segunda-feira, janeiro 26, 2015

ADRENALINE MOB premiere their cover of "Devil Went Down To Georgia" From rarities album DEARLY DEPARTED FEBRUARY 10TH

ADRENALINE MOB recorded a guitar driven version of the classic fiddle duel, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" for their upcoming rarities EP.  Our friends at Revolver Magazine are hosting the exclusive premiere.  

Have a listen:  

Following the success of their 2013 covers release, Coverta, Adrenaline Mob will release Dearly Departed through Century Media on February 10th.  In a departure from Coverta the disc will feature in addition to 4 cover tunes, an unreleased track from the Men of Honor sessions, 3 acoustic renditions of songs from both Omerta andMen of Honor, and an edited version of the Men of Honor track "Dearly Departed" which is service to radio today. 

The disc, co produced by vocalist Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, features the following tracks: 

1-     Snortin' Whiskey (Pat Travers)
2-     Dearly Departed (Edited version of Men of Honor track)
3-     The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)
4-     Crystal Clear (Acoustic version of Men of Honor track)
5-     Sabbath Medley (Black Sabbath)
6-     Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Unreleased from Men of Honor sessions)
7-     Angel Sky (Acoustic version of Omerta track)
8-     All on the Line (Acoustic version of Omerta track)
9-     Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)

Check out the artwork above!

There is an Instant gratification download of the re-edit of "Dearly Departed" available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play:



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PARADISE LOST announces new album title and release date

After taking a trip back in time with the Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) album and the last studio album Tragic Idol (2012) which entered the charts in over 10 European countries - most notably #2 in UK Rock Charts, #6 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #30 in France and #32 in North America Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts - it's now time for PARADISE LOST's 14th studio album! The album will be titled The Plague Within and will be released via Century Media Records on June 1st in Europe and June 2nd in North America.

Nick Holmes comments: "We wanted to approach the new album differently this time by embracing the band's VERY early days. We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time in PARADISE LOST."

The Plague Within was produced and mixed by Jaimie Gomez Arellano from Orgone Studios in London (GHOST BC, ULVER, CATHEDRAL, ANGEL WITCH).

More details about PARADISE LOST's upcoming album will be revealed soon...

Feb. 20 - Bergen, NO - Blastfest
July 18 - Bolkow, PL - Castle Party 2015
Aug. 15 - Dinkelsbühl, DE - Summer Breeze Open Air


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UK-based band Maybeshewill to see US album release on Superball Music! North American tour to follow

Leicester's 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, the band hasn't yet had an album released in the US. That will change with the February 24 release of their fourth full-length, Fair Youth. This is the band's first album in parternership with Superball Music (home also to Amplifier, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Matt Skiba, among others). 

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. 

Band guitarist/keyboardist Jamie Ward took the production helm once again, and this timeMaybeshewill vastly expands the pallet of sounds and instruments at their disposal. By working with live instrumentation wherever possible, but also augmenting the real with electronic flourishes, it is simultaneously the most and least organic Maybeshewill record to date. Fair Youth has been shaped largely by influences from outside the musical world they exist in - from washes of hazy Shoegaze guitars to glitchy Electronica; chopped and screwed Hip-Hop beats to ornate Chamber Pop orchestration, as well as countless other threads coming together. It's the band re-imagined as a larger ensemble - a hundred year old grand piano, string and brass sections, an enormous old drum kit, glockenspiels, vibraphones and a sea of guitars - while still remaining a cohesive whole.

Autumn of 2015 will mark Maybeshewill's live debut in North America, with dates to be announced at a future point in time. 

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King King announce new album "Reaching For The Light"

Multi award-winning, British blues rock band King King will release their third studio album, "Reaching For The Light", in the UK on Tuesday 5th May. 

Released by Manhaton Records, the album features 9 tracks of new material and a stellar line-up, featuring Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards).

King King start their Nationwide UK Tour on February 19th at The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal. Due to phenomenal demand, an album launch show has been added at The London Jazz Cafe on Wednesday May 6th. Tickets for the album launch show are available from and 0844 478 0898.

For details on Reaching For The Light, including album artwork, please click on the album press release URL here:

For full tour listings and information, please use this link to access the King King UK tour page:

1.       Hurricane
2.       You Stopped The Rain
3.       I'm Waking Up
4.       Rush Hour
5.       Crazy
6.       Lay With Me
7.       Just A Little Lie
8.       Take A Look
9.        Stranger To Love
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Legendary band Tank to perform at ‘70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise’ !

As recently announced, Metal Mind Productions extended the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, Metal Mind have re-released the band's back catalogue and released their recent albums "War Machine" (2010) and "War Nation" (2012). TANK's forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for late March/early April. 
Cliff Evans, TANK's guitarist, reveals the bands nearest plans:
"We're kicking off 2015 with our first show performing on the awesome 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise sailing around the Carribean. A great way to start the year and an ideal opportunity to showcase some new songs from our forthcoming new studio album planned for release in late March / early April through our label Metal Mind. (Title to be announced soon). This will be our first album featuring vocalist ZP Theart, former Dragonforce frontman. Without doubt one of the best rock vocalists in the business today.Joining Mick Tucker, Myself and ZP on the new album will be former Sodom drummer Bobby Schottkowski and current Blind Guardian bass player Barend Courbois. Combined together to make a formidable metal machine. We intend to tour as much as possible this
year and we have already confirmed European shows and festivals starting in April. Details to be announced on our website. The mighty TANK keeps Rollin'!"
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:
Metal Mind Productions


Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson's “Mysteries Of Music” Special Now On Soundcloud!

