quinta-feira, setembro 29, 2016

Focus 8.5 / Beyond The Horizon

Dutch Music Legends Focus Release New Album "Focus 8.5 / Beyond The Horizon" - OUT NOW!
London, UK - Dutch music legends Focus are known around the world for their iconic albums, including the hits HOCUS POCUS, SYLVIA and HOUSE OF THE KING. After the reunion of Focus and the release of the Focus 8 album, the band toured the world and was introduced to new musical styles and influences. The line-up on this album features THIJS VAN LEER, PIERRE VAN DER LINDEN, BOBBY JACOBS and JAN DUMÉE.
The sessions for the album were all recorded in between South American tour commitments during 2005, and every track is a previously unreleased composition by the members of Focus or producer MARVIO CIRIBELLI.
Thijs van Leer said of the album: "For Focus it was a thrill to first jam with Marvio and Marcio in a club in Niteroi and then end up in Rio de Janeiro in order to compose and record these beauties.  Having one of the best drummers in Europe with Pierre van der Linden and one of South America's best drummers with Marcio Bahia on the same album makes the world a better and happier place!  Here they are!"
The album features all-star Brazilian musicians including ARTHUR MAIA and MARIO SEVE joining Focus on new recordings, and vice versa, plus a drum duet with MARCIO BAHIA…as musicianship once again goes Beyond the Horizon…
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HORISONT announce U.S. tour!

Swedish hard rockers HORISONT are pleased to announce their first ever United States tour! Special guests on this run will be Ohio heavy rock act ELECTRIC CITIZEN. All dates below. 

"America! Hide your beer and lock up your parents because for the first time in human history, Horisont is crossing the Atlantic! We will leave you heartbroken and crying for more but rest assured, it will be worth it. With the help of the mighty Electric Citizen, we will make sure that a couple of very lucky cities will never again, be the same. See you fuckers in November! BAM!" comments the band on the upcoming tour.  
Founded in 2006, HORISONT spent nearly a decade riffing their way to the front lines of the Scandinavian retro-rock revival movement. Infusing nostaligcally delicious retro with prog complexities and a touch of NWOBHM swagger; HORISONT stood out alongside peers such as Witchcraft and Graveyard. This quickly caught the attention of Century Media Records, who inked their brand new deal just as the band released their fourth full length album, Odyssey and corresponding 6 week tour across Europe with Kadavar and now label-mates, The Shrine. In addition to gearing up for their United States tour,HORISONT are already working on unleashing a brand new album! Stay tuned for more tour dates and recording details. 
HORISONT live 2016 w/ Electric Citizen 
10.31.16 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.01.16 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
11.02.16 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
11.02.16 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
11.06.16 Rock Island, IL - Rock Island Brewing Company
11.07.16 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
11.10.16 Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
11.13.16 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.14.16 Mesa, AZ - Club Red
11.16.16 Dallas, TX - The Curtain Club Dallas
11.17.16 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
11.20.16 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
11.22.16 Philadelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge 

Horisont is:
Axel - Vocals
Charles - Guitar
Magnus - Bass
Pontus - Drums
Två Sidor Av Horisonten (2009)
Second Assault (2012)
Time Warriors (2013)
Odyssey (2015)

HORISONT online: 
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terça-feira, setembro 20, 2016

YES Legend Jon Anderson's “Tour Of The Universe” Audio Soundtrack Now Available Digitally!

Asheville, NC – Showcasing the unique song writing and vocal talent of legendary YES singer/songwriter, Jon Anderson, his 2005 debut solo concept DVD "Tour Of The Universe" is a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with YES and his collaborations with Vangelis. Recorded live at XM Radio Studios, Jon's inimitable performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD. Now for the very first time, much to the excitement of Jon's fans worldwide, the audio soundtrack to "Tour Of The Universe" is available digitally!

"Not many people know how this concert was created...FYI, I controlled all the music/ sound effects/backing vocals through my midi guitar, using a Roland GR 30...4 small Yamaha rack mounts..with all the musical sounds and effects needed ...I controlled it all with five foot pedals fading in the sounds for each song...which was a very crazy musical 'dance' as I did the show...plus some harp ideas...with birds helping....it still sounds wild and magical to me....have fun listening...love and 'light' - Jon"

Tracks include:

Father Sky
Standing Still
Bring On The Day
You Lift Me Up
Long Distance Runaround
State Of Independence
Set Sail
Who Could Imagine
The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn)
First Song
Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)
Show Me
White Buffalo
And You And I
Change We Must
Your Move
Yours Is No Disgrace
This Is

To purchase Jon Anderson's "Tour Of The Universe": https://www.amazon.com/Tour-Universe-Jon-Anderson/dp/B01IIIGY50/

Jon Anderson was recently presented with the Prog God award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, which was held at London's Underglobe on September 1, 2016! This very special honor is awarded to musical innovators within the world of progressive rock music and sees Anderson joining such music luminaries as Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious award.

