quinta-feira, maio 21, 2015

Legendary All-Female BritishHard Rock Icons GIRLSCHOOL Release Two Vintage Concert Performances!


Los Angeles, CA - From the vault of one of the most respected and groundbreaking British hard rock outfits to emerge from the NWOBHM scene, the legendary Girlschool, comes two never before released concert recordings now ready to be shared with the world courtesy of Deadline Music. Both shows present powerhouse performances by the original, classic Girlschool line-up featuring guitarist/vocalist Kim McAuliffe, bassist Enid Williams, drummer Denise Dufort, and the inimitable lead vocalist/guitarist, the late Kelly Johnson. First up, London 1980, released on CD, demonstrates the awesome power of this band in a live setting before their hometown audience, as they perform cuts from their recently released and soon to be classic debut studio album Demolition including "Emergency" and "Nothing To Lose," plus their explosive cover of The Gun's "Race With The Devil!" Then,Glasgow 1982 picks up where the London show left off, featuring high octane performances of tracks from both 1981's Hit and Run and 1982's Screaming Blue Murder including "The Hunter," "Live With Me" and more! These performances eventually lead to the ladies' first U.S. tour later in 1982 opening for Iron Maiden and Scorpions, and establishing a devout fanbase in the States. This historic performance is available on both CD and in a special limited edition purple vinyl pressing.

Girlschool are still going strong performing and recording with lead guitarist Jackie Chambers (who replaces Kelly Johnson). The band is currently touring North America through mid-June, after which they will embark on a massive European tour with Motörhead and Saxon in November! See www.girlschool.co.uk for details.


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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Set To Release A Series Of Vintage Concert Recordings From 1979!


Los Angeles, CA – In an era teaming with bands led by virtuoso guitarists and fronted by a singer with killer pipes, British rockers Rainbow stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Ritchie Blackmore's hugely influential guitar playing mixed baroque bombast with blues rock brilliance, and laid the perfect sonic foundation for the versatile vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio. When Dio left the band in 1978, Blackmore along with drummer Cozy Powell recruited another vocal powerhouse, singer Graham Bonnet, and together with other new recruits including Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover and Coliseum II keyboardist Don Airey, recorded what would be one of Rainbow's greatest achievements, their breakthrough album Down To Earth. Not only did that masterpiece spawn the band's first charting single "All Night Long," it also contained the all-time classic, rock radio staple "Since You Been Gone." The subsequent Down To Earth Tour became the stuff of legend with a groundbreaking light show and a set list packed to the gills with fan favorites like "Man On A Silver Mountain" and "Long Live Rock And Roll" but still plenty of room for Blackmore's own six-string pyrotechnics.

Now these incredible performances are being released for the first time with the pomp and pageantry worthy of these historic recordings, courtesy of L.A.-based Purple Pyramid Records. Available now is Denver 1979, an extraordinary concert album pressed on vinyl in 3 different colors - red, green, or blue - and packaged in an eye-catching holographic foil gatefold jacket. And coming August 21 is a super deluxe 3CD box set featuring full-length concert recordings from Denver, Long Island, and Chicago each packaged in its own individual sleeve next to a whole boatload of classic rock goodies including a 1" color button, embroidered fabric patch, a Ritchie Blackmore signature guitar pick, and a combo bottle opener/keychain - all beautifully contained in a gorgeous red-velvet lined box. For fans of this extraordinary band, there can be no bigger pot of gold!


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Enchant completes ProgPower Europe 2015 line-up


It has been a long time wish of the ProgPower Europe organization and therefore  it is with great pride that we can now announce the addition of USA's Progressive Rock outfit Enchant to the 2015 line-up!

Enchant was formed at the end of the eighties. Since then the band has released 9 albums, of which the last, The Great Divide, released at the end of 2014. With over 25 years of experience, we are looking forward to Enchant playing on Sunday's ProgPower stage.

"Another exemplary album from the quintet, "The Great Divide" will assuredly get consistent airplay for years to come from all Progressive Rock fans. ENCHANT will not disappoint." – Metal Temple.

"A great sounding album from a great sounding band. With 7 albums behind them, you're assured of quality when you see a CD with the Enchant name on it." – MetalReviews.com (on Tugs of war)

Since it has been almost 10 years ago that Enchant last played an European stage, we think adding Enchant is the best way to complete 2015's line-up. 

Earlier the following 13 bands were announced:

·         Soen
Swedish band who play a mix of different styles, that is best described as melodic, heavy & complex. Formed around drummer Martin Lopez (Opeth / Amon Amarth ) the band is gathering a  growing following.

·         Armed Cloud (Netherlands)
Hailing from the south of the Netherlands, Armed Cloud played a steady stream of live performances, with an album on the way later this year, a promising Saturday's opener for this year's ProgPower Europe.

·         Caligula's Horse (Australia) 
The Tide, the Thief & River's End, the album Caligula's Horse released on October 4th,2013 gained a lot of attention. In fact more than a few webzines mentioned it as one of the albums of that year. Metal Observer: "Uniquely alive and consistently inviting, CALIGULA'S HORSE are not unlike any great ruler: adherent to the people, brilliant in delivery, tender yet domineering, and then entirely worthy of your devotion."

·         EXXASENS (Spain)
Post-rock from Spain, that's what EXXASENS is described as. Their last album promises a band that is capable of a dynamic, melodic live set that can take it's listeners on a journey into outer space.

·         Obsidian Kingdom (Spain)
This Spanish five some creates a hard to classify type of metal, Burning Fist wrote: "An expansive mix of complex progressive post-metal interspersed occasionally with icily precise blasting black metal, they were a hypnotic experience that was all the more impressive in capturing the attention in that environment."

