segunda-feira, maio 30, 2016

Stu Hamm - Bass Player Extraordinaire - Brings His Rock Experience to the U.S This Summer...





All-Star Trio Also Features Korean Sensation - Kim Sehwang

on Guitar and Jeff Bowders on Drums 

(Los Angeles) – STU HAMM has been THE go-to bass player for the world's great musicians. Time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani has cemented his place among the greats and gave HAMM the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.  Now, HAMM brings the "Greatest Rock Hits" of his long career to the road.  Forming HAMM's All-Star Rock trio are Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Ritchie Kotzen) on drums and on guitar, Korean Super Star Kim SeHwang, the most popular and influential rock guitarist to ever emerge from Asia. The STU HAMM Rock Experience begins in Phoenix, AZ on June 22 and plays 26 total shows in one month, ending in Sebastopol, CA on July 22 (Full tour itinerary below). 

In regards to taking his talents on the road with this new trio this summer, why now?  STU responds, "Well, I finally decided to give the folks what they want, and it felt like a good time to revisit some of my favorite musical moments of my career...and to RAAAAWKK. Fans are always yelling "Play a Polka" and asking for Linus and Lucy, so here it comes y'all!" 

As for the set list on this outing, "fans of my work with Satch can expect highlights from "Live in San Francisco" as well as those songs of his that really featured yours truly."  In addition, "Vai fans can count on hearing songs from my work on his FLEXABLE, PASSION & WARFARE albums." 

HAMM has traveled the world from Boston to Belfast to Budapest, Bali and Berlin. He's performed in a 19th century circus tent with Joan Baez, and recorded a duet of "Do Right Woman" with her. HAMM  has performed with Mick Jagger, played sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall and in front of 120,000 people in Mexico City with a Mexican Rock Band. 

Hamm graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met guitarist Steve Vai and, through him, met Joe Satriani. He played bass on Vai's 1984 debut solo album, Flex-Able and in 1990 Hamm was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Degree from his Alma Mater.  He has performed and recorded with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Michael Shenker, Frank Gambale, and many other well-respected guitarists, however, it was playing live on tour with Satriani that brought Hamm's skills to national attention.  Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other rock/fusion artists along with the release of his own solo recordings (featuring keyboard player Tommy Mars, guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp, drummers Steve Smith and Tommy Lee), solidified his reputation as a bassist and performer. 

Kim SeHwang was inducted to Guitar Center Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame and was the first musician from South Korea to have an endorsement deal with an international instrument company 1997. He has now become the major artist for such top brands as Yamaha, Orange Amps, D'Addario strings, BOSS(Roland), Carvin, EMG, Tronical, and Suhr. Kim SeHwang has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was invited to perform with I Musico di Roma for their 60th anniversary tour. He is a currently a member of the faculty at Kimpo University. Kim SeHwang has performed and collaborated with musicians such as Stuart Hamm, Steve Vai, Scott Henderson, Martin Taylor, Lee Ritenour, Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Loudness, and Akira Jimbo (Casiopea) among others. 

Hamm says, "If you are a fan of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai's playing style, you have GOT to check out Kim SeHwang, you will LOVE this guy!" 

Jeff Bowders is a Touring, Recording and Educating drummer in Los Angeles. Most notably, he is recognized as playing drums for some of the greatest guitarist on the planet such as Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen, Larry Mitchell, Justin Derrico, and Michelangelo. When not corralling all the notes from guitar wizards, he has also had the opportunity to work with such artist as Puddle of Mudd, Shakira, Nelson and Graham Bonnet.