Asheville, NC - Legendary singer/songwriter Jon Anderson's "Mysteries Of Music" special is now on Soundcloud! In this 40-minute special, Jon talks about his own musical development as well as his appreciation for World Music and the sounds of nature. The soundtrack includes many examples of these topics, as well as the YES masterpiece "Awaken".

To listen go to:

In other news....

Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty have announced the formation of a new ensemble - The AndersonPonty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled! This past September the APB band gave a special live performance at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado. The show was filmed and recorded and is scheduled for release on CD/DVD this coming spring! Tour plans for the AndersonPonty Band are also currently in the works.
Check out the official AndersonPonty Band Facebook page:

Says Jon, "I am very excited listening to the live show we did in Aspen, the mix's and video are coming along great, so you wonderful peeps out there will have something new to listen to this spring time."

GONZO Multimedia recently released of a new charity single "The Family Circle" by Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation – (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation – (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president).
Listen to a sample of the track here:
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​STATE URGE - "Confrontation"
State Urge is a band hailing from Gdynia, Poland, consisting of four musicians whose shared passion for creating unique music that is hard to classify. They're performing white rock - an original genre. On one side it has roots deep in a classic rock sound, on the other hand it's unpretentious, fresh and most importantly emotionally honest.  On March 2nd of 2014 State Urge returned with next release of Before The Dawn single, with it's premiere and tied-in live concert held on the radio waves of Polish Radio Gdansk. Included on the CD was a live recording of a cover of legendary Polish band Republika, Halucynacje.

Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones - 14 Shining Stars Of The Neo-Psych Scene Reinterpret Classics From The Rolling Stones!

Includes performances by Clinic, The Vacant Lots, Celestial Bums, Allah-Las, Pure X, The Tulips, Tashaki Miyaki, and more!

Los Angeles, CA - EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED!…Dylan declared in '66 just a year or so after The Rolling Stones got their initial hit of major commercial success with arguably the most addictive song of all-time "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." It was their first international #1 single, and a high they would chase (and catch!) for the next 4 decades as they would go on to create one of the most mind-blowingly potent canons in modern music. But if you think you've plumbed the depths of the Jagger/Richards pharmacy, just wait until you hear what the newest psych rock junkies do to these well-known tonics. From The Vacant Lots' stimulating take on "She Smiled Sweetly" to Clinic's hallucinogenic version of "I Know It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)," these young bands take Stones classics to places they've never been before. The full album entitled Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones featuring 14 tracks will be available everywhere starting January 20 from Cleopatra Records.

The Allah-Las, like many of the bands featured here, dug deep into the Stones vast catalog for their cover of the 1963 gem "Stoned." Meanwhile, Barcelona quartet Celestial Bums declared, "We are very honored that we got the chance to do that since for us The Rolling Stones is probably the best rock band in history. We chose 'Child Of The Moon' for being quite an unknown song that at same time has an amazing essence of their psych period." L.A.-based trio Tashaki Miyaki shares, "Covering a song by such a legendary band was a bit daunting. We delved a little deeper into the Stones catalog to find something less heard that would compliment our band's sound. 'Take It or Leave It' seemed like the right vibe." Of course, more well-known songs such as "Sympathy For The Devil," "Gimme Shelter," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" also got the psych remake treatment with astounding results. Available on both CD and vinyl, Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones has the cure for the musical boredom that ails you!

1. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - What A Shame
2. The KVB - Sympathy For The Devil
3. Shiny Darkly - Under My Thumb
4. Yeti Lane - Sway
5. Clinic - It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)
6. Sons Of Hippies - Gimme Shelter
7. The Vacant Lots - She Smiled Sweetly
8. Celestial Bums - Child Of The Moon
9. Tashaki Miyaki - Take It Or Leave It
10. Allah-Las - Stoned
11. Pink Velvet - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [CD ONLY]
12. Pure X - Beast Of Burden [CD ONLY]
13. Cheval Sombre - As Tears Go By
14. The Tulips - Wild Horses

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Guitar Virtuoso Ewan Dobson Embarks On Acoustic Metal North American Tour – February 2015

Guitar Virtuoso & YouTube Sensation Performing Solo Acoustic Instrumental Guitar

Canada - In February 2015, guitarist EWAN DOBSON embarks on a 3 month coast-to-coast North American Tour, hitting all major markets! North America is big, so Ewan Dobson will release not one, but two new albums to support his North American tour. ACOUSTIC METAL II is the first of these two new releases and is the follow-up to the Acoustic Metal 1. 12-String Guitar includes 12-string versions of material from Ewan´s previous albums along with 5 new unreleased songs. The show will include material spanning Ewan´s entire catalogue performed fingerstyle and with flatpick.

On Friday, July 4th, 2014, guitar virtuoso & YouTube sensation EWAN DOBSON releases his 9th solo album, Acoustic Metal II. Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, Acoustic Metal II is the follow-up to Acoustic Metal (CandyRat Records, 2013). and features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick. With Acoustic Metal II, Ewan shows that acoustic guitar can definitely be metal, and you don´t necessarily need distortion.