·         Schizoid Lloyd (Netherlands)
One of the surprises of ProgPower Europe 2011, Schizoid Lloyd returns to the festival in 2015. In 2014 the band released their first full length album: The Last Note In God's Magnum Opus. An album recorded by a uniquely-minded and talented band.

·         Abnormal Thought Patterns (USA) 
an instrumental metal band from the USA, formed by Jasun and Troy Tipton(Zero Hour, Cynthesis) who have more than earned there merits in Progressive Metal

·         Leprous (Norway)
one of the most surprising and refreshing newcomers in the metal genre a few years ago, have now proven that they have matured into one of the top bands in the genre.

·         Myrath (Tunisia)
return to the ProgPower Europe stage with their oriental style of Prog Metal.

·         Pagan's Mind (Norway)
a splendid live band, do not need much of an introduction, due to personal circumstances the band had to cancel 2014, but are eager to play at 2015's edition.

·         Serdce (Belarus)
is the first band from Belarus on the ProgPower stage, playing Progressive Death Metal

·         Until Rain (Greece)
impressed people on their last European tour together with Andromeda, in October 2015 they will be on the ProgPower stage.

ProgPower Europe sees people from over 20 different nationalities travel to Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands each year. A travel made easy because of Baarlo's location in between the airports of Dusseldorf, Weeze and Eindhoven, a stay made pleasant by meeting fellow visitors at Castle The Berckt. Even though there are still 2 bands to be announced the 12 bands in the line-up so far should spark the interest of many prog metal fans.Popular bands to deliver what they are famous for, new and lesser known bands to showcase what is up and coming In the progressive metal scene

Tickets can be bought at: http://www.progpowereurope.com/tickets/
Stay at Castle The Berckt can be booked at: http://www.progpowereurope.com/thecastle/

About ProgPower Europe

ProgPower Europe is a Progressive Metal festival held in Baarlo, Limburg, The Netherlands. Last year's edition (2014) saw the celebration of 16 years of ProgPower Europe. In its history bands like: Opeth, Anathema, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Evergrey, Threshold, Jon Oliva, Riverside and many many more have played the festival.

PP Europe organization

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Gonzo Multimedia To Release “The Boomtown Rats - Live in Germany '78” (DVD/CD) – June 8, 2015

London, UK - Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing an unreleased live
DVD/CD by rock legends The Boomtown Rats featuring Bob Geldof titled
"Live In Germany '78" on June 8, 2015!

In 1975 friends Garry Roberts, Simon Crowe, Johnnie Moylett, Patrick
Cusack and Gerry Cott formed a band in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Bob
Geldof was originally invited to be the band's manager, but he soon
found himself nominated to take on the role of lead vocals by
guitarist Garry Roberts, who originally had that job and didn't want
it.

The band's early influences were Dr. Feelgood, The Rolling Stones, The
Who, The Doors and Bob Marley, among many others. Gerry and Pete
arranged the band's first gig for Halloween 1975 under the name of The
Nightlife Thugs, at the Bolton Street Technical College, where they -
and Johnnie, were studying Architectural Technology. Just before the
band went on stage, they changed their name to The Boomtown Rats, who
were a gang mentioned in Woody Guthrie's autobiography, "Bound For
Glory".

The Rats were soon causing a buzz throughout the whole of Ireland. In
1976 The Boomtown Rats relocated to England in search of a record
deal. They turned down a million pound deal from Richard Branson's
Virgin Records, and decided instead to sign for a new label that had
been set up by former Phonogram man Nigel Grange and DJ Chris Hill.
The new label was called Ensign.

The Boomtown Rats played their first ever UK gig on May 6th. 1977 at
the Lodestar Club, Ribchester, Blackburn, Lancashire. The supporting
acts were Demolition, and Disco-Punk Chris Graham. Having undertaken a
hectic schedule of touring including gigs with Tom Petty, and The
Ramones, The Boomtown Rats debut single "Looking After Number One"
entered the UK charts in it's first week of release at No. 78. The NME
made it their single of the week. The Rats did their first TV show, a
turn on The Marc Bolan Show. Marc tragically died 2 weeks later in a
motor accident. "Looking After Number One" peaked at No.11 in the UK
charts and The Rats were invited to do their first TOTP appearance.
The band had now arrived. The Rats released their debut album, the
imaginatively entitled "Boomtown Rats". The album reached 18 in the UK
charts.

In 1978 the single "She's So Modern" reached No.12 in the UK charts,
more gigs, more tours, more exposure. Geldof was now becoming as well
known for his motor-mouth as he is for his music, picking up the
nickname "Bob The Gob" by the music press for his outspoken views. The
Rats second album "A Tonic For The Troops" produced by Robert Mutt
Lange reaches No.8 in the album charts and hangs around for 44 weeks.
There was more TV, a promotional trip to America and November saw The
Rats reach the top, when the single "Rat Trap" knocked John Travolta &
Olivia Newton John off the No.1 spot.

The Boomtown Rats made history as the first Irish band to have a UK
No.1 hit. "Rat Trap" is also recognized as the first New Wave song
that made No.1 in the charts. In January 1979 Geldof hears the story
on the news of the Californian schoolgirl, Brenda Spencer who shot and
killed her principal of the school and injured many of her school
mates. When interviewed and asked why she did it, she replied "I Don't
Like Mondays". This quote proved to be inspirational to Bob Geldof &
Johnnie Fingers. The ensuing single became a smash hit world-wide,
reaching the No.1 spot in 32 countries and quite rightly became an
all-time classic. The Boomtown Rats undertook a world tour, taking in
America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The American leg of
the tour ended at The Palladium in New York. The Boomtown Rats third
album "The Fine Art Of Surfacing" reached No.7 in the UK album charts.

In 1980, a Dublin court canceled a Boomtown Rats concert. Bob Geldof
rejected the court's decision and The Boomtown Rats battled on for 2
weeks to be allowed to play in Ireland. The Boomtown Rats held the gig
at Leixlip Castle to fourteen thousand fans... with Bob Geldof
claiming a Boomtown Rats victory.