 The Stu Hamm Rock Experience Itinerary:




Phoenix, AZ

Joe's Grotto



Santa Fe, NM




Tulsa, OK




Little Rock, AR




Dallas, TX




Bryan, TX

Grand Stafford Theatre



Atlanta, GA

Smith's Olde Bar



St. Petersburg, FL

State Theatre



Raleigh, NC

Pour House



Toronto, ON

Horseshoe Tavern



New York City, NY

Studio at Webster Hall



Amityville, NY




Hartford, CT

Infinity Music Hall



Clifton, NJ




Toledo, OH

Ottawa Tavern



Eau Claire, WI

The Plus



Chicago, IL




Overland Park, KS




Omaha, NE

Waiting Room



Littleton, CO

Toad Tavern



Jerome, ID

Diamondz Event Center



Kennewick, WA

Roxy Bar



Seattle, WA

Tractor Tavern



Portland, OR




Redding, CA

The Dip



Sebastopol, CA

The HopMonk


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Exlibris - new single and new line-up

Polish heavy metallers Exlibris revealed a lyric video for their brand new single "Harmony Of The Spheres". It is the first taste of band's upcoming album and the first track to feature Finnish singer Riku Turunen on lead vocals. Lyric video is available in THIS location.
Band's drummer Misiek Ślusarski comments: "Some people were quick to name Krzysiek's departure as the end of the band but we always knew it was just another obstacle in our way. Since the formation of Exlibris the vast majority of music was written by original members Daniel Lechmański and Piotr Sikora so we never worried about the quality of new material. We did however expect finding a new singer to be some kind of a problem. It turned out in the end, that the best one lives over a thousand kilometers away."
Piotr Sikora, keyboardist adds: "In addition to Riku being an experienced and very professional singer, we simply hit it off on a personal level. That and not being driven away by our sense of humor is what makes him the person we were looking for for almost a year. The physical distance surely is a challenge but it also opens new exciting possibilities. At the moment we're preparing to hit the stage for the very first time but right after that we will begin the pre-production of our new album. The new single is just a small taste of what we have in store so it's definitely something to be excited about!"
On June 25th, Exlibris will headline the second stage at Rock Hard, Ride Free Festival in Goleniów Poland. More dates will be announced soon. Band's touring schedule for this year includes shows in Poland, Germany and Finland.
Riku Turunen comments joining the band: "I have been super excited to get on stage with Exlibris guys since I first heard their music. The original plan for me was to do only couple of gigs to patch up missing lead singer position for those shows... but then one thing led to another... I have been working on new a single with Exlibris for the past few weeks and when I was asked to join the group, I didn't have to think twice! I hope... no, I am sure the fans of Exlibris will like how the new group sounds. It is definitely different with my Mickey Mouse vocals on top of killer music material, but just give a listen to the new single and make up your own mind!"
Exlibris was founded in Warsaw, Poland in 2003. According to, their debut album "Humagination" was the highest scoring album of the year 2013 in internet reviews. "Aftereal", the band's latest album, was released in late 2014.
Exlibris - lineup:
Riku Turunen - vocals
Daniel Lechmański - guitars, vocals
Piotr Sikora - keys, orchestration, programming, vocals
Piotr Torbicz - bass
Misiek Ślusarski - drums
Exlibris – official websites:


terça-feira, maio 24, 2016

AISLES announce new studio album 'Hawaii'

AISLES announce new
studio album and release online documentary

The Chilean prog rock sextet returns with their new studio effort, "Hawaii", a two-disc concept album that will be available starting in July. 

Chilean prog rockers Aisles have just announced the title and release date of "Hawaii", their highly anticipated fourth studio album. The LP will be released on July 29, 2016 via Presagio Records on CD and digitally, while the vinyl edition will be available in November. 

"Hawaii" is a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. Its twelve tracks explore the dilemmas and challenges that the individual and the human spirit would face in this futuristic scenario. Regarding the theme and sound of the album, guitarist and producer Germán Vergara states: "Without a doubt it's our most profound work so far. With 'Hawaii' we dug deep in search of a concept that could really move us. Our objective was to write music that would emotionally and mentally take us to the place where the events in the album occur: Space". 