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. Jon recently joined musical forces with jazz violin legend Jean Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The duo released their critically acclaimed CD/DVD titled "Better Late Than Never" in 2015 and have completed two successful tours of North America. Jon's new album with Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt titled "Invention of Knowledge" was released to overwhelming critical acclaim on InsideOut Records in 2016.

Jon recently formed a new band with former YES members Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman called ARW. The new group will be commencing a worldwide tour in October 2016.

Catch Jon Anderson on tour with ARW this Fall 2016!
ARW official website: http://www.arw-tour.com/

Watch the new Anderson/Stolt video "The Knowing": https://youtu.be/scVF-gF3pIM

For more information:
Jon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.com
AndersonPonty Band official website: http://www.andersonpontyband.com/
Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt FB page: https://www.facebook.com/AndersonStolt/

This Oceanic Feeling Announces the Release of the Second Digital Single, I Play Debussy, From the Acclaimed Debut Album Universal Mind! OUT NOW!

London, UK – The members of prog trio This Oceanic Feeling continue to promote Universal Mind, their debut album which has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike.  The band's song "Put Down The Gun" was nominated for the Anthems Awards at the Prog Awards 2016 and there has been an outspoken demand from fans to see a follow up.

The band members are Chris Braide (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards), Ash Soan (drums) and Lee Pomeroy (bass) who fit in work on this trio project around their other work such as Chris' production of "A" list artists (eg Sia, Britney Spears, Christijne Aguilera), Ash's top level session work and Lee's commitments with Take That, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Steve Hackett and ARW.

The digital single can be download from iTunes via this link: http://geni.us/oDmlXo

The studio album Universal Mind continues to be available from Amazon on CD ( http://geni.us/qemPG ) and LP (http://geni.us/t4xX ) alongside the digital edition which is available on iTunes ( http://geni.us/szitvne ).  
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sexta-feira, setembro 16, 2016

French Music Legends Magma Release DVD Of First Tour of China “NIHAO Hamtaï - MAGMA IN CHINA”

Paris - It was in 1970 that the explosive compound of a cavernous bass and a hammering beat erupted from our record players, marking Magma's blazing entry into the nascent world of French rock. Thus began a first album, quite simply entitled Magma. Today, after 46 years and thousands of live performances, Magma continues to put a spell on three generations of fans, who gather all over the world to see the cult band's thrilling live show.
In May 2015, Coralie Van Rietschoten traveled with the band on their first Chinese tour. Glimpses of Shenzhen's tropical vegetation, Beijingers exercising in public parks, and Shanghai's psychedelic city lights are interspersed with concert footage.
Nĭhăo, "Hello" in Mandarin, the official language of the People's Republic of China.
Hamtaï, "Hello" in Kobaïan, the official language of planet Kobaïa and Magma.

Subtitles in English - Spanish - Japanese - Chinese - DVD Multi Zones - 86 min

To purchase "NIHAO Hamtaï - MAGMA IN CHINA":


quinta-feira, setembro 15, 2016

The Neal Morse Band - "The Similitude Of A Dream" - The New Album




The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of The Neal Morse Band. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, Spock's Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater).   Click here for the official UK web release page, album artwork and official band photo - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/nealmorse/the-similitude-of-a-dream.htm.
Now the current line-up of "The Neal Morse Band"— Morse, Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette - brings forth "The Similitude of a Dream", a concept album to be released 11th November on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. This will be the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current line-up.
Anyone who pre-orders the new album will automatically receive two free MP3 tracks. Fans can pre-order "The Similitude of a Dream" directly from Radiant Records - http://radiantrecords.com.
Clocking in at over 100 minutes, this amazing piece of PROG storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It will be available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and "The Making of a Dream" DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CD's.  
Watch the official lyric video for the songs - "Long Day" and "Overture" here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbzl46CuPiM
Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been The Neal Morse Band. Over the years, Morse, along with Portnoy and George, always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal's solo music. In 2012, they held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent line-up that would write music collectively. Hubauer and Gillette joined the band after three days of auditions. The fivesome went on to release The Grand Experiment in 2014, and the Alive Again live DVD/2 CD in 2015.

"The Similitude of a Dream" is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan," explains Neal Morse. "The book's original title was The Pilgrim's Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, and was originally published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to a place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should've made a five disc collection! Well, we'll save that for later. Ha."