In 1981 The Rats recorded their new album "Mondo Bongo" in Ibiza with
producer Tony Visconti who had previously produced albums with T Rex,
Bowie, Thin Lizzy, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, to name but a few. The
album "Mondo Bongo" went gold again. Now a recurring event for each
new Rats album. The album featured the classic hit "Banana Republic"
which has been called Ireland's alternative national anthem! Lead
guitarist Gerry Cott now left the band, who continued as a 5-piece.
Geldof stars in director Alan Parkers classic film of Pink Floyd's The
Wall. The Rats tour Thailand, India, Japan,Malaya, Hong Kong and
Singapore.

In 1982 a new generation of bands breaks through and The Rats new
album "V Deep", again produced by Visconti becomes The Rats first
record setback. The single House On Fire does well in the UK charts.
The Rats tour of the UK to promote the album however is a complete
sell-out. In 1984 The Rats brilliant single "Drag Me Down" limps into
the Top 50.. The Geldof masterpiece "Dave" sinks without trace,
although Pete Townsend of The Who said Dave was "the best single of
1984".

In late October 1984 Geldof watches he Ethiopian famine on the BBC
News and decides to "do something". The other Rats wholeheartedly
support him.

In 1985 The Boomtown Rats sing on the Geldof/Midge Ure penned Band
Aid record "Do They Know It's Christmas". In its first week of release
the single became the UK's fastest seller of all time, entering the
chart at number one and going on to sell over three million copies,
making it the biggest-selling single in UK history up to that point.
On July 13th 1985, The Boomtown Rats were just one of the greatest
artists in rock 'n roll history to play the Live Aid Concert in front
of billions of people.

In 1986 , and so The Boomtown Rats play their last gig in Ireland for Self-Aid.

Unlike 10 years previously when The Rats understood precisely what
they stood for, who they were and what their intention were, by '86
this had now become unclear. Where could they go musically after all
that had been achieved as a group both musically and socially. There
were few battles left to fight that they hadn't already won. And so
they went their separate ways.

In 2013 The Boomtown Rats re-group and once again overwhelm the tens
of thousands at the Isle of Wight Festival. The songs had not only
lasted but had over the years attained a newer relevance and power.
Hearing them afresh the critics were amazed at how contemporary the
Rats, their music, their songs and their attitude - unchanged after
all those years still were. And are!!

And now, comes an unreleased live concert from Germany 1978 on DVD/CD!

Here is the undiluted towering energy, speed, anger and sheer joy of
playing in one of the great British/Irish bands of our time at their
peak and in their prime.

Watch the promotional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5elub4Pqjgc

Tracks:
Close As You'll Ever Be
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Neon Heart
(It Feels) So Strange.
Kicks
She's So Modern
Joey's On The Street Again
Don't Believe What You Read
(She's Gonna) Do You In
Do The Rat
It's All The Rage
Mary Of The 4th Form
Looking After Number 1

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terça-feira, maio 12, 2015

JOE SATRIANI SETS RELEASE OF HIS 15TH STUDIO ALBUM – SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA ON JULY 24TH

World Tour Begins September 17th in Europe – U.S. Tour Planned Early 2016

"CRYSTAL PLANET" – Satriani's Sci-Fi Animation Series in the Works

 

(Los Angeles – May 12, 2015) Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on July 24th, making him one of the first to utilize the new "Friday, Global Release Day" for music. 

It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a "masterpiece" or "the last word on guitar" from the world's most commercially successful solo guitar performer.  Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on September 18, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died. 

Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller. "I couldn't have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life," says Satriani. 

The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star's 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow- up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed, Surfing with the Alien. 

Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova's rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving "Keep On Movin'," full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally's playful piano, "In My Pocket," a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with "Crazy Joey" (a deliriously effervescent romp) and "Scarborough Stomp" (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).

Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, "playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, 'Why are you doing this?' It's as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it." Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realization as the springboard and creative center for his alter ego "Shockwave Supernova," the outlandish and extroverted 'performance side' of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

 In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, "Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show's characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind."  More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.

Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at satriani.com. Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe's FB page for more details (facebook.com/joesatriani).  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/satriani_SS_amzn) and iTunes (http://smarturl.it/satriani_SS_itunes) and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl. 

As was previously announced, Satriani and Steve Vai, will perform at a third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and their good friend, Cliff Cultreri. "A Benefit for Cliff III" is set for Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.  This event will feature performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests, Animals As Leaders.  In addition, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned at the event.  Among these items are autographed guitars as well as a chance to join Satriani's "G4 Camp" taking place June 28 – July 2 in Cambria, CA.

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Legendary Manfred Mann's Earth Band Vocalist Chris Thompson Releases 'Jukebox - The Ultimate Collection' 2CD Remastered Anthology



London, UK - Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of 'Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection', a two disc anthology by legendary CHRIS THOMPSON!

Known for his work as the lead vocalist and guitarist on many hits with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, including "Blinded By The Light", "For You" and "The Mighty Quinn" as well as featured on the classic Jeff Wayne concept album 'War of the Worlds', Chris is also a noted songwriter (penning among other songs the smash hit "You're the Voice" for John Farnham). His most recent studio album, 'Toys and Dishes', his first in over ten years, (released on Esoteric Antenna), gained excellent reviews from critics and praise from fans worldwide.

Chris Thompson continues to draw enthusiastic live crowds throughout Europe. 'Jukebox: The Ultimate Collection' is a fine, brand new 36-track newly remastered compilation of material that has defined Chris Thompson's career, including songs such as "Blinded by the Light", "For You", "Father of Day', 'Davy's on the Road Again", "Martha's Madman", "The Mighty Quinn", "Thunderchild" and "You're the Voice', along with tracks from 'Toys and Dishes' such as "Eddie Wants to Rock" and "Millie Christine".

