive power metal. The currently unsigned band, which plays with jaw-dropping musicianship, is Teddy Arunski and Nikki Rowell on guitars, Jermaine Mars on bass, Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., on keyboards, and Max Wieden on drums.

Learn more at
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domingo, agosto 10, 2014

Classic Rock Heroes Enuff Z’nuff Mark Their 30th Anniversary With The Release Of Their First Ever Covers Album!

Los Angeles, CA - Celebrating an amazing 30 years as one of the hardest working bands in show business, Enuff Z'nuff proudly present this exciting new project, a heartfelt salute to the music and artists who have inspired them over the course of their 3 decade career! Covered In Gold, a collection of 12 brand new studio recordings, features an eclectic assortment of cover tunes including Bowie's "The Jean Genie," Nirvana's "All Apologies," Prince's "When Doves Cry," Smokey Robinson's "Tears Of A Clown" and lots more, all of which showcase this group's incredibly diverse yet supremely melodic sensibility. The album also includes 2 rare bonus tracks, a live unplugged version of the group's 1989 hit single "New Thing" plus another cover, of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," performed live on the Howard Stern show.
Founder, bassist, singer and namesake of the group, Chip Z'nuff, has led the band through its highest highs as well as its most turbulent times. The band scored two major successes in 1989 with hit singles off of their self-titled debut album, the aforementioned "New Thing" as well as the powerful ballad "Fly High Michelle," both spent 46 weeks in the Top Ten on MTV and earned them a gold record. on MTV. In 1991, the band released their second album Strength, which had Rolling Stone magazine calling them "The Hot Band Of The Year" as well as earning them numerous appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. The mid-late '90s brought difficult changes, but Chip kept the Enuff Z'nuff torch burning with several tours both Stateside and overseas as well a steady stream of well-received studio albums.
Now an esteemed statesman of the music world, Chip continues to grow the EZ fanbase performing shows worldwide. He has also found a new passion in broadcasing, first as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio program and more recently as co-host of the TV show "Mancow TV." Covered In Gold, like Enuff Z'nuff, is further testament to the timeless appeal of great rock melodies, and not to be missed by fans of Steven Tyler, Robert Plant, and Paul Stanley. As David Letterman says of the group, "When it comes to Rock N' Roll, you don't need anybody else."
"These guys deserve Rock Superstar status!" - Howard Stern
"This band writes great songs!" - Paul Stanley
"One of the most exciting and gifted bands on the scene today!" - Rolling Stone magazine
"Enuff Z'nuff is one of the most underrated bands in the world!" - Steven Van Zandt
1. Everything Works If You Let It (Cheap Trick cover)
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
3. She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult cover)
4. All Apologies (Nirvana cover)
5. Believe It Or Not (The Greatest American Hero theme)
6. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Run For Your Life (The Beatles cover)
8. When Doves Cry (Prince cover)
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles cover)
10. The Stroke (Billy Squier cover)
11. Yankee Rose (David Lee Roth cover)
12. Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
13. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Live on Howard Stern)
14. New Thing (Live Unplugged In London)
To order the CD on Amazon:
To order the digital version on iTunes:
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Los Angeles CA 90025
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Capt. Beefheart Guitar Legend Zoot Horn Rollo Releases Four New Digital Only Tracks!