"All the music on the album was written with our hearts and minds set on the idea of these human colonies, a small group of people who are able to preserve some of the heritage of mankind after the Earth is destroyed. Musically speaking we had never taken so many risks, tried so many different approaches and allowed ourselves this level of freedom to improvise and experiment. I am really proud of what we've achieved this time", Vergara adds. 

Also, on their YouTube channel Aisles have just released the first of five episodes of an online documentary depicting the recording process of "Hawaii". Check it out below: 


"Hawaii" is available for preorder in various formats and bundles on Aisles official website. 

"Hawaii" tracklisting

 Disc 1:
1. The Poet Part I - Dusk
2. The Poet Part II - New World
3. Year Zero
4. Upside Down
5. CH-7 

Disc 2
1. Terra
2. Pale Blue Dot
3. Still Alive
4. Nostalgia
5. Club Hawaii
6. Falling
7. In the Probe 

Listen to the album's first single 'Club Hawaii', below:

'Club Hawaii' Lyric video:

'Club Hawaii' on Spotify:

'Club Hawaii' on Soundcloud:

'Club Hawaii' free MP3 download:

The band will announce the new dates for their previously postponed European tour during the next few weeks.

With three studio albums and a career spanning eleven years, Aisles have become one of South America's most acclaimed prog acts of the last decade. The band has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been published in Europe, North America, and Japan. In 2009, their second album, "In Sudden Walks", was nominated for Best Foreign Record in the Italian Prog Awards and the band was invited to open the 11th Progressive Rock Festival Crescendo in France. Their third album, "4:45 AM" (2013) was widely acclaimed worldwide and was chosen among the best albums of that year in a number of specialized publications. Their fourth album, 'Hawaii' will be released on July 29th, 2016 through Presagio Records. 

Aisles are:
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Baird-Kerr: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion 

'Club Hawaii' Lyric video:    
"Hawaii" documentary episode 1:
'4:45 AM' music video:       
'Shallow and Daft' music video:
'Hero' live video:               

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segunda-feira, maio 23, 2016

Stream Of Passion Tour 2016

Over the past eleven years we've had the time of our lives playing in stages all over the world and sharing moments of joy on stage. But all good things come to an end, and we feel it's time to move on and search for new musical challenges. We're proud of everything we've achieved, with your help, and we want to end the band history on a high note instead of losing focus, interest and drive.

Before parting ways as a band we will perform a few goodbye shows; we also want to record a DVD to serve as a memento of the good times we've had. Dates are as follows:

- Aug 26, 2016: Zebra Festival, Gemert (NL)
- Sep 02, 2016: P60, Amstelveen (NL) (DVD recording)
- Sep 07, 2016: ProgPower USA XVII, Atlanta GA (USA)
- Oct 13, 2016: Underworld, London (UK)
- Oct 14, 2016: Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)
- Oct 15, 2016: Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
- Oct 16, 2016: Robin 2, Bilston (UK)

We're also looking into adding an extra, final show towards the end of the year; more details to follow.

Once again, we'd like to express our eternal gratitude for the support you've given us all these years. All of us will continue to make music, one way or the other; so we still hope to see you soon on a stage near you.
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Bonzo Dog Band's Vivian Stanshall's “Sir Henry At Rawlinson End” Soundtrack by Michael Livesley and Brainwashing House feat. Rick Wakeman and Neil Innes To Be Released

"A tour-de-force and a work of Art" - Neil Innes

London, UK - Vivian Stanshall, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th Century may sadly no longer be with us but the incredible words he created live on via the celebrated rave-reviewed recreation of his meisterwerk 'Sir Henry at Rawlinson End' by actor, singer and comedian Michael Livesley accompanied by his trusted Brainwashing House band.