DISC ONE

1. DARK SIDE
2. LOVE AND LONELINESS
3. FATHER OF DAY (LIVE)
4. HOT SUMMER NIGHT (LIVE)
5. MILLION DOLLAR WONDER HIT
6. COLD WIND BLOWING ACROSS MY HEART
7. SPIRITS IN THE NIGHT (LIVE)
8. WHOLE LOT TO GIVE
9. FOR YOU
10. ONE MAN MISSION
11. MARTHA'S MADMAN (LIVE)
12. BEAT OF LOVE
13. YOU ANGEL YOU (LIVE)
14. A SHIFT IN THE WIND
15. EDDIE WANTS TO ROCK
16. DREAM AWAY LITTLE GIRL
17. DON'T STOP
18. THE FIRE

DISC TWO

1. THE MIGHTY QUINN (LIVE)
2. THE CHALLENGE
3. RUNNER (LIVE)
4. REDEMPTION SONG
5. LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD
6. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
7. ANGEL
8. HEART OF THE FIRE
9. DON'T KILL IT CAROL (LIVE)
10. IF YOU REMEMBER ME
11. MILLIE CHRISTINE
12. YOU'RE THE VOICE
13. DAVY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN (LIVE)
14. QUESTIONS (LIVE)

BONUS TRACKS
15. ZU LEBEN
16. THUNDERCHILD (ACOUSTIC VERSION)
17. WHAT WORLD
18. WE ARE THE STRONG

Tour dates:

01/05/15 - Bergen Madam Felle, Norway
02/05/15 - Bergen Madam Felle, Norway
13/05/15 - Rjukan Festival, Norway
30/05/15 – Oslo Bjerkefestivalen, Norway
05/06/15 - Egersund Dalane Blues Festival, Norway
03/07/15 - Konsberg Konsberg Jazz Festival, Norway
04/07/15 - 24340 Eckenförde Radio Nora Sommer Open Air, Germany
09/07/15 - Mosjøen Festival, Norway
22/08/15 - Hamar Under Brua, Norway
10/12/15 - 63739 Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany
12/12/15 - 64625 Bensheim Musiktheater REX – Kulturdenkmal Güterhalle, Germany
17/03/16 - 76646 Bruchsal Fabrik, Germany
18/03/16 - 55232 Alzey Alzeyer Oberhaus, Germany
19/03/16 - 53721 Siegburg Kubana, Germany

To purchase:

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segunda-feira, maio 11, 2015

PROGRESSIVE ROCK & PROGRESSIVE METAL - E-ZINE - Recommends

VERMILLION SKYE - "Security Theater"
This is the fifth album from Canada's Vermillion Skye and features for the first time: lead vocals from Jeff Johnston, long-time Keyboardist and Composer for the band. Tracks on the album are loosely knitted around a theme of security and insecurity with the title track: Security Theater actually imagining a theater one can go to to feel safe. Influences abound on this album, including the first track: Stone Cold Love which features Queen-like guitars and back-up vocals. The song: Biding My Time is very much influenced by Saga whereas the track: Now And Again features Yes-like backing harmonies. For those who love Classic/Art Rock, this release is both refreshingly new and yet familiar at the same time. Making his Vermillion Skye production debut is Pete Swann of Attitude Productions, Aurora. Pete is no stranger to the band as he performed on the sophomore album: The Dream Sequence. Pete's style is unique and this makes this album distinct as all the past releases - a trend the band is proud of.
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sexta-feira, maio 08, 2015

GYRE, REVOLVER LAUNCH NEW TRACK "MANIFEST"

Upcoming EP 'Moirai' out May 12


NEW YORK - N.Y./N.J. progressive metal outfit, Gyre, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a brand new track, "Manifest," from the band's forthcoming 'Moirai' EP, due out May 12. Stream "Manifest" exclusively at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=73657

"The song speaks of pushing yourself to the edge and finding a balance between your dreams and reality," Gyre told Revolver. "It speaks of seeing past the tentacles that try to control and conform, and to embrace your individuality." 

'Moirai' can be pre-ordered now through the Gyre Bandcamp page at:www.gyrebandmusic.bandcamp.com

An additional 'Moirai' track, "I Release," can be streamed on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT8xhqTpS5E

The band added: "This album is a resurgence - a reminder that it's never too late to truly awaken your potential in life and control your own fate. We can guide ourselves to this realization by expressing our passion and doing what we love. This can be different for people, but it is through the act of creation we feel our self-worth and purpose bloom. 

"'Moirai' is a term for the three sisters of fate. It ties this third album together. Two sisters represent birth and death, inevitable forces beyond an individual's control. We are Lachesis, the second sister...the story in between. If we want to, if we decide...we can write our own story. Ultimately, we are all completely responsible for our own actions and emotions."

'Moirai' was recorded by Juan Soaz and Ying Chee then mixed and mastered with Kevin Antressian at Backroom Studios (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Adrenaline Mob, Foxy Shazam). 

 

1. I Release
2. Manifest
3. Behind the Eyes
4. Moirai
5. Dream the Obscene

Stay tuned for more information on Gyre and 'Moirai,' due out next week. 

 Gyre is...
Juan Soaz - Guitar
Pablo Carpio - Drums
Ian McCartney - Guitar
Chirag Bhatt - Bass
Ying Chee - Vocals 

Gyre online...
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quinta-feira, maio 07, 2015

Cleopatra Records To Release the OCCULT BOX CD Set Featuring Joy Division, Tangerine Dream, The Soft Moon and Others!


Cleopatra Records curates a 60+ track box set which in a way acts as a cerebral homage to one of the most notorious magic men of the UK, Aleister Crowley. The box includes tracks from The Soft Moon, VOWWS, Bestial Mouths, Magic Wands (remixed by The XX) side by side with classic tracks from Nico, Christian Death, Peter Murphy, Tangerine Dream and Joy Divison + of course many more to mention here.

