terça-feira, março 03, 2015

ELEGACY: NEW ALBUM "THE BINDING SEQUENCE"


Valery Records and V-Promotion are proud to announce the release of the new album by Elegacy "The Binding Sequence".
Elegacy is a prog power metal band founded in Turin a decade ago. The efforts and the talent of the musicians involved in the project allowed the band, in the mid 2000s, to be considered one of the most outstanding and promising realities on the Italian prog power scene, as confirmed by reviews. In 2005 they released their first album, "Impressions", distributed worldwide by Northwind/Self.

Subsequently, the large amount of material written over the years by Constantin Terzago (keyboards) and Massimo La Russa (guitars) keeps the band alive and ready for a new beginning. In 2011 Elegacy comes into contact with Mark Zonder, legendary drummer of "Fates Warning" and Mike Lepond, bassist of "Symphony X" who, after listening to the demo of the new disc, decided to join the project recording the entire rhythm session of the upcoming album. To complete the production by contributing also to melodies and choir arrangements, joins the singer Ivan Giannini (Derdian).

In the summer 2014 the mastering of the second album of Elegacy, "The binding sequence", is finally ready.

Even if their music continues to be inspired by progressive sounds, the band innovates stylistically and publishes ten tracks of pure Heavy Melodic Classic Rock, full of great technique, atmosphere and fine production.

The new album "The Binding Sequence" will be published in spring 2015 by Valery Records, distributed by Audioglobe and available on I tunes.

The promotion and the press office will be managed by V-Promotion .


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Guitarist Jimmy McIntosh Releases New Album Featuring Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood!

Featuring guest appearances by guitar legends Ronnie Wood, John Scofield and Mike Stern!



Las Vegas, NV - As a follow up to 2006's  'Orleans to London', guitarist Jimmy McIntosh once again finds himself in illustrious company on his new album 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' This collection of funk, rock, jazz and blues originals showcases McIntosh's considerable six-string prowess and features the Michigan native exchanging incendiary licks with his personal guitar heroes John Scofield , Mike Stern and the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood. The solid backbeats are supported by Toss Panos (drummer of choice for guitarists Robben Ford and Mike Landau), bassists Dan Lutz, John Humphrey and Keith Hubacher and New Orleans keyboardist Ivan Neville (of The Neville Brothers, Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos and Dumpstaphunk). This stellar outing was definitely a labor of love for McIntosh.

For 'Jimmy McIntosh and...', McIntosh recruited Scofield and Stern from his home base, Las Vegas. Says Jimmy, "I got to know John and Mike about 12 years ago when there was a Blue Note jazz club in Las Vegas and became good friends with both of them. The Vegas Blue Note was short-lived, but I was there almost every night for the duration of their gigs. I've jammed with Mike several times and asked him, 'If I make another record, will you play on it?' And Mike said 'sure'! Toss Panos, John Humphrey and I went into Toss's North Hollywood studio with Mike when he was in Los Angeles playing with his band at Catalina's. Mike's playing on this album is just brilliant. Then John happened to come through town with Phil Lesh & Friends just a few months ago. I had mentioned to him that I was doing this album and he said, 'Hey, if you still have room on your CD, I'd love to play on it.' So that came to fruition as well. It was a dream come true for me to create this CD with three major heroes of mine and who have also become very good friends over the years."

McIntosh's friendship with Ronnie Wood goes back to his solo debut, 'Orleans to London'. Jimmy recalls, "I first met Ronnie backstage at a Stones show in Las Vegas. Ronnie and Keith Richards were hanging out with Bobby Womack in the 'Tuning Room' were they Jam to warm up before the show. Art Neville did me a huge favor and called Jane Rose for me to meet Keith and Ronnie. It was a wedding gift as I got married a week before (This was April 1999). Anyway a few years later I recorded my first CD 'Orleans To London' and Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville and Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros drummer) played on it. As I was near the end of the project in October 2004 I got in touch with Ronnie Wood through his stepson (Jamie Wood) who was his manager at the time and told him about my project. Three weeks later my wife and I flew to London and went to Ronnie's house in Richmond were he played on 5 tracks (first takes). Ronnie said, 'I told Jeff Beck about your project and he might come by to play' - I was in shock! About 2 hours later Jeff showed up and ended up playing on 3 tracks. Ronnie said as Jeff was recording, 'You can't believe how lucky you are, he won't play on anything!' I'm not sure what Ronnie told him about the Neville's being on the record but it was amazing having both those guys on the record. Jeff is credited as 'Hot Rod' on 'Orleans To London' because his manager wouldn't let me use his name.

"Ronnie and I hit it off fantastically and stayed in touch so when I started a second record I was hoping he would play on it. I covered a tune from Ronnie's latest album called 'I Gotta See'. Ronnie plays a great solo and outro slide solo on the song. Ronnie and I also played two improvised Jams that open and close the album like bookends. The Jams are just the two of us live in the studio without the band. The Rolling Stones have been my favorite band since I was a kid so getting to work and play with Ronnie is literally a dream come true. Ronnie is truly a great artist. It's amazing that all of the iconic records Ronnie has played on were mostly first takes on his part. He is really underrated as a musician. I wrote six originals for 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' Ronnie wrote one of the Jams 'Fast Blues' and we share credit on the opener 'Slow Blues'. I covered a few tunes... 'I Gotta See' by Ronnie Wood, 'Demon' by Keith Richards, '32 20 Blues' by Robert Johnson and 'Sophisticated Lady' by Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a friend of my family when I was a little kid and greatly encouraged my interest in music. When I played French Horn in the Junior High School band I told my mom I was going to change something in the music. She asked Mr Ellington if I should do that and he said, 'I think you have a musician there!'