"Think Spanish Flamenco in a head on crash with a bus filled with Kerry King, Dave Mustaine and Dimebag Darrell! It's when you listen to this record you can easily understand why ex-Megadeth guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman selected Ewan to play the acoustic parts that appears on Marty Friedman's latest album Inferno. Friedman was even quoted saying 'Ewan played the parts so beautifully and with so much expertise and flair that Jason (Becker) and I were in awe of his performance.' Lets be fair, that statement alone deserves a round of applause." -

CandyRat Records recording artist Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada's most brilliant and exhilarating guitarists, having performed at such prestigious events and venues as:
Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival
Pickering Rotary Music Festival
Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
Montreal Guitar Grand Prix
International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship
Hammerson Hall in Mississauga 's Living Arts Centre
George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts
Royal Bank Theatre of the Living Arts Centre
Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts
Montreal Jazz Festival

"Time 2" from Ewan´s second album was his most successful song and became a viral video hit on the internet acquiring millions of views. The video has been specially featured on numerous media websites across the internet (ie:,, to name but a few). The song reached #1 on the iTunes charts in Finland, Germany and Sweden. It also reached #2 in Austria, #3 in Japan and the Netherlands , #4 in New Zealand and #5 in Denmark. To date, "Time 2" has accrued over 16 million views!

In early 2014, Ewan embarked on his first major tour of Europe. The "European Acoustic Metal Tour" consisted of 38 shows in 43 days covering Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. The tour was a great success and the fans across Europe were delighted by his performances.

Immediately following this tour, Ewan recorded two albums back to back; 'Acoustic Metal II' and '12-String Guitar'. 'Acoustic Metal II' ups the game from the previous 'Acoustic Metal I', bringing with it heavier riffs and more evolved song writing. There are 14 new tracks guaranteed to captivate those who appreciate the heavy acoustic guitar and dual guitar harmonies. 'Acoustic Metal II' is played entirely with a flat-pick and does not contain any fingerstyle guitar unlike 'Acoustic Metal I'. It ranges from technical acoustic death metal to progressive acoustic metal and what could be described as "video-game acoustic metal."

EWAN DOBSON Acoustic Metal North American Tour 2015
Presented by CandyRat Records, LR Baggs, Ernie Ball Strings, MAXIMUM Booking, and AER Amplifiers

Feb. 20, 2015 US-NY-Buffalo, Nietzches
Feb. 21, 2015 CA-ON-Richmond Hill, Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Feb. 23, 2015 US-OH-Cleveland, Nighttown
Feb. 25, 2015 US-TN-Nashville, Sam Ash (clinic)
Feb. 27, 2015 US-KY-Newport, The Southgate House Revival
Mar. 01, 2015 US-MO-St. Louis, The Demo
Mar. 02, 2015 US-AR-Jonesboro, TheArts @ 311
Mar. 03, 2015 US-AR-Little Rock, Juanitas
Mar. 05, 2015 US-MO-Kansas City, The Riot Room (w/DavidHasselhoff on Acid, TysonLeslie)
Mar. 06, 2015 US-IA-Des Moines, Java Joes
Mar. 07, 2015 US-IL-Chicago, Martyrs
Mar. 08, 2015 US-WI-Milwaukee, Shank´s Hall
Mar. 09, 2015 US-IA-Iowa City, Gabes
Mar. 11, 2015 US-MN-Minneapolis, Cedar Cultural Center  NEW!!!
Mar. 13, 2015 CA-MB-Winnipeg, WECC
Mar. 14, 2015 CA-SK-Regina, Artful Dodger
Mar. 16, 2015 CA-AB-Edmonton, The Artery
Mar. 18, 2015 CA-BC-Golden, The Rock Water Grill
Mar. 19, 2015 CA-BC-Kelowna, Minstrel Café
Mar. 20, 2015 CA-BC-Enderby, Lorenzo's Café
Mar. 22, 2015 US-WA-Seattle, The Triple Door
Mar. 24, 2015 US-OR-Portland, Aladdin Theater
Mar. 25, 2015 US-OR-Eugene, Wow Hall
Mar. 27, 2015 US-CA-Sacramento, Harlow´s
Mar. 31, 2015 US-CA-Oakland, Yoshi´s
Apr. 03, 2015 US-CA-Ramona, Ramona Main Stage
Apr. 04, 2015 US-CA-San Pedro, Alva´s Showroom  
Apr. 08, 2015 US-NV-Las Vegas, Sam Ash (clinic)
Apr. 12, 2015 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
Apr. 15, 2015 US-OK-Tulsa, The Vanguard
Apr. 17, 2015 US-TX-Houston, Dosey Doe
Apr. 18, 2015 US-TX-Austin, Strange Brew
Apr. 19, 2015 US-TX-Dallas, The Kessler Theater
Apr. 23, 2015 US-AL-Birmingham, The Bottle Tree
Apr. 25, 2015 US-FL-Largo, Largo Cultural Center
Apr. 28, 2015 US-NC-Raleigh, The Pour House Music Hall  (w/ Multiples)
Apr. 30, 2015 US-VA-Vienna, Jammin´ Java
May 01, 2015 US-DE-Wilmington, World Café
May 02, 2015 US-MD-Laurel, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center
May 04, 2015 US-NY-New York City, Iridium (8:30pm and 10:30pm)
May 06, 2015 US-NY-New York City, Iridium (8:30pm and 10:30pm)
May 07, 2015 US-NY-Woodstock, Bearsville Theater
May 08, 2015 US-MA-Cambridge, The Regattabar
May 09, 2015 CA-QC-Montreal, Katacombes
May 22, 2015 CA-ON-Stouffville, Nineteen On The Park

"Condemnation" (first single from Acoustic Metal II):
"Time 2" Video: (over 16 million views)
"Paganini´s Hip" Video:
"Wash Away" Video:
"Blood & Ice" Video:
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sexta-feira, janeiro 23, 2015

10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!