(Limited to 666 Hand-Numbered Copies)

Video trailer:

terça-feira, maio 05, 2015

Riot of Violence publish a new Music Video!

Riot of Violence has published its ambitious brand new music video for the song "Planet of the Rapes", a filming they have pushed the boat out for.

Written and directed by Albert Rodríguez and Héctor Colón, produced by Coartada Barcelona, G Studio and the Catalan band itself, the video clip counts with around 130 extras spread throughout the locations of Navarcles and Torrelles de Foix (Barcelona). It is a crossover of savage stories raw as life itself, which could have not been possible without the actors Nadia Domínguez, Isaac Esquinas and Ainoa Córdoba, and with a production that spared no expenses.Click the following link and enjoy!

Go and dive into "Planet of the Rapes"! With this Music Video, Riot of Violence's melodic death metal ascends to a whole new level.



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10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Releases New Book SPACECAKE on iBooks!


Ireland - SPACECAKE chronicles the misadventures of a debauched and dangerous masochist as he tantrums his way through the sleazy worlds of Rock & Roll, music video and technology, each squalid escapade dragging him ever deeper into a repugnant maelstrom of sordid excess...well sort of. A wee bit. Actually...not remotely.

It's all about the work really.

If you don't recognize the name, Kevin Godley was a founder member of ground breaking UK band 10cc. (Their single, "I'm Not In Love" continues to be one of the best selling records of all time). As one half of Godley & Creme he went on to pioneer the notion of music video as an art form and was responsible for iconic clips by artists such as Herbie Hancock, The Police, Duran Duran, Lou Reed & Frankie Goes to Hollywood etc, continuing to up his game in solo mode with U2, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, The Beatles & Blur amongst others. KG thrives on re-inventing himself and SPACECAKE, his first book, takes you on an interactive tour of his life via pictures, music, film clips and 27 chapters of abstract insight into how everything from the first hits to WholeWorldBand, his music/video collaboration app, got made. It's dark in some of the corners though...so make sure you bring a torch.

Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is a British musician, writer and music video director.

He was born in a family with Jewish ancestry, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. His first band was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (The JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Suffrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker, whose father may have inspired the "Sergeant Baker" character in the 10cc song, "Rubber Bullets".

While attending art college in Manchester Godley met Lol Creme and formed several bands, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc. After leaving 10cc the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and music video / TV commercials directors. They won many MTV awards for their unique films and were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.

Godley writes, sings, and plays drums and percussion and in 1990 conceived and directed the TV music special "One World One Voice" that featured a global piece of music focussing on environmental and ecological issues. Godley also became a vegetarian during this period.

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly "reunited" with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman on the 1992 album, "Meanwhile". However, Godley claims that their involvement with the project was very limited, as the album was dominated by studio musicians. He performed the lead vocal on "The Stars Didn't Show", the band's tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It was the only song on the album not sung by Stewart. Following "Meanwhile", Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

He reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to record new music in 2006 as GG/06, and together they have recorded six new songs which are available via their website www.gg06.co.uk

Recently, Godley has moved into developing a music platform that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called "WholeWorldBand" (www.wholeworldband.com). The company was nominated for the "SXSW Music Accelerator Award" in 2013 and was one of eight finalists selected from a pool of over 500. 

SPACECAKE, the book, is available for download from iBooks and can be read on any Mac iOS device.


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Leprous launch new track "Rewind"; Studio trailer and album pre-order started!


Prog Metallers LEPROUS are set to release their newest studio album "The Congregation" on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic. The Norwegian act is therefore now debuting another new song off the upcoming album. 

Check out the intense track "Rewind" presented by MetalSucks here:

LEPROUS checked in to comment about "Rewind" as follows:  
"Rewind is of the more dynamic songs of the album. It kind of shows everything thatLEPROUS is about within 7 minutes, while still having a powerful and focused foundation. 

Not to mention it's rather catchy." 

Previously, LEPROUS had launched a video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album's opening track "The Price".     

The clip can now be seen here on the IOM YouTube channel: 

Here is the track-listing for the upcoming 65 minutes long album release:

LEPROUS - "The Congregation"
1. The Price
2. Third Law
3. Rewind
4. The Flood
5. Triumphant
6. Within My Fence
7. Red
8. Slave
9. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower 

"The Congregation" will be available as standard Jewelcase CD, Digital Download as well as on limited editions as Mediabook CD and 2LP featuring a bonus track entitled "Pixel". Limited coloured editions of the 2LP are available as follows: 100x silver vinyl (Webshop North America) and 100x golden vinyl (Webshop Europe). The black 2LP is unlimited. 

The European pre-order for "The Congregation" has started from the InsideOut Webshop. 

You can purchase the album either as Mediabook CD, standard jewel case CD, 2LP (black or coloured) or as shirt-bundle options here:

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal", "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album's artwork was created by Nihil / www.nihil.fr 

A comprehensive making-of studio video for "The Congregation" can be now seen here:  

LEPROUS line-up 2015:
Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Keys
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitars
Øystein Landsverk - Guitars
Baard Kolstad - Drums

LEPROUS online:
 
INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE: 
 
Visit the new Insideout Shop: 
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NEXT TO NONE announce debut album release date, cover art and track list!


Teen prodigy progressive band Next To None announce their signing to InsideOut and the imminent release of their debut album, A Light in the Dark, in the summer of 2015. Prior to the album's release, the band will be opening shows for English labelmates Haken on that band's April/May US tour.