"The record was recorded at Toss Panos studio in North Hollywood. Toss is a great drummer I first heard with Michael Landau. John Humphrey (Scott Henderson Trio) is on bass on most of the record. Keith Hubacher is on bass on two tracks and Ivan Neville plays organ and Piano. Albert Wing who played with Frank Zappa among others plays Tenor Sax on 'I Gotta See' and 'Demon', a Keith Richards cover. Ronnie and Ivan are on both of my records which I'm very proud of. It connects the two projects."

Born on October 14, 1958 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Jimmy McIntosh grew up in the small town of Temperance, Michigan. After graduating from high school in 1976, Jimmy attended the Berklee College of Music for two years. Over the years McIntosh has played with R&B singer Doris Troy, Billy Preston, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and backed up Buddy Hackett and Ben Vereen, Since 1990, McIntosh has played regularly in the popular Lon Bronson All-Stars Band, a powerhouse horn band. The Lon Bronson band had a longstanding weekly residency at the Riviera, where they entertained crowds 'til the wee hours and featured such special guests sitting in as former Doobie Brothers guitarist and producer Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist Joe Walsh, Members of TOP, comedian (and sometime trumpeter) Drew Carey, bassist-magician-comedian Penn Jillette and former "Tonight Show" guitarist, bandleader and Jay Leno sidekick Kevin Eubanks. In 1999, following his longstanding engagement with the "Legends" show, McIntosh moved to the Rio Hotel to perform in a show with pop stars Sheena Easton and David Cassidy, then worked for the following two years in Cassidy's touring band. He has subsequently played with pianist-composer David Foster, Donna Summer, Kenny Logins, Gloria Gaynor and played in musical theater productions of "Mamma Mia" and "Jersey Boys."

And now, after several years, Jimmy's long awaited sophomore album is now available! In closing Jimmy has this to impart, "My new album 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' is a real labor of love and hope people enjoy it!"



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Simulacrum has landed under the release of it's second album

Finnish progressive metal outfit Simulacrum has landed under the release of it's second album a wordlwide management and booking deal with Intromental Worldwide. Intromental has offices both in Denmark and the US and is focused on managing, booking and promotion of the most tallented upcoming names in the melodic metal genre.Their roster includes names like Leprous, Persefone and Damnations Day. For Finland a booking deal was secured with DragonWhite, which manages many of the top players (Jarkko Ahola, Brother Firetribe, Arion) in the country.

Simulacrum's new concept album called Sky Divided is ready for release and the band has also shot two new music videos to support the story of the record. The budget for this project has been grand and every detail has been overseen so that they reach supreme quality standards.

Intromental is currently negotiating with different parties for the release of the album and the band hopes to get it released as soon as possible.

"Deep In The Trenches" music video:

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CREATIVELIVE ANNOUNCES "GUITARIST'S TECH WORKSHOP" WITH KURT BLOCH, BEN VERELLEN

Class to livestream for free on March 23; enroll today!


 
SEATTLE, WA - CreativeLive 'Music & Audio' has announced an upcoming course, "Guitarist's Tech Workshop," set to stream live for free on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST / 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m EST. In this two-part course, guitar and tube amp masters, Kurt Bloch and Ben Verellen, will demonstrate exactly how to get the best sound out of your gear, including the basics of setting up your guitar and a full rundown of how tube amps work and how to keep them sounding great. For more information and to sign up for the free class, head to CreativeLive 'Music & Audio' at: https://www.creativelive.com/courses/guitarists-tech-workshop-kurt-bloch-ben-verellen. A teaser video with additional info can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ihIoX0RTe4.
 
Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive hosts workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, unlocking previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.

Upcoming "Guitarist's Tech Workshop" instructor, Kurt Bloch, is not only Gibson Guitar's in-house guitar guru, he's a legend in the Seattle music scene. He formed the seminal punk band, The Fastbacks, and has producer credits for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America and Tokyo Dragons.
 
"Guitarist's Tech Workshop" co-instructor, Ben Verellen, started Verellen Amplifiers in 2000 and now has a full-time staff churning out handmade custom tube amplifiers for some of the most respected artists in rock and metal. He also fronts Helms Alee, a rock band based in Seattle.
 
Stay tuned to CreativeLive's 'Music & Audio' channel at: http://www.creativelive.com/audio for more information on "Guitarist's Tech Workshop" and other upcoming classes.

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Prog Ensemble Lunden Reign To Release Debut Concept Album 'American Stranger'


" 'American Stranger' is a masterpiece! Every song is great!" - Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons)

Los Angeles, CA - One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2015, the debut concept album by Lunden Reign titled 'American Stranger', featuring Lora G and Nikki Lunden, will be released in March. Recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, Abbey Road (Studio 2) in London and Stagg Street Studios in LA, Lora and Nikki are joined by platinum-selling producer/composer Luis Maldonado (John Waite, Into The Presence, Lisa Marie Presley), mix engineer Geoff Pearlman (Linda Perry), Morgan Young on drums, Hector Maldonado (bassist for Train) and Cellist Ana Lenchantin (Queens of the Stone Age, The Eels). Lunden Reign was recently chosen as TAXI MUSIC's 'Exclusive Artist of the Month', a great honor from a company with thousands of artists on their roster. (http://www.taximusic.com). Lunden Reign also has signed a distribution deal for 'American Stranger' with Cleopatra Records in Los Angeles. The album will be released on March 17, 2015.