Asheville, NC - Much to the excitement of guitarists worldwide, guitar icon Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad), best known for his work with Capt. Beefheart's Magic Band, has made four new tracks, 'The Mask Tracks', available for the first time since the release of his critically acclaimed CD "We Saw a Bozo Under the Sea" in 2001.
"These four pieces are the musical representation of masks that my friend Roger Evers created. Therefore, the titles are simply the images of these incredible masks." - Zoot Horn Rollo
The other players who made this happen:
Mark Schneider: Bass
Jason Palmer: Drums
Sergei Teleshev: Accordion
Brian McWhorter: Trumpet
Check out samples of the tracks on Zoot Horn Rollo's music page. You can also purchase them in the store.
Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke published a list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, with Zoot Horn Rollo outranking Eddie Van Halen, Johnny Winter, Mick Ronson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Link Wray, Neil Young, Danny Gatton and dozens more.
Bill Harkleroad joined Captain Beefheart's Magic Band at a time when they were changing from a straight ahead blues band into something completely different. Through the vision of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) they created a new form of music, which many at the time considered atonal and difficult, yet over the years has continued to exert a powerful influence!
Beefheart re-christened Harkleroad as Zoot Horn Rollo, and they embarked on recording one of the classic albums of all time, 'Trout Mask Replica'; produced by legendary Frank Zappa, the album remains an unparalleled work of musical inventiveness. Further LPs like 'Lick My Decals Off Baby', 'Spotlight Kid' and 'Clear Spot' highlighted what a truly innovative band they were, and what an outstanding original guitarist Bill Harkleroad had become!
Says Tom Wheeler, Former Editor in Chief, Guitar Player Magazine, "The music Bill Harkleroad has created in recent years somehow evokes the earthiness and passion that made rock and roll so sensual in, say, 1956, and made surf music so irresistibly catchy in 1963, and turned 3-chord country standards into some of the most heartbreaking poetry ever to seep out of a roadhouse jukebox. His music would never be mistaken for vintage rock or surf or country, but it shares a soul connection with those styles, even while, like the music of Jimi Hendrix, it takes us not only to new places but to places we didn't even know existed."
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ProgDay 2014: TRAVIS LARSON BAND and ZOMBIE FROGS perform, LUZ DE RIADA withdraws.

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Travelers applying for an US visas worldwide have been having difficulty completing visa requests due to a global system failure at the US Department of State. The problem, which began back in July, has unfortunately left Luz de Riada without the required documentation to enter the US, with no guarantee that they will have them in hand by the date of ProgDay. For that reason, Luz de Riada has sadly been forced to cancel their participation at this year's festival. Both the band and ProgDay are very disappointed at this turn of events, but under the circumstances we felt it was the best course of action.
However, ProgDay is pleased to present two great bands as our final lineup announcements for the 20th anniversary show.
With over a decade of recording and live performances under its belt, as well as a string of studio and live releases, the TRAVIS LARSON BAND has a long-established history on the fusion/instrumental rock scene.  While unquestionably a guitar-lover's dream, the dynamic power-trio offers more than just the expected display of technique.  Larson's fierce ensemble of chops is as focused on the melodical quality and soulfulness of the music as in the requisite skill necessary to perform the music.
"anyone who appreciates exceptionally composed rock instrumentals with a touch of jazz, informed by progressive ideals will find plenty to enjoy in TLBs latest offering. And if you get a chance to see them play live, absolutely don't miss it." - Peter Thelen, EXPOSE
Based out of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, ZOMBIE FROGS is an instrumental quintet that has been compared to bands like DREAM THEATER and SCALE THE SUMMIT. However the band's use of piano and keys adds an almost romantic classicism at times that sets them apart from bands usually working this area of music. With a mix of progressive metal, symphonic rock and fusion, ZOMBIE FROGS opening set will definitely be a wake up call for ProgDay's 20th edition.
TRAVIS LARSON BAND (US) and ZOMBIE FROGS (US) will join ALEX CARPANI BAND (Italy) with DAVID JACKSON, BACKHAND (Venezuela), SENSATIONS' FIX (Italy), NECROMONKEY (Sweden), THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA (US), LUZ DE RIADA (Mexico) and KOTEBEL (Spain) at ProgDay 2014, the 20th Anniversary of the longest running progressive rock festival in the world.  ProgDay 2014 will take place on Saturday, August 30th, and Sunday, August 31st, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  To hear music and for more information about this year's bands, please visit us at
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Cleopatra Records To Release Guitars For Wounded Warriors CD Featuring Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Hal Lindes, Bumblefoot and Others