Based in Pennsylvania, Next To None features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. The band have been honing their craft for several years, recording a self-released EP and playing various live gigs, including a slot at the Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 cruise. Later that year, the band went into the studio to record their debut album. At the ripe young ages of 15 and 16, they emerged with an album they and producer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater) are extremely proud of. A Light in the Dark also features guest appearances by Bumblefoot (Guns N Roses) and prog legend Neal Morse.

Drummer Max Portnoy says, "It's so exciting to be signing with InsideOut...the home of the greatest prog bands in the world! We are honored to be part of the family."

Says producer Mike Portnoy, "Producing the Next To None album was like a trip back in time for me. I couldn't help but be reminded of recording my very first album with Dream Theater back in 1988. These boys have talent and maturity way beyond their years. It's obvious in their playing abilities, but I was most impressed with their writing and creative abilities. Six of the songs spread across the album tie together to create a conceptual piece...for a group of 15 & 16-year-olds to be thinking in big master strokes like that is absolutely incredible. They are doing things musically and thematically as teenagers that I wasn't exploring until I was in my mid twenties and thirties!

I must point out that THEY wrote all of the music and performed all of their instruments on the album. I do not want people to think that my role as producer had anything to do with those areas...it is all THEM! My main role was to help them explore the studio for the first time and help them learn the ropes in that department.  I couldn't be prouder of this album and think that Next To None represents the next generation of progressive metal."

A Light in the Dark is due for release worldwide on InsideOut July 10, 2015.

A Light in the Dark tracklist:

1. The Edge Of Sanity
2. You Are Not Me
3. Runaway
4. A Lonely Walk
5. Control
6. Lost
7. Social Anxiety
8. Legacy
9. Blood On My Hands

CD-only bonus tracks:
10. Fortune Cookie
11. Deafening 

Next To None online:

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 

Visit the new InsideOut Shop:  
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Tank - “Valley Of Tears” pushed back to September

"Valley Of Tears", the new album by the British heavy metal legend TANK, has had its release date pushed back to September, 18th from the previously announced June, 8th. Cliff Evans, the band's guitarist comments the situation in an official statement:
 
"We've decided, along with our label Metal Mind, to put the release date for our 10th album 'Valley of Tears' back until September 2015. Originally planned for release in June, we now feel that the album really deserves more time and attention during the mixing stage to get it exactly how we want it. Having ZP Theart on vocals has upped our game once again and the attention to detail in the albums production requires more time to get it exactly how we want it. 'Valley of Tears'  will definitely be worth the wait!"
 
Evans comments also the recording process:
"Bobby (Schottkowski) recorded the drum tracks in Germany with his producer Waldemar Sorychta who's previous work includes albums for Lacuna Coil, Tiamat and Sodom to name but a few. The drums are the backbone of the album and they seriously kick ass! Barend (Courbois) laid down the bass guitar in Holland a couple of days before heading out on a sold out world tour with German metal legends Blind Guardian. He'll be back with us for our festival shows later this summer. The guitars were recorded in London under the guidance of producer Phil Kinman who is the master at capturing the sound of a Les Paul through a Marshall amp. No frills. Just awesome power! The album will be mastered by Ade Emsley who recently undertook the task of remastering the entire Iron Maiden catalogue for 24 bit iTunes release. They'll be some teasers coming up over the summer including a video for the title track 'Valley of Tears' and more tour dates will be announced soon."
 
 
British heavy metal legend TANK return with their tenth studio album! "Valley Of Tears" is their first album release featuring the amazing vocal talents of former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart and marks a new era for the band. The vocalist injected new energy and inspiration into the band since joining them in 2013 and now it's time to capture this sound on the new record! To complement ZP's vocals TANK now have one of the best rhythm sections in metal: Bobby Schottkowski, formerly drumming with Sodom and current Blind Guardian member - Barend Courbois on bass. Together with Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitars they ready to take another big step forward in the evolution of TANK and make another metal album of great quality that will surely stand the test of time.
The band's last two releases 'War Machine' and 'War Nation' (both released on Metal Mind Productions) were two of their bestselling albums and featured amazing performances from former Rainbow/Malmsteen and current Schenker vocalist - Doogie White. "Valley of Tears" is heading in a much heavier direction and as always will be driven to the max by their trademark Gibson Les Paul/Marshall stack wall of sound. The album was produced by Phil Kinman.
 
"Valley Of Tears" is scheduled for worldwide release on September, 18th.
 
Tank – line-up:
Cliff Evans – guitars
Mick Tucker – guitars
ZP Theart (Dragonforce) – vocals
Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) – drums
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) – bass guitar
 
TANK – official website:

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segunda-feira, abril 27, 2015

THE RECEIVER REVEALS DETAILS FOR NEW STUDIO ALBUM "ALL BURN"

"All Burn" out June 23 on Kscope; teaser trailer streaming online 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Midwest symphonic dream-prog duo, The Receiver, has revealed the initial details for its upcoming studio album, All Burn. All Burn - the group's debut on progressive powerhouse, Kscope - will release on June 23 in North America. A teaser trailer can be seen on YouTube at:https://youtu.be/A7EfktsB92M and Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/116851932

Comprised of brothers Casey (vocals, synths/keyboards, bass) and Jesse Cooper (drums & vocals), the siblings call All Burn their "best material to date which focuses on a dreamier aesthetic than our earlier work." 

All Burn is also the first self-produced Receiver album, with mixing handled by Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster the People, Karen O) and mastering by Brian Lucey (Sigur Ros, The Shins, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys). 

Commented Jesse Cooper: "We're hoping our fans will think this album was worth the wait! It's the first time we've completely self-produced one of our albums, and we feel we got it right. This album is on the more ambient and groovier side, but is still undeniably a Receiver album. We feel it's our best work to date, from music to concept. We wanted to make an album with a collection of songs that are able to stand alone by themselves, but also had a cohesiveness to listen to as a complete piece of work. The end goal was to create an album that stands the test of time." 