Originally created for John Peel's Radio 1 show in the 1970's, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End - the meandering gin-soaked saga of a crumbling English stately home and the grotesques who inhabit it headed by the heroically drunk Sir Henry - perfectly distilled and encapsulated Viv's absurdly hilarious wordplay and songwriting which first hit the public consciousness during the 1960s via his work helming the cult Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

The show, now in its 6th year and with the full blessing of the Stanshall family, has earned the praise of Viv's fans, friends and celebrity fans alike including keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman who, due to his admiration for Michael's interpretation, has joined the show on piano as a guest many times. This has led to RRAW Records, the exciting new label from Rick and music industry veteran Robin Ayling, proudly presenting this brand new original cast recording of this critically acclaimed stage show as their debut LP release. The recording features Rick guesting on piano, and also Viv's Bonzo bandmate and sometime Rutle and Monty Python member Neil Innes plus Viv's favourite violinist Susie Honeyman of The Mekons.

Rick Wakeman and Michael Livesley
(Photo by Lee Wilkinson

Michael Livesley and Neil Innes

Stephen Fry and Michael Livesley

1. Aunt Florrie's Waltz
2. Interlewd
3. Wheelbarrow
4. Socks
5. The Rub
6. Nice 'N' Tidy
7. Pigs 'Ere Purse
8. 6/8 Hoodoo
9. Smeeton
10. Fool & Bladder
11. Endroar
12. The Beasht Inshide
13. Junglebunny
14. Aunt Florrie Remembers
15. Rawlinsons & Maynards
16. Papadumb

Here's what's being said about Vivian Stanshall's "Sir Henry At Rawlinsin End":

"Michael Livesley embodies to perfection the spirit and brilliance of Vivian Stanshall and adds his own measure of outrageous talent too" – Stephen Fry

"Sir Henry's bluster and his epic lack of drawing room manners are still winning fun. All very odd, all very Stanshall!" - Clive Davis, The Times

"A work of lyrical genius and poetry, on a different plane to the rest of the world" - Rick Wakeman

"What a night, an ensemble of madmen at their best, smashing!" - Rupert Stanshall, Vivian's son

"Brilliant! Berserk! Simply wonderful!" - Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

"Livesley's performance gives weight and truth to that old theatrical cliché - a comic tour-de-force" - Andrew Male, MOJO

"A distorted-mirror celebration of English eccentricity rooted in a riot of linguistic lasciviousness" - Andy Gill, The Independent

For more information please visit

"Wheelbarrow" (one of the show numbers) -
"Ginger Geezer" (encore from big London show) -

To purchase Vivian Stanshall's "Sir Henry At Rawlinsin End" soundtrack:

Rick Wakeman, Michael Livesley and Danny Baker
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Finnish progressive metal act I/O releases new single!

Young and powerful Finnish progressive metal act I/O
has released a new single called "3 Out of 5".

Combining progressive metal and classic rock elements, the band delivers catchy and unique-style music. The band is known for their talented live performances and this summer they are performing in one of the biggest music festivals in Finland.

3 Out of 5 in Spotify:

With the support of session members from Cønstantine, the band has made two singles to be released in 2016. The first single "3 Out of 5" is now available on Spotify, iTunes and all other streaming services.

I/O's highlight for the summer 2016 is to perform on the South Park-festival held in Tampere, Finland!

The band is currently working on a full-lenght debut which is planned to release on 2017.

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domingo, maio 22, 2016

Modest Midget - A new music video

Secret Lies

Modest Midget - Secret Lies (with lyrics)

Here's a new video produced for this track, including some studio footage from the recording sessions. A song about those moments when you try to reach out to a friend, and end up realizing you are actually trying to help yourself.
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sábado, maio 21, 2016

First Band Announcements for ProgDay 2016!


"One of the most extraordinary bands in the entire music universe" - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Following an eight-year absence, the Italian progressive group DEUS EX MACHINA has burst back onto the international scene with Devoto, its eighth album.  Fronted by Alberto Piras, one of the most extraordinary vocalists in all of rock, DEM's distinctive blend of fiery, complexly designed music, passionate bel canto vocals, virtuosic instrumental performances and analogue-heavy textures has been retained. Here as before, the music combines both the energy and beauty of early Mahavishnu Orchestra and Larks'-Tongues-in-Aspic-era King Crimson; the contrapuntal complexity of Gentle Giant; hints of RIO-tinged avant-prog; and the unmistakable Mediterranean vibe of fellow Ital-progsters like PFM and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso.