Nikki elaborates about the album's concept, " 'American Stranger' is a complete story from end to end. It was designed to be a sort of 'rock opera' about intolerance and those willing to stand up to it as well as those it's destroying. The central character is 'Mary' (song #7), a young woman who feels isolated, misunderstood and so disconnected from the world 'I want so hard to be set free, from everyone that judges me. I want to live a live someday, a world away from yesterday.' The song 'Mary' is prefaced by '28IF', 'Hear Me' and 'American Stranger'. In the end she overcomes in 'Hush and Whispers': 'Who cares what I am, it's all insane stop trying to change my life.'"

LORA G (Espinoza-Lunden) is a Composer/Guitarist from Mission Viejo, CA. Lora has a love of composing lyrics with a solid message and music in open-string alternative style. She is also a parent and an activist for the Mexican-American and LGBT communities. NIKKI LUNDEN is a Singer/Songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist who is a 18 year veteran of live performance (solo and ensemble). The Iowa native originally from Franklin, Iowa (pop.143) moved to LA in the fall of 2012 to attend Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Lora G and Nikki Lunden are the core members of Lunden Reign. Currently their lineup includes Matthew Denis - bass, Steve Ornest - guitar and Morgan Young – drums.

Lunden Reign is best described as Soul Stimulating Big Beat Progressive Rock. Their music fuses progressive sounds, ethereal vibes and an array of genres to deliver booming, pulsing, & driving rock. Lunden Reign's synergistic performances are matched by the relentless desire to unleash layers of haunting melodies through uplifting riffs blended with a harder edge and a progressive big beat. Their music pushes the envelope, exploring every dimension.

Already some of rock's legends have joined Lunden Reign on stage including PRESCOTT NILES of THE KNACK and DALE BOZZIO of MISSING PERSONS. Their forthcoming album 'American Stranger' (completed and now in pressing) was mastered by Grammy winning Evren Goknar at Capitol Records, Hollywood., with art design and cover design by one of rock's greatest album designers: IOANNIS. Lunden Reign proudly endorses & records with HIWATT AMPS, UK.

Lora explains how the band recently connected with legendary Dale Bozzio of 80's hit-makers Missing Persons, "Beyond being a legendary singer and composer, Dale is amazing person and a wonderful human being. We met Dale after the great bassist from The Knack, Prescott Niles, performed with us at The House of Blues, Hollywood. Prescott is also the bassist for Dale Bozzio's Missing Persons Band. Dale clicked with us immediately and she guest performed with Lunden Reign at both the LA and Long Beach Pride Festivals."

Check out the video of Lunden Reign playing Missing Persons hit song "Walking in LA" with Dale Bozzio singing at LA Pride Festival on YouTube:

Prescott Niles (bassist - The Knack, Missing Persons): "Every so many years an album comes out that redefines modern music. 'AMERICAN STRANGER' is that next album. Grab some headphones, close your eyes and let your senses explore the music & lyrics of Lunden Reign's sound. Today the cycle goes full with a long-awaited return to music that touches the soul and embraces the test of time."

Martha Davis (lead singer of The Motels): "The song 'Hear Me' is wonderful & heartfelt."

Terri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin): "Lora G is a great songwriter and musician."

Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons): " 'American Stranger' is a masterpiece! Every song is great!"

Phil Soussan (Bassist - Ozzy, Billy Idol, Grammy BOD): "What an amazing album, incredible songwriting, lyrics and groove!"

In closing, Lunden Reign is more than just music; their lyrics carry important messages about tolerance, love, self-reflection, dignity and inner- strength. 'American Stranger' stands up to intolerance, telling stories about becoming a victim by simply trying to claim ones own identity. It's feeling like a stranger in your own skin and finding the courage to be exactly who you are. There is a re-occurring character, Mary, who represents all of these things. This is her story - how does it relate to yours?"

To purchase Lunden Reign's 'American Stranger' CD: http://lundenreign.com/store/
Distributed through Cleopatra Records: www.CleopatraRecords.com



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IZZ to Release New Studio Album, "Everlasting Instant"

IZZ to Release New Studio Album, "Everlasting Instant"

3/3/15 – New York, NY – IZZ's new studio album, Everlasting Instant, is scheduled for release on April 7, 2015 and serves as the final installment of a three-part series of albums that began with The Darkened Room in 2009 and continued with Crush of Night in 2012. Everlasting Instant concludes this epic thematic arc with a fresh palette of sounds, all the while maintaining the sharp and memorable melodies that have become a hallmark of the band.

From the syncopated rhythms and unpredictable meter changes of "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" to the through-composed nature of "Keep Away" to the uplifting drama of "Sincerest Life," the fearlessly modern sound of IZZ continues to surprise at every turn.

Tom Galgano, IZZ's keyboardist and vocalist who continues his roles as producer and engineer for this album, regards Everlasting Instant as a fitting culmination of the musical themes presented throughout the last two IZZ albums, "Many of the melodies, rhythms and lyrics on Everlasting Instant began as seeds on the two previous albums and they have undoubtedly come to fruition on this new release. Listeners will recognize these subtle variations on prior themes and will also be presented with an exciting new collection of musical ideas."

The stunning voices of Anmarie Byrnes (lead vocals on "Like a Straight Line") and Laura Meade (lead vocals on "If It's True") are the most present they have ever been on an IZZ release. Contributing lead and harmony vocals throughout the entire album, Byrnes and Meade add a color that makes the IZZ sound on Everlasting Instant even more unique.

Tom Galgano's keyboard prowess is in full force as he takes masterful solos in "Start Again" and "Own the Mystery" as well as exhibiting superb classical piano work in "The Three Seers." 

Guitarist Paul Bremner's inimitable style continues to be on display in Everlasting Instant as he takes hold of the listener's attention in tracks such as "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" where his acrobatic style is in firm focus.