"A lot of music out there is one and done," added Casey. "It might be really catchy at first, but it's so instantly gratifying that it loses its luster after a few repeated listens. Our hope is that our music is catchy, but to always have layers that don't demand attention upon first listen. The goal is to provide a lot for the listener to comb through over time - music to get lost in for a while."

For a taste of what's to come, check out the band's stripped down performance of the upcoming album's title track on the 'Mug & Brush Sessions' at: https://youtu.be/FI6NncMaxVw. The brainchild of Jim Morris, owner of The Mug & Brush barbershop in Columbus, Ohio, the sessions are an independent music video series featuring national and local Columbus artists, performed in the barber shop. Sessions are engineered and mixed by Keith Hanlon. 
1. Drift
2. Transit
3. To Battle an Island
4. Collector
5. Dark Matter
6. April Blades
7. The Summit
8. Let It Dry
9. All Burn
10. How to be Young
11. These Days

Formed in 2005 at The Ohio State University, The Receiver released its debut album, Decades, in 2006 on the New York-based, Stunning Models On Display Records. The duo returned with the sophomore offering, Length of Arms, in 2009 through Vital Music Records.

The Receiver is an incredibly active touring partnership, having played throughout North America and sharing the stage with notable acts such as St. Vincent, Midlake, The Album Leaf, Mono, Dawes, Royal Canoe, Maserati, Telefon Tel Aviv, Mr. Gnome and Operators to name a few, as well as performing at 2014's CMJ Festival in New York.

The brothers have been featured on MTV2's "Bands on The Rise," and have songs included on the FX Network's series, Dirt, as well as a number of independent shorts and films.

Stay tuned for more information on The Receiver and All Burn, out this summer on Kscope.

The Receiver is...
Casey Cooper - vocals, synths/keyboards, bass
Jesse Cooper - drums, vocals 

The Receiver online...

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DEF LEPPARD LEAD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW VENTURE -DELTA DEEP-

DELTA DEEP Is A New Soulful Blues Rock Project Featuring
Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Luther Vandross) 
and Forrest Robinson (India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders)
Special Guests include Joe Elliott, David Coverdale,
Paul Cook & Simon Laffy


(Los Angeles - April 22, 2015) Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard, announces the formation and release of his new blues based music project, DELTA DEEP, coming this summer.  Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC), and Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots). Their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23, 2015 on Mailboat Records and also features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy. 

Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen's wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen's home quickly turned into much more.  Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen's home studio.  Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native  and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call.  Sharing a loving affinity for soul, funk and the blues, DeLeo was the perfect fit. According to Collen, "We really wanted Robert in this band. He had the added firepower of being the premiere pioneer and most 'badassed bass player' to come out of the alternative rock explosion." 

The best description of DELTA DEEP, a multi-racial band, has been "Aretha and Tina in their prime singing over early Zeppelin". Original song and lead off single "Bang The Lid introduces the musical synchronicity of Collen, Blackwell-Cook, DeLeo, & Robinson. Blackwell-Cook also duets with Collen on the album tracks as well as with featured vocalists Def Leppard's Joe Elliott-Mistreated and Whitesnake's David Coverdale-Private Number. Legendary Sex Pistol's punk drummer Paul Cook and Collen's former bandmate from GIRL bass player Simon Laffy" guest on the classic cover Black Coffee.  Guesting on the Delta Deep original song, "Burnt Sally" is  keyboardist,CJ Vanston (Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Carol King) adding to the soulful tune on the Hammond 3 Organ.

Collen is widely known to millions of rock 'n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard. When asked what made him decide to do a blues project Collen responded, "Blues was created out of something completely different from what we hear today. I grew up listening to rock music but then I found out it was all based on blues. Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, all of those guys….they got it from the blues. When I hear Debbi sing, I can hear the pain. She's an incredibly beautiful 62 year old black woman who has been through things and she can sing through her pain. Not everyone can do that and not everyone sounds like Debbi."

While many artists aim to make their mark by creating new genres or introducing their own new versions of music, Collen and DELTA DEEP melded their blues inspirations with who they are as artists and are unleashing that expression onto the world.

Check DELTA DEEP's website www.deltadeep.net and facebook.com/deltadeepblues for breaking news, new content, and tour information.


Feel free to post this snippet clip of Delta Deep's first single, "Bang The Lid" for fans to hear:


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sexta-feira, abril 24, 2015

Gonzo Multimedia To Release Exclusive Cream Triple DVD Set Feat. Tony Palmer's Original Classic Films With Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce & Eric Clapton


London, UK – On April 20, 2015 Gonzo Multimedia will release an exclusive Cream Triple DVD Set featuring producer Tony Palmer's original classic films with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce & Eric Clapton!

Cream Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall (Bonus Features: We're Going Wrong from All My Loving, Layla and Tales of Brave Ulysses from All You Need Is Love, Facsimile of the Original BBC Script)

This was one of those occasions of which it can truly be said that those who were there, will never forget it. Legendary rock trio Cream featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker performed their final gig on November 26th 1968, at the Royal Albert Hall. The show was filmed and recorded that evening and originally released on film and CD. Aside from the band's reunion concert in 2005 it was Cream's only official full concert release on video. It was originally broadcast by the BBC on January 5, 1969. It was not released on video in the US until 1977. The opening acts for the concert were future progressive rock stars YES who were just starting out and Taste an Irish trio led by Rory Gallagher. Now for the first time the concert is available in its original broadcast version, together now with rare bonus features taken from Palmer's landmark films, All My Loving and his definitive series on the history of popular music, All You Need Is Love!