DEM last performed at ProgDay twenty years ago in 1996.  We are thrilled to host the original band lineup of DEM for its only United States appearance in 2016.


DISCIPLINE has been called one of the most important progressive groups to come out of America in the last 25 years.  Comparisons are often made to bands like Van Der Graaf Generator, King Crimson and Genesis, but DISCIPLINE has developed a dark, angst-driven sound that is all its own.

Formed in 1987, the band's first official album appeared in 1993 to much acclaim.  However, it was after the release of Unfolded Like Staircase in 1997 that the band was referred to in almost reverential tones by fans of symphonic rock.  After a break of many years, DISCIPLINE reformed and released To Shatter All Accord in 2011. The band is now recording its fifth studio album.

Long-time ProgDay attendees will remember the band's incredible performances at the festival during the 1990s.  We are happy to announce the return of DISCIPLINE to the ProgDay stage after a sixteen year absence.


Jonathan Scales Fourchestra explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much felt as it is heard: "a Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity." - PAN ON THE NET

"Scales is to steel pans ….what Béla Fleck is to the banjo—an über innovator." - DRIFTWOOD MAGAZINE

Mixing the traditional Caribbean instrument with a contemporary jazz attitude, Jonathan Scales' music pushes the steel pan into the realms of jazz, funk, rock, and even bluegrass, while still digging into the roots of traditional world sounds. His intricate, instrumental writing combines with metric complexities to weave seamlessly between musical styles.  With his fusion group Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Scales has proven himself a supreme innovator on the steel pans with a talent for improvisation that is unparalleled.   His band can reach dizzying heights, and has earned its reputation for exciting, dynamic live shows.


The Philadelphia quartet was founded by bassist Vini Stamato and guitarist Chris Capitanio in 2009, and decided to move in a progressive rock direction in 2012 where they were free to experiment without labels or expectations. The band's combination of classic progressive rock with modern metal and jazz soon began to get the group noticed, with comparisons to Mastodon, Tool and Mars Volta.  ITPOW has continued to make a name for itself with it's live performances, including dates with Haken, Jolly and ProgDay alumni Consider The Source and Out Of The Beardspace.

ProgDay 2016, the 22nd edition of the longest running progressive rock festival in the world, will take place on Saturday, September 3rd, and Sunday, September 4th, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, and to hear music from this year's bands, please visit us at For discussion, friends, and more news, join our group page on facebook.
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quinta-feira, maio 19, 2016

Desert Trip Concert


Cover art, track list revealed; Teaser video streaming online


LONDON, U.K. - After the worldwide acclaim generated by the 2014 anthemic rock release Magnolia, The Pineapple Thief returns with its most ambitious studio album to date, Your Wilderness, on August 12 (August 19 in France) via Kscope.

Your Wilderness, the band's 11th studio album, showcases the group performing without any inhibitions, providing a springboard for the ongoing creative growth of The Pineapple Thief.

"The new album was a joy to make. More so than any other The Pineapple Thief album before it," commented frontman Bruce Soord. "Everything came together so effortlessly and I think this comes across when you hear the record."

For the first time, The Pineapple Thief has brought in several special guest performers. Bruce Soord added: "Since our last album 'Magnolia,' the most eye catching change is obviously having Gavin Harrison contribute drums throughout the album. This has not only redefined our sound, but also redefined how we approached the songs as a band.  Gavin's drumming is technically brilliant, but also incredibly musical, and it inspired all of us to raise our game. I've also rediscovered my progressive roots in terms of song-writing and arrangement. Added to that, we were lucky enough to have John Helliwell from Supertramp contribute some beautiful clarinet parts and Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan) provided a string quartet. We were also joined by a lovely four piece choir and, to cap it all off, my friend Darran Charles (Godsticks) added some jaw dropping guitar playing... You've never heard a The Pineapple Thief album like this one!  I am convinced people will love this record as much as we do."