Album Track Listing:
Disc 1:
1. Long Day
2. Overture
3. The Dream
4. City Of Destruction
5. We Have Got To Go
6. Makes No Sense
7. Draw The Line
8. The Slough
9. Back To The City
10. The Ways Of A Fool
11. So Far Gone
12. Breath Of Angels
Disc 2:
1. Slave To Your Mind
2. Shortcut to Salvation
3. The Man in The Iron Cage
4. The Road Called Home
5. Sloth
6. Freedom Song
7. I'm Running
8. The Mask
9. Confrontation
10. The Battle
11. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)
The Neal Morse Band tours worldwide almost yearly and continues to grow in popularity, attracting new listeners everywhere they go. The band has toured in North America, Central America, Europe, Israel, Mexico and India. The shows are filled with excited and extremely loyal fans, some which have regularly travelled very long distances to see the band. The band has an extensive catalogue of live shows on Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
Their latest round of worldwide tour dates start January 15, 2017 in Morse's current hometown of Nashville, TN. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks on the band's official website.
North American Dates
Jan 15 Nashville, TN – Venue TBA?
Jan 17 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Jan 18 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Jan 21 Whittier, CA - Center Theater?
Jan 22 Phoenix, AZ – Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Theater?
Jan 24 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Jan 25 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
Jan 27 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
Jan 28 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Jan 29 Toronto, ONT – Mod Room
Jan 31 Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
Feb 01 Quebec City, QUE - Salle Jean Paul Tardif
Feb 02 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb 03 Washington DC – State Theater
Feb 07 – 11 Cruise To the Edge
European Dates
March 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
March 23 Milan, Italy – Venue TBA?
March 24 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7?
March 25 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colo-Saal
March 26 Berlin, Germany – Lido
March 28 Warsaw, Poland - Progresja Music Zone
March 29 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
March 30 Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
March 31 Cologne, Germany – Stollwerck
April 01 Malmo, Sweden – KB
April 02 Tilburg, Holland – O13
April 04 Luxembourg – Rockhal
April 05 Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
April 06 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2
April 07 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
April 08 Manchester, England - O2 Ritz
April 09 London, England - O2 Islington Academy
Additional Dates
April 12 Tel Aviv, Israel – Havana Club
May 6th Gettysburg PA - RosFest 

And more to be added… 
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JETHRO TULL, Written and Performed by Ian Anderson On Tour This October (Stay tuned for November re-release of STAND UP)

Ian Anderson is presenting JETHRO TULL this October on the West Coast
in Las Vegas, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara,
Modesto, Folsom, San Jose, Portland, Spokane, and Seattle.

In addition there will be a new Steven Wilson remix of Jethro Tull's
second album, STAND UP on November 18. More info c/o Rhino at

Here's more information on the west coast tour JETHRO TULL Written and
Performed by Ian Anderson.

Ian celebrates the life and times of English agriculturalist Jethro
Tull with a narrative set in the near future. The show presents some
of the best known songs from the repertoire of the band Jethro Tull.

In JETHRO TULL, Ian touches on topical issues including including
climate change, intensive food production and population growth. New
material specially written for this show includes "Prosperous
Pasture," "Fruits Of Frankenfield," "And The World Feeds Me," "Stick,
Twist, Bust," and "The Turnstile Gate."

JETHRO TULL features amongst many Tull favorites "Heavy Horses," "Farm
On The Freeway," "Songs From The Wood," "Aqualung," "Living In The
Past," "Wind-Up," "The Witch's Promise" and "Locomotive Breath"
including STAND UP's "A New Day Yesterday."

Some songs will have slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

The show has already played in the UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil,
Argentina and the US to widely encouraging reviews. Chicago Concert
Reviews' Andy Argyrakis notes the two distinctive "but satisfying
ways" to view JETHRO TULL, accept it at its highly conceptual face
value, as a multi-media biography of the real Jethro Tull, a British
agriculturist and inventor, but uploaded into a new context of
contemporary issues such as global warming, food production and
population growth" and to "simply enjoy it as a characteristically
exceptional Tull concert" with "some choice rarities and lesser-known
material -- as well as some solid new songs."

Ian is accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards),
Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual
guests on screen including Ryan O'Donnell who shared the stage with
Ian in recent tours for HOMO ERRATICUS and THICK AS A BRICK and
Icelandic singer/violinist/actress Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir who
appears on screen throughout the show.

Look out for tour dates and much more information at www.jethrotull.com.

October 14: The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV
October 15: Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
October 17: Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA
October 18: Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, CA
October 19: Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
October 21: Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto, CA
October 22: City National Civic, San Jose, CA
October 24: The Harris Center-Folsom Lake College, Folsom, CA
October 25: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA
October 27: Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
October 28: Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
October 29: Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights, WA
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AISLES confirm dates of their European tour

The Chilean prog rockers will be supporting the concept album "Hawaii" 
Santiago prog rockers AISLES have confirmed the dates for their upcoming European tour, in support of "Hawaii", an album that has been acclaimed by specialized media outlets like Prog magazine ("One of the year's highlights") and Neo Prog ("a masterpiece").



"Hawaii" is a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. The record was released on July 29, 2016 via Presagio Records on CD and digitally; while the vinyl edition will be available in November. 