John Galgano's bass provides solid footing to "Sincerest Life" and "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" where his melodic approach to the bass is brought to the fore. The drumming/percussion team of Brian Coralian and Greg DiMiceli, well-known for their unique, yet complementary playing styles, continue to create a one-of-a-kind rhythm section as evidenced in songs like "The Everlasting Instant" (featuring Brian Coralian) and "Sincerest Life" (featuring Greg DiMiceli).

The IZZ line-up for Everlasting Instant is:
Paul Bremner: electric and acoustic guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: lead and backing vocals
Brian Coralian: electronic and acoustic drums and percussion
Greg DiMiceli: drums and percussion
John Galgano: bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
Tom Galgano: keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Laura Meade: lead and backing vocals

IZZ's Everlasting Instant will be available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes and all of your favorite progressive rock online music retailers.

In other news, IZZ will kick off the release of Everlasting Instant with a live performance at the New Jersey Proghouse on April 19. IZZ plans to announce more shows in support of Everlasting Instant during the Summer/Fall of 2015. The band also has plans to return to the studio to continue work on their next studio album. In addition, guitarist Paul Bremner is mixing his new solo album. For more information on Everlasting Instant and for the most updated information about IZZ, please visit:
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sexta-feira, fevereiro 27, 2015

The Next Generation Of Psych Bands Bring A New Mind Expanding Perspective To 12 Classic Beatles Songs


Los Angeles, CA - Their popularity among music fans is undeniable, their status with music critics is unimpeachable, and their influence across a multitude of genres - from pop to rock, world music to country - is thoroughly indisputable. Yet The Beatles' ubiquity makes us forget that there once was a time when this UK band was truly dangerous, a radical cultural force pushing its way into the mainstream to the shock and horror of many. Now, a new generation of psych rock bands seek to bring back that sense of danger to the Beatles' music, taking twelve classic compositions by the Fab Four and filtering them through modern sensibilities to bring a whole new perspective to these celebrated works. The resulting project, The Magical Mystery Psych Out - A Tribute To The Beatles, will be released on both CD and vinyl by Cleopatra Records on March 3.

German acid rockers Electric Moon kick things off with the song that many consider the defining birth of psychedelic rock music, "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Revolver, here given a new depth and sense of urgency with walls of distorted guitars and haunting female vocals. Sugar Candy Mountain chose a rarer tune from the same era, the B-side single "Rain," and came up with a version more sinister yet stealthily hypnotic. The band echoed the thoughts of many artists on the album when they declared that recording a Beatles song is simultaneously "fun and intimidating." Matt Adams, here performing "The Word" as The Blank Tapes, elaborates on this idea saying "The Beatles recordings have always been untouchable to me, but I jumped at the chance to do my own take on one of their songs. I tried staying true to the original but changed some of the sounds and stretched out the ending." Fellow UK acts such as The KVB and The Underground Youth also turn in inspired versions that would make their countrymen proud, and together with US rising stars The Vacant Lots and Strangers Family Band, recreate for modern listeners the thrill that '60s audiences must have felt like hearing such strange, enticing, and far-out sounds for the first time. With an appropriately mind-blowing painting by San Francisco-based artist/illustrator Matt Leunig, The Magical Mystery Psych Out is coming to take you away!

TRACK LIST
1. Electric Moon - Tomorrow Never Knows
2. Sugar Candy Mountain - Rain
3. The Vacant Lots - Julia
4. The Blank Tapes - The Word
5. The Ruby Suns - Martha My Dear
6. The KVB - Taxman
7. The Underground Youth - Come Together
8. Fantasmes - Love You To
9. Quilt - Cry Baby Cry
10. The Lucid Dream - And I Love Her
11. Kikagaku Moyo - Helter Skelter
12. Strangers Family Band - Sun King

Preview The Underground Youth's version of "Come Together" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMkLxc_HspU

To purchase the CD: http://geni.us/2L1C
To purchase the vinyl: http://geni.us/Iu7
To download on iTunes: http://geni.us/AoS

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MAGNUM is releasing a new live album.


British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful "Escape From The Shadow Garden" European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen  from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum's beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.

"Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014" will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

TRACKLISTING:

Super Jewel Case

1. Live 'til You Die
2. Black Skies
3. Freedom Day
4. Dance of the Black Tattoo
5. Blood Red Laughter
6. Unwritten Sacrifice

7. How Far Jerusalem
8. Les Morts Dansant
9. Falling For the Big Plan
10. All England's Eyes
11. Vigilante
12. Kingdom of Madness

LP1

Side 1

1. Live 'til You Die
2. Black Skies
3. Freedom Day

Side 2

1. Dance of the Black Tattoo
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Unwritten Sacrifice

LP2

Side 1

1. How Far Jerusalem
2. Les Morts Dansant
3. Falling For the Big Plan

Side 2

1. All England's Eyes
2. Vigilante
3. Kingdom of Madness

 
LIVE 2015:

18.07. SE-Väsby – Väsby Rock Festival
31.07. SE-Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival
01.08. D-Seebronn – Rock Of Ages Festival



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quinta-feira, fevereiro 26, 2015

DREAMGRAVE and 'Presentiment'

Progressive dark metal band Dreamgrave released critically acclaimed concept album called 'Presentiment'.



Prog Metal Zone  "This is gonna knock you out! Amazing debut by this dark and at times foreboding band. Very much influenced by bands like Tool and Katatonia but with a strong dark symphonic metal aspect. Great use of female and male (mostly) death vocals too. Dramatic gothic-esque keyboards add tremendous depth to the sound. Seriously, Dreamgrave is one of the best debuts we've heard in a long time and easily one of the best albums of the year."