Your Wilderness was recorded entirely by the band with the exception of the drums, which Gavin Harrison produced and engineered at his own studio. The string quartet which was recorded at Geoffrey's own studio in Canterbury. The album was mixed and produced by Bruce Soord and Steve Kitch with mastering duties also carried out by Kitch. There will be a special lossless 5.1 surround mix available with the special edition mixed by Soord.

Cover artist Carl Glover's thought provoking collection of photographs perfectly compliment the concept of the album, something which Soord is tight lipped about. "It should reveal itself to the listener and be open to interpretation. I don't want what it means to me to influence how it affects you."

Your Wilderness will be released on CD, LP, digitally and as a special deluxe hardbook.

A Your Wilderness teaser video can be seen on YouTube at:

1. In Exile (05:40)
2. No Man's Land (04:20)
3. Tear You Up (4:53)
4. That Shore (04:36)
5. Take Your Shot (04:34)
6. Fend For Yourself (03:49)
7. The Final Thing on My Mind (09:52)
8. Where We Stood (03:46)

Seen as one of the most vital rock bands the U.K. has produced over the last two decades, The Pineapple Thief was formed in 1999 by founder and chief songwriter Bruce Soord. The band has steadily evolved and refined its sound with the bass playing of Jon Sykes and the production and keyboards of Steve Kitch now so integral to the sound. "After so many years, The Pineapple Thief has become way bigger than the sum of its parts." explains Soord.

Bruce Soord has also collaborated with the likes of Wisdom Of Crowds (with Katatonia's Jonas Renkse), Katatonia (joining the band on its 2014 acoustic European tour), and has created 5.1 remixes for artists such as Opeth, TesseracT, Tim Bowness and Katatonia. Soord also released his debut self-titled debut solo album through Kscope in 2015.

The Pineapple Thief is currently booking a European tour for late 2016 and planning live shows in North America.

Stay tuned for more information on The Pineapple Thief and Your Wilderness, out this summer on Kscope.
The Pineapple Thief online:
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Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt - 'Invention Of Knowledge' teaser launched

Anderson / Stolt, the brand new duo of legendary Yes vocalist & singer/songwriter Jon Anderson, and progressive rock veteran Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), are set to release their brand new collaborative album 'Invention Of Knowledge' on June 24th, 2016 via InsideOut Music.

They have now released a first teaser of music from the album which you can check out here:

They have also recently launched an official Facebook page for the collaboration. Head over there now to keep up to date with the forthcoming new

Jon Anderson recently had this to say about the new record: ".....Music is always the driving force in my life...working with such a wonderful musician as Roine Stolt made the creation of this album very unique,we are very excited with the release of 'Invention of Knowledge'."
Roine Stolt adds: "It is not aiming at being new Yes music; just new music, modern and classical, rock and ethno, tribal and orchestrated, grooving and floating. Hopefully in the true spirit of "progressive" - leaning forward, surprising and also comforting with familiar run-arounds. 
We've been "inventing" as we go along - Jon is an endless source of new ideas. We've been bouncing ideas back and forth for months and as a result there are probably dozens of versions of these songs.  It's been a very interesting and rewarding time and the result is just insanely detailed."

InsideOut label-head Thomas Waber comments: "I have been talking to Jon for ages about making an album of 'Yes music' - as Jon calls it - and Roine seemed like the perfect guy for him to work with. I am really happy that it has finally happened and I am also thrilled with the material they have come up with. I think it will please a lot of fans!"

The idea came to life swiftly off the back of a performance from Roine's band Transatlantic, and Jon Anderson on the Progressive Nation At Sea Cruise in 2014, and was initially instigated by InsideOut Music label boss Thomas Waber.  The duo set about crafting new music in the spirit of early epic works such as 'Tales From Topographic Oceans', 'Olias Of Sunhillow' & 'Awaken', but giving it a modern twist.