Hawaii is available on:


With four studio albums and a career spanning eleven years, Aisles have become South America's most acclaimed prog act of the last decade. The band has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been published in the Americas, Europe, 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 Festival de Rock Progressif 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' was released on July 29th, 2016 through Presagio Records and has already been named one of the albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog, Neoprog, and Chile's premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis. 

Catch them on tour in Europe (UK, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany) this October. Find all live dates and get HAWAII at www.aislesproject.com

Aisles are:

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

terça-feira, setembro 13, 2016

sexta-feira, setembro 09, 2016

Glenn Hughes announces new album "Resonate"



Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly anticipated
twelfth original GLENN HUGHES album "Resonate" - released on Friday
4th November 2016. The album dovetails Glenn's UK and European tour
with special guests "Living Colour" which kicks off in the UK on
Tuesday 8th November (see tour dates listed below). Click here to
read the official UK press release announcement -

A true vocal and musical icon of our times, in the past couple of
years Glenn concentrated again on his solo career. Sold out crowds
were the order of the day, while touring non-stop throughout 2015,
with shows in South America, Europe, UK, Japan and Singapore. In
addition, late in 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based in the
USA, announced that Deep Purple including MKIII, are finally to be
inducted after several previous nominations over the years. This was
a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his
indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands, including
Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, his collaborations with Gary
Moore, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and most recently with Black Country
Communion and California Breed.

2016 was his busiest year yet. With summer festivals and solo shows in
the USA, UK and Europe, finally Glenn's first solo album in over 8
years that will see the light of day! "Resonate" is truly a triumphant
return to form for "The Voice of Rock"!

From album opener, "Heavy", to the very last chords of the closer,
"Long Time Gone", it promises to be a contender for 'Album of the
Year'. The new album features his live solo band members, Soren
Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and
newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to
long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers),
who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers.
It might well be the most heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is
his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented
upon completion of the new recording, "this album is the first kind of
a complete Glenn Hughes album".

No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending
the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing
voice is Hughes' calling card and the new album, "Resonate" will shine
as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release. The new album will be
available in two configurations: regular CD and Deluxe Edition
including one bonus track and DVD. Vinyl release will be made
available via the Frontiers' label partners Soulfood Music. The
Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track "Nothing's The Same", plus a
bonus DVD disc featuring the "Making of" the album documentary –
"Heavy" (song video), and "Long Time Gone" (song video).




The Assembly - Leamington Spa - Tuesday 8 November 2016
Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton - Wednesday 9 November 2016
Riverside - NewcastleFriday 11 November 2016
Hard Rock Hell - Saturday 12 November 2016
Rescue Rooms – Nottingham Monday 14 November 2016
02 ABC – Glasgow Tuesday 15 November 2016
O2 Ritz – Manchester Thursday 17 November 2016
The Junction – Cambridge Saturday 19 November 2016
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire Sunday 20 November 2016



22nd - LKA – Stuttgart, GERMANY
23rd - Meet Factory – Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
25th - Kofmehl - Solothurn, SWITZERLAND
26th - Zona Roveri – Bologna, ITALY
28th - Orion – Rome, ITALY
29th – Live Club – Milan, ITALY


1st - Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GERMANY
2nd - Metropool – Hengelo, NETHERLANDS
4th - Patronaat – Haarlem, NETHERLANDS
5th - Essigfabrik – Cologne, GERMANY
7th - Garage – Saarbrucken, GERMANY
8th - Le Forum – Vaureal, FRANCE
10th - Totem – Pamplona, SPAIN
11th - Razz 2 – Barcelona, SPAIN
13th - Custom – Seville, SPAIN
14th - Sala Vistalegre – Madrid, SPAIN

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Nosound launches video for "In Celebration of Life" feat. Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh

Fifth studio album "Scintilla" out now on Kscope

ROME, Italy - With the release of Nosound's new studio album, Scintilla, the band is pleased to be able to premiere its new video for the song "In Celebration of Life," taken from the album, featuring guest vocals from Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh. Stream the clip on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxBNKVaJHgU.

Giancarlo Erra explains how the song is a collaboration with and tribute to music fan AlecWildey: "The track was probably among the first tracks written for Scintilla, it was inspired by an artist and well known member of the fellow prog community, Alec Wildey. Those who knew Alec know what happened and I'm not going to delve into details, but it really was a tragedy that shook everyone. 

He was a big fan of Nosound and our Kscope label mates, in the past Alec contacted me to see if we could work together, but I was always too busy, this time I felt particularly hit by the situation, for personal and musical reasons, so I wrote the track and recorded it all quickly in my studio as I wanted Alec to be able to hear it. His lyrics fitted perfectly the music and the message we wanted to send. His reaction to the song was, and I suspect will always be the highest point in my personal career, with my music I felt part of something bigger and beyond me.