Metal Underground: This latest release sees the group wrapping progressive and post-rock elements around a core of dark metal with a beauty-and-the-beast presentation of harsh growls and female clean singing. From technical noodling to psychedelic keyboards and more, the full-length has more than a few surprises up its sleeve, and is well worth hearing for fans of progressive metal that loves to play with the boundaries between genres." 

Angry Metal Guy: "Great arrangements. Particularly the interplay between the growls and the cleans are extremely good. So keep your eye peeled for @DreamgraveBand."



Exploring the realm of our dreams in some ethereal balance, unrestrained by definable sound, in a daunting storm of emotions. Wrapped in an abstract, distress-filled fantasy the album presents our impressions about our world, our society, ourselves - the reason we are here and ultimately the ending we are headed. The album consists of eight movements

Cover art

The Labyrinth is a creation by Budapest-based artist, Norbert Fekete. Since this is a sort of conceptual recording about human fears, fate and suggest a positive outcome we decided to build the cover around such ideas. The maze totally fits this mindset as it demonstrates hopelessness (by seemingly endless labyrinth, vast walls) and the randomness of our fate (storm on the left, brighter sky on the right) quite well. 

Bio

After the unexpected success of the Deadborn Dreams demo the band had troubles finding stable, lasting members. While the search has taken up several years, founder and band leader Dömötör Gyimesi worked on his ideas which eventually became the foundation for the Presentiment LP. In September 2012 he met János Mayer which has not only shifted the songs towards a more progressive approach but became the turning point in the band's history. In September 2013 the band started recording the demos with the beautiful soprano of Mária Molnár. After a lot of hard work the band finally went into the studio to record the Presentiment LP, a concept album consisting of eight progressive dark metal movements. 
 
Contact

For social links see the bottom of the page.

LP facts
 
Genre: progressive dark metal
Run-time: 53 minutes, 8 tracks
Producer / Mix / Master: Gábor Vári
Studio: Black Hole Sound
Publication: digital download (streaming, download), limited digipack
Inspirations from: Opeth, Steven Wilson, Storm Corrosion, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Tool, Anathema, Haken
 
Lineup

Dömötör Gyimesi (vocals, guitars)
János Mayer (keyboards)
Mária Molnár (vocals)
Ádám Kovács (guitars)
Domonkos Altorjay (drums)
Krisztina Baranyi (violin)
Márton Attila Kovács (bass)

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FINN RELEASE NEW ALBUM "ART & ESPIONAGE"


NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 2015:  Two brothers from the land down under have been spending countless hours working on a new blues/pop release that is sure to take listeners by the ear with one listen.  Hailing from Melbourne, Australia the pair (Mark & Luke Finn) performing as FINN have created a sonic experience entitled ART&ESPIONAGE.  A lot went into the making of this release and it had high expectations after their 2011, 15track LP album release "FROM THE WELL". 
 
'Art&Espionage' shows a huge step forward since 2011 showing that the band's potential to expand their sound is evolving into something of major artist caliber. FINN takes the best from their favorite artists and influences such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, JJ Cale, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.  They are storytellers and do it with ease as you can hear on this new cut.

"Art & Espionage was a reflection of the idea that all great artists are thieves. Good ones borrow, and great ones steal. I think it was Picasso who said that...or maybe T.S. Eliot...who also probably got it from someone else! The aim with this album was to steal from as many of the great artists that we grew up listening too, and make something that was a unique combination of that. Hopefully that comes through, and people can trace the influences, one way or another."  ~FINN

The two stepped into the studio to record at Melbourne's BLACK PEARL STUDIOS with producer Terry Hart of Maestro Productions.  The band brought on Joe Carra of Crystal Mastering to lend his professional ears to the ever so important mastering of the album. With this team something special was created and crafted over those days which would become the album you hear now.  The band took careful consideration picking their first single release off the album and officially will have the track "CITY LIVING" as the kick off track for press consideration.  

The band evokes a range of emotions that truly can connect with any listener regardless of social class or gender.  This ability in not only their writing talents but also their impeccable instrumentation truly blends with the lyrics in a symphonic ease - it's just a straight up enjoyable album to listen to. No fluff or anything fake about it, which is what the music industry needs more of these days.  Art&Espionage is a straight cut record that delves into the simplicities of one's life.  FINN's ability to connect with their listeners marks them for a band to be put on your radar for 2015 artist's to watch.

Album now available on iTunes @ http://smarturl.it/finnalbum


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quarta-feira, fevereiro 25, 2015

Sigur Rós and ágætis byrjun expanded limited edition

SIGUR RÓS

announcing the expanded limited edition boxset of ágætis byrjun

 ágætis byrjun re-issue

to mark its 16th birthday, a definitive, much expanded edition of ágætis byrjun is in the works for early summer. the deluxe boxset edition will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band's development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. it will be a beautiful thing to behold, and the last word in completist editions of sigur rós catalogue releases.

while we are still finalising design and content - and will share with you as soon as it's fixed - we wanted you to know about this now [as well as other expanded editions of von and ( )], since the band's first three albums have all just become available on re-mastered, heavyweight vinyl for the first time in ages. go either look for the vinyl reissues now, or hang on for something grander still.

Maybeshewill's Fair Youth released today in North America!

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Maybeshewill's Fair Youth released today in North America!



Maybeshewill have their fourth full-length album, Fair Youth, released today in North America via the Superball label. Maybeshewill have been plying their unique brand of instrumental post-rock since 2005, with a handful and album, single and EP releases to their credit, and a variety of successful touring jaunts throughout Europe and Asia. This marks their first-ever domestic release in North America.
 
Fair Youth is an overwhelmingly positive record, with the band creating a musical solution to dealing with real world problems and difficulties. It touches on themes of nostalgia and oneirism, and the connections, disconnection and constant feeling of motion that comes with spending so many months of the year on the road.