Written & recorded over the course of 1 and a half years, the tracks have been in a state of constant change as Roine and Jon swapped & refined ideas by sending tracks to each other via the internet. In March 2015, an ensemble was put together by Roine to realise the music live in the studio. Joining him there was Tom Brislin (who played on the Yes Symphonic tour) &  Lalle Larsson on keys, Jonas Reingold & Michael Stolt on bass and Felix Lehrmann on drums. The sessions were also bolstered by appearances from Daniel Gildenlöw, Nad Sylvan, Anja Obermayer, Maria Rerych and Kristina Westas who all provided backing vocals.

The full Track-listing for the album is as follows:

I.  Invention of Knowledge
1. Invention (09:41)
2. We Are Truth (06:41)
3. Knowledge (06:30)
II. Knowing
4. Knowing (10:31)
5. Chase and Harmony (07:17)
III.Everybody Heals
6. Everybody Heals (07:36)
7. Better by Far (02:03)
8. Golden Light (03:30)
  9. Know...  (11:13)
Keep an eye out for more news in the coming weeks!

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Cosmograf - NEW Album Release, "The Unreasonable Silence"

Cosmograf's 5th album release is now available for pre order on our website releasing on 13th June 2016. T shirts and CD/ Tshirt bundles are also available from our partners at The Merch Desk.

'The Unreasonable Silence' is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay 'The Myth of Sisyphus' by the French philosopher Albert Camus.
"It's essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus's writings about mankind's struggle to understand the universe and our role within it", says the concept's creator Robin Armstrong.  "Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world." 
Between our quest for knowledge and refusal of the world to give up its secrets, lies the concept of absurdism.  In his original essay, Camus describes Sysiphus, a mythological character condemned to a pointless labour, to illustrate the absurdity of human existence.  Robin Armstrong twists the story to portray a modern character that has become disillusioned with his own life to the point that he believes his destiny may reside in another world.  As with previous Cosmograf albums, the concept is played out with a very cinematic feel and explores the themes of paranoia, social withdrawal and conformity, and ultimately the search for meaning in our own existence.
The Unreasonable Silence features guest appearances by Nick D'Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Dave Meros and Rachael Hawnt as well as a number of voice acting contributions.
Track List:
1.         echo $abduction;
2.         This Film Might Change Your Life
3.         Plastic Men
4.         Arcade Machine
5.         RGB
6.         Four Wall Euphoria
7.         The Uniform Road
8.         The Silent Field
9.         Relativity
10.        The Unreasonable Silence
Written and produced by Robin Armstrong.
-Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard/ Big Big Train), Drums - All tracks except RGB.
-Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson/Steve Hackett/ Mute Gods), Bass - Four Wall Euphoria.
-Dave Meros – (Spock's Beard), Bass -Arcade Machine.
-Rachael Hawnt , Vocals - The Unreasonable Silence, Four Wall Euphoria, Relativity.
-Robin Armstrong – Vocals, all other instruments.
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Eight-Time Grammy® Award Winner Jeff Beck's First New Studio Album
In Six Years Set For Release From Atco On July 15

This Summer, Beck Will Also Release His New Book BECK01, Tour With
Buddy Guy, And Lead A Special Career-Spanning Concert At The Hollywood Bowl

LOS ANGELES – On Jeff Beck's forthcoming studio album LOUD HAILER, his
first in six years, the legendary guitarist combines fluid fretwork
with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from
the love of power, to the power of love. LOUD HAILER will be available
on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on July 15 on CD
($18.98), LP ($21.98), and digitally.

Loud hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable
moniker for an album that isn't shy about speaking its mind. The
two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains: "I really wanted to
make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the
world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this
loud device to shout my point of view." The album's first single, the
riotous rocker "Live In The Dark," will be unleashed soon.