10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!

Los Angeles, CA - In 2005, Purple Pyramid Records released one of the most ambitious and extraordinary undertakings in music history, a monumental gathering of progressive rock superstars including members of King Crimson, ELP, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Yes, Toto, Styx and others who came together to recreate Pink Floyd's epic art rock opera, The Wall! Produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood and dubbed Back Against The Wall, the project garnered tremendous praise and earned its place among discerning fans of both Pink Floyd and the prog rock genre as a whole. Now, 10 years after, on January 20th Purple Pyramid proudly presents a 10th anniversary re-issue of the CD set featuring all new artwork and 5 bonus remixes. Plus, for the first time ever, this amazing recording will be available on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket 2LP set! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of rock music history - get Back Against The Wall!

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1. In The Flesh? feat. Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro
2. The Thin Ice feat. Ian Anderson & Tony Levin
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 feat. Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives feat. Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 feat. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro
6. Mother feat. John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White
7. Goodbye Blue Sky feat. Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood
8. Empty Spaces feat. Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger
9. Young Lust feat. Glenn Hughes
10. One Of My Turns feat. Tommy Shaw
11. Don't Leave Me Now feat. Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger
12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 feat. Steve Lukather & Tony Levin
13. Goodbye Cruel World feat. Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin

1. Hey You feat. John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White
2. Is There Anybody Out There? feat. Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood
3. Nobody Home feat. Rick Wakeman
4. Vera feat. Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe
5. Bring The Boys Back Home feat. Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen
6. Comfortably Numb feat. Chris Squire & Alan White
7. The Show Must Go On feat. Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta
8. In The Flesh feat. Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta
9. Run Like Hell feat. Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye
10. Waiting For The Worms feat. Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta
11. Stop feat. Billy Sherwood
12. The Trial feat. Malcolm McDowell
13. Outside The Wall feat. Billy Sherwood

14. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Electro Remix)
15. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (House Remix)
16. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Radio Remix)
17. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Dub Remix)
18. Comfortably Numb (Blackburner Remix)

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quarta-feira, janeiro 21, 2015

Legendary Blues Guitarist Harvey “The Snake” Mandel Releases Early Solo Albums In 6CD Box Set!

Los Angeles, CA - Innovative blues guitarist Harvey Mandel, has had the kind of career that musicians dream about. Most known for his pivotal work with blues rock institution Canned Heat in 1969 & 70 including their legendary performance at Woodstock, Mandel has over the course of his 6 decade career collaborated with music luminaries such as John Mayall, The Rolling Stones, Love, The Ventures and many more! But Mandel's genius playing truly shines on his solo efforts, which he began releasing in 1968, and continues to release to this day. Now, some of these early solo albums are being made available in a deluxe 6CD box set from Purple Pyramid Records on January 20. The limited edition Snake Box includes 5 classic solo albums each packaged in its own sleeve with original artwork plus a bonus 1968 concert recording and a full-color booklet with in-depth liner notes! Taking its title from Mandel's nickname "The Snake" given to him by Canned Heat's keyboardist for his cracked leather jacket and his snake-like guitar licks, this box set is an essential piece for fans of this lethally talented musician.

Harvey Mandel began his career as the original guitarist for Chicago blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, appearing on his 1966 debut album Stand Back!. He then relocated to the Bay Area, performing often at a club called The Matrix, where local favorites like Jerry Garcia and Elvin Bishop would sit in and jam (a recording of which makes up the bonus disc of Snake Box). He then met up with renowned producer Abe "Voco"' Kesh, releasing his first solo album titled, Cristo Redentor in 1968, which included his extra-terrestrial version of "Wade in the Water," still a classic to this day. Then the news arrived that Harvey Mandel had replaced Henry Vestine as lead guitarist of Canned Heat, and it was clear that his talents had been noticed by more than just a few musicians. After several tours and 3 albums with the Heat, he was recruited by British blues man John Mayall to be a member of the Bluesbreakers. In 1971 Mandel resumed his solo career, releasing several more albums including Baby Batter & The Snake.

One of Mandel's most significant session credits was his participation on The Rolling Stones' 1976 LP Black and Blue. His unique style is evident on the song "Hot Stuff." When Mick Taylor left the Stones at the end of 1974, Jagger & Co. auditioned various guitarists, among them Mandel and the man who eventually got the job, Ronnie Wood. Following his success with the Stones, he became a busy session player with groups such as Love and The Ventures, and opened for Jeff Beck on his Canadian tour as part of a power trio with Jimmy Haslip, of the Yellowjackets. He relocated to Chicago in the late '70s and continued to tour extensively as well as supporting groups such as Roxy Music. Throughout the next 3 decades, Mandel has earned copious praises for both his solo work and his collaborative efforts becoming one of the most influential and best known guitar players of his era. Now's your chance to own a box set featuring the albums that started it all!

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DISC 1: Cristo Redentor (1968)
1. Cristo Redentor • 2. Before Six • 3. The Lark • 4. Snake • 5. Long Wait • 6. Wade In The Water • 7. Lights Out • 8. Bradley's Barn • 9. You Can't Tell Me • 10. Nashville 1 A.M.