Although it was a very difficult time when we decided to collaborate, paradoxically we created a celebration of life song. As I always say the beauty of music is to transform something negative into something positive, transform pain in beauty, anger in happiness, desperation in hope."

Erra continues on how Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh became involved: "This uplifting anthem to life immediately struck a chord with Vincent. I played him the song without saying anything about all this, and he liked it immediately. When I told him about Alec, his emotional and moving reaction told me that he too was somehow linked to that situation, and we instantly knew that we were going to work together on this track. Anathema and Nosound were two of Alec's favorite bands and we know now that wherever he is, he's enjoying the track he worked on with me and Vincent.

For the video we wanted to tell a story, but one that everyone can interpret in their own way: there was a lot of thought put in as to how to leave it open. So, while I'm not going to reveal my personal story, I encourage you to look at the details and enjoy the song we wrote in celebration of life, something we should all remember to do every day."

Inspired by personal upheaval and a desire for change, Scintilla is an emotionally complex and musically direct work, presenting a stripped-down set of compositions that mark a major departure from Nosound's trademark symphonic lushness and production precision. Taking in influences from post rock, shoegaze and alt-singer-songwriters, the album imaginatively utilizes a mostly organic and acoustic sound palette.

Another Scintilla track and video, "Sogno E Incendio," featuring Italian singer 
Andrea Chimenti, can be streamed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x665QyfeqcQ and Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/174514238.

In addition to Andrea Chimenti and Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh, cellist Marianne De Chastelaine returns once more to the Nosound fold (this time in a more free-flowing and improvisational capacity).

Scintilla is available via the Kscope webstore at
https://www.burningshed.com/store/nosound as a deluxe CD/Blu-Ray in Mediabook (with 24 page booklet and Blu-Ray containing HD stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, plus additional video content) and audiophile double 180g vinyl edition (mastered at 45rpm to ensure quality) in a gatefold cover with booklet and poly-lined inner bags. The digital version is also available on iTunes at: http://smarturl.it/SCINTILLA_DIGITAL.
1. Short Story [02:24]
2. Last Lunch [07:00]
3. Little Man [04:38]
4. In Celebration of Life [05:34]
5. Sogno E Incendio [04:44]
6. Emily [03:19]
7. The Perfect Wife [07:27]
8. Love is Forever [02:51]
9. Evil Smile [04:33]
10. Scintilla [06:27]

Regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the most interesting up and coming alt/art rock bands in Europe, Nosound inventively combines influences from '70s psychedelia, '80s/'90s ambient and contemporary alternative, progressive and post rock. The project started as a one man studio project in late 2002 by Giancarlo Erra, but has since grown into a five piece band, evolving into something unique, focused and powerful. The music is evocative and intense, with personal songwriting.

A cathartic album of emotional extremes, Scintilla marks the brave beginning of the second phase of Nosound's fascinating career. Stay tuned for more information on Nosound andScintilla, out now on Kscope. 

Nosound is: 
Giancarlo Erra - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Marco Berni - keyboards, vocals
Alessandro Luci - bass, upright bass, keyboards
Paolo Vigliarolo - acoustic/electric guitars
Giulio Caneponi - drums, percussion, vocals 
Nosound online: 
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Keyboard Icon Rick Wakeman and Legendary Astronaut Chris Hadfield Pay Tribute To Stephen Hawking and David Bowie At Starmus Festival 2016

London, UK - In a rare meeting of the minds, keyboard icon Rick Wakeman and legendary astronaut paid tribute to Stephen Hawking at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife, Spain on July 1, 2016! The two legends performed a moving tribute David Bowie with their rendition of his classic song "Space Oddity".

The Starmus Festival was born with the aim of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public. Traditionally the perfect symbiosis between astronomy, art and music, STARMUS 2016 brought together not only the brightest minds from these areas but many others besides, as we debate the future of humanity with scientists, business people at the cutting edge, and celebrities of all kinds.

Chris Austin Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station.

Commander Hadfield originally performed a cover Bowie's "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station in 2013. He posted the video on the internet which immediately became a global sensation, being the first ever music video performed in space. Although he had made the video for a number of reasons, Hadfield felt that, "Maybe most importantly, it was a chance to let people see where we truly are in space exploration". David Bowie himself responded saying that the cover of his 1969 song was "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created". The guitar Hadfield used to perform the song is still on the space station where it will remain forever!

Rick Wakeman, who played mellotron on the original version of Bowie's "Space Oddity" says, "It's a real honour to have played on probably the two most iconic versions of 'Space Oddity', the brilliant original with David of course and now this very special version with Chris that was born 300 miles from planet earth!"