"...incredible and innovative guitar playing" - Hal Lindes of Dire Straits
Los Angeles, CA - From veteran multi-Emmy Award winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin comes this very special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for America's fallen soldiers! Tarquin produced, engineered and composed 'Guitars For Wounded Warriors', which showcases Tarquin's guitar prowess on every song along side such world-class shredders as Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Gun n Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb. The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for country.
The Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an "Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series" and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release; 'This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2' on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90's. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, 'Ghost Dance', 'Last Kiss Goodbye', 'Soft Touch' and 'High Life' and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.
"What an honor to be part of this album, to play alongside many of the best players out there! Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!! And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors. Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support." - Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal of Guns N Roses
"Absolute perfection!!" - Reb Beach of Whitesnake & Winger
"It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't  always treated with the greatest respect. For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude. They don't set the policy, but they set the standards." - Steve Morse
"I had a blast playing bass on Black Hawk! It's a cool riff that pushes the song into a slick overdrive. Nice! Also, and more importantly, the cause it supports is supremely important to me and I'm honored to contribute to our brave soldiers in any way possible. Glad to be involved in this wonderful project!" - Billy Sheehan
"It's challenging, but always fun working with Brian. I feel we both have similar taste in music and in our approach to creating it. We are both searching for that elusive tone or phrase." - Chris Poland of Megadeth
"I had a lot of fun playing on it, The Band killed....!" - Chuck Loeb
"When Brian Tarquin sent me the song 'Baghdad' to play on I instantly loved it, very Black Sabbath feel. Brian killed it! 5 Licks To Hell by Brian Tarquin is a very riff driven song ala Dio/Sabbath we do some crazy trade off leads Brian is the real deal!" - Gary Hoey
"I'm honored and proud to be part of this!" - Alex De Rosso of Dokken
"A huge credit to Brian for giving us…and the other artists appearing here…the ability to practice their craft freely.  That vibe resonates deeply with the concept behind this release: recognizing those who've fought and were wounded defending our freedom. Here's to all the freedom fighters that enrich our lives…and our art." - The Flyin' Ryan Brothers
" 'Freedom' is freaking awesome...Love the tone from Brian Tarquin & Steve Morse. Thank you for giving Floyd Rose guitars that kind of exposure." - Mike Plunkett from Floyd Rose
1. Black Hawk feat. Billy Sheehan
2. Taliban Terror feat. Bumblefoot & Rob Beach
3. Charlie Surfs feat. Chris Poland
4. 5 Klicks To Hell feat. Gary Hoey
5. Surgical Strike feat. The Flyin' Ryan Brothers
6. Hunting feat. Chris Poland
7. Baghdad feat. Gary Hoey
8. Broken Arrow feat. Alex De Rosso
9. Sand & Blood feat. Hal Lindes
10. Escape Kabul feat. Chuck Loeb
11. Freedom feat. Steve Morse
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Definitive Biography On Mike Scott & The Waterboys 'Strange Boat' Now Available On Gonzo MultiMedia

"To me there's no difference between Mike Scott and The Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions." - Mike Scott

London, UK - Much to the excitement of Mike Scott & The Waterboys fans worldwide, 'Strange Boat', the definitive biography written by Ian Abrahams, is now available on Gonzo MultiMedia! 'Strange Boat' charts the twisting and meandering journey of Mike Scott, describing the literary and spiritual references that inform his songwriting and exploring the multitude of locations and cultures in which The Waterboys have assembled and reflected in their recordings.
From his early forays into the music scene in Scotland at the end of the 1970s, to his creation of a 'Big Music' that peaked with the hit single 'The Whole of the Moon' and onto the Irish adventure which spawned the classic Fisherman's Blues, his constantly restless creativity has led him through a myriad of changes.
With a revolving cast of troubadours at his side, he's created some of the most era-defining records of the 1980s, reeled and jigged across the Celtic heartlands, reinvented himself as an electric rocker in New York, and sought-out personal renewal in the spiritual calm of Findhorn's Scottish highland retreat. Mike Scott's life has been a tale of continual musical exploration entwined with an ever-evolving spirituality.
Says author Ian Abrahams, "It's been a really lovely task to update this book and revisit the musical and spiritual journey of Mike Scott, and to once again explore the mercurial talent that has set the The Waterboys on their twisting and turning journey. It's such a great story, full of change and development, paths and tributaries; it's one that I've enjoying relating immensely."
Originally published in 2007, this new edition is revised and updated and contains a 'bonus' feature on Mike Scott's Appointment With Mr Yeats album, originally published in R2 Rock N Reel magazine.
"An intriguing portrait of a modern musician" (Record Collector)
Ian Abrahams (born 1963) is a freelance journalist and biographer. His books include Hawkwind - Sonic Assassins, Strange Boat - Mike Scott & The Waterboys and, with Bridget Wishart, the forthcoming history of the free festivals, Festivalized: Music, Politics & The Alternative Culture. He's written for Record Collector, R2, Vive Le Rock, Shindig!, The Guardian, The Independent, Bass Guitar and others. Ian lives in Cornwall where his household includes two retired greyhounds who've never been to a muddy festival, tied on the end of a string.
Contact: Ian Abrahams,, 07866831505.
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