DISC 2: Righteous (1969)
1. Righteous • 2. Jive Samba • 3. Love Of Life • 4. Poontang • 5. Just A Hair More • 6. Summer Sequence • 7. Short's Stuff • 8. Boo-Bee-Doo • 9. Campus Blues

DISC 3: Games Guitars Play (1970)
1. Leavin' Trunk • 2. Honky Tonk • 3. I Don't Need No Doctor • 4. Dry Your Eyes • 5. Ridin' High • 6. Capurange • 7. Señor Blues • 8. Games People Play

DISC 4: Baby Batter (1971)
1. Baby Batter • 2. Midnight Sun • 3. One Way Street • 4. Morton Grove Mama • 5. Freedom Ball • 6. El Stinger • 7. Hank The Ripper

DISC 5: The Snake (1972)
1. The Divining Rod • 2. Pegasus • 3. Lynda Love • 4. Peruvian Flake • 5. The Snake • 6. Uno Ino • 7. Ode To The Owl • 8. Levitation • 9. Bite The Electric Eel

DISC 6: Live At The Matrix 1968
1. Jam • 2. You've Got To Feel It • 3. 3 O'Clock In The Morning • 4. She's A Mojo Worker

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quarta-feira, janeiro 14, 2015

Roger Waters presents Ça Ira

UK Guitar Legend Chris Spedding Announces Brand New Album Featuring A Slew Of Special Guests Including Johnny Marr & Bryan Ferry!

UK Guitar Legend Chris Spedding Announces Brand New Album Featuring A Slew Of Special Guests Including Johnny Marr & Bryan Ferry!

Also includes Robert Gordon, "The God Of Hellfire" Arthur Brown, Glen Matlock, Deadwood actor Ian McShane and more!

Los Angeles, CA - Step right this way, folks, for the experience of a lifetime as guitar hero Chris Spedding showcases his newest, coolest action-packed, thrill ride - Joyland! Packed with more exhilarating highs and heart pounding surprises than any rollercoaster on the planet, Joyland is Spedding's latest studio effort, his first since 2011 and his 13th original studio album overall in a career that now spans over 4 decades. Featuring 11 brand new compositions, a slew of pure rock riffs and tons of toe-tapping grooves, Joyland will be open to the public starting early 2015 courtesy of Cleopatra Records.

Adding to the excitement, Spedding has called on a number of friends and associates to help bring his newest creation to life. The album kicks off with a haunting spoken word piece voiced by the unmistakable tones of famed actor Ian McShane (HBO's Deadwood), followed by a stunning, spine-tingling vocal performance by the God Of Hellfire himself, the one and only Arthur Brown. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock joins Spedding on the first of two stellar instrumental cuts, the other featuring none other than Smiths' guitar god Johnny Marr - talk about a clash of titans! More astounding vocal performances arrive from Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry and rockabilly crooner Robert Gordon, both of whom make a perfect foil for Spedding's vibrant guitar playing. Rounding out this stellar list of guests are a couple of Spedding's old bandmates from the 1972 group Sharks, Andy Fraser and Steve Parsons, as well as newcomer Lane and another Roxy Music alum Andy Mackey. With this all-star gang of superb musicians on board, better hang on to your hats, kids, this is bound to be one wild ride!

1. Joyland with Ian McShane
2. Now You See It with Arthur Brown
3. Café Racer with Glen Matlock
4. Gun Shaft City with Bryan Ferry
5. Heisenberg with Johnny Marr
6. I Still Love You with Robert Gordon
7. The Pied Piper with Andy Mackey
8. Go Down South with Steve Parsons
9. Shock Treatment with Andy Fraser
10. I'm Your Sin with Lane
11. Message For Stella with Steve Parsons
12. Boom Shakka Boom

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terça-feira, janeiro 13, 2015

ProgPower Europe 2015 adds Russian Karma Rassa to 2015 line-up

ProgPower Europe has always been a festival that combines well established bands and  upcoming names.  Russian band Karma Rassa belongs to the latter category. The band formed in 2013 and in 2014 recorded Music Into The Void. This album landed them a deal with Metallism Records, it has recently been released on that label.

Karma Rassa was noted by prog magazines around the world: 
DPRP: "A Prog Metal album of sheer quality with atmospheric, catchy tunes; familiar yet different.", Prog Sphere: "The poetic approach in their sound is certainly noticeable.", ProgMetalZone: "A great band that could be one of the breakout Russian bands in the genre."

Karma Rassa is the second Russian band ever to perform on the ProgPower stage; international and diverse, keywords for ProgPower Europe. In the coming months more bands will be announced for this year's ProgPower Europe.

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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.

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Steve Hackett WOLFLIGHT album cover
(New York, NY) - On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, via InsideOut Music.  Click here to check out the album's evocative cover art, featuring Hackett embracing wolves.  WOLFLIGHT is Steve's first original solo studio album since BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON in 2011.  The album will be available in North America in two physical configurations, as well as digitally.  Fans will have the option of purchasing WOLFLIGHT physically as a standard CD or as a deluxe version with a CD plus BluRay digipak, which will feature two bonus tracks.  Please see below for the complete WOLFLIGHT track listing with bonus tracks included.  Click here to watch the official video trailer for WOLFLIGHT. 