While the Starmus Festival 2016 was paying tribute to Hawking, the promoters also decided to pay tribute to David Bowie! Why? Because Bowie and Hawking share the same birthday - January 8th. Also, Bowie was very much inspired by Space, Astronomy etc… He was invited to Starmus but the invitation arrived the same day he passed…

For more information: http://www.starmus.com/

Rick Wakeman - "Rainbow Suite"

Starmus is festival of music and astronomy on the beautiful island of Tenerife. It is the brain child Garik Israelian (The astrophysicist who led the team which found the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of stellar mass black holes). Rick Wakeman has made several appearances at this festival. The most notable was in 2014 where he was joined on stage by Dr Brian May, the iconic guitarist from Queen, where Rick Wakeman and English Rock Ensemble performed amongst other tracks from throughout Rick's career a legendary version of Starship Trooper. This release is a must for all fans of Classic Rock!

This is a brand new orchestral piece written and performed by Rick Wakeman and the Orion Orchestra. This is a specially written piece of therapeutic music designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to enjoy as well aficionados of good quality instrumental music. This is Rick and Orchestra at their finest !!!

Available to pre-order from www.rickwakemansmusicemporium.com

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Release Date: 25th November 2016

Catch Rick Wakeman on tour with ARW (Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman) this Fall 2016! http://www.arw-tour.com/

Rick Wakeman's official website: http://www.rwcc.com/
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Hard Driving Rock Debut CD By Neon Alley Feat. Guitarist / Vocalist David Vaccaro To Be Released

Boston, MA - Known for (what the band likes to call) Modern Classic Rock, Neon Alley takes you back to an era when Rock wasn't about making a quick buck, but about songs written and performed from the heart.

BAND: David Vaccaro – Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards. Mike McDonald – Bass, Vocals. Scott Marion – Drums & percussion

BACKGROUND: David Vaccaro's story in music has a rare upward sweep. Vaccaro has journeyed from hardscrabble Boston club dates to the 90's music scene of Los Angeles and creative collaborations with some of melodic rock's platinum selling vocalists. With the self-titled debut album of his new band Neon Alley (out on DMV Music), Vaccaro revisits that visceral soulfulness of his early days. This collection of originals including a cleverly re-imagined cover is perfectly crafted for sweat-soaked live performances.

And Neon Alley has been doing just that, sweat-soaked live performances in clubs in and around Central Massachusetts, working their live show and earning a reputation as one of the best live bands in the area.

David's previous CD releases under the band name V-Project include Lost Demos and New Machine.

Lost Demos, for the most part an acoustic rock CD, features collaborations and vocals by Robin McAuley (Grand Prix, McAuley Schenker Group, Survivor, Raiding The Rock Vault), James Christian (House of Lords), Christopher Post (Dillinger) and Dennis Gresham. 

V-Project's Lost Demos garnered glowing reviews (see insert) from magazines and blogs in both the U.S. and Europe.

Vaccaro soon began work on his second CD that would be titled New Machine.

With Robin McAuley once again lending his distinctive vocal edge to four of the CD's tracks, New Machine was a decidedly more amped up affair. A big step forward as well for Vaccaro as he is featured for the first time on five of the CD's tracks in a lead vocal capacity, making over half of the CD, a one man show.

Reviews of V-Project's New Machine were very positive, with the tracks You Don't Care and Disclaimer receiving significant airplay on secondary radio markets around the US and on internet podcast radio shows.

NEON ALLEY: With his new 3-piece power trio–Neon Alley, Vaccaro is poised to give fans a neon blast of guitar-driven modern classic rock. In support of the new CD release the band has teamed up with Boston film Director Vladimir Minuty to create videos for the first two singles That's How It Is and I Only Want To Be With You.

Previous Release: V-Project - Lost Demos
(DMV Music)

"The overall outcome of the album is astounding.....Lost Demos one of the finest albums of the year from this region or any other." (Metronome Magazine, Boston)

"From the start, I was hit by "Only Friend", written by McAuley/Vaccaro/Post. It's universally relatable lyrics of gratitude, contrasting harmonies, percussion and Latin style guitar make this one a keeper. "The Good Times", with its beautifully inviting guitar opening, is also impossible to resist." (Carol Anne Szel for Inside Connection Magazine)

"These numbers aren't your usual melodic rock that you've heard a thousand times already over the last 15 or so years – instead they are of an electric/acoustic relaxing quality that originally turned you on to the incredible material found on albums like Led Zeppelin 3 and 4 but brought more up to date without losing that bright, glowing, atmospheric style that new technology seems to kill these days." (MetalliVille Webzine, Sheffield, England)

"A good collection of ballad and mid tempo pop rockers, made even better by some outstanding vocalists." (Melodicrock.com, Australia)

Previous Release: V-Project - New Machine
(DMV Music)

"Solid and unassuming, yet deceptively addictive, this is a hard rock album worth hearing." (Metalstorm Magazine)

"I like this CD very much, especially "Somebody Like You" and " You Don't Care". The production is good and the guitar playing great." (Music Producer Tom Werman - Producer of 23 gold and platinum rock albums. Artists include: Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Molly Hatchet, Blue Oyster Cult, Twisted Sister, and more...)