To help him write the 11 tracks on LOUD HAILER, Beck enlisted two
fierce young females from London: singer Rosie Bones and guitarist
Carmen Vandenberg. It was a chance meeting with Vandenberg last year
at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor that eventually led
to the trio's collaboration. "She invited me to one of their shows,
and I was blown away," the guitarist recalls. "When we got together in
January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by
the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came
together very quickly; five in three days."

Beck produced LOUD HAILER with Filippo Cimatti, who also works with
Rosie and Carmen. In addition to the core trio, the album also
features drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti, who
were both recruited by Cimatti.

Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the 11 songs on LOUD HAILER,
including the intense album opener "The Revolution Will Be Televised,"
the reflective ballad "Scared For The Children," the funk infused
"O.I.L." and the tranquil album closer "Shrine." The album is rounded
out by two signature Beck instrumentals in "Pull It" and "Edna."

A few days after the album's release, Beck will launch a summer tour
of the U.S. with blues legend Buddy Guy. And on August 10, Beck, with
special guests to be announced shortly, will make his Hollywood Bowl
debut for a very special, career-spanning concert that celebrate 50
years of 'dynamic music making.' "It will be head teacher Beck in a
gown and mortar board in front of the class giving everyone a history
lesson," he jokes. The show will also include an orchestra.

Over the course of Beck's illustrious 50-year career, the trailblazing
guitarist has earned many accolades. He has twice been inducted into
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. First, as a member of the Yardbirds in
1992 and then again, as a solo artist, in 2009. Rolling Stone ranked
him as one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and he has
earned a total of eight Grammy Awards during his long career. In
addition, Beck has been a guest performer at scores of sessions with
everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner and Mick
Jagger. Throughout his career, Beck routinely makes the fantastically
difficult sound effortless.

In addition to recording LOUD HAILER, Beck has been hard at work on
his first official book, BECK01 (Genesis Publications, Available on July 12, this signed, limited edition
book explores Beck's passions for hot rodding and rock 'n' roll.

Inspired by the sleek curves, luxurious finish and iconic imagery of
the hot rods he builds, BECK01 is hand-bound in leather and aluminum
with every book numbered and personally signed by the author, Jeff
Beck. The guitarist's handpicked selection of more than 400 rare and
unseen photographs and items of memorabilia is narrated with an
original manuscript of nearly 20,000 words, making BECK01 the
definitive visual and historical record of the dynamic musician.
Included is an eloquent forward by John McLaughlin that begins, "Jeff
Beck is my all-time favourite guitarist, what do I say after that?"

Track Listing

1. "The Revolution Will Be Televised"
2. "Live In The Dark"
3. "Pull It"
4. "Thugs Club"
5. "Scared For The Children"
6. "Right Now"
7. "Shame"
8. "Edna"
9. "The Ballad Of The Jersey Wives"
10. "O.I.L."
11. "Shrine"

Jeff Beck Summer Tour w/Buddy Guy (*except where noted below):

July 19 The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
July 20 Theater at Madison Square Garden New York, NY
July 22 Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, CT
July 23 Borgata Spa & Resort Even Center Atlantic City, NJ
July 24 Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA
July 26 PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
July 27 Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
July 29 Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Arts Center Canandaigua, NY
July 30 Meadow Brook
Rochester Hills, MI
July 31 Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
August 3 Ascend Amphitheatre
Nashville, TN
August 5 Starlight Theatre
Kansas City, MO
August 7 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Englewood, CO
August 10 Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
August 11 Chumash Casino
Santa Ynez, CA *
August 12 Pala Casino
Pala, CA
August 14 Mountain Winery
Saratoga, CA *
August 16Masonic Auditorium
San Francisco, CA
August 17 Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Santa Rosa, CA *
August 18 Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel Jackson, CA
August 20 Maryhill Winery
Goldendale, WA
August 21 Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater Seattle, WA *

More dates TBA

*Jeff Beck ONLY on these dates

**All dates on sale now, with the exception of Saratoga, CA: On sale TBA
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