The concept behind WOLFLIGHT is a new, unexplored chapter in Hackett's career.  The tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom. Wandering between parallel universes, Hackett explores contemporary and ancient cultures, from Greece ("Corycian Fire") to the Far East ("Wolflight"), the United States and Martin Luther King ("Black Thunder"), and also his very own childhood memories ("The Wheel's Turning") and the unresolved drama of domestic violence ("Love Song To A Vampire"). 

Steve Hackett's electric guitar plays a powerful role, although we also hear him on acoustic guitar, Arabian lute and twelve string, along with his strong lead vocals.  Guest musicians include long time collaborators Roger King (keyboards & programming), Gary O'Toole (drums), Rob Townsend (sax, duduk), Nick Beggs (bass & stick) and Amanda Lehmann (harmony vocals).  Malik Mansurov on tar and Sara Kovaks on didgeridoo add an extra exotic element, plus YES bassist Chris Squire plays on "Love Song To A Vampire" and Hugo Dagenhardt plays drums on "Dust and Dreams".  The innovative songwriting team includes Steve Hackett, his wife Jo Hackett and Roger King. 

In 2010, Steve Hackett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at The 25thAnnual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony alongside his Genesis bandmates from the classic line-up: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.  For more than three decades, Steve Hackett has been known for his innovative tone and extraordinary versatility as a guitarist and composer.  He helped define Genesis' sound as lead guitarist in the classic line-up and went on to have a highly-successful career as a solo artist, and also as part of 80s supergroup GTR with Steve Howe. 

Steve Hackett WOLFLIGHT track listing: 

1.    Out of the Body
2.    Wolflight
3.    Love Song To A Vampire
4.    The Wheel's Turning
5.    Corycian Fire
6.    Earthshine
7.    Loving Sea
8.    Black Thunder
9.    Dust And Dreams
10.  Heart Song
11.  Pneuma*
12.  Midnight Sun* 

*bonus tracks only available on deluxe package

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quinta-feira, janeiro 08, 2015

J. D. Overdrive working on their third studio album

J. D. Overdrive, a southern metal band from Poland, are currently working on the material for their third studio album. The as yet untitled album is scheduled for release this Spring.
Wojtek 'Suseł' Kałuża, the band's vocalist reveals: "Right now we've just finished recording drums at Maq Studio and we're working on the guitars at Satanic Audio with the acclaimed Swedish producer Haldor Grunberg. Next up is bass and by the end of the month we're hoping to record vocals. We have eleven tracks prepared for the new album. No revolution intended but we're very happy with the material - we managed to write a few tracks that pushed us to our extremes, like the fastest or the heaviest track. Soon we'll reveal the title, the full tracklist and the cover artwork made by Maciej Kamuda who worked with such bands as Virgin Snatch, Corruption, Cretin or Spirit."
J. D. Overdrive's previous album titled "Fortune Favors The Brave" was released in May 2013. Check the video promoting the album in THIS location. 
More details to follow soon!
J. D. Overdrive – photo by Marta Lebiocka
The band was formed in 2007 when guitarist Michal "Stempel" Stemplowski (along with drummer Luksus and bassist Kuba) recruited vocalist Wojciech "Susel" Kaluza for his new rock project dubbed Jack Daniels Overdrive. They self-released their debut EP called "Pure Concentrated Evil", which received a bunch of great reviews in various webzines and magazines. They played their very first show supporting Jesus Chrysler Suicide (a legendary Polish act) and the following two opening for Beatallica. In the meantime the band experienced two line-up changes, welcoming in their ranks drummer Lukasz "Jooras" Jurewicz and bassist Lukasz "Peo" Pomietło. In March 2009 they were given the honor of performing in Krakow with the living legend of stoner metal – Phil Anselmo's Down. In the following months came the inevitable – they changed their name to J. D. Overdrive to avoid legal problems with the Tennessee tycoon. And just when they thought that nothing can surprise them – on March 9th, 2011 they opened for Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society in Warsaw. After over three years of gathering experience at numerous live shows and sharpening their material, J.D. Overdrive were proud to release their debut album. The album entitled "Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood" was released by Metal Mind Productions in June 2011. This year and the following brought more live performances and the band supported such acts as Blood Ceremony, Whitesnake and Soulfly. In May 2013 they released their sophomore album entitled "Fortune Favors The Brave"! The mixing and mastering duties for the album was held by Piotr Gruenpeter who's best known for his work with the post-black phenomenon THAW, as well as from bands Searching For Calm and Sun For Miles.
Wojtek 'Suseł' Kałuża – vocal
Michał 'Stempel' Stemplowski – guitar
Łukasz 'Joorek' Jurewicz – drums
Marcin 'Stasiu' Łyźniak– bass
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quarta-feira, janeiro 07, 2015

Drummer Dylan Howe To Release Subterranean - New Designs On Bowie’s Berlin

That's a top-notch album you've got there. Really." - David Bowie

London, UK - Drummer Dylan Howe, son of YES guitar legend Steve Howe, has recorded a radical new take on the instrumental cuts from David Bowie's 1977 albums 'Low' and 'Heroes'. 'Subterranean' is Dylan Howe's first studio album in ten years. It is made up of his arrangements of Bowie's influential music from his 'Berlin Trilogy' and has been seven years in the making. Some of the music featured on this album was previewed live at the London Jazz festival in October 2007. This is the completed album and is universally accepted as Howe's strongest to date. It features some of the best musicians in the UK with special guest Steve Howe playing koto ('Moss Garden').

The response to 'Subterranean' has been simply phenomenal; it has garnered universal critical and popular acclaim from all corners of the globe with sales to match. The CD is already in its third pressing with the double vinyl well into its second.