"The New Machine works! These are great tunes for a backyard barbecue!" (Home of Rock, Das Rock Magazine, Germany)

"All the songs are great with at least half going into immediate rotation on my playlist." (24Rock.net)

"I think Vaccaro has hit pay dirt with the fittingly titled New Machine. Go ahead take a ride, you'll love it." (Metronome Magazine, Boston)

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ZAP Feat. Zappa Vocal Legend Ike Willis, Chip Z'Nuff & Sean McKee Release Digital Single “Air Traffic Control” on Steve Vai's Favored Nations

Chicago, IL - New band ZAP has released a digital single called "Air Traffic Control" on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. The band is made up of Emmy-nominated composer Sean McKee, who is also collaborating with Jon Anderson from YES on a concept album project, Ike Willis, the voice on numerous Frank Zappa albums, and Grammy-nominated bassist Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff, Missing Persons, Adler's Appetite).

"Air Traffic Control" started as a 60 second piece that was commissioned by Lee Abrams (Co-Founder of XM Radio) to have McKee write a piece of music in the style of Frank Zappa, and produce a video to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing. McKee wrote and performed all instruments, including recording the keyboard parts using a then-prototype Lineage MIDI guitar from Inspired Instruments.

Besides being a musician, McKee is known as a pioneer in the field of image processing, creating technology used for new movies and classic film restorations, along with 2D to 3D conversions, with the technology he led development on being used daily in Hollywood. For several years, one of his clients was Gail Zappa, Frank's widow, and he worked on restoring film elements from Frank's archive, and also helped to recover lost video masters that Gail hadn't seen in years.

According to McKee, "When I heard the news of Gail's passing last October, I was deeply saddened, she was very kind to me, and an incredibly smart woman who pioneered the concept of artists' retaining the rights to the master recordings. I decided to take the 60 second piece and finish it as a proper song, as a memorial to Gail and tribute to Frank, who was a big influence on my playing."

McKee crafted the song starting from the existing 60 second guitar solo, building a complete song around it, similar to methods Zappa incorporated. He then asked Ike Willis to sing on the track and add another guitar solo. Die hard Zappa fans will also notice a lyrical reference to the infamous 'White Zone'. 

McKee continues, "The original solo I wrote is what ends the song, and Ike takes the first guitar solo. If you close your eyes, you can see Frank and hear the lineage. When Frank got sick, he asked Ike to carry on his music, and while this is a new, original song, his playing and voice carries the torch for both the legacy fans as well as a new generation of listeners."

McKee then asked Chip Z'Nuff to play bass on all parts except for the bass under the solos, which McKee had recorded originally.

The end result is a modern interpretation and homage to a timeless and unique style.

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John Wesley launches new track 'to outrun the light'

John Wesley launches new track 'to outrun the light'

Renowned singer / songwriter & guitarist John Wesley is set to release his forthcoming 8th studio album 'a way you'll never be' on October 7th, 2016 on InsideOut Music. Following the recent launch of the track 'by the light of a sun', he is now pleased to reveal the next new track, the atmospheric seven minutes long 'to outrun the light'. 
You can watch the lyric video for it here: 

John had this say: "The lyrics in this song try and touch upon that moment when you know your life is going to change forever and there is nothing you can do about it. You begin to question your own identity. You look back on all the years invested and fear that everything you thought you knew, was wrong to begin with. You wonder if perhaps, you have, "outrun the light"."

Pre-order the album digitally from iTunes or AmazonMP3, and receive both 'to outrun the light' and 'by the light of a sun' immediately:

Listen to 'by the light of a sun' now here: 

'a way you'll never be' was produced by Jim Morris at the legendary Morrisound Studios and you can find the full track-listing below:
1. by the light of a sun (5:32)
2. a way you'll never be (7:18)
3. to outrun the light (7:07)
4. the revolutionist (5:57)
5. nada (5:41)
6. the silence in coffee (5:09)
7. unsafe space (4:17)
8. sun.a.rose (6:44)
9. epic (4:51)
10. pointless endeavors (03:38)
The album will be available in Digipak CD, Digital Download.
John Wesley has built a long and varied career as a songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. His music has been called lyrically sensitive and musically dynamic. His song-writing style incorporates emotionally-charged vocals that evoke the honesty and intimacy of Roger Waters and Patty Griffin coupled with a melodic yet intricate guitar style reminiscent of David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, and Jeff Beck. John Wesley has performed as guitarist/vocalist for critically acclaimed UK based recording act Porcupine Tree, during the "In Absentia", "Deadwing", "Fear of a Blank Planet", and "The Incident" world tours with whom he played with for nine years, culminating in 2010 with sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. 