Jack Bruce - Rope Ladder to the Moon (Bonus Feature: 2009 Interview between Jack and Pete Brown)

Jack Bruce remains the greatest bass player in the entire history of rock 'n' roll. He became a legend because of his association with Cream, still one of the most extraordinary bands ever to grace the stage. But his own story is even more extraordinary. Born amid the slums of Glasgow known as the Gorbals, his musical talent was quickly recognized and he attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he played the cello and keyboards. Then he discovered jazz...and rock 'n' roll. Although Cream did not immediately bring the financial rewards some people imagine, after the group broke up in 1968 he was able to buy a large island off the Scottish coast.

With Cream Jack also discovered that he was a talented composer - many of the group's famous hits were written by him - so it was no surprise when in 1970 he released a jazz-orientated LP of his own compositions called "Songs for a Tailor".

This 55-minute film, made at the same time, takes Jack from the Gorbals, via Cream, to his island called Sanda, playing the cello, the sitar and thundering away on the organ of the Albert Hall in London, while featuring many of the tracks from his LP. With his strong socialist principles (his father had been a member of the Communist party) Jack Bruce himself provides the striking commentary. "What kind of a society do we want?" it begins....

Originally shown on the BBC in 1971, this critically acclaimed film has been restored to something approaching its former glory and reminds us yet again what a great musician Jack Bruce was.

Ginger Baker In Africa with Fela Ransome-Kuti (Bonus Feature: The Artist by Baker Gurvitz Army)

Producer Tony Palmer explains, "In November 1971, Ginger Baker wanted to set up a recording studio in Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria. He was among the first great musicians to realize the potential of African music. He decided also that it might be an invaluable musical experience if he traveled to Nigeria overland. Unfortunately, this involved crossing the Sahara Desert. Mad? Well, crazy - but that was what was so endearing both about the man and the musician. He bought a Range Rover - one of the first ever models - and it fell to me (because of my relationship with CREAM) to film this odyssey. And the music of Nigeria, when he finally got there, was a revelation. This was before the time of the oil boom and a succession of corrupt governments; the music pulsated with reckless freedom, from the African talking-drummers of Oshogbo, to a visit to the eastern city of Calabarwhere Ginger's friend (the then unknown) Fela Ransome-Kuti performed for us with devastating power.

"I remember filming Kuti in a stadium filled with several hundred Africans. Ginger & I, his driver and my cameraman were the only white faces. Scary. But not so scary as our nights in a Calabar hotel (well, 'hotel' is a bit of an exaggeration). The walls of our room, not to mention the seedy mattress on the floor, we recovered black with mosquitoes. I remember Ginger saying that if we survived this, we could survive anything. I'm glad he did, and the film pays tribute to his indomitable spirit and to his extraordinary musicianship."

Release Date: 20th April 2015

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Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Zildjian launch "Cheating the Polygraph" contest

New solo album "Cheating the Polygraph" out now on Kscope

ENGLAND - To celebrate the release of Gavin Harrison's solo album, Cheating the Polygraph, Harrison has teamed up with Zildjian Cymbal Company to give fans a chance to win a signed copy of his new CD / 5.1 Surround Disc Set! How do you win? Easy .. all you have to do is impress Gavin with your drumming skills and he'll select ten people to win! All entries must first sign up to the Z Club atzildjian.com and then upload a 30 second video of you playing your favorite, signature Gavin Harrison groove or fill. 

Enter at:


Gavin Harrison, drummer for Porcupine Tree who's widely acknowledged as one of the finest drummers on the planet, released Cheating the Polygraph earlier this month on Kscope. An ambitious project which sees the restlessly creative Harrison reimagine eight Porcupine Tree songs in a set of vivid and vibrant new arrangements that give full, free rein to his inquiring musical mind, can be purchased now through the Kscope web-store at: http://www.kscopemusic.com/store, iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cheating-the-polygraph/id970898444 and Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Cheating-Polygraph-digital-booklet-Harrison/dp/B00TZU03H6/ref=tmm_msc_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid

The tracks which comprise the album were recorded over a five-year period, with Harrison working in conjunction with a crew of some of the finest contemporary musicians, including the gifted saxophonist Nigel Hitchcock along with bassist Laurence Cottle. It's a set that will no doubt excite much controversy; Harrison's use of the 'Big Band' musical sound stage isn't some ersatz attempt to make a 'Swing' album; it's closer in execution and arrangement to the innovative works of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention - a layered, richly-textured selection that is both beautifully-recorded and incisively delivered.  

"I think every album needs a focus - a master plan - and whilst I thought about writing new tunes for a big band project, I made a version of Porcupine Tree's 'Futile' (with Laurence Cottle) and it came out really well," commented Harrison. "It felt like a good plan to follow on with some of my personal favorite PT songs and see if we could make them work. I had a vision that the arrangements would never lean towards a clichéd classic big band sound, but always follow a modern contemporary angle. So even if you didn't know the original tune, you could still enjoy it as a modern composition that would work with this instrumentation. I couldn't be happier with the results. Laurence Cottle's immense talent as a musician and arranger was mind blowing."  

Check out the new "Hatesong/Halo" music video on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9PCreC7Lfk

A Cheating the Polygraph album trailer can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJCPiNby-DY  and Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/117829686.

A Q&A video with Gavin Harrison discussing his sparkling new solo album can be seen on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvaBZfsVcY0 and Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/119972906.

1.      What Happens Now?
2.      Sound of Muzak/So Called Friend
3.      The Start of Something Beautiful
4.      Heart Attack in a Layby/The Creator Had a Mastertape/Surfer
5.      The Pills I'm Taking (from Anesthetize)
6.      Hatesong/Halo
7.      Cheating the Polygraph/Mother & Child Divided
8.      Futile 

Gavin Harrison currently finds himself working with British progressive rock group, King Crimson. His playing and performing résumé includes stints with artists as varied as Iggy Pop, Lewis Taylor, Manfred Mann and Kevin Ayers. 

Stay tuned for more information on Gavin Harrison and Cheating the Polygraph, out now on Kscope.

Gavin Harrison online... 

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