David Bowie recently sent a message to Dylan saying; 'That's a top-notch album you've got there. Really.' He requested a vinyl copy the following day.

Dylan Howe: "This is the first of my albums on which I've really utilized the potential of the recording studio, with multiple sessions and overdubs, really thinking about production, I was making a record this time, not just recording an album. In the past I would be in the studio for a day or two at the most, or just bring a mobile studio to a gig; this time however, the process and result has been a little like the music, kind of cinematic, a feeling of scale and intensity; think the John Coltrane Quartet produced by Neu! mixed by Brian Eno in an air-raid shelter."

The Guardian: 'A superb player, inspiring and invigorating.'
London Metro: 'The thrilling, incisive drumming of Dylan Howe.'
Ronnie Scott's: 'Rightly acclaimed as one of the best drummers of his generation.'
Shaun Keaveny, BBC6 Music: 'Dylan Howe on drums - just superb.'
Ian Dury: 'A funky little bastard.'
Jimmy Page: 'You're playing beautifully.'

Dylan Howe is a British drummer (born in 1969) best known for leading his quintet and other jazz groups since 2002 and his tenures with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Steve Howe and Wilko Johnson, coupled with extensive session work since 1990, playing with Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Beth Gibbons, Gabrielle, Hugh Cornwell and Andy Sheppard amongst others.

Recently Dylan played on the no.1 album 'Going Back Home' by Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, with sell-out shows at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and Royal Albert Hall.

This new album (his sixth) is the natural progression from his acclaimed 2010 Stravinsky adaptation 'The Rite Of Spring' for piano and drums and Blue Note styled hard bop quintet albums Translation - Volumes 1 and 2.

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Album track list:
Subterraneans / Weeping Wall / All Saints / Some Are / Neuköln / Art Decade / Warszawa / Moss Garden

Album personnel:
Dylan Howe – drums / synths
Ross Stanley – piano / synths
Mark Hodgson – double bass
Brandon Allen – tenor saxophone
Julian Siegel – tenor saxophone
Nick Pini – bass
Adrian Utley - guitar
Steve Howe – koto

Uncut Magazine: 'A beguiling jazz rethink of Berlin-era Bowie - 8/10.'
- Also featured in Uncut's Top 20 Best Albums of 2014

Mojo Magazine: 'So majestic…scuffling in musical corners only hinted at in Bowie's originals. 4 stars.'

Katie Puckrick - BBC 6 Music: 'It's stunning. I stopped in my tracks to hear the whole thing - put me into a dream... Album of the week.'

John Fordham - The Guardian: 'A warm, contemplative treat, subtle, cinematic…The painterly atmosphere is conjured by creative electronics and elegant arrangements. A warm tribute to Bowie, but a jazz album too, Subterranean offers plenty to fans from both constituencies.'

John Bungey - The Times: 'Brooding intensity is mixed with fluid jazz passages and the ghost of John Coltrane dances through 'Warszawa'. It's an imaginative take on defiantly timeless music.'

Phil Johnson - The Independent: '4 stars. Succeeds in living up to the source material... subtle reinvention and imaginative twists.'

Blues & Soul: 'Probably one of the UK's most important and vital drummers...Subterranean is an audacious and astounding piece of work that should be in every music collection - a real triumph. 9/10.'

Jazzwise Magazine – 'A splendid recording - gorgeously intimate…A project for which he deserves huge credit. 4 stars"

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Rock Sax Legend From The Beatles to The Eagles, Phil Kenzie Tours to Save Our R&R Sax Solo and Releases New Album

The Last Of The Great Rock Sax Players Phil Kenzie! Saxophonist With The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Al Stewart, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and many Others!

Nashville, TN - With the recent passing of Bobby Keys, the last of the legendary rock sax players still remains - Phil Kenzie! Phil has the great distinction of playing sax on The Beatles legendary 'Let It Be' album! Along with The Beatles, Phil's impressive resume includes recording sessions and tours with such iconic music groups and artists as John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and many others. It's easy to be familiar with Phil Kenzie's superb sax work. Just recall the soaring solos on Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat" or "Time Passages" still enjoying favored airplay to this day, or the punchy brass intro to "Jet" by Paul McCartney, or the inspired solo on "The Long Run" from "The Eagles Live" album. In fact, this gifted sax player/arranger has lent his masterful touch to hits by everyone from Rod Stewart to Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks and Rosanne Cash to David Bowie, and in the process amassed some nineteen gold and platinum albums! Phil also holds the world record for the highest note ever played on Alto Sax on a solo on a top ten hit record (entry note on the first solo on "Time Passages" by Al Stewart). A documentary of Phil's incredible musical journey is in progress and is 99% finished. With 120 minutes in length, it is produced by Harry Jarvis an Independent video producer from Nashville TN.

Phil relates, "I'm originally from the Liverpool area in England and in my first band, The Pressmen, I played many of the clubs made legendary by The Beatles, even occasionally sharing billing with the 'Fab Four', including The Cavern and Hamburg's famous Star Club. So it was totally appropriate that I should be asked later to play on the most classic 'swan song' of the century, 'Let It Be'. This connection continued with my work on recordings for Apple Records, most notably John and Yoko's 'Plastic Ono Band' at Lennon's home in Ascot and all of the horn section work and solos on George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and playing in the massive sax section on 'Jet' for Paul McCartney and Wings. Through these sessions, I also worked with such notable stars as Eric Clapton, Steven Stills, Peter Frampton, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Doris Troy and Billy Preston.