In support of the album, John will head out as support to Marillion & Steven Wilson in the US & Canada and you can find the full list of dates below:

With Marillion
Friday 21 October 2016 - The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA, USA
 Saturday 22 October 2016 - Saban Theater Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Tuesday 25 October 2016 - Paramount Theatre Denver, CO, USA
Thursday 27 October 2016 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA
Friday 28 October 2016 - Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA
Saturday 29 October 2016 - Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH, USA
Monday 31 October 2016 - Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON, Canada
Tuesday 1 November 2016 - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Montreal, QC, Canada
Wednesday 2 November 2016 - L'Impérial Bell Québec, QC, Canada
Friday 4 November 2016 - Royale Boston Boston, MA, USA
Saturday 5 November 2016 - 9:30 Club Washington, DC, USA
 Sunday 6 November 2016 - Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA, USA
 Tuesday 8 November 2016 - Playstation Theater New York, NY, USA
With Steven Wilson
Thursday 17 November 2016 - Center Stage Atlanta, GA, USA
Friday 18 November 2016 - The Plaza Live Orlando, FL, USA
Saturday 19 November - State Theatre Tampa, FL, USA
Sunday 20 November - Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Look out for more information on the album in the coming weeks.

1994 - Under the Red and White Sky
1995 - The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes
1998 - The Emperor Falls
2002 - Chasing Monsters
2005 - Shiver
2011 - The Lilypad Suite
2014 - Disconnect
2016 - a way you'll never be 


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Earthside reveals "Crater" live performance backdrop video, more North American shows

 North American tour with Leprous to kick off this month

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, is gearing up for a North American tour later this month supporting Norwegian progressive metal act, Leprous. Today, the band is giving fans a glimpse at one of the key aspects of its live performance in the form of the backing video for the track "Crater." The visual component to Earthside's live "Crater" performance, complete with special guest vocalist Björn Strid of Soilwork, can be viewed on YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKOlyFZLR2Q

Earthside comments: "We make every effort with our music to give you all something unique and heartfelt that breaks from the norm. We did this by taking a no-limitations approach to our songwriting on A Dream in Static and working with a number of incredible guest musicians. It follows in suit that our live show should also bring something special to the Earthside mythos.

"We collaborated with several amazing vocalists for A Dream in Static and, unfortunately, we can't bring them all on the road with us. To avoid compromising the stellar performances of Björn [Strid], Dan [Tompkins], Lajon [Witherspoon], and Eric [Zirlinger] during our live shows, we came up with a unique solution. We captured full-body video of their performances and infused them with intense visuals to create a powerful multimedia element that we project alongside each of these songs."

The upcoming September/October tour reunites Earthside and Leprous following a European stint with Voyager earlier this year. Binary Code and Dissona will round out the North American tour package. A full list of dates can be seen below.

Earthside drummer Ben Shanbrom comments: "Leprous is truly a part of the next generation of progressive music. In less than a year they have become one of Earthside'sabsolute favorite bands - they're good friends, great people, and unbelievable musicians and performers. It was an amazing experience touring with them and Voyager earlier this year across Europe, and we are so happy to be supporting them in our home country this fall."

Earthside previously toured in the U.S. in October 2015 with Soulfly, Soilwork andShattered Sun.

Earthside is touring in support of its debut album A Dream in Static, which released last October. An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer,David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid(Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer) to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.

A music video for "Mob Mentality" - featuring guest vocals from Sevendustfrontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by Earthside guitarist Jamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) - can be streamed on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/WhtEusYxATQ. The clip won the "Outstanding Video by an Unsigned Artist" award from the North American Independent Rock Music Association earlier this year.

Stream A Dream in Static in its entirety on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/mu62Q1N64zc.

Purchase A Dream in Static now through iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1044809003?ls=1&app=itunes, Bandcamp at: https://earthside.bandcamp.com and Google Play at:  https://goo.gl/jHQ2DM

'A Dream in Static' track listing:

I. The Closest I've Come 

II. Mob Mentality

              Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)

              Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) 

III. A Dream In Static

              Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor) 

IV. Entering The Light

             Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT -- Hammered Dulcimer

             Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) 

V. Skyline 

VI. Crater

             Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork) 

VII. The Ungrounding 

VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful

             Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer) 

Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.
Earthside w/ Leprous, Binary Code & Dissona:

9/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
9/28 - Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611
9/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9/30 - New York, NY @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
10/01 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
10/02 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/03 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
10/05 - Quebec City, QC @ Salle Multi
10/06 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/07 - Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/08 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
10/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/11 - Calgary, AB @ Distortion
10/12 - Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
10/13 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/14 - Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
10/15 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
10/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
10/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
10/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Rockbox
10/20 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
10/21 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/22 - Mexico City, MX @ Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only

Earthside online:

Earthside is:
Jamie van Dyck - Guitar
Frank Sacramone - Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom - Drums
Ryan Griffin - Bass
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