Autumn of 2015 will mark Maybeshewill's live debut in North America, with dates to be announced at a future point in time.
 
Fair Youth is in stores now, and can also be ordered direct from the InsideOut Music Shop here:
 
The band's video for "In Amber" can be viewed here:
 
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Steve Rothery's The Ghosts of Pripyat released today in North America!

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Steve Rothery's The Ghosts of Pripyat released today in North America!  
 
Legendary Marillion guitarist and founding member Steve Rothery releases his much-anticipated solo album The Ghosts of Pripyat today via InsideOut Music. The album is available as a jewel case CD that includes a gorgeous 28-page booklet.
 
The album began as a crowd-funded project, reaching its target in just 24 hours, with Steve stating: "I have been amazed and humbled at the support I've received." It wasn't just the fans that helped create this album though, with two very special guest appearances from Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Steve Hackett (Genesis), who both lend their guitar playing skills to tracks on the album. The cover image of the album is an aerial shot of Pripyat in Ukraine by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the artwork is by the legendary Lasse Hoile.
 
The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
Morpheus
Kendris
Old Man Of The Sea
White Pass
Yesterday's Hero
Summer's End
The Ghosts Of Pripyat
 
The band line-up for the album is:
Steve Rothery - Guitars & Keyboards
Dave Foster - Guitars
Yatim Halimi - Bass
Leon Parr - Drums
Riccardo Romano - Keyboards
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AnVision and their new single "I'm Gone Away"

AnVision, the top prog - metal band just released their new single and video-clip with the song "I'm Gone Away" and it's available in the net on the official band Youtube channel now. This is the second single announcing the new AnVision's album, which will be titled "New World".
Musicians intensively work on the new album, which is planned to be released in the middle of April.

They are preparing for the tour also. One of the first planned gigs will take place on the "Prog The Castle Festival" in Heidelberg (Germany) 8 May 2015

Link to "I'm Gone Away":

Prog The Castle Festival:

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terça-feira, fevereiro 24, 2015

Aeon Zen Live Stream Announcement 14-15 March 2015

Aeon Zen
Aeon Zen will be running a live stream on the 14th and 15th March 2015, where we will spend a weekend writing and recording music with the input of our fans. There will also be numerous competitions that you can win!

So we need as many of you as possible to come and help direct the action and give us suggestions for the songs that we write there and then!

You will be able to watch the stream on our YouTube channel absolutely free, so please click here to subscribe, as we take you into the world of Aeon Zen.

We will put up a full schedule of the weekend on our website shortly, including competition timings and stream hours.

Watch a trailer for the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKJK119by84

Karnataka - The new album is finished!

The new album is finished! Mixing was completed recently by Joe Gibb and the album was mastered by John Dent - winner of the MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year 2014. John has mastered albums for many artists including Robert Plant (66 To Timbuktoo anthology). John was chosen for his sympathetic approach to the sound and audio dynamics. In our very humble opinions the album really does sound great!

Full track listing:

Road To Cairo
Because Of You
Poison Ivy
Forbidden Dreams
Borderline
Fairytale Lies
Feels Like Home
Secrets Of Angels

We expect to be posting/shipping the CD pre-orders around March 6th with the vlnyl to follow at a later date, allowing for the longer pressing turn around time on vinyl.




PRE-ORDER

The album is now available to pre-order from the online shop.


Available in the following formats:

CD Standard Edition: including 20 page booklet.

CD/DVD Special Digipak Edition: Secrets of Angels CD complete with bonus DVD which includes behind the scenes footage from the album recording at Real World and Quadra Studios, previosuly unreleased live footage and image galleries. The first 500 will be signed.

Deluxe Vinyl Edition: Double vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve. The first 500 will be signed. Supplied with unique download code for digital download of album.

FLAC Download Version: 44.1khz 16bit audio download version. CD quality download. Includes the artwork in PDF format featuring lyrics & original album artwork.

MP3 Download Version: 320kbps MP3 audio download version. Includes the artwork in PDF format featuring lyrics & original album artwork.

Recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios and Quadra Studios in London the new album explores themes from despair, anguish and the futility of war to reaching out across cultural divides and culminates in the 21 minute opus and title track, Secrets of Angels. The album features guest musicians Troy Donockley from Nightwish (Uilleann pipes and low whistles), Irish harpist Seána Davey, and from the Royal Philharmonic orchestra - Rachel van der Tang (cello) and Clive Howard (viola).


The Secrets of angels Tour kicks off in Bury on Friday. Full tour details:

Feb 27th Bury The Met Theatre 0161 761 7107
Feb 28th Lowdham Hall 0115 9663596 
March 7th Derby The Flowerpot 01332 204955 
March 8th Bilston Robin 2 01902 497860
March 13th Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms 0131 556 7060 
March 14th Chesterfield Classic Rock Society 01246 277702 
March 20th Bristol BierKeller 0117 930 4264 
March 21st Worcester Huntingdon Hall 01905 611427 
March 22nd Leamington Spa (special guests of Arena) 01926 523001 
March 26th Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352 
March 27th Milton Keynes The Stables 01908 280800 
March 29th Southampton The Brook 023 8055 5366
April 12th Swansea The Scene 01792 448010 
April 17th Leicester Y Theatre 0116 255 6507 
May 9th London Islington Assembly Hall www.musicglue.com/karnataka/listings/

Tickets are on sale. Full details and ticket links on the website tour page and the band's Musicglue site.
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Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash To Undertake Pilgrimage North America Tour!

Tour to span West Coast, South in April/May 2015



Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in April 2015 for the first leg of their Pilgrimage North America Tour. Following spring and fall tours in 2014 that featured the group's best-selling "Live Dates" album, this year Wishbone Ash will present classics spanning their 46-year career and showcase selections from their latest release, "Blue Horizon."

After logging more than 20,000 miles touring North America last year, the group will begin their 2015 spring tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, winding down the West Coast of the US and then heading across the South – hitting cities that include Portland, Seattle, Oakland, San Juan Capistrano, Ramona, Phoenix, Austin and Dallas. Visit www.wishboneash.com/tourdates for the complete schedule.

"The 'Live Dates Tour' went just great," says bandleader and founding member Andy Powell. "To play Texas and California out West, and Mississippi in the Deep South, for example, was really nice. You realize just how popular guitar-based rock is in these places. We aim to repeat the experience and build on it this year."

The title of the 2015 tour is a nod to the Wishbone Ash's beloved "Pilgrimage" album, but it's also a fitting way to describe what has become an annual journey filled with familiar faces and places. "Each year when we tour countries on our world circuit, these visits feel like pilgrimages to all our old haunts," says Powell. "We visit venues we've performed in multiple times over the years. We know the staff there, we often stay in the same hotels, visit the same restaurants, we see the same folks thousands of miles apart. The fans, of course, are the major component. We catch up on their stories and their lives."

In 2014, Wishbone Ash released "Blue Horizon" (Solid Rockhouse Records) to international acclaim. Praised for its stylistic variety and masterful performances, the album features guest artist, Ireland's Pat McManus, on fiddle for two tracks. "Blue Horizon" also includes two songs written by Aynsley Powell (Andy Powell's son) and one by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate.

According to Powell, the album's diversity reflects the culmination of several factors. "The band basically lives together year-round, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings," he says. "We've come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It's fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity."

While they're making pilgrimages to various parts of the globe, Wishbone Ash will undertake some live recording projects, as well: one a vinyl-only limited release direct from Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London; another to be recorded over a three-day residency at Le Triton in Paris for a DVD release.

Powell also plans to publish his autobiography this fall. "It's quite an undertaking to put 45 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form," he says.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 10 live albums and four live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary ("This is Wishbone Ash"). The band is led by founding member Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finland's guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain's new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

Lynyrd Skynyrd cites Wishbone Ash as a primary influence on their style along with Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth. All have been transformed by the original, legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash.

Longtime fans and new converts will find that Wishbone Ash offers an undeniable concert experience.



Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com .
To download electronic press kit: www.wishboneash.com/epk
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segunda-feira, fevereiro 23, 2015

Subversion, Revolver launch "Born of the Sun" music video

SUBVERSION, REVOLVER LAUNCH "BORN OF THE SUN" MUSIC VIDEO
Sophomore album "Animi" out March 3 via Rogue Records America
 

  
KENT, UK - U.K. melodic tech metal outfit, Subversion, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a new track and music video, "Born of the Sun," from the band's upcoming sophomore release, Animi, due out March 3 on Rogue Records America. Stream the new video exclusively at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=70532
 
"'Born of the Sun' is a track which took us far too long to finish," guitarist/vocalist, Kai Giritli told Revolver. "It was, in fact, one of the first tracks I started to write, but ended up being one of the last completed. I must have re-wrote the damn thing at least four times, but in the end, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable tracks to play live, and indeed listen back to. Band favorite? I think so!"
 
Building upon the band's debut album, Lest We Forget, which released to critical praise from Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Terrorizer, Rock Sound Magazine and more, Subversion describes Animi as "bigger, heavier and sprinkled with a mental amount of epic. We have retained what people loved about the first album and built upon that early foundation in a way that we hope will make you stand back and realize that we are back."
 
Animi was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by guitarist/vocalist, Kai Giritli, and artwork comes courtesy of Snovonne Drake (http://www.snovonne.net/snodrakedesign/).
 

An additional Animi track, "Imperfect," can be streamed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg98kHzJjVw.  
 
1.  Born of the Sun
2.  Catalyst
3.  Imperfect
4.  Revelation
5.  Illusion of Eternity
6.  Entropy
7.  In Order to Live (Pt. 2)
8.  Pariah
9.  Novation
10.  Animi
 
Originating from the mind of Kai Giritli in 2008, Subversion has played internationally with the likes of Tesseract, Mnemic, Monuments, Xerath, Hacktivist and Chimp Spanner and has been part of UK Tech Metal Festival and Euroblast Festival.
 
The five-piece potently blends hard-hitting vocals from front man, Jay Shields, with Giritli's soaring, hook-filled clean singing, guitar riffs that sway from heavy groove to epic melody and laser-tight percussion from drummer, Ben Atkinson. Metal Hammer described the band's debut as "jaw-dropping" while Terrorizer called it "an addictive romp."
 
Stay tuned for more information on Subversion and Animi, out this March on Rogue Records America. 
 
Subversion is...
 
Kai Giritli - guitar/vocals
Jay Shields - vocals
Ben Atkinson - drums
Sean Moxom - guitar
Rich Lawry-Johns - bass
 
Subversion online...
 
 
 
Rogue Records America online...
 
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Desert Suns Sign World-Wide Record Deal with Ripple Music - New Split 12" Vinyl in the Works

Ripple Music is proud to announce the signing of San Diego's Desert Suns to a world-wide deal.  Starting off with a side of vinyl for the upcoming "Second Coming of Heavy" split 12" series that Ripple is unleashing on the world, the alliance between Ripple and Desert Suns is only just beginning.
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And the folks at Ripple couldn't be more thrilled.

Where stoner rock, doom, sludge, psychedelic and blues all overlap you get Desert Suns. Formed in 2013 by four hefty dudes with enough hair to challenge Cousin It to a test of anonymity. Soon after forming they released their single "Burning Temples" January of 2014 which helped them to acquire a great fan base and critical raves. "Some of the doomiest riffs that would make one Mr. Iommi a very happy and proud person" says Bill Goodman in his review of the Desert Suns single Burning Temples. Their debut, self-titled album was released later that year and reassured fans that they were no one hit wonder.

Desert Suns have a genuine fluidity and a fresh take on how we hear rock. The band has the ability to rip out some material heavy enough that even Grandma would get headbanging, but they know how to seduce through gritty Americana thanks to well-placed harmonica and purring vocals. From beginning to end, Desert Suns has compelling hooks, an addictive atmospheric energy and heavy, pulsating beats that get blood boiling with obstreperous energy.

Look for the Ripple Music/Desert Suns split 12" to come out later this year and more coming from the band as the year goes on.

"With old school flair and charisma this band from San Diego, CA., summons up a sun-drenched haze of doomy riffs, touches of prog and heavy desert groove. " -- Heavy Planet
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Prog Ensemble THEO Featuring Renowned Keyboardist Jim Alfredson Release Debut CD 'The Game Of Ouroboros''

"… Jim Alfredson … is a remarkable organist who seamlessly synthesizes several generations of keyboard influences" - Downbeat



Lansing, MI – Jim Alfredson is best known for his work with acclaimed jazz trio organissimo and is considered among the best Hammond organists working today. His newest project is a solo album known under the name THEO that originated as a rediscovery of Alfredson's affection towards the classic era of progressive rock. Inspired by classic bands like Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Genesis, THEO brings epic songwriting and sweeping narratives back to the forefront with contemporary sensibilities and production. The album is scheduled for release on January 27, 2015 via Big O Records (USA) and Generation Prog Records (Europe). It is available as a download, as an audio CD, and as a limited edition CD / Blu-Ray set with 5. 1 surround mixes.

Says Jim, "The over-arching theme of the album explores how we react to power. Some people react by protesting and demanding change. Some subscribe to the 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' mantra. Some ignore it all together. And some of those who do expose it are scapegoated and exiled. In the midst of all this, we're all just trying to live our lives and do the best we can. It seems that the era of the protest song is long gone. The political and social activity in the music of the 60s seems to have petered out and been replaced by faux rebellion, pre-packaged and test marketed. The message is essentially one of questioning power and authority and dissatisfaction with the status quo. From a musical perspective, my goal with this album was to return progressive music back to its melodic roots and the keyboards back to the forefront. I wanted to be reverent of the past classic groups but with my own spin and get away from the really heavy, guitar-driven prog that is very prevalent now."

Along with Jim on keyboards, THEO's 'The Game Of Ouroboros' features Gary Davenport on bass, Kevin DePree on drums, and Jake Reichbart on guitar. The album, which is scheduled for release on January 27, 2015, took close to 3 years to complete due to Jim's previous commitments and heavy touring schedule.

Jim explains, "I began writing it in 2010. That's the same year I joined the touring and recording band for the blues artist Janiva Magness who is based in Los Angeles. Between 2010 and 2014, I toured extensively with her and appeared on her last two albums. We toured all over the US and several times in Europe and Canada. It was a great experience but also left little time for family and for writing my own music. Somehow I managed to release two organissimo albums in that time and a solo jazz project called Jim Alfredson's Dirty Fingers. Also during that time I recorded a lot of snippets of ideas on my iPhone while on the road during sound checks, in hotel rooms, and endlessly barreling down the highway to the next gig. When the touring season ended each year, usually at the end of October, I would collate these ideas and work on the best ones. We would start touring again the following February, so I had only a few months to really work on things.

"… Jim Alfredson is one of the faces of the new millennium's Jazz renaissance." - Hammondbeat

Although primarily known for his skill on the Hammond organ, Jim utilizes a wide range of textures on THEO. The rough and raw sound of analog synthesizers firmly connects the album to the halcyon era of progressive music while careful use of modern computer-based synths extends the music into the present. Acoustic piano underpins much of the album contrasted by swirling rhythmic elements easily at home in modern electronica. Gary Davenport's deft work on the fretless bass significantly contributes to the album's sonic appeal as does his mastery of the Chapman Stick on the first three tracks. Another noteworthy highlight is the real pipe organ on the track 'The Blood That Floats My Throne', skillfully recorded to capture the awe-inspiring majesty of the instrument.

For 10 years, Jim served as organist and musical director of the highly successful, award-winning rhythm & blues band Root Doctor (1999 – 2009) producing three CDs for the band. Jim formed the jazz trio organissimo in 2000. organissimo has released five critically acclaimed CDs and a DVD in the intervening years. In 2009 Jim released a very limited edition solo CD dedicated to the memory of his father called 'In Memorandom'. Also in 2009, Jim engineered and produced Greg Nagy's debut solo record 'Walk That Fine Thin Line' followed by Nagy's 'Fell Towards None' and 'Stranded'. From 2010 to 2014, Jim served as the keyboardist and primary background vocalist in the touring band for blues singer Janiva Magness. He toured nationally and internationally with the band and is featured on Ms. Magness' Alligator Records release 'Stronger For It' as well as her self-released album 'Original'. In October 2013, Jim released another solo project entitled 'Jim Alfredson's Dirty Fingers', a tribute to jazz organ great Big John Patton.

"Alfredson… draws an audience's attention with the vivid character of [his] compositions and the unerring precision of [his] ensemble playing…" – Chicago Tribune

To purchase THEO ' The Game Of Ouroboros' CD: www.big-o-records.com, www.generation-prog.com  

For more information: http://jimalfredson.com, http://www.theoHQ.com
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