"As a session man, I was doing gigs around London with Manfred Mann's 'Chapter Three', arranging and performing shows for Jack Good's psychedelic update of Othello entitled 'Catch My Soul', finding time to appear on Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run' album and to be heavily involved in the hit cult classic 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', playing and recording both the show and the movie; supplying the screaming rock sax for Meatloaf's portrayal of 'Eddie'. During this time I also worked with Alan Parsons, David Essex, Joan Armatrading, Ian Gillan, Alex Harvey, Leo Sayer, Black Sabbath, Steve Harley, Marc Bolan, Wishbone Ash, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, The Coasters, The Temptations, Arthur Connolly, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter and Roger Daltrey appearing on his 'Ride a Rock Horse' and 'One Of The Boys' albums and on both David Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' album and his wildly inventive television special 'The 1980 Floor Show'. At this point I was asked by Alan Parsons to record what would become a legendary hit 'Year of The Cat' by Al Stewart. In the subsequent tour of America and another hit for Al, 'Time Passages', I caught the attention of Rod Stewart and was asked to join his band, recording with Rod what would turn out to be his biggest album to date 'Blondes Have More Fun'. I would ultimately appear on five albums for Rod including 'Footloose and Fancy Free', 'Foolish Behaviour', 'Rod Stewart Truly Live' and 'Greatest Hits'."

Now, much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Phil is releasing a CD titled 'A Night With The Cat'. The album, recorded between 1998 and 2008, has never been released before and is an instrumental depiction of the lyrics/story of "The Year Of The Cat" hit single by Al Stewart, in which Phil plays the world acclaimed hit saxophone solo. Titles on Phil's new CD reflect the lyrics of the song. Phil is backed on 'A Night With The Cat' by Peter White "king of the soft jazz charts"and legendary session players Bob Babbitt and Larry Knechtal.

Says Phil, "The album's listed producers are Phil Kenzie and Michael Snow and the album was recorded partially in Los Angeles and partially in Nashville Tennessee. It was done in my personal recording studios using analog and digital methodology and myself being the recording, mixing and mastering engineer. I am Industry recognized in these fields. My daughter Anna Pauline Kenzie did all the hand drawn and digitally colored artwork for the CD sleeve which is exceptional. Apart from both composition and musical artistic performances by current top 'Soft Jazz' star Peter White. There are what well might be the final recording performances from two of the biggest iconic pop/rock session artists of our age, Bob Babbitt ( Motown, "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" etc) and Larry Knechtel (Bread, The Wrecking Crew, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" etc.). These two legends both passed away in recent years. The album contains a composition and a performance by Larry called 'Amazing' which I co-wrote with him."

In support of his new CD release, plans for Phil's S.O.S.S (Save Our Sax Solo) tour is currently in the works. The show will premier at Jazziz Nightlife on Jan 15th, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida.
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Considered one of the greatest rock 'n; roll sax players of all time, Phil Kenzie has worked with The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Brian Wilson, Vince Gill, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Karla Bonoff, America, Boy George, Carly Simon, Randy Meisner, Steven Stills, Poco, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty, Ronnie Spector, David Lyndley Eric Carmen and Debbie Gibson etc. At his latest sell out concert appearance with Al Stewart at The Royal Albert Hall on October 15, 2013, Phil received a standing ovation from a more than 6000 strong audience. Also, The Eagles have recently posted two songs on their official website featuring sax solos by Phil!

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terça-feira, dezembro 30, 2014

New ANTHROPIA album - Kickstarter pre-orders start soon

We're happy to announce that pre-orders for the new ANTHROPIA album "Non-Euclidean Spaces" start January, 5th 2015 on Kickstarter.

The album is based on the Cthulhu Mythos and H.P. Lovecraft's writings. 

Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star one,…) and Edu Falaschi(Almah, ex-Angra) will make guest appearances on it. 

Digital release date is March, 15th 2015, anniversary of HPL's death.

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segunda-feira, dezembro 29, 2014


NTH ASCENSION - "Ascension Of Kings"
The album Ascension Of Kings has a thread or theme running through it but it isn't a concept album. With the exception of a 3 part suite entitled 'Clanaan Chronicles' which will run and occur on subsequent albums. This follows a story by Darrel Treece-Birch in the vein of Narnia/LOTR which sees the rescue/redemption of a tortured realm from an evil dictator by a Seventh Rider who ultimately ascends to be a prophesied King. There is a spiritual element to the album for certain. Strange Dreams has a 'Matrix' type theme to the lyric. Vision tells the story of Moses vs Rameses from the perspective of a slave. Weight Of The World tells the story of desperation and fear that can cripple the soul but how that can be lifted through each other and true friendship. Writing in Nth Ascension is very collaborative affair. Initial 'bare bones' of songs are brought into a rehearsal setting and the band form and colour the rest from there. Once the song is fleshed out and expanded upon it is then ready for playing live or indeed recording. All members of the band bring ideas to the table and in some cases a reinvention of older ideas, eg Vision is a song written originally in 1991 by Darrel Treece-Birch, at which time it was 8 minutes long and not 18 minutes as it finally ended up. Influence wise each band member sites many artists as 'having an influence'. Such as, Marillion, Genesis, Yes, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd to name a few. But the band resolutely stands by, that the music that is created is not designed or to order but is a flowing and natural extension of the